Friday, 17 October 2014
Tight Tech 9

Q1. 404 errors always leave us frustrated. But sometimes they lead us to awesomeness. Where would you find this?

Q2. This Indian E-commerce company was started by K Vaitheeswaran when he left his job at Wipro after being exposed to email and Amazon. Their website was launched in 1999 with music CD's being their first product. The company is regarded as India’s first online departmental store and has been selling mangoes online since the last 10 years. Which company am I talking about?

Q3. Eric Schmidt and Google's former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg are publishing a book  called "How Google Works."Schmidt has been teasing the book by posting excerpts of illustrations and various tips from the book to his Google+ and Twitter page.This pic is one of them them. What does it depict?

Q4. His childhood heroes were Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Feynman. He graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics. His doctoral thesis on the teleportation of matter through extremely dense elements was titled Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through Nonlinear Transuranic Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array.
Who am I talking about?

Q5. The given pic below shows  Braun T3 transitor radio(left) and Bang & Olufsen's BeoCom 6000 telephone. What did these two products inspire in the world?

Q6.  The wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, the speed of Mercury. Who am I talking about?

Q7, One of the founders of X answered the question "How did X get its name?" on Quora. The pic below shows the answer. X please!

Q8. Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of North Korea who died on December 17, 2011 due to a heart attack. After his death, the North Korean government warned that citizens would be “branded as ‘war criminals’ and punished accordingly” if caught attempting to use X during a 100-day period of national mourning. However, the information was later labelled false. X please!

Q9. This is Cadbury's Joy Generator, a vending machine which got a lot of media attention earlier this year. What is so special about this vending machine?

Q10. Between 2005 and 2009, Accenture used the service mark "Go on, be a Tiger" and the ancillary statement "We know what it takes to be a Tiger." However in December 2009, they stopped using these service marks and after a few months launched a new service mark "High performance. Delivered." What caused them to do this?
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Sunday, 5 October 2014
Tech Curiosity 73


1. What are we talking about?

2. Which company did this group of men start?

3. Ad for?

4. ID

5. ID him and the company.

6. OLD Mascot of?

7. What is this?

8. This company was taken over by LG in 1995 First ever company to provide HDTV in USA First ever company produce practical TV remote controls called “Space Command Tuning” Which company?

 9. This guy made Made Karmarkar Algorithm.Identify.

10. What is his C2f?

                 Answer in the comments section.Answers will be updated shortly. 
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Thursday, 2 October 2014
Tech Curiosity 72


1) “According to a source close to the supply chain, Google may be cleaning up the unused devices. The main X is already set to be 5.9-inches, as we’ve stated before. But, word has it that if Motorola releases the 5.9-inch Moto S, Google may repurpose the 5.2-inch Moto S units as a second Nexus device." Identify X.

2) “This initiative should not stop at eight languages. I asked the department to make X available in all the Indian languages very soon,” communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.Identify X.

3) Identify this!

4) X is working with EA on the Madden GIFerator, an app that will create a live stream of memes using Madden NFL 15 game footage triggered by action on the field. Identify X!

5) Identify the logo and why this was in the news lately!

6) Identify the logo!

7) The effort, which X calls Y, marks the company’s latest expansion beyond its Web-based origins and could help X break into lucrative markets such as commerce and package delivery, ratcheting up the competition with Identify X and Y!

8) Identify this!

9) X has said that Microsoft views games as a way to expand the company's footholds in PCs and mobile phones. In a letter to employees in July, X called gaming the "single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world." Identify X and what is being talked about here!

10) Connect IT!

Answer in the comments section .
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Saturday, 20 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 71

1. 'X' Communications Inc. is a company, based in McLean, Virginia, United States which operates the 'X' satellite constellation, a system of 66 active satellites used for worldwide voice and data communication from hand-held satellite phones and other transceiver units. The 'X' network is unique in that it covers the whole Earth, including poles, oceans and airways.
(Hint : You may have read about X in chemistry)

2. Nullsoft, Inc. is a software house founded in Sedona, Arizona in 1997 by Justin Frankel. Its products included the Winamp media player and the SHOUTcast MP3 streaming media server.
What is the name of its famous mascot?  

3. Given below is the image of  the original Apple Macintosh. Which computer peripheral of daily day use was first seen along with this model? 

4. In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction oropposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. The term is often applied when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction (new moon) or opposition (full moon)
With which company would you associate the term syzygy with?

5.Leslie B. Lamport  is an American computer scientist. Lamport is best known for his seminal work in distributed systems and as the initial developer of the document preparation system LaTeX.
What is his claim to fame?

6. Orba Squara is the stage name of New York-based singer/songwriter Mitch Davis. He has recorded two full-length albums, Sunshyness and The Trouble With Flying. Davis uses many "organic" instruments on the album. These include mandolin, glockenspiel, accordion, sitar, violin, harmonica, toy pianos, xylophone and ukulele. Not only were all the songs written by Davis, but he performed everything on the recordings himself.
What is his IT connect?

7.'X' is a sandbox indie game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by 'Y'. The creative and building aspects of 'X' allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat. It was recently acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.
ID 'X' and 'Y'

8. ID the logo.

9. The first project was a post simply titled "Those Eyes" that, with the participation of all readers, identified actresses with beautiful eyes and categorized which movies they appeared in. As this thread grew beyond the size of a typical thread, newsgroup participants simply called it "THE LIST." The other project was the "Movie Ratings Report," where newsgroup participants were simply asked to rate movies on a 1-10 scale. Naturally, this list also grew far larger than any typical Usenet thread.

Which website is being talked about here?

10. Given below is a still from the film 'The Imitation Game' starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. It recently won the people's choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.What is its IT connect?

Answer in the comments section.Answers would be updated soon.
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Tech Curiosity 70


1. What is this? Invented by Arthur Scherbius Used by Hitler in WWII?
2. Xerox’s Indian subsidiary was name “XYZ” Xerox, now called Xerox India as Xerox has majority of the shares? What is XYZ?

3. Expand : BRAVIA as in SonyBravia

4. Two ports purple and green for?
5. Who was the first space tourist to board the International Space Station? He spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member and paid $16 million for the trip. Who? 6. AbioMed invented the first ever “X”. The “X” is featured in the film, Crank: High Voltage, when it is transplanted into the main character Chev Chelios’s (Jason Statham) chest. What is “X”

7. This latest invention invented by Green Tech provides solar energy without the use of any panel. This solar sheet doesn’t require any silicone and makes use of cells which are equally efficient. Name the invention.

8. This latest invention invented by Green Tech provides solar energy without the use of any panel. This solar sheet doesn’t require any silicone and makes use of cells which are equally efficient. Name the invention.

9. He achieved world-class Marathon standards - his best time was only 11 minutes slower than the winner in the 1948 Olympic Games. In a 1948 cross-country race he finished ahead of Tom Richards who won the silver medal in the Olympics? Who?

 10. C2f

                       Answer in the comments section.Answers will be updated shortly. 
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Sunday, 7 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 69

1. TCS bagged the country's first software project, the Inter-Branch Reconciliation
System (IBRS) for Whom? 

2. What is this?

3. What is blanked out? 

4. Who is this?

5. Who is regarded as the father of the Disc Drive?

6. This is the first ever what?

 7. What am I talking about?

 8. What is blanked out? 

9. What is Pierre Salinger Syndrome? 

10. "achievement", "magnificent act", "splendid act" or "China can“ what are we talking about?

                Answer in the comments section.Answers will be updated shortly. 
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Saturday, 6 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 68

1.Identify this  device by a technology giant.

Ans:Gball by Google

2.This is a 'global navigation satellite system' initiative by the the European Union and the European Space Agency.Named after a prominent astronomer , what is it called?


3.This is a prize given in the field of Artificial Intelligence to chatterbots , set up in 1991 in association with Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies by X.Id the prize and X.

Ans:Loebner Prize by Hugh Loebner

4.X is a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more human users via auditory or textual methods, primarily for engaging in small talk. The primary aim of such simulation has been to fool the user into thinking that the program's output has been produced by a human.X please!

5.With which tech giant would you connect this to?

Ans:Was the first Digital Comics launched by Amazon Entertainment.

6.From which place has the background of this picture been clicked? ( Tricky)

Ans:Yosemite OS

7.Identify this all time hit arcade game by Activision.


8.This was taken at Alamogordo ,New Mexico .What's the funda?
Ans: Atari ET game's unsold disks being dumped in a landfill by Atari.

9.Ranbir Kapoor appears in a recent TV ad endorsing an online Music streaming service.Name it.

10.Identify this newbie in the Indian Internet space.

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Friday, 5 September 2014
TCS ITwiz 2014- Indore

The Indore edition was a pretty easy show hosted by Lloyd Saldanha instead of Pickbrain.We cover all of it here for you.

Here are the prelims questions:

1.Who is the present IT and Telecommunication Minister of India?
Ans:Ravi Shankar Prasad

2.Which IT giant has its headquarters at  701 1st Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, United States?

3.Logo of?

4.Identify .(Hint :Nokia)

Ans:Rajeev Suri 

5.Nippon Kogaku was the first name of which famous company?

6.Snapdragon is a range of SoCs from which company?

7.Which company was founded by George Eastman?

8.Who is the author of this book?

Ans:Bill Gates

9.Logo of?

Ans:Apple Store

10.Slingshot is a recent service launched by which tech giant?

Google Buzz,Google Friendconnect,Orkut, _________.

12.Nokia's Internet service translated to 'doors' in English.Name it.

13.This was the codename of the CIA consulting project that Larry Ellison and Bob Oates worked on.What?

14.Bad Piggies is a game from the house of which company , more famous for another series of game by it?
Ans: Rovio

15. What kind of display uses modulating properties of liquid crystal?

16.Who succeeded Eric E. Schmidt as Google's CEO in 2011?
Ans:Larry Page

17.X was founded in 1968.Its early contracts included providing punched card services to TISCO, working on an Inter-Branch Reconciliation System for the Central Bank of India, and providing bureau services to Unit Trust of India.Id X.

18.Id the game. (Hint:Global Offensive)

Ans:Counter Strike 

19.Kindle fire is a product by which tech  giant?

20.What is defined as a high traffic website with a wide range of content , assembling all the content to navigate and customise the interface for presentation to the end user?

Cut off was 16.
We thank Ayush Songra for helping us out with the questions.
Watch the Finals video-Youtube Link

Champions-Aditya Nair & Ayush Songra
Runner up -Shivansh Beohar and Aryan Das

What the Champ says-
'Dork's Corner rocks !! '
-Ayush Songra(Indore Champion, 2014)

Some Important links -

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 67

1.The South Asian Audio visual Network founded was selected as a partner by Google in its efforts to direct users to legitimate content and help fight music piracy in the subcontinent, and to build up broadband usage in India via music streams.It was also selected in late 2011 to be Facebook’s first global partner and first Indian partner on the Open Graph platform. How is it better known as?

2.Connect to a famous technopreneur.

Ans: Marc Ewing (Red Hat)+ + Linux  Journal (Co-Founder) +Hamilton Tiger Cats (owner) = Bob Young

3.Who are the two famous makers of this Music Player?

Ans:Mark Zuckerberg and Adam De Angelo

4.He was the first 'space tourist' from an independent African country.Is a billionaire techpreneur.Identify.

Ans:Mark Shuttleworth

5.X was designed by Joe Palrang, who later worked on Shrek for DreamWorks Animation, according to a tribute to the cartoon on Oracle's website. The X character itself was "open sourced" in 2006, legally allowing anyone to tinker with the design.X please!

6.Identify the famous author of this book.

Ans:Julian Assange

7.What has been blackened? [ Hint:MMORPG ]
Ans:World of Warcraft

8.This company founded by Janus Friis and Nicklas Zenstorm , also the founders of  Skype recently acquired the India based online Music streaming site Dhingana.Which company?

9.Where would you find this?

Ans:Youtube (404 Error)

10. Contrary to the popular belief , 1024 Bytes don't make up a kilobyte rather 1 Kilobyte =1000 Bytes.What do 1024 bytes make up then?
Ans: 1 Kibibyte

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