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LookTel Mobile Software Point Hear Object ID App for Visually Impaired

first_img Citation: LookTel Mobile Software: Point & Hear Object ID App for Visually Impaired (2010, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-looktel-mobile-software-id-app.html The LookTel Smartphone application automatically scans the room environment and recognizes common household items, money denominations and other useful information for the visually impaired person. In addition, LookTel software includes an optical character recognition, (OCR) text reader. The OCR reads text and articles and allows users to hear the content via their Smartphone. According to LookTel, the software is compatible with Windows Mobile platforms, HTC Touch Pro2 and netbook readers. The cost and distribution date for LookTel has not been released by the company. Made in IBM Labs: Helping the Blind ‘See’ Internet Multimedia www.ipplex.com/aboutwww.looktel.com/ LookTel, a smartphone app for the visually impaired, created by IPPLEX/iVisit, LLC has been chosen by International CTIA Wireless 2010 as one of the finalist for the E-tech Awards for Healthcare/Public Safety/Transportation Public Services category. The LookTel app provides verbal identification of common household objects, currency denominations and will read text for users. More information: Independent Living for the Visually Impaired Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. IPPLEX is a well known research and development company headquartered in Santa Monica focused on cross-platform audio/video communication, mobile health services, machine recognition, and augmented reality solutions. Orang Dialmeh, IPPLEX Founder, CEO teamed up with Tim Dorcey, iVisit’s creator for the purpose of developing mobile solutions for physician/patient care, independent living solutions and a myriad of solutions for creating quality of life for impaired, challenged and persons with disability. According to IPPEX, the emerging fixed and wireless networks and devices enabled combined presence, text, voice, video and other forms of data communications between multiple parties in real-time or asynchronously. The iVisit platform is currently used as a means to provide remote treatment and monitoring for patients in assistant living situations or for treating patients in home settings. The emphasis is on creating a medical service delivery service which allows the patient to live independently while at the same time providing quality/cost effective treatment. The LookTel software will be demonstrated at the 25th Annual International Technology & Persons With Disabilities Conference in San Diego on March 23-27, 2010 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. Here is a sneak preview of LookTel in action:last_img read more

Best of Last Year—The top Physorg articles of 2018

first_img Explore further It was another great year for science, and physics was front and center, as a team at the University of Oxford announced that they may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in modern physics. They came up with a new theory that could explain the missing 95 percent of the cosmos, and in so doing bring balance to the universe. Their theory unites dark matter and dark energy, resulting in a fluid, which they suggest possesses negative mass. 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. It was also a pretty big year for space science, as a team with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory announced that they had seen a distant eruption as a black hole destroyed a star. Using data from the NSF Very Long Baseline Array and other radio and infrared telescopes, the researchers found they were able to track two galaxies as they collided approximately 150 million light years away. One of the galaxies, the researchers noted, had at its core, a massive black hole, which tore apart at least one star.Also, it was noted that the moon did something this past year that it had not done in more than 150 years. It experienced three unique celestial events on the same night—January 31st. It was a full moon, was at its closest to Earth and there was also a total lunar eclipse.And a team at the University of Central Florida made waves when they announced that new research they had conducted suggested Pluto should be reclassified as a planet. They suggested that the reasoning behind the decision to declassify Pluto as a planet was not supported by the research literature. They point out that the requirement for a celestial body to “clear” its orbit to be classified as a planet was found in only one document—one from 1802.Also, a combined team from the University of California and the University of Southern Queensland announced that they had identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons, greatly extending the list of possible places life could exist. Their findings are expected to play a role in future work as new telescopes are developed that are powerful enough to actually see them.It was a big year for Earth sciences and evolution, too, as a team at the University of Auckland found that a “sinking” Pacific island nation was actually getting bigger. Using satellite images and aerial photographs, the researchers found that eight of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and almost three fourths of its islands had grown larger over the period 1971 to 2014 due to geologic activity, such as volcanos spewing lava.Also, a large team of researchers found evidence that suggested toward the end of the Ice Age, humans witnessed fires larger than the dinosaur killer, thanks to a cosmic impact. They found evidence that the planet was struck by multiple pieces of a disintegrating comet that showered the planet in fireballs, setting off a cataclysmic event that led to an extension of the Ice Age.And a pair of researchers, Mark Stoeckle with Rockefeller University and David Thaler with the University of Basel, conducted a sweeping gene survey that revealed new facets of evolution—such as evidence that far-flung species such as ants, rats and humans are not more likely to become more genetically diverse as time passes, despite logic suggesting it should be so.Also, a team at the University of Kansas conducted a study of fossil and extant bivalves and gastropods and found evidence that suggested evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest.’ Over the course of five million years, such creatures with higher metabolic rates were found more likely to go extinct.It was also a good year for technology, as a joint team with members from Monash University and the University of Texas discovered an efficient and sustainable way to filter salt and metal ions from water. Using a metal-organic framework, the team created membranes that mimicked the filtering function or “ion selectively” of organic cell membranes, perhaps setting the stage for a new way to filter sea water.An international team of researchers announced that they had developed the world’s fastest camera that can freeze time at 10 trillion frames per second. They achieved this feat improving the image quality of a femtosecond streak camera by adding another camera able to capture a static image, and then applying a Radon transformation.And a team led by Trent University professor Ian Power announced that they had found a way to make a mineral that removes CO2 from the atmosphere. They used polystyrene microspheres as a catalyst to get magnesite to form within 72 days at room temperature, offering a possible way to remove carbon dioxide from the air.It was a good year for general science, as well, as a team of mathematicians at MIT announced that they had solved the age-old spaghetti mystery—if you bend a spaghetti noodle holding it at the ends, can you force it to break into just two pieces? Turns out, the answer is yes, but only if you twist it just right as you are bending it.Richard Jantz with the University of Tennessee announced that he had found forensic evidence during an analysis of bones uncovered on a remote South Pacific island that they were the remains of famed pilot Amelia Earhart. He reexamined measurements carried out on the bones in the 1940s and used a computer program to first determine the gender of remains, and then to show that they were very similar to Earhart’s.And a team from the University of Copenhagen, University College London and the University of Cambridge announced that they had found evidence of bread that predated agriculture by 4,000 years at a dig site in northeastern Jordan. The charred remnant of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers represents the oldest evidence of bread-making to date.Also, a team working at a lab at UC Santa Cruz documented paternal transmission of epigenetic memory via sperm in roundworms. They found evidence supporting theories that a father’s experiences prior to conception can influence the health and development of his offspring, and in some cases, their descendants.And a team at the University of Toledo announced that they had discovered the means by which exposure to blue light can speed blindness. They found that blue light from digital devices and also from the sun can transform important retinal molecules into cells that destroy other cells required for vision. The result is the common vision-impairing medical condition macular degeneration.Also, a team at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute combined genomics with gene editing to develop a groundcherry that could possibly be used for mainstream farming. They suggest that the wild plant could be the next strawberry. By making it bigger and changing the shape of the plant and the degree of flower production, they took a wild plant rapidly bred one that could produce food for people in many parts of the world.And finally, a trio of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and Canada found evidence that spaghetti-looking nuclear material beneath the surface of neutron stars might just be the strongest material in the universe. Their simulation showed that the nuclear pasta was 10 billion times harder to break than steel. Gravitational waves provide dose of reality about extra dimensions Also, a team at the University of Chicago suggested that gravitational waves provide a dose of reality about extra dimensions. In their study of data obtained from the team that first reported detecting gravitational waves last year, they found no evidence of extra spatial dimensions in a universe based on gravitational wave data, quashing ideas of a universe with more than three dimensions.And a combined team of researchers working at the LHC on the ATLAS and CMS collaboration announced at this year’s CERN that the long-sought decay of the Higgs boson had been observed. Coming six years after the discovery of the elusive particle, the new observation was found to be consistent with the hypothesis that the quantum field behind the Higgs also gives mass to the bottom quark.center_img This time-lapse video from the NACO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile shows stars orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the heart of the Milky Way over a period of nearly 20 years. Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO) Also, a team working on the ESO’s Very Large Telescope announced that they had conducted the first successful test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity near a supermassive black hole. The test involved studying the effects predicted by general relativity on the motion of a star as it passed through the extremely strong gravitational field near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.And a team at Yale announced that they had found signs of a time crystal. Theory has suggested that a form of matter should exist that “ticks” when exposed to an electromagnetic pulse. Physicists have proposed that such a material would be in the form of a time crystal—a type of crystal whose atoms spin periodically in one direction, then change to spin in the opposite direction, a form of ticking.And Einstein was again proved right with evidence from another galaxy, by a team of international astronomers who conducted the most precise test yet of gravity outside of our solar system. Using data from Hubble and the ESO VLT, the researchers were able to use a nearby galaxy as a lens to conduct very precise gravitational tests on an astronomical scale—showing on a new scale that massive objects do indeed deform space-time. © 2018 Science X Network Citation: Best of Last Year—The top Phys.org articles of 2018 (2018, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-yearthe-articles.html Dark matter map of KiDS survey region (region G12). 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Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags–writing with light

first_imgCover story: a new milestone in organic luminescent labeling. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 Left: Dynamics of emerging and disappearing phosphorescence. (A) Normalized phosphorescent intensity of freshly prepared samples as a function of illumination time for different UV intensities ranging from 0.1 to 7.0 mW cm−2. (B) Illumination intensity dependences of required time to reach 50% of total phosphorescent emission. (C) Normalized phosphorescence as a function of storage time for two different film thicknesses, 600 nm (light red circles) and 35 to 40 μm (dark red squares), stored and measured under ambient conditions. The emission increase at the beginning is reproducible and under further investigation. (D) Normalized phosphorescence as a function of heating time. Right: Coatings on different substrates. (A) Flexible luminescent tag realized by spin-coating the emitting layer in between two barrier films in ambient light and showing written phosphorescence. (B) Flexible adhesive tag applied to a cylindrical glass bottle and containing information about the content, readable by eye and any quick response (QR) detector, and fully invisible when not read out. (C) Conventional monochrome photograph of the NYC skyline coated by drop-casting the emitting layer in between two barrier layers showing a programmable luminescent caption. (D) Transmission of an emitting layer similar to the one on top of the photo in (C) compared to 1-mm pure glass. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. The scientists observed long-lasting, room-temperature phosphorescence due to moderate spin orbit coupling and dense packing of the PMMA polymers in the absence of oxygen. Analogously, to prevent the exposure of the phosphorescence emitting layer to oxygen, Gmelch et al. deposited a 600 nm thick oxygen-barrier-layer on top of the sample. However, since the scientists fabricated the samples under ambient conditions, the emitting layer contained molecular oxygen. Invisible tags: Physicists write, read and erase using light Energetic scheme, device structure, and emission with and without oxygen quenching. (A) Electron excitation by UV light to the excited singlet state S1 of NPB with following fluorescence or ISC to the excited triplet state T1. (B) NPB T1 state depopulation in the presence of oxygen via triplet-triplet interaction with molecular oxygen and therefore excited singlet oxygen generation. (C) Blue fluorescent emission in continuous wave (CW) excitation, no delayed phosphorescence in the presence of oxygen. (Photo credit: F.F., Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials). (D) Device structure. The emitting- and barrier-layer thicknesses are 900 and 600 nm, respectively. (E) NPB T1 state depopulation without surrounding oxygen via visible phosphorescence with a lifetime of τ = 406 ms. (F) Blue fluorescent emission in continuous wave excitation and delayed response in the absence of oxygen. Greenish-yellow phosphorescence is visible. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 , Nature Explore further After excitation with UV light (365 nm wavelength), the NPB molecules reached their excited singlet state (S1), from which they either decayed back to the ground state to emit fluorescence, or populated the excited triple state T1 through intersystem crossing (a radiationless process of transition between two electronic states with different spin). The observed experimental energy levels fit well with values in the literature. A promising approach for light-based labeling involves the local removal of molecular oxygen using UV irradiation. However, this technique has only been reported in solution thus far. In the present work, Gmelch et al. implemented the technique on the fabricated thin solid film. In this case, the scientists experimentally excited the NPB emitter to the triplet state (T1) from which they were quenched by interacting with the triplet ground state of molecular oxygen (T0). By design, the resulting excited singlet oxygen density decreased by interacting with the local environment of the emitter, i.e. via PMMA material oxidation at the spots of illumination, giving rise to phosphorescence. The emission was immediately visible for a long lifetime of τ = 406 ms, after switching off the UV illumination. The process described by Gmelch et al. thus activated luminescence for the first time by removing oxygen from inside a thin film. They used the technology of UV light-dependent oxygen consumption as a writing tool to create an image on a substrate/material. Image writing using UV light. By masked UV illumination of the sample, a phosphorescent pattern is printed into the transparent sample. Here, pulsed excitation with a frequency of 1 Hz is used. When taking only one video frame during the off-time of the excitation, the emergence of the phosphorescence is clearly visible. The time delay of each frame to the corresponding switch-off is held constant. The playback speed is accelerated by a factor of 10. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. , Journal of Chemical Education Luminescent emission in the form of phosphorescence commonly occurs in daily life as a result of a quantum mechanically small transition probability. A luminescent emission lifetime can last from microseconds to several hours. Popularly known for its use in glow-in-the-dark products and as emergency sign illuminants in public buildings, it is also a practical method for information storage, including stamp detection and verification. While easy and cost-effective fabrication methods presently exist to engineer phosphorescence systems using organic emitters, achieving visible organic phosphorescence under ambient conditions in lab for industrial translation is challenging. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, Max Gmelch and colleagues at the Dresden University of Technology report a new milestone in organic luminescent labeling. For this, they used a simple device structure made from commonly available materials to generate ultrathin, flexible and transparent luminescent coatings. The resulting labeling device was fast, with ability to print more than 40 cycles of information onto any substrate of any size, at high resolution. The scientists used light alone, without any ink, to print a luminescent message onto the material. The contactless process could also erase the image from the same material. The concept represents a promising method to produce luminescent on-demand tags to store information and supersede conventional labeling techniques. In the study, Gmelch et al. used an ultrathin emitting material layer with a thickness of 900 nm, predominantly containing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) also known as acrylic glass. They included a guest molecule known as NPB (N,N’-di(1-napthyl)N,N’-diphenyl-(1,1′-biphenyl)-4,4′-diamine), a commonly available hole transport material (charge extraction and transportation) used in organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. The scientists engineered the thin translucent coating for luminescent labeling by combining the two materials (PMMA:NPB). Depending on the substrate of interest, the coating can also be used on a variety of different surfaces via spin coating, spray coating or dip coating. The values of light intensity and the time required for illumination presented in the study were far below those required by previous techniques, with potential for feasible industrial applications. The study also showed that an imperfect oxygen barrier could lead to the reappearance of oxygen in the activated areas in time. The length of time required for the disappearance of phosphorescence depended on the thickness of the oxygen barrier layer. For example, a spin-coated layer with a 600 nm thickness presented phosphorescence up to five hours, while those with thicker oxygen-barrier films (35 to 40 µm) extended the phenomenon to more than one day. The scientists could increase retention time frames with an improved barrier material or by further increasing the material thickness. To quickly erase a print, the scientists used oxygen refilling through accelerated sample heating with IR or a simple hotplate. As with printing, the time required for phosphorescence deletion depended on the barrier-layer thickness and temperature. © 2019 Science X Network The scientists tested a variety of substrate materials as surfaces for phosphorescence illumination. The work included customary photographs with the New York City skyline for large-area application. Since the emission coating was fully invisible when inactive, the materials served as a substrate for programmable on-demand caption projection. Gmelch et al further demonstrated the higher transparency of the coating compared with pure glass (1 mm). In this way, Gmelch et al. realized a fully accessible optical method for writing, reading and erasing on a material for information storage. The work showed the possibility of repeatable noncontact labeling and reading with a resolution beyond the commonly observed printer quality. Gmelch et al. propose the use of highly scalable processes for materials fabrication next. The readout resolution in the work was sufficient to store an information depth of 7 kB cm-2, which is equal to five pages of plain text. The technique opens a new path for information storage beyond permanent data encoding at low-cost and high scaling. The new work will have practical potential in the field of industrial logistics (labeling, tracking and transport). Journal information: Science Advances Image reading/erasing using UV light. After having finished the writing process, the mask is removed. Subsequent UV illumination of the whole sample only gives rise to phosphorescence at the activated area. Again, pulsed excitation with a frequency of 1 Hz is used. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. More information: Max Gmelch et al. Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 Patricia B. O’Hara et al. Turning on the Light: Lessons from Luminescence, Journal of Chemical Education (2009). DOI: 10.1021/ed082p49 Stephen R. Forrest. The path to ubiquitous and low-cost organic electronic appliances on plastic, Nature (2004). DOI: 10.1038/nature02498 The phosphorescent images could be erased as fast and easily by applying infrared (IR) light of a wavelength of 4 µm for approximately one minute. In this instance, the radiation was absorbed by the PMMA, and the temperature increased approximately to about 90 degrees C to 100 degrees C, which was low enough to maintain thermal stability of all materials used in the study. Solidity of the material layers was well conserved during the whole process of erasing, while further write and erase cycles were subsequently allowed. Gmelch et al. observed the decreasing intensity of phosphorescence during each cycle due to photobleaching (degradation of emitter molecules) and oxygen consumption (due to increased nonradiative losses owing to matrix change). Yet, even after 40 cycles, the emission rate reached 40 percent of its initial value—sufficiently detectable by eye or camera. Citation: Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags–writing with light (2019, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-programmable-transparent-luminescent-tagswriting.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

BJP is name changer not game changer

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party for changing the names of cities and institutions along with initiating demonetisation and playing a key role in altering the history and heritage of India.Speaking at the extended core committee meeting of the TMC at a jam-packed Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday, Banerjee said: “They are history-changer, policy-changer, Planning Commission-changer, note-changer, institution-changer, but not a game-changer. They a party which is making attempts to change the Constitution and the Federal structure of the country.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe TMC chief further added that the country was in danger under the current dispensation. “They (BJP) project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during Independence,” she added. The Chief Minister’s remark assumes significance as a few weeks ago the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh changed the names of two historical cities —Allahabad to Prayagraj and Faizabad to Ayodhya. Treading the same path as Adityanath, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani too said that his government was planning to change the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Trinamool supremo attacked the scheduled ‘Rath Yatra’ programme of the BJP in Bengal and termed it as ‘Ravan Yatra’, instructing her party for the cleansing of areas through which the saffron party’s chariots would pass. “Simply ignore such programmes as they are nothing else but a political gimmick. Theirs’ will be a ‘Rath’ propagating war. We will conduct ‘purification and unity yatra’ the very next day with the message of peace and harmony. There will be festoons with our slogan “BJP Hatao Desh Bachao,” she maintained. BJP’s Rath Yatra programme has been announced in Birbhum, Cooch Behar and South 24-Parganas in December. The Chief Minister termed the anti-BJP mega rally at the Brigade Parade Ground on January 19, 2019, as the ‘turning point’, and chalked out the roadmap for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by dishing out a slew of instructions to her party members to strengthen “BJP hatao drive”. She announced that her party will contest in a number of states in Lok Sabha including Jharkhand and Assam. “All the national political parties except one or two have already confirmed their attendance at the Brigade rally. So you should remember that the mega rally will be a turning point. Delegates and supporters will be coming from states like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha. It is our duty to ensure that they face no difficulty in our state,” Banerjee said. She announced that the formation of three separate committees comprising MLAs and MPs for taking charge of the accommodation of the delegates, their transportation, reception and most importantly, publicity of the rally. Urging her party members to pull up their socks for winning all the 42 seats in Bengal, she maintained that the TMC will fight from all major eastern and north-eastern states. According to Banerjee, her party will fight from Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Odisha, Bihar and even Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the coming Lok Sabha polls. She assigned responsibilities to a number of leaders for overseeing the party’s organisational strength in these states. “Dinesh Trivedi will be in-charge of Maharashtra,” she said. The TMC supremo also took a dig at the BJP for spending crores of money for election purpose. “We cannot spend so much money but we will have to have funds to fight the elections. The youth TMC should create an app and you should go for online donations in Rs 10, Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 1000 which will help us contest,” she added. Urging her party leaders to bring back those who had left it, she stated: “We have to work hard and unitedly.” Banerjee also warned her party leaders about BJP’s manipulation with the EVMs. She said her party workers should test the voting machines well as the “BJP wants to malfunction 40 percent of the total EVMs”.last_img read more

80 Sabar artisans to attend state Handicrafts Expo this year

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State Handicrafts Expo will witness the participation of as many 80 artisans belonging to the Sabar community, for the first time this year.The expo, organised by the state MSME and Textiles department, was inaugurated by state MSME and Textile minister Amit Mitra on Wednesday, at a ground near Gate number 1 in Eco Park. The participation of the artisans from the Sabar community assumes significance as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had recently made it clear that no person in the state has been suffering from starvation, after the Opposition had alleged that three people from the community had died due to ‘scarcity of food’. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed us to expand the handicrafts fair and to rope in artisans from remote villages to showcase their products. Many artisans from the Sabar community are participating in the fair for the first time,” Mitra said in his inaugural speech. He added that craftsmen from the state have participated in as many as 62 state-level fairs where they have showcased their handicrafts. They were also provided the opportunity to participate in as many as 10 fairs held at the national-level, as well as some international fairs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMitra said that the state government has provided artisan card to 1.22 lakh persons, on the basis of which loans of Rs 406 crore have been provided. The banks have allocated a loan of Rs 34 crore to 11,092 artisans. The minister urged the chambers of commerce who attended the programme, to help the MSME department in setting up a state-of-the-art design centre for more support to the artisans. 22,000 self-help groups are participating in the expo this year, which will be held till January 9. Swapan Debnath, minister of state for MSME and Textiles department and Alapan Banyopadhyay, state Additional Chief Secretary of MSME and Textiles department, also attended the inaugural programme.last_img read more

Slow down ageing with antioxidantrich food

first_imgSlow down ageing, reduce the risk of heart diseases and diabetes — these are some reasons why it is important to consume antioxidant-rich foods like dark chocolates, nuts, kidney beans, cranberries and tomatoes, suggest experts. 4The reason that antioxidants are often touted as “anti-aging” compounds is because they help protect from age-related diseases, which are caused in part by free radicals and inflammation. Antioxidants such as alpha lipoic and others found in pine bark and green tea. They produce valuable anti-inflammatory results by increasing circulation and cell metabolism. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Different antioxidants benefit different parts of the body: Beta carotene is beneficial to eye health. Lycopene is beneficial for helping prostate health. Flavonoids are beneficial for heart health. Spirulina has a variety of antioxidants and other substances that are beneficial in boosting immunity. It helps in enhancing both the non- specific and specific immune system.4A diet rich in antioxidants is important to keep the level of ageing low and in maintenance of good health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnti-inflammatory effects: Antioxidants in your morning tea and coffee may help prevent heart disease. Antioxidant Polyphenol found in tea and coffee helps in preventing oxidation of fats (a process that promotes inflammation and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other ailments).Immune booster: Antioxidants are present in fruits. Vitamin A, C and E, polyphenols and certain minerals like selenium, that boost immune system are there in fruits.last_img read more

SPauls sophisticated simplicity

first_imgAt Wonderwall in the India Art Fair were two stunning black and white photographs which together offer a succinct summary of a narrative arc, which unfolds just inside. The hand behind the shutter belongs to the legendary S. Paul who passed away last year.Fascinating is Camels with their Master 1995 archival print on paper. It reflects how naturally and lucidly Paul captured images that had within a hint of history as well as a stamp of socio-cultural ferment when he shot images, that chronicled the sights he would see on his epoch-making journeys anywhere in India – this one being on the roads in Rajasthan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfaul was always inspired by the presence of nomads, everyday citizens that he saw on the streets — what marks this image is that it is candid and captivating, it makes for a beautiful, narrative of naturality.The second photograph, taken in Delhi, ‘The Resting Family 1995’ captures the humility of a family – the little boy (the picture of innocence), the father, the mother – all looking straight into the aperture without a hint of self-consciousness gives us an idea of the sense of comfort that the photographer Paul was able to instill in his subjects when he captured them. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe posture of both the male and female subjects is full of candour; while the male has his legs lifted on the long seat, the female is the picture of feminine grace in her printed sari in reverie in a sideways pose.Of course, both camels, as well as street scenes, are subjects that have been so extensively photographed their depiction might border on cliché if not for the fact that Paul had a clear-eyed, pristine idea of imagery and subject composition to render them almost otherworldly. Both images speak to us about life, the crystalline imagery captures the fine-boned anatomical details of the camels and also the sensation that the viewer has stumbled into scenes of absolute delight.his gentle push-and-pull between strangeness and the familiar pervades the two images; and is the thematic tenet that holds the viewer aligned with time and space. The expressive eyes of all three humans in both images ink the truth that it is simplicity and traditional materials that root the moment in the composite characters of what is distinct as well as proportional in a sense of comfort and camaraderie between the photographer and his subjects. The beauty of these two works is that they define S. Paul as a giant who could give us images that would stand beyond time – as they defined the truth and clarity of a clearly filtered moment that could capture and live through an Indian imagination long after they were captured.last_img read more

Shrewsbury police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgShrewsburyThursday, Aug. 158:15 a.m. Fox Hill Rd. Animal complaint.9:14 a.m. Wadsworth Rd. Disturbance.10:38 a.m. Shady Lane Ave. Suspicious person/MV.11:21 a.m. Hartford Tpke. Identity theft.11:45 a.m. Wadsworth Rd. Disturbance.1:04 p.m. Boston Tpke. Suspicious person/MV.4:29 p.m. Prospect St. Animal complaint.5:23 p.m. Memorial Dr. Dispute.6:32 p.m. Boston Tpke. Dispute.8:14 p.m. Clinton St. Assaults.9:25 p.m. Shrewsbury Green Dr. Well-being check.10:03 p.m. Clinton St. Assaults.Friday, Aug. 1612:52 a.m. Grafton St. Medical call.2:11 a.m. Boston Tpke./Worthington Ave. Suspicious person/MV.3:10 a.m. Main/Holden Sts. Suspicious person/MV.6:08 a.m. Arrested, Thomas A. Gage, 45, of 9 Ansonia Rd., Worcester, for drink alcohol from open container in MV, poss Class C substance.7:54 a.m. Grafton St. Dispute.8:41 a.m. Boylston St. Animal complaint.9:56 a.m. Maple Ave. Dispute.11:20 a.m. Crescent St. Harassment.2:16 p.m. Hartford Tpke. Road hazard – trees/wires/debris.3:29 p.m. Pond Ave. Animal complaint.6:07 p.m. Dalphen Rd. Medical call.6:14 p.m. Arrested, Julius Maina Kihumba, 44, of 15 Brooksbie Rd., Bedford, for marked lanes violation, OUI liquor, negligent operation of motor vehicle.7:32 p.m. Robertson Dr. Disturbance.10:28 p.m. Hickory Dr. B&E residential.11:28 p.m. Arrested, John Paul Haskoor, 29, of 346 Turnpike Rd., Unit 3307, Westborough, for OUI liquor.Saturday, Aug. 172:15 a.m. Sherwood Ave. Suspicious person/MV.2:31 a.m. Bailey Rd. Suspicious person/MV.3:17 a.m. Boylston St. B&E attempted.11:07 a.m. Svenson Rd. Suspicious person/MV.11:43 a.m. Main St. B&E motor vehicle.7:00 p.m. Balsam Cir. Disturbance.8:44 p.m. Balsam Cir. Disturbance.10:50 p.m. Wesleyan Terr. Suspicious person/MV.11:14 p.m. Hapgood Way. Disturbance.Sunday, Aug. 182:23 a.m. Holden St. Suspicious person/MV.2:47 a.m. Boston Tpke. Suspicious person/MV.9:08 a.m. Rawson Hill Dr. Road hazard – trees/wires/debris.11:54 a.m. School St. Medical call.3:56 p.m. Lake Quinsigamond. Disturbance.7:34 p.m. Hobblebush Rd. B&E residential.8:05 p.m. Crosby St. Disturbance.8:28 p.m. Cedar Rd. Suspicious person/MV.8:30 p.m. Norton Way. Disturbance.Monday, Aug. 1912:14 a.m. Church Rd. Suspicious person/MV.1:03 a.m. Boston Tpke. Suspicious person/MV.9:36 a.m. Walnut St./Tennis Dr. Animal complaint.10:54 a.m. Francis Ave. Animal complaint.11:31 a.m. Lupine Cir. Identity theft.3:28 p.m. Maple Ave. Animal complaint.5:01 p.m. Bay View Dr. Dispute.6:52 p.m. Main St. Dispute.8:47 p.m. Maple Ave. Suspicious person/MV.Tuesday, Aug. 201:45 a.m. Maple Ave. Suspicious person/MV.5:02 a.m. School St./Sheehan Dr. Road hazard – trees/wires/debris.8:02 a.m. Memorial Dr. Animal complaint.9:52 a.m. Tatum Rd. Suspicious person/MV.2:01 p.m. Main St. Road hazard – trees/wires/debris.3:22 p.m. Edgewood Rd. Disturbance.4:25 p.m. South Quinsigamond. Preserve the peace.6:33 p.m. Arrested, Christian Alexis Valenzuela, 21, of 65 Lake St., Shrewsbury, on warrant.11:53 p.m. Main St. Suspicious person/MV.Wednesday, Aug. 2112:47 a.m. Coachman Ridge Rd. Suspicious person/MV.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

Arguing Dak Prescott should have slid instead of scored against the Packers

first_imgGuests:Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Pro Bowl tight end is in-studio to discuss problems in Pittsburgh; why Dak has maturity beyond his years; and if Colin should buy into Cam.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio tell Colin “I told you so” about the Lions; why Jim Harbaugh should be catching heat for Michigan’s struggles; and why he’s opposed to owner mandates against protesting.Daryl Johnston – Fox Sports NFL Analyst joins the show to talk Carson Wentz; if Dallas fans are still all in on Dak Prescott; and if Jerry Jones’ line in the sand on the anthem will cause problems in the Cowboy locker room.Ned Colletti – Former Dodgers GM joins the show to talk playoffs; and why managing in the postseason is different than the regular season. Young NFL QB gradesToday, Colin handed out his grades for all the young quarterbacks in the NFL, including Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott and Mitchell Trubisky.He thinks they all have bright NFL futures, but believes Wentz is the best of the bunch and was the only one to receive an A grade. It’s still too early to tell with Trubisky because it’s too small of a sample size, and until he gets an offensive minded head coach, we’ll never know his true potential. Arguing Dak Prescott should have slid instead of scored against the Packers is idioticAt the end of the Cowboys’ game against Green Bay, Dak Prescott capped off a 17-play drive with a touchdown run to give Dallas the lead with just over a minute to go.  Aaron Rodgers marched proceeded to march the Packers down the field for the game winning score, and immediately after, the Monday morning quarterbacks argued that instead of scoring, Prescott should have slid to bleed the clock down and give Rodgers less time.Colin thinks the criticism is moronic, and those arguing he slid need to lay off the Madden, and realize that in the real NFL, when you can score, you score. Dak did the right thinglast_img read more

Colins predictions for the LeBron Lakers

first_img Advertisement Well… they’ve done it again folks! The Las Vegas odds makers said that LeBron would sign with the Lakers, and unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last 48 hours, you’d know that they were right… again.LeBron is a Laker, and the odds makers now have the purple and gold set to finish as the third best team in the NBA. As Colin noted on today’s show, there are still skeptics that think the Lake Show won’t crack the top echelon of the league, but he believes they’re ready to win now.The Warriors and the Rockets are ready to cruise through the regular season, but the Lakers, on the other hand, have something to prove in 2018. They’ve acquired the best athlete to ever grace professional sports, a rising star in Kyle Kuzma, and are the odds-on favorite to bring in Kawhi Leonard. Colin thinks the Lakers will be a second or third team in the West, and judging by the experts in Vegas, he’s not far off.“This is going to be a good team… I have them as a 2nd or 3rd seed in the West.”@ColinCowherd on next season’s outlook for the new-look Lakers pic.twitter.com/RGsrqQjrv9— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 2, 2018last_img read more

Colin Reacts To NFL Executive QB Tier Rankings

first_imgThe Athletic NFL writer Mike Sando released his annual QB tier rankings, and it’s one of Colin’s favorites because it ranks the signal callers into 4 tiers using input from 55 NFL executives.He reacted to it on yesterday’s show. The list breaks down into 4 tiers and ranks Aaron Rodgers over Tom Brady as the #1 tier one QB, and Colin sees Carson Wentz as a legitimate tier 1 QB who gets downgraded to the second tier because of injuries. NFL execs also agree with Colin on Cam Newton, putting him in the 3rd tier.You can smell football in the air, so just geek out with Colin on QB lists for 9 minutes to get your mind right. You won’t regret it.last_img read more

Getting the Goods

3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 20, 2006 Great products at fair prices make the sale on eBay, so where do you get the goods? It’s all about forging relationships with reliable, trustworthy suppliers.The needs of your business will dictate what form these relationships take, but your choices include manufacturers, wholesale distributors, drop-ship companies, liquidators, closeout distributors, job lot traders and eBay itself.Price and quality range dramatically among these providers, so it takes time and patience to find the best match. Attending trade shows and joining trade organizations related to the business you want to specialize in are great ways to meet potential vendors. These activities can also help you fine-tune your buying decisions. “This is what any retailer in America would do for information on trends and consumer buying habits,” says Lisa Suttora, the Seattle-based founder and CEO of Whatdoisell.com, an online guide to successful sourcing.Following sourcing strategies used by brick-and-mortar retailers makes good sense for eBay entrepreneurs, says Suttora. “You’re not building an eBay business,” she says. “You’re building a retail business on eBay.” Mimicking traditional retailers lends more credibility to eBay sellers and boosts repeat sales, Suttora adds.Keeping up with business news can also guide your buying decisions. An article on the renewed popularity of knitting, for example, suggests potential success selling knitting needles, yarns, patterns and other accessories.That method supports another sourcing tenet: Choose products based on what buyers want to buy, not what you want to sell. Jeremy Hanks, co-founder and CEO of Doba LLC, a product-sourcing and drop-shipping service provider in Orem, Utah, cites the example of his wife and her passion for scrapbooking. When she started selling scrapbooking supplies on eBay, the business didn’t find much support. “It’s so easy to stick with the hobby mentality,” says Hanks, adding that in doing so, you skip the crucial step of assessing the strength of a particular market.As a drop-shipper, Hanks notes that services like his help eBay sellers test a product without a huge investment upfront. His company charges a monthly or annual fee to access its inventory of 250,000 whole-sale products as well as pictures and product descriptions. Sellers pay for the product only when there’s actually a sale. Doba’s fees start at $30 a month. Drop-shippers in general charge fees of about $5 per shipment, a premium price that should be weighed against the value of not having to keep inventory, photograph products or write copy.Markets and consumer tastes can change suddenly, so most eBay experts recommend staying alert to new sources, even when existing suppliers seem reliable. Arman Yavuz (eBay User ID: naras04), owner of Naras Technology LLC in Chicago, has established a solid customer base for his company’s laptops and computer accessories. But strolling through a mall one day, Yavuz, 25, saw a buzz around a kiosk selling dog tag jewelry. Now he sells the tags on eBay along with a line of T-shirts printed with personal photographs. The T-shirts and jewelry gross up to $2,000 a month on eBay, while computer sales reach up to $70,000 monthly.”We didn’t want to concentrate on just one field,” Yavuz says, “and there’s an audience for pretty much everything on eBay.” read more

Gadgets to Make Office Life More Enjoyable

first_img Smooth OperatorStarbucks Verismo Brewing System ($199)The Verismo is programmed to deliver Starbucks’ signature espressos, lattes and brewed coffees. For a single shot, insert an espresso pod, lower the lever and press a button; the same works for a latte, but with a milk pod first. Refills cost about $12 for 12 pods–a price that could significantly cut the cost of your staff’s daily caffeine habit. Public Display of AffectionGeckoboard ($19 to $199 per month)If you want your staff to work as a team, give ’em a real-time company scoreboard. Track wins and losses and everything in between with Geckoboard, a cloud-based digital dashboard that serves as a companywide bulletin board, displaying everything from business analytics to Twitter feeds to project reports. Subscription pricing is based on the number of portals (HDTVs, mobile devices or desktop PCs) using the service at the same time. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Show you care by installing one (or all) of these comforting, fun and collaborative devices at your place of business. They’re sure to warm things up during winter’s coldest days and beyond.Image courtesy of Flickr.com/Jacob Better Let’s Get It OnLogitech UE Boombox ($249) This Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker can pair with up to eight devices–a great way for everyone to take a crack at controlling the office soundtrack. Want to move the party to the break room? Go for it–the rechargeable speaker’s two 3-inch woofers and two half-inch tweeters can pump out rich, deep sound for up to six hours. Image courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readcenter_img March 12, 2013 Image courtesy of Gear Hungry This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Image courtesy of Mac|Life Hot and UnbotheredBreville One-Touch Tea Maker ($250)This sophisticated teakettle and brewing system automates the process according to the type of tea desired. Place tea bags or loose leaves into the steeping chamber, fill the kettle with water and select from green, black, white, herbal or oolong. Black teas come out strong, greens taste smooth, herbals are bold. Everyone’s happy. Register Now »last_img read more

What Experts Predict Will Be the Top Tech Category This Holiday Season

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Virtual assistants are set to pummel virtual reality headsets in the fight for consumer dollars this holiday season, while smartwatches drive wearable sales. Drones may fly under the radar, though.Interviews with nearly two dozen analysts indicate high hopes for holiday electronics sales, but estimates of what will be the hit have changed.Virtual realityAfter dubbing virtual reality as the “next mega tech theme” in a May 2015 industry report, brokerage Piper Jaffray will cut its 2016 estimate for sales of VR headsets by 65 percent to 2.2 million units in an as yet unpublished report.Sales of high-end VR headsets including Facebook Inc.’s $599 Oculus Rift and Sony Corp.’s $399 PlayStation VR headset altogether will be about 300,000, reflecting supply constraints at Sony and the technological reality of Oculus and HTC Corp.’s $799 Vive: only about 6 million to 7 million computers globally can run the software, said Paul Lee of Deloitte UK.”With high-end VR for a family of four one might be looking at $10,000,” said Lee.Samsung Electronics Co.’s under $100 Gear VR headset, which turns a phone into a VR device, will be the volume winner, because it will be given away with phones.Virtual assistantsTwo years after Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Echo, a $179.99 hands free speaker with AI-powered virtual assistant Alexa, the virtual home assistant category is poised to beat out virtual reality and possibly a few other high tech competitors, according to the Consumer Technology Association.Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz estimated nearly 10 million to 12 million Amazon Echo and Google Home virtual assistants could sell during the holidays.”Personal assistants are going to blow VR out of the water,” he said.Google launched its $129 Home assistant in time for the holidays, but the $39.99 price of the Echo Dot-a miniaturized version of the original- and a list of features two years in the making give the Echo the edge this year, said Tractica analyst Mark Beccue.”I saw one feature in a hackathon where you list items in the fridge then Alexa tells you here’s what you can make for dinner tonight,” he said.WearablesThe Pebble smartwatch is folding and selling its intellectual property to market leader Fitbit Inc. — which recently cut its holiday revenue forecast.Still, the Consumer Technology Association forecasts 12.6 million wearables will be sold this holiday season, thanks largely to Apple Inc.’s Watch, which the industry group expects to chalk up 5.5 million sales.Fitness devices are losing ground, in market share terms, to multipurpose watches, said Forrester analyst Julie Ask.DronesGoPro Inc. recalled its highly anticipated Karma Drone in November, and industry sales for the year are expected to be 1.2 million, according to the CTA. That is more than double 2015, helped by a wide range of prices, but drones have not broken beyond being a niche product.”There are plenty of drones that are $100, $150, that would be more in competition with virtual reality than anything else in terms of appeal for the same age groups,” said Atherton Research analyst Jean Baptiste Su.Oppenheimer’s Uerkwitz put drones in the same basket as virtual reality, given price and limited use: “probably going to underperform” the competition.(Reporting by Deborah M. Todd; editing by Peter Henderson and Lisa Shumaker) This story originally appeared on Reuters December 19, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Whats Holding Back the Robot Revolution We Humans

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 7 min read May 8, 2018 People have been salivating over the idea of flying cars since George Jetson debuted his Aerocar in 1962. After a long wait, a real flying car debuted last year: the AeroMobil 3.0. Other companies have already joined the fray, with Airbus pledging to develop an autonomous flying car as well as systems to allow these vehicles to safely navigate cities. Uber is pushing to have its flying taxis airborne by 2020.Related: Wait, Did Elon Musk Just Announce A Flying Car?But if the University of Michigan’s Survey of Public Opinion About Flying Cars is any indication, there’s a reason flying cars have been so long delayed: us. Nearly two-thirds of people surveyed said they were “very concerned” about the safety of flying cars, and about 80 percent thought flying cars should come equipped with parachutes.Most, it seems, shared Elon Musk’s hesitation: “If somebody doesn’t maintain their flying car, it could drop a hubcap and guillotine you,” Musk observed. Your anxiety level will not decrease as a result of things that weigh a lot buzzing around your head.The irony is that we’re still asking for flying cars: Nearly half of the respondents in the University of Michigan survey indicated they were “very interested” in using one. But our doubts may be the very thing keeping us from getting what we want.Barriers blocking the robot revolutionArtificial intelligence and the robot revolution it could prompt promise self-driving machines, quality-control robots and the like — with the potential to improve our world. But that doesn’t mean AI technology has been met with open arms.Nuclear technology spurred an arms race, and some fear AI will do the same. Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s words on artificial intelligence seem, to many, a chilling call to arms: “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” Indeed, Russia, China and the United States are all rushing to amass AI weapons and national security systems that will boost their military efforts and give human soldiers additional eyes and abilities.Related: Here’s How People Really Feel About Flying CarsSmart software is now considered the equivalent to nukes — a way to bolster a country’s military advantage through modern technology. As WIRED’s Tom Simonite explained, “The AI race among the world’s three largest military powers differs from earlier competitions like those to deploy nuclear weapons or stealth technology because much artificial intelligence technology can be used for both commercial and military applications.”That’s exactly what makes some of us suspicious: What proof do we have that AI tech is going to be used to automate drudge-filled processes rather than spy on us over Grandma’s Thanksgiving spread? After all, our seemingly innocuous Facebook news feeds were purportedly hijacked to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. What’s next?And at the personal level, many of us balk at the tech industry’s attempts to humanize robot interactions. Hanson Robotics built a machine-learning robot, Sophia, that aims to have real conversations with humans; but Facebook’s head AI scientist, Yann LeCun, said that the robot’s cognitive abilities are akin to a puppet’s.So, while scripted, algorithm-generated responses may win AI (human) supporters during a Google search, they’re not much use for exploring deeper thoughts.How humans can get out of their own way.With consumers clamoring for more advanced technology but poking holes in what they’re given, how can AI-focused companies work to usher in the robot revolution?1. Bring down the costs for first (second, third, fourth … ) movers. New technology always carries the first-mover cost burden, but the price barrier has to be removed for mainstream implementation of AI tech and robots. Recode reports that the market for device-building industrial robots is expected to grow 175 percent over the next nine years, but predicts that that expectation won’t be met if factory floor robots continue to hover in the $100,000 range.Industrial robot companies seem to have received the message. By 2025, the cost of industrial robots is predicted to drop by 65 percent, according to research by ARK Investment Management, but there’s more work to be done. As other technologies, like 3D printing, improve and accelerate the production of robots, the associated costs will go down. Finding ways to reduce the cost of producing not only robots, but also the technology that makes them possible, will fuel the robot revolution.2. Don’t let misconceptions marinate. While it’s easy to assume that improved technology will address concerns and instantly change minds, the truth is that the longer that false assumptions are allowed to persist, the better traction they’ll gain. One good way to combat this is by creating legislation that treats AI as a partner, not something to fear. Openly discussing “personhood” and the responsibilities ascribed to robots and their developers could quell fears, as could examining the impact robots might have on unions and other  labor organizations and on human rights.Hossein Rahnama, founder and CEO of Flybits, explained in her blog that “the rise of the robots, not surprisingly, also comes with a healthy dose of fear … In response, CEOs are scrambling to figure out how AI will influence supply chains, workforces, revenue and in some cases, entire business models. An overwhelming sense of urgency can lead companies to throw money at the first platform they encounter.” Instead, leaders should think through what technologies will address real problems and be understood by the consumers with those problems.3. Pay utmost attention to security. Cybersecurity and privacy are top concerns for consumers, with a CNNMoney poll showing that nearly half of those surveyed say they’d been victims of hackers. With AI digitizing entire processes and collecting and utilizing vast amounts of data, people are more alarmed than ever. Investing in security technology to protect AI technology — and consumers — is a win for both companies and users.K.R. Sanjiv, chief technology officer for Wipro Limited, wrote in The Observer that, “Unlike humans, robots can be hacked. Industrial robots today follow modified versions of Asimov’s three laws … What happens if someone hacks the machine to remove one of those laws? A hacker could commit murder by allowing a robot to harm a human or destroy valuable equipment by removing the prohibition of self-harm.” Understanding the power robots have, companies must be motivated to isolate that power and wield it for good.Related: Volvo to Create the Next Flying Car?To return to George Jetson’s flying car: That animated cartoon character’s world was much simpler than ours, but we can eliminate our own real barriers to the robot revolution by addressing the concerns that make us humans doubt AI.By acknowledging very real fears, from stolen data to falling hubcaps, companies can get consumers fully on board and bring them the flying car reality they want. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

MSI GT76 Titan Gets New Look Intel Desktop CPU

first_imgTAIPEI, TAIWAN — I have seen MSI’s future and it is extremely promising. The company recently unveiled its latest Titan, the GT76 (available Q3, starting at $3,699) and it’s unlike any MSI you’ve seen before and packing a hell of a lot of power to boot.DesignWill you just look at this pewter minx? At long last, MSI is taking a decisive step away from the black-and-red motif that far too many gaming laptops have adopted and gone for a silver aluminum lid with a black plastic undercarriage. The look is absolutely stunning, particularly the delicately etched dragon sigil near the top of the lid. LAPTOP | MSI Arms New GT76 Titan with Desktop CPUMSI unveiled at Computex 2019 the redesigned GT76 Titan with a desktop GPU and RTX graphics.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MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/msi-titan-gt76-specs-price?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1002:10Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  If red’s not your thing, you can play around with the side-mounted RGB strips as well as the thin strip along the bottom-front lip of the laptop. It’s showy, yet elegant and a much-needed revamp.Like most Titans, the GT76 is on the chunky side at 8.8 pounds. However, that’s on a par with systems like the Alienware Area-51m (8.5 pounds).DisplayThe GT76 will have a couple of display options when it launches. The base model will feature a FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with a 144-Hertz refresh rate. The company will also offer a 4K (3840 x 2160) display. MSI has outfitted the Titan with nice, slim bezels so gamers can enjoy more of that 17.3-inch visual real estate.MORE: Best Gaming LaptopsSpecsA system this big has to be packing some powerful toys underneath the hood, right? Right. MSI is stepping up its kitchen sink approach, tricking this baby out with a desktop Intel Core i9-9900K processor with up to 64GB of RAM, three PCIe SSDs and a full Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM. The laptop will also have Wi-Fi 6, Killer DoubleShot Pro and 2.5GBps Ethernet just in case you want to dominate the LAN party.With its desktop CPU, MSI is claiming the system can maintain an overclocked speed of 5GHz. The company is factory testing and setting the overclocking to achieve this performance. But I’ll wait until the system is in the Laptop Mag labs before I buy into the hype. But if the Titan can live up to the claims, that adds up to some significant performance boosts.CoolingWith a system this powerful, you’ll need a serious cooling solution to ensure things don’t overheat. MSI has outfitted the Titan with 11 copper heat pipes and 4 fans. It’s a design that’s taken four years to perfect. When I flipped over the machine, the pipes were front and center, seemingly gleaming with anticipation. Air intake will come from the top and bottom of the notebook with the hot air being expelled through the rear vents. I’m not sure how quiet the Titan will be with all this cooling, but I’m hoping it won’t scorch my nether regions during testing.Bottom LineThis is the laptop I’ve been waiting for from MSI. It’s a decisive break from what we’ve come to expect from the company and opens the door to the realm of possibility. The company’s never been afraid load up on powerful specs, but adding a desktop CPU takes things to a whole other level. I’m really hoping that the Titan can live up to MSI’s claims and become a formidable player in the enthusiast gaming space. I plan to find out when the laptop arrives at our offices.Best MSI LaptopsBest Gaming LaptopsBest & Worst Gaming Laptop Brands The Titan’s rear vent pokes out a bit, but that in order to accommodate the powerful specs and heating solution. But MSI embraces its curves, choosing to accentuate the rear hinge with a strip of glowing red lights.Advertisementcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoComputerWorldBrandPost: Focus on End User Technology, Retain Your EmployeesComputerWorldUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Nomacs image viewer with synchronization

first_imgNomacs image viewer with synchronization by Martin Brinkmann on April 29, 2016 in Software – 2 commentsNomacs is an open source image viewer and editor for Windows and Linux that supports an option to synchronize viewing between multiple program instances.Windows users can download a portable version of the program or a setup version while Linux users find instructions for various Linux distributions on the official project website.NomacsNomacs supports all popular image formats, RAW files, and ships with capabilities to browse images in zip archives or Microsoft Office files.The application looks like many other image viewers on first glance. You can drag and drop images or folders into the interface, or use the file menu or icons in the main toolbar for that.The browsing is quick, even for photos with a size of 6 Megabyte, but not ultra-fast. There is slight delay between loads but it is quick enough to only be noticed if you pay close attention or have used a program like Fast Picture Viewer before which is one of the fastest image viewers for Windows.You navigate between different images using the keyboard or mouse, and can customize keyboard shortcuts and many options in this regard as well.Nomacs supports panels which you can enable that display various information on the screen. Panels are available to display image metadata, a thumbnail row of images of the selected folder, an overview image that you use to quickly jump to another position, or a File Explorer panel that you can use to quickly switch folders or load images.Synchronization is without doubt one of the interesting features of Nomacs. It allows you to control multiple instances of the program simultaneously.Basically, what it allows you to do is compare two images side by side by running two instances of the image viewer using the mouse or keyboard. Any action in one instance is automatically carried out in the other instance as well, so that you can zoom, scroll, or load files using the feature.Nomacs’ sync feature works on local systems but also on a local area network. You do have to enable “network sync” in the network preferences first for the latter to work though.Other features that Nomacs supports include file filters and search, a slideshow module, and the previously mentioned editing functionality.Editing supports basic operations such as resizing or cropping images, exporting files, rotating images, or renaming images.Nomacs ships with a plugin manager and several pre-installed plugins and the option to install additional plugins that are offered for download on the official website.When you dig deeper you will find additional features of interest. Batch processing, which you find under Tools is one of those.The program supports copy/rename, convert, resize and transform batch operations which you can combine.Don’t expect functionality that matches dedicated rename programs or photo editing tools like Photoshop or Paint.Net, but basic operations are all supported.You can use the batch processing feature to resize all selected images, rotate or flip them, crop them, change file name by adding text or numbers, and converting the format to another image type.Other features you will find when you browse the menus are image normalization, image note taking, changing the program’s opacity, or making edits directly in the image viewer window.Closing WordsNomacs ships with an interesting set of features that makes it stand out a bit from comparable image viewers. While that may not be enough to switch to it if you are already using a fast image viewer, the extra features it ships with may make it an interesting  secondary image viewer though that you launch when you want to make use of those.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 4 votes Software Name NomacsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://nomacs.org/ Advertisementlast_img read more

An Interview with Vivaldis CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner

first_imgAn Interview with Vivaldi’s CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: July 25, 2018 – 21 commentsWe had a chance to ask Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies AS, some questions about the current state of the company and the browser, and its future.Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, co-founder of Internet pioneer Opera Software, launched Vivaldi in early 2015; first as preview versions and then in April 2016 as a stable browser.It was clear quickly that the company tried to set Vivaldi apart from other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera, by giving users more options and features, and not less.Read on to find out how Vivaldi Technologies AS is doing, and what you can expect from future versions of the browser and the company.How are you?Doing great, thank you! We just had the Vivaldi June gathering, which is always a great time for the team to spend time together, move projects forward and discuss future features and ideas.How is Vivaldi Technologies AS doing?We are doing great! We are working hard on some of the major features people are waiting for and we are making great progress! This includes things like Sync, that will be launched soon, email client and the mobile version.Is there anything that you would have done different in regards to launching Vivaldi if you’d have the knowledge of today?Not really. There are always things to learn, but overall I am really happy with our progress.How tough is it to compete with billion Dollar companies like Google or Microsoft?Clearly it is tough to compete with large companies like Google and Microsoft. Not so much because they are large, but rather because they own the platforms we compete on and they are not adverse to using anti-competitive measures. At the same time we have been doing this for a long time, first at Opera and now at Vivaldi and thus this is the world we know and we enjoy it a lot.Is Vivaldi’s user base / revenue growing?Yes, the user base and revenue continues to grow nicely.Do you use Vivaldi as your main browser?Of course! :)Which browser do you use on mobile?Early Vivaldi version.Speaking of mobile browsing, is there a chance that we will get a preview of Vivaldi’s mobile version this year?That would be nice, but we will only show it when it is a shape to be shown. It would be nice if that is this year.Is the mobile version of Vivaldi based on Chromium?Yes.How will it distinguish itself from other mobile browsers?Our aim is to be richer in features and better support the needs of the user, just like the desktop version, but we do not want to say to much at this time as the browser is still in the works.Any upcoming major (or minor) features that you could tell us about?The big features coming up are sync, mail and mobile, but there are a lot of other ideas that we are working on, but those we want to keep more under wraps.Mail appears to be a feature that many users are looking forward for, any ETA on that?It is getting closer. Many of us have been using it for quite some time now, but it still requires some TLC. We are quite close, though.Tell us about the features that users love most about Vivaldi.It really depends on the user. Some love our tab handling, tab stacks, tab tiling and the like. Others love the web panels. Many love the screen capture and notes functionality. Generally people like the fact that Vivaldi is very flexible.Is there anything that users dislike or that you found need improvement?Every feature can be improved and we will continue to improve each and every feature, often by providing new ways to do things, without removing the old ways and we all have our preferences.We continue to improve even our most popular features and there are a few nice improvements in our next Vivaldi version when it comes to tab handling (resizeable tiles), panels (floating panels) and more.Other browser companies tell us that too many options and features confuse users, and they remove or limit functionality based on that claim. Is that true in your opinion?No. It is all a question of how you do it. Clearly it is easy to remove functionality. What is hard is to make a flexible product that can feel optimal for every user.We do that by providing an easy to use browser that can grow with your needs. As your needs increase, Vivaldi has what you need, often behind some option or you learn a new trick that saves you time and just feels right for your use.Today in two years, where would you like to see Vivaldi?By that time I want us to have released all the features we are working on and a lot more. Our goal is to continue building a better browser and hopefully gain a nice user base through doing that. We are well on the way!SummaryArticle NameAn Interview with Vivaldi’s CEO Jon Stephenson von TetzchnerDescriptionWe had a chance to ask Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies AS, some questions about the current state of the company and the browser and its future.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Bidvoy the value of products based on eBay data

first_imgBidvoy: the value of products based on eBay data by Martin Brinkmann on March 26, 2019 in Internet – 9 commentsBidvoy is a free online service that returns product price trends and recommendations to you when you use the service.The marketplace eBay is a great resource even if it changed significantly in recent years and moved the focus from consumer to business offerings. It is still possible to make bargains on eBay or purchase items on eBay that you won’t find anywhere else. It is still possible to make bargains on eBay.One question that you have to ask yourself each time is whether the asking price is reasonable. If you analyze a specific product, you will notice that the price range is huge. Core reasons for that are that sellers may pick any price and that items may be entered without expiration date.The price range of a new Lego Star Wars Death Star is $394.89 to $1529.99. You should research the price of an item on eBay and elsewhere before you make a purchase unless the item is dead cheap.One option to do so is to browse the sold listings on eBay. Works well but if you need to do so regularly, you may prefer a different service that speeds things up a little bit. Enter Bidvoy.The value of products on eBayBidvoy is a free service for eBay in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria. The service monitors products on eBay to show you the value of a product over time on the marketplace. It offers additional services that you may find useful.Here is how it works:Select the eBay marketplace that you want to base your research on.Type a product name, e.g. Samsung Galaxy Book 10, Apple iPhone 5, or Lego 42078.Bidvoy displays the price trend of the item based on eBay data and the selection of a category (which you may change).  You can modify the data range, default is six months, and specify whether you want auction or buy it now, used or new data.The service lists averages, weekly trends, the number of auctions and the price margin underneath the chart. There you may also find suggestions when to make the purchase (minimum for the buyer) and when to sell it (maximum for the seller)Bidvoy lists a handful of auctions with recommendations. The service earns affiliate commissions when you click through and displays its assessment of the price next to each item (e.g. overpriced). Links to Amazon may also be provided.Closing WordsBidvoy is a useful service to find out the value of products based on eBay data. The service does not seem to use sold listings on the other hand which usually reflect the price better than auction listings.There is also no option to monitor the price or keep a list of favorites to check price trends regularly. You can bookmark each and open these bookmarks, but it would be more useful if Bidvoy would offer such features instead.Bidvoy offers complementary data that you may find useful. I would not base my buying decisions solely on the product as it lacks features such as the data from sold listings on eBay.Now You: Do you use eBay?SummaryReviewerMartin BrinkmannReview Date 2019-03-26Reviewed Item BidvoyAuthor Rating 4 Advertisementlast_img read more

Who do you think is more likely to identify as bi or

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