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first_img Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Note: only quarterbacks with 40 or more NFL starts since 2000 were considered. We’ve given you each QB’s number of starts and the teams each suited up for. The QB rating figures, too, only consider regular-season games played since Opening Day 2000 (although some on this list started their careers in the 90s…all teams they played for are listed.)You’ve got eight minutes on the clock…good luck! The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s the most important position in sports — the quarterback.On winning teams, the quarterback gets a good deal of the credit. On losing outfit, they shoulder much of the blame.Instead of focusing on the best quarterbacks in the game, we thought we’d take a look at the not-so-great signal callers in recent memory.Can you name the lowest-rated QBs in the NFL since 2000? That’s your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week if you choose to accept it. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Sky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games co

first_imgSky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games consoles in the UK and US, extending the channel’s reach in the states and giving domestic customers a new way of accessing the station.From tomorrow, Xbox Live customers on Xbox 360 will see the Sky News icon on the TV section of their homepage, giving them access to the network’s live feed and a range of continually updated on-demand stories.Sky News is already available on Apple TV and Roku boxes in the US and Sky said it is building on its growth in this market by also tailoring its channel feed for the US, incorporating editorial segments produced specifically for this audience.“Sky News is consistently exploring opportunities to expand our global reach. Making Sky News available on Xbox was an ideal way to achieve this. With a growing US footprint of a million users and a US news team, we’re thrilled that our coverage will be showcased to millions of Xbox customers,” said head of Sky News Digital, Andrew Hawken.The Sky News Xbox app was developed by Sky in partnership with 1 Mainstream, which specialises in distributing video services across TV, games console, tablet and streaming devices. Sky has worked with 1 Mainstream since 2013 and also invested in the Silicon Valley-based start-up.last_img read more

Were now into Year 2 AS After Snowden and many

first_imgWe’re now into Year 2 AS (After Snowden), and many Americans remain concerned about the security of their cellphone calls. They should be, especially considering a phenomenon that’s hit the news in the past few months. Fake cell towers. With most phones, you have no way of knowing whether someone might be listening in. You may believe that you’re safe because your calls are encrypted. Trouble is, you may not be. If you’d like to be informed when your call is being intercepted, one company that can put the proper tech in your hands is ESD America. It manufactures the CryptoPhone 500, which has a Samsung Galaxy SIII body, but with the standard Android OS hardened by the removal of 468 vulnerabilities. The CryptoPhone will set you back $3,500. When it detects that your call has been compromised, it lights up and displays a warning message: “Caution: The mobile network’s standard encryption has been turned off, possibly by a rogue base station (‘IMSI Catcher’). Unencrypted calls not recommended.” (IMSI stands for “international mobile subscriber identity” and is a unique identification number used by all cellular networks. It’s generally 15 digits in length, allotting the first three digits to country code and the next three to the mobile network code, with the remainder comprising the mobile subscription identification number within the network’s customer base.) IMSI catchers are portable devices also known as “interceptors” or “stingrays.” They are not themselves actual towers, but they mimic the real thing and trick your mobile device into connecting to them even if you aren’t on a call. Once locked on to you, stingrays can be used for real-time location tracking, with the ability to pinpoint where you are within two meters. But they can also eavesdrop on and capture the contents of your communications. Stingrays are not cheap—upwards of $150,000 each—but they’re portable. They can be hand carried or mounted on a vehicle or drone. While the abilities of these interceptors vary, the full-featured versions available to government agencies have a broad range of powers. For example, the VME Dominator can not only capture calls and texts, it can even take control of the intercepted phone. Yes, it can turn on your powered-down phone and essentially use it as a bug. But didn’t the Supreme Court recently instruct police that they must obtain a warrant before they can search your phone? Not really. The ruling was more limited, stating that police must get a warrant “before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest.” The 11th Circuit Court has also ruled that warrantless cellphone location tracking is unconstitutional. But that conflicts with an earlier judgment by the 5th Circuit, which stated that people have no expectation of privacy over location data collected by cell towers because they are nothing more than a business record. The Supreme Court has not yet resolved that one. Stingrays, however, can basically serve as wiretapping devices. Shouldn’t a warrant be required for cellphone intercepts, as it would be if law enforcement wanted to tap your home phone or place a bug behind the painting in your office? Technically, yes. The Wiretap Act of 1968 requires the police to get a court order whenever they want to intercept any oral, electronic communication, or wire communications. It’s also been established that that protection extends to cellphones that have been turned on remotely for eavesdropping purposes. To what extent are authorities honoring that requirement? Decide for yourself after reading this excerpt from a recent Newsweek article: In January, Tallahassee, Florida, police used [a stingray] to track a stolen cell phone to a suspect’s apartment. The police then entered the home without permission, conducted a search, and arrested the suspect in his home. Not only did the police not have a warrant, but they did not disclose to a judge that they were in possession of a stingray because the department had received it on loan from the manufacturer on condition of secrecy. Only after a judge granted a motion filed by the ACLU to unseal the transcripts of the case (the federal government had previously demanded the proceedings be sealed, going so far as to try to invoke the Homeland Security Act as the reason) was it was revealed that between 2007 and 2010 the department used stingrays without getting warrants around 200 times. One ACLU spokesperson put it like this: “They are essentially searching the homes of innocent Americans to find one phone used by one person … It’s like they’re kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is.” Even though data is obviously hard to come by, the ACLU has been able to determine that stingrays are in use in at least 18 states—by local police, state police, or both. They’re also widely employed by the federal government, so you might want to remember that if you’re using your phone in the vicinity of a government facility, particularly a military base. And if you’re encrypting messages, don’t count on that to save you. A stingray can force your 4G service down to a 2G level to thwart encryption, and the best of them will do it so that you’re not even aware it’s happening. Support for 2G is going away—AT&T is phasing it out by 2017 and Verizon by 2020—but manufacturers of stingrays are hard at work on the next generation of product, which will feature the ability to crack 4G. Mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens is just one aspect of the global cyberwar that’s red hot yet all but invisible to most of us. Casey Research has prepared an in-depth look at the subject in its white paper, Cyberwar: Threats to Your Money and Freedom, and How to Protect Yourself. We urge you to download a copy today.last_img read more

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Person Yo

first_imgPart 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Person You Become.About Janine Shepherd’s TED TalkJanine “the machine” Shepherd was a cross-country skier bound for Olympic greatness, when an accident left her paralyzed. She describes her struggle to redefine her identity beyond being an athlete.About Janine Shepherd Janine Shepherd is a public speaker and author of several books including Defiant: A Memoir.Shepherd had been an aspiring Olympic cross-country skier. She was nearly killed when she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. Paralyzed and immobile for six months, she was given a grim picture for recovery.Not only did she teach herself to walk again — she learned to fly — becoming an aerobatics pilot. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a

first_imgA key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a program designed to help control soaring Medicare costs by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate patients’ care. This led to the formation of what are known as accountable care organizations or ACOs. The program was expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It hasn’t come anywhere close. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Trump administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending.The announcement was just the latest in a steady drumbeat of moves by Trump administration officials to unwind health policies set in place by the Obama administration. Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and today enroll more than 10 million beneficiaries. ACOs are part of push across government and private sector health programs to pay doctors and hospitals for the value of care they provide rather than just provide a fee for each patient they treat. If ACOs provide care for less than certain cost targets — while meeting quality of care standards —then they get to share in any of the savings. Commercial insurers and Medicaid have also adopted ACOs in the past decade.About 82 percent of the 561 Medicare ACOs are set up so that they are not at risk of losing money from Medicare. They can share in any savings they achieve. The remaining 18 percent can gain a higher share of savings, but also risk paying back money to Medicare if they do not meet their savings targets. Those ACOs have been more successful in saving money, Medicare officials said.The Trump Administration said it would phase out its no-risk model beginning in 2020. A recent industry-sponsored survey showed 70 percent of ACOs would rather quit than assume such financial risk.Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said it’s wrong to have ACOs that can only make profits but not risk any losses. “We want to put the accountability back into accountable care organizations,” she said during a briefing with reporters.Existing ACOs will have one year to switch to a model accepting financial risk. New ACOs will have two years.Under existing rules, ACOs would have had up to six years to shift to a model where they share in financial risk.These and other proposed changes would save Medicare $2.2 billion over the next decade, Verma said.The proposal drew rare praise from a former Obama administration official. Andy Slavitt, who headed CMS, tweeted: “CMS is proposing changes to Medicare … At first look, they look positive to me.”CMS estimated that its new policy would lead to a net drop of about 100 ACOs by 2027.Industry observers say that prediction seems modest at best.”That does not seem too realistic,” says Ross White, manager of the Center for Health Care Regulatory Insight at KPMG, a large consulting firm. “This is going to come as quite a shock to a lot of current participants although the Administration has been sending these signals for several months … It definitely seems like they are trying to ratchet down and squeeze the dollar savings out and not have participants in it for the wrong reasons.”Clif Gaus, the CEO of the National Association of ACOs, says the proposal will “upend the ACO movement” and introduces “many untested and troubling policies.””CMS discusses creating stability for ACOs by moving to five-year agreements, but they are pulling the rug out from ACOs by redoing the program in a short timeframe,” he says. He said the “likely outcome will be that many ACOs quit the program, divest their care coordination resources and return to payment models that emphasize volume over value.” CMS also wants to require doctors in ACOs to inform their patients that they are in an ACO. That has not occurred previously, because unlike HMOs, ACOs do not restrict which providers they can see.Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, also criticized the new ACO rules. “The proposed rule fails to account for the fact that building a successful ACO, let alone one that is able to take on financial risk, is no small task,” he says. “It requires significant investments of time, effort and finances.”Verma, who has repeatedly said unleashing the free market principles will help control health care costs and improve quality, says ACOs are driving more hospitals and doctors into mergers, which leads to higher costs.”We want to work with ACOs that are serious about delivering value. We can no longer run a program that is losing money for taxpayers,” she told reporters.This story was produced through collaboration between NPR and Kaiser Health News (KHN), an editorially independent news service and a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy organization that isn’t affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

The two frontrunners to become Labours new leade

first_imgThe two front-runners to become Labour’s new leader have both evaded repeated attempts to clarify their position on social security cuts and support for disabled people.Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have recently made comments that suggest they back right-wing attempts to whip up hostility towards benefit claimants.But this week, despite several messages left with members of their teams, neither of them have responded to questions from Disability News Service.Concerns were first raised when Burnham (pictured), currently the shadow health secretary, told an audience at accountancy giants Ernst and Young this week: “It worries me that, in some people’s eyes, Labour has become associated with giving people who don’t want to help themselves an easy ride.”He also spoke of his hope that Labour would again become “the party of work”.But leadership rival Yvette Cooper warned that Burnham’s comments risked falling into “a Tory trap of using language that stigmatises those who are not working”.She added: “I don’t think that is about Labour values.”Cooper told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think the important thing is to talk about responsibility, the responsibility to work, the responsibility to contribute, but not to stigmatise those who are unable to work perhaps because they are too sick or too disabled to do so.“Let’s have a positive system, with fair rules, strong rules and firm rules, but also one that is responsible in the language that we use as well.”Liz Kendall, the shadow care services minister, and another leadership contender, also alarmed many disabled campaigners when she told the Guardian that she supported a welfare cap on the total amount of benefits received, arguing that “voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”.She also said that the public does not trust Labour on welfare, and she called for what the Guardian termed a “fundamental rethink”.Disability News Service contacted the offices of both Burnham and Kendall on Tuesday (2 June), but neither team had responded by the end of today (Thursday).last_img read more

Tesla Voluntarily Recalls 53000 Cars

first_img 2 min read Automakers A small gear in the electric parking brakes can fail, meaning cars get stuck in park. Next Article Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Mag 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 54shares Senior Editorcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag April 21, 2017 Add to Queue Tesla Voluntarily Recalls 53,000 Cars If you’re going to have a recall, the best type to have is a voluntary one as it means the issue with your product isn’t super serious, just serious enough to need a quick fix. And so, Tesla is issuing a voluntary recall for 53,000 cars spread between the Model S and Model X crossover.The reason for the recall is a fault with the electric parking brakes, which Tesla sourced from a third-party supplier for use in the cars. These brakes ensure the car does not move once placed in park, however, the affected models contain a small gear in the brakes that is prone to fracturing.The broken gear can’t cause any harm to the driver or passengers (hence the voluntary recall), but if it happens then the car will not be drivable. It’s stuck in park, which I’m sure you can imagine would be very frustrating for the owner.According to CNET’s Road Show, the fix takes about 45 minutes once Tesla starts working on a car, as all it requires is both electric parking brakes be replaced with new units. Tesla believes only 2 percent of the cars being recalled contain the faulty gear as it occurred due to a manufacturing fault.The Model S and X crossovers containing the faulty brakes were built between February and October 2016, with 31,000 of the 53,000 total being sold in the US. If your Tesla is on the list, expect an email in the next few days and then mail asking you to bring the car in for the fix. Apply Now »last_img read more

What Is 5G Everything You Need to Know

first_img5g What Is 5G? Everything You Need to Know. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G? Here’s what we know so far. May 1, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag Lead Mobile Analyst Add to Queue Sascha Segan Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 7 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » 5G is coming this year. Or maybe not. In the race to 5G, or fifth generation wireless, companies are starting to promise the impossible, which will result in a lot of confusion over the next few years.Because there isn’t any official definition of 5G yet, all the players in the wireless world, from chipset makers to carriers, are jockeying to define 5G and establish themselves as 5G leaders. So head with me down the rabbit hole that is 5G as I try to explain what the heck is going on.1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5GThe G in 5G means it’s a generation of wireless technology. While most generations have technically been defined by their data transmission speeds, each has also been marked by a break in encoding methods, or “air interfaces,” which make it incompatible with the previous generation.1G was analog cellular. 2G technologies, such as CDMA, GSM and TDMA, were the first generation of digital cellular technologies. 3G technologies, such as EVDO, HSPA and UMTS, brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second. 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE, were the next incompatible leap forward, and they are now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds.AT&T’s ‘5G Evolution’ Is Not 5GAT&T recently announced its “5G Evolution” network, which isn’t 5G. It’s AT&T’s brand for gigabit LTE, the latest incremental advance in 4G LTE, which all major U.S. carriers plan to roll out this year.Gigabit LTE is backwards-compatible with existing phones and runs on existing spectrum. It uses more advanced versions of LTE’s existing encoding, along with more antennas and more efficiently consolidated spectrum, to deliver better speeds.But AT&T’s 5G lie also highlights that LTE isn’t going away any time soon. 5G, by and large, will operate on very high frequencies, requiring towers or antennas that are relatively close together. It will rely on 4G for broader overall coverage, especially in rural areas.4G will continue to improve with time, as well. Qualcomm has already announced a 4G modem, the X20, capable of 1.2 gigabit speeds. The real advantages of 5G will come in massive capacity and low latency, beyond the levels 4G technologies can achieve.AT&T and Verizon Launching Pre-5GAT&T and Verizon have both pledged to launch 5G home internet systems this year. At Mobile World Congress in February, Samsung and Verizon showed off the antennas and routers Verizon’s 5G service will use.The technologies used in 5G for the home will be closely related to millimeter wave fixed wireless ISPs such as Starry in Boston and Monkeybrains in San Francisco, but with bigger players such as Verizon and AT&T in the mix, they’ll be much more widely available. AT&T, for instance, has talked to me about potentially using 5G to replace its old DSL offerings, letting the company deliver a “quad play” of DirecTV TV service, 5G home internet, wireless phone and home phone.This isn’t quite 5G, because the 5G standard won’t be set until 2018. But Verizon intends to converge its 5G service with the actual standard, and it’s trying to use as many elements of upcoming 5G systems as possible.5G home internet shows one major advantage over 4G: huge capacity. Carriers can’t offer competitively priced 4G home internet because there just isn’t enough capacity on 4G cell sites for the 190GB of monthly usage most homes now expect. This could really increase home internet competition in the U.S., where, according to a 2016 FCC report, 51 percent of Americans only have one option for 25Mbps or higher home internet service.5G home internet is also much easier for carriers to roll out than house-by-house fiber optic lines. Rather than digging up every street, carriers just have to install fiber optics to a cell site every few blocks and then give customers wireless modems.Okay, So What’s ‘Real’ 5G?5G is a new network system that has much higher speeds and capacity, and much lower latency, than existing cellular systems. The technologies to be used in 5G are still being defined, but there are many details on which everyone agrees.5G networks will use a type of encoding called OFDM, which is similar to the encoding that LTE uses. The air interface will be designed for much lower latency and greater flexibility than LTE, though.The new networks will predominantly use very high frequencies that can transmit huge amounts of data, but only a few blocks at a time. The standard will work all the way from low frequencies to high, but it gets the most benefit over 4G at higher frequencies. 5G may also transmit data over the unlicensed frequencies currently used for Wi-Fi, without conflicting with existing Wi-Fi networks. That’s similar to a technology T-Mobile is launching this year called LTE-U.5G networks are much more likely to be networks of small cells, even down to the size of home routers, than to be huge towers radiating great distances. Some of that is because of the nature of the frequencies used, but a lot of that is to expand network capacity.So 5G networks need to be much smarter than previous systems, as they’re juggling many more, smaller cells that can change size and shape. But even with existing macro cells, Qualcomm says 5G will be able to boost capacity by four times over current systems by leveraging wider bandwidths and advanced antenna technologies.The goal is to have far higher speeds available, and far higher capacity per sector, at far lower latency than 4G. The standards bodies involved are aiming at 20Gbps speeds and 1ms latency, at which point very interesting things begin to happen.Is 5G for Phones, Cars or Homes?Driverless cars may need 5G to really kick into action. The first generation of driverless cars will be self-contained, but future generations will interact with other cars and smart roads to improve safety and manage traffic. Basically, everything on the road will be talkingTo do this, you need extremely low latencies. While the cars are all exchanging very small packets of information, they need to do so almost instantly. That’s where 5G’s sub-1 millisecond latency comes into play, when a packet of data shoots directly between two cars, or bounces from a car to a small cell on a lamppost to another car. (One light-millisecond is about 186 miles, so most of that 1ms latency is still processing time.)Another aspect of 5G is that it will connect many more devices. Right now, 4G modules are expensive, power-consuming and demand complicated service plans, so much of the Internet of Things has stuck with either Wi-Fi and other home technologies for consumers, or 2G for businesses. 5G networks will accept small, inexpensive, low-power devices, so they’ll connect a lot of smaller objects and different kinds of ambient sensors to the internet.So what about phones? The biggest change 5G may bring is in virtual and augmented reality. As phones transform into devices meant to be used with VR headsets, the very low latency and consistent speeds of 5G will give you an internet-augmented world, if and when you want it. The small cell aspects of 5G may also help with in-building coverage, as 5G encourages every home router to become a cell site.When Is 5G Happening?AT&T and Verizon’s pre-5G is coming this year, but the first official 5G launches will come in 2018, with broad deployment in 2019. The schedule was previously set for 2019-2020, but carriers and equipment manufacturers figured out an accelerated schedule earlier this year.This is in line with Qualcomm’s 5G modem family announcements. The big chipmaker said that its Snapdragon mobile platform will support 5G in 2019. Snapdragon chips are the most popular platform for U.S. smartphones, so you’re likely to see 5G, VR-capable smartphones in 2019. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shareslast_img read more

Why Events are Going Virtual

first_img June 11, 2009 App of the Month As companies continue to costs, trade shows are becoming an expendable expense. Magazine Contributor –shares As companies continue to cut costs, tradeshows are becoming expendable. The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry found that nearly 70 percent of show organizers surveyed expected a more than 10 percent decrease in sales. Even Las Vegas’ popular Consumer Electronics Show had vacant floor space this year. Next Article Lindsay Holloway Ever attend a tradeshow and wish you could stream footage to your team back in the office, or sit in on a presentation that you thought your partner should see? For these reasons and more, the creators of Qik sought to be the go-to application on mobile phones for people who want to capture those moments and stream them live online with near-zero latency. Just download the application and start recording. Viewers can chat live, and the video is automatically archived on The application can also be embedded in profiles on social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. -L.H. 2 min read Virtual platforms, however, are fast becoming the way to host, exhibit at and attend a tradeshow. Sony held its first virtual tradeshow in January with much success–and savings. “It’s a cost-effective way to build brand awareness or establish yourself as a small business without having to put your schedule on hold, hop a cross-country flight or create and ship materials,” says Scott Steinberg, publisher of and a veteran of the digital media space.So if you’re considering giving tradeshows the axe, here are five reasons you may be better off going virtual. You’ll save money. Not only will you save significantly on flights, hotels and setup, but registration tends to be cheaper, too.It’s better for the environment. Virtual tradeshow host Unisfair has saved its clients more than 161,833 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions.You won’t lose as much employee productivity. Employees can be in the office and at a virtual tradeshow.Virtual tradeshows have everything a standard show does–and more: panel discussions, speeches, demos, real-time networking, and so on. Most hosts provide attendee metrics, too.There’s no tedious setup or breakdown. “Assemble” a virtual booth in less than an hour and save it for the next show. Growth Strategies App: Qik Price: Free Why Events are Going Virtual Add to Queue This story appears in the July 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Compatible with: 108 mobile deviceslast_img read more

New York Judge Orders FanDuel and DraftKings to Shut Down in State

first_img 4 min read Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article A New York judge on Friday ruled that the leading daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings must cease operating in the state, in what could be a crippling blow to the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez granted an injunction sought by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after hearing arguments last month over whether daily fantasy sports games amounted to illegal games of chance or lawful ones involving skill.The injunction is not the final determination on the ultimate issues of the case, which will be heard in a trial. But a shutdown in the state — one of their largest markets — could be devastating to the companies.Both FanDuel and DraftKings — the two market leaders in daily fantasy sports — said they plan to appeal the ruling.”New Yorkers have been able to legally play our games for more than six years, and today’s preliminary decision was wrong and we expect we will ultimately be successful,” FanDuel said in a statement.But while Mendez stopped short of deciding whether daily fantasy sports are a game of skill or chance under New York law, he ruled that there was a likelihood of the New York attorney general winning his case if it ever went to trial.Schneiderman last month sent cease and desist letters to the companies demanding that they stop taking money from players in the state.FanDuel stopped letting New York state residents play the games after receiving the letter, but DraftKings continued operating as usual.Since FanDuel stopped taking money from New Yorkers, entry fees in the company’s most popular weekly NFL games have dropped by about 25 percent, according to data from fantasy sports analytics company Superlobby. Over that same period, DraftKings’ entries are down around 12 percent.Nationwide scrutinyThe ruling comes amid nationwide scrutiny at the state and federal level as to whether the games amount to gambling. The decision has the potential to ripple throughout the country as eight other states have gambling laws similar to New York’s, according to DraftKings.Fantasy sports started in 1980 and surged in popularity online. Participants typically create teams that span an entire season in professional sports, including American football, baseball, basketball and hockey.Daily fantasy sports, a turbocharged version of the season-long game, have developed over the past decade. Players draft teams in games played in just one evening or over a weekend.This has enabled fans to spend money on the games with a frequency that critics say is akin to sports betting.The companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors including Fox Sports, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, KKR & Co LP, Raine Group, Google Capital and the venture arms of Time Warner Inc and Comcast Corp.DraftKings also partnered with Major League Baseball to advertise in ballparks while FanDuel signed partnerships with several NFL teams.Darren Heitner, an attorney specializing in sports law, said that aside from the lost revenue from New Yorkers, the ruling was also a major public relations blow for the companies.”This will be talked about,” Heitner said. “It’s going to potentially scare some venture capitalists and even these leagues that have an equity interest” in the companies.Privately-held FanDuel and DraftKings may have painted targets on their own backs with aggressive advertising at the start of the National Football League season that promised large winnings.Bernstein research estimates that 59 percent of total TV ad revenue growth in the third quarter alone was from spending on daily fantasy football ads.FanDuel has said it planned to pay out $2 billion in cash prizes this year.The companies could still be saved in New York’s state legislature where a number of bills of have been introduced to make the games legal. But the level of support for these bills is unclear and lawyers said the state’s attorney general could challenge any such laws as being unconstitutional.(Reporting by Michael Erman and Suzanne Barlyn; editing by G Crosse) –shares 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. Add to Queue December 11, 2015 Reuters Legal Issues Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand New York Judge Orders FanDuel and DraftKings to Shut Down in State, Companies Plan to Appeallast_img read more

Chapman University wins additional 29 million NIH grant to study Alzheimers disease

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018Chapman University has been awarded an additional $2.9 million to study Alzheimer’s disease, adding an existing $4 million in grant funding for the ongoing project. Now totaling $6.9 million awarded by The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, this grant will continue to support Professor Hillard Kaplan’s work with the Tsimane people in Bolivia, as part of a larger project called The Tsimane Health and Life History Project.The Tsimane tribe in Bolivia are of interest to the scientific community due to their status in the world of leading a relatively isolated existence, speaking their own language, only reproducing within the tribe, and living an active lifestyle due to the lack of modern conveniences. The Tsimane people have a low prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and artery disease, yet have high levels of infection and inflammation. Dr. Kaplan’s particular interest is in brain aging, with an emphasis on dementia and Alzheimer’s.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearchers discover new therapeutic target for treatment of Alzheimer’s diseaseTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”It is wonderful to see an anthropologist take a leadership role in an epidemiologic study of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dallas Anderson, Ph.D., program officer at the National Institute on Aging. “In a relatively short period, Professor Kaplan has obtained a major grant and three grant supplements from the National Institute on Aging. I think this clearly demonstrates the potential significance that we at the NIA see in this research. In particular, we are excited about the possibility of separating off cardiovascular disease and focusing on inflammation as a potential contributor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.”During this second phase of the project, the neighboring Moseten tribe will also be studied. They are a similar population with low cardiovascular disease risks, but they have both higher rates of cardiovascular disease than Tsimane and more variation in lifestyle and metabolic risk factors.”This new funding will allow us to compare rates of Alzheimer’s disease in two Native American populations and to better assess the impacts of exercise and diet on dementia risk,” Dr. Kaplan said. “We are very excited to move forward. It is one of our last chances to study the natural history of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment with a large sample across multiple populations. These findings will have important implications for our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.” Source: read more

Study finds significant gender and racial disparities in osteoporosis treatment

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 6 2019New research indicates that elderly men are significantly undertreated for osteoporosis compared with elderly women, and blacks have the lowest treatment rates among racial/ethnic groups. The findings are published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.In the study of 8,465 male and 90,956 female Medicare beneficiaries with osteoporosis, the prevalence of osteoporosis medication use was substantially less in men than in women (25.2 percent versus 44.3 percent in 2006).Related StoriesStudy reveals dual effects of new osteoporosis therapy on bone tissueWomen exposed to common antibacterial more likely to develop osteoporosisPenn study reveals link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosisBlacks had by far the lowest treatment rates (30 percent for women and 15.5 percent for men). Whites were in the middle (44.4 percent for women and 24.5 percent for men), and Asians had the highest rates (64.4 percent for women and 37.9 percent for men). Treatment rates among Hispanic women (46.5 percent) exceeded that of whites, but the rate for Hispanic men (19.3 percent) was significantly below that for white men.Bone mineral density testing significantly increased the probability of osteoporosis treatment use for both sexes, but more so for men.”We found that there was a significant gender disparity in osteoporosis treatment in the elderly in the United States,” said co-author Dr. Feng-Hua Ellen Loh, of Touro College, in New York. “To reduce this disparity and improve the overall osteoporosis management in the elderly in this country, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services should include men, in addition to women, in the Medicare Part C Star Rating measure for osteoporosis management, and the US Preventive Services Task Force should include elderly men, in addition to women aged 65 years and older, in the recommendation for screening for osteoporosis by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.”​ Source: read more

A flexible lowcost technique could lead to the mass production of microelectromechanical

Low-cost technique for etching nanoholes in silicon could underpin new filtration and nanophotonic devices Explore further Making increasingly smaller microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has proved very challenging, limiting their anticipated potential. Now, researchers at A*STAR have developed a versatile and cost-effective technique for making devices with much greater precision and reliability for use in biotechnology and medical applications. Provided by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Tapered contact opening fabricated by new two-step plasma etching process. Credit: IEEE More information: Vladimir Bliznetsov et al. MEMS Industry-Worth Etching to Fabricate Tapered Structures in SiO2, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2017). DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2017.2755046 Citation: A flexible, low-cost technique could lead to the mass production of microelectromechanical systems (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from MEMS are used in applications ranging from airbag systems and display screens, to inkjet cartridges. They are tiny devices that combine mechanical and electrical components. Current manufacturing technologies, however, are expensive and lack the precision for making devices with micron and sub-micron scale features.This led Vladimir Bliznetsov and colleagues from the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics to develop a versatile and low-cost method for fabricating MEMS at dimensions not previously possible, edging closer to the mass production of smaller and more reliable devices for a range of new applications.”MEMS are following the general trend of miniaturization in electronics, with devices that are reducing in size from the tens of microns to one micron or less,” says Bliznetsov. “But the techniques used to manufacture top metal contacts to devices with such microscopic dimensions are costly and unreliable.”Current methods for creating channels, called vias, with tapered sidewalls in MEMS at scales of five microns or less, are not dependable. The etching method, with sidewall polymerization, is not suitable as the width at the bottom of the vias shrink considerably. Another method, involving the transfer of a photoresist profile into an etched layer, limits the maximal depth of vias due to excessive loss of the photoresist mask resulting in unacceptably rough sidewalls. To overcome these restrictions, the researchers developed a two-step plasma etching process. This combines firstly photoresist tapering, which modifies the photoresist from a vertical to a tapered profile, and then an oxide etching with sidewall polymerization with better selectivity to photoresist. This produces vias with minimal dimensions down to 1.5 microns, and smooth sidewalls with angles of around 70 degrees.”We combined two effects which are usually harmful during the etching process—accelerated corner sputtering and sidewall polymerization,” explains Bliznetsov.Combining these processes into a two-step method achieves greater control over the etching process and produces micron-sized vias with smooth, tapered walls. And by minimizing the sidewall angle of the vias, it is possible to fabricate devices that can be better protected and have more reliable metal contacts, greatly improving their performance.”Precise control of sidewall angle has use in many applications, and we are now planning to fabricate functional magnetic memory cells, which require pillars of magnetic material with sidewalls having a specific angle,” says Bliznetsov. 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. read more

Review Apples New iPad is the best tablet for almost everybody

Credit: Apple ©2018 The Dallas Morning News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Take the example of my parents, who are retired and happy iPad users. In fact, both my parents are on their second iPads, and I’d venture to say they get used many times per day.I also know many young children who devour screen time with great gusto. Parents realize the iPad can keep a kid occupied (and quiet) for hours at a time.Apple seems to have settled on a size and design for the iPad that has stayed true for several years (as they have with the iPhone’s design).They’ve also settled on a price ($329) for the entry-level iPad.So it came as no surprise Apple introduced its newest iPad a few weeks ago with the same form-factor and the same $329 entry price. But a new model means a few new features, so let’s take a look at what’s new.I’ve been testing the 2018 Apple iPad with Wi-Fi and Cellular with 128 gigabytes of storage, which costs $559. iPad 2018This year’s iPad looks an awful lot like last year’s iPad.It retains the same 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution 9.7-inch Retina display with the same bezels and the same Touch ID sensor in the home button.The physical dimensions are also the same (9.4 by 6.6 by 0.29 inches), and it weighs just over one pound. All cases and accessories for last year’s iPad will fit.Apple has taken to just calling it iPad, with no other designator.It is available with 32 or 128 gigabytes of internal storage. It charges with the same lightning port as previous models.Set down, side by side, it looks identical to last year’s model.This year’s iPad has the same cameras—an 8-megapixel main camera with an f/2.4 lens and 1080p HD video recording. The front-facing camera has a 1.2 megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens and 720p HD video capture.Inside you’ll find 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and an optional 4G LTE cellular radio for use on GSM and CDMA networks.The 32.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery should last for up to 10 hours of use. I found that to be accurate.The 2018 iPad has the same button placement and the same pair of speakers on the bottom. It also still has a headphone jack.So what’s new? 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. The Apple iPad is a gadget that appeals to a really wide audience. Apple unveils pencil support for $329 iPad at school event Citation: Review: Apple’s New iPad is the best tablet for almost everybody (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from There isn’t much new on the inside.The no-brainer update is to the processor.Every updated iPad model has had a faster processor than its predecessor, and the 2018 iPad is no exception. It comes with the A10 Fusion chip, which is the same one from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus introduced in 2016. Last year’s iPad had an A9 processor, which was also used in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.The biggest improvement is the ability to use Apple’s Pencil.The 2018 iPad is the tablet almost everybody needs.Apple had kept the pencil for buyers of their high-end iPad Pro line, but this time they’ve brought pencil compatibility down to the masses.Using the pencil on the 2018 iPad is the same as using it on the iPad Pro. The pencil is pressure sensitive, and you can change the thickness of the drawing as you tilt the tip on the screen.The pencil remains expensive, as compared to the price of the iPad. The iPad introduction also brought an announcement of a cheaper ($50) stylus from Logitech called Crayon, but it doesn’t have pressure sensitivity. Nice to see Apple letting others in on the stylus market.Of course, you could just use your finger. The pencil is not required.The 2018 iPad introduction was held at a Chicago high school, as this iPad is aimed squarely at the education market. Apple thinks schools are ready to buy lots of iPads and pencils for their students.Academic pricing starts at just $299 for the 2018 iPad and $89 for the Apple Pencil ($99 for the rest of us).There are still Windows laptops and Chromebooks that cost less than the iPad, so Apple is hoping educators and administrators take note.Thoughts?I frequently get asked to recommend tablets, and without fail, I point people to the iPad.These days there are only three iPad models to choose from—the 7.9-inch iPad mini, the 2018 iPad and the iPad Pros.Would be nice to see the bezels get smaller (think iPhone X), but I’m guessing Apple will save that design for the next iPad Pro.Speaking of the iPad Pro, now that the “regular iPad” can use the Apple Pencil, why would anyone want to spend $300 more for an iPad Pro?If you’ve ever wished your iPad was faster or had a bigger screen or you need to run two or three apps at the same time, then you should look at the iPad Pro. Designers and photographers are the target market for the iPad Pro.For everyone else, the 2018 iPad is the model I’d recommend for everyone who doesn’t need to make their living with an iPad.If you have a 2017 iPad, I’d hold off on upgrading unless you really need to use the pencil. If you have an iPad Air 2 or older iPad and it’s time for you to upgrade, you will be delighted with the new iPad.PricingThe new iPad is available in space gray, silver and gold in 32gb and 128gb for $329 and $429 for the Wi-Fi model. Add $130 for LTE. The Apple pencil is $99.Pros: Faster. Supports the Apple Pencil.Cons: Bezels give it a dated look. Speakers could be louder.Bottom line: The iPad for the masses is quite worthy of the title. Explore further read more

Italy court says Eritrean in migrant case was victim of mistaken identity

first_img Related News PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court ruled on Friday that an Eritrean man extradited from Sudan in 2016 was the victim of mistaken identity and dismissed allegations that he was a ruthless, human-trafficking kingpin.However, the judges said Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe was nonetheless guilty of abetting people smuggling and handed him a five-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 euros (£89,628). Because he has already spent three years behind bars, the court said he could go free. But rather than release him, police took Berhe to a facility in the centre of Sicily where migrants are placed ahead of their eventual expulsion.His lawyer Michele Calantropo said Berhe had a right under Italian law to appeal his conviction, adding that he thought it would be illegal to expel him at this point in time. “He cried like a child when he was told that the judges had recognised it was mistaken identity and ordered his immediate release,” Calantropo had said earlier outside the courtroom, expecting his client to be immediately be let out of prison.”Today we have applied for asylum for him,” he said. Friday’s verdict represented a setback to both Italian and British investigators who worked together to secure the arrest of the man who was identified in court as Medhanie Yehdego Mered – a notorious Eritrean smuggler nicknamed “the General”.The defendant, arrested by police in a coffee shop in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, maintained that he was called Berhe and was an impoverished refugee with no criminal background. “The court has accepted our position. He is not the General,” Calantropo said. DNA TESTSSome of Mered’s alleged victims had testified that they did not recognise the arrested man, while relatives of the alleged smuggling mastermind said it was a case of mistaken identity. DNA tests also suggested it was the wrong person.However, Italian prosecutors Calogero Ferrara and Claudio Camilleri insisted during proceedings, which were spaced out over three years, that the right man had been caught, thanks partly to the help of Britain’s National Crime Agency.They had demanded a 14-year prison sentence.”The court has recognised that this man was a human trafficker,” chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters, adding that his office would read the court’s full report on the case before deciding whether to appeal the reduced verdict.The court found five other men – three Eritreans and nationals from Ivory Coast and Ghana – guilty of various human smuggling offences, handing them terms of up to five years, three months in prison plus fines of up to 60,000 euros.At the time of Berhe’s arrest some 360,000 migrants had crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy in just two years, with many hundreds drowning while trying to reach Europe. The number of migrant crossings has since risen above 600,000, but the flows have slowed dramatically over the past two years as successive governments in Rome have cracked down on people smuggling.Italy and Britain worked together for more than an year trying to track the General, using telephone intercepts to follow his movements before deciding to request his arrest by Sudanese authorities in June 2016.During his trial, Berhe acknowledged phoning contacts in Libya, but said he was merely looking to talk to relatives hoping to escape to Europe, like many Eritrean nationals. (Reporting by Wladimiro Pantaleone; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Philip Pullella and Frances Kerry) World 10 Jul 2019 In hotbed of Sudan’s uprising, activists torn over transition deal World 11 Jul 2019 Beaten and abused, Sudan’s women bear scars of fight for freedom Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Europe on his mind 100yearold uncle gets passport renewed in Kolkata

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:43 IST Diogo Fernandez was anxious after his passport expired in December last year. (Photo: Facebook/Aldona Matters)HIGHLIGHTSFernandez, 100, visited the Kolkata office on Friday for passport renewalOfficials say passport will reach Fernandez’s home in seven daysIt is Fernandez’s resilience and spirit that impressed us: officialAge ain’t nothing but a number’ perfectly fits the story of 100-year-old Diogo Piedade Jose Simplicio Fernandez of Goa who recently got his passport renewed to take a trip to Europe at least once.Bitten by the travel bug, Fernandez visited the Kolkata regional passport office on Friday for the first renewal, around three months after he celebrated a century of life on March 2, The Times Of India reported.Originally a resident of Goa, Fernandez who moved to Kolkata for work in his early 20s, was accompanied by his wife Mary (89) and daughter Beverly, the daily said.As the 100-year-old arrived at the scheduled appointment time, the otherwise mechanical’ office came to life with employees rushing to Fernandez with a wheelchair.On why Fernandez decided to renew his passport, Beverly said her father was anxious after the passport expired in December and had been insisting for a renewal.”But I was worried that he might not be able to wait in queue for an hour or so and wrote to the RPO chief. I am relieved with the ease with which things happened, Beverly was quoted as saying by ToI.RPO chief Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar told the daily the “grand old man’s resilience and spirit” was impressive. “It is great that he has kept his dream of travelling abroad alive at this age. I offered to help and make things easy the moment I came across the mail. I was really impressed,” Bhushan Kumar said.Kumar added that Fernandez told him that he had travelled abroad just once — to visit his son in Bahrain. And so when he expressed his wish to visit Europe at least once, Kumar explained to him that he could travel anywhere except Israel, the daily reported.Meanwhile, officials said the passport should reach Fernandez’s Macleod Street home by next week and added that the police verification will be done later.Before he left, Fernandez shared the secret of his happy, long life with the officials. A peg of good liquor after dinner and long walks,” he told them.READ | 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobsWATCH | How does social media influence travel trends?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkata Europe on his mind, 100-year-old uncle gets passport renewed in KolkataDiogo Piedade Fernandez, 100, renewed his passport to take a trip to Europe at least once.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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