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Microsoft Soundscape: A Map Delivered in 3D Sound - Feb 2018

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Microsoft Research Published on Feb 28, 2018

?Soundscape fills in a lot of the mental map as you move, making it effortless and seamless to know what?s around you,? highlights Erin Lauridsen of Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. Microsoft Soundscape is a research project that explores the use of 3D audio cues to help build richer awareness of your surroundings.

Learn more about Soundscape at https://aka.ms/Soundscape
                         
Read the related story: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

Category Science & Technology
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Google.org announces a grant of $3 million or rs 20 crore for two Indian NGOs during May 2018

Just to start with USD50 million is Rs 339 Crore rupees Indian money .Update on Google.org pledge Rs 339 Crore to help people land jobs and equal access in education. So to improve the technology to students and teachers, google's philanthropic wing - google.org has commited of USD 50 million and out of which USD 11.4 million is already paid for various NGO's in India and which benefited 8 lakh students and teaches in 2017. A report says.



Two Indian NGOs have received a grant of 3 million USD the philanthropic wing of Google - Google.org. Out of Google's global commitment of USD 50 million, it has already given USD 11.4 million to various NGOs in India. Through Google.org, the company hopes to help non-profit organizations scale up their initiatives and provide training to teachers through tech-based learning solutions. In 2017, Google had donated USD 8.4 million to four leading NGOs - Million Sparks Foundation, Learning Equality, Pratham Education Foundation and Pratham Books - StoryWeaver. According to the estimates, around 8 lakh students and teachers benefited this funding as they received access to innovative educational tools and programmes across the country.

Nick Cain, Education Lead at Google.org said: "We strongly believe that technology can play a powerful part in solving the learning gap in India, and we are expanding our investments in India to ensure thatteachers and students are able to benefit it." Cain elaborated that teachers are not properly equipped with the right resources and there is a lack of quality study material as well. A government report indicated that there are around 11 lakh teachers lacking proper training and are teaching in schools while another report the World Bank emphasized on the fact of 1.3lakh single teacher schools existing in India.

Out of the total fund provided, 1 million USD is specifically meant for The Teacher App, whereas 2 million USD is provided to the Central Square Foundation (CSF). The Teacher App offers an innovative approach of training in important subjects as maths, pedagogy, science, language etc. Apart these funds, the YouTube learning team aims at providing the right technical assistance to the Central Square foundation.

This assistance will indeed support several content creators in producing approximately 200 hours of content in major streams such as technology, science, maths and engineering inthe languages. Additionally, in the next two years, these funds will be used to reach out to 5 lakh teachers.


(Source: www.financialexpress.com)

Reference Link : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/Google-org-announces-a-grant-of-3-million-for-two-Indian-NGOs-178726?
Reference Link : https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/07/26/exclusive-google-pledges-50-million-help-people-land-jobs/511125001/
Reference Link : https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/21/google-org-grants-50-million-to-nonprofits-striving-for-equal-access-in-education/
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Google I/O'18: Amphitheatre - live stream from youtube

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Google Developers
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This livestream covers all of the Google I/O 2018 day 1 sessions that take place on the Amphitheatre stage. Stay tuned for technical sessions and deep dives into Google's latest developer products and platforms.

Event schedule (all times are PDT) → https://goo.gl/ZQce6g

12:45 PM - Developer Keynote
2 PM - What's new in Android
3 PM - An introduction to developing Actions for the Google Assistant
4 PM - What's new in Android development tools
5 PM - The future of the Android app model and distribution on Google Play - Part I
6 PM - The future of the Android app model and distribution on Google Play - Part II

Google I/O 2018 All Sessions playlist → https://goo.gl/q1Tr8x
Subscribe to the Google Developers channel → http://goo.gl/mQyv5L

Music by Terra Monk → https://goo.gl/wPgbHP
Category Science & Technology
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Google I/O 2018 : Live Google event

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Google I/O'18: Google Keynote - 125,421 views

Google Developers - Streamed live - for 3 hours on 10:00 AM - 08 May 2018

Learn about the latest product and platform innovations at Google in a Keynote led by Sundar Pichai.

Google I/O 2018 All Sessions Playlist → https://goo.gl/q1Tr8x
Subscribe to the Google Developers channel → http://goo.gl/mQyv5L

Category Science & Technology
License Standard YouTube License
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Here's What The CEO Of Dell Has To Say About India's Techies

Complimenting India on its digital drive, Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, said that he gets inspired by what the country is doing to transform its society and economy.

"IndiaStack, for example, is a world-leading concept and as a techie, I get very inspired by what India is doing. It is an amazing government-led effort," Dell said in response to a question by IANS, while addressing the media at the Dell Technologies World 2018, one of IT industry's premier events, here.

IndiaStack is a set of APIs that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilise a unique digital Infrastructure to solve India's problems towards presence-less, paperless and cashless service delivery.

"Governments should understand that the Internet, broadband and fiber are really important in next generation of the society," he said.

Saying that 5G would expedite the digital transformation globally, he said that "governments have to figure out 5G to amplify their productivity or else they will fall behind other countries." "5G is a big enabler of the digital transformation process," Dell said, adding that companies in the future would have to make better use of their data to stay ahead of the competition.

"Success is going forward in a very different way from the past. It starts with company's data that make product and services better, which in turn generates more data. Companies are now using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to use this data in the maximum effective way. 5G is just around the corner that would expedite this process better," he added.

He said that the data is the rocket fuel for AI and this technology should be used in an effective way.

Stressing that technology strategy has now become a business strategy, Dell said that consumers globally are using the latest technology offered by the company to amplify their productivity. "We talk often about technology solving our greatest challenges and we are making progress more quickly than ever before. Customers continue to embrace Dell Technologies as their essential infrastructure company in increasing numbers," Dell said.

At the event that started on Monday and which is set to attract over 14,000 visitors, Dell Technologies also felicitated its eight industry leaders-customers for their excellence across all stages of the digital transformation journey. State Bank of India was one of the "Trailblazer Award" winners, along with Volvo Cars/Zenuity, Travelers and Unidad de Conocimiento. Trailblazers are the customers who are one of the forward-thinking companies making progress in the areas of digital, IT, workforce and security transformation.

"Not only are these leaders realising their digital futures through technology innovation, but they are creating an exceptional experience for their employees, customers and communities," said Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer at Dell. Besides implementing a converged private Cloud-based data storage, State Bank of India, the largest public-sector bank in the country, also recently opened a major innovation center to explore the integration of emerging technology, such as nlockchain, AI and ML.

The "Innovator Award" winners included Ford Motor Company, Bank Leumi, AeroFarms and Johnson & Johnson.

Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/Here-s-What-The-CEO-Of-Dell-Has-To-Say-About-India-s-Techies-177987
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Wi-Fi facility on Indian flights approved by Telecom Commission

On 1st May, the decision-making body at the telecom department - Telecom Commission approved the application for in-flight internet access for people travelling in India.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan quoted "We will now have to create a separate category of licencees called in-flight connectivity provider. These will provide internet as well as voice services within Indian territorial airspace... in both domestic and international flights."

As per Sundararajan, the process of drafting licence terms for in-flight connectivity (IFC) providers will soon be started and applications will be summoned and this can take up to three months. At the beginning, an annual licence fee of Re 1 will be paid by IFC providers.

"It is a fabulous decision. Given the nature of my job, I'm constantly travelling and it is my downtime when I take flights, which now I can use more productively. With data availability, I can catch up on work, read online and stay connected," the MD of Puma India - Abhishek Ganguly quoted.

As long as the user is in Indian airspace, is using an Indian satellite and/or a Department of Space approved satellite for mobile calling and it has an Indian gateway, calling above 3,000m will be allowed. A recommendation to permit foreign satellites and gateways was made by a telecom regulator in January this year.

The cost of these services will be decided as per the current market cost by the telecom department.

According to Neelu Khatri - President of Aerospace at Honeywell India "the pricing would depend on the airline, sometimes it is a part of the ticket and sometimes you areged (rates)... that could start $5-10. Indian airlines will have to see what passengers will be willing to shell out." Honeywell India is a provider of high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi services to global airlines.

However, as per CAPA Centre for Aviation, such services in domestic flights might not yield as much profit.

"Airlines will have to create a business case for the investment needed. Rough estimates suggest fitting the equipment to provide such services in an aircraft could cost around $400,000-600,000... Airlines will have to see whether the investment is recoverable, what is the cost per minute, etc... Initially, the cost to the passenger may be on the higher side," Kapil Kaul - CEO and director - CAPA South Asia mentioned.

Also, the belief of telecom industry is that these services might not yield more returns. "As far as the revenue opportunity is concerned, there won't be high volumes; so we don't see any big bucks coming," quoted Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India.

The proposal by Trai to create broadband through public Wi-Fi hotspots was accepted by Telecom Commission on 1st May. Sundararajan mentioned that "we have asked TRAI to work out an operational framework for this."

Suggestions by Trai to establish public data offices (PDO) that are same is public call offices were sent to the telecom department in March 2017. These help in offering public Wi-Fi hotspots and the PDOs will propose small data packs that start at a cost as low as Rs 2.

Though these suggestions have been made, it is still unclear if the government will permit resale of data bought telecom or internet service providers by PDO. Data resale permission is needed to boost public Wi-Fi as per R.S. Sharma - Trai Chairman.

Consumers are also relieved to learn of a three-tier building that is led by a telecom regulator to address their grievances. A regulator will be created after amending the present Trai Act.

Sundararajan, on the availability of disciplinary powers, quoted, "This will have to be worked out by TRAI but it will have to be (an) effective ombudsman."

According to the suggestion by Trai, a telecom regulator needs to be created to address consumer grievances, while having the authority to impose punishment on telecom service providers.

According to the proposal, the company has to address consumer concerns within a set time-frame, when the consumer approaches it. The consumer can go other grievance redressal forums or the regulator if the company does not resolve its issues.

Mathews questioned "the intention is good but a simpler way should be found instead of this three-tier structure. There would also be a cost of setting up redressal offices across the country. And if the mechanism is online, how many people have access to smartphones in India?"

Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/Wi-Fi-facility-on-Indian-flights-approved-by-Telecom-Commission-178012
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Apple is selling fewer iPhones, but it's making tons of money

Apple's new iPhone X was a disappointment for phone sales.

The iPhone X wasn't a magic elixir to reinvigorate Apple's iPhone sales, but it wasn't the flop some people were saying it would be.

In Apple's second quarter earnings report, the tech giant saw revenue continue to grow but its key product, the iPhone, fell just short of sales expectations.

Analysts were predicting 53 million in sales, but this quarter it was a meager 52.2 million. That's a 32 percent drop from the previous quarter, which saw 77.3 million iPhone sales, though there's always a drop-off from the holiday.

It wasn't all bad news, though. Revenue from iPhones was up about $5 billion year-over-year, going from $33 billion to $38 billion, while the number of iPhones sold only increased from 51 million to 52 million -- meaning Apple is generating significantly more money per iPhone than it was last year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook seemed to confirm this in the press release, crediting the iPhone X for leading phone sales: "Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter."

This story is developing...

Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/Apple-is-selling-fewer-iPhones-but-it-039-s-making-tons-of-money-177922
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I/O 2018 by Google : Here's what Google may announce this year

Google slowly shaped its i/o app on ios with new design. So here is an latest update on google i/o 2018

Google isset for this year's I/O season. The search engine giant is known for announcing the latest happenings for the next year at the Google I/O.

This year, Google has much more in store for developers and end users. The company's developments for the products will be showcased at Shoreline stage. This year is going to beabout Android P, Material Design 2, Android Things and More.

Android P
The most obvious product that will be announced at this year's I/O is Android P, the next version of Google's mobile OS. Justlast few years, Google will offer the second preview of the new OS to the developers. The biggest visual change in Android P will be Gesture Navigation. The new navigation system will abandon the square 'Recents' button entirely. Now users will have to wipe up on the new pill icon to access multitasking menu. The navigation in Android P will be similar to iPhone X.

Material Design 2
Google's new design refresh, Material Design 2 will be introduced at the I/O 2018. The company has embraced white space, Google Sans, bright colors and rounded designs in its next version of design philosophy. Several of the Google apps and services already embrace the new look.

Android TV Dongle
While Google has had Chromecast for a long time, the company might unveil a mysterious Android TV Dongle. A leak by an unnamed Chinese company has already hinted the product. There is no strong information about Android TV dongle yet. However, the FCC docs filed by the Chinese company shows the big old 'G' logo on the product. The product sports Amilogic S905X processor with 2GB RAM and 8GB of onboard storage.

Google Assistant
The assistant feature might get advanced capabilities, which could be revealed at this year's I/O. A number of additional AI/ML features and experiments could get added to Google Assistant this year. The company is also working on launching Assistant as a developer platform, which could be a big announcement for the developers.

Android Things
Google rebranded its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem in 2016. The company hopes to improve the security of its IoT ecosystem and make it easier for Android developers to build smart devices. Google announced the final developer preview of Android Things in the last month. At I/O 2018, Google is likely to announce Android Things v1.0.

Android Auto
The potential happenings around Android Auto suggest vague evidence that the company may announce the next version of its Automotive platform. The details of Google I/O 2018 app for iOS reveals that Google is likely to make the big announcement related to Android Auto. The automotive platform may get a brand new media experience in the coming version.

Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/I-O-2018-Here-s-what-Google-may-announce-this-year-178057
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H4 issue: Indian H-1B holders, spouses pursue US govt for H4, Green Card issues

Indian H-1B holders and their spouses are waiting for the resolution of US administration's final decision regarding the revised rules. The Trump administration is making it difficult for visa holders and their families by ing the decision.

The community of Indian visa holders is readily pursuing the Trump government to save their jobs and houses. Yogesh Thakur, an H4 visa holder said, "If the administration wants to take one step, we are ready to take two." Thakur entered the US on his spouse's H-1B. He is one of the few men in the US to work on H4 dependent visa.

US administration's decision regarding H4 is increasing a global attention recently. The backlog of approved green card continues to grow in the country. Indian families are most affected byother H4 visa holders. The data suggests that 90% of the H4 visa holders are Indians, a majority of them being women.

Just a few days ago, GC Reforms conducted a rally on the steps of State House in Trenton to support H4 workers. Producing more activists the Indian immigrant workers community is another problem. The community needs to lobby hard. The backlog of H-1B visas has faced its own battle.

Some of the affected visa holders believe that the system has been exploited by major corporations to hire highly skilled workers India for lower salaries. Which is forcing the US government to take stricter action. As far as green card waiting queue is concerned, applications have been waiting for one to six years for the green card approval. With this rate, 15 lakh Indians will be waiting in the queue for the next 70 years.

Green card backlog has been created due to the cap on the number of green cards that are issued each year. The situation of H4 holders and green card applications is similar to DACA children. If the US government does not reconsider its intended decision, thousands of Indian families will be forced to go back to their home.

Thakur said, "Our status is not changed. To come to a small town in Ohio a cityBombay was a drastic change. And, on top of that, I couldn't work. We had our fights, I would tell her, 'Why did you bring me here, you ruined my life.' But then I got over it. We moved to Chicago and I started liking it. I was able to spend time with my daughter."

Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/H4-issue-Indian-H-1B-holders-spouses-pursue-US-govt-for-H4-Green-Card-issues-178035
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