By Saadeqa Khan Published: January 24, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Students are often weak in mathematics as they don’t have enough motivation to study the subject. PHOTO: ALIF AILAAN Mathematics is perhaps the most powerful instrument of knowledge in the world. History proves that all ancient civilisations emphasised the importance of maths, and it is the one science that seeks to improve one’s ability to perceive and think. Maths may not help teach us how to love someone or how to forgive an enemy, but it gives us reason to hope that every problem must have a reasonable solution. Consequently, maths plays an important role in the development of countries because of its ability to penetrate into all sorts of human affairs, whether social or economic. Students are often weak in maths as they don’t have enough motivation to study the subject (perceived as boring or difficult) and this ultimately results in their educational downfall. … [Read more...] about The flaws in our education: Why are Pakistani students struggling with mathematics?
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Advances in technology aren’t always what they seem. Take, for example, Gillette’s latest “breakthrough” in shaving tech — a heating mechanism that complements the razors that are already packed with blades. It’s as if Gillette, upon realizing that it would be physically impossible (or even more worthy of parody than their previous efforts) to cram more blades onto their razors, is desperate to see what other “innovations” they can add to a single cartridge. But neither the heating element nor the extra blades seem to add much to the shaving experience, as evidenced by the fact that more consumers than ever are turning toward traditional, simple razors — even straight razors — instead of the high-tech, feature-burdened razors born of the modern era. Sometimes, what seems to be a breakthrough ends up complicating our lives unnecessarily, or making a task harder (instead of easier), oftentimes costing more money in the process. … [Read more...] about Why the next innovative leap in shaving tech looks like a step backward
TCL Communication took to this year's Consumer Electronics Show to outline its display strategy, proclaiming it's doubling down on many in-house efforts aimed at new, innovative panels. The company's ambitions span both small-sized modules for smartphones and large panels intended for devices such as TVs, with one example of the former being a new Alcatel series of Android handsets which utilizes screens developed in collaboration with TCL's sister company China Star Optoelectronics Technology. CSOT is also a firm believer in the viability of flexible panels and their potential in the consumer electronics segment, which is another technological avenue it's set to pursue moving forward. In the near term, TCL's mobile plans appear to be centered on 18:9 — i.e. 2:1 — screens which the industry started embracing on a significant scale from early 2018 when Samsung and LG led the pack. Compared to traditional widescreen aspect ratios, 18:9 panels allow for easier … [Read more...] about TCL Doubles Down On In-House Displays, Including Flexible Panels
By Malcolm Owen Monday, January 07, 2019, 10:45 am PT (01:45 pm ET) A verdict against Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit has been slashed by a judge, with the original award of $145 million to WiLAN cut down to just $10 million by a California court on Thursday. The latest update in the ongoing legal battle between the two companies stems from the results of a jury trial from August in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, which saw Apple losing to WiLAN. Judge Dana Sabraw oversaw the latest activity in the litigation, and upheld the jury verdict that Apple infringed on the two WiLAN patents. One notable update to the suit is the question of damages, as the two parties had different ideas of what was required to be paid, reports Law360. The court offered WiLAN a choice of either accepting reduced damages to the amount of $10 million, or to prepare for a new trial, one that would only determine the amount of damages owed, since the infringement has … [Read more...] about Apple’s $145M payout to WiLAN in patent infringement case slashed to $10M
India’s tech startups closed 2018 on a record high note, securing several major deals to further cement the nation’s position on the world map. But despite an influx of money from international investors, the local ecosystem’s overall health has some concerned. The year saw a high-profile acquisition, the emergence of new unicorns, and more startups than ever expanding their businesses internationally. These local players were joined by Silicon Valley companies hoping to turn India into their next big market. India’s startups participated in 924 rounds to secure a record $10.5 billion in funding last year, slightly ahead of the $10.4 billion they raised (through 1,141 rounds) in 2017, and a major rebound from the alarming down cycle of 2016, when they raised just $4.3 billion, according to data from Tracxn, a firm that tracks startup funding. Going global The funding rounds gained momentum in the second half of the year, giving India two new unicorns … [Read more...] about Indian tech startups raised a record $10.5 billion in 2018, but concerns remain