Friday, 9 February 2018

Open Source initiative celebrating 20 years

The term ‘Open Source’ was coined in California on 3rd February, thus completing 20 years of a strong and increasing presence in the Digital world.

This initiative has indeed come a long way in the past two decades. It was a very welcome deviation in the Microsoft-Apple dominated “close” industry. In simple terms, Open Source upholds the idea that a license shall not restrict free distribution and that the source code should be included along with the program. Many a times, Open Source is misunderstood as ‘free’ software or program. It may be true 99% of the times, but there are certain exceptions too. To imagine a world without Open Source would be like to think what would happen without the likes of MySQL, PHP, Firefox, Android, Ubuntu etc.

In India, we are seeing the government increasingly use 'open source', it has already started to disseminate more information and offer more services online in the past few years. The initiative of ‘Digital India’ demands that open source be used more widely not just to save costs and time but also to ensure implementation of some of the ambitious plans effectively. This trend is seen in various other countries too. There is a shift from product purchase towards innovation. In this phase, it is crucial that awareness about ‘Open Source’ is created in an orderly and well-planned manner.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pakistan... The Ambassador of misfortune for the world

As Pakistan plunges into yet another political crisis and the controversies surrounding some of the other politicians worsen, there does seem to be no end in sight to its plight. In the book on 'Third World War' written by Dr. Aniruddha D. Joshi, Pakistan has been described as 'The Ambassador of misfortune for the world'.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Hyperloop test successful

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Major win for Artificial Intelligence

In what could prove to be a major win for Artificial Intelligence, IBM's AI product named "Watson" was able to identify a rare form of Leukemia after Doctors failed to diagnose the exact cause for the woman not responding to the apparent treatment given. 

The mentioned incident took place in Tokyo, Japan.  It is said that the patient's genetic information was compared with 20 million clinical oncology studies before it could reach to the conclusion.  

Artificial Intelligence is surely taking huge leaps day by day, be it in Healthcare, gaming, scientific or any other field.

News reference - Russia Today 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

NEWSCAST PRATYAKSHA - A comprehensive news website and much more

In today’s world, where it is difficult to find any good news media which publishes an unbiased version of the news, Newscast-Pratyaksha comes as a refreshing change. It publishes very comprehensive news from India as well as significant geo-political happenings from around the world.

English Newscast-Pratyaksha
English Newscast-Pratyaksha

One important highlight is a section dedicated to news related to the Third World War, which is very significant in the times we live; for many a political leaders have stated that this World War is already underway.

Newscast-Pratyaksha also categorises news based on the political location  (such as Indian Subcontinent, North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific & Australasia, Middle East, Central Asia & Russia).



Hindi Newscast-Pratyaksha

While this English website concentrates mostly on news articles, the Hindi version goes a step further. In addition to news, the Hindi site also includes series of articles on various Inventors(many of whose names weren’t heard of by us, but their contribution nonetheless very vital), Netaji Subhashchandra Bose, Dr. NikolaTesla, Information Technology articles, articles on locations around India, Shri Saisacharita and a history of Rashtriya Seva Sangh(RSS)


This website truly is very welcoming and should surely be bookmarked by all those who are truly interested in being aware of the vital happenings in the world and a thorough analysis of it.


Newcast Pratyaksha - International News

Newscast Pratyaksha - Russia section

Newscast Pratyaksha - Dr Nikola Tesla

Newscast Pratyaksha - Inventions & Inventors




Thursday, 30 June 2016

Robotics... soon to be a part of our lives

The very mention of the word Robot reminds us of the hi-fi machines that we have seen in numerous Hollywood movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, AI, Terminator etc. That a robot can be a small device assisting one in their household tasks is something that most people will not believe at all. One always imagines a robot to be a man-like looking machine that acts and does tasks just like a human.

Today, knowingly or unknowingly the field of robotics has reached the house of every common man. The automatic vacuum cleaners, floor washers, automatic irons all are examples of small robots in our homes. Though they are not very commonly seen in India yet, it’s just a matter of few years when they will become very routinely used.

I came across an awesome video of a robot doing household chores, same is given below. Lot of exciting things await us in this Robotics for sure.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS


Undoubtedly, social media has changed the entire outlook of the society as such. Social Media has become such an integral part of our lives that its difficult to imagine how life was when it was not in existence.

Today, I read a news report, that in the US more than 60% of people rely on social media for getting news updates. Two thirds of Facebook users get their news from this media while about 59% of Twitter users do the same. To me, this was an astounding number.

Thinking further on this, I thought that indeed our traditional news media has become so mundane (and many times highly partial) that people are in fact finding social media to be much more accurate, true and reliable. The concept of Citizen Journalism gets its true meaning due to this.

As they said earlier “The pen is mightier than the sword”. In today’s world, we may rephrase it as “The Keyboard is mightier than the gun”.