Samsung Invites Student Programmers to Third Samsung Collegiate Programming Cup

Calling all collegiate coders! Samsung Electronics is cordially inviting all university students interested in programming to test their skills against their peers in the third annual Samsung Collegiate Programming Cup (SCPC).

Korea’s largest collegiate programming competition, SCPC began in 2015 as a means to nurture growth in the field and discover the talented young programmers of tomorrow. This year, the competition and festival is expanding its scope and welcoming, for the first time, undergraduate and graduate entrants from institutions around the world.

SCPC 2017 is open to students majoring in any discipline and of any age. Each entrants’ success will depend on their ability to solve a series of algorithmic problems using C, C++ and Java and submit their source codes within an allotted amount of time.

The competition will kick off with preliminary rounds on June 30 and July 15 on the event’s official website. A grand finale will be held on August 17 at Samsung Electronics Seoul R&D campus, where a total of 38 winners will receive prizes amounting to KRW 100 million in cash as well as a leg up on the competition should they apply for a position at Samsung. In addition, the top two finishers will receive opportunities to attend software-related conferences overseas.

Those interested in entering the competition may do so from May 25 to June 22 via the website listed above, which also contains Codeground Note and exercises on basic programming structures and algorithm mechanisms to assist anyone interested in learning programming.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro available on Flipkart

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro is now available on online shopping portal Flipkart. Galaxy J3 Pro takes forward the successful legacy of J series, the largest selling smartphone range in India. It reinforces Samsung India’s focus to offer innovative and differentiated products across different price segments and channels.

Galaxy J3 Pro comes loaded with Samsung’s unique ‘Make for India’ features such as Ultra Data Saving (UDS) mode and S bike mode. UDS helps consumers save up to 50% mobile data, while S bike mode encourages responsible riding.

“Galaxy J3 Pro delivers powerful performance, outstanding display and also packs in consumer-centric features developed at our R&D centers in India. This launch will give Flipkart consumers the opportunity to buy ‘Galaxy J Series’ which is the largest selling range in India,” said Mr. Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice President, Online Business, Samsung India.

Superior Performance

Galaxy J3 Pro offers advanced performance with its 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB RAM which make multi-tasking easy. Consumers can also benefit from blazing fast experiences on popular games and other resource intensive applications. The device features 16GB internal memory which can further be extended up to 128 GB to ensure that consumers have enough space to store videos, music and images.

Bright and Vibrant Display

Galaxy J3 Pro comes with a large 5-inch HD super AMOLED screen which provides an immersive experience whether you are browsing, watching videos or surfing the web at blazing fast 4G speed, bringing life to the content and enhancing consumers’ viewing satisfaction. Galaxy J3 Pro’s excellent contrast ratio produces superior imagery with deeper blacks, brighter whites, and more vivid colors, while the large display facilitates better viewing experience of multimedia content.

Classy Imaging Capabilities

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro’s 8 mega-pixel rear camera with an f2.2 aperture allows users to capture high quality, crisp and detailed photographs, while its 5 mega-pixel front camera provides great video calling and selfie experience. Galaxy J3 Pro is a great shooter that takes detailed, professional, in-focus, and well-lit photos.

Price and Availability

The product will be priced at Rs. 7,990 and available in three colour options of gold, black, and white.

CBSE 10th Result 2017: Date Not Confirmed, Important Points

NEW DELHI:  After Class 12th result declaration by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), students who have appeared for the 10th class exam are waiting for their result. As of now, the Board has not confirmed any date for class 10 result declaration. After moderation policy row and Delhi High Court’s verdict, the Board declared the 12th result within a day or two. As per the trend, the Board usually declares class 10th result few days after the 12th class result.
CBSE 10th Result 2017: Date Not Confirmed, Important Points
Though, 2 June, is reported as the ‘expected’ date for the result declaration by certain sections of the media, no official update has been released by the Board yet. Queries have also been coming to NDTV for confirming the ‘assumed’ result date. Students and parents are suggested to have patience and wait for the Board’s announcement.

It is expected that following the class 12th result trend, CBSE may announce the date a day or two prior to result declaration.

Monitor the official website
The Board will make the announcement on the official website cbse.nic.in. The result will be announced at the result hosting web link cbseresults.nic.in. Update will be also be given at results.gov.in and results.nic.in.

Keep login details in hand
Login credentials to access the result portal includes date of birth, roll number, school number and centre code (details can be found in the admit card issued by the Board).

‘CBSE students, who are short of a mark or two to pass and are awarded grace marks, have a reason to rejoice as the board has decided not to mention it on the marksheets. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had last month decided to mention grace marks on the marksheets besides scrapping the moderation policy,’ says a PTI report.

After ‘no moderation policy’ received huge criticism from students and parents, followed by a PIL, the Board was directed by Delhi High Court not to remove it this year.

Class 12 result which was announced on 28 May, saw a dip in the pass percentage. In addition to this, the result was not well received by many students. Thousands of students in Bhubaneswar zone were taken aback when their results were shown as withheld on the result declaration day. ‘The students and their parents gathered outside the board’s regional office in Saheed Nagar area holding placards and raising slogans, a day after CBSE declared class 12 results. While some students alleged that their results were withheld without any reason being cited, many others claimed that valuation of answer sheets have been faulty.’

Support a poor child to receive quality education in Amoli Apurva High School for a year, INR 1550

The percentage of high school girl dropouts has reached an alarming rate of 70% in Jharkhand. The primary reason being the large distances that the girls are forced to travel to reach the Government-run high schools. While almost every village has a primary school, most of the high schools are situated near the villages’ block headquarters. However, the girls have no means of transport therefore are forced to quit their education. To combat this, NBJK established high schools in 3 blocks of Hazauribaug and one such high school is in a village called Mangarh. The NGO received initial monetary support from a donor to establish the high school.

How It Works

• On receiving numerous requests from the villagers, two primary feeder-schools were established in the Prajapatnagar and Bahera villages.
• The children receive education up-to Grade V at the feeder schools and are shifted to Amoli Apurva High School in Mangarh from Grade VI onwards.
• All students receive quality education provided by qualified and experienced teachers at all the schools.

The Statistics

• The 5 high schools established by the NGO support and provide quality education to children in 90 villages to 3000+ students.
• About 100+ students in the Amoli Apurva School in Bahera cannot afford to pay any fee and their education is being provided free of cost.

Microsoft’s DNA storage tech may fit in an enterprise

Microsoft has apparently firmed up its plans for a DNA-based storage device that it expects to be commercially available within about three years.Microsoft’s DNA storage tech may fit in an enterprise

The software giant originally unveiled its research into DNA as an archival storage medium last year; it described the technology being able to store the amount of data in “a big data center compressed into a few sugar cubes. Or all the publicly accessible data on the Internet slipped into a shoebox.

“That is the promise of DNA storage — once scientists are able to scale the technology and overcome a series of technical hurdles,” the company said in a 2016 blog post.Once endoded, the synthetic DNA is able to store 200MB of data in a space smaller thatn the tip of a pencil. Extrapolated, DNA storage could potentially store a data center’s worth of information in a space the size of a shoebox.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the progress of its DNA storage research.

But in an article in MIT Technology Review, Doug Carmean, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, said the company hopes to create a “proto-commercial system in three years storing some amount of data on DNA in one of our data centers, for at least a boutique application.”

The storage device was described by Carmean as about the size of a large, 1970s-era Xerox copier with a data write speed of only 400MBps — something Carmean admitted needs to increase to 100MBps to compete with other archive storage mediums such as magnetic tape drives.

Natalya Yezhkova, a research director at IDC, said with the staggering rate at which digital data is growing, the necessity of a DNA-type storage medium will be critical in the next 10 to 15 years.

“Currently, the only way to address this growth is to increase footprint of data optimization techniques, whether that’s compression or deduplication,” Yezhkova said. “Those technologies are great, and mitigate some data growth, but in the longer term, we definitely need something else.”

For example, some healthcare data must be stored for the life of a patient, and federal regulations for auditing and civil litigation purposes require some financial records to be stored for seven or more years.

And, as big data analytics evolve, more companies are finding ways to cull useful marketing information from their sales and customer data archives.

Then there’s video, photograph and audio files, something every smart phone owner can create at their leisure and that’s increasingly stored by cloud services.

Researchers with Microsoft and UW developed what they described as “a novel approach” to convert the long strings of ones and zeroes in digital data into the four basic building blocks of DNA sequences — adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine — represented as As, Gs, Cs and Ts.

The digital data is broken down into pieces and stored by synthesizing it as a massive number of tiny DNA molecules, which can be dehydrated and preserved for long-term storage.

To access the stored data, the researchers encode the equivalent of zip codes and street addresses into the DNA sequences. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques — commonly used in molecular biology — help them more easily identify the zip codes they are looking for.

DNA storage Microsoft University of Washington

UW Associate Professor Luis Henrique Ceze, in blue, and research scientist Lee Organick prepare DNA containing digital data for sequencing, which allows them to read and retrieve the original files.

DNA has a theoretical limit of being able to store more than one exabyte per millimeter, which is eight orders of magnitude denser than magnetic tape. DNA-based storage also has the benefit of eternal relevance: As long as there is DNA-based life, there will be strong reasons to read and manipulate DNA, the researchers said in a research paper.

Cloud service and hyperscale computing providers are constantly seeking new ways to store increasingly cumbersome amounts of data; that’s where DNA storage would likely see its initial home, according to Yezhkova. Cloud archive services such as Amazon Glacier or Google’s Cloud Platform would be likely candidates for a storage medium with vastly better capacities and longevity than today’s most prominent technologies.

“It’s a trade-off of speed versus the economics of storing massive amounts of data for 50 years or more that could be untouched,” Yezhkova said.

“It’s quite possible Amazon or Google could be researching DNA storage as well,” she continued. “They wouldn’t necessarily be talking about this or making it public.”

As promising as DNA storage appears to be, there are still issues that need to be solved before it can be a viable technology for the data center — for example, compatibility with existing applications and hardware. But, if those issues could be solved, “it would have a tremendous impact,” Yezhkova said.

Since 2005, the amount of electronic data has been doubling every two years, according the Digital Universe, an ongoing study by IDC.

The study estimates that from 2005 to 2020, the amount of electronic data generated throughout the world will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes, which is more than 5,200GB for every person on earth.

Only a tiny fraction of the digital universe has been explored for analytic value. IDC estimates that by 2020, as much as 33% of the digital universe will contain information that might be valuable if analyzed.

By 2020, nearly 40% of the information in the digital universe will be “touched” by cloud computing providers — meaning that a byte will be stored or processed in a cloud somewhere on its journey from originator to disposal.

Last year, researchers at Microsoft and the University of Washington (UW) said they had broken a world record by storing 200MB of data on synthetic DNA strands.

The researchers said the impressive part about reaching the 200MB milestone is not just how much data they could encode onto synthetic DNA and then decode, it’s also the space they were able to store it in.

Once encoded, the data occupied a spot in a test tube “much smaller than the tip of a pencil,” Carmean said at the time.

The DNA storage also has a half-life of 500 years, even in harsh conditions. The half-life of DNA — just as with radioactive material — determines its rate of decay.

Today’s most popular storage mediums, magnetic tape, hard disk drives, optical discs and NAND flash storage all have limited lifespans, which max out anywhere from five years to several decades.

Meanwhile, the proportion of data in the digital universe that requires protection is growing faster than the digital universe itself, from less than a third in 2010 to more than 40% in 2020, according to IDC.

Oppo F3

F3 Oppo F3 smartphone was launched in May 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. Oppo F3 price in India starts from Rs. 19,990.

The Oppo F3 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F3 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Oppo F3 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3200mAh non removable battery. It measures 153.30 x 75.20 x 7.30 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 153.00 grams.

The Oppo F3 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

Oppo A77

A77The Oppo A77 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo A77 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Oppo A77 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3200mAh non removable battery.

The Oppo A77 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Red 128GB Variant Available at a Discount on Amazon, Flipkart

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Red 128GB Variant Available at a Discount on Amazon, FlipkartiPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Red Special Edition models were announced by Apple last month, and pre-orders went live in India just last week. Now, both the iPhone 7 Red 128GB and iPhone 7 Plus Red 128GB variants are available on Amazon India and Flipkart with a flat Rs. 4,000 discount, and are priced at Rs. 66,000 and Rs. 78,000, respectively.

The 128GB iPhone 7 Red was launched with a price tag of Rs. 70,000 while the iPhone 7 Plus Red 128GB was launched at a price of Rs. 82,000. On the first day of sale, these two variants have received limited period discount. There is also an exchange offer listed on Amazon India that offers a discount of up to Rs. 8,550 depending on the unit exchanged. You can opt for either the discount on exchange or the flat Rs. 4,000 discount, but can’t avail both the offers together

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 PlusApple iPhone 7 Plus smartphone was launched in September 2016. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. Apple iPhone 7 Plus price in India starts from Rs. 56,999.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is powered by quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 7-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus runs iOS 10 and is powered by a 2900mAh non removable battery. It measures 158.20 x 77.90 x 7.30 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 188.00 grams.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer

Nokia 3

3Nokia 3 smartphone was launched in February 2017. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels.

The Nokia 3 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia 3 packs a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Nokia 3 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 2650mAh non removable battery. It measures 143.40 x 71.40 x 8.48 (height x width x thickness) .

The Nokia 3 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.