Coming soon: DU to get Delhi School of Journalism offering 5-year integrated degree course

 

Very soon, the Delhi University will be getting a ‘Delhi School of Journalism’, which will offer a five-year integrated course and will be functional from this academic session. DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had last year proposed for the introduction of a five-year integrated course in journalism.

Another new course in cyber security

DU will also be launching a post-graduate diploma course in cyber security.

“In the previous academic council meeting, the VC had mooted the idea of the courses. Though nothing concrete was known to us, he had set up committees of experts on cyber security and journalists to work on the syllabus and course content, which are now ready,” said Nachiketa Singh, a member of the panel.

The Standing Committee on Academic Affairs, in a meeting today, gave the approval to launch the two courses, a Standing Committee member Nachiketa Singh said.

School of Transnational AffairsDelhi School of Journalism to be established soon in DU

A nod was also given to set up ‘School of Transnational Affairs’ – a forum on virtual platform for intellectuals and academics for discourse among scholars across the world.

“The think-tank will be interdisciplinary and deal on subjects such as social, political, economics and security,” Singh told PTI.

(Read: DU among top 10 universities in India for the first time according to QS University World Rankings 2018)

The three agendas will have to get the nod from the Academic Council and the Executive Council before they are implemented.

As per an Indian Express report, Singh said, “The university is going to start a five-year integrated course in journalism, which will be known as the Delhi School of Journalism. If students quit at the end of three years, they will get a graduate degree, and if they complete five years, they’ll get a postgraduate degree.”

“The School will have a different building, and faculty will be appointed. It will probably be based in North Campus. But for this year, it will run from a temporary location. DU is ready with funds for the same,” he added.

 

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Ukrainians on Sunday (11 June) celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic “exit” from Moscow’s grip.

The move is symbolic for Kyiv, where a pro-EU revolt in 2014 toppled the previous Russia-backed government and was followed by Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula sparking a protracted ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

“The visa-free regime for Ukraine has started! Glory to Europe! Glory to Ukraine!” Poroshenko tweeted early Sunday as many travellers started crossing the border and posting selfies.

Only those with biometric passports – containing a microchip with personal data, including fingerprints – can take advantage of the visa-free travel for the time being, for stays of up to 90 days every six months that don’t include work.

The exemption does not apply to Ireland or Britain, nor to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, which are part of the EU’s Schengen passport-free area despite not being members of the bloc.

Later on Sunday, Poroshenko met with Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska on the Slovak-Ukrainian border, unlocking a mock “door to the EU” painted like a Ukrainian passport.

“We have waited so long for this,” he said. “I am sure that this day, 11 June, will go down in the history of Ukraine as a final exit of our country from the Russian empire and its return to the family of European nations.”

“Welcome to Europe,” Kiska told the crowd. “I want to call on you to continue carrying out reforms.”

“Today we bring down the barrier between the people of Ukraine and the people of the European Union,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a video address.

“Ukraine has delivered reforms its citizens were asking for and we of the EU have kept our promise. This is what we call a win-win solution.”

“It feels so good”

The EU approved the visa-free travel last month after long delays and Kyiv’s embattled reforms, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Kyiv following the broad trade and political association agreement sealed in 2014.

Kyiv is now seeking to boost European integration with cheaper rail links and more low-cost air connections with EU cities, Poroshenko said on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin cheered on Twitter after passengers on flights from Ukraine were able to enter Warsaw, Budapest, Frankfurt and other airports.

“#Bezviz (no visa) is just the beginning!” he wrote, himself crossing the border to Hungary and posting photos from the passport control area.

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By midday, thousands had crossed the border into EU countries, the foreign ministry’s consular department wrote on Twitter. Only four people were denied entry.

“I’m going abroad for the first time in a decade, and it feels so good,” said Ukrainian Ulyana Golosyak who crossed the border to Poland from western Ukraine despite her husband accompanying her in case of complications.

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“He thought something could happen that I would be turned back and would need to be picked up,” she told AFP. “I’m happy I can cross the border with this passport.”

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WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

 

In a good news for Nokia S40 devices owners, WhatsApp has extended support for Nokia S40 devices until the end of 2017. But support for Symbian and S60 devices will not be extended and will be dropped on the pre-announced date of June 30, 2017.

Apart from Nokia S40 devices, WhatsApp has also extended support for BlackBerry OS 7+ and BlackBerry 10 devices. This has been informed by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to Whatsappen.nl.Image result for WhatsApp extends Nokia S40, BlackBerry support till end of 2017, drops Symbian support

Though the WhatsApp FAQ page about support for older operating systems has not been updated yet and it still shows support for Nokia S40 devices ending on June 30, 2017. In this article, you can find the list of Nokia-branded S40, Symbian and S60 devices impacted by this decision.

Nokia has launched new feature phones like new Nokia 3310 (2017) that run on S30+ OS and don’t support WhatsApp. You can however go for a new Nokia Android Phone like Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 if you want to keep enjoying Nokia quality.

4 Reasons Why Apple Could Well Go The Way Of BlackBerry

 

My sister thinks that I am almost primitive for not having switched to an iPhone. She was even more surprised when she saw my reluctance to make this switch when she recently bought an iPhone7 for all family members while visiting us recently from the US of A.

Till about a year back I was terribly happy with a BlackBerry (BB), until it became clear that many convenient apps did not make versions compatible with this device. So, I switched to Android. As I mentioned in one of my posts that went viral, BB lost the plot when it failed to take a few significant decisions in its product lifecycle. Even while Apple is likely to be the first company ever to achieve a US$ 1 trillion market cap, its fate might be similar to BB if it doesn’t change course.

If you see someone struggling with a tangle of battery packs and wires, you can bet they are iPhone users.

It’s a given that until recently Apple used to make the most beautiful phones and laptops on the planet and yet a statistic that I came across pleasantly surprised me. Give or take, Apple has less than 20% market share of the smartphone industry but pockets 90% of the entire profits of the smartphones sold across the planet.

And that’s why the smartness and iconic status of Apple in every aspect makes it the most talked about brand in the world.

But here are some buts.

Product efficiency must be far better than the rest of the competition

If you see someone struggling with a tangle of battery packs and wires, you can bet they are iPhone users. It’s hard to imagine that Apple hasn’t been able to get its battery right. And on top of that they aren’t even apologetic about it. If someone was to have a long working day from 5am to midnight, Apple would probably pack up by noon sans assistance. It’s a shame to see iPhone users nervously struggling with chords and chargers. Apple must do something about its batteries or it’s in trouble.

 

For one-sixth the cost of an iPhone, [a] Chinese brand gave me far superior efficiency in terms of interface, battery and response.

Further to substantiate my belief I used a US$200 Chinese phone along with an iPhone7 for a fortnight. For one-sixth the cost of an iPhone, the Chinese brand gave me far superior efficiency in terms of interface, battery and response.

A position of supremacy can neither be taken for granted not can it last forever

A brand like Apple must consolidate its present position and try and capture a much larger market share. Customers are conscious and no brand in this ever more connected and efficient world can charge a 4X premium for just a little more beauty and efficiency.

The saga of success that started in early 2000s, when iPods took over the world, must continue into a new product or invention. For how long can Apple continue to play with just different sizes and shapes of the iPhones? Customers will eventually wise up to the fact that it’s vinegary old wine in a sleek new bottle.

Product evolution in line with customers’ demand/desire

Every other phone comes with a two-SIM slot that is really the most practical functionality to have for people who travel and are sometimes in need of alternate numbers (or simply want to have separate work and personal numbers). Apple has conveniently avoided providing this most desired functionality. If India and China with multiple GSM service providers at multiple GSM frequencies are to be Apple’s next serious countries of growth, it must start providing two-SIM phones sooner rather than later.

A starter two-SIM phone costs as little as US$40, and it’s terribly surprising that Apple hasn’t thought of it as its top priority while singing paeans to its India and China potential.

Greed is good but put a stop somewhere

As Gordon Gekko says – Greed is good and Apple has brilliantly realised its greed to an extent that its cash reserves of US$250 billion are more than the GDP of many countries in the world, But all of it can quickly disappear if the most powerful engine of this growth feels short-changed—and that engine is the customer.

All it would take is a few quarters for Apple’s castle to come crashing down. It will happen if the customer—who is king—realises, what a “Charlie” Apple is making out of them.

Microsoft strategically and conveniently allowed piracy of Windows in all second and third world countries for the longest period of time but captured a significant market share. The only sustainable ecosystem of programs and software across the planet is aligned to Windows. The world today is reluctant to switch off from Windows even if there are better and cheaper alternatives available. Apple seems to be losing this plot somehow.

Forget the profits and the success and the iconic status of Apple as a company—with just 20% market share at five-six times the price of similar products, all it would take is a few quarters for this castle to come crashing down. It will happen if the customer—who is king—realises, what a “Charlie” Apple is making out of them.

WhatsApp wouldn’t have existed today if BlackBerry had opened its

 

JEE Advanced 2017: This Ranchod will remind you of Aamir Khan’s role in 3 Idiots

 

JEE Advanced 2017: Just like the Bollywood flick 3 Idiot’s Aamir Khan’s character Ranchod Das Chanchad, an underpriviledged boy who loves machines and wishes to study engineering, another boy named Ranchod Ram from a remote village in Rajasthan has cracked JEE Advanced and will join Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) soon.

Ranchod secured 2078 rank under the OBC category. Born and brought up in Jalore’s Jhak village, he will be the first person from his village to join IIT. His father is MNREGA worker while his mother is a homemaker. Even though it was not easy for them to make both ends meet, they sent their son to Kota to join a private coaching institute. Read | JEE advanced result 2017: Sarvesh Mehtani tops paper with 339 out of 366

“I scored 78 per cent in class 10 and 80 per cent in class 12. My uncle took me to Kota where Allen career institute saw my talent and had cut down the fees by half,” said Ranchod who is planning to take up B Tech in either electrical or computer science or electrical and communication. This was his third attempt at cracking JEE Advanced.3 idiots, iit, iit jee 2017, jee advanced 2017 results, jee advanced topper, ranchod 3 idiots, 3 idiots ranchod, 5 point someone, JEE ranchod, education news, indian express

His parents are illiterate and the income comes from farming and MNREGA. Ranchod has three siblings. His eldest brother works in a shop at Andhra Pradesh and supports the family financially.

In Jhak village, there are only 200 homes. There is one school till class 8 and if some student wish to study further, he/she has to travel to seven-eight km far for the senior secondary school. “I was bright and therefore my uncle sent my to a private school. He runs a dairy,” said Ranchod Ram. Read | JEE Advanced results: Utensil merchant’s son among three from Valley to qualify in exams

“My maternal uncle’s son was also taking coaching from Kota and we shared room, books and phone. My entire expenditure was taken care by uncle,” he added. Ranchod has not decided what he wished to do after graduates from IIT. For now, he is content with living his dream of studying at the renowned institute.

 

BlackBerry Secure gets security boost with ‘Enterprise of Things’

 

As the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how we live, BlackBerry’s ‘Enterprise of Things’ will now transform how we work as the Canadian company on Tuesday announced productivity and security enhancements to its enterprise software platform.

As part of “BlackBerry Secure” platform, BlackBerry “Enterprise Mobility Suite” provides secure, management policies and controls across key platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows 10, macOS, and Samsung Knox and device ownership models.

“The explosion of devices and consumer applications is making it increasingly difficult for enterprises to balance information security and compliance with productivity and connectivity,” said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Software at BlackBerry, in a statement.

“We offer a Unified Endpoint Management platform that lets companies secure and manage these devices, plus the associated applications. By making it easier to use, we are removing one of the biggest IT challenges — getting employees to use corporate applications,” Ho added.Image result for BlackBerry Secure gets security boost with 'Enterprise of Things'

The solution can be delivered on premises, as a cloud service and now includes new features to improve productivity and security.

Consumers can manage and secure Microsoft Office 365 Mobile applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint from BlackBerry.

Users of “BlackBerry Access” will now be able to securely work with business data on their personal or BYOL (Bring-Your-Own-Laptop) Windows 10 and MacOS computers.

“BlackBerry Analytics” can now track daily and monthly active users, daily minutes used, usage by OS type and version, daily launch count and user engagement by feature.

BlackBerry has extended its endpoint management software capabilities to include modern workforce devices such as smart glasses. Applications specific to wearables can also be securely managed.

 

Hitman FREE – First episode of game free on PS4, Xbox One and PC from today

 

The first episode of Hitman from today will be free on PS4, Xbox One and PC
The first location in the IO Interactive game, the Playground, features two story missions, two Escalation contracts and more than 40 challengers.Hitman is completely free to play on the PS4, Xbox One and PC from today and is NOT a limited-time offer.

The first episode will be free to download from 5pm BST today, or if you’re in other European countries 6pm CEST.

If you choose to buy the full game your save data and everything you earn during your Hitman playthrough will carry over.

You can also get 60 per cent off the price of the full Hitman game this week on all platforms.

Hakan Abrak, CEO of IO Interactive, said: “I’m proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of HITMAN for free.“There is a lot of love out there for HITMAN and with this offering we hope that many more will fall in love with the game. We believe that this is Hitman at its best. So jump in and give a try.”

The offer comes after IO Interactive on Friday secured an agreement with Square Enix to become an independent studio.

They also retained the rights to the Hitman franchise.After the agreement last week was announced, Abrak said: “This is a watershed moment for IOI.

“As of today, we have complete control over the direction for our studio and the Hitman IP – we’re about to forge our own future and it’s incredibly exciting.

“We are now open to opportunities with future collaborators and partners to help strengthen us as a studio and ensure that we can produce the best games possible for our community.”

The latest version of the Hitman franchise initially received backlash from fans after taking a new, episodic release structure. The full season was later released as one standalone title.

However, the game has since received a warm reception from critics and fans, with a strong 84 per cent rating on Metacritic based on 40 different reviews.Hitman free on PS4, Xbox One and PC

HITMAN FREE – WHAT YOU GET IN FIRST EPISODE• The ICA Facility will be available as a free download on PS4, Xbox One and PC
• The download includes everything released for that location
• Two story missions (including all cut-scenes)
• Two Escalation Contracts
• More than 40 challenges
• 17 achievements and trophies
• Plus thousands of player-created missions in Contracts Mode
• Players who download the ICA Facility for free will be able to keep all of their progress when they upgrade to the full game

 

Sony Launches 2017 Lineup of Its 4K HDR TVs in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The range starts at Rs. 72,900 for 43-inch X70E
  • Goes up to Rs. 6,04,900 for 75-inch X94E
  • Most are already available via Sony stores

Sony has launched the 2017 models of its 4K HDR TV line-up in India, starting at Rs. 72,900 for the 43-inch model. A total of 17 models are being launched across six different series: X95E, X94E/ X93E, X90E, X82E, X75E, and X70E. While most of them go on sale this week in Sony stores across India, some will be releasing in the near future. There’s no mention of Sony’s OLED 4K TV, which stole the show at CES 2017.

The biggest and most expensive of the lot is the 75-inch X94E, which costs a whopping Rs. 6,04,900. The X95E is Sony’s new top of the line 4K HDR TV, priced at Rs. 3,04,900 for the 55-inch model, and Rs. 4,04,900 for the 65-inch one. The X93E comes after that, coming in at Rs. 2,64,900 for 55-inch, and Rs. 3,64,900 for the 65-inch.

Stepping down further, you get the X90E series, which starts at a slightly more reasonable Rs. 1,54,900 for the 49-inch model. The 55-inch and 65-inch X90E models cost Rs. 2,04,900 and Rs. 2,84,900 respectively. Further down the line you’ve the X82E, costing Rs. 87,900 for 43-inch, Rs. 1,24,900 for the 49-inch, and Rs. 1,54,900 for the 55-inch.

In the X70E line-up, you can choose from the aforementioned 43-inch model, at Rs. 72,900. If you need something bigger, the 49-inch X70E costs Rs. 94,900. That leaves the X75E – in 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch variants – which don’t have prices or a release date yet.

The reason the X94E is so expensive isn’t just for its size (75-inch), but also because it has direct LED technology in its panel, as opposed to edge LED on the rest of the 2017 Sony line-up. That means the LEDs are behind the panel, which provides better contrast and brightness, at the expense of thickness and a premium. The X90E models also have direct LED.Sony Launches 2017 Lineup of Its 4K HDR TVs in India

To compensate on the X95E and X93E (which have edge LED), Sony is touting “Slim Backlight Drive+” for more brightness, which it says brings more accurate local dimming control. From X90E upwards, the Sony 4K HDR TVs also have better systems for picture processing, and clarity, and contrast enhancement.

In terms of connectivity, you get four HDMI inputs on X82E onwards. While the X82E has two on the side and the back, X90E has three on the side and one on the back. There is one on the side and three at the bottom in the X93E, X94E, and X95E. The X70E has three in total, two on the side and one in the back.

The entire Sony X-series runs Android TV 7.0 Nougat by default, with Sony’s own interface running on top of it. The Android aspect is stressed on the remote as well, with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Google Play Store, and YouTube. All of Sony’s 2017 Android TVs are part of Netflix’s recommended programme, if that’s a checkbox for you.

 

CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

 

The Central Intelligence Agency admitted this week that it had been compromised for months in 2013 by a network of high-tech snack thieves.

A report released this week shows the premier US intelligence body discovered that insider hackers had stolen more than $3,300 worth of potato chips, chocolate bars and other snacks from its vending machines.

The culprits weren’t undercover agents or veteran Al-Qaeda chasers, but instead “contractors” – of which the CIA has thousands, doing everything from terror analysis to servicing the machines that answer American spies’ junk food needs.

A CIA Inspector General’s report on the candy cabal was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed journalist Jason Leopold.

Unsurprisingly for the CIA, the report is heavily redacted – no names, or sources and methods behind the investigation. But it shows that an unidentified contractor figured out how to get snacks without paying.CIA Reveals It Was Hacked by an Insider Network of Snack Thieves

The machines took stored value payment cards from the FreedomPay company.
The contractor figured out that if you disconnect the cable that connects the machines with FreedomPay’s cloud-based payment systems, they would accept a card that has no more funds.

The culprit told friends who also disconnected the machines’ cords to download snacks for free.

But, of course, the agency finally caught up. After suspicions were raised, CIA officials put surveillance cameras on the machines, and figured out the scam.

The main perpetrator “admitted to originating the idea of how to effect the thefts based on his knowledge of computer networks,” according to the report.

Members of the cabal were rounded up, interrogated and then escorted from the building and fired by their employers.

 

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now part of Open Devices program: Know what this means

 

What this means is that Sony is now allowing people especially developers to test, develop and also flash their own version of Android Nougat on the Xperia XZ Premium. The company says that the Open Devices program is meant for developers and not for consumers. However, the company also puts out a warning saying that the software provided can be unstable due to its early stage.

So going with developers might be a wise choice. Further, Sony says that it is offering guides on how to use the company’s AOSP device configurations to build a unique version of Android Nougat and flash it on unlocked Xperia device. However, developers will need to remember to download the necessary software binaries before they begin the development process. “As you may know, the Open Devices program is our way to provide access and tools to build and test your custom software on a range of Sony devices.

You can access all the resources you need through our Open Devices page on Developer World. We value our open source community and welcome you to participate in our projects via GitHub. Feel free to provide feedback on further resources you may need and where we can improve,” says the company.

This is really good for developers who are building an AOSP for the first time. New developers in the scene can always get started by following the guide provided by Sony.