How China’s Largest VR Community, VRCORE, Is Bridging Eastern And Western XR Markets

VRCORE is China’s largest VR companyVRCORE

The third annual VRCORE Awards included winners such as Moss, NOSTOS, and Seeking Dawn.

With a population of 1.3 billion, it’s no surprise that China is regarded a massive potential consumer market for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). But Pinshan Liu, the founder of VRCORE, is working to show the rest of the world that the Chinese XR community has many more benefits to bring to the industry — and connect the dots across international waters.

“China is a rapidly emerging market,” Liu said in an interview with the author. “China and the United States are the most active countries in the global virtual reality industry. With the depth development of the industry, strengthening international cooperation is an inevitable choice.”

Liu founded VRCORE in 2015, and since then it has grown to become the largest VR developer community in the country. As such, Liu has seen firsthand how China’s other unique advantages in technology and

manufacturing have helped facilitate the growth of the national ecosystem.

“China not only has a VR market, it also has many good teams and advantages in hardware manufacturing,” Liu said. “China’s growth is still in-progress. Being able to participate in this growing market will be of great benefit for markets like the U.S. when the VR industry has truly grown up. We established [VRCORE] to help developers create an exchange platform so that excellent practitioners can exchange, cooperate, and help the whole industry develop further.”

In this role, Liu also uses VRCORE as a platform to provide information about the China’s VR industry to the international market by hosting salons, pitch competitions, and through a recently produced developer report.


Asian Games 2018 Day 12 Highlights: India win five medals to take tally to 59

Indian women's relay team


That’s it for India today! Gold rush from track-and-field helped India exceeded all expectations for its best Asian Games performance in close to seven decades but heartbreak in hockey took some sheen off the country’s sprint past the previous edition’s medal haul.

The seasoned Jinson Johnson and the women’s 4x400m relay team were the joint stars with their golden show on the final day of the track-and-field competition in which India signed off seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals, the country’s best haul since 1951.

India surpassed its previous edition’s overall tally of 57 by making it 59 with two more days of competition left. The country also took its gold tally to 13, two more than 2014.


Epic Games’ Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

Epic Games' Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

The Epic Games Store is now live. Announced earlier in the week, it’s the Fortnite creator’s attempt at taking the world’s biggest PC digital storefront Steam head on. At the moment the offerings are sparse, ranging from indie fare like Supergiant Games’ Hades to Epic Games’ own titles like Unreal Tournament (for which its halted development in favour of focusing on Fortnite) and Shadow Complex. And it seems that Epic is borrowing a page out of EA’s book by making two games free each month. This is not too dissimilar to EA making select games free on its Origin store. The first two games slated to be free on the Epic Games Store are Subnautica and Super Meat Boy from December 14 to December 27 and December 28 to January 10 respectively. And yes, it has its own downloadable client called the Epic Games Launcher.

Epic is giving all developers on the Epic Games Store an 88 percent share of the revenue. A part of this is due to how well Fortnite is doing and Epic seems hellbent on sharing its good fortune.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” said Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney in a prepared statement. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

What’s more is, it will be available to “additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019.”

Safe to say, the company is referring to side loading the Epic Games Store on Android just like how Fortnite is playable on Google’s OS.

How Epic manages developer expectations will be a point of concern. With the company taking all of 12 percent, how much effort it puts into curating, discoverability, and sustaining an active user base in its first few months will be telling of its longterm strategy. It also begs the question: what if Fortnite stops being popular? Will it still offer the save revenue share? Either way, the PC games space just got a bit more interesting.


Hardik Pandya asked to prove fitness by National Cricket Academy

Hardik Pandya is not part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

Hardik Pandya is not part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

Hardik Pandya is yet to fully recover from a back injury he suffered during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in September.

It seems the BCCI selection committee does not want to rush Pandya’s comeback as he been asked to rest and work on improving fitness by the medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, according to a report in the ESPNCricinfo.

Pandya, who was part of the India A squad for the third and final four-day unofficial Test against New Zealand A and also three one-dayers, will now miss the competitive matches.

But Pandya is likely to be seen back in action in Baroda’s Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai from December 14.

Pandya had suffered a lower-back injury during India’s match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. Pandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after he landed awkwardly in his delivery stride following the fifth ball of his fourth over.

The injury ruled him out of the tournament that India went on to win for the seventh time.

The 25-year-old was recently seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash. However, the all-rounder was a couple of days later seen sweating at nets.

Pandya is a key member of the Indian side and the team management would hope for him to recover in time for the ODIs in Australia in January. India will play a three-match ODI series from January 12-18.

In Hardik’s absence, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is making the most of the opportunities in the national side.

After a good debut against the Windies in the T20Is, Krunal was also picked for the T20 series in Australia. Krunal became the third most expensive Indian bowler in a Twenty20 International when he conceded 55 runs without picking a wicket in the first T20 against Australia in Brisbane last week.

However, the all-rounder produced a better performance in the second game before his match-winning show in the third T20 that helped India level the series against Australia.

Krunal set a new record in the third and final match against Australia on Sunday as he registered the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format on Australian soil.

Krunal picked up a four-wicket haul and gave away just 36 runs from his four overs to help India restrict Australia to 164 for 6. India then rode on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten fifty to chase down the target with 6 wickets in hand.


Flipkart The Big Billion Days Sale: Dates, Offers, Discount On Products

Flipkart The Big billion Days sale will start from Wednesday and run til October 14.

Ahead of Diwali, if you want to buy new appliances, phones, and watches, among other things, you can choose from a wide array of online shopping platforms. E-commerce giants are back with their festive season sales this year. As the competition heats up, archrivals Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal are going all out to woo the maximum number of customers. Amazon is running the Great Indian Festival Sale from October 10-15, Snapdeal will start with the Mega Diwali Sale from October 10-14, and Flipkart’s The Big billion Days sale will start from Wednesday and run til October 14.

Given below are details of The Big Billion Days sale of Flipkart:

Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days offers
Under Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days sale, customers can avail up to 90 per cent off on fashion apparel, up to 80 per cent discount on home, furniture, TVs and appliances and “jaw dropping deals” on mobiles, the company said.

Customers can also get 10 per cent discount on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. EMI (equated monthly installments) transactions can also be made. Customers can also avail no-cost EMIs subject to terms and conditions.


(Customers can also get 10 per cent discount on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards.)


Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days discount
Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days sale will open between October 10-14 for certain products and between October 11-14 for others.

Between October 10-14, customers can avail up to 90 per cent on fashion products, up to 80 per cent off on TV and appliances, between 50-90 per cent off on home and furniture products, between 50-90 per cent off on beauty and sports products and toys, and up to 80 per cent discount on smart devices and other products, stated

Between October 11-14, customers can avail up to 80 per cent discount on gadgets and accessories.

The Big Billion Days offers for Flipkart Plus members
Flipkart Plus members will get three hours of early access from 9 pm on October 9 and 10. Flipkart Plus is a loyalty program that aims to reward customers for the purchases they make on the online marketplace.

Earlier this year, Walmart, in a $16-billion deal, acquired a 77 per cent stake in Flipkart to become its largest shareholder.


Here is your horoscope for December 9, 2018

You come to the essence of the problem as you start investigating professional and personal situations. Delay in projects, opposition from family and the inertia of your staff could cause some anxiety. Take things lightly and get on with what you have to do. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.


You can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough with your inner strength and hard work. Limitations and restrictions are no longer able to contain you as you opt for freedom and space. Don’t allow superficial friends to influence decisions or waste time. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.


Emotional and financial security becomes important today as you make investments and commitments. Feel the expansiveness that sharing can bring. The tension of hanging on to what you think is valuable needs to be examined. Go beyond limitations and restrictions! Lucky number 4. Colour red.


Your interest is focused on financial transactions and earthy matters for now. Old habits and addictions can be dropped and new attitudes; diets and fitness programs can be inducted. Guard against a heavy and serious mindset regarding personal relationships. Lucky number 10. Colour red.


You have great energy to achieve targets and goals. You are impatient and unable to suffer fools gladly today. You make quick decisions and follow plans with dynamic energy. Don’t expect the same intensity or totality from others or you can be disappointed. Lucky number 9. Colour red.


Discussions could lead to arguments and it is best to remain balanced, as conflicts can be resolved now. Travel plans may be postponed. You have the courage to face unexpected situations or crisis. Your friends and family stand by you when you need them. Lucky number 16. Colour red.


Things fall into place; you are in the flow and the natural rhythm of life returns today! Inner conflicts are resolved as you list priorities and chose the right options. Balance should be maintained in all areas of life to get past blocks and reactions. Lucky number 4. Colour green.


When there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white.


You are individualistic and can be sudden and expressive in love and anger; be aware! Your heart and soul give you insights and answers that you have been looking for intellectually. Listen to your intuition or gut feeling when decisions have to be taken. Lucky number 4. Colour orange.


It’s a time of duality when decisions have to be taken. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Media involvement is entertaining. You tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Be silent and centered inside. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.


Rescheduling plans may be for the better. You make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals. A positive attitude in relationships brings healing and love. Lucky number 12. Colour green.


Moods swing from happy to sad and then pass when you start feeling strong inside and are a force to reckon with outside. Relationships tune into a balance of love and freedom. Take one step at a time with your feet on the ground and things start changing. Lucky number 7. Colour grey.


Clutch Announces the Leading Web Design Agencies in the United States for 2018

 Clutch unveiled a list of the leading web design agencies across the United States today. These designers are experts in the latest design techniques and work closely with clients to ensure that their websites fit their unique style and business goals.

This report recognizes over 1,000 companies for their ability to deliver and commitment to client satisfaction.

“In today’s competitive digital landscape, having a unique and eye-catching design for your website is essential to stand out from the crowd,” Clutch Business Analyst DJ Fajana said. “These leaders have not only demonstrated creativity and a deep understanding of the industries they work in but also ensured that their clients are informed and happy throughout the entire design process.”

It’s free to get listed on Clutch, but only the most highly recommended companies are named as leaders in Clutch’s annual reports. These web designers have gone above and beyond to prove their industry expertise and ability to deliver.

Clutch’s research is ongoing. For a chance to be listed on Clutch’s 2019 report, apply now. It’s a free, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes


As Pakistan Faces Trump Attacks, Its Army Seeks Peace With India: Report

Pakistani PM Imran Khan surprised many by calling for talks with India in his election victory speech

Pakistan’s military is making an unusually strong effort to mend ties with arch-rival India, as top generals worry about a deteriorating economy amid fractious relations with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Current and former Pakistani military officials have told Bloomberg that both a slowing economy and pressure from Beijing to improve ties with the West is prompting the shift on India. At the same time, they said, Pakistan is also wary of becoming too dependent on China after Trump cut some $2 billion in security aid.

Among the proponents of a detente with India is Pakistan’s powerful army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who once served under an Indian general during a stint with a United Nations peacekeeping mission and is seen as more moderate than his predecessors. Entering his final year in office, Bajwa last week called a move to ease border controls with India for visiting Sikh pilgrims “a step towards peace which our region needs.”

The army chief has publicly supported China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which has unleashed financing for more than $60 billion worth of projects — adding to debt that has forced Pakistan to seek another International Monetary Fund bailout. But he is thought to be uneasy about Pakistan’s over-reliance on Beijing, according to Western diplomats who asked not to be identified so they could speak freely about senior generals.

“From the outset of his term, General Bajwa was heavily inclined to end the state of ‘No Peace, No War,’ but recognized that shifting views inside the huge Pakistan army would take time,” said Shuja Nawaz, author of a book on the armed forces and a former IMF official who is currently a distinguished fellow at the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “This may be another incentive to launch a peace initiative.”

The military’s press department didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who surprised many by calling for talks with India in his July election victory speech, said last week his political party and the military are “all on one page” in wanting to mend ties and resolve the conflict over Kashmir. His government is in the midst of negotiating Pakistan’s 13th IMF bailout since the late 1980s.

Since taking office in August, Khan has sparred repeatedly with Trump. Just a few weeks ago they traded barbs after Trump said the U.S. no longer gives Pakistan billions of dollars because “they don’t do a damn thing for us” in fighting terrorism.

So far, there’s no indication that Pakistan’s outreach will prompt Trump to reconsider aid money, which was cut due to insufficient efforts to deny extremist groups safe haven and freedom of movement. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad declined to comment.

But there are small signs that relations are improving. This week Trump sent Khan a letter asking for Pakistan’s help in facilitating talks with the Taliban to end the 17-year war in neighboring Afghanistan, a move welcomed in Pakistan. And Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to become commander of U.S. Central Command overseeing Pakistan, said the military relationship between the countries was “strong.”

“It is important to remember that we are asking Pakistan to focus a significant fraction of their national power away from what they perceive to be an existential threat,” he said.

Fear of Indian dominance continues to dictate strategy in a military that has directly ruled Pakistan for almost half its 71-year history. Since partition, Pakistan has fought three major wars with its larger neighbor and both nations accused the other of supporting cross-border insurgencies.

Pakistan’s military is the most powerful organization in the country, and has long been seen as one of the main obstacles to peace with India. Leaders in New Delhi have accused Pakistan’s generals of stoking tensions with India in part to justify military spending that — along with debt servicing — consumes nearly 60 percent of the annual budget.

Any detente with India would face deep skepticism that has endured since the British left the subcontinent in 1947. Both India and the U.S. see Pakistan as providing safe haven for terrorist groups, and often bring up the fact that the leadership of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the gruesome Mumbai attack in 2008, still live freely in Pakistan.

“Saying that the military is on board suggests to the Indians that this time it will be different, since Pakistan’s military and intelligence apparatus has been perceived as disruptors to formal rapprochement processes,” said Shamila Chaudhary, a former White House and State Department official and now a fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Though with elections due in the first half of next year “re-establishing dialogue with Pakistan absent any progress on justice for the Mumbai attacks or actions on terrorism is too much of a political football for India,” she said.

India so far has dismissed Khan’s efforts to mend ties, and blasted his latest statement for an “unwarranted reference” to Kashmir. One serving army officer in Pakistan said the military was well aware New Delhi was unlikely to reciprocate before elections, but the olive branch was a diplomatic maneuver to win global goodwill.

India views Pakistan’s overtures as insincere, according to an Indian government official who asked not to be identified. Pakistan is simply seeking to convince the international community that it’s genuinely working toward peace even though there’s no actual movement on India’s demands for more action to arrests terrorists, particularly those involved in the Mumbai attacks, the official said.

While Khan appears sincere, he and Pakistan’s generals must realize India won’t reciprocate unless something is done about Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to Madiha Afzal, the author of ‘Pakistan Under Siege’ and a visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington.


World’s First Baby Born Out Of Womb Transplanted From Dead Donor

World's First Baby Born Out Of Womb Transplanted From Dead Donor

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.

It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased donors – in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey – failed to produce a live birth.

The girl born in the Brazilian case was delivered via caesarean section at 35 weeks and three days, and weighed 2,550 grams (nearly 6 lbs), the case study said.

Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at Brazil’s Sao Paulo University hospital who led the research, said the transplant – carried out in September 2016 when the recipient was 32 – shows the technique is feasible and could offer women with uterine infertility access to a larger pool of potential donors.

The current norm for receiving a womb transplant is that the organ would come from a live family member willing to donate it.

“The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” Ejzenberg said in a statement about the results.

She added, however, that the outcomes and effects of womb donations from live and deceased donors have yet to be compared, and said the technique could still be refined and optimised.

The first baby born after a live donor womb transplant was in Sweden in 2013. Scientists have so far reported a total of 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 live births.

Experts estimate that infertility affects around 10 to 15 percent of couples of reproductive age worldwide. Of this group, around one in 500 women have uterine problems.

Before uterus transplants became possible, the only options to have a child were adoption or surrogacy.

In the Brazilian case, the recipient had been born without a uterus due to a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. The donor was 45 and died of a stroke.


Kamal ka phool hamari bhool: Rajputs rally against BJP in Rajasthan

Vasundhara Raje

Rajputs feel Jaswant Singh Jasol was denied a ticket from Jaisalmer Barmer constituency in the last lok sabha elections at the behest of Vasundhara Raje (in pic). (Photo: Twitter/@VasundharaBJP)

Nagaur district in Rajasthan, which is around 200 kms from the state capital of Jaipur, was the epicentre of Rajput protests last year as the district had flared up over the alleged fake encounter of Anandpal Singh, a history-sheeter with several cases of murder, dacoity and kidnapping against him.

Rajput community members had alleged that Anandpal Singh was killed in a fake encounter despite his willingness to surrender.

This election year, members of the Ravana Rajput community, of which Anandpal Singh was a part of, and the Rajput community have come together in their fight against the Vasundhara Raje-led Government in Rajasthan with the sole purpose of defeating the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections.

In Nagaur’s Ladnun, where Anandpal hails from, anger against the BJP has surged over time.

“We are together in our fight against the BJP. Whether it is the Ravana Rajputs or the Rajputs, we are working together towards defeating the BJP in the upcoming elections in Rajasthan,” a member of the Ravana Rajput community told India Today.

“We have realised the BJP has been working against the Rajput community. There have been several issues including the encounter of Anandpal Singh, the Chatur Singh encounter and the Padmaavat issue which has led to bad blood between the BJP and Rajputs. We have realised that kamal ka phool is hamari bhool,” another Ravana Rajput member said.

Nagaur district has a total of 10 assembly seats out of which Rajputs are considered to hold sway over at least seven seats. Family members of Anandpal Singh, including his mother and daughter, have been travelling to different parts to rally against the BJP in a bid to oust the party from power. They have been raising the Anandpal Singh encounter and other issues regarding the community.

“Thirty six communities in Rajasthan are working together to defeat the BJP. My father was killed in a fake encounter. There have been several issues over which these different communities in Rajasthan have been working to defeat the BJP. The response was good where ever we went to hold rallies and campaign against the BJP,” Anandpal Singh’s daughter Yogita said.

“My son was killed in a fake encounter. I have been protesting, fighting, campaigning against the BJP to ensure justice. We have made ‘Kamal ka phool hamari bhool’ a part of our campaign,” Nirmal Kanwar, Anandpal Singh’s mother, told India Today.

Even as the encounter of Anandpal Singh remains the rallying point for the protesting members of the Rajput community, it is not the only issue over which the BJP has been targeted by Rajputs and Ravana Rajputs.

Rajputs, considered an influential section in Rajasthan, comprise around 8 to 10 per cent of the state’s population. Anger within the community seems to have spread across the state over the latter half of Vasundhara Raje’s tenure.

Several of its members, who claimed to be BJP loyalists, have accused the party and Vasundhara Raje in particular of rubbing the community the wrong way.

Apart from the Anandpal Singh encounter, the community has been at loggerheads with the BJP over the manner in which the BJP state president was handpicked by denying the opportunity to a Rajput.

Apart from this, the community felt insulted when Jaswant Singh Jasol, a former BJP stalwart, was denied a ticket from Jaisalmer Barmer constituency for the last Lok Sabha elections, allegedly at the behest of Vasundhara Raje.

“There is no infighting within the BJP. The Rajputs are together and supporting the party. Earlier, there were some people who had filed their nomination but some of them have already withdrawn it,” Raghuraj Singh, BJP candidate from Ladnun, said.

The BJP has been trying to prevent the prevailing mood in the Rajput community from boiling over in the poll-bound state. In a bid to quell the anger within the Rajput community, the party has given tickets to 28 Rajput candidates, substantially more than the 13 tickets given to Rajput candidates by the Congress for the upcoming elections in the state.

However, whether the ruling party will be able to tide over the wave of seething anger prevailing within the community is something only results can tell.