Comcasts new remote control lets you channel surf with your eyes

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Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2:07 See it Post a comment Abt Electronics Tags Comcast’s Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote that pairs with eye gaze systems. Comcast My eyes follow a little cartoon cow from the top left to the bottom right of a Microsoft Surface screen. There’s a reason I’m staring so intensely — and it’s not because it’s adorable. Both of my pupils are dilated by the act, but in less than five seconds they will be paired with a new virtual remote control system, the Comcast Xfinity X1 eye control. After this calibration ends, I can now access the virtual keyboard on the Microsoft Surface. By staring at specific buttons on this virtual keyboard in my internet browser, I can flip through different channels on the connected TV behind the computer. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, on Monday released this new virtual keyboard, compatible with laptops and computers, to help you navigate your TV screen with the power of your gaze.This virtual keyboard is the latest example of how companies are working to make their products and services accessible to the disability community. For instance, at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple announced Voice Control, an accessibility feature that allows users with motor limitations to browse their iOS devices by simply speaking directions. Similarly, Google at its annual I/O conference in May announced a Live Caption feature that transcribes videos and audio in real time, meant to benefit deaf users. Comcast’s customizable virtual keyboard is accessed via the URL Xfin.tv/access, and it will be available to people with both the existing Comcast Xfinity platform and third-party assistive eye-tracking technology from companies such as Tobi. Customers can use the technology to not only change the channel, but also launch the TV guide, search for content or record a movie. While the keyboard is available to anyone with the Xfinity X1 cable TV platform and a browser, the technology is intended to benefit people who cannot use their hands well enough to handle a remote control, including people with ALS or spinal cord injuries — or for those who just need to use a voice-controlled device.During my trial of the Xfinity X1 eye control, Comcast repeatedly referenced how the product could assist those with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that gets worse with time and causes people to lose control of their muscle movement. There are more than 30,000 Americans and 450,000 in total worldwide with the condition, according to the ALS Therapy Institute. “Disability isn’t a one-size fits all … We have to be able to spend that time with the customer and understand what they’re trying to accomplish,” said Tom Wlodkowski, who heads up the accessibility team at Comcast. “And then assess what equipment, what services we have that can line up with their needs … to deliver the experience they’re looking for.”Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Philadelphia resident Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Comcast A keyboard layered with optionsThe Xfinity X1 eye control system does require some discipline. If you aren’t used to the technology, a distracted gaze could mean clicking on the wrong TV channel.Fortunately, the keyboard is customizable, which means there are options for using your eyes. Instead of using the dwelling feature to select keys based on the length of your gaze, you can opt to blink to make a selection. You can also adjust how long you want to gaze or how much you want to blink for the keyboard to select optionsWlodkowski, who has two decades’ worth of creating tech for people with disabilities, says the company’s long-term vision with the platform isn’t just about making watching TV easier, but using its X1 platform, available in 39 states, to operate a whole smart home. “X1 is the centerpiece of what we call the operating system of the home … You can manage your home network,” said Wlodkowski. “You can arm, disarm your security system. Our job is to make sure this is as inclusive as possible.”For Comcast, accessibility has long been part of the culture. In October 2013, it opened its first dedicated center for customers with disabilities. Today, the center houses about 90 agents who handle more than 20,000 monthly interactions through calls and email, according to Wlodkwosi. Those with legacy platforms older than the Xfinity X1 can also acquire the service by calling the company’s disability customer center.”It’s less about the business opportunity … You are already paying for a service, let’s give you the most out of it,” said Wlodkowski.Correction, 7:43 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the name of Comcast’s accessibility head. His name is Tom Wlodkowski. Comcast Microsoft Applelast_img read more

Spice Group To Set Up Mobile Making Unit for ₹500 crore in

first_imgMake in India’ campaign launch in Delhi by PM Narendra Modi. [Representational Image]Reuters FileTaking forward the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, mobile phone maker Spice Group announced on Tuesday an investment of ₹500 crore to manufacture smartphones in Uttar Pradesh, India.The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government for the purpose.Spice claimed the manufacturing unit will strengthen the company’s strategy to introduce affordable smartphones in India through domestic manufacturing, thereby catering to a larger market by offering best technology at affordable prices.The MoU stipulates that the UP government will support Spice Group in establishing the facility in a time bound manner and facilitate the necessary infrastructure, ecosystem and incentives under various schemes announced by the State government and the Central government.Dilip Modi, Chairman, Spice Group, said, “We are delighted to announce our investment plans to set up a mobile manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh with the support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. With a local manufacturing plant, Spice Group can achieve its vision to create affordable and high technology mobile products for a larger audience.” In a survey conducted by The Economic Times Brand Equity in 2014, Spice Group was ranked as the second most trusted Indian mobile brand in the country. Spice Group targets tier II and III markets through its affordable segment of smartphones and featurephones, and unique offerings.last_img read more

Savar road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo people were killed and three others inured in a road accident in Pakija area on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Saturday midnight, reports news agency UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police and witnesses said the accident took place when a Dhaka-bound sand-laden truck hit a rickshaw and overturned as its driver lost control over the steering while giving side to a human hauler around 12:00 am, leaving two rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were admitted to different local clinics.Driver and helper of the truck, however, managed to flee the spot.A case was filed.last_img read more

Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600

first_imgA man cleans up a destroyed house on 19 March 2019 in Chimanimani, as a hundred houses were damaged by the Cyclone Idai. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in Mozambique alone while scores have been killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe following the deadliest cyclone to hit southern Africa. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe.Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.Relief and rescue efforts entered a second week in the central parts of the impoverished coountry.The UN, warning of more suffering, stepped up calls for help in Mozambique as aid agencies struggle to assist tens of thousands of people battered by one of southern Africa’s most powerful cyclones.’Situation will get worse’ A week after the storm lashed Mozambique with winds of nearly 200 kilometres (120 miles) per hour, survivors are struggling in desperate conditions — some still trapped on roof tops and those saved needing food and facing the risk of outbreaks of disease such as cholera.”The situation will get worse before it gets better,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said Saturday.”Aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage,” she adding that “entire villages have been submerged, buildings have been flattened, and schools and health care centers have been destroyed”.The storm wreaked an area about 3,000 square kilometres of land.The World Food Programme late Friday night declared the flood crisis a level three emergency, putting it on a par with crises in Yemen, Syria and South Sudan.”The designation will accelerate the massive operational scale-up now underway to assist victims of last week’s Category 4 cyclone and subsequent large-scale flooding that claimed countless lives and displaced at least 600,000 people,” said WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel.”Now that the world is beginning to grasp the scale of devastation and despair,” he said.More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and in Malawi where the storm started as a tropical depression causing flooding which killed 60 and displaced nearly a million people.Hundreds are still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.’Like Yemen, Syria’ Humanitarian agencies are racing against the clock to help people, many of whom have not had a meal in days.Poor sanitary conditions mean disease is now a real concern.”Already, some cholera cases have been reported in (the port city of) Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a statement.Even some of those rescued and in shelters are in overcrowded conditions and poor hygiene places them at risk. UNICEF estimates at least a million children have been affected by the storm.Aid group Doctors Without Borders said people were also at risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia.In Buzi, a small town that has reportedly “disappeared” under water, an AFP photographer saw people sleeping outside, under the rain and many coughing.”There are lot of dead (people). We can’t even count,” said Otelea Jose, arriving by boat in Beira.”We are living an unprecedented natural disaster. A disaster that only matches major disasters,” said lands and environment minister Celso Correia.Districts west of Beira resemble an inland lake, and thousands of people are still trapped on roof tops.’Unprecedented natural disaster’ Although water levels are slowly going down, according to the government,the UN humanitarian agency warned of fresh flooding if more rains fall.”The Zambezi (river) is essentially in flood currently, it’s very high .. there is lot of rain in the highlands, the more that flows down to the Zambezi the more likely that is going to break its banks and we will have a second flooding emergency,” said Sebastian Stampa, an OCHA coordinator.Nearly 90,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique.In Beira, businessman Ibraimo Masquine counted his blessings. “I can’t believe I’m here. I was scared for my life,” he said clearing debris from his factory, but he also said there was “no clean water to drink, no food”.last_img read more

Quebecs NAFTA Negotiator Playoffs Havent Started Yet

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /04:04 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaQuebec’s chief NAFTA negotiator, former Canadian finance minister Raymond Bachand, is not concerned that Canada will be shut out of a new NAFTA deal.center_img The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement continues to be up in the air as the United States, Mexico and Canada are renegotiating NAFTA.Or are they?Canada has been on the sidelines as the U.S. and Mexico have worked toward an agreement.This week, the chief NAFTA negotiator for Canada’s Quebec province, Raymond Bachand, was in Houston to talk about trade between Canada and the U.S., including Quebec and Texas.We caught up with him at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Click the audio above to listen to the interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Using physics to make better GDP estimates

first_img Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks Citation: Using physics to make better GDP estimates (2018, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-physics-gdp.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. Journal information: Nature Physics More information: A. Tacchella et al. A dynamical systems approach to gross domestic product forecasting, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0204-yAbstractModels developed for gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasting tend to be extremely complex, relying on a large number of variables and parameters. Such complexity is not always to the benefit of the accuracy of the forecast. Economic complexity constitutes a framework that builds on methods developed for the study of complex systems to construct approaches that are less demanding than standard macroeconomic ones in terms of data requirements, but whose accuracy remains to be systematically benchmarked. Here we develop a forecasting scheme that is shown to outperform the accuracy of the five-year forecast issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by more than 25% on the available data. The model is based on effectively representing economic growth as a two-dimensional dynamical system, defined by GDP per capita and ‘fitness’, a variable computed using only publicly available product-level export data. We show that forecasting errors produced by the method are generally predictable and are also uncorrelated to IMF errors, suggesting that our method is extracting information that is complementary to standard approaches. We believe that our findings are of a very general nature and we plan to extend our validations on larger datasets in future works.center_img Currently, economists use a variety of models to produce GDP estimates, which are often used by law and policy makers to inform decisions about future events. Such models typically require a host of variable inputs and are quite complex. In sharp contrast, the estimates made by the Italian team used just two variables: current GDP and another they describe as “economic fitness.”The researchers calculated a number for a given country’s economic fitness using physics principles applied to export products. Such factors as diversification and the complexity of the products were taken into account, offering a means of gauging the relative strength of a given economy. The idea was to rate a country’s economic strength—the wider the range of products being exported and the more complex they were, the more likely GDP was likely to grow—and used that to forecast future prosperity.The team reports that they have been running their models for approximately six years—long enough for them to see how well their estimates matched actual GDP numbers over time. They report that their estimates were on average 25 percent more accurate than were those made by the International Monetary Fund. They report also that their models accurately predicted the booming Chinese economy in 2015 when more traditional models suggested the country was headed for a slowdown.The researchers explain that the field of economic complexity involves studying the behavior of economies over time and the factors that cause them to change. Doing so includes using tools such as those that have been developed to measure turbulence in fluids and traffic jams. The philosophy of such research, they explain, revolves around the idea that complex systems with a large number of elements that interact in non-linear ways tend to have emergent properties. Learning to understand such properties, they further note, can offer insights into relationships such as the one between exports and GDP trends. A team of Italian physicists has used economic complexity theory to produce five-year gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for several countries around the world. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, Andrea Tacchella, D. Mazzilli and Luciano Pietronero describe how they applied the theory to economic forecasting and how well it has worked thus far. © 2018 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Ambedkar meets Gandhi on src stage

first_imgWe live in a society of extremes these days. Find about about the extremes through a play. Ambedkar aur Gandhi, a socio-political play, will be presented by the Asmita Theatre group. The play shows a debate between Gandhi and Ambedkar and talks about the geopolitical and social scenario in the country from two extreme points of view. The play is a political dialogue on the social concerns of our feudal society. It showcases the conflicting thoughts of two political stalwarts with similar aim but different means. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Says actor Gaurav Mishra, who enacts the role of Gandhi: ‘It has been the most challenging role so far. My mind played like a time machine. To think like him, his body language, upgrade my thinking abilities like him have been my priority throughout besides reading about him. My director Arvind Gaur also helped me get into the character.’The issue of the upliftment of Harijans and the plight of Dalits is a significant thread expressed in the play. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Ambedkar, the fiery man, let out his ideology through his candid nature. His outspoken personality with a never-sit-idle attitude triggered me to justify the role. It’s very close to my heart as I comprehend his opinions and ideology towards life,’ says Bajrang Bali Singh who plays the role of Ambedkar.‘This play operates at many levels to show the multiple layers of the thought processes of both the leaders and brings about the multi-layered confrontations due to the differences between them. This kind of bold theatre forces us to rethink about our make belief comfortable history and breaks our pre-conceived socio – political notions,’ says Arvind Gaur, the director of the play.DETAILAt: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House When: Today Timings: 7 pm Entry: Rs 200, 100, 50last_img read more

Repetition trains brain to form good habits

first_imgScientists claim to have discovered a ‘brain hack’ to form good habits – training it by simply repeating actions until they stick. Researchers from University of Warwick in the UK have created a model which shows that forming good and bad habits depends more on how often you perform an action than on how much satisfaction you get from it. They developed a computer simulation, in which digital rodents were given a choice of two levers, one of which was associated with the chance of getting a reward. The lever with the reward was the ‘correct’ one, and the lever without was the ‘wrong’ one. The chance of getting a reward was swapped between the two levers, and the simulated rodents were trained to choose the ‘correct’ one. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen the digital rodents were trained for a short time, they managed to choose the new, ‘correct’ lever when the chance of reward was swapped.’ However, when they were trained extensively on one lever, the digital rats stuck to the ‘wrong’ lever stubbornly, even when it no longer had the chance for reward. The rodents preferred to stick to the repeated action that they were used to, rather than have the chance for a reward. “Much of what we do is driven by habits, yet how habits are learned and formed is still somewhat mysterious. Our work sheds new light on this question by building a mathematical model of how simple repetition can lead to the types of habits we see in people and other creatures,” said Elliot Ludvig, an associate professor in the University of Warwick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Psychologists have been trying to understand what drives our habits for over a century, and one of the recurring questions is how much habits are a product of what we want versus what we do,” said Amitai Shenhav, assistant professor in Brown University in the US. “Our model helps to answer that by suggesting that habits themselves are a product of our previous actions, but in certain situations those habits can be supplanted by our desire to get the best outcome,” said Shenhav. This research opens up a better understanding of conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tic Disorder – both of which are characterised by repeated behaviours.last_img read more

M6 to shut for 24 hours due to bridge being demolished this

first_imgNewcastle Borough Staffordshire Moorlands Stoke-on-Trent M6, A500 and A50 Stafford Borough and Uttoxeter The stretch of carriageway affected by the closure (Image: Inrix) Highways England smart motorways project sponsor, Peter Smith, said: “Demolishing the bridge is a big and complex job and to do it safely both carriageways of the motorway are needed, meaning the M6 will be closed for up to 24 hours. “We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption. That is why we are arranging to take the centre section away in one piece, rather than breaking it up which would take more time. Read MoreRoadworks in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire (Sep 17-Sep 23 2018) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy stretch of the M6 motorway will be closed in North Staffordshire this weekend – as a bridge is demolished. Both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M6 will be shut between junction 14 (Stafford North) and Stoke-on-Trent (junction 15) from 8pm on Saturday (September 22) for up to 24 hours (into Sunday September 23) while the Creswell Home Farm bridge over the motorway is demolished. Traffic will be diverted up the A34 Stone Road due to the work – with the 800 tonne bridge being torn down as part of an ongoing project to turn a 17-mile stretch of the M6 between junction 13 and junction 15 into a smart motorway. Signs as far away as Dover and Carlisle will alert motorists to the closure – with drivers urged to consider alternative routes including the M62 and M1. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent properties raided in national fuel fraud investigation M6 to shut for up to 24 hours South Cheshire Full list of roadworks “I’d like to thank motorists, businesses and residents for their patience. I’d also urge anyone wanting to use the M6 in that area to plan an alternative route to avoid congestion between Stoke and Stafford. Please also allow extra travel time and fuel for your journey.” We will be bringing you live updates on the closure, and the impact it is having on surrounding roads throughout the region, throughout Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

An intellectual talk about racism I dont like th

first_img An intellectual talk about racism. I don’t like the term diversity. I think from now on, instead of diversity, they should just call it what it is: bigotry! —Craig We’re in Uncharted Territory Throughout the 1920s, the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies helped create an enormous stock market bubble. In August 1929, the Fed raised interest rates and effectively ended the easy credit. Only a few months later, the bubble burst on Black Tuesday. The Dow lost over 12% that day. It was the most devastating stock market crash in the US up to that point. It also signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. Fast forward to today… The economy has been on life support since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed has pumped it up with unprecedented amounts of “stimulus.” This has created enormous distortions and misallocations of capital that need to be flushed. Think of the trillions of dollars in money-printing programs—euphemistically called quantitative easing (QE) 1, 2, and 3. Meanwhile, with zero and even negative interest rates in many countries, rates are the lowest they’ve been in 5,000 years of recorded human history. This is not hyperbole. We’re really in uncharted territory. (Interest rates were never lower than 6% in ancient Greece and ranged from 4% to over 12% in ancient Rome.) The too-big-to-fail banks are even bigger than they were in 2008. They have more derivatives, and they’re much more dangerous. Allegedly, the Fed has been taking these actions to save the economy. In truth, it’s warped the economy far more drastically than it did in the ’20s. I expect the resulting crash to be that much bigger. Good one. —Judy NEVER Before Seen: The Aurora Borealis of Trading The Biggest Threat to Your Financial Well-Being The mainstream “fake news” media endlessly praises the Fed. It portrays Fed employees as a bunch of selfless, benign bureaucrats trying to save the economy. In reality, the Fed is the primary cause of most of the harmful distortions in the economy. You can blame the Fed for… Unlimited money printing Artificially low interest rates The boom/bust cycle Bailout funds to prop up “too-big-to-fail” institutions The War on Cash Cronyism in the financial industry Various asset bubbles… just to name a few. If you ask me, the Fed is the biggest threat to your financial well-being. Period. Today, That Threat May Be Imminent Last December, the Fed raised interest rates to their highest levels since the 2008 crash. That could help prick the massive bubble in the stock and bond markets. But the threat goes beyond that. Even a small rate increase could also be lethal for the US budget, which is built on credit. In other words, economic depression and currency inflation (perhaps hyperinflation) are very much in the cards. These things rarely lead to anything but bigger government, less freedom, and shrinking prosperity. Sometimes, they lead to much worse. Fortunately, you don’t need to be hostage to what’s coming. You can take a few steps today to prepare for the worst. To help you get started, our team just put together the Ultimate Crisis Playbook. With 109 pages full of tactical steps from every guru across our business, this market crash guide is designed not just to help you protect your wealth in the months ahead… but also to prosper. You can download it for free right here. Regards, Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing Reader Mailbag Today, readers weigh in on John Hunt’s recent essay on racism: Well done, but only educated people will read through it, get to the truth of the issue, and subscribe. Unfortunately, those who benefit and those who use it to their advantage don’t want to recognize that they are being used. —Joyce The Aurora Borealis, or “Northern Lights,” happens when solar particles rip through the Earth’s geomagnetic field and smash into gas atoms. Something similar exists in the stock market… It’s a powerful anomaly called “Quantum.” It appears when 3 major forces collide. As a result, the laws of risk and reward reverse. And the gains that are generated are incredible—both in their return and the speed in which they’re created.GDX: 129% in 3 hoursSONC: 400% in 18 hoursSTRA: 1,285% in 2 daysClick here to continue reading… (and to see where this anomaly will appear next). Justin’s note: Today, I’m sharing an important essay from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. Below, he explains the main cause for the harmful distortions in today’s economy—and why things will only get worse from here.Fortunately, we just put the finishing touches on the ultimate crisis report to help you protect yourself (and thrive) in the months ahead. Read on to learn more… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing You may recall the international spectacle Alan Greenspan sparked in 1996. In an otherwise dull and forgettable speech, Greenspan, the Federal Reserve chairman at the time, said the now-famous phrase “irrational exuberance.” Investors thought Greenspan meant the Fed was about to raise interest rates. Of course, Greenspan didn’t say the Fed would raise rates. Nor did he intend to signal that. Nonetheless, investors quickly panicked. US markets were closed at the time, but stocks in Japan and Hong Kong dropped 3%. The German stock market fell 4%. When trading started in the US the next day, the market opened down 2%. Billions of dollars of wealth vanished in 16 hours… all because one man said two words. That’s an absurd amount of power for one person to have. It’s also a shameful testament about the economy. It’s based more on the Fed’s shenanigans than actual production. After the US president, the Fed chair is the most powerful person on the planet. By simply saying the right words, the Fed can create or destroy trillions of dollars of wealth in both the US and abroad. Recommended Linkcenter_img “This Wednesday, I’m revealing my big crypto prediction for 2018” — Last year, Teeka’s crypto prediction could have made you rare and extraordinary gains of 696%… 1,140%… and even 14,354% — in as little as 6 months. This Wednesday, he’s revealing a new shocking prediction for 2018 in a free emergency broadcast. Click here for details. Recommended Link — Mr. Hunt, I’m not sure what world you live in, but your views and perspectives on racism vastly differ from mine. Perhaps you should stick to investments and the financial markets. —LarryIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. In Case You Missed It… Our colleague Teeka Tiwari, one of the world’s top cryptocurrency experts, has an urgent message… “I just returned from a three-month, international cryptocurrency investigation. Based on what I found, I believe we’re on the cusp of a ‘Second Boom.’” And he’s explaining all the details in a live crypto emergency broadcast on Wednesday, March 14. Teeka’s never shared this information in an in-depth presentation. To sign up for this event, click here.last_img read more

Ecommerce Shop Fancy Just Laid Off a Third of Its Staff

first_img 4 min read Ecommerce Shop Fancy Just Laid Off a Third of Its Staff This story originally appeared on Business Insider Add to Queue Layoffs Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 14, 2014 Joe Einhorn’s e-commerce shop Fancy, which was rumored to be in ~$1 billion acquisition talks with eBay in September, has laid off an estimated one-third of its staff, multiple sources tell Business Insider.A few layoffs were scattered throughout the summer, two sources say, with the largest round occurring on or about September 30. There, 10-15 staffers across different departments were handed paperwork by the company’s lawyer, Andrew Tuch. COO Michael Silverman only said a sentence or two, then dismissed the group.”Just fired 16 employees in one day with no warning and no explanation,” an anonymous reviewer wrote on Glassdoor in October. A number of Glassdoor reviewers allege that the company has a tendency to fire employees just before their stock options vest. Two former Fancy employees estimate that one-third of the company was cut that day, scaling a team of 45 US employees last year down to about 15 or 20 now. Another person who confirmed the layoffs thinks the one-third estimate is too high and estimates the the company had about 80 employees world-wide during its prime.Two executives have departed in recent months: Creative Director Jake Frey and General Merchandising Director Lee Assoulin. One source says the layoffs struck shortly after a board meeting. Roles cut include buyers, sales processors and business development.The reason for the layoffs vary depending on whom you ask. Those who are disgruntled feel the company spent too much cash and is in desperate need of a lifeboat. “If I had to speculate, [the layoffs occurred] because Fancy isn’t making enough money to support the business and pay salaries, and the investment money from last year (about $60 million) is pretty much all gone,” one person says.A SEC filing spotted by AllThingsD’s Jason Del Rey showed that executives from Fancy took about $20 million off the table during the company’s last fundraise. A source familiar with the company’s thinking admits that the filing looked bad, but says the money was distributed among a dozen early supporters of the company. “That money was distributed between 10-12 people who were part of the beginning fundraising,” this person says. “It wasn’t getting anyone super rich.” This person says the company is currently raising a new round, but wasn’t sure of the valuation.In September, Bloomberg reported that Fancy was in talks to get acquired by eBay for ~ $1 billion. One former staffer guessed layoffs might have had something to do with that.While Fancy did meet with eBay’s Marketplaces Business Unit President, Devin Wenig, a source familiar with the talks says no buyout price was ever discussed and was skeptical acquisition talks with eBay had ever occurred. This person says it was a typical business meeting, similar to one Fancy had with Twitter, which resulted in a Twitter Commerce partnership. Fancy recently pivoted its business from being a first-party merchant (storing inventory and shipping it to customers) to a third party merchant, where other businesses promote, sell and ship their own items to Fancy’s users. “What they were doing with first-party buying was — well, it was working in that it was making revenue and blah, blah, blah — but it wasn’t getting the full social shopping experience, where a user could look at whatever they wanted and get it in the same day,” a source familiar with the company’s thinking says. “When things started getting slow, Fancy had to pivot and make this third-party storefront. It’s an incredible tool. Imagine going on Shopify and buying everyone on there all in one place.”The pivot, this person says, is what forced the company to downsize.”It is clear as day what was happening with Fancy,” says the source. “We went from first party to third party merchants, so there was a group of people in charge of that. Fancy tried to repurpose as many of those people into other roles as possible but at the end of the day, it’s a startup and when it pivots it pivots…[Layoffs are] always unfortunate but at the end of the day, Fancy is a startup that is still young and agile.”Fancy COO Michael Silverman and CEO Joe Einhorn did not return requests for comment. Next Article Alyson Shontell –shares Register Now »last_img read more

Banks Tech Companies Move on From Bitcoin to Blockchain

first_img As a debate raged across the Internet Monday over whether the mysterious founder of the bitcoin digital currency had finally been identified, executives at a major bitcoin conference in New York had a simple message: we’ve moved on.That’s because bitcoin, the digital currency, has largely been supplanted by blockchain, the technology that underlies it, as the main interest of investors, technology companies and financial institutions.”If there is a 100 percent opportunity in the blockchain, bitcoin, or the currency, is only 1 percent of it,” said Jerry Cuomo, vice president, Blockchain Technologies at International Business Machines Corp. “So there is a whole 99 percent that has broad applications across the broad industries.”Over the past year numerous Wall Street firms, led by Goldman Sachs, have declared their commitment to pursuing blockchain as a potential revolutionary technology for tracking and clearing financial transactions.The blockchain technology works by creating permanent, public “ledgers” of all transactions that could potentially replace complicated clearing and settlement systems with one simple ledger.Still, bitcoin is by far the largest implementation of blockchain technology and there is considerable debate as to whether one can truly develop without the other.”Bitcoin is still the only blockchain-enabled, cross-border large scale, provable application that’s actually in production,” said Joseph Guastella, a principal at Deloitte Consulting in New York. “Bitcoin as a currency may not be as relevant as it was in many ways, but it actually is relevant as a proof case for the blockchain technology.”Bitcoins are created through a “mining” process, in which specialized computers solve complex math problems in exchange for bitcoins. One bitcoin is equivalent to $444.75 late on Monday and trade on various exchanges around the world.But bitcoin transaction volume has been in decline over the past six months amid a bitter split over technical changes in the protocol that are needed to increase the capacity of the system that produces them. Because the cryptocurrency has no formal governance, it relies on a core group of developers for direction – and they are sharply divided over the changes.But that debate was of relatively little concern to the Blockchain enthusiasts gathered in New York.Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright identified himself on Monday as the creator of controversial digital currency bitcoin.”It’s irrelevant because his announcement doesn’t solve a problem or resolve a conflict,” said Bharat Solanki, managing director at Cambrian Consulting in New York.”It probably helps to determine the origins of bitcoin but only for recognition,” Solanki said.For Naoki Taniguchi, a global innovation expert at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in San Francisco, he does not really care about who created bitcoin.”It’s all about the blockchain,” he said.(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Jonathan Weber, Bernard Orr) 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Bitcoin The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Next Article 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Banks, Tech Companies Move on From Bitcoin to Blockchain Add to Queue Reuters Image credit: REUTERS/BENOIT TESSIER/FILE PHOTO May 3, 2016 Apply Now »last_img read more

Socialbakers Debuts Content Hub to Deliver Deep Content Intelligence for Digital Marketers

first_imgContent Hub Helps Marketers Collaborate, Plan and Create Engaging Content for Their Target Audiences by Providing Centralized Content Insights and Analysis Across Digital ChannelsSocialbakers, the leading unified marketing platform, announced the release of Content Hub, the go-to place for marketers to collaborate, plan and create engaging content by leveraging AI-powered content intelligence. Content Hub empowers organizations to create content strategies that deliver compelling experiences to their target audiences. With deep content insights, marketers can now leverage the right activation channels and effectively allocate the budget to stay competitive. Content Hub is fully integrated into the Socialbakers platform to ensure seamless workflows and efficient teamwork at scale. Content Hub was created to address the challenges marketers face as they seek to create and promote engaging content while maintaining high velocity across multiple channels. With instant access to AI-driven insights, marketers can easily personalize content for their target audiences and spend more time on content creation rather than tedious data gathering. It also makes the sentiment and performance analysis effortless across both owned and competitive profiles, so that marketers can have the insights they need when activating their content all in one place.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its Headcount“Content Hub is an entirely new way for marketers to work with content,” said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CEO, Socialbakers. “With these shareable insights, marketers can now better collaborate, measure, analyze, plan and execute great content strategies from a single platform. Everyone on the team will have the deep intelligence they need to create compelling content that their audiences love.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsContent Hub solves key pain points that marketers face every day:Guide content strategies with AI-powered insights – Trade incomplete data sets that require hours to collect and analyze with actionable insights; create engaging content for targeted audiences, select the right activation channels, and spend the budget smarter.Automate data collection and analysis at scale – Replace repetitive manual data collection with an all-inclusive overview of the entire competitive landscape to boost team efficiency and leave more time for productive work.Replace team barriers and from-scratch plans – Break down departmental silos and siloed solutions, quickly learn from regional performance insights, and apply best practices globally.Content Hub is now available as a fully integrated service within the Socialbakers platform.Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data Platform Socialbakers Debuts Content Hub to Deliver Deep Content Intelligence for Digital Marketers MTS Staff WriterJuly 10, 2019, 12:12 pmJuly 10, 2019 Content HubDeep Content IntelligenceMarketing Technology NewsNewsSocialbakers Previous ArticleDMA United and Nelson Mandela Family Partner To Create New Media BusinessNext ArticleOpenText Expands Strategic Partnership with Google Cloudlast_img read more

Streaming Wars Lion King beats Rise of Skywalker Ahead of Disney launch

first_imgFrozen II25% Star Wars Rise of Skywalker24% Disney Film% of all respondents in the UK excited to see said film Streaming Wars; Lion King beats Rise of Skywalker Ahead of Disney+ launch MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 6:50 pmJuly 16, 2019 Disney feature filmsDisney streaming serviceFrozen IIGlobalWebIndexMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleGlobal DMARC Adoption Report Reveals Nearly 80 Percent of Companies Leave Consumer Data VulnerableNext ArticleNICE Robotic Process Automation Named a Leader in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix for Second Consecutive Yearcenter_img The Lion King37% New research of 5,507 consumers aged 16-64 by GlobalWebIndex reveals ahead of a series of highly anticipated Disney feature films, including Star Wars and Frozen II, that The Lion King tops the UK’s list as the film over a third (37%) are excited to see.Top 3 upcoming Disney films people are excited to watch in the UK. Conducted in the US and UK, the research finds that already 35% of UK consumers are aware Disney will be launching their own streaming service, Disney Plus, despite not being available yet.With the service slated for launch in Q4 2019, Disney no doubt will be leveraging upcoming movie releases to effectively raise awareness, and encourage the 39% who currently do not plan on taking out a subscription.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data CloudRivals to beatJust over half (51%) of Disney fans in the UK would be willing to spend up to £10 per month for a Disney streaming service subscription.However, currently 71% of Disney fans in the UK use Netflix and 37% Amazon Prime video. Around a quarter of Disney fans state they would subscribe to Disney Plus and keep their current film/TV subscription services.Currently in the UK, 57% of consumers claim they currently spend up to £20 per month on their TV/Film subscription services.Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research FindsWinning back hearts and mindsWhen it comes to content that would entice UK consumer to subscribe to Disney’s streaming services, Pixar content proves most popular, with 37% stating so, closely followed by Marvel content (32%). Over a quarter (28%) state new Disney shows and films exclusive to the Disney platform would entice them.Chris Beer, senior trends analyst comments, “With Pixar proving most appealing among content that could entice consumers to subscribe to Disney Plus, the recent success of Toy Story 4 in the box office will give Disney a lot of confidence in their ambition to win a strong foothold in the UK video streaming market. The most important focus for the new service will be paying close attention to the content demands of its diverse, family-oriented audience.”Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launchlast_img read more

SK Hynix posts record profits on rising demand

first_img SK Hynix posts record quarterly profits South Korea’s SK Hynix, the world’s second-largest memory chipmaker, posted record profits in the third quarter, the company said Thursday, citing resilient global demand. Explore further Net profit leaped 54 percent year-on-year to 4.7 trillion won (US$4.1 billion) in the July to September period, while operating profit also jumped 73 percent to 6.5 trillion won during the same period.The shipment of DRAM chips—commonly used in smartphones and computer servers—rose five percent from the previous quarter as “server demand stayed strong”, the chipmaker said in a statement.Sales of NAND Flash products saw a 19 percent quarterly leap “as the company actively responded to the market trend towards high-density mobile products”, it added.The South Korean company supplies chips to companies from US smartphone giant Apple to China’s Huawei Technologies and is investing billions of dollars to build more factories to meet rising demand.”SK Hynix plans to actively respond to market changes through the development of new processes as well as stable operation of mass production facilities,” it said.The company said an ongoing expansion of its Chinese lines and the completion of a new factory in Cheongju in South Korea this month “will contribute to the company’s production capacity from the first half of next year”.SK Hynix shares were down as much as 3.15 percent in early trading in Seoul. © 2018 AFP Citation: SK Hynix posts record profits on rising demand (2018, October 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-sk-hynix-profits-demand.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

European heavyweights Airbus Altran targeted by cyberattacks

first_imgAirbus says no commercial operations were impacted An Airbus spokesman said Thursday that the attack was detected on January 6 and that personal data on some European personnel was targeted starting January 10, prompting it to inform France’s data regulator CNIL the following day.Under the EU’s strict new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted last year, companies must inform regulators within 72 hours if such attacks put personal data at risk. The Airbus inquiry is still underway to determine who was behind the attack, which focussed on the IT systems of its commercial aircraft division, the spokesman said.The group said no commercial operations were impacted by the breach, and that attackers appeared to be seeking contact and IT identification details of some of its 130,000 employees.The inquiry also aims to determine if specific data was being targeted at a key player in Europe’s defence and security industries.Airbus is a major supplier of military jets and weapons as well as communication and navigation satellites to European nations, generating revenue of 59 billion euros ($68 billion) in 2017.It also provides cybersecurity services for essential government networks and infrastructure. 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. Security experts said Altran was targeted by a ransomware attack © 2019 AFP Explore furthercenter_img Airbus sells 65 jets to SMBC Aviation Capital Infection risksAltran Technologies, one of the largest IT consulting firms in Europe, announced Monday that it had detected on January 24th an attack that impacted its operations on the continent.But unlike the Airbus attack, the hackers did not appear to be seeking personal data but rather access to files in “many European countries, including France.”Although Altran said it had not detected any cases of stolen data, it had to shut down its IT networks “to protect our clients, employees and partners.”Security experts said Altran was targeted by a ransomware attack, which usually attempts to lock a person or company out of key data, or threaten to publish the private data, unless a payment is made.And because modern companies share network services across several sites, “the files on central servers can be infected quite quickly,” said Ivan Fontarensky, head of cyberdefence at the French defence and electronics group Thales.Altran has brought in outside experts to help determine the origin and extent of the attack, and said that so far it “has not identified any stolen data, nor instances of a propagation of the incident to our clients.”The company’s clients operate in a wide range of sectors including defence, energy and infrastructure industries—and like Airbus, it also offers cybersecurity services.The EU moved to require companies to inform regulators of personal data breaches after accusing several high-profile companies of failing to inform users that passwords or personal data had been compromised by hackers.Experts say such disclosures are bound to increase in coming years as the digital economy takes hold in more countries and sectors. Citation: European heavyweights Airbus, Altran targeted by cyberattacks (2019, January 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-european-heavyweights-airbus-altran-cyberattacks.html European aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched an inquiry into the origin and targets of a cyberattack detected earlier in January, the same month that French IT consulting group Altran also saw attempts to breach its systems.last_img read more

Space Archaeology Is a Thing And It Involves Lasers and Spy Satellites

first_img An eye inlay from a tomb dating to 4,000 years ago, in Lisht, Egypt. The expedition, co-led by Dr. Parcak, was conducted in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Parcak In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Tombs Decorated with Creatures Today, aerial or satellite images captured by optical lenses, thermal cameras, infrared and lidar — light detection and ranging, a type of laser system — are well-established as part of an archaeologist’s tool kit. And archaeologists need as many tools as they can get; there are thought to be millions of sites around the world that are yet to be discovered, Parcak added. But remote sensing isn’t one-size-fits-all; different terrains require different space archaeology techniques. For example, in Egypt, layers of sand blanket lost pyramids and cities. In that type of landscape, high-resolution optical satellites reveal subtle differences on the surface that may hint at structures underground. And in regions with dense vegetation, such as in Southeast Asia or Central America, lidar emits millions of pulses of light to penetrate beneath the trees and detect hidden buildings, Parcak explained. In her own work, Parcak’s analysis of satellite views led to the creation of a new map for the legendary city of Tanis in Egypt, famously featured in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Satellite images of Tanis revealed a vast network of the city’s buildings, which had previously gone undetected even as the site was under excavation, she wrote. Image Gallery: How Technology Reveals Hidden Art Treasures What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don’t need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites. Welcome to Sarah Parcak’s world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. From these lofty heights, sensitive instruments can reveal details that are invisible to scientists on the ground, marking the positions of walls or even entire cities that have been buried for millennia. Parcak unpacks how views from space are transforming the field of archaeology, in her new book “Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019). [Read an excerpt from “Archaeology From Space”] AdvertisementArchaeology Gets a Sci-Fi Makeover, In ‘Archaeology From Space’Live Science sits down with archaeologist and author Sarah Parcak to talk about her new book, “”Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019).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Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:54关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65924-space-archaeology-highlights.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0020:0420:04Your Recommended Playlist00:54Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:43OTD in Space – July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon13:13Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks Launch on 50th Anniversary06:26How To Find Jupiter and Other Skywatching Objects in July 2016 | Video02:22Space.com Builds: Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket02:22Skywatching Planets and the Harvest Moon In September 2014 | Video关闭 Satellites analyze landscapes and use different parts of the light spectrum to uncover buried remnants of ancient civilizations. But studying archaeological sites from above had very humble (and low-tech) beginnings, Parcak told Live Science. Researchers first experimented with peering down from a great height at a historic location more than a century ago, when a member of the Corps of Royal Engineers photographed the 5,000-year-old monument Stonehenge from a hot-air balloon. “You could even see — from this very early and somewhat blurry photograph — staining in the landscape around the site, showing that there were buried features there,” Parcak said. Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, aerial photography continued to play an important role in archaeology. But when NASA launched its first satellites it opened up “a completely new world,” for archaeologists in the 1980s and 1990s, Parcak said. In fact, declassified images from the U.S. government’s Corona spy satellite program, which operated from 1959 to 1972, helped archaeologists in the 1990s to reconstruct the positions of important sites in the Middle East that had since disappeared, eradicated by urban expansion.center_img 7 Amazing Places to Visit with Google Street View Satellite images of the buried ancient Egyptian city Tanis revealed city walls that were invisible to archaeologists on the ground. 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An online platform called GlobalXplorer, launched and run by Parcak, offers users access to a library of satellite images for browsing and annotation. Aspiring “citizen-scientists” can join “campaigns” to assist in the ongoing search for lost cities and ancient structures, and to help experts identify signs of looting in vulnerable sites, according to the platform website. Since 2017, approximately 80,000 users have evaluated 14 million satellite images, mapping 700 major archaeological sites that were previously unknown, Parcak said. “Archaeology From Space” is available to buy on Amazon.last_img read more

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