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Honouring service of permanent value rendered to society – MMFA Awards

Since  it was established in 1969 Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has been committed to nurturing centres of excellence in heritage management, fine arts, the performing arts, education, ecological management, philanthropy, spirituality and sports. Amongst the most important of these is providing recognition of excellence, through appreciation and acknowledgement ... Read More »

iPhone 8 May Include Wireless Charging Technology

Conventional wisdom indicates that Apple will be launching the iPhone 8 later this year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the iconic smartphone, and that the new model will likely feature some form of wireless charging technology. But beyond that, opinions are divided as to what exactly users can expect from the tech giant.

Rumors are circulating about the possibility of a number of new features that could be included in the iPhone 8, including an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, 3-D sensors as well as the elimination of the familiar home button. But analysts are saying that while Apple has likely already committed to its hardware design, the company has been experimenting with a variety of feature options.

AirFuel or Qi?

According to some reports, the company at one point had as many as 10 prototypes for the iPhone 8, representing various combinations of feature sets and designs. Apple has a reputation for working on multiple new technologies for its devices, even though not all of them ultimately come to fruition.

One particular area of speculation involves which wireless charging technology the company has chosen for the iPhone. The most likely possibility would involve the Qi charging standard. Apple already uses Qi wireless charging technology in its Apple Watch, and the company just recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group of more than 200 companies that supports the standard.

But the company could choose to adopt the competing AirFuel specification instead. While Apple does not have the same relationship to AirFuel that it has with Qi, AirFuel does offer some advantages that could be attractive to iPhone users. Devices that use AirFuel can be charged a bit farther away from their charging bases than those that use the Qi standard, which requires physical contact between the iPhone and the charging... Read More »

Google Launches Troll-Fighting Tool Powered by Machine Learning

The rise of abusive remarks in online comments sections has prompted some publishers to do away with the comments feature altogether. But Google said its technology incubator has developed an alternative solution: a troll filter dubbed Perspective that's powered by machine learning.

Launched today by Google Jigsaw, Perspective is an application program interface (API) built on human reviewer ratings of hundreds of thousands of online comments. Starting from this human-determined baseline of what makes comments "toxic," Perspective then learns to automatically identify similar comments so they can be flagged by online publishers.

Sites can use the Jigsaw tool in a variety of ways. For instance, Perspective can be used to flag questionable comments so human moderators can review them and decide whether or not to publish them. Google said publishers can also use Perspective to let readers view the potential impacts of their comments as they write them, or to sort comments by toxicity to give preference to less abusive remarks.

Human Moderation Takes 'Money, Labor, Time'

Online harassment is a widespread problem, with nearly half of Internet users in the U.S. having personally experienced such treatment, Jigsaw president Jared Cohen wrote in a blog post today. Citing a 2016 study by the Data & Society Research Institute, Cohen noted that almost one-third of Americans reported that they had self-censored their online comments to avoid abusive responses.

"This problem doesn't just impact online readers," Cohen said. "News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time. As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether. But they tell us that isn't the solution they want. We think technology can help."

Perspective, currently an "early-stage technology," was... Read More »

Verizon Uses High Ranking in Reliability Survey To Knock T-Mobile

Verizon is firing back at T-Mobile's aggressive marketing campaigns, pointing to fresh data showing the telecommunications giant offers the most reliable U.S. wireless service.

RootMetrics' latest reading on U.S. wireless performance, released late Wednesday, has Verizon tops in national reliability, network speed, and data, call and text performance. AT&T came in second, followed by Sprint and T-Mobile.

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is known for taking to Twitter to lambaste Verizon and the company's other rivals. His outspoken persona is a cornerstone of a marketing strategy that helped the Bellevue-based company leapfrog Sprint to become the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers.

"Just because you said in an ad or tweet it, it doesn't necessarily mean it's true," Nicki Palmer, Verizon's chief technology officer, said in an interview. "We have extended our lead," she added, pointing to the RootMetrics data.

"We invest more in our networks than any other carrier; we have for a long time," Palmer said. "That's foundational."

More than 90 percent of U.S. households already pay for wireless service, making the country an expensive battleground in which carriers use investments in technology and branding to try to get customers to defect.

T-Mobile, majority owned by Germany's Deutsche Telekom, has played an insurgent role in the U.S., taking steps like eliminating charges for exceeding data-usage caps and including taxes in its basic billing rates. Some of those moves were subsequently copied by rivals.

Verizon and AT&T, meanwhile, have at times tried to tout their other offerings that wireless-only T-Mobile and Sprint can't match, from home internet bundles to video or internet content.

Verizon has also emphasized the quality of its network, pointing to studies like the RootMetrics report released Wednesday. The company's public-relations group, in an email Wednesday, highlighted passages of the report that were critical of T-Mobile's service quality.

The nationwide RootMetrics survey, based on... Read More »

People Love GIFs, But Can They Be Monetized?

About 15 months ago, Tenor was trying to get its GIF search engine onto as many phones as possible. So it did the logical thing -- it partnered with businesses that were already on a lot of phones.

The startup, which offers a universal GIF keyboard that you can download to your phone, also signed deals with Messenger, iMessage and Kik to put its technology inside their messaging apps so users could easily search through Tenor's library of GIFs (which are short looping video clips), and send them off to friends inside of private conversations.

The deals appear to have worked: Tenor, which rebranded in October from Riffsy, says people are using its GIF search engine 200 million times per day, up from 50 million daily searches 15 months ago. It has 200 million monthly active users, a number that has also quadrupled in the same amount of time.

As people are sending more and more messages, they're sending more and more GIFs.

But despite user growth, Tenor is still dealing with the same question Recode was asking 15 months ago: Are GIFs a real business?

Tenor CEO David McIntosh remains adamant that they are, though his company still isn't making any revenue despite all the messaging deals. As of October, Giphy, a competitor recently valued at $600 million, wasn't bringing in any revenue, either.

McIntosh's plan to change that sounds simple: He sees Tenor as a Google-like search engine, but for emotions. People search for GIFs based on how they're feeling, he explained, which means Tenor knows when users are sad or happy or scared or laughing out loud.

He hopes to turn those search queries into a business, similar to how Google shows ads based on search keywords.

"[We want to] give brands this emotional dimension of targeting," McIntosh explained. "How do you reach people at... Read More »

What To Expect at Mobile World Congress 2017

Although there is still almost a week to go before Mobile World Congress (MWC) opens in Barcelona, analysts say some of the themes of the 2017 show are already apparent. The event, which runs from February 27 to March 2, is one of the biggest mobile device events held annually.

Among the major trends expected at this year's conference are an increased focus on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, chatbot apps and digital payment and retail banking technology.

"As both enterprise and consumer IoT technologies and use cases continue to develop, the real promise of deriving value from IoT data will be a key theme at MWC," analysts with digital research and consulting firm Ovum wrote in a white paper previewing the event.

The Rise of IoT

Of all the themes expected at MWC, IoT might be the biggest this year. In particular, IoT devices that leverage Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies are expected to be front and center in Barcelona, with several announcements, demos and deployments. The use of IoT in smart city initiatives is also expected to be a major theme for 2017.

Meanwhile, the question of the value of all the new data expected to be gathered by the rollout of IoT technologies will be another major issue. "MWC will provide the opportunity for many discussions around innovative approaches to data usage, data storage, data ownership, data sharing, data lakes, and open data -- all of which will have a direct impact on the evolution of IoT," Ovum said in the white paper. Ensuring enterprises and applications are collecting enough data of the right type from IoT devices and analyzing them at the right point in the network is another question analysts expect will be discussed this year.

Chatbots and Digital Payments

The rise of chatbots in services will... Read More »

HTC U Ultra, HTC U Play launced in India: Price, specifications, features, release date and more

NEW DELHI: Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corporation on Tuesday launched HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play devices which are priced at Rs 59,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively. Both the smartphones come with 3D-contoured, liquid-adaptive HTC U sonic technology for personalised hearing experience and a unique combination of MegaPixel and UltraPixel camera technology on the […] Read More »

Introduce new courses related to Cyber World- Guv

‘24th Convocation Ceremony of MLSU’ Udaipur : Governor Kalyan Singh urged the scholars and management of Mohanlal Sukhadia University (MLSU)to take lead among other higher education institutions by introducing new courses and taking up researches on the increasing importance of information technology in today’s world. “ The present era is of ... Read More »

Let’s Prarambh – Think, Build, Pitch in 32 Hours

Udaipur :Saksham -The EntrepreneurshipCell of IIM Udaipurin association with TIE Udaipur, Quikr and Mediguestorganisedthe third edition of ‘Prarambh – The 32 Hour Startup Challenge’ from 19th to 21st of February 2016 in IIM Udaipur campus. The event saw participation from 67 students and working professionals, who were shortlisted from a ... Read More »

Fake bank callers dupe agri-college employees, swipe accounts

Udaipur : Despite clear cut instructions by banks to their customers to not reveal any details of their debit cards or accounts to anyone posing as bank employees, innocent people continue to be targeted by bank. In a similar and shocking incident that took place in last few days, the employees ... Read More »