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The Mooch Trump Will Legalize Cannabis After the Midterms

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first_imgPolitics Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur Entrepreneur Staff Next Article The Mooch: ‘Trump Will Legalize Cannabis After the Midterms’ Add to Queue The former White House Communications Director makes a bold prediction. But is it fake news? Jonathan Small November 5, 2018 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. 2 min read –shares Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 To hear Anthony Scaramucci tell it, President Trump is an advocate of the federal legalization of marijuana and he’s just playing politics right now. In an interview first noted by website Marijuana Moment, Charles Peralo, founder of  Succeed.com, asks the former White House Communications Director whose tenure lasted a total of 5 days  if he thought Trump would make a change on his stance on marijuana. “I do. I think he’s going to legalize marijuana,” said Scaramucci, who calls himself “The Mooch.” I think he’s waiting for after the midterms. I think he’s on the side of legalization. I think the attorney general probably wasn’t.”Probably? Attorney General Jeff Session has made no secret of his disdain for weed. This is the same guy who made the decision to rescind the protections granted the marijuana industry by the Cole Memo.Related: Jeff Sessions’ War on Marijuana Is a Bit of a Yawner and Could Backfire On HimBut back to Trump for a minute. While he has said ( sort of) that he supports the bipartisan STATES bill, which “ensures that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders.” His endorsements have so far been vague and non-committal, saying he would “probably” support it. Related: Trump Says He’ll “Probably” Back New Marijuana BillIt’s unclear if The Mooch has inside information, or if he’s just making a prediction based on his gut, but he’s not the only Trump supporter making these claims.  Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told an interviewer last month about cannabis legalization: “I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real.”Watch the video of The Mooch’s bold prediction. which begins at 28:00 minutes.   Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Whos the Next PewDiePie

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first_imgYouTube YouTubers with an authentic voice are using the platform to turn 15 minutes of fame into cross-promotional multimillion-dollar brands. Who’s the Next PewDiePie? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Eric Samson May 25, 2017 Image credit: John Lamparski | Getty Images Founder of Group8A 7 min read Guest Writer Register Now » Next Article While it seems unnecessary to introduce someone whose YouTube channel has more than 53 million subscribers, many people still are unaware of PewDiePie. This likely is due to the fact that PewDiePie — or Pewds, as his fans lovingly refer to him — appeals mainly to a younger demographic: kids and pre-teens. PewDiePie’s childish sense of humor, proclivity for foul language and frequent girlish screams aren’t exactly geared to woo the hearts of minds of those with more mature sensibilities. Nevertheless, PewDiePie has built a massive audience for his YouTube channel. He plays video games and offers commentary, gives us glimpses of his general lifestyle as he chats with his girlfriend and appears in other short-form comedy videos. Pewds’ real name is Felix Kjellberg. He’s of Swedish origin but speaks English in all of his videos. He derived his moniker from the sound laser weapons make in video games (“pew”), death (“die”) and a cutesy suffix (“pie”) added just for giggles. The college dropout began creating videos for YouTube in 2010 while working at a hot-dog stand.Related: How to Start a YouTube ChannelWhile PewDiePie’s channel had little initial success, things took off once he began uploading videos of himself reacting to scary video games while playing them. If you’re older than 18, you might ask yourself, “Wait a second — this guy built a following of 53 million subscribers by talking over clips of himself playing video games?” In short, yes. That’s exactly what he did. “OK, then,” you think. “His commentary must be comedic gold, full of insightful observations and clever witticisms.” Nope. His sense of humor is objectively juvenile and even offensive at times. So how did a hot-dog-slinging potty mouth make $15 million in 2016?It’s simple: He’s 100 percent authentic. Whether you find Pewds’ humor hilarious or lewd, you can’t deny he’s always himself. That resonates with his viewers, many of whom feel that watching one of his videos is like hanging out with a close friend.PewDiePie’s fans (he calls them “bros”) are notoriously devoted. He’s drawn huge crowds at speaking events, and the hysteria directed toward him is somewhat reminiscent of Beatlemania.Given the amount of money Pewds has raked in, it’s no wonder other entertainers hope to cash in big with a YouTube channel success. But if authenticity trumps traditional notions of talent, how does one determine an audience’s taste before investing time and money? Authenticity alone can’t be the only relevant factor. If that were the case, every sad tween with a video diary would be a millionaire. Related: These are the 18 Most Popular YouTube Stars in the World — and Some Are Making MillionsWhile I don’t have a quick and easy recipe for how to make a multimillion-dollar YouTube channel, I can tell you that entering a popular niche in its early days will help. For example, when PewDiePie first started publishing his video-game commentary videos, watching others play video games was not a “thing.” Now consider the following passage from Rolling Stone:”Over 30 percent of internet users in the U.S. watch other internet users play video games online. Twitch, a video game streaming platform acquired by Amazon for $970 million last August, is referred to as the ‘gamer’s ESPN,’ but it draws a much larger audience than the sports network. With 100 million unique viewers per month, watching on average over an hour-and-a-half of gameplay per day, it frequently ranks as the fourth-highest trafficked site in the U.S., behind Netflix, Google and Apple.”PewDiePie’s YouTube success has given him the opportunity to branch out into other media as well. In 2015, he published “This Book Loves You,” a book consisting of illustrations and parody quotes. The book sold 112,000 copies as of January 2017. His success also earned him a partnership with Disney, which recently was terminated due to anti-Semitic content.Even with that controversy, PewDiePie’s audience size and annual revenue justify his continued reign as the King of YouTube. But no reign lasts forever. One day, another YouTuber will surpass Pewds and take the crown. Here are a few of the video creators nipping at his heels.Ray William JohnsonRay William Johnson is an actor, comedian, director, producer and rapper whose YouTube channel currently has 10.4 million followers. He’s produced videos on the platform for seven years and has a devoted base of enthusiastic fans.The majority of his videos are comedic clips that feature juvenile humor and lots of jump cuts. His channel has hosted numerous web series — most notably, “Equals Three” and “Booze Lightyear.”Johnson has transitioned from YouTube to Hollywood, founding the production company Mom & Pop Empire. The Group co-produced the film “Manson Family Vacation” with indie juggernauts The Duplass Brothers. As of 2016, Johnson’s net worth was pegged at $5 million.Related: Here’s How You Can Actually Make Money With YouTubeSmosh Comedy DuoThe Duo has earned 22.5 million subscribers and the No. 7 slot on YouTube. The pair — Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla — launched the channel in 2005.Since then, they’ve pursued many different routes. Their three other channels (El Smosh, Shut Up! Cartoons and Smosh Games) feature Spanish-dubbed videos, animation and video-gaming content.Hecox and Padilla also are behind “Food Battle: The Game.” They released “Smosh: The Movie” in 2015, debuted the “Part-Timers” web series in 2016 and voiced animated characters in “The Angry Birds Movie.”As of 2016, the duo had an estimated net worth of $11.8 million.Colleen BallingerColleen Ballinger is a comedian and YouTuber whose channel, PsychoSoprano, claims 4.8 million subscribers. Her book, “Self-Help,” is a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.In addition to producing YouTube videos, Ballinger performs live comedy routines. She often takes on the persona of her most famous character, Miranda Sings. Sings satirizes hack YouTube singers whom she judges to be talentless, narcissistic and overly confident. Sings also often lambastes her critics and reads hate mail. She coined the phrase “Haters Back Off!” and made it the title of her 2016 Netflix series, which was renewed for a second season set to air this year.As of 2016, Ballinger’s net worth was $2 million.Related: Proving the Haters Wrong: Don’t Let Anybody Tell You ‘No’Matthew SantoroMatthew Santoro hit it big on YouTube with his “50 AMAZING Facts to Blow Your Mind!” videos and various Top 10 videos such as “10 MYTHICAL CREATURES That Actually EXISTED!” and “10 CONSPIRACY THEORIES Theories That Turned Out to be TRUE!” The Canadian YouTuber has accrued more than 5.7 million subscribers and produced numerous videos with greater than 7 million views. He also hosts Quest Nutrition’s “Food for Thought” web series. He published “MIND=BLOWN” in 2016. That same year, his network was estimated at $2.4 million.  –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 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3 Takeaways from Conor McGregors Loss to Floyd Mayweather

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first_img Roy Raanani Image credit: JOHN GURZINSKI | Getty Images Next Article Register Now » –shares On Saturday night, Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather but shocked the world by going 10 rounds with “The Best Ever” before the referee ended the fight.If all you saw was McGregor’s post-fight press conference to the mainstream media you would have seen someone who made no excuses, kept up his confident exterior and tried too hard to flaunt the money he made. He also promoted his new brand of whisky. Backstage, McGregor made time for Ariel Helwani, a mixed martial arts reporter that he’s remained loyal to, and we could see the “real” Conor. I love this Conor — honest, direct, critical.Here are three powerful lessons about how McGregor acted in the face of defeat.Related: Entrepreneurs Should Watch the Mayweather-McGregor Fight, But Not Just to See Who Wins1. Don’t be afraid to own your weaknesses.In an interview later that night, McGregor says point blank that the fight turned when fatigue set in and that he doesn’t know why that is. How many of us are so open about weaknesses we recognize and are actively working on?“Fatigue got me. I don’t know what it is. It’s certainly not from working hard enough. I ******* work hard. I work hard Ariel. I worked hard. I work my *** off. I think it’s just a mental thing I need to figure out.”As a venture-backed CEO at Chorus.ai, I lean on my board members and mentors for advice. I’m always forthcoming about the things I need to work on: Celebrating wins more often, being willing to get imperfect things out the door, and a lot more.Related: 5 Lessons About Building Wealth, From Basketball Titan LeBron JamesRelated Video: Tony Robbins: Money Lessons from Boxer ‘Money’ Mayweather2. Make no excuses. Give your competitors credit where due. Continue to learn.McGregor opens the post-fight press conference complementing the things Mayweather did well. He spent very little time focused on what he did well despite being one of the top martial artists in the world.“I didn’t anticipate that. Three game changes during the fight. That’s what a true champion [Mayweather] does…much respect…I was wasting valuable energy…I became flustered a bit…He’s very composed. He picks his shots very well.”“What’s next for me is…continue to study. Continue to learn. I’m a student of martial arts and fighting as a whole. I’ve studied everyone in the game, including Floyd and it was an honor to share the ring with him.”At Chorus.ai, I started by dismissing the competition because I knew our technology and product couldn’t be beat. But competition is necessary and I’ve changed my tune. It makes us all work harder for our customers and there’s a lot we can learn from the things they do well. I regularly talk to our competitors and even feel a certain bond as we’re all creating this new category of software together. In fact, research we published for sales team showed the having competitors in deals increased win rates by a full 10 percent versus being in a deal alone.Related: Leadership Lessons From Sports Legends3. Don’t be afraid to take risks to get to where you want to go.McGregor publicly put himself out there on the biggest stage possible, in a sport where he has no professional experience. Many of us have opportunities to take a chance — lead an important meeting, present at a big conference. How many of us act on that opportunity?By taking this risk, McGregor made over $100M, introduced himself, his skills and his character in defeat to millions of boxing fans, and co-promoted what is expected to be the highest grossing fight in history. Five years ago he was collecting welfare checks. I may not like McGregor’s showman personality, but I have a tremendous respect for how he approaches his life and career. 3 Takeaways from Conor McGregor’s Loss to Floyd Mayweather Lessons Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 4 min read Add to Queue August 29, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Five years ago McGregor was collecting welfare, now he has earned $100 million and global respect. Entrepreneur; Co-founder & CEO @ Chorus.ailast_img read more

Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley Sex Party

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first_img Register Now » Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley ‘Sex Party’ Until 1 a.m. — But He Says He Thought it Was a Costume Party and Left Early Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business His representative said he spent his time there talking about ‘technology and building companies.’ Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 12, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Reuters | Danny Moloshok 4 min read Rob Price Elon Musk attended a now notorious event at a Silicon Valley investor’s home that has been described as a “sex party,” but a representative told Business Insider that Musk said there was no lurid behavior while he was there.In an extract from her forthcoming book Brotopia about the culture of the tech industry, journalist Emily Chang detailed a June 2017 party at a venture capitalist’s house that allegedly saw drug-taking and open sexual behavior.Axios subsequently identified it as the home of former DFJ investor Steve Jurvetson, while another blog post written by entrepreneur Paul Biggar said that, while they didn’t see any explicit sexual behavior, they did see Elon Musk in attendance.In a statement to Business Insider, a representative for the Tesla and SpaceX founder confirmed he was there, but that he believed it was a “corporate” costume-themed party and spent his time there talking about technology and business before leaving at 1 a.m.They said: “Elon was at the party for a couple hours and left around 1 a.m. after talking with several DFJ-funded entrepreneurs about technology and building companies. His impression was that it was a corporate party with a costume theme, not a ‘sex party’, and there was no indication that it would become one after he left.”Steve JurvetsonImage credit: Getty/Steve Jennings’As the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking each other.’Biggar, who left the party at 12.30 a.m., also wrote that he didn’t see any sex. “I don’t want this to be anti-climactic, but I didn’t see any sex or drugs,” he wrote. I went home at 12:30 a.m., and I guess sex parties don’t really kick off until the boring f—ers go home. I didn’t exactly know it was a sex party, and I got bored at some point and went home.”He also wrote that the party was organised by DFJ as the official afterparty for their annual summit. A DFJ representative did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.In November, Steve Jurvetson left DFJ, the fund he helped found, after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.In her account, relayed to her by an anonymous “Jane Doe” at the party, Chang wrote:”Doe found herself on the floor with two couples, including a male entrepreneur and his wife. The living room had been blanketed in plush white faux fur and pillows, where, as the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking one another, Doe said, in what became a sizable cuddle puddle. One venture capitalist, dressed up as a bunny (it’s unclear how this fit into the edge-of-the-earth theme), offered Jane Doe some powder in a plastic bag. It was Molly.’ They said it will just make you feel relaxed and you’re going to like being touched,’ Doe recounted to me.”Critics have since raised questions about the appropriateness of the alleged event and the risk of exploitation. “Give women access by funding them, by mentoring them, by introducing them, by supporting and advising them. Do not create an ecosystem where women are systemically denied access to funding and power, and then exploit that lack of power to coerce women into having sex with you,” Biggar wrote.”Not that sex is bad, nor that sex parties are bad. Using power to deny access to women, then providing access so long as they have sex with you; that’s abuse, and that’s f—ed up.”An unnamed female entrepreneur told Chang: “If you do participate in these sex parties, don’t ever think about starting a company or having someone invest in you. Those doors get shut. But if you don’t participate, you’re shut out. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Add to Queue –shares Elon Musklast_img read more

Facebook Stop Censoring Hemp

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first_img Hemp is legal in America but banned from Facebook. Free Green Entrepreneur App May 30, 2019 hemp Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Next Article Download Our iOS App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Contributor Colleen Keahey Lanier Add to Queue 4 min read Facebook: Stop Censoring Hemp One day in late April, Larry Serbin logged into Facebook to find that the advertisement he had carefully built for his hemp fiber products company, Hemp Traders, had been denied. The advertising account associated with his business page of over 9,000 followers, had also vanished into thin air with little to no explanation from Facebook administrators. Serbin eventually discovered that his ad account had been booted for violating Facebook’s advertising policies, citing the promotion of illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs in his ad titled, “Saving the Forests – Saving the Planet.”Hemp Traders, the largest supplier of hemp fiber products in the world, is one of the thousands of hemp companies operating legally to see their Facebook accounts shut down or advertising requests denied in the last year. Additionally, Facebook appears to be making it more difficult for users to discover hemp related pages from CBD companies, to hemp food retailers and trade groups. The leading social media platform, with its 2.38 billion monthly users, represents a massive market for small businesses.Related: How Companies Are Trying to Bring Marijuana Ads OnlineLast December, President Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, i.e. farm bill, which included the Hemp Farming Act, redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and explicitly removing it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration, much to the delight of thousands of hemp farmers and entrepreneurs nationwide. Although the cash crop is now federally legal, hemp entrepreneurs still face unique challenges in today’s market. They currently don’t have access to Facebook or Instagram advertising, which accounts for nearly 57 percent of the U.S. digital ad market, according to eMarketer.While Facebook may be totally within their rights to pull the plug on any content on their platform, the seemingly random account suspensions and advertising denials have created an uneven and unfair playing field for entrepreneurs wishing to find success in the hemp industry, denying legal, hemp-related companies — most of which do not sell marijuana products at all — access to one of the most important marketing platforms in the world. With little to no explanation or assistance from Facebook administrators, many hemp companies are left at a standstill with their digital marketing efforts.Related: Google Bans Buying Weed Using Play Store AppsWith the passage of the farm bill, it seemed there would be a new dawn for the hemp industries absolving them the confusion over whether hemp was indeed a controlled substance. Not all of Cannabis is considered a drug, and Facebook’s new AI technology is already obsolete if it continues to recognize images of Cannabis as a controlled substance generally. For new entrepreneurs looking to break into the growing hemp industry, being denied access to the social media platform’s advertising capabilities represents a massive roadblock.The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), in association with Hoban Law Group, Bluebird Botanicals, and Bish Enterprises, is launching a nationwide campaign aimed at addressing Facebook’s current advertising policy that prohibits the marketing and promotion of industrial hemp. The goal is to change Facebook’s current policy by applying pressure starting in the most public way possible, a call to action in none other than Times Square. The HIA’s advertisement in the heart of Manhattan addresses the Association’s most pressing concern; Facebook: stop censoring hemp. Hemp advertisements are allowed in Times Square, so why not on Facebook? Hemp is legal.In addition, the HIA is coordinating a massive grassroots social media campaign among its more than 1,500 members in support of the much-needed policy change. The Association is asking all hemp supporters – advocates, farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers – to join the movement and help turn Facebook green. The HIA is using a specially created Instagram account (and populating the hashtag #hempislegal) to feature examples of the platform’s discrimination toward hemp companies, highlighting the importance of addressing this outdated and misguided policy. The HIA also urges hemp supporters to visit the campaign’s official communication portal, HempIsLegal.org, to sign a petition of support.Related: Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Don’t Cause High Crime or Low Property ValuesThe lack of clarity surrounding Facebook’s policy towards federally legalized hemp is perhaps the most common and frustrating complaint around the hemp industry. Hemp supporters see this as a critical moment for legal hemp companies to demand that technology giants like Facebook, take them seriously both as a legal business and as a multi-billion dollar market. Executive Director of Hemp Industries Association –shares Image credit: Hemp Industry Associationlast_img read more

Yahoos Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Identical Twin Girls

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first_imgMarissa Mayer Laura Entis Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. September 1, 2015 Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Identical Twin Girlscenter_img Next Article Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, is expecting twins.”I’m pregnant! In fact, I’m expecting identical twin girls, likely arriving in December,” she announced on her personal Tumblr this morning, adding that she plans on working “throughout” her pregnancy:Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.Mayer had her son in 2012, a mere three months after she took the reins at Yahoo. Her nearly nonexistent time away from work, coupled with the rumored nursery she installed on-site, brought Yahoo’s parental leave policy to the forefront. Approximately a year after Mayer gave birth, the company extended its coverage, nearly doubling maternity paid leave for mothers to 16 weeks and adding eight weeks of paid leave for fathers.Related: How Will Netflix’s New Unlimited Parental Leave Policy Work, Exactly?In contrast to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has been vocal about the difficulties facing women juggling work and family obligations, Mayer has been largely quiet on the work-life balance front. Still, in her largely peppy post, the Yahoo CEO alluded to the fact that her already full plate is about to get more crowded:Moving forward, there will be a lot to do for both my family and for Yahoo; both will require hard work and thoughtful prioritization. However, I’m extremely energized by and dedicated to both my family and Yahoo and will do all that is necessary and more to help both thrive.Mayer’s announcement adds to a growing trend of high-profile tech figures communicating personal news directly (on their companies’ platforms, of course). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently took to the social network to announce that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child, while Sandberg wrote a heartfelt, emotional Facebook post following the death of her husband, David Goldberg.  Related: Mysterious Marissa Mayer: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Yahoo CEO Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Image credit: Noah Berger | Reuters Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Verizon Strips Down Its Logo in Lukewarm Reboot

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first_img First Google. Now Verizon. The multibillion-dollar telecommunications giant debuted a new stripped-down version of its logo this week. The leaner, cleaner updated look marks the company’s first visual refresh in 15 years.   If you think the new emblem is neither clever nor flashy, and we’re betting you do, you’re right. It’s plain and simple by design, even bordering on boring. More importantly, it’s scalable.”There definitely is some inherent flexibility with it,” Verizon spokesperson Kim Ancin told AdWeek yesterday. “It’s not as difficult to reproduce, so that makes it an affordable option for us. It’s cleaner and neater and kind of the direction that we’re going. It’s about being simple.”Related: What Will AOL’s Tim Armstrong Bring to Verizon?The no-frills new logo, drafted by the global design house Pentagram, retains Verizon’s signature high-contrast black and stop sign red color scheme, though it’s smaller and shows off only one slight splash of crimson. The big, bold red check mark that once appeared above the lowercase logotype is history, and, along with it, the oversized red “z” in Verizon. Instead, a thin red check mark appears to the right of the letter “n,” like an exponent symbol in math.    It’s as a nod to the past and a hint at the future. That’s how Verizon frames the change, at least.“At its most basic level, the new logo is a visual statement that honors our history and reflects an identity that stands for simplicity, honesty and joy in a category rife with confusion, disclaimers and frustration,” a Verizon statement heralding the mod reads. “It’s a cleaner, more human design and the checkmark, the universal symbol for getting things done, uniquely expresses the reliability of Verizon.”.@VerizonNews’s new checkmark logo CHECKS all the boxes. Send me more using #NewVerizonLogo http://t.co/0ZqWcZm4zF pic.twitter.com/ORnVwiBjH9— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 2, 2015As expected, there’s no shortage of criticism of the notably bland refresh on Twitter, including a predictably hot-headed burn from the spark plug CEO of one of Verizon’s fiercest competitors. T-Mobile’s John Legere did not disappoint. He wasted no time in tweeting out the refreshed logo, trailed by a fittingly check-marked list of the ways he claims Verizon “screws over” customers. Uh, maybe he should check himself before he wrecks himself.Related: T-Mobile’s Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Kim Lachance Shandrow Image credit: Verizon –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand September 3, 2015center_img Verizon Strips Down Its Logo in Lukewarm Reboot 3 min read Verizon Former West Coast Editor Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Kellogg updates packaging aims and seals Pringles recycling deal

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first_imgKellogg updates packaging aims and seals Pringles recycling dealPosted By: Contributoron: October 26, 2018In: Business, Environment, Food, Industries, Packaging, Snacks, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailKellogg’s will aim to use 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025, as part of new sustainability targets.The goals build on the company’s current sustainable packaging commitment to continue to ensure 100% of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced.Consumers in the UK will also now be able to recycle their Pringles’ cans thanks to a new deal struck between the Kellogg’s-owned crisp brand and recycling company TerraCycle. From December 2018, empty Pringles cans can be sent to TerraCycle using freepost labels. The cans are then recycled and the resulting pellets used to create new products such as benches and fence posts. Pringles packets are not currently recyclable.Kellogg’s CEO Steve CahillaneKellogg said it has also been working with its suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimise waste while ensuring the quality and safety of its foods. In Europe, the company has launched a project to move its cereal pouches to a recycle-ready material by late 2019, which will remove an estimated 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.Kellogg’s CEO Steve Cahillane said: “Nurturing our planet is a foundational value of Kellogg. It’s imperative we are part of a solution that ensures a healthy and sustainable planet for all people around the world.”Lou Massari, Kellogg’s senior director of global packaging, added: “We cannot accomplish this ambitious goal alone, and we will collaborate with new and existing external partners, our customers and other innovators to identify packaging solutions that protect and enhance our foods while delivering on the quality and great taste that consumers expect from us.”In its most recent quarterly results, Kellogg’s recorded a 5.8% increase in its revenue as it benefitted from the acquisition of Rxbar maker Chicago Bar Company.Share with your network: Tags: Kellogg’ssustainabilityUKlast_img read more

Florida bridge collapse four dead after new walkway falls on busy road

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first_img Facebook Florida US universities Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Pinterest This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Facebook Share on WhatsApp View of the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge which collapsed five days after been installed. Photograph: Miami Herald/TNS/Sipa USA/Rex/Shutterstock CCTV footage shows moment Florida bridge collapses – video Since you’re here… Twitter Richard Luscombe in Miami and agencies news … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pinterest Vehicles are seen trapped under the collapsed pedestrian bridge. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Share on Twittercenter_img Florida bridge collapse: four dead after new walkway falls on busy road Four people have been killed after a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed on Thursday at Florida International University in the Miami area, crushing at least five vehicles.The 950-ton span fell directly on to a busy roadway at the university’s main Miami-area campus. Video shows vehicles underneath the bridge were hit.At a news briefing Thursday evening, the Miami-Dade County fire chief said four had been found deceased at the scene by first responders. Nine victims were removed “early on” and taken to hospitals, Dave Downey added, but did not elaborate on their conditions. Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, also spoke to reporters, saying: “Everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued.” The governor added that an investigation would get to the bottom of “why this happened and what happened” and that anyone found responsible would be held accountable. Dr Mark McKenney, the chief surgeon at Kendall regional medical centre’s trauma unit, said his hospital received 10 patients, two of whom he said remained in “an extremely critical condition” on Thursday evening, one with significant head and chest injuries and one in a coma.Munilla Construction Management, which installed the bridge, said in a statement that the bridge suffered a “catastrophic collapse, causing injuries and loss of life”.There were unconfirmed reports that workers were conducting a stress test on the bridge when it collapsed, and the Miami-Dade police chief, Juan Perez, said construction workers were believed to have been on top of the structure at the time.The bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installed on Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a story that was posted on the university’s website. It was 174ft (53 meters) long and weighed 950 tons. Twitter Another witness, Jonathan Munoz, a student, said he and a professor ran over after the collapse and saw “a scene of chaos”.“I heard people were screaming. I thought it was a car accident,” Munoz told CNN. “This intersection is very busy. There have been fatalities from students being struck; that’s why they built the bridge. “There were doctors from the medical school on campus who came over in their white coats, figuring out who they could immediately get to. There were police and construction workers. It was a chaotic scene. No one knew exactly what to do.”According to the Miami Herald, construction crews had spent several months erecting support towers on either side of the roadway, and cranes lifted the walkway into place on Saturday morning.The $14.2m project was funded by the US Department of Transportation. Play Video Shares700700 Share via Email Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Florida Fri 16 Mar 2018 07.16 EDT Share via Email Share on Facebook The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest roads in south Florida. An 18-year-old FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross the street near campus last August, according to local media reports.The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Donald Trump was aware of the collapse. “Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives,” she said at a news briefing.The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it was sending a team to investigate the bridge collapse.One witness on Thursday, speaking on CNN, said she heard “a loud bang” behind her just after she and her boyfriend had driven under the bridge and made a right turn into the FIU campus.“We thought maybe someone had hit us. We looked back and the bridge had completely collapsed,” Isabella Carrasco said.“We got out of the car. We saw police helping people, there was a construction worker injured at the side of the road. The cars were completely crushed, a lot of debris everywhere. One woman luckily made it out alive – it crushed the back of her car. She rolled forward and was able to get out.”A statement from FIU addressed to “members of the university community”, while the rescue operation was still under way, said: “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge.” First published on Thu 15 Mar 2018 14.42 EDT Share on Messenger Pedestrian bridge linked to Florida International University collapses, crushing vehicles, as state’s governor vows investigation 1:55 @richlusc Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ireland bars Christian fundamentalist pastor from entering country

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first_imgMon 13 May 2019 09.43 EDT Share on Twitter Europe Ireland bars Christian fundamentalist pastor from entering country Ireland Share via Email Religion Share on Messenger Share via Email This article is more than 2 months old news Share on Twitter Shares552552 Topics Immigration law used for first time to deny entry to anti-gay preacher Steven Anderson … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian An anti-gay US Christian fundamentalist pastor who has been accused of Holocaust denial has become the first person to be barred from entering Ireland under a 20-year-old immigration law.Steven Anderson was due to travel to Dublin on 26 May to preach in the city, but the Irish justice minister, Charlie Flanagan, took the unusual step to ban him from coming into the country.More than 14,000 people signed an online petition set up by the Christian gay rights campaign group Changing Attitude Ireland calling on the Irish government to block Anderson’s trip to the country. The organisation claimed that in the past he had “advocated exterminating LGBT+ people”.Confirming the barring order under the 1999 Immigration Act, Flanagan said: “I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interest of public policy.”It is the first time the Irish government has used the legislation to bar anyone from the country.The US preacher has said he prays at night for Barack Obama to die. He also posted praise online for the gunman who murdered 49 people at an LGBT nightclub in Florida in 2016. In the same year Anderson was deported from Botswana after saying in an interview with a local radio station that gay people should be killed.It is understood Anderson, 38, was scheduled to give a sermon to 150 followers at a secret location in the Irish capital on the fallout from the legalisation of abortion in Ireland last year.Jewish organisations in the US have also accused Anderson of promoting Holocaust denial.The Anti-Defamation League said a video Anderson posted from his base in Arizona in 2015 showed him arguing that millions of Jews were not gassed and burned in ovens but rather died of hunger and disease in Nazi concentration camps. The video, titled Marching to Zion, also repeats the antisemitic trope that Jews lied about the Holocaust in order to create the state of Israel. Anderson set up his Faithful Word Baptist Church on Christmas Day 2005. It is not affiliated to any mainstream Christian churches across the world although Anderson claims his lectures have been translated into 115 languages.The gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the Irish government’s decision. “His glorification of mass murder crosses a red line. It is more than mere hate. Ireland is right to ban him.” Share on LinkedIn Last modified on Mon 13 May 2019 15.35 EDT LGBT rights Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Ireland Share on Facebook Henry McDonald Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest This article is more than 2 months old Steven Anderson, left, after being issued with a deportation order by authorities in Botswana in 2016.Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ATU220 – Indias First Assistive Technology Center Samuel Matthew iPhone 6s Rumors

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first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:India’s First Assistive Technology National Center with Dr Samuel Mathew | http://www.nish.ac.in/Framingham State University – News and Events – News – FSU Launches New Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology http://buff.ly/1Na8lKHTelecommunications Relay Services (TRS) http://buff.ly/1DJRvjSiPhone 6S: Rumors & Specs Roundup http://buff.ly/1L5HEXYA Brailler on a Flat Screen | Mechanical Engineering http://buff.ly/1EmY1roOn the Hill with Audrey – Audrey Busch www.ATAPorg.org——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows ——SAMUEL MATHEW: Hello, my name is Samuel Mathew, Executive Director of National Institute of Speech and Hearing in India, and this is the Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 220 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on August 14 of 2015.I’m excited today to have Dr. Samuel Mathew who is founding India’s first national assistive technology center. There is a new grad certificate from Framingham University in assistive technology; rumors about the iPhone 6; and a little quick demo that I do on how to type braille on your iPhone.We also have a segment from Audrey Busch who tells us what’s happening in Washington DC related to assistive technology.We hope you’ll check out our show notes over at www.eastersealstech.com, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATA Project, or call our listener line at 317-721-7124.***Did you know that you can help other people find our show and learn about assistive technology? Head on over to iTunes, write a review, click some stars. We appreciate it. Thank you.***As somebody who teaches assistive technology at the University level, I’m always excited to see when programs are doing more of that. The Framingham State University just outside of Boston is launching a new graduate advocate in assistive technology. It starts with a course on introduction to assistive technology, which is also part of their masters degree program in educational technology and special education, and includes a variety of coursework that includes a visit to the local assistive technology demonstration center and an investment that the university has made IN having assistive technology to demonstrate in the classroom. They are targeting this certificate towards working professionals in K-12 or higher education as well as folks who are working in the area of disability services or the veterans office. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to Framingham.edu and their press release and you can learn more about this new graduates to get in as technology. Check our show notes.***Many of us have experienced a situation where you get a new cell phone or you move to a new carrier and you want to move your number with you. It’s called porting your phone number. Apparently, and I didn’t know about this, that this is an issue among the deaf community. When you move from one video relay service provider to another, you also have the option to port your 10 digit phone number from one provider to another, but apparently the Disability Rights Office in the Federal Communications Commission has received some complaints and inquiries from people about this whole issue of porting their 10 digit number from service to service.So to help with that, the FCC has created a video that is in ASL and also caption and voiced for those of us who aren’t ASL native speakers. It talks about this whole situation and how you might be able to work around those challenges. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to the FCC’s website and you can check out this video and learn about the ins and outs of porting your 10 digit number from one VRS provider to another.***I don’t spend a lot of time churning the Apple rumor mill, but every once in a while something catches my eye. On OS X Daily recently I found an article that talks about the rumors and specs Roundup for the iPhone 6S. It looks like new iPhones may be coming out in the first part of September. The rumor date is September 9, and there will probably be some sort of an event. People are expecting a number of hardware changes in the new iPhones. They are going to call it the 6S. They are expecting it to have almost doubled the ram, so about 2 GB of RAM, a faster A9 processor than before, better LTE connection so it’ll make your battery last a little bit longer and make your Internet run a little bit faster. One of the big changes they’re talking about is a force touch display where the screen actually knows where your finger is and provides haptic feedback to make you feel like it’s pushing down or vibrating or whatever to create a new level of experience with that touch interface. Also talking about a better camera, 12 megapixels this time. No expected changes in terms of the size or shape very much. We will get a new version of iOS, iOS 9 is supposed to come out around the same time. And one of the speculative things as they are talking about a new color of iPhone. I never cared a lot work on my phone is, but now they are saying that you might, in addition to gold and silver and the others, you might have a rose gold color that people are prognosticating about. Anyway, some fun stuff, predictive stuff, rumor stuff about the iPhone 6S that may be coming out here soon. I’ll pop a link in the show notes and you can join me in my speculation over there at OS X Daily. Check our show notes.***I get a lot of good news from RESNA. They have a listserv that I belong to and it’s all about computer access and those sorts of things. Recently I was forwarded an excerpt of an article that was written by Adrian Lou and was part of Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering Journal. It’s interesting because the title is, “A Brailler on a flatscreen.” It’s talking about people who are going to use an iPhone or an Android or tablet or whatever kind of advice as a braille input device. They talk about the age-old issue of, on the flatscreen device, how do you know where the six braille keys would be? In recent years, there have been some development to create an app that would basically let you put your fingers, wherever works for you, figure out that’s what you meant, and then that becomes your braille keyboard. Based on this article, I followed a link over to the App Store, and I downloaded an app called iBrailler Notes. I’ve got it installed here on my iPhone. It’s going to allow me to start a new note here.APP: New note button. You can calibrate your keyboard.WADE WINGLER: And I’m going to put my index and middle finger on both right and left hand on the screen.APP: Calibrated, ready position.WADE WINGLER: And it calibrated it so that now — I’m sighted, so I see visually six dots here on the screen and they are positioned right where I laid my fingers. Now I can type.APP: A, B, C, D, E, F.WADE WINGLER: I’m a horrible braille typist. But it’s very quickly calibrated and ready to go so that I can start typing away right into this iBrailler Note app. Now, I’m using the free version of the app, but I think you can upgrade for $20 and get all the features. It’ll handle Grade 1, Grade 2 braille. It’ll also let you share out to email, Dropbox, and other kinds of services so that once you’ve captured note in braille, then you can do with the stuff with it. Anyway, I’m always fascinated with how braille is going to be fully implemented on tablets and smartphones and those kinds of things, and it’s a pretty interesting way to use your phone to generate text if you’re a braille user. Anyway, I’ll pop a link in the show notes over to both the Stanford article and also a link to the app in the app store so that you can check it out. Works on iOS but isn’t quite ready for Android. Check our show notes.***It’s time for on the Hill with Audrey. Audrey Busch is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs. In her update, she lets us know how the power of politics is impacting people with abilities and their use of assistive technology. Learn more about Audrey and her work at ATAPorg.org.AUDREY BUSCH: This is Audrey Bush, Policy Director for the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, coming to you with your monthly Washington update. One of the reasons the heat in Washington rose in July was due to Congress’ rapidfire pace. Among many items that Congress worked on, those of importance to the disability community include S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, which is the Senate’s reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. This bill passed the Senate in bipartisan fashion.Additionally, the House passed the Steve Gleason Act which removes speech generating devices from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services capped rental rules for several years, thereby allowing patients to purchase their own devices. The Steve Gleason Act had actually already passed the Senate, so the bill was then passed to the President’s desk and signed into law the right before Congress headed out of town, and it was a great way for Congress to enter into the annual month-long August recess with a bang.One item to note is that there was language in the Senate’s reauthorization of the no Child left behind act which paves the way for students with disabilities to use their own assistive technology when taking mandatory assessments. This was a huge feat and one that many of us in the disability community are excited about moving forward.Given July does mark the last month that Congress is in session before they break for August, and return in September, it is clear that the fiscal year 2016 budget will not be completed by the end of this fiscal year September 30, 2015. Therefore, it’s clear that continuing resolution known as a CR, which provides stopgap funding between the end of the current fiscal year and the time in which a new budget for the next fiscal year is determined. This means ultimately level funding for the federal government until Congress does set these new final budget numbers. Therefore, while this is a short update this month, what we do look forward to Congress completing when they return to Washington is December is to really buckle down and focus on how they are going to fund the federal government in fiscal year 2016. While there will likely be a CR in place for a few weeks to a few months while they do figure out the final funding numbers for fiscal year 2016, it is clear neither party does not want any of these discussions to result in a shutdown of the federal government, given there is a presidential election looming in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the quiet of August and what remains left of those summer days.***WADE WINGLER: I’m in Indiana, and it is kind of early in the morning in Indiana, and I am speaking via the Internet to a gentleman in India, and it’s evening for him. His name is Dr. Samuel Mathew, and he is the Executive Director of the National Institute of Speech and Hearing in the Kerala area of India.Dr. Mathew, are you there?SAMUEL MATHEW: Yes, I am here, listening to you.WADE WINGLER: Good, excellent. Sam, as we were doing our little intro conversation before we hit the record button, it was interesting because I got up early this morning and I’m very excited to talk about India’s first assistive technology center, and within a few minutes of our conversation, we realize that you and I have actually met face-to-face because you spent some time here in the state of Indiana in the US. Is that right?SAMUEL MATHEW: Yes. I was living in West Lafayette for some years, and before that in South Bend. I did my MS and PhD from Purdue University in West Lafayette.WADE WINGLER: So we were joking around, I had assumed that you and I would never have met before, but we probably, based on the time that you and I were working in Indiana at the same time, we probably works together and met and just didn’t either realize that. Very, very small world.SAMUEL MATHEW: Yes.WADE WINGLER: That’s great. Sam, the reason I reached out to you was I saw some headlines recently about India’s first assistive technology center. I was fascinated by that, so thought I would try to get was somebody to try to talk about it, and you were gracious enough to take some time out of your early evening. I thought I might start by asking you. Tell me a little bit about how you got into the field of assistive technology and what is your current role. And they will talk about the centers your next.SAMUEL MATHEW: To tell about my background, I have actually an engineering degree, and while I was in the US was when I changed over to special education in the field of disabilities. When I came back to India, I actually took charge as the executive director of this institute because of my background, because the industry background and all that. Assistive technology is going to be an integral part of what we do because NISH is being transformed into the first national university for rehabilitation sciences and disability studies. The federal government in India is going to fund that.NISH itself has been in operation since 1997. They were focused on speech and hearing and disabilities related to that, but now we got into the limelight with bigger funding. Now we are going to have two focuses. One is higher education for people with disabilities, which means that we will have students which have speech problems, hearing issues, also those who have cerebral palsy, high functioning students and the autism spectrum disorder, similarly challenge students. So assistive technology is one which will help us help them to go through higher education smoothly.WADE WINGLER: It sounds like you got a whole lot going on there. I’m going to ask some questions about the center, but tell me a little bit about your role as the executive director. Are you teaching? Are you administering only? What does a day in the life look like for you in your current role?SAMUEL MATHEW: Right now, my days are more administrative and some policy involvement in the state government, because the government itself has different agencies, and I sit on boards and committees which shapes the disability policy for the states. I do that, but my primary responsibility is two institutes which I look after. One is NISH where this initiative is going on. And then there is a regional institute for physical medicine and rehabilitation where rehabilitation services for children with multiple disabilities. It is in another town in the same state. I really would like to teach, but really don’t get time to teach regularly. I do take classes sometimes for students.WADE WINGLER: I understand. Sam, you have me at a disadvantage in that you know my geography very well because you lived here, but I haven’t been to India yet. Tell me a little bit about the location of the center.SAMUEL MATHEW: The center will be on the campus of NISH, which is in the city of Trivandrum, or we call it in the local language Thiruvananthapuram, which is the southernmost part of India. Kerala state itself is the southernmost-western state in India, so we are towards the tip, about 15 miles from the southernmost tip of India itself.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. I know that the center is in process. When will it be available? And then once it is available, whom will be available to?SAMUEL MATHEW: How we got into this center is that we know that there is a need, and we wanted to do it, but a bank, called a federal bank — it’s not the federal bank in the United States, but a bank called the federal bank is funding it out of their corporate social responsibility funds, CSR funding, so they have funded about 20 million Indian rupees as the initial grant for the project, assistive technology center, and have promised to come up with more as we go along.WADE WINGLER: When the center is open, what kind of things will be found there? What kind of technology, what kind of services, what kind of things would you find when you visit the center?SAMUEL MATHEW: Our goal is, because we are going to have students with the disabilities attending higher education on campus, our goal is, as the students come in, to assist them, and then provide them the appropriate assistive technology. So it could be software running on a tablet. It could be magnifiers. Some of them could be speech generating devices. It could be a notetaker. Things like that which are appropriate which would help them in the classroom, and give it to them so they are academically competent. And then also understand that we don’t have any government system of support, so we’re going to really give assistance other ways, scholarships, free assistive devices for them, to go through the course.WADE WINGLER: It sounds to me a little bit like what I would know as a United States university’s DSS office or Students with Disabilities Office or Adaptive Educational Office. Is it kind of the same model there?SAMUEL MATHEW: Yes. In fact, I sort of shaped that from what I have seen in Purdue and other places, so it’s basically meant for the students. But we also have a bigger mandate because, as an institution that serves a lot of people around the state and the country, we want to be a place where others can come and try out, even the general public. So we will be acquiring assistive technology which is available around the world, and then will be showcasing it for people to come and try it out, like a trial center or lending center also. So it’s a little bit of a high ambition, but that is something that we try to do. Also, further, we would like to do some research, collaborative research, especially with the Institute of technology or university technology departments, where developing assistive technology which is appropriate for our population, especially when it comes to speech generating devices and things like that, or AAC devices. Language is important. We hope to be involved in some research and development also.WADE WINGLER: It sounds like you’ve got a lot of great ideas and a great vision for the future of the program. Sam, because you spent time in the States and time in India, how has assistive technology been accomplished in India prior to this new project, and how does that compare to how assistive technology is done here in the US?SAMUEL MATHEW: I would say that it is not really very well developed for the common man. In fact, that is where our mandate is, to really bring it to the common man and help him, empower him so he can progress. Historically, not much. In our own classroom, we have deaf students who are attending degree programs. We have a program where only deaf students are admitted. A couple of years back, we introduced tablets where they could browse the Internet or the teacher could use it in the classroom, but it has become universal. This year onwards, we want to do that, especially in the deaf students’ classroom. My answer is historically, not much, but going forward we really would like to bring it to the common man where he can be empowered.WADE WINGLER: As we have this conversation, the kind of illustrates for me the fact that just a few weeks ago as we record this, here in the States we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I suppose it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it: there’s nothing in India that mandates accommodations for people with disabilities at that level, right?SAMUEL MATHEW: There is actually a law which was passed in ’95. It’s called the Persons With Disabilities Law, or PWD Act. But that is being updated this year as the Rights for People with Disabilities Act. But in between, there has not been additions to that law itself. We are making progress, but we got into the game quite a bit later than the United States did.WADE WINGLER: Sam, what do you see as the greatest challenge right now and making the center a reality? What are the challenges? What kinds of hills are you climbing these days?SAMUEL MATHEW: One thing is about the right personnel with the right background. I do have some background, but since I do have to oversee a lot of things, I need some really sharp people I would be able to recruit and make them passionate about this whole things and really take it forward with me. That’s one thing, people with assistive technology certification and that sort of working background.Funding is not a big deal because we do have the government backing and this bank has come on, so I don’t see that as a challenge. But then getting into the common man, making it affordable for them with the type of population we have, with poverty and disability as a higher population, so people without greater funding, how can we really get it out to them so they can afford it, is another challenge I see?WADE WINGLER: Some of the things in my next question you’ve addressed a little bit, but I want to flesh it out a little bit. If you were to describe a smashing success with the center here, a few years out, what does it look like for students with disabilities or the common man that you mentioned a few times? What does it look like when this program has been very successful?SAMUEL MATHEW: When the program is in full swing, our students all should have their appropriate assistive technology with them after an appropriate assessment. To see them succeed through that will be a great accomplishment which I’m looking forward to. Since this is going to be a university for disability studies and rehabilitation sciences, we expect a large population of people with disabilities coming through our doors. If we are able to make them successful, being productive, being integrated into mainstream society as successful graduates, great, that is what I look for. And also, being from across the country. Our universities in India don’t have the disability service department like you have in the United States. A lot of them will look up to us, and if we can be the model who can provide them the guidance and advice and the model to duplicate, that will be a success. That’s what we’re looking at.WADE WINGLER: And I think that’s a great vision. We’re just about out of time for the interview today. Dr. Mathew, if people wanted to learn more about your program, learn more about the university, learn more about the center, what kind of contact information would you like to provide?SAMUEL MATHEW: One would be our website, which is NISH.ac.in is our website. If people want to write an email at nishinfo@nish.ac.in. I’ll be happy to answer questions, have people visit us, get involved with us. I welcome such initiatives from people.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. Dr. Samuel Mathew is the executive director at the national Institute of speech and hearing and the Kerala area of India and is in the process of building India’s first national assistive technology Center. Sam, thank you so much for being with us.SAMUEL MATHEW: Thank you very much. I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you. Have a great day.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124. Looking for show notes from today’s show? Head on over to EasterSealstech.com. Shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU182 – Roger Voice, KNFB Reader, RESNA’s new Singapore Conference, Legislative Update From Audrey Busch, Drive About Number Neighborhood AppNovember 21, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU228 – iOS 9 and Its Impact on People with Disabilities | Luis Perez | Free AT Webinars, Insulin and Blood Sugar Monitoring on Your Smart Phone, Robots and AutismOctober 9, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU171 – Assistive Technology: USA vs AUS (Wendy Stevens from Lifetec in Australia), Free Assistive Technology Webinars, Web a11y Survey Results, AFB’s Family Connect, Mobile Accessibility ChecklistSeptember 5, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway

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first_imgScientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on July 9, 2019 at 7:18 am This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Release Date, Villain and Cast Tagged In scienceaiairplanesflightaircraftcomputer vision Post a Comment 10 Comments Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Cars are getting reasonably good at driving themselves, but what about airplanes? Autopilot has existed for years, but a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the most autonomous airplane yet. The automated landing system called C2Land uses computer vision to identify the runway and guide the plane down for a safe landing. Commercial planes currently have a system called the Instrument Landing System (ILS), which can be useful when pilots can’t make visual contact with a runway. It relies on radio signals on the ground and on-board receivers to determine the plane’s position, but C2Land doesn’t need that infrastructure. Not all runways and airports will have costly hardware installed, but C2Land doesn’t need anything on the ground other than a runway. That could make it practical for use at smaller and more remote airports where expensive ILS hardware is impractical. C2Land uses GPS for flight control along with a computer vision system. The cameras operate in both visible and infrared, allowing the system to function even in low-visibility conditions. The computer finds the outline of the runway and determines where the plane needs to end up. Combined with current airspeed and altitude, the system can calculate a virtual glide path for a perfect landing. The team explained the system in a series of three papers, but nothing drives home the point like a real-world test. They equipped a Diamond DA42 propeller aircraft with the C2Land system and stuck a test pilot behind the controls. Pilot Thomas Wimmer took the plane up and pointed in the general vicinity of the airstrip, but from there it was all up to the computer. You can see the entire landing, along with the computer’s image recognition, in the video above. Wimmer doesn’t have to take control of the aircraft at all during landing. This isn’t technically the first autonomous landing ever — Boeing accomplished that with a prototype commuter aircraft. However, that was a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle. The TUM system works with the aircraft in service today. Vision-assisted navigation systems like C2Land could become standard in the future, but this one is still just an experiment. Still, the researchers must be confident to put a human aboard the plane and turn the controls over to an algorithm.Now read:The BlackFly Is a Flying Car That Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s LicenseBoeing’s Own Engineers May Have Been Unaware of 737 Max ProblemsNASA, MIT Design Hollow Morphing Airplane Wing 10 Comments Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder The Answer To Who Played Old Man Cap in ‘Endgame’ Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screenlast_img read more

Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games

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first_img 8 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 12, 2019 at 9:47 am Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Finding games on Steam has always been difficult, but the flood of titles being published on the platform has made discoverability a massive problem for creators and gamers alike. Valve is attempting to improve the situation with a new game recommendation system that relies on AI, rather than user-curated metadata. The AI isn’t given any information about a game at all, rather than its release date, and it isn’t impacted by review scores or tags. Instead, it learns about games solely based on what players do.Valve writes:Underlying this new recommender is a neural-network model that is trained to recommend games based on a user’s playtime history, along with other salient data. We train the model based on data from many millions of Steam users and many billions of play sessions, giving us robust results that capture the nuances of different play patterns and covers our catalog. The model is parameterized so that we can restrict output to games released within a specified time-window, and can be adjusted to prefer games a higher or lower underlying popularity. These parameters are exposed to the user, allowing you to select whether to see only recent releases in the results, or go all the way back to include games released a decade ago. Similarly, you can choose whether to see mainstream hits, or deep cuts from the catalog. Regardless of the settings of the sliders, the results will always be personalized and relevant to the individual user.Valve’s ability to create recommendation engines, search tools, and discoverability enhancements that treat players and creators fairly has taken some hits over the past year. During the recent “Grand Prix” summer sale, Valve created a confusing competition around the event. As a result, gamers began removing indie titles from their wish lists en masse in an attempt to game the system and receive expensive AAA titles for free, out of a mistaken belief that deleting low-cost titles increased their chances of receiving expensive free games. Creators panicked. Having a game on your wish list means receiving updates when it goes on sale, and those notifications apparently have a major impact on how many copies a game sells overall. Developers are exceedingly unhappy with how the Steam sale played out this year, and many saw no uptick at all in either wish list pickups or overall sales.The new game recommendation system Valve is unveiling today isn’t a direct response to the Grand Prix debacle, but it’s an example of how the company is attempting to improve its own recommendation algorithms in ways that will be fair to game creators and help players find titles they want to experience. To date, Valve’s changes to its recommendation system have been controversial; an algorithm bug last year drove far more traffic to already-established titles at the expense of smaller titles. After the Grand Prix problems, some developers have lost faith that Valve is particularly interested in solving the situation.“Before October 2018 (and for a few months after that while I gave Steam the benefit of the doubt), I told anyone who asked me that Steam was 100% worth it for indie developers,” developer Yitz told Kotaku via Twitter DM:Now, that trust is gone, and it’s not because I’ve changed or become more cynical… This Steam sale was a disaster, but I’m far more concerned about the overall trend we’ve seen in the Steam algorithm since October last year: pushing unpopular (including ‘mostly negative’ reviewed) triple-A games over titles that Steam has more than enough data to know would be a better match for the consumer.I decided to take the Steam recommendation algorithm out for a spin, to see what kind of titles it would recommend for me, personally. In my specific case, I’m prepared for the algorithm to be a little less accurate — some of the games I’ve spent the most time “playing,” historically, are titles I’ve used for benchmarking, and it’s possible that will throw off the algorithm. I also have a very bad habit of leaving games alt-tabbed while running in the background, which can also drastically inflate my own playtimes.I have not spent 73.5 actual days of my life playing Fallout 4.That’s the default view when you login. Your top games are listed along the left, while recommended titles are on the right. Here’s the top game listing when you play with the “Niche” versus “Popular” slider. My “Popular” games list is on the left below, while the full “Niche” recommendations are on the right.Regarding its recommendation algorithm, Valve writes:One direction is to gather every single piece of information about a game, and then make guesses about what games are similar, and then recommend those “similar” games. But that allows for all sorts of weird distortions— just because you play a lot of Beat Saber, doesn’t mean we should only ever recommend you VR rhythm games. This model takes a different approach. It disregards most of the usual data about a game, like genre or price point. Instead, it looks at what games you play and what games other people play, then makes informed suggestions based on the decisions of other people playing games on Steam. The idea is that if players with broadly similar play habits to you also tend to play another game you haven’t tried yet, then that game is likely to be a good recommendation for you.The “niche” versus “popular” slider seems as though it could use some fine-tuning. Somehow, Metro 2033 Redux is the most popular title recommended for me under both options. But it’s odd that this game should be recommended to me in the first place, given that I own (but have never bothered to beat) Metro 2033. The same is true of Metro Last Light Redux. It makes sense to recommend Metro 2033 Redux to me if the only thing you’re examining is either hours played (I used it for benchmarking) or “number of games owned in the Metro series.” Examining the number of unlocked achievements in these titles would show that I barely played either.The other shortcoming I see in this data isn’t exactly Valve or Steam’s fault. I own Far Cry 3 on uPlay and Witcher 3 on GoG. I played games like Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood using a friend’s Steam account. The quality of the recommendations is a bit mixed — I loved Dishonored and found Borderlands 2 relatively amusing, but was not a huge fan of Far Cry 3 and have never actually played very much of The Witcher 3. The “niche” titles are games I haven’t played or heard of, so it seems to be fulfilling its goals in that regard, though that also makes it more difficult to interpret if I’d like them.The goal is for this tool to be a better recommendation engine for games that isn’t susceptible to being gamed or manipulated, or that requires developers to worry about optimizing for underlying and unknown algorithms. The idea is for the AI model to watch what players are playing and recommend these games to people who play similar games to those people. We’ll have to wait for data on how it works, but discoverability has been a major problem for every kind of online store. Solving it, or even improving it, would be a major achievement for any storefront.Now Read:Gamers Hate the Epic Store, but They Hated Steam, TooSteam Prepares to Roll Out Revamped Library PageValve Lays Off 13 Employees, May Have Slashed VR Division Batman Stories Only True Fans Know About Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop Tarantino Has Written Multiple Episodes of Rick Dalton TV Series Valve Introduces Machine Learning Algorithm to Recommend New Steam Games Tagged In gamingaimachine learningsteamvalvedeep learningGOGuPlaydiscoverabilitymetro 2033Steam Summer Salegame recommendationsGrand Prixrecommendation engineSteam games Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

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first_imgApollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am 12 Comments Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Untold Truth of Jane Foster The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

SoftServe Joins SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem

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first_img Marketing Technology NewsNewsSAPSoftServeTodd Lenox Previous ArticleQualtrics Ranked Top 10 Most Innovative Company in 2019 GRIT ReportNext ArticleOpenAP Partners with dataxu to Power Digital Audience Creation in Next Phase of its Marketplace Rollout SoftServe Joins SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 2:50 pmJuly 12, 2019 Partner specialization enables SoftServe to deliver innovation as an SAP service providerSoftServe, a leading digital authority and consulting company, is now a Partner in the SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem. Through this partner specialization, SoftServe will provide strategic business consulting to customers through the design, development, implementation, and integration of SAP solutions.Marketing Technology News: Cloud Computing Magazine Names Vonage a 2019 Product of the Year Award Winner“This partnership is an exciting chapter for SoftServe, as it enables us to bring our world-class innovation and unparalleled cloud expertise to new and existing SAP customers,” said Todd Lenox, VP, global alliances and partnerships at SoftServe. “In joining SAP’s PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem, we can provide our clients with specialized solutions that address an evolving set of business needs—now with an augmented offering of SAP solutions—to ensure they are well equipped for the digital economy.”Marketing Technology News: The Shift to Cloud Computing: A New Era for Rights Management in Media and Entertainment BusinessesThe SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem gives members an opportunity to provide consulting and implementation services using SAP’s award-winning program and benefits. It provides access to an arsenal of tools and resources that help market solutions and services, build pipelines, and gain competitive advantage. In addition, proven implementation methodologies and tactics that provide content and guidance for project teams are made readily available.SoftServe continues to work closely with SAP to drive further advancement within the SAP partner ecosystem.Marketing Technology News: NewVoiceMedia Wins 2018 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Awardlast_img read more