Microsoft to integrate Skype with Cortana digital assistant

Microsoft will be soon rolling out an important update for its Skype messaging application. The new update will bring built-in support for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. Cortana “will be gradually rolled out” for Skype on both Android and iOS platforms, starting with the US, The Verge reported late on Tuesday. Users will be able to start a private chat with Microsoft Cortana in Skype and the assistant will give them quick suggestions while responding to text chats. “With Cortana’s in-context assistance, it’s easier to keep your conversations going by having…

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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The study released Thursday is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013. Past studies also identified problems, but Strayer said the “explosion of technology” has made things worse. Automakers now include more…

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Head to Goa this winter to get a taste of its Portuguese heritage with films, food and music

It’s always celebration time in Goa. A two-month-long celebration of Goa’s colonial tryst with Portugal, “Semana de Cultura Indo-Portuguesa”, got underway in the coastal state on Friday, with a Portuguese film festival. Over a period of two months, Goa will celebrate its colonial past with the Lusofonian state via the three-day film festival, fusion foods and wine and musical galas in order to promote cultural ties between the two regions. Organised in association with the Portuguese consulate in Goa, the film festival got underway in Panaji on Friday and features…

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Ignou signs agreement with CSC for digital inclusion of students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) has signed an agreement with the government’s Common Service Centres (CSC) under the Digital India programme for facilitating a bunch of online support services to its prospective and enrolled students. The university said the MoU that was signed on August 22 will help students to submit online admission and examination forms, re-register, and avail of other services provided by Ignou, including payment facilitation through the CSC SPV Digital Sewa portal. CSCs are access points in villages where the government provides a host of…

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Travelling with the squad? Follow these 5 rules to avoid fights and have a great trip

Everything is better with friends. Travel, too. You take back a life back of memories with your gang. However, there are times when everyone has different preferences and doesn’t get along. So, to avoid rotten,grumpy faces of your friends on a holiday, there are few unwritten rules to follow. Every friend group is different, with its own nuances, but if you stick to the following five rules – you’ll likely survive your trip without flouncing from your group WhatsApp in a huff. Identify “the bossy one” early on: There is always one…

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Mahindra Open Sky: A festival that blends musical notes with adventure

On the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, imagine the tunes of enchanting music and adventure activities such as camel race and off-road driving. This pleasant visual won’t just be a dream with the upcoming festival, Mahindra Open Sky in association with Hindustan Times. “With its immersive experience of culture and adventure, Mahindra Open Sky celebrates the romance of the desert and embodies the spirit of Live Young Live Free. Set against the backdrop of the mighty Thar, it presents a unique opportunity to be part of a collective of…

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Here’s What to Do When Vacationing in Delhi with Kids

What’s better than going on a little vacation with your family and kids, and taking that much-needed break from your routine? Well, choosing an apt vacation spot for the kids to find interest in might be tricky. You don’t want to take them to the same adventure or water parks that are quite commonly found everywhere these days. So, if you are planning on taking them on an informative yet fun and interesting trip to the capital city, then it’s an absolutely brilliant idea indeed! Taking them around ancient and…

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Keep Your Company On The Road To Ecommerce Success With These Marketing Strategies

Many if not most business owners dream of making their organizations successful in the ecommerce campaign. However, it’s important to know that success will not just happen. Rather, you need to actively work to make things like conversion optimization and enhanced industry influence happen by putting together a plan. Below you’ll find just three of many marketing strategies you may want to integrate into your company’s strategic plan for growth: 1. Run A Facebook Contest. One great way to keep your company on the road to ecommerce success is by…

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Indian parents spend Rs 12.25 lakh on children’s education, Hong Kong leads with Rs 85.67 lakh

In a fiercely competitive job market today, education is highly prioritised by parents, with Hong Kong residents shelling out $132,161 (Rs 86 lakh) on their children’s school or university tuition fees, books, transport and accommodation – the highest in the world. Indians, meanwhile, are spending $18,909 ( Rs 12.25 lakh) while the world average spending on children from primary school to university undergraduate levels is about $44,221 (Rs 29 lakh), says an HSBC report: Higher and higher, The Value of Education series. About 89% Indians fund their children’s education, 79%…

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Most Delhi University colleges to come up with second list, Eco (hons) in SRCC full

Delhi University colleges resumed the undergraduate admission process on Tuesday with many colleges, including those in the North and South campus, saying they may come up with a second cutoff list. But at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), there will be no second list for Economics (hons). The college has already filled its 123 seats for the subject. “Out of the total 624 seats, we approved admissions on 470 seats. BCom (hons) has 501 seats and 470 are already full. In Economics (hons) we have approved admissions for 130. There may…

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