Could primordial black holes be dark matter

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — “We know that about 25% of the matter in the universe is dark matter, but we don’t know what it is,” Michael Kesden tells PhysOrg.com. “There are a number of different theories about what dark matter could be, but we think one alternative might be very small primordial black holes.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Black hole, star collisions may illuminate universe’s dark side When many of us think about black holes, we think of a huge cosmic event, sucking in everything around it. However, there is also the possibility of small black holes. “Einstein’s theory of relativity allows for black holes,” Kesden, a theoretical physicist at New York University, explains, “but doesn’t stipulate a size. It’s very possible that the early universe produced very small black holes. These would gravitate like massive black holes, floating through the universe and clustering.”Kesden worked with Shravan Hanasoge, from Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, to work out method of using solar oscillations to determine whether a small, primordial black hole passed through a star. If the data can show that these small black holes formed near the beginning of the universe do exist, they might make good candidates for dark matter. Their work can be seen in Physical Review Letters: “Transient Solar Oscillations Driven by Primordial Black Holes.”“Our approach is to consider what happens if you have dark matter made of primordial black holes passing through the sun,” Kesden says. “It’s been thought of before, but no one has actually done the calculations that we have.”Kesden explains that the sun creates energy from the nuclear fusion at its center: “There is a balance between the outward pressure gradient due to the energy released by fusion and the inward force of gravity. If the sun, or any star, is perturbed it would shake a little.” “A small, primordial black hole would be the size of an atom but have the mass of an asteroid,” he points out. “Its strong gravitational field, as it cut through the sun, would squeeze it, then release, and cause the sun to oscillate before ultimately settling down.”The idea is to measure the oscillation, and determine what would cause it. “Shravan Hanasoge wrote a program to help us with a simulation to see what the sun would look like if a primordial black hole passed through. The smallest mass detectable is 10^21 grams,” Kesden continues. Now that Kesden and Hanasoge know what to look for, it is possible to measure the oscillations of different stars. Since these primordial black holes are thought to be moving through the universe, it should be observable in different stars. “By inferring the total amount of dark matter in the universe, it should be able to determine how often a primordial black hole would pass through the sun – if it’s dark matter,” Kesden says. Unfortunately, dark matter would only pass through the sun every millions of years. “That’s a long time to stare at our sun, waiting for the event.”Instead of waiting millions of years for a primordial black hole to pass through our sun, it is possible to monitor millions of stars; one of these stars would likely encounter a primordial black hole every few years. Kesden points out that current and future space missions could collect the needed data. “It is possible to look at the data collected from asteroseismic missions for these events, now that we know what to look for. Someone could even look through data collected in the past to try to spot these oscillations.”“At the Large Hadron Collider, some scientists are trying to determine if supersymmetry is dark matter,” Kesden says. “But if it isn’t found at the LHC, people will begin looking for other alternatives, and primordial black holes might be the answer to the outstanding question of what dark matter is.” Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Explore further Citation: Could primordial black holes be dark matter? (2011, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-primordial-black-holes-dark.html More information: Michael Kesden and Shravan Hanasoge, “Transient Solar Oscillations Driven by Primordial Black Holes,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.111101last_img read more

Mathematicians settle 30yearold resonance controversy

first_img More information: Sabine Bögli, et al. “Guaranteed resonance enclosures and exclosures for atoms and molecules.” Proceedings of The Royal Society A. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0488 © 2014 Phys.org Explore further In the early ’80s, several researchers were working to determine the location of atomic and molecular resonances, which are the frequencies at which atoms and molecules prefer to oscillate. Two groups of researchers (Rittby, et al., and Korsch, et al.), each using a different method, came up with different locations for these resonances. Settling the dispute proved to be extremely difficult due to the fact that neither method could predict the actual resonances, but instead simply gave approximations. In fact, at the time there was no way to locate resonances with absolute certainty. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A Citation: Mathematicians settle 30-year-old resonance controversy (2014, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-mathematicians-year-old-resonance-controversy.htmlcenter_img The controversy remained unsettled for the last 30 years. But now in a new study, mathematicians have presented a method that, for the first time, can locate resonances with absolute certainty and high accuracy. The method can also tell when approximations fail to lie near true resonances. Using this method, the researchers could show which approximations from the two groups in the ’80s were accurate, and which were not, finally settling the controversy.The mathematicians, Sabine Bögli, et al., from the University of Bern in Switzerland, Cardiff University in the UK, Stockholm University in Sweden, and Regensburg, Germany, have published their paper on the new method for determining resonances in a recent issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society A.A key ingredient in the new method is interval arithmetic. By operating on intervals rather than numbers, interval arithmetic allows every computational step to be carried out with absolute certainty. Interestingly, interval arithmetic has recently been used in a variety of areas, including navigation of an autonomous robotic sailboat, optimization of a spacecraft traveling between planets, and improvement of stability in particle accelerators.In this study, the researchers used interval arithmetic to prove with absolute certainty that the approximations of resonances in Rittby, et al., do lie near true resonances, whereas the approximations of higher resonances in Korsch, et al., do not. The new method also reveals additional information, in particular the existence of two new pairs of resonances that were originally suggested in a previous paper (Abramov, et al.), but not predicted by either Rittby, et al., or Korsch, et al. The researchers explained that this part was the most challenging because these pairs are so close to the imaginary axis, and the resonances in each pair are so close to each other. The results could have implications for a wide variety of areas.”Resonances are ubiquitous in physics, e.g., in mechanics, acoustics, and electrical circuits,” coauthor Marco Marletta, Professor at Cardiff University in the UK, told Phys.org. “In atomic physics, resonances are associated with metastable states of a system having a sufficiently long lifetime to be well-characterized and to render them significant experimentally and theoretically. The imaginary part of a resonance is related to the decay rate or inverse lifetime of the system.”The researchers explained that the work could be applied to some very computationally challenging problems.”For problems with complex eigenvalues (such as resonances in complex scaling), numerical computations are prone to be unreliable because small errors in input data may result in large errors in the results and/or because spurious eigenvalues may occur (spectral pollution),” explained coauthor Christiane Tretter, Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland, and from Stockholm University in Sweden. “Therefore methods guaranteeing absolute certainty such as interval arithmetic may prove to be highly useful.” Credit: Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 Ground-breaking insights into quantum chaos in ultracold gas This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Get touched by RajasthanIII

first_imgFor another peek into the marvels of the open art gallery of Rajasthan: pack your bags and hit the road for the town that lies in the heart of Shekhawati region- Dunlod. A blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture awaits you at the Dunlod fort founded in 1750, merely 250 km away from Delhi. While you are at it, why not have a taste of the royal times and travel around riding the finely bred horses or hop onto a camel safari; see the town where the fort has been converted into a heritage property offering a cosy and royal stay to the travelers. It features Diwan-e-khas (Hall of Private Audience) that has stained glass windows, fine antiques and an impressive library; along with the first floor marked as ‘zenana’ quarters that has an exquisite décor and furniture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Its magnificence continues in the Goenka haveli, built in the year 1875 AD in the kingdom of raja of Dunlod. Explore its beautiful frescoes, fine mirror work above the windows and features of florets, and birds in the courtyard. The splendid haveli now hosts a newly established museum- Seth Arjun Das Goenka Haveli museum that curates the relics of Goenka household. The haveli symbolizes the vision of Arjun das:  functional efficiency with panoramically aesthetic views from wherever you choose to stand. The wooden doors of the museum are adorned with eye catching carving that is reminiscent of the old traditional woodwork of Shekhawati.last_img read more

All in an another way

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can head on to Kumar Gallery as it brings to us the show Confluence of Consciousness, the recent paintings of Shampa Sircar Das. Das uses philosophy and aesthetics, encompassing a layers of consciousness and realised awareness through individual and shared journeys. The work is based upon imagination, fuelled and inspired by mythology rich and complex in Buddhist and Vedic pantheons. As in sacred or spiritually based art, the image assists a viewer, creator, and participant, to shed his/her separateness and join in a broader cosmic dance of realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Th canvases are over-laid with adapted Himalayan imagery which although resonant and in parts quite beautiful lacked a cohesion and sense of wholeness which appear in these paintings. Das creates layers of paint with brushes and rollers upon her canvas. Abstract particles and symbols of the belief she refers to as many hidden things as in life. In her words, form later emerges and blocks of colour assume shape, to reveal a fluid, tangeld work of intricate dimension. Of plural existence, such has become fused, these worlds retain shared essence, as in the Vedic maxim, Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman), base of the principle of adavaita (nonduality), and the fundamental belief in the inherent residence of Buddhahood in every living being. Transience and a sense of movement in these paintings touch the viewer with the play between form and emptiness. The patterned textures resemble delicate sutras on silk, with glimmers of concrete reference and beneficent beings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixParts of world both known and perceived, such manifestations question what is equal in this embrace of immanence and naturalism. Her work of vajras, golden deer, mudras and mandalas, ephemeral beings and textile-like patterns like continuous energy, reflect the limitations of conceptual reality. One work in this exhibition bears accord with a Chinese Tang dynasty Buddha has been documented over the last three years by the most highly developed 3D technology to depict the intricate carvings across the body of the life of Buddha.  As a distinct voice, Das visions are replete with shunya, purusha, and the five elements (tattva), denoting the natural powers which surround one, and the myriad levels which guide one to higher climes.When: 30 April – 15 MayWhere: Kumar Gallery, 56 Sundernagar Timing: 7-9 pmlast_img read more

Leap of faith

first_imgA  fun filled story telling session was held at the launch of part ll in Hanuman Trilogy Amma, Tell Me How Hanuman Crossed the Ocean!’.The story-telling session was attended by Delhi’s mommies along with their kids. Spotted at the event were famous author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, choreographer Aparna Behl , Simran Sawhney, photographer Sumiko Murgai Nanda along with their kids who had a gala time at the interactive session.As author Bhakti Mathur read out the characters from the book, Hanuman, bear, snake and Lankini came alive when the children donned the costumes of the characters from the book and engaged in role plays.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fun and joy of exploring the mythological world left the children thoroughly entertained. Face painting and tattoo sessions was another crowd pleaser at the event. Speaking at the launch at Caffe Tonino, Mathur said, “I’m excited to launch my second book on Hanuman triology and thrilled to see that the kids in India enjoy mythology in today’s technology driven environment”. “Hanuman is a great teacher as he teaches us the value of life and the mantra to live by —with great power comes with great responsibility”, she further added.  In this new and epic story, Hanuman leaps across a mighty ocean, with his forgotten powers regained, and with his strength, wit and devotion.It is a story of how he charmed a mountain, defeated a dragon and crushed a snake. The story talks about the mighty Hanuman who fought the powerful guard of Lanka, on his great mission for Rama’s sake.last_img read more

Govt may push for vote on GST Bill

first_imgLast days of the ongoing Monsoon session have turned into a nerve- wracking battle between the treasury Benches and the principal Opposition Congress. Spurred by criticism of the Congress strategy to stall the functioning of both the Houses, first by the Samajwadi Party and on Tuesday by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the government may push for a vote on the GST Bill on Wednesday. According to government sources, the Bill would be passed and it would provide an opportunity to the treasury Benches to further isolate the principal Opposition and strengthen the charge that they were anti-development. “We have the option of going for special session for the passage of the Bill, if it doesn’t happen during the current session,” said a BJP leader.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIn what could be music to the ears of ruling NDA, the Opposition BJD on Tuesday attacked the Congress in Parliament over disruptions, saying “manifestation of fascism” was being witnessed inside the House. BJD members voiced displeasure both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over disruptions, becoming the second Opposition party after Samajwadi Party to target Congress for stalling Parliament.Meanwhile, the government on Tuesday moved the goods and services tax (GST) bill in Rajya Sabha for consideration, but a debate on it was blocked by a vociferous Congress which raised procedural issues.    Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFinance Minister Arun Jaitley, who moved the much-delayed bill, slammed the Congress, saying the party was raising various issues just to stall the country’s economic growth.Amid slogan-shouting by Congress members, he said the Congress was using Lalit Modi issue against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as a “pretext” to stall the important tax legislation. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said since it was a Constitutional Amendment Bill, the House had to be in order for its passage and adjourned the proceedings till Wednesday. “This being a Constitution Amendment Bill, I cannot take up the Bill in pandemonium,” said Kurien, as he adjourned the House. Jaitley said disruptionist politics were dangerous both for the Congress and the country and he appealed to the principal Opposition party to “see reason and come on the path of cooperation particularly in relation to policies they themselves had at one stage proclaimed”.“We on behalf of the government, along with the support of all parties who are supporting the GST, are determined to pursue this and will take all correct measures politically and constitutionally to achieve this goal,” he said, indicating that the government was preparing to push the major tax reforms Bill before the session ends on Thursday.last_img read more

Nagerbazar blast CID officers take statements of injured victims

first_imgKolkata: Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) took the statement of fruit seller Ajit Halder, who was injured in the blast at Nagerbazar.Sources said that the CID officers went to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Friday and took statements of the people who were injured in the blast.The investigating officers had attempted to record the statement of Halder earlier, but it became impossible due to his health condition. So the CID officers went to the spot on Friday again and recorded his statement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a blast at Nagerbazar had killed an eight-year-old boy on Tuesday. Initially, the Barrackpore Commissionerate had initiated a probe in this connection. Later, the case was handed over to CID. The blast was suspected to have taken place due to a socket bomb.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said in a Press conference that the probe has been handed over to CID. The investigating agency is probing the incident and they will unearth the truth. She further said that the people involved will be arrested and law will take its course. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe incident led to panic among local people and shops in the area remained closed for the past two days. However, normalcy is gradually getting restored at Nagerbazar as some of the shops in the area were found open on Friday.Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy visited the spot on Friday. He said: “CID is probing the incident and they will find out the facts behind it. We are always with the local people. I would like to assure that there is nothing more to panic about.”He was accompanied by chairman of South Dum Dum Municipality Panchu Roy. He claimed that the bombs were kept there targetting them.last_img read more

Willpower matters love cures

first_imgCansurvive, a literary adaptation of the book ‘CANSURvive: Subah Ka Pata’ written by Asif Ali which deals with the life of cancer patients, their struggles and thereby creating awareness on the disease.Seasoned director and former National School of Drama (NSD)alumna , Vandana Vashisht, beautifully depicts how cancer survivors grapple with the disease and their inner turmoil.   Rajni and Kamal, the two main protagonists both potray cancer survivors and play revolves around how they finally conquer the dreaded disease. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both the pivotal characters are a study in contrast. While, Rajni is full of life, chirpy and optimistic refusing  to give in, Kamal on the other hand is brooding and gripped in melancholy and always mourning. Showing two sides of the coin, the play provides insight on how the presence of a support system helps a cancer patient win the battle for life.Rajni has her doting husband supporting her on every step of her fight whereas Kamal is ploughing a lonely furrow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe director succeeded in showing how the desire to live can defeat death itself. Vashisht shows how affection from loved ones can alleviate one’s suffering. Some humour was also weaved in which provided much needed break to the audience. The lighting was very well taken care off and was in sync with the theme.The cast included the likes of Sonal Jha ( Balika Vadhu), Bhupesh Kumar Pandya (who  featured in Vicky donor), Sajida and Vivek (NSD alumni). All the actors did full justice to their characters.The music was given by eminent music director Kajal Ghosh. The contemporary dance to express the emotions of the patients during their treatment added glint to the play. From hand movements to expressions, the choreography too was graceful.The play concluded on the note that apart from one’s willpower, love from family can prove to be a catalyst in recuperation.last_img read more

Adenovirushit children vulnerable to bronchiolitis say doctors

first_imgKolkata: Children affected with adenovirus are a cause of concern for the city doctors as the affected patients often develop respiratory problems even after they are released from the hospitals.According to the doctors, the children, who are once affected with adenovirus, are later developing serious lung infection which the doctors termed as ‘bronchiolitis obliterans (BO). Otherwise known as popcorn lung and constrictive bronchiolitis, the disease causes obstruction to the smallest airways of the lungs (bronchioles) due to inflammation. Symptoms include a dry cough, shortness of breath and feeling tired. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe affected children are developing lung infection, which eventually leads to pneumonia. Children are more susceptible to the virus due to their low immunity. The infection can spread fast among the children who tend to be in close contact with the affected ones. Earlier, it was difficult to identify the virus. Respiratory problem, sore throat, fever, persisting cough and cold are the signs of the virus. It has also been learnt that some children and a few elderly patients have been under Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statemedication at various hospitals in the city with similar symptoms. More than 100 children have been affected with adenovirus in past couple of months. What is worrying for the doctors is that many of the children who return home after being cured, again complaining respiratory distress. As there is no specific medicines for the disease the situation is further complicated. It may be mentioned here that more than 20 babies were admitted at the Institute of Child Health with adenovirus most of them have been released from the hospital after treatment. Many other private hospitals in the city also admitted patients with the same disease. The babies who have been admitted to the hospital are aged between four months and one year. Adenovirus can be a serious cause when it comes to morbidity and mortality. According to a senior official of a private hospital in Park Circus, there is also a crisis of influenza vaccine due to the rising number of viral infection patients in the past three months. There is no proper vaccine for adenovirus and hence the doctors are administering other medicines to the patients. If fever keeps recurring despite medication, the patient should be taken to the hospital and also if they complain of irritation in eyes or muscle pain. Adenovirus appears to be like a common respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics do not properly work when the patient is affected with this virus. If the symptoms persist for more than two to three days, the cause should get investigated without further delay, a senior official of the private hospital said.last_img read more

Massive security arrangements in place 6000 cops deployed for mega rally

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police will have stringent security arrangements and at the same time a comprehensive traffic management plan for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Martyrs’ Day rally on Sunday.A senior official of the Kolkata Police said on Saturday that there will be 6,000 police personnel deployed. There will also be three Quick Response Teams (QRT), Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS), four teams of the Kolkata Police’s Reserve Police Force in action. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe city police have already come up with five watch towers and roads leading to the venue of the rally have been divided into 10 zones. 100 CCTVs have been installed in and around the rally area to keep a close watch on the movement of party supporters who will be holding processions from different parts of the city including Howrah and Sealdah stations and converge at the site of the rally. There will be four Deputy Commissioners supervising the arrangement. 40 police pickets have been set up at different locations in and around the city. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We are ready to make traffic diversions as and when necessary to ensure that the traffic movement is normal,” a senior official of the Traffic department said. A sub-control room has also been set up on the terrace of the Victoria House (CESC Building), beside the venue to keep a close watch on the movement of the masses. There will be bomb squad personnel and dog squads to prevent any untoward incident. The Kolkata Police have arranged for 18 trauma care ambulances at different locations in and around the city with eight giant screens being erected at different corners of the city. No goods carriage including trucks, matadors will be allowed to enter the city from 4 am on Sunday till 8 pm. TMC observes the Martyrs’ Day every year on July 21 in its bid to pay homage to 13 Youth Congress workers, allegedly killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in Bengal. Banerjee will be the main speaker at the event and other senior party leaders will also address the rally.last_img read more

VIDEO Scorching hot Steph Curry knocks down 23 of 25 threes in

first_img Advertisement Steph Curry is wrapping up his SC30Select high school all-star camp today, and at halftime of the final camp game he scorched the nets with an unconscious shooting displayIn a three-point competition set up, Curry knocked down 23 of 25 threes off the off racks, and got the campers worked into a frenzy by the end of his round. He knocked down 16 in a row at one point.Love him or hate him, watching Steph Curry shoot a basketball is damn near perfection.Racks, on racks, on racks. @stephencurry30 goes 23/25 during the #SC30Select Showcase Game halftime show presented by @Chase. pic.twitter.com/5LPz5DsK25— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) August 9, 2017last_img

VIDEO Micd up Sean McVay is blown away by Brandin Cooks speed

first_imgIt only took one year for 32-year -old coaching phenom Sean McVay to establish himself as one of the best head coaches in the NFL, and this year he has a stacked roster he hopes can make a run to the Super Bowl.A mic’d up McVay was happier than a kid on Christmas to get to work at the Rams first OTA practice, and to get his first look at some of the new talent in the fold. He was blown away by the speed of newly acquired burner Brandin Cooks and was happy to tell anyone in earshot about it throughout the practice. Cooks should make this offense even more dangerous, which is terrifying for opponents.Aside from raving about Cooks, you can see how McVay’s youthful energy is infectious why he has the Rams believing they can make a Super Bowl run in only his second year. Dude is special.“Wooo! It’s good to be back, man!”Mic’d Up: Inside #LARams OTAs with Coach McVay! pic.twitter.com/DmWfkWUggZ— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 24, 2018 Advertisementlast_img

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

10 Trends for 2014 We Seek Imperfect Human Moments With Our Smartphones

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free December 3, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Trends for 2014.Image credit: JWTOur obsession with technology is increasingly becoming our frustration.As we continue to immerse ourselves in technology and live ever more “on the grid,” we are simultaneously digging in our heels, nostalgic for days when our lives were more anonymous and less immediate. We are growing into our tech-connected selves, but we are also fraught with confusion about what lies ahead.It’s teenage, pre-pubescent angst.Heading into 2014, the evolution of our tortured love/hate relationship with technology is going to define and direct what we want and how we think.Ann Mack, the director of trend spotting at New York City advertising agency JWT, has broken down our future trajectory into a list of 10 directions that we human beings are being moved — in some cases propelled, in others dragged — in 2014 and beyond.For entrepreneurs looking for how to push their business model forward or entrepreneurs-to-be noodling around for startup fodder, take a look at JWT’s top 10 list for inspiration.1. Immersive experiences. We expect more of our entertainment. It has to touch all of our senses.Example: Wireless audio system maker Sonos has set up installations in NYC and Los Angeles where color washes, lighting and animation coordinate with the music playing out of speakers.Related: Self-Made Billionaire Michael Rubin: E-Commerce Is Rapidly Changing (Video)2. Talk with pictures. We live in an increasingly visual world. With a personal camera, video camera and computer in our hands all day long every day, we Instagram our breakfast, Vine our walk to work, Tweet pictures of our friends at dinner and post pictures on Facebook of our living room redecoration.Example: Online dating site Tinder gets 350 million swipes each day. There are no longwinded, oversharing profiles to fill out or read; users judge exclusively on photos.3. Faster, faster, faster. We are in the midst of what Mack has called “the age of impatience.” Customers expect more, faster and more conveniently than ever before. And, we are growing increasingly impulsive.Example: EBay Now will deliver anything you want from a local merchant in roughly an hour for $5.4. Mobile technology as a ticket to opportunity. Having a phone now means that you are connected. Increasingly, mobile technology — even the simple SMS text message — is being leveraged to bring access to health care, education, and finance to people in developing nations.Example: A partnership between Vodafone and Turkey’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture allows farmers to receive updates on the weather, government regulations and the market price of goods.5. Computers reading our minds. Emotion-recognition software and brain-computer interfacing means the technology around you is able to register your mood. (So while you make be faking a smile, your smartphone might know better.)Example: Food and beverage company Nestle tracked students brainwaves in a “brain booth” while they were eating a Kit Kat bar and then with that data, created an illustration, unique to each person.6. You really can’t hide, ever. If you have a mobile device with you, then companies and governments can probably find you. And most people are pretty creeped out by this. (But not creeped out enough to put down their smartphones, of course.)Example: Tesco gas stations in the U.K. have monitors that analyze the gender and age of the people standing in front of them and show ads based on the results. The monitoring system also knows how long a consumer has looked at a particular ad.Related: Pencils of Promise Is Giving Nonprofits a Hard-Nosed Entrepreneurial Facelift7. We kind of all hate the technology we worship. In an effort convince ourselves that we have not literally crawled inside our own computers and that we do really still maintain interpersonal relationships with things other than our smartphones, there is an increasing preference for things that are human and “off the grid.”Example: Musicians such as She & Him, Jack White, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Prince have asked their audiences to keep their smartphones tucked away during concerts so they aren’t looking out onto a sea of iPhone screens.8. No tradition is too sacred to be smushed up and remastered. Long-standing rituals are going in the blender and coming out the other side with new, redefined social norms.Example: We are spending less time bent over prayer books in pews, but in the U.S. and U.K., secular “godless congregations” are seeking to bring people together for many of the community benefits and ritualistic gatherings associated with Sunday churchgoing.9. Perfection is overdone. As technology makes our daily lives more precise, curated and busy, we lust for the imperfect, the slightly off-kilter, the quirky, the human essence in experiences and objects.Example: An Austrian grocery store chain called Billa launched a line of slightly imperfect fruits and vegetables that it called “Wunderlinge.” The word itself is a combination of the word for “anomaly” and the word for “miracle.”10. We all just want to be zen. As we get busier and busier and busier, and our smartphones — and therefore our connectivity to the world — follows us from the office to the car to the train to the home and back again, we all are looking for how to stay calm. Living in the moment isn’t just for the yoga studio anymore.Example: Virgin Atlantic had meditation gurus develop videos to stream on its flights teaching consumers how to sleep and stay calm when they are bored.Related: IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watson’s ‘Brain’ for Everyone 5 min readlast_img read more

Apple to Pay 24 Million for Infringing on Ancient Pager Patents

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 19, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. A federal jury has ruled that Apple must pay $23.6 million to Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel) for infringing on five of its patents, which cover pager technology.Unsurprisingly, the patents were granted a while ago — all were filed sometime between 1992 and 1997, the Guardian reports, and a few have already expired. (Interestingly, patent law allows for the collection of back-payments, so MTel can still make money off them).MTel sued Apple last year, claiming that services on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (particularly iMessage, emojis and calendar invitations) infringed on a number of its patents that cover pager technology.Related: Looks Like Big Tech Is Winning the Battle With Patent TrollsApple argued that the patents in question were invalid when they were issued, but even if the jury disagreed with that assessment, the infringement fee should be a maximum of $1 million, reports Ars Technica. The tech giant’s case mirrored criticisms often thrown a technology patents granted in the ’90s:  They’re overly broad and fuzzily worded (the United States Patent and Trademark office awarded a patent covering the “interactive web,” which…means what, exactly?)MTel’s lawyers countered that the company was a pioneer in wireless messaging in the 1990s with its development of the SkyTel two-way paging system, and as such its patents deserve recognition. “The guys working back then at SkyTel were way ahead of their time,” Andrew Fitton, CEO of United Wireless (which controls MTel) told Bloomberg. “This is vindication for all their work.” MTel was seeking $237 million, or $1 per infringing device sold, but the company’s lawyers applauded the verdict nonetheless.“Apple makes a great product and they deserve a lot of the credit they get,” Daniel Scardino, one of MTel’s lawyers, told Re/code. “But they should also give credit to those who are due credit for advancing the state of technology that came before them. That’s what this trial is all about.”Apple has been taken to court a lot lately. Last month, the tech giant won another infringement case involving pager patents; in that instance, Apple was able to depict the plaintiff, GPNE, as a patent troll. Related: A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent TrollsAs the Guardian notes, MTel isn’t technically a patent troll — the colloquial term for non-practicing entities, or companies that collect patents not in order to make products or services, but instead solely to collect licensing fees from accused infringers – because it actually still uses its patented technology to operate a pager system for firefighters and paramedics.However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t acting like one – according to Ars Technica, since 2012, MTel has sued Amazon, AT&T, Blackberry, Clearwire, Leap Wireless, LG Electronics, Sprint Nextel, HTC,  ZTE, T-Mobile, and United Parcel Service. Most suites were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, a district renowned for favoring patentees. (Out of the more than 6,000 patent suits filed in United States federal courts last year nearly 25 percent were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation).Next up in line for the courthouse: Samsung. MTel is suing the company for infringing the same pager patents.Related: Tesla’s New Patent Strategy Makes Senselast_img read more

Cyber Ring Stole Corporate Secrets for Gaming US Stock Market

first_imgDecember 1, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies.Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc, which disclosed the operation on Monday, said that since the middle of last year, the group has attacked email accounts at more than 100 firms, most of them pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.Victims also include firms in other sectors, as well as corporate advisors including investment bankers, attorneys and investor relations firms, according to FireEye.The cybersecurity firm declined to identify the victims. It said it did not know whether any trades were actually made based on the stolen data.Still, FireEye Threat Intelligence Manager Jen Weedon said the hackers only targeted people with access to highly insider data that could be used to profit on trades before that data was made public.They sought data that included drafts of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, documents on merger activity, discussions of legal cases, board planning documents and medical research results, she said.”They are pursuing sensitive information that would give them privileged insight into stock market dynamics,” Weedon said.The victims ranged from small to large cap corporations. Most are in the United States and trade on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, she said.An FBI spokesman declined comment on the group, which FireEye said it reported to the bureau.The security firm designated it as FIN4 because it is number 4 among the large, advanced financially motivated groups tracked by FireEye.The hackers don’t infect the PCs of their victims. Instead they steal passwords to email accounts, then use them to access those accounts via the Internet, according to FireEye.They expand their networks by posing as users of compromised accounts, sending phishing emails to associates, Weedon said.FireEye has not identified the hackers or located them because they hide their tracks using Tor, a service for making the location of Internet users anonymous.FireEye said it believes they are most likely based in the United States, or maybe Western Europe, based on the language they use in their phishing emails, Weedon said.She said the firm is confident that FIN4 is not from China, based on the content of their phishing emails and their other techniques.Researchers often look to China when assessing blame for economically motivated cyber espionage. The United States has accused the Chinese government of encouraging hackers to steal corporate secrets, allegations that Beijing has denied, causing tension between the two countries.Weedon suspects the hackers were trained at Western investment banks, giving them the know-how to identify their targets and draft convincing phishing emails.”They are applying their knowledge of how the investment banking community works,” Weedon said.(Editing by Eric Walsh) This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

8 Digital Experts Entrepreneurs Can Learn From

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 22, 2015 In a world driven by digital media, you’d be smart to take lessons on how to create effective online content from the current leaders in the digital marketing and PR space.Related:  3 Digital Marketing Channels That Work for Every AdvertiserWho are they? In this list you’ll find some of the brightest minds, men and women whose impeccable personal brands make them stand out from the crowd and act as positive beacons for the companies they’ve founded or represent.1. Marty Weintraub What Marty Weintraub, digital agency aimClear’s founder and chief evangelist, has done so well is develop a unique persona that is instantly recognizable if his content pops up on Twitter or at an event somewhere around the world. A deep thinker, Weintraub gives you the sense that he’s happy to go a lot further than most to get answers to the problems he’s trying to solve, which is probably why he and his business are so successful.2. Jemima Kiss As head of technology at The Guardian, Kiss has been writing about the field for years. She has a very engaging style that means you can’t help but get sucked into what she’s saying. As someone known for speaking her mind, what Kiss does so well is bridge the gap between technology and real life, making issues accessible by distilling information with great thought and integrity. That’s skill.3. John Gagnon I’ve known Gagnon for a number of years in his role at Microsoft as Bing ads evangelist. Through his personal brand, Gagnon exudes a lot of enthusiasm coupled with smart thinking and generosity. One of the keys to a great personal brand is to make sure it’s not all about you. And Gagnon does that well, easily engaging with people and showing empathy across all aspects of the part of Microsoft he represents. That’s what makes him such a great advocate for the brand and the reason people keep inviting him to speak at their events and request interviews.Related:  Create a Better Digital Marketing Strategy With These 4 Tips4. Lisa Barone For many years I’d try my hardest to sit next to Barone at digital marketing conferences around the world, just so I could watch her “live blog” insight on stage. Barone’s skill with the English language knows no bounds and she manages to articulate technical subject matter in a way that is accessible and often (intentionallly) hilarious. Barone proves you don’t have to bamboozle people with buzzwords. Her philosophy is, find a way to tell a story that gives everyone an understanding and they will come back for more.5. Steve Barrett As editor-in-chief of PR Week, Barrett has one of the most interesting jobs in media, as he has to navigate a landscape about PR people, driven by PR people! Barrett gave me my first gig as a digital blogger on Media Week in the United Kingdom back in 2007, which shows his progressive nature. Knowledgeable but always willing to learn, Barrett embodies trust and fairness like few others I’ve met in this space. He has a level of integrity many entrepreneurs could learn from.6. Michelle Killebrew Killebrew runs go-to-market strategy for IBM’s social business arm. Not only does she have the digital smarts most entrepreneurs should aim for, but she has a very engaging social presence as well. She is ubiquitous at conferences around the United States in her role of evangelizing IBM’s services. And she is a master at sharing others’ content and insight, with a level of generosity that transcends basic broadcasting. She’s a testament to the emerging trend of big companies empowering their employees to tell their stories more authentically.7. Larry Kim Kim is the founder of search-marketing software company Wordstream. He presents at conferences all over the world and is a prolific writer on a number of high-profile sites that bend over backwards to seek his content. What I’ve learned from Kim is that hard work and creatively written content can open all sorts of doors. He’s also a very humble, self-effacing guy as well when you meet him in person. He’s the real deal offline as well as on.8. Jennifer Sable Lopez One of the finest community managers in the world, Lopez is known for taking no prisoners while acting as guardian of all thing Moz.com. What I love about Lopez is her fearlessness in speaking her mind on issues she’s passionate about. A consummate writer and presenter, she treads a fine line between being supremely helpful and not suffering fools. Her captivating nature keeps you enthralled whether you agree with her or not. It’s an effective trait to have when representing a business with a global footprint.These digital leaders not only think about the impression they’re making through their personal brands, they have exceptional traits we can all learn from when trying to build a business in a digital world that demands authenticity and tenacity to succeed.Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Learn About Digital Marketing and PR 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Save Nearly 50 Percent on This Dell Inspiron Desktop Belkin Surge Protectors

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 25, 2016 How Success Happens Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up some can’t-miss deals. Check it out:Dell Inspiron 3650 Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Desktop with 16GB RAM for $579 (Orig. $1,102.99) Use code: ?K6H5M3MV545KD. This newest Inspiron desktop was redesigned to take up 40 percent less space on your desk and is stacked with power, capacity and memory to handle anything you throw at it. It’s easily the best deal we’ve seen on a desktop.Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum (REFURB) for $199.99 (Orig. $299.99)These cordless Dysons are an excellent way to conveniently keep an office or home claen. No more dragging out a heavy canister to do small pickups. These are generally expensive with the newest models costing well over $350. You can get a refurbished version for only $200 now. We purchased a refurbished model with the same deal and have been using it with no problems for more than a year now.Aluminum Laptop Stand for $28 (Orig. $40)Use code: VYNVHK6X. This is a sleek aluminum stand to seamlessly match your MacBook laptop. It’s created from a single piece of aluminum and is designed to work as a heat sink for your laptop and raise the screen up and tilt the keyboard for better ergonomics.Belkin 8-Outlet Pivoting Surge Protector for $18.29 (Orig. $29.99)Belkin makes some of the most popular and well-designed surge protectors around. This one is no exception. Each of its eight outlets can pivot to better manage your cables and will help you avoid blocked outlets from power bricks. It is an excellent choice if you have many odd-shaped adapters (particularly for the Apple electronics).For more great deals, check out our TechBargains Small Business page.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. 2 min readlast_img read more

Your Guide to 2016 Labor Day Deals

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Labor Day is a great weekend to get deals, however there are a surprisingly large number of deals you won’t find in-store–particularly on electronics and savings coupons unless you look online. The team at TechBargains is here to help you get the best deals and avoid sales that you can find better pricing at other times of the year.TP-Link WiFi Smart Plug for $24.99 (Orig $29.95)Control and schedule lights or electronics that you plug in with this WiFi Smart plug, all from the ease of your smartphone. You can connect any electronics item to the Amazon Echo and control specific electronics to turn off or on. There is an “Away” mode that will turn devices on or off at different times. This is a great upgrade over your traditional timers and gives you a control at the touch of your smartphone when you are home. 55″ Vizio E-Series 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV + $200 Dell Gift Card for $499.99 (Orig $569.99)TVs are regularly are a little know discounted purchase during Labor Day. It’s a brief window of down time before football or basketball start up. This particular deal at Dell is steal with a $200 gift card included which effectively drops the price down to $300 after you use the gift card on a gaming console, computer, monitor or any other electronics Dell sells. This is big screen TV with a full HD 1080p resolution and even 120hz refresh rate which is great for sports and gaming.Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i7-6500U SKYLAKE 15.6″ Laptop (8GB/1TB) for $549 (Orig $752.99)Use Code: DELL549LT. If you need power and higher build quality this Dell Inspiron 15 5000 fits the bill. It has a powerful i7 processor at only $550 which is a steal of a deal and a price we would expect to see over $600 from Dell. It even has some higher end features such as a AMD Radeon R5 video card for light CAD or graphics work and Intel’s 3D Sense camera.Amazon Labor Day Kitchen Sale: $10 Food Scales, Instant Read Thermometers and moreAmazon is having a kitchen sale that runs through Labor Day to fulfill a lot of your grilling and cooking needs over the holiday. You can get an instant read thermometer to check meat temperatures in a matter of seconds, food scales to precisely scale out portions, steak knives, $18 bamboo cutting boards and many other kitchen tools and gadgets on sale. Dell Latitude 13 7000 Intel Core M 1080p 2-in-1 Touch Laptop w/ Detachable Keyboard for $499 (Orig. $999)Use code: EXTRA$100OFF. This is the lowest price we’ve seen and a PCMag’s Editor’s Choice for a premium detachable hybrid tablet. It weighs in at only 3.67 pounds and can be used either as a tablet or dock into a keyboard base to do some real typing. It has an all day 10-hour battery life making it perfect for all-day meetings or travel. Lastly as a business class laptop it includes a better than normal 3-year warranty with in-home or on-site service. This is an incredible price for a business class 2-in-1 laptop at 50% off.iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for $524.98 (Orig. $600)Spending $500 on a vacuum cleaner seems like a lot but if you never have to spend time on vacuuming again then we consider it money well spent. This higher end Roomba has multi-room navigation and more powerful 3-stage AeroForce cleaning compared to the Roombas in the $300 price range. Contigo Autoseal Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 16oz Mug for $12.19 (Orig. $16+)Stop spilling coffee or tea on yourself. This stainless steel mug auto seals and keeps drinks warm for up to five hours and cold drinks cool for up to 12 hours. These get fantastic reviews and are sort of a must if you have a daily commute.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 31, 2016last_img read more

3 Competitive Advantages of Deep Learning for Your Company

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What do you think of when you hear about AI? Do you picture your favorite sci-fi movie or a book that you read when you were younger? In that favorite book or movie, were the robots smart? Could they learn?Today’s software robots can. In AI, we can find a subset of machine learning called “deep learning,” which is defined as networks that can learn unsupervised from unstructured data.Now the bigger question is: Are you ready to take advantage of deep learning in your business? The vast ocean of data grows exponentially every day. If you and your company can’t keep up, you’ll be left behind.It’s time to utilize intelligent automation to help your business grow, keep organized, and stay on top of the competition. Let’s discuss three advantages of deep learning for your company.1. Cost and time benefits.Neural networks are trainable “brains.” You give them your company’s information and train them to do a task, such as generating reports, and they will use that training, new information, and their “work experience” to adapt and improve in much the same way a human worker learns.Related: Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is ‘Limited’ After the Facebook CEO Called His Warnings ‘Irresponsible’Unlike a human worker, however, these software robots work at a much faster rate and never sleep. The utilization of deep learning in your business can save your company money spent in hiring extra employees or outsourcing for specified projects. It can also save your employees time.When repetitive or time-consuming work is done quickly and efficiently at the push of a button, your employees are freed up to do the creative work that will help your company grow. Let’s talk more about that next.2. Quality and accurate results.As the CEO of your company, you want accuracy. You want quality. Unfortunately, what you often get from your human worker is error-filled and inferior. This is especially true for repetitive tasks and data processing. Humans need rest and fuel. They get tired or hungry and make careless mistakes.Your AI worker doesn’t need rest and will not make mistakes. It uses deep learning to, well, learn. It takes in new information from the web, from your company’s data inputs, or from the results of its own “work” to develop new understandings, producing accurate, high-quality results.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeUsing deep learning, your software robots can recognize more data and images, understand spoken language, overcome problems, and work more efficiently.Image recognition algorithms are becoming increasingly accurate, and AI is becoming more widely used. Through the use of deep learning, your company will avoid common errors and save the time normally spent fixing them.With the improvements in intelligent automation, your employees might become concerned about their jobs, but they actually have the potential for growth.3. Job growth.Companies implementing machine learning must train or hire employees to use the software. This can mean advancement for the right human worker.Other employees can improve and grow in their current creative positions without the distractions of repetitive and time-consuming tasks that can be delegated to AI. When your employees are free to create, you are free to watch your company grow.Related: A VC Perspective – How Valid Is the Threat of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market?Utilizing deep learning for your business will save you money and time in more ways than one. You, your company, and your employees will benefit when you decide to take advantage of what AI has to offer. Will you make a move toward deep learning in your company?Maybe they aren’t like the ones in books or movies, but robots are here, in one form or another. What is the future of AI? In some ways, that is up to you. 4 min read Register Now » March 12, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more