Apples TV streaming service Its showtime at last

first_img See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple’s 2019 must-see list starts with its new TV streaming service Every Apple TV show and series announced so far Apple’s streaming TV service: Expected release date, price, shows and movies Now Apple doesn’t just want to make the hardware for viewing entertainment. It also wants to make the content people are accessing. Key to Apple’s success in streaming is just what’s offered on its service. No one will pay for content they don’t want to watch. It stepped into the market in 2017 with a couple original shows for its Apple Music service. That included Planet of the Apps, which was widely panned, and Carpool Karaoke, which began life as a viral segment on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. (Editors’ Note: CNET is owned by CBS, which is also producing the series.). Both flopped. Apple was long rumored to be working on a virtual cable service that let subscribers pick and choose their channels. But that never materialized, and it isn’t likely to be what Apple introduces Monday. Instead, it’s expected to release a more Netflix-like service that includes its own content and video from partners. Apple has reportedly been seeking deals with networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz to license a library of already-released content. (Note: Showtime is owned by CBS, CNET’s parent company.) It could also bundle other streaming services and take a cut of their revenue. Netflix, for one, reportedly won’t be participating. “We want to have people watch our content on our service,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Monday. “We’ve chosen not to integrate into their service.” As for its own content, Apple has at least 30 projects in the works, with five reportedly ready to go. Its initial $1 billion investment in content could balloon to $4.2 billion by 2022, according to a 2017 estimate by longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster, who is now at Loup Ventures. Apple’s announced partners include a multiyear deal with Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg. The company has hired two top executives from Sony Pictures Television to lead the effort. Show me the money To show it’s really serious about services, Apple has to make its new TV streaming offering work on non-Apple devices. And it can’t be so expensive that no one will subscribe. Already, Americans who watch video online subscribe to an average of three streaming services, according to a Deloitte study. Some analysts believe Apple’s service could be free for Apple device users, but it’s more likely the company offers a free trial period. For Apple Music, Apple offers an extended free trial, and it’s standard for most streaming video services to give new users a free introductory period. One way Apple could get more subscribers is by bundling its TV service with Apple Music or with an iCloud account. Currently, Apple Music costs $9.99 a month, while iCloud storage costs 99 cents a month for 50GB (an amount that’s lower than the current lowest capacity — 64GB — on Apple’s new iPhones), $2.99 for 200GB or $9.99 for 2TB. $999 3:02 See also See it Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today 48 Photos Best Buy Comments Mobile Media Streamers Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Boost Mobile $999 $999 Apple iPhone XS Tags Apple Event 24 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10center_img Apple will host its next event on Monday. Apple On Monday, we’ll finally find out where Apple’s billion dollars have gone. That’s the amount the company earmarked for a video streaming service that it hasn’t yet confirmed is coming. For years, rumors of Apple diving into a market dominated by YouTube, Netflix and other streaming companies floated around. It’s even talked up the shows and celebrities it’s cast. Still, Apple hasn’t actually said what all of those partnerships are for. We’ll find out on Monday when Apple hosts an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its campus in Cupertino, California, to unveil its long-awaited video offering. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. For Apple, the launch marks the first time it’s making its services business the centerpiece of a major event. It’s spent the first three days of this week in an unprecedented flood of hardware announcements made via press release, from new iPads to a refreshed iMac and AirPods. In the past decade of Apple’s flashy launches, none — not even its annual Worldwide Developers Conference — has focused primarily on services. See It There’s also Apple’s rumored news subscription service, which is also expected Monday, that could be paired with its music and TV offerings. The service is expected to be based on Apple acquisition Texture, dubbed a “Netflix for magazines,” which offered unlimited access to magazines and news outlets for one fee. “Is this going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back that gets me to think about what I’m already paying for?” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “If you bundle it, the value becomes more fluid.” Amazon bundles its music and video services into its Amazon Prime two-day shipping membership that costs $12.99 for a monthly subscription or $119 for the annual pass. Some people are paying the amount just for the shipping, but others want it for the video service, music or other benefits. Ultimately, to get us all to subscribe, Apple’s got to offer something we can’t get anywhere else. We find out Monday if that’s what it’s built.  Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Event The company needs to highlight those offerings now. Last year, Apple became the first trillion-dollar American company but slipped below that mark three months later. Its iPhone business seemed to be on an almost never-ending rise — until it suddenly wasn’t. Apple makes about two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, but people are holding onto their devices longer, and in places like China, they’re increasingly opting for phones from Apple’s rivals like Huawei and Oppo. Apple knows it has to grow its operations beyond the iPhone, especially its services business. The area, which includes the App Store and Apple Music, has been soaring thanks to all of us who own the 1.4 billion active Apple devices out there. In the December quarter, Apple’s services business revenue jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. Apple Music now has over 50 million paid subscribers, and across all of its services, Apple has 360 million subscribers, up 120 million from the previous year.   Getting into TV streaming is the next logical move for the company. “They’ve been saying on the last almost four years worth of [earnings] calls how much services is going to be important to them,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell. “They’ve been building up to this.” That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Apple’s joining a crowded field, and many of us already shell out money every month to several streaming providers. Is there room for another? Apple declined to comment ahead of its event. From hobby to center stage Apple has dabbled in entertainment for more than a decade. The company introduced its first Apple TV in 2007, the same year it launched the iPhone. In the early days of Apple TV, Apple positioned its streaming media box as a “hobby.”  Apple finally updated Apple TV in late 2015, releasing it with its new TVOS software that lets developers make apps, and a new remote that worked with Siri. It was that new software that turned Apple TV into a more than just a dumb streaming box. The update came at a time consumers were starting to ditch their traditional cable subscriptions in favor of smaller streaming bundles. On-demand TV services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu offered thousands of videos to stream on demand, while services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube let people watch live TV over the internet. Increasingly, it was Apple TVs, Roku boxes and Chromecasts being used to view that content. Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino $999 Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Showtime Amazon Netflix Sony Apple reading • Apple’s TV streaming service: It’s showtime at last See It Share your voice • See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Top 5 things we want from Apple’s TV service Sprint Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so farlast_img read more

2015 US Housing Market Outlook Steady Economic Recovery to Fuel Real Estate

first_imgThe year 2014 has been bumpy for the U.S. housing market. After a slow start in the beginning of the year, the market picked up pace in the summer and fall, marking steady growth. Will that spill over into the New Year?Realtor.com recently released a 2015 outlook for the American housing market asserting that the year will be profitable for first-time home buyers, as the economy recovers steadily.Highlights from the outlook:1. Millennials – the New HeroesMillennials will have a major hand at shaping the housing market in 2015. More than two-thirds of the household formation will be driven by this demographic group. Also, with the economic recovery in full swing and a projected addition of 2.5 million jobs next year, more people in the 18 to 35-year-old age bracket can aim for homeownership.2. Improving Existing Home SalesExisting home sales are expected to improve 8 percent over the year 2015. This sector will also benefit from the recovery. As more people get employed and incomes increase, distressed property inventory is expected to fall. With more buyers entering the market, the stock of existing homes will be lapped up quickly.3. Home Prices will IncreaseAs demand for homes goes up, prices are also expected to rise. This year, the rate of price increases has been slow, but with a rush of new buyers entering the market, home prices are expected to go up by an average of at least 4.5 percent in the coming year.4. Mortgage Rates to Shoot up tooMortgage rates across the United states have been hovering near or below 4 percent throughout 2014. This week, the average 30-year-fixed-rate fell to 3.89 percent, lowest since May 30, 2013. But with all the other parameters improving and the Federal reserve’s rate hike expected in the initial few months, home loan rates will reportedly shoot up to 5 percent next year.5. Home Affordability to DeclineHome affordability is expected to decline by 5 to 10 percent as prices appreciate and mortgage rates go higher. Tighter supply will boost demand, which will also result in a spike in prices, affecting affordability. Realtor.com Official”In 2015, more markets will settle back into their long-term housing patterns. Fast-growing markets that boomed last decade, collapsed in the bust, and then rebounded are now leveling off. Even the markets that have been slowest to recover and have struggled longest are seeing foreclosure inventories decline and the sales mix moving back toward normal,” Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia told US News.last_img read more

Chelsea FC Hire Wipro Day after Manchester United Strike Deal with HCL

first_imgA four-time English Premier League champion, Chelsea, have roped in India’s third largest software firm Wipro to become their digital partner. The contract was signed just a day after Chelsea’s rival Manchester United struck a deal with Noida-based HCL Technologies.The financial details of Wipro’s three-year deal with Chelsea are yet to be disclosed. As per the deal, Wipro will help Chelsea, one of the world’s top football clubs, in transforming the digital experience of its fans in the stadium.”There will be two specific areas we will be working in -firstly, Chelsea is very keen to increase the quality of fan experience in the stadium. You call it connected stadium, you call it digital experience -and that’s key to them. And we will be working to enhance that. Secondly, they are very keen to stay engaged with their fans when they are not in the stadium,” Wipro Digital head Rajan Kohli told The Economic Times.Nicknamed as “The Blues”, the London-based Chelsea club have won the English Premier League four times so far. It has also won all the three major UEFA competitions.Wipro will assist Chelsea to gain more fans in other countries. In India, the club has over 50 million supporters. The company will also help the club interact with fans “through digital channels and share news on players”.”We will be thinking through to how we can stay connected to these fans, what is it that they want to hear from Chelsea, what are the best ways for this experience to be made richer. And thirdly … they’re deeply interested in increasing their fan base -so we will be looking at digital ways to help them increase their fan base,” said Kohli.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s rival club Manchester United on Wednesday announced a deal with India’s fourth largest IT outsourcer HCL to improve its website and mobile app, as it starts rolling out a “new digital media strategy”.last_img read more

5G will dramatically increase number of cancer and heart attack patients says

first_imgA visitors walks past a 5G sign during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2017.REUTERS/Eric GaillardAs countries like the United Kingdom are expected to roll out 5G network this month, an American author has claimed that this new development is not a good move for mankind. Arthur Robert Firstenberg, an American author and activist has already started his public campaign against 5G network and he considers it as a crucial step to save the public.He also established a petition, and it claims that 5G networks are equally harmful to both humans and the environment.”5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law. Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming.” the petition reads, Express.co.uk reports.Firstenberg also makes it clear that several peer-reviewed studies have previously proved the dangerous effects of electromagnetic pollution, and with the introduction of 5G, risks will be again elevated. He even made it clear that the introduction of 5G will increase the number of cancer and heart patients.A few weeks back, Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, had claimed that the introduction of 5G is undoubtedly the stupidest idea ever in the history of humans. He also added that 5G antennas are getting installed all across the world without any biological tests.However, experts believe that there is nothing harmful with 5G signals, and the new technology will actually revolutionize the way in which people used the internet. It should be noted that 5G will offer a download speed of 10 GB per second, and it will be quite crucial in the coming years, especially when artificial intelligence (AI) has started dominating the society.last_img read more

Quess Corp lists at a hefty premium to issue price on BSE

first_imgQuess Corp shares got listed at a 57 percent premium on Tuesday at the Bombay Stock Exchange. The staffing solutions company had issued shares at Rs. 317 per share and its public issue was oversubscribed 144 times.The shares debuted at Rs. 499 apiece on the BSE, a premium of 57.41 percent to the issue price and rose to a high of Rs. 504. At around 10.22 a.m., the shares were trading at Rs.501.The shares were listed under “B” Group securities with the scrip code 539978.At around 12.30 p.m., the Quess Corp stock was Rs. 496.60.The S&P BSE Sensex was up 82 points at 27,708, consolidating its Monday gain of 499 points. Top Sensex gainers were ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Axis Bank, where stocks dragging the Sensex including Dr Reddy’s Labs, Sun Pharma and Asian Paints.The gains on Indian stock markets were on expected lines after Asian equity markets rallied on Tuesday.”Indian markets are expected to open positive tracking SGX Nifty & strong global markets. After strong gain on Friday, the US markets further advanced ahead of the result season. The better than expected job data gave a renewed confidence to investors and who feel that the BREXIT concern was overblown and its earnings what needs to watch out for now. The European markets closed further high on expectations of renewed stimulus by the central bank,” Angel Broking said in its pre-markets opening note.Quess Corp had raised Rs. 180 crore by issuing 5.76 million shares to anchor investors at the upper end of the price band.The company is engaged in recruitment, staffing, payroll and compliance management services in India. The company — earlier Ikya Human Capital Solutions Limited — was acquired by Thomas Cook in May 2013 when the travel and holiday solutions company took a controlling stake.It generates about 86 percent of its revenues from India and had earned a net profit of Rs. 89 crore on net sales of Rs. 3,435 crore for the financial year 2015-16.Quess Corp is a subsidiary of Thomas Cook India, whose shares were down about 1 percent at Rs. 218.25. Story updated at 12.34 p.m. with additional details.last_img read more

Amazon plans to buy Uber Eats India business as food delivery action

first_img Amazon Cancels New York Headquarters Plans After Fierce Local Opposition Amazon logoReutersAmazon India is planning to add the India business of Uber Eats to its acquisition cart. Amazon has been competing with top food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato to step into the food delivery business.According to Business Today, the US e-commerce platform is trying to get into the food delivery business seeing the rising trend of digital food catering services in India. The company also aims to attract more users for the prime membership through the acquisition.The company reckons that it can pull in more traffic to its Prime app by acquiring the food delivery business. The addition of food delivery service to the Prime app will help Amazon add daily users and boost the per-day transactions through Amazon Pay app.  Uber EatsREUTERS/Mariana BazoUber Eats is considering a valuation of $300 million. There have been rumours that Swiggy is also in the fray for Uber Eats but it has reportedly run into issues of overvaluation and other concerns.UberEats has been in stiff competition with Swiggy and Zomato and has been enjoying immense client loyalty. Swiggy has been trying to expand its business by stepping into the grocery delivery vertical whereas Zomato is expanding into dining services in exquisite restaurants, pubs and cafes. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:56Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The industry estimate reported by BT states that UberEats was lagging in its popularity as it served only about 2 lakh orders a day compared with about 8 lakh and 6.50 lakh orders delivered by Swiggy and Zomato, respectively.last_img read more

An outsider to replace CEO Francisco DSouza at Cognizant

first_imgFlickrFor the first time, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. may have an outsider as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mint has reported that the company’s board is considering at least one executive from a rival company to succeed Francisco D’Souza. The New Jersy Company, the Teaneck which was established as software services arm of Dun and Bradstreet Corp. in 1994 got independent, is assessing candidates both outside and within the organisation to succeed D’Souza.D’Souza who was given an additional responsibility of vice-chairman of the company has not decided on the date to step down. But the Mint reported that D’Souza is likely to step down as CEO next year. Earlier, there were speculations that Cognizant president Rajeev Mehta would succeed D’Souza as the next CEO of the IT giant but the recent decision of the company’s board is significant in terms that if an outsider is selected for this job, this would the first time in the history of the company.11-member board of the company has been discussing the names of few candidates including a senior executive from Accenture Plc. Mint reported quoting its source that “the board is looking to have a smooth succession when Frank steps down. This could happen sometime next year.”After Wijeyaraj Kumar Mahadeva who led the company from 1994 until 2003 and Lakshmi Narayanan who was the Chief executive from 2004 until 2006, D’Souza is the third CEO. The software company has been doing tremendously well under the leadership of D’Souza which has outperformed its peers to report revenue of $14.81 billion in 2017 from just about $1.42 billion in 2006. Additionally, D’Souza also holds the office as an independent director on the board of General Electric Co. He has a wide experience in managing the one top IT Company and is considered as one of the most successful CEOs in the history of the information technology (IT) outsourcing industry.Phil Fersht, chief executive of US-based HfS Research, an outsourcing research firm believes that “Frank D’Souza has overseen the meteoric rise of Cognizant from a small provider to $15 billion in revenue, the second-largest IT services firm in India and one of the most respected globally, currently ranked 8 in the world for high-value IT services by HfS Research.”last_img read more

Going Vegetarian in Baltimore and DC

first_imgAs the ideals of healthy diets continue to change, more people are abandoning meat than ever. Vegetarianism and Veganism have origins tracing back centuries, but over time these practices have grown to new proportions. Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants are flourishing nationwide, and the Baltimore/D.C.  area is no exception.  Here are a list of the top vegan and vegetarian restaurants near you.The vegan ribs, rice and kale dish served at the Land of Kush. (Courtesy photo)Land Of Kush –Land Of Kush is innovative and Black-owned. With a menu that features unique twists on popular food like soy BBQ ribs, and vegan chicken drumsticks. Prices are reasonable, and if you can’t make it to the downtown location, delivery is available through Order Up.840 Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201.410-225-5874. NuVegan Café – Located along the infamous Georgia Avenue in Washington D.C., NuVegan offers a large variety of vegan meals, from crab cakes and steak meals to hot and cold sandwiches. Brunch is every Sunday with ordinary breakfast entities made with love and strictly vegan ingredients. Nuvegan also offers soy and almond milk-based smoothies as well as freshly made vegetable juices. If you can’t make it to Georgia Ave or it’s College Park, Md location, NuVegan also hits the streets in their food truck, in which you can get more information on locations on the café’s website.2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001202-232-1700 Evolve – Located in the heart of northwest Washington D.C., Evolve is a top-notch Black owned Vegan spot for eats and entertainment.  Offering 100 percent Vegan meals that range from soul food to soy fish to deserts, Evolve also features a nightly happy hour and caters events and parties. Affordable prices as well as an intimate atmosphere make Evolve the perfect spot for a quick meal, an after work drink or an evening date.341 Cedar St NW, Washington, D.C. 20012202-882-8999center_img Grind House Juice Bar – Just as the name entails, Grind House specializes in fresh juices and smoothies, and features delicious fruity cleanses to get you through your week. As well as tasty drinks, Grind House features a menu filled with familiar grub with a vegan twist like chicken strips, fish fillet and black bean burgers. This Black-owned business specializes in vegan alternatives served through top-notch customer service.2431 St Paul St, Baltimore, Md. 21218.410-366-2441.last_img read more

Sprint TMobile Agree to Merger Thats Poised to Change the US Telecom

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “This combination will create a fierce competitor with the network scale to deliver more for consumers and businesses in the form of lower prices, more innovation, and a second-to-none network experience — and do it all so much faster than either company could on its own,” said Legere in a statement.Legere broke the news on Twitter Sunday morning with a video that featured him as well as Claure. In the video, the duo made the case that the merger was essential to advance 5G, a next-generation wireless networking technology that promises not only faster speeds for mobile devices, but that could ultimately replace fixed-line internet access.The merger could significantly change the power dynamic in the U.S. mobile market: T-Mobile and Sprint have been the No. 3 and 4 in the U.S. mobile market, respectively. Combined, the two companies will have more than 125 million subscribers. AT&T ended 2017 with more than 141 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., whereas Verizon led the pack with 150 million subscribers.While remaining a distant third, T-Mobile has long enjoyed an outsized role in the U.S. mobile market. For instance, the company was first to introduce unlimited data plans, forcing other carriers to follow suit. Legere’s combative personality also allowed the company to style itself as an underdog taking on incumbent carriers.But what truly sets T-Mobile apart from AT&T and Verizon are their different takes on the media business. Both AT&T and Verizon operate their own TV services, and have long invested aggressively into online media businesses. T-Mobile and Sprint on the other hand have traditionally been focused on their core businesses.Verizon acquired AOL in 2015, and doubled down on online media with the acquisition of Yahoo last year. The company has also been looking to make inroads with mobile-first media audiences with its Go90 video service, and plans to launch an internet-based TV service sometime this year.AT&T is already operating an internet TV service with DirecTV Now and has also been investing into online video businesses through Otter Media, a joint-venture with the Chernin Group. The company also struck an agreement to acquire Time Warner last year, and is currently defending the merger in court. After years of negotiations, it’s finally official: Mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to join forces in a mega-merger, the two companies announced Sunday. The all-stock transaction, which puts the value of the combined company at $146 billion, is poised to significantly change the U.S. telecom and media landscape.The combined company will be known as T-Mobile and led by T-Mobile CEO John Legere. T-Mobile’s current COO Mike Sievert will serve as president and COO of the combined company. Sprint CEO Marcello Claure will serve on the board of the new company, but not have any active management role. Joining him on the board will be Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son. T-Mobile is also keeping the combined company on its books.T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42% stake in the new company, whereas Sprint majority owner SoftBank will hold 27%, with the rest held by public shareholders. If approved, the transaction is expected to close by early 2019. Compared to these massive deals, T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s media buying sprees have been relatively small thus far. T-Mobile acquired broadband-delivered cable TV upstart Layer3 TV in December, and at the time announced plans to launch a nationwide internet TV service in 2018. And Sprint acquired a 33% stake in Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal a little over a year ago.This could potentially help both companies with regulators, who are expected to take a very close look at the proposed merger. Both the FCC and the Justice Department opposed a merger between the two companies four years ago, arguing that it would reduce competition and harm consumers. However, both agencies are under new leadership, and President Trump is generally seen as less opposed to big corporate mergers.On Sunday, Legere and Claure made the case that their industry had significantly changed over the past couple of years. “In reality, this industry is no longer just four wireless companies,” Claure said. Instead, AT&T had become the biggest TV provider in the U.S., and cable operators like Comcast were increasingly launching their own wireless services. “It’s not the big four anymore. It’s the big seven or eight,” he said. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Groupon Founder Turned Musician Andrew Masons Hardly Workin

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read You could invest in startups. Travel the world. Form a nonprofit spearheading world change. Or you could launch a new startup. These are some of the things many entrepreneurs do after leaving the company they helped start.Not Andrew Mason. The co-founder of daily deals site Groupon — who was pushed out of the company in February — has taken a slightly different route. Today, he has released “Hardly Workin,'” a collection of seven songs that he hopes other entrepreneurs and business types will not only buy but find inspirational.”This album pulls some of the most important learnings from my years at the helm of one of the fastest growing businesses in history, and packages them as music,” Mason wrote in a blog post announcing “Hardly Workin.'” “Executives, mid-level management, and front-line employees are all sure to find valuable takeaways.”Mason suggests that his songs can help inspire colleagues to be more productive and improve morale. “Try ending your next all-hands meeting with ‘It’s Up to Us,’ for example,” Mason wrote on his blog. “Or, having trouble communicating with a low-per/hi-po employee? A ‘Thinkin’ of You’ note attached to a flash drive preloaded with ‘My Door is Always Open’ might be the catalyst you need for that transformational breakthrough.”Related: Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Out as CEOcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 2, 2013last_img read more

StokeonTrent City Council welcomes direct trains to London Euston

first_imgWest Midlands Trains will be taking over from London Midland from December this year. The council said it pushed not only for the service to the capital to remain, but for improved connectivity to Birmingham from Stoke-on-Trent. Councillor Dave Conway, leader of the city council, said: “This announcement is a real win-win for the city’s residents and economy, it is great news. “Not only do we keep the popular connectivity to London Euston, but we also get a new hourly service to Birmingham, meaning improved services and more seats for travellers on what is an already extremely busy line. “As the UK’s 13th largest city, we deserve to be getting improved rail services, not reductions on what we already have. Stoke-on-Trent has been well connected by rail to London and Manchester in recent years, but we’ve always felt services to and from Birmingham could be improved. Read MoreAppeal as two miles of wire worth £90,000 stolen from Staffordshire railway tracks Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “For more than 12 months we have been involved in a lot of work behind the scenes to promote the city’s interests and make sure we get a great deal. “We’ve met with companies who were interested in taking on the franchise, including the successful operator, and explained to them how Stoke-on-Trent is a city moving forward, a city on the up, and what we would like to see in terms of improvements. “We also gave them evidence and examples of why it’s not only important but a good business decision to improve services between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, and the talks were very productive and open between both sides. “We’re aware of the recent reports which have been in the media and the concerns expressed by passengers and residents, and although we could not say anything publicly until now, in the background we’ve been continually fighting the city’s corner and we’re delighted with the outcome.” Read MoreBogus HS2 officials target Staffordshire farmers He added: “To see the current level of service to the capital maintained, and a new hourly train to Birmingham introduced, is a really positive result for our residents and businesses in the city. We couldn’t be happier.” The new franchise is set to start in December 2017, with the first timetable changes taking place a year later. The Sentinel first revealed Alsager, Kidsgrove and Stone might lose their direct service to London under the plans in January 2016. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA council has welcomed the news that a direct rail service to London will be maintained when a franchise changes hands – bringing with it a new hourly train to Birmingham. Last week West Midlands Trains Ltd confirmed there will still be a direct service from Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston on the franchise’s routes from December 2018. The company is taking over the franchise from London Midland, which has run a train from the Potteries to the capital for 10 years. Other stations in the area, including Stone, Kidsgrove and Alsager looked set to lose their direct train to London – with passengers having to change at Stafford to continue down to the capital – while the only direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Euston would be the twice-hourly Virgin Trains services. Stoke-on-Trent City Council today said it had been talks with companies bidding for the franchise for more than 12 months in the run up the announcement. last_img read more

CNTK v26 is here with Net support and ONNX update among others

first_imgMicrosoft released the version 2.6 of their popular deep learning framework, CNTK or Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, last week. CNTK v2.6 explores features such as an added .NET support, efficient group convolution, improved sequential convolution, more operators, and ONNX feature update among others. Added .Net Support The Cntk.Core.Managed library has now been converted to .Net Standard. It now supports .Net Core and .Net Framework applications on both Windows as well as Linux. .Net developers will now be able to restore CNTK Nuget packages. To restore the CNTK Nuget packages, use the new .Net SDK style project file with package management format set to PackageReference. Efficient group convolution With CNTK v2.6, the group convolution has been updated. The updated implementation uses cuDNN7 and MKL2017 APIs directly instead of having to create a sub-graph for group convolution (slicing and splicing). This leads to improved experience in terms of both performance and model size. Improved Sequential Convolution Sequential Convolution implementation has also been updated in CNTK v2.6. The new implementation creates a separate sequential convolution layer. This layer offers support for broader cases, such as, where stride > 1 for the sequence axis. So, if sequential convolution is performed over a batch of one-channel black-and-white images then these images will have the same fixed height of 640 with the width of variable lengths. The width is then represented by the sequential axis. More Operators More support has been added in CNTK v2.6 for operators such as depth_to_space and space_to_depth, Tan and Atan, ELU, and Convolution. depth_to_space and space_to_depth There are breaking changes in the depth_to_space and space_to_depth operators. These two operators are updated to match the ONNX specification. Tan and Atan Support has been added for trigonometric ops Tan and Atan. ELU Support added for alpha attribute in ELU op. Convolution The auto padding algorithms of Convolution have been updated to produce symmetric padding at best effort on CPU, without influencing the final convolution output values. This leads to an increase in the range of cases which could be covered by MKL API and also improves the performance, E.g. ResNet50. Updated ONNX CNTK’s ONNX import/export has been updated to support ONNX 1.2. A major update has been added on how the batch and sequence axes are handled in export and import.  CNTK’s ONNX BatchNormalization op export/import has been updated to the latest spec. A model domain has been added to the ONNX model export. Support has also been added for exporting alpha attribute in ELU ONNX op. Change in Default arguments order There is a major updated to the arguments property in CNTK python API. The default behavior has been updated so now it returns the arguments in python order instead of in C++ order. Because of this, it will return arguments in the same order as they are fed into ops. Bug Fixes Improved input validation added for group convolution. Validation added for padding channel axis in convolution. Proper initialization added for ONNX TypeStrToProtoMap. The Min/Max import implementation has been updated to handle variadic inputs. There are even more updates that come with CNTK v2.6. For more information on those, check out the CNTK official release notes. Read Next The Deep Learning Framework Showdown: TensorFlow vs CNTK Deep Learning with Microsoft CNTK ONNX 1.3 is here with experimental function conceptlast_img read more

Viceroys ultramodern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything youve ever seen

first_img Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Viceroy’s ultra-modern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything you’ve ever seen Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Mexico, Viceroy Hotel Group LOS ANGELES — A super modern, ultra-luxe Viceroy hotel is coming to Los Cabos this year, marking Viceroy Hotel Group’s second property in Mexico.Scheduled to open in the spring, Viceroy Los Cabos, formerly the Hotel Mar Adentro, is Viceroy Hotel Group’s 14th property and will debut as a member of The Viceroy Icon Collection. The hotel is also the brand’s first collaboration with Rodina Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2017.Upon opening, what guests will notice first is the hotel’s sleek lines and minimal design, a departure from the warm and colourful look typical of other Caribbean properties. Considered an architectural achievement, the beachfront property is located in San José del Cabo on the outer rim of Baja California Sur and boasts 194 rooms, suites and villas plus 50 residences.On-site amenities include a beach bar and beach pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and four newly updated dining outlets. Guests can also enjoy a cinema room for movie screenings, meeting spaces, and new restaurants and bars.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“This is an incredible opportunity to expand our presence in Mexico and to offer travellers a remarkable Viceroy experience in Los Cabos,” said Bill Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group. “It is a privilege to collaborate with such an accomplished partner as Rodina, who shares our vision to create an extraordinary new modern luxury resort experience in one of the world’s most sought after destinations.”Minutes away from downtown San José del Cabo, guests have easy access to exciting nightlife, multiple dining options and nearby activities such as whale watching, marine park exploration and swimming in La Paz lagoon.Viceroy Los Cabos’ grand debut will coincide with the resort hosting the 2018 ‘Gala de Danza’, a dance and music festival that celebrates artistry and creativity.For more information go to viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/loscabos. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Zon Multimedia has added a channel dedicated to bu

first_imgZon Multimedia has added a channel dedicated to bullfighting to its cable network.The Portuguese operator has launched Toros TV, a new premium channel that is available to all TV customers for €10 per month. Content from the channel is also available on Zon’s Videoclub VOD platform.Subscribers to Toros TV will receive three months free access to the Hunting and Fishing channel.last_img

Hes known as Dr Miracle because of his skill a

first_imgHe’s known as “Dr. Miracle” because of his skill and his devotion to helping victims of gang rape during conflict in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For several years, the gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege has been mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. And this year, he has been awarded the prize, along with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq who was taken captive by ISIS members and held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. In 2016, NPR profiled Dr. Mukwege. This story has been updated.When Dr. Denis Mukwege opened Panzi Hospital in 1999, he envisioned it as a means to improve the maternal mortality rates in Bukavu, the capital of Eastern Congo, where about 1 in 100 women died during childbirth. “But our first patient did not come to deliver a baby,” the 63-year-old gynecologist has explained. “She had been raped with extreme violence.”That rape patient set in motion a new course for the doctor’s life. The hospital has grown into an international foundation that helps rape victims work through the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma through a tailored healing process.Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women for rape since opening Panzi Hospital. Those survivors, who range in age from toddlers to seniors, suffered complex gynecological injuries, inflicted by members of rebel groups and the Congolese military.This healing process goes behind surgery and therapy. The Panzi healing model is a five-pillar process.”What I’m doing really is not only to treat women — their body,” Mukwege told NPR, “[but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity.”Part of this approach comes from Mukwege’s realizations about the nature of the trauma of rape. “When it happens in the life of a woman to be raped, sometime you have an impression that it was ‘just a rape,’ as some people who don’t understand the meaning of rape [say],” explains Mukwege. “But we understand that it’s a very deep trauma and women need to regain confidence in themselves.”The five pillars of the Panzi model are medical treatment, psychosocial therapy, socioeconomic support and training, community reintegration and legal assistance. “Once you get through your psychosocial and medical healing,” explains Elizabeth Blackney, senior media adviser to Mukwege, “you move on and work with our socioeconomic pillar [to] learn literacy and numeracy and education. [The women] have a safe space to learn vocational skills. And then we of course provide legal aid and assistance to help people get justice.”While Mukwege has been known in international circles for years — he has collected many humanitarian awards — popular knowledge of his work has come through The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates, an award-winning documentary.The film, by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, focuses on issues of physical healing and justice. It also paints a stark picture of the landscape around Bukavu and Panzi Hospital, visiting villages and jungles where the afterlife of the Second Congo War still rages.The film raises the voices of the Congolese women, who often have no place in the international dialogue. Their words help convey the depth of the trauma. They also reveal the depth of humanity and care in the doctor’s work. “I felt love for him and myself again,” one woman says in a scene.One woman says, “He touched my urine, my feces.””We call him the messiah,” says another.Mukwege himself has faced dangers because of his work. In September 2012 he gave a speech decrying the horror of mass rape in Congo to the U.N. A month later, gunmen invaded his home and attempted to kill him, his wife and their two daughters. His guard intervened. During the ensuing shootout, the doctor and his family played dead. He left Congo shortly thereafter but the women of Eastern Congo sold their harvest to pay for his plane ticket home.”After that gesture, I couldn’t really say no,” Mukwege told the BBC. He returned to a hero’s welcome in 2013. “And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence,” he said. “My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom.”He is fighting against rebel militias, his own government, against some of the worst imaginable physical and mental trauma imaginable, against images that would destroy most of us. But when I ask a member of Mukwege’s staff how they keep fighting, the answer is: “Because we have to.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting Smores and Drinking Whiskey While

first_imgElon Musk Image credit: Shutterstock The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted a late-night Instagram video of himself around a campfire. October 27, 2017 Add to Queue 1 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Caroline Cakebread Register Now » Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting S’mores and Drinking Whiskey While Lip Syncing Johnny Cash Just because he’s a billionaire CEO with dreams of colonizing Mars doesn’t mean Elon Musk doesn’t like to party.Last night, at around 2:44 a.m., Musk posted an Instagram video of himself sitting by a campfire roasting a marshmallow, a glass of whiskey in hand while he rocked out to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” For a 46-year-old father of five, his performance was rather impressive. Earlier in the evening, he posted a photo of a group of eight people huddled around a campfire on the Gigafactory roof. The factory is located on 3,000 acres near Sparks, Nev., and it’s likely a mean spot for stargazing.Rather esoterically, his video caption included “Also, hotdog or not hotdog?” It’s hard to tell whether he was referring to his curiously long marshmallow or asking his followers whether or not he should roast one next. We will never know.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider Next Article last_img read more

What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries

first_img Add to Queue Since California legalized recreational marijuana, I’ve been curious how its new cannabis market has evolved. So I decided to clear my calendar recently for a road trip up and down Southern California’s highways, visiting as many storefront dispensaries as possible. As a CEO in the cannabis space, with a company that develops software for dispensaries, I wanted to learn just what these retailers have been experiencing in this transition from the “gray market” to a new era of hyperregulation and compliance — and what it all means for the future. Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal CannabisSophisticated shopping All over the state, retailers are creating familiar and welcoming environments like you might find at popular high-end stores like Sephora, where the floor plans lend themselves to multisensory browsing experiences. Customers are often encouraged to touch packaging and smell cannabis products as they shop, appealing to connoisseurs as well as novice consumers who might not yet know exactly what they want.  Related: How MedMen Became the Starbucks of PotChanging consumersMore people are shopping at dispensaries for the first time. Also, in California, it’s not just college students or millennials buying cannabis; older adults and seniors are increasingly choosing it for both medicine and recreation. Across the board, consumers expect high standards of quality and purity from their purchases.Premium product, premium pricesThere are more products than ever to choose from. In fact, California dispensaries are inundated with requests to work with brands offering flower, edibles and other infused products, technology and security solutions, and much more. The stream of vendors is so endless, many dispensaries have special procedures to meet with potential partners.Strong cannabis brands have emerged—like Cookies, Henry’s Original, Flow Kana, Marley Natural, Viola, and Lowell Herb Co., just to name a few. However, these products can cost up to six times more than similar ones in other legal markets, like Colorado. Why? Consumer costs are driven up in California by a combination of high taxes, high demand, limited licensed providers, and a supply chain with kinks still to be worked out.Related: The No. 1 Hurdle Facing California Cannabis EntrepreneursThe black market flourishes Legalization has not stopped the black market from thriving. There are still tons of illicit shops operating quietly in California. Because they aren’t complying with the state laws, they’re able to charge a lot less than licensed dispensaries do. In urban areas, pop-up black market events are popular among consumers looking for cheap product. Compliance confusionSince legalization, applicants and licensees have received nothing but mixed messages and postponed due dates from regulators. All licensed retailers are now required to track and trace both their inventories and activities with a software program called METRC. Yet basic definitions are still being clarified by way of emergency regulations, and cannabis operators are expected to comply immediately or risk shutdown. Shakeout ahead Retailers will have to consolidate or diversify their offerings to stand out from their competition. But the larger issue is regulation. I foresee retailers having trouble adopting and leveraging the compliance-based tools because current workflows are not yet established to scale. Many of these businesses need to write SOPs (standard operating procedures) for the first time, or make adjustments to their intake process for packages. There will be a lot more at stake with increasing regulations. For example, dispensaries are going to get audited, and many license holders will risk being shut down because they aren’t ready to comply with METRC.At this point, from what I’ve seen, California retailers need to spend less time focusing on cool features and trends, and put more emphasis on learning how compliance works and what it means for their business. There is a general lack of concern surrounding the transition toward a regulated market. The mindset is: We’ve done this for years. Wake me up when the government starts cracking down. My professional opinion: It’s time to wake up.Related: You Can Legally Buy Marijuana in California But Selling It Legally Is TrickyMy tour isn’t over yet – follow Flowhub’s journey and peek inside California’s cannabis market by following #CAonFlowhub on Instagram. Next Article The first leg of my journey up the coast has taught we where Cali thrives and where it nose dives. Image credit: ROBYN BECK | AFP | Getty Images January 2, 2019 Magazine Contributor This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » CEO of Flowhub Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our iOS App California What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries –shares Kyle Sherman Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 4 min readlast_img read more

Maybe next time Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Cities like Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon’s first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the $5 billion project that could employ up to 50,000 people. Looking on the bright side, several leaders whose proposals didn’t make it say the time spent putting together juicy tax incentives, massive chunks of land and infrastructure studies was not wasted.”We used this opportunity to showcase all the options in Delaware not just for Amazon, but for any business looking for a location to set down roots and grow,” the state’s governor, John Carney, said.”This exercise showed us new ways to showcase our city that we are already using to attract other businesses,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.Seattle-based Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big factor in its decision.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan floated an incentive package of more than $5 billion to lure the second headquarters to Montgomery County. New Jersey’s pitch contains $7 billion in tax breaks and Boston’s offer includes $75 million for affordable housing for Amazon employees and others. This July 16, 2013, aerial file photo, shows downtown Detroit. Amazon’s final cut of 20 contenders for its second headquarters leaves hundreds of cities disappointed. That includes hopefuls like Detroit, Memphis, Tenn., and Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) Detroit’s absence from the list muted what many see as an exciting time in the city as it makes progress since its 2014 exit from bankruptcy. Businessman Dan Gilbert led the team that put together the Motor City’s proposal, which included a video showcasing the city and a more than 240-page, color, spiral-bound book. The cost of the proposal has not been revealed. Explore further Generous tax breaks and other incentives can erode a city’s tax base. Economists have said the Amazon headquarters is a rare case in which some enticements could repay a city over the long run.But the pursuit of Amazon could re-ignite an incentive war between cities, regions and states to lure companies and jobs, says Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan.Just because they offered certain things to Amazon, doesn’t mean every company should get the same, Bartik said. “‘Now that we’ve offered the store to Amazon, let’s offer the store to someone else,'” he added. “I’d be little concerned with that.”Amazon’s list includes New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Denver, Miami, Atlanta and Chicago. Texas’ Austin and Dallas made the cut, as did Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. The others are Columbus, Ohio; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Northern Virginia; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Toronto also is on the list. For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they’re advised not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Citation: Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs (2018, January 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cities-amazon-trial.html In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, file photo, applicants wait in line to enter a job fair at an Amazon fulfillment center, in Kent, Wash. Amazon has narrowed its search for a second headquarters city to 20 locations, concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) In this Sunday, June 23, 2013, file photo, people fish in the Missouri River along the banks of downtown Kansas City, Mo. Amazon’s final cut of 20 contenders for its second headquarters leaves hundreds of cities disappointed. That includes hopefuls like Detroit, Memphis, Tenn., and Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Amazon narrows list of ‘HQ2’ candidates to 20 © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. “We are not deterred in any way, shape or form,” said Gilbert, founder of online mortgage lender Quicken Loans and Bedrock commercial real estate. “Detroit is the most exciting city in the country right now and the momentum continues to build every single day. There are numerous large and small deals you will continue to see develop into reality in the months and years ahead.”Some spent big on their pitches to Amazon. Worcester, Massachusetts, released invoices showing that it spent more than $10,500 on its proposal, most of it on a video. Connecticut shelled out $35,000 for renderings and drone footage. Virginia Beach, Virginia, reported spending at least $85,000. That included $3,000 to build a sand sculpture at the beach to promote its application.For areas considered longshots, going after Amazon was a bit of an experiment. “As much as this process helped identify our major assets, it also helped us to assess our gaps and where we can continue to improve,” said Birgit Klohs, chief executive of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based The Right Place, Inc. The economic development organization was part of the team making the pitch for Grand Rapids.Gov. Chris Sununu said New Hampshire’s proposal “was the most comprehensive business marketing plan” the state had produced.”We are excited that it is already serving as a template for other businesses that now have New Hampshire on their radar,” Sununu said. He did not name specific companies, and Democrats argued that if Sununu truly wanted to attract businesses, he would invest more in education, workforce development and increasing the minimum wage. In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed down its potential site for a second headquarters in North America to 20 metropolitan areas, mainly on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) 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. 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Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes

Citation: Autonomous 3-D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-autonomous-d-scanner-individual.html Manufacturing assistant for Industrie 4.0Thanks to this USP, the autonomous scanner enables completely new kinds of applications. For example, it can be used as a manufacturing assistant and improve cooperation between humans and machines. This interaction is the focus of the EU-funded “Autoware” project, which involves the assembly of cylinders including the various pistons, casings and seals. Before now, the cylinders were assembled manually, and the subsequent quality control was carried out using a printed checklist and manual measurements. “Our 3-D scanning system now enables robots —via comparisons with the database—to recognize what component it has in front of it and also to determine which component its human colleague needs next for assembly of the cylinder,” explains Santos. In addition, the machine carries out the final quality control, scanning the cylinder to check whether the dimensions are accurate. As part of further projects, the Fraunhofer IGD researchers are also testing the entire chain from recording and visualizing up to 3-D reproduction. The researchers will be presenting their autonomous scanning system at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 (Exhibition Grounds, Hall 19) and at the Hannover Messe from April 23 to 27, 2018 (Hall 6, Booth A30). Visitors will get the opportunity to place various objects under the laser scanner and view the results live on a monitor. Upon request, they can also scan their own objects. This will allow them to see for themselves how the system actually captures the precise geometry of three-dimensional objects autonomously and in real time. 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. The scanning system is able to measure any component in real time, making protracted teaching processes a thing of the past. Credit: Fraunhofer IGD Explore further Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.”New scanner works autonomously and in real timeAlthough this kind of individual manufacturing is still some way off, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD are taking the vision of batch sizes of one a big step closer to reality, with a new type of 3-D scanning system. “The special thing about our system is that it scans components autonomously and in real time,” says Pedro Santos, department head at Fraunhofer IGD. For the owners of vintage cars with a broken part, this means that the defective component is glued together and placed on a turntable, which is situated beneath a robot arm with the scanner. Everything else happens automatically. The robot arm moves the scanner around the component so that it can register the complete geometry with the minimum number of passes. Depending on the size and complexity of the component, this takes anything from a few seconds to a few minutes. Already while the scan is running, intelligent algorithms create a three-dimensional image of the object in the background. Then a material simulation of the 3-D image checks whether a 3-D print satisfies the relevant stability requirements. In a final step, the component is printed using a 3-D printer and is then ready to be fitted in the vintage car.No need for protracted learning processSantos emphasizes that the real achievement here is not so much the scanner itself, but the combination of the scanner with view planning to form an autonomous system. This view planning technology was also created by Fraunhofer IGD. During an initial scan, algorithms calculate what further scans are necessary so that the object can be recorded with as few scans as possible. Thanks to this method, the system is able to quickly and independently measure objects that are entirely unknown to it. This is a unique selling point, because previous scanners either had to be taught how to do this, or else you had to have the CAD model of the component, making it possible to recognize the position of the object relative to the scanner. If you had taught the scanner to scan a car seat for quality control (TARGET-ACTUAL comparison), then it would be able to scan the next 200 car seats, because they would be largely identical in mass production conditions. But conventional scanners are not suited to the task of handling batch sizes of one. “By contrast, our scan system is able to measure any component, irrespective of its design – and you don’t have to teach it,” explains Santos. “Also, you don’t need information about CAD models or templates – in other words, the specifications of standard forms that a component usually has.” Detecting impurities on 3-D components Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3-D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time. The autonomous scanning system will be on display at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 and at the Hannover Messe proper from April 23 to 27, 2018 (Hall 6, Booth A30). read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals Originally published on Live Science. 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.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接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote.last_img read more