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PH SATELLITE SHOWS HOW ISABELA IN THE ISLAND OF LUZON LOOKS FROM SPACE


JUNE 5 -Picture shows an image of the province of Isabela in the island of Luzon, the Republic of Philippines, taken by the medium field-of-view color camera (MFC), captured at 9:15 (PHT) on May 17, 2016.
The first images captured by homegrown microsatellite Diwata-1, which included a photo of Isabela province taken from space, were released on Saturday, more than a month since the country’s first satellite zoomed into orbit. Diwata-1’s onboard medium field-of-view color camera captured a portion of Isabela’s seaboard on May 17 as part of initial testing activities, according to Joel Marciano Jr., Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite (Phil-Microsat) program leader. The image also showed parts of Maconacon, Divilacan and Palanan towns. The microsatellite, developed by nine young Filipino engineers from the University of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Advanced Science and Technology Institute, was launched into space aboard the Cygnus spacecraft on March 23. It reached the International Space Station four days later and was released into orbit on April 27 from the Japanese Experiment Module nicknamed “Kibo.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Study - Smartphones linked with separation anxiety


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A new study conducted by smoothie and juice company Innocent has found that one in five Britons suffer from separation anxiety when parted from their smartphone. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, four out of ten revealed that they find it difficult to unplug from their phone, tablet or desktop. Overall, the study found that the average British adult spends approximately 20 weeks per year looking at a digital screen.
“It’s amazing to see how much time we spend ‘connected’, either online or on our phones,” Brand Activation Manager at Innocent Drinks, Jamie Sterry, has said. “And while we don’t think technology is a bad thing by any means, it is important that we don’t forget to ‘unplug’ every so often and make sure we take a break from being constantly connected to technology.” Separation anxiety and smartphones However, it appears some people may have genuine difficulty unplugging due to separation anxiety. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 30 percent said that they check their phone at least once every 30 minutes. Meanwhile, 25 percent admitted to feeling “bored” when away from their phone for an hour whilst 23 percent said they felt “anxious.” According to this article on separation anxiety at TheCircle, when sufferers are separated from something or someone they are emotionally attached to, they will experience excessive feelings of stress, worry and even fear. This can lead to numerous other emotional problems and a decreased level of life satisfaction.READ MORE...

ALSO: LOOK - Facebook greeting shows inverted PH flag


JUNE 12 -MANILA – Filipino netizens were surprised on Sunday as social media site Facebook welcomed them with an unusual Independence Day greeting.
In a welcome note upon opening their accounts this morning, Facebook greeted them with “Happy Independence Day” accompanied by an inverted Philippine flag. The inverted flag, with the red rather than blue side on top, means that the country is officially at war. While it may have been done inadvertently by Facebook, some netizens took to social media to react on the matter. Here are some of their reactions: View MORE TWEETS...

ALSO: Facebook extends apology over PHL flag gaffe Published June 12, 2016 4:24pm


JUNE 12 -A few jokes, jeers, and jabs later, Facebook released a statement to GMA News Online, sending their apologies for the wartime flag greeting that welcomed users to the social media platform on June 12 (Sunday).
"This was unintentional, and we’re sorry. We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake," a Facebook spokesperson said. Users squeezed a few laughs out of the accidental declaration of war, with many tagging the official Facebook account and requesting they correct the error. — AT, GMA News FULL REPORT


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PH satellite shows how Isabela looks from space


Picture shows an image of the province of Isabela in the island of Luzon, the Republic of Philippines, taken by the medium field-of-view color camera (MFC), captured at 9:15 (PHT) on May 17, 2016.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 13, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Jovic Yee @inquirerdotnet June 5th, 2016 - The first images captured by homegrown microsatellite Diwata-1, which included a photo of Isabela province taken from space, were released on Saturday, more than a month since the country’s first satellite zoomed into orbit.
Diwata-1’s onboard medium field-of-view color camera captured a portion of Isabela’s seaboard on May 17 as part of initial testing activities, according to Joel Marciano Jr., Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite (Phil-Microsat) program leader.
The image also showed parts of Maconacon, Divilacan and Palanan towns.

The microsatellite, developed by nine young Filipino engineers from the University of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Advanced Science and Technology Institute, was launched into space aboard the Cygnus spacecraft on March 23.
It reached the International Space Station four days later and was released into orbit on April 27 from the Japanese Experiment Module nicknamed “Kibo.”

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Marciano said it took them around a month to release Diwata-1’s initial images because the satellite was still undergoing tests to evaluate the cameras’ performance and attitude control system.


Picture shows a test image of the Earth taken by the fish-eye monochrome wide-field camera (WFC) on board DIWATA-1 at 11:55 (JST) on May 6, 2016.

“The initial test images were born out of the initial testing activities of Diwata-1’s different subsystems,” Marciano told the Inquirer in a phone interview Friday.

The satellite is expected to capture images on a regular basis in the coming months “to support the science mission objectives, such as assessment of the damage associated with disasters, surveying agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and studying environment changes” in the Philippines, he said.

“We continue to actively work toward the success of the entire program that includes not just Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, but also the building of an ecosystem for space technology development. We’re hoping for [the program’s] continued success and support from the public,” he added.


Picture shows an image of the Tohoku area of Japan, taken by the medium field-of-view color camera (MFC) on board DIWATA-1 at 10:54 (JST) on May 9, 2016


INQUIRER

Study: Smartphones linked with separation anxiety SHARES: 33 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net US Bureau 12:16 AM May 18th, 2016


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A new study conducted by smoothie and juice company Innocent has found that one in five Britons suffer from separation anxiety when parted from their smartphone.

Of the 2,000 people surveyed, four out of ten revealed that they find it difficult to unplug from their phone, tablet or desktop. Overall, the study found that the average British adult spends approximately 20 weeks per year looking at a digital screen.

“It’s amazing to see how much time we spend ‘connected’, either online or on our phones,” Brand Activation Manager at Innocent Drinks, Jamie Sterry, has said. “And while we don’t think technology is a bad thing by any means, it is important that we don’t forget to ‘unplug’ every so often and make sure we take a break from being constantly connected to technology.”


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Separation anxiety and smartphones

However, it appears some people may have genuine difficulty unplugging due to separation anxiety. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 30 percent said that they check their phone at least once every 30 minutes. Meanwhile, 25 percent admitted to feeling “bored” when away from their phone for an hour whilst 23 percent said they felt “anxious.”

According to this article on separation anxiety at TheCircle, when sufferers are separated from something or someone they are emotionally attached to, they will experience excessive feelings of stress, worry and even fear. This can lead to numerous other emotional problems and a decreased level of life satisfaction.

READ MORE...

Mobile phones: Indulgence or essential?

Since the first mobile phone call in April 1973, the phone landscape has changed immeasurably. In the early 1970s, an engineer at Motorola named Martin Cooper made the first ever mobile phone call during which he informed a rival company that he was using a cell phone.

The phone itself weighed over a kilogram and was almost 23 centimeters tall. Ten years later Motorola released the Motorola GynaTAC 8000X, which held just 30 phone numbers, had 30 minutes of talk time and cost a whopping $3,995.

However, at the end of 2015 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reported that there were over seven billion phone contracts registered around the world. For the first time ever, there are more active mobile phones on Earth that there are human beings. If Innocent’s study is anything to go by, it doesn’t seem like our love affair with mobile phones will stop anytime soon.

In fact, some of us love them so much that there’s even a name for the fear of being without your mobile phone: Nomophobia. Over 90 percent of phones in Japan are waterproof simply because they take them into the shower with them.

On average, people unlock their smartphone 110 times per day and people are now more likely to own a mobile phone than they are to have a toilet.

That said, Innocent’s study does reveal some occasions where mobile phones are more irritating than addictive. For instance, 35 percent of those surveyed disliked it when someone used their phone during dinner, while 28 percent thought that checking your phone during a conversation was inappropriate.

Do you experience separation anxiety when parted from your smartphone? Do you regard your smartphone as an essential?

Let us know in the comments.


ABS-CBN

LOOK: Facebook greeting shows inverted PH flag ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 12 2016 12:27 PM

MANILA – Filipino netizens were surprised on Sunday as social media site Facebook welcomed them with an unusual Independence Day greeting.

In a welcome note upon opening their accounts this morning, Facebook greeted them with “Happy Independence Day” accompanied by an inverted Philippine flag. The inverted flag, with the red rather than blue side on top, means that the country is officially at war.

While it may have been done inadvertently by Facebook, some netizens took to social media to react on the matter.

Here are some of their reactions: View image on Twitter

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View image (above)  on Twitter Follow Poe Baratheon @staennis So Facebook just declared a state of war for us bec they have the red stripe over the blue stripe on our flag 😂 11:39 PM - 11 Jun 2016 19 19 Retweets 27 27 likes Follow

Follow Melinda @MingPags Hello @facebook admin. Can you please correct the Philippine flag in your greeting? Red on top means war. #flagfail #doyourresearchplease 10:51 PM - 11 Jun 2016 1 1 Retweet 1 1 like View image on TwitterView image on Twitter

Follow dante @myeontague thought id explain @facebook's mistake in their ph independence post: left flag, PH at peace. right flag, PH at war. 10:28 PM - 11 Jun 2016 12 12 Retweets 14 14 likes View image on Twitter View image on Twitter

Follow romuel baltonado @romualdo026 Philippine Flag on @facebook turned upside down. Very wrong. #Kalayaan2016 #War 9:46 PM - 11 Jun 2016 3 3 Retweets 9 9 likes View image on Twitter View image on Twitter

Follow Ethel @econcepcion Dear @facebook: It's not a happy Independence Day if our flag is like this. Like seriously. 9:20 PM - 11 Jun 2016 21 21 Retweets 10 10 likes View image on Twitter View image on Twitter

Follow jj @jezpot5000 Hahahaha, @facebook something's wrong with this PH flag...

ALTHOUGH you might know something we don't (?) 9:15 PM - 11 Jun 2016 7 7 Retweets 8 8 likes The Philippines is celebrating its 118th Independence Day on June 12.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Facebook extends apology over PHL flag gaffe Published June 12, 2016 4:24pm

A few jokes, jeers, and jabs later, Facebook released a statement to GMA News Online, sending their apologies for the wartime flag greeting that welcomed users to the social media platform on June 12 (Sunday).

"This was unintentional, and we’re sorry. We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake," a Facebook spokesperson said.

Users squeezed a few laughs out of the accidental declaration of war, with many tagging the official Facebook account and requesting they correct the error. — AT, GMA News


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