My First 100 Days With Google Glass

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts joshua merrill 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App “What are those glasses you’re wearing?”“It’s called Google Glass. It can search the web, send email, take pictures and more.”Thus begins a conversation I’ve had hundreds of times. I’ve never seen so much fascination with a new device as Google Glass. The original iPhone, which I bought the first day it was available, doesn’t even come close.How did I get Glass? I was in the right place at the right time: Google I/O, the company’s annual developer event, on June 27, 2012. That day, U.S.-based developers got a chance to register for the Glass Explorer program, which gave them the option to plunk down $1,500 for a prototype unit when they became available in Spring of 2013.My First Encounters with GlassIn January, 2013, four months before any devices were shipped, Google invited me and about 80 other developers to the first-ever Glass hackathon in San Francisco. Most of what happened during that event is still covered by a non-disclosure agreement, but it should be obvious that many of the hackers there were insanely smart. My team (Joseph Su and Andrew Lamonica) built a crude product barcode price checker, the first that I know of for Google Glass.My time to pay up finally came on May 2nd, 2013. At the Google campus, I met with some folks from the Glass team to choose a color (“Cotton”) and get fitted. I’ve worn Google Glass every day since.Many articles have already covered the Glass hardware; simply put, Google has done a good job designing the device. Glass is light and unobtrusive. The screen looks great, even in broad daylight, and the camera and processor are excellent for such a small form factor. Battery life, though, is the bottleneck: with heavy usage, I can discharge the entire battery in half an hour. I expect this to improve over time; it has to, for Glass to be viable.Getting ready to ask Elon Musk a question at the Tesla annual shareholder meetingGoogle has stumbled by not allowing prescription lenses with Glass out of the gate. Effectively, Google is saying that people who need glasses can’t use them, while people who have perfect vision have to get used to wearing glasses.Glass In The Real WorldMeeting people is definitely high on the list of Glass features. The device gets attention everywhere it goes—supermarkets, shopping malls, even traffic signals. Old and young, rich and poor, technophiles and technophobes. The people who have never heard of Glass ask what it is, and those who do know ask to try it on.I have many photos of myself taken by friends and strangers trying on GlassI’m happy to oblige; more than 300 people have used my Google Glass in the past 100 days. Most of these trials begin with “WOW!” followed by two minutes of confusion. The frustrating truth is that Glass is not intuitive for most first-time users. A three-year-old can pick up a smartphone or tablet, see rows of colored icons, and start performing actions. Glass requires considerably more practice.As for the attention? It was great at first, but it can get tiring. More often than not, I carry Glass around my neck so fewer people will notice it.There’s really no established etiquette for wearing a computer on your head, but after a few weeks, the rules became clear: in a restaurant, in a meeting, in a conversation, Glass has to come off. It’s like headphones for your eyes: even when they’re not in use, it’s a sign of inattentiveness and even disrespect to wear them.Most owners know when to take Glass off, but I see some with the device glued to their faces. Simply put, there are no Glassholes, only assholes who happen to have Glass.What Is Glass Really Good For?Photography has been my most common use for Glass. As soon as it became available, I installed Mike DiGiovanni’sWinky, which enables the wearer to take a photo by winking. This dramatically increased my photo-taking—in fact, I created a photo log of my life. Video is also great; since I don’t have to hold a camera up in front of me, I can record effortlessly for as long as I want.As one might expect, searching Google is simple—just press and hold the touch pad. How tall is the Empire State Building? (1,454 feet.) Who was the first person in space? (Yuri Gagarin.) When were the Pyramids built? (2,584 B.C.) If the answer is in Google’s knowledge graph, getting it is effortless.In the Glass XE7 update, released in early July, Google added a web browser. I use it to read the news and look up movie ratings on IMDb. I stick to a handful of websites that are mobile-optimized; otherwise, reading text is too much effort. While browsing the web on Glass is useful, it’s one of the fastest ways to empty the battery.Finally, Glass’ translation capabilities are impressive. Ask Google to translate any phrase into another language, and you’ll hear the spoken translation along with an English phonetic spelling on screen. Unfortunately, the time required to speak my desired phrase into Glass makes this feature impractical in many real-world settings; on a two-week trip to Japan, I didn’t use translation once. But it makes for an impressive demo. Using The Glass UII like touch screens, because instead of acting through a representation of myself—like a mouse cursor—I can actually press, swipe and pinch on the objects I want to manipulate. That’s much closer to how the physical world works.Glass is a strange hybrid of both approaches. The user taps and swipes on the side of the device to navigate and make selections on the screen, but there are very few visible cues for which gesture to use. I often see first-time users get stuck when trying to go up the hierarchy one level—say, from search results back to the home screen. (The correct gesture, not so intuitively, is to swipe down.)Compared to a touchscreen, it takes longer to mentally construct a model of Glass’ menu hierarchy and map it to the gestures needed to navigate it. First-time users can’t build this mental model fast enough; that’s why they get confused. Some of this confusion could be solved by software, but part of it seems inherent to the device’s form factor. (I’m told that Apple has glasses-based prototypes of its own, but ultimately opted for a different form factor—the watch.)The interface that will really make Glass work is mind control, formally known as a brain-computer interface. There are a number of promising technologies in this space, but none yet that would enable Glass. Once Glass has a good thought-controlled interface, I can imagine it being very successful.The Problems With GlassGlass is built to do many of the things my phone can do, but it does them half as well. It can search Google, but it’s cumbersome for reading web pages. It can send messages, but relies on imperfect voice transcription. It can post to Facebook, but there’s no way to read my friends’ updates. The problem with Glass is that it doesn’t do much of anything that takes advantage of its unique form factor.Actually, all Glass needs to be is a platform for augmented reality. When I see text in a foreign language, translate it. When I look at a house for sale, tell me the asking price. When I look at a product, scan the barcode and tell me if it’s cheaper online. When I’m standing in a public place, let me travel backwards through time using Street View. When I look at a person, show me his or her professional history. Creepy? Absolutely. But really useful products have a way of succeeding despite their creepiness.If Google released Glass today, it would fail. The current product is an order of magnitude short in capability, battery life and ease of use; even a 2014 release date seems too early to me. Google has called Glass a ten-year commitment. They’re going to need every minute.So is Glass the future? Yes and no. Glass is the future like Windows XP Tablet Edition was the future. In both cases, it’s about a company trying to will a market into existence, but missing the humanity to make the product a success. Somebody, someday, will get this product right. It may be Google, or it may not. The future is up for grabs.center_img Tags:#Contributed#Google Glass#Reviews 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

China for govt-level talks on BCIM economic corridor

first_imgBeijing would like to upgrade the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) dialogue from Track I (official diplomacy) to the “intergovernmental level”.The two-day BCIM meet began in Kolkata on Tuesday.The BCIM is a sub-regional group to review economic development of the region while facilitating the construction of a 2,800-km economic corridor from Kunming in south-west China to Kolkata via Mandalay in Myanmar, Imphal (Manipur) and Silchar (Assam) in India, and Dhaka and Jessore in Bangladesh. The idea gained momentum after a meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2013.At the beginning of the BCIM-EC Joint Study Group meeting here on Tuesday, the head of the Chinese delegation said Beijing wishes to have a mechanism in place to initiate the process of government-to-government dialogue.“It was decided in the second conference [held in Bangladesh in December 2014] that mechanism modalities of an intergovernmental framework agreement will be worked out on the basis of reports by all BCIM countries,” said Chinese delegation head Wang Xiaotao.He is the Vice-Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a counterpart of India’s NITI Aayog.Explaining Mr. Wang’s observations, a Chinese delegation member toldThe Hindu, “As per the decision during the Bangladesh conference, the time has come to launch the mechanism of intergovernmental cooperation. The mechanism has two parts —first to discuss and approve reports, and then to launch the discussion to set up the government-to-government arrangement.”Economic integrationThe BCIM meeting on Tuesday was held to review the economic integration process while facilitating the construction of the economic corridor.Though the corridor is planned through Manipur and Assam, officials from the States concerned were surprisingly not present at Tuesday’s plenary session.Head of Indian delegation and former Ambassador Rajeet Mitter said reports of all four countries “have [been] finalised and circulated…[and these reports will] operate as an important reference point for future work”.“Several chapters from reports by the four countries have now been merged in accordance with the last joint study group meeting [held in 2014]. They [the merged chapters] are in a position to enter into a discussion on the draft merged chapters,” Mr. Mitter said.However, China’s suggestion to upgrade the joint study group dialogue to the “intergovernmental” level is easier said than done, as indicated by A. Gitesh Sarma, the Additional Secretary (Administration) and a delegation member of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.“…Even as we explore greater connectivity between BCIM countries, we should be mindful of different domestic circumstances and developmental aspirations in our respective countries. While forging ahead on our respective developmental paths our four countries [are] at present at different levels of developments and this should be an important consideration while we engage in mutually beneficial areas for cooperation,” Mr. Sarma said.The disparity in development, as indicated by some diplomats earlier, between Kunming and north-east India is perhaps the reason why New Delhi is yet to show the flag to the mega-BCIM corridor.last_img read more

Shifts in the Pyramid: Top 5 people in power list

first_imgIndustrialist Mukesh AmbaniMUKESH AMBANI53, Industrialist (2)Big BossBecause in a year when corporate czars have been cut down to size, his reputation stands as tall as his 27-storey, $1-billion new home.Because Asia’s richest man runs India’s biggest listed company worth Rs 3,36,000 crore whose power extends from oil and gas to,Industrialist Mukesh AmbaniMUKESH AMBANI53, Industrialist (2)Big BossBecause in a year when corporate czars have been cut down to size, his reputation stands as tall as his 27-storey, $1-billion new home.Because Asia’s richest man runs India’s biggest listed company worth Rs 3,36,000 crore whose power extends from oil and gas to textiles, telecom to financial services and even sports management.Because he enabled India to get its biggest foreign direct investment ever, thanks to RILs $7.2-billion deal with British Petroleum (BP) that will see it partner gas projects developed by Reliance.Because RIL, for the last six years, has been the single-largest contributor, at almost 14 per cent, to the National Stock Exchange’s gains.Because along with new-look wife, Nita, he is the unofficial head priest of Mumbai’s uppermost crust, playing host to the best and brightest Indians, from Sachin Tendulkar to Aamir Khan, Anand Mahindra to Adi Godrej.Because whether it’s the gas sharing feud with younger brother Anil or clearance for the deal with BP, he knows whom to call in and out of the government.Power moment When he took a two-third pay cut last year after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commented on vulgar salaries. Of course, his salary,at Rs 1 crore-plus a month, is still a hefty one.Is influenced by His father Dhirubhai’s ability to do the unthinkable. He calls it “jumping to the next orbit”.Style statement “Only Nita,” he says proudlyOne regret That Mumbai Indians did not win the IPL last year Cricketer Sachin TendulkarSACHIN TENDULKARadvertisement37, Cricketer (5)Mr IndiaBecause in a nation where icons are nanosecond phenomenons, he is forever.Because ever since he made his international debut as a curly mopped, chubby cheeked 16-year-old, he has had to shoulder a billion expectations.Because age has not withered his infinite variety or lessened his insatiable appetite for records-Tendulkar holds the record for the most hundreds in Tests (51) and ODIs (48) and his total runs in first-class cricket stand at 79,371, the highest by any Indian.Because in an age of personality meltdowns, he is always correct in his public behaviour.Because he is India’s second richest sportsman, making Rs 64 crore a year from endorsements and match fee, yet he epitomises middle class values.Smartest move Not retaining the captaincy of the side despite leading India in 25 Test matches, between 1996 and 2000. It was Tendulkar who recommended M.S. Dhoni’s name.Did you know That he debuted in 1989 with a pair of pads gifted by his cricket hero, Sunil Gavaskar?Power moment Watching the video of his first Test hundredRecent acquisition Bought and renovated an old Parsi villa near Bandra West, Mumbai, for Rs 35 crore Industrialist Ratan TataRATAN TATA73, Industrialist (1)Rough RideBecause despite the tarnishing of his name in the Niira Radia tapes controversy, he presides over India’s most diversified, multinational business conglomerate with 100 companies in 56 countries and an annual turnover of Rs 3.1 lakh crore.Because he is influential enough to be granted a special audience in Parliament House with a pm under siege at the start of a Budget session.Because of the group’s total revenues of $67.4 billion, 57 per cent came from businesses overseas last year.Because he proved sceptics wrong by successfully turning around the loss-making Jaguar Land Rover to the extent that it contributed 60 per cent of the total revenue and 80 per cent of total profit of Tata Motors in 2010.Because he succeeded in reviving the sales of a struggling Tata Nano by introducing a four-year warranty and a special financing scheme.Usually to be found at His Colaba flat in Mumbai with his pet dogs. One of his Alsatians is named Tito.Top gun moment Co-piloted Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter plane at Aero India 2011 in Bangalore in February.Did you know That he owns around 1 per cent of the total shareholding of the group?Future plans Will step down as the chairman of the Tata Group in 2012 Media Baron Samir JainSAMIR AND VINEET JAIN56 & 44, Media Barons (8)Expanding FootprintBecause they brandished their heft by increasing attention to editorial with a sustained campaign against corruption in the CWG and Adarsh Society scams that scalped a chief minister, and innovative social initiatives like Aman ki Aasha and Teach India.Because they have become the moguls of multimedia with a newspaper empire that sells four million copies every day, an aggressive news channel that is watched by at least two million people daily and 32 radio stations tuned into by 41 million listeners every day.Media Baron Vineet JainBecause The Times of India has become a pan-India paper and is making inroads into Tamil Nadu with editions from Coimbatore and Madurai to take on the reigning stalwart, The Hindu.advertisementBecause they were the most profitable media company, making over Rs 1,200 crore last year, enough to wipe out their debts.Because the brothers have decided to professionalise the brand management with five ceos and involve themselves only in key strategic decisions.Power Moment The brothers bonded at Samir’s daughter Trishala’s wedding in Udaipur in February which was attended by the boldface names of politics, business and Bollywood.Power food Samir prefers home-cooked food, Vineet loves to snack.Fitness Mantra Gym for Vineet and yoga for SamirStyle Statement Kurtas for Samir and blazers for Vineet Banker Deepak ParekhDEEPAK PAREKH66, Banker (24)Corporate DefenderBecause he was the only corporate leader who took on the Government to defend big business after the 2G scam.Because he continues to be the Prime Minister’s advisor of choice, appointed to two more influential government committees in 2010, one on making India slum free and the other on promoting financial inclusion.Because HDFC is growing at a frenetic pace, with a 26 per cent rise in profits in April-December 2010, a 25 per cent increase in loan disbursement and a steadily falling ratio of non-performing roles.Because after years of steady performance, HDFC is hoping to close the current financial year with $1 billion in pre-tax profits, even as its market capitalisation shot past Rs 1,00,000 crore last year.Because HDFC was listed as the sole Indian firm among the world’s most ethical companies in research conducted by the New York-based The Ethisphere Institute.Passionate about Preserving Mumbai’s historic structures. Recently, he wanted Mumbai Ports to retain the century-old docks.Quality time Playing with granddaughter Aamaya.Regrets Not having learnt to play golfFavourite destination Loves going down to Goa for its fishlast_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img

a month agoEx-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting banby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is in even more trouble regarding betting offences.The Englishman, who is now in Turkey with Trabzonspor, could be facing another ban.Per The Sun, the Football Association is appealing the decision that saw Sturridge get a fine and a six-week ban for breaching betting rules.If The FA are successful, it is possible that Sturridge will get an even lengthier ban.The Association believes that Sturridge should be made an example to ensure that players do not even think about placing bets related to games or transfers that involve themselves.Sturridge told his brother Leon to bet on him signing for Sevilla in the January 2018 transfer window. last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Andy Roddick And John Legend Raise Over 1 Million At Charity Gala

first_imgFriday night’s Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) gala raised more than $1 million.The seventh annual charity gala featured nine-time Grammy Award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend, and was held at the W Hotel Austin and ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.Andy Roddick will use event proceeds to help fund youth programs at a new 10,000 square-foot, eight-court tennis and learning facility in Austin, and other youth programs run by its partner organizations. Joined by Matthew McConaughey, Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker, and Legend’s fiancee, Chrissy Teigen, over 1,000 attendees were treated to live pre-concert music, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a concert performance by Legend. McConaughey and wife Camila Alves won an $18,000 bid on a VIP all-access package for the Austin radio program The Bobby Bones Show.Newly retired Roddick is now focusing his efforts on ARF programs, and is thrilled that the event was a success. “The foundation is growing, and this event gives us strong momentum going into 2013.” Roddick has always made giving back a part of his career. In 2000, he established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.During the gala, Roddick introduced ARF’s new informational video, highlighting local and regional statistics on youth poverty, obesity, drop-out rates, and substance abuse. Jeff Lau, ARF’s new CEO stated, “The statistics we’ve uncovered in our research demonstrate a great need for our continued and focused efforts to impact the lives of youths. We want to spread opportunity and nurture each individual’s talent.” The video can be viewed at proceeds raised from the gala go to support the Andy Roddick Foundation and its partners. Sponsors of the event included SAP and GREY GOOSE Vodka.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI human

first_img 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. Ask any smart virtual assistant to tell you a joke and the response is, well, lackluster. A flat, robotic voice drones out some simplistic humor. No laughter, no tone and no concern if you are even listening. Explore further Provided by Purdue University Credit: Shaw Nielsencenter_img AI-based research toward autonomous robots and drones Today’s technology has reached a level where interaction between humans and computers is vital in everyday life. Unfortunately, natural communication between both sides has lagged far behind many other advances.Julia Rayz is conducting artificial intelligence research involving humor, among other areas, to determine what is necessary through computational algorithms to create computer-human interaction that rivals a common conversation between people.”I don’t try to teach computers to tell funny jokes; I want to use artificial intelligence to get computers to a point where they understand why we think something is funny or not,” said Rayz, an associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Computer and Information Technology.That goal, however, is easier said than done. Current artificial intelligence systems perform well at working “inside the box,” finding the correct rules and relationships in decision-making when the logic involved is pretty black and white.”But when there are no clear rules – and there are no clear rules in human communication – what are we going to tell the computer to do, find rules that don’t exist?” Rayz said. “Whenever the box doesn’t have clear outlines, it’s turning into a royal mess. You can’t find enough examples that are going to describe every possible communication scenario.”Advances allowing artificial intelligence to communicate in a natural way with humans can help people work better, increasing potential performance in the business world and allowing for human-computer collaborations that take on more complex challenges and devices.Rayz’ research involves trying to provide artificial intelligence with understandings of what makes a joke a joke, looking at facets such as delivery, context and emotion. To reach comprehension, the computer also needs to have a lot of background knowledge about the situation that the joke describes.Finally, the artificial intelligence must have a perfect understanding of every single meaning that is used in that joke and be able combine it together and interpret the meaning behind what is being said.The work is second nature for people, but a huge hurdle for artificial intelligence to overcome.The research isn’t confined to computers, with linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology experts also taking on the task.Rayz has humor comprehension projects ongoing as part of Purdue’s Applied Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Understanding Lab, which she directs. But, she said, research doesn’t have to focus on just humor in order to make progress toward humor processing.However, the facets involved in humor make it a perfect litmus test for computer-human interaction. If the system can identify a joke, it can understand the nuances that accompany other text and conversation, such as sarcasm and irony.”Artificial intelligence should be able to handle more natural conversation and understand when you are joking and when you are serious,” she said. “If you are giving a command in a sarcastic manner, the computer needs to know it does not need to follow that command.Not all of Rayz’ research is in the lab. She truly appreciates a good joke and is always thinking about how she can make the transition to artificial intelligence.”You can just sit at a café with coffee and observe people and their reactions and modify your algorithms in your mind,” she said. “There are some types of humor I hear and think, ‘Really? You can do better than that.’ But, in conversations especially, you hear a response or hear someone say something, you think ‘Oh wow, that’s complex. I need to incorporate that.’ Citation: Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI, human interaction (2019, February 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more

SC disposes plea challenging Raos appointment as interim CBI chief

first_imgThe apex court said that no interference is required Bihar shelter home case: SC pulls up CBI for transferring probe officer Published on Nageswara Rao, interim Director, CBI RELATED February 19, 2019 CBIcenter_img SHARE The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of a plea challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran said no further interference is required as the relief has already been granted with the appointment of a full time CBI Director.The verdict came on a plea of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Common Cause, which had challenged the appointment of Rao as interim CBI director.In a previous hearing on February 1, the top court had said that it was “averse” to the arrangement of an interim CBI Director and the Centre should “immediately” appoint a regular chief of the probe agency.The bench had said the agency was not functioning properly and the officers were fighting and levelling corruption allegations against each other which was wholly unbecoming of them.The court had also said that the new CBI director who would be appointed must “trace the movements of files” during the period when former CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma was reinstated to the post for two days.Three judges of the apex court — Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana had recused themselves from hearing the matter.In its petition in the apex court, the NGO had sought specific mechanisms to ensure transparency in the process of appointing the CBI director.The plea had alleged that the October 23 last year order of the government appointing Rao as interim CBI director was quashed by the top court on January 8 but the Centre “acted in a completely malafide, arbitrary and illegal manner” to appoint him again in “complete contravention” of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.On January 10, Rao, additional director in CBI, was made interim chief till the appointment of a new director, after the removal of Verma.On February 4, Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, took charge of the probe agency as a full-fledged director. COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Govt presents awards to King and Queen

first_imgGenuinely surprised: Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah feeding each other pulut kuning during a surprise birthday celebration at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur as Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah look on. — Bernama Nation 11 Jul 2019 It’s work as usual for the birthday boy Nation 12 May 2019 King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs Related News Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0601:06  Related News Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah later surprised Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali with an impromptu birthday party.The Prime Minister appeared to be genuinely in the dark when the special cake along with a pulut kuning dish were brought into the room to mark his 94th birthday, which was on Wednesday.Dr Siti Hasmah celebrates her 93rd birthday today.Their Majesties then joined in when those present began to serenade Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah with the Happy Birthday song during the cake-cutting ceremony.The piano-shaped cake in black and white was decorated with flowers, a miniature violin, a piece of musical note and books – perhaps a reflection of Dr Mahathir’s well-known love for reading and Dr Siti Hasmah’s passion for music.Dr Mahathir and his wife of 63 years then fed each other a slice of cake witnessed by Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah. — Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia by the government.At the same ceremony held at Istana Negara yesterday, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara.The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15 and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31. Metro News 18 May 2019 King and queen break fast with the public The King’s installation is scheduled to be held on July 30. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more