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New version of MIPI CSI-2 looks (literally) beyond mobile phones

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first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. When the first camera phones hit the market in 2000, few people could have imagined all of the applications those devices would enable: not just the obvious snaps and selfies, but also electronic check deposits, biometric authentication, and telemedicine, to name just a few.A major reason why these and other applications proliferated is because mobile camera sensors and their adjunct systems have improved dramatically over the past 17 years. The latest milestone is version 2.0 of the MIPI Alliance’s Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) specification for connecting a mobile device’s camera to its host processor.Version 1.0 is the world’s most widely used interface for imaging and video applications in mobile devices. Version 2.0 builds on that success by giving system designers a variety of new features and capabilities, which in turn enable new market opportunities.CSI-2 Imaging Conduit Solutions (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: MIPI Alliance) For example, MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 is designed for use not only in smartphones, but also Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearables, medical devices, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) gear, drones, and vehicles. That expansion reflects the MIPI Alliance Membership: Many of these companies started in the mobile phone market, but are now expanding into applications such as IoT, automotive, drones, and perception and contextual awareness. Their evolution is driving MIPI CSI-2’s evolution. For example, automakers and their suppliers can use MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 to give drivers gesture-based controls so their eyes and attention can stay focused on the road instead of fumbling with knobs, buttons, and sliders.Systems designers have two physical layer options for implementing CSI-2 v2.0: MIPI C-PHY and MIPI D-PHY. Performance is lane-scalable, with support for up to 24 Gbps using a three-lane (nine-wire) C-PHY interface, or 18 Gbps using four-lane (10-wire) D-PHY interface.Both PHY specs have been updated to support CSI-2 v2.0, enabling backwards compatibility. This also reduces cost and time-to-market for users because they can leverage their existing product designs as they migrate to CSI-2 v2.0.Keep your eyes on the road MIPI CSI-2 v1.3 supports a wide variety of resolutions, including 1080p, 4K, and 8K, in both single- and multi-camera implementations. CSI-2 v2.0 enhances those capabilities by adding support for RAW-16 and RAW-20 color depth, which significantly improves intra-scene high-dynamic range (HDR) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).These capabilities are a particularly good fit for automotive applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). For example, CSI-2 v2.0 enables those applications to maintain high performance even when the environment changes suddenly and dramatically, such as when a car emerges from a dimly lit tunnel into bright daylight.Automotive system diagram (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: MIPI Alliance) The HDR and SNR enhancements also benefit the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) used by drones for vision-based navigation. When a drone is subject to big changes in lighting conditions, for example, the HDR and SNR enhancements help it quickly adapt to ensure consistent performance.Another key addition in CSI-2 v2.0 is Latency Reduction and Transport Efficiency (LRTE), which has three major benefits in automotive applications:It increases the number of supported image sensors by as much as 40 percent without requiring costly Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) or PHY changes.It facilitates optimal transport while preserving system integrity for multiple vision applications.It substantially reduces frame transport latency for real-time perception and decision-making needs.A third key enhancement for automotive applications is the addition of scrambling. This reduces Power Spectral Density (PSD) emissions, thus minimizing interference when sensitive receivers are installed in the vehicle.Many automakers are adding collision-avoidance features both to maximize safety and help differentiate their vehicles in the eyes of buyers who seek those kinds of advanced safeguards. The more things that a collision-avoidance system can sense, the better able it is to protect the vehicle’s occupants.CSI-2 v2.0 supports up to 32 virtual channels (up from four virtual channels in the previous version), which can carry data from the vehicle’s image sensors to its collision-avoidance system. The additional channels also help systems designers accommodate multi-exposure, multi-range sensor fusion for ADAS applications. Just as important, all 32 channels support multiple data types, including raw, compressed, and meta.Finally, CSI-2 v2.0 adds support for Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM) 12-10-12 compression qualified over varying degrees of image set intensity, contrast, and Modular Transfer Function (MTF) to ensure superior Image Quality (IQ). This is particularly useful for vision applications sensitive to compression artifacts such as automotive and drone navigation.New capabilities atop a proven foundation The MIPI Alliance was founded in 2003 to provide something that the marketplace desperately needed: a standardized camera interface specification for mobile devices. But MIPI Alliance members went a few steps further by ensuring that CSI-2 also provides the high bandwidth necessary for high-resolution images, the low power consumption that’s key for battery-operated devices such as IoT sensors and wearables, and very low electromagnetic interference (EMI) for mission-critical applications such as health care.That forward-looking design is a major reason why CSI-2 v2.0 is ideal for more than just smartphone applications. Another reason is that CSI-2 is mature and proven, giving systems designers the confidence that it can be the foundation for IoT devices, drones, automotive, and other applications outside the traditional mobile space.Click Here for a deeper dive into CSI-2 v2.0’s features and capabilities. The MIPI Alliance Camera Working Group already is hard at work developing the next round of camera, imaging, and vision enhancements. Click Here to learn more about MIPI membership and to become engaged.Haran Thanigasalam is chair of the MIPI Alliance Camera Working Group and senior platform architect at Intel Corporation. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical center_img Continue Reading Previous The second wave of smart speakers is comingNext Is the surveillance industry ripe for a storage change?last_img read more

20 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years here

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first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years hereby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino concedes they’re in crisis after their defeat at Brighton.Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Pochettino said: “Hugo Lloris’ injury had massive impact on the game. It was so early in the game. To concede so early and losing our captain it had an emotional impact on the team. We tried to find solutions, a different way to play but it was impossible. It’s a very difficult moment.”I want to say thank you to the fans, it was a big effort to the fans and we put out that performance. We were at the top together but now we need to get more. It is not easy.”On how to improve, he added: “After five and a half years this is the first tough time we are having. There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate the situation but we need to work. There is always the possibility to make us stronger.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ontario First Nation resident seeks longpromised air pollution review

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first_imgA resident of a southern Ontario First Nation surrounded by industrial facilities is taking the provincial government to court to demand it complete an air quality review promised eight years ago.Ada Lockridge of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in an area known as “Chemical Valley” near Sarnia, Ont., first secured a commitment in 2009 from the Ministry of the Environment to review how air pollution is regulated where there are multiple emitters.Currently, the ministry only considers the emissions of one particular facility when issuing approvals and orders, not any cumulative effects from various facilities.The Environmental Bill of Rights sets out a legal duty for the ministry to complete a review like the one promised to Lockridge “within a reasonable time.”Eight years is not reasonable, Lockridge argues.“I don’t know if they’re waiting for me to die or what, but I’m still here and I haven’t given up yet,” the 54-year-old said in an interview.Lockridge submitted the 2009 application to protect all Ontario communities with significant sources of industrial air emissions, but also to protect herself, her daughter, and her community, her lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell writes in the application for judicial review.“The closest industrial sources of air contaminants to Aamjiwnaang are adjacent to the reserve and across the street from important community institutions,” the application says.Aamjiwnaang residents have long complained of high rates of asthma, headaches, learning and behavioural problems in children, and miscarriages.A 2005 study of Aamjiwnaang birth records found that baby girls outnumbered boys by a two-to-one ratio. Tests performed years later by a McGill University professor suggested a possible link to pollution when he found that mothers and children were being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants.Three years ago, after Ontario’s environmental commissioner raised the issue of the — then five years-delayed — review, Environment Minister Glen Murray said he would look into it immediately.The ministry now says its review will be complete and made public this fall. In a statement it noted that data from the local air monitoring station indicates that contaminants have decreased over the period.Lockridge is skeptical, saying the one monitoring station doesn’t provide enough information, for example what is in the air at a given time when there is an incident at a nearby facility.“They average it out for the whole year so we can’t even tell the days it was really bad,” she said. “I always have to question a lot of the things they say.”Dianne Saxe, the current environmental commissioner, said she has asked the ministry about the review nearly every month for the past year and a half.“For the people who breathe in that community, it doesn’t matter where the pollution comes from,” she said in an interview. “They are affected by the total level of contaminants.”The ministry has been busy lately, implementing two major pieces of legislation on waste and cap-and-trade, Saxe conceded.“I certainly have some sympathy for the ministry staff, who I know are working hard on a very difficult issue,” she said. “But when it comes right down to it, eight years is just outrageous.”last_img read more

Calgary city council votes to continue work on possible 2026 Olympic bid

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first_imgCALGARY – Calgary has pulled back from killing a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.City council was steering towards an off-ramp last week, but changed course and voted 9-6 in favour of continued work on a potential bid Monday.“I’m really happy that councillors . . . really spent a ton of time over the weekend considering their position, analyzing themselves, asking themselves questions about whether they were doing the right thing or not,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said.“I was really encouraging my council colleagues to think about the big picture, about what we’d be giving up if we stop now.”The city will continue establishing a bid corporation, developing a public engagement campaign and planning a plebiscite for later this year.The proposed makeup of the bid corporation’s board of directors includes representation from Calgary and Canmore, Alta., the federal and provincial governments, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees and Indigenous communities.Nenshi didn’t want the city to bail on a bid before the financial picture becomes clear or before Calgarians have a chance to say what they think.But some councillors were becoming uncomfortable with what they felt was a lack of clear information from city administration. A vote on a slate of motions keeping a bid on the table barely passed 8-6 in March.Councillors on a priority and finance committee voted 9-1 last week in favour of putting continued work on a bid to another vote.Sensing a bid was in jeopardy, Olympic and Paralympic athletes who live and train in the Calgary area began campaigning via letters and social media messages to councillors.Calgary’s chamber of commerce joined them saying Calgarians deserve to see the outcome of more rigorous exploration of a bid.“We’re happy we’ve lived to fight another day, although council has brought up some really important comments,” Olympic bobsledder Seyi Smith said Monday outside city council chambers.“The onus is really on us, the community, to make sure we do this properly.“Now that the bidco is going to be put together, whoever is on that committee, the entire city, our province, the country is going to be looking at you specifically. Can you do this right? We just hope you can.”Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Council heard Monday getting another 30 years out of the ’88 legacy facilities will cost between $200 million and $250 million.Nenshi has indicated a successful Calgary bid could bring in much-needed infrastructure money from the province and the feds.The International Olympic Committee’s deadline to submit 2026 bids is January 2019. The successful host city will be announced September 2019.A bid’s price tag is estimated at $30 million. Calgary and the provincial and federal governments have committed to a three-way split on the cost.The Alberta government is making its share conditional on Calgary holding a plebiscite to measure public enthusiasm for hosting another Winter Games.Calgary has already spent about $6 million. That sum includes the work of the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee which wrapped up its work late last year.CBEC concluded it would cost $4.6 billion to host the games, although council has since been told that estimate is likely too low.“There’s no business case to continue proceeding with an Olympics,” said Colin Craig, Alberta’s director of the Canadian Taxpayers Association. “The reality is, a lot of households and businesses are struggling right now.“If we go ahead and bid for the Olympics, you can imagine what’s going to happen to property taxes. The reality is there’s no money for an Olympic bid.”Coun. Jeromy Farkas listed a number of IOC corruption scandals in recent years among his reasons for opposing a bid.Former luger Jeff Christie countered the 1988 Games in Calgary and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. weren’t beset by corruption.“I think we have an opportunity to do it differently and as Canadians we won’t engage in that type of activity,” he said. “If we do proceed to a bid, I think we’ll stay above board.”last_img read more

Thieves steal 10k in GoPros from Autographics

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first_imgThe thieves then loaded up a pair of duffle bags with 25 of the digital cameras, worth an estimated $10,000. Wright said that the two thieves were in and out of the store in less than a minute, and that the two were focused only on stealing the cameras, explaining that the pair ignored several pieces of stereo equipment that were sitting out in the open.According to the surveillance video, one of the suspects was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans, and dark-coloured running shoes. The other was wearing a grey hoodie, light gray sweatpants, and white Nike running shoes. It’s not known how old the suspects are or what their ethnicity is, since their faces were not caught on camera.Wright said that the two suspects likely walked in across the store’s front lawn, since the parking lot camera was not activated. It is not known if or what type of getaway vehicle the thieves used.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that police are currently investigating the break-in, and are asking anyone with information to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for two suspects who broke into Autographics Trim & Signs this week.Autographics co-owner Jason Wright said that the break-in happened at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to surveillance video that the store posted on its Facebook page, two men smashed the front door to gain entry to the store, and proceeded smash a locked display case containing Go-Pro digital cameras.last_img read more

Opinion Its time for the state of Ohio to allow spring practice

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California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids. read more

Meyers Schalke career over

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first_imgMax Meyer’s Schalke career appears to be finished after he was banned from attending training sessions with the first-team for the rest of the seasonThe German midfielder previously announced that he will be leaving the Bundesliga side at the end of the season as a free agent and had publicly criticised Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel for the way he handled the contract negotiations with him.“I simply did not want to stay with Schalke and work under Heidel. It’s all about this. Lately, it just feels like bullying to me.” said Meyer, according to Sky Sports.Following that interview with the German publication Bild, Schalke has since banned Meyer from attending any further first-team training sessions.“We can’t tolerate such statements and such behaviour,” said Heidel.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are upset more by his accusations of bullying, which we strongly deny, than his untrue allegations. Schalke 04 have always behaved correctly to Max Meyer.”The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Schalke this season and has largely played the role of a holding midfielder this season.After leaving a training session on Wednesday with a foot injury, Meyer has since not appeared at the club and refused an MRI examination.“My impression for a long time was that Max felt at home here. That’s what he expressed to the coaching staff,” explained Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco.“I’m disappointed at his personal attacks and can’t fully understand them as they simply don’t add up.”last_img read more

Nemanja Matic will be great teammate

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first_imgBrazil midfielder Fred has thanked Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic after the Selecao’s 2-0 World Cup win over Serbia on Wednesday.He reckoned the towering midfielder will be a “great teammate” once the two join forces at Old Trafford next season.“It was a nice chat with him, he welcomed me for coming to the great club that is Manchester,” Fred said via ESPN.“We exchanged shirts, too, he will be a great teammate.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.With Brazil on to the round-of-16 in Russia, Fred admitted he hasn’t thought much about life at United just yet.He said: “It’s a big change, but I have not stopped yet … It still hasn’t set in, I’m very focused here on the World Cup.“I do not think much about it, but it’s a great club in Europe, it’s one of the biggest, so I’m very happy for that.”last_img read more

Draxler warns Germany Mbappe can run at 300hp

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first_imgJulian Draxler has warned his Germany teammates that Kylian Mbappe’s speed can reach up to 300 horsepowerDie Mannschaft head into tonight’s Nations League clash at France in desperate need of a strong result in order to avoid relegation to the B division.One player that must be stopped at all costs is Mbappe, who inspired France to a late comeback 2-2 draw with Iceland last time out.The 19-year-old striker is in superb form right now and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Draxler knows that Germany cannot let their guard down against him for even a second.“If he has space to get started, it’s almost impossible to catch him with his 300 hp,” Draxler told T-online.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“His speed and his finishing [are his biggest weapons]. We must not allow him to use either, by defending very compact.”Draxler, whose own PSG future is in doubt at the moment, believes that the squad have responded well under new manager Thomas Tuchel’s methods.“He spreads a good atmosphere, inside and outside. He lets us play attractive football, he has clear ideas and he gives these to us very clearly,” Draxler added.“After losing to Liverpool, he told us very clearly what had gone wrong. Not everything is ‘peace, joy and pancakes’ on the way to success. But that’s also why he does very well and has the team on his side.”last_img read more

Steve Clarke warns Kilmarnock supporters not to boo Jones

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first_imgKilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has issued a warning to supporters not to boo Rangers-bound winger Jones who will stay with the club till the end of the season.Jones upset some supporters with a celebratory tweet after signing a pre-contract that will lead to a four-year deal at Ibrox in the summer.“If the fans boo Jordan then they are booing me as well, because if I select Jordan to play for Kilmarnock then they are criticising my selection,” Clarke told Dailymail.“He has trained great since he came in after the winter break, I look forward to seeing him on the pitch again. I have to pick the best team and if Jordan is part of the best team then he will play.”Jones in his response admits his tweet can’t be retrieved and says he is focused on helping the club presently.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The tweet, looking back, I was probably a bit too over-excited, a bit of inexperience at the time but it has happened, there is nothing I can do, I can’t take it back,” he said.“It has happened and the only way I can win them back is by performance on the pitch. I have always tried to give my best for this club, I don’t think my commitment has been in question and knowing that I am leaving in the summer won’t change it.“The Rangers thing now has been out to the side until the summer. I am fully committed to Kilmarnock.“My teammates know I am committed, the gaffer knows I am committed and everyone in the club knows I am committed so it’s my turn to prove to the fans, as I have over two and half years, that I am committed.”last_img read more

Howe – We didnt perform well

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first_imgAFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his team performed poorly in their 2-1 away defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.Howe was disappointed with the Cherries’ performance, as they lost to Newcastle after going down two goals in the first half.I think we didn’t perform well in the first half and I’m disappointed with the start, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb going 2-0 down,” Howe told Bournemouth website.“We did well for phases of the second half but it wasn’t to be, the lads kept going right to the end so that’s an initial positive.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like a goal was coming, but we just couldn’t force it through.“We feel we’re good enough to beat almost anybody in this league if we perform well, but today we haven’t hit our best levels and have been beaten.“This league is ruthless enough to do that to you, and the challenge is now for us to analyze this game and we have to come back as a better team for it after the international break.”last_img read more

Dang the rules for naming Jupiters new moons are super strict

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first_img Hey @JupiterLunacy, you should name the newly discovered moon S/2018 J1 Pheraea. Pheraea was involved with Zeus, and their daughter was found and saved by a shepherd, or should I say Sheppard.  #NameJupitersMoons— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) February 21, 2019 13 Photos Post a comment But wait. There’s more. Each individual moon has more specific needs. Three of the moons are retrograde (they orbit in an opposite direction to Jupiter’s rotation) and must have names ending in “e,” while the other two must end in “a.”Carnegie wants the public to offers suggestions on Twitter by tweeting to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.Some of the suggestions so far don’t fit the brief, but one viable idea comes from Carnegie Science itself: Pheraea, one of Zeus’ lovers. I was ready to suggest Persephone, but there’s already an asteroid with that name. NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character NASA captures cosmic ‘dolphin’ swimming in Jupiter’s clouds Space Sci-Tech 0center_img Share your voice While the rules seem strict, there are some good reasons for them. The International Astronomical Union, which governs the names of space objects, already has a stringent list of requirements. The moon rules will also keep the new names on theme for Jupiter. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including famous satellites Europa and Io and the likes of Adrastea (Zeus’s foster mom) and Callisto (one of Zeus’s lovers).     We’re lucky there are so many characters in Roman and Greek mythology. As it turns out, sometimes a good name is hard to find. Jupiter swirls Tags Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant Jupiter as seen by Hubble. Space Telescope Science Institute Polyphonte, this may be your time to shine.The Carnegie Institution for Science put out a call Thursday asking for the public’s help naming some recently discovered moons found orbiting Jupiter. But don’t get carried away. There are rules. Carnegie announced the 12 moons in mid-2018, and we get a say in draping monikers on five of them. Some of the ground rules are pretty straightforward: 16 characters or less, nothing offensive, nothing too similar to existing moon or asteroid names. You also can’t name them after a living person.Now the tunnel starts to narrow. The moons must be named after characters in Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants of or lovers of Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greek).  OK, maybe we can still work with that, even though that rules out calling any of them Elon, Moony McMoonFace or Buzz. last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg confident Facebook is prepared for 2020 election

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first_img Tags The Facebook chief used the interview to push back against the idea that his company should determine what constitutes political speech. He’s previously called for more government regulation around political speech and advertising. “I think setting the rules around political advertising is not a company’s job,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “There have been plenty of rules in the past. It’s just at this point they’re not updated to the modern threats that we face. We need new rules.”The topic has been on the minds of Facebook’s leadership and of social media watchers in recent days. Over the weekend, The Washington Post published a Zuckerberg op-ed that urged government officials to take a more active role in setting standards for the handling of election-related content, both legitimate and ill-intentioned. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have said that big platforms like Facebook should be subject to levels of regulation that match their size and influence. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.Existing laws, he said, primarily focus on a candidate and the election. “But that’s not primarily what we saw Russia trying to do,” Zuckerberg said. “What we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues. The goal … was just to rile people up and be divisive.”Zuckerberg also warned that other countries would likely try to interfere in the election.”Well, what I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger, to make it harder for them to do what they’re doing.”Other scandalsFacebook’s controversies are about more than just politics. On Wednesday, security researchers from UpGuard found that Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was posted in a public database on Amazon cloud servers.When asked about the findings from the security researchers, Zuckerberg said the company was still looking into the issue. “In general, we work with developers to make sure that they’re respecting people’s information and using it in only ways that they want,” he said.Facebook also drew criticism over the use of its livestreaming service during a terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques. Zuckerberg suggested that delaying livestreams might have consequences for users who don’t stream violent content.  “It would also fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people,” he said. “Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together.”Facebook declined to comment beyond what Zuckerberg said during the broadcast.Originally published April 4, 7:27 a.m. PT.Updates, 7:57 a.m.: Adds background information and more details from the interview; 12:41 p.m.: Includes more details from the interview. Comments Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris last May to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Aurelien Morissard/Getty Images Facebook has failed to thwart election meddling before, but the 2020 US presidential election will give the social network another chance to demonstrate it’s on the right track.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has “learned a lot” since the 2016 election, which Russia meddled in by having trolls post divisive content to the platform. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, Zuckerberg said he’s “confident” his company is ready to combat any election interference in the upcoming campaign season.Facebook has strengthened its safeguards, requiring advertisers to verify their identities if they run political ads. It’s also rolled out a searchable database showing who paid for advertising and what audience it reached.”The systems, overall, have just gotten quite robust,” Zuckerberg said. “I think we, at this point, have probably some of the most-advanced systems of any company or government in the world for preventing the kind of tactics that Russia and now other countries as well have tried.”The changes haven’t been without issues; businesses have complained that their commercial ads have been misclassified, and media outlets have found loopholes that can be exploited. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 8 Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_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

Lakshmis NTR press meet in Vijayawada cancelled Police force Ram Gopal Varma

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first_imgRakesh Reddy the producer of #LakshmisNTR understandably angry with the police pic.twitter.com/Zbf7x3gAiP— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019 Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterLakshmi’s NTR is finally set to hit the screens in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But Ram Gopal Varma was cancelled his plan to hold a press meet in and was forced to return to Hyderabad by the police.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in the cinema halls across the globe except Andhra Pradesh on March 29. The movie shows AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu in a bad light. Hence, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had approached the High Court, seeking an order to delay its release, as it would affect voters in 2019 general elections. The HC had stalled the film till the poll gets over.The polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly was held in Andhra Pradesh on April 11. Post this, everyone was excited to know the release date of Lakshmi’s NTR. Ram Gopal Varma announced on Twitter that it would hit the screens on May 1. He tweeted, “Finally #LakshmisNTR is now releasing on MAY 1ST in ANDHRA PRADESH. Come watch the conspiracies that happened behind NTR’s back.”Hours later, Ram Gopal Varma announced to hold a press meet at Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada at 4.00 pm on Sunday. The director tweeted, “Press meet of #LakshmisNTR tmrw sunday the 28 th in Vijayawada at 4 pm in Novotel hotel. Film releasing MAY 1ST.” Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterBut Ram Gopal Varma was upset to know that the management of Novotel Hotel in Vijayawada declined to accommodate place for the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR. The irked filmmaker tweeted in Telugu, saying that he would hold this press meet on a road near NTR circle. He gave an open invitation to all the true friends of NTR and the people who love the late legendary actor.However, Ram Gopal Varma managed to get a place in Hotel Ilapuram for the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR. He tweeted, “Hotels in Vijaywada are being warned not to accommodate #LakshmisNTR team.. First Hotel Novotel has cancelled us and now Hotel Ilapuram .This after they have been paid in advance.. The people in power should understand that one can misuse power to delay,but no one can stop truth.”Ram Gopal Varma added, “Ready to be front stabbed in telling the back stabbing truth of #LakshmisNTR. Am boarding spice jet now. Landing in Vijaywada in one hour by 11.30. Reaching Ilapuram Hotel by 12.30.”Soon after he landed in Vijayawada airport, Ram Gopal Varma stopped from entering the city. The police forced him to cancel his press meet and return to Hyderabad. The director released a video and confirmed that he has been taken in police custody. He tweeted, “I am In police custody now for the only crime of trying to tell truth ..THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ANDHRA PRADESH”Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “Sorry to inform that the press meet at 4 pm is cancelled because the police stopped us and have barred my entry into Vijaywada and forcibly sending me back to hyderabad ..Hey @ncbn WHERE IS DEMOCRACY ? WHY IS TRUTH BEING BACK STABBED?”I am In police custody now for the only crime of trying to tell truth ..THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY IN ANDHRA PRADESH pic.twitter.com/O7OnWop407— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019This is the state of affairs in AP #LakshmisNTR pic.twitter.com/TFEebYhvQc— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019 Rakesh Reddy the producer of #LakshmisNTR understandably angry with the police pic.twitter.com/Zbf7x3gAiP— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 28, 2019last_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

Houstons East End Continues To Grow And Change Despite Harvey

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first_img Share A year ago, Houston Matters visited Headquarters, then the latest collaborative workspace that was opening in Houston’s East End. There, we spoke with the Greater East End Management District about how the area has grown in the past several years.So what’s that growth like today?We learn more from Veronica Gorczynski, president of the Greater East End Management District, and Patrick Ezzell, director of economic development and infrastructure for the Management District. They tell us about how the East End is changing in terms of business and real estate and whether Harvey affected development there. Then we hear from City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who represents District I, which occupies a portion of the East End.last_img read more

BlackWomenandGirlsLivesMatter Rally

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first_imgRekia’s Rally march and protest will happen on June 20 at Cathedral and West Franklin Streets, Baltimore, Maryland at 3:30 pm and conclude at Natasha’s Jubilee at 5:30 pm at the lot across from 2011 N. Charles Street. Spectators can expect an outdoor celebration with free food, open mic, music, vendors and more…For more information contact 443-642-8181 or email baltimoresayhername@gmail.comlast_img

Brain Break Watch This Kids Virtual Reality Wipeout

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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As if strapping a virtual reality headset to your face isn’t dorky enough, it could have you falling flat on your face, too.  At least that’s what happened to this poor kid. She gave a fancy $799 pair of HTC Vive VR goggles a spin, pawed her way around like a lost mole in the dark, and — whoops-a-daisy — she biffed. Hard.Related: Brain Break: (Literally!) Hero Saves Boy From Flying Bat at Pirates GameLucky girl, someone posted the footage of her eating it on Imgur. A day later the funny clip made the rounds on Reddit, where a kind soul begged the critical question: “OUCH! Is the Vive okay?!?!” Thanks to the little human cushion, it appears to be. But we’re not so sure about the kid. She got a wicked harsh taste of reality — also known as the floor. 1 min read March 11, 2016center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_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