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Smartphones Would Soon Be Able to Predict Flash Floods: Study

Data would then be processed into real-time forecasts and returned to the users with a forecast or a warning to those in danger zones.

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With smartphones capable of measuring atmospheric pressure, temperatures and humidity, a novel study suggested that the devices may one day be able to track and anticipate weather patterns that lead to flash floods.

Researchers noted that smartphones can be harnessed to forecast flash floods as well as other natural disasters.

“The sensors in our smartphones are constantly monitoring our environment including gravity, the earth’s magnetic field, atmospheric pressure, light levels, humidity, temperatures, sound levels and more,” said lead researcher Colin Price, Professor at the Tel Aviv University.

“Vital atmospheric data exists today on some 3 to 4 billion smartphones worldwide. This data can improve our ability to accurately forecast the weather and other natural disasters that are taking so many lives every year,” he added.

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smartphones could provide real-time weather alerts. Flickr

In the study, published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, the team placed four smartphones under controlled conditions and analysed the data to detect phenomena such as “atmospheric tides,” which are similar to ocean tides.

They also analysed data from a UK-based app called WeatherSignal.

While the smartphones could provide real-time weather alerts through a feedback loop, the public was able to find atmospheric data on the “cloud” via an application.

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This data would then be processed into real-time forecasts and returned to the users with a forecast or a warning to those in danger zones, the researchers explained.

“We can’t prevent flash floods from happening, but soon we may be able to use the public’s smartphone data to generate better forecasts and give these forecasts back to the public in real time via their phones,” Price noted. (IANS)

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Honor Sold Over 6 mn ‘8X’ Smartphones Globally

"Honor 8X" also became one of the highest selling phones in Germany, France, the Middle East, North America and South Asia, the company added

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Over 6 mn '8X' smartphones sold globally: Honor. Flcikr

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei’s online focused sub-brand Honor on Friday announced that it sold over 6 million units of the recently launched “Honor 8X” globally, becoming the top “Singles Day” performer in terms of sales volume and revenue under the smartphone category.

In India, over 1 million units of Honor products were sold during the Diwali festive period, with “Honor 9N” and “Honor 8X” being the most popular products on Flipkart’s Big Billion Days and Amazon India respectively on the first selling day, the company said.

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Honor. IANS

“As a thanksgiving for our Indian consumers, we would like to announce that unlike other smartphone brands, Honor will not increase the price of its smartphones this year,” said P. Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Consumer Business Group, Huawei.

“Honor 8X” also became one of the highest selling phones in Germany, France, the Middle East, North America and South Asia, the company added.

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“Honor 8X”, launched in October in India, comes in three variants — 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, priced at Rs 14,999, Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999 respectively. (IANS)