The Smartphone: Technology of Today’s Youth

Today’s youth, rather to say the SMART generation, is more or less completely addicted to the smartphones. The teen and young generation of today wants to be online and be available 24/7 on social media platforms. A smartphone has proved to be the best companion in that regard. The smartphone technology has transformed to a great extent in last 5 years and moreover they become easily accessible to the SMART generation at an affordable price. Whether it is Android or iOS both smartphones are trending equally among the smartphone users. Whether we are residing in a developed country or a developing country – the way of usage of media by the youth in both types of countries is somewhat similar. Hence the buying pattern of smartphones in both types of countries remains similar, which indeed is a striking fact.
With the widespread availability of iPhone and Android smartphones a whopping 24% of teens are seen online almost all the time. The access to the variety of social media websites is because of the widespread availability of the high-end mobile devices. It is not only the smartphone users who have evolved in using today’s smartphone technology but also the technology itself has evolved and has come a long way. Interestingly, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are the top most social media platforms, wherein Facebook being the most used one. The usage of the social media platforms through the smartphones has increased considerably due to the light and handy apps of these social media that the users can download from the Google Android and iOS markets. The TEchnocrats, a name we can give to the SMART generation, keep regular tab on the latest technology evolution in the smartphones and always want to keep their mobile devices up-to-date so that they can be up and running with time.


The smartphones have evolved to a great extent in last 20 years. The first smartphone was invented with the apps was IBM Simon in 1994 that gradually evolved to the Nokia Communicator series comprised of an LCD screen and a QWERTY keypad. In the evolution of smartphones Apple launched iPhone in 2007 and it instantly became a sensation with its unique and classy design along with intuitive user interface. In the race of evolution HTC was the pioneer of first Android-based smartphone that ran on Linux. This was just the start and today the latest Android smartphones come with Android 6 Marshmallow with quad or octa core processor that offers the ability to process faster and enable seamless and effortless multi-tasking. Since the main aim of the smartphones is to make the internet to be available to every single user – the technology has evolved in this segment as well with the invention of 4G LTE and VoLTE technologies, which is the fastest technology in internet accessibility. These  technology platforms are now readily available in most of the smartphones as it has become a necessity rather than luxury today.

The evolution of the smartphone technology has brought revolution in our lives, making it faster and the relevance of the technology is becoming stronger each passing day.

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A Journey to Paper Quilling

I am writing this blog post after I explored and inspired by the creative capacity of my better half – my wife Manasi. I knew and witnessed that she is good at art, drawing, painting and crafts, which is actually her passion. But paper quilling and creating jewelry out of them was a new arena that she wanted to explore, which was a part of Jewelry Designing and Making. She saw a post of a jewelry making workshop (mainly the paper quilling one) in one of the posters and shared the same with me. She expressed her desire to take part in the workshop. I was aware that she had the aspiration of exploring the arena of jewelry designing and making and seeing her enthusiasm I got her enrolled for the workshop.


The workshop was for about three hours and the primary agenda topic of the workshop was to help the candidates to learn how to make a necklace using the quilling paper technique. The first one that she made in the workshop is the one in the below picture. She created only the necklace in the workshop, as the time only permitted for making the same. The workshop ignited her creative avatar to a greater extent and the matching earrings were the creations post the workshop while she was at home.



That’s not all… She did not limited her creativity just to that set of necklace and earrings. She went ahead and started exploring more over the internet and curated ideas of design from her mind. Couple of them are here that worth sharing in this blog post.



Hats off to the workshop that made me to explore a different side of Manasi and I do encourage her to explore more in this arena and follow her passion.





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A unique sweet dish – Halwa made of Chikoo

Yes!! You are reading it right. Its indeed a halwa made of Chikoo or Sapota or Sapodilla. We all are well-versed with the nutritional facts and health benefits of this hard from outside yet soft from inside fruit. I was completely unaware that chikoo can be converted into a delicious sweet dish, before I come across of the recipe in one of the food blogs. I and my better half love to try out new recipes and this very different recipe caught my attention instantly… Yes!! You are thinking it right… I have tried it and it came out well.

Since I have tried the recipe I would like to share the same with you all. Try it out and am sure that you will like it too. After all it is a sweet dish!!

Ingredients

Chikoo: 4 – 5
Grated Khoya:1 Cup
Ghee: 2 tbsp
Sugar: 1/3 Cup or as per taste
Crushed Cardamom: 3 – 4 pods crushed
Dry fruits: For garnish
Method
  • Peel off the chikoo skin and remove the seed from the centre. Cut the pulp into small pieces and grind it to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom utensil and add the grated khoya. Roast it till it changes the colour. You need to ensure continuous stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom of the utensil. Set it aside once done.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tbsp ghee in the utensil and add the chikoo paste. Roast the same in medium flame until you get the thick consistency and the mixture leaves the side of the frying pan.
  • Add sugar and crushed cardamoms to the paste and cook it for 5 to 6 minutes until the sugar gets dissolved completely.
  • Now it’s time to add the roasted khoya to the mixture. Keep it stirring continuously after adding it in medium flame so that it does not get stick to the bottom of the frying pan.
  • Ensure that there is no lump in the mixture.
  • Garnish the sweet dish with dry fruits of your choice and serve.

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