August 2019


Robotic arm shaped like an elephants trunk w Video

first_img Explore further More information: Festo, based in Denkendorf in Germany, worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart to design the robotic arm, known as the “Bionic Handling Assistant,” as a project of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. The arm was designed specifically to be safe when interacting with humans, which the company believes will make it useful in locations such as medical centers, manufacturing plants, mechanical repair workshops, schools, and in the home. The bionic arm is the future of prosthetics, and it’s here today © 2010 Citation: Robotic arm shaped like an elephant’s trunk (w/ Video) (2010, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The gripper at the end of the arm has a novel shape consisting of three fin-shaped fingers constructed from compartments that collapse when the fingers enclose an object, trapping it. The FinGripper design means very little force is required to grasp objects, again reducing any risk of injury. The FinGripper is already being tested on production lines, and three different sizes are being developed, to handle objects from a grapefruit size down to hazelnut size.The Bionic Handling Assistant has been nominated for an award in the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Award). Previous robots designed by the Bionic Learning Network include other examples of biomimicry such as penguins, jellyfish, aquatic rays and flying fins. Inspired by the elephant’s trunk — a high-tech helper for industry and the homeTeam from Festo and Fraunhofer IPA nominated for “Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2010” The trunk-like arm is made of soft, compliant segments that were created from a polyamide using 3D printing technology, and is driven by a pneumatic system of tiny air chambers lining the interior of the arm. The air chambers are arranged in two rows and are inflated sequentially to provide the required movements. The arm is arranged in three segments to provide S-curve dexterity, and because the air chambers in the segments can be inflated separately, sections of the arm can be made to bend in opposite directions. The gripper is moved by means of air chambers in a fourth segment of the arm, known as the hand axis.The arm has numerous resistance sensors that detect collisions and limit its movements when it senses contact, and this should make it safe for human interaction. Image credit: Festo. ( — A German automation company has come up with a new design for a flexible robotic arm, taking inspiration from the trunk of an elephant. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Snakealike Titanoboa robot is beyond eek w video

first_img( — Many 40-something surfers become six year olds when seeing spiders, snakes, and insects in machine form. They either think the machines are scary but funny or at the least entertaining. A group of artists are giving them plenty to screech and talk about this month. The Mondo Crew is part of eatART of Vancouver, British Columbia, the collective of artists, designers and builders who make large- kinetic, robotic, and mechanized sculptures. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fitting name for this project, and the snake, is Titanoboa. Artist Charlie Brinson thought of the idea of building Titanoboa after learning about the discovery of fossilized remains of the actual Titanoboa. This was an enormous prehistoric snake that lived 60 million years ago. He assembled a team and they began building a replica of Titanoboa this summer. The machine continues to be developed. The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate the beast as an amphibious, electromechanical serpent machine designed to provoke discussions of our changing climate and energy use in a historical context. This giant reincarnation, so the project vision goes, will roam the earth terrifying and enlightening those who dare to ride the snake and fear and contemplate the future of our planet. © 2011 Citation: Snake-alike Titanoboa robot is beyond eek (w/ video) (2011, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Largest prehistoric snake on record discovered in Colombia (Video) As a work in progress, the team mates working on the snake have numerous items on their agenda. Titanoboa’s design specifications include five different modes of motion, dynamic internal lighting, a scalable Lithium polymer battery system, multiple Arduino Mega micro controllers, controllable by rider or remotely, and automated eyes and jaws.The group will make the “snake” more lifelike by working on a more polished-looking skin. Scale design and manufacturing will get under way next year. In future builds, the Titanoboa will feature a saddle mounted on top of the machine. The machine, with its hundreds of individual parts, will require skilled rider control. Another goal is to make the mechanical snake able to glide under water.The project goal in a broader sense, according to the site, is to create something that ignites technical learning on relevant technologies. Brinson, project lead, has had support on the project from students as well as a diverse team of professionals spanning disciplines.Brinson successfully launched this as a Kickstarter project in the summer and raised over $10,000 for his sculpture project. He explained at the time that the Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate this beast as an electromechanical serpent meant to provoke discussions on our changing climate in a historical context. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, he had said, the Titanoboa team can build elaborate scales to protect the snake’s electronic insides and purchase control components to help her slither more gracefully. Explore further They are working on their project for a formidable 50-foot electromechanical snake that weighs over 2,000 pounds and will slither on land and glide under water. Photo by Michael J.P. Hall More information: read more


Fundseeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement

first_img(—Hey, kid, want a tablet that’s capable of Linux and Android dual booting for one hundred bucks? The smart kid will answer, ok what’s the catch? The catch is that, even if things go very well, it won’t be on the shelves before next year and that, to reserve this open source rendering you have to go through the crowdfunding site, indiegogo. The tablets are called PengPods. The goal is to eventually bring forth a line of both Linux/Android tablets and also mini PCs. All devices are designed with an Allwinner A10 or A13 processor. For delivering the best of both worlds, Android and Linux, they run Android and boot Linux from an SD card. The advantage is said to be that the Linux enthusiast does not need to jump through hoops to have Linux. More information: Citation: Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The PengPod tablets will offer simple dual-booting by having one of the two operating systems installed in the device’s internal memory and the other on the SD card. An active community, according to the PengPod creator, is working to make the devices better and better.Say hello, for example to the PengPod 700, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, with bootable Linux SD Card, built in camera, one USB port, headphones, and built in speakers. The seven-incher was placed as an earlybird special for 99 dollars but it has now sold out. The estimated delivery is presented as January 2013 The PengPod 700 is now listed at $120. Wistron NeWeb Introduces GW4: Linux Loaded & Android Capable Mobile Device © 2012 The PengPod 1000 is a ten-inch capacitive touch screen Android tablet, which will also run with Linux from an SD Card and is listed at $185. Every PengPod device is capable of running from internal flash or booting from an SD Card. PengPods use a Linaro root file system and have access to most standard Linux packages available for ARM, with software including LibreOffice, XBMC, VLC, LXDE, KDE, and Gnome. The KDE Plasma Active interface is used to make the Linux version touch-friendly and the Android version uses Android 4.0. The effort continues to raise cash at the time of this writing via indiegogo. When we last checked, the project had raised $11,313 with 20 days left to reach a $49,000 goal. Neal Peacock, the software engineer behind the tablets, is on a mission to satisfy Linux users who would prefer a tablet running “real” Linux, which is the idea behind the PengPod tablets. “Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price,” according to Peacock.Peacock has discussed what he wants to do with the money raised. “We intend to fix up the tablet related features, offer a central repository of A10 specific packages and create images and guides to make these devices even better. All these efforts will take time and we plan to use the proceeds from indiegogo to fund the remainder of the software work and maintenance. “Based on how much is brought in, he is also considering offering prizes for developer teams “implementing community goals, adding more devices and maybe even other processor lines to our support list.” He said that many of the tablet-related packages created “will hopefully help create a true Linux based tablet movement.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Tiny magnets huge fields Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solidstate

first_imgIn the study of ways to determine the position of and manipulate magnetic nanoparticles – a capability that would benefit a wide range of applications – there’s good news and bad: While a magnetic gradient force field (a magnetic field that varies with respect to position) can accomplish this, it is limited in its ability to affect most paramagnetic materials – that is, materials that respond to magnetic fields, but do not retain magnetic properties when those fields are removed – the exception being sufficiently small magnetic nanoparticles, which can behave like paramagnets at room temperature due to thermal agitation (an effect known as superparamagnetism). Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Magnetic gradient force density field for nanoscale Ni electrodes. (Upper) Diagrams sketch the relaxed magnetization orientation in the electrodes, with a related broken or straight line symbolizing an open and closed electric contact. The electrodes are made of rectangular bars 300 nm long, 30 nm wide, and 16 nm high, with slightly rounded corners. (Lower Left) The external field of 0.8-T magnitude is applied along the longitudinal direction x. (Lower Right) The field is applied along the transversal direction y. The vector field reveals the direction of the forces. The color code indicates the amplitude of the forces, attractive (blue) in the longitudinal case and repulsive (red) in the transverse case. The maximum color intensity corresponds to a magnitude of 109 N/m3. More quantitative details can be found in SI Text. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 That being said, the ability to use a magnetic gradient force field to precisely control paramagnetic molecules in solutions has remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at University of Strasbourg, France have proposed that this limitation can be addressed by using miniaturized ferromagnetic electrodes to create powerful localized force fields that can be tuned by an external magnetic field. The researchers then illustrated this concept by immersing a metallic nickel (Ni) nanobridge electrode in a solution containing paramagnetic molecules and controlling the electrode’s magnetization direction with an external magnetic field. In so doing, the scientists created a conductive molecular-sized switching system that they say is the chemical equivalent of a spintronics (that is, spin transport electronics) solid-state spin valve two-terminal device. Prof. Bernard Doudin discussed the paper that he, Researcher Petru Lunca Popa and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our concept of extending the spintronics spin valve to magnetic electrodes in solution using magnetic control of their chemical environment totally novel, and essentially results from an unexpected discovery,” Doudin tells “We were looking for spin valve effects in a metallic contriction,” a type of nanowire, “and found that changing the chemistry was producing a large change of resistance associated with a change of applied magnetic field.” The challenge, Doudin says, was to devise an experimental controlled microfluidic setup that allowed a continuous and reversible change of the sample’s chemical environment. Doudin points out that conducting micromagnetic simulations was essential to confirming the creation of a chemical equivalent of a solid-state spin valve device. “This provided confidence in a model of magnetic forces, backed by several reported experiments in the field of electrochemistry,” he explains, adding that an unexpected result of these simulations was the occurrence in transverse magnetic fields of repulsive forces. “From a micromagnetic point of view this was a bit counterintuitive, and reinforced our gradient force field concept.” The paper suggests that the magnetic field gradient can become a dominant influencing factor on chemical reactions at the nanoscale. “We devised a system where any equilibrium change can result in a large change in a physical property, such as conduction of the nickel nanobridge,” Doudin explains, “and designed a magnetic circuit where this force is maximal. ” That said, Doudin points out that while their experiment was originally designed with nickel as part of their evaluation of spin valve effects in metals. “However, our paper adopted a more expansive approach based on our goal of asserting that what is observed with nickel can be more generally applied.”Their findings also suggest that the reaction yields or the chemical equilibrium can also be influenced by the gradient of the magnetic field. Specifically, the single reversible reaction step, yield is either metallic (Ni) or ionic (Ni++). “We use the phrasing of yield for comparison with the literature on chemical equilibrium modified by magnetic fields rather than gradients, where the equilibrium changes are small, and relate to intermediate products,” Doudin says. “The largest impact, in these cases, is usually the reactions yields of some final product.”Regarding the implications of extending magnetophoresis to magnetic forces on paramagnetic molecules in solution, Doudin tells that performing magnetophoresis on single molecules will always be limited by the dominant Brownian motion of molecules. “We can, however, significantly modify the average residency time of molecular species at a given position,” he adds, “and thereby impact chemistry.” This, in turn, may lead to the creation of new types of spin-sensitive devices. “These might include single-spin detection by electrical means, or realize stable chemical structures of highly sensitive to local magnetic fields,” Doudin illustrates. “As mentioned in our conclusions, supramolecular architectures can be sensitive to the magnetic forces effects, and their role in a chemical reaction, or as intermediate bridging element in a biochemistry reaction process, could be modified under local magnetic forces.”Another possibility is the development of a metallic nanobridge exhibiting electrical properties tunable through a change of magnetic orientations of the electrodes. “In our paper, a change of electrode magnetization is induced by an external field,” Doudin explains. “One can imagine other ways to control the magnetization, such as an electric current or a substrate deformation.” (The latter is a current trend in spintronics, he notes, where spin-dependent devices should be controlled by means other than an external magnetic field.) “As the conductance is highly sensitive to paramagnetic ions, one can imagine detecting ions by electrical means.”In their paper, the scientist also proposed a tabletop tool and methodology for influencing chemical reactions. “We can search for other reactions implying paramagnetic species – for example, radical polymerization – and test this happening or not between magnetic electrodes,” Doudin points out. “One can also imagine creating patterned magnetic substrates, where surface chemical reactions will be controlled by their magnetic orientation, thereby realizing tunable chemically-active substrates.” He adds that their tabletop tool refers to the laboratory equipment required by their approach relative to that used in spin chemistry, where usually very large magnetic fields are needed to impact significantly the chemistry. “With the magnetic field values we use, a simple tabletop device is enough to create such fields.”Moving forward, says Doudin, the scientists plan to investigate single-spin detection using similar metallic nanobridges, and to search for other chemical reactions that can be modified by our magnetic circuit – in particular, control of supramolecular architectures. “Most molecular architectures seen in nature are based on rather weak and dynamic chemical bonds. Therefore,” he concludes, “the study of the equilibrium and stability of supramolecular architectures under magnetic field gradients, which can have important implications in biochemistry processes, might benefit from our research.” © 2014 Horizontal levitation: The ultimate solution to particle separation Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Doudin notes that there were a range of techniques critical to addressing these challenges:Microfluidic control A dedicated setup with controllable applied magnetic fields in which amplitude and direction could be rapidly changed was needed due to metallic constrictions having very brief lifetimes A well-controlled experimental procedure for electrochemically stabilizing a metallic nanobridgeData showing an inverse relationship between switching magnitude and Ni ion concentration that allowed the scientists to reconcile several reports with highly variable outcomes by showing that they used very different solution concentrations”A key innovation is our model of the influence of magnetic forces on chemistry, since it goes against the general belief that magnetic gradient force should not have any noticeable effect,” Doudin adds. “In fact, work by J. Michael D. Coey1 – our paper’s editor – is among a small number of published papers showing such effects.” Ni nanocontact construction, with ON/OFF switching of its conductance when varying the direction of the external magnetic field. (A) Sketch of the microfluidic cell, with electron microscopy zoom of the nanoelectrodes used as working electrodes W1, W2 in an electrochemical cell including a reference R and a counter C electrode. (B) Time evolution of the conductance under oscillating (0.5 Hz) rotation of the applied magnetic field of constant 0.8-T amplitude. The top line represents the time oscillation of the magnetic field orientation, with an opening of the contact when the field is along the direction of the electrodes (zero angle) and closure at angles in the vicinity of ± π/2. The diagrams on the right present schematics of the related open (OFF) and closed (ON) nanocontacts. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1322828111 More information: The magnetoelectrochemical switch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print on July 9, 2014, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1322828111Related1Magnetic stabilization and vorticity in submillimeter paramagnetic liquid tubes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 2, 2009 vol. 106 no. 22 8811-8817, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900561106 Citation: Tiny magnets, huge fields: Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solid-state spin valve (2014, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more


Oldest known Koran text fragments discovered

first_imgCredit: University of Birmingham It is believed that the Koran was written by people close to Mohammad after Caliph Abu Bakr ordered collections of Koranic material be put into book form. The words are believed to have come to Mohammad through the angel Gabriel—he passed them on to associates who originally wrote them down on stone tablets, leaves, even the shoulder blades of camels. Mohammad is believed to have lived from 570 to 632 A.D., with his associations with the angel occurring over the last decade of his life.Fedeli has told the press that she was studying Koranic material in the Mingana Collection when she came across the early Koran and noticed that a couple of pages appeared to have been written by a different person. After reporting what she had found to officials at the University, the parchment was carbon dated and was found to have been made sometime between 568 and 645 A.D., making the discovery the oldest Koran fragment ever found. So old in fact, that it appears the pages were created very nearly around the time when Mohammad was still alive, or very shortly after his death, which means it is possible it was written by someone that actually knew him. The team still has to test the ink however, because it is possible the text was not put onto the parchment until a much later date.The fragments, and the older Koran text in which they were found are part of a collection amassed in the 1920’s by Alphonse Mingana, an Iraqi Chaldean priest—they have been part of the Birmingham library collection (which consists of over 3,000 documents purchased in the Middle East) and housed for nearly a hundred years in Britain, which means the newly found text has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a century. © 2015 Citation: Oldest known Koran text fragments discovered (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img 21st century technology deciphers ancient Hebrew scroll Explore further Two pages of text written on parchment that are believed to be sections of the Koran (Chapters 18 and 20) have been discovered by a PhD student in a British university library and are believed to be the oldest ever found. The two pages, written in Hijazi, were discovered by Alba Fedeli bound in a newer version of the Koran in the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.last_img read more


Trend Alert Go berry

first_imgComplement your sun-kissed look with berry lips. Singer Beyonce Knowles, who has bronzed skin, was recently spotted wearing this dark hue. You can carry this bold look as well. explains step-by-step how to create it:Start with a lip liner to define lines. Apply the liner to the whole lip so that the colour sticks for long. Use your finger to apply one coat, then dab the colour on your lips to create a stain. Then add another using a brush. Blot with a tissue and then apply last layer to complete the bold look.Once your lips are done, use a bronzer on your face. To give depth to your eyes, use bronze eye shadow.last_img read more


Road safety workshop to be held

first_imgKolkata: The Howrah City Police is organising a workshop on traffic safety for drivers and helpers of commercial vehicles.The workshop is going to be held at Sarat Sadan where drivers and helpers of buses, taxis and even totos will be involved.They will be going through different video footages and they would pick up lessons on road safety. A senior police officer said drivers and helpers are considered to be first respondents when an accident takes place. So, during the workshop they would also learn what to do on an immediate basis to rescue people.last_img read more


Kolkata Book Fair Walk down literary lane

first_imgKolkata’s love affair with literature is intense. And the city’s signature Book Fair is a symbol of that relationship. The world’s largest book fair, The Kolkata Book Fair (KBF), is a phenomenon. Large, crowded, noisy, intellectual, musical, artistic, controversial, chaotic, in its own way, it encapsulates the character of the city and brings out its most visible tribe: The literary Bengali. Each year since 1976, it takes over the city for 12 days. Sure, the Frankfurt Book Fair displays more books and arguably wheels more deals than any other. London has one too, and then there’s Book Expo America, and so many others. But these are regulated, staid, predictable and very different from the Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These are trade fairs, meant for negotiations and transactions among those who run the commerce of reading. KBF is for the reader, the retail buyer, for those who revel in the proximity of books.The Book Fair started on March 9, 1976. Not the best season in Kolkata, with the mercury mounting and the threat of nor’westers. It was not till the 4th year of the fair that the Guild resolved to hold it at the same time every year: starting on the last Wednesday in January and running till the second Sunday of February, a total of 12 days, a schedule that has been maintained, for the most part of 38 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 39th edition of the 12-day event will begin on January 28, which will be held till February, at Kolkata’s Milan Mela ground. The focal theme of this year is Great Britain. The fair was inaugurated on January 27 at 4.30 p.m. in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the fair claimed to have received a footfall of over 1.8 million in 2014 and sold books worth 200 million. A similar feat is expected this year as well. This time, the fair will be divided into five halls marking the anniversaries of important authors and playwrights. There will be halls dedicated to William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas (Welsh poet), Suniti Kumar Chattopadhyay (linguist and educationalist) and Sombhu Mitra (legendary actor, director and playwright). The 5th hall will have an exact replica of the British National History Museum and is named after Charlie Chaplin on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary.Star authors at the fair will include British author of Bangladeshi origin Zia Haider Rahman, whose 2014 debut novel In The Light of What We Know was short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Guardian First Book Award; and radio and television journalist Anita Anand, whose book Sophia, gave a detailed biography of princess-in-exile Sophia Duleep Singh, which talks about her struggle for Independence, female suffrage and for the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War.UK authors at the fair will include Shereen El Feki of the Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World fame and Naomi Alderman, who was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Professional storyteller Sarah Rundell will perform at the fair, while Tracy Irish, the Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival will also be present.The fair will have separate art/culture book pavilion, apart from a math delegation and Ghazalaw – the music note, initiated to celebrate the affinity between Indian ghazals and the Welsh folk tradition. “Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn will weave love poetry from their own ancient lineages with harp, tabla, guitar and harmonium,” said general secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, Tridib Chatterjee.This year participating nations would include Bangladesh, the US, France, Germany, Japan, among others. As the fair goes tech-friendly for the first time, the organisers have developed an Android mobile application to help book lovers locate book stalls in the fairground. British Council’s Director (east India) Sujata Sen said their theme for the book fair is ‘Knowledge is Great’ and would focus on ideas, culture and writing. “It is the 100th birth anniversary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. We did  an event on Walking Cities by bringing two exciting Welsh writers to Kolkata to understand the city. Along with two Indian writers they went around Kolkata, before the book fair. They will present something inspired by how they understood, absorbed and responded to the city through their writings,” she said. To mark Shakespeare’s 451st birth anniversary, an event is planned to track how his works have been interpreted differently over time from country to country.  UK will be showcasing the best of what it has to offer in arts and culture, education and research through the UK government’s Great Britain campaign, which includes information on a huge range of scholarships available for studying in the UK. There will be a range of activities at the fair including sessions with contemporary authors and artistes. English language experts and top speakers from the UK’s Higher Education sector will also be at the fair. Workshops, seminars and panel discussions will be held around English language and higher education.Books and online resources from the UK will be displayed at the British Council pavilion. The collection will help visitors to access information about professional opportunities through English teaching and learning, enriching professional life in the Arts, developing new understanding and partnerships related to UK education, and engage with contemporary UK.The 39th Kolkata Book Fair, this year, is set green with National Jute Board and the Publishers and Booksellers Guild entering in a tie-up to promote jute and jute products at the venue. “This is to restrict use of plastic bags. We want to make people aware of the benefits of using jute products because they are biodegradable and eco-friendly. Such initiatives help in creating a greener and cleaner world and a book fair is the biggest platform that can be used for the promotion of jute products,” said Tridib Chatterjee.Street theatre, poetry readings, artists’ corner and musical performances are also a part of the event. It may seem quite surprising today but the first Kolkata Book Fair materialised within a year of ideation, with 34 publishers setting up 56 stalls in the heart of the city, on a patch of land between the Victoria Memorial and the Academy of Fine Arts. There are many such stories attached to the Kolkata Book Fair, it has history, tradition and as one may see, a big future too. So if you are a die-hard bookworm, make sure you pack your bags and head to Kolkata.last_img read more


Heritage alumnus Azar Zia cracks UPSC bags 97th spot

first_imgKolkata: Azar Zia, an alumnus of Heritage Institute of Technology has cracked the Civil Services examination securing the 97th position in all Indian ranking.He is the third Muslim candidate from Bengal since Independence and the first in the past 36 years to become an IAS officer.He is a BTech in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 2010 from Heritage Institute of Technology. He quit his job to sit for the Civil Services examination.A past pupil of St James’ School, Zia was a bright student right from school. After Graduation from Heritage Institute of Technology Kolkata, he went on to do his MBA at Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi. The 31-year-old resident of Tantibagan in Beniapukur, Zia said after completing the MBA course he got a job in Asian Paints as a brand manager. But the job did not attract him and he resigned in 2015. Zia joined the Hamdard Study Circle in Delhi to prepare for the UPSC exams. He cleared the exam in the third attempt. He had cleared the prelims in 2016 but fell ill with Chikungunya. “I took the exam again in 2017 and was confident of clearing it but never thought I would be in the top 100,” said Zia, who thinks his experience in engineering and business management helped him.”We are proud that Azar Zia has made our State proud in the Nation and we will be inviting him for an interaction in the inaugural ceremony of the induction programme of our new batch of engineering students so that he can share his experience with them, which will really be a source of inspiration for the prospective engineers,” said Pradip Agarwal, CEO, Heritage Group of Institutions Kolkata. In May, Azar was felicitated at Rehnuwa-E-Niswan organised at Aliah University in the presence of Janab Jawaid Akhtar labour commissioner and former managing director at the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.last_img read more


Webel Informatics Ltd looks to surpass turnover of Rs 100 cr this

first_imgKolkata: Webel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) Limited has taken an ambitious growth target to cross turnover of Rs 100 crore by the end of this fiscal. WIL is projected to wipe out all its accumulated losses by the end of this financial year.In the financial year 2016-17, WIL had paid back Rs 1 crore to WBEIDC that comes under the aegis of state Information Technology & Electronics department towards refund of the unsecured loan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWIL is buoyed with its turnover exceeding Rs 52 crore in financial year 2016-17 from a meager turnover of Rs 50,000 in the year 1984-85, a growth more than ten thousand times. The education and training activities in the state is poised to grow further. Hence, we are hopeful of meeting our target,” a senior WIL official said. It may be mentioned that in 2017-18 fiscal, WIL turnover exceeded Rs 350 crore with profit more than Rs 15 crore. This is the best ever performance by any company under Webel fold. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPWIL that primarily focuses on Education and Training related activities/domains, also renders S/W (software) development & ITeS project related services to various state government departments.WIL presently has around 140 training centres spread across the state. It imparts training to more than 20,000 candidates each year on various basic and advanced courses on IT H/W (hardware) & Networking, S/W Programs and Multimedia & Animation. Specialized project training is given to the engineering students to make them ready for professional placements on completion of graduation.WIL has so far imparted training to more than 8,000 participants from around 35 state government departments and PSUs.It is also imparting training on Entrepreneurship Development sponsored by state IT & E department for 20,000 candidates across the state.last_img read more


VC meets Governor as JU admission row rages on

first_imgKolkata: The vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University Suranjan Das expressed his desire to step down on Friday, amidst student agitation over the admission row that has resulted in a stalemate at the varsity.Das met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who happens to be the chancellor of the varsity, in the late afternoon and narrated the entire sequence of events that have unfolded in the varsity till now.A source in the Governor house said that the V-C had been requested by the chancellor not to take any such decision with immediacy. “The Governor has also sought a detailed report from Das in this regard,” the source added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that Das, who had fallen sick after being gheraoed by students of the Arts department for more than 37 hours, had left the university late on Thursday night.In the morning he, along with pro vice-chancellor Pradip Ghosh, paid a visit to the Naktala residence of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. A source in the Higher Education department said that the V-C has told the minister that he is finding it difficult to run the administration of the varsity, because of the undemocratic manner in which a section of the students have been continuing their agitation. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”I am unable to work under this tremendous pressure,” Das had reportedly told the minister.The V-C had slammed the students’ movement as undemocratic on Thursday and had questioned “Can you name a single university in the country where students decide what the process of admission will be?”Meanwhile, the agitating students of the arts department threatened to launch an indefinite hunger strike, if the JU authorities do not deviate from their decision of scrapping the admission test for this year and announcing that admission will be strictly on the basis of merit.They met registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharjee and the latter urged them to wait till Monday before taking any further step.last_img read more


Khadi comes of age

first_imgUsing Narendra Modi’s Maan ki Baat talk as an inspiration, where he urged the Indian populace to use Khadi more, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC) organised an exclusive exhibition/sale at Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan on Thursday, in order to launch exclusive skin friendly Khadi T-shirts.The exhibition which is a part of further marketing interventions, also witnessed an exclusive exhibition/sale of products from Jammu and Kashmir entrepreneurs of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Congratulating the entrepreneurs of Jammu and Kashmir for their beautiful products, he additionally appreciated the efforts of KVIC for making the Khadi youth-centric and market friendly.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He also stated that The Khadi Darshan programmes organized in universities and colleges changed the trend, with the youth, wearing Khadi more than ever. He further added that without the development of SME’s the resolution of  ‘Make In India’ would not be possible as well as stating that the PMEGP programmes gives an opportunity to the entrepreneurs across the country to show their entrepreneurial skill in order to set up the enterprise with very little capital and in a short span of time, which may see tremendous growth in future. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso gracing the occasion was Giriraj Singh, Minister of State, MSME, who talked about the improvement of Khadi in leaps and bounds so much so that it stands a great chance at surviving in the competitive market which provides employment to five crore people. He also said that in order to make Khadi more fashionable, the NIFT graduates and various fashion designers have played an integral part which is resulting in the youth gravitating towards the final product. Dr Anup K Pujari, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of MSME, A K Jha, CEO and Commissioner, KVIC as well as K S Rao, Deputy CEO, KVIC were also present at the event.AK Jha in his address divulged that in order to promote Khadi among the youth and also make it more market friendly, KVIC has initiated a number of market interventions through its flagship outlet Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan which has also planned to have regular exhibition/sale involving entrepreneurs and institutions from different states on a rotation basis. He also emphasised on bringing in designer garments and products suiting customer tastes and preferences with a special focus on the youth segments which he feels would bring in more sustainability and viability to the khadi institutions and micro enterprises working for the influx of employment in the country.last_img read more


Mamata Banerjee flags off Kolkata Rathyatra

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off this year’s 47th Kolkata Rathyatra at ISKCON’s Albert road temple here. Organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) since 1971, the Rathayatra attracted a large number of devotees who pulled the chariots of deities of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra on the occasion. Banerjee amd Governor K N Tripathi had wished the people of the state on the eve of the Rathayatra festival. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Starting from the city’s Hungerford Street opposite the ISKCON temple on Albert Road, the chariots moved through AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, SP Mukherjee Road, ATM Road, Exide crossing, JL Nehru Road, Outram Road before reaching the Brigade Parade Ground, where arrangements have been made for daily special darshan of Lord Jagananth, till July 22, ISKCON sources said. The ‘Ultarathayatra’ will start on July 22 noon, when the chariots would return to the Albert Road temple. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP On their return journey, the chariots would pass through Outram Road, JL Nehru Road, S N Banerjee Road, CIT Road, Park Circus 7 point crossing before taking the Shakespeare Sarani to reach the ISKCON temple on Albert Road, the sources said. The Rathayatra was also celebrated at the global headquarter of ISKCON at Mayapur in Nadia district where around a lakh devotees gathered. Around 1,000 devotees from 62 countries sang ‘kirtans’ and danced all through the 6-km stretch from Rajapur Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple, a grand structure constructed adjacent to Prabhupad Ghat at Mayapur, the ISKCON sources said. Inaugurating the celebration at Mayapur, Justice Sambhudh Chakraborty of Calcutta High Court said that Jagannath Rathyatra signifies the progress of life and humanity.last_img read more


If parents are good at maths so would be children

first_imgThe study specifically explored inter-generational transmission – the concept of parental influence on an offspring’s behaviour or psychology – in mathematic capabilities. “Our findings suggest an intuitive sense for numbers has been passed down knowingly or unknowingly from parent to child. Meaning, the math skills of parents tend to ‘rub off’ on their children,” said lead researcher Melissa E. Libertus, Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study revealed that the performance levels for early school-aged children on standardised mathematic tests could be reliably predicted by their parent’s performance in similar examinations. Specifically, major correlations in parent-child performance in such key areas as mathematical computations, number-fact recall, and word problem analysis were observed. In addition, the children’s intuitive sense of numbers – that is, the ability to know that 20 jelly beans are more than 10 jelly beans without first counting them – is predicted by their parents’ intuitive sense of numbers, the researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We believe the relationship between a parent and a child’s math capabilities could be some combination of hereditary and environmental transmission,” Libertus added. The findings represent the first evidence of intergenerational transmission of unlearned, nonverbal numerical competence from parents to children. The study is an important step toward understanding the multifaceted parental influences on children’s mathematic abilities. “This research could have significant ramifications for how parents are advised to talk about math and numbers with their children and how teachers go about teaching children in classrooms,” Libertus noted, in the paper published in the journal Developmental Science.For the study, the math abilities of 54 children between the ages of five and eight as well as 51 parents – 46 mothers and five fathers – between the ages of 30 and 59 were assessed.last_img read more


International film festival set to entice Hills region to be promoted as

first_imgDarjeeling: An international film festival is being planned in the hills and foothills of North Bengal, with the primary objective of promoting the region as an important shooting location.”We are planning an international film festival in Darjeeling and Siliguri. I have already held meetings with the Film Federation of India in this regard. They will be organising it and we will provide the necessary logistics,” said Goutam Deb, state Tourism minister. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe film festival will be held from August 21 to 25. “Our main aim is to invite major productions houses from all over the country and showcase the area, mainly the hills and the foothills, as a shooting location. The region will reap the benefit of this,” the minister said. It may be recalled that Darjeeling has been an important shooting destination since ages and several blockbusters have been shot in the Hills. Of late, the Terai and Dooars region has also started attracting filmmakers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Last year, there was a South Indian film shot with Rajinikanth in the lead. Director Goutam Ghosh is scheduled to shoot his next project in Kalimpong from next week” stated Deb. The minister said that along with actors from Bollywood, directors of acclaim and big production houses will be taking part in the festival as well. Two screens of a multiplex in Siliguri, along with the Dinabandhu Mancha will be used to screen the films. “A two-day closing ceremony will be held in Darjeeling. It will either be held at the multiplex or at Chowrasta” added the minister. The Dinabandhu Mancha is getting a technical upgrade to make it suitable for the festival. He stated that along with the focus on this region as a shooting destination, people of the region will also get to enjoy the true flavor of an international film festival. “I will be meeting the Chief Minister and will be apprising her of the plans for the festival,” added Deb.last_img read more


Cult classics to regale cinema lovers of Delhi

first_imgThe third edition of ‘Navrasa Duende Classic Movie Festival’ is a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world. This year, the festival plans to screen classics including ‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang (Germany); ‘My Fair Lady’ by George Cukor (USA); ‘400 Blows’ by François Truffaut (France); ‘Viridiana’ by Luis Buñuel (Spain); and many more. These evergreen classics transcend all geographical, cultural and language barriers and foster a universe of their own. Hosted by Navrasa Duende Movie Club, a not to profit film society registered under Society Registration Act, 1860, the 2-day event will be held from June 29 – 30, 2019, at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi. It is supported by Federation of Film Societies Of India, Goethe Institute, Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Polish Institut, Japan Foundation, Svenska Filminstituet, Films Sans Frontieres and other institutions.last_img read more


Sam Darnold is better off staying at USC than going to an

first_imgGuests: Eddie House – FS1 NBA Analyst and NBA Champion is in-studio to talk about big money contracts for three-point shooters; and why Lonzo Ball will have a positive impact with the Lakers.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst joins the show to explain why Kevin Durant giving up money is a bad trend for other NBA players.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Commentator is in-studio to explain why Sam Darnold would be better off staying in college for another year, and why Jim Harbaugh will win 10 games this year despite returning 6 starters. Sam Darnold should stay at USC rather than go to an incompetent NFL teamIf he was eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, USC redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold probably would have been the #1 overall pick. Darnold will almost certainly be the #1 pick next year if he decides to come out, but sources close to the quarterback say he may stay with the Trojans instead of declaring for the draft.Colin thinks that Darnold should use the leverage he has and stay in school if a team that tanks their season to get him ends up with the first pick. If the choice is, stay at USC for another year or go to the Browns, Darnold should stay in school. He shouldn’t reward teams for aggressively pursuing incompetence.“You have to earn the right to get somebody as good as Sam Darnold.”Vegas believes in Lonzo BallThe NBA season win total over/unders have been released and the Lakers’ total was set at 36.5, which is a considerable bump from the 26 games they won last season.Colin thinks this proves Vegas is a believer in Lonzo Ball, since he’s the biggest addition to a team that will only field around a $30 million payroll, and is more interested in setting themselves up to aggressively pursue free agents in the 2018 offseason, than winning next year. Any improvement in L.A. this year will have to come from the impact Ball has running the show.Is Ball, alone, worth 10 games? Vegas thinks so, and they didn’t build all of those casinos by being wrong.“That is a bet on Lonzo Ball.”last_img read more

How to Prevent a Website Crash After a Traffic Spike

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the June 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Traffic director: Michael Kupermanof Akamai.Photo© Eva KolenkoQ: How can I manage crash-inducing traffic spikes to my website?A: First off, congratulations–this is a good problem to have. Maybe a new product on your retail website got big media attention. Suddenly your online traffic jumped sevenfold, and 90 minutes later, your site shut down, the victim of too many consumers trying to access your product.What could have prevented this catastrophe is a content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai, Amazon, CDNetworks or one of the many other providers worldwide. It’s a cloud-based automatic scaling service designed to optimize the delivery of any content–most commonly software and video–to your customers in the most reliable fashion. With a CDN in place, customers can access your site no matter how many visitors have the same idea at the same time. And they can quickly download your content whether they’re across town or halfway around the world.We turned to Michael Kuperman, senior director of platform operations at Akamai, who has a decade of experience in the content delivery network space.Who needs a CDN?If your consumer base is distributed over a wide geographic area, or if you have predictable online traffic patterns–for example, you know Cyber Monday and Mother’s Day are big days–or concerns about unexpected flash crowds due to content or a promotion, you need a CDN. If you require online speed to compete with rivals, as you would with online shopping services or travel reservations, you need a CDN. If your concern is a denial of service or cyber attacks, you, too, need a CDN.Who doesn’t need one?If your business is regional with a focus on local customers, you might not need one. If your website’s revenue isn’t tied to its performance, or if you have no global audience or no chance of showing up on Yahoo News, you don’t need a CDN.How do you choose a CDN?If your network is to serve, say, the Chinese market, you’ll want a CDN with a Chinese presence to add stability. You’ll also need to know if the CDN will support your application and meet your goals. And ask your short list of providers if they’re willing to do a head-to-head test using your application and content.How much do CDNs charge?If yours is a video delivery site, you’ll likely be charged in GBT (gigabytes transferred) or Mbps (megabits per second). If you have a shopping site or advertising application, costs may be by transaction, page views or other metrics related to your application. The prices per data delivery or transaction requests are mere fractions of a penny, but when you’re talking about millions of people flooding your site, keep in mind that it can quickly add up to real money.How fast can a CDN be put into place?With a good provider, once the terms are ironed out, turning it on can take just a few minutes. However, complicated applications can take a few days or weeks to configure. Give yourself at least one month to sort out what you need and whom you’ll use so you can make sure you’re getting a good deal. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 4, 2012 Register Now » 3 min readlast_img read more

This New Startup Wants to Be Your WhatsApp for Professional Networking

first_imgMarch 26, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When you’re moving a million miles an hour, writing an email and waiting for a response can feel like a generation.That’s why there are so many ways for you to send messages in real-time today: Google Chat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the list goes on from there. It’s also why the company behind Slack, the intra-team collaboration tool, has doubled in value to $2 billion in the last six months under the battle cry of killing email.That’s the backdrop against which Caliber is launching today. Describing itself as “WhatsApp meets LinkedIn,” the app enables users to instantly chat with their business contacts instead of communicating via email.Related: Slack, the Startup Looking to Kill Email, Is Now Reportedly Worth $2 Billion“We see a huge opportunity in making it much faster for people to interact with their business contacts. By making this process faster, you’re able to reach out to more people and in turn you increase your chances of being more productive and successful in your career,” he says. “This shift from email to messaging is happening not only with your friends.”Now, we know what you’re thinking: What’s so hard about sending an email? Would I really feel comfortable starting casual real-time convo with a person I only met once at a networking event? Caliber CEO Andres Blank is betting on it, citing Slack as an example.“Before Slack, people were happy sending emails to their colleagues. But once they started using Slack and sending shorter and more informal messages, they became more productive as a team and moved away from email for internal communications,” he says.Caliber lets users search their business contacts by skills, companies they’ve worked in and location. Right now, it syncs only with your LinkedIn account, but intends to integrate with your Twitter, Dribbble and Angel List address books in the future.Prior to launching Caliber, Blank launched and sold the social photo aggregator Pixable for $26.5 million to the Singaporean telecommunications giant SingTel.Related: Top 10 Apps for Instant Messaging (Infographic) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more


Want to Better Connect With Your Customers Consider Blockchain

first_imgJune 11, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When was the last time the effectiveness of your small business technology platform was evaluated? For millions of business owners, chances are good it has been way too long — even for those in the tech sector.To sustain success in today’s economy, business owners need to regularly evaluate the mission and vision they have established, making necessary adjustments to ensure they are best serving their customers and communities. Sometimes this means making big changes to core infrastructure.While it may not look it on the surface, at heart, these changes aren’t about technology. Rather, they are a reflection of a customer-led business model.Customers today expect a reason to do business with a specific company. They demand appreciation for the value they bring to each business they patronize. Today’s consumer is looking for a financial stake in the goods and services they use. They want to be appreciated for their critical role in the success of any start-up.A growing technology called Blockchain offers a new and fresh ways to accomplish this goal. The ability to create a robust and transparent incentive system lies in platforms that utilize this up-and-coming tech solution.If you want your business to be one of the few success stories in today’s highly competitive business climate then you should consider starting business innovation from the ground up.  Today the new trend that companies are considering is updating their technology platform to include an interactive incentive system built on a blockchain platform. For example, Facebook has recently announced the company is making a substantial investment in blockchain technology.A New Use Case for TechnologyWhen Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency, launched in early January, 2009, it caught the attention of a select few users. Back then, much of the business world laughed at their investment in an intangible currency with only a clear software feature use case in video games and interactive online worlds like Farmville. Nevertheless, a few years later, those few early Bitcoin investors made a fortune and more use cases emerged.During that time, the complete spectrum of what cryptocurrency has to offer has become more and more apparent. Blockchain technology has caught the attention of not just cryptocurrency companies, but also mainstream business platforms and enterprise businesses such as SAP and Oracle.Regardless of whether public opinion is pro- or anti-cryptocurrency, at this point, the fact that so much media attention has been given to this controversial new technology is perhaps even more telling than market performance.Major financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Investments, and Morgan Stanley have initiated the process of cryptocurrency and blockchain integration. Even the NYSE and NASDAQ are reportedly in talks to bring cryptocurrency into their respective folds.Transparent Profit-Sharing in ActionBut it is not just financial movers and shakers who are poised to strongly benefit from blockchain. The new technology offers a truly elegant solution for shared profits and incentives through decentralization and transparency. Companies willing to embrace these systems are beginning to flourish.I hosted a crypto investor dinner party in Davos, Switzerland this year where the buzzword was Blockchain technology. A panelist of mine at Davos Conference Week, the Co-Founder and CEO of CoinCasso, Luke Ozimski shared some insights with me about how businesses can take advantage of this blue ocean that is being powered in part by Blockchain and Tokenization technologies. The startup company is using a fresh, highly creative approach to their cryptocurrency exchange (the portal where digital currencies are traded).Per its founders, CoinCasso is offering cost effective opportunities for their clients and users, while other exchanges are exploiting the exchange concept. In spite of lip service to blockchain, most exchanges have moved toward centralization, leaving users to foot the bill.Ozimski reiterated these sentiments, telling me that CoinCasso found errors with the current exchange system — errors they seek to solve.“The problem with the cryptocurrencies are the exchange platforms. They start centralizing the whole system, destroying the concept of a decentralized economy. They always make a profit, whether the whole market is going up or down,” said Ozimski. “Even if the whole market is going down, the platform is making a profit, and people are losing money. Our platform is the first cryptocurrency exchange platform that share our profit with the people, at approximately 80 percent. We want to democratize our network, democratize our users, and build community.”The promise of democratized profits might seem far-fetched. However, in spite of retaining just 20 percent of profits, the company is growing. The reason? Through this concept, CoinCasso authenticates the immense worth they place on their user base.Blockchain technology has allowed such platforms to grow by increasing user functionality while reducing centralized overhead. CoinCasso may be the first of a new wave of such companies, but watching larger enterprise and consumer businesses jump in and follow the trend is also telling.Bridging to ConsumersBeyond simple profit share with users and tokenization features, blockchain technology is also allowing companies to increase user loyalty and customer rewards. Because blockchain allows for transparent interaction between platforms, it also allows consumers to migrate between platforms, increasing usefulness for reward programs.For example, Singapore airlines recently launched its KrisPay application, which allows users to migrate rewards points for use with affiliates. The transfer is functional in real time through a digital wallet, meaning that consumers have constant access to those points for use at merchants.This type of flexibility is available through the blockchain-based digital wallet, providing bridges between providers and customers. Such connections result in clients who are no longer restrained to long transfer processes, or bureaucratic red tape for usefulness of loyalty programs. As loyalty programs continue to evolve, the need for these types of solutions will increase for companies wishing to remain on the cutting edge of consumer expectation.Ever-Changing Business Technology NeedsIf you started a business 10 to 15 years ago, you likely focused on building a comprehensive website, incorporating keywords, and optimizing your Google ads. If you have not yet updated your strategy, chances are, your relevance is waning. Blockchain-based incentive marketing programs are trending and now is the time for entrepreneurs to jump in. The pool is warm.If your start-up launched in the past five to eight years, the focus was undoubtedly on social media. You worked hard to build a strong presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, accruing followers and views. Then Facebook and Instagram changed their algorithms, and overnight, your visibility plummeted.If you are a relative newcomer to the entrepreneurial scene, there is a good chance your tech focus leans strongly toward interactivity, and you may have built a platform that is community and relationship focused.Regardless of where your technology systems are at, consider incorporating blockchain technology into a consumer-focused incentive system. While the cost to build such systems may be moderate, the user relevance and loyalty your business will gain is invaluable.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min readlast_img read more