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CNET Asks Do you want a wearable smartphone

first_imgSmartphone design just got taken to another level. Nubia, an associate company to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, just unveiled the world’s first wearable smart phone at MWC 2019. The smartphone, (or is it a smartwatch?), named the Nubia Alpha, looks like something out of a sci-fi novel, and it’s a first step toward the wearable tech of the future. The design is a bit cumbersome, the gold a bit gaudy, but the execution is commendable. You can make and receive phone calls, take pictures, and decide to control it either with your fingers or a series of hand gestures–all from the water resistant band around your wrist. Check out more details on the design and functionality of it here. Nubia hasn’t announced a release date or set a price, but it has stated the phone will be available for purchase, it’s not just a concept.  The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone CNET Asks 2:47 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments The Nubia Alpha wraps a phone around your wrist We have seen concepts and prototypes of wearable phones before. And of course, the smartwatch accompaniments to phones, like the Apple Watch, but Nubia seems to be the first in the game to actually sell a standalone wearable phone. This very well may be the phone of the future, but is the Nubia Alpha the one to propel us there? Are you even interested in wearable phones such as the this? We have questions like this in the poll below, and we would love to gauge your reaction to this phone. If you feel like explaining a bit more, hop on over to the comment section and let us know your opinion. Can’t wait to see your responses.Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea.Not seeing the poll below? Click here to see poll 8 Photos 3 Wearable Tech Gadgets Mobile Accessories Sci-Tech Phoneslast_img read more

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Bentleys new Flying Spur will have 3D leather upholstery

first_img More From Roadshow 0 Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Enlarge ImageThe material was created “by the team of exceptional craftsmen and women based in Crewe, England,” Bentley said. Bentley Bentley is preparing to introduce a new version of its Flying Spur sedan, and the latest teaser provides an idea of the incredible attention-to-detail that Crewe’s craftspeople are putting into the new ultra-luxury car.Specifically, Bentley said Thursday that the new Flying Spur will use a new type of leather upholstery with a three-dimensional diamond effect. The company promised that, as ever, the Flying Spur will offer “an unparalleled touring experience for the driver and passengers alike.” Superluxury Cars Luxury cars Sedans 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring Tags 26 Photos More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Earlier this year, Bentley offered up two teasers of the outside of the new Flying Spur. The car will offer an ornately designed take on the brand’s “Flying B” hood ornament, while a sketch revealed that it might have some design cues from the two-door Continental GT range. So far Bentley has said only that the new car will be fully revealed later this year.As to other details, it’s fair to assume the flying Spur might use the same touchscreen infotainment system as the newest Continental GT. That car’s powertrains might carry over, too; they comprise a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 with 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque along with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 542 hp and 568 lb-ft.The current version of the Bentley Flying Spur was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The introduction of the new model comes in the year of Bentley’s 100th anniversary. Bentleylast_img read more

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Tata Advanced Systems Bell Helicopter sign chopper deal

first_imgTata Advanced Systems Ltd., the strategic aerospace and defence arm of the Tata Group, has signed an agreement with American aerospace manufacturer Bell Helicopter to develop the helicopter market in India. The deal focuses on production and assembly capabilities, training, maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, and research and development sharing between the two firms. The aviation and modernisation measures would emphasis on the ‘Make in India’ initiative, TASL said in a statement. Under the agreement, the two companies would jointly develop commercial and government (including military) rotary wing markets in India under the light utility segment.”TASL’s alliance with Bell Helicopter is significant because of our shared synergies; our defence manufacturing capabilities and focus on innovation and we are well aligned with Bell Helicopter’s core competence,” S Ramadorai, Chairman of TASL said. “The collaboration, which is in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, holds potential not only in the domestic market but, will also strengthen India’s position in the international market.” Tata Advanced Systems is focused on providing solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security. It has become a significant player in the global aerospace market and has capabilities throughout the aerospace value chain, from design to assembling full aircraft. The firm is well placed in other areas, which includes missiles, radars, un-manned aerial systems, command and control systems.”TASL has been a leader in driving industrial growth in India, and its organisation ideally complements Bell Helicopter both in terms of innovative thinking, manufacturing capability and a commitment to business ethics, integrity and customer satisfaction,” Mitch Snyder, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter, said in the statement.Bell Helicopter, which was founded in 1935, delivers more than 35,000 aircraft to its customers across the globe.Tata Advanced Systems Limited had earlier announced the tie-up with Bell Helicopter to jointly bid against Mahindra-Airbus combination for a $2-billion naval chopper manufacturing contract.last_img read more

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Salaries In Houston Growing Slower Than In Rest Of Country

first_img Listen X 00:00 /00:43 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston skyline from south To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img From March 2017 through March of this year, Houstonians’ compensations grew by 2.1 percent. That includes wages or salaries and benefits in the private sector.That’s a half-percentage point improvement from the same time a year ago, but still lags the rest of the country.Nationwide, compensation rose by 2.8 percent.Cheryl Abbot, regional economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas, is not exactly sure why. But she doubts the remaining effects from the oil downturn can be blamed.“Oil has pretty well recovered,” she said. “And most companies have brought back on all the people they may have let go.”Compensations grew similarly slow in Dallas and other southern metro areas.Abbot said salaries in Houston grew faster than the national average after the Great Recession but came down during the oil slump. Sharelast_img read more

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Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Infringement

first_imgEight Mile Style, a publishing company that holds administration rights to Eminem’s early catalog, filed a major copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify late Thursday, claiming that the streaming giant has no license to host about 250 of Eminem’s songs, while also taking aim at the Music Modernization Act, the federal law enacted last year to improve royalty payments for songwriters. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.The suit, filed in Nashville Wednesday, accuses Spotify, the $26 billion Stockholm-based streaming behemoth, of not living up to its obligations under the MMA, while also targeting the act itself.It claims that Spotify has streamed Eminem’s work billions of times without a license. “Spotify has not accounted to Eight Mile or paid Eight Mile for these streams but instead remitted random payments of some sort, which only purport to account for a fraction of those streams,” it reads. It also says that Spotify has placed “Lose Yourself” into a category called “Copyright Control,” a category for songs for which the owner is not known, calling it “absurd” that Spotify would be unable to locate the copyright owner of “one of the most well-known songs in history.” Spotify Triples Free-Trial Period on Premium Service ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw Popular on Variety center_img Contacted by Variety, a rep for Spotify had no comment.Eminem himself is not party to the lawsuit; Eight Mile Style’s administration role in his early catalog gives it the capacity to file such lawsuits without his involvement.“Spotify did not have any license to reproduce or distribute the Eight Mile Compositions, either direct, affiliate, or compulsory, but acted deceptively by pretending to have compulsory and/or other licenses,” the lawsuit reads. “In addition, Spotify instructed the Harry Fox Agency to send purported “royalty statements” out, when Spotify and HFA knew the compositions were not licensed via the compulsory license, or otherwise, to further lead Eight Mile and others into believing the songs were licensed and Eight Mile was being paid properly. In fact, neither was true.”The MMA in part offered a form of amnesty for previous copyright infringement, and Eight Mile is contesting that element’s constitutionality, and says Spotify “knew what they were doing” in the “unconstitutional taking of Eight Mile’s and others vested property right was not for public use but instead for the private gain of private companies.”“In addition,” the suit continues, “as pleaded further below, even after the enactment of the Music Modernization Act of 2018, Spotify did not comply with its requirements, and does not therefore enjoy the limitations of liability under the MMA. Even if it had, as also discussed below, the MMA’s retroactive elimination of the right of a plaintiff to receive profits attributable to infringement, statutory damages, and attorneys’ fees, is an unconstitutional denial of due process (both procedural and substantive), and an unconstitutional taking of vested property rights.”“While we are confident that the Music Modernization Act is Constitutional, the law does place important obligations on digital services and they should be expected to live up to their responsibilities,’ said National Music Publishers Associated CEO David Israelite. Representing Eight Mile in the case is attorney Richard Busch, who represented Marvin Gaye’s heirs in the pivotal 2015 “Blurred Lines” case, which saw the family winning a $5.3 million decision against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on the grounds that their song infringed on the copyright of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” He also previously lodged a dispute against Universal Music Group questioning whether digital downloads should be categorized as “licenses” or “sales.”While the Music Modernization Act, signed into law by President Trump last October, was viewed as a huge victory by songwriters and the publishing community, Eminem’s lawsuit takes aim at what it describes as weaknesses in the act.“First, by its terms, the MMA liability limitation section only applies to compositions for which the copyright owner was not known, and to previously unmatched works (compositions not previously matched with sound recordings), and not to ‘matched’ works for which the DMP [Digital Music Provider] knew who the copyright owner was and just committed copyright infringement,” Eight Mile’s complaint reads in part, asserting that Spotify “did not engage in the required commercially reasonable efforts to match sound recordings with the Eight Mile Compositions as required by the MMA.” Relatedlast_img read more

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US soccer robots get new algorithm for RoboCup 2010 w Video

first_img This video shows an autonomous robot minigolf system that uses physics-based motion planning to automatically devise control solutions for never-before-encountered problems. Planning and control is performed by an off-board computer with a global dual-camera overhead vision system. Carnegie Mellon’s Soccer-Playing Robots Get Creative With Physics-Based Planning (w/ Video) Citation: US soccer robots get new algorithm for RoboCup 2010 (w/ Video) (2010, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-soccer-robots-algorithm-robocup-video.html Physics-Based Motion Planning with Tactical Models. This video shows simulated physics-based motion planning examples in several challenging domains, including robot minigolf, robot soccer, and pool. The mini-robots are under the control of a computer watching the action via camera above the playing field. Without the physics algorithm the computer tries to position the robots on the ball but does not make any predictions of the ball’s movement. With the algorithm this weakness is addressed, and the robots can now be moved into a position where the ball is predicted to go, which improves the skills required. The computer is able to make up to 60 decisions per second.Carnegie Mellon will also enter a team of humanoid robots in the Standard Platform League. The humanoids walk on two feet and can speak and use landmarks to determine their positions.The robots can also be used for other games such as mini-golf (video below), but soccer is the game of choice because of the constant changes in the environment and because of the cooperation required between players. The algorithm could also have a more practical use in helping robots fight fires, taking into account factors such as the type of trees and the effects of the wind.RoboCup, which has been running since 1997, is the largest robotics and artificial intelligence event in the world attracting competing teams from countries such as the US, Brazil, Japan, and Iran. 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. This video shows a goal scored by our team CMDragons at RoboCup 2009. The attacking robot uses a novel dribbling behavior which employs randomized, physics-based motion planning to make tactically sound navigation decisions while remaining in full dynamic control of the ball. Explore further The American robots, developed at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, use a new physics-based algorithm that takes into account ball dynamics, and enables the robots to calculate where the ball is most likely to go next instead of simply reacting to the ball or following the US team’s previous strategy of using pre-programmed plays (similar to a strategy in American football).Stefan Zickler, who wrote his PhD thesis on the algorithm, said previous robots could not tell when they would lose control of the ball when carrying out maneuvers such as dribbling, but the new algorithm helps them make such predictions, and this gives them a distinct advantage over robots without the algorithm. (PhysOrg.com) — The World Cup is gaining the most attention at the moment from soccer fans around the globe, but next week RoboCup, the annual world championship for soccer robots, gets underway in Singapore. RoboCup’s goal is to develop autonomous humanoid soccer-playing robots capable of beating the best human players playing under FIFA rules by 2050, and American researchers think their new robots will take that aim a step closer. * Stefan Zickler’s webpage: szickler.net/index.php?sid1=266* www.robocup.org/* www.robocup2010.org/* Carnegie Mellon’s Soccer-Playing Robots Get Creative With Physics-Based Planning More information: Physics-Based Motion Planning for Robot Soccer Dribbling. Zickler and colleagues tested an earlier version of the algorithm at last year’s RoboCup, and their robots were highly successful until the quarter finals, when a disastrous glitch left the robots blind and dashed their hopes of a win. Professor of Computer Science, Manuela Veloso, believes this year’s team of five miniature robots, CMDragons, will be more successful, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she doesn’t “see any reason why we won’t win”. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 hosts first Cluster Finale

first_imgP.C. Chandra Goldlites Diva hosted the first cluster finale of the 2018 season on Sunday evening at Srijani Auditorium, Durgapur, in presence of a star-studded jury. Celebrated actor Chaiti Ghoshal, renowned photographer Ashish Saha and S.S Chatterjee, GM, Sales and Administration, P.C. Chandra Jewellers were present on the occasion. As the evening started, 20 contestants – the winners from the districts of Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia – walked the ramp in western wear and introduced themselves, followed by an ethnic round. From there, contestants were picked for the final Q&A round. Nine winners (three from each district) from this cluster finale received gift vouchers from P.C. Chandra Jewellers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a run-up to this event, the Goldlites DIVA contest was taken to the colleges in the three districts where willing candidates were registered. The fourth edition of this much-anticipated pageant was started with a series of intra-college contests. The winner from each campus came to the next round, Cluster Finale along with the Wild Card entrants. Winners from each cluster finale will then compete in the semi-final, which will be held in Kolkata. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveStarted in 2014, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva is not simply the search for a pretty face, but also a journey that changes the life of a young woman, enabling her to achieve her inner potential. It is a platform for young girls that gives them the confidence to bring out the Diva that is hidden within them. This year, in its fourth edition, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 has now spread across West Bengal, attaining registrations in around 80 colleges covering all the districts. The young girls are given lessons on how to walk on the ramp, public speaking, lessons to hone their special talent and learn something new. Therefore, the ultimate focus is holistic personality development of every individual participant. The Goldlites Diva winner will be one of the faces of P.C. Chandra Jewellers’ future communication.last_img read more

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Teasing your partner playfully can make lasting relationship

first_imgAre 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.last_img read more

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Simon Green BT Sport has extended its deal with MP

first_imgSimon GreenBT Sport has extended its deal with MP&Silva for exclusive rights to live Italian top flight football until 2017-18.BT currently holds rights to live Serie A in the UK and BT Sport has signed a contract to add another three years to the current deal. BT Sport will have the rights to show up to 380 exclusively live matches a season.The deal means that Italian football fans can continue to enjoy watching clubs such as AC Roma and AC Milan attempting to wrestle the league title from current champions Juventus on BT Sport.From August, BT Sport will also offer exclusive live midweek football from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Serie A attracts some of the best players in the world and is a fantastic, competitive league featuring some of the legendary teams of European folklore, such as Juventus, AC Milan, Inter and Roma.”last_img read more

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Gilles Pélisson Frances TF1 Group plans to focus

first_imgGilles PélissonFrance’s TF1 Group plans to focus on the development of thematic targeted channels rather than rely on the advertising pull of its flagship channel and to develop its production activity as part of a new strategy aimed at returning the group to growth.The shift in emphasis comes as TF1 saw its operating profit for the full year fall by two thirds, despite uplift in the fourth quarter.TF1 posted revenues of just over €2 billion for the year, up 2.9%. Operating profit plunged from €141.2 million in 2015 – a figure that admittedly included €33.7 million from the deconsolidation of Eurosport France – to €41.7 million last year.The 2016 figure included a number of exceptional items including a €25.4 million hit from a 2015 regulation on co-production in French drama, a €24.8 million charge on the amoritsation of goodwill related to the acquisition of Newen Studios, an €8.2 operating loss from LCI, which migrated to the free-to-air platform, and €25.3 million in charges related to the group’s transformation project.While broadcasting revenue fell significantly, TF1’s digital activities saw strong growth. MYTF1 attracted 10.7 users on IPTV boxes for its catch-up TV offering, while the platform as a whole saw 1.3 million free-to-view videos watched across the year, leading to uplift in advertising revenues.Presenting the company’s full year results to analysts this morning, CEO Gilles Pelisson said TF1 was developing a multi-screen strategy, and added that the company needed to extend its activity further down the value chain, develop its own content at competitive cost and expanding its distribution network to better expose its content. He said the group also needed to extend its reach outside of France by making the most of international production partnerships.Pelisson said that in general the company would also rely more on digital activity to drive growth and make the group more profitable.He said that by 2019 he expected the profit margin to reach double figures. To achieve this, he said, TF1 would need to maintain its advertising share this year. However, additional revenue excluding that from its five existing free-to-air channels should grow to more than a third of the total this year, he said.Pelisson said that in addition to improving the profitability of free-to-air services, an extension of digital activity and an expansion of production would also be important. He said the company would use digital platforms to distribute all its output.last_img read more

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