Thursday, 24 July 2014
Gen Quiz 19

1.A genre of Music , which is a combination of Bhojpuri, Hindi,Carribean styles.Recently used in the movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.Name it.(Hint: Part of almost every Indian cuisine)

2.The Battle of Assal Uttar in the 1965 Indo-Pak war is said to be Pakistan's biggest tank defeat.While all the Pakistani soldiers were either dead or arrested , one of them was let to flee since Indian Army didn't believe in shooting from behind.This man is believed to be X , who has been a well known name since then.Identify X.

3.This painting by X portrays the 4 most influential persons of the 20th CE according to its painter.Which 4 personalities have been portrayed and who is the painter?

4.Had the maker’s wife not recommended the name X for this popular character its name would have been Mortimer.Identify this famous cartoon character.

5.Identify this popular officer , what is he being questioned about?

6.Which footballer  the only Goalkeeper in the history of FIFA world cup to win the Golden Ball award(Best Player) ?

7.This was recently tweeted by a man called Alexander Gerst. Where did he click this picture from and what does this show?

8.Recently ,Marvel comics in a move to promote Gay rights used its superheroes.Which male character was paired up with Wolverine?

9.In the USA’s list of 5 wonders , all the 4 wonders were monuments while the fifth was a virtual wonder.What was it?

10.This 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel , considered as the best novel of the 20th century by critics across the world had a 9 year old girl Jeanne ‘Scout’ Finch as the narrator.Identify this novel authored by Harper lee.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tech Curiosity 61


1) Founded by X and MIT alums, a new startup called Y is launching out of stealth today, hoping to power the next generation of email applications.Identify X and Y!

2) Google's $500 million investment in X a same-day grocery delivery service offered in the US will be watched closely at Amazon, which runs a similar AmazonFresh delivery service.Identify X and Y.

3) X is dedicated to finding the most severe security flaws in software around the world and fixing them, no matter how difficult they are to find.(Hint : This a project stop bugs like Heartbleed that claimed to be the biggest bug the internet has seen in years.)

4) Identify the logo and the creator!

5) Unlike projection keyboards, the X project has no visual component. It uses a pair of cuff-like sensor units that go around your hands and over the knuckles.Identify this project and why has this gone viral lately?

6) Identify the logo!

7) “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs,” said X's CEO Joseph Jimenez.Identify X and the device talked about here!

8) Identify the logo!

9) According to X, Y was the 'Most Toxic Superhero' with 16.5 per cent chances of landing on a website that has been tested positive for online threats.Identify X and Y!

10) Identify the technology!

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Monday, 21 July 2014
Tech Curiosity 60

1.If 0888-888-8888 is for Justdial, what service would you be able to access by dialing 0444-444-4444 ? (endorsed by Ranbir Kapoor)

2.The X foundation has unveiled global 'Digital Literacy Campaign' to teach people basic internet use and other digital skills. The campaign is expecting more than 100,000 people to participate in a series of events worldwide over the next two months.X please!


3.Recently this site came up with its new logo that somewhat resembled a vagina , name the web based company.


4.In the picture below the two gentlemen are playing one of the earliest digital computer games developed by Steve Russell.Identify the game.


5.Shown below is a replica of the X kept in the German Museum Of Technology in Berlin , which has a significant chunk of computer history in its credit.X please!


6.This is the logo of Snapchat , what s it called?

Ans:Ghostfaced Chillah

7.In internet jargon  the advice to ignore rather than engage with a troll is sometimes phrased as ?

Ans:Don't feed the trolls

8.Movie on which entrepreneur and  Internet activist?

Ans:Aaron Swartz

9.Tech giant X launched “Project Y” a team of elite hackers designated for checking internet security holes and secure people from cyber-attacks. The team of hackers will look for threats, mainly on zero day vulnerabilities such as the recent heartbleed bug, in most popular software such as Google chrome and Internet explorer. Give me X and Y.

Ans:X-Google Y-Zero

10.Coded by  Rob Barnaby, X was the first microcomputer word processor to offer mail merge and WYSIWYG.Identify X!


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Thursday, 17 July 2014
Tech Curiosity 59

1. Seeking to attract the youth, the X is all set to launch a video game called 'Guardians of the Sky' in which players can carry out virtual attacks on enemy targets flying a Su-30MKI combat aircraft.X please!
Ans:Indian Air Force

2.I don't know how many of you know what X means.I being a south Indian didn't know and when I asked him what it means he said , money.And then he said Y-X means lots of money, big money.So I said that is what we need for Z.Identify Y-X and Z .
Ans:X-Vishal Sikka  Z-NR Narayan Murthy

3.An initiative taken up by ?

4.Information technology and communication devices maker Pantel Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has tied up with X to take its low-cost feature phone to rural areas.What is X?
Ans:X-India Post

5.We recently came across this while we tried to visit this popular website.Which site?

Some details have been blanked out.


6.This Hollywood actor and investor promoted this messaging service called 'taptalk' through his Twitter account.Who?

Ans:Aston Kutcher

7.Mithun Chakraborthy is seen in ads to be going to small vendors and asking them to this service to prosper in their businesses and running them 24*7 .Which company does he endorse through this?

8.This cute alien is the loo of Reddit.What is it called?


9.Newsle , a news alert startup was recently acquired by a software major to enhance its base.The company had earlier acquired 'Pulse' a similar news aggregating site. Name the company.

10.This is the screenshot of which app released during the FIFA world cup 2014?

Ans:TCS Social Soccer

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Tech Curiosity 58


1) The researchers have proposed an alternative method using an electrochromic material, often referred to as 'X', which transforms from a transparent material into an opaque material when a small electrical voltage is applied to it. A small, low-powered camera component made from a “X” material has been created by a group of researchers in Germany with the hope of inspiring the next generation of smartphone cameras.

Identify X!
Ans: Smart Glass

2) X is calling it Dynamic Perspective.It does rely on four tiny cameras and four infrared LEDs to track the position of the user's head – as was previously thought – rather than making images pop out of the screen, it allows you to use head motion and hand gestures to pan, tilt and swivel onscreen content.Identify X and what is talked about here!

Ans:X-Amazon , Amazon Fire Phone

3) Riot Games, the maker of the hugely popular PC game "League of Legends" recently said in an interview "The company does this because it doesn't want to keep staffers who are struggling, or who aren't a good fit with the company culture.What is being talked about here?Why has this gone viral?

Ans:Riot Games Pays Employees $25,000 To Quit

4) In 2012, game developer Rovio Entertainment collaborated with X to create and release the mobile app Angry Birds Space, which allowed them to teach people about physics and space exploration through a highly successful and addictive puzzle game. The new edition, called "Y" was released on June for iOS and Android devices.Identify X and Y!


5) Identify this person!Why has he been on the news lately?

Ans:Munesh Makhija ,MD GE India

6) X has had a long journey, but alas it’s the end of the road for the social networking and discussion website as Y is finally pulling the plug. Come September 30, the SNS will go offline for good and until then, you’ll be able to access the website as normal.Identify X and Y!

Ans:X-Orkut , Y-Google
7) Identify this app!Who acquired this lately?

Ans:Songza App , acquired by Google.

8) On May 28, the first day the service began, more than 12,000 requests were received. This has now fallen to around 1,000 per day. Each request tends to ask for an average of 3.8 URLs to be taken down, equating to over a quarter of a million individual links.Whats being talked about here?


9) The X app users powerful curation algorithms and DJ-created playlists in order to pull together radio stations based on the weather, moods, the time of day, activities and more.X Was recently acquired by Google.

Ans:Songza App

10) Why has this been in the news lately?

Ans:219 sites have been ordered by Delhi High Court to be blocked.219 websites blocked in India owing to infringement of Sony’s World Cup rights.

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Monday, 30 June 2014
TCS IT WIZ 2014 -Schedule and more.


TCS IT WIZ conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the largest Inter School event in India started off from its Bangalore edition in 1999 , and since then has been rolling the rumbles for both pro quizzers and non quizzers alike. ( know more )


There is NO entry or registration fee.
Students from 8th to 12th Std. are eligible to participate. Both the team members must be from the same school/institution.
Multiple teams per school (2 members per team) will be allowed to participate.

IT WIZ 2014 :The league began with the UAE Edition in April. for prelims question ( go here )And will come to India with its Hyderabad edition this 29th of July.

Sl.No Date Day City Venue Address
1 1-Aug-14 Tuesday Hyderabad Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, King Koti Road, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad
2 05-Aug-14 Tuesday Ahmedabad Rabindranath Tagore Hall Rabindranath Tagore Hall, Opp. Museum, Near Paldi bus stand, Paldi, Ahmedabad
3 07-Aug-14 Thursday Bangalore Chowdiah Memorial Hall Chowdiah Memorial Hall,Gayatri Devi Park Extn. Vyalikaval(Near Sankey Tank), Bangalore
4 12-Aug-14 Tuesday Pune Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Near ShivajiPutala, Kothrud, St Gangaram Rd, Chaitanya Nagar, Kothrud,Pune
5 20-Aug-14 Wednesday Chennai Music Academy Music Academy, No. 168 TTK Road, Chennai
6 22-Aug-14 Friday Kolkata KALA MANDIR Sangit Kala Mandir Trust Auditorium KALA MANDIR Sangit Kala Mandir Trust Auditorium, 48, Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata
7 26-Aug-14 Tuesday Coimbatore Corporation KalaiArangam Corporation KalaiArangam, R. S.Puram, Coimbatore
8 03-Sep-14 Wednesday Indore University Auditorium University Auditorium,Near IIPS, DAVV University Campus, Khandwa Road
9 12-Sep-14 Friday Bhubaneswar PAL Heights PAL Heights, J/7,Jaydev Vihar Road, Bhubaneswar
13 19-Sep-14 Friday Nagpur Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Opp MLA Hostel, Civillines, Nagpur
10 09-Oct-14 Tuesday Lucknow Indira Gandhi Pratishthan Indira Gandhi Pratishthan,Vibhuti Khand,Gomti Nagar
11 14-Oct-14 Tuesday Kochi Gokulam Park Hotel & Convention Center Gokulam Park Hotel & Convention Center, Kaloor, Cochin
12 08-Nov-14 Saturday Delhi Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi), DOGRA HALL, HauzKhas, Outer Ring Road, New Delhi
14 16-Nov-14 Sunday Mumbai Indian Education Society Indian Education Society,Manik Sabagraha,Opp Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Mumbai
15 14-Dec-14 Sunday National Finals Taj Lands End Taj Lands End, Band Stand, Bandra (West)

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Sunday, 29 June 2014
Tech Curiosity 57

1) “We were glad to see that the top 1,000 sites in the world were all properly patched and that just 0.53 percent of the top 10,000 still had issues,” Sucuri chief technology officer Daniel Cid wrote yesterday in a blog post. What is being talked about here?
Ans : The heart bleed surveillance(The largest threat of 2014)

2) "The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money," Roosegaarde said in an interview with the BBC. " This road is about safety and envisaging a more self-sustainable and more interactive world."Luminescent powder in paint has given a glow to 500 meters of Dutch highway, resulting in a trial section of 'x' road. Identify X.
Ans : X-Glow in the dark roads.

3) If BYOD:Bring Your Own Device then what is BYOS: ?
Ans:BYOS : Bring your own system

4) Quest Visual and the technology built into its X application will become part of a Y team devoted to developing translation features and services. "With X, we've seen the beginnings of what's possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to see the world in your language," Quest said in a blog post.Identify X. 
Ans: X-Word lens.

5)Identify him?Why has he been on the news lately?

Ans:Amit boni.Head of Motorola mobility india.

6) Mobile ads might take on a new meaning in a few years, at least according to Google.What does Google Mean this?Why has it gone viral?
Ans: Google believes that it's possible that it can serve ads on different devices in a few years, including thermostats, glasses and watches

7) "With X's technology, Facebook will offer a browser-based malware scanner as a free service," the company said in a statement.Identify X. 

8) Connect these!

Ans : World's fastest smartphone typing Guinness world record.

9) Misplaced your phone? Just yell and hear your device yell back at you. A new app can help you find your misplaced smartphone by allowing your device to respond when you shout, giving you clues to its location.Identify the app!
Ans:Marco polo!

10) The South Korean firm on Monday said the X, which comes with a 4.8 inch high-definition display and offers features such as a fingerprint sensor, will be unveiled at the Y Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Identify X and Y.Why has this news gone viral?
Ans : X-Samsung Z. Y-Tizen.It is Samsung first tizen based phone.
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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Tech Curiosity 56

1) Mozilla's board appointed X on Monday, with the promotion effective immediately. Former acting-CEO Jay Sullivan has left to "pursue new opportunities," according to Mozilla.Identify x.What is being talked about here?
Ans:X-Brendan Eich. Brendan Eich(Creator a javascript and co-founder of Mozilla) is appointed as Mozilla's new CEO.

2) "We can say with complete assurance that this has been as battle-tested as it can possibly be," Bryan O'Sullivan, the engineer behind the language, said in a statement.What is the name of this programming language?Which company created this language?

Ans: Hack. Facebook.

3) "We're making a long-term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people's daily life," the 29-year-old Zuckerberg said, noting that wearing the X goggles was "different than anything I've ever experienced in my life.Identify  X.Identify what this has lead to?
Ans:X- Oculus Rift.This lead facebook to buy Oculus.

4) Identify the logo.

Ans: Telegram.

5) A new smartphone app may allow people to donate their voice to be customized into synthetic speech for those who are unable to speak.Identify the app.


6) Identify the company and its mascot.

Ans:LINE . Brown.

7) X, the global “IT supply chain company” Y founded, owns China-based distributor Dragon Technology, which will produce the smartmobes in the Middle Kingdom and import them into the sub-continent.Identify X and Y.

Ans:X-Inflextion Point. Y-John Sculley (former Apple CEO).

8) Identify this technology.

Ans: VOCALiD technology.

9) Who is known as the "Steve Jobs of China"?Identify him and the company owned by him.

Ans:Lei Jun, the man famously known as Steve Jobs of China, brought the local smartphone maker Xiaomi to the Indian market recently.

10) Identify this super viral game.

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Saturday, 14 June 2014
Gen Quiz 18

1.Which place of high national importance does  the image below show?
Ans: Panchavati , 7 RCR

2.Whose official vehicle is this, what is it called?


3.Built as a summer retreat for our then colonisers in 1854 in the state of Himachal Pradesh This hill station , spanning over 5 hills namely  Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora , gets its name from a British Official. Name it.

4.This thing below is regarded as the symbol of power for a country which currently seems to be devoid of it external & internal turmoil. Name the country and the symbol.

Ans: Bulava , Ukraine

5.Only 20 years ago, India was inundated with X—flocks so enormous they darkened the skies. But by 1999, their numbers had dropped dramatically, due to a mysterious kidney ailment.By 2008, 99.9 percent of India’s X were gone. It was finally discovered that they had been killed by a drug called diclofenac (a pain reliever along the lines of aspirin or ibuprofen). Indians revere their cows, and when a cow showed signs of pain, they treated it with diclofenac. After the animal died, the X would eat the corpse. And though they boast perhaps the world’s most efficient digestive system, X cannot handle the drug. Identify X.


6. Celebrated by  William Wordsworth,  in his poem ‘ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ this plant is native to meadows and woods in Europe, North Africa and West Asia, with a center of distribution in the Western Mediterranean.Name it.

7.This is a photo taken in 1913 of one of the Passive Resisters Football Clubs in South Africa.Name the person in the last row who has been encircled.

Ans:Mahatma Gandhi 

8.This became the cover page of The New Straits Times some time back. What has been whitened here? Explain the funda.


Ans:MH370 . The last message was ' Good night Malaysian three seven zero'
9.Recently a book titled 'The substance and the shadows' was released in a grand ceremony in Mumbai.This was attended by Amitabh Bachchan ,Aamir Khan , Mukesh Ambani and other stalwarts.Who is the celebrated author of this book?

Ans:Dilip Kumar
10.Leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) since 1975, he has become synonymous to his native country now.Identify.

Ans:Robert Mugabe

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Monday, 19 May 2014
Tight Tech 7

Q1.He worked at Infoseek, and is credited for writing a software for The Wall Street Journal. He is also credited for creating RankDex, an algorithm that ranked web pages in a similar way as Pagerank. He is less known for writing a book "Business War In Silicon Valley." Who is this very famous person whom we know as founder of a famous search giant?

Q2. He is David Shing, an unusual guy to be at a company like AOL. His day-to-day role is pretty normal for an ad guy. He meets with clients and helps them come up with ways they can advertise differently online, versus traditional media like TV. He says that he can look into the future of internet and hence holds a very special post at AOL. What post does he hold?

Q3.X (also known as unauthorized transfers or domain name registration scams) is a scam in which the offending domain name registrar attempts to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their current register.
X please!

Q4. Xianren Bridge, also known as Fairy Bridge, is the world's largest natural arch with a span measuring 400 feet or 120 meter. It is located about 40 km northwest of Fengshan in northwestern Guangxi Province, China.The Bridge was unknown to the world for a long time, before it got discovered accidentally. WHAT discovered it?

Q5.Bomis was a dot-com company  founded in 1996 by X, Tim Shell and Michael Davis. The company initially tried a number of ideas for content, including being a directory of information about Chicago.The site subsequently focused on content geared to a male audience, including information on sporting activities, automobiles and women. However, this company is well known for supporting the creation of two famous websites, one of which is a huge name now. Identify X and the websites being talked about.

Q6. The picture below shows the famous portrait of "The Dying Hercules" painted by a famous man. As the legend goes, once when he was in New York, he received a letter from his father that read, "Your dear wife is convalescent."  The next day he received a letter detailing his wife's sudden death and by the time he returned to his home town, his wife was buried. Heartbroken that for days he was unaware of his wife's failing health and her death, he decided to work on something which later became a huge success. Who and what am I talking about?

Q7. "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." This is the first statement of three laws given by a very famous thinker. Who am I talking about?

Q8. The Simian Army is a suite of tools used by a popular comany for keeping your cloud operating in top form. Name the company.

Q9. This book is written by a person, who is popularly known as X, which is also the name of the website for which he writes. He is also a big fan of Nikola Tesla, for which he has written two amazing comics.  Identify X or the blacked out part.

Q10. The pic below shows CL 9 CORE remote control, launched in 1987, the first universal programmable remote control. The remote control was made by CL 9 , an universal remote control company, which was in business for three years, from 1985 to 1988. Which tech pioneer founded this company.

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