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Silicon Valley in India

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The city of Bangalore in India is known as Silicon Valley because it is a hub for Information Technology companies in India and is a comparative reference to original Silicon Valley (San Francisco, California).

It was first started by R. K. Baliga who was first managing director and chairman of Karnataka Electronics Development Corporation. Baliga gave the idea of making the Electronic City in 1970 which was supposed to be developed in Industrial Park in Bangalore.

Then the growth of internet based companies resulted in ‘dotcom boom’, ‘flipkart’ etc. the term “Silicon Valley” for Bangalore grew in media with passage of time. Then an article was published “Is the Next Silicon Valley Taking Root in Bangalore?” in New York Times in 2006. An article speculated if the Bangalore could become Silicon Valley but now stats shows that it has become Silicon Valley of India.

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What is PlanX??

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PlanX is Pakistan’s first accelerator of its kind which is initiated by The Punjab Information Technology Board. it promotes sustainability of technology startups in Pakistan.

PlanX empowers startups by providing different funding channels, a network of mentors and global exposure to high end business. The main goal is to bridge the gap between technology and business by providing and felicitating with mentors,  investors and global market.

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At PlanX, a unique acceleration model is followed where a a domain expert is assigned to each startup along with a business development associate who takes care of investment deals and increase customer base.

In this project, startups are not charged any percentage equity. PlanX has supported many startups which are as follows

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New Tech Products Launching in 2017

Foldable Samsung Phone

Samsung has been working to introduce a foldable phone for some time. Now 2017 seems to be the year when Samsung launches this phone. Recently Samsung has files a patent for such device, giving speculations that we can this in 2017.

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A Smartwatch by Google

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Google delayed its big update for Android wear till 2017. Now the company wants to launch its own smartwatch.

Google is more interested in circular design for its classic look, the category which has been dominating on Apple watches from the beginning.

A New Surface Pro

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Source: Business Insider

We did not get any new surface pro in 2016. Now that is first time we did not get any new device in surface pro series. So it is right to expect update in surface line.

Surface pro is 2-in-1 series laptop which is very useful for students as well as business use.

Xbox Project Scorpio

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Microsoft going for a huge update for Xbox with its project Scorpio.

In this project, company is going to make Xbox more powerful for 4K TVs and virtual reality headset like Oculus Rift.

This console aims at gamers who prefer performance over anything. This is expected  to be launched in fall of 2017.

Lucid Air

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Lucid Air is an electric car with its beautiful design and advanced specifications. Lucid motors is trying to show that it will not only be a contender in electric motors but entire luxury vehicle market.

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Lucid Air starts from $52,000 but can go up to $100,000 having the luxurious touches: a panoramic sunroof, two rear seats that can be stretched at 55 degrees and an audio system with 29 speakers.

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It has range of 315 miles with 1,000 horsepower. It is not a hatchback but advanced design of a sedan. It has sleeker futuristic design but very spacious interior.

It has 3 digital screens along with a big screen and a console for rear seats to adjust its positions. Seats can be adjusted to 55 degrees and person can see outside view from panoramic sunroof. This sunroof will be tinted to prevent heat getting inside.

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It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Peter Rawlinson, chief engineer behind tesla model S, is the leading force in this model as CTO of Lucid Motors. The car is still ways away but the company will begin producing this car in 2018.

Microsoft Pakistan

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Microsoft Pakistan is playing a very important role in IT field of Pakistan as being a large platform for talented people in Pakistan. Microsoft solutions are used in Banking, Telecom, Government, NGOs, Small Businesses, Education and Health, through which Microsoft is touching the lives of everyone in many ways.

Microsoft conducted imagine cup that won by LUMS team in local finals and then this team went to Paris to compete with other teams internationally. The purpose of this competition is to provide chance to talented people.

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Similarly Microsoft initialized a program with name of Microsoft Dynamics. This program provides solutions for automated and streamlined financials supply chain processes and customer relation management to drive business growth.

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Microsoft Pakistan is also working to come up with a unified approach to work interlinked operation. For this purpose Microsoft Pakistan has planned a series of round table discussions with government stake holders on the topic to get feedback from government stakeholders.

Bixby!!!

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Bixby is new artificial intelligence introduced by Samsung. This is the new feature first time introduced in Samsung flagship phone Galaxy S8.

There is dedicated button for it. According to Samsung it will revolutionize the way we use our phone. It can be used by voice, touch or text.

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You can interact with bixby via camera. Bixby vision will provide you information about the thing you have captured. If you want to know the price of that thing, it will provide you all the information including the site and nearest store from where you can buy it.

Bixby reminder is also new feature which is based on location. For example when you get home it can remind you about watering the plants.

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A very convenient feature of bixby is that it can understand natural language. It means you do not have to say set words, you can say incomplete information and it will understand it at its own.

Bixby is contextually aware. It means that it can understand the state in which mobile phone is like which app is open and then take actions accordingly and can accommodate both mix typing and voice commands.

At first it is launched in Korean but it will be expand in English then Chinese and soon it will be integrated in different apps also.

In future we can expect it to control AC, TV and other things also.

Note 7 Blast

Samsung Note 7 explosions were caused by defects in the battery, now the company has released detailed investigation for this incident.

Samsung had to issue 2 recalls, the first one was in September after launch then in October. First time Samsung blamed batteries manufacturers, and changed companies but then again this happened.

First time the defect was told as problem in design and as Samsung says, “the negative electrode was deflected in the upper right corner of the battery,” this is an abnormality.

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Another investigation by UL, which is a global independent safety science company, found signs of “internal short circuit (ISC) at the upper right corner of the cells from 6 damaged devices.” This report also found a pattern of deformation at upper corners of the battery. The agency blames factors in battery manufacturing and assembly for the failure of the Note 7.

Then for second time Samsung says “high welding blurs on the positive electrode” which caused damaged to the insulation tape and separator, and once again the positive electrode was touching the negative one, resulting in the short-circuit.

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But now Samsung has announced an enhanced 8-Point Battery Safety Check for safety of batteries used in their phones. The list includes enhanced durability, visual inspection, X-Ray Test, disassembling test. New measures include Charge and Discharge Test, TVOC Test and Accelerated Usage Test.

IDEATHON @2017

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IDEATHON is a HACKATHON that is being organized this April by IEEE-CS department at FAST- NUCES( National University of Computer). First of all, IDEATHON deals with ideas. Moreover, it inspires students to think about solutions of problems. Secondly, it is design base not prototype based event. Furthermore, the competition is not about just recognizing the ideas but taking the ideas to the next level and an effort to make entrepreneurs. Lastly,  the judges decide the best solution and the candidate is given a prize. In addition, the candidate is given a chance; the judge is from a software house and buys the idea or offers the candidate a job. A HACKATHON, IDEATHON by IEEE-CS is coming this April.

Softec 2017

17203200_1016328778498168_8308038484642241214_n.jpgSoftec is a society at FAST-NUCES( National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences , Lahore, Pakistan which arranges an event annually with the same name; SOFTEC, SOFTware Exhibition and Competition, which contributes towards the advancement of technology and research in Pakistan’s IT industry. The event provides a platform recognizing talent, a forum for exchange of ideas and an opportunity for students with a passion in IT to interact with professionals from all over the globe and win exciting prices. Softec compromises of engineering project competition,software and web competitions and Robo rumble and Gaming. Engineering project competition as the name suggests is  a competition in which students from various institutes display their projects.

Technological projects are displayed by students from different institutes from around Pakistan in the Engineering project competition. First of all, projects related to electronics, computer science and electrical engineering are on display such as bionic hand,virtual music library and automatic electricity system. Moreover, students must display a working prototype to display how it is beneficial? Secondly, if the prototype displayed is found suitable it is picked for further development. Furthermore, idea of the student is bought or a job or partnership offer is made to get the student on board. The software and web competition is of significance importance .17424686_1025411827589863_1560363173517382070_n.jpg

Software and web competitions are noteworthy. Firstly, it allows students to know how well they know the language and their work. Moving forward, students gain experience of team work as they have to work in a team. The second fact is, students get to learn new things. Moreover, they get to know how to solve a particular problem and learn what type of problems are there that they will have to deal with. Every computer based event is incomplete without a bit of gaming  and robo rumble!

Robo rumble and gaming enhance the joy of students. First of all, the students enjoy computer & console gaming and relax from their tiresome routine. Moving forward, gaming makes them learn strategy making hence it is important part of our lives.The second thing is, robo rumble is so interesting to watch. Furthermore, robo rumble is using robots and organizing fights and seeing which robot is well built and programmed.IMG_0002.JPG

To conclude, Engineering projects ,software and web competitions and Gaming and Robo rumble are main parts of the event which we know as SOFTEC. More competitions like this should be held to help youngsters gain valuable experience.

Free Wifi hotspot in Punjab

pitb-696x435-696x357.jpgWifi is the need of the hour, hence the Punjab government took a good step by providing free wifi hotspot in three cities of Punjab. Firstly, Punjab Information Technology Board installed around 192 hotspots in three big cities of the province, including Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan. Moreover, internet coverage is being provided at an additional five hotspots throughout the two-kilometre length of Murree Mall Road. Secondly, each hotspot would cater to around 800 to 1500 users, depending on the traffic at the location; every hotspot would have four to five access points to provide 100 to 500 meters of internet coverage. Furthermore, hotspot has 1 MB of dedicated connectivity.Thirdly, this initiative was taken to facilitate shopkeepers and students. In addition, shopkeepers can use it to sell their products and contact foreign importers to buy their products and students in the areas such as a sales boy who goes to school can enjoy learning new things in leisure time. Therefore, the Punjab government has set a good example by  providing free  wifi in three cities of Punjab province, as wifi plays a vital role in our lives now.Wifi-City-Lhr-Pkg-21-04.jpg