Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of

first_imgThe energy harvesting chain shows how some energy is extracted from previously harvested energy, and injected in short pulses back into the piezoelectric element to increase the overall amount of harvested energy. The increase occurs due to an energy resonance effect. Image credit: Lallart and Guyomar. ©2010 American Institute of Physics. Energy harvesting often uses piezoelectric materials, which have the property of generating an electric field in the presence of an applied mechanical strain. As Lallart and Guyomar explain, piezoelectric materials usually have a low global coupling coefficient, corresponding to a low conversion ability. Although the coupling coefficient is an inherent property of a material, the scientists explained that they can artificially enhance the conversion abilities of piezoelectric materials by using a pulsed initial energy injection.In the proposed scheme, harvested energy is first extracted from the piezoelectric element via a microgenerator. The energy is then injected as a quick pulse back into the piezoelectric element through either its top or bottom electrode, resulting in a positive or negative voltage, respectively. The energy injection creates an “energy resonance” effect due to the pulsed energy feedback to the piezoelectric material. Due to this energy resonance effect, the initial energy injection to the piezoelectric material creates an overall energy gain that is higher than the energy initially extracted from the piezoelectric material. The researchers identified an optimal energy injection value, after which higher values create a damping effect on the piezoelectric material that results in a significant decrease in the mechanical energy available for harvesting. When optimized, the proposed design could allow a device to use much less piezoelectric material than a standard design, and still harvest the same amount of energy. “The main contribution of this work is to demonstrate that taking energy from the storage stage and transferring it to the source, although it seems counter-productive because of the losses in the transfer mechanism, can lead to outstanding performance in terms of power output,” Lallart told PhysOrg.com. “In particular, performing these operations in a pulsed fashion (i.e., providing initial energy to the active material) makes the technique easy to implement. One of the most remarkable things about this technique is its ability to bypass the power limit of all other techniques when considering the damping effect induced by the scavenging process (constant force magnitude case).” As the scientists explained, most previous methods for energy conversion enhancement have been “unidirectional,” meaning they don’t take advantage of using the energy generated from the device itself as input energy. The few previous methods that were “bidirectional” like the current design, using output energy for input energy, required constant driving of the device, resulting in a complex implementation and requiring a significant amount of energy for driving the system, which made them barely realistic. In contrast, the fact that the new method only requires quick pulses allows for an easier implementation and greatly reduces the driving energy. The energy extraction and injection processes are so much quicker than the device’s vibration time period that they can be considered instantaneous. For these reasons, the scientists predict that this approach could improve the amount of energy harvested by two, three, or four times compared with other methods aiming at increasing the power output, even at low energy extraction efficiencies.“The main motivations in energy harvesting research are explained by the growth of small-scale, low-power electronic devices, as well as the limitations of primary batteries that raise maintenance issues because of their limited lifespan and environmental problems due to their complex recycling process,” Lallart said. “Although the viability of self-powered systems has already been demonstrated, the functions of such devices are still limited by the available energy. Hence, the aim of research on energy harvesting is twofold. First, increasing the power output of microgenerators allows for implementing more functions in the self-powered device. Second, improvements in the conversion abilities of active materials would permit a significant reduction of the amount of material required to harvest a given amount of energy, allowing for the disposal of small-scale, embeddable devices.” Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Harvesting mechanical energy from the environment and converting it into electrical energy has recently become a viable method for powering low-energy electronics, such as sensors and actuators. But the major drawback of energy harvesting is how little energy it generates, which limits its potential applications. In a new study, Mickael Lallart and Daniel Guyomar from the LGEF Laboratory at the University of Lyon have proposed that an initial energy injection extracted from the harvested energy itself could greatly increase the total energy output; specifically, this method could generate 20 times more energy than normal when using off-the-shelf components, and up to 40 times more when using low-loss devices. More information: Mickaël Lallart and Daniel Guyomar. “Piezoelectric conversion and energy harvesting enhancement by initial energy injection.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 014104 (2010). DOI: 10.1063/1.3462304center_img IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvester Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Quick jolt of energy could improve energy harvesting by a factor of 40 (2010, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-quick-jolt-energy-harvesting-factor.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

British oceanographers find new species in Indian Ocean hydrothermal vents

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Expedition heads for world’s deepest undersea volcanoes Yeti crab. Image: Andrew Thurber (PhysOrg.com) — A research team sailing on the vessel James Cook has been studying the unique habitat surrounding deep sea vents in the Indian Ocean far off the south-east coast of Africa. The vents, created by under-the-sea-floor volcanic activity, spew black cloudy liquid and create a hot hostile environment. One of them, known as the Dragon Vent, was the main focus of cameras fixed to an aquatic robot that captured the existence of some of the exotic animals that are able to live in the distinctive environment. One of those creatures, a type of yeti crab, may even be a species unknown to science.center_img 你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.The expedition, sponsored by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council and led by Dr. Jon Copley, a marine biologist, set sail from South Africa early in November and concluded its voyage this past week. During the middle part of that trip, the team sent down a robot called Kiel 6000 which has both cameras and a means for collecting samples of marine life, to the vents to see what sorts of animals might be living down there. Other such ventures to other vents in the Indian Ocean, as well as in other oceans have shown that truly unique types of creatures have evolved that are able to flourish in such a strange part of the planet. What’s not clear, however, is how such creatures manage to move the vast distances between such vents, as the vents, just like volcanoes on land, tend to go dormant between periods of activity.Other types of sea life found around vents include sea cucumbers, which are long and skinny and are related to sea stars and unique types of snails, shrimp and mussels.The vents in this latest study, are part of the South West Indian Ridge, and were first noted in 2007 by a team of Chinese researchers. Vents, or fissures in the sea floor, in general were first found to exist back in 1977 and have attracted attention since that time due to the unique life forms that call such areas home, and the fact that such vents tend to create tall mineral spires that look like chimneys which also quite often contain precious metals. It’s the existence of these metals though that could pose problems for the aquatic life as humans are apt to destroy the unique ecosystem in extracting them. The Dragon Vent, for example, is likely to be impacted soon as China has just recently been granted mineral exploration and extraction rights by the body of the United Nations responsible for doling out such permission. Citation: British oceanographers find new species in Indian Ocean hydrothermal vents (2011, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-british-oceanographers-species-indian-ocean.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Simulations unravel mysteries of 2009 Jupiter impact

first_img Comparison of the atmospheric density distribution during the aftermath of two impact events, one at the SL9 impact angle (left) and one at the 2009impact angle (right). The undisturbed Jovian atmospheric density profile is plotted in the background. Image Credit: Pond, et al. © 2012 PhysOrg.com New evidence that asteroid, not comet, struck Jupiter in 2009 Of the eight objects modeled in the team’s simulations, most of the 0.5km objects cannot account for the disturbances seen in Jupiter’s atmosphere from the 2009 impact. The smaller objects appear to not penetrate far enough to explain ammonia observations in Jupiter’s stratosphere. Given the results of the 0.5km objects, the team was able to set a lower limit on the size and density estimates for the July 2009 impactor. Although most of the 0.5km objects were ruled out, the 0.5km basalt impactor, and all of the 1km impactor plumes penetrated far enough into Jupiter’s atmosphere to reach the ammonia ice cloud level in the troposphere. (PhysOrg.com) — During July of 1994, both amateur and professional astronomers were captivated as comet Shoemaker/Levy 9 broke apart and slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. While these types of impacts are generally rare, a second impact event occurred fifteen years later in July of 2009. The object responsible for the 2009 impact was not directly observed, so astronomers could only make inferences about the object based on the disturbances in the Jovian atmosphere, as shown in the image above. New research by Jarrad Pond (University of Central Florida), and a team from the University of Central Florida and University of California, Santa Cruz aims to help determine the object responsible for the 2009 impact on Jupiter. Without a direct observation of the event, the team used numerical simulations in order to better understand the object responsible for the large disturbance of the Jovian atmosphere. Using three dimensional hydrodynamics code, the team modeled the impacts of eight simulated impactors. The team used impactors of .5 and 1km, with different densities and compositions (basalt or ice). By using the same impact angle (69 degrees) and impact velocity 61.4 km/sec), the team was able to narrow down the potential size and composition of the object responsible for the July 2009 impact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team mentions that more simulations are necessary in order to better constrain the impact characteristics with additional parameters. Additionally, the team asserts that ammonia transport from the upper troposphere to the stratosphere by means of the impact plumes must be investigated. With additional research, the team hopes to further refine the possible causes of the atmospheric disturbances related to the July 2009 Jupiter impact event. The team’s work can be found in the February 1st. issue of The Astrophysical Journal (745:113), or via ArXiv.center_img By comparing their simulations of the 2009 impact event with simulations of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 events, differences in plume development were revealed. The angle of the 2009 impact appears to have led to a shallower impact depth, as well as a smaller and slower plume. The team’s simulations revealed that the 0.5km impactor events produced smaller and slower plumes, while the 1km impactor events produced larger and faster plumes. The penetration depths of the impactors appear to be related to the nature of the impactor. Given a fixed impact angle, the larger and denser the impactor, the deeper the object would penetrate into the Jovian atmosphere. When the team compared the aftermath of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact and the 2009 impact, they noticed several differences. The disturbances in Jupiter’s atmosphere from the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact were significantly larger and faster than that of the impact disturbances from the 2009 incident angle. Table of objects used in the team’s simulations. Image Credit: Pond, et al. More information: iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/745/2/113arxiv.org/pdf/1203.5356v1.pdf HST image taken on July 23rd 2009 showing the impact “scar” on Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Wong, H. Hammel, I. de Pater, and the Jupiter Impact Team Citation: Simulations unravel mysteries of 2009 Jupiter impact (2012, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-simulations-unravel-mysteries-jupiter-impact.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Maldives floating island masterplan tests the waters

first_img Global warming threatens more than just coral Explore further Dutch designers from Waterstudio as part of the collab will construct a network of floating islands for luxury residences, hotels, convention center, yacht club and a floating golf course. For the number of 400,000 Maldives residents, a next-phase plan is to build islands for affordable housing. “Islands” are in the plural because the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, made up of a chain of islands. These are 1,190 coral islands that are formed around 26 atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers. Sea level has risen since 1900. Scientists predict that the rising sea levels in the future, if ignored, could bring calamity and push the population out of their homes. The Maldives government, aware of the problem, first started thinking of alternative plans in 2008, when they began to take annual tourist revenue and place it in a fund to buy what may have been new homelands, possibly in Australia, India, or Sri Lanka. Now, however, they are turning to another solution in a partnership with the Dutch Docklands company. The floating islands that they envision will rise with the sea. Instead of fighting against the sea, they will coexist. The joint venture masterplan involves over 800 hectares/ 80 million sq.ft of water with floating developments. Dutch firm Waterstudio are project designers and Dutch Docklands are the floating architecture specialists engineering the project. (Phys.org) — From tourist paradise to devastation to sustainable future, an imaginative path toward rebirth is possible for global coastal populations at risk of being wiped out by rising sea levels. That path lies in artificial floating islands. The Maldives government is in a joint venture with the architectural firm Dutch Docklands International for the world’s largest artificial floating-island project. The present phase will focus on tourism. In turn super-rich globetrotters will enjoy the high end living activities they are accustomed to without having to fear being suddenly wrapped around a pole and dying. Citation: Maldives floating island masterplan tests the waters (2012, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-maldives-island-masterplan.html The 18-hole golf course is one of the projects being given lots of international exposure, each with two to three holes, connected by underwater tunnels. The golf course is a $500 million project, paid for by the Maldives government and private investors. Forbes has referred to it as “the floating golf mecca.”Architects today are convinced that architects of the future will want to learn more about working with water instead of against it. In the past, engineers have used sand and rubble to create islands, but these structures disturb the sea and seafloor ecosystems. center_img © 2012 Phys.org More information: www.dutchdocklands.com/maldivesvia PopSci, Dvice, io9 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Building-materials that the Dutch put to use include slabs of concrete and polystyrene foam. Their design concept involves foundations for buildings transformed into floats. They use a foam core encased in concrete, with steel cables securing it against the pull of potential currents. No matter how high the sea levels, the structures will remain above water. The foam core encased in concrete with steel cables all serve to prevent a structure from floating away.The Dutch company prides itself as using techniques that are environmentally friendly, or what they call “scarless” development. The design disturbs only a small patch of the seafloor, while preserving natural currents. Less space is disrupted on the sea floor with their design than if they were building with rock or sand. With sea levels rising all over the globe, scientists say it is possible that the Maldives venture could be a roadmap for future developing nations at risk. The success of this project is not yet proven but floating-architecture supporters believe it is a better concept to pursue than disbanding populations and sending them elsewhere.last_img read more

Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy

first_img Toward a low-cost ‘artificial leaf’ that produces clean hydrogen fuel More information: Liping Liu. “Feasibility of large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/12/123019 Liping Liu, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, envisions that thermoelectric power plants would look like giant barges sitting in the tropical ocean, where electricity is generated by heating cold, deep water with warm, shallow water heated by the sun. Liu has published a paper in the New Journal of Physics in which he analyzes the feasibility of such power plants.”This work is about the new idea of large-scale green power plants that make economic use of the largest accessible and sustainable energy reservoir on the earth,” Liu told Phys.org, speaking of the oceans. This is because the sun heats the surface water to a temperature that, in tropical regions, is about 20 K higher than water 600 m deep. Essentially, the surface water acts as a giant storage tank of solar energy.As Liu explains, thermoelectric power plants would work by harvesting the energy of ocean waves to pump cold water from a few hundred meters deep up through a long channel. As the cold water nears the surface, it enters a heat exchanger where it is heated by surface water on the outside. The heat exchanger acts as an electric generator, as its tubes are made of thermoelectric materials that can transfer heat through their walls and directly convert temperature differences into electricity.Large-scale, ocean-based thermoelectric power plants would have many advantages. For one, the “fuel” or temperature differences are free, unlimited, and easily accessible. Also, the plants do not take up space on land. Because they have no moving solid parts, they would have low maintenance costs. In addition, the power output does not depend on the time of day or season. And finally, the method is green, as it does not release emissions. In the new paper, Liu shows that large-scale thermoelectric power plants wouldn’t need to operate at extremely high efficiencies to be economically competitive; instead, the key would lie in engineering simple structures such as laminated composites in order to support mass production. These improvements focus on the conversion capacity, which, unlike efficiency, can be improved by orders of magnitude. In other words, because the fuel is free and in limitless supply, large-scale thermoelectric power plants could make up with their sheer size what they lack in efficiency.The cost of generating electricity varies by source. According to the US Department of Energy, the estimated cost per year of one megawatt of electricity in 2016 is about $0.83 million for conventional coal plants, compared to $1.84 million for photovoltaic power plants. Liu’s analysis estimates that a thermoelectric power plant could generate electricity for less than $1.84 million, although an exact estimate is difficult at this stage. This estimate is for a thermoelectric generator that lasts for 20 years and uses ocean water with a 10 K temperature difference as fuel. If water from geothermal sources is used instead, the temperature difference could be 50 K or more, resulting in an even higher power gain and lower cost per watt.Overall, the analysis shows that thermoelectric power plants look very promising and could contribute to solving the world’s energy problems. Liu plans to work toward this goal in future research.”We are currently working on experimentally validating the predicted power factor of the thermoelectric composites,” Liu said. “Once this is validated, we will seek to fabricate a table-top prototype of the generator that uses ice water and hot water as ‘fuel.'” Citation: Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy (2014, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-thermoelectric-power-economically-competitive-renewable.html A thermoelectric power plant can also use geothermal sources to produce the temperature gradient. Here, hot water is pumped up to the heat exchanger/generator, where it is cooled by air. Credit: Liu. (CC BY 3.0) Small-scale thermoelectric generators are already used commercially in applications such as microelectronics, automobiles, and power generation in remote areas. In these designs, the conversion efficiency is the most important factor because the fuel accounts for the largest portion of the cost. Most commercial devices have a conversion efficiency of around 5% to 10% of the ideal Carnot efficiency, with state-of-the-art devices achieving efficiencies of up to 20%. Although research is currently being done to further improve the efficiency, there are still limits to how high it can go. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: New Journal of Physics (Phys.org)—A new study predicts that large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects, such as small temperature differences in ocean water, could generate electricity at a lower cost than photovoltaic power plants. A thermoelectric power plant might use energy harvested from ocean waves to pump cold water up through a heat exchanger/generator near the surface. The heat exchanger is made of thermoelectric materials which can use the temperature gradient between the warm and cold water to generate electricity. Credit: Liu. (CC BY 3.0) © 2014 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Forts folklores and music

first_imgJust a few hours away from the Capital there is a musical storm building up. Rajasthan International Folk Festival, which is among one of the biggest music fest in the world is just round the corner. Millennium Post speaks to Divya Bhatia, the director of the fest to bring you insights what to expect this year.If you are a music lover take some time out in October and drive down to attend this year’s RIFF. The fest takes place every year on Sharad Purnima, this year it will take place at Mehrangarh Ford.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What should music lovers expect this year?This year’s Jodhpur RIFF will bring together interlinked strands to create a captivating program built around the exceptional variety of Rajasthani music and countries rich tradition in percussion and the unique musical heritage of nomads. The multi-platform festival includes unique events from dawn devotional concerts to hip club nights; and exciting collaborations with musicians from across the globe.What are the key attractions of the fest this year? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOur focus on the Manganiyar community, the Gypsy Allstars, a Rajasthani percussion workshop, Manu Chao’s set, the legacy of Bhikari Thakur by Kalpana Patowary, Daud Khan master of the roabab, collaboration between an Australian and Rajasthani artists, a special performance by the Manganiyar artists among others!Tell us about the Jodhpur-RIFF from a director’s point of view?It is a dream project for anyone to do, it gives me an unusual context to work in, a wonderful vision to evolve that can be measured in decades (not years), stalwart mentors to guide, a unique city and stunning location to animate. It’s extremely challenging and therefore very satisfying if done well. Most of all, work with and for some of the best musicians in the world. Arranging the whole fest is a difficult task would you like to share any good/bad incidences that have taken place during the process?They have been mostly good. Being invited to present legendary folk musicians at the Edinburgh International Festival and the visit of the Scottish Foreign Minister to RIFF last year; facilitating and enabling the collaboration with Dharohar project and Mumford and Sons and the royalties to the folk artists after that; being on a list of best international festivals for four years in a row.Tell us more about the documentary Bidesia in Bambai?Bidesia in Bambai is an unusual film by film maker Surabhi Sharma – about the mobile culture, migration to Mumbai and Bhojpuri music in the city. Surabhi’s explorations are postmodern and they provide a perfect counterpoint to our presentations of pure folk, while opening new spaces for dialogue on modernity and folk music.last_img read more

Ready for some hocus pocus

first_imgTime for some great tricks on stage as the Capital gears up for a festival of magic and magicians. Get the kids together and pencil this day in the calender and pack a picnic – it might just be the next best thing to do over  the coming weekend.  Magicians from all around the country will soon come together at Dilli Haat, Pitampura to exhibit their skills at the 3rd International Magic Festival. The event is being organised by Delhi Tourism. The highlights of the festival would be shows of illusion, sleight of hand, mind reading, theme based drawing competitions, fancy dress competitions and  interactive sessions on magic, street magic shows and stand up magic shows.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will also see magicians from Malaysia, Poland, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and India. Famous magicians like Jakub from Poland, Rajah and Natalie from Mauritius, Emil Eranga from Sri Lanka, Quest Group from Malaysia, David from Kolkata, Rakesh Kumar from Punjab and Suraj from West Bengal will also participate in the event.When: 27-29 September, 11 am to 9 pmWhere: Dilli Haat, Pitampuralast_img read more

BEML optimistic about bullet train project

first_imgKolkata: State-run BEML Ltd, the leading manufacturer of Rail and Metro coaches, remains focused on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project as “some indigenisation” is expected, an official said on Friday. “Whatever I understand, a total of 240 coaches would be inducted by 2023 (for the project). Of this, some numbers would be assembled (in India). Initially, I believe it is better to absorb the technology. Some particular indigenisation will happen and that has not been decided,” said the company’s Chairman and Managing Director D.K. Hota. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Train Project, popularly referred to as Bullet Train, is an endeavour to bring economic growth and prosperity with the Indian Railways adopting the most modern technologies.”As and when the opportunity comes and particularly, when it comes to us contractually, we would invest. There are various Japanese companies which would primarily be there and we would be talking to them,” he said on the sidelines of a programme “Rail connect east, 2018”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe programme was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in partnership with the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Indian Railways.According to him, BEML has tied up with Japanese company Hitachi. Another public sector undertakings, BHEL Ltd, has tied up with Kawasaki.Hota said: “The government is extremely serious (on the high speed train project) and a lot of ground work has happened. Whatever part (of the project) comes out for bidding, we would bid and try to get order. “We have to be in sync with the government plans… We have the capacity to absorb the technology,” he said.The state-run company also sees opportunities in various metro projects and intends to become a turnkey player.”Some of the metro corporations are looking at totally lease base model as resources are becoming a constraint. We are also looking at options where we will not only be a rolling stock supplier but also aspiring to form consortium with construction companies to become a turnkey player. This will help metro rail corporations to do infrastructure projects much faster,” Hota said.According to him, the company manufactured 1,200-1,300 metro coaches, which is about 47 per cent of the coaches manufactured in the country.”At the moment, we are making 150 coaches for the Bengaluru Metro… We will be sending 72 metro cars to Kolkata Metro,” he said.There has been a proliferation of metros in various cities. Each metro corporation has its own standards, he said.”Attempts are now being made to standardise (different standards). There would be some meetings soon,” he added.last_img read more

Juvenile Justice Boards set for additional role

first_imgJuvenile Justice Boards are set to a play major role in effective implementation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, which was introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, though they have huge pendency of cases.The Bill provides that in case a heinous crime has been committed by a person aged between 16 and 18 years, it will be examined by Juvenile Justice Boards, which will have psychologists and social experts on its panel, to assess if the crime was committed as a ‘child’ or as an ‘adult’. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAccording to government data, as many as 45,258 cases were pending before 612 Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) in the country and 8,210 cases in 626 Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) till September 2014.Delhi has maximum number of pending cases of 1,759 in the CWCs, followed by Rajasthan (1,657), Kerala (992), Tamil Nadu (818) and Chhattisgarh (663). While many states have district- wise CWCs and JJBs, Delhi has seven CWCs and two JJBs for its nine districts and Chhattisgarh 17 JJBs in 27 districts. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSimilarly, with 12,831 cases Gujarat has the highest number of pendency in JJBs, followed by Rajasthan (8,647), Chhattisgarh (6,840), Tamil Nadu (5,066) and Odisha (4,735).According to a parliamentary committee report, majority of child care institutions were marred by complaints of poor infrastructure and staff behaviour and high rates of abuse perpetrated by adults in child care homes and institutions.last_img read more

Indianorigin man Singapores new envoy to Lanka

first_imgSingapore has appointed an Indian- origin businessman as its non-Resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.S Chandra Das served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, resident in Singapore, from 2006 to 2015.He had also previously served as Singapore’s Trade Representative from 1970 to 1972 in the USSR, the former Soviet Union.Das was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996 and is currently the Managing Director of NUR Investment and Trading private limited of Singapore as well as a director of a number of other companies. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenDas is married to Rosie Pillai and they have two children.The Ministry also announced the appointment of Chua Thai Keong as Singapore’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa.Chua has previously served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (with concurrent accreditation to Mongolia) from September 2006 to December 2010 and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Chile from April 2014 to May 2015.last_img read more

49yearold man donates his organs

first_imgKolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed another incident of organ donation at a private hospital.Ranjan Roy (49), a resident of Baruipur in South 24-Parganas was pronounced brain-dead on Tuesday morning by a team of doctors at a private hospital in Ekbalpore. The victim’s wife agreed to donate his organs after counselling.According to the hospital sources, two kidneys and the skin of the patient would be taken to SSKM Hospital after they taken, while his liver would be taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass. His eyes will be donated to a private eye hospital group. The process has started on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that SSKM Hospital and the private hospital have already arranged the persons who need the organs. A new lease of life would be given to a number of people. The victim was admitted to the private hospital following an accident. He had undergone a neurosurgery after he was brought to the hospital. He was declared brain dead after four days of the incident happened.The victim’s wife had shown great courage as she decided to let her husband’s legacy live on through the process of organ donation.The woman was present at the hospital premises along with her 9-year-old daughter when the process had been started this evening.”The donor’s wife played a crucial role for making this happen. We thank her whole-heartedly for this extremely compassionate act. We are proud to be part of this selfless donation and we will continue to build on this momentum,” a senior official of the private hospital said.last_img read more

Fire in Durga Puja marquee none injured

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at an empty Durga Puja marquee in south Kolkata on Friday, a fire official said. No one was injured. The fire erupted in the marquee of Santoshpur Trikon Park Durgotsab Puja Committee in Survey Park area. The structure was gutted, an official said. The fire started when marquee was being dismantled.last_img

2 held for trespassing at CRPF Bhavan in Salt Lake

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested from inside of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Bhavan in Salt Lake on charges of trespassing and personating a public servant. Both of them were granted bail by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) Court, Bidhannagaron Thursday. According to police, on Wednesday night, A K Nath, Deputy Commandant (Administration/Intelligence/CRO Ops) of CRPF Bhavan situated at HC block in Salt Lake, lodged a written complaint at Bidhannagar South police station against two persons identified as Kesav Majumdar and Sanatan Das for allegedly trespassing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, Majumdar had somehow managed to enter the premises of CRPF Bhavan around 7 pm on Wednesday. When he was asked for identification he showed an Identity Card claiming himself to be a trainer of American Army. After a few minutes, Das drove his motorcycle inside the premises of CRPF Bhavan. He was stopped immediately and detained. Both Majumdar and Das were questioned to find out if they had any foul intention. When Das was asked for his driving licence, he could not produce the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEven after prolonged questioning, the duo could not prove their authenticity. Later, they were handed over to police. Both of them were produced before the ACJM, Bidhannagar on Thursday. Sources informed that the lawyer of the claimed they had no foul intention. He also claimed that Majumdar is mentally unfit and produced some documents regarding his treatment. “He thinks that he is an Army personnel. He is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chennai. Das went there with him. None of them had any foul intention,” said Rajdeep Banerjee, lawyer of Majumdar and Das.last_img read more

Dont remember how much you paid Blame card transaction

first_imgUsing smart cards has nowadays become an easy and convenient option for daily transactions. But do you accurately remember the amount of the last transaction you made with your smart card? The chances are less as researchers have found that customers who pay for their purchases by card are less likely to remember the precise amount paid as compared to those who make cash transactions.The findings, published in the journal Marketing Letters, apply to both single-function cards that offer only a payment function and multifunctional, or smart cards which may also include bonus programmes, user identification or other functions.The research assumes significance in view of the fact that a precise recollection of past spending has an effect on the willingness to spend money in the future, the researchers explained.It is estimated that approximately three billion new smart cards will be issued across the globe by 2017.Smart cards combine the payment function with additional functionalities that can be directly governed through our smartphones or smart watches in the near future, the researchers noted.”We wanted to show that individuals who pay by card have a less accurate recall of the amount paid than individuals who settle their bill with cash,” said Rufina Gafeeva from the University of Cologne in Germany.”Individuals who use the non-payment functions of the multifunctional card are less likely to remember the transaction details accurately.”The researchers interviewed 496 college students over their payment methods, initially before the introduction of multifunctional cards within the cafeterias and the second time, when smart cards were introduced one year later.The results showed how such shifting methods of payment from cash to smart cards are affecting the customers.last_img read more

Drawing parallels between yoga and art

first_imgYoga is not only a way of life but an art, a philosophy, technology, a license to good health, and a means to achieve superconsciousness. If we compare an artist’s creation to Yoga, it is in itself a yogic experience. It has always engaged artists from across cultures and eras.Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), the premier institution for the promotion of Art and Culture organised “Yoga for Art” on the occasion of International Yoga Day. The event began with the demonstration of Yoga session by Rajendra Singh, an exponent and teacher of Yoga. The chairman of the Akademi Uttam Pacharne also graced the occasion along with the officials and staff of LKA. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis was followed by an exhibition and art demonstration named “Chitrashilpyog”. It was inaugurated by the eminent sculptor Padma Bhushan Ram V.Sutar at the foyer Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, under the gracious presence of Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi and Adesh Gupta, Mayor, North Delhi. According to the Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, Uttam Pacharne, “With the endeavours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yog Rishis of India, Yoga has reached its zenith and the whole world is celebrating the Yoga Day today. It is a unique idea to celebrate the International Yoga Day as the “Chitrashilpyog” activity.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGuest of Honour, Adesh Gupta, Mayor, North Delhi, said, “Yoga as a spiritual practice originated in the ancient Indian civilization and to keep holds of it the great yogis and rishis, sages have been the highest role models and have recommended this practice since millennia. Likewise, Swami Ramdev, Ravi Sankar have taken the repertoire of Yoga to a different height. The framework of yoga provides one guidance as to how to gain mastery over the mind and on spiritual growth”. “Chitrashilpyog” exhibition has exhibits from the permanent collection of Lalit Kala Akademi. It includes the works of renowned artists like K V Haridasan, N Raghavan, Rangaswamy Sarangan, G R Santosh, V S Gaitonde, Biren De, S L Sahni, S Nandgopal, Pradosh Das Gupta, Laxman Pai, Om Prakash, P.T.Reddy, Mohd. Yasin, Sanat Kar, etc. The exhibition is on view till June 30.last_img read more

Taking a closer look at Indian BnBs

first_imgWho had imagined in the last decade that the travelers will start giving preference to stay in Bed and Breakfast accommodations/Homestays and such service providers like Airbnb, BnB Nation etc will become such big companies. Since 2016, India has had a shortage of 2,00,000 hotel rooms mainly in the budget category. Thus, Indian hospitality industry is in urgent need to find ways to cope up with such huge shortage of hotel rooms. Now, the question is how can we fill the need gap? The best option, hitherto not given much emphasis is “Experiencing India in its homes” through hosted accommodation in Bed and Breakfast accommodations or BnBs. Unfortunately, neither literature was available nor significant research work is available in India on Bed and Breakfast accommodations though the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India launched the Incredible India Bed and Breakfast scheme in 2006. In order to fill the need gap, a book, dedicated to Bed and Breakfast accommodations is out on the stands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTitled, ‘Indian BnBs: An emerging disruptor in the hospitality sector’, the book is authored by Dr GG Saxena, Anshul Saxena and Ambuj Saxena. The precursor to this book is the doctoral work of Dr GG Saxena, a retired bureaucrat and tourism expert who has seen and executed various important tourism schemes as a former MD and CEO of Delhi Tourism and as Ex Secretary-Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar islands. Anshul Saxena and Ambuj Saxena, both MBAs, offer a hands on experience to the topic of the book as they head ‘BnBNation’ which is online aggregator platform of BnBs in India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSo, whether you are enamoured by scope of Accessible and Medical tourism in India or wish to experience ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ by staying with an Indian family, you can now read about all burning Indian tourism topics in a single 10 chapter, 176 page book that costs INR 295 in paperback and INR 495 in hardbound. Not only that, the book also emphasises on the success stories of 17 BnBs owners. The book is available on Amazon. First of its kind in India, the book is like a manual on Indian BnBs gives an overview of the International scenario of BnBs. Also it contains marketing hacks required by all existing BnB owners to attract more guests India BnBs. It has suggestions to the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as to how more BnBs could be registered and how the homeowners having spare rooms in their homes would be encouraged to register their homes and become entrepreneurs. Eminent personalities and experts on tourism and hospitality have recommended this book for inbound foreign and domestic travellers, policymakers, travel agents and tour operators, academicians and research scholars etc to use this book as information manual for recommending BnB stays in Indian cities.last_img read more

Bengal making efforts to augment tiger population Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government has been taking steps to increase the population of tigers in the state. On the occasion of International Tiger Day on Monday, she said efforts have been initiated to monitor their population in the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, as well as augment the number of big cats in Alipurduar’s Buxa Tiger Reserve. “Today is #InternationalTigerDay. The tiger is an endangered species. We must save our tigers. In #Bangla, augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated. In Sundarban Tiger Reserve, radio collaring and monitoring of tiger is continuing,” she tweeted. The International Tiger Day is observed every year since 2010, for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and raising awareness about the endangered animal.last_img read more

Is VoIP Right for Your Company

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Curious about VoIP phone service? PhoneGnome is a low-cost way to see how VoIP fits your company before you start incurring monthly fees. The wallet-size device lets you make free internet phone calls without any change to your current phone numbers, services or handsets.Once connected to a traditional phone jack, the $119 (all prices street) black-or rather, gray-box serves pretty much the same IP/PSTN conversion function as the ATA adapters you get when you sign up with Covad, Vonage or other VoIP providers.But unlike with those services, you’ll never have to change or add phone numbers to get service–a potentially significant expense for growing businesses. There’s no disruption of aux-iliary services–911, directory assistance, answering machine, TV, security–that rely on PSTN protocols. There’s no risk of losing phone service during a power outage (which happened to me five times last year). Unlike IM-based calling from AOL Instant Messenger, GoogleTalk or Skype, there’s no software to use when making calls.You dial using the same phone you always have. PhoneGnome automatically detects and routes calls between devices compatible with session initiation protocol, or SIP, entirely over the internet. Calls to or from non-SIP devices are routed over PSTN. Setup? Just plug PhoneGnome’s phone line and Ethernet cable into your phone and broadband loops, respectively. The hardware configures itself.The bad news is that, at this stage in our long transition from PSTN to IP calling, there isn’t just one way for VoIP devices to talk to each other. While Earth-link and Free World Dialup speak SIP, PhoneGnome can’t make an all-internet connection to the non-SIP hardware of popular services like Skype and Vonage.One approach is to buy two or more PhoneGnomes to make free calls among branch offices and the homes of key employees (a two-pack is $199). The PhoneGnome website also lists compatible VoIP services offering calls to U.S. landlines for as little as 2 cents a minute.There are new ways to make internet calls coming out every day. PhoneGnome is one that asks for very little of your time or money. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 1, 2006 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

The Game Changer Digital Chocolates Trip Hawkins

first_img A Brief History of Play Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » 13 min read Trip Hawkins is running late for his interview at the headquarters of Digital Chocolate, the social and mobile game company he founded in San Mateo, Calif., but that’s OK, because the delay gives me time to try and beat Hawkins at one of his own games: Tower Bloxx.The goal in Tower Bloxx, one of DC’s most popular downloads for the iPhone and Facebook, is simple but addicting: Stack as many building blocks as high as you can without toppling them (and see how you score against your friends). The catch is that both the blocks and the tower are swaying randomly across the screen. With persistence and some finger-to-eye coordination, I finally, successfully drop the 68th block. A cheesy photo of Hawkins boots up on the screen and a congratulatory message proclaims, “This guy might be in the Video Game Hall of Fame, but he’s no match for you.”The Hall of Fame is just one milestone of Trip Hawkins’ gaming legacy. Three years before Apple introduced the iPhone, he was pimping something he called “social apps.” In a speech at a 2005 wireless industry event in San Francisco, he predicted that these apps would become a multibillion-dollar opportunity that would bring sweeping changes to the entire industry. But back then, with Facebook strictly a college phenomenon and Twitter still a year from inception, no one paid much attention.Obviously, times have changed. A recent report by market research firm NPD Group found that nearly 57 million Americans (approximately 20 percent of the country) over the age of 6 have played a game on a social network, but the real kicker is that more than a third of those were new to gaming.All of that action is keeping Hawkins, Digital Chocolate’s CEO, busy these days. When he arrives for the interview–lanky, tan and dressed casually in a loose-fitting button-down and a pair of jeans–he quickly settles into a chair across the conference room table and gives an easy smile, ready to get on with it. It’s early afternoon, and he’s already attended to a couple of visitors, run several errands, jumped on three conference calls and processed about 100 e-mails. “I’ve outgrown the need for assistants,” he quips.An Experienced UnderdogTo fully appreciate the irony in that statement, one would need to be familiar with Hawkins’ résumé. In the early ’80s, he left his post as director of product marketing at Apple Computers to start Electronic Arts, the video game giant known for mega-hits like Madden NFL, The Sims and Rock Band. Under his direction, the company transformed games (at the time, often cartridges sold in plastic bags) into the high-budget products that grace retail shelves today. The “E for Everyone” rating? Cover art and liner notes? Putting games on CDs? That was all him.Hawkins left EA in 1994 to create a new video game console called 3DO. Later told by EA’s board that he couldn’t be chairman of both companies, he stuck with The 3DO Co., “the child in intensive care having open-heart surgery.” Ultimately, that venture couldn’t compete with the PlayStation and Sony’s superior budget and, after a few lackluster business moves that only prolonged the inevitable, 3DO went bankrupt in 2003.Still, Hawkins wasn’t done. “I had an appetite for entrepreneurship,” he says, and so that same year, he rounded up some venture capital ($44 million to date) and founded Digital Chocolate. The private company now employs more than 300 workers around the globe, but compared with EA’s thousands, it means Hawkins is back to being one of the little guys. And that seems to suit him just fine.”I’ve never been content with a straightforward job,” he says, “and I think you’ve got to keep that sense of urgency, even after you’ve experienced some success.””It’s an incredible thing,” says Scott Steinberg, founder of tech and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global in Seattle. “After sitting on top of the world, [Hawkins] is paving his path to success all over again, learning as he goes and trying to figure it out like everybody else.”Upping the ScoreIf Digital Chocolate’s 2010 progress is any indication, Hawkins is well on his way to figuring it out. He reels off some impressive stats: 50 million-plus iPhone downloads last year, almost 10 million users on Facebook and cracking the top five list of game developers in number of users (alongside Zynga, Playdom, Crowdstar and EA). In fact, since DC started a push on Facebook in February, its revenue run rate (daily revenue) is better than it has ever been in the past six years, he says.A reason DC is succeeding in a chaotic market, Steinberg says, is Hawkins’ ability to constantly reinvent himself–an important trait for a guy who has a tendency to arrive at markets years before everyone else.He doesn’t stay fixed on a single business model,” Steinberg says. “Facebook is completely different from mobile phones, but he pursued the opportunity aggressively, essentially creating a new line of business.”In fact, Steinberg adds, probably the only reason DC hasn’t gotten the accolades it deserves is because it hasn’t had a hit like Restaurant City or FarmVille.Ironically, that’s only because Hawkins was ahead of the game on that, too.”The same year I talked about social apps,” Hawkins says, “I pitched this multiplayer game idea about farming, where you had plots of land to plant crops on and you could go to your neighbors’ plots to water theirs. The investors laughed so hard they convinced us we were crazy.”Pay to PlayDecades in the gaming industry has led Hawkins to this theory on why people play: Everyone has an inner gamer, and people play because it’s healthy and socially rewarding. “You can elevate your status for much less money and far less effort than in real life,” Hawkins says. “The only difference now is that there are so many more outlets than online poker and fantasy baseball.”The Gaming RaceTrip Hawkins’ Digital Chocolate is rapidly catching up with the top developers in terms of users–its growth rate p0wns.ZyngaMarch 2010 users (millions): 238August 2010 users (millions): 233Growth rate: -2.1%EAMarch 2010 users (millions): 51August 2010 users (millions): 55Growth rate: 7.8%Playdom March 2010 users (millions): 39August 2010 users (millions): 44Growth rate: 12.8%Crowdstar March 2010 users (millions): 34August 2010 users (millions): 43Growth rate: 26.5%Digital Chocolate March 2010 users (millions): 1.8August 2010 users (millions): 10Growth rate: 455%Source: appdata.comNowhere is that difference more obvious than in the incredible growth of virtual economies, which some experts predict will be worth $6 billion by 2013. Already, NPD reports, 10 percent of social gamers have spent money on games, and 11 percent say they plan to do so in the future.”Monetizing virtual goods is the way forward,” agrees Mihir Shah, chief revenue officer of Offerpal Media, a company based in Fremont, Calif., that helps developers like Zynga and DC monetize virtual currencies and special items. The freemium model allows more people to play and get hooked, he says, and since it’s now so easy to make micro-transactions of just a buck or two, gamers will pay for a deeper experience.Shah says DC is fortunate with Hawkins at the helm. “He really understands social gaming mechanics and how to get new users, and there’s secret sauce there,” he says.But if you ask Hawkins about that secret sauce, it doesn’t seem like much of a secret. He’ll come right out and explain it to you.”A really good game is one that makes you sincerely want to play with your friends, and not because one of you is spamming the other,” he says, pointing out examples of addicting games across various mediums, like Texas Hold ‘Em, Trivial Pursuit and Guitar Hero.A great social game will be original, multiplayer and browser-based, running on a quality platform like Facebook, he adds. And, it should provide players with some kind of emotional connection. He cites Nintendo’s Pokémon card game as an example. “When you go adventuring with a Pokémon that keeps bailing you out, you can get attached,” he says, “and that’s why people willingly spend thousands of dollars on a single card.”New Ways to PlayHawkins is acting on that by developing NanoVerse, a virtual goods platform that currently supports two strategy card games, NanoStar Castles and NanoStar Siege. The idea is for players to buy NanoStar packs, or groups of different characters that can be played across a range of games, so that players develop connections with the characters as though they’re companions or teammates.Hawkins is also positioning DC toward platform independence. He’s often stated that the most successful games will be cloud-based, because “omni-gamers” will want access to the games they paid for on any platform, console and mobile device. And with companies like Google, Disney and Yahoo! entering the field, interoperability is the logical conclusion.”Sure, there’s a lot of blah blah blah about ownership now,” Hawkins says, “but if you look at the past, how silly was it that at one point you couldn’t send SMS texts to people on other wireless carriers?”Some skeptics have referred to Nano-Stars as “Trip’s Folly: The Sequel,” but he shrugs it off. “Entrepreneurs will always be surrounded by people who think you’re nuts,” he says. “In high school, even my mom said to me, ‘I’d always hoped you’d do something more socially redeeming than games.’ I wasn’t bothered because I had faith in my ideas and confidence in my creative capacity.”He says he felt the same way while making countless sales calls to retailers during the first years of EA. “The number of obstacles is infinite,” says Hawkins, “and if you don’t have that degree of faith, you should just not bother.”He’s always done better with the long term in mind, he says, and it’s no different with DC. “I’m committed to making this a bulletproof company that doesn’t need to raise any money,” he says. “But I also look forward to the day I can have a diverse personal life, where I don’t have to carry a company on my back.”As for when that might be, Hawkins pauses for a beat and recalls the moment he realized EA had made it. “I was driving my car, and I said out loud, ‘You know, I don’t think they can screw it up, even if I’m not there.’ I have a great management team at DC, so we could be in the same place in a few years.”  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1962A group of MIT students (who also coined the term “hack” for a project without a constructive end) creates SpaceWar!, the first digital computer game.1971Computer Space debuts as the first video arcade game, featuring a black-and-white monitor where players control a rocket ship and do battle with two flying saucers.1972The first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, hits home with black-and-white graphics, no sound and no ability to keep score. In a precursor to video game violence, it features an add-on electric rifle.1975Atari engineers scale down its table tennis arcade game Pong into a home version. (Beer pong champs take note: The original Pong was developed by Computer Space creator Nolan Bushnell as a game “so simple any drunk in a bar could play.”)1984Russian scientist Alexey Pajitnov develops the first version of Tetris. Electronic Arts holds the exclusive license on mobile devices for Tetris and has sold more than 100 million copies for cell phones alone since 2005.1985″It’s-a-me, Mario!” The Nintendo Entertainment System introduces the world to Super Mario Bros., still one of the best-selling games of all time.1989The Nintendo Game Boy, a video game you can put in your pocket, leaves gamers drooling over the battery-powered possibilities. People have a reason to ignore others in public long before mobile texting.1995After Nintendo and Sony can’t agree on terms for Sony to make a CD-ROM add-on for Nintendo, Sony develops PlayStation on its own. The CD-ROM-based console makes it cheaper and easier for developers to create games. Sony scores.1996The Nintendo 64 introduces the world to GoldenEye 007, the first-person shooter game that’s based on the 1995 James Bond film and is considered one of the best shooting games of all time.1999The Sega Dreamcast debuts as the first console with a built-in modem and Internet support for online gaming. Sega sells 225,000 units within the first 24 hours of release, a record broken a year later by the PlayStation 2.2001The Xbox is Microsoft’s first venture into video game consoles. It spawns Xbox Live, which lets online gamers play with or against each other, and the first Halo game. Young men everywhere ignore their girlfriends.2004Pasty teenagers everywhere unite over the Internet to play World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. With 11.5 million players, WOW is said to be the leading cause of lack of friends IRL (in real life).2006The Nintendo Wii lets gamers interact with their consoles and control the game using physical gestures. By the end of 2009, the Wii leads the video game industry with sales of 71 million total units.2008The debut of the Apple App Store gives smartphone users even more ways to procrastinate. Among the most popular paid apps for 2008: Koi Pond, Pocket Guitar and iBeer. Yeah, there really is an app for everything.2009U.S. retail sales of video games reach $19.7 billion in revenue, with $10.5 billion from software and $9.2 billion from hardware. The Nintendo Wii sells 3.8 million units in December and sets a record for monthly game system sales in the U.S. Seriously, does anyone even go to work anymore?2010Mobile ushers in a new way of gaming life, with the debut of a FarmVille iPhone app, an extension of the wildly popular Facebook game. Gartner predicts worldwide mobile gaming end-user revenue will surpass $5.6 billion this year and reach nearly $11.4 billion by 2014.–Michelle Juergen  October 20, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

How to Watch Apples Big iPhone 6S Event Today

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free The countdown is on. In just a few short hours, Apple will pull out all the stops and unveil the next iPhone. The big reveal kicks off live today, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT.On top of a first look at the next gen iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, if rumors prove right, we might also get glimpses of a brand new Apple TV, new Apple Watch straps and colors, a “monster” iPad Pro and perhaps a new iPad mini 4. Apple might also debut iOS 9. Who knows what surprises Tim Cook has in store? Will he defend Apple Music? Like everyone else, we’ll have to wait and see.If you weren’t one of the lucky few to receive an official invite, no worries. We’ve got you covered, Windows users included (for the first time in years). You, too, can tune in as the action unfolds, as Apple wows the world live from The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where Apple-branded blue flags are already flying high.Related: 6 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual ProductsAs is the custom, the Cupertino, Calif. colossus took down its online store as part of the lead-up to the powwow about to pop off. Where shopping pages once were there is now a bold banner that simply reads “We’ll be back.” And by “back,” Apple likely means moments after the event wraps and with all of its freshly debuted new products for sale.To stream the event in real-time from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or, yes, a Windows 10 device, go to Apple’s official live event page here. These are the browser and hardware requirements needed to tune in, courtesy of Apple:Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.If you’re an Android user, here’s how you can get in on the fun, too. Happy viewing.Related: Leadership Lessons From Apple CEO Tim Cook 2 min readcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 9, 2015last_img read more