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JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar wants an Army tank on campus as inspiration

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Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Sunday requested union ministers DharmendraPradhan and General V K Singh to help in “procuring an Army tank” that could be displayed at a “prominent place” on campus to serve as a “constant” reminder to students of the sacrifices the Army makes.

The idea of showcasing a military tank to “instill nationalism” was first brought up in the aftermath of the February 9, 2016 event on campus, where the alleged raising of anti-India slogans led to students being arrested for sedition.

Kumar was speaking at the first ever celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas on the JNU campus, organised by the university administration and Veterans India. Besides Pradhan and Singh, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Major General (retd) G D Bakshi and author Rajiv Malhotra were part of the event, which began with a Tiranga March from the main gate to the Convention Centre, carrying a 2,200 foot-long tricolor.


Non-Apple chip suppliers seeing slowdown as Apple chain builds up to ‘iPhone 8’

Although chipmakers in the Apple supply chain saw their orders accelerate in June, suppliers for non-Apple devices have encountered unexpectedly slow orders this year —possibly because device makers are waiting to see what the “iPhone 8” and/or “iPhone 7s” will bring to the table, according to a report.

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Supply firms like MediaTek and HiSilicon have been dealing with decelerating orders, and are warning about disappointing phone chip shipments outside the Apple sphere in the third quarter, DigiTimessources said on Monday. The people claimed that orders for non-Apple devices should have gathered steam between April and August, but that instead, suppliers don’t expect orders to rise significantly until the fourth quarter —after a likely September announcement of new iPhones.

Apple’s main processor manufacturer, TSMC, has seen its non-Apple clients favor 12-nanometer chips instead of 10-nanometer ones, the sources added. The “iPhone 8” and/or the “iPhone 7s” are expected to use a 10-nanometer “A11” processor, and in fact the sources suggested that iPhone sales will likely fuel demand for TSMC’s 10-nanometer technology through the first quarter of 2018.

Multiple reports have hinted at production delays for new iPhones, particularly the “iPhone 8.” That device is expected to have an edge-to-edge, 5.8-inch OLED display, swapping out a physical home button for a virtual one. Flexible circuit boards as well as embedding Touch ID into the display may be creating issues —it has even been suggested that Apple could replace Touch ID with the phone’s rumored 3D facial recognition technology.

While a September announcement is widely predicted, it’s possible that Apple won’t actually deliver the “iPhone 8” until October or later —or it might only have a small number of units ready in September.


Federer renaissance can serve as an inspiration to injured Murray and Djokovic

Roger Federer's return to great form should serve as an inspiration to Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters

While Wednesday was a day of shocks at Wimbledon, with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic exiting the men’s competition, the manner of their departures was somewhat anticlimactic.

It is the first time since 2003 that neither of the top two seeds are part of Friday’s semi-finals, but the tennis world is preparing itself for the fact they may have to do without Murray and Djokovic for longer than just the closing stages in London.

A hip problem, which Murray had been dealing with in the build-up to his title defence, reared its head against Sam Querrey, and from being two sets down the Briton’s movement across the court became almost painful to watch as Querrey ran through the final two sets for the loss of only two games to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

A despondent Murray was open-minded on what his plans were following the loss, understandably reluctant to give a time frame on what was next for him in term of playing.

“If it means taking a few weeks’ rest, then so be it,” he said. “If it means training and doing the right rehab and stuff, then I’ll do that,” he said in his post-match news conference.

Shortly after Murray’s loss, Djokovic retired from his quarter-final, trailing Tomas Berdych 7-6, 2-0, an injury to his right elbow limiting the power of his serve.


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The Serbian, who has not missed a major since appearing in his first one at the Australian Open in 2005, a run of 51 tournaments, made it clear that a spell away from the game to fully rehabilitate was in his mind.

“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning also surgery, mentioning different options. Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done,” the world No 4 said. “Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”

They may well be injury-forced time-outs, but time away from the court may well not be a bad thing for either.

Both men had gruelling 2016 schedules, Djokovic toiling to complete his career grand slam at the French Open, while Murray won five tournaments in a row between October and November, coming after he had won Wimbledon and Olympic gold in the summer.

That run got him to No 1 in the world, but his season ended on November 20, and he was back playing competitive tennis only six weeks later.

Both men have been pale shadows of the ones that dominated men’s tennis in 2016, and given neither was playing particularly well even before their bodies began to break down, it would be easy to worry about their long-term standing in the sport.

But, if they need inspiration they only need to look at Roger Federer, the favourite now to win Wimbledon for an eighth time.

Twelve months ago Federer fell short in the semi-finals to Milos Raonic, and that was his last action of 2016 as he downed tools for the rest of the year to fully recover from knee surgery, acknowledging at the time he had not been physically right.

Federer came back in January revitalised, won his first grand slam in four-and-a-half years at the Australian Open in January, and has won a further three tournaments. He is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon ahead of Friday’s semi-final with Berdych.

Despite being the most successful player in the history of the men’s game, there had been little in Federer’s play between 2013-16 that screamed he was capable of winning multiple grand slams in the same year again.

He had last done that in 2009, yet here he is just two matches away from picking up his second major of the year.

Rafael Nadal is also a case in point that taking a break does not have to be the end.

He finished an injury-hit 2016 season in October to fully rehabilitate from a wrist injury. Since then he has won a 10th French Open title last month, reached the Australian Open final, won three other titles, and reached two more finals. So no need to panic that time spent away from the game cannot have future benefits for Murray and Djokovic.

It may be a setback in the short term if both men were forced to miss the US Open, but if it means they can follow in the footsteps of Federer and Nadal and win grand slams further down the line then it will be worth it.

Yes, both men may lose ranking points and places in the standings in the meantime, but if you are playing well enough it does not matter where you are ranked.

Federer won the Australian Open seeded 17th, beating four top 10 players on his way to his 18th major.

Murray and Djokovic both face an anxious next couple of weeks, finding out just how bad their injuries are. But the rewards are there if they allow nature to take its course and rest up.


Macau’s June gaming revenue expected to surge as much as 33 percent on easy comps

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As June ends, the gaming business in Macau appears have to have notched another big win on strength in the lucrative VIP segment.

According to Consensus Metrix, analysts are looking for Macau’s June gross gaming revenues (GGR) to soar nearly 27 percent from a year ago and they see July also producing a double-digit increase. However, some analysts are predicting June could produce GGR growth as high as 33 percent compared with the year earlier.

“Channel checks through the first three weeks of June show the month is tracking to be well north of 30 percent,” said Vitaly Umansky, an analyst at brokerage Sanford C. Bernstein. “The strength in the VIP side continues to surprise everybody.”

That said, there were easy comparisons with June compared with a year ago, when Macau was still reeling from a downturn blamed on the Beijing government’s corruption crackdown on the junket business. The so-called junkets or specialists bring in the high-value Chinese gamblers to the Macau casinos.

Macau GGR for May beat expectations and came in at 23.7 percent, well ahead of the 16.5 percent increase expected by analysts. June is expected to mark the eleventh-consecutive month of gaming growth in Macau, the world’s largest gambling mecca.

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The Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau is expected to release its June GGR report Monday. It was unclear if this week’s visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Hong Kong had impacted Macau’s business in the final days of the month.

Xi, who arrived Thursday on a three-day visit, was expected on Saturday to visit the construction site for a multibillion-dollar bridge that will reduce the travel time from Hong Kong to Macau from around there hours to about 30 minutes. Analysts expect the bridge’s opening later this year to make Macau even more attractive for tourism and convention business, including filling more rooms mid-week for the hotel-casino operators.

Regardless, near-term concerns about MGM Resorts’ casino business in Macau and Las Vegas led Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli to cut his forecasts for MGM Resorts. The analyst is also cautious on intra-quarter trends but left his “buy” rating in place for the casino operator’s long-term outlook.

On the news, MGM stock fell almost 5 percent on Friday. Wynn Resortsshares had been up as much as 2 percent intraday but eased to finish up about 1 percent. Las Vegas Sands was up less than 1 percent.

MGM’s business is levered mostly to the Las Vegas market, but it plans to open a new resort in Macau’s Cotai district later this year that will increase its hotel capacity three-fold in the larger Macau market. Las Vegas Sands has the biggest exposure in the Macau market among the top-3 U.S. casino companies and is largely focused on the mass market.

Last summer, the $4.1 billion Wynn Palace opened its doors in Macau’s Cotai district. Its recent VIP volumes have been tracking higher


Olympic champion Sharni Williams uses mentor as Wallaroos World Cup inspiration

Olympic Games champion Sharni Williams will go full circle when she plays at her third World Cup, so it’s fitting she will draw inspiration from someone who helped kickstart her career.

The only problem is Williams is still coming to grips with the “gut-wrenching” fact close friend and mentor Louise Burrows won’t be with her in the Wallaroos squad.

Former Canberra Royals star Williams was one of three players from the capital picked in the Wallaroos squad for the 15-a-side World Cup in Ireland in August.

The Australian sevens captain will be joined by Millie Boyle and Violeta Tupuola, but veteran hooker Burrows was overlooked for selection.

There will be just three Canberra representatives in the Australian side despite the ACT losing just one game at the national championships earlier this year.

Williams said Burrows’ omission was the hardest to swallow after the she helped Williams transition from mechanic to Olympic gold medal-winner and sevens world series dream-team member.


Celebrating the Music of Video Games as an Art Form

Celebrating the Music of Video Games as an Art Form

The electronic bleeps and squawks of Tetris, Donkey Kong and other generation-shaping games that you may never have thought of as musical are increasingly likely to be playing at a philharmonic concert hall near you.

From the “ping … ping” of Atari’s 1972 ground-breaking paddle game Pong, the sounds, infectious ditties and, with time, fully-formed orchestral scores that are an essential part of the sensory thrill for gamers have formed a musical universe. With its own culture, sub-cultures and fans, game music now thrives alone, free from the consoles from which it came.

When audiences pack the Philharmonie de Paris’ concert halls this weekend to soak in the sounds of a chamber orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra performing game music and an homage to one of the industry’s stars, Final Fantasy Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, they will have no buttons to play with, no characters to control.

They’re coming for the music and the nostalgia it triggers: of fun-filled hours spent on sofas with a Game Boy, Sonic the Hedgehog and the evergreen Mario.

“When you’re playing a game you are living that music every day and it just gets into your DNA,” says Eimear Noone, the conductor of Friday’s opening two-hour show of 17 titles, including Zelda, Tomb Raider, Medal of Honor and other favorites from the 1980s onward.

“When people hear those themes they are right back there. And people get really emotional about it. I mean REALLY emotional. It’s incredible.”

Dating the birth of game music depends on how one defines music. Game music scholars – yes, they exist – point to key milestones on the path to the surround-sound extravaganzas of games today.

The heartbeat-like bass thump of Taito’s Space Invaders in 1978, which got ever faster as the aliens descended,caused sweaty palms and was habit-forming.

Namco’s Pac-Man, two years later, whetted appetites with an opening musical chirp . For fun, check out the 2013 remix by Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank, and game music composer Tommy Tallarico. Their take on the tune speaks to the sub-culture of remixing game music, with thousands of redos uploaded by fans to sites like – dedicated, it says, “to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form.”

Based on the Russian folk song Korobeiniki, the music of the 1984 game Tetris has similarly undergone umpteen remixes – including Tetris Meets Metal, with more than 2.2 million views on YouTube.

By 1985, the can’t-not-tap-along-to-this theme of Super Mario Bros., the classic adventure of plumber Mario and his brother Luigi, was bringing fame for composer Koji Kondo, also known for his work on Legend of Zelda. Both are on the bill for the Retrogaming concert in Paris. Kondo was the first person Nintendo hired specifically to compose music for its games, according to the 2013 book, Music and Game.

Noone, known herself for musical work on World of Warcraft, Overwatch and other games, says the technological limitations of early consoles – tiny memories, rudimentary chips, crude sounds – forced composers “to distill their melodies down to the absolute kernels of what melodic content can be, because they had to program it note by note.”

But simple often also means memorable. Think “da-da-da-duh” – the opening of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

“That is part of the reason why this music has a place in people’s hearts and has survived,” Noone says of game tunes. “It speaks to people.”

She says game music is where movie music was 15 years ago: well on its way to being completely accepted.

“I predict that in 15 years’ time it will be a main staple of the orchestral season,” she says. “This is crazy to think of: Today, more young people are listening to orchestral music through the medium of their video game consoles than have ever listened to orchestral music.”

She still sometimes encounters snobbism from orchestras: “They saw ‘Pong’ once and that’s video game music to them, you know?”

But “halfway through the first rehearsal, their attitude has changed,” she adds. “And then when they walk out on stage and the audience treats them like they’re The Rolling Stones.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first game-music concert: The Tokyo Strings Ensemble performed Dragon Quest at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in August 1987. Now there are six touring shows of symphonic game music, Noone says.

“This is just the best way, the most fun way to introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra,” she adds. “It may be the first time ever they are that close to a cellist, and that’s really exciting for me.”




How to use Gmail’s Google Tasks as your daily to-do list

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Dedicated to-do apps abound, but one of the best may be right in your inbox. Google Tasks, integrated into Gmail, provides a simple way to create ordered task lists, complete with due dates, and even turn emails into action items. Here’s how to get started.

Create a task

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With Google Tasks you can create a to-do list right in your inbox.

To start building a to-do list, click the down arrow next to “Gmail” in the upper left corner of your inbox. The Tasks window will open in the lower-right corner. To add a task, click the plus icon at the bottom of the window. A blank field will open with a checkbox and a blinking cursor. Type in your action item.

If you want to add a due date or notes, click the arrow to the right of the task and enter the details in the appropriate fields.

Turn an email message into a task

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You can type to-dos directly in your task list or add emails as action items.

You probably find that a good chunk of the emails you receive require some action from you. Google Tasks allows you to quickly turn these messages into to-do items without leaving your inbox.

To turn an email into a task, select the message either by selecting the checkbox next to it or opening it. Next, click the More button above your inbox and select Add to Tasks from the drop-down menu. The message is added to your to-do list using the subject line as the item name. A link to the original message is also included. As when you create a task, you can add a due date and other details by clicking the arrow next to the task.

Add sub-tasks

For more complex to-dos, you’ll want to break the main task into several sub-tasks. To do this, create each sub-task under the main task and hit the Tab button to indent each one.

Make multiple task lists

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You can add a due date and notes to any task by clicking the arrow next to it.

In addition to your daily task list, you may want to create separate lists dedicated to specific projects. To do this, click the Switch List icon (it looks like three bullets, each followed by a line) at the bottom of your main task list and select New list from the pop-up menu. Enter the name of your new list, then click OK and add your tasks. When you want to switch between lists, just click the Switch List icon and choose the one you want.

Print or email lists and other actions

To print or email a task list click the Actions button and select the appropriate option. From here you can also rearrange your tasks either by sorting them by due date or manually moving them up and down using the displayed key combos.

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Windows 10 enterprise updating explained – branches, rings, and the OS as a service

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Are you an admin or power user who feels slightly confused by the detail underpinning Microsoft’s Windows 10 updating and patching plans? If so, that’s not surprising. Microsoft has at times been less than clear about the ins and outs of the new Windows 10 updating branches and ‘rings’ which is some respects are similar to the regime pre-dating Windows 10 but dressed up in a new and confusing terminology.

Here we try to piece together what’s what with updating and Windows 10. There are certainly some things to watch out for. What is clear is that this new world is more complex, necessarily so. Today, Windows 10 is still an operating system but at some point it will resemble more of a service. This is the fate for all ‘big’ operating systems.

The mental map to understanding what’s going in are the different updating ‘branches’ and, within each of those, the deployment ‘rings’. A second important issue is to understand the difference between ‘updates’ (additional feature and services) and patches/fixes (security updates). The first of these is described in detail below while the second will happen as and when they deigned necessary by Microsoft.

For a specific primer on Windows 10’s main Security features see Windows 10 – the top 7 enterprise security features

Windows 10 updating: Current Branch (CB) – Windows 10 Home

This is plainly just the old Windows Update (WU) that home users have grown used to since its appearance in 2003 with Patch Tuesday but there are some important subtleties. Instead of the current monthly patching cycle, some updates will be applied on an ongoing basis, including Defender updates and what would once have been called ‘out of band’ security patches. Bigger updates covering new features will happen every four months, nudging Windows evolution along more rapidly than in the past.

In short, security fixes might coincide with CB updates but are, at a deeper level, independent of them and can happen on any timescale Microsoft chooses.

[Source:- Techworld]

India sees long bank queues as rupee deadline passes

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There have been long queues outside many banks in India as people tried to deposit discontinued banknotes ahead of a deadline that has now passed.

An estimated 40% of cash dispensers are empty, meaning people are unable to withdraw new notes to replace the old ones they have handed in.

There has been widespread disruption since Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in November that 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be legal.

The move as meant to curb corruption.

It has divided opinion, especially over how the ban was implemented.

Early last month the government scrapped the 500 and 1000 rupee notes to crack down on undeclared money and fake cash.

Some people, including those of Indian origin living abroad, will be able to exchange the notes in branches of India’s central bank until 31 March 2017 – but the process will be more complicated than going to a regular bank.

Parliament is preparing laws that will make it a criminal offence to hold the old notes from 1 April 2017 onwards.

Together the two notes represented 86% of the currency in circulation and there have been chaotic scenes in India ever since, with people having to spend hours queuing outside banks and cash machines which have been running out of money.

ATM queues and cash withdrawal limits mean getting currency can still be tricky, and there have been several changes of the rules around how much money people can access or deposit.

The government hopes the measures will encourage more people to have bank accounts and move towards a society less reliant on cash.

But there are concerns that many poorer people and those in rural areas have yet to get bank accounts.

Local firms which allow people to make digital payments both online and in shops have reported a surge in transactions as people look for cashless alternatives.

The government says the move has been a success with the banks flush with cash and significant increases in tax collection.

But critics argue the move has failed to root out corruption and unearth illegal cash, since most of the money in circulation has been put back into the financial system. Instead, they say, the economy which was growing at a rapid pace, has slowed down significantly.


[Source:- BBC]