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How cheap Internet prices has helped online education in evolving?

Imagine this is 2004, and you’re an engineering student aspiring to clear the GATE exam. What would your first instinct be? It would undoubtedly involve looking for a nearby institute or consulting your college seniors about how hefty a fee you should be expected to pay for the course.

The year 2017 alone projected the growth of EduTech market at about $255 billion. This number is likely to grow at an exponential rate because more and more students are deciding to enrol for online courses. But what are the circumstances that contributed to this enormous growth? What are the factors that dominate this market niche?

Online Education:

An underlying sense of how online education works is dependent on the goal of the learner. The primary category of learners come to earn certifications which when added to their resumes, boost their career portfolios. The second category of learners come with a sole goal to improve their professional skill set and thus to establish expertise in that area.

Gaining an online degree was earlier not respected or considered credible. But all that is rapidly changing with the drastic increase in the number of students opting to study online and also the number of quality education providers online. While the availability of high-speed internet is one major factor, ease in accessing this technology, economical pricing, superior quality of education and the flexibility it provides form the other significant factors which contribute to the growth of students opting to learn online.

How does affordable internet contribute to this growth?

India and Internet:

The origin of the seed for digital education in India is a bit hazy, but the presence of E-Learning has been prevalent thanks to the educational programmes done by Doordarshan and Aakashwani in the previous decades. Though the internet was a common phenomenon in the early 2000’s, learning wasn’t the main takeaway from any of it. It was primarily used to communicate and not an everyday household luxury because of its expensive setup costs.

With the advent of affordable and high-speed bandwidths, the penetration of internet increased, and with it, the user base surged. The highest surge in the number of users in India was probably towards the end of 2016 when Reliance Jio made affordable and cheap 4G internet a reality while the Indian Currency Demonetisation forced digital literacy in the country.

Rural Penetration and Indic Languages:

The internet has opened up a wide range of possibilities in rural India. Students who previously travelled hundreds of kilometres and paid thousands of rupees at coaching institutes for GATE, UPSC, CAT etc. examination preparation, can now prepare from the comfort of their homes. All they need is a laptop or a smartphone with a small internet pack or access to a community WiFi network.

Sreenath K, a railway coolie from Kerala has cleared the UPSC examination by using the free WiFi available at the railway station. Every day, while he moved the luggage around the station, he used to listen to classes via his earphones on his smartphone. While this is an epitome of ‘how affordable internet has empowered the common man and thus helped in evolving the education in India’, the question of content and trust issues still exist.

A Yourstory article indicates that a majority of the Indian population prefer and trust content in their native languages. This opens up an excellent opportunity for regional content creators.

Thus teachers from anywhere in the country can upload their content in their native languages, and peer-reviewed content ratings help students choose the best of the lot and learn from them.

Accessing Content and types of Content:

While there is an abundance of text-based content available for students to consume, the most preferred content type is video. Video-based content has made it easy for students to understand complex topics from a primary school level to even GATE, CAT or UPSC.
While this stands, audio and image-based content rank next to video content. This is so because before the advent of 4G, accessing a video file was a difficult task but affordable 4G and free WiFi has made video streaming easier and faster.

While there are numerable video tutorials and audio tutorials available for free on youtube and other podcasting mediums, there are many other paid course portals available which provide various certification courses. The increase in the demand for skilled certification has increased the number of contenders in this category. This healthy competition, in turn, has contributed to improving the quality of the course content available.

Educational content is not just confined to the limits of the formats mentioned above. There has been a significant surge in content being generated for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality too. Gamifying the material has helped it, but at the same time, the pricing and the costs involved in including these technologies in a daily learner’s life are huge as of now.

It is not just this new technology, India is ranked 67th by Ookla’s internet speed test, the average internet speed in India is 18Mbps. Though this is an acceptable speed, it is not enough to cater to the ever-growing digital population.

With an estimated growth in the edtech industry to about $1.6 Billion by 2021, the best way to achieve this is by complete rural penetration of the internet, promotion of Indic and regional languages based content, affordable higher bandwidth and integration of new technologies into e-learning modules.

Panasonic Introduces Shoe Deodorizer

Panasonic Corporation will begin selling a shoe deodorizer, the MS-DS100, equipped with “nanoe X” that generates 10 times(*2) more hydroxyl (OH) radicals than “nanoe” to remove unpleasant shoe odors in a simple way, on September 20, 2018 (in Japan only).

One of the common causes of unpleasant shoe odors is isovaleric acid, an odorous substance produced by foot sweat and bacteria. According to a survey(*3) Panasonic conducted with sneaker wearers, about 62% of those surveyed take some measures to remove shoe odors, but about half of them are not satisfied with the deodorizing methods they use.

The MS-DS100 utilizes Panasonic’s original ion particles, “nanoe X,” to dissolve and eliminate unpleasant shoe odors(*1). When the product is set in shoes and the switch turned on, “nanoe X” is generated and spreads from six outlets to every corner of the shoes to remove odors(*1) in the entire interior of the shoes from the heel to the toe.

There are two operation modes to choose from. The normal mode provides approximately five hours of operation, while the long mode runs for about seven hours to remove stubborn odors. Both modes cost less than 1 yen(*4) per use, so it is very economical. The MS-DS100 also operates on a mobile battery(*5) so it can be used at a place where there is no AC power outlet. The product comes with a stylish storage case. The case accommodates the cap sections that are inserted into shoes for use, so the product can be stored neatly in the entrance area or shoe cupboard.

With the MS-DS100 shoe deodorizer, Panasonic proposes an easy way to remove shoe odors and expects to create new market demand.

Product features

Uses “nanoe X” to dissolve and eliminate shoe odors(*1)

The MS-DS100 utilizes Panasonic’s original nano-sized ions, “nanoe X.” Measuring about 5 to 20 nm each, the “nanoe X” particles penetrate the textile and dissolve and eliminate unpleasant shoe odors(*1).The six outlets discharge and spread “nanoe X” to every corner of the shoes to provide a thorough deodorizing effect.

Economical operation with electricity cost of less than 1 yen(*4) per use. Also operates on a mobile battery(*5).

There are two operation modes to choose from. The normal mode provides approximately five hours of operation, while the long mode runs for about seven hours to remove stubborn odors. Both modes cost less than 1 yen(*4) per use, so it is very economical. The MS-DS100 also operates on a mobile battery(*5) so it can be used at a place where there is no AC power outlet, such as in the entrance area or shoe cupboard.

Storage case provided with the product features a stylish design to look attractive when placed in an entrance area.

The storage case provided with the product accommodates the cap sections that are inserted into shoes for use, so the product can be stored neatly. The caps with antibacterial treatment(*6) can be removed and washed with water, so they can be used hygienically.

About product

Product name: Shoe Deodorizer

Product No.: MS-DS100

Suggested retail price: Open price

Launch date: September 20, 2018

Monthly production volume: 1,000 units

Specifications

Approximate power consumption: 2.9W

Approximate product dimensions: 170 (W) x 92 (D) x 246 (H) mm

Approximate weight: 480 g (main unit only)

Cable length: 2.5m

Color: -H (light gray)

Accessories: AC adapter, cable, storage case

*1: Effect of deodorizing foot odors (isovaleric acid) adhered to shoes. Testing laboratory: Panasonic Corporation, Product Analysis Center. Testing method: 6-stage odor intensity measurement method in an about 10-m2 test room. Deodorizing method: Generation of “nanoe.” Test result: Odor intensity decreased by 1.5 in 5 hours. Test result certificate issuing date: June 4, 2018. Test result certificate number: 1V332-180604-K01.

– Test results were not obtained under actual use conditions.

– Deodorizing effect varies depending on the ambient conditions (temperature, humidity), operating time, type of odor, and type of textile.

– Sensitivity to the deodorizing effect may vary from individual to individual.

*2: According to the results of Panasonic’s measurement conducted based on the ESR method. Comparison between 480 billion “nanoe” particles/second and 4,800 billion “nanoe X” particles/second.

*3: According to the results of Panasonic’s Internet survey conducted in June 2018 with males and females (N = 2,000) in their 10s to 60s

*4: Calculated based on the new electricity rate of 1 kWh = 27 yen (including tax)

*5: For normal mode, use a mobile battery with a capacity of 3,760 mAh or more (rated output: 5.0 VDC, 1.8 A). For long mode, use a mobile battery with a capacity of 5,000 mAh or more (rated output: 5.0 VDC, 1.8 A). Operation on a mobile battery cannot be guaranteed since the operating time may differ depending on the usage conditions, environment and other factors.

– Mobile battery is not supplied with the product.

*6: Antibacterial effect. Part name: Cap. Antibacterial effect verifying laboratory: Japan Food Research Laboratories. Testing method: In accordance with JIS Z 2801. Test result: Antibacterial activity value of 2.0 or higher. Antibacterial method: Antibacterial agent contained in the resin. Name of the part with antibacterial treatment: Antibacterial treated resin. Test result certificate issuing date: August 25, 2015. Test result certificate number: No. 15083195001-0101.

TRANSATEL × JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Transatel to Offer Infotainment Services and On-Board Wi-Fi for Jaguar Land Rover

The first vehicles equipped with Transatel’s technology, new and older models of the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges [1], will be available to the market end of June. The two companies recently signed a Master Services Agreement for a global cellular connectivity solution aiming to cover Jaguar Land Rovers’ connected car passenger applications: internet browsing and navigation services from the vehicle console, as well as on-board Wi-Fi.

Connectivity provider and technical enabler Transatel will be providing a data plan starting in 2018 for Jaguar and Land Rover models in the UK, Italy, and Germany. Data plan extensions with a selection of local and European plans will be available for selected lines.  Transatel will be providing the service, managing customer and retailer relations, providing customer and retailer support, and ensuring the payment process for the purchase of data bundles by end users.

Transatel’s design of the customer journey for this connected car service is the result of over 18 years’ experience in marketing telecom offers to end users in European territories. Clients seamlessly manage their accounts via the selfcare application, accessible with any device using the car’s Wi-Fi. The multi-lingual selfcare application enables account management, user registration and payment method registration, among other features.

Philippe VIGNEAU, VP Business development at Transatel:

“We’re excited to be launching our second European connected car project with such a prestigious and renowned company as Jaguar Land Rover; this time not for telematics, but for passenger applications. We’ve been evangelizing the market for more than a year now, explaining to car OEMs worldwide how to avoid major lock-in risks and answering their concerns about security, among others. It seems the superiority of our platform and business model has now become apparent to some major players of the automotive industry.”

About Transatel

As the leading European MVNE/A (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler/Aggregator), Transatel has, since its inception in 2000, launched over 150 MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) and built a strong expertise in Machine-to-Machine connectivity, before entering the Internet of Things arena in 2014. Today, the company offers an unparalleled cellular solution for global, multi-local data connectivity with eSIM capabilities for the IoT, addressing the connected car, connected objects, and embedded connectivity markets.

Work Productivity

How to Be More Productive at Work in 2018

If you’re surfing the internet looking for ways to be more productive (which led you to this article), chances are you did not finish all the tasks you were planning on yesterday. Or the day before. Or the day before. In some cases, there is just too much work to finish it all. But if you’re spending time on the internet right now, chances are time is not the issue, but productivity.

True, productivity is not something you can pull out of a hat and everyone is prone to productivity slumps once every so often. But there are ways you can get back in the game and make sure you stay as productive as possible.

We’ve compiled a list of the best productivity hacks to help you get excited about work again.

Create a To-Do List Ahead of Every Day

The productivity to time ratio is what often gets us in trouble in the first place. But even if you’re as productive as can be, if you don’t plan your tasks and create a schedule to follow you’ll likely get too swarmed with duties to actually do any of them right.

Just going through all your tasks can take hours, which is why productive people know planning ahead is key. Analyze all the tasks you have and estimate how long finishing them is going to take, then create a to-do list with all the tasks, deadlines and agenda.

Apps like Blink the Bee can even show you reminders every morning before getting down to business.

Split Your Time into Blocks

If you split your workday into blocks and assign them to particular tasks you will be much more effective. Your blocks should range from 15 minutes to an hour. You can take several blocks for one task if needed. For example, start your day with a half-an-hour-long block reserved for checking emails and communicating with clients.

Try to Avoid Distractions

Distractions come in many shapes and levels of annoyance: from coworker chats to ringing cellphones to outdoor noises and that Facebook account you keep open in the next tab. To make sure you eliminate these productivity killers, make sure you close all social media accounts in your browser, switch your phone to silent and disable any notifications that might be distracting you. Of course, no one is immune to checking their Facebook once in a while, which is why you should add a couple of those time blocks dedicated to checking your social media, making phone calls and answering messages.

Avoid Multitasking

Multitasking is so 2016! What once was believed to be the trait of champions is now considered a major distraction. Multitasking can help you tackle many duties at once, but with so many things on your hands at the same time, your productivity can only be spread so thin.

Instead, focus on doing one task at a time and give every task the attention it deserves. You’ll be more productive and finish your work faster.

Make Sure You Have the Necessary Tools

Your employer should supply you with everything you need to do your job unhindered: a proper desk, an ergonomic chair as well as any office supplies you may need. Make sure you also have the software you need installed so you won’t have to deal with that in the middle of work. A professional and well-equipped workplace can make all the difference when it comes to productivity.

RE-ENGINEERING HUMANITY

Everyday new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that’s increasingly making us behave like simple machines?

Have a look at the book’s website.

About the Authors

Brett Frischmann is The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University. He is also an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino. He has published foundational books on the relationships between infrastructural resources, governance, commons, and spillovers.

Evan Selinger is Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is also the Head of Research Communications, Community, and Ethics at the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity. A Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum, his primary research is on the ethical and privacy dimensions of emerging technology. Selinger is a prolific writer and his next anthology is The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, co- edited with JulesPolontesky and OmerTene (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018). A strong advocate of public philosophy, he regularly writes for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, Slate, and Wired.

Advance Praise Re-Engineering Humanity

Frischmann and Selinger provide a thoroughgoing and balanced examination of the tradeoffs inherent in offloading tasks and decisions to computers. By illuminating these often intricate and hidden tradeoffs, and providing a practical framework for assessing and negotiating them, the authors give us the power to make wiser choices.

Nicolas Carr, author of The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, from the Foreword

Re-Engineering Humanity brings a pragmatic if somewhat dystopic perspective to the technological phenomena of our age. Humans are learning machines and we learn from our experiences. This book made me ask myself whether the experiences we are providing to our societies are in fact beneficial in the long run.

Vint Cerf, Co-Inventor of the Internet

Frischmann and Selinger deftly and convincingly show why we should be less scared of robots than of becoming more robotic, ourselves. This book will convince you why it’s so important we embed technologies with human values before they embed us with their own. Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.

Everybody is suddenly worried about technology. Will social media be the end of democracy? Is automation going to eliminate jobs? Will artificial intelligence make people obsolete? Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger boldly propose that the problem isn’t the rise of ‘smart’ machines but the dumbing down of humanity. This refreshingly philosophical book asks what’s lost when we outsource our decision-making to algorithmic systems we don’t own and barely understand. Better yet, it proposes conceptual and practical ways to reclaim our autonomy and dignity in the face of new forms of computational control.

Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Control in the Digital Age

A magnificent achievement. Writing in the tradition of Neil Postman, Jacque Ellul and Marshall McLuhan, this book is the decade’s deepest and most powerful portrayal of the challenges to freedom created by our full embrace of comprehensive techno-social engineering. A rewarding and stimulating book that merits repeated readings and may also cause you to reconsider how you live life.

Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, and author of The Attention Merchants

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Ladylike’s Kristin Chirico Gets Photoshopped

Check out the new episode of Ladylike starring Kristin Chirico who explores today’s beauty standards. In a simulation of what it would be like to go under the knife, Chirico ventures into Beverly Hills with the finest of plastic surgeons Dr. Harrison Lee, Dr. Linda Li and Dr. David Amron (as seen on TMZ, Cosmopolitan, CNN and more) to understand what it takes to become “society’s model.” The surgeons recommended a battery of procedures including liposuction, jaw and cheek contouring, restylane injections, nose narrowing, bone retractions, bone cement inserts, genioplasty and more. 
Kristin explores self-identity issues all have struggled with in one way or another. The results will surprise you. The full episode is live now on Ladylike’s YouTube Channel

Highlights from this episode:

Patients don’t come in with (pictures of) celebrity faces, but they do come in with faces of people from Instagram, from social networks they had just found that they happened to like. And I explain to them that these pictures aren’t real, they’re all photoshopped.” – Dr. Linda Li, Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery Practitioner

“Being in a plastic surgeon’s office and having them tell you all the things about your face that you’ve lived with your entire life that really need to be fixed… to view you as beautiful enough to be model is a lot. It’s a lot emotionally to do it once, and I did it three times” – Kristin Chirico

About “Ladylike”: BuzzFeed’s Ladylike is an all female team that writes, edits, produces, and stars in video content created for women by women. In their work, the group covers the struggles and triumphs associated with being a woman, experimenting with everything from free bleeding to contouring, from breast exams to hair removal, plus fashion and beauty trends, photoshopping, and more! Ladylike strives to empower women through content that explores all facets of womanhood.