Canon India holds contests to celebrate World Photography Day

On the occasion of World Photography Day, Canon India promoted the culture of photography by indulging photography enthusiasts, school children and hobbyists.

Canon India organised an inter-school online photography contest across 60 selected schools from August 10 to August 16 with the help of EOS academy. During the event, Canon India gave away its latest IXUS 275HS compact camera as wel as Selphy CP1000 compact photo printer.

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Canon also conducted a photography contest encouraging employees to go out and shoot on a theme ‘Colours’. The grand prize was Canon’s budget DSLR, EOS 1200D.

“Canon celebrates the day as a recognition of photography and photographer, which manifests the importance of quality imaging solutions in today’s visually creative world. We are hopeful to make photography experience endeavoring, engaging and exciting,” said Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO – Canon India.

Canon also organised workshops for photgraphy associations and institutes across the country.

Know the facts why roulette is the most preferred game in casinos

Roulette is said to be the queen of both land based casinos as well as online casinos, and of course it is interesting too apart from being worth playing. The French people were the first to try their hand on it in the world and this is the reason the name ‘roulette’ arrived in the life of all casino lovers which mean ‘little wheel.’ This is one of the most intriguing games and no casino establishment could be imagined without Roulette.

Roulette is one such game that does not need a lot of learning to play. One just needs to know how to place bets besides keeping in mind some basic tips about how to play and what are the limitations.

The online roulette is equipped with the same rules as roulette at traditional casino. However, there are some differences between the two. In the land roulette a live dealer spins the wheel where as in the online version of it the spinning is done through software. More to this, in online roulette one can play alone, without the requirement of other people.

Online vs traditional roulette

The online version of roulette has a traditional touch. The graphics and sound in it is very realistic. One can of course feel the spirit of the real game.

The biggest advantage of online roulette is that he or she does not need to visit a real casino to enjoy the game. It can be placed right from the living room wearing pajamas.

Things to know before playing

It is important to know roulette before starting to play even though the rules are not too much complicated. Many tricky points need to be learned that can influence the way one plays. Apart from learning all the titbits of the game, it is important to understand the money management and systems of placing bets.

High risk strategy

It is important to know roulette is one of the hardest games in the casino to win. Comparatively, winning handball or rugby is a lot easier. If played on a European wheel, the advantage of the house is just 2.63 percent and in the US it is a mighty 5.26 percent.

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The European roulette features 37 pockets numbered from zero to 36. American roulette on the other hand comes with 38 pockets. In European roulette bets can be placed either inside or outside. The outside bets are not much of a risk type, but it also does not pay well.

Types of bets

There is several number of bets that can be placed while playing roulette and this has made the game more popular at online casinos. Here it is important to understand the bets properly to play hopefully. In the inside bets one can break it into various types. Bet can be done over one specific number or group of numbers. It is wise to bet on more than one number. In standard term betting on two consecutive numbers is termed as split where as in three numbers is known as street. If the bet is made on four consecutive numbers it is called a corner. Unlike the inside betting, the outside one cannot be spread across the table. The bets need to stay together.

Verdict

Playing traditional roulette online is something great and effective too as one can play from the comfort of living room. The online version also saves time from visiting land based casinos. More to all these, the website roulette can be played 24/7 at the comfort of your own time. Do share your own views too with fellow readers in the below given comment box.

 Author is a digital marketing consultant and editor of Smartechtoday & SRJNEWS – an Indian online news website. Read,share and discuss current & technology news from around the globe. Science and technology has always been a thrill to me and I like to read and share exclusive facts and logic.

Sponsored: Dell aims to take PC closer to masses with ‘Dell PC literacy days’ campaign

Dell India, the world’s fastest growing large integrated IT Company, today marked the beginning of Dell PC Literacy Days a technology awareness initiative to commemorate the World PC Literacy Day on December 2nd. Dell is focused on building technology for the growing Indian knowledge economy and believes that the PC is the core tool for technological enablement.

The company has been synchronizing its efforts to increase PC awareness, usage and adoption in India, where less than 10 per cnt of the total population is benefiting from PC technology adoption.

The Dell PC Literacy Days will begin on December 1 and go on until December 20, 2015. This period will see a comprehensive customer outreach program wherein Dell aims to empower and educate potential users on the benefits of owning a PC for existing as well future users. The program is designed to promote awareness about the basic uses of the PC and educate users on how access to computing can add value to their lives.

The PC Literacy Days campaign will reach out to consumers through both the online as well as offline routes. To kick-start this campaign, Dell is launching a series of strategic initiatives, the first of which is an easy financing option for Dell customers.

With the aim to reach out to ‘first-time buyers’ and to make the purchase of the PC simpler and more attractive, customers can take home a Dell Inspiron notebook or desktop PC at just Rs 749, paying the rest in easy EMIs at 0 per cent interest in 6 instalments. Through the easy financing options available from Dell, customers will have easy access to purchasing a device either for individual use or for their homes.

Dell’s commitment to take the PC to the masses is also being reiterated in the flagship ‘Go Rural’ program that focuses solely on taking the Dell experience to tier 3-5 towns. Today, Dell has a retail presence in over 1100 cities across the country, with a Dell Exclusive Store presence in 350+ cities across the country.

Through the Go Rural program, Mobile Dell Exclusive Stores will travel to these towns to engage with customers in their hometown and enable them to touch and feel their devices of choice. Apart from bringing the Dell Rs 749 Consumer offer closer to customers across tier 3-5 markets, the mobile stores will also help educate customers on which computing solution from Dell is best suited to their technology needs.

In addition to this, during the PC Literacy Days, customers can walk into any Dell Exclusive Store (DES), and avail PC Literacy Training and certification worth Rs 599, free of cost. Dell Campassadors, who are college student ambassadors for the brand in their respective institutions, will also be holding an hour long training session between December 2 and December 4 to further the aim of spreading PC literacy among future users of the PC. 14 Campassadors from 7 colleges in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Coimbatore, Delhi and Hyderabad will be touching 50 students per day, per college through this outreach.

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The online engagement will be interactive and will invite the audience to share as well as gain knowledge on subjects such as security, productivity, reliability and the latest technology. Participating consumers will also get the chance to take part in exciting quizzes and contests.

“Our focus has been on consistently building up the knowledge economy that India is blooming into, by taking technology to the masses. Through the Dell PC Literacy Days program, we wish to create awareness around a practical approach to technology and increase user knowledge and confidence by addressing everyday concerns like how to use a PC or securing your data. The campaign is aimed at shedding light on the everyday benefits of using a PC, be it at an individual level or for an entire household. The PC is the perfect companion for both work and play, in everyday living and can complement the personal and professional ambitions of our customers. This initiative ties in with our overarching goal to spearhead technological enablement through PC adoption, across the country”, said Ritu Gupta, Director, Marketing, Dell India.

To further amplify the message on how Computer literacy can enable people, Dell will also be launching a 360 degree campaign including on ground events, radio and print outreach in 140+ cities across the country to take the Dell PC Literacy Days program and Consumer offer to the masses.

Mobile wallets finally gain currency, starts to innovate

Quietly, there has been a major revolution afoot across India, one that does not get talked about as much as it should be. And this is the mobile payments revolution. What started a few years back as a convenience people turned to when they had to quickly add a Rs 10 recharge on their pre-paid phone, has now spawned into an economy of its own. India was willing to take the risk of mobile payments with Rs 10 and gradually this has helped the recharge companies garner trust and huge user bases. So much so that this confidence is now good enough for Indians to use these services to pay for anything from taxi rides to real estate bookings.

Credit card penetration in India is still quite low and continues to find resistance, but mobile wallets are slowly starting to fill this gap with widespread acceptability. While most of India might not have a credit card to turn to when they want to create a new Apple ID, they have no issues buying a new song or game from using these wallets. It is a surprise that these payment options have not found native adoption on Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS for Indian users, but app developers have been wiser and are already tapping into this new no-cash economy. Taxi apps might be the one sector that makes the best use of a PayTM or MobiKwik recharge, but it is when you queue up to enter a movie that you see the sheer number of people showing their phones for scanning instead of presenting a ticket. This is the trickle down effect.

The sheer number of users most of the top Indian mobile payment companies are now talking about is staggering. PayTM, for instance, claims over 100 million users, almost half the numbers of global net payment giant PayPal. We are nowhere near the penetration mobile payments have in Kenya for instance, but given the size of our population and economy the numbers we have are significant too.

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Trying to offer a more secure, unhackable, solution in comparison to the mobile phone, Pande says PaySe is working on a slim SIM based solution where the secure memory is provided in a stick ON base that can be pasted onto the SIM card of a phone and the phone accessory called the PurSe. He says the bait for merchants to come on board will be the fact that there is no delay in crediting payments and there is no Merchant Discount Rate, which at almost 2.5 per cent could be almost half his margin for some transactions. “The merchant realises the complete value of the transaction immediately. The funds are immediately accessible to the merchant; there is no dispute and no delayed credit,” he explains.

While it will be tough for a new platform and stream of thought to get wide currency in a market like India, this is certainly the kind of innovative thinking that will help India leapfrog the entire credit card gap in our economy. Also, the segment is now clearly moving beyond micro-payments and transaction of up to Rs 1,00,000 can now be cleared if the users has got his KYC done. This, coupled with EMIs options in the segment, could be what makes this ideal payment solution for India.

Balloons and white spaces: The next step in connectivity

What is Project Loon?

Officially announced in June 2013, Google’s project comprises a network of balloons that travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere and provide connectivity in rural and remote areas through a wireless communication called LTE (long-term evolution).

How does it work?

Individual balloons can provide connectivity to a ground area of around 80 km in diameter. To use LTE, Project Loon partners with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum so that people will be able to access the internet from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices.

The balloons relay wireless traffic from smartphones and other devices back to the global Internet using high-speed links.

Solar panel and wind is used to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout the day.

How do the balloons travel?

In the stratosphere, winds are layered and each layer varies in speed and direction. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network.

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The balloons measure 15 metres wide by 12 metres tall when fully inflated. The inflatable part are made from sheets of polyethylene plastic.

What happens if a balloon needs to be brought down?

When a balloon is ready to be taken out of service, gas is released to bring the balloon down to Earth in a controlled descent. IF a balloon drops too quickly, a parachute attached to the top of the envelope (the inflated portion) is deployed.

White Spaces Project

What is the White Spaces Project?

Microsoft’s project aims to provide low-cost broadband connectivity using the white spaces, a technology that utilises unused television spectrum to deliver low-cost Internet.

What’s the Point of a Gaming Laptop? It’s Stupid Technology Now

The nature of technology is such that new innovations often make existing gadgets redundant or unnecessary. For instance, the smartphone has crushed the GPS market and is slowly making point-and-shoot cameras outdated. It’s not the point-and-shoot camera’s fault. It’s just the cycle of technology.

Gaming laptops seem to face the same situation now. External factors are piling up in a way where it makes no sense for an average consumer to purchase a laptop for gaming any more. Between cheaper ultrabooks, a focus on video game consoles, and the rise of mobile gaming, the gaming laptop is obsolete tech.

Laptop Gaming Is Ignored

Video game developers don’t invest as much time, attention, and energy into PC gaming any more. Instead, they focus on the two big video game consoles: SonyPlaystation and Microsoft Xbox. When a new game is on its way, chances are that it will either be released on consoles before the PC version is out; or it might not have a PC version at all.

Even when the PC version does come out, far too often it is plagued by bugs and requires a patch or two to get it working right—and again, those aren’t priorities for the game developers since they would rather address issues with the consoles first.

Laptop Gaming Is Uneconomical

Typically, a gaming laptop costs quite a bit—much more than good notebooks. For example, the Asus GL552JX retails at about Rs. 80,000. You could buy our much-loved Asus Zenbook UX305 (read our review) and the Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One at that price.

Heck, you could build a robust gaming PC and get a cheap laptop for the same price. In fact, the PC you would assemble yourself for that price would be far, far more powerful than a laptop.

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Speaking of building your own computer, that is a major part of the PC gaming experience. PC hardware changes rapidly—it’s a much faster pace than consoles. So your graphics card gets outdated pretty quickly, and it’s difficult to run new games are their best possible settings. However, laptops don’t let you upgrade this graphics card or other components like the processor. Usually, you can only upgrade the hard drive and RAM memory.

Also, given all the top-notch hardware that is packed into a notebook meant for gaming, its size and weight goes up. What you usually get is a hefty device, sacrificing the portability of a laptop – in which case, what’s the point?

Laptop Gaming Is Obsolete

Perhaps the biggest reason for an average consumer to not purchase a gaming laptop is how good mobile gaming is now. When you’re going on a trip or are unable to access your PC for a while, you can probably still get your phone or tablet with you. And these days, games made for smartphones or iPads are incredibly entertaining and engrossing.

You would need to be obsessed with PC gaming or be a professional gamer for you to need a gaming laptop with you wherever you go. If you’re a pro, this article isn’t for you. If you’re just obsessed, it’s time to reassess your priorities.

Computex 2016: VR and IoT dominate

For the past few years Computex has been changing track from processors, chipsets and gaming rigs to Virtual Reality and Internet of Things (IoT). This year has been no different.

Asus showcased its own VR headset at its launch event, even though the company didn’t mention the same during its keynote.

Asus showcased its own VR headset at its launch event, even though the company didn't mention the same during its keynoteThe Asus VR headset is geared towards gaming, and is Oculus-ready. Connected to an Asus’ gaming PC, the VR headset helped you play a variety of games. While the experience is more immersive than Gear VR, the Asus VR headset requires a special controller to actually play the game.

Asus has not yet confirmed availability or a release date, but given that VR is expected to dominate gaming, the Taiwanese company, which has its own ROG brand dedicated to gaming, is obviously in no mood to buck the trend.

E3 2016: As game makers try new tactics, it will be comeback of big-name titles

What’s that in the sky? Is it a sign of E3’s future? Or simply another hype-generating monstrosity?

Outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, an imposing 60-foot-tall structure is being erected that may symbolize a shift happening with the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the interactive industry’s annual extravaganza expected to draw more than 50,000 invite-only attendees next week.

When completed, the temporary six-story tower sponsored by cheesy snack food brand Doritos will resemble an old-school arcade cabinet. It’ll function as both a ginormous working game and a stage for such musical acts as Wiz Khalifa and Steve Aoki. It’s one of many fan-centric offerings this year joining E3 Live, the trade show’s first-ever spin-off event open to the public.

“It’s going to add a festival-like excitement outside the building,” said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which organizes E3. “It’s purely a product of this industry now going direct to consumers. If it’s a success, I think we’re going to learn from this and decide if it’s something we’d like to do again in the future.”

Over the past 20 years, E3 has typically served as an opportunity for retailers and reporters to convene under one roof for a glimpse at publishers’ newest software and hardware. But with the rise of social media and streaming video, publishers’ focus has steadily shifted away from the store managers and bloggers in attendance to the gamers following all the action online.

And even as E3 itself evolves, it’s also no longer the only date on the calendar for game designers to reveal what they’ve been working on. In the decades since E3 was born, a growing number of gamer-focused events have sprung up around the world, including the Penny Arcade Expo, BlizzCon and the IndieCade Festival.

“In general, E3 has become a very specific event,” said Peter Warman, CEO of interactive industry tracker Newzoo. “It’s mostly about blockbuster launches. When you consider mobile, virtual reality, e-sports and Asia, E3 no longer represents the total games business. I’m curious to see how this year’s E3 will look and how they address the changing landscape of the industry.”

The changing marketplace has prompted several E3 veterans to rethink their approach to this year’s trade show. Disney Interactive, Wargaming, Electronic Arts and Activision are among past E3 exhibitors that are either forgoing the three-day expo altogether or opting to host separate events held outside the Los Angeles Convention Center’s sprawling show floor.

“Star Wars Battlefront” and “Mass Effect” publisher Electronic Arts is trading its long-standing, ear-splitting booth at the entrance of E3’s main hall for its own fan fest across the street near E3 Live. That’s where EA will promote such sequels as the robot-filled shoot-’em-up “Titanfall 2” and World War I-set military shooter “Battlefield 1.”

Activision, which has occasionally skipped the show floor in years past, similarly decided against showing off the latest editions of “Call of Duty,” “Skylanders” and “Destiny” at its own booth. Instead, the publisher will do so at other publishers’ outposts, behind closed doors in Convention Center meeting rooms and at its own “Call of Duty XP” event in September.

“It’s not a reflection of E3 or its reduced relevance,” said Eric Hirschberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “I know that some other publishers have opted out of E3. We have our own reasons because of our slate this year and how we want to approach our marketing reveals that are specific to us and not specific to E3.”

It will be a turning point for E3 as game makers try new strategies this year (Source: AP)Gallagher of the ESA noted that while many traditional console and PC game publishers have abandon the boisterous show floor, those spaces are being filled by mobile, virtual reality and augmented reality game makers. He said there are now 90 mobile game companies on hand over last year’s 70 exhibitors, while VR attendees have swelled from 26 to 53 exhibitors.

Despite the boost in fan outreach, E3 will be business as usual – mostly – for the industry’s three largest publishers. Microsoft and Sony have respectively planned press conferences Monday at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center and the Shrine Auditorium, as well as booths showcasing titles like “Gears of War 4” and “Horizon Zero Dawn.”

Nintendo, which stopped hosting an onstage press conference at E3 three years ago and instead streams an online video briefing, will again return to the show floor. However, the “Super Mario” publisher will be dedicating most of its floor space to a sole game: a “Legend of Zelda” adventure for its Wii U console and a yet-to-be-revealed new system.

“E3 absolutely remains a relevant event,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. “We were the first to recognize a few years ago that we could touch millions of consumers online versus the few hundred that sit down for a live conference. We believe we’ve helped to make E3 a more vibrant and a cultural touchstone for consumers around the world.”

Whether it’s inside or outside the convention center, everyone at E3 next week will likely agree on one thing: It’s more fun to be there in person.

A home out of this world

Imagine living in a skyscraper so high that it is not unusual for an aircraft to fly past the residential floors. Down below, the earth is a parachute drop away. Up above, the top of the skyscraper is suspended from a cable that connects to an asteroid, whose orbit around the earth keeps the structure in unceasing pendulum oscillations.

Called Analemma Tower, the “world’s tallest building ever” — although it’s actually out of the world — is not happening anytime soon, and the idea has been greeted with incredulity by many who have reported or commented on it. Even the designers have declared it “speculative”. New York-based Clouds Architecture Office, whose earlier work includes collaborating with NASA for the design of a proposed Mars Ice House, unveiled the proposal for the skyscraper last week.

The idea presumes that an asteroid can be manipulated some day to orbit the earth. This is no longer relegated to science fiction, Clouds AO insists, citing a robotic mission announced by NASA to redirect an asteroid into orbit around the moon.

Finding a material so strong is another potential hurdle. Reporting on the proposal, NBC News quotes Carlo Ratti, director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab, as saying a cable suspended from space would break under its own weight. News organisation Christian Science Monitor quotes Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as pointing out the possibility of the cable being hit and snapped by space trash from defunct satellites. An Indian space scientist, who asked not to be named, told The Indian Express the whole idea is “imaginary”.

This is India’s first crowdfunded smart wallet, It can do much more than just store money

Now your regular wallet is smart. A company named Cuir Ally has developed India’s first crowdfunded smart wallet ‘Voyager’ that can be ringed and used to take selfie.

With the Voyager, you cannot lose or misplace your wallet or phone anymore. It can easily connect to your smartphone over Bluetooth and can get you instant notifications if your wallet is left behind. Similarly, the same your wallet gets alarmed if your phone is left behind.

To find your wallet, you can simply ring it from your smartphone. But in case if you can’t find both your phone and your Voyager smart wallet, then you can login to Cuir’s Chipolo account and find the exact location of both your phone and wallet.

You can also find your smartphone through your wallet by simply double tapping the wallet and it rings your connected phone. The best part is the phone starts ringing even if it’s on silent mode, says company.

But then there is an even bigger highlight. You can simply double tap the wallet to take a selfie from your phone, which means the wallet essentially acts as a remote shutter button over Bluetooth connection.

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For the looks, the Voyager smart wallet looks like a regular passport-size two-fold leather wallet. It incorporates a combination of a Smart chip & Bluetooth technology. Cuir Ally is running a crowdfunding campaign with a Bangalore-based platform fueldream.com. The goal is to raise Rs 5 lakh in 35 days, and within first 10 days of a very successful campaign, Cuir Ally has already raised over Rs 3.5 lakh.

The Voyager wallet by Cuir Ally comes in comes in three colours – Black, Blue, and Brown. It’ll be available at an introductory price of Rs 1,999 through crowdfunding website fueladream.com. The company says that after the crowdfunding it will retail at a price of Rs 3,499 (MRP).