Saturday, 20 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 71

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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?




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Tech Curiosity 70

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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

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Sunday, 7 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 69

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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?


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Saturday, 6 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 68

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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?


Ans:Galileo

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!
Ans:Chatterbot

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.

Ans:Pitfall

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.
Ans:SAAVN

10.Identify this newbie in the Indian Internet space.


Ans:CommonFloor.com

                
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Friday, 5 September 2014
TCS ITwiz 2014- Indore

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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?
Ans:Yahoo!

3.Logo of?
Ans:Xerox

4.Identify .(Hint :Nokia)

Ans:Rajeev Suri 

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

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

7.Which company was founded by George Eastman?
Ans:Kodak

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?
Ans:Facebook

11.FITB
Google Buzz,Google Friendconnect,Orkut, _________.
Ans:Google+

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

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

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?
Ans:LCD

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.
Ans:TCS

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

Ans:Counter Strike 

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

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?
Ans:Portal

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

Results-
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)


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Tech Curiosity 67

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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?
Ans:SAAVN

2.Connect to a famous technopreneur.






Ans: Marc Ewing (Red Hat)+ Lulu.com(Founder) + 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!
Ans:Duke

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?
Ans:Rdio

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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Friday, 29 August 2014
Modi Joins Hands  with Flipkart !

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Online retailer Flipkart is all set to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers in the country. The Ministry of Textiles on Monday signed an MoU with Flipkart to provide online marketing platform to handloom weavers - an endeavour to boost the handloom sector, empower weavers and boost manufacturing in the country.


[Image Courtesy-The Logical Indian ]


Earlier this month, Flipkart signed an MoU with the Ministry of Labour and Employment's Directorate General of Employment & Training ( DGET), aiming to train at least 5,000 students by December. Flipkart joined hands with the government to train people from semiurban and rural areas and possibly employ them at the company or its business partners.


Source:The Economic Times

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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Tech Curiosity 66

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1.This is a screenshot from the site 'www.Google.com/takeaction' . What is it all about?













Ans:A free and open web around the world.

2.Name the famous author of this book.



























Ans:Tim Berners Lee

3.This is a Screenshot from the W3C which is run by Tim-Berners-Lee.Fill in the blanks.



Ans: Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf

4.What's the funda?
















Ans:Mozilla's Protest against SOPA/PIPA.


5.He is Charles O Rear a photographer posing infront of the Napa Valley.What's the funda?



Ans:He clicked this famous photo(The world's most viewed) while on a ride through Napa Valley with Bill Gates .This appears as one of the Windows XP screens.

6.Identify the advertiser.




Ans:Yahoo Mail

7.This was the layout of the idea put into paper by the founders of which popular service?

Ans:Snapchat

8.This is the visiting card of which famous personality.(Hint:Once was in the 'Wanted' list of US Marshals)

Ans:Kevin Mitnik

9.Why is the lady wearing this weird cap?











Ans:She is a newbie at Google , hence the Noogle Cap.

10.Identify the privileged machine that got a chance to play football with Barack Obama.

Ans:ASIMO

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TCS Rural IT Quiz Nagpur 2014

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An interesting Theme of Android unfolded with totally different rounds. A moderate one for new beeies and really easy for the pros. Here are the Prelims questions :

1. Which Programming Language was developed under the name of "Project Green" at Sun Microsystems?

Ans : Java

2. oculus rift was acquired by which giant?

Ans : Facebook

3. Creator of this famous OS wanted to name it as "Freax". How we better know it today?

Ans : Linux

4. Pi is table from which company? 

Ans : Infibeam

5. Chakpak.com is acquired by which e-commerce giant?

Ans : Flipkart

6.ID

Ans : Bomb Gaza

7. ID


Ans : Ursula burns


 8. His name is Garrett Camp. What did he find?

Ans : Uber 

 9. ID the company with this bunny as its mascot?

Ans : Xiaomi 

 10. Lumia range of smartphones are developed by? 

Ans : Nokia

 11. It was going to be named as "Lotatron","semi conductor diode:, "crystal diode", but it was named something else. What are we talking about? 

Ans : Transistor

12. Expand ENIAC
 And : Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer
13. A question on tata sky about it transmit it signals from INSAT satellite and its address was given. 

14. Which company would you link him to?

Ans : Microsoft. 

 15. Yahoo has partnered with which company to help Yahoo Mail users to attach files quickly?

 Ans : Dropbox.

16. Identify the advertiser.




















Ans:OLX


17. ID

Ans : Android Kitkat 

 18. ID

Ans : Snapchat. 

 19. Which company?


Ans:Shantanu Narayen , Adobe CEO

20. Identify the service.










Ans:Twitter


Cutoff was 15


We thank Vrushabh Gudade for providing us the questions. 


Winners: Kaivan Doshi  & Dakshak Nagrale.

Kaivan is a content creator for Dork's Corner too.

What the champ says:


"DC helped a lot to win. Not just tech quizzes but all...just referring dorks corner with some Mashable can make you win the quizzes easily...DC helped me a lot...I thank DC and it's awesome admins for providing with all the help. "
-Dakshak

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