After missing a string of deadlines, the results of the final year polytechnic diploma exam of the Board of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh (BTEUP) was announced on Friday, ending the uncertainty in the minds of more than 2 lakh students. Like previous years, girls outperformed boys in the exam this year too.  

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    The pass percentage of girls this year is pegged at 73%, compared to the 55% of boys who managed to clear the exams. A total of nearly 15,000 girls appeared in the exam while more than 1.77 lakh boys took the exam, said SN Singh, secretary, board of technical education.
    The result was declared on July 28 after the authorities missed several consecutive deadline of announcement of results. The results were first scheduled to be out on June 25, and then rescheduled multiple times to June 30, July 6 and July 13. 
    The board conceded that the delays were due to their failure to complete the evaluatioin work on time. Singh told HT that next time it will be declared on time. “There were certain technical issues that has delayed the process of preparing final year result,’ he said.
    The BTEUP conducts examinations for students enrolled with polytechnic colleges across Uttar Pradesh in various disciplines like Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Automobile, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT).

Skype debuts on PlayStation Vita game handsets

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  • Updated: Apr 25, 2012 18:16 IST

Japan's video game giant Sony Compuer Entertainment (SCE) president Andrew House displays the new portable video game console "PlayStation Vita" (PS Vita) at the launching event in a video game shop in Tokyo. Sony will put the new gaming system on the market in the United States and Europe in February 2012.

Skype made its debut Tuesday on PlayStation Vita, making its leading Internet video or voice calling service available on Sony's sophisticated videogame handset.

A Skype application for PS Vita devices began rolling out to PlayStation Store in the United States and was due to become available for download in Europe and Asia on Wednesday.

The service includes free calls between Skype users along with video call capabilities that take advantage of front- and rear-facing cameras on PS Vita handsets. Low rates are charged for other calls.

Sony's slick handheld videogame gadget hit major markets around the world in February as the Japanese entertainment titan bucked a trend towards play on smartphones.

Sony packed movies, music and the Internet into PS Vita handsets, along with what it called the "biggest and best launch lineup" of games in PlayStation history.

Vita handsets that link to the Internet with Wi-Fi only were priced at $250 in the United States, while models also capable of connecting to 3G telecom networks were priced at $300. AT&T is the exclusive US carrier for Vita.

The Japanese film, music and consumer electronics colossus has sold more than half a million Vita devices since it launched in Asia in December, according to executives.

Vita made its worldwide debut in Japan on December 17 and was released elsewhere in Asia close to the end of the month.

The next-generation PlayStation Vita aims to take a bite out of the growing smartphone games market.

US technology giant Microsoft last year made an $8.5 billion deal to buy Skype.

Skype users can make low-cost or free phone calls over the Internet using their computers or smartphones. Skype bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice and video calls over the Web.

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