Texas School Standards Age of the Universe Erased

first_img 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. Heavyweight galaxies puzzle astronomers Explore further Originally in the Texas school standards was this phrase: “concept of an expanding universe that originated about 14 billion years ago.” However, board member Barbara Cargill thought this wasn’t good enough. It was too definite. The standards now read, “current theories of the evolution of the universe including estimates for the age of the universe.” You can bet that the age of the earth is not listed in the Texas curriculum as about 4.5 billion years old — in spite of the fact that most of the people my age and older have known (or rather, estimated) this for years.There certainly are many different theories about the formation of the universe. Whether it was a big bang or a big bounce are two of them. Cosmologists and astronomers wonder about the rate of expansion in the early universe, and they debate the effects of gravity (not to mention its nature) as well as consider questions about the composition of the universe and the kinds of particles that exist. However, despite the questions that do exist about the origination of the universe, there is very little debate about its age. Right now, the latest estimate is that the universe is 13.73 billion years old, plus or minus 120 million years. This information is the latest from results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP). While the age of the universe is likely to be fine tuned in coming years, it is extremely likely that it will remain in the neighborhood of 14 billion years. And few scientists see the age of the earth being cast in doubt as well. But it appears that cosmology could now be thrown into the fray of science v. religion. Until now, matters of space have been very little addressed in terms of religion. After all, couldn’t God have created the universe well before putting humans on Earth? But it appears that by working from Earth outward, some are becoming concerned. If God created humans on Earth just a few millennia ago, then Earth can’t be 4.5 billion years old. And if Earth isn’t as old as all that, surely the universe isn’t, either. It’s an interesting train of logic. And one that could result in all we know about space science being brought under attack.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Texas school standards next attack: Removing references to the age of the universe. Image source: NASA Hubble Space Telescope. Citation: Texas School Standards: Age of the Universe Erased (2009, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-texas-school-standards-age-universe.html (PhysOrg.com) — The fight over the new education and curriculum standards for the public schools in Texas has been long and publicized. Most of the publicity, though, focuses on the school board’s focus on “intelligent design” as it relates to the biological question of evolution. Because evolution has long been contested in public schools, it is no real surprise that this has gotten the most play from the media. But one thing that hasn’t been mentioned as much is the fact that the Texas school standards also remove mention of the age of the universe. Long-standing ideas of cosmology are being challenged as well.last_img read more

Army to test XM25 smart grenade launcher rifle w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The US Army has recently announced plans to test the high-tech XM25 airburst grenade launcher this summer in Afghanistan, unleashing a weapon that veterans predict could be a game-changing advantage in the war. The XM25 can fire 25mm rounds that explode at any distance set by a soldier, effective at a range of up to 700 m. Because the 14-pound, $25,000 gun can fire rounds in just seconds, it could replace the need to call in fire missions, artillery or airstrikes in some situations, which can take anywhere from several minutes to an hour to arrive. Explore further Army officials say that the XM25 could be ideal in current situations in Afghanistan, where the enemy tends to hide behind barriers such as walls and trees or in underground trenches, often at distances of 300 m or more. Right now, such targets are difficult to hit even for skilled marksmen, since a bullet is only lethal if it hits the head or vital organs. Since the blast radius of the XM25 is equivalent to a hand grenade, it could allow US soldiers to target and kill these hidden snipers. For example, if an enemy is hiding inside a distant building, a soldier can point the gun at the building’s façade, which measures the distance using lasers and sensors. The soldier can then add (or subtract) a smaller distance so that the round explodes at an estimated location close to the enemy. When the soldier fires, the microchip-embedded round tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of times it rotates. Upon exploding, the 25mm round spreads shrapnel in all directions, likely killing anyone nearby. Compared to a typical M4 carbine, the gun doesn’t require extreme precision to kill even at these long ranges, potentially making it one of the deadliest hand weapons in the Army’s arsenal. This live-fire demo shows the XM25 firing rounds through the window of a simulated building. “It brings, right now, organic to the squad, the capability to defeat targets that we’re seeing everyday in Afghanistan — targets that we can’t currently hit,” said Col. Doug Tamilio, project manager for soldier weapons with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. “It will save soldiers’ lives, because now they can take out those targets.”After the weapon is tested by a group of Army Special Forces Soldiers this summer, Army officials may expand the use of the weapon in the future. The Army is currently deciding whether to purchase 12,500 of the weapons, which are made by Heckler and Koch, although a final decision is awaiting a program review by senior Army officials. US Army enlists Facebook, Twitter © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img A soldier aims an XM25 weapon at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. Credit: US Army. 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: Military.com Citation: Army to test XM25 ‘smart’ grenade launcher rifle (w/ Video) (2010, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-army-xm25-smart-grenade-launcher.htmllast_img read more

Bendable battery and LED make up the first functional allflexible electronic system

first_imgTo overcome this limitation, the researchers developed a fabrication technique that allows them to thermo-treat the electrode material, enabling the use of almost any material as an electrode. This technique, called the universal transfer method, involves originally depositing the battery materials onto a brittle mica substrate, similar to that used in standard non-flexible battery fabrication. Then, using sticky tape, the researchers peeled the mica substrate away, layer by layer. After about 10 minutes of peeling, the researchers could remove the entire mica substrate without damaging the thin-film battery. Next, the flexible battery is transferred onto a flexible polymer sheet and capped with another flexible polymer sheet. The result is a flexible Li-ion battery that can be made with almost any electrode material. Here, the researchers used lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode material, which is currently the most widely used cathode in non-flexible Li-ion batteries due to its high performance. For the anode, they used traditional lithium. Journal information: Nano Letters The bendable Li-ion battery in the bent position turning on a blue LED. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Citation: Bendable battery and LED make up the first functional all-flexible electronic system (2012, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-bendable-battery-functional-all-flexible-electronic.html Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. “We fabricated a high-performance flexible Li-ion battery structured with high-density inorganic thin films using the universal transfer approach, which enables the realization of diverse flexible Li-ion batteries regardless of electrode chemistry,” Lee said. “Moreover, it can form high-temperature annealed electrodes on polymer substrates for high-performance Li-ion batteries.” In tests, the researchers demonstrated that the new flexible Li-ion battery has the highest charging voltage (4.2 V) and charging capacity (106 μAh/cm2) ever achieved for flexible Li-ion batteries. They also demonstrated that the battery could be bent with a high curvature angle. However, after 100 charge-discharge cycles, the battery lost some of its capacity. Depending on the degree of bending deformation, it maintained between 88.2% and 98.4% of its original capacity. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea, have published their study on the new bendable Li-ion battery in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Although several other flexible Li-ion batteries have been developed already, none has achieved a sufficient performance in operation stability to be applied to commercial products, such as rollable displays and other flexible consumer electronics. The reason is that the electrodes for these batteries can only be made of a few materials due to fabrication difficulties, and these materials don’t have very good performance. As coauthor Keon Jae Lee of KAIST explains, one type of ideal cathode material would be a lithium transition metal oxide, although this is one of the materials that currently cannot be incorporated into bendable Li-ion batteries.“Lithium transition metal oxides used as a cathode electrode have to be treated at high temperature (e.g., about 700 °C for lithium cobalt oxide) for the crystallinity,” Lee told Phys.org. “However, it is not possible to thermo-treat the active material on flexible substrates like polymer materials.” Research team develops high performance flexible solid state batterycenter_img Battery components are located in the mechanical neutral plane, which is generated from the counterbalance between tensile and compressive strains. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society All-in-one flexible LED system integrated with a bendable Li-ion battery on a flexible plastic substrate. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society More information: Min Koo, et al. “Bendable Inorganic Thin-Film Battery for Fully Flexible Electronic Systems.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl302254v 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. As the researchers explained, one tactic that helped them achieve this high performance even under a high curvature angle was placing the active parts of the battery in a mechanically neutral space within the battery film. When the battery film is bent, a counterbalance develops between the tensile strain on the outer side and the compressive strain on the inner side, which creates a mechanically neutral plane in the middle. Further, the researchers calculated that the point at which the compressive stress changes to tensile stress at a certain degree of bending may have even greater stability than on a brittle substrate. This finding suggests that it may be possible for flexible Li-ion batteries to have higher stability and better performance than non-flexible Li-ion batteries.To fabricate the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system, the researchers connected the flexible Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, the latter of which was fabricated on a flexible indium tin oxide substrate. The researchers then wrapped the entire system with flexible polymer sheets to enhance the mechanical stability. They demonstrated that, even when the battery was in the bent position, it could still power the LED. In the future, the researchers plan to improve the battery performance, particularly its energy density, as well as work on mass production through a one-step laser lift-off process instead of using sticky tape. They also note that the novel universal transfer method can be extended to fabricate other flexible devices, such as thin-film nanogenerators, thin-film transistors, and thermoelectric devices.“I am interested in the combination of a flexible energy source and self-powered piezoelectric energy harvesting, called nanogenerators,” Lee said. “The fully flexible electronic system and its expansion with nanogenerators can be expected to change our daily life. Also, to be utilized in consumer electronics, increasing the power capacity is important. Therefore, 3D stacking of this 10-um-thick thin-film battery would be an interesting topic.” Explore further (Phys.org) — By connecting a new flexible, thin-film Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, a team of researchers from South Korea has demonstrated the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system. In other words, they have shown the total integration of a flexible display and battery on a single plastic substrate without the help of bulk electronics. The achievement relies on a new fabrication method that enables flexible batteries to work with a variety of electrode materials, overcoming previous electrode limitations.last_img read more

Researchers show how historical contingencies constrained evolution of a yeast regulatory network

first_img More information: Intersecting transcription networks constrain gene regulatory evolution, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14613AbstractEpistasis—the non-additive interactions between different genetic loci—constrains evolutionary pathways, blocking some and permitting others. For biological networks such as transcription circuits, the nature of these constraints and their consequences are largely unknown. Here we describe the evolutionary pathways of a transcription network that controls the response to mating pheromone in yeast. A component of this network, the transcription regulator Ste, has evolved two different modes of binding to a set of its target genes. In one group of species, Ste binds to specific DNA binding sites, while in another lineage it occupies DNA indirectly, relying on a second transcription regulator to recognize DNA. We show, through the construction of various possible evolutionary intermediates, that evolution of the direct mode of DNA binding was not directly accessible to the ancestor. Instead, it was contingent on a lineage-specific change to an overlapping transcription network with a different function, the specification of cell type. These results show that analysing and predicting the evolution of cis-regulatory regions requires an understanding of their positions in overlapping networks, as this placement constrains the available evolutionary pathways. Sacharomyces cerevisiae cells in DIC microscopy. Credit: Wikipedia. © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Researchers show how historical contingencies constrained evolution of a yeast regulatory network (2015, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-historical-contingencies-constrained-evolution-yeast.html A team of researchers with the University of California has found a way to show how historical contingencies constrained the evolution of a gene regulatory network. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they conducted a genetic analysis of brewer’s yeast in a way that allowed them to gain a new perspective on the regulatory network that led to the current genome of the group of fungi. Aaron New and Ben Lehner of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img 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. Evolution of a natural gene network explored by Yale researchers Journal information: Nature In this research effort, the team looked at historical contingency—where a sequence of events led to a present state in a biological context. In ordinary life, historical contingencies occur all the time, looking over the life a person has lived, for example, would reveal many such instances, where decisions were made that led to a new state, and where another decision was eventually made based on what had occurred thus far, and on and on—mapping historical contingencies over time leads to what is known as a regulatory network—a depiction that illustrates the impact of all the contingencies that have occurred. In the biological sciences historical contingencies apply to evolutionary changes that occur over a certain period of time, and the regulatory network allows researchers to see which changes were contingent on which prior changes. Such work is challenging, which is why the researchers chose brewer’s yeast to study—not only does it have a reasonably simple genome, as New and Lehner, point out, but there are also genetic engineering tools that have been developed for its study that can be adapted for use across more than one species.Studying historical contingency in organisms works because of the way genetics works—as a trait evolves, the genome changes. Also, sometimes, changes that occur are lost due to changes in the environment, but the genome retains some of the DNA that came about due to the original change, and that too can be used in creating a regulatory network. In this new work, the researches reconstructed the evolutionary path of two mating types in brewer’s yeast, dubbed “a” and “α”—both cause genes to be switched on when exposed to pheromones. As part of their analysis they were able to show the evolutionary path that the types took as each was impacted by events, leading to contingencies and thus were able to construct a regularity network. They were also able to show, as New and Lehner, note that understanding the evolution of individual genes must involve the evolution of regulatory networks.last_img read more

Forcing a metal to be a superconductor via rapid chilling

first_imgScheme for thermodynamic and kinetic approaches to realizing superconductivity in certain strongly correlated electron systems. The conceptual electronic phase diagram considered in this study is displayed with pressure/carrier doping as a control parameter. The double well and ball represent temperature-dependent schematic free-energy landscapes and realized electronic states in each cooling process, respectively. The thermodynamic approach, which can be advanced by increasing pressure or carrier doping, results in a change in the lowest free-energy state, from a certain competing order to a superconducting (SC) state. By contrast, the kinetic approach, which can be advanced by rapid cooling, allows the system to kinetically avoid the first-order phase transition to the competing order and thus to remain in a metastable supercooled state, which is expected to eventually turn into superconducting at low temperatures. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3489 Discovery of bismuth superconductivity at extremely low temperature jeopardizes theory A team of researchers with the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and The University of Tokyo, both in Japan, has found a way to force a metal to be a superconductor by cooling it very quickly. In their paper published on the open access site, Science Advances, the group describes their process and how well it worked. Scientists around the world continue to seek a material that behaves as a superconductor at room temperature—such a material would be extremely valuable because it would have zero electrical resistance. Because of that, it would not increase in heat as electricity passed through it, nor lose energy. Scientists have known that cooling some materials to very cold temperatures causes them to be superconductive. They have also known that some metals fail to do so because they enter a “competing state.” In this new effort, the researchers in Japan have found a way to get one such non-cooperative metal to enter a superconductive state anyway—and to stay that way for over a week. Noting that there is a very small delay between the moment when a metal reaches a temperature cold enough to enter a superconductive state and the onset of the competing state, the researchers came up with an idea—if the metal was cooled rapidly, it might not have a chance to enter a competing state. They liken the idea to metal forgers plunging their work into cold water after fashioning to prevent it from weakening. To find out if their idea worked, they made a metal sample out of iridium and tellurium. They connected electrodes and gave it a jolt of electricity. The jolt initially caused the metal to heat to over 27°C, but then it cooled very rapidly to -269°C, in under ten microseconds. The researchers found that via quick-freeze technique, the metal changed into a superconducting state for over a week. Journal information: Science Advances More information: Hiroshi Oike et al. Kinetic approach to superconductivity hidden behind a competing order, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3489center_img © 2018 Phys.org 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. Citation: Forcing a metal to be a superconductor via rapid chilling (2018, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-metal-superconductor-rapid-chilling.htmllast_img read more

Court to consider CBIs final report on Jan 30

first_img“Certain clarifications have been sought qua the supplementary final report. Accordingly, matter be put up for consideration now on January 30,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.The court was hearing the case in which CBI had earlier chargesheeted Congress MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Director of AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, Manoj Jayaswal, and the firm, as accused for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIDuring the hearing, the court allowed Vijay Darda’s plea seeking modification of conditions which were imposed on him while he was granted bail last year.Darda’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal told the court that while his client was granted bail, the court had directed him not to leave the country without its prior permission but he has to travel abroad for business purposes and also in connection with his official duties as an MP.Aggarwal said that Vijay Darda would ensure his presence on each and every date of hearing and that the trial was not hampered on account of his foreign trips. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSenior public prosecutor A P Singh expressed apprehension that the trial could get hampered on account of his frequent foreign visits.It is accordingly directed that henceforth before leaving the country accused (Vijay Darda) shall intimate the court not later than a week before the actual date of journey about his travel plan, itinerary and his contact addresses during the said travel,” the judge said.“However, it is made clear that accused shall remain present on each date of hearing unless ordered otherwise, be it the stage of recording evidence or any proceeding before or after,” the court said. The CBI had earlier informed the court about the current status of public servants, who were allegedly involved in the allocation of a coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.The court had earlier granted bail to Vijay Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.Vijay Darda, Devendra, Jayaswal and the firm were named as accused in the charge sheet filed by CBI on March 27 last year in which it had alleged that they had fraudulently acquired the coal blocks. Darda has denied the allegations against him. Regarding AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, CBI had claimed in its FIR that the firm, in its application form for allocation of coal blocks, had “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group firms had previously been allocated five coal blocks.CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  New Delhi: CBI has examined Aditya Birla group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of Talabira-II coal block to his company Hindalco in 2005.The CBI’s questioning of Birla, named as an accused in the FIR, came after a special court raised questions over the closure report filed by the agency which has not been accepted. Birla was said to have been examined over his meetings with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also holding charge of coal portfolio, and the then Coal Secretary P C Parakh, another accused in the case. When contacted, Birla group declined to comment on the development. CBI Joint Director (Policy), who is in-charge of media relations, R S Bhatti did not answer phone calls and sms in this regard.last_img read more

Corporate executives paid handsome amount for stolen docs

first_imgA “handsome monthly amount” was paid by the arrested corporate executives to those “hired” for obtaining the “stolen documents” from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Delhi Police said in its charge sheet submitted to a court here in the documents leak case.The money to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh per month was being paid to the two accused, Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar, who were first to be arrested outside the Shastri Bhavan, it said.Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, K K Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG, energy consultant Prayas Jain and journalist Shantanu Saikia used to pay the amount to them, the charge sheet said. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 crore“On sustained interrogation, they all admitted that they had hired the services of Rakesh Kumar and Lalta Prasad for obtaining the stolen documents of MoPNG for their business gains,” it said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police also did not rule out the possibility of slapping the charges under the Officials Secret Act (OSA) saying that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received yet from the MoPNG and they have sought further clarifications from the ministry about it. “The reports received on April 10, April 15 and April 16, 2015 from MoPNG have been analyzed and it has been observed that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“Further, it has also not been specified as to the documents marked as secret/confidential are covered under OSA or not. Further clarification in this regard is being sought from MoPNG,” police said in its charge sheet filed against 13 arrested accused. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal today took cognizance of the charge sheet and fixed the matter for further hearing on May 18. Police said according to ministry reports, documents recovered from the accused were not in public domain and some of them were marked as “secret/confidential in nature.”last_img read more

Child within

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre will be hosting a sculpture exhibition, titled Being a Child by French artist Christine Margotin.In this exhibition, Christine Margotin will take the viewers back to childhood, a crucial period of life that one should never completely leave, she states. What can be learned from observing children? What can adults gain in reconnecting with their childhood? The artist explores the dialectics between childhood and adulthood through three series of artworks: sculptures of life-size children playing simple games, sculptures of joyful children , their various moods and 3D-canvases displaying messages about childhood. Margoti makes art in 3D, mostly by making bronze sculptures of people engaged in actions that inspire joy or compassion in her. Her inspiration generally expresses itself through themes like childhood, waterside, Indian roads, love and spirituality.When: May 10 – 15Where: HICClast_img read more

Isolation ends

first_imgThe dilapidating Gadaffi stadium in Lahore city of Pakistan has managed to break the six-year-long silence when it echoed with 27,000 die-hard cricketing fans on May 22, 2015. The crowd started entering the stadium two hours before the first ball and the place was a full house when Shahid Afridi and Elton Chigumbura strode out for the toss. Afridi gave one last pep talk before the hosts raced to the turf. The country’s largest stadium, brimmed with fans, resuscitated to life when the first ball of the match got unleashed from the firm right hand of bowler Anwar Ali and crashed into Zimababwean opener Hamilton Masakadza’s pad. It seemed as if the whole country had a sense of relief with the return of international cricket to the nation after an unannounced pause of six years, two months and 19 days (2,271 days) since Sri Lankan cricket team came under attack near Lahore’s Gaddafi  Also Read – Mahavir Phogat plans sports complex in native villageStadium on March 3, 2009.Wait ends at lastAs the cricketing action was on in the country, ordinary Pakistanis, officials, former players, singers – everyone was excited and #CricketComesHome became a worldwide trend on Twitter. All the tickets for the T20 matches and three ODIs were sold within hours. People from various cities thronged Lahore to get a glimpse of their favourite players in action on home ground after so many years. For many, this series was an important one for paving way for more cricketing action and it might show the world that Pakistan, despite its ongoing struggles with violent militant groups, is safe enough to host cricket. While some are still not convinced with the security arrangements in the country and other teams are not likely to visit Pakistan soon. Also Read – Ballon d’Or: A trophy that evaded legends of the gameGaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of more than 60,000 and the place was overflowing with crowd. The first T20 was held on 22 May and the very same day the captain of the Pakistani team, Shahid Afridi, hit the winning shot and the crowd went crazy. Many observers are skeptical if International Cricket will return to Pakistan for good after this series. It is notable that the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not send its officials to Pakistan due to the security concerns, even while saying that this series will hold an international status. But it has been a happy day for the cricket-starved nation and the icing on the cake was a Tweet from the famous Bollywood movie star Rishi Kapoor. The 2-0 series win in the first two matches of the series, followed by three match ODI series, doubled the joy for thousands of Pakistani cricket fans. A large number of people also flocked the stadium with posters and placards in support of Pakistani cricket, thanking the Zimbabwean team for their support as well. Fans painted their faces and bodies in national colours with some holding posters of “six years of torture. Thanks for revival of cricket in Pakistan”. Another fan held up a poster saying, “Welcome Zimbabwe. Peace we love.” Pakistan’s most famous fan – Chacha Cricket – was also present in the stadium. Thousands battled the 42 degree celsius heat and stifling security checks in long queues for hours to catch a glimpse of the matches.More to follow?With the cricket’s return to the nation, albeit with minnows Zimbabwe, many suspect the longevity of the peaceful conduct of the game. The terror-hit country is already facing serious security threat from several militant groups. A couple of days ahead of the tour following the attack in Karachi, Zimbabwe first cancelled their plan to visit Pakistan but then retracted their decision within 16 minutes in a bizarre turnaround. The tour, with its watertight security, has been a success and on questions like whether this has given the PCB hopes of hosting other major teams as well in the near future. PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed responded, “It’s going to be a major achievement as this tour is concluding successfully. What we were waiting for the last four-five years was to demonstrate to the world that we are capable of organising international cricket in a befitting manner and this is our chance to prove that we have that capability.” The official said that they would emphasise on the positive outcome of the current series while trying to convince other nations to start sending their teams to Pakistan on a regular basis to maintain the momentum gained from Zimbabwe’s visit.“We’ve looked at the Future Tours Programme (FTP) commitments and are trying to find a slot where we could invite another international team in the next 12 months. Pakistan fans have demonstrated to the world how keen they are for international cricket to be revived on home soil on a regular basis,” the COO was quoted as saying. The PCB has reportedly given $5,00,000 to Zimbabwe for the tour, but the board’s top brass feels that despite the expenses, they were going to profit from reviving international cricket in the country. “Investing as much as possible in this tour for the future of the game in our country was vital. Hopefully we’ll reap its benefits in the coming years,” stated the official.Indo-Pak action on cards?Pakistan is scheduled to play India this year in December, but there have been doubts regarding the series’ materialisation after the war of words between top government officials of both countries. However, the PCB is still hopeful.“We’re quite confident about the Pakistan-India series in December. Our confidence comes from the MoU signed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last year in which they have clearly indicated that even if they don’t come to Pakistan, they will make sure the series takes place in the UAE or some other neutral venue.” Subhan was also reported saying that during previous tours between the two countries, the strained situation was quite similar and a confirmation was received closer to the scheduled date of the series. “We’re anticipating the same situation this time around as well and although there are certain issues projected in the media, we are almost confident that a confirmation will be given in coming October or November.”“India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh all need to give us more support to help us bring back regular international cricket to Pakistan,” Shaharyar Khan, chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board had said during his India tour in early May.Lessons learnt?Following the tragedy, all cricket playing nations refused to send their teams to play in Pakistan and as a result the country had to play all of its home series in Dubai for six long years where many of the scheduled tours were cancelled.Henceforth, PCB convinced Sri Lankan Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket to send their teams but the tours mostly remained on paper. As a result many of the players, currently playing in Pakistan cricket team, have not played a single match on the home ground. Misbah-ul-Haq happened to be the most unfortunate Pakistani skipper, who never led his team at home. And all this continued until Zimbabwe landed in Pakistan on 19 May. All five matches were played at the Gaddafi stadium, the home base of Pakistan’s national cricket team. Taking a tough lesson, “extraordinary” security arrangements were made by the government. Over 3,000 security personnels were deployed around the stadium. The sports complex, where the stadium is located usually open to the public and traffic, was sealed by police, with several checkpoints set up on the roads surrounding it. Policemen were seen shooing away curious pedestrians from one of the entrances to the complex, where a row of metal detectors and a ring of barbed wire was set up.last_img read more

WB education minister inaugurates MAKAUTs placement portal

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) today launched a placement portal for graduates of the affiliated colleges under it to help the students get proper placement offers. The state university’s portal, which contains information about students of 196 affiliated colleges under the university – MAKAUT, was launched by West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee. “The portal will cater to procuring placement assistance to all the students of the MAKAUT-affiliated colleges in engineering, technology, pharmacy, management, architecture and various other professional courses,” Chatterjee said after launching the portal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights It is a pioneering step and the first such initiative by any institution in the country, he said. The minister said he wanted students to avail this opportunity and asked all the MAKAUT-affiliated colleges to make the best use of the portal. “The talented students will be able to showcase themselves to the national and global job market through the portal,” the Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Professor Saikat Mitra, said. “The resume of the students will be extensively visible to potential employers. The portal will be a database of all students from MAKAUT colleges along with their academic and experience backgrounds,” Mitra said. The portal will also enable companies to post placement or internship opportunities, he said.last_img read more

Enforcement Director arrests Choksis Hong Kong business aide

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate has arrested a Hong Kong-based businessman, identified as Deepak Kulkarni, in connection with Rs 13,000 crore fraud case with Punjab National Bank (PNB).Kulkarni was detained by the immigration department at Kolkata Airport on Monday night. Later, he was handed over to the ED officials. Sources informed that while probing the PNB fraud case, ED sleuths came to know that Kulkarni used to manage Choksi’s business in Hong Kong. As he did not come to India since the case was started, the ED had issued a look-out notice. His passport had also been blocked. On Monday night, when Kulkarni arrived at Kolkata Airport, immigration officials saw his blocked passport number and detained him. Senior officials of the department were informed. Later the ED officials were told about Kulkarni’s detention. On Monday night, a team from the ED went to Kolkata Airport and Kulkarni was handed over to them by the immigration department there. He was brought to the ED office at CGO Complex in Salt Lake. After arresting Kulkarni, ED officials from Kolkata informed the headquarter in Delhi and the investigating office in Mumbai. A team from Mumbai will come to Kolkata and take charge of his custody soon. On Tuesday, Kulkarni was produced before a city court and ED officials appealed for a transit remand to take him to Mumbai. He will be produced there in a court and will be taken into ED custody. Sources informed that the CBI might also take Kulkarni in their custody after ED’s custody gets over. According to sources, Kulkarni was the director of one of Choksi’s companies. His name was mentioned in the FIR as an accused as well. Earlier, an arrest warrant was issued by a court in connection with the PNB fraud case.last_img read more

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these sugarfree sweets

first_imgDespite the popularity of sugary treats, many health experts have noted how the increasing consumption of such products is leading to several serious diseases, such as diabetes. To curb the effect of sugar-based confectionaries, experts have suggested sugar-free treats that are a healthier alternative. Sugar free besan laddoos: While these come in several flavours, the most commonly available variant is besan laddoo, which is made with gram flour, ghee, and lots of sugar. Nevertheless, these days, many sweetmeat sellers and e-commerce platforms have begun to offer a healthier alternative that contains little to no sugar, and taste just as great.Khajoor roll: Khajoor, or dates, is the fruit from date palm trees, native to Middle-Eastern countries. It is also a popular dessert choice for the calorie-conscious. You can go for delectable khajoor rolls garnished with almond slivers for the perfectly healthy sweet treat.The sweet is prepared with honey instead of sugar and dates, combining two naturally sweet ingredients for a healthy after-meal snack.Anjeer (Fig) barfi: Anjeer, or fig is considered as one of the healthiest foods in the world due to the benefits it offers, such as improving digestion and controlling diabetes. This fruit can also be enjoyed in the form of anjeer barfi, an appetising treat that contains no refined sugar.These are usually made with cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, figs, clarified butter (ghee), and honey, and are an excellent wholesome treat for both children and adults.Fini: Fini is a traditional Rajasthani sweet that originated in Bikaner. This delicacy looks like a bunch of hair due to its thin strands. It is made using flour, sugar, and pure ghee, making it an extremely sugary delight. On the other hand, its sugar-free variant is made using honey, so that you can curb your sugar intake without compromising on flavour.Lauki (bottle gourd) halwa: This sweet is a rather diabetic friendly treat which is made with just a teaspoon of ghee, bottle gourd, low fat milk, cardamom powder and stevia.Date coconut roll: This roll is made of only dates, almonds and a cup of desiccated coconut an packed with two grams of fibre. Date and apple kheer: You just need one chopped apple, low fat milk, dates and a teaspoon of crushed walnut for this sugar-free delight.last_img read more

Womenmanaged polling booths to make Kolkata North stand out in last phase

first_imgKolkata: Women polling personnel manning booths will be a striking feature of Kolkata North parliamentary constituency (PC) that goes to polls on May 19.The Commission has earmarked 153 polling stations located in 33 polling premises spread across the seven Assembly constituencies under North Kolkata PC, where the entire voting process will be conducted by women. Apart from Kolkata North, eight other Lok Sabha constituencies in the state will be going to polls on May 19, the last phase of the elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have witnessed model booths manned by women in earlier phases of the elections. But this is the first time when 9 percent of the total booths in a parliamentary constituency are being managed by women. We have 1,862 polling stations in Kolkata North PC, among which 153 will have only women polling personnel,” said Dibyendu Sarkar, District Election Officer (DEO), Kolkata North. According to Sarkar, all the polling premise locations will have one micro observer, who will also be a woman. There will be a team of four women in each of the 153 polling stations, taking the total count to 612. In addition to this, there will be one micro observer each in all the 33 polling premises that contain these 153 booths. “So the total number of women voting personnel who will be on duty at booths on the day of polls is 645,” added Sarkar. The Commission has already provided training to 800 women, among whom 645 will be on-duty and the others will be kept in reserve in case of any emergency. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources in the Commission said that there were a handful of women who have been deployed for election day duty in the earlier phases of elections in the state. Ishita Goswami, an officer of WBCS cadre in the state Cooperation department, who will be on duty on the day of polls, is eagerly looking forward to the experience. “The job will be challenging as I will be working with EVMs and VVPAT for the first time. But I love new assignments and apart from receiving training, I am also reading a number of books on EVMs,” said Goswami, who had participated as a liaison officer in the 2009 municipal polls in the state. It may be mentioned that in a bid to enthuse the voters in North Kolkata to exercise their voting rights, the DEO North Kolkata office had made a documentary titled ‘Ek Dojon Goppo’- a collection of 12 short stories depicting the special flavour of North Kolkata like its adda culture, the College Street Boipara, the food of Dacres Lane and the iconic structures.last_img read more

Energy drinks may harm your heart

first_imgConsuming too many energy drinks in a short timespan may increase blood pressure and disrupt heart rhythm, a study has found. For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, enrolled 34 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 years. Participants were randomly assigned to drink 32 ounces of one of two commercially available caffeinated energy drinks or a placebo drink on three separate days. The drinks were consumed within a 60-minute period but no faster than one 16-ounce bottle in 30 minutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers at the University of the Pacific in the US measured the electrical activity of the volunteers’ hearts by electrocardiogram, which records the way a heart is beating. They also recorded participant’s blood pressure. All measurements were taken at the study’s start and every 30 minutes for four hours after drink consumption. Both energy beverages tested contained 304 to 320 milligrams of caffeine per 32 fluid ounces. Caffeine at doses under 400 milligrams is not expected to induce any electrocardiographic changes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOther common ingredients in the energy drinks in the study included taurine (an amino acid), glucuronolactone (found in plants and connective tissues) and B-vitamins. The placebo drink contained carbonated water, lime juice and cherry flavouring. In participants who consumed either type of energy drink, researchers found that the QT interval was six milliseconds or 7.7 milliseconds higher at four hours compared to placebo drinkers. The QT interval is a measurement of the time it takes ventricles in the heart (the lower chambers) to prepare to generate a beat again. If this time interval is either too short or too long, it can cause the heart to beat abnormally. The resulting arrhythmia can be life-threatening. The results of the study confirm previous findings and suggest that the QT interval changes are generally sustained over the four-hour monitoring period rather than being a short-lasting effect after consuming 32-ounces of an energy drink. Researchers also found a statistically significant increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in participants who consumed the energy drinks. “We found an association between consuming energy drinks and changes in QT intervals and blood pressure that cannot be attributed to caffeine,” said Sachin A Shah, a professor at University of the Pacific. “We urgently need to investigate the particular ingredient or combination of ingredients in different types of energy drinks that might explain the findings seen in our clinical trial,” said Shah. The study is the largest controlled study of the effects of energy drinks on the heart and blood pressure in young healthy volunteers. “Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed by a large number of teens and young adults, including college students. Understanding how these drinks affect the heart is extremely important,” said Kate O’Dell, a professor at the University of the Pacific. “The public should be aware of the impact of energy drinks on their body especially if they have other underlying health conditions,” Shah said. “Healthcare professionals should advise certain patient populations, for example, people with underlying congenital or acquired long QT syndrome or high blood pressure, to limit or monitor their consumption,” he said.last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers is a divider not a uniter

first_imgColin says:People don’t appreciate what they have.Don’t try to get happier than happy.Josh Norman is no Richard Sherman.The exhaustive search for footage of a George Foster home run off Willie Hernandez from the 70’s.Klay Thompson is the key to the Warriors success.Guests: Holly Holm – Former UFC Bantamweight Champ joins the show to look ahead to her fight against Valenina Shevchenko, how she rebounded from her loss, and if she’ll fight Ronda Rousey again.Richie Incognito – Buffalo Bills Guard in studio to discuss his path back to the NFL, how his life has changed since his notorious suspension, and loving the game of footballPete Prisco – CBS Senior NFL Writer talks overrated/underrated NFL players, Aaron Rodgers personality, and why he thinks Kam Chancellor is overrated.last_img read more

Isiah Thomas trolls Michael Jordan with Crying Jordan sign after Indiana upsets

first_imgThomas’ actions come off as somewhat petty under the circumstances, but old rivalries die hard. Unfortunately for Jordan, so does his internet meme. Advertisement It’s long been established that Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan don’t like each other. The Pistons and Bulls arch rivalry in the late 80’s and early 90’s was a bloodsport that fostered the dislike between the two. It’s an accepted truth that Michael kept Thomas off the original Dream Team out of spite. The old Eastern Conference rivals’ beef is as old as crotch hugging basketball shorts.Last night, the alma maters of the two rivals squared off when Jordan’s Tar Heels traveled to Bloomington to take on Thomas’ Indiana Hoosiers . The #10 Hoosiers managed to pull the 76-67 over the #3 Tar Heels at Assembly Hall.After the game, Thomas, who was in attendance, took advantage of an opportunity to troll his long time rival by hijacking a giant Crying Jordan sign from the stands and holding it up to the Indiana fans. Thomas had a giant grin as he played to the crowd. There’s no video, but a tweet was sent out that captured the moment.Long time Michael Jordan rival Isiah Thomas held up a Crying Jordan head during Indiana’s win over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/zqySNXtJN1— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 1, 2016last_img read more

LeBron and his associates dominated the Knicks and sent a message to

first_imgWith the game well in hand, James and the rest of the Cavs starters sat for most of the fourth quarter and decided to take part in the Bottle Flip Challenge on the bench.Was LeBron being intentionally disrespectful, or sending yet another message to Jackson?  It looks like a bunch of guys killing time on the bench in a blowout, but who knows.LEBRON JAMES AND KYRIE IRVING ON THE BENCH DOING THE BOTTLEFLIP CHALLENGE LMAO pic.twitter.com/sW94RthNuM— LETS 2K (@chrismisc1) December 8, 2016 When Phil Jackson referred to LeBron James’ business team as his “posse”, it created a national media firestorm. LeBron publicly expressed his displeasure with Jackson’s comments, including stating that he no longer had respect for Jackson.With all the surrounding drama and backstory, last night’s game between the Knicks and the Cavs at Madison Square Garden carried more intrigue than most NBA regular season games.Whether it was because of Jackson or not, LeBron showed up in playoff mode, and Cleveland smoked New York, 126-94.James scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, including a vicious second quarter throwdown where he ended up walking into the stands for some reason. Whatever you make of the bottle flipping, one thing that’s not open for interpretation is that LeBron continues to own the Garden, and the Knicks, and there’s not a damn thing Phil Jackson can say to change that.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 7 Blazin 5

first_img5. Giants (+5.5) at Falcons – The Giants looked completely incompetent in Week 6, but Colin likes them as a 5.5 road dog against the Falcons. Atlanta’s decimated defense ranks last in 3rd Down % allowed (56.2) and TD’s Allowed (24), 31st in PPG Allowed (32.0), and 30th in Total YPG Allowed (417.2).Eli has been a train wreck for New York this season, but Saquon Barkley is the 2nd player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of his first 6 career games (Kareem Hunt had 7 straight such games last season), and leads all running backs with 40 receptions. He should be a matchup nightmare for a Falcon defense that has allowed a league-high 53 running back receptions. The Giants are a mess, but they win and cover on the road here, 24-23.🚨 Blazin’ 5 is 17-12-1 through Week 6 🚨@ColinCowherd makes his Week 7 picks 🔽🔽 pic.twitter.com/KVvlV56Rt3— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 19, 2018 Advertisement 3. Saints at Ravens (-2.5) – Colin loves the Ravens giving up 2.5 at home against the Saints in a matchup of the #1 offense vs. #1 defense in the NFL. Drew Brees could struggle away from the dome against a Baltimore D that ranks 1st in PPG Allowed (12.8), Total YPG Allowed (270.8), Yards/Play Allowed (4.4), and Sacks (26).Joe Flacco and the Ravens improved offense ranks 3rd in the league in 3rd Down Conversion % (47) and as a team Baltimore has a +76 point differential (2nd NFL). Baltimore covers the 2.5 point cover. 28-24, Ravens. Colin is coming off his first losing weekend of the NFL season like a wounded mongoose ready to strike back. Even after a 2-3 Week 6, he’s still sitting at a respectable 17-12-1 on the season as he goes on the attack for Week 7. Forget about the Powerball, Colin has you covered with this week’s picks.Here are Colin’s Week 7 Blazin’ 5 plays:Panthers (+4.5) at Eagles – The Eagles have looked better with Carson Wentz back, but Carolina getting 4.5 is too many points for Colin to pass up. The Panthers have a legit defense, and a solid rushing attack that ranks 4th in Rush YPG (139.4), and 6th in Yards/Rush (5.0).Cam Newton has 2+ TD passes in four straight games under new coordinator Norv Turner (t-longest career streak), and should be effective against  a 23rd ranked Philly pass defense that’s giving up 273.0 YPG to opposing QB’s. Take Carolina, the healthy 4.5, and outright. 27-26, Panthers.center_img 2. Bills at Colts (-7.5) – Colin hates taking big favorites, but thinks Andrew Luck and the Colts can cover 7.5 against the death spiraling Bills. The Colts are tied for 3rd in the league in sacks (19), and should be able to harass off the street 35-year-old journeyman Derek Anderson in his first NFL start since 2016.Anderson will lead an inept Bills offense that ranks last in PPG (12.7), Pass YPG (123.0), and Yards/Play (3.7), and 31st in Total YPG (225.5), and 3rd Down Conversion % (27.9). Indy is bad, but the Bills are a whole lot worse. Take Indy, lay the 7.5. Colts in a blowout, 33-10. 4. Cowboys at Redskins (-1.5)  – Give Colin Washington, laying 1.5 at home against Dak and Dallas for the NFC East lead through 7 weeks. Dallas just blew the doors off the Jags at home, but they’ve been a nightmare on the road. The Boys are undefeated (3-0) at home, but have yet to win away from Jerra’s World (0-3). They also average fewer points (28.7 home vs. 12.3 away), allow more points (14.7 home vs. 19.7 road), and have a worse turnover differential (+3 home vs. -3 away).Alex Smith and Washington only have 5 giveaways on the season (t-2nd fewest NFL), so they won’t “kick themselves in the foot” and give Dallas hope. Take the Redskins, lay the 1.5. 28-20, Washington.last_img read more

New Digital Dawning

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 9 min read January 1, 2006 Think about this: Ten years ago, a group of technology experts sat down and envisioned the future of the internet. They imagined the ubiquity of e-mail, that the web would be home to a giant auction house, and that phones would be able to access tiny versions of the online world.Actually, nobody ever predicted what the internet has become today. We were all too busy learning basic HTML tags and trying to remember how to check our e-mail. But that won’t stop us from looking ahead now to the future of the web and what role entrepreneurs will have in it. An exciting world is developing, and growing businesses will be riding the waves as both users and innovators.Who’s in Charge?Sometimes the best way to understand the big picture is to take a look at the smaller brush strokes that make it what it is. Here’s a big trend: decentralization of control. It’s a move toward web users having more power to control their own online experiences. Here are some of the brush strokes: wikis, blogs, podcasts, RSS and mash-ups. You’ve probably heard of most of those, and if you haven’t, you’ll probably hear of them soon.Joe Kraus, co-founder with Graham Spencer of wiki startup JotSpot, has a strong sense of web history. He was one of the original founders of early search engine Excite and is an active angel investor involved with tech companies. His passion these days is wikis-collaborative websites that can be edited by multiple users. “Wikis felt like a useful tool [back in 1993], but for a limited crowd. They were trapped in the land of the nerd. [They’re] more powerful because [they] tap everybody’s knowledge instead of restricting it to a single individual,” says Kraus, 34. Palo Alto, California-based JotSpot, jumping on the larger trend toward decentralized control, has set out to bring wikis into the mainstream.That trend, in fact, has entrepreneurs blogging to their customers, sending out podcasts and gathering news through RSS feeds. These are all relatively new trends that will magnify as the web moves forward. Says Kraus, “I’m a huge believer that the most powerful revolutions in computing are do-it-yourself revolutions.”Web: The Next GenerationTrying to guess where Google is heading is like listening to the sounds of a circus setting up from outside the big-top tent: You know something exciting is going to happen; you just don’t know what. Blogs are burning with speculation, many connecting the dots to the concept of the web as a computing platform. All that guesswork underlines another fundamental shift in the web: the move away from static web pages to a more interactive, real-time environment. It’s the next generation. It’s the Web 2.0. And it’s already underway.Steven Minton, 47, co-founder of web intelligence and search company Fetch Technologies in El Segundo, California, is an entrepreneur working in the thick of the Web 2.0 evolution. “The web is not made for computers; it’s made for people,” says Minton. “The vision of Fetch Technologies is [to make] the web a more productive place for computers to collect information.” That’s also a strong underpinning of the Semantic Web–an intriguing project from web creator Tim Berners-Lee that is aligned with many of the concepts of Web 2.0.What this all means for entrepreneurs is that the way you use the web is shifting. Search engines will be one noticeable area of improvement. Minton looks ahead to what we can expect to see over the next five years: “[You’ll] be able to do a better job of searching because you’ll tell them the type of thing you’re interested in. There will be more automated assistants to help you shop, travel and so forth, and more sophisticated decision-making aids.”Another sign of the changing web environment is AJAX. No, not the cleanser. AJAX–Asynchronous JavaScript and XML–is a web development technique for building interactive web applications so they behave more like regular software that resides on your PC. Some examples of AJAX in use include Google Maps and photo-sharing site Flickr.Says Minton, “One of the most interesting things happening right now is that the leaders–Google, Yahoo! and a few others–are really breaking new ground in a hurry. It’s one of those rare times in history where some of the biggest companies are making the biggest inroads.” This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The web isn’t much use without equipment to access it.Chances are you’re sitting near a PC. You have InternetExplorer or FireFox open. You have dozens of bookmarks, loads ofplug-ins and a dependent relationship with your preferred searchengine. David Rose, founder and chief creative officer ofCambridge, Massachusetts-based AmbientDevices, thinks all that can be overkill. He would just as soonglance over at a colorful glowing ball and tell you the weatherreport or if the stock market will tank. Welcome to the ThirdWave.The first wave was your standard HTML browser. The second wavewas mobile devices like phones and PDAs that can access onlinecontent. “The Third Wave will be literally thousands ofdifferent devices and designs that show information people careabout in forms that are embedded in things like watches or umbrellahandles, increasing the utility of everyday objects,” saysRose, 38.Ambient’s flagship product, the Ambient Orb, is a frostedglass ball that changes color to indicate changes in the stockmarket. It can also be set to meter customized information. Itconnects to the internet through a nationwide wireless network butdoesn’t require users to have a computer or their own internetconnection. Rose hopes that the simplified delivery will appeal tothose who feel overwhelmed by data. If Ambient Devices is anyindication, the web could very well be coming to an umbrella handlenear you soon.What’s in It for You?That’s a whole lot of innovation to try to keep up with. Rightnow, most entrepreneurs are spending their energy on keeping theirwebsites updated, improving search engine rankings andinvestigating online marketing opportunities. Richard Riley, vicepresident and general manager of Yahoo! SmallBusiness, is keeping an eye on the future of growing businessesand the web. “We’ll rapidly go from a world where lessthan 50 percent of small businesses have a website to it beingabsolutely business-critical. Their online presence will becomeincreasingly sophisticated [and] personalized to theircustomers,” says Riley. He also sees more businesses adoptingblogs as a way to communicate frequently with customers.It’s early days yet, but entrepreneurs are discoveringonline marketing as an affordable and effective way to reachcustomers. “You’ll see a real explosion in the number ofsmall businesses advertising online,” says Riley.More websites, blogging and online marketing may not be the mostglamorous technological advances, but they are the ones that willimpact your business directly over the next few years. No one canbe sure exactly what the web will look like in five or 10 years,but we have some good guesses. The trends of today will lay thepath for the web of tomorrow, and growing businesses will be in thethick of it all, blazing trails and taking new technologies to thelimit.Gaze Into Microsoft’s CrystalBall…Over at Microsoft, the company has taken its small-businesscustomer service quest to the web with the SmallBusiness Center. It’s part of the larger trend of movingbusiness functions of all kinds to the web. We asked Doug Leland,general manager of small business for Microsoft’s WorldwideSmall and Midmarket Solutions & Partner Group, and FredericDeWulf, Microsoft’s U.S. small business web director, toreflect on the future of the web.Mobile web technology, like online access through smartphones orPDAs, is an intriguing concept for growing businesses.”We’re still in the earlier adopter phase. [Users] arestarting to realize the productivity benefits,” says DeWulf.”It’s growing pretty rapidly in certain industries thathave a higher share of mobile workers.” Not all entrepreneurswill be rushing out to buy Treos for their employees, but as speedsincrease and the technology matures, it will give a leg up tobusinesses that crave mobile access.”Small businesses will leverage the web to move more andmore of their business functionality to the web. It’s startedwhere we are today with e-mail, web hosting and having an internetsite. Communications and marketing leverage of the web is going togrow,” says Leland. He also sees more commerce-oriented onlinebusinesses emerging over the next several years. Along with thatcomes a phenomenon he calls “global competition for localcustomers.” That means the web will become increasinglyimportant for growing businesses, no matter their industry orbrick-and-mortar presence. It’s a wide web world out there, andit’s only going to get bigger.Taking Stock With FlockWho better to offer their views on the future of the web than acouple of cutting-edge web entrepreneurs? Bart Decrem and GeoffreyArone, both in their thirties, are the co-founders of Flock, a new browserbuilt on open-source principles that has social networking and theWeb 2.0 at heart. “Flock is a social browser. The goal is totake the web browser and evolve it the same way the web hasevolved, to something a lot more interactive,” says Arone.Flock’s location in a Palo Alto, California, garage along withthe company’s all-night programming sessions and boundlessenthusiasm are reminiscent of the web boom’s early days.The success of Mozilla’s FireFox has helped loosen InternetExplorer’s grip on the browser market and left the landscapeopen to innovators. Decrem has some thoughts to share with the newcrop of technology entrepreneurs: “The big thing that’sgoing on is that control is shifting from the creators of contentand the publishers of content to the consumers,” he says.”The winning startups have embraced [this shift instead of]fighting and trying to control it.” The Third Wave Register Now »last_img read more

How to Set Up Reminders on the New iPhone

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read This story originally appeared on Tecca September 29, 2012 image credit: TeccaLife is full of work to get done, errands to run, and chores to do, and keeping track of it all without some help can be practically impossible for most people. While a sheet of paper or bulky organizer might have been the only real options in years past, the advent of the smartphone has made remembering things easier and even more eco-friendly. Apple’s software for the iPhone, iOS 6, includes built-in features designed to make staying on top of your to-do’s even more simple.The following tips work for iPhones and iPads running iOS 5 and iOS 6. However, some features are only available in the most recent version of Apple’s mobile software. These include the ability to manually enter addresses for reminders so they’ll notify you when you arrive at or leave locations, reorganize your reminder list items to your liking, and sync reminders with iCloud.com so you can view them from any web browser and won’t have to dismiss them on other devices once they’ve been completed.Reminders: There’s an app for that.Every iPhone comes with a preinstalled app called Reminders that can be used, as its name suggests, to set up reminders for all sorts of things. To get started, simply fire up the app and you’ll see a blank list titled “Reminders.” Tap on the first blank line and type in a reminder, then tap Done in the upper right. Viola, you’ve created your first reminder.To make that reminder do more for you, tap the right-facing arrow on the same line. That’ll bring up a Details screen. Here, you can tell your phone to remind you on a specific day and time, which causes a notification to appear on your lock screen or in the Notification Center and a sound to play (depending on how your Notification settings are set up).Related: The top features of iOS 6It’s also possible to have your phone remind you about the item when you leave or arrive at a certain location. This can be handy if, for example, you have your phone remind you to buy gas when you leave home or pick up some milk when you arrive at the supermarket.On the Details screen, you can also add notes about the reminder and set a priority to help it stand out from your other to-do items. And speaking of other items and organizing them, you can tap the Menu icon in the upper left of the main Reminders screen to see all of the to-do lists on your phone. Adding a new one is as simple as scrolling down and tapping Create New List. That way, you can keep your reminders separated by task, such as errands, home, and work — or however you see fit. Back on the main reminders list screen, you can swipe left and right on the list title to change lists.Related: How to use Passbook, your new digital wallet on the iPhoneLet Siri be your personal assistant.If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, use Siri to help you keep track of things in conjunction with the Reminders app. This method’s especially handy if you’re in a situation where typing on your phone isn’t possible, like when you’re driving or walking.Just get Siri’s attention by holding the Home button and tell her something like “Remind me to pick up some milk tomorrow at 5 p.m.” Siri will add the reminder for you and set up the notification, easy as that.Keep your reminders handy wherever you are.If you use a Mac, Reminders get even handier. That’s because the latest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, also includes the Reminder app, and it can sync data with your phone via iCloud. That way, if you enter a reminder on your phone, it’ll appear on your Mac and vice versa. This also works if you have an iPad in addition to an iPhone and a Mac. Anything you enter into the Reminders app on your iPad will appear on your other devices, and you’ll see reminders created on your other devices on it. If you’ve set up alerts for time or location, they’ll also appear in the Notification Center on your Mac or iPad.Like on the iPhone, the Mac and iPad versions of Reminders let you receive notifications when you leave or arrive at a particular location. That said, between the three platforms, you’ll never have an excuse to forget anything ever again. Related: The ultimate guide to protecting and maintaining your iPhone or iPad Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more