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first_img With Pinnacle´s HD mini Stick viewers can enjoy clear, sharp pictures on their PC or Mac. The mini-Stick supports digital over-the-air TV (ATSC) and unencrypted digital cable TV (ClearQAM) for SDTV and HDTV with resolutions of up to 1080i.With Pinnacle´s TV Center Pro 5 software, viewer´s can record and watch high-quality SD and HD TV shows on their personal computer. Viewers can also record TV shows in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or DivX formats and save the programs on a hard drive or directly to a DVD. Pinnacle also includes a trial version for MPEG-4 support that allows users to output to a Sony PSP or an Apple iPod. In the software package you will also find VideoSpin which allows users to quickly trim the length of their recordings.The HD mini Stick comes with a mini remote control, high-gain telescopic antenna, video recording and editing software and a travel bag. Pinnacle PCTV HD mini Stick and Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick will be available in stores and online by September 21. The suggested retail price for the PCTV HD mini Stick is $119.99 and $129.99 for the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD mini Stick, which will also be available in selected Apple Stores.Via: Pinnacle Image courtesy of Pinnacle Explore further Citation: Pinnacle Unveils Compact USB Digital HDTV Tuner (2008, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-pinnacle-unveils-compact-usb-digital.html 2010 sees Apple at pinnacle of tech industry Just in time for the Fall Season TV line up, Pinnacle has introduce their new ultra-compact HDTV tuner with some features found in DVR’s. With Pinnacle´s HDTV Stick you can also pause live TV and record shows to a hard drive or DVD. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Resistant gut bacteria will not go away by themselves More information: High Frequency of Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Oceans, Lauren D. McDaniel et al. Science 1 October 2010: Vol. 330. no. 6000, p. 5. DOI:10.1126/science.1192243 (PhysOrg.com) — A new study suggests that genes are transferred from one micro-organism to another up to a hundred million times more frequently than previously thought. Explore further A. TEMs of GTA particles of Roseovarius nubinhibens ISM (bar = 20 nm). B. TEMs ofGTAs produced by Reugeria mobilis 45A6 (bar = 50 nm). Image credit: Science , DOI:10.1126/science.1192243 Virus-like particles called gene transfer agents (GTAs) are produced by alpha-proteobacteria and pass from one microbe to another, taking random pieces of genetic material up to 1,000 bases long with them. The high frequency with which this has been found to occur may provide a mechanism by which bacteria in the oceans acquire novel traits, and may play an important role in evolutionary processes.One of the researchers, marine microbiologist John Paul, of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St Petersburg, said scientists had known “there’s a lot of gene shuffling going on in bacteria,” but until now no one had found a plausible mechanism for this horizontal gene transfer (as opposed to transfer of genes down the generations).The existence of GTAs has been known since their discovery in 1974, but until now they were considered merely curiosities or laboratory anomalies. In the laboratory bacteria only produce GTAs in their “stationary phase”, which occurs when they are under stress through crowding, waste buildup and so on. The extent to which they play a part in nature outside of the laboratory was previously unkown, but they have been found in most members of the alpha-proteobacteria. The team led by Paul first genetically engineered GTAs in two species of alpha-proteobacteria to contain a set of genes that conferred antibiotic resistance. They stressed the bacteria to initiate the stationary phase, and then filtered out and purified the GTAs.They then sealed the GTAs in bags of seawater drawn from a variety of coastal environments in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The water samples were teeming with alpha-proteobacteria and other microbes. The bags were then floated in the ocean to simulate natural conditions. After incubation in antibiotics overnight, the various kinds of bacteria surviving in the samples were examined and genetically sequenced. The researchers found up to 47% percent of the naturally occurring bacteria had incorporated the GTAs and their genetic contents into their own genomes.Lauren McDaniel, one of the co-authors of the paper said they were “absolutely amazed to see exact matches for the genes we put into the donor strain in different genera…” There are other means of horizontal gene transfer, such as cell to cell contact, by plasmids (mobile genetic elements) or by bacterial viruses, but these were unlikely to produce the results found.The paper, published in the journal Science may help explain how bacteria can rapidly adapt to change, and quickly become resistant to antibiotics. Genes spread horizontally to other bacteria can lead to an increase in the frequency of those genes if they are beneficial and lead to better chances of survival. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Horizontal gene transfer in microbes much more frequent than previoulsy thought (2010, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-horizontal-gene-microbes-frequent-previoulsy.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Called the Vax ev, the cleaner is designed to be assembled at home by the customer using the cardboard from the box in which it is shipped. The cardboard is pretreated with fire retardant, and because it is the corrugated variety, it is assumed it will be able to withstand the rigors of home vacuuming, though, it isn’t clear just yet how long such a vacuum cleaner would last. In its favor, the entire housing can be easily and cheaply replaced, and customers with some foresight might in fact purchase some extra corrugated cardboard from their local packaging store, along with their new vacuum and then use the original panels as a pattern for fashioning their own replacement panels thus avoiding having to go to the manufacture when their new vac runs afoul of some heavy furniture or perhaps a bit of a liquid spill.Vax, the U.K.s leading floor-care brand says that the new model will be a limited edition, as it’s uncertain just how many customers would actually buy such an appliance. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via Press release Perfect packaging The housings for traditional vacuum cleaners are generally made of injection molded plastics of the type that take a very long time to decay in a landfill and require large centralized plants to make, which means large transportation costs and more air pollution. With rapid process manufactured plastics, such as those used for the inside parts of the Vax ev, parts can be made almost anywhere, making it easier to set up small plants that are closer to the customer.In an interesting side-feature, future owners of the Vax should be able to very easily customize their vacuums with felt tip pens, creating designs that might make the vacuum look a little less like a cardboard box with wheels, and more like a piece of art, or even perhaps, more like the plastic covered models that home vacuumer’s are used to seeing. Citation: College student invents cardboard vacuum cleaner (2011, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-college-student-cardboard-vacuum-cleaner.html (PhysOrg.com) — In another attempt to reduce the amount of plastic refuse that winds up in landfills, Jake Tyler, an industrial design student at Loughborough University has devised a means to construct a working vacuum cleaner out of corrugated cardboard. The vacuum, developed as part of his final year degree project in conjunction with a design team from Vax, where Tyler is now employed, has its housing made of cardboard, while the inside motor works employs recyclable pure nylon plastic using rapid process manufacturing, rather than injection molding.last_img read more

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first_img Discovered: How to unlock inaccessible genes 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. Explore further As Keung and Khalil note, research into chromatin organization is rapidly advancing and because of that advances have been made in better understanding many disease processes. Most of this research, they note, has taken place at the cellular level. In this new effort the researchers took what they describe as an “algorithmic” approach to the study and structure of chromatin biology. Their approach is based on looking at the way individual chromatin regulators operate to produce the different gene expressions that occur. In so doing, they came up with a model that Keung and Khalil describe as both elegant and unifying.The model is based on the development of a framework to quantitatively describe the behavior of individual chromatin regulators (CRs) taking into consideration how they modulate gene expression, how permanent the changes are and how they relate to one another. The framework is then used to compare four distinct repressive CRs using longitudinal measurements they took of single cells via time-lapse microscopy. The end result is a three-state model that allows for capturing the dynamics of nongenetic influences on gene expression.Because the model they built is so simple, it is not well suited for the study of higher level biochemical problems, Keung and Khalil point out, but suggest that connecting the model with data obtained via prior studies should prove interesting. They also note that building such a model is important because it helps to bring logic to the problem of conceptualizing the complexity of chromatin biology. More information: Dynamics of epigenetic regulation at the single-cell level, Science  12 Feb 2016: ol. 351, Issue 6274, pp. 720-724, DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2956, http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6274/720AbstractChromatin regulators play a major role in establishing and maintaining gene expression states. Yet how they control gene expression in single cells, quantitatively and over time, remains unclear. We used time-lapse microscopy to analyze the dynamic effects of four silencers associated with diverse modifications: DNA methylation, histone deacetylation, and histone methylation. For all regulators, silencing and reactivation occurred in all-or-none events, enabling the regulators to modulate the fraction of cells silenced rather than the amount of gene expression. These dynamics could be described by a three-state model involving stochastic transitions between active, reversibly silent, and irreversibly silent states. Through their individual transition rates, these regulators operate over different time scales and generate distinct types of epigenetic memory. Our results provide a framework for understanding and engineering mammalian chromatin regulation and epigenetic memory. Citation: Researchers find that chromatin’s complexity can be reduced into a unifying model of gene regulation (2016, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-chromatin-complexity-gene.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers made up of members from the California Institute of Technology, Tottori University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has conducted a study that has led to finding that that the material of which chromosomes are composed (chromatin) can be reduced to a unifying model of gene regulation. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their approach and why they believe it may lead to a better understanding of the way the expression of the genome is controlled. Albert Keung and Ahmad Khalil with North Carolina State University and Boston University respectively, offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal edition and offer some insight into the direction such work appears to be heading in the near future. The structures of A-, B-, and Z-DNA. Credit: Richard Wheeler/ Wikipedia Journal information: Science © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

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first_imgCredit: © Jessica Fujii Explore further Citation: Genetic study of sea otters suggests very long history of tool use (2017, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-genetic-sea-otters-history-tool.html © 2017 Phys.org Endangered sea otters fly into France (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found via genetic analysis that tool use by sea otters appears to go back hundreds of thousands or even millions of years. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they looked for genetic differences between groups of otters and compared their findings with tool use in bottlenose dolphins to learn more about the history of tool use in marine animals.center_img Journal information: Biology Letters Tool use by land animals, particularly primates and birds, has been extensively studied, the researchers note, but little attention has been paid to tool use by marine animals. In this new effort, they looked at sea otters, which use rocks to break open shelled prey. They also studied bottlenose dolphins, which use sponges to protect their noses as they search among sharp rocks for food.To measure how long otters have been using tools, the team conducted a genetic analysis on several specimens from multiple sites across the Pacific Ocean to determine how closely related they were to one another. They worked under the assumption that if groups of otters that used tools were more closely related to other otter tool users than to non-users, then it was likely tool use was a relatively recent development because it had not permeated to all otters everywhere. But, they found, this was not the case at all—otters that used tools were found to be no more related to other tool users than to groups that did not use tools. When the team conducted the same type of analyses on dolphins, they found the opposite to be true. Groups that used sponges were more closely related to one another than to other groups of the same species that did not use sponges. This, the researchers contend, suggests that sea otters have been using tools for so many generations that it is now part of their basic makeup, which would take hundreds of thousands or millions of years to come about—possibly going back to the time when our human ancestors first began using tools. The bottle nosed dolphins, on the other hand, appear to be part of a group of tool users going back just a few hundred years. More information: Mitogenomes and relatedness do not predict frequency of tool-use by sea otters, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0880AbstractMany ecological aspects of tool-use in sea otters are similar to those in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Within an area, most tool-using dolphins share a single mitochondrial haplotype and are more related to each other than to the population as a whole. We asked whether sea otters in California showed similar genetic patterns by sequencing mitogenomes of 43 otters and genotyping 154 otters at 38 microsatellite loci. There were six variable sites in the mitogenome that yielded three haplotypes, one found in only a single individual. The other two haplotypes contained similar percentages (33 and 36%) of frequent tool-users and a variety of diet types. Microsatellite analyses showed that snail specialists, the diet specialist group that most frequently used tools, were no more related to each other than to the population as a whole. The lack of genetic association among tool-using sea otters compared with dolphins may result from the length of time each species has been using tools. Tool-use in dolphins appears to be a relatively recent innovation (less than 200 years) but sea otters have probably been using tools for many thousands or even millions of years. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img‘The Eternal Radha’ is Suhas’s concept of a mysterious heroine, an image of a perfect woman who is intriguingly garbed as a muse in his works. He recreates the beauty of  nature and stirs the romantic version of the classic in two dimensions in his paintings. He also focuses his portrayal of the female subjects in his works with a special, pristine agelessness. Suhas puts a vital rhythm into the visual sensation, the dynamic equilibrium of forms, the virtues of distinct serenity, and  an unruffled essence of form in his recent works. All the creations are a visual extravaganza with the muse Radha displayed in varying forms. Suhas’ works of art include a skilful execution, varied techniques, adept brush strokes, and the subtle and interesting use of colours. Their fluid strokes immediately elicit a dialogue with the viewer because of their appeal on the visual statement and the underlying mystique of tradition and symbolism embodied in the treatment of their subjects.When: 6 January till 31 January, 11.00 amWhere: Dhoomimal City Gallerylast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Dr Subhash Mukherjee, the creator of India’s first test-tube baby, who committed suicide after the Left Front government had allegedly neglected his research and was harassed by the then strong gynecologists’ lobby, has been paid due respect posthumously by the Mamata Banerjee government for his enormous contribution to modern reproductive system as it named prestigious chairs at two state-run medical colleges in the city after him.Dr Mukherjee, who pioneered in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in India, created the Country’s first test tube baby, Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga, in October 1978 inside his house in Kolkata with the help of some general apparatus and a refrigerator. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe eventually committed suicide in 1981 after failing to get recognition. He could not handle constant criticism and the outright harassment he was subjected to.After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has showed respect to Dr Mukherjee by naming chairs after him at the Physiology department of the NRS Medical College and Hospital and also in the School of Tropical Medicine. The Endocrinology building at the NRS Medical College and Hospital Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedhas been named after him for his contribution towards the modern reproductive technology.Since his feat did not receive due acknowledgement from the scientific community, he might have taken a drastic step. He had to face humiliations when he was transferred to Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital from the Physiology department of the NRS Medical College and Hospital. He was again transferred to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital before being shunted to the Regional Institute of Opthalmology in Kolkata in June 1981 where there was no physiology department. He had committed suicide within a few weeks after he was shunted. The West Bengal government set up an enquiry committee to investigate the matter in 1978. The committee concluded that his claim was false. It was said that the committee that condemned Dr Mukherjee’s procedure reportedly comprised a gynaecologist, a psychologist, a physicist and a neurologist—none of whom had any knowledge of modern reproductive technology. The Left front government had argued that Dr Mukherjee lacked sufficient documentation. In the year 2002, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recognised his work for the first time.He went to Edinburgh University in the UK for a PhD in reproductive endocrinology after studying at the National Medical College and Hospital. After his return, he started his research in ovulation and spermatogenesis. Within a year, he announced the birth of the world’s second test-tube baby with a team comprising Sunit Mukherji, a cryobiologist, and Saroj Kanti Bhattacharya, a gynaecologist. Dr Mukherjee was born at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. It came only 67 days after the British biologist Robert Edwards had announced the birth of the first test-tube baby in England. But unlike Edwards, Dr Mukherjee’s method of cryopreservation to preserve the human embryo is currently the preferred technique of medically assisted reproduction worldwide.last_img read more

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first_imgPope Francis said on Sunday the plight of asylum seekers hoping for a new life in Europe was enough to make him cry, condemning those who treat them “like merchandise”.Speaking during his first pastoral visit to northern Italy, the pontiff slammed hostility towards migrants arriving by boat from Libya, with European countries bickering over who should be forced to provide shelter to the needy.“It brings tears to one’s eyes to see the spectacle of these days, in which human beings have been treated like merchandise,” he told the crowds. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenHe was speaking as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Milan to discuss the immigration crisis which has seen hundreds of migrants blocked on the border between the two countries.The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics was in the industrial city in the northwest of the country for a two-day visit which saw him spend time with the poor, sick and marginalised, including prisoners and migrants.Francis, whose father grew up in the city, was in Turin to pray before the mysterious shroud, believed by Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus but held by sceptics to be a medieval fake.Sitting before it in silence in the city’s cathedral, Francis remained with his head bowed in prayer before rising to contemplate up close the linen cloth which bears the faint image of a man who appears to have died by crucifixion.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Speculations are on over five Congress MLAs joining Trinamool. Though Trinamool leaders are tightlipped over the issue, sources said that they have met party secretary general Partha Chatterjee and submitted a letter expressing their willingness to join the party.These MLAs are Moinul Haque, Abu Taher Khan and Akhrujjaman from Murshidabad and Samar Mukhopadhyay and Sabina Yasmin from Malda. Apurba Sarkar, an MLA from Murshidabad, has already joined Trinamool Congress.It may be mentioned that 11 Congress MLAs have already joined Trinamool and with the joining of these five, the total number of Congress MLAs joining the ruling party will be 16.Congress got 44 seats when Trinamool came back for the second time after the 2016 Assembly election. Madhusudan Ghosh, who was elected from Noapara, died and so a by-election was held, which Trinamool won. Manas Bhuniya joined Trinamool and is now a Rajya Sabha member.With the joining of three MLAs, Murshidabad Congress will be the worst hit. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had appointed Suvendu Adhikari to look after the district, which was said to be a Congress stronghold under Adhir Chowdhury.Under Adhikari’s leadership, Trinamool won the Panchayat election and he persuaded 11 leaders to join Trinamool. Murshidabad is a traditional Congress stronghold, where Atish Chandra Sinha was the leader of Opposition. Chowdhury had trouble with Sinha, who later became insignificant in Murshidabad politics.Though Trinamool had bagged 211 seats in 2016, it does not have any representation in Malda, after two of its ministers, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra, lost. Malda is a Congress stronghold since the time of ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury. With the joining of two MLAs, Congress will lose much of its steam in the district.Speculations are on that Khan Chowdhury’s brother AHA Khan Chowdhury and his niece Mousum Noor are likely to join Trinamool as well.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay on Saturday inaugurated a “Wild Tiger Photography Competition cum Exhibition” at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala at the premises of Nandan. The three-day event was organised by an NGO that works for wildlife conservation to mark the occasion of World Tiger Day (July 29).”The census often does not correctly reflect the count of tigers. The location of our forests is such, that often tigers travel to the neighbouring states and country like Bangladesh across the border. These NGO’s and wildlife enthusiasts work at the ground level for tiger conservation and educate the villagers living near the forests, stating not to kill the wild animals. They have been doing good work in collaboration with the state Forest department,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReferring to the incidents of tiger straying, the minister said loss in forest cover for urbanization is leading animals like tiger to sneak into localities.He also stressed on the need to spread awareness among the tribals in the state to not indulge in the killing of the animals for sport.”The government in association with the NGOs are working towards awareness and at the same time, taking steps for the upliftment of the economic condition of the tribals,” he added. Photographs of 80 wildlife photographers were displayed at the exhibition.last_img read more

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first_imgKOLKATA: Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University on Tuesday blamed the students for forcing the authorities to hold the convocation at Nandan III, instead of Derozio Auditorium which is housed inside the campus.The convocation was held in the absence of Chancellor Keshari Nath Tripathi and the students of the university.At the beginning of the convocation, Professor Lohia said: “The students who are creating trouble should remember that they have come to study at Presidency University and not to stay in Hindu Hostel.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe said the Hindu Hostel building is 130 years old. When she took over as the Vice-Chancellor of the university in 2014, the students had approached her and told her that the hostel had become uninhabitable.”The state government was approached and it took some time to put everything in order,” she said.The problem started on Monday, when some agitating students did not allow Professor Lohia and the university Registrar to enter the campus. The students demanded immediate accommodation in the Hindu Hostel and shouted slogans. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Education minister Partha Chatterjee had criticised the students and said: “They have inherited the legacy of shouting slogans from the Left Front regime.” It was then decided that the convocation would be held at Raj Bhavan, but soon the Governor expressed his inability to be present at the function.Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee was given honorary D.Litt at the event. Chatterjee felt that the students and the university authorities should have a talk to resolve the impasse.last_img read more

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first_imgDakshineswar: The Dakshineswar skywalk, a futuristic 10.5 metre-wide and 340 metre-long elevated glass-and-steel pathway from the Dakshineswar Railway Station to the compound of the famous and historic Kali temple, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.It will also connect the nearby traffic rotary with the gates of the temple compound for those coming for darshan by road. Addressing a gathering here after inaugurating the much-awaited skywalk, the Chief Minister attacked BJP and said that some people, clad in saffron, are misinterpreting religion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”One cannot become a monk just by wearing saffron. The colour symbolises dedication. Some people who intend to pose as monks are fake and they mislead others in the name of religion,” Banerjee said. “I was invited to attend a programme at Chicago to commemorate 150 years of Parliament of Religion where Swami Vivekananda had delivered his historic lecture. But I was not allowed to take part in the event. However, no one can stop us from doing our work with mere threats and politicising critical issues,” the Chief Minister stated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We do not sell religion. I had faced great difficulty in setting up the skywalk. Three political parties misled the hawkers having stalls along Rani Rashmoni Road outside the temple. Even the Calcutta High Court pronounced its judgment saying that the skywalk must be constructed,” she added. The Chief Minister also stated that the state government is mulling similar kind of project outside Kalighat temple. She instructed state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, who was on the stage with her, to initiate dialogue with the Kalighat temple trust so that it can happen. “The KMDA will carry out a survey in order to execute a similar project in Kalighat. A committee will be constituted to look into the matter,” the Chief Minister announced. She once again reminded that lakhs of devotees coming to Dakshineswar temple will be able to enter the temple directly from the railway station through the skywalk without any hassle. “We assured the hawkers that they would be rehabilitated and there would be no loss of employment for them. The state government and Dakhineswar temple trust faced unprecedented inconveniences posed by three political parties. Dakshineswar is an international religious tourist spot. The Centre tried to remove it from their map.” There are 137 stalls set up which will be handed over to the hawkers through a lottery system. The whole process would be completed within the next seven days, she maintained. “I urge the hawkers to maintain cleanliness in the area. Those who will perform well in keeping the place neat will be awarded. I also request Kamarhati Municipality to engage around 50 workers under 100 days work to maintain cleanliness outside the temple. The trust of Dakshineswar temple will monitor the works,” Banerjee added. The state government carried out renovation of Dakshineswar Ghat (river embankment) at a cost of Rs 19 crore and Rs 30 crore was spent for the embankment at Belur Math. She also said that a full-fledged police station will be created for Dakshineswar temple for better management of law and order situation. Banerjee also announced that the history related to the temple will be shown to people through light and sound show that will be held at the temple complex.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: State Water Investigation and Development minister Subrata Mukherjee said on Tuesday that the government has taken up the challenge of addressing the issue of arsenic contamination, which badly affects as many as 83 blocks in the state.”Among the seven districts, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas are two of the worst affected when it comes to arsenic contamination in water. Kolkata is not free from contamination either. Recently in Jadavpur, we examined water from a few deep tubewells and have found arsenic. We had sealed the tubewells. The time has come to prioritise control of arsenic and we have taken it up,” said Mukherjee while addressing a one day national seminar on the issue of surface water in rural Bengal, organised by Sulabh International. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister expressed his disappointment over the role of the Centre in addressing the issue of arsenic, which is a major problem in Bengal as well as some of the other states in the country. “Experts have opined that arsenic is tantamount to cancer. Increasing the armory should not be the parameter of a developing country. A developing country should focus on addressing the issue of contaminated water and arranging supply of purified drinking water to the people,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to Mukherjee, who held the charge of Public Health Engineering department till June 2018, said that the government is extracting water from perennial rivers and purifying it for providing arsenic-free purified water to the people of the state. “In Bankura and Purulia, we have successfully extracted water from DVC and purified it through modern scientific method for supplying to people,” Mukherjee added. It may be mentioned that where the river remains dry during some time in a year, the government has started using submersive pumps to extract water and then purifying it in treatment plants before supplying to people for drinking. “This method is time consuming and recently World Bank and ADB have come forward and said that they are eager to provide financial help to those governments which will undertake scientific projects for arsenic prevention,” Mukherjee said. Stressing on the need of massive campaign to control the spread of arsenic contamination, the minister urged the private sector, including the NGOs, to come forward for tackling the issue. The minister claimed that good quality bacteria-free water alone can prevent the human body from as many as 70 diseases.last_img read more

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first_imgLate night mobile phone use has devastating effects on teenagers’ mental health, a study by Australian researchers at Murdoch and Griffith Universities said.Funded by the Australian Research Council, the world’s first long-term assessment of adolescent mental health regarding late night mobile phone usage examined students’ quality of sleep, along with mood, aggression, coping skills, self esteem and whether they experienced any symptoms of depression, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe process was conducted as an annual survey over four years and included 1,100 students from 29 schools.When the subjects began the process, they were in Class 8 of High School. When the programme concluded, they had hit Class 11.The questionnaires focused on what time of the night students continued to receive or send text messages and phone calls.”We found that late night phone use directly contributed to poor sleep habits, which, over time led to decline in overall wellbeing and mental health,” lead researcher Lynette Vernon said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We have demonstrated how poor sleep is the key link connecting an increase in night-time mobile use with subsequent increase in psychosocial issues.”Around two-thirds or 65 per cent of students in Class 8 who owned a mobile phone were reported to use it regularly after “lights out”.When the study concluded four years later, the figure was 78 per cent, finding that “as their levels of mobile phone use grew over time, so did their poor sleep behaviour”, co-author Kathryn Modecki said. According to Mark Levi, a Sydney-based sleep doctor, the scientific reason why mobile phones can have such a negative influence on sleeping patterns is due to the unnatural light they produce.”Blue light in your bedroom retards your sleeping, it affects your hormones, it affects your melatonin secretions, your insulin secretions, it affects a lot of balance in the body,” Levi told Xinhua on Tuesday.”So the more you sit in bed and watch TV, play with your tablet, phone and have your phone beeping at 3 in the morning, all these things affect the slow waves of your sleep pattern and will give the person poor quality sleep.”Blue light is a real, real problem in the bedroom. It’s a big, huge problem.”For Levi, the findings of the study are no surprise, “there is no question, no question at all that it’s a growing issue with teenagers, adolescents and the young”, the sleep expert said.”When a phone is beeping all night or they are watching a screen all night, it’s affecting their sleep a lot and we’re seeing child with sleep patterns that are disturbed and it’s going to affect their attitude, their cognitive skills, concentrations skills, their moodiness during the day.”Despite the damning findings, Vernon said the answer to solving the problem was not to simply ban teenagers from using their devices but to find ways of promoting better sleep habits among adolescents.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Port Trust has resumed container handling at its Khidderpore Dock (KPD) after nearly 10 years with the first vessel arriving here from Tamil Nadu’s Kattupalli, a senior port official said on Sunday. With the beginning of container handling, the KPD started operating as a hub for coastal shipping, the KoPT official said. “Kolkata Port invested in Khidderpore Dock to attract coastal cargo. After 10 years, we are again utilising KPD for handling containers,” a KoPT spokesperson said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Vessel ‘MCP London’ carrying 50 TEUs of construction related material and white goods from Krishnapattanam and Kattupalli came to Kolkata on July 5 and sailed back next day, port officials said. On its return from KPD on Saturday, it carried 116 TEUs of containers of mainline operators and the vessel will return to Kolkata on July 14. “In near future, this will be useful for carrying cars and white goods to Kolkata,” a port official added.last_img read more

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first_imgHistory’s first version of the “vagina monologues” has been found and dated back to Medieval times. One of the world’s oldest erotic poems is now older than first thought. A discovery at Melk Abbey in Austria has shifted the infamous Der Rosendor, or The Rose Thorn, back 200 years, throwing open the question of sexuality in medieval times. Christine Glaßner from ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) was researching ancient manuscripts in the Abbey’s archive when she found the poem, or rather some of it. According to Smithsonian Magazine, she identified “a long thin strip of parchment on which a few letters per line are visible”, meaning that “The parchment on which the poem was written was cut up and reused as binding in a Latin theological text.”Melk Abbey, Austria. Photo by Thomas Ledl CC by SA-4.0Such recycling was standard practice – though it’s unclear whether religious thrift or censorship is the reason for it winding up in a bind. The poem may have been innocently cut up or its controversial content hidden from view. Either way parchment was too valuable to waste, with even controversial subject matter subject to economic forces.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTwo copies of Der Rosendor from around 1500, the Dresden and Karlsruhe Codexes, have been found and pored over to date. The Guardian reports they “are a constant fascination for medievalists who consider it one of the first ever erotic poems.” The newly-uncovered fragment measures 22 cm by 1.5.cm. Despite its limited size, it has caused a stir in medievalist circles.The parchment found at Melk Abbey. Photo courtesy of Melk Abbey.Experts from both Austria and Germany are examining the erotic snippet, which has game-changing implications. A press release from the Academy describes how previously “it had been assumed that such openness regarding sexuality in the German-speaking world did not appear until the end of the Middle Ages, for example in the urban culture of the 15th century.”Furthermore, things may have gone beyond committing scandalous content to parchment. It’s speculated that “erotic poetry was written, recited and perhaps even staged” a couple of centuries earlier. A definite contrast to the common perception of medieval times as a no go area for sauciness.The question on everyone’s lips concerns the subject of Der Rosendor. Put simply, it has been compared to today’s Vagina Monologues. Presenting readers with the tale of a woman arguing with her private parts, it is viewed as surprisingly sophisticated. What are the two parties in dispute about? The woman, a virgin, believes men are drawn to her attractive appearance. Whereas the expressive vulva puts male interest solely down to itself.Related Video:Smithsonian quotes Glaßner, who says “At its core is an incredibly clever story, because of the very fact that it demonstrates that you cannot separate a person from their sex”.A resolution is reached, though it isn’t as progressive as it seems. The narrator of the tale is a man and it is he who brings the two sides of the argument together… quite literally. The article comments, “The narrator then steps in to offer his aid, and —in a moment that in 2019 that reads, decidedly, creepy—pushes the two back together in a less-than-chivalrous manner.”Der Rosendor is a far cry from what the Academy’s release calls the “love poetry of minstrelsy”. And long before the Vagina Monologues appeared talking genitalia were popping up through history, though this Medieval find makes it the earliest. Most notably the 1748 novel Les bijoux indiscrets goes as far as depicting a magical ring that gives said organs the power of speech. The Rose Thorn has the dubious distinction of being German literature’s first known case of a verbose anatomy.Related Article: The Chastity Belt – Medieval Myth or Reality?The find certainly puts today’s racy climate in context, though it should be pointed out that historians have been lifting the lid on medieval society for a long time. However, further hard evidence of this convention-defying poem underlines historical reality in a way no amount of dry explanation ever could.last_img read more

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first_imgDuring today’s show, the massive news broke that Kawhi Leonard wants a trade out of San Antonio, with the Lakers at the top of his destination wish list. Colin reacted to the news as it came down, and thinks it’s another great sign for Laker fans who are eager to land LeBron James.Leonard is essentially the perfect teammate for LeBron. He’s an elite defender, athletic, and a scorer who doesn’t dominate the ball. He’s also a seasoned playoff vet who has already won titles. The Lakers are already considered the frontrunners for LeBron, and landing Leonard would all but lock him up.Colin thinks Leonard’s strategy to force his way out of San Antonio is a brilliant move. Although he’s under contract, he can still control the trade talks by making it clear he’ll only sign a long-term deal in L.A. Once that’s been established, no other team will want to touch him, and San Antonio’s hand will have been forced.It’s all happening. The Lakers have all the momentum in a potentially league reshaping NBA offseason.  Colin talked about the possibility of James, Leonard and Paul George all joining forces in purple and gold to create the next superteam.Kawhi. Paul George. LeBron.@ColinCowherd envisions what a Lakers superteam could look like pic.twitter.com/dP3rd5trk3— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 15, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgOctober 21, 2009 This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Maybe it was inevitable: Avatars already rule the video game world. They’re taking over Facebook profile pages. They even have their own blockbuster movie (“Avatar,” as if we needed to tell you).And now avatars are taking meetings.ProtonMedia , a Pennsylvania software developer, has unleashed a product called Protosphere–a multi-user program that allows you to create what the company calls a “teaming environment.” In other words, you and your co-workers build your own avatars, then gather to have on-screen meetings in private conference rooms, art galleries, auditoriums–whatever virtual environment feels right.Unlike teleconferencing–so last year!–Protosphere gives everyone face time, without having to deal with actual face.”At first glance, people think this is a 3-D videogame with avatars, but that’s only the sexy skin,” says Ron Burns, ProtonMedia’s founder and CEO.Indeed, Protosphere has recently gained serious traction among major companies. Boeing, Chevron and Johnson & Johnson are just a few of those using the program to connect employees in far-flung offices.Or, surprisingly often, to connect employees in the same office–which makes it quite possible that there are people walking around the Johnson & Johnson building who only know one another as avatars.At least they’re accurate: There are hundreds of ways to customize a Protosphere avatar: First choose a head shape, skin and eye color, nose and other facial features, body type and hairstyle. Sport jeans and a tee for a casual networking event, or change into a pantsuit for that important meeting with the boss.Talking is as easy as clicking the speak button–no need to dial a phone or schedule a call. Users can also chat using instant messaging, and comments can be shared publicly or privately. Want someone to know you’re in a hurry? Command your avatar to glance at her watch–that should send the message.A free demo is available at ProtonMedia.com , though each company’s virtual world is custom built. The program ranges from $250 to $1,000 per user.”Protosphere is meant to give context to content,” Burns says, “to humanize the massive layer of data that businesses swim in everyday.”By taking out the humans, of course. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Storage Drive Size Storage Drive Type Display Size Review Not Tested 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Warranty / Support Graphics Memory Looking up and down Apple’s revised iPad lineup, the newly reborn iPad Air appears to remix all of the company’s best tablet features together. The iPad Air packs Apple’s fast A12 Bionic chip and support for the Smart Keyboard, a first for a non-Pro iPad. And at $499, it’s half the price of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and $170 more than the regular iPad.article continued below Its bright, colorful, crisp 10.5-inch screen falls in a particularly sweet spot as well, giving you a great canvas for multitasking and gaming. Toss in fantastic battery life, and you get the best mid-size tablet we’ve seen in a while. iPad Air price and availability The iPad Air starts at $499 with 64GB of storage, which is enough for most, especially those that store photos and files in an iCloud account. A 256GB storage option is available at $649. You can upgrade to cellular LTE connectivity for an extra $130, a perk I’ve been begging Apple to offer on the next MacBook Pro. This would mean the difference between relying on airport Wi-Fi, or carrying a hotspot everywhere, as not everyone has a cellular plan that includes mobile hotspot capabilities. The iPad Air supports Apple’s $99 iPad Pencil (1st Gen) and a $159 Smart Keyboard cover. Design The new iPad Air is a larger iPad, which makes it a much-larger iPad mini, which is to say we’re all familiar with this machined aluminium design (available in silver, space gray and gold). Sure, its side bezels are slimmer than those of the original 2012 iPad Air, but if I were packing a bag in a rush, I might not notice the difference. This isn’t a bad thing, mind you, as the top and bottom bezels (also called the forehead and chin), look a lot less chunky on this 10.5-inch design than on the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini. The new 10.5-inch iPad Air weighs 1 pound and measures 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches, which makes it heavier than, but just as thin as, the new 7.9-inch iPad mini (0.68 ounces / 8 x 5.3 x .24 inches). It’s a hair lighter and thinner than the 9.7-inch iPad (1.05 pounds, 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches) and the 10.1-inch Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (1.1 pounds, 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.28 inches). With the Smart Keyboard attached, the iPad Air measures a slightly chunkier 0.5 inches and weighs about 50 percent more, at 1.56 pounds. Having carried the iPad Air around with and without its Smart Keyboard, I prefer holding it with the attached accessory, which provides a grippier surface. While I’d love the iPad Air to ditch its Lightning port for the USB Type-C port seen in the iPad Pro, I’m happy its other “retro” port — the 3.5mm headphone jack — is still around. I’m not sure why this tablet gets a feature that the iPad Pro doesn’t, but I’m not complaining. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor has also stuck around (Face ID has yet to replace it), and still unlocks the tablet almost instantly. Display When watching a 4K version of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on the iPad Air, I was giddy with the tablet’s image quality. The red-and-blue hues of young Miles Morales’ Spider-Man costume popped off the screen as he interrogated Peter B. Parker. Skipping around the movie, I stopped in awe when I saw the seafoam-green walls of Kingpin’s Super Collider, which looked absolutely electric on the screen. The dark corners of the subway tunnels in the movie looked pretty rich to me, despite the iPad Air not using an OLED display. The iPad Air’s 2224 x 1668-pixel panel is also great for crisp images, as those tiny Ben-Day dots that permeate every object and person in the Spider-Verse look extremely sharp on this 264 pixel-per-inch display. When watching a 4K version of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on the iPad Air, I was giddy with the tablet’s image quality. According to our colorimeter, the iPad Air produces a high 132 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which jumps over the 116 percent average, the 119 percent rating from the 9.7-inch iPad and the 109 percent rating from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. The new iPad mini posted a slightly higher 135 percent. The iPad Air’s screen gets pretty bright, emitting up to 425 nits of brightness, besting the 409-nit category average and the 400-nit Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. The new iPad mini (490 nits) and the 9.7-inch iPad (489 nits) get even brighter. The Air’s screen is so bright that it offers a superb range of viewing angles, with colors looking true even when I’m examining its panel from 85 degrees to the left or right. MORE: Best Tablet 2019 – Top Tablets on the Market As I’ve navigated the iPad Air’s home screen and apps with taps and swipes, I’ve noticed that this touch-screen display continues Apple’s history of excellent input-tracking accuracy. You’ll appreciate that responsiveness as you drag apps up from the dock for split-view and swipe them in and out for a third “slide-over” app. Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil The iPad Air is the first tablet outside the iPad Pro line to both support the Apple Pencil and feature a Smart Connector for use with Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover. And while I’m delighted to see these two perks finally arrive, it just makes me want more. The iPad’s Air Smart Keyboard ($159 extra) offers a decent typing experience. Despite its keys being quite shallow, with 1.1 millimeters of travel (we look for at least 1.5 mm), I was able to type comfortably at 73 words per minute (with 98 percent accuracy) on the 10FastFingers.com typing test. That’s below my regular 80 words per minute (98 percent accuracy) average, but I’m OK with the trade-offs. The biggest issue with the Smart Keyboard is its high price, especially since this is not the latest version of the keyboard. Fortunately, you can pair this tablet with any Bluetooth keyboard, though the benefit of the Smart Keyboard is how neatly it folds into the tablet as a display cover for travel. The iPad Air supports the Apple Pencil ($99 extra), which works just as well as ever. When I handed the tablet and stylus to my colleague Remy Zimmerman, a graphic designer, she whipped together a gorgeous-looking avocado in the Procreate drawing app, mixing greens, yellows and browns together in the app while drawing a mix of thin and wide strokes on screen. I wish the Air supported the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil, which is currently limited to the iPad Pro. Sure, that device only charges via magnetic connections, and there’s no such edge on the iPad Air’s design. But its matte barrel feels much more natural than the glossy (and a bit too slick) 1st Gen Apple Pencil. Plus, the process of connecting the Apple Pencil to the Lightning port on the bottom of the iPad Air still feels awkward, like something’s going to break. Performance The iPad Air’s A12 Bionic system-on-chip (which features a Neural Engine for machine learning and the M12 co-processor) provides plenty of speed for such apps as Procreate and Pixelmator Photos to enable snappy creative experiences. This processor can also handle more-traditional laptop-like usage as well. Splitting its screen between the Bear text editor and nine tabs in Safari, I was able to quickly jump, without any stuttering, between tabs about Tucson, Arizona, and plan out my upcoming trip, even with the Music app active as the third slide-over app. I found the limits of the Air only by switching the third open app to YouTube, where I opened a 1080p clip from the VideoGameDunkey channel. Then, I saw Safari tabs taking a moment to refresh when I reopened them by clicking Cmd+Tab to cycle through open pages. The iPad Air’s A12 Bionic processor provides plenty of speed for apps such as Procreate and Pixelmator Photos to enable snappy creative experiences. On the Geekbench 4 general-performance test, the iPad Air notched a solid 11,471, more than twice the 5,600 tablet average. The new iPad mini (also packing the A12 and M12 chips) scored a similar 11,515, while we saw a lower 5,983 from the 9.7-inch iPad (Apple A10 Fusion) and a 4,097 from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625). Gaming The iPad Air is one of the best tablets for gaming, thanks to its speed, large screen, access to a wide range of iOS games and its augmented reality perks. As I played NBA 2K Mobile I was impressed by the visual effects, including the beads of sweat on the neck and back of Frank Ntilikina, who moved smoothly up and down the court at Madison Square Garden. (The fans, on the other hand, looked realistically bored and disappointed with the ever-underperforming squad). Indie game Donut County, where you navigate a sinkhole around California, looks even better on the iPad Air’s 10.5-inch screen than it does on my iPhone XS Max. Even as phones get larger and larger, apps just look better on larger canvases, where you have more space to enjoy the cartoonish visuals of a giant donut shop and its workers falling through the earth. I also got to enjoy a couple of augmented-reality apps on the iPad Air. In Avo!, I doodled lines on my screen to direct an avocado with googly eyes around my coffee table, and in Ghostbusters World, Slimer appeared in my bedroom, where I got to zap him on screen when he levitated in front of my TV. In each app, the AR objects handled object-detection well, and moved fluidly without issue. MORE: 21 Best Education Apps for Your iPad On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, the iPad Air earned a great 77,385, easily toppling the 26,854 tablet average, the 37,117 from the 9.7-inch iPad and the 13,801 from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. Apps One of the most impressive apps I’ve tested on the iPad Air is Pixelmator Photo, currently in its final beta, which provides a really neat trick. Its ML button applies Machine Learning-based intelligence based on thousands of improved photos to instantly make your photos look starkly more realistic. (That’s where the A12 Bionic chip comes in.) Testing it out on a photo of a nightclub I shot in a back alley in London, a tap of the ML button instantly fixed the white balance of the image. Because of this, the van parked outside the venue gained a more natural white, and the pink design on the towel taped to it also cleaned up nicely, and you could see the dark gray (not black) tone of the marker-written words “SECRET GIRL GANG CLUBHOUSE.” It’s a much faster alternative to re-touching shots in VSCO, my current means of image doctoring, which can often lead to images that look unnatural and oversaturated. Testing a beta version of the Moleskine Flow drawing and writing app, I saw loads of potential in the app that could provide an alternative to using a real notebook, as it packs tons of writing utensils and an unlimited set of pages in a clean aesthetic. Unfortunately, I noticed a slight latency in my input in Flow when compared to using the Pencil in the Apple Notes app. Hopefully, this is something that gets solved in development. Audio Luniz’s “I Got 5 On Us” sounded great on the iPad Air as it filled my loft’s living room with accurate bass, crisp drums and clear synths. The iPad also handily reproduced James Blake’s soulful “Where’s the Catch?” with the singer’s plaintive, serene vocals coming through accurately. Battery Life The iPad Air is a trooper when it comes to endurance. The Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing at 150 nits) took 11 hours and 54 minutes to drain the slate of its charge, a time that beats the 10:16 tablet average and the 10:07 time from the 9.7-inch iPad by nearly 2 hours. The new iPad mini (12:40) and Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (13:06) last longer. Cameras Photography is definitely not a strength of the iPad Air.. I’m not just saying that because of how awkward I looked as I snapped photos with a 10.5-inch tablet, either. The 8-megapixel and front 7-MP cameras just aren’t very impressive. I was able to eek out decent selfies and shots of street art in downtown Manhattan — with accurate hues of spray paint and sharp details for my stubble — but only with the help of ample daylight (Though too much light caused sections of photos to be overexposed.) Fortunately, Pixelmator Photos’ MR button helped salvage those images. The rear cam’s ƒ/2.4 aperture (higher is worse) is partly to blame, as the iPad Air’s shooter lets in less than the wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) camera on the back of my iPhone XS Max. The iPad Air’s selfie cam sports an ƒ/2.2 aperture, the same as the selfie shooter on the iPhone XS. Both cameras are surprisingly zoomed in, which didn’t help, either. If I were giving this iPad to a relative, I’d advise them to keep using the phone in their pocket, as it’s also easier to hold in one hand than the 10.5-inch iPad Air. Instead, the iPad Air’s cameras are best suited for use in augmented-reality apps. iPad mini vs. New iPad Air vs 9.7-inch iPad: What should you buy? As Apple’s iPad lineup grows, the decision about which iPad is best for you becomes harder. The newly updated iPad mini is so similar to the iPad Air regarding battery life, screen quality and performance that any decision between those two comes down to three questions. MORE: Best Laptops Under $500 The first is “Do you love to multitask?” because the iPad Air’s 10.5-inch screen is much better suited to having three apps open at once, accomplished by using split-view apps with a third that you “slide over” on top of one of the first two, as the 7.9-inch iPad mini’s screen is a bit cramped for all those apps. Next: “Do you prefer to use your tech with one or two hands?” The lighter, smaller iPad mini is ideal for single-hand use, while the large screen of the Air practically requires using both hands. Lastly: “What kind of reader are you?” While comic books look great on the iPad Air’s large screen, ebooks fit the smaller iPad mini’s screen a lot more naturally. But what about the cheaper $329 9.7-inch iPad, which is often marked down on Amazon (it’s on sale there for $249 at the time of publication). With its slower A10 Fusion chip and lack of Smart Keyboard support, I’d recommend this slate to those who are looking for a tablet primarily for web browsing, email and looking through their photos. That’s why it’s a good fit for younger students. Bottom Line The new iPad Air doesn’t reinvent anything about the tablet, but simply provides a great combination of Apple’s existing parts and pieces. If only it included Apple’s Smart Keyboard, it wouldn’t feel so pricey at $500 (which is enough for a decent laptop). Still, the iPad Air’s fantastic display, lengthy battery life and speedy performance place it in a league of its own. The $329 iPad will suffice for more modest users, but those who want a great tablet experience without breaking the bank should buy the iPad Air. 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Higher number is better.Apple iPad Air (2019)Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)Apple iPad mini 2019Lenovo Tab 4 10 PlusCategory Average (as of 02/28/19) 37117 256GB Has Bluetooth Ports Display Resolution Specifications 10.5 One year of hardware repair coverage via limited warranty, up to 90 days of tech support. Lightning 13801 Graphics Chipcenter_img Company Website Card Reader Size Headphone Card Readers Camera Resolution 20537.25 0 15000 30000 45000 60000 75000 90000 OS Front-Facing Camera Resolution 3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery LifeColor AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4Jetstream Size 8MP USB Ports 7MP Apple iOS 12 1 pound Nano’SIM Weight CPU Advertisement 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches Yes Ports 2224 x 1668 https://www.apple.com/ipad-air/specs/last_img read more

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first_imgTwo moving cars collided in Arizona on Friday. If one of them hadn’t been fitted with Waymo self-driving tech, no one would have noticed.The crash occurred in Chandler, Ariz. when a Honda sedan swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid another accident. It then struck the Waymo van, which the company claims was operating in manual mode — which means the human behind the wheel was in charge — at the time.A video captured from the van’s own camera and released by Waymo shows the 5-second period leading up to the crash.[embedded content]The sequence of events seen in this short clip are pretty clear. The Honda swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle in the intersection and seemed to momentarily lose control as it crossed the median. Waymo’s van, traveling in the center lane on the opposite side of the street, appears to have been a victim of circumstance.The whole thing happened very quickly and with little warning — faster than it seems here, even, as the video appears to be slowed down. Waymo’s human test driver, who sustained only minor injuries (thankfully), didn’t get out of the way in time. All eyes are on self-driving tech as companies like Waymo and Tesla continue to fine-tune their work on products that could, in the long run, lead to fewer vehicle collisions overall. The PR side of their work has been set back in recent months by a number of high-profile incidents with unfortunate outcomes.In March, the driver of a Tesla Model X was killed while the vehicle’s autonomous Autopilot mode was active. Just a few days earlier, a self-driving Uber in Arizona struck and killed a pedestrian, leading the ridesharing company to suspend its driverless program.This particular crash didn’t end in tragedy, and it isn’t even a PR disaster for Waymo. But the widespread news coverage of what is otherwise a simple, two-car wreck only serves to demonstrate just how sensitive we are in this current moment to an up-and-coming technology. Image: dustin drankoski/mashableBy Adam Rosenberg2018-05-05 15:38:11 UTClast_img read more