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NFL starters dont usually play much in the first

first_imgNFL starters don’t usually play much in the first preseason game of the year, but then again, this is not your usual preseason.The Arizona Cardinals will take the field in Oakland Thursday, just one week after the entire team — including new QB Kevin Kolb — began practicing in Flagstaff.That’s why the signal caller, and some other starters, will likely see extended playing time in the game. “I think it’s going to be, obviously, individualized by position,” Cardinals analyst Ron Wolfley said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Thursday. “I think we’re going to see a lot more of Kevin Kolb — that’s not a big secret.“Coach Whisenhunt has already intimated that he’s going to pay more than the typical starter would in the first preseason game.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

TDF Media Services has launched its new overthet

first_imgTDF Media Services has launched its new over-the-top platform at IBC, enabling its customers to go multiscreen.TDF said it has deployed a 24/7 fully-monitored OTT platform with full redundancy and high SLA commitment, to provide broadcast quality over broadband.The end-to-end solution allows customers to manage media across screens, live and on-demand and enables encoding, DRM encryption, metadata processing and delivery through its own CDN. It can also provide back-office tools for the management and monitoring of video-on-demand stores on a SaaS mode.“Whether they are broadcasters, content owners, VOD operators or Internet service providers, customers rely on TDF Media Services to manage all the complexity of their linear and on-demand workflows,” the firm said.TDF Media Services already provides OTT services to firms including HBO Nordics, Film2Home and Canal+.last_img read more

•  Switching gears a nuclear deal with Iran could

first_img •  Switching gears, a nuclear deal with Iran could send oil prices lower… Iran and six world powers (the US, the UK, Germany, China, France, and Russia) are trying to resolve a 12-year dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The deal on the table would allow Iran to enrich uranium for power generation only. The US and its allies don’t want Iran to build a nuclear bomb. The two sides have been negotiating for almost two years. They were hoping to reach a deal by today, but now the BBC reports that negotiations will likely continue over the weekend. Reuters says a deal “could be the biggest milestone in decades towards easing hostility between Iran and the United States.” A deal could also cause oil prices to drop… Right now, Iran is under strict sanctions. The United Nations won’t let countries sell weapons to Iran. And the European Union won’t buy oil or natural gas from Iran. As a result, Iran’s oil exports have fallen from 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2011 to just 1.2 million bpd today. In January 2013, Iran’s oil minister said oil sanctions were costing his country between $4 and $8 billion per month. Iranian officials say oil exports could nearly double, to 2.3 million bpd, if the two sides agree on a nuclear deal and the US and its allies lift the sanctions. Iran is the sixth-biggest producer of oil in the world, and it has the fourth-largest oil reserves. If it doubles its exports, it will add over 1 million bpd to an already oversupplied market. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a cartel of 12 oil-producing countries that includes Iran, is already producing 31.28 million bpd. That’s its highest rate of production since August 2012. The price of oil is down 49% since June 2014 and 12% in just the last month. •  Back in the US, a huge company is raising prices… Starbucks (SBUX), the largest coffee chain in the US, just announced it will raise prices on most of its drinks by 5 to 20 cents. Starbucks isn’t raising prices because coffee is getting more expensive. The price of coffee beans has dropped 44% since last October. Instead, it’s increasing prices to pay for rising wages and rent prices. And it’s not the only big company dealing with rising costs… Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, announced in February that it would give raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid employees. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Gap are also planning similar wage hikes. For now, rising wages aren’t causing prices to rise much. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a government measure of inflation, showed a 0% inflation rate in May. But we prefer to use data from the Billion Prices Project (BPP) to measure inflation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management created the BPP. It collects the prices of 5 million items sold by hundreds of retailers in order to estimate inflation. Right now, the BPP also says inflation is low. This chart compares the CPI to the PriceStats Inflation Gauge, an inflation index calculated using data from the BPP: Are US ATMs Next to Fail? It’s more likely than you think. Economist reveals stunning evidence… Read more At 11:32 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) broke. The NYSE is the largest stock exchange in the world. Investors couldn’t buy or sell stocks on the NYSE for nearly four hours. Trading resumed at 3:10 p.m. The NYSE’s management blamed a technical glitch. It assured investors that the outage wasn’t due to a cyberattack on NYSE computers. It was the worst malfunction of a major stock exchange since the “Flash Freeze” of 2013, when stocks stopped trading on the Nasdaq for over three hours. •  The NYSE outage added to a crazy week… Earlier this week, we told you that the Shanghai stock market had plummeted 28% since June 12. It was the worst crash in Chinese stocks in two decades. We also showed you how Chinese stocks are extremely volatile. They go through huge booms and huge busts. On Thursday, Chinese stocks switched from bust to boom. After dropping a stunning 19% in one week, the Shanghai soared 11% on Thursday and Friday… its biggest two-day rally since September 2008 during the global financial crisis. We’re not impressed. We pointed out yesterday that the Chinese government has halted trading on 51% of all mainland Chinese stocks. A rally in a market where investors can’t sell 51% of stocks is totally meaningless. – According to both the CPI and BPP, prices only rose by about 0.2% from May 2014 to May 2015. When we do get meaningful inflation, it’ll likely show up in the BPP before it does in the CPI. We’ll be watching both… and we’ll tell you when we start to see inflation.center_img This could wipe out MILLIONS of Americans If you hold any of your savings in the U.S. dollar or you own any assets priced in our currency (like stocks or bonds), then you absolutely must see this urgent warning now. Recommended Links —last_img read more

A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Dow

first_imgA disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile access award.Images of the front entrance to the prime minister’s home and offices – with its two steps to the front door – are shown every day all over the world.But despite staff needing to bring out a portable ramp if a wheelchair-user wants to enter the grade I listed building through the front entrance, 10 Downing Street was presented with an award at last month’s Blue Badge Style Awards.The awards recognise venues that have “made an effort to attract guests with disabilities”, and those nominated are rated on their style, facilities and accessibility, with other winners including the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, and the Dandelyan cocktail bar on London’s South Bank.The citation for the “above and beyond” award said that 10 Downing Street had “pulled out all the stops” on access.Historic England – the government-sponsored public body responsible for “championing England’s heritage” – told Disability News Service this week that it had advised the Cabinet Office on recent access improvements to the building, including a new internal lift, but that so far there had had been no discussions about the steps at the front entrance.Tracey Proudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, and a former government adviser on disability equality, questioned why 10 Downing Street had been handed an award.She said the need to use a ramp at the front door showed that 10 Downing Street had not gone “above and beyond” on access, and she contrasted it with the “great thinking” that had gone into the “creative” access work at Canterbury Cathedral.Proudlock said that front doors are often symbolically important on access.She said: “In terms of Number 10, it is where you deliver your petition or go in to get your new ministerial job.“I think the entrance to Number 10 is really symbolic.“At any front door, disabled people don’t want to be treated differently and that is still happening here.“No matter how quick they are at deploying a temporary ramp, it’s still not an inclusive provision.“Getting out a portable ramp isn’t really a modern approach to providing inclusion.”Proudlock said that just because a building had grade I listed building status, that did not mean that features such as steps to a front door could not be removed.She added: “When big decisions on access are taken, they have to involve disabled people, and at the moment often they do not.”Earlier this year, she wrote in her blog how the Bank of England had come up with an ingenious solution to provide level access at its historic front entrance.She wrote: “If front entrance access can be achieved at the Bank of England – built in 1734, when most disabled people would have been in the workhouse or infirmary – it can be done in a lot more places…“Everyone blames everyone else for why it ‘can’t be done’ or ‘isn’t worth doing’.“Important public buildings, however historic, are no less important to members of the public who happen to be disabled.”A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “Downing Street is committed to accessibility and we have undertaken a programme of works over recent years to make sure this historic building is accessible to all who visit.”This includes improved accessible toilets, “increased ramping”, and a new lift providing access to the state rooms.She said: “We’re proud to have these efforts recognised by the Blue Badge Style Awards.”She said the front door was “manned by a custodian constantly, meaning that it is accessible 24/7 to those who require the use of a ramp”.But she had failed to say by noon today (Thursday) whether there had been any discussions about removing the steps at the front entrance.Historic England confirmed that the Cabinet Office was “rolling out a programme of improvements to the grade I listed complex to proactively address disabled access”.She said: “Historic England advised on the recent installation of the award-winning lift [inside] Downing Street and regularly discusses listed building alterations with Cabinet Office.”Another spokeswoman added later: “There have not yet been any formal discussions with Cabinet Office about alterations specifically to the front steps of Number 10.“The accessibility audit is still being worked through and we will continue to advise as necessary.”Fiona Jarvis (pictured, outside 10 Downing Street), founder of Blue Badge Style and a wheelchair-user herself, said the award recognised the effort made by 10 Downing Street in recent refurbishments.She said in a statement: “They now have stylish toilets for people with disabilities on every floor and stairs that turn into a lift, allowing people with disabilities to get from the main building to the rest of the rooms more easily.“Immediately you arrive they come out with a portable ramp, which means you can negotiate the iconic front steps which are tied by a grade I listing. “More than anything it’s their attitude to doing their best for people with disabilities that won them the award.”Asked why the award had been given when the front entrance was so clearly inaccessible to wheelchair-users, a spokeswoman said that Jarvis “recognises the issue with the steps, but her experience was that [because] they got the ramp out so quickly, there wasn’t a problem getting in to the building”.last_img read more

WarriorsPelicans game becomes first professional sports event to stream live in 3D

first_imgThe sports event streamed live in 3D on Warriors-Pelicans game.Image Credit: Venture Beat Advertisement The Warriors-Pelicans game Tuesday night at Oracle Arena became the first live professional sports event to be televised in virtual reality, a high-definition 3D live stream that can be watched with a headset and provides viewers with new angles and unique perspectives.Technology company NextVR mounted one camera, on the TNT broadcast table at half court, to provide a 180-degree view for the stream, as opposed to shots in a regular television broadcast that may be more confined. Watching with a headset that felt like being on the floor, with the depth perception of 3D, with the ability to turn from side to side that allows the viewer to choose what to watch, not the director deciding which shot to broadcast.Another camera was attached to one of the basket stanchions, to be used strictly for a highlight package for later use. – Advertisement – “It fundamentally re-defines what it means to have the best seat in the house,” said David Cramer, the senior vice president for corporate strategy for NextVR. “You could have all the money in the world and not be able to watch from the dugout. But in our test with Major League Baseball, we had a camera in the Cubs dugout at AT&T Park (this season). When there was a hit, you could see the reaction in the dugout.”[related-posts]An unknown number of people outside Oracle Arena had access to the live stream available in the United States only, while viewing stations allowed fans inside the building to watch the pre-game ring ceremony and the game via the developing technology. The total number of viewing devices worldwide is in the “low six figures,” Cramer estimated, with plans to grow that into the millions within a year.The NBA first experimented with virtual reality in 2013-14, when NextVR captured, but did not show live, the Warriors playing the Nuggets. Last season, it became the first U.S. professional league to publicly show virtual reality, capturing and distributing highlights of the All-Star game and All-Star Saturday night from New York.“I don’t think w’re trying to replace the TV experience or mimic the TV experience,” Cramer said. “I think what we’re trying to do is give people a product that can enhance what you see on TV.”Tuesday’s product was a collaboration among NextVR, Turner Sports and the NBA. No decision has been made on streaming future games.[hangtime]last_img read more

Starbucks Unleashes the Unicorn Frappucino

first_img Register Now » Starbucks Next Article Starbucks Unleashes the Unicorn Frappucino Image credit: Starbuck For a limited time, Starbucks will offer the Unicorn Frappucino, a shimmery purple and blue blended beverage that turns pink when you stir it.So what exactly is a Unicorn Frappucino? It has nothing to do with billion-dollar startups. In its press release, Starbucks says the sparkly drink is “made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle.” Topped with vanilla whipped cream, the Frappucino looks, and apparently tastes, magical. It not only changes color but also flavor, with the sweet and fruity taste transforming into tangy and tart once you mix it.If you want to take a sip of this whimsical new item, you better hurry: The Unicorn Frappucino will only be available from April 19 to 23.So far, people are pretty hyped about Starbucks’s new concoction.PSA @STARBUCKS IS RELEASING THE UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO & IT COMES OUT 4/19 ????? pic.twitter.com/LkufMRbuxi— joseph ? (@stussyjoseph) April 17, 2017#BreakingNewsStarbucks is releasing a new Unicorn Frappuccino ? and my life is now complete #unicornfrappuccino pic.twitter.com/66qJG1J67v— ?Nasty Suzette ? (@SuzetteLT) April 16, 2017CONFIRMED: just called the @starbucks on @MarquetteU campus and they say they’ll have the #UnicornFrappuccino TOMORROW. Time to sparkle! pic.twitter.com/3xLQAEzjeh— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) April 18, 2017 Rose Leadem Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img If you want to try this colorful drink, you better hurry — it’s only available for a limited time. Add to Queue April 18, 2017 2 min read –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

Aloft Hotel Adds SiriEquipped Rooms

first_img Enroll Now for $5 August 29, 2016 David Murphy Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Aloft Hotel Adds Siri-Equipped Rooms –shares Next Article Add to Queuecenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Hey Siri, fluff my pillow and make sure I’m awake at 7 a.m. for my workout. And make me a coffee at 6:55 a.m. so I can wake up to that sweet aroma, slam it and run out the door. Now, tell me a bedtime story.That’s an ambitious list of tasks for Apple’s digital assistant, but some vacationers will soon get a chance to have Siri serve as their digital butler if they’re staying at either the Santa Clara or Boston Seaport Aloft Hotel. If you’re in one of the hotel’s new Siri-equipped rooms, you’ll get an iPad to play around with that comes with a customized app that lets you control many of the room’s options by yelling “Hey Siri.” “Forget the phrase ‘at the touch of your fingertips.’ Today’s early adopter, hyper-connected global traveler wants a level of personalization unlike ever before, and that means being able to control their hotel experience with the sound of their voice. We’re thrilled to be the first hotel brand to bring voice activation to our guests in this way, using Siri to control room temperature, lighting and more during their stay,” said Brian McGuinness, global brand leader at Aloft Hotels, in a statement.Personalized welcome screens on the aforementioned iPads will help guests familiarize themselves with what they can (and can’t) do by yelling at Siri. It’ll also be the way in which each guest (or one guest, speaking on behalf of the room’s occupants) gets the iPad to recognize his or her voice for “Hey Siri” commands.Once set up, guests will be able to use Siri to control their room’s temperature (thanks to the room’s HomeKit-enabled Ecobee thermostat), adjust the room’s Philips Hue lighting, turn music on and off (so long as guests sign into their iTunes accounts on the iPad first) and figure out various attractions to visit around their particular hotel. It stands to reason that guests will also be able to use Siri for most of the conventional requests they might normally use Siri for: setting alarms, figuring out complex mathematics and other queries like that.Aloft will reset the iPads upon checkout. Image credit: PC Mag 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Sirilast_img read more

KNAUER celebrates diversity

first_imgLunch of diversity: Getting seated by lotteryDiversity enriches our lives, both privately and at work. Experience has shown that difficult and new questions, such as frequently encountered in the technical and research field, can be solved more quickly by teams with a diverse background of experience than by homogeneous teams. In the company’s projects, teams and departments work closely together, but what about the people outside the project environment?Related StoriesKNAUER introduces new Sepapure FPLC columns and media for protein purification tasksHigh Quality Purification of Proteins Through Liquid ChromatographyKNAUER joins UN Global Compact initiative for responsible corporate governanceIn a company with 140 employees, everyone knows everyone – one might think. In practice, however, there are colleagues who know each other little more than by sight.That’s why this diversity event at KNAUER was intended to be an occasion to expand the familiar circles. The company had come up with a lunch to get to know each other. The colleagues enjoyed a delicious international menu at a common table. The special thing about it was that the seating arrangement was determined by each employee pulling the name of the next person sitting next to him out of a lottery drum and that person the name of the next person until all colleagues had taken their seats at the table.The random distribution seating worked perfectly: developer sat next to marketing colleague, saleswoman next to laboratory assistant. The food obviously tasted very good and fears that it might be very silent and stiff were not confirmed. On the contrary, the mood was very relaxed. KNAUER, with employees from 20 countries, sees itself as a tolerant and open company. The company joined the business initiative “Diversity Charter” in May 2017, which aims, among other things, to create a work environment that is free of prejudice but also outward-looking and recognizing the diversity of the society for mutual benefit. I am delighted that our getting-to-know-lunch has been so well received by the employees and that people who otherwise have little to do with each other have actually got to know each other better. I hope that the campaign will have a little after-effect and that the colleagues’ circles will form a little more randomly during the normal lunch break.”Katharina Pohl, Human Resources Officer May 30 2019On May 28, 2019 the “German Diversity Day” took place for the seventh time and on this occasion the Berlin-based laboratory instrument manufacturer KNAUER organized a special campaign for the employees. Source:KNAUERlast_img read more

Rutgersled study sheds light on the origins of metabolism

first_imgWe are closer to understanding the inner workings of the ancient cell that was the ancestor of all life on earth – and, therefore, to understanding how life arose in the first place, and the pathways life might have taken on other worlds.”Lead author Andrew Mutter, a post-doctoral associate at Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 2 2019A Rutgers-led study sheds light on one of the most enduring mysteries of science: How did metabolism – the process by which life powers itself, by converting energy from food into movement and growth – begin?To answer that question, the researchers reverse-engineered a primordial protein and inserted it into a living bacterium, where it successfully powered the cell’s metabolism, growth and reproduction, according to the study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Related StoriesALS mobility and survival could be improved by increasing glucoseHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)Using NMR to Study Protein Structure, Dynamics and MechanismsThe discovery also has implications for the field of synthetic biology, which harnesses the metabolism of microbes to produce industrial chemicals; and bioelectronics, which seeks to apply cells’ natural circuitry for energy storage and other functions.The researchers looked at a class of proteins called ferredoxins, which support metabolism in bacteria, plants and animals by moving electricity through cells. These proteins have different, complex forms in today’s living things, but researchers speculate they all arose from a much simpler protein that was present in the ancestor of all life.Similar to the ways biologists compare modern birds and reptiles to draw conclusions about their shared ancestor, the researchers compared ferredoxin molecules that are present in living things and using computer models, designed ancestral forms that may have existed at an earlier stage in the evolution of life.That research led to their creation of a basic version of the protein – a simple ferredoxin that is able to conduct electricity within a cell and that, over eons of evolution, could have given rise to the many kinds that exist today.Then, to prove their model of the ancient protein could actually support life, they inserted it into a living cell. They took the genome of E. coli bacteria, removed the gene it uses to create ferredoxin in nature, and spliced in a gene for their reverse-engineered protein. The modified E. coli colony survived and grew although more slowly than normal.Study co-author Vikas Nanda, a professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, said the discovery’s implications for synthetic biology and bioelectronics come from ferredoxins’ role in the circuitry of life.”These proteins channel electricity as part of a cell’s internal circuitry. The ferredoxins that appear in modern life are complex – but we’ve created a stripped-down version that still supports life. Future experiments could build on this simple version for possible industrial applications,” Nanda said. Source:Rutgers UniversityJournal reference:Mutter, A.C et al. (2019) De novo design of symmetric ferredoxins that shuttle electrons in vivo. PNAS. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1905643116.last_img read more

Uber sued after data stolen by hackers covered up

Citation: Uber sued after data stolen by hackers covered up (2018, March 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uber-sued-stolen-hackers.html The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, said hackers stole the names and driver’s license numbers of at least 13,500 Pennsylvania Uber drivers. It accused Uber of violating a state law requiring it to notify victims of a data breach within a “reasonable” time frame.”Instead of notifying impacted consumers of the breach within a reasonable amount of time, Uber hid the incident for over a year—and actually paid the hackers to delete the data and stay quiet,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “That’s just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I’m suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians.”Shapiro’s office did not have details about riders who were affected, but asked Pennsylvanians who believes they may have been harmed by the Uber hack to file a complaint with the office.Uber revealed in November that hackers in 2016 had stolen the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world. The thieves also nabbed the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. The breach did not include any credit card information or Social Security information, Uber said.When it revealed the hack, Uber said there was no evidence the stolen data had been misused. It acknowledged paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.Washington state and Chicago have sued Uber, and attorneys general in other states have said they were investigating Uber’s data breach.Uber said it is cooperating with Pennsylvania investigators.”I’ve been up front about the fact that Uber expects to be held accountable; our only ask is that Uber be treated fairly and that any penalty reasonably fit the facts,” Uber said in statement from its chief legal officer, Tony West.The lawsuit seeks civil penalties into the millions of dollars, including $1,000 for each violation of consumer protection laws and $3,000 for each violation involving a victim who is 60 or older.It is the first time Pennsylvania has sued under a 12-year-old state law that makes failing to notify potential victims of a breach of personal information punishable under consumer protection laws. Explore further 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Washington state sues Uber over data breach cover-up The ride-hailing company Uber broke Pennsylvania law when it failed to notify potential victims, including thousands of drivers, for a year after it discovered hackers had stolen their personal information, said the state attorney general, who sued the company Monday. read more

TMobile delays 5G network launch until the second half of the year

first_imgT-Mobile users may need to wait a little longer for 5G than those on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Explore further In an interview with CNET Monday, T-Mobile chief technology officer Neville Ray said that his company will be pushing off the launch of its 5G network to the second half of 2019 as it waits for a phone that is better equipped to work with the company’s lower band wireless spectrum.At the industry MWC tradeshow in Barcelona last year the company said it was working to build out its network across 30 cities with a plan to start shipping its first 5G devices in “early 2019.”New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas were previously announced to be getting the new network first.The news of the T-Mobile delay comes on the same day that Sprint announced it would be turning on its own 5G network in Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta and Dallas in May, with five other cities still on track to have 5G during the first half of 2019.T-Mobile and Sprint are currently in the process of trying to complete a $26 billion merger. Each carrier has stressed to lawmakers that it needs the other in order to speedily deploy 5G nationwide.T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY request for comment on the delay.By pushing off its launch, T-Mobile falls further behind rivals AT&T and Verizon in the mobile 5G race. AT&T launched its 5G network in 12 cities late last year, while Verizon last week announced that it will be the first carrier to offer Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 5G in the first half of the year.The three other carriers have announced that they too, will offer Samsung’s 5G Galaxy S10 this year, with T-Mobile on its website stating that it will offer the phone “this summer.” 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. Citation: T-Mobile delays 5G network launch until the second half of the year, report (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-t-mobile-5g-network-year.htmlcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Sprint’s 5G network will go live this May in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas Citylast_img read more

Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI

first_img Citation: Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI (2019, July 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-instagram-features-counter-bullying-ai.html Explore further © 2019 AFP There have been growing calls around the world for greater oversight of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, amid widespread criticism over bullying, as well as the spread of hate speech and fake news.Instagram, which has more than a billion users worldwide, is a platform focused on images, allowing users to post photos and videos, which can then be commented on by other users.The company said it has used artificial intelligence to monitor bullying and harmful content for years, and will now use the technology to detect when a user is about to post something offensive and issue a warning.”This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said in a statement.”From early tests of the feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”The other new feature—”Restrict”—is aimed at limiting abusive comments on a user’s feed.”We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” Mosseri said.Now they will be able to make posts from an offending person visible only to that person.”Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages,” Mosseri added.Instagram’s move is the latest in a series of steps taken by social networks to protect users, especially from younger segments of society.According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center last year, 72 percent of US teenagers said they used Instagram.Bullying is just one of the many fronts on which social media titans have faced scrutiny in recent years.There have been growing calls for regulation of such platforms over the spread of hate speech and fake news—including allegations of states using social media to try and influence elections in rival countries—as well as more oversight of how they collect and use customer data.Firms like Facebook, in response, have rolled out policy changes and features aimed at increasing transparency and safety. Instagram ramps up battle against bullyingcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Instagram will introduce new features aimed at curbing online bullying, the Facebook-owned platform announced Monday, as social media giants face increased scrutiny over the harassment faced by many users. 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.last_img read more

No poll code violation by PM Modi in Patan speech Election CommissionNo

first_imgpolitics COMMENT Elections 2019 May 04, 2019 Election Commission of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Ramnagar in Paschim Champaran district of Bihar   –  THE HINDU SHAREcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on This is the sixth clean chit to Modi by the poll watchdog The Election Commission on Saturday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Gujarat speech in which he had claimed that the Indian government had kept Pakistan on its toes to ensure the safe return of its pilot.This is the sixth clean chit to Modi by the poll watchdog.It was not immediately clear whether the decision on the April 21 Patan speech was unanimous.One of the election commissioners, according to sources, gave a dissenting view in the EC’s decision to give a clean chit to Modi with regard to his speech at Wardha on April 1, where he attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from the minority-dominated Wayanad seat in Kerala, and his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot airstrike and the CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack on April 9.He had also reportedly given dissent in the clean chit to BJP president Amit Shah for his Nagpur speech in which he had reportedly said that Wayand constituency of Kerala is where majority is minority.In its Saturday’s decision, the EC said, ”…detailed report of the chief electoral officer, Gujarat was obtained. The matter has been examined in detail in accordance with the extant advisories, provisions of the model code of conduct. After examination, commission is of the view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted.”In his Patan speech, Modi had reportedly said that he had warned Pakistan of “consequences” if it did not return Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured after an aerial dogfight with Pakistani F-16s that had violated Indian airspace and targeted military installations in February.Pakistan released Varthaman on the night of March 1. Modi also spoke of a US claim that India had kept 12 missiles ready.So far, the EC has cleared six speeches of Modi, two of Shah and one of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.Gandhi had been issued a show cause notice for his Madhya Pradesh speech in which he had reportedly said that the government enacted a new law which allows tribals to be shot.On March 19, the EC had issued an advisory asking parties not to invoke armed forces in their political campaign.For more stories, click here – India Votes: Lok Sabha Elections 2019 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Streetwise Tunisia end Madagascars dream with 30 quarterfinal win

first_imgCAIRO (Reuters) – Tunisia ended Madagascar’s remarkable Africa Cup of Nations run when they beat the rank outsiders 3-0 in their quarter-final on Thursday, notching their first win of the tournament in the process.Madagascar, a country with little football tradition and who had not been expected to progress beyond the group stage on their first appearance at the finals, held out until the second half when they were undone by Ferjani Sassi’s deflected shot.Youssef Msakni added a second on the hour for the Carthage Eagles, ranked 25th in the world against Madagascar’s 107th, and substitute Naim Sliti finished it off on the break in stoppage time to earn them a semi-final against Senegal on Sunday.Tunisia had drawn their previous four matches at the tournament, beating Ghana on penalties in the last 16. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Football 08 Jul 2019 Madagascar fairytale continues with shootout win over DR Congo Football 09 Jul 2019 Tunisia take last place in the Cup of Nations quarter-finalscenter_img Football 09 Jul 2019 VAR to be used from Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals The Indian Ocean islanders had beaten Nigeria on their way to winning their group and then knocked out Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties in the previous round but it was always going to be different proposition against streetwise, if uninspiring, Tunisia.”Today, the bar was too high, Tunisia were too strong for us, they were a very well-organised team. The result was logical,” said Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis, who also coaches French fourth-tier side Fleury.”I am very proud of the players and what they have done at this tournament, it’s exceptional. I take off my hat to them.”Despite having more possession, Tunisia were let down by the final pass early on while Madagascar were more incisive on the occasions they went forward.Tunisia began to take control towards halftime, however, and Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien twice had to dive at the feet of the marauding Tunisian forwards and then parried Wahbi Khazri’s curling free kick around the post.He was then called into action again to save Ghaylen Chaalali’s low drive from 25 metres.Khazri had a goal disallowed for offside at the start of the second half but it was not long before Tunisia went ahead, although it was very tough on Madagascar.Sassi’s shot in the 52nd minute appeared to offer no real threat to Adrien until it took a wicked deflection off Thomas Fontaine to leave the hapless goalkeeper completely wrong-footed.Eight minutes later, Tunisia struck again. Adrien saved Khazri’s shot but was powerless when Msakni collected the rebound, slipped past a defender and planted the ball in the bottom corner.After that, Tunisia decided to sit back on their lead and Madagascar never looked like mounting a fight back.Although they kept pushing forward, their remarkable campaign ended with something of a whimper with Sliti’s breakaway goal in stoppage time rubbing salt into the wounds. (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Related Newslast_img read more