Courier Microsofts New Booklet w Video

first_imgThe status of the battery and wireless signal are expected to be displayed on one of the two screens, but it is not yet known if the device will include a microphone and webcam for video conferences, or how the batteries will be recharged.According to Gizmodo, the development of the prototype has been kept secret, with the project team, led by J. Allard, even being located away from Microsoft’s major research site at Redmond, Washington. Allard is head of user experience and technology at the Entertainment and Devices division at Microsoft, and previously worked on Xbox and Zune. Briefs: Microsoft said designing wireless device Citation: Courier: Microsoft’s New ‘Booklet’ (w/ Video) (2009, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img The device will have two hinged screens with a user interface operated by the fingers (flicking open, dragging items, turning pages, and so on) and a stylus for writing. A Home page button is at the base of the hinged section, which is similar to the iPhone idea. The back cover of the Courier incorporates a camera operated by touching a camera icon on one screen.A video below shows what appears to be an artist’s rendition of the digital notebook in action. The video is focused on business users and shows how the device combines applications such as an address book and map, journal with day planner, calendars and photographs. Wireless Internet access is fully incorporated in the design. ( — Microsoft has been secretly developing a prototype booklet-shaped tablet PC called the Courier, according to an exclusive report in the gadget blog “Gizmodo”. It is not known when, or even if, the device will be released, and it is also unclear if the “leak” to Gizmodo was sanctioned by Microsoft. There is, however, no indication the Courier will be unveiled at the January 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which would be expected if its release was likely to be within the next year. The Courier is also said to be just one of several tablet PC ideas Microsoft is developing.via Gizmodo© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Disappearance of New Zealand birds 100 years ago makes life tough for

first_img New Zealand bird outwits alien predators Male New Zealand Bellbird Anthornis melanura Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Wellington. Image: Wikipedia The researchers, led by Professor Dave Kelly from the University of Canterbury, had already shown that many species of mistletoe are facing possible extinction through the disappearance of the birds that pollinated them, and turned their attention to New Zealand gloxinia (Rhabdothamnus solandri), a large (two-meter-high) native shrub found only in the forests of northern New Zealand. The shrub, known for its bright orange flowers, was pollinated by the bellbird, stitchbird and tui, which all have long tongues able to reach into the flowers, which are about 10 mm long.On the North Island, the tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) now appears to feed higher in the forest canopy, and the bellbird (Anothornis melanura) and stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta) have been wiped out by introduced predators such as cats, ship rats, stoats and possums brought by European settlers. The birds now survive only on a few islands off the North Island, where there has been little human interference, or where feral predators have been eradicated. The researchers analyzed areas of the North Island and three small islands nearby to see how gloxinia was faring. They found that on the mainland where the bellbird and stitchbird have gone, the fruit is smaller, containing just 37 seeds on average compared to 232 seeds in plants on the islands. Only a quarter of the mainland flowers showed evidence of bird visitation, compared to almost 80 percent of the flowers on the island plants. The population densities of adult plants were around the same but on the mainland there were 55 percent fewer young plants growing.When the biologists encased plants on the islands and mainland in wire mesh they also produced fewer seeds, which shows birds are needed for pollination, with insects playing a smaller role, if any, probably because the flowers are too long and narrow for insects to effectively pollinate them. When the researchers sowed seeds and manually pollinated the plants, they immediately boosted their numbers.In a paper published in the journal Science, Dr Kelly said the stitchbird and bellbird probably disappeared from the mainland around 1870. The decline in the plants had been gradual, and could easily have escaped notice as people generally disregard reports of how abundant plants were long ago. The gloxinia plant is known to be long-lived, and Dr Kelly estimates it may live as long as 150 years.Dr Kelly said the same kind of declines in plant populations could well be occurring elsewhere in the world. The research is continuing on other bird-pollinated plants in New Zealand. More information: Cascading Effects of Bird Functional Extinction Reduce Pollination and Plant Density, Science, Published Online 3 February 2011, DOI:10.1126/science.1199092 ( — A team of scientists in New Zealand has found the local disappearance of pollinating birds over a hundred years ago is having a detrimental effect on the species they pollinated. © 2010 Citation: Disappearance of New Zealand birds 100 years ago makes life tough for plants: study (2011, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers find levels of nitrogen in meteorites similar to levels in Earths

first_img In the ongoing debate regarding the evolution of life on planet Earth, more and more scientists are coming to believe it likely came here from elsewhere, via comets, or asteroids, rather that springing forth from initial ingredients. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence that the nitrogen level of our atmosphere likely came to exist due to early meteor showers.The trio studied the meteorite samples using an electron microscope looking at bits of the mineral carlsbergite which were too small to be seen with the naked eye—in so doing they found nitrogen levels nearly identical to those found in our atmosphere. The finding, they say, shows that there was another kind of nitrogen present in the early solar system—billions of years ago.Carlsbergite is made of nitrogen and chromium, and is unusual of course, because nitrogen is generally found as a gas and has rarely been seen in mineral crystals. The researchers theorize that the nitrogen in the carlsbergite got there due to shock waves or collisions between ammonia bearing ices—the high temperatures could have caused reactions that led to the formation of chromium and nitrogen. Asteroids with some amount of carlsbergite in them would have then made their way across the solar system, eventually, with help from Jupiter’s gravity, crossing paths with our own planet, and giving rise to the nitrogen in our atmosphere.The team is looking forward to revelations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft this spring as it makes its way into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres which is in the asteroid belt, possibly offering evidence of carlsbergite in asteroids with nitrogen levels matching those of the samples they have been studying—giving credence to their theories. More information: Reactive ammonia in the solar protoplanetary disk and the origin of Earth’s nitrogen, Nature Geoscience (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2339AbstractTerrestrial nitrogen isotopic compositions are distinct from solar and cometary values and similar to those of primitive meteorites, suggesting that Earth’s atmospheric nitrogen originates from a primordial cosmochemical source. Prebiotic organic compounds containing nitrogen that formed in the solar protoplanetary disk, such as amino acids, may have contributed to the emergence of life on Earth. However, the original reservoirs of these volatile compounds and the processes involved in their distribution and chemical modification before accretion remain unclear. Here we report the occurrence of the mineral carlsbergite (chromium nitride) within nanocrystalline sulphide inclusions of primitive chondritic meteorites using transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. The characteristics and occurrence of carlsbergite are consistent with precipitation from a chromium-bearing metal in the presence of reactive ammonia. The carlsbergite crystals have nitrogen isotopic compositions that differ from ammonia in cometary ices, but are similar to Earth’s atmospheric nitrogen. We suggest that the reactive ammonia proposed to have initiated formation of the carlsbergite came from ices within regions of the protoplanetary disk that were affected by the distal wakes of shock waves. Our findings imply that these primordial ammonia-bearing ices were a nitrogen reservoir within the formation region of the chondritic meteorite parent bodies and could have been a source of volatiles for the early Earth. Citation: Researchers find levels of nitrogen in meteorites similar to levels in Earth’s atmosphere (2015, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Geoscience (—A trio of researchers in Germany has found levels of nitrogen in carlsbergite in two meteorite samples match levels found in the human body and the Earth’s atmosphere. In their paper published in Nature Geoscience, Dennis Harries, Falko Langenhorst and Peter Hoppe with Universität Bayreuth, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie respectively describe their analyses of two primitive meteorites found in Antarctica in 1979, and offer theories as to how nitrogen levels found in them came to be there. Explore furthercenter_img © 2015 Estimates of anthropogenic nitrogen in the ocean may be high Credit: NASA 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

The role of species competition in biodiversity

first_img Darwin’s finches have reached their limits on the Galapagos 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. Skulls of various Canid genera; Vulpes (corsac fox), Nyctereutes (raccoon dog), Cuon (dhole) and Canis (golden jackal) Credit: Wikipedia. A group of researchers in Sweden, Switzerland and Brazil have collaborated on a study of North American canids to show that competition from multiple carnivore clades is responsible for the ultimate demise of two extinct canid subfamilies. They theorize that the competitive processes driving these extinctions are more prevalent in species diversification than previously believed. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The North American fossil record provides abundant evidence for the evolutionary history of the dog family Canidae and of other major carnivores. The researchers analyzed around 1,500 fossil occurrences for 120 canid species from around 40 million years ago to the present; theorizing that competition from other species was a factor driving extinction rates, they also compiled data for five additional carnivore families including cats, bear dogs, false saber-tooth cats, and bears. They developed an analytical framework to invesigate whether speciation and extinction rates responded to evolution of body mass—a good approximation of diet for canids. The authors suggest that body size can indirectly correlate with diversification dynamics as increases in size predispose the development of hypercarnivory behaviors and selective feeding. These adaptive constraints place canids in danger of extinction by restricting their possible sources of food.Via a Bayesian analytic framework, the researchers have determined that the two extinct subfamilies that form the basis of their study were ultimately wiped out by the competitive effects of other carnivore clades, previously considered a rare occurrence, but increasingly regarded as an important influence on biodiversity.Climate change events are widely believed to be a main driver of extinction and speciation, but the study strongly suggests an important role for competition between different species with similar ecologies. Two biologic mechanisms drive clade replacement: passive replacement and active displacement. In the case of passive replacement, an incumbent carnivore clade prevents a competitor population from radiating. The competitor can only radiate once the incumbent carnivore clade declines.Active displacement is the process by which a clade’s rise in diversity causes the decline of another clade by outcompeting for limited resources. “The demise of nonavian dinosaurs by the Cretaceous-Paleogene meteorite impact around 66 million years ago and the subsequent evolutionary and ecologic diversification of mammals provide an iconic example of passive replacement,” the authors write.The authors found evidence for significant changes in speciation and extinction rates for the two extinct canid subfamilies, Hesperocyoninae and Borophaginae, suggesting strongly that the demise of a clade is driven by both its rate of extinction and its failure to originate. The researchers report that changes in in the speciation and extinction rates of the two extinct canid groups were strongly correlated with changes in diversity of multiple competitors. “Our results strongly indicate that competition among several clades of canids and other carnivores drove the changes in diversification rates and the replacement of entire clades,” they write. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: The role of species competition in biodiversity (2015, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 More information: “The role of clade competition in the diversification of North American canids.” PNAS 2015; published ahead of print June 29, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502803112AbstractThe history of biodiversity is characterized by a continual replacement of branches in the tree of life. The rise and demise of these branches (clades) are ultimately determined by changes in speciation and extinction rates, often interpreted as a response to varying abiotic and biotic factors. However, understanding the relative importance of these factors remains a major challenge in evolutionary biology. Here we analyze the rich North American fossil record of the dog family Canidae and of other carnivores to tease apart the roles of competition, body size evolution, and climate change on the sequential replacement of three canid subfamilies (two of which have gone extinct). We develop a novel Bayesian analytic framework to show that competition from multiple carnivore clades successively drove the demise and replacement of the two extinct canid subfamilies by increasing their extinction rates and suppressing their speciation. Competitive effects have likely come from ecologically similar species from both canid and felid clades. These results imply that competition among entire clades, generally considered a rare process, can play a more substantial role than climate change and body size evolution in determining the sequential rise and decline of clades. Explore further (—Over long spans, biodiversity is a fluid and shifting balance of species and influences. Species diversification occurs in response to a host of complex factors, both biotic and abiotic, and understanding them is a major challenge of evolutionary biology.last_img read more

For a new beginning

first_imgWhen nature’s fury unleashes its wrath, there’s hardly anything one can do to control its might. Its aftermath deserves a thought on our interefence with the environment and a lot of effort to rehabilitate life as it was. To fastrack the rehabilitation process in Uttrakhand, Goonj is collaborating CameraunLIMITED and art@indianaugust to showcase an art exhibition, A brand new day-rebuilding Uttrakhand from 20 July to 5 August in the Capital. The exhibition features artists who have volunteered to give their artworks for display and sale for the relief funds for Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.The artists include Ananmitra Chakladar, Angad S Malhotra, Ahmed Firoz, Ambika Sethi, Atanu Dey, Niraj Gera amongst others.last_img read more

Inside the corridors of power

first_imgIndia’s 67th Independence Day celebration on 15 August, Discovery Channel presents viewers with an exclusive journey inside the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan. The program captures the story of Rashtrapati Bhavan from its conception to its completion and the changes undergone as the home of the President of India. Rashtrapati Bhavan, amongst the largest presidential estates of the world, Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager   said, ‘Discovery Channel is privileged to present the breathtaking splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan – the office and residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On the occasion of this Independence Day, we are delighted to take viewers inside the corridors of the presidential palace rarely seen on the Indian television.’Every element in Rashtrapati Bhavan has evolved over the past eight decades  the building has witnessed the transition from an Imperial occupation to being the head of the largest democracy in the world.The palatial residence is an extended expression of architect Edward Lutyen’s passion and finesse. From the most spectacular Ashoka Hall, to the Dwaraka Suite – this exclusive insight into the President’s House answers a spectrum of questions on what lies behind the high gates. The show premiers at 9 pm on 15 August.last_img read more

ED searches 3 businessmens properties in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday launched search operations here at the properties of three businessmen in connection with a money laundering probe, an official said. “Our officers have been conducting search operations at four locations in the city including the residences and other properties of the three businessmen — Jagjit Singh, Ajmol Siddique and Vishnu Mundra,” the ED official said. The agency has been investigating the case for the last few months.Initial investigations suggested that the accused were involved in converting crores of black money into white through shell companies, the official said. Singh, who also owns a bar, has also been accused of running a trafficking racket.last_img read more

15 Lalit Kala awardees named

first_imgThe Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Exhibition of Art is held every year to exhibit the works of brilliance and to give appreciation and recognition to outstanding artists. The objective of the 59th National Exhibition of Art, 2017-18 is to showcase works of art of excellence both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal. The exhibition will cover artworks from a broad range of mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and multimedia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor this exhibition, fifteen awardees have been chosen by an esteemed panel of Jury. 10 awards will be given to artists between 30-50 years of age group, and five awards will be distributed to artists who are above 50 years of age. While Jyotiprakash Sethy (Bhubaneswar, Odisha), Vivek Kumar (New Delhi), Pappu Bardhan (Kolkata, West Bengal), Cherring Negi (New Delhi), Debashish Dutta (Vadodara, Gujarat), Indira P Ghosh (Raipur, Chattisgarh), Vikrant Vishwas Bhise (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Shivakumar Kesaramadu (Mysuru, Karnataka), Rabi Narayan Gupta (Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh), and Pradeep Prathap (Kottayam, Kerela) are the 10 awardees that fall in the 30-50 year age group; Pankaj Gahlot (Shivganj, Rajasthan), Kumaran K R (Angamaly, Kerela), Atin Basak (Kolkata, West Bengal), Amit Dutt (New Delhi), and Amit Chakraborty (Kolkata, West Bengal) fall in the latter category. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe jury of the exhibition had art practitioners, artists and critics from all over the country. The Lalit Kala Akademi nominated five members selection jury for the first tier namely Prof. Shyam Sharma (Patna, Bihar), Noni Borpuzari (Guwahati, Assam), Ramdas Adyanthaya (Mysuru, Karnataka), V Nagdas (Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh), and Johny ML (New Delhi). The second tier jury for the selection of awards consisted of Ram V Sutar (Noida, Uttar Pradesh), Surya Prakash (Hyderabad, Telangana), Madan Lal (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh), U Bhaskar Rao (Bengaluru, Karnataka), and Prof. R B Bhaskaran (Chennai, Tamil Nadu). “The 59th National Exhibition of Art is more than just an exercise in participation and contribution of the art practitioners from all over the country. It ideates the truth that art is more than a mere conversation between art lovers and artists: it is the bond between the initiator and the spectator,” said C S Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademi. The Akademi has received 3644 entries submitted by 1433 artist throughout the country. The selection jury unanimously selected 172 exhibits in different disciplines by 171 artists for the National exhibition. Eminent artists like Bose Krishnamachari, Manu Parekh, KS Radhakrishnan, Adwaita Gadanayak, Jyoti Bhatt, LN Tallur and N Pushpamala are a part of the very esteemed invited section.last_img read more

Joint training programmes in management and IT must

first_imgKolkata: Consul General of China in Kolkata Zha Liyou stressed the need of conducting joint training programmes in management and IT between Universities of China and West Bengal.”India aces in software production while China is one of the leading hardware technology manufacturers globally. We should work together in the field of Technology for mutual benefit and progress,” Liyou said. While addressing a Special Session on ‘A New Chapter of Sino-India Friendship: Strengthening Economic Ties Through State-Province Exchanges’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Liyou highlighted several areas of mutual cooperation between the provinces of China and the State of West Bengal. He appreciated the rich cultural heritage of Bengal, with a special mention of Tagore’s verses and songs. He observed that every aspect of culture and society prevalent in China somehow have traces of their roots in India. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking on the possibility of business collaboration between West Bengal and other provinces of China, Liyou spoke about the famous China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Trade Fair where he expects participation from West Bengal. He also stated that his office would facilitate Chinese investors for making investments in the land at Haldia, owned by the Kolkata Port Trust and suitable for tea, rice and sea food. Answering to a question during the programme, Liyou said that large coal mining and infrastructure companies of China are willing to venture in and around Kolkata to extend their operations in India. Sitaram Sharma, President, Bharat Chamber of Commerce emphasised that the prospects of exchanges at the micro level between West Bengal and her sister Provinces in China should be identified.last_img read more

Appcab driver falls asleep rams his car into truck

first_imgKolkata: One person died and another man suffered injuries after an app-cab driver rammed his vehicle into a truck early on Tuesday. Police suspected that the accident took place because the driver had fallen asleep.According to sources, on Tuesday around 4:30 am, the truck was moving towards the airport on the VIP Road. Around the same time, the cab was moving in the same direction behind the truck. Near Raghunathpur subway, the driver rammed his car into the truck at a high speed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHearing a loud sound caused by the collision some pedestrians ran to the spot and saw the cab was stuck behind the truck. Baguiati police station was immediately informed. Within few minutes police arrived at the spot and rescued the driver identified as Akhya Nayak (42) along with one passenger identified as Nazrul Islam and admitted them to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared Nayak dead. Islam is still undergoing treatment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to a local, driver of the app cab applied brake at the last moment but that did not help. Sleuths suspect that driver had fallen asleep and woke up at the last moment when the passenger alerted him. It is also suspected that Nayak had been driving all through the night and as a result he had fallen asleep. The police are waiting for Islam recovery to question him as he is the only person who knows what exactly happened. Earlier during January this year, an app cab was moving towards Chingrihata from Science City with four passengers. Near Metropolitan Housing Complex, the driver identified as Ajay Roy lost control and collided with a median divider on E M Bypass. Later, police came to know that the driver had driven throughout the night and had fallen asleep while driving and lost control over the vehicle. In May, last year, an IT professional died after an app cab rammed into a stationary container at Baguiati Joramandir. In this case too, sleuths later came to know that driver had fallen asleep. These accidents are taking place often. The cops are planning to talk to app cab authorities to ask them not to schedule early morning trips for those drivers, who had been driving throughout the night.last_img read more

Final Resting Place of the Elephant Man Found by Author

first_imgThe skeleton of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, has been preserved at the Royal London Hospital ever since 1890, the year of his death. But author Jo Vigor-Mungovin said she’s made a discovery: Merrick’s final resting place is in an unmarked grave in the City of London Cemetery. Vigor-Mungovin, who wrote the book Joseph: The Life, Times & Places of the Elephant Man, told the BBC that his soft tissue remains were buried at the cemetery after Merrick’s body was dissected.She posted a photo of the grave on Twitter on May 4, 2019, writing: “Today after weeks of emails, research & visits to the City of London Cemetery, the final resting place of Joseph Merrick has been located. His bones are at @BHAandM for medical purposes but his flesh/remains were buried in consecrated ground after a small service…”This image of Joseph Merrick (1862–1890) was published in the British Medical Journal in 1886Merrick had a skeletal and soft tissue deformity. He died at the age of 27. His head measured 36 inches, and when he died on April 11, 1890, it is believed that he was asphyxiated by the weight of his own head after trying to trying to sleep lying down.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsVigor-Mungovin told the BBC that “a story about his soft tissue being buried had not been followed up due to the number of graveyards in use at the time.” She continued, “I was asked about this and off-hand I said, ‘It probably went to the same place as the [Jack the] Ripper victims’, as they died in the same locality.”Today after weeks of emails, research & visits to the #CityofLondonCemetery the final resting place of #JosephMerrick has been located. His bones are @BHAandM for medical purposes but his flesh/remains were buried in consecrated ground after a small service. #Leicester R.I.P— Jo Vigor-Mungovin (@Berliozjo) May 3, 2019But shortly afterward she decided to investigate the records of the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium near Epping Forest to see if there was more to learn. Mary Ann Nichols and Catherine Eddowes, both believed to have been murdered by Jack the Ripper, are buried there.“I decided to search in an eight-week window around the time of his death and there, on page two, was ‘Joseph Merrick,’ ” she told the BBC.She said the location of his grave was hard to track down, as Victorian London had many cemeteries, but she was “99 per cent certain” the grave was Merrick’s.“The burial is dated April 24, 1890, and Joseph died on April 11,” she said to the BBC. The records she found list “his residence as London Hospital, his age as 28 — Joseph was actually 27 but his date of birth was often given wrong — and the coroner as Wynne Baxter, who we know conducted Joseph’s inquest.”Merrick photographed in 1889Merrick’s condition, which developed in early childhood, is believed to be due to a rare genetic disorder called Proteus syndrome. Because of his leg deformities, he could only walk with a stick.His mother died when he was 11, and he became an object of curiosity and ridicule. He was confined to a workhouse, which he left to join a traveling “freak show”. He was often robbed of his earnings while part of this show. Whether he was beaten or abused is a subject of some debate.A doctor, Frederick Treves, became involved in his case and Merrick was admitted to the hospital. “The weight of his head, which would have crushed his windpipe, prevented him from sleeping normally so he had to get his rest sitting up,” according to Biography. “The death was ruled an accident and Treves concluded that Merrick was experimenting with sleeping. He died trying to be like others.”John Hurt in the David Lynch film, ‘The Elephant Man’ (1980). Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty ImagesIn his lifetime he became well known and was visited by Alexandra, princess of Wales. In the 20th century, he was the subject of various books, a play, and the 1980 film The Elephant Man, starring Anthony Hopkins as the doctor and John Hurt as Merrick.Read another story from us: The Sad Life of the Real “Elephant Man”“The authorities said a small plaque could be made to mark the spot, which would be lovely,” Vigor-Mungovin told the BBC. “Hopefully, we can soon get a memorial in his hometown of Leicester.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

VIDEO Mets prospect makes superhuman onehanded grab on flying bat headed for

first_img Check out Guillorme’s insane grab: Advertisement Luis Guillorme hasn’t made it in the big leagues yet, but today he became an internet legend.The Mets shortstop prospect showed off some ridiculous reflexes and huge cajones when a bat came flying toward the dugout in the bottom of the 1st inning of today’s game against the Blue Jays.When Toronto batter Adeiny Hechavarria lost the handle on his lumber after a swing-and-miss strike, the projectile bat headed straight for the Mets dugout. While everyone around him scattered to avoid getting popped, Guillorme calmly hung onto the dugout rail and made a perfect one-handed stab on the bat without so much as flinching.He also kept a robotic look on his face behind his shades which made the snag 10 times cooler.last_img read more

Test Driving a DoItYourself Mobile App Service

first_imgMarch 22, 2011 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Filter Publications knows you can’t sit still when serving a subscriber base with the need for speed.The Morgantown, W.V.-based print and digital publisher’s motocross and supercross news websites (including Racer X Online) welcome 425,000 unique action sports enthusiasts each month. But with a growing number of readers turning away from the desktop in favor of smartphones, Filter recognized its obligation to follow their lead–or get left in the dust.”It’s important to us to be the worldwide authority on motocross and supercross news, and that means getting information to people however they want it,” says Filter Publications president Bryan Stealey. “A mobile application seemed like the obvious way to go.”Filter turned to AppMakr to kick-start its mobile aspirations. The San Francisco startup’s software development platform promises a complete do-it-yourself toolkit for building applications optimized for Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating systems, with no previous coding experience or engineering acumen necessary. According to AppMakr, a complete, fully functional app requires just hours to create–and the service is absolutely free.”The cost of building mobile applications is ridiculous–even a simple app can cost $100,000 or more, and it can take months to develop,” says AppMakr founder and president Sean Shadmand. “We don’t feel it’s right that the people with big pockets are the only ones getting their information out. Everyone’s information is interesting. So we designed a completely automated system where apps are totally free to publish and build.”The browser-based AppMakr solution draws on the user’s existing web content and social networking feeds, also enabling publishers, bloggers, small businesses and other would-be mobile moguls to incorporate features like SMS-based alerts, photo galleries and location awareness. There’s even mobile ad network integration to enhance your chances of monetizing your app.AppMakr’s algorithm predicts the likelihood of app store approval, flagging potential problems and recommending necessary changes. Once apps are available for download, users can track progress via the AppMakr dashboard, push out new information to consumers and work on app upgrades.As of January, the AppMakr platform was responsible for about 3,500 iPhone apps in all, translating to more than 1 percent of Apple’s total App Store inventory. Alongside Filter, everyone from PBS NewsHour to the PGA Tour to gossip guru Perez Hilton has used the service to make their media content mobile.”We’ve eliminated the complexity from the creative process,” Shadmand says. “We give you all the tools you need, and then we get out of the way. We don’t tell users what to do, but we are here to help them.”As of January, the AppMakr platform was responsible for about 3,500 iPhone apps in all, translating to more than 1 percent of Apple’s total App Store inventory.AppMakr offers premium phone support for customers who run into significant trouble during the development process. According to Shadmand, most of the company’s revenue derives from software licensing and white-label products.So far, Filter Publications has issued two AppMakr-built iPhone applications, the Racer X App and the Road Racer X App. Both are free and feature breaking motocross and supercross news, rider columns, photos and Twitter updates. Racer X also touts YouTube videos and podcasts. Stealey notes that downloads now top the 40,000 mark.”I’m not a programmer, but AppMakr is something that’s easy to use, and something I could understand,” Stealey says. “It makes it easy to disseminate news, information and video, and do it efficiently. It not only enables us to deliver our content in a different way, but it’s also opened up a new revenue stream by allowing us to sell targeted ads.”  4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the April 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

Tools to Make Mobile Gadgets More Versatile

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mobile phones, tablets and notebook computers have become essential tools for entrepreneurs who need to do business from virtually anywhere. Now, you can enhance productivity even more by supplementing these devices with the growing array of mobile accessories. These tools can allow you to accomplish a number of important tasks, from printing or digitizing documents, to making presentations to extending your battery life.Here is a sampling of mobile products that will satisfy common needs of entrepreneurs on the go:Print on the fly.You never know when you’ll need to print out business materials, and you can’t always count on a printing store being nearby. Here are two products that can let you print high-quality documents from your mobile device in a hotel room — or even a cab if you’re really crunched for time:The HP Office Jet 100 Mobile Printer• The HP Office Jet 100 Mobile Printer is small enough to sneak into a large carry-on bag and affordable at less than $300. The inkjet printer uses traditional ink cartridges.• The Brother PocketJet 6 Plus is one of the smallest printers on the market, but it’s a bit more expensive than the competition at about $550. Because it uses thermal printing technology, you must use thermal paper. But it’s comparable to inkjet alternatives in cost per printed page.Related: Five Rules for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ TeamsMake mobile presentations. Business presentations used to require a lot of advance preparation, but now you can buy high-quality projectors that fit in a suit pocket and connect to your mobile device. All you need is a blank wall to display your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. Here are three options:• The 3M MPro150 pocket-sized projector might be one of the best mobile projectors for the price ($300). It shouldn’t be used in large or bright rooms as it might not be as bright and clear as a larger projector, but it’s a useful alternative for quick, intimate presentations. The built-in data storage allows you to display Microsoft Office files and most image and video formats without a companion device.The Vivitek Qumi Q2 mobile projector• The Vivitek Qumi Q2 isn’t an entry-level product at $500, but it comes with extra features. The 300 lumens that its bulb emits provide a crisp image in moderate light conditions. It also has built-in audio speakers and weighs less than two pounds.• The Dell M110 Ultra Mobile Projector can fit into most luggage bags, contains several output options and provides crisp images, all for about $500.Related: How to Protect Your Business’s Mobile DevicesDigitize documents. Any traveler knows it can be tough to keep track of documents. One solution: portable scanning to digitally back up files or send them to the office for immediate use. Here are a few options for making paper files digital:• The Brother DS Mobile 600 DPI Document Scanner can fit in any laptop bag. This USB-powered scanner sells for $150 or less. One drawback: It needs to be connected to a laptop to work.The Neat Receipts mobile document scanner• Neat Receipts is a smaller, stylish product that that costs $200 and can scan business cards, documents and just about anything else you need digitized.• Smartphone document “scanner” apps are available if you’d rather not carry another device. Created for all major smartphone brands, these apps turn your phone’s camera into an impromptu scanner. The quality of the images aren’t as high as those from a dedicated scanner, but they only cost about $10 and require no extra equipment. Examples include ScanBizCards for scanning business cards and Concur for scanning receipts and other travel and expense documents.• Evernote is an online service that helps manage a variety of documents and synchronizes them across devices. You can take a photo of a document with your phone and then upload it to Evernote. The service will then store the document and recognize the characters on the document — handwritten or otherwise — so you can scan search the document later.Related: Four Sleek Networking and Storage ToolsExtend your battery charge. These mobile power sources can help ensure that your gadgets will be charged when an electric outlet isn’t handy. Just plug your device into one of these products to recharge. Some power supplies use traditional batteries and provide an adapter for your devices. Others have built-in rechargeable batteries.An Energizer portable device charger• Energizer Portable Chargers are a great option when your battery dies and there’s not an electrical outlet in sight. These little packs have internal rechargeable batteries that hold hours of power for a variety of devices. Prices range from $7 to more than $100, depending on the type of portable charger you buy.• The Symtek TF200 Portable Power Pack is a rechargeable DC battery for virtually any device. It provides most laptops with a two- to three-hour charge and smaller devices with more than 50 hours. At $20, it might be too large to carry without at least a small bag or briefcase.By incorporating a few of these devices into your travel routine, you just might save some time and money — in addition to being more productive. 5 min read January 3, 2012 Register Now »last_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Mobile Payment Services

first_imgAugust 13, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Shutterstock.comApps for accepting customer credit cards on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are becoming big business. Take for instance San Francisco-based mobile payments startup Square, which recently inked a deal with Starbucks to process all of the Seattle coffee giant’s credit and debit transactions. And major companies such as PayPal and accounting software provider Intuit have created their own payment apps, too.For small businesses, that means there are more options for simpler credit card processing or an inexpensive point-of-sale system. But from fee structures to device compatibility and support, there are some subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the mobile payment providers that business owners should know about before getting started.Here’s a look at pros and cons for four different mobile payment apps, and suggestions for who might want to consider using them:SquareAfter launching in 2010, Square is one of the most popular mobile payments services, claiming to have more than 2 million users. Its card reader is a small, white square that plugs directly into smartphones and tablets.Pros: The Square app has an easy-to-navigate design with big, clearly-labeled buttons. The iPad version — Square Register — enables users to add custom product photos, which can help simplify the check-out process for cashiers.An online dashboard tracks detailed sales data and businesses can look at charts analyzing day-to-day, week-to-week or month-to-month performance. Businesses can create custom rewards programs for repeat customers, such as digital punchards. And the “Pay with Square” feature lets patrons open a virtual tab and pay via their smartphones without having to swipe a credit card.Cons: Other than an online Help Center Square offers little in the way of human tech support. That can make setting up custom features, such as sales tax rates, difficult for non tech-savvy users.Price: Square has a 2.75 percent swipe fee, plus an additional 3.5 percent and a 15-cent transaction fee for card numbers that are keyed in manually.Who should use it: Business owners who are just getting started and want a moderately easy-to-use mobile payments service should consider going with Square, despite its lack of hands-on tech support.Related: 8 Great Time-Tracking Apps for FreelancersIntuit GoPaymentMountain View, Calif.-based Intuit offers Intuit GoPayment, which is built specifically to work with its QuickBooks accounting software.Pros: GoPayment transactions sync directly with QuickBooks PC and its web-based counterpart, QuickBooks Online. For Intuit Merchant Service users, it works with QuickBooks for Mac as well. Being able to flow transactions directly into your accounting software can save time that would otherwise be spent manually moving that data.Other perks include the ability to add up to 50 users per account and having automatic, location-based sales tax calculation for transactions.Cons: First, the physical reader is bulky — about three times larger than Square’s. Additionally, Intuit GoPayment doesn’t make it easy to key in cash payments, so you’ll have find another way to process those transactions and upload them to QuickBooks.Price: For $12.95 per month, you can cut the basic transaction fee Intuit takes per transaction from 2.7 percent to 1.7 percent (and from 3.7 percent to 2.7 percent for keyed rates). There are no transaction fees.Who should use it: For dedicated QuickBooks users, Intuit GoPayment offers significant convenience. But brick-and-mortar businesses that take cash as often as cards might want to think twice.Related: 10 Online Invoicing Services for Small-Business OwnersPayAnywhereBy Troy, Mich.-based merchant services and credit card processing company North American Bancard, PayAnywhere has been in business since 1992 — longer than any of the other services.Pros: PayAnywhere offers over-the-phone support, with separate phone lines for tech support and customer service. There is a live chat option on the PayAnywhere website, plus comprehensive video tutorials demonstrating the app’s features. PayAnywhere also is one of the few mobile payment apps to actively support BlackBerry devices.Cons: It works with any Apple AirPrint compatible device or Star thermal printer, which can be used to connect receipt printers and cash drawers to your device. But this only works for Apple devices, so you’re limited to using an iPhone or iPad.Price: PayAnywhere charges 2.69 percent per swipe, with 3.49 percent plus a 19-cent transaction fee for keyed transactions.Who should use it: For business owners who’d rather entrust their payment processing to a company that’s been doing it for more than just a few years, PayAnywhere might be the best option. And its 24/7 support can help mitigate any technical concerns.PayPal HereLaunched in March, this service connects with a user’s PayPal account and lets users process payments and track everything that happens for both online and offline sales.Pros: PayPal Here accepts the widest range of payments, including online invoices and payments through PayPal’s mobile app. Using a smartphone or tablet camera, it can also accept checks and take credit card payments without using the detachable card reader.And instead of having to wait one or more days for processing, funds are immediately available if spent with a PayPal Debit card.Cons: There is no dedicated app for the iPad or other tablets.Price: PayPal charges 2.7 percent per card swipe and 3.5 percent plus 15 cents for keyed transactions.Who should use it: PayPal users will most likely start with this service. So should businesses that do significant amounts of face-to-face and online sales.Related: Using an iPad to Boost Productivity (Video) last_img read more

Rethink Your Office Design Designing a More Effective Workspace

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 11, 2013 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The pros and cons of a workforce of telecommuters have made headlines recently. If your employees share the same office, the key to making the workspace more efficient and effective may be to think of it like an urban planner does a city.That’s how Kevin Kuske, general manager for Turnstone, an office furniture manufacturer that specializes in small and emerging companies, views workspace design. “Vibrant cities have various zones — for play, concentration, collaboration, socialization and creativity. Every great workspace should, as well,” says Kuske. “The overall setup of the space is crucial to creating a productive work environment.”Related: 4 Reasons Telecommuting Can Be Bad for BusinessHe recommends that companies reconfigure team spaces and add alternative settings that provide access to people and technology. Kuske says the workplace is about people solving problems together. Here are his tips for creating a space that fosters collaboration:1. Think beyond the desk.One of the elements of physical and creative well-being is movement. “Our bodies weren’t designed to sit in a 90-degree posture all day,” Kuske says. “Movement has physical and psychological benefits. An effective workplace has a mix of spaces and postures. It’s about breaking the bond between the user and the desk.”He suggests that small business owners create work areas that allow for standing as well as sitting, such as café-height tables for lunch or coffee breaks, traditional workstations, and sofa groups for meetings.2. Your office is an extension of your culture and brand.When you are designing your office space, consider what you want to convey about your business’s personality and culture. “It’s important to employees,” says Kuske. “It gives them a feeling of belonging, and that is what builds trust and creates bonds. Belonging also inspires innovation and creativity.”Not sure where to start? Kuske says a simple way to express your company’s personality is the use of color and the choice of furnishings. For example, “all white and gray can have adverse health effects,” he says. “Studies show that color impacts health and stress responses. Choosing the right colors may feel like the frivolous part of designing your office, but it’s not.” Kuske says the color blue helps workers feel more calm and productive while red is good for jobs that require accuracy and attention to detail.3. Include an area for meaningful play. “We’re all buried in emails, tweets and phone calls. Play breaks that non-productive drag and frees up the mind,” Kuske says.He’s worked with small-business owners who have included a ping-pong table and game area in their office. “We have a tendency to think only crazy start-ups design a workspace like that,” he says. “But these social spaces build bonds and get people communicating. It’s especially helpful when a company is in a fast growth period. Play means connection.”4. Allow employees to design their own workspace.”There is an idea that people have to be somebody else when they come to work,” Kuske says. He encourages small-business owners to give employees creativity in their work area, from allowing them to design and decorate their space to inviting them to bring their pets.”It teaches people it’s OK to be yourself,” he says. “When people are comfortable, they are more creative and productive.”Related: Inside 3 Inspiring Workplaces Register Now »last_img read more

6 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

first_imgSeptember 30, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Health insurance exchanges go online, the Guardian offers Masterclasses for creative types, SCORE gives treps the skinny on WordPress, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. wants a few good entrepreneurs, CreateTech conference draws an eclectic crowd in Brooklyn, Marc Andreessen sits down with the Pando Monthly… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Obamacare kicks in: For those who don’t currently have health insurance, this week marks the day when you too can access coverage through the federally-run health insurance exchanges. Check out your options with Entrepreneur’s ongoing Obamacare coverage. (Oct. 1)2. Your creative startup awaits: The Guardian Masterclasses series, is offering a class on launching a creative startup. Get three unique perspectives from very different creative entrepreneurs; Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, Pip Jamieson, co-founder of The Loop, and Danny Miller, co-founder and CEO of Human After All. (London, Sept 30.)3. Wrangle your website with WordPress: SCORE is offering a seminar on working with WordPress. Get a walkthrough of the software, and a live demonstration from Becky Davis, web designer and WordPress developer. (Chicago, Sept. 30)4. Make a big company partnership today: Sikorsky Innovation, the R&D division of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is looking for innovative ideas from entrepreneurs. Part of its Innovation Tour, the entrepreneurial challenge is looking to pair treps in specialized aerospace and rotorcraft with the leading manufacturing group to create opportunities in new markets. (Centennial, Colo., October 1)5. Get creative in Brooklyn: Introduce the left side of your brain to the right, merging logic with creativity at the CreateTech Conference. Full of inspiring speakers and an eclectic crowd, the theme of this event is investigating the “nexus of creativity and technology in marketing and culture.” (Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 2 – 3)6. The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Opsware, board member at Ebay, HP and Facebook, is a legend in Silicon Valley. This week the Pando Monthly series sits down with Andreessen to talk tech and venture capital. (San Francisco, Oct. 3) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Twitter Makes Images More Accessible for Visually Impaired

first_img 2 min read Twitter is making images more accessible for everyone — even the visually impaired.You can now add descriptions, or alternative text (alt text), to images in tweets. This feature is available on Twitter’s iOS and Android apps starting today.”Photos have been at the center of some of the biggest moments on Twitter,” staff engineer Todd Kloots wrote in a blog post. “As a core part of the Twitter experience, it’s important that images shared on our platform are accessible to everyone.”You can enable this feature via the “compose image descriptions” option in the Twitter app’s accessibility settings. For instructions, head over to this support article.Then, the next time you add an image to a tweet, you’ll see an “add description” button, which will let you insert your descriptive text. Image descriptions are limited to 420 characters, so you’ll have to be brief. “We’re excited to empower our customers and publishers to make images on Twitter accessible to the widest possible audience, so everyone can be included in the conversation and experience the biggest moments together,” Kloots wrote.Visually impaired individuals will have access to the descriptions via assistive technologies such as screen readers and braille displays.In other Twitter photo news, the company recentlybegan testing the ability to add stickers to photos, something Facebook rolled out a year ago. So far, however, the sticker feature is very experimental: Twitter has only reached out to a few users to get their opinions on how they might use stickers. March 30, 2016 Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on PCMag This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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