Sagkeengs jigging sensations heating up TV screens

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey’re three kids from the rez. They call themselves Sagkeeng’s finest.A trio of jigging teenagers are hoping to win top prize in the hit reality TV show, Canada’s Got Talent.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson travelled to the kids’ home reserve, Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba.That’s where everybody seems to be hoping and voting for a victory.last_img

Hawaii tourism industry keeps Pearl Harbor centre open

first_imgHONOLULU — Hawaii tour companies, hotels and airlines are pitching in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ centre open during the federal government shutdown.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the money will keep the National Park Service facility staffed, its bathrooms open and its programs running for at least another week.Pacific Historic Parks CEO Aileen Utterdyke called the gesture “excellent.”She runs a non-profit organization that supports the operations of the memorial and the Park Service.Earlier during the shutdown, Pearl Harbor nonprofits and Hawaii’s state tourism agency provided funds to keep the visitors centre open.Tourism industry officials worry travellers will cancel their Hawaii vacations if the Pearl Harbor visitors’ centre closes.Utterdyke says that would affect airlines and hotels and have a trickle-down effect.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgAre spiders and ants friends or enemies? There are no friends and enemies in nature. There is predator and prey. Ants are sometimes predators of spiders and sometimes prey of other spider species. In a strange case , jumping spiders are eating by the large aggressive spitting spiders. The spitting spider can immobilize its prey by spitting on it from a distance. In the Philippines, it lives on the same large waxy leaves as the jumping spider. It normally spins its web right over the nest of the jumping spider, to make hunting just a little bit easier. However, the spitting spider does not come near a jumping spider when the latter positions its own nest near that of weaver ants. This is because the spitting spider is repelled by the airborne smell that these ants release. However, it’s not yet plain sailing for the jumping spider, as it is also a favorite snack of its savior, the weaver ant. Therefore jumping spiders build dense ant-proof nests of an unusually tough and dense weave that are difficult for the ants to tear open. The nest’s hinged flaps of silk at each end function as swinging doors. The spider quickly raises these when it enters or leaves the nest, before any ants can follow, too. Also Read – Feel what you fearSee how clever each species is! Are shrimp safe to eat? Many people think that an animal is safe to consume because it doesn’t kill them immediately or give them an infection in their stomach that lasts for a few days. For instance eating the meat of a cow/buffalo that has foot in mouth disease does give some humans an acne/chickenpox type condition and fever but it is so mild that no one relates the two. Likewise shrimp carry massive amounts of antibiotics (because that is what they have been bred with), heavy metals and PCBs which are the worst cancer giving chemicals that I can think of. These have long term effects – meaning your body can react even a year later. Also Read – HomecomingNow scientists have found that freshwater shrimps are sometimes affected by a parasite, Pleistophoramulleri, which makes the shrimp cannibalistic and far more voraciously hungry. Do you want that kind of parasite in you? There is evidence that parasites can affect human behaviour. A study led by Dr Glenn McConkey, of the University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences, has shown that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii directly affects the chemistry of the human brain. I always say – first you eat meat, then it eats you.last_img read more

Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway may sell an insurance unit

OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate may take the unusual step of selling one of its insurance companies.Buffett told CNBC Monday that Berkshire has reached an agreement to sell Applied Underwriters, which sells workers’ compensation insurance. But Buffett said state regulators will have to sign off on the deal before it can go forward.Buffett said Applied Underwriters is a smaller firm that has to compete against two larger insurance companies Berkshire owns that also sell workers’ compensation coverage.It’s usual for Berkshire to sell or close any of its companies. Buffett says his preferred holding period for an acquisition is forever.In the past, the only exception Buffett has made to this policy is for businesses that face the prospect of never-ending operating losses.The Associated Press read more

The Latest US employers added a weak 75000 jobs in May

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the May U.S. jobs report (all times local):8:30 a.m.U.S. hiring slowed in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses may have become more cautious in the face of slowing global growth, trade fights and the fading stimulus from tax cuts and greater government spending.The Labor Department says the modest increase follows a healthier gain of 224,000 in April. Hiring in the previous two months was revised lower by a combined 75,000. The unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%. The job gains in May were the fewest since February.In the first five months of this year, hiring has averaged 164,000 a month, a solid pace that is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. Still, that’s below last year’s pace of 225,000.Wages rose 3.1% from a year earlier, down slightly from last month’s gain of 3.2%.___12:01 a.m.With worries rising about trade wars and slower global growth, Friday’s jobs figures for May could serve as a reminder that the U.S. economy is still mostly in good shape.Or, an unexpectedly weak employment report could intensify concerns that after a healthy first quarter, the U.S. economy is actually stumbling.Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added 185,000 jobs, a solid figure consistent with this year’s average monthly gain. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%, according to data provider FactSet.The economy is showing signs of sluggishness after having expanded at a healthy 3.1% annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers have been cautious about spending, and companies are scaling back investment in high-cost machinery and equipment.The Associated Press read more

Ban speaks to Ukrainian leader UN rights experts horrified by violence in

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, urging him to implement a just-proposed deal with opposition leaders aimed at ending a standoff between security forces and protestors in Kiev and other parts of the country that has left scores of people killed or injured.According to press reports, the deal, brokered overnight, calls for the formation of a new coalition government and for early elections. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the signing into law of the resolution passed by Parliament yesterday, which has led to the pullback by police from the centre of Kiev. These developments and subsequent constructive efforts, he hopes, will lead to a definitive end to the crisis and open the way for a genuine process of reform, the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system today joined senior officials in calling for an immediate end to the clashes, and urged an independent probe into the actions of the security forces. We are horrified by what has been happening in Kiev, said Chaloka Beyani, who currently heads the Coordination Committee of international experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. Violence must stop now. We strongly condemn the excessive use of force by the security forces against the protestors, he continued, urging authorities to provide information about several cases of enforced disappearances of protestors since late November 2013. Similarly, we condemn the alleged repeated targeting by the security forces of media personnel who report on the protests, and urge the forces to respect and facilitate their work. The group also condemned violence perpetrated by some protestors, urging the security forces to differentiate between peaceful protestors and violent elements in their handling of the situation. Respect for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, as guaranteed under international human rights law, is absolutely essential, he underscored. Mr. Ban, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UNESCO chief Irina Bokova have repeatedly urged restraint and called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis. Despite calls for action, the country is reeling from days of intense violence, centred around the crisis-battered capital, Kiev, where the UN Human Rights Office rights said the situation took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when protesters marched on Government buildings, sparking violence that left at least 22 people dead amid smouldering debris. The group of international human rights experts stressed that those responsible for ordering and perpetrating arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, acts of torture and other human rights violations are accountable for their actions under national and international law. Independent UN experts will continue to follow the situation closely and take any action as necessary, Mr. Beyani noted. He also expressed their support for any initiatives to ensure the protection of human rights and to engage constructively with all parties. In line with the standing invitation extended by Ukraine to special procedures, we call on the Government to facilitate their visit to the country, the expert added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Ohio State football releases 2013 depth chart

The Ohio State football team released its first two-deep depth chart of the season Tuesday, four days prior to the team’s season opener versus Buffalo.The Buckeyes have a number of notable changes on offense. At wide receiver, junior Evan Spencer is listed as the team’s starting “Z” receiver, while senior Corey Brown and junior Devin Smith are listed as co-starters at the “X” receiver position.Brown and Smith started opposite one another at wide receiver last season, but Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman referred to Spencer as one of the team’s starters last week. Spencer has caught 15 total passes for 214 yards in his first two seasons at OSU.With running backs Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith both suspended for the season opener (Hyde is also suspended for two additional games), redshirt senior Jordan Hall is listed as the team’s starting running back. Hall has 1,032 career rushing yards for the Buckeyes, but only played in three games last year after cutting his foot on broken glass before the season began and partially tearing the PCL ligament in his knee against Michigan State Sept. 29.Senior Chris Fields is listed as the Buckeyes’ starting H-back, a hybrid position between running back and wide receiver made famous by wide receiver Percy Harvin while he was at Florida. True freshmen Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall are listed behind Fields at the position on the depth chart.The only change to the starting offensive line from last year is at right tackle, where sophomore Taylor Decker is the starter, replacing Reid Fragel. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dodson is listed as his backup.Redshirt senior center Corey Linsley has been working his way back from a foot injury this offseason, but Meyer said he is “90-95” percent healthy. Meyer said Linsley will start Saturday.Defensively, the Buckeyes will have just three returning starters on defense Saturday: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, senior free safety Christian Bryant and redshirt senior strong safety C.J. Barnett.Redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby was also a starter last season, but is suspended for the season opener and therefore not listed on the depth chart. Junior Doran Grant and sophomore Armani Reeves are listed as the team’s starting cornerbacks.Meyer said the “jury is certainly out” on the defense, but added that he is “very comfortable” with how both his defensive players and defensive coaches operate.“I think we’re going to be a faster defense, and hopefully more aggressive as we grow in our scheme,” Meyer said. “Last year, we started the season kind of a bend but don’t break defense where it seems like we’re always on our heels, and that’s not the kind of defense that anybody wants, we want to be an aggressive defense.”Meyer said the team is going to utilize man coverage more frequently on their defense this season. In order to do so, Meyer said the Buckeyes will use the dime defensive package, which means six defensive backs on the field and only five players in the defensive front, more often than they did in 2012.Meyer explained that when opponents use an offensive formation that puts extra wide receivers on the field instead of a tight end and/or running back, the defense must adjust by putting faster players on the field to avoid matchup issues.“When you start to talk about man coverage, you can’t play it certainly in base and then in nickel, sometimes you get caught with matchup issues, so that’s what the dime defense is for,” Meyer said. “You have to be in some type of dime if you want to play man coverage, and we just didn’t have that capability last year.”The Buckeyes are replacing six of seven starters on the defensive front seven in their base 4-3 defensive scheme, but Meyer said that a number of the new starters have stood out in their preparation for the season. Meyer said Shazier, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett and sophomore defensive ends Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence have been standouts in preseason practices this summer.Senior Drew Basil returns as the team’s kicker, while redshirt senior George Makridis and redshirt sophomore Bryce Haynes are listed as co-starting long snappers again this season. Cameron Johnston, a freshman from Australia, is listed as the team’s punter.The Buckeyes will take on Buffalo on Saturday at noon. read more

See more clearly with improved Minesight 3D software

first_imgThe latest version of MineSight 3D has been released today by Mintec. Version 6.10 of MineSight 3D (MS3D) features numerous Import/Export improvements, including the ability to directly import CAD-Mining (Datamine) files into MineSight, and to import regular geometry into MineSight Planning Database. Used in tandem with MineSight Interactive Planner, MS3D v6.10 can create cuts from a polygon and constraining surfaces. It also allows users to: Clip cuts against polygons and constraining surfaces, thus eliminating the need to set snap modesImprove performance for large numbers of cuts.In response to client feedback about plotting, MS3D v6.10 helpfully locks any two of three controlling factors (area, scale, paper size). MS3D has long helped Mintec clients create, manipulate, and visualise their project data. The software is used worldwide and for a variety of purposes.last_img read more

Thousands at rallies for N17 uprising

first_imgThousands marked the anniversary of a bloodily-suppressed student uprising against Greece’s military dictatorship in 1973 on Saturday by joining demonstrations in a heavily-policed city center. More than 20,000 people turned out for two separate marches -– one organized by students and leftist organizations and the other by the Communist Party (KKE). Some 7,000 police officers remained on standby late into the evening after a day of tight security across the capital, which involved several key metro stations being closed and many central streets cordoned off. Earlier in the day, representatives of the main political parties visited the National Technical University of Athens, known as the Polytechnic, to pay their respects to the 21 students who were killed in 1973 when army tanks rolled onto the grounds. The only party leader to visit the university was Alexis Tsipras of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA. “The message of the Polytechnic will never die,” Tsipras said. “Because it reminds the new generation that the people only have one course toward victory: the course of resistance, of defiance, of rebellion against any kind of tyranny.” Conservative New Democracy said in a statement that “the message of the Polytechnic is more timely than ever; it is a message of solidarity for our people, for progress and betterment. It is in this direction that all political parties should strive,” it added. Socialist PASOK called on Greeks to continue their struggle despite the crisis “so we can emerge from the tunnel and make our country stand on its feet again,” while Democratic Left called for “a tireless battle against fascism, racism and violence.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

André Cassagnes linventeur de lardoise magique est décédé

first_imgAndré Cassagnes : l’inventeur de l’ardoise magique est décédéAndré Cassagnes, célèbre pour son ardoise magique, est décédé a-t-on appris ce dimanche 3 février.Il avait 86 ans, et il avait révolutionné le quotidien et l’amusement de beaucoup de jeunes enfants… André Cassagnes, inventeur du Télécran, appelé parfois écran ou ardoise magique, est décédé à la mi-janvier en région parisienne, selon une annonce faite par la Ohio Art Company, responsable de la production du Télécran, cité par l’AFP. L’ardoise magique s’était vendue à près de 100 millions d’exemplaires dans le monde.”André Cassagnes, fils de boulanger et électricien de formation, avait découvert les possibilités qu’offrait la poudre d’aluminium, remarquant que sur une mince couche de cette poudre, on pouvait dessiner avec un stylet.” nous apprend l’AFP. L’ardoise magique, c’était un écran gris et deux petits boutons blancs, qu’il suffisait d’actionner pour dessiner, grâce au déplacement de la poudre d’aluminium. Le 3 février 2013 à 20:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Famous Character Composites Prove Everybody Looks the Same

first_imgThere are so many versions of some of our favorite characters. Artist interpretations have them getting drawn differently. Dozens of actors can play a character over the course of history. As we continue to make media, there will only be more.So can you say “Sherlock Holmes looks like Benedict Cumberbatch” when he also looks like Christopher Lee and Robert Downey, Jr.?The people over at have solved that conundrum by just taking every actor who’s ever played some iconic characters and just combining them. The images, created with photo manipulation software, give us what should be the ultimate versions of characters like Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Clark Kent, and many others.Technically these characters can look like whatever you want, and you can choose whichever version you identify with the most. However, the experiment reveals a few things. For one, apparently, every actor who’s played a white, male superhero looks the same since Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Bruce Banner all look like they’re played by the same chiseled, big-jawed actor.Second, Frank Castle looks like Jamie Lannister. Why does he look like that?Finally, why does Sherlock Holmes look like Dustin Hoffman? Additionally, why has Dustin Hoffman never played Sherlock Holmes?You can view the results below.The creator said the composites were created by identifying important facial features such as eyes, mouth, ears, and hairline, and lining them up. The software would then take the averages from each actor and make the culminating version.But what is the point of this? Well, it’s a fun thought experiment, for one. But I like more how revealing it is about how people choose actors for parts. It’s unsurprising that most of the people who have played these parts are white. It’s jarring to see them lined up, though, highlighting how it’s not just white people cast in these roles, but how they all look the same. The only difference comes in cases like Sherlock Holmes, who’s had people who look as different as Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch taking up the part. Although to be fair, Cumberbatch’s cheekbones might throw everything off.But regarding the big four in the beginning, since they all look the same, I know that I can continue making up people in my head to play them. Maybe somebody who doesn’t look as generic as white man with big chin and defined cheekbones.last_img read more

National Development Must Come From Knowledge Halifa Sallah

first_imgBy Momodou JarjuThe National Assembly Member (NAM) for Serrekunda Constituency, Honourable Halifa Sallah, has informed hundreds of Gambia College students that national development must come from the knowledge of how to transform the natural resources the country has.The Secretary General of the Peoples’ Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) said The Gambia is rich but needs the capacity to utilize its natural resources.“We are not poor as Nkrumah said, we are impoverished by ignorance. We are impoverished by our incapacity to harness our wide resources; rich resources in order to change our own destiny. So now is the time for every Gambian to become alert to our own mistakes and stop the blame game. You engage in a blame game when you do not have the capacity to act to change,” he said.Hon. Sallah made the statement yesterday at a symposium organised by the Student Teachers Association (STA) of the Gambia College held under the theme “Reminding citizens of their responsibilities for effective national development”.The veteran politician was tasked to deliberate on the topic: ‘Responsibilities of Citizens in a Democratic State”.Speaking further at the packed main hall of the college, Hon. Sallah said Gambians should not live in the past but should learn from it in order to shape the future and prepare to build the future base on knowledge.“We have minerals for 53 years; we have not seen the benefits of those minerals. We have an ocean for 53 years; we have not seen the benefits of the ocean. We licensed fishing vessels, they would come to the ocean and fish and take it to their lands, build their own industries; all sorts of factories and bring the products back to us. They benefit, we continue to call ourselves poor,” he said.What The Gambia needs now, Hon. Sallah said, is to know the truth which freedom of information is all about.He said if the truth is not transformed into knowledge rather than transforming “it into anger and emotions and allow others to direct our minds then we will continue to have people who will preside over our destiny. They live in prosperity and you live in poverty from the cradle to the grave.”He said it is time for reasoning and not emotions, adding he is confident that The Gambia is heading in that direction.The new Gambia, he said, does not mean a Gambia free from challenges but it means a new reality has dawned.“So when we say the responsibility of a citizen in a new Gambia we are simply stating a fact that something has changed and a new thing has come into being. And we as citizens must confront the challenges posed by the new reality,” he said.Meanwhile, other intellectuals and educationists also spoke at the symposium, aligning their deliberations to the given theme on different topics.These included a Liberian motivational speaker Thony Mikel Howard, who spoke on “Why governments fail?”; Madam Isatou Ndow, the vice principal spoke on the “Role of teachers in a democratic state,”; Mr. Yusupha Jobe, deputy registrar spoke on “Corruption and the New Gambia; its level and how to stop it”, etc.last_img read more

StarDundee launches employee ownership trust

first_imgAerospace engineering organisation Star-Dundee has launched an employee ownership trust.The organisation, which has 25 employees across offices in Dundee and Barcelona, has become employee owned in order to secure its long-term future and help to maintain its current organisational culture.Star-Dundee, which is now a part of the Employee Ownership Association, decided on employee ownership after conducting a succession planning project with economic development agency Scottish Enterprise. The results of this led senior leaders within the business to support a move to employee ownership rather than continuing in its current format, which saw the organisation run and majority owned by its founding academic Professor Steve Parkes.As a result of the move to employee ownership, the management team has been restructured. Former chief executive officer (CEO) Steve Parkes will now be chief technology officer, and Stuart Mills, the organisation’s former chief operating officer and co-founder, will step into the CEO position. Carole Carrie will move from her role as administration manager to company secretary. These changes have been actioned in order to assist the growth of the organisation moving forward.Star-Dundee has celebrated 15 years in business this year, after separating from the University of Dundee in 2002.Professor Steve Parkes said: “Having formed Star-Dundee and forged it over 15 years into [an organisation] with a worldwide reputation, I realised that I was not going to be around to see it through the next 15 years. It became clear that the future for the [organisation] was about the people in the [organisation] that had helped make it a success and the culture that we had developed to support that success.“Selling the [organisation] to another organisation, which would inevitably change the culture and might event move it from its Dundee base, was not a very attractive idea. Employee ownership retains and strengthens the culture and will ensure that it always has a base in Dundee.”Stuart Mills, chief executive officer at Star-Dundee, added: “Star-Dundee has been a great success because of its people. Our move to employee ownership allows these individuals to have a greater say in the running of the [organisation] and to further benefit from the [organisation’s] success.”last_img read more

What the 2019 iPhones rumored three rear cameras could be used for

first_img Share your voice The Apple Core The iPhone X makes a comeback, catch it while you can $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Mobile Phones Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 6:16 Sprint See It $999 • See All See It Apple iPhone XScenter_img See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple’s Group FaceTime bug gets flagged by US lawmakersApple can’t seem to shake off the ongoing negative criticism surrounding its FaceTime bug. Since the news broke last week, Apple has issued a patch with the release of iOS 12.1.4 that fixes the security flaw that allowed callers to eavesdrop on other people. The company has also issued an official statement apologizing to “customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue…” and said its “committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.”Apple further tried to make amends by paying a visit to Grant Thompson, the Arizona teen who first spotted the flaw, at his home. In an interview with CNBC, the teen’s mom mentioned a “high-level Apple exec” had thanked her son and mentioned he could be eligible for Apple’s bug bounty program, which offers a cash reward of up to $200,000 to researchers who find and report vulnerabilities in specific Apple software. Apple has since confirmed the company’s plans to compensate the teen, but didn’t disclosed the exact sum.  But the mea culpa may not be enough to quell critics. Last week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she would open a formal investigation to find out why Apple didn’t give users a heads-up about the security flaw, and why it took the company so long to address the issue. Congressional lawmakers also penned a letter to Tim Cook requesting more information about the flaw to understand the extent to which it compromised users security. The letter, signed by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-New Jersey), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), chairwoman of the Digital Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, said they believe Apple has not been as transparent as this serious issue requires.iOS 13 could bring Dark Mode and more emojisThe Bloomberg report also mentions a new dark mode in the works for the iPhone, similar to what Apple rolled out for its computers with MacOS, which uses a dark color scheme instead of the traditional white. Dark mode on the iPhone would make late-night screentime a lot less jarring and would look especially good on the OLED screens of the iPhone X, XS and XS Max, which are able to produce true blacks. This feature would likely come with the update to iOS 13 in September, with an announcement coming at Apple’s Developers Conference (WWDC) in June of 2019. ios-13-iphone-xi-dark-mode-control-centerEmojipedia’s take on the 230 new emojis coming to the iPhone.  Emojipedia Also rumored to be coming in iOS 13: 230 new emojis. Some notable additions, according to the Unicode Consortium which approves these new emojis, include: people with disabilities (with a wheelchair and probing cane), interracial and gender inclusive couples, and a some pretty essential members of the animal kingdom, like the sloth, flamingo and a skunk. And finally, iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR users may not have to wait until September to get new characters on their keyboards. The Public beta of iOS 12.2 gave us a preview of the adorable giraffe, shark, owl and warthog Animojis that could be coming to these devices in the next few weeks. As if you needed another excuse to make weird faces at your phone. First published Feb. 7, 5:01 p.m. PTUpdate, Feb. 9 at 3:30am PT: Adds confirmation that Apple will compensate the teen who discovered the FaceTime flaw. More Apple news from the weekApple retail chief Angela Ahrendts is leaving the company in AprilApple Watch fall detector credited for saving Norwegian man after a serious fallApple iPhones are now showing AT&T’s fake ‘5G E’ network tooIn Qualcomm-Apple fight, judge limits scope of damagesApple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly $600M in back taxes Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The 2019 iPhones are rumored to have three camera lenses on their backs, but what could they be used for? The iPhone X has been spotted again on the Apple Store at a discounted price. Meanwhile, the FaceTime bug refuses to go away. Here’s a roundup of the top iPhone and Apple headlines from this week’s episode of Apple Core.What that third camera could mean for the 2019 iPhone It’s only February and we’re already starting to get a pretty good sense of what the 2019 iPhones (or iPhone 11s) will look like. Multiple rumors point to a very similar design to last year’s lineup, with a smaller notch on the screen, and a possible switch to USB-C as its port of choice rather than Lightning. We’ve also heard the pricier iPhone 11 Max would have three cameras on the back. But until now, we weren’t exactly sure what that third camera was going to be used for.A recent Bloomberg report shed some light, however.  According to the report, Apple originally was said to be working on a 3D camera system for the 2019 iPhone, but then had to push it out to 2020. The new camera could scan at a range of up to 15 feet, much farther than the current True Depth camera system used on the front of the phone for FaceID, which only scans out to a range of up to 50 cm according to the report. The longer range could open up the phone to more augmented-reality features and improve portrait mode on stills and perhaps video. The third lens on this year’s iPhone, at least according to Bloomberg, would likely be used to capture a wider field of view and would only be coming to the higher-end Max model.The iPhone X makes a sneaky comebackAfter disappearing from the Apple Store without a trace in September 2018, Apple has begun selling its 10th anniversary iPhone X online again. The caveat: you’ll have to search for a refurbished model while supplies lasts. Apple began selling refurbished iPhone X’s online.  Screenshot Apple stopped selling the iPhone X shortly after releasing last year’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone XS, XS Max and the XR, presumably to prevent the X from cannibalizing sales of its new phones. The refurbished iPhone X phones were first spotted this week by MacRumors and appear to be selling out fast.And though they are discounted from the original $999 price, the discounts aren’t that great when you compare them to the iPhone XR. An unlocked iPhone X with 64GB of storage goes for $769. That’s only $230 less than the iPhone XS with the same storage capacity, but $20 more that the 64GB iPhone XR. And even though it’s an entire year older, the 256GB model is the exact same price as the equivalent iPhone XR. The iPhone X is smaller than the XR — if that’s what you’re into — and has a dual rear camera and an OLED screen, compared to the XR’s single rear camera and LCD screen. Apple Boost Mobile reading • What the 2019 iPhone’s rumored three rear cameras could be used for Now playing: Watch this: 6 $999 See it Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iOS 12 Applelast_img read more

Photosharing app Snapchats parent company Snap hopes to raise 34 billion in

first_imgTouted as one of the biggest technology IPOs in the US since Alibaba, Snap — the parent company of the popular photo-sharing app Snapchat — has priced its initial public offering at $17 a share, hoping to raise nearly $3.4 billion, media reports said.Read: Snapchat parent Snap Inc files for $3 billion IPOSnap, with a reported market value of nearly $24 billion, was set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Los Angeles Times reported late on Wednesday.Founded by college dropout Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc’s IPO is one of the high-profile stock debuts in the recent years along with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (that raised nearly $22 billion in 2014) and social media giant Facebook (which raised $16 billion in 2012).”Snap’s IPO has spurred great interest because few tech companies went public last year amid a shaky market, and none have debuted on the stock market this year,” the report said.”It’s also the first to go public among a class of companies, including Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest, that have been valued at more than $10 billion while still privately held,” it added.Launched in 2011, Snapchat currently has 158 million daily users.Snapchat aims to derive most of its revenue from advertising where it will compete against Google, Facebook and Twitter.Snap Inc recently rolled out major changes in its app that will make it easier to navigate the app with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app.The much-anticipated video recording ‘Spectacles’ from Snapchat are also available online for users in the US at $129.99.Snapchat ‘Spectacles’ record video and pair to user’s phone over Bluetooth or WiFi which can then be uploaded to the user’s Snapchat account.According to reports, ‘Spectacles’ come with a charging case and cable in three shades including black, coral red and teal blue.last_img read more

Gas crisis in CNG stations temporary Nasrul

first_imgState minister Nasrul Hamid on Wednesday termed the current problem in gas supply to CNG stations temporary saying that the situation will get normal within a day.He made the remark as CNG refuelling stations in the city have been shut following the start of maintenance work at Sylhet’s Bibiyana gas field, the country’s largest gas field.Nasrul was talking to reporters at his office.Titas Gas transmission and Distribution Company suddenly asked all the CNG stations to keep their operation suspended for 24 hours from zero hour Wednesday to facilitate maintenance works at Bibiyana, causing trouble to many in refuelling their cars.Many public transports also faced the similar problem as they could not refuel their vehicles.Nasrul said the CNG stations will remain off for 24 hours until zero hour Thursday. “So, this is for a very short period of time.”About the trouble being experienced by the CNG-run motor vehicles in refuelling, the junior minister said it was scheduled much earlier to keep the CNG station closed and a notice was also served to the stations concerned apart from informing the public through media.He advised those using CNG in their vehicles to use liquid fuel like petrol, octane or diesel.last_img read more

PostHarvey Houston Officials Hope Congress Is Up For Funding Ike Dike

first_imgGraphic by Todd WisemanMayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes.Though such a barrier system would not have guarded against the unrelenting and unprecedented rain Hurricane Harvey dumped on the area, Turner — one of the region’s last leaders to endorse the “coastal spine” concept — said at a Tuesday news conference that he believes it is crucial. “We cannot talk about rebuilding” from Harvey “if we do not build the coastal spine,” he said.With Harvey — which was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached Houston — “we again dodged the bullet.” Constructing such a system has been a point of discussion since 2008, when Hurricane Ike shifted course at the last minute, narrowly sparing populated communities like Clear Lake and the Houston Ship Channel — home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex — from a massive storm surge. Scientists have modeled worst-case scenario storms that make clear the potential for devastation, which The Texas Tribune and ProPublica detailed extensively in a 2016 investigation. They also have urged local, state and federal elected officials to pursue infrastructure solutions, which they expect the federal government to fund.Last year those scientists and officials told The Texas Tribune and ProPublica that a catastrophic storm likely would have to hit Houston before they could convince Congress to fund such an endeavor — estimated to cost some $5.8 billion for the Houston area alone and at least $11 billion for the entire six-county coastal region. Such an ambitious public works project has never been built in anticipation of a natural catastrophe.Turner and other leaders are clearly hoping Harvey fits the bill.They have suggested that the federal government could provide funding for a storm surge barrier — often referred to as the “Ike Dike,” a proposal first offered up by Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2009 — and a variety of other storm protection measures as part of an overall Harvey relief package. But the $15 billion Congress has approved for Texas so far can’t be spent on a coastal barrier; the money can only go toward rehabilitating flooded areas. That means local and state officials will either have to depend on Congress to fund something completely separate — a scenario many are doubtful of — or cobble together other funding. At both the state and federal level, talk of protecting the Houston area from big storms has in recent years been dominated by the coastal barrier concept. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush have been leading an effort to secure federal funding for the coastal spine; in April, they and other officials, including Turner, wrote to President Trump urging his support.But the Ike Dike would only protect coastal areas from catastrophic storm surge; it would do nothing to prevent flooding damage from torrential rain, which is almost entirely responsible for the damage Houstonians suffered from Harvey. Other flood protection ideas — either underfunded or long-abandoned — have received renewed attention since Harvey.On Tuesday, Turner joined local officials in expressing support for a long-delayed reservoir project that experts say would’ve saved thousands of Houston homes from flooding during Harvey, along with three bayou widening projects estimated to cost a combined $130 million.Turner said the city shouldn’t have to choose one over the other as it seeks federal funding. “I don’t think we need to pick one,” he said. “… We know we need another reservoir. We just need to step up and do that — the same thing with the coastal spine.” A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul said Tuesday that the Austin Republican “has been working with FEMA, Gov. [Greg] Abbott and local officials to identify options for flood mitigation to protect Houston and the surrounding areas from future flood disasters.”McCaul may hold extra clout as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. But Adrian Garcia, a former city councilman and Harris County sheriff, said he’s not optimistic Texas will get much funding for these projects from Congress beyond the multi-billion dollar short-term aid package. “They thought [the Ike Dike] would be the answer to a lot of these problems,” Garcia said. “And obviously it is not.” Turner’s advocacy for the coastal barrier concept is relatively new.   Early last year, amid the Texas Tribune/ProPublica investigation, Turner declined an interview request to discuss the need for such a barrier. Instead, the city sent statements dismissing the potential impacts — and not indicating whether Turner supported such a project, which dozens of area city councils had enthusiastically endorsed.“Only a small portion of the city of Houston is in areas at risk for major storm surge,” the statement said. “Consequently, hurricane-force wind poses the major threat for the majority of the city.” Reminded of a climate change-driven storm scenario FEMA presented in 2014 — in collaboration with the city — that projected a 34-foot storm surge that put downtown Houston underwater, Turner’s office provided a follow-up statement acknowledging that the issue “continues to be a concern.” It also placed the onus on the federal government to take the lead on a coastal barrier project.A few months later, in August 2016, Turner wrote to state leaders studying the coastal barrier concept and said he supported it.On Tuesday, Turner spoke passionately about the impact Hurricane Ike could have had — and the impact Harvey did have — on the region’s industrial complex and the national economy. “When Hurricane Ike hit in 2008 there were $30 billion in damages,” he said. If Ike’s direction hadn’t changed “we could have lost refineries, jet fuel and the entire Houston Ship Channel, not only destroying the jobs of many Houstonians, but there would have been an impact on the nation as a whole.”During Harvey, Turner said, “the Houston port did close and business was shut down and the country as a whole was impacted.”“That was a tropical storm,” he added. “Can you imagine if Hurricane Harvey had come closer, what the devastating effects would be?”   Sharelast_img read more

Using fourdimensional electron microscopy to track diffusion of nanoparticles in a liquid

first_img Combining pulsed laser with electron gun allows for capturing fast motion of nanoparticles in a liquid PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Science Advances 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. Explore further Citation: Using four-dimensional electron microscopy to track diffusion of nanoparticles in a liquid (2017, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers at Caltech has developed a way to capture on film the superfast propulsive motion of Brownian objects, particularly those at the nanoscale. In their paper published on the open-access site Science Advances, the team describes using four-dimensional electron microscopy techniques to capture real-time imagery of gold nanoparticles as they diffused in a liquid.center_img Play Tracing photoinduced nanoparticle diffusion. Credit: Xuewen Fu 4D imaging of nanoparticle diffusion in liquid. Credit: Xuewen Fu More information: Xuewen Fu et al. Photoinduced nanobubble-driven superfast diffusion of nanoparticles imaged by 4D electron microscopy, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701160 Tiny particles suspended in hot liquid are observed to move in a seemingly random fashion. Such movement was noted by Robert Brown in the early 19th century, a phenomenon thus called Brownian motion. In more recent times, researchers have focused on Brownian motion as it relates to even smaller particles—micro and nano particles. Unfortunately, due to technological limitations, it was previously impossible to capture the action on film—instead, researchers have pieced together stills taken using an electron microscope. In this new effort, the researchers report on a technique they have developed that overcomes this problem, offering a new way to study diffusion of extremely tiny particles.The new approach involves the use of four-dimensional microscopy, which entails using both extremely fast laser pulses and transmission electron microscopy—it is based, the researchers note, on a pump-probe working mechanism. The first of two lasers excites the particles, while the second takes a picture of the action—it happens so quickly that the results can be viewed as video.In their experiments, the researchers fired a first pulse at gold nanoparticles, then fired a second pulse that captured images of tiny bubbles forming near the surface of the nanoparticles and exciting them. Increasing the energy of the first pulse, the team noted, resulted in merging many of the tiny bubbles, causing different types of movement by the nanoparticles. The researchers suggest their technique could be used by other researchers to study dispersion systems, particularly those that are out of equilibrium. It could also lead the way, perhaps, to the development of light-powered nanorobots working inside liquid systems. Play Results of nanoparticle experiment. Credit: Xuewen Fu © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Alienware Area51m Is the Worlds First Laptop with Upgradeable Graphics

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Starting at around $1,949, the impressive powerhouse will be available starting January 21. I had an opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Area-51m, and I’m giddy to get it in the lab.Design: A whole new lookIt’s like a Formula 1 car had an illicit tryst with Max from Flight of the Navigator. It’s imposing, yet elegant –– hulking, yet sleek –– and most importantly a purposeful break from the Epic design of the last five years.AdvertisementOver two years of work has yielded what Alienware is calling its Legend design language. Gone are the point angles of the previous system, replaced by soft, rounded corners. It’s a look that seems more sculpted than forged. Instead of LED lighting at every nook and cranny, the Area-51m is more demure, lighting only the Alien’s head on the lid, the rear vent and the keyboard. Instead of anodized aluminum, the Area-51m is constructed from magnesium alloy, which keeps  the 16.1 x 15.8 x 1.7-inch system’s weight down to a rather trim 8.5 pounds. It’s notably lighter than the 9.7-pound, 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2-inch Alienware 17 R5 and the 10.1-pound, 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.2~2.3-inch MSI GT75 Titan. However, the Aorus X9 (8.1 pounds, 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.2 inches) and OriginPC Eon17-X (8.6 pounds, 16.4 x 11.6 x 1.6 inches) are both a tad lighter.Outside of the totally different shape, the Area-51m is a laptop of another color –– specifically Lunar Light. Taking inspiration from the moon, the laptop is painted an ethereal white that plays up the futuristic A51 logo in the bottom-left corner of the lid. The laptop is also available in black, in a shade dubbed Dark Side of the Moon. On both version of the notebook, the rear vent is jet black with a honeycomb pattern on either side to dispel the hot air.Opening the laptop reveals more of that interstellar white. It seems to make the RGB backlighting from Alienware’s traditional keyboard gleam brighter than usual.MORE: Best Gaming LaptopsSpecs: Totally UpgradeableWhen it ships, the Area-51m will offer a bounty of choices. You can get up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900HK processor with a max of 64GB of RAM for starters. And where past Alienwares stopped at dual storage configuration, the Area-51m ups the ante to triple storage with up to a pair of 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD in RAID 0 configuration with a 1TB (with 8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive. There’s even an option to get some Intel Optane storage in the mix. For graphics, you can get up to a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM.Thanks to Intel’s Z390 desktop chipset, this will be the first Alienware laptop able to support 8-core processors, making it one of the most powerful gaming laptops available when it launches. And that’s before you start tinkering with the overclocking software.And to help futureproof the system, Alienware has made the CPU, GPU and RAM upgradable. That means you can swap out parts as you see fit –– well at least you can with the CPU and RAM. The GPU will be a bit trickier, so Dell will be offering a service to swap the graphics card out when you’re ready. But there’s no word on when this program will debut or how much it will cost.)Display and Eye-Tracking: No more bulky bezelsWell wouldja look at that? At long last, Alienware has joined the slim-bezel brigade. The top and side bezels are much smaller than its predecessor, giving gamers more real estate to enjoy their games and video. 4K fans will have to wait, as the Area-51m is only available with 1920 x 1080p panels for right now. The main difference between the screens is the refresh rate. The base models will have a 60-Hertz rate while the top-tier display will go up to 144Hz. Just like most Alienware laptops, the display served up vivid hues, crisp details and captivating brightness. However, we’ll have to get it into the lab for some definitive results.And speaking of eye-catching, Tobii’s 5th gen eye-tracking sensors have been integrated just below the bottom bezel in a glossy black oval. It’s noticeably smaller and more aesthetically pleasing than the blocky setup in the Alienware 17 R5. And I’m eager to see what new goodies, if any, Tobii has in store for gamers. As it stands, you can use the technology to control the camera in games, login and wake the system from sleep.KeyboardChange is the only constant. Unless we’re talking about Alienware’s TactX keyboard. Then comfy, springy feedback is a welcome mainstay. According to Alienware, the traditional keyboard has an impressive 2.2-millimeters of key travel. During my brief time with the laptop, the keys felt really good, like jumping up and down on a firm mattress. And thanks to the white finish, Alienware’s RGB lighting has never looked better.And in case you were wondering, the Area-51m will use the latest version of the Alienware Command Center. In addition to creating a plethora of lighting profiles using the 16.8 million colors available, you can create power and thermal profiles and overclock the CPU and GPU. Similar to Nvidia GeForce Experience, Command Center aggregates all the games on the laptop to one place, for quick, easy launches.MORE: Best Dell and Alienware LaptopsBottom LineAlienware’s looking to kick ass and melt faces and with all the power the Area-51m is packing, the company is well on its way to accomplishing its goal. The Area-51m is a love letter to the people who made Alienware into the powerhouse it is today, the hardcore, DIY enthusiasts. The new design is unlike anything on the market and with all the innate power it’s a force to be reckoned with. The overclocking and upgradability is just icing on an already incredibly stacked cake.Here Are the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000: EditionBest PC Games – The Most Popular Games to Play Right NowBest PC Controller – Logitech vs. Xbox vs. PS4 vs. Steelseries The next evolution of Alienware is here, and it’s unlike anything you’ve seen from the brand. Sporting a jaw-dropping new design, a powerful 9th Gen Intel processor, Nvidia’s RTX graphics and up to 64GB of RAM, the Alienware Area-51m is being billed as Dell’s first true desktop replacement. The most exciting part is that you can upgrade the CPU, RAM and even the GPU — a first for gaming laptops. Meet the Area-51m, Alienware’s True Desktop ReplacementNew look, new specs, Alienware is turning the gaming laptop on its head.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:5601:56Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭 last_img read more

Unidentified man devoured by crocodiles after jumping from a bridge over the

first_imgUpdate, Wednesday, April 30, 2014: Search continues for missing man eaten by crocodiles in Costa RicaConflicting reports continue about how the man entered the water, but he has been identified as 32-year-old Nicaraguan Omar de Jesús Jirón. See above link for details.Update, Thursday, May 1, 2014: Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man attacked by crocodilesClothing recovered at the scene has led officials to say victim likely entered the river from the shore, but witnesses on the bridge still claim Jirón jumped. Original story continues here:An unidentified man leapt from the main bridge over the Tárcoles River, near Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, on Tuesday evening at approximately 5:20 p.m. in what is believed to be a suicide, Jim Batres, assistant director for the Costa Rican Red Cross, told The Tico Times.After falling into the water, the man reportedly was eaten by the river’s famously abundant crocodiles.Citing the testimonies of unidentified witnesses at the scene, Batres said the man had been causing a disturbance on the bridge earlier in the evening and was removed by police. He then went to a bar before returning to the bridge and leaping into the river.Batres said the man’s identity could not immediately be confirmed, and members of a Red Cross search team were unable to recover the body as of 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night.A conflicting report in the daily La Nación said the victim did not jump from the bridge, but tried to swim in the river from the shore when he was attacked by a crocodile and disappeared. The report said a friend identified him as a Nicaraguan named Omar, but gave no last name.Situated on the highway between San José and the popular beach town Jacó, the bridge over the Tárcoles River has become a popular pit stop for tourists looking to catch a glimpse of the river’s many American crocodiles. Recently, photographers and tour guides have grown more adventurous, filling up YouTube with videos of Tárcoles croc feedings and near misses.Updated 8:28 p.m. This story is developing. Follow for updates. Facebook Comments Related posts:Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man attacked by crocodiles Crocodile attacks surfer in Tamarindo Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports Search continues for missing man eaten by crocodiles in Costa Ricalast_img read more