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Amazon connection won Global mobile award of 2013 at mobile world congress

Amazon connection is a digital inclusion program which was launched by Telefoncia vivo foundation and Ericsson. The Global mobile award for the best mobile product, initiative and for rending services for emerging markets has been won by Amazon connection, in 2013. In 2009 Vivo and Ericsson made alliance with Brazilian non-governmental agency, entitling “Sa de & Algeria”. They have launched a project for enabling communication and to improve access to health, education and economic growth in all over world. The technology and proficiency in the community ultimately led to expanded applications.In 2009, the first radio base station was installed in the town of Belterra, Par , Brazil. It was planned that first base station will be installed with initially 20,000 people along with 3G voice and it will provide data service in those areas where there is no mobile connectivity. In addition to this remarkable achievement, the nearby river Tapaj s has acted like a mirror in magnifying the range of 3G voice. This allowed the Abar Hospital boat to build connection via broadband and to navigate along the river, in 2010.On the other bank of river, the expansion to Suruac was the unique operation itself because it was difficult due to lack of infrastructure, dense vegetation and unpredictable weather. So the major highlight problem was the lack of sources of energy in the village. Finally Ericsson decided to built an innovative hybrid system (a system run by solar energy and wind) this system enabled Amazon with a fully useful mobile network.

During the four years of the project the number of initiative was taken by the public partnership for improving condition of people in the local communities. For this aim, Telefonica Vivo installed an antenna on the boat just to make sure that the 3G signals that were being magnified naturally by river would be boosted further. As a result, anyone outside Abar could access to the area through this reliable mobile broadband connection. Abar doctors in the world would be able to consult with their peers and for expert diagnoses doctors would be able to send x-rays and other images around the world. This amazing measure facilitates the people of Amazon with high quality medical care.

Fran oise Trapenard, president of Telefonica Vivo Foundation said that until the signals was arrived at Vivo the challenges of isolation was imposed by the geography of Amazon region but its now a place where people are connected with the world. The main motive of this project was to provide better health and education to the people of Amazon. Through this new connectivity technology, learning opportunities to young riparian had provided and improved the medical care for the people of Amazon.

Elaine Weidman-Gr newald, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, said that we feel really honored that GSMA has recognized our efforts but felt more honored to be the part of something as strong as Amazon connection. This is what good about the technology.

The Brazilian government has initiated a program to inaugurate 100 new hospital boats after recognizing the social benefits of the hospital boat initiative. Funding for 32 of them has been approved already and they will be operational in future.

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How to crop images like a pro

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As you frame your shot in the camera viewfinder-or the LCD screen of your point and shoot or smartphone-you are instinctively capturing the most intriguing part of a scene. Later, when you pull that image into a photo editor to tweak the composition, switch the orientation, or shift the visual emphasis, you are cropping.

While image editors like Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, and others are famous for their sophisticated slate of controls that are capable of transforming the entire look of your images, the crop tool remains one of the most effective ways of enhancing your photos. A poor crop, or no crop at all, can destroy a picture. A good crop accentuates and flatters the subject.

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Photoshop CC offers detailed cropping tools.

Why crop a photo after you’ve worked carefully to compose it? You may want to correct a focusing mistake, excise extraneous detail, alter the original emphasis, account for something you did not see as you shot the original frame, or maybe you changed your mind about how to present the scene. Consider too, that the photo you’re cropping may have been shot by someone else, as you adapt it to your own needs.

Cropping need not be a radical change; it might simply remove unwanted details from the edges of the frame. An overly broad or busy scene can be distracting and frustrating-the viewer doesn’t know where to look at first.

Cropping is almost its own art form, with a distinct methodology. Here are some guidelines you can use to analyze and experiment with your photos. These help to impart a natural look that expresses your unique vision. While the screen shots below are in Photoshop CC-because it offers a variety of popular crop guides-you can use any photo package to crop an image. Eventually, practicing these techniques behind the lens will train your eye so well that you’ll wind up doing less cropping over time.

Rule of Thirds

This classic crop is the most common and easy to visualize in real time-some cameras, and many image editors, have a Rule of Thirds guide built-in. Picture an evenly spaced nine-square grid overlay with three rows and columns of boxes in a checkerboard, and then align the image’s main points of emphasis with any of the intersecting lines. Positioning critical photographic elements at the left, right, top, or bottom of the grid-instead of smack in the middle of the frame-naturally adds visual interest to the composition.

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The geological formation is aligned with the bottom-left intersecting lines to create a pleasing composition. The original shot was centered.


Diagonal compositions add a sense of motion and energy to your image. Cropping with a diagonal guide helps align major elements of the shot to make it look more dramatic.

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A diagonal crop, combined with a rotation, lends interesting asymmetry to a shot.


The Triangle crop offers another way to highlight the most important part of the image. In this composition, the subject is located within one of the triangles.

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The Triangle crop creates a dynamic composition by confining the subject to one triangle.

Golden Ratio

Sometimes the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio (also known as the Divine Proportion or Phi) are confusing because they look so similar-both are rectangular grids. The difference is that the Golden Ratio is 1:1.618 (as opposed to 1:1), a pattern long recognized as attractive to the eye, and used in art and design for centuries. Placement of the subject follows roughly the same principles as the Rule of Thirds with dominant detail intersecting with the grid.

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While it bears some similarity to the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Ratio offers an alternate take on cropping.

Golden Spiral

The Golden Spiral is a mathematical construct that pinpoints the important part of an image. The overlay guide lets you see where elements in the picture are located within the spiral.

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The Golden Spiral can help create an engaging crop by emphasizing the most important aspect of the subject.

Cropping tips

No matter what app you use to crop images-from a pro-level Photoshop to consumer-level iPhoto-always save an original version of your photo and work on the copy.

Try on different standard crops (and various aspect ratios) first such as 5 x 7, 8 x 10, or 16 x 9, just to see what you get. Auto crop features in various image editing programs will give you alternate perspectives that can fire up your imagination and artistic instincts.

Experiment with rotating your image as you crop. You may wind up with a much more dynamic composition.

A tight crop, one in which the subject occupies the vast portion of the frame, can actually sacrifice important parts of an image in service of a high concept. But it can be especially effective for cropping small images.

As you zero in for your crop, take into account the original size of your image, how large you want your resulting image to be, and crop appropriately. Don’t crop too tightly. Keep in mind that removing parts of the image cuts the pixel count, so if you intend to print your image, make sure not to wield too heavy a scalpel.

Cropping is always a less-is-more proposition and these guides can assist in achieving compelling compositions. But the end, it’s your vision that counts.

Image credit: Shutterstock

15 Career Milestones Everyone Should Reach by Age 30

Turning 30

Ever wonder what it’s like to be 80 years old?

Oliver Sacks, a neurology professor at NYU, shares the truth about life as an octogenarian in a piece for The New York Times called “The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding).” In the column, Sacks writes:

“I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

An 80th birthday is cause for celebration, but along the way other milestones matter too. For instance, the big 3-0.

By the time we say goodbye to our twenties, what should we have experienced in our careers?

  1. At least one intern has addressed you as “Mr.” or “Ms.”
  2. Seven words: moved from your parents’ house for good.
  3. Handled every schedule imaginable – days, nights, weekends, weekend nights, holidays, holiday nights… you get the idea.
  4. Written so many cover letters that you could pen an autobiography of failed job applications.
  5. Had such a terrible boss that you questioned the very idea of working to earn a living.
  6. Realized that your college major – once a pivotal career decision – really didn’t matter all that much.
  7. Slaved away in your office on a picture-perfect Sunday because, well, the work’s just gotta get done.
  8. After several years in the professional ranks, your resume no longer has traces of college clubs and achievements.
  9. Battle tested, you don’t even flinch when the client says, “This isn’t what I wanted. You’ll need to do it again.”
  10. Maintained a 401k and contributed funds to the point that you can actually see it working.
  11. Defused a stressful office situation by saying, “In my experience, here’s what we should do.”
  12. Landed a nice raise and proceeded to buy something you would never get otherwise.
  13. Elected to take an advanced education course (or pick up a new skill) because of the value it added to your career.
  14. After bouncing from job to job, you finally see the value of a stable situation with long-term potential.
  15. Been there and done that long enough to understand who you are and the type of work that gets you out of bed in the morning. If your twenties were the decade to get knocked around, then may you spend the next ten years cashing in on the education.

What would YOU add to the list? Comment below!

(This content was originally posted at News to Live By.)