INTERSTREAM IT QUIZ –
30th Oct 2013
Suresh & Gowri
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• Rules for each round will be explained at
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• Quiz master is God for the next hour or
This round consists of 6 questions
You have to identify and write your answer
+ 5 for every correct answer
If you get all 6 correct, a bonus of + 20
No Negative marking in this round
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• This round consists of 16 questions on
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Kirobo is Japan's first robot astronaut, developed by
Tomotaka Takahashi, to accompany Koichi
Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the
International Space Station.
A twin to Kirobo, named Mirata, was created with the
same characteristics. Mirata will stay on Earth as a
backup crew member. The word "kirobo" itself is a
portmanteau of "kibō" (希望), which means "hope" in
Japanese, and the word "robo" (ロボ), used as a
generic short word for any robot.
With the NSA spying scandal (PRISM & Edward Snowden) still
making headlines, a Russian paper reports that Secret agencies in
that country have turned to a low tech way to avoid America's
According to a recent report in the Russian newspaper Izvestia, the
Federal Guard Service (FSO), which is responsible for the security
of the Russian president and several high-ranking officials, is
looking to buy 20 of “something” costing about Euro 200 per piece.
They would be used to ensure that particularly sensitive documents
existed only on paper and would not be electronically archived.
According to the newspaper, the German model Triumph-Adler
Twen 180 is especially popular with Russian intelligence.
What is this “something”?
This is a mobile application
which provides access to live TV
channels and video “on demand” on
This app allowed people to watch live
videos of one of the largest events in
human history – the Maha Kumbh Mela
Which mobile apps?
Bhuvan (means Earth) is software application which
allows users to explore a 3D representation of the
surface of the Earth
The browser is specifically tailored to view
India, offering the highest resolution in this region
provided with local four languages
This refers to connecting one device to another and in the
context of mobile phones or Internet tablets, this allows
sharing the Internet connection of the phone or tablet
with other devices such as laptops.
Connection of the phone or tablet with other devices can be
done over wireless LAN (Wi-Fi), over Bluetooth or by
physical connection using a cable, for example through USB.
If this is done over Wi-Fi, the feature may be branded as a
Mobile Hotspot. The Internet-connected mobile device can
thus act as a portable wireless access point and router for
devices connected to it.
How do we commonly know this feature?
E.A. Johnson was the first to describe this in a short article
published in 1965 and then more fully along with photographs and
diagrams in an article published in 1967.
A description of the applicability of this technology for air traffic
control was described in an article published in 1968 by Frank Beck
and Bent Stumpe, engineers from CERN. They developed this in
the early 1970s and it was manufactured by CERN and put to use
in 1973 which was based on Bent Stumpe's work at a television
factory in the early 1960s.
Today this technology is ubiquitous and comes in various forms like
Resistive, Capacitive, Infrared, Surface acoustic wave.
What technology is being referred here?
This company was founded in 1906 in Rochester, New
York, US as The Haloid Photographic Company, which
originally manufactured photographic paper and
An inventor Chester Carlson invented a process in 1938 which
in Greek literally means “dry writing”. This became a
modern word of everyday use which later came into the
The company then developed this process and came into
worldwide prominence in 1959 with the introduction of the
first ever product using Electro-photography.
Today it is a Fortune 500 company with interests in various
industries liked Document Services, Digital Imaging,
Office equipments etc.
Name this company
He is an Indian independent Computer
security consultant and author. He
describes himself as an ethical
hacker, and has written several books on
the topic of computer security
This Award is an annual prize given by the Association for Computing
It is stipulated that "The contributions should be of lasting and major
technical importance to the computer field". It is recognized as the "highest
distinction in Computer science“ and also considered as the "Nobel Prize of
This award is named a mathematician and reader in Mathematics at the
University of Manchester. He is "frequently credited for being the Father
of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence"
The first recipient, in 1966, was Alan Perlis, of Carnegie Mellon University
Name this award
Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s Mobile phone
& devices business
Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft), Stephen
Elop (former CEO Nokia currently EVP,
Device at Microsoft)
• This round consists of 10 questions on
• Questions are on logos related to IT
• Negative marking in this round
• + 10 for every correct answer
• - 10 for every incorrect guess / answer
• 3 sets of statements have something in common
• You have to identify the hidden “Theme” in
these set of questions and write your answer
• If you guess the correct answer after
– 1st set + 60 points
– 2nd set + 40 points
– 3rd set + 20 points
• There is a constant negative of 20 points for
wrong guesses (-20 points)
• You can do any number of guesses
• It was founded in 1995, by French-born IranianAmerican computer programmer Pierre Omidyar as part of a
larger personal site
• It became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble; it
is now a multi-billion dollar business with operations
localized in over thirty countries
• It is an internet consumer-to-consumer corporation,
headquartered in San Jose, California
• It had a revenue of about $ 14 Billion and had 27,000
employees in 2012
• Other than its primary business this company has since
expanded to include Online classified advertisements (via
Kijiji), Online event ticket trading (via Stubhub), Buy it now
standard shopping (via Half.com) and Online money
transfers (via Paypal)
• The company over the last 18 years has made about 40
acquisitions. Some of the famous acquisitions are baazee.com,
paypal, skype, iBazar
• One of its popular offerings is the Online Charity Auction which it
does through Mission Fish as an Arbiter
• To date the highest successful bid on a single item for Online
Charity Auction was for the annual "Power Lunch“ with
investor Warren Buffett at the famous Smith &
Wollensky Steakhouse in New York. The winning bid was $2.63
million with all of the proceeds going to the Glide Foundation
• As it is a huge, publicly visible market, it has created a great deal
of interest from economists, who have used it to analyze many
aspects of its business model and compare these with previous
theoretical and empirical findings
• Many unusual items have been listed for sale on the website like
countries New Zealand, Iceland; car used by Pope Benedict XVI;
some new species like a type of sea urchin
• One of the first items sold was a broken laser pointer for
$14.83. Astonished, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder
to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. In
his responding email, the buyer explained: "I'm a collector
of broken laser pointers”
• Some of its famous slogans
“World's Online Marketplace"
"Connecting buyers and sellers globally"
"Buy it, sell it, love it"
"Buy it New, Buy it Now"
"When it's on your mind, it's on ……“
• Just as economists have shown interest in it’s operations,
computer information systems researchers have also
shown interest in its business model. Recently W. P. Carey
School of Business at Arizona State University, published
an academic case based on it’s big data management and
use. The company processes 50 petabytes of data a day
and employs about 5,000 data analysts to spur its online
This short film “A boy and his Atom” holds the Guinness World
Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film.
The ability to move single atoms is crucial to IBM's research in the field
of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In
that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to
move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on
top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be
seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.
A movie made with atoms.
3. What is this called?
Shelfari is a social cataloging website for Books.
Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the
titles they own or have read, and can rate, review,
tag, and discuss their books. It is owned by
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.