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Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway

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first_imgScientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on July 9, 2019 at 7:18 am This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Release Date, Villain and Cast Tagged In scienceaiairplanesflightaircraftcomputer vision Post a Comment 10 Comments Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Cars are getting reasonably good at driving themselves, but what about airplanes? Autopilot has existed for years, but a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the most autonomous airplane yet. The automated landing system called C2Land uses computer vision to identify the runway and guide the plane down for a safe landing. Commercial planes currently have a system called the Instrument Landing System (ILS), which can be useful when pilots can’t make visual contact with a runway. It relies on radio signals on the ground and on-board receivers to determine the plane’s position, but C2Land doesn’t need that infrastructure. Not all runways and airports will have costly hardware installed, but C2Land doesn’t need anything on the ground other than a runway. That could make it practical for use at smaller and more remote airports where expensive ILS hardware is impractical. C2Land uses GPS for flight control along with a computer vision system. The cameras operate in both visible and infrared, allowing the system to function even in low-visibility conditions. The computer finds the outline of the runway and determines where the plane needs to end up. Combined with current airspeed and altitude, the system can calculate a virtual glide path for a perfect landing. The team explained the system in a series of three papers, but nothing drives home the point like a real-world test. They equipped a Diamond DA42 propeller aircraft with the C2Land system and stuck a test pilot behind the controls. Pilot Thomas Wimmer took the plane up and pointed in the general vicinity of the airstrip, but from there it was all up to the computer. You can see the entire landing, along with the computer’s image recognition, in the video above. Wimmer doesn’t have to take control of the aircraft at all during landing. This isn’t technically the first autonomous landing ever — Boeing accomplished that with a prototype commuter aircraft. However, that was a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle. The TUM system works with the aircraft in service today. Vision-assisted navigation systems like C2Land could become standard in the future, but this one is still just an experiment. Still, the researchers must be confident to put a human aboard the plane and turn the controls over to an algorithm.Now read:The BlackFly Is a Flying Car That Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s LicenseBoeing’s Own Engineers May Have Been Unaware of 737 Max ProblemsNASA, MIT Design Hollow Morphing Airplane Wing 10 Comments Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder The Answer To Who Played Old Man Cap in ‘Endgame’ Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screenlast_img read more

Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games

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first_img 8 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 12, 2019 at 9:47 am Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Finding games on Steam has always been difficult, but the flood of titles being published on the platform has made discoverability a massive problem for creators and gamers alike. Valve is attempting to improve the situation with a new game recommendation system that relies on AI, rather than user-curated metadata. The AI isn’t given any information about a game at all, rather than its release date, and it isn’t impacted by review scores or tags. Instead, it learns about games solely based on what players do.Valve writes:Underlying this new recommender is a neural-network model that is trained to recommend games based on a user’s playtime history, along with other salient data. We train the model based on data from many millions of Steam users and many billions of play sessions, giving us robust results that capture the nuances of different play patterns and covers our catalog. The model is parameterized so that we can restrict output to games released within a specified time-window, and can be adjusted to prefer games a higher or lower underlying popularity. These parameters are exposed to the user, allowing you to select whether to see only recent releases in the results, or go all the way back to include games released a decade ago. Similarly, you can choose whether to see mainstream hits, or deep cuts from the catalog. Regardless of the settings of the sliders, the results will always be personalized and relevant to the individual user.Valve’s ability to create recommendation engines, search tools, and discoverability enhancements that treat players and creators fairly has taken some hits over the past year. During the recent “Grand Prix” summer sale, Valve created a confusing competition around the event. As a result, gamers began removing indie titles from their wish lists en masse in an attempt to game the system and receive expensive AAA titles for free, out of a mistaken belief that deleting low-cost titles increased their chances of receiving expensive free games. Creators panicked. Having a game on your wish list means receiving updates when it goes on sale, and those notifications apparently have a major impact on how many copies a game sells overall. Developers are exceedingly unhappy with how the Steam sale played out this year, and many saw no uptick at all in either wish list pickups or overall sales.The new game recommendation system Valve is unveiling today isn’t a direct response to the Grand Prix debacle, but it’s an example of how the company is attempting to improve its own recommendation algorithms in ways that will be fair to game creators and help players find titles they want to experience. To date, Valve’s changes to its recommendation system have been controversial; an algorithm bug last year drove far more traffic to already-established titles at the expense of smaller titles. After the Grand Prix problems, some developers have lost faith that Valve is particularly interested in solving the situation.“Before October 2018 (and for a few months after that while I gave Steam the benefit of the doubt), I told anyone who asked me that Steam was 100% worth it for indie developers,” developer Yitz told Kotaku via Twitter DM:Now, that trust is gone, and it’s not because I’ve changed or become more cynical… This Steam sale was a disaster, but I’m far more concerned about the overall trend we’ve seen in the Steam algorithm since October last year: pushing unpopular (including ‘mostly negative’ reviewed) triple-A games over titles that Steam has more than enough data to know would be a better match for the consumer.I decided to take the Steam recommendation algorithm out for a spin, to see what kind of titles it would recommend for me, personally. In my specific case, I’m prepared for the algorithm to be a little less accurate — some of the games I’ve spent the most time “playing,” historically, are titles I’ve used for benchmarking, and it’s possible that will throw off the algorithm. I also have a very bad habit of leaving games alt-tabbed while running in the background, which can also drastically inflate my own playtimes.I have not spent 73.5 actual days of my life playing Fallout 4.That’s the default view when you login. Your top games are listed along the left, while recommended titles are on the right. Here’s the top game listing when you play with the “Niche” versus “Popular” slider. My “Popular” games list is on the left below, while the full “Niche” recommendations are on the right.Regarding its recommendation algorithm, Valve writes:One direction is to gather every single piece of information about a game, and then make guesses about what games are similar, and then recommend those “similar” games. But that allows for all sorts of weird distortions— just because you play a lot of Beat Saber, doesn’t mean we should only ever recommend you VR rhythm games. This model takes a different approach. It disregards most of the usual data about a game, like genre or price point. Instead, it looks at what games you play and what games other people play, then makes informed suggestions based on the decisions of other people playing games on Steam. The idea is that if players with broadly similar play habits to you also tend to play another game you haven’t tried yet, then that game is likely to be a good recommendation for you.The “niche” versus “popular” slider seems as though it could use some fine-tuning. Somehow, Metro 2033 Redux is the most popular title recommended for me under both options. But it’s odd that this game should be recommended to me in the first place, given that I own (but have never bothered to beat) Metro 2033. The same is true of Metro Last Light Redux. It makes sense to recommend Metro 2033 Redux to me if the only thing you’re examining is either hours played (I used it for benchmarking) or “number of games owned in the Metro series.” Examining the number of unlocked achievements in these titles would show that I barely played either.The other shortcoming I see in this data isn’t exactly Valve or Steam’s fault. I own Far Cry 3 on uPlay and Witcher 3 on GoG. I played games like Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood using a friend’s Steam account. The quality of the recommendations is a bit mixed — I loved Dishonored and found Borderlands 2 relatively amusing, but was not a huge fan of Far Cry 3 and have never actually played very much of The Witcher 3. The “niche” titles are games I haven’t played or heard of, so it seems to be fulfilling its goals in that regard, though that also makes it more difficult to interpret if I’d like them.The goal is for this tool to be a better recommendation engine for games that isn’t susceptible to being gamed or manipulated, or that requires developers to worry about optimizing for underlying and unknown algorithms. The idea is for the AI model to watch what players are playing and recommend these games to people who play similar games to those people. We’ll have to wait for data on how it works, but discoverability has been a major problem for every kind of online store. Solving it, or even improving it, would be a major achievement for any storefront.Now Read:Gamers Hate the Epic Store, but They Hated Steam, TooSteam Prepares to Roll Out Revamped Library PageValve Lays Off 13 Employees, May Have Slashed VR Division Batman Stories Only True Fans Know About Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop Tarantino Has Written Multiple Episodes of Rick Dalton TV Series Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games Tagged In gamingaimachine learningsteamvalvedeep learningGOGuPlaydiscoverabilitymetro 2033Steam Summer Salegame recommendationsGrand Prixrecommendation engineSteam games Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

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first_imgApollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am 12 Comments Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Untold Truth of Jane Foster The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

SoftServe Joins SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem

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first_img Marketing Technology NewsNewsSAPSoftServeTodd Lenox Previous ArticleQualtrics Ranked Top 10 Most Innovative Company in 2019 GRIT ReportNext ArticleOpenAP Partners with dataxu to Power Digital Audience Creation in Next Phase of its Marketplace Rollout SoftServe Joins SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 2:50 pmJuly 12, 2019 Partner specialization enables SoftServe to deliver innovation as an SAP service providerSoftServe, a leading digital authority and consulting company, is now a Partner in the SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem. Through this partner specialization, SoftServe will provide strategic business consulting to customers through the design, development, implementation, and integration of SAP solutions.Marketing Technology News: Cloud Computing Magazine Names Vonage a 2019 Product of the Year Award Winner“This partnership is an exciting chapter for SoftServe, as it enables us to bring our world-class innovation and unparalleled cloud expertise to new and existing SAP customers,” said Todd Lenox, VP, global alliances and partnerships at SoftServe. “In joining SAP’s PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem, we can provide our clients with specialized solutions that address an evolving set of business needs—now with an augmented offering of SAP solutions—to ensure they are well equipped for the digital economy.”Marketing Technology News: The Shift to Cloud Computing: A New Era for Rights Management in Media and Entertainment BusinessesThe SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem gives members an opportunity to provide consulting and implementation services using SAP’s award-winning program and benefits. It provides access to an arsenal of tools and resources that help market solutions and services, build pipelines, and gain competitive advantage. In addition, proven implementation methodologies and tactics that provide content and guidance for project teams are made readily available.SoftServe continues to work closely with SAP to drive further advancement within the SAP partner ecosystem.Marketing Technology News: NewVoiceMedia Wins 2018 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Awardlast_img read more

PM Modi Betrayed People of Uttar Pradesh Who Helped Him Win Says

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first_img BSPBSP chiefLok Sabha elections 2019Mayawati First Published: April 21, 2019, 2:52 PM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazili Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former chief minister of the state Mayawati accused Prime Minister of cheating the people of Uttar Pradesh by making false promises. She said that the people of UP who helped PM Modi win are ready to remove him.”Narendra Modi is moving about saying that the 22 crore people of UP made him the prime minister but the people are asking him as to why he betrayed them,” Mayawati said in a release issued by the party here. She said the BJP, and Narendra Modi in particular, should realise the common people of UP can also remove him from the post and preparation for the same has begun.The BSP chief alleged Modi had got his caste included in the Backward Class category for political and electoral gains.She said the BSP-SP-RLD combine chose to hear the ‘mann ki baat’ of 22 crore people in the state to enter into an alliance, which has brought happiness to people across the country.The BJP’s frustration and fear of losing power are very evident and can be seen by all countrymen, she added. last_img read more

RD Burmans 80th Birth Anniversary 10 Evergreen Songs by Pancham Da

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first_imgRahul Dev Burman, popularly known as Pancham Da, was born on June 27, 1939. Regarded as one of the most influential composers of the Indian film industry, RD Burman has composed musical scores for 331 films. The great music maestro was married to popular singer Asha Bhosle and was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman. Pancham da gifted some of the best music scores to Bollywood in films like Chhote Nawab, Baharon Ke Sapne, Pyar Ka Mausam, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Padosan, Jewel Thief and Aradhana, among many others.While there is a lot to describe about Pancham Da in words, nothing describes him best as compared to his music. Here are 10 evergreen tracks by the music director on his 80th birth anniversary that made him a legend forever. Rim Jhim Gire Sawan R D Burman collaborated with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar for this song from the movie Manzil (1979). Penned down by Yogesh, the song had Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee dancing in the rain.Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala HaiR D Burman’s partnership with Kishore Kumar created magic. Sung by Kishore da, Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai from the 1979 movie Golmaal was written by Gulzar. The song was picturised on Amol Palekar.Aaja Piya Tohe Pyaar DoonWritten by Majrooh Sultanpuri, the song was a part of the 1967 movie Baharon Ke Sapne. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, this song was filmed on Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna.Humein Tumse Pyaar KitnaR D Burman created magic with this song in 1981 movie Kudrat, starring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini. Sung by Kishore Kumar, the song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil KoThe 1973 movie Yaadon Ki Baarat is known for the song Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil ko, sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and had Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora in the frame.Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga The 1998 movie 1942: A Love Story’s hit song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh was composed by Pancham Da. The song was penned down by Javed Akhtar and sung as Kumar Sanu. With Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor as the lead cast, the song won R D Burman his last Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.Kya Hua Tera WadaFrom the 1977 movie Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, the song Kya Hua Tera Wada was widely acclaimed. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, sung by Mohd Rafi and picturised on Tariq Khan and Kajal Kiran.Kuch Toh Log Kahenge The 1972 released Amar Prem is known for its song Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, which had Rajesh Khanna singing to Sharmila Tagore. The song was composed by Pancham Da, sung by Kishore Kumar and written by Anand Bakshi.Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge The friendship anthem was composed by R D Burman for the 1975 movie Sholay. Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey gave his voice to the song, written by Anand Bakshi. The song had Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan in the frame.Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai Composed twice, in Hindi and in Bengali, the song was filmed in the 1970 movie Kati Patang. Lyricist Anand Bakshi wrote the Hindi lyrics for the song, which was sung by Kishore Kumar. The song had Rajesh Khanna singing the song for Asha Parekh.Follow @News18Movies for more Aaja Piya Tohe Pyaar DoonAnand BakshiAsha Bhonslebollywood songs First Published: June 27, 2019, 3:36 PM ISTlast_img read more

School Principal in Delhi Allegedly Rapes Teacher and Threatens to Make Video

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first_img delhiDelhi rapejasola areaprincipal First Published: July 5, 2019, 10:38 PM IST New Delhi: A school principal was arrested in southeast Delhi’s Jasola area for allegedly raping a teacher, police said on Friday. A case was registered in this regard after the woman approached the Sarita Vihar Police Station, alleging she was raped by the school principal, they said. In her complaint, the woman alleged that she was first assaulted by the principal in June 2017 when he called her to take extra classes after school hours, police said.Later, he took her to his office room and offered her soft drinks laced with sedatives. He raped the woman and made a video of the act, a senior police officer said. The principal also allegedly threatened the woman of making the video viral if she disclosed the matter to anyone, he said. The accused was arrested from his residence on Thursday in connection with the incident, police said. last_img read more

National Testing Agency Releases NTA NET June 2019 Final Answer Key at

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first_img Step 2: Click on the link that reads NET Final Answer Key 2019, NTA NET 2019 Final Answer Key.Step 3: Click on the subject for which you took the NTA NET June 2019 exam.Step 4: The NTA NET Final Answer Key 2019 in PDF format can be viewed and downloaded for further use.The exam convener National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the UGC NET June 2019 examination between June 20 and June 26 in CBT mode. The NET 2019 Result is scheduled to be released by July 15. As the NET Final Answer Key for June session of this year is declared, here are the steps to download it:Step 1: Visit the exam convener National Testing Agency website at ntanet.nic.in. NTA NET Final Answer Key 2019| The NTA NET Final Answer Key 2019 has been released on its official website. The exam convener National Testing Agency (NTA) has published the NTA NET 2019 Final Answer Key for the NET exam conducted in the month of June on its official website ntanet.nic.in. The complete PDF of NET June Final Answer Key 2019 can be downloaded via this direct link.From the NTA NET 2019 Final Answer Key, candidates can tally their recorded answers and get an estimate of their scores. Earlier, the preliminary NET Answer Key 2019, which was open to objection, was released on July 1. Further, objection in the NET Preliminary 2019 Answer Key was accepted till July 3 and the fee for each challenged question was Rs 1000.Steps to download NTA NET Final Answer Key 2019center_img National Eligibility TestNational Eligibility Test ExamNational Testing AgencyNET exam First Published: July 11, 2019, 9:03 PM ISTlast_img read more

Human Rights Body Issues Notice to Delhi Govt After Ceiling Fan in

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first_img Dekhi schoolDelhi govthuman rights commissionNHRC First Published: July 11, 2019, 9:53 PM IST New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the Delhi government in connection with an injury suffered by a 14-year-old student when a ceiling fan fell on his head in a classroom in an east Delhi school.According to media reports, the uncle of the injured student has alleged that no teacher or the principal of the school accompanied the boy to the hospital after the incident on Wednesday. The commission said that the media reports on the case raise serious issue of violation of human rights.The NHRC has issued a notice to the chief secretary of Delhi calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.It has also directed the chief secretary to ensure that the best treatment is provided to the injured student and authorities concerned are sensitised to conduct a survey at all the government schools to identify and rectify such unsafe fixtures and fittings immediately so that such incidents do not recur in future.”The incident is shocking, giving true picture of the state infrastructure and maintenance of the government-run schools in Delhi. It is also disheartening, as reported in the media, that no teacher from the school accompanied the victim student who was seriously injured,” the NHRC said.The commission said even though, first aid was provided to the student in the school, it would have been appropriate to depute any of the teachers or regular staff of the institution to ensure proper medical care to the student and to provide moral support to his family members. last_img read more

MLAs Who Joined BJP Have Dug Their Own Graves Says Goa Mahila

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first_imgPanaji: Goa Mahila Congress chief Pratima Coutinho on Friday said the Congress MLAs who switched over to the ruling BJP had “dug their own graves”.Ten Congress legislators in the coastal state, led by leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, joined the BJP on Wednesday night, leaving the opposition party with just five MLAs in the 40 member Assembly. “People are watching you (breakaway MLAs). You have dug your own graves. We (Congress) are here to stay. As an opposition we are not going to shy away. We have stood tall even in the past,” Coutinho said.She alleged that the 10 MLAs had broken away for personal ambitions and not for the sake of development of the state.”If they have left for the sake of development, it means they are admitting that BJP was acting partial and not letting Congress MLAs to do their job,” she said.”I challenge them to contest the election on BJP tickets and win in their constituencies,” she said. BJP GoaChandrakant KavlekarGoa CongressGoa Mahila Congress First Published: July 12, 2019, 7:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

Its not time travel but scientists can turn back clock on a

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations When Cher sang about wanting to turn back time, she could have packed in the career as a pop star and taken up quantum computing research if she had really meant those words. That’s one possible takeaway from a newly published piece of research from the journal Scientific Reports. In the report, physicists reveal how they were able to wind the clock on a quantum computer a fraction of a second backward in time. Well, kind of.Researchers from the United States, Russia, and Switzerland sent a quantum bit (called a qubit) from a more complicated state to an earlier, simpler one. The work was achieved using an IBM quantum computer.“Here, we show that, while in nature the complex conjugation needed for time reversal is exponentially improbable, one can design a quantum algorithm that includes complex conjugation and thus reverses a given quantum state,” the researchers write in their paper’s abstract. “Using this algorithm on an IBM quantum computer enables us to experimentally demonstrate a backward time dynamics for an electron scattered on a two-level impurity.”As MIT Technology Review magazine points out, this isn’t really reversing the course of time. It’s more like hitting rewind on a video and watching events play backward — only with the added cool factor that this was achieved using a quantum system. That doesn’t mean that it’s not potentially interesting research, though.“On the fundamental level, we unraveled the quantum mechanical origin of the irreversibility of time,” Valerii Vinokour, a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, told Digital Trends. “The second law of thermodynamics tells us that a thermodynamic system cannot evolve backwards from the state with high entropy to the state with low entropy. Our novelty is in that we revealed that even the simplest pure quantum mechanical state evolves with the increasing complexity, so that even the simplest pure quantum state cannot reverse spontaneously its evolution.”In addition to some highfalutin questions about cosmology and the universe, the work may also have more immediately applicable implications by helping eliminate noise and errors from programs written for quantum computers.Sadly, one thing it apparently won’t do is take us closer to building an actual working time machine for transporting humans on Back to the Future-style jaunts. “Not really, no contribution to the time travel concept,” Vinokour said. “Time travel is a different and unrelated beast on which I would refrain from comments.”Then again, isn’t that what someone would say if they had built a time machine? (Disclaimer: They really haven’t built one.) Master and Dynamic MW65 review A.I. cameras of the future could help prevent fake photos — at a cost When is the golden hour, and what is it? The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings The best PS1 games of all time: From Symphony of the Night to Final Fantasy 7last_img read more

Linux is now beating Windows on Microsofts own turf and Azure is

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first_imgA Linux kernel developer working with Microsoft has let slip that Linux-based operating systems have a larger presence on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform than Windows-based ones. The revelation appeared on an Openwall open-source security list in an application for Microsoft developers to join the list, and was apparently part of an evidently credible argument that Microsoft plays an active-enough role in Linux development to merit including the company in security groups.The overwhelming prevalence of Linux on Microsoft’s cloud platform may come as a surprise when viewed in isolation, but it makes complete sense from a business perspective. To start with, it’s simply cheaper to run Linux on Azure, as Microsoft’s own price calculator illustrates as clear as day. In this respect, Microsoft basically forced its own hand in terms of monetizing OS licensing into a consistent revenue stream, since Windows 10 Home is essentially free (if you don’t count the “Windows tax“) and Windows 10 Pro works out to a one-and-done revenue opportunity with many enterprise customers.The fact that Linux conforms closely (enough) to the Unix structure and philosophy also makes Linux instances easier to manage. Because Unix is so prolific, basically any system administrator will instantly be at home in the Linux file system, and the saved time and headaches translate pretty quickly into saved dollars and cents, not to mention fewer complications posed by downtime.Linux’s dominance also fits perfectly in the context of its gradual, deliberate integration into Microsoft’s long-term development and innovation vision. When Microsoft first proclaimed its love for Linux in 2014, many industry professionals, especially in the open-source sphere, were skeptical, but from that point on, Linux has been rolling steadily ahead at Microsoft. Initially, Microsoft’s embrace of Linux manifested as the Windows Subsystem for Linux, a curiosity mostly aimed at developers.Last year, though, the company announced Azure Sphere, a cloud-connected platform for internet of things (IoT) devices which includes Azure Sphere OS, an in-house headless Linux-based operating system. This was a masterstroke for Microsoft — even a stripped-down Windows OS is far too bloated to run on practically any IoT device, but most IoT manufacturers could benefit from a secure, off-the-shelf IoT solution to replace their own ill-conceived attempts. Azure Sphere was designed specifically to fill this void.Taken together, it’s easy to see how the numerous Linux options Microsoft offers on Azure alone — to say nothing of the deeper integration Linux is getting on the Windows 10 desktop — outflanks the comparatively more limited options and higher cost associated with running Windows on Azure. At the rate at which the company finds new and inventive applications for Linux, this trend looks set to continue, and Microsoft seems just fine with that.Updated on July 15, 2019: Revised with additional information from Microsoft regarding Azure Sphere. Editors’ Recommendations Who is Microsoft’s new Edge browser for? Probably not you or me Windows 10 is getting a Linux kernel, starting with Insider builds this summer Everything announced at Microsoft Build 2019, from Edge to Azure Rivals Sony and Microsoft team up for cloud-based gaming solutions Office 365 has been banned from German schools due to privacy concernslast_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 Lite leaked with 189 screen four cameras

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first_imgNormally, Huawei’s flagship launches don’t get as much coverage as, say, Samsung or Apple, even after it kicked up its marketing in the US starting with the Huawei P9. But thanks to a rather bold boast, all eyes will be on the Chinese OEM when it launches the Huawei Mate 10 in less than a month. But that phone won’t be alone in October. It will reportedly be joined by a Mate 10 Pro and a Mate 10 Lite. While we know little about the “Pro” model, this recent leak about the Huawei Mate 10 Lite seems to hint that this poorly named smartphone might even steal the Mate 10’s spotlight. The Mate 10 Lite might only be “lite” in terms of the processor. That would be a Kirin 659, versus the Mate 10’s Kirin 970. The 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage are definitely nothing to sneeze at. And the fact that it will have a 5.9-inch 1080×2160 18:9 “FullView” screen, with an 83% screen-to-body ratio, definitely puts it at the top.It will also reportedly have a quad-camera setup. But before you let your jaw drop, better read the fine print first. It doesn’t mean having four cameras on the back, the way we interpret “dual cameras”. It just means that there are two cameras on the back, 16 and 2 megapixels, and two on the front, 13 and 2 megapixels. Huawei has been rather good on the quality of its dual cameras, which started the whole trend, but not exactly exceptional. We’ll have to see if that technology will do wonders for selfies as well.Although the Mate 10 Lite probably wins in terms of novelty, the real star will still be the Mate 10 (or the Mate 10 Pro) because of the Kirin 970 processor. This chip, which contains a built-in “Neural Processing Unit”, it being touted by Huawei to do magic for photos and, perhaps, even face recognition. Whether that actually works on paper is something we’ll get to see on October 16.VIA: VentureBeatlast_img read more

Nokia 9 renders hint at curved edge screen

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first_imgSpecs wise, the Nokia 9 sounds rather plain and might even be, in at least one way, sub par to the Nokia 8. It will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which hints that it could be released this year or very early 2018 at the latest. There will, however, only be 4 GB of RAM, unlike the Nokia 8’s 6 GB. Internal storage is set to 64 or 128 GB.What will set the Nokia 9 apart from the brood is its design. It has curves all around the edges, especially at the sides. The back and front seem to meet together in one curved whole, not unlike Sony’s “Loop” design. But unlike Sony’s, the Nokia 9’s display seems to also curve at the edges, more like the Galaxy S8. That screen will supposedly be a 5.5-inch QHD one. There is nothing yet that suggests it will follow the same bezel-less route as the Galaxy S8, though that is being expected. The Nokia 8 isn’t even out in some major markets (like the US) yet, and there is now word, and a few pretty 3D renders, of a Nokia 9 going around. It seems that the Nokia 8 isn’t yet Nokia and HMD’s premium race horse, at least not as far as looks go. Though it might be the Nokia 8’s equal in terms of specs, based on these images done by OnLeaks for CompareRaja, the Nokia 9 will jump on the bezel-less and curved edge display train that Samsung is currently driving. The renders also show a vertically arranged dual camera, but has nothing to spark one’s interest yet. Despite boasting of Carl Zeiss lenses, Nokia’s camera on the Nokia 8 was hardly anything to write home about.No word yet on when Nokia and HMD will announce the Nokia 9, especially since it doesn’t seem to follow the conventional smartphone release cadence. Given the hardware, however, it should probably happen before something like a Snapdragon 836 or 840 is announced.last_img read more