Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday posted a 69 percent jump in quarterly net profit, beating expectations, on strong smartphone games revenue.

Net profit for the three months ended September rose to CNY 18 billion ($2.72 billion), China’s largest social media and gaming company said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

This was above an average estimate of CNY 15.18 billion from six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue rose 61 percent to 65 billion yuan, against an estimate of CNY 60.78 billion.

Monthly active users of the social media mobile app WeChat hit 980 million, up from 963 million three months ago.

Revenue from smartphone games, helped by its popular title Honour of Kings, grew by 84 percent to CNY 18.2 billion in the quarter, Tencent said in the filing.

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Aziz Ansari has great advice for people in creative slumps

A palette of paints is shown at Chelsea Restoration Associates, Inc. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 in New York.

Learning to accept uninspired periods in our lives is critical to future success. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

When you’re a creatively successful person, people always want to know what you’re working on. The problem is that sometimes the answer is: Nothing much.

Actor and filmmaker Aziz Ansari recently offered a refreshing take on the pressure that creative types feel to produce. In an interview with GQ‘s Mark Anthony, he explains that he’s not feeling particularly inspired right now—and he’s trying to be all right with that. He says:

“I’m not gonna make stuff just for the sake of making stuff. I want to make stuff ’cause I’m inspired. Right now I don’t really feel inspired …

… I hope more people get very successful and then quit. Shouldn’t that be the game? That you make a bunch of money and just move to Italy and live a quiet life? No one does it! You do a bunch of shit and you just want to do more shit. Tom Cruise! Look at that guy! He will not stop. He’s still making these fucking movies. No one who does what I do—or anywhere related in my world—is ever like, I’m done.That’s why I travel so much. I always think about this thing someone once told me. They said, Patterns are the work of the devil. For some reason that stuck in my head.”

Of course, Ansari is speaking from a position of tremendous wealth and privilege. Most people don’t have the option of quitting work and embracing the European lifestyle of our choice. But his skepticism about the idea that successful professionals must always be creating is a useful thing for all of us to consider—because it uproots a very common misunderstanding about creativity.

No one, including the most acclaimed artist, is always inspired, says Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. What’s more, learning to accept uninspired periods in our lives is critical to future success.

“Creativity isn’t a singular personality trait,” says Kaufman. “It’s a way of being that requires being constantly open to spotting and engaging in new ideas and experiences, without the expectation that these experiences will lead to inspiration or immediate creative outcome.”

The most common characteristics of people across all creative fields, as Kaufman previously explained in Quartz, include “an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.” All of these characteristics suggest that true creativity is born out of a drive to relish—or, in Ansari’s case, “chill”—in the unknown.

Acknowledging when the process is not going well can be the difference between a forced (and failed) creative endeavor, and an opportunity for learning and resetting, says Kaufman. This is a reality that prolific creators like Lena Dunham, writer and star of the six-season HBO series Girls, have long internalized:

To become more creative, you should be actively trying to find meaning in things that aren’t going as expected or desired, says Kauffman. “Creativity emerges when you are open to detours, not when you approach life, or a job, or an single experience with a set goal in mind.” Only on such detours—like Ansari’s seemingly aimless travel, or a Saturday spent meandering around your neighborhood—can you recognize the paradoxes worth reconciling and the subtleties overlooked by those too busy, or “inspired” to slow down.

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‘Panjab University’s dept of education has maximum registered scholars’

The department of education was also awarded UGC special assistance programme in the thrust areas of education technology, education administration and management and education psychology and guidance.

The Panjab University’s department of education has the highest number of registered scholars, 374, followed by the department of laws, 261, said quality assurance cell (IQAC) report. According to the report, 2,911 research scholars are reported to have been registered at the various departments of the university.

The department of education was also awarded UGC special assistance programme in the thrust areas of education technology, education administration and management and education psychology and guidance.

 However, talking about the supervisors available, the question of quality arises as the department of laws has a most number of researchers, 93, who have two supervisors while in the department of physics, 69 researchers have at least two supervisors, followed by the departments of botany and chemistry.

 Only seven departments are those in which at least one student is supervised by two supervisors. There are eight departments in which only one student is assigned three supervisors. These include the department of biophysics, centre for systems biology and bioinformatics (UIEAST), the department of anthropology, department of chemistry, department of computer science and applications, department of environment studies, department of microbial biotechnology and the department of statistics.

 According to the analysis, there are82 supervisors on the campus, who have been handling a minimum of 8 research scholars and a maximum of 17.

 Sources said PU has been rated high on the number of research papers and citations and handful of departments can be credited for the same.

“However, other departments have also been contributing considerably to the research performance of the PU. This becomes evident when we dig into various aspects of research performance of the university. The first stage of research at a university involves a single research student, who works under the supervision of a senior practitioner in that field of knowledge,” said Rajiv Lochan, director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell.

Lochan added, “Recently we inquired into statistical information about research supervision in the university according to the information made public by the various departments of PU. A total of 66 PU departments reported that they had registered research scholars.”

 After the department of education and laws, departments of Chinese and Tibetan studies, and of nano-sciences have one research student each. The departments of botany, chemistry, physics, and physical education have more than 100 registered research scholars.

Why department of education has high number of scholars?

Professor Rajiv Lochan explained that through this analysis, it has been observed that the departments, which are not even considered for the PU grading are doing well, including the department of education. The figures indicate that a large number of students are taking interest in doing a research in the field of education in the new course of time. “There is a strong captive research in this field. Research on schools, students and teachers seems to be a big hit as these research subjects are always and easily available,” said Lochan.

[Source:-hindustantimes]

Why every big car launch has a woman next to the vehicle

Why every big car launch has a woman next to the vehicle

The power and drive of owning an A class car can only be more gratifying than the power and drive of possessing an A-class woman. At least that’s what modern day advertising would lead us to believe – the launch of every second vehicle is accompanied by sexily dressed women seated on the bonnets with their toned pins on display.

Last week Malaika Arora was one of the ladies behind the launch of a major car brand, where she was certainly the object of much attention.

She wore a black dress by Lebanese designer Rayane Bacha, with lace trimmings on the torso and the skirt. In the past, actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Katrina Kaif have attended car launches looking equally dolled-up for a night out while they stood near the extravagantly-priced vehicles.

Here’s a look at the reason behind to seduce potential buyers. What the connection is between a car and a hot woman is not exactly obvious, but it is evident that it appears to be a big hit. No wonder, then, that every major player from Audi to BMW, Volkswagen, Tata Motors and Nissan have turned to pretty models and actresses to get the message across.

Magda Kay at Psychologyformarketers. com explains, “Cars have been associated with sex for better sales for many years now. It is one of the products that easily link to erotic messages. Producers want their cars to be perceived as sexy, fast, daring, and so most of the advertising using sex, will work perfectly for cars.”

In case you’re wondering why it ticks, the answer lies in your brain – more specifically, in what’s known as the ‘old’ or the ‘lizard brain’.

This reptilian part of the brain developed over 100 million years ago and its chief goal is to ensure survival, and among other things, sexual behaviour. In an article called ‘Triggers of the Reptilian Brain’, Alex from Feedtherightwolf.org explains, “The reptilian brain is motivated by visual images, sounds, touch, smell, and taste… The visual stimulation is the strongest, since we process about 80 per cent of our daily informational intake through our eyes.”

What that really means is that when a product is linked with anything sexual, advertisers target the instinctive part of the mind to convey it as a desirable product. However, with the rulebook of censorship around, the game becomes to push the limit and keep it as risque without getting caught.

That is why when an attractive lady poses with a car – or a deodorant or even a glass of mango juice – the overly sexualised image with the fitted dresses, deep necks and pouty lips plays an important role in the overall message. The trick isn’t new at all, though – over a century ago, Pearl Tobacco placed the painting of a naked woman on the cover of the cigarillo boxes in 1871.

Needless to say, there has been no looking back ever since. In fact, just last month Scottish football club Ayr United decided to launch their away kit with the shoot of a model wearing the yellow and white jersey painted onto her body.

The sponsor’s founder Calvin Ayre has said, “We hope the pictures will give The Honest Men the boost they need for promotion and a good Cup run too. Mon Ayr! ” True, this is just the boost they would need to win. After all, who needs training, talent or even a half-thinking mind when you’ve got other assets on display?

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