Learn Backbone JSto Build Attractive and Effective Websites

The Backbone JS is a JavaScript framework that helps the website developers to build the most effective and attractive websites. This course is aimed to provide the participants how to build the interactive and visually appealing web applications. This course is a comprehensive and intensive course that will allow the participants to gain the knowledge required to build rich internet applications. Through this course, the candidates will learn about the JS framework and how to write the code that is easily maintainable, scalable and manipulated to build the rich internet applications.

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What the course is about?

In this course, the candidates will learn about the basics of the Backbone JS from novice to ninja. The participants will also get some hands-on training during this course. The participants will learn about the models and collections, views and event driven user-interfaces. The candidates will also learn about the basic concepts of the Backbone JS to build the complex client-side applications.

The Backbone JS training in Austin will provide the participants the techniques for organizing the UI code using the Backbone JS. This course is a collection of the Backbone JS resources and the common conceptual libraries. JavaScript is one of the famous scripting languages. There are many libraries and frameworks are available in the JavaScript language to help you to structure the JavaScript code. The Backbone JS is one of the best frameworks of JavaScript.

What the candidates will learn?

The candidates of the Backbone JS certification course will learn the following things

  • The fundamental differences between traditional and web applications and rich internet applications
  • The role of the dynamic typed nature of the JavaScript language
  • The functional programming features of the JavaScript language
  • The candidates will learn how to use the Backbone JS framework to built the superior applications
  • How to modularize the files in the JavaScript language

What are the requirements of this course?

For taking part in the course, the candidates should have the

  • Knowledge of web development with HTML, CSS
  • Knowledge of JavaScript and Jquery
  • knowledge of any server technology such as the J2EE, .NET, Ruby and more

These requirements are not mandatory. It would be helpful to the participants if they possess these things. Knowing these things will help the participants to understand the JS concepts easily.

The benefits of learning the course

The participants of this training course will learn aboutHow to load the JavaScript files using the Require.JS. By the end of this training, the participants will learn how to create the well-organized web applications using the Backbone JS framework.

Who can take this course?

This course is basically designed for people those who are interested in learning the Backbone JS framework. This course can also be taken by,

  • Developers
  • Programmers
  • Website designers
  • Graduates
  • Students
  • Beginners
  • Candidates those who want to become a developer on the Backbone JS platform
  • JavaScript professionals
  • Website developers
  • Web application developers
  • And people that would like to know something about JS framework

MIT’s Nightmare Machine Churns Out AI-Generated Horror

statue of libertyIn honor of Halloween, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab launched the Nightmare Machine website, which allows visitors to vote on AI-generated horror images created via an open source deep neural network algorithm developed last year.

Scientists from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) collaborated on the project.

The Nightmare Machine features some 200,000 images of normal human faces that were fed into the neural network by MIT researchers and CSIRO’s Data61 digital and data innovation group.

The neural network algorithm transforms images of normal-looking human faces into those with the characteristics of cinematic zombies, such those featured in the popular AMC TV show, The Walking Dead.

To date, the Nightmare Machine has collected more than 300,000 individual votes, along with user responses suggesting that the digitally modified photos can be quite terrifying indeed.

Portraits and Landscapes

In addition to faces, the Nightmare Machine is able to take postcard perfect images of famous landmarks — New York City’s Statue of Liberty, Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, or Paris’ Louvre Museum, for example — and transform them into utterly terrifying settings.

The Nightmare Machine transformed this image of the Statue of Liberty into the spooky rendering shown above.

The way the Nightmare Machine transforms the images is explained in the paper, “A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style,” published last year by researchers Lean A. Gatys, Alexander S. Ecker and Matthias Bethge — all of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Tubingen, Germany.

The photos can be manipulated to evoke an emotional response based on utilizing predetermined filters, the researchers noted.

Traditional photo-manipulation and editing tools, such as Photograph, offer an array of stylish tools. Likewise, the Nightmare Machine features its own stylish flare, highlighting the not-so-subtle differences between a “haunted house” versus a “fright night” or “toxic city” treatment.

Each is something that would be worthy of a lingering bad dream, and all highlight the way an algorithm can adjust its nightmarish effects in very different ways to induce particular feelings in viewers.

“This technique for using deep neural nets to analyze what constitutes a scary scene and then apply a ‘scariness filter’ to other photographs can be used in a wide range of other applications,” said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

Gothic Architecture

However, the key to what constitutes something that is truly scary may be in keeping it subtle — perhaps by employing a thus a suspenseful build-up evocative of Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft rather than depicting a zombie-inspired bloodbath.

“The scariest of these applications is applying just a little horror to everyday scenes or even news items — not enough to identify what is scary, but enough to sway the emotions of a viewer,” Teich told TechNewsWorld.

“These techniques can apply to real-time video as well, so a scene can be made progressively more or less scary to direct a viewer’s or player’s attention and interaction with scenes,” he added.

Not Every Day Is Halloween

The researchers at MIT and CSIRO used Halloween to show off the ability to transform the beautiful into the horrific, but the technology’s designers also laid out how it could be used in other creative ways.

The frightful images are a Halloween-inspired application of a “general purpose AI machine designed to elicit human reactions,” said Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics.

“I would not be surprised if on Feb. 14, there will be a press release with the MIT AI Love Machine designed to make people feel romantic,” he told TechNewsWorld.

However this technique could be used in other emotional contexts as well, “so that the entire human emotional range can be manipulated subtly and in real time while viewers are watching their newsfeed, advertisements, or playing a game,” suggested Tirias’ Teich.

“It will make immersive content that much more engaging, sticky — and perhaps much more addictive,” he observed.

The applications for this could this could be many fold, “especially for the entertainment industry — ranging from movies to VR,” said Entner. “All in all, we are early on, and this is designed to drive attention to the work MIT is doing.”

Emotion Machine

“Emotion Machine” could be a better name for this algorithm than “Nightmare Machine.”

“All media strive to manipulate emotions, but this is a more direct path to emotional engagement that doesn’t depend on the photographer/cinematographer or producer’s talent,” noted Teich.

“It can be applied to any existing media or real-time stream to change the emotional context,” he pointed out.

“Think about this ability to analyze and build on the psychological reactions of people,” said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“This could be used in everything from advertising to torture,” he told TechNewsWorld. “If that’s not a scary thought, I don’t know what is

Microsoft: Google’s Policy Endangers Windows Users

windows-vulnerabilityGoogle on Monday posted to the Internet a previously unpublicized flaw that could pose a security threat to users of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Google notified both Microsoft and Adobe of zero day vulnerabilities in their software on Oct. 21, wrote Neel Mehta and Billy Leonard, members of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, in an online post.

Google has a policy of making critical vulnerabilities public seven days after it informs a software maker about them. Adobe was able to fix its vulnerability within seven days; Microsoft was not.

“This [Windows] vulnerability is particularly serious because we know it is being actively exploited,” wrote Mehta and Leonard.

However, Google’s Chrome browser prevents exploitation of the vulnerability when running in Windows 10, they added.

Flaw Not Critical

Microsoft challenged Google’s analysis of the Windows flaw in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Charlotte Heesacker.

“We disagree with Google’s characterization of a local elevation of privilege as ‘critical’ and ‘particularly serious,’ since the attack scenario they describe is fully mitigated by the deployment of the Adobe Flash update released last week,” Microsoft said.

After cracking a system, hackers typically try to elevate their privileges in it to obtain access to increasingly sensitive data.

“Additionally, our analysis indicates that this specific attack was never effective against the Windows 10 Anniversary Update due to security enhancements previously implemented,” Microsoft noted.

The Windows vulnerability Google’s team discovered is a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security sandbox escape triggered by a win32k.sys call, according to Mehta and Leonard.

The sandbox in Google’s Chrome browser blocks win32k.sys calls using the Win32k lockdown mitigation on Windows 10, which prevents exploitation of the sandbox escape vulnerability, they explained in their post.

Short Deadline

Although Google contrasted Adobe’s quick action in patching its zero day vulnerability with Microsoft’s inaction, the comparison may be less than fair.

“The time to patch code in Adobe Reader or Flash versus something that integrates into an operating system is considerably different,” said Brian Martin, director of vulnerability intelligence at Risk Based Security.

What takes time is not so much changing the code as testing it after it’s changed, he explained.

“If Microsoft patches code in one version of Windows, it will likely affect several other versions,” Martin told TechNewsWorld.

“Then they have platform issues — 32-bit and 64-bit — and then the different versions — home, professional, server, whatever,” he pointed out.

“The amount of time it takes to patch it is one thing,” he said. “The amount of time to go through the full QA cycle is another. Seven days is generally considered unrealistic for an operating system.”

To Disclose or Not

The short deadline was necessary because it saw the vulnerability being exploited by hackers, Google’s team maintained. That logic, though can be a two-edged sword.

“To me, this doesn’t ultimately help achieve everyone’s goal, which should be keeping consumers and their data safe,” said Udi Yavo, CTO of enSilo.

“By disclosing a vulnerability early, without allowing time for a patch, Google opened up the small pool of people who found the vulnerability and knew how to exploit it, to all,” he told TechNewsWorld.

However, keeping the vulnerability under wraps at all is questionable, suggested Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“Considering how closely the hacker community communicates, seven days may have been too much time,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“Google was being a friendly corporate citizen by letting Microsoft know about the vulnerability, but in my mind it would have been more appropriate to make it public knowledge once you see it in the wild,” McGregor said.

“A vulnerability can spread though the hacker community in milliseconds,” he remarked. “By not making the vulnerability public, the only people who don’t know about it are the people who should know about it

Lenovo’s Yoga Book Aims for Top Shelf

lenovo-yoga-bookLenovo’s recently unveiled 2-in-1, the Yoga Book, is available in Android Marshmallow and Windows 10 Home versions.

Reviews have been mixed, with some praising its look and feel, but some considering its capabilities not up to scratch. Its Intel Atom processor doesn’t provide enough power for a workhorse device, they have argued.

The Android version costs US$500 and the Windows version goes for $550.

Inside the Covers

The Yoga Book runs on a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 with a 2-MB cache that goes up to 2.4 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of ROM, and a microSD card with up to 128 GB capacity.

The Atom processor “was a cost-saving measure, because Lenovo hasn’t yet shown that its customers will shell out top dollar for a device with a sixth- or seventh-generation Intel processor,” said Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

That choice was “not the best move performance-wise,” he told TechNewsWorld, but “from the standpoint of testing the market … very well done.”

The Book’s 8500 math li-ion polymer battery is rated to provide more than 70 days of standby time and 13 hours of general use.

It has a 10.1-inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1200 capacitive touchscreen with a 70 percent color gamut and brightness rated at 400 nits.

The Windows version runs Any Pen technology, and the Android version runs EMR Pen.

The Book has a metal housing. The Windows version is available in carbon black only; the Android device is available in carbon black, gunmetal gray and champagne gold.

The Book has an 8-MP autofocus rear camera and a 2-MP fixed-focus front camera with standard sensors.

The Windows device comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Mobile: Excel, Powerpoint, Word and OneNote, as well as a trial version of Evernote ArtRage Lite.

The Android version comes with Lenovo’s Note Saver, Collection, SHAREit and SYNCit, as well as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, McAfee Security, Evernote ArtRage and TouchPal IME.

The Real Pen, which is compatible with both OSes, costs $40.

Early Reactions

The Windows 10 version “takes several seconds to boot up and apps stuttered or froze up entirely on it more than once” while Goode was testing it.

The Yoga Book “draws the eye like no other tablet or laptop available today,” wrote Alex Cranz for Gizmodo.

Still, it “feels … more like a funky distraction gadget,” she continued. “Its Halo keyboard “has a terrible layout” and “is frustrating,” with inadequate haptic feedback that has a minor delay, few keyboard shortcuts, and keys spaced “just differently enough for a lot of mistypes.”

“There’s very little about the design of this Yoga Book that doesn’t scream premium,” wrote Android Central’s Russell Holly. “If you really want Android to run your laptop and don’t care that apps are going to misbehave left and right, this is without a doubt the [device] for you.” However, the Windows version is “a lot easier to recommend.”

Where the Book Fits

The Yoga Book competes with middle-of-the-road Microsoft Surface clones from Asus, Acer, HP and Huawei,” said Strategy Analytics’ Smith.

It is “very innovative,” he added. “Further, people “looking to replace a tablet and/or PC are increasingly giving 2-in-1s a second look.”

Some observers were less impressed.

The Yoga Book “is more of a toy than a serious productivity machine,” said Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.

“It doesn’t seem to have the power or interfaces to really work on, and its form factor isn’t really ergonomic from a work point of view,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“If you want a tablet, there are much better ones out there,” Jude said. “If you want a laptop … go buy a laptop.” Still, “this thing is just so cute and light that you want it to be useful.

Microsoft Sees 3D Future for Everyone

microsoft-3d-paintMicrosoft last week unveiled its new vision for bringing 3D to the masses through a modernized version of its Paint application for Windows 10. Paint 3D will be available in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Anyone who would like to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D can do so by joining the Windows Insider Program — available for PC and Phone — the company said.

To date, most computer users have been limited to a two-dimensional canvas, even though we live in a multidimensional world, noted Megan Saunders, general manager for the Windows Experience Group.

3D could improve the communication of ideas, and even accelerate comprehension, because objects that are three-dimensional better represent the world, she pointed out. For individuals trained in sophisticated CAD or design programs, 3D Paint thus could be a valuable tool for expression.

Unlike more complicated commercial applications for rendering of 3D images, Paint 3D allows for the creation of fully 3D objects using mouse and keyboard, touchscreen or stylus inputs.

Lowing the Barrier to Entry

Microsoft could face established 3D modeling software tools such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD and Rhino3D as it enters the 3D design space. However, Microsoft Paint for Windows never was a serious competitor to Adobe’s Photoshop.

“Like its predecessor versions, Paint 3D is very much an entry-level product,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“To my mind, its purpose is to familiarize consumers, especially youngsters, with 3D technologies and help them become more comfortable using those tools,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“In that sense, it’s very much a forward-facing solution with the goal of democratizing and growing demand for 3D technologies organically,” King added. “That’s more or less opposite from the approaches we’ve seen other 3D vendors pursue to date.”

Better Computing Power

Although Paint 3D can not boast the most advanced tools, it might allow users to do more with ordinary desktop computers and mobile devices.

“What is different is that we are beginning to have the raw computing power to turn the vision into reality,” observed Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics.

“Essentially, it’s a tremendous use of co-processing power — CPU and GPU — to deliver real-time, renderable objects as ordinary things,” said Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

The field is still in its early stages, but the “enthusiasts and bleeding edge users” who experiment with the new products will “give us a glimpse of what — in an improved version — will become commonplace in one or two upgrade cycles,” Entner told TechNewsWorld.

Still, “the biggest barrier to past and even many current 3D products is that they fit into the class of ‘solutions looking for a problem,'” noted Pund-IT’s King.

“For most consumers, 3D printers and the like qualify as overpriced luxury items that gather dust after the first few times they’re operated,” he pointed out.

Fully 3D Future

Although many products and software solutions proclaim with some justification that the future is now, the future still could be somewhere down the line in the case of 3D.

“Microsoft is right, that 3D will become the expectation at some point,” Endpoint Technologies Associates’ Kay told TechNewsWorld.

“As far as the particular tool and how many people will adopt it as a regular part of their regimen, it’s hard to say,” he added.

There could be creative niches that will adopt it deeply — but not everyone is an artist Kay noted. “It’s still early days yet, and a lot of people will check it out and play with it but not adopt it for everyday use.”

Use Scenarios

Just as there are levels of graphical design tools — from InDesign to Photoshop for professionals and enthusiasts to Paint for casual users — there may be multiple levels for 3D.

“There are certainly industrial use cases for 3D modeling and printing, but those are different classes of devices and users,” said Kay.

“Consumer 3D tech will inevitably come down in price, and Microsoft Paint 3D appears to be aiming for that next generation of solutions and customers,” he noted. “If the company succeeds, it could help spark significant demand for a wide range of 3D products and applications.”

3D design and printing could be just one part of it — Microsoft could be thinking of how 3D technology could be integrated with other future-tech solutions as well.

The products that will open “the real consumer frontier are VR platforms for consoles,” said Recon Analytics’ Entner. “As we have no new consoles on the horizon, gamers will spend the $300 on VR for a Sony PlayStation for Christmas instead of a new console. This will drive adoption and drive us forward

ESA’s Schiaparelli Mars Lander Said to Have Crashed Due to Navigation System Failure

ESA's Schiaparelli Mars Lander Said to Have Crashed Due to Navigation System FailureEurope’s Schiaparelli Mars lander crashed last month after a sensor failure caused it to cast away its parachute and turn off braking thrusters more than two miles (3.7 km) above the surface of the planet, as if it had already landed, a report released on Wednesday said.

The error stemmed from a momentary glitch in a device that measured how fast the spacecraft was spinning, the report by the European Space Agency said.

“When merged into the navigation system, the erroneous information generated an estimated altitude that was negative – that is, below ground level. This in turn successively triggered a premature release of the parachute … and a brief firing of the braking thrusters,” ESA said of its October 19 attempt to land the Schiaparelli spacecraft on Mars.

The spacecraft activated its ground systems, even though it was still about 2.3 miles off the surface, the ESA said.

The crash of Schiaparelli onto the surface of Mars abruptly ended its mission to demonstrate a landing system and to measure wind speed and direction from the planet’s surface.

The prime contractor for the spacecraft is Italy’s Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture of Thales SA and Leonardo Finmeccanica SpA . A full report on the accident is expected in early 2017, ESA said

ESA, which is based in Paris and has 22 member states, said the flight still provided information that will be key to landing a rover vehicle on Mars in 2021 that is designed to look for life past and present.

“We will have learned much from Schiaparelli,” David Parker, who oversees space exploration programs for ESA, said in a statement.

Skyscanner Snapped Up by China’s Ctrip.com in $1.74-Billion Deal

Skyscanner Snapped Up by China's Ctrip.com in $1.74-Billion DealCtrip.com International Ltd , China’s biggest online travel company, said on Wednesday it agreed to buy travel search website Skyscanner Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the Scotland-based company at about 1.4 billion pounds ($1.74 billion or roughly Rs. 11,953 crores).

Ctrip’s shares were up 9.2 percent at $44.75 in extended trading.

Skyscanner, a result of CEO and co-founder Gareth Williams’ frustration with finding cheap flights, enables users to compare prices from different travel sites when searching for flights, hotels, and rental cars.

The website currently serves 60 million monthly active users and is available in over 30 languages.

Skyscanner was reported to be exploring a sale or an initial public offering.

The company was valued at $1.6 billion in a funding round in January, when it raised 128 million pounds from a group of investors that included Malaysia’s sovereign fund, Khazanah Nasional, and Yahoo Japan Corp.

Skyscanner’s current management team will continue to manage its operations independently after the close of the deal by the end of 2016, Ctrip said.

The deal will mainly consist of cash, with the rest consisting of Ctrip ordinary shares and loan notes.

Raspberry Ketone – effects and knowhow

When it comes to weight management and weight loss, among all the non-prescription weight loss aids raspberry ketone is considered the best choice. It can do miracles in fat burning. So with this advantage people promote this as a great fat burner. They even promote it like just take this supplement and weight loss will begin without doing anything. Of course these are marketing gimmicks because a weight loss aid can help only when it is accompanied by few things like good diet plan and planned set of activities.

Before going for any weight loss aids, one should understand that supplement properly. So get to know things like how it is beneficial in weight loss?, what is the dosage?, are they for your present health condition?.

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The wonderful aroma of the red raspberry is due to the presence of ketones in it. Along with giving wonderful smell, there are number of effects that this ketone can cause. ketones are a byproduct of fat metabolism. Ketones are naturally released in the body when the body does the process of breaking the fat to produce energy.

The main source when it comes to energy in the body, it is carbohydrates. To drop weight, people usually go for low carb diets. This may lead to scarcity of glucose in the body. So at this point body will go and look for fat stores for energy production.


Today ketone supplements are easily available online and many of the natural food stores as well. These are sure to provide many health benefits to users. But they are mainly used with the aim of weight loss. That is the reason they have become part of obesity treatment programs and weight loss management programs. It is also effective as an antioxidant, it can improve cholesterol, and it can be used an anti-inflammatory.

Raspberry ketone is very effective in suppressing the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 and nitric oxide synthase. These are enzymes which are responsible for many functions in the body like vascular support, peristalsis, and insulin secretion. Synthesis of messengers called prostaglandins are speeded up by cyclooxygenase-2 which results in inflammation. So, raspberry ketone is very effective as an anti-inflammatory agent.

When it coems to regulating cholesterol levels, raspberry ketones can act as anti-fat agent. It can increase HDL and decrease LDL. It is even effective in reducing triglycerides in the blood. These effects help in decreasing the creation of plaque in the arterial walls. So hardening of arteries and arterial sclerosis are reduced. So, raspberry ketone can be effective in reducing the risk of cardiac conditions and high blood pressure.

Studies conducted on rats revealed that raspberry ketone is a very effective anti-oxidant especially for the one who is following high fat diet. One can prevent damages to the healthy cells in the body that will be caused by free radicals.

Since raspberry ketone has the ability to enhance oxidation of fatty acids, it is very effective in the treatment of obesity as well as weight loss management programs.

OnePlus 3T officially unleashed and it’s here to impress

When it comes to offering high-end specs for low prices nobody does it better than OnePlus. So the OnePlus 3T was always going to be an attention grabber and the specs-to-price ratio has certainly impressed.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest flagship OnePlus 3T smartphone which comes as the incremental step up from the OnePlus 3.

7 laptops under £1,000: our pick of the top laptops under a grand

For us, these are the top sub-£1,000 laptops on the market at the moment. We’ve deliberately chosen a selection of different types of laptop below — from Macs to ultrabooks and hybrids.

Now it’s your turn to choose how to spend your money.

However, if you just want to know what’s best and aren’t interested in looking further, then we’d direct you to the MacBook Air.

Apple’s ultraportable might seem like it’s ageing, but it’s still a superb machine for just shy of £1,000. Fast, reliable and worth every penny.

The 13-inch MacBook Air measures 1.7cm at its deepest point and weighs an astonishingly light 1.35kg making it ideal to take with you wherever you need to go. And there’s 128GB of fast flash storage on board, too!