Experience virtual reality at ESC Minneapolis

first_img Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry August 29, 2016 at 8:39 pm 3 thoughts on “Experience virtual reality at ESC Minneapolis” I’ve long been enamored by the possibilities offered by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems — not just for entertainment purposes, but also for a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications.I believe that — for the reasons discussed below — 2016 will be seen as the starting point for an exponential growth in the deployment of embedded VR/AR systems. I think that embedded systems developers will be involved in creating specialized VR/AR chipsets and SDKs for use by the creators of higher-level systems; also, embedded systems developers will be augmenting their own products with VR/AR capabilities.Although many people don’t know it, some surprisingly sophisticated VR and AR systems have been developed over the past 10 to 20 years, but their eye-watering price tags meant that they were available only to very specialized and limited industrial and military markets.All that changed recently with the availability of high-end consumer systems — like the Oculus Rift (~$600) and the HTC Vive (~$800) — that end up costing a only couple of thousand dollars with the high-powered graphics workstation required to drive them. (I know a couple of thousand dollars isn’t cheap, but it’s a mere bagatelle compared to the excruciatingly high cost of their industrial forebears.)There are also lower-end systems — like the VR Box (~$20) and the Gear VR (~$99) — that employ your smartphone as the compute/graphics engine. In fact, just a couple of days ago as I pen these words, I visited my chums at GigaParts early in the morning before they flung open their doors to the hoi polloi their regular customers, and I spent a happy couple of hours evaluating, comparing, and contrasting all of the options mentioned above. I’ll be reporting my findings in a future column (see also A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities and Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications).Your’s truly at GigaParts experimenting with a surprisingly affordable VR Box(Source: Max Maxfield / Embedded.com) The reason I mention this here is that my chum Daniel from GigaParts, along with a gaggle of his colleagues, will be bringing some of their mega-VR workstations — along with a full Oculus Rift setup and an HTC Vive station — to the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which will take place September 21-22 in Minneapolis, MN.The GigaParts Booth will be on the main Expo Floor, located close to the ESC Engineering Theater, and anyone attending the conference or Expo is welcome to wander over and experience the most mind-blowing virtual reality experience of their lives.Actually, while I was writing this column (at this very point, in fact), Daniel emailed me to say that they’ve just posted this video showing the Oculus Rift and HTV Vive stations in their store — this will be very similar to the setups they’re bringing to ESC.But wait, there’s more, because Chuck Carter — the man who created the graphics for the legendary Myst game — will be giving the keynote presentation Playing a New Game: VR Challenges and Opportunities at ESC Minneapolis.Chuck Carter (Source: Eagre Games) As you may recall from a previous column (see Virtual reality experiences like ZED will change gaming as we know it), the folks at Eagre Games, of which Chuck is the founder, are furiously beavering away at an innovative, beautifully immersive, story-driven game called ZED.A scene from ZED (Source: Eagre Games) Chuck told me that he perused my column on the beast of a graphics workstation that I purchased from GigaParts to drive my Oculus Rift, and that he’s very much looking forward to seeing my machine’s big brothers at the GigaParts booth.Furthermore, Chuck is planning on giving a live demo as part of his keynote. The idea is to get someone who has never used one of these high-end VR systems before to come up on the stage to try it out for the first time. Meanwhile, the rest of us will see a shallow 2D representation — presented on the big screens either side of the stage — of what this lucky soul is experiencing.The problem is that Chuck has no desire to lug one of his own monster workstations around the country with him. Tra-da! GigaParts to the rescue! I just called Daniel to see if they can help out. He informs me that they’ve just introduced a line of high-end VR-ready laptops and that they will be delighted to loan one to Chuck for his keynote (I do love it when a plan comes together).What, you want even more? Well, as I mentioned in an earlier column (see Discover more about the recent MS-DOS vs. CP/M analysis), a bunch of us (an “Enigma of Engineers,” if you will) will be meeting up on Tuesday 20 September — the evening before the conference — at the Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis.Chuck says that he looks forward joining us there for nibbles and refreshments and that he’ll be more than happy to chat about the Myst days, all of the games and other things he’s been involved in since then, his new ZED game, and virtual and augmented reality in general. We’ll all be wandering in sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and hanging out for a few hours, so please feel free to drop by and join us if you are in the vicinity (I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt — just shout “Max, would you like a beer?” and you will be assured of my undivided attention). David_Ashton_EC says: Pratik Sharmaji says: Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: August 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm “I’m not into games (something to do with a short attention span I think) but compare the shot from ZED above with those from Minecraft in your recent blog. HEAPS better, much better rendering of fine detail, almost looks real, especially the trees.” Log in to Reply November 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm “Minecraft is intentionally “blocky” because everything is constructed out of 1 x 1 x 1 meter blocks.nnZED is pretty much photo-realistic — and if you were using a VR headset it would be like being in a different world. “ “VR Market is growing on a good scale in many cities in India.It is a technology getting adapted at a good pace and many startups are being leveraged by this nnhttps://www.hellosaarthi.com/augmented-reality-virtual-reality-game-developmentnnvr game Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Imran Khan can be face for peace or voice for hostility depending on Pak Army: Tharoor

first_imgBy Yoshita Singh New York, Sep 21 (PTI) Congress leader and author Shashi Tharoor said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has a “fairly clear level” of military backing and could be a “wonderful face” for peace or an “effective voice for hostility” depending on what the Army wants.Tharoor described Khan as a “fine human being” and a “good guy” whom he has known for a long time. Tharoor said one has to understand however that he is now Pakistan’s Prime Minister with a “fairly clear level of military backing”.Khan is a “good guy and if the military decide they want peace, he will be a wonderful face for that peace but if the military decide they want hostility, I’m sure he is equally capable of being an effective voice for hostility,” Tharoor said Thursday during a conversation titled India Sutra’ held at the Jaipur Literature Festival, organised as part of Season of India at Asia Society.Tharoor was responding to a question on whether the election of Khan, a popular cricketer, as Pakistan’s Prime Minister would see a “sporting spirit” coming into play between the two countries. He added that he would love to see more cricket being played between India and Pakistan.He, however, emphasised that the experience that India has had with Pakistan for the last 70 years “shows us that it is what the Pakistani military decides that will determine the prospects for any genuine or lasting peace between our countries.”He said he has often remarked that in India the State has an army and in Pakistan, the army has a State. He said the Army in Pakistan has ruled directly for 32 years and indirectly for the other 38 years by “essentially controlling how much the government could do or not do.advertisement”Every time a civilian government in Pakistan has attempted to make some progress in responding to Indian peace overtures, every single time it’s been interrupted by either a military action directly undertaken by the Pakistan Army like in Kargil or militants unleashed by the Pakistani Army’s notorious ISI as we saw on 26/11,” he said, referring to the Kargil war of 1999 and the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 carried out by 10 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group.”The question that comes up to any Indian government is – is it worth talking to a civilian government in Pakistan or are they all either unable or unwilling to fulfill their professions of peace. That worry will remain, whoever is Prime Minister,” he said.Tharoor added that the paradox of India-Pakistan relations is that there is very little problem between Indians and Pakistanis as people. He said it is “unfair” to expect cricket or any other sport to bear the burden of political relationship or military tension between two countries.”Sport is a sport, it should be seen as such. Whether we win or lose will have no bearing on whether we are going to be able to make peace with the Pakistani authorities. I honestly think we should separate the two,” he said.The ‘Season of India’ is a series of programs and special events on India’s arts and culture that is being held in conjunction with the exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, on view at Asia Society Museum from September 14 through January 20, 2019. PTI YAS NSANSAlast_img read more

Ice dancers Virtue Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

first_imgTheir biggest challenge for gold will come from French couple Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who edged the Canadians at the Grand Prix Final in December.Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremony in 2014 while decorated speedskater Clara Hughes had the honour at the Vancouver Games.“In accepting this unparalleled honour, we commit to embodying the values and the standards that make Canada such a special place and we vow to embrace the Olympic spirit in its purest form,” Moir said. “Team Canada is ready and we cannot wait to be in Pyeongchang with the Maple Leafs on our backs and in our hearts.” Virtue, 28, and Moir, 30, made their Olympic debut eight years ago on home ice in Vancouver, where they captured a gold medal and became household names. They won ice dance silver four years ago in Sochi and added another silver in the team event.The duo then took two years off before deciding to make one more run for Olympic gold. They say they will retire after the Games in Pyeongchang.Carrying the flag into the opening ceremony will put some pressure on the duo to perform to their highest ability, said Moir.“But we like that,” he told reporters. “We always say that we see that pressure as moral support because we put as much pressure on ourselves as we can and we’re going to be ready for the opportunity.”Practice for our flag bearers in the foyer of the House of Commons #cdnpoli #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/c6ULV6kwau— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 16, 2018 Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure skater carried the Canadian flag into an opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.Next month, there will be not one, but two skaters — ice dance darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — leading the way with the red-and-white Maple Leaf as Canada’s Olympic team begins its medal quest at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.The eight-time national champions and three-time world champions were introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Ottawa where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was beaming as he made the announcement.Being given the honour of carrying the flag made coming out of retirement a couple years ago for the Games the best decision ever, even before lacing up to compete, said Virtue.“It’s a good thing we decided to come back and it is certainly incredibly rewarding,” she said. “I mean it doesn’t get any better than this.”Their entrance in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9 will mark the first time a Canadian duo carries the flag into an opening ceremony.“The honour of carrying the Canadian flag … brings with it a sense of duty, privilege, and above all, great pride,” Virtue said.Our flag bearers #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/MWgn2RzUiH— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 16, 2018last_img read more

MikmaqBasque conference joins two communities from opposite sides of the Atlantic

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque people.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img

Record December after a tough year for new car sales

‘Despite a tough 12 months, a record December has seen us through to a respectable year-end total’, commented Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. ‘December diesel registrations boosted the total as company car drivers took advantage of the three per cent tax waiver before the end of the year. However, the economic slow-down in 2005 hit showrooms, and we expect 2006 to be another tough year for the industry. Dealers will continue to fight hard for every sale.’Full details can be downloaded from the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Record December registrations up 8.7 per cent on 2004 to 156,866 units 2005 new car market down five per cent on 2004: 2,439,717 units 2005 diesel registrations total 897,887: massive 40.6 per cent rise in December read more

Cyber attack Stay away from GP surgeries unless urgent amid fears of

first_imgMy real life friends don’t know about my blog/twitter/job, etc… So today is going to be interesting.— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 14, 2017 The rest have been able to restore their functions, leaving them to attempt to sort out a major backlog of patients and attempt to identify what information has been lost since systems were last backed up. Patients are being urged to stay away from GPs amid fears of a “Monday morning meltdown” as a result of the global cyber attacks.It comes amid warnings that the crisis could spread to other sectors, with a wider “escalating threat” as millions of workers switch on their computers.The director of Europol raised fears that the cyber attack that has hit NHS services and global businesses “will continue to grow” as people return to work after the weekend. The head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks.He said the crisis could develop “at a significant scale” in coming days.The leader of Britain’s family doctors urged patients without appointments to stay away from GP practices at the start of the week unless their need is urgent.Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the attacks, combined with precautionary measures, have had an “extensive impact” on GP practices, some of which are likely to struggle on Monday.Last night, she said: “The concern is that on Monday morning the appointment system may not be working, some places may not be able to access routine results, even the phone lines in some cases may not be working.”“If it is routine we are saying please leave it a day or two – if you are urgent we will prioritise but if not please give us a couple of days,” she said. On Sunday afternoon  even hospitals – including Barts NHS trust, the largest in the country –  were continuing to divert patients from Accident & Emergency departments, as they battled the crisis. The impact on GP services has been less clear, with the cyber attack occuring on Friday afternoon as many surgeries prepared to close for the weekend.Health officials are concerned about how the systems will cope when 8,000 GP surgeries open this morning, with no central record of how many surgeries have been affected.Since Friday’s breach more than 200,000 victims – including the NHS – across 150 countries have been infected by the Wanna Decryptor ransomware, also known as WannaCry.Europol director Rob Wainwright said he had been concerned for some time that the health service was not properly protected, unlike banks who had put “a proper strategy in place”.And he said he was fearful that the virus could spread across other sectors, with particular risks today as most workers return to their desks.”At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning,” he said.Mr Wainwright said: “What is happening here is the exploitation of a flaw in the Microsoft operating systems. It is only affecting those computers that are not patched. We have been concerned for some time that the healthcare sector in many countries is particularly vulnerable.” On Sunday he said: “It’s very likely tomorrow that there will be some new cases emerging, possibly at a significant scale, but we don’t know.”So far, the scale of the damage has been limited by a UK security researcher, hailed as an “accidental hero” after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which ended up halting it.The man is today revealed as Marcus Hutchins, from Ilfracombe in Devon.The 22-year old warned that a further attack is likely, saying hackers could upgrade their virus to remove his “kill switch” rendering any systems which are not patched to be  vulnerable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Darien Huss, 28, who worked with the British 22-year-old to stop the cyber attack  Darien Huss, 28, who worked with the British 22-year-old to stop the cyber attack  Urging patients to stay away unless their need was urgent, she said: “We are saying to the public, please bear with us.  “The system may be compromised, but if you are urgent we will prioritise; if it is routine we are saying please leave it a day or two.”If phone lines were not working, patients in need of urgent appointments should make their way to surgeries to seek them out she said.However, the leading GP said the situation across the country was unknown, with no central data  held on which operating systems were run by surgeries, or the extent of the impact.Many practices would have tried to carry out security updates over the weekend, she said.But there remain fears that the true damage could become clear as thousands of doctors try to log on.“In some cases computer systems will have been patched over the weekend but what we are frightened about is everyone logging on and there being a massive drain on the system as every computer is updated,” she said.Health officials have urged the public to use the NHS wisely, and said anyone with an appointment at a hospital or GP surgery should attend unless given specifically told not to.At least 47 NHS organisations have been affected by the crisis, with thousands of operations, tests and appointments disrupted as screens went blank across the country. “It’s very important that people patch their systems now,” he said.”We have stopped this one, but there will be another one coming and it will not be stoppable by us,” he said.”There’s a lot of money in this. There’s no reason for them to stop. It’s not really much effort for them to change the code and then start over.” Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)  said the situation could worsen as the week goes on.“The way these attacks work is that there are compromises of machines and networks that probably haven’t been detected, and also ones that have been detected can spread.last_img read more

Noxious odour which closed school turns out to be Lynx body spray

first_imgA SCHOOL IN the US was closed on Wednesday after a ‘hazardous’ substance resulted in eight tweens being hospitalised.Emergency services were called to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn when a seemingly toxic smell in a classroom resulted in several students growing ill.What was actually going on?  An overabundance of Lynx, or Axe as it’s known in the US.Not exactly the effect the ads would lead you to believe the product has, eh? Source: Lynx EffectH/T GawkerWATCH: Brilliantly cynical take on the ‘life hack’ phenomena>Moss, Angel Delight and sleeveless jumpers…The Great Irish Bake Off semi-final>last_img

SBS reveals VCAT ruling anomalies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An SBS Radio feature has shone more light on the controversial 2011 decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), to dismiss The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council’s complaint against the Australian Macedonian Weekly. The dismissal raised major concerns about the effectiveness of the Australian justice system in such cases. The SBS program ‘Monitoring the ethnic media’ produced by SBS journalist Kristina Kukolja, presented expert views on the VCAT decision, and introduced protagonists on both sides of the debate. In the program, Ms. Kukoljia questioned the kind of journalistic standards that are being upheld in Australia’s ethnic media, and explored systems that might be created to curb racial vilification by extreme ethnic media titles, given the inconsistency and failings of state and federal government policy on the matter. During the 20 minute program, Mr. Ordan Andreevski, a spokesman for the ‘Australian branch of the United Macedonian Diaspora*’ made some revealing remarks, declaring the article which referred to Greek people as “deranged bastardly monsters”, was never intended to offend. Mr Andreevski described the article as “historical” and that it sought to expose “the denial of human rights, especially language rights of Macedonians by Greek authorities over the last 100 years.” The FYROM advocate said he thought the article “may have offended some people, when they take certain words out of context.” The newspaper’s targeting of allegedly like-minded readers (and their assumed prior knowledge of the historical context in which it was written) was central to the newspaper’s defence and VCAT’s decision. Mr Ordan Andreevski told SBS that the reason for the publication of the article in English, unlike most of the newspaper’s articles, was likely to be the targeting of younger members of the community who may not know the claimed historical context. “Our young generation needs to be aware of the past and present policies that are unfortunately still current in Greece. If community newspapers don’t educate the community about historical events and policies and practices, then they will not be doing their job.” In dismissing the racial vilification complaint, VCAT tribunal member Noreen Megay had told the tribunal that the reasoning for her judgement, was that “for the average Macedonian reader, this article is probably just ‘preaching to the converted’.” President of Liberty Victoria, Professor Spencer Zifcak, told SBS that he had been surprised and dismayed by the VCAT decision. “‘Preaching to the converted’ is not a viable argument against the capacity of a published article to incite racial hatred or serious racial contempt,” said Professor Zifcak, before adding that inconsistency in the enforcement of legislation governing race-related speech at the state and federal levels has long been evident, and needs to be changed. The program ‘Monitoring the ethnic media’ can be found on the SBS podcast website.*This is the formal name under which the above entities are registered in Australia. Neos Kosmos does not endorse the use of the term Macedonian. last_img read more

North America could have a threecountry league

first_imgEarly this year the MLS in the United States and the Liga MX in Mexico launched a partnership with the introduction of the Campeones CupNorth America is getting ready to work together towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Canada, United States, and Mexico.But according to Mexico’s Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla, there could be a three-country league in the future.“It’s a possibility, a North American league. We have to determine how and see the pros and cons but I think that’s a way to grow and to compete again,” Bonilla was quoted by The Daily Mail.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“If we can make a World Cup then we can make a North American league or a North American cup. The main idea is that we have to grow together to compete. If not, there is only going to be the rich guys in Europe and the rest of the world.”“We think this opportunity with the World Cup in 2026 opens the door for us to make a lot of things different and better,” he added.“We need to get out of our region… We have to go out more. The problem that we have is distance. Coming to Europe is quite difficult for our teams in getting there, and going down to South America is a long way also,”“So, it’s quite difficult and what we have to do is we have to join forces with the MLS to get stronger together and then we can think of competing with Europe,” he commented.last_img read more

Community Christmas tree lit

first_imgSanta Claus was greeted by a crowd of approximately 500 people Friday at Esther Short Park, where he had the honor of lighting the community Christmas tree.Santa, who arrived on a Vancouver Fire Department truck, probably had to forgo his sleigh due to a low cloud cover, speculated Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, who emceed the event. Strahan and Scott Campbell, governmental and community affairs manager for Waste Connections, which co-sponsored the event with the city of Vancouver and the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, led the crowd in chanting “We want Santa.” Yellow caution tape across Propstra Square created a path for Santa, which narrowed as children pressed forward to catch a glimpse.Santa was accompanied by Mrs. Claus — who bore a striking resemblance to Vancouver City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle — and elves.Santa wished the crowd “a big Merry Christmas!” and thanked people for coming out in the rain to greet him and Mrs. Claus before lighting the tree.Unlike last year, all of the strands came on.Squirrels were blamed for a section of the tree that stayed dark last year. This year, the city waited until Tuesday to have the tree decorated to give squirrels less time to nibble the strands.last_img read more

Borough To Launch New Emergency Notification System

first_imgThe new system will work similar to the previous one, but instead of just calling peoples phones it will include texting and social media notifications. On Monday, April 30, residents will be able to log onto http://alerts.kpb.us to register for alerts to their smartphones. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management will be launching a new emergency  notification system, on Monday, April 30. Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management Director Dan Nelson: “KPB Alerts is going to be our new public warning system in case of emergencies or other events on the Kenai Peninsula. Previously we’ve had systems before since the late 90s that have done this, but with the advances of mobile phones this new system is going to take advantage of that by going beyond just reverse calling our residents that might in the affected area.” center_img Nelson cited the recent tsunami warnings that were sent out following the 8.0 earthquake back in January: “Our system wasn’t able to make all of the phone calls that were needed to reach all of our residents in the amount of time that was required.”   KPB Alerts would notify Kenai Peninsula residents of an emergency situation directly to their mobile device, and social media accounts. The new system will be replacing the current ‘rapid notify’ system.last_img read more

Chinese firms come out in support of Huawei no promotion and incentives

first_imgA security guard keeps watch at the entrance to the Huawei global headquarters in Shenzhen in ChinaNICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty ImagesJust a few weeks ago, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, was detained in Canada on behalf of the United States and the move created a diplomatic tussle between China and the US. While Wanzhou was later released on bail, the effects of the detention are now spilling over in many forms.In the latest, several companies in the country have come out in support of Huawei and are discouraging employees from using Apple products. While some firms are reportedly providing subsidies to workers purchasing Huawei phones, others are said to be more aggressive in their stand against the US and Apple products.A textile firm has reportedly sent a notice to its employees, in which it has said that workers who use iPhones are unlikely to receive promotions or incentives in the company. Though the company has explained that it is not forcing its employees to stop using iPhones and other Apple products, it said that using homegrown brands would help receive priority when it comes to promotions.”So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands,” a manager of Zhejiang Kangjiesi New Material Technology Co. told the Global Times.The manager, who has been identified as just Liu, also revealed that the company has ordered Huawei products worth 20,000 yuan ($2,908 approx) for its management teams and clients. In addition, the company is also providing about 20-50 percent subsidy to employees who purchase a Huawei handset.An employee, who spoke to the Global Times, revealed that over 100 workers of the textile company have moved to Huawei devices until now. “A lot of our colleagues used iPhones before, but I know many of them have bought new smartphones from Huawei,” she explained.Meanwhile, it is just just larger firms that are voicing their support for Huawei. Several hotel and restaurants are said to be offering discounts to patrons using Huawei phones. A brewer in the Henan Province is providing a 30 percent discount to patrons, who produce the purchase receipt of a Huawei phone, reported the Nikkei Asian Review.Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on December 1 and a Canada Justice department official had said that the US Department of Justice had opened the investigation in April and was probing if the telecommunications brand sold gear to Iran despite a ban on exports to the region.”She is sought for extradition by the United States,” he had said at the time. The US has been voicing concerns about Huawei operations since 2016, claiming that the brand could install back doors in their equipment, which would, in turn, let them monitor users of the device in the US.Even though the brand had categorically denied these allegations, the Pentagon had stopped providing Huawei devices to its armed forces and retailer Best Buy too stopped the sale of Huawei products, reported Bloomberg.Wanzhou’s arrest created a furore in China and calling the arrest “unreasonable” Beijing also summoned US ambassador Terry Branstad demanding her release.”The actions of the US have seriously violated the legitimate and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and are extremely bad in nature,” China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told Branstad, according to news agency Xinhua.”The Chinese side resolutely opposes this and strongly urges the US to attach great importance to China’s solemn stance and immediately take measures to correct wrong practices and withdraw arrest warrants against Chinese citizens,” Le added.Wanzhou was released on December 11 on a C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail. She has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11 pm to 6 am. Five of her friends have pledged equity in their homes as a guarantee she will not flee.last_img read more

Jamaats apology wont stop trial for crimes against humanity Minister

first_imgRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the trial of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders would continue even if the party seeks apology for its crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war, reports UNB.The ruiling party general secretary came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the Awami League president’s political office in Dhanmondi.”It’s not clear yet why the matter of seeking apology by Jamaat has appeared after 47 years of independence. It might be their political strategy. However, they have not said anything officially yet over the matter. Even if they seek apology, the trial of war criminals which is underway would not be stopped,” said Quader.On another query, he said, “What would be the big difference if Jamaat changes its name?…it’s like old wine in new bottle. It is all the same if there remains the same old ideology in the new name.”last_img read more

Van Jones Talks About His Lumiere AwardWinning Winston DukeStarring VR Experience The

first_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “Everybody has been a child in a car,” Jones said, which made the experience universally relatable. But not everyone has experienced racial profiling, and the realities of interacting with police while black. “It is not a gruesome scene, but it is very disturbing,” he said. Winston Duke on set in Los Angeles.To make “The Messy Truth” more immersive, Jones and director Elijah Allan-Blitz made use of a high-end VR headset in combination with a Leap Motion sensor. “It uses infrared cameras to track the movement of your hand,” said Allan-Blitz. “In the experience, you are looking down and you see your whole body.”“It really does pull you in,” added Jones, who has seen people become very emotional after viewing the experience. “Sometimes, there is tears.” It probably also didn’t hurt that the duo was able to get Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in “Black Panther,” to play the father in the piece, something Jones called “a huge coup.”“The Messy Truth VR Experience,” whose executive producer is Michael Dutton of 6cc Media, is currently being shown at the Technicolor Lab in Los Angeles. Jones and Allan-Blitz have plans to bring the experience to people across the country, possibly showing it in airports or shopping centers as well as at festivals. The exact distribution plan is still being worked out, as is a strategy for giving viewers a chance to take action after experiencing “The Messy Truth.”Jones’ Magic Labs, 6cc and Allan-Blitz plan to produce additional VR pieces that give people a chance to experience new perspectives on issues like the plight of coal miners in Appalachia, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment in the workplace. Ultimately, they also want to distribute those experiences as 360-degree videos for maximum exposure.“I believe that there is a massive hunger for more empathy and understanding,” Jones said. VR could be the ideal empathy machine for this, and be part of an effort to use technology for good. Said Jones: “Right now, we have an overabundance of data and a scarcity of wisdom.” “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a new virtual reality (VR) short-doc created by Van Jones and starring “Black Pather” actor Winston Duke, was awarded with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Social Justice Lumiere Award Wednesday night. In an exclusive interview with Variety, Jones opened up about the power of VR to overcome divisiveness with empathy.“Media is being more and more used to either divide or distract,” Jones said. The TV host, activist and social entrepreneur argued that media was used either as a toy or a weapon, and called divisive clickbait “a symptom of laziness.”Now, Jones wants to use VR to reach beyond those divides. “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a first in a series of planned VR pieces, does this by putting viewers into the shoes of a African-American child, who is in the car with its father while getting pulled over by police.last_img read more

Will Microsoft remove Advanced Update options in Windows 10 1903 Pro

first_imgWill Microsoft remove Advanced Update options in Windows 10 1903 Pro? by Martin Brinkmann on March 06, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: March 07, 2019 – 37 commentsThe next feature update for Windows 10 will be released in the coming months. If things go as they look right now, Microsoft may remove advanced update options in the Pro edition of Windows 10 version 1903.If you run Windows 10 Professional version 1809 right now, the current up-to-date version of the operating system, and check out the advanced update settings provided, you will notice options to defer feature and quality updates.Feature updates can be deferred for up to 365 days and quality updates for 30 days right now. A quick check of the advanced update options on a PC running Windows 10 version 1903, an Insider Build, suggests that these options have been removed.In fact, the only option that administrators get right now when they open Windows Update in the Settings application is to pause updates by up to seven days; this is the same time period that Microsoft plans to roll out in Windows 10 Home editions.Below are two screenshots. The first shows the advanced options on a fully patched Windows 10 Pro version 1809 system, the second the advanced options on a recent Insider Build version of Windows 10 version 1903.Windows 10 version 1809Windows 10 version 1809 displays options to defer feature and quality updates, and to pause updates.Microsoft introduced these options in the Fall Creators Update in 2017. Windows 10 version 1903Windows 10 version 1903 displays only one option to control when updates are downloaded and installed on the computer. The option to pause updates is displayed in Windows Update, the advanced options feature a selector to pick a specific day in that 7-day period.In other words: the option to defer updates was removed from Windows Updates in the Settings app completely, the pause option limited to seven days instead of 30 days.Microsoft did announce that it would get rid of the Semi Annual-Channel (Targeted) setting which deferred feature updates by about four months for business users.Group Policy to the rescueThe removal in the Settings application does not mean that Microsoft removed the options from Pro versions entirely.The Group Policy still lists options to defer and that is where administrators need to go in Windows 10 version 1903 to defer updates.Open the Start menu.Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter-key; this opens the Group Policy Editor.Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for BusinessSelect when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received — gives you options to defer feature updates (or preview builds if you run Windows Insider versions).Select when Quality Updates are received — gives you options to defer quality updates (the cumulative updates that Microsoft releases regularly).Closing WordsIt is unclear why Microsoft is making the change; even Woody is puzzled by this. It is quite possible that Microsoft wanted to sync the settings between Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Could it have something to do with a recent study that claimed that Windows Update is too complicated?At least some administrators will be puzzled when they don’t find the options anymore in the Settings application. Others may involuntarily install updates early because they may not know about the deferral options in the Group Policy or Registry, or third-party tools.Now You: When do you install updates? What is your take on the change?SummaryArticle NameWill Microsoft remove Advanced Update options in Windows 10 1903 Pro?DescriptionIt looks as if Microsoft is going to remove options to defer updates using the Settings application in Windows 10 Pro version 1903.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

These are the 20 best retirement cities in the US for LGBT

first_imgFort Lauderdale earned the coveted number one spot. | Photo: Flickr/Daniel Dudek GAYSTARNEWS- Austin, Texas has been dethroned as the best retirement city in the United States for LGBT senior citizens. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Senior Advice’s top 20 cities. | Photo: SeniorAdviceCalifornia topped the list with the most number of cities. Four made it from the Golden State, including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, and, of course, San Francisco.Palm Springs came in fifth and is described as a ‘great alternative to San Francisco for those LGBT seniors who seek a more financially reasonable California city to call home’.It also is the third highest city with the most number of same-sex couples per 1,000 people.After last year’s November elections, Palm Springs also became the country’s first city with an entirely LGBT council.How did the cities make it?SeniorAdvice uses their very own system to score cities — SeniorScore.It’s described as an ‘un-biased, data-driven algorithm that incorporates over 100 data points from numerous sources’. The sources include Medicare, the census, and other government information.The SeniorScore is broke down into four categores: health and safety, recreation and leisure, finances, and general quality of life.Several of the top 20 cities fit into at least one of these categories.Albuquerque, New Mexico, for example, has lower property taxes (finances) and great weather (quality of life).Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) SeniorAdvice, a free resource for senior citizens in the US, released their 2018 list of LGBT-friendly retirement cities.Fort Lauderdale, Florida topped the list this year. As the 10th largest city in the state, it boasts mild weather and 20% of the state’s senior population. It also has plenty of gay-friendly businesses and bars.Last year, Austin came in first while Ft. Lauderdale landed in second.This is the second-annual list from the organization. Previously, they identified only 15 cities and focused on US cities with populations over 500,000. However, this year they expanded their efforts to include smaller locations.Nine cities are repeats from 2017, and 11 are newcomers.The cities that made the cutBelow are the top 20 cities of 2018 and some of the big reasons why they were chosen.Ft. Lauderdale, FLAustin, TXAtlanta, GAPortland, ORPalm Springs, CASanta Fe, NMProvidence, RISeattle, WAColumbus, OHLos Angeles, CANew Orleans, LATampa, FLBoston, MASalt Lake City, UTSan Diego, CACleveland, OHSan Francisco, CAAlbuquerque, NMBaltimore, MDPittsburgh, PA There is now a magazine for gay people over 50LGBTQ travelers prefer Fort Lauderdale and 1.5 billion in revenue plus an eTN award showsGreater Fort Lauderdale further solidifies itself as major LGBT tourism hubRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/20-best-retirement-cities-lgbt-seniors/last_img read more

IBA and RaySearch Join Forces to Advance Adaptive Proton Therapy

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more September 6, 2016 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) and RaySearch Laboratories have entered into a long-term strategic alliance to combine their respective technologies and advance adaptive proton therapy.As part of the collaboration, the RayCare oncology information system, which is currently in development at RaySearch, will be customized for optimal use together with the IBA delivery solutions. In both RayStation and RayCare, as well as in the IBA delivery solutions, joint features, dedicated software interfaces and modified graphical user interface components will allow for a close and seamless workflow integration with optimized performances. The result will be a complete turnkey solution for all software and hardware needed to deliver adaptive proton therapy treatment.Proton therapy is one of the most precise forms of radiation therapy: Targets can be pinpointed with the optimal radiation dose, while adjacent tissue is spared to a much higher degree than with conventional radiation therapy. The technique is growing in popularity worldwide, and studies are converging to point towards the fact that approximately 20 percent of radiation therapy patients could benefit from proton therapy while only 1 percent receive it today.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com, www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | September 06, 2016 IBA and RaySearch Join Forces to Advance Adaptive Proton Therapy Strategic alliance will work to integrate RaySearch’s RayCare oncology information system with IBA’s proton therapy delivery systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

SeaWorld makes more than 35000 rescues in 55 years experts reveal threats

first_imgSince 1964, the same year SeaWorld first opened its gates, SeaWorld’s rescue teams have been on the frontlines of giving ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned animals a second chance at life. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment recently announced that SeaWorld Rescue has now come to the aid of more than 35,000 marine and terrestrial animals in its 55-year history. Trends in rescue data suggest that the impact of human activity on our oceans, such as plastic pollution, is taking an increasing toll on marine wildlife in recent years.To grow awareness of the threats facing wildlife, the company also launched a new SeaWorld Rescue channel on Instagram ahead of World Oceans Day that tells the story of rescue, rehabilitation and release, as seen through the eyes of those on the frontlines of saving animals.“As an organisation, we want to get to a place where we conduct fewer rescue operations, not more, but right now there are a lot of ill, distressed or stranded wild animals in need,” said Jon (JP) Peterson, Senior Leader of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando, who has personally assisted thousands of distressed animals. “We’re not there yet, but there’s much more awareness now of the impact that humans are having on the ocean’s health and the animals that live in the ocean than there was when I started on the rescue team and that gives us hope. Part of SeaWorld’s mission is to increase awareness and education of the true impact humans are having on our oceans and the detrimental effects on marine wildlife.”SeaWorld cites changes in sea surface temperatures, urban development and resulting habitat loss, along with ocean pollution, as primary causes and concerns impacting marine wildlife. According to SeaWorld Rescue data, for example, approximately half of the manatees rescued along Florida’s coast since 2015 were in danger from human-impacted activities, including paralysis caused by cold stress or red tide as seawater temperatures dramatically change with the climate, injuries caused by boat strikes, or entanglement in marine debris.“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to express our sincere gratitude to SeaWorld on behalf of the West Indian manatee on World Oceans Day and every day,” said Jay Herrington, Field Supervisor for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Florida Ecological Services Office. “The rescue team and veterinary staff have always gone above and beyond for these animals, pairing a love for Florida’s beloved state marine mammal with a desire to contribute to manatee conservation and recovery. This dedication by the SeaWorld team to help save the species has extended across the Florida border, as they have led manatee rescue operations from Massachusetts to Texas with many other partners in marine conservation.”SeaWorld’s rescue team is on call 24/7, 365 days of the year, partnering with multiple government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to rescue and rehabilitate animals, with the ultimate goal of restoring them to full health so they can return to their natural habitat.“SeaWorld has been a long-standing valuable partner in promoting marine conservation and rescuing and rehabilitating stranded, entangled or imperilled marine wildlife,” said Donna Wieting, Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources. “On World Oceans Day, NOAA and SeaWorld remind the public that they, too, have an important role in reporting stranded or injured marine animals.”In addition to SeaWorld’s rescue efforts, the company’s team of experienced zoologists and researchers are working on the frontlines of conservation around the globe to help some of the estimated one million species that are being driven toward extinction.last_img read more

Leading up to the anniversary on 1 September 2017

first_imgLeading up to the anniversary on 1 September 2017, and throughout the subsequent first year of its second decade, the hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Pen10Tokyo campaign. Hotel staff are sporting a new anniversary logo inspired by traditional mizuhiki cords that are used in Japan to express gratitude, good wishes and treasured connections. Designed by Tokyo-based Eat Creative brand and design agency, the intersecting lines of the anniversary symbol represent the many bonds of past, present and future that unites The Peninsula Tokyo with its guests and community at large. These timeless ties are acknowledged throughout the campaign, starting with the special moments and exchanges that guests of the hotel enjoy within its spaces and extending to The Peninsula Tokyo’s many public initiatives that deepen its connection with Japan.“Tied into knots and other shapes with symbolic meanings, mizuhiki have long been associated with celebratory and auspicious occasions in Japan,” comments General Manager Sonja Vodusek. “Our tenth-anniversary symbol shows our commitment to honoring such enduring Japanese traditions, and reflects our strong community relations that is shown through our many charity and other community outreach initiatives. The message is, “We are with you, always – now and in the years to come. Creating everlasting memories and guests for life – generation by generation.”A number of local food and beverage promotions and regional city events are planned as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, including “The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017– A Peninsula Signature Event” from 21 to 25 October 2017. The rally invites 160 drivers and passengers of 80 iconic automobiles to participate in a four-day journey across Honshu from Kyoto to Tokyo, complete with luxury accommodation, regional cuisine and visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Classic car enthusiasts will convene to celebrate the camaraderie stemming from their shared passions for motoring. The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017 is the first event of its kind to be sponsored by a luxury hotel company in Japan, and underscores The Peninsula Hotels’ long association with classic cars. The October 2017 rally will draw on the 14-year heritage of two other Peninsula Signature Events – “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering” and the affiliated “The Quail Rally.” Held annually in Carmel, California at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, a property in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited portfolio, The Quail Rally is a three-day, invitation-only charity drive that brings together vintage automobiles and their collectors for a tour along the back roads of Monterey County and through the spectacular vistas of the Pacific Coast.Pen10Tokyo Gala CelebrationA 10th anniversary gala event showcasing the warmth and legendary service of The Peninsula is planned on 26 October 2017. Invited guests will include, the Board of Directors of The HongKong Shanghai Hotels, Ltd., local government officials, community leaders, in-house hotel guests, Japanese celebrities and more. A highlight of the evening will be the Pen10Tokyo Chefs from all 10 Peninsula Hotels destinations: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok, Manila and Tokyo, showcasing gourmet dishes inspired by these locations and to commemorate a decade of continued success and excellence.Pen10Tokyo Wellness This Peninsula Spa package, priced at JPY 100,000, offers the Ten Element Spa Journey that incorporates a combination of the five senses (hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste) and five natural elements based on the Chinese philosophy (fire, water, wood, metal and earth) for rejuvenation and restoration of body’s balance. The one-hour and 50-minute spa treatment begins with The Peninsula Tea Ceremony, and is followed by a combination of body exfoliation and wrap. A facial cleanse is conducted while the body is cocooned in natural linens. The body is massaged using aromatherapy oils, soothing the back, shoulder and neck to restore the body’s balance. The treatment ends with an acupressure head massage to ease tension from mind and body. The Pen10Tokyo Wellness package also includes a 45-minute one-on-one training session with a personal trainer, a Naturally Peninsula bento box, a luxurious 70-minute Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure, complimentary fitness gear, access to pool and fitness centre; and complimentary eight-hour valet parking. The Ten Element Spa Journey can be purchased separately, at a price of JPY 37,000.Keys to the CityFirst introduced at The Peninsula Chicago in 2015, followed by The Peninsula Paris and The Peninsula Beijing, Keys to the City is an experiential programme that provides hotel guests with complimentary access and added value-benefits to incredible “only-in-Tokyo” experiences, with 10 Keys to the City programmes.Pen10Tokyo InstagramAs part of the 10th anniversary digital campaign and to enhance engagement on multiple social media channels, The Peninsula Tokyo launched its Instagram account promoting Peninsula hashtags, #Pen10Tokyo and #PenMoments, to share special moments and experiences at The Peninsula Tokyo throughout the year.last_img read more