Realizing the value of their data consumers begin to demand more for

TORONTO — Daniel Sweeney has been a customer of Bell Canada for more than 20 years but that’s about to change.The reason for the split, according to the self-employed computer consultant, is the unsatisfactory way Bell has handled his questions about its new “tailored marketing” initiative.Since December, Canada’s largest telecommunications and media group has offered to give customers a better selection of internal and external advertising so long as they give permission to analyse their behaviours.To do that, Bell requested that its customers give permission for it to track everything do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services.It’s an opt-in program, in accordance with Canadian privacy guidelines, and Bell says there’s no impact on service for customers who opt-out — unlike some services that won’t work unless consumers give a blanket consent.“In our view it’s a positive service, it’s entirely optional, customer information is fully secure and never shared outside the company,” a company spokesman said.But Sweeney said he only learned of Bell’s new initiative through a news report in early January. He immediately called Bell customer service on two separate days, after failing to find more information on his own, but call centre representatives seemed unaware of the program, and couldn’t answer his questions.Sweeney said he’s very sensitive about the collection and use of his personal information as well as the potential for it to be stolen by hackers.“I used to get (Bell) TV but I returned it because they started telling me they were going to be tracking my viewing habits. That was about a year ago,” Sweeney said.Now, he’s preparing to cut ties with the company entirely as soon as he selects alternative suppliers, because of short-comings in the way Bell has informed him and other people he knows.“I’ve definitely decided to stop my service, both telephone and internet,” Sweeney said.He’s not alone. In fact, there’s increasing evidence that people are generally more aware that their personal information has a monetary value — and they want a bigger share.A report by consulting firm Accenture states that in 2019, “organizations must clearly show the payback for users sharing their data, drawing a straight line from the act of sharing to receiving relevant products and services in return.”“They’ll need to demonstrate what’s in it for the customer, enduring that the data value exchange is fair to them.”In Accenture’s estimation, however, there was an “overinflated” understanding of the value of personal information by late 2018.“While many people assume their individual data set is desirable in its own right, organizations actually want it most when it’s part of aggregated data,” the report says.Scott Weisbrod, who leads the Canadian team at Accenture’s Fjord consulting practice, wouldn’t discuss Bell or other Canadian companies specifically.But Weisbrod said in an interview that attitudes about sharing personal information shifted because of two events.One was Facebook’s revelation in March 2018 that it had suspended Cambridge Analytica, at the time a little-known data-analysis firm that had provided consulting services to the Trump campaign during the U.S. presidential election.The other event was the European Union’s enactment of the GDPR privacy law in May, which sparked a flood of requests for access to personal information.“Between those two things . . . people were suddenly worried about how our data was being used or misused,” Weisbrod said.Now, people are becoming more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives, he said.“They are choosing to unsubscribe, or opt out, if the value exchange is not mutual.”In general, he said, “we’re suggesting, that organizations need to get really good at setting expectations and then living up to them.” Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press read more

Royal Bank hikes dividend as it reports 32B net income in first

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:RY) TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada raised its dividend as it reported quarterly net income of $3.17 billion, up from $3.01 billion a year ago.The Toronto-based lender hiked its quarterly payment to common shareholders by four cents to $1.02 per share.The bank’s dividend increase came as the lender reported strong earnings from its personal and commercial banking and insurance divisions for the quarter ended Jan. 31.However, RBC also reported flat results from its wealth management arm and lower results in capital markets and investor and treasury services due to challenging market conditions.Canada’s biggest lender by market value reported net income for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 that amounted to $2.15 per diluted share, compared with $2.01 one year ago.After adjustments, RBC earned $2.19 per diluted share, matching the $2.19 per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Our strategy and unwavering focus on delivering value for our clients and shareholders continues to underpin our ability to consistently deliver solid results, even against a challenging market backdrop,” said Dave McKay, RBC’s chief executive, in a statement.“We remain focused on prudently managing our risks and balancing our investments for long-term growth as we transform the client journey.” read more

National Bank hikes dividend but earnings fall short of expectations

National Bank of Canada hiked its dividend Thursday as it reported its second-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago, but fell just short of market expectations.The lender increased its quarterly payment to shareholders by three cents to 68 cents per share.Net income rose in personal and commercial banking, U.S. specialty finance and international, and wealth management divisions, tempered by a slowdown in its financial markets segment. Bank of Montreal profit up 20 per cent, despite hit from severance costs Scotiabank the latest lender to have earnings buffeted by loan loss provisions CIBC says drop in big-city mortgage markets has been larger and longer than expected National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon said the lender had a “solid performance” in its second quarter.“On the strength of favourable economic fundamentals, our performance was driven by positive momentum in our businesses, disciplined cost management, strong credit quality and solid capital ratios,” he said in a statement.The Montreal-based bank’s net income for the quarter ended April 30 amounted to $558 million or $1.51 per diluted share, compared with $547 million or $1.44 per diluted share in 2018.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.52 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.In its personal and commercial arm, the bank reported net income of $234 million, up nine per cent from $215 million last year. The bank said personal lending grew, particularly due to mortgage lending, while commercial lending was up nine per cent from a year earlier.National Bank’s U.S. specialty finance and international division reported net income of $72 million during the quarter, up 14 per cent from $63 million a year earlier.The bank’s wealth management arm posted quarterly profits of $118 million, up five per cent from $112 million during the same period a year earlier.In financial markets, however, the bank reported net income of $160 million, down 16 per cent from $190 million in the same quarter in 2018.Provisions for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, during the quarter totalled $84 million, down from $91 million during the same period a year earlier.The bank’s common equity tier one ratio, a key measure of its financial health, was 11.5 per cent as of April 30, flat with the previous quarter, but higher than the 11.3 per cent it stood at a year prior.National Bank’s latest quarterly results were generally “in line,” with small variances, said Robert Sedran, an analyst with CIBC Capital Markets.The performance of its Canadian personal and commercial banking division with earnings up nine per cent is “by far the best of the group this quarter,” he added in a note to clients.“The bank is performing well in its home market and in the market furthest from home in Cambodia,” Sedran said. “Other businesses had a more mixed quarter.”National Bank is the last of Canada’s Big Six lenders to report their second-quarter earnings, with mixed results across the sector.Bank of Montreal reported Wednesday an uptick in profit fuelled by growing contributions from its U.S. business, but missed analyst estimates amid severance costs in its capital markets division.Earlier this week, the Bank of Nova Scotia posted a slight rise in quarterly profits also helped by its footprint outside of Canada, but also fell short of market expectations as its provisions for loan losses jumped, in connection with several acquisitions as per accounting rules.Last week, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce missed analyst estimates, while Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank delivered better-than-expected results. read more

Batters Are Getting Plunked At Historic Rates But Why

It’s never been more dangerous to be a major league hitter. Through Thursday’s games, batters had been plunked by pitchers 457 times, struck with a fast-moving projectile made of cowhide and densely wound yarn. Considering that MLB pitchers are throwing harder than at any time in recorded history, it’s safe to assume that getting hit by a baseball has never stung worse.The current rate of 0.41 batters hit by a pitch per team game is the highest since 1900, the same year that the Brooklyn Superbas led by Wee Willie Keeler won the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup. (There was no American League yet and thus no World Series.) This level of plunkings has given us some interesting results — and inevitable dust-ups. On Monday, four Reds were hit by pitches — in one inning, tying a record set in 1893. Mets batters were hit seven times on the hands just through April. Presumably in retaliation, reliever Jacob Rhame threw at the head of Rhys Hoskins, who retaliated himself with the slowest home-run trot since 2015. Rhame was suspended two games.While the rate of HBPs has fluctuated across the game’s history, it was just 0.34 per team game three seasons ago, which is more in line with where it was for most of the 1990s and 2000s. So what is causing the recent spike? It’s a bit of a mystery.There’s one simple explanation: There are more opportunities to hit someone now because hitters are extending counts and pitchers are throwing more pitches. The past two full seasons saw the highest number of total pitches (721,282 in 2018 and 721,279 in 2017, according to on record.1Pitch count data goes back to 1988. But even though the raw counts are higher, the share of total pitches that hit a batter last season is also going up: 0.266 percent of all pitches in 2018 hit a batter, the second-highest share on record. Through Thursday, this season has seen a share of 0.274 percent — which would be the highest that we’ve seen.Some speculate that pitchers are just wilder than ever because of a focus on throwing hard in lieu of command. Walks per game (3.44) are well above the average since 1900 (3.19), but pitchers are throwing only fractionally more balls as a percentage of pitches this year (36.7) than the 2009-to-2018 average (36.6).Of course, one specific reason for an HBP is that the pitcher meant to do it. Retaliation is as old as the game itself. And nothing gets a pitcher more snippy than giving up a homer. Balls are flying out of ballparks more than ever before, giving pitchers more opportunities to throw at the offending players. But it’s not just the act of hitting a home run, it’s what can come next: Don’t flip your bat or stand too long watching it or lollygag around the bases or trash talk the opposition in mid-trot. This year, Tim Anderson was beaned for flipping the bat too aggressively at his own dugout.Furthermore, with home runs all the rage, pitchers may seek to expand the strike zone by moving batters farther away from home plate, effectively making the outside part of the plate more out of reach. Miss just a little in to a hitter in midlean over the plate and … kerplunk.While we can’t measure the pitchers’ intent, we can measure where pitches are being located. According to data from Baseball Savant, more pitches than ever before are being thrown on the inside third of the plate and off the plate to the inside. Through Tuesday’s games, more than 32 percent of pitches were inside, which is the highest rate since pitch location was first tracked in 2008. This rate is up more than 3 percentage points from 2008, which may not seem like much on first blush but would equate roughly to an increase of more than 30,000 inside pitches.With more pitches directed inside, more batters are bound to get hit. But how much of that is on the batters themselves? Even as far back as 1997, players were bemoaning how hitters could treat the batter’s box like they owned it.”Today’s game, you see guys digging a little trench in there,” Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn told The New York Times. “I just get flashbacks and wonder if they would do that if [Bob] Gibson or [Steve] Carlton or [Nolan] Ryan or [Tom] Seaver were out there. You can’t let a hitter go up there and think he controls both halves of the plate. If you bust a guy in, keep him honest, get him off the plate, you might be able to get him out away.”Gibson, a Hall of Famer and the man largely responsible for the lowering of the mound, was viewed as a tiger on the field. He once dusted Reggie Jackson at an old-timer’s game. (Jackson had homered off of Gibson in a similar game the previous year.) After his close friend and teammate Bill White was traded, “Hoot” immediately plastered him on the elbow. And slugger Dick Allen said, “Gibson would knock you down and then meet you at the plate to see if you wanted to make something out of it.”But Gibson hit “just” 102 batters in 3,884.3 career innings, or 0.24 per nine frames. That ranks 359th out of the 471 pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings and hit at least 50 batters, according to So the guy whose Hall of Fame bio says he “may well have been the most intimidating pitcher in MLB history” hit batters at a rate well below the hurlers of today’s game.The pitcher today placing opposing trainers on the highest alert is Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays, who has led his league in hit batsmen four times in the past six years — despite never pitching more than 170 innings in any of those years. Morton nails 0.78 batters per nine innings, a career rate last exceeded by Ed Doheny (0.90), who retired in 1903. Morton’s ERA this year currently stands at a career-best 2.64. And in 2018, with the Astros, his .833 winning percentage led all of baseball: His 15 wins were one fewer than the number of batters he tattooed.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Infographic How to pick a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner this week

first_imgTHIS WEEK AT Cheltenham, we’re happy to earn any little advantage in the search for winners.And BetVictor have provided us with an infographic which may help in picking a Gold Cup champion over the coming days. Maybe.Where have winners come from? What colour are they? What letters are in their name?  This is science, ladies and gentlemen:Click here to see the Infographic and then click to enlarge>Cheltenham festival given go-ahead following inspectionPoll: Will you have a flutter on the action at Cheltenham this week?Tuesday at Cheltenham: 5 things to say when the office chat turns to racing todaylast_img

Supporting Greek carers

first_imgThe AGWS Family Relationship Services program is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services and includes individual, couple or family counselling, information, education and training around relationship issues, support, advocacy and referral to other specialized services. The Family Relationship Service provides support to vulnerable people in the Greek and broader community, working with young families with children aged 0-12. Programs include counselling, skill development and community education.Most people at some stage in their lives may be faced with difficulties which can effectively be dealt with by talking to a professional and experienced Counsellor. The Counsellor can assist in providing emotional support and developing strategies and ways of dealing with personal and relationship/family issues. AGWS has collaborated with Carers Victoria to provide counselling and other services to Greek carers and connect culturally and linguistically diverse seniors to main stream organisations. AGWS has jointly undertaken work in sharing information, and collaboratively working towards the identification of family carers within the Greek community, the recognition of carers by the broader community and the support of individual carers. Through this collaboration the two agencies have developed resources to support the carers. Information sessions are jointly delivered to the Greek community as well as workshops on carers supports such as “Caring for Yourself”, “Sleep Matters” and “Writers workshops”. As a result of this collaborative approach, caring has been recognized by many culturally and linguistically diverse communities including the Greek, as a legitimate role that many family members and others undertake. The Greek community in particular, has increased its knowledge around various services that family carers can access. AGWS delivers carers workshops since 2010 in collaboration with Carers Victoria. These two-hour workshops provide information and education on carers services and supports and practical hands-on activities on relaxation, recreation, health and wellbeing. These sessions are very interactive and interesting and allow participants to ask many questions. Participants provide feedback on their issues of insomnia and how this affects their personal relationships, energy levels, tolerance and behaviours. Dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and unresolved family and personal issues some dating back to childhood and migration experience are the main issues expressed. Finances and stress around the breakdown of their children’s relationships as well the conflict within families are some other concerns.Continued collaboration is required to further strengthen our work with Greek carers. Our partnership with Carers Victoria is a best-practice model where cofacilitating information sessions and workshops for carers in their native language has worked extremely well. This can be replicated in many different culturally and linguistically diverse communities for the strengthening and support of carers. AGWS in collaboration with Carers Victoria are delivering two FREE workshops to Greek carers on Thursday 6 & 13 August 2015 at 12.15pm at 7 Union Street, Brunswick. For further details and RSVP (essential), please call Adonis Maglis on 9388 9998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

McGinn delighted with international performance

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Niall McGinn has revealed his delight at his performance during his country’s defeat to Bosnia & Herzegovina.Micheal O’Neill’s men lost their UEFA Nations League opener to Edin Dzeko and company but the performance of McGinn was a bright spark in an otherwise gloomy outing.The Aberdeen winger got the nod after an injury to Josh Magennis but did his best to make the most of it as he sent in a string of dangerous crosses and was the first to test Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic with a powerful shot after cutting inside.McGinn: We must take only the positives Henry Ikenna Ugwu – November 19, 2018 Niall McGinn says Northern Ireland must take the positives from their disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign.McGinn insists the team’s 2-1 defeat to Austria sums…“I was delighted from a personal point of view that Michael gave me the nod to play and it was my first start in a while,” the 31-year-old said, as quoted by Sky Sports.“When big Josh picked up a wee niggle I thought I might get a chance to get in from the start, as I trained well all week, he said that to me that I had looked sharp in training and thankfully he gave me the opportunity and I thought I did well in the game.“I just kicked on from obviously doing OK at Aberdeen and I have been playing plenty of football, so for Michael to give me the nod to go in and I knew my job was to get at the full-back, get crosses into the box and obviously create chances for the strikers. I thought I done that and I was really enjoying the game.”last_img read more

England must get used to being favorites – Southgate

first_imgEngland national team head coach Gareth Southgate insists the team must get used to being favorites following the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw.The Three Lions have been drawn into what is considered to be the easiest group which also includes Czech Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bulgaria, and widely expected to win the group.“We’re favourites, and that’s something we’ve got to start getting used to anyway,” Southgate said, according to NBC.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.”We’re going to have high expectations over the next few years, and adapting to that is probably key to our development as a team now.”“We should win the group. But if you don’t play well on any given day, you drop points and that is the reality of dealing with those sorts of matches. Nobody’s going to expect me to stand there and say it’s done already and we should just prepare for 18 months’ time.”“I think that’s where the competition for places is really important, because if our players think there’s comfort from the fixtures, then there isn’t comfort for a position in the team or in the squad. And that means that the motivation for training every day, which is what you take into your games, is really high.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 24 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, November 24, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 9am to 4pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.Class Reunion: Wilmington High School Class of 2003 is celebrating its 15-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (downstairs). Tickets cost $5 at the door. Email any questions to Reunion: Wilmington High School Class of 1998 is celebrating its 20th Class Reunion on Saturday, November 24, from 7pm to 11pm, at Luna Rossa (1699 Shawsheen Street, Tewksbury). Join us for great music, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets, which cost $40, can be purchased HERE.Class Reunion: The Shawsheen Tech Class of 2013 is holding its 5-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, from 7pm to 10pm, at Sissy K’s (4 Commercial Street) in Boston. Tickets cost $30 and must be purchased in advance online HERE. No tickets will be sold at the doors. Food, drinks, karaoke, DJ and dancing are included in the ticket price. Plus ones are welcome, but they must purchase their own ticket. Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID. There will be an open bar from 7pm to 9pm. This is a private event where entry will be granted with valid ID and purchased ticket.In The Community: The 24th Annual Castleberry Faire Holiday Craft Festival will take place on Friday, November 23 (9am-5pm); Saturday, November 24 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, November 25 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).This three day shopping bonanza includes over 250 of the nation’s finest Craftspeople, displaying and selling this American made works; including Holiday Décor, Pottery, Tile, Fine Jewelry, Soy Candles, Turned Wood, Soaps, Fine Art, Toys, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Ceramics, Wearable Art, Folk Art, Hair Accessories, Painted Stemware, Stained Glass, Floral Arrangements, Country Wood Crafts, Knits, Ornaments, Puzzles, Personal Care, Victorian Wreaths, Leather, Pet Treats & Accessories, Oil Painting, Children’s Clothing, Clay, Decorative Slate Painting, Scarves, Ladies Apparel, Garden Décor, Holiday Wall Hangings, Sports Apparel, Calligraphy, Lamp Shade Covers, Sheep Skin Accessories, Embroidery, Repurposed Wind Chimes, Fleece, Custom signs, quilts, doll clothes, table games, cutting boards, cribbage boards, wooden inlay art, up-cycled Mittens, Terrariums, Pine Cone Wreaths, Nonfiction, Fused Glass, Totes, Fragrance, Paper Crafts, Pewter, Aroma-Therapy, Landscape Photography, Watercolor, Holiday Pendants, Soft Sculpture, Up-cycled Crafts, Chainmail Jewelry and so much more.A “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such specialty delights as Herbal Dips, Fudge, Marinades, Roasted Nuts, Pickles, Jams & Jellies, Salsas, Hot Sauces, Biscotti, Honey, Olive Oils, Chocolates, Wine Slush Mix, Toffee, Exquisite Pastries, Hot Chocolate, Gourmet Soups, Candy, Balsamic Vinegars and more.Admission costs $8 per person. Children 14 and under are FREE. Click HERE for a $2-off coupon. One admission is good for ALL 3 DAYS. Parking is free.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.In The Community: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students living in Wilmington are invited to join the Wilmington Youth Center and enjoy being part of a community that offers a safe place to hang out with your friends and have fun! The Wilmington Youth Center, located inside Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), will be open every Saturday night, from 7pm to 9:30pm, from November 17, 2018 to March 30, 2019. Registration costs $40 per child or $80 per family.  Registrations will be accepted on Saturday nights during the season. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 7, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for

first_img $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $520 at HP Phones Chris Monroe/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Best Buy $210 at Best Buy See it Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Comment Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45)center_img Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Rylo Sprint See It Turo See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET When the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus go on sale Friday, they’ll already come with some updates.Support pages from Verizon and T-Mobile cite software updates to improve the camera and in-screen fingerprint sensor on the phones. The update will also include new security patches. Sprint and AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they’ll also have day-one updates for the phones. Samsung debuted a series of new phones last month, including the Galaxy Fold foldable phone, which will be available April 26. The company also unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G, which is compatible with the next generation of mobile network technology. It’ll go on sale later this year.  Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET $59 at eBay $60 at Best Buy 1 Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal Amazonlast_img read more

Girijan Joint Action Committee condemns attack on forest

first_imgNagole: Girijan Joint Action Committee (GJAC) president Dr Rajkumar Jadav on Sunday criticised Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for giving tickets to anti-social elements.He demanded the government to take action against TRS MLA Koneru Kannappa and his brother and ZP vice chairman Krishna for attacking the Forest Range Officer. He said the government has failed to take action against BJP MP Soyambabu Rao for encouraging violence. He asked TRS, BJP and Congress to strive for the betterment of Girijan community.last_img

Smithsonian Hosts Portrait Story Days

first_imgThe Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is scheduled to host a “Portrait Story Days” from Oct 28-29, located at 8th street and F St, NW, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection through family-friendly activities. For more information, visit Hosts ‘Portrait Story Days’last_img

Notch turned down a job at Valve to focus on Minecraft and

first_imgNotch is a name well-known across the gaming community. Otherwise known as Markus Persson, this is the guy who created Minecraft. And with over 12.5 million sales of the game, he probably never has to work again. At least, not on anything he doesn’t want to.However, it could have all been very different if Notch had accepted a job offer from Valve before Minecraft really took off as a game and a sales phenomenon. That job offer arrived in August 2010 when he received a call from Valve asking him to come visit in Washington State  for coffee. He agreed, but demanded first class tickets (the flight is a long one from Sweden).What followed was a trip to Valve’s offices, a tour, and a chat that turned into a job interview along with a programming exercise as a test. He was told he was a gifted programmer and asked if he wanted to work there. The choice for Notch was a move to Seattle, a no doubt excellent salary, a nice place to live, and an opportunity to work on some very exciting projects and IP. Or Minecraft.Although a difficult decision, he chose Minecraft. And his reason is an interesting one: because he thought it was his opportunity to “create a Valve, rather than work at Valve.”He clearly made the right decision, and while I’m sure Valve was disappointed at the time, they probably helped Notch choose his course in some small way as well as planting the seed of him wanting to be another Valve-like developer.If you’d like to know more about Notch and the Minecraft story, then it’s well worth picking up the book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, which the above detail is taken from.Next: Watch Minecraft: The Story of Mojang for free[Image credit: Sklathill on Flickr]last_img read more

PS4 firmware 350 quietly adds support for 4TB hard drives

first_imgUpgrading the standard 500GB hard drive included with the PS4 is easy, and the move to a faster and larger 2TB drive does future proof your console for a while. But 2TB isn’t exactly huge. Now it seems Sony has quietly introduced support for larger drives in the latest 3.50 firmware update.According to Reddit, installing the new firmware allows your PS4 to detect up to 4TB hard drives properly. There’s just one minor issue with this support for more storage: there’s currently no 4TB drives using the 2.5-inch form factor that fit inside the PS4. The internal drive can be no more than 9.5mm thick, so while 4TB 2.5-inch hard drives do exist, they are 15mm thick. So you can’t buy a 4TB drive that will fit inside the standard PS4 case (yet).Such a limitation isn’t going to stop PS4 owners hooking up a 4TB 3.5-inch drive, though. As long as a connection is made between the PS4 and the drive you can do what you like with the drive. Put it in an enclosure, place the bare drive next to your PS4, or invest in a Nyko Data Bank if you want a clean, although bulky setup.You may be thinking that hard drives larger than 2TB have been supported for a while, especially seeing as we covered the ability to use up to a 6TB drive last June. However, while that is true, there hasn’t been official support from Sony for more than 2TB of storage. That has meant, for example, the PS4’s Rest Mode didn’t work properly with larger drives (depending on your setup).Sony released a video showing off some of the other features firmware 3.50 introduces, but there’s no mention of the 4TB drive support. Maybe it’s too niche right now? Or just too messy to make a big deal about due to the fact you have to use a 3.5-inch drive.last_img read more

1 in 5 Companies Had a Security Breach New Study Says

first_imgMarch 30, 2016 Data breaches may be more common than you think, even on your own computer.In fact, according to a new study, at least one in five organizations have had a security breach, mostly due to mobile devices. Most incidents occurred because of malicious hotspots or malware.Related: Avoiding the ‘Inevitable’ Breach: 4 Ways Retailers Should Amp Up SecurityThough almost a fourth of respondents blamed the problem on mobile devices connecting to infected Wi-Fi, more (almost 40 percent) said the issue was caused by downloading malware. Both happened on employee- and business-owned devices.But just because some were able to narrow it down to the source, doesn’t mean such was always the case, as roughly 37 percent of respondents weren’t even sure what kind of devices really caused the lapse in security.No matter the cause, businesses’ concern for data safety continues to increase as budgets for online prevention and protection increase. Companies are also encouraging employees to wipe their computers or other work-related devices before heading out of the office.Related: 5 Ways to Avoid a Costly Data Security BreachGiven the increasing frequency in which hackers are stealing info, it’s not like anyone could blame businesses for taking extra precaution. Especially since some of the biggest data-heists have happened in the last few years involving large companies such as TJ Maxx, Adobe, eBay and even corporate companies like NASDAQ and CitiGroup.The study, published by Blancco Technology Group, featured a survey of 882 IT professionals and members of LinkedIn’s Information Security Community by Crowd Research Partners. It was sponsored by Bitglass; Blancco Technology Group; Check Point Technologies; Skycure; SnoopWall; and Tenable Network Security, all of which are data security vendors, according to Computer World. 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Zonare Releases Upgrade for its ZS3 Ultrasound System

first_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | September 30, 2015 Zonare Releases Upgrade for its ZS3 Ultrasound System read more Zonare will showcase its newly upgraded ZS3 ultrasound system at RSNA 2015. The latest upgrade, based on the company’s award winning Zone Sonography Technology (ZST), has been installed throughout the existing ZS3 customer base at no cost under Zonares’s  five-year, state-of-the-art guarantee. Zonare will displaying its ultrasound systems as part of Mindray North America, North – Hall B: 6129.For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.last_img read more

IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON Quality assurance software will shorten patient QA time by a factor of three by integrating log file QA, Monte Carlo calculation and workflow streamlining June 7, 2019 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) conference, June 10-15 in Manchester, U.K. The company said myQA iON significantly reduces the time needed for patient quality assurance (QA) for proton therapy (PT).The use of PT machine log files, process automation, task-based workflows and the latest web technologies in myQA iON significantly increase QA efficiency while ensuring patient treatment safety. Compared to conventional detector measurements (at isocenter), myQA iON enables a reduction of the QA measurement effort that results in a three times faster patient QA. This efficiency increase was confirmed by a global survey conducted amongst 37 practicing medical physicists at proton therapy centers.“Combining irradiation logs and an independent dose recalculation with myQA iON, we intend to reduce the amount of measurements performed for patient QA by approximately 90 percent,” said Stefan Both, professor and head of medical physics at the Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands.myQA iON combines the analysis of irradiation log files and sophisticated high-accuracy Monte Carlo dose recalculation to provide the user with an independent QA dose calculation, as well as the ability to verify the quality and safety of each patient treatment fraction.“The ability to automate our patient QA, and the flexibility to use irradiation log files, real dose measurements and Monte Carlo secondary recalculations in one system will bring us to a new level in PT treatment plan QA efficiency and accuracy,” said Zuofeng Li, physics director at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Jacksonville, Fla.The software environment offers all patient QA tasks and workflow steps in a single interface. The latest web technologies allow users to access their patient QA anytime and anywhere within the hospital network. myQA iON supports patient QA for proton therapy machines of all major vendors.myQA iON is currently undergoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) review.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more last_img read more

Cyprus plans September trial for terror suspect

first_img Sponsored Stories Police spokesman Andreas Angelides told The Associated Press that the 24-year-old suspect faces a total of 17 “terrorism and terrorism-related charges,” the most serious of which carries a sentence of life in prison. The trial has been scheduled to start Sept. 12.An official with knowledge of the charges who spoke on condition of anonymity because court proceedings are not open to the public, said the charges include espionage and conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.The suspect’s lawyer, Antonis Georgiades, told the AP that he is a Lebanese Palestinian who holds a Swedish passport. He said he agreed that his client remain in custody until his trial “for his own safety in light of the publicity.”But Georgiades said “he poses no risk to national security.”Cyprus’ Justice Minister Loucas Louca has said that the suspect displayed similar behavioral patterns to the attacker in Bulgaria but stopped short of directly linking him to that plot.Police have said that they believe the man _ who was arrested July 3 following a tip from a foreign intelligence agency _ was acting alone.Authorities in Cyprus have otherwise remained tight-lipped about the man’s identity or his intended target. Louca said that the suspect belongs to an organization which he refused to name, but which is not on a European Union list of known terrorist groups. How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain State media have reported that the suspect is affiliated with Hezbollah who was monitoring and recording the movements of Israeli tourists _ including bus routes _ and other Israeli interests on the island. The reports cite unnamed police sources.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – A man suspected of planning a foiled terrorist attack against Israeli tourists on Cyprus is a Lebanese-Palestinian with a Swedish passport and has been ordered to stand trial in September, officials said Friday.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the suspect is a Hezbollah operative who used the same “modus operandi” as a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in an attack last week in Burgas, Bulgaria. Netanyahu did not offer evidence for those allegations. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Pixar celebrates Cannes return with original Inside Out

first_img“Inside Out” is a Pixar-styled “Inception” where the story unfolds both in reality and in the mind. It partly take place inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, where voices like Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black) compete for the girl’s emotions and memories.The high concept is sometimes rather abstract, but nevertheless packs an emotional wallop that left many teary-eyed. The story is by Pete Docter, who also co-directs, and it contains some of the tenderness of his 2009 Pixar release “Up.”The Hollywood Reporter said it “ingeniously personifies the furiously erupting sensations associated with the onset of adolescence as a bunch of emotionally competitive cartoon characters.” Variety wrote that although “Inside Out” sounds like “another lunatic gamble,” it proves to be “the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had.”Such a strong response was much needed for Pixar.Although the animation studio had an unparalleled run of critical and box-office successes with the “Toy Story” films, “Wall-E,” ”Up” and “Ratatouille,” doubt in Pixar’s ability to sustain its nearly unblemished record began to creep in after the less well-reviewed “Brave” and the studio’s increasing output of sequels. CANNES, France (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, Pixar has made a sensational return to the Cannes Film Festival with “Inside Out,” the kind of fresh take on animation that the studio built itself on.“Inside Out” premiered Monday at Cannes and was among the most enthusiastically received films of the festival. Because Pixar delayed its planned 2014 release, “Good Dinosaur,” it was the Disney studio’s first new film since 2013’s “Monsters University” and first non-sequel since 2012’s “Brave.” Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility From left, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Inside Out, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img Top holiday drink recipes 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “Inside Out,” which Disney will release on June 19, is Pixar’s second original film in a row to feature a female protagonist.“It’s very important for us, both at Pixar and at Disney, of having female and ethnic characters — protagonists and all through,” said John Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer. “You’ll see in future films we really are paying attention to that.”The reception to “Inside Out” was so good that some at Cannes wondered whether it should have been included in the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or competition.Poehler quixotically hoped for the impossible.“It’s not up for the … what do you call it?” said Poehler, referring to Cannes’ top film honor. “But it could still win, right?”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

June 26 2013Arcosanti celebrated Summer Solstice

first_imgJune 26, 2013Arcosanti celebrated Summer Solstice, the SuperMoon, and what would have been Paolo Soleri’s 94th birthday this past Friday evening, June 21, 2013.Paolo’s birthday – the first without him here – gave us an opportunity to start a new tradition at Arcosanti. We intend in future to host an annual dinner on June 21 to honor Paolo, celebrate the work he began here, and allow all of us who are alumni and who have become part of that work, to continue to share in it.[photos by Sue Kirsch; text by Jeff Stein]For this first time out, with just Arizona alumni invited, we had barbeque in the vaults, socializing with friends we haven’t seen for awhile, and a screening of Aimee Madsen’s film, PAOLO SOLERI: BEYOND FORM.We had conversations about the work that’s coming up at Arcosanti, and how staff here, with input from alumni and others, are at the beginning of developing a 6-year plan that would bring a couple projects to fruition by 2019, the hundredth anniversary of Paolo Soleri’s birth.And we spoke of plans for the public celebration of Paolo’s life, this coming September 20, 21, and 22, with events at Cosanti, at Arcosanti, and at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale.  Save those dates, please, and watch the Arcosanti website as we remember the life and work of Paolo Soleri this fall.last_img read more