NU eyes share of UAAP Cheerdance history; UP back

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Beermen make Standhardinger top pick in 2017 PBA Draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Far Eastern University, which won two championships, will perform fourth while University of the East will be next at fifth. UP and UST, the two winningest schools with eight championships, will be the fifth and sixth performers, respectively. Ateneo will cap off the competition.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ NU Pep Squad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Cheerdance Competition had now, arguably, become National University’s personal display. Once regarded as afterthoughts in the early stages of the exhibition, the NU Pep Squad is keen on claiming their fifth straight title. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Only University of Santo Tomas had won five straight titles in the competition when the Salinggawi Dance Troupe built its dynasty from 2002 to 2006. NU will perform first in this year’s competition, which will once again showcase all eight schools, on Dec. 2 at Mall of Asia Arena with the return of University of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUP did not participate in 2016 as a form of protest stemming from NU’s win in 2015. De La Salle will be the second school to perform with Adamson University following at third with both squads hoping to win their first title this year. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Is Windows 8 Winning? Microsoft Says Yes; Data Say No – Updated

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img How is Microsoft’s Windows 8 faring? Reading the tea leaves, it appears that Steve Ballmer’s “modest” comment appears to be on point – or maybe even a bit optimistic.A number of data points have surfaced that seem to confirm earlier reports that while Microsoft’s own hardware is selling fairly well, third-party hardware is struggling. On the other hand, some people with existing Windows 7 hardware appear to be upgrading their PCs. And on Thursday, NPD released data that says Windows device sales have fallen 21 percent, tied in some way to Windows 8.On Tuesday, newly appointed Windows chief marketing officer Tami Reller told investors at a Credit Suisse technology conference that Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the company launched the new operating system 32 days earlier, on Oct. 26. For reference, Microsoft chief executive Ballmer said at the Build conference at the end of October that Microsoft had sold four million Windows 8 upgrades in just four days. But Asus chief financial officer David Chang told The Wall Street Journal that sales of Windows 8 notebooks have struggled, and declined to release sales data. “Demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now,” Chang said. During the third quarter, the worldwide PC market had already shrunk 8.1% versus 2011, as consumers held off purchasing new PCs until the launch of Windows 8. At least anecdotally, the fourth quarter isn’t expected to be much better.“The launch has been somewhat of a challenge, which has been reflected in all the views we’ve been getting from a variety of angles,” said David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC, in an interview Thursday. “And if you triangulate, it confirms or justifies the views that it’s going to be a weak quarter.”Daoud declined to release the shipment data that the firm has collected, but said that information out of Asia – which builds most of the actual PCs that ship with labels from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others – hasn’t been good.NPD’s Actual Retail Data Is WorseBut analyst firm NPD, which tracks actual retail sales, said Thursday that for the period between Oct. 21 through Nov. 17 – which covers the Windows 8 launch – sales are down 24% for notebooks, and 9% for desktops. At least prices have gone up: the average selling price for PCs has jumped from $433 to $477.Here’s the real problem, though: Windows 8 has captured just 58% of all Windows 8 device sales, NPD said, while Windows 7 captured 83% in the same period after launch. Windows 8 tablet sales have been almost non-existent, with unit sales representing less than 1% of all Windows 8 device sales to date, NPD said. (That excludes sales of Windows Surface, NPD said.)“The bad Back-to-School period left a lot of inventory in the channel, which had a real impact on the initial sell-through rates for Windows 8,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst for NPD. “The strong performance of Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens, where Windows 8 truly shines, offers some reason for optimism. These products accounted for 6 percent of Windows 8 notebook sales at an average price of $867 helping to re-establish a premium segment to the Windows consumer notebook market.”The comments by Baker, Chang and Daoud echo what Newegg’s Merle McIntosh told ReadWrite: that Windows 8 sales have been “slow going,” and that hardware sales were similarly slow, though steadily increasing. The License QuestionThe problem, of course, is that no one’s quite sure of what’s being discussed. Microsoft “sells licenses,” certainly, but it’s unclear whether those licenses were sold to OEMs, who may or many not have deployed them as PCs, or whether they’ve “sold through,” as it were, to consumers. And Microsoft has attempted to spin its own sales on a positive note.There’s also a slight difference in comparing Ballmer’s comments with those of Reller, since one is talking about upgrades, and the other, total licenses. Again, the problem is this: if that number already takes into account the so-called “tens of millions” of Windows 8 licenses that Microsoft has already sold to OEMs – and don’t have to install – then the new number doesn’t prove that Windows 8 sales are on the rise. But if it does reflect “new” demand, then it may be fair to say that Windows 8 is succeeding. Windows 8 vs. Windows 7Here’s another way to look at it: On March 4, 2010, Microsoft announced that it had sold more than 90 million Windows 7 licenses, 133 days (about 4 months, 10 days) after Windows 7 launched on Oct. 22, 2009. For comparison, Microsoft has sold an average of 1.25 million licenses per day for Windows 8; Microsoft sold an average of 0.67 million licenses per day for Windows 7.According to Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, who cited Reller’s comments, Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.While that’s impressive, it can also be partially accounted for by the increase in the total number of PCs in the market: At the end of 2009, when Windows 7 launched, the global installed base of PCs was estimated to be 1.25 billion PC. From the available data, that figure has remained relatively static, as older PCs have been scrapped, but a smaller amount has been sold. In 2011, Gartner estimated the 2010 installed PC base at 1.4 billion units, increasing to 2.3 billion by 2015. (Since then, however, analyst firms have also increasingly begun to lump Windows Phone and Windows 7 and 8 devices together, reflecting the rise of tablets and smartphones as full-fledged computing devices.)Nowhere To Go But Up?Ballmer’s “modest” comment reportedly applied only to sales of Microsoft’s Surface tablet – and the company said it applied only to Surface with Windows RT sales in the United States and Canada, at that.But maybe there’s another comment that we should be paying attention to.“We see nothing but a sea of upside!” Ballmer said in response to one of the shareholders at the company’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday. While that’s usually an optimistic statement, it could also reflect a new reality: with Windows 8, Microsoft is at the bottom, and looking up.But here’s the real bottom line: until Microsoft reports actual sales numbers in January during its quarterly report, we just don’t know.Bonus Data: How Folks Are Using Windows 8Microsoft has also shared some usage data about how Windows 8 is used on the first day: More than 90% of customers use the charms – like Search and Share; more than 85% launch the desktop; and half visit the Windows Store. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Asus#Microsoft#Windows 8 last_img read more

Adityanath kicks off U.P. urban body poll campaign from Ayodhya

first_imgDays after releasing a separate manifesto, a Sankalp Patr, for the municipal polls, a first for any party in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday kicked-off his poll campaign. His first stop was politically and symbolically significant, Ayodhya, which was elevated to the status of a municipal corporation after the BJP came to power in March.The Bharatiya Janata Party is going all out to campaign for the urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to replicate the thumping win it registered in the Assembly elections eight months ago.Mr. Adityanath is expected to address more than three dozen rallies for the municipal polls, in a style similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign strategy.Addressing a rally in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath accused the previous Samajwadi Party government of neglecting it and of trying to restrict and tarnish the “pehchaan” (identity) and grandeur of the town in the eyes of the world. Those who “discriminated with your identity”, can never be forgiven, he told voters in Ayodhya.Mocking the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr. Adityanath said the two parties were struck by “electric current” each time he visited Ayodhya.“Ayodhya is a symbol of faith for us. Ayodhya is the land of maryada purshottam Shri Ram…Ayodhya should get back its glory,” the Chief Minister said. Traditionally strong in urban areas, the BJP secured 10 of the 12 mayor posts in 2012.This time mayoral elections will be held for 16 posts, with the inclusion of four new seats including Mathura (Vrindavan) and Ayodhya, names emphasized by Mr. Adityanath in his speech.While mentioning that his government had already inaugurated development projects worth ₹ 137 crore in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath promised more schemes after the polls. He claimed credit for restoring grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya and said that his government’s priority was to make the town “shine” and bring a smile to the face of every person who visited it. “Ayodhya gave Diwali to the world but Diwali disappeared from Ayodhya. We restored it,” he said.While appealing for votes for the BJP candidates, Mr. Adityanath followed up on the promise made by his party in the manifesto and said that a gaushala would be built in all major cities cater to stray cattle.After Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath is expected to hold campaign rallies in all major centres of UP, including Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Lucknow and Mathura, with more than two rallies per day on average.Polls would be held for over 650 posts, including 16 Mayors and 200 Nagar Palika Parishads, starting November 22 in three phases. Results will be declared on December 1.last_img read more

Milk scheme a ‘new burden’

first_imgThe Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.last_img read more