United Business Media’s EE Times Group has acquired electronic design market event DesignCon as well as its database of more than 30,000 records from Professional Education International. Financial terms were not disclosed.EE Times says the purchase expands its event portfolio into adjacent markets including chip-level system design and verification, analog and mixed-signal design and verification and IP re-use and integration. EE Times also produces the Embedded Systems Conference. Both conferences will be led by David Blaza, who serves as vice president of events and embedded systems. Professional Education International president John Janowiak will continue to serve as a consultant in an advisory role to EE Times Group, the company says. As part of the deal, EE Times Group also is acquiring the PCB Summit and IP Summit, two DesignCon co-located events. Also included in the deal is InfoVault, a member based Web site featuring a technical library, video and additional content covering the same markets as DesignCon.Last year, DesignCon generated approximately $1 million in revenue, an EE Times spokesperson says. The next DesignCon is scheduled for January 31 to February 3, 2011 in Silicon Valley.
Digital Media Tech Industry Internet Services Post a comment NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke is also executive vice president of the Comcast division. Alexander Tamargo/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images NBC Universal may launch its own on-demand video platform next year.CEO Steve Burke, who heads the Comcast division, unveiled in a holiday greeting to employees that a streaming service may come soon, according to Bloomberg’s report on Tuesday. The message was reportedly written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.”While you all go off to relax, swim or ski,” Burke reportedly wrote. “Maybe, just maybe, next year we will announce our plan for OTT.”OTT means “over-the-top” services that stream videos online, like Netflix. NBC Universal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Traditional cable TV giants are racing to compete with Netflix, which in October unveiled that the company had accumulated over 137.1 million subscribers worldwide. US subscribers nearly doubled what Netflix had predicted.Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019, which would become the new home for films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other studios under its umbrella.AT&T is also brewing its own on-demand streaming service. The carrier’s WarnerMedia in November said the company planned to offer a three-tier video subscription service in the fourth quarter of next year. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Tags NBC 0 Share your voice
Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Now playing: Watch this: Mobile 0 Post a comment 10 Photos 1:32 Tags Share your voice Starships bots are coming to University of Pittsburgh’s campus, home of the Panthers, on Tuesday. Starship Starship Technologies launched a new service earlier this year to deliver food and groceries at two US universities using self-driving robots. It’s now planning on doing a whole lot more.The San Francisco-based startup announced Tuesday it will expand this service to 100 universities over the next two years, thanks to an infusion of $40 million in new funding. The expansion, which will focus mostly on the US, starts with the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Purdue University is coming in early September. George Mason University and Northern Arizona University came online in January and March, respectively.”There’s going to be a whole generation of students that grow up tapping on their phone when they’re hungry and a robot brings food to them,” Lex Bayer, Starship’s CEO, said in an interview.Starship is a part of the burgeoning delivery robots industry, which has already attracted corporate giants Amazon, Google and UPS, as well as a constellation of smaller players including Postmates and Workhorse. These companies see an opportunity to bring their customers things they need much faster, more cheaply or with far more convenience than current delivery options offer. And they could in some cases extend delivery times to nearly every hour of the day. These companies will, though, need to develop their services amid growing concerns about bots and automation stealing humans’ jobs.Amazon’s similarly shaped Scout robots are getting a test run in Washington state. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon is busy working on flying drones to deliver consumer goods to customers in 15 minutes through its Prime Air program and has already started a pilot in Britain. It’s also developed the Scout autonomous sidewalk robots, which look like and work similarly to Starship’s bots. It’s testing these deliveries in Washington state. UPS, meanwhile, is focusing on helping business customers, including efforts to bring flying drones to hospital campuses to speed the completion of lab tests.Starship, too, has found a niche in this new market, saying it’s receiving heavy demand from college campuses for its squat, battery-powered, six-wheeled robots. Bayer explained that colleges aren’t so easily served by typical food delivery apps like Uber Eats or DoorDash, since there’s usually little available parking and campuses often feel like mazes to outsiders. While those features make it hard for human delivery workers, they’re no concern for Starship’s autonomous bots, which are preloaded with detailed 3D maps of campuses before they ever start roaming around and which don’t need to park anywhere.The Starship bots bring breakfast, late-night snacks and plenty else in between, letting students buy food from local restaurants through its app. The bots then bring orders to wherever customers are on campus for $1.99 per shipment. Starship also gets paid by the restaurant for making each delivery.Starship typically uses 25 to 50 robots per campus, and they roam around seven days a week, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Bayer said they don’t displace workers’ jobs, since deliveries often don’t exist on campuses. He said the company hires student workers to maintain, monitor and recharge the bots.Demonstrating UPS drone deliveries at a hospital campus. UPS Bayer added that the bots are safe on sidewalks, driving at 4 mph and bristling with 10 cameras, radar, ultrasound sensors and GPS, in addition to sophisticated computer vision and neural networks to process what they see. These bots have already completed 100,000 deliveries and driven 300,000 miles, Bayer said. Even though the Starship bots weigh just 50 pounds, he said thefts of the bots don’t happen since they include alarms and are monitored by humans. Also, a bot’s payload of food remains locked inside until a student opens it using the app.Like just about any tech CEO, Bayer isn’t content just making the Starship bot ubiquitous on college campuses from coast to coast, with a goal of eventually serving 1 million students. The company has already started package deliveries in neighborhoods and parts deliveries on business and industrial campuses.”Our model and vision is to move everything around in neighborhoods and cities,” Bayer said. Tertill is a robot weed trimmer that’s like a Roomba for your garden E-commerce Bots Robots
After being let in to the shelter at 3 p.m., men chose to sit in the silent dayroom. (Photos by Maya Allen)Doors open at 3 p.m. daily for scores of men to secure a bed for the night at Central Union Mission, a homeless shelter in Northwest Washington D.C.One by one, the men, young and old from all different walks of life, slowly trickled in recently through the open doors of the brick building on Massachusetts Avenue. There are 192 spots available for the homeless, and every day they fill quickly.A few of the men were coming from work with no place to sleep for the night, but most were coming from the streets, seeking temporary refuge from the cold weather.It is winter, and for hundreds of thousands of homeless men and women across the Washington region and the nation, finding shelter, particularly at night, can be the difference between life and death. Spend the night on the street, and they may not wake up the next morning.Jennifer Paul is the development director of Thrive D.C., an organization that provides emergency services, meals and a place for the homeless to come out of the cold during the day. She knows the seriousness of this risk, which has proven to be deadly.“When the temperature drops, people who are in shelter are encouraged to stay there,” Paul said.According to media reports, at least seven homeless people froze to death last winter in Washington. One, who was well known on Capitol Hill, died just a few blocks away from the White House. Another was found frozen to death in January in Oxen Hill, Md.Every night in America, more than 600,000 people are homeless, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nearly 7,000 of those people, the report said, live in Washington, which has the highest rate of homelessness among major cities.D.C. is one of three states that have a mandatory shelter law during hypothermia season, which opened Nov. 1. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, government officials are required to provide emergency shelter for the homeless including individuals and families.A staff counselor walks inside Central Union Mission’s building. The mission offers a residential program for men to help them successfully transition into society.The city has faced hurdles in recent years with the surge of the homeless requesting shelter. Advocates and government officials are actively working to keep even more individuals and families out of the cold and into the warmth of shelters and affordable housing this year.In the midst of these freezing temperatures, the city opens what it calls low barrier emergency shelters to house more people. Normal hours are from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. On extremely cold weather days, the shelters are open 24 hours a day until the temperatures rise above freezing.The city also opens additional overflow shelters for persons in various recreation centers around the city. If homeless people do not have the means to make it to one of the regular shelters, they are welcome in the overflow shelters.At Central Union Mission, the men stood in line, patiently awaiting their turn. Each raised his hands while a staff member searched him with a metal detector for contraband or outside food.Some retreated to the quiet dayroom where no talking is permitted. A few of the men closed their eyes while others intently watched the muted television, scripted with subtitles. A silent sadness filled the room.Others preceded downstairs to the noisy dayroom where they talked and joked. Some watched the television, while others received haircuts from the shelter’s in-house barbers.“The mission has always been to help the homeless, and we’ve been doing that for 130 years now,” said Rev. James Lewis, senior director of the mission and graduate of Howard University School of Divinity. This is his 14th year serving with the mission.In 1884, Lewis said, the mission was a place of refuge for the homeless men roaming the streets of Pennsylvania Avenue. Many were Civil War veterans with no place to call home.During the Great Depression of the 1920s and 30s, it was a children’s emergency home for families to leave their children when they didn’t have the means to take care of them anymore. It is the oldest social service agency in the D.C., he said.Since the District’s temperatures have begun to drop below freezing and the winter season is approaching, the mission’s beds have been full every night, Lewis said.“They don’t even have to leave when they wake up,” Lewis said. “They are free to go in and out all day. We don’t want to enable homelessness, but we treat every one that walks in here as our guest.”Erik Salmi, the director of communications for Catholic Charities D.C., an organization that provides housing and shelter programs, works closely with different sites across the District to provide the best options for them during the winter season.“Counting all of our shelters around the District, each night during the winter season, we provide more than 1800 beds for the homeless,” she said.George Jones, program manager for the Nativity Shelter for Women and for all hypothermia shelters across the District, said housing the homeless during the winter is a yearlong process.“As a matter of fact, all summer long they’re planning for the winter,” Jones said. “The first thing they estimate is how many individuals and families they are going to have to house, and then they determine what sites they are going to use along with the transportation.”
Popular on Variety All told, Amazon — one of the world’s most valuable corporations — will receive nearly $2.1 billion in tax incentives and cash grants to build the two East Coast headquarters. That includes $1.525 billion in New York based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City; and $573 million in Virginia based on the same estimated job-creation target.For NYC, Amazon projected it will deliver incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. The company pegged tax revenue generated by the Arlington, Va., HQ location of $3.2 billion over the next two decades.“Amazon demanded subsidies and terms from cities all over the country, demanded those terms be kept secret, then reneged on its promise to locate thousands of jobs,” Barry Lynn, executive director of liberal think tank Open Markets Institute, which has lobbied for the breakup of the internet giant. “Amazon is now treating even the biggest of American cities with the same disrespect it shows for the suppliers and the merchants who depend on its website to reach customers.”Also Tuesday, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., for a new business hub responsible for customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs, the company said. Amazon is receiving $102 million in tax incentives in Nashville.Amazon expects to begin hiring in 2019 for the Long Island City and Arlington headquarters locations as well as the Nashville hub.“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”The ecommerce giant said it expects to invest some $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for the New York and Northern Virginia campuses. After launching the HQ2 search in September 2017, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Capping a 14-month, hype-filled search, Amazon.com officially announced that its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would actually be divvied up between New York City and Arlington, Va.The company said it will establish dual East Coast headquarters located in Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington just south of Washington, D.C.The HQ2 sweepstakes had pitted more than 200 cities, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 in January, looking to woo Amazon with tax breaks and other amenities. Critics have speculated that Amazon all along wanted to open up large facilities in New York and/or the D.C. area, and that the HQ2 process was designed purely to extract more favorable economic terms. Amazon’s two new satellite headquarters will help it recruit talent on the East Coast to support the ongoing growth of the massive company, whose 2017 sales of $178 billion were up 31% from the year prior. The company needed to expand after maxing out its footprint in Seattle, where it has over 45,000 employees.With Amazon’s move into the Big Apple, “New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. He touted Amazon’s estimated average annual salary of $150,000 the new jobs in Queens.While some politicos have embraced Amazon and the economic kick its new outposts promise to deliver, others have slammed the massive tax breaks the corporation is set to receive.Queens residents have responded to Amazon’s planned move into Long Island City with “outrage,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic U.S. representative from New York, wrote in a series of tweets Monday evening.“The idea that [Amazon] will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, after the Wall Street Journal reported NYC and Arlington were the final HQ2 selections.Pictured above: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Kolkata: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday said the Trinamool Congress is ready to go for elections any time and is confident of winning comprehensively.Addressing a public rally at Rash Math in Baruipur as a preparatory meeting for the mega Brigade rally of the party scheduled on January 19, Banerjee said: “You have to ensure that the communal forces cannot rear its ugly head at any booth in South 24-Parganas district. Let us unite to drive them out. We are ready for the elections, be it today, tomorrow or day after tomorrow and we will be giving a befitting reply to them (BJP ) in a manner that they cannot be traced even with a microscope.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee reiterated that the Brigade rally will deliver the clarion call to oust the BJP from the Centre in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Drawing similarities between Netaji and Mamata Banerjee, he said the latter’s battle cry “Delhi Chalo” is a reminder of Subhas Bose’s slogan. Abhishek maintained that several national leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Stalin, Shatrughan Sinha, Farooq Abdullah and others will attend the rally to strengthen Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s political fight to show the exit door to the BJP and establish a secular government at the Centre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call of Achhe Din has proved to be a far cry. The good days will come only when the government at the Centre is toppled. The price of LPG will come down to Rs 500 and the diesel price will be at Rs 50 a litre,” Banerjee said. He also took a dig at the BJP which had planned to bring in leaders from other states in Bengal for political meetings. “They are bringing leaders from Delhi, party workers from ‘agencies’ and decorators from Ranchi and are claiming to win seats in Bengal. Isn’t it ludicrous as their leaders are completely ignorant of the rich culture of the state,” Banerjee said. Abhishek was also critical of the Prime Minister’s huge spending on publicity campaigns. “He had spent more than Rs 10000 crore for publicity but has deprived the country. All the promises made by him have been exercises in futility,” he maintained. Abhishek also took the opportunity to slam the BJP’s plan of Rath Yatra programme in Bengal. “In the name of Rath Yatra, they have brought a 7-star AC luxury bus from Delhi. We have heard of Rath Yatra of Shri Jagannath and Shri Krishna. But in the name of Rath, they will be riding a luxury bus. “They cannot compete with us in terms of development. We have fulfilled the promises that we made before coming to power,” he said.
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the party against spreading hate politics and in the same breath, urged people to preserve the country’s unity and integrity. She was addressing a gathering at Mahamilan Math of Jay Guru cult at Baranagar on Monday evening.”From time immemorial, the rishis in India had talked about religious harmony and peace. It is our tradition to love and respect the people belonging to other religions, cults and faith. Our parents, teachers and elders have taught us to respect our neighbours irrespective of their faith and religion. But over the years, things have changed in India. In the name of religion, hatred is being propagated and attempts have been made to weaken the society by spreading divisive messages,” she said, adding: “At times I become scared and ask myself whether we can save the country’s unity and integrity.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRecalling her experience in Puri, the Chief Minister said: “Some people belonging to a political party had raised slogans that I was not a Hindu and tried to prevent me from entering the temple. I was shocked. This is not Indian culture and tradition.” Without naming BJP, she warned the party and said in India the motive of dividing the country would not work. “Who are they to decide how I should dress, what I should eat or which religion I should follow? In the name of protecting cows, people were lynched. This is not Hinduism. This is the religion of some hooligans,” Banerjee added. Referring to ‘sanatan dharma’, Banerjee said: “Humanism and harmony are the basic tenets of Hinduism. Religion is intimately connected with service (seva) and when you offer service you do not see the person’s religion, caste or creed.” Contd on P7
Are you always in a mood to tease your better half? Then there is good news. A new study suggests that couples who poke fun at each other, indicating humour, are more likely to stay together. The study showed that inside jokes are particularly important because they affirm ones relationship through laughter, the Daily Mail reported. However, couples who share mean-spirited jokes with nasty jibes are unlikely to last, which indicates a problem in the relationship. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security,” said Jeffrey Hall, Associate Professor from the University of Kansas in the US. “Particularly shared laughter is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates,” Hall added. The team examined more than 150,000 participants to determine how important humour is in a romantic relationship. The results, published in the journal Personal Relationships, suggest that couples who create humour together – including inside jokes – are more likely to last. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut, this does not mean that people who are funny or can make a joke out of anything would be more lucky in love. “If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter,” Hall was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. However, couples should not go too far, Hall warned. Importantly, having an aggressive sense of humour is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if this style of humour is used in the relationship, the study noted.
Popular music has gradually become angrier and sadder over time, and the expression of joy has declined, a study has found. While music fans preferred joyful songs during the 1950s, modern music consumers are more interested in songs that express sadness or anger, researchers said. Data scientists at Lawrence Technological University in the US used quantitative analytics to study the change in lyrics of popular music over seven decades, from the 1950s to 2016. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The change in lyrics sentiments does not necessarily reflect what the musicians and songwriters wanted to express, but is more related to what music consumers wanted to listen to in each year,” said Lior Shamir, from Lawrence Technological University. Research analysed the lyrics of over 6,000 songs of the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ in each year. In the past the songs were ranked mainly by record sales, radio broadcasting, and jukebox plays, but in the more recent years it is based on several other popularity indicators such as streaming and social media to reflect the changes in music consumption. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe tones expressed in each song were analysed by applying automatic quantitative sentiment analysis. Automatic sentiment analysis associates each word or phrase in the song with a set of tones that they express. The combination of the tones expressed by all words and phrases of the lyrics determines the sentiment of that song. The sentiments of all Billboard Hot 100 songs in each year are averaged, and the average of each year allows to measure whether the expression of that sentiment increased, decreased, or remained constant. The analysis showed that the expression of anger in popular music lyrics has increased gradually over time. Songs released during the mid 1950s were the least angry, and the anger expressed in lyrics has increased gradually until peaking in 2015. The analysis also revealed some variations. Songs released in the three years of 1982-1984 were less angry compared to any other period, except for the 1950s. In the mid 1990s, songs became angrier, and the increase in anger was sharper during that time in comparison to previous years. The expression of sadness, disgust and fear also increased over time, although the increase was milder compared to the increase in the expression of anger. Disgust increased gradually, but was lower in the early 1980s and higher in the mid and late 1990s. Popular music lyrics expressed more fear during the mid 1980s, and the fear decreased sharply in 1988. Another sharp increase in fear was observed in 1998 and 1999, with a sharp decrease in 2000. The study also showed that joy was a dominant tone in popular music lyrics during the late 1950s, but it decreased over time and became much milder in the recent years.
05Feb Franz bill honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder Categories: News Tags: #SB State Rep. Ray Franz honored State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.“Paul’s death is a terrible tragedy. He risked his life every day for the people of this community and now Trooper Butterfield’s life will be forever memorialized in Mason County,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “We not only acknowledge the sacrifices Paul made, but celebrate Paul’s life and the endearing qualities that made him such a kind-hearted and passionate person.”Franz worked with Trooper Butterfield as a first responder and firefighter when Butterfield was stationed in Manistee County. House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo. The majestic stretch of land in Mason County beginning at Lincoln River and continuing north to Big Sable River will now be known as Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway.Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole; Chief Deputy Steve Hansen; Deputy Jeremy King; and Deputy Brandon Romero, who were close friends and colleagues of Butterfield.Following the ceremony, Cole remarked on the significance of the day.“I know I speak for the other three deputies when I say that we are truly humbled to have been invited here today,” Cole said. “The bond we shared with Paul while serving as law officers together was truly one of kind. Paul was a man who always worked hard, maintained a positive attitude and was a modest individual. He didn’t became a lawman to receive accolades, he simply wanted to serve and protect his community because he had a heart of gold.“Myself and my deputies were the first to respond to the scene when we got reports of a trooper being shot,” Cole continued. “That being said, this memorial highway means more to us than most of you will ever know, and for that we are eternally grateful.”##### PHOTO ADVISORY: State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, and Gov. Rick Snyder display Public Act 441, a new law naming a portion of M-116 in Mason County after fallen State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. Also (from left): Chief Deputy Steve Hansen, Deputy Jeremy King, Pat Butterfield, Rep. Jon Bumstead, Jennifer Sielski, Sheriff Kim Cole and Deputy Brandon Romero.