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The Sterling Highway Is OPEN At MP 106

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Good news for those heading to Homer this week, the Sterling Highway is open at MP 106, according to the Department of Transportation. DOT is working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. Construction for the 2019 season will primarily occur at Slikok Tributary, Crooked Creek, and Clam Gulch. The Coal Creek culvert will be replaced as a part of improvements, and the adjacent areas revegetated and restored. Construction crews are working between MP 101 and 118.Crews will be installing culverts at Slikok Tributary, Clam Gulch, Coal Creek and Crooked Creek.Crews will be working day and night shifts. Drivers should be aware of possible TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS and DELAYS. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. DOT advises drivers to still use caution while driving on the gravel surface in the area, and follow all traffic signs. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWlast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for February 28 3 Fire Hydrants Struck In Separate Accidents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, February 28, 2019:A blue 2017 Ford Explorer struck a pole on Glen Road. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Verizon notified. (6:49am)A caller reported he saw a black SUV strike a fire hydrant on Research Drive and drive away. Police confirmed damage to the hydrant and contacted the Water Department. (7:30am)A blue 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee slid off Aldrich Road and struck a fire hydrant. No injuries. Vehicle towed. Water Department notified. (7:57am)A Church Street resident surrendered 4 chickens to the Animal Control Officer. (9:03am)Water Astu (37, Chelsea) was a issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Subsequent Offense) and Unsecured/Uncovered Load.  Astu’s pickup truck lost its load in the roadway at Lowell Street and Woburn Street. (9:51am)A gray 2013 Kia Soul struck a hydrant and cable box on Agostino Drive and Gandalf Way. Water Department and Verizon notified. (10:20am)A 2-vehicle crash involving a mail truck occurred on Waltham Street. (1:54pm)A Forest Street resident filed a complaint of dogs barking next door for hours at a time while she is conducting business meetings in her home. (4:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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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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Robots bearing snacks are about to overrun college campuses

first_img Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Now playing: Watch this: Mobile 0 Post a comment 10 Photos 1:32center_img 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-scout-robotAmazon’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.mobile0c9a66-assets-img-media-upsdrone20Demonstrating 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 Robotslast_img read more

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Vijay Mallya brutally humiliated at The Oval in London booed with Mallya

first_imgVijay Mallya, son Siddharth MallyaTwitterIndian businessman Vijay Mallya found himself in a terrible situation when he walked out of the Kennington Oval in London after watching India and Australia World Cup match on Sunday.In a video that has been doing the rounds of social media, Mallya can be seen surrounded by a bunch of Indians who couldn’t stop booing the beleaguered businessman for leaving India on March 2, 2016 after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.Chants like “Mallya Mera Paisa De”, “Chor Hai Chor Hai” and “Gali Gali Me Shor Hai, Vijay Mallya Chor Hai” resounded in Mallya’s ears as he started walking towards his car after the match. He did turn back and responded to a few people with a “Thank You.” At one point, a shout of “Be a man, apologise to your country” is heard, to which his response is inaudible. However, the viral video divided people on Instagram. While a majority of people said that Vijay Mallyadeserved this kind of treatment wherever he goes, a certain section felt that it was a shameful act by the people to humiliate someone like this.Mallya has repeatedly denied fleeing the country, saying he is ready to pay back the money he owed to the Indian banks. India had in 2017 filed for Mallya’s extradition, which he contested. He is out on bail.A consortium of 13 banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), has initiated loan recovery proceedings against him. The proceedings are on before a special court in Mumbai under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also moved the Special Prevention of Money-Laundering Act Court last year to get Mallya declared a “fugitive economic offender” and confiscate his properties, estimated at more than Rs 12,000 crore, making it the first such case of its kind under the new law.Take a look. Vijay Mallya trolledInstagram Vijay Mallya trolledInstagram Vijay Mallya trolledInstagram Vijay Mallya trolledInstagram (With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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HC orders RO to accept Rangpur BNP candidates nomination paper

first_imgThe High Court on Monday directed the returning officer of Rangpur district to accept nomination paper of BNP-nominated candidate Jamaat-e-Islami leader Golam Rabbani for Rangpur-5 constituency, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil came up with the order following a writ petition filed by the candidate on Sunday.Rabbani’s lawyer Shishir Monir said that when Golam Rabbani went to the returning officer to submit his nomination paper on 28 November, the returning officer wasted time without any reason and finally did not accept his nomination paper. However, now the court directed the EC to accept nomination paper as soon as possible.Golam Rabbani also submitted a written application to the chief election commissioner on Saturday.last_img read more

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JnU student killed in road crash

first_imgASM Julhas, student of Law department of Jagannath University. Photo: UNBA student of Jagannath University was killed and his elder brother injured as a pick-up hit a motorcycle in Sirajganj on Thursday night, reports UNB.The deceased was ASM Julhas, 22, son of Tarajul Islam of Bindabonpara in Bogura and a third year student of Law department of the university.Syed Shahid Alam, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge West police station, said the pick-up van hit the motorcycle around 8:00pm when they were going to their home from Dhaka, leaving Julhas dead on the spot in Jhaol Bridge of Kamarkhanda upazila.The accident left his brother AKM Jakaria critically injured.last_img read more

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Champion Boxer Accused of Assault at DCarea Shopping Mall

first_imgBy The Associated PressMCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Baltimore boxer who’s the World Boxing Association champion in the 130-pound (58.9-kilogram) category is accused of assaulting someone at a shopping mall near Washington.News outlets report Fairfax County police announced Tuesday that a warrant had been issued for Gervonta Davis. Lt. John Lieb says the misdemeanor assault warrant is based on sworn testimony from the alleged victim in the Feb. 17 incident.In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Gervonta Davis poses for photographs during the official weigh-in for a boxing match against Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar, in New York. The World Boxing Association 130-pound champion is accused of assaulting someone at a shopping mall near Washington. News outlets report Fairfax County police announced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, that a warrant had been issued for Gervonta Davis. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)Lieb says police have made multiple attempts to contact the boxer by telephone, but haven’t received a response. Police say the 24-year-old started a confrontation and then assaulted the unidentified man near an ATM at Tysons Galleria.A representative for Davis said he had no immediate comment, but the super featherweight addressed a TMZ Sports report about the incident by tweeting: “Lies lies lies.”last_img read more

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When Delhi got Bangaloreed

Taaq, which stands for Thermal and A Quarter, was formed by three Malyalees in Bangalore 15 years back. Over the years, they have carved a niche of its own amongst the many rock bands in India. Now, having played all over India, and also in the US, UK, West Asia, China and southeast Asia and having released four studio albums and several singles, Taaq was in the Capital to launch their fifth studio album — Three Wheels Nine Lives — at Hard Rock Café. The three Taaq members  — Bruce Lee Mani, Rajeev Rajagopal and Prakash KN — started it of as a college band in 1996. Since then, Taaq has been known to deliver unforgettable, immersive musical performances. Talking about the new album Rajeev says: ‘There is no single theme for the album. It’s a mixed bag. It’s a pretty massive album with 28 songs.’ ‘This album is one of the largest bodies of work created for one album. The songs deal with various subjects starting from adventures one has on getting into  an auto rickshaw and the meter problems we all face, which unites us all Indians,’ he added.  The band members say that they have never let the legacy of Bangalore city drain out of their music system in spite of the many Western instruments they might play. ‘Outside India, our  music is known to be exotic and not Western. In India, people think if we are playing rock that means aping the West. But none of us have ever been trained in Western instruments or music,’ explains Rajeev. The band played numbers from their new album. Delhi is known to have their largest fan base, so they didn’t want to disappoint them by playing only the old numbers. Viva la Bangalore, we would say! read more

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Let us unite to oust BJP from Centre

first_imgKolkata: 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.last_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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How Dreamt It Got Approved for Apples App Store in 2 Hours

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 12, 2012 If you’re thinking about building an app and want to know what it takes to get an app approved by Apple, check out what Jason Becker has to say on the topic. He and his team created Dreamt It — an ingenious little app that taps into the iPhone’s Siri voice recognition software to help its users keep track of and share their dreams. After a 60-day build, Dreamt It was approved for the Apple app store in about two hours.Apple’s app submission process is often viewed as mysterious or extremely difficult. Use these tips to successfully navigate it and get your app approved:Understand Apple’s standards before building your app. Apple takes care to establish clear guidelines for developing applications for its app store. Dreamt It’s developers understood the constraints and expectations that Apple has for new applications, which helped the start-up quickly refine its app’s functional goals.Build your app with open-source tools. Dreamt It uses ShareKit, an open-source tool that developers can integrate into their apps to enable users to share content through social networks, email and SMS. Dreamt It didn’t need to invent its own sharing capabilities to be successful, and you don’t, either.Related: There’s an App Maker for ThatSubmit once you’re a user, not a tester. A winning recipe for application approval is to submit an app that’s bug-free, looks great and provides clear, differentiated value for users. If you find yourself happily using (not testing) your app every day, you’re probably ready for submission.Don’t forget the details. Apple has a lot of secondary requirements for apps, including logo size, links to support pages and age-appropriate settings. Overlooking these details is a surefire way to have your app rejected.Expect a subjective feedback. A real, live person leads the app review process, so you should expect a review from Apple. While review times vary, your Apple reviewer will be assigned between seven and 10 days following your submission. How long a review takes and whether you’ll pass on the first try is anyone’s guess. Be sure your expectations for launch include time to fix issues and re-submit to Apple if necessary.Related: Three Ways to Make Your App Stand Out (Video)last_img read more

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Watch out for these roadworks across South Cheshire this week

first_imgStaffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter M6, A500 and A50 Bridge to close for seven months Stoke-on-Trent South Cheshirecenter_img Newcastle Borough Full list of roadworks South Cheshire: A – B A500: Lane closure at Mermeoor Roundabout/Shavington bypass from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Crewe Green Link Roundabout from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Shavington Bypass Roundabout in Shavingtom Cum Gresty from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Cheerbrook roundabout from October 25 until October 26 Alsager: Multi-way signals on B5078 Chells Hill in Betchon at the junction of Sandbach Road from October 22 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 10 until October 29 Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Hellyar Brook Road at the junction with Dunnocksfold Road from October 17 until October 23 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Linley Road on October 22 Alsager: Stop/go boards on Pikemere Road on October 22 Betchton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road over Lynnhouse Bridge Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Read MoreGunman threatens Subway staff in armed robbery Congleton: Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Longdown Road from October 17 until October 23 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Fol Hollow from A34 Newcastle Road until Bankyfields Crescent from October 16 until October 24 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Park Lane from October 19 until October 25 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Crewe: Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Bleasdale Road and Rydal Mount from October 18 until November 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until November 2 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 18 until October 22 (outside number 332) Crewe: Two way traffic signals on Dunwoody Way from Dunwoody Way Roundabout from October 22 until November 16 Crewe: Road closures and roadworks on Franklyn Avenue from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Hungerford Road near number 339A from October 25 until October 26 Crewe: Carriageway incursions and road closures on Mablins Lane near Sunnyside Place until November 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Middlewich Street from October 19 until October 22 Crewe: Stop/go boards on A5019 Mill Street from October 26 until October 29 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Moreton Road from October 17 until October 23 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Nelson Street from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Parkers Road near the Eight Farmers from October 15 until October 29 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Ruskin Road on October 22. Crewe: Roadworks and traffic signals at junction of Somerville Street/Lunt Avenue and Claremont Road until October 29 Crewe: Sydney Road closed from midnight on Saturday October 26 until 7am on Sunday October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on A532 West Street on October 22 Crewe: Two way signals on West Street outside number 268 from October 24 until October 30 Crewe: Carriagewway on West Street near junction of Frank Webb Avenue on October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 22 until October 23 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure around the railway bridge on Wistaston Road from September 20 until November 11 Read MoreAir ambulance called as A529 closed due to serious accident H – R Hough: Two way traffic signals on Cobbs Lane from October 26 until October 30 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road from October 23 until October 26 Minshull Vernon : Two way traffic signals on Eardswick Lane near High Farm from October 24 until October 26 Moreton: Two way traffic signals near junction with Newcastle Road from October 22 until October 24 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Arnhold Street and Cowfields from October 23 until October 25. Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Blankney Avenue on October 22 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until November 2 Nantwich: Roadworks overnight at level crossing on B5074 London Road from October 25 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursions on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on Pillory Street on October 28 Nantwich: Two way signals on Wybunbury Lane at the side of the Cedars from October 24 until October 26 Odd Rode: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Grays Close and The Bank from October 15 until October 26 Rode Heath: Stop/go boards on Heath Avenue on October 22 Read MorePolice investigate as pupil excluded after shocking video of school fight emerges on social media S Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on Bradwall Road near junction with Chapel Street from October 24 until October 26 Sandbach: Plant Lane closed at Canal Bridge on October 24 and October 26 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road on October 28 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on High Street near numbers 40-42 from October 21 until October 23. Sandbach: Two way signals on A533 Middlewich Road near Turnpike Court and Co-op from October 25 until October 26 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on B5079 Station Road near Moss Lane from October 22 until November 5 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closures at the canal birdge on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Road closure on Nursery Lane on October 27 Smallwood: Road closure on Church Lane on October 26 Somerford : Carriageway incursion on A54 Holmes Chapel Road at Braken Barns from October 22 until October 26 Stapeley: Stop/go boards on A529 Broad Lane near Primary School on October 24 Stapeley: Two way traffic signals on First Dig Lane from October 19 until October 25 Read MoreBritain’s strongest man Eddie Hall has now taken up boxing – and he’s vowed to KNOCK OUT this rival W Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Cheerbrook Road from October 22 until October 24 Willaston: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Wybunbury Road and Cheerbrook Road from October 26 until October 30 Willaston: Roadworks and lane closure at Peacock Roundabout (Crewe Road/Nantwich Bypass) until October 7 Willaston: Roadworks and road closure at level crossing on Wistaston Road on October 28 Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Wistaston Road near junction with Moorfields and Gladstone Street from October 24 until October 26 Wybunbury/Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane from October 27 until October 29 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the area between Monday October 22 and Sunday October 28. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in South Cheshire in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 22 until October 28last_img read more

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Building VR experiences with React VR 20 How to create maze thats

first_imgIn today’s tutorial, we will examine the functionality required to build a simple maze. There are a few ways we could build a maze. The most straightforward way would be to fire up our 3D modeler package (say, Blender) and create a labyrinth out of polygons. This would work fine and could be very detailed.However, it would also be very boring. Why? The first time we get through the maze will be exciting, but after a few tries, you’ll know the way through. When we construct VR experiences, you usually want people to visit often and have fun every time.This tutorial is an excerpt from a book written by John Gwinner titled Getting Started with React VR. In this book, you will learn how to create amazing 360 and virtual reality content that runs directly in your browsers.A modeled labyrinth would be boring. Life is too short to do boring things. So, we want to generate a Maze randomly. This way, you can change the Maze every time so that it’ll be fresh and different. The way to do that is through random numbers to ensure that the Maze doesn’t shift around us, so we want to actually do it with pseudo-random numbers. To start doing that, we’ll need a basic application created. Please go to your VR directory and create an application called ‘WalkInAMaze’:react-vr init WalkInAMazeAlmost random–pseudo random number generatorsTo have a chance of replaying value or being able to compare scores between people, we really need a pseudo-random number generator. The basic JavaScript Math.random() is not a pseudo-random generator; it really gives you a totally random number every time. We need a pseudo-random number generator that takes a seed value. If you give the same seed to the random number generator, it will generate the same sequence of random numbers. (They aren’t completely random but are very close.) Random number generators are a complex topic; for example, they are used in cryptography, and if your random number generator isn’t completely random, someone could break your code.We aren’t so worried about that, we just want repeatability. Although the UI for this may be a bit beyond the scope of this book, creating the Maze in a way that clicking on Refresh won’t generate a totally different Maze is really a good thing and will avoid frustration on the part of the user. This will also allow two users to compare scores; we could persist a board number for the Maze and show this. This may be out of scope for our book; however, having a predictable Maze will help immensely during development. If it wasn’t for this, you might get lost while working on your world. (Well, probably not, but it makes testing easier.)Including library code from other projectsUp to this point, I’ve shown you how to create components in React VR (or React). JavaScript interestingly has a historical issue with include. With C++, Java, or C#, you can include a file in another file or make a reference to a file in a project. After doing that, everything in those other files, such as functions, classes, and global properties (variables), are then usable from the file that you’ve issued the include statement in.With a browser, the concept of “including” JavaScript is a little different. With Node.js, we use package.json to indicate what packages we need. To bring those packages into our code, we will use the following syntax in your .js files:var MersenneTwister = require(‘mersenne-twister’);Then, instead of using Math.random(), we will create a new random number generator and pass a seed, as follows: var rng = new MersenneTwister(this.props.Seed);From this point on, you just call rng.random() instead of Math.random().We can just use npm install and the require statement for properly formatted packages. Much of this can be done for you by executing the npm command:npm install mersenne-twister –saveRemember, the –save command to update our manifest in the project. While we are at it, we can install another package we’ll need later:npm install react-vr-gaze-button –saveNow that we have a good random number generator, let’s use it to complicate our world.The Maze render()How do we build a Maze? I wanted to develop some code that dynamically generates the Maze; anyone could model it in a package, but a VR world should be living. Having code that can dynamically build Maze in any size (to a point) will allow a repeat playing of your world.There are a number of JavaScript packages out there for printing mazes. I took one that seemed to be everywhere, in the public domain, on GitHub and modified it for HTML. This app consists of two parts: Maze.html and makeMaze.JS. Neither is React, but it is JavaScript. It works fairly well, although the numbers don’t really represent exactly how wide it is.First, I made sure that only one x was displaying, both vertically and horizontally. This will not print well (lines are usually taller than wide), but we are building a virtually real Maze, not a paper Maze.The Maze that we generate with the files at Maze.html (localhost:8081/vr/maze.html) and the JavaScript file—makeMaze.js—will now look like this:x1xxxxxxxx x xxxx x x xx x x xx xxxxx xx x x xx x x x xx x 2xxxxxxxxxIt is a little hard to read, but you can count the squares vs. xs. Don’t worry, it’s going to look a lot fancier. Now that we have the HTML version of a Maze working, we’ll start building the hedges.This is a slightly larger piece of code than I expected, so I broke it into pieces and loaded the Maze object onto GitHub rather than pasting the entire code here, as it’s long. You can find a link for the source at: http://bit.ly/VR_Chap11Adding the floors and type checkingOne of the things that look odd with a 360 Pano background, as we’ve talked about before, is that you can seem to “float” against the ground. One fix, other than fixing the original image, is to simply add a floor. This is what we did with the Space Gallery, and it looks pretty good as we were assuming we were floating in space anyway.For this version, let’s import a ground square. We could use a large square that would encompass the entire Maze; we’d then have to resize it if the size of the Maze changes. I decided to use a smaller cube and alter it so that it’s “underneath” every cell of the Maze. This would allow us some leeway in the future to rotate the squares for worn paths, water traps, or whatever.To make the floor, we will use a simple cube object that I altered slightly and is UV mapped. I used Blender for this. We also import a Hedge model, and a Gem, which will represent where we can teleport to. Inside ‘Maze.js‘ we added the following code:import Hedge from ‘./Hedge.js’;import Floor from ‘./Hedge.js’;import Gem from ‘./Gem.js’;Then, inside the Maze.js we could instantiate our floor with the code:Notice that we don’t use ‘vr/components/Hedge.js‘ when we do the import; we’re inside Maze.js. However, in index.vr.js to include the Maze, we do need:import Maze from ‘./vr/components/Maze.js’;It’s slightly more complicated though. In our code, the Maze builds the data structures when props have changed; when moving, if the maze needs rendering again, it simply loops through the data structure and builds a collection (mazeHedges) with all of the floors, teleport targets, and hedges in it. Given this, to create the floors, the line in Maze.js is actually: mazeHedges.push();Here is where I ran into two big problems, and I’ll show you what happened so that you can avoid these issues. Initially, I was bashing my head against the wall trying to figure out why my floors looked like hedges. This one is pretty easy—we imported Floor from the Hedge.js file. The floors will look like hedges (did you notice this in my preceding code? If so, I did this on purpose as a learning experience. Honest).This is an easy fix. Make sure that you code import Floor from ‘./floor.js’; note that Floor not type-checked. (It is, after all, JavaScript.) I thought this was odd, as the hedge.js file exports a Hedge object, not a Floor object, but be aware you can rename the objects as you import them.The second problem I had was more of a simple goof that is easy to occur if you aren’t really thinking in React. You may run into this. JavaScript is a lovely language, but sometimes I miss a strongly typed language. Here is what I did:Inside the maze.js file, I had code like this:for (var j = 0; j After some debugging, I found out that the value of j was going from 0 to 42. Why did it get 42 instead of 6? The reason was simple. We need to fully understand JavaScript to program complex apps. The mistake was in initializing SizeX to be ‘4’ ; this makes it a string variable. When calculating j from 0 (an integer), React/JavaScript takes 2, adds it to a string of ‘4’, and gets the 42 string, then converts it to an integer and assigns this to j.When this is done, very weird things happened.When we were building the Space Gallery, we could easily use the ‘5.1’ values for the input to the box:Then, later use the transform statement below inside the class: transform: [ { translate: [ this.props.MyX, -1.7, this.props.MyZ] } ]React/JavaScript will put the string values into This.Props.MyX, then realize it needs an integer, and then quietly do the conversion. However, when you get more complicated objects, such as our Maze generation, you won’t get away with this.Remember that your code isn’t “really” JavaScript. It’s processed. At the heart, this processing is fairly simple, but the implications can be a killer.Pay attention to what you code. With a loosely typed language such as JavaScript, with React on top, any mistakes you make will be quietly converted to something you didn’t intend.You are the programmer. Program correctly.So, back to the Maze. The Hedge and Floor are straightforward copies of the initial Gem code. Let’s take a look at our starting Gem, although note it gets a lot more complicated later (and in your source files):import React, { Component } from ‘react’;import { asset, Box, Model, Text, View} from ‘react-vr’;export default class Gem extends Component {constructor() {super();this.state = {Height: -3 };}render() {return ();}}CopyThe Hedge and Floor are essentially the same thing. (We could have made a prop be the file loaded, but we want a different behavior for the Gem, so we will edit this file extensively.)To run this sample, first, we should have created a directory as you have before, called WalkInAMaze. Once you do this, download the files from the Git source for this part of the article (http://bit.ly/VR_Chap11). Once you’ve created the app, copied the files, and fired it up, (go to the WalkInAMaze directory and type npm start), and you should see something like this once you look around – except, there is a bug. This is what the maze should look like (if you use the file  ‘MazeHedges2DoubleSided.gltf‘ in Hedge.js, in the statement):>Now, how did we get those neat-looking hedges in the game? (OK, they are pretty low poly, but it is still pushing it.) One of the nice things about the pace of improvement on web standards is their new features. Instead of just .obj file format, React VR now has the capability to load glTF files.Using the glTF file format for modelsglTF files are a new file format that works pretty naturally with WebGL. There are exporters for many different CAD packages. The reason I like glTF files is that getting a proper export is fairly straightforward. Lightwave OBJ files are an industry standard, but in the case of React, not all of the options are imported. One major one is transparency. The OBJ file format allows that, but at of the time of writing this book, it wasn’t an option. Many other graphics shaders that modern hardware can handle can’t be described with the OBJ file format.This is why glTF files are the next best alternative for WebVR. It is a modern and evolving format, and work is being done to enhance the capabilities and make a fairly good match between what WebGL can display and what glTF can export.This is however on interacting with the world, so I’ll give a brief mention on how to export glTF files and provide the objects, especially the Hedge, as glTF models.The nice thing with glTF from the modeling side is that if you use their material specifications, for example, for Blender, then you don’t have to worry that the export won’t be quite right. Today’s physically Based Rendering (PBR) tends to use the metallic/roughness model, and these import better than trying to figure out how to convert PBR materials into the OBJ file’s specular lighting model. Here is the metallic-looking Gem that I’m using as the gaze point:Using the glTF Metallic Roughness model, we can assign the texture maps that programs, such as Substance Designer, calculate and import easily. The resulting figures look metallic where they are supposed to be metallic and dull where the paint still holds on.I didn’t use Ambient Occlusion here, as this is a very convex model; something with more surface depressions would look fantastic with Ambient Occlusion. It would also look great with architectural models, for example, furniture.To convert your models, there is user documentation at http://bit.ly/glTFExporting. You will need to download and install the Blender glTF exporter. Or, you can just download the files I have already converted. If you do the export, in brief, you do the following steps:Download the files from http://bit.ly/gLTFFiles. You will need the gltf2_Principled.blend file, assuming that you are on a newer version of Blender.In Blender, open your file, then link to the new materials. Go to File->Link, then choose the gltf2_Principled.blend file. Once you do that, drill into “NodeTree” and choose either glTF Metallic Roughness (for metal), or glTF specular glossiness for other materials.Choose the object you are going to export; make sure that you choose the Cycles renderer.Open the Node Editor in a window. Scroll down to the bottom of the Node Editor window, and make sure that the box Use Nodes is checked.Add the node via the nodal menu, Add->Group->glTF Specular Glossiness or Metallic Roughness.Once the node is added, go to Add->Texture->Image texture. Add as many image textures as you have image maps, then wire them up. You should end up with something similar to this diagram.To export the models, I recommend that you disable camera export and combine the buffers unless you think you will be exporting several models that share geometry or materials. The Export options I used are as follows:Now, to include the exported glTF object, use the component as you would with an OBJ file, except you have no MTL file. The materials are all described inside the .glTF file. To include the exported glTF object, you just put the filename as a gltf2 prop in the : To find out more about these options and processes, you can go to the glTF export web site. This site also includes tutorials on major CAD packages and the all-important glTF shaders (for example, the Blender model I showed earlier).I have loaded several .OBJ files and .glTF files so you can experiment with different combinations of low poly and transparency. When glTF support was added in React VR version 2.0.0, I was very excited as transparency maps are very important for a lot of VR models, especially vegetation; just like our hedges. However, it turns out there is a bug in WebGL or three.js that does not render the transparency properly. As a result, I have gone with a low polygon version in the files on the GitHub site; the pictures, above, were with the file MazeHedges2DoubleSided.gltf in the Hedges.js file (in vr/components).If you get 404 errors, check the paths in the glTF file. It depends on which exporter you use—if you are working with Blender, the gltf2 exporter from the Khronos group calculates the path correctly, but the one from Kupoman has options, and you could export the wrong paths.We discussed important mechanics of props, state, and events. We also discussed how to create a maze using pseudo-random number generators to make sure that our props and state didn’t change chaotically.To know more about how to create, move around in, and make worlds react to us in a Virtual Reality world, including basic teleport mechanics, do check out this book Getting Started with React VR. Read More:Google Daydream powered Lenovo Mirage solo hits the marketGoogle open sources Seurat to bring high precision graphics to Mobile VROculus Go, the first stand alone VR headset arrives!last_img read more

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Couse of cannabis and tobacco associated with worse functioning problematic behaviors

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019More than a third of young adults report using both cannabis and tobacco or nicotine products, providing a unique challenge to public health officials as cannabis is legalized in more jurisdictions, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Studying a group of young adults from California, researchers examined the many different ways that cannabis and tobacco or nicotine products are used together — a byproduct of the introduction of new vaping devices and other delivery methods.Among those surveyed, young adults who used cannabis and tobacco or nicotine together in some way (either using one right after the other or by mixing the products together) tended to consume more marijuana and tobacco or nicotine products, and report poorer functioning and more problematic behaviors compared to those who used did not use both products together. The study is published online by the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.”There is growing concern that as more states legalize marijuana, there also will be an increase in tobacco use because the two substances may be used together,” said Joan Tucker, lead author of the study and a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Co-use of cannabis and tobacco could reverse some of the progress made on reducing rates of tobacco use.”Mixing cannabis and tobacco is more common in some other countries compared to the U.S. But in recent years, cannabis and tobacco or nicotine co-use in the U.S. has risen among adults, coinciding with greater availability and diversity of cannabis, tobacco and vaping products. In the U.S., national data show that young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to use cannabis, tobacco or nicotine products than any other age group.Studies on the issue thus far have have been limited in scope. They typically have not accounted for the use of newer vaping products nor examined whether certain ways of co-using these substances is associated with greater problems.RAND researchers surveyed more than 2,400 young adults during 2017 and 2018. Participants have taken part in an ongoing study of substance use patterns from adolescence to young adulthood. While they originally were recruited in 2008 from 16 middle schools across Southern California, they now live in more than 400 neighborhoods throughout the state.Related StoriesResearchers study cannabis dosage to reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsyCreating a physical and genetic map of Cannabis sativaGene associated with increased risk of cannabis abuseAmong the young adults in the RAND survey, about half reported using cannabis during the past year, and 43% reported using some type of tobacco or nicotine product during the same period. About 37% reported co-use of the substances at some point during the past year. More than 80% of the young adults who reported past-year marijuana use also reported past-year tobacco use.Using both substances sequentially (one right after the other) on the same occasion was reported by 17% of the young adults, and 14% reported using the substances together by mixing them in the same device.The study found that co-use of cannabis and tobacco or nicotine is associated with worse functioning, including poorer mental and physical health, as well as greater problematic behaviors such as fighting, skipping school, being fired and getting in trouble with the police.Young adults who used both products in the past year, but did not use them on the same occasion, did not show greater risk compared to those who used only one of these products.”How these products are used together matters in terms of potential health consequences and functioning among people in their late teens and early 20s,” Tucker said. “Our findings suggest that we can no longer just think about the consequences of tobacco use or marijuana use alone — we have to think about them together.”For example, programs designed to educate people about the health risks of tobacco or cannabis probably need to address both substances at the same time, Tucker said.Support for the study was provided by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Grants Program Office of the University of California and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Other authors of the study are Eric Pedersen, Rachana Seelam, Michael Dunbar, Regina Shih and Elizabeth D’Amico.The RAND Social and Economic Well-Being division seeks to actively improve the health, social and economic well-being of populations and communities throughout the world. Source:https://www.rand.org/last_img read more

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TMobiles magenta semitruck hits the road to showcase 5G technology

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: T-Mobile’s magenta semitruck hits the road to showcase 5G technology (2018, August 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-t-mobile-magenta-semitruck-road-showcase.html ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. T-Mobile’s next magenta-heavy, super-visible campaign won’t be encouraging customers to switch to the company’s cellphone service. Instead, the Bellevue, Wash., carrier plans to take a decked-out semitruck around the country to showcase its ideas for the next generation of wireless connectivity, 5G, and how it envisions people and businesses making use of it.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nokia to help with T-Mobile superfast telecom network The truck is an extension of the company’s Tech Experience lab, now sprawling throughout the second floor of T-Mobile’s wireless development lab in Bellevue, a few miles north of its Factoria headquarters.Inside that Bellevue showcase, an employee bounces a soccer ball (guess what color) in front of a line of cellphones. Half the phones are set up on the 4G LTE network, the current standard for phones, and the other half are simulating the upcoming 5G technology. Mirrored in the line of phones, the image of the ball follows reality a fraction of a second later on the 5G phones. The LTE phones quickly catch up, but it’s noticeably later.”5G has more speed, more capacity,” said Karri Kuoppamaki, the company’s vice president overseeing 5G strategy.Another demo shows normal labels on wine bottles transforming into talking T-Mobile executives when an app is scanned over them. On a balcony adjacent to the lab, an LTE-connected drone soars into the air, a small demonstration of a larger test the company is conducting with FAA approval in Reno.The lab is not open to the public, rather it’s designed for business partners, researchers and students to get a sense of how 5G and other wireless technology works and their possibilities.Most of the flashy demos inside the Tech Experience lab don’t exist in the wild yet, and won’t until next year at the earliest. T-Mobile, like its two larger competitors, is building out infrastructure and testing 5G connections in select cities so some capabilities will be ready when phones equipped to handle the next generation of wireless service are released next year.T-Mobile, which has about 6,800 employees in the Puget Sound area, made a deal earlier this year to merge with the fourth-largest wireless carrier, Sprint. The pact is winding its way through U.S. regulatory approvals.Throughout the deal process, the companies’ third attempt to merge, T-Mobile has emphasized that the two will have much stronger 5G technology as a combined entity, rather than separately.T-Mobile plans to make 5G available in a limited capacity in about 30 cities next year using spectrum it won in a federal auction last year. It has pledged to bring the technology nationwide in 2020.U.S. carriers have big plans for 5G—seamless virtual reality on phones, video downloads in seconds, maybe even remote surgical procedures one day. It’s getting closer, but executives remain rooted in reality.Everything will one day be connected, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an email, but it won’t all happen next year.”Consumers will first begin to experience 5G when devices become available in 2019, but again, just like LTE, it will evolve and change over time,” he wrote. “Some of the visionary 5G experiences we showcase in the Tech Experience and on the truck are likely next decade.”T-Mobile has taken its truck on the road, with its first stop in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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Bangalore Metro Rail signs 335mn loan deal with AIIB

first_imgBangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have signed a project funding agreement for $335-million loan for the Phase-2 of Bangalore Metro rail project. BMRCL needs to raise ₹12,141 crore through senior debt, including sovereign loan, for the Phase-2 work. “European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to lend €500 million in two tranches, for funding part of Reach-6 (Gottigere to Nagawara), project cost of Phase-2 of the BMRCL. AIIB agreed to co-finance $335 million with EIB. Thus, the total amount will be equivalent of €800 million for Reach-6,” said a BMRCL release.The sovereign loan agreement with EIB for the first tranche of €300 million was signed on October 5, 2017. The loan agreement for the second tranche of €200 million was signed on September 28, 2018. The sovereign loan agreement with AIIB was signed on June 4 by Ajay Seth, Managing Director, BMRCL, and Supee Teravaninthorn, Director General, AIIB. “With signing of this loan agreement, BMRCL has tied up funds to the tune of ₹7,300 crore for Phase-2. BMRCL will tie up the remaining funds in due course of time,” the release said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Bangalore June 06, 2019 railwaycenter_img SHARE Karnataka Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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