Android Is Fading Into The Background—And That’s A Good Thing

first_imgWith Ice Cream Sandwich, Android not only became usable, it became seamless—and that’s when it started to fade into the background. Since Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has worked to refine Android’s features, functionality and performance and been very successful. Last year, Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a mostly iterative update that brought a couple neat tricks to the operating system, like its “Android Beam” NFC sharing, resizable widgets and Google Now. Google announced last year at its I/O developer conference that performance in Jelly Bean was a key focus (the so-called “Project Butter”) and the results were noticeable. Since Ice Cream Sandwich, users and developers have complained less about Android’s fragmentation problem, apps not working on different devices and screen sizes.It is very telling that the focus for Jelly Bean (both version 4.1 and 4.2) was not on new features, but performance. It took several years for Google to get Android to the point where it wasn’t fighting itself but rather creating a platform that just worked well.The Benefits Of Android MaturityAt the beginning of 2012, Google started requiring that apps show consistency in look and user experience across the board. The goal of Android’s Holo Themes: ensuring that various Android “skins,” or interface layers on top of the core Android OS, would look consistent while also allowing designers to differentiate the look of their apps. This, along with a variety of improvements in CPU performance and efficiency within newer devices, has led Android to a state where the operating system no longer gets in its own way.What has this led us to? A developer landscape where apps built for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean run with more consistency and reliability. Smartphones and tablets where the manufacturers can create excellent features and experiences that are built on top of Android without needing to be a feature of the operating system itself.Some argue that this scenario puts Google at a disadvantage, allowing Samsung, the dominant Android smartphone maker, to take advantage of a weakened Android and push its own innovations. I disagree. A sign of maturity for any technology platform is when it stops being primary topic of conversation and becomes part of the background.It has taken the half-decade since the first Android smartphone for the operating system to get to this point, but now that Android has matured, everybody from app developers to smartphone and tablet manufacturers benefit. The ultimate winner then becomes the consumer who reaps the benefits of a platform that allows innovators to push the boundaries of what is possible. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Google#Google IO13 Related Posts This week’s Google I/O conference is promising to be an anticlimactic event when it comes to new products running Android, Google’s mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets. And that may be a good thing.The Year of Android was 2011. That was the year that Android became a stable platform and sales of smartphones running the operating system began to rocket towards the moon. Android was all that anybody could talk about, for good or bad.Two years later, Android is almost a forgotten term among the partners Google depends on to make hardware.By our count, four major smartphones running Android have already launched this year: the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, HTC First and LG Optimus G Pro. All of these smartphones are some of the best to ever hit the market in terms of screens, batteries, processors and cameras. Even the HTC First, considered a ho-hum middle-market device, is of such quality that it helps to redefine what a middle-market smartphone can be. Each of these smartphones shares a distinct trait: They all run on Android, and yet its presence is not a talking point. Instead, the smartphones themselves take center stage. The HTC One is best known for its “ultrapixel” camera, Zoe camera features and BlinkFeed home screen. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is so packed with features (like Air Gesture, Air View and Smart Scroll) and Samsung-made apps that the underlying Android operating system is hardly recognizable. The First is, of course, the “Facebook Phone,” running the Facebook Home launcher. The Optimus G Pro is a large-screen phablet, or smartphone-tablet hybrid, with a couple of neat user interface tricks up its sleeve. HTC One The Device Has Become The StoryFor Android’s first five years, the story about every new smartphone running Android was the operating system. How well does it work? Do apps run without crashing? What Android features are present and how well do they work? When manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung or HTC announced new smartphones, they would show off what can be done with Android. If something was good or bad about a device, it was Android that received the praise. Or the blame.I was at the launch events for the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. At both events, Android was mentioned exactly once, in passing to note what operating system the phones were running. In reviewing those two smartphones, I hardly thought about Android at all. The focus was on the features of the smartphones, such as the improved cameras and battery life. Android’s Inflection PointThe first Android smartphone was released in October 2008. The HTC G1 was a curiosity. Most people thought of it as the “Google Phone,” and it was notable only because it came pre-loaded with Google apps like Maps.Looking back over five years of Android, we can break it down into two distinct eras: What came before Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and what came after.The Google Nexus family of devicesGingerbread, released in December 2010, is still the most-used version of Android. It was the release that supercharged Android smartphone sales across the globe. But it defined an early era of Android development where manufacturers and users had to play a guessing game about compatibility with screen sizes and hardware.Ice Cream Sandwich, which came out less than a year later, was the biggest leap that Android has made in its short history. This was the version where Google started to take design, performance, functionality, and ease of use and development more seriously. With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google made it simpler for developers and manufacturers to build apps for multiple screen sizes and varying chipsets. In Ice Cream Sandwich, the improvements that had been introduced in Android Honeycomb 3.2 (designed specifically for tablets) were merged with the core of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.last_img read more


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Syslogic: rugged computers and HMI systems for construction machinery

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADLINK to refresh its carrier-grade network appliances with 2nd gen Xeon scalable processorsNext New algorithms and tools accelerate embedded vision adoption Syslogic offers control computers and input panels specifically designed and manufactured for this purpose. Syslogic’s industrial computers and HMI systems are used in construction machinery, such as motor graders, wheel and tracked loaders, trucks, bulldozers, horizontal boring machines, and cold milling machines. The Syslogic devices serve as data loggers, as IoT gateways, as control computers, for data acquisition or for vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.In construction machinery, extreme strain is part of everyday life. An ultra-rugged electronic design ensures that the vehicle computers in this environment work reliably for a very long time. The devices do not have any moving parts. This means that they are passively cooled instead of using delicate fans. In addition, Syslogic uses ultra-rugged SSD instead of rotating hard disks. M12 screw-on connectors are used for connections. Another feature of the industrial and touchscreen computers is the galvanic isolation of the interfaces. As a result, the electronics are protected against damage even in the case of large potential differences, such as those caused by long cables.The robust industrial design of the Syslogic devices is also reflected in the sophisticated casing. These robust versions meet protection class IP68 standards, which makes them resistant to dust, water and chemicals. Another key criterion in construction machinery applications is the capacity for tough outdoor use. The Syslogic vehicle computers are designed for temperatures ranging from -40 to +85 °C. The touch panels are designed to withstand temperatures from -30 to +70 °C.The fact that the Syslogic devices are almost indestructible is well-established through numerous qualifications – and not just on paper, but also in continuous use under harsh conditions. Some of the endurance tests passed include vibration testing for frequency ranges of 5 to 2000 Hertz (EN 60068-2-64) or shock testing (EN 60068-2-27).Depending on the application, the industrial computers and HMI systems can be equipped with various interfaces. These include CAN, LAN and serial interfaces (RS422/485, RS232). For CAN interface support, well-known CAN drivers such as SocketCAN, LinCAN or CAN protocols such as CAN-J1939 and CANopen are pre-installed on the operating systems. Yet another feature enables activation of CAN read-only (passive CAN), which is frequently used in data loggers. In addition, the devices use 4G technology (LTE, UMTS, GSM, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth). As a result, they can be used as an IoT device and pave the way for the IIoT. At the core of the industrial and touchscreen computers are Intel Atom x5/x7-E39xx processors (Apollo Lake). They were specifically developed for 24/7 applications and work reliably in the long term, even at very high or low temperatures.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

I am a lot like MS Dhoni as captain: Rohit Sharma after winning Asia Cup 2018

first_imgRohit Sharma led India to their seventh Asia Cup triumph after beating Bangladesh by 3 wickets in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.After the match, many pundits, including Team India coach Ravi Shastri, praised Rohit’s ‘cool’ captaincy during the final as well as throughout the tournament.Rohit, who took over the reins of the team in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, said he has imbibed the ability to remain calm under pressure from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”Whatever I have seen of him (Dhoni) leading the side for all these years, he never panicked, took time while taking decisions. There are those similarities in me too,” Rohit said at the post match press conference.India vs Bangladesh: Report | Highlights | Photos | Scorecard”I also try to first think and then react. Yes, 50-over cricket gives you time but still you need to take time as well. I have learnt this from seeing him, we have played for so many years under his captaincy. Whenever there is something, he is ready with advice.”Dhoni didn’t exactly set the Asia Cup on fire with his batting but his smart glovework and strategic interventions were for everyone to see.”We always keep on learning from Dhoni bhai because he has been such a great captain. Whenever there were questions or doubts on the field, he was always there to answer,” said Rohit.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma was the calming influence, says Ravi ShastriIn fact, his record as stand-in captain has been quite impressive and Rohit made it clear that whenever the opportunity does comes along, he would be “ready” for full-time captaincy.advertisementUnder Rohit, India have won two close multi-nation tournaments — the T20 tri-nation in Sri Lanka and now the Asia Cup 50-over tournament.A three-time IPL winning captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit was asked if he is ready for a long-term leadership role in future.”Definitely. We have just won so I will surely be ready (for captaincy). Whenever the opportunity comes, I will be ready,” a smiling Rohit told reporters after India’ Asia Cup triumph.Also read – Asia Cup: A team like this always makes the captain look good, says Rohit SharmaThere are challenges of a stand-in captain, Rohit admitted, adding that the main objective is to allow players to play freely without thinking about their places in the team.”It’s a challenge for any team when few of your senior players are rested. Obviously they will make a comeback and few of the guys have to miss out. Every team is doing that and also guys understand that.”It’s up to them whenever they get an opportunity they make it big and make it count but for us — myself as a captain and our coach, we have to make sure that they have the liberty to go out and play their game without feeling any pressure,” said Rohit.Also read – ICC is Indian Cricket Council: Bangladesh fans cry foul over Liton Das’s dismissal”I understand the dynamics of this team, how we play our cricket and how we want to go forward as a team. I think in this tournament we have ticked all the boxes,” Rohit looked satisfied after accomplishing his task.Rohit made it clear that his philosophy of leadership is to help players shed insecurities while playing for the country. He in fact assured the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik that they will be playing all games.”When we came here, I wanted to give them the assurance that they will be playing all games. That’s how you make players. If you know after two games you are going to get dropped, it’s not easy for any player.Also read – Pakistan fan Bashir Chacha cheers for Team India in Asia Cup final”I wanted to give everybody a fair run and play more games. That’s how you understand a player’s capabilities. One odd game, you can’t judge a player,” said RohitHe agreed that No’s 4 and 6 are still not settled and the picture would be clearer closer to the World Cup.”Numbers four and six need to get more games as the World Cup comes closer. Right now is not the time. Come the World Cup, we will get a clearer picture. The next few tournaments, that will be ideal for us to judge as management where they stand as players.Also read – Former India cricketers happy with Asia Cup triumph but…advertisementRohit was more happy with the fact that a young team achieved so much.”It was very young team that we brought here. Not many boys had the experience of playing in these conditions. It was hot. It wasn’t easy for the boys to adapt because they had come from England. It was very important to get used to the conditions.”But I think overall, our preparation for this tournament was good. Seven-eight guys came here early while the other boys from England landed here a day before the tournament,” said the skipper.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja should not have been dropped: Mohammad AzharuddinFitness was an issue in gruelling conditions, admitted Rohit.”The message was to focus on the fitness because we haven’t played in conditions like this before. I think this was a big challenge for us. The conditions here were quite slow and there was help for the slow bowlers.The skipper also praised his spinners for their consistent show.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Hope Bangladesh won a lot of hearts, says Mashrafe Mortaza”Even today, if you see, the way Bangladesh started in the first 10-15 overs and after that the way our spinners brought us back in the game. Our spinners’ performance in the last six-eight months has been consistent. It’s been a positive sign,” Rohit signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Urban Meyer Talks About Oklahoma’s “Biggest Issue” Heading Into 2019

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still employed by Ohio State – he’s the assistant athletic director – but he has another side gig this year that college football fans will find interesting. Meyer will be an analyst for FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturdays. Friday, we got a taste of what Meyer will bring to the table.Appearing on The Herd, which was being guest-hosted by Doug Gottlieb, Meyer talked about what ultimately led him to choose Florida over Notre Dame. He also revealed his favorite team he’s coached.Later on in the segment, Meyer was joined by his new coworkers, including Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn. He gave an interesting bit on Oklahoma’s “biggest issue” heading into 2019.Meyer believes it’s Oklahoma’s defense that will its biggest question. He also said he believes that head coach Lincoln Riley is making the necessary changes to address it.“Lincoln Riley is such a good offensive coach – the staff consistency, the offensive consistency – he’s very adaptable to different players. My issue at Oklahoma is going to be on defense. It’s the obvious.I think the offense will pick up right where they’re going. He’ll change a little bit. Because obviously Kyler Murray is a different player than Hurts. However, it’s all about defense at Oklahoma.You can’t advance and be 100th in pass defense. You can’t. So they have to get better. And they did. You have to give them credit. He identified a weakness. Made wholesale changes. Brought in a new defensive coordinator. That’s going to be Oklahoma’s issue.”Trevor Lawrence has the attention of @MattLeinartQB:”He just gets it, he understands it… I’ve never seen a freshman quarterback play like that.”— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019It’s the obvious answer, but it’s also right. Meyer’s Ohio State teams played Oklahoma in a home-and-home in 2016 and 2017, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to facing the Sooners.Oklahoma’s title hopes will hinge on Jalen Hurts’ play and whether the defense can improve from a year ago.last_img read more

If You Love Whiskey, You’ll Love this Aged Rum

first_img The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Editors’ Recommendations Flor De Cana Celebrates 130 Years With 30-Year-Old V Generaciones Rum At the end of a long day, we at The Manual usually like to kick back with a nice glass of something dark and strong. You know, start the day with coffee, end it with whiskey. In the interest of bettering ourselves, though, we’ve recently started to make an effort and branch out from what we know and love. That is how we found aged rum. Not that we didn’t know about it before; much like the best friend who has always been there, it’s only after too long that you realize you love them. And, boy, do we love aged rum.Rums, like whiskies, are aged in barrels for varying amounts of time, creating spirits that have similar colors and often similar palates. Obviously, the majority of the flavors will be different — rum being made from sugar by-products and whiskies from grains — but you will find similarities. If you’re a fan of the oak and vanilla notes that you get in a bourbon, you’re going to find those in an aged rum, too, since it has also spent time in a barrel (the barrel being responsible for the oak and vanilla notes more than anything else in the whiskey-making process). By necessity, the skill and craft needed to produce a fine whiskey is also evident in making an aged rum.Basically, aged rum makes the perfect follow-up to whiskey when you’re looking for something complementary, but still want to explore.One of our favorites in the aged rum category (a category which is growing by the day and becoming an ever-more-expensive habit) is the 25-year-old expression from Flor de Caña.Flor de Caña is a Nicaraguan company that has been in production for 125 years (and owned by the same family for five generations), producing rums that range from the Ultra Lite 4-year-old expression all the way up to what we just mentioned, their Flor de Caña 25 Years.The rum, once distilled, is aged in American white oak barrels that are sealed with plantain leaves. Because of the temperature and climate of Nicaragua (and the fact that the distillery sits at the base of the most active volcano in the country, San Cristóbal), the rums are “slow-aged.” While the process takes little longer, the flavors that come out are well beyond their years, and also free of other ingredients like accelerants or additional sugar.  The 25-year mark, according to global brand ambassador Mauricio Solórzano, is the perfect age for the rum — it brings out the best flavors without getting too much from the wood, which could ruin the product by making it become too tannic, etc.Dark amber in color, this rum will immediately bring to mind fine aged whiskies with its vanilla and oak nose. On the palate, though, you begin to realize that you’re not in whiskey-land anymore. Fruity notes blend with nutty flavors and a dry caramel wave that lesser rums can only dream of. There is a sweetness, but it is not cloying.We’re not the only ones to love this rum, either. It is a multi-award-winning liquor; most recently, it took the 2017 Best Rum of the Year at the International Rum Conference in Madrid.So, what are you waiting for? This fall, when you’re looking for something to warm up your insides, why not reach for an aged rum this time around? We’re in Love with the Look of Gerber’s New Everyday Carry Kniveslast_img read more

Illegal immigrants will be identified deported

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens or NRC will be implemented in other states as well. Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in the Upper House. Noting that the centre has received many representations for extending the NRC deadline in Assam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said a petition signed by about 25 lakh applicants submitted to the centre and the President demanded an extension to correct anomalies. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatSince many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, the minister said, “So the government has requested the (Supreme) Court to extend the time for this purpose”. “There will be some delay but the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults,” he said, asserting that the government intends to ensure no genuine citizen is left out of the NRC. To a query on the number of Rohingya Muslims in India, Mr Rai said, “We don’t have an accurate data. They are spread across the country. Some of them have gone back to Bangladesh. We will get the data soon.” The government intends to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals have also been set up to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India, he added.last_img read more

With MPs back in House chiefs hope FN issues stay on agenda

first_imgAPTN National NewsPoliticians from across the country have made their way back to Parliament.And, with the majority government in place, the Opposition vows to push Aboriginal issues forward on the floor of the House of Commons.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Disease and malnutrition claim lives of 10 Somali refugees in Kenya UNHCR

Disease and malnutrition claim lives of 10 Somali refugees in Kenya: UNHCRThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced “grave concern” over the situation in Kenya’s volatile border region, where 10 Somali refugees have died of disease and malnutrition over the past six days as the Kenyan authorities have prevented aid agencies from moving thousands to a safer location. Eight children were among those who died, according to UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville, who told reporters in Geneva that some 70 children admitted this week to the area’s local hospital were suffering from severe malnutrition. Although most of them received therapeutic feeding, about 800 children “remain at risk of severe malnutrition if food is not delivered in the next two days,” he warned.Between 3,500 and 5,000 Somali refugees – including some 400 pregnant or lactating women and 2,000 children – are encamped in the volatile Mandera border zone, according to UNHCR, which reported that serious cases of malaria, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, anaemia and abdominal parasite infections had been documented. UNHCR is negotiating with the Kenyan authorities in a bid to either create a temporary site near the border, or transfer the refugees to existing refugee camps in other parts of the country. “In the meantime UNHCR would like to at least be allowed to establish an emergency therapeutic feeding centre within a safe distance from the border,” Mr. Colville said. read more

Texas AM survives slow start beats South Alabama 7462

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M could not be happier to be home on Thanksgiving weekend.“That was a rough trip for us,” forward Savion Flagg said of the Aggies’ winless three-game West Coast swing prior to arriving back at Reed Arena.Flagg scored a game-high 25 points and A&M snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-62 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.“We’ve been fighting hard and getting better every game, but it’s good to get a win, to reward the players,” said A&M coach Billy Kennedy, who won his 350th career game to go with 281 losses.The Aggies (2-4) trailed by four a little more than midway through the first half before closing on a tear against the outsized Jaguars (3-3). A&M outscored South Alabama 26-6 over the final nine minutes to grab a 43-27 halftime lead, one the Aggies wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.“We don’t take anyone lightly,” Kennedy said. “We’re not mature enough or talented enough to take anyone lightly.”Flagg did much of the work himself in the first half, scoring 19 points over the first 20 minutes by making 9-of-11 from the field. Flagg was emotional afterward, and said he was playing through the pain of a cousin, Devin Taylor, dying Thursday night as the result of a motorcycle accident near Houston, and the recent passing of his grandmother.Rodrick Sikes added 21 points for South Alabama. A&M held overwhelming advantages in rebounds (38-21) and points in the paint (44-26), and Aggies forward Josh Nebo had seven of the team’s nine blocks.The Jaguars had lost 101-58 at Auburn to start the season, so South Alabama coach Richie Riley considered Friday’s 12-point setback to another SEC foe a big step in the right direction.“In the last 12 minutes we made some strides, we didn’t lay down like we did earlier in the year at Auburn,” Riley said. “Any time you play in an environment like this it helps you grow up and mature. We fought and finished the game as good as we could.”BIG PICTUREA&M: The Aggies played again without senior guard Admon Gilder, who missed his sixth consecutive game to start the season with an undisclosed medical condition. They still appear lost at times without their veteran leader, especially in the early going.The Aggies, who get a bit of a break after playing four games in nine days, needed this victory as a morale boost after dropping their previous four games, including three in the final minutes.South Alabama: The Jaguars gained valuable experience in facing an SEC foe on the road, even if Reed Arena was less than half full for the slow-starting Aggies. South Alabama also can take heart from its strong start against the Aggies, in leaping to a 12-6 lead four minutes into the game, and before the larger Aggies could find their footing.UP NEXTA&M gets a little break and stays at home, next playing host to Northwestern (La.) State on Dec. 3.USA tries to get back on track on the road at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday.HIGHLIGHT REELThe Aggies led 24-21 with 6:46 remaining in the first half when the Jaguars’ Abdul Dial drove the lane for what appeared to be an easy layup. Nebo skied for the block, and an otherwise subdued crowd roared its approval.STAT OF THE NIGHTUSA guard Herb McGee had a rough go of it, not only because he finished 1-of-6 from the field. McGee had half of the Jaguars’ dozen turnovers, four more than any of his teammates.HE SAID IT“It was a brutal schedule. I did a poor job of scheduling.”Billy Kennedy on the Aggies playing four games in nine days, including three late starts on the West Coast.The Associated Press read more

Natural Resource Fund Bill tabled in National Assembly

The Natural Resource Bill 2018 was today presented and read for the first time to the National Assembly. This is in keeping with government’s previous undertaking to have the Bill presented to the National Assembly before year’s end, accordign to DPI.The introduction of the Bill follows the presentation of Government’s ‘Green’ paper titled “Managing Future Petroleum Revenues and Establishment of Fiscal Rule and a Sovereign Wealth Fund” to the National Assembly on August 8.In his introduction of the Green Paper to the National Assembly Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan had said the document was being issued by the government to present preliminary proposals to stimulate discussion. It also detailed specific issues and pointed out possible courses of action in terms of policy and legislation.In addition, Minister Jordan described as a significant date in the history of the country. He said the paper captured the key mechanisms to ensure sustainable use of petroleum resources to achieve a diversified and green economy, DPI said.A specific focus is being placed on avoiding the mismanagement of the national patrimony or as it is known “the natural resource curse.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNatural Resources Fund Bill passed with minor amendmentsJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Cabinet approves Green Paper on how Fund will manage oil revenueAugust 6, 2018In “Business”“No evidential basis” for cash payouts from Petroleum revenues – President GrangerAugust 9, 2018In “latest news” read more

Physical bumpmapping lets us 3D print photographs

first_imgImage analysis is important to everyone from the military to the most amateur of photographers. Historically, our primary interest has been in identifying objects in a photograph, be they missile silos or our friends’ smiling faces.More nuanced analysis, like topographic analysis, has generally required special forms of photography that return additional information to the camera. Now Instructables is hosting a tutorial on how software can quickly generate some guesses about a photograph’s properties in the third dimension, and how 3D printing can create a print that simulates them.The principle is simple enough: the algorithm simply assigns a depth to each pixel in an image based on how dark it is. As you might guess, this limits the approach to greyscale images, since the interplay between hue and saturation would undermine the whole idea. Darkness is loosely taken as an indication of shadow, but what’s important to understand is that this technique does not infer and build a three-dimensional photograph, but creates a bumpy plate that looks like a three dimensional photograph.It’s not hard to break the illusion of depth.The distinction becomes clear when viewing one of these photos from an extreme angle; variance in the thickness of the deposited material is really quite small. Rather than building actual 3D structure of the scene, the printer uses a technique not unlike bump mapping in video games — it uses light and dark to infer three dimensional detail where little (basically none) actually exists. By depositing thicker (and thus less transparent) layers of material in darker areas, a remarkably strong impression of depth emerges. This is subtly more convincing to the eye than simply printing out a darker color in these areas.The technique requires a back-light to truly shine, though, and it does have issues with perspective. But this is still one seriously cool innovation that can be achieved with just a few minutes’ work.The creator of the technique is Amanda Ghassaei, whose Instructables profile reveals a similarly cool approach to printing sound. The technique is not unlike printing a record, using the vibrations of a needle (or a credit card, or a human thumbnail) to produce sound as it flaps over them. This is really an old technology made more accessible by 3D printing, and it has already been used to create everything from singing-strip birthday cards to musical highways.last_img read more

Le nouveau HTC Rezound équipé découteurs Beats Audio

first_imgLe nouveau HTC Rezound, équipé d’écouteurs Beats AudioHTC vient de présenter son nouveau smartphone, le HTC Rezound. Ce dernier-né compte bien gêner la concurrence avec des caractéristiques très alléchantes. Zoom sur le Rezound.Comme nous l’annoncions il y a deux jours, un évènement HTC devait avoir lieu. C’est à ce moment que le constructeur taïwanais, spécialisé dans les téléphones, a dévoilé le Rezound (et non le Budweiser, ouf!).C’est le premier smartphone HTC à collaborer avec les cadors du son: Beats Audio. Le Rezound est donc équipé d’une paire d’écouteurs de la marque et cela fait la différence. La qualité sonore est vraiment améliorée. Au-delà de cette nouveauté, le Rezound s’équipe d’un écran tactile HD 720p (1280 x 720) de 4,3″, une première pour le fabricant. S’ajoute à cela un processeur dual-core Qualcomm de 1.5Ghz, 1Go de RAM  et une capacité de 16GB de mémoire. L’appareil photo intégré monte à 8 mégapixels avec flash dual-LED au dos et une caméra de 2 mégapixels.  Le HTC Rezound se complète par un port MHL (USB/HDMI), la connexion WiFi et  Bluetooth 3.0, un GPS et la compatibilité 4G. Le tout sous Android 2.3…Ce dernier petit détail vient ternir le joli tableau. En effet, le HTC Rezound devra attendre 2012 pour voir une mise à jour  sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Disponible dès le 14 novembre aux USA, chez l’opérateur Verizon, le Rezound devra tout de même atteindre les 300 dollars (216 euros) avec un forfait de deux ans.Le 5 novembre 2011 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

1227 WWE Results Uniondale New York 2on1 main event

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised Pinterest 12/27 WWE Results: Uniondale, New York* WWE announced that Randy Orton was injured and wouldn’t be appearing. The main event was announced as John Cena vs. Kane & Seth Rollins in a 2-on-1 Handicap match.* WWE NXT Champion Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville.* Ryback def. Fandango.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Damien Mizdow def. The Usos.* Big Show def. Erick Rowan.* Alicia Fox & Emma def. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella & Brie Bella. Paige was referee.* John Cena def. Kane & Seth Rollins in a 2-on-1 Handicap match. Randy Orton showed up to close the show and helped Cena get the win.Source: Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Veterans path to freedom opens

first_imgWhen Karl Colbert opened the third-floor door and walked into his new home, it represented more than a one-bedroom unit.“It’s not just an apartment,” Colbert said. “It’s a new world.”Colbert is among almost 40 residents of Freedom’s Path, a new structure for homeless veterans. The name seems fitting.“I wanted to find a new path,” Colbert said. “The day we signed a lease, we got a base to start our lives. Having a place to live, a place to call my own, an actual address, I can communicate with my family, and they can see I’m stable again.”While the first occupants moved in about a month ago, a ceremony Wednesday morning marked the official ribbon-cutting for the residence on Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs campus.Colbert was one of the speakers at Wednesday’s event, and also chatted with visitors and media members before the ceremony.The 64-year-old Air Force veteran said that he spent the past few years in Portland, involved in what he called the usual homeless lifestyle: couch-surfing, moving in with girlfriends, or living in old cars and vacant buildings known as “abandominiums.”“Having this as a residence makes other things more accessible,” Colbert said. “The VA provides so many services that are essential to my life right now.”That was one of the benefits of having Veterans Affairs as a partner in the project. The developer is Florida-based Communities for Veterans, which has opened similar residences in Texas and Illinois.last_img read more

Manchester City join Ake race

first_imgManchester City have joined the race to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, according to reports in the English press.The Netherlands international is receiving plaudits aplenty for his impressive displays in the colors of Bournemouth and, according to the Mirror, City are the latest top six club in the Premier League chasing his signature.Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with moves for the defender in recent weeks, while it has been revealed that Chelsea could have first refusal on their former youth player.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Recent speculation states that City manager Pep Guardiola was considering signing Ake in the summer, but instead chose to see how his development continues at the south coast club.The former Barcelona boss will like the 23-year-old’s versatility, as he’s able to play on the left of a back three or in a back four, and has also played as a defensive midfielder in the past.He would provide competition for Aymeric Laporte, who has been one of City’s most used players this season and is currently the only senior left-footed centre-back in the club.last_img read more

Phoenix Industrial rises to success

first_imgKen Johnson thought he was getting canned.It was November 2001, and the Canadian company that owned the U.S. engineering and construction outfit he worked for was hurting and looking to off-load its American operation.His boss, Joe Hutton, stepped into his office. “Let’s get a cup of coffee,” he told Johnson.The prospect of getting fired came into sharp relief when, instead of heading down the hall to the company’s coffeemaker, Hutton suggested they walk to a nearby coffee shop.There Johnson learned that his hunch was right: His job was going away. “But I’ve got an idea,” Hutton told him.“That’s when he laid out Phoenix Industrial to me,” Johnson said, recently recalling the story of the rise of the Vancouver industrial general contractor — a business that pours the concrete, lifts the heavy equipment and installs the giant pipes that keep manufacturers, food processors and other heavy-industry employers humming.‘Something of value’Fast-forward to today. It’s December 2011, and Phoenix Industrial has grown from $4 million in annual revenue 10 years ago to $27 million this year.The company is profitable, Johnson said. And its managers and partners — Johnson and Jon Scott, both vice presidents, and Hutton, the company’s president — have, over the years, secured multimillion-dollar contracts for work on everything from building metal-recycling plants to setting up a gold-mining operation in Nevada.last_img read more

Trust buys land near Mount St Helens

first_imgClick to enlarge The Columbia Land Trust on Thursday finalized the purchase of 2,330 acres of forestland and riparian habitat near Mount St. Helens, marking the largest single purchase in the organization’s 23-year history.The move also advances a broad conservation effort that aims to secure some 20,000 acres around the Swift Reservoir and Pine Creek, protecting it from development. The trust acquired the land through an agreement with Pope Resources, a timber company based in Poulsbo.“This whole project is one that supports forestry and also supports conservation,” said Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb. “To me, it’s important that this is actually living those values that we espouse to.”The $5.7 million purchase, paid through a federal grant, is the second phase of the larger Mount St. Helens project, and the first of the so-called Pine Creek Conservation Area, southeast of the mountain. Thursday’s purchase secures a large parcel on the east side of the creek.The Vancouver-based land trust has its eye on two additional parcels, including another 3,074 acres on the west side of Pine Creek. That could be finalized as soon as this year or next year, Lamb said, but that’s dependent on another grant coming through. The trust has applied to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which is funded by the state Legislature.last_img read more

Child struck by car in Portland suffers traumatic injuries

first_imgPORTLAND — A small child was struck by a car in Portland on Thursday.The crash closed a major intersection in southeast Portland on the Fourth of July.The Portland Police Bureau says the boy suffered “traumatic injuries” and was taken to a Portland hospital. His condition was unavailable early Thursday afternoon.Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.last_img

Protesters call for closure of Homestead facility housing immigrant children

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Rainy weather did not prevent protesters from taking to the streets of Homestead to call for a facility where immigrant children are being detained to be shut down.“The people united will never be divided,” chanted demonstrators as they held up signs outside of the Homestead Detention Center, Sunday afternoon.Organizers said many children detained at the facility left violence and poverty in Central America and deserve a home.Elected officials, activists and members of the religious community all attended the march.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img