Author: Amrata Joshi

NEM Ventures Launches  NEM Ignite virtual Incubator Programme for mentoring early-stage startups

NEM Ventures Launches NEM Ignite virtual Incubator Programme for mentoring early-stage startups

Last week, the team at NEM Ventures, the venture capital and investments arm of the NEM blockchain ecosystem launched Ignite virtual incubator program that provides financial support and mentoring for early-stage blockchain startups. The programme aims at preparing the blockchain startups for investment rounds, business…

Mr. Nikhil Kalla on India, South Africa, and the virtue of generosity

Mr. Nikhil Kalla on India, South Africa, and the virtue of generosity

Mr. Nikhil Kalla, an accountant at a South African based company made his recent trip to his hometown in India. In a brief discussion with him about his experience, he highlighted how his roots here in India matter and the family oriented culture keeps calling…

IBM introduces Cloudant for Transaction Engine

IBM introduces Cloudant for Transaction Engine

This week, the team at IBM announced that they are enabling Cloudant, an elastically scalable, serverless datastore for Transaction Engine

Introduced in 2014, this Apache backed database service has delivered scalability and availability while sacrificing some of the consistency and isolation guarantees of traditional relational database systems. By equipping Cloudant on Transaction Engine, the team is restoring them within the serverless, scalable environment.

IBM has also announced an ecosystem of partners that includes DataStax Enterprise, EDG and MongoDB for enabling IBM to enrich the database capabilities available on cloud with the latest innovations, enterprise capabilities, and authentic technology from the vendors themselves. 

What’s new about Cloudant?

Efficient Storage and Scalability

The new update gives major relief to the developers as the Cloudant instances running on the Transaction Engine now supports databases up to 100TB. Also the per-gigabyte storage pricing for these new instances has been reduced by 4x [1]. 

Data Security 

Cloudant on Transaction Engine implements native database encryption to make sure that the user data be represented as ciphertext before it hits the disk. The database is kept secured as it is encrypted with a unique Data Encryption Key without any additional cost and is traced back to IBM Cloud’s standard key management services.

Open by design 

Cloudant on Transaction Engine is integrated with the open source Apache CouchDB. The core database features powering the instances are being developed as part of the next release of Apache CouchDB

Adam Kocoloski, IBM Fellow & VP, Cloud Databases, writes, “While we firmly believe that Cloudant provides the best vehicle for clients to benefit from these innovations, we are committed to the principle that you own your data, and we will always support an open API and replication interoperability with the open source community.”  

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Berkeley-based Gatsby raises $28 million in Series B funding round led by Index Ventures

Berkeley-based Gatsby raises $28 million in Series B funding round led by Index Ventures

This week, the team at Gatsby, a website development tool, announced a $28 million Series B funding round which was led by Index Ventures. CRV and Trinity Ventures also joined this funding round. The team also announced that Shardul Shah, Index Ventures Partner, joined Gatsby’s…

WaitQ: An application to assist Social Distancing!

WaitQ: An application to assist Social Distancing!

We can make a difference in the COVID-19 world! Looking at the current issue wherein it’s difficult to maintain Social Distancing and people wait in long queues, we have come with a solution to this problem with our application- WaitQ which aims to assist the…

Susan Younger, Louisiana’s healthcare worker’s story on fighting COVID-19

Susan Younger, Louisiana’s healthcare worker’s story on fighting COVID-19

Miss. Susan Younger, a 55 years old home healthcare worker in Louisiana, USA still continues to work amidst the COVID-19 havoc. Her work involves taking care of elderly and disabled patients by going to their houses and helping them. 

While talking about the precautionary measures Susan takes, she makes sure to decontaminate herself and wear proper gloves before touching anything or doing anything when she returns back home. She is very cautious and takes all the necessary steps.

The US is currently leading with more than 1 lakh cases but healthcare teams have to be on the field. 

Susan says, “We are the fastest spreading in the world like once it hit Louisiana we were the fastest to spread it around. We had 1300 cases as of yesterday morning and 4 deaths.”

She further said that all the schools k-12 are shut down and colleges are all online or in the process of going online.

Ariel Younger, her daughter added, “Nonessential workers aren’t working. Essentials include anything with food, gas, health care of any type..and I think that’s it. All government buildings are shut down. We are expecting martial law soon. But right now, we have to stay 6 feet apart from everyone else. Stores have tape set on the floor in lines so you know how far you have to be from the person in front of you.”

Most of the stores are almost empty right now and people have already started panic buying and it’s difficult to get certain items including diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, wipes, baby wipes. Parks have been shut down and there is significantly less traffic on the roads. The limit to the number of people in a room is 10 or less so any social gathering dealing with more people is canceled or shut down.

Ariel said, “The only thing you can really do is walk outside as long as  you are 6 feet apart.”

When we asked Ariel if she is scared for her mother, she said, “I think my mom knows how to keep herself safe. If she gets sick, I don’t know what we can do. She is the only one that can drive and we live with my brother who is mentally ill. So if that happens, we will have to take it day by day. What else can we do!”

While talking about her thoughts on society, Ariel said, “I had to give a victim statement about some .. stuff that had happened in my past, and I was the last person who was allowed in the building before it shut down. My brother got approved for his disability check but before it can go through, they need to interview my mom, but they can’t because…no people working in government buildings.”

The USA still doesn’t have a complete lockdown yet. Though according to the Younger family, it could possibly be the next step. But it seems it has not been implemented yet to avoid panic. Ariel says that a lot of people there are paranoid about it and think that the media is blowing up how serious it is so the government can cover something up. While a few others think that society is going to break down and we are going to have to hunt for food again. 

She added, “Unfortunately these topics are not uncommon. When people are scared, they panic, and the government is trying their best to stop that from happening.”

She described the medical scenario in Louisiana and said that people are advised to go to the doctor only if they are bleeding or if there is a life-threatening scenario, they are telling us to call our doctors. In other cases, they are advised to call the doctors and not go to the hospitals.

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Mr. Santosh Pradhan, ICT Research Scholar talks about types of coronaviruses, myths, projects to fight COVID-19 and much more!

Mr. Santosh Pradhan, ICT Research Scholar talks about types of coronaviruses, myths, projects to fight COVID-19 and much more!

Mr. Santosh Prandhan, a Ph.D. Research Scholar (Biochemistry) from ICT Mumbai and a consultant to Life Sciences, Food and Beverage industries share an interesting insight on COVID-19, research, and myths around it. To start with he first gave a brief about the novel COVID-19 infection,…

Joshua Ovalles’ take on fight against COVID-19, Social Distancing in Miami and work life amidst the chaos

Joshua Ovalles’ take on fight against COVID-19, Social Distancing in Miami and work life amidst the chaos

Joshua Ovalles, a writer, and poet at Vorfreude Community, a Security Supervisor in Miami has an interesting side to his life. Being a 22-year old, he still manages to work amidst the COVID-19 chaos going around the world. He makes sure that the floors are…

AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs, a software development company, has publicly released the codebase of the AVA blockchain platform on Wednesday. Its developers will now be able to use the AVA platform with its toolkit to create smart assets, Decentralized Finance (DeFi) applications, and easily launch blockchains. Businesses will now be able to launch this network with custom validators and issue assets. This includes virtual machines as well as programmable legal compliance.

According to AVA Labs CEO Emin Gün Sirer, the release of the AVA codebase ends the first phase of its research and development as it commits to showcasing its decentralized community. She adds that upon seeing the system improvements made possible by the Avalanche protocol and other major cryptocurrencies such as BCH, they have announced plans to incorporate the said system or its variants. “The AVA platform has coupled this protocol with a revolutionary network model that enables the system to span approved and permissionless networks,” she says. “Making AVA the first and only true self-serve platform for new blockchains and digital assets.”

AVA now offers a flexibly secure architecture which supports millions of nodes. It can also handle multiple transactions per second and launch custom public or private subnetworks by using various scripting languages, validators, virtual machines, and rule sets.

AVA Labs co-founder Kevin Sekniqi states, “Instead of one network with thousands of tokens, the AVA ecosystem is one platform with thousands of subnetworks and tokens. We are truly excited to share the code with the broader blockchain community and welcome any input.”

AVA DAP now offers an opportunity to earn up to $50,000 per contribution

To add to the league of next-generation advancement, AVA Labs has also launched the Developer Accelerator Program (AVA DAP) to encourage engagement from creators, bug hunters, open-source developers, and security engineers. It is now offering potential participants the opportunity to earn up to $50,000 per contribution. 

Sirer has said, “As we get closer to our main net launch later this year, we invite anyone to identify and address any possible bugs or enhancement opportunities within the code.” 

In addition to this, John Wu, President of AVA Labs, states, “The release of the AVA codebase is an important milestone. For the first time, a blockchain platform will allow public and private applications to interoperate. Our company has the potential to become the global issuance platform for all digital assets, which is possible only because of its unique architectural model.”  

feaured image from uzmancoin.com

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9 Reasons why people think of switching their jobs!

9 Reasons why people think of switching their jobs!

In an era where our needs are increasing each day and the salaries aren’t enough to suffice, how often do you think that you need to switch your job? And how often do you let that thought go off considering the career graph? I hate…