MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and GE63VR, GE73VR Raider Gaming Laptops Launched in India

MSI has launched a new lineup of gaming notebooks in India. It has announced the GT75VR Titan Pro, GE73VR Raider, and GE63VR Raider notebooks for Rs. 3,24,990, Rs. 1,85,990, and Rs. 1,49,990 in India. All the three laptops feature the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia’s current generation GPUs, and are VR ready as well.

MSI GT75VR Titan Pro

Starting with the most expensive GT75VR Titan Pro, it sports a 17.3-inch full-HD display with 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Core i7 7820HK CPU with over 4GHz overclock capability, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and Killer N1535 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset. The GT75VR Titan comes with 3 GPU options: GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 SLI, or GeForce GTX 1070.

The notebook sports a mechanical gaming keyboard with tactile feedback, more durability, and RGB backlighting under every key. The keyboard was designed in collaboration with Steel Series. It incorporates a sophisticated cooling system, and is loaded with gaming features like True Color Technology 2.0, NAHIMIC VR, an upgraded Dragon Center, and much more.

MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and GE63VR, GE73VR Raider Gaming Laptops Launched in IndiaMSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider

The MSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are available in 15.6-inch and 17.4-inch full-HD displays respectively. The former comes with Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 GPU, while the latter offers a Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 GPU. It also features the customisable per-key RGB gaming keyboard made by SteelSeries. The USB port also comes with its own LED lighting.

GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, has 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD. The laptops have two year warranty, and also feature Killer N1435 combo Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset.

The two models sport the latest Cooler Boost 5 technology for heat management in intense gaming situations. MSI claims that the laptops also boast of the fastest 3ms 120Hz panel with 94 percent NTSC Color Gamut for smoother and sharper HDR ready visuals.

It boasts of giant speakers by Dynaudio, which is a full-sized chamber that is 5x bigger than any regular design; and the speakers are also 2 to 3x bigger than others at this level of laptops. It offers over 50 percent enhancements on audio quality, sound detail and volume. MSI claims it produces over 105dBA in a smaller chassis and slimmer body than previous GE platform.

Lenovo Posts First Quarterly Loss Since 2015 on Higher Costs, Slowing PC Market

Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group posted a first-quarter loss on Friday citing higher costs and slower growth in the personal computer market, and said the outlook was challenging due to supply constraints.

Lenovo, which lost its position as the world’s largest PC maker to HP in the quarter through June, lost $72 million compared with a profit of $173 million for the same period last year.

It was the company’s first quarterly loss since September 2015 and lagged forecasts for a profit of $5.29 million, according to the average of 8 analyst estimates in a Thomson Reuters poll.

“Looking forward, the supply constraint of key components in the industry and cost increases will continue to bring short-term challenges to the group’s business environment,” Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“Market conditions remain challenging in the short term, notably the component supply shortage and cost hike are expected to continue pressuring business operations.”

Revenue was flat at $10.01 billion (roughly Rs. 64,205 crores), in line with an estimate of $10 billion.

Lenovo has suffered from a global decline in PC demand as consumers turn to smartphones and tablets, particularly in its home market of China. Gartner forecast the global PC market will shrink by 3 percent in volume in 2017.

Lenovo Posts First Quarterly Loss Since 2015 on Higher Costs, Slowing PC MarketLenovo’s PC shipments declined 6 percent, after two quarters of growth. That compared with a 3 percent drop for the industry, Lenovo said in its filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its market share dropped 0.6 percentage points year-on-year to 20.4 percent.

Shortages of memory chips added to costs and dragged down margins, it said.

Revenue from the PC and smart devices business, contributing almost 70 percent of the total, increased 0.2 percent to $7.01 billion in the quarter.

The operating loss from the group’s struggling mobile business narrowed to $129 million, from a loss of $163 million a year ago. It turned in revenue of $1.75 billion on a 1 pct rise in smartphone shipments.

Its data centre business group recorded an operational loss of $114 million, versus a loss of $31 million a year ago.

Mumbai University misses August 15 deadline too, 1.5 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed

THE UNIVERSITY of Mumbai has missed yet another deadline to declare the final year results. With around 1.5 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed and only 330-odd test results being declared so far, the university failed to meet the August 15 deadline that Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had committed to agitating Yuva Sena members earlier this month.

Of the 1.5 lakh unassessed answersheets, officials said, the largest chunk was from the commerce stream. The number of teachers assessing the papers is low compared to the large number of students in the stream. Moreover, assessment of taxation papers were pending as chartered accountants were not available until last week. A five-day period of holidays has furthered slowed down the process with few teachers reporting for assessment.

mumbai university, mumbai university result, mumbai university result 2017While Deshmukh has been sent on forced leave by Governor and Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, acting V-C Devanand Shinde said new strategies had been implemented with the help of a new technical taskforce. “We cannot commit on a deadline but we are doing our best. Our focus is to get correct results,” he said.

With the current rate of assessment — a few hundred teachers assessing 15,000 papers a day — the work could drag on till the end of August, said sources. The assessment had picked up pace during the non-instructional week with over 3,000 teachers assessing 1.5 lakh papers a day. However, the university cannot afford to announce any more non-instructional days as it would affect the current academic calendar, said Shinde.

Teachers, however, are worried that with the spillover of assessment work, the existing students would suffer. “The academic calendar and teaching period has been reduced drastically, especially with a week-long non-instructional period. We will have to rush through our portions to be able to complete the syllabus for the semester exams,” said a professor of the university on the condition of anonymity.

Forced to dance for living, these transwomen will soon become paramedics

Twenty-four-year-old Jiya was once forced to dance at gunpoint. Now the plucky transwoman from West Bengal is blazing a trail of success as a trainee in an operation theatre (OT) technician’s course. Thanks to a collective effort by queer activists, social workers and healthcare experts, along with Jiya, transwoman Debdutta is also being trained to become an OT technician, not only empowering her community but also bridging the deficit in India’s paramedical personnel sector.

At the School for Skills: Allied Health Sciences located in the Sirona Hospital Group premises in East Midnapore district’s Panskura, Jiya and Debdutta are studying hard with a batch of 50 paramedical course trainees to equip themselves with the right set of skills for a stable career.

“Usually people have an idea that transgenders beg, dance for livelihood. I come from a very poor family and despite being a graduate, I had to face obstruction to eke out a living due to my gender identity. I started to dance in Bihar villages… this continued for three to four years. I also earned money through painting alpanas(traditional patterns) in villages,” Jiya told IANS.

“Now, I feel we have a choice for a career,” said Jiya, who hails from Malda.

“The idea was to have freedom of choice. Just because they are transgender, it doesn’t mean they are not educated and can only beg for a livelihood. They now have an option to be a part of the technical staff of a hospital,” said Mimo Koushik, who identifies himself as queer and is a social entrepreneur with the NGO Prantakatha.

Koushik, also the founder of Sathrangi, a transfeminine clothing, home decor and stationery brand, said the transwomen are being trained free of cost as part of a pilot.

“If we can give them access to opportunity then they can be skilled and trained to work in the healthcare sector. The sector needs people in large numbers and the working conditions are dignified for women,” said Satadal Saha, a general surgeon, also the CEO of the hospital group.

The course fee of Rs 25,000 for a year has been waived for Jiya and Debdutta.

Upon completion, they will be placed with the hospital, said Saha, who is spearheading the training programme along with his team as part of JSV Innovations, that works towards livelihood creation among rural youth with low formal education through training and skilling of a large number of allied health professionals.

transgender, transwomen, education of transgender“Initially, we have taken only two from the community under our wing. We did not know how they would feel… how others would feel and how they will cope with the course. From the next batch we will able to take in more students. They are learning very fast and it is encouraging to see how they have accepted everyone and everyone has accepted them… they never sit alone… they are surrounded by friends,” said Saha.

They are learning about anatomy, infection control, how OTs function and things needed to run an OT among others, said Saha. The course is affiliated with the National Skill Development Corporation. The hospital takes care of boarding and lodging.

According to Bappaditya Mukherjee of Prantakatha, their training also ensures creation of infrastructure for the community. “Often in hospital settings, doctors have inhibitions about treating transgender patients, so having trained people from the community would ensure access to treatment,” Mukherjee said.

As for Jiya, there is no looking back now.

“I find the training interesting. If I don’t do this I will have to go back to my life of dancing. I have resolved to show my family and community that we can do this and we are like anyone else,” she said.

IISER to set up academia industry cell to boost student entrepreneurship potential

The students and faculty members of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata will now get a boost to their entrepreneurship potential as the institute is aiming to set up an academia industry interaction cell, through which interested students can explore manpower training directed by various industries.

“The process of setting up an incubation cell for promoting entrepreneurial potential of our students and faculty members has been initiated,” IISER Kolkata said in a statement.

The institute was set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2006 with an aim to help budding entrepreneurs begin their business ventures by minimising the risk and to research basic and frontier areas of science with a focus on interdisciplinary areas for students at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

IISER, iiseradmission.in, iiser research, iiser admission 2017, iiser courses, iiser pune, IISER GIAN, education news, indian express“Presently we have national and international collaborations with various national and international institute/universities from the perspective of student and faculty exchange and fruitful scientific collaborations,” the statement said.

The institute is also tapping the talent pool of scientists an entrepreneurs from across the globe through the Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) after establishing physics and chemistry societies. Four GIAN programmes have been conducted till date.

About 78 sponsored research projects and 16 young faculty fellowship programmes are being pursued by the institute with the sponsorship coming from government and non-government agencies. IISER has recieved 223 research projects so far and has Rs 100 crores sanctioned, according to the statement.

Changing tastes brew bitter times for Japan’s beer makers

From beer gardens on the rooftops of department stores to fireworks extravaganzas to quiet, wood-paneled craft breweries, Japanese seem to quaff an awful lot of beer in the summer.

But beer consumption has been tanking for five years straight in Japan, as the younger generation shies away from the obligatory after-work drinking that was a trademark of the dark-suited heroes of Japan Inc.

Japan’s annual per capita beer consumption fell about 7 per cent between 2010 to 2015, according to a study by major beer maker Kirin.

The future outlook is for more of the same. It’s such an obvious trend that there’s a Japanese phrase to describe it, “beerooh banareh,” or “leaving beer,” a gradual decline that hit after beer drinking peaked in about the mid-1990s.

In this photo, a server pours a beer into a glass at a beer restaurant Spring Valley Brewery in Tokyo. Major beer maker Kirin opened a craft brewery – still relatively uncommon in Japan – in Tokyo’s fashionable Daikanyama district two years ago: Spring Valley Brewery. Kirin’s brewery has a western menu, spacious terrace and beers with names like DayDream and Jazzberry that are brewed behind transparent walls. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Younger Japanese tend to be more independent-minded than their baby boom generation parents or their grandparents, who saw going out for beers with their office bosses and co-workers as a call of duty.

Brews also are losing out in Japan to a wide variety of other liquors, from wines to “kanchuhai” fruity cocktails, whiskies and cheaper beer-like drinks, and of course, sake.

Naturally, all this worries Haruhiko Matsuba, marketing manager for Asahi Breweries, the industry leader in Japan.

“The custom is getting lost,” said Matsuba, who says he enjoys a beer or two a day. “Beer can offer joy, happiness and smiles, and so everyone should try beer again.”

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

A three-day pop-up restaurant devoted to Cheetos, yes Cheetos, opened in Manhattan on Tuesday, with every table already booked with diners ready to pay between $8 and $22 for such creations as Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n’ Cheetos and even Cheetos cheesecake.

“I worked hard to incorporate Cheetos into every dish and not just say, `Oh here’s a dish with a sprinkle of Cheetos on top,”’ said spiky-haired celebrity chef Anne Burrell, who was given the task of coming up with the menu for The Spotted Cheetah. “I really tried to think about the flavor of each Cheeto and what would pair really well with it.”

But the question seemingly on everyone’s orange-coated lips is: Why?

Makers of the popular puffed cornmeal snack say the pop-up was the deliciously shrewd result of whimsy and marketing after executives noticed Cheetos fans posting their own recipes incorporating the crunchy treat on social media.

“So we thought it was a great trend to try to capitalize on and bring to life an idea, a concept like this really that spoke to how you could use Cheetos in such a variety of different ways,” said Ryan Matiyow, a marketing manager for Frito-Lay, a unit of PepsiCo. He said the 300 reservations available for the eatery’s three nights sold out within six hours.

Food Network star Anne Burrell shows off some of her creations for an all-Cheetos menu for a three-day pop-up restaurant, during a press preview, Tuesday Aug. 15, 2017, in New York. Menu includes, Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n’ Cheetos and Cheetos cheesecake. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Burrell, host of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” and other programs, showed off some of her dishes as her staff scrambled to prepare the food and set places in a dining room decorated with swaths of orange fabric and images of brand mascot Chester the Cheetah.

Crumbled Cheetos are part of the breading on chicken Milanese and fried green tomatoes. A garnished Cheetos beverage accompanies a grilled cheese, tomato and bacon sandwich that gets an extra crunch from Cheetos. Desserts feature the cinnamon sugar Cheetos variety known as Sweetos.

Melissa Abbott, a vice president of the Hartman Group, a consumer research firm, said the Cheetos restaurant is partly a reaction to the emphasis on health in today’s food culture.

How walnuts can help control appetite

Consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and craving for food, says a new study.
The findings, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, shed light on how walnuts discourage overeating by promoting feelings of fullness.
“We don’t often think about how what we eat impacts the activity in our brain,” said the study’s first author Olivia Farr from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Boston in the US.
“We know people report feeling fuller after eating walnuts, but it was pretty surprising to see evidence of activity changing in the brain related to food cues, and by extension what people were eating and how hungry they feel,” Farr said.
To determine exactly how walnuts quell craving for food, Farr and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe how consuming walnuts changes activity in the brain.
The scientists recruited a small group of volunteers with obesity to live in BIDMC’s Clinical Research Centre (CRC) for two five-day sessions.
During one session, volunteers consumed daily smoothies containing 48 grams of walnuts.
benefits of walnuts, health benefits of walnuts, health benefits of eating walnuts, indian express, indian express newsDuring their other stay, they received a walnut-free but nutritionally comparable placebo smoothie, flavoured to taste exactly the same as the walnut-containing smoothie.
As in previous observational studies, participants reported feeling less hungry during the week they consumed walnut-containing smoothies than during the week they were given the placebo smoothies.
Functional MRI tests administered on the fifth day of the experiment gave the team a clear picture as to why.
While in the machine, study participants were shown images of desirable foods like hamburgers and desserts, neutral objects like flowers and rocks and less desirable foods like vegetables.
When participants were shown pictures of highly desirable foods, fMRI imaging revealed increased activity in a part of the brain called the right insula after participants had consumed the five-day walnut-rich diet compared to when they had not.
“This is a powerful measure,” said Christos Mantzoros, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“When participants eat walnuts, this part of their brain lights up, and we know that’s connected with what they are telling us about feeling less hungry or more full,” Mantzoros said.
This area of the insula is likely involved in cognitive control and salience, meaning that participants were paying more attention to food choices and selecting the less desirable or healthier options over the highly desirable or less healthy options.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2017: Last date to submit application form extended

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for the submission of the entrance test application form for OPENMAT to August 21, 2017. The entrance exam will be held on September 24, 2017.

Admission to the management programmes of IGNOU is done through OPENMAT entrance test which is held twice a year. To appear in the OPENMAT, a candidate has to fill up an application form which is provided along with the student handbook and prospectus. They have to send it in the same envelope by registered/ speed post to reach the IGNOU Headquarters in New Delhi on or before the last date. No other document is required to be submitted along with this form.

IGNOU, ignou.ac.in, openmat,“The programmes on offer for this session are: MBA, PG Diploma in Human Resource Management, PG Diploma in Financial Management, PG Diploma in Operations Management, PG Diploma in Marketing Management, PG Diploma in Financial Markets Practice,” said Prof. Madhu Tyagi, Director, School of Management Studies, IGNOU.

In case the application form is being filled online, the candidates have to send a demand draft (DD) of Rs 1050 drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at New Delhi.

Exam pattern: The entrance test consists of questions on the following topics general awareness, English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning.

Student elections in Rajasthan on August 28

Student union elections in all higher educational institutes of Rajasthan will be held on August 28, state education minister Kiran Maheshwari said today. The ballot-paper based elections will be conducted for four posts — president, vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary  — from 8 am to 1 pm and the results will be announced later that day, Maheshwari told reporters here.

“The elections will be based on the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee and all vice-chancellors and principals have been directed to ensure there is no violation of the recommendations,” said the state higher education minister.

rajasthan university, rajasthan elections, BJP, university elections 2017The Lyngdoh Committee recommendations laid down guidelines for a free and transparent student election, which include the eligibility criteria of candidates, transparency in election expenditures, as well as barring candidates from re-contesting, irrespective of whether they have won or lost the previous election.

The voter’s list will be published on August 21 and objections will be accepted on August 22, after which the final voters’ list will be released on the same day. Filing of nomination papers will commence on August 23 and the final list will be published on August 24, she added.