Ola Auto brings out the best in autorickshaw drivers

Ola Auto launched in Thane last week, and I decided to check it out. I used to avoid rickshaws like the plague, and only hailed one in an emergency. I had no problems waiting for a bus, and absolutely enjoyed taking long walks, an activity that was vastly improved by the release of Pokémon GO. The problem was that rickshaw drivers were rude, refused fares, did not ply short distances, and begged or bullied you for extra money at late nights. It was not a pleasant experience at all. It was not uncommon to come across drivers who behaved like hooligans. The transport situation is pretty bad in Thane station. Vehicles driven by people with stone age sensibilities choke up the access routes and create traffic. There…

Nanopolymer-modified protein array can pinpoint hard-to-find cancer biomarker A Purdue University biochemist has developed a novel method for detecting certain types of proteins that serve as indicators for cancer and other diseases. Glycoproteins are formed when sugars attach to and modify a protein. In some cases, a combination of glycoproteins present in a sample of blood or urine could be an indicator of disease or cancer. But those glycoproteins can be elusive. There has been no antibody to differentiate between them and regular proteins. And the complex and bulky sugar groups can make it difficult for even standard protein-detection antibodies to find their targets. W. Andy Tao, a Purdue professor of biochemistry, has developed a novel protein array, a high throughput platform to analyze multiple proteins in parallel, for separating glycoproteins from unmodified proteins...

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week: Here's What to Expect A Leonid meteor streaks over a New Jersey house in this amazing image by astrophotographer Jeffrey Berkes. The 2016 Leonid meteor shower will peak overnight on Nov. 16 and 17, 2016. This week, one of the most famous of the annual meteor displays is due to reach its peak: the Leonid meteor shower. According to Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown in the 2016 edition of the "Observer's Handbook" by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Leonids should be at their best early Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT). This is nearly perfect for those living across much of North America, especially in the central and western regions, where morning twilight will not yet have begun, and where the constellation of Leo (from where these ultrafast streaks of light ...

Nintendo Switch Could Play Games from Nintendo's Best Console Another day, another Nintendo Switch rumour. While no Nintendo Switch price or release date will be revealed until the company’s January 12 event, that hasn’t stopped information from trickling out on what you can possibly expect. Aside from the Nintendo Switch using USB Type-C and performing better via the Nintendo Switch Dock, it may play games from the GameCube — regarded by many as one of the company's best consoles with hits like Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, and Eternal Darkness. “GameCube support is already tested and working, we understand, and three Nintendo games have already been prepped for Switch. Those games are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Wii, Wii U and 3DS have all offered a Virtual Console service for downloading...

Cable TV finally has real competition delivered over the internet ATT finally took the wraps off DirecTV Now, its new streaming TV service, and it’s just what it said it was going to be: The base package, for now, is $35 a month for more than 100 channels. That’s a lot cheaper than a traditional pay TV service — and a lot cheaper than DirecTV’s own satellite TV service. Of course, there are strings attached. Or more precisely, there are things that aren’t attached to DirecTV Now. WSJ’s Shalini Ramachandran helpfully summarized them in 140 characters: DirecTV Now holes: No DVR yet, no NFL on phone, no local station feed where ABC/NBC/Fox don't own the station, no NFL Sunday Ticket, no CBS November 28, 2016 And if this is something you’re thinking about buying, I have some notes at ...

Prosecutor’s office paid about $1,400 in Bitcoin as ransom to free its network A state prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cyber crime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday. Federal prosecutors said in court documents only that an unidentified state government entity had been victimized by the ring known as the Avalanche network. But the Allegheny County district attorney, Stephen Zappala Jr., confirmed to The Associated Press that it was his office. The disabling of the Avalanche network by the European Union and U.S. authorities was announced last week in Europe. Federal documents unsealed in Pittsburgh on Monday provided additional details. The Avalanche group had operated since at least 2010 and infected at least 500,000 computers worldwide, said Soo...

TomTom Sports fitness range launched: Includes a fitness band and two fitness watches TomTom has launched its new range of fitness trackers and watches in India which include the Touch fitness tracker, the Adventurer GPS Outdoor watch and the Spark 3 GPS multisport fitness watch. These are the same products that were unveiled at IFA 2016. The TomTom Touch fitness is the first fitness tracker in the market that combines body composition analysis (BCA) with steps, sleep and all day heart-rate tracking. According to the company, body composition gives a user an advanced understanding of their fitness level and how it’s changing over time. This metric has been available with dedicated scales or expensive technology but with this tracker calculating BCA, it will be accessible to a broader audience. It can also track steps, sleep, all day heart-rate, calories burned...

Pornhub's New Christmas Ad Sure Arouses Some Strong Feelings Finally, a Christmas ad that could inspire a lump in the throat and a bump in the trousers. At least, that’s the goal behind a new Christmas ad for adult website Pornhub. The ad is set to a slightly revised version of “Silent Night, Lonely Night” with lyrics emphasizing the lonely aspect. The ad’s characters are all people who are all by themselves on Christmas Eve, including a security guard, a cleaning woman, a student, an elderly man, and a woman who misses her train. At the moment when all seems lost, the sound of jingle bells is heard and, suddenly, there is hope, or at least a momentary cure to any lingering, uh, loneliness. The ad is meant to tug the heart while inspiring people to...