Samsung Bixby 2.0 to Be Unveiled Next Year, Will Work on Multiple Devices in the Home

Samsung Bixby 2.0 to Be Unveiled Next Year, Will Work on Multiple Devices in the Home

South Korean technology major Samsung will introduce the second edition of its voice-powered digital assistant ‘Bixby’ next year that will work on multiple devices, including televisions and refrigerators, a top company official said Thursday.

This will help the global smartphone leader further strengthen its position against companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon that also have virtual assistants – Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa, respectively.

“We would introduce Bixby 2.0 in 2018… it would be designed to be available on any and all devices,” Samsung Electronics V-P, Mobile Communications Business, Ji Soo Yi told reporters in Seoul.

He added that “this means having the intelligence of Bixby act as the control hub of device ecosystem, including mobile phones, TVs, refrigerators…”.

Bixby 2.0 would have “one work on one platform” command structure and would integrate all operating systems like Android and Samsung’s Tizen.

However, Yi did not divulge the month of the planned launch of the new version of the voice assistance software. Named after a bridge in California, US, Samsung had introduced Bixby in May this year globally on its premium smartphones like Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8.

Asked whether Samsung would extend Bixby to other Samsung phones, Yi said: “Yes, we would.” However, he did not share the models on which Bixby will be extended to.

“We are getting it ready to work with more languages,” he said, adding that “Hindi could probably be among the first five languages the company will have first”.

Samsung will also invite local linguistic experts to develop the local language command in the second phase.

“Self-sustainable ecosystem is essential because that is the only way to support users’ growing personal need,” Yi said.

India is a huge market for Samsung for mobile phones and consumer electronics.

The company has maintained its leadership position in the burgeoning and dynamic Indian smartphone market, commanding 24 percent share at the end of June 2017 quarter.

In the consumer durables segment, Samsung is a leading brand in TV panels, microwaves and frost-free refrigerators. It had recently launched an Internet of Things-enabled washing machine.


Longer academic year in UP: Teaching days to go up to 220 from 180


Universities and colleges in Uttar Pradesh will now make good use of technology in their teaching pedagogy. They will also get a lot of time to do so because the number of teaching days will be increased from 180 days at present to 220 days.

These decisions were taken at a conference of vice chancellors of a number of universities at a conference convened on Thursday before the start of the academic session in Lucknow.

Like in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the university and college teachers will be asked to upload their lectures on websites ahead of classes. This will help students to come better prepared for classes and teaching will be more interactive. .

The number of teaching days will also be increased from the present 180 days to 220 days and from next year and the academic session in higher educational institutions will begin from July 10, 2018 instead of the usual July 16, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said while briefing the media about the decisions taken at the conference.

Other issues that came up for discussions included increasing the tenure of VCs of state universities from the present three years to five years.No final decisions were taken.

Restoring of student union elections in state universities was also discussed but there was no consensus on the matter.

Some of the vice chancellors had issues with student union polls because they feared that it would derail academic sessions and disrupt peace on campus as student politics were usually followed by law and order problems.

More than 30 heads of universities participated in the first of its kind after the BJP government came to power in March this year.




IB diploma results improve this year, Mumbai topper scores full points

Mumbai city news

Mumbai students did well in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) exams, which are equivalent to the Class 12 board exams, held in May. The results were declared on Wednesday.

Rahil Bathwal from Jamnabai Narsee International School, Juhu, bagged the perfect score — 45 out of 45 points — the highest in the city. The IBDP results are given in the form of grade points. Pranav Khemka came second with 43 points. Of 103 students, 12 scored above 40 and 32 scored between 35 and 39.

The overall performance in Mumbai schools was much better than last year’s, said principals. At Podar International School in Khar, Ritik Chopra was the topper with 44 points. Last year, their top student scored 43 points. “This year’s results are one of the best in the history of our institution,” said Vandana Lulla, director and principal of the school.

Of 52 exam takers, a majority of the students scored above 40 points, and bagged six and seven points in individual subjects. “We had opted for new subjects such as environmental studies and Spanish, which help drive up scores,” said Lulla.

Similarly, the highest in SVKM’s JV Parekh International School, Vile Parle, this year is 40 points with 65% out of 37 students from the school receiving 33 points. Around 39% of entries scored 6 and 7 grade points.

School principal, Swaminathan said 60% students from the batch received admissions to top universities in Toronto, British Columbia, California, Edinburgh, Illinois Urbana Champagne and King’s College London.



Declared fail: It’s unfair students could not clear third year, says DUSU

New Delhi Members of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) staged a protest at the university on Wednesday after they claimed that a number of third year students failed in their practicals and in turn failed to clear their third year.

The students claimed that they were not informed that they had to pass individual components of a course in order to clear a subject, and hence their failing in the course was ‘unfair.’

Slogans demanding “third year students be promoted” rang outside gate number four of DU North Campus on Wednesday, as many students gathered to demand that they be promoted, despite failing.

“I had scored 36 out of 45 in theory, and seven out of 15 in internals in Computer Applications which are both above the passing grade of 40%. Even my total score of 56% was above the passing grade. However, they said I have failed the subject because I have scored only 13 out of 40 in my practical exams. I was never told by my teachers, or my college, that I would need to pass theory, practical and internals separately to clear the subject,” said Jyoti, a BCom programme student at Laxmi Bai College.

Members of DUSU claimed that they had received applications asking for help from as many as 2000 students, most of whom had failed the practical component of a subject in their fifth semester.

“We have received at least 700 applications from BCom programme students who failed in practicals in Computer Applications. In addition to this, there have been many students who have had issues in Music, BCom (Hons), and Statistics (Hons),” said Saket Bahuguna, the ABVP spokesperson.

DU officials said that a committee had been formed to look into the issue.

“They will check if students had been misinformed and moot possible solutions,” said an official.