5 Sep
2019

High Inflation Economic Slowdown Hits Indian PC Market Sales Decline by 59

first_imgThe overall sale of desktops and laptops in India has gone down in the third quarter of this year as compared to last year, recent data showed.According to market research firm Gartner Inc, India’s mobile PC market, which totalled nearly 2.9 million units in the third quarter of 2012, recorded a fall of 5.9 percent during the corresponding period last year.”Consumers accounted for 47 percent of total PC sales in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 55 percent in the third quarter of 2011,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner.”This emphasises the fact that despite the festive season and availability of various end user schemes on PCs, the market was impacted by high inflation, global economic uncertainty and limited share of wallet as consumers preferred to spend on other consumer durables,” he added.In the third quarter this year, parallel imports and white boxes which accounted up to 47 percent of the whole desktop market showed a decline of 35 percent as compared to the same period of the previous year. Mobile PCs helped drive overall market growth with a similar 23 percent growth on a year-on-year basis. Lenovo retained the top position in the third quarter of 2012 with help of factors like the execution of the Tamil Nadu government order, and a strong increase in the consumer space. While HP’s PC shipment grew around 10 percent, Dell declined 22 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011. For local vendor’s like HCL PC market share declined to 3.4 percent in the third quarter with a 43 percent year-on-year decline from the third quarter in 2011. Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo represented around 60.6 percent of the market.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Karan Johar Kangana Ranaut is one of the best actresses we have

first_imgKaran Johar and Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaEver since Kangana Ranaut called out Nepotism on Koffee with Karan, and stirred up a debate which has engulfed the Industry, the tussle between Kangana and Karan has been cropping up time and again. Kangana stood ground and continued to speak about how such practices prevented genuine talent from making a mark in the Industry and Johar and his allies also took various digs at Kangana including interviews and award shows.But, recently, in an interview, Johar reportedly lauded Kangana, called her one of the best in the Industry and even said that he would be comfortable directing Kangana. As per reports, in a segment in a recent chat show, Karan Johar was asked by the CEO of Dharma Productions and very close friend Apoorva Mehta, whether he would be comfortable directing Kangana anytime soon. Much to the surprise of everyone, Karan promptly replied, “Yes, for sure. Kangana is one of the best actresses we have.”Interestingly, in an interview with Huffington Post also a couple of months ago, Johar had said that he had no problem with Kangana and if she was required for a film, he will work with her. However this time, he went on to admit that Kangana was one of the best in Bollywood.On the professional front, Kangana is currently shooting for Panga, and will then dive into promotions of Mental Hai Kya, post which she will start work on Jayalalithaa biopic. The actress also revealed that she was also preparing to announce another Directorial venture soon.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Pak lifts moratorium on death penalty after attack

first_imgPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lifted a self-imposed moratorium on death penalty in terror related cases, a day after ruthless Taliban militants massacred at least 132 students and nine staffers at an army-run school in Peshawar.Prime Minister Sharif told an All Parties Conference here that the moratorium on death penalty has been lifted. “Yesterday’s incident is extremely tragic,” he told the political leaders. “These sacrifices will not go wasted and we all want complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistan.” Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenAn official from the PM office in Islamabad said that the Prime Minister abolished the moratorium on death penalty in terrorism-related cases. A de facto moratorium on civilian executions has been in place in Pakistan since 2008.Sharif had decided to resume moratorium soon after his government took office in June last year but suspended the plan under international pressure.Pakistan is feared to lose a concessionary trade deal with the European Union after resuming hangings. Some 150 countries have abolished the death penalty or no longer carry out executions. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAccording to the interior ministry estimates more than 8,000 death row prisoners are in Pakistan who have already exhausted all options and would be hanged within weeks if the government allowed the executions. Terrorism has a very broad definition under Pakistani law. About 17,000 cases of “terrorism” are pending in special courts.Justice Project Pakistan released a report saying Wednesday that those convicted of terrorism were often tortured into confessions or denied lawyers, and that recent crackdowns had not stopped militant attacks.A moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in 2008 and only one execution has taken place since then. Taliban attackers shot most students point blank in headMost of the students at the army-run school in Peshawar were shot in the head from point blank range by the ruthless Taliban suicide attackers, in one of the most gruesome attacks against children in recent years. At least 132 students and nine staffers were killed when the attackers wearing para-military Frontier Corps uniforms stormed the Army Public School on Warsak Road and started indiscriminate firing on them on Tuesday. Quoting students, Dawn reported that the attackers scaled the boundary wall from the adjacent graveyard and started firing while moving towards the classrooms and auditorium. “Most of the students have received bullets in the head,” Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said, giving out chilling account of the attack.The parents, who usually wait outside the school to pick their children at the closing time, were seen crying outside hospitals.Besides the parents and relatives, the people visiting the hospitals were also seen mourning on seeing the bodies and injured students in their blood-stained school uniform. “I saw 17 bodies at the CMH (Combined Military Hospital) and all of them had received bullets in the head,” said an eyewitness. He said that some of the bodies were mutilated. Mohammad Zeeshan, a student of grade-7, said that he and many others were getting first aid training in the school hall when they heard the gunfire. “Our trainer told us to lie down on the floor,” he said, adding that in the meantime the terrorists entered the hall. Zeeshan said the terrorists started shooting the students in their heads at a close range. “They killed our class-fellows and then left us in the main hall. I received a bullet in my foot,” the boy said. Paki begins three-day mourning and mass burials for its childrenPakistan on Wednesday began three days of mourning for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack, as the world united in revulsion. Across the country many schools closed as a mark of respect, while those that opened held special prayers for the 141 killed in Tuesday’s assault on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.Schools, colleges, offices and markets were closed across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the northwestern province of which Peshawar is the capital.Funerals for the victims, many of whose bodies were pulled from the school still wearing their smart green uniforms drenched in blood, began late on Tuesday and the rest will be carried out on Wednesday.Eyewitnesses said the six attackers came in a white van and torched their vehicle before opening fire to scare away onlookers and clambering over a wall to enter the school.“One of them poured petrol over the vehicle and then set it alight. Then they opened fire in the streets and me along with another person ran away to save our life,” said witness Zabihullah, 12. Two Blasts Outside Girls College Near PeshawarTwo blasts have been heard near a girls college in Pakistan, where 132 children were killed in a massive terror attack by the Taliban at a Peshawar school yesterday. The explosions were reported in Dera Ismail Khan, another city in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. he security forces rushed to the spot of the incident and cordoned off the area.According to some reports, no militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blasts as of now and no casualty has been reported. The nature of the blasts yet to be established.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

Why Millennials Dont Worry That Much About Online Security

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read December 24, 2015 Security is something many of us hold dear. Most of us want to be sure that the sites we surf and buy from offer things like https encryption, keeping our personal information secure from identity thieves or even just keeping to the basics of privacy. It may seem hard to believe that there are actually computer and mobile users out there that are not worried about what type of online security is working behind the scenes. And, this is even in light of stories about hackers and stories that periodically pop up about personal data theft from retailers like what happened to Target two holiday seasons ago.This group probably even thinks the rest of us are just paranoid and don’t necessarily understand the online environment that they have grown up with. This group is known as millennials. A September 2015 news release from Symantec released findings that noted millennials (the under-35 set), now referred to as digital natives, just aren’t as concerned about online security and privacy as previous generations. Although Norton commissioned an online quantitative survey through Edelman Berland of 1,000 millennial consumers in Australia, the findings are reflective of the attitudes around the world within this group.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before Them1. Surveys reveal shocking beliefs and actions by millennials.As the survey noted, “Millennials use online platforms more than any other age group. They own a tablet, laptop and at least one smartphone and increasingly use all devices simultaneously. They are savvy with social media and are always connected, sharing more information online than any other age group.”Yet, they seem to be willing to gamble the most with their privacy and security out of any of the other generations. Here are some of the shocking findings from this survey:One in four (28 percent) admitted sharing virtually everything that happened in their day-to-day life online.A third believe it is easy to remove information that has been posted online, and almost half are using social media sites with low-privacy settings.The survey also found that cybercrime continues to be an increasing problem for millennials with 55 percent reporting they have been affected by a computer virus, 26 percent by a phishing scam, 16 percent by online identity theft and 14 percent by ransomware attacks.A survey from 2013 done by the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future did note that millennials are more willing to share information, including personal information and their GPS location, than other groups, but they still show some signs of concern about their personal data and Web history. This survey noted:Millennials were more likely (56 percent) to share their location in order to receive coupons from nearby businesses versus those over 35 (42 percent).25 percent said they would give away their personal information to get more relevant information versus 19 percent of those 35 and over.Over half said they would share information with a company if they got something in return versus 40 percent of those 35 and over.This illustrates the millennials understanding that information has become a valuable commodity, and they want something out of it if they are going to share anything about themselves.Yet, there are still concerns with how millennials use the Internet, according to further research by a 2015 study by Software Advice:85 percent admitted to re-using credentials across sites and services.16 percent accept social-media invites from strangers on a regular basis.48 percent use personal devices to access work files.Millennials are less interested in receiving security training through gamification than other groups.Related: Millennials: Death to the Cubicle!2. Reasons for the lack of fear and concern.It’s surprising in some ways that this group would be almost more trusting of the online environment than say older generations who lack the same technology skills and experience. Yet, millennials have already been identified as being greater risk takers than other generations as seen by the way they have approached developing new businesses, working and living, in general.It may well be that this group actually worries less, because they assume that the available technology innovations, including fingerprint biometric security solutions found on numerous smartphones, have their back at all times. As Jeff Cole, Director of the Center of the Digital Future at USC noted, “From very early ages, millennials were just very comfortable really using technology as their bridge to the world, and therefore (have) very little to fear from it.”While there are many more technology solutions that increase the strength of online security, millennials somehow think it’s an impenetrable fortress. They do not consider that the ability to share means that their friends could share their photos or location information with their friends who may not be as trustworthy.In fact, it is this group that is driving the trend toward a deeper connection between devices, appliances and ourselves through the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). We are becoming linked to our homes through smart devices that control our houses as well as our cars and pretty much the rest of our lives.This push to an even further connection between the online world and ourselves shows the true lack of concern millennials have for security, because the implications of breaching a home network, taking control of a person’s car and other potential security risks are present and need to be addressed with greater security controls.3. Ways to stay safe.Whether you are worried or not about your own online security, it’s best to keep these tips in mind to maximize your safety:Use the latest patches and security updates available.Create strong and different passwords for each site you use.Utilize security software.Be aware of the current scams out there.Turn off location settings on your smartphone.Understand privacy policies and mobile security options.Think about what you share on social media before posting it, including where you are and what you are doing.Back up your information regularly.Don’t give any personal information away online.Maybe millennials just know something the rest of us don’t in terms of the comfort level they have with working, living and connecting online. Despite how they feel, the reality is that online security needs to be continually addressed by everyone that uses the Internet and connected devices, as well as by the organizations set to create new security solutions.Related: 7 Things Every Twentysomething Entrepreneur Must Know Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

These 6 Industries Are Using Blockchain to Gain a Competitive Advantage

first_imgMarch 30, 2018 8 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While people debate the benefits and pitfalls of cryptocurrency, the blockchain technology that underlies these currencies is taking the main stage.That’s understandable, as blockchain is a must-have in and of itself for creating competitive advantage.Related: 5 Ways Blockchain Technology Will Change the Way We Do BusinessFor some companies, blockchain-based security applications are enticing; others are simply excited about blockchain’s potential for helping them create transparent marketplaces for their customers.Whatever the motive, the immutable and transparent nature of the blockchain is what has so many people racing to incorporate it into their IT strategies. Joe Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum, interviewed by Newsweek  explained why more and more companies are taking note: “There won’t ever be a single powerful entity that controls the system or controls gatekeeping into the system the way blockchain does,” Lubin said.As a decentralized platform for innovation, blockchain technology, over time, will revolutionize virtually every industry. First movers will have the distinct advantage of figuring out how blockchain can get their business to the next level. They’ll also figure out earlier than their competition does the challenges that come with any new IT integration.Following are examples of industries that are already adopting blockchain solutions with a great degree of success.Fund administrationThe challenges associated with fund administration are extensive. Currently, most companies rely on outdated software or ungainly paper processes. Gary Markham, CEO of aXpire a blockchain-based solution for expenditure management, described the traditional challenges in this company white paper. “Normally,” he wrote, “businesses have to spend a lot of time sorting through paper, PDFs and spreadsheets to process documents by hand.Related: 15 Crazy and Surprising Ways People Are Using Blockchain”Smart contracts use software code to automate tasks, thereby shaving hours off a range of business processes.”One of the biggest challenges in fund administration is tracking and managing expenditures. Blockchain solutions could solve that issue completely by reducing data inaccuracies, improving interoperability of various enterprise applications and creating more transparent expenditure tracking.Continued Markham: “For fund managers, financial industry leaders or any regulated group, the ability to show a regulator a report of [expenditures] in real time, having spent far less time and money gathering that data relative to legacy solutions, is immensely powerful.”Information servicesAs the internet has become inseparable from everyday life and been transferred to our mobile phones whose access is at our fingertips, users have sought instant access to their favorite websites. According to this report by Shopify, page-load speed is one of the most important factors for consumers buying something online.Even Google decided to incorporate website speed into its algorithm ranking factors as explained by TechCrunch. The world’s most popular search engine considers a page to be “slow” if it takes longer than 1.5 seconds to load!Miao Zhicheng, a blockchain developer for NOIA Network, believes that blockchain will transform the global internet infrastructure as explained in that company’s white paper.“The problems of latency, low internet availability and sluggish pace of digital-content progress due to high content delivery costs will soon be over,” Zhicheng wrote. “NOIA Network is solving them by creating a widely dispersed and decentralized content delivery network. This network is formed by household computers and data centers around the globe.”Participants can share their idle bandwidth and storage resources in exchange for NOIA tokens,” Zhicheng wrote, claiming that, “Every single transaction is automated and seamless only because of smart contracts enabled by blockchain technology.”Other technology experts, too, believe that blockchain will power us into Web 3.0, by offering the fast speed and decentralization they say should have been developed at the beginning of the internet age. Real estateReal estate is an incredibly complex industry with a lot of moving parts. The participation of buyers, sellers, agents and brokers, and the processes of title and escrow make real estate transactions slow and potentially risky.Blockchain can reduce that risk and increase trust in a number of ways. With home purchases, most people rely on title companies to verify real estate transactions and ownership. There has been much debate about how blockchain could solve this problem, but a recent Newsweek report detailing the example of a home title being issued on the Ethereum blockchain showed a solution: It’s only a matter of time, the article said, before government agencies start embracing blockchain as a valid alternative to existing title processes.The technology can also be used to conduct transactions using various cryptocurrencies. Recent reports, including this Los Angeles Times article, have detailed how all types of homes being placed on the market for cryptocurrency rather than fiat currencies. This demonstrates a demand for the option to buy homes with digital assets over traditional ones.BankingAt this point, banks that remain somewhat skeptical about the new technology are only slowly changing their tune regarding cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Barclays, J.P. MorganChase, Goldman Sachs and other big players are investigating potential applications.In Europe, the banking industry is shifting from closed unilateral systems to a more decentralized “bank as a platform” approach. The process, Open Banking, is explained in this Medium article. Recent legislation has forced banks to allow third-parties access to client data via APIs.Different banks, deposit and insurance accounts, crypto holdings and exchanges can now be reached using a single interface. From the consumer’s perspective, this degree of access decentralizes banking services, in a secure and user-friendly manner.While other platforms suggest direct blockchain usage, ORCA, a customizable open-banking platform connecting crypto and fiat services, reverses things, aggregating only third-party services, but storing no data. “It’s the first time in history when open banking allows [us] to combine traditional banking and cryptocurrency services, “ Natan Avidan, CEO of the ORCA Alliance, told Medium.EscrowBlockchain can also make escrow a thing of the past, not just for real estate, but for all industries that work with any kind of escrow middle man.New York City Department of Education attorney Tsui S. Ng recently explained the benefits to the American Bar Association. “In securities trading,” he said, “it currently takes several days to transfer assets, thereby increasing counterparty risk. Smart contracts that use blockchain technology could shorten settlement times and mitigate such risk.”By creating an automated, incorruptible and instantaneous contract, blockchain solutions will be able to eliminate costly intermediaries and the risks associated with drawn-out transactions.LegalBusinesses are getting more comfortable with the idea of digitally secure contracts, to facilitate deals in real time. This means law firms will need to become intimately acquainted with the technology to advise clients on the best ways to structure various transactions on the blockchain.That’s precisely why the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has worked so hard to get law firms invested in the technology. To date, the alliance has added over 14 firms as members, according to this Coin Telegraph article, to help drive development and adoption of blockchain solutions for the legal industry.As Aaron Wright, chair of the alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group, told Coin Telegraph, “Lawyers are poised to serve as the catalysts for blockchain technology, and the Legal Working Group will serve as a neutral space to explore blockchain-based legal technology, develop standards for ‘smart’ legal agreements, support emerging enterprise use cases, and tackle important policy issues raised by this new, impactful technology.”What business owners should knowBusiness owners in any of these industries need to start incorporating blockchain into their strategies so as not to fall behind. One of the best ways is to hire a firm that has blockchain built into every aspect of its service offering. Just make sure the company knows the technology through and through. Larger companies might consider hiring a chief blockchain officer or placing a blockchain director under the CTO.They should ensure that blockchain development is an integral advantage for their businesses — not just a cool-sounding tech phrase.Related: 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond CryptocurrencyWhatever strategy you deploy, you can be sure that tbeing a first mover on blockchain in your industry will give you an edge over your competition. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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26 Aug
2019

LLVM will be relicensing under Apache 20 start of next year

first_imgAfter efforts since last year, LLVM, the set of compiler building tools is closer towards an Apache 2.0 license. Currently, the project has its own open source licence created by the LLVM team. This is a move to go forward with Apache 2.0 based on the mailing list discussions. Why the shift to Apache 2.0? The current licence is a bit vague and was not very welcoming to contributors and had some patent issues. Hence, they decided to shift to the industry standard Apache 2.0. The new licence was drafted by Heather Meeker, the same lawyer who worked on the Commons Clause. The goals of the relicensing as listed on their website are: Encourage ongoing contributions to LLVM by preserving a low barrier to entry for contributors. Protect users of LLVM code by providing explicit patent protection in the license. Protect contributors to the LLVM project by explicitly scoping their patent contributions with this license. Eliminate the schism between runtime libraries and the rest of the compiler that makes it difficult to move code between them. Ensure that LLVM runtime libraries may be used by other open source and proprietary compilers. The plan to shift LLVM to Apache 2.0 The relicence is not just Apache 2.0, the license header reads “Apache License v2.0 with LLVM Exceptions”. The exceptions are related to compiling source code. To know more about the exceptions follow the mailing list. The team plans to install the new license and the developer policy that references the new and old licenses. At this point, all subsequent contributions will be under both these licenses. They have a two-fold plan to ensure the contributors are aware. They’re going to ask many active contributors (both enterprises and individuals) to explicitly sign an agreement to relicense their contributions. Signing will make the change clear and known while also covering historical contributions. For any other contributors, their commit access will be revoked until the LLVM organization can confirm that they are covered by one of the agreements. The agreements For the plan to work, both individuals and companies need to sign an agreement to relicense. They have built a process for both companies and individuals. Individuals Individuals will have to fill out a form with the necessary information like email addresses, potential employers, etc. to effectively relicense your contributions. The form contains a link to a DocuSign agreement to relicense any of your individual contributions under the new license. Signing the document will make things easier as it will avoid confusion in contributions and if it is covered by some company. The form and agreement is available on Google forms. Companies There is a DocuSign agreement for companies too. Some companies like Argonne National Laboratory and Google have already signed the agreement. There will be no explicit copyright notice as they don’t feel it is worthwhile. The current planned timeline is to install the new developer policy and the new license after LLVM 8.0 release in January 2019. For more details, you can read the mail. Read next A libre GPU effort based on RISC-V, Rust, LLVM and Vulkan by the developer of an earth-friendly computer LLVM 7.0.0 released with improved optimization and new tools for monitoring OpenMP, libc++, and libc++abi, are now part of llvm-toolchain packagelast_img read more

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19 Aug
2019

Sunwings Luxury for Less sale on now through May 17

first_img Monday, May 13, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — With Sunwing’s Luxury for Less sale, clients can take advantage of vacation savings for bookings now until May 17.With this latest sale Sunwing is offering savings of up to $1,500 per couple at top resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.One property taking part in the deal is also one of Mexico’s newest resorts: Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa. Families can enjoy amenities and activities plus accommodations that sleep families of five or more. Located on the white-sand shores of Cancun, this brand-new resort features a kids’ club and teen lounge.Riu Palace Tropic Bay in Negril is another family-friendly resort included in the Luxury for Less sale, featuring a new RiuLand kids club.For travellers seeking an adults-only getaway, Riu Republica in Punta Cana is another option. This resort, located on a white-sand beach, offers unlimited access to the sole adults only water park in the Caribbean. Amenities include unlimited reservation free-dining, in-room liquor dispensers, and free WiFi. Sunwing’s ‘Luxury for Less’ sale on now through May 17 Tags: Sunwinglast_img read more

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