Google Glass FCC docs uncovered SAR data included

first_imgAs Google completes a week of events designed to show off the details regarding Project Glass to the participants of the Glass Explorer Program, the FCC has unsealed the filing documents for these unique headsets. With these two facts in place, it looks like it might not be long before the first batch of Glass is available for purchase.Project Glass way made available in a sort of pre-order at Google IO this year. Those who requested to be a part of the Glass Explorers Program were given a numbered GRID block and told that when the time came they would be asked to part with $1,500 to be one of the first to take part in developing for this new platform. It’s been a little while since the impressive aerial stunt that helped unveil Glass, but Google has done well to make sure there’s no shortage of Glass sightings and leaked details regarding the hardware. Now, as the Glass Foundry week comes to a close and the FCC documents for the hardware become unsealed, we’re not likely far from Glass Explorers being able to purchase their headsets.The FCC documents didn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know about the headset, which is not a shock given the amount of public time the hardware has had. Glass will only have an 802.11 b/g WiFi radio on-board, which is only slightly disappointing. Other specs include the much more important Bluetooth 4.0 and audio via bone conduction instead of a speaker, something we discovered ourselves a little while ago. Glass will charge via a microUSB port, though details regarding the size of the battery are still unknown. Interaction with Glass will happen though voice, head gestures, and the trackpad on the side of the headset, with a single button for selecting items and taking photos.They do include, as expected, a number of SAR measurements. These might not mean a lot to the layman, but they do make for some really cool charts. It’s great to know that the Glass Explorers aren’t going to be waiting for long, but there’s a big difference between this Explorer program and the commercial release of Project Glass. Given that we’re only a few short months from Google IO, it’s likely that there will be more details regarding a commercial release of Glass at the conference in May.last_img read more

Zynga totalement dépendant de Facebook

first_imgZynga totalement dépendant de Facebook ?L’éditeur de jeu en ligne a dévoilé son accord de partage de revenus avec Facebook alors qu’il s’apprête à faire une entrée remarquée en bourse. La future introduction en bourse de Zynga a forcé l’éditeur de jeux en ligne, tels que CityVille, FishVille, Treasure Isle, Café World, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Live Poker ou Farmville, à publier son accord de partage de revenus avec Facebook. Le réseau social, en charge de la vente d’espaces publicitaires autour des jeux développés par Zynga, lui reverse donc une partie de ses gains et l’aide à obtenir les résultats escomptés en terme de croissance, explique Clubic. À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinMais tout cela a un coût pour Zynga, qui doit en contrepartie faire quelques sacrifices, comme prévenir Facebook de la sortie d’un jeu une semaine à l’avance et surtout lui réserver l’exclusivité pendant toute la durée de l’accord entre les deux partenaires. La dépendance de Zynga à Facebook est donc importante, d’autant plus importante que l’éditeur a également accepté un partenariat exclusif pour l’utilisation des Facebook Credits plutôt qu’un autre moyen de paiement sur ses jeux l’été dernier, et ce pour une durée de cinq ans. Mais Zynga n’est pas seulement dépendant de Facebook révèle Clubic.com. La publication de ses comptes a en effet indiqué un autre investisseur, inconnu jusque-là : le géant américain Google, aujourd’hui devenu avec Google + l’un des principaux concurrents de Facebook. Il n’est donc pas exclu que les jeux en ligne fassent prochainement leur apparition sur le nouveau réseau socia… Le 20 juillet 2011 à 14:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook double son chiffre daffaires au premier semestre 2011

first_imgFacebook double son chiffre d’affaires au premier semestre 2011Selon l’agence Reuters, Facebook a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 1,6 milliard de dollars pour un bénéfice net de 500 millions de dollars, au cours du premier semestre de l’année 2011. Une progression qui peut réjouir le réseau social. Facebook poursuit sa croissance insolente, sans marquer le pas. En effet, selon les derniers chiffres révélés par les financiers, le réseau social a enregistré un chiffre d’affaires estimé à 1,6 milliard de dollars au cours du premier semestre de l’année 2011, soit un bénéfice net de 500 millions de dollars. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteSi la firme de Mark Zuckerberg n’a pour le moment pas confirmé ces résultats, ceci démontre bien une nouvelle progression pour le réseau social. Sur les neuf premiers mois de 2010, Facebook affichait un chiffre d’affaires de 1,2 milliards de dollars pour 335 millions de dollars de bénéfice. Alors que le site prévoit une entrée en bourse pour 2012, la valeur de son action pourrait alors atteindre jusqu’à 80 milliards de dollars selon le Journal du NetPar ailleurs, avec plus de 750 millions de membres, le réseau social vient concurrencer directement Google et Yahoo! en ce qui concerne les bannières publicitaires en ligne. Selon Le Monde, les revenus de Google demeurent néanmoins supérieurs à ceux de Facebook : au premier trimestre 2011, Google a présenté un chiffre d’affaires estimé à 17,6 milliards de dollars pour un bénéfice net de 4,3 milliards de dollars. Le 9 septembre 2011 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Intel NUC enfin de la concurrence pour le raspberry Pi

first_imgIntel NUC : enfin de la concurrence pour le raspberry Pi !Intel a fait part de son intention de se lancer dans la vente de Mini PC. Et le fabricant de processeurs a dévoilé le NUC, qui présente une configuration musclée…Le fabricant Intel va se lancer dans la commercialisation de Mini PC. Après avoir lancé la dernière génération de processeurs Ivy Bridge, Intel ne chôme pas et va maintenant tenter de concurrencer le Raspberry Pi. Le Mini PC d’Intel, le NUC, sera d’ailleurs fort logiquement pourvu d’un processeur Ivy Bridge.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le NUC (Next Unit Computing) a été présenté à l’occasion du Platinum Summit de Londres. Ses dimensions sont de 100mm x 100 mm. Il sera doté d’un processeur double-coeur Core i3 ou bien Core i5. Ensuite, ce Mini PC proposera deux emplacements DDR3 et deux ports PCI-Express. Le NUC pourra traiter la vidéo HD car il possèdera une sortie HDMI. Il sera aussi compatible avec les normes USB 3.0et Thunderbolt. Enfin, aux dernières nouvelles, cet ordinateur de poche pourrait être vendu autour de 75 euros. Près de trois fois plus cher que le Raspberry Pi en définitive mais la différence de prix se justifierait amplement car les équipements proposés n’ont plus rien en commun…Le 3 mai 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We Are Almost Out of Options for Climate Change

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on target Alright, seriously, we can stop now. I know none of us want to, none of us think we can, but we absolutely have got to stop cranking out so many greenhouse gasses. Yes, it’s critical. Silly, ill-conceived op-eds aside, we also know that this is going to be really, really bad. It’s not just the polar bears; it’s everything. But we’ve been so slow to act that unless we totally changed course yesterday, we are headed for absolute disaster. Then again… maybe not. If all else fails, we could always terraform Earth. Scientists have been kicking around the idea for a while, but it was often pushed aside as being far too risky (and yeah, you bet your fucking ass it is). Now, as we continue our beeline towards doom, researchers are starting to reconsider that. To be clear, no one is planning on doing anything just yet. But there is pressure to at least research geoengineering. Last month, no less than Harvard started a program to bring experts together and explore plans that could stop climate change. While there are lots of ways we could theoretically do this, like by doping the oceans to trigger algal blooms, most methods are… again… really freaking risky. It’s important to stress that. Global warming could be bad, but we don’t really know what could happen if we totally break Earth because of an accident. And the fact that scientists are even considering this plan should sear into our collective consciousness how dire our situation is. That miniature diatribe aside, the Solar Geoengineering Research program centers on plans to disperse or block solar rays by chemically altering the composition of the stratosphere. Think controlled nuclear winter. And yeah… that is pants-shittingly terrifying, but climate change could very well be worse (I cannot hammer this point home enough).Frank Keustch, an atmospheric scientist at Harvard, told Gizmodo, “The research we want to do is better quantify the risks of static engineering… We want to choose knowledge over ignorance.”And he’s got a good point. We should really know what all our options are for unfucking this situation. I mean… it’s wrecked, but we need to know exactly how wrecked. It’d also help to know whether the plan would even work at all. Hypothetically, yeah, we could probably dump a bunch of crap into our atmosphere and block some sunlight, but we might find that it’s impossible to make however much of whatever chemical we’d need.This think-tank has big-backing, too. Mega-financiers like Bill Gates have funneled cash into the project. Harvard will be doing super small scale field tests soon, testing whether the principle at least works in the real world. Then we can start looking at what the risks are and what we’d have to do to pull this off and if it’s worth it. Already we know there will be at least a few hurdles. Sulfate particles, like the ones the program will be studying, are known to destroy ozone. In trying to stop one form of radiation, we could fry ourselves with another.“The idea of trying to do something like that is really, quite terrifying,” Keustch said.There have been other proposals, mass-scale carbon sequestration, for example. Not to mention, illegal experiments with algal blooms. The latter hoped to lock carbon dioxide on the sea floor — essentially putting the fossil fuels back into the ground. But the fact that we are even talking about this means we need to get on this ball. No, the planet isn’t screwed if sea levels rise — WE ARE SCREWED. More than a billion people will be displaced, many of us will be hit with far more severe storms and natural disasters. Food will become more expensive. This is so fucking certain that even the US Military has done strategic analyses on the threats to national security (a global state of constant war) that climate change will bring. Lucasfilm/DisneyThere are critical moral issues on all sides, but the science is set. The planet is warming. We have to intervene now. There is no other sane option. You must exercise every form of political power you wield to help leverage major action. And there’s absolutely no reason not to. Some may say it will destroy business or innovation, but bankers and financial analysts have repeatedly said that the global economy stands to hemorrhage tens of trillions of dollars every year if we do not act.There is absolutely no stance that permits inaction. We, as a species, must get this shit under control or billions of us will likely die. “In isolation, solar geoengineering is terrifying,” Gernot Wagner, executive director of the project, said. “You might even describe it as nuts. The question is, nuts compared to what? Or terrifying compared to what? The world we’re heading toward, with more or less unmitigated climate change, is that itself terrifying? This is where context matters.”last_img read more

Geek Deals The Complete Python Programming Bundle for 79

first_imgPython is a very powerful programming language, and it’s used in countless websites and apps both large and small. And since many other languages (like Apple’s Swift) have similarities to Python, it’s a very practical starting point. So, if you want to know more about the nitty gritty of this language, today’s StackSocial deal is a must-have. • The Complete Python Programming Bundle for $79 (List price: $1176)With your purchase, you’ll get the following courses: • Python Programming for Beginners (a $168 value) • Learn Python Django from Scratch (a $168 value) • Python Game Development: Create a Flappy Bird Clone (a $168 value) • Python Web Programming (a $168 value) • Python Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals (a $168 value) • Data Analysis with Python and Pandas (a $168 value) • Data Visualisation with Python and Matplotlib (a $168 value)With hours of content spread over hundreds of lessons, you’ll have a lot to work on when you invest in this suite of courses. Whether you’re a long-time programmer looking to shake some rust off, or a total newbie looking to start a new career, there’s something here for you.These seven courses would normally sell for over eleven hundred bucks, but StackSocial is offering the whole lot at a 93% discount. And thanks to the 15-day satisfaction guarantee, you’re covered if you find that these lessons aren’t a perfect fit for your needs.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

Belgiums victory will motivate next generation

first_imgBelgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his aim of winning third place play-off against England, isn’t only to get a good place in the 2018 FIFA world cup, but also to inspire their next generation of Belgium football players.“Belgium football is very strong and the concepts that we have is something we want to inspire in the next generation… You have to be very, very good at what you do in order to win, but for us the way you play is essential… We want to develop the younger players in the same manner that’s why it is essential for us to perform tomorrow in a typical Belgian way and make sure we do that at the high performance [level],” Martinez told journalists as quoted in Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Belgium team in the semi-finals lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday leaving them to battle with England for third place of the FIFA 2018. This, however, isn’t their first meeting in this world cup, as they beat England 1-0 during the group stage.“This will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the sides, I think there is clarity of how England has been successful in this tournament. I think they are very dynamic, very quick, you can see the pace of players like [Raheem] Sterling, Harry Kane… This will be a challenge for us, we have to have concentration, be able to cope. But I don’t think this will be a surprise [comparing to] the group [stage],” the head coach said.last_img read more

Puel Leicester must keep up good form

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel admits that changes to the line-up may happen ahead of their Carabao Cup Third Round tie against Wolves, but warned the squad that the quality must remain the sameThe Foxes secured their third win of the Premier League season after beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Saturday to move up to ninth place in the standings.Ahead of tonight’s tie with Wolves, changes are expected from both sides.Although Puel expects his side to have the quality to win, regardless of who he selects.“We will see,” said the Frenchman on the club website.“Of course, we have a good opportunity to maintain a good level in the team on the pitch, but with different players.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have a good squad and it’s important to continue in this competition and also important to give some game time to some players, young and experienced.“It’s an opportunity for us because we have a fantastic squad and we want to give them game time. I will pick a team with the ability and the quality to win the match.“If we’re going to be successful in this competition, it will be because of the quality in the squad, because 11 players cannot continue to play every three or four days every week.“We have players in the squad with quality and experience, young players as well, and I am confident in their quality.“I am sure we will put in a good performance and I hope for a good performance.”last_img read more

Mountain Lion killed after one attacked boy at Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 27, 2019 Updated: 12:38 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials killed a mountain lion at Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve that may have attacked a 4-year-old boy.The boy was part of a group of 11 people recreating in the park at the time. The details of how the suspected attack occurred are not yet available, according to Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.He was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital after sustaining a non-life threatening injury consistent with a mountain lion attack.The 4-year-old boy is in good condition, recovering well from his injuries and expected to be released from the hospital soon, according to spokesperson from Rady Children’s Hospital.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said wildlife officers were conducting their investigation at the scene, they identified mountain lion tracks. Very shortly thereafter and in the same area, a mountain lion approached the officers. The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion.The wildlife officers collected clothing and other samples from the boy. Those samples, plus the carcass, are en route to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento for a necropsy and DNA analysis. CDFW wildlife forensics specialists will attempt to confirm that this animal was responsible for the attack.Related story:Safety tips for encounters with mountain lions May 27, 2019 Mountain Lion killed after one attacked boy at Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Preservelast_img read more

2014 showed US economys resilience

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.Consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world. Stocks repeatedly set record highs. Employers were on pace to add nearly 3 million jobs, the most in 15 years. Sinking oil prices cut gasoline costs to their lowest levels since May 2009. Auto sales accelerated. Inflation was a historically low sub-2 percent.The U.S. economy proved it could thrive even as the Federal Reserve ended its bond buying program, which had been intended to aid growth by holding down long-term loan rates.All told, the United States remained insulated from the financial struggles surfacing everywhere from Europe and Latin America to China, Japan and Russia.So what explained the U.S. economy’s resilience this year?Economists say it largely reflected the delayed benefits of finally mending the damage from the worst downturn in nearly 80 years. Unlike past recoveries that enjoyed comparatively swift rebounds, this one proved agonizingly slow. It took 6½ years to regain all the jobs lost the recession — 8.7 million — far longer than during previous recoveries.last_img read more

Local charity pairs service dogs with disabled vets

first_imgWith each puppy donated, another vet or disabled person receives the help they need.“It’s difficult having a child with special needs,” said Lourdes, “and every little thing that can make our lives easier and enhance it is unexplainable.”Blues for Vets was started by Cruz, a disabled war veteran herself, and it was all in name of her service dog, who was also named Blue.Cruz trained Blue’s eight puppies to serve other veterans, and the program has been pairing dogs with vets ever since.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A local charity is helping spread the love to those who may need it most by pairing them with the perfect companions — dogs.Twenty-one-year-old Tommy was diagnosed with autism at age five. His mom, Lourdes de Dios said he has a hard time making friends, but now he has a new fluffy companion named Blue.“This little guy right here, he already has a name,” said Blues for Vets President Raquel Cruz. “His name is Blue.”Blue was donated by Petland of Pembroke Pines and Blues for Vets, a non-profit organization.Blue will be trained by Raul Ledesma to become a certified service dog. “Depending on the specific need for the individual, it depends on what type of dog we usually get,” said Ledesma. “In this purpose it will be an emotional support animal for Tommy.”Once a month, Petland of Pembroke Pines donates a puppy to the non-profit, and in return, Blues for Vets picks a veteran or a person with disabilities to receive it.Petland’s owner said he is happy to connect with Blues for Vets and hopes to donate more dogs in the future. “It was an immediate connection,” said Petland’s owner, Luis Marquez, “and we just hope to continue to grow with them, to continue to help more veterans as we expand. We’re looking to scale from one puppy a month to about three or four puppies a month.” last_img read more

Woman wins 16 million from Las Vegas airport slot machine

first_imgLAS VEGAS (WSVN)- If you’re 21 or older don’t hesitate to try your luck on the slot machines… in the airport.A California woman is $1.6 million richer after testing her luck on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine in McCarran International Airport.The woman, identified as Sandra A., said that she travels to Las Vegas twice a year to gamble.No word yet on what Sandra plans to do with her winnings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Senator to introduce bill banning loot boxes in video games

first_img Share your voice Comments Gaming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 triggered an outcry over loot boxes. EA Microtransactions in games are responsible for huge profits for the games’ developers. However, one US senator has proposed legislation that may put an end to the controversial practice. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said Wednesday that he’d introduce legislation banning “manipulative video game features aimed at children.” Called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, the bill would prohibit loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Hawley said in a release. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”The new rules would focus on games aimed at minors as well as games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions,” according to the release.Loot boxes are in-game caches that players typically purchase with in-game currency and that contain random in-game items. They became a prominent issue in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, in which players could purchase crates holding various power-ups that helped them progress in the game and be more competitive when playing against others online. There are other games that don’t have a randomized box with in-game power-ups but still have in-game currency. The currency can be used to buy items or more playtime that’ll give an advantage over people who choose not to spend additional money. Games with microtransactions that don’t have a randomized or pay-to-win aspect, such as Fortnite, appear to be safe from the effects of this legislation as it’s currently written. Stanley Pierre-Louis, acting president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying group for the video game industry, said on Wednesday that parents already have controls to limit or prohibit in-game purchases. “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling,” Pierre-Louis said in an email. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands.” So far, Hawley has only outlined the legislation and hasn’t introduced it to the Senate. center_img 6 Tagslast_img read more

MLA MLC inspect party office construction site

first_imgVikarabad: MLC Patnam Mahender Reddy and MLA Dr M Anand inspected the area, where district party office is coming up. Earlier, MLA Anand inspected several areas for construction of party’s office. At last, he zeroed on a land in survey number 290. The government also sanctioned the same land for the construction of TRS district party office. Foundation stone for the construction will be laid on 26 June. People’s representatives across the district along with party leaders will attend the event.last_img read more

Staff of DGP office celebrated Independence Day with joy and

first_imgHyderabad: The staff of Director General of Police (DGP) Office in Hyderabad held Independence Day celebrations with great joy and enthusiasm. ADG, Personnel Shivadhar Reddy hoisted the National Flag at the state police headquarters and distributed sweets to the staff.last_img

Extortionist killed in Gazipur

first_imgAn alleged extortionist was killed and five others injured in an attack by hawkers in Tongi College Gate area of the city on Thursday night.The deceased was identified as Omar Faruk, 35, son of Abdul Hai of Aouchpara of Tongi.Witnesses said an altercation took place between a gang of miscreants, including Faruk, and hawkers around 8:00pm over collecting toll from makeshift shops erected in the area. At one stage, the hawkers swooped on the extortionists, leaving six of them, including Faruk, injured.Locals took the injured to Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Govt Hospital where physicians declared Faruk dead.Police visited the spot, said Kamal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Tongi police station.last_img read more

Man killed in police gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased was Md Hossain, 39, son of late Anu Mia of Hoyaikong in the upazila.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said they raided the area around 2:00am acting on a tip-off that a consignment of yaba was brought from Myanmar.The smugglers opened fire as soon as the police team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight. Hossain sustained a gunshot wound in the skirmish.Police took the injured to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead. The body was sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Three policemen were also injured.Police recovered 2,000 yaba pills, two pistols and nine bullets from the spot.OC Pradip said Hossain was accused in six drugs-related cases.last_img read more

Houstons Fourth Ward Remembered In NeverBeforeSeen Photos

first_imgElbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985Before its streets were lined with town homes, apartment complexes and trendy restaurants, the Fourth Ward was a cultural center of Houston’s African-American community. Now, newly-revealed photos capture some of the residents who once called the Fourth Ward home.Taken in 1985 by the late photographer Elbert Howze, the photos hadn’t been released to the public until now, with a new exhibit currently showing at the Houston Center for Photography through July 7.Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985Though Howze was born in Detroit, he came to Houston in the ’70s and received degrees in art, technology and photography from the University of Houston.Later, when Howze photographed the Fourth Ward in the ’80s, he took thorough notes about the people he captured. Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985As Howze writes, the neighborhood was settled by freed slaves at the turn of the century and was once called Freedmen’s Town. In Freedmen’s Town, residents established businesses, organizations and churches, like the Antioch Baptist Church. Freedmen’s Town was also home to the first school for free African-American children, the Gregory School, a space now used to preserve the community’s history. After the exhibition of Howze’s work, the photos will be donated to the African American Library at the Gregory School, along with the notes that Howze took about his subjects. Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985The Gregory School’s community liaison Erika Thompson said the Fourth Ward was once a prominent cultural center for African Americans in Houston.Though certain time periods of Freedmen’s Town have been preserved, Thompson said there is little documentation from the 1980s, before the area saw rapid development.“To have someone to be so intent and focused on this particular period of 1985, it was like, ‘Oh, yeah, we want that’, because that’s right before everything kicked off with the community gentrifying,” said Thompson.She said ever since, the Fourth Ward has been whittled away. “Freedmen’s Town and Fourth Ward originally extended all the way downtown and then, to my understanding, all the way to River Oaks. It was a huge swath of that portion of town,” said Thompson. Now the Fourth Ward’s boundaries are limited to West Gray, Taft, West Dallas and Bagby streets. – / 5Thompson said although the photos offer a window into what the now gentrified community once looked like, she thinks Howze’s work was focused on highlighting the vibrancy of a neighborhood that might have otherwise been overlooked.“Whether he was aware that there would be town homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, I don’t know if that was in his sights, if he could have foreseen that, but I know that the downward turn of the community and maybe the assumption of people from outside looking in, was something that seemed to be at the forefront because he wanted to counter the existing narrative,” she said. You can read more from Thompson in her essay on Howze’s exhibition on the Houston Center for Photography’s online magazine, Spot. Sharelast_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 2 Recap No Gods Only Starships

first_img Just like he did for Season One of The Orvile, Star Trek actor and director Jonathan Frakes came aboard this week to lend a little bit of Next Generation magic to Star Trek: Discovery. While it doesn’t entirely make up for the series’ flaws, there is an undeniable classic Trek feel to this episode. All the elements are here, I just wish he’d been given more time to stitch them all together.Burnham plays Spock’s final entry from the Enterprise for Captain Pike. She reveals that the sketch he drew of his nightmare is an exact match of the mysterious signals Starfleet is investigating. Burnham says they need to find Spock, which may not be as hard as it sounds. Pike knows exactly where he is. He checked himself into Starfleet’s psychiatric ward. He requested that his family not be told of his admittance, but Pike figures Starfleet’s priorities regarding the signals outweighs Spock’s desire for privacy. The needs of the many, right?Curiously, Burnham chooses to hide the fact that she saw the image of a red angel while trapped on the asteroid. That’ll come back to bite her later this season. Before they can continue that conversation, the bridge detects another strange signal. One too far away to simply fly to and investigate. They have to use the Spore drive. Pike comes up with an excuse for why Starfleet will probably be cool with them using it and Stamets suits up once again. We get an emotional scene where he finally addresses running into Dr. Culber inside the mycelial network. It’s a bittersweet, emotional performance by Anthony Rapp. He desperately wants to see his husband again, but he’s scared. Culber is in the mycelial network because that’s the universe’s recycling system. Stamets says he belongs on the other side of that barrier. It’s an affecting scene, and I wish it led to anything else at any point in the episode. Oh well, maybe it starts a slow burning plot that’ll last the season.Anson Mount as Captain Pike — Photo Cr: Ben Mark Holzberg/CBSStill, he climbs into the interface and sends the ship to check out the signal. There, they find a planet emitting a World War III-era distress call. They trace it to a church and figure out that it’s been running for 200 years. Even stranger though, the people on the planet are from Earth and don’t use electricity or any technology at all. You know what that means: It’s a landing party episode! Pike, Burnham and another officer beam down to the planet to figure out why there appear to be a bunch of pre-warp Earthlings on a far away planet. No redshirts this time. They already did that joke in the premiere.The problem is once the show establishes what kind of society the landing party runs into, it doesn’t really do anything with it. We meet a grand total of two people from this society, one of whom is an outlier from the rest of society. Even the third officer they bring down because she has experience with technology-averse peoples barely gets any lines. The fun of landing party episodes is exploring the logical conclusion of a certain aspect of society or history. We don’t get that here. We find out that this society is made up of people who were saved from nuclear bombs during World War III. Whisked away across the galaxy by some mysterious force. Since there were so many people of different faiths praying when that happened, they didn’t know which god had answered their prayer, so they built there society around all of them.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham; Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun — Cr: Russ Martin/CBSWhat does that look like? What kind of society would that be? We don’t know, the show never tells us. We only see some stained glass windows, each representing a different Earth religion. And one depicting the Red Angel that Burnham keeps seeing. Because that’s what this episode is really about. Establishing the Red Angel as a being or force that has existed for at least 200 years. It’s about deepening this season’s big mystery, not about exploring an idea. It’s a problem Discovery has had since the beginning. It hasn’t found the right balance between telling an episode’s individual story and the seriealized arc. It wants to do classic Trek things, like debate the ethics of intervening in primitive societies, but it doesn’t give itself the time. Instead of exploring this odd society they created, the show instead focuses on the Red Angel.When we find out there’s a ring of radioactive debris about to destroy the planet, that would be a great time to explore when it makes sense to break whatever proto-prime directive this Starfleet has. Instead, the Landing Party never hears about it. It’s left as a b-plot where Tilly figures out she can use a bit of the dark matter asteroid to push the debris away from the planet. And don’t get me wrong, that’s fun to watch. Both of these stories are interesting and very well-executed. This is still some good TV. It’s just so frustrating as a long-time Star Trek fan to see a better episode that this one comes very close to, but ultimately fails at, being.Doug Jones as Saru –Photo Cr: Ben Mark Holzberg/CBSPart of what makes it so good is Jonathan Frakes’ direction. Watching this episode brought back memories of the good parts of Insurrection. (Yes, there were good parts.) His direction lends the episode that classic Trek feel that the writing almost, but doesn’t totally earn. And Anson Mount continues to be a perfect Captain Pike. Seriously, his performance is like someone reached back in time, plucked someone out of The Original Series, and put him on screen in 2019. It makes the final exchange, where he trades the one scientist in this society a futuristic power source for a broken soldier’s camera that recorded whatever event brought these humans to this planet, so satisfying. The Discovery can’t intervene in these peoples’ evolution. They can’t bring them back to Earth. But they can leave them a little something to get started. You know? I’m starting to see where Kirk got it.Even with its flaws, it all ends in a satisfying way that further deepens this season’s mysteries. Because if there’s one thing this show is consistently good at, it’s building up a good mystery. Solving it is a little more hit and miss, but we have a whole season before we have to start worrying about that part. Pike gets the camera working and sees an image of the Red Angel appear right before the humans are presumably teleported to that strange planet. So Burnham isn’t the only one seeing it. Could the Red Angel be behind these mysterious red signals. In both episodes of this season, they’ve drawn the Discovery to people whose existence is in peril. Maybe the Angel is like a less malicious Q, drawing the ship to people in need of help.Meanwhile, after Tilly saves the day with science, she realizes the person she’s been talking through her ideas with all episode is a childhood friend. It’s too much of a coincidence for them both to have joined Starfleet and be stationed on the same ship, though. Tilly does a bit more digging and learns that friend is dead. She’s been talking to a ghost. Or maybe it’s a Stamets-Culber situation. The visions started when Tilly took a blast from unstable dark matter. Could she too be seeing into the mycelial network now? Star Trek: Discovery sometimes struggles to give us the classic Trek it so clearly wants to be, but it sure is good at asking tantalyzing questions to keep us coming back.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS All AccessPreviously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Finale RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 13 Recap ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Snowden wants asylum in Brazil report

first_imgBRASÍLIA – U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden plans to seek political asylum in Brazil in exchange for helping investigate U.S. spying on this country, a newspaper said Tuesday.The former contractor expressed his willingness to aid a Brazilian Senate probe in an “open letter to the Brazilian people” which was published in Folha de São Paulo.In the letter, Snowden, who has temporary asylum in Russia, said that until he obtains permanent asylum the U.S. government will continue to interfere with his ability to speak out.Snowden, by downloading a vast trove of classified documents while working as an intelligence contractor for the NSA, has revealed a vast NSA program that culls information from telephone calls and emails around the world, including in Brazil.Snowden avoids directly requesting asylum in the letter, but Folha said his goal is in fact to come to Brazil. It quotes the journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is based in Brazil and has written about many of the documents released by Snowden.Brazil has a long tradition of granting asylum.Snowden praises Brazil’s fierce reaction to news it was among the countries the NSA spied on. President Dilma Rousseff canceled a visit to Washington in October after learning of it.Rousseff was among the targets of the U.S. surveillance, via her cellphone, as were the state oil company Petrobras and everyday Brazilian citizens. Facebook Comments Related posts:Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’ Britain defends destruction of Snowden data European Parliament wants Snowden, NSA chief to testify on spying ¡Bienvenido, Señor Snowden!last_img read more