Physicists demonstrate teleportationbased optical quantum entangling gate

first_img More information: Wei-Bo Gao, et al. “Teleportation-based realization of an optical quantum two-qubit entangling gate.” PNAS Early Edition. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1005720107 ( — Taking a step toward the realization of futuristic quantum technologies, a team of physicists from China and Germany has demonstrated a key element – an entangling gate – of a quantum teleportation scheme proposed more than 10 years ago. The entangling gate serves as a fundamental building block for applications such as long-distance quantum communication and practical quantum computers. This diagram shows the experimental set-up of a quantum CNOT gate. Image credit: Wei-Bo Gao, et al. ©2010 PNAS. Using degrees of freedom to get hyperentanglement Explore further The scientists, Wei-Bo Gao, Jian-Wei Pan, and coauthors from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui, China, and the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, have published their study in an early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work builds on earlier research by D. Gottesman and I. L. Chuang, who theoretically showed in 1999 that a quantum gate can be built by teleporting qubits (the basic units of quantum information) with the help of certain entangled states. In quantum teleportation techniques, unknown quantum states are transferred from one location to another through the use of entanglement. One of the key requirements of the “GC scheme” is the ability to perform single-qubit logic operations for quantum computations.In the new study, Gao, Pan, and coauthors have experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of the GC scheme by demonstrating a logic gate based on quantum teleportation for two photonic qubits. Further, the scientists demonstrated the entangling gate using two different methods – one with a six-photon interferometer to realize controlled-NOT gates, and the other with four-photon hyperentanglement to realize controlled-Phase gates. “The logic gate is the basic unit in a quantum computer, as a classical logic gate is in a classical computer,” coauthor Yu-Ao Chen of the University of Science and Technology of China told “The difference with the quantum logic gate is that it involves quantum superposition. The controlled-NOT gate, together with single-qubit operations, is sufficient to perform all logic operations needed for quantum computation. In classical computation, it is similar, and it can be easily achieved by measurement and feedforward. However, in the quantum world, the states cannot be measured directly without irrevocably changing them. This makes the demonstration of a CNOT gate more difficult.”In their study, the scientists showed how each of the two methods could be used to entangle qubits, transfer qubit states, and enable quantum logic operations. The researchers also confirmed that both logic gates demonstrate genuine entanglement, and showed that the controlled-Phase gate achieves quantum parallelism, meaning that the gate cannot be reproduced by local operations and classical communications. While the experiments here represent an important step toward the realization of practical quantum computers, there are still many other components to work on in order to develop an advanced optical system in the future. As the scientists explained, one of the advantages of the current scheme is that it is inherently fault-tolerant.“Our experiment shows a proof-of-principle that the GC scheme can be implemented to construct a linear optical computational hierarchy,” Chen said. “The GC scheme is a protocol that could potentially be implemented in a real-world optical quantum computer because it is inherently fault-tolerant, which is a very basic request for any large-scale computation protocol.”As Chen noted, some of the potential applications of quantum computing include the efficient simulation of complex quantum physics, chemistry systems, or materials systems; the ability to quickly solve certain mathematical problems; and database searching. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Physicists demonstrate teleportation-based optical quantum entangling gate (2010, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Efforts to close canal to Great Lakes

first_img Carp barriers to Great Lakes may fall Efforts are underway to try and get the river locks on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal closed in order to stop the spread of two invasive species of fish known as the Asian carp and the Snakehead. Explore further Citation: Efforts to close canal to Great Lakes (2011, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Asian carp DNA has been discovered in Lake Calumet in Illinois despite an electric fence that has been placed downriver in an effort to stop them from passing. Last week biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources scoured Lake Calumet for the Asian carp but found none.Asian carp has been found in the Mississippi River and as close as 25 miles from Lake Michigan. Biologists believe they must keep them out of the Great Lakes or many native fish species will be threatened.But Asian carp is not their only concern anymore. The Northern Snakehead is a fish that is raising far more fear when it comes to the delicate ecosystem in the Great Lakes. This fish is known to be able to survive icy waters, is a ravenous predator, breathes air and is able to survive out of water for days as long as it stays moist.The other fear is the Snakehead’s ability to survive out of water. Not only can they breathe air, but they can wiggle out of the water and move on land in search of other watering holes. Back in 2008, a local Arkansas farmer Russell Bonner found one on the side of the road near a flooded culvert. Because it was not a species of fish he recognized he picked it up and threw it in the back of his truck. The next day, expecting to find a dead fish, he discovered the fish was still alive and called the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.It has been discovered in nine states ranging from California to Maryland and they are spreading in the Potomac River and biologists believe they may already be in the Mississippi river as well. Last year, Time magazine named the Snakehead to its top 10 list of invasive species and last month they were listed as one of 10 invasive species that create a high risk of invading the Mississippi River Basin and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.Between the Snakehead and the Asian carp and the risk they pose to the Great Lakes, biologists believe it is essential to permanently block the canal waterway and protect the Great Lakes. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations

first_img Explore further © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The power company advantage is that it can improve systems before serious problems surface. The company believes its project will realize real value in fewer outages and lower electric bills for customers. So far, 400 malfunctioning transformers were sensed before they caused a power outage, said FPL, and smart meters allowed the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out crews.The ongoing success of Florida’s smart grid in improving efficiencies and reducing outages will be worth tracking in light of how the FPL implementation might motivate improvements elsewhere in the U.S., according to energy watchers. The prevailing attitude is that, saddled with aging architectures, the way to avoid power outages is through monitoring a smartgrid to stem problems from getting out of hand. The Florida effort is being applauded because of the large scale of the FPL’s grid.Commenting on the meters and other devices used, observed how all that equipment is networked and “sending data back to the utility, data that can be used to identify problems before they cause an outage – and reduce the length and area affected if outages do happen.”Said FPL President Eric Silagy, “While no electric system can be fully stormproof, and we have been working to strengthen the grid and improve its resiliency for some time, the acceleration of this effort will help us get businesses up and running and residents’ lives back to normal more quickly after storms.” Citation: Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations (2013, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Benefits of a ‘smart’ power grid in debated ( —Florida Power & Lighting has completed its $800 million smart grid upgrade, with installations of 4.5 million smart meters. Smart meters are digital devices that use radio frequencies to communicate with automated feeder switches and other devices on poles and power lines. The meters can measure a building’s use of electricity. FPL installed 4.5 million smart meters alongside more than 10,000 sensors. FPL says the benefit to customers is that by installing the smart meters each customer can get on the Internet to see the power being used by the hour, day, and month. The customer can also see bill estimates based on current usage patterns. FPL believes more information can lead to customers making more informed choices about usage and costs. Overall, a smart grid can automatically sense and gather data about consumer habits.last_img read more

Mitsuku chatbot has good answers for the Loebner Prize

first_img Chatbot Eugene put to Turing test wins first prize But wait another minute. What is the Loebner Prize? This is an annual competition created by businessman Hugh Loebner. The competition is an embodiment of the Turing-test affair; the chatbots try to fool the judges into assessing their answers are from humans. With reference to mathematician Alan Turing in the 1950s, the contest sets out to stage an event around Turing’s suggestion that if a computer answered questions as convincing as a human could, then the machine could reasonably be said to be thinking. The Turing Test emerged as a way to assess the intelligence of computer programs. Loebner has offered a prize of $100,000 for the computer program that meets Turing’s standard for artificial intelligence but no chatbot creator has ever achieved that level and the top-tier cash has gone unclaimed. The four finalists at the 2013 event in Northern Ireland had to undergo four rounds of questioning with the competition judges. The Mitsuku chatbot as conversationalist was declared the most convincing. Worswick told the BBC that he started programming chatbots in order to attract eyeballs to his dance music website and he created a teddy bear to do so. Visitors wanted to talk to the teddy bear more than they wanted to hear any of the music. In 2004 he was commissioned by a games company to write a chatbot and, after many conversations, the back and forths helped Worswick refine the chatbot and improve its capabilities.Interestingly, Worswick, before the September competition, reported in early August on his Mitsuku site how he was very busy working on Mitsuku getting her ready for the Loebner Prize. “The main thing I am concentrating on is to try and get rid of as many of her robotic answers as possible. Things like ‘Sorry, my eye is not attached at the moment’ or ‘I have no heart but I have a power supply’ will give her away as a program straight away…” Nonetheless, he said, “just getting to the final four is a great result and so anything else is a bonus.”That bonus came over the weekend, and on Monday, Worswick said, “Well I’ve just returned from the Loebner Prize in Derry, Northern Ireland” with some “fantastic” news. “It was a great day and a very unexpected result for me, as I was just planning on using the day to get experience of being in the final before trying for a win in 2014.” He added that Monday was a strange day for him as well; he usually has at most 500 site visitors to but, on Monday he had “9,532 visitors from all corners of the globe, as well as being mentioned on various sites around the net.” Citation: Mitsuku chatbot has good answers for the Loebner Prize (2013, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further ( —A chatbot named Mitsuku has won the Loebner Prize 2013, announced over the weekend, beating out three other contestants for the top prize of a bronze medal and $4,000. Mitsuku’s creator is Steve Worswick, Mitsuku’s botmaster. But wait a minute. What is a chatbot? A chatbot is a humanlike character with conversational skills which is simulated through artificial intelligence. Eliza, back in 1964 and 1966, was the first step into programmed chatterbots, designed to simulate a conversation with one or more human users. The Eliza program was based on a human mode of interaction typified by a Rogerian therapist trained not to make any creative input to a conversation, but instead only to keep it going so that patients could explore their own feelings. “Talking to Rogerian therapist is very like talking to a brick wall with a slightly clever echo,” wrote Mike James in iProgrammer. Credit: Steve Worswick © 2013 More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Most Links Between Personality Traits and Life Outcomes Are Replicable Study Shows

first_imgPrior to conducting the study, Soto preregistered the studyhypotheses, design, materials, and analysis plans on the Open ScienceFramework. Ultimately, the study represents a first step in examining the reliability of trait–outcomes associations. Soto does note certain aspects of the LOOPR Project that mayaccount for some of the differences in the findings. Whereas the replicationattempts were based on self-report surveys completed by groups of onlineparticipants, some of the original studies collected data in a different way(i.e., following people over time), used a different method (i.e., in-personinterviews), or drew from a different sample (i.e., community-based sample). Whenboth the original study and replication attempt used self-report measures, forexample, the replication effect sizes tended to be larger. “This suggests that personality research can still benefitfrom current efforts to improve the robustness of our science,” he says. “The key reason for optimism is that the replicability estimates from this project are pretty high — true personality–outcome associations don’t seem to be outnumbered by false positives or flukes,” says Soto. “However, the replicability estimates are still a bit lower than we would expect if the personality literature didn’t have any problems with false positive results, selective reporting, or publication bias.” A total of more than 6,100 adults, from four online samples of participants, completed surveys for the study. The surveys included a version of the widely used Big Five Inventory to measure personality traits, as well as various measures of life outcomes, such as career and relationship success, political beliefs, and criminal history. The LOOPR Project aimed to replicate 78 previously identified trait-outcome associations, which had been noted in a comprehensive literature review published in 2006. The project specifically examined links between the Big Five personality traits — openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism — and 48 individual, interpersonal, and institutional outcomes, which ranged from subjective well-being to personal behavior to occupational performance. “The LOOPR Project has generated a large and rich data set,so I’m excited to collaborate with other scientists to bring these data to bearon other key issues in our field,” Soto says. “These include updating andextending our understanding of how personality relates with consequential lifeoutcomes, and testing the degree to which these personality-outcomeassociations generalize across factors like age, gender, and socioeconomicstatus.” All data,materials, and analysis code for this study are publicly available on the Open Science Framework.The preregistrationprotocol and revisionsto the preregistration are also online. This article has received badges for OpenData, Open Materials, and Preregistration. Studies showing links between personality traits and life outcomes, such as marital stability and vocational achievements, provide a reasonably accurate map of the relationship between personality and various aspects of one’s life, according to findings from a large-scale replication project. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The results of the project “provide grounds for cautious optimism about the personality–outcome literature,” says study author Christopher J. Soto, a psychology researcher at Colby College. “Like a lot of researchers, I have been following recentdiscussions about the robustness of our scientific findings with greatinterest, but I was genuinely uncertain about how much this problem generalizedto my own key area of interest: personality psychology,” he explains. To findout, Soto developed the Life Outcomes of Personality Replication (LOOPR)Project. The analyses showed that the majority of the replication attempts were successful — that is, the replication attempts reproduced previously identified trait–outcome links about 85% of the time. But the LOOPR Project results showed associations between personality traits and life outcomes that were often not as strong as those originally published.last_img read more

Of magical transitions

first_img‘It is amazing that Tanuj is able to tap into the mystical and the supernatural to create images that are so deeply embedded into the unconscious mind with such graceful ease to paint images that are forthright and definitive,’ says Alka Raghuvanshi. It is an old adage that simplicity is the most complicated to achieve. It could seem like a contradiction in terms, but there is no better description of Tanuj Bhramar’s paintings. His reds, blues, yellows and greens rub shoulders with stark blacks and shiny greens but instead of grating, have the ability to soothe with their apparent minimalism. Look a little closer and there is great complexity of thought and grace of form in the works. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The structures persuade the viewer to explore a little deeper and the depths incarcerate the curiosity almost at once for the connect is almost primeval as are the colours. His extensive travelling across India and continents capture in his mindscape the heritage and sensibility rooted in the colours of India, Africa, America – albeit at a primordial level.He is very enthralled with the strong definitive colours, the practice, the composition of the artwork, and the simplicity. The woman protagonist is recurring icon in his paintings as she appears, almost unbidden to inhabit his paintings complete with amazing strength of character in her face to add an  aura of mystery to his paintings. The woman’s role is an eternally shifting one in Tanuj’s work. She mesmerizes, coaxes, beckons, allures with her look, the absence of drapes render her strong rather than uncovered and reveal the thoughts that churn in her mind and heart. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn animal lover, Tanuj has spent long years in the lap of nature in Jharkhand and Uttarakhand where his close brush with nature led to an imagery that is rooted in the fauna of these regions. Acutely conscious of giving back to the community, he donates 20 per cent of his earnings from the exhibitions to fund the education of tribal children through Vikas Bharti, a Jharkhand-based NGO. Right now, there is a small art school on the NGO’s premises, and Tanuj hopes that the proceeds from his exhibition will help them build a bigger school.last_img read more

Crossing borders with music and rhythm

first_imgThe ICCR is organising the first  International Dance and Music Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical Dance.These artistes from six countries have been doing commendable work in promoting Indian Dance and Culture in their countries and will be performing in the two-day festival in the Capital.Akmaral  is the Gold medal Winner and the title Champion of the World – 2003  in Hollywood, USA in the nomination of ‘ethnic dance’ at  the Seventh World Championship of performing arts. In the year 2004 Akmaral became the first member from Kazakhstan at the International Dance Council (CID) within UNESCO in Paris. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of French nationality but Indianised by culture, Saaj is a two member instrumental duet conceived in early 90’s after many acclaimed performances and sharing the stage with the ‘classical greats of India’ The beautiful word ‘Saaj’ means ‘musical instruments ‘in the Indian language.Saaj, namely Sylvie Hiély and Laurent Gherzi, are like the body and soul of music, inseparable and thoroughly embedded into each other and existing as a ‘musical masterpiece.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Sumathi who has travelled extensively performing  in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and USA started her dance journey at  the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore in 1991. She migrated to Kuala Lumpur to become a fulltime dancer and began her training in Odissi with Geetha Shankaran-Lam and was presented in her Manch Pravesh in 2001. Nritta, whose name translates to ‘pure dance’, has taken the world of dance by storm and left audiences spellbound by her performances. The darling of the media wherever she performs, she has been named a ‘Wonder kid of Asia’ for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi. Alisa received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Irina Iskorostenskaya, Director of Nritya-Sabha Foundation, Russia, Moscow (2000-2007). She wants to build a career in teaching, performance and choreography of the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam, with the ultimate vision of promoting and propagating it in various regions of the world.Nathalie Ramírez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Five years ago she got interested in Indian Classical Music, and began learning through classes and courses in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhiit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.Zhang XiaoQing learnt Kathak and Indian Arts at the Indian Embassy in China. In 2013 June she performed at the Indian Embassy to welcome Salman Khurshid, the External Affairs Minister on his visit to China. Zhang  has performed  Kathak at the China National Theater  ‘the prayer of Ganges—Indian music and dance’, at Diwali and Holi celebrations at the Indian Embassy in China.last_img read more

I dont know if going by trends is such a great idea

first_imgAnd we managed to catch him for a candid chat. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us a bit about where you started from and your initial years in the industry?I started making my music from my early 20s in Mysore. The story of how I got into music is widely read now, but long story short, I discovered music, loved it so much that I thought it was worth it to quit my job as a scientist and jump into this full time! That was 15 years ago, and in 2011, I got the best New Comer award by Songlines magazine, so I think I am still in my early years in this industry Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ What is ‘your kind of music’? Is there any music that you just don’t like listening to?I’ve always maintained that I think there are 2 genres of music, good music, and bad music. I strive to make as much good music as I can – there is no type of music I don’t like listening to, as long as it’s good. I don’t have any genre based dislikes, though my preference is for folk and world music. How do you think the music scene in India has changed over the last decade? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixImmensely! from being mostly a hobby for everyone involved, today, we have a festival almost every weekend in India and bands that are of such varied genres and musical styles. I think we have come a long way in the last decade and the next decade will make Indie music huge in India. Are there trends that are coming up now that you can foresee as the next best thing in music?I don’t know if going by trends is such a great idea. I know that a whole lot of people are experimenting with music and technology, and there will be a lot of hits and misses.  Do you have a dream project in mind?I am working on a couple of dream projects at the moment and they will be announced soon.last_img read more

Absolute colours

first_imgIn India, the fraternity of  artists have always complained about the lack of platforms to display their work. Be it painters or photographers, each one feels the need for ‘space’. And rightly so. Let’s say the complaints got heard. Gurgaon sees a new art gallery. The Peacock Art Gallery has put up its very first show – Supreme Absolute. Absolute as you know, means that all other truths are relative to it, or depend on it. And Supreme is like the ‘supreme being’. So this show is basically an ode from artists  to the supreme absolute.  Artists, Rajesh K. Baderia, Priyendra Shukla, Pradosh Swain and Anup Kumar Chand, have put together this show. Though all the paintings look different, they are all woven in a single thread because of the conceptual approach adopted by the artists.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Just to know what you may find there, let me give you a sneak peek into the work of the artists! Rajesh Baderia speaks for himself, ‘ I just paint. It is an undying passion which will remain with me forever. Energy is an important element of my paintings, that is in the form of light. Light in the form of Aura or Him!’ With ‘him’ he means the ‘supreme absolute’. The play of colours in his paintings are sure to evoke emotions. Priyendra Shukla’s paintings mostly depict varied forms of cows and calfs with bold and fine lines which further gets enhanced with his bold and large patch of colour. ‘I long to internalise the moment and bring it to the realm of tangible, where I can go back and live it again. So all I do is to try and create a visual replica of my perception on the rectangular arena of a canvas,’ says he. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGetting you face-to-face with the reality is the artist Pradosh Swain. His paintings depict the pace of life that is fast disappearing. For instance, he uses the symbol of the cement spatula to emphasise the dominance and development of the metro cities. The displaced crow far away from nature, the uprooted trees, the old lady catching a last glimpse of the Banyan tree, all urgently signify the need to go back to nature. Anup Kumar Chand’s paintings are full of fantasy with a very strong command over the theme and the composition with a prominence of dog in a varied way! You need to see it to get it.It couldn’t get better for art lovers in the Capital. Mark the dates and head over. When: 18 May – 9 June, 2014 from 11 am to 8 pmWhere: Peacock Art Gallery, SG-50, Galleria Market, Gurgaonlast_img read more

US is our natural global partner Modi

first_imgDescribing America as India’s ‘natural global partner’, prime minister Narendra Modi said the complementary strengths of the two democracies can be used for inclusive and broad-based development to transform lives across the world.‘The US is our natural global partner. India and the US embody the enduring and universal relevance of their shared values,’ Modi wrote in an op-ed in the The Wall Street Journal.Narendra Modi said the thriving Indian-American community in the US is a metaphor for the potential of India-US partnership, and for the possibilities of an environment that nurtures enterprise and rewards hard work.Ahead of his arrival in New York for a five-day US trip, the prime minister said India and the US have a fundamental stake and many shared interests in each other’s success.last_img read more

Body of middleaged man found on railway track near Jadavpur stn

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man was found dead on the railway track near Jadavpur railway station on early Wednesday morning.Police are yet to ascertain if the victim had committed suicide or he was run over while crossing the railway track. The incident took place a little after 4 am on Wednesday. Some of the locals spotted the body lying on the railway track. They reported the matter to the railway police. After being informed, police rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it for the post-mortem examination. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt triggered tension among the local vendors and flower sellers who first spotted the body.Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. On seeing the circumstantial evidence, police suspect that the victim might have been knocked down by a running train in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to the preliminary investigation, police found out that he was going to his work place when the incident occurred. Police said the nature of injuries on his body suggested that he was run over by a train. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice has ruled out the possibility of the victim being murdered somewhere and later dumped on the railway track.The investigators suspect that the victim might have been walking along the railway track when the accident took place. Cops are investigating as to why the victim was walking along the railway track. They are also investigating if there was any foul play behind the incident. They are waiting for the post-mortem report which could throw light on the cause of his death.last_img read more

Hakim submits nomination for post of KMC Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Mayor designate Firhad Hakim submitted his nomination for the post of Mayor at the office of Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Wednesday afternoon. The election will be held on Monday, December 3.It may be mentioned that last Thursday, the names of Hakim and Atin Ghosh were proposed as leader and deputy leader of the Trinamool Congress Municipal Party. All the 122 elected councillors of KMC supported the proposal in the meeting headed by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee at Uttirnya, paving the way for both of them to become Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Today (Wednesday) I have submitted my nomination on behalf of Trinamool Congress as the Mayor, as per the instruction of our party supremo Mamata Banerjee. The election will be held on December 3 and I am hopeful of being elected, as all the TMC councillors had chosen me as the leader of the Municipal party last Thursday,” Hakim told reporters, after handing over his nomination paper to Municipal secretary Harihar Mondal. BJP has decided to field Mina Debi Purohit, who is presently the councillor of Ward 22 of KMC, to contest against Hakim in the mayoral post. When questioned about BJP’s move in this regard, Hakim said: “It is a democratic process and anybody is welcome to contest the elections.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCongress and Left Front have decided to boycott the election on Monday and stage a protest against the amendment in the previous KMC Act, that allows no person other than an elected councillor, to contest as Mayor or Deputy Mayor. It may be mentioned that the state government has passed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the state Assembly on Tuesday, paving way for a non-councillor to the post of Mayor. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a councillor of KMC within six months of the nomination. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Tuesday night gave his nod to the Bill, paving the way for Hakim, who is the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, to file his nomination as Mayor.last_img read more

Did Ellis Island Really Change Peoples Names

first_imgFor a little over 60 years, Ellis Island served as the country’s busiest point for admitting and processing immigrants from other countries. Between 1892 and 1954 it’s estimated that between 12 and 13 million migrants were processed there, according to Smithsonian, and an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace at least one ancestor who arrived via Ellis Island. There are all sorts of stories that are associated with the immigration processing center, including the fact that not everyone who went there was allowed into the country, although relatively few were actually refused.Particularly in the island’s first two decades of operation, if a would-be migrant made it as far as the island, there was a high probability that would be admitted into the US.New arrivals waiting to be processedAnother of the stories that’s extremely common among immigrant families who arrived through Ellis Island is that the surname they had in their old country was changed on their arrival.It certainly sounds believable, given the sheer volume of travelers who inspectors had to process on a daily basis, many of whom had names that were difficult to spell or pronounce, and many of those incoming travelers were illiterate and couldn’t necessarily give a lot of support on how their names should be spelled.European immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1915Even so, Peter Urban, a National Park Service Ranger who was part of the division of interpretation on Ellis Island, says it was much less common than many people might think.The reason for that is that the inspectors on the island weren’t actually responsible for recording immigrant’s names. That job was one that occurred before people ever left their home country.Arriving at Ellis, photographed by Lewis Hine circa 1908When a person or family was booking their trip to the US they would have to answer several questions designed to determine if they were able to perform manual labor, which was what most immigrants did for work after their arrival, and their names would be recorded by the ship’s captain or some other representative of the shipping line to be put on the ship’s manifest before the ship left the dock.A writer for ThoughtCo noted that prior to going to a shipping company to book passage, immigrants would already have to have their personal documentation prepared and in order, a task that was usually undertaken by a local clerk in their home country.Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1902If someone was refused entrance at the island, then the ship which had brought them over would have to return them to their country of origin at the shipping company’s expense.As a result, those companies were extremely motivated to ensure that the people they were carrying met all the required rules, and tended to check over people’s papers carefully.Once a ship arrived at Ellis Island, its passenger manifest would be given to the inspectors, who would process the new arrivals by cross-checking them against the manifest and screening them for any issues that might bar their admittance. The passengers’ answers would then be checked against the paperwork that the inspectors had been given.The inspectors themselves didn’t record the passengers’ names. It’s not even all that likely that inspectors would be faced with names that they just couldn’t understand, since the inspectors were, for the most part, foreign immigrants themselves who spoke many different languages.Just arrived at Ellis Island along with hundreds of other immigrants that day. In search of a better life. USA 1905.Having said that, if a name change occurred, but not back in the old country during the initial paperwork stages, chances are very high that the change was instigated by the immigrant him- or herself.This was not uncommon, as new arrivals tried to make themselves sound more American, or at least wanted to blend more seamlessly into the communities where they were going to settle.Italian woman immigrant, Ellis Island, New York.Prior to the Naturalization Act of 1906, there were no rules requiring the documentation of name changes, so it would be harder to track during that period.Historians have also noted that if there were a significant number of name changes being made at Ellis Island, that information never seemed to make it into the newspapers, nor did any inspectors ever appear to mention it.Dutch siblings from the Island of Marken, holding religious tracts.After 1906, the Naturalization Act specifically required name changes be documented because it was widely accepted that many immigrants did change their names, usually within five years of their arrival to the US, according to the immigration office.Read another story from us: Fascinating portraits of immigrants at Ellis IslandRegardless of what point in the immigration process all those changes occurred, for many families coming to America was, in a very real way, almost like a rebirth full of new life and opportunity, which may be one of the best possible reasons for choosing a new name.last_img read more

3 Ways Apple Automator Can Speed Up Your Workflow

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Automator is the often-overlooked Mac OS X software that is hiding away in your Applications folder. Many people just glance over this unassuming robotic icon, unaware of the power it holds.Have you ever wanted to quickly rename hundreds of files or apply the same edits to thousands of photos en masse? Or do you have to perform redundant modifications, such as format changes, or smaller bundles of files? Ever wish you could streamline and automate these processes? Well you can certainly do so with Automator. Take a look at these three interesting feats this software can perform.Related: The Best Software Tools to Run a StartupAutomatically resize photos. This is particularly useful if you’re trying to get a bunch of images ready to publish on a blog. With Automator, you can create a menu item to automatically resize a group of photos, or even save your Automator workflow as an icon. Once you drag and drop a batch of images on this Automator icon, and they will all resize to set dimensions.Get started by launching Automator. Search for the “Scale Images” action, then drag and drop it into your workflow. Type in the pixel size you wish to scale all of your images to. For an extra flourish, you can also add an additional step, so that Automator saves the images as a specific file type, like JPEG or PNG. Just drag and drop “Change Type of Images” into Step 2 of your workflow and choose your desired image format. Save the workflow and run it whenever you come across image batches that need to be resized.Create a series of custom file names. So you just came back from a business trip, and you’ve imported a ton of photos from your camera to your computer. However, the file names are gibberish, just long sequences of digits and numbers.You want to give some type of organizational meaning to the file names, but renaming hundreds of these shots individually is too time consuming. Launch Automator instead, and snag the “Ask for Finder Items” action. Drag it into your workflow and check off “Allow Multiple Selection.” This allows you to rename multiple photos at the same time.Related: Google Hangout: The Best Apps and Tech Tools to Supercharge Your Small BusinessDrag and drop the “Rename Finder Items” action into Step 2 of your workflow. Select customizable filename attributes, such as adding unique text and sequential numbers to your file name. For example, you can rename your work photos to “BusinessTrip01.jpg,” “BusinessTrip02.jpg” and so on. Once you are satisfied with the custom file names, then click on the “Run” button and select your batch of photos to rename them.Save text from PDF files. If you want to strip all the formatting from a PDF and just look at the text, you can do so with a quick, single-step Automator workflow. Drag and drop the action “Extract PDF Text” into your workflow. Choose whether you’d like plain text or rich text format. Define where you’d like to save the text, and whether you want to give it a unique filename.Automator can save you immense amounts of time when you have to perform redundant tasks on a Mac. Once you become a workflow master, you’ll be able to automate complex workflows and complete your work faster. Have fun exploring the endless batch automation opportunities of this built-in Mac software.Related: 5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups September 3, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Why Hasnt Samsungs Tizen Operating System Taken Off

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 21, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now » Samsung has made a lot of money selling smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system. So why is Samsung trying again (and again, and again) to build out a competing operating system?Android, which is open source, is free for Samsung to install on its Galaxy phones, Note mini-tablets, and other connected devices. It allows Samsung to outsource to Google the concerns of planning of future features, locking down security, and maintaining a marketplace, the Play Store, with more than 1.5 million apps. Best of all, it actually earns Samsung a cut of Google’s mobile advertising revenue.So why would Samsung bother with its own operating system? Because it can.Samsung has tried many times to launch a phone running Tizen, an open-source operating system it is co-developing with Intel. It has made many promises along the way, such as using the OS for its high-end flagship devices. This week, it revealed that it would instead chase low-end devices in emerging markets such as India—an acknowledgement that, despite its efforts, Tizen lacks traction. (Neither Samsung nor Google responded to requests for comment.)The technology community has long questioned the merits of the Tizen project. On one hand, the mobile devices market is largely dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone and the BlackBerry OS trailing far behind. A strong third player would heighten competition and spur further innovation, and Samsung—a massively successful manufacturer of devices around the globe—is best positioned to be it.“If anyone can succeed at building that third ecosystem, it’s Samsung,” said Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices, content, and applications at ABI Research. “They make their own CPUs, modems, displays, software . . . it makes sense they would have a strategy to move away from Google, rather than locking themselves into something outside their own control.”On the other hand, previous operating systems (such as the ill-fated Palm OS) failed to disrupt an apparent duopoly. Less than five percent of smartphones around the world use operating systems that aren’t Android or iOS, according to estimates by IDC, the market research firm. Does the Korean electronics giant really think there’s room for one more?Consider the plight of Windows Phone. Microsoft, no mom-and-pop shop, has just 3 percent of the U.S. market and even less share globally. Or perhaps consider the mobile OS remainders bin: Palm, HP (after buying Palm), Nokia, BlackBerry, and a handful of others.So hitching oneself to Android seems sensible. Yet while Google’s operating system is free, it is far from without constraints. For Google’s own apps and its Play Store to come pre-installed on a phone, companies like Samsung must sign “Mobile Application Distribution Agreements” that dictate requirements that Google has for every Android phone and tablet that ships from its partners.Among them:Google will be the only search engine used on the device at all “access points” unless the owners themselves download alternatives.Google’s search bar will be at the top of the foremost home screen on the phone or tablet.A folder labeled “Google” containing a large number of Google’s apps and prominent placement of certain apps such as Gmail.Those agreements, according to a September report from The Information, are intended to enforce “consistency in the software experience by device makers.” Even before the newer agreements, there have been “frequent fights about” modifications, “particularly between Google and Samsung,” according to The Information.Other companies have grabbed Android’s open-source bits while avoiding Google’s demands. Among them: Amazon (for its Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phone) and the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Both technology companies offer versions of Android that look and feel different from Google’s unadulterated version, yet are close enough at their core that developers can easily convert their apps for use in the Amazon Appstore or Xiaomi’s MiMarket. In China, Xiaomi recently overtook Samsung by claiming 16 percent of the country’s smartphone market. In the U.S., Amazon’s Fire phone flopped.So far, Samsung has succeeded in differentiating its Galaxy phones, Note tablets, and other products from Android-based competitors. Daniel Gleeson, senior analyst with IHS Technology, believes Google’s bundling is not really harming Samsung. “Google is simply better than Samsung at building those apps, and of course they are apps that are widely known and loved by consumers. Samsung’s strength is in its hardware engineering, not its software,” Gleeson said.At the same time, Samsung has been pushing Tizen for use in other types of electronic devices such as cameras, watches, and refrigerators. The corporate market is also an option, says ABI Research’s Orr. Samsung has already made steps into enterprise security with its Knox and SAFE programs; it could conceivably work its way into the workplace where support for popular consumer apps is less of a concern and customization of the operating system is more highly valued.“For Samsung to boost development (it must) take Tizen to new devices, and hopefully own that space,” IHS Technology’s Gleeson said. “Samsung will need to provide some compelling use cases where Tizen can out-perform Android.”The clock is ticking. Samsung announced its lowest third-quarter operating profit in three years on Oct. 6, citing flagging sales of its top-end Galaxy phones, heavy marketing and price-cutting to fight the drop, and decreased component orders all around. What’s more, those results came before Apple launched its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, which carry larger screens that were once Samsung’s sole purview and sold in record numbers.A budding Tizen could be a success if it proliferates on devices where Apple and Google aren’t as entrenched. Samsung’s challenge is that those areas seem to be rapidly disappearing. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Microsoft is Giving People the Finger Literally

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Listen Now May 5, 2015 Microsoft is flipping the bird at its users.The U.S. tech giant will include support for a middle finger emoji on the Windows 10 operating system for mobile and desktop computers when it is released later this year, according to emoji website Emojipedia.This means Microsoft could beat both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS to become the first to include the rude gesture in its range of emoji—symbols used in electronic messages. And to ensure diversity when giving someone the finger, Microsoft’s emoji comes in different skin tones.The middle finger symbol has actually been available since last year, following a Unicode update. Unicode makes sure text appears the same across different operating systems and platforms and is behind the language of emoji.But it is up to companies such as Apple or Google to update their own software to include new emoji so they can be used and viewed. For example, if someone sends you a message with an emoji from an iPhone, you may not be able to view it on a Windows device if that particularly symbol is not supported.In the latest updates of iOS and Android earlier this year, Apple and Google added a number of new emoji but the middle finger did not feature.Microsoft is also making several other changes to its emoji in the first update of the symbols since Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.As a result, soon Windows users will be able to insult each other without having to use the dubious smiling turd emoji. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more

7 Tips for Succeeding as a Freelance Tech Business Owner

first_img The following excerpt is from Shelby Larson’s book Moonlighting on the Internet. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunesShelby Larson presents the most reliable and proven ways you can create an extra paycheck for the short term and establish a continual revenue stream for the long term with your own website. In this edited excerpt, Larson outlines seven things you can do to improve your chances on long-term success as a freelance tech professional. If you’re passionate about computers, possess a background in information technology, are naturally analytical, good at problem solving, or have a gift for attention to detail, there are a few freelancing paths in the tech arena that may be just right for you. Trained technicians command high dollar figures, and hanging out your shingle as a freelance tech expert can be an attractive option.It’s important to understand that having a technical skill to market and knowing where to look for your first freelancing jobs are just the start. Employers looking to hire freelancers on job sites generally want skilled workers who are experienced or have a positive feedback rating on the site in question.A good strategy to build a portfolio and client base is to accept jobs paying less than you’re really worth at first in order to get your foot in the door, do good work, and receive positive reviews. Build a reputation this way, then start going after better-paying jobs charging what you’re really worth. Freelance tech people are often scrutinized a little more thoroughly than other types of freelancers. Getting those first few jobs under your belt with positive feedback will make your journey a lot easier.Another virtual guarantee with tech freelancing is that you’ll likely be interviewed before prospects make the decision to hire you. For that reason, it’s important to develop quality interviewing skills and keep an updated resume. This becomes more true as the type of technology services you’re providing become more advanced. Coding a piece of software for someone is a whole different arena from writing a report for them to give away.As a freelancer, you’ll be competing with many other people for jobs, so it’s incumbent upon you to not only present yourself well, but also make it clear that it would be a mistake NOT to hire you! Here are several tips to help make that a reality.1. Assemble a killer personal portfolio. This one can be a bit tricky at the outset, as you need to make sure you have permission to show work you’ve done previously for an employer as a sample of your work. Going forward, make sure anything you do as a freelancer you have the right to show. Be careful about signing NDAs (nondisclosure agreements), as they can sometimes restrict you from showing your best work. Put your best, most recent work in your portfolio, and make both a print and online version of it for best results.2. Get glowing recommendations. Ask clients to give you written or video testimonials, as these can very often make the difference in whether you’re considered for a job. If you’ve done quality work for them, this should be no problem. Moreover, they’ll be likely to use you again and again, as well as refer you to others.3. Be sure to charge what you’re worth. Once you have some freelance jobs under your belt, decide on your base rate and stick to it. You understand what the work entails, and your clients don’t. Explain what they’re getting for their money, and demonstrate why you’re worth it. You’ll always get clients who will lowball you, and who will expect you to do a job on the cheap with the promise of more and better-paying work in the future. This almost never works out, so be willing to decline jobs.4. Diversify your client base. It’s essential that you diversify your client base as much as you can. It’s great to have clients who have projects so large that they eat up most or all of your time, but there will come a day when either you’re done, or they head in another direction.What do you do then? If you plan to remain a freelancer long term, make it your business to always have a steady stream of leads coming into your business. If your work is in high demand, you can take only the highest-paying jobs or perhaps hire a subcontractor or two and realize a little passive income. Wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have!5. Learn new skills and stay up-to-date. While it’s tempting to simply concentrate on the work at hand, if you’re going to build a viable freelancing career, you’ll need to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the tech world. As you know, this field changes so fast it can be very hard to keep up with, but you must, as clients will be asking you about it, and you need to look well-informed. Consider it a business expense (timewise) you’re putting into your future earnings. Learning new skills can also help make you even more marketable. If you find a certain professional certification will help you get some jobs you might be missing, consider investing in it.6. Learn to network professionally. For a freelancer, this is one of the biggest areas of opportunity. Almost everyone you run into these days either needs a freelancer or knows someone who does. If you’re not out there talking to people, they won’t know how you can help them and will likely find someone else.While it can be hard to venture out into that land beyond the computer screen and actually connect with people, if you want to make the big bucks, this is where the action starts. Start by attending local business gatherings and chamber of commerce mixers. It might be a big stretch for you at first, but when the referrals start flowing in, you may feel differently!You should also consider attending highly ranked internet marketing conferences. Online, you’re just one in a sea of people advertising their skills. But at a conference, you can talk to people, hear exactly the type of work they’re looking for, and get a good feel for their experience working with freelance tech up to that point. It’s invaluable to be able to listen to people in your target market talk about what they’re looking for and what their pain points are. This will enable you to structure yourself as a better solution for them. Plus, you get the opportunity of making yourself and your skills known to them personally.7. Create an air of legitimacy. People need to believe that you aren’t going to take their check and never talk to them again. Create a real business presence; at the very least this includes business cards, a business checking account, a website, a dedicated business email, and a phone or Skype line. When you meet with a prospective client, make sure to present in a professional manner. Most businesspeople you’ll come in contact with and try to solicit work from won’t appreciate or hire someone they feel is not a pro. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 13, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Ace Microsofts Azure Certifications With This Bundle

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. April 5, 2019 Cloud computing refers to the practice of using networks of remote, Internet-hosted servers to store, manage and process data—and it’s becoming the new norm. Although the term has been tossed around in techie circles since the mid-1990s, it didn’t gain much traction until 2006, when large companies like Google and Amazon started mentioning it in their industry-wide presentations.There are plenty of good reasons why startups and other small businesses should consider switching to the cloud. Since you’re not storing anything remotely, you can do more with less hardware and save some cash. It also makes collaboration with remote employees simpler, and since you can access files from anywhere, it’s ideal for workers with flexible schedules.There are plenty of good reasons why startups and other small businesses should consider switching to the cloud. Since you’re not storing anything remotely, you can do more with less hardware and save some cash. It also makes collaboration with remote employees simpler, and since you can access files from anywhere, it’s ideal for workers with flexible schedules.Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud services used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies. This course bundle tackles all four Azure certifications. It kicks off by covering basic Azure infrastructure, creating and configuring accounts, backing up files and managing virtual machines on Windows and Linux.The next class covers Azure integration, so you’ll be able to seamlessly merge your Azure systems with your company’s other programs. You’ll also learn about protecting cloud data with Azure’s security features. After that, you’ll find out what it takes to become an Azure developer with modules on SQL databases, mobile app building, and virtual machines.This bundle wraps up with a class on Azure’s Architect Technologies. It’s a deep dive into creating, configuring and deploying virtual machines, managing virtual networking and analyzing your resource consumption for more efficient cloud computing.All four of these courses prepare you to take and ace their respective Azure Certification Exams. It usually costs $387 for this essential tech bundle, but right now it’s on sale for $19 (95 percent off). 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Killer Gaming Deal Save 300 on Asus ROG Zephyrus S

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates May 2018 release overview

first_imgMicrosoft Windows Security Updates May 2018 release overview by Martin Brinkmann on May 08, 2018 in Microsoft – Last Update: May 09, 2018 – 40 commentsWelcome to our Microsoft Windows Patch Day overview for the month of May 2018. Our overview lists all released security and non-security updates, and known issues for Microsoft’s Windows operating system and other Microsoft products.It begins with an executive summary that highlights the most important information. What follows is a the operating system distribution of vulnerabilities, and the list of released security and non-security updates for Microsoft products.Each entry links to Microsoft’s Support website to look up additional information and for direct downloads. The guide includes download instructions, known issues published by Microsoft, and resource links next to all that.Feel free to share your experience with the updates below in the comment section.Microsoft Windows Security Updates May 2018Download the full list of security updates released on the May 2018 Patch Day with a click on the following link: Microsoft-windows-security-updates-may-2018.zipExecutive SummaryMicrosoft plans to distribute the Windows 10 version 1803 update automatically starting today. The release has a lot of bugs and I suggest you consider blocking it for now.Microsoft released security updates for all client and server versions of the Windows operating system.All supported versions of Windows are affected by at least one critical security issue.Other Microsoft product with patches: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Exchange Server.Operating System DistributionWindows 7: 11 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical, 7 important, and 1 low.Windows 8.1: 11 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical, 7 important, and 1 lowWindows 10 version 1607: 18 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 14 important and 1 low.Windows 10 version 1703: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 15 important and 1 low.Windows 10 version 1709: 20 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 16 important and 1 low.Windows 10 version 1803: 16 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 12 important and 1 low.Windows Server productsWindows Server 2008 R2: 11 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical, 8 important, and 1 low.Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 11 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical, 8 important, and 1 low.Windows Server 2016: 18 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 14 important, and 1 low.Other Microsoft ProductsInternet Explorer 11: 9 vulnerabilities, 6 critical, 3 importantMicrosoft Edge: 18 vulnerabilities, 13 critical, 5 importantWindows Security UpdatesKB4103712 — Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.Fixed memory leak issue on SMB servers after installing KB4056897 or other recent updates.Fixed Remote Desktop Server connection issue.Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows apps, Windows kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows storage and filesystems, HTML help, and Windows Hyper-VKB4103715 — Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2same security updates as KB4103712 except SMB server fix.KB4103718 — Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2same as KB4103712KB4103725 — Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2same as KB4103715Addressed Hangul typing issue with Microsoft’s Korean IME in Word Online.KB4103716 — Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1507KB4103723 — Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 cumulative updateSupport to control Spectre Variant 2 within some AMD processors.Fixed web workers communication issue in Internet Explorer.Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge update to respect video preload flag.Addressed an issue caused by rate using job objects that could cause CPU spikes, high CPU usage, and more.Fixed Drain Manager Cluster service stuck in the draining state sometimes.Fixed App-V Scripts stopping to work issue after the April 2018 Windows Servicing update.Addresses a transient error that may cause a disk to go to the NoRedundancy state in a Storage Spaces Direct configuration.Addressed issue that may cause Remote Desktop server connections to fail.Improves resiliency in handling network issues that may cause highly available VMs to be turned off because of I/O timeouts or Cluster Shared Volumes dismounted messages. Addresses an issue that prevents customers from typing Hangul correctly with Microsoft’s Korean IME in Microsoft Word Online. Addresses an issue that prevents customers from selecting a Microsoft add-in on a second monitor.Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft scripting engine, Windows app platform and frameworks, Device Guard, Windows kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Hyper-V, HTML help, and Windows Server.KB4103731 — Windows 10 version 1703 cumulative updateKB4103727 — Windows 10 version 1709 cumulative updateFixed Web Workers issue.Updated video preload flag handling.Fixed USB port functionality loss after resuming from Hibernate on AMD systems.Minimum password length in Group Policy set to 20 characters.Addressed App-V Scripts issue.Addressed Microsoft Word Online issue.Addressed second monitor Microsoft add-in selection issue.Addressed issue in KB4093105 that caused Mixed Reality software downloads to fail.Same security updates as KB4103723 plus Windows storage and filesystems, Windows virtualization and kernel security updates.KB4103721 — Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803Fixed issue that caused the device to stop responding or working when using certain applications such as Chrome or Cortana.Fixes App-V Scripts issue.Fixes VPN applications not working correctly issue.Fixed updated time zone information issue.Fixed Remote Desktop Server connection issue.Same security updates as KB4103727KB4056564 –Fixes CredSSP remote code execution vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, WES09, and POSReady 2009.KB4089453 — Fixes remote assistance information disclosure vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, and Windows Embedded Standard 2009.KB4094079 — Fixes Hyper-V remote code execution vulnerability in Windows Server 2008.KB4095516 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 2.0 on WES09 and POSReady 2009.KB4095528 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 4 on WES09 and POSReady 2009KB4099633 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4099634 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4099635 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 on Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.KB4099636 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 4.5.2, 4.6 on Windows Server 2008KB4099637 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4099638 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4099639 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4099640 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 2.0 on Windows Server 2008KB4101477 — Fixes the Microsoft COM for Windows remote code execution vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, and Windows Embedded Standard 2009.KB4103726 — Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4103729 — Adobe Flash Player update.KB4103730 — Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4103768 — Cumulative update for Internet Explorer.KB4130944 — Fixes Windows common log file system driver elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows Server 2008KB4130957 — Patches the Windows information disclosure vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, and Windows Embedded Standard 2009.KB4131188 — Addresses elevation of privilege vulnerability and an information disclosure vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, and Windows Embedded Standard 2009.KB4134651 — Patches an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows Server 2008, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, and Windows Embedded Standard 2009.Known IssuesWindows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2Stop error on systems that don’t support SIMD or SSE2.Windows 10 version 1607 and Server 2016Only the most recent Windows 10 feature update is returned after installing the March 13, 2018 or newer cumulative update.Workaround: Decline all feature updates on the WSUS server(s) except for the one that you want to deploy using ConfigMgr. Run another software-update scan cycle from the ConfigMgr control panel or wait until the client devices perform their next scan.Windows 10 version 1709The English string “Reading scheduled jobs from file is not supported in this language mode” may be displayed on some non-English Windows systems.Security advisories and updatesADV180008 — May 2018 Adobe Flash Security UpdateNon-security related updatesKB4131372 — Servicing stack update for Windows 10 Version 1709KB4135059 — Compatibility update for upgrading to Windows 10 version 1803KB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – May 2018Microsoft Office UpdatesCheck out the May 2018 non-security updates overview for Office here.Office 2016KB4018382 for Excel 2016KB4011237 for Office 2016KB4011239 for Office 2016KB4018327 for Office 2016KB4018383 for Word 2016Patch vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to execute code remotely if a user opens a specially crafted Office document.Office 2013KB4018399 for Excel 2013KB3162075 for InfoPath 2013KB4011253 for Office 2013KB4011254 for Office 2013KB3172436 for Office 2013KB4018396 for Word 2013Same as the Office 2016 patches aboveOffice 2010KB4022146 for Excel 2010KB4011274 for Office 2010KB4011275 for Office 2010KB4022139 for Office 2010KB4022137 for Office 2010KB2899590 for Office 2010KB4022141 for Word 2010.Same as the Office 2016 patches above How to download and install the May 2018 security updatesNote: it is recommended that you create a backup of the system before you install updates.All security updates and cumulative updates for Windows are released through Windows Update and other update services that Microsoft operates or makes available to customers.While all client versions of Windows are configured to download updates automatically, you may speed up the process with a manual check.Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu.Type Windows Updates and select the result.Click on the “check for updates” button if the update check is not run automatically.Windows checks for available updates and will download any it finds. Note that this will include new feature upgrades for Windows 10. If you don’t want those, download the cumulative updates for your operating system manually or configure Windows 10 to postpone feature upgrades.Direct update downloadsUpdates for all supported versions of Windows may also be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Just click on the direct links below to do so.Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SPKB4103718— 2018-05 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7KB4103712 — 2018-05 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4103725 — 2018-05 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1KB4103715 — 2018-05 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (version 1607) KB4103723 — 2018-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607Windows 10 (version 1703) KB4103731 — 2018-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703Windows 10 (version 1709)KB4103727 — 2018-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709Windows 10 (version 1803)KB4103721 — 2018-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709Additional resourcesMay 2018 Security Updates release notesList of software updates for Microsoft productsList of security advisoriesSecurity Updates GuideMicrosoft Update Catalog siteOur in-depth Windows update guideWindows 10 Update HistoryWindows 8.1 Update HistoryWindows 7 Update HistorySummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Windows Security Updates May 2018 release overviewDescriptionWelcome to our Microsoft Windows Patch Day overview for the month of May 2018. Our overview lists all released security and non-security updates, and known issues for Microsoft’s Windows operating system and other Microsoft products.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more