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A half-century-old science issue has been solved and will permit for dramatic changes within the combat towards diseases, researchers say.

For years, scientists and researchers have been struggling with the problem of “protein folding” - mapping the 3D shapes of the proteins which are accountable for diseases from cancer to coronavirus(Covid-19).

Tech giant  Google’s Deepmind claims to have created an artificially intelligent digital program referred to as “AlphaFold” that is ready to solve these problems in a matter of days.

If it really works, the solution has come “decades” earlier than it was expected, in response to experts, and will have transformative results in the way diseases are treated.

There are around 200 million identified proteins at present but solely a fraction has really been unfolded to completely understand what they do and how they work. Even these which were successfully understood usually depend on expensive and time-intensive techniques, with scientists spending years unfolding each structure and relying on equipment that can cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars($).

DeepMind worked on the Artificial Intelligence project with the 14th Community Wide Experiment on the Critical Assessment of Methods for Protein Structure Prediction (CASP14), a gaggle of scientists who've been seeking into the matter since 1994. “Proteins are extremely complicated molecules, and their precise 3D structure is key to the many roles they perform, for example, the insulin that regulates sugar levels in our blood and the antibodies that help us fight infections,” Dr. John Moult, chair of CASP14, mentioned.

“Even tiny rearrangements of these vital molecules can have catastrophic effects on our health, so one of the most efficient ways to understand the disease and discover new remedies is to study the proteins involved.

“There are tens of 1000's of human proteins and lots of billions in other species, together with bacteria and viruses, but working out the shape of only one requires costly equipment and can take years.”

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Xiaomi Mi 11 tipped to launch in January 2021 with Snapdragon 875 SoC and 108MP Camera
As per the newest reports coming out of China, The corporate is planning to announce the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro in January 2021. Xiaomi has rumored to be working on the successor of its MI 10 series of smartphones. Anticipated to be referred to as the Mi 11, the upcoming flagship smartphones have again been tipped to launch in January 2021. 

This is in line with reliable tipster Digital Chat Station who had come out previously to speak about the identical via his Weibo account. The tipster claims that Xiaomi smartphone Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will probably be one of the first {if not the first} smartphones in the international market to come sporting the Snapdragon 875 SoC.

Of the 2, it's undoubtedly the Mi 11 Pro that seems to be more fascinating. Reports suggest it'll house a display screen that will probably be a giant improvement over the Mi 10 Pro's which could refresh at 1080p resolution and refreshed at 90Hz. It is because the screen on the gadget is now expected to be a WQHD+ panel with four-sided curves and support for 120Hz refresh.

The smartphone can also be tipped to come with a selfie camera sensor housed inside a punch-hole on the top-left nook of the display screen.

Other than this, the smartphone has been previously tipped to come with a Snapdragon 875 SoC making it the first Chinese device to be powered by this explicit chipset. Speaking in regards to the Snapdragon 875 SoC, it's likely to comprise of 1 Cortex-X1 core, 3 Cortex-A78 cores, and 4 Cortex-A55 cores and is predicted to be around 20 % more power-efficient and 10 % more highly effective than the Snapdragon 865. In actual fact, some reports have additionally claimed that the new Snapdragon Qualcomm chipset could be faster than Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset.

The Mi 11 is predicted to comes with powerful lenses that would even eclipse the megapixel count of the camera discovered on its predecessor. It's anticipated the primary camera sensor may range from 108MP to 192MP. Other lenses could embody a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens with upgraded picture stabilization options and a tiny 0.8 m pixel size.

Though nothing has been stated officially, the Mi 11 series is broadly tipped to be launched by the corporate in its home nation China as early as January next year. It has been claimed that originally the smartphone will probably be exclusive to the Chinese market, and will remain to be so for a couple of weeks or months, after which it's going to eventually be launched globally.
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Google has been continuously working on artificial intelligence technology for quite a long time. Google Now, A very big software giant released an AI-based web software for video game creators to easily paint distinctive and unique digital creatures from scratch.

Called as the Chimera Painter, it's a nifty software that can convert a rough(child level) digital-painting of a creature into a realistic 3D design model with superb textures and details.

All of the creators need to do is paint a creature and label its body parts for the software to recognize them.

At present, to develop the software, the creators trained the machine learning model on photos of existing animals and their body parts. The developers fed the model hundreds, thousands of CG animal photographs with labels to establish their body parts.

Following the training, the model was able to convert rough digital painting work of arbitrary creatures into real looking 3D renders. It makes use of the generative adversarial network (GAN) which suggests there are two models working in cooperation. So, the first model renders an output and the second one criticizes it till it turns desirable.

Now, the developers of the tool launched the Chimera Painter as a demo tool for all to try it out directly on the web. It provides rough paintings of 4 fantastical creatures on which you'll be able to add your individual personal touches. And when you add all of your parts, click on the transform button on the top the web software converts them into realistic textures and 3D designs.

So, if you're somebody who paints digital creatures for applications and video games, then I'm sure you'll definitely love this tool called Chimera Painter.

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Project Mainline is without doubt one of the greatest changes to Android in recent times. While you as a shopper may not discover this change, it basically alters how Android operates as an open-source operating system, with extra power now resting within the palms of Google than ever earlier than. Whether this increase in control is nice or bad is a topic for a different debate.

Now, Google plans to incorporate the Android Runtime (ART) as an updatable Mainline module in Android 12. 

What's Android Runtime (ART)?

ART is the default runtime on the Android platform that was introduced back in 2013 along with Android 4.4 Kitkat. As Google says, Android Runtime is the “managed runtime used by functions and a few system services on Android“.

We can understand it in this form: ART basically translates an Android app’s bytecode into native instructions. It makes use of ahead-of-time compilation to compile applications into native machine code straight upon installation. As you possibly can guess, this can be a pretty essential performance that ideally should carry out in the identical method throughout the entire Android ecosystem.

As noticed by XDA Recognized Developer luca020400, a Google engineer has revealed that the corporate ideas to make the Android Runtime an updatable Mainline module in Android 12.

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Google will have the ability to exercise much more control over it, according to the overarching theme of mainline modules. As we point out in our primary explainer on Project Mainline.

Android Runtime as a Mainline module would allow Google to update it while not having a system OTA update. If Google makes it obligatory for OEMs to preload a Google-signed ART module, then Google will have the ability to retain control over pushing updates to Android Runtime on all Android gadgets. Google would be able to push updates to Android Runtime by way of the Google Play Store, and OEMs wouldn’t be able to make changes to Android Runtime.

[Source: XDA Developers]
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UK to impose new rules to limit Facebook and Google's Power in Market
The UK to impose new rules and regulations next year aimed toward preventing Facebook and Google from abusing their market dominance.

The Competition and Markets Authority stated the 2 corporations accounted for around 80 percent of the £14bn ($18.7bn) spent on advertising/promoting online last year/2019. The new regime will try to give consumers more management control over their data.

It is going to additionally "assist small companies to thrive, and ensure news outlets should not be compelled out by bigger rivals," according to the government authorities.

"There is growing consensus in the UK and abroad that the focus of power among a small variety of tech corporations is curtailing the progress of the sector, decreasing innovation and having negative impacts on the folks and businesses that depend on them," stated Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, in a statement. "It is time to address that and unleash a new age of tech growth."

The new code will set clear expectations for the giant companies over what represents acceptable behavior when interacting with opponents and users. Platforms which are funded by digital advertising may very well be required to be more clear about the services they supply and the way they're using consumers' information.

They are going to be expected to give consumers a selection over whether to obtain personalized advertising and prevented them from putting restrictions on their clients that make it hard for them to use rival platforms.

The code will be enforced by a new devoted unit within the Competition and Markets(CMA). The Digital Markets Unit may very well be given powers to suspend, block, and reverse choices made by technology companies and to impose monetary penalties for non-compliance.

Facebook and Google have previously stated they're dedicated to working with the British authorities and regulators on digital advertising.

Changes to news/Media:
The new code might additionally affect the media trade, which has lost a lot of its promoting/advertising revenues to Google and Facebook. The new code will try to manipulate commercial arrangements between news publishers and platforms to help preserve publishers in the business.

It is going to attempt to stop online platforms from imposing unfair phrases on news publishers that restrict their ability to monetize their content.
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Pixel 5
Pixel 5 running one of the cleanest versions of Android 11 Operating System, most individuals are comfortable to run the Pixel Experience however for true tinkerers, the thought of a custom ROM might be a bit more attractive.

Shortly after the Android 11 OS update was made obtainable we noticed the first custom ROM arrive, however with some serious caveats. Practically 3 months on, and with the Pixel 5 smartphone launch behind us, the first custom ROM is now obtainable for Google’s 2020 flagship phone.

Like with the primary Android 11 ROM, this Pixel 5 ROM was shared to get over on XDA Forums and has been dubbed “ProtonAOSP”. In line with XDA, the ROM seems to be fairly stable, and the whole ROM is naturally based mostly upon the AOSP builds of Android 11 OS. It builds upon lots of the privacy-focused alternations that were launched within Android 11 wholesale, making it ideal for tinkerers that want much more control over their private data.

ProtonAOSP permits for far extra customization than is presently possible with Pixel Experience on the Pixel 5 smartphone, making it a solid ROM for these wanting a well-recognized feel but with extra tweaking functionalities. That’s just the tip of the iceberg although, as ProtonAOSP consists of a lot more: 
  • Higher efficiency and battery life than stock
  • Refined UI: typography, colors, tweaks, frosted glass blur
  • Modern designed default settings like sounds, navigation, safe volume off, and so forth.
  • Better quality and fast screenshots
  • Power-user comfort: reminiscence utilization in Settings, superior settings expanded by default
  • Performance and Efficiency: Vulkan UI rendering, decreased APEX overhead, optimized memory pinning, responsive pretty animations
  • Decreased system notification clutter and annoying prompts
Some Pixel-exclusive features are lacking from ProtonAOSP, so it is likely to be worthwhile doing some research before making an attempt to install in your main system unless you’re happy with their omission. Nonetheless, in case you are insistent on installing this custom ROM in your Pixel 5, then you possibly can follow the directions and get download links in the official support thread here. Make sure to backup your system before proceeding although.
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tooter login
Earlier this year, we noticed the launch of the social media platform Elyments, a desi version to Instagram and Facebook. Now, one other indigenous firm has given you the Twitter alternative called Tooter.

"We believe that India should have a Swadeshi{Native} social network. Without one, we're just a digital colony of the American Twitter India Company, no different than what we were under the British East India Company. Tooter is our Swadeshi Andolan 2.0. Be a part of us on this Andolan. Join us!", mentions the Tooter app developer's site.

Indian alternative of Twitter, Tooter has its headquarter at Barugudem, near SriCity, Telangana. The oddly named social media platform has Sea conch (Shankha), which is utilized by Lord Shri Krishna in Mahabharatha epic, as their logo.

The UI(user interface) and the color theme of the app just like both Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, it has an identical blue tickmark for verified accounts and @username IDs. And the enjoyable truth is that its feed is referred to as 'toots' similar to tweets on Twitter.

The uncommon factor is that it's providing 'TooterPRO' paid service, however, does not point out any clear particulars on what advantages it will be providing for the paid subscription.

As per the number of reviews in the media, a number of high-profile people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with celebrities akin to Abhishek Bachchan, Mahesh Babu, and even Virat Kohli have their accounts on Tooter.

However, we've got come to understand that the Tooter is taking the tweets of the folks from Twitter and posting them directly on its social media news feed. 

There isn't any official affirmation by any of the aforementioned individuals of becoming a member of the Tooter platform. Additionally, it can be noted that the installation depends of Tooter on the Play store is now has just 5K plus downloads.

As of now, Tooter is barely obtainable in the Android version on the Play store. We tried getting enrolled on Tooter, however, there are some points registering on the native social media platform.