New Education Policy: Five big changes in school, higher education explained….

The Indian government on Wednesday replaced a 34-year-old National Policy on Education, framed in 1986, with the New Education Policy of 2020. The NEP, approved by the union cabinet, makes sweeping reforms in school and higher education including teaching. Some of the biggest highlights of the NEP 2020 are, 1) a single regulator for higher education institutions, 2) multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, 3) discontinuation of MPhil programmes, 4) low stakes board exams, 5) common entrance exams for universities. New Education Policy 2020: Important highlights: Schooling starts…

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Apple, Huawei gain bigger share of shrinking China smartphone market !!

Huawei Technologies and Apple both are increased their share of the China smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020, bucking a broader trend as the overall market for handsets continued to contract. Huawei shipped 40.2 million devices in China in the second quarter, 8% more than a year earlier, to increase its share of the market to a dominant 44%. Apple saw a substantial year on year growth of 35%, selling 7.7 million units, though its sales made up only 8.5% of the total market. Overall smartphone shipments in China…

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COAI 25 Years of Mobility in India – Desh Ki Digital Udaan webinar: Here’s what PM Modi said !!

During the 25 Years of Mobility in India – Desh Ki Digital Udaan webinar conducted by COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi left a message about all the possibilities of mobile connectivity and how the country has progressed over the years. “When the first mobile call was made in India on 31 July 1995, very few would be have known the possibilities that it could be usher in. Indeed, reality has painted the picture of a digitally connected world better than we could have…

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NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance Poised for Launch Today !!

NASA’s latest Mars rover Perseverance is launches Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life — and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time. Take-off is scheduled for 7:50 am (5:20 pm IST) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. If all goes to plan, Perseverance will reach the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, becoming the fifth rover to complete the voyage since 1997. All so far have been American. China launched its first Mars rover last week, which…

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Google Pixel 4a launch date revealed with lots of Easter Eggs !!

After the months of delays Google has finally confirmed the launch of Pixel 4a for August 3. Google did not specifically say that it’s the Pixel 4a but it’s most likely the mid-range phone. Google updated its Twitter and Facebook pages to tease the launch of its new phone. There’s a bit of work required though to figure out the Pixel 4a launch. First is the cover photo on Google’s Twitter and Facebook pages. It has a dot on the side indicating the punch-hole camera and “The Google Phone” written…

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Reliance Jio announces Q1 2020 results, adds over 15 mln new customers despite pandemic !!

Reliance Jio on Thursday announced the results for the first quarter of 2020. In its quarterly report, the company said that its profits is increased by the 182.8% from ₹891 crores in the first quarter of 2019 to ₹2,520 crores in the first quarter of 2020. The company also announced that it had added 15.1 million new customers despite the Covid-19 pandemic and that its total customer base at the end of June 30, 2020, stood at 398.3 million. Reliance Jio, in its quarterly report, also revealed that its wireless…

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Facebook bought Instagram to quash competitor, documents show !!

Before Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg signed a deal to acquire Instagram, he proposed the idea to the photo-sharing startup’s co-founder Kevin Systrom, who was not interested. “Will he go into destroy mode if I say no?” Systrom asked a board member. “Probably,” replied Matt Cohler, the venture capitalist and early Facebook employee. Then Cohler added that Facebook it would likely to go into destroy mode either way. The exchange was one of several potentially damning pieces of evidence in documents obtained by the US House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust,…

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New Education Policy 2020 Highlights: School and higher education to see major changes !!

New Education Policy was launched on Wednesday, July 29. Earlier, in the afternoon the Union cabinet approved the policy that aims to overhaul the country’s education system. Union Ministers for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Prakash Javadekar and Human Resource Development (HRD) and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, made the announcement on the NEP- 2020. Earlier on May 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the NEP- 2020, for which draft was prepared by a panel of experts led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan. The NEP 2020 aims at making “India…

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Google’s Search dominance deserves hot-seat scrutiny !!

The main event has arrived. On Wednesday, and for the first time as a group, the CEOs of four of the biggest technology companies — Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. —  will go before a U.S. House subcommittee to address allegations of monopolistic practices and abusing the power of their platforms to crush or stifle competitors. Each of the giants is vulnerable in its own way. Apple, for instance, has come under an increasing scrutiny for the onerous terms of its App Store, which has become a…

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Google Stadia to soon support 4G, 5G mobile networks as the experimental feature goes live !!

Google is preparing for the  big update to its cloud-based gaming platform and it plans for optimise Stadia for mobile networks such as 4G and 5G. This essentially means users can now play Stadia games on-the-go without requiring a Wi-Fi connection. For now, the feature is still experimental. Interested users can be opt-in for the new Stadia Experiment. To do so, go to your Stadia app and then tap on your avatar on the top right corner. Choose Experiments and then select Use Mobile Data. Google’s cloud-based Stadia had launched in…

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