Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has raised its objections over the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) direction for conduction of electoral roll revision in the month of September and October, spanning a period of sixty days.The ruling party has also urged the commission to reconsider the dates, pointing out non-availability of space in doing electoral work, as all the schools in the state will remain open throughout September.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal Aariz Aftab had called an all-party meeting at his office on Thursday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”There will be paucity of space for conducting the process of revision of electoral rolls, with schools remaining open in September. Durga Puja, the greatest festival of the Bengalis, will be held in October and the people of the state will celebrate it in a grand way. So, it will be impossible to effectively get sixty days for the process,” secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee said after the meeting.Chatterjee said that the process is aimed at ensuring smooth voting, even for the physically challenged and the elderly. “We have urged the CEO to ensure that there are arrangements for ramps and other facilities at the polling booths,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee also raised questions over the objective of convening such a meeting, after fixing the dates without discussion with political parties. “If it is a meeting only to convey ECI’s decision, then it’s of no use to hold a meeting,” he maintained.It may be mentioned that with less than a year to go for the Lok Sabha polls, the ECI has called a meeting of all political parties on August 27.A TMC delegation will attend the meeting and point out their objections in earmarking these two months for conducting electoral roll revisions.Sources in the CEO’s office said that parties like CPI(M) and the Congress have urged the CEO to ensure strong security arrangement for the polls.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. min read When will it go on sale?Apple has already leaked to the press that it’ll announce the iPad Mini in October. According to Fortune, Apple will hold a press event to announce the iPad Mini on October 17. The launch will be a week or two later, possibly in early November. The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPad Mini is already in full production. Related: Google Maps Street View Now Works On The iPhoneHow much will it cost?This is where things get tricky. There are rumors that the iPad Mini could cost as low as $199, which is the same price as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. Others think a $299 price tag is more likely. But don’t expect it to cost more than that as the iPad 2 is still going for $399.How big will it be?By all accounts, the iPad Mini will have a 7.85-inch display. That’s slightly larger than the 7-inch display on the Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7, but noticeably smaller than the 9.7-inch display on the full-sized iPad.What kind of screen will it have?In order to keep costs down, rumors suggest that Apple won’t include the high-resolution Retina display it uses on iPhone and iPads. That means the resolution will be about the same as the iPhone 3GS. In fact, it’s likely Apple will use the same type of screen it used on the 3GS for the iPad Mini.Related: The Biggest Threat To Apple Right NowWhat will it look like?We haven’t seen nearly as many leaked photos of the iPad Mini as we saw of the iPhone 5. But each new leak seems to be fairly consistent with the last. Assuming the leaks are legit, it looks like the iPad Mini will have an aluminum backing like the regular iPad and a very thin bezel.Will it really be called the iPad Mini?Maybe. The “Mini” moniker is just something the tech press has tied to the device. After all, when Apple released a smaller iPod, it called the new device the iPod Mini. But there are some other theories. John Gruber seems to think Apple will call it the iPad Air, a play on the sleek MacBook Air name.Will it have the same new plug as the iPhone 5?Almost definitely. Starting with the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch, Apple is transitioning all its iOS gadgets to the new Lightning port.Related: iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Bug Causing Extra Data Charges For Some Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 6, 2012 The iPad is the most successful tablet on the market right now, but as competitors have proven, there’s huge interest in smaller, cheaper devices, too.So in a few weeks we’ll have the so-called iPad Mini, Apple’s attempt to fill the gap in its iOS device lineup. While early leaks on the iPad Mini haven’t been as prevalent as they were for the iPhone 5, we do have a good idea what it’ll be like.Here’s everything we know so far: This story originally appeared on Business Insider Register Now »
June 2, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals A year after Apple first announced it, you can finally buy products based on HomeKit. Lutron and Insteon have products available now, while others like Elgato, Ecobee and iHome are bringing accessories soon. That means you’ll be be able to build a HomeKit system with programmable lights, plugs, energy and climate sensors, thermostats and more. Apple introduced HomeKit standard to allow such devices to play nicely together, and of course, let you control everything via your iPhone, iPad or Watch. The idea was to also bring voice control to home automation via Siri.Here’s what’s available now. Lutron’s Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will let you control lights, shades and other devices in specific rooms by barking commands at Siri, using your Watch, or via an iPhone or iPad. You can also remotely control devices when you’re away from home, or set up geofencing so that the lights flick on when you enter a room. The Wireless Lighting Starter Kit is available today for $230, and you can add remote dimmer kits for $60.Insteon is offering a bit broader solution with a full-on smart home hub that can control its current family of products (pricing is yet to come). Those include cameras, alarms, smart bulbs and other products working across WiFi and RF home standards.As for products coming soon, Elgato, is bringing Eve sensors (above) that detect temperature, humidity, energy use, motion and even air quality. If you’re looking for a smart thermostat, Ecobee will cover you with its $249 Ecobee3 model that’s coming in July (below). It’ll regulate temperature on its own or give you room-by-room control with satellite sensors. Finally, iHome revealed a $40 HomeKit-compatible SmartPlug you’ll be able to pre-order on June 15th, giving you control over lamps, fans and other gadgets.It’s a modest start, considering how long it’s been since Apple first revealed HomeKit. And new as the products are, it remains to be seen if everything will work as smoothly as promised — naturally, we’re as keen to try them out as you are. Hopefully, we’ll hear more news soon (and possibly see more products), as it’s rumored that Apple will be revealing more HomeKit information during its WWDC developer’s conference next week. Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadget
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 23, 2018 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » The blockchain world is, or at least once was, inherently exclusive. The reason is that, since blockchain’s inception, entrepreneurs, investors and consumers outside the development community have struggled to fully grasp just how big the prospect of a blockchain world is. Chalk that struggle up to the overshadowing of blockchain by Bitcoin and the persisting mythology around that currency.Related: More Than Just Bitcoin: Blockchain Has Value Across Multiple IndustriesIn fact, it wasn’t until this past year that the world at large began to understand the potentially huge implications of blockchain, both financially and socially. Today, up-and-coming blockchain applications have an advantage that others who vied for initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the past lacked: recognion. People now realize that blockchain is the future, because the media keep telling them so.Today, when those people see information swirling around yet another blockchain-based app, they are now more intrigued. Yet this surge of awareness is also a double-edged sword. Just because many people can now distinguish a decentralized ledger from a cryptocurrency doesn’t mean that the communal marketing efforts of blockchain developers and hubs have reached their peak — far from it.An onslaught of condemnationAs blockchain gains more recognition and word-of-mouth momentum, some applications are also raising eyebrows.Since the beginning of 2018, there has been an onslaught of condemnation against the various ICOs that are little more than scams. Investors, and the financial community at large, now want crypto applications to offer more than just hypotheses and white papers; they want proof of value for those applications. While, in the long run, this trend will likely boost blockchain, by (hopefully) weeding out the scams from the viable applications, right now, it’s sparking mistrust of blockchain-based solutions in general.For blockchain to really lead the type of global revolution its supporters want, the industry as a whole has to help people understand its structure and then its long-term benefits. In this vein, blockchain organizations need to tap into the global reach and engagement that social media platforms offer.Of course, social media platforms themselves are under fire (think: Russian hackers). But, for the cryptocurrency industry, which needs to build understanding on a global scale, social platforms offer a direct gateway to worldwide audiences. These brands and businesses must use social media to build communities and help customers feel that they belong — that they’re part of something more than just a consumer group, that they have the support they need from the companies involved and from other consumers.Blockchain businesses, in particular, must build a community to give novice consumers the resources and support they need and connect them to those already familiar with the product and concept.Related: 3 Major Industries in Which Blockchain Technology Is Changing Life As We Know ItWhy community must come before an ICOWhile not everyone is yet familiar with cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the use of crypto may very well become a no-brainer in the future. If you are a blockchain entrepreneur and have already built a community, you’ll have a leg up via your established reputation as a trusted blockchain company. You’ll be able to provide support and stability should things go wrong.So, how do you build such a community of support before launching an ICO campaign? Here are two steps you’d be wise to take:Understand your audience.People don’t need to learn every blockchain nuance or distinction of proof of stake to recognize blockchain’s values. If your organization produces only highly technical social content, you’ll lose out on your chance to forge real and lasting connections with consumers. Instead, focus on building content around actual use cases that explains the ways in which your application will enhance people’s lives.For example, if your application aims to improve supply chain transparency in developing communities, you might create rich media content highlighting the real stories of people and businesses in those areas in need of fast, accessible and accountable decentralized ledgers.Audiences exposed to such stories focused on real people and solutions will always forge deeper connections to your company than they will with dry content about the technological intricacies of your application. Create content that speaks to investors.If you are at the stage where you need to promote your application to receive investor funding, you’ll want to focus your efforts and resources on LinkedIn. Creating a company page that highlights the key components of your application, team members and any product development , for example, could serve as the foundation of your LinkedIn efforts.Next, there’s social content. When you create social content with the primary purpose of sparking investor relationships, you must always promote your unique “value add.” Today’s investors are inundated with blockchain-based pitches and content, and it’s difficult for them to cut through the noise.If your LinkedIn updates and stories fail to highlight how your solution is tackling an existing problem from a new angle, you’re essentially sending content out into the void.Related: 9 Blockchain Influencers for You to Follow — Who All Happen to Be FemaleWhen it comes to building social communities, always lead with content that pinpoints what sets you and your application apart from the rest of the pack. And make sure your community knows what that entails.