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India gets first CGI-enabled ‘Dark Ride’ through evolution

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Kolkata, May 31 : A slow-moving electric trolley will take visitors on an immersive ride through the formation of earth and evolution of life in the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)-enabled ‘Dark Ride’ exhibit at the Science City here, the first such initiative in India, it was announced on Tuesday.

‘Evolution of Life-A Dark Ride’ at the newly-launched 5,400 square metres facility called Science Exploration Hall in Science City comprises 56 robotic animal models divided into seven sections to showcase the sequence of events in the origin of life, said National Council of Science Museums Director General AS Manekar.

“Each section is equipped with an audio-video presentation developed through CGI. So it is like moving through an animated sequence with models of dinosaurs and various other animals. It is the first such aDark Ride’ in the country,” Manekar told.

Another first for the country is a digital panorama on human evolution at the three-storey exploration facility that was informally opened to the public in April.

“On a panoramic screen spanning a diameter of 40 metres, one can the different phases of human evolution. The film is projected with the help of eight powerful digital projectors, that contains actual shots from South Africa and India merged with photorealistic computer generated 3D images. The earlier panorama we had in two other science centres in India were static,” Manekar said.

The exploration hall also has segments devoted to science and technology heritage of India and one on emerging technologies.

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SC declines to entertain plea to link Aadhaar, social media accounts

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New Delhi, May 26 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain a plea by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking to link Aadhaar with social media accounts as a measure to curb fake accounts.

A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari and S. Ravindra Bhat, taking up the matter through video conferencing, declined to interfere with the Delhi High Court passed in 2019, which also refused to entertain the plea. “We see no reason to interfere with the impugned order of the High Court. The Special Leave Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. However, liberty is granted to the petitioner to file impleadment application in Transfer Case (Civil) No.5/2020,” said the top court.

While disposing of the plea, the top court, however granted Upadhyay liberty to file an impleadment application in another matter concerning the linkage of Aadhaar with social media platforms, which is pending before the court.

In this matter, the apex court had ordered the transfer of all pending cases from various high courts to itself. In the last hearing in this matter, on January 30, the apex court had directed the Madras High Court to send all records related to the matter to it at the earliest.

The petitioner argued that the Delhi High Court did not consider that there existed a total of around 35 million Twitter handles in India and approximately 350 million Facebook accounts, and experts reckon that around 10 per cent Twitter handles (3.5 million) and 10 per cent Facebook accounts (35 million) are fake. Upadhyay said that it is extremely difficult for a common man to distinguish between fake and real accounts.

He argued that bogus accounts are also used for proliferation of fake news which is the root cause of many riots, including the recent riots in Delhi. He contended before the top court that fake news is propagated through ghost accounts, shapes opinion and even plays a vitiating role in the context of free and fair elections.

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Realme to produce Smart TVs in India post-lockdown, flagship TVs soon

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Chinese smartphone brand Realme which is locally manufacturing every single smartphone that is being sold in India will begin production of its newly-launched Smart TVs in the country once the lockdown is over and situation stabilizes, Madhav Sheth, Vice President, realme and CEO, Realme India said on Monday.

The company will also launch flagship-level TVs soon, along with accessories like soundbar, in the India market.

Currently, Realme is all prepared to start surface-mount technology (SMT) production in India for its affordable smart TVs. Realme, said Sheth, is investing on a complete production line from basic components to panel assembling and SMT.

“For realme smartphones, we started our SMT assembling lines from day one and even invested Rs 300 crore towards eight new SMT lines during last Diwali season to meet the surge of consumer demands,” Sheth told IANS.

“Our commitment for Realme Smart TV will be the same. This is our commitment to bring more production to India and contribute more to our nation’s economic growth post lockdown,” Sheth added.

Taking on the market leader Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone brand Realme finally forayed into the tech-lifestyle segment with bringing its first-ever Smart TV, starting from just Rs 12,999, and Smart Watch to the Indian market.

“We don’t consider only one brand to be our competition. Rvery brand will be our competition that offers TVs in 32-inch and 43-inch category,” said Sheth, adding that Realme Smart TVs will become the benchmark for TVs in the category with infisty-leading features and specifications

Realme is looking forward to sell 8-10 million of its AIoT products in India this year that includes TV, audio accessories and wearables.

To attain the goal, it is expanding its distribution channels to tier-4 and tier-5 towns, aiming to have 400-plus distributors onboard to cover 35,000 plus mobile stores and more exclusive service centres.

The smartphone maker is also working towards strengthening its localisation strategies.

“Realme will make all efforts to become the most popular tech lifestyle brand in India. We aims to launch multiple AIoT products in 2020 around your ‘Personal, Home, and Travel’ experience,” said Sheth.

The company had a great start with realme Buds Air that was the second best-selling TWS in 2019.

“We have sold more than one million wireless headphones so far. Even as lock-down has impacted sales in Q2, we are pushing our limits to maintain growth because the market demand for smartphones is massive,” Sheth noted.

(Md Waquar Haider can be reached at [email protected])

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Motorola Razr 2 to launch in September: Top executive

The smartphone maker launched its flagship Moto Razr back in March in India at Rs 1,24,999 for the sole 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.

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New Delhi, May 23 : Lenovo-owned smartphone brand Motorola is planning to launch second generation of its foldable flagship Moto Razr in September this year.

Thibault Dousson, South Africa general manager of Lenovo, the parent company of Motorola, said during a podcast that a new generation foldable phone is coming later this year.

Dousson said: “There’s a new iteration of the Razr coming up. There is one in September, I think, coming up”.

According to media reports, Motorola is aware of the problems in the first Razr smartphone, and is working hard to improve the Motorola Razr 2.

The smartphone maker launched its flagship Moto Razr back in March in India at Rs 1,24,999 for the sole 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.

The phone features a 2.7-inch OLED ‘Quick View’ interactive display on the outside of the device will keep you connected.

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