Verizons antirobocall service will be automatically enabled on Android phones

first_img Post a comment 0 The free version of Call Filter will block robocalls, sending them automatically to voicemail, and put a warning label on potential spam calls. Verizon said auto-enrollment will begin Tuesday for postpaid customers with eligible devices. Prepaid Android customers and iPhone users can enroll in the free service by downloading the Call Filter app. Verizon started offering a free version of its spam- and robocall-blocking tools to customers in March. The wireless carrier also offers a paid version called Call Filter Plus, which costs $2.99 a month per line. The paid service offers additional tools like the ability to identify unknown callers by name and a spam number lookup feature.The number of unwanted robocalls skyrocketed 46% from 2017 to 2018. A January report from Hiya, a caller ID service, said there were 26.3 billion robocalls made in the US in 2018. The number breaks down to an average of 10 monthly calls per person. The FCC has said frustration over robocalls is the No. 1 complaint it receives from consumers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of grievances filed with the agency every year. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Best Buy Tips to stop robocalls Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile See It $999 See It Now playing: Watch this: See it Sprint 1:04 $999 See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The free Call Filter service blocks robocalls and flags potential spam calls. Angela Lang/CNET Verizon on Tuesday said it’ll begin automatically enrolling eligible Android phones in its free Call Filter service. The company said it’s making the move after the Federal Communications Commission in June voted to give wireless carriers greater power to “aggressively block” unwanted robocalls. “We know our customers are sick and tired of the endless onslaught of robocalls,” Ronan Dunne, Verizon executive vice president, said in a release. “Our team is committed to developing and enhancing the tools that will help bring relief to our customers. This is another major step in that process.” Share your voice $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Verizonlast_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan mocks R Ashwin responds to Mankad warning with a bizarre

first_imgAshwin’s picture was shredded by James Anderson.Ravichandran Ashwin Instagram Shikhar Dhawan performed a few bizarre moves as a response to Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ warning when Delhi Capitals took on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League clash on Saturday, April 20. The match at Feroz Shah Kotla featured the teams ranked three and four on the points table, thus the stakes were pretty high. Punjab batted first and scored 163 in their 20 overs and in response, Delhi made a solid start to reach 108 runs for the loss of the solitary wicket of young Prithvi Shaw in the 13th over. After two balls of the over had been bowled, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was on strike and Ashwin was the bowler. The skipper of KXIP, instead of delivering the ball, stopped his run-up immediately as reached the popping crease, gave a glance at an advancing Dhawan at the non-striker’s end and went back to the start of his mark to bowl the next delivery. This was the second non-verbal warning of the match for Dhawan as he had earlier wandered well outside his crease in the 12th over. On that occasion, Murugan Ashwin warned the Delhi batsman. Ashwin gave a Mankad warning to Dhawan.Hotstar ScreengrabDhawan, not one to back away from a challenge, proceeded to do a stretch after planting his bat inside the crease as Ashwin returned to his bowling mark. But what took the cake and got a massive applause was when the Delhi batsman pulled out some of his nightclub moves. As Ashwin was delivering the third ball of the over, Dhawan — with bat inside the crease at the non-striker’s end — gyrated his hips and shook his entire body with eyes fixed on the bowler. “That was great to watch, the crowd also joining in. They are watching all this — fun games,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on commentary as fellow commentator Lisa Sthalekar could be heard laughing hysterically in the background. “This is a nice little byplay between the two. But you can sense that this is a crucial moment [in the match]. Yeah, he [Dhawan’s] not going to make the mistake [of leaving his crease] again,” said Sthalekar. “He’s done a twist from the ’60s,” concluded Manjrekar as replays of Dhawan’s odd, yet adorable, dance moves were shown in the replays. Dhawan played a handy knock of 56 in the match as he helped Delhi chase down the score with two balls to spare. The India international was dismissed by Hardus Viljoen and incidentally, it was Ashwin who took a fantastic catch, running to his left. After Dhawan’s dismissal, it was skipper Shreyas Iyer who took charge and saw his side home courtesy a man of the match performance. With that victory, Delhi moved to 12 points from 10 games and consolidated their third-place position on the points table. The capital franchise will face Rajasthan Royals in their next game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22.last_img read more

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Research from German industry association Bitkom s

first_imgResearch from German industry association Bitkom shows that 46% of TVs sold in Germany are now connected TVs.One in six German homes now has a connected TV and that will soon rise to over 20%, according to Bitkom.Furthermore, almost a third of the installed base of connected TV owners use the Internet functionality.last_img

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French video site Dailymotion said that it has now

first_imgFrench video site Dailymotion said that it has now exceeded 100 content partner-created TV apps since it teamed up with Opera Software two months ago.In July Dailymotion signed up as Opera’s first partner for its free app-creation tool Opera TV Snap. The French company said that more than 100 partners have now used this to transform their existing Dailymotion video channels into ready-to-run smart TV apps, which are available in the Opera TV Store.The 100 channels include one by French daily newspaper Le Figaro and an online music channel app called The Mahogany Sessions.“It is projected that over 100 million homes will have a Smart TV by 2016, proving that the TV screen is a fast growing new territory for online video. The impressive uptake of Opera TV Snap demonstrates the importance to our content partners of easily exploiting this emerging platform to reach a wider audience and allow users to access their favourite content directly on their TVs,” said Vincent Martin, VP distribution and business development at Dailymotion.last_img read more

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The video industry has always worked to improve th

first_imgThe video industry has always worked to improve the TV viewing experience. More than a decade ago, the transition from SD to HD provided significant improvements to video quality. 3DTV was another attempt that failed to get traction and ended up with limited success. More recently, there has been much hype about 4K/Ultra-HD from the CE industry in effort to drive sales of high-end TV models with bigger screens.On the service providers side such technological transitions have historically taken longer time as multiple elements need to fall into place. These include wide availability of new content, sufficient installed base of TV sets and reasonable cost of new equipment both on the head-end and end-customer sides.While there is a clear push from the CE industry to adopt 4K/Ultra-HD, service providers are still struggling with the new value proposition of this new format. Various studies have shown that focusing on delivering more pixels will have limited impact on the viewing experience while incurring extra cost throughout the whole content delivery value chain. On the other hand, there is a general consensus within the industry that high dynamic range (HDR) video will substantially improve the user’s viewing experience and can unlock the potential of Ultra-HD. Efforts are underway to standardize HDR implementation within the end-to-end content delivery chain.This paper outlines the key principles of HDR and reviews the remaining challenges ahead to enable mass commercial deployment of HDR video.last_img read more

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Dear Reader You can earn a higher salary than t

first_imgDear Reader, You can earn a higher salary than the average college graduate by delivering pizzas. Just move to Stanley, North Dakota and reply to this Craigslist ad: Why are these businesses so eager to hire? Because business is booming. And business is booming because they’re near the Bakken, which is at the heart of America’s energy resurgence. It’s good old-fashioned economic stimulus. Oil companies, sensing an opportunity to profit, are luring workers to North Dakota by paying them top dollar. These workers then eat pizza and shop at Walmart. The result is a booming local economy. Notice what is not part of this equation: the government. Contrast North Dakota to the growing list of US cities that are attempting to force wages higher via minimum-wage increases. Seattle passed a minimum-wage increase to $15/hour. San Diego hiked its minimum wage to $11.50/hour. Washington DC’s minimum is rising to $11.50/hour, too. Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel wants his city to adopt a $13 minimum wage. Activists in Los Angeles are now calling for a $15 minimum. I could keep going, but you get the picture. There’s all the difference in the world between wages rising because of increased production and a government forcing wages higher by edict. The former is good for everyone. Even though $56K/year plus generous benefits seems expensive for a deliveryman, Jimmy’s is happy to pay it, because the company expects to turn a profit. But when a government outlaws jobs below a certain wage, only a lucky few win. Doug French will elaborate on that point in a minute. First, let’s take a quick look at where this trend is headed. Not only do 63% of Americans favor raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, Obama already raised it to $10.10 for a lucky subset of Americans. Yes, Congress is deadlocked on whether to raise the minimum wage, but that’s never stopped Barack before. With a stroke of the pen, he issued an executive order raising the minimum for federal contractors to $10.10 beginning in 2015. It’s clear that the federal minimum wage is headed higher. What’s less obvious but equally important is that another, separate increase in the cost of employment is also coming. Remember the “or else” provisions of Obamacare that threaten most employers to either provide health care to their employees or pay a penalty? They kick in by 2016, and they’ll add at least another $1.05/hour to an employer’s cost of hiring an employee. Put it all together, and the minimum cost to hire a worker is likely to jump at least 50% soon, as illustrated by this chart I snagged from the most recent edition of The Casey Report: (Click to enlarge) Then hope Jimmy’s hires you. If you don’t get the job, all is not lost. Plenty of businesses in northwestern North Dakota are offering lucrative pay. Even notoriously stingy Walmart is starting new hires at $17 an hour:center_img The coming “all in” minimum wage of $12.17/hr equates to about $30,000 per year. Which prompts the question: What’s going to happen to the roughly 70 million jobs in America that cost employers less than $30,000 per year? The answer: they’ll disappear. As I mentioned last week, French McDonald’s workers know this all too well. To combat rising labor costs, McDonald’s has been installing kiosks to replace some of its French employees. France’s minimum wage is about $12.12/hour. This trend—the automation of low-skill human labor—is just getting started in America, but it will soon kick into overdrive. As the cost of low-skill human labor becomes prohibitive, businesses will search for mechanized substitutes. And the first call they’ll make is to the automation company we recommend in the newest edition of The Casey Report. If you’ve eaten at TGI Friday’s, used the self-checkout machines at Walmart, or printed a boarding pass at the airport in the last 10 years, you’ve used this company’s labor-saving products. Click here to subscribe to The Casey Report to ride this secular trend with us. Labor-saving automation is the trend of the future, and now’s the time to get positioned. I’ll now pass the baton to Doug French to continue the minimum-wage discussion. Then you’ll find a fun story from subscriber N P Chaudhri about a lucrative scam created by a communist cab driver.last_img read more

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A new report shows North Carolina has the nations

first_imgA new report shows North Carolina has the nation’s second highest increase in opioid deaths. A study from the Centers For Disease Control estimates that just over 2,500 people in North Carolina overdosed on opioids and other drugs in 2017. That’s a nearly 22 percent increase from the year before.The CDC says that of those overdoses, nearly 2,300 deaths were reported, but that number is expected to rise due in part to autopsy delays. Public officials tell the News and Observer that the rise is due in part to the rapid spread of synthetic fentanyl, which is cheaper and more potent than heroin.The black market is also seeing a spike in fentanyl “analogues,” which are drugs created to imitate the effects of fentanyl. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says there are at least 42 types of these copycat drugs on the market, many of which are being mixed in with heroin, cocaine and other painkillers.The skyrocketing pace of drug overdoses in North Carolina mirrors a national trend. The state with the steepest rise in overdose deaths in 2017 was Nebraska, with a nearly 33 percent increase.last_img read more

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When photographer Nico Therin came across pictures

first_imgWhen photographer Nico Therin came across pictures of wrestling matches on the sand in Senegal, he was so intrigued he decided to take his camera and go. It didn’t take long for Therin to learn that in Senegal, wrestling is a national sport. As Khadim Gadiaga, president of the Senegalese Wrestlers Association, puts it, “Every Senegalese — mothers and fathers, even the president of the republic — they love Senegalese wrestling.”During his visit to Dakar this spring, Therin saw that enthusiasm manifest itself in kids wrestling in the streets after school. And in the hours before sunset he observed beaches fill with both kids and adults, professionals and amateurs, wrestling on the soft sand. Yes, on the sand. Even in stadiums, where professional matches take place before large crowds, the “ring” is a rectangle of sand, says Therin, 30, who was born in France and is now based in Los Angeles. As the wrestlers go at it, the sand settles on their skin, like a layer of grit. When they fall to the ground, the sand also cushions them. The sport has a long history in Senegal. The traditional form of Senegalese wrestling, “without blows,” has existed for centuries, says Thierno Ka, vice-president in charge of Olympic Wrestling and Communications at the Comité National de Gestion de Lutte. “Without blows” means “people can’t hit each other with their hands,” explains sports journalist Oumar Diarra.Champion wrestlers from different villages would compete against each other as part of celebrations after a good harvest. Starting in the 1930s, a different form of wrestling “with blows” became popular. It’s “more like boxing and wrestling mixed together,” says Diarra. In recent decades television broadcasts and commercial sponsorships have brought greater visibility and enlarged fan bases for the sport, he says, including youthful wrestlers hoping to find financial success in the ring. Therin gained entrance to Senegal’s wrestling culture with the help of one of the country’s most famous champions, Lut Pathe Boy. Popularly known as Big Pato, he is also a policeman, with a T-shirt that sports dual photos of him in his police uniform and his wrestling gear, and the caption, “Le Flic de l’Arene,” which Therin translated as “The Cop of the Arena.””He told me, ‘I get up in the morning to serve others,'” says Therin. “Without him I could not have photographed this work.” Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Ricci Shryrock, a photojournalist based in Senegal, contributed to this report. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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lucianaberger refuses to rule out joining a new

first_img.@lucianaberger refuses to rule out joining a new Party saying there’s a disaffection with the lack of leadership #Peston pic.twitter.com/kOA4ZOnqTr— Peston (@itvpeston) February 6, 2019Backbench MP Luciana Berger refused to rule out leaving Labour to join another party on ITV’s Peston last night.Peston: “You’ve been associated with a breakaway party. True?”Berger: “I think what the poll highlights is that there’s a disaffection with the lack of leadership we’re seeing on all sides, you know, politics at the moment isn’t working.” […]Peston: “People will hear that you haven’t denied that there are circumstances – if Corbyn gets it wrong for you on Brexit – that you would leave the party.”Berger: “I’m focussed on Brexit, that’s my responsibility as a constituency MP.”Peston: “So you might?”Berger: “My focus very much is… There’s many people that have many different challenges, not just Brexit, in terms of seeing leadership from all the main political parties.”Tags:Labour /Luciana Berger /last_img read more

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Microsoft In Talks To Buy Winamp From AOL

first_imgAdvertisement Just after AOL announcing that it was shutting down Winamp, media playing software for Windows and Android devices, we have learned that AOL is talks with Microsoft to sell Winamp, along with Shoutcast, a media streaming service. It is said that AOL was planning to announce the closure of Shoutcast next week.The deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. – Advertisement – Microsoft has more recently been putting more effort into Music like into the Xbox Music basket, which works on the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8,iOS and Android devices, offering free, ad-supported streaming, subscriptions, and downloaded music.Currently, Shoutcast has a platform that acts as a portal to over 50,000 radio stations. This could be one area that Microsoft might want to add to the Xbox Music platform, and which it currently lacks, to complement its Pandora-style personal radio feature.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

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Segway Creators Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Segway creator Dean Kamen’s Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming — the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it’s nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016.It’s not clear what it will take to get one (you can register your interest today), but the features remain the same. The bionic wearable is all about offering the life-like dexterity that hasn’t really been an option until now: you can hold a glass over your head without spilling it, for example, and the hand’s mix of four motors and grip sensors can help you grab both very delicate and very heavy items. The odds are that getting one won’t be trivial, but it might well be justified if it grants some extra freedom.To learn more, watch this short video. July 11, 2016 Jon Fingascenter_img 1 min read Image credit: Reuters | DARPA | Handout This story originally appeared on Engadget Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Innovation Segway Creator’s Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016last_img read more

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Video Endress Hauser unveils selfcalibrating sensor

first_imgVideo: Endress + Hauser unveils self-calibrating sensorPosted By: Darren Woodon: September 22, 2017In: FoodBev TV, Industries, Innovation, Manufacturing, Technology, VideosPrintEmailEndress + Hauser, a supplier of products, solutions and services for industrial process measurement and automation, has unveiled its new self-calibrating sensor called TrustSens.The company has said that this new sensor is designed for customers in the food & beverage industries who require 100% compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. The new thermometer offers process reliability and system availability through permanent inline self-calibration, thus eliminating the risk of non-compliance during production.Tim Schrodt from Endress + Hauser spoke with FoodBev Media’s Darren Wood about the TrustSens.To listen to a podcast of this interview click here.Recorded, produced and hosted by: Darren WoodVisit our FoodBev.com YouTube channelShare with your network: Tags: Endress + Hauserlast_img read more

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Study opens new avenue for treating ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease

first_img Source:https://www.ucm.es/english Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019An international study led by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) has found that Lactobacillus bacteria present in the intestinal microbiota interact with immune system cells to strengthen the intestinal barrier.Conducted on mice and published in Immunity, the study opens a new avenue for the treatment of diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, in which the intestinal barrier becomes so weakened that bacteria can migrate to other organs, causing inflammatory processes.Until now, only a few descriptions have existed of specific commensals in mouse microbiota that stimulate the immune system and regulate the lymphocyte population, which helps ensure that bacteria remain in the niche where they are beneficial.Related StoriesA bacterium may limit cardiovascular risks of 1 in 2 people, study showsNon-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from withinGrowth problems in preterm infants associated with altered gut bacteria”Our research shows that there are molecular patterns present in or secreted by commensal intestinal bacteria which are recognised by a receptor in the immune system cell called Mincle”, reported El Salvador Iborra, a researcher in the Department of Immunology, Ophthalmology and ENT at the UCM.This interaction between Mincle and beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria occurs in regions of the small intestine called Peyer’s patches and promotes a beneficial response in the host.A reduction in lymphocytes leads to a weakened barrierTo carry out the study, the researchers used Mincle-deficient mice, or mice deficient in one of the proteins involved in intracellular signalling of this receptor, called Syk.The researchers found that this deficiency led to a failure to produce the instructions necessary to generate the intestinal lymphocytes essential for regulating the intestinal immune barrier function.”We found that as a result of this reduction in the lymphocyte population, intestinal barrier function deteriorated, leading to an increase in the number of bacteria capable of migrating from the intestine and reaching the liver, generating hepatic inflammation and metabolic changes”, Iborra explained.The results of this study open a new avenue for treating disease, such as “the administration of beneficial probiotic microorganisms capable of interacting with this receptor, or prebiotics capable of promoting the growth of these intestinal bacteria”, noted the UCM researcher. Iborra also added another possibility: treatment with synthetic compounds capable of binding to Mincle and triggering the beneficial response mediated by this receptor.In addition to inflammatory bowel diseases, stress, poor diet or overuse of drugs can also weaken the intestinal barrier.last_img read more

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Cambridge BioTech Week 2019 aims to shine spotlight on innovations in the

first_imgIt is critical to bring together interdisciplinary leaders in the healthcare space. Fostering dialogue and collaboration between physicians, patients, academics and industry leaders helps drive medical innovations that can ultimately improve patient care.” Biotech is a huge factor in Cambridge’s phenomenal growth and Biotech Week will open eyes to the ways in which the sectors and disciplines build from each other – there are complementary events in agri-tech, gamification, cleantech in and around Cambridge in the same week for visitors to engage with, and dinner opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.” I am delighted that the Innovation Forum is part of this bigger initiative in Cambridge to bring this exciting festival of events showcasing the strengths of the Cambridge cluster and the UK as a whole in biotechnology and healthcare.” Claire Ruskin, CEO of Cambridge Network says: Source:https://inno-forum.org/center_img Health Horizons, organized by the Innovation Forum aims to analyze the gaps, challenges and unmet needs of the current global healthcare ecosystem. Speakers and delegates will be looking to define goals for the biopharma and healthcare industry, connecting investment capital with biotech start-ups and identifying strategies, policy and technological solutions that will improve healthcare in the future.Pfizer, the leading global pharmaceutical company is the headline partner of the Health Horizons conference and participating in the BioTech Week.Rory O’Connor, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Internal Medicine at Pfizer says: Visitors can expect a range of biotech and business-related events during Biotech Week, including seminars, networking and partnering sessions, dinners and cocktail receptions. A highlight of the week will be the Biotech Showcase, hosted by One Nucleus, that will bring together the most innovative biotech companies in the Cambridge cluster under one roof to give visitors a taste of their work.Simon Mean of Cambridge Wireless adds: “Cambridgeshire is internationally renowned for the development of advanced technologies and their application into healthcare, and Cambridge BioTech Week is set to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the capabilities of this region” says Simon Mead, CEO of Cambridge Wireless. “By assembling the world’s expertise in biotechnology, and stimulating collaborative working through high quality events, our hope is that new business opportunities might arise that bring benefit to the whole of society.” Mar 5 2019The city of Cambridge, a global hub for research and healthcare innovation, is to host Cambridge BioTech Week from 24-28 June 2019. The week will feature a series of events dedicated to celebrating, showcasing and accelerating the biotechnology and health technology work taking place in and around Cambridge.With events and activities organized by key players in the cluster, the Innovation Forum, the Milner Institute at the University of Cambridge, One Nucleus, Cambridge Wireless and Cambridge Network, the BioTech Week will offer visitors a unique opportunity to meet and network with key opinion leaders from the biotechnology and healthcare sectors, including government representatives, researchers, scientists, pharma and technology innovators, academics, start-ups and investors. Cambridge BioTech Week aims to shine a spotlight on Cambridge’s strengths in biotechnology, to raise awareness of the exciting work taking place, catalyze new ideas and form new partnerships. The week’s main event will be the Health Horizons – Future Healthcare Forum, a new international healthcare conference taking place from 26-27 June 2019.Dr Marek Tyl, CEO of the Innovation Forum, which organizes the Health Horizons – Future Healthcare Forum, says:last_img read more

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Newwave connector buoys offshore energy sector

Credit: Brunel University Citation: New-wave connector buoys off-shore energy sector (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-new-wave-connector-buoys-off-shore-energy.html Explore further “Connectors between the mooring ropes and the device are one of the main challenges for offshore renewable energy,” said Dr. Lorna Aguilano from the Experimental Techniques Centre. “Generally, at connector point, the ropes deteriorate and end up breaking, with big costs for retrieval. So normally the ropes are changed every five years to avoid this. “Our team here at Brunel have developed a new extra-light material that, when incorporated in Nylacast’s low-friction nylon and used to make the innovative connector designed by TensioTech, would solve this problem – increasing the in-service life, minimising capital expenditure and maintenance costs.”The converters launch on 26 January at a Marine Moorings Masterclass at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus. The team behind them is staging the event to get offshore energy industries, including oil and gas, to swap notes about working with marine moorings.Ocean energy is a developing industry and the masterclass aims to identify gaps in the industry, and spark new partnerships and projects to advance this vital component. Credit: Brunel University Credit: Brunel University A new multi-material connector predicted to rinse running costs for the renewables industry launches at Brunel University London in front of experts in wind, wave and tidal energy. “Mooring systems are critical for the success of offshore floating renewable energy devices,” said Project Manager Nigel Briggs at TTI. “STORM has designed a new multi-material hybrid connector which we want to share with the industry. We want to bring together moorings experts, offshore energy developers and supply chain companies to share challenges and learning around marine mooring and discuss developing, testing and operating solutions for this vital marine energy subsystem.” More information: STORM (Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy) is funded by Innovate UK, and led by Tension Technology International (TTI). The innovation uses the next generation of nylon/Aluminium composite materials which, when combined, exhibit higher strength, high corrosion resistance, low coefficient of friction, and are lightweight. For offshore renewable energy devices, this will raise energy output and improvement in safety, while reducing failures and offshore maintenance. 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. Wave energy device successfully deployed at BiMEP site Connectors are key components that join moorings for floating devices such as tidal energy converters with their anchors.A novel material developed by Brunel’s Experimental Techniques Centre and the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology forms the centre of the new connector. Called Basaltium, it’s made from recycled aluminium strengthened by tiny basalt fibres. The Basaltium core is coated in another innovative material called Oilon – a low-friction nylon from plastics makers Nylacast.Together, these new materials, Basaltium and Oilon, make connectors lighter and tougher, and mean moorings can last longer and cost less to manufacture and maintain.Designed firstly for floating wave energy converters these connectors are the work of STORM (Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy) – a project by Tension Technology International (TTI), Brunel University London, Nylacast and the European Marine Energy Centre.Many ‘penguin’-type wave energy converters float on the sea surface while the movement of the waves powers a turbine inside. The electricity they generate is harvested via cables embedded in its mooring ropes, which take a hammering from the sea and its wildlife. Provided by Brunel University read more

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Software recreates complex movements for medical rehabilitation and basic research

first_img Explore further More information: Seth A, Hicks JL, Uchida TK, Habib A, Dembia CL, Dunne JJ, et al. (2018) OpenSim: Simulating musculoskeletal dynamics and neuromuscular control to study human and animal movement. PLoS Comput Biol 14(7): e1006223. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006223 Journal information: PLoS Computational Biology Citation: Software recreates complex movements for medical, rehabilitation, and basic research (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-software-recreates-complex-movements-medical.html OpenSim open-source software from Stanford accurately models human motion Movement is fundamental to human and animal life, emerging through interaction of complex neural, muscular, and skeletal systems. OpenSim is open-source software that unites state-of-the-art models and methods from biology, neuroscience, mechanics, robotics, and computer science to create fast and accurate physics-based simulations of movement. OpenSim complements experiments by computing muscle forces and other quantities that are difficult to measure, and enables prediction of movements such as bipedal locomotion in human ancestors and neuromuscular adaptations to exoskeletons or orthopaedic surgeries. Credit: Seth et al.center_img An open-source movement simulator that has already helped solve problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion has been expanded and improved, according to a new publication in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. The software, called OpenSim, has been developed by a team at Stanford University, led by first authors Ajay Seth, Jennifer Hicks, and Thomas Uchida, with contributions from users around the world. The new paper reviews the software’s wide range of applications and describes the improvements that can increase its utility even further. 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. The major challenges in creating movements “in silico” include formulating the underlying mathematical equations and ensuring the solution is accurate when calculating variables that are difficult to measure experimentally, such as the metabolic consumption of individual muscles and the stretch and recoil of tendons during movement. Physics-based models enable prediction of novel movements, both adaptive and maladaptive, such as excess hip rotation in response to leg muscle weakness. OpenSim combines methods from biology, neuroscience, mechanics, and robotics to address these challenges and create fast and accurate simulations of movement.OpenSim has already been put to use determining whether Australopithecus afarensis had sufficient grip strength to make certain tools, based on fossilized bone discoveries; developing strategies to prevent ankle injuries during athletic performance; and optimizing a wearable robotic device for long jumps. Additional applications include predicting the locomotion patterns of extinct species and planning tendon-lengthening surgery for children with cerebral palsy.Recent improvements include addition of more accurate models of muscle dynamics, joint kinematics, and assistive devices, which will aid in rehabilitation studies; the ability to create custom studies by combining existing tools in new ways; tools for importing motion-capture data in order to test simulations against experiments; and modern visualization tools for creating insightful animations of movement.”The software is like a Swiss Army knife for the movement scientist,” said the lead authors. “It allows researchers with no special expertise in biomechanics to perform powerful and accurate simulations to test hypotheses, visualize solutions to problems, and communicate ideas. Because it incorporates decades of research about how humans and other animals move, and is constantly being augmented and enhanced by the community of users from so many different fields, OpenSim can accelerate discoveries in any field in which biological movement plays a role.” Provided by Public Library of Sciencelast_img read more

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China grants 5G commercial licences despite US tech battle

first_img China’s Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia 5G is the next-generation cellular network that offers faster data transfer speed and could enhance technologies such as autonomous driving, remote medical diagnosis and mobile payments.But Beijing’s ambitions have faced a major challenge from Washington, which has blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei just as it seeks to provide equipment for 5G networks in several countries.Since last year, 5G trials have been conducted in Chinese cities ahead of plans to deploy the technology across the country in 2020, and now the government has given the green light.The Industry and Information Technology Ministry said state-owned telecom providers China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network Corporation received business licences to operate fifth-generation digital cellular mobile communication services.”After the issuance of 5G licences, we will continue to welcome foreign companies to actively participate in China’s 5G market, seek common development of China’s 5G, and share the achievements of China’s 5G development,” said Miao Wei, the minister of industry and information technology, according to the ministry’s Twitter-like Weibo account.China Mobile later said it would offer 5G services in 40 Chinese cities this year.The United States has urged other countries to shun Huawei over concerns that its equipment could be used by Beijing’s intelligence services.- Chinese 5G to ‘lead world’-Commenting on the announcement, Huawei—which produces both network equipment and mobile phones—said it will “fully support” Chinese operators to build 5G infrastructure.”(We) believe that in the near future, China’s 5G will lead the world,” Huawei said on Weibo.Another Chinese phone maker, Vivo, said its 5G devices are ready for network testing and will be on sale once trials are complete.The administration of President Donald Trump banned US companies in May from selling high-tech components to Huawei on national security grounds, though a 90-day reprieve was issued.The move has led to an escalation in the US-China trade war, with Beijing preparing its own blacklist of “unreliable” foreign companies.Several firms have already distanced themselves from Huawei, including Google, whose Android operating system runs the vast majority of smartphones in the world.Huawei signed a deal with Russian telecom company MTS on Wednesday to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year, on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The firm has also signed a draft agreement with the African Union that includes cooperation in 5G communications.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the approval of the licenses was Beijing’s way to show the world that “China will continue to expand its openness and sustain the global free trade system that is experiencing volatility due to unilateralism and protectionism”.South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks in April, while US mobile carrier Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis.A limited rollout is also expected in Japan in 2019 before full services start in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.It is the rollout in China, however, that is likely to have a global impact on 5G technology.”As the world’s largest mobile market, almost anything that China does is significant,” said Peter Jarich, head of GSMA Intelligence, adding that the country has the “power to drive the market… around the world”. © 2019 AFP 5G is the next-generation cellular network that offers faster data transfer speed and could enhance technologies such as autonomous driving, remote medical diagnosis and mobile payments Explore furthercenter_img China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licences to four domestic companies, as it races to be a global leader in advanced wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States. Citation: China grants 5G commercial licences despite US tech battle (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-china-grants-5g-licences-commercial.html 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.last_img read more

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Manohar Parrikar BJPs saviour in Goa

first_imgCOMMENTS Goa SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passes away March 17, 2019 Published oncenter_img Manohar Parrikar   –  THE HINDU death SHARE Manohar Parrikar, who rose from a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become the country’s Defence Minister and also chief minister of Goa, enjoyed a man-next-door image in the politically-volatile coastal state.Parrikar, 63, served the state four times as chief minister and had a three-year-long stint as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi-led cabinet.He was a leader who enjoyed acceptance from all sections of the BJP and beyond. He played a key role in making the BJP a force to reckon with in Goa, which remained for long a Congress bastion, with regional outfits having pockets of influence.Born on December 13, 1955 into a middle class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay as a metallurgical engineer.Parrikar never shied away from displaying his affiliation to the Sangh and was even photographed participating in the annual ‘Sanchalan’ organised by the RSS in the uniform and wielding lathi.He even credited the surgical strikes conducted by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir during his tenure as Defence Minister to the teachings of the RSS.His plunge into BJP politics is considered as an attempt by the party to curb the growth of the state’s oldest regional political party — Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).Parrikar entered electoral politics in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency.He was leader of the Opposition from June to November 1999 and was known for his speeches against the then Congress-led government.He became chief minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000, but his tenure lasted only until February 27, 2002. On June 5, 2002, he was re-elected and served another term as chief minister.On January 29, 2005, his government was reduced to a minority in the assembly after four BJP MLAs resigned from the House.Pratapsinh Rane of the Congress subsequently replaced Parrikar as chief minister. In 2007, the Parrikar-led BJP was defeated by the Congress led by Digambar Kamat.But the year 2012 saw Parrikar riding a popularity wave in the state when he took his party to the historic number of 21 out of 40 seats in the assembly.He went on to become the chief minister again. BJP continued its victory mark in the year 2014 when the party won both the Lok Sabha seats.After the Modi-led Cabinet was sworn at the Centre, Parrikar was offered a ministerial berth in November 2014. He remained in the union cabinet till 2017 when his party failed to garner a majority in the Goa legislative assembly polls.He returned to the state in March 2017 when he managed to woo alliance partners such as Goa Forward Party and MGP to support him to form the government.His health started deteriorating in February 2018 and he was first admitted at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital for pancreatic ailment. He was flown to the US in the first week of March last year where he remained admitted at hospital till June.Parrikar attended the monsoon session of Assembly from July 19 to August 3, and left for the USA on August 10 for the second round of checkup. He returned to Goa on August 22, 2018.After being treated at a makeshift medical facility at his residence, Parrikar was shifted to the AIIMS New Delhi on September 15 last year.After almost a month-long treatment, he returned to Goa on October 14.Parrikar stunned everyone when he reached the CM’s office on January 2 this year after a gap of almost two-and-a-half months.On January 27, he attended the inauguration of the third bridge on Mandovi river along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari.He also attended the budget session on January 29 and presented the state Budget the next day. On the last day of the session on January 31, he was taken for treatment to AIIMS, New Delhi and returned to Goa on February 5.Parrikar also addressed the Atal Booth Karyakarta Sammelan on February 9, 2019 in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah.During the last few days, Parrikar had been in and out of Goa Medical College and Hospital for treatment, but was mostly confined to his private residence. RELATED last_img read more

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