Tata mobile customers start transitioning to Airtel network, to enjoy uninterrupted services with existing SIMs

Last month Bharti Airtel and Tata today announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge Consumer Mobile Businesses (CMB) of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited (TTML) into Bharti Airtel. Today Airtel has announced that starting today, Tata Teleservices customers will start transitioning to the Airtel mobile network under an Intra Circle … Continue reading “Tata mobile customers start transitioning to Airtel network, to enjoy uninterrupted services with existing SIMs”
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The First-Ever Interstellar Asteroid Is the Start of a New Era in Astronomy

A New Type of Asteroid

As much as we know about our own Solar System and our wider universe, there’s still an astronomically high number of things we don’t know. While missions like NASA’s SPHEREx and Voyager 2 have, and will continue to, shed some light on previously unseen aspects of our universe and interstellar space, we’ve still got a long road ahead of us before we can begin to explore that space in earnest.

On October 19, an interstellar asteroid was detected by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. While it was initially classified as a comet, additional observations revealed it to be an asteroid that had originated from interstellar space.

Artist's impression of the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua. Image Credit: European Southern Observatory
Artist’s impression of the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua. Image Credit: European Southern Observatory

Unfortunately, the asteroid (named`Oumuamua), was on its way back to interstellar space when it was spotted, leaving astronomers little time to study it. The European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope was brought in to provide additional analysis of the asteroid’s orbit, brightness, and color, revealing it was much longer than the asteroids we’re used to observing and had a very different color.

“This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated: about ten times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape,” explained Karen Meech, an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii. “We also found that it has a dark red color, similar to objects in the outer Solar System, and confirmed that it is completely inert, without the faintest hint of dust around it.”

The First of Many?

According to Meech and her team,`Oumuamua is roughly 400 meters (1,312 feet) long. It’s incredibly dense, likely made up of a rocky or high metal content, though it has no water or ice. As for its reddish color, that could be a result of irradiation from cosmic rays, which the asteroid could have been exposed to over the millions of years it’s been traveling through space.

According to NASA, both the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes are still tracking`Oumuamua. As of November 20, it’s currently traveling at 38.3 kilometers per second (85,700 mph). It’s expected to pass through Jupiter’s orbit in May 2018, followed by Saturn’s orbit in January 2019.

As we continue to monitor out stars and the rest of our Solar System, we’re going to need more powerful telescopes capable of keeping up with new discoveries — including any future interstellar asteroids the ESO expects to come across. To this end, construction is underway for the European Extremely Large Telescope’s (E-ELT), which the ESO explains will “allow us to address many of the most pressing unsolved questions about our Universe” when it begins operations in 2024.

There’s also the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is being developed by NASA in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. Expected to launch in 2019, the JWST will “study every phase in the history of our Universe,” including the Big Bang, the creation of our Solar System, and its evolution.

Our current technology has been able to give us some important information about`Oumuamua, but imagine what we’ll be able to learn when both the E-ELT and JWST are up and running.`Oumuamua took millions of years to reach us, but with more powerful telescopes, we may be able to see where it came from in interstellar space — and anything else coming our way.

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Start the week with 18 temporarily free and 13 on-sale apps

Hello, and welcome back to your thrice-weekly app sales roundup! It’s a holiday week here in the U.S., so I bet most of you are just scrambling for your days off later on. News this time of year is scarce, so deals are king and I’m here to add to all of that. Have fun.

Free

Apps

  1. 1000+ Tasty Food Recipes Pro $ 4.99 -> Free; 3 days left

Games

  1. Note Fighter Unlimited $ 1.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  2. Parkour Flight $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. Swipe Shootout: Street Basketball $ 1.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  4. Balance Ball Reach $ 0.99 -> Free; 7 days left
  5. GET HER BACK: A Journey To The Creature Island $ 0.99 -> Free; 7 days left
  6. Paper Duels $ 0.99 -> Free; 7 days left
  7. Project Alnilam $ 1.39 -> Free; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. MINIMALE Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  2. TwoPixel Dark – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. TwoPixel Light – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  4. Elementary Icons $ 1.49 -> Free; 4 days left
  5. Graby – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  6. Krix Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  7. Mellow Dark – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  8. Redox – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  9. Icon Pack – Oreo Bickies $ 1.49 -> Free; 6 days left
  10. Planet O – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days left

Sale

Apps

  1. Private DIARY Pro – Personal journal $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 6 days left

Games

  1. Castles of Mad King Ludwig $ 6.99 -> $ 0.99; 1 day left
  2. Pichon!: Bouncy Bird $ 1.99 -> $ 1.39; 5 days left
  3. The Escapists $ 3.99 -> $ 2.69; 6 days left
  4. Cinemaware’s Wings $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left
  5. Demon’s Rise $ 5.99 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. Game of Life Live Wallpaper $ 2.49 -> $ 0.99; 6 days left
  2. 0Ground $ 2.49 -> $ 1.49; 7 days left
  3. Cappuccino Chocolate $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left
  4. Cappuccino Cream $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left
  5. Desire $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left
  6. Desire Black Glyph $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left
  7. Desire Black Gold $ 1.49 -> $ 0.99; 7 days left

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FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving to start an eSports company

FanDuel’s board is getting an overhaul, too.

FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving the company and stepping down from its board, where he was chairman.

Eccles, who’s been CEO since the company’s founding in 2009, announced internally that he is leaving to start an eSports company. Monday is his last day.

Eccles had been kicking around new startup ideas ever since FanDuel and DraftKings, rival fantasy sports sites, agreed to a merger late last year. Eccles was set to be the chairman of the new joint company but he was not going to be CEO. Hence the interest in starting something new.

That deal fell through in July after the government threatened to block it to prevent the two companies from forming a monopoly. While both companies are relatively small, they both offer daily fantasy sports competitions, which are a somewhat niche portion of the fantasy sports world. The Federal Trade Commission argued that “the combined firm would control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market.”

That meant that Eccles, who had been planning something new, was suddenly back in charge of FanDuel for the long haul. That obviously is no longer the case.

Eccles replacement as CEO is Matt King, who served as FanDuel’s CFO for three years ending in 2016. He then left and spent a year at insurance broker Cottingham & Butler before returning to FanDuel to become its CEO. King, who has also spent more than a decade at investment firm KKR, is taking a board seat.

FanDuel is adding two more people to its board. Carl Vogel, former vice-chairman and president of Dish Network, is joining FanDuel’s board as chairman. David Nathanson, a former Fox Sports executive who left the company this fall, is also joining the board.

Eccles isn’t say much about his new venture just yet, except that it’s in the competitive video gaming industry know as eSports and it’s very early. “Just a thought in my head,” he said in an interview. Eccles says he’s excited about getting into an industry that’s just taking off — eSports is much less established than the traditional sports world he’s been focused on with fantasy sports.

“Traditional sports are in harvest mode,” he said in an interview with Recode. “ESports are in growth mode.”


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Looking For IPad Advice? Start Learning Here

Everyone needs a computer theses days and a portable device is usually the most convenient. Leading the way in the field is of course the iPad. Although it is the most popular, it can often be the most difficult to master! The following article will offer you some very useful tips and tricks to using your iPad to its fullest potential.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that iPads are only useful if you are into gaming or entertainment. There is really an application for anything you can possibly imagine. This includes home organization apps like personal budgets as well as recipe books, calculators, and anything else you can possibly imagine.

Protect your sensitive data with the Delete All function. Worried about losing your identity if your iPad is ever lost or stolen? Simply enable the Erase Data security setting. In the event of 10 incorrect passcode entries, the iPad will automatically erase all personal data. You can find this option in the Settings menu, under General > Passcode Lock.

Do you have multiple users on the same iPad? You may not want them to view your online history. You can delete the browser history quickly. Open the Settings app and tap on Safari. Once Safari is open, then tap on the Clear History button. This will clear the cache and all cookies.

Performing multiple app updates at the same time can slow down your iPad and make it difficult to get anything done. You can alleviate this by pausing apps and forcing them to update one at a time instead of all at once. Tap the icon of the app that is updating to pause it. When one is finished, you can allow another one to finish updating.

Don’t forget about multitasking gestures. There are three to be aware of. These include a four finger swipe (either to the left or to the right) to move seamlessly between apps that you are using and a four finger swipe to take you back to the home screen. These make your life easier, so take advantage of them.

You can access your running apps more quickly and easily. Just double-tap the home button, and your running apps will instantly appear on the bottom of your screen. This can save you lots of time.

If you have some recently purchased apps from the app store you want to hide, it’s quite easy! Open up the App Store and click on the ‘purchased’ tab on the bottom of your screen. It should give you a list of apps and choose the one you wish to hide. Swipe over the app or right over it, and it should now grey out over the ‘installed’ button. A red button will pop up and you will now have the option to hide the app.

If you sync with iTunes, you can share documents with a desktop or laptop computer. This can be done quick and efficiently to save time. When you also use email, you can literally send anything to the iPad.

The best case truly insures your iPad against damage. You should invest more than a few dollars in a strong, protective hard or soft case. A folio is another excellent choice as it protects both the screen and the iPad itself. -80 is a good estimate of the cost of a truly protective case, so don’t cheap out!

If you are one of those people that likes sharing a lot of the information you find enjoyable with your friends, there is a very easy way to share podcasts. All you have to do is press the Email button while the podcast is open and email it to whoever you like.

One way to monitor the volume much more quickly and efficiently on your iPad is to use the lock button to mute your device. You can also press and hold the volume button to change it quickly as well. Many people are unaware that the lock button is a mute button and that the volume button can work faster by pressing and holding.

Tired of auto-correct rewriting your every word on iPad? Look for “keyboard” options under general settings and find the auto-correct feature. Simply select the off option and you won’t be facing the hassle of having to spell perfectly or risk words and meanings changed, often times not for the better!

Are you getting scratches on your screen? While your iPad can handle some damage, if small scratches are appearing, you might want to place a protective cover on it. This protects your iPad, because the last thing you want is your crystal-clear screen becoming marred with annoying scratches.

The iPad is a great entertainment tool, but it can also be great for education. There are podcasts available for higher learning, as well as dozens of educational games and applications for younger children. There are also great math programs to help elementary children learn their multiplication or division tables.

When reading on iBooks, sometimes it can be a strain on your eyes if you are in a dark location. You can adjust the brightness of your screen in iBook easily. Go to Settings and then select Brightness. IBooks also has a separate brightness slider which can be used more conveniently.

Did you know you can take a screen shot on your iPad just like you can on a laptop or desktop? You can! To take a screen shot, press the ‘home’ button at the same time you press the ‘sleep/wake’ button. After you do this, you can find the screen shot among your other pictures.

Keep your iPad free from viruses by being careful about what you download. Free apps are the biggest threat, but even paid apps can carry virus problems. To ensure that you download apps are safe, you should only download apps that are offered in the Apple store as they have been verified as safe.

Making the most of your iPad means having to do a little bit of studying! Hopefully this article has provided you with some very useful information and prepared you to make better use of this clever little device. The better you get with it, the more fun you will have!