Webbys Announce Best Magazine Nominees

first_imgThe Webby Awards—the “Internet’s highest honor” according to the New York Times—today announced its nominees for this year’s best magazine Web site.The five candidates in the running for this international award include Interview, Dwell.com, JPG, T Magazine and TheAtlantic.com. “The Web is now the dominant force reshaping everything from business to popular culture,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “We are thrilled to now honor the magazine innovators who are taking the medium in exciting new creative directions.” Each Webby Award category receives two distinct awards: the first presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy with members including David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and the other, The Webby People’s Voice Awards, chosen by public online voting beginning today through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 5 and honored on June 8 in a New York City ceremony. A full list of Webby Award nominees can be found here.last_img read more

Brunswick Landing Maintains Upward Trajectory Maine Designates Reuse Project an Opportunity Zone

first_imgBrunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, is now home to 1,700 employees and 110 organizations, an increase of 500 jobs over the past year, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority reports. Five new companies arrived his summer, with more slated to be added by the end of the year. A number of tenants are expanding footprints at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park to accommodate growth, the authority says. Traffic at Brunswick Executive Airport is up as well; in the first six months of the year, operations have increased 14 percent over 2017. … Brunswick Landing has been designated a federal Opportunity Zone by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), allowing the redevelopment to attract new investment. The Opportunity Zone program was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation as a way to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Zones. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Cadillac XT6 will offer three rows of seats. Cadillac We’ll see Cadillac’s new XT6 crossover this weekend, ahead of its official 2019 Detroit Auto Show debut. And to get The Interwebs all stoked about its big unveiling, Cadillac tweeted the teaser image you see here on Friday, showing the XT6’s front end.As you can see, the XT6 looks… like a Cadillac. That is to say, it has slim headlights, complemented by long, vertical LED running lights. The upper grille looks to be pretty large, with smaller openings around the running lights, as well as along the lower fascia.We don’t have any official XT6 details just yet, but we know it’ll be a three-row crossover, likely with either turbocharged I4 or V6 power. The XT6 will slot between the five-passenger XT5 and full-size Escalade in Cadillac’s SUV lineup, and it’ll battle the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX, not to mention the forthcoming Lincoln Aviator.Stay tuned for the XT6’s official reveal this weekend. Tags 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Detroit Auto Show 2019 May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 10 Photos reading • Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut Detroit Auto Show 2019 Cadillac 40 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 52 Photos Share your voice The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a handsome luxury crossover More From Roadshow 4 GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks • 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 71 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Share your voice Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicagocenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos Car Industry Tags Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Comments 18 Photos Comments See All Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Crossovers Luxury cars SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 81 Photos 4 Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Lincoln Cadillac Infiniti Lexus Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker.last_img read more

JS adopts resolution on Rohingya crisis

first_imgParliament Complex. File Photo The Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Myanmar government’s continuous persecution and atrocities on the religious and ethnic Rohingya minority in their Rakhaine state and their push in into Bangladesh and called upon the international quarters, including the UN, to exert a strong diplomatic pressure on the Naypyidaw administration to immediately solve the crisis.The JS resolution came after a detailed general discussion on Rohingya crisis initiated by a proposal moved by treasury bench member Dipu Moni under the Rule 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the house with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.In her proposal, Dipu Moni urged the world conscience to come forward to resolve the problem in Rakhaine state immediately and mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.She said that several lakhs Rohingyas have already taken shelter in Bangladesh to avoid ethnic cleansing in their homeland.Moving the resolution Dipu Moni bitterly criticized Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her dubious role in Rohingya crisis which is grossly contradictory to her Nobel acceptance speech – “Ultimately our aim should be to create a world free from the distressed, the homeless and the hopeless a world of which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace”.Read more: Dhaka likely to raise Rohingya issue in upcoming UNGA sessionTaking part in the discussion, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar has created the Rohingya crisis and they will have to solve it. She said, “Everybody knows Rohingyas are citizens of Myanmar and they must have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.”Most lawmakers called for creating a safe zone for Rohingyas inside Myanmar under the supervision of the UN and an immediately implementation of the Anan Commission Report on the crisis.Participating in the discussion, leader of the opposition in parliament Rowshan Ershad supported the resolution saying international pressure should be mounted on Myanmar to stop the ongoing persecution of the Rohingyas.Listing different diplomatic and political steps taken by the government, foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said some 300,000 Rohingya victims of Rakhine state in Myanmar entered Bangladesh since 25 August last and most of them are now living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.Earlier, more than four lakh unregistered Rohingya people were forced to enter Bangladesh in face of atrocities in Myanmar. On 9 October 2016, some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh in the wake of Myanmar military crackdown on them, he mentioned.The minister said Bangladesh has been working to resolve the Rohingya problem for a long time. Recently diplomatic efforts have been geared up to resolve the Rohingya problem.Meanwhile, he said, international organisations and countries including the United Nations expressed concern over the issue and appreciated Bangladesh’s role.Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said the atrocities of the Myanmar government are reminding us the same brutalities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that Myanmar started their atrocities in Rakhaine state immediately after former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan submitted his report on Ronhingya crisis.They killed thousands of Rohingyas and dishonoured women and girls during their heinous and inhuman crackdown and forced to leave their motherland, he said.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon sought the intervention of the UN and international organisations to stop Rohingya persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military.last_img read more

11 fake DB men held in Ctg

first_imgChittagongDetectives in several drives arrested 11 fake members of Detective Branch (DB) from different places of the city on Tuesday, reports UNB.Based on several allegations that a gang of miscreants was committing robbery at different places of the city identifying themselves as DB men, detectives carried out the drives in the city, said additional deputy commissioner of DB of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Mohammad Kamruzzaman.During the drive the DB men recovered police handcuff, toy pistols and mobile phone set from the arrestees.On December 28, a gang of fake DB men picked up college student Imtiaz Ahmed and snatched away his mobile phone set and cash.Imtiaz, later, filed a case in connection with the incident.last_img

Hasina asks army to uphold constitutional continuation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment, Natore on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the officers and soldiers of Bangladesh Army to stay ready always to address any external and internal threat to the country’s constitution and sovereignty.”You’ll have to keep a constant vigil to face any internal and external threat to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty,” she said while addressing a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment.The prime minister said the army will have to play an important role in building a modern, developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh alongside upholding country’s democratic and constitutional continuation.”You’ll have to keep the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh,” said Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League.She also put emphasis on maintaining peace and discipline in the country, saying her government does not want anyone to get involved in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. “You must remain alert so that the country’s law and order is maintained.”Praising the role of army in the country’s development, Sheikh Hasina said members of this force earned trust and confidence of all through their integrity, efficiency and various welfare-oriented activities.She said their glorious role in the UN peacekeeping missions has brightened Bangladesh’s image across the world while the armed forces has set a unique example in facing natural disasters as well as providing help and assistance for the affected people during any accident. “Bangladesh is now a ‘brand name’ in maintaining peace in the UN peacekeeping missions which is a matter of pride for the country.”Appreciating the army for their works for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who fled to Bangladesh, the prime minister said their activities have further brightened the country’s abroad.She said her government continues its efforts for further development and modernisation of the force through formulating forces goal-2030 following the defence policy of Bangabandhu.The prime minister described the corp of engineers as a very important and a traditional organisation of the army.To further strengthen the corp of engineers, she said, the government has already constituted Engineer Construction Brigade and Engineer Battalion. Besides, the formation of RE Battalion, Engineer Construction Battalion and DIV engineer Battalion is under process, she said.Hasina urged all to work together to establish Bangladesh before the world as a dignified country, saying various development projects are being implemented with country’s own resources and none can now neglect Bangladesh.She said her government has established Bangladesh as a digital country and it has now entered into the era of 4G network from the 3G.Bangladesh is now marching ahead keeping pace with the world as Bangladesh Army has also been playing very important role in its overall development, she said.The prime minister said the government has taken various measures for turning the professional armed forces into world-standard modern forces imbued with the Liberation War spirit.Elaborating the government’s tremendous achievements in different fields, she said the aim of her government is to ensure development and people’s welfare.Hasina said Bangladesh is going to be elevated to a developing country from the least developed one as it has already fulfilled all criteria in this regard. “We’ll turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one before 2041 Insha Allah,” she said.The prime minister expressed her optimism that huge experience, guidelines and advices of the seniors at the reunion will inspire members of the army of the new era to work with honesty, patriotism and dedication. Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the army. She took salute at the parade, and inspected the parade riding an open jeep.Earlier on her arrival at the ECSME Parade Ground, Hasina was received by chief of army staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the colonel commandant and the commandant of the ECSME.Later, the prime minister attended the annual commanders’ conference of the Army Engineer Corps.last_img read more

3 youths killed in Brahmanbaria road crash

first_imgThree young men were killed as a bus rammed a CNG-run auto rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Malihata area in Sarail upazila on Saturday morning.The deceased are Nosor Miah, 16, son of Khorshed Miah, Arman, 17, son of Faruk Miah, and auto-rickshaw driver Saidul, 19, son of Lukku Miah, from Chor Chartola village in Ashuganj upazila, reports UNB.Md Hossain Sarker, officer-in-charge of Khatihata highway police station, said the Dhaka-bound bus rammed the auto rickshaw around 6:15am, leaving Nosor Miah dead on the spot and Saidul and Arman critically injured.Later, they were rushed to a local hospital. As their condition deteriorated, Arman was admitted to Bhairab Upazila Health Complex and Saidul to Bajitpur Jahirul Islam Medical College Hospital where they succumbed to their injurieslast_img read more

Spreading Gandhis message of peace

first_imgCommemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and highlighting his principles of non-violence and peace, the Lalit Kala Akademi(LKA) has been organising various theme-based art events since October 2018. And recently, it organised an art show titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and World Peace’.The show will be on view for the public until February 12 at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Artists participating in the art show include Deepak Shinde, Anil Nayak, Chandrakant Change, Paul Koli and Srikant Jadhav, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Cultural Minister, who was invited as the chief guest, inaugurated the show in the gracious presence of Uttam Pacharne, Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman; Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture along with Rajan Shripad Fulari, Secretary, LKA. Dean Vishwanath Sabale, Professor Mariti Shelke; Professor Shashikant Gorakhe from Sir JJ School of Arts, art lovers and critics. In the program, Chairman Uttam Pacharne talked about Ram V Sutar’s statues of Gandhi and also, felicitated him with a shawl. The show has been organised in association with Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Over 75 artworks by the same number of artists have been put on display in this exhibition. The artists have shown their creative perspectives and thoughts about Gandhiji and World Peace. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInaugurating the exhibition, Dr Mahesh Sharma appreciated the initiatives of the Akademi in conveying the message of peace among new generation. “Gandhiji has contributed a lot in the upliftment of the people throughout the world and has influenced a lot in each and every perspective. We will keep on celebrating many such inspirational personalities. I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such a beautiful exhibition on Gandhiji.” Addressing the audience at the event, Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, reiterated the glorious journey of Mahatma Gandhi towards his strong principles of non-violence and his teachings of achieving world peace. He said, “We’ve all known the struggle of Independence of the great men who spent their whole lives conveying the message of peace. Let’s remember them and follow on with their ideologies.” Ram V Sutar, who was the Guest of Honour said that he has always been inspired by Gandhiji’s principles, in 1948 he got his first chance to sculpt his statue. After that, he made many statues of the national figure. Congratulating LKA for the initiative, he said: “I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such an exhibition.” On this occasion, the catalogue of Winter Show which was organised by the Akademi was also launched. Many art lovers attended the event.”last_img read more

Announcing Wireshark 300

first_imgYesterday, Wireshark released its version 3.0.0 with new user interface improvements, bug fixes, new Npcap Windows Packet capturing driver and more. Wireshark, the open source and cross-platform network protocol analysis software is used by security analysts, experts and developers for analysis, troubleshooting, development, and other security-related tasks to capture and browse the packets traffic on computer networks. Features of Wireshark 3.0.0 The Windows .exe installers replaces WinPcap with Npcap. Npcap supports loopback capture and 802.11 WiFi monitor mode capture – only if supported by the NIC driver. The “Map-Button” of the Endpoint dialog that was erased since Wireshark Version 2.6.0 has been added in a modernized form. The macOS package ships with Qt 5.12.1 and the OS requires version 10.12 or later. Initial support has been provided for using PKCS #11 tokens for RSA decryption in TLS. Configure this at Preferences, RSA Keys. The new WireGuard dissector has decryption support and requires Libgcrypt 1.8 for the same. You can now copy coloring rules, IO graphs, filter Buttons and protocol preference tables from other profiles using a button in the corresponding configuration dialogs. Wireshark now supports Swedish, Ukrainian and Russian language. A new dfilter function string() has been added which allows the conversion of non-string fields to strings. This enables string functions to be used on them. The legacy (GTK+) user interface, the portaudio library are removed and no longer supported. Wireshark requires Qt 5.2 or later, GLib 2.32 or later, GnuTLS 3.2 or later as optional dependency. Building Wireshark requires Python 3.4 or a newer version. Data following a TCP ZeroWindowProbe is not passed to subdissectors and is marked as retransmission. Head over to Wireshark’s official blog for the entire list of upgraded features in this release. Read Next Using statistical tools in Wireshark for packet analysis [Tutorial]Wireshark for analyzing issues and malicious emails in POP, IMAP, and SMTP [Tutorial]Analyzing enterprise application behavior with Wireshark 2last_img read more

My boyhood friend Tom G has been a member of our

first_imgMy boyhood friend Tom G. has been a member of our hometown Citizens Corps for many years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors it and trains volunteers in emergency preparedness. When emergency responders become so swamped that fire, police, and medical personnel cannot handle things, these volunteers step in. Thousands of hours and millions of taxpayer dollars are spent training citizens in case some unforeseen catastrophe overwhelms the system. They work and train hard, and fortunately they haven’t been called on to any major degree. We live in Central Florida. Having ridden out a few hurricanes in my life, we’re as well prepared as we can be. We have a generator, food, batteries, candles, a water purification kit, and much more. My wife and I visited Punta Gorda after it suffered the brunt of a hurricane in 2004. After driving one block to the grocery store, we raced out of there with burning eyes and handkerchiefs covering our noses and mouths. We immediately drove back to the motel, changed our clothes, and put what we were wearing in a plastic bag. We’d never seen anything like that before—and it left quite an impression. Honestly, what’s the chance of a hurricane doing that kind of damage to us? We’re over 50 miles inland from both coasts and 70 feet above sea level. In 2004, the eye of three hurricanes passed right over our little town for the first time in recorded history. Even if the probability is less than 1% (similar to a fire), the fallout would be so bad that we prepare anyway. What about a financial catastrophe? Folks near my age have lived through a few bubble bursts and recoveries. Most of us, however, did not experience the big one like our parents did in the 1930s. Though one thing’s for sure: It was bad, and it shaped the attitudes and values of a couple generations. What does a full-blown financial crisis look like? It’s when your world collapses financially. It might come on the heels of medical problems and the resulting high bills and lost income, or it might come in tandem with runaway inflation or a political meltdown.Financial Preparation The goal of preparation is adequate protection. When the crisis comes, it may affect everyone. Those who prepared well are likely to fare much better and avoid catastrophic consequences… which brings us to core holdings.Core holdings are, quite literally, survival insurance. They are assets we sock away and then hope, pray, and plead with the gods that we never have to sell. They should make up 10% of your overall net worth and be diversified in form and location. In light of the warning signs, now is a good time to review your own core holdings. They form the base of our investment pyramid, which I outlined in my book Retirement Reboot (complimentary with a subscription to Miller’s Money Forever, wink, wink). While we’re proud of how well the Money Forever portfolio is performing, we want to re-emphasize that the first step in any financial plan is building your core holdings. The investments in our portfolio risk some capital with the intention of profiting down the road. Core holdings are a different animal altogether. What types of investments should be in your core holdings? Well, that depends on the risk you’re trying to protect against.Protecting against inflation. Start with precious metals—gold and silver in particular. I recommend starting with “junk” silver, which you should be able to buy locally. Then add gold, silver, and platinum coins. One of the best ways to buy competitively is to go to a coin show. You will find several dealers displaying their wares and can quickly determine the market price. As you increase your holdings, consider holding some metal internationally. The Hard Assets Alliance (a Casey Research affiliate) makes that very easy. When you place your order, it garners bids from several dealers throughout the world so you get minute-by-minute competitive pricing. Jo and I have an account with it, and it’s easy and convenient. You can have the metals stored internationally, here in the US, or have it shipped to you. Don’t confuse these holdings with gold stocks or exchange-traded funds. Those are not core holdings. They’re paper investments purchased with the intention of selling for a profit at a later date. While they may move consistently with metal prices, unless you have a huge account, your paper is not redeemable for metal. You may want to own these in your portfolio, just like any other asset you think will go up in value. Your core holdings, however, need not be limited to metals. We hold foreign currency-denominated CDs from EverBank that are FDIC-insured. While their yield is currently low, we hold them as a hedge against inflation. When the US dollar buys less, certain foreign currencies increase in value and will buy more. By way of example, I have held Swiss francs for years. They used to be worth $0.80 on the dollar; now they are worth more than $1.10. Farmland is another great hedge against inflation. It’s a valuable asset and is in limited supply. There’s no new land growing in Kansas.Protecting against confiscation. Historically, governments resort to extreme measures like confiscation when inflation gets out of hand. Confiscation can take more than one form. President Roosevelt, by Executive Order 6102, made it illegal to own gold. Once people surrendered their gold, the government raised its official price from $20.67 to $35.00 per troy ounce. Think about that for a minute… One day you’re forced to sell 100 ounces of gold coins to the government and receive $2,067.00 in paper for it. The next day they revalue it and decree that it would cost $3,500.00 to buy it back, but they’re not going to sell it to you. Gold didn’t go up in value overnight; the value of the dollar went down. A second form of confiscation results in taxes, sometimes marketed as “emergency taxes.” A government that’s spending more than it takes in will eventually have its day of reckoning. Fearing a collapse, they’ll resort to extreme measures. I wrote about the confiscation in Cyprus last year, and we’re seeing similar things happening in Argentina. Who are the targets? Anyone with money. While no one can predict for sure what our government will do, prudent investors diversify some of their investment capital offshore. The recently passed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) highlights how the government is taking great measures to harass any prudent investor moving his money out of harm’s way. Citizens of Cyprus have made it quite clear that those who moved some of their money offshore were spared. Once the government shut the currency window, however, it was too late for the others.How bad could things get? I have no idea. Argentina has already confiscated much of its citizens’ retirement plans and forced them to invest in the government’s debt. Can we say for sure that inflation of this magnitude will or won’t happen in the United States? No. I am neither a prophet nor a soothsayer. Though I can tell you this: the Federal Reserve had been in business for around 100 years and had $800 billion on its balance sheet as recently as 2007. Now it has $4 trillion, which is somewhere between a 400- and 500-year money supply. What will happen if it tries to sell that debt? The minute the world loses confidence in the dollar or it loses the status of being the world’s reserve currency, the decline in purchasing power could be horrendous. Even if the probability is a fraction of 1%, our biological clocks are ticking. Most of you are close to leaving the workforce or already out. The adverse consequences of high inflation and/or outright government confiscation of wealth are so catastrophic that an unprepared investor may never be able to recover. Even the Citizens Corps will not be able to help; we’ll be left to fend for ourselves, which could mean bunking in your adult child’s guest room instead of doing the million other fun things you’d planned for retirement. It’s time to make sure your core holdings are where they need to be, just in case. Jo and I review our financial holdings each year at tax time. That reminds me… We store our emergency food and mark the expiration date on the cases. About a month before expiration, we load the cases in the van and take them to the local food bank, then head to Sam’s Club to reload. Hurricane season will be here before we know it. It’s time to check our inventory. I hope we never have to open a can and can continue to help feed the homeless. That helps me sleep better at night. By the way, you can catch a peek of our portfolio, risk-free, if you try our newsletter today. You can see exactly which investments we make in order to achieve a good return, with minimal risk, even should very high inflation hit. You can access it now by subscribing to Miller’s Money Forever with a 90-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it, simply return the subscription within those first three months and we’ll refund your payment, no questions asked. And the knowledge you gain in those months will be yours to keep forever.On the Lighter Side For the radio buffs among you, I recently did an interview on bonds for GoldSeek. It’s an in-depth interview about how bonds work today and the common pitfalls to avoid. Our friend Stan the Annuity Man has just released a new book, The Annuity Manifesto. As a consumer advocate, Stan believes (as do I) that you’re better off with no annuity than with the wrong one. His book is a commonsense explanation of all types of annuity products and how they should be used. My wife Jo made an interesting observation on Easter Sunday. Many churchgoers here in Florida attend in blue jeans, shorts and flip-flops. Other families are dressed to the nines: little boys in suits and ties and girls in pretty dresses, patent leather shoes, and bonnets. It makes for an interesting sight. Jo remembers how important it was as a young girl to get a “new” Easter outfit. I suspect part of the reason was she had outgrown last year’s version. And finally… Our friend Tom B. dusted off some more memories for us. It was one of the best advertising campaigns in American history and actually a public service. EVERYBODY in America anticipated, read, and chuckled at those funny Burma Shave ads. Until next week…last_img read more

70year old multimillionaires 1 step to survive

first_img 70-year old multimillionaire’s #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis I think you’ll be surprised just how easy this is – yet most Americans know nothing about this option. You don’t even have to send a single penny outside the U.S. to do it, either. Click here to learn more. France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000. – Governments are waging a war on cash… Although you won’t hear it in the mainstream media, many world governments want to eliminate paper cash. Governments hate paper cash because it’s hard to track. Electronic payments through banks are much easier to monitor and record. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, has been following this trend closely. The War on Cash is a favorite pet project of the economic central planners. They want to eliminate hand-to-hand currency so that governments can document, control, and tax everything. In just the last few years… •  If, like us, you’re concerned about governments’ War on Cash… We suggest owning a significant amount of physical gold and silver. People across the world consider gold and silver money. They have for thousands of years. If your government eliminates paper currency, you won’t be able to store wealth by keeping cash at home or in a vault. You’ll have to store all your cash in digital form, at a bank, or another financial institution. With gold and silver, you can store a portion of your wealth at home or in a vault, outside the banking system. And, unlike cash in a bank, reckless government printing and spending can’t destroy the value of gold and silver. You should also consider reading Casey Research’s newest book, Going Global. It includes strategies to protect your money from reckless government actions, like the banning of paper cash. We typically sell this book for $99…but right now we’ll mail a hardcover copy to your front door for just $4.95. Click here to learn more. •  Brazil is sinking deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades… Brazil’s economy shrunk by 4.5% during the third quarter, according to government data released this week. It was the biggest quarterly decline since Brazil starting keeping GDP records in 1996. Its economy has now shrunk three quarters in a row. Casey readers have known about Brazil’s economic crisis for months. The downturn is only getting worse. Brazil’s economy is spiraling into a full-blown depression… Since July 2014, Brazil’s currency has lost 41% of its value against the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, Brazil’s annual inflation rate just topped 10% for the first time in 12 years. And the country’s unemployment rate hit a six-year high of 7.9% in October. •  China’s slump is one reason why Brazil is unraveling… China’s economy grew 9.7% per year from 1990 through 2014. In 2010, China became the world’s second-biggest economy. During this time, China’s explosive growth helped boost the global economy. China needed a lot of raw materials to build its infrastructure. This helped countries, like Brazil, that export those materials. In fact, China’s rapid growth helped Brazil become the seventh-largest economy in the world. But China’s economy is slowing now. Last year, China grew at its weakest pace since 1990. That’s creating big problems for Brazil… •  Brazil sends 19% of its exports to China… That’s more than it sends to any other country…and nearly twice as much as it sends to the U.S. China’s slowing economy means it’s building fewer factories, office buildings, and bridges. That’s hurting demand for Brazil’s largest export: iron ore, the main ingredient in steel. Iron ore accounts for 19% of Brazil’s exports. It’s by far the country’s largest export. •  The U.S. economy also appears to be slowing down… According to The Wall Street Journal, spending on capital goods fell 3.8% during the first 10 months of 2015. Capital goods include equipment and machinery. Meanwhile, business investment only grew 2.2% during the third quarter. That’s one of the smallest increases since the Great Recession, according to The Wall Street Journal. The energy sector is a big reason those figures are so weak. As you likely know, energy prices have plummeted. The price of oil has dropped 40% over the past year. And the price of natural gas has dropped 34%. Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that North American oil companies have cut spending by $220 billion since last summer. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that companies in other sectors are dialing back investments as well. The industries [that are] pulling back range from retailers and manufacturers to energy companies and some services firms… Even major retailers are cutting back on spending. Macy’s Inc. plans to close 35 to 40 stores early next year, joining J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. among retailers announcing cutbacks this year. Companies buy more equipment and machinery when they’re optimistic about the economy. They cut back on spending when they think the economy is slowing. Right now, declining business investment is one of many signs pointing to a slowing U.S. economy. Chart of the Day The stock price of Vale S.A. (VALE), the world’s largest iron ore miner, just hit an 11-year low… Today’s chart shows Vale’s adjusted stock price, which accounts for stock splits and dividends. Its stock price has dropped 57% this year. It’s now down 89% from the all-time high it set in 2008. Vale mines more iron ore than any other company in the world. Its stock price is crashing because iron ore demand is crashing. This points to huge problems in the global economy. Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000; Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and A money making site you had no idea existed… Your broker or financial advisor will never tell you about this little known financial website that’s helping some people make up to $300 per hour. Learn more here. Nick went on to explain that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on withdrawing your own cash from the bank. In the U.S., central planners ratchet up the War on Cash every time the government declares a made-up war on something else…a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on terror… They all end with more government intrusion into your financial affairs. Thanks to these made-up wars, the U.S. government is imposing an increasing number of regulations on cash transactions. Try withdrawing more than $10,000 in cash from your bank. They’ll treat you like a criminal or terrorist. •  We just got the clearest sign yet that paper cash is disappearing… The world’s largest printer of banknotes (paper currency) is cutting production and firing employees. Yesterday, De La Rue (LON: DLAR) announced it will cut its banknote production capacity by 25%. The company is closing half of its production lines and eliminating 300 jobs. De La Rue prints more banknotes than any other company in the world. It produces banknotes for over 150 national currencies, including the British pound sterling. Its stock price is down 20% since mid-April. The company’s CEO said the decision was made to keep the company “in line with the future needs of our global customers.” De La Rue may also sell its cash-sorting machine business for similar reasons.center_img Recommended Links — Switzerland proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs; Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal; Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500; Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal; Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 03, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link — America’s Go-To Crypto Expert: “Get Ready for the ‘Second Boom’” Sandy: People using electrically powered devices rarely consider the risks—including that of death by electrocution—that might occur without adequate engineering. But Underwriters Laboratory does. The average home has hundreds of electrical devices that could start a fire or cause electrocution, but this is extremely rare thanks to UL. John: Given the average American’s willingness to turn to the government to solve problems these days, I’d bet that the government will create a new agency to improve safety of AI-driven vehicles. It’ll be as counterproductive as the FDA is at improving medical safety. Durk: I certainly trust the insurance companies over government regulators. John: Will our biological understanding keep up with AGI development sufficiently to allow a human to bond with an AGI computer by tying it into our brains? Or is it more likely that the AGI will stay separate from us, and leap past humans so we risk ending up with a Terminator situation? Durk: An AGI robotic lover might cement that bond right down to the basement of the human limbic system. I worry most about black-hat hackers causing distress in that regard by hijacking AGI. Think about how hackers stole 21 million records from the government’s Office of Personnel Management. These were the SF-85 and SF-86 forms, extensive forms filled out by people for background investigations, such as when applying for secret and top-secret clearance. All of it was stolen. Yet there has not been massive identify theft from this data breach. Why? Well, maybe it’s the Chinese government that stole them. They may have all this compromising information on all sorts of people in sensitive government positions that would come in real handy to them, alongside the gigabytes of information that people’s home security cameras send back to China every day. Only one customer in a thousand knows how to secure those things. They’re collecting kompromat (Russian for compromising material). John: Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics were designed to protect humans from AGI robots. In his fiction, these protections were somehow placed into the core of the positronic brain so effectively that a robot would terminate itself before hurting a human. Is there a way to insert such protections into real AGI robots? Durk: Yes, but any protections like that won’t be in the hardware, but in the firmware or software, and therefore will be reprogrammable or hackable. And there will be difficult situations. If a kid jumps out in front of an autonomous car while a gasoline tank truck drives by in the other direction, the AGI has to decide who dies. Sandy: The insurance companies will have much to say about how the AI is designed to make such decisions. The algorithm will be focused on minimizing the damage. John: Can we program “natural law” into AGI robots? At least the first natural law that underlies libertarian and anarchist philosophy… Law 1: Don’t initiate force or fraud against a human. Durk: AGI ought to be able to learn that just by watching people who hold to that philosophy, and such AGI robots will end up being very good indeed. On the other hand, if the AGI robot is learning from people who are crooked politicians, they’re going to act like politicians. Sandy: Ruthless. Durk: Initially, identical AGI robots could end up being Mother Theresa or a perfect sociopath, depending on who they learn from. If they learn from Stalin, Mao, and Hitler, the AGI will be an even more effective version of them. Sandy: And therefore, as dangerous as you want to make them. John: Can an AGI robot have a conscience? Durk: If it learns behavior from people who have a conscience, then it will have a conscience. As a child, you learned how to interact with people by observation and practice. It would be nice if AGIs learn the small-town mentality where reputation counts and the sociopathic types cannot rely on big-city anonymity to carry on their misdeeds. John: So we can expect to have good guy and bad guy AGI robots. We need to do a better job of protecting these young AGI robots from the same bad influences that cause problems in our human kids. If we don’t keep the government out of their development and regulation, we could well end up with robots and AGIs that learn from bureaucrats and politicians that people should all be treated as sheep. Reader Mailbag Today, a reader shares his overall success investing in the legal cannabis market… Hi Justin, I just read your note about the alcohol manufacturers being concerned about legal pot coming. Also noted some concerned questions from subscribers about the recent pullback in the sector and some of the stocks. I wonder, did they bother to take some of the profits off the top back when the pot stocks were on the rapid run-up at the end of the year and the first week of January this year? Most of the shares that were recommended (and some others I found on my own) were up over 200%; some were up 300%+. I had let them ride, but once they started to pull back around 10%, I took a Casey Free Ride on all my positions in the sector. In fact, I swept 150% of my original investment off the table, and the remaining Free Ride positions are currently valued at close to the initial amount I put in the sector. So I’m comfortable letting them ride for the long term. No pullback can really impact me at this point (other than going to zero and giving up those paper profits which the Free Ride represents, which sure doesn’t seem likely). Keep up the great service. —Bill Another shares his outlook on the future of the sector… I don’t think Jeff Sessions is an idiot; he knows that legal marijuana is here to stay. But I also think he does not like having a law on the books that can’t be enforced. I believe his stance is an attempt to goad Congress into making marijuana legal or to repeal the federal ban so that there is no dilemma. On Trump and tariffs: I think Trump knows what effect tariffs will have on trade and that he doesn’t really want to go there. Trump the dealmaker is waiting for counter-offers and will agree to a compromise of some sort. This is not over! —Don And finally, another response to Doug’s controversial interview on arming teachers… Hi, I’m not really sure how we can solve this rampant misuse of guns issue. A comment was made about an old female teacher with a handgun facing a killer with an AR-15 and how that would work. My take on that is, if you had teachers who were able to have guns in school—and by that, I mean teachers who are trained in gun usage—we’d be in much better shape. In my high school, years ago, at least half of the teachers (mostly male) were hunters who I knew personally and they respected firearms. If I knew they had guns at their disposal during a maniac’s mass shooting, I’d feel a lot better. Law-abiding people with no means of self-defense are just victims in a case like this. No one should be a victim in school. Put some guns in the hands of good shooters, and I mean good in mind and in handling of firearms. It should be easy for a school to identify people who fit those qualities. I’ve had guns my whole life. I respect them. I haven’t been hunting in 30 years. But I know how to handle a weapon and there are millions of law-abiding citizens who are out there that do the same, and many of those are teachers in schools. My grandson goes to elementary school. I’d have no problem in having qualified teachers there having access to firearms. If one has to go after a killer, he’ll have more than just his body available.—GeorgeAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. In Case You Missed It… Bitcoin has taken the spotlight in the financial world. But while most investors are focused on the cryptocurrency itself, the companies that use its technology will also be big winners in the years ahead. To learn more about these companies—and how you can invest in them from an ordinary brokerage account—click here. — Teeka Tiwari was one of the first experts to predict last year’s cryptocurrency boom. Anybody who followed his advice could have pocketed rare and extraordinary gains of 207%, 1,140%, 11,004%, and even 14,354% in as little as 6 months. However, Teeka believes those who get in now – before an imminent deadline – could make even more money this year. Click here for all the details.center_img An interview with John Hunt, MD, Durk Pearson, and Sandy Shaw Justin’s note: Today, we have a special interview for you. In it, Dr. John Hunt interviews Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw about artificial intelligence (AI). If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know John is a doctor, inventor, and entrepreneur. He’s also Doug Casey’s co-author. Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw are no slouches either. Durk triple majored and triple minored at MIT. He worked as a rocket scientist and aerospace physicist for many years, and helped men get to and from the moon alive. His intelligence and knowledge base is one in a billion, which sits atop a sound economic ideology. He has been recognized as “an American Renaissance Man of Science,” and his notable achievements have extended to society in general. Sandy graduated from UCLA, majoring in chemistry and biology and minoring in math. She’s been extensively interviewed by the mainstream media, including The Wall Street Journal. Her intelligence and knowledge base is phenomenal, which made her the ideal partner for Durk. Together, they co-authored the No. 1 New York Times best-seller Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach. John: What is the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial general intelligence (AGI)? Durk: Artificial intelligence can involve something very specific like a chess-playing program. If you ask a chess-playing program to play Go, you will find it to be useless. If you ask it to diagnose your symptoms, it’s useless. AGI, or deep learning, is all about the machine programming itself. Recently, Google demonstrated an AGI computer that could learn chess to the grandmaster level in less than 24 hours. It did this by watching grandmasters play chess. Then they took the same machine and exposed it to experts playing the game Go, and it became the world champion Go player in less than 24 hours. Go is much more complicated than chess. You see, the computer learned the games by observing humans playing them. This tech is from Tesla Learning (not the auto company), using tensor learning. The computers cost about $10,000 apiece. You don’t need a supercomputer to do this. And the price of these learning machines will come down over time. Unconventional “money ball” technique lets him retire at 42… and coach Little League in his free time Thanks to an  “unconventional” technique, this California man was able to retire 2 decades early. He uses this rare “key” to generate thousands per week… without touching stocks or bonds. He calls it his retirement hobby. Click here to get the full story. John: Can you explain more about deep learning? Durk: Deep learning is when the machine teaches itself through observations without a human explicitly writing a program to do it. You give it examples and information, and the machine becomes an expert. It’s the way humans learn. John: AGI is going to be much more intelligent than humans in the near future. Durk: The Kurzweil singularity will come soon (when the computers’ IQs are over 100). And I intend to have a singular AGI partner to help me function. 10 years later, their IQs will be 1000. Sandy: I’m thinking that these incredibly intelligent computers won’t be regulated as devices at that point, but rather, will need to be thought of as individuals. Durk: There’s going to be a “Computer Liberation Front,” a social movement that will have nothing to do with liberating computers, and be all about politicians trying to grab power using that as an excuse. But 10 years further on, their IQs will be 10,000, and what the hell does that mean? (AGI with 10,000 IQ says: “Durk and Sandy, I’ve figured out how to create universes; how would you like a universe of your very own with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of planets?”) John: A bit more imminently, what will be the political, economic, and legal implications of an autonomous driving truck? Sandy: They could become a horrible terrorist weapon. Durk: Whether autonomous or human-driven, driving a truck through a crowd kills a lot more people than a semi-automatic rifle with a bump stock. A hacked autonomous driving truck could be a major danger. I’m really concerned about security. White-hat hackers have demonstrated how they can take over the controls of a Jeep remotely and drive it off the road (this vulnerability has since been patched). The typical modern car has a computer with millions of lines of code. Higher-end cars have more lines of code in them than were involved in the entire Apollo flight program. There are going to be bugs in vehicle software that makes it a big target surface for black-hat hackers. John: So what happens when one of these autonomous trucks, even without a hacker involved, goes awry? What are the implications? Durk: Lots of lawsuits up and down the supply chain, assuredly. The insurance companies will still be happy to write policies because these episodes will be rare, and it will become clear how much safer the autonomous vehicles are than human-driven vehicles. Long ago, insurance companies set up Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to privately test all sorts of things, from safes to electrical switches. No one is compelled to use UL testing, but the insurers insisted on the testing before providing insurance policies. Recommended Linklast_img read more

Updated at 905 am ET Rear Adm Ronny Jackson P

first_imgUpdated at 9:05 a.m. ET Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.In a statement Thursday morning, Jackson said, “Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” He continued, “While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.” On Wednesday, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee released a two-page statement detailing allegations against Jackson from 23 unnamed individuals.The allegations included providing “a large supply” of the opioid Percocet to a member of the White House Military Office and wrecking a government car while driving drunk after a Secret Service going-away party. Jackson denied wrecking a vehicle to reporters. In an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday after Jackson’s withdrawal, Trump said Jackson “would have done a great job” and “had a perfect record” and called the allegations against him false.The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee had postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, originally slated for Wednesday, after accusations of misconduct surfaced against Jackson, who has served as the personal physician for the president under the Trump and Obama administrations.In an interview Tuesday with NPR’s All Things Considered, Tester said committee staffers “were told stories where he was repeatedly drunk while on duty where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world. That’s not acceptable,” Tester said, noting the various allegations date back to when Jackson oversaw President Barack Obama’s health care.”Some of the exact words that were used by the folks we talked to were ‘abusive toward staff,’ ‘very explosive personality,’ ‘belittles the folks underneath him,’ staff that he oversaw. ‘Screamed toward staff,’ ” Tester said. “Basically creating an environment where the staff felt that they needed to walk on eggshells when they were around him.”In the Fox interview, Trump blamed Tester for Jackson’s withdrawal and said Tester “has to have a big price to pay in Montana.” Tester is up for re-election in November, in a state Trump won handily in 2016.Trump says he has someone in mind to replace Jackson, saying it’s “somebody with political capability.”Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tester had sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday requesting additional documentation related to Jackson’s tenure as the president’s doctor and his role leading the White House medical team.The letter requested information about rumored Pentagon inspector general reports said to detail allegations into Jackson’s conduct.However, Jackson said there was no inspector general report about the allegations. “No, there was not,” he said before brushing off questions about whether he would withdraw.The White House put out a statement to make it clear that Jackson was reporting to work on Thursday in his normal post at the White House Medical Unit. But the questions about his conduct in that position may not necessarily go away just because he has withdrawn his name for the Cabinet post. Jackson’s initial nomination came as a surprise to many when the president announced his pick last month to lead the VA after the departure of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who had been confirmed with unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate.While previous presidents had praised Jackson’s medical care, questions arose almost immediately about whether he had the managerial experience to oversee a massive health care operation of more than 370,000 employees that serves more than 9 million veterans and has a budget of nearly $200 billion.”Adm. Jackson is highly trained and qualified and as a service member himself, he has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and has a deep appreciation for the debt our great country owes them,” Trump said in announcing his nomination.But after the allegations against Jackson began to be reported by national media outlets this week, Trump said he wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson wanted to withdraw given the rising storm, but that it was “his decision.””I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country? I really don’t think personally he should do it, but it’s totally his — I would stand behind him — totally his decision,” Trump remarked Tuesday during a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.Ultimately, as he often does, Trump appeared to go with his gut in picking Jackson and it’s unclear how much — if any — vetting the White House did before making the selection. Trump had become personally fond of Jackson, especially after he gave the president a glowing review after his first presidential physical earlier this year, even boasting that the 71-year-old president had such “great genes” that “if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200.”Jackson joined the White House medical unit in 2006, helping care for President George W. Bush, and was formally named physician to the president in 2013 by Obama. A West Texas native, he attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Medical Branch, specializing in emergency medicine.There were also questions about Jackson’s position on privatizing the VA — something many of Trump’s most conservative backers have pushed for. Shulkin said he believed that was one reason he was ousted from his post, though there were also questions raised about improper travel expenses during his tenure. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

FTC Orders Brain Training Company Lumosity to Pay 2 Million Over Deceptive

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals FTC Orders ‘Brain Training’ Company Lumosity to Pay $2 Million Over Deceptive Advertising Practices Laura Entis Lumosity, the online brain training company, has quite the seductive pitch: If you want to sharpen your mental focus and stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s, just start playing a series of its mobile and online games.It may not be that easy, sadly.Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced Lumos Labs, the company that developed Lumosity, will pay the agency $2 million for deceiving consumers with unfounded claims that its products can help improve work and school performance, as well as reduce or delay cognitive decline associated with aging.“Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.”Related: Leading Scientists Question ‘Brain Games’ Effectiveness, Call for More ResearchThe order from the FTC also imposed a $50 million judgment against Lumos Labs (which was dropped, since the company doesn’t have enough money to pay), along with the promise that it will notify subscribers of the action and make it easy for them to cancel their subscriptions.In a statement to Entrepreneur, Lumos Labs said it stands behind its practices:“Neither the action nor the settlement pertains to the rigor of our research or the quality of the products — it is a reflection of marketing language that has been discontinued. Our focus as a company has not and will not change: We remain committed to moving the science of cognitive training forward and contributing meaningfully to the field’s community and body of research.”Before the FTC stepped in, Lumosity was advertising its games’ ability to improve cognition on radio and TV. It also used Google Adwords, purchasing keywords such as “Alzheimer’s,” “dementia” and “cognition,” so when a consumer searched for a medical term they could be served a Lumosity ad, the FTC alleges.Related: Music as Medicine? The Sexy Idea with a Non-Sexy Timeline.The order bars Lumosity from making claims that its games improve cognitive performance or stave off cognitive decline without first collecting scientific evidence from randomized, blinded and independent trials. It also suggests that if Lumosity does intend to validate these claims, its games will be classified as a drug and must therefore be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.It’s an important move, one that will have a ripple effect across the lucrative “brain game” industry that — despite concerns from prominent psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists– has been operating without much regulatory oversight for years.In the future, if a mobile or online game company wants to position itself as a way to boost memory of any other aspect of cognitive performance, it will likely need rigorous scientific validation to back it up — and quite possibly, approval from the FDA.It’s a model that is already being explored. Akili, a Boston-based video game startup, is currently working with the FDA to validate one of its games as a diagnostic and cognitive tool for ADHD.Related: Meet Color Genomics, the Startup That Wants to Make Genetic Testing Less Expensive Image credit: Lumosity | Enhanced by Entreprenuer Register Now » –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Next Article 3 min read January 5, 2016 Regulations Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Guest Writerlast_img read more

Google Beats Oracle in 9 Billion Android Trial

first_imgGoogle Add to Queue Google Beats Oracle in $9 Billion Android Trial Register Now » Next Article Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img 3 min read Reuters A U.S. jury handed Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp. over Android software used to run most of the world’s smartphones.The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.Oracle said it saw many grounds to appeal and would do so. “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a statement called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”The trial was closely watched by software developers, who feared an Oracle victory could spur more software copyright lawsuits.Google relied on high-profile witnesses like Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to convince jurors it used Java to create its own innovative product, rather than steal another company’s intellectual property, as Oracle claimed.In the retrial at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Oracle said Google’s Android operating system violated its copyright on parts of Java. Alphabet’s Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under fair use.A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury. Shares of Oracle and Alphabet were little-changed in after-hours trade following the verdict.After the first trial, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the elements of Java at issue were not eligible for copyright protection at all. A federal appeals court disagreed in 2014, ruling that computer language that connects programs — known as application programming interfaces, or APIs — can be copyrighted. A flood of copyright lawsuits has failed to materialize in the two years since that federal appeals court ruling, suggesting Oracle’s lawsuit will not ultimately have a wide impact on the sector.Under U.S. copyright law, “fair use” allows limited use of material without acquiring permission from the rights holder for purposes such as research.During retrial, Oracle attorneys deemed Google’s defenses the “fair-use excuse.”(By Jim Christie; Additional reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Andrew Hay) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters May 27, 2016last_img read more

NASA Is Concerned About SpaceXs Rocket Fueling Practices

first_img Register Now » It’s worried that SpaceX will put crews at risk by topping up while they’re aboard. Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares NASA Image credit: Scott Audette | Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 7, 2016 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jon Fingas Add to Queue NASA Is Concerned About SpaceX’s Rocket Fueling Practices NASA is a little nervous about SpaceX’s future crewed flights.The Wall Street Journal has obtained a letter from December 2015 showing that an agency International Space Station committee has been worried about the safety of SpaceX’s planned fueling strategy. While the nature of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will require that it fill up while the crew is aboard (it has to supply the supercooled fuel 30 minutes before launch), that goes against “50 years” of booster safety practices around the world, according to the letter.The committee raised the issue again with NASA officials days before SpaceX’s launchpad explosion, but hadn’t heard anything for weeks afterward.This isn’t to say that those officials or SpaceX have ignored the jitters. SpaceX tells us that it has worked with NASA on a “detailed analysis” of every potential danger for the past year and a half, and its safety controls were approved by a NASA board in July. There’s “continued work ahead” to both prove that these controls are in place and adjust them (if necessary) following its explosion investigation, the company says. SpaceX is mainly counting on its Crew Dragon launch abort system to rescue astronauts if there’s a failure during the fueling process. You can read the full statement below.NASA, meanwhile, says it has a “rigorous review process” for fueling crewed Falcon 9 rockets, and that SpaceX’s investigation will play a part in that review. It adds that a separate advisory panel is its main independent adviser for commercial spaceflight, not the ISS committee.Will the concerns play havoc with SpaceX’s plans? Probably not. However, they show that SpaceX still has its share of doubters at NASA, even as it improves the reliability of its rockets. It needs to demonstrate that a different fueling process isn’t necessarily more dangerous, and it may not completely eliminate those fears until it has a rock-solid record of sending people to space.”SpaceX has designed a reliable fueling and launch process that minimizes the duration and number of personnel exposed to the hazards of launching a rocket. As part of this process, the crew will safely board the Crew Dragon, ground personnel will depart, propellants will be carefully loaded over a short period, and then the vehicle will launch. During this time the Crew Dragon launch abort system will be enabled. Over the last year and a half, NASA and SpaceX have performed a detailed analysis of all potential hazards with this process. The hazard report documenting the controls was approved by the NASA’s Safety Technical Review Board in July 2016. As with all hazard analyses across the entire system and operations, controls against those hazards have been identified, and will be implemented and carefully verified prior to certification. There will be continued work ahead to show that all of these controls are in place for crewed operations and that the verifications meet NASA requirements. These analyses and controls will be carefully evaluated in light of all data and corrective actions resulting from the anomaly investigation. As needed, any additional controls will be put in place to ensure crew safety, from the moment the astronauts reach the pad, through fueling, launch and spaceflight, and until they are brought safely home.”last_img read more

Data Integrity A Marketers Opportunity Today

first_img Data IntegrityData Managementdata privacyFacebookGDPRGood DataLiveRamp Previous ArticleMobile Is Key to Boosting Guest Experiences Say HoteliersNext ArticleTechBytes with Gregory Raiz, Chief Innovation Officer, Rightpoint When data integrity is done right, modern marketers will see efficiency, revenue growth and positive brand impact in 2019.Everywhere I go, the topic du jour is data discipline, and the outlook on it is somewhat somber. At LiveRamp’s RampUp, Outsell, and AdExchanger’s Industry Preview conferences, to name a few, marketers were lamenting the crisis of confidence in data and how they must be more conservative in their approach to sourcing, aggregating and using information while staying on the right side of COPPA and GDPR.In a year when the economy is doing well and ad spending is up, this downbeat tone felt somewhat ironic. Perhaps marketers are thinking about data discipline in the wrong light.What Happens When Data Integrity Is Well-Managed?In my view, ensuring data provenance, integrity and privacy and the like is not a setback; it’s an opportunity for marketers. It’s not about treading more lightly with data; it’s about aggressively making data discipline a core part of their marketing and business strategy. When data integrity is done right, marketers will see efficiency, revenue growth and positive brand impact.Look no further than one famous tech company that recently announced a change in their business strategy towards adding a “privacy-focused” messaging platform, with an aim to evolve the nature of their relationship with their users (and data). Facebook is the current poster child for pivoting its business to align with its consumers. While the benefits of their decision remain to be seen, no one can chide Facebook for taking an aggressive, upbeat, stance on the virtues of privacy.While Facebook and others will, no doubt, continue to collect and apply its customers’ data to drive growth, the basic fact that Facebook is talking about data privacy for the future of its business speaks volumes to a CMO’s rationale for advocating for more a powerful data integrity stance.Recommended: MarTech Interview with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Samba TVAnd here are a few more reasons:Customers Need to Hear It from YouConsumers—not just regulators—are in the drivers’ seat, increasingly leading the conversation around data quality. Consumers are telling brands they need to feel more comfortable about how their data is used. They expect trustworthiness, discipline and honesty as bona fide benefits of doing business with them. Transparency must be part of the customer’s experience and also gives marketers a good and healthy reason to engage them.Each Investment Lifts All Boats Apple and Facebook’s pivot towards data privacy provides incentive for everyone else to raise their game on data ethics. The trend towards protecting the consumer, great for reputations and marketing budgets alike, is prompting the focus on privacy by design. The players who don’t build this concept into their marketing models will become extinct.Marketing Technology Insights: TechBytes with Krish Sailam, SVP of Global Programmatic Solutions, DWA, A Merkle CompanyBetter Data Means Better InsightsWhen data discipline is seen as a reproach, it can seem like consumers and businesses are at odds.In truth, customers and marketers have a shared agenda and are not at odds at all. We all want the same thing—relevant, accurate, well-managed data, used appropriately. Better data means better insights, which means more effective marketing and communication across touchpoints. Good data creates a recipe to get to conversion with your optimal customer.We’ve seen a banking client increase conversions by 21% by using household wealth estimates in their prospecting. It significantly improved their ability to connect with ideal customers with a need for their services.Good data is key to making segmentation and prediction modeling successful.Marketers Gain Confidence and DollarsThis year, the argument for acquiring clean data with your budget—even if it comes at a higher upfront cost—may be at its most powerful yet. According to research we conducted with Forrester Consulting, leading marketers see, on average, $73 million in additional revenue and earn approximately $4 for every dollar they spend on their investment in maturing their data management, activations and marketing measurement.Having confidence in the integrity of your data, data management and activations, and the metrics that prove it out, is the best way to keep hold of the precious marketing dollars your CFOs and CEOs will otherwise be targeting.Let’s flip the discussion on its head. Data integrity is an opportunity for businesses and consumers alike to benefit, financially and beyond.Marketing Technology Trends: Straight Talk on How MarTech is Faring Amidst the Big Data Deluge Data Integrity: A Marketer’s Opportunity Today Mykolas RambusApril 27, 2019, 8:00 amApril 26, 2019 last_img read more

LivePerson Releases Worlds First Collaborative AI Technology Empowering All Staff in an

first_imgLivePerson Releases World’s First Collaborative AI Technology, Empowering All Staff in an Enterprise to Assist Technologists with Bot Building PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:46 pmApril 30, 2019 Launch Customers, Including Fortune 500 Telecommunications, Marketing and Travel Companies, Have Used the New Conversation Builder to Train Nontechnical Staff and Create Customer-Facing Bots in as Little as 24 HoursLivePerson, a leading provider of conversational commerce solutions, announced the general availability (GA) of its new Conversation Builder technology, the world’s first all-in-one platform for building enterprise-scale chatbots. Conversation Builder is a dramatically faster way for brands to create conversational AI. With an entire toolkit to test, deploy, and improve chatbots in one closed-loop platform and allowing nontechnical users to assist in the development, Conversation Builder slashes the build time from a typical six weeks to as little as one day.The software general availability follows a successful early adopter program, in which leading enterprise companies saw spectacular results, including milestones such as:An onboarding where 30 contact center staff were successfully trained to build chatbots in a single sessionA one-day project to concept, build, test and deploy a bot for customers, which was ready that same dayIntegration into multiple messaging platforms — the “build once, run many” approach that multiplies the value of enterprise automations running on LivePersonWith brands under increasing pressure to provide great service and AI engineers hard to hire, Conversation Builder taps into an underutilized resource — the contact center staff who sell to and service customers all day — and empowers them to assist the technical team in building and improving chatbots. By encapsulating their extensive knowledge in the AI, brands can offer higher quality support — AI trained by personal, local and onshore experts — and avoid the false economy of low-cost offshoring that frustrates many customers.Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019Alex Spinelli, CTO at LivePerson, adds, “This is an important step in our mission to transform the way brands and consumers connect to each other. Conversation Builder delivers the closed-loop process and nontechnical accessibility that brands need to scale up their conversational commerce. At LivePerson, we’re empowering the world’s largest brands to deliver messaging — powered by an intelligent mix of automation and humans — to billions of consumers.”The general availability of Conversation Builder puts in place a key component of LivePerson’s Maven AI engine, which has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the comprehensive range of capabilities that brands need to deploy conversational commerce at a massive scale. Conversation Builder introduces two critically important innovations:The first “closed loop” for enterprise bot building and deployment: a fully integrated, end-to-end system to build, run, and optimize bots, which slashes the time needed from multiple weeks to less than one day.A “no coding needed” approach that empowers nontechnical staff: millions of care agents in contact centers worldwide can build enterprise automations, instead of small in-house teams of AI specialists that are often overwhelmed and inadvertently bottleneck the process today.These two advances in AI creation solve a pressing challenge as conversational commerce becomes ubiquitous. Conversation Builder enables large brands to transform their chatbots from smaller-scale experiments to a robust production infrastructure that can accurately answer millions of consumer messages on a wide range of topics.Before today, the AI loop was extremely slow and fragmented with multiple separate human teams — AI specialists, engineers, operations and customer care — using multiple tools with awkward handoffs between them. The unwieldy process meant that each optimization opportunity to improve the chatbot could take upward of a month’s time from start to finish. Conversation Builder brings all this into one platform with impactful results: a one-day build time and optimization loops measured in hours instead of weeks.Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to CyberbullyingLivePerson’s comprehensive system also includes natural language understanding (NLU), giving brands a single place to build enterprise automations from the ground up. For brands that have existing investments in conversational interfaces, Conversation Builder is an open platform and NLU-agnostic so it can import those intents and flows. Companies can then leverage that work and maximize the ROI of those projects, while building further on it with Conversation Builder’s one-stop, closed-loop environment, and the ability for nontechnical staff to make rapid improvements at scale.To further increase ROI, Conversation Builder automations can run across the widest range of consumer messaging endpoints, thanks to deep integration with LiveEngage, including SMS, web, in-app and the major messaging apps from Google, Facebook and LINE. It also includes out-of-the-box enterprise integrations to common platforms such as Shopify and Salesforce CRM, as well as prebuilt automations for a variety of vertical industries, which further accelerate the already short time it takes to deploy.Conversation Builder caters to the various enterprise AI stakeholders — IT, operations, care, marketing and sales — via user personas, which allow the right access level and appropriate user interfaces to do their work, including building, testing, visualization, intent creation and dialog creation. This allows brands to bring great conversational design discipline into the AI-building process as engineers and nonengineers can simultaneously work side by side in one system.This is tremendously faster than the old approach, which was plagued by awkward handoffs and major bottlenecks.A key part of the impact of Conversation Builder — the ability for a large group of contact center staff to learn it and get results in literally a single day — is due to its carefully designed, user-friendly interface. LivePerson used its unrivaled understanding of enterprise conversational commerce and real-life agent workflows to make the user experience for agents intuitive, familiar and quick to learn.Marketing Technology News: GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy OfficerLivePerson’s conversational commerce solutions are uniquely flexible, with a comprehensive set of over 40 APIs and the ability for brands to choose from ready-built automations and NLUs or AI built elsewhere. LivePerson Conversation Builder is generally available, worldwide, today AIAlex SpinelliConversation Builder technologyLivepersonMarketing Technology NewsNewsSalesforce CRM Previous ArticleSAS Features Innovations in Automated Machine Learning, Computer Vision and NLP to Improve Decision MakingNext ArticleeSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018last_img read more