AMDs Bulldozer architecture to battle Intels Core i7

first_imgAMD’s Bulldozer is a multi-threaded high performance x86 CPU that includes the 32-nm Zambezi chips with 4, 6, or 8 cores. AMD’s Zambezi chip will feature eight processing engines with its cores packed into four modules. The Bulldozer architecture includes two integer units, along with one floating-point unit and two threads on separate integer units instead of the single-core solution. At present AMD is not able to compete in performance against Intel’s Core i7 series “Sandy Bridge” but aims to go to battle with its next generation Bulldozer-chips.According to report from X-bit Labs, leaked AMD documents reveal that Zambezi processors offer similar capabilities to Intel’s Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors. The report also states that AMD’s Zambezi features more over-clocked cores, dual graphics, OpenCL and GPU capabilities. This makes Zambezi more of an integrated graphics chip than a desktop CPU. More information: via Xbitlabs and CRN This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Because of Intel’s manufacturing processing error discovered in their Series 6 Sandy Bridge Support chipsets, AMD hopes to gain some market share utilizing their Bulldozer micro-architecture.According to IDC’s latest estimates, Intel holds an 80.8 percent share of the PC processor market in the fourth quarter which is a 0.4 percent increase. AMD, on the other hand, only holds a market share of 19.9 percent and is down 0.4 percent.AMD plans to come out fighting by leveraging their Zambezi processors utilizing their Bulldozer architecture. An AMD spokesperson told CRN, on Monday, that their Zambezi CPU carrying the FX brand is planned to be introduced in Q2 of this year.center_img AMD unveils 64-bit dual-core processor (PhysOrg.com) — AMD’s upcoming four-, six- and eight-core processors, code name Zambezi, is based on its Bulldozer architecture and will target Intel’s flagship 9000 series six-core desktop CPU’s. AMD’s Zambezi processors will feature AMD’s TurboCore 2.0 technology and will be listed under their FX line-up. Based on the diagram AMD intends to dramatically improve multithreading performance of its CPUs: two INT schedulers, an FP scheduler and separate data caches for each of four cores. Credit: AMD Explore further Citation: AMD’s Bulldozer architecture to battle Intel’s Core i7 (2011, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-amd-bulldozer-architecture-intel-core.htmllast_img read more

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Google Maps Navigation soon to be available offline

first_img The Google Maps Navigation app for Android received an update in December of 2010 that allows mobile devices to cache routes and the surrounding areas. In this update users can create and navigate a route without Internet connection, but users cannot currently enter a new destination and navigate to that location. An upgrade could allow for navigation without being in the WiFi zone. This feature will also be introduced on a future Windows 7 phone. The direction system will be giving turn-by-turn directions with the help of the Nokia’s Ovi Maps app. So, these could be a move towards negating a competitive edge on the part of Goggle. If this system turns out to become a regular feature of smartphones, it could put a serious dent in the stand alone GPS unit market, since consumers are unlikely to shell out $200 for something that they can get for free on their phone. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. OnStar, Google Partner to Expand Turn-by-Turn Navigation © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Google Maps Navigation soon to be available offline (2011, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-google-offline.html (PhysOrg.com) — All About Phones, a Dutch-based tech site has released information that implies that Google Maps Navigation will have an offline version before the end of the summer. The information, which is only a rumor at this point, may well be true, when you consider some of the technological advances that make this possible. last_img read more

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Bell Labs improves lensless camera with additional pixel on sensor

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org) —A research team from Bell Labs that developed a lensless camera has now improved upon the design by adding a second pixel to the sensor used to read data coming through an aperture array. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes how they added a second pixel to the sensor that reads incoming light from the aperture array. Doing so required additional programming of code on an associated computer to take advantage of the additional data provided by a slightly different view of the object being captured. Explore further The camera is part of ongoing research by several groups into a technique known as optical sensing. Such devices consist of an aperture array that can be programmed to randomly allow light to pass through some of its cells, but not others. It sits between a light source and a single pixel sensor that picks up the light that passes through the array. To create an image, multiple shots are taken, each with a different random pattern created on the aperture array. The computer generates the multiple array patterns and uses the data from the sensor to create an image. In this new effort, the team added a second pixel to the tri-color sensor providing two new benefits.The first benefit is that it allows for the creation of an image in half the time. Since data from both sensors is married via computer software into one image, rather than producing two images, twice as much data is sent during each snapshot.The second benefit is that the addition of the second pixel allows for a higher quality image to be created. This is because the two pixels get a slightly different view of the light coming through the array, offering more data per individual shot.As research continues with the new type of camera, it’s not difficult to see where the technology is going. Adding more pixels to the aperture array, increasing processing speed, and developing ever more sophisticated software will allow for the creation of higher resolution images in shorter amounts of time. At some point, (because the results are always in focus) it seems logical to conclude that such cameras will find a place in photography applications for still images of non-moving targets—all at a much reduced price. Reconstruction using measurements from two sensors. Credit: arXiv:1306.3946 [cs.IT]center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Bell Labs researchers build camera with no lens More information: Multi-view in Lensless Compressive Imaging, arXiv:1306.3946 [cs.IT] arxiv.org/abs/1306.3946AbstractMulti-view images are acquired by a lensless compressive imaging architecture, which consists of an aperture assembly and multiple sensors. The aperture assembly consists of a two dimensional array of aperture elements whose transmittance can be individually controlled to implement a compressive sensing matrix. For each transmittance pattern of the aperture assembly, each of the sensors takes a measurement. The measurement vectors from the multiple sensors represent multi-view images of the same scene. We present theoretical framework for multi-view reconstruction and experimental results for enhancing quality of image using multi-view.via Arxiv Blog Citation: Bell Labs improves lensless camera with additional pixel on sensor (2013, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-bell-labs-lensless-camera-additional.htmllast_img read more

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Researchers provide evidence for a nonenzymatic pathway to produce paracaseolide A

first_img Explore further Isolation chemists have proposed that paracaseoline A arose through a Diels Alder [4+2] cycloaddition of an alpha-alkenylbutenolide. In all of these studies the researchers completed both the Diels-Alder cycloaddition and dehydration reaction in a single operation under harsh conditions (110oC). The assumption was that the initial dimerization proceeded via an endo transition state geometry. The harsh conditions that were required to complete this process gave rise to the idea that there is a naturally-occurring enzyme in the mangrove plant to catalyze this dimerization (a Diels-Alderase).Wang and Hoye report that the dimerization of the alkenylbutenolide precursor can occur through milder conditions than the typical 110oC reported in the literature and that the precursors interact through an exo orientation rather than the reported endo orientation. This means that in order to arrive at the relative configuration of the natural product, one of the carbon atoms undergoes an epimerization. Wang and Hoye provide compelling evidence that this epimerization occurs through a keto-enol tautomerization and subsequent interaction with the solvent.To prove that the cycloaddition occurs through an exo transition state, Wang and Hoye first investigated an analog to paracaseolide A that has shortened methyl chains rather than the dodecyl alkyl chains. After verifying that their synthetic analog behaved similarly to the naturally-occurring paracaseolide A under the harsh synthetic conditions mentioned in the literature, they tested whether they could obtain product using milder conditions. They were able to isolate the exo Diels-Alder adduct (pre-dehydration intermediate) by reacting the butenolide precursor at 35oC, neat, for six days. The authors verified that it was the Diels-Alder adduct using X-ray crystallography. They also verified that the dimerization step must have proceeded through an exo orientation. DFT studies showed that the transition state leading to the exo Diels-Alder adduct was lower in energy than that of the endo transition state. Furthermore, tests in which the alkyl truncated analog and the analogous Diels-Alder adduct with the dodecyl alkyl chains in place (which could also be formed under ambient conditions) were mixed showed that the reaction via the exo pathway is not reversible.Wang and Hoye believe that the exo adduct is preferred over the endo adduct because the geometry of lowest energy transition state is C2-symmetric. The product is formed through a pathway known as a bis-pericyclic process, passing through a transition state in which the two possible modes of cycloaddition [4+2] and [2+4] have merged. This kind of C2-symmetric, bis-pericyclic assembly has been proposed to be operative in the formation of other simpler compounds and to account for their stereochemistry (e.g., dicyclopentadiene), but not for a natural product, here paracaseolide A.Since one of the four fused rings in the isolated exo adduct is open (a keto acid), Wang and Hoye explored whether reaction through the ring-opened tautomer of the precursor hemiacylal was a possible route for the naturally occurring synthesis. It turns out that this route may be a possibility as it also yields an exo analog for its product. Finally, optical studies suggest that naturally occurring paracaseolide A is racemic just as the synthetic product is. If this is the case, then the naturally occurring reaction likely did not proceed via an enzymatic pathway. Enzymes typically produce an excess of one enatiomer.All of these experiments provide evidence that naturally occurring paracaseolide A is likely formed through a different reaction mechanism than what has been presented in the published literature. The synthesis of paracasolide A does not have to proceed via dimerization under harsh conditions producing an endo Diels-Alder adduct, but likely proceeds through a bis-pericyclic [4+2] dimerization. The mild nature of the conditions required for the dimerization as well as the racemic nature of the naturally produced paracaseolide A are consistent with the proposition that this spontaneous dimerization occurs in nature and that dimerization does not require catalysis by a Diels-Alderase enzyme. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Researchers provide evidence for a non-enzymatic pathway to produce paracaseolide A (2015, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-evidence-non-enzymatic-pathway-paracaseolide.html Researchers achieve enzyme-catalyzed Diels-Alder reaction More information: “Diels-Alderase-free, bis-pericyclic, [4+2] dimerization in the biosynthesis of (+/-)-peracaseolide A” Tao Wang and Thomas R. Hoye, Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2281AbstractThe natural product paracaseolide A is a tetracyclic dilactone containing six adjacent stereocentres. Its skeleton occupies a unique structural space among the >200,000 characterized secondary metabolites. Six different research groups have reported a chemical synthesis of this compound, five of which used a thermal, net Diels–Alder [4+2] cycloaddition and dehydration at 110 °C to access the target by dimerization of a simple butenolide precursor. Here, we report that this dimerization proceeds under much milder conditions and with a different stereochemical outcome than previously recognized. This can be rationalized by invoking a bis-pericyclic transition state. Furthermore, we find that spontaneous epimerization, necessary to correct the configuration at one key stereocentre, is viable and that natural paracaseolide A is racemic. Together, these facts point to the absence of enzymatic catalysis (that is, Diels–Alderase activity) in the cycloaddition and strongly suggest that a non-enzyme-mediated dimerization is the actual event by which paracaseolide A is produced in nature. © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Paracaseolide A is a naturally occurring compound found in the Chinese mangrove plant (Sonneratia paracaseolaris). Among its abilities, it inhibits an important enzyme in the cell cycle progression and affects regulation of the insulin pathway. What is perhaps most fascinating about this compound is its structure. Tao Wang and Thomas R. Hoye from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota provide compelling evidence that paracaseolide A proceeds via a different reaction mechanism that what has been reported by several groups in the literature. Specifically, they test whether the reaction proceeds via the spontaneous dimerization of a hydroxybutenolide precursor. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry. Structure and previous syntheses of paracaseolide A. Credit: Tao Wang & Thomas R. Hoye, Nature Chemistry (2015) doi:10.1038/nchem.2281 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Pillais offloading illegal govt cant muzzle criticism HC

first_imgJustice Rajiv Shakdher said Pillai has a fundamental right to travel abroad and also she has every right to hold a different opinion on development policies and this cannot be the sole ground to restrict her movement.Besides quashing the look out circular (LOC) issued against her by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the court also asked the government to remove her name from the database of individuals barred from leaving the country. Though the court declined to order inquiry against the officials involved in her offloading, it directed Bureau of Immigration to expunge the endorsements made on the activist’s passport while offloading her from an aircraft on January 11 while she was going to London to make a presentation before British MPs on an alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“…The core aspect of democracy is the freedom of an individual to be able to freely operate, within the framework of the laws enacted by Parliament. The individual should be able to order his or her life any way he or she pleases, as long as it is not violative of the law or constitutes an infraction of any order or direction of a duly constituted court, tribunal or any statutory authority for that matter.“Amongst the varied freedoms conferred on an individual (the citizen), is the right of free speech and expression, which necessarily includes the right to criticise and dissent. Criticism, by an individual, may not be palatable, even so, it cannot be muzzled,” the court said. “There was no basis for the government to issue an LOC against her. The decision taken to detain her at the airport on January 11, 2015 in my opinion, was illegal being violative of the Pillai’s right under Article 21 and 19(1)(a) of the Constitution,” the court added.last_img read more

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Doctors demand arrest of miscreants who ransacked hospital

first_imgKolkata: A team of doctors under the banner of Bengal Nursing Home and Hospital association on Monday met senior police officers in the district demanding arrest of the hooligans, who had ransacked a portion of a private nursing home in Duttapukar area of North 24-Parganas.The district police are yet to arrest the culprits, who had carried out the attack triggering tension among the patients undergoing treatment. The incident occurred on last Saturday when a group of people went on rampage, ransacking Seva Sadan nursing home in Duttapukur. Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was alleged that the miscreants also looted some important documents and a cheque book.Police said one Sourav Pal (26), a resident of Kalachandpara area was taken to the nursing home after he complained of fever. The doctors in the nursing home urged the family members of the victim to shift the patient to a city hospital as his condition deteriorated following his admission on June 24. But the family members allegedly turned a deaf ear to the appeal of the nursing home authorities. On July 4, the nursing home authorities forced the family members of the patient to take him to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. The patient died in RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Sunday after being treated for the past few days. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe incident had triggered violence when some of the family members of the victim backed by some local hooligans attacked the staff members of the nursing home. The nursing home authorities lodged a specific complaint at the local police station against 5 persons, who had led the attack.A team of doctors led by Dr Goutam Mistri and Dr NB Kanjilal met the district police officers and urged them to arrest the accused. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more

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Judicial vacancies need to be filled to reduce pending cases Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a dig at the Centre and said that fresh appointments should take place to reduce the pendency of cases before the courts and bring down the “sufferings” of the common man.Speaking at the foundation stone laying programme of the new complex of the Calcutta High Court at New Town on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said: “There are many pending cases. But as I gathered from the Chief Justice that there are no appointment-related pending works here. However, there are many in Delhi.” Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya was also present at the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”I would like to mention that if the infrastructure is not developed and if vacancies are not filed up then the ultimate sufferers will be the common man. There are lakhs of cases and it would take 50 to 100 years for them to be resolved,” Banerjee said adding that the Government of India needs to work with the Supreme Court and High Courts with proper coordination in this connection. While speaking about her government’s initiative taken to develop the necessary infrastructure, the Chief Minister said: “Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench is almost ready. It was a long-pending demand of the locals. A large section of people from North Bengal will be benefitted with the setting up of the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile speaking about the new complex of the Calcutta High Court at New Town, the Chief Minister maintained that the state government has allotted the land within 24 hours of the proposal given in this connection. “I had called up state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim and directed Debashis Sen, Chairman and MD of WBHIDCO, to identify a plot for the new complex of the High Court. Within half-an-hour, the land was identified and following subsequent processes, the Cabinet gave its approval,” the Chief Minister said adding that the work has been done out of social responsibility. “We are having a huge loan burden of Rs 48,000 crore. Despite that, the move has been taken up considering a better future for which development of necessary infrastructure is absolutely crucial,” she said. It may be mentioned that the state government gave 10 acres of land in New Town at Re 1 to the Calcutta High Court for construction of the new complex. She further said that besides the High Court, steps would also be taken for the development of the infrastructure of the district and sub-divisional courts. “But it would not be possible to carry out the entire work in one go. So the work will be taken up in phases,” the Chief Minister added.last_img read more

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Sporadic violence fails to disrupt normal life in North Bengal

first_imgDarjeeling: North Bengal was a witness to sporadic violence on Wednesday, with BJP calling a 12-hour state-wide bandh. However, life was normal in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills, with the bandh evoking no response at all.Despite being an ally of BJP, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had earlier declared that they would not support the bandh.”Last year, during the agitation, 13 people had died in the Hills and yet the BJP remained a silent spectator. They did not utter a single word. They have never been sincere towards the Hills and have always indulged in vote bank politics. We will not support the BJP bandh. Darjeeling and Kalimpong have been declared as a strike-free zone,” stated Binay Tamang, president, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMeanwhile in the plains of the district, the day started off with shops and business establishments opening and vehicles plying normally. Later during the day, a BJP rally went around town, forcing shops to down shutters. A bus traveling from Cooch Behar to Siliguri was vandalised by bandh supporters.Throughout the day there were reports of sporadic violence from different areas of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. 11 vehicles were vandalised. Stones were pelted on shops that were open.Around 90 persons were arrested from all over the Siliguri Police Commissionerate area.In Cooch Behar, state buses were vandalised. Police had to resort to firing tear gas shells in Mekhligunj. There were reports of sporadic violence in Malda as well.last_img read more

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Precautions to be taken while using public toilets

first_imgWith Christmas around the corner, the holiday season has officially arrived for travel lovers. While vacationing, clean and hygienic bathrooms must always be your priority and for this, keep in mind a few basic steps like using tissues while touching the doorknob, says an expert.First and foremost, avoid touching the toilet doorknob with bare hands. Door knobs carry germs from multiple sources and may cause infections. Try using a tissue paper for holding the knob from outside as well as inside before heading out or going in.Take care of your personal belongings. Germs touching your hands can be easily washed out but once they transmit to your belongings such as phone, handbags, etc, they might infect you. Always prefer an Indian seat toilet instead of the western style to avoid any direct contact with the toilet surfaces. In case you can’t find one, hover over the seat without skin contact or make sure that you wipe the toilet seat before sitting on it.Flush it, turn around and get out of the toilet. The probability of getting infected with air-borne germs and bacteria while flushing is very high. Always close the lid before you flush, take a small tissue to press the flush button and exit the place quickly.Avoid the use of hand dryer, as the hot air has the ability to spread the germs present in the air around. To avoid getting infected use a paper towel to dry them. In the end, use a hand sanitiser and you are good to go!last_img read more

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Jewellery worth lakhs stolen from temple

first_imgKolkata: Miscreants stole ornaments worth several lakh rupees from a temple in the Kidderpore area on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, some ‘sebayat’ identified the theft and reported the matter to the police.According to locals, some ‘sebayat’ of Panchanan temple at Watgunj found a portion of the temple’s roof to be partly broken on Sunday. Some wooden sticks with iron hooks at the end were found lying on the roof. After being informed sleuths from Watgunj police station and anti-burglary section visited the incident spot. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that police found several footprints on the roof. It is suspected that there were more than one person involved in the theft. During a probe police found some wooden sticks with iron hooks attached to it. Preliminary investigation revealed that the thieves tried to enter the main temple by breaking a portion of the wall from the roof. As they failed to create sufficient space to enter the temple, thieves used wooden sticks to steal the ornaments from a ventilation space at the temple. Some of the ornaments were found on the temple floor as they might have fallen from the iron hooks while thieves were trying to steal. Later, the scientific wing of police along with some forensic experts visited the place. It is suspected that the thieves might have kept a watch on the temple for a few days. The sleuths have collected footages from the CCTV cameras installed at the temple premises. Footages from other CCTV cameras in the area will be checked as well to get any clue about the crime.last_img read more

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Section of political parties spreading rumours CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on social media on Thursday that a section of political parties along with people holding constitutional positions were indulging in rumour-mongering and spreading hatred.Urging people to maintain calm Banerjee tweeted: “One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions indulging in rumor mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePolice officers are requesting people not to get swayed by rumour and take laws in their own hand. The cops have warned of stringent action against those who would be caught for spreading rumors. The officers are distributing leaflets and requesting people to get in touch with them if they find anyone loitering aimlessly in their area. The police are also keeping tabs on the social media. Police officers through the public address system are requesting people not to get swayed by the rumor that child-lifters are kidnapping kids from their homes to kill them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn areas of Kasba, Tollygunge, Bansdroni, Bhowanipore and Ballygunge police officers went in every locality urged people to maintain cool. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all police officers to take strong action against rumor mongers. In Anandapur, local residents beat up a youth on the suspicion of being a thief. A police team went to the spot and rescued the youth. In Belur, another youth was beaten up on Tuesday night on the suspicion of being a child-lifter. Police rescued him and admitted him to Howrah District Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. At Deganga, in north 24-Parganas two youths were beaten up suspecting them to be child-lifters. The police said they had failed to arrest those who had beaten up the youths. In all these cases anonymous callers have informed the police of the incidents and the police rescued the youths. Professor D Banerjee, a teacher in Psychology, said: “The way rumors are being spread, people are scared and they are beating up people out of fear and suspicion. People are feeling insecure and more intense campaign is required to win back the confidence of people.” It may be mentioned that after resuming the post of Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Anuj Sharma, said protection had been given to the Kashmiriris who are “safe and secure in Kolkata.”last_img read more

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Id like to connect with Bollywood Tollywood Italian Ambassador

first_imgThe Ambassador of Italy Lorenzo Angeloni was present in Kolkata to attend the ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2019′. He spoke to Millennium Post on a wide spectrum of topics, from the subject of his books to the dynamics of Indo-Italian ties. Excerpts: How do you want to take the relationship between India and Italy to the next level? Relationships are very good. There are a number of sectors where it can be raised to the level of strategic partnership. For instance, an important delegation is expected to come in Kolkata for BGBS shortly. The President of Regione Lombardia will sign an MoU in some very promising manufacturing sector. I see a lot of opportunities we are trying to improve. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf What are the major priority areas in India? Areas like infrastructure have good prospect. Food processing is another area, whose chain of transformation offer interesting perspective. I’ d like to connect Bollywood and Tollywood with our Film Commissions in Italy, a Country where many Indian directors have already shot important films. Tell us the areas of your interest and anything being planned with Bengal? Napoli is an Italian city which is twinned with Kolkata. I’ d like the idea to extend twinnings to Unesco sites (Italy and India have a huge number of heritage sites), and boost tourism between the two countries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive What is your perspective in the Global Bengal Meet 2019 in February? I was here for the previous three editions and I’ ve seen Kolkata changing for the better every year . We expect to be part of this flow of development, attracting a growing number of Italian companies What gave you the inspiration to do a romantic book? You can read this book as a love story(behind my scenes is the title) but the message of the book is about heartbreak. at the dead-end of a love story, the book shows a possible way out from heartbreak. You wrote two more books…? I wrote some essays and reportage before converting into a novelist and yes, I previously published three novels. Have you tried Kolkata’s cuisine? Yes, I love the cuisine here, especially the ‘fish curry’. Is Kolkata going to be a city that you would return to? Kolkata is giving me a lot of love….it is the only Indian city which I have visited more than twice.last_img read more

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Shrewsbury Public Schools holds school supply swap at Oak Middle School

first_imgBy Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community ReporterShrewsbury – A steady stream of people stopped by the cafeteria at Oak Middle School Aug. 15 to donate or pick up new and gently used school supplies. The event was held to support the families in town.“Community members were waiting here at 7:30 a.m. with big bags of supplies,” stated Dr. Jane Lizotte, assistant school superintendent, who came up with the idea for the swap. “Staples in Shrewsbury has been very generous, too – they donated about seven boxes of supplies.”Roughly 12 cafeteria tables were filled with supplies. There were notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, folders, bags and even calculators donated by community members, school families and grandparents whose generosity was very much appreciated.Lizotte noted that leftover supplies will be donated to the Grafton Street Elementary School in Worcester. Shrewsbury Public Schools has a partnership with the school through high school faculty member, Denise Satterfield, who runs a program at that school.“This is the first time we are giving it a whirl,” said Lizotte. “I was in my basement one day getting out college stuff [for her kids] and I looked at bins from years of four children going through the schools and I said ‘I cannot throw this away.’”She added that people have been calling for supply lists and so many have supplies so it made sense to collect it all in one place. The idea was for people to drop off their supply surplus and pick up what they might need.Lizotte shared that one little boy came in and said, “It feels like my birthday. I can get whatever I want!”last_img read more

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VIDEO Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton stars in steamy new music video thats

first_img Advertisement Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is in the middle of one of the greatest months any power hitter has had in the history of baseball, but he found time to score repeatedly in a role in a new video for some artist named Lexy Panterra.The not quite NSFW video is basically just this incredibly attractive 10 climbing over Stanton and the two making out the whole time. It’s kind of weird Stanton would agree to take a role in what is basically a PG-13 version of a Cinemax late night movie, but after you see Lexy Panterra it’s easy to understand why he had a difficult time turning it down.  She is not exactly unattractive.This is what it looks like when you’re 15 games out of first place, but still winning.last_img read more

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Video surfaces of Browns rookie DeShone Kizer out partying at 1 am

first_imgCleveland rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was benched, again, after throwing two more picks in an overtime loss to Tennessee. Kizer may have been on a short leash with head coach Hue Jackson, after it was reported that he was out late clubbing into the early hours of Saturday morning.This probably isn’t the thing for Kizer do be doing since he’s 0-6 with 11 interceptions and only 3 touchdown passes on the season. Anything that reminds the Browns of the Manziel-era is obviously going to be frowned upon.Now, there’s video of him out at the club at around 1:30 a.m. – according to the timestamp on the social media post – and even though he’s not riding a swan, it’s still a bad look for the rookie.Here’s the video of DeShone Kizer out on Friday night via @cleveland19news. #Browns pic.twitter.com/XUqf0TIuIM— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) October 22, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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VIDEO Irate fan loses it on MNF broadcast crane for completely ruining

first_img Advertisement ESPN has been experimenting with the novel idea of a two man broadcast booth and analyst Booger McFarland commenting on the game from a crane that follows the action up and down the sidelines.Aside from the ongoing debate regarding if the crane actually adds anything to the TV broadcast, it’s pretty undeniable that it sucks if you’re a fan attending the actual game. This was on full display last night when a Giants fan lost it after his view of the field was completely blocked when the crane was moved into position to break down the action.In another middle finger to the fans, the crane has a giant flatscreen mounted on the back of it so you can see the game action going on directly behind it. The moral of this story is beware of the crane if you’re thinking about going out to see a Monday Night Football game.😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/9yFUYmhwYG— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) October 23, 2018last_img read more

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Wipe Out Shopping Cart Abandonment

first_img Crank Up Your Customers’ Confidence Imagine you owned a store where half your customers left their purchases on the checkout counter. That, in effect, is happening all too often to online merchants. Potential customers go shopping on their site, like what they see, and put merchandise in the shopping cart. But somewhere during the checkout process, they “abandon” their cart and depart the site, sometimes never to return.What went wrong? As an online merchant, knowing the answers can make a big difference in how well you convert a customer’s clicks into an actual sale.Studies have demonstrated that the single biggest cause of cart abandonment is an unexpectedly high transaction cost–typically a high shipping cost–that is only revealed at checkout. A customer believes a transaction is going to be about $75, steps up to the virtual counter, arranges payment, only to learn that the actual total is $100. We shouldn’t be surprised if that shopper “walks off” in a huff. Indeed, shopping cart abandonment is often a sign of deeper troubles for the merchant. It’s not just an indicator of a lost sale, but also of a troubled relationship. If customers have a sense of being baited and switched, their overall confidence in the merchant gets undermined. The problem is aggravated by the high variability of shipping costs. During a recent online shopping excursion for a stationary bicycle, I found that shipping fees ranged from “free” to $150. That’s a huge difference. And yet in many cases, the total “out-the-door” cost wasn’t apparent until deep in the checkout process.What can merchants do? First of all, you should keep shipping costs in line with customer expectations. A small, lightweight item like a pair of socks, a garden trowel or camera battery shouldn’t cost $17 to ship. And adding one of these items to an existing purchase shouldn’t cost $17 more. Some merchants have taken the mystery out of checkout by offering free shipping across their product lines. But if you can’t afford that, at least give shoppers an early, clear indication of the actual cost. And while this might sound obvious, the same advice also applies to good news: Tell customers about special discounts, coupons and other incentives up front, not at checkout. The guiding principle: When it comes to payment, online shoppers don’t like surprises.Security and comparison shoppingCart abandonment happens for other reasons as well. Sometimes customers are uneasy about handing over their personal information, including credit card numbers, to an unknown merchant. You can remove that concern by offering multiple options for electronic payment, including services that allow payment without disclosing financial information to the merchant.Some customers don’t click on the purchase button because, at the last minute, they want to assure themselves they are getting the best possible deal. The temptation is understandable. E-commerce has matured since its early days, and customers are the beneficiaries. More sites are competing for their business, and customers can use “shopping engines” to compare price and merchant reputations at a glance. The obvious advice: Keep your prices competitive and your service exemplary so that new customers keep coming back. In looking for the ultimate bargain, some customers depart to seek out discount coupons. If your competition is trumping you with this tactic, perhaps you should follow suit.Sometimes, the barrier to purchase is not cost, but an unanswered question. “How long do I have for a return?” “Can I see the manual?” “Do you have it in green?” “Can I include a Valentine’s card?” No merchant can anticipate every question, nor will every customer locate every snippet of information on your site. So don’t hide behind your website. Provide a telephone number, an e-mail address, or both–and respond to queries promptly and personally, taking the time to hear the actual question.Finally, some shoppers abandon their carts simply because they cannot figure out how the checkout process works. If your customers are hunting for the “purchase” button, it’s time for a site redesign–preferably with something simpler.I don’t want to paint too grim a picture. Most people who enter checkout hit the purchase button. Your goal with these measures is simply to increase that percentage. Moreover, an abandoned cart is not the same as abandoned hope–a surprising number of shoppers will return and make a purchase later on. You should welcome them back like lost friends. Keep their merchandise in their cart. Offer them discounts. If they do make a purchase, take extra care to make sure they are happy. In other words, you’ll make the most sales when everything clicks. More Fine Tuning for Your E-Commerce Site Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Register Now »center_img Website Maintenance Musts Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 7, 2009last_img read more

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Headphones The New Business Productivity Tool

first_img Enroll Now for Free Meet the new small-business productivity tool: headphones. That’s right, you heard us. Portable audio devices have spawned a new generation of discriminating audiophiles who use music to help them think more clearly, to relax and, generally, to be more productive at the office. And that means there’s demand for a new generation of headphones that, when used properly, can turn long flights, cramped cubicles and even busy home offices into focused zones of workplace excellence. Here’s a look at our favorites.Best entry-level sealed headphones Beyerdynamic DT 235 ($60)Made by German audio legend Beyerdynamic, the DT 235 sets the bar for fit over the ear–and for blocking outside noise. This surprisingly comfortable set will drive out the drone of your next business flight, without the need for finicky or pricey active noise-reduction technology. Great sound at a great price.Best in-ear headphones with mic Woodees W100B ($50)Better-known headphone makers such as Ultimate Ears, Shure and Etymotic Research make quality ear buds with microphones built in. But Woodees, in Baton Rouge, La., gets the nod for small-business use. Excellent audio quality, crisp voice sound on calls and, believe it or not, a comfy, natural-feeling wood make these the pick of the in-ear litter.Best midprice active noise-reduction headphones Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B ($220)Active noise-reduction headphones are based on a strange concept: They make their own noise to keep other noise out. But they work, and, for our money, Stow, Ohio-based Audio-Technica and its ANC7B is the way to go. Slim and foldable, these work great on the plane and in the office. Put them on to drown out the world and get some work done.Best midprice luxe headphones Bowers and Wilkins P5 ($300)Lavished with ridiculous technologies such as Mylar diaphragms and neodymium magnets that render sound oh so crisply, the P5s are fabulous-looking, top-quality headphones that fold up and fit in your bags. Not exactly cheap, but these headphones offer remarkable audio quality and design for the money.Hands-down best headphones (if cost is no object)Sennheiser HD 800 ($1,400)These are, quite simply, the best. The sound is clear to the point of absurdity. Using a quality headphone amp and proper cables, you can have a true audiophile experience while sitting right at your desk. If you want to hear what sound is supposed to sound like, give the 800 a listen. Nothing else compares. 2 min read August 23, 2010 This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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Watch Google Unveils Working Prototype of Project Ara Its Modular Smartphone

first_imgOctober 31, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Today, Google’s dream of a modular smartphone — an initiative dubbed Project Ara — has inched one step closer to reality.While technologically ambitious, a device in which different blocks can be affixed and detached — keyboards, cameras, batteries, speakers and storage, for instance — would allow for radical personalization in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.The Project Ara team released a video showcasing one of its first working prototypes, the Spiral 1. Though clunky, an improved version called the Spiral 2 will be unveiled at a developer conference in January.Related: Google Is Developing an Ingestible Cancer-Detecting PillIn the video, Ara Knaian, a tech lead for whom the project is named, explains that the Spiral 1 doesn’t leave a lot of space for developers, who will eventually be able to create various modules that attach to the phone’s frame. With the forthcoming Spiral 2, however, “most of the area should be available for the developers function” thanks to custom chips created by Toshiba, Knaian says.Knaian also describes the “magic moment” of finally receiving physical prototype parts after having envisioned the device for months, and recounts his delight when the gadget first passed its “smoke test” — so named, he explains, because “your primary thought at that point is, ‘Is this thing gonna start smoking?’”Watch the early prototype power up in the video below:Related: BlackBerry CEO: Don’t Be Tempted By Trendy, Popular Phones. Buy Ours Instead. 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Passwords Are Slowly Becoming a Thing of the Past

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Between the time you sit down at your desk in the morning and the moment you shut down your computer in the evening, how many times do you think you input a password for an account, program or device? A recent survey found the average person has 27 logins that require a password and uses more than half of them in a given day.Is this really the most convenient and secure strategy for handling confidential information in the workplace?Related: Password Statistics: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly (Infographic)The cumbersome nature of passwords.How many different passwords do you think you have? Most people fall into one of two camps. They either have one password that they use across all accounts and platforms, or they have a different password for every account. The problem is that neither of these approaches is very good.If you only use one password, you’re putting yourself at risk for being compromised. If you use different passwords, you constantly have to guess and reset pass codes just to log into various accounts.In the office setting, poor password behavior leads to heightened security threats and lost productivity. As a result, your IT department likely spends hundreds of hours a year dealing with password related issues and all of the negative byproducts that result from them. So, whether you realize it or not, passwords are possibly holding your business back.But what if someone told you that traditional passwords are going by the wayside? If you study new trends and developments in security technology, it looks as if this may be the case in the very near future. And from a small business perspective, the ramifications could be significant.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)Replacing passwords in the office.“Passwords have served us well, there’s no doubt about that,” computer scientist Joel Lee explains. “However, they aren’t perfect. Not by a long shot. In fact, the concept of a password has one glaring flaw that can never be fixed: passwords are all or nothing.”See, if someone has the password, they have access to everything that’s inside. “In essence, password protection is security through obscurity, a security practice that’s universally lambasted as weak and ineffective,” Lee says. It’s like having a padlock on a safe. All someone needs is a pair of bolt cutters and they can have whatever is inside.”It makes much more sense to develop security infrastructures that don’t rely on singular security challenges. Instead, businesses would be wise to invest in security technologies that require persistent identity measures. One idea that’s growing in popularity is the concept of using behavioral inputs.“Simply put, [behavioral inputs are] the way you interact with your device; how you hold and use your mouse, make keystrokes, how quickly you move line-to-line or from page to page,” digital signature expert David Vergara explains. “These actions, analyzed and learned, over time, are interpolated through algorithms to establish a unique pattern of each user to determine if it’s the same user requesting access or potential fraud (behavioral authentication).”In the case of a behavioral input system, security can ramp up authentication measures if the user’s actions don’t seem to line up with the expected behavior.We’re also seeing a lot of anticipated growth in biometric security. One specific area that’s growing in popularity is the use of voice recognition. As IT pro David Lewis points out, Barclays Bank became one of the first major corporations to adopt voice recognition technology for its telephone banking customers (instead of standard pin codes) in August of 2016.“Voice recognition, a form of biometric software, is a more secure form of banking protection because our voices are unique. Each voice has a set of around 100 characteristics,” Lewis says. “Half of those are physical characteristics — shape of the mouth and throat — and the other half are behavioral characteristics of sound and words used.”When a customer’s “voice print” has been captured, the Barclays system can then use it to match against other phone calls in the future. Despite what some may assume, it’s impossible to mimic a voice and cheat the system.Aside from fingerprint scanning and voice recognition software, other (less frequently used) forms of biometric security include iris recognition, vein-pattern detection and even heart beat detection. Businesses with high level security needs can be expected to adopt some of these security formats in the very near future.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital DevicesInvest in advanced security.It’s easy to cling to the status quo, even when it comes to something as important as security. You’d rather do something you’re comfortable with than rock the boat and risk messing something up. But unfortunately, you won’t be able to sit still much longer. Changes are coming and businesses like yours will need to adapt.From a financial perspective, the cost to upgrade your existing approach to cyber security and password integrity could be high. Solutions such as voice recognition and iris detection software are still quite expensive and will remain that way until the tech companies reach economies of scale. With that being said, the long-term pay off for an investment in advanced password security is much higher than the upfront cost.If you make decisions in your organization, make it a priority to conduct more research in this area and learn more about your opportunities. If you aren’t a decision maker, it may be up to you to educate the appropriate parties and bring them up to speed on the current security landscape and where your organization fits into the picture. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 3, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

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