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Meet the Finalists who made it to the Google Science Fair 2013

Meet the Finalists who made it to the Google Science Fair 2013

Google finally announced the 15 finalists for its grand event Google Science Fair 2013. The Google Science Fair was started in January 2011 and is an online science competition sponsored by Google, CERN, National Geographic, Lego and Scientific American. Five projects are chosen from each group from all over the world- Canada, Russia, USA, India, Singapore, Greece, Australia and Turkey. (more…)

Why Should Android Be The First Platform To Start Mobile App Development?

Why Should Android Be The First Platform To Start Mobile App Development?

Interested in developing applications likely of your choice and don’t know how to progress further with your idea? So here are some niche tips that help you to choose the right platform to start your application. You might have come across awesome and enthusiastic app developers in many social networking sites, and also in real life. Have you ever dreamt of developing one? I did and I initially had difficulty with several questions triggering my mind like what to develop, how to develop, where to start and all. Thanks to Google! It provided feasible solutions to almost all my queries. (more…)

A Take on Google’s Project Loon – Skynet

A Take on Google’s Project Loon – Skynet

I wonder what’s cooking up in Googlers’ mind these days. Google has always come up with its skillful ideas impressing techies around the world. Initially it was Google Glass Project that carried many speculations and counterparts regarding its security and privacy policies. Now, it is time to binge on something more interesting yet realistic take up- Google’s Project Loon. Also labeled as Skynet, this project is set to bring much higher advancements in the world of internet. (more…)

How to Develop Self Confidence

How to Develop Self Confidence

Self- confidence, this term has a huge impact on every person especially students, because they often lack it at some point or the other in their lives. We all have crossed that age and have come a long way and there are some who still combating their inner fears. I wish this note helps you overcome certainly not all, but those little convictions that are not letting you open up to the outside world. So, I would like to tell you, the initial step in achieving your goals irrespective of what your field is to develop self- confidence. The best way to develop self- confidence is to do the act you fear to do, the act you are afraid of and get a record of successful experience behind you. By constant practice you will develop courage, confidence and assurance. Success in one field will kindle your enthusiasm, increase your confidence and motivate you to venture into other fields. You will learn things in your life only by attempting it and by actually performing the deed. The fear will wear off with familiarity.

 

Action and practice are therefore the key to get over fear and gain confidence. The great psychologist Emile Cone puts thus across succinctly when he says, if you persuade yourself that you can do a certain thing provided these things be possible you will, however difficult it may be. The individual who lacks confidence, who perhaps suffers from an inferiority complex, who is afraid, hesitant, diffident, must therefore first assume a positive attitude. He should take it for granted that he can improve. He can overcome his complex, fear and phobia if he starts with this faith or conviction.

 

You must persuade yourself to do a thing to accomplish the task. You must have a strong urge to do the task. A great powerful enthusiasm to do and win the lack of urge, desire, and enthusiasm makes you feel that you cannot do the simplest thing.

For motivation, imagine the benefits that will accrue you. Take it up as challenge. Face it as an individual. Whip up your enthusiasm. Be resolute and determined.


The gaining of self- confidence and courage, getting over the complex and phobia, the ability to feel calm and assumed, is not one- tenth as difficult as one may imagine. One does not require a special gift or personality for that purpose. It is just a question of practice, acquiring experience and getting a habit. All you need is the desire. Once you taste success in any field, it will prove contagious.

A renowned American psychologist, Professor James says that you have full direct control over your actions, but you lack such effective control over your feelings and mind.

 

Ignorance makes one imagine many incorrect things. Knowledge then drives away feels and false notions. Act bold, confident and courageous if you really desire it. Act positive and optimistic if you must succeed. Action is the only key to success. Act and you are bound to lead and succeed. Good Luck!

Windows 8.1 - A complete Makeover to Windows 8

Windows 8.1 – A complete Makeover to Windows 8

“We’ve re imagined windows and we’ve re imagined the whole PC industry” were the lines claimed by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp’s CEO during the official launch of Windows 8. The lines were so true that it truly gave an overwhelming experience for all the Microsoft fans. After receiving brush- offs for not having a traditional Start Button from many, it has made several revisions to gain the accolades of the audience in a more effective way.

Microsoft, to give a richer experience to its fans announced the up gradation of Windows 8 called the Windows 8.1 by adding lot many new features, more improvised look and it didn’t forget to restore the Start button this time. This upgraded version was initially code named as Windows Blue and its free update will soon be available in the fall.

So, let us take a deeper look into the Windows 8.1 awesomeness

Start Button: Start button occupies the left most space in older versions of Windows OS that usually opens up a start menu and was absent in Windows 8. However, it is good news that Windows 8.1 is back with its start button and it has an ability to boot straight to the desktop. It means that you can directly boot to the specified screen you desired. However, this start button is visible whenever you move your mouse to the bottom left of the screen when streamlining an interface.

 

Apps and Tiles: Windows 8 introduced the tiled look of applications including different size options. In Windows 8.1 you can now have an extra- small size tile to extra- large size tile. You have the option of selecting multiple apps simultaneously and can resize, uninstall or rearrange them. On a large sized screen you can run up to 4 apps at a time. You can also filter your apps according to the number of times you use an app, time, date and name. Calculator, reading list, alarms, food and drink, health and fitness covers the list of new apps in 8.1.

 Tiles and Screen in Windows 8.1

Search is Globalized: Unlike in Windows 8, where the user needs to select a category to search a file or an app, the user now has the flexibility to search anything that is present on his hard drive by just typing few words. By typing the required words into the search box the user now can gain access to his favorite songs, photos, videos and any other related information.

Internet Explorer 11: Internet Explorer is the notifying feature of Windows 8.1. Tabs have moved to the bottom of the screen and you are no longer restricted to 10 tabs. Pages load much faster and tabs can now be synced across other Windows 8.1 devices.

 

SkyDrive: Windows 8.1 comes with more integrated SkyDrive. All the files get automatically saved into SkyDrive by default and can also gain offline access of these files. These files will be synced to the cloud to be used on other logged in devices.

Other Features:

Enhancing the Windows 8 there are other smaller features which added gloom to Windows 8.1

  • The Music app in Windows 8.1 when compared to previous version gives a complete new look with the three links on home page. One of the links helps you to play songs from your collection, the radio link when tapped plays streaming music and the third link takes you to the Xbox store where you could search and shop.
  • Photo editing became more basic and the libraries feature is no longer available in Windows 8.1. However, there’s a possibility of creating custom libraries.
  • There’s also auto updation of your apps whenever app downloads are available.
  • PC settings like display resolution, changing product key, setting power options, managing SkyDrive can be done without having to go to the Control Panel.
  • Change in the navigation bar to the left side of File Explorer and a PC link that allows you to find shortcuts to all your data folders are also included

All and All Windows 8.1 is power bagged with many new color themes, cloud sync apps, new feel and touch interface, simplified search options, and complete access to the collection of your favorites in Bing’s search. 7GB of data is available for free and the users can purchase up to 100GB. Let’s wait and see whether Windows 8.1 would be truly appealing to all the Microsoft and non- Microsoft fans or not. What say?