This 21-year-old Delhi boy got a Rs 1.25 crore placement offer from Uber

21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

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A student of Delhi Technology University (DTU) has received a placement offer of Rs 1.25 crore from Uber.

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21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

“It was a delight to have received the job offer and I am now looking forward to move to San Francisco,” Sidharth.

“I had actually done a seven-week internship with Uber earlier. So this is a pre-placement offer that I have received. Along with me, I think there is someone from one of the IITs,” he said.

Sidharth is an alumnus of Delhi Public School and had cleared the class 12 examinations with a glaring marks of 95.4 per cent. After clearing theJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, he took admission into Delhi College of Engineering.

Sidharth told HT, “From the beginning, I wanted to do computer science engineering and with my score I was not getting the subject at any of the IITs. Moreover, I love Delhi and did not want to move from here,” he said.

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Meizu M5s passes 4.25M registrations in a day

Meizu announced the M5s on Wednesday. The phone has a 5.2” 2.5D IPS display with HD resolution and a Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. There are two versions with different internal storage – one for CNY799 ($115) with 16GB and a CNY999 ($145) one with 32 GB. With such prices we shouldn’t be surprised that the registrations for the flash sale on February 20 reached 4.25 million.

Keep in mind that those are only pre-registrations that require nothing more than an email address and no money have changed hands at this point. That said, it’s almost certain that all the available stock will go away in minutes when the time comes.

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A privacy-focused browser developer just bought Ghostery

cliqz acquires ghostery

Cliqz, the German developer of the privacy-focused browser of the same name, has acquired the tracker-blocking browser extension Ghostery and its development team from its creator, Evidon.

Partly owned by Mozilla, Cliqz will combine Ghostery’s technology with similar functions in its browser, but plans to continue development of the extension for other browsers too, it said Wednesday.

The sale will resolve an apparent conflict of interest for Evidon, which on the one hand provided the Ghostery extension to enhance privacy, and on the other sold aggregate information to businesses regarding which trackers users blocked. It will still obtain that aggregate information from Cliqz, but one step removed.

Sharing of aggregate data and the creation of user accounts are optional features of the extension.

The Ghostery antitracking tool has about 10 million active users worldwide, the companies said. One advantage of the acquisition that Cliqz touted is that it is based in Germany, a country with some of the strictest privacy laws in the world, which it said should provide better privacy protection for any data the company holds about its users.

While Cliqz sets about integrating Ghostery’s functions into its browser, it recommends adding the Ghostery extension to the Cliqz browser, or using the Ghostery and Cliqz extensions for Mozilla’s Firefox together. Cliqz offers beta versions of its browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. The Ghostery extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, with some functions available in mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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Only the 5-inch iPhone 8 to have a glass back, wireless charging

Another day, another contradicting iPhone rumor – when will it end? Well, next September is a pretty safe assumption.

Anyway, in today’s batch of supposed specs for the future iPhone we have a 5-inch model that will be fitted with wireless (or rather, inductive) charging capability. Based on ‘reliable sources’ from Taiwan, Japanese blog Macotacara reports that only this 5-inch model will have a glass back thus enabling the inductive charging.

Just the other day another source claimed that all three models will be able to be charged wirelessly.

Current iPhone lineup: 4″ iPhone SE, 4.7″ iPhone 7, 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus

Continuing today’s story, the source states that the wireless charger won’t be included in the phone’s package, but will instead be an optional accessory – nothing out of the norm, really. However, Apple will no longer be bundling the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter – one generation is enough for the transition to Lightning or Bluetooth headphones, Apple must have figured.

Nothing but speculation here, but it’s starting to look that there will be the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (or will it be 7s and 7s Plus) that will continue the path of the current models, while a dedicated (and likely more exclusive, read ‘expensive’) 5″ anniversary model could be in the works with more distinctive features – wireless charging, OLED display, dual camera in a vertical arrangement. Just don’t go quoting us on this one

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This week in games: Overwatch gets a server browser, Project Cars 2 targets 12K and more

Project Cars 2

More Kickstarter news this week. Can you believe it? Last week I joked about a renaissance but now I’m pretty sure it’s actually happening.

That, plus Overwatch gets a server browser, South Park delays a second time, a bevy of launch trailers and announcement trailers and trailer trailers, and Project Cars 2 talks about supporting 12K resolutions. Mmmm, that’s a lot of pixels.

This is gaming news for February 6 through 10.

St2sis

Another chance for me to talk about Stasis? Excellent. If you don’t know, Stasis is the best horror game you (probably) didn’t play in 2015. An isometric horror game in the vein of the classic Sanitarium, Stasis is some excellent derelict space ship sci-fi.

And now the developers are working on a follow-up, titled Beautiful Desolation. Like PC Gamer, I apparently missed word on this in January, but there’s a Kickstarter campaign and everything. I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I am a huge fan of the art on display so far, and fervently hope it reaches its funding goal.

Tormented Bards

Let’s keep on the crowdfunding theme for a second and talk about inXile. The studio released details on both the upcomingTorment: Tides of Numenera and the slightly-less-upcoming Bard’s Tale IV this week, with a look at Torment’s story and Bard’s Tale’s combat. Here’s Torment:

And Bard’s Tale:

Finish the fight

Halo Wars 2 launches next week, at least for Ultimate Edition buyers. Will it be good? No idea, but it sure does have some beautiful cinematics.

Live to serve

It’s not the sexiest update, but Overwatch is getting a server browser to complement its bevy of matchmaking systems. Want to play a custom game with friends? You can finally—nine months after release—do so.

Project C2RS

I’d sort-of forgotten that Slightly Mad Studios has been working on Project Cars 2. Hard to forget, given the stink people made when the sequel was originally announced, coming as it did mere months after the release of the original. But regardless, I’d forgotten.

There’s video now though—gorgeous video. Also, support for 12K resolutions (12K!) and more. Time to upgrade your graphics card, sim racers.

More-za

Speaking of racing games…well, actually no. The big news this week is that Playground Games, developer of the beloved Forza Horizon series, is working on a new game—and it’s not a racing game. According to GamesIndustry.biz , Playground is opening a second studio and branching out into a new genre, in addition to (presumably) the 2018 Forza Horizon game.

If this mythical second project ends up even half as good as Forza Horizon, we’re in for a treat.

South Park: Still Not Whole

Bad news, South Park fans: Latest game The Fractured But Whole has been delayed yet again, this time to a rather ambiguous “sometime this year.” That’s the second delay for the superhero-themed sequel, which was originally supposed to arrive in December and then was pushed to early 2017. Now? Well, we’ll see.

Cue the Miyamoto quote about a bad game being bad forever, and et cetera.

Siege lifted

Ubisoft’s doing just okay with-or-without South Park though, I imagine. Case in point: Rainbow Six Siege is still humming along, still 2015’s best shooter, and just about to start its second season of DLC characters and maps. You’ll get four minutes of that below, with a look at the new “Velvet Shell” operators and Coastline map.

Oh, and Ubisoft also brought back the Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition. For $15 you get the game and access to four operators, with a whole lot of grinding if you want to unlock the rest—or you try it, enjoy it, and buy the full game (maybe when it goes on sale?) to continue as normal. Your call.

Wild

Okay, more Ubisoft news. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set to release in March. Ubisoft’s continued its tradition of “Silly Live-Action Trailers” for this one—except this time they’ve made a whole live-action movie. There’s a teaser below. Go microwave some popcorn. I’ll wait.

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Samsung including a free 256GB microSD card with each Galaxy S7 purchase

Samsung is doing their best to keep interest in the Galaxy S7 high even as its new flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 is just around the corner.

Now you have the opportunity to get the current flagship with a sweet gift. If you buy Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge until Feburary 14, and you are based in the United States, you will get a 256GB microSD card. The Korean company promises that it’s not just a storage card, but comes with improved read and write speeds when recording UHD videos.

If you buy the phone from a retailer or carrier’s office, you have time until February 21 to request the gift and to provide all the documents needed. If you prefer to go through Samsung’s Online Store, when adding a device in the basket, you’ll already see the card added for free. The company expects to give out around 75,000 microSD cards.

Samsung Galaxy S7 costs $669 and the Galaxy S7 Edge is $769, while the 256GB microSD EVO+ memory card is $249.99, if bought separately.

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Quern – Undying Thoughts review: The closest we may ever come to a Riven sequel

Quern - Undying Thoughts

Quern - Undying Thoughts

2016 was one hell of a year for Myst-alikes, eh? Straight from the source, from Cyan itself, you had official spiritual successor Obduction—a game which crept onto our Games of the Year list. Then there was The Eyes of Ara, which utilized the same sort of puzzles although in quite a different sort of setting.

But I wish I’d gotten around to playing Quern – Undying Thoughts. I don’t know why I didn’t, although it certainly wasn’t helped by a late November release nor its impenetrable title.

Quern - Undying Thoughts

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I recently delved into Quern’s world though—nothing like those slow Januarys for catching up on your backlog—and it’s excellent. Like Myst of old, you arrive in an area with no idea how you got there or what you should be doing. In this case you’ve been teleported to an island by way of a massive gateway which promptly self-destructs upon your arrival.

There’s a way off the island though, approximately 50 locked doors and dozens of puzzles in your future. Puzzles involving gears and simple mechanical contraptions, puzzles involving audio cues, puzzles involving some lightweight botany, and puzzles involving a whole series of crystals each of which has its own unique properties.

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Along the way you’ll delve into the origins of the titular island, Quern. The island’s previous occupant has left behind directives, notes on the peculiar properties Quern possesses, the secrets he’s uncovered and what he’s done with said knowledge. His journal entries lead you from area to area, sometimes giving context, sometimes giving clues, and all apparently part of some plan. But what plan? And why?

It’s as close to a Myst game as I’ve ever seen from another developer. Or rather, a Riven game. Just look at the architecture here:

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This is the first village you enter. It’s your main hub and where you’ll spend a good portion of Quern. And it’s incredibly reminiscent of the bleached-white adobe buildings that dotted Riven’s Jungle Island:

Riven

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Riven

Those huts may represent the most obvious parallel, but the game reeks of Cyan’s mid-’90s output. It has the same sense of weary isolation, the same unexpected warmth to its grimy copper gizmos, and that feeling of “Normal” and “Alien” bashed together in one place. Here, a library. There, a forge. Everyday objects, but all of it residing in a world so unique and unusual.

Between the focus on mechanical puzzles and the aesthetic nod, Quern feels like the Riven successor we never really got (and likely never will get). It’s grim and lonesome in the same way that made Riven a classic—and much closer in tone to Riven than Cyan’s actual sequel, Myst III.

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And it takes the same approach to puzzles—not just in terms of aesthetics, but philosophically. Quern loves introducing new ideas and puzzle constraints at a rapid pace and then disposing of them at will, adhering to a certain internal logic but unconcerned with building on its own foundation.

Hell, there’s even a puzzle similar to Riven’s famous spinning room.

Quern’s not nearly as bash-your-head-against-a-wall obtuse, of course. While Riven occasionally stumps me even today, twenty or so years after I first played it, Quern is breezier. Benefiting from an additional two decades of puzzle design and fully 3D environments, it took me maybe eight or nine hours to get through. Not too bad.

Quern - Undying Thoughts

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It’s also not a perfect game. Some of its puzzles fall into the typical adventure game trap—very obvious solution buried under a cumbersome series of steps. One puzzle is just a retread of the Knights of the Old Republic puzzle where you do a bunch of column math to blow up injector pods on Manaan. (Yes, it’s as boring as it sounds.) And you do it three times here. Ugh. There are a few other stinkers, but that one’s the worst.

The game also includes a seemingly handy Notebook feature, which is supposed to function like in-game screenshots. You see something important, a clue to a puzzle, and you can “jot it down in your notebook” at the touch of a button. Quern then makes a cool little sketch-representation of whatever item you were looking at.

Problem being the sketches are often not legible or high-resolution enough to be useful, only display four to a “page,” and each time you access them you’re treated to a two-second animation that kills the pacing.

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I ended up grabbing a normal notepad and paper like it was 1994 again. But even that impulse, grabbing a notepad and jotting down clues, feels reminiscent of the games that inspired Quern. It makes me feel proper nostalgic, and I can’t knock it too hard on that account.

Bottom line

Quern – Undying Thoughts is an excellent first-person puzzle game that’s likely to be doubly special to anyone who spent hours with Riven in years past. Reminiscent of both that style of storytelling and of puzzle design, it’s an excellent homage in an era suddenly packed full of Myst homages.

A few subpar puzzles and some ill-paced backtracking sometimes get in the way of Quern’s ambitions, but my standard adventure game advice applies: Just check a walkthrough if you really feel the need to. It’s worth seeing through to the end

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Gionee F5 is a new 5.3″ mid-ranger

The Gionee F5 has just been unveiled and it’s already available in China. The mid-range smartphone leaked last December courtesy of TENAA, so we knew what to expect, but Gionee still managed to surprise us.

The F5 is now available in gold and rose gold paintjobs in China. The phone packs a 5.3″ IPS display of 720p resolution and runs on the dated MT6750 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2 GPU, and 4GB of RAM.

The Gionee F5 comes with a pretty standard imaging department – there is a 13MP main camera with a LED flash and an 8MP selfie snapper.

Finally, the F5 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery and comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed, as well as the latest Amigo launcher.

You are probably wondering about the surprise we mentioned earlier. It’s the retail price of CNY 1,799 or about $260. That’s pretty much twice the Meizu M5, which has similar specs and is considered as an entry-level smartphone.

The Gionee F5 is currently available in China, and we don’t have any information regarding potential international expansion.

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Google Maps now has a bottom bar for real-time traffic and transit info

Google Maps is becoming more and more driving-friendly with latest updates. Lately we told you about some updates that brought parking availability on Android and Popular Times’ evolution into real-time data on iOS. But now this information will be even more accessible for you – Google is placing the Transit and Traffic buttons on a bottom bar, instead of the menu that has to be pulled from the left side. You can swipe up for more information.

Places Tab Traffic Tab Transit Tab
Places Tab • Traffic Tab • Transit Tab

Under the places tab you see lists of places around to eat and drink, based on keywords such a “business dining” or “cheap eats”. There’s also other spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations, grocery stores.

The driving tab will pull live info with directions and ETA to Home and Work, if saved, along with information for any traffic complications.

The transit tab is really useful if Google Maps has the public transport for your city implemented. When swiped up, the menu will show when the next bus is coming for you to get home along with stations nearby with real-time schedules

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Union Budget 2017: Military modernization a far cry as defence gets only 6% hike

NEW DELHI: India’s defence budget has been hiked by a measly 6% to Rs 2,74,114 crore ($40.42 billion), dashing the hopes for any major jump in military modernization this year despite heightened tensions with Pakistan and the ever-expanding military capabilitiesof China.

The defence outlay works out to just 1.63% of the projected GDP for 2017-18, the lowest such figure since the 1962 war with China. Though this figure has been steadily declining in percentage terms as the economy expands, military experts contend it should be over 2.5% to ensure the armed forces are capable of tackling the “collusive threat” from Pakistan and China.

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Defence budget can be easily enhanced when the teagurrl shall wage her mini-wars with our pretty neighbours. Thanks to the politico-defence nexus. 🌶👁👁🙏Prashant M

Moreover, the defence budget includes a capital outlay of just Rs 86,488 crore for new weapon systems and modernization, which is dwarfed by the revenue expenditure (day-to-day running costs, salaries etc) of Rs 1,72,774 crore. Another Rs 14,852 crore has been earmarked for civil works, ordnance factories, BRO etc under miscellaneous expenditure.

The defence budget does not include Rs 85,740 crore separately allocated for defence pensions. Apart announcing a centralized defence travel system for serving military personnel, finance minister Arun Jaitley said “a comprehensive web-based interactive pension disbursement system” will be established to “reduce grievances of defence pensioners”

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