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first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald (11) before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The Panthers won 27-16. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) After five straight 1,000-yard seasons, Fitzgerald has not had more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season in any season since signing his new contract extension.Last season, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound wide receiver had 63 catches for 784 receiving yards, both are which were the lowest totals since his rookie season in 2004. His two touchdown catches were a career-low.Fitzgerald, 31, is the Cardinals’ all-time leader in receptions with 909 catches for 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns in 11 seasons.Fitzgerald is joined on the list by a NFC West opponent in St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook. Other notables on the list are Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown, Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray and Chicago Bears linebacker Jared Allen. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There is very little doubt that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most decorated players in franchise history.But is he overpaid? writer Bill Barnwell included Fitzgerald on the “NFL’s All-Bad Contracts Team,” saying that his 2011 contract extension may have more harm to the franchise than good.Contract Flaw: Ever Fallen in Love With a Player You Shouldn’t Have?That’s really not fair. The Cardinals should have been in love with Fitzgerald, because he was an incredible receiver for a long time. The problem is that former Cardinals general manager Rod Graves gave Fitzgerald a mammoth eight-year contract extension that any receiver would have struggled to justify, with a cap hit of $20.5 million in 2012. It didn’t help that Fitzgerald’s numbers took a dramatic downturn that year, as a combination of poor quarterbacks and slowing wheels has kept Fitzgerald under 60 yards per game during each of the past three seasons.New general manager Steve Keim was forced to restructure Fitzgerald’s deal last season to clear out cap space, and with an untenable $23.6 million hit looming for his deal in 2015, the Cardinals ripped up Fitzgerald’s deal again to keep him on the roster. That new contract is hardly a bargain: Fitzgerald’s cap numbers ($10.9 million in 2015 and $15.9 million in 2016) will leave him among the league’s four highest-paid receivers over the next two years. The punishment for the deal really arrives in 2017, though. Fitzgerald’s deal automatically voids after the 2016 season, and the Cardinals will be left with a $9.7 million dead-money charge on their cap for a player who won’t be on their roster. In terms of cap hit, Ndamukong Suh will actually cost more to not play for Detroit ($9.7 million) this season than he will to play for Miami ($6.1 million). That is likely to be the case with Fitzgerald in 2017.Fitzgerald agreed to a seven-year, $113 million contract with $27 million guaranteed following the 2011 season. He has since restructured his deal this offseason to a two-year, $22 million deal that is fully guaranteed. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Telefónica has secured the two most attractive pac

first_imgTelefónica has secured the two most attractive packages of four lots of top-tier Spanish football rights awarded by La Liga.The Spanish league has so far awarded four blocks of rights to the 2019-22 seasons out of a total possible eight, with Telefónica securing lots four and five for €980 million a season.The telco said that the amount paid met its goal of providing the most attractive La Liga games at an appropriate price.The company said that the deal would enable it to introduce new features and viewing options for Spanish football in the future.Catalan broadcaster Mediapro, which recently secured the domestic rights to key Ligue 1 packages in France and failed to secure Serie A rights in Italy following a legal ruling, took the remaining two packages to offered so far, covering bars and exclusive highlights respectively, for €481 million.The agreement marks a clear victory for Telefónica and its Movistar service, and places it in a stronger negotiating position with Mediapro to secure access to the latter’s Champions League rights. The agreement means that Movistar subscribers will be able to view al La Liga matches without the need for a deal with Mediapro’s BeIN Sport service.Telefónica said that in terms of net costs, its deal implied a deflation in the price paid of over 5% compared with the previous round of rights allocations.La Liga secured €1.14 billion per season for the rights awarded so far, which the league said represented an increase of 15% compared with the equivalent packages the last time round.Separately, Orient Hontai Capital has formally acquired a majority stake in Mediapro parent Imagina after securing regulatory approval.The Chinese investment group now has a 53.5% stake in Imagina, leaving advertising group WPP with a 22.5% stake and co-founders Tatxo Benet and Jaume Roures with 12% each.The agreement with Orient Hontai, signed in February, gives Imagina an enterprise value of €1.9 billion.last_img read more

Samsung has announced a new feature for its smart

first_imgSamsung has announced a new feature for its smart TV lines starting this year, providing enhanced wireless connectivity with PCs, tablets, and smartphones.The Remote Access feature will allow consumers to remotely control compatible programs and apps through their Samsung Smart TV, with viewers able to remotely access a PC to surf the web or play games from their TV using a connected keyboard and mouse.Samsung partner VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure solution, VMware Horizon, is powering the Remote Access solution, which will be available to users around the world.“With Remote Access, consumers will be able to easily access various programs, apps and cloud services installed on multiple connected devices directly through their TV screen,” said Hyogun Lee, executive vice president of visual display business at Samsung Electronics.“We will continue to collaborate with our partners to expand the compatibility of Remote Access and provide more services to our users.”VMware’s senior vice president and general manager of end-user computing, Shankar Iyer, said: “Samsung and VMware share a passion for helping workers to be as productive as possible.“We continue to expand our partnership, so that those working remotely will have a seamless experience as they access virtual desktops, applications, and online services from their favourite Samsung devices – including a Samsung Smart TV.”last_img read more

Heres your cute quota for the day…

first_img Here’s your “cute quota” for the day… The gold stocks gapped up over 2 percent at the open…and then chopped lower until gold put in its low at 11:30 a.m. in New York.  From that point they rallied a bit before chopping sideways into the close. The HUI finished up 0.83%…a very poor performance considering the size of the price gain. Sponsor Advertisement It was another day where gold wasn’t allowed to close over the $1,400 price mark The gold price hit its low shortly after 9:00 a.m. in Hong Kong on their Thursday morning…and then rallied unsteadily right until the 8:20 a.m. Comex open in New York.  But as it was about to break above the $1,400 spot price mark, a seller showed up…and gold got sold down until shortly before noon  EDT.  The subsequent rally lasted until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, before selling off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. EDT close. The Hong Kong low was around the $1,358 spot mark…and the high at 8:30 a.m. in New York, as recorded by Kitco, was $1,399,80 spot.  After three days of price activity, it should be obvious to all and sundry that the $1,400 spot price mark is being defended…but for what reason, is unknown. Gold closed at $1,391.60 spot…up $21.90 on the day.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was pretty heavy…around 185,000 contracts. The dollar index closed on Wednesday at 84.28…and rallied to its high of the day of 84.49 at 9:00 a.m. in Hong Kong.  It was all down hill from there…and the low of the day [83.65] came at 12:00 o’clock noon right on the button in New York.  The index gained back a few basis points going into the close…finishing the Thursday session at 83.75…down 53 basis points from Wednesday’s close. I carefully noted that despite the fact that the dollar index fell 75 basis points from its high to its low, it appears that the precious metal prices fall faster on dollar rallies, than they rise on dollar declines.  That phenomenon was very visible in precious metal prices yesterday and Wednesday.  And if you examined the New York Spot [Bid] charts for both metal yesterday, it’s clear that the silver rally ended at precisely 11:30…and was in rally mode from that point…and gold hit its low about the same time…and traded sideways until shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York. The silver stocks followed the same price pattern as the gold stocks…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 0.49%.center_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday. Once again there was a withdrawal from GLD.  This time an authorized participant withdrew 48,340 troy ounces.  There were no reported withdrawals from SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. It was a busy day for silver over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, as 1,149,707 troy ounces were reported received, but only 60,354 troy ounces of the stuff were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, these same depositories didn’t report receiving any gold, but shipped out 64,136 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here. Before my “cute quota” photos…here’s a look at Canada’s newest ‘bank note’.  You have to follow Canada’s current political scandal to understand what it means…and for those that do, it’s good for a laugh. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver, except the spike low of the day [around $21.98 spot] came at exactly 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  The subsequent rally got turned lower at 8:30 a.m. EDT…and silver’s New York low [$22.14 spot] came at 11:30 a.m..  The rally from that point ended a few minutes after the Comex close…and silver traded sideways from that point onward.  The high tick came in the New York Access Market sometime…and Kitco recorded that as $22.81 spot. Silver closed the Thursday session at $22.63 spot…up 36 cents from Wednesday’s close.  Gross volume was a very healthy 49,000 contracts. Because I’m out of town for the next five days, I’ve attempted to cut down on the stories as much as possible. There are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA It was another day where gold wasn’t allowed to close over the $1,400 price mark…and silver wasn’t allowed a sniff of the $23 price level.  We’ve seen these sort of ‘holding patterns’ before…and one has to wonder how long this particular one will last…and how it will end.  There certainly was a lot of volume…and I would expect that the lion’s share of it would have been of the HFT variety. Today, at 3:30 p.m. EDT, we get the new Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday…and as I opined earlier this week, I will be very interested in seeing whether or not the volume numbers from the big price decline on Monday will be included.  That is the first thing that I’ll be looking for when I check the report.  Ted figures that, all things being equal, there could have been as much as a 20,000 contract improvement in gold…and around 5,000 contract change in silver.  That would be wonderful…but whatever the numbers are, I’ll have them for you in tomorrow’s column. Not much happened during the Friday trading session in the Far East on their Friday…and the same thing can be said for the first hour of trading in London.  Net volume in gold is about average for this time of day…and silver’s volume is on the lighter side.  The dollar index, as of 4:06 a.m., is basically flat. And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:05 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, gold is trading down a couple of bucks from Thursday’s close…and silver is down about 15 cents.  Volumes are slightly higher in gold…and still very light in silver.  The dollar index is now down about 21 basis points. Since this is the last trading day of the week, it’s normally a day when we have great price ‘volatility’…and it remains to be seen if that pans out today with the long weekend coming up in the U.S.A.  I’ll be watching the goings-on in New York with great interest when I get up later this morning. I wish all my American readers a safe and happy Memorial Day long weekend…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: SYH) owns a 100% interest in approximately 400,000 acres of land between seven uranium properties in the uranium rich Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan. Six of the properties consisting of approximately 388,000 acres of prospective ground are strategically located near the Alpha Minerals (TSX.V: AMW) and Fission Energy (TSX.V: FIS) Patterson Lake South (PLS) uranium discovery area. The properties were acquired for their proximity to the PLS discovery and interpreted favourable geology for the occurrence of PLS style uranium mineralization. Skyharbour’s land position is now one of the largest in the Patterson Lake area. The Athabasca Basin hosts the world’s largest and richest high-grade uranium deposits accounting for approximately 20% of global primary uranium supply. There are still areas in the region that are highly prospective and underexplored as illustrated by the new 49.5 metres of 6.26% U3O8 discovery at the Patterson Lake South property. Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

Five HUGE breakthroughs for the next 11 years…

first_img Five HUGE breakthroughs for the next 11 years… We’ve just entered an era of unimaginable global change. An era of progress and innovation. This great wave of innovation will rival – and potentially surpass – the space race that ended in Neil Armstrong’s moon walk in 1969. The coming wave of change will immeasurably improve your day-to-day life and make a handful of early investors unimaginably rich. See the full story on this timely development… What you need to know about the incredible opportunity in gold, right now We recently put together a presentation revealing the single best opportunity you have to make 500%+ gains in gold over the coming years. This is one of those extremely rare chances you almost never get to make outrageous returns with even a small investment. See more, here. Recommended Links •  Casey Research founder Doug Casey says governments always feel the need to “do something”… But they only make things worse. In Wednesday’s Dispatch, Doug explained how you can profit from government stupidity. Governments are constantly creating distortions in the market, causing misallocations of capital. Whenever possible, the speculator tries to find out what these distortions are, because their consequences are predictable. They result in trends you can bet on. Because you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing, you can almost always safely bet against them. It’s as if the government were guaranteeing your success. •  It’s impossible to know how the government will respond to the next crisis… It could print a few trillion more dollars. Or drop interest rates below zero. Or maybe it will take Paul Krugman’s advice and stage an alien invasion to “stimulate” the economy. Krugman is a liberal “economist” who writes for The New York Times. Whatever direction the government takes, it’s bound to make an even bigger mess. As Doug says, you can always count on the government to screw things up. Gold is your best defense against reckless governments. Unlike paper currencies, governments can’t create more gold out of thin air. Bad policies only make gold more valuable. •  Doug thinks we’re entering a “gold mania”… He thinks gold prices will triple from current levels at minimum. Gold stocks will soar even higher. Longtime Casey readers know gold stocks are leveraged to the price of gold. If the price of gold jumps 200%, the average gold stock can rise 400% or more. The best gold stocks can surge more than 1,000%. •  Gold stocks are incredibly cheap right now… But they won’t stay that way for long. Doug explains: When gold starts moving higher, it’s going to direct a lot of attention towards gold stocks. When people get gold fever, they are not just driven by greed, they’re usually driven by fear as well, so you get both of the most powerful market motivators working for you at once. It’s a rare class of securities that can benefit from fear and greed at once. Investors will flood the small gold mining industry. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When the public gets the bit in its teeth and wants to buy gold stocks, it’s going to be like trying to siphon the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose. Investors have poured a record $7.2 billion into gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in February, according to Zero Hedge. •  This small window of opportunity won’t stay open long… The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks large gold miners, is already up 49% this year. It hit a 13-month high on Wednesday. Keep in mind that gold stocks aren’t for everyone. They’re extremely volatile. It’s not uncommon for a gold stock to rise or fall more than 10% in day. If you can’t stomach these kinds of moves, stick with owning physical gold. Its price could easily double or triple in the coming years. However, if you’re interested in the incredible upside of gold stocks right now, we encourage you to try International Speculator. This is our advisory dedicated to finding gold stocks with massive upside. For a limited time, we’re offering International Speculator for $500 off the regular price. If you sign up today, you’ll get instant access to our special report, 9 Essential Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now. This report reveals stocks that could jump 10x, 20x, or even 30x in the coming years. These types of gains might sound impossible…but they have happened before. Click here to read more about the once-in-a-decade opportunity in gold stocks today. Chart of the Day The U.S. dollar has been weakening for decades… Today’s chart shows the performance of the U.S. dollar index since 1973. As we said earlier, this index measures the dollar’s performance against other major currencies. You can see the dollar was in a sharp downtrend since 1985. The dollar broke its downtrend in early 2015. Many analysts thought this signaled the beginning of a U.S. dollar bull market. We have our doubts… The dollar didn’t “break out” last year because the U.S. government suddenly became more financially responsible. It broke out because other central banks like Europe’s and Japan’s are weakening their currencies even faster. As Doug said on Wednesday, “the U.S. dollar is currently just the healthiest horse on its way to the glue factory.” We think the Federal Reserve will “double down” on its easy money policies when the next crisis hits. This will hurt the dollar, and gold will likely skyrocket. –center_img — Precious metals are crushing the market. If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know gold has taken off. It’s jumped 20% since January and is the top performing asset this year. Silver has also rallied. It’s up 14%, which makes it the year’s best performing asset after gold and lumber. Platinum is up 11%, making it the fourth-best performing asset. Stocks on the other hand are struggling. The NASDAQ has fallen 5% this year. The STOXX Europe 600, which tracks 600 of Europe’s biggest stocks, has dropped 7%. The Japanese Nikkei 225 has dropped 9%. •  Gold is a safe-haven asset… Investors typically buy gold when the economy and stock market look shaky. For centuries, gold has protected wealth through stock market crashes and other disasters, like hyperinflation and depression. That’s because gold is money. It’s durable, divisible, and easy to transport. Wherever you go, people recognize its value. Silver and platinum are trusted stores of wealth, too. But unlike gold, silver and platinum have many industrial uses. Silver goes into everything from electronic circuits to solar panels. Platinum’s main use is in a car part that controls pollution. •  Almost every commodity has rallied this year… The price of sugar has jumped 19% over the last month…coffee has jumped 15%…lumber is up 14%…and copper is up 10%. Oil is also soaring. It’s spiked 47% since hitting a 13-year low in January. It’s trading above $40 for the first time since December. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 22 different commodities, just hit a four-month high. •  Companies that sell commodities have skyrocketed… Anglo American (AAL.L), one of the world’s largest mining companies, has surged 95% this year. Mining giant Glencore (GLEN.L) jumped 85%. Freeport McMoRan (FCX), another huge miner, climbed 66%. This is a huge shift. The past couple years have been a bloodbath for global mining stocks. Last year, Anglo American and Glencore were the two worst performers in the FTSE 100, an index of one hundred stocks that trade in London. The S&P/TSX Global Index, which tracks major mining stocks, plunged as much as 70% since 2011. This year, it’s climbed 18%. •  Mining companies sell “building blocks” of the economy… Lately, global economic growth has come to a standstill. China, the world’s largest commodity consumer, is growing at its slowest pace since 1990. The U.S. is growing at the slowest pace since World War II. Japan’s economy hasn’t grown at all in two decades. With growth slowing, developers are building fewer homes, office buildings, and infrastructure. That means they’re using less copper, aluminum, and steel. So why are commodities rallying? •  The U.S. dollar is weakening… The U.S. dollar index has fallen 4% this year. This index tracks the dollar’s performance against major currencies like the euro and Japanese yen. The U.S. dollar is the world’s most important currency. Most investors “think” in dollars. When you look up the price of coffee or soybeans or silver, the price is in dollars. So when the dollar loses value, it takes more dollars to buy the same amount of a commodity. That’s why a weak dollar is good for commodities. •  Commodities should keep rising if the dollar keeps falling… However, the slowing global economy is bad for “building block” commodities like copper, aluminum, and steel. This isn’t a problem for gold. Unlike most commodities, gold is money. It can do well no matter what’s happening in the economy. •  These days, governments will do whatever it takes to stimulate the economy… After the 2008 financial crisis, governments borrowed huge sums of money. They created trillions of new currency units from nothing. They dropped interest rates to record lows. Their actions were truly unprecedented…and they were giant failures. All that stimulus has failed to jumpstart the global economy. However, don’t expect governments to admit failure and stay out of the way… Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 18, 2016 We want to hear from you. 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The doors open wide you enter and they close beh

first_imgThe doors open wide, you enter, and they close behind you. As the elevator begins its ascent, you realize it’s just you and one other person taking this ride. The silence soon grows uncomfortable.Pop quiz. What’s your go-to move?A) Stare at your shoes.B) Pull out your cellphone.C) Make brief eye contact.D) Initiate chitchat.If your answer was B, you’re like far too many of us, eyes glued to our phones, attention focused on the digital world.Many of us tend to do just about anything to avoid conversation or even eye contact with strangers. And smartphones make it easier than ever to do that. A recent study found that phones can keep us from even exchanging brief smiles with people we meet in public places. But a body of research has shown that we might just be short-changing our own happiness by ignoring opportunities to connect with the people around us.Several years ago, University of British Columbia psychologist Elizabeth Dunn and her colleague Gillian M. Sandstrom, tested whether short conversations with strangers could lift moods. They asked participants to enter a busy coffee shop and grab a beverage — half would get in and get out, and half would strike up a conversation with the cashier.”We found that people who were randomly assigned to turn this economic transaction into a quick social interaction left Starbucks in a better mood,” Dunn says. “And they even felt a greater sense of belonging in their community.”The same researchers found that these seemingly trivial encounters with the minor characters in our lives — the random guy at the dog park or the barista at our local coffee shop — can affect feelings of happiness and human connection on a typical day.Social anxiety, however, could be preventing these types of interactions, says Nicholas Epley, a University of Chicago behavioral scientist.One day, during a daily train ride, he noticed something paradoxical. People — social creatures — were basically ignoring one another. Why, he wondered, if connecting with others makes us happy, do we so often avoid it?Either solitude really is more enjoyable than talking to strangers, he figured, or we have mistaken assumptions holding us back.His curiosity led to a series of experiments revealing that train and bus commuters who interacted with other passengers experienced a more pleasant ride — even when they believed they would prefer the solitude of, say, reading a book.It is fear that the person sitting next to us won’t enjoy talking to us that makes us keep to ourselves, Epley found. But when we do talk to each other, those social interactions with strangers tend to be both less awkward and more enjoyable than most people predict.If striking up small talk with a stranger sounds daunting, you might be relieved to hear that even something as simple as making eye contact offers benefits.No one likes feeling invisible when someone walks past. The Germans even have a term for it — wie Luft behandeln, which means “to be looked at as though air.”Kipling Williams, a Purdue University psychologist, studied how people felt when a young woman walked by them and either made eye contact, made eye contact while smiling, or completely ignored them. Even brief eye contact increased people’s sense of inclusion and belonging.”Just that brief acknowledgment, that brief glance — with or without a smile — made them at least temporarily feel more socially connected,” Williams says. And it works both ways. Those that had been “looked through” felt even more disconnected than the control group.So, how can we dodge the risks of loneliness and stop short-changing our own happiness?It might be easier than you think.”It takes very little to acknowledge somebody’s existence,” Williams says.Start with folks like the cashier in a grocery store or the barista at your local coffee shop, Dunn says. You’ve got to interact with them anyway, so you might as well make an effort to turn it into a friendly exchange.And be mindful that using your smartphone sends a signal that you’re not interested in interacting with the people around you. Put it away and you easily remove that barrier, she says.The mood boost of talking to strangers may seem fleeting, but the research on well-being, Epley says, suggests that a happy life is made up of a high frequency of positive events, and even small positive experiences make a difference.”Happiness seems a little bit like a leaky tire on a car,” Epley explains. “We just sort of have to keep pumping it up a bit to maintain it.”This doesn’t mean we need to set out on some grand quest to connect at every possible turn. Instead, he recommends paying closer attention to those times when the urge to offer a compliment or strike up a conversation arises.Sure, there may be a bit of fear or reluctance holding us back, but it’s worth overcoming.The next time you walk into an elevator, consider leaving the phone in your pocket, acknowledging the presence of that other person, and maybe even saying “hello” or “good morning.”Who knows? It could wind up putting a smile on your face and theirs.Paul Nicolaus is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer specializing in science, nature, and health. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Yelp Tests Robot Food Deliveries

first_img Yelp Tests Robot Food Deliveries Add to Queue –shares Yelp Image credit: Yelp via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Tom Brant 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List April 13, 2017center_img Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The latest autonomous robots to hit the streets with food delivery orders are from Marble, a San Francisco startup that is partnering with Yelp to navigate crowded city streets and deliver your pad thai before it gets cold.Marble’s robots are about waist-height, a bit larger than the dog-sized models of its competitor Starship. They’re also brimming with technology borrowed from self-driving cars. Each Marble delivery bot — there are a few of them cruising the streets of San Francisco’s Mission and Potrero Hill neighborhoods — includes lidar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to monitor their surroundings.The idea is that they can avoid pedestrians and safely use crosswalks by relying on the sensor data to locate themselves on the super-accurate 3D maps that Marble is building. The company says it plans to map the majority of San Francisco’s sidewalks over the coming year. That map-assisted approach is the same approach that many automakers are taking for self-driving cars, too, including Cadillac’s upcoming Super Cruise system.Visitors and San Francisco residents can order delivery from Yelp’s Eat24 app for a chance to be served by a Marble bot. If you’re selected, you’ll be offered the opportunity to accept the service and the restaurant will then pack your order into one of the robots’ cargo bays. Once it arrives, you’ll enter an access code to unlock your breakfast, lunch or dinner.Although delivery robots are still relatively rare, the Marble-Yelp partnership comes as the technology is ripening and the market is heating up. In January, Starship announced partnerships with DoorDash and Postmates to deliver food and other goods within a four-mile range. Last month, Starship also began delivering pizza from Domino’s locations in Germany and the Netherlands. If those trials are successful, Domino’s could expand the service to more of its 2,000-plus stores worldwide. News reporter Bots from Marble, a San Francisco startup, are now delivering orders from Yelp’s Eat24 app, dodging pedestrians and other obstacles along the way. 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Google Tests VR as a Replacement for Dull Training Videos

first_img We’ve heard about medical professionals using VR to augment their suites for years, but Google is testing its fit in the broader workplace, starting with employment’s least fun experience: training. The company’s Daydream Labs hosted an experiment to see if hypothetical new hires learned better by watching training videos or donning a VR headset and walking through simulations — and it turns out, immersive education does a better job. For this single trial, anyway.The experiment pit two groups against each other in the time-honored competition of brewing better coffee. One watched barista training videos on YouTube, while the other went through a course in VR with a simulated espresso machine (think Job Simulator without the jokes). Ultimately, the VR crew took less time and made fewer mistakes — though Google was quick to point out that neither group made impressive java.A single trial isn’t enough proof to definitively give VR the work training crown, but it’s certainly promising for anyone making educational tools in virtual reality. It also pointed out the medium’s drawbacks: The VR group might have learned how to twist the right dials on the 3D-modeled espresso machine, but the simulated training didn’t teach the pressure-sensitive art of tamping down grounds into the espresso scoop — something that haptic vibration in controllers doesn’t sell. Plus, hot steam nozzles in VR didn’t carry the same danger as those in real life, and chaperones had to yank the workers’ hands away.Gloves with better tracking and haptics could make up the difference, but there might just be jobs that can’t be simulated well in VR — at least with our current technology, Google’s Daydream team wrote in a blog post. There were other hurdles with training in virtual reality: Namely, people don’t follow instructions, rush ahead and ignore hints. They also didn’t perform steps in order, so the team had to redesign the training like a video game wherein folks could fulfill tasks in any sequence (steaming the milk before grinding the coffee instead of after, for example).While this VR session won’t be ported into a Starbucks training course tomorrow, it was still a successful experiment, the Daydream team asserted in the post — and it has promising lessons for learning experiences beyond occupational skill-building. Google Tests VR as a Replacement for Dull Training Videos The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue A contest between training videos and virtual reality goes to VR. July 24, 2017 Image credit: Google via Engadget Apply Now » Googlecenter_img –shares David Lumb This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Contributing Editorlast_img read more

ICoast studies first cocoafired power station

first_imgAbidjan wants to build the world’s first biomass power station fired by cocoa production waste, Ivory Coast and US officials said Monday. Explore further If the 235-million-euro (273-million-dollar) scheme gets the go-ahead, Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, could go on to construct nine more power stations burning cocao waste.The first plant could be up and running in 2023, said Yapi Ogou, the head of the Société des énergies nouvelles (Soden or New Energies Company) which is in charge of the project.The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has financed a million dollars of feasibility studies which should be completed by next April.Ivory Coast cocoa production waste amounts to 26 million tonnes, mainly pods from which the beans have been extracted, Ogou said.The plant would be built in the centre of the west African nation at Divo and generate 60-70 megawatts, he added.Ivory Coast currently generates 2,200 MW but strong economic growth has put a strain on supplies.The new cocoa waste plant would also save the equivalent of 250,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, Ogou said.A US trade delegation led by under secretary of commerce Gilbert Kaplan is visiting Ivory Coast and USTDA has re-opened an office in Abidjan after a 16-year gap.Abidjan’s commerce minister Souleymane Diarrassouba said trade between the two countries had expanded 55 percent from 2012-2017 to reach 1.8 billion dollars.Setting a target of three billion dollars by 2025, he urged US business “to invest massively in Ivory Coast”. © 2018 AFP Cotton harvest surges in Ivory Coastcenter_img Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, wants to construct power stations burning cocao waste 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: I.Coast studies first cocoa-fired power station (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Microrobots could go inside the body and track vital signs professor says

first_img Explore further That’s the fanciful 1966 sci-fi movie in which a tiny vessel makes an emergency journey inside the brain of an injured scientist. The incredible answer: The real-life bots, which Miskin developed with former colleagues at Cornell University, are about the same size.Roughly one-quarter the size of a pixel on a standard computer screen, they are little squares of silicon with legs made from platinum and titanium, able to swim around inside your body and track vital signs.At least someday, Miskin hopes. For now, they swim around on microscope slides in Miskin’s lab at Penn, where he started in January as an assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering. The bots are equipped with miniature solar cells, allowing Miskin to power them with laser light.Miskin recently presented his research in Boston at a conference of the American Physical Society. He designed the robots at Cornell as a post-doctoral researcher, working with colleagues Itai Cohen, Paul McEuen and Alejandro Cortese.A million robots can be made from one 4-inch wafer of silicon using techniques adapted from the semiconductor industry, Miskin said at a news conference. They are so cheap to make—a fraction of a penny each—that he thinks of them like chemicals or medicines.”It’s a fundamentally different kind of robot,” he said. “You can throw them away.”Other scientists who have heard presentations by team members are impressed.Producing a three-dimensional device at that scale is a challenge, said David Gracias, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He likened the manufacturing techniques used by the Penn-Cornell team to a very small-scale version of origami—the Japanese art of paper folding. But he cautioned that more work would be needed to improve control of individual robots and track their location.”It will still be a very long time before they can use them in the body,” Gracias said.The robots are able to move because electricity has a different effect on the two kinds of metal in each leg. The platinum expands while the titanium remains rigid, causing the legs to bend. The front and back legs are alternately contracted or relaxed to generate the robot’s gait, Miskin said.He said the research reminded him of his childhood, when he would look at droplets of water through a microscope, marveling at the range of microorganisms.”There is this alien, bizarre universe that we know exists in drops of water, in our blood, all over,” he said. “We can now go into that world.”Future research will involve developing wireless sensors so the robots can transmit information on vital signs from a patient, such as levels of neuronal activity in the spinal cord, Miskin said. The robots are small enough that they can be injected with a syringe. He also plans to study the best way to retrieve them, perhaps with magnets.The bots also could be used in non-biological applications. Miskin said a colleague is looking into ways they could be used to improve the performance of rechargeable batteries.”They could live in your lithium-ion battery, looking for electrical shorts and eating them up so your battery lives longer,” he said.As for the submarine in Fantastic Voyage, Miskin was unable to find a direct mention of its size. But in promotional materials from the movie, it is shown alongside red blood cells, allowing Miskin to estimate that the fictional vessel was about 60 microns in length. Miskin’s real-life robots are 70 microns across.For comparison, human hairs are typically 30 to 100 microns thick. And a standard computer-screen pixel is 250 to 280 microns across. New cell-sized micro robots might make incredible journeys ©2019 Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? Citation: Micro-robots could go inside the body and track vital signs, professor says (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Glory owner wants multiple Asian teams added to the ALeague

first_imgA-League boss Greg O’Rourke has hinted further expansion will likely be on the horizon with a 14-team competition preferred. While clubs from Canberra and Tasmania are desperate to join the A-League, Sage believes Asia is the perfect place to turn to next.”I don’t see the expansion of the A-League as being through Australian cities, because we are saturated at the moment,” Sage told BBC Sport.”But if we had one team in Jakarta, one in Manila, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Singapore, that is expanding your potential audience by 400 million people. That would drive TV revenues up – then, maybe, we would be looking at AU $1 billion instead of $400 million.”It works perfectly in terms of time zones. And the rivalries between those cities already exist.”It wouldn’t happen immediately but in 10 years’ time, my vision may come to fruition.”MORE: Peter Crouch confirms retirementSage has previously voiced his desire for the competition to further explore Asia with Glory set to compete in the Asian Champions League for the first time next season. While convinced expansion to Asia will see the A-League become more profitable, Sage also noted the looming independence of the competition is set to provide a much-needed financial boost. “You are about to see an explosion in the professional game,” Sage said.”Under the FFA system, because they have so many aspects of the game to deal with, A-League clubs only ended up with 30 per cent of the money they generated.”When the split is confirmed, we estimate AU$80 million will come to the clubs that can be used to promote the game, through marquee players like they do in MLS.” Perth Glory owner Tony Sage is adamant future A-League expansion must take place in Asia rather than ‘saturated’ Australian cities.center_img Melbourne side Western United will join the competition next season before Macarthur FC are added in the following campaign. last_img read more

5 Strange Cool Things Weve Recently Learned About the Moon

first_img 3. The moon is shrinking and quaking. The moon is shrinking. And as the crust of our lone satellite contracts, it tugs on cliff-like cracks on the surface, leading to lots of moonquakes, researchers have discovered. Scientists revisited moonquake data gathered from 1969 to 1977 by seismic equipment on the Apollo lunar missions. They mapped the seismic data to satellite images of thrust faults, or scarps — stairstep cliffs on the lunar surface. These formations stand dozens of feet high and extend for miles, and they are visible in images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The researchers discovered that around 25% of the moonquakes were likely generated by released energy from these faults, rather than by asteroid impacts or activity deep inside the moon. Scarps are spread across the face of the moon in a vast, global network, and are estimated to be no more than 50 million years old, the researchers wrote. The age and distribution of the scarps hint that they appeared as the moon’s interior cooled down, causing its crust to contract. [Read more about the moonquakes] The International Space Station’s incredible view of the moon. Credit: Luca Parmitano/BBC America 1. There is water on the moon, and it jumps around. In 2009, data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) led to the discovery of water on the moon locked up in ice. A recent upgrade to the orbiter, called the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), has allowed scientists to take a closer look at the water on the lunar surface. LAMP has revealed that water molecules move around the moon as the lunar surface warms and cools throughout the day. Water remains stuck on the moon’s surface until the lunar midday, when some of the water melts and heats up enough to lift into the moon’s delicate atmosphere. The water floats around a bit until it reaches an area cool enough to make it settle back down to the surface.Advertisement Water on other planetary bodies could be a valuable resource for human explorers to not only drink but also to serve as fuel for future robotic exploration, since water can be split to form rocket fuel, saving missions from having to carry that fuel from Earth. [Read more about how water hops around the moon.] Find Apollo 11 Landing Site While Skywatching The MoonFor the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the lunar surface, learn 5 facts about our moon and where to find the Apollo 11 landing site while viewing it in the night sky. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:1903:19Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  5. The moon is two-faced (probably because of a massive asteroid). Ours is a moon with two faces: the nearside boasts a thinner and smoother crust, while the farside crust is thicker and dotted by impact craters left nearly undisturbed by lava flows. The discrepancies have vexed scientists for decades, and in a new paper, researchers use models to explore what may be possible explanations for the stark differences. They argue that those distinctive sides could be the result of a giant impactor slamming into the moon and leaving a massive crater across the entire nearside. [Read more about what created the moon’s two faces.] Discover more fascinating facts about the moon with BBC America’s “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. A beautiful bright moon illuminates Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, UK. Credit: Allyn Wallace/BBC America 2. There’s an enormous, dense blob of metal below the surface of the moon’s south pole. Deep below the moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin (the largest preserved impact crater anywhere in the solar system), researchers have detected a gargantuan “anomaly” of heavy metal lodged in the mantle that is apparently altering the moon’s gravitational field. According to a study of the mysterious blob, published April 5 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the anomaly likely weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.4 quadrillion tons (2.18 quintillion kilograms). The researchers aren’t sure how this giant blob of metal got itself trapped below the lunar surface. Simulations suggest it could be the heavy remnants of the iron-nickel asteroid that crashed into the far side of the moon and created the giant South Pole-Aitken crater some 4 billion years ago. [Read more about the massive blob beneath the moon.] Gallery: The Fantastic Full Moon 4. You won’t strike it rich on the moon. Gold, platinum and other metals known as highly siderophile (“iron-loving”) elements are far more abundant in Earth’s crust than they are in its natural satellite. That may seem odd, given the two worlds’ shared history. About 4.5 billion years ago, a Mars-size planet dubbed Theia slammed into the proto-Earth, blasting huge amounts of material from both bodies into space. Some of this liberated stuff was incorporated into the bruised and battered Earth, and some coalesced to form the moon. But highly siderophile elements (HSEs) appear to have been left out of the mix. These metals were likely delivered by later asteroid strikes — but why does Earth have so much more than the moon? The researchers suspect that the moon’s weaker gravitational pull means material delivered via impact isn’t as likely to have stayed on the moon as it did on Earth — lots of stuff that hits the moon returns to space. The small concentration of HSEs retained on the moon likely arrived before the moon’s magma ocean cooled and solidified, so the material became incorporated into the moon’s core. [Read more about why Earth has way more gold than the moon.]center_img A stunning shot of the 2017 total solar eclipse as soon from the Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Credit: Carla Thomas/NASA/BBC America Photos: Mysterious Objects on the Moon It’s been almost 50 years since a human first set foot on the moon. Since then, our knowledge about Earth’s closest neighbor has improved by leaps and bounds, and our obsession with it has never waned. Witness some of the most amazing images of the moon ever recorded and be reminded of the significant influence of our moon in BBC America’s new documentary “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. As the world begins its commemoration of the awe-inspiring first walk on the lunar surface, let’s review five of the most recent and fascinating scientific findings about the moon. See Spectacular Lunar Mission Images in 3D (Photos) A burnt-orange moon hangs over London. Although scientists have unraveled many of the moon’s mysteries in the 50 years since Apollo 11, mankind’s enchantment with our nearest neighbor has never dimmed. Credit: James Burns/BBC America Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFinance101What Are The Best States To Retire In?Finance101UndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndolast_img read more

Bengaluru airport main access road to be closed for expansion

first_img 0 Published on The main access road to Bengaluru airport is being closed for expansion from June 10. “In two years’ time, the ride to and from the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru will become seamless as the main access road to the passenger terminal will be widened from four lanes to ten (five on each side),” a release said. Traffic diversionThe 1.4-km access road will be closed for expansion as part of the ongoing infrastructure development. During the expansion period, traffic will be diverted through the new six-lane (three each) south access road, built parallel to the main road. Vehicles coming to the airport will turn right at the first roundabout after the Trumpet Interchange, and enter the south road to reach the terminal. Vehicles heading out of the airport from the departure gates, will follow the existing exit path from the terminal and head towards P6 parking to reach the south road. Vehicles returning from arrival gates, will continue using the existing route towards south road. The main access road is expected to be reopened in early 2021. COMMENTS Karnataka SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 06, 2019 COMMENTlast_img read more

Integrated project adds vibrancy to Seputeh

first_img Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Towering over KL in achievement Tags / Keywords: Related News Related News Cheah (third from left) with (from left) SubHome chief executive officer Sandeep Singh Grewal, SKM Market managing director Andy Cham Wing Kian and Campus Rangers managing director Jason Ho (far right). Metro News 18 Apr 2019 Sports-themed serviced apartments launchedcenter_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Metro News 22 Jun 2019 DBKL to get Kg Pasir community’s feedback Central Region DEVELOPER MRCB Land Sdn Bhd (MRCB Land) has announced the anchor tenants for its latest retail outlet, Vivo Signature Retail, located at 9 Seputeh in Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. The first batch of anchor tenants are Campus Rangers, SKM Market and SubHome. MRCB Land chief executive officer Raymond Cheah said, “It is most gratifying for us to see our customers’ needs met with the presence of these anchor tenants. “We are excited to announce more retailers and services that would give our residents the ultimate experience in urban lifestyle.” AdChoices广告9 Seputeh is an integrated residential and commercial development, featuring serviced apartments, retail shops and SoHo (small office, home office) units. The development is set to bring renewed vibrancy and excitement to the neighbourhood. Campus Rangers will be launching its 72,000sq ft state-of-the-art international school. The Cambridge IGCSE-based school will provide an alternative education option for surrounding residents. SKM Market is a fishery trading firm, exporter of bird’s nest and wholesaler of dried seafood which is now diversifying its business into a lifestyle supermarket. Offering eastern and western products ranging from fresh produce, dairy items, bakery and groceries to beverages, household items and pharmaceutical products, SKM Market is designed to offer its patrons a complete grocery experience with its 9,700sq ft store. SubHome is a home-sharing platform which manages and markets a portfolio of home rentals, offering hotel-like services to vacation and business travellers. Set to be fully operational in the first quarter of next year, Vivo Signature Retail will also be another much-needed creative retail space in the city.last_img read more

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