Month: August 2019

Sebastopol California to get a 1Gbps Internet connection at 70 a month

first_img © 2010 Explore further ( — The people of Sebastopol, California are in for a treat. Thanks to a collaboration between search giant Google and they will have the honor of being the first residential area in the United States that will have a 1Gbps Internet connection available. This is only the second location to get the benefit of a connection of this speed. The first US trials were done at Stanford University, where 850 faculty and staff homes on campus were enabled with the connection at a speed that would have seemed like a pipe dream even five years ago. Citation: Sebastopol, California to get a 1Gbps Internet connection at $70 a month (2011, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This deployment will be available to 700 homes in the area for a cost of roughly $70 a month. This system includes not only the Internet service but also offers two phone lines with unlimited long distance calling. A slower plan will offer users a 100Mbps connection and one phone line with unlimited long distance calling for a rate of roughly $40 each month. This makes the rates comparable to make services currently in existence in many residential areas of the United States. The deployment will roll out in stages, with 60 homes being hooked up in the next month and the rest connected by the end of the year. If all goes well similar rollouts will be done in other California cities such as Santa Rosa or San Francisco. The next city slated with a definite 1Gbps fiber network to be installed is Kansas City, which sent a proposal as part of its Fiber for Communities Project. Their network is expected to begin operations at some point in 2012. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Google to bring ultra high-speed broadband to Stanfordlast_img read more

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Staples customers can get a head and more with 3D printing

first_img(—Given the curiosity and novelty factors, if not utility, of 3-D printers. was it not just a matter of time? A speeded-up trend is in the works of getting 3-D printing into the hands of all consumers, from agency creatives to industrial product designers, to architects, to health professionals, to students, to gift-givers with a sense of flair and humor. 3-D printing is coming to Staples. A partnership between Staples Printing Systems Division and Mcor Technologies has resulted in the launch of a 3-D printing service, “Staples Easy 3D.” Explore further Staples to speed up closure of 15 stores in US This is an online service via the Staples Office Centre where customers will upload their designs as electronic files to Staples’ website, and can then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply store, or can have the objects shipped to their address. Staples will use the Mcor IRIS 3-D printer.The announcement was made on November 29 at EuroMold 2012 in Frankfurt, a gathering of designers, developers, producers, suppliers and end users, who were viewing the latest in industrial 3-D printers and additive manufacturing devices. EuroMold is billed as “the world’s leading fair” for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development.The Staples service will start with stores in the Netherlands and Belgium in early 2013. President Wouter Van Dijk, president of the Staples Printing Systems Division in Europe, said “Customized parts, prototypes, art objects, architectural models, medical models and 3-D maps are items customers need today, in a more affordable and more accessible manner. Mcor will help us to keep prices low, quality high and color brilliant as we meet the demand.”Those outside the two companies recognize the move as one to further seed 3-D printing as a service for the mass market. As bloggers have pointed out, Staples is not the first to offer such services but represents the first move toward making 3-D printing available from a chain retailer. The Mcor IRIS printer is designed for full-color prints and the company promotes its IRIS line as an affordable 3-D result that has very realistic coloring. The company says its Mcor Matrix and IRIS models are the only 3-D printers that can create physical 3-D models from paper (standard Letter/A4 sheets) whether fresh or used. With pages cut and bound together, the model is tough and durable, added Mcor. The models are waterproof, and they are disposable in recycling bins. Mcor started business in 2004 with a team specializing in 3-D printing, software and CAD/CAM. Mcor has offices in Ireland, the UK and America.After Staples Easy 3D makes its debut in the Netherlands and Belgium in the first quarter of 2013, the service will be rolled out to other countries. © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Press release Citation: Staples customers can get a head and more with 3-D printing (2012, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Students flashlight works by body heat not batteries

first_img Vibration-powered generating batteries recharge when shaken ( —Ann Makosinski from Victoria, British Columbia, has an LED flashlight powered by body heat. This inventor has a flashlight that glows when she holds it. The story gets more interesting, though. She is 15 years old and her flashlight has got her into the finalist ranks for the Google Science Fair. Her work is a result of a general interest in alternative energy. She said that she is “really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use.” Enter the Hollow Flashlight, which works according to the thermoelectric effect—creating electric voltage out of temperature difference. As a Grade 10 student at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, she was deciding on a topic for a science project when she discovered the Peltier tile, producing electricity when one side of the tile is heated while the other side is cooled. More information: Google Science Fair project Citation: Student’s flashlight works by body heat, not batteries (2013, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “Using four Peltier tiles and the temperature difference between the palm of the hand and ambient air, ” she said in her project statement, “I designed a flashlight that provides bright light without batteries or moving parts. My design is ergonomic, thermodynamically efficient, and only needs a five degree temperature difference to work and produce up to 5.4 mW at 5 foot candles of brightness.”She ran some calculations to see if the warmth from a human hand could generate enough energy via a tile to power a flashlight. She presented her hypothesis:” If I can capture enough heat from a human hand and convert it efficiently to electricity, then I can power a flashlight without any batteries or kinetic energy.” She presented her objective: “To make a flashlight that runs on the heat of the human hand.”To begin, she bought Peltier tiles and tested them to see if they could produce sufficient power to light an LED. The power was no problem but getting the needed voltage was, as the tiles did not generate enough of the voltage needed. As she learned, making some changes to the circuit design might turn a page. She used the Internet for information, experimented with different circuits, and got lucky, finding an energy-harvesting article on the Internet that made note of a circuit that could provide enough voltage when used with a recommended transformer. She talked about a point where she realized her battery-free flashlight could behave as she had hoped: “The final design included mounting the Peltiers on a hollow aluminum tube which was inserted in a larger PVC pipe with an opening that allowed ambient air to cool the tube. The palm wrapped around a cutout in the PVC pipe and warmed the tiles. The result was a bright light at 5 degree Celcius [sic] of Peltier differential. The flashlight worked!” In conclusion, she said, she succeeded in powering a flashlight using only the heat of the hand. Out of two flashlights that she made, neither which needed batteries, they worked. Materials for the flashlight project cost her $26. Considering that the effort has qualified her as a finalist in the Google Science Fair, where 15 finalists from around the world are competing for the prizes, that is not an unwise investment. The top winner gets a $50,000 scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands. The prize ceremony takes place in September. Winners will be chosen in different age categories—13-14, 15-16, 17-18. © 2013 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Astronomers investigate starforming processes in the young stellar object G29862–0044

first_img Giant molecular outflow detected from the quasar PDS 456 © 2019 Science X Network More information: M. B. Areal. Studying star-forming processes towards G29.862-0.044. arXiv:1904.10914 [astro-ph.GA]. Explore further Citation: Astronomers investigate star-forming processes in the young stellar object G29.862–0.044 (2019, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Astronomers have conducted a multiwavelength study of a young stellar object (YSO) known as G29.862–0.044, which provides more hints into star-forming processes. Results of the study, presented in a paper published April 24 on, could be important for improving our general knowledge about how stars form and evolve. YSOs are stars in early stage of evolution, in particular protostars and pre-main sequence stars. They are usually observed embedded in dense molecular clumps, environments containing plenty of molecular gas and interstellar dust.Located some 21,000 light years away from the Earth, G29.862–0.044 (or G29 for short) is embedded in the massive star-forming region G29.96–0.02. This YSO was a target of multiwavelength observations performed by a team of astronomers led by María Belén Areal of University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. They used the 15-m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and Gemini-North 8.2-m telescope to study G29 and its environment in order to obtain a complete picture of this YSO, the related star-forming processes, and the interstellar medium around it.”In the present work, we focus on the study of the southern massive YSO cataloged as the Red MSX source G029.862–0.044 (hereafter G29). (…) The surrounding interstellar medium of G29 is studied using molecular lines data. (…) The physical conditions of G29 molecular outflows and the clump where the YSO is embedded are characterized,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The observations allowed the astronomers to detect molecular outflow in G29, what is typical for YSOs at the earliest stages of formation. In particular, they found a red molecular outflow, but they were not able to distinguish any blue molecular outflows. This is most likely due to the presence of a dense concentration of cold dust southwards of this YSO as such feature could hide the blue outflows.The researchers also estimated physical parameters of the red molecular outflow, obtaining a mass of around 82 solar masses and an energy of approximately 20 quattuordecillion erg. According to the paper, these values are characteristic for molecular outflows.Moreover, the scientists characterized the molecular cloud in which G29 is embedded in, unveiling its morphology and calculating its mass. They estimate that mass of the cloud is at a level of some 10,000 solar masses.Furthermore, studying G29’s surroundings, the team found that the emission in the Ks-band towards this YSO showcases a cone-like feature pointing to the northwest in direction to the red molecular outflow. This feature was observed to have two arc-like structures, similar to what was found in massive YSOs with precessing jets.The authors of the paper concluded that the detected near-infrared emission at the Ks-band towards G29 most likely arises from a cavity cleared in the circumstellar material by the action of a jet. They added that this emission may be in fact due to a combination of various emitting processes.”Further investigation is needed in order to determine such processes. We are currently analyzing in detail the near-IR data set (the JHKs broadbands and specially the emission lines observed with the narrow-bands), which will provide valuable information about the origin and physical processes taking place in this intriguing structure,” the researchers wrote. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Three-color image towards G29.96–0.02. The YSO position is indicated with the red cross. Credit: Areal et al., 2019.last_img read more

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Cops nab Kausar from Hasnabad

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested Kausar Ali Dhali, the kingpin of the racket that used to sell dead chicken, from a village at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas on Thursday morning.Police said that he had a plan to flee to Bangladesh, to avoid getting arrested. He was booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 51 of the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006.With the arrest of Kausar, the total number of people arrested in this connection rose to six. Earlier, police had arrested five people during a raid at the chicken farm owned by Kausar in New Town. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe raid was conducted on April 27 and police had recovered a huge quantity of carcass meat from the refrigerators in the farm. Investigation had revealed that they used to preserve dead chicken in the refrigerators, which was sold to different eateries.Kausar had managed to flee from the farm when the raid was conducted. The police were in search of Kausar for the past few weeks. It was on Wednesday that the police received a tip-off that he was hiding in a village in Hasnabad. A team comprising police officers from Airport Police Station and Detective department conducted a raid and arrested Kausar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe police had earlier conducted raids in the houses of Kausar and had also visited his in-laws’ house. But he had managed to flee every time.Police came to know during the investigation that he had been hopping from one village to another in Hasnabad and its adjoining places to avoid getting arrested. The reason behind taking shelter in a hideout in the bordering area was that he was in search of the moment when he could flee to the neighbouring country. Investigation has further revealed that he had initiated his business of selling chicken a few years ago. He later stepped into the illegal trade of selling dead chicken to eateries and made fast money.The police have started questioning him and are trying to find out names of other people who were involved in the racket. Sources said that the police are also going to prepare a list containing names of the eateries to which Kausar had supplied carcass meat, following which they would take further steps.last_img read more

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Want to make Bangabandhu Bhavan here says Mamata

first_imgSantiniketan (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed her government’s desire to build a Bangabandhu Bhavan in the memory of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Banerjee was speaking at the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan in the presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the daughter of Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the function. “We want to make a Bangabandhu Bhavan in the name of Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman). After discussions between the two countries, whenever we are entrusted with the responsibility, we will do it,” Banerjee said in her address. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Banerjee said she was repeatedly remembering Bangabandhu — the leader of the Bangladesh’s liberation war and first President of independent Bangladesh — at the function. Speaking about Indo-Bangladesh relation, Mamata said the two nations have a “continuous and steadfast relationship”, and exuded confidence that the Bangladesh Bhavan would become a “centre of pilgrimage” in the years to come. “Indo-Bangladesh ties will remain in fine fettle forever. Bangaldesh Bhavan, I feel will become a centre of pilgrimage in the years to come. The two countries have shared a continuous and steadfast relationship since 1971 (when Bangladesh became independent).” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Banerjee also laid stress on the shared cultural heritage of West Bengal and Bangladesh — both having a majority of Bengali-speaking people. She said both India and Bangladesh have high regards for poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. “Just like India can’t think without Rabindranath (Tagore) and Nazrul, Bangladesh also can’t think without them.” “Tomorrow (Saturday) is Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birthday here. In Bangladesh, the celebrations are taking place today,” she said. She also noted that Kazi Nazrul University had been set up by her government in Asansol of West Burdwan district where Hasina would be conferred an honorary D.Litt degree on Saturday. “We have built the Nazrul Islam University, where Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go tomorrow. We have also named an airport after Nazrul Islam in Andal (Durgapur). Hasina, in her speech, had also said that Tagore belonged more to Bangladesh than India as most of his literary work were compiled on Bangladesh soil. Banerjee is slated to have a “courtesy meeting” with Hasina in Kolkata on Saturday.last_img read more

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Delhi Tourisms calendar and diary launched

first_imgIn an attempt to make Delhi and its features accessible to people, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, government of Delhi launched the Calendar and Diary of the year 2016, brought out by Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation at Delhi Secretariat on Monday. Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM; Kapil Mishra, Minister for Tourism, government of Delhi; Keshav Chandra, chairman, Delhi Tourism and Soumya Gupta, MD and CEO, DTTDC and other senior officials of DTTDC and Delhi government were also present on the occasion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Delhi Tourism (DTTDC) has been bringing out calendar and diaries every year with a theme. This year’s theme has been kept – ‘The Spirit of Delhi’ which strives to present its glorious past and magnificent present to portray the ancient and modern blend of the city and the responsibility the city takes in realising the dreams of people from different walks of life. It also displays the streets, cuisines and cultural diversity of the national Capital.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Diary features  facts regarding monuments, haunted places in city, regarding various modes of transportation in Delhi, historical importance associated to different monuments, food of Delhi, different kinds of languages and slangs used.It consists of two stickers of Qutub Minar and India Gate and also consists of two maps. This will enable the user to get acquainted with the facts related to Delhi, and thus impart information related to the rich heritage, various Indian delicacies and other things.last_img read more

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Translation promotes unity in diversity says Mamata on Intl Translation Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee observed the International Translation Day on Sunday.”Today is #InternationalTranslationDay. The theme for 2018 is ‘Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times’. Translation promotes unity in diversity. In fact, many of my books have been translated to English, Hindi and Olchiki,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Banerjee, who is a prolific writer, has 81 books written in Bengali, English, Urdu, Hindi and Olchiki to her credit. In a recent interview to a vernacular television channel, she said that her main income comes from the royalty of her books, as she does not take any remuneration from the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn 1995, her first book Upolobdhi was published, followed by Ma and Janatar Darbar. For children she has written Kathanjali and Ajab Chara. My unforgettable memories written by her was later translated by Nandini Sengupta.On May 24, 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace and understanding and developed and declared September 30 as International Translation Day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that it was Sister Nivedita who had translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwalla in English, which later became internationally famous. Romian Rolland’s Jean Christophe, for which he got Nobel Prize in 1915, was translated in English by Gilbert Cannan.Famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s German book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was translated in English by D F Pears and B F Guinness and was published with an introduction by Bertrand Russell in 1922. The book became internationally famous.With the passage of time, a trend of translating books in German, French and Italian language to Bengali has emerged. The complete volume of Sherlock Holmes has also been translated to Bengali.last_img read more

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Celebrating IndoSpanish relations

first_imgThe Embassy of Spain and ‘Seher’, an organisation to promote performing and visual arts, in association with Bikaner house organized the first ever regal performance of the Encuentro flamenco group from Spain in the national Capital. The Event showcasing the flamenco was a celebration of 60 years of cordial relations between India and Spain. Sanjeev Bhargava, the founder of ‘Seher’ said, “The idea is that we keep inviting international artists who need to be put forward on Indian stage, because it’s important that right kind of artists come and perform in India, and they are presented well whether it is over here or anywhere else.”  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening was also a celebration of Spain’s commitment to the second edition of the Udaipur Music festival that will enthrall Rajasthan and the entire country in February 2017. As a prelude to the festival, the evening witnessed the magical performance of the Encuentro flamenco, a Young music ensemble from Spain. The magic woven by dancer Anabel Moreno, guitarist José Almarcha, singer Debel and Valduncie transported the audiences to the rich land of Spain with their traditional Flamenco accentuated with an avant-garde brew packaged in an hour of emotions, passion and joy.last_img read more

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A Goodnights Sleep Why You Should Get More Of It

first_imgEffective Memory: Image Title Have you noticed that you’re being forgetful lately? Lack of sleep could be the culprit. While we sleep, our brains process and consolidate our memories from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, those memories might not get stored correctly, causing them to fade away.Problems with memory and decreased social interaction can be linked to lack of sleep. It’s Better For You, Emotionally:Image Title Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYou may have noticed that you behave irritably if you don’t sleep enough, the previous night. Sleep-deprived people have a much higher chance of developing anxiety and depression. This is due to the critical role that sleep plays in emotional processing. Improved Concentration And Productivity:Image Title Sleep is important for various aspects of functioning of the brain.This includes concentration, performance and productivity, however, sleep deprivation would cause a negative impact on these. Good sleep, on the other hand, has been shown to improve problem solving skills and enhance memory performance. Poor sleep is known to impair brain function. Difficulty in concentrating has direct links to lack of sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSleep Adds Years To Your Life: Image Title If you get plenty of sleep, its equitable to living longer; the more sleep you get, the healthier you live, the healthier you are, the longer you tend to live.Besides other benefits of getting enough sleep, the one that cannot be forgotten is that it keeps your immune system healthier, keeping a number of ailments at bay.last_img read more

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Kolkata to host Asias largest photo festival

first_imgRepertoires of the world’s greatest masters – many of which have never been shown before – while others have remained solitary in the vaults of private collectors are all set to enthrall India in Asia’s largest photo festival taking place in Kolkata.The first Kolkata International Photo Festival 2019 – Asia’s largest – will be held from February 28. It will be announced at India’s most iconic venue – the Victoria Memorial on December 11 where the festival directors will reveal some of the incredible collections sourced from across India and the world, many of which are held by private collectors and some of the country’s most revered families. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe press conference on December 11 to announce the event will be addressed by Madhuchhanda Sen and Kounteya Sinha (Festival Directors), Jayanta Sengupta (Director Victoria Memorial), Jogen Choudhury (World renowned artist), Gautam De (Director General, ICCR) and Nemai Ghosh (Iconic photographer). The festival has two of the art world’s formidable giants as directors – Madhuchhanda Sen, founder of the iconic Maya Art Space and Kounteya Sinha – a world-renowned photographer who is referred as the modern master of visual story-telling by critics. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShows will take place in almost all of the city’s top institutions and venues including galleries. The festival will not just see repertoires of the world’s greatest artists but will also have some of the biggest names from the world of photography come into the city to interact and mentor a giant pool of the city’s best talent, through workshops and debates on new trends and practices. Speaking about the festival, Sen said, “Kolkata is considered to be India’s Mecca art and culture. Maya Art Space, being one of the most revered art venues in the country has been showcasing the best of photographic works of not only artists in the city but some of the stalwarts of this sub-continent and the world. The thought of doing this festival has been on our mind for over a year and we wanted to deliver one of the best curated and managed festivals India has ever seen”. “The repertoire we are putting up will make KIPF 2019 a must-attend festival for the world’s who’s who,” Sen who is herself a world-renowned photographer and filmmaker and founded further added. Sinha, who is now one of India’s most respected and revered artists said the festival has already shaken up the art world across the globe with its strong and yet sensitive curatorial drama. “The festival will stitch Kolkata together into a singular platform – homes, galleries and public spaces all becoming platforms showcasing incredible work spanning decades. Madhuchhanda and I want to give India a festival that is best of both the worlds – East and the West and that is exactly what KIPF will be,” he added. India’s top art historian and curator Uma Nair will herself curate some of the collections. She is also on the advisory board of the festival along with stalwarts like Jogen Chowdhury (world-renowned artist), Sandip Ray (multiple awards winning filmmaker), Gautam De (director, Indian Council of Cultural Relations), Nemai Ghosh (iconic photographer), Amol Ghosh (social activist) and Ganesh Holoi (eminent Indian painter). Another major highlight of the festival will be Nair’s portrayal of Jyoti Bhatt’s work in a curated show called Living Walls – a testimony of India’s indigenous arts and vanishing traditions. Jyoti Bhatt – world-renowned Indian painter, printmaker, and photographer known for colorful works that combine a graphic sensibility with traditional Indian folk design will show 20 photographs of the Indian countryside. One of the highlights of the festival will be the first-ever look into India’s best-known living photographer Raghu Rai’s 40 years of photographing Kolkata. Rai will showcase 50 of his works on Kolkata taken over the last four decades, mainly covering the world’s greatest festival – the Pujas. Never seen before photographs taken by the Oscar-winning filmmaker and kept carefully in the family vault will be shown to the world at KIPF 2019. Some of Bengal’s greatest names from across fields – cinema to art, literature to music will for the first time ever, show their work behind a still camera. Ace actress and director Aparna Sen, award-winning filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, master painter Jogen Choudhury, globally acclaimed writer Kunal Basu, India’s greatest heart surgeon Ramakant Panda to music director Shantanu Moitra will showcase a body of work at KIPF 2019 that has never been exhibited before. Arguably, Kolkata’s most revered old man of photography – Nemai Ghosh who is most known for working with Satyajit Ray as his photo biographer for over two decades, starting with Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne till Ray’s last film Agantuk will showcase a body of work across his life – not just on Bengal but also his tryst with Bollywood.last_img read more

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People know about you even if you arent on Facebook

first_imgYour privacy on Facebook and Twitter may be at risk even if you have never been on social media or have deleted your account, a study suggests. Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy, said scientists from the University of Vermont in the US and the University of Adelaide in Australia. However, the study shows that if a person leaves a social media platform – or never joined – the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95 per cent of the “potential predictive accuracy,” even without any of that person’s data. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPublished in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the study gathered more than thirty million public posts on Twitter from 13,905 users. With this data, the researchers showed that information within the Twitter messages from eight or nine of a person’s contacts make it possible to predict that person’s later tweets as accurately as if they were looking directly at that person’s Twitter feed. The research raises profound questions about the fundamental nature of privacy – and how, in a highly networked society, person’s choices and identity are embedded in that network.last_img read more

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Colin Top to bottom the Big Ten is better than the SEC

first_imgThe Big Ten has been getting hammered after a lackluster bowl season, that included losses by heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State. The knee jerk reaction in the media is that the conferences subpar bowl season shows that it’s still not close to being on the SEC’s level.Today in The Herd, Colin said that he expects a dominant Alabama team to beat Clemson in the national championship game, but their dominant run with Nick Saban has masked what is a declining conference as a whole.Sure, Saban is on a historic run, but the rest of the conference is filled with big brand names who are all underachieving.“The SEC doesn’t have a second best program right now. And stop talking about your bowl record. It’s .500, and Mississippi State beat Miami of Ohio. And those are essentially home games for you. You’re all playing them in Florida.The Big Ten is the only conference that has to travel to every bowl game. Penn State had to go play in USC’s back yard. Michigan had to play in Florida State’s back yard. You ever think about that?” Colin pointed out that when you compare the list of coaches in the two conferences, it’s not even close. The Big Ten is headlined by Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh, but also has James Franklin at Penn State, Paul Chryst at Wisconsin, Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. Any of the aforementioned are better than what the SEC has after Nick Saban. Minnesota just upgraded their mid level program with the hiring of Western Michigan’s PJ Fleck, today.“LSU has Ed O as a head coach. Tennessee’s got a gym teacher.”Alabama isn’t just the best team in the SEC anymore, they are the SEC.The second best head coach in the conference might be Steve Sarkisian, who isn’t even a head coach. He’s calling plays for Saban.Steve Sarkisian would be a top tier head coach in the SEC— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 6, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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5 LowCost Apps to Make Your Computer Run Super Fast

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 26, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Sluggish computers can be a real drag on productivity. What’s more frustrating than watching a computer struggle to complete what used to be an easy task when then machine was new?Most computers run slowly not because the hardware has become degraded but because of issues with memory. As users install programs and browse the internet, those files leave traces of themselves behind that aren’t completely cleaned up even after deleting cookies and running program uninstallers.Luckily, there are a host of apps that can easily and quickly boost your PC or Mac’s performance by getting rid of unused files and freeing up disk space. Here’s a look at five that you might find useful:1. Revo UninstallerAfter Windows users run the Revo Uninstaller, this app goes back and clears related files and programs that Windows might have missed in its own cleanup process. The app lets users customize their level of uninstallation, from light to deep, and a “hunting” mode that can pinpoint specific tasks and files to eliminate.The trial version is free, but users who want to unlock some of Revo’s more powerful features will need to shell out roughly $40 for the pro version.Related: Not Sure What to Eat? This App Knows What You’re Craving2. AppZapperMac users running OS X can uninstall programs via the AppZapper. Billed as “the uninstaller Apple forgot,” AppZapper makes it easy to uninstall programs and their related files by simply dragging the program’s icon into the app. One laser blast later and your hard drive should be freer.It’s a much cleaner and thorough way to uninstall programs than simply dragging them into the recycling bin. The trial version lets users have 12 “zaps” for free. After that, $12.95 will unlock the app’s unlimited uninstallation power for life.3. Flash Cookie CleanerWindows users can clean temporary files out of their internet browser’s cache with the Flash Cookie Cleaner. Not only does clearing out the cache save you space, it also stops websites from tracking your browsing habits and can erase any saved logins in case you have to temporarily share your computer or are concerned about unauthorized logins for some other reason. Best of all, it’s free.4. Washing MachineMac users who want to quickly and easily erase their browsing and download histories, cookies and temporary files cache can find Washing Machine to be handy. The program is compatible with most web browsers and even some less obvious programs that also store personal data.Users can schedule the app to scrub their data at a certain time of day and provides a smart interface that makes it easy to delete specific types of data with surgical precision. The app usually retails for around $10 but is on sale in the App Store for $7.99.5. MemoryFreerNeed more space but there’s simply nothing left to delete? Try MemoryFreer on your Mac. It’s a tiny app with one job: to free up unused RAM at the touch of a button. The app is available for just $0.99. Windows users can get a similar effect with Extra RAM, a free memory management program that adjusts your PC’s memory usage as it runs in the background.Related: 4 Tools That Take the Pain Out of Managing Payroll Register Now »last_img read more

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Youre Not IT So Stop Pretending to Be

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read May 22, 2015 I spend a lot of time working in and around early stage startups that have figured out how to bootstrap their way through early IT needs. The good news is that technology has advanced to a point where many of the early needs are ready to be simply plugged into your site. In fact, I feel so strongly about the current ability to put plug-and-play technologies to use, that I’ve written about it quite frequently and have practiced it for the last year and a half with BottleKeeper.However, there does come a time when, well, you’re in over your head and need to bring in the seasoned IT professionals. “When” is a question that is and can only be appropriate for your business, but let’s look at a few warning signs that you need help sooner than later.1. The site crashes and you don’t have a clue where to start.Having your website go down is one of the most terrifying and frustrating things imaginable as a new company. The good news is that it’s not typically going to happen early on because you’re not driving enough traffic to really push the system. The bad news is that it’s inevitable once you are driving real traffic, which is precisely when you need to site up and running most.Related: 9 Tips to Make Your Ecommerce Business Wildly SuccessfulEarly on the fix can be as easy as calling your hosting provider to get help, but as your site grows and you plug more necessary components into it, things get a lot more complicated. As you grow, you’ll likely need to move away from early stage host providers such as GoDaddy — which are great because they’re inexpensive — into larger, more flexible and scalable systems such as Rackspace. This does come with an enormous technical learning curve as all of the pretty interfaces and help screens go out the window. You’re now in the proverbial “big leagues”.2. You don’t know what FTP means.In reality, FTP — or file transfer protocol — is quite simple, but requires you to have an understanding of the framework that the consumer facing aspect of your site is built on. This starts with your root folder and goes down through content, themes, cache, plugins and a litany of additional necessary files and folders.The positive aspect is that it’s not super complicated to figure out, the negative is that if you do something wrong, you might kill your site — possibly irreparably if you don’t have the appropriate backups, which would result in a complete restart. Yes, I’ve had the pleasure of three complete rebuilds due to my rookie errors.Related: 10 Tips for Finding and Hiring a Top DeveloperYou won’t typically need to mess with FTP until you’re out of the early stage hosts as they’ll likely have some version of a C-panel — or user interface — that will give you a better means of making adjustments while you’re not in the actual files, mucking things up. But what you should really look at doing is hiring or contracting someone that has the ability to manage these things for you.3. You’ve grown and are driving substantial traffic.Although every dollar earned is of importance in any stage of a startup, early on the values aren’t quite the same. If you’re generating $500 per day and your site goes down for 12 hours — equivalent to 50 percent of your daily income — you’ll lose $250 — a lot of money but not likely to break your budget. When you are earning $10,000 per day and your site crashes for 12 hours, you’ve lost $5,000. It’s certainly all relative to the startup and stage but that $5,000 pays for 25 to 40 hours of IT help and is likely spoken for in the budget.When you get to this point, your business depends entirely on a live site and you need to put the necessary pieces and infrastructure in place to ensure that it’s as fast and functional as possible — but doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hire a full time IT person. Instead, look for companies to whom you can outsource your early IT needs, on an as needed basis, until you’re in the position to create a full-time position.Related: 10 Hacks to Help Your Website Generate More Leads, Sales and Revenue This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Lego Has Finally Created a Minecraft Competitor

first_img The inevitable has happened. Lego has finally made a video game that is a lot like Minecraft.Of course, what made Minecraft so special when it was released in 2009 is that it was so much like … playing with Legos.The video game is called Lego Worlds. Like Minecraft, it allows players to build and interact with worlds of their own, using virtual Lego bricks. The video game was developed for Lego by TT Games.Lego has made Lego Worlds available for download now, even though it is still in beta. The idea is to let players give Lego feedback “for continual improvements and the integration of additional content over time.” Related: How Lego Came Back From the Brink of BankruptcyCheck out the trailor video above.For those who aren’t in-the-know, this is far from Lego’s first video game. Over the years, the company has released numerous Lego games — some pegged to movies such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. This is the first from Lego that closely resembles what Swedish video game developer Mojang accomplished with Minecraft.Mojang and the Minecraft brand were acquired by Microsoft last fall for $2.5 billion. Related: Get Ready for Microsoft to Rev Up the Global Minecraft Machine Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read June 2, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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This Big City Will Soon Add Traffic Lights to Sidewalks for People

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global File this one under, “sigh, I guess this is just the way we live now.” In an effort to protect people who have decided that walking and texting is a fine idea, the New South Wales state government in Australia will install some ground-level stop lights in and around Sydney for a six-month trial period starting this December.The traffic lights are likely to be set up in five locations in the city’s highly trafficked central business district and will cost the government a total of $250,000 Australian dollars. The traffic light trial was announced as part of New South Wales’ road safety campaign Towards Zero, which aims to bring the number of driving fatalities down to zero. That’s an especially urgent task since New South Wales saw a 49 percent increase in pedestrian deaths from 2014 to 2015.Related: Sound Off: Should Distracted Walkers Be Fined or Jailed?Bernard Carlon, the Centre for Road Safety’s executive director, told Mashable, “Pedestrians are less protected in a road crash, and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured or killed. This is why we need to create a road system that keeps them safe, and this includes situations when they may not be paying attention.”Augsburg, Germany, instituted a similar traffic light solution in April near public transit stops. While Australia and Germany’s institution of the stop lights is meant to help combat a serious concern, “texting and walking” lanes have cropped up in a few different cities — but they have largely been momentary social experiments.Related: German City Designs Traffic Lights for Oblivious PedestriansIn 2014, Washington, D.C., briefly got one as part of a TV show shoot, and a 30-meter texting lane showed up in a theme park in Chongqing, China. Last summer, a temporary “text walking lane” showed up in Antwerp, Belgium, as part of a marketing campaign by smartphone lab Mlab, but it seems that it broke a couple of laws and faced the ire of the Antwerp mayor’s office for the attempt.So now, we’d like to offer a PSA from all of us here at Entrepreneur. We know you’re busy, but be safe out there. Please don’t walk into traffic trying to text your co-founder — we promise, it can wait.center_img June 1, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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The Entrepreneurs Behind Internet Behemoth Giphy Explain Why You Cant Be Afraid

first_imgJune 21, 2018 Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.As the internet has evolved so has the language we use to communicate. Nowhere is that more apparent than the proliferation of GIFs, animated images that provide a jolt of immediacy to help people describe how they’re feeling — whether they are talking about the news, the fate of their favorite sports team or how much they hate Mondays.Six years ago, Alex Chung was having a conversation with a friend at breakfast, about his fascination with GIFs. He realized that he hadn’t been able to find a consistent and straightforward way to search for them.Chung, who has a design and engineering background in addition to working in the media technology space for entities like Comcast, Viacom, Betaworks and for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, decided he would create his own search tool. The initial name for the idea was Gifgle for obvious semantic reasons, but realizing that potential lawsuit on his hands, he changed it to Giphy.Chung’s vision paid off. In 2013, with friend Jace Cooke, he officially launched the company. Five years later, the company has raised $150 million in funding, and Chung, who serves as Giphy’s CEO, and COO Adam Leibsohn oversee a team of 79 people and more than 300 million daily active users all over the world.We caught up with Chung and Leibsohn to ask them 20 Questions and find out what makes them tick.1. How do you start your day?Alex Chung: The Wim Hof method. It is basically controlled hyperventilating, which helps me get into a working mindset. Also, the extra oxygen calms the mind.Adam Leibsohn: Making my bed. It’s an easy hack to create action, which leads to result-oriented momentum every day.2. How do you end your day?Chung: Did it end?  It never ends. I binge watch Netflix until I pass out and still try not to look at my phone. There is no wind down.3. What’s a book that changed your mind?Chung: The Yellow Pages. When I was a kid I read every page of the Yellow Pages to see what jobs were out there. I didn’t like any of them. So, I knew I’d have to make my own.Leibsohn: The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan. Just flip a few pages, if you haven’t yet; it will change your mind, too. It showed me the narrative power of form and format over content.4. What’s a book you always recommend and why?Chung: The dictionary. The dictionary is the most epic book ever written. It contains all of humanities hopes, dreams, and failures a single word at a time.Leibsohn: Super Sad True Love Story. While it’s not named directly, technology is more or less a supporting character for the whole story. And Gary Shteyngart pretty much predicted the future.  5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?Chung: Pacing. I do all my best thinking as I walk.Turns out when your body is preoccupied doing something mundane your mind is able to focus.This is why yogis breath and fidgeters fidget spin.  Leibsohn: Headphones. Rhythm helps me think and find a flow. Also, it’s an open office.6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?Chung: An inventor or the ice cream truck. They both make the world a better place and bring simple magic to people’s lives.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?Leibsohn: No one can do it all by themselves, even if you’re doing something that’s never been done before.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?Chung: Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said that “existence precedes essence.”  Work does not define you. You define your work.Leibsohn: Stevie Wonder. [He embodies] kindness, creativity, ingenuity, inspiration and happiness.9. What’s a trip that changed you?Chung: My first road trip cross country. I saw that we have so much space and water that is unused. How do we share it?Leibsohn: I like to go to far away places when I can. They remind me how big this place is, how lucky we are to be in it and things we think are big deals, probably aren’t such big deals after all.Related: This Entrepreneur Shares the One Word You Need to Build a Culture That Lasts10. What inspires you?Chung: Empathy. We often forget that we’re all humans and have no clue what we’re doing in life. We need each other.Leibsohn: Music, courage, underdogs, art, originality, inventiveness and creativity, Anyone taking a big swing at something.11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?Chung: Lawn mowing.  At 8 years old my friend and I built the largest consumer yard waste removal service on the block. Only until we got to college did we understand child labor laws.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful?Chung: I worked at the Seattle Senior Center and Seattle Children’s Museum. I learned at both the beginning and end [of our lives] we all need each other.Leibsohn: I volunteered a lot. Everyone should do it. Helping people isn’t hard, and everyone could use a little.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?Chung: “If you trust your heart you will never regret.  If you trust your mind you will always regret.” I think I got this from a 17th century poem, or maybe my grandma, or maybe a fortune cookie. At the end, it’s how you feel about life, not what you thought about it.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?Leibsohn: “It’s not worth the effort.” In my experience, that’s what people say when they just don’t want to do stuff that’s hard.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?Chung: Having a self-directed behavior day. Everyone needs a day that is their own — no plans, no responsibilities — to be free. After you get bored of that, then you can get back to work.Leibsohn: Carry a Fisher space pen in your pocket. When anything comes to mind, you’re able to write it down. Writing is better than typing, because you remember what you write.16. Is there an app or tool you use in a surprising way to get things done or stay on track?Chung: I use 8 x 11 sheets of printer paper.  I use them to sketch and write on quickly and then recycle them. It reinforces the fact that my ideas are disposable and transient.Leibsohn: Passwords as mottos you want to live by. Every time you log in, it becomes a reinforcement of your truth. You type it out, and say it to yourself in your head. The lock screen image on our phones can serve a lot of good purposes, and it’s an easy hack. Change it often, add text, put major reminders and goals on it.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?Chung: A dirty lie, because it doesn’t really exist, like unicorns and vacations.18. How do you prevent burnout?Chung: I don’t. But when I do burnout, I go some place far, far away and live a different life for a week, and remember that I choose mine.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?Chung: Watch matinees. I go to the theater and watch whatever is playing next. It’s the only place in the city where no one is allowed to talk to you.Leibsohn: Get outside. Walk around. Let the world hit you.20. What are you learning now? Chung: All about bacteria. They’re the next hardware platform.Leibsohn: Infrastructure. I’m thinking a lot about the idea of a new “New Deal,” what that looks like and what we’re going to need in the next 100 plus years. 8 min readlast_img read more

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VLC 25 for Android is a major update

first_imgVLC 2.5 for Android is a major update by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2017 in Music and Video – 10 commentsVideolan released a new version of the media player VLC for Android yesterday. VLC 2.5 for Android is a major update to the media player for Google’s Android operating system that introduces lots of new features and improvements.The new version of VLC for Android introduces support for 360° video, Android Auto, picture in picture mode, and many more features.VLC for Android 2.5 is available on Google Play already. Interested users can open the Google Play application on their Android device to download VLC 2.5 or run a check for updates if automatic updating is not enabled.Note that the Google Play website lists VLC 2.0.6 for Android as the latest version at the time of writing.VLC 2.5 for AndroidVLC 2.5 for Android comes with lots of new features. Lets take a look at some of the prominent ones that launched in the new version:AVI codec support to play avi media files.Support for VP8/VP9/VP10 in Mp4.360° video support to play videos in that format.HDMI passthrough support.Improved playback performance for MP4V/H264/HEVC.Improved application and video player startup time.Support for Android O’s picture in picture mode.Support for Android Auto.Support for aspect ratio 18.5:9 screens.Network browsing and discovery allowed when a VPN connection is established.Integration with Google Now and new Search activity.Some nice to have features have been integrated on top of that. You can tap on the screen edges of the video player to seek by 10 seconds. Simple double-tap on the left or right to go 10 seconds back or forward. The swipe up to increase the volume and swipe down to decrease the volume function is available as well.VLC for Android 2.5 supports the resuming of audiobooks or podcasts that are tagged as audio files. This is quite the handy feature if you use VLC to play audiobooks or podcasts, as you don’t have to remember the position anymore that you stopped listening the last time.Another new audio related feature is the option to skip songs that play remotely by double or long tapping.A new sort option has been added to the video, audio and browsers listing of the media player. You may sort lists by name, length or date using the top menu.VLC 2.5 users may enable the DayNight mode under Settings > Interface in the new version. This feature switches between day and night mode automatically based on the time of day.A number of additional features have been integrated last but not least. There is a new “seen” check for videos that you have watched already, update notifications when playlists reach their end, a new audio boost function in the video player, and custom equalizer presets.Closing WordsIf you use VLC for Android already, you may want to update to the new version asap as it is a major update for the media player that introduces lots of new features. If you don’t use VLC yet, you may want to give the new version a try to see how it performs on your Android device, and if it lives up to your expectations.Now You: Which media player do you use on your mobile?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 4 votes Software Name VLC for AndroidOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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