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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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The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
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"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
The tiny emojis being shared on billions of devices worldwide can play a major role in digital communication, with most people saying that emoji compels them to feel more empathy towards others, according to an Adobe report.
Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
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Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
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This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)
Following the grand Richard Branson show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and fellow space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying to the edge of space, it is time for Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the key engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket set to take Bezos and the crew to space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
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After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)