Share your voice 3:01 Smart Home Security Preview • Mycroft wants to be your smart-home’s brain Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Mycroft Smart Home AI Platform What the heck is LG’s ThinQ AI? LG executive David Vanderwaal shows off a homebrew machine and talks AI. Angela Lang/CNET For the past two years, LG has talked up the prospects of artificial intelligence. At CES 2019, the company pushed its ThinQ AI platform forward by allowing it to give you personalized recommendations based on your usage pattern. But that means collecting your data at a time when consumers are waking up to the fact that tech companies have been exploiting our personal information — sometimes with disastrous results. David Vanderwaal, senior vice president of marketing for LG Electronics’ US arm, as well as the main presenter at today’s CES 2019 press conference, helped break down how the company’s AI platform works, the issue of data privacy and why consumers should care. The following is an edited transcript of our interview. Tags 0 Q: What the heck LG ThinQ?Vanderwaal: LG ThinQ is our artificial intelligence platform that allows not just individual devices to react to commands, but also takes user data, lifestyle data, and pulls them together to make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable. So how does this work?LG’s vision for AI takes what we call lifestyle data, and that’s going to allow us to look at things like how our products are used in the home. For example, what television shows you watch, how often you do laundry, what type of clothes do you wash, how often do you clean your home. All those are combined with both internal and outside environmental factors to learn what users’ specific circumstances really are, and from there, offer proactive suggestions based on that user’s lifestyle.Does that mean you’re collecting our data?With LG, data privacy is extremely important to us, so the way that we’re protecting it is in a hybrid manner. So, their individual usage of that device is stored on the device only. But the aggregated data of how users use the device altogether is stored on a cloud. So always privacy is protected for the individual consumer. How else is LG protecting our information?Consumer data and the privacy to it is extremely important to LG. Everything is opt in. 85 Photos Post a comment Why should consumers care about AI?The challenge with all of us who are trying to explain artificial intelligence to consumers is what are the benefits? We’ll use a lot of use cases to actually show consumers what kind of lifestyle benefits they’ll see when they use artificial intelligence. Like what?A great example of ThinQ platform is understanding that a consumer washes clothes every Saturday. By knowing every Saturday, the AI platform, called LG ThinQ, is gradually accumulating what the behavior is and offering suggestions for how to get better washing.Is this all just a gimmick?With LG, we’re trying to make artificial intelligence relevant. Because right now, there’s a lot of artificial intelligence that consumers are using and not even knowing it. So we’re trying to make it simple to understand and show the benefits of why artificial intelligence will help products. And to communicate the idea of products communicating with one another. 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. Artificial intelligence (AI) LG
I was Batman The CW Batwoman’s pilot screened to fans during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush.”The character of Tommy Elliot … ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush, but we’re seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much,” Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series, will be making a cameo at some point during the show’s first season. TV and Movies Post a comment 3:44 Share your voice 62 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose’s Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume — a decision that was influenced by how the character is military-trained.”She’s actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face,” Dries said, noting that Rose’s character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.Without getting too far into spoilers, Dries and Schechter mentioned that Kane’s time at the military academy would have taken place before the end of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, heavily affecting how Kane’s experience as an out lesbian went at the military academy. The CW The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Batwoman, who previously debuted during a crossover with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl series, will also be developing a stronger relationship with Supergirl as the shows begin to cross over further.Dries said that, while glimpsed during the show’s Elseworlds event, viewers will eventually “see that core bond move into a Kate-Kara friendship,” referencing Supergirl’s lead character of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist.Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was first revealed in August 2018, at the time with a confirmed appearance for the Elseworlds event with the possibility of a series. That series is now set to debut Oct. 6 on The CW. 0
[Representational image] Creative CommonsDirect tax collections in the first five months of the current fiscal increased 17.5 per cent to Rs 2.24 lakh crore, mainly on account of income tax mop-ups from individuals rising.The report said that the collections in the April-August period constitute 22.9 per cent of the total budget estimates of direct taxes, which comprise personal income and corporate tax, for the current financial year 2017-18.”The direct tax collections up to August 2017 continue to register steady growth. Direct tax collection, net of refunds, stands at Rs 2.24 lakh crore which is 17.5 per cent higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year,” a finance ministry statement said on Monday.The statement said that growth rate for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT), including Securities Transaction Tax, in terms of gross revenue collections was 5 percent and 16 percent respectively.Refunds amounting to Rs 74,089 crore were issued in the period from April 2017 to August 2017, which were 7.2 percent lower than refunds issued during the corresponding period of 2016-17, the finance ministry statement said.However, after adjusting for the refunds, the net growth in CIT collections was 18.1 percent while that of PIT collections was 16.5 percent.In the April-August period of the previous fiscal, 2016-17, direct tax collections had grown 15.03 per cent to Rs 1.89 lakh crore.
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx at the 2019 Met GalaTwitterJamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called off their six-year-long relationship. In fact, a source has confirmed on the same that they apparently separated back in May! What further validates the split is the fact that Foxx was seen stepping out of a pub with singer Sela Vave. Shocking reports of Foxx holding hands with the up-and-coming singer Sela Vave as they left a nightclub got the tongues wagging. Soon after that, it was confirmed that Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes had split.As per a report on TMZ, Vave is Foxx’s new talent as he is a record producer apart from being an actor and singer. The two attended Lil Pump’s 19th birthday party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood. Meanwhile, Holmes was chilling in the Big Apple, keeping herself as far away from Foxx and Hollywood. On the same, a source did add, “She’s just a girl he’s helping out, a young singer.” However, the fact that the otherwise fiercely private actor didn’t mind holding hands of his up-and-coming talent, did make everyone wonder if there is something more brewing here.Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx first made headlines back in 2013. It was reported by In Touch magazine that Holmes and Foxx were taking their friendship to the next level. Although the actor instantly shut down rumours by stating that there is nothing cooking here. He told Entertainment Tonight, “[The rumours] are one hundred per cent not true. n fact, it’s quite hilarious because we simply danced at a charity event along with a lot of other people.” However, over the years that followed, romance rumours continued to take over Hollywood as the couple was often sighted holding hands and spending time together.Another picture of the couple holding hands while going through some work stuff at a recording studio further reignited all the rumours of them being together. This happened in 2015. Next, they were once again spotted spending Valentine’s Day together in 2017 by engaging in some sporty activities. Pictures of them from the pre-Grammys gala in January 2018 amplified all the rumours as they were seated together, with eyes only for each other. Be it in Miami or New York City or Los Angeles, Jamie and Katie’s whirlwind but private romance continued to make everyone believe that they were going super strong. Last December, as Katie celebrated her 40th birthday, Jamie was by her side as they enjoyed a good time at Serendipity in NYC. Even Katie’s mother Kathleen Slothers-Holmes was at the intimate birthday celebration. Katie Holmes and Jamie FoxxTwitterThe former couple were even spotted kissing in a Malibu beach back in 2018. Their relationship took a new level as they were holding hands and taking a midnight stroll in LA along with Foxx’s daughter Corinne Foxx. Lastly, they were spotted being in pretty good shape as they arrived for the 2019 Met Gala together.
Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ at University of Asia Pacific campus in the capital Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminThe national phase of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ was inaugurated at University of Asia Pacific in the capital on Saturday morning with a view to select 50 junior scientists out of 481 participants.Six selected contestants of these 50 junior scientists will take part in the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in December this year.Noted educationist, also vice chancellor of University of Asia Pacific, professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’.He said, no nation can flourish without achieving development in science.Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Freedom Foundation have jointly organised the Junior Science Olympiad with the assistance of Prothom Alo. Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited is sponsoring the Olympiad while Bigganchinta is the magazine partner.The 481 contestants of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ were selected in two phases – regional phases and an e-olympiad. Regional phases were held in nine major cities in the country. A total of 5,500 participants took part in those phases.Junior Science Olympiad convener Munir Hasan, scientist Rezaur Rahman, and Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited managing director Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director Kazi Tawhid Ul Alam, Bangladesh Freedom Foundation executive director Sazzadur Rahman Chowdhury, and Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh general secretary Farsim Mannan Mohammadi also addressed the ceremony.A book fair is also underway at the campus of the University of Asia Pacific.Names of 50 selected contestants will be declared in the afternoon.
Road Accident LogoA local leader of transport workers union was killed in a road accident at Naudapara Amchattar in Rajshahi on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The victim was Shamim, publicity secretary of District Truck Workers’ Union.Quoting witnesses, sub-inspector of Shah Makhdum Police Station Shamim Hossain said, the accident took place around 9:00 am when a speedy truck hit and left him dead on the spot.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy.
Graphic 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?” Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uTonight’s episode of AFRO First Edition will be pre-empted by Morgan State University Men’s Basketball. Tune in for a new episode of AFRO First Edition, Tuesday, January 31.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Kolkata: There will be traffic diversion due to closure of the southern flank of Circus Avenue between its crossing with Karaya Road and Beckbagan Row, for construction work of the westbound ramp of Maa Flyover. The traffic regulation will be in place from Tuesday onwards till the construction work gets completed.The westbound buses, minibuses, trucks and other heavy goods vehicles, including oil tankers, will be debarred from entering Park Circus Connector from Parama Island from 6 am to 11 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAJC Bose Road bound small vehicles from Park Circus will be diverted through Congress Exhibition Road, Nasirruddin Road, Karaya Road and West Range. Buses of other routes availing Circus Avenue westbound, will be diverted through Park Street before 1 pm and after that, through Shakespeare Sarani.The buses that pass through Shakespeare Sarani towards Sealdah will be diverted via Park Street after 1 pm. It has also been stated that all the existing one-way restrictions will be in place during this period of time, when construction of the westbound ramp of Maa Flyover will continue.
Showcasing the strength of India–France present and future partnerships – from trade to industry, and technology to arts, Bonjour India has set-up a unique pavilion at Children’s Park, India Gate. Titled ‘The Experience,’ the exhibition presents the scale and richness of the past, present and future relations between France and India. Divided into three spaces inspired by the three keywords of Bonjour India – Innovation, Creativity and Partnership, it hosts forty areas of creative and innovative cooperation between the two countries. ‘The Experience’ offer audiences an interactive and immersive multimedia experience of 45 minutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn Thursday evening, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler along with Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was present for the launch of ‘The Experience’– a digital journey with France along with Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Curator General of Bonjour India, Director of the French Institute in India.Created and curated by the French Institute (French Embassy) in India, the project has been co-curated and implemented by the agency SpaceMatters, headed by Amritha Ballal and Suditya Sinha. The structure is an expression of modern urban architecture and the exhibits in the interior are intended to represent an experience using technology at its forefront. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIFI and SpaceMatters pushed to have a completely public exhibition in completely public spaces. The structure boasts of over 10000 sqft of space and 9 metres in height, housing high-end digital equipment to tell the story of the Indo-French journey over time. The whole structure has been designed and custom built to be used not just for this occasion – but in a manner that is so flexible that it can be used in whole or parts – creating a sculptural and most importantly usable public installation – it combines, technology and new material, with the ingenuity of craft.At the launch of ‘The Experience’, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler said, “Today, we saw the launch of ‘The Experience’ which is a very important visual expression for Bonjour India showcasing the long term collaboration between India and France in a modern and innovative format. The modern structure curated by the French Institute in India in collaboration with an Indian design firm – Space Matters is a strong representation of our efforts to bring forward collaborations reflecting on our past and present to build a strong future.”The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories.
5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After collecting ’60s music and memorabilia for threedecades, René Klaassen is using eBay to turn all thosememories into money. Key to his efforts are market research toolsthat help him determine what’s likely to sell and for how much,what the best dates and times are to list certain items, and othervaluable information.Case in point: a Pink Floyd 45 rpm record he recently decided topart with. “I didn’t know what to expect,” saysKlaassen of Los Angeles. “I was hoping for something in thehundred-dollar range.” Typing “Pink Floyd” into amarket analysis tool from Terapeak revealed to Klaassen that Sundaylistings did better than Tuesday listings, listing an item at 10a.m. beat listing it at 5 p.m., and 10-day auction-style listingsfared better than those lasting only seven days.Klaassen (eBay User ID: heineken) fine-tuned his listingaccordingly. The result: He sold the record for $285.”It’s quite nifty,” Klaassen says of hismarket-research capabilities. “Rather than just grabbing an LPor 45 off the shelf [to sell], I immediately go to Terapeak andlook for sales history.”Similar market research tools, both from eBay itself and fromthird parties that license data on sales closed on eBay, can helpmany businesses on eBay outperform expectations. Victoria, BritishColumbia-based Terapeak starts with data licensed from eBay andallows sellers and buyers to conduct research such as looking backat completed items over extended periods of time to find pricetrends for specific products. “If you sell Nike Air Jordans oneBay, you can go to www.terapeak.com, type in ‘Nike Air Jordans,’and find out how they have been doing [over] the past 30days,” says Dave Popowich, Terapeak’s marketingcoordinator. The online subscription service costs $16.95 per monthand provides trend data going back as far as a year in somecases.HammerTap’s DeepAnalysis market research software runs on auser’s own PC. For $17.95 monthly or a $179.95 annual licensefee, HammerTap can do a number of powerful analyses, suchas studying how starting prices relate to bids and determiningwhich category is best for an item based on the number of bids orselling prices in different categories, says Jen Cano, director ofPR at the Orem, Utah, company.Other popular research tools come from ándale, a MountainView, California, company whose products help eBay sellers identifywhat’s been hot in the past six weeks, determine prevailingselling prices, count the number of sellers of specific items andmore. ándale’s $7.95 per month Research tool even givesusers recommendations on such crucial criteria as the price,category, day and time for a given listing.The new kid on the block is eBayMarketplace Research. John Bodine, eBay product marketingmanager, says, “Marketplace Research can help you understandsales and price trends within categories, as well as provideinsight into new products you may wish to source andsell.”Specifically, Marketplace Research provides consolidated metricson up to 90 days of completed listings. That’s a considerableimprovement over the previously available eBay completed listingsinformation, which only showed 15 days’ worth of data.Marketplace Research allows for more sophisticated analyses oflong-term data. Users can, for instance, see how completed listingsof collectibles related to the Chicago White Sox Major LeagueBaseball team rose steadily until the end of the 2005 World Series,then, following the White Sox victory, fell sharply. Those kinds ofinsights can help a seller decide whether to sell White Sox-relatedproducts now.Marketplace Research is priced in three tiers. Fast Pass isdesigned for the casual user, who will pay $2.99 for two days’worth of unlimited access to the subscription services. Fast Passusers can tap into 60 days of historical data and see an item’saverage sold price, sold price range, average Buy It Now price, BuyIt Now price range, last sold price, number of completed items andother metrics. Basic level, at $9.99 monthly, offers additionalmetrics, such as information on an item’s start price range,number of successful sales and average shipping costs. Both theFast Pass and Basic packages allow users to save up to 10 searches.At $24.99 a month, Pro level allows users to search 90 days ofhistorical data, save up to 100 searches and research internationaldata. It also includes more charting options and advanced filters.All three provide information on the top searches performed bybuyers on the site.The world of market research on eBay has come a long way in ashort time, and it’s still evolving. One significant limitationis time. For example, eBay Marketplace Research is initiallylimiting its data to 90 days, Bodine says, in part because of themassive computing power required to analyze millions of dailylistings over a long period. However, given the annual cycles onwhich many businesses live and die, year-long market trends are ofvital interest.Even with their limitations, market research tools are wellworth the cost to most sellers, who find that using them oftenresults in faster sales at higher prices. “Prior to Terapeak,I didn’t have a way of seeing what the market could bear,”says Klaassen.That cuts both ways, Bodine notes: Market research makes eBaymore useful for both vendors and purchasers. “Research beforeyou buy,” he says, “and research before yousell.”Mark Henricks writes on business andtechnology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Enroll Now for Free March 24, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now