Playground Sessions Helps Students Learn to Play the Piano

The benefits are great for those who learn to play the piano. In fact, children who play an instrument do well in academic areas. A Canadian study shows that music lessons boost brain power. In particular, the part of the brain used in mathematics gets a boost. Further, it has been shown that listening to music can increase spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is what the mind uses to read maps and solve puzzles.

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Other Benefits

Musicians who learn to play the piano are experts at doing more than one thing. Imagine, the hands must strike the keys while the mind interprets sheet music. This effort is called split concentration and pays off in several ways. For instance, it comes in handy when one is multi-tasking. In addition, a Spanish study found that children who learn music have larger vocabularies. Experts say music lessons speed up language development. Likewise, it takes less time to learn a foreign language.

Improving Your Health

Relaxing is one way to improve a person’s overall health. Learning piano helps with the process. Experts say people who play music instruments are far less stressed than those who do not. Interestingly, a University of Miami study indicates playing piano increases HGH production. HGH or human growth hormone plays a vital role in the body. Higher levels of HGH lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis. Further, the hormone increases energy levels and muscle mass.

Playground Sessions Piano Lessons: Learn to Play Piano Online

One of the best ways to learn to play the piano is online. Playground Sessions is a revolutionary piano learning software. This downloadable software was co-created by the legendary Quincy Jones. Jones is the winner of numerous Grammy awards and is an extraordinary music producer. Jones spends a great deal of time working with software developers. He wants to make sure the lessons are fun and rewarding.

The Learning Process

Playground Sessions online piano lessons combines a number of common-sense ideas to make learning piano fun. First, students learn using their favorite songs. Lessons are interactive and the software includes a gaming element. Everyone knows young people love gaming. Students get to play along with the talented David Sides. Mr. Sides is a YouTube star known for his version of “Apologize.” He lends his expertise to the software in many ways. Sides explains music theory concepts and teaches how to play songs. Students love the software and playing along with Sides. Anyone who wants to play piano should explore Playground Sessions.




PlayStation VR Works With Xbox One, Windows PC, and Wii U; Just Not How You’d Expect

PlayStation VR Works With Xbox One, Windows PC, and Wii U; Just Not How You'd ExpectPS VR displays 2D content when used with a Wii U, Xbox One or Windows PC
You will not be able to derive native VR with these devices
Suffice to say it should function this way with other HDMI devices too
With the PlayStation VR (PS VR) hitting store shelves this week, some users have gone beyond using it with the PS4.

Reports have been trickling in of Sony’s maiden VR effort working on the Wii U and the Xbox One, as well as the Windows PC. Doing so on Nintendo’s soon to be obsolete console lets you play games as you would on a bigger screen as it did on the Xbox One. It even booted up on a Windows desktop when on PC.

(Also see: PlayStation VR India Launch to Be ‘Confirmed in Due Time’; Public Demos Set for IGX 2016)

Don’t expect content from the aforementioned device to be in native VR though. It simply displays regular 2D content from standard HDMI inputs.

While the rest of the world is busy tinkering with PS VR, Sony is giving India its first taste of the device this weekend, hinting at an India release date soon.


“For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to them the amazing experience that PS VR offers. The launch date will be confirmed in due course of time,” said Robert Fisser, VP and General Manager (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, India), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe in a prepared statement earlier this week.

In our initial impressions, we noted that PS VR, while being an intriguing piece of kit, isn’t exactly the game changer we hoped it would be. It will be interesting to see if the final version of the device changes our mind when we check it out.

Nokia D1C May Not Be a Smartphone at All

Nokia D1C Is a 13.8-Inch Android Tablet, Suggests Latest Benchmark Listing
Nokia D1C is a 13.8-inch Android tablet
The tablet is tipped to have a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display
Earlier reports suggested the device to be a smartphone
Nokia’s return to the smartphone market is eagerly awaited by everyone; this is precisely why the listing of company’s recently spotted D1C device on benchmark site GFX Bench is likely to disappoint many. As per the listing, the D1C is a 13.8-inch Android tablet, and not a smartphone as anticipated earlier.

Earlier this month, the specifications of a Nokia D1C device were leaked via benchmark site Geekbench, which interestingly, didn’t provide the size of the screen on the device at the time. However, a new listing on GFX Bench clarifies the display size, and tips other specifications. The Nokia D1C listing on GFX Bench suggests that the device will sport a 13.8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and that it will be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also tips that the tablet will run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Nokia D1C is expected to come with an inbuilt storage of 16GB. In terms of optics, the tablet has been tipped to pack a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front.
If real, the Nokia D1C will be the second Android tablet by the company as it has already launched tablet N1 previously.

In May, Nokia signed a deal with Finnish firm HMD Global to make Nokia-branded Android smartphones and tablets for the next 10 years. Since then, leaks have suggested that the company will be coming out with two phones this year with screen sizes of 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch. The smartphones were suggested to sport 2K resolution (QHD) displays and were tipped to come with IP68 certification, which effectively means they will be highly resistant to water and dust on the similar lines to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7.

Microsoft Paint May Finally Be Getting the Overhaul It So Desperately Needs

Microsoft Paint May Finally Be Getting the Overhaul It So Desperately Needs
Videos were posted by Twitter user WalkingCat
Microsoft is scheduled to have a Windows 10 event on October 26
New app likely to help developers for HoloLens
Microsoft’s Paint app in Windows is among the most used basic tools on the platform but has long awaited a major overhaul. It seems like the Redmond-based company has finally decided to update its Paint app with some of the features that will add more utility to the tool as some leaked videos showcase the capabilities of the redesigned app.

As per the videos posted by Microsoft watcher and Twitter user WalkingCat, the “Paint Preview” app will include support for 3D objects, which was missing from earlier versions of the app. This support can prove to be extremely useful for the developers and artists who will be working on apps meant for the company’s augmented-reality platform HoloLens.

WalkingCat has since posted a download link for the preview version of the app.

The demonstration videos posted by the Twitter user show the ease with which 3D objects can be created and moved around in the workspace with the revamped Paint app. They also show the paint brushes that can be used to colour these 3D objects.
Interestingly, the videos were posted only few hours after the announcement by Microsoft that it will be unveiling the next chapter of Windows 10 on October 26 in an event in New York City.

Even though the company is expected to showcase an all-in-one PC under its Surface brand at the event, it might also unveil the revamped Paint app at the event.

Flipkart and Amazon Sales Feature Discounts on FIFA 17, Call of Duty, and Other Offers

Flipkart and Amazon Sales Feature Discounts on FIFA 17, Call of Duty, and Other OffersIt’s the festive season sale, and video games are not to be left out. While FIFA 17 has just been made available to the greater public via Amazon, that hasn’t stopped Flipkart from dropping its price almost simultaneously.

While purchasing it on Amazon India would set you back by Rs. 3,999, the Flipkart sale has made it available for Rs. 1,000 less. If you have an SBI debit or credit card, you can get a further 10 percent off. This is for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Not the PS3 variant which costs Rs. 3,999. Unsurprisingly, an Xbox 360 version of the game is not for sale since the console isn’t being manufactured any more.

Other offers include a whopping 71 percent off on Battleborn making it Rs. 999 for the PS4 and Xbox One and Rs. 443 for PC, Dishonored Definitive Edition at Rs. 1,198 instead of the usual Rs 2,999 for the PS4 and Xbox One, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at Rs. 1,475 – which is 40 percent off for the PS4 and, while it’s 23 percent off for the PC at Rs. 999.
As for the Amazon sale, Rs. 999 gets you Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for the PS4 or Star Wars Battlefront for the Xbox One. If you have a little more to spend, Rs. 1,500 gets you Street Fighter V for the PS4 and if you’re on a PS3, a ridiculously low Rs. 199 gets you Call of Duty: Ghosts. Our personal pick? Doom for the PS4 and Xbox One at Rs. 2,499. It’s a fair price for one of the best games this year. Strangely though, its PC version is nowhere to be found on disc, making Steam your only option. Looking for a discount on FIFA 17? Amazon will let you buy it for Rs. 1,000 less if you purchase a PS4.

What games are you buying? Do any of the offers on the Flipkart or Amazon sales interest you? Let us know in the comments.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Download Size Revealed

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Download Size Revealed
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a 39.18GB download
You need to download at least 10.61GB to play it
PS4 owners can play it from October 5, others from November 4
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is out on November 4 but for many, the appeal of the latest game in the series is the fact that its Legacy and Digital Deluxe Editions come with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – often heralded as one of the greatest shooters ever.

What’s more is, buying either on the PS4 grants you access to the campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 30 days earlier – October 5 to be precise.


Unless of course, you’ve managed to snag early access, which some members of the press and streamers have. According to reports, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a hefty 39.18GB download. And you can start playing it after it reaches 10.61GB. To put it into perspective the original release of the game was around 8GB. 39.18GB is a lot larger than anticipated, possibly to accommodate the game’s multiplayer as well, despite it not being accessible until November 4.

The standard edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will set you back by Rs. 3,499 on PC while PS4 and Xbox One versions cost Rs. 4,499. And if you’re the sort who wants the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remaster with it, prepare to fork out Rs. 5,199 on PC and Rs. 6,299 on PS4 and Xbox One. Along with the 2007 classic it comes with 10 multiplayer maps as well.

Nonetheless if you want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on October 5, you’ll need to pre-order the game’s aforementioned Legacy or Digital Deluxe Edition for the PS4. The Xbox One and PC Legacy and Digital Deluxe Editions get it too but from November 4.

What’s interesting is that this time around, distributor World Wide CD ROM has told Gadgets 360 that there will not be any form of pre-order or online exclusivity like it did with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The game will be available to all game stores, both online and offline.

WhatsApp Gets Shareable Links Feature for Group Chat Invites

Image result for WhatsApp Gets Shareable Links Feature for Group Chat InvitesWhatsApp was rumoured to bring the shareable links feature to invite new users to a group since last few months. The most widely-used messaging has now received the feature in its latest Android beta app, and it is now available to users running the beta.

The new invite feature for WhatsApp groups is available to Android users running version 2.16.281 and above. Notably, the latest beta build also brings several bug fixes. The new group link feature is also available to iOS users running version 2.16.10.

Once upgraded to the latest beta build of WhatsApp, group administrators will have the ability to add new members through shareable links. To access the new link feature, administrators will have to tap on the add participant option to get the “Invite to group via link” on top of the contacts. Once selected, the “Invite link” page will open with text reading, “Anyone with WhatsApp can follow this link to join this group. Only share it with people you trust.” WhatsApp users will get a share link alongside other options for Send link via WhatsApp, copy link, share link, and revoke link. There’s another option to get a print group QR code option where new members can just scan the QR code to join a group.
The group invite link was first reported to be in testing back in June alongside the mentions feature.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp finally enabled the mentions feature on its Android as well as iPhone app. The mention feature worked same as it does on Facebook and Twitter. Users will use “@” sign in a group chat and the app will automatically suggest names of the group members. Notably, the feature is currently limited to group chats only.

WhatsApp Tipped to Include Passcode Protection Feature for Chats

WhatsApp Tipped to Include Passcode Protection Feature for Chats

  • WhatsApp may enable passcode protection for chats
  • The feature may be optional
  • The feature was spotted in translation requests sent by WhatsApp

WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption across all platforms earlier this year. If a new report is to be believed then the world’s most popular instant messaging app with over 1 billion users may add a passcode protection feature for chats soon.

Android Authority has been tipped about the purported six-digit passcode protection feature. The feature was spotted in WhatsApp translation requests, which are text strings sent by the company to volunteers to translate UI and other text, and if real, can indicate the company is working to add passcode protection.

Some of the phrases reported include “Enter the current six-digit passcode”, “Passcodes don’t match. Try again”, and “Enter a recovery email address”. The translated phrases indicate that users may get a recovery mail option in case they forget their six-digit passcode. The report further adds that the use of a recovery mail may be kept only as an option. This sounds slightly strange considering an email is required in case users lock their accounts. At this moment, it is not clear whether WhatsApp will keep the option to add six-digit passcode feature a compulsory or optional feature.

In the past, leaked translation requests have been a reliable indicator of upcoming features on WhatsApp. So far however, there has been no confirmation about the rollout of the passcode feature from WhatsApp. The move to add passcodes to protect chats seems the next step to enhance messaging experience on WhatsApp as it already support full encryption on all platforms.

Recently, WhatsApp finally enabled the mention feature on its Android as well as iPhone apps. The mention feature works same as it does on Facebook and Twitter. Users will have to use “@” sign in a group chat and the app will automatically suggest names of the group members. Notably, the feature is currently limited to group chats only.


Chrome Gets Inbuilt Google Cast Support; No Extension Required

Chrome Gets Inbuilt Google Cast Support; No Extension Required

  • The feature was tested for eight months
  • It is available in the latest version of Chrome
  • People have used Google Cast more than 38 million times in the last month

After testing it for eight months, Google has announced that it has now built Google Cast right into Chrome. Users will no longer have to install a separate extension to beam videos from a webpage to other screens like their TV.

In January, Google employee Francois Beaufort announced that the Chromium team was testing this feature in the beta channel. He credited the new Media Router for making it possible to build Cast natively. Now, the feature has been rolled out into the stable Chrome channel for everyone to use.

For all the websites that support Cast, an icon will appear when you’re on the same network as a Chromecast device. Clicking on the icon will allow you to choose the home device that you want to project the stream on – be it audio speakers, or see a web video on TV.

For all the websites that are not integrated with Cast, just head to the Chrome menu, select ‘Cast’ from there, and follow the steps to beam the video on your TV. The tech giant informs that only the latest version of Chrome supports the integrated Cast feature.

The Google Cast extension for Chrome was launched in 2013, alongside the Chromecast dongle. Until now users had to download and install Google Cast Chrome extension to stream music, videos, and other webpages from the browser to their Chromecast-connected TV. However, this native support of Cast eliminates this installation process.

Google claims that users have casted more than 38 million times from Chrome in the last month itself. In July, users has watched and heard more than 50 million hours of content through Chromecast.

Google introduced its second-generation Chromecast dongle and the new Chromecast Audio dongle in India in April this year, and priced both at Rs. 3,399. The media-streaming dongles are available on several online marketplaces including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, as well as offline retailers like Reliance Digital and Croma. Google claims that it managed to sell 5 million Chromecast devices in the last two months itself.


Microsoft build 2016 India: Bots, IoT, and home windows Apps

Bengaluru-based startup Yellow Messenger is one of the companies in India that is exploring conversational commerce through bots. You tell the bot to show you footwear and then keep the verbal exchange by way of inquiring for guys’s shoes, or ladies’s, and so on. Yellow Messenger is simply one of the startups in India it truly is using Microsoft’s Cognitive offerings.

Microsoft Build 2016 India: Bots, IoT, and Windows Apps

those are a set of APIs that permit systems to use herbal language processing to listen, see, speak, recognize and interpret the needs of users. Cognitive services had been one of the gear that Microsoft established in Pune, at its build 2016 excursion occasion on Friday.

construct is an event for windows builders, where Microsoft showcases all of the gear developers can use to make home windows apps. With over 40 percent of Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure’s sales coming from ISVs (unbiased software Ventures) and startups, the focal point of the keynote become certainly on achieving out to them.

“when builders need to do machine gaining knowledge of, when they need to apply bots, we need them to reflect onconsideration on us,” Jeffrey Burtoft, Senior software manager at Microsoft, stated all through the keynote. The cause at the back of the use of bots is to have conversations while not having a human on the opposite end. Microsoft’s Cognitive services paintings on services such as Skype, web, Slack, fb Messenger, among others.

Harish Vaidyanathan, Director of ISV enterprise at Microsoft, delivered to this, talking about the work Microsoft is doing to deliver these tools to India. “not all conversations are in English. that is India proper? Being capable of do multilingual conversations in a single stroke [is one of Yellow Messenger’s key features],” he added. Vaidyanathan said Yellow Messenger also can do other things, like take a picture and say, ‘show me something like this.’ “those are a number of the things that Yellow Messenger does. it is already stay on fb, Telegram, and Skype,” he stated.

He additionally talked about how India can use the net of things to deal with seasonal call for of assets. “if you think of Indians, we’re very aspirational. We need everything however we do not want to buy everything we want,” Vaidyanathan said.

He explained this with the instance of every other agency, referred to as iBot. The minimum charge of a Eureka Forbes Aquaguard water cleaner is round Rs. 8,500, that’s a piece too excessive for quite a few humans. “What iBot enabled, is that you could take Aquaguard and use it on a pay as you go foundation. that is pure water, as a carrier. human beings pay for what they use,” he said, including that the sensor is hooked up to Microsoft’s cloud platform.

Burtoft said Azure has 30 information centres round the sector, that is more than both Amazon and Google. 3 of those statistics centres are in India, certainly one of which is in Pune. Highlighting the significance of Microsoft cloud in the Indian market, he stated 50 percentage of the top one hundred businesses indexed on the Bombay inventory alternate (BSE) use Microsoft cloud offerings. Globally, he said, Azure gets over 120,000 new subscriptions every month, and over two trillion messages in step with week are processed through Azure IoT.


After keeping the construct 2016 conference in San Francisco earlier this year, the enterprise has been taking the conference to various elements of the sector. The Pune leg of the build 2016 excursion turned into attended by way of over six hundred builders from India.

at the customer facet, Burtoft stated windows 10 is Microsoft’s most a success version of home windows with over 300 million energetic users. He also confirmed assignment Centennial, Microsoft’s bid to get extra apps on its windows store. This makes it clean for developers to port their Win32 apps to the home windows store and to monetise those apps through the shop. Burtoft stated the home windows 10 shop has had over five billion visits considering the fact that its launch and venture Centennial will help customers find secure (virus-unfastened) copies of the apps they want to download. “it is becoming more difficult and tougher to get Win32 apps [to find a safe, malware-free download],” he said.