Facebook’s ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency to launch in 2020, report claims

Facebook plans to launch its cryptocurrency by the first quarter of next year, reports BBC News. The company is expected to reveal more details about the currency this summer, before testing begins later in 2019. The currency, which is being referred to internally as “GlobalCoin,” will reportedly be available in around a dozen countries at launch, where it’s expected to offer people affordable and secure payments without the need for a bank account.

The currency will need to overcome numerous technical and regulatory hurdles before it can be launched. According to BBC News, last month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with the Bank of England’s governor Mark Carney to discuss the opportunities and risks of the planned digital currency. However, Facebook might have a harder job on its hands in India, which has taken a hostile attitude towards virtual currencies. India is reported to be a key focus for the new currency, where Facebook hopes it will allow Indian workers abroad to send money back home to their families using WhatsApp.

The company has been in talks with the US Treasury, as well as money transfer firms like Western Union, to discuss operational and regulatory issues relating to the cryptocurrency.

We first heard about Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions last May, when it was reported that David Marcus, who previously served on the board of directors for Coinbase and was president of PayPal between 2012 and 2014, was leading the company’s new blockchain division.

Reports suggest that the currency could be designed to be a “stablecoin,” with a value pegged to US currency in an attempt to minimize volatility. However, even without the volatility associated with most cryptocurrencies, Facebook will still have a lot of work to do to get its users to trust GlobalCoin after suffering years of scandals that have tarnished its public image.

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ISRO Launch Live: Online Registrations to Watch PSLV C-46 RISAT 2B Launch Live from Sriharikota Begins

ISRO launch Live from Sriharikota Viewers gallery

ISRO launch live is something space science enthusiasts across the length and breadth of the country look forward to doing. In order to encourage such viewers, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has opened up the online registrations to watch the take-off of the ISRO PSLV C-46 RISAT 2B launch live from Sriharikota. The ISRO PSLV C-46 RISAT 2B launch is scheduled on 22 May 2019 at 5:27 am IST.

While only 1200 viewers could witness the PSLV-C45 launch live from the launch view gallery last month, this time it is expected that 5000 registrations will be allowed. “1200 people watched and enjoyed today’s PSLVC-45 launch from the new viewers’ gallery at Sriharikota. Next time we will have 5000 people watching the launch,” Dr K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO, had said last month.

The launch view gallery has a clear line of sight to two launch pads along with large screens placed to explain the launcher and satellite features. Also, replicas of all the ISRO launch vehicles like the Sounding Rocket, ASLV, PSLV, Mk-III, SLV, and GSLV will be available at the Space Theme Park along with a provision to go inside. A Space Museum educating viewers of the history of the Indian Space Research Organisation will also be created.

How to Register to Watch the ISRO Launch Live?

Viewers need to log onto to the official website of SDSC SHAR, and go to a microsite “Click here for registering to witness PSLV-C46/RISAT-2B Mission”. Viewers will first need to send a valid email address and get it verified, after which they can proceed with the online registrations to watch the ISRO launch live. Following which, visitor details such as individual or institute, no of people visiting, mode of transport and vehicle number needs to be submitted. Visitor’s contact details need to be provided after which terms and conditions need to be accepted. The final step would be the visitor’s capcha verification. The website mentions that 550 visitors have already registered to watch the ISRO launch live.

ISRO PSLV C-46 RISAT 2B: What is PSLV?

PSLV full form is Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The launch vehicle was developed to allow the country to launch its Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites into sun-synchronous orbits. This was commercially available only from Russia service until the advent of the PSLV in 1993. The PSLV-C46 mission, which will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 36th launch from the First Launch pad, is the 14th flight of PSLV in ‘core-alone’ configuration, which means without the use of solid strap-on motors.

RISAT-2B, which is a Radar imaging earth observation satellite, will be placed into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree, says ISRO. The satellite possesses day and night as well as all-weather monitoring capability, thus helping in providing the country with real-time information.

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Samsung to launch 128GB storage variant of Galaxy M40 in India; check out specifications, price in India

Samsung to launch 128GB storage variant of Galaxy M40 in India; check out specifications, price in India

Samsung launched the new M-series smartphones to target the budget conscious markets like India. The South Korean electronics major has already launched Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 in India. The fourth smartphone in the M-series will be an affordable and mid-price range device. Samsung also has the budget friendly Galaxy A-series in its armour which has phones like Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30 and more.

The Galaxy M40 was first spotted on WiFi Alliance Website with a codename SM-M405F/DS and now, leakster Ishan Agarwal has confirmed on Twitter that Samsung will definitely launch Galaxy M40 in India. In a Tweet, Ishan said, “Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy M40 soon. It will definitely be launched in India. It seems like it will have at least three colour options: Blue, Blue and Coral (Orange). 128GB Storage in one of the variants. (img of A50). #GalaxyM40 #Samsung”.

The phone that reportedly bears the codename SM-M405F/DS will run on Android 9.0 Pie based on company’s latest One UI. There are also reports that the phone will come with 5,000 mAh battery and be available in Black, Blue and Coral (Orange) colour options.

As per the Wi-Fi certification, the Galaxy M40 will support dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz) and LTE capabilities. It will also have all five key Wi-Fi certificates a/b/g/n/ac.

The predecessor of the Galaxy M40, the Galaxy M30 came with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display panel. The Galaxy M40 is expected to sport a Super AMOLED display too. M40 would most probably provide an incremental update for Galaxy M30.

As far as the camera is concerned, the Galaxy M40 is likely to carry a triple rear camera setup – similar to the Galaxy M30. Galaxy M30 has a 13-MP primary sensor along with an f/1.9 lens, a 5-MP secondary sensor comprising an f/2.2 lens, and a 5-MP tertiary sensor with the same f/2.2 lens. For selfies, the Galaxy M30 has a 16-MP camera along with f/2.0 lens.

Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by the Exynos 7904 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The phone comes in two variants: one with 4GB RAM, coupled with 64GB of internal storage, and another with 6GB RAM with 128GB of onboard storage.

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Hero XPulse 200, XPulse 200T Launch Date Revealed

The Hero XPulse 200 was first revealed at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in 2017 in Italy and the bike is finally ready to hit the Indian market very soon. India’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp will be introducing the XPulse 200 adventure motorcycle in the country on May 1, 2019 along with the XPulse 200T touring motorcycle. The XPulse 200 will be the country’s most affordable adventure motorcycle yet and shares its underpinnings with the Xtreme 200R that was launched last year. The XPulse 200T is a touring motorcycle based on the same 200 cc platform which also underpins the Xtreme 200 R and of course, the XPulse 200.

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The production-spec Hero XPulse will get the same 200 cc single-cylinder engine from the Xtreme 200R. The motor is tuned to produce 18 bhp and 17.1 Nm of peak torque, whilst paired with a 5-speed gearbox. However, the gear ratios are expected to be different on the adventure motorcycle. The same unit will also power the Hero XPulse 200T, which is a touring variant based on the XPulse 200 and was revealed at EICMA last year. The bike gets relaxed ergonomics and over the adventure version.  It is likely that Hero will launch the XPulse 200 and the 200T together in the market. The XPulse 200T has been designed keeping in mind the practical requirements of a touring motorcycle, with focus on ergonomics, and loading capability with its large luggage plate.

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Compared to the run-of-the-mill 200 cc motorcycles on sale currently, the Hero XPulse does get a host of changes including the long travel telescopic forks up front with 190 mm of travel and a monoshock unit at the rear with 170 mm of travel. The seat height measures 825 mm, which is a function of higher ground clearance as well.

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(The Hero XPulse 200 is expected to be priced between ₹ 1.-1.2 lakh (ex-showroom)

Braking power will come from disc at both ends on the Hero XPulse 200, while switchable ABS will also make it to the production version. A spiritual successor to the Impuls, the bike gets 21-inch spoked wheel up front and an 18-inch tyre at the rear. The adventure tourer will also get a full LED headlamp setup, luggage rack, knuckle guards, and an all-digital instrument console. The latter will also get smartphone connectivity to offer turn-by-turn navigation.

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(Along with the XPulse 200, Hero will also launch the XPulse 200T on May 1, 2019)

Prices for the Hero XPulse 200 are expected to be in the vicinity of ₹ 1-1.20 lakh (ex-showroom). This will make the XPulse one of the more affordable adventure bikes on sale, substantially more affordable than the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Complete details on the motorcycle will be available closer to launch. Keep watching this space.

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