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The HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation, a laptop that’s powerful enough for professional purposes, is currently on sale from HP with a $2,370 discount. You’ll only have to pay $1,939 for the machine, which is less than half its original price of $4,309. HP’s laptop deals always draw a lot of attention, so we’re not sure how long this offer will last — click that Buy Now button as fast as you can if you don’t want to miss out.
Whether you’re working from home or you need a machine that you can take with you while you move around for your job, the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation is the laptop for you. Following the footsteps of its successor as one of the best mobile workstations, it provides desktop-level performance with its 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX A2000 graphics card, plus 16GB of RAM that’s recommended by our guide on how much RAM do you need if you’ll be doing graphic design work.
The HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation is equipped with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen so you can see all the details of the projects that you’re working on, and it has a 1TB SSD for ample storage for your software and files. Windows 10 Pro is pre-installed on the laptop, and it comes with a license for Windows 11 Pro. Business laptops should emphasize security and privacy, according to our laptop buying guide, and that’s the case with this device as HP is selling the Wolf Pro Security Edition. You’re protected by features such as HP Sure Start, a self-healing BIOS that safeguards your data, and the HP Privacy Camera, which comes with a physical shutter.
If you need a laptop that will provide the necessary performance to accomplish even the most demanding tasks, there’s no need to look any further than HP’s offer for the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation. It’s available under the ongoing HP laptop deals at $2,370 off, which slashes its price to $1,939 from $4,309 originally. There’s no indication when the discount will end though, so if you want to buy the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation for less than half its original price, you should finalize your purchase immediately.
HP announced a new range of ZBook mobile workstations today, all of which use the new eighth-generation H-series Intel processors that were announced earlier this week. The new chips are hexa-core and quad-core depending on the SKU, and they're built on Intel's 14nm++ Coffee Lake architecture.
While we've seen various devices with the new chips, most of them have focused on gaming, such as Dell's new Alienware and G-series laptops, and Samsung's new Odyssey. These use Nvidia GeForce graphics, but being that HP's new laptops are focused on being workstations, they'll be using Quadro.
The new PCs are the ZBook 15, ZBook 15v, ZBook 17, ZBook Studio, and ZBook Studio x360, and they all offer something a little different.
The ZBook 15 and 15v both come with a 15.6-inch display that's offered in 1080p and 4K flavors, and anything between a quad-core Core i5 and a hexa-core Xeon processor. The 15v is for those looking for more value, so the GPU option is a 2GB Quadro P600, whereas the ZBook 15 offers up to 4GB Quadro P2000 graphics.
The ZBook 17 is the real powerhouse though. Offering the same quad- and hexa-core processor options, graphics can be configured with up to a 16GB Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU. It also comes with up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of internal storage. The display is a 17.3-inch IPS LCD, which comes in 1080p or 4K options.
And then there's the ZBook Studio and Studio x360, the latter being a 360-degree convertible. And with 4GB Quadro P1000 graphics in the x360 and up to a Xeon E-2186M vPro processor, it's easily one of the most powerful convertible PCs on the market. They also are offered with HP's Sure View display, which prevents people from looking over your shoulder and spying on what you're looking at.
All of the mobile workstations announced today will be coming in the beginning of May. The ZBook 15v will start at $949, the ZBook Studio will start at $1,299, and the ZBook Studio x360 will start at $1,499. Pricing for the ZBook 15 and 17 will be announced at a later date.
As VR (virtual reality) looks to transform itself into an increasingly more mobile (aka convenient) experience HP has debuted a novel solution to the wires and tethers associated with VR today – a backpack.
At SIGGRAPH 2017, HP announced the HP Z VR Backpack, a 10-lb, wearable PC with enough horsepower for both experiencing and creating VR content. While it is easy to imagine the entertainment potential of the Z VR, HP has made it clear that it wants its new wearable PC to be catalyst for bringing more robust VR experiences to business and enterprise first and foremost. Safer simulation and training, virtual walkthroughs for architectural design, and better collaboration in virtual environments for product designers, are just a few of the use cases cited by HP.
At its core the Z VR Backpack is a Windows 10 PC with an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of SDRAM, a Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU, and up to 1 TB of internal storage. It measures in at 13.11 x 9.29 x 2.39 inches and weighs 10.25 lbs according to specs released by HP. The backpack is powered by a 55Whr lithium-ion battery and features two, external portable 74 Whr hot-swappable batteries. The Z VR can also be docked and serve as a desktop PC.
If you've had a chance to try VR for product design you know that the cords and wires can make for a very cumbersome (and potentially unsafe) work experience, particularly with multiple users operating in the same physical space. Without some sort of handy rig overhead to manage the wires and someone to spot you and hold the cords connecting your headset and controllers to the workstation, it only takes a few turns before you end up wrapped in cable clutter.
Placing VR into a backpack form factor goes a long way in addressing the cable clutter issues, but in hands-on demonstrations at SIGGRAPH it feels like comfort is still a big issue. At 10 lbs the backpack itself is not terribly heavy, but it is just heavy enough to be noticeable and one wonders how it will play out with extended use – particularly if adapted to more physically demanding tasks like entertainment (live-action shooting games) or design sessions that require prolonged standing.
The other issue, which to be fair is completely outside of HP's control, is the weight of the headset. The latest version of the HTC Vive weighs in at just over a pound. That may not sound significant but it becomes very noticeable when it's attached to your moving head (also consider a pair of reading glasses only weighs about 30-40 grams). Anyone that has ever worked out will tell you that adding a total of about 11 lbs to your bodyweight can have a significant impact.
But headsets are only promising to get lighter. Kopin, a manufacturer of lightweight displays, recently unveiled a reference design, codenamed Elf VR, that will used patented microdisplay panels to create a VR headset the company estimates will be about 50% lighter than headsets currently available.
The move to untethered VR with internal tracking must also be considered. Oculus and HTC have promised the next generation of their headsets will be wireless and companies including Microsoft and Qualcomm are working with partners to deliver untethered headsets as well. A lightweight, wireless headset that delivers the same fidelity as a tethered headset could make the placement of a workstation entirely irrelevant.
Depending on how long it takes for wireless VR products to roll out wide, HP's backpack could catch on with customers too impatient for untethered solutions. We'll have to wait and see whether the backpack PC becomes a standard or a footnote, but for now it may offer a good intermediary step toward fully free VR.
What do you think of HP's VR Backpack solution? Let us know in the comments.
Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News.
Final exam Schedule
The matrix is a grid of predetermined exam times for those classes that meet at regular block times during the semester. The day and time of the first class meeting during the week determine the date and time for each exam. Courses that meet outside the normal university block scheduling will be scheduled within the time block that best fits the schedule without creating conflicts for students
Exam times are as follows:
While exam blocks are three hours long, the genuine length of the exam is determined by the instructor.
If examination days are postponed because of weather conditions, the first make-up day is documented on the academic calendar.
Final "Common" Exams
Common Finals will need to be applied to all sections of a course not to individual instructors. For courses that are scheduled within the finals matrix, the timing of the final exam will be determined immediately (by the location in the matrix). For courses requesting a common final, scheduling will not be available until late mid semester. Treatment of course conflicts for common finals will follow current set of priorities (courses with large enrollments will be scheduled first).
Common exam Finals must be approved by the chair and the dean of the college and submitted to the Registrar's office. A multiple‐section course that has chosen to supply a "common" final exam will be assigned to a common exam block. Students who are scheduled for two common exams at the same time should check with their instructors to see which exam has priority.
Course Examination Policies
Faculty are not required to administer cumulative final examinations and should assess their students as appropriate to their discipline and course content. Faculty who opt to administer final examinations must do so at the time and place specified by the Registrar's Office. Deadlines or due dates for final take-home examinations or final papers may not be earlier than the time that the Registrar's Office has scheduled the final examination for the course in question (although instructors may opt to allow such examinations or papers to be submitted early). Note: If an academic program requires that students take final examinations for accreditation purposes, faculty are expected to adhere to the requirements of their accrediting organization.
For any course with a final exam during the exam period, no hour-examination (or major paper or project) shall be administered or due during the last five academic days of the semester unless the college dean has allowed an exemption.
In the event that a student has three (or more) finals scheduled on the same exam day, the student has the right to ask that a make up exam (or exams) be scheduled to reduce the number of exams in a given day to two. Under these circumstances, required courses take priority, so the student should make every effort to arrange the make-up exam for a non-required course with the respective instructor. Likewise, in the event that a student has two finals scheduled in the same exam period, the required course takes priority; the student should schedule a make-up exam for the non required conflicting course with the respective instructor. If for any reason a mutually agreeable solution between the student and the instructor cannot be achieved, the student should see his or her college dean immediately.
Final Exams for Hybrid and Virtual Class Sections
Exams (including final exams) for fully virtual classes should be administered virtually, as that is the modality which students selected. Exceptions to hold on-campus exams require deans' approval. An email (noting the approval) should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org so that the exam location may be updated – exceptions are subject to room availability. If approved, faculty must indicate the alternate exam format in their course syllabus and accommodate students who are unable to attend in-person exams.
If a class section is hybrid (includes both an in-person meeting and either an online or virtual meeting pattern), then the final exam will be assigned as in-person, but the instructor may request the final exam to be virtual/online depending on the modes of instruction of the hybrid section. Hybrid courses also include courses that have more than one component with different modes of instruction (i.e., the lecture portion is virtual, but the recitation is in-person) and the instructor may decide whether or not the final exam is in-person in this scenario as well. Any requests for final exam updates should be sent by email to: email@example.com.
Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) has declared the HP Board Class 12 Supplementary examination result for August 2022 session today, October 7. Students who took the supplementary examination can check the result on the official website at hpbose.org. Candidates can check their HPBOSE class 12th Supplementary results through their roll number.
HP Board 12th supplementary Result 2022: Know how to check
Visit the official website at hbpbose.org
On the homepage, click on the result tab
Next, click on “12th (Compartment/Improvement/Additional/Diploma Holder(Re-Appear)) Examination Result, August-2022”
Enter your roll number and click on search button
HP Board 12th supplementary result 2022 will appear on the screen
Download it and and take print out for future reference.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) released results of the maiden Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate (CUET-UG) admissions late on Thursday night with almost 20,000 candidates scoring 100percentile in around 30 subjects.
The union government had in March announced that it will conduct CUET-UG, in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, and made its score a mandatory yardstick for all central universities while keeping it optional for others.
At least 90 universities are participating in the CUET-UG this year.
While the NTA– an autonomous testing agency under the union ministry of education was entrusted to conduct the exam–, the higher education regulation University Grants Commission (UGC) worked as its nodal agency for the exam.
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The debut edition of CUET-UG was conducted in six phases between July 15 and August 30 across 489 examination centres located in 259 cities across India and 10 cities abroad.
A total of 14,90,000 candidates had registered for the examination that witnessed 60% consolidated attendance in all six phases.
HT here explains the journey of CUET-UG 2022:
Origin of CUET
In 2010, the government had set up 12 new central universities across the country, and introduced a common entrance exam known as Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for them. Till 2021, those 12 central universities, including central universities of Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala Jammu and Punjab, were conducting admissions through it.
Later in 2020, when NEP was launched, it envisaged a common entrance exam for all universities. To implement the policy recommendations, the UGC had in 2020 set up a seven-member committee headed by VC of Central University of Punjab, RP Tiwari, to prepare the modalities for the common entrance exam.
After several rounds of discussion. UGC submitted its recommendations in December 2020 and suggested implementing them from 2021-22.
However, the UGC had put it on hold in view of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In March this year, UGC announced the implementation of the exam under the title CUET from the session 2022-23 and made it the sole criterion for admission to undergraduate courses in all central universities.
Until now, many universities were either enrolling students on the basis of their class 12 performance or were conducting their individual entrance exams.
Why a common entrance exam?
While introducing CUET-UG, the UGC had said it would reduce the burden of students. “The students right now are applying to different universities and appearing in different entrance exams for undergraduate admissions. At the same time, they also have to focus on their board exams to get 99% and 100% marks. We should not assume that all central universities were conducting admissions on the basis of class 12 marks. Many universities have already been conducting their individual entrance exams for undergraduate admissions. Multiple exams were causing a lot of stress not just among the students but also their parents,” UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar had said.
“Another reason why the NEP 2020 advocated for a ‘one nation one entrance exam’ is to provide equal opportunity to students from different backgrounds and different education boards. It will provide a kind of level playing ground for the students,” he had said.
A section of students, parents, teachers and principal raised concerns over making CUET-UG the sole criteria for undergraduate admissions. They argued that not giving any weightage to class 12 marks in the admission process will make board exams “irrelevant”. Another criticism was on the syllabus of CUCET-UG as it was “strictly” based on NCERT syllabus. People questioned how it would provide equal opportunity to students from other boards, ISC or state boards. Lastly, there were apprehensions that CUET may also mutate into a coaching driven competition like most entrance exams are in the country.
The CUET-UG was a computer-based exam and was conducted in multiple choice questions (MCQ) format. It was divided into four sections namely, I-A, I-B, II, and III. Section I-A and I-B consisted of language subjects. Section II was domain specific and section III was a general test.
A candidate was allowed to choose a maximum of any three languages from Section I-A and Section I-B together, and up to six domain subjects. It means, overall, candidates could take a test in a maximum of nine subjects, i.e., two languages + six domain specific subjects + one general test or three languages + five domain specific subjects + one general test.
The exam will be strictly based on the class 12 NCERT syllabus.
The exam, which was initially planned in two phases, had to be conducted in six phases due to multiple cancellations and postponement of papers after technical issues were reported at the examination centres. While the first phase was conducted in July, the remaining five phases were held throughout August. The initial phases of CUET were marred with technical and administrative glitches. While on August 4, all exams scheduled in the evening shift were cancelled at all 489 centres across the country, 50 and 53 centres were affected on August 5 and 6, respectively.
However, the NTA rescheduled exams for all affected students and extended the dates till August 30.
How CUET-UG was different from NEET, JEE?
In case of both, the National Eligibility Criteria Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses, and the Joint Entrance exam (JEE) for engineering admissions, there are no subject combinations. It is either Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry and Biology and everybody takes these combinations only.
However, in CUET-UG, each of the 1.49lakh candidates had applied for at least five universities choosing around 54,000 subject combinations. That makes CUET-UG a big exercise.
The NTA will provide universities with the CUET-UG scores of students who have applied for admission to that particular university. The universities will then prepare their individual cut-off list using those scores and conduct their counseling sessions for admission. Students will have to visit the admission portal of the universities they have applied for and complete the registration process.
Meanwhile, the government is likely to conduct CUET-UG twice next year– one in March-April and the other in November-December – to provide more opportunities to students.
An impending exam can put a lot of pressure on kids. Studying for it is not the only thing that plays on their little minds, but also the stress in anticipation of how they will perform and what their results will be. The effects of exam stress on children's mental and physical health can be devastating at such a young age.
According to a recent nationwide mental health survey, 81 percent of school students surveyed perceive "studies, examinations, and results" to be a major source of anxiety. These problems get worse as students move up to more difficult subjects. The pressure to excel in life can be incredibly stressful.
As parents, people still find themselves expecting children to meet, if not exceed expectations. This stress often leads to anxiety and other mental health problems among kids, who are already having a tough time returning to schools after Covid-19.
Health Shots spoke to Dr Kamna Chibber, a senior clinical psychologist and the head of the department of mental and behavioral sciences at Fortis Healthcare, to find out ways to prevent exam stress in children.
Dr Chhibber shared some ways for kids to manage exam stress and anxiety.
Looking at the overall approach instead of narrowly looking at what the results alone are, can help reduce stress in all scenarios.
Having a broad perspective helps you to emphasise on what is significant and then refocus your attention on the things that you have decided are your genuine priorities. For example, don't get upset or disappointed if you didn't do well in your examinations. Instead, use the experience to know the areas you need to improve. Focus on the wider picture by taking the time to learn from your mistakes rather than feel depressed about your outcomes. Strengthen your foundation and make your base stronger. Know that knowledge is what you are studying for, not grades.
"Attempt to build an understanding of what changes are required in the manner of your preparation and responses to the question paper," suggests Dr Chhibber.
And we can't agree more! Knowing your mistakes, followed by taking corrective measures, are important and then correcting them is very important. Instead of working hard, try to work smart. Learning anything and everything is what you call hard work. This time, be clever about it. Plan everything out. Understand your question paper, go through it and start working accordingly. It will help you do smart work.
According to the expert, it's important for you to determine your strengths and remind yourself to lean on them in order to further enhance your results.
For example, if you're good at algebra in mathematics, make it your strong point. Don't avoid practicing it just because you think you're already good at it but practice it till you get perfect. You will feel much more confident by doing this.
"Remember that this is just one aspect of life and there is much more that you need to manage and work through," says Dr Chhibber.
It's important to remember that getting poor grades isn't extremely serious. There will be many more opportunities in your life for you to demonstrate your abilities. So don't be restrictive on building an idea of your sense of self just on the basis of the results you have obtained.
It's okay to feel exam stress, but a healthy way to deal with it is to communicate. "Look at speaking with adults and teachers to understand where you may need to focus your efforts at improvement," says the expert.
You could speak to teachers and parents. Your teachher can be your BFF when it comes to trying to learn how to Excellerate your grades. Ask them, learn from them and you'll definitely get a solution to your problem.