iOS 12 hands on: Apple fixes ghost of iOS 11 past

first_imgiOS 11 was perhaps one of Apple’s most buggiest updates ever. So much so that it pushed me to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone. From battery drain issues to autocorrect bugs to a Telugu character crashing the iPhone, iOS users saw it all this past year. To add fuel to the fire, Apple late last year admitted to throttling iPhone performance to prevent older iPhones from shutting down randomly. But with iOS 12, Apple is looking to fix a lot of its mistakes.Update: Apple released iOS 12 for the masses on September 17. For non-beta users, the update will be available OTA or via iTunes. If you have been using the public beta versions, you can downgrade easily by heading to Settings > General > Profiles. Click on the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile and then tap on Remove Profile. Once this is done, reboot the device and you should be downgraded to iOS 11 after which you’ll receive the official iOS 12 update via OTA.At WWDC 2018, Apple announced a few new features and improvements to iOS 12. And while they may not sound ground-breaking, a lot of what makes iOS 12 a worthy upgrade is with regards to performance, speed and reliability. And that’s exactly what the update brings based on my hands on experience with iOS 12 public beta, which is currently available for anyone to download. After spending some time with iOS 12, I can confidently say that this is one of the most stable updates from the company in a long while.advertisementiOS 12 is compatible with any device that is compatible with iOS 11. This means the iPhone X all the way back to the 2013 iPhone 5s will support iOS 12 and users of any of these models are eligible to download the public beta. Similarly, the update will be compatible with the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation all the way back to the iPad Mini 2. To download the public beta version, you must first enroll yourself with the Apple Beta Program using your Apple ID. Now, it’s always urged to download a pre-released beta update on a secondary device as such updates are expected to bring some bugs and issues.iOS 12 is a return to form When Apple announced iOS 12 at WWDC 2018, it opened by saying that iOS 11 saw a 95 per cent customer satisfaction, which sounded pretty strange considering all the issues the update brought with it. The issues got so out of hand that reports earlier in the year suggested that Apple will be taking the year to focus on performance and reliability and that iOS 12 will not be too showy, but will focus on bringing a kind of normalcy back to the mobile software. And this is exactly what Apple announced at its developers conference when it said it was “doubling down on performance” with iOS 12.Before talking about the new features, I feel it’s important to inform everyone that iOS 12 is an impressive update simply from a performance standpoint. I installed the beta update on the iPhone X, iPhone 7 and iPad Air 2 and found all three devices to run smoothly without a lot of glitches. While the iPhone X is still pretty new and performs smoothly as ever, I noticed a marked improvement in performance on older devices like the iPhone 7. Apple claimed that apps open twice as fast as before and camera opens from the locked screen around 70 per cent faster. While I can’t verify the speed to the dot, I can say that Apple’s claims are true for the most part.iOS 12 is definitely an update meant to make older iPhones great again. And it comes at a time when Apple planted a seed of distrust following its admonition that it intentionally slowed down older iPhones to protect aging batteries from causing random shutdowns. iOS 12 on the iPhone 7 noticeably improved performance with faster app load times, fewer lags and generally a smoother experience. Everything just feels faster and smoother. I also noticed some improvements to battery life, which is always great to hear when it comes to iOS updates.iOS 12 is definitely an update meant to make older iPhones great againFor those wondering about how iOS 12 works on even older iPhones, CNET recently performed a comparison between two iPhone 5s models – one with iOS 12 installed and one running iOS 11.4. The tests revealed that apps like Safari, Mail and sliding to open Camera all launched noticeably faster on iOS 12.iPad becomes more like the iPhone X iOS 12 isn’t as much about visual changes as it is about performance, stability and making life just a little bit easier. With iOS 12 on the iPad, not only do you get everything that we just mentioned, but Apple is also hinting at something very specific. Right after installing the update on my iPad Air 2, I couldn’t help but notice how certain changes to the UI seems inspired by the iPhone X. Swiping down from the top right corner brings the Control Center, similar to how it works on the iPhone X.advertisementSimilarly, the iPad gets some more navigation gestures inspired by the iPhone X. Swiping up from the bottom of the display will flick away an open app and take you to the home screen, while swiping up and around from the bottom right or left corner switches the app. To get the Dock for multitasking, you will need to swipe and hold for a bit. You will need to swipe up near the middle of the display to bring up the App Switcher.With iOS 12, Apple is preparing us for the inevitable removal of the Home Button on future iPadsI can’t help but feel Apple is preparing us for the eventual removal of the Home Button-cum-Touch ID with its next set of iPads. During my time with the iPad, I rarely felt the need to use the Home Button what with all the new navigations now added. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that 2018 iPads will be equipped with Face ID and will likely sport slimmer bezels. There’s also the possibility of these iPads sporting an iPhone X-like notch, and the latest iOS 12 is laying the groundwork for that.Measure app on iOS 12 Apple over the past couple of years has been pushing a lot for augmented reality. The company announced ARKit last year to allow third-party developers build AR apps by taking advantage of an iOS device’s camera, CPU, GPU and motion sensor. Since then a lot of measurement apps have cropped up, but Apple at WWDC 2018 decided to bring its own measuring app, simply called Measure.Measure is an app that is based on ARKit that allows you to measure real-world objects and environments. Opening the app launches the viewfinder and provides two tools for measurement – a measure scale and a level scale. The first one lets you measure objects in terms of centimeters and inches while the latter tells you whether an object is on a straight level.The camera will recognise corners and vibrate the iPhone so that you start measuring from that point. Tapping on the screen or the Plus icon will start the measuring and you can drag it to a another point to measure the length or height of something.My experience with the Measure app has been a little uneven. When it works, it works pretty well although I won’t say it’s extremely accurate at measuring. However, while testing it, the iPhone started heating within a minute. That being said, I didn’t encounter frequent app crashes and I found it to be a lot more intuitive than the Measure app Google designed for ARCore. The heating issue is a genuine concern and Apple will need to iron that out before the stable iOS 12 update rolls out.advertisementGrouped notifications One of the features as part of the “how to keep things clean 101” is Grouped Notifications. Much like Stacks in macOS Mojave, Grouped Notifications essentially brings together notifications of a similar kind and stacks them on on top of the other. So when you turn on the iPhone or the iPad, you’ll see your Messenger notifications stacked together and tapping them will drop the messengers down. Apple sees this as a more convenient way from having to scroll through endless notifications, but I’m not too sure how I feel about this feature.I like having all my notifications right there at a glance as it helps me quickly reply. But I do appreciate the idea of having notifications grouped together, especially if someone constantly receives notifications from Facebook, Twitter, mails and messages throughout the day. It makes sorting through messages a whole lot easier and it’s easy on you eyes too. The feature on iOS 12 beta didn’t always group notifications and it’s probably a minor bug that should be fixed with the stable update. Additionally, you also get the option to have your notifications delivered quietly to you in the notification center without popping up on your lock screen or making any sound when delivered.Screen Time Google and Apple are both of the opinion that we spend too much time on our phones. Both Google’s Digital Wellbeing and Apple’s Screen Time look to provide you with information on how much time you’re spending on your favourite apps, so that you have an idea on whether you’re overdoing it. Screen Time on iOS shows you how much time you have spent on certain apps.Within Screen Time, you have options like Downtime, which lets you schedule the amount of time you want to spend away from the phone. Once you enter the schedule time frame, you’ll receive a pop up telling you that you’ve reached your limit on an app, say Facebook or Twitter. You can then either close the app or choose to ignore the limit and continue browsing the app. That’s the biggest difference between Screen Time and Google’s Digital Wellbeing. Google is pretty strict with its limits as it won’t let you continue using the app unless you go to the dashboard app and manually remove the limit, whereas Apple is giving the user the choice to decide whether they want to quit the app or continue browsing.Apple’s way is not as rigid compared to Google and I’m okay with thatApple’s way is not as rigid compared to Google and I’m okay with that. Screen Time is a pretty neat feature and gave me a good summary at the end of the week of how much time I spent on apps and how many times I picked up the iPhone. The latter was quite an eye-opener as well.Memoji Apart from a stunning edge-to-edge design, the iPhone X is also unique because it’s the only iPhone that supports Animoji, which are essentially smileys that reflect your facial movements thanks to the sensors inside the notch on the X. With iOS 12, Apple added another fun new exclusive feature called Memoji, which is basically a 3D avatar of yourself. The sad part is that we can still only access Memoji and Animoji through iMessage. With Memoji, you can create your own avatar by choosing the skin colour, hair, facial features like beard and size of nose and accessories like a cap.Once created, you can use your Memoji as you would an Animoji and send it to another iPhone X user. Since you have to create your own avatar from scratch, it’s unlikely your Memoji will look anything like you. After a while, the novelty of it fades away and I found myself going back to the good old Animojis. The most notable new feature here is the ability to use Animoji and Memoji while on a FaceTime video call. That was pretty fun to use and i’m sure that’s going to be a popular feature going forward. Speaking of FaceTime, iOS 12 now allows up to 32 people to join in on a FaceTime call or video. We tried testing this out in beta but it mostly started crashing when adding a third person to the chat.There are tons of other features on iOS 12 that would really stretch this article beyond its limits, which is why I chose to highlight the most notable of them. I have been quite impressed with the stability and performance that iOS 12 brings to the iPhone, especially on older models and I would definitely recommend installing this on a secondary device to check out all the new features. Apple should release the stable build sometime around September as it has done in the past.last_img read more

Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan challenge Vijender Singh after ‘kid’ comment

first_imgPugilists Neeraj Goyat and Vikas Krishan have challenged Vijender Singh for a fight in November after the star boxer called Neeraj a ‘kid’.After registering his 11th consecutive victory in the professional circuit by outsmarting American Mike Snider in New Jersey recently, Vijender had said that Pakistan-origin British pugilist Amir Khan has been playing with ‘kids’ so far.Amir had raised questions over Vijender’s abilities and skills when the Indian boxer started his professional career.Speaking on the sidelines of an event where he was felicitated for his recent win in the US, Vijender said: “I am always ready, you should ask him (Amir). He has been playing with ‘kids’ all this time. He was supposed to fight Neeraj Goyat, but our boxer got injured. Neeraj is junior to us. After that, he fought with some Australian boxer and won. As I said earlier, I maintain my stand that I’am any day ready to take him on… I just want to know when he will be ready.”Both Amir and Vijender compete in different weight categories. The Indian pugilist’s weight category is higher than Amir’s.Meanwhile, Vijender’s ‘kid’ comment did not go down well with Neeraj, who tweeted: “Calling me kid @boxervijender. I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav (Vikas Krishan) in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready?”Calling me kid @boxervijender I’m the only Indian boxer who has defeated a world champion in his own country #canxu #china. I want you to face @officialvkyadav in me and @amirkingkhan undercard in november this year. Are you ready ? @trboxing #sbl Goyat (@GoyatNeeraj) July 20, 2019Backing him, Vikas tweeted: “@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring.”@boxervijender neeraj and @amirkingkhan are of same weight category let them fight. As @GoyatNeeraj said we are of same weight category,we must fight under their card in November this year. Let’s face each other in the ring. @trboxing #sbl Krishan Boxer (@officialvkyadav) July 20, 2019Neeraj has also vowed to challenge Amir after recovering from the injuries he sustained in an accident that ruled him out of the big showdown against the British star earlier this month.Amir kept up his aim for a massive showdown with the legendary Manny Pacquiao by blowing away Billy Dib in Jeddah earlier this month.Also Read | Stop fighting children, I am ready for a bout: Vijender Singh challenges Amir KhanAlso Read | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback boutlast_img read more

Allegri pleased with defensive showing

first_imgJuventus ‘They didn’t hurt us’ – Allegri satisfied with defensive stability against Barcelona Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:20 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dybala Messi Juventus Barcelona Champions League Getty Images Juventus Juventus v Barcelona Barcelona UEFA Champions League The Juve boss was pleased with his side’s ability to slow down Barca’s talented front line in their Champions League encounter Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his team for holding “extraordinary” players at bay in a 0-0 Champions League draw against Barcelona.Juve 5/2 to beat Crotone -3 handicapThe goalless draw in Turin left Juve in second in Group D, three points behind La Liga giants Barca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But, coming off a shock 3-2 loss at Sampdoria in the Serie A, Allegri was pleased with the way his team defended on Wednesday.”The boys did really well. When you play games like this, everyone needs to defend. They worked well when not in possession and we made it difficult for Barcelona to play through our defence,” he said.”This means we’ve done well and we need to kick on from here. Today, I was more interested in the performance than the result, because in Genoa we conceded goals that Juve cannot concede.”Tonight, faced with some extraordinary players, we maintained a very high level of focus and they didn’t hurt us. When Juve defend like that, it’s very tough to score.”FT: Honours even at Allianz Stadium. #JuveFCB #ForzaJuve — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017 Juve remain well-placed to reach the last 16, facing a trip to Olympiacos on the final matchday of the group on December 5.Allegri’s men are a point ahead of third-placed Sporting CP and the coach said a win in Greece would be the aim.”It was a really good game from a tactical perspective and our first 0-0 of the season,” he said.”We found some space in the first half but struggled a bit in the second, though we did manage to create some chances through Douglas Costa and [Paulo] Dybala.”It’s an important point and means we’ll go to Athens knowing a draw may not be enough and that we need to win.”last_img read more

BPA 2019 Will Be about More Than Just Brexit

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The British Ports Association is looking at challenges and opportunities facing UK ports beyond Brexit this year.The BPA is keen to focus on port sector promotion, increased public transport investment, planning/consenting improvements and issues around people and safety which will all be priorities for all ports across the UK.Additionally, potential new border controls, changes to environmental and regulatory rules and a new fisheries policy remain as major themes for the industry in 2019.“2019 will be another critical year for UK ports and in the coming months we should start to know what Brexit will look like. UK ports provides important international gateways for goods and passengers and it is essential that the industry features highly in the Government’s Brexit considerations,” Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive, said.“This is particularly important to pro-trade facilitation measures in relation to any new border control processes at British ports and especially at the UK’s network of Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports which facilitate much of the UK’s European trade.”Alongside Brexit the BPA has been promoting a Port Zoning policy which it will be looking to evidence and provide further analysis on.“The BPA’s Port Development and Enterprise Zone concept is our vision is for areas around ports to be classified with a special planning, consenting, business and regulatory status to help stimulate port development and growth,” Ballantyne continued.The idea could see the growth of a network regional hubs around port and coastal locations across the UK.The BPA will also be promoting the case for increased road and rail infrastructure investment to better connect UK ports and encourage the development of a new national freight strategy to better facilitate trade and cargo transportation.In 2019 the BPA will also be examining safety and skills at ports, supporting the working of the industry body Port Skills and Safety which leads on training and landside safety issues for ports, and other relevant topics.last_img read more

Ready to face assembly polls in Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth

first_imgChennai: Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth Friday said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. “Whenever the assembly elections are held,” was the actor’s brief response to a question as to when his political entry was expected. Asked if he would take a decision based on the outcome of bypolls to 18 assembly segments held on Thursday along with 38 Lok Sabha seats, Rajinikanth said he will respond after the results are out. To a question if the results may lead to assembly polls in the state and whether he would then face them, the actor shot back, “Ready to face, whenever they are held.” The bypolls to four other seats will be held on May 19.last_img read more

Top UN relief official discusses humanitarian concerns with Sri Lankan President

9 August 2007Assistance for returnees and ensuring the safety of civilians and aid workers were on the agenda today as United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss humanitarian matters in the South Asian island nation. “Discussions on how to solve many humanitarian concerns were held in a positive spirit,” Mr. Holmes said after the meeting, which took place on the last day of a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. “There is now an opportunity to move forward constructively on many issues related to humanitarian assistance.”The meeting focused on relief operations in the north and east of the country. Mr. Holmes spoke with the President regarding his visit to Batticaloa and Vaharai in eastern Sri Lanka, where UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have helped over 100,000 people return to their homes in areas taken by the Government after clashes with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Both Mr. Holmes and President Rajapaksa agreed that rehabilitating livelihoods and agriculture, as well as rebuilding civil administration and the police force, take precedence in assisting returnees to rebuild their lives.Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, welcomed the President’s assurance regarding the planned disarmament of paramilitary groups in the country’s east, which could bolster protection of returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other groups affected by the conflict.More than 160,000 civilians became displaced in eastern Sri Lanka between October last year and May, according to UN humanitarian officials, including some people who were also displaced when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the country in December 2004. Additionally, at least 3,500 people have been killed in the past year because of the renewed fighting in the decades-long conflict.Mr. Holmes also underscored the importance of humanitarian agencies having continued and unimpeded access, as well as of improved safety for civilians.“It is vital to develop a strong partnership between the Government and humanitarian actors to better assist those most affected by the conflict,” he said. “If humanitarian workers are better able to do their job, international support for recovery and normalization in eastern Sri Lanka will become much more likely.”The two also agreed that the investigations into the killings of humanitarian workers – especially the 17 staff of the French NGO, Action against Hunger, who were killed last August – should be resolved quickly. read more

Brahimi urges world to have realistic goals for peace processes

Accepting the medal at a ceremony in Munich, Mr. Brahimi said his experiences over the past 15 years of trying to help resolve conflicts and build stable states around the world showed “that this business of peace-making is not getting any easier.”But he said the international community’s agendas have changed during the same period – both about what can be achieved and how quickly.”They have become more ambitious and multi-faceted, seeking to promote justice, national reconciliation, human rights, gender equality, the rule of law, sustainable economic development and democracy, all at the same time, from day one, now, immediately, even including in the midst of conflict.”Mr. Brahimi said his work as a negotiator and adviser in Lebanon, South Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq since 1989 taught him that luck and good timing are invaluable and that establishing peace is always highly risky.Referring to Iraq, where he helped facilitate the formation of the interim Government that took office last month, he said rebuilding the country can succeed, thanks to Iraq’s “many talented and educated people, as well as abundant natural resources.”But he said the lack of security, the legacy of decades of repression, the destruction of state institutions and deep inter- and intra-sectarian tensions mean any political, social or economic reconstruction will be extremely difficult.Mr. Brahimi urged the world to be realistic about what the UN can achieve, adding that the international community also has to play its part to help post-conflict countries “improve the odds for success.” read more

Annan lauds progress against arms smuggling calls for accord against illicit arms

In a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuyasu Abe at the opening at UN Headquarters in New York of the Second Biennial Meeting of States reviewing their progress in implementing policy decisions on eliminating weapons smuggling, Mr. Annan said, “I am delighted to note the progress so far.””More than 60 States have established national coordinating bodies and many have developed national action plans to address the problem of proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons,” he added. “We must not relax our efforts to combat the scourge of illicit small arms and light weapons, which continue to kill, maim and displace scores of thousands of innocent people every year.”Citing his UN reform report, “In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All,” which will be the major item on the agenda of the summit Mr. Annan is convening, he urged the international community “to expedite negotiations on a legally binding instrument to combat illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons,” adding, “I hope the World Summit will provide high-level impetus toward this goal.”The five-day Second Biennial Meeting of States comes just after the end of the most recent meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group drafting the binding instrument to enable governments to identify, trace and stop the movement of illicit small arms and light weapons around the world, he said. According to an expert report to the General Assembly two years ago, Member States said a key element in implementing the “Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” is the ability to trace such illicit weapons and identify their origins.”I am encouraged by the Working Group’s agreement on a draft instrument,” Mr. Annan said. “It is an important step towards realizing commitments under the Programme of Action and I am hopeful that it augurs well not only for the success of the Second Biennial Meeting, but also for the 2005 World Summit this September.” read more

Yahoo confirms huge data breach affecting 500 million accounts

Yahoo confirms huge data breach affecting 500 million accounts by Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 3:09 pm MDT FILE – In this June 5, 2014, file photo, people walk in front of a Yahoo sign at the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo says the personal information of 500 million accounts have been stolen in a massive security breakdown that represents the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company. The breach disclosed on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, dates back to late 2014. Yahoo is blaming the hack on a “state-sponsored actor.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yahoo said hackers stole personal information from 500 million of its user accounts, a massive security breakdown it attributed to a “state sponsored actor.” The breach disclosed Thursday, the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company, dates back to late 2014.That’s when high-tech thieves hacked into Yahoo’s data centres, the company said. But Yahoo only recently discovered the break-in as part of an ongoing internal investigation.The stolen data includes users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords, and the security questions — and answers — used to verify an accountholder’s identity.Last month, the tech site Motherboard reported that a hacker who uses the name “Peace” boasted that he had account information belonging to 200 million Yahoo users and was trying to sell the data on the web.Yahoo recommends that users change their passwords if they haven’t done so since 2014. The Sunnyvale, California, company said its investigation so far hasn’t found any evidence that information about users’ bank accounts or credit and debit cards were swiped in the hacking attack. It said it has “no evidence” that the attacker is still in Yahoo’s network.News of the security lapse could cause some people to have second thoughts about relying on Yahoo’s services, raising a prickly issue for the company as it tries to sell its digital operations to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion.That deal, announced two months ago, isn’t supposed to close until early next year. That leaves Verizon with wiggle room to renegotiate the purchase price or even back out if it believes the security breach will harm Yahoo’s business. That could happen if users shun Yahoo or file lawsuits because they’re incensed by the theft of their personal information.Verizon said it still doesn’t know enough about the Yahoo break-in to assess the potential consequences. “We will evaluate as the investigation continues through the lens of overall Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and related communities,” the company said in a statement. read more

Prince Charles How Britains rich craft heritage is the key to our

It was nearly thirty years ago that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, my beloved grandmother, suggested to the Royal Warrant Holders Association – that distinguished body of tradesmen supplying their crafts, services and products to the Royal Households – that they should establish a charity to support and sustain Britain’s cultural heritage… Over the last 30 years the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust has awarded more than £4 million to craftspeople including glassmakers, thatchers, handloom weavers and stained-glass artists. In a new book, A Celebration of British Craftsmanship, the Prince of Wales pays a touching tribute to his beloved grandmother’s charity, of which he is now patron

Adobe Makes FlashToHTML5 Conversion Easy

first_imgWhile Adobe isn’t a big fan of the fact that the iPad doesn’t support its ubiquitous Flash video standard, the company still wants to play a part in getting content on Apple’s iOS platform. So it has just released a new online tool that makes converting Flash into the iPad-friendly HTML5 format a piece of cake.Content creators can still create videos in Flash for the millions of Web viewers who can actually view it, and then plug it into the Adobe tool, Wallaby, when they’re ready to bring the same content over to the iPad.Streaming sound, embedded text, and ActionScript, as well as some 3D effects, cannot be converted to HTML5 with the tool. However, all the basic features like layers, font embedding, scenes, images, and FrameSets are all easily converted from one format to the other.Adobe recommends using Wallaby with iOS version 4.2 or later to prevent stability issues.Via EweekAdChoices广告last_img read more

Photo booth 3D prints your face creating the perfect holiday gift

first_imgLooking for the perfect gift for the geek in your life? Or perhaps you want to add a tasteful bust to your home, but don’t know any sculptors to commission for the piece. Luckily, this is 2012 and you’re basically living in the future. With this new addition to MakerBot’s standard 3D printer, you can now create distinguished, 3D-printed busts (plinth not included).It all starts with pictures taken with Direct Dimensions’ ShapeShot photo booth software. The method employs the use of four “off-the-shelf” digital cameras, specifically positioned to capture different angles of the subject’s face. The cameras simultaneously take pictures of the subject, then the resulting four images are combined to create a 3D image of subject. ShapeShot provides a user community where people can share their 3D portraits, as well as some apps where users can play with their 3D portrait. In conjunction with MakerBot, the 3D printer takes the portrait, slices it into layers, and prints the result.Though the 3D portrait doesn’t exactly have a practical use, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis hopes 3D-printed heads will create some public interest in the 3D printing community. Recently, a photo booth appeared in Japan that returns small, full-body figures, ranging from 10-20 cm tall. However, it was not made clear if the figures are actually 3D-printed, or the made by hand.At the moment, the only way to obtain a MakerBot portrait is to visit its store in New York City, where you’ll spend around five minutes having your picture taken. After that, you’d place your order with MakerBot, and they’d ship out the finished bust in four-to-six weeks. Not as instantly gratifying as a regular photo booth, but the end result is much more unique. Throw the head in a jar, fill it with some colored liquid, and proudly display your new head-in-a-jar the next time you want to dress up as a Futurama character.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

10 millions dannées pour se remettre de la grande extinction

first_img10 millions d’années pour se remettre de la grande extinctionUne étude chinoise et britannique montre qu’il aura fallu 10 millions d’années à la Terre pour qu’elle puisse se remettre de la plus grande extinction de masse de tous les temps, vieille de 252 millions d’années.Il y a 252 millions d’années, un certain nombre de chocs physiques comme le volcanisme, l’impact de météorites et la libération de méthane aurait provoqué la disparition de 90% des organismes vivants, sur terre comme en mer. En effet, ces facteurs auraient causé un réchauffement de la planète, des pluies acides et l’acidification puis l’anoxie de l’océan unique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Il est difficile d’imaginer à quel point la vie a disparu, mais il n’y a aucun doute, à la suite de l’analyse de strates géologiques partout dans le monde, qu’il s’agissait de la plus grande crise jamais traversée par la vie”, explique le Dr Zhong Qiang Chen, de l’Université chinoise de géosciences à Wuhan cité par Radio-canada. Depuis longtemps maintenant, les scientifiques essaient de déterminer à quelle vitesse la vie a récupéré suite à ce cataclysme unique en son genre. Or, de récentes données recueillies par le Dr Chen et par le Pr Michael Benton, de l’Université de Bristol, laissent à penser que deux phénomènes expliquent le temps qui a été nécessaire pour la récupération : l’intensité de la crise et les conditions difficiles qui régnaient pendant environ cinq à six millions d’années après la crise initiale. En outre, les apparitions de répliques à cette crise primaire ont causé bien des problèmes à certaines espèces animales qui ont eu du mal à trouver leur équilibre. Les travaux publiés dans la revue Nature Geoscience estiment ainsi qu’il aura en tout fallu attendre 10 millions d’années avant que les organismes vivants ne se soient parfaitement adaptés à leur nouvel environnement.Le 29 mai 2012 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Anonymous Online Shopping Dont Come Easy—Or Cheap

first_imgStay on target Google Fit Now Tracks Workouts on iOSCreepy Walmart Patent Reveals Shopping Carts That Track Your Pulse To paraphrase Hall & Oates: Tech companies, they’re watching you; they see your every move.Which makes it difficult to do just about anything on the Web without being tracked.But one hacker security expert has a few tips on how to avoid those prying eyes while shopping online.Kevin Mitnick—best known for his high-profile mid-’90s arrest, trial, and five-year prison sentence for computer-related crimes—collaborated with CBS News to outline the steps necessary for evading digital pursuit.Your first move: Buy a prepaid gift card. The kind Visa and MasterCard sell, pre-loaded with funds. Instead of being linked to a bank account or providing a line of credit, the amount is limited by the value assigned to the card.If you’re really serious about this whole anonymity thing, go ahead and purchase a new computer. (One not associated with anyone’s Internet history.) Then pick up a hotspot to connect to the Web and a mobile phone to register for email accounts.“So we’re buying a burner phone to register for things online?” CBS’s Tony Dokoupil asked.“Right, and also have a call-back number because when you do online shopping, they always want to have a phone number,” Mitnick explained.The process really requires a clean slate—and a bit of pocket change. CBS reportedly invested some $400 on equipment, just to ensure companies had “no way to associate our real identities with what we were doing online.”“When you want more security, it’s more inconvenient,” Mitnick admitted.“People will go to the trouble of anonymizing themselves to protect their privacy,” he told CBS.But simply opening an “incognito” window in your browser is not enough.“When you normally go on your computer at your home or office, you’re assigned an IP address by your Internet service provider,” he continued. “And it’s quite easy to, you know, track that type of information.”The smallest mistake, like shipping items to your home address, could collapse the entire house of cards you so painstakingly (and expensively) built.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Lars Sullivan went missing and now found according to tweet by representative

first_img Lars Sullivan’s first WWE match announced at Super ShowDown, Updated card Twitter Google+ WWE announces new segments scheduled for Smackdown Live this Tuesday Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Update on Lars Sullivan’s injury, identity of janitor “Gary Garbutt” on last night’s RAW According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, a tweet by one of Lars Sullivan’s representatives stated that Sullivan went missing and was then found:There has been a lot of speculation about Lars recently. It’s true, he went missing several weeks ago and I was just able to contact him this morning. Lars wants everyone to know he is in a good place, and is sorry to everyone he’s disappointed.Best, WC— LarsWWE (@LarsSWWE) January 27, 2019The tweet has apparently been removed. More on this when it becomes available.Sullivan, who made a name for himself in WWE as part of the NXT brand, was scheduled to be brought up to the main roster in recent weeks and feud with John Cena.last_img read more

Checking up on the home rule charter

first_imgClark County council Chair Marc Boldt said he regularly shows up at the Dragonfly Cafe on the ground floor of the county’s Public Service Center to get some face time with county employees. For much of May, he got an earful. Earlier that month, the council unexpectedly voted to oust Mark McCauley as county manager. McCauley had started working at the county in 2001 and had developed a close bond with the rank-and-file while working his way up to the county’s top executive position. “ ‘We’re shocked,’ ” Boldt recalled hearing from employees about McCauley. “They didn’t understand why we did this.” The council has only offered generalities about firing McCauley, the first county manager under the recently implemented Clark County home rule charter, saying they wanted a new “direction” and a different kind of leadership.But after a few weeks of these meetings, Boldt said things got back to normal.“I think we’ve withstood the test,” Boldt said of the county’s ability to remove the unelected county manager under the home rule charter. But three years after Clark County voters approved the charter, the county is figuring out what normal means in other ways.last_img read more

Town hall this Saturday for state 17th District

first_imgVancouver — Residents of the 17th Legislative District will have a chance to get a preview of the upcoming 2018 legislative session and ask their lawmakers questions at a town hall meeting that will be held Saturday.According to a news release, the event will be co-hosted by state Sen. Lynda Wilson and state Reps. Paul Harris and Vicki Kraft, all Vancouver Republicans who represent the district.The meeting will be open to the public and held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave. in Vancouver.last_img

Pivotal law makes children safer in Turks and Caiocos new Protocol signed

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#MultiAgencyProtocol#childreninTCIbetterprotected Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Children in the Turks and Caicos are today better protected under the law than they have ever been; a major move to bolster the country’s legal framework culminated in a signing ceremony on Wednesday, reflecting nine years of work to see a revolutionary protocol made law.She said the new protocol dictates how to handle cases involving child neglect and abuse, will speed up the process yet make it more thorough and break down any existing barriers between the agencies meant to be heroes to  our children.“It definitely would mean that we would come together more often, have case conferences, case updates and share information on the various cases in child protection that we are working on.”Minister of Home Affairs Delroy Williams said signing the Multi Agency Protocol is a firm statement about how Turks and Caicos wants to see its children treated.   Thomas Browne agrees, saying the TCI was the last overseas territory to sign the document into law, but now the relevant actors when it comes to child protection have a world class framework with more bite.“This document spells out specifically that each agency will be required to do, their timelines, working together, what the community and the country should expect as it relates to child protection.   So it brings it all together and makes it an official document, a guide, your bible for child protection and child safeguarding.”center_img Related Items:#childreninTCIbetterprotected, #magneticmedianews, #MultiAgencyProtocollast_img read more

A quarter believe their organisations do not help them manage stress in

first_imgAround a quarter (26%) of respondents feel that their organisation does not help them to manage stress in the workplace, with 36% stating that they have had ongoing workplace stress for the past five years, according to research by Peldon Rose and The Stress Management Society.The survey of 950 UK-based individuals also found that 64% have poor or below average mental wellbeing, based on the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale; this uses seven questions to explore individuals’ emotions, quality of interpersonal relations and psychological functioning. Two-fifths (41%) of respondents were found to have poor mental wellbeing.Approximately half (48%) of respondents have taken a day off work because of their mental health. This rises to 53% for respondents aged between 35 and 50, compared to 43% of respondents aged between 18 and 34.Jitesh Patel (pictured), chief executive officer at Peldon Rose, said: “This new research is an urgent wake up call for employers to start assessing what their people and businesses really need to be healthy and productive, and start addressing the concerning levels of stress [among] the nation’s employees.”Over half (56%) of respondents cite increasing or heavy workloads as their main cause of workplace stress, compared to 46% who believe having limited time to focus on wellbeing impacts their stress levels and 37% who blame poor, slow or outdated technology.With this in mind, 49% of respondents want their employers to introduce a yoga and meditation room to help them manage stress, 50% want access to exercise facilities at the office, 42% wish employers would provide quiet working areas and 38% want their organisations to implement breakout spaces. Currently, 54% of respondents feel that their employer does not support mindfulness or meditation.“[Employees] are appealing to employers to help them to build time into their working day to focus on exercise and wellbeing and to provide the right office environment to facilitate this. Employers must listen, stand back and introduce the necessary, bold, new changes that will transform the culture and mental health of their workforce,” Patel added.The majority (95%) of respondents think that their physical work environment is important for their wellbeing and mental health; however, 51% also believe that their current working environment does not have a positive effect. Less than half (49%) feel their current environment does not positively affect their wellbeing, compared to 47% who see no positive impacts on their mood and 43% who do not note any improvement in productivity.More than half (52%) of respondents, on the other hand, feel that their office environment does support them to take regular breaks, 37% believe it encourages them to exercise and 26% think their office encourages them to meditate.The research further found that 75% of respondents occupy sedentary roles and 36% work nine or more hours a day.Neil Shah, chief de-stressing officer at The Stress Management Society, said: “I am a massive believer that going to work should make [employees] healthy. Most organisations want to reduce or mitigate the amount of stress or poor wellbeing [caused for] employees; how about turning that on its head, so [that] going to work boosts [staff] wellbeing and is good for [their] mental, physical and emotional state?“As the pressures and demands of life just keep increasing, and the pace of life continues to accelerate more and more, people are finding themselves overwhelmed. The consequences of this are far-reaching, both to the individual, the team and the organisation. It is clear that if we want our organisations to succeed and thrive we need to focus on our most important asset, our people. Aligning people, culture, wellbeing strategy with the physical environment is critical to the success of this. There is no one-size-fits-all solution; we want to see more organisations offering different and innovative ways to give people the culture and physical space to maximise their wellbeing.”last_img read more