David Gilmour To Perform During StarStudded Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs

first_imgTeenage Cancer Trust has announced a stellar lineup for its annual series of Royal Albert Hall gigs.Teenage Cancer Trust At The Royal Albert Hall 2016Kicking off the shows will be a night of comedy from John Bishop and special guests on April 19.This will be followed by music from The Vaccines and Everything Everything on April 20.Simply Red and special guests will hit the stage on April 21, while Bring Me The Horizon will be joined by special guests on April 22.The final two nights will see massive shows by New Order on April 23 and David Gilmour on April 24.This year’s shows are generously supported by associate sponsors Domino’s Pizza Group, Sky Betting and Gaming, Tangle Teezer and American Airlines. Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio, Metro, and NME.Tickets go on sale on February 19. Find out more here.last_img

UN environment agency warns of effects of rising sand use

GENEVA — The U.N.’s environment program is warning about the overuse of sand resources, saying a three-fold increase in demand over the last 20 years amid increasing population, urbanization and building work has contributed to beach erosion, flooding and drought.In a new report launched Tuesday, UNEP urged a re-think about the use of the world’s second-most extracted resource, after water, by industry, governments and the public.UNEP said demand for sand and gravel amounts to 40-50 billion tons every year, and pointed to the need for conservation, recycling and a look for alternatives like sawdust.Pascal Peduzzi, director of a UNEP program with the University of Geneva, said more thought needs to be taken: “We aren’t very smart about how we use sand, because we think: This is just sand.”The Associated Press

SecretaryGeneral praises Asian forum for resolving disputes peacefully

In an address to a meeting of the group’s foreign affairs ministers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Mr. Ban said, in an address, that the “emergence of CICA has paralleled the dynamic development of Asia.”But he also warned in his message, delivered by Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, that “the promise of development and the advancement of universal human values can be undermined by war and conflict.”The confidence-boosting strides taken and promoted by CICA can help to face such threats and serve to create an all-encompassing prevention strategy spanning the political, diplomatic, humanitarian and development realms.The Secretary-General said that since its inaugural 2002 summit meeting, the group has made strides not only in the military-political spheres, but also in the areas of economics, environment and humanitarian assistance.He expressed the desire of the UN, which has observer status, to boost its ties with CICA, stressing its approach to peaceful dispute settlement.“Cooperation in this area between CICA and the United Nations, including the newly established Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, can go a long way toward finding sustainable solutions to various challenges facing the region.”The UN Centre was set up last year to help the region’s countries respond more proactively to cross-border challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation, before they become costlier and more difficult to control. 25 August 2008The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building in Asia (CICA), which brings the region’s nations together to discuss wide-ranging issues, has a key role to play in addressing threats to peace and development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

5 Things You Probably Dont Know About Extreme Networks

What You Need to Know about Cat 6A Cable Gary Audin May 03, 2019 As PoE use and wireless demands grow, this latest cable spec becomes increasingly important. What’s next? I think Meyercord summed it up nicely in his keynote when he said: “We were the number 13 player and now we have gone all the way to number three, and now we have put number two into our cross hairs.”Tags:News & ViewsExtreme NetworksWi-Fienterprise wirelessEnterprise NetworkingSecurity Articles You Might Like 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. While Meyercord made that statement jokingly, there is some truth to it. As I noted above, Extreme has gone through a number of lean years when it looked like it might go out of business. And I’ve had a similar experience to the one Meyercord described, being laughed at by financial analysts when I brought up Extreme as a vendor they should look into for purchase or as an investment. But after I explain the state of the company and the transformation it has gone through, ears tend to perk up and people want to learn more. Extreme is a billion-dollar company — that’s right. The company that so many people think has gone out of business does about a billion in revenue annually. For FY19, Wall Street estimates show Extreme revenue at $987 million, growing to $1.02 billion in FY20 — or about two times its revenue in 2014. A number of acquisitions — including Brocade’s data center business, Avaya’s networking business, and Zebra’s Wi-Fi group (formerly Motorola’s enterprise wireless business) — has fueled the growth. At about $1 billion, Extreme is actually the largest network pureplay network vendor and is number three in enterprise revenue, behind Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.Extreme has best-in-class service and support — In the dozens of interviews I’ve done, Extreme customers always rave about the company’s service and support. This wasn’t always the case, as prior to Meyercord’s tenure, the outsourced support organization was actually a liability. But under Meyercord, Extreme decided to insource 100% of the service and support organization, and has seen huge dividends as a result. At the event, Extreme touted its strength in this area by showing stats like 94% of support calls are resolved by the first person who answers — unheard of in tech support. Also, 99% of people who have reviewed Extreme would recommend the company.Extreme is one of only three vendors in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s Wired and Wireless LAN MQ — I believe at last count there were 15 vendors in Gartner’s Wired/WLAN MQ. Of those, only three landed in the Leaders quadrant. To no surprise, Cisco is one of them, as is Aruba, an HPE company. Extreme is the third. Given how crowded this market is, this often comes as the biggest surprise, but the company has done a fantastic job of building a solid portfolio of products. In fact, Extreme is deployed in demanding environments where many vendors won’t even attempt to bid because the requirements are so tough. Examples are Gillette Stadium (home of the six-time Super Bowl champions), Bell Center in Montreal, and the Toronto Metro Center, home to many massive conventions.Extreme is a security vendor — No one is going to confuse Extreme with likes of Palo Alto Networks or Fortinet, but Extreme does have a number of its own security products. One of the most popular is the IoT Defender, which is a simple plug-and-play device that sits in-line between an IoT endpoint and the network. The primary role of the device is to enable companies to secure devices that typically aren’t securable. Extreme also has its network access control product, wireless intrusion prevention, and compliance solutions. There’s more coming as well. During his presentation at ExtremeConnect, EVP of Products Nabil Bukhari gave a preview of a machine learning-based security product that automatically gathers device information, groups the devices logically, and takes action based on anomalies. Given Extreme’s end-to-end portfolio, I would expect to see more innovation in the area of security that can be enabled from the network.Extreme is a data center vendor — Those who are aware of Extreme know the company primarily as a campus network vendor. However, it has a broad set of data center solutions, primarily from the business unit it acquired from Brocade. The strength of its portfolio is the breadth of solutions. It has leaf-spine switches, a Layer 2 fabric, Layer 3 fabric, and core routers. Also, its Workflow Composer application enables cross-domain automation across multivendor networks.This isn’t your father’s Extreme. This company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes, primarily on the strength of the dynamic duo of Meyercord and Norman Rice, chief marketing, development and product operations officer, coming in and making some shrewd acquisitions. The company has certainly had some bumps along the way, as it’s had to integrate products, development teams, salesforces, back-end systems, channels, and a whole bunch of other stuff but most of that is behind it now. I’ve had many, many conversations about Extreme and find that unless you’re a hardcore networking insider, you likely don’t know the state of the company. Below are the top five things that most people don’t know about Extreme. ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. Kerravala_Meyercord.png The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? See All in Enterprise Networking » Extreme Networks is one of the oldest names in networking, founded in 1996 by Gordon Stitt, one of the industry’s legendary figures. Since that time, Extreme has had many ups and downs, and has seen many vendors come and go. This fluctuation and industry turnover makes Extreme one of the more misunderstood network vendors — so much so that during his opening keynote at this week’s customer event, CEO Ed Meyercord said that when he brings up Extreme to some people, their first reaction is something to the effect of, “I didn’t know they were still in business.” Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Log in or register to post comments read more

Steep drop in crude prices drags down Suncors fourthquarter earnings

CALGARY – The steep drop in crude prices was evident in the fourth-quarter earnings of Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s biggest oil and gas company.The Calgary-based oilsands giant (TSX:SU) says its net earnings shrank to $84 million, down 81 per cent from the $443 million it posted a year earlier.Operating earnings, which remove some one-time items, were $386 million, or 27 cents per share, which missed the average analyst estimate of 35 cents a share, according Thomson Reuters.During the same period a year ago, operating earnings were $973 million, or 66 cents per share.Cash flow from operations fell to $1.49 billion from $2.35 billion.The U.S. benchmark price for crude has shrivelled to around US$50 a barrel, down from the US$107 mark it hit in June.Suncor finished 2014 having spent $300 million less than its $6.8 billion forecast.And the company is one of many in the oilpatch to have slashed its 2015 budget amid the crude doldrums. Last month, it slashed $1 billion from its 2015 budget, with this year’s capital spending expected to come in at between $6.2 billion to $6.8 billion. It also announced it would be cutting 1,000 jobs — mainly contractors — from its total workforce of around 14,000.“We have demonstrated our ability to spend within our means and plan on doing so through this downturn,” said CEO Steve Williams in a release.Some longer-term projects that have not been given the official green light from Suncor’s board of directors are on hold.But projects that are more advanced, like the massive Fort Hills oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the Hebron development in offshore Newfoundland are still a go and expected to start up in 2017.Suncor is putting about $1.6 billion toward Fort Hills this year. The project is proceeding as planned, with detailed engineering 65 per cent complete at the end of the fourth quarter, most procurement orders complete and some components starting to be delivered to site.The company’s quarterly dividend is staying steady at 28 cents a share.Total output was down slightly at 557,600 barrels per day during the last three months of 2014, versus 558,100 in the prior year period. Oilsands output was down to 384,200 barrels a day from 409,600.Cash operating costs in the oilsands fell to an average of $34.45 a barrel during the quarter, compared to $36.85.— Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter The Suncor Refinery in Edmonton is seen on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The steep drop in crude prices was evident in the fourth-quarter earnings of Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s biggest oil and gas company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Steep drop in crude prices drags down Suncor’s fourth-quarter earnings by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 2:00 am MDT read more

Brocks Lightstone joins Brazil mission of Canadian university presidents

Brock University’s Jack Lightstone will join a historic mission of Canadian university presidents to Brazil this month. The delegation will promote Canadian education opportunities for Brazilian post-graduate students and explore and strengthen research collaborations between the two countries.Brock University President Jack LightstoneOrganized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the 31 presidents will visit key Brazilian cities from April 25 to May 2. Besides meeting with Brazilian university and government officials, Lightstone will attend a reception with the Canadian Ambassador accompanied by several Brock alumni who live and work in Brazil.Led by Governor-General David Johnston, this largest-ever mission of its kind will seek to make Canadian universities a destination of choice for Brazilian students, and broaden the scope of Canada’s research collaborations to ensure that Canada remains competitive in the knowledge economy.Coinciding with this mission, Brock is launching a new International Research Award to help its graduate students undertake research and language study in Brazil.While in Brazil, Lightstone will visit four major cities, including the national capital of Brasília. He will meet with the Presidents of several university partners, both existing and new, and visit a number of university campuses, including Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), with whom Brock will initiate a new Student Exchange program. In Rio de Janiero, Lightstone will visit a neighbourhood where Brock students have participated in community development projects.Brazil is set to become one of the world’s top five economies, and by 2015 the Brazilian program Science Without Borders will send more than 100,000 of that country’s best students abroad for a year or more to study at the world’s top universities.Brock is just weeks away from opening its state-of-the-art Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, which will significantly increase the University’s research activities and help Brock attract more top students both from Canada and abroad.Lightstone noted that Brock already has researchers engaged in collaborative projects with Brazilian university partners, and this mission will hopefully lead to more such relationships.“Brazil is the BRICS country with which Canada has probably the weakest relationship,” said Lightstone, “but it is as important to develop partnerships with Brazil as it is with Russia, India, China and South Africa.“Building better relationships between our universities is a foundation to building better relations between our two countries. These relationships go on to cement future social, cultural and economic links between nations.“Brock has much to offer the world, and we will make sure the world is aware of this.” read more

Samesex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to

first_imgUpdated 5.27pm THE CABINET HAS reached an agreement to hold a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland in the first half of 2015, with a number of other referendums to be held on the same day.The government reached agreement to hold a vote on the same-sex marriage issue in 2015, securing the commitment from Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore that a vote will be held in the lifetime of this government.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the question of same-sex marriage and a number of other issues discussed by the Constitutional Convention will be put to the people by mid-2015.“So there is no referendum planned for 2014,” he said. “This and a number of other proposals from the Constitutional Convention will be considered by the people by mid-2015.”The exact date for the vote is still to be agreed but in a statement this afternoon Justice Minister Alan Shattr said that the referendum will take place during the first half of 2015.It is believed that a number of other referendums will be held on the same day concerning issues arising out of the Constitutional Convention.Referendum CommissionThese include lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, and reducing the presidential term and minimum age requirement to run for the Áras.A vote may also be held on removing the so-called ‘women in the home’ clause from Bunreacht na hÉireann.However, these matters have still to be discussed and agreed definitively by government following reports from the constitutional think tank.Shatter also said today that he hopes to have a draft of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2013 published before Christmas.This legislation will deal with the legalities surrounding adoption and parental rights for same-sex couples.  It is anticipated that this law will be enacted prior to the marriage referendum.Shatter added that the government shares the concern of the Constitutional Convention chairman, Tom Arnold, that referendum questions do not confuse people.He said that this could mean that a referendum commission may be appointed earlier than has been the case for referendums held in recent years.First published 1.58pm Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriageLabour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro electionslast_img read more

8 of the most sexy Irish aphrodisiacs

first_imgWhat’s your top Irish aphrodisiac? Let us know in the comments. Keep it PG now. We’re blushing enough already.Read: 7 older couples you’ll want to be when you grow up>Read: 7 scientific secrets to a happy marriage> CHOCOLATE? CHILLI? WATERMELON? Or maybe even an aul fresh Irish oyster?Fuhgeddaboutit.We all know the real Irish aphrodisiacs are more likely to be found lurking within the confines of a stuffy nightclub. Here are what we reckon gets Irish people in the mood the fastest.1. The strobe lights in CoppersGlinting off their sweaty forehead. Swoon. Be still, my disco-beating heart. Source: Flickr/Atomic Taco2. The National AnthemFeck! They’re playing it already! Time is running out. In the same way hunger is the best sauce, desperation is a great aphrodisiac. Source: Imgflip/Flickr/ralpe3. Discovering you have at least 50 mutual friendsSure, you couldn’t be getting it on with someone unless you knew about three hundred of their friends and at least seven cousins. Source: Flickr/ChodHound4. Getting it in (a round, that is)The opening bars of Barry White play softly as they toss their silky hair, turn slowly and ask you… what you’re having yourself. You had me at, “It’s my round.” Source: Visitor90visitor5. Road frontageYou… have road frontage? Excuse me, I need a minute, I’ve come over all flushed. Source: Fran Marshall/Irish Farmers Calendar6. Knowing all the words to Joxter Goes To Stuttgart“It was in the year of ’88, in the lovely month of June…”TAKE ME! Source: TiocfaidhArLa19677. Killer dance movesAlright, so your beau might have the moves of a slightly worse for wear uncle at a wedding. And yet, it’s strangely irresistible. Source: Comicvine8. Being kind to the MammyIt’s not quite animal magnetism, but any Irish person will swoon when seeing the object of their affections treating their Ma with the respect she deserves.last_img read more

Japanese scientist building life size Gundam robot complete with cockpit

first_imgFans of the popular anime series “Gundam” are starting special bank accounts today after hearing that a Japanese scientist has set a goal of creating a life-sized replica of one of the fabled mobile suits from the show. Since 2002, Hajime Sakamoto has been working to build humanoid robots as president of the Hajime Research Institute. His plan is to make a 1 to 1 replica, complete with a cockpit for the pilot to control the machine. Meaning he wants to create a working Gundam mobile suit, differentiating it from the 1-to-1 scale statue that already stands in Japan today. We wonder if he is going to arm the thing with some ballistic missiles or vulcan machine guns.Sakamoto has had some experience in building large robots before, in 2009 he completed work on a seven-foot humanoid robot which made it one of the tallest in the world. While that is an impressive feat, a Gundam suit stands 59 feet in the air, just a tad under six stories. Building one that will be able to move its arms and legs as well as walk under its own power is certainly daunting.Currently Sakamoto is working with his team on construction of a thirteen foot version of his robot dream. The theory is that if the group can take the experience gleaned from developing the smaller creations, they will be better prepared to build the 1-to-1 Gundam suit.If you want to get involved with the project, the team is looking for sponsors to fund development, or you can become a fan on the Institute’s Facebook page. You can watch a video of one of Sakamoto’s robots in action below.via Plastic Palslast_img read more

With the older generation theres always something to learn

first_imgAlexander Vounisios has always been drawn to people, and stories. So when he happened upon the Spirit of Hellenism Awards in a copy of Neos Kosmos, he jumped at the chance to interview a senior member of the Greek Australian community.The competition, run by Hellenism Victoria for the second year in a row, is open to young people aged 15 to 25, and all about bridging the divide from one generation and the next by encouraging young people to find out about the contributions made to Australian society by Greek migrants, and subsequently connect with their cultural heritage.Unlike many other entrants who saw it as an opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of their grandparents, Vounisios opted to interview a volunteer at Fronditha Care, which brought him into the life of Anastasios Bardakos.Having migrated to Australia in the late 60s from the Peloponnese, it was a visit to see his mother-in-law, a resident of Fronditha some 18 years ago, that set off his trajectory to devoting his life to volunteering, and he has been awarded by Aged & Community Services Australia Victoria. On a first name basis with 120 residents, Bardakos established Thursday gatherings, which sees the elderly come together in a kafenio setting with backgammon, mezze, wine, and discussions on politics.“It was very interesting to sit down with an individual, and just hear what he had to say; how he reached this point in his life where he dedicates so much now to Fronditha,” said 20-year-old Vounisios, who found himself in awe of Bardakos’ dedication.“His magnetism draws people towards him, and his gentle personality; he’s caring and warm-hearted. It got me thinking, I’d like to be like this person – I think everyone should aspire to be like him and do some volunteering, whether it’s recognised or unrecognised.”Vounisios submitted his winning entry in the form of a short story about Bardakos’ life, and opted to write it in Greek, not wanting to lose any of the sentiment through translation.The child of a migrant father, who ventured to Australia from the village of Korinos in Northern Greece, Vounisios is familiar with the migration narrative, but says that it is something he has grown to fully appreciate as he matures.(L-R) Alex Vounisios with Fronditha Care volunteer Anastasios Bardakos. Photo: SuppliedNow enrolled in science at the University of Melbourne, as he has learned to juggle study and work, and faced with the prospect of establishing a career, he says interviewing the volunteer couldn’t have come at a better time, reigniting his appreciation for the sacrifices made by the generations before him, who left behind all they knew, and thrust themselves into the unknown, with very little, if any, support behind them to establish a future for their families.“I imagine being told now to go to the other side of the world, and not knowing the language or the people around you; it takes a lot of courage and persistence!” he enthused.Doing the interview, he says he felt an unmistakable sense of pride for being Greek Australian, and hope.“Here we have an individual that was uprooted from his home country and is contributing and benefiting the life of the Australian community. It made me realise that there’s still good people out there that are thinking of others. I feel like we’ve turned into a very capitalistic society; we’re all fixated on money, career, that a lot of us don’t take the time to do some volunteering work, to sit with someone and have a coffee to see how they’re actually doing. It really inspired me.”Vounisios couldn’t speak highly enough of the experience, and encouraged anyone thinking of entering the competition in future. On a larger scale, he sees every entry as contributing to a vast collection of stories that shows and documents the Greek Australian way of life. But on a personal level, says the benefits exceeded his expectations.“With the older generation there’s always something to learn; they’ve experienced a lot. You can’t learn everything from reading books, it’s more about gaining life experience and knowing what really happened.“I view them as being very courageous, and heroes. It gives me fuel in life to succeed.”* To read Alex’s wining entry, visit https://sites.google.com/view/hellenismvictoria/library Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Battle Ground volunteers uphold Rose Festival tradition by downsizing annual creation

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Without a queen bee, the whole project seemed iffy, but sufficient worker bees showed up to keep things buzzing along. Then a bona fide queen bee named Amy Strickland materialized, wielding management skills and some artistic spark, too.“I’m very creative, and I just thought, this would be right up my alley,” Strickland said. “It sounded fun, and I knew they needed help.”After Strickland came some guys who could handle the welding and construction side of the project. They were the final missing piece, according to longtime volunteer Louise Tucker.“The decorating crew has been pretty much the same” for years, Tucker said. “We needed new construction people, and we got some guys who were interested in seeing this happen. Like a lot of volunteer things, it seems like it’s starting to fade away, then it comes back again.”The result: Battle Ground’s homemade Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade float will go forth this year — but go mini. About half the size of previous Battle Ground floats, it’ll cruise the streets of downtown Portland on a repurposed golf cart. The Battle Ground Rose Festival Princesses that used to ride along and wave will have to walk.last_img read more

VR games can look amazing with this gamechanging imaging tech

first_img E3 2019 See All Let’s say you’re looking forward down an empty hallway of a spaceship, and suddenly you hear a noise to the right that could be the alien hunting you. You don’t want to make any sudden moves, so you turn your eyes to the right but keep facing forward. The screen needs to be there to keep you immersed. This is where foveated rendering comes in. By using a mix of infrared light and sensors following your eyes, the headset can track where your 55-degree gaze is at all times. That allows the computer to cut the quality of everything else until you need it. If you focus your gaze to the right, everything to the left can look worse. Since your eyes won’t see it, the computer can do significantly less work than it did before. “Not only will it be useful, it will be a real necessity,” said David Luebke, who’s been studying this technology for nearly two decades. He’s now a VP of graphics research at chipmaker Nvidia. There are still some kinks to work out. If you’re looking at light shimmering through a tree or in between white picket fences, it’s hard to get the visuals to be convincing even with this cool new tech, Luebke says. That may seem like quibbling, but if the visuals don’t come across convincingly, our brains tell us something’s wrong. That breaks the sensation of immersion that VR is supposed to be all about. “The old joke is that we have tiger detectors,” he said. “We’re very sensitive to motion and flicker on our periphery, and it’s super distracting.”   Changing the game I got my first taste of foveated graphics when Tobii’s CEO and his team had me try a VR headset laden with his company’s sensors. Once inside, they showed me a demonstration of how precise eye tracking can be. They loaded me into a grassy yard filled with metal bottles on stumps. Eskilsson asked me to pick up a virtual rock and toss it at a bottle to knock it over. I missed every time. Then his team turned on the eye tracking, which aimed the ball for me. All I had to do was look at the bottle and throw. Suddenly, I was hitting them so well I thought the demo was rigged. So I went back to working without the tracking — and failed again. Wearable Tech Gaming Virtual Reality Apps CNET Daily News Get today’s top news and reviews collected for you. Share your voice • Preview • Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition: Oculus-powered Galaxy Note 4 accessory now available, starting at $199 Oculus Virtual Reality Acer Drones Dell Google Samsung Nintendo Apple Samsung Gear VR New techniques like foveated rendering are just the latest example of how fast the world of VR is advancing. Despite decades of development, including a boom and bust in the 1980s and ’90s propelled by visionaries like Jaron Lanier and game makers like Nintendo, the smarts behind VR have only just begun to change enough to offer something you might actually want to own. Credit the current renaissance to the smartphone in your pocket, and the sensors that detect when you’re looking at it in portrait or landscape mode, whether you’re facing north or south or even if you’re in the basement or top floor of a building. Because those sensors are produced in bulk, the cost per sensor has dropped. That lets entrepreneurs put them in everything from kid GPS trackers to more affordable drones and, yes, VR headsets. In this case, eye tracking is powered by sensors like the one Apple uses to detect your face on the iPhone X for logging in. And industry experts say foveated rendering is a vital step to solve nagging issues like battery life and poor visuals. It’s also showing up in AR headsets. Both the $2,295 Magic Leap and $3,500 Microsoft HoloLens 2 have eye tracking technology built in. In both cases, though, eye tracking is there to help people more easily identify things they’re looking at, rather than make better visuals. Still, it’s an important addition, according to Magic Leap and Microsoft.As eye tracking spreads across the industry, it will also render many of today’s headsets obsolete, forcing early adopters to upgrade. Even so, the result could make VR far more appealing. “I can’t imagine virtual reality, and especially next-generation smart glasses, without this type of technology,” said CNET’s Scott Stein after he tried the technology. How it works It turns out that the area we as humans can see is actually quite limited. Our focus only happens on an arc of a few degrees, though we can gaze about 55 degrees in either direction, according to the National Institutes of Health. That’s part of why a VR headset like the $399 Oculus Rift display computer images on a screen with 110 degrees or more of view, creating large crisp and clear images because you might turn your gaze somewhere other than the center of the screen. Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw To show off foveated rendering, they put me on an alien planet next to a box with switches. I read the markings and flipped the switches while we talked. What I didn’t know was that about half the screen around me was blurry. Everything in my area of focus, though, was perfectly sharp. If the demonstrations are any indication, eye-tracking technology promises to make big strides helping VR look better and run better on cheaper devices. “When it works, you just don’t notice it,” Eskilsson said. Instead, everything in VR will just look better. Finally. First published June 13, 2018, 5 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 24, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.: Adds details about Magic Leap and HoloLens 2 now using eye tracking. Tags Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Comments 3 Review • Gear VR: A ticket to virtual reality with a smartphone Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action reading • VR games can look amazing with this game-changing imaging tech E3 2019 The first time you try VR, you’ll likely have the same reaction I did: It feels pretty cool to be enveloped in a computer-generated world that puts you inside an epic spaceship battle or scuba diving next to a giant blue whale. But after spending a few minutes adjusting to virtual reality, you realize it doesn’t look all that much like reality. The image quality isn’t usually even as good as on an Xbox or PlayStation console. The light coming through those tree branches looks wrong. The reflection from the train window feels off. Zombies really don’t wear boxy clothing and move like that (at least I don’t think they do). Zombies aside, that sense of unreality may soon go away, thanks to new imaging technology called foveated rendering and displays. It’s named after the fovea, the place in your eye where focus is most fully concentrated, as opposed to the periphery, where stuff is blurry and unfocused. Our visual anatomy has inspired digital technology that uses sensors to determine where you’re looking. It then tells a computer to work harder on the areas you’re focused on and take a break when working on places you’re less interested in. The goal is to cut down parts of the computer’s workload by half, at least, in some cases. And what that means is developers will either be able to save power and offer longer battery life when you’re on the go, or dramatically increase the quality of the images you see in a game without requiring you to upgrade to more more powerful chips for your VR adventures. Enlarge ImageA demonstration of what foveated rendering can look like. On top, a normal image. On bottom, a simulated foveated image, with a focus on the clock in the upper right. Nvidia Unless you’re talking to a nerd like me, you may never hear about foveated tech. Still, it’s poised to make serious waves in the VR world. The zombies could look more convincing, the reflections might appear more realistic and the light shimmering through that tree may feel more natural. That means the next generation of entry-level virtual reality devices, like Samsung’s $129 Gear VR or Google’s $99 Daydream View headsets, won’t seem quite so underpowered. They might not fall behind techwise as fast, either. “We can create an experience that is really compelling and intuitive and natural that takes the virtual experience inside the headset to an entirely new level,” said Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii, a company that makes eye-tracking sensors used in Dell, Acer and MSI laptops. He says the technology will also be in many next-generation VR headsets coming in the next two years. (Tobii says he can’t name the coming products.) This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky idea. The $199 Oculus Go all-in-one headset from Facebook’s Oculus VR division has a version of foveated smarts running in it today, helping to make games like the spaceship battle game Anshar Online look that much more epic. “It’s not just a $199 low-cost entrant,” said Madhu Muthukumar, who’s helping head up the team building software for Oculus. “It’s actually really premium where it counts.”   Or rather, where you can see it. I can’t imagine virtual reality, and especially next-generation smart glasses, without this type of technology. CNET’s Scott Steinlast_img read more

Apollo Hospitals to Acquire Hyderabadbased Hetero Pharmacy

first_imgChennai-based Apollo Hospitals, which runs the country’s largest hospital and pharmacy chains, is all set to acquire Hyderabad-based retail pharmacy chain Hetero Pharmacy at a potential cost of around ₹300 crore, two persons familiar with the deal told Economic Times. Hetero Pharmacy owns 250 outlets across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.”Apollo is looking at aggressively adding more stores both through organic and inorganic routes,” Economic Times quoted an official.”The deal, which could be valued at around ₹300 crore, would help Apollo consolidate its pharmacy business and augment profitability,” source added.Hetero group’s senior executive said that the company is looking at exiting the pharmacy business due to pressure on profit margins imposed by the government which has led to surge in prices of 400 varieties of drugs.He added that the deal is expected to be closed in a couple of months.Another senior official from Apollo Hospitals acknowledged that strict regulations by the government has led to an increase in drug prices leaving retail pharmacy outlets to incur losses. “Smaller players like Hetero will find it difficult to stay afloat, offering an opportunity for players like us to grow inorganically,” an official added.Apollo Hospitals plans to add at least 240 stores over the next two years with revenue growth of ₹1,650 crore by March next year from ₹1,364 crore in 2014.Apollo’s 80% revenue is through sales from prescription drugs and the balance from wellness products. Besides India, Apollo has hospitals in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritius, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.last_img read more

Eve Online source code posted online DMCA takedown quickly follows

first_imgGitHub, for those that don’t know, is an online repository for source code and software projects. It supports both open and closed source projects, and gives developers a central location to both share and store their projects.For the most part the projects listed on GitHub are legitimate, and in the case of the open source repositories, viewing and downloading is encouraged. But sometimes code that shouldn’t be available is posted there, and the owner wants it taken down quickly.GitHub handles such requests by accepting Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. But any it receives are posted publicly for all to see. The one that turned up on our radar this morning was quite eye-opening. It looks as though someone has posted the source code for the space MMO Eve Online there.As you’d imagine, developer CCP isn’t too happy about this and was quick to issue the takedown request. They describe it as the “decompiled source code” of the game and that it represents “infringing material”.While the claim may be legitimate, GitHub has yet to respond. The code has been available to view and download for 4 days, and the DMCA takedown has been listed for almost a day. We suspect it won’t be there much longer, but who knows how many times it has been downloaded already.The issue for CCP is they need to keep the game fair, and the systems running as designed. Availability of the source code for the online game potentially makes it easier for an incentivized programmer to modify the code and modifying the in-game systems to work in their favor when running a modified client.More at GitHublast_img read more

Browns need to hire Lincoln Riley for Baker

first_imgBrowns need to hire Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley for BakerComing off a loss to the Steelers that dropped them to 2-5-1 on the season, the Browns shocked everyone by canning Head Coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Colin didn’t like the move since the Browns had been competitive in all but one of their games this season, including 4 decided in overtime. If Cleveland had a competent kicker, they could have a winning record.Baker Mayfield has been promising, but chaos in the organization could derail what looks like a promising career if Cleveland doesn’t find a capable new coach. Colin thinks the best option for Baker and the Browns is Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley, who has an elite offensive mind and has had success with Mayfield. Also:– Mike McCarthy looks second-rate next to Sean McVay– Red Sox the best MLB team in 20 years– Kirk Cousins is empty calories– Colts still have some playoff life– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrongGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 analyst and Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show; Nick Swisher – Fox Sports MLB Analyst and World Series Champs; Trent Dilfer – NFL analyst and Super Bowl Champion, and Greg Jennings – Fox sports NFL Analyst and Super Bowl Championlast_img read more

Police admit they tore up the release forms for arrested trans girl

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tarsinem and Neneng are reunited in Jakarta. | Photo: Warta Kota/ Hamdi Putra The government is rounding up trans people for being ‘social misfits’ in IndonesiaHome of ‘lesbians’ raided by police because they ‘don’t fit norms of society’Vigilantes raid home of ‘gay’ men who were sent to Islamic school to ‘cure’ themRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/police-admit-ignoring-pleas-mother-detained-trans-girl/ Neneng is a young trans woman who police detained last week when she stopped for a coffee after finishing work at a nearby beauty salon.She was thrown into social housing for rehabilitation but her mother, Tarnisem, tried to get her out. Tarnisem spent three days going through the bureaucratic process to have Neneng released.When she presented the paperwork to Duri Kosambi subdistrict police, its head, Irwansyah Alam, tore the paperwork up.‘I tore the document so that [Tarnisem] and others wouldn’t misuse it,’ Irwansyah told Warta Kota.‘Just let [Neneng] spend some more time in the social house to create a deterrent effect [to being transgender].’Free NenengTarnisem has been distraught since her daughter’s detention, especially because she was the only breadwinner in the family. ‘I visited him [Irwansyah] twice to ask him to sign the letter. On Thursday [1 March], he tore the letter while saying, “I don’t want to handle this kind of problem”,’ Tarnisem said.Tarnisem eventually filled out the paperwork again and was reunited with Neneng on Monday 5 March.According to the Jakarta Post, Neneng was released to her mother on Wednesday night.Neneng’s arrest and sentence to rehabilitation in social housing came only a couple of days before two men were detained for allegedly being gay.Also in west Jakarta, vigilantes raided the men’s home and handed them over to police. Local police then sent them to social housing for ‘prayer rehab’.Neneng and the men’s arrest follow a disturbing two-year crackdown on Indonesia’s LGBTI communities.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Police in Jakarta, Indonesia admitted they tore up an official letter of release for an arrested trans girl. They also admitted they ignored her mother’s requests for her to release.last_img read more

GoAir expands business with four new domestic routes

first_imgGoAir has embarked on a major expansion of its domestic operations, with four new routes and a series of additional flight frequencies. The four new routes will connect Mumbai with Leh, and Bengaluru with three cities: Port Blair, Patna, and Ranchi. The Mumbai-Leh and Bengaluru-Port Blair routes, both of which commence on March 27, are not currently served by any airline.The Leh flights will depart Mumbai at 0400 and arrive in the Himalayan city at 0645. The return services will then depart Leh at 0715 and arrive back in Mumbai at 1115, having made a brief stop in Srinagar.On the Port Blair route, flights will leave Bengaluru at 1430 and arrive at 1715. The return flights will then depart Port Blair at 1125 and arrive back in Bengaluru at 1400.Additional frequencies will also be introduced on the routes from Delhi to Ranchi, Lucknow and Patna with an extra flight between Mumbai and Srinagar.All the new flights will be operated using GoAir’s fleet of 180-seat, all-economy Airbus A320 aircraft.last_img read more

Minister announces new school safety measures

first_imgSecurity guards from private companies and higher fences will be installed in public schools, education minister, Costas Hambiaouris, announced on Wednesday, the possibility of installing security cameras is also on the table.The fencing off of public schools, the installation of intercoms, placing guards in kindergartens and primary schools from 7am to 8am and issuing authorisation cards allowing for the collection of children during school hours, were the new safety measures approved on Tuesday by the cabinet.Regarding the security guards, “a call for tenders will be made and we will then proceed to purchase services from private companies whose staff will be properly trained, while school security guards will have specific duties and responsibilities,” Hambiaouris said after a meeting at the ministry of education on Wednesday.Fences 2.5 metres high will be erected and intercoms installed he said.“We are also assessing whether the installation of security cameras in some schools is needed,” he said.Further safety checks and measures will also need to be taken, as it emerged in the meeting on Wednesday that a large number of schools do not have certificates for fire safety and building suitability.Hambiaouris added that neighbourhood watches would also be strengthened.The need to upgrade security in public schools was highlighted two weeks ago, when a man walked into a primary school in Larnaca and convinced two 11-year-old boys to follow him. The man later said he was planning to hold the boys to ransom. The boys were found within hours. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bumstead grateful for grant awarded to Oceana County fire departments

first_img Categories: News 28Oct Bumstead grateful for grant awarded to Oceana County fire departments Funds will support feasibility study of shared fire servicesState Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today applauded a grant awarded to Oceana County that will help study the feasibility of shared services between the local government’s eight fire departments.“I supported this community effort from the beginning because I know how crucial studies like this are to rural areas of Michigan,” Bumstead said. “As a member of the House of Representatives who helped encourage these funds, it’s very rewarding to see legislative allocations directly helping people in the district.”The announcement was made this week by the Michigan Department of Treasury, which awards funding through the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP) periodically each fiscal year according to recommendations made by the Legislature. In this round of funding, 16 local governments across the state received grants to help offset costs associated with cooperative efforts among municipalities, among other initiatives.“I’d like to express my sincerest congratulations to the Oceana County Planning Commission for working diligently to receive this award,” Bumstead said. “Our efforts have the potential to increase efficiency and bring savings to all Oceana County taxpayers.”Oceana County received $13,750 to assist the community in hiring a consultant to help determine the feasibility of shared fire services across eight departments.“With the results of this study, Oceana County will likely be able to improve the efficiency of fire departments benefitting the community through partnerships, improved services and savings,” Bumstead said. “I also want to thank the entire state Legislature and Department of Treasury for understanding, recognizing and helping fulfill this need in our county.”###last_img read more

Rep Lilly Detroit recovery benefits all of Michigan

first_img Legislator: Progress from bankruptcy improves state’s imageState Rep. Jim Lilly today praised Detroit officials for presenting a positive picture of the Motor City’s recovery from a 2014 bankruptcy, saying a strong Detroit makes for a strong Michigan.Lilly, of Park Township, serves as vice chair of the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee, which today heard testimony from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, officials from the Detroit Institute of Art and a governor’s aide who was instrumental in steering legislation in 2014 that expedited the city’s exit from insolvency.“Very often, the way the world perceives Detroit is the way it looks at all of Michigan, and when Detroit was financially on the ropes that perception applied to the entire state,” Lilly said. “A resurgent Detroit complements Michigan as a whole – from West Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. It’s good for everyone.”Former House Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh, who now works for the governor, explained the legislative process he spearheaded to help Detroit expedite its exit from bankruptcy – the largest city ever to go insolvent – noting that city and state officials worked together to ensure that the money invested in Detroit would have strict state oversight.Officials from the art institute explained how they raised money to help out as well, and the mayor spent time touting the improvements in Detroit’s population, vital public services and image as a result of the legislation. He also said some of the biggest barriers to recovery included high no-fault insurance costs in the city, which is affecting a rebound in population.Lilly asked the mayor what negative perceptions block more businesses from moving to the city.“The biggest perception problem is the condition of our roads,” Duggan said.##### 26Apr Rep. Lilly: Detroit recovery benefits all of Michigan Categories: Lilly News,Lilly Photos,Newslast_img read more