Virtual Reality Seeks Momentum at CES Gadget Gala

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virtual Reality was the centre of focus at last year’s CES
  • CES 2017 saw a revival of VR business
  • This time around there was a focus on what users will hold in hands

Virtual reality sought its stride Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show, where despite being a hot topic there was little sign it is racing into mainstream culture.

Show floor space devoted to virtual reality abounded with companies diving into the market with headsets, content, or tools for better creating or delivering immersive experiences.Virtual Reality Seeks Momentum at CES Gadget Gala

Last year at CES, virtual reality was an eye-grabbing sensation. This time around there was a focus on what it is going to take to get it into the hands of the masses.

Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Technology Association behind the annual show, was confident that sales of mixed reality gear would grow, and the range of uses expand far beyond video games.

The goal is to help developers reach audiences and make money, ideally inspiring the creation of more VR content, according to HTC executives.

HTC also planned to bring VR to the masses in arcades in shopping malls, downtowns or other public locations.

The company envisioned thousands of Viveport Arcades in operation by the end of this year.

Sony Corporation chief executive Kazuo Hirai revealed at CES that the Japanese consumer electronics company had sold more than 53.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles, which can power it virtual reality head gear.

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He said that Sony aimed to continue the console momentum with more services and content, including VR games.

Sony Pictures was among more than two dozen companies that used CES to announce the creation of a Virtual Reality Industry Forum.

The Forum said its goal is to “further the widespread availability of high-quality audiovisual VR experiences.”

The group wants standards and formats that allow rich VR content to be equally accessible from the array of devices, avoiding “fragmentation” that has plagued audio-visual media in the past, according to a release.

“We believe this is crucial for the market to take off,” Sky broadcast strategy chief engineer Chris Johns said in the release.

“We all expect that 2017 will be the year when intense consumer interest in VR spurs a quantum leap in the user experience.”

CES featured the largest collection of VR technology ever at a trade show, according to Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

“There is a bit of the cart being before the horse,” Blau said. “A lot of people have learned about it, but people aren’t really buying it.”

He described the VR scene at CES as the first incarnation of an ecosystem of devices, applications and services in what was a big step for the technology.

“There is nothing like putting it on and experiencing it,” Blau said of VR.

“The disappointing part is that it is quite expensive. VR will be held back a bit until quality goes up and price goes down.”

 

‘Super 30’ founder Anand Kumar to soon start online coaching for Class 10 students

Asked about the report of a biopic likely to be filmed on Super 30,  Anand said, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has shown interest to play the role in the proposed movie.

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar now plans to expand the programme to provide online coaching to meritorious students from across the country soon.

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar now plans to expand the programme to provide online coaching to meritorious students from across the country soon.

(Read: All ‘Super 30’ candidates clear IIT JEE Advanced! )

Earlier, on Sunday, June 11, after the (JEE) Advanced results were announced, Anand Kumar said, “I am happy that all 30 candidates have cracked the IIT-JEE Advanced this year. Now, the time has come to give Super 30 a much-needed expansion.

“We will now organise tests for selecting the students in different parts of the country and give all the details on the website,” he added.

As reported by PTI, the online application for the proposed coaching was being invited and select candidates would be selected based on merits, he said.

Super 30 founder to launch Super-100:

“I have plan to launch Super-100 to enroll 100 meritorious class X pass out students from across the country to provide them coaching online,” Kumar, who was in the steel city said in recent PTI report.

More on his plans:

  • According to reports, priority would be given to underprivileged students
  • Further, the focus would be to select candidates from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand
  • Also, he plans to open a branch of the Super 30 coaching centre in or around Jamshedpur in couple of years depending on the success of a test to be conducted for underprivileged and economically poor candidates.

Hrithik Roshan shows interest to play the role of Kumar:

Asked about the report of a biopic likely to be filmed on Super-30, Kumar expressed hope that the shooting of the film was likely to start from October.

Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has shown interest to play the role of Kumar in the proposed movie.

About Super 30:

Super 30 is a highly ambitious and innovative educational programme running under the banner of “Ramanujan School of Mathematics”. It looks for 30 meritorious talents from among the economically backward sections of the society and shapes them for India’s most prestigious institution – the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

During this programme students are provided absolutely free coaching, lodging and food. Anand Kumar attributed his success to all the students.

 

JEE Advanced 2017: This Ranchod will remind you of Aamir Khan’s role in 3 Idiots

 

JEE Advanced 2017: Just like the Bollywood flick 3 Idiot’s Aamir Khan’s character Ranchod Das Chanchad, an underpriviledged boy who loves machines and wishes to study engineering, another boy named Ranchod Ram from a remote village in Rajasthan has cracked JEE Advanced and will join Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) soon.

Ranchod secured 2078 rank under the OBC category. Born and brought up in Jalore’s Jhak village, he will be the first person from his village to join IIT. His father is MNREGA worker while his mother is a homemaker. Even though it was not easy for them to make both ends meet, they sent their son to Kota to join a private coaching institute. Read | JEE advanced result 2017: Sarvesh Mehtani tops paper with 339 out of 366

“I scored 78 per cent in class 10 and 80 per cent in class 12. My uncle took me to Kota where Allen career institute saw my talent and had cut down the fees by half,” said Ranchod who is planning to take up B Tech in either electrical or computer science or electrical and communication. This was his third attempt at cracking JEE Advanced.3 idiots, iit, iit jee 2017, jee advanced 2017 results, jee advanced topper, ranchod 3 idiots, 3 idiots ranchod, 5 point someone, JEE ranchod, education news, indian express

His parents are illiterate and the income comes from farming and MNREGA. Ranchod has three siblings. His eldest brother works in a shop at Andhra Pradesh and supports the family financially.

In Jhak village, there are only 200 homes. There is one school till class 8 and if some student wish to study further, he/she has to travel to seven-eight km far for the senior secondary school. “I was bright and therefore my uncle sent my to a private school. He runs a dairy,” said Ranchod Ram. Read | JEE Advanced results: Utensil merchant’s son among three from Valley to qualify in exams

“My maternal uncle’s son was also taking coaching from Kota and we shared room, books and phone. My entire expenditure was taken care by uncle,” he added. Ranchod has not decided what he wished to do after graduates from IIT. For now, he is content with living his dream of studying at the renowned institute.

 

The Ryzen 7 1700X is less than $300 at Walmart right now

 

Today you can get a high-end AMD Ryzen 7 CPU for less than $300 if you’re willing to put in a little physical effort. The processor in question is the Ryzen 7 1700X, an eight-core, 3.4GHz processor.

This particular price can be found at Walmart. While you can also grab the 1700X on sale at Newegg ($350 until midnight PDT), Walmart has an extra discount available for people willing to head to a store. As Slickdeals points out, if you opt for in-store pickup, the retailer will drop another $59.38 off the sale price of $355. That’s a final cost of about $296.

The Ryzen 7 1700X has a 3.4GHz clock speed with a max boost of 3.8GHz, and it features eight cores, 16 threads, and a TDP of 95W. It doesn’t come with a fan, though, so you’ll have to pick-up your own CPU cooler. We usually recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, since it’s cheap and effective.

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Not a whole lot has changed with the Ryzen 7 series since we looked at it last. They’re fantastic for tasks such as productivity and content creation, but the chips aren’t quite as fast as Intel’s Kaby Lake chips in gaming. Still, they’re fine processors nonetheless, and getting even better with updates.

If you do go for this deal make sure you check out our tutorial on 7 tips and tricks to maximize your PC’s performance with AMD Ryzen.

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[ Today’s deal: The Ryzen 7 1700X for $350 at Newegg and $296 at Walmart with in-store pickup ]

JNTUH BTech, BPharma results 2017 declared at jntuhresults.in

 

The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH) has released the result for the Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Pharmacy courses. Candidates who have appeared for the exams can check their results from the official website.

The results are available for BTech R16 second semester, BTech R16 first semester supplementary, BTech supplementary R15, R13, R7 and R9 results along with BPharmacy first, second, third year supplementary and regular exam results. Read | JNTUH B Tech 2-2 results 2017 declared , click here

Steps to download JNTUH BTech, BPharma results 2017:

Step 1: Go to the official website for JNTUH results (jntuhresults.in).JNTUH result, jntuhresults.in, jntuh, jntuh btech result, jntuh bpharma result, jntuh b pharmacy result, jntuh semester result, jntuh result, education news, indian express

Step 2: Click on any one of the three servers available.

Step 3: Click on BTech or BPharmacy results.

Step 4: In the drop down list select the exam for which you appeared.

Step 5: Enter you hall ticket number, date of birth and the code provided and click on submit.

 

Bihar Board Class 10 Result 2017 declared at biharboard.ac.in; 51 per cent pass the exam

The result of Class 10 board exam has been finally declared today, on June 22, by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) at 2 pm.

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Result declared

The result of Class 10 board exam has been finally declared today, on June 22, by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) as per NDTV report. The candidates who had appeared for the same are required check their respective scores at the official website biharboard.ac.in. Over 17 lakh students from Bihar appeared for matriculate (class 10) board examination this year.

The BSEB Class 10 exams were held from March 1 to March 8. Results for Class 12th Intermediate examinations were also declared on May 30.

Grace marks

As per reports, in a major relief to students, the Board said that it will give eight grace marks to class 10 board students.

Why grace marks?

The Board had sent a proposal to the state government requesting permission to award eight grace marks, according to a report by Prabhat Khabar. As per reports, it seems like by giving grace marks improvement in pass percentage of class10 results could be seen.

According to a moneycontrol report, the results were earlier expected to be announced around 11 am today, but were postponed  due to the swearing-in of Keshari Nath Tripathi as caretaker Governor of Bihar.

(Read: Bihar Board BSEB Class 10 students to get 8 grace marks)

Steps to check the result

  • Log on to the official website, biharboard.ac.in
  • Click on ‘Bihar board Class 10 matric results 2017’
  • In the provided fields, enter your roll number
  • Click on submit
  • Your result will be displayed on the screen
  • Download the same and take print out for future reference

Karnataka CET mock seat allotment 2017 to release soon at kea.kar.nic.in

 

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) will publish the CET mock seat allotment result today at kea.kar.nic.in. The Common Entrance Test (KCET) was held on May 2 and 3 and the KEA had declared the results on May 30. The seat matrix for engineering and other courses was published on June 14 and the option entry commence the following day. KEA has scheduled the release of mock allotment for today, June 23.

The seat allotment will be done on the basis of merit and the final list will be out soon. Mock seat allotment is done to get an idea of seat status. In a notification, KEA has already said that it is not necessary that the seat allotted as per mock allotment will be allotted in the final list.www.kea.kar.nic.in, cet 2017, kcet, karnataka cet 2017, kar cet 2017 allotment, kea.kar.nic.in 2017, cet allotment 2017, karnataka cet allotment, cet result 2017, cet, education news,

Karnataka CET 2017, here’s how to check allotment result:
Step 1: Visit to the official website of KEA (kea.kar.nic.in).
Step 2: Follow the link to the CET portal which will be available on the main page.
Step 3: Once the seat matrix and fee structure is available, the links will be displayed on the page. Follow the links.
Step 4: Check the seat matrix and fee structure and keep a copy of the document for further reference.

This year’s KCET topper Rakshita Ramesh, a student of Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College, had scored 56 in mathematics to 59 in chemistry. She is closely followed

 

Delhi University First Cut-Off List 2017 out at du.ac.in: SRCC demands 97.75 per cent for BCom (Honours)

 

Delhi University (DU) has released the much awaited first cut-off list for the admission in various courses for the year 2017-18 today evening.

All the candidate can check the cut-off list on the official website, the link for which is du.ac.in 

Now, the fight over seat in undergraduate courses at DU will begin.

(Read: DU First Cut-Off List 2017 : List of documents required for UG admission ) 

Shri Ram College of Commerce has set the highest demanding 97.75 per cent for BCom (Hons). SRCC is one of the top ranked commerce colleges in the country and has been in the spotlight for last couple of years for setting unusually high cut off for B.Com. (Honors).

This year, however, the cut off has not reached the touchdown mark of 100 per cent as was the case in 2011. This year the cut off for B.Com. (Honors) at SRCC is 97.75 per cent.

(Read: Delhi University SOL Admissions 2017 begin at sol.du.ac.in: How to apply )

This is the second consecutive year of the online admission process for UG admissions unlike previous years when it used to be both online and offline.

The DU admission process for its 60 undergraduate programmes in 62 colleges with around 54,000 seats began on May 22.

Acid attack survivors, thalassemia students to have reserved seats in DU:

Moving a step towards giving disabled students an equal opportunity to study, Delhi University has announced that it will also reserve seats for acid attacks survivors and students with thalassemia and dwarfism.Delhi University First Cut-Off List 2017

As reported, this move from the varsity comes after recently adopting the revised Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Percentage of reservation:

  • Further, the law gives at least 5 per cent reservation to students with disabilities
  • By following this act, it means, DU will reserve at least 2,500 seats for differently abled applicants

In the last academic session, DU had reserved only 3 per cent of its seats in all colleges and courses for PwD applicants.

Important dates:

  • Document verification: June 24 to June 28
  • Second cut off list: July 1
  • Document verification and admission approval: July 1 to July 4
  • Third cut off list: July 7
  • Admission approval and document verification: July 7 to July 10

NEET 2017: Results declared, know top medical colleges that accept NEET ranks

 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test today and 6,11,539 candidates have qualified for the same out of 10,90,085 who appeared for the paper. The paper was conducted on May 7 this year in 10 languages at centres in 103 cities across the country.

After reservations, only 15 per cent of the seats will be available of the general category candidates and the cut off for the top four colleges is expected to be about 650 to 697 and for the next four it is likely to drop to about 605 to 645. Read | NEET results 2017 date and time: Result declared; rank letters to be available soon, check hereneet result 2017 date, neet 2017 result, cbseneet.nic.in, neet, cbse, neet results 2017, neet 2017 topper, best medical colleges, top med schools india, education news

Medical aspirants will have a plethora of colleges to choose from. Here are some of the top medical colleges in the country where students can secure seats through NEET 2017 scores.

Top 8 colleges that accept NEET 2017 score:

1. AFMC, Pune
2. Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
3. Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
4. Grant Medical College, Mumbai
5. King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
6. Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute
7. St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
8. Institute of Medical Science BHU, Varanasi

 

CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

 

The Central Intelligence Agency admitted this week that it had been compromised for months in 2013 by a network of high-tech snack thieves.

A report released this week shows the premier US intelligence body discovered that insider hackers had stolen more than $3,300 worth of potato chips, chocolate bars and other snacks from its vending machines.

The culprits weren’t undercover agents or veteran Al-Qaeda chasers, but instead “contractors” – of which the CIA has thousands, doing everything from terror analysis to servicing the machines that answer American spies’ junk food needs.

A CIA Inspector General’s report on the candy cabal was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed journalist Jason Leopold.

Unsurprisingly for the CIA, the report is heavily redacted – no names, or sources and methods behind the investigation. But it shows that an unidentified contractor figured out how to get snacks without paying.CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

The machines took stored value payment cards from the FreedomPay company.
The contractor figured out that if you disconnect the cable that connects the machines with FreedomPay’s cloud-based payment systems, they would accept a card that has no more funds.

The culprit told friends who also disconnected the machines’ cords to download snacks for free.

But, of course, the agency finally caught up. After suspicions were raised, CIA officials put surveillance cameras on the machines, and figured out the scam.

The main perpetrator “admitted to originating the idea of how to effect the thefts based on his knowledge of computer networks,” according to the report.

Members of the cabal were rounded up, interrogated and then escorted from the building and fired by their employers.