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Holo calls

Holographic calls that is. It’s pretty much what you see on Star Trek. You get a call and when you answer it, you get a 3D image of the other person you’re talking to. It’s pretty much like you’re talking face to face except that you’re not.

Experts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the largest technical professional organizations in the world, believe that holographic calls, i.e. calls made using 360-degree video camera capturing and transmitting live video, could soon replace regular voice calls.

I wonder though how much this will consume your mobile data.

Versus

As is the competition between the iPhone and the Galaxy phones from Samsung, it’s inevitable that we see a side by side comparison of the two phones. As you might have read about a month back, I’ve already stated my case why I won’t be buying that newest iPhone. I’m sure you got other plans too. So here’s a comparo made by the guys at Tom’s Hardware to help you decide.

Instant coal

For a lot of developing countries across the planet, providing energy for their growing population and needs to an ever-increasing hunger to power up gadgets, computers and many more, is a must. And these countries need to be able to do it in the cheapest and fastest way possible. Fortunately, a team from the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), part of the University of Minnesota Duluth is making headway in producing coal --“instant coal.”

"This 'instant coal' biofuel brings the high energy efficiency of coal without the usual damaging side-effects -- such as deep mining to collect it, and resulting pollution from burning it and releasing impurities.

What's more, it doesn't take eons to form underground, and is instead made from agricultural waste including wood and plants. That means we've potentially got a never-ending source of the stuff."

Get the lowdown from this article by Science Alert.