ADC AUTHOR Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation recently announced it has awarded more than $120,000 in academic scholarships to residents living in privatized military housing owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students attending accredited educational or technical institutions. The majority of scholarships were granted to students of military families living in military homes owned by Balfour Beatty Communities throughout the U.S.“We’re proud to have the opportunity to help these students take this important step in achieving their goals,” said Kathy Grim, board member of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. “The promise and potential of so many students came through in their essays, and it’s a true honor to be able to invest in the academic careers of our residents. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”Residents at communities across 22 states received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on an essay submission as well as students’ academic achievements, GPA, community involvement and financial need. The scholarships are given as part of the foundation’s ongoing goal to encourage and promote the pursuit of education and commitment to community leadership.Photo provided by Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation
Nvidia Nvidia’s new Jetson Nano platform aims to make AI development more accessible to everyone. Announced Monday by Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, the Jetson Nano comes in a $99 devkit for developers, makers and enthusiasts and a $129 production-module for mass-market edge systems.Living up to its name, the board measures 80 by 100 millimeters (3.2 by 3.9 inches), but has a quad-core ARM processor, a 128-core integrated Nvidia graphics and 4GB of memory. The preinstalled Jetpack SDK comes complete with a desktop Linux environment based on Ubuntu 18.04 with support for Nvidia Cuda Toolkit 10. See It $99 Post a comment HDMI, DisplayPort 128-core Nvidia Maxwell Memory Share your voice Computers 4Kp30, 1080p30, 1080p60 Best Buy Children who are blind learn how to code with Code Jumper Preview • Cooking your food in a water bath just got cheaper Camera Four USB 3.0 Type-A (host), USB 2.0 Micro Type-B (device) Jetson Nano specs Now playing: Watch this: MIPI CSI-2 x2 (15-position flex connector) Available now through Seeed Studio and SparkFun, the kit is compatible with many popular peripherals and accessories. It also includes projects along with tutorials to help DIYers and students get started with AI right out of the box. A Jetson developer forum is also available for users to get answers to technical questions. Mentioned Above Anova Nano USB Video Decoder Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Nvidia Graphics Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $73 64-bit quad-core 1.43GHz ARM A57 4Kp60, 4Kp30, 1080p30, 1080p60 See it 0 Anova Nano 4:33 4GB 64-bit LPDDR4, 1600MHz Display 16 Photos Processor Video Encoder
DJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutAce Bollywood music director Amit Trivedi has fallen in love with Mumbai-based 22-year-old songwriter and DJ Zenith’s song Junglee, which he described as the ‘coolest pop track of the season’.Harshit Agarwal, commonly known as DJ Zenith, is the talk of the music industry. Hailing from Jaipur, he started his musical journey in 2014, since then he has become one of the most prominent artists in the country as well as globally. He has worked with famous artists like Alan Walker, Tiesto, One Republic, David Guetta and multiple others.Zenith recently produced a song called “Junglee” with Charan on vocals, the duo were winners of the Bacardi House Party Sessions for which this Anthem was created. They were mentored by the legendary Bollywood singer Benny Dayal. The music video has created quite a buzz in the industry. DJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutJunglee explores the dynamics between a Madari (master) and his monkey. The music video has a twist wherein the roles are reversed between the Madari and the monkey which leads to a change in the perspective. The Madari and the monkey have became overnight sensations. The unconventional storytelling and music vibe makes this video a must watch.2018 was a milestone year for Zenith as he started blending independent Hindi music with his own beats. His song “Kho gaye” was a nationwide success and was trending on all social media platforms. When asked what drives him to create music, Zenith said, “I was always an avid listener of different kinds of music since I was a kid and I’ve grown organically into it.” 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for this young artist as he has his hands full with many projects including some in which he is also the songwriter.
In picture: A man walks past a Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services logo in Mumbai on September 6, 2016. [Representational image]INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesMukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is now seeking to make an entry into the e-commerce market in India, after sweeping the telecom sector with its free voice calls and ultra-cheap mobile data, forcing other players to cut prices.The company is already working with grocery stores and consumer brands to create an operational model that will allow consumers to buy at neighbourhood shops using digital coupons through its Jio Money platform or text messages, the Economic Times reported.A pilot project involving several stores and major brands is ongoing in Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad and a larger rollout will happen most likely by next year.According to the pilot plan, Jio will send digital coupon codes for a particular brand’s product to its mobile customers. These customers can use the coupons at nearby stores to buy those brands. Further, stores tied up with Jio will have software on their phones or tablets to read the coupons.Jio also plans to send promotional offers to their customers as well as non-Jio users through these stores.Jio’s entry into online-to-offline e-commerce platform will expectedly give competition to other payment companies like Paytm and PhonePe. These payment firms are also seeking ways to work with corner stores and other shops.However, Reliance Jio has not given any official details regarding the matter. Also, the company’s e-commerce business model has not been finalised and will include many changes and additions for the pilot project, according to a source close to the matter.Although not verified, sources also said that Jio has already attracted the attention of major players like Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Ltd, Wipro, Dabur, Tata Beverages, Godrej Consumer products and Amul for the pilot project. Mukesh AmbaniReliance Jio official website (screen-shot)Reliance Jio, since its arrival in September last year, has built a user base of 125 million, squeezing the revenues and profits of its rivals. Ambani claimed that in just six months since the launch, data consumption in the country has shot up six-fold to 1.2 billion gigabytes per month, making India the largest mobile data consumer in the world.With this pilot project now, Jio will be hoping it can convert users across the country for its e-commerce and entertainment business.
Listen X 00:00 /04:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 3Over 50 rarely-loaned works by Vincent van Gogh are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), as part of a unique exhibition that traces the Dutch artist’s evolution.Called Vincent van Gogh: His Life In Art, the exhibition looks at Van Gogh’s works chronologically, from his early sketches to his final masterpieces. The exhibit will only be shown in Houston — when it ends on June 27, the works will be packed up and sent back to their permanent homes.“It is a rather rare thing these days, which is a survey of Van Gogh’s entire 10-year career from the beginnings when he decided to be an artist at the age of 27 until his death at the age of 37, just less than a decade later,” said curator David Bomford. “To understand the triumphs and torments of his life, but to do it in conjunction with the works he was producing at those times, is a wonderfully vivid way of recapturing a life and a career dedicated to art.”During that ten-year period, Van Gogh produced around 850 paintings and over 1,000 drawings. Bomford said while most Van Gogh exhibits focus on a specific theme related to the artist, the MFAH wanted to show how much his work developed in such a short period of time.The exhibition starts in 1880 with Van Gogh’s early work from the Netherlands. “He’s producing really dark, difficult paintings, really quite ugly paintings, certainly very stylized and awkward paintings,” said Bomford.From there, the exhibit shows pieces from Van Gogh’s time as a draftsman, where he honed his skills. “His drawing style just develops at an amazing speed and he becomes one of the great draftsmen of European art within a year or two from rather tentative beginnings, and so that speed of development is something remarkable,” Bomford said.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/18134415/Van_Gogh_MFA.mp400:0000:0001:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The exhibit then explores Van Gogh’s work in Paris when he briefly became an Impressionist, followed by a series of landscapes and portraits from his time in the South of France where he develops his unique style. It ends with his paintings from the final years of his life, while he was living in a psychiatric asylum in Saint-Remy and then in Auvers where he died.Among some of the works on display are his self-portraits and his iconic painting of irises. “All of this is happening within an extraordinarily short time, in just a few years he’s developing from almost a beginner to one of the greatest artists that the world has ever seen,” Bomford said. “You see that whole story in this exhibition.” A rare occurrenceThe last time a major Van Gogh exhibition was in Houston was 1951, when the de Menils arranged an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum.“That was an amazing exhibition when you look at the checklist and see what they were able to obtain,” said Gary Tinterow, the director of the MFAH. “Of course he wasn’t such an important figure of the public imagination as he is now, nor were there as many exhibitions or museums putting on exhibitions, so the competition has become much greater these days than it was in 1951.”There are currently at least nine Van Gogh exhibits in the works around the world, according to The New York Times.Tinterow is also one of five members on the supervisory board at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which he said has given him insight into just how difficult it is to organize a Van Gogh exhibition.“When one embarks on a Van Gogh exhibition, one immediately finds out where one’s friends are and who they are,” he said. “It requires individuals, museums, private collectors to make an effort and to say yes to you as they say no to someone else.”Tinterow said talks for the current exhibition began about three years ago. The bulk of the paintings came from two museums in the Netherlands: the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum. But the curators also rounded it out with works from other collections.Another record-breaker?– / 2Given the rarity of the exhibit and excitement over the opportunity to see works by the iconic painter, it has the potential to be another attendance record-breaker for the museum. Nearly 2,000 people attended the public opening on March 10, according to Tinterow.The museum’s all-time attendance record was a six-month Ron Mueck exhibit, which saw 147,000 visitors.Crowds have continued to gather since the opening, with people visiting from around Texas and even out of state.“It’s just exciting that so many people can see his works that we haven’t been able to see before, and you don’t have to travel all around the country to see them. They’re just all in one spot,” said Pandora Blankenship, who traveled from Missouri with her daughter and granddaughter to see the exhibit. For many, it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.“Definitely in my lifetime there will never again be this many Van Goghs in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,” said Tinterow. “And it’s a great opportunity for everyone to come and enjoy the work of an extraordinary human being.” Share