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CES 2019 Bowflexs smart coaching app brings a digital trainer to your

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Sport and Outdoors See also CES Products Tags Share your voice 1:22 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Post a comment These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 0 Download the app for Android or iPhone — it costs $15 per month or $149 per year — and complete Bowflex’s “fitness assessment.” This gives the software a baseline to determine the length and difficulty level that’s best for you.It also claims predictive capabilities that are supposed to automatically adjust your next workout based on your previous one. I got to try it out for myself and found the app fairly intuitive to navigate with straightforward workout stats and other data. Services like this are part of a growing trend in fitness equipment — tools to keep you motivated while you workout at home — and it isn’t the only home fitness device we’ve seen here at CES 2019. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Bowflex Max Intelligence coaches you through your workout CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos The Bowflex Max Intelligence Platform service is supposed to keep you motivated when you exercise at home. Angela Lang/CNET Bowflex, makers of a wide range of fitness equipment, has something new for your home gym — the Max Intelligence platform. The Max Intelligence platform is an optional service that’s compatible with Bowflex’s Max Trainer M8 and M6 machines. The platform is supposed to act as a digital personal trainer in your home, keeping you motivated and adjusting your workouts for you based on your level of fitness.last_img read more

Apples iPhone sales tanked Now all eyes are on whats ahead

first_img $999 The company had raised a red flag in November, when it said it would stop disclosing how many units it sells each quarter.On Tuesday, investors will get a more-detailed picture of what missed and why. More important, said analysts, will be what Apple says during its conference call about the state of the second quarter, which ends in March.”The big question is how much iPhone channel inventory Apple built in Q1,” Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein, wrote in a note to investors last week. Sacconaghi encouraged investors to listen for commentary on replacement cycles for the iPhone, reasons for the downturn in China and demand in other regions for the iPhone. “Our contention [is] that China only appears to account for half of the iPhone’s shortfall in Q1,” he wrote.UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri raised similar concerns in his investors note, writing that he’ll be paying attention to what Apple says about iPhone inventory levels, how long the company expects to be affected by demand in China, potential price reductions and iPhone upgrade cycles. Updated at 4:22 p.m. PT: To reflect the price of the MacBook Air for nonstudents.  Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it releases new iPhones and more.Does the Mac still matter? Apple execs explain why the MacBook Pro was over four years in the making, and why we should care. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 48 Now playing: Watch this: Tags $999 Apple See It See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Stock Market Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Boost Mobile See It Apple’s iPhone XS didn’t sell as well as analysts had expected during the holiday season.  Angela Lang/CNET Early this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave us the bad news in broad strokes. On Tuesday, we’ll find out just how bad it was.In a letter shared with investors on Jan. 2, Cook revealed that revenue in the company’s fiscal first quarter, ended on Dec. 29, would miss Apple’s own forecasts by about 15 percent. He laid most of the blame on an economic slowdown in China. “In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline, occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac and iPad,” he wrote. Cook also blamed a decrease in carrier phone subsidies and higher prices overseas caused by a strong US dollar. Customers additionally took advantage of Apple’s $29 battery replacement offer, which lets them squeeze more life out of their older iPhones. The company now sees sales of $84 billion, well below the range of $89 billion to $94 billion it had forecast in November. The earnings warning was Apple’s first in more than 15 years. The weaker holiday season — a period when most of Apple’s iPhones are sold — fanned a growing belief that the industry as a whole, and Apple in particular, is grappling with consumer smartphone fatigue. Many people also pointed to the high price tags on Apple’s newest phones. The iPhone XS ranges from $999 to $1,349, depending on storage capacity, and the XS Max with 512 GB of storage costs as much as $1,499. By comparison, the MacBook Air starts at $999. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple Apple iPhone XS Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It $999 See it $999 Best Buy • Comments Share your voice Apple’s streaming service could take on Netflix 6:05 reading • Apple’s iPhone sales tanked. Now all eyes are on what’s aheadlast_img read more

Jay Varia stirs up BTown as promising celebrity manager and social media

first_imgJay VariaPR HandoutIn this fairly young but highly persuading business of celebrity endorsement and management, Jay Varia proves his mettle at its best. Born in Jamnagar, Gujarat, Jay bagged his engineering degree in Computers from LRDP Institute of technology.Varia’s experience in online marketing and his sense of growing business through digital marketing skills is tremendous and hence he is definitely a name to pine for when it comes to online marketing growth. It never ceases to amaze someone that the talented Jamnagar boy is now a noted celebrity manager.With an impressive collection of management data’s of 50 plus TV channels, Bollywood celebs, TV stars and celebrated bloggers like Pranitaa Pandit, Roshni Kapoor, Shiny Doshi, Nyraa Banerjee, etc. Jay is becoming a favorite person for the lot. His success story indeed remains in continuation as a proud proprietor of Jay digital Marketing.This year is going to be stacked up exciting for Jay as he is targeting big to hit 250+ celebrity/Brand clients. This successful personality of social media management shares the importance of social media management and swears by his passion for establishing a brand and individual popularity through social media and digital platforms.last_img read more

Know More about Saif Siddiqui Stylish Instagram Sensation

first_imgInstagram Sensation Saif Siddiqui.Today we will talk about a Lucknow based businessman who is making his mark rapidly. Famously known as saif__siddiquii on Instagram with more than 100k of followers and quite popular locally. Now that’s really a long list of followers. People follow him for his high fashion style and Fitness. He is enthusiastic and passionate about his physique.Saif Siddiqui was born on 1st of August 1987 a lucknow based businessman who belongs to a very reputed family. Saif Siddiqui is into a real estate business from long.Saif Siddiqui is a stylish man who loves fashion and lifting weights. He has a keen determination for maintaining his physique. He has been lifting weights from the past 10-12 years. According to Saif Siddiqui Consistency is the key to have a good physique. He lives his life like a boss well dressed and always in vogue.Saif Siddiqui has always been focusing in maintaining his physique from an early age. With so many years of experience he has the knowledge of proper methods of training. His working out methods keeps one mentally, physically and socially fit. His love from fashion is endless. His walk-in closet is full of luxury brands which is no less than an emporium.Looking to his style and personality he knows how to keep himself updated with fashion and all the aspects of life.Saif joined his family business at the age of 24. From that time his business has grown very well. Saif has been always a very focused person regarding his work. From his hectic schedule he still takes out time for gym. This shows his true passion towards fitness. He just wants to keep improving daily in every aspects of his life.Saif has a very big groups of friends. He loves his family the most. Saif has 3 brothers.He loves to travel and party .Saif has explored mostly all the brands around the world. He is not a fashion blogger but has a passion towards fashion which helps him to keep exploring. He is known for his classy fashion style.We hope that Saif Siddiqui keeps growing. We wish him all the very best for the rest of his life. Stay Classy always as you are.If you haven’t seen him yet then go and check out his Instagram profile where you can have a look at his posts for fitness goals and classy fashion. @saif__siddiquiiIBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Holy Week Service at Sharon Baptist

first_imgBy AFRO StaffSharon Baptist Church the venerable West Baltimore church led by Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, will hold Holy Week services April 16 and 17. On April 16, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas will preach at 7:00 PM. On April 16 and 17, Bishop Frank M. Reid will preach both days at noon. For more information call the church at: 410.669.6667. Sharon Baptist is located at 1375 N. Stricker St.(Stock Photo)Rev. Dr. Vaughn and his daughter Cassandra Vaughn are also pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter and granddaughter Lauren Apryle Fox, to Khai Javier Atkinson, son of Joel Atkinson and Kya Taylor. They plan to marry next February.last_img read more

Disney Reportedly Pulls YouTube Ads Over ChildExploitation Controversy

first_imgIn the wake of the revelations, Disney suspended its advertising spending on YouTube, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. (Disney reps did not respond to requests for comment.) Other advertisers that have frozen their YouTube ad spending include Epic Games, maker of “Fortnite,” and Nestle U.S., per the report. McDonald’s also has pulled YouTube ad spending, according to a Wall Street Journal report.YouTube did not comment on advertisers suspending their spending. According to YouTube, after Watson posted his exposé, the service terminated over 400 accounts and channels that violated its policies, disabled comments on “tens of millions” of videos and also reported illegal activity to law-enforcement authorities.“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent, and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” a YouTube rep said in a statement. “There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”According to Watson, videos in the “pedophile ring” had run ads from brands including McDonald’s, Lysol, Disney, Hershey Co.’s Reese’s, Purina, Grammarly, Ikea and GNC.It’s the latest in a string of “brand safety” scandals for YouTube involving ads served with inappropriate content. In the fall of 2017, YouTube was hit by a backlash over ads on videos that attracted child predators. Earlier that year, evidence that YouTube was placing ads against violent and extremist videos led to a broad boycott by hundreds of advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Dish Network and PepsiCo.AT&T only last month announced that it planned to resume buying ads on YouTube after almost a two-year hiatus, telling the New York Times that it had determined the platform had taken sufficient steps to make itself “brand safe.”In response to the advertiser pullouts in 2017, YouTube moved to tighten controls over how ads are served and set new restrictions on creator eligibility for revenue sharing. Some YouTubers complained of an “adpocalypse” that cut into their earnings after the changes. YouTube is facing yet another big advertiser backlash, with Disney, Epic Games and McDonald’s among the marketers said to have pulled their ad spending after the Google-owned video platform was accused of facilitating what a critic described as a “soft-core pedophilia ring.”Vlogger Matt Watson, in a Feb. 17 video on his YouTube channel MattsWhatItIs, showed how YouTube’s algorithms enabled a secret “wormhole” for pedophiles, who posted sexual comments on videos of young girls and identified sections of the videos where they were in compromising positions or suggestive poses. In some cases, users were trading child pornography in the comments section, he claimed.“How does this exist?” a visibly upset Watson railed in the video. “For me, I want nothing to do with this platform that’s supporting this s—… It’s disgusting.” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

6 new tours from KapohoKine Adventures on Hawaii island

first_img6 new tours from KapohoKine Adventures on Hawaii island Share Tags: Hawaii, KapohoKine Adventures Monday, August 20, 2018 Posted bycenter_img KapohoKine Adventures, a leading eco-adventure tour operator on Hawaii island, has launched six new tours out of Kona and Hilo.The new tours supplement the company’s standing menu of adventures, including the popular ‘Historic Hilo Bay and Waterfalls by Kayak Tour’ and ‘HeliZippin’ Volcano’. All tours have been slightly modified due to the current lava flow, and will continue to be as needed for dialing conditions.“Hawaii island has always been more than Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” said Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures. “The challenges of the current lava flow provided the opportunity to expand our tour offerings and come up with creative adventures that showcase the diversity of the entire island and the fun of discovery.”The new tours are as follows:Cap’n Cook by Land and Sea: This tour starts with a tasting at the 24-acre Bay View Farm, which is nestled above Kealakekua Bay. From there, guests will head to Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park and then take a high-speed zodiac raft to explore sea caves and lava tubes. They’ll also snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and see the monument to Captain Cook. This tour is priced at US$299 (Hilo) and $240 (Kona), plus tax, per person, and includes roundtrip transportation and deli lunch.Kings, Kohala and Paniolo: This tour explores the significance of the Hawaiian Islands’ first ruler and the pioneers of today’s vibrant ranching community. Highlights include Pololu Valley, picture-perfect Hawi town, a scenic drive along the spine of Kohala Volcano, and learning about the paniolo lifestyle in Waimea. This tour is priced at $229 (Hilo) and $170 (Kona, plus tax, per person and includes roundtrip transportation and lunch.Hamakua Heritage: Beginning in the sacred Waipio Valley, this tour includes a leisurely stroll through the town of Honokaa, a stop at Laupahoehoe Point, an easy walk to the 442-foot Akaka Falls, and a tour of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. This tour is priced at $129 (Hilo) and $199 (Kona0, plus tax, per person and includes roundtrip transportation and deli lunch.Waipio Valley, Credit: KaphoKineLaupahoehoe Point, Credit: KaphoKineEvening Volcano Explorer: This popular classic has been redesigned to accommodate access restrictions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hilo guests will see two of the island’s most spectacular waterfalls before exploring Kaumana Caves. Kona guests will see how lava rock was used to construct ancient temples, taste coffee grown in volcanic content, and visit the famous Painted Church. Both tours end with sampling wine grown from shallow volcanic topsoil at Volcano Winery. This tour is priced at $149 (Hilo) and $199 (Kona), plus tax, per person and includes roundtrip transportation and lunch, plus dinner for Kona guests.Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls Explorer: This full-day adventure includes a visit to a 24-acre coffee farm, a stop at the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (the only area currently accessible), and a leisurely stroll along Punaluu Black Sand Beach. It winds down in the quaint town of Hilo and a stop at Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls. This tour is priced at $229 (Kona) plus tax, per person, and includes roundtrip transportation and lunch.Lava Boat Adventure: Aboard the 800hp Ohana vessel, this adventure takes guests along the Hilo and Puna coastline before rounding the easternmost point in Hawaii. The boat captain will find 30-45 minutes of safe viewing before returning to Hilo. This tour is priced at $250 (Hilo) plus tax, per person. Add-on options include a helicopter flight for an additional $215 plus tax, per person, and eight lines of ziplining for an additional $139 plus tax, per person.For more information go to KapohoKine.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep Cole votes in support of bill for additional funding to repair

first_img Categories: Cole News 21Feb Rep. Cole votes in support of bill for additional funding to repair Michigan roads Legislation helps northern Michigan and entire stateState Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as soon as possible.“Fixing our Michigan roads is a top priority,” Rep. Cole said.  “We have additional funding to repair Michigan roads this year and we can improve our roads without waiting for another budget cycle.”The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects in Michigan.The new bill includes money for counties, cities and villages throughout Michigan.Estimated local allocations include Antrim County ($349,034), Otsego County ($388,355), Charlevoix County ($335,661), Montmorency County ($239,020) Oscoda County ($248,242), Bellaire ($9219), Elk Rapids ($16,480), Ellsworth ($6104), Mancelona ($11,561), Central Lake ($8655), Gaylord ($29,960), Vanderbilt ($7290), Charlevoix ($24,296), Boyne City ($36,444), East Jordan ($21,347), and Boyne Falls ($4091).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees are required for the investment.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet In a statement released through the PSNI, Mr Bradley and his wife Janice said: “Daniel taught us to step into his world. “A world filled with challenges and differing perspectives. He taught us to embrace autism and we quickly learned from him that different is not less. We love you. Dan the Man – Forever in our hearts.”Well-known singer-songwriter and mental health campaigner James Bradley also posted a video to social media of little Daniel singing along with him to the Coldplay song ‘Fix You’.Mr Bradley wrote: “Fly High Dan The Man, Till we meet again.” Tragic Daniel Bradley who was killed on Thursday night on Glenshane RoadTHE HEARTBROKEN parents of eight-year-old boy Daniel Bradley who was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Co Derry have paid tribute to their son they affectionately called ‘Dan The Man’.Daniel died following the incident on the Glenshane Road near Maghera on Thursday evening. Daniel, who was autistic, was a pupil at Kilronan School.Writing on their Facebook page the school said that they learned of Daniel’s death with “great shock and sadness”.“Daniel was a much-loved member of our school community. He was lively, full of fun and popular with all who knew him,” it said.“We extend our deepest sympathy to his parents, sisters, grandparents and wider family circle at this very sad time and we ask that you would keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone expressed his deepest sympathies to the family of Daniel.“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young boy as they come to terms with this terrible loss,” the Mid Ulster MLA said.“Most of us cannot begin to imagine what the family are feeling upon receiving this devastating news.“I am confident the local community will rally to support them at this deeply sad time.”Police are investigating the crash and have appealed for witnesses or anyone who has dashcam footage to contact police on the 101 number.Parents pay heartbreaking tribute to Derry schoolboy Daniel Bradley killed in crash was last modified: September 22nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Glenshane roadJames and Janice BradleyKilronan Primary SchoolKilronan special needs schoolParents pay heartbreaking tribute to Derry schoolboy Daniel Bradley killed in crashlast_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

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

Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners Constant Contact

first_img Eventbrite App MarketplaceEventbrite’s APIhubspotMarketing TechnologyNewsSurveyMonkeyTechnology Previous ArticlePantheon Launches Community and Advocacy Program for Drupal and WordPressNext ArticleClear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic Partnership Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prism MTS Staff WriterApril 19, 2019, 3:05 pmApril 19, 2019 We’re unveiling the Eventbrite App Marketplace, the next iteration of what we formerly called Eventbrite Spectrum. With a brand new look and feel, the Eventbrite App Marketplace was reimagined to make it even easier for event creators to find and leverage 100+ trusted apps to help them save time, run events more efficiently, and, ultimately, sell more tickets.More specifically, beyond the fresh coat of paint, the interface has been re-designed to be easier for creators to discover apps, and the revamped documentation and guides help make it faster and easier for developers to build with us. The beauty of the Eventbrite App Marketplace is that all of the apps play seamlessly with Eventbrite’s platform, connecting with the simple click of a button. This means that creators have the power to extend and tailor the functionality of the Eventbrite platform to suit the specific needs of their business.Matt Whitlock from Northern Nights Music Festival comments: “Our festival has been around for seven years, and during that time we’ve made great use of the apps that integrate with Eventbrite. Apps like Mailchimp Sync, ToneDen, and Social Ladder’s Ambassador Program are highly valuable tools that help us both broaden the reach of Northern Nights Music Festival with attendees, and throw a successful event from start to finish.”Marketing Technology News: OpenText Invests and Drives Growth in Asia Pacific RegionTo unearth and deliver the best solutions we work closely with our diverse community of partners, developers, and creators to build a more adaptable and powerful global ticketing and event technology platform. Adding to an already solid lineup of leading software partners and platforms like HubSpot for marketing, sales, and service software, SurveyMonkey for collecting feedback, and ToneDen for automated social marketing; We’re excited to welcome four new app partners:Constant Contact: Constant Contact makes it easy for creators to build professional emails to promote events, track registrations, send follow-up emails, and import registrants as email contacts. Creators can also easily add event content to any email template with a simple drag-and-drop tool and can seamlessly transfer contacts from Eventbrite to Constant Contact.Gift Up!: Gift Up! is a simple way for creators to sell gift cards on their own website for events listed on Eventbrite. With this integration, the Gift Up! app automatically tracks and syncs the sold gift cards as discount coupons in a creator’s Eventbrite account and the result is an easy gift card purchase process for the gift-giver, and a simple experience for the receiver.Lennd: Lennd is an event management platform for festival creators that manages credentials and ticket requests for vendors, sponsors, artists, media, and staff. With this integration, creators can quickly spin up forms to facilitate requests and approvals for event access and sync the collected data into Eventbrite.Prism: Prism is committed to simplifying the complex process of booking live music and comedy shows, managing rooms, and routing tours with one source of truth so event creators can be more efficient and successful. With this integration, Prism helps bring various pieces of event management into a single, consolidated system all within Eventbrite.Marketing Technology News: Pegasystems Honored with Multiple Awards for Helping Organizations Digitally Transform Their BusinessEventbrite continues to invest in the platform to make it as easy and as simple as possible for partners and developers to build with Eventbrite.Adrian Taveras from Prism shares: “I evaluate numerous integration opportunities throughout the live music technology space. Our experience with Eventbrite’s API and Eventbrite’s partner program has been best-in-class. The API is incredibly well-documented and robust which has enabled us to deploy our deepest integration to date with a ticketing partner. I often reference Eventbrite’s API to new partners developing new endpoints.”This is just the beginning for the Eventbrite App Marketplace. There will be more to share as we continue to build it out to further extend the power of the Eventbrite platform.Marketing Technology News: HG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption Coveragelast_img read more

Aggressive prostate cancer linked to hereditary breast cancer confirms study

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 10 2019Aggressive prostate cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in men, is associated with BRCA2 mutations, which are also linked to hereditary breast cancer, ovarian cancer and pancreas cancer, among others. The finding was confirmed in a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, led by Elena Castro, Nuria Romero-Laorden and David Olmos, from the Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Unit at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). It reveals that family members of patients with prostate cancer who carry BRCA2 and DNA-repair gene mutations have an increased risk of developing cancer and should be evaluated in familial cancer prevention programmes.Furthermore, the new study shows that prostate cancer in men with BRCA2 mutations is associated with worse outcomes and poor responses to standard treatments. Researchers are currently assessing the benefits of ovarian and breast cancer therapies for prostate cancer patients.The recently published article reports the first results of PROREPAIR-B, a study coordinated by CNIO researchers and conducted at the Instituto de Investigacion Biomedica de Malaga (IBIMA) and the Instituto de Genetica Medica y Molecular (INGEMM), with the participation of 38 Spanish hospitals. More than 400 men diagnosed with prostate cancer resistant to castration — or hormone blockade — were followed up for five years starting in 2013 in order to analyze their genetic characteristics and the impact of these on the progression of the disease and response to treatments.”This is the first prospective study — that is, not looking back in time but watching for outcomes from the moment patients are diagnosed with advanced cancer — that shows BRCA2 mutations themselves, regardless of other factors, are responsible for poor prognosis and can have an impact on treatment responses,” explains Castro, the article’s first author.”It should be noted that we identified germline mutations, although in a number of patients there were no familial cancer cases that might have indicated the presence of such genetic alterations. These mutations should be identified in patients with metastatic prostate cancer, since detecting such alterations is important for the diagnosis and management of the disease and for the patients’ families, whose risk of developing breast, ovarian or pancreatic cancer is increased,” explains Castro.PROREPAIR-B is the first prospective cohort study carried out for a long period that involves a large number of patients diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer castration resistant and with hereditary alterations.”Our study shows that treatment and follow-up protocols used in patients with advanced prostate cancer may be inadequate for men with BRCA2 mutations. We are currently studying the characteristics that make these tumors more aggressive and trying to establish new strategies to improve patient prognosis,” says David Olmos, Head of the CNIO Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Unit and coordinator of the project.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerPROREPAIR-B: the genetics of the most aggressive prostate cancerProstate cancer is the most frequent cancer among males in Spain and Western countries, and the second most frequent worldwide. In recent years, survival has gradually increased as a result of early detection; however, it is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in men in Europe.Most tumors are detected early, which improves prognosis. Advanced prostate cancer is usually treated with hormone therapy; however, a number of patients develop castration resistant prostate cancer. Some of these patients show poor responses to standard treatments. In general, survival in patients with resistance to androgen deprivation therapy is 3 years on average.One of the main goals of PROREPAIR-B is to identify genetic markers associated to poor prognosis. In addition, understanding the genetic traits of aggressive tumors can help to explore novel treatment pathways.The study focuses mainly on genetic patterns associated to deficiencies in DNA-repair mechanisms. Tumor cells carry many more genetic alterations than normal cells, which means they need highly effective repair mechanisms. According to Castro, her team “knew DNA repair is extremely important in prostate cancer. What we did not know was the proportion of patients in the population with advanced stage disease and hereditary mutations.”The study shows that 3% of the patients carry BRCA2 mutations, a percentage that reaches 16% when all DNA-repair genes are considered. “This proportion may seem comparatively low but it comprises a significant number of patients, given the high incidence of prostate cancer,” says Castro.A new treatment pathwayThe researchers who participated in the study believe treatment strategies should be improved by optimizing existing therapies and finding new drugs. In some patients, drugs interfering with DNA-repair mechanisms might be effective, as the cells that cannot repair their genetic defects die.These drugs are PARP inhibitors, which have been approved for ovarian cancer and whose efficiency in prostate cancer is currently being tested in a number of clinical trials. Carboplatin is another drug that is currently being used to treat breast and ovarian cancers. The US Department of Defense has awarded funds to support a clinical trial carried out in Spain to demonstrate the effectiveness of carboplatin in patients with prostate cancer and DNA-repair defects.Source: https://www.cnio.es/en/news/publications/cnio-researchers-confirm-links-between-aggressive-prostate-cancer-and-hereditary-breast-cancer/last_img read more

Harley Street Concierge launches new guide for employers to mark World Cancer

first_imgHow to get to grips with legal obligations; Source:https://harleystreetconcierge.com/ How to understand what the employee is going through; Talk about returning to work Don’t equate ‘recovery’ with ‘cured’ Managing survivorship and living with cancer The cancer journey is a rollercoaster of emotion especially shortly after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Understanding your options, knowing what questions to ask, finding the most appropriate private specialists and organizing appointments can be confusing and time-consuming. Cancer support from Harley Street Concierge takes you through each decision, appointment and treatment option, every step of the way.” Familiarise yourself with what a reasonable adjustment looks like Don’t assume a cancer patient wants to work less Refer to company guidelines and policies FACTS: 50,000 employees in the UK have a second full time ‘job’ caring for someone with cancer. Over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. 36% of employees have no form of support from their employer in the face of a cancer diagnosis.The nature of cancer as an illness creates practical, familial and often financial pressures that impact the overall wellness of the individual. Two of the main stumbling blocks are employees feeling uncomfortable sharing the details of their situation, and subsequently feeling discriminated against, and on the other side employers can feel uncomfortable knowing what support to offer and provide.A clear vision and open dialogue is crucial as is genuine empathy and sensitivity. The HSC team have put together a checklist to help you manage someone who gets cancer. It is important that employers think about how to handle it well, how to understand what the employee is going through, get to grip with legal obligations and ask the right questions about return to work.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsWhen someone you manage gets cancer the guide navigates how you can help through this difficult time;How to have the conversation with an employee; Prepare yourself for the conversation Respect confidentiality Stay flexible and keep communication lines open Read up There are more than 200 types of cancer, each treated in a different way Feb 4 2019With the cost of cancer to business estimated at £5.3 billion Specialist Cancer Care provider Harley Street Concierge is launching a new guide for employers to mark World Cancer Day (4th February 2019). On average a cancer diagnosis in the family causes 27 days of direct absenteeism.One-third of people living with cancer are of working age and so supporting employees has moved up the workplace agenda. The guide is available for free and provides bite-sized practical information developed by the team’s advisers and specialist cancer nurses.TV and radio’s Dr. Sarah Jarvis MBE, said: How to ask the right questions about a return to work; Not only does it make practical business sense to look after your employee, but as an employer giving the right kind of support says a lot about the overall culture of your organization. We provide expert advice and support for employees and businesses at a fraction of the cost of private medical insurance. We ensure that your valued employees get the support that they need, when they need it most.” This new guide is supported by an employer support line and educational events.Tim Warren, Commercial Director at specialist cancer care provider, Harley Street Concierge said:last_img read more

New study estimates prevalence and risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 6 2019A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population.Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the study’s investigators estimate that of more than 89 million US adults who used prescription opioids every year, close to 3.9 million (4.4 percent) reported misusing the prescribed medications. Prescribed opioid misuse was most strongly associated with co-occurring misuse of opioids without a prescription, misuse of benzodiazepines, other drug use disorders, history of illegal activity, and psychological distress.”While most people who are prescribed opioid medications use them as prescribed, a minority tend to use a higher dose, use the medication more frequently, or for a longer time than prescribed,” said lead author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, of Johns Hopkins University. “Prescribers should be especially vigilant about the possibility of misuse among patients who are prescribed more potent opioid medications and prescribed these medications for long-term use.”Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/pharmacoepidemiology-and-drug-safety/study-estimates-misuse-prescribed-opioids-united-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

GM revs up autonomous car unit and dormant shares fly

first_imgIn this July 20, 2017, file photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son, left, speaks during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. SoftBank will spend $2.25 billion for a nearly a 20 percent stake in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit. GM said Thursday, May 31, 2018, that it will also sink another $1.1 billion into Cruise Automation. The capital infusion is designed to speed large-scale deployment of self-driving robotaxis next year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) The deal is the largest yet between a technology investment firm and an old-line automaker, and investors apparently saw it as a huge boost that places GM among the leaders in putting self-driving vehicles on the road.The investment, scheduled to close by the end of June, gives SoftBank nearly a 20 percent stake in GM Cruise, the company’s San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit.GM said Thursday that it will add $1.1 billion to SoftBank’s investment in an effort to speed large-scale deployment of self-driving robotaxis next year. GM has announced plans to carry passengers in self-driving cars that won’t have a human backup driver in 2019, and CEO Mary Barra said the investment would hasten that process. The company hasn’t announced where or exactly when the service will begin.Investors, looking for a reason to cheer on the century-old automaker, sent shares rocketing more than 11 percent to $42.16 in morning trading, the largest one-day gain since the company’s 2010 return to public trading after its trip through bankruptcy protection in 2009.The move widens the SoftBank Vision Fund’s influence in ride-hailing services. The fund closed a deal in January to spend about $9 billion for a 15 percent stake in Uber and also owns a stake in China’s top ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing.GM Cruise would remain a wholly owned subsidiary of GM with the automaker holding roughly 80 percent of the business.Even though SoftBank has spread billions across multiple ride-hailing and autonomous vehicle companies, it has no plans to integrate them, said Michael Ronen, a managing partner. “Each company will make its own decisions about what’s in the best interest of the company.”SoftBank was impressed by the speed that GM Cruise is moving toward safely deploying the cars, Ronen said, as well as GM’s ability to produce large numbers of electric vehicles needed to start a robotaxi service.The investment will last for seven years, with SoftBank having options to continue or exit.GM’s investment is in addition to what it already has spent on Cruise, including $400 million to $500 million this year and an initial $562 million investment to buy Cruise Automation in 2016.SoftBank also holds significant stakes in Sprint and several other telecommunications companies, mostly based in Japan. Shares of General Motors posted their largest one-day gain since the company’s rebirth from bankruptcy eight years ago, after Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank decided to pump $2.25 billion into GM’s autonomous car unit. Explore further Citation: GM revs up autonomous car unit and dormant shares fly (2018, May 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-gm-revs-autonomous-car-dormant.htmlcenter_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Japan’s SoftBank to sink $2.25B into GM autonomous car unit 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