Huawei Mate 20 firmware files reveal full specs before August 31 launch

first_imgHuawei is expected to launch three new flagship smartphones by the end of this year. The phones are said to be the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 series will be the follow up of the recently announced P20 line up which includes the Huawei P20 and P20 Lite. According to rumours, the Mate 20 lineup will borrow the Porsche Design from the P20 series of phones, and also in-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging functionality. Some new specs and design information about the Mate 20 has now been revealed.Folks at XDA-Developers have managed to obtained firmware files for the Huawei Mate 20 and with which they found out some of the hardware specifications and features of the handset. Before talking about the technicalities, when will Huawei launch the Mate 20? New reports suggest that Huawei will be launching the Mate 20 with high-end Kirin 980 processor at IFA 2018 on August 31. Alongside the Mate 20, Huawei is said to be working on two more phones — Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Lite. Now, let’s take a look at the expected specs of the Mate 20:The successor to the Mate 10, the Mate 20 is said to be powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset which is also expected to go official at IFA keynote event alongside the new series. That being said, the Mate 20 will be the first Android smartphone to come with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, which is said to be the first system-on-chip to be manufactured on a 7nm process, meaning the upcoming Mate 20 will be a fast phone. Reports are also such that the Kirin 980 will bring improvements to both performance and battery of the phone. The chipset is said to improve the phone’s overall performance by up to 20 per cent and battery performance by up to 40 per cent. The smartphone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementThe Huawei Mate 20 is expected to come with a massive battery. The Mate 20 is said to be backed by a 4,200mAh battery which when compared to the P20 Pro is much bigger. The P20 Pro packs a 4,000mAh battery. Alongside the battery, the Mate 20 is expected to come with a big display, The smartphone is said to sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED panel, but as of now there’s no information if the Mate 20 lineup will have a notch above the display or not like the P20 series. Currently, there’s no information about the display size of the other two phones — the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Lite — but some rumours suggest that the Lite version of the Mate 20 series will pack a massive 6.9-inch OLED panel.ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 20 Pro leaked online, Kirin 980 processor and in-screen fingerprint scanner in towHuawei is expected to bring wireless charging support to Mate 20, hence we can also expect the phone to have a back cover made of glass. The same can also be expected of the Mate 20 Pro and also the Mate 20 Lite. Other hardware setups of the Mate 20 includes — 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the software front, the Mate 20 will run on Android 9 or Android P based on EMUI 9.0.last_img read more


first_imgSioux City’s two main hospitals received several newly knitted red hats to help keep newborns warm in their cribs Thursday.Michele Wolfe presented around two dozen of the hand made hats to Mercy Medical Center’s Family Birth Center:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..20 MINUTES. :16April Leigh, Manager of Mercy’s Family Birth Center, says the donation is part of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats Big Hearts” effort to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…GO HOME WITH. :15The Heart Association also delivered hats to UnityPoint- St. Luke’s on Thursday.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Responds To Paul Finebaum Saying His Reputation Is “Shattered”

first_imgpaul finebaum talks about urban meyer on espnUrban Meyer spoke at length this afternoon about his three-game suspension at Ohio State, discussing everything from his errors with the handling of Zach Smith to the injury status of Buckeyes’ star defensive lineman Nick Bosa.Earlier today, ESPN aired part two of its exclusive interview with Meyer, who is making his return to the sideline this weekend.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum had reacted to the latest Meyer interview, saying his reputation has been “shattered.”“I think [Urban Meyer’s] credibility outside the bubble of Columbus Ohio is still shattered. I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he’s said,” Finebaum said.”I think [Urban Meyer’s] credibility outside the bubble of Columbus Ohio is still shattered. I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he’s said.” – @finebaum to @HannahStormESPN reacting to #UrbanMeyer interview on @SportsCenter— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 16, 2018Meyer was asked this afternoon about the comments made by Finebaum. He appeared to be shaken up.“That’s tough to take,” Meyer said. “(I’ve) spent 30-plus years in coaching, never been perfect. Tried extremely hard, love players. I’m hoping something like this, clarity…I did not lie to the media. I did not do a very good job”Finebaum has been critical of Meyer throughout this entire process, though the ESPN college football analyst never believed that he would be fired by Ohio State.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are 3-0 with Meyer returning. Ohio Sate is set to host Tulane at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. OSU travels to Penn State in two weeks.last_img read more

ESPN Updates Ohio State’s % Chance Of Making The Playoff With A Loss Tonight

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State is not looking good against Purdue this evening. The Buckeyes are looking pretty bad, actually. OSU is trailing the Boilermakers by double digits in the fourth quarter.It’s Purdue 21, Ohio State 6 as we begin the final quarter of the night.Can Ohio State come back? Maybe, but the Buckeyes would need to start playing a kind of football they haven’t come close to playing all night.At this point, it’s looking like Ohio State will be suffering its first loss of the season. Can the Buckeyes still make the College Football Playoff if that happens?Sure, but it’s going to be difficult.Here’s ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff projection assuming Ohio State loses tonight:FiveThirtyEight gives Ohio State a 27 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff with a loss tonight. The Buckeyes would have a 6 percent chance of winning the national title.Who benefits the most from a loss by Ohio State tonight? ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight thinks it is a couple of teams:Oklahoma, Michigan and Georgia all see their College Football Playoff chances increase on FiveThirtyEight’s system with a loss by Ohio State tonight.You can view ESPN’s full predictions here.Ohio State and Purdue, meanwhile, are still on ABC. You’re probably going to want to tune in for the finish.last_img read more

All BFIT Funds Committed

first_imgAll funds under Nova Scotia’s major sports and recreation infrastructure investment program, B-FIT (Building Facilities Infrastructure Together), have now been committed. Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, said today, Feb. 2, that projects throughout the province have benefitted from the program. Announced in 2006 as a $68-million program, B-FIT was introduced as a 10-year initiative to fund major sport and recreation infrastructure. “Although all B-FIT dollars have been committed, it does represent a significant investment that has been made in sport and recreation facilities across this province. People will benefit from this for many years to come,” said Ms. MacDonald. “And while we recognize that there are more worthwhile projects, the fact is that money intended to last 10 years was committed in four. “That is not sustainable or responsible. We must realistically face our challenging financial realities and live within our means.” Funds provided under B-FIT went to the construction, expansion or renovation of recreation facilities across Nova Scotia, including Acadia University’s Raymond Field, Amherst Stadium and Northside Community Civic Centre in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. “The decision of how to allocate the final B-FIT grants was weighed carefully and we’ve opted to ensure that the final two projects benefit as many people as possible,” said Ms. MacDonald. Of the $68 million committed, $4 million remains to be announced. The final two projects receiving funding under B-FIT will be announced in the coming weeks. The successful applicants have been notified and other applicants were notified today that the program has ended.last_img read more

Former Ont Tory leader Patrick Brown files notice of libel against CTV

first_imgTORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives has filed a notice of libel against CTV News, claiming it engaged in false and malicious reporting when it broadcast sexual misconduct allegations against him.Patrick Brown abruptly resigned as leader of Ontario’s Tories in January, just hours after CTV reported the allegations that he has categorically denied. Brown has since launched a bid to reclaim his job.His notice of libel, which his lawyers said was filed in court on Friday evening, alleges CTV’s reporting was “false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory.”“Their publication and broadcast was calculated by the defendants to disparage and injure the reputation of Patrick Brown personally and in the way of his office, profession, trade and calling,” it reads.Through the document, Brown demands that CTV immediately broadcast and publish an apology and retraction in a form he approves of.CTV said it has received a notice of libel and defended its work.“CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court,” the network said in a statement.The allegations reported by the broadcaster from two unnamed women date back to Brown’s time as a federal MP. They have not been verified by The Canadian Press.In its original report, CTV said one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was in high school and under the legal drinking age when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him at his home on a night when she had been drinking. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when, during a gathering at his home, he allegedly kissed her in his bedroom and got on top of her, CTV reported.Earlier this month, CTV reported that the first accuser updated her timeline to reflect that she was not in high school or under the legal drinking age during the alleged incident, but that the core of her allegations remained unchanged. Brown’s second accuser has also said she stands by her story.Brown’s notice of libel names CTV, its parent company Bell Media, the president of CTV News, anchor Lisa LaFlamme, and reporters Glen McGreggor and Rachel Aiello, who worked on the original story.It also lists the producers, editors, researchers and fact checkers, local Toronto news station CP24, which is also owned by Bell Media, and one of its reporters.A spokeswoman for Brown said Saturday that he wouldn’t be commenting on the notice.Simon Kiss, a digital media professor at Wilfrid Laurier University who focuses on political communication, said the legal salvo has potential to bolster Brown’s bid to reclaim the party leadership.While lawsuits are always risky, the potential benefits outweigh the prospective drawbacks in this case, he said.Future media coverage of Brown will now necessarily have to include the fact that a suit is in the works, he said, adding the move will reinforce Brown’s frequent protestations of innocence.Media outlets may also be “a little more careful” about repeating the allegations levelled against him, Kiss added.“There is a small downside in that it will keep this story in the news,” Kiss said. “But he needs to change people’s minds and lawsuits move slowly so it makes sense for the short term gain.”last_img read more

Nigel Barker Helps Kick Off Nine Wests Runway Relief Program

first_imgNine West, a division of The Jones Group (“Jones”), continues to step out to raise funds and awareness for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) charitable organization, through the Nine West Runway Relief Program in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week.Nine West Runway Relief campaignThe program, which is now in its third year, aims to marshal the forces of the fashion and modeling industries to step up for a cause. Since the creation of QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” in 1994, Nine West has been committed to raising funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention.Nigel Barker and modelsNine West’s Runway Relief Program has enlisted top fashion models participating in fashion shows, including Chrissy Teigen, Elsa Hosk, Ajak Deng, Jessica Gomes, Ariel Meredith, IIona Novacek, Catrinel Menghia and Elena Melnik to wear a limited edition, Nine West boot. Each step the models take off the runway including castings and fittings will equate to a monetary donation that Nine West will make to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.To kick off Nine West’s Runway Relief Program, Nigel Barker chronicled the models giving back on camera by photographing the top faces from IMG, Next and One agencies. Celebrity Stylist, Kate Young, was on site to style the shoot and show her support.Nine West is expanding the Runway Relief exclusive collection from the biker-chic boot ($149) and comfortably stylish tank top ($29) to include a Nine West drawstring back pack ($149), sexy aviator sunglasses ($38) and a news-boy inspired hat ($44). 100% of the proceeds from the tank top will go to FTBC.Starting August 1st, the exclusive collection will be available on Nine West’s website. The collection will be available nationwide at Nine West stores the first week in September and the boot will also be available at Lord & Taylor. Jet Jeans by John Eshaya ($194) has created a Runway Relief jean available exclusively on with all proceeds going to FTBC. Hanky Panky has also created an exclusive boyshort ($38) and thong ($29) in their signature lace with the FTBC symbol emblazoned on the hip in crystals to raise additional awareness for the cause.“Nine West is honored to work with the most fashionable partners, from models and photographers to the CFDA and their charity, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, for the third year of Runway Relief,” said Debbie Woloshin, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nine West. “Raising money and awareness for early detection, research and care is our number one priority.”“This year we will elevate the Nine West Runway Relief program to the next level. Our three year exclusive partnership with Nine West and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer reaffirms the brands commitment and dedication to raising awareness for this worthy cause. We are excited to join forces as an authoritative voice behind this powerful movement,” said Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA.“Runway Relief is a powerful vehicle to increase breast cancer awareness and empower women around the world,” said Diane von Furstenberg, CFDA President.Nine West and the CFDA are also creating a series of Public Service Announcements with interviews from Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Breast Center, Dr. Anne Moore, breast cancer survivors as well as CFDA members, Diane Von Furstenberg, Charlotte Ronson, Tracy Reese and Kelly Cutrone to help unite the fashion industry to spread the word. The PSA will air August 1st.Nine West is partnering with Fiat for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6th and will host a fun and interactive event with Nigel Barker and top models at Nine West’s Rockefeller Center store location. Fiat will be providing a fleet of mobile shuttles for Fashion’s Night Out and into Fashion Week offering rides to VIPs. They are also donating a Fiat 500 to auction off in October with all proceeds benefitting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.Nine West is stepping up its social media game to bring this initiative to the next level. They will partner with photo-driven social media platform Instagram and to hold Runway Relief Photo Walks in key cities across the US. Consumers are invited to participate by encouraging friends and family to sponsor their walk with a monetary donation. In addition to these partnerships, Nine West will sell albums from Columbia Records artists with all proceeds being donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. The albums will be sold on through October.Twitter users can follow Nine West’s Runway Relief Program’s hashtag, #RunwayRelief to get updates in real time for the entire program.Consumers will also have the option to directly support the cause by making a dollar donation during checkout from August 1st through October 31st at Nine West stores nationwide.Join. Donate. Sponsor. Shop at read more

Suicide Attack on Syria Wedding Kills 32

Hasakeh (Syria) – A suicide bomber has struck a wedding in northeast Syria killing 32 people, a medical source said. The bomber blew himself up late Monday in the village of Tall Tawil in Hasakeh province where a Kurdish party official was getting married.About 100 people were wounded, according to the medical source in Hasakeh city. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group said in a statement that one of its fighters had fired on a “large gathering” of Kurdish fighters near Hasakeh city before blowing himself up.The groom, Zaradesht Mustafa Fatimi, hails from a prominent family deeply involved in the autonomous administration run by Kurdish factions in Syria’s north.According to an official from the autonomous administration, Fatimi works for a local Kurdish party.Hasakeh city is almost entirely held by Kurdish forces but Syria’s regime still holds some districts. The city has often been targeted by IS jihadists. read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Iraq for one more year

7 August 2009The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, and decided that it should continue to pursue its expanded role in the country. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, and decided that it should continue to pursue its expanded role in the country.The Council unanimously adopted resolution 1883, “reiterating its support to the people and the Government of Iraq in their efforts to build a secure, stable, federal, united and democratic nation, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.”As set out in resolutions 1770 (2007) and 1830 (2008), UNAMI is tasked with assisting the Government in the areas of elections, reconciliation, the resolution of disputed boundaries, human rights and humanitarian concerns, as well as reconstruction and development.In today’s resolution, the 15-member Council also called on the Iraqi Government and other Member States to continue providing security and logistical support to UNAMI, recognizing that the security of UN personnel is essential for the Mission to carry out its work.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his recent report on UNAMI, said that Iraq is entering a crucial transition period, highlighted by its increased responsibility for its security and the national elections planned for next January.It is also “potentially a time of opportunity” regarding the Iraq’s recovery and development, he added, citing momentum across the Government to tackle some of the country’s most entrenched socio-economic issues – unemployment, dilapidated infrastructure, corruption and poverty.Briefing the Council earlier this week, Mr. Ban’s new top envoy to Iraq voiced cautious optimism as the country regains its sovereignty, while warning of potential dangers ahead.“Although statistics tell the story of a downward trend in the overall level of violence, reality is still tainted by an unacceptably high level of indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” Ad Melkert stated, following his first visit to Iraq as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI. Mr. Melkert cited preparations for national elections in 2010 and the issue of ethnically disputed areas, including oil-rich Kirkuk, as two of the most critical priorities currently facing the UNAMI in promoting long-term stability in Iraq. read more

BC city loses Trans Mountain pipeline court battle ordered to pay companys

VANCOUVER — The City of Burnaby’s bylaw battle against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has been shut down by a B.C. Supreme Court judge who has declared that the National Energy Board rules take precedence over the city’s.The Metro Vancouver city has tried to hamper preliminary planning in advance of laying the 1,100-kilometre-long pipeline between Alberta and coastal B.C. through two separate bylaws.But Justice George Macintosh said in a ruling posted online Monday that the National Energy Board has the constitutional power to direct or limit the enforcement of Burnaby’s bylaws.Trans Mountain pipeline costs rise to $6.8 billion, but Kinder Morgan says project worth the priceNatural resources minister vows to find ‘sweet spot’ between environmental agenda and oilpatch concernsOilpatch dismayed by Liberal move to ban crude oil tankers in northern B.C.Macintosh said the energy board can take such action when city bylaws interfere with or block the regulation of the pipeline and expansion project, ruling NEB laws are supreme.“Where valid provincial laws conflict with valid federal laws in addressing interprovincial undertakings, paramountcy dictates that the federal legal regime will govern,” said Macintosh.“The provincial law remains valid but becomes inoperative where its application would frustrate the federal undertaking.”Macintosh ruled the city’s bylaws were lawful but constitutionally inoperative and inapplicable.“Burnaby appears from the filed evidence to be using the bylaws to make Trans Mountain’s preliminary work on the expansion project difficult, if not impossible, to undertake,” he added.A spokeswoman for the City of Burnaby said officials received Macintosh’s ruling on Monday and will be reviewing the decision and considering an appeal.Ali Hounsell, with the Trans Mountain expansion project said in an email that the court’s decision simply reaffirms earlier rulings upholding the NEB’s jurisdiction as it relates to the project.Macintosh decided not to rule on a separate constitutional question raised by the city, calling the question “an abuse of process.”In that question, the city asked the court to rule that the energy board did not have the “constitutional jurisdiction” to direct or limit the enforcement of bylaws by the city.Macintosh declined to answer the question, noting the city had failed to win the same argument in earlier hearings before the Federal Court of Appeal and the energy board.The city was ordered to pay the company’s legal costs.The dispute dates back to Dec. 16, 2013, when Trans Mountain asked the energy board for a certificate for the expansion project.Mounties arrested more than 100 people during protests last year on Burnaby Mountain, where Trans Mountain crews were conducting test drilling at two locations.A judge later tossed out civil contempt charges against many of the activists who were arrested for violating a court injunction ordering them to stay away from the drilling areas.The company admitted that it had provided the wrong GPS co-ordinates when it asked for the original court order and the measurements were so inaccurate that the site was outside the area covered by the injunction.20:16ET 23-11-15 read more

Central America drought turning into humanitarian crisis UN warns

Briefing the press in Geneva today, OCHA’s Jens Laerke said most of those affected are subsistence farmers, farm labourers and low-income families. In Honduras and Guatemala, up to 75 per cent of maize and bean crop has been lost and thousands of cattle had died. In the coming months, food insecurity is expected to get worse as families deplete their food stocks.In Guatemala, the Government declared a state of public calamity in 16 departments in August and by October, 30,000 families had finished their food stocks. Those families were today in deep distress, said Mr. Laerke. In the so-called “dry corridor” in eastern Guatemala, a joint Government/UN/NGO (non-governmental organization) assessment found that one in four households suffered from moderate or severe malnutrition. Children under five, pregnant women and female-headed households are most vulnerable, said Mr. Laerke. In Honduras the Government had declared a state of emergency in the drought affected western areas, as crop loss had reached up to 75 per cent. Assessments also found high levels of malnutrition in children under five. An emergency assessment in September found that nearly 20,000 children were malnourished as a consequence of the long drought, said Mr. Laerke. In El Salvador, the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources had reported that the country was experiencing its worst drought since 1977. The authorities said that in hotspot areas in the eastern part of the country, more than 80 per cent of farmers reported that they have lost all of their crops.Humanitarian Country Teams had drafted Emergency Response Plans in Honduras and Guatemala to support the Governments in dealing with this emergency and UN agencies were also supporting the Government in El Salvador. Giving more details on the various appeals by affected countries, Mr. Laerke said in Honduras, the Government has appealed for international help. More than $13 million was needed for the Emergency Response Plan and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) had provided $2.6 million in funding. In Guatemala, the Government had launched a $28 million Action Plan and was seeking $17 million in support. In El Salvador, UN agencies were also preparing to apply for funding from CERF. read more

FLSmidth helps boost gold and silver recovery at Shanta Minings New Luika

first_imgAn Absorption, Desorption and Refining (ADR) plant supplied by FLSmidth has allowed Shanta Mining Co Ltd (SMCL) to boost its gold and silver recovery at the New Luika gold mine in southwest Tanzania. Dave Capstick, Business Development Manager at FLSmidth, says the 2 t ADR plant has resulted in increased carbon throughput to the CIL circuit at New Luika from 20 t/month to 80 t at present.The ADR plant comprises an acid wash, a Zadra strip circuit with an FLSmidth designed heater skid, an EW circuit and a carbon regeneration kiln, in addition to ancillary equipment such as pumps, screens and tanks for carbon handling. “All the equipment was designed and manufactured by FLSmidth. It was shipped, installed and commissioned jointly by our South African and Salt Lake offices” Capstick says. Commissioning took place in the second quarter of 2014.Initial results from the new plant point to an improvement in gold recovery of two percentage points, while silver recovery has tripled. The benefits of the new ADR plant were apparent at an early stage, and the ADR plant was an important step in the debottlenecking of the gold/silver recovery process.The ADR plant forms part of FLSmidth’s offering of gold recovery equipment. The strip circuit in particular consistently delivers stripping times of between eight to nine hours. “Given the rise in energy costs, our improved heater skid designs have resulted in significant power savings for the end user compared to competitor designs.” Capstick points to a recent field case study that highlighted heat recoveries of about 90%.“Our electrowinning cells with basketless cathodes carry a patented in-cell washing design that reduces cathode washing time and eliminates the need to remove the cathodes from the cell for washing.” Capstick adds that FLSmidth’s carbon regeneration kiln has a patented sealing arrangement that avoids air entering the kiln. “The kiln also features a robust design to avoid warping, which otherwise results in kiln misalignment and operational inefficiencies.”Wally Channon, Technical Manager at SMCL, says: “The ADR plant at New Luika has already exceeded the design performance target and removed the previous bottleneck to increased process plant throughput.”Looking to the future, Capstick says that FLSmidth has also supplied spares for the ADR plant. “We are able to offer various combinations of maintenance and operational contracts to assist our clients in specific areas. FLSmidth works closely with its clients to assist with the optimisation of existing operations. We work as a partner to help our clients reduce their operating costs on an ongoing basis. This ‘One Source’ approach becomes even more effective when there is a large quantity of FLSmidth equipment on site.”Capstick concludes that the success of the ADR plant at New Luika has generated interest in FLSmidth’s gold recovery equipment from other African mining clients. “The success of the ADR plant is a powerful statement in and of itself. The client is very pleased with the end results, and thus New Luika is an important reference base for FLSmidth.”last_img read more

Gilmore marks Remembrance Day in Belfast

first_imgUpdated 19:19THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore today marked Remembrance Day in Belfast.Eamon Gilmore has been in Northern since yesterday, where he addressed the Annual Conference of the SDLP in Armagh and committed to help bring an exhibition of photographs about ‘the Disappeared’ to towns and cities throughout Ireland.In Belfast last night, both the Tánaiste and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, addressed the Irish Association on the occasion of their 75th anniversary. On the eve of Remembrance Sunday, both speeches focused on the theme of commemorations and respectful remembering.He laid a laurel wreath at the main Northern Ireland Remembrance Sunday Commemoration Service.The Tánaiste will be joined by the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, and by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, at the service, which takes place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.The Belfast ceremony was one of several taking place throughout Northern Ireland to commemorate the sacrifices of the servicemen and women of British and Commonwealth forces during the two World Wars and in later conflicts.The Tánaiste, who is attending the Belfast Remembrance Sunday services for the second year in succession, said that he was commemorating the Irish men and women who died in both World Wars.“It is both important and appropriate that I am here today in Belfast to respectfully remember those Irishmen and women, from all communities and from both parts of the island, who died in conflict.”Taoiseach Enda Kenny also laid a wreath at the War Memorial in Enniskillen and President Michael D Higgins took part in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.First published 07:30.Read: Taoiseach and Tánaiste to attend Remembrance Day ceremoniesColumn: Is it time to start wearing the poppy?last_img read more

Like failure and ads The moments that helped define Facebook

first_imgIt’s exciting to imagine life without Facebook, and saying that anything will die is, in the long run, a safe bet. But if, as it seems, 2014 will be the year we read a never-ending parade of stories about the Death of Facebook, you can probably safely ignore them. The first sign that Facebook’s actually in trouble will be when it’s no longer popular enough to earn clickbait pieces about its imminent death.How ads appear onlineWhen: 2009 Say what you want about the site, but it was influential in shaping how advertising is done online. Like most features on the site, Facebook didn’t pioneer social advertising, but it did refine it and create a way that would reach users without being obvious.Targeting specific demographics right down to location, gender, age, and interests, meant advertising on the site became popular and more businesses set up pages to connect with customers. The sponsored content – ads that appear within your feed as if they’re ordinary posts – became adapted by both social site and media in general.A long-awaited IPOWhen: May 2012 Facebook continued to grow and when it reached the 500 shareholders mark at the end of 2011, it was required to go public thanks to a rule from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Since it was the first purely social site to go public – LinkedIn and Google went before it – and was poised to reach the one billion mark by the end of the year, there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but ended up having a shaky start.It started off well with shares opened at $42 but by the end of August, it dropped to $18 because of concerns it wouldn’t be able to make money from mobile. However, profits and significant improvement on mobile revenue meant that its share price is now a respectable $61.Considering that its revenue was based entirely on advertising, it had a lot to prove, but its success (so far) has suggested that social isn’t as risky a bet as one might think, and it’s the reason why Twitter is getting so much leeway despite not yet making a profit.How Facebook’s stock performed since May 2012 (Image: Google Finance)Becoming a news and media sourceWhen: November 2013 When Buzzfeed wrote a piece on how Facebook sent publishers a high amount of traffic back in November, it signalled a change. Instead of going to Google, more and more people were relying on shares and posts from friends to find their news or interesting articles.This was important as it meant that the needs and uses of Facebook shifted from being a place where moments were shared to a place where news and opinions were shared. This had been happening for a while, but the last few months have highlighted just how much of an impact Facebook has on news and media sites.Twitter and Google will be the place for breaking news, but Facebook has become the place where articles can get a new lease of life. Facebook realised this by tweaking the news feed’s algorithm – prioritising articles ahead of memes and images – as well as providing other features like trending topics and suggested articles and videos.The release of PaperWhen: February 2014 Facebook has been called a mobile company for quite a while, and although this is true – it does have a few mobile apps released – it’s still very much a desktop site trying to fit into the small screen.The release of Paper in the US yesterday could be the first step towards solving this problem. From first glance, it’s an experience that breaks away from the traditional Facebook setup, an app that’s suited for mobile instead of the desktop site made smaller. Also, thanks to the focus on news articles, it means that the Flipboard style layout is suited for reading articles.The early reviews have been very positive so far and could very easily replace the traditional Facebook app if it’s successful. Facebook probably won’t mind this once it gets enough users on it and introduces an advertising format. (Video: theofficialfacebook/YouTube)Read: Facebook plans to take over mobile by launching standalone apps >Read: Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security > IT’S BEEN AN eventful ten years for Facebook. Pretty much everyone knows the story behind it (or has seen The Social Network at some point) but within those ten years, the landscape of the web has changed significantly.When Facebook first launched in 2004, it was seen as a way of connecting Harvard students together – as highlighted by this article from The Harvard Crimson when it launched – now it connects 1.25 billion people and is aiming to connect the rest of the world through, something that’s become a pet project for Zuckerberg.A lot has happened during those ten years, but to celebrate its birthday, here are the moments that helped make Facebook what it is today.The Like ButtonWhen: February 2009 If you’re going to start somewhere with Facebook, you have to start with the Like button and it’s hard to believe that one of Facebook’s most iconic features was only introduced in 2009.Deciding to take some inspiration from FriendFeed, it allowed users to like comments, updates and photos, but few could have predicted the influence it would have on future social sites and apps, practically appearing on every site that has Facebook integration.There’s a very good reason why it was so successful – and ties in with the reason why Facebook will never introduce a dislike button: A positive site has a greater chance of seeing users returning, whether it’s because your post got a few likes or you wanted to keep up to date with what your friends are doing.That association is one of the reasons why users return to the site daily, and why it continues to grow even to this day.The like button is so iconic, it’s the first thing that greets people when they arrive at Facebook’s California headquarters (Image: Facebook)Web integrationWhen: August 2008Practically everywhere you go, Facebook is there. Signing up to a new service? Use the connect via Facebook option. Come across an article you enjoyed? Hit the like button. Its ubiquity is one of its main strengths.Facebook was a popular site when this feature was introduced in 2009 – for reference, it had 350 million users – but having this integration made it more than just a popular site, it turned into the foundation for most, if not all, web activity.Having that kind of reach and influence was unheard of at the time and it gave people more reason to sign up, a single profile would prevent them from having to fill in numerous pages and reduces the steps between arrival and using a site.Twitter and Google also got in on the act, but Facebook’s popularity and data meant developers were more likely to choose it first over the rest.Netflix is one of many sites that allows you to sign in via Facebook (Image: Netflix)Failure… lots of failureWhen: Too many to count As much as we talk about the positives, there are numerous instances where Facebook failed in its attempt to become a central hub for the web. Features such as check-in, its attempt to turn its messaging service into email, and its failed ecommerce initiatives spring to mind, but the most noticeable examples was its shaky move to mobile.Outside its main app – which had numerous problems with speed and reliability up until a year ago – it released copies of other popular apps such as Camera (Instagram) and Poke (Snapchat) to help capture a mobile audience. Neither were particularly successful while other attempts like Facebook Home, which turned your Android phone into a Facebook home page, disappeared as soon as it arrived.While these setbacks were a blow to the company, the company was big enough to be able to dust itself down and move onto the next project. Few companies have the ability to do that – Google being the best example – and because Facebook’s core product (ads and time spent on the site) was so strong, it could afford to take these risks.Its mobile offerings have gotten better thanks to Messenger and its acquisition of Instagram. The release of Paper looks like it will be a hit if early reports are anything to go by. (Video: theofficialfacebook/YouTube)The “death” of FacebookWhen: Anytime since 2009Like anything big, there’s always going to be moments where people will say its time was up. Facebook was no different and has seen numerous instances where people say it’s on the way down.Every bad decision or unexpected development was scrutinised and provided a reason why Facebook was going to end. Teenagers, ads, privacy, a staff member leaving the company and many other reasons have been put forward but it’s still going strong and shows no sign of slowing down.This is because saying something will die out is the easiest prediction anyone can make. All things come to an end eventually – and Facebook will be no different – but nobody knows what’s going to happen next, and unless you have something more than anecdotal evidence, predicting it will be hit and miss.Even if people were to stop using Facebook in their droves, it still has information on 1.25 billion people which can be used to repurpose itself and start afresh.The greater paradox is that by repeatedly saying that Facebook’s dying, you’re giving it more coverage which in turn makes more people want to join it and it becomes more popular. Such thoughts are best summed up by PJ Vogt from On The Media:last_img read more

Scientists Use LowKey CRISPR Technique to End Marfan Syndrome

first_img A new gene-editing method could prevent humans from passing on Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue.Researchers at China’s Guangzhou Medical University and ShanghaiTech University developed a CRISPR technique intended to reduce the odds (currently 50/50) of transmitting the ailment from parent to child.About one in 5,000 people have Marfan Syndrome, which manifests as tall, thin limbs, flexible joints, and scoliosis. The most serious complications involve increased risk of mitral valve prolapse and aortic aneurysm.In its current form, CRISPR/Cas9 is poised to become the gene-editing tool of the future.It works a lot like a word processor’s cut-and-paste function: Scientists target a specific spot in an organism’s genetic code, cut the DNA strands, and insert a new gene or let the strands self-repair.But the technology may not be all its cracked up to be.In an effort to avoid developmental snags, the Chinese researchers tried a different approach—”base editing.” The two-year-old procedure allows users to swap DNA letters, and, fingers crossed, cause fewer unwanted edits.In the case of Marfan Syndrome, the fix seems easy: Just change the flawed G in the FBN1 gene to a healthy A.According to the study, published in the journal Molecular Therapy, all went well; researchers were able to correct the mutation in 18 viable human embryos.Two early-stage organisms, however, exhibited unintended alterations—a C changed to a T.Still, the team remains cautiously optimistic.“Overall, this pilot study provided proof of concept, and opened the potential of base editing-based gene therapy,” Xingxu Huang of ShanghaiTech University told STAT, as reported by Futurism. “Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go to use it in IVF clinics.”Last year, researchers in Oregon became first in the US to genetically modify human embryos. And while scientists adopt CRISPR to fight diseases like HIV and autism, the gene-editing tool remains controversial. Find out more about it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered Stay on targetlast_img read more

Earthquake monument a timely reminder

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 30, 2017 – The 1907 Earthquake Monument is among the starkest reminders of one of the most fateful days in Jamaica’s history.  The towering structure sits on land at Bumper Hall in Greenwich Town, St. Andrew, where 501 unidentified victims of the quake, which occurred 110 years ago on January 14, were interred.History recounts that they were among the over 1,000 persons who perished during the 6.5 magnitude earthquake at approximately 3:30 p.m. which, for 36 seconds, rocked the foundation of the growing Kingston metropolis. “Screams split the air. Within 10 to 20 seconds, a town of 446,000 had been rendered immobile,” one report recounts.  Its devastating impact was superseded only by the 1692 earthquake which sank a significant portion of Port Royal, resulting in the survivors of that devastation resettling on the adjacent area of land across the harbour which is now Kingston.The 1907 earthquake’s destruction was compounded by a fire which broke out, limiting rescue efforts by first responders searching for survivors and bodies amongst the rubble to which numerous buildings had been reduced.  The fire, according to historians, swept an area bounded to the east by Mark Lane; north by South Parade; west along Orange Street; and south by the Caribbean Sea.  Persons who were trapped by the rubble or otherwise unable to escape the flames perished. This, as the city was rendered helpless consequent on the destruction of the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s equipment and infrastructure, and broken water mains.The next day, after the dust had settled and the smoke dissipated, over 1,000 persons lay dead either amidst the rubble or at the public hospital where numerous victims succumbed to injuries after being admitted.   Half of the victims were found burnt and charred along the principal streets of the city, which was plunged into semi-darkness, with the overall damage estimated at £2 million (approximately $316 million).  Survivors, whose homes or businesses were destroyed, sought refuge in parks or on the adjoining lawns of wrecked houses.Among the victims were: Deputy Chairman of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company of London and Member of Parliament, Sir James Ferguson; importer and plantation owner, Edgar deCordova; Head of the West India Regiment Royal Army, who was only identified as Lieutenant R.R.; and Cuban Consul General, J. Perez.  Others included: seven European and 13 native West India Regiment Army Non-Commissioned Officers and their families; 90 children reportedly killed when the school building they were in collapsed; 120 Cuban employees of the Machado Cigar Factory; 35 employees of the local tourist bureau; and 10 Americans who were buried in unmarked graves.Among the buildings either severely damaged or destroyed were: the Supreme Court; Nova Scotia Bank; Congregational Churches; the Myrtle Bank Hotel; the City Council’s office; the Jamaica Club; Hope College; the railway terminus; all newspaper offices; and the cable company’s office.Following the earthquake, a special committee was established to spearhead the monument’s erection at Bumper Hall. Among its members were representatives of The Gleaner Company, which reported extensively on the devastation.  Research conducted by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) shows that the structure was built using reinforced concrete.Speaking at a recent 110th anniversary commemorative ceremony organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) at Bumper Hall, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the JNHT, said the agency was asked to analyse and assess various aspects of  the monument in 2015.  “Excavations carried out around the monument confirmed that the most significant aspect…was actually buried. A section of the wall surrounding the burial chamber of the approximately 500 unknown victims was discerned by the JNHT team in March 2015, and its presence was confirmed in an article of the Daily Gleaner of Thursday, June 3, 1909,” she informed.  Ms. Grange further advised that the structure, which was restored, is located in the centre of the two burial trenches extending north and south.Opposition Leader and Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, where the monument is located, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who also spoke at the ceremony, hailed the community support mobilised in the restoration effort.  “The people of Greenwich Town and residents of Little Eighth Street in particular have been the guardians of this national heritage site for the past 110 years. They are, therefore, deserving of commendation as we pay respect to those whose remains lay here,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller also expressed gratitude for the input of several entities in the exercise. They include: the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo).  “We also thank other agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT); Urban Development Corporation (UDC); and National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA),” she said.     Mrs. Simpson Miller also praised the ODPEM for continuing to highlight the importance of earthquake awareness.While earthquake awareness is observed annually in January, ODPEM has, this year, embarked on a three-month campaign, from January to March, under the theme: ‘Drop. Cover. Hold…Earthquake Readiness is within Your Control’.ODPEM’s Director General, Major Clive Davis, who also spoke at the ceremony, said that for the duration of the campaign, “we will endeavour to bring information to the public, to sensitise and remind the populace of the earthquake hazards and how to manage them.” Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

Book on tourist destination launched

first_imgHyderabad: Vihari Book – 2019, which gives a sneak peek into various tourist destinations in the country, was launched by Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham at the Secretariat here on Monday. The senior IAS officer hoped that the book would get a good response from readers and tourists similar to Vihari-The Traveller,’ a TV serial focussing on tourism and travel. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us He further wished that this handbook would meet the needs of the readers in providing in-depth information about various tourist places in India, which a traveller should know before they embark on a vacation. The book would help in planning a holiday to any destination with details about the best season to visit, means of travel, weather conditions, hotels and accommodation, nearby places to watch thus act as a guide and also help in saving money. The publishers thanked Telangana Tourism for their support in various aspects in developing tourism and supporting their initiatives like “Traveller Be Safe, (a CSR activity) that aims at spreading awareness for taking right precautions and safe travel.last_img read more

Sensex climbs 200 points Nifty reaches 11400 as banking stocks rise

first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileKey equity indices – BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 – touched fresh all-time highs  on Monday, supported by healthy buying in banking, consumer durables and auto stocks.Both the Sensex and Nifty50 hit their all-time highs of 37,801.78 points and 11,427.00 points respectively.According to analysts, broadly positive global cues also supported the gains.At 9.33 a.m. the wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded 11,421.00 points, higher by 60.20 points or 0.53 per cent from its previous close.The BSE Sensex which had opened at 37,714.70 points, traded at 37,789.52 points (9.35 a.m.) – higher by 233.36 points or 0.62 per cent — from its previous close of 37,556.16 points. It touched an intra-day low of 37699.37 points so far.ICICI Bank, SBI, Infosys, ITC and Reliance Industries performed well.last_img read more