231 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 info@givingpress.com 808.123.4567

Month: August 2019

After three years of review two new elements finally added to the

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — After three years of review, a committee representing the governing bodies of both chemistry and physics, has published a paper on Pure and Applied Chemistry, accepting the work of a collaborative team of physicists as proof of the creation of element 114 and element 116, finally allowing them both to be added to the official Periodic Table of Elements. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: IUPAC announcement: www.iupac.org/web/nt/2011-06-01_elements_114_116Discovery of the elements with atomic numbers greater than or equal to 113 (IUPAC Technical Report), Pure Appl. Chem., ASAP article, doi:10.1351/PAC-REP-10-05-01AbstractThe IUPAC/IUPAP Joint Working Party (JWP) on the priority of claims to the discovery of new elements 113–116 and 118 has reviewed the relevant literature pertaining to several claims. In accordance with the criteria for the discovery of elements previously established by the 1992 IUPAC/IUPAP Transfermium Working Group (TWG), and reinforced in subsequent IUPAC/IUPAP JWP discussions, it was determined that the Dubna-Livermore collaborations share in the fulfillment of those criteria both for elements Z = 114 and 116. A synopsis of experiments and related efforts is presented. Nuclear missing link created at last: Superheavy element 117 (Update) 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.center_img Explore further The two as yet unnamed new elements, currently going by ununquadium and ununhexium, are now the two heaviest elements on the table (289 and 292 atomic mass, respectively) and both are highly radioactive.114 had several groups which claimed to have produced it in a lab, but just two teams had sufficient evidence for the examining committee to give approval; the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The two groups collaborated on the project and both groups were also credited with offering proof of the existence of 116 as well.The new elements came about as the result of hurtling lighter atoms together in an accelerator. To forge 116, they threw curium (96 protons) and calcium (20 protons) together, which shortly thereafter decayed to 114. But they also made 114 by knocking calcium and plutonium together.Properties of the new elements, such as how they might react with other elements, have yet to be discovered however, as both last less than a second before decaying away to other elements.Both new elements have actually been known to exist for quite some time; as far back as 1999 different groups were said to have produced it in a lab, and most of the work done by the collaborating teams was done back in 2004 and 2006.The two latest additions to the periodic table ignite new blather about the possible existence of a so-called “island of stability” where chemists and physicists debate the possibility of much heavier elements eventually joining the table; ones that will be extremely stable, and thus ripe for use right out of the box.Traditionally the folks that produce a new element are the ones that get to name it, so for 114 and 116, that will be the next step; likely something Russian, since the Russian team gets most of the credit, and as far as the approval committee goes, it’s likely to be a smooth process, so long as, according to one committee member, “it’s not something too weird.” Citation: After three years of review, two new elements finally added to the Periodic Table (2011, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-years-elements-added-periodic-table.htmllast_img read more

DeltaWing concept car to race at Le Mans

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The Le Mans endurance race is a 24-hour competition that features cars that typically have an engine that comes in at over five liters. One team, known as the Project 56 group, has created a car that has an engine with only 1.6 liters. The car, which has been dubbed the DeltaWing concept car, manages to run with its reduced engine capacity by significantly improving the aerodynamics of the vehicle and reducing the weight of the car to increase the fuel efficiency. Car Buyers Say Silence Isn’t Golden Explore further 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 cars 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is roughly 300 horsepower, which is about half of the horses found inside the engines of a typical competitor at Le Mans. The car also features a slim front end attached to a narrower track than the rear, which makes the car aerodynamic and makes the car easier to move forward. The car seats two, a driver and a backup driver. The technology in concept cars that tests well at Le Mans has a decent chance of showing up in production cars, though no plans have been made at this time. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The cars has been given the 56th spot in the 2012 24 hours of Le Mans races starting grid, a spot usually reserved for experimental cars that are powered by a variety of alternative technologies. Since the race is about endurance, as much as it is about staying power as it is about speed a car in any spot has the potential to win the 24 hour long race. This spot is good for a car that is high on fuel efficiency, since the race rewards cars that have to make fewer fuel stops. Citation: DeltaWing concept car to race at Le Mans (2011, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-deltawing-concept-car-le.html More information: deltawingracing.com/last_img read more

Study suggests dogs able to follow direction of human voice

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has devised an experiment that suggests that dogs are able to respond to the direction in which human voice moves. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes their experiments with multiple dogs and what their findings suggest. © 2014 Phys.org The results suggest that the dogs were able to discern the direction that the voice was traveling and to understand the connection between it and the source of the treat, a feat that chimpanzees and wolves are not able to replicate. Explore further Does your dog love you? More information: Federico Rossano, Marie Nitzschner, Michael Tomasello, Domestic dogs and puppies can use human voice direction referentially, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 7 May 2014. rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2013.3201Press release 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. Citation: Study suggests dogs able to follow direction of human voice (2014, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-dogs-human-voice.html In this experiment, the dogs know that food is hidden in one of these boxes – but they don’t know in which one. To find the tasty snack, they are following the human voice. Credit: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology Dogs and humans have a special relationship going back thousands of years. Scientists believe that over the course of all those years, it’s possible that dogs have learned to communicate with people and vice-versa, in ways that aren’t fully understood. One example was a prior study that found that dogs are able to follow a person’s gaze, or in many instances a pointed finger. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to determine if dogs are also able to make inferences based solely on the direction in which human communications are traveling.The experiment involved one human and one dog (at a time). The human kneeled behind a wood plank while the dog sat restrained behind a line several feet away, facing the wood plank. Between the two was a red curtain that served to prevent the dog from seeing the actions of the person. As the experiment began, the person stood up and showed the dog a food treat, instructing it to pay attention. The person then crouched down behind the plank as the curtain was drawn, grabbed one of two black smell-proof boxes and placed the food treat inside of it. The boxes were then set at the edges of the plank, within sight of the dog when the curtain was opened. The human, still hidden behind the plank, changed position to directly face one of the boxes and spoke encouraging words to the dog. Then, the dog was released to fetch the treat. Adult dogs went straight to the correct box on average 7.6 times out of 12. With puppies used to being around people, the average was even better, 8.1 out of 12 tries. Puppies that had not been around people, however, did no better than chance.last_img read more

Toward solidstate molecular circuitry Molecular shuttle within a metalorganic framework

first_img Kelong Zhu, Christopher A. O’Keefe, V. Nicholas Vukotic, Robert W. Schurko and Stephen J. Loeb from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor have designed and characterized a molecular shuttle that functions both in solution and when placed within a rigid chemical structure called a metal-organic framework. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.This research makes use of the rotaxane architecture, a MIM comprised of a ring-shaped molecule and two recognition sites. Rotaxanes have two components: A molecule is threaded through a macrocyclic ring, like a wheel with an axle. The macrocycle moves linearly along the axle between two recognition sites. Zhu, et al. used a 24-crown-8 macrocycle and benzimidazole recognition sites on the axle.The authors used a metal-organic framework (MOF) as a rigid structure in which they can make the axle of the [2]rotaxane between struts on the MOF. MOFs provide synthetic versatility while maintaining structural integrity in a diversity of environments.Their prior research indicated that they could control the movement of the molecular shuttle using heat without disturbing the MOF and [2]rotaxane architecture. Zhu, et al. began by constructing and testing their molecular shuttle in solution to determine the translational energy barrier as well as the translation rate. They, then, made the same [2]rotaxane within a Zn(II)-based MOF and compared its translational energy and rate to the system in solution.For solution studies, they took a 13C labeled compound and studied its translational rate with respect to temperature using variable temperature 13C NMR. Results showed that the energy barrier for molecular shuttling was 7.7 kcal mol-1 and the rate was 1.4 x 107 s-1 at 298 K.The next step was to construct the MOF-[2]rotaxane system to see if the molecular shuttle worked in solid-state conditions. They took the MIM used for solution studies and combined it with Zn(II) tetrafluoroborate hydrate using a known procedure for making a Zn(II)-based MOF, and obtained yellow crystals of product in excellent yields. Citation: Toward solid-state molecular circuitry: Molecular shuttle within a metal-organic framework (2015, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-sold-state-molecular-circuitry-shuttle-metal-organic.html One necessary step after the synthesis was to neutralize one of the benzimidazole recognitions sites. During synthesis, one site obtained a +1 charge while the other did not. 24-crown-8 coordinates preferentially to a positively charged species, meaning that it would remain on the positively charged site and never traverse to the neutral recognition site. Zhu, et al. devised a way to neutralize the benzimidazole linker without damaging the structural integrity of the MOF-[2]rotaxane. The neutralized final product was labeled UWDM-4.The structure, based on X-ray analysis, indicates that the structure has a Zn4O cluster. Carboxylate groups coordinate to this cluster, triphenyl struts form the sides of the cubic structure, and the benzimidazole recognition sites along the [2]rotaxane axle connect the cubes.Finally, the UWDM-4 shuttling mechanism was tested in the same way that the shuttle in solution was tested. UWDM-4 was 13C enriched at the recognition sites and tested using variable temperature 13C solid-state NMR. Results revealed that the shuttle worked in this confined structure, although the translational energy barrier and rate are different from the solutions studies. The energy barrier for UWDM-4 was 14.1 kcal mol-1 and the rate was 283 s-1 at 298 K. The authors speculate that the difference between the solid and liquid states have to do with enthalpic and entropic effects that may be due to steric hindrance and molecular conformation restrictions in the confined solid system. Additionally, solvent effects likely play a role in the energy and rate differences.This research shows that molecular shuttles are feasible within a framework that restricts movement and flexibility of the [2]rotaxane axle, and restricts the distance between neighboring molecules, while still allowing for the translational movement of the shuttle. This provides a compelling case for the practical application of MIMs for molecular circuitry. © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—In 1959 Moore observed that from the time the integrated circuit was invented, the number of transistors per square inch doubled about every eighteen months. A contemporary of Moore, Feynman, suggested that denser circuitry could be achieved by making molecular-scale circuitry. Since that time, mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) have proven a viable contender for eventually making molecular-based circuitry, including molecular switches. However, most molecular switches are made and studied in solution. More information: “A molecular shuttle that operates inside a metal-organic framework” Nature Chemistry, 2015: DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2258AbstractA ‘molecular shuttle’ is an interlocked molecular assembly in which a macrocyclic ring is able to move back and forth between two recognition sites. This large-amplitude translational motion was first characterized in solution in 1991. Since that report, many mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) have been designed, synthesized and shown to mimic the complex functions of macroscopic switches and machines. Here, we show that this fundamental concept—the translational motion of a molecular shuttle—can be organized, initiated and made to operate inside a crystalline, solid-state material. A metal–organic framework (MOF) designated UWDM-4 was prepared that contains a rigid linker that is a molecular shuttle. It was demonstrated by variable-temperature 1H-13C cross-polarization/magic-angle spinning (CP/MAS) and 13C 2D exchange correlation spectroscopy (EXSY) solid-state NMR at 21.1 T on a 13C-enriched sample that the macrocyclic ring undergoes rapid shuttling along the rigid axle built between struts of the framework. Metal-organic framework with a fixed composition despite initial concentration of components Explore further Journal information: Nature Chemistry MOF materials are commonly constructed from a combination of rigid linking struts (green) and metal nodes (brown). Credit: Kelong Zhu et al. Nature Chemistry, 2015: doi:10.1038/nchem.2258 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

First completely scalable quantum simulation of a molecule

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers made up of representatives from Google, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Tufts University, UC Santa Barbara, University College London and Harvard University reports that they have successfully created a scalable quantum simulation of a molecule for the first time ever. In a paper uploaded to the open access journal Physical Review X, the team describes the variational quantum eigensolver (VQE) approach they used to create and solve one of the first real-world quantum computer applications. Computed H2 energy curve and errors. Credit: Physical Review X (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.031007 The researchers are aiming to create a quantum computer that is capable not only of computing single molecule energies, but entire chemical systems. As one example, they would like to be able to simulate what happens as bacteria do their work in producing fertilizer—a process they note that currently consumes approximately 2 percent of global energy produced. That would mean developing a universal quantum computer, which, not coincidently, is a goal Google has set for itself. Hardware and software schematic of the variational quantum eigensolver. Credit: Physical Review X (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.031007 Explore further More information: P. J. J. O’Malley et al. Scalable Quantum Simulation of Molecular Energies, Physical Review X (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.031007ABSTRACTWe report the first electronic structure calculation performed on a quantum computer without exponentially costly precompilation. We use a programmable array of superconducting qubits to compute the energy surface of molecular hydrogen using two distinct quantum algorithms. First, we experimentally execute the unitary coupled cluster method using the variational quantum eigensolver. Our efficient implementation predicts the correct dissociation energy to within chemical accuracy of the numerically exact result. Second, we experimentally demonstrate the canonical quantum algorithm for chemistry, which consists of Trotterization and quantum phase estimation. We compare the experimental performance of these approaches to show clear evidence that the variational quantum eigensolver is robust to certain errors. This error tolerance inspires hope that variational quantum simulations of classically intractable molecules may be viable in the near future. Google combines two main quantum computing ideas in one computercenter_img © 2016 Phys.org Citation: First completely scalable quantum simulation of a molecule (2016, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-scalable-quantum-simulation-molecule.html As research continues with the development of a true quantum computer, some in the field have turned their attention to selecting certain types of problems that such computers could solve, as opposed to what are now being called classical computers. One such problem is solving the molecular electronic structure problem, which as Google Quantum Software Engineer Ryan Babbush notes in a blog post involves searching for the lowest electron energy configuration of a given molecule. What this means in practice is using a machine to compute the energies of molecules—doing so for some, such as methane, is relatively easy and can be done very quickly on a classical computer, but others, such as propane, can take days. This makes it an ideal test case for a quantum computer.To calculate molecular energies on a quantum computer, the researchers used the VQE approach because it translates well as a quantum equivalent of a neural network, i.e., quantum bits could be used to represent molecular wave functions. Once they had built and programmed the system, they tested it by computing the energy of a hydrogen molecule. Their results very closely matched prior results found using classical computers. Journal information: Physical Review X 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

Getting to The Art of It The Carter Burden Ga

first_img by Alexandra Parker Getting to The Art of It: The Carter Burden Gallery Audio PlayerYour browser version does not support the audio element00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. center_img 8.23.19 6:00am Artists of all ages get up every day and make works worthy of galleries and museums. One gallery in Chelsea exclusively shows work from artists over 60. For WFUV’s Getting to the Art of it, Alex Parker reports…last_img read more

Laugh your heart out

first_imgKick languor out of your sweltering summery Sundays. Giggles, laughter and a lot of madness await you as the Sunday evening brings in a deluge of hilarious acts, that too by Delhi’s best comedians. Doubly whammy! We got pally with the host and stand up comic, Nishant ‘Joke’ Singh to get you a sneak peak.Being the funny guy everywhere can  pose as a challenge one day. So goes the story of Nishant aka Nishant ‘Joke’ Singh. He is not Singh and Joke, well who ever had that surname? But that’s another story. Back in 2009, when Russell Peters, the Canadian actor-comedian toured India, our Joke Singh didn’t even know who Peters was, till a girl in his media company poked him to become one. That was enough for him to give up on his job to live out as a full-time stand-up comic! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The funny guy in him didn’t take too long to realise that it was his calling. By the end of 2009, when   Open Mic, a live show where professional stand up comics perform and the newbies are entertained every now and then, our Joke Singh forayed into the spotlight for the first time. ‘ Out of 25 jokes, 5 really worked out that day,’ he says with a whiff of mischief, adding that even now before getting onto the stage, he doesn’t like talking to anybody for the last ten-fifteen minutes. Well, all that anxiety melts out into a relaxed and rejuvenating evening for his audience as he delivers in his quirky interactive style. ‘I like to keep my audience upbeat and involve them in my acts. At times, it backfires. But that’s a part of show life,’ says the comedian. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe is one of the prominent face amidst Delhi stand up comedy circles. Is performing live with competing comics, daunting? The perky comic got back saying, ‘Every stand up comedian in Delhi has his own flavour to his style of comedy.’ While he digs up fun with his lively and interactive acts, his peers bring up their style with Punjabi humor, jokes on marriages, satire and a myriad other subjects. Comedy Central, the international channel for stand up comedy went on air in India more than a year ago. Has it opened up newer avenues for stand up comedy? In Nishant’s view, ‘Open Mic gives a freedom to the stand-up comics. It’s their style that they portray without any shackles.’ He doubts that broadcast media would grant that much freedom to artists. He is weary of censor which curbs the right of an artist to bring up satires on politics and other imperative issues ;  something that they enjoy in Open Mic. Still he appreciates the first round of Hindi comedy shows in India that gave the limelight to artists like Raju Srivastav. ‘But it’s long way to go as Indian broadcast comedy now depends mostly on pun oriented humour, made for the masses,’ rues Nishant.  Adding, the international artists work on the same one-hour material for their shows over a year, while our artists in broadcast are made to pan out humour five days a week.  His brand of humour comes in English backed with Hindi punchlines, depending upon the audience.  The night will a riot of laughter when comedians come together with their takes on everyday things around and tickle your funny bone. You better not miss out!DETAILTimings: 8 pm When: 28 April Where: Cafe Morrisonlast_img read more

Mayor holds meet to ensure waterloggingfree Kolkata this monsoon

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure swift draining of rainwater during the monsoon, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee held a meeting with state Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra and other state government agencies, at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters on Friday afternoon.”We have conducted a meeting with the Irrigation minister, along with other government agencies such as Public Works Department (PWD), Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT), Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) and others, to ensure proper drainage of rainwater during monsoons. The task can be carried out effectively through a coordinated effort,” Chatterjee Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightssaid.It has been learnt that Chatterjee has urged the Irrigation minister to clean up the clogged canals in the city with priority. “We have to ensure that during heavy rainfall, the water is able to pass through the gully pits into the underground drainage system, so that we can use our booster pumping station, to pump the water into the river through these canals,” he maintained.The Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Program (KEIIP), with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has integrated a few pumping stations, while several pipelines have been cleansed during the dry weather. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPump capacities have also been increased. Chatterjee is hopeful that this will contribute to achieving good results.State Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra said “The state government has already started preparations from the month of February. Our control room has been made functional. We have also taken a decision to monitor the canals with the use of drones. We monitor canals throughout the year and implement cleaning process from time totime.”The Mayor has directed all the other agencies to complete all digging work before June 15. “Monsoon will soon set in and carrying on work by digging roads for utility services will cause serious damage to them. So, it is feasible not to do such work during the monsoon,” Chatterjee added.last_img read more

CM meets members of Namashudra Vikas Parishad

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with Namashudra Vikas Parishad at Nabanna on Monday.Sources said there were discussions over certain issues with the representatives who were led by Mukul Chandra.It is learnt that they have placed a demand for the formation of a development board to ensure further progress in their region. There was also discussion over various matters in regard to the community.Sources added that there were talks about the recent Assam’s National Register of Citizens as well. The Namashudra Vikas Parishad members had protested against the exclusion of the names of 40 lakh people from the final draft by staging a demonstration at Jalpaiguri.last_img read more

Donna Dives into the Book Fair

first_imgA unique Book – ‘The Adventures of Donna the Dolphin Vol 1- The Challenge’ successfully made its mark at the World Book Fair 2016. The innovative book uses all three learning styles – visual, kinaesthetic and audio.  Assuredly it is book that will make you jump with joy along with the dolphins that dive into the sea and the sharks attacking at your finger tips . It offers an amazing experience for children to closely feel the marine life while reading the story. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sameena Shaikh an  Entrepreneur from the City of Lucknow published  this book for children. An elated Sameena Shaikh told us about the experience of having ‘Donna’ at the book fair, she said, “It feels like a dream come true. The appreciation and success of the book has this is where I belong , books and readers. I had a lovely experience being a part of this global extravaganza.” The book has been worded by Viveik Pandit, writer author also from the city of Nawabs has 10 books to his credit. It is available at New Delhi World Book Fair 2016 with Sterling Publishers, a 49-year old company, one of the leading publishers of children books.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe uniqueness of the book apart from the fun story lies in the word meanings in flaps, coupled with drop-downs with extra information of the sea world. There are beautiful paintings that explain the text and help in sensitivity building among kids with a subtle moral. The story narration  can be downloaded from the website is also helpful in pronunciations and story-telling. The storyline builds curiosity especially by the usage of flaps and drop downs. Speech bubbles have been also used to illustrate conversations. It is a green book as printed on recycled paper and the paper engineered and crafted  to make dolphins jump and sharks attack. Besides serving the purpose of a fun story and imparting knowledge, this book aims to revive and refresh, book-reading culture among children. The book was short-listed for the Printweek India Awards , Mumbai 2015. It has been has been purchased by many schools in Lucknow for their School Libraries. “I have done book reading sessions in schools like La Martiniere Boys,  La Martiniere Girls, Seth M R Jaipuria School, branches of CMS etc to reach to as many children as possible. The children, teachers, Principals, parents and grandparents have appreciated the book,” said Shaikh. The book was recently showcased for the children at an exclusive event at the Lucknow Literature Carnival 2015. It was for the first time a children’s book featured at the Lucknow Literature Carnival.last_img read more

Exquisite ghazals that convey a social message

first_imgLanguage is one of the most powerful emblems of social behaviour. In the normal transfer of information through language, we use language to send vital social messages about who we are, where we come from, and who we associate with. Noted social worker and cultural activist Dr Mridula Tandon was the recipient of honours and felicitated at a graceful assembly of writers and social figures, organised by the foundation SIET, on Tuesday evening at India International Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening commenced with a heart wrenching performance by adolescent girls from ‘Sakshi NGO’, their performance to the song ‘Aye Khuda’ depicted the evils against women prevalent in society. It spread a strong message encompassing issues like female foeticide, dowry practice, rape, domestic violence, girl child education, women empowerment, gender equality, stalking, eve-teasing etc. The messages and presentations by these children touched an emotional chord in the audience; and many were seen teary eyed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA lyrical follow up to the message of gender disparity was next – ghazals by Shakeel Ahmed, who, with his accompanying artists enthralled the audience with original compositions of choice lyrics by highly esteemed Shayars like Nida Fazli’s, ‘Vrindavan Ke Krishan Kanhaiyya Alla Hu’ Nazim’s ‘Aisa Hua Deewana Main,’ Aleena Itrat’s – ‘Abhi to chaak pe jaar hai raks mitti ka’, Zeeshan’s ‘Vasal Ki Shab Guzar Na Jaye Kahin,’ among others. The overflowing hall and appreciative applause evidenced the audience response. His singing, range and depth fascinated everyone present.Dr Tandon is also known for her work in promoting writers of Hindi and Urdu literature and the classical and semi classical forms of Hindustani music and dance. She opined that these arts, which are a living heritage of our society, need to be brought to a wider and mainstream audience to ensure that they flourish and enrich society, rather than just surviving in the ivory towers that they seem to have retreated to.last_img read more

Special Police Observer expresses satisfaction over preparedness in poll bound Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dubey on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the preparatory work done by the district and police administration in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.Dubey, who reached the city on Sunday evening, held a video conference with the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of five districts in the state, which are going to polls in the first two phases. “I took stock of the ongoing work regarding the elections and also asked them about any requirement. They are doing well,” he told reporters after the conference. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDubey, who held a series of meetings during the day, had a short interaction with the media in the afternoon, where he reiterated that the Election Commission will take all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in the state. “It is not correct that all booths in the state are sensitive, as claimed by some political parties. They can claim so but they have to furnish evidence,” Dubey said. Sources in the commission said that Dubey, who gave a patient hearing to the political parties, asked them to provide evidence against their claims so that the commission can take action against them. Dubey’s advice came in the wake of some political parties alleging partiality of the state administration and police. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWhen asked whether there will be Central Forces in all the booths, the IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh said: “We are yet to decide on the deployment pattern. We will see the existing state forces and then examine the availability of Central Forces and strategise the force management.” Dubey began his day by holding a meeting with all political parties in the state. He followed it up with an extensive discussion with the senior BSF and CRPF officials at the Port guest house, strategising the possible deployment of forces in the first two phases of election. He then accompanied Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab to Nabanna. Subsequently, Dubey held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Malay De in presence of state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. He then held a detailed meeting with DG Virendra on the pending arrests warrant. The Police Observer ended his day with the video conference. He will again meet the state officials on Tuesday before flying to Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by MLA Tapas Roy made a number of complaints against BJP for making provocative statements and trying to instill a sense of fear among the voters. “They are making statements in a manner that is giving the impression that the commission and the Central Forces are functioning under their instructions. I have brought this to the notice of the Police Observer,” Roy said. Mukul Roy, who led the BJP delegation to the CEO’s office, claimed that the CEO was acting in a partial manner. It has been learnt that the CEO was not present when Roy interacted with the Observer, though he was present during the meeting with the political parties. When asked to comment on Roy’s claim, Additional CEO Sanjoy Basu said: “I shall not say anything on this because it goes against the protocol and decorum.”last_img read more

Why did So Many People Wear Wigs in the 18th Century

first_imgFashion has always been a is a harbinger of the times. Take the 18th century, for example. Never — certainly not in European history — have people been quite so excessively and boastfully, well, fake. Extravagant hairstyles, particularly towering powdered wigs, abounded. But that would change. As the 18th century came to a close, wigs (for both men and women) were on their way out, seen as a sign of deception and viewed with suspicion.Marie Antoinette wearing the distinctive pouf style coiffure: her own natural hair is extended on the top with an artificial hairpiece.During the French Revolution, people — particularly aristocrats — fearful of being targeted, imprisoned, and worse, stopped wearing elaborate powdered toppers, opting to go au naturel.At the turn of the century, a time of more restraint, the trend continued. Women’s hair once again saw the light of day, held in place with tortoiseshell combs, colorful ribbons, or pins.Though some continued to use clip-in hairpieces (or postiches, as the French called them) for much of the nineteenth century, artifice was something to be avoided.Charles-Alexandre de Calonne by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (1784), London, Royal Collection. The Vicomte de Calonne is shown wearing a powdered wig; the powder that has fallen from the wig is visible on his shoulders.Indeed, a letter sent to Queen Victoria from her aunt Queen Adelaide in 1843 perfectly illustrates the disapproval people had regarding wigs at the time.In the missive, an opinionated Adelaide declares how unfortunate it is that Victoria’s eldest daughter is forced to wear a powdered wig. How strange she must look, clucks Adelaide.Queen Victoria with the five surviving children of her daughter, Princess Alice, dressed in mourning clothing for their mother and their sister Princess Marie in early 1879.For men, wigs were considered the height of vanity. Women wearing wigs would be accused of employing trickery in a desperate bid to snare a husband. Wig became such a forbidden word that hairdressers came up with colorful euphemisms, such as “gentlemen’s invisible perukes” or “ladies’ imperceptible hair coverings.”Often, being fitted for a wig was a clandestine encounter between hairdressers and their clients. In his book The Strange Story of False Hair, author John Woodforde relays a touching story about a girl, whose mother shaved her head and fitted her with a blonde wig to lure potential suitors.Colonel James Hamilton by John Smart (1784), wearing a white wig powdered with pink-colored powder.After marrying, the girl would wear the wig till the day she died. She would go so far as to issue orders specifying that if she should die before her husband, her hairdresser should style the wig in her coffin, lest her husband discovers her shameful secret.Frankly, many were happy to be free of their faux hair. The heavy, elaborate wigs of the Georgian era were something of a health hazard. People developed sores on their scalps, suffered from lice, and ran the risk of their hairpieces exploding! (The animal fats used for styling were highly combustible.)Wigs as court dress. Photo by Oxfordian Kissuth CC BY-SA 3.0Those still wearing full wigs by the mid-19th century often did so for reasons beyond the superficial.A woman suffering from baldness, for example, was probably afflicted with syphilitics — a bacterial infection which caused symptoms such as open sores, nasty rashes, and bald patches.Women’s hair during the first part of the century was typically worn in a neoclassical style that harkened back to ancient Greece, tied in a knot or chignon at the nape of the neck, curls framing the face and forehead, and accessorized with ribbons and headbands.In later decades, hair became a bit more elaborate, perhaps swept upward and adorned with combs, flowers, leaves, pearls, or jeweled ribbons.Wilhelmina KrafftTo create this style, women incorporated hairpieces made from strands collected from their combs and brushes and saved over time in ceramic or porcelain containers.Men favored longer hair and mustaches, sideburns, and beards, during much of the 1800s — some using waxes and wood frames at the night to help preserve their shape.In fact, the mid- to late-19th century would usher in more than a few advances in hair maintenance.Wilhelm I, German Emperor, sported large sideburns.Eliza Rossana Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld and a courtesan in the court of Ludwig I of Bavaria offered recipes for dying grey hair in an 1858 book she penned.In 1882, Canadian Martha Matilda Harper started the first international chain of salons, offering a variety of treatments for healthy hair. And in 1890, Alexandre Godefroy invented a machine to dry hair in his Parisian salon.Lola Montez c.1851.By the end of the nineteenth century, the tide was turning once again, at least when it came to men, with publications such as the Hairdresser’s Weekly Journal suggesting that hairpieces created to hide male baldness went beyond mere vanity.Read another story from us: Nipple Rings for Aristocrats – The Wild Victorian Fashion TrendWomen plagued with skimpy, wimpy strands weren’t quite as lucky.Intolerance toward faux tresses would continue all the way into the next century.last_img read more

WATCH Micd up version of Jeff Fishers famous challenge flag disaster is

first_imgAll or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams is Amazon’s documentary of the slow motion car accident that was the Rams first season back on the West coast.One moment that perfectly summed up the Rams’ disastrous season was now-fired head coach Jeff Fisher frantically searching through his jacket pockets in an attempt to find his challenge flag in a December game against the Pats in Foxboro.The most recent episode went inside the widely mocked viral moment during the past year, and showed a mic’d up Fisher living the embarrassing nightmare in real time. It turns out it was exactly as bad as it looked.The scene has some bad language, but it’s pretty funny.Remember Jeff Fisher’s challenge flag fiasco at Gillette last year? Here it is mic’d up, from the new “All or Nothing” season. pic.twitter.com/SwzwECGaFS— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 6, 2017last_img read more

Technologys Most and Least Reliable Brands

first_img 15+ min read Brought to you by PCWorld November 29, 2007 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Note to tech companies: When you don’t deliver on your promises, watch out. Customers have long memories–and they hold grudges. And if you wrong them, they won’t come back. Just ask Curtis Gans and George Schwarz.Gans, who lives in Lovettsville, Virginia, favors Hewlett-Packard these days but says that he is no longer a fan of Dell: “I’ve had relatively good service from HP, and sufficiently terrible service from Dell,” says Gans, a faculty member at American University in Washington, D.C. He soured on Dell a year and a half ago, following a couple of bad tech-support calls. The low point occurred when a disc became stuck in his Dell PC’s CD-ROM drive. A Dell tech support rep instructed Gans by phone to dismantle his PC, and then “ended his workday and left me with a machine in pieces on the floor.” Even worse, the tech never got back to Gans, who had forgotten to write down the man’s name or number. In the end, Gans paid a “local geek” to repair his PC. As a result, Gans is done with Dell: “I will never buy from them again.”Schwarz, of Amarillo, Texas, holds the opposite opinion. “I’ve found HP to be incredibly unresponsive to customers,” says Schwarz, who publishes a small local newspaper, the Amarillo Independent, and who has four HP computers–three at work and one at home. Though Schwarz considers his HP systems to be reliable, he’s had it with HP support. The vendor never responded to two of his written queries–the first on the subject of shipping HP systems via UPS, and the second regarding problems with downloading HP software updates. In a separate incident, an HP technician wouldn’t help him repair an out-of-warranty system, even though Schwarz had originally contacted HP about the problem during the machine’s warranty period. Will he buy from HP again? “The answer is no. In fact, the answer is hell no,” he says adamantly.Vendors cringe at such stories, but they say they’re working to improve their customers’ experience. Says Dell vice president of customer support Dick Hunter: “There are no silver bullets in this. What we’re trying to do is go back to the basics, which is taking care of the customer’s problem on the first call.”On the other hand, when tech companies consistently deliver rugged, reliable products, customers are eager to talk about it. Allen Brooks, a computer support professional in Austin, Texas, owns three Lenovo ThinkPad R61 laptops, plus an older IBM R51 portable. “I consider them like the old Checker Cabs–big and bulky but really sturdy,” he says. “We like the keyboards. Everyone likes them. They’re pretty much indestructible unless the user really gets mad and throws one through the window.”Who’s the Best? It has been two years since PC World last asked its readers to rate the service and product reliability of the leading computer and peripheral vendors. This time more than 60,000 of you–nearly double our previous survey’s number of respondents–weighed in.As they did two years ago, PC World readers gave their highest praise to Apple, Canon, and Lenovo. The worst performers overall were Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark.Apple and Lenovo (formerly IBM) remain the most admired notebook vendors, each garnering higher-than-average scores in five categories, including customers’ overall satisfaction with their service experience and with product reliability. Apple did well in desktops too, as did eMachines, which Acer recently acquired. People who bought systems built at mom-and-pop computer stores reported more reliability problems but were very happy with the service they received. No vendor stood out in the MP3 player section, though Apple, Sony, and Toshiba scored slightly better than average in some areas.Routers, too, had no superstars, but Cisco and Linksys earned better-than-average marks on two criteria each. Canon posted positively stellar marks in both the printer and camera sections, with excellent scores in eight of the nine categories. Samsung did well in printers, too, and Panasonic, Nikon, and Sony finished high among cameras.Dell, whose customers have flogged it in recent years for its poor tech support, earned mixed scores. Readers grumbled about lengthy hold times for Dell’s phone support, but they praised the vendor’s ability to resolve desktop and notebook problems. Dell’s printers didn’t fare nearly as well, however, receiving low scores on reliability and ease of use.CyberPower, a California-based vendor that builds gaming PCs, earned unusually low marks in four desktop reliability categories–a repeat of the vendor’s performance two years ago. CyberPower CEO Eric Cheung responded that his company’s component failure rate is within industry guidelines, and that CyberPower is working to improve its tech support offerings by expanding the capacity of its support center.The biggest surprise in this year’s results is Hewlett-Packard’s poor performance. In our survey two years ago, HP–which is now the largest computer manufacturer in the world–did well, aside from a few poor ratings for its printers and Compaq-brand laptops. (Hewlett-Packard makes both HP- and Compaq-brand products. Though we rated HP and Compaq products separately, our evaluation of HP’s overall performance includes scores for both product brands.)Respondents were less kind this time around. Readers put HP near the bottom in diverse categories (desktop PCs, laptops, printers, and digital cameras). In desktop PCs, problem areas span both support and reliability. Readers who own HP cameras or printers reported a higher-than-average incidence of problems arising at some point in their product’s life. (As we went to press, the company announced that it will stop making its own cameras early next year. For more, see “HP Zooms Out of Camera Business.”) Readers also say that HP products are more likely than competing models to arrive with “out-of-the-box” problems. Jim Kahler, HP’s director of consumer warranties, had no direct explanation for his company’s poor showing in reliability. HP’s reliability rates, Kahler says, “are dramatically improving across our product line. Our product quality metrics are trending in the right direction.” (See “HP Tumbles” for additional details.)Hewlett-Packard wasn’t the only vendor to feel some heat this year. Lexmark earned poorer-than-average marks on six of the printer measures–similar to its showing last time. Other lowlights include Averatec laptops, Epson and Xerox printers, and Kodak cameras. On the bright side, some vendors fared better this time: 2Wire improved in the router category, Brother moved up in printers, and RCA stepped forward in MP3 players.Are service and reliability improving overall? Anecdotal accounts from readers indicate that long waits on hold, clueless support reps, and slapdash workmanship haven’t gone away by any means. But other respondents report a largely hassle-free experience, albeit one garnished with occasional gripes about quirky or hard-to-use features. The good news: Industry analysts tell us that many companies are improving.Reliability Getting Better Hardware vendors hit their low point in reliability three or four years ago, says Gartner research VP Leslie Fiering, who tracks reliability issues. Price wars had impelled vendors to cut corners in design and engineering, as well as to unload a great deal of the quality-assurance testing they once did to component suppliers, Fiering explains.”Well, guess, what? Suppliers were not totally honest. Certain things were not caught,” says Fiering. Industrywide problems, including (in 2005) faulty 60GB notebook hard drives and (more recently) problems with defective and exploding batteries, affected just about every vendor, she says. Computer makers were then forced to reexamine their cost-cutting efforts, and concluded that they had made a mistake. “All that money they thought they were saving on the front end, they were hemorrhaging on the back end through warranty support,” she says.Since then, vendors have improved the reliability of their products somewhat by increasing system testing and by hiking the penalties they impose on component suppliers who deliver junky equipment. In a 2006 Gartner study of enterprise PCs, Fiering estimated that reliability had improved by about 25 percent since its nadir a few years earlier.Tighter system integration has been another boon to reliability. A few years ago, the average desktop PC motherboard held an assortment of video, networking, and modem cards–each one a potential point of failure. Computer manufacturers now integrate these features into chips included on the motherboard. As a result, the computer operates using fewer independent components from fewer vendors, and the chance of system failure is much reduced.Better Support HP fell sharply in the eyes of PC World readers this year. Asked if he’ll buy from HP again, George Schwarz of Amarillo, Texas, says: The answer is no. In fact, the answer is hell no.Readers continue to complain about thick-accented phone support representatives. Several Dell and HP customers we interviewed griped about the language barrier. “When you talk to somebody and you can’t understand their thick accent, normally they don’t get what you say either,” Schwarz says. Vendors, however, have been working diligently to remedy this particular problem. “A lot of overseas organizations have addressed the language question more effectively,” says Gartner hardware analyst Ron Silliman. “It’s true that you may run into an accent, but it’s less likely that you’ll run into slipshod call center procedures.”When it comes to support personnel who are based overseas, “you’re dealing with, for the most part, a very highly educated and extraordinarily polite and patient pool of people who are doing their best,” says Gartner’s Fiering. “In all the calls I’ve made, I’ve run into only a couple of people who I’ve had a hard time understanding,” she adds.Vendors say that they’ve listened carefully to their customers’ complaints and are making the necessary adjustments among their support staffs. “We’ve put in very rigorous prehire screens on voice and grammar,” says Dell’s Hunter. “We now know that people coming in the door are quite capable.”HP tells a similar story. Resolving the accent issue is “a pretty significant focus on our part,” says Kahler of HP. “We’re monitoring our partners and our call center sites very closely for language skills, and making sure we’re hiring and training for language and cultural sensitivity.”Of the major computer vendors, Dell and Hewlett-Packard received the largest proportion of customer complaints about hold times for phone support. Both vendors report that their studies show they’ve shortened the wait in recent months. “When a customer waits for tech support more than 7 to 8 minutes, they start getting angry,” says Hunter, adding that Dell now averages a queue time of 2 minutes, down from 6 to 8 minutes 18 months ago. HP’s in-house stats are similar: 80 percent of customers who phone in get their call answered within 3 minutes, and the maximum wait is 6 to 7 minutes.Those numbers may be rosy, but our readers beg to differ. Desktop users, for instance, slapped Dell and HP with worse-than-average grades for phone hold time (an average of more than 10 minutes for Dell owners and close to 12 minutes for HP owners). Both Dell and HP laptop users complained that they were left on hold for around 11 minutes on average.Get Off the PhoneVendors continue to fine-tune their support offerings, including online chat and automated diagnostic and repair tools designed to wean customers away from phone support. Breaking that habit may be difficult, however. JupiterResearch forecasts that the number of service queries handled online will double by 2012, but that the telephone will remain most users’ preferred support tool.Not everyone prefers the phone, however. Younger users, who’ve grown up with the Internet, prefer online over phone support, according to HP’s Kahler. Roger Kay, technology analyst and president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, agrees: “People really like good self-help. If they can go to a Web site and do a self-diagnosis quickly, and then download a driver or call up a diagram that shows how to install a piece of hardware, they really like that.”Help tools such as HP’s Instant Care allow a technician, with the customer’s permission, to take control of the computer’s desktop through a broadband connection. This interactive approach is often superior to phone support, proponents say, particularly for novice users who scratch their heads when a tech adviser talks about msconfig or the printer driver. “It enhances the troubleshooting process, and takes some of those communication barriers out of the loop,” says Kahler. “The agent can go in and do troubleshooting steps directly on the user’s PC.”Other vendors are implementing their own automated features. For example, for the past year Dell systems have come with a support icon included on the desktop. When users click the icon, a dialog box opens, asking whether they want system information and software updates to be sent automatically to their computer. So far, “30 million people have clicked ‘yes’,” says Dell’s Hunter. “They want that.”HP Tumbles HP’s bad report card surprised us, particularly since readers seemed reasonably upbeat about the vendor two years ago. Though pinpointing the exact cause of HP’s downfall is difficult, some analysts suspect that the vendor may be a victim of its own success. In the past two years, HP has leapfrogged Dell to become the world’s most prolific PC maker, with much of its growth due to rapid expansion into consumer markets, where novice users typically need a lot of assistance. “It may be that HP is now exposed to a larger range of consumers, rather than just corporate accounts, as was the case a few years ago,” says Gartner’s Silliman.”That’s part of the story, but that’s not an excuse,” responds HP’s Kahler. “If you can build enough products to grow, you should be prepared to support that many products.” HP has made a large investment over the past year to improve its support operations, Kahler says, taking steps to add support staff, reduce hold times for phone help, improve the English-language skills of its overseas tech reps (and of its third-party support providers), and find better component suppliers. Kahler wouldn’t say how much HP is spending on the efforts, nor how many support staffers the company is adding. The improvements are ongoing, he says, and the first set of changes were launched in September 2007.Better support will certainly come as good news to HP customer Glen Ulrici of Richmond, Virginia. Ulrici reports that he’s generally pleased with his Compaq laptop, which he has owned for two and a half years. But though he’s contacted HP regarding only a few minor tech issues during that time, Ulrici feels that the vendor’s support has declined. “It’s the language barrier, the voice inflection and words–it’s a struggle to get through,” says Ulrici, who would rather chat online via keyboard with a tech rep to remove accents from the equation. “Chat works really well with HP.”Meanwhile, IDC analyst Matt Healey, who covers software and hardware support services, is surprised by HP’s poor showing in customer support. “They have a very good track record on the enterprise side across multiple products,” Healey says.Laptops and GadgetsWilliam Hanson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says that he chose a SanDisk MP3 player in part because of the sturdy flash drive it has inside.Photograph: Will McIntyreNotebooks are more delicate than desktops–a fact that is painfully obvious to anyone who has ever dropped one. Fortunately, laptop design continues to improve, says analyst Kay of Endpoint Technologies. In the two years since our previous Reliability and Service survey, more vendors have added features to boost durability, such as accelerometers that detect when the laptop is falling and park the hard drive’s head.Screen breakage used to be the number one vulnerability of portables, but it’s less of a concern now that vendors have strengthened laptops with magnesium alloy frames that reduce torque, resulting in less panel damage. “There’s an added cost involved, but it’s a trade-off that companies are willing to make,” says Kay. “It works in the vendor’s favor because it reduces warranty costs, and that’s a pretty important thing.”In the future, the expected switch to solid-state hard drives will make laptops even more durable. “Once you have those, you’ve eliminated a huge source of failure, and that’s the spinning media,” Kay says. “Coming up, that’s going to be one of the most important changes in reliability for notebooks.” Solid-state drives haven’t made a big impact yet because they’re too expensive for mainstream use. Putting a solid-state hard drive into a Dell Precision M4300 notebook, for instance, cost an extra $554 at press time. And that solid-state drive was only 32GB, less than half the capacity of the 80GB traditional hard drive that comes standard. That gap will shrink, however, as solid-state manufacturing improves.Brooks, the longtime IBM/Lenovo user we spoke with, agrees that today’s laptops offer better durability, computing power, and connectivity: “Overall, I believe they’re better. Especially the hard drives–they live a lot longer than they used to, and the displays are better.”Survey respondents were happier about the reliability and service for their MP3 players, routers, and digital cameras, on the whole, than they were about desktop PCs, laptops, and printers. Among MP3 vendors, for instance, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony were the only vendors to receive even two subpar scores apiece. Why? Because MP3 players, cameras, and routers have very few moving parts to break.William Hanson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says that he bought a SanDisk MP3 player because he didn’t want to be locked into Apple’s iTunes format, but also because he prefers flash drives over hard drives. “I did not want to deal with anything mechanical because they’re not as durable,” he says.Readers gave camera vendors–in particular, Canon and Sony–high marks for both the reliability and the ease of use of their products. “Product failures are few and far between in digital cameras, and unless it’s a specialized camera with a unique feature, most of the problems are user error,” says IDC digital camera analyst Chris Chute.And what sorts of things qualify as “user error”? First and foremost, Chute says, digital cameras are often dropped or set down in places where they can come to harm, Chute says.Similarly, our readers reported few major reliability problems with routers. Jeff Babcock of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, says his Linksys router works fine, though he wishes it had a stronger wireless signal: “I live in a small one-bedroom apartment, and when I take my laptop into the bedroom, which is probably 60 feet from the router, [the signal] is flaky.”Problems With PrintersOf all the product categories we asked readers to talk about, printers received the harshest treatment. Five companies garnered three or more worse-than-average grades, and Lexmark placed dead last with six subpar scores in various reliability, phone service, and ease-of-use sections.This was Lexmark’s second consecutive appearance at the bottom of the printer pack. When asked to comment on its low scores, Lexmark spokesperson Tim Fitzpatrick said that the company is working continuously to improve its reliability and service, and that its in-house surveys of customer satisfaction ratings “have improved significantly year over year.” Survey comments from Lexmark users focused mostly on usability issues such as “Make the paper feed more reliable,” “The paper loader for faxing needs to be fixed,” and “Lexmark announces the ink is low, when it’s not.” Lexmark wasn’t the only printer vendor to get slammed; Dell and Epson customers also had an unusually high rate of complaints regarding the general reliability of their printers. Why are readers so dissatisfied with printers? Ironically, one reason might be their low cost. Prices for these peripherals have dropped so dramatically in recent years that retailers commonly toss in a free inkjet printer with a computer purchase. To keep costs down, Fiering suspects, manufacturers may be using cheaper and less reliable parts, and skimping on testing.In addition, printers have a lot of mechanical parts that can break down–and software drivers that are notoriously flaky.Outsourcing: Everybody Does ItWhen you buy a computer, MP3 player, or other consumer electronics gadget, the company whose brand appears on the shell probably isn’t the product’s actual manufacturer. Many vendors outsource the work to a third-party manufacturer somewhere in Asia. Taiwan-based Quanta, for instance, is the world’s largest manufacturer of notebooks; its customers include a who’s who of computer vendors: Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, and Toshiba, among others.Outsourcing is a way of life. “They all do it,” says Gartner’s Fiering, who adds that reliability is determined mostly by the vendor’s commitment to quality assurance. If a vendor uses a reliable third-party manufacturer, the results are positive and predictable. “You get what you pay for,” Fiering says.In intensely competitive markets, the challenge for vendors is to create reliable products, support them well, and still turn a profit. “The industry knows how to build quality, but the problem is pressure on price,” Fiering says. “Given that, everybody’s always looking for ways to cut corners.”Winners and LosersApple, Canon, and Lenovo did best overall in our study. Apple earned 14 better-than-average scores across four product categories. Canon took 16 high marks in just two categories, while Lenovo took 5 in laptops. In the losers’ bracket, HP received 15 worse-than-average scores over four device categories, while Lexmark managed 6 subpar grades in just the printer category.Laptops: Apple and Lenovo Top the FieldApple and Lenovo (formerly IBM) customers are happier than most with the service and support their laptops received after the sale; Lenovo in particular got high marks for not leaving customers hanging on hold when they need to talk to a support rep. Overall, both vendors’ customers had fewer complaints, on average, than owners of other brands about their notebooks’ reliability. Readers who owned Compaq or Averatec portables were less happy. A disproportionate number of Compaq customers said that their laptops were less reliable in general, while Averatec owners reported more component failures.Desktop PCs: HP Gets Lousy Grades; Apple Heads the Class HP owners reportED significantly fewer failures of the component parts inside their desktop PCs, but they also had a higher-than-average number of complaints about HP’s service and its phone support. These are marked changes from HP’s middling performance in these categories on our 2005 survey. Meanwhile, for its part, gaming PC maker CyberPower received low marks two years ago, and did not improve: Customers reported a higher-than-normal number of problems out of the box and throughout the life span of their PCs. At the high end of the scale, Apple customers reported relatively few problems with the innards of their machines and had fewer complaints about the way Apple services its products after the sale.Printers: Lexmark Receives Low Grades All Around Printer prices have been falling for the past two years, so vendors depend on ink cartridge sales to make up the difference. Our survey suggests that this isn’t helping the overall reliability of these products. Lexmark, Epson, and Dell customers had unusually high complaint rates regarding the general reliability of their printers. Dell, Epson, and HP owners had problems getting service and support for broken printers. Readers were most irked by Lexmark and its printers, much as in our 2005 survey. Lexmark could take a lesson from Canon, which nearly ran the table with better-than-average scores on all but one measure.Cameras: Canon Zooms; Kodak and HP Lose FocusReaders like the ruggedness of Canon cameras–and the way Canon services them when something breaks. But only a couple of camera brands–Kodak and HP–earned noticeably low marks in these areas. Owners of those cameras reported a higher-than-normal number of technical problems, including those discovered immediately after opening the box for the first time. Those issues probably helped form users’ negative opinions of the overall reliability of Kodak and HP cameras.Routers: Only D-Link Garners Reliability Complaints Though some readers complained about the usable range of their routers, most seemed fairly content with the products’ durability and with the manufacturer’s service. On the positive side, Cisco and Linksys received higher-than-average marks for the reliability of their routers; and a high proportion of Apple, 2Wire, and Belkin owners talked up their products’ ease of use. Only D-Link customers expressed dissatisfaction with their routers’ reliability in higher-than-usual numbers.MP3 Players: The iPod Remains the Player to BeatNot surprisingly, iPod users gave Apple high marks for making the product easy to use. The iPod’s simple, elegant, and intuitive design may color the overall good feeling users have about the reliability of the devices. That may also cast a bad light on competing players: Users of almost all non-iPod players had complaints about the ease of use of their devices. But readers had some nice things to say about iPod competitors, too. For example, relatively few users of Toshiba and Sony MP3 players reported having technical problems over the lifetime of their products.What the Measures Mean We asked PC World readers to rate vendors in six product categories: laptops, desktops, printers, digital cameras, routers, and MP3 players. Each category contained nine subsections for rating a vendor in specific areas of customer service or product reliability. Each company was judged relative to its competitors.In each subsection, we distributed every vendor’s score into one of three rating categories: significantly better than average, not significantly different from average, or significantly worse than average. If a vendor drew fewer than 50 responses in a subsection, we discarded the results as statistically unstable. Some smaller vendors received too few votes for us to accurately rate their reliability and service.Reliability Measures Problems on arrival (all devices): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported one or more problems with the device right out of the box.Any hardware or software problem (all devices): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported any problem at all during the product’s lifetime.Satisfaction with reliability (all devices): Based on the owner’s overall satisfaction with the reliablity of the device.Failed component (laptops and desktop PCs): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported replacing one or more original components because they failed.Core component problem (laptops and desktop PCs): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported problems with the CPU, motherboard, power supply, hard drive, system memory, or graphics board/chip at any time during the life of their laptop or desktop PC.Severe problems (printers, cameras, routers, and MP3 players): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported a problem that rendered their device impossible to use.Ease of use (printers, cameras, routers, and MP3 players): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who rated their device as extremely or very easy to use.Service Measures Phone hold time: Based on the average time a product’s owners waited on hold to speak to a phone support rep.Phone rating: Based on a cumulative score derived from product owners’ ratings of several aspects of their experience in phoning the company’s technical support service. Among the factors considered were whether the information was easy to understand, and whether the support rep spoke clearly and knowledgeably.Failure to resolve problem: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who said the problem was never resolved after contacting the company’s support service.Service experience: Based on a cumulative score derived from product owners’ responses to a series of questions focusing on 11 particular aspects of their experience with the company’s service department.We polled more than 60,000 PC World and PCWorld.com readers who responded to print advertisements and e-mail messages. We used methods of statistical analysis to determine which companies were significantly better or worse than the average, based on all responses about a certain product type.Because our survey sample consists entirely of PC World’s generally tech-savvy readers, it may not be representative of the general population, which may have different expectations and experiences with technology products.last_img read more

This Startup Aims to Lead the Drone Takeover at the Worlds Biggest

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img March 31, 2016 Some really smart people are putting a lot of money behind a new startup that makes it seamless for giant, Fortune 500 companies to integrate commercial drone technology into their corporate processes.   San Francisco-based Airware announced today that it has raised $30 million in a series C funding round led by prestigious venture capital firm Next World Capital and the 20-year CEO of software giant Cisco, John Chambers. Elite venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are also participating in the round, according to a statement released by Airware today.“The commercial drone industry is poised to throw many markets into transition,” says Chambers in the written statement. In addition to investing in Airware, Chambers says he has agreed to take a seat on Airware’s board.Related: How Drones Will Change Your BusinessCommercial drones are being used to inspect bridges, roofs, towers and other previously out-of-reach infrastructure. The industries using drones include utilities, telecommunications and insurance companies, says Tom Rikert, a partner at Next World Capital, which invested in Airware.Image Credit: Airware“I’m shocked at the speed at which autonomous aircraft have developed into ‘sensors in the sky,’ able to digitize the world quickly, cheaply, accurately, and safely,” writes Rikert in a Medium post announcing his firm’s investment in Airware. “Drones, and more broadly autonomous connected devices, are a major new technology category, on par with the development of desktops, laptops, and mobile phones. Drones will change the way businesses engage with the physical world just as much as software has changed how they engage with the online world.”As more and more Fortune 500 companies begin to use commercial drones as part of their daily processes, the industry is expected to balloon to a worth of $6 billion by 2020, according to Rikert. (Do keep in mind, it’s in Rikert’s interest as an investor in a commercial drone startup to believe the industry is set to explode.)Image Credit: AirwareThe technology to power drones and analyze the data coming out of drones has, prior to Airware, been scattered, making it complicated for large corporations to get their hands around. Further, the regulatory environment surrounding drones is changing very rapidly. That’s even a lot for an enterprise-level company to keep up with.Related: FAA Predicts More Than 7 Million Drones Will Be in the Sky by 2020“Despite the massive promise that drone technology has for commercial use, enterprises won’t wade through a fragmented market of point solutions for each possible use case. There would be too much procurement overhead, varied support structures and duplicative training required to make it worth the investment,” writes Jonathan Downey, the founder and CEO of Airware, in a Medium post announcing the raise.That’s the motivation behind Airware’s suite of services for big businesses. The startup helps big businesses walks enterprise-size companies through every step of the process, starting with applying for regulatory approval all the way through analyzing and reporting data collected from commercial drones.Image Credit: AirwareIn addition to announcing the $30 million financing, Airware announced a partnership with the insurance giant State Farm. With commercial drones, State Farm will be able to inspect the roofs of properties more efficiently and safely than having people climb on top of buildings.Related: You Can Now Get a College Minor in Drone AviationUsing commercial drones will make State Farm claims inspectors more efficient, whether in a situation of a major disaster or a routine inspection, said Jack Weekes, the head of the innovation team at State Farm, in a conversation with Downey.To learn more about the ways that commercial drones will be used by large companies, have a look at the video, produced by Airwave, that’s embedded below.last_img read more

Apple Patent Describes Dumb Laptop Powered by iPhone

first_img Register Now » As smartphones have become more powerful we’ve seen peripherals appearing that allow them to double as an actual PC hooked up to a display. The latest of those is a rumored desktop dock for the forthcoming Galaxy S8. Now a patent filed by Apple suggests the iPhone maker is considering a similar thing, only in the form of a dumb laptop enclosure.The Apple patent, discovered by Apple Insider, was filed in September 2016 and is simply titled “Electronic Accessory Device.”It’s the details that are interesting, though. The accessory device described offers a display, ports and a control interface, but does not function without the addition of an “electronic host device.” As the image included with the patent filing and pictured above shows, the electronic host device looks very much like an iPhone.With Apple laser focused on making devices as thin as possible, this would certainly be a way to make a future MacBook incredibly thin. It wouldn’t need any internal components beyond a few interface circuits, the keyboard, ports and display. Battery power would come from the smartphone, as would the touchpad input courtesy of the screen.Apple does leave scope in the patent for the enclosure to include some additional components such as a GPU and memory. But with the rate at which mobile device performance is increasing, it seems unlikely such additional components would be necessary. One other point to make if this device became a reality: it would be the first Apple laptop effectively running iOS.For now, this is just a patent, and one that will likely remain an Apple idea until a point is reached where MacBook sales are no longer making sense as a separate product, or competitors try something similar for their smartphones and it proves popular. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PCMag March 24, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min readlast_img read more

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free in 2019

first_img Set Alarms ✖ Control Windows 10 with Your Voice Create a New Folder Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Set Alarms Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Windows 10 Basics Enable or Disable Tablet Mode Control Windows 10 with Your Voice Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8 Sync Your Settings Across Devices by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Control Windows 10 with Your Voice Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light Create a New Folder Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Change the Screen Resolution Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 Next Tip »» 7 Settings to Change Right Away Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Enable or Disable Tablet Mode Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Sync Your Settings Across Devices Next How-to »» All Windows 10 Tips Create a New Folder Add a User (Child or Adult) 7 Settings to Change Right Away 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8center_img 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Add a User (Child or Adult) Add a Printer Change the Screen Resolution Change the Screen Resolution «« Previous Tip Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 Add a User (Child or Adult) Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks More Tips All Windows 10 Tips Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Change Your Password in Windows 10 Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Enable or Disable Tablet Mode All Windows 10 Tips Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Change Your Password in Windows 10 Windows 10 Basics Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8 Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 Sync Your Settings Across Devices 7 Settings to Change Right Away Add a Printer 7 Settings to Change Right Away Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Change Your Password in Windows 10 Add a Printer Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks In November of 2017, Microsoft quietly announced it was shutting down its free Windows 10 upgrade program. If you didn’t get your free version of its best operating system to date, well, you were pretty much out of luck. Or, so we thought.Recently I learned that Windows 10 updates still work just as they always had, and I’m currently running a version on a pieced together PC after upgrading from a working version of Windows 8.1. It’s not as cut and dry, as Microsoft has deleted the tool that makes all of our lives simpler when upgrading, but with a tiny bit of work, you too can upgrade older versions of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to a fully-functioning version of Windows 10. You’ll want to do so sooner than later now that Windows 7 is set to be phased out. Read our guide to prepare for the end of Windows 7. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/upgrade-to-windows-10-free?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free1. Find a copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 as you’ll need the key later. If you don’t have one lying around, but it’s currently installed on your system, a free tool like NirSoft’s ProduKey can pull the product key from software currently running on your PC.2. This is a good stop to pause and back up anything you’d like to save on your current PC before continuing.3. From here, you’ll need to create a Windows 10 installer by going here and then configuring the installer (Create installation media for another PC) with your desired hardware. Use ISO file if you plan to burn it to a DVD or USB flash drive if you’d rather install it from a USB device. You’ll also need to select 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows.4. Insert the installation media, restart the computer and then press F2 to create a different boot priority. This will allow the USB flash drive (or DVD) to run before booting into the operating system. This will be slightly different on all PCs, depending on their BIOS setup, but it’s pretty cut and dry — select the drive or the DVD to boot before the main HDD or SDD.5. Reboot your computer one more time.6. After the installation runs, you’ll be asked to provide your key. Enter it here and click Next.Now that you know how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, be sure to check out our other Windows 10 tutorials below, including tips on how to uninstall programs on Windows 10, how to find your MAC address in Windows 10, how to create a new folder in Windows 10 and more. Set Alarmslast_img read more

Thunderbird 450 has been released

first_imgThunderbird 45.0 has been released by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2016 in Email – Last Update: February 09, 2017 – 133 commentsMozilla has released an update to the desktop email client Thunderbird that brings the version of the program to Thunderbird 45.0.It is a major update of the application which has been on life support ever since Mozilla decided to hand over development to the community in 2012 and use freed up resources for other projects.Then in 2015 Mozilla announced that it would drop the email client altogether even though usage was still on the rise.Thunderbird 45.0The update is already available on the official download site but the client itself has yet to pick it up. This will happen soon however, and you can run checks for updates with a click on Help > About Thunderbird from within the application.So what is new in Thunderbird 45.0?The short answer: a lot. If you check out the release notes, you find more items listed there as new as in the past two years combined.Customize From AddressThe new feature is available when you click on the from field when composing email addresses. It enables you to make changes to the from address that are valid only for the current email.One example where this may be useful is if an email service supports aliases. If you use Gmail for instance, you can add +text after the username of the email address to create an alias.Correspondents columnCorrespondents is a new column that is displayed by default that combines sender and recipients. You can still add the from column back by right-clicking on the header and selecting the option from the menu that opens up.The main difference between the two is the arrow that you see on the right of the sender or recipient. A left arrow indicates that your selected email account received the message, a right arrow that it was sent from it.Better Remote Content ExceptionsWhen you have selected to block remote content in Thunderbird by default, you get a message in emails that want to load remote content that reads “to protect your privacy, Thunderbird has blocked remote content in this message”.The new control options provide you with granular options to allow remote content.Other additionsBetter support for XMPP chatrooms and commands (Thunderbird ships with a chat component that you can make use of).The Spell checker and dictionary work in the subject line of emails now.Dropdown in compose window to set specific font sizes.Name and email address can be copied from message headers of emails now.Support for OAuth authentication for Mail.ru added.Option added to always use HTML formatting to prevent unexpected format loss.OpenStreetMap and other map services can be used for maps (it is unclear how and where though, and the release notes don’t reveal any information besides that it is now an option).FixesBesides new features and improvements to existing features, the team has fixed the following issues in Thunderbird 45.0.External images were not displayed in reply/forward.When saving drafts that were edited as a new message, the original draft was overwritten.Fixed a crash when parsing IMAP messages.Fixed spell checker checking spelling in invisible HTML parts.Fixed extra spaces issue when sending messages with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters.Pre-formatted blocks are properly preserved in message replies.Fixed a issue where copy and paste from plain text documents lost whitespace.Fixed “open draft”, “forward”, “edit as new” and “reply” creating messages with incorrect character encoding.Fixed sort direction change using Grouped by view.Fixed an issue where new emails were not displayed in the selected sort order.Fixed an issue with Box.com attachments failing to upload.Fixed an issue where drag and drop of attachments failed to the operating system folder.Fixed XMPP connection problems.As you can see, lots of changes and fixes in the new version of Thunderbird.Thunderbird 45.1.0The email client Thunderbird 45.1.0 was released on May 10, 2016. It is a bug fix release that takes care of the following issues:Drag and drop of contact names to address box of a message failed.UI element inconsistency when moused over on retina displays.DIGEST-MD5 authentication in JS-XMPP failed for some (disabled).Font Indicator claimed for some fonts that they were not installed.Printing failed in composition window.Paragraph mode improvements when composing messages.Automatic correspondents column upgrade disabled.Thunderbird 45.1.1Thunderbird 45.1.1 was released on May 31, 2016. It is a bug fix release the fixes the following issues:The enter-key closed the mailing list panel when adding members to it instead of jumping to the next line.Emails without HTML elements was sent as HTML email if the format auto-detect option was enabled.Options applied to templates were lost when the template was used.The option to delete contacts was not working when contacts were found using search.Views from global searches did not respect the mail.threadpane.use_correspondents setting.Thunderbird 45.2.0Thunderbird 45.2.0 was released on June 30, 2016. The update patches several security issues and the following issues:Invitations to events could not be printed.A reporting issue that false stated that there was not enough disk space during compacting.The dragging and dropping of multiple contacts from the contacts list onto an addressbook while All Addressbooks were selected moved only one contact.Links were not always detected in the message body.Thunderbird 45.3.0Thunderbird 45.3.0 was released on August 30, 2016. It is a bug fix and security release.Disposition-Notification-To could not be used in mail.compose.other.headerFIXED”edit as new message” on a received message pre-filled the sender as the composing identity.FIXEDCertain messages caused corruption of the drafts summary database.Thunderbird 45.4.0Thunderbird45.4.0 was released on October 3, 2016. It is a bug fix release that makes the following changes to the email client:Display name was truncated if no separating space before email address.FIXEDRecipient addresses were shown in red despite being inserted from the address book in some circumstances.FIXEDAdditional spaces were inserted when drafts were edited.FIXEDMail saved as template copied In-Reply-To and References from original email.FIXEDThreading broken when editing message draft, due to loss of Message-IDFIXED”Apply columns to…” did not honor special foldersThunderbird 45.5.0Thunderbird 45.5.0 was released on November 18, 2016. It is a bug fix release:IMPORTANT: Changed recipient address entry: Arrow-keys now copy the pop-up value to the input field. Mouse-hovered pop-up value can no longer be confirmed with tab or enter key. This restores the behavior of Thunderbird 24.CHANGEDSupport changes to character limit in TwitterFIXEDReply with selected text containing quote resulted in wrong quoting level indicationFIXEDEmail invitation might not be displayed when description contains non-ASCII charactersFIXEDAttempting to sort messages on the Date field whilst a quick filter is applied got stuck on sort descendingFIXEDMail address display at header pane displayed incorrectly if the address contains UTF-8 according to RFC 6532Thunderbird 45.6.0Thunderbird 45.6.0 was released on December 28, 2016. It fixes several security issues and an issue that caused the system integration dialog to show up on every start of Thunderbird.Thunderbird 45.7.0Thunderbird 45.7.0 was released on January 26, 2017. It is a release that fixes several issues in the email client including security issues.Message preview pane non-functional after IMAP folder was renamed or movedFIXED”Move To” button on “Search Messages” panel not workingFIXEDMessage sent to “undisclosed recipients” shows no recipient (non-functional since Thunderbird version 38)FIXEDCalendar: No way to accept/decline email invitations when sent and received messages are stored in the same folderThunderbird 45.7.1Thunderbird 45.7.1 was released on February 7, 2017. It is a bug fix release that fixes a crash issue when viewing certain IMAP messages.One issue, that the message preview pane is not functional after moving or renaming IMAP folders does still exist.SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 45.0 has been releasedDescriptionMozilla has released an update to the desktop email client Thunderbird that brings the version of the program to Thunderbird 45.0.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Of Apple and Windows Gartners OS forecast is useless

first_imgOf Apple and Windows: Gartner’s OS forecast is useless by Martin Brinkmann on January 09, 2017 in Hardware – Last Update: January 09, 2017 – 11 commentsYou have probably read about Gartner’s latest forecast already which sees Apple shipping more combined devices than Microsoft / Windows in the year 2017 and the following years.If you have not, you can read about the prediction on the Computerworld website. Basically, what Gartner forecasts is that Apple will ship more iOS and OSX devices in total than Windows devices in the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.If you take the 2016 figures, which Gartner provides, you see Windows in second position with about 260 million devices shipped. Apple shipped only 248 million devices in total in the year and came in third. The statistic is dominated by Google Android which shipped on the majority of devices in 2016. To make this clearer, the 260 million Windows devices are 11% of the market.Windows devices dropped in comparison to 2015, and so did Apple devices in 2016. Gartner forecasts that Apple will see a strong year 2017 with device shipments picking up again, while Windows shipments won’t see much change in the coming years.by Computerworld with Gartner dataThe statistic is problematic for a number of reasons. First, it takes PC, 2-in-1, tablet and phone shipments and adds them all up together. This ensures that you get the biggest number possible, but it does not really tell you anything about how well an operating system does or will do.If you would just look at individual device types, you’d see that the bulk of Apple’s shipments falls into the iPhone category. For Windows, that is a dead category more or less.The situation changes if you take PCs on the other hand. Apple is not doing really well in that category, while the bulk of Windows devices fall into that group.Windows is doing well in the PC category first and foremost, and it is dominating it. Apple is obviously doing better than Windows in the mobile phone category as Windows is a no-show there.Second, even if you ignore this issue, you may notice that the “total devices shipped” figure does not tell you anything about how well a company is doing. Apple is making more money from devices that it ships than Microsoft or other companies shipping Windows products.Apple has been quite conservative when it comes to innovation and releasing products, and if the company does not change that, or change other metrics such as price, then I cannot see it recover from a decline in sales.For Microsoft, there are also some uncertainties. First, what about Windows Phone? Will Microsoft release the rumored Surface Phone in 2017 to the public? I cannot see it capture much market share initially, unless it is really innovative or offers great value for its price.Then, what about Windows 10? Microsoft’s push to Windows 10 will continue obviously, but the company has yet to show how this will benefit the company financially. With 10% of Windows customers still on Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting three years ago, it is clear that Microsoft will have a hard time convincing Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10.Why? Because Windows 7 is probably as popular as Windows XP, and it is supported for another three years.Lastly, the figures may not take into account the enthusiast market. PC users can build their own devices from scratch. While there are not any information on how big that part of the market is, it is probably something that one should not forget.Closing WordsThe forecast does not tell us much. It tells us that Gartner believes that Apple will ship more devices than all companies shipping Windows devices because Apple will recover from declining sales while Microsoft won’t. That’s the extend of the forecast.I predict that Android device shipments will overshadow the combined Windows and Apple shipments, but that too does not tell us much that we don’t know already either.In the end, it does not really matter if Apple beats Windows or vice versa. Apple is doing well, even though it seems to be in decline, and Microsoft is also doing well.Now You: What’s your take on these stats?SummaryArticle NameOf Apple and Windows: Gartner’s OS forecast is uselessDescriptionGartner analysts forecast that Apple will take the second spot in the total devices shipped category from Windows in 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more