Monday, 26 January 2015
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We received 45 entries in all , a good number for a quiz organised at such short notice.The concept was new and fresh , most have appreciated it. We have a winner , but none who could solve the ciphered message. Hence the prize would be added to the next edition of the event.

The winner of the Quiz is Animesh  (27.5 points), congratulations!

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Tech Curiosity 82


1) Id the company these three pioneered.

2) Name the software developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) to digitise the artefacts kept in the top 10 museums of our country.

3) What is the name of the OS that is endorsed by the North Korean government, built very similar to the Mac OS, it uses only the Korean language? It has a software called 'Wine' allowing Windows based applications to run through it, as earlier computers in North Korea ran the typical English version of Windows.

4) It is well known that Gangnam Style has rewritten every record of Youtube, however what recently did this video achieve that forced Youtube to edit one of their own code settings? This was very similar to what happened in PacMan kill screen, after level 256 where things went haywire. 

5) The man in the picture is Ravi Subramanian. He has recently authored a book that explores the good and the bad about Bitcoins and their impact on the Indian economy. Name it.

6) Name this company which is rumoured to be building a direct competitor to Google Glasses, this is supposedly the patent application image of the product.

7) Google is known for its connection with Maths. Their high level codes require excellent mathematicians, thus explaining their necessity. There is a story about when Google went public, they had precisely offered 14,159,265 shares to the public. What was the logic behind this?

8) This instant messaging cross-platform service started in Netherlands in 2012. They moved their headquarters to New Delhi to be a part of the mobile technology boom that was on-going in India. Appointing Vikas Saxena as their CEO, this service now has more than 150,000 active users. It has an in-app portal called N-World where apps, gifts, goods, toys are all on sale and contributes majorly to their income. Which instant messaging aggregator is being talked about?

9) Identify the game.

10) On the lines of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, the students of this institute started a 'Knowledge Packet Programme', hoping to gain attention on the web for their IIT campaign. The 2000-odd packets that they distributed had a notebook, textbook and other study material. Which institute's students had done this?
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Saturday, 3 January 2015
Tech Curiosity 81


1.    ‘X’ is the American Navy’s underwater drone designed to look and swim like a real fish. The new gizmo, at five feet long and nearly 100 pounds, is about the size of an albacore tuna but looks more like a shark, at least from a distance. It’s part of an experiment to explore the possibilities of using biomimetic, unmanned, underwater vehicles, and the Navy announced it wrapped up testing of the design last week.

2   ID the list.
Robin Williams
World Cup
Malaysia Airlines
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Flappy Bird
Conchita Wurst
Sochi Olympics

3.    This is a new  connected speaker released by Amazon. It plays music, news, radio and more as well as respond to commands and queries via its included virtual assistant technology, it also comes with a dedicated mobile app for configurations and other settings.
What is the name of this newly unleashed product of Amazon?

4.    Adobe's new hardware combo -- the Ink Bluetooth-based iPad stylus and Slide digital ruler companion -- can help your learn to draft and draw. Think of it as digital pen and paper, which allows you to draw any shape on your iPad. The tools work with software (formerly known as Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line) called Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Line. At $199.99, it's a bit expensive for an accessory, but it's a good tool for aspiring artists.
which product is being described here?

5.     Connect the following to an organization
Bill Gates
Jerry Yang
Evan Williams
Pierre Omidyar
Reid Hoffman

6.    ID the product and its significance in the history of technology

7.    Connect the following to a specific  entity

8.    ‘X’ is a cloud telephony company based in Bangalore. It provides services like virtual phone numbers and telephony applications for SMEs, eliminating the need for expensive call centers. The company received $500,000 in funding from Mumbai Angels and Blume Ventures in March 2012, a year after its founding. It now has more than 500 clients, with plans to add 1,500 more customers by the end of 2014.
ID this emerging Indian start-up which is often linked to  

9.    The description of which tech product has been given below?
“It uses the heating element that vaporizes the liquid solution
  It is also called electronic vaping device”

10. Connect the following to something specific.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
42 - The Ultimate Tech Quiz

A Quiz was conducted on our Facebook Page, DORK's Corner on 29.12.2014. 
The following questions were asked in the quiz.

Q1. For a long time Gangnam Style has been the most viewed video on Youtube and recently it also broke Youtube's views counter. But the day when Gangnam Sytle reached 1 billon views on Youtube was a significant day in th history of world. What was the day?

Ans: Doomsday(21.12.2012), The end of Mayan Calendar.

Q2.  Mozi was a Chinese philosopher born in Tengzhou, Shandong Province, China. He founded the school of Mohism and argued strongly against Confucianism and Daoism. His philosophy emphasized self-restraint, self-reflection and authenticity rather than obedience to ritual. However he gave the earlist specifications of something in the world of tech, which inturn inspired a modern day gadget. What?      

Ans:  He gave the specifications of the pinhole camera, which inturn gave the world camera.

Q3. Identify the advertiser.

Ans: Bittorrent

Q4.The left side of the this logo resembles the famed Ashoka Chakra, that also appears on the Indian national flag, while its right half is a depiction of a compact disc. The combination of both symbols is intended to draw attention to the similarity between political freedom and free software, the latter of which the X promotes. Whose logo? (FSF Wont do)

Ans: FSFI (Free Software Foundation Of India)

Q5. Monty X were a British surreal comedy group who created their sketch comedy show Monty X's Flying Circus, that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music. Y was a huge fan of X and hence he named his project X. X and Y please!(No part Points)

Ans:  X- Python Y- Guido Van Rossum.

Q6. Foretold is a book by Antonia Cyn. The book is set in 836AD and depicts the love story of Lothar and Dara, two people, who by all standards were enemies. Though this book was not hugely appreciated, it gained a lot of attention in 2014 in India. Why?

Ans: This was the costliest book on flipkart.

Q7. We know Steve Wozniak was Apple's Employee No.1, and Steve Jobs was Employee No. 2. However these Employee numbers were randomly assorted by Michael Scott. Chris Espinoza was assigned Employee No.8, for which he was not happy. Why was he given this number?

Ans: He joined Apple at 14. He was at school when Micheal Scott was assigning the numbers. And hence got the last number. 

Q8. There is no definitive answer where the word “X” came from, who really started it. The word is used by many when they click a candid photograph with a person in the foreground and a place or object of in the background. Object of interest could be famous monument or a bridge over the river or the river itself or your new car or just a hotel you stayed in. X please!

Ans: Patel Shot

Q9. Connect.

Ans: He is Faisal Farooqui, founder It was blocked by Beam Fiber. They had a very long fight against Supreme Court to renew IT Act 2000. They started the concept of ads behinds autos. 

Q10. The Farm Pac slaughterhouse, a hangout of many Lubbock youth, was burned in 1996. The burned out building was used as a haunted house for several Halloweens after that. In 2001, the grounds surrounding it were converted into the "West Texas Canyon Amphitheater" and re-opened as the Lone Star Amphitheater in 2006. However it is somehow connected to the world of tech. How?   

Ans: This the place where the famous group, The Cult Of The Dead Cow was formed!

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Sunday, 28 December 2014
Tech Curiosity 80


1) VeriFace is a face-recognition software package that is a registered trademark of X and was the first Face Verification Technology on public computer. It is currently available on certain lines of IdeaPad notebooks and other Windows run laptops. It has had a controversial tenure, with people alleging that the system can be tricked by holding up a photograph of the individual in front o the webcam. Name X.
Ans: Lenovo

2) Which Indian city has recently chosen Microsoft to help its exponential economic growth through technology, and is supposedly the fourth fastest growing city in the world, hence needing technological prowess?
Ans: Surat

3) Name this hardware manufacturing company founded by Indrajit Sabharwal in 1992. It now has 4 manufacturing facilities across the world.

Ans: Simmtronics

4) Introduced by ActiWait in two cities of Germany, this prototype is a new generation of traffic light buttons. Installed at a pedestrian traffic light with long red phases, it offers pedestrians the possibility to convert boring waiting times into positive experiences. Through a touch screen which is installed in the upper shell of the button, people can interact with each other across the street.
Most popular is playing the game Pong with the person waiting on the opposite side of the road-crossing. What is this?

Ans: Smart Traffic Lights

5) Name this lady, who has been named in MIT's '35 inventors under 35' 2014 edition. Her invention is a small box plugged in between a wall socket and an appliance, it can tell you when the electric grid in India is likely to shut down. Sensors inside this device, called nPlug, detect the voltage and frequency of the incoming electricity; analyzing that data over time, the box can determine the periods of maximum power demand on the grid and predict when the need for power will exceed the supply. With that information, the box can schedule when to run water heaters and dishwashers to avert outages, allowing utilities to more easily meet peak demand.
Ans: Tanuja Gannu

6) Who is she and what position does she hold at Facebook?

Ans: Eric Egan, Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer

7) Name this Chinese smartphone maker, who has recently brought out their earphone range.

Ans: Xiaomi

8) Sabeer Bhatia started a free messaging service called X. He said that X would do to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail. Claiming it to be a disruptive technology, he says that the operators will lose revenue on the reduction in number of SMSes on their network but will benefit from the data plan that the user has to buy.To date, Xservice has failed to replicate the success of Hotmail.
What is X?
Ans: Jaxtr

9) He revolutionised audio/video recording, digital media, and is a prolific inventor holding 1100 patents. It is said that no part of consumer electronics is enjoyed which does not reflect his work. He worked closely with Phillips and Sony, pioneering the Blu-Ray and DVD disc players. Who is he?

Ans: Kees Imink

10) Bought on 22nd May 2010 by Laszlo Hanyecz, the programmer paid a fellow Bitcoin Talk forum user 10,000 BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas. Back then – when the technology was just over a year old – that equated to roughly $25, but is $5.12m by today’s exchange rate. At bitcoin’s all-time high last December, the pizzas would have been worth an eye-watering $11.47m, making them likely candidates for the most expensive pizzas of all time. Now widely recognised as the first real-world transaction with bitcoin, Y has come to celebrate 'Bitcoin Pizza Day', with cryptocurrency enthusiasts raising a slice to Hanyecz infamous hunger pangs that paved the way for early merchant adoption.
Y is?
Ans: 22 May

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Sunday, 21 December 2014
Tight Tech 10

Q1.Call + Response is a documentary film released in 2008 by Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level. The concept of what in the world of online activism was launched in this film?

Ans: Activism 2.0.

Q2. His name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, however the world knows him by a different name. He practices a very peculiar profession. In July 2013, he overtook Jenna Marbles as the second most succesful, and on 15 August 2013 surpassed Smosh to become the best in his profession. Who am I talking about "Bro"?

Ans: PewDiePie, The most subscribed Youtube channel. He addresses his audience as "Bros."

Q3.The award, a plastic sculpture of a primate standing on top of a computer with a bone in his hand, is a reference to the opening scenes of the classic "2001: A Space Odyssey", or possibly to a scene spoofing that movie in "Zoolander." Which famous award is this?

Ans: The Crunchies

Q4. Bill Fernandez is a user interface architect and inventor who was Apple Computer's first employee when they incorporated in 1977. He worked on both the Apple I and Apple II personal computers, and in the 1980s was a member of the Apple Macintosh development team. However, Bill Fernandez did something great without which Apple perhaps would not have been possible. What did he do?

Ans: He introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Q5. X was a first-class cricketer from England who was killed in the First World War. Once, when P.G.Wodehouse,an English author was having a short holiday in Wensleydale, happened to come across a cricket match where X was playing and thought the name would be ideal for one of his characters. The character appeared in a lot of Wodehouse's work and is said to have inspire something in the world of internet. Intentify X and the internet connection.

Ans: Percy Jeeves, Inspired Jeeves, the valet from AskJeeves

Q6. The Dalsa Origin was the first camera designed and built by Dalsa Corporation to be used specifically for digital cinematography. This camera gained huge critical appreciation and was also used in filming some parts of the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. This camera was also the first commercially available camera with a very special specification. What?


Ans:  First camera to have 4k resolution

Q7. A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 crime film based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange.The movie has an IMDb rating of 8.4 and holds an 89% "Certified Fresh" rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was also nominated for several awards including the "Academy Award for Best Picture." The movie, however holds a very important place in a famous company's history. Which company and what significance does it hold?

Ans:  First movie to have dolby digital sound

Q8. "Insanely Great" was a book by Steven Levy, who is also credited for rediscovering Albert Einstein's brain. The book chronicled the creation of  the Mac and its effect on personal computing.   This book also gave a new phrase to a very famous event in the world of tech. Which event am I talking about?
Ans: Mother of all Demos, by Douglas Engelbert

Q9. Brownie is a long-running popular series of simple and inexpensive cameras released by Kodak in 1900. The Brownie popularized low-cost photography and photography became very popular among the amateurs. Hence Kodak, through this camera, popularized the concept of something with a very famous advertisement tagline. What did they introduce and what tagline am I talking about?

Ans: The concept of snapshots and the tagline was "Find a Kodak Moment"

Q10.The machine was invented by artificial intelligence pioneer,Marvin Minsky. This device did nothing expect switching itself off when switched on and hence Minsky called it "The Useless Machine". Claude Shannon buit his own version and kept one on his desk, where science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke saw it. Clarke later wrote, "There is something unspeakably sinister about a machine that does nothing—absolutely nothing—except switch itself off", and he was fascinated by the concept.
However, Minksy had also given the machine, a very fancy title which did not catch on. What title did he give the machine?

Ans: The Ultimate Machine

Bonus Question:
Q. Where would you find this?

Ans: You will find it on zooming Apple's TextEdit icon

Post your answers in the comments section.Answers to be updated soon.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014
Tech Curiosity 79


Q1) He was honoured during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, in which he appeared in person, working with a vintage NeXT at the London Olympic Stadium.He tweeted "This is for everyone", which instantly was spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience. Who is being referred to over here?

Tim Berners Lee

Q2) X is a privately held manufacturer of electrophoretic displays (EPDs), a kind of electronic paper. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was co-founded in 1997. The company's Vizplex technology is used byNook, Kindle 2, txtr Beagle,Kobo Mini, Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch, Kobo Touch, Sony PRS-T1. Name X!

Ans: E Ink Corp.
Q3) Name this Swedish company that launched into fame after its cameras were used in the Apollo missions that landed man on moon. Their newer H-System cameras are market leaders, competing with Sinar, Mamiya and others in the medium-format digital camera market. Since 2012, they have been collaborating extensively with Sony, they also give away an annual award to a photographer 'recognising him for major achievements.'

Ans: Hasselblad

Q4) ID.

Ans: Steve Kondik, founder of Cyanogen

Q5) X is a 2013 Google India advertisement for Google Search. It was directed by Amit Sharma, written by Sukesh Kumar Nayak, produced by  Ogilvy & Mather, and published on YouTube on November 13, 2013. It is about the fictional reunion between two elderly men, Baldev Mehra (Vishwa Mohan Badola) from India and Yusuf (Mysore Shrinivas Sathyu) from Pakistan. They were separated as children during the Partition of India.
It has had a strong impact in both India and Pakistan, leading to hope for the easing of travel restrictions between the two countries. It went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times before officially debuting on television on November 15, 2013.
What is X?

Ans: Reunion advert.

Q6) ID the game.                                                    

Ans: Call of Duty:Advanced Warfare

Q7) This is the alternative to BitCoins in which country?

Ans: Iceland

Q8) Who's name has been blanked out?

Ans: Eric Schmidt

Q9) X is widely referred to as "CrackBerry" in the United States, which alluded to its excessive use by its owners and is a reference to the addictiveness of crack cocaine. Use of the term "CrackBerry" became so widespread that in November 2006 Webster's New World College Dictionary named "crackberry" the "New Word of the Year."
Crack X!

Ans: Blackberry

Q10) Google Doodle to commemorate whom?

Ans: Shakuntala Devi's birthday

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Sunday, 30 November 2014
Tech Curiosity 78


1) Identify the hotel! Also why was it viral recently!?

Ans: W hotels , they are one of the first hotels in the world to use mobile check in technology!

2) Identify the significance of this technology!

Ans: Ultrasound systems for Mobile Devices that help in Individual Medical Diagnosis.

3) The video-game giant  revealed a product called the QOL Sensor, a fatigue- and sleep-monitoring device that goes on your nightstand. it was working on non-wearable technology as part of its new QOL platform to improve the way we live, and now we know a little bit more about what the line will bring. Identify this video-game giant and also what does QOL Stand for?

Ans: Nintendo , QOL : Quality of Life.

4)Identify the wearable and what makes it unique from the other wearable's in the market! 

Ans: Nymi , it charges with the help of the human heart!

5) X in collaboration with Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory manufactured Y, the world's first something! The process of making it took 44 hours to complete with live audience at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in McCormick Place, Chicago.Identify X and Y and this is the world's first instance of what in Tech History?

Ans:  X : Local Motors , Y : Strati , the world's first 3D printed car!

6) Identify the person and the Significance of this picture ( Hint : It was viral on the news lately! :) )

Ans: Robert Cornelius , he is the first person in the world to take a #SELFIE!

7) Until now, there hasn’t been a good way to pick up a tablet at the same place you left off on your smartphone," X CEO Tom Moss said in a statement. "Our mobile activities shouldn’t just be available on a per-device basis." Identify X and the Technology Mentioned here!

Ans: Nextbit. Android app switcher technology!

8) Identify the makers of the device , the name of the device and the person who leaked the       information regarding this device!

Ans: Xiaomi's Magic cube leaked by Lei Jun the co-founder of Xiaomi on Siena Weibo!

9) "We’re continuing to work to provide customers increased choice how they pay,” Jeremy Bornstein said in a statement. “Once their wristband is activated, they can leave their phone at home while they go for a run or run an errand, and conveniently and securely buy a coffee or groceries with a tap of the wrist.” Identify the name of the device!

Ans: Nymi 

10) Identify the logo!

Ans: Google Cloud!
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