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SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Mondays Meeting

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at Monday night’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen meeting:#1) FARMERS MARKET SEASON APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Farmers Market Association President Dana Burnham to conduct the Farmers Market on Sundays, from 10am to 1pm, from June 16, 2019 through October 23, 2019, on the Swain Green.#2) BAND PARENTS’ REQUESTS APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved two requests from the Wilmington Band Parents Association — (1) selling coffee, donuts, popcorn, cold drinks, pompoms, and balloons during the Memorial Day Parade and (2) selling popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, soda, and water during the Recreation Commission’s Summer Concert Series.#3) GIANT YARD SALE APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents Association to use the Swain School parking lot to hold a Yard Sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019.#4) ANNUAL FOOTBALL CAR WASH APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Nancy Roberts, President of the Wilmington Touchdown Club, to use the parking lot of the Fourth of July Building for the annual WHS Football Car Wash on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 9am to noon.#5) SELECTMEN APPOINT DESIGNEE TO SERVE ON FINANCE DIRECTOR SCREENING COMMITTEE: Selectman Jonathan Eaton was unanimously appointed to serve as the board’s designee on the Finance Director/Town Accountant Screening Committee. The position was posted earlier this week.BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Articles on the Town Economic Development Committee; the Town Meeting Review Committee; the 2019 Town Meeting Warrant; and Unaccepted Ways are forthcoming.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Apple joins Google Microsoft on project to make your data portable

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first_img • Now playing: Watch this: $999 reading • Apple joins Google, Microsoft on project to make your data portable Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Apple is teaming up with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter on a project to build an easier way for people to transfer data into and out of online services. The iPhone maker has officially joined the Data Transfer Project, or DTP, a collaboration that launched in July 2018.The DTP is working to build a “common framework with open-source code” that can connect any two online services and let users seamlessly transfer data between the platforms, according to the project’s website. It uses platforms’ existing APIs and authorization methods to access data, then transfers it into a common format. So far, contributors from partners and the open-source community have inserted more than 42,000 lines of code and changed more than 1,500 files, according to the group. The project is still in “very active development,” but you can follow along on GitHub. Tech-savvy folks can also try it out via Docker and Code. Instructions on the DTP site note that you’ll need API keys from the services you want to transfer data between.  See it Apple Boost Mobile See It $999 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 See It A breakdown on how much your phone knows you Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Sprint Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 5:40 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 2 See All Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Applelast_img read more

Is Texas AM Violating The First Amendment

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first_img Share Todd WisemanTexas A&M University is canceling a white supremacist rally that was set to take place on Sept. 11. The school cited safety concerns after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.The move is prompting legal questions about free speech rights. Is the university violating the First Amendment?Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, lays out the legal issues that could lie ahead for Texas A&M.last_img

Morning Session at Clemson Invitational Cancelled

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first_imgStory Links Race Schedule LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Due to inclement weather in the Clemson area, the morning session of today’s Clemson Invitational has been cancelled. The afternoon session is still set to begin at 2 p.m. and will now feature the postponed races from this morning.UPDATE: Due to a tornado watch in effect for the area, all racing before 5 p.m. has been canceled. Schedule updates for the event will be posted on Twitter at @ClemsonInvite. Check GoCards.com and @UofLRowing on Twitter for any further developments.SCHEDULE2:08 p.m. – V8+2:34 p.m. – 2V8+3 p.m. – V4+3:26 p.m.- 3V4+3:52 p.m. – 3V8+5 p.m. – V8+5:26 p.m. – 2V8+5:52 p.m. – V4+6:26 p.m. – 2V4+6:44 p.m. – 3V8+Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Splitcycle engine now more efficient than traditional combustion engine w Video

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first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Split-cycle engines have been around for some time but until now have never matched the fuel efficiency of traditional internal combustion engines. That is about to change, with the latest split-cycle engines from the Scuderi Group offering greater fuel efficiency and up to 80 percent reduction in NOx emissions and 50 percent reduction in CO2. Split-cycle engines feature paired cylinders, so a four-cylinder engine has two sets of paired cylinders working together, with a crossover passage linking the two cylinders in each pair to each other. The four strokes of the engine are split into two groups, with the left cylinder handling intake and compression and the second handling combustion and exhaust. The Scuderi™ Air-Hybrid design adds an air storage tank and controls that allow it to recapture and store the energy lost as the engine operates.The new design solves some of the problems that have hampered previous split-cycle designs. The low volume breathing problem is solved by outward-opening pneumatic valves and a reduction in the clearance between the piston and cylinder head to under 1 mm, which means virtually 100 percent of the compressed air is pushed out of the cylinder. Split Cycle Engine. Image: Scuderi Group 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Scuderi president Sal Scuderi, son of the inventor Carmelo Scuderi who died in 2002, said he expected efficiencies should improve still further as the designs are fine-tuned and new simulations are run with the engines in different vehicles.The Scuderi engine can be built using conventional parts and minimal re-tooling is necessary, which makes it easier for manufacturers to adopt it. Scuderi says the technology should be licensed and on the road within three years. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Video: Scuderi Group The thermal efficiency problem of previous designs has been solved by adopting After Top Dead Center (ATDC) firing, which avoids losses caused by recompressing the gas. Firing ATDC is achieved by high pressure air entering the cylinder and resulting in massive turbulence. Firing ATDC is a cleaner burn that also dramatically reduces NOx emissions and improves fuel efficiency.The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been testing a 1-liter, two-cylinder engine for almost a year. The preliminary results suggest a 30-36 percent increase in fuel efficiency for the naturally aspirated Scuderi™ Air-Hybrid and a 25 percent increase for the base model. The test engine generates 135 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, which is similar to results of bigger and more fuel-hungry cars. Citation: Split-cycle engine now more efficient than traditional combustion engine (w/ Video) (2011, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-split-cycle-efficient-traditional-combustion.html Engineer works to clean and improve engine performance Engine Prototype. Image: Scuderi Group © 2010 PhysOrg.com Play Video: Scuderi Group The US government is introducing fuel economy rules to force manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles, and this may make the adoption of alternatives such as the Scuderi engines more attractive. More information: www.scuderigroup.com/our-engines/last_img read more

26 passengers injured in two separate road accidents

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first_imgKolkata: As many as 26 persons have been injured in two separate road accidents in the state on early Sunday morning.The first incident took place on National Highway 117 at Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas when a bus and a truck collided head on. Around 15 passengers were injured in the accident. They were rushed to a local hospital. There was huge traffic congestion in the area for quite a long time.According to police, a truck was headed towards Kakdwip from Diamond Harbour when a Kolkata-bound government bus coming from the opposite direction collided head on with the truck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle and eventually hit the truck. Both the driver and the helper of the bus were also injured.Locals took part in the rescue operation and rushed the injured persons to a nearby hospital. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Other vehicles remained stranded on National Highway 117. Police seized both the vehicles.In another incident, around 11 passengers of two buses have received injuries when a state-run bus was hit by another state-run bus from behind.The incident took place near Dhubguri. According to police, the Balurghat-bound bus was standing near Cinema Hall More to de-board passengers when the other bus hit it from behind. Passengers were immediately rushed to a local health centre. A major tragedy was averted as the other bus was at a low speed and could slow down itself before it hit the bus.Ends.last_img read more

Victoria Memorial Hall awed by rural Rajasthan museum

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first_imgKolkata: The authorities of Victoria Memorial Hall on Friday have drawn inspiration from a remarkable small museum — Arna-Jharna, the desert museum in Rajasthan that uses brooms as a metaphor for life in the desert and seeks public engagement with the folk culture and oral traditions of the locality.Noted research scholar and cultural critic Rustom Bharucha, who had been the project director in the early stages of the making of the eco-museum delivered an informal talk titled “Grassroots Museology in the Indian Context: The Making of Arna-Jharna,” highlighted his experience in the unique museum located in a rural area near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe lecture was organised to observe the International Museum Day that falls on Saturday, May 18. “Every year we offer free admission to our museum and gardens on International Museum Day. At the same time, we also organise something or the other that offers some food for thought for the museum sector, some significant takeaway for those who love museums, and work in or think about them. “We have earlier listened to and learnt from some of the world leaders in this field, coming from such iconic museums such as the British Museum, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Smithsonian. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”However, this year, we wanted to have knowledge about a small rather unconventional museum – Arna-Jharna,” said Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial Hall . According to Sengupta, Arna-Jharna is among those rare specialty museums that seek, with very limited or no government support, to capture the voices of the small, the marginal, the peripheral. “In my opinion, it stands to capture our many pasts and complex presents much more effectively, and with the necessary criticality that is much more difficult for encyclopedic museums to emulate,” he said. Envisioned by the renowned folklorist and ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, and supported by a team of practitioners affiliated to Rupayan Sansthan, this unique museum focuses on one particular object — the broom — to reflect on traditional knowledge systems and their sustenance in today’s world. The talk elaborated on the research that went into making the broom at botanical, environmental, social, and political levels and provided insights into the curatorial challenges of representing the broom. The lecture was paired with the screening of a documentary film, Jhadu Katha (Broom Stories), directed by Navroze Contrator, which was specially commissioned by the museum. “A handful of tourists on a trip to Rajasthan visit this museum because people are unaware of it which is located some 15 odd kilometers from Jodhpur,” Sengupta said.last_img read more

Get 20 off Amazon Prime Membership for Today Only

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first_img Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.This is the last weekend before Black Friday and the deals are beginning to heat up. Samsung has begun its annual Black Friday markdowns on their TVs, Amazon has discounted Prime (something has only happened a few times), and we are starting to see retailers pull the trigger on discounts early on everything from TVs, PCs, electronics and more. 20% off Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping Membership for $79 (Orig $99)For one day only, users new to Amazon Prime can get a discounted price on their membership. This is a rare deal they have only offered a few times and is perfect timing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping. Prime not only gets you 2-day shipping and access to Prime Now same day delivery, you can also share it with a family member, get free premium movies & shows on Prime Video, free music streaming on Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage and Prime exclusive discounts and early access to limited time Amazon Lightning Deals. Prime offers a ton of perks and we think it’s well worth the cost. We’ve saved money compared to buying from big box stores and gotten high quality items thanks to Amazon’s massive selection of hard to find items from office supplies, electronics and more.$10 Bonus Credit on a $50 Amazon Gift Card For you new users out there who have never bought an Amazon gift card, you are eligible to get a bonus $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 Amazon gift card. This is basically free money to spend at Amazon just for buying a gift card. Typically Amazon only offers this deal on Black Friday (and it always sells out early). If you are a new Amazon gift card buyer or new Prime member this is an easy win.49″ Samsung 4K Curved LED HDTV for $549.99 (Orig $1,099.99)Don’t get fooled by buying a Black Friday TV. They are cheap for a reason and clearly no sane retailer would try to lose money on a single item. For only $550 you can get this very nice 2016 Samsung TV with all the newest bells and whistles: 4K, curved display and HDR support. Bose Soundtrue II Around the Ear headphones for $99 (Orig $179.95)Bose deals are a perennial Black Friday favorite and this year it looks to have gotten discounted early. These are designed to be comfortable and portable without sacrificing sound quality. We suggest you act fast as these Bose deals always sell out.55″ Samsung SUHD 4K 120Hz LED HDTV (UN55KS8000) with Quantum Dot Technology for $999.99 (Orig $2,199.99)Going high end on Black Friday is a great choice as in previous years we’ve seen the best deals on premium TVs happen only on Black Friday. This 55″ TV is one of Samsung’s upper tier SUHD TVs that is currently the lowest price all year. It has a 4K resolution and native 120Hz panel with an actual 120Hz refresh rate (not the fake number manufacturers love to make up). It gets solid reviews, has a sleek design and great picture quality that will outshine most of the junk TVs you find on Black Friday. Amazon Fire HD6 6″ 8GB WiFi Tablet for $49.99 (Orig $99.99)Use coupon code: FIREHD6. This is the Black Friday tablet deal to beat. At $50 you won’t get a better tablet than this well reviewed HD Fire 6. It has a powerful quad-core processor, a sharp 252ppi screen and if you have Prime it’s an excellent option to watch videos offline when you travel. In fact at $50 it’s a no brainer travel tablet because of its price point and its durable design. A $50 tablet is great for many things: a digital photo frame, a tablet for the kids, or even as a eBook reader. It has specialized filters for comfortable night time reading and specialized blue color filters on the screen to help you sleep at night.DropBox Pro 1-Year Subscription + $25 Dell Gift Card for $59.99 (Orig $99)This is the best deal we’ve seen on DropBox and one of the only ways we know how to get a discount on the Pro version. You get a 40% discount on one year of service as well as a bonus $25 Dell gift card to spend on electronics, games, and of course computers. 24″ Dell 1920×1080 LED Monitor for $89.99 (Orig $189.99)Use code: SAVE52. Typically speaking we expect to see a 24″ monitor on sale for around $120. Getting it $30 below a sale price is a fantastic deal and it’s a Dell. They are one of the bigger names in monitors and make some of the best around.Doorbuster Deal – Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro Intel Core i3-6100T Dual-Core Desktop w/ 3yr Warranty for $399 (Orig $727)Use code: DT399. If you wanted a desktop but hate the space they take up this is the deal for you. This micro desktop has the same sized footprint as an iPad and has the power of a desktop. It takes up very little room on a desk and can be mounted behind a monitor, underneath a desk or anywhere else. It is a business class desktop and made for security, ease of maintenance and best of all has almost no junk software that PC manufacturers love to include. McAfee Total Protection (Unlimited PC & Mobile Devices) for $9.99 (Orig $49.99)This is the lowest price we’ve seen and at $10 it’s far cheaper than any anti-virus program we’ve seen. This protects your computer, tablets and smartphones from viruses. It will also manage your passwords, encrypt your files, and can be installed on every device you own. For $10 this gives you a ton of features beyond any anti-virus.55″ Sony XBR-55X700D 4K LED HDTV + Bonus PlayStation 4 Pro TV for $999.99 (Orig $1,297.99)The PlayStation 4 Pro costs about $400 and the TV sells for $900 on most stores online so you are really getting an excellent bundle here. This TV supports HDR and 4K, both technologies the PS4 Pro was designed to handle for gaming. You effectively future proof both your TV and your gaming system for a few years to come. Amazon Paperwhite eReader w/ Backlight (Amazon Certified Refurbished 1-Year Warranty) $79.99 (Orig $109) This is the Kindle of choice for readers and is the lowest price we’ve seen (usually $100 on sale new). It has a high resolution 300ppi display for sharp text and has a built-in light so that you can read in the dark. There is no screen glare so you can enjoy it while reading outside in the sunlight. If you read a book a month and take your Kindle around a few times a year this is a good choice for youAmazon Kindle Voyager 6″ eReader w/ Adaptive Light (Amazon Certified Refurbished w/ 1-Year Warranty) $119.99 (Orig $199.99)The Kindle voyager is thinner, lighter and has a more premium feel than the Paperwhite. It has a magnesium backing and has a sleeker design. It’s definitely the Kindle of choice if you read and travel a lot as its micro-etched display has better contrast, its better material is more durable and has a better adaptive light, as well as PagePress buttons that will make this a pleasure for avid readers.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. November 18, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min readlast_img read more

Californias tough net neutrality bill passes state assembly vote

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first_imgThis week California’s net neutrality bill passed through the California State Assembly. The bill went through on a vote of 61-18 – it will now move on to the senate (again), where a vote will likely happen next week. California’s net neutrality bill is one of a number of state level responses to the FCC’s decision to repeal the existing legislation (Washington and Oregon are the only 2 states to have passed full net neutrality bills). It’s believed to be the toughest net neutrality bill in the U.S. This is because as well as preventing ISPs from throttling traffic, and stopping them from charging websites for special access to internet users, it also bans “zero rating” on certain apps (which is where using certain apps won’t count against a user’s data usage). Miguel Santiago, (D-Los Angeles) said, when presenting the bill, that ““The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it, plain and simple… We have an opportunity in California to lead this nation by voting yes for this bill.” However, there was some criticism of the bill from Republicans. For example, Jim Paterson, Republican Assemblymember for Fresno, argued that the argument needs to be resolved at a federal level. “The worst possible thing we can do is have created 50 different state FCCs.” The EFF responds to California net neutrality vote As you might expect, the EFF – the Electronic Frontier Foundation – was jubilant at the result. “You did it” exclaimed the title of a blog post published on the organization’s website on Thursday. “ISPs have tried hard to gut and kill this bill, pouring money and robocalls into California. There was a moment where that campaign looked like it might have been successful, but you spoke out and got strong net neutrality protections restored. But that hiccup means that, although a version of the bill already passed in the California Senate, it’s now different enough from that initial version to have to be re-voted on.” The EFF urged people in California to “contact your California state senator and tell them to vote yes.” “California can prove that ISP money can’t defeat real people’s voices.” Find out more about what you can do to support the net neutrality bill in California here. Read next Furthering the Net Neutrality debate, GOP proposes the 21st Century Internet Act Google releases new political ads library as part of its transparency reportlast_img read more

June 20 2012During the past weekend the Arcosant

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first_imgJune 20, 2012During the past week-end the Arcosanti site came alive with the joyful sounds of blues, reggae and rock-n-roll.This was the 14th year that festival organizer Milt Cannon of The date of the festival commemorates the date that most slaves first heard about President Lincoln’s 1863 declaration of freedom. It symbolizes the joy of a call to freedom, and the responsibility to assist in developing a more inclusive and equitable society. The arts in general, and in this case specifically, African-American arts, are one of the most compelling sources for passing this message on.RYTHM KEEPERS with Husain  Abdul-Alim, Vusi Shibambo, Ayande Andre, Connie Avery and James Turner.HAROLD LAND TRIO with Harold Land on piano, Sean Brogan on bass and Dowell Davis on drums.Reggae band HENRY TURNER JR. & FLAVOR played in the Vaults for the traditional freedom dance.More about the festival and Sunday’s performances will be posted on Friday, June 22. 2012.last_img read more

Skys recent spat with Discovery was resolved at t

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first_imgSky’s recent spat with Discovery was resolved at the 11th hour, but the acrimony on both sides was clear, writes Kate Bulkley. Big businesses in the TV world (or anywhere else, for that matter) are complicated, nuanced operations. At some point, it’s almost certain they will suffer from a classic case known as ‘the swan syndrome’ – while everything might look serene on the surface, there’s a lot of frantic panic paddling going on just underneath the waves.Sky’s ‘swan’ moment broke the surface recently and we all got a good look at what was going on. Not only did the pay TV giant’s most recent financial results show a profit plunge of 18% at its UK business for the six months to the end of December 2016, but the churn rate of people disconnecting from its services rose to 11.6%, up from 10.2% in the same period in 2015.If this were not enough to get the analysts sharpening their pencils, the same week the results were announced, one of Sky’s biggest independent suppliers, Discovery Communications, threatened to pull all its 13 channels, including Eurosport, off of the Sky platform because it claimed Sky was not prepared to pay it enough to carry its services. Discovery accused Sky of leveraging its “dominant market position” to pay the content provider less than it received a decade ago.These are not unconnected events. Sky’s dominant position in the UK – a market that provides 90% of the pan-European broadcaster’s profits – is facing increased threats on several fronts. Rival BT’s entrance into the sports market has added a deep-pocketed and savvy rival bidder for key rights.Separately, the amount paid for channels to be on the Sky platform is one area where Sky and any pay TV provider looks to drive a hard bargain, particularly when churn numbers are running high. The Sky-Discovery dispute was resolved at the 11th hour and a new carriage fee deal agreed. The details of which were not made public, but the acrimony on both sides was clear.What all this shows is the pressure on the traditional linear TV platforms to perform in an increasingly competitive world. Consumers have increasing amounts of choice, not least from big digital players like Netflix and Amazon, as well as home-grown, on-demand services delivered on broadband. Meanwhile, Google, Facebook and others are also adding more and more video content to their offers and becoming more telly-like. Even messaging app Snapchat is getting into the video game, for example, striking a recent deal with BBC Worldwide for exclusive content from the BBC’s Planet Earth II series for its Snapchat Discover platform, content that aired a day ahead of the linear debut of the programme on TV in the US and Canada.For Sky all this change is happening even as the pay TV giant is about to be wholly bought by 21st Century Fox in an £11.7bn (e13.8 billion) takeover, currently wending its way through the regulatory process in the UK and Europe. Putting Sky together with Fox is part of a bigger strategic plan by Rupert Murdoch and sons to add scale and clout to better compete in individual markets but also against the big digital players like Netflix and Google which have global footprints, deep pockets and big ambitions.The pressure has never been greater on Sky. So it should come as no surprise that CEO Jeremy Darroch took the occasion of its recent results to announce a new Sky product – a dish-less version of its pay TV offering. Set to launch next year, this will include the full slate of Sky’s TV channels delivered over broadband.Of course, Sky has dipped its toe in the OTT waters already with its Now TV service, a pay TV-lite product, with an estimated 500,000 subscribers to date, and in Germany Sky has launched an OTT service called Sky Ticket. But this newly mooted full-fat, Sky OTT service is in a whole new ball-park. This  ‘new era’ product will greatly appeal to Sky’s chairman James Murdoch who has always been more of a ‘digital’ guy than his father.Coupled with recent programming strategy shifts, Sky is embracing competitive realities. While football will remain an expensive but likely must-have feature on Sky’s shopping list, recent big decisions towards factual entertainment and away from factual documentaries and new comedy are part of a plan to create format shows that can be long-running and exportable.Sky’s head of content in the UK, Zai Bennett, wants a Big Brother-type series that it can re-commission across seasons and exploit on platforms around the world. Bennett called out Vin Diesel’s The Fast And The Furious, saying what he wants is a TV series like that – with the impact of a big Hollywood movie.  The appetite for drama series has never been higher and Sky has six drama series set to air this year at budget of  £25 million each. Perhaps surprisingly, Bennett is also thinking outside of the linear channel box: “We are not a linear channels business. We are a multi-platform business and the linear channels are a shop window,” he said in a recent interview.Sky is having to transform its business and it’s far from alone; there are a lot of swans out there all furiously paddling.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. tellkatenow@aol.comlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet A DERRY man accused of raiding three homes in one night in the city was found lying  unconscious by the side of a road, a court has heard.Adam McMonagle, (27), had allegedly broken into a 71-year-old woman’s home to steal a mobile phone as part of a crime spree in the city last month, prosecutors claim.Another resident discovered 20 boxes of diazepam pills and a tablet computer were missing. Mr Maguire said the suspect then staggered away, apparently intoxicated, towards the main entrance of the Gleneagles development.Residents alerted police to the suspect and police found him unconscious on the road.McMonagle was woken up by police who searched his person and allegedly found the pensioner’s mobile phone and a quantity of Xanax tablets.During subsequent police interviews, McMonagle claimed another man sold the phone for £20.The prosecution said police were opposed to McMonagle being released on bail.But his defence barrister argued that there was no forensic or identification evidence linking his client to the house raids.High Court judge Madam Justice McBride refused bail, stating: “There are concerns about the risk to the public.” McMonagle, of Carranbane Walk in the city, is charged with three counts of burglary, interference with vehicles and possessing Class C drugs.The raids on the homes were carried out in Gleneagles, Fern Park and Clon Elagh on August 7.Prosecution counsel Conor Maguire said the oldest victim’s home was targeted while she was getting ready for bed.Another resident startled the suspected burglar as he tried car and door handles in the neighbourhood.center_img DERRY BURGLARY SUSPECT FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ON ROAD, COURT HEARS was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ADAM MCMONAGLECARRANBANE WALKCLON ELAGHCOURT HEARSDERRY BURGLARY SUSPECT FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ON ROADFERN PARKGLENEAGLESPSNIlast_img read more

In This Issue   Gold flipflops all day   I

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Gold flip-flops all day. *  It’s all about the Debt Ceiling. *  ESM issues a bond! *  Switching to the so-called Safe Havens. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Money For Nothing Good day.  And a Marvelous Monday to you! The autumn chill returned to our area this past weekend, football weather is here, time for a bonfire and flannels! My beloved Cardinals are in deep dookie and are in danger of being blown out of the playoffs in the first round! UGH! But the rest of the weekend, sports wise was good, so I’ve got that going for me! It’s day 7 on the partial shutdown (PS), and the autumn chill that has returned to the Midwest, is also making things frigid in Washington D.C. as more and more warnings are being shouted from the rooftops that the U.S. could default and the results would be catastrophic. I say, well, if someone would have stopped to think about where all the deficit spending was getting us while it was going on for the past decade, that maybe, just maybe, we would not be having to wring our hands in fear of a default right now!  Hey! You can’t blame me! For I have been warning anyone that would listen to me for so long, that when I began warning about the deficit spending, I used to be mistaken for a young Bruce Willis! HA! The bond market doesn’t seem to be worried though. They know, just like me, that in the end, we won’t default, and the debt ceiling can will get kicked down the road once again. And ever since the initial move in the dollar (down), the currencies have been in a very tight trading range. The bias to sell dollars remains, but no one is paying attention to it right now. So, what I think we have here is the bond and currency markets waiting for the next shoe to drop. That shoe could be the next time the Fed Heads meet, and announce that they are not beginning to taper. One time, surprise me, second time is a trend.  Or. most likely, it is the Debt Ceiling expiration that’s coming quickly upon us.. This morning, the currencies are mixed, with the euro up a bit, but below 1.36, the Japanese yen stronger on thoughts of a U.S. default, but the Antipodean currencies are weaker.  A story on the Bloomberg this morning caught my eye. The title read: “Dollar Rebound Predicted by Most-Accurate Forecaster”.  So, you know I just had to check it out to see why the “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” thinks the dollar will rebound. I’m not saying it can’t, I just want to know his reason. And that reason turns out to be, that he believes the U.S. economy is strong, and will outperform economic growth of the Eurozone, and Japan. So, at this point, I’ve got to think that “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” has been eating the same fortified with 8 essential vitamins, cereal that the Fed Heads were eating, for this sounds like a lot of the Fed Heads, to which, and you can check this in the archives, I’m on record saying months ago that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy when they began talking about tapering. That’s all I’ll say about this, for what do I know? I mean, “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” probably has a research team the size of the population of Rhode Island! But. so do the Fed Heads. Friday morning, I received a notice from a currency dealer that said “The First ESM Benchmark Syndication is Expected for Next Week.”   And my eye lit up! And here’s why! The ESM is the European Stability Mechanism.  I explained months ago what this was all about, but to make a long story short, the ESM is a bill funding program that’s been in place for about a year, that’s used to provide liquidity and long-term funding to the countries that need it. The difference between what was being done for the last year, and now is the ESM is going to issue a bond in syndication. In other words, take requests. RFP   request for proposal, as many contract salespeople know all about, and me with my city governance background. Understand this process.    But the biggest thing is the ability to do long term funding with the aim to establish a benchmark curve and a liquid secondary market over time. The first issue will be used to cover the Cypriot bailout and refinance bills for the Spanish banking recapitalization program.  This is all good for the euro going forward, folks.. At least that’s my opinion, of which I could be wrong! So. in the biggest display of “why was that done?” . You know the 800,000 government workers that were sent home last week? Well, the House passed a bill on Friday to pay these furloughed workers retroactive pay. So. what the 800,000 Government workers are getting right now, is a paid holiday. Paid for by taxpayers of course! You know, the people that go to work every day, produce something, generate wages, and pay taxes. So, why did we send those workers home, knowing that it wasn’t going to save us money in the first place?  Reminds me of the Dire Straits song: Money for nothing. The Pentagon ordered furloughed employees back to work this past weekend. Yes, we do have a couple of wars going on, and I would think that if there were people that are needed to be at their jobs it would be these people, that is as long as we feel we have to fight wars in other countries. Wanna save some big bucks for the country and make a whole lot of people happy, happy, happy? End the wars. And don’t stop with the wars overseas, how about here at home? The war of drugs, poverty, and so on. We’ve not made any headway on any of these over the years, so why continue? There are more people considered to be in Poverty Levels now than ever, so, great job fighting that war! The U.S. Debt stuff has taken over as what’s on the minds of the market participants. Tapering, Schapering. The Debt Ceiling is what it’s all about now.  One would think that any country that’s not experiencing a possible default would have a currency that’s gaining against the dollar right now, but that’s not the case. It’s all a bunch of “wait-n-see” Right now, it seems that the Usual Suspects when it comes to what the markets call “safe havens” are in play here. Japanese yen, Swiss francs and to a lesser degree, euros seem to be the only real winners, as we begin Day 7 of the PS, and draw one day closer to the Debt Ceiling expiration of Rocktober 17th. Japan has a greater Gov’t Debt than the U.S. but, they aren’t running into the possibility of a default. And Swiss francs? Some old habits just don’t die. The Markets’ participants have viewed francs as a safe haven for so long now that even with the franc tied to the euro, they still go there.  Hey! I’ve always told you that the markets are fickle. and at times have a very different viewpoint than logic would say. The Antipodean currencies of Australia and New Zealand are both seeing some selling this morning, but the moves are small in nature (less than 1/4-cent). There’s not much going on in this region of the world this week. Australia will report their September labor numbers later in the week, and that’s it.. (at least as far as I can see).  These two currencies have really bounced around a lot lately. You have to be patient here. Gold spent another day on Friday, flip-flopping around, going from positive to negative and back to positive, but remaining above $1,300. This morning, Gold is up $2, but we all know that a small gain like that is vulnerable to the whims of the NY traders. I read a note from the author of the book on “Greenspan’s Bubbles” Bill Fleckenstein this past weekend, where he was talking about Gold. Let’s listen in to Bill Fleckenstein. “At some point there will be big move to the upside (in gold), and we will play catch-up for some of the monetary crimes that have been committed in the last couple of years … My belief is that we saw the lows and that gold is going to work its way higher from here, and at some point it will accelerate. … It’s just mind boggling to me that people in America are so comfortable with the inflation that we have, and they act as though it’s deflation.  It’s rather stunning to me, the particular strategy now amongst people when they raise prices is they shrink the size of what they give you and they don’t call it a price hike.” Chuck again. I like what Bill Fleckenstein usually has to say, and have for a long time. He’s a very logical thinking person, and you can’t beat that! The U.S. Data Cupboard is still being adjusted because of the PS. We’ll begin to get some data this week though. in fact I’m told that the Jobs Jamboree will take place tomorrow. But don’t hold me to that, we are talking about Gov’t schedules! And before I go to the Big Finish. Man. did I ever just blow by the American priced currencies on Friday, UGH! I meant to type: American Style: A$ .9445, kiwi .8340, C$ .9705, euro 1.3605, sterling 1.6075, Swiss $1.1075 I have no idea what happened, just goes to show you that even though you do something 5-days a week for over 20 years, you can still mess up! For What It’s Worth. I saw this come through the email from MarketWatch on Friday, and thought it to be interesting. The article is about how the writer believes that the panic in Gold is over, and he can tell by watching the flows into the ETFs. Here’s a snippet.. “Gold outflows have been steadily declining since peaking in April 2013, said Nick Brooks, head of global research and investment strategy at ETF Securities. Outflows that month were at $8.7 billion. He said the main reason for that reduction is that the “bulk of shorter-term tactical money that went into gold over 2011 and 2012 has now been cleared” and gold ETP holdings are now back at 2010 levels. After record outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded products in the second quarter, outflows slowed down significantly in the third quarter. Investors were quitting their gold funds, just not with the urgency they showed in prior months.” Chuck again. You know me. I’m not a fan of the ETF’s. I’m a “physical ownership” kind of guy. But I think this information is good to know, given that the masses opt for the ETF’s, so flows are important. To recap. The markets seem to be in wait-n-see mode. In one corner we have the question of when the Fed will begin to taper if ever. And in the other corner we have the PS and the looming problem of the Debt Ceiling expiration growing closer, and the warnings of catastrophe should we default hanging over the markets like the Sword of Damocles. The bias to sell dollars remains in place, but the trading ranges are very tight. And Gold keeps flip-flopping, like a fish that jumps off the hook while in the boat! Currencies today 10/7/13. American Style: A$ .9420, kiwi .8295, C$.9690, euro 1.3580, sterling 1.6080, Swiss $1.1070, . European Style: rand 10.0270, krone 5.9860, SEK 6.4450, forint 218.25, zloty 3.0920, koruna 18.7930, RUB 32.26, yen 96.90, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.89, China 6.1480, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.2110, Dollar Index 79.98, Oil $102.66, 10-year 2.62%, Silver $21.92, Platinum $1,388.75, Palladium  $699.80, and Gold $1,316.97 That’s it for today. I had a great time at my H.S. reunion Friday night, my old football teammate Dean Collins was in attendance and I hadn’t seen him in 40 years! WOW! Lots of people I hadn’t seen in awhile. Then Saturday night, we had a get together with some clients and I got to meet a few clients and get a couple of them to sign up for the Pfennig!  My beloved Missouri Tigers won big at Vanderbilt, and have started the season 5-0, but have a tough row to hoe this weekend when they travel to Georgia. Blues blast Florida 7-0 Saturday night, and our Rams beat Jacksonville, although I don’t think you can hang your hat on beating them this year. Well, I’ve got people living with me all watching Duck Dynasty with me. They used to laugh at me, but looks who’s watching it now! And on that note. Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link By E.B. Tucker, editor, The Casey Report Donald Trump is flipping one of the most important U.S. industries on its head. If you understand what’s happening, you can save your portfolio from huge losses in the coming years. You can even profit from this new trend. I’m talking about the massive transformation happening in the oil industry right now. Let me explain… Trump Is Good for the Oil Business…but Bad for the Oil Price Obama was just the opposite. He and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) barely let the ink dry on regulations before churning out the next batch. In fact, under Obama, the EPA created 3,900 regulations. That and other factors meant U.S. crude oil traded for over $100 per barrel in four of Obama’s eight years running the country. In late 2014, the price started falling. Today, two-and-a-half years later, a barrel costs $47. All of That Means More Supply…and Lower Prices Trump installed the former CEO of Exxon to run the State Department. He placed Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, as energy secretary. His EPA administrator has environmentalists seething. It’s obvious that Donald Trump’s agenda is good for U.S. energy producers and consumers. Energy analytics firm Rystad agrees with our take. Recently it came out and said $35 per barrel is the new breakeven price for U.S. shale production (that means, even with low production prices, U.S. energy companies can profit handsomely). That’s down from $80 per barrel in 2013. With oil trading at $47 today, producers have plenty of incentive to keep pumping. If energy companies can make money producing oil as cheap as $35 per barrel, the price isn’t going up anytime soon. In fact, we bet the oil market will get flooded and stay that way for a few years. Eight year old girl survives bombing, runs for President When she was eight, a terrorist bomb blasted through the wall of her apartment, raining down glass shards and sharp rubble. She survived and now she’s running for President of France. On May 7, she’ll take on the entire continent of Europe – and she wants to rip apart the European Union itself. Here’s her story, and why you need to pay attention if you have even $1 in the stock market…​ — — America’s Third Bull Market Since the Great Depression, there have been only two long-term bull markets in America. During the last bull one, some investors made 30 times their money or more. One indicator predicted the start of both bull markets. And now it says America’s third bull market is beginning.center_img Recommended Link There’s an old saying in the commodity business: “The cure for high prices is high prices.” It means that when the price of a commodity keeps rising, companies rush out looking for more. The profit incentive is sky-high. Before long, fresh new supplies of the commodity hit the market. Eventually, too much supply hits the market. That’s when prices fall. And that’s the case with oil today. The supply of oil increased much faster than the demand for it. And it all happened during Obama’s time in office. We’re likely to see less regulation for energy companies over the next four years—not more. We’ll see the government pave the way for U.S. energy production instead of standing in its way. Doug Casey: I agree, and am neutral to bearish on oil. Two reasons. First, technology is constantly working to make its use more efficient, so it takes less to accomplish a given amount of work. And finding ways to produce more at lower real costs. But also, after a couple generations of hope and improvement, various types of “green” energy (primarily solar, but also wind, and others) are finally economic. They’re going to make big dents in oil use, more every year. Second, the looming Greater Depression will significantly reduce most people’s standard of living. And oil usage along with it. On the other hand, much higher oil prices will materialize overnight if there’s a revolution in Saudi Arabia (inevitable, and growing imminent) or a serious war (not just some sport wars, as at present) in the Mid-East. This is why commodity trading is not easy… every market has bulls and bears for good reasons. The Coming Flood of Oil Has to Go Somewhere Trump knows how to take advantage of incentives. We think he’ll instruct his energy-friendly cabinet to extend tax incentives for the U.S. energy business. That’s on top of lower regulation, lower taxes, and a generally more business-friendly environment. All of that is going to be bad for the price of oil…but good for the top energy infrastructure companies in the country. This is a massive shift from what we’ve seen over the past few years. To profit from this trend, you can consider shorting (betting against) oil using the United States Oil Fund (USO), which tracks the daily price movements of oil. But the best way to profit from this transformation is to invest in the leading energy infrastructure firms. The leader in this space is Kinder Morgan (KMI). Kinder is a traditional operating company that can take full advantage of a Trump energy infrastructure stimulus program. We expect shares to do very well in the coming years. Regards, E.B. Tucker Editor, The Casey Report P.S. We recently recommended Kinder Morgan in my Casey Report newsletter. But there’s another energy company with even more upside potential right now. And you can even use this company to earn an “energy rebate” check every month, starting June 15. Depending on your financial circumstances, it could amount to an extra $10,000 to $40,000 over the next three years. You can learn more in this brand-new video presentation.last_img read more

Enjoy Those Actually Free Amazon Apps While You Can

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first_img Reporter Enjoy Those ‘Actually Free’ Amazon Apps While You Can Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Amazon via PC Mag As of May 31, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. It shuts down completely in 2019. Register Now »center_img Perusing Amazon Underground for apps with an “Actually Free” banner? Do it while you can.As of May 31, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. The program will be completely discontinued in 2019, Amazon’s Becky Young wrote in a blog post without specifying why. Current Fire tablet users can continue to access the Underground Actually Free store and use any previously installed Underground apps. But access to Underground Actually Free store via Amazon’s Appstore on Android devices will end this summer, Young added.Launched in 2015, the Underground Actually Free program offered 100 percent free versions of popular premium titles such as OfficeSuite Professional 8, Goat Simulator and PhotoSuite 4 as well as titles with in-app purchases like Frozen Free Fall, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella and Looney Tunes Dash! Those who use Amazon Underground don’t have to pay for premium in-app features because Amazon foots the bill.Amazon pays developers “a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees,” the company explained when it launched the Actually Free program.Current Amazon Underground developers will continue to get paid for every minute people spend in their apps, as per Amazon’s developer agreement. Developers will be able to submit and publish updates to current Amazon Underground apps until 2019. For more on the transition, check out Amazon’s FAQ page. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Next Article May 2, 2017 Amazon Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

What You Can Learn From British Airwayss IT Meltdown That Left Passengers

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first_img Invest in systems you need and keep your customers informed. British Airways had a rough weekend.Due to a power surge early Saturday morning and a backup that failed to work, the airline’s computer systems broke down. The crash prompted British Airways to cancel all departing flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, effectively stranding 75,000 people. And once the passengers arrived at their destinations, there was no guarantee that their luggage would be waiting for them.It was a chaotic and ultimately expensive mishap for British Airways. The market value of IAG, the airline’s parent company, dropped by about $643,550,000. Not only that, but The Guardian reports that customers inconvenienced by the IT issues had to pay up to $2,059 in additional travel costs, leaving the company with a hefty compensation $192 million compensation bill.Related: These 10 Countries Will See the Most Business Travelers in the Next DecadeIf you’re sleeping on the floor of an airport terminal, of course you aren’t going to have a ton of understanding for the organization that put you in that position. But it wasn’t just disgruntled passengers — the response from rival airline, Ireland’s Ryanair was particularly merciless.Breaking news: BA appoints new head of IT…. #ShouldHaveFlownRyanair pic.twitter.com/pR5lwJmr95— Ryanair (@Ryanair) May 28, 2017A peek into the company’s Tweets & Replies tab on Twitter shows a raft of customer service messages with a heavy use of the words “sorry” and “apologise.” CEO Alex Cruz also made a video apology.Related: 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Business Travel“We absolutely, profusely apologize for these events,” Cruz said. “We are absolutely committed to making sure that we fulfill our obligations, particularly from a passenger compensation point of view. … We are now focusing on making sure that everyone’s needs are addressed. We will make an in-depth investigation to make sure we get to the bottom of exactly why this happened and we will react. This will not happen again at British Airways.”Our Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz, apologises for the disruption caused by the recent IT system issues and… https://t.co/DRqwuM3SvF— British Airways (@British_Airways) May 29, 2017Cruz is saying all the right things, and it would seem that his team is working tirelessly to make sure that each customer is taken care of. But what the experience of British Airways teaches us is that we need to think carefully about where resources can best be utilized. Think about the systems and structures that you can’t do without and always make sure that they are up to date. If you can have the most current technology, an investment now could save you a major headache later.Better that the glitch never happened at all — but if your company is faced with a snafu of this magnitude, the best move is to be honest, admit what went wrong and keep your customers informed. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue Business Travel Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read Next Article center_img –shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff What You Can Learn From British Airways’s IT Meltdown That Left Passengers Stranded May 30, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

5 Steps to Setting Up a Wireless Network

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first_img 5 Steps to Setting Up a Wireless Network –shares 8 min read Does your business need a wireless network? If you think the answer is yes, read on to discover how easy it is to set one up. Next Article 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. Image credit: Henrik Sorensen | Getty Images Add to Queuecenter_img July 1, 2004 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Wireless networks are becoming faster, more affordable and easier to adopt than ever. Growing small businesses that have adopted a wireless solution are already reporting immediate paybacks in higher productivity, flexible application mobility and greater worker satisfaction. Roughly 228,000 small businesses currently have remote access capabilities built into their networks for security monitoring and, according to America Marketing Institute, the number will double over the next 12 months.A wireless infrastructure can make it easier to reconfigure your office space as your company grows and changes. Also, the total cost of a wireless local area network (LAN) is relatively inexpensive–it’s become very affordable in the past few years, and prices continue to drop. When you take into account productivity gains, both inside the office and at public “hot spots,” going wireless is an obvious choice, especially when compared to the cost of running a Cat 5 network LAN cable throughout a building.If you’re interested in setting up a wireless network at your company, this guide will walk you through the steps needed to evaluate the role wireless networking technologies might play in your company’s overall networking solution, and help you understand the steps you need to take to implement the solution.Step 1: Understand it. Learn about the benefits of wireless and how it can help your business save money and be more productive.Wired networks may give the appearance of a busy office full of the latest equipment, but in reality, wires can be an inefficient networking medium. They can limit signal strength as well as make it more difficult to expand and reorganize your network configuration.Wireless networking is a viable and affordable alternative that offers the benefits of making your environment more flexible. A wireless infrastructure allows you to effortlessly reconfigure your office space as your company grows and changes, easily extend connectivity and also allows employees to be mobile more easily.Even though the cost of wireless LAN hardware and software can be slightly more expensive, this is offset by the wired LAN cabling and installation costs you can avoid. Add to that the soft-dollar saving benefits associated with wireless LAN and the convenience of being able to move around in a facility and stay connected, and your overall costs are lower still.Step 2: Plan it. You should first conduct an assessment that includes an anticipated return on investment, and then investigate what it will take to integrate wireless technologies with your existing infrastructure.Review the advantages and consider the benefits to your organization:Reduced cost of installation. It may be significantly less expensive to install wireless access points compared to wiring your office with Ethernet capabilities.Flexibility. If you regularly expand or reorganize your office space, or need to accommodate a variety of network configurations, the rapid transition time from one configuration to another that wireless provides can help reduce your network downtime. In addition, you won’t have to incur the costs associated with physically rewiring office space.Convenient information access. With wireless, you’d have the ability to extend access to key information to anyone on your staff, from anywhere in the office, even when they aren’t physically connected to your wired local area network (LAN) connection. Do members of your staff regularly work away from their desks or stations, but could benefit from anytime, anywhere access to important data? Could you improve productivity by increasing access to important company systems? Do you have business processes you could streamline by reducing the number of times employees have to go back to their wired connections?Wireless LANs are the way to go, especially where there’s no existing wired network. This is especially true in leased offices, where you can’t go knocking holes in wallsYou should next consider what integration points you’ll need to address for the solution to work:Evaluate your current and future networking needs. How is your current networking infrastructure configured? How many workstations, offices and conference rooms are connected to the network? How many are not connected that you would like to connect? How many people use the computers and communications systems in your company now? Does your staff conduct business at locations away from their primary work area? What kind of equipment does your staff use? Are they mobile with notebook computers and PDAs or do the majority of your workers use desktop systems? Do those who would benefit most from wireless, mobile access already use notebooks? And if you’re in a leased building with no existing wired network, setting up a wireless network is must simpler than knocking holes in the walls to install your network cables.Formulate a plan. The equipment you buy and the way you configure your wireless network will be driven by your business needs and plan, so it’s important to develop a plan before you spend any money on equipment or other resources.Step 3: Do it. Once you have a plan in place that defines how you want to add wireless networking capabilities to your office space, you can get down to the business of actually setting up your wireless network. It’s easier than you might think. The first step involves understanding the equipment involved in a wireless network.Wireless LAN equipment consists of two main components:Wireless clients, which are any devices capable of communicating over a wireless LAN, such as a notebook computer, printer or handheld.Access points, that is, the centers of the wireless-to-wired LAN connectivity. These points aggregate wireless radio signals and then connect the two LANs. The access point is generally book-sized. It contains a radio transceiver, communications and encryption software, and an Ethernet port for a cable connection to a hub or a switch on the wired LAN.Your next step is to actually build a wireless LAN, which you’ll do just like this:Identify the equipment you want to buy, such as wireless notebooks, access points, wireless LAN adapters and wireless cards.Determine the number of users who need to have access to the network. This will help you determine the number of access points you’ll need.Plan for the connection to your wired LAN, probably in a central location and in an open environment. Your goal is to maximize the access point’s wireless range. The quoted range is a maximum of 300 feet, but that’s very dependant on the existing environment–walls, water pipes, cables and so on all could decrease the range. The best thing to do is complete a site survey first; if that’s not possible, assume a maximum range of 150 feet, as 300 could decrease throughput.Configure your wireless devices to work with your network.Test the installation before it goes live. Using link test software, you should test for the percent of data sent correctly, the time it takes to receive a response from the destination device, and the strength of the transmitted signal.Establish a procedure to manage your wireless LAN.Step 4: Use it. Because wireless communications are transmitted through the air rather than over a closed cable, you’ll need to implement some wireless-specific security measures to ensure that your wireless communications are secure. Wireless solutions use three primary tactics:MAC (media access control) addressing. This ensures the network access point you purchase supports MAC which restricts network access by unauthorized devices by assigning each network card a unique hardware identification number.WEP encryption. It’s essentially a complicated software algorithm that scrambles data as it’s sent and unscrambles it as soon as it’s received, keeping it safe in transit. It also ensures that you can easily upgrade your access cards as new wireless access standards emerge.Traditional VPN (Virtual Private Network) securities controls. This allows users outside of your system to have access to it. Businesses that use remote access almost always use VPN and combined with the other tactics makes your wireless network extremely secure.VPNs work by encrypting data before it’s sent over a wireless (or wired) link, so even if someone intercepts the transmission, the data is secure. Many larger companies use VPNs, but smaller companies may also just rely on standard wireless encryption. This will be okay if the wireless LAN is only used internally, but if you plan to use public ‘hot spots’, you will need to use a VPN.Step 5: Support it. If you find you need additional help or support, or are planning a larger-scale implementation, there are numerous suppliers and consultants that can offer additional information and support. Hewlett-Packard, for example, offers access to mobility and wireless experts via live chat or via phone at (800) 888-0262. These suppliers and consultants can help you understand your options, configure your network, set up your systems, and get you up and running quickly and efficiently.Richard Stone is a wireless and mobility solutions manager for HP Americas. Technology Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

You Can Now Make Campbells Soup in Your Keurig

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first_img Image credit: Reuters | Brian Snyder Add to Queue You Can Now Make Campbell’s Soup in Your Keurig Food Businesses September 10, 2015 Geoff Weiss Apply Now » –sharescenter_img Might Andy Warhol be tickled or sickened to know that the Campbell’s soup cans of the future are being reimagined into tiny plastic pods?  As of today, a partnership between leading coffee brewer Keurig and the iconic soup maker has officially come to fruition in the form of Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup. Priced at $11.99 for a box of eight pods, Keurig owners can now brew Chicken Noodle Soup with their machines.The two-step process begins with a packet of dried noodles and spices, which Keurig suggests emptying into a mug. Next, the broth is brewed over top of the mixture in order for it to cook.The soups are available in two flavors, Homestyle and Southwest Style — each of which packs 70 calories and is made with no artificial colors or flavors, the companies say. In order to avoid contaminating flavors between coffee and soup brews, “The machine doesn’t need to be cleaned, but we recommend running a hot water brew cycle without a pod before and after making the soup,” a Campbell’s spokesperson told Entrepreneur.Related: The Keurig K-Cup’s Inventor Says He Feels Bad That He Made It. Here’s Why.Announced in 2013 and now available after two long years in development, the partnership “marks a milestone as our first expansion beyond beverages,” says Keurig’s chief business development and partners officer, Mark Wood. Keurig has already forayed beyond hot beverages with a long-awaited machine called Kold launching later this year that can homebrew Coca-Cola products.“We know more than 80 percent of people who buy Keurig pods also buy Campbell’s soup,” added Campbell’s marketing director Michael Goodman, in a statement, “so bringing together two products people love in one handy kit is a winning idea.”The collaboration comes as Keurig sales seem to have been put on ice. Last quarter, the company reported a 1 percent decrease in pod sales and a 26 percent decline in brewer sales, and announced it was cutting its workforce by 5 percent. Related: Home-Brewed Coca-Cola in 2015 Could Transform the Beverage Industry 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Former Staff Writerlast_img read more

Zaius Begins Era of ServiceLed Retail

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first_imgZaius B2C CRM Assists Zendesk-Powered Service Reps with an Augmented View of a Customer Including Interaction History, Predictions, and Personalized Product RecommendationsAt the Zendesk Showcase Zaius introduced Zaius for Service, a new product tailored for online retail service teams to gain full visibility of a customer’s information, behaviors, and needs. Powered by Zendesk Sunshine and Zaius’ proprietary customer data stitching and data science technology, service teams can now access the same customer insights and analysis already available to their marketing colleagues. During today’s event, Zaius will share the Service-led Retail story on stage at 2pm.Service agents using Zaius with Zendesk will have access to the customer’s information, including on-site browsing history, behavioral indicators of future purchase intent, and personalized product recommendations. Armed with this complete view of the customer, agents create relevant engagements that delight their customers, deepen customer loyalty, and increase lifetime value.Marketing Technology News: The Keyes Company Adopts New Adwerx Enterprise Automated Retargeting Product“Zendesk is focused on modernizing the customer experience, which includes empowering organizations to improve the future of service,” said Billy Robins, Zendesk Director, Technology Alliances.  “With the combined power of Zendesk Sunshine and Zaius, agents see a customer from every angle, alongside predictive product recommendations. This can extend one customer interaction into a holistic retail experience, ultimately driving customer satisfaction and lifetime value.”Zaius-powered marketing teams have long accessed the richness of Zendesk customer service information via a one-click integration. Stitched within the Zaius customer view, service data provides a clear picture of the state of the customer relationship to help marketers tailor messages to customers or even pause campaigns until a customer service request has been met. With today’s two-way integration, Zaius removes the wall between service and marketing to provide an even stronger customer experience.Marketing Technology News: Peach Launches New Product to ClientsZaius CEO Mark Gally added, “A Zaius-powered customer view provides service agents contextualized data on customer interactions throughout a call and the agent can now act as a personal shopper, guiding a customer through the ultimate personalized experience. Combining Zaius and Zendesk, brands can transform a traditional cost center into a satisfaction-boosting revenue driver.”Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of Intelledox Mark GallyMarketing Technology NewsNewsService-Led RetailZaiusZendesk Previous ArticlePunchh Recognized in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Marketing PlatformsNext ArticleBuzztime Continues to Enhance Buzztime Entertainment App During Its Beta, Providing Mobile-first Option for More Businesses Zaius Begins Era of Service-Led Retail PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 last_img read more

Study reveals a revolutionary way to treat eye injuries prevent blindness

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first_imgWe can now prove that the cornea becomes stiffer when exposed to injuries such as those caused by what are commonly known as acid attacks, and demonstrate that wound healing is impaired due to stem cells differentiating in response to the stiffening of their otherwise soft niche, and not because they are killed during injury, as previously thought.This is an exciting development in the field of corneal biology, and allows us to better understand how vision works. But even more important, it provides us with a new set of strategies to treat eye conditions which were until now inoperable. We call these less invasive strategies Biomechanical Modulation Therapies.” Credit: Newcastle UniversityThe team discovered that the simple application of a tissue-softening enzyme, collagenase, prevents the loss of corneal stem cells following an injury and could prevent patients from losing their sight. It offers hope to almost 500,000 people a year who lose their sight due to chemical burns including acid attacks.The study, published today in Nature Communications and funded by the Medical Research Council shows that keeping corneal stem cells in a soft environment is fundamental for their reproduction, self-renewal, and ability to heal damaged tissue.ImagingThis discovery was made possible by the development of a sophisticated microscopy technique which enables imaging the physical properties of biological tissues at very high resolutions. Using this technology in collaboration with experts in Photonics from Imperial College London, the team was able to determine that the corneal stem cell niche – the area of tissue in the cornea where stem cells live – is a much softer environment than the rest of the tissue.The scientists also discovered that stiffening the niche causes stem cells to mature and lose their self-renewing and wound healing properties.Dr Ricardo Gouveia, Research Fellow at Newcastle University and first author of the paper said: This study demonstrates a potential new way to treat injuries by changing the stiffness of the natural environment which we have shown changes the behavior of the adult stem cells. Our imaging approach provides a valuable tool to analyze live cells within the cornea, as well as to further explore new therapies for restoring or even improving their function.” From lab bench to bedsideRelated StoriesStudy shows high incidence of herpes zoster ophthalmicus among older adultsEarly clinical trial of new treatment for severe dry eye disease shows promising resultsLow-cost OCT scanner promises to bring vision-saving technology to underserved regionsIn the work, the researchers from Newcastle, collaborating with scientists at the University of Missouri, USA, also developed a proof-of-concept therapy to help restore corneal stem cell function and improve tissue regeneration following chemical eye burns.Using live corneal tissues as a model system, the team recreated the effects of chemical burns. After treating the wounded, stiffened areas of the cornea using small and localized doses of collagenase, a tissue-softening enzyme to restore the stem cell niche, it once again became pliable and able to support stem cells and promote healing. This collagenase formulation has already been approved for related therapeutic applications by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency.Dr Gouveia added: A new look at the corneaAs the outermost layer of the human eye, the cornea has an important role in focusing vision yet many of the processes keeping it transparent and resistant to damage are not well understood. Like skin, the cornea is covered by a multi-layered epithelium forming a barrier to physical harm and invading microorganisms. But unlike the skin, when injury occurs the corneal epithelium is repaired by stem cells clustered in the tissue’s periphery, first by quickly dividing in great numbers and then by migrating towards the damaged site as matured epithelial cells in order to seal the wound.However, this healing process can be compromised when injuries reach the stem cell niche. The research now published has important implications for developing new ways to heal this type of damage.The director of this study and leader of the Tissue Engineering Lab at Newcastle University, Professor Che Connon, explained: Apr 3 2019New research led by scientists at Newcastle University, UK reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness – by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair wounds, inside the body.center_img We show that the topical application of collagenase is safe and effective in restoring the normal stiffness of the cornea and helps tissue regeneration by preventing the differentiation and loss of adult stem cells after such injuries. We were further surprised to discover that the ability for a wound to heal was not directly caused by a lack of stem cells, but instead due to the environment these cells are exposed to. This really makes our therapy revolutionary.” Our research shows that corneal stem cells grow better in softer environments. We now want to build on that knowledge and test this method in patients, using biomechanical modulation therapy to re-create suitable environments for corneal stem cells to thrive within the body whenever their original niche is compromised by injury or disease.We also think our study is relevant to other scientific and medical fields beyond corneal research, and can help the study, diagnostics, and treatment of diseases such as cancer, where tumor stiffening is a known marker of aggressive cancer cell behavior and of metastasis.” The scientists believe the same technique could be applied to help alleviate the lack of corneas available for transplantation by the almost 5 million people suffering from total blindness due to corneal scarring caused by burns, lacerations, abrasion or disease. In addition, ten million people worldwide are estimated to require surgery for preventing corneal blindness as a result of diseases such as trachoma, an infectious eye disorder affecting many people in developing countries. There is a real and pressing need for new therapies to treat these diseases which are both simple and cheap.The scientists intend to further expand the research, working with health partners to further test the potential of this study.Professor Connon explained: Source:https://www.ncl.ac.uk/last_img read more