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KAKU ON QUANTUM COMPUTING RACE

Posted on August 21, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

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Four short links: 24 July 2018

Posted on August 20, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

Data Transfer, Quantum Computing, Optimal Control Theory, and Observability

Data Transfer Project — Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter collaborating on a data interchange project. Data Transfer Project (DTP) is a collaboration of organizations committed to building a common framework with open source code that can connect any two online service providers, enabling a seamless, direct, user-initiated portability of data between the two platforms.

Getting Started with Quantum Computing in Python — In this tutorial, we’ll go through how you can program a simple quantum computer to generate random numbers. (via Hacker News)

Introduction to Mathematical Optimal Control Theory — lecture notes. In the words of one HN commenter, machine learning and OCT are attempting to solve the same problem: choose the optimal action to take at the current time for a given process. Control theorists normally start out with a model, or a family of potential models that describe the behavior of the process and work from there to determine the optimal action. This is very much an area of applied mathematics, and academics take rigorous approaches, but, in industry, many engineers just use a PID or LQR controller and call it a day, regardless how applicable they are to the actual system theoretically. Meanwhile, the reinforcement learning folk typically work on problems where the models are too complicated to work with computationally or often even to write down, so a more tractable approach is to learn a model and control policy from data.

Veneur — Stripe’s distributed, fault-tolerant pipeline for observability data.

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Electronic Arts – A traditional game company poised to break the mold

Posted on August 20, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

Electronic Arts ($EA) reported earnings yesterday (7/26/18) and a few peculiar things happened. One, we got to see the company beat earnings, and beat revenue expectations. Two, the stock dropped more than 6%, finally closing at a net loss of 3%. Why did this happen?

Looking at Electronic Arts earnings highlights

Breaking down Q1 results for $EA, we gather the following:

Q1 Earnings Per Share was $0.95, beating estimates by a whopping $0.22 a share
Q1 revenue was $749 million, beating estimates by $6.58 million
FIFA brand was a strong player, due to World Cup activities, and was a leader both on console and mobile platforms
Sims 4 player base grew 35% year over year
Garnered 60 awards at E3 this year (gaming convention)
2019 guidance for $5.6 billion in net revenue

We suspect the dip in share price was related to a few things, but most notably soft guidance. There won’t really be a major sports event this quarter, with most of the major sports championships happening later on in the year.

Where we see potential with Electronic Arts

Despite weak guidance for 2019, we still see some strong opportunities within investing in EA. The stock does not pay a dividend, but has seen 35%+ growth YTD, and 20% growth this year alone. Even the month of July has seen a net gain of 1.09% in the share price.

The long term potential with Electronic Arts lies not only in the titles and brand licensing it holds, but within its business model. Looking at a 5 YR Discounted Cash Flow EBITDA analysis, we put a price target of a 16% upside to the stock (target price of $164.21 from the 7/26/18 close of $141.90).

A business model shift a la Adobe ($ADBE) and Microsoft ($MSFT) could spell huge returns for investors, and start creating new cash flow for the company. Right now the company sells games one off, with just a few subscription options. Making the shift to a more subscription based model similar to what Adobe did with its Creative Cloud membership, and becoming more like Netflix ($NFLX) for games, EA could start to have less sales pressure for individual titles, and start to reap MASSIVE benefits from base subscription + in-game transactions. This model presents significant opportunity, and we have heard some rumors that this could be a shift in how EA will approach and retain customers.

This shift in business model could see a major bump in the stock price which our model hasn’t accounted for, and could see the stock top $200 in the next few years.

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From Ludhiana to UK: The incredible story of Ola

Posted on August 20, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

How would you react when the rogue driver of a cab you hired dumps you midway? A young IIT grad used that experience to launch one of the world’s biggest ride-hailing companies. Ola founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal once rented a car for a weekend trip with friends to Bandipur from Bengaluru. The driver stopped the car in Mysore and wanted to be paid more. Aggarwal and his friends had to cover the rest of the distance by bus.Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola is now headed to the UK after expanding to Australia a few months ago. According to market intelligence firm KalaGato, Ola increased its market share in India from 53% in July 2017 to 56.2% in December while its rival Uber’s share slipped from 42% to 39.6%. Ola saw its losses widening to Rs 4,897.8 crore during 2016-17 but its total income grew 70 per cent. In July this year, Ola crossed a major milestone by starting to make money on each cab ride. That’s a significant achievement because at the peak of the ride-hailing battle in 2015 and 2016, the companies were losing Rs 100-200 per ride.Aggarwal, just 32 years old, was born in Ludhiana to doctor parents; grew up in Afghanistan and the UK; and reached IIT-Bombay to study computer science via Kota, India’s coaching hub for admission to top tech courses. After a stint at Microsoft, Aggarwal and his friend from IIT Jodhpur-born Ankit Bhati started a tech platform Olatrips.com to book cabs for outstation trips. When Aggarwal explained his business model to his family, they asked if he was going to open a travel agency. They didn’t understand why Aggarwal would leave his cushy job at Microsoft to become a travel agent. But they let him experiment.Aggarwal and Bhati started out in 2011 from a 1 BHK office in Powai, Mumbai. The office functioned as the work space for their drivers during the day and for them at night. Not many were buying their holiday trips. They were trying to do for cabs what Makemytrip was doing for air travel and Redbus for buses. But they had to shut that in four months. We realized the real pain point was city travel. The realisation deepened with Aggarwal’s experience with the rogue taxi driver in Bengaluru. They shifted to car rentals and started operating from a 100-square-foot office in the basement of a half-empty shopping center called Dreamz Mall. “When asked where our office was, we’d say ‘Dreamz Mall’. People invariably asked, ‘Dream Small?”’ Bhati, now chief technology officer of Ola, had told Bloomberg. Indeed, it was a small dream that the duo turned into a mega reality. In 2012, Aggarwal and Bhati began offering rides on demand to customers who called them on phone. There were times when Aggarwal had to pitch in for drivers. he would borrow the car from his girlfriend, who is now his wife, to pick up a client. Soon they launched their smartphone app. When they received a $5 million investment from Tiger Global Management in the same year, they knew they had got it cracked. When Aggarwal started meeting investors, he was a total greenhorn in the world of business. Ola’s first round of funding was an angel round and it was by far the toughest funding round they did. Rehan Yar Khar, Anupam Mittal, Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl, among others, were Ola’s initial investors. “Back then taxis were not glamorous. We were doing just a few rides a day.I remember an angel investor asked me to send across our “org structure“ and I had no clue. I went back and Googled it; that’s how naive I was. I had no clue what topline and bottomline were in the context of business. I was a techie and was into coding and the business side was completely alien to me,” Aggarwal told TOI.But it wasn’t easy for them to scale up Ola operations. Aggarwal has said it took him three years to convince even his wife to use Ola. She would tell him “nahi mein kaali peeli use karloongi,” referring to the typical black-and-yellow Mumbai taxis. When two years, Ola got funding from Silicon Valley’s Sequoia Capital and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., Ola had really arrived. Today, Ola has more than 6,000 employee and operates in 110 cities with a million drivers.When Ola reached Aggarwal’s hometown Ludhiana, his parents got to know in quite a dramatic fashion. Their driver quit, bought his own car and registered with Ola. Aggarwal told Bloomberg that his mother was upset first. Then she downloaded her son’s app and learned to summon a car whenever she wanted one. “She feels liberated,” Aggarwal said.Sachin Bansal, the founder of Flipkart, who had a similar run to amazing success once wrote this on Aggarwal in Time magazine: “For those who meet Bhavish Aggarwal for the first time, his polite, soft-spoken demeanor is impossible to forget. Get to know him a little more and you will soon notice his vision, passion and determination to stand against all odds. After all, he co-founded Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies, scaled it to more than 100 Indian cities, empowered millions of driver-partners and commuters, and is a flag bearer for India’s consumer-tech ecosystem all by the age of 32.”

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10 best college apps for Android

Posted on August 20, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

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College can be an important time in one’s life. You’ll be learning all kinds of new things. Or at least you’re supposed to. Most sites that do lists for college apps will tell you to do obvious things like join Twitter or subscribe to Spotify because of their college discount. However, we think you already know that kind of stuff. Thus, we’re going to take a look at some tools that could help you learn better. Here are the best college apps for Android.

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Adobe appsAdobe appsPrice: Free / $19.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

edXedXPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYedX

Flashcards AppFlashcards AppPrice: Free / $2.49DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYFlashcards App is exactly what the name infers. It lets you create flashcards. This is an essential study tool. Especially for memorizing complex words and phrases, studying a second language, and other types of study. The free version of the app lets you download or create 50 flashcards. You’ll have to pay the $2.49 to create the rest. The interface is simple and that makes it easy to use. Cram.com is another great flashcards app.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYFlashcards App

Google DriveGoogle DrivePrice: Free / $1.99-$99.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYThe Google Drive suite is a powerful collection of college apps. You get cloud storage with Google Drive. Then there is a complete office suite with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Finally, you can take text, voice, or photo notes with Google Keep. It’s all tied up to your single Google account. It has a full set of collaborative tools and that’s very helpful for group projects. It also supports Microsoft Office documents. You get 15GB for free. You can then pay $1.99 per month for 100GB, $9.99 per month for 1TB, or $99.99 per month for 10TB. Most should be able to make due with 15GB, though.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

Hi-Q MP3 Voice RecorderHi-Q MP3 Voice RecorderPrice: Free / $3.49DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYHi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder is about as good as it gets in voice recording. It works for things liker recording lectures or you can use it to record voice notes. It records to MP3 format. That means it’s usable on virtually any piece of tech you own. It also comes with a widget for quick recording, support for Dropbox, and you can record in 320kbps (high quality MP3). It even works with external microphones if you have one. The free version records ten minute clips and the paid version removes this restriction. It’s one of the must-try college apps.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYHi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder

You’re halfway through! Here are more excellent college apps to check out!10 best note taking apps for Android10 best to do list apps for Android

LectureNotesLectureNotesPrice: Free / $3.49DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYLectureNotes has been one of the great college apps for a long time. It includes a note taking interface that you can actually draw on. You can attach images from your phone’s camera, record lectures in audio or video format (requires the LectureRecordings and LectureVideos plugins), and even re-arrange notebook pages for easier organization. You can even export your notes to Evernote, OneNote, or PDF. It’s powerful and there is a lot that you can do. We recommend giving the free trial a shot. You can decide whether or not to fork out the $3.49 for the full version later.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY

Microsoft Office 365 EducationMicrosoft Office 365 EducationPrice: FreeCLICK HERE TO GET STARTEDMicrosoft gives students a lot of college apps to play with for free. One of them is a full-on subscription to Microsoft Office 365. All you need to do is enter a valid school email address and you’ll get Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and more. The service features collaboration so you can work on projects with your fellow students. It should work for everybody that has a school-specific email address and is at least 13 years old. Worst case scenario, Google Drive is still free for everybody. Click the button above to go to Microsoft’s site to sign up. After that, simply search for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in Google Play!CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

RealCalcRealCalcPrice: Free / $3.49DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYRealCalc is another one of those college apps that have been around forever. It’s a standalone scientific calculator. It supports DEG, RAD, and GRAD. Additionally, it has a 12-digit display, 32-digit extended precision, and can do all kinds of calculations. It’s not much to look at, but the functionality is through the roof. You still probably need a TI graphic calculator of some sort. However, this should do just about anything else you need. The free version has about half of the overall features while the paid version gives you everything.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYRealCalc

Textbooks 101Textbooks 101Price: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYTextbooks 101

TickTickTickTickPrice: Free / $27.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYTickTick

Thank you for reading! Good luck with college!5 best flashcard apps for Android!10 best voice recorder apps for Android

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Hello, my name is Jennifer Brown, AMA!

Posted on August 20, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

Hello, my name is Jennifer Brown, AMA!

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My name is Jennifer Brown. CEO & Founder of Jennifer Brown Consulting. I believe in unleashing the power of human potential, embracing diversity, and helping people—and organizations—to thrive.

That’s because my company and I are on a mission: to set a new tone for business, and the world, and to create a more inclusive reality for generations to come by ensuring all kinds of talent feel Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and HeardSM. We do that by helping create the type of workplace where people no longer feel pressure to downplay aspects of their identity in order to survive—such as their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, background, or education—but free to bring their full selves to work, and motivated to contribute in a way that fuels your bottom-line growth.

As a certified woman-and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm, here at JBC we understand how important it is to empower members of your entire organization to drive positive organizational change and the future of work in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Based in New York City with a global presence, we partner with HR, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and business leadership teams on change management efforts relating to human capital everywhere from North America to Southeast Asia.

Whether we’re building classroom training on unconscious bias, setting up a diversity council, leveraging our proprietary ERG Progress Model℠ to transform resource groups into true business partners, launching an executive learning curriculum, rolling out a diverse talent program for your entire organization, or providing eLearning training, we customize everything we do; channeling our extensive experience to resolve your unique challenges.

Clients include Walmart, Starbucks, Toyota Financial Services, Microsoft, the City of New York, T-Mobile, and many others, from the Fortune 1000 to government agencies and non-profits.

As an award-winning founder & CEO, (http://www.jenniferbrownspeaks.com/), I am quoted frequently on next-generation diversity and inclusion practices. My thought leadership has appeared in leading media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, FAST COMPANY, Inc., CNBC, The Huffington Post, NASDAQ, AdWeek, and Sirius Radio.

Whether I am presenting for top advisors at a major investment bank, speaking at a shareholder meeting for a Fortune 500 company, or sharing her expertise and signing books at Google, my mission is always the same: to help others embrace diversity—of race, orientation, thought, approach, and experience; be energized by equality; and rise up and champion a more inclusive workplace and company culture, no matter what your role.

This is my first AMA, and my first experience with Reddit. I'll be answering questions on July 27, 2018.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds takes on the Xbox Game Pass Challenge to raise money for the LOVELOUD Foundation

Posted on August 19, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

Those who love Imagine Dragons know that front man Dan Reynolds is a force to be reckoned with on stage. But he’s also a fierce gamer with an important cause to support: LBGTQ+ youth and suicide awareness. This past Friday, Xbox hosted an Xbox Game Pass Challenge to support LOVELOUD, the foundation that Dan founded in 2017 to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth. LOVELOUD is the catalyst for bringing communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality.

In the Xbox Game Pass Challenge, Dan had 50 minutes to complete 10 challenges in 10 games throughout the Xbox Game Pass catalogue. For each challenge completed, he’d rack up $10k for LOVELOUD. With @BennyCentral from Xbox On in his corner cheering him on, Dan was put to the test with challenges from games such as “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Rocket League,” among others. He tackled each virtual test head-on, requiring little more than basic guidance on what each button does, where to go in the game, and how to complete the challenge.

By the end of the competition, Dan bested 10 out of 10 challenges and racked up an impressive $100,000 for the LOVELOUD Foundation. As an added bonus, Dan also unseated Usain Bolt as the reigning Xbox Game Pass challenge champion who completed 9 out of 10 challenges in April. Additionally, Benny and Dan showed off a custom LOVELOUD Xbox One X console and controller to mark the occasion and further the support of this incredible foundation.

The challenge was hosted on the eve of the second annual LOVELOUD Festival Powered by AT&T, which took place at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 28th. Dan noted that last year’s festival hosted close to 20,000 attendees and was “the best day of his life.” This year, they accomplished a sold-out show with more than 30,000 in attendance and achieved their goal of raising more than $1,000,000 from the event.

For more information about the LOVELOUD Foundation, visit their website at www.LOVELOUDFest.com.

See the rest of the story on Xbox WireRelated:The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack Available Now on Xbox OneThanks So Much for Your Involvement in Alpha – Skip Ahead!Planet Alpha Launches September 4 on Xbox One

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Nearly one-year after announcement, Alexa and Cortana are integrated

Posted on August 18, 2018 By In Microsoft News With no comments

Last August, Microsoft and Amazon made an interesting announcement. Those using Microsoft’s Cortana virtual personal assistant will be able to access Amazon’s Alexa assistant and vice versa. While the collaboration was expected to start late last year, apparently both firms needed more time to sync their assistants. Today, the sharing begins.Both tech giants are calling this a public preview, but if you own an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa, open Cortana” and you’ll be able to use the latter’s calendar scheduling or email related features. On a compatible Windows …

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