Belkin Charge Dock For Apple Watch Launched

Belkin Charge apple watch

Belkin has launched its latest iPhone dock, the Belkin Charge Dock, although this new dock is also designed to charge your Apple Watch at the same time.

The Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch is now available to order in the US and it retails for $130, it is also compatible with the iPhone 5S, 5C, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone is the first dock to include an integrated charger for the Apple Watch. The dock uses the same magnetic technology as the Apple Watch charging cable. Magnets align the connectors automatically, and inductive charging begins instantly.

The dock also features an integrated Lightning connector for iPhone. With both connectors hardwired into the dock, charging your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously can be done with a single cable.

Apple Makes iOS 9 App Slicing Feature Available For Developers

iOS 9

We heard recently that Apple had disabled the app slicing feature for developers in iOS 9, this had been done to a bug related to the feature.

App slicing allows developers to created apps that used less storage depending on which device they are installed on and now Apple has re-enabled the feature.

Apple has now confirmed to developers that they can once again start using the app slicing feature for their apps in iOS 9, the feature is available to iOS 9.0.2 and above.

The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

Apple has introduced the app slicing feature in order to free up space in peoples devices, this means than rather than downloading an app that would run on all devices, you only download the parts of the app that are needed to run on your device.

Google’s Nexus Devices Get Android Marshmallow Update

Nexus

Google has announced that it is starting to roll out the Android Marshmallow update for a number of its Nexus devices.

The list of devices that are getting the Android 6.0 update include the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player, the update has been released as an over the air update.

Today we’re starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus users. Of course, the new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory. Android Marshmallow is the sweetest, smartest Android version yet: Now on Tap serves up assistance when you need it, battery-smart features keep your device going longer, and new app permissions give you even more control.

So far those are the only devices that Google has announced the Android Marshmallow update for, as soon as we get some more details on any other devices, we will let you guys know.

Samsung Galaxy S7 ‘Mongoose’ Processor Appears In Benchmarks

Samsung Galaxy S7

There have been rumors that the new Samsung Galaxy S7 will come with two different processor, aSamsung Exynos 8990 in some countries and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in other countries.

Now a new Samsung Exynos processor with the code name Mongoose or M1 has appeared in some benchmarks and it is possible that this is the new Exynos 8990 that will be used in the Samsung Galaxy S7.

This new Samsung processors recently appeared in some benchmarks that were posted on Weibo and the processor appears to have some very impressive performance.

The Exynos M1 processor had a clock speed of 2.3GHz and performance for a single core benchmark was 2,294 points ans 6,908 points for multi-core.

It was also listed in a power saving mode, the scores for this mode were also impressive, 1,710 in single core and 4,896 in multi-core.

As yet there is no confirmation of this new processor is the new Exynos 8990 that Samsung will use in their new Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, which is rumored to launch early next year.

Samsung are expected to launch two different versions of the handset, one with a curved display, other other with a flat display, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

GATE 2016 registration begins today

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The registration process for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) opens on September 1 and will close on October 1, 2015.

For full details and applying online, visit the official website. Click here to go to www.gate.iisc.ernet.in

Here are a few essential points of GATE 2016:

Syllabus:

The entire syllabus is available at the GATE 2016 website.

Important Dates:

*Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website – October 1, 2015
*Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login – November 20, 2015
*Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing – December 17, 2015

* GATE 2016 Online Examination – (On Saturdays and Sundays only) January 30 to February 07, 2016
Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM

* Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website – March 19, 2016

Key Points to remember:

* Examinations for all the 23 papers will be conducted by an online Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.

* Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.

* GATE 2016 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 30th January 2016 and 07th February 2016. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2016 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.

* For GATE 2016 the entire process of filling up of application form, uploading of certificates/documents etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents etc., to IISc or any of the IIT’s zonal GATE office.

* The payment of application fees would be through electronic mode online as well as through payment at bank counters using e-challan.

* The admit cards for GATE 2016 would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE 2016 website. No printed copy of admit cards will be posted to the candidates.

* The registration process for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) begins on September 1 and will end on October 1 this year. GATE mainly tests candidates’ comprehensive understanding in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science.

* The registration process for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016) opens on September 1 and will close on October 1, 2015.

New features in this year’s GATE

* An online virtual calculator will be available to examinees at the time of examination. No physical calculator will be allowed. The online virtual calculator will be put on GATE 2016 website for practice before the examination.

* After completion of GATE 2016 examination, all answer keys will be made available for dispute within a short time. Every answer key can be challenged. A nominal fee will be levied to prevent frivolous challenges.

* A new paper Petroleum Engineering (PE) is introduced in GATE 2016. With this, the total number of papers is 23.

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This is the top salary offered at IIM Calcutta

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The campus placement for IIM Calcutta’s one-year residential programme for executives has witnessed a rise of 24.8 per cent in the top salary offered to the students, as compared to the last year.

The highest annual salary package has been offered at Rs 33.7 lakh per annum.

The average salary for the eighth batch of Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEX) also saw an upward graph climbing 21.6 per cent from the last year to Rs 22.69 lakh per annum.

In the batch of 50 students, a total of 54 offers were made to 44 candidates, out of which three joined their previous organisations while one opted out.

A total of 55 companies, including Accenture, Amazon, Dell, Microsoft, Google, Ford Motors (IT), Snapdeal, Atos Consulting, Deloitte Touche, Oracle, CESC, Omni Active andMicromax, participated in the placement hiring process for mid-management to senior management-level jobs.

IT/consulting and IT products firms led hiring, with 12 and 10 offers each, followed by e-commerce companies that came up with eight offers. Other sectors that hired aggressively included Analytics, KPO, Power, BPO and real estate.

The roles offered to students ranged from mid-management to senior-management level with designations like Assistant General Manager, Solution Architect Director, Senior Principal Consultant, DGM–Finance among others.

“Corporates seem to increasingly value the rigorous and best-in-class education obtained after excellent track record of work experience,” Chairperson, Career Development & Placement Office at IIM Prof Rajiv Kumar told PTI.

“As the placement statistics show, industry seems to increasingly prize such talented and committed people. The senior roles that the students of graduating batch have bagged convey the confidence industry has posed in the ability of PGPEX students of IIM Calcutta to contribute toward organizational growth,” Kumar added.

PGPEX with dual accreditation of AACSB and AMBA, has an international dimension in the form of a two weeks immersion in Europe/US to understand international economies, network and visit to notable companies, he said.

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) based in Tampa, Florida, with an Asia office in Singapore) and AMBA (Association of MBAs) based in London are the influential business school accreditation associations.

 

Asus ZenBook UX305LA With 13.3-Inch QHD Display Launched

Taiwanese electronics giant Asus on Monday launched its first Windows 10 powered laptop with a QHD display in India, the ZenBook UX305LA, priced starting from Rs. 97,990. It will be available from October 15 via Asus exclusive stores and online retailers. The slim, lightweight laptop will be available in three colours – Black, White, and Gold – and features a 13.3-inch 3200×1800 pixel LED-backlit display.

Consumers will have option of choosing between an Intel Core M, Core i5, and a Core i7-5500U processor at the top-end. The Asus ZenBook UX305LA comes with 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. It weighs in at 1.3kg, and measures 324x226x5.5~14.9mm.

The Asus ZenBook UX305LA sports one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a microphone-in jack, a headphone-out jack, one Micro-HDMI port, SonicMaster speakers with audio by ICEpower, and a 56Whrs 6-cell lithium ion polymer battery with up to 10 hours of battery life. It features an HD webcam, 10/100 Mbps LAN, and an SDXC card reader. The laptop bears a 285-mm chiclet-style keyboard.

asus_ux305la_gold_press_2.jpg“The new laptop is a perfect balance of great looks and functionality which delivers a powerful performance with the Windows 10 combination. The Indian consumers are increasingly moving towards ultraportable products and the featherweight ZenBook UX305LA is a real performer that redefines this segment with its svelte design,” said Asus India managing director Peter Chang.

“It is one of the most affordable products in this category and we truly believe that it deserves a top spot in the festive shopping list of the Indian consumers,” he added. The company is also touting the Asus Splendid and Asus IceCool technologies for an optimised display and better thermal management.

Windows 10 Now on 110 Million Devices; HoloLens Release Date Announced

At the Microsoft Windows 10 devices briefing in New York on Tuesday, the Redmond giant detailed some statistics about Windows 10, including adoption rates. Microsoft also detailed the release date for Microsoft HoloLens.

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, also said that in the 10 weeks since its launch, Windows 10 is now on over 110 million devices across the world. Of these, 8 million are business PCs.

While the adoption rate has slowed down a little – as Windows 10 had reached 50 million install base in just about two weeks since release on July 29. But it is still a record breaking figure.

To put it into perspective, Windows 7, which was released in 2009 and is used by 600 million devices. Microsoft has sold 200 million licences of Windows 8 as of 2014. Apple’s OS X operating system, across all its versions, was used by 80 million users as of June 2014.

Myerson also announced that over 650 billion webpages have been visited using Microsoft Edge, the new Web browser from the company that ships with Windows 10. More than 120 years of gameplay has been streamed from Xbox One systems to Windows 10 devices.

microsoft_hololens_mixed_reality.jpgMyerson also announced that this holiday season, the Xbox One would be upgraded to Windows 10. He added that Facebook is amongst the many popular developers that will be launching universal Windows apps, starting with Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.

The Redmond giant also showed off a mixed reality game on HoloLens, called Project X-Ray, which adapts to any room the player. Myerson added that the Microsoft HoloLens development kit will be available in the first quarter of 2016, for $3,000.

India, Germany Decide to Extend IGSTC Beyond 2017

To enhance cooperation in the field of science and technology, India and Germany on Monday decided to extend the bi-national Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) beyond 2017 with a two-fold increase in funding every year, a move that will help in supporting industrially relevant research and development (R&D) projects.

The move will see the funding going up from EUR 2 million to EUR 4 million in IGSTC projects that have potential to generate novel technologies and new intellectual property in sectors such as advance manufacturing, embedded systems, renewable energy, food security, clean water and health care technologies – all of which are in tune with present national missions of the government of India.

India is the only country with whom Germany has such a bilateral R&D Centre dedicated to promote applied and industrial research. The IGSTC is already supporting 15 joint projects and pro-types of some new technologies have been co-developed in solar-thermal energy, stress tolerant chic-pea variety, and high altitude cold resistance plants.

Vardhan also offered Germany to participate in some of the future mega science projects, which India will be embarking upon.

At the meeting held before the 3rd Indo-German Consultative meeting, Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for S&T, and his German counterpart Johanna Wanka said the two countries would continue to support and strengthen the basic research component of collaboration which will underpin future technology developments.

The Indian side emphasised on new areas such as anti-microbial resistance and regenerative medicine, earth science system including monsoon studies and marine sciences required to understand the climate change process.

India is investing approximately EUR 14 million for the construction of an additional beam line and access to the synchrotron facility at PETRA-III in DESY at Hamburg.

Similarly, India is equity share holder with investment of EUR 36 million in the construction of the international ‘Facility for Antiproton-Ion Research’ (FAIR) at Darmstadt.

These state of art facilities will further enable Indian scientists to conduct high impact and frontier research in material science, nuclear and high energy physics.

Both the Ministers reiterated the need for “concerted effort” to promote exchanges of young scientists and student researchers. To this end, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) through a Letter of Intent agreed to continue the support for participation of 25 Indian science and medical students to the annual Nobel Laureate meet in Lindau.

The two, also echoed that the future cooperation should focus on programmes to promote innovation and techno -entrepreneurship by linking the Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-up enterprises of both the countries in order to make meaningful contribution.

The Best Day of the Year to Buy a House

Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Drop to Lowest in Four Months
The single best day of the year to purchase a home is — drumroll, please — Oct. 8. But if you’re in the process of purchasing a home now and have a closing date later in the month, don’t despair; chances are you’ll still get a pretty good deal.

RealtyTrac, a company that tracks public record housing data, recently crunched the numbers for more than 32 million house and condo sales since 2000 to figure out the best and worst months for buyers to purchase a home.

The study revealed that homes usually sell at their lowest prices in October. “Of the 2.7 million sales closed in October over the last 15 years, the average sales price was 2.6 percent below the average estimated full market value at the time of sale,” RealtyTrac said.

Within the month, the magic day was Oct. 8, with the best deals of any other single day. RealtyTrac said that housing deals that closed Oct. 8 sold for an average of 10.8 percent below estimated market value.

February, July, December and January are the next best months to try to score a bargain deal on a house.

“The start of the school year and the holidays influence our buyer decisions and serve as a strategic indicator of the most advantageous times for buyers to land their lowest priced deal,” Mark Hughes, chief operating officer with First Team Real Estate in California, told RealtyTrac.

According to the study, April is the worst month of the year for buyers to close on a home. RealtyTrac said that since 2000, homes in April were purchased at an average premium of 1.2 percent above estimated market value — bad for buyers, but great for sellers.

Although the study results are interesting, Michael Golden, co-founder of Chicago-based real estate company @properties, told MarketWatch that they’re unlikely to matter to most prospective homebuyers. Golden said buyers are usually more interested in finding a house that suits their needs rather than buying a home on a certain date (or month).