Facebooks in the midst of an identity crisis and the Portal is

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See All Do we really care though?Perhaps most interestingly, this hasn’t stopped people from buying Portals — or Amazon smart speakers. CNET’s own Rick Broida isn’t bothered by Facebook’s privacy stuff:I’ll just say I’m fully aware that every company on the planet is already collecting and sharing data about me in order to try to sell me stuff. And for the most part I’m not bothered by it. That’s just me.Well, maybe not just me: The Portal has a 4.6-star average rating from over 400 Best Buy customers and a 4.4 average from over 300 Amazon customers. Seems as though people really like the product, Facebook issues notwithstanding.Another colleague, Ian Sherr, feels differently: Why can’t you [Facebook] fix all this stuff before trying to sell us a device that, at best, already faces an uphill battle in trying to convince people that putting yet another internet-connected doorway into their homes is a good idea?(Gut check: Am I the only one who thinks Facebook’s Portal is the wrong product at the wrong time? Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said Portal is “downright creepy” and wanted to ask, “How much pain are you willing to go through to see it succeed?”)Some people will always care more about privacy than others. And that’s all fine and good. But I can’t imagine anyone thinking the Portal and the Portal Plus were well-timed product releases in light of Facebook’s ongoing issues or that we’d all just line up and buy a bunch of these things. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is in the midst of a serious identity crisis. “Hey Portal, flash your screen once if you need help.” Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Facebook’s pricey Portal Plus brings loved ones closer • The Facebook Portal gets a huge price cut: $99 Facebook Portal is an excellent video chat device held back by Facebook’s trust problems Related links Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3:05 4 Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Portal, interruptedThe Portal idea is sound in theory: Buy a Portal for yourself and give a friend or family member far away another Portal. Make dinner in your apartment while you video chat with your parents across the country. You can move around naturally within the Portal’s field of view, pulling cheese, milk and butter from the fridge. (We’re apparently making mac and cheese in this made-up scenario… and now I’m hungry.) You’re fishing for the stock pot in that hard-to-reach spot in the lower cabinet across the kitchen and grabbing pasta from the pantry — all within your parents’ view as you catch them up on your week. The Facebook Portal is a video-chatting system first and foremost. Admittedly, and perhaps annoyingly, Portal does this job really well. It also offers a limited dose of smart home functionality via a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker, select apps including Newsy, Pandora and Spotify (Premium only) and Facebook’s own “Hey Portal” voice assistant. Note: Facebook has temporarily dropped the price of the Portal to $99 and is offering it bundled with the Portal Plus for $200 off through May 12, just in time for Mother’s Day, all while reports of privacy breaches continue to trickle in. And other news surfaced this week that Facebook is working on new AI tech for the Portal, Oculus and other upcoming, as yet unannounced Facebook products. Could Facebook be working on a rival to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in addition to its existing “Hey Portal” assistant?A spokesperson told me over email that Facebook hasn’t announced a new voice assistant, but rather that they “are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.” Hm. facebook-portal-messenger-chat-2204Enlarge ImageThe Facebook Portal looks a lot like the Amazon Echo Show. It only works over Facebook Messenger, so you — and the people you want to chat with — have to have Facebook to use it. James Martin/CNET Portal privacy and youAnticipating our reticence to the Portal, Facebook detailed its smart display privacy policy on this support page. While Facebook says it doesn’t listen in on or “keep the contents” of your Portal chats, a spokesperson told us that Facebook does gather info about the calls you make to determine what ads to show. It won’t listen in on the calls, but it will log the length and other data. The company shared more details in an email to Recode: “Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, so when you make a video call on Portal, we collect the same types of information (i.e. usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices. We may use this information to inform the ads we show you across our platforms. Other general usage data, such as aggregate usage of apps, etc., may also feed into the information that we use to serve ads,” the Facebook spokesperson said. I wonder if Facebook execs ever discussed temporarily or permanently shelving Portal so its person-tracking camera didn’t launch during the same time people were deactivating their accounts in outrage? But the company instead went for the “Hey, it’s cool. You can totally trust us” vibe. That approach demonstrates a shocking level of tone deafness. (Again, I’ll refer you to this story outlining many of Facebook’s major privacy leaks and other serious issues the company’s faced lately.)Facebook isn’t the only media company scaring the crap out of us, though. Amazon employs, you know, human people, to listen to your Alexa recordings. Creepy doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Comments 18 Photos Tags Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Smart Speakers & Displays Media Streamers Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageThe $199 Facebook Portal is currently on sale for $99 through May 12. James Martin/CNET Like many folks, I felt uneasy about the Facebook Portal from the jump.Having been an only intermittent Facebook user over the past several years made me an even less willing participant when it came time to test the smart display and the company’s pricier Portal Plus last fall. Did I have a Facebook account? Yes, technically. But it was as good as inactive save the odd toggle-share from Instagram that I rarely checked. Despite Instagram’s propensity toward over-curated fakery (#blessed) and the fact that it’s a Facebook company (irony abounds), it’s still largely considered the “good side” of social media. It’s the place guaranteed to have adorable puppies, drool-worthy food and far-flung travel destinations when you need a break from the more serious side of the internet. Facebook has a different reputation. It’s the underbelly of the ol’ world wide web, complete with awkward familial spats over political convictions, cryptic messages from college sweethearts and, worst of all — multiple, privacy-threatening data leaks. So it was surprising when Facebook announced the camera-equipped, Facebook-Messenger-dependent Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($349) in 2018, amid regular breaking news stories about how Facebook misused user information and then tried to downplay it to the loyalists remaining on the platform once it was uncovered. What’s more, Portal cameras aren’t like most smart display cameras. They have particularly smart tech that differentiates between people and houseplants and can therefore follow you around a room — not exactly the device you want from a company cited for its privacy problems. reading • Facebook’s privacy crisis makes its Portal video device a tougher sell than ever Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and familylast_img read more

Rathish killed over wifes extramarital affair RAB

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday. Photo: Moinul IslamThe extramarital affair of Rangpur public prosecutor (PP) Rathish Chandra Bhoumik’s wife was the reason behind his murder.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed said this at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday.Rathish’s wife Snigdha Sarker confessed to RAB that she had an extramarital affair with her colleague Kamrul Islam and they planned to murder Rathish two months ago.Both Snigdha and Kamrul are teachers of Tajhaat High School of Rangpur.Rathish was killed on Thursday night. He was first made unconscious as 10 sedative pills were mixed with his food. They then strangled him to death, Benazir said quoting Snigdha’s confessional statement.The body was then left at the basement of an under-construction building in Mollahat area of Tajhaat with the help of two youths.On Snigdha’s confession, RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am Wednesday, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. The PP’s brother Sushanta Bhoumik identified the body of Rathish. Four including Snigdha and Kamrul have been so far arrested in this connection.Rathish, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing on Friday morning.Read More:Missing Rangpur PP found deadlast_img read more

Kurt L Schmoke becomes 8th president of University of Baltimore

first_imgKurt L. Schmoke (Photo by Dr. A. Lois De Laine)Returning to his roots in Charm City, former three-term Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke begins a new chapter at the helm of his Alma Mater, and the city’s namesake university, The University of Baltimore.The Investiture began with a prelude, “Shiny Stockings” performed by Knights of Jazz, Baltimore City College, Schmoke’s high school,and the invocation given by Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid III, Schmoke’s brother who is a member of University System of Maryland Board of Regents and senior pastor, Bethel AME Church.In the keynote remarks, President Schmoke paid tribute to Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor University System of Maryland, and Robert L. Bogomolny, president Emeritus, University of Baltimore and Dr. H. Mebane Turner for their leadership in hiring first-class faculty who are committed to the students and the institution.Mr. Schmoke indicated that “Over the past eight (8) months I have learned a lot, and I have lot more to learn; some include the complex nature of the job.” Schmoke continued, “In my experience, however, there is one major similarity that matters: parking and snow removal.” “Everything else is great!”last_img read more

Cong names new heads for minority departments in 12 states

first_imgEffecting a major reshuffle, Congress on Friday appointed new heads for its minority departments in 12 states including key states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.An AICC release issued by party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the names of MM Shaikh as chairman of the minority department of Maharashtra, Gulab Khan Raima for Gujarat, Siraj Mehandi for Uttar Pradesh, Amjad Khan Pathan for Punjab, Manzoor Ahmed Beg for Uttarakhand, Nizamuddin Qureshi for Rajasthan and Sharik Raees Khan for Chhattisgarh. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAhmed Ali Khan has been made the chairman of the minority department for Andhra Pradesh, Wajed Ali Choudhary for Assam, Billal Mia for Tripura and Bahauddin Beg for Daman and Diu.Sources said that changes will follow in other states soon as they were long due. It has been found that the department was not at all functional in a number of new states and hence a decision to thoroughly revamp the minority department in all states have been taken. In October last year, the party had appointed Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, a minority leader from Gujarat as chairman of the AICC minority department replacing Imran Ur Rahman Kidwai, who held the post for more than 8 years. He is considered a Rahul Gandhi pick.last_img read more

Honouring indomitable spirit of women achievers

first_imgNSHM Knowledge Campus hosted their biggest inter-college communication festival Y-COMM 2018. The first evening of two – day event witnessed a charming session where ten women from various fields of society were felicitated for their achievements.Y-COMM is considered to be one of the largest media festivals where various reputed colleges and universities take part every year. This year theme is “Amar Durga”. The two-day fest features some incredible performances by the students from various colleges and universities including St Xaviers University, St Xaviers College, Techno India, Shibnath Shastri College, Scottish Church College, Heritage Academy. Pailan College of Management and Technology, Future Media School, ILead and Amity University amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, to honor the indomitable spirits of ten different women, NSHM Knowledge Campus has conferred The NSHM award for excellence 2018 to Usha Uthup (Singer), Tanushree Shankar (Dancer and Choreographer), Chitra Sen (Actor), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Elocutionist), Sohag Sen (Theatre Actress) and Sanjukta Ghosh (Indian vocalist) for outstanding contribution towards their respective fields. NSHM also awarded people from different walks of life for their exemplary courage and work in redefining societal norms like Pratima Poddar (Driver of Nimta, Howrah Mini Bus), Sonali Mistri (Motor Mechanic), Mala Pal (Eminent Clay Artist of Kumartuli) and Gargi Gupta (Runs an NGO for the poor and destitute). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Y-COMM 2018, the annual communication fest hosted by the Media and Design department of NSHM Knowledge Campus provides a one of its kind platform for students of various colleges and institutes to participate in various activities in the field of communication. Through NSHM Award For Excellence, we honour people from various walks of life who inspires us as well as the students with their exemplary work, said Cecil Antony, Chief Mentor, NSHM Knowledge Campus. Y-COMM 2018 is a testimony of budding talents showcasing their exceptional flair in various curriculums. Apart from a fashion show the other highlight of tomorrow evening is the musical programme, ‘Soul of Tunes’ featuring Shinjini-Tirtha-Kinjal. The Title Sponsor of the event is Senco Gold and Diamonds and the Co-Sponsor is Saha Textile.last_img read more

5 Signs That You Should Upgrade to a New Ecommerce Platform

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Multi-million dollar businesses depend on the successful operation of the right ecommerce platform. Yet, many companies have inadequate systems and recognize those systems’ impact on their daily operations. Given ecommerce’s steady growth, it’s increasingly necessary to upgrade to an ecommerce platform so that you can bypass labor-intensive processes.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesMoreover, never-ending integration issues can easily consume your valuable time and resources.So, at what point do you compromise on updating your current systems simply because the cost of running and operating them has become so high?Here are five revealing signs that indicate it’s now time to reevaluate your current ecommerce situation and upgrade to one that will support your growing ecommerce business.1. Annoying integration issuesLet’s assume your team is spending an inordinate amount of time interpreting and reformatting data from a number of systems and sources. Add to that the manual intensive labor team members are investing, adding and updating new products or combining various spreadsheets together to form the right report for marketing or accounting.The result? These issues add up to a sure telltale sign that your ecommerce platform is depending on too many systems to satisfy a large range of operations. An integrated ecommerce mobile platform, instead, caters to all necessary daily operations, which, in the end, will offer you peace of mind about resources needed to automate your customer-service systems.2. Difficult manual process that exhaust precious time and resourcesIf you’re constantly fighting to make room for more higher-end projects, consider this: Your current ecommerce platform is still heavily dependent on manual processes to complete simple transactions.An integrated system should ideally automate the shipping and tracking processes in a way that simplifies the time elapsed from when the customer first puts in the order to the point the product is shipped and delivered. The integration of marketing promotional coupons, as exemplified in the popular Amazon Promo Code, should also be seamless. In fact, a viable ecommerce platform will automate inventory feeds from your warehouse and your drop-ship vendors; implement software to synchronize and track your inventory along with your orders; and, finally, track profits and losses with an effective accounting system.Related: 25 Ecommerce Conversion Hacks to Make Your Website Profitable (Infographic)All of these systems must generate accurate data and business intelligence, so it’s imperative to integrate the right ecommerce platform.At the end of the day, you’ll want a platform that will expedite customer service to cater to the growing trend of increased mobile use.3. Outdated systems that don’t allow for growth and expansionAs your company grows, and you start building momentum, it becomes time to start making key decisions based on patterns of development. Growth for ecommerce means acquiring new employees, developing a new product line and expanding into new niches and markets.This new growth and expansion requires a more robust and expansive ecommerce platform.Your new employees will now need access to higher-end data systems, to run daily operations to analyze web analytics and increase conversions without the stress and hassle of calling on technical support each time a problem arises.The right ecommerce platform and shopping cart system will satisfy customer demand without the hassle of buying or integrating software on a regular basis. A high-quality ecommerce platform will allow you to start small with the right systems without having to figure out each code or customization.4. Endless reporting headachesHave you been consumed with a growing number of daily reporting headaches from data analysis to software running checks? If your company is rapidly growing, you will need timely access to business intelligence and accurate information. This will help you understand how your ecommerce solution is supporting the growth in sales and profit margins, and how to convert your website visitors into buyers.When you do not have the accurate information needed to generate a full report, you also put your business or company in a potential at-risk financial situation. Disconnected procedures and processesEcommerce growth requires ongoing support from business procedures and processes, including marketing, sales and service, as well as predictive click-fraud analytics. The majority of integrated apps you might choose will include email marketing, CRM and a help desk that often comes standard out-of-the-box with enterprise ecommerce solutions.Additionally, consider partnering with Quickbooks, an ERP system like SAP and Netsuite, which can support additional procedures and processes.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteIf any of these headaches sound even in the least bit familiar, consider a more integrated ecommerce solution. It will support you as your business grows. November 21, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Rep Cole commends MDOT involvement to reduce vehicle crashes

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for taking part in the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes on Michigan highways.“Each year, more than 35,000 people lose their lives on U.S highways,” said Rep. Cole. “In 2016, there were 1,064 deaths on Michigan roadways. I will continue to work with my colleagues and MDOT to protect our Michigan drivers.”Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, continues to work hard to improve safety on Michigan roadways. The committee had many accomplishments for the first six months of the current 2017-18 session.House Bills passed from the committee include:HB 4054, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to improve public safety by allowing school districts to install safety lighting on school buses. It is currently before the Senate Transportation Committee.HB 4466, sponsored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, to reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate mobile devices in a hands-free mode while driving.HB 4160, sponsored by state Rep. Shane Hernandez, of Port Huron, allows an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of a charitable or civic organization during daylights hours on a public street or roadway, under certain conditions. The individual collecting donations must be 18 years old and wear highly visible safety apparel. It is now Public Act 112 of 2017.HB 4306 sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder, of Clarkston, increases fees associated with obtaining and renewing motorcycle endorsements and motorcycle registration fees. Revenue from the endorsement fees will be used to increase motorcycle awareness to Michigan automobile drivers. It is now Public Act 115 of 2017.Many states have adopted the TZD campaign that brings together stakeholders and transportation partners to improve safety through education, engineering, enforcement and emergency responses.Rep. Cole’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0829 or emailing TristonCole@house.mi.gov Categories: Cole News ###center_img 04Aug Rep. Cole commends MDOT involvement to reduce vehicle crasheslast_img read more

Local TV news viewership is dropping with local af

first_imgLocal TV news viewership is dropping with local affiliates for Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS in the US losing more than 6% of their audience in early morning, evening and late night slots last year according to new research.The Pew Research Centre’s State of the News Media report 2013 said that while local TV remains a top news source for Americans, the percentage is dropping sharply among younger generations, with regular local TV viewership among adults under 30 falling from 42% in 2006 to just 28% in 2012.The research added that topics people go to local TV news most for – such as weather and breaking news – are ripe for replacement by web- and mobile-based outlets.“Local TV audiences were down across every key time slot and across all networks in 2012. And the off-peak news hours like 4:30 am that stations had been adding for years seem to have hit their audience ceiling,” Pew Research said.last_img read more

Nowo CMO José Henriques presenting Nowo TV in Marc

first_imgNowo CMO José Henriques presenting Nowo TV in MarchPortuguese cable and telecom operator Nowo has tapped video technology outfit AWS Elemental to provide video processing for a unified headend for its recently revamped TV service.Nowo launched a new OTT TV-based service, Nowo TV earlier this year using AWS Elemental Live, AWS Elemental Server and AWS Elemental Conductor software for live and file-based video transcoding.Nowo, previously known as Cabovisão, offers a package of 70 TV channels accessible through set-top boxes, the web and iOS and Android devices, and plans to launch an additional 30 channels later this year.The service includes live streaming , video-on-demand catch-up and startover TV, with a cloud DVR service to be offered in the near future.Nowo initially launched its new TV offering in March, with the operator’s new box equipped with four tuners and the ability to connect a USB storage device. The company is offering a combined TV and internet offering for €29.99 a month.Nowo TV’s infrastructure was provided by VP Media Solutions. AWS Elemental Live software encodes video signals from satellite and broadcast sources into multiple adaptive bitrate outputs across the 70 channels Nowo provides, with Elemental Conductor software managing the encoder deployment for system redundancy and uninterrupted service delivery. AWS Elemental Server software transcodes files to the Nowo vault, creating on-demand assets for delivery to TVs, computers and mobile devices.Androme provided its Nebula user interface for the service, with content security being supplied by castLabs. Other technology partners involved in the project include CDN specialist Broadpeak.When we defined our OTT strategy, we insisted on a state-of-the-art viewing experience, backed by a resilient video workflow that assures outstanding quality of service without overburdening our staff. With AWS Elemental video processing software, our workflow is highly efficient to operate, while giving us the flexibility to continuously enhance our services and stay ahead of evolving standards, consumer preferences and device technologies,” said Nowo CTO Ana Maria Teixeira.“Nowo has quickly established a strong position in the Portuguese OTT market by delivering a rich and diverse array of content and an outstanding media experience for subscribers,” said John Nemeth, Vice President, EMEA, AWS Elemental. “We’re pleased to see AWS Elemental processing solutions playing such a critical part in enabling NOWO’s success in multiscreen video now and in the future.”last_img read more

Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist

first_img Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.60 11.60 22.38 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 29.28 33.38 80.84 Gold 1,203.50 1,247.50 1,645.90 Oil 99.32 93.34 90.13 Rock & Stock Stats Last Dear Reader, ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the market, not a trader was stirring, not even a goldbug… Well, maybe not. But many gold investors have grown rather quiet as 2013 comes to a close. So by way of a reminder that spring follows winter, especially in cyclical markets, Casey Metals Analyst Laurynas Vegys has collected some encouraging thoughts for us all. We’ll be taking a break from these daily dispatches until January 2, so I want to add my personal encouragement to all our readers—and thanks for your interest and frequent support. May you all have wonderful holidays—whichever one(s) you celebrate—and may we all have a very, prosperous 2014! Sincerely, Copper 3.28 3.17 3.53center_img Gold Producers (GDX) 20.53 22.85 45.07 One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 13.399.60 13,430.01 12,388.71 One Year Ago Silver 19.42 19.83 29.61 TSX Venture 888.18 915.02 1,180.50last_img read more

The North End Athletic Association NEAA will hol

first_imgThe North End Athletic Association (NEAA) will hold its annual Youth Majors All-Star Game on Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. at Dom Campochiaro Field at Langone Park on Commercial Street. After the game, NEAA Commissioner Ralph Martignetti will give out the MVP awards for the game as well as special awards for the 2019 season including trophies to the championship winner and medals to all the players. This year the two all-star teams will be named after two former NEAA volunteers from the 1960s and 1970s – Rocky Rossi and John “DA” DeAmato – for their years of volunteer service to the youth of the North End and the NEAA. “We hope that past players, friends and neighbors will come out to join the NEAA in honoring these two gentlemen who served the community for many years,” stated NEAA Sports Coordinator John Romano, who played for Rocky Rossi when he was only 9 years old back in 1972.*Advertisement*center_img As part of the All-Star Game celebration, the NEAA will provide pizza, soft drinks, snacks, face painting, a balloon artist and Italian slush for all those attending. The NEAA is looking for sponsors for this great game and family fun event. Contact John Romano at jromano45@gmail.com or (617) 750-9749 if you want to be a sponsor.last_img read more

ICAP intern LR Savannah McCoy Allison Murdock

first_img(ICAP intern, L-R: Savannah McCoy, Allison Murdock, Wendell Brooks (SVP at Intel Corp. and president of Intel Capital), Josiane Ishimwe, Isaiah Weaver, and Francisco Gomez. Image: Intel) What impressed the finance major most was learning about venture capitalism at Intel. “I was involved in calls with different companies that were pitching their ideas,” she says. “I got to sit down in meetings…”She and the other interns were introduced to the VC world as well as prominent figures in the tech space including CEOs and the head of Intel Labs China. She even got the chance to snap a selfie with “BK,” she says. That’s the Intel employee nickname for Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.(Murdock with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Image: Intel) (Allison Murdock. Image: Intel) For the Howard senior who always wanted to be “the female version of Iron Man,” the Intel program stoked a passion for the investment world along with her interests in chemical engineering and computer science.Why Diversifying the VC Space is Critical While Intel has always had internships, “We have increased the intentionality. [ICAP] is new… an additional feature,” says Whye who is also an engineer and boasts a more than two-decade career with Intel.She says the internship’s focus on VCs is with good reason. Diversifying VC culture, “impacts the innovation ecosystem,” says Whye. “The more we can fund and bring diversity to the VC, the better the products we can create and innovate.” “Originally I was a business administration major,” she explains. “I just recently made the switch over to finance coming back from California.”She says that while technology has always intrigued her, it was “not necessarily something I wanted to pursue.” She realized during her internship that she could fill a role at a tech company with her major, such as running business operations.Hands-on Experience and Meeting Tech Leaders (Barbara Whye, Intel’s VP of HR and chief diversity and inclusion officer. Image: Intel) Josiane Ishimwe, a senior at Howard University, also took part in the Intel Capital (ICAP) internship. The Rwanda native is majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in computer science and says she was particularly intrigued by what she learned about artificial intelligence (AI) as an intern.“I came [into the program] under a software internship…thinking it was strictly software development,” says Ishimwe. “But I ended up working [with] AI. I am very interested in AI, deep learning, machine learning…”Ishimwe says she gained a “better vantage point” from the VC world and how AI and cutting-edge tech plays a part.She also had hands-on experience. “My initial project was the market analysis of intelligent agents [such as] Alexa, Cortana…mid-summer I worked on different AI companies mapping different ecosystems and verticals…industrial IoT, client cars…”center_img “Intel internships are a clear path to employment there,” is just one of the many positive reasons Barbara Whye, Intel’s VP of HR and chief diversity and inclusion officer, cites for Intel’s investment in ICAP. Whye says that “hands-on experience” is key to building skills and getting more diversity in tech and the VC space. (Josiane Ishimwe. Image: Intel) Our WorldProject REAP Challenges the Talent Gap in Comme…Billion-Dollar Equity Firm Partners With John H… Intel’s diversity initiative is comprehensive, expanding beyond internships. “We’ve always had partnerships with HBCUs. We also just launched a deeper investment with a $4.5M investment with six HBCUs, a lot of that is around scholarships, research, and internships,” Whye says.But Whye reiterates how key it is to diversify venture capitalism. “If tech is truly serious about achieving [diversity] it has to change itself first and that starts by really providing access to funding and investing.” “I didn’t even know that side of the world existed,” says Allison Murdock. The sophomore at Morgan State University is referring to the time she just spent in Silicon Valley as an intern at Intel.The internship program is part of a $125M diversity initiative from Intel—this specific program in which Murdock participated comes from Intel Capital—the company’s venture capital sector. The ICAP program is an investment to diversify the next generation of venture capitalists (VCs).Murdock became an intern at Intel while she was a freshman—a rare college year for interning. She was so impressed by her time at Intel that she switched her major. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/two-hbcu-students-intel-internship-opened-new-world/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/two-hbcu-students-intel-internship-opened-new-world/last_img read more

Hilton Unit to Pay 250500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls

first_img –shares Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid A timeshare unit of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. agreed to pay $250,500 and improve its business practices to settle charges it made hundreds of unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to New Yorkers who had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the settlement on Monday, said Hilton Grand Vacations Co. violated the state’s “Do Not Call” law by making 334 unsolicited calls to 133 people who had registered not to receive them.The accord will help “ensure that residents who opt out of receiving promotional calls are not forced to deal with these harassing messages,” Cuomo said.As part of the settlement, Hilton Grand Vacations agreed to limit future calls but can place some calls to people with whom Hilton already does business, Cuomo said. The unit did not admit wrongdoing and cooperated with the state probe.Hilton Grand Vacations did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Its parent operates hotels under brands such as Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria.On Feb. 26, Hilton said it planned to spin off Hilton Grand Vacations into a new public company that would manage nearly 50 resorts in the United States and Europe.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler) Next Article Hilton Unit to Pay $250,500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls Enroll Now for $5 2 min read March 7, 2016center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Court Cases Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Comcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most

first_imgComcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most Innovative Company of the Year PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:14 pmJune 10, 2019 ActiveCoreAmerican Business AwardsBusiness VoiceEdge solutionComcast BusinessGold Stevie AwardMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSocketLabs Names New Chief Revenue Officer to Drive Next Wave of Growth in Email Delivery MarketNext ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft Events Awards for ActiveCore and Business VoiceEedge Solution Further Demonstrate the Company’s Ability to Deliver Innovative Solutions for BusinessesComcast Business announced that it has been recognized as a winner across seven categories in the 17th Annual American Business Awards, including a Gold Stevie Award in the Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or More Employees category. Additional recognitions span Comcast Business’ innovative products, including its ActiveCore and Business VoiceEdge solution.“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories”“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories,” said Kevin O’Toole, Senior Vice President Product Management, Comcast Business. “Comcast Business is committed to developing innovative solutions designed to help companies across the country go beyond the expected. We are proud that the United States’ premier business awards program has recognized our organization’s achievements and solutions. As we continue to introduce new innovations to the market, we look forward to having new and exciting business solutions to submit in next year’s awards.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsMore than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. Specifically, Comcast Business was recognized with the following:Gold Stevie Awards:Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesIT Service Management Solution – ActiveCoreTelecommunications Service – Business VoiceEdgeIntegration Solution – ActiveCoreSilver Stevie Award:Cloud Platform – ActiveCoreBronze Stevie Award:Business Service Innovation of the Year – ActiveCore Voice CommandsMost Innovative Tech Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesMarketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology“Comcast showed that it’s moving with today’s fast tech world by introducing products and solutions that combine technologies and ultimately streamline our digital world,” commented one judge in regards to Comcast Business as the Most Innovative Company of the Year.“The nominations submitted to The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding. They illustrate the continued vibrancy of innovation and high level of achievement across the American economic landscape,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Tuesday, June 11.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsorslast_img read more

HEROES awarded two grants to support opioid intervention program in Houston

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 6 2019The Houston Emergency Response Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) was recently awarded two grants that will help fund the opioid intervention program through the end of 2020. James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, a professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), created the program to provide comprehensive treatment for opioid abusers, gain a more thorough understanding of the epidemic in Houston, and work toward getting the highly addictive drugs off the streets.Based on the program’s success since its inception in the spring of 2018, HEROES was granted $1.85 million from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHS) to continue its mission. HHS received the funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, to allocate for state opioid response grants. HEROES was also awarded $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice.According to research gathered through the program, Harris County sees about 150 opioid-related overdoses every month, resulting in an average of 20-25 deaths.”The opioid epidemic in Houston is more grave than many would like to admit,” said Langabeer. “HEROES allows us to collect meaningful data to understand the scope of the problem, while also practicing what we call ‘assertive outreach’ to offer a solution for people struggling with addiction. The opioid crisis does not discriminate – we see people of all ages, races, and ZIP codes, and we’re able to offer them a tangible way to get help.”The HEROES program is a joint initiative between the School of Biomedical Informatics and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, which partners with the Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Overdose data from Harris County is used to guide a quick-response team, including a paramedic and recovery coach, who knocks on doors and offers people who have just recovered from an overdose the opportunity to enroll in a comprehensive treatment program at no cost to them.Related StoriesStudy looks at impact of hospital readmissions penalties on targeted surgical conditionsHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably need”Most people struggling with an opioid addiction fight it alone, and will not proactively seek help. We remove that barrier by bringing help to them, and for many it is the first time they’ve been presented with a feasible option to seek recovery,” said Langabeer.Currently, there are nearly 150 patients in the clinical trial, and about 75 percent of them have been drug-free and remained engaged in treatment for more than 30 days. Treatment through the HEROES program includes access to opioid overdose reversal medication, a 24/7 recovery coach, behavioral counseling with an addiction counselor, weekly support groups, help connecting to county resources, and more.The new funding will help the program grow its staff and network of partners to further combat the opioid epidemic.”We intend to expand our reach and offer comprehensive services to a larger patient base across Southeast Texas,” said Langabeer. “The team is considering implementing a variety of new services as well, including a recovery mobile app to help improve our communication with patients. We also hope to use the data we’ve collected to improve health policy across the state and nation related to drug use and addiction.” Source:https://uth.edu/news/story.htm?id=5250c36c-f0d1-4c9c-be7e-795b39fac5e6last_img read more

Researchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donors

first_imgFortunately, the number of kidney failure events in this population is small. Albeit a rather small risk, practice guidelines for live kidney donor evaluation need to be revisited. While controlled hypertension in otherwise eligible older individuals may not be viewed as an absolute contraindication for kidney donation, these findings may inform conversations between the provider and the older individuals with hypertension when they consider donating a kidney.”Fawaz Al Ammary, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019In an analysis of clinical information on older living kidney donors, hypertension was linked with a higher risk of developing kidney failure. The study, which is published in an upcoming issue of CJASN, provides new information that may help inform discussions with older individuals when they consider donating a kidney.Receiving a kidney from a living donor is the best treatment for patients with kidney failure, but it is important to ensure that individuals who wish to donate an organ are able to safely do so. Older age is not a barrier for kidney donation; however, for many older individuals hypertension is common. It is unclear whether hypertension elevates the risk of kidney failure or early death among older donors .To investigate, Fawaz Al Ammary, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) and his colleagues analyzed national registry data on 24,533 older kidney donors from 1999 to 2016, including 2,265 who had hypertension at the time of donation. This information was linked to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Social Security Death Master File to determine which donors developed kidney failure or died. The study is the largest to examine what risks older donors with hypertension may face in the long term.Donors were observed for a median follow-up time of 7.1 years after kidney donation (and up to a maximum of 18 years). During the study period, 24 donors developed kidney failure and 252 died. Hypertension at the time of donation was linked with higher risk of kidney failure, but not mortality. The 15-year risk of kidney failure was 0.8% for older donors with hypertension vs. 0.2% for older donors without hypertension. The risk of kidney failure was 3.1-times higher for donors with hypertension compared with those without hypertension who had otherwise similar clinical characteristics.When the researchers restricted their analysis to include only donors from the 2004-2016 period (because documentation of antihypertensive therapy was unavailable before this time), they observed a stronger association-;a 6.2-fold higher risk for kidney failure among donors with hypertension. There was no significant association between donor hypertension and 15-year mortality. Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryDiabetes drug reduces cardiovascular events and kidney problems, study findsOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsThe investigators plan to conduct additional studies in this area to advance the field of organ transplantation in light of the growing number of older individuals who may offer an important source of organs for living donation.In an accompanying editorial, Kenneth Newell, MD, PhD (Emory University School of Medicine) and Richard Formica, Jr., MD (Yale University School of Medicine) noted that the findings “should not be used to ‘allow’ or ‘exclude’ individuals from proceeding with living kidney donation but rather should be incorporated into a comprehensive educational program to better inform donors about the long-term consequences of their decision to be a living kidney donor. In addition these findings identify a cohort of medically complex living kidney donors who should be offered the opportunity to enroll in specialized programs to provide lifetime surveillance for and treatment of conditions associated with an increased risk of end stage kidney disease.” Source:American Society of NephrologyJournal reference:Al Ammary, A. et al. (2019) Risk of ESKD in Older Live Kidney Donors with Hypertension. CJASN. doi.org/10.2215/CJN.14031118.last_img read more

Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US

This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A published report says Uber used technology during police raids outside the U.S. to keep company information from law enforcement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Citation: Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-uber-tech-tool-shield-police.html Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool—no longer in use—could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber used the tool, known as Ripley, from spring 2015 until late 2016 in several cities, including Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam and Montreal.Bloomberg said some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while some people believed its use was justified when police didn’t come with warrants or specific-enough data requests.The use of this tool raises questions for Uber because the company has in the past used a phony version of its app to thwart authorities. The “Greyball” software identified regulators who were trying to hail a ride in an attempt to collect evidence of local law-breaking. Those rides would be canceled or never arrive. It has also been reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers of its rival Lyft.Bloomberg reported that authorities in Montreal were seeking evidence in May 2015 that Uber had violated tax laws. Uber’s use of Ripley meant they didn’t get any information, but Uber cooperated with a second search warrant and agreed to collect provincial taxes for each ride, Bloomberg said.Ensign said the company shut down Ripley in 2016 because it didn’t work well.She said Uber now has a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices. Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well. But she said Uber’s guidance to employees bars use of the tool where it isn’t legal.In a statement, Uber said this security tool is similar to those used by other companies and gives Uber a way to block access to data when an employee loses a device. The company said its policy is to cooperate with “all valid searches and requests for data.”The ride-hailing service had a scandal-ridden 2017 that included lawsuits, government probes, the revelation of a significant sexual-harassment problem and the disclosure of a cover-up of a hack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers. The company’s hard-charging CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned in June and was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi. Explore further The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S. Uber taps Barney Harford as COO 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more

Cyclone Phethai begins landfall process to cross near Kakinada coast

first_imgPublished on Vodarevu, Konaseema on December 17, 2018 – THE HINDU COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARE weather The landfall process of cyclone ‘Phethai’ started at around 12.30 pm. The Phethai is located 35 km east-south-east of Narsapur and 75 km south-south-west of Kakinada on the Andhra Pradesh coast.At 1.30 pm, it had reached within 35 km South of Yanam, India Met Department (IMD) said, and was expected to cross Kakinada south of Yanam by 5.30 pm with a wind speed of up to 90 km/hr.Earlier, the IMD had upgraded the cyclone warning for Andhra Pradesh and Yanam coasts by issuing a ‘red message, when severe cyclone ‘Phethai’ was located 85 km south-south-west of Kakinada.It was expected to move northwards and cross coast around Kakinada later this evening. However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, it would to cross coast as a conventional cyclone with a wind speed of up to 90 km/hr and gusting to 100 km/hr. Thereafter, it would move north-northeastwards and weaken gradually but bring rainfall at most places over coastal Andhra Pradesh with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls (20 cm or above) at isolated places over the North Coastal Andhra Pradesh districts. These include East Goadavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts and the Yanam district of Puducherry.Read more: Cyclone Phethai disrupts life as it crosses AP coastPTI report adds:One person was killed in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Vijayawada city but no other casualties have been reported from elsewhere so far, according to sources in the State Disaster Management Authority.The South Central Railway has cancelled several trains and rescheduled some others because of the cyclone.Air traffic to the port city of Visakhapatnam has been hampered due to turbulent weather conditions, following which some flights were diverted to Hyderabad.A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in the coastal districts of the State as a precautionary measure. December 17, 2018last_img read more

Kerala Ruling LDF inducts 4 new allies ahead of LS polls

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE Kerala Published on December 26, 2018 state politics COMMENT Seeking to widen its political base ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls, the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Wednesday inducted four more parties into its fold. A crucial front meeting held here decided to include the Loktantrik Janata Dal led in the state by media baron and Rajya Sabha MP, M P Veerendra Kumar, the K Balakrishna Pillai-led Kerala Congress(B), the Indian National League (INL) and Democratic Kerala Congress (DKC) as new allies. The other LDF constituents are CPI(M), CPI, Janata Dal (S), NCP, Kerala Congress (Scaria Thomas) and Congress (Secular). Announcing the decision, LDF convener A Vijayaraghavan said though several parties have been cooperating with the LDF for some time, the final decision was taken about the four parties only. “As the Congress and the BJP are taking positions which would destroy Kerala’s social achievements and destabilise the state by dividing it on communal lines, the LDF is joining hands with similar minds who have taken a stand against this,” he told reporters here. Among the new allies, only the Kerala Congress (B), which has been cooperating with LDF since the last Assembly polls, has a legislator in the House- K B Ganesh Kumar. Though KC(B) was an ally in the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front when it was in power last time, it had snapped ties with it in 2015 and has been supporting the LDF from outside. INL, formed by leaders who had parted ways with the Indian Union Muslim League years ago, has been supporting the left front for quite some time.As far as Veerendra Kumar was concerned, joining LDF was a homecoming. While heading the Janata Dal (Secular), Kumar had parted ways with the LDF over seat sharing before the 2009 Lok Sabaha polls.He later formed the Socialist Janata (Democratic) party, a UDF partner.Veerendra Kumar said he was happy to be back in the LDF, a system with which he and his party could go along ideologically.M V Shreyams Kumar, son of Veerendra Kumar, is the LJD’s state president.The LDF inducted more parties into its fold with an aim to win maximum seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, front sources said. SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more