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How to protect yourself from Ransomware (Cryptolocker)

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Last Updated: 23rd July, 2019

Wondering how to prevent yourself from Ransomware or Malware? Then, let’s first try to understand the meaning of Ransomware as well as CryptoLocker.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. However this is not guaranteed and you should never pay!

What is CryptoLocker?

CryptoLocker is a family of ransomware whose business model (you must be surprised, but a malware is also a business to some!) is based on extorting money from users. This continues the trend started by another infamous piece of malware which also extorts its victims, the so-called ‘Police Virus’, which asks users to pay a ‘fine’ to unlock their computers. However, unlike the Police Virus, CryptoLocker hijacks users’ documents and asks them to pay a ransom (with a time limit to send the payment).

Malware installation

CryptoLocker uses social engineering techniques to trick the user into running it. More specifically, the victim receives an email with a password-protected ZIP file purporting to be from a logistics company.

Important Key Points to note about Ransomeware:

  • Most of the times, you are not able to get your data back even after paying a ransom.
  • Sometimes, your data isn’t even encrypted – it’s just hidden. In this case, you can get your data back without paying a ransom.
  • Keeping a regular, separate backup of your files takes all the power away from ransomware.
  • Unless your data is extremely valuable, do NOT pay a ransom.
Ransomware_CryptoLocker

How to prevent Ransomware:

Bad News: Unfortunately, in many cases, once the ransomware has been released into your device there is little you can do unless you have a backup or security software in place.

Good News: Prevention is possible. Following simple cyber security advice can help you to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware.

If you follow these simple steps, you should be safe from ransomware and most other cyber threats likely to come your way.

1. Keep your system up to date

If you are running Windows XP or Vista, you should immediately update your system to Windows 10 or buy a new computer. As we warned back in 2014, Microsoft is no longer supporting these ancient versions of Windows and continuing to use them makes you a prime target for cyber-attacks. And even an entry model $500 computer that will be far more powerful than your current XP one.

For those using Windows 7 and newer, make sure that you have Automatic Updates enabled so new security patches are installed as soon as they are available. These versions of Windows had already been patched by Microsoft to specifically prevent these types of ransomware attacks.

2. Use a reliable antimalware program

While antimalware programs can’t defend against every attack, they can prevent the vast majority of commonly-found malware from infecting your computer. And when new malware is discovered, antimalware providers quickly distribute updates to block it. We recommended the following:

(1) Kaspersky Internet Security,

(2) Bitdefender Total Security and 

(3) Symantec Norton Security Premium.

And antimalware isn’t just for Windows users. Ransomware has been discovered for Macs, too.

3. Back up your data – no, really back up your data

It’s important to back up your data for a number of reasons; and the threat of ransomware is definitely one of them. But it’s not enough just to back up to an external hard drive, or even to the cloud. Many ransomware programs are specifically designed to search out backup devices, even across your network and cloud storage, encrypting everything in its path. To protect yourself, you either have to make regular backups to an external hard drive, which you then detach from your system after the backup (a pain to manage), or use a cloud service that provides automatic versioning so that if the most recent versions are encrypted, you can still recover from earlier versions. We’ve always been fans of Dropbox, which offers a 1TB storage plan for around $100 per year.

4. Keep your browser and plug-ins up to date

Some malware, including ransomware, can be delivered via “drive-by” infections. Taking advantage of vulnerabilities in common browser plugins, like Flash or Java, simply visiting a compromised site, or even viewing a malicious ad on an otherwise safe site, is all it takes for the malware to take hold. So in addition to keeping your operating system up to date, it’s just as important to keep your browser and its associated plug-ins up to date.

5. Avoid ransomware in the first place

Some ransomware, like WannaCry ransomware that just hit Boeing, is spread by email through an encrypted zip file attachment. You click on the attachment and unzip the file and all your precious files are now toast. This common social engineering trick has been around for years and, despite repeated warnings not to click on unknown email attachments, it’s still as effective as ever, as evidenced by the immense global success of WannaCry back in 2017.

DON’T BE THAT PERSON. Don’t click on or open files in email unless you know exactly what they are. Since sender names can be spoofed, simply seeing that the sender is a friend, relative or colleague is not enough. If in doubt, contact them directly to confirm that they sent you the file before you start clicking. And that goes for links, too, that may send you to infected websites (see #4 above).

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Machine Learning 101 to Boost your Predictive Analytics – 2019

Last Updated: 23-July, 2019

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How to effectively use Machine Learning to boost your predictive analytics? 

First let’s try to understand the differences between Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics.

Machine Learning Predictive Analytics
It is an overall term encompassing various subfields including predictive analytics. It can be treated as a subfield of machine learning.
Heavily coding oriented. Mostly standard software oriented where a user need not code much themselves
It is considered to be generated from computer science i.e. computer science can be treated as the parent here. Statistics can be treated as a parent here.
It is the technology of tomorrow. It is so yesterday.
It is machine dominated by many techniques that are hard to understand but work like charm like deep learning. It is user dominated with techniques that must be intuitive for a user to understand and implement.
Tools like R, Python, SaaS are used. Excel, SPSS, Minitab are used.
It is very broad and continuously expanding. It has a very limited scope and application.

75% of Business leaders state ‘growth’ as the key source of value from analytics but only 60% of those leaders have predictive analytics capabilities. So what’s preventing the businesses from achieving predictive analytics capabilities? The major roadblock is applying the right set of tools, which can pull powerful insights from this stockpile of data. But first, a big data system requires identifying and storing of digital information (lots of!!). Using Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms, businesses can optimize and uncover new statistical patterns which form the backbone of predictive analytics.

Forms of Data Analysis

Organization with huge data can begin analytics. Before beginning data scientists should make sure that predictive analytics fulfills their business goals and is appropriate for the big data environment.

Let’s take a quick look at the three types of analytics –

Descriptive analytics – It is the basic form of analytics which aggregates big data and provides useful insights into the past.

Predictive analytics – Next step in data reduction; It uses various statistical modelling and machine learning techniques to analyze past data and predict the future outcomes

Prescriptive analytics – New form of analytics which uses a combination of business rules, machine learning and computational modelling to recommend the best course of action for any pre-specified outcome.

Neural networks – Building blocks of Data Analysis

Neural network is a system of hardware and software mimicked after the central nervous system of humans, to estimate functions that depend on huge amount of unknown inputs. Neural networks are specified by three things – architecture, activity rule and learning rule.

According to Kaz Sato, Staff Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform “A neural network is a function that learns the expected output for a given input from training datasets”. A neural network is an interconnected group of nodes. Each processing node has its own small sphere of knowledge, including what it has seen and any rules it was originally programmed with or developed for itself.

Neural Network for predictive analytics

In short neural networks are adaptive and modify themselves as they learn from subsequent inputs. For example, below is a representation of a neural network that performs image recognition for ‘humans’. The network has been trained with a lot of sample human and non-human images. The resulting network works as a function that takes an image as input and outputs label human or non-human.

Neural network - Image recognition

Building predictive capabilities using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Let’s implement what we have learned about neural networks in an everyday predictive example. For example, we want to model a neural network for banking system that predicts debtor risk. For such a problem we have to build a recurrent neural network which can model patterns over time. RNN will require huge memory and a large quantity of input data. The neural system will take data sets of previous debtors. Input variables can be age, income, current debt etc  and provide the risk factor for the debtor. Each time we ask our neural network for an answer, we also save a set of our intermediate calculations and use them the next time as part of our input. That way, our model will adjust its predictions based on the input that it has seen recently.

Neural network - Debtor risk analysis

 

Uses cases for Machine Learning based predictive analytics

As Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence landscape evolves predictive analytics is finding its way into more business use cases. Coupled with Business intelligence (BI) tools such as Domo and Tableau, business executives can make sense of big data.

Some prospective use cases for ML-based predictive analytics are:

E-commerce –  Using ML businesses can predict customer churn and fraudulent transaction. Also predicting which product customer will click on.

Marketing – There are many examples of ML in B2B marketing. Common use case is identifying and acquiring prospects with attributes similar to existing customers. They can also prioritize known prospects, leads, and accounts based on their likelihood to take action.

Customer service – Satisfaction Prediction made by Zendesk uses a machine learning algorithm to process results of historical satisfaction surveys, learning from signals such as the total time to resolve a ticket, response delay, and the specific wording of tickets cross-referenced with customer satisfaction ratings.

Medical Diagnosis – Medical professionals can use a program modelled using ML to predict the likeliness of a particular illness. The model will use a database of patient records and will make predictions based on symptoms exhibited by the patient.

Organizations and technology companies are employing machine learning based predictive analytics to gain an edge over the rest of the market. Machine learning advancements such as neural networks and deep learning algorithms can discover hidden patterns in unstructured data sets and uncover new information. But building a comprehensive data analysis and predictive analytics strategy requires big data and progressive IT systems.

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All About Bitcoin in 2019 (Infographic)

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Last Updated: 28th July, 2019

At its simplest, Bitcoin is either virtual currency or reference to the technology. You can make transactions by check, wiring, or cash. You can also use Bitcoin (or BTC), where you refer the purchaser to your signature, which is a long line of security codeencrypted with 16 distinct symbols. The purchaser decodes the code with his smartphone to get your cryptocurrency. Put another way; cryptocurrency is an exchange of digital information that allows you to buy or sell goods and services.The transaction gains its security and trust by running on a peer-to-peer computer network that is similar to Skype, or BitTorrent, a file-sharing system.

This Infographic in this article describes the BCH chain of bitcoin, called Bitcoin Cash.

The BTC chain of bitcoin no longer resembles the Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, as BTC is instead pursuing a scaling approach that involves high fees on the main chain in order to force commerce onto layer-2 solutions (which have been in development for several years but are still not yet ready actual use).

What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

Bitcoin emerged in 2008 just after Occupy Wall Street accused big banks of:

  • misusing borrowers’ money,
  • duping clients,
  • rigging the system,
  • and charging boggling fees.

Bitcoin pioneers wanted to put the seller in charge, eliminate the middleman, cancel interest fees, and make transactions transparent, to hack corruption and cut fees. They created a decentralized system, where you could control your funds and know what was going on.

Bitcoin has come far in a relatively short time. All over the world, companies, from REEDS Jewelers, a large jewelry chain in the US, to a private hospital in Warsaw, Poland, accept its currency.

Billion dollar businesses such as Dell, Expedia, PayPal, and Microsoft do, too. Websites promote it, publications such as Bitcoin Magazine publish its news, forums discuss cryptocurrency and trade its coins. It has its application programming interface (API), price index, and exchange rate.

Problems include thieves hacking accounts, high volatility, and transaction delays. On the other hand, people in third world countries may find Bitcoin their most reliable channel yet for giving or receiving money.

Bitcoin Chart

 

What is bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency created in 2009. Marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies.

Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! Bitcoin can be used to book hotels on Expedia, shop for furniture on Overstock and buy Xbox games. But much of the hype is about getting rich by trading it. The price of bitcoin skyrocketed into the thousands in 2017.

Why bitcoin?

Bitcoins can be used to buy merchandise anonymously. In addition, international payments are easy and cheap because bitcoins are not tied to any country or subject to regulation. Small businesses may like them because there are no credit card fees. Some people just buy bitcoins as an investment, hoping that they’ll go up in value.

Mining

People compete to “mine” bitcoins using computers to solve complex math puzzles. This is how bitcoins are created. Currently, a winner is rewarded with 12.5 bitcoins roughly every 10 minutes.

Buying bitcoins

Buy on an Exchange

Many marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies. Coinbase is a leading exchange, along with Bitstamp and Bitfinex. But security can be a concern: bitcoins worth tens of millions of dollars were stolen from Bitfinex when it was hacked in 2016.

Bitcoin wallet

Bitcoins are stored in a “digital wallet,” which exists either in the cloud or on a user’s computer. The wallet is a kind of virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins, pay for goods or save their money. Unlike bank accounts, bitcoin wallets are not insured by the FDIC.

Bitcoin’s future in question

No one knows what will become of bitcoin. It is mostly unregulated, but some countries like Japan, China and Australia have begun weighing regulations. Governments are concerned about taxation and their lack of control over the currency.

Bitcoin’s Price Predictions and What You Should Consider

In reality, nobody can predict the future of a cryptocurrency, but if we could, we would all be billionaires. In the cryptocurrency world, prices are very volatile.  This means that the value of a coin can go up or down really quickly, with often no explanation as to why. This makes predicting prices much more difficult than traditional markets.

When considering the future value of a cryptocurrency, it is always better to look at real-world events. This can include improved technology, future roadmap objectives, new partnerships or even regulations.

The most important thing is that you always perform your own independent research before making an investment. Never buy a cryptocurrency just because a price prediction excites you, or because your favorite YouTuber told you to! At the end of the day, everyone has a different opinion and there is no guarantee that anyone will get it right.

What does the future hold for Bitcoin?

So what’s next for Bitcoin? As outlined previously, it has many advantages and for this reason it will remain relevant as a currency. The vast majority of BTC transactions by volume are made in China so the two will remain interlinked.

We see the biggest risk to Bitcoin being its substitution and/or parallel use by other crypto currencies. Bitcoin die-hard fans claim that this is never going to be an issue since Bitcoin was the pioneer and as such enjoys first-mover privilege. This argument is probably flawed because although the BTC is used for payments, this is only a relatively small % of all Bitcoins. One of its primary uses is being a store of value and for this reason other crypto currencies can always step in and enjoy similar status if aggregate demand requires it.

Is Bitcoin simply a 21st century version of gold, only without the storage issues? Or is it just a short-lived popular fad that may soon evolve into something quite different? Only time will tell. The only certainty is that its price will remain very volatile in the future.


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World Map – Country’s Tourism Slogan

Last Updated: 29th January, 2019

All Country’s Tourism Slogan

Looking for a World Map with Slogans on Travel & Tourism? Holiday website Family Break Finder has collected all of them (except 38 countries that don’t have one) and put them on an interesting map.

Some tourism departments have clearly been working harder than others with a handful of countries opting for simple alliteration rather than trying anything fancy (“Incredible India”; “Beautiful Bangladesh”; “Pristine Paradise Palau”; “Brilliant Barbados”).

  1. Scotland – “A spirit of its own”
  2. Cape Verde – “No stress”
  3. Latvia – “Best enjoyed slowly”
  4. Norway – “Powered by nature”
  5. Bahamas– “Life is Grand”

Here goes the Comprehensive list:

Albania – Go your own way!
Algeria – Tourism for everybody
Andorra – The Pyrenean Country
Antigua and Barbuda  – The beach is just the beginning
Argentina – Beats to your rhythm
Armenia – Visit Armenia, It is Beautiful
Australia – There’s NOTHING like Australia
Austria – Arrive and revive
Bahamas – Life Is Grand
Bahrain – Ours. Yours. Bahrain
Bangladesh – Beautiful Bangladesh
Barbados – Brilliant Barbados
Belarus – Hospitality Beyond Borders
Belgium – The place to be
Belize – Mother Nature’s Best-Kept Secret
Bhutan – Happiness is a place
Bolivia – Bolivia awaits you
Bosnia and Herzegovina – The heart of SE Europe
Botswana – Our pride, your destination
Brazil – Brasil – sensational!
Brunei Darussalam – A kingdom of unexpected treasures
Bulgaria – A discovery to share
Burundi – Beautiful Burundi
Cabo Verde – No stress
Cambodia – Kingdom of wonder
Cameroon – All of Africa in one country
Canada – Keep exploring
Chad – Oasis of the Sahel
Chile – All are welcome
China – China Like Never Before
Colombia – Colombia is magical realism
Costa Rica – Essential Costa Rica
Croatia – Full of life
Cuba – Autentica Cuba
Cyprus – Cyprus in your heart
Czech Republic – Land of stories
Denmark – Happiest place on Earth!
Djibouti – Djibeauty
Dominica – The nature island
Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic has it all
Ecuador – All you need is Equador
Egypt – Where it all begins
El Salvador – The 45 Minute Country
Estonia – Epic Estonia
Ethiopia Land of origins
Fiji – Where Happiness Finds You
Finland – I wish I was in Finland
France – Rendez vous en France
Gambia – The smiling coast of Africa
Georgia – For the best moments of your life
Germany – Simply inspiring
Greece – All Time Classic
Grenada – Pure Grenada
Guatemala – Heart of the Mayan World
Guyana – South America Undiscovered
Haiti – Experience It!
Honduras – Everything is here
Hungary – Think Hungary more than expected
Iceland – Inspired by Iceland
India – Incredible !ndia
Indonesia – Wonderful Indonesia
Iran – You Are Invited
Iraq – The Other Iraq (Kurdistan)
Ireland – Jump into Ireland
Israel – Land of Creation
Italy – Made in Italy
Jamaica – Get All Right
Japan – Endless discovery
Jordan – Yes, it’s Jordan
Kazakhstan – The land of wonders
Kenya – Magical Kenya
Kiribati – For travellers
Kyrgyzstan – Oasis on the Great Silk Road
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) – Simply Beautiful
Latvia – Best enjoyed slowly
Lebanon – Live Love Lebanon
Lesotho – The Kingdom In The Sky
Liechtenstein – Experience princely moments
Lithuania – Real is beautiful
Luxembourg – Live your unexpected Luxembourg
Macedonia – Macedonia Timeless
Madagascar – A genuine island, a world apart
Malawi – The warm heart of Africa
Malaysia – Truly Asia
Maldives – The sunny side of life
Malta – Truly Mediterranean
Mauritius – It’s a pleasure
Mexico – Live It to Believe It
Micronesia (Federated States of) – Experience the warmth
Monaco – Easy going Monaco
Mongolia – Go Nomadic
Montenegro – Wild Beauty
Morocco – Much mor
Mozambique – Come to where it all started
Myanmar – Let the journey begin
Namibia – Endless horizons
Nepal – Once is not enough
Netherlands – The original cool
New Zealand – 100% Pure
Nicaragua – Unica. Original!
Nigeria – Good people, great nation
Norway – Powered by nature
Oman – Beauty has an address
Pakistan – It’s beautiful, it’s Pakistan
Palau – Pristime Paradise Palau
Panama – Panama Surprises
Papua New Guinea – A million different journeys
Paraguay – You have to feel it!
Peru – Land of the Incas
Philippines – It’s more fun in the Phillipines
Poland – Move your imagination
Portugal – Europe’s West Coast
Qatar – Where dreams come to life
Republic of Korea (South Korea) – Imagine your Korea
Republic of Moldova – Discover the routes of life
Romania – Explore the Carpathian garden
Russian Federation – Reveal your own Russia
Rwanda – Remarkable Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis – Follow your heart
Saint Lucia – Simply beautiful
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Discover SVG
Samoa – Beautiful Samoa
San Marino – San Marino For All
Saudi Arabia – Experience to discover
Serbia – My Serbia
Seychelles – Another world
Sierra Leone – The freedom to explore
Singapore – Your Singapore
Slovakia – Travel in Slovakia – Good idea
Slovenia – I feel SLOVEnia
Solomon Islands – Seek the unexplored
South Africa – Inspiring new ways
Spain #spainindetail
Sri Lanka – Wonder of Asia
Suriname – A Colorful Experience… Exotic beyond words
Swaziland – A royal experience
Switzerland – Get natural
Syrian Arab Republic – Always Beautiful
Tajikistan – Feel the friendship
Thailand – Amazing Thailand. It begins with the people
Timor-Leste – Being first has its rewards
Tonga – The true South Pacific
Trinidad and Tobago – The true Caribbean
Tunisia – I feel like Tunisia
Turkey -Be our guest
Tuvalu – Timeless Tuvalu
Uganda – You’re welcome
Ukraine – It’s all about U
United Arab Emirates – Discover all that’s possible
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Home of amazing moments
United Republic of Tanzania – The land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti
United States of America – All within your reach
Uruguay – Uruguay natural
Uzbekistan – Naturally Irresistible!
Vanuatu – Discover what matters
Venezuela – Venezuela is your destination!
Vietnam – Timeless charm
Zambia – Let’s explore
Zimbabwe – A world of wonders

Source: Google Docs

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Coffee Facts – 2019

Coffee Facts

Last Updated: 28th July, 2019

Do you know that Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth after Oil? 

According to the “Global Exchange”, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee.

1. Coffee Consumption

Coffee Consumption Facts

2. Types of Beans

Coffee Beans

3. How it’s made

How to make Coffee

4. Weirdest Coffee Flavor

Weidest Coffee Flavors

5. Most Expensive Coffee

Most Expensive Coffee

6. Best Coffee Cup

Best Coffee Cup

7. How to make Latte Art at Home

8. Impressive COFFEE Facts & Effects Of CAFFEINE

  • The effects of caffeine start showing 15-20 minutes after the first sip.
  • Caffeine affects our brain in a similar way to cocaine.
  • Coffee beans come from the coffee plant’s red berries.
  • A cup of coffee contains approx. 100 mg of caffeine.
  • The effects of painkillers are increased by up to 40% when combined with caffeine.
  • Your daily caffeine dose shouldn’t exceed 400 mg.
  • 12 to 17 year-old constitute the most rapidly growing group of coffee consumers.
  • Smokers metabolize caffeine up to 50% faster than non-smokers.
  • Finnish people drink the most coffee worldwide.
  • Caffeine is processed faster in women than in men.

Journey of Coffee from Tree to your Cup

Coffee travels a long way before reaching your coffee mug.
 
Here are some more interesting coffee facts:
 
  • It takes three-to-four years for a coffee seed to grow into a tree that produces coffee beans.
 
  • Seeds are first planted in nurseries. Six months to one-year later, seedlings are transplanted to open fields. Workers must prepare the planting ground for the small seedlings by loosening and grading the soil.
 
  • Approximately two-and-a-half years after transplantation, the trees begin to flower and the flowers produce a small fruit known as a coffee cherry. In the center of each cherry are two green coffee beans.
 
  • Coffee plants grow best where there is plenty of rainfall at certain times of the year and thrive in a well-drained, rich, volcanic soil. The plant does not like sudden changes in temperature, and frost can severely damage or kill it.
 
  • During harvest, coffee cherries are hand picked. It takes approximately 2,000 cherries — 4,000 beans — to produce one pound of roasted coffee. After being husked, sorted and bagged, the green coffee beans are shipped from the countries where they were grown to the countries where they will be manufactured and consumed.
 
  • Manufacturing involves the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, or the production of instant coffee. Once manufacturing and packaging are completed, the coffee is ready for the consumer.
 
  • The leading coffee producing countries of the world are Brazil and Colombia.
 
  • The United States imports and consumes more coffee than any other country.
 

Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for your health?

Drinking large amounts of coffee can cause a spike in blood pressure and heart rate. Studies have suggested that coffee increases heart rate, thanks to caffeine’s impact on hormones and neurotransmitters. But drinking coffee in moderation—one to three cups per day–shouldn’t have a noticeable impact on a healthy adult.
 

5 Interesting Facts About Coffee

1. COFFEE DATES BACK TO 800 AD

Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.

2. COFFEE WAS ORIGINALLY CHEWED.

Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible energy balls.

3. INSTANT COFFEE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY 250 YEARS.

Instant coffee has been around for a while, making its first appearance in England in 1771. But it would take another 139 years for the first mass-produced instant coffee to be introduced (and patented) in the U.S. in 1910.

4. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS MORE THAN $1000 ON COFFEE EACH YEAR.

You’d think that spending an average of $1092 on coffee each year would be enough to make America the world’s most caffeinated nation. You would be wrong.

5. FINLAND IS THE WORLD’S COFFEE CAPITAL.

Though Finland does not produce any beans of its own, its citizens drink a lot of the brown stuff—the most of any country in the world.

Old facts, new facts

So many interesting facts about coffee, but yet which facts concern the present time?

A love of all things connected with coffee has brought both large and small companies into the world of coffee production and trading.

Technology and improvements in coffee trading industry are two of the major factors which  help a lot of those companies to  compete in the volatile environment of coffee trading.

Coffee culture is constantly changing as coffee drinkers seek new ways to enjoy their favorite beverage  Production, trading and distribution methods have evolved to meet these new needs but there are a lot more improvements yet to be made. So further coffee research and development will need to be an on-going activity..

As a coffee trader you need to make the right choices in setting up your business for continuing growth and profit. Organizing all your procedures from the beginning is definitely going to assist you in the future. Even if you didn’t have the sufficient budget when you started and now want to adopt your existing business  to use specific software in order to handle all your coffee trading activities, you still can. It is never late.

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Realtime – Flight Information

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Flight Tracker Visualizes June 30 as one of the Busiest Days ever in Air Travel

The best live flight radar app I have ever used – Flight Radar 24.

The skies look a lot more crowded today than they did a century ago.

At any given moment, there are 9700 airplanes traveling through the air on average. Saturday, June 30 was an especially busy day for air travelers: Flightradar24 recorded 202,157 flights, the most the flight-tracking app has ever documented in a single day.

Since 2006, people have used Flightradar24 to see visualizations of aircraft making trips around the world.

Each tiny yellow plane depicted on their map uses data from airlines and airports, and users can click the icons to learn the route, model, speed, altitude, and departure and arrival time of each craft.

Flightradar24 is a Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time commercial aircraft flight information on a map. It includes flight tracks, origins and destinations, flight numbers, aircraft types, positions, altitudes, headings and speeds.

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Do you know that Artificial Intelligence in 2019 can predict your death?

Artificial_Intelligence_Can_Predict_Human_Death

Last Updated: 28th July, 2019

Yes, it’s true. Artificial Intelligence can be used as a death factoring calculator. Case studies have proved that AI can predict metastatic cancer and deaths caused by heart attack. Let’s deep dive how? Google is creating an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that can be used to predict a patient’s death—Simply astonishing.

Google’s Medical Brain team is using a new type of Artificial Intelligence algorithm that can make predictions about the likelihood of death among hospital patients. The company claims that the AI can predict when a patient might die more accurately than other traditional models used by doctors.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are clearly taking the world by storm. AI technology is revolutionizing the world and is prevalent in almost every facet of our lives:

  • The way we purchase items.
  • The way we communicate.
  • The way we move across the world.

These days, AI is pushing its boundaries further and entering into the deadly territories: Death Prediction.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is a branch of Computer Science which aims to make machines simulate Human Intelligence Tasks/Processes. These systems usually make predictions using a technique referred to as Machine Learning.

How does Google AI make Predictions?

Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Your Death

The system works by chewing up data about various details of a patient such as age, gender, ethnicity, previous diagnosis, present signs, and laboratory results.

What’s more, the system can also take data buried on charts and PDFs and use it for making predictions.

After testing the algorithm, Google found out that it could make death predictions with an astonishing accuracy level of 95%, which is 10% more accurate than the traditional models.

In one of the case studies, the Google AI software crunched about 176,000 data points of the records of a woman with metastatic cancer and pronounced that she had a 19.9% chance of dying in the hospital. The doctors at the hospital had given her a 9.3% chance of dying.

Amazingly, as predicted by the AI software, the woman died after two weeks—beating the doctors at their own game.

Although the Google’s AI may not be perfect at predicting deaths, it would continue to perform better as it is ‘taught’ with more data.

Therefore, if this breakthrough healthcare technology is improved, it can reduce human error in medicine and lead to more lives being saved.

What are your thoughts on Google’s death-predicting AI? Let us know in the comments.

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The Gelmer Funicular in Switzerland – Steepest in Europe

Planning for a Switzerland trip? Then do ride the best Switzerland Mountain Coaster which has a speed of 2mt/sec.

Speed 2 metres per second (6.6 ft/s)
Journey time 10 mins
Capacity 24 passengers per car; 60 persons in each direction per hour

The Gelmer Funicular is a funicular railway in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Are you looking for things to do in Switzerland and also ready for an adrenaline rush? Then watch this video !!!

With an inclination of up to 106% (no, that’s not a typo), this funicular is the steepest of its kind in Europe. It was originally built to transport heavy construction materials for the Gelmer dam, however, nowadays it is open for adventure-seeking hikers.

It’s not that high speed as it looks, although it’s just that the filming is high speed.

It’s a cog railroad, slow and steady and very safe.

In a blink, the funicular makes its way to the Gelmer valley 1860 meter above sea level.

It’s a Great adventure ride for families and anyone who enjoys glacier-covered mountain views without the effort.

There’s just one more thing: to reach the funicular you have to cross the Handeck suspension bridge, which hangs some 70 metres above the Handeck Gorge.

Venue name: Gelmer Funicular
Contact:
Address: Guttannen 
Opening hours: The line operates from the beginning of June through to mid-October, in daylight hours only.

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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

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National-award winning actress, the feisty Kangana Ranaut will be seen playing the courageous Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi next year.

The story is based on the famous Jhansi ki Rani.

Directed by Telugu film-maker Krish, the movie is hands down one of the highly-anticipated films of 2019.

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Speculations were rife that the magnum opus has been postponed due to the fact that it involves heavy VFX.

Rani Laxmibai was a freedom fighter and thus, it only seemed apt for the makers that the project is screened in the month of our Independence. Rani Lakshmibai’s battle against the Britishers was the first fight for freedom, so looking at the emotion, the call was taken to release it in August 2018, however the film’s release has now been postponed.

As per latest information from the sets of Manikarnika, Krish’s focus has shifted to the NTR biopic, co-starring Nandamuri Balakrishnan and Vidya Balan, thus Kangana Ranaut decided to complete the film in time to release next year on Republic Day.

Krish assigned his dates to the NTR biopic, which is also slated to release in the first half of 2019.

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What’s coming in iOS 12

Wondering what’s new in iOS 12?

Get a sneak peak here:

Performance Improvements:

iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks really fast and the users will get a feel of better response time with a major performance improvements across the Operating System.

Grouped Notification:

Multiple notifications from the same APP or thread will be grouped, and this will reduce distractions so that users can focus on the most important notifications.

Screen Time:

There will be NEW tools to have a better understanding of how the user and their family members use the devices.

New Animoji characters, ‘Memoji’ avatar design feature:

iOS 12 may include new features and new character options. Apple will also introduce a new Bitmoji-like Memoji feature for designing your own avatars.

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