This Video Company Powers Google Hangouts – And Nintendo’s Wii U

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… dan lyons 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Chances are you’ve never heard of Vidyo — even though you’ve probably used its technology, and might be using it even more in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a new deal that Vidyo has struck with Nintendo, which is using Vidyo’s software to power the telepresence feature in the new Wii U gaming system.Vidyo is headquartered in not-so-sexy Hackensack, N.J., but its software shows up in some very sexy places. Google uses it in Google+ Hangouts, and Fuzebox, a hot little startup in San Francisco, builds its system on top of Vidyo’s software. Philips uses Vidyo software in a solution for monitors used in hospital rooms, so doctors from remote locations can videoconference with a patient or with doctors and nurses in the patient’s room.But this new deal with Nintendo deal brings this piece of enterprise-class software to a different and much larger audience as potentially tens or even hundreds of millions of people will eventually get a Wii U.Are Video Apps The Next Big Thing?One use will be gamers connecting with each other over video. Another is using the Wii U to do a video call with grandma. But there’s a much bigger picture here. Vidyo envisions a new ecosystem of apps that could be developed on top of Vidyo’s platform, says Ashish Gupta, chief marketing officer at Vidyo. “We think this will become a platform that developers will focus on.”What exactly could they do? Think of online shopping applications that involve multi-party video. Or: personal training, yoga classes, financial planning.Vidyo was founded in 2006 by a pair of video industry veterans, Ofer Shapiro (now CEO) and Alex Eleftheriadis (chief scientist). Avery Moore, a tech industry veteran, was a third co-founder and serves as chairman of the board of directors.The company has raised almost $100 million in venture funding, employs 250 people and has been growing at an 80% clip, Gupta says. Vidyo’s technologists have received 22 patents and have 54 more pending.The company’s claim to fame is software that enables any device on any network to deliver really high-quality video. “I can be on an iPad at an airport and join a videoconference with people who are on desktops and room systems and I’m still a first-class citizen because I’m getting very good quality,” Gupta says.High-quality videoconferencing has been around for a long time. Not so long ago it carried a huge price tag that only big corporations could afford. Now it’s being built into a $300 game console. If you don’t think this is going to disrupt the enterprise market (and its incumbent vendors) in a huge way, you’re nuts.Image courtesy of Vidyo.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Nintendo#videoconferencing#Vidyo#Wii U Related Posts last_img read more

Top rankings for Mithali and Jhulan

first_imgIndian women managed to retain their number one status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI women’s rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami topping the bowling list issued in Dubai on Monday.Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.According to an ICC release, Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66. England’s Charlotte Edwards has also climbed up in the batting chart to third position despite her side losing the recently-concluded three-match ODI series in Australia.Edwards scored a total of 188 runs in the series, but her efforts with the bat went in vain as England lost the series 1- 2.Australia’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has climbed two places to occupy sixth place after a positive performance.last_img

Ezekiel Elliott’s Mother Tried To Buy Ohio State’s Black Jersey With Her Son’s Number, But They’re Sold Out

first_imgOhio State's Ezekiel Elliot's mother tweets that she can't buy her sons number online.Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?last_img

Duke Of Cambridge Meets Mens Mental Health Campaigners

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge recently visited ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, to lend his support to their ‘Best Man Project’.The Duke of Cambridge meets men’s mental health campaignersCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukOn arrival His Royal Highness met staff, volunteers and supporters from CALM, before joining a group of men who are taking part in filming ‘Best Man Project’ videos, where they chat about the importance of friendship and issues around mental wellbeing.CALM delivers services for men in crisis or distress, supporting people around them and those bereaved by suicide. You access their support HERE.The Best Man Project was launched by CALM to promote the idea that you don’t have to wait for a wedding to be a great friend, and because male friendships can be instrumental in men looking after their mental health.With male suicide the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and social isolation becoming an issue, having good friends that recognise the signs of mental illness is increasingly important.The Duke is a keen mental health campaigner, and in 2016, together with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he created Heads Together Campaign, which created a national conversation about mental health.Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand and friend Jamie have been making a video for the Project – they previously took part in a Heads Together #oktosay video.His Royal Highness then joined a roundtable discussion, chaired by Ronan Kemp, where participants had the chance to share what they’ve been through and why male friendship is important to mental wellbeing.Participants included Carl Anka, who is a writer, podcaster and journalist who writes about mental health – the CALM helpline helped Carl in his darkest hour on more than one occasion.CALM also campaign for long-term culture change to redefine and open up masculinity, so that over time fewer men will need support at crisis point.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

NDP will try again in Parliament to force Pope Francis to apologize

first_img(NDP MP Charlie Angus in Ottawa Monday)APTN NewsTwo federal NDP MPs will try one more time to get an apology from Pope Francis for Indian residential school survivors in Canada.Last week, the motion from Charlie Angus and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) was defeated during a free vote in the House of Commons.This Thursday, Angus says the motion will be debated and needs only a majority to pass.“The Catholic church must step up,” Angus (Timmins-James Bay) told a news conference in Ottawa Monday.“We’re asking the Pope to work with us.”Angus said top Catholic leaders in Canada showed last week they’re not on the same page.“We have to close this chapter. We believe that the Parliament of Canada has a role to play in reaching out,” he said.The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops held their own news conference in Ottawa to say that Pope Francis might apologize but they weren’t going to ask him to do so.Saskatchewan MDP-MP Georgina Jolibois said it was important to her – as an Indigenous woman and practicing Catholic – for the Pope to come.“It would be an honour for the Pope to come to Canada and visit the Indigenous people and issue an apology,” she told reporters.However, Angus said there was more to it.As the “single largest developer of residential schools in Canada,” he said the church had a moral obligation to say sorry.He said it’s clear politicians need to bypass the Bishops to ask Pope Francis to respond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.“If that’s the bishop’s position then it’s up to Parliament to reach out to the Pope directly,” Angus said.“We do have the power to invite the Pope to walk with us and to make the issue of reconciliation real.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Can James Hardens MVP Campaign Survive Chris Paul

If he keeps this up, Harden would become the first qualified1Minimum 25 percent of a team’s minutes played in a season, or about 1,000 minutes over an 82-game schedule. player since at least the 1976 ABA-NBA merger to use 35 percent or more of a team’s possessions while putting up an offensive rating of 120 or more. Depending on how you look at it, he would either be the most efficient high-usage player ever or shoulder the biggest responsibility of any high-efficiency player ever. Either way, it would make Harden the most valuable offensive weapon in the game.What’s unique about Harden is how his scoring and passing play off of each other, making it virtually impossible to shut off his firehose of production. He currently leads the league in both assist rate2The percentage of teammate buckets a player assists while on the court. and usage rate,3The percentage of team shot attempts plus turnovers a player records while in the game. an accomplishment that has been pulled off only one other time — by Russell Westbrook last season. And while Westbrook ranked 126th in true shooting percentage last year, Harden ranks 25th this season thanks to an eye-popping assortment of shot-making numbers: 51 percent on 2-pointers, 41 percent on threes and 86 percent from the line (where he still finagles himself 9.3 times per game, the most in the league). Among players in the 50-40-85 club for those percentages in a season, nobody has ever come close to doing it with a usage rate like Harden’s so far this year. Whenever Harden touches the ball, almost exclusively good things happen for Houston.Thanks in large part to Harden’s complete offensive clinic, the Rockets currently rank second only to the Golden State Warriors in points per 100 possessions. They’re shattering their own benchmark for the most made threes per game in NBA history (knocking down a stunning 16.1 a night while taking 53 percent of their field goal attempts from deep), and they also rank third in pick-and-roll efficiency,4Including both when the ball handler and the roll man finish the play. averaging 0.98 points per possession on the play, according to NBA.com.All the while, Houston is providing an interesting counterpoint to the Warriors in terms of offensive basketball philosophy. Golden State is a joy to watch because of its pure shooting talent, frequently knocking down looks that mortal players have no business making: The Warriors rank only ninth in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which measures the expected value of a team’s shot selection based on league averages, but they lead the NBA in shooting efficiency anyway because nobody outperforms the expected value of their shots by more. The Rockets are the opposite. They make their shots at a slightly higher clip than average, but it’s nothing special; instead, they thrive on relentlessly creating prime scoring chances, leading the league in shot quality with the highest expected value (a 54.1 effective field goal percentage) of any season in Second Spectrum’s database.5Which goes back to the 2014 season. You can argue with the aesthetics of Harden and the Rockets’ methodical exploitation of basketball’s percentages, but it’s never worked to greater effect than in the early stages of this season.The only unresolved question about Harden and his hardware is whether Paul’s return will disrupt Harden’s early-season flow. Before the season, we noted that the NBA had never seen a pairing of two ball-dominant guards quite like Harden and Paul before, and that Houston’s success would largely hinge on how the two could co-exist and alter their games to complement each other. But with Paul missing 14 of Houston’s first 15 contests, the pairing hasn’t received a great deal of stress-testing yet — Harden has largely been able to play in the manner he’s been accustomed to over the past few years, when he seldom had to share playmaking responsibilities with anybody.The good news is that in the few games since Paul’s return, Harden has been as outstanding as ever. He’s averaging 34.4 points and 8.2 assists per game with a 68.7 true shooting percentage and an average Game Score of 28.6 — a better number than he was putting up while Paul was out of the lineup. The bad news is that the Rockets have barely scraped past the opposition (+2.4 points per 100 possessions) with their two stars on the court when compared with the +16.3 margin they have with one but not the other. And most concerning (but not surprising) for Harden’s MVP campaign, his stat-stuffing ways are indeed getting curtailed when he shares the court with Paul. According to NBA.com, Harden’s rates of assists, usage and even rebounds all take a hit with Paul in the game. Granted, his shooting efficiency is up with Paul, one of the great passers of his generation, but Harden’s overall production — as measured by the percentage of total “good things” (for both teams) he’s responsible for while in the game6NBA.com calls this statistic the Player Impact Estimate. — is down from 20.1 percent without Paul to 15.7 percent with him.7For context, the current league leader is Hassan Whiteside at 20.9 percent.To help avoid the redundancy in their stars’ skill sets, the Rockets are staggering Harden and CP3’s minutes some. (And Paul has been on a program of reduced minutes anyway, while working his way back into form.) The Rockets have most of the season ahead of them to figure out how the two players fit together, with the primary goal of finally getting over the hump in the Western Conference playoffs, not to maximize Harden’s stat lines. But as well as Harden has played early this season, this looks like his best shot yet at ending his string of MVP near-misses. He just needs to figure out how to play his hyper-efficient, do-everything game while simultaneously sharing the ball with another superstar — a task easier said than done.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thanks to a combination of novelty and voter fatigue, it’s rare for an NBA player to remain MVP bridesmaid for too long. For every block of seasons where a Michael Jordan or LeBron James dominates the consensus at No. 1, a Charles Barkley or Derrick Rose will still manage to slip in and break up the monotony. That’s a big reason why, in all of NBA history, only three players have finished as MVP runners-up multiple times without ever actually taking home the award themselves.Two of those are retired Hall of Famers: Jerry West (who came in second an astonishing four times without winning) and George Gervin. The third, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, is still very much active. But the way he’s playing this season, he might not be MVP-less much longer. After finishing second in two of the previous three seasons, Harden has established himself as the early award favorite while leading the Rockets to the best record in the West and the league’s top per-possession point differential. At long last, it might be time for the greatest bearded MVP since Bill Walton — just so long as the recent return of domineering fellow guard Chris Paul doesn’t get in Harden’s way.By the numbers, Harden has never been better. He’s currently either first or second (behind LeBron James) in virtually every advanced value metric, including Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares, Estimated Wins Added and ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) wins above replacement. Harden has long been known for his ridiculous efficiency — he generates more points per possession than any other big-time scorer in the game today (including Steph Curry) — but he’s taken that approach to an entirely new level so far this year. He’s producing about 122 points for every 100 possessions he’s personally responsible for, a number usually reserved for three-point specialists, low-scoring big men and LeBron, but with the usage rate of a player who controls his team’s every offensive move. Once again, Harden is pushing the boundaries of just how many points one player can create for his team: read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Spencer Maffei Named To Deans List At Rochester Institute

first_imgROCHESTER, NY — Spencer Maffei, of Wilmington, was named to the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester. Maffei is in the computer science program.Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.About Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RIT via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Rochester Institute Of TechnologyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”Harvey Named To Dean’s List At Rochester Institute of TechnologyIn “Education”last_img read more

Child dies as lychee gets stuck in throat

first_imgMap of RajbariA child died on Monday afternoon as a lychee got stuck in its throat in Baliakandi upazila of Rajbari.The child is three-year-old Eliza, daughter of a certain Ilias Sheikh of Char Faridpur village in the upazila.Witnesses said the child was eating lychee on Monday afternoon. A lychee got stuck in her windpipe then.Eliza was taken to Baliakandi upazila health complex. The child died before reaching the upazila health complex.Baliakandi health complex resident medical officer Faruk Hossain said that the child died as a lychee got stuck in its windpipe.last_img

Texas Officials See Long Road From Harvey For State Transportation Network

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThe highway into Rockport is still covered in water on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.Alongside thousands of Texas homes and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey, floodwaters also damaged hundreds of roads and highways across the region.Prolonged flooding can wash out bridges, knock down traffic signals and signs and cause asphalt to buckle. Last week, the federal government directed $25 million to the Texas Department of Transportation to help the agency begin repairing the region’s vast transportation system.But that funding won’t last very long, said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director Marc Williams.“The size and the duration of this storm is beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in this state,” he said.As of Friday, more than 290 roads were closed in the areas affected by Harvey. TxDOT spokesman Bob Kaufman said the agency was making repairs where they could get in. But conditions needed to get better before they can fully begin the recovery process.“While roads are underwater, all we can do is put up barricades and redirect traffic, for the most part,” Williams said.More than 2,400 TxDOT employees are currently addressing the damage from Hurricane Harvey. The department is still assessing the disaster, so they’re unsure of how long recovery will take and the total cost.Texans in Congress are already in the middle of talks to vote on a federal aid package for Harvey recovery efforts later this month.Ryan Murphy/Dartmouth Flood ObservatoryPreliminary flood data collected by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory using satellite imagery shows the extent of flood water across Southeast Texas. Because cloud cover can limit the availability of data, this represents the minimum likely extent of the flood water.On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said state lawmakers have “smartly kept a lot of money” in the Rainy Day Fund, the state’s savings account. The fund, which is largely made up of tax revenue on oil and gas production, was projected to have a balance of $10.3 billion at the end of August, according to a recent estimate from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. But Abbott confirmed he didn’t plan to call a special session for Harvey relief, meaning lawmakers are unlikely to use much of that fund until 2019.Hurricane Ike was the last major hurricane to hit Texas in 2008. According to a report issued by TxDOT in 2012, the final cost to repair roads and highways after Ike was over $150 million.State crews managed to clear roads four days after Ike. Hurricane Harvey lingered in Texas for nearly a week, resulting in record-breaking rainfall and extensive flooding. The longer duration of Hurricane Harvey is expected to have caused more damage to the state’s transportation system than Ike.“I think we’re safe to say that it’s going to exceed the $25 million,” Williams said. Sharelast_img read more

Louisville Tops Syracuse 42 in ACC Opener

first_imgSyracuse crossed the plate first in the third inning for an unearned run. The Cards responded in the fifth with Melton’s single driving home Funke. Another unearned run by the Orange in the sixth inning gave the lead back to Syracuse.  Story Links The University of Louisville softball team notched its first ACC win with a 4-2 victory over Syracuse (8-15, 0-1) Friday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. Melton finished the game with four RBIs, going 2-for-3 at the plate. The redshirt senior said she got familiar with Syracuse pitcher Alexa Romero. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby recorded a one-out double in the bottom of the sixth. A strike out put the pressure on as sophomore Maddy Newman took the plate. The Indiana native dropped down a bunt and beat out the throw to first to keep the scoring chance alive.  Preview ACC Network Extra Louisville 4 – Syracuse 2 Sidney Melton Postgame Interview Live Stats “That was my fourth at bat so I had seen her a couple of times so I thought I could get on top of the ball. I knew what she was throwing so I could hit it square,” Melton said.  Redshirt senior Sidney Melton pushed the winning runs across in the sixth inning with a three-run double to help the Cards overcome a 2-1 deficit. Sophomore Danielle Watson (6-5) pitched a complete game, striking out nine and allowing four hits.  Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Funke walked to load the bases with two outs. With a 0-1 count, Melton cracked a bases-clearing double to flip the scoring favor back to Louisville.  Junior Celene Funke tied a school record with a pair of triples, scored two runs and added a stolen base in the win. The centerfielder has an ACC- and team-high eight triples.  The Cardinals (18-7, 1-0 ACC) and the Orange (8-15, 0-1) will meet in game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. Watson stamped the game a two swinging-strikeouts to finish off the Orange. Matchup History Louisville is 4-1 in ACC openers and 15-5 in conference openers overall. The Cardinals are 7-0 at Ulmer Stadium this season. UofL has won 12 of its last 13 games. Celene Funke tied a school record with two triples in the game. She now has eight triples on the season and 10 in her career- placing her tied for fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. Funke is currently on a nine-game hitting streak. She leads the team with a .407 batting average, 35 hits, 25 runs and a .674 slugging percentage. Melton has reached base via a hit or a walk in the last nine games. Melton leads the team with 11 stolen bases and has 44 in her career, standing sixth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs two more to move into a three-way tie for fourth with Kristin Austin (2009-12) and Candi Hicks (2004-07) Rebecca Chung extended her hitting streak to seven games. Danielle Watson earned her sixth win of the season – all three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have six wins apiece.Print Friendly Version Alexa Romero (4-4) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and striking out eight in 6.0 innings.LOUISVILLE NOTES Next Game: SYRACUSE 3/16/2019 | 1:00 p.m.last_img read more