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Automobile

Nissan Sale Boost Owing To Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

The two crucial technologies, autonomous and electric, have turned out to be a boon for many automakers as they have created loads of chaos and excitement among the people. Numbers of enthusiasts are spontaneously coming ahead to know more about the trending technologies.

Nissan Sale Boost Owing To Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

This automaker based in Yokohama, Japan has majorly reaped out from the untapped opportunities of the market. Nissan produces its vehicles in 20 countries around the globe and serves with its products and services in almost 160 nations.

Focusing on the figures of the fiscal year in March, the profit graph rose by 27%, which is approximately 663.5 Billion Yen ($5.8 Billion). The powerful sale in the nations such as Europe, the U.S., and China, and boosted sale of parts maker stake have brought those figures on the boards.

Nissan didn’t reveal its quarterly sales figures but stated that it managed to sell 5.63 Million vehicles globally, and looking at the performance, it projects to sell more than 5.83 Million vehicles in the financial year through March 2018.

Nissan, talking about the specific market performance, stated that due to appreciable demand for its Altima and Rogue sedans, the U.S. market sale rose by 4%, whereas in China, it went up by 8%, and Europe witnessed a rise of sale by 7% excluding Russia.

Its premium brand Infiniti fetch sold approximately 17,578 vehicles in April, which is 12% more than the previous year sales. This also boosted the growth of the worldwide sale of the brand in the initial four months. In the U.S. itself, Infiniti during the period between January–April, sold 54,358 vehicles that was about 26% more than the previous year. In China, sale totaled up by 105% and sold up to 3,415 vehicles, which is pretty high than the previous years.

Nissan is highly active with its autonomous and mobility connectivity technologies with its latest cars such as Infiniti Luxury models and Leaf electric car.

 

Nissan is highly active with its autonomous and mobility connectivity technologies with its latest cars such as Infiniti Luxury models and Leaf electric car.

The company had declared about its plans for creating autonomous vehicle technology. Its ProPilot single lane self-drive system for the highways installed in Serena Minivan has already been rolled out and is extremely famous in Asia.

 

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Health Care

University Of Chicago Medicine and Google Wish To Use Patterns in Patient Records to Foretell the Health Conditions

The patient’s records hold his or her whole history that is all the information regarding the vital signs or any disorders if any as noted by the clinicians. As it is said “health is wealth,” the patients’ care is of utmost importance to the physicians. Till date, the records have been used to keep a track on the patient’s health improvement or deterioration. But, what if it could help predict the health in the future?

Something amazing if given a thought, isn’t it? The researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine along with Google have teamed up to use the machine learning program to predict one’s medical condition. This idea is basically followed to let the patients get a brief notice about how long the medication is required or will the condition worsen or improve.

University Of Chicago Medicine and Google Wish To Use Patterns in Patient Records to Foretell the Health Conditions

Google and the university plan to collect the medical records in order to determine a certain pattern in the health during a specific condition. Even though the records are taken, the personal information regarding the patient is not disclosed in terms of privacy. The electronic health records for the future health predictions can seem to be a good idea. But, the question is how could you use it?

The researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine have spent years on developing an algorithm that can help predict the health conditions. They have successfully been able to develop the algorithm called eCART that uses the data record for predicting some aspects such as future cardiac arrest chances or others. eCART is expected to provide accurate predictions.

The algorithm is still being worked on to improve its prediction’s effectiveness based on the data. The university has partnered with Google to come up with some more fascinating algorithms. At the Harvard University’s medical training program, a group of Google’s members checked its effectiveness, ability to organize the data, and accessibility to the health care. Will Google develop a new service? This only the future can predict.

For now, the Chicago-based company, Quant HC, has publicized eCART by selling it in the hospitals such as NorthShore University HealthSystem’s hospitals, Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Centre, and others.

Let’s hope the preventative care creates a win-win situation in the future.

 

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Business

Aditya Birla Group’s Saurabh Agrawal Appointed As Tata Group’s CFO by Chandrasekaran

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Tata Sons chairperson, is all ready to make his major appointment after taking over the lead job at the largest multinational in India.

Chandrasekaran has specially selected Saurabh Agrawal—an expert investment banking rainmaker—to be the then Tata Group CFO (Chief Financial Officer). Agrawal will be joining the company in July, following a year time with Aditya Birla Group—where he supervised the Jaypee’s cement assets acquisition by Ultratech and the multi-billion Idea–Vodafone merger.

Aditya Birla Group's Saurabh Agrawal Appointed As Tata Group’s CFO by Chandrasekaran

Being an IIM Kolkata alumnus, Agrawal is presently the strategy head at Aditya Birla Group.

Moreover, it will also be first time such Group CFO position is been produced. So far, Ishaat Hussain, veteran Tata hand, was handling the Finance Director position of the group; however, in 2012, he bid adieu to executive functions and since then is a non-active member of the Tata Sons board. However, he will take off after turning 70, later this year.

Agrawal expressed his enthusiasm of joining the $103-Billion company by saying, “I am pleased to connect to the Tata Group. It is a great time for the group under Mr. Chandrasekaran’s leadership, and I looking further to contribute to the profitable growth of the company utilizing my corporate finance experience.”

In 1995, Agrawal started his career and since then has worked with various strands of corporate strategy and execution comprising numerous industries. Agrawal held the position of the Corporate Finance Unit Head of Standard Chartered Bank in South Asia and India before switching to India Inc.

In a statement, Chandrasekaran said that Agrawal is brimming with high knowledge of capital markets and important cross-industry understanding which he is bringing to this vital leadership role in the company. His proficiency will help the company in driving investment management, capital allocation decisions as well as amalgamation and optimization of the company’s business portfolio. Chandrasekaran looking further for his role he will be playing in boosting the financial performance of the company.

Tata onlookers said that Agrawal was an adviser of Chandrasekaran having guided TCS in 2004 on its public offer along with guidance on few acquisitions such as Citigroup’s captive business process outsourcing unit acquisition by TCS in 2008.

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Technology

Millions of Students’ Data Leaked Online and Put Up For Sale for Rs 60,000

The students, after completion of their higher secondary education, are constantly in a state of mind of giving a number of entrance or government examinations so as to choose a proper career. The increasing digitalization has resulted in a number of application forms, including a lot of students’ personal details, being filled or updated online. Hence, the hacking of these websites filled with a number of student’s data can prove to be dangerous in the long run.

Millions of Students’ Data Leaked Online and Put Up For Sale for Rs 60,000

The recent incident has resulted in the leakage of around 1.5 Million students’ phone numbers, addresses, email ID, results, and other personal details as well. In addition to this, the details of the students who had appeared for a number of examinations since 2009 are being sold out for different prices ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 60,000. Although, how this has happened isn’t clear yet. The datasheets comprising of the students’ details are available on the websites such as allstudentdatabase.in, studentsdatabase.in, and kenils.co.in for free as well. The point to be highlighted is that the students who have appeared for the MBA entrance examinations such as MBA CET, CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, and others have their details being sold at various prices. Even the engineering as well as medical entrance tests, final year tests of Pune and Lucknow’s universities, or Class XII and Class X board examination-appeared students have their data leaked.

The culprits behind this haven’t been identified yet. It may be anybody from the board or university in-charge, body in-charge of the examination or else any coaching schools preparing the students for the tests. It is very exhaustive to see not only the personal details but also the percentile of the students leaked. The major buyers of these data are business schools, which is disappointing. This is basically been done to either increase the standard of their institute or raise the number of students to be admitted.

According to the various professors from IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore, the students’ data are only disclosed after receiving a prior consent from them for doing so. The data being publically available without their knowing is strictly the violation of the law.

The students whose data are leaked online have the permission to seek justice.

 

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Automobile

BSIV Compliant Trucks Rolled out by Tata Motors in Tamil Nadu

After the implementation of emission law in terms of discontinuation of BSIII, every automaker tried to reduce the loss by offering huge discount on the vehicle price.

India’s largest commercial automaker—Tata Motors—after the ban, has finally introduced its BSIV compliant medium and heavy duty truck. These trucks will be equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technologies. Tata rolled out this BSIV heavy trucks in Tamil Nadu, India.

BSIV Compliant Trucks Rolled out by Tata Motors in Tamil Nadu

The organization has idealized both advances for its more extensive scope of commercial vehicles from SCVs to HCVs according to technical appropriateness to meet the actualized emission standard founded by the Center, according to a release. More than 20 models of BSIV trucks were on the display at Truck World in Salem last week, for the advantages of transporters.

The trucks will be equipped with Cummins-made BSIV engines that will serve the range of Tata Motor’s platform-based 16T to 49T tractor trailers with the power generation capacity ranging between 130 HP–400 HP.

Tata Motors is the only OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to present both EGR and SCR innovations for its whole range of business vehicles, including MHCV, according to specialized and application suitability. With the innovation SCR technology, Tata Motors also has the capacity to create upcoming emanation amenable products in coming period.

Rajesh Kaul, Head, Sales and Marketing, Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle said, “In the course of the most recent six decades we at Tata Motors have motivated innovation moves in the medium and heavy trucking segment, having future based solution and products created modern items that can be revolutionary relative.

“Though, from being the market pioneer in business vehicles in India, Tata Motors has been trading its products to nations like Australia, Russia, South, Europe, Latin America, and East Asia, where emission standards are lot more superior as compared to India, with Tata Motors’ vehicles presently meeting Euro IV and Euro V controls,” Kaul said.

Looking at the auto giant’s strategies related to BSIV complaint vehicle launching, it seems it has planned something huge for the transporters and for the automobile market in India.

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News

Owlchemy Labs Comes under Google’s Wing

The brain child behind notable humor comedy “Job Simulator” of VR, Owlchemy Labs, has become an element of Google, aiming to carry on creating stuffs that are “highly polished, absurd, and filled to the edge with terrible jokes & puns.”

The team at Owlchemy Labs at the Texas headquarter in Austin completed “Smuggle Trick”, its name-developing driving game, “Snuggle Truck”, a plushy-themed analogue, and “Jack Lumber”, tree-chopping action game, for PC and mobile.

Owlchemy Labs Comes under Google’s Wing

It made 4 games in the franchise of base-jumping; 2 of which have been leaning towards experiences of virtual reality (one being Oculus Rift of Facebook for high-powered device, the other being Cardboard standard for Android of Google); and “Dyscourse”, the conversation-driven survival riff, before connecting into VR via “Job Simulator” (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR); and then “Rick & Morty Virtual Rick-ality” licensed by Adult Swim.

“‘Job Simulator’ was our immediate success that took many years in creating. We shoved in VR so hard and so early,” clarified Devin Reimer and Alex Schwartz, Co-founders, Owlchemy, who, mutually with their group wasted over a year imagining what was feasible with a tracked hands and head “

“Jointly with Google, with which we distribute an unbelievable overlap in idea, we are free to follow raw sprint and creation towards appealing issues in this early phase of VR,” their firm declaration concluded. “We can’t wait to show you what we are making up further.”

Google made clear the acquirement when speaking of its own VR portfolio, which comprise of Street View, video platform YouTube, Google Earth VR, Photos on Daydream, and painting app Tilt Brush.

“Jointly we will be operating to make immersive, engaging games and developing novel interaction prototypes across various diverse platforms to carry on bringing of the most excellent experiences of VR to life,” claimed Relja Markovic, AR and VR Director of Engineering, Google.

In a nutshell, the joint venture of Google and Owlchemy is surely going to boost the global virtual reality and augmented reality market. We might be able to witness some new inventions in this field since these two companies will be working together for the same purpose.

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Technology

Sound One Launches BT-06 in India

Sound One, the Hong-Kong-based company popular for its audio equipment, has rolled out a new pair of Bluetooth headphones in the country. Named as BT-06, the new headphones have a price tag of Rs 1,809 and are obtainable on Ebay and Amazon websites in India.

The Sound One BT-06 features Bluetooth (version 4.0) technology and states to provide range for wireless service up to 33 feet. It arrives with an built-in mic that permits the users to receive calls at the time of listening the music. The new headphone claims to provide a battery backup of up to 6 hours and can charge fully within 1.5 hours.

Sound One Launches BT-06 in India

The Sound One BT-06 headphone also sports a slot for microSD card that permits users to listen to music straight from the microSD card. Apart from this, the users can also hear to FM with the assistance of the headphone. The users simply require to switch on the FM mode and click the M Button on the headphone. To toggle between the channels, users require to long push V- and V+ and merely toggle between the channels.

The Sound One BT-06 comprises 4 buttons counting a multi-functional button, on/off button, a music/volume button, and end/answer call button. The headphones also have a 1.5m audio cable, hence even if the battery is dead, users can listen to music. It comes with a foldable design headband and changeable leather.

Lately, Sound One introduced its SP-6 Sport headphones in the country with a price tag of Rs 1,999. The new headphone promises to provide improved effect of Bass and is well-suited with both Android and iOS devices.

The SP-6 Sport has an in-built microphone that permits users to take phone calls. It has an changeable ear-hook design that makes sure a secure and comfortable fit. The pair of headphones, on a single charge, claims up to 8 hours of talk time and can be completely charged within 2 hours.

Well, the new Sound One BT-06 seems to be a total feast for all the music lovers in India. So friends, hurry up and get your Sound One BT-06 before the stock gets over.

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Technology

Micromax Becomes the Most Used Indian Mobile Brand In India

Micromax, the popular Indian smartphone manufacturer, has came out as the best and top Indian brand of handset being employed in India, trailed by Spice, Karbonn, Intex, and Lava in descending order of ranking, as per a report published this week.

The information gathered as of March 2017 for the set up base of mobile smartphones in the country portrayed the employment of top three Indian brands of mobile in various states where Micromax is the most favored brand of handsets in twelve states trailed by Intex in two states and Lava in two states in descending order of ranking as well.

Micromax Becomes the Most Used Indian Mobile Brand In India

On the other hand, Lava is the 2nd most favored brand of mobile in ten states and 3rd most favored brand of mobile in five states. In states including Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu, Micromax is ahead of other brands of mobile. Celkon, whose head office is situated in Hyderabad, has also grabbed a spot in the list by turning out to be the most employed brand of mobile in Andhra Pradesh. Dhoot, operated by Videocon, has also made to the list by grabbing a spot by turning out to be the 3rd most favored brand in the state of Odisha.

“Positions have an extremely encouraging association with the years of functioning. This undoubtedly clues that development of market is a matter of time; and interim measures such as going online do not give results in the long term,” claimed Principal Analyst, Faisal Kawoosa. “The Indian brands of mobile handsets must speed up to recover, as new contestants are quickly picking up with the trends of the market,” Kawoosa further added.

While a number of Indians carry on to employ Indian brands of mobile handsets, still the handset makers of India fall back when it comes to the topic of market share where firms such as Xiaomi and Samsung have 14% and 22% market share, respectively, as per the data by the sources and the report published. The top Indian brand of mobile, Micromax, over the period of time has been defeated substantially in the market to Chinese players such as Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi.

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Technology

Now See the View from the Selected Seat before Buying a Ticket with Ticketmaster

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the view before you buy a ticket for any particular event? This day isn’t far now. A new feature has been added by Ticketmaster to its mobile apps and website. This new feature will make it possible for the users to preview the precise view from their seats. This was accomplished through collaboration with IOMedia and its 3D Virtual Venue technology. With this, the users can get a sense of how they will observe the game at 110 locations across Australia and the North America, including AT&T Stadium, the LA Coliseum, and Madison Square Garden.

Now See the View from the Selected Seat before Buying a Ticket with Ticketmaster

The Virtual Venue will show the user diverse designs based on the event at the stadium. For instance, the concerts, New York Rangers games, and New York Knicks games at Madison Square Garden will have their own design and layout. The users can simply rate and have a look of the place from their chosen seat on the mobile app as well as the website.

This method would assist in eliminating the guessing games as to what would be the actual view, specifically if one has not been to that specific concert or arena hall before. According to the company, Virtual venue aids accelerate the buying times, as it makes individuals commit faster to their choice as they can see accurately where they will be seated.

The company also said it will carry on enlarging the Virtual Venue offering, enhancing the quality of the renderings, and getting more sites online. For IOMedia, it takes just a few weeks to map and insert a place, as it constructs a 3D wireframe model and puts in the panoramic and gyroscopic actions prior to the addition of proper branding and textures.

At present, not all happenings at the supported places are included. But gradually, the company will be adding the events as its work progresses. It is also said that the company is in the initial stages of constructing 3D models for arenas in Europe as well.

Isn’t it a great improvement? What do you think?

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Research

Study: Pokémon Go Helps Students to Develop Skills

Almost a year ago, the new augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, created a storm in the market. The game was addicting and was one of its kinds. And now, according to a latest research, playing Pokémon Go may assist students to enhance their communication abilities in classrooms.

Study: Pokémon Go Helps Students to Develop Skills

Scientists from the U.S. in Iowa State University targeted on providing students evenhanded authority to tools and assisted them construct multi-modal communication abilities. That intended not only employing technology to replace traditional classroom tools or guzzle information, but testing with innovative types of communication.

Slotting-in students via Pokémon Go, a game that lot of people are playing outside by now, also connects students and creates interest to their work, as per the scientists.

“It is essential to provide students genuine options that actually have meaning in their life. We require encouraging them to build up questions, investigate the answers and after that distribute the data in writing,” they claimed.

Pokémon Go, similar to many games, offers players with partial data or what scientists explain as “just in time learning.” Consequently, students have queries about how to advance to the next level or employ particular tools.

At the same time as enjoying the game with her own kids, Emily Howell, assistant professor, Iowa State University, witnessed that it might assist students with research and writing.

“Pokémon Go slots-in various stages of communication such as visuals, gestures, and directions, which crafts it a fine fit for the students in classroom,” Howell claimed.

Students see the Pokémon on their smartphone, the Pokémon is incorporated into a map and the students handle catching the Pokémon.

“Pokémon Go demonstrates the requirement to recognize multimodal text, which mirrors how we converse with other individuals,” Howell further added.

“We do not simply launch an email or text; we have a video conference or live chats. Teachers can anytime discover, to some extent, what students are by now doing, and arrive in multimodal state; they can strap up that curiosity of students and educate them about the potential of the tool,” Howell added.

In a nutshell, it has been proved that Pokémon Go is not only employed as a game but also to educate students.