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BlackBerry Secure tools revealed at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BB)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Anyone who has seen an “Intel Inside” label on a piece of computer technology will instantly grasp what BlackBerry Ltd. is aiming to achieve with its “BlackBerry Secure” branding strategy.The Canadian technology company, based in Waterloo, Ont., unveiled the latest components of BlackBerry Secure on Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.The announcements were aimed mostly at manufacturers and other companies that want to assure their customers that their products have privacy and security features endorsed by BlackBerry.Alex Thurber, a BlackBerry senior vice-president and its general manager of Mobility Solutions, acknowledged that younger consumers may not be as aware of the company as in its heyday before the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago.But Thurber said BlackBerry still makes the security software and other features that go into phones and other devices in return for licencing fees.“Of course, businesses and enterprises and governments are still very aware that BlackBerry is out there because our software management and security has continued to be deployed everywhere,” Thurber said Monday.Speaking by phone from Las Vegas, Thurber said one of the BlackBerry’s achievements has been its accreditations by the National Information Assurance Partnership administered by the U.S. National Security Agency.That accreditation has opened government doors for BlackBerry in the United States — the company’s biggest market — and around the world.“It really is all the G7 governments that use BlackBerry technology, be it the older hardware phones or now the software-protected devices. I think that’s important,” Thurber said.“At the end of the day, people realize that governments need to secure classified information and companies that they trust are companies that have proven themselves.”In today’s world of internet-connected consumer electronics and social media, Thurber added, consumers are also concerned about who is collecting and re-selling their personal information.“We have never monetized users’ data. We have been very clear and up-front about that,” Thurber said.The BlackBerry Secure labelling has been attached to specialty phones by Punkt Tronics AG, under a framework agreement announced last year. BlackBerry also signed a similar deal last year with Bullitt Group, a British smartphone and consumer electronics maker, but that hasn’t yet resulted in a BlackBerry secure product.The company is also working with a partner that makes Alexa-enabled interactive speakers, though the partner hasn’t been identified.BlackBerry is talking with potential partners that could use its BlackBerry Secure feature packs, Thurber said.“We’re hoping that those will start being announced around the time of Mobile World Congress (in Barcelona) at the end of February.”last_img read more

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State to reduce complexity in recruitment process of teachers

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has decided to simplify the process of recruitment by the School Service Commission (SSC), which is responsible for recruitment of assistant teachers in the state.The Education department has also constituted a five-member committee to look into the demands of the SSC candidates, who have been staging demonstrations near the Kolkata Press Club for the past 23 days. “We have come across certain complexities associated with the recruitment process by School Service Commission. I have instructed officials in the department to review the process and simplify it as far as possible,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said after meeting a representative of agitating candidates at his office in Bikash Bhavan on Friday. It may be mentioned here that there are four steps involved in the interview of the candidates before being finally selected. The department wants to bring it down to two. “The recruitment process of the teachers has been marred by several litigations. These litigations have come up due to the complex nature of recruitment rules. We want to hold the examination at least once in a year and for this purpose the simplification of recruitment rules is necessary,” a senior official of the state Education department said. The department officials while framing the rules will consider the weightage of marks secured by candidates in the Higher Secondary and the marks in the SSC examination. According to sources, since 2011 the recruitment process can be carried out only twice. The five member-committee led by secretary of School Education department Manish Jain will take into account the demands of the agitating student and will submit a report to Chatterjee in 15 days. Then, the minister will again hold a meeting with the agitating candidates. “Our government is sympathetic towards their issue and we will try to come up with a solution under the ambit of law. Their names figure in the waiting list and they should understand that they are not part of the panel,” a senior official of the department said. Earlier, Chatterjee had met the candidates at his office on March 6 and after being informed of their demands, he had assured them that those having the requisite qualification would get call for interview in due course. Chatterjee had also sought a report from the SSC regarding these candidates. The agitating SSC candidates, who alleged not being recruited as teachers in classes IX to XII despite having the requisite qualifications, had first met the minister on March 2. These are the candidates, who had written the SSC exams in 2013 and 2017 and had subsequently qualified the examination, are on the waiting list for recruitment. They are demanding that recruitments should be made against numerous vacant seats across schools in Bengal. They are in the waiting list for post of assistant teachers in high school, and for the posts of work and physical education teachers. The agitating students vowed to continue the stir unless there were some concrete assurances about filling up vacancies in the state-run schools.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Congratulates Atlas Lions on Winning CHAN 2018

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message on Sunday evening to the members of the Moroccan National Football Team of local players, on their win of the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018).In this message, the Monarch said that he followed “with joy and pride the well-deserved achievement of the Moroccan selection of local players,” who won the 5th edition of the CHAN , beating in the final Nigeria by 4 goals to 0.The King expressed his “warmest congratulations to all the components of the national team, players, coach, technical and medical staff, leaders and executives of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) following this great sporting feat that comes to crown the beautiful performance and high competitiveness that the national team has shown during all phases of this African competition, organized in Morocco.” King Mohammed VI also welcomes the good organization of this competition, which has contributed to offer a quality football show to the many spectators who have enriched with “their distinguished presence and their enthusiastic encouragement this continental sporting event.The King expressed his conviction that this coronation, which supports the positive results that the national football does not cease to realize, “will constitute a source of strong motivation for the national selection and all the Moroccan sportsmen with a view to redoubling their efforts to promote national sport and raise it to higher levels.The Moroccan football team of local players won the title of the 5th edition of CHAN following an outstanding performance, on Sunday at the Casablanca Mohammed V stadium.The first Moroccan goal was scored by Zakaria Hadraf seconds before the referee blows the whistle for the end of the first half-time, while the second goal was scored by Walid El Karti at the 61st minutes of the game. The third and fourth goals were scored by Hadraf and Ayoub El Kaabi respectively.This is the first title of the Atlas Lions in this competition, succeeding Congo which won the Rwanda 2016 edition against Mali (3-0). read more

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UKs Labour Party wants push on Sri Lankan issue

Reiterating his colleague’s call for further action, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, also said the Sri Lankan government cannot be allowed to deceive the international community through another resolution at the UNHRC: “I think it is now time that we should say not just no to a second resolution, but that that we have a referral from the UN Human Rights Council to the UN General Assembly. And I think that really is where this must now go.”The meeting’s host, Joan Ryan – the MP for Enfield North, said: “The slaughter of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in the Vanni in the final weeks of the war will never be forgotten.”“[…] There are many of us – and I am one – who would say that a genocide took place against the Tamil people on the beaches of Mullivaikal and elsewhere. It is shameful that so many questions about what happened to the disappeared remain unanswered and that justice and accountability has still not prevailed. Justice delayed is justice denied.” “[…] We must not allow the commitment to an investigation that involves international judges and others to just be brushed under the carpet. This was a commitment that Sri Lanka itself made. It was a very, very important step forward in 2015, and we must not allow that to disappear.” The meeting was chaired by Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.The comments of the senior members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet were echoed by Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North, Rt. Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, and Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central.The messages of the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and Kate Osamor MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, who could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable circumstances, were read out by their colleagues. Speaking at a packed Tamils for Labour event in the UK Parliament, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Labour Party is “extremely concerned about the role that the Sri Lankan government has in the recent period – [they] are trying to undermine the UN resolutions and the way which the Human Rights Council has sought to address this matter. I think the Sri Lankan government have had a strategy for dividing and ruling the Tamil community; dividing and ruling the international community; and trying to undermine any attempt to seek truth and justice on this particular issue.” McDonnell went on to say that “there is a real anxiety that the Sri Lankan government will again manipulate the situation in the Human Rights Council where again we don’t get any further movement on this. That’s why we are saying to the UK government it is important that they stand firm in these negotiations; that we get both the proper investigation: the monitoring of the Sri Lankan government’s activities; and at the end of the day also the holding to account the perpetrators of these human rights abuses that have taken place, particularly in recent years.” Britain’s Labour Party has called on the UK Government to ensure that Sri Lanka honours the promises it made – in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 – to address the legacy of the country’s armed conflict.The Government of Sri Lanka’s commitments to achieving justice, accountability and reconciliation, under resolution 30/1, will be assessed by the UNHRC at its current 34th Session in Geneva, Switzerland. “[…] It cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government is allowed to investigate itself. That is not an independent inquiry. In addition to that, it cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government almost vetoes elements of international representation in independent inquiries – that will never achieve the security of truth that we are seeking in this matter.”Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said she was “far from convinced that this is the right time to reintroduce EU trade concessions [GSP+] to Sri Lanka. We need to think about what message this would send on human rights. So I am writing to the Foreign Secretary and urging his government to press for further progress on human rights before trade concessions are offered to Sri Lanka.” Speaking at the event, Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, called for the UNHRC to establish an in country monitoring office in the North and East of Sri Lanka to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tamils are respected and upheld. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

The resolution urged all States to repeal or invalidate any laws and measures – such as the US “Helms-Burton Act” – which affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdiction and the freedom of trade and navigation. One hundred and seventy-three countries voted in favour of the measure, which was opposed only by the US, Israel and the Marshall Islands. Four countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Nicaragua and Uzbekistan – abstained from the balloting.Explaining his country’s position, US Ambassador Sichan Siv called Washington’s embargo against Cuba “strictly a matter of bilateral policy” which the General Assembly should not address. He said the US did not prevent other nations from trading with Cuba, and argued that the embargo is not the cause of Cuba’s economic problems.”The failure of the Cuban Government to respect the rights of its people concerns more than just Cuba,” Mr. Siv said. “The focus of the international community, as manifested in the United Nations, should be on the continuing human rights crisis in Cuba rather than on the bilateral United States efforts to encourage a peaceful transition to democracy.”The President of Cuba’s National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, said a wide range of civil society and influential business entities in the US were calling for a lifting of the blockade and the normalization of economic ties with Cuba. Thanks to their efforts, it had been possible to take a few steps, he added, noting that for the first time in four decades, a number of US exporters were able to sell their products to Cuba and carry out the necessary operations despite the severe obstacles and discriminatory practices they had to confront. Mr. Alarcon de Quesada also pointed out that a constructive spirit had also been echoed in US legislative bodies, but these efforts were forced to contend with the opposition of a powerful minority. The anti-Cuban minority, protected by its privileged relations with the current US administration, acted ever more openly against the true interests of the United States, he said, hailing the General Assembly for its action to provide justice for the Cuban people, who had suffered greatly as a consequence of a policy unjust, illegal and contrary to both reason and morality. A comparable text was adopted last year with 167 in favour and the same three countries in opposition. read more

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Pitt undaunted by many doubters in ACC title game vs Clemson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career. That’s why he’s not surprised so few give Pittsburgh any chance to topple No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night.“We know nobody really respects us or gives us any credit even when we have great game,” the senior fullback said of the ACC Coastal Division champions. “Even after we win, they’ll probably still find a way to discredit us or (say) Clemson had a bad game.”Aston and the Panthers (7-5) might be the only ones who believe there’s a chance to upset the surging ACC Atlantic winners. The Tigers (12-0, CFP No. 2), three-time defending ACC champions, enter with the conference’s top scoring offence and a defence that’s No. 1 in the league in keeping opponents from scoring.Clemson tailback Travis Etienne, the ACC’s leader with 1,307 yards and 19 touchdowns, was named league player of the year. The Tigers experienced and heralded defensive front of ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence have locked down the line of scrimmage by allowing less than 85 yards a game rushing.Clemson also has a huge edge in big-game experience. It has advanced to the past three College Football Playoffs following its ACC title wins and has that 2016 national championship in which many current Tigers played.Tigers receiver Hunter Renfrow said becoming the first to win four consecutive ACC crowns is a goal they’ve sought all year.“I think from here on out, kind of, we just keep breaking records, especially the senior class,” Renfrow said. “It’s something we shoot for, being our best, being the best we can be.”Clemson has not lost many games in that time, although it knows what it’s like to lose to Pittsburgh. Among the two regular-season losses the Tigers have had (they’ve gone 46-2 the past four regular seasons), one was a 43-42 stunner unranked Pitt pulled on No. 2 Clemson in November 2016.Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said that result won’t have much bearing on this game, although Aston said there’s much the Panthers can take from the win.“We really do have good luck playing No. 2 teams,” he said.Narduzzi said Friday that as incentive the team sees a picture of Bank of America Stadium when it leaves the locker room.“That’s where we want to be,” he said. “And now we’re here.”___Things to watch in the ACC title game:LOOKING FOR LOVE: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has chastised fans last Sunday, at least those grousing that the Tigers 56-35 rivalry win over South Carolina was not dominating enough. Swinney clarified it’s a small percentage of the fan base. Still, “I don’t want anything to creep into the culture of our program. I don’t want players ever to walk off the field with a win that so-called felt like a loss,” he said. The Tigers are looking for a 13th win for the third time in four seasons.DUECES WILD: Pitt has a penchant to topping No. 2 teams under coach Pat Narduzzi . The Panthers defeated second-ranked Clemson in 2016, then closed the 2017 regular season with a 24-10 victory over No. 2 Miami. The Panthers have won four straight games as unranked opponents against Top 3 competition since 2002.COACHING CAROUSEL: It’s that time of year when Clemson assistants are part of the speculation for college openings. Tigers defensive co-ordinator Brent Venables said he’s recently talked with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt— (the two were linebackers together at Kansas State. Both of Clemson’s offensive co-ordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have been discussed in several openings, including recently vacant Georgia Tech. Expect that buzz to continue as December deepens.JOINING SPURRIER: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney traded quips and critical comments with Steve Spurrier while he led South Carolina from 2005-2015. Swinney has the chance to join his friend (the two became close over the past decade) as the only Power Five programs with four straight conference title game wins. Spurrier’s Florida Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship game from 1993-96. Swinney’s Tigers have won the past three.INCONSISTENT COASTAL: Pitt is the sixth team in the past six years to represent the Coastal Division. All previous five Coastal winners, starting with Duke in 2013, then Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami, all lost in the championship game. Florida State won the title in 2013 and 2014 with Clemson taking the past three. Look for Virginia, if the pattern holds, to represent the Coastal next year as the only one of the seven teams not to win the division the last six seasons.___AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Will Graves in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania contributed to this report.___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

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If Ray Rice Told The Truth Roger Goodell the

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.Ozzie Newsome, the highly respected general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, testified in the Ray Rice hearing that the former Ravens’ running back gave NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a blow-by-blow (pardon the pun) description of what happened in at elevator with his wife, Janay, long before the commish suspended Rice indefinitely from the league.If this is true, Goodell should be fired.Why? Because Goodell said Rice was “ambiguous” in his description of what happened on the elevator in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day—and that Rice’s ambiguity led to him changing the two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension after seeing the video of the incident because he said he did not know the severity of what happened.Goodell said Rice did not tell him he punched his then-fiance in the face and knocked her out. However, Newsome testified that he was there and, according to ESPN, heard Rice give Goodell the gory details.This is not a Black man lying for another Black man. This is the commissioner of the NFL being called out on what appears to be a lie—another botched element of this sad case.Newsome’s testimony also shows that Goodell suspended Rice twice for the same offense: Once when Rice told him what happened and again after the video was released months later showing the infamous left-handed punch. This gives Rice leverage to be reinstated to the NFL, although he likely will be hard-pressed to find a team that would welcome him.A larger concern is the power that Goodell has flung about with impunity since taking over as commissioner—an overseer control freak who has used scare tactics to achieve his mission. Sound familiar in history?He has exacted punishment on players with impunity, garnishing a reputation as a power hungry ruler of all things NFL.The undercurrent is there is white rule over Black players. Goodell sits on high and determines what the athletes who drive America’s most profitable and popular sport are held held accountable for under his watch. Not a good look.Players have gotten to where they are scared to voice concern about Goodell’s power, for fear of retribution. Problem is, his authority was granted to him by the NFL Players Association, same as with previous commissioners.Goodell has chosen to use his power at times to insulting levels. The way he handled the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in particular, was outrageous. He issued fines for borderline hits, eliminated post-touchdown celebrations, viewed by many as another way to suppress Black celebration of achievement. Goodell ran things—runs things—as he sees fit, a dictator ruling his underlings.David Stern did the same when he ran the NBA for 30 years, and instituted a dress code for players—a move widely considered an act against Black players playing in front of mostly white crowds. And it was under Stern’s rule that the league airbushed a photo of tattoo-laden Allen Iverson on the cover of an NBA magazine.Rice’s case will challenge Goodell’s power. . . and future. If Newsome’s testimony proves to be accurate—and there is no reason to believe it is not—the commissioner will be proven to have lied. And his reign should be over. read more

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Trimble acquires Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its positioning technology portfolio

first_imgTrimble is a leading innovator of GPS technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble’s worldwide presence and capabilities position it for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its portfolio of positioning solutions. The Terralite XPS technology is a scalable infrastructure that generates signals for real-time positioning to augment existing Global Positioning System (GPS) coverage. The technology uses a network of ground-based transmitter stations to broadcast a proprietary signal to one or more mobile GPS+XPS receivers. Using Terralites allow operators of GPS-enabled machines, such as drills, bulldozers, shovels and haul trucks, to receive continuous real-time positioning information in locations where conventional GPS satellite signals may be obstructed or unavailable.“The Terralite asset acquisition expands Trimble’s technology portfolio and can enable us to offer an even broader range of positioning solutions,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president of Trimble. “The solution can improve the efficiency and productivity of surface mining and other high-value site operations challenged by limited or no GPS coverage.”GPS is a proven utility for determining positioning on the Earth’s surface. However, in certain cases it requires augmentation in areas with obstructed views of the sky, such as heavily forested areas, near high walls in open-pit mines, and areas with overhead obstructions such as bridges and cranes. A variety of technologies have been implemented to augment GPS, including the development of receivers that track GPS along with additional GNSS signals, and the use of optical technology, inertial systems, cellular network assisted GPS, LAN-based positioning, laser augmented GPS and others.Operations such as open pits can enhance the continuity, efficiency and productivity of GPS applications by deploying the Terralite technology to have direct control of positioning coverage in their area.last_img read more

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Liebherr family looks to the future

first_imgThe owners of the Liebherr Group, Willi Liebherr, President of the Administrative Board of Liebherr-International AG, and his sister Isolde Liebherr, its Vice-President, have assigned a proportion of their shares in the Liebherr Group’s parent company to their children. The statement said “This will enable various duties and responsibilities to be transferred to the next generation.” In the future individual group divisions will be managed by Isolde Liebherr or Willi Liebherr jointly with a representative of the third family generation.Initially, the following members of the third generation will assume responsibility step by step for corporate management and supervisory tasks: Jan Liebherr; Stefanie Wohlfarth; Sophie Albrecht and Patricia Ruf. The statement closed: “The way is now clear for the future management of the Liebherr Group, and to ensure that Liebherr will remain an independent family-owned company.” Hans Liebherr established Liebherr as a family business in 1949. The company’s first mobile tower crane laid the foundation for its remarkable success. Liebherr is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery but also an acknowledged supplier of advanced technical products and services in many other business sectors, including mining, with its hydraulic excavators up to the R9800 and trucks up to the T282C. Liebherr has developed into a group of more than 120 companies worldwide, employing more than 35,000 people. The parent company is Liebherr-International AG, which is based in Bulle, Switzerland and owned entirely by members of the Liebherr family.last_img read more

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ZRK Vardar and Kim Rasmussen go their separate ways after only 28

indira kastratovicKIM RASMUSSEN ← Previous Story Slovenian roommate Gajic and Zorman played last World Championship in Qatar Next Story → Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic overtakes Croatia from the next summer? One of the most ambitious team in women’s handball struggling to find a perfect combination between the bench and the field of play. Danes with strong CV from his Polish NT job, Kim Rasmussen was presented on 5 January as a new consultant and assistant coach of Indira Kastratovic, but after the first match and defeat in Leipzig 26:23 (13:10) at the start of Women’s EHF CL Main Round, the club shortly announced that young coach left Skopje by mutual agreement.Rasmussen worked exactly 28 days in Skopje. Before him, Vladimir Vujovic was assistant of Kastratovic and goalie’s coach, but he also was sacked in December 2014. read more

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Herrera Beutler hosts senior resources fair

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made it about three steps through the door of the Community Room at the Luepke Center in Vancouver before she was approached by a constituent. Then another, then another.There the Battle Ground Republican stayed planted for the next hour, answering questions about everything from sea lion population control to a Mexican border wall to the recent report on the president’s conduct from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. She didn’t make it any farther into the room until it had nearly cleared out.It wasn’t an explicitly political affair — the senior resource fair, hosted by Herrera Beutler’s office and featuring booths from 37 senior-focused organizations, was designed to connect the older residents of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District to various medical, recreational and employment services.But much of the conversation veered toward the political. And while many of the 400-odd attendees came for information on local senior services, for others, an audience with the congresswoman herself was a big part of the draw.“This wasn’t a partisan event, so that surprised me a little bit,” Herrera Beutler said, speaking just outside the venue after the event wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

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Updated Technology Review Relaunches With Digital Focus

first_imgThis story was updated Friday, October 26 to include comments from Technology Review’s Jason Pontin. Technology Review has relaunched itself as MIT Technology Review, taking one more step toward a digital-first transformation worthy of its cutting-edge namesake.The publication, owned by the prestigious university, unveiled a new website and logo Wednesday—the largest and most noticeable changes of a strategic overhaul announced in June. The first rebooted print issue will be released November 6, but membership options and a new HTML5 mobile platform are still to come. See Also: Behind Technology Review’s Digital-First Strategy Philosophical changes, including providing all content online for free, have been rolled out through the summer and fall by editor-in-chief and publisher Jason Pontin, who, despite an admitted “impatience for change,” decided the magazine would be better served if the new strategy were implemented gradually.“The core idea is that a website is irremediably free, that the web demands a kind of ‘linkyness’ that resists paywalls,” he says. “A free website does not mean that people are not willing to pay for beautifully designed membership experiences. The one that most readers will know is the printed magazine, but there are other types of membership experiences.”Those membership options are expected later this year and will offer benefits related to events, page design, pagination and advertising.“[The membership experience] will, if not supplant, at least compliment our traditional circulation business,” he says.Pontin stresses that MIT Technology Review will not abandon its print roots though—“We’re absolutely maintaining the rate base levels we’ve seen for the past seven years,” he says. And with ad pages up 2.9 percent in the first half of this year, according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau, there is no reason to right now.The digital side of the business had been expanding at a far greater rate even before Pontin decided on the new initiatives though. In June, the magazine reported a 104-percent increase year-over-year in unique visitors.“We want to do the things that made print so successful as a platform for the last 120 years and we’re dispensing with things that no longer work” he says. “What we don’t want to do, is run a digital enterprise that’s essentially an overgrown blog.” To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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Anchorage voters opt for bonds more liberal Assembly

first_imgChristopher Constant on a victory lap at Election Central in Anchorage’s Denai’ina Center (Photo – Zachariah Hughes)In Anchorage’s municipal elections Tuesday, liberals gained an edge in the Assembly, and residents supported all but one bond measure put forward passed. Voters also opted to shake up the taxi industry. Amid low turnout, it was candidates and causes aligned with the current administration that won the day.Listen nowAt Election Central Tuesday night, inside a conference room on the second floor of the Downtown Anchorage’s Denai’ina Convention Center, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz watched results scroll past on a projector screen.“I’m looking at numbers,” Berkowitz explained. “Right now, I’m looking to see which precincts have come in to get a sense of how much change you expect to see.”It was still early in the night, with just under half the votes counted, but the results looked good for Berkowitz’s administration. At stake in the Assembly elections was the kind of relationship the representative body will have with the mayor’s office. But Berkowitz was paying just as much attention to the ballot initiatives, projected on a second nearby screen. Voters appeared to be on track to pass almost all of the bonds put forward by the administration, more than $100 million for schools, infrastructure, park upkeep and public safety facilities.“I think the fact that the bonds are in strong position is a good indication the people of Anchorage feel confident about the direction of the economy,” Berkowitz said.There were few surprises in the six Assembly races, with incumbents Tim Steele and Pete Petersen holding seats in West and East Anchorage (respectively), and former lawmaker Fred Dyson winning an open seat in the Eagle River/Chugiak district.But progressive candidates won by large margins in the downtown and midtown races. As results poured in, so did supporters from victorious campaigns, giving brief cheers and waving signs before milling around tables.In somewhat of an upset, a liberal-leaning political newcomer, Suzanne LaFrance, narrowly won the South Anchorage seat that’s traditionally been held by conservative representatives. LaFrance was a bit surprised by the results, but thinks the positive tone in her campaign and a well-spring of late support the last few weeks helped efforts.“We had a lot of folks who definitely hit the ground, door-to-door and lit dropping, getting the word out on social media and word of mouth,” LaFrance said during a brief interview, flanked by two of her three children. “If you look at the folks who contributed financially to the campaign it’s a very broad-based group.”The results nudge the 11-member body slightly more to the left of where it currently sits.The Assembly will also see its first two openly gay members, Felix Rivera in the midtown district and Christopher Constant downtown.“We’ve seen a sea-change in the last four years in this town,” Constant said. “It’s time. There’s a saying in the LGBT political community, it’s ‘If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably being served.’ It’s long past the time when we were being served.”At just under 20 percent, turnout across the municipality was low, even by the standards of municipal elections. In the downtown and Eagle River districts, less than 16 percent of eligible voters showed up. The south Anchorage race, however, was up around 25 percent turnout.Even though Assembly races are technically non-partisan, political groups from both sides put resources behind candidates. The Alaska Young Democrats aimed efforts at door-knocking and phone-banking for progressive candidates in every district, according to Joshua Spring, who is in charge of organizing volunteers. He was quick to caution that the victories were not from enormous volunteer or voter mobilizations. Involvement, like turnout, was hardly massive.“I’ve made probably about 250 volunteer request calls this cycle, and the main thing that I think I heard was people feeling burnt out after the last cycle in November,” Spring said. “But the people that are here and are involved are hyper-involved.”Progressive candidates for one of the two school board seats split the vote, and former Republican state senator Dave Donley won by a large margin. In the second race, Andy Holleman is up by just 58 votes over Kay Schuster with one precinct not yet counted, making results too close to call.One bright spot for conservatives was the failure of ballot measure 2, which had to do with attaching 14 staff positions to the operations of two new ambulances, a provision that would have cost $23 million over ten years.“That’s extreme,” former mayor Dan Sullivan said. He was part of a campaign effort to defeat the proposition. “I think that was a mistake by the administration to put that out there like that. If you think that these ambulances are something that’s that vital, they could have rolled it into the regular budget.”In a proposition about the future of the taxi industry, voters rejected a move to keep the current system, and opted to open up the permitting process. The move will put more cabs on the road in the next few years.last_img read more

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RIP AirPower Apples promising wireless charger dead on arrival

first_imgApple marking the 10th anniversary of the first-ever iPhone launched the iPhone X, the company’s radically different form factor in a long time and along with it, a new hardware AirPower wireless charger was showcased, which was supposed to hit stores in a few months, but the D-Day never came. It’s has been close to 18 months since the announcement and now, the news has come in that AirPower will never be released.Personally, I and several tech critics were eagerly waiting for the AirPower. I had heard wonderful things about the product from the some of the attendees present in 2017 Apple fall event, but now our hopes to review it has been dashed. I won’t say it’s gone forever, as Apple is likely to continue work on an alternative version of the AirPower as accessories are good source revenue for the Cupertino company and given the fact that iPhone sales are declining, it has started to shift focus on services. You can get the hint by how Apple hosted a big flashy event just to announce new Apple TV+ service and News+ along with Arcade gaming subscription and Apple Card, a virtual and physical credit card powered by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.Why AirPower got shelved? Apple AirPower wireless charging mat shelvedApple Press Note (screen-grab)Firstly, let me shed light on why AirPower was eagerly awaited by fans and technology enthusiasts alike. The AirPower mat was capable of sending information about the current charging status of the AirPods, Apple Watch Series 3 (& later) to the iPhone.The user could view right on the lock screen including the iPhone battery charging details, as well [see picture above]. This intelligent feature of grouping multiple devices’ charging details is not available in any of the rival brands even to this day.Also, as you have already noticed by now is that Apple AirPower also supports simultaneous charging of multiple devices.But, sadly recent reports emerged that Apple AirPower mat, which uses three coils had heating issues when multiple devices are placed side by side for charging at the same time.However, there was a sliver of hope in late 2018 that Apple engineers might have found a way to dissipate the excessive heat and would finally come in the first quarter of 2019.It can be noted that Apple’s AirPods too had faced a long delay in reaching the market. Apple AirPods boasts breakthrough wireless technology to offer seamless sound experience on both ears and trouble-free connectivity with iPhones and iPads. In rival brands, only one of the two earpieces connects to the phone via Bluetooth and then transmit the signal to its secondary earpiece. But in Apple’s case, both the units of AirPods are independently connected to the companion device thanks to W-series chipset. But, it took several months for engineers to fine-tune the AirPods’ marquee feature and going by the recent market trends, AirPods, despite being expensive received good response from the public. Apple AirPods 2 prices starts at Rs 14,900 in India.Apple Press KitEven the second generation AirPods, which was unveiled last week, has advanced H1 chipset which offers 50-percent more talk time despite having same battery capacity as the predecessor and we expect it to receive a good reception from the public. Guess what. AirPods 2, which is already available in the US, there is a mention of AirPower support on the retail box. Unfortunately, AirPower will not be making it to the market near future and as I said it before, never say never, particularly in the field of technology related to mobile devices and accessories. Already, commercial variants of fully flexible phones are on way to the store shelves and I believe, Apple might bring a better AirPower mat, maybe with a different moniker in a few years.Apple Statement on Cancellation of AirPower”After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement to Tech Crunch. Close 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Eventlast_img read more

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Govt in a hurry to dispose of Khaleda appeal

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that the government is trying to promptly dispose of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s appeal against her conviction in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by the High Court to keep her away from the national election, reports UNB.”Unprecedented incidents are happening under this government…there’s no instance of giving direction by the Supreme Court to settle any appeal by 3-4 months,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the remark while unveiling the cover of a musical CD of a song on Khaleda Zia at Dhaka city unit BNP’s Naya Paltan office.On Wednesday, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Fakhrul said the government is working to take the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to the final stage hurriedly. “But it’s unfortunate that the highest court is giving such an order. Judiciary is the last resort for the repressed people, but the government is now trying to use it to make its political gain.”He said Khaleda cannot walk out of jail despite having a bail from the Supreme Court as she is the main opponent of the government.”The government knows it well it won’t be able to resist people’s wave if our leader remains out of jail and resist its debacle if Khaleda Zia joins the next national election. That’s why they’ve kept her in jail in a false and fabricated case in a planned way,” the BNP leader observed.He alleged that the government rigged votes and barred people from going to polling stations in Tuesday’s Khulna City Corporation election by resorting to repression and establishing a reign of terror with the help of law enforcers.Fakhrul said though their party and even the USA urged the election commission to investigate the election irregularities, they will not do it as the commission has turned into a subservient organisation of the government.He urged BNP leaders and activists to get ready for waging a movement for the ‘restoration’ of people’s voting and other rights and democracy.Fakhrul also said they will forge a national unity and free Khaleda from jail and foil the government’s efforts to hold a 2014-like unilateral election.last_img read more

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VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

first_imgThe complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.I talked with lead researcher Nitish Padmanaban at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, where he and the others on his team were showing off the latest version of the system. It’s meant, he explained, to be a better solution to the problem of presbyopia, which is basically when your eyes refuse to focus on close-up objects. It happens to millions of people as they age, even people with otherwise excellent vision.There are, of course, bifocals and progressive lenses that bend light in such a way as to bring such objects into focus — purely optical solutions, and cheap as well, but inflexible, and they only provide a small “viewport” through which to view the world. And there are adjustable-lens glasses as well, but must be adjusted slowly and manually with a dial on the side. What if you could make the whole lens change shape automatically, depending on the user’s need, in real time?That’s what Padmanaban and colleagues Robert Konrad and Gordon Wetzstein are working on, and although the current prototype is obviously far too bulky and limited for actual deployment, the concept seems totally sound.Padmanaban previously worked in VR, and mentioned what’s called the convergence-accommodation problem. Basically, the way that we see changes in real life when we move and refocus our eyes from far to near doesn’t happen properly (if at all) in VR, and that can produce pain and nausea. Having lenses that automatically adjust based on where you’re looking would be useful there — and indeed some VR developers were showing off just that only 10 feet away. But it could also apply to people who are unable to focus on nearby objects in the real world, Padmanaban thought.This is an old prototype, but you get the idea.It works like this. A depth sensor on the glasses collects a basic view of the scene in front of the person: a newspaper is 14 inches away, a table three feet away, the rest of the room considerably more. Then an eye-tracking system checks where the user is currently looking and cross-references that with the depth map.Having been equipped with the specifics of the user’s vision problem, for instance that they have trouble focusing on objects closer than 20 inches away, the apparatus can then make an intelligent decision as to whether and how to adjust the lenses of the glasses.In the case above, if the user was looking at the table or the rest of the room, the glasses will assume whatever normal correction the person requires to see — perhaps none. But if they change their gaze to focus on the paper, the glasses immediately adjust the lenses (perhaps independently per eye) to bring that object into focus in a way that doesn’t strain the person’s eyes.The whole process of checking the gaze, depth of the selected object and adjustment of the lenses takes a total of about 150 milliseconds. That’s long enough that the user might notice it happens, but the whole process of redirecting and refocusing one’s gaze takes perhaps three or four times that long — so the changes in the device will be complete by the time the user’s eyes would normally be at rest again.“Even with an early prototype, the Autofocals are comparable to and sometimes better than traditional correction,” reads a short summary of the research published for SIGGRAPH. “Furthermore, the ‘natural’ operation of the Autofocals makes them usable on first wear.”The team is currently conducting tests to measure more quantitatively the improvements derived from this system, and test for any possible ill effects, glitches or other complaints. They’re a long way from commercialization, but Padmanaban suggested that some manufacturers are already looking into this type of method and despite its early stage, it’s highly promising. We can expect to hear more from them when the full paper is published.last_img read more

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Thailand arrests key human trafficking suspect

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “This is a very significant case as Ko Myo is the leader of one of most notorious human trafficking rings in Thailand,” Chavalit said. “He is an agent with a large client base, who has abused his own countrymen on Thai soil for 10 years.”Ko Myo is being held in custody at a hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds during the raid.Chavalit said police were also investigating his alleged involvement in the rape and killing of a Myanmar woman in March in Thailand’s Trang province, on the Andaman coast.Three of Ko Myo’s close aides were arrested in separate raids. All three face human trafficking charges, while two were also charged with rape and murder of the same Myanmar woman.Chavalit said Thai police would reach out to their counterparts in Myanmar to try to arrest more human trafficking suspects.The London-based Environmental Justice Foundation said in a statement Friday that it welcomed the capture of the suspects and called for parties “to work together to prevent human trafficking in Thai seafood production and bring an end to this devastating practice.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BANGKOK (AP) – Thai authorities have arrested and charged a suspected human trafficker who allegedly sold hundreds of migrants from Myanmar into slavery to work in Thailand’s fishing industry, police said Saturday.Ko Myo, a 42-year-old Myanmar national, was captured in a raid by police and justice officials on Aug. 1 in Thailand’s southern province of Surat Thani and faces human trafficking charges, said Police Maj. Gen. Chavalit Sawangpuech. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

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Introducing the Reina Silvia Voyager Galapagos yacht

first_imgSource = G Adventures Introducing the Reina Silvia Voyager Galapagos yachtIntroducing the Reina Silvia Voyager Galapagos yachtLeading tour operator G Adventures proudly introduces a sixth yacht to its fleet of vessels for touring the Galápagos Islands, with 2020 departures posted on its website today. The custom-built catamaran will be among the most comfortable passenger touring vessels of its size in the Galápagos, and will reflect the company’s commitment to responsible tourism.The 103-foot Reina Silvia Voyager catamaran will cruise the Galápagos Islands as a high-end touring vessel, accommodating up to 16 passengers in 10 cabins on two decks. Eight of those cabins are designed for twin/double stays, and two are dedicated to solo travellers who prefer their own space at a good value. Eight rooms offer private balconies, while all rooms have panoramic windows for optimal ocean viewing, plus bright, contemporary furnishings, artwork by local naturalist photographers, and energy-saving LED lighting.Common areas on board will include an expansive third deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing, covered cocktails bar, grill station and an outdoor jacuzzi tub for relaxing under the sun or stars. An indoor, air-conditioned salon with large video screen will enable visual presentations from specially trained naturalists, who will guide each group’s tour and help guests learn about the iconic wildlife and culture of the Galápagos Islands’ inhabitants.Landings and exploration of the region’s remote ports and wild, rocky coasts will be accessible to guests, thanks to the Reina Silvia Voyager’s nine on-board kayaks and two zodiacs for guests’ guided use. Wetsuits and snorkeling gear will also be freely available for passengers’ enjoyment, as will beach towels and hairdryers. All meals on board are included and will accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-sensitive diets. A crew of nine, including a dedicated chef and G Adventures Chief Experience Officer, will serve guests daily.“There is nothing in the world like making eye contact with a curious sea lion, gentle sea turtle, tiny seahorse or prehistoric iguana in a place where Darwin himself studied evolution. We want our guests to have all of these adventurous experiences and still enjoy a dose of maritime luxury,” said Yves Marceau, G Adventures’ Vice President of Product, who is overseeing the design and construction. “The Reina Silvia Voyager is being purpose-built to enable nimble, immersive moments in and under the water, then welcome guests back on board in ultimate comfort.”These G Adventures voyages start and finish in the capital city of Quito, and offer sailing through either the eastern or western Galápagos, including the inhabited islands of Isabela, Floreana, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, plus eight other uninhabited islands that are protected within the Galápagos National Park system. Pricing is as follows:8-day Galápagos – Central & Eastern Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager, Cruise Only – from AUD $7,499 per person.8-day Galápagos – Western & Central Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager, Cruise Only- from AUD $7,499 per person.10-day Galápagos from Quito – Central & Eastern Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager -from AUD  $8,349 per person.10-day Galápagos from Quito – Western & Central Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager – from AUD  $8,349 per person. With 40 different itineraries that offer adventure travellers access to the 20 different islands of the Galápagos, ranging from 7 to 17 days in length, the Reina Silvia Voyager will allow G Adventures to meet the increasing traveller demand it is seeing for Galápagos adventure. There has been a 19 percent surge in global bookings of its marine-based cruises in the region since January 2016.To comply with the Galápagos Islands’ trailblazing ban on single-use plastic bottles, straws and bags, G Adventures is giving each passenger a reusable stainless steel bottle and will offer unlimited access to filtered drinking water on board. Toiletries onboard all of G Adventures’ boats are also provided in refillable containers. In partnership with the nonprofit Planeterra Foundation, G Adventures additionally supports an Ocean Health Fund with investments in numerous marine initiatives, including the United Nations Environment Program’s Clean Seas campaign and the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s Galápagos Whale Shark Project.G Adventures’ Managing Director Australia and New Zealand Adrian Piotto said “We are thrilled to present a new option for experiencing some of the magic that the Galápagos has to offer, in a way that offers immersive, responsible travel without compromise on comfort. Adventure travel is about seeing how other communities live, and gaining access to places that most people have only read or dreamed about. Roughing-it is not required.”For more information and the complete list of trips, please consult your local travel agent, call 1300 180 969, or visit:  www.gadventures.com.au/galapagos. Book early for best availability.last_img read more

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Losing halloumi trademark was act of suicide spokesman says

first_imgBy Evie AndreouLosing the halloumi trademark in the UK after failing to act on time was an act of suicide as far as the interests of the country were concerned, Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said on Friday.The outrage caused after news that Cyprus lost the trademark due to the commerce ministry’s failure to respond on time to applications filed by a British company, John & Pascalis Ltd, to invalidate or revoke the trademark, did not ebb on Friday.The matter will now be discussed at the House trade and commerce and agriculture committees. The House watchdog committee is calling for an immediate reform of the civil service citing practices of the 1960s, while opposition is calling on the commerce minister to assume his responsibilities.Prodromou told Sigma TV on Friday that the whole matter was “embarrassing”, “painful”, but also “an act of suicide as regards the interests of the country.”He said that the government would assume its responsibilities.“We will make every effort with all the means available not only to rectify it but also for a positive ending as regards the halloumi file,” he said.It is obvious, he said, that there have been tragic mistakes and omissions which need to be investigated and for responsibilities to be attributed.The commerce ministry said on Wednesday it has launched a probe into the reasons why one of its departments had delayed defending a legal suit in the UK, which resulted in the private company registering halloumi as a trademark in that country. Commerce Minister, Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday Cyprus has already reapplied to register halloumi in the UK.The head of the House watchdog committee, Zacharias Zachariou, said that the incident concerned issues relevant with the operation of the civil service and stressed the importance of reforming the way the state operates.It was inevitable for something like this to happen, he said, as the public service, functions as it did in 1960 and “in the mindset of non-modernisation, indignation, and lack of accountability by every public official.”The head of the Greens, Giorgos Perdikis, said that it was possible that conspiracy lies behind the incident and that there should also be an in-depth investigation, as other than disciplinary responsibilities, there might also be criminal ones.He also said that the House watchdog committee should be the legislative body to discuss the matter, instead of the House agriculture. The latter, he said, will discuss the matters as regards specifications filed for the registration of halloumi as an EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and will not focus on the incident per se.Diko called on Lakkotrypis to assume political responsibilities as regards the blunder and for accountability of those found to be at fault.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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