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By Md Waquar Haider
Wearable devices are rapidly gaining prevalence due to numerous advantages such as portability, convenience and more. To expand its presence, South Korean tech giant Samsung has brought its “Galaxy Watch Active” to India, priced at Rs 19,990.
The Watch comes with features like exercise tracking, sleep tracking, stress tracking and health tracking. In addition, the smartwatch includes blood pressure monitoring feature too.
Most people like to wear a fitness tracker in form of a Watch — not as a band.
“Galaxy Watch Active” is for such customers.
The device features a round watch face like its earlier models, with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 360 x 360. The quality of display is good enough to use even in bright-light conditions.
The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which makes the display feel smooth.
If you love wearing small or modest size watch, this is just perfect as your daily companion.
In terms of design, the company has applied two buttons on the right of the device for easy access. The upper one is back button while the other is home button. The home button also works to power on/off.
It is powered by a 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 dual core processor and runs Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0.
In terms of memory, it offers 768MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage; the combination makes navigation quick and comfortable.
In terms of software, the Tizen Wearable OS 4.0 software is designed to put the display’s circular shape to good use and one can quickly scroll through menus.
“Galaxy Watch Active” has an automatic workout tracking for six routines and can track a total of 39 different workout routines, including running to lifting weights to swimming, along with different profiles for indoor and outdoor swimming.
It keeps a count of steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, minutes worked out and heart rate. With a Samsung smartphone, one can add in extra details like calories eaten, water drank and caffeine intake.
The wearable also features a blood pressure monitor. It is compatible with Android and iOS, and offers support for third-party apps such as “Under Armor”, “Spotify” and “Strava”.
The device also supports virtual assistant “Bixby Voice” which allows users to make calls or send messages without picking up the phone.
Most importantly, it supports wireless charging along with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity which facilitates users to get text messages, social applications and other information reminders.
The device is water-resistant to 5 ATM (50-meter deep), so you can take it for swimming without fear.
The device houses a 230mAh battery which powered the Watch for more then two days on regular usage upon full charge.
Conclusion: If you are planning to buy a wearable device, go for it.
Samsung is expected to launch “Galaxy Watch Active 2” with electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor feature for heart rate tracking (like Apple Watch Series 4) and is rumoured to be announced along with Galaxy Note 10 smartphone next month. (IANS)
Canadian researchers have discovered an overlooked gene that plays a major role in the development of antibodies, which help the immune system recognize and fight viruses including SARS-CoV-2, bacteria and other causes of infectious disease. The gene -- FAM72A -- facilitates production of high-quality antibodies by enabling the effect of an enzyme called AID (for Activation-Induced Deaminase), the researchers showed.
Immunologists have known for two decades that AID is essential to produce antibodies capable of clearing infections, but the full mechanism of its effect has remained unknown. "Our findings answer the long-standing question of how AID does its work," said Alberto Martin, a professor of immunology at the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. "FAM72A helps AID to promote mutations in antibody genes that are essential for the development of effective antibodies," he added.
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. | Pixabay
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. In the context of antibody development, mutagenesis unfolds largely through the AID-driven mechanisms called somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination -- both of which help antibodies gain the diversity and potency they need to counter a wide range of pathogens.
The results published in the journal Nature will help researchers better understand antibody development broadly, but they also have implications for cancer. Uncontrolled mutagenesis in B cells that produce antibodies is linked to B cell lymphoma, and FAM72A is present at very high levels in other cancers such as gastrointestinal, breast, lung, liver and ovarian cancers.
"Our data show that high levels of FAM72A promote mutations in antibody genes, so increased levels of FAM72A could spur cancer development, progression or drug resistance by increasing mutagenesis,a Martin said. Martin's team is now exploring those possibilities. Intriguingly, unlike other mammals, humans have four gene versions of FAM72A and their roles in cancer and antibody production are still unknown. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: researchers, cancer, mutagenesis, antibody, development, antibodies, canada, COVID
Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India will set up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Odisha's Sambalpur at a total cost of Rs 301.92 crore, moving steadily towards its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. MCL has placed a turnkey order to set-up a 50 MW solar power plant with a Chennai-based firm M/s Hild Energy Ltd, which will establish this green energy project within a timeline of 10 months, the MCL said in a statement on Saturday.
This solar plant would cater to the captive power requirement of MCL. The Central PSU had successfully set-up a 2MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014. The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net zero energy company, aligning itself to use cleaner forms of energy for coal production.
The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024. | Photo by Mariana Proença on Unsplash
This 50 MW solar power project will reduce CO2 emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of around 24,824 tonnes per annum, claimed the MCL. MCL is the leading production subsidiary of Coal India, having mining operations in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts of Odisha. Having achieved the highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 2,419 crore in the financial year 2020-21, the company has coal production and dispatch targets of 163 million tonnes and 182 million tonnes, respectively.
MCL was the coal mining company to introduce environment-friendly surface miner technology, which contributes over 95 per cent in coal production. As another environment-friendly initiative, the company has successfully introduced vertical rippers for blast-less over-burden removal in Hingula and Kaniha opencast projects. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: solar plant, carbon neutrality, Odisha, Sambalpur, Coal India, subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, solar energy
As the nation celebrated the 114th birth anniversary of his father - renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan - megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered his dad as he penned a heartfelt note for him. The actor took to his blog where he poured his heart out and also shared an unseen photo with his father. The image in question is from Big B's wedding in 1973, where the two are caught in a sweet moment as they look at each other.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog,
"My Father , my all .. November 27th his birth in the year 1907 .. Which makes it his 114th Anniversary .. He is in the heavens, with my Mother and they celebrate .. as do we , in thought word and deed .. (sic). But first."
He then posted the picture followed by elaborate paragraphs. The megastar wrote,
"Those rare moments when one would find himself rushing against the winds to prevent the distance between us and to close it down as soon as it can be. The day of my wedding and his expression of fulfilment to not just be in congratulation but instead to be in the face of a belief, a chime, an ultimate season of love and great passion, of the quarries of the fears and conditionings of these deprived gym routines kart ..(sic)". "This could have been unknown for long facilitating years, to give not expected versions and lastly large scale informations of the insides ; but as time passed by, as does now , they explained purposely, the values of education and similarity .. Be in peace and love .. (sic)",
the veteran actor concluded his note. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, actor, blog, birth anniversary, 114th birthday