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03
Dec
2019

Fish tagged for research become lunch for gray seals

first_imgWhen scientists slap an acoustic tag on a fish, they may be inadvertently helping seals find their next meal. The tags, rods a few centimeters long that give off a ping that can be detected from up to a kilometer away, are often used to follow fish for studies on their migration, hunting, or survival rates. Researchers working with 10 gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) who were captive for a year have now reported that the animals—including the female seal pictured above, named Janice—can learn to associate the pings with food. The researchers let seals swim in a pool with 20 large metal enclosures containing, behind a flap, either a bucket of tagged fish, untagged fish, or nothing. After only a few days, the seals began to visit the pinging boxes more frequently than the other boxes. Even when all the boxes were empty—so not releasing any scents of food—the seals were more than twice as likely to swim to boxes that contained tags, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. If the findings hold true in the wild, the authors warn, they could skew the results of studies trying to analyze fish survival rates or predation.last_img read more

26
Nov
2019

Electioneering ends for phase 4 of Bengal polls

first_imgKolkata, Apr 23 (PTI) Campaigning for the fourth phase of assembly polls in West Bengal which will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 49 seats spread across North 24 Parganas and Howrah district ended this evening.A total of 1.07 crore electorate will exercise their franchise in about 12,500 polling stations from 7 am to 6 pm on Monday.State Finance Minister Amit Mitra and jailed ex-minister Madan Mitra are among the high-profile candidates contesting in this phase.Amit Mitra, who was secretary-general of FICCI before joining politics in the 2011 assembly polls, is once again in the race from Khardaha seat in North 24 Parganas in the northern outskirts of the city.Despite his claims to the contrary, Mitra has been under attack for lack of industrialisation during the Trinamool Congress regime in the state.All eyes will be on former Transport and Sports minister Madan Mitra, who is contesting from Kamarhati seat in North 24 Parganas district.Madan Mitra was arrested by CBI in December 2014 in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam and is currently lodged in Alipore jail.This is the first time that a high-profile candidate is fighting elections in West Bengal from jail.TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee campaigned for Mitra in his consistency saying he has been a victim of a conspiracy by the Centre.Mitras name had also figured in Narada sting operation, an issue which has been haunting TMC ever since the video was released.Also in the fray this phase are TMC ministers Purnendu Basu, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Bratya Basu, Jyotipriyo Mullick and Aroop Roy.advertisementGreenhorns in the ring this phase include former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiyas daughter Vaishali and former Bengal cricket captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla – both of whom are fighting on TMC tickets.Shukla is pitted against actress-turned-politician Rupa Ganguly of BJP from north Howrah seat.Footballer Dipendu Biswas has been fielded by TMC from south Basirhat seat which is being defended by BJPs only sitting MLA Shamik Bhattacharya. (MORE) PTI NIK KK RGlast_img read more

18
Nov
2019

Monkeys everywhere

first_imgI feel a rant coming on! I have just been to visit my mother in South Africa and I found many examples of designer oversight that proved very frustrating. First up – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Despite the fact that all the controls are available on the seat-back screen, the controls for the lights, volume for the entertainment, and request for the attendant are duplicated in hardware on top of the armrest. Every time you try and shift your weight you end up inadvertently calling the attendant, changing your headset’s volume or turning on your neighbour’s overhead light (or any combination).That is nothing compared to the toilet. Apparently it was designed to make sure the lid stays down at all times when not in use, with the help of gravity. This means that standing up to pee is very difficult since you have to have one hand dedicated to keeping the seat and cover up at all times. This doesn’t stop men from trying though, with a resultant mess.Oh but it gets much worse! The seat also slopes forward which is uncomfortable enough when you sit, but the lid rests on your back which is quite creepy and is almost as if to say hurry up! Before you even get seated though, you have to perform several antics that would be slapstick comedy if viewed by an audience. The designers provided a dispenser for paper seat covers for hygiene which the airline thoughtfully keeps filled. So you take one out and complete the perforations so that there is a gap where there needs to be. You now need one hand to lift the cover and a second to place a flimsy piece of paper in the right location on a sloping surface. A third hand would solve the problem. And now… you have to turn around – how exactly do you keep the paper in place and the cover up while you do that? Did you remember to unbuckle and drop your pants? No, that has to be done first. Start again. Next question – how do you only partially drop your pants so they don’t end up in the shmutz on the floor? A fourth hand would be well, really handy. (A Goon Show aficionado might suggest a second person!) Now to manage the turn around, keeping the paper in place and with your pants hitched, all you need is an eye in the back of your head.Next time I will travel with adhesive tape- it would match the duct tape used to hold some wall panels down – no wait, that was the 767 I flew on!For these and all the other indignities they have inflicted on us passengers I curse aircraft interior designers, their managers and airline executives to fly cattle-class for all eternity. Give my regards to the Flying Dutchman, and I don’t mean KLM.Let me get off one soapbox and on to a more familiar one. I travel with an Apple iPad Pro and an LG G4 Vigor smartphone (using Android 5.1.1), both devices you would think were designed to operate in multiple locations. My mother has a 1GB download limit on her Internet access and some ridiculously slow data transfer rate – both limitations have been fairly common on all my travels especially a recent cruise. Four days into the trip, my iPad popped up with a notice that there was a 10GB download of the new operating system. Did I want to install? The next day – did I want to install? It took 5 days for it to figure out that maybe it should wait. Why isn’t there an option of “don’t bother me for N days” or only update when connected to a particular MAC address? At least in this case the software did stop nagging after a while.Android updates for the different apps on my phone show up about 90 times a week, but at least it’s easy enough to ignore except for an app called WhatsApp. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an app that allows you to send messages and have conversations over the Internet. Overseas it seems to have supplanted regular SMS messages and Skype. WhatsApp doesn’t follow the Android update regimen even though the updates happen quite frequently. You only find out that there’s an update pending when you open the app. When I open the app I want to make a call, so I don’t want to update at that instant. I decline. But at the end of the call when I want to take the opportunity whilst I remember, there is no option anywhere that I can find to allow you to initiate the update. And so you have to try to remember to try and open the app at some other time in the hope that it will prompt for the update, because there is another kicker. At some point, WhatsApp won’t let you continue until you actually do update – and hopefully you have bandwidth at that time to do it. Grrrr.Bundled with the Android on my smartphone is a widget called Agenda. I recently decided to join the 20th Century by porting my paper diary to the electronic medium. Imagine my surprise when I looked at an appointment scheduled for after my return and it was supposed to be happening at midnight. The app had shifted all my appointment times to South African time. I had set up an appointment whilst in SA for my return and that was set to SA times, so wrong on my return. There is a setting to lock the time to the default zone, but that means that setting an appointment for when I am in SA won’t work. Sigh! Oh and another thing, the app will send me an email ½ hour before an appointment That’s great, but the time it details in the email is in England’s time zone. I could understand using UTC, but English time? I can find no obvious method to change it to local time or any other time zone.Let me stop here before I pass judgement on the Apple Pencil (which I will do as part of another blog) or iTunes. And don’t get me started on the features of Microsoft Word that don’t work properly (maybe another blog as well). This isn’t the first time I have expressed dissatisfaction with the design of others. Here are some more of my opinions where I don’t think the designers tried out their own products: Monkeys Got to My Cardio Machine, Monkeys Messed Up My HP Scanjet, Big Time, and Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV.Do you have examples of where designers obviously haven’t tried out their own products? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram January 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm “Hi Antedeluvian I have not yet started to calm down regarding the Cypress PSoC Creator module and AIP’s for SPI, why do you have to write dummy writes to read?” “Here is another- nthe treadmill on my machine allows ~8 different languages BUT the legend on the button to allow you to select the option to change languages is in the language on the display. If you arrive and are greeted by something in Korean (I assu January 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm “I am not the only one to rant about designsnnMax did it at lest once on “The best and worst alarm clocks everu2026″nhttp://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/the-engineering-life-around-the-web/4237749/The-best-and-worst-alarm-clocks-ever-nnMarti Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Crusty says: antedeluvian says: “Hi CrustynnIt’s been a while since I worked on the SPI and I don’t remember this apparent anomaly. However, if I remember correctly the nature of the module (and SPI) is to allow simultaneously shifting data OUT to the slave on one pin whilst shifting d antedeluvian says: January 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous AI system transforms large facilities into intelligent environmentsNext The challenges and evolution of CubeSat electronics January 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm 4 thoughts on “Monkeys everywhere” antedeluvian says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

ESPN Releases Its Prediction For Michigan-Notre Dame

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rally performs September 17, 2011at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 31-13. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)Michigan at Notre Dame is one of the premier match-ups of College Football Week 1. The two rivals square off at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.Michigan is looking to get the offense on track, with Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson set to start after being granted immediate eligibility.Notre Dame is a talented team once again, with a sturdy defense, but once again has questions in the passing game. Incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush gets the nod, but Ian Book waits in the wings if he struggles to improve, and true freshman Phil Jurkovec has impressed in camp.The Fighting Irish are a narrow favorite to win at home. Brian Kelly’s team is currently a one-point favorite in the game.That would indicate that Michigan would be a slight favorite on a neutral site. Home field advantage is generally worth about three points on a line.What does ESPN think about the contest right now?Here’s the early prediction:ESPN’s FPI gives Notre Dame a 68.3 percent chance to win this weekend’s game, giving Michigan a 31.7 percent chance to take the W.ESPN's FPI prediction for Michigan at Notre Dame.The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on NBC.Who are you taking?[ESPN]last_img read more

22
Oct
2019

Premier cas de Zika confirmé en NouvelleÉcosse

first_img Pour plus d’informations sur les pays touchés par le Zika, allez à www.healthycanadians.gc.ca . Un premier cas d’infection à virus Zika a été confirmé en Nouvelle-Écosse. Une femme a été infectée lors d’un voyage dans un pays touché par la flambée épidémique. Elle n’a pas été hospitalisée et elle est maintenant rétablie. « Le risque d’infection à Zika est très faible pour les Néo-Écossais et les Canadiens. À notre connaissance, aucun cas de transmission directe d’un moustique à une personne n’aurait eu son origine au Canada, a déclaré le médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjoint, le Dr Frank Atherton. Les Néo-Écossais qui voyagent dans des pays touchés par le Zika, et surtout les femmes enceintes ou qui envisagent de tomber enceintes, devraient prendre des mesures préventives pour réduire leur exposition aux moustiques. » Le virus Zika est essentiellement transmis aux gens par les moustiques porteurs du virus. La présence en Nouvelle-Écosse de moustiques porteurs du Zika est très improbable, car ces moustiques ne peuvent pas survivre dans notre climat. Il y a déjà eu transmission du virus lors d’activités sexuelles, mais cela reste très rare. À leur retour d’un voyage dans un pays touché par le Zika, les hommes devraient utiliser un condom pendant six mois avec toute partenaire qui pourrait tomber enceinte. Quant aux femmes qui reviennent d’un pays touché par le Zika, elles devraient attendre au moins deux mois avant d’essager de tomber enceintes. Les Néo-Écossais qui voyagent dans un pays touché par le Zika peuvent se protéger : en utilisant un insectifuge contenant du DEET ou de l’icaridine sur la peau exposée en dormant sous une moustiquaire si l’hébergement est en plein air ou dans un endroit non fermé en réservant un endroit doté de moustiquaires en bon état ou complètement fermé et avec air climatisé en portant des vêtements de couleurs pâles à manches longues, des pantalons longs et des chaussures au lieu de sandaleslast_img read more

12
Oct
2019

UN agency unveils two web projects to fight disease and track medical

The new Drug Target Prioritization Database will allow researchers from all over the world to cull their knowledge in finding cures to diseases – including malaria, tuberculosis, African sleeping sickness and worm infections – which are in dire need of new treatments.These infectious diseases infect billions of people in poor countries and kill more than 6 million annually. Given the limited resources for drug research and development in the developing world, it is hoped that the new online network, established by the WHO-backed Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, will improve the situation.The new online network “provides an outstanding example of how WHO can bring together multiple groups to develop joint solutions,” said Programme Director Dr. Robert Ridley, TDR Director.Another web project launched today is a web database, similar to the popular online database Wikipedia, and aims to update global medical and health statistics.The last version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) – the worldwide standard for classifying mortality and morbidity, or information related to deaths, illness and injury – was adopted in 1990 by all WHO Member States, and the overhauled version will allow registered users to submit information and evidence.Registered users will be able to submit scientific input online, which will then be vetted by expert groups and will be subject to a strict editorial process.The ICD was created in the 19th century and was taken over by WHO in 1948. The meeting of the steering group overseeing the revision began today in Japan and will conclude on 18 April.In another development, WHO experts have begun compiling a list of essential medicines exclusively for children to help countries select which medicines to obtain to address health concerns.Children are more seriously affected by diseases that adults also suffer from, especially in developing countries, with almost 11 million children under five dying every year from treatable conditions such as respiratory tract infections, malaria and diarrhoeal diseases. In 2005, 2.3 million children under the age of 15 were HIV positive.Despite the huge need, there are currently few medications that are specifically designed for children. Children must take crushed adult tablets, which can be ineffective and also unsafe. Medicines that are the correct dosage for children often come in the form of syrups, making supply, storage and pricing problematic in poor countries.The problem is compounded when children require combination therapy, or several types of medicine, for conditions such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Although production of fixed dose combination tablets, or single pills containing several medicines, is on the rise, there is still a shortage of such pills targeting children. Antiretroviral treatments for HIV are presently three times more expensive for children than they are for adults.To create a list of essential medicines for children, WHO will work with its partners to promote innovation and research in children’s medicines, the manufacturing of new dosage forms for young people, and new methods to convey information about children’s medications to countries quickly.The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, which is not specifically for children, was released today, and it included five liquid medicines to be taken orally for children. Three are for epilepsy, one for children born prematurely and one for HIV/AIDS in a single dose. Three other epilepsy medicines for children were also added to the list in the form of chewable tablets, a form which has been increasingly shown to be effective for children. 16 April 2007Two web projects backed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) were launched today as part of global efforts to fight infectious diseases afflicting the developing world and to track recent progress made in the field of medicine. read more

04
Oct
2019

Former executive charged with murder in NH crash that killed couple unborn

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CONCORD, N.H. – A former Fortune 500 executive was charged Friday with second-degree murder in a crash that killed a young Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.Attorney General Joseph Foster and state police announced upgraded charges against Robert Dellinger, 53, who lives in Sunapee and also maintains a home in Kansas.Dellinger faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Jason Timmons, 29, and Amanda Murphy, 24, who was eight-months pregnant when she was killed.Dellinger has said he was depressed and trying to kill himself Dec. 7 when he drove his full-size pickup across a grassy Interstate 89 median. Police say the truck became airborne and sheared off the top of the couple’s car, killing them instantly. The unborn child also did not survive.Dellinger suffered cuts on his head and face. Afterward, he was charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter in the Wilder couple’s deaths while the prosecution contemplated more serious charges. He was freed on $250,000 cash bond and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.On Friday, Dellinger was arrested at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Neither the prosecution nor the hospital said why he was there. His lawyer didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.He has not been arraigned on the original charges. His arraignment on the new charges was set for Tuesday. A second-degree murder conviction carries up to life in prison.Dellinger was not charged in the death of the unborn child. Former Gov. John Lynch in 2012 vetoed legislation that would have expanded the state’s homicide laws to include the death of a fetus eight weeks or older.Dellinger was senior vice-president and chief financial officer at PPG Industries Inc. before he left in 2011 because of health issues. He also held top-level posts at Sprint Corp., Delphi Corp. and General Electric Co. by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 5:54 pm MDT Former executive charged with murder in NH crash that killed couple, unborn child read more

03
Oct
2019

Feds ask CRTC to review Canadian content decision after outcry over lower

GATINEAU, Que. – The federal government is asking Canada’s broadcast regulator to review the licence renewals for several TV providers following outcry over their potential impact on Canadian content on screen.In mid-May, the CRTC renewed the licenses for multiple broadcasters and set the amount they must spend on programs of national interest to five per cent of their total revenue — a drop for some broadcasters.At the end of June, groups representing Canada’s independent producers, professional performers and other media workers submitted a petition to the Canadian Heritage minister to set aside the renewals or refer them back to the CRTC, saying the lowered investment could hurt the industry.The government said in a statement it is referring the decision back for the CRTC to reconsider following numerous appeals from the cultural sector.It said it wants the CRTC to ensure Canada achieves the right balance of investment in content and ability to compete.CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao said in an email that the regulator will reconsider its decision and announce the next steps at a later date.The government move was applauded by the Canadian Media Producers Association, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and the Directors Guild of Canada.This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest, the groups said in a statement.The coalition said it was “deeply concerned with the potentially devastating impacts of the CRTC decisions.”“This is a real victory for the thousands of Canadians who stepped up and spoke out to defend Canadian storytelling,” said Stephen Waddell, national executive director of ACTRA. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 4:39 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds ask CRTC to review Canadian content decision after outcry over lower investment read more

25
Sep
2019

Cricket umpire hit on head by ball during match dies in hospital

“John passed away this morning with his family at his bedside.”Thoughts of all of Pembrokeshire are with Hilary and the boys at this difficult and sad time.” A cricket umpire has died after being hit on the head by a ball during a match – after stepping in at the last minute.Veteran John Williams, 80, was left in a coma after being struck while umpiring a local amateur league.He was flown to at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, 100 miles away – but has died a month after the tragedy.Fellow umpire Merfyn John said it was only because of a “last minute swap” that Mr Williams was umpiring the match.Mr John said: “It’s just one of those things – the ball comes so quickly.”You just move out of the way but these boys are so tall and powerful when they hit the ball, it’s just so fast.”No words can describe the incident – it really hit me when I heard about it.”John is a good umpire, he is fair and he is easy to get on with.John was hit at Pembroke, West Wales, who were playing Narbeth in division two of the local league.Mr Williams, who was secretary of Hundleton Cricket Club in Pembrokeshire, was described as a long-standing servant to local cricket.A spokesman for Pembroke County Cricket Club said: “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

21
Sep
2019

Nintendo 3DS audio improved with awesome steampunk speakers

first_imgYou may never be getting that second analog stick on the Nintendo 3DS, but it is equally unforgivable that the company has also failed to deliver a set of steampunk speaker amplifiers. In a mod shown off on YouTube, a Japanese fellow has constructed a pair of clips that project the sound from the 3DS’ mediocre speakers. The results are surprisingly good.The contraption (this is the only word for it) is attached to a handy little stand. The 3DS sits on the cradle, and the speakers are attached via clips directly over the laughably small speakers on either side of the screen. Sound bounces around the unnecessarily long tubing, then out the flared ends. You can really hear a difference when he clips the amplifiers on. The louder sound should make musical games more enjoyable, though it’s still a little tinny. The stand also has a slot to hold the stylus when not in use.It sounds better than I would have expected, but it looks even cooler. It has an industrial steampunk thing going on, but I don’t know if that was intentional. Some buzz-kills might suggest that using the headphone jack is a more practical solution. To that I say: unacceptable. This speaker amplifier is clearly the best way to listen to your Nintendo 3DS. Accept no substitutes. Although, since this is not a product you can buy, your 3DS will never reach its full potential, although it may have improved sound output in the forthcoming 3DS XL.via Tiny Cartridgelast_img read more

21
Sep
2019

Teaching schoolkids and scoring 50yard screamers the busy life of Conan Byrne

first_img Short URL Apr 6th 2017, 9:36 PM http://the42.ie/3327949 13,550 Views Dave Robertson is the second League of Ireland managerial casualty this weekFormer Cardiff City midfielder Willie John Boland named Limerick interim boss 4 Comments AS THE LOOSE ball falls into Conan Byrne’s path, you can see, just before he strikes it straight and true and over the hapless Shane Supple, a little glance up. Nothing else was on, and he knew the Bohemians ‘keeper tends to drift off his line.Such was the power and force behind the strike, both Byrne’s feet are off the ground as he watches it hit the back of the net, still soaring and gathering pace, from inside his own half. The effort was audacious, the execution masterful. Byrne celebrates his stunning goal against Bohs last month. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“I would always mess around after training trying it but it had never come off in a game,” the St Pat’s midfielder says. “My father used to tell me to always look up and have a go and there was nothing else on so I was delighted it came off.”Not only will it be remembered as one of the League of Ireland’s finest goals, but it was one of sheer quality and substance; it doubled the visitors’ lead and set them on their way to an important 4-0 Dublin derby victory; it was Byrne’s first goal at Dalymount Park; and it was his 100th in the league.“It’s both my best and favourite goal,” he admits, to little surprise. “It was such a big game for us as we didn’t get off to the best of starts and that result, as well as the win over Shamrock Rovers, has now given us so much confidence.”Before the 2-1 victory over Rovers three weeks ago, Liam Buckley’s Saints had made an inauspicious start to the Premier Division campaign, picking up just one point from their opening five games.Silly mistakes had cost Pat’s in several of those defeats but something suddenly clicked in those back-to-back Dublin derbies as their season burst into life.Despite the deflating results during the opening weeks, particularly the home reversals to Bray and Finn Harps, Byrne, who is in his fifth season with the Saints, says there was always a belief within the group that fortunes would change.“We had actually played well in those games,” the Dubliner explains. “We have some great individual players who have that technical ability to create and score goals so we knew results were always going to come.“The unfortunate thing about the League of Ireland is that the squad changes every year and we wouldn’t have a great budget here. Once big clubs come calling, it’s very hard to turn them down and that’s just what happens. Byrne has played in all seven of the Saints’ league games this term. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“We have to develop our own players and they get that experience of playing at the top-level. It’s a learning curve for them so Liam has had to alter and change the plans and he’d done a tremendous job in doing that.“There is so much talent here so the future is definitely bright for St Pat’s but we also have to be realistic. Some fans and media think we should still be challenging for the title but our aim is Europe and while the slow start hasn’t helped, that’s still very much the aim.”Byrne has been around long enough to appreciate the financial constraints Buckley is now working under at Richmond Park. As is the case at many clubs, the budget isn’t what it once was and the manager must build his squad around raw, but prodigiously, talented footballers; the likes of Josh and Alex O’Hanlon, Lee Desmond and Jonathan Lunney.At 31, Byrne can consider himself as one of the elder statesmen in the group but his worth to the Saints remains undiminished. So often underrated, yet one of the league’s most reliable and consistent performers.Along with Ian Bermingham and goalkeeper Pat Jennings, the trio are the only survivors from the squad which last delivered the Premier Division title to Inchicore five years ago now.Byrne, in what was his first season with Pat’s, played a central role in the title-winning campaign as he finished as the top scorer after making the switch from Shelbourne during the 2013 off-season.A lot has changed, naturally, since then, including the landscape both on and off the field, but his commitment to the club has remained steadfast.As players came and went, and the likes of Greg Bolger, Killian Brennan and Ciaran Kilduff earned bigger contracts elsewhere, Byrne turned down offers from elsewhere to stay put. It was a big decision and a brave move but he’s in the fortunate position where football is not now his primary source of income. The St Pat’s team after winning the 2015 FAI Cup. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOHaving been all too familiar with the financial insecurities associated with being a footballer in Ireland for over a decade, Byrne returned to college and last year qualified as a primary school teacher.“I can understand why players leave clubs but my decision this year didn’t need to be based on money,” he explains. “I stayed because I wanted to stay at the club and there was no financial incentive for me to leave even though there was better offers from other clubs.“Every medal I’ve won in the League of Ireland, I’ve won under Liam Buckley. I love the club and everything here; the players, staff and there’s just such a welcoming atmosphere.“Why leave a club that every year I’ve been with I’ve won something? I couldn’t see the justification in leaving.”As well as continuing on his full-time career with Pat’s, Byrne now holds a full-time resource teacher role in Rush National School after graduating from Hibernia College last December.The original plan was to pursue a career in teaching — something he always wanted to do — when his playing days were over but with a young family to provide for, circumstances in 2014 meant he enrolled in an online teaching course.“Teaching was my first choice on my CAO but I didn’t get the points in the Leaving Cert for teaching,” Byrne continues.“If I had have got into the course I wouldn’t have become a footballer because then I went to UCD to study Sports Management and got a scholarship through that then. That’s how my League of Ireland career started.“I approached Liam in 2014 and told him that I had a young family and as a League of Ireland player I wasn’t able to get a mortgage because of the insecurities of the profession. I wanted to settle down and have a house of my own. That was the reason I had to go back to college and he and the club were very supportive.“Hibernia College were brilliant as they were very accommodating with my football and always helped work teacher practice times around it. I couldn’t go to the Gaeltacht with my course because it was in the middle of a European campaign so I went with a different group during the off-season. Byrne has worked with Liam Buckley at Sporting Fingal and Pat’s Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“It was a two-year full-time course so those were tough times but it showed I was dedicated to it and committed to the course because at the end of the day that’s what I wanted to do. I can’t speak highly enough of both St Pat’s and the college for allowing me to do it and then helping me through it.”After finishing his teaching placement in Rush, Byrne was then offered a position as maternity cover a few days later and he has been there ever since in his role as first class resource teacher.“I love it out there,” he adds. “I was so lucky to get in because it is difficult but I absolutely love the place. I work with children who have learning difficulties and help them out in my own little classroom with maths and English and anything else on the curriculum.“It’s completely different to football but I can’t advise other players of the importance of education enough. There is a lot of lads who don’t have a Leaving Cert and in this day and age it’s very difficult to get a job or into a college course without that.”Byrne has always been fully aware of the need to up-skill and open up as many opportunities as possible for life after football, even if it’s a challenge to juggle everything now.“It’s very difficult, I’m not going to lie,” the former UCD, Sporting Fingal and Shels winger admits.“I literally finish school at 2.50pm, get in the car, head to training and if my partner is working make sure the kids are organised and they’re being looked after until I finish training. And then go out and perform on the training pitch as that’s massive because if you don’t perform there you don’t perform in a game. With his daughter Kayla. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“When I get home from training, I help the kids with their homework and then have a bit of me time but the two girls (six and three) brighten up my day, they’re the apple of my eyes.“It’s great just knowing they’re there anytime it’s a bad day or I’m struggling with any sort of work that they’re on hand to put a smile on your face very quickly. It’s also great being able to use them as guinea pigs at home for my teaching!”Byrne is enjoying life as a footballer and a teacher and while it’s still early days in his dual-career, combining two of his passions has been a rewarding experience so far.His move into full-time employment is the start of the next chapter of his life while the previous one begins to wind down and that’s not to say he is planning on hanging up the boots just yet; it’s just holding two jobs and having two young kids at home makes him a busy man.“I don’t know if I’d be able to do it for a number of players, having to do both full-time teaching and full-time football. I don’t think it’s fair on the people close to me, being away from home for so long but at the same time I want to play football at the highest level for as long as I can.“I don’t want to have any regrets if I call it a day early so the option may be to go and play part-time football in the league for a while but I’m not looking too far ahead.“I’m enjoying it at the moment, we’re playing well and I’m playing well personally so as long as that’s the case I don’t think anything should change.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Ryan Bailey Share54 Tweet Email Teaching schoolkids and scoring 50-yard screamers – the busy life of Conan Byrne Mr Byrne is enjoying his dual role as a footballer and primary school teacher after graduating from college last year. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 9:36 PM Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

20
Sep
2019

An Exercise a Day Keeps the Doctor Away—Into Old Age

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hippocrates cracked the code for a healthy life: diet and exercise.His theories, declared some 2,000 years ago and proved by modern medicine, apply to everyone—not just those with a medical degree.If walking is man’s best medicine, as Hippocrates estimated, just think of what regular cycling can do for the body.Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Birmingham found that older folks who exercised most of their adult lives were able to slow down certain aspects of ageing.The study recruited 125 amateur cyclists, ages 55 to 79. To participate, men had to be capable of cycling 100 km (62 miles) in 6.5 hours and women able to complete 60 km (37 miles) in 5.5 hours.(For reference, I am 32 and can barely manage 10 km on a stationary bike in 30 minutes.)Smokers, heavy drinkers, and those with high blood pressure or other health conditions were excluded.Compared to a set of seemingly healthy people aged 20 to 80 who do not partake in regular physical activity, the cyclists are definitely winning.Team Exercise boasted no loss of muscle mass or strength and no increase in body fat or cholesterol levels; men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting they may have avoided most of “male menopause.”“The findings emphasize the fact that the cyclists do not exercise because they are healthy, but that they are healthy because they have been exercising for such a large proportion of their lives,” according to Stephen Harridge, director of the Center of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London.“Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity,” he continued. “Remove the activity and their health would likely deteriorate.”It appears the benefits of exercise extend as far as the immune system, which remained bright-eyed and bushy-tailed among participants, despite advancing years.“Our findings debunk the assumption that ageing automatically makes us more frail,” Janet Lord, director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, said. “Our research means we now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier.”Routine exercise, of course, does not translate to immortality: My active grandfather, a regular tennis player, died of pancreatic cancer at 83.But habitual trips to the gym, laps at the pool, or even walks through the neighborhood certainly won’t shorten your life.“Find an exercise that you enjoy in whatever environment that suits you and make a habit of physical activity,” King’s College professor Normal Lazarus and cyclist Ross Pollack said in a joint statement. “You will reap the rewards in later life by enjoying an independent and productive old age.”The full findings are detailed in two papers published in the journal Aging Cell.center_img Color-Changing Urine Test Could Help Detect CancerWatch: Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s Ear last_img read more

16
Sep
2019

CRC audit finds 17M in excess questionable costs

first_imgAn audit of the Columbia River Crossing found $17 million in excess or questionable spending, including larger-than-usual profit markups to project consultants and work that wasn’t authorized by contract in advance.The report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office, released Wednesday, “did not identify any financial misconduct or abuse.” But it called for the Washington State Department of Transportation to reconsider policies and procedures that resulted in at least some of the misspent money on the now-defunct project, according to the audit.The biggest chunk of questionable expenses was $12.3 million that went to firms with undisclosed overhead and profit markups, according to the report. Another $2.3 million was added to two contract task orders months after the orders were completed, according to the audit. Those changes were made without authorization, though the extra work was found to be consistent with the original contract.And the primary consultant on the project, David Evans and Associates, was overpaid by $1.45 million because of higher-than-usual markups, the report found.“We’ve had some sense that there were problems,” said state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. “That’s been confirmed.”At the direction of state lawmakers, the auditor’s office began examining the CRC last year, around the same time Washington pulled out of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project. At that time, legislators didn’t authorize funding for the project itself — only $200,000 for a forensic audit.Oregon legislators pulled out of the CRC this year, effectively killing the $2.9 billion project. The CRC is expected to be completely shut down by May 31, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.last_img read more

14
Sep
2019

Top Emerging Jobs In Publishing

first_imgAs publishers refine their ability to better segment and target their customers, traditional “batch and blast” marketing strategies are slowly fading away. But the ongoing recruitment of new customers requires that same laser focus. Consequently, Everything Channel, a division of UBM, hired a director of audience recruitment whose sole responsibility is finding and qualifying new customers. And now that print is only 10 percent of the group’s revenues, qualifying new customers no longer follows BPA-style conventions. “We have a team of analysts that figure out what the universe looks like in their vertical, how many companies it has, and who we need to match to the products we have. It’s a very different role and not as focused on BPA requirements,” says Kate Spellman, senior vice president, marketing and business strategy at Everything Channel.Director, International ConferencesSalary Range: Starts at $100,000Many publishers are turning to international expansion as both an opportunity to leverage new business and seek relief from a beleaguered U.S. economy. Licensing print brands has been one method, but events are proving just as viable. “We are looking for people who can run events for us in far-flung places,” says Carol Evans, president of Bonnier Corp.’s Working Mother Media Group. “We just came back from India, Brazil, South Africa and China. We had to build an in-house department for the global execution of events.”Evans says they’ve tried outsourcing the job, but prefers someone who can do it in-house. The job, says Evans, requires the typical event expertise as well as a facility with languages and international protocol. “Honestly, a lot of companies are looking at this because their customers are asking them to be global because they are,” she says.Marketing DirectorSalary Range: $110-$135,000This title might sound traditional, but the marketing and business development practices now required are far from the usual, and this title is not relegated to a magazine division or group. Tasked with integrated programs coupled with research and data to provide accountability, the position requires a strategic level of thinking about deliverables. “People want fresh ideas,” says Evans. “They want you to not just generate, but execute. It goes way beyond a lunch and learn.”And going beyond “lunch and learn” means non-advertising-based programs. “Customers really want programs where they can influence a customer with a product experience,” adds Evans. In this new marketing role, that requires combining digital products with an event along with some research thrown in. Ironically, all the attention on integrated programs, says Evans, has managed to generate more advertising revenues. “The creation of non-advertising revenue has created capabilities that come back into creating integrated programs to generate ad revenues. And this is what people want. They might have asked an agency in the past, but now they’re asking a media company to deliver the whole thing—research, events, advertising and the Web,” she adds.Associate Web Site Producer (“Search Warrior”)Salary Range: $62,000 (per Salary.com)Publishers have become adept at creating and repurposing digital content—editors generally understand the nuances of writing for the Web. Yet what has emerged is a position that can oversee the traffic-generating implications of all that content, something editors know a little about, but not all. “It’s pretty clear that we know how to create content for human beings; it’s less clear that we know how to create content for bots,” says CNNMoney.com editor-in-chief Chris Peacock.The associate Web producer, casually called the “search warrior” at CNNMoney.com, helps build editorial products by looking at them through the lens of a search bot. As content is produced—articles, video, slide shows, and so on—the associate Web producer makes sure it’s all properly search optimized. Product Director, WebSalary Range: $144,000 (per Salary.com)The Web product director is the link between editorial, business, design and development on the digital side. In other words, every Web site has a strategic roadmap and each component, whether content, sales, design or technology, plays a role in that strategy. The product director makes sure those roles in aggregate dovetail with that roadmap. “It requires a deep focus on journalism, plus an engagement of all these other factors too,” says Peacock. “When we were a smaller site we had a project manager. When we became bigger, we learned that we really needed a product director—someone to work between edit, design, engineering and the business side to make sure all the components are brought together according to our strategy. This person manages execution, which crosses all of those lines.”Director, Technology InnovationSalary Range: Starts at $75,000Technology is expensive and extremely difficult to implement. Having a person on board who not only understands the specifications needed to develop back-end technology, but also what makes the most sense for a particular environment, can ease the pain.For many publishers, this position would have been invaluable five years ago when they were building their first huge, customized and ultimately unscaleable CMS systems. “They develop the kind of rich spec-level documentation that gets handed off to IT (a systems analyst job), but the typical systems analyst just gets what you want and translates it for the programmer,” says Alec Dann, general manager of business media online at Hanley Wood. “A technology innovator can tell you what you want and also knows the best way to tackle it. Are there technologies freely available on the Web instead of developing it ourselves?”The technology innovator is tasked with increasing functionality of a Web site through new products and tools without jamming the development pipeline or incurring more costs. “The role is one that gets at an itch that a lot of publishers have these days,” says Dann. “Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it’s actually harder. The innovator does what a tech entrepreneur does, which is to make it easier, keep the company in touch with the cutting-edge things and take a lot of that heat off the development pipeline.”Data Quality ExpertSalary Range: $75,000-$80,000Publishers that serve overlapping markets have made content re-use a critical part of their strategy. On the digital side, mapping that content in the content management system is a key function. Tagging content requires a large library of keywords organized into complicated taxonomies. “The data quality position comes out of a need for content re-use, which is a key strategy for us,” says Hanley Wood’s Dann. “The position manages our controlled vocabulary of tags that we use to help aggregate content. Our multiple content domains overlap each other so it’s important to get it right.”The position also manages the relationship of the advertising tags to the content tags—“In terms of not just creating them but on an ongoing basis verifying that everything is mapped to something else,” says Dann. “You might have 150 words in your controlled vocabulary. Do you have stories tagged to them all?” It may be difficult today to imagine room at a publisher for new or emerging job titles. In a recent study conducted by ABM, 73 percent of b-to-b member company respondents say they’ve reduced or frozen hiring. Yet as we perpetually note, the publisher that manages to drive new business during a down economy will be much more likely to emerge the market leader on the other end. Because of that, publishers are looking for talent that can play a leadership role in those new initiatives, and more often than not, these positions are brand new to the organization.We’ve interviewed several publishers to get a sense of what these jobs are and where in the company they tend to fall. In some cases, titles have not been defined yet, but clearly every new position is deeply influenced by the multiplatform direction magazine publishers are taking.Director, Audience RecruitmentSalary Range: N/A, senior-level, VP positionlast_img read more

11
Sep
2019

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 21, 2018 to May 27, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierJohnson ready to fill Rep. Miceli’s House seat by Cassia BurnsTown continues to pursue affordable housing by Lizzie McDermottBendel leads charge to AEDs at parks by Lizzie McDermottiPods for Wounded Veterans honors Rep. Miceli by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunWhen mom’s water broke on I-93, a Wilmington dispatcher delivered by Kori TuittCrowded field vying for Miceli’s 19th District seat by Kori Tuitt(NOTE: Cover photo is from Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

09
Sep
2019

Scientists propose plan to help refreeze melting Arctic

first_imgIce floes float in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. A new paper from Arizona State University physicists proposes using sea water pumps to facilitate more ice formation in the Arctic. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)The Arctic could see its first ice-free summer as soon as 2030 as the region continues to warm faster than the rest of the planet.Listen nowSome scientists think we’ve reached a point of no return, where no amount of reducing carbon emissions will save the Arctic, and a small group of scientists think it’s time for an intervention to help Mother Nature out.Douglas MacMartin at Cornell University works in a field called geoengineering, which he said deals with “any large-scale project that is designed to intentionally deal with some of the consequences of climate change.”Examples of these large-scale projects are manipulating ocean currents with heat pumps or spraying reflective particles into the troposphere to reflect solar radiation back into space.Arizona State University astrophysicist Steve Desch recently published a paper describing his geoengineering idea: placing sea water pumps in the Arctic that would assist nature in making sea ice.“What we’re proposing doing is helping the ice freeze over 10 percent of Arctic,” Desch said.Desch mostly studies the climates of other planets and moons — especially the really icy ones. But he found himself at more and more conferences with scientists focused on planet Earth.“I came away thinking the problem is urgent, but I didn’t feel like they were addressing solutions or actions we could take, other than reducing CO2,” Desch said. “That’s when I decided to contribute something.”The motivation behind Desch’s recent paper is that reducing carbon emissions from our cars and our factories and homes is not enough to reverse global warming.Basically, desperate times call for proactive and potentially costly engineering measures.Desch’s plan would require 10 million wind-powered pumps spread out across the sea. They would create a meter of sea ice across 10 percent of the Arctic.It’s a lot, but not impossible.“It sounds like a ridiculous number at first,” Desch said, “But on the other hand we make 10 million cars in this country every year.”Made of steel, each pump would cost about $50,000 to manufacture. The total price tag would be somewhere around $500 billion. Desch said that amount is comparable to the Manhattan Project or the Iraq War.The plan may be grandiose in scope and cost, but the idea itself is relatively simple. It’s relatively natural as far as geoengineering projects go. MacMartin thinks it’s an elegant solution.“I grew up in Ottawa where every winter they flood the canal with ice,” MacMartin said. “If it’s going to be a cold night they pump more water on the ice to make it thicker so you can skate on the canal. So I’ve always thought why can’t we do that in the Arctic?”Even if you think of geoengineering as a last resort, scientists like MacMartin don’t want people to stop trying to reduce carbon emissions.“It seems hard to imagine why one would consider some of the more radical solutions if we hadn’t taken the first step to cut our carbon emissions,” MacMartin said.Anchorage-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider thinks geoengineering projects are starting to sound less crazy than they did a few years ago.“I’m still an optimist that we can do some dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but maybe we can’t,” Brettschneider said. “At what point do we say now we’re in emergency mode? Maybe we’re there. I don’t know.”One thing’s for sure, if and when we can agree that we are there, the geoengineers will be ready.last_img read more

06
Sep
2019

Bonalu photo expo inaugurated

first_imgShahalibanda: Telangana State BC Commission Chairman Ayodhya Ramulu, Member Vakulabharanam Krishna Mohan Rao inaugurated the 70 years of Bonalu photo exhibition at Akkanna Madanna Prayer Hall in Haribowli Shahalibanda on Wednesday. Ramulu and V Krishna Mohan Rao performed Special puja and Archana to Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Matha and later offered Chadar at Dargah beside Akkanna Madanna Prayer Hall. Later, prizes were distributed among the winner students of various competitions. Trust Board Chairman Ayodhya Ramulu, Dywagya Sharma, Temple Patron G Niranjan, President A Satish, Representatives G Rajaratnam, K Dattatreya, Ramdev Agarwal, D R Prabhakar, S P Kranthi Kumar, M Krishna, A Gopal, Chetan Suri and others were present.last_img read more

03
Sep
2019

DC conference kicks off Sunday

first_imggovtThe five-day annual conference of the deputy commissioners (DCs) will be held in the capital between 14 and 18 July, reports UNB.The inauguration will be held at Shapla Hall at the Prime Minister’s Office at 9am, cabinet secretary Shafiul Alam told a press briefing on Thursday.A view exchange meeting will be held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina around 11am on the first day of the conference, he said.At least 24 working sessions will be held in this year’s conference. Ministers, advisors, state-ministers, deputy ministers and senior secretaries of 54 ministries and divisions will participate in it.Some 333 proposals made by the DCs will be discussed too, he added.The main topics of the conference are – land management, development of law and order situation, local government establishments, disaster management, relief and rehabilitation, poverty alleviation, social securities, using of information communication and technologies, development of the quality of education, health services and development activities and implementation of the activities.The deputy commissioners will also meet president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban during the conference at 7:30pm on 15 July.They will also meet chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at 4pm on 16 July and deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah at 4pm on 18 July.Besides, they will exchange views with ministers, advisers, state ministers and secretaries on the following day.last_img read more

01
Sep
2019

Microsoft Has Been Quietly Working on the Future of Consumer AR

first_imgBut Microsoft hasn’t just been working on making the Hololens more user-friendly. The company also used its event last month to unveil what it calls Spatial Anchors, its take on the AR cloud. As part of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing infrastructure, Spatial Anchors allow developers to build persistent, shareable AR experiences that are tied to specific locations.This could be used, for instance, to build multi-player AR games for mobile devices. And ultimately, the same technology will also able to power Microsoft’s own AR experiences, including those running on future versions of the Hololens.The final leg of the stool for Microsoft’s AR efforts are the company’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios, which can be used to capture high-quality 3D holograms. Microsoft runs its own capture studio in San Francisco, and its technology powers two studios operated by partners in Los Angeles and London.At the moment, Microsoft uses these studios to help publishers produce holograms for AR and VR experiences like Sir David Attenborough’s “Hold the World.” But for the company, the studios also function as a testing ground for a future commoditization of 3D capture technology. “This is teaching us how to get to a much more lightweight form factor,” said Mixed Reality Capture Studios general manager Steve Sullivan when he gave Variety a behind-the-scenes look at the San Francisco studio last year.Right now, all of these efforts are just loosely connected. The Hololens, with its $3,500 price tag, is still clearly an enterprise device. Cloud Anchors are a developer tool, primarily geared towards mobile AR. And Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture studios are helping to produce content for AR and VR environments.But taken together, all of these efforts hint at a future in which Microsoft wants to be able to do everything: Build mass-market AR devices with proven interaction models, power them with the necessary infrastructure for planet-scale AR experiences, and have enough content available to make them enticing for consumers. And when Apple and Magic Leap are going to vie for consumers to buy their AR hardware in the next few years, Microsoft may be ready to give them a run for their money. But there seemed to have been another reason why Microsoft had invited Sweeney on stage. “In the years to come, Epic will support Hololens in all of our endeavors,” Sweeney promised, all but confirming that Microsoft had planned a gamer-ready Hololens device for the near future. Microsoft executives have since repeatedly said that the journey to consumer AR will take years, not decades, further underlining the company’s commitment to the space.How a consumer AR device made by Microsoft will look like, how much it will cost, and what it will be capable of are all questions that are hard to answer at this point. At best, we can look to the newly unveiled Hololens 2 for some clues.That device, which Variety got to try at a recent briefing in San Francisco, is in many ways the logical evolution of the original Hololens. Like its predecessor, Hololens 2 is an all-in-one AR headset, capable of overlaying holograms over your view of the real world. It’s significantly more comfortable than the original — three times as comfortable, if we can believe Microsoft’s oddly specific math. And it features more than double the field of view of the original Hololens.Microsoft’s Hololens 2 also comes with integrated eye-tracking technology, which introduces a range of new interaction models. In one demo shown off by Microsoft, an info card about another Hologram appeared in thin air. When your eyes reached the last line of the text, it scrolled up to reveal additional lines — a pretty magical experience.But the biggest update may be advanced hand tracking, which makes it possible to touch and interact with Holograms in a whole new way. The original Hololens already featured some hand tracking, including tap and pinch gestures to select and rotate objects.With its new hardware, Microsoft has significantly expanded the capability of such gestures, and is now tracking 25 joints in each hand. The resulting experience feels a lot more natural, allowing users to press buttons, grab Holograms, and even have AR hummingbirds land on the palm of their hands. When it comes to flashy augmented reality (AR) glasses for consumers, all eyes are on two companies these days: Magic Leap, which released its Magic Leap One developer headset last summer, and Apple, which is reportedly getting ready to unveil an AR device next year.One company that isn’t getting quite as much attention, despite having worked in AR for years, is Microsoft. That’s largely due to the fact that Microsoft’s Hololens headset has been positioned as an enterprise device, made for healthcare professionals instead of gamers. But make no mistake: Microsoft has had its eyes set on the consumer AR market for quite some time — and it is increasingly hinting at plans to show off its vision for how we all may use AR one day.Case in point: When the Redmond-based software giant unveiled the second generation Hololens device last month, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman was joined by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. The game industry executive was ostensibly at the event to announce the addition of Hololens support to Epic’s Unreal game engine to give developers another tool to create AR and VR content. Popular on Variety center_img Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

01
Sep
2019

Senate to Google How Did You Forget About Nest Secure Microphone

first_img Congress is demanding answers from Google about an invasive piece of hardware hidden in its Nest Secure hub.The search giant last week apologized, saying a built-in microphone was supposed to be disclosed in the device specifications.But that didn’t satisfy three U.S. senators, who wrote a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai requesting more information.Earlier this month, Google announced an update to its home security and alarm system, adding access to voice-controlled virtual assistant technology.That’s great news for Nest Secure customers. Except, of course, that none of them were aware there is a microphone installed in Nest Guard, the gadget’s alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component.Intended for future features—like listening for broken glass and tell-tale signs of home entry—the microphone “has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option,” according to Google.Even so, there is still a risk that hackers or other nefarious third parties could have caught wind of the undisclosed microphone and activated it to “illicitly record information,” Republican Sens. Roger Wicker, John Thune, and Jerry Moran wrote in the letter, dated Feb. 25.“As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced,” they continued, “it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.”In particular, the Senate Commerce Committee wants Pichai to address six questions:Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?When and how did Google become aware that a microphone was not listed on the Nest Secure’s technical specifications available to consumers?What steps has Google taken to inform purchasers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?Please describe Google’s process for developing technical specifications for its products. At what stage of this process did the error take place that resulted in the omission of the microphone’s presence in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from reoccurring in the technical specifications for other Google products?Is Google aware or has Google ever been aware of any third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?Is Google aware of similar omissions in the technical specifications for any other Google products?The company chief has until March 12 to offer a written response, and is expected to provide an in-person briefing to Committee staff on the issue no later than March 29.Google in December announced an early shutdown of its Google+ social network due to a bug that exposed millions of people’s private information to app developers. As of April 2, personal accounts and pages will be shuttered and all content deleted.More on Geek.com:Nest Unveils New Home Security SolutionsGoogle Assistant Will Soon Be Available on 1B DevicesSearch Google Maps For Safe Drug Disposal Locations Google Apologizes for ‘Hidden’ Nest Secure Microphone Dilemma Stay on targetlast_img read more