Honor V10 launched with 18:9 bezel-less display, AI-backed Kirin 970 processor & dual cameras

first_imgHuawei sub-brand Honor on Tuesday unveiled the V10 – a near bezel-less smartphone and successor to the Honor V9. Honor’s newest flagship has been teased for a while now, and the actual design is surprisingly different from what past leaks have suggested. Apart from sporting minimal bezels, the Honor V10 keeps a home button on the front, a dual rear camera setup on the back and is powered by the AI-backed Kirin 970 processor, among other things.The Honor V10 is currently available for pre-orders in China and will go on sale from December 5. Notably, that is also the date when handset will be launched globally as the Honor 9 Pro. To recall, the V9 was launched as the Honor 8 Pro internationally. The phone starts from CNY 2699 (approx. 26,300) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage variant, CNY 2999 (approx. Rs 29,300) for the 6GB + 64GB option, and CNY 3499 (approx. Rs 34,200) for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant.Honor’s newest smartphone sports an edge-to-edge display similar to the Honor 9i, Honor 7X and Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro. The only notable difference on the front is the inclusion of the home button like the Mate 10 which houses the fingerprint scanner, something that is a rarity these days with bezel-less phones. This means that the rear of the V10 sports a clean metal unibody design with just the Honor logo on the middle and a dual camera setup on the top left. The back is also similar to the Honor 7X, only the antenna lines here have been pushed to the edges.advertisementAlso Read: Honor 7X quick review: A familiar yet stylish mid-range phoneThe Honor V10 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 skin on top. It sports a 5.99-inch full HD+ (1080×2160) display with a 2.5D curved glass on top and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the flagship octa-core Kirin 970 processor that comes with AI functionalities baked right in. The chipset, which comes with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that can process 2000 images per second, has so far powered the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. As mentioned previously, the V10 comes in a choice of three options – 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB variants.As far as optics are concerned, the Honor V10 rocks a dual camera system on the back that comprise of one 16-megapixel sensor and one 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, but no OIS. The front gets a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The handset houses a 3750mAh battery with support for SuperCharge fast charging. The Honor V10 features a hybrid dual-SIM setup, measures only 6.97mm in thickness and keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack.last_img read more

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a month agoDONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield manager

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month. last_img read more

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The Scouts And Stats Agree Kris Bryant Is Going To Be Dope

Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 David Wright2.0.83549.7 Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Kris Bryant1.7.881— Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2 The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above replacement3Baseball-Reference.com version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0 read more

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Football Kevin Wilson announced as new Ohio State offensive coordinator

Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson calls in plays from the sideline against Northwestern on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of IU AthleticsFormer Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been hired as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator, a team’s spokesman announced on Tuesday. Wilson will also coach tight ends.Ryan Day, who was announced as quarterbacks coach last week, was also named co-offensive coordinator by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Day replaced Tim Beck who joined former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman’s staff at Texas last weekWilson, who resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 following allegations of mistreating players, including forcing members of his team to play through injury, had a career record of 26-47 with the Hoosiers in six seasons at the helm. During his time, the Hoosiers were 0-1 in bowl games before Indiana reached the Foster Farms Bowl this season, where they lost 26-24 to Utah.Associate head coach Tom Allen replaced the outgoing Wilson.Wilson coached at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma before he was hired in 2011 at Indiana. Wilson was the co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops from 2002 to 2005, then offensive coordinator 2006-2010. Wilson’s offenses frequently ranked among the best in the country over his eight years at Oklahoma, including a then-NCAA record of 716 points scored in the 2008 season.Since his introduction as Indiana’s coach, Wilson has been involved in multiple close matchups with the Buckeyes, including a 38-17 contest this year which had Indiana well within striking range at halftime. No word has been given by OSU as to whether or not the move affects offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. The Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 31 against Indiana, Wilson’s former team. read more

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Football Potential trap games for Ohio State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) sacks Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe and forces a fumble during the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignDespite an early season loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, Ohio State seemed to be well on its way to another College Football Playoff appearance, beating No. 2 Penn State in a thriller on Oct. 28, 2017. That is, until the Buckeyes traveled to Kinnick Stadium In Iowa City and fell to Iowa 55-24. This season, with another highly ranked matchup with Penn State ahead for Ohio State, here are the games that could be what the Hawkeyes were last season: a trap game.MarylandWyatt Crosher, Assistant Sports EditorNo. 9 Penn State might jump off the page. So might No. 14 Michigan. No. 21 Michigan State even shows up as an opponent to highlight on the schedule for Ohio State.But Maryland? Maryland just slips right through the cracks.Don’t sleep on the Terrapins so soon though. They sit at 3-1, are tied for the third-best record in the Big Ten and have a win over a ranked opponent — 34-29 against now-No. 18 Texas.The Buckeye offense lines up against the Maryland defense during the second quarter of the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe offense lives on its running game, with a trio of backs rushing the ball more than 25 times thus far. Senior Ty Johnson, redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland and sophomore Tayon Fleet-Davis have combined for 739 yards and seven touchdowns this season on the ground, with Johnson and McFarland each averaging more than seven yards per carry.Maryland has also found its way through the air with redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill. A four-star prospect according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Hill has been a serviceable quarterback in his first year under center, throwing for 516 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception.For a Maryland offense that lives on the run game, Hill’s stats don’t jump off the page, but they allow for enough of a threat to open up the Terrapins’ run game, which could find more space with the lack of junior defensive end Nick Bosa.It is too early to know if Bosa will be ready for a game in November, but even with him in the game, Ohio State allowed three runs of more than 70 yards, two of which were to an Oregon State team that is far from impressive.The Buckeyes looked like a pass-first offense when redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins ignited against Tulane, while sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber struggled to get much going.Maryland offers more trouble in the run game, allowing only 104 yards per game on the ground, No. 19 in the nation.Stats aside, because Ohio State is clearly the better team on paper, Maryland offers the Buckeyes the toughest placement on their schedule.Ohio State travels to College Park on Nov. 17, the second-to-last week of the regular season, in between a road matchup against Michigan State and home game against the Wolverines.The back-to-back road game is the ultimate trap-game trope, and it is the same one Ohio State fell to last year in its brutal defeat to Iowa that cost the team a shot at the College Football Playoff.Michigan State is a large enough opponent to give the Buckeyes a difficult matchup, leaving them vulnerable against the Terrapins a week later. More importantly, the Michigan game the week after takes a lot of attention away from a Maryland game many will see as a pushover before the huge rivalry matchup.The Terrapins have proven their ability to upset strong teams just four games into the season, and have proven to be strong running the ball and strong defending the run.Maryland offers the hardest road game on the schedule strictly by being the game before Michigan and after Michigan State. But it helps that the Terrapins might actually have some weapons to make Ohio State’s in-between game that much harder.PurdueColin Gay, Sports EditorHistorically, Ohio State has never had any issues with Purdue. The Buckeyes have won 39 of 55 matchups against the Boilermakers, winning both games against the team in head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure — a 29-22 win in Columbus in 2012 and a 56-0 beatdown in Indiana in 2013.Based on Purdue’s record through the first four games of the season, Ohio State seems to be on a similar path when it faces the Boilermakers on Oct. 20.Purdue fifth-year quarterback David Blough (11) carries the ball on a quarterback keep during Purdue’s 30-13 win over Boston College on Sept. 22. Credit: Courtesy of Dalani Young | Purdue Exponent Staff PhotographerPurdue has lost three of its first four games of the season, including an opening conference-game loss to Northwestern on Aug. 30. However, a trend seems to be continuing that the Boilermakers began last season. After finishing the 2017 season with a 7-6 record, with one-score losses to No. 16 Louisville and No. 7 Wisconsin, Purdue’s three losses in four games to start the 2018 season have each been by one score and are carrying a plus-9 score differential heading into the fifth game of the season despite posting a record of 1-3.The Boilermakers entered the win column on Saturday, defeating No. 23 Boston College for the team’s first ranked win since beating No. 23 Illinois 21-14 on Oct. 22, 2011. With redshirt senior quarterback David Blough, the Boilermakers have been doing the same thing all season. Blough completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, extending his completion percentage to 71.6 percent with six touchdowns to one interception. For Blough, it helps to have a receiver like freshman Rondale Moore in the passing game. He led the team in the win over Boston College with eight receptions for 110 yards, bringing in his third and fourth touchdown receptions of the season. Like many teams before it, Boston College could not get its running game going against the Purdue defense. Despite allowing 138.3 yards per game, the Boilermaker defense grants opposing backs an average of 3.6 yards per carry, with the Eagles averaging 3.4 yards per carry on Saturday. Linebacker Cornel Jones has made a major impact in the middle, leading the team with eight tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks through the first four games. Ever since Jeff Brohm became the head coach at Purdue prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Boilermakers have gone 1-3 against ranked opponents, never losing by more than 18 points to an opponent. After recording a 4-2 record at Ross-Ade Stadium, the Boilermakers are still looking for that signature win for Brohm’s tenure. After facing No. 9 Penn State on Saturday, Ohio State will not have another chance at a ranked opponent until Nov. 10 against Michigan State. If the Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Ohio State could have a period of time, with games against Indiana and Minnesota, during which it wins even if mistakes are made. With Purdue’s track record against ranked opponents and its ability to win at home under Brohm, Ohio State must have Oct. 20 circled on its calendar as a trap game.Michigan StateEdward Sutelan, Editor-in-chiefMichigan State has upset Ohio State in some key moments in the past seven matchups between the two teams.The Buckeyes lost to the Spartans for the first time since the millenium flipped from the 1900s to the 2000s in 2011 when Michigan State won 10-7 in Columbus. Two years later, Michigan State kept a previously undefeated and second-ranked Ohio State from a likely BCS Championship Game appearance with a 34-24 upset in the 2013 Big Ten Championship. Another two years pass, and Michigan State, again, kept Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff with a stunning walk-off field goal in Columbus to win 17-14 in 2015, later going on to win the Big Ten.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa (97) sacks Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans on Nov. 11. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne thing has remained constant though about the losses for the Buckeyes: they’ve never come in East Lansing, Michigan.Despite winning three of the past seven meetings, the Spartans have not defeated Ohio State in front of their home fans since 1999. In fact, since the first matchup in East Lansing, Ohio State has won 16 of 21 clashes in front of a green and white-clad crowd. Michigan State’s longest home winning streak against the Buckeyes is just two games, while Ohio State is currently running a six-game winning streak.But this rivalry between the two teams has gotten interesting in recent years. Whenever Ohio State has appeared to be a clear favorite, Michigan State always finds a way to make it close or even come away with the upset. No. 4 Ohio State will enter the matchup this year as the heavy favorite over No. 21 Michigan State barring a collapse by the Buckeyes or an unexpected resurgence by the Spartans, who already sit at 2-1 on the year. Michigan State has not looked the part of a dominant team this season. Quarterback Brian Lewerke is completing 66 percent of his passes, but has a 5-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The running backs are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and have only scored four rushing touchdowns. However, in previous meetings, Michigan State has almost always been considered the underdog. Rarely, if ever, have the Spartans appeared to be the clear favorite.Yet they seem to always be that one team that gives Ohio State trouble when everything is going right for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has a clear path to a championship? Michigan State seems to get in the way, or at least provide the Buckeyes with a worthy challenge. Even in 2016 when Michigan State entered the Nov. 20 matchup with a 3-7 record and 1-6 conference record compared to Ohio State’s 9-1 and 6-1 marks, it was only a failed two-point conversion with 4:41 remaining and a later interception that kept Michigan State from beating the Buckeyes. On paper, Ohio State should handle the Spartans. The Buckeyes are viewed as a national title contender and the Big Ten frontrunner. The Spartans are viewed as a fringe top-25 team. But in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 10, Ohio State could again be on upset watch. read more

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The Wilmington Insider For June 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community:  The Wilmington Youth Soccer Association is holding a Parents Night Out and Cornhole Tournament from 7pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event will feature music and karaoke from Two Cousins DJ; raffle table; 50/50 raffle; dancing; finger foods; cash bar; a cornhole tournament; and more. Tickets cost $20 each. Tables for $200 are available.  Entry in the Cornhole Tournament, which begins at 8pm, costs $10, with “rebuttals” costing $5. To purchase tickets, contact Jessica Scanlon (jcscanlon09[at]gmail.com), Emily Broussard (emilybroussard2002[at]yahoo.com), Megan Howie (Meganhowie5[at]gmail.com), or Alison Zaya (ali.zaya[at]gmail.com).In The Community: Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge. Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.DEADLINE: The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced that the nomination deadline for this year is June 1, 2018. All nominations must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. Established in 1990, Wilmington’s Hall of Fame honors the school’s athletes, coaches, benefactors, and special contributors.The selection process is based on the rule that the candidates for induction be evaluated on what they did in sports while at Wilmington High School exclusively. Achievements in sports while at college or at the professional level will have no bearing on the selection committee’s deliberations. To be eligible for nomination, the athletes must have participated in at least one varsity sport. Athletes nominated for the Hall of Fame must have graduated at least ten years prior to nomination.All nominations should be emailed to wildcathof@gmail.com.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington High School’s Annual Scholarship Night takes place from 6:30pm to 8pm in the WHS Gymnasium.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: No games scheduled.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night Out & Cornhole Tournament On June 7In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Nationally Renowned A Cappella Quartet To Perform At TewksburyWilmington Elks On September 8

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Buzz, an award-winning ensemble in both the national competitions of The Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines, is hosting their last ever New England performance on Saturday, September 8 at 7pm at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street).This musical party happening, filled with great performances, is largely organized by members of the Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley Acappella, a chorus of over 40 women, from communities all over the area.The concert will feature performances from several other top quartets, including Saffron.Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online HERE.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-Based Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus Presents Spring Cabaret On April 28In “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus To Hold Concert On April 24In “Community”MISSING WEDDING BAND: Keep An Eye Out Around Elia’s Or Tewksbury-Wilmington ElksIn “Community”last_img read more

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What now for nuclear Kim

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un inspects artillery launchers ahead of a military drill. ReutersNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared his country had achieved its long-cherished goal of full-fledged nuclear statehood after successfully testing a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday.The United States and its allies have always maintained they would never accept a nuclear North Korea, but have been forced to watch from the sidelines as Pyongyang pursued an accelerated weapons drive.But what did the latest test actually achieve and does the North’s claim to have completed its nuclear deterrent open the door to diplomatic negotiations?A new missile? -The North said Wednesday’s test was of a new ICBM-called a Hwasong 15 — that was capable of carrying a “super-large heavy warhead” to any target in the continental United States.The North provided no images from the test for outside experts to analyse, but initial flight data suggested it was indeed a more powerful missile-with some estimating a range of around 13,0000 kilometres (nearly 8,100 miles).“Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington DC, and in fact any part of the continental United States,” said US-based arms control expert David Wright.Some questions will likely remain over the North’s mastery of the technology required to guarantee any warhead would survive atmospheric re-entry-the key element it has not yet demonstrated.A new nuclear state? -Much is already being made of leader Kim Jong-Un’s declaration after the test that the North had finally realised “the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.”Whether that means no more nuclear or missile tests in the future remains to be seen, but the clear suggestion is that Pyongyang now believes it has a nuclear arsenal that amounts to a credible, working deterrent.“To me, ‘completing’ sounds pretty robust, not just about quality, but quantity,” said Melissa Hanham, senior research associate with the East Asia Nonproliferation Program of the Middlebury Institute.It is likely that the US and its allies will continue to refuse to recognise North Korea as a nuclear state, but US Defence Secretary James Mattis conceded that Wednesday’s test was a step towards ballistic missiles that can “threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”The North’s end goal has always been a nuclear strike threat against the United States and it often refers to its nuclear weapons as a “treasured sword” to protect itself from potential invasion by its US “imperialist enemy.”What next? -While some countries will shudder at Kim’s declaration of nuclear statehood, others might see a diplomatic opening.The North has always said its nuclear weapons are not up for negotiation, and that it will only deal with the United States from a position of equality-which it now suggests it has attained.Significantly, the official statement on the missile test included a “solemn declaration” that the North would always be a “responsible nuclear power” and pose no danger to any other country as long as it did not come under threat itself.But sitting down with a “nuclear” North Korea that only achieved its status by defying multiple UN resolutions would represent an enormous climbdown-not just for the US, but the international community at large.Then again, global pressure has proved remarkably ineffective in reining Pyongyang in so far, and the calls for dialogue are likely to grow stronger.The UN Security Council was due to meet in emergency session later Wednesday and, as always with North Korea, much of the focus will be on China and how it reacts.The North’s sole major ally has grown increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang’s provocations. But China has a strategic interest in avoiding any regime collapse in the North which could bring about a reunified Korea allied to the United States.China has pushed for a “dual track approach” which would see the US freeze its military drills in South Korea in exchange for the North halting its weapons programmes.Washington has repeatedly rejected such a quid pro quo, but if the North’s claims are true, Wednesday’s test might have rendered such a trade-off obsolete anyway.last_img
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4 of a family suffer burn injuries

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationFour members of a family, including two children, sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out in a house at Pagla Chitasha in Fatullah, Narayanganj early Monday.The injured are Abdul Alim, 70, his daughter Sheuly, 35, granddaughter Juthi, 14 and another granddaughter Tanzila Akhter, 6.The injured were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, said Fatullah police out-post officer-in-charge, Aslam Hossain.Quoting locals, the OC said the fire originated from a mosquito coil at the house of Abdul Alim at 5:00am when they were all asleep.Following the screams of the inmates, locals rushed to the house and rescued them after breaking the door, the OC added.last_img read more

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WB govt funding heart surgeries of children free of cost CM

first_imgKolkata: Stressing that a “healthy heart is essential for a healthy body”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Saturday her government, under its ‘Shishu Sathi’ scheme, has been funding surgery of children with cardiac problems. The CM, on the occasion of World Heart Day, also stated that government hospitals in Bengal provide treatment free of cost. “Today is #WorldHeartDay. A healthy heart is essential for a healthy body. You will be happy to know that in #Bangla we provide free surgery to children with cardiac ailments under #SishuSathi scheme. Healthcare is also free in our state at government hospitals,” Banerjee tweeted. The ‘Sishu Saathi’ scheme, launched in 2013, is aimed at providing free treatment to children who suffer from heart condition, irrespective of their financial background. World Heart Day is observed every year on September 29 since 1999 to encourage people to adopt healthy living and cut the risk of heart-related illnesses.last_img read more

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Teleste will use IBC to highlight its IP over coax

first_imgTeleste will use IBC to highlight its IP over coax solutions.Teleste says it will highlight the advantages of bringing fibre connections to an apartment building (FttB) and utilizing existing coaxial cables for enabling IP delivery to individual apartments, enabling the cost of building fibre level broadband connections to be reduced to one fifth compared to using fibre all the way.Products on show include the DOCSIS Access Hub DAH, which provides a solution for introducing high-speed broadband connections to coaxial cable networks and extend IP network inside apartment buildings and hotels by utilising existing coaxial cable infrastructure.The product includes advanced management tools allowing free capacity allocation, 16 downstream and four upstream channels, QAM64, QAM256, QAM1024 downstream support, QPSK, QAM16, QAM64, QAM256 upstream support, a capacity of 960Mbps downstream and 160 Mbps upstream, remote configuration and management, integrated power supply, amplifier and level 2 switch, Optical interface SFP slot, Ethernet 2xGbE copper and Coax PG11, and encapsulation class IP54Teleste will exhibit at IBC on stand 4.B77last_img read more

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Cisco will use ANGA COM to highlight IP network tr

first_imgCisco will use ANGA COM to highlight IP network transformation, Gigabit services, cloud-powered video, service agility and security.Cisco will use the show to highlight the cBR-8, described by the company as the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1/CCAP platform, already deployed with 90 operators on three continents.The platform delivers throughput of 10 Gigabits per second downstream, and 1Gbps upstream.Cisco will also showcase its remote PHY work to take fibre deeper, with different configurations of shelves and nodes to suit different architectural/topological implementations already in the field. The company has also developed a range of analogue nodes and amplifiers designed for DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades specifically designed for the European market.Cisco will also highlight its work on cable-specific Software-Defined Networking (SDN) virtualisation and orchestration, including SDN capabilities on the cBR8, to enable service velocity and to simplify operations.Cisco will also show its Pro-active Network Maintenance (PNM) solution that the company says allows operators to reduce operating expenditure by proactively detecting any network issues within an accuracy of 10 metres..The company will also demonstrate its Video Quality Monitoring (VQM) solution that continuously monitors the user experience from signal acquisition to playout, to any end device over any network. Cisco has teamed up with Skyline, Mariner and Nimble to build the VQM solution.To address immersive 4K video and HDR (High Dynamic Range) encoding, orchestration of cloud-based services, and open media distribution for CDNs, the company will showcase its V2P (Virtualized Video Processing) line, which blends Cisco and third party applications across cloud environments.Cisco will also showcase connected home technologies including its HomeGuard whole-home cyber-security protection.Cisco’s JT Taylor, senior manager, video marketing, will take part in a panel session at the Congress on June 7 about recommendations and the RDK (Reference Design Kit), while Yves Padrines, VP, global service provider EMEAR, will speak at 10:00 on the June 7 on personalised television. John Downey will speak on a panel about DOCSIS 3.1 on June 8 at 11:30; and Adam Davies, product marketing manager for Cisco’s Infinite Video line, will be speaking on a panel about multi-screen technologies on June 9 at 2:45.Cisco will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H21 in Hall 10.2.last_img read more

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It was just another slice off all four precious me

first_imgIt was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday The gold price got sold down back below $1,200 the ounce in two smallish bouts of selling during the Thursday trading session in the Far East, with the Hong Kong low coming shortly before 2 p.m. local time.  The subsequent rally back above $1,200 spot got capped at the 8:20 a.m. EDT COMEX open—and by the London p.m. gold fix, the price was back in the box.  After that, the price didn’t do much, although the low tick came at a spike down about twenty minutes before the COMEX close. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,203.30 and $1,192.40 in the June contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday afternoon at $1,193.50 spot, down another $8.70—as JPMorgan et al continue to slice the salami to the downside.  Net volume was on the lighter side once again at 110,000 contracts, the same as Wednesday’s volume. The chart pattern for silver was more or less the same as the gold chart, expect the spike low came about 10:20 a.m. EDT.  The silver price didn’t do much for the remainder of the day. The high and low were reported as $16.51 and $16.105 in the May contract. Silver finished the Thursday session at $16.15 spot, down another 36 cents.  Net volume was 31,000 contracts, a few thousand contracts less than Wednesday’s volume. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 98.06—and had almost a 40 basis point up/down rally that ended around unchanged at 8 a.m. EDT.  Then away it went to the upside, before topping out at roughly 99.17 sometime around 3 p.m.  After that it slid a bit into the close, which was recorded as 98.98 by the folks over at ino.com.  The index finished the Thursday session up 92 basis points, but was up over 100 basis points at its high. The platinum price chart looked like a carbon copy of the the other two precious metals—and it was closed on Thursday at $1,154 spot, down another 11 dollars. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is twenty minutes away.  The gold price, which had rallied a few dollars in Far East trading, is now back to unchanged—and silver is currently up a dime.  Platinum is up 7 dollars—and palladium is basically unchanged. Net gold volume is a bit under 12,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just under 4,400 contracts.  The dollar index, which had been quietly trending lower during Friday trading in the Far East, popped into positive territory and back above 99.00—and is now up a magnificent 5 basis points. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report, along with the April Bank Participation Report—and I’ll be more than interested in what they have to show.  It will also give Ted Butler the opportunity to recalibrate JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the COMEX silver market—and I’ll have all of that for you in tomorrow’s column. I was just rereading Ted’s quote above—and I must admit that it is discouraging to know that the precious metal mining companies have become silent co-conspirators in the precious metal price management scheme. And as I’ve said countless time in the past, they have totally abrogated their fiduciary responsibilities to their respective shareholders—and no appeal, no matter how reasoned, will make them budge.  Not only don’t they want to talk about it, almost all of their respective I.R. people actually try to blow you off the moment you broach the subject with them. Some of them have admitted to me in private that they’re fully aware of what’s happening, but will deny everything if they have to discuss it in the public domain. How did it come to this? If you haven’t tried your luck, phone the Investor Relations department of any silver company you own stock in—and see what happens when you start asking questions about this issue.  Most companies have a 1-800 number, so the call is free. And as I send today’s effort off into cyberspace at 5:20 a.m. EDT, I note that after trading basically sideways through all of Far East trading—and the first hour in London—all four metals popped a bit higher starting at 9:00 a.m. British Summer Time [BST]. At the moment, gold is up eight bucks—and back above $1,200 spot.  Silver is up just under 30 cents, platinum is up 13 dollars—and palladium is up half that amount.  The dollar index is now up 40 basis points. Not surprisingly, volumes have blow out as well, with gold’s net volume now north of 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume around the 9,600 contract mark.  It’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are going short or selling longs aggressively into this rally—and if they keep it up, these rallies won’t last long. But as I said further up, there’s always the possibility of a countertrend rally because the current COT structure isn’t all that bad in either silver or gold at the moment.  But I also said that how high these rallies go—and how fast they get there—will be entire dependent on what “da boyz” do as these rallies unfold.  And using current volume levels as a precursor, they’re already doomed. However, since today is Friday, nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned—and I await the 8:20 a.m. COMEX open with great interest. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Opt Out! Tired of being saddled with higher taxes to help pay for the government’s reckless spending? Make sure you and your savings have diplomatic immunity from a government hell-bent on bankrupting the nation—and everyone in it. Whether it’s opening an offshore bank or brokerage account, owning physical gold in Singapore or Switzerland, or setting up a foreign company to hold your investments, low-cost solutions are within everyone’s reach. You don’t even have to leave your living room to do it. Find out how to take advantage of this strategy before the government outlaws it too (they’re already working on it). The chart pattern for the silver equities was virtually the same, complete with the 1 p.m. EDT sell off.  But the silver stocks never saw positive territory at all on Thursday, even though they came close a time or two—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.47 percent. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a big surprise, as it showed that zero gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday. I made a reporting mistake in yesterday’s Daily Delivery Report.  I said that JPMorgan stopped 97 silver contracts of the 114 issued.  In actual fact it was Canada’s Scotiabank that stopped those 97 contracts, not JPM—and I thank Ted Butler for pointing out the error of my ways. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that gold open interest in April continues to decline, as it dropped another 269 contracts—and is now down to 2,462 contracts left open.  Silver’s April o.i. also declined, but only by 15 contracts—and now stands at 170 contracts.  I’m still wondering what the short/issuers in gold are waiting for—and who them might be when they finally do put in an appearance. Much to my surprise, there was a deposit made in GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant added 95,951 troy ounces.  Based on past price action, it may have been deposited to cover an existing short position.  And as of 9:54 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his website with what was going on at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday—and here’s what he had to say. “Analysis of the 08 April 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  2,047,974.7 troy ounces were removed (almost all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were from: Russian State Refineries (0.6M oz), Kazakhmys (0.6M oz), KGHM (0.3M oz), Solar Applied Materials (0.3M oz), and 7 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 1,062.9 oz.  All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.“ There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. It was another day of very little action in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday, as 4 kilobars were reported received—and 3 kilobars were shipped out. But it was a totally different story in silver once again, as a monstrous 1,883,054 troy ounces were reported received—and an equally monstrous 1,748,030 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  JPMorgan added another 1.28 million troy ounces to their already impressive inventories of that metal.  And as Ted said on the phone yesterday, the activity of the last two days has certainly been associated with the silver deliveries that occurred during the March delivery month—and the promised metal is now on the move.  The link to that action is here—and it’s definitely worth a look. It was another busy in/out day at Brink’s, Inc. in their COMEX-approved warehouse in Hong Kong, as 3,000 kilobars were reported received—and 6,134 kilobars were shipped out.  The link to that activity in troy ounces is here. Nick sent us a couple of new charts last night.  They show India’s gold and silver imports going back to 2008—and they don’t require any further embellishment from me.  Nick pointed out that the bars on the charts for the 2015 calendar year represent January imports only. The golds stocks opened down—and hit their low ticks minutes later, before rallying back to unchanged.  They were a hair into positive territory, but that changed at precisely 1 p.m. EDT when they got sold down for an hour or so, before rallying a bit into the close.  The HUI finished down 0.55 percent, which wasn’t bad considering the price action. Palladium’s price chart was a mini version of the platinum chart, although the rally that began in that metal shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, it didn’t get its comeuppance from “da boyz” until minutes after 9:00 a.m. EDT.  After that it also traded flat into the close of electronic trading.  It was the only precious metal to close up on the day at $761 spot—a gain of 7 bucks. It was another fairly slow news day yesterday—and the pickings were reasonably slim, but I hope you find a few that interest you. The combination of JPMorgan taking delivery of a large amount of physical silver long after my speculation that it was doing so, plus the ill-timed manipulation charges against Kraft gave me, I believe, the rope of specificity to hang these crooks. And barring any legitimate explanation by either the CFTC, JPMorgan or the CME, all must be considered illegitimate and corrupt. Although I become weary at how blatant and obnoxious the roles all three principal participants in the silver manipulation have become, I think I am made wearier by the lack of involvement by some fellow commentators (certainly not all) and, particularly, by the lack of involvement by mining company management. As many of you have suggested to me, you would think the miners would be all over this. So would I. At the same time I fully concede that the COMEX silver manipulation has grown stronger, I also know the resultant effect on silver mining will come in time. While total primary silver mine production has not declined in accordance with the extremely depressed price, that is due to the long lead times necessary to open and close a silver mine. One thing for certain is that silver exploration has taken it on the chin and we are delaying future mine production and creating gaps in the time and quantity of future mine supplies. One would think that this would be obvious to every mining manager and that they would be responding to the one specific cause of low price – futures contract positioning on the COMEX. I believe an important opportunity has been presented to mine managers by the double standard demonstrated by the CFTC in the Kraft wheat case; but if they don’t petition the agency, the opportunity is lost. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 08 April 2015 Well, dear reader, it was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday, as JPMorgan et al do their thing once again.  The only question remaining is; will these slices be thin—and over a long period of time, or will they take a meat cleaver to it—and do it in a couple of large chunks?  I don’t know—and neither does anyone else. But, having said that, the internal COT structure is still pretty bullish in gold—and silver’s COT number are market neutral, so there certainly could be a countertrend rally at some point, but that will only occur if “da boyz” allow it.  And how those rallies might go is entirely up to them as well. Here are the charts for all four precious metals, so you can see the latest slices for yourself.last_img read more

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first_imgOrganisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.last_img read more

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Is CertaHosting the Right Choice for Your VPS Servers

first_img(Photo Credit) Advertisement When it comes to running a business, you have to think about a lot of different things in order to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. One of these is to ensure you choose the right services for your business in terms of both quality and cost. Businesses these days have to look at a range of services to aid in their smooth running. Also, because we now live in a digital era many of these services are digital ones such as VPS.When it comes to VPS servers, it is important that you find a reliable provider and the right VPS plan to suit the needs of your business. All businesses will have different requirements when it comes to VPS, which is why you first need to assess your specific needs before you make your choice. In addition, you have to remember that your needs may change over time such as if your company enjoys rapid growth. With this in mind, you need to ensure that the provider you use offers flexibility and adaptability with VPS plans. This is something that you will get with the hugely popular CertaHosting, which has become the provider of choice for businesses of all sizes.Why make this provider your natural choice? So, why should you consider making this provider your natural choice for business VPS services? Well, there are many reasons why you should do this so let’s look at a few of the key ones. First of all, you will be able to benefit from using a company with an excellent reputation and a very high level of respect within the world of business. It is a provider that is used by businesses of all sizes so you will be joining many other very happy customers when you opt for this provider. In addition, you can benefit from the peace of mind that comes with using a reputable provider when it comes to vital digital services such as this. – Advertisement – Another great benefit is that you will have lots of choice available to you with this provider. You can choose VPS services at a range of different levels based on your specific needs and budget. The cost of the service will vary based on the level you choose because you can get everything from entry level to master level depending on your business requirements. While the prices of the plans do vary all of them offer excellent value for money. You can enjoy low prices without having to compromise when it comes to service levels and quality of the service, which is ideal for your business.Finally, excellent support is crucial with this sort of service and this is exactly what you will get when you choose this provider. You can get support around the clock from experts that are always on hand to help. So, if any problems do arise you know that you can get them sorted out quickly and efficiently.last_img read more

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Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks

first_img 3 min read Next Article Image credit: Facebook via PC Mag Updates to the bot platform for Facebook Messenger will let you play a song directly from Spotify and ask questions of small businesses, among other new features. Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks Facebook’s Messenger app has a bot infestation. There are more than 100,000 of them on the platform, head of Messenger David Marcus said at the Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday. That’s up from just 33,000 in September, and none last April, when the bot integration was announced.The artificial intelligence-powered bots can help you do things such as book flights, order pizza and check the weather from within Messenger conversations, but they’re poised to become even more useful with the rollout of Messenger Platform 2.0. Perhaps the most noteworthy additions have to do with music: a new Spotify bot lets you suggest a song in a conversation and immediately play it, and a similar Apple Music bot is in the works.To help you sort through the massive and growing collection, the new platform offers a separate tab just for bots and will also suggest bots to use based on the conversation you’re having with a friend or a group.The Discover tab, currently in a limited beta for U.S. users (you’ll only see it if Facebook selects you to participate), allows quick access to suggested bots directly from the Messenger home screen. Companies have to apply to have their bot featured here, so this is only for the cream of the crop.The in-conversation bot suggestion feature, meanwhile, is based on the recently resurrected “M” virtual assistant. It, too, is in beta, and currently only works with Delivery.com. When your Messenger chat with your friend inevitably turns into a complaint about how hungry you are, M may step in to suggest placing an order from the service, which competes with the likes of Grubhub and Yelp’s Eat24. The M assistant can also now suggest stickers, remind you about appointments and facilitate in-app payments to your friends.Other new bot features include the ability for restaurants or other busy small businesses to offer AI-powered replies to messages sent via their Facebook page. That’s great in theory, but creating the responses is up to the restaurant, which means if you ask a detailed question about the menu, you’ll likely end up getting a response to call or check the website. There are also new gaming features for bots, like the ability to challenge your friends to play titles in Messenger’s gaming tab.Also at f8 today, Facebook showed off the new Spaces app, the company’s latest offering for people who want to share photos and videos with their friends online, and a new Camera Effects platform that will let users express themselves in photos and videos using the latest augmented reality. This story originally appeared on PCMag 42shares Facebookcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue News reporter April 19, 2017 Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tom Brantlast_img read more

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BuiltIn Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018

first_img Add to Queue Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018 Next Article Image credit: shutterstock Apply Now » Google Chrome 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –sharescenter_img News reporter Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements, including those that automatically play audio or prevent you from viewing a web page.Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads, which recently published guidelines to convince advertisers to stop using annoying ad formats. Google will design Chrome’s ad blocker to filter out ads that don’t meet those guidelines, the company announced on Thursday. “In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards starting in early 2018,” Google Vice President of Ads & Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy wrote in a blog post. Rumors of the blocker first surfaced last month.Ramaswamy didn’t offer more details about how the ad blocker would work or whether users would be able to deactivate it, but he hinted that the new feature will be similar to how Chrome currently deals with other internet annoyances, like blocking pop-ups in new tabs. There are currently four types of desktop ads and eight types of mobile ads that the Coalition deems unacceptable and that Chrome will likely block, ranging from ads that cover more than 30 percent of a website to large “sticky” ads that remain covering a portion of the page even when a user scrolls through it.While it might seem counterintuitive that Google would move to block ads — no matter how annoying they are — from its own network in its own web browser, the company has concluded that doing so is the best way to curb the rise of third-party blockers that remove all ads, not just those that are intrusive.”These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads — taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation,” Ramaswamy wrote. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements. June 2, 2017 Tom Brantlast_img read more

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California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses

first_imgCannabis Image credit: Yarygin | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The idea of circumventing federal law and creating a state-held bank in California to serve the marijuana industry moved from words into action this month, but whether it’s viable remains to be seen.That’s the purpose of a new feasibility study launched by state Treasurer John Chiang and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Chiang’s department will focus on the financial and operational issues, Becerra’s on the legal. Both have their potential roadblocks.Even Chiang voiced caution about the idea in remarks made at a recent news conference, evoking, of all things, the potato chip: “Today we are taking the next steps in determining the practical considerations that could lead to the creation of a public bank. Is there a solution there? Maybe. Or is it like a potato chip? It tastes good going down but is ultimately of no nutritional value.”Related: The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical MarijuanaWhy a public bank?The idea for a public bank arose because of the growing marijuana industry in California. Medical marijuana has been available there since the mid-1990s, and recreational pot went on sale at the start of this year.However, just like everywhere else in the United States where marijuana is legal, cannabis business owners are stuck dealing in cash only. Ironically, despite being involved with a multi-billion-dollar industry, they are in a similar position as the black-market marijuana dealers were before legalization.That’s because marijuana remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level. Banks, fearing entanglements in federal law, will not extend banking services to marijuana businesses. No credit, no accounts, no vault. Marijuana businesses face added security issues dealing with cash, as well as potential penalties for paying state taxes and fees in cash.A state-owned bank that deals with the marijuana industry could solve the problem. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, David Dayen wrote, “It’s certainly worth fighting this battle on behalf of thousands of California residents who want to thrive in a state-approved industry.”Related: Cannabis Industry Heads to Washington to Tell Congress What It Needs to ThriveBig obstaclesIn announcing the study, Chiang gave a brief history lesson on the creation of public banks in the past. One that is still going is the Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919 when private banks failed to support local farmers.Chiang said that public banks are needed when the people decide that private banks no longer have their interests at heart. He pointed to the Wall Street meltdown of last decade and the more recent banking scandals at Wells Fargo as incidents that have robbed people of their faith in private banks.He also pointed out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in rescinding the Cole Memo that gave states protection from federal government interference in the legal marijuana trade, is another sign that the current administration in Washington is “out of step with the will of the people … not only those in California, but the 29 states that have legalized either or both medicinal and recreational-use cannabis.”The new feasibility study will focus on potential roadblocks that face creation of a state-run bank. One of those is determining how the bank would be funded. A huge challenges to overcome would be getting federal deposit insurance and access to federally controlled networks for the interbank transfer of funds. The attorney general’s office will determine regulatory issues and whether the bank could provide the sort of protections from federal interference that the state is seeking.Despite the obstacles, Chiang — a candidate for governor — said the effort is worthwhile: “Until the slow, clunking machinery of the federal government catches up with the values and will of the people it purportedly serves, states like California will continue to both resist, and more importantly, to lead.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Exclusion from federally regulated banks is a big problem for the cannabis industry that California is considering how to solve. 4 min read dispensaries.com February 27, 2018 California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Nowlast_img read more

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