Test the VR Performance of Your Smartphone Using VRMark for Android

The slew of new device releases with their fancy new processors and ever-changing and ever-improving specifications can often confuse consumers on how well a device is expected to perform. With the recent push in VR and AR, these changing factors can have a significant impact on the user’s mobile experience because of the intensive nature of their demands. Benchmarks can help provide some semblance in this scenario, as popular benchmarks test various aspects of a device and provide feedback on where the device is placed against its competitors.

If you would like to test how well your device can run Virtual Reality applications, you can try out VRMark. VRMark has just been released for Android, providing end users as well as industry professionals a convenient way to test the VR capabilities of a device using a comprehensive set of tools. VRMark can work with or without a headset. The VRMark Professional Edition contains the full suite of tools and is designed for industrial use. The free version of the app is for VR enthusiasts and provides a smaller set of tests for testing VR performance on an individual level.

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The benchmark is designed around performance levels, which are called Rooms. A Room is a piece of VR content carefully created to require a specific level of VR performance, and the Android version of the benchmark comes with three Rooms.

  • The Indigo Room represents the majority of mobile VR content available today. It is a lightweight test that is designed to run comfortably for long periods on first-generation Daydream devices.

  • The Purple Room is designed to run well for at least one loop on first-generation Daydream devices, but some phones will get hot when looping this test, and their performance may fall as the test runs.

  • The Amber Room is a forward-looking test that represents next-generation mobile VR content. It is very demanding, making it an ideal benchmark for comparing devices that already perform well in the other Rooms.

VR performance can be tested in Peak Mode (for peak performance testing), Sustained Mode (for testing extended performance, including thermal and stability) and Experience Mode (for judging the quality of the VR experience manually using a headset). Experience mode works with Daydream View and Google Cardboard compatible headsets.

VRMark is compatible with ARM-based devices running Android 7.0 or later with at least 1 GB of RAM that supports OpenGL ES 3.1 or OpenGL ES 3.0 with MSAA. The app also features performance monitoring charts and an in-app list for quickly comparing performance across devices.

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Extreme stress during childhood can hurt social learning for years to come

Each year, more than 6 million children in the United States are referred to Child Protective Services for abuse or neglect. Previous research on the consequences of early life stress and child maltreatment shows that these children will be more likely to develop a multitude of social and mental health problems. Teens and adults who experienced early adversity such as abuse, neglect or extreme deprivation are more likely to be socially isolated, spend time in jail, and develop psychological disorders including anxiety and depression.

Researchers have long puzzled over why early life stress is linked to such a wide variety of problems years later. Why do many of these problems emerge only in adolescence or even adulthood? These “sleeper effects” suggest early life stress might disrupt aspects of brain development that support key emotional and cognitive processes which normally promote positive social relationships and mental health.

Psychologists know that early life stress affects people’s ability to control or regulate their emotions and the brain regions that support these skills. For example, children who have experienced a lot of stress seem to have more difficulty containing negative emotions like anger or anxiety.

But emotion regulation might not be the whole story. Because early life stress is associated with such a wide array of later problems, it seems likely that these adverse experiences also affect some other very basic cognitive processes. My colleagues and I carried out a study to investigate. Our findings suggest that, beyond emotion, two general learning mechanisms are also affected by early life stress – and these have the potential to explain long-term effects of childhood adversity.

Two types of social learning

My colleagues and I decided to focus on two cognitive skills that are fundamental to how people function socially in the world.

The first is the ability to learn and update associations between one’s own actions and the outcomes that result from them — what psychologists call “instrumental learning.” A very simple example would be learning that when I ring the doorbell, someone comes to the door.

But ringing a doorbell doesn’t always result in someone coming to the door – maybe no one is home. So links between actions and outcomes depend on the context. In this study, we were also interested in how stress affects the ability to update one’s knowledge when circumstances change — what psychologists call “cognitive flexibility.”

Part of having a successful social interaction is updating what you’re doing based on the feedback you’re receiving. Antonio Guillem/

Say I’m telling my friend about the last ultramarathon I ran, giving her a mile-by-mile recap. My friend might be really engaged at first, so I’d form a positive association between my chosen conversation topic and her enthusiasm. But eventually she might start to get bored – I can be pretty long-winded when I talk about running.

Hopefully I’ll notice this shift – my association between me talking and her reaction will change – and I’ll wrap up my recap. But if I repeatedly fail to pick up on signals that my conversation partner is losing interest in what I’m talking about, she might start taking more rain checks on our coffee dates.

The circumstances around you, including other people’s reactions to your behavior, are continually changing, and it’s good for you to be able to recognize these changes and adjust your behavior accordingly. If not, you’ll have trouble developing healthy social relationships. It’s these skills our study focused on.

Looking for effects of stress in the lab

My colleagues and I brought teenage participants – half of whom had been physically abused by their caregivers in early childhood – into our lab to investigate how they did on particular cognitive tasks.

We first tested whether adolescents who had been abused in early childhood were as good as their peers at linking their actions in context to rewards and punishments.

Participants first learned whether responding to a neutral picture was rewarded or punished. Harms et al. Developmental Science. 2017;e12596., CC BY-NC-ND

The teens viewed pictures of everyday objects, like a shoe or a broom. These are neutral objects that aren’t inherently good or bad, so in this task participants had to learn through experience whether each picture was linked to a reward or a punishment. Each time they saw a picture, they had the option to either press a button or do nothing. If they pressed the button, they would either win points or lose points. Some pictures led to a reward and others to a loss. If they didn’t press the button, nothing happened.

Halfway through the task, we switched things up. Because other studies found that children who experienced early life stress can have an especially hard time changing their responses, we were interested in our participants’ cognitive flexibility. Some of the pictures that had initially led to a reward now led to a loss and vice versa. This situation was akin to my friend getting bored with all my running stories. Participants needed to change their responses if they wanted to continue earning points.

Children exposed to early life stress had difficulty learning what to do when images switched their associations. Harms et al. Developmental Science. 2017;e12596.

It turns out that teens who had been physically abused had more trouble with both parts of the task than their peers who had not been abused. Their difficulties were especially obvious when they had to change their responses. Once they had learned the links between context, action and outcome, they had a hard time updating and adjusting their behavior when the situation changed – like when an event that had been linked to reward became linked to punishment, or vice versa.

While teens worked on this task, my colleagues and I used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure which areas of their brains were active. When abused teens saw pictures that led to reward, the putamen and anterior cingulate cortex – two regions of the brain that help people learn associations between their actions and outcomes – were less active. Interestingly, researchers have found similar patterns of reduced brain activity when reward is at stake in people who have psychological disorders such as depression.

Lingering effects – and how to counteract them

Put together, these research findings suggest that early adversity could affect how people learn to obtain rewards in their lives. It’s possible that stress disrupts the development of key brain regions that help people associate specific events or actions with positive or negative outcomes. Children exposed to early stress might therefore have trouble learning how to achieve positive outcomes in their lives, like doing well in school or making friends — and these problems likely cause additional stress.

As a result, these individuals might encounter fewer positive and more negative experiences even after the initial adversity has ended, and end up with higher risks for mental health problems like depression. Because these learning difficulties don’t go away once the stress ends, this pathway also helps explain the sleeper effects of early life stress that only show up a bit later in life.

If early life stress disrupts something as fundamental as basic learning, is there any hope for these kids? Yes. In fact, these studies suggest new ways researchers could think about creating interventions to help kids who’ve experienced early adversity. For example, carefully designed computer games could teach children to pay attention to rewards in their environment and to gather information about how to obtain these rewards.

Other interventions could target children’s abilities to deal with changing circumstances. In fact, programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, which seem to improve outcomes in at-risk kids might already work this way by exposing children to new environments and new people. Boosting children’s learning abilities in these ways might be an effective way to improve social and mental health outcomes.

Although society should strive to prevent children from being exposed to high levels of stress in the first place, new research on how exposure to stress affects learning can lead to more ways to help kids who have already experienced early adversity.

American TV Star Paris Hilton Bank Accounts and Personal Information Has Been Hacked

Hollywood TV Star Paris Hilton Bank Accounts and Personal Information Has Been Hacked

American TV Star Paris Hilton Bank Accounts and Personal Information Has Been Hacked

For the past couple years, Paris Hilton was the victim of hacking. She was the victim by Female Hacker between 2015-2017.

According to TMZ, Hacker woman named “Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan”, who hacked Paris Hilton bank accounts, credit cards and more private information.

The Female hacker breaches accounts of Paris Hilton’s father and sister. She used her credit card for booked New Year Eve party at Hotel in 2015. Its more than $40,000 were spent on that night, according to report.

It is unknown what Payster intention to hack her private information and its not clear that how much female hacker stole the money.

Also, female hacker stole her private photos from Hilton iCloud account. She was arrested in 2017 and guilty to Bank fraud conspiracy. Now she will be 57 months in prison and pay restitution to the Paris Hilton and other victims around $318,535 USD, according to report.

Many of female celebrities were also targeted through Fappening including Miley Cyrus, Kate Hudson, and Suki Waterhouse, Emma Watson and more.

Supreme Court decision requires warrant to obtain cellphone records for tracking

The United States Supreme court issued a decision this morning required police to obtain a warrant from a judge in order to track individuals through cellphone records. The 5-4 ruling is being regarded as a win for privacy advocates in the U.S.

The decision derived from a 2011 case in which FBI agents used three months of phone records in order to capture and convict a Michigan man of robbing Radio Shack and T-Mobile locations. The suspect’s lawyers argued that the evidence should be thrown out due to a lack of warrant, after their client lost in lower court rulings.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion for the majority, used the platform to highlight the limitations of the ruling. “The Government will be able to use subpoenas to acquire records in the overwhelming majority of investigations. We hold only that a warrant is required in the rare case where the suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party.”

Roberts, who was joined by four of the court’s more liberal judges, also left open the possibility of using such records without a warrant in the case of life and death circumstances.

“As a result, if law enforcement is confronted with an urgent situation, such fact-specific threats will likely justify the warrantless collection of CSLI,” he wrote. “Lower courts, for instance, have approved warrantless searches related to bomb threats, active shootings, and child abductions. Our decision today does not call into doubt warrantless access to CSLI in such circumstances. While police must get a warrant when collecting CSLI to assist in the mine-run criminal investigation, the rule we set forth does not limit their ability to respond to an ongoing emergency.”

Nia Sharma disappoints fans with her outfit from ‘Gold Awards 2018″, gets trolled

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Nia Sharma disappoints fans with her outfit from ‘Gold Awards 2018″, gets trolled

One of the most prestigious award function in the Television industry recently took place in the city of dreams, Mumbai. Gold awards 2018 is here with all the stars of Television and will be telecasted soon. It brings together the very talented actors from different shows. As it is all about gathering of TV stars, it also raises the discussion on who wore what?

With many beautiful divas present in the night what got noticed was actress Nia Sharma’s outfit. It was different from rest of the beauties present there. She also shared her pictures on social media. But the response of social media users did not turn out to be good. Nia was badly tolled for her outfit. She opted for wearing a white attire that had a transparent bottom.

Nia is seen as a fashionista on Indian television but this time people didn’t like her experiment with this attire. She also holds 2nd rank among the top 50 Sexiest Asian Women of 2017 published by British-based Eastern Eye newspaper. Well, the girl doesn’t care about what the trolls have got to say. Fans also requested her to change makeup artist and stylist. A Twitterati wrote “Pls consider changing your designer & the new make up team. In d past 2-3 yrs ur experiments r big flop. U r pretty but ur grooming is going in wrong direction.”

The ‘Jamai Raja’ actress is all set to show her acting skills once again in the sequel of Vikram Bhatt’s web series ‘Twisted’. She played the main lead in the previous instalment of the same.

It’s not the first time a celeb has been targeted by the trolls. Social media is full of trolls who post nasty comments on the pictures and statements of the well-known personalities.

How would you rate Nia’s outfit on a scale of 1-10?

Published by Nidhi Patidar on 21 Jun 2018

कैंसर से जंग लड़ रहे इरफान खान ने दर्द को किया बयान, ट्विवटर पर लिखा ऐसा मैसेज,पढ़कर रोने लगा पूरा बॉलीवुड!

बॉलीवुड एक्टर इरफान खान इन दिनों गंभीर बीमारी न्यूरोएंडोक्राइन कैंसर से जूझ रहे हैं। बीमारी का इलाज कराने के लिए वो भारत से दूर लंदन में हैं।  इरफान ने अपने ट्विटर हैंडल पर अपनी बीमारी को लेकर कई बार जानकारी दी और उनकी पत्नी ने भी ट्वीट किया। उन्होंने इरफान की सेहत के लिए दुआ करने की अपील की थी। इरफान खान इन दिनों लंदन में अपनी बीमारी का इलाज करवा रहे हैं। इरफान खान के खत को द टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया ने छापा है। इरफान खान ने अपनी बीमारी और वे लंदन में कैसा महसूस कर रहे हैं, उसकी जानकारी दी है।

 अभिनेता इरफान ने अचानक आई इस बीमारी के बारे में बताया, “इस एहसास ने मुझे समर्पण और भरोसे के लिए तैयार किया। अब इसका जो भी नतीजा हो, ये भी मायने नहीं रखता ये मुझे कहां लेकर जाएगा, आज से आठ महीनों के बाद,या आज से चार महीनों के बाद, या दो साल बाद। सारी चिंताएं खत्म हो चुकी हैं।।।पहली बार, मुझे आजादी के सही मायने समझ में आए हैं।”

आप को बता दे की अभिनेता  इरफान का ये भी कहना है कि फिलहाल वह अपनी बीमारी और डॉक्‍टरों द्वारा उनपर किए जा रहे प्रयोगों का एक हिस्‍सा बनकर रह गए हैं। क्‍योंकि इस बीमारी के बारे में कम ही जानकारी है इसलिए इसके ट्रीटमेंट में अनिश्चितता की संभावना ज्यादा हैं। उनके मुताबिक लाइफ को लेकर उनके कई सपने थे और इसके लिए काफी कुछ उन्‍होंने प्‍लान किया था। इन सभी को हकीकत बनाने पर उनका पूरा जोर था। लेकिन अचानक ही उन्‍हें किसी ने कहा कि उनका समय पूरा हो गया है और उनकी मंजिल आ गई है। उस वक्‍त उन्‍हें इस बात का अहसास हुआ कि आप समुद्र की तेज लहरों में हिचकोले खाते एक कॉर्क की तरह से हैं। ऐसे में वह सिर्फ अपने को कंट्रोल करने की कोशिश करते हैं।

इरफान खान ने बताया है कि वे उस अस्पताल में हैं जो लॉर्ड्स क्रिकेट मैदान के बिल्कुल सामने है, लेकिन उन्हें इसे लेकर कोई खास एहसास नहीं हो रहा है। इरफान खान ने बीमारी और उससे संघर्ष के बारे में पूरी जानकारी दी है और बीमारी गंभीरता की ओर भी इशारा किया है। इरफान खान ने अपने दर्द के बारे में भी बताया है। लेकिन उनकी फिल्में आना जारी हैं। फिल्मों की बात करें तो इरफान खान की 3 फिल्में रिलीज के लिए तैयार हैं। जुलाई में इरफान खान की हॉलीवुड फिल्म ‘पजल’ रिलीज होगी। इसके अलावा बॉलीवुड में आकाश खुराना निर्देशित ‘कारवां’ और अनूप सोनी की ‘द सॉन्ग ऑफ स्कॉर्पियन्स रिलीज होनी है।’

Announcing the agenda for The Europas Unconference, July 3, London

There are only 10 more days until The Europas where the winners of this year’s startup awards will be announced at our gala dinner, in association with TechCrunch!

The Europas half-day “Unconference” will have a fantastic lineup of panels taking place in the afternoon before the awards. This year, we’ve done away with mainstage lectures, and we’ve created a series of more tightly focused discussion panels that give you a front-row seat to the biggest investors, founders and thought leaders in tech. No more seeing a huge investor or founder on stage and not even getting to talk to them! Our goal at The Europas is to break down the barriers between speakers and audience and to get the discussion going!

This year our panels are focused around three themes: Tech + Society; Start Up Central, and The Crypto Zone. You can see the complete agenda here along with the panel speakers.

In Tech + Society, we’ll be debating and discussing:

— What happens to the tech community post Brexit?

— The Disinfoconomy panel will dive into what’s next after Facebook’s data debacle for both companies, essentially trading in personal data and for user privacy.

— Mapping the Future of Transportation and Cities: a startup that’s just emerging from stealth mode will talk about how AVs can co-exist in today’s cities.

In the Startup Central, our zone dedicated to startup life, we’ll be covering everything from seed funding to Series B and beyond. Expect to meet many investors here, as many of them will be heading up the discussion (as well as attending the awards dinner), including investors from Accel, Passion Capital, Connect Ventures, LocalGlobe, Seedcamp and many more. We’ll also be diving into startup life itself, asking if a work life balance can ever exist, and what exactly is “cultural fit”? And our most popular panel is back – Meet the Press – where you can ask top tech reporters what about exactly “makes” a tech startup story.

Finally – if you haven’t noticed recently, we’ve fallen headlong into the crypto rabbit hole. By popular demand, we’ve got two blockchain tracks dedicated to exploring the opportunities and challenges in the space. One track is dedicated to the ins and outs of investing, and the other track to the number of industries and existing business practices that blockchain is disrupting.

Agenda so far (more speakers to be confirmed):

Tech + Society Zone

• Should We Stay or Should We Go Now?
Saul Klein, LocalGlobe
Eloise Todd, CEO, Best For Britain (& other panelists to be announced)

•  The Disinformation Economy
Dhruv Ghulati of

• Get Mapping, the Future of Transportation in an Autonomous Age:
Steve Gledden, AiPod

• AI + Startups – A Non Starter?
Paul Dowling, Deeptech Mondays

Startup Central Zone

• The New World Order of Early Stage Investment
Tina Baker, JAG Shaw Baker
Scott Sage, VC

• Crossing the Chasm to Series B and Beyond
(Speakers TBA)

• The Future of Funding: ICOs, Crowdfunding and VC
Michael Jackson, Mangrove Capital
Ali Ganjavian

• Meet the Press
Featuring Journalists from Business Insider, WSJ and more

• This Startup Life – from work/life balance to cultural fit
Brett, Forsyth Group

Crypto Zone 1

• Investing in Crypto: What’s Hot and What’s Not
Richard Muirhead, Fabric Ventures
Damir Bandalo, Columbus Capital
George McDonagh, KR1
Nancy Fechnay, blockchain Angel

• The Highs and Lows of ICOs: 3 Blockchain Projects, 3 ICOs
Linda Wang, Lending Block

•  Tokenize It! Understanding Token Economics
Lee Pruitt, Instasupply;

• Smart Contracts, Smarter Businesses: What Smart Contracts Can Enable

• The Most Crypto Friendly Jurisdictions
Diana Rotaru, Blockchip
Keld Van Shreven, KR1

Crypto Zone 2

• The State of Blockchain in Europe
Sasha Ivanov, Waves
Lexi Willets, Coinweb
Peter Wilson, Blockchain

• Blockchain for Social Impact: Where is Blockchain Making a Difference
Min Teo, Consensys

• Fixing Media, the Creative Industries and Visual Arts with Blockchain
Maria Tanjala, FilmChain
Robert Norton, Verisart
Christine Mohan, Civil

• We Don’t Need No Thought Control: Digital Identity and Blockchain – Pelle Braendgaard, uPort