• Thanksgiving 2020 - What I Am Thankful For

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    We are at the end of the year 2020, probably one of the worst years the world has ever seen in history. But as we all know the time does not stop for anyone unless the world itself has come to an end. Amid these tough times, we have survived till Thanksgiving this year. Although this year has been a nightmare, let us all take a moment to thank for what we still have. I am going to list all the reasons that I am thankful for in 2020.
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  • Communication Systems - IP and Non-IP protocols

    Shivani Agrawal
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    When applying Internet of Things (IoT) to the agriculture domain, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications are a central key, empowering ubiquitous and independent communications amongst numerous gadgets without any human interference. In this way, necessities such as productivity, versatility, low-cost equipment and low-power utilization are expected from this kind of communications. The demand for these necessities varies according to the various application scenarios, which has driven to the development of endless number of conventions, standards, communication stacks and models, each one addressing specific issues or applications.
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  • My Dream Has Come True - First Road Trip

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    It has been a dream for me to go on a road trip to the U.S. with friends. My friends who came here years before me post amazing photos and videos of the road trip in their cool cars. The most exciting factor of a road trip here is the opportunity to explore a foreign land with exciting cars that are not available back home in India. It has been a year now wishing for the right circumstances and finally, I received a surprising phone call from my friend who is working at Michigan. He called me in the evening and said he is coming to O'Hare airport to drop a friend and said he is staying the night at my place and he had to leave early morning. The call itself was a pleasant surprise since I'm meeting him after four years and wait it gets better. He invited me to come back with him to Michigan since there was Thanksgiving break coming up. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a final surprise that blew my mind away. He came in my dream car -- Jaguar XE, the car I spent years admiring from posters, wallpapers, and rarely on the roads. I thanked all the deities for making this happen. It was as though every single event has aligned perfectly just for me. The classes were online, Thanksgiving holidays, I didn't have many assignments, and finally, I didn't have to deliver newspapers since the last two issues were only online. Seriously, if I think about it, out of nowhere your best friend from college four years ago comes to your home picks you up in a luxury car, and tells me to stay with him in Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, it may be common for other people, but as an Indian student who is living on a budget, the chances of this happening are very low.
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  • The Last Humans - The End

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 30, 2020
    It was day 301, in the year 2820. Everyone was hanging by a thin thread of hope with nowhere to go. The human race was on the brink of extinction. It was another normal day at the space ship, but they did not realize everything was going to come to an end in exactly 102 minutes 37 seconds. Not because they are going to die naturally, but the universe has other plans, a meteor shower of a 250-mile radius is approaching the spaceship at 4800 miles per hour. Usually, the spaceship can steer clear of this doom if they could see this. Of all the variables the scientists considered to survive in space they did not take into account the meteor shower was in the size of microns that is almost impossible to detect. Let us all agree space is filled with wonderful nightmares that even the brightest minds cannot anticipate.
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  • Apple's New M1 Chip is a Big Deal

    Amogh Sondur
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    Nov 30, 2020
    Apple recently announced the latest Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air which now runs on Apple’s in-house chip that they call the M1. Since 2006, Apple has been using Intel for its Mac lineup but has been developing their own System on a Chip (SOCs) after the soaring success of their A-series mobile processors used in iPhones and iPads.
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  • The Eclipse: A short story

    Areej Siddiqui
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    It was the day of. Everyone was anxious. Everyone was preparing. Kids were running around, their parents were running after them. A few people had gathered in the open space where everything had started. They had huge bundles of cloth in their hands. A man was tying one end of a jet black cloth to the top of a pole, while trying to balance himself on the ladder that he was standing on. Right next to him, an old woman was sitting on the ground. She had multiple beaded necklaces around her neck and her arms were filled with bangles, right up to her elbows. She had a needle in her hand with multi-coloured threads attached to it. She was stitching different patterns onto a deep maroon fabric. There were whorls and wavy lines, there were straight lines intersecting with squares and triangles. But the largest and most prominent were the circles with lines radiating from the center.
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  • Status of Smart Farming in India

    Shivani Agrawal
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    Nov 30, 2020
    NASSCOM report states that India has around 40 startups dealing with smart farming. But majority of them are research organizations and only a marginal number of solutions provided by them have been actually implemented in the farms. In India, small and medium-sized farmers are the future of Indian agriculture as large farmers constitute 1.5 percent of the population and contribute only to 35 percent of the food grain production. Thus, it is necessary for these research and development organizations to understand the requirements of small and medium sized farms so that it is easier for them to adopt innovations and techniques and increase the agricultural yield. The small and medium farmers produce for their families and a small portion is left for the market, giving farmers a small value for their products. Thus, introducing smart farming technologies should primarily aim at promising lower costs of production and guide them to get better value for their products.
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  • Is Facebook Dead?

    Amogh Sondur
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    I had a strange moment last week that helped me realize that Facebook — the social media platform I’ve used for more than a decade — is about to go extinct. The platform is losing market share, fast, among young users.
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