Save 15 on a tiny selfcontained Spotify player

first_img 4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags MP3 Playerslast_img read more

Budget Session likely to be stormy

first_imgWith less than a fortnight to go for the presentation of the Budget 2016, the divide between the two main Indian political parties – the BJP and the Congress – seems to be widening.While the BJP-led NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under attack for its handling of JNU students over the Afzal Guru death anniversary issue, the Congress is keen to take on the government head-on, using macroeconomic data and the latest political development to good effect, just days before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is set to present the budget on Feb.29.At a press conference last Friday in New Delhi, Abhishek Singhvi, spokesperson for the Congress, took on the Modi government on a range of issues, from the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan to the JNU protests, besides the state of the economy.”Let us presume that Ishrat Jahan was a suspected terrorist. What is the course of action the BJP is proposing? That she should be liquidated in a false encounter? As a civilised country governed by law and order, should we not proceed by trying her in the court of law as Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were tried? The BJP was advocating hanging them by the nearest lamp-post. How is India different from a banana republic if we too resort to such practices?” BusinessLine reported Singhvi as saying.Mocking the government for holding events such as “Make in India” without showing commensurate results on the ground, he said: “This clueless government has no idea on how to revive it (the economy) and they seem to move from one slogan and event to another without even attempting to address the real crisis at hand.”Singhvi also said that apart from the fact that 29 state-owned banks have written off Rs 1.14 lakh crore of bad debts during 2013-2015, the rupee, which was at 58.5 to a dollar when the BJP came to power, has dropped to 68.38, a fall of 17 percent. The NDA government is facing a grim situation, notwithstanding the description of Asia’s third largest economy as a “bright spot” by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.Retail inflation at a 17-month high in January, factory output (IIP) registering a second straight month of contraction in December, third quarter GDP growth rate coming at 7.3 percent, the lowest in the past three quarters, and merchandise exports registering decline for the 13th month in a row in December have emboldened the Congress – which was reduced to its lowest tally in its history after the 2014 general elections – to question the government’s performance on the economic front.Given the current political circumstances, Jaitley, who often says that “all political parties are with the government on economic legislations except the Congress,” may find it difficult to secure their support, given that they would find it politically expedient to go with the Congress.After all, the JD(U), the RJD and the Communists have found a common cause to take on the government and would not like to break ranks with the GOP (read the Congress) over the GST legislation, more so when crucial Assembly polls to five states – Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry – are round the corner. It would be politically naive to expect the Congress and the larger Opposition to support the NDA government at a time when it is politically weak.To use a stock market phrase, the Modi government is going through a bearish phase, much like the Sensex that posted its single biggest weekly fall in a year last week.The Budget Session needs to be seen in this context. The probability – a high one at that – of a united Opposition taking on the government over the JNU students’ issue and the Ishrat Jahan encounter case could mar the session. On the other hand, if the government is seen as unable to pass key economic legislations during the session, it would send the wrong signals to the marlets.last_img read more

Revenge After Amitabh Bachchans Twitter account hack Indian hackers put actors image

first_imgIndian hackers take revenge of Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account hackVarinder ChawlaAfter Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked by Turkish hackers called Ayyildiz Tim, a group of Indian hackers apparently took revenge by hacking one Turkish website on Tuesday.A Twitter handle named Indian Cyber Soldiers, which claims to be a group of Indian hackers tweeted out a screenshot of a website page that shows Bachchan holding the national flag. The image also has “Feel the power of India” and “Hindustan Zindabad” written on it.The group claims to have hacked the Turkish website and replaced the official page with the picture showing Big B. Although it is not clear if it was actually a Turkish website, and if at all it was hacked by the group, many Indians have shared screenshot congratulating the Indian hackers for the revenge. The same Twitter page has a few other old tweets, claiming to have hacked Bangladeshi and Pakistani websites in the past.Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday night, by which, the hackers replaced the actor’s display picture with that of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Turkish hackers Ayyildiz Tim had claimed to have done that in the tweets made from Bachchan’s handle.The hackers had made some pro-Pakistan and anti-India tweets from the hacked account. The first tweet that was made from it read, “This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyıldız Tim Turkish Cyber Army +++”.”The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age! Indian Muslims are entrusted to us by Abdulhamid,” this was the second tweet made by the hackers.While this incident remained a major topic on social media on Tuesday, Bachchan’s Twitter account was soon restored.last_img read more

95 children in Bangladesh affected by nicotine

first_imgnonameA major percentage of Bangladeshi children are the victims of second-hand smoke (SHS).Oxford journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, published from England on 7 December, showed that about 95% children in the Dhaka city corporation and nearby areas carry nicotine in their bodies due to indirect smoking.The survey was based on saliva tests of 479 primary school children at Mirpur and Savar areas of Dhaka in 2015.The article, Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Primary School Children: A Survey in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that there was urgent need to reduce exposure to SHS (second-hand smoke) in Bangladeshi children.The study was carried out jointly by Dhaka University of Bangladesh, York University of England, University of Edinburgh and Leeds City Council Public Health Department.Member of the research team, Rumana Huque, professor of economics at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo, “Children are harmed by family members smoking at home. On the streets, in buses, shops and restaurants, many people smoke and children get affected. Our study was on the effect of that second-hand smoke exposure.”Referring to the research results and the severity of the situation, former director of NIDCH (National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital) and chest diseases specialist professor Ali Hossain said, “One of the major contributors to child asthma is SHS. Fathers, brothers or passers-by exhale the smoke and children are the victims. There is no way to save the children from this danger except through mass awareness.”While a smoker exhales smoke, other people inhale this second-hand smoke. The article also stated that, about 40% children of the world are victim of second-hand smoke exposure.The same environment poses more risks for a child than for an adult as a child’s respiratory rate is higher than that of an adult. Moreover, a child is less capable of protesting against anyone smoking nearby.Research methodRumana Huque said, the study was conducted with the approval of BMRC (Bangladesh Medical Research Council) on 479 children between the ages of 11 to 13 years.At first, the saliva samples were sent to the ABS lab in England as Bangladesh has no nicotine testing lab. The presence of nicotine could be detected in saliva, urine and hair samples.The research team prepared the questionnaire for the children, based on tobacco-related behaviour. Questions included, “Do you live with anyone who smokes tobacco?” or “Does anyone smoke while you are in the car?”Results of the studyNicotine was found in 453 children’s saliva samples out of 479 which means 95% of the children were victim of SHS.Rumana added, “There is no other source for the nicotine that enters the child’s body other than ‘bidi’ or cigarette smoke.”She said she did not know of any similar study in neighbouring or other developing countries. Referring to the 2011 statistics of the famous British medical journal Lancet stating 40% of the world children as victim of SHS, Rumana said that Bangladesh was in a much worse condition than the others.About 43% (208) children said in the survey that at least one in the family smoked. About 21% (100) children said, their family members and guests were not allowed to smoke inside while 87% (419) said that they were recently exposed to SHS at public place (roads, shops etc.)last_img read more

Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport

first_img.All types of flights at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have been postponed due to heavy fog.The airport authorities said both inbound and outbound flights on domestic and international routes remained suspended since the early hours of Thursday.Two flights of Regent Air and Gulf Air failed to land at the airport due to the fog while a US Bangla flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong district.Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Md Tariq Ahmed said six flights, which were scheduled to fly this morning, could not depart the airport due to heavy fog. Met office said dense fog might continue across the country while Dhaka and Mymensingh districts witness a bit of thicker fog than other parts of the country.last_img

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

Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Harris County Searching for Signs of Zika

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Carrie FeibelRoberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a backyard in southwest Harris County. Homeowners give permission to have traps placed on their property.Local health officials are preparing for the possibility that the Zika virus could soon find its way into mosquito populations along the Gulf Coast.Harris County operates one of the largest mosquito control operations in the U.S., with a permanent staff of more than 50 scientists and technicians. In the summer, two dozen extra seasonal workers are hired to help with the work of setting traps, sorting mosquitoes by species, and conducting lab tests for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. Zika was added to the testing panel this year.Watch: Mosquito ProcessingThe division has an annual budget of $4 million, and operates its own virology lab. In the insectary, an entomologist breeds a steady supply of Culex mosquitoes, used as a control group for periodic tests of pesticide resistance. Spraying is part of the overall strategy, but pesticides are applied selectively, only in neighborhoods where mosquitoes have tested positive for harmful viruses.The surveillance cycle begins outdoors, with three types of traps. Technicians set and retrieve traps every weekday, hiding them beneath manhole covers, in medians, and in yards (with homeowners’ permission.) Harris County, the third most-populous in the country, covers 1, 777 square miles. For mosquito surveillance, the county is divided into 268 sectors. During mosquito season, from May to October, mosquitoes are collected from each sector at least every other week. Carrie FeibelMosquitoes are kept alive during the drive to a laboratory, where they are killed through freezing. Freezing also helps preserve viruses the mosquitoes might be carrying.Christy Roberts, a Texas A&M-trained entomologist, makes her rounds in a white, county-issued pickup truck. At each stop, even on quiet residential streets, she sets out orange traffic cones before crossing into yards to retrieve traps. If the trap was set inside a storm sewer, she uses a pick-axe to pop open the manhole cover, then pulls up the trap.One type of trap, a “gravid,” sits on top of a plastic tub of water. The stagnant, smelly water is irresistible to female mosquitoes. Roberts pulls the tub out from underneath some bushes along the side of a house. She peers inside the trap’s cylindrical net, spotting individuals  in the blur of  flickering wings.“Lots of females, some of them are blood-fed, and we have males in there too,” she said.“The female will fly over the water and then land on top of the water to lay their eggs,” Roberts explains. “And as they’re floating on top of the water, the fan will suck them up into the net.”The focus of surveillance is females: they need at least one blood meal in order to reproduce. Roberts makes a circuit around southwest Harris County, pulling traps from Westbury, Missouri City, and stops in between. The empty traps and batteries go in the truck bed, but the nets of trapped mosquitoes are hung inside, from the roof of the cab.“We hang the nets, so that the mosquitoes will be able to continue to fly,” Roberts said. “They won’t rub their scales off, which is what we need to identify them. And it also helps keep them alive until we can freeze them.”Traps stay out overnight, about 12 hours. In the mornings, technicians fan across the county to retrieve traps. In the afternoons, they set out fresh ones in different locations.Back at the lab, the mosquitoes are flash frozen, which helps preserves any viruses they might harbor. The cold mosquitoes are boxed up and labeled by location, and then must be sorted by sex and species.Roberts sits down at a lab bench and uses green tweezers to pick through the fragile, feathery bodies. To the untrained eye, they just look…grey. But Roberts is searching for banding, wing color, and variations in the shape and size of the insect’s proboscis and other organs.“I am sorting for Culex quinquefasciatus, which is our primary vector for West Nile. And I’m just placing them directly in to the vial.” (As the Latin name indicates, that mosquito has five bands across its abdomen.)Vials are sent to virology, where they are tested for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. For Zika testing, samples are currently sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. But soon, the lab will add a PCR assay machine, allowing genetic analysis of Zika and other viruses on site. The expansion will cost $300,000.Harris County is home to 56 different species of mosquitoes, says Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of mosquito control. But only three species are relevant, because they carry viruses harmful to humans.“We have the Aedes aegypti, which is the yellow fever mosquito. And also the Aedes albopictus, which is the ‘Asian tiger mosquito,’ and the Culex mosquito,” Debboun explains. “These are the three that we are after. And thank God, we’re only dealing with three.”Zika has not yet been found in Harris County mosquitoes.Most people assume “mosquito control” simply means spraying chemicals, Debboun says. And in many municipalities that’s true.  But in Harris County, spraying is done strategically, only in places where a mosquito has tested positive for a virus.“We go hit the area where we know the mosquitoes have the disease in them,” Debboun explains. “So we don’t just go randomly and just spray, and not only waste the pesticide, but also put a pesticide in the environment when you don’t need to.”Selective spraying also keeps the insects from developing resistance, Debboun said. Occasionally, aerial spraying is also used, but only twice in the past eight years. In 2008, large areas of the county were sprayed after Hurricane Ike. Some areas were sprayed in 2014, when hundreds of samples turned up positive for West Nile.Debboun says his team is prepared for Zika. In 2013, he diversified the traps, purchasing  models that are especially attractive to Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. At that time, Debboun was anticipating a possible outbreak of dengue or chikungunya. But those two species also transmit Zika. His employees have already had a few years to learn to use those traps. He’s planning to ask the county commissioners for 74 more of those traps this year, at a cost of $300 each.Carrie FeibelEntomologist Christy Roberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a storm drain. The trap uses a light and dry ice to attract mosquitoes.Ruthy Muñoz contributed reporting to this story. X Listen 00:00 /03:40last_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

Snapchat Changes iOS App to Fix Things It Broke With Redesign

first_img Popular on Variety CREDIT: Courtesy of Snapchat After first testing some tweaks to its controversial redesign with a subset of its users earlier this month, Snapchat is now making the changes official: The company is switching up some of the most-criticized elements of its new design, beginning with its iOS app.Specifically, both snaps and chats are once again in chronological order. What’s more, stories from friends are once again moved to the right side of the app, where they are now listed in a separate friends row. Also on that page is now a separate subscription feed, designed to make it easier to follow stories from select publishers and creators. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel had first mentioned these design changes on the company’s recent earnings call, where he framed the changes not as a roll-back but as an optimization of the redesign.center_img “We learned that combining watching Stories and communicating with friends into the same place made it harder to optimize for both competing behaviors,” he said. “The redesign created a lot of new opportunities, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to refine and improve Snapchat.“The redesign also created a massive backlash from Snapchat’s users, with some 1.25 million signing a Change.org petition to roll it back. A number of celebrities with huge audiences on the platform echoed that criticism, including Kylie Jenner  and Chrissy Teigen. Both contributed to significant pressure on Snap’s share price, with investors worrying that the platform was at risk of losing some of its key voices.On Thursday, investors didn’t seem to much care much one way or another about the design tweaks, with Snap’s share price largely remaining flat in after-hours trading. The company’s stock has been down sharply ever since it released disappointing earnings on May 1. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Chinas Streaming Giants Seek South East Asia Expansion

first_img Chinese Streamer iQIYI Squeezed by Changing Content Context Chinese video streaming giant iQIYI is looking to expand its service across 10 countries within South East Asia. The move would be the NASDAQ-listed company’s first venture beyond Greater China.The move was disclosed on Wednesday by Yang Xianghua, president of membership & overseas business group, iQIYI, as part of a presentation at the APOS conference in Indonesia. He provided no timetable for execution of the plan.The company’s biggest rival in China, Tencent Video is already moving in the same direction. Tencent gave a soft launch to a VoD service in Thailand in November last year. It formally launched its Thai service last month under the name WeTV, with a mix of Chinese, Thai, Korean and U.S. content.The Chinese video industry has evolved rapidly from a DVD-based and piracy dominated industry at the beginning of the decade into one of the most sophisticated online environments in the world. The three long form leaders – iQIYI, Tencent Video and Alibaba’s Youku — now have higher content spend than China’s traditional TV players. And they have achieved global scale, while operating in China without competition from Netflix and Amazon. Popular on Variety Related China’s iQIYI in Talks for Indonesia Expansioncenter_img iQIYI operates a mixed business model with both advertising and subscription tiers. It reports 87 million paying subscribers, delivering $1.58 billion (RMB10.6 billion) of revenue from membership services. Subscriptions account for roughly a third of iQIYI’s group revenue.iQIYI plans to make its app available for download from virtual stores across the region, but it will not become wholly operational in each territory straight away. It is understood to be considering the opening of a Singapore office and is exploring relations with Astro in Malaysia.Those two countries boast significant Chinese diaspora populations. Other priority countries are understood to include Thailand, which boasts a significantly digital savvy population and tumbling data costs, and youthful Vietnam.iQIYI boasts a large volume of original Chinese-language content, which it has commissioned or produced. Innovative technology and original content have helped convert free users into paying subscribers within China. The company now foresees further increases in production budgets to make original content that will win over Asian viewers.In the medium term iQIYI original content could be supplemented with original local content, co-productions and acquired material.To date iQIYI’s only operational experience outside mainland China has been in Taiwan. “We have learned a lot about different models and systems, and about different tastes in films, and Korean series,” said Yang. “We have other strengths such as music – our series ‘The Rap of China’ is already popular in Malaysia – and the strength of Chinese stars and idols.”“In Asean, Thailand and Indonesia are two strategic countries for Tencent and the company has a lot of consumer business in Thailand that it can leverage faster,” Li Kaichen, director of strategy development at Tencent and head of Tencent’s overseas video business, recently told Thai media. Tencent owns the WeChat social media ecosystem in China and in 2016 acquired majority control of Thai directory and social media platform Sanook. Many industry commentators expect Asia’s multitude of regional streaming companies to undergo a phase of rationalization within the next two years. While neither iQIYI or Tencent has talked of corporate acquisitions in Asia, their deep pockets and an ambition to keep growing once the Chinese video market reaches maturity, makes it an intriguing possibility. It would potentially put the Chinese video giants head to head with the global platforms Netflix, Amazon and Disney+.“The way that Chinese companies have approached e-commerce in the region has been to plant a flag, see where they can grow organically, and then to buy where necessary,” a streaming executive told Variety at APOS. “It remains to be seen how well they can operate video in markets where Chinese content is not dominant.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Shout out loud for Beltek

first_imgThe party season approaches as the mercury seems to be taking a breather. Adding to the ever expanding list of international DJs visiting the Capital gets one more name added. Here’s Martin Beltek Bijelic, better known simply as Beltek.In just a couple of years since he won Pete Tong’s competition with Copacabana, Beltek’s name regularly pops out on top of EDM music charts and labels such as Dim Mak, Ministry of Sound etc. His versatile production skills and fingerprint mass appealing sound already assured him remixing duties for major artists such as Faithless, Booka Shade, Gareth Emery and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the city for his maiden tour by Kyoas Entertainment, Millennium Post catches up with the artiste. Read on. How do you like the music scene in India?Actually I was really happy to see that a lot of people here in India know my music. So as far as I saw the scene here, I like it big time. When did you start with this career? My career started with my first release, Copacabana on Chris Lake’s label Rising Music in 2008. And the main suspect to blame for my career start was Pete Tong. Since I won his music production contest Bedroom Bedlam back in 2007 with my track Copacabana. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far…My journey was most of the time and still is very inspiring, joyful and positive for me. I think if you lose joy and inspiration for whatever is that you are doing, then you should definitely change your job. The only a bit not so cherished moments of my job are the flight and airport waiting moments. Those are the worst. What songs top your own playlist right now? Define your music philosophy for us Mike Hawkins, Pablo Oliveros – Bangover Jacob Plant – Fire and obviously some of my own.My music philosophy is simple – Like, Inhale, Connect and Party.last_img read more

Business Execs Who Stay in Asian Luxury Hotels Fall Prey to Cyber

first_imgNovember 10, 2014 3 min read Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated industrial espionage campaign that targets business executives in luxury hotels across Asia once they sign on to computers using in-room wireless connections they consider private and secure.The attacks, which go well beyond typical cybercriminal operations, have claimed thousands of victims dating back to 2009 and continue to do so, Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest private security firm, shows in a report published on Monday.Executives from the auto, outsourced manufacturing, cosmetic and chemical industries have been hit, the security firm said. Others targeted include military services and contractors.In 2012, the FBI issued a general warning to U.S. government officials, businessmen and academics, advising them to use caution when updating computer software via hotel Internet connections when traveling abroad.Kaspersky’s report goes further in detailing the scale, methods and precise targeting of these attacks on top business travelers.The movements of executives appear to be tracked as they travel, allowing attackers to pounce once a victim logs on to a hotel Wi-Fi network. Hackers cover their tracks by deleting these tools off hotel networks afterward.”These attackers are going after a very specific set of individuals who should be very aware of the value of their information and be taking strong measures to protect it,” said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher for Kaspersky, the world’s largest privately held cybersecurity firm.Unsuspecting executives who submit their room number and surname while logging on to their hotel room’s wireless network are tricked into downloading an update to legitimate software such as Adobe Flash, Google Toolbar or Microsoft Messenger, Kaspersky said. Because attacks happen at sign-on, encrypted communications set up later offer no defense against attack.The same elite spying crew has used advanced keystroke-logging software and encryption-breaking at multiple hotel chains across Asia, it said.Kaspersky declined to name the executives involved or the luxury destinations targeted but said it had informed the hotels as well as law enforcement officials in affected locations.Ninety percent of the victims came from five countries — Japan, Taiwan, China, Russia and South Korea. Business travelers to Asia from Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United States have also been duped, Baumgartner said.The Kaspersky report said a key mystery remains how attackers appear to know the precise travel itinerary of each victim, which points to a larger compromise of hotel business networks that researchers say they are continuing to probe.(Reporting By Eric Auchard; Editing by Clara Ferreira Marques) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Blast through the Blockchain hype with Packt and Humble Bundle

first_imgBlockchain and cryptocurrency have received significant attention from the press in the last few years. But it’s not always easy to get past the hype and find out what Blockchain means in practice – and how we can make it really matter. But April’s Humble Bundle from Packt is a small step in changing that. With 25 books and video courses on all things crypto – all 25 available for as little as $15 – it’s the perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning what’s possible with Blockchain – and actually building things with it. Find the bundle here. But while Humble Bundle and Packt are excited to help a new audience of engineers and crypto-enthusiasts, they’re also delighted to be supporting some incredible charities. The bundle’s chosen charity is Dress for Success, an organization that supports women worldwide with the resources and tools needed to achieve economic independence. For anyone new to Humble Bundle, the principle is simple: Pay What You Want across three tiers, each with a minimum of $1, $8, and $15. Customers can then choose how their money is split between publisher, Humble Bundle, and charities. So, between April 8 and April 22, the world can get its hands on a substantial stash of Blockchain and cryptocurrency resources. But what’s included in each tier? For as little as $1 customers can get their hands on… Blockchain By Example Ethereum Cookbook Learn Bitcoin and Blockchain Learn JavaScript: Build Your Own Blockchain Learning Blockchain Application Development For a minimum of $8, customers will get all of the above as well as… A Developer’s Guide to Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Blockchain for Business 2018: The New Industrial Revolution Ethereum Projects for Beginners Foundations of Blockchain Hands-On Bitcoin Programming with Python Hands-On IoT Solutions with Blockchain Hyperledger for Blockchain Applications Tokenomics And for a minimum of $15, readers will get all of the products in the tiers above, as well as… Blockchain across Oracle Blockchain Real World Projects Ethereum Projects Hands-On Blockchain for Python Developers Hands-On Blockchain with Hyperledger Hands-On Cybersecurity with Blockchain Learn Blockchain Programming with JavaScript Learn Python by Building a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Mastering Blockchain Solidity Programming Essentials Truffle Quick Start Guide Blockchain Quick Reference To learn more, visit Humble Bundle here.last_img read more

Connect With Locals on Trafalgars NEW 2019 Europe Britain Program

first_img Trafalgar, a world leader in travel for over 72 years is excited for clients to ‘Connect With Locals’ with the launch of their 2019 Europe & Britain program. Canadians clients can now experience ‘The Good Life’ and discover the vibrant cultures across the continent and the fascinating people of these incredible place along with some “locals only” hidden gems.No matter which trips clients choose to explore, they will be introduced to the local people for a first-hand cultural immersion. From local artisans, family-run establishments or Trafalgar’s exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dining experiences in local’s homes, guests will uncover the real, rich soul of Europe and Britain.Clients can truly connect with the areas and people they are visiting during the following ‘Connect With Locals’ trip highlights:Best of Switzerland During Trafalgar’s 9-day Best of Switzerland trip, clients will enjoy Swiss hospitality with local, Claudine Conne of Domaine Champ de Clos and her daughter on the vine-clad hills slopping down to Lake Geneva. They will share stories of the many years they have tended their vines, sample their harvested wines that are never exported and produced only for locals and get to taste iconic Swiss cheeses and cured meats that have been handmade directly from farm to table. Irish Highlights Throughout Trafalgar’s 7-day Irish Highlights adventure, clients will have the incredible experience of meeting Catherine Fulvio of Glenealy Farmhouse, a local Irish cooking icon and discover her three-generation historic family home. She has written four cookbooks, won Cookbook of the Year in Ireland, and made three cooking series, along with cooking on NBC’s Today Show in the USA. They will enjoy her culinary expertise as they devour some of her traditional Irish fare ending in a slow baked apple and carrot cake signature dessert.Scenic Scandinavia and its FjordsEmbarking on Trafalgar’s 14-day Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords guided holiday, clients can enjoy the Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Bergen, Norway dating back to the 1500s. They will enjoy a guided walking tour of the farm, learning about their farming region and farm’s history, before enjoying a delicious meal of typical Norwegian cuisine.For more information on Trafalgar’s ‘Connect With Locals’ experiences, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit Trafalgar.com/en-ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and, Twitter. Posted by Tags: Trafalgar, Trafalgar Spotlight ‘Connect With Locals’ on Trafalgar’s NEW 2019 Europe & Britain Program Sharecenter_img Saturday, October 6, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

TV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a

first_imgTV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a new user behaviour research centre in Toulouse, France.Ruwido conducts its own scientific user behaviour research to help with the design of new products. The new facility will operate in addition to the existing usability lab in Austria, and will focus on research into new forms of interaction technologies, consumer behaviour and the latest IPTV technology.“We chose Toulouse because France is a particularly developed TV market, enabling us to be at the centre of innovation,” said Regina Bernhaupt, director of user experience research, Ruwido France. “Given the strength of the research we have already undertaken and the reliability of the results, we have been able to confidently predict the needs and desires of the next generation of television viewers, and those past predictions are now a market reality. This new facility will further strengthen our ability to develop devices and solutions that provide exactly what operators, and ultimately consumers, need in the home.”Ruwido is using IP&TV World Forum to reinforce its message that new interaction techniques, such as voice control, will enhance, rather than replace, remote control devices in the living room.According to CEO Ferdinand Maier, the majority of multi-button remote control devices have become unnecessarily complicated, and intuitive ways of navigating and selecting from content menus need to be created to enhance the user experience. “New interaction techniques for TV are currently a hot industry topic, yet while we do not dismiss these as methods of enhancing the navigation and discovery experience, they will not replace remote control devices,” said Maier. “People at home do not want to move away from the experience they are used to and they enjoy, but they should be encouraged and allowed to interact with their services in a more natural and enjoyable way. At Ruwido we understand that the next generation of TV services must enable the user to feel comfortable and that every way of navigation has to be used in the right context.”Demonstrations at Ruwido’s stand will aim to highlight the importance of allowing consumers to feel in control when interacting with their devices and services. The company will demonstrate Aura, which consists of a physical device and a graphical user interface designed to allows more intuitive navigation by enabling viewers to physically push the moveable slide of an input device faster or slower depending on how they want to scroll. Depending on how much distance the moveable slide covers, the more tactile resistance is experienced by the user.last_img read more

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first_img TSX Venture 964.68 1,038.62 1,416.54 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.86 16.59 20.32 Gold Producers (GDX) 29.69 34.25 43.88 Silver 24.13 27.19 30.36 One Month Ago One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.10 3.33 3.74center_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,438.03 12,422.12 12,014.90 Dear Reader, Last week, our senior precious metals analyst, Jeff Clark, advised: Buy Gold NOW. So far that has worked out well, but it begs the question: What about gold stocks? When do we back up the truck for them? My own answer in the current edition of the International Speculator is that no one really knows, but that those who buy value when its price is low should do very well indeed. Jeff returns this week with a by-the-numbers look at the last two biggest gold stock corrections, comparing them to our market today. This is excellent context we would all do well to remember when asking such questions. Sincerely, Gold 1,470.70 1,574.75 1,637.75 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 12.20 14.67 22.30 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Oil 93.99 94.45 102.54last_img read more

Which billiondollar unicorn startups will go ex

first_img Which billion-dollar ‘unicorn’ startups will go extinct? Will Yemen become Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vietnam’? Larry Summers: The US may just have lost its role as underwriter of the global economic system. Is coal dying? Or can India make up for falling Chinese coal demand? Are you a terrorist? No? That’s exactly what a terrorist would say… Governments have long used “the war on terrorism” as a justification for stealing our freedoms. Now the French government is using terrorism as an excuse to impose capital controls. Terrorists like to use cash, you see. So French citizens who make cash payments exceeding €1,000, or withdraw more than €10,000 in a month, will have to answer to the money laundering authorities. Think this can’t happen in the US? Think again. A series of transactions that exceed $5,000 could get you reported for “suspicious activity,” warns Jeff Thomas in Doug Casey’s International Man. The trend toward a cashless society is clear. Soon, using any cash at all will arouse suspicion. Of course this has little to do with terrorism. Digital currency is easier to track, making it easier for a government to squeeze every last tax dollar out of its citizens. Digital currency is also more convenient for the government to steal right out of your bank account when the next financial crisis hits… just like the government of Cyprus did in 2013. When Will Brazil Hit Rock Bottom? Things are going from bad to worse in Brazil. Investors were hoping that its oil industry could blunt the pain of the collapse of its credit-fuelled boom. But cheap oil has crushed that dream. The stats are really ugly. Brazil’s currency has lost 40% of its value since early 2014, and its central bank has given up defending it. Consumer and business confidence are in the toilet. Inflation is running at 8%. Interest rates and taxes are rising. Utility and transportation tariffs are soaring. And the labor market is deteriorating. Not surprisingly, Brazil is facing a deep recession this year. It also must deal with the murky politics of Petrobras, which could lead to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. The scandal also threatens to put a stop to virtually all of the country’s civil construction projects. Like any country in crisis, Brazil is on our radar. But Casey Report Editor Dan Steinhart doesn’t like what he sees yet. The problem: unrepentant Marxists are still in power there. Gold: A Barometer of Financial Fear Don’t get distracted by misleading headlines about “Peak Gold.” Global gold production has not peaked and we’re not going to run out of gold, says Louis James, our chief Metals & Mining strategist. Louis adds that there’s no case for Peak Gold because, “[T]he supply of pure gold in easily tradable forms in private and public hands all around the world dwarfs mine supply almost to insignificance.” It’s true that high-grade discoveries are becoming rarer. But technology will always find ways of getting stuff out of the ground more cheaply, or recycling it more efficiently. The real limiting factor to the supply of gold is political and economic instability in many of the places where gold is found in the ground. With the Fed painted into a corner and respected analysts talking about a multi-decade global depression, gold bulls are perking up. The price of gold is really nothing more and nothing less than a barometer of financial fear. Is a College Degree Worth It? Going to college used to be a no-brainer. Not anymore, due to the incessant rise in college costs. But Dennis Miller, editor of Miller’s Money Forever, explains that college can still be a worthwhile investment… IF (and that’s a big ‘if’) you pay for it the right way. Blips and Bogeys The world’s second largest gold reserves remain untapped in the Philippines. Could that change? Oil didn’t fall off a cliff in response to the ‘tentative’ Iran nuclear deal. Instead, it gained 3% after Saudi Arabia raised Asian oil prices. The case for gold on the basis of currency fundamentals. A neat explanation on why less energy equates to lower GDP. Why Europe hates American tech companies Turkey is turning into a basket case. A rare interview with Barrick chairman. Tesla pushes its luck on Twitter. Ukraine’s economy has already fallen 15% this year. Just who is going to pay for that? Is Greece preparing to reintroduce the drachma? Amazon takes on Yelp and Angie’s List as it expands into home services. NSA spying to cost US IT companies $47 billion in the next 3 years. Google-backed Bitcoin exchange is shutting down… just as high frequency traders are starting to trade bitcoin. Artists install Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park. NYC immediately covers it up.last_img read more

Statements submitted to MPs have provided further

first_imgStatements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election.Despite its inquiry into the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process having to be scrapped, the Commons work and pensions select committee has published written evidence it has received from PIP claimants and disability organisations.The committee held an urgent evidence session about the assessment process in March, a hearing partly triggered by a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation, before seeking further written evidence.DNS had provided the committee with substantial evidence of widespread dishonesty among PIP assessors in the reports they prepare for government decision-makers.The DNS investigation revealed that assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.DNS has now collected nearly 200 examples of cases in which PIP claimants have said that healthcare professionals working for Capita and Atos produced dishonest assessment reports.DWP has consistently claimed that there is no dishonesty at all among its outsourced healthcare assessors.Inclusion London, the pan-London disabled people’s organisation, provided the most detailed written evidence of all the individuals and groups that contributed to the committee’s inquiry.It said in its evidence: “Again and again Disabled people are reporting that assessors have ignored written and verbal evidence and that reports do not reflect what occurred in the assessment.”Inclusion London quoted widely from evidence compiled by DNS, and concluded: “The extent to which false information is included in assessment reports cannot be attributed to one or two negligent assessors but indicates systemic failings with the current PIP assessment process.”It called for all assessments to be recorded, and for “a clear and accessible system for Disabled people to file complaints against assessors with an independent body and for complaint statistics to be made public”.It also called for a new PIP assessment, based on the social model of disability and created in co-production with disabled people, which focuses on “barriers and the impact of impairment on daily life rather than functionality”.Other written evidence submitted to the committee appears to confirm the conclusions of the DNS investigation.Among those who responded to a survey by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) was a healthcare professional with a first-class degree in physiotherapy.They said they had been “shocked by the level of errors, inaccuracies, omissions and, quite possibly, lies” in the assessment report compiled for their PIP claim, according to DR UK’s evidence to the committee.The respondent concluded that “the musculoskeletal assessment conducted was appalling and could not have provided sufficient information upon which a decision regarding my physical capabilities to carry out work for any period of time could be made.“Lies were also told about the content of the musculoskeletal assessment – data was recorded for tests which were not conducted.”Another DR UK survey respondent described how PIP decisions were often overturned on appeal due to “assessors making inaccurate statements, assessors making false statements, assessors incorrectly interpreting things the claimant said or did”.In its evidence to the committee, the mental health charity Rethink said that respondents to its own survey on PIP “felt that there was a discrepancy between what was discussed at the assessment and the content of the subsequent written report.“We received several examples of PIP applicants claiming that assessors had deliberately misinterpreted them and in… some cases included complete fabrications in their reports.”But the evidence compiled by the committee may now end up being discarded because the decision by Theresa May to call a general election on 8 June means that parliament was dissolved this week, leading to some committee inquiries having to be abandoned.Mark Lucas, a PIP claimant who has spoken out repeatedly about the “shockingly poor and dishonest” assessment system, and has given evidence to an inquiry into PIP assessments set up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the decision to call an election was “another set back at the end of many set backs”.He said: “Clearly the health professionals have been dishonest and the government has gone to great lengths to ensure the PIP scam is kept quiet for as long as possible.“Everyone knows what has gone on is wrong but only few have voiced their concerns.“I am sure if we continue to have the same government the rights of persons with disabilities will be further abused.”A spokeswoman for the committee said the PIP investigation was “one of the inquiries that fell with the announcement of the election”.When the committee is reformed in the new parliament – probably in September – it could choose to relaunch the inquiry, but will be under no obligation to do so, but if it does it could choose to “keep and use the evidence they have now”, she said.last_img read more

Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws

first_imgTechnology Ray Hennessey 3 min read –shares Guest Writer Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: AFP Register Now »center_img In a victory for online privacy advocates but a blow to advertisers, a federal judge in California has ruled Google may have violated wiretapping laws by scanning and reviewing users’ Gmails.Google has long scanned Gmail messages to then target advertising to its users. The company has argued the practice is perfectly within the confines of both federal and state eavesdropping laws because Gmail users give up their privacy as part of Gmail’s Terms of Service contract.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh disagreed, saying those Terms of Service “did not explicitly notify Plaintiffs that Google would intercept users’ emails for the purposes of creating user profiles or providing targeted advertising.”What’s more, even if Gmail account holders consented to having their emails searched, the people with whom those users are communicating didn’t. Google has claimed that users of, say, Microsoft’s Outlook, should know that Google will view their mail when sent to a Gmail account.Related: Google Looking Beyond ‘Cookies’ to Track People OnlineKoh was unconvinced, saying she “cannot conclude that any party — Gmail users or non-Gmail users — has consented to Google’s reading of email for the purposes of creating user profiles or providing targeted advertising.”The ruling, part of a proposed class action against Google, is a big win for privacy advocates, who have complained that technology companies have too much access to personal information and are not overt enough in explaining how customer information and data are used.The chorus for more protections has only gotten louder since it was revealed that companies like Google shared information with the U.S. government as the National Security Agency spied on American emails, texts and phone calls.Still, companies have long found that there is a potentially high value proposition for advertisers in targeting marketing toward users based on their interests. Google, for instance, has long tied advertising to search results from users. Gmail, it argues, is an extension of that.But Google has found itself more and more in the crosshairs of the privacy-protection crowd. Earlier this month, the company found out its capture of data over open Wi-Fi routers also could violate federal wiretapping laws. Google captured data through cars sent throughout the company to record images for its Google Street View maps. It has said it did so to improve its location-services features, but broader content was captured by the cars.Google is not alone. In theory, Judge Koh’s ruling could affect other companies that mine free email for information to match with advertisers. Yahoo mail, for instance, has a Terms of Service that allows for broader data capture.Court: Facebook Likes Are Protected Speech Next Article September 27, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Editor-at-Large Add to Queuelast_img read more