• The mystery behind boosting your new Instagram account

    Chirag Khandhar
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    You may have seen that there are a ton of newly created Instagram accounts that have got significantly popular even though the account does not contain sufficient posts or content. This is because Instagram is very sensitive towards monitoring new accounts and keeps a record of each and every little activity did by the user and using those insights, Instagram suggests such accounts to other users through suggestions. However, once you start acting like a normal user which includes following and unfollowing people randomly or the folks you know, liking and commenting on the posts, sharing content, and direct messaging, Instagram now understands that the account is a regular account and may not contain any strong content, that can be flagged as trending, thus such accounts are now less likely to get instant traffic and popularity. 
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  • Pass/fail policy approved and appreciated at long last

    Dan Marten
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    Public Relations Chair
    Nov 30, 2020
    It cannot be understated that the Illinois Institute of Technology student body is not doing “okay” late into the fall 2020 semester. In response to academic and mental health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, administration approved an opt-in pass/fail grading policy for the fall 2020 semester. The policy was drafted by the Student Government Association (SGA) and passed by the University Faculty Council on Friday, November 6, 2020. This was met with widespread approval from the student body, along with questions as to why it took until November to pass such a policy for a semester that started three months prior in August.
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  • Robotics, Drones and Air - Important factors in Smart Farming

    Shivani Agrawal
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    There are already a wide variety of crop harvesting machines that are ideal for potential automation. Engineers are already at work to develop technologies for delicate harvest work and autonomous traverse across the fields using the right robotic components with a blend of sensors and IoT connectivity, freeing the farmers for other tasks. 
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  • Things to consider before buying an Electric Vehicle

    Chirag Khandhar
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    Nov 30, 2020
    An Electric Vehicle (EV) is referred to as a car that works on one or two motors that use the energy from the rechargeable batteries. Compared to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars, EVs on the other hand, do not make much noise and have lower emissions overall. Nowadays, people are considering EVs instead of ICEs as it has lower maintenance costs and is environmentally friendly. So these are a few points which one should consider before buying an electric vehicle. 
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  • Thanksgiving 2020 - What I Am Thankful For

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Distribution Manager
    Nov 30, 2020
    We are at the end of the year 2020, probably one of the worst years the world has ever seen in history. But as we all know the time does not stop for anyone unless the world itself has come to an end. Amid these tough times, we have survived till Thanksgiving this year. Although this year has been a nightmare, let us all take a moment to thank for what we still have. I am going to list all the reasons that I am thankful for in 2020.
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  • Communication Systems - IP and Non-IP protocols

    Shivani Agrawal
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    TechNews Writer
    Nov 30, 2020
    When applying Internet of Things (IoT) to the agriculture domain, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications are a central key, empowering ubiquitous and independent communications amongst numerous gadgets without any human interference. In this way, necessities such as productivity, versatility, low-cost equipment and low-power utilization are expected from this kind of communications. The demand for these necessities varies according to the various application scenarios, which has driven to the development of endless number of conventions, standards, communication stacks and models, each one addressing specific issues or applications.
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  • My Dream Has Come True - First Road Trip

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Distribution Manager
    Nov 30, 2020
    It has been a dream for me to go on a road trip to the U.S. with friends. My friends who came here years before me post amazing photos and videos of the road trip in their cool cars. The most exciting factor of a road trip here is the opportunity to explore a foreign land with exciting cars that are not available back home in India. It has been a year now wishing for the right circumstances and finally, I received a surprising phone call from my friend who is working at Michigan. He called me in the evening and said he is coming to O'Hare airport to drop a friend and said he is staying the night at my place and he had to leave early morning. The call itself was a pleasant surprise since I'm meeting him after four years and wait it gets better. He invited me to come back with him to Michigan since there was Thanksgiving break coming up. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a final surprise that blew my mind away. He came in my dream car -- Jaguar XE, the car I spent years admiring from posters, wallpapers, and rarely on the roads. I thanked all the deities for making this happen. It was as though every single event has aligned perfectly just for me. The classes were online, Thanksgiving holidays, I didn't have many assignments, and finally, I didn't have to deliver newspapers since the last two issues were only online. Seriously, if I think about it, out of nowhere your best friend from college four years ago comes to your home picks you up in a luxury car, and tells me to stay with him in Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, it may be common for other people, but as an Indian student who is living on a budget, the chances of this happening are very low.
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