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Digital Revolution: Saraha app is being accused of making its users crazy!

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AIMAN INAM

The digital revolution, which kick started in the 19th century, has successfully managed to drive us off from the world of actuality.

As a matter of fact, exploring the globe is on our finger tips. However, the flip side of the coin is totally different, which now is taking toll on human beings physical as well as mental dexterities.

When we talk about social networking sites, we have innumerable options such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and now Saraha, which has gone viral like wild fire.

  • Its emergence?

It was designed by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq back in 2016 somewhere in November as to assist employees in giving feedback, harboring positive/negative remarks, to their employers sans revealing their names and identities.

Soon, he came up with the idea that the app might help friends exchanging constructive messages anonymously to each other as well; and that’s how the app is sweeping across the globe like a wild fire and now, it reaches to more than 300 million users to be exact.

  • Its impacts?

As mentioned earlier, the app was originally initiated to let people send positive comments; but the reality is just the opposite. Copious people have started using the app to bully and troll individuals.

Hence, using the app is proved to be perilous particularly for teens and young folks, as they tend to take such non-constructive comments critically, which leads them to mount depression or anxiety sooner or later.

If the online reports are to be considered, most of its users are teenagers, which is certainly a bitter pill to swallow for parents.

It is pertinent to mention here that adolescents are really into such secret confessions sort of games. These apps sound appealing to their budding mind.

Reports further stated that countless users particularly ladies took to social media as to post the comments, harboring body shamming stuff, they have received while using the said app.

  • Who to blame: The app or its junkies?

There has been always a debate that social media is just a platform to share goings-on or feelings and thus, there are the people who are accountable for creating online fuss.

It has been observed that internet trolls tend to leave a raft of abusive messages online on a daily basis for no reason.

Considering this, experts are of the view that such sorts of apps are instigated for two kinds of people: Narcissistic, who are obsessed with themselves and Sadistic, who seek pleasure via abusing and harassing people online.

It is worth mentioning here that secrecy, which the app is providing, is considered an addictive drug that can potentially be used in non-constructive means.

Believe it or not, but it has been scientifically proven that humans harbor malicious and aggressive side, which emerges at its nastiest upon donning a mask of anonymity over their individualities.

Also, its aficionados can say noxious stuff that they can never ever dare to utter in person.  Thereby, it is crystal clear that the app is promoting hatred and enmity.

Critics go haywire learning about the way digitization is taking toll on humans themselves. We are getting robotic in order to meet the requirements of fast pacing world.

From kids to oldies, everyone seems to be hooked up with their devices exploring online world.

These days, humans prefer checking their social networking sites rather than sitting with their family and friends.

It seems as if we increasingly getting dependent on those man-made devices, which overshadow the actuality of our own selves.

P.S. It is pertinent to point it out here that there are some other similar apps like Saraha  (such as Whisper, Yik Yak, After School etc ) roaming around the online globe. Of which app AskFM was accused of taking teens life in the UK and Italy back in 2012.

 

 

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Russian unmanned helicopter VRT300 to test fly by the end of 2018!

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MOSCOW: Russian VR-Technologies design bureau that has commenced  bench tests of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300 unmanned helicopter, is positive that the flight tests would begin by the end of this year. 

According to the VR-Technologies to date, functional and technical configuration of civil unmanned helicopter has been agreed with a range of Russian companies and authorities. This configuration has become a basis for the development of flight prototype with MTOW of 300 kg.

This prototype will be used as a flying test-bed for testing of all UAV’s systems and equipment, as well as for testing of its interaction with payload elements and ground-based monitor and control equipment.

“To date, we have defined configuration and technical requirements for this helicopter, and carried out an extensive work to select suppliers of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300.

The start of bench tests serves as a reference point, and if everything goes as planned, by the end of this year we will start flight tests.

Technical solutions of VRT300 will ensure the level of failure-free operation, reliability and safety that is required for the operation in the international market of civil UAVs”, – Alexander Okhonko, VR-Technologies director general, said.

VRT300 system is developed in two versions: Arctic Supervision –  equipped with a side-view radar for ice reconnaissance and operation in Arctic conditions, and Opticvision – with increased flight range to perform monitoring and remote sensing missions.

The priority missions of VRT300 Arctic Supervision is to expand transport infrastructure of the Northern Sea Route, as well as to aid in the Arctic Regions’ exploration. For that purpose, the UAV has been equipped with a side-view high-resolution on-board radar, which allows for a prompt assessment of ice sheet dynamics.

A heavy-oil engine and ship-borne capabilities make the Arctic version of VRT300 irreplaceable for icebreakers and drilling platforms.

Due to a big payload of 70 kilograms the aircraft can transport various cargoes, such as food and medical supplies, can be engaged in search-and-rescue operations and used to determine the size of ice fields suitable for scientific Polar stations.

VRT300 in Opticvision configuration is designed to improve the diagnostic system, prevent and eliminate emergency situations in the area of energy sources development and transporting. Its other missions include: diagnostics of overhead power lines, mapping, cargo transportation, exploration works, as well as monitoring of environmental situation, roads and road-side infrastructure.

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SpaceX poised to blast off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

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TAMPA: SpaceX was poised on 18th April to try again to blast off NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft after a two-day delay to check out the Falcon 9 rocket’s navigation systems.

The $337 million Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, aims to search for planets where life may exist by scanning 85 percent of the skies for planets beyond the solar system, known as exoplanets.

“All systems and weather are go for Falcon 9’s launch of @NASA_TESS today at 6:61 pm (2251 GMT),” SpaceX said on Twitter.

The initial attempt Monday was scrubbed about two hours before planned takeoff from a NASA pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming.

These so-called “transits” may mean that planets are in orbit around them. TESS is expected to reveal 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, including more than 50 Earth-sized planets and up to 500 planets less than twice the size of the Earth, NASA said.

 

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DART Aerospace brings the 505 Bearpaw to the global market!

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ONTARIO: DART Aerospace gathered key members of its Canadian product development team based here, to kick off a project for bearpaws on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

The goal of the project was simple: bring to the global marketplace the performance, value and user friendliness that customers have come to expect from a DART Bearpaw.

With DART Bearpaws present on nearly every production skid gear equipped helicopter today, it was an obvious decision for DART to develop this product.

“The objective was to bring a lightweight bearpaw product to market that provided better stability when the Bell 505 lands in soft conditions”, said David Shepherd, DART VP of Certification. “We were also successful at incorporating a full length wearplate option to improve longevity and ease installation”.

Within 9 months after kicking off the project, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for this product, joining the already approved Transport Canada (February 23) and European Aviation Safety Agency (March 22) STCs.

With these three approvals and the associated bilateral agreements upwards of 70%, the helicopter operating world can legally install this product.

 

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