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Huawei Talkband B2 review - Tracks two activities, Fitness and Sleep Cycles. Although it tracks Cycling, Running, Stair Climbing and Walking, I could only test Walking and I found it to be fairly accurate. For the 200 steps that I counted, it was off the mark by couple steps here and there... so linearly extrapolating it to the average 5000 steps in a day, it would be about be amiss by 100 or so.

Sleep tracking was fairly accurate too. But it did erroneously count that I was sleeping for 45 mins, when I was sitting still on the sofa! The Huawei app on Android is simple to use. Sleeping cycles are divided into Light Sleep, Deep sleep and Awake sections. I am pretty certain that REM sleep is not tracked by the Talkband as Deep Sleep but Light Sleep so I would look to add some to my Deep Sleep times as tracked by Talkbank B2. The app also shows your walking cycles in Kilometres walked and Calories burned.

Apart from that, Talkband B2 gives you Push notifications from various Apps including SMS but it shows only the name of the contact and not the contents. It does not have Caller Identity and so you would see only the number being called and not the name.

Other than that, B2 doubles as a Bluetooth headset - Who would want that now?! and I thought I would not use it much, but surprisingly I found it using more often than not. It is just so easy to detach the B2 from the wrist and put it in your ear while you are walking on the road. Call quality is good too. You can't make any calls but only answer calls.

Sundries - Nice little features like Find your phone and taking selfies from your phone.

Looks - Talkband B2 is up there with good looking wearables! It is cool and fits just right on the wrist. I got the black one with rubber band and I don't mind the look. There is another better looking one with a classier leather band.

The big downer though is the price tag of 180 AUD - Too expensive when you compare it to the likes of Fitbit. However, I got it free with my Nexus 6P and hence I ain't complaining:D. If you do get a very good deal and are not too concerned about missing features, go for it.

If anything, Talkband B2 has made sure I hit the sack on time and get that extra couple hours of sleep and also walk that extra mile, literally of course.

#TalkbandB2 #Huawei

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Driving License Test in Greenslopes, Brisbane.
Last weekend, Saturday, I got my manual license on the first go at the notoriously difficult Greenslopes Driving centre in Brisbane. (The pass rate at Greenslopes is 50%). Phew! I am happy and relieved.

#DrivingLicence   #Greenslopes   #GreenslopesDrivingTest  #Brisbane #QueenslandDrivingLicence #AustralianDrivingLicence

To the Uber Team -  You made an awesome app (I loved it - great UI and awesome features).In fact it was so awesome that I had been partial towards using Uber by ignoring all the negative reviews about it (corporate culture and access to private data) until yesterday after the Uber incident in Delhi....How I wish I could have said you still are an awesome company. But if you cannot take care of the most basic of things -  Passenger Security, then your business  will go south.

As of now, at least in India, you have lost all credence. Want to save face - Here's a tip - Champion user safety first rather than fancy expensive promotions and free rides! People care about safety first and not just free rides and comfort. Get your fucking priorities right and listen to the market…. And don't be arrogant. It takes no time for a value to fall from $40 billion to 0.

#Uber


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What's the most economical and convenient way to transfer files in between phones? Bluetooth yes.... But how about if you want to transfer 1Gb file... You wouldn't even think of Bluetooth . It would take ages....Well not anymore...Introducing XENDER-The World's Best File Sharing App with 50 times the speed of Bluetooth! And it really does work!
We transferred a 850 Mb movie in between phones -Time taken ...4 mins!
That's 3.4 Mbps on average. There's more, Xender does it for free using phones' WiFi connection! If that doesn't impress you, I don't know what will! ... and there's umpteen other awesome features.
This is a MUST HAVE app!

Hat tip to Harsh Athlaye for this.

#Xender   #FileTransfer   #Bluetooth  

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Founder of Pivotal Labs, Rob Mee talks about the 7 famous myths in Software development process.

He talks about the myths as well as better ways of developing Software and building good stable Software teams.

From how not to encourage hero mentality in the team to why hire quirkily to working long hours and more...this is great read to hammer some important points home of the whole messy process of Software Development.

My favorite from this article and which is pretty common in Indian IT companies - 
" ...encouraging the hero mentality leads to corrosive dysfunction in software teams. Invariably the developers who do a yeoman’s 9-to-5, week after week, cranking out solid features that the business is built on, lose out to the grasping egomaniacs who stay up all night (usually just one night) looking to garner lavish praise. Rather than reward the hero, it’s better to cultivate a true esprit de corps"


#softwaredevelopment  

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Another plausible theory. 
MH370  A different point of view. Pulau Langkawi 13,000 runway.

A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event.
 
Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft.  About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off. 
 
Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the straits of Malacca.
 
When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and I searched for airports in proximity to the track towards southwest.
 
The left turn is the key here. This was a very experienced senior Captain with 18,000 hours. Maybe some of the younger pilots interviewed on CNN didn't pick up on this left turn. We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us and airports ahead of us. Always in our head. Always. Because if something happens you don't want to be thinking what are you going to do - you already know what you are going to do. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an airport. Actually he was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi a 13,000 foot strip with an approach over water at night with no obstacles. He did not turn back to Kuala  Lampur because he knew he had 8,000 foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier towards Langkawi and also a shorter distance.
 
Take a look on Google Earth at this airport. This pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make that immediate turn back to the closest safe airport.
For me the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense if a fire. There was most likely a fire or electrical fire. In the case of fire the first response if to pull all the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one.


If they pulled the busses the plane indeed would go silent. It was probably a serious event and they simply were occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, Navigate and lastly communicate. There are two types of fires. Electrical might not be as fast and furious and there might or might not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility given the timeline that perhaps there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires and it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes this happens with underinflated tires. Remember heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. A tire fire once going would produce horrific incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks but this is a no no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter but this will only last for a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one of my own in a flight bag and I still carry one in my briefcase today when I fly).
 
What I think happened is that they were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on  the heading probably on George (autopilot) until either fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. I said four days ago you will find it along that route - looking elsewhere was pointless.  
 
This pilot, as I say, was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. No doubt in my mind. That's the reason for the turn and direct route. A hijack would not have made that deliberate left turn with a direct heading for Langkawi. It would probably have weaved around a bit until the hijackers decided on where they were taking it.
 
Surprisingly none of the reporters , officials, other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot's viewpoint. If something went wrong where would he go? Thanks to Google earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times. I guess we will eventually find out when you help me spread this theory on the net and some reporters finally take a look on Google earth and put 2 and 2 together. Also a look at the age and number of cycles on those nose tires might give us a good clue too.   
 
Fire in an aircraft demands one thing - you get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed I believe in Columbus Ohio in the eighties. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports.   He didn't instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually but lost 30 odd souls.   In the 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire simply  overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. Just ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what the transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.
 

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi  and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. 2+2=4  That for me is the  simple explanation why it turned and headed  in that direction.

Smart pilot. Just didn't have the time.

 


 

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A company in New York plans to beam Free Wi-Fi Internet to the entire world... This could be a reality as early as next year. Mind =Blown. #outernet #freewifi #freeinternet #cubesat

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Somewhere in Coimbatore, India Obama & North Korea's Kim Jong-Un join other world leaders in applauding an Indian politician!

#firsttimeinhistory #photoshopfail 
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After Amazon announced a Amazon Prime Air service that would deliver products via a Drone last year, Netflix announces the same...except that drones would be able to deliver it to you in mere minutes and almost anywhere (kinda freaky though). #netflix   #amazon   #Drone  

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To learn to hold your head high never give up... Way to go Brian!
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