Mark Zuckerberg Meets the Pope; Gifts Him a Drone Model

Mark Zuckerberg Meets the Pope; Gifts Him a Drone Model

Mark Zuckerberg Meets the Pope; Gifts Him a Drone Model
Zuckerberg gifts model of solar-powered drone Aquila to Pope Francis
Zuckerberg discusses Internet connectivity with Pope Francis
Facebook completed first successful test of Aquila last month
What would you possibly expect from a meeting between the Pope Francis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? The idea of a meeting between the modern tech innovator and the leader of the Catholic Church itself is intriguing enough to a point that you would love to know every word of their entire conversation. Zuckerberg didn’t fail to embrace the bizarreness of the situation where two opposite worlds met each other, offering a model of a drone to the Pope.

Mark Zuckerberg offered a miniature model of his solar-powered drone Aquila, which is supposed to beam Internet connectivity to places without it, to Pope Francis. In a post on his social networking website, he said, “We (Mark and wife Priscilla) told him (Pope Francis) how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he’s found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.”

The Facebook CEO further said that he and wife Priscilla talked with the Pope about Internet connectivity and its requirement in various parts of the world.
Interestingly, Pope Francis already uses Twitter and Instagram in order to reach the younger audiences and profess his religious teachings to them. If more people get Internet connectivity, more people will be able to hear what the Pope has to say about various global issues and effectively serve his purpose as well.

Last month, Facebook announced that it completed its first successful test of its solar-powered drone Aquila, which has been developed to deliver Internet service to remote areas of the world.

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fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg to hold His First ‘live Q&A’ on June 14

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Hold His First 'Live Q&A' on June 14

The live Q&A consultation will begin at 12am IST on June 15.
As before, questions may be shared on the assertion post.
the highest voted questions will be responded by means of Zuckerberg.
facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had a busy month already. apart from talking to ISS astronauts usingfb stay, the 32-12 monthsantique entrepreneur additionally determined two of his social media accountshacked – Twitter and Pinterest.

To make this month even busier, Zuckerberg on Wednesday introduced he could be protecting his first Q&Aconsultation on facebook stay on Tuesday next week.

Making the announcement in a submit on his facebook profile, Zuckerberg stated the Q&A sessionpowered through fb stay would be exclusive from the Townhall Q&As he has held in the beyond,announcing the medium is extra interactive.

Zuckerberg stated the consultation will cover subjects customers are interested by, together with“connecting the world, synthetic intelligence, virtual truth, stay video, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, andmore.”

As before, customers can leave questions that they want to ask Zuckerberg at the facebook submit. the best voted ones might be responded via the facebook CEO.

The fb live Q&A session with Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled for eleven:30am PT on Tuesday (12am IST on Wednesday).

facebook is investing a lot into its new live platform, and in the current beyond has increased thefunction in several ways. This trendy Q&A consultation will serve as an instance of the strength of the platform, something the employer turned into manifestly additionally looking to do with its ISSfacebook stay session in advance this month.
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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg meets propaganda czar in China charm drive

A file photo of Liu Yunshan meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP

A file photo of Liu Yunshan meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP

Beijing: Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda czar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed.

The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua, suggests warming relations between Facebook and the Chinese government, even as Beijing steps up censorship of and control over the Internet. Liu, who sits on the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee which is the apex of power in China, praised Facebook’s technology and management methods, Xinhua said.

Zuckerberg was in Beijing for the China Development Forum, a government-sponsored conference bringing together top business executives and the country’s ruling elite. China “hopes (Facebook) can strengthen exchanges, share experiences and improve mutual understanding with China’s Internet companies”, Xinhuaquoted Liu as telling Zuckerberg. Earlier this year, Beijing introduced new rules on online publication, which analysts say may place further curbs on foreign internet businesses trying to operate in China.

Online content publishers should “promote core socialist values” and spread ideas, morals and knowledge that improve the quality of the nation and promote economic development.

Foreign companies in China, especially in media, face political pressure from a range of regulations. The country’s military newspaper calls the Internet the most important front in an ideological battle against “Western anti-China forces”.

China, the world’s second largest economy, has the biggest Internet population, numbering almost 700 million people.

On Friday, Zuckerberg posted an image of himself running through smog in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, past the portrait of the late Chairman Mao Zedong hanging over the Forbidden City.

The 31-year-old has achieved celebrity status in China, one of the few markets where Facebook and other foreign Internet platforms, including Alphabet Inc’s Google services and Twitter Inc, are not available due to tight government controls.

He has long sought to improve his company’s relationship with the Chinese authorities, and now sits on the advisory board of the School of Economics and Management at China’s elite Tsinghua University.

Zuckerberg began his remarks to the forum in Mandarin, speaking about the promise of artificial intelligence, particularly devices such as self-driving cars and medical diagnostics.

He sidestepped sensitive issues, talking instead about technology and his family.

“The one thing I am extremely optimistic about for China is the emphasis on engineering,” Zuckerberg said.

He did not respond to a question from Reuters about Facebook’s plans to do business in China.

During the forum, Alibaba Group Holdings’s executive chairman Jack Ma praised Zuckerberg, saying he respected Chinese culture and ran a “great company”.

“He respects the Chinese and oriental culture by instinct,” Ma said. “Not because he wants to make money.” Reuters


Mark Sherriff earns IEEE Computer Science Award


Sherriff teaches computer science to students from many different schools within the University.

Associate Prof. Mark Sherriff in the Computer Science Engineering Department was recently awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s 2016 Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching Award. Sherriff will be recognized in June in Atlanta for his contributions to the field through innovating, teaching and committing increasing diversity in computer science programs.

Sherriff, who earned the University All-University Teaching award in 2014, said while that award recognized him as an important part of the University community, the IEEE award recognizes him amongst peers in his field across schools.

“One is the community and scholars you work with everyday and the other is the community of people that do the same thing that you do,” Sherriff said. “I was honored just to be nominated and the fact that my colleagues saw it fit to give me … was just really cool.”

In the introductory programming course, Sherriff uses innovative teaching methods like the “encryption chase,” in which students are instructed to encrypt the lecture utilizing class concepts only to be sent on a scavenger hunt across Grounds to decode the lesson plan.

“The first time I do it, and they encrypt something that says ‘pack up your bags and leave the classroom,’ the look on people’s faces is priceless,” Sheriff said. “I like finding new ways for the class to operate. I like breaking people’s expectations for what happens when they come to class.”

Sherriff said his emphasis on creating experiences — like performing skits in class — lends itself to students’ learning.

“I think that people learn best when they can hear the material, see it in action and have a little bit of fun doing it,” Sherriff said.

Dean of the Engineering School Craig Benson commended Sherriff’s ability to create engaging and informative experiences for students.

“Professor Sherriff is a leader in the kind of hands-on, minds-on learning experiences we intend to provide for all of our student at U.Va. Engineering,” Benson said in a press release. “This award is well-deserved.”

Sherriff seeks to create experiences that speak to his students’ diverse academic interests, a skill which is particularly important for his introductory-programming course, which is open to students from many different schools.

“It’s important to cover information to teach the class, but it’s also important to know who’s in the class so that you can use examples to reach everyone the best you can,” Sherriff said. “Just a few weeks ago we were talking about regular expressions and how you find patterns in text. I downloaded Alice and Wonderland, and we were wondering if you could figure out who the main character was by how many times their name appears in the text, and that’s something liberal arts majors very well care about — that’s applicable to what they’re interested in.”

In terms of gauging feedback to improve his courses, Sherriff underscored the importance of his teaching assistants, most of whom are former students.

“The people that keep [me] honest are my TAs, and it is my policy to hire students that have taken my class to come back the next semester and TA the class,” Sheriff said. “Those are the ones that say ‘you screwed up the key’ [or] ‘when you do this assignment next time, could you do it this way?’ They’re invaluable.”

Second-year Engineering student Joseph Ghiorzi, who has served as a TA for Sherriff, spoke to how Sherriff cares for his students not only as learners but also as people.

“Professor Sherriff is a fantastic professor. It is evident that he cares about his students, despite teaching a large intro class,” Ghiorzi said. “He is immensely knowledgeable about computer science, but more importantly he is an incredibly understanding professor who knows how to effectively convey the concepts that need to be taught in an easy-to-digest manner.”

Moving forward, Sherriff hopes to do more with gamification in classes, which includes taking game elements and applying them to his courses. For example, in his game design classes, he implemented a tool for students to earn “experience points” instead of grades.

“One of the ideas behind that is when you go to take a test, you’re probably thinking, ‘I don’t want to screw up. I don’t want to lose points,’” Sherriff said. “It’s a positive experience, or positive mentality as opposed to a negative mentality. [It’s a mindset of] ‘I don’t want to be punished’ versus ‘I want to show I know what I am doing.’”

From his vast experience in the field of computer science, Sherriff hopes to clarify some of the misconceptions about careers in his field.

“It’s not about the hacker sitting in his basement with Doritos and Mountain Dew trying to hack the NSA. That’s not the program, ”Sherriff said. “Computer software engineering as a discipline is very human-focused, it’s very customer-focused and it’s very interactive. You’re meeting with people, learning what their needs are and trying to come up with solutions to help them do their own jobs better.”


Lumia 950 XL: Doesn’t leave a mark

  • Lumia 950 XL: Doesn't leave a mark

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Windows-based phones have always failed to secure a place in the ongoing smartphone war. The inability to customise it (unlike Android phones) and poor hardware are some of the various things that have kept buyers at bay. But with the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft is back with a bang.

Powered by the Windows 10 Mobile operating system, the 950 XL houses a fast processor, a great camera and a high-resolution display. Given the smartphones being launched nowadays, these specs are nothing new but what sets the 950 XL apart is its software and the attempt to integrate Windows-based devices. However, the design is too simplistic and looks like low-end Lumia phones. Considering its Rs 49,250 price tag, the phone in no way looks and feels like a premium one.

The 950 XL houses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB of RAM. The phone performs well even during heavy usage. It didn’t buckle under the pressure I put it through by installing heavy games and apps. Of course, the downside is Windows-based operating systems don’t have a large variety available unlike Android smartphones. The phone’s battery backup is also quite decent. Armed with a 3,300 mAh battery, it can last almost a day with moderate usage.

The Continuum is an interesting feature in the phone. With a Microsoft display dock, a mouse and a keyboard, the phone doubles up as a Windows 10 desktop because of this feature.

The 20-megapixel (MP) primary camera is the show-stopper though. The “rich capture” mode is a delight and the output pictures have sharp colours, even in low-light conditions. The secondary 5MP camera is ideal for selfies.

Though, it houses a powerful processor, the 950XL fails when it comes to the app drawer. It is buggy and sometimes a reboot is required just to get something done.

The Lumia 950XL is not a bad phone, but it has a long way to go to leave a mark.