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Humans’ growing dependence on mobile phones highlights the fact that seamless, fast, versatile, and up-to-date applications for the smooth functioning of our everyday tasks are the need of the hour. The pandemic induced various changes in our lifestyle brought dynamic work-from-home culture and changed the learning methodologies. Owing to this, various mobile apps for food delivering, video conferencing, online classroom, grocery delivery, team gaming or trivia, and social media gained immense popularity.
When it comes to mobile app development, Android is easily customizable, compatible with different devices, cost-effective, and is a responsive operating system. The widespread user base and the comparatively flexible app store gives developers the liberty to experiment and come up with revolutionary applications for Android devices. From smartphones, Android has now ventured into smartwatches, home appliances, cars, and TV units., And, it would continue to grow tremendously bringing immense job opportunities for Android experts. Here are a few important things about Android that highlight why learning Android app development in 2021 would be a great move.
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- AI and machine learning integration – Artificial intelligence and machine learning are two evolving technologies that contribute to building intelligent, faster, and self-reliant products. Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, and Alexa are a few AI examples that have made mobile phones and other home devices better. Face recognition, filters (like in Snapchat), photo tags automatically detecting faces, the auto recommendation of emoticons, detecting real-time traffic, and search recommendations, are some common machine learning features integrated into our Android phones.
As the requirement for personalized and customizable applications would grow, the usage of AI and ML in Android would increase and make the user experience better. Individuals skilled or willing to get skilled in AI or ML can also make their way into Android app development and build apps that create personal connections with users, use voice search to execute orders, reduce capital investment with more machines and less human involvement, and ultimately increase the number of purchases.
- Increasing usage of Android in wearable devices – Smartwatches and fitness bands have already made a huge impact in creating awareness among people around fitness through features like counting steps, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate tracker, calorie tracker, sleep monitoring, and syncing with smart health apps. Innovation in similar wearable products such as VR headsets and smart glasses that can be connected, managed, and operated through Android would continue to boost as they allow the users to take control of multiple tasks through one device.
Android experts who can design apps for entertainment, education, and healthcare and can customize them accordingly to work on both phones and wearable devices would be high in demand. Integration of Android in wearables would allow businesses to make their apps more discoverable, increase the user interaction, help their customers navigate better, provide advanced actionable notifications, innovation in gamification, provide on-the-go services, and ensure high data security.
- Rising job opportunities in multiple sectors – A website and Android mobile app has to be the main product of a business whether it operates online or physically. To serve the technologically equipped customers, companies across private and government industries are seeking experts to build, secure, manage, upgrade, and maintain Android apps that make the customer experience better. Holding the structure of digital India, mobile payment apps would continue to hire experts who can ensure a secured end to end transactions. Jobs in the ed-tech sector are also at the peak, hiring individuals skilled in building world-class learning solutions for students and working professionals.
India’s healthcare sector has also taken a step ahead and is helping customers schedule online appointments, connect with doctors on phone calls or chat, and get the prescribed medicines delivered at their doorstep. Similarly, the requirement of Android app developers would continue to rise exponentially across industries that have now started selling their products online like cosmetics, dairy, fashion, furniture, hotel, music, toys, and so on.
As these trends highlight the growing scope of Android app development globally, interested individuals can enroll in the advanced up-to-date online training that allows beginners to learn Android app development skills from the comfort of their homes. Through multiple modules, enrolled students can learn XML and Kotlin and build their own real-world projects where they create a food ordering app from scratch, a robot in Kotlin, an avengers app, and a book app. These training also provide placement assistance and access to curated internship and fresher job opportunities to the learners and a certificate of training completion to validate their skills.
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By Devakinanda Ji
Derived from the Sanskrit word muc ("to free"), the term moksha literally means freedom from samsara, release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma. The transcendent state attained as a result of being released from the cycle of rebirth.
62) OṀ MOKṢHASĀDHAKABHŨMYAI NAMAH:
OṀ (AUM)-MOK-ṢHA-SAA-DHA-KA-BHOO-MYAI— NA-MA-HA
ॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
(Mokṣha: Liberation, not returning to saṃsāra; Sādhaka: Seeking, spiritual discipline)
Mokṣha is liberation from the trans-migratory existence and from the cycle of birth and death (what we call saṃsāra). The topic of bandha (bondage) and mokṣha (liberation) has been widely discussed in all the systems of Hindu philosophy. It is the last pursuit of the human goals in life. The synonyms for mokṣha are: mukti, kaivalya and nirvāṇa.
There are other schools which advocate nishkāma karma (action not motivated by selfish desires) or bhakti (devotion to God resulting in His grace) as the means to mokṣha.
Bhārata bhumi is conducive for the practice of one or all the paths enjoined by the Vedas, i.e., Karma yoga, Rāja yoga, Bhakti yoga and Jnāna yoga. To pursue these paths, we have thousands and thousands of temples, puṇyatīrthās, discourses by swamīs and gurus and many others. We have the Vedas, Upanishads, purāṇas, Brahmasūtrās, āgamās and many more sacred texts and literature for answers and clarifications. Beyond showing us the paths to liberation, our scriptures tell us how to be liberated while living. One cannot ask anything better than that. The prayers from the Upanishads, is apt: 'Asatomā satgamayā; tamasomā jyotirgamayā' meaning- 'lead me from unreality to reality and from darkness to light'. Here spiritual ignorance is compared to darkness, and self-knowledge is compared to light.
The land which teaches us to worship God with 'karmaphala tyāgam, niṣhkāmakarmam, Īsvarārpaṇa buddhi' and attain 'mokṣham' is thus 'Mokṣhasādhaka Bhūmi'.
The Indian space agency is working on a fleet of medium to heavy lift rockets with a carrying capacity ranging from 4.9 ton to 16.3 ton, said a senior official. The five rockets are in the project report stage and would come into operation in the future, said N Sudheer Kumar, Director, Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was speaking at the International Space Conference and Exhibition, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in virtual mode recently. When that happens ISRO can not only launch its own communication satellites but also enter the global communication satellite launch market.
Kumar also said ISRO is working on upgrading Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III) which can carry up to four ton to Geo Transfer Orbit (GTO). Normally rockets eject the communication satellites into GTO. From GTO the satellites will be taken to geostationary orbit by firing their engines. India uses Ariancespace's Ariane rocket to orbit its communication satellites weighing over four ton. According to Kumar, ISRO is also working on upgrading the lifting capacity of GSLV-Mk III to six ton and 7.5 to GTO.
The Indian space agency is working on a fleet of medium to heavy lift rockets with a carrying capacity ranging from 4.9 ton to 16.3 ton, said a senior official. | Photo by Laurent Grattepanche on Unsplash
He said the six ton lift capacity will be achieved by miniaturization of avionics, uprating of its three stages/engines, structural mass optimisation and other means. Kumar said ISRO is on the verge of realising its semi-cryogenic engine - engine fueled by pure kerosene- which will soon power GSLV-Mk III so that the rocket can carry 7.5 ton payload to GTO with an upgraded cryogenic engine. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: ISRO, heavy, ton, rockets, GSLV, fleet, India
In the recent past, Kalamkari has suddenly gained prominence in the wardrobes of Indian women. Commercial hubs in the city are filled with mannequins posing in kalamkari blouses, or sarees stretching out for yards on hangers.
As the name suggests, 'kalamkari' means 'craft from a pen'. Artisans draw on cloth with a pen, and colour it in with paints. This art form originated from the Mughal era and many of the scenes that artists choose to draw are scenes from Mughal gardens or palaces.
The Mughals were great patrons of art, and were known for their unique painting techniques. They would use a single haired brush to elaborate scenes from battle or from mythology. This technique was adopted by artisans of Hyderabad, who use a tamarind twig to paint cloth.
An artisan drawing with a tamarind twig on cloth with dyes Image source: wikimedia commons
These days, apart from mythology, kalamkari depicts scenes from everyday life too. The face of the Kathakali dancer, a pair of earrings, and the enlightened face of Buddha are some famous designs that people are seen wearing. The colours are usually dark blue, brown, olive green, or deep red.
Kalamkari, a 23-step dye process, is done in two different ways. The Kalahasti art type was a household form, where a brush is used to manually paint in the designs. Srikalahasti is an important center in Andhra Pradesh for this type of art. The Machilipatnam art form involves block painting, where designs are drawn on wooden blocks, dipped in the dye, and pressed on the fabric.
Kalamkari artist using wooden blocks to stamp designs on a sari Image source: wikimedia commons
One of the reasons why this handicraft has suddenly become popular could be due to the sustainable quality of its dyes and fabric. Kalamkari uses natural vegetable dyes and preferably cotton fabric as the base. It has grown as an art form, and in the fashion industry, it is being revered as an indigenous inclusion of heritage on an international platform.
Keywords: Kalamkari, Mughal, Art forms, Block painting, Andhra Pradesh