Sony offers $300 for water proof handsets

Thanks to the recent preliminary settlement over misleading commercials, you might be owed up to $300 from the Japanese electronics company.

Sony Xperia phones and tablets aren’t the most common in the US, but if you are one of the very few people who own a Sony-made device in the US, you might be eligible for a $300 reimbursement. If you remember, Sony used to advertise some of its products as “waterproof.” Phones like the Xperia Z1 have a rating of IP58, which means they can be “immersed in 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.” They’re not technically “waterproof” but water-resistant instead. The problem arose when Sony’s commercials claimed that they were and showed the devices being used to take photos underwater.

Naturally, users who thought their devices were waterproof were taken aback when their phones stopped working when after some underwater photoshoot, and some of them subsequently filed a class action suit against Sony for its misleading advertisement. After over a year of legal battle, the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York has preliminarily approved an agreement between the plaintiffs and Sony. The models in question are the following:

Xperia M2 Aqua

Xperia M4 Aqua

Xperia ZR

Xperia Z Ultra

Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia Z1s (T-Mobile)

Xperia Z2

Xperia Z3

Xperia Z3 Compact

Xperia Z3 (T-Mobile)

Xperia Z3v (Verizon)

Xperia Z3 Dual

Xperia Z3+ Dual

Xperia Z3+

Xperia Z5

Xperia Z5 Compact

Xperia Z2 Tablet (WiFi)

Xperia Z2 Tablet (LTE)

Xperia Z2 Tablet (Verizon LTE)

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (WiFi)

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (LTE)

Xperia Z4 Tablet (WiFi)

Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE)

Those who are eligible – those whose water-related warranty claims were rejected – are to be reimbursed for 50 percent of the at-issue MSRP for their devices.

If you bought and own one of the devices above and it was still in warranty as of August 3, you are automatically eligible for a warranty extension. Sony will offer limited warranty for damage resulting from water intrusion for 12 additional months. Additionally, if you previously submitted a claim for water-related warranty for one of the devices above and were rejected by Sony, you could be paid up to $300. The preliminary agreement dictates that those who are eligible – those whose water-related warranty claims were rejected – must be reimbursed for 50 percent of the at-issue MSRP for their devices.

As the Court document explains, the preliminary agreement is null and void should the Court decide to alter and deny any portion of the settlement, and Sony has the right to terminate the agreement if the total number of timely and valid requests for exclusion exceed 1.5 percent of the putative class members. The Final Order should be issued this December at the earliest, and there may be final changes, but for now, if you think you are eligible, be sure to submit your claim form no later than January 30, 2018.

If you think you are eligible, be sure to submit your claim form no later than January 30, 2018.

Do you own an eligible Xperia device with water damage? Was your warranty claim rejected by Sony? Let us know by leaving a comment below

Dusk of the Engineering College - Fate comes with shutdown of 50%

50% engineering colleges will shut down.

Parents need to change their approach towards education.

Fact based article, please share with each student and parent.

USA produces around 1 lakh engineers per year for a $ 16 Trillion economy. India produces 15 lakhs engineers for a $ 2 Trillion economy.

If there are so many engineers, there must be enough demand to pull them in. But it is not there. The earlier mass recruiting sector was manufacturing. It used to recruit from the core branches like civil, electrical and mechanical. But, manufacturing is stagnant at just 17% of the GDP. So the core branch placements have become difficult.

The new mass recruiter is the IT sector. It grew from scratch to almost 5% of the GDP in 25 years. Employed millions of engineers across the country.

Now, IT is also saturating.

If you look at the sectoral composition of Indian economy, most of the sector do not need engineers. Tourism is 10% of the GDP, does not require engineers. Financial sector, trade, hotels and restaurants do not require engineers. Requirement in health, education, agriculture is almost negligible.

More than 50% of the GDP has no role for engineers in our country. Still most of us are becoming engineers. The current situation is not sustainable.

So the demand is less while the supply is high. Over and above this, skill level of an average engineer is poor. I say its non-existent. Leave the top 100–200 colleges. And you will find that a fresh engineer has no idea of what s/he has studies. Ask a fresh mechanical engineer, can s/he design a simple frame?

Today the situation is that most engineers are working in a field that has no connection to what they have studied in the college. This is a waste of resources.

Engineering degree does not come cheap. It costs about 5 to 10 lakhs. For poor parents, its a huge burden. When their son is not able to secure a job, they are devastated.

For the nation, you can calculate the loss. Leave around 1 lakh engineers that NASSCOM says are employable. The rest 14 lakhs have each wasted 10 lakhs of fees. That totals to around $ 20 Billion. Almost equal to the Government’s spending on healthcare. Over this, there is loss of human capital.

Parents and students need to think thrice before taking admission to engineering colleges.

Sarahah - Anonymous Feedback App - Making Headlines

Every now and again, an app comes around that sparks huge amounts of controversy. Sarahah is one of those apps, and it’s got parents in the UK and US on their toes merely a month after it made its way to their teenager’s smartphones.

But what is so disconcerting about Sarahah? Well, let us try and explain.

What is Sarahah?

Sarahah is an anonymous messaging service. Once a user registers, they can give the link to their friends or post it publicly online and anyone with that link can send them anonymous messages. The recipient has no way of knowing who posted the message or responding to it in any way.

Sarahah used to only exist as be a website created by the Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq. It had a very simple purpose — it allowed employees to post anonymous feedback to their employers. It gave a voice to those who had something to say, but never spoke up for fears that they could be fired.

Later on, Tawfiq thought that this concept could apply on a personal level too, with friends and acquaintances anonymously giving feedback to each other. That part of the website is what actually made it popular in the Middle East and Africa. However, a little more was needed for it to take off in the West.

On June 13 this year, Tawfiq released an app version of Sarahah on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, and it spread like wildfire, entering the Top Three Free apps on both platforms in no time. This surge in popularity was also aided by the app’s Snapchat integration, which made it far easier for teens to use. And where there are anonymous teens, there is trouble.

Why is Sarahah making headlines?

Really, the issue with Sarahah is as old as the internet itself. When people are allowed anonymity and know there will be no repercussions for their actions, they can say and do whatever they want.

Many parents and their children have reported that the app has become the newest platform for cyberbullying. The unpleasant comments teens have been getting vary in number and severity, with some telling NY Mag’s Select/All column that they haven’t received any negative messages at all. Others, however, report they have received death threats, with one user saying in a Google Play review, “My 13-year-old sister uses this and she got a death threat aimed at our 2-year-old brother.” That’s not okay.

Cyberbullying, unfortunately, isn’t a new phenomenon and it definitely didn’t start with Sarahah. But the anonymous nature of the app does lend itself to toxic comments — if you’re thinking of using it, I’d proceed with caution.

Have you used Sarahah? What has your experience with it been like? Let us know in the comments.

Strong Heat waves in Indian Desert by 2100

By the end of the century, climate change could trigger heatwaves that exceed the threshold of “human survivability” in India, with the densely populated Gangetic basin at the greatest risk, finds a new study published in the journal Science Advances.

The combination of high temperature and humidity —which characterises heatwaves — increases the risk of human illness and mortality: when the combined measure of temperature and humidity (or ‘wet-bulb temperature’) is high, the human body’s ability to cool itself diminishes, impairing physical and cognitive function.

And when ambient wet-bulb temperature exceeds 35 degrees Celsius, considered an “upper limit” for human survivability, it could, even in just a few hours, “result in death even for the fittest of humans under shaded, well-ventilated conditions,” the paper explains.

Most of South Asia is projected to see maximum daily wet-bulb temperatures approach 35 degrees Celsius by 2100 under RCP8.5 (a high greenhouse gas concentration scenario). This includes the Ganges river valley, Northeastern India, the eastern coast of India, the Chota Nagpur Plateau and the Indus valley of Pakistan. Under a moderate mitigation scenario (RCP4.5) “vast regions of South Asia are projected to experience episodes exceeding 31 degrees Celsius, which is considered extremely dangerous for most humans.”

Three reasons

The Indus and Gangetic basins, where hundreds of millions live, could be at the greatest risk of severe heatwaves for three reasons: the monsoon brings warm and humid air masses into these valleys; surface air is warmer here because of their relatively low elevation; and irrigation enhances wet-bulb temperatures.

In the Gangetic plains for instance, while the current maximum daily wet-bulb temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius, they are projected to rise to 31 degrees Celsius by the end of the century under RCP4.5 and 33 degrees Celsius over vast swathes under RCP8.5.

Urban areas such as Patna and Lucknow are no less vulnerable. “In urban locations such heatwave events can have consequences because of the sheer number of people living there. However, in rural parts, the outdoor working conditions and poverty make populations more vulnerable,” co-author Jeremy S Pal, Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, told The Hindu.

Rising frequency

The frequency of deadly heatwaves has been rising in India and Pakistan: in Odisha in 1998, Andhra Pradesh in 2003 and Gujarat in 2010. In 2015, the fifth deadliest heatwave in recorded history claimed around 3,500 lives in India and Pakistan.

The study looked at maximum daily wet-bulb temperatures averaged over a six-hour window in South Asia —Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Using high-resolution climate change simulations, including detailed representations of topography, land surface and atmospheric physics, the paper projects that wet-bulb temperatures in South Asia “are likely to approach and, in a few locations, exceed this critical threshold [35 degrees Celsius] by the late 21st century under the business-as-usual scenario of future greenhouse gas emissions.”

These findings “may present a significant dilemma for India because the continuation of this current trajectory of rising emissions will likely impose significant added human health risks to some of its most vulnerable populations,” the authors caution.

New Defence Hub is India

New Defense projects and collaboration has held in defense expo which is been organized in Goa (defexpo 2016). Reliance is going to make a air to air missile at Pithampur in Dhar, near Indore which business corporation which one of the world's biggest defence manufacturer rafael of Israel.

Rafael advanced defense system Limited, founded in 1948 is going to partners Reliance depending for manufacturing of India made defense equipment.

Raffles design develop manufactures and supply wide range of hi tech defense systems for air, land and sea applications