Researchers use parkour athletes to test energy demands of tree dwelling apes

Researchers use parkour athletes to test energy demands of tree dwelling apes

first_img Citation: Researchers use parkour athletes to test energy demands of tree dwelling apes (2016, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-parkour-athletes-energy-demands-tree.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Universities of Roehampton and Birmingham in the U.K. has found a unique way to measure the energy spent by tree-dwelling apes when faced with gaps in a jungle canopy. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they created an artificial canopy and enlisted the assistance of parkour athletes to find out how the different approaches to dealing with canopy gaps compared. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Living in the trees can sometimes require the expenditure of enormous amounts of energy, particularly when attempting to move between trees when there is a gap. An ape, such as an orangutan, must size up the situation and make a decision—try to jump, to swing across, or climb down to the ground and then climb up the other tree. Factors at play include the gap distance, fear of falling, estimated strength of the branches and the size of the ape. The researchers wondered if energy expenditure might also play a role—after all, the more energy an ape uses in getting around, the more food it must obtain and consume.Figuring that it was likely impossible to measure the amount of energy being used by real apes in their natural environment the researchers looked for a viable substitute and found parkour athletes.Parkour athletes are people who engage in moving around in urban environments without using any equipment—they jump from building to building, climb walls and do whatever comes to them as they attempt to get from one place to another. Similar in many respects, the researchers noted, to the behavior of apes up in the trees.To test the energy requirements of dealing with canopy gaps the researchers created artificial tree branches from fiberglass poles and vines using ropes and ladders. They then fitted each of 28 athletes with a mask that allowed for monitoring oxygen intake—a measure of energy use. The researchers than had the athletes engage in a variety of activities meant to simulate the various actions an ape might take when faced with a gap.In studying the data, the researchers found that climbing down and back up consumed the most energy by far—the energy requirements for jumping or swinging, on the other hand, were much more complicated. It depended on how stiff the branches were, the distance of the gap, number of sways needed and how big the athletes were.The findings by the team offer some possible explanations regarding why some apes spend more time on the ground than others and perhaps why human ancestors abandoned tree-dwelling altogether. Urban athletes show that for orangutans, it pays to swaycenter_img More information: Lewis G. Halsey et al. Bridging the gap: parkour athletes provide new insights into locomotion energetics of arboreal apes, Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0608AbstractThe tree canopy is an energetically challenging environment to traverse. Along with compliant vegetation, gaps in the canopy can prove energetically costly if they force a route-extending detour. Arboreal apes exhibit diverse locomotion strategies, including for gap crossing. Which one they employ in any given scenario may be influenced by the energy costs to do so, which are affected by the details of the immediate environment in combination with their body size. Measuring energetics of arboreal apes is not tractable; thus our knowledge in this area is limited. We devised a novel, custom-made experimental set-up to record the energy expenditure of parkour athletes tree-swaying, jumping and vertical climbing. The latter strategy was vastly more expensive, indicating that when energy economy is the focus arboreal apes will prioritize routes that limit height changes. Whether tree-swaying or jumping was most economical for the athletes depended upon interactions between tree stiffness, the distance to cross, number of tree-sways required and their own mass. Updated analysis of previous interspecific correlations suggests that whether the relative costs to vertical climb are size-invariant across primate species is complicated by details of the climbing context. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Biology Letters Horizontal jumping (a); pole swaying (b); climbing a ladder (c) and a rope (d). Photographs by Lewis Halsey. Credit: Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0608last_img read more

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Fast very highenergy gammaray flare detected from the blazar BL Lacertae

Fast very highenergy gammaray flare detected from the blazar BL Lacertae

first_img Blazars are members of a larger group of active galaxies that host active galactic nuclei (AGN). They are powerful sources of emission across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to very high-energy gamma frequencies. Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth.Located some 900 million light years from the Earth, BL Lacertae is the prototype of the BL Lac objects—a type of blazar showcasing lower power jets and higher Doppler factors than other blazars. BL Lacertae is known for its complicated, long-term behavior and previous studies suggested that it shows quasi-periodic variability in optical and high-energy gamma-ray bands.The first detection of VHE gamma-rays from BL Lacertae was made in 1998, and to date, few gamma-ray flares has been observed from this blazar. Now, a team of over 100 astronomers led by Victor A. Acciari of the University of La Laguna, Spain, reports the finding of another flare from BL Lacertae, exhibiting fast variability of gamma-ray flux. The new flaring event was detected on June 15, 2015 by the MAGIC system.”The MAGIC telescopes detected a fast very high-energy (VHE, E > 100 GeV) γ-ray flare from BL Lacertae on June 15, 2015. (…) In this paper, we present the MAGIC VHE γ-ray data together with multiwavelength data from radio, optical, X-rays, and HE γ rays from 2015 May 1 to July 31,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, the June 2015 flare had an energy of over 100 GeV, a maximum flux of approximately 1.5 x 10-10 photons/cm2/s and halving time of about 26 minutes. The astronomers added that the multiwavelength behavior of BL Lacertae observed with MAGIC and other telescopes during the three months (May to July 2015) was rather similar to the behavior typically observed in this source during high flux states.The researchers noted that The fast VHE gamma-ray flare was not accompanied by a significant brightening in gamma-ray, X-ray or optical bands. This conclusion is based on the observations of the blazar from the same day in all of these bands. Trying to explain the fast variability of VHE gamma-ray flux in BL Lacertae, the scientists tested three models, but they were unable to choose the most plausible one.”The interaction model is preferred, as it matches the observed repeating multi-wavelength patterns best, but in our simple blob-in-blob model it gives the worst description of the γ-ray band data,” the paper reads.Therefore, Acciari and colleagues suggest further observations of BL Lacertae during VHE gamma-ray flares with strictly simultaneous optical and X-ray high cadence data, as well as intense long-term monitoring of this blazar, regardless of its VHE gamma-ray state. Daily light curve of the VHE γ-ray emission from BL Lacertae above 200 GeV between June 15 and 28. 2015. Credit: Acciari et al., 2019. © 2019 Science X Network More information: MAGIC Collaboration. A Fast Very High Energy γ-ray Flare from BL Lacertae during a Period of Multiwavelength activity in June 2015. arXiv:1901.01733 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1901.01733 Luminous gamma-ray flare detected from the blazar DA 193 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Using Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) telescopes, an international group of astronomers has detected a fast, very high-energy (VHE) flare from the blazar BL Lacertae. The finding is detailed in a paper published January 7 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Citation: Fast, very high-energy gamma-ray flare detected from the blazar BL Lacertae (2019, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-fast-high-energy-gamma-ray-flare-blazar.htmllast_img read more

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From France with love

From France with love

first_imgFrench by nationality but an Indian at heart after spending 18 years in India, Magali Couffon de Trevros has a deep rooted connection with both countries. She has been able to develop and grow her passion for photography and travels. The ultimate for her is the ability of finding beauty everywhere and keeping her eyes open for colors, shapes, lines, textures and forms. And the Capital will have a chance to see her creativity up close in the Tribal Lights. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Tribal Lights have been created and curated for the Alliance Francaise de Delhi the past few months. The images are of Orissa tribals. They simply show faces of Orissa. I traveled there about a year and a half ago… My imagination was wild as I imagined the adventure: tribes, naxalites, music, dances… I could not ask for more,’ explains Magali.She tries to use her camera as a creative tool not only to document or show what is in front of her but to enhance it with the help of light and sometimes with paint or sculptors. This exercise can be tricky and not always successful but what is important is to have fun. She experiences depth of the knowledge from these experiments.DETAILWhen: 19th April – 11th May (11am – 7pm)Where: Gallerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française De Delhi, Lodi Estatelast_img read more

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Capturing a century in six days

Capturing a century in six days

first_imgThe run up to the 100th year of cinema showed us glimpes of cinematic excellence in a year long celebration. Weaving together the memories of one full century, from the first silent feature length film Raja Harishchandra till date, comes the centenary film festival by the ministry of information and broadcasting from 25 April.Celebrating a century: An audio visual voyage exhibition, will mark the beginning of the six day long event. It will be inaugrated by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari. The first day shall feature a unique screening of a silent film Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Throw of Dice, coupled with live musical orchestra by maestro Nishat Khan. The itinenary for the next 5 days is something to relish upon for the cinema lovers. From tributes to extraordinary talents, screenings of classics and contemporary Indian films and the flavours of Indian cinema along with live interactions with eminent filmmakers, the festival will have a rollicking mix of it all. Satiated? There’s still more to it.A special display of artwork on the iconic filmmaker Satyajit Ray shall take you onto to a nostlagic trip down the memory lane. Besides, you may like to head to Cut-Uncut, a three day workshop showcasing the growth and evolution of censorship in Indian cinema, through insightful panel discussions. Panel discussions shall revolve around the themes: Depiction of women in Indian cinema and Celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema- The Road Ahead. The young and well known producers like Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar will be engaging with  veterans like Sudhir Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee to bring up a lively discourse around the set themes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCommemorating Indian cinema in all its glory, the festival would end on a high point with a play on the life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke by Aamir Raza Hussain. Film lovers in the capital will have more than one venue to experience the odyssey of Indian cinema. In its effort to reach out to maximum cinephiles, the festival is being celebrated not just at Siri Fort auditorium but other venues, including Jamia Millia Islamia University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and India Habitat Center, as well. A separate lineup of films shall be screened in the other venues. Lap up till it lasts, for this shall come only once in a 100 years.The festivities and fanfare shall come to a culmination in the National Film Award ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan on 3 May where the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award will be conferred by the Hon’ble President of India.DETAILWhen: 25 to 30 April Where: Siri Fort Auditoriumlast_img read more

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5 Chinese nationals held from Kolkata station drugs worth Rs 40 crore

first_imgKolkata: The Government Railway Police (GRP) of Sealdah division arrested five Chinese nationals from Kolkata railway station on Friday night and seized narcotics worth around Rs 40 crore from them. The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken up the investigation of the case.The sleuths from Sealdah GRP recovered 197 kg of amphetamine, a synthetic drug that provides a feeling of euphoria. “The raid was conducted on the basis of a credible source information. These people were carrying six bags, all stuffed with foil packages containing the tablets,” said Asesh Biswas, superintendent of railway police, Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSealdah GRP.The arrested people, agedbetween 30 and 37 years of age, have been identified as Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung. The tablets were concealed by foils that were kept in different compartments inside the bags.The sleuths have found from their passports that they had visited India in 2017 and 2016 as well. “Drug trafficking appears to be their profession,” a senior GRP official said.Police are facing problems to communicate with them due to the language barrier. “However, prima facie it seems that the consignment was not headed for the city and was supposed to be transported to Delhi or Mumbai,” the official added. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAll the five were produced in Alipore court on Saturday and have been remanded to 14-day police custody. This narcotic is widely used as a party drug in parts of China and South East Asian nations.Meanwhile, the zonal unit of Narcotics Control Bureau on Friday night seized 35 LSD blots (total 0.4 gm) and 7 gm of MDMA (Ecstacy pills) from the possession of one Mubbasir Annan.According to NCB, Annan, who is a resident of Bhowanipore, was supplying these drugs with another associate of Kolkata (presently in Bengaluru for his college studies) to locals. The seized drugs were sourced from Bengaluru. The arrested person used to supply these drugs and cocaine to college youth in Bhwanipore and its adjacent areas. Cost of the seized drugs is about Rs1.5 lakh.last_img read more

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EPCH launches major initiative to promote mega clusters

EPCH launches major initiative to promote mega clusters

first_imgOver the years, IHGF has played a vital role in promoting India’s handcrafted products internationally. “A major highlight of this edition of the show is EPCH’s initiative to promote different craft clusters such as Narsapur, Bhuj, Bareilly, Lucknow and J&K”, informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH.The  handmade crochet lace industry of Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh is famous worldwide for its over 300 intricate designs made by the lace makers of this region. A number of Narsapur based exporters are engaged in production of lace products and exporting the same to USA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 200 small and tiny exporters and craftsperson, those who are yet to become exporters, have been invited to display their products in theme pavilion set up on lace and crocheted goods and garden and garden furniture and many other special areas at IHGF-Delhi Fair.  They are displaying crocheted tops, cushion covers, bags, ponchos, skirts, frocks, table mats, lace buttons and sleeves, borders and chunky decorative balls, curtains made from mix of fabric and lace, throws, bed sheets etc.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe products on display in this pavilion are getting lot of attention of the visiting buyers.“The artisans from mega clusters of Lucknow, Bareilly, Bhuj and J&K  are displaying products of Chikankari, zari and zardozi from  Lucknow, jewellery, cane and bamboo and wood carving from Bareilly, Kashmiri wood carving, papermachie and hand embroidered shawls and stoles, Azrakh painting, bell metal art and leather crafts from  J&K”, Kumar elaborated further. Will Fraser and Cole Brown from Velocity Consultancy USA apprised participants about business mentality of the Americans, their needs and expectations.Two more knowledge provider seminars on export opportunities in Latin America through warehousing facility Uruguay and how to safeguard your business from International frauds have been organised today.Cultural programmes being organised by EPCH during IHGF-Delhi Fair are being appreciated and are acting as welcome breaks for buyers engaged in hectic business activity.IHGF Delhi fair staged fashion shows on third day. The products displayed by them were mostly fashion jewellery and accessories.H.E. Maria Teresita C Daza, Ambassador of Philippines in India visited IHGF-Delhi Fair 2015 on third day and got impressed with exquisite designs, styles and colours of Indian products.“Over 4500 overseas buyers have been registered by the 3rd day of the fair”, informed Rakesh Kumar who is also Chairman of IEML.Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), which is the nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts, has been organising the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair for the last 21 years.  IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2015 is expected to generate huge number of enquiries and orders for the Indian handicrafts sector.last_img read more

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Exercising for 25 hours a week may slow Parkinsons

Exercising for 25 hours a week may slow Parkinsons

first_imgExercising for at least 150 minutes every week may improve mobility and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease, a new study claims.Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in mobility impairments and can lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death.There is evidence that physical activity can delay decline in PD patients.Researchers determined that that people who exercised regularly had significantly slower declines in HRQL and mobility over a two-year period. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found that people with Parkinson’s disease who maintained exercise 150 minutes per week had a smaller decline in quality of life and mobility over two years compared to people who did not exercise or exercised less,” said lead investigator Miriam R Rafferty, from Northwestern University in the US.”The smaller decline was significant for people who started the study as regular exercisers, as well as for people who started to exercise 150 minutes per week after their first study-related visit,” said Rafferty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, more than 3,400 participants provided data over two years, with infromation collected during at least three clinic visits.Although this study did not determine which type of exercise is best, it suggests that any type of exercise done with a “dose” of at least 150 minutes per week is better than not exercising.”People with PD should feel empowered to find the type of exercise they enjoy, even those with more advanced symptoms,” said Rafferty.The study was published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.last_img read more

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Sleeping less than 6 hours may double death risk

Sleeping less than 6 hours may double death risk

first_imgFailing to sleep less than six hours may nearly double the risk of death in people with metabolic syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, researchers have warned. A study found that people with metabolic syndrome who slept for more than six hours were about 1.49 times more likely to die of stroke. Conversely, those who slept less than six hours were about 2.1 times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke. For those who got more sleep, the risk of death was more modest, the researchers said. The short sleepers with metabolic syndrome were also 1.99 times more likely to die from any cause compared to those without metabolic syndrome. “If you have several heart disease risk factors, taking care of your sleep and consulting with a clinician if you have insufficient sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke,” said lead author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team selected 1,344 adults (average age 49 years, 42 per cent male) who agreed to spend one night in a sleep laboratory. The results showed that 39.2 per cent of the participants had at least three of the risk factors — body mass index (BMI) higher than 30 and elevated total cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and triglyceride levels. During an average follow-up of 16.6 years, 22 per cent of the participants died. “Future clinical trials are needed to determine whether lengthening sleep, in combination with lowering blood pressure and glucose, improves the prognosis of people with the metabolic syndrome,” Fernandez-Mendoza said.last_img read more

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7 convicted for gangrape

7 convicted for gangrape

first_imgKolkata: Seven accused persons in a gang-rape case have been convicted and sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Bankura District Court. The incident took place about one year ago. Another accused, who is a minor, is undergoing trial in the juvenile court. According to a source, on February 1, 2017, on the day of Saraswati Puja, a Class-XII student went out with his friend on a scooter. When they were coming back home, through Gorabazar area, some goons blocked their way and forced the victim’s friend to stop his scooter. The accused persons allegedly tied the youth to a tree and allegedly gang-raped the girl. Later, they fled from the spot. The victim’s friend informed her family members.last_img read more

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Indian youngsters shine in Kpop contest

Indian youngsters shine in Kpop contest

first_imgEver since the PSY’s hit number ‘Gangnam Style’ went viral, Indian music lovers have been keeping track of the latest Korean music and dance forms. This has resulted in its widespread popularity – K-pop being one of the most accepted ones. People across the country not only listen to K-pop music but also prove their passion towards this genre.Taking this craze for Korean music into consideration, LG K-pop India contest 2019 was organised where over 1952 teams participated. The finale of the same was held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmongst the participating artists from across the country, ‘Lokalz Crew’ from Delhi and ‘Harini Nittala’ from Hyderabad bagged the winning title, and are all set to compete at the international stage – ‘Changwon K-pop World Festival 2019’ later this year. The contest, which attracted a large number of audience from all over India, also saw spectacular live performances by the popular band ‘IN2IT’ along with the talented solo artist Alexa. The band of seven boys, which debuted in 2017, had come to India earlier in April this year, and danced to the rhythm of peppy Bollywood music numbers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMillennium Post interacted with the international celebrity artists, and here are few excerpts: How they started their career in K-pop IN2IT: We all met in 2016 at a Korean show, where all of us were competing against each other. But to our surprise, by the end of the show, we became a group. ALEXA: I started dancing when I was only two, and later participated in a competition at the age of 13. It was then that I realised my passion and love for dancing. And since then, I have been performing in different stage shows. How are Bollywood and K-pop interlinked IN2IT: We feel Bollywood songs are very energetic and watching Bollywood music videos is totally different from performing on it. It requires a lot of energy. Recently, we watched the song ‘Ankh Marey’ from Simmba movie and we would love to try our hands on it too. Alexa: It’s good to be back again in India. I always find Bollywood very interesting, colourful and bright, and that’s the reason I feel connected to it. Talking about K-pop as a dance form, IN2IT said that the most impressive feature about K-pop is that artists are regarded as an idol in this culture. Also, K-pop, which was only followed by youngsters, now is also getting popular amongst the elders. “Initially, K-pop was more influenced by the music industry of Japan or America, but over the years, Koreans added more of their fashion and efforts to it.” Speaking about the future of K-pop in India, IN2IT said, “There will be more Indian K-pop artists performing across the world.” “In near future, relations between India and Korea will also improve thereby providing more opportunities to us,” they added.last_img read more

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Fleetwood Macs Early Guitarist went out for Groceries…and Never Came Back

Fleetwood Macs Early Guitarist went out for Groceries…and Never Came Back

first_imgBeing in one of the world’s greatest bands can change someone’s life in ways they don’t expect. Ask Brit guitarist Jeremy Spencer, who hails from Hartlepool in North East England. In 1971, aged just 22, he decided to leave Fleetwood Mac. He did so abruptly during an eight-week tour and his reasons were not simply down to the usual “creative differences”. As reported by Rolling Stone at the time, “he had left the Hotel Hawaiian, just blocks away from Hollywood and Vine. It was about 2 pm when he left, bags still unpacked, to go to the grocery store, with some $200 in his pocket.” Other accounts say he went to a bookshop. Mick Fleetwood and the gang may have assumed he would return shortly. Little did they know it, but it was the end of Spencer’s time with Fleetwood Mac.Jeremy Spencer performing at the Chicago Blues Festival 2009 in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Photo by Nubiatech CC BY-SA 3.0Where did he go? He took some finding, but when manager Clifford Davis tracked him down five days later, his “straggly long hair” was “cut short, his clothes exchanged for rags.” The money had gone also, donated to a controversial religious cult called the Children of God, a group which included many other famous names from the music and cinema worlds. Spencer called the “mission” in downtown LA where he was discovered at “home”, with reference made to “400 or so brethren.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Children of God — formerly Teens For Christ and these days The Family International — were formed in 1968, ironically a year after the formation of Fleetwood Mac. David Berg, a pastor in California, was the founder and had an unorthodox approach to the family unit. For the Children of God, personal identity didn’t appear to be an essential part of growing up.Jeremy Spencer, March 18, 1970Jeremy temporarily changed his name to Jonathan. A Guardian article focusing on Spencer’s clan from 2005 revealed the Family practice of changing up monikers. It writes, “The idea is that you take on a Biblical name that reflects a particular theme or lesson: if you want to learn how to fish, for example, you might be renamed Peter. Girls whose behavior isn’t coming up to scratch frequently get renamed for Mary Magdalene.”Spencer’s children were renamed and routinely separated from their parents. They would be sent around the world, to communes in locations as diverse as South America and Siberia. It was a disruptive time. Son Nat revealed to the Guardian that “we’d been living just under the Mayan volcano, which hadn’t erupted for about 100 years, till we came on the scene. So we went to Japan.”Fleetwood Mac, Billboard magazine, 1977Back in the early Seventies, the Children of God also made headlines for attention-grabbing demonstrations organized by the “Prophets of Doom.” Rolling Stone described their striking appearance, saying they “Dressed in red sackcloth (their sign of mourning)” and were “armed with staves and banners bearing doomsday messages.” Their eerily quiet vigils would be punctuated by the sound of around 50 staves being struck against the pavement.Related Video: The Forgotten Beatle – Whatever Happened to their Early Drummer Pete Best?Spencer’s departure from Fleetwood Mac may have come out of the blue, yet for the man himself, it was a spiritual decision that had been brewing a while. He reportedly disliked the focus that rock had on selfish individualism and was appalled by a recording he heard of his own performance. The combination of substance using and news of a recent LA earthquake apparently unsettled Spencer. Plus as a blues musician, he wasn’t that wild about the direction of musical travel.In 2014 he was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph, remarking “It’s possible that I could have fitted in with some of their musical direction during their Rumours (the 1977 album) period. I thought they had hit on something good, musically, and although it wasn’t blues, it was a lot more in keeping with my musical taste than the dark, heavy rock road the band was heading in the late ’60s.”Fleetwood Mac in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2009. Photo by Weatherman90 CC BY 3.0He had been part of Fleetwood Mac since its bluesy beginnings, recruited by Peter Green who himself had left the band the previous year. Like Spencer, Green struggled with substance issues but was brought in to replace his friend following this dramatic exit.Read another story from us: Welcome to the Jungle! The Wild Antics of Guns n’ Roses Frontman Axl RoseSpencer never left the Family International and has spent the majority of his career touring. He is keen to promote new talent and resumed releasing albums in 2006 after a gap of over 25 years. While he was only in Fleetwood Mac for a relatively brief time, he made a lasting if a questionable contribution to rock history.last_img read more

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VIDEO Dak Prescott gets a beer shower from an angry Black Hole

VIDEO Dak Prescott gets a beer shower from an angry Black Hole

first_imgThe Jags and Seahawks almost had a riot after some beer was thrown from the stands, but in Oakland that’s just called a home game.After Dak Prescott scrambled for a 5-yard TD run to give Dallas a 17-10 lead, he decided to approach the Black Hole for some reason, and was predictably greeted with a beer shower and a scattershot of beer cups from people dressed like GWAR characters.As pissed off as the Seahawks were in Jacksonville, the Cowboys just kind of shrug this one off rather than crawl into the insane asylum. It’s nothing Prescott didn’t see during his SEC days.The Black Hole didn’t like @dak‘s TD very much… #DALvsOAK pic.twitter.com/1PtxVu3Rip— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 18, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Implementing Green IT

first_img 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2008 By Jennifer ZainoRichard Baughman, director of IT at Shentel Telecommunications, a diversified communications company, hasn’t thought about Green IT yet. Not that there isn’t plenty of talk about the topic from the media, analysts, and advocacy groups, but for many IT leaders in smaller businesses, such as Baughman, the trend hasn’t gained traction.Shentel Communications, for example, has between 30 and 40 servers in its production, failover, and test/development environments. The total cost of running the data center where most of those servers are co-located is relatively minor and Baughman has bigger fish to fry than cutting data-center power consumption. Shentel’s business is growing. To support that the IT group is now overhauling the infrastructure from a 15-year old green screen application, built primarily to run a telephone company, to a system that can easily scale to support new services. Baughman and his team are focusing on that project to provide the business with better CRM functionality, an integrated dispatch application for orders and tickets, a flow-through provisioning system, a self-care platform, and a customer care dashboard.”As a small company, our resources are limited and focused on a couple of higher-priority projects that will have significant value to the business — going green with our data center would not have that big of an impact to our business costs,” says Baughman. “I can see us doing something in the future about this, but as of right now, it’s not a priority.”Nor is it likely to be a priority for most smaller companies in the immediate future. Some experts speculate that it will be a good five years before smaller businesses start feeling pressure to green their data centers. In contrast, large companies increasingly are all too aware of the toll their expanding data centers are taking on their organizations: a study released by AMD found that in 2005, data centers and their associated infrastructure consumed the energy equivalent of five 1,000 MW power plants — that’s 5 million kW. Not only does that have an impact on the environment, but also it adds up to real money in power costs.In smaller companies, data centers may be running in an inefficient way that introduces unnecessary costs. However, some recommended practices that work for larger companies may be overkill in these environments. For example, if your data center has less than five server racks, following hot aisle/cold aisle practices — a method of cooling servers that produces constant air circulation through the racks — isn’t necessarily pragmatic. On the other hand, even an organization with just a few servers in a closet may realize some small but happy returns — not only in energy efficiency, but also in reliability and business continuity — by virtualizing them down to a single physical system.The key to reaping the benefits of green IT is to think smartly about where it makes sense for your organization — if not today, then in a very near tomorrow, and if not in your data center, elsewhere within the company. With that in mind, here are some questions to consider as you contemplate a potentially greener future.1. Do you know what your data center costs are now?The answer is, probably not, because very few organizations have discreetly metered their data center and data center infrastructure. “But it can be 20 to 60 times as much per square foot as the rest of your commercial space,” says Deborah Grove, principal at Grove Associates, an advisory services firm that specializes in global innovation, sustainability, and green IT strategies.By installing a data-center power meter, you can begin looking at how much power your data center is consuming. How you’ll put that knowledge to work is another question. Organizations such as The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems, are trying to develop some useful power efficiency metrics, but they’re not finalized yet. “I would say they’re about a year away from critical mass,” says Aaron Hay, research consultant with Info-Tech Research Group. Still, it’s worth being ahead of that curve. “Until you can get a kilowatt/hour rating on the data center and find out what you have consumed in the last year, it will be difficult to use their metrics at all,” he says.2. Can you take simple steps to a greener data center?The data center doesn’t have to be a little slice of the Arctic in your office building. “Bring the temperature up four or five degrees in the room — that’s a good start,” says Grove. In fact, current recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers put data center temperature in the allowable range of 59 F to 89.6 F, meaning that a temperature in the high 70s is acceptable, provided relatively humidity stays between 20% and 80%.And, instead of running air conditioning systems 24/7, most data centers in most parts of the country can implement “free cooling” strategies. Free cooling is the use of air-side and water-side economizers — using outside air directly when it is cool enough and using cooling towers when it is somewhat warmer. Chillers or compressors are then used only when outside conditions can’t support the other two strategies. For example, “in coastal areas of California, data centers can reduce compressor or chiller operation by 6,000 to 8,000 hours per year using free cooling,” according to Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager of Pacific Gas and Electric. “We provide financial incentives to support implementation of the systems, making the return on investment extremely attractive.”3. Have you considered all the economic benefits of technologies that promote energy efficiency, such as virtualization?”Given the three bottom line goals of the green computing initiative — social responsibility, environmental impact, and economic viability — the economic viability is a limiting factor. Most people want to do everything to make our environment better, but we cannot economically justify spending $1,000,000 for a $0.01 environmental return,” says Michael O’Dell, CIO at Pacific Coast Companies, the subsidiary that acts as the central service provider to the Pacific Coast Building Products group of companies that manufacture and distribute building materials to manufacturers. The company’s virtualization of its servers is good for the environment, but an important reason for taking the step was that four servers take up less electricity and are less of a heat load than the 115 servers they replaced.The power cost savings for servers, however, is just one aspect of the picture around virtualization, says Hay. “Severs may consume a significant amount of energy, so that of course leads to savings on your power bill.” Not only are you cutting the power bill for servers, but also because you’re generating less heat, the AC doesn’t have to work as hard and the ventilation systems don’t have to be working to the same level of performance. But the main source of savings is far-reaching, in its effect on an IT organization’s maintenance load. Take a hypothetical company running 10 servers: “If those 10 could be consolidated into two, with 10 server instances on those two machines, that right there is eight servers turned off. So even on that scale there are some fairly significant cost-savings to be had,” he says. “But the main source of savings is not having to maintain, replace, and support 10 [physical] systems.”4. Can you make green IT someone else’s problem?If you take advantage of software-as-a-service applications, for anything from CRM to Office-like productivity products, then you can, at least to some degree. “There are lots of Web-based companies providing alternatives [to traditional on-premise software] at a very low cost per month, and that’s a great boon to SMBs,” says Grove. “They may find they need less computing power on site because they can use these software-as-services, and then [energy-efficiency] is their providers’ problem.”5. Can you make a difference outside the data center?Yes, and in ways that don’t cost a lot or require a ton of effort. Regardless of the fact that there are still questions around data center metrics, “it doesn’t mean that right now small to medium companies can’t make gains. Most SMBs probably aren’t even turning off computers when employees go away from their desks,” says Grove. And not just at night, but when they go to lunch, too. “A lot of PCs use 60% of energy when they are in sleep mode, and most people don’t realize that.”It may take IT a day or two to set up a PC power management policy and software across the network, says Hay, but organizations usually realize a payoff on the license for each PC in just eight to 20 weeks, and shave $50 to $75 off the power bill per PC per year, says Hay.Other easy-to-take steps include making smart buys the next time you’re upgrading PCs, notebooks, or monitors. Check out the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), a government rating of environmental attributes sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that will be expanded to include servers next year. Participation is voluntary by vendors, and products can earn gold, silver, or bronze ratings, based on how they conform to various environmentally sensitive criteria. Hay says it’s very rare for a silver or bronze rated model to cost more than an unrated model, so, “if you’re going to do a refresh, get at least a silver EPEAT-rated PC, so there’s less environmental impact from cradle to grave, at no additional cost,” he says.Another no-brainer: Check for Energy Star compliance — there’s a new ranking about every two years and each time around the rating gets more aggressive about power consumption.Hay also cautions IT leaders not to be discouraged if they’re not wowed upfront by the savings they’ll reap from whatever green IT efforts they try to implement. “In a small business, because their power consumption compared to a Fortune 500 is not that great, you may not see a significant savings. Five hundred dollars per month for power — if you get to $400 a month, that $100 seems like a drop in the bucket,” he says. “But if every SMB made that 20% improvement in its power bill, think about how much better off the entire spectrum of business would be, in terms of power costs, energy demand, and environmental impact.”Jennifer Zaino has served in senior and executive editor roles at publications including InformationWeek, Network Computing, HomePC, and PC Magazine. Currently, she is a freelancer covering business technology issues, including IT management and best practice frameworks, IT architectures, and virtualization. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Inventory Out of Control Take Stock With These 3 iPad Apps

first_img Inventory management is a balancing act. Too many of these and too few of those and suddenly your bottom line is shrinking and there’s not enough money coming in to replace what’s going out.It can be particularly tricky when you run a small business. If your margins are already tight, a forgotten case of summer merchandise in a remote storage facility really hurts. Luckily, you don’t need an expensive inventory management system to keep track of it all. You simply need a smartphone or tablet and one of these easy-to-use apps.1. Stock ControlIf you have items stored in a variety of places, Stock Control can help you find what you need fast. The inventory input screen allows you to note an item’s physical location — be it a storage unit on the other side of town or a specific shelf in your warehouse. You can also create your own groupings by size, color or style, so you can easily search, for example, all of the red shirts in stock versus the blue ones. Add quantity and cost and Stock Control will let you know at a glance how much money you have tied-up in each item.Running low? The app can send you a restock reminder. It can also generate a PDF catalog to share internally or with customers via email.Stock Control works on both the iPhone and iPad.  It’s free to try for up to 15 items. The full version is $9.99.Related: 3 Mobile Apps to Help You Make Good Habits — Or Break Bad Ones2. On Shelf — Retail Inventory ManagerThis is an iPad app that focuses on optimizing your inventory by monitoring what sells, when and how fast. The app produces sales reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. From here you can drill down to see selling trends and which products are returning the most profit.On Shelf then uses the sales trend information to figure out how many of each item you need to keep in stock and when you need to order more. The app even figures in average order lead time on individual items so you won’t run out before the new merchandise arrives.Red, green and yellow status lights make it easy to see where your inventory stands in an instant. You can even use it to place and track your inventory orders and review customer histories.The app sells for $4.99 and requires an iPad running iOS 7 or higher.Related: De-Stress and Unwind With These 3 Free Relaxation Apps3. LettuceIf you’re looking for an app that can handle all aspects of your ecommerce business, Lettuce is all you need. This beautifully designed iPad app not only keeps track of your inventory, but it also functions as a mobile catalog and point-of-sale application. That makes it perfect for trade shows, sales reps and flea market sellers.What really makes this app unique is that it integrates with all of the other online tools you use to run your business such as QuickBooks and all major shipping services. Coming soon is the ability to interface with Etsy, eBay and Amazon so you can spread your inventory out over all the ecommerce platforms without worrying about the double-sell.The app is free with your monthly Lettuce subscription. The service starts at $39 a month, but you’ll need to upgrade to the $89 a month if you want to monitor your inventory online with a 14-day free trial.Related: Mobile Apps to Make Business Travel Easier Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 27, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Global Meta Xylylene Diamine Market to witness heavy growth prospects via

first_imgMeta Xylylene Diamine Market report 2024 focuses on the major Types and Applications for the key players.ICRWorld’s Meta Xylylene Diamine market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.The report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Request a Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3243554#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikGlobal Meta Xylylene Diamine Market: Product Segment AnalysisBatch ProcessContinuous ProcessGlobal Meta Xylylene Diamine Market: Application Segment AnalysisEpoxy Resin Curing AgentNylon ResinGlobal Meta Xylylene Diamine Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaGet Discount Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3243554#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikThe Players mentioned in our reportMitsubishi Gas ChemicalCargillCAC GROUPSHOWA DENKORelated Report:GLOBAL PHOTONIC CRYSTALS MARKET (Construction Strategies, Geography , Applications) – Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation And Forecast, 2013 – 2020Photonic Crystals are attractive optical materials for controlling and manipulating the flow of light. The global market for components and modules using Photonic Crystals indicates a CAGR of 33.1% and is estimated to reach $20.4 billion in 2017…..Read More https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/photonic-crystals-marketAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research25933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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World Automotive Night Vision System Market Forecast 2026 – Competitive Market

first_imgAutomotive night vision system (ANVS) is a system that increases the vehicle driver’s perception during night or bad weather conditions which otherwise, is beyond the reach of the vehicle’s headlights, thereby preventing accidents at night. The market for the night vision system is growing in the developed countries whereas in developing countries they are available only in luxury cars. The factors that are driving the demand for ANVS are increasing demand for luxurious cars in developing market, increasing safety concerns in consumers and use of advanced technologies to get competitive advantage. The increasing price trend in the ANVS is one of the major challenge, as the technologies used in ANVS such as sensitivity and resolution cost high. However, it is expected that there will be a remarkable growth in the demand of ANVS from 2014 to 2020.Get Sample Report for More Details @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-toc-and-sample/604The ANVS market is segmented on the basis of technology and geography. Technology segment includes active ANVS and passive ANVS. The leading key players in ANVS market are Autoliv (Sweden), Bendix Commercial Vehicles Systems (Germany), Robert Bosch (Germany), TRW Automotive (U.S.).KEY BENEFITS:This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global market trends and segments that allow professionals to gain competitive advantageUpcoming technologies are examined that would boost market growth in the futureThis report also highlights the key drivers, restraints and opportunities that would help the stakeholders to understand and analyze the future market scenarioPorter’s Five Forces model examines  the potency of the buyers and suppliers and a SWOT analysis would help the market players to develop effective strategiesThis report includes comprehensive profiles of key players who are primarily responsible for driving the marketForecast of the market has been included in this report for 2014‐2020 by considering current market trends and future opportunitiesInquire more about this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/604MARKET SEGMENTATION: The market is segmented on the basis of technology and geography.MARKET BY TECHNOLOGYActive automotive night vision systemPassive automotive night vision systemlast_img read more

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Cleaning Disinfection Market Report Industry Outlook – Latest Development Trends

Cleaning Disinfection Market Report Industry Outlook – Latest Development Trends

first_imgChapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding. Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Cleaning Disinfection industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered. The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Cleaning Disinfection industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Cleaning Disinfection industry, followed by industry news and policies. Table of content:Chapter 1 provides an overview of Cleaning Disinfection market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Cleaning Disinfection market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter. Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players. Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Cleaning Disinfection. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter. Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3160360?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil The research extensively analyses the key market players involved in the global Cleaning Disinfection industry. With the help of tables and figures, valuable insights on production, value, price, and gross margin of each player are offered. The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Cleaning Disinfection market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Cleaning Disinfection market. The report performs an industry chain analysis, focusing on upstream raw material suppliers and major downstream buyers. The data is highlighted through the use of tables and figures, which also include manufacturing cost structure and market channel analysis. Major players involved in the Cleaning Disinfection industry are also delineated, along with their market share and product types. Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Cleaning Disinfection, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application. Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study. Chapter 11 prospects the whole Cleaning Disinfection market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Cleaning Disinfection market by type and application.center_img The report segments the global Cleaning Disinfection market based on factors such as type, application, and region. For the historic period, extensive insights on value, market share, production, growth rate, and price analysis for each sub-segment is offered by the report. Additionally, the report also delves into regional production, consumption, export, and import for the historic period. The regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Finally, the current market status and SWOT analysis for each region are elaborated, which would assist market players to gain a competitive edge by determining the dominant segments. About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics. Contact us: 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail : help@bigmarketresearch.com Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost. Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Cleaning Disinfection in each region. Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3160360?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/473?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Cleaning Disinfection market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Cleaning Disinfection in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.last_img read more

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Rumor Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows Store

Rumor Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows Store

first_imgRumor: Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows Store by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 12 commentsWhen Microsoft launched the Microsoft Edge web browser with Windows 10 in 2015, it had high hopes for the web browser.Not only was Edge designed to replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10, it also was designed to be lightweight and modern.While you can argue about that, fact is that Edge is a step up from Internet Explorer when it comes to web compatibility, and support for new technologies.Not all was golden then however, as Edge shipped with a bare bones set of features; in fact, it lacked essential features like the option to import favorites, extension support, the option to save the download location, or support for a bunch of media formats.Microsoft improved Edge gradually over time, and ran several campaigns on Windows 10 machines to convince users to give the browser another try.Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows StoreNot all is golden though right now. Edge lacks behind for instance when it comes to browser updates. Edge updates are tied to Windows Update right now. This means, essentially, that Edge updates can only be distributed to Windows 10 machines via Windows Update.While there have been plenty of updates for Edge in the past two or so years since the browser’s official launch, most of them were to the Insider channels and not stable versions of Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft released only four builds of Edge to the public, with the last one dating back to the release of the Creators Update. The public release before that dates back to August 2016, and the one before that to November 2015.If you compare that to the release cycle of any other browser for Windows, be it Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera or you-name-it, you will notice that Edge is probably the browser with the slowest release cycle on Windows.This means, for users, that feature updates, compatibility improvements, and all that good stuff hit Edge only twice a year or so.According to a report on Neowin, this may change soon. Microsoft seems to plan to push Edge updates via the Windows Store, and not exclusively through Windows Update anymore.But according to internal sources, that’s all going to change in September, when the next feature update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3, is released. Users will finally be able to get updates to the Edge browser via the Windows Store, which will allow Microsoft to add new features more frequently.The benefit should be obvious: faster update cycles as Edge updates are no longer linked to Windows feature updates.If true, the new system could be implemented when the next feature update of Windows 10 hits the floor in September 2017.The move makes a whole lot of sense, as Microsoft will be able to push out Edge updates faster to the stable user base of Windows 10.Also, it could improve the user experience on Windows 10 Cloud devices, as other browser’s cannot be installed on these machines by default.Now You: Would you consider using Edge if the browser would be updated more frequently?SummaryArticle NameRumor: Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows StoreDescriptionAccording to a report on Neowin, Microsoft plans to push Edge updates via the Windows Store, and not exclusively through Windows Update anymore. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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This DIY smart mirror is small stunning and full of features

This DIY smart mirror is small stunning and full of features

first_imgSeveral years ago Google X engineer Max Braun published a medium post on a smart mirror he made and now he’s back with a new version that’s smaller and smarter. This is a smart mirror I can get behind though I still find smart mirrors completely frivolous.He published his project on Medium where he explains the process and the parts a person would need to build their own. This isn’t a project for everyone, but Max gives enough instructions that most enterprising builders should be able to hack something similar together.I recently reviewed a smart mirror and found it a bit silly but still useful. Ideally, like in Max’s smart mirrors, the software is passive and always available. Users shouldn’t have to think about interacting with the devices; the right information should be displayed automatically. It’s a balancing act.At this point, smart mirrors are little more than Android tablets placed behind a two-way mirror. Retail models are expensive to buy and hardly worth it since a person’s phone or voice assistant can probably provide the same information. After all, how many devices does a person really need to tell them the weather forecast?last_img read more

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Fortnite developer had sharp words for Google after a scary Android

Fortnite developer had sharp words for Google after a scary Android

first_imgGoogle’s security analysis efforts are appreciated and benefit the Android platform, however a company as powerful as Google should practice more responsible disclosure timing than this, and not endanger users in the course of its counter-PR efforts against Epic’s distribution of Fortnite outside of Google Play.”Ultimately, who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong? Honestly, neither company is. Google is right that Epic’s decision to not release Fortnite through the Play Store leaves the app more vulnerable. As my colleague, Mashable tech reporter Matt Binder, previously made clear: Android users need to disable certain Android security permissions in order to install Fortnite and there’s no guarantee they’ll remember to turn them back on after doing so.Maybe Google really is chafing at the idea of not getting any revenue from the massively popular game (apps listed on Google Play pay a share of their sales to Google), as Sweeney implied. But the Android gatekeeper maintains that its speedy disclosure of the exploit was done in the name of user security.  Following Sweeney’s statement, Google had only this to say in response to Mashable’s request for comment: “User security is our top priority, and as part of our proactive monitoring for malware we identified a vulnerability in the Fortnite installer. We immediately notified Epic Games and they fixed the issue.”And it’s true, Google does have a responsibility to ensure that users are safe. Otherwise, third-party developers could give the entire platform an even worse reputation.That said, if Google truly cares about protecting its users first and foremost, it should have been more flexible on its bug disclosure deadline so as to not tip off hackers so quickly. That’s why Epic asked for 90 days to begin with.The disagreements between Google and Epic should not be overlooked. Google may wish to have nothing to do with Fortnite after being shunned by Epic Games, but their paths will inevitably cross because of the Android platform.It’s possible Google will discover vulnerabilities in future versions of the Fortnite installerm or even other app installers from other companies that decide to follow in Epic’s footsteps and not offer their apps in the Play Store. Will Google have to monitor and perform security audits on all of those as well in order to protect Android users? Hard to say, but it’s sure gonna be interesting to watch from the sidelines.If anyone’s laughing at this turn of events, it’s Apple. The company’s closed platform means all apps must be released through the App Store. By not allowing apps to be officially released in any other way, Apple has guarded itself against the issue Google’s now facing.With additional reporting by Adam Rosenberg. Epic Games’ decision to release the Android version of its hit game Fortnite without going through Google’s official channels may open its users to malware.Image: EPIC GAMESBy Raymond Wong2018-08-25 18:57:00 UTC An Epic security engineer, at my urging, requested Google delay public disclosure for the typical 90 days to allow time for the update to be more widely installed. Google refused. You can read it all at https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/112630336 Google essentially got slapped in the face when Epic Games, the developer of the super popular Fortnite, decided not to make the game available through the Play Store, but via its own app.Google warned Epic that doing so could potentially put Android users at greater security risk, but the game developer brushed it off, insisting on going it alone for several reasons — including not having to give Google a cut in-app revenue and “embracing open platforms.”Well, now the worst has happened. Despite having no obligation to do so, Google recently discovered an exploit within the Fortnite installer app that allowed malicious apps installed on one’s Android phone to hijack the download process so that instead of downloading the game from Epic’s server, it could download and install something entirely different, which could potentially leave the device open to attacks.Here’s a quick run-down of what happened:Google first discovered the vulnerability inside of the Fortnite installer app on Aug. 15 and immediately notified Epic. Details for the exploit weren’t public yet. Within 48 hours, Epic patched the Fortnite installer and deployed it to all Android users who installed the app. Here’s where things get a little ugly. Even though Epic quickly released a patch for the installer app, it asked Google not to disclose the details of the exploit until after 90 days. Not only would there be more time for users to update their installer apps, but hackers also wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the bug.However, Google’s bug disclosure guidelines explicitly states the following:“This bug is subject to a 90-day disclosure deadline. After 90 days elapse or a patch has been made broadly available, the bug report – including any comments and attachments – will become visible to the public.”Despite Epic’s request for Google to wait the full 90 days before disclosing the exploit, Google abided by its own guidelines and shared the details.Per a Google rep posting to an Issue Tracker thread on the bug report:“…now the patched version of Fortnite Installer has been available for 7 days we will proceed to unrestrict this issue in line with Google’s standard disclosure practices”.Naturally, the Fortnite developer wasn’t happy about Google’s decision at all. Epic provided Mashable the following comment from CEO Tim Sweeney:“Epic genuinely appreciated Google’s effort to perform an in-depth security audit of Fortnite immediately following our release on Android, and share the results with Epic so we could speedily issue an update to fix the flaw they discovered. However, it was irresponsible of Google to publicly disclose the technical details of the flaw so quickly, while many installations had not yet been updated and were still vulnerable.last_img read more

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