Month: August 2019

Researchers Uncover Physics of Coiling RopesResearchers Uncover Physics of Coiling Ropes

first_imgDifferent coiling configurations with rope dropped from different heights and velocities: (a) height: 1.2 cm, velocity: 26 cm/s-1; (b) height: 30 cm, velocity: 2.3 cm/s-1; (c) height: 80 cm, velocity: 100 cm/s-1. Citation: Researchers Uncover Physics of Coiling Ropes (2007, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Designer threads: New insight into protein fiber assembly Explore further When a mountain climber drops a rope, it often forms a series of coils on the ground. Not only thick ropes, but also sewing thread and even cooked spaghetti behave in a similar way. Recently, scientists have carried out the first controlled laboratory experiments on the peculiar phenomenon of coiling ropes, revealing the surprising dynamics behind it. Researchers Mehdi Habibi, Neil Ribe, and Daniel Bonn, together representing the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences in Iran, the École Normale Supérieure and the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, and the University of Amsterdam, have published their results on the coiling of elastic ropes in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. “With the results of this work, we — finally — are able to understand such a widespread phenomenon as rope coiling,” Bonn told “Understanding coiling is important, for instance, in the food industry, where one needs to fill jars with visco-elastic materials such as yogurt or mayonnaise. Coiling has also been used to make pottery.”The scientists used two experimental setups to investigate the different conditions under which coiling occurs. In the first setup, they wound sewing thread onto a wheel, which was rotated by an electric motor to feed the thread down through a hole at a fixed rate (with tests from 0.3 – 200 cm/sec-1) onto a flat surface 2 – 200 cm below. In the second setup, they softened long pieces of spaghetti in water, and used a syringe or a rod to eject the noodles downward from a vertical glass tube. By comparing their laboratory measurements with the predictions of a numerical model, the group developed a phase diagram showing the different styles of coiling that occur depending on the fall height and velocity. Depending on these variables, there are three basic regimes where coiling can occur. “For the lowest fall heights and velocities, the coil frequency and radius are dictated by the geometry: the coiling frequency, for instance follows simply from the fall height and rope velocity,” Bonn explained. “For intermediate heights and velocities, there is a balance between the gravity force and the rope’s elasticity that uniquely determines the frequency and radius of coiling. For very high velocities and heights, it’s mainly the inertia of the rope that dictates its behavior, but the elasticity of the rope remains important: this is the inertial regime.”Habibi, Ribe and Bonn found that the inertial regime in particular is surprisingly complex. First, they observed that a thin thread fed at very high velocities becomes unstable to form a “figure of eight” pattern that persists for the length of the thread. Second, they found that coiling in the inertial regime can occur with different frequencies for a given feed rate and fall height. The different frequencies correspond to resonant oscillations of the nearly vertical upper part of the rope, which can vibrate either as a weak “string” or as a stiff “shaft” depending on the feed rate and the fall height. These oscillations are excited when their natural frequencies happen to match the basic “inertial regime” frequency dictated by the coiled part of the rope just above the ground. The scientists noted that other examples of coiling “elastic rods” include phenomena such as the kinking of telephone cables on the ocean floor, the coiled tendrils of climbing plants exhibiting handedness reversal, and the supercoiling of DNA strands. The coiling of liquid ropes, such as a thread of honey falling onto toast, has also received recent attention, and shares some similarities with the coiling of elastic ropes. Citation: Habibi, M., Ribe, N. M., and Bonn, Daniel. “Coiling of Elastic Ropes.” Physical Review Letters 99, 154302 (2007).Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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

Medias W N05E in wings as twoscreen smartphoneMedias W N05E in wings as twoscreen smartphone

first_img © 2013 IPhone to get larger screen: A report to take with a grain of salt? Credit: As for text entry, the carrier is promoting the keyboard feature as easy to use and ideal for users keen on action on social networking sites, along with those who like the idea of a having a new sort of mini-tablet. Turned on its side, the bottom screen can behave as the keyboard.Outside Japan, bloggers are already posing questions about what a two-screen form factor could mean with regard to predictions that the “phablet” form factor is poised for takeoff. The nuance is in bigger smartphones biting into established lines of smaller tablets. Estimates so far point to 2018 as the year phablets will show their strength in accounting for 25 percent of smartphone sales. At the same time, tech watchers have noted that power issues could keep two-screen form factors from marketplace takeoff right away, but the new Medias W is worth watching nonetheless. Explore further (—Springtime will spring a new two-screen smartphone in Japan from NTT Do Como, and there is a lot of talk in the air already about what the new Medias WN-05E will spell for a rising tide of form factors now dubbed “phablets.” The two-screens in this phone are hinged back to back and provide the user with the opportunity to use the screens independently of each other—playing a game on one screen, for example, while checking out a map on the other screen—or having the two screens behave as one bigger screen. The smartphone is slated for an April release; pricing and a time frame to launch the phone outside Japan are not yet known. Citation: Medias W N-05E in wings as two-screen smartphone (2013, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The two-screen Medias W, with an 8.1MP camera, is an Android 4.1 smartphone; there are two 960 x 540 4.3-inch screens displays, and it has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor. The LCD screens are on the outside of the clamshell rather than the inside. The clamshell-shaped device, when unhinged, has screens that can operate side to side if you wish to multitask, or can be combined into a larger screen. DigInfo TV has carried a video showing the phone and its functions. A map is shown on both screens; a user could check out a map on the bigger screen, putting up with the line seam in the middle, but would be able to pinch and zoom across the pair of screens. More information: 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

A certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help preventA certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help prevent

first_img © 2017 (—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has found that adding a certain type of salt to liquid pesticides greatly reduces waste due to splashing. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their research and the properties of the salt that help prevent splashing. Explore further Play Description of the process involved in controlling liquid splash with the surfactant Aerosol OT. Credit: Carla Schaffer/ AAAS There is still more work to do, the team notes, before pesticide makers can start adding the salt to their products—tests must be run on a wide variety of plant types and with leaves at various stages of development. If things work out, farmers could significantly reduce the amount of pesticide they must spray on their crops, reducing both runoff and costs. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Water splash with the surfactant Aerosol OT on a tilted superhydrophobic surface. Credit: Song et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602188 More information: Meirong Song et al. Controlling liquid splash on superhydrophobic surfaces by a vesicle surfactant, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602188AbstractDeposition of liquid droplets on solid surfaces is of great importance to many fundamental scientific principles and technological applications, such as spraying, coating, and printing. For example, during the process of pesticide spraying, more than 50% of agrochemicals are lost because of the undesired bouncing and splashing behaviors on hydrophobic or superhydrophobic leaves. We show that this kind of splashing on superhydrophobic surfaces can be greatly inhibited by adding a small amount of a vesicular surfactant, Aerosol OT. Rather than reducing splashing by increasing the viscosity via polymer additives, the vesicular surfactant confines the motion of liquid with the help of wettability transition and thus inhibits the splash. Significantly, the vesicular surfactant exhibits a distinguished ability to alter the surface wettability during the first inertial spreading stage of ~2 ms because of its dense aggregates at the air/water interface. A comprehensive model proposed by this idea could help in understanding the complex interfacial interactions at the solid/liquid/air interface. Play Water splash without surfactant on a tilted superhydrophobic surface. Credit: Song et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602188 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help prevent waste due to splashing (2017, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from When farmers spray pesticides onto crops, the researchers note, almost half of the liquid bounces off the plant leaves and winds up on the ground as waste—such splashing also causes uneven leaf coverage, as well. A lot of research has gone into finding additives for fertilizers that both reduce splashing and are not harmful to the humans that will eventually eat the crops, but until now, the search has been futile. In this new effort, the researchers in China report that they believe they have at long last found the right substance—a type of salt called dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. In the commercial world, it is known as Aerosol OT, and is already used in a variety of products including pharmaceuticals and printer ink.Adding a small amount (one part per hundred) of Aerosol OT to liquid fertilizer, the research team found, caused the liquid to adhere to leaves rather than bounce or splash off of them. Filming the action and replaying it in slow motion revealed that the salt caused the liquid to spread out and adhere to a leaf rather than rebound. This, they noted, was because it caused a change in the wetting ability of the liquid, which is a measure of the degree to which a liquid maintains contact with a solid surface. The researchers also note that Aerosol OT can be easily washed from crops by simply rinsing them with plain water. Also, because of its use in pharmaceutics it has been proven to be safe for human consumption. Journal information: Science Advances PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Crops in France found to thrive despite reduced use of pesticideslast_img read more

Ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomersUltraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomers

first_img Citation: Ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomers (2017, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Evolution of the Low-Luminosity Tidal Disruption Event iPTF16fnl, arXiv:1704.02321 [astro-ph.HE] present the ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event (TDE) for the first time. After the discovery of the nearby TDE iPTF16fnl, we obtained a series of observations with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The dominant emission features closely resemble those seen in the UV spectra of the TDE ASASSN-14li and are also similar to those of N-rich quasars. However, there is significant evolution in the shape and central wavelength of the line profiles over the course of our observations, such that at early times the lines are broad and redshifted, while at later times the lines are significantly narrower and peak near the wavelengths of their corresponding atomic transitions. Like ASASSN-14li, but unlike N-rich quasars, iPTF16fnl shows neither MgIIλ2798AA nor CIII]λ1909AA emission features. We also present optical photometry and spectroscopy, which suggest that the complex HeII profiles observed in the optical spectra of many TDEs are in part due to the presence of NIII and CIII Wolf-Rayet features, which can potentially serve as probes of the far-UV when space-based observations are not possible. Finally, we use Swift XRT and UVOT observations to place strong limits on the X-ray emission and determine the characteristic temperature, radius, and luminosity of the emitting material. We find that iPTF16fnl is subluminous and evolves more rapidly than other optically discovered TDEs. TDE occurs when a star passes close enough to a supermassive black hole and is pulled apart by the black hole’s tidal forces, causing the process of disruption. Such tidally disrupted stellar debris then rains down on the black hole and radiation emerges from the innermost region of accreting debris, which indicates the presence of a TDE. TDEs serve as invaluable probes of strong gravity and accretion physics, providing answers about the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes. While most such events are discovered in optical transient surveys, ultraviolet observations provide an opportunity to learn much more about the kinematics and ionization structure of tidally disrupted stellar debris.iPTF16fnl was discovered on Aug. 26, 2016 as a transient consistent with the center of the galaxy Mrk 0950. This transient was later classified as a rapidly evolving, low-luminosity TDE, located about 220 million light years away. It is the nearest TDE found so far and its black hole mass is estimated to be not greater than 5.5 million solar masses. Due to the proximity of iPTF16fnl to Earth, Brown and his colleagues decided to initiate a follow-up observational campaign in order to study this event in detail. These observations were conducted using the Hubble Space Telescope’s (HST) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) onboard NASA’s Swift spacecraft. The researchers also employed several ground-based observatories in order to perform photometric and spectroscopic monitoring of this event. All these instruments allowed the team to spectroscopically observe the temporal evolution of a TDE in ultraviolet light for the first time ever.”We presented for the first time the UV spectroscopic evolution of a TDE using data from HST/STIS,” Brown’s team wrote in a research paper available on results show that shape and velocity offset of the broad ultraviolet emission in iPTF16fnl and absorption features evolve with time.”There is significant evolution in the shape and central wavelength of the line profiles over the course of our observations, such that at early times, the lines are broad and redshifted, while at later times, the lines are significantly narrower and peak near the wavelengths of their corresponding atomic transitions,” the paper reads.The researchers found that ultraviolet spectra of iPTF16fnl closely resemble those of ASASSN-14li (other nearby TDE) and nitrogen-rich quasars. When it comes to optical spectra of iPTF16fnl, the findings indicate that they resemble those of several other optically discovered TDEs.”The dominant emission features closely resemble those seen in the UV spectra of the TDE ASASSN-14li and are also similar to those of N-rich quasars,” the authors wrote.All the data obtained by various space and ground-based telescopes allowed the scientists to draw conclusion that iPTF16fnl is subluminous and evolves more rapidly than other optically detected TDEs. Explore further (—An international team of astronomers led by Jonathan S. Brown of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has studied the ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a nearby low-luminosity tidal disruption event (TDE) known as iPTF16fnl. The results of this study, published Apr. 7 on, offer new clues on the nature of this TDE. © 2017 Two new tidal disruption events discovered The UV evolution of iPTF16fnl as revealed by HST/STIS spectra and Swift photometry. The spectra have been smoothed with a 5 pixel boxcar and scaled by a constant factor to best match the Swift photometry for ease of comparison. The dashed lines show our blackbody fits to the host subtracted Swift fluxes. Prominent atomic transitions are marked with vertical dotted lines. The thin gray line shows our estimate of the UV spectrum of the host based on the SED model. Credit: Brown et al., 2017. 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

Celebrating Football through filmsCelebrating Football through films

first_imgIndia’s first multidisciplinary arts event, the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 is organising Football – A beautiful life, a 6-day film programme from 22 – 27 November, at Children’s Park, Goa. This is an official collateral event of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).Curated by Jan Tilman Schwab, Football – A beautiful life will showcase a range of exceptional features films and documentaries from around the world in which human and social stories are told through football. Attendance at all sessions is free until full capacity is reached and after each film, there will be a short discussion about the film. Proving football truly is the world’s game, the festival will feature films in more than 6 different languages, representing a diverse range of football stories from Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, Germany, Iceland and India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe film programme will celebrate Football, a game deeply embedded in the history and culture of Goa, which resonates with Goans better than any other sport. The films demonstrate the unifying power of football that brings individuals together and creates a sense of community. The screenings cherish the beautiful game and enhance the love for this beautiful life. Spotlighting Goa’s most loved sport through film, the project extends the Festival’s interdisciplinary approach and inclusive community programming that is continually sensitive to the cultural nuances of its host city. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJan Tilman Schwab said, “Football – A Beautiful Life is a gift from the Serendipity Arts Festival to the people of Panjim. I am honoured to be the lucky person invited to curate this unique and free public programme. Football and Film have a lot in common: both are team efforts, both depend basically on motion, both are non-verbal languages that can be understood everywhere in the world. I wanted to present films that have a high educational potential, that viewers can learn something from, whether this be from the film’s content and story, or its form and structure. The films chosen represent almost all continents, and include short and feature films, documentaries, fiction, and comedies that each tell stories of triumph and setbacks. The audience will get opportunities to laugh and weep.” The Football Film screening programme is part of a series of multidisciplinary arts activations that will energise Goa in the lead up to Serendipity Arts Festival 2018. Initiatives like these are an integral part of the Foundation’s mission of making the arts accessible and developing arts audiences both in numbers and in diversity. In its previous two editions, the Serendipity Arts Festival attracted more than 400,000 visitors creating significant public impact and contributing to the cultural regeneration of Panaji. This year’s programming continues to honour the culture and the arts of the Festival’s host city redefining heritage sites and architectural icons through creative and community-focused projects. This year the Festival will take place across 10 venues in Goa and involve over 1300 artists, transforming Panaji into a vibrant cultural space with multiple exhibitions, performances and immersive arts experiences. Highlights of this year’s event include theatre performances designed for children, large-scale public installations in the visual arts and photography, a variety of outdoor and evening music performances, culinary workshops and tastings, as well as a range of specially commissioned projects across disciplines which will be exclusive to Serendipity Arts Festival 2018. Projects will unite artforms from different parts of the country, encouraging cross-cultural exchange.last_img read more

Metro Railway conducts antilittering drivesMetro Railway conducts antilittering drives

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway conducted an anti-littering drive last month in its stations last month which revealed that the number of such cases has gone down a lot.According to Metro Railway authorities, since the past few years special anti-littering driver were being carried out to prevent such nuisance practices by the passengers. During May 2018, the highest number such cases was recorded. Metro Railway had earned Rs 1.47 lakh from 576 cases at that time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLast month, Metro Railway authorities found that the number of such cases has gone down a lot. From May 1 to May 31 only as many as 165 such cases were detected by the authorities. Fines worth Rs 42,000 have been collected. Maximum number of cases, which is 52 has been recorded in Dum Dum metro station. Metro authorities informed that adequate number of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable dustbins have been installed at all the stations to prevent littering at the platforms and the metro tracks. In spite such efforts, a section of commuters have still been littering the stations premises, trains and track beds. To prevent such nuisance activities, drives will be conducted in future as well.last_img read more

Husband 2 butchers arrested from HowrahHusband 2 butchers arrested from Howrah

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested the husband of the woman whose mutilated body parts were recovered by the Howrah Police on July 18.The woman has been identified as Sony Rajak, a resident of Shibpur. Her husband, Upendra Rajak was arrested on early Saturday morning. Following his statement, two hired butchers, Dilwar Khan and Shakil Khan, were also arrested from Bhadreshwar. Upendra told the police that he had killed his wife for allegedly having an extra-marital relationship. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDeciphering the CCTV footage has helped the police to solve one of the gruesome murders in recent times within 48 hours after the mutilated body parts were recovered on July 18. The police found the severed head of an unidentified woman along with several body parts at Jetia Ghat in Howrah on the morning of July 18. The photograph of the head and the body parts were sent to all the police stations in Howrah. On July 18 evening, Upendra filed a missing complaint of his wife with the Shibpur police station. He alleged that his wife might have fled with her boyfriend. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe police began investigating and while deciphering the CCTV footage, they found two men taking out two huge bags from a taxi at Ballykhal. Then they took a cycle rickshaw and drove towards Jetia Ghat. The bags which the police had seized from Jetia Ghat served as the main clue in solving the case. The colour of the bag matched with the CCTV footage. They picked up Upendra from his residence and showed him the bags. Though he denied initially, he finally broke down during the interrogation. Upendra had appointed two butchers — Dilwar and Shakil. Dilwar bought sedatives from a shop in Kolkata and Upendra mixed it with food and served it to her on the night of July 17. When she fell asleep, she was strangulated to death. Her two children were taken to another room and the door was locked from outside. The butchers then cut her up into pieces and put the parts in two boxes. They hired a taxi and went to Ballykhal. From Ballykhal they took a cycle rickshaw and reached Jetia Ghat. They took out the body parts and threw them into the Hooghly. It was around 3.30 am and they left the Ghat quietly without being noticed. Upendra told the police that he had paid Rs 30,000 to the Khans. Divers are looking for the severed limbs which are yet to be traced.last_img read more

Music comes before everything Kavita SethMusic comes before everything Kavita Seth

first_imgA young girl from Bareilly, who would accompany her father to Khanqah E Aalia Niazia (Dargah in Bareilly) to hear Sufi music, had no idea that music would become her life one day. “Music comes before anything for me”, she feels.Sharing her childhood memories, the singer further says, “At dargah, I would find myself lost in the musical trance. back then, I could hardly understand the technicalities or depth of Sufi music (or music in general), but nevertheless, it left an everlasting impression on my soul.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore finding tranquility in Sufi music, Kavita explored various genres like Ghazals, Qawwali and Folk music. But there was always a void…a feeling of incompleteness that haunted her, until she got an opportunity to perform in ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’ (annual concert organised by Muzaffar Ali). “There were Sufi singers from across the world participating in that event, and that’s where I found the missing piece of my life. The charm of Sufi music took over me and I found serenity. Thereon, I started reading about Sufi saints and their writings,” she says, adding,”There could be nothing better than singing for divine power. Jab Aap Khuda ki Shaan me Gaate ho, to Phir Kuch Aur Accha Nahi Lagta” she adds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRecently, Kavita was in the Capital for a musical evening ‘Anandotsav – A celebration of life’. Held at India Habitat Centre, the event was organised on the birth anniversary of her late husband K K Seth, whom she considers her friend, mentor, support system and guiding force. “Every year I try my best to do something in his beloved memory and acknowledge his contribution to my success. Whatever I am today is because of him.” A successful and world acclaimed singer today, Kavita went through a long and difficult journey. “Like any other small town girl, I faced discouragement from my family when they came to know about my aspirations. They told me ‘Shaadi ho jaaye, uske baad agar husband ko tumse gawaana ho toh gaana, We can’t take you to places. Guarantee nahi hai ki success milegi’ – they said. Soon after my graduation, they started looking for a suitable match and all I prayed for was to get married to a person who would support me and my dreams. And it was my good fortune that I found Mr Seth.” “From the day we met, to the day he died, he lived my dreams. The word ‘Impossible’ was not in his dictionary, and that’s the reason I am so positive about everything. He changed me as a person. You won’t believe but within 10 days of his death, I was doing shows. I didn’t cancel a single concert because that’s what he taught me – to be loyal towards work, to accept the changes, and move on with grace,” mentions the singer who has sung chartbusters including ‘Iktara’, and ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’. The time after her husband’s death was the most challenging phase of Kavita’s life, and being a part of the entertainment industry further added to the difficulties. “Working in this industry is nothing less than working like a soldier for BSF or CRPF. You have to hide your pain, look presentable, and be available all the time. There is no weekend for us.” However, despite all the drawbacks, the best thing about this industry is that people are very passionate about their work and that’s the reason why working round the clock is not a headache for them, she feels. In 2014, Seth got married again to a man who was equally supportive. “My husband helps in organising my events, my children are supportive and I have music in my life. What more can I ask for,” she concludes.last_img read more

How Martin Sheen Came to be the Most Arrested Man in HollywoodHow Martin Sheen Came to be the Most Arrested Man in Hollywood

first_imgThe Hollywood limelight will forever cast a wide net of criticism over the slightest slip-ups of the world’s most renowned actors and actresses. Especially when it comes down to police mugshots, some famous faces do not manage to come off well. Martin Sheen does not have any ridiculous arrest photos, but does he have a surprisingly long list of arrests: the most in Hollywood. However, an organization called The Papillon Foundation has the motto, “The Greatest Crime is a Wasted Life,” clearly outlining the organization’s goal: to help people with arrest records remain active members of society, rather than becoming social outcasts.American actor Martin Sheen. Photo by Brian McGuirk CC BY-SA 2.0It goes without saying, however, that they hardly need to give some of Hollywood’s best-known talents a hand. Actors and actress alike have been arrested, rearrested, and convicted time and time again, but still maintain a career in the film industry.Sheen in 1987. Photo by City of Boston Archives CC BY 2.0When you link the charge to a celebrity, however, you think one of two things: either, it’s someone like John Lennon, put in cuffs during some sit-in (which never happened – his only arrest was for possession of a small amount of “grass”); or, there’s a misconception that civil disobedience includes public indecency.Martin Sheen with son Emilio Estevez at the BFI premiere of his film ‘The Way’ in London February 2011. Photo by Sam CC BY-SA 2.0Why is it so hard to think a celebrity could be arrested in the name of what they consider to be a good cause? Enter: Martin Sheen. It’s understandable to think dubiously of a man who’s been arrested a total 66 times, especially when his son Charlie went on a very public, downward spiral (Winning?!). And especially since one of Martin Sheen’s most famous roles is that of the president of the United States on the series West Wing which aired between 1999-2006.Martin Sheen is not a felon, however. All of his arrests are tied to activism. Unlike John Lennon, Sheen has been physically caught up in his protests. The 2007 arrest was for trespassing with the Nevada Desert Experience, a group staunchly committed to stop the testing of nuclear weapons in the U.S.Sheen at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Referring to his first arrest in 1986 while protesting President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, Sheen says, “It was a terrifying experience, and also one of the happiest days of my life because it turned out we had done everything we possibly could to object to this idea.”Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007. Photo by Damon D’Amato CC BY 2.0This was during a speech he delivered to Oxford University in 2009. Lamenting that it had then been a year since his latest arrest, Sheen underlined the importance of activism, saying that it’s what he does “to stay alive.”Martin SheenPrefacing a face-to-face interview on the WE Charity’s YouTube special Shameless Idealists, head of the organization (formerly Free the Children), Craig Kielburger, jokes that Martin Sheen has “a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits.”Read another story from us: Use the Force, Chucky! Mark Hamill Lends his Voice to ‘Child’s Play’ RemakeMartin Sheen is a polarizing figure for many, especially in the political arena. His methods and tactics surely may be questioned. But whatever one may think of Sheen, his films, his activism and the issues he considers worthy of being arrested for, there is no denying his conviction and courage for what he believes in. Something that can be shared across all political ideologies.last_img read more

Chris Farleys SNL Figure Skating Sketch Turns 25 Today and Its StillChris Farleys SNL Figure Skating Sketch Turns 25 Today and Its Still

first_img Advertisement Chris Farley was quite simply one of the funniest people ever to walk the planet, and today marks  the 25th anniversary of a classic Farley SNL sketch with a sports tie-in that is still as funny as the day it originally aired.With Phil Hartman and David Spade narrating in hushed announcer tones, Farley plays Nancy Kerrigan’s massive Olympic mixed pairs figure skating partner named Wolfgang who steals the show as a 300 pound trainwreck. Holy hell Chris Farley is hilarious.Take a minute to appreciate Farley a quarter of a century later. Pump up the jam? Pump up the jam they will.This Date In 1994: The late great Chris Farley & Saturday Night Live host Nancy Kerrigan compete in Olympic figure skating.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 12, 2018last_img read more

Faster Broadband Thrill ThrillFaster Broadband Thrill Thrill

first_imgMay 1, 2008 3 min read Register Now » Brought to you by PCWorld We in the U.S., and particularly me in Seattle, Wash., suffer from the heartbreak of slow-broadband-paralysis. A large percentage of U.S. residents can’t obtain speeds that are typical in Japan, South Korea, and some countries in Europe. You can easily buy 100 Mbps connections in Japan at an affordable price, and 8 Mbps ADSL is quite typical and cheap in the UK – it’s thrown in as an extra for satellite TV and mobile phone service, for crying out loud. (BT is about to offer a 24 Mbps DSL flavor, ADSL+, to about a million homes this year and 10 million next.)But broadband speeds and availability are finally starting to accelerate. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others are rolling out 10 to 50 Mbps service across the country using fiber to the node and faster cable standards. Coverage areas for those services are increasing, even while rates below 10 Mbps become more widely available and faster, too.In my home city, a territory controlled by Qwest, we’re finally seeing DSL rates that match or exceed cable service. Qwest has a 14-state region dominated by rural areas, and the company has been in turmoil for several years following allegations about stock sales and financial results.Qwest is now rolling out in 23 of its markets 12 Mbps and 20 Mbps DSL. They’re the last major ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier, formerly known as Baby Bells before mergers) to create a real plan for true high-speed broadband. Qwest charges $105 per month for 20 Mpbs service and $52 per month for 12 Mbps. A bundling discount of $5 per month applies. Upstream speeds don’t seem to be disclosed on Qwest’s site or in reporting on the matter.Qwest isn’t offering IPTV–just plain, fast broadband. This puts them in less conflict with customers who want to choose their own content, too.Of course, neither my work nor home address qualifies yet for this faster service, which uses fiber to the node (an interchange point) rather than fiber to the home, which costs vastly more. DSL is used over the short interchange-to-customer premises link.Our other incumbent, Comcast, has deployed its first 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, charging $150 per month for residential service. They plan to cover 20 percent of their territory by the end of this year. Comcast also said they’ll have 100 Mbps service within two years and 160 Mbps service after that point.None of this puts us rapidly in the same category as admittedly countries with smaller area and even more population in the densest portions. But it’s nice to finally see a bit of motion. The next step is dramatically lower prices. I’m not holding my breath until competition heats up, probably as wireless broadband starts to hit in 2009 and 2010, which could push costs down for sub-10 Mbps service, forcing wireline providers to increase speeds and lower prices. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Say Hello to Mr HyperloopSay Hello to Mr Hyperloop

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 2, 2015 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Dirk Ahlborn is two hours behind schedule, and it’s no surprise, since the project that he represents has the potential to change the world. He’s the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the firms that’s dedicated to building those high-speed tubes people of the future are always traveling in. It’s got so much potential that you can even see hope in the eyes of the people standing in his presence, waiting for their turn to speak to the German. You might have heard that Elon Musk dreamed up this idea, but it’s Ahlborn who’s most likely to make it a reality. Say hello to Mr. Hyperloop.It’s not a name that Ahlborn likes hearing, going to great pains to emphasize the community that has developed around the project. That includes almost 400 scientists, engineers and experts that are working, ostensibly for free, to help develop the Hyperloop system — not to mention partner companies and universities. Then there’s the wider community whose input, feedback and general engagement are helping to shape the future of mass transit.The CEO is clearly feeling frustrated at the misconceptions that seem to surround the project, and they weigh heavily upon his impressively broad shoulders. For instance, he resents the idea that his company is staffed by amateurs, keyboard warriors and other concerned, but otherwise uninformed people. In fact, many of them have day jobs at Tesla, NASA, SpaceX and other brand-name, heavy science firms.Ahlborn bristles at the idea that these people, who donate their time in exchange for stock options, do so only for a bounty further down the road. Instead, Ahlborn points to other open-source projects like Firefox and Android as examples where like-minded individuals come together to build something that they believe in. He also cites companies like Lego and GE that he feels were heading for obscurity until they, too, started to cooperate with the wider community.Yes, there will be a bathroom on the HyperloopImage Credit: HyperloopAnother misconception that Ahlborn has to fight is the idea that users would be crammed into the pods at awkward angles. It was propagated by the early concept document (pictured, above), but the CEO says that the company has moved far away from that now. The current thinking is that a 9-foot-wide economy class pod would hold 40 people, sitting upright in relative comfort, while a business class pod would seat 28. To the relief of nervous travelers everywhere, there will be a bathroom in the finished model, although it’s there more to calm anxious minds than it is for constant use.How much will it cost you?CNBC had previously reported that the Hyperloop could be “free to play,” a point Ahlborn said was taken out of context. In fact, the most likely business scenario now is that users would pay $30 for an economy class “ticket” for a single ride between San Francisco and LA. Even if you took the bus, the seven-hour journey would cost almost twice as much. With the Hyperloop, a return trip is likely to cost $50, with business class seats costing more. Still, since the LA-SF route will only be half an hour long, we could probably put up with a fair chunk of discomfort.Ahlborn tells me that, in the US, it’s rare that a public transportation project turns a profit — they frequently need a subsidy from the government. For the public company that HTT will become, it’s a requirement, so there’s a determination to ensure that the business is run properly. Since he will have a captive audience for the better part of 40 minutes, it’s likely that there will be at least one screen displaying adverts inside each pod. The tubes themselves will also have space for billboards, which will help reduce the cost for each individual traveler. Another idea that’s being kicked around is that pricing would vary depending on time to keep the system 100 percent occupied through the day. So, at peak times, a form of surge pricing would be in effect, with off-peak hours being far cheaper to balance it out.For one brief moment, Ahlborn speaks with reverence about Ryanair, the much-maligned Irish airline. It’s famous (at least in Europe) for offering dirt-cheap fares, but subjecting its customers to a death from a thousand nickel-and-dime cuts, including charging them hefty fees to print their tickets. The CEO has no intention of replacing the airline’s Michael O’Leary as the most hated man in transport, but admires the company’s ability to make travel affordable to the masses.What is being fired at 750 miles per hour through a windowless tube going to be like for those of us who feel travel sickness at the start of an engine? Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is working with a team of psychologists who are specifically researching how to eliminate any such side effects. The current thinking is that there’ll be a forward-facing screen that projects a virtual image that’ll convince your brain that the motion your body is feeling is genuine. Then again, Ahlborn points out that there’s no such view on an airplane, so maybe there is no need for such an innovation.Safety and securityImage Credit: HyperloopAs the future of mass transit, and potentially a “metro system” for the entire country, Hyperloop locations could be a target for all sorts of violence. It’s a topic that most executives would have shied away from, but Ahlborn was surprisingly candid about the risks and dangers that could face a system that’s promised to be un-crashable. There’ll be no TSA-style hurdles for a user to get through, and instead the experience will be much closer to a trip on your local subway. In this instance, you’ll rock up to a Hyperloop station, be pushed into a group of either 40 or 28, and led to board a pod. In order for the system to be cost-effective, pods need to be launched every 30 seconds, so you’ll get into a pod ahead of time and be lowered, wholesale, into the tube.So what would happen if someone set off a bomb inside one of the pods? It turns out that the damage would be, comparatively, less extreme than current subway attacks. Since the tunnel is a sealed low-pressure chamber, if the tube is compromised and air begins to flood in, the pod that’s 30 seconds behind will be forced to rapidly slow down. In addition, as soon as a drop in pressure is detected, the safety system kicks in and brings the chain of pods to a gentle stop.The future is hereThe idea of riding a Hyperloop may seem fanciful, but if things go well, it won’t be very long at all before one opens to the public. The company has signed a deal to build a 5-mile long track at Quay Valley, a new town in California that’ll house 75,000 people as well as a 600-megawatt solar power plant. If, and it’s a big if, ground can be broken on the city in the near future, and if all goes well, then we could be just a few years before the public can get their first taste of high-speed transit. Unfortunately, due to the short length, it won’t be as fast as the theoretical maximum, and Ahlborn is planning to use the development to refine the system ahead of the first “national” Hyperloop line.If that’s a success, then the company is likely to break ground on the first major city-to-city project soon afterward. Ahlborn has already received plenty of interest from cities (or more appropriately, pairs of cities) that wish to be joined closer together. He believes that, due to the political and economic climate, it’s likely to be a location outside of the US and Europe that will be the first to have a functioning route. Until then, Ahlborn is hoping to encourage more people to join the Hyperloop team, especially in Europe, where he’s looking for people to get the word out to the masses — so if you’re interested, you can leave your details here. Register Now »last_img read more

Google Parent Alphabet Announces New Cybersecurity FirmGoogle Parent Alphabet Announces New Cybersecurity Firm

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Google parent Alphabet on Wednesday announced the formation of a new independent cybersecurity business called Chronicle.Born in the web giant’s X moonshot factory in 2016, Chronicle is “dedicated to helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm,” the company’s CEO, Stephen Gillett, a former Symantec executive, wrote in a blog post. Chronicle is developing an intelligence and analytics platform to help businesses better manage and make sense of their cybersecurity data.”Thousands of potential clues about hacking activity are overlooked or thrown away each day,” Gillett wrote. “At large companies, it’s not uncommon for IT systems to generate tens of thousands of security alerts a day. Security teams can usually filter these down to about a few thousand they think are worth investigating — but in a day’s work, they’re lucky if they can review a few hundred of them.”At the same time, he wrote, “many investigations are hampered by the gaps in available information, simply because the cost of storing all the relevant data is increasing far faster than a typical organization’s budget.”Enter Chronicle’s intelligence and analytics platform, which aims to help solve these issues and enable security teams to more quickly identify hackers in their networks. Chronicle is currently testing this platform with “a number of Fortune 500 companies” as part of an early Alpha program.Chronicle also includes VirusTotal, the malware intelligence service Google acquired in 2012. VirusTotal will continue to operate as normal.Meanwhile, Alphabet’s announcement comes just ahead of Data Privacy Day, an international effort that takes place annually on Jan. 28 to promote privacy and data protection best practices. To learn how to get involved in Data Privacy Daya, head here. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 25, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

AI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It Heres a Look atAI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It Heres a Look at

first_img Try to conceptualize all the medical knowledge in the world. How many books would it fill? How many topics would it cover? How many years would it take to learn in its entirety?Now, imagine it doubling.In 1950, researchers predicted it would take about 50 years for all available medical knowledge to double. But in 2020, estimates peg it at just 73 days.Enter artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not humanly possible for medical professionals to keep up with the influx of constant new information about health conditions, treatments and medical technology. That’s why the healthcare industry is a real growth opportunity for AI and machine learning — and the companies creating smart tools. Healthcare’s artificial intelligence market should increase elevenfold between 2014 and 2021, according to research from Accenture — that’s $600 million to $6.6 billion.The difference between AI and machine learningFirst, a quick detour to define AI and machine learning. Remember your elementary school teacher telling you that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? AI and machine learning have a similar relationship: Machine learning is one application of AI, and it operates on the premise that machines can use extensive amounts of data to learn for themselves and eventually recognize more of the unknown. AI — the advancement of computer systems to perform tasks usually limited to humans — is a broader concept that can be used for other applications besides machine learning. This has constantly developing implications for both consumer health and the healthcare industry as a whole.How AI is transforming healthcare todayMachine learning easily integrates with aspects of the healthcare industry that have extensive data sets and past examples readily available. The software can learn patterns to help detect tumors, recommend diagnoses and even predict details of a patient’s hospital stay. For example, Google recently introduced a new algorithm for a certain type of software called a neural network. The company’s new algorithm aims to predict hospital patient outcomes such as length of stay, chances of readmission and odds of death.But it’s not all about poring over data sets: AI tools can also serve as consultants for medical professionals. Take IBM’s Watson supercomputer, for example. Introduced in 2010, it combines AI with analytical software to answer questions — and the company says it’s processed more than 115,000 patients and consumers. Researchers are constantly publishing new information and breakthroughs on certain conditions, so many doctors use Watson to stay up to date on the latest findings, says Alan Smeaton, professor of computing at Dublin City University. The software is in use in hospitals around the country to help doctors gauge the impact of certain symptoms, come to a diagnosis and make decisions.As for how doctors feel about the new tools available? It all depends on whether something improves their work with respect to their ultimate authority, says Robert Kaul, CEO of Cloud DX, a medical device technology company. As long as medical professionals have the final say on a diagnosis, “we found clinicians are actually excited about the concept,” he says. But AI and machine learning tools in healthcare have a high bar to meet. Although human error is one of the principal reasons AI is being introduced to healthcare in the first place, one wrong turn with an AI tool could mean setbacks in the public eye and the industry itself — especially when it comes to potential bias.“We know people of color are much less likely to get good healthcare, as are low income people in rural areas,” says American civil rights activist Maya Wiley. “Is the data essentially biasing outcomes because of insufficient data? And what does it mean to collect that data?”Opportunities for entrepreneursIBM’s Watson is a more-or-less unique industry tool with minimal competition, Smeaton says. Entrepreneurs looking to break into AI should know that 30 percent of businesses are predicted to incorporate AI before 2019. That’s up from just 13 percent last year, according to Spiceworks, an information technology company. And a foray into AI for healthcare could mean even more growth. That’s because in the modern world, “data is currency,” Kaul says. In an industry where every individual’s health data could fill 300 million books during their lifetime, there’s plenty of financial opportunity in making sense of that information.In that same vein, some entrepreneurs are incorporating AI into wearable health devices to save consumers time and money. These tools could democratize some aspects of healthcare that used to require a hospital visit — think assessments for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and more. One example is Sensoria Fitness, a company that creates AI wearables for runners. Currently, postural sway (or likelihood of falling) is measured by expensive in-hospital machinery. But research published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) shows that Sensoria’s “smart sock” embedded with sensors could be a viable substitute to help predict balance impairment in a low-cost way.Similarly, some AI wearables allow individuals to share real-time health data with doctors. Qardio, an AI health company, introduced an ECG/EKG wearable that promises a higher diagnostic yield — or a better chance of collecting the information necessary for a diagnosis — in a much shorter amount of time. That, in turn, could lead to shelling out less money for health insurance premiums.Related: Who Needs Smartwatches? These 7 AI Wearables Can Boost Focus, Fitness and Health.Why this field could be the futureOver the past decade, the healthcare industry has focused on digitizing medical records. Now, the problem is managing those massive data sets — so any infrastructure that can make that possible should be in high demand over the coming years.“[Using AI], we can take a run at solving some of the hard and some of the previously impossible-to-solve problems in healthcare and in life sciences in general,” says Zachary Bogue, co-founder and co-managing partner of DCVC, a deep tech and AI venture fund. He says he believes the value of the field will “increase materially — and likely increase exponentially” over the next five years.Bogue says he sees entrepreneurs in his company’s office every week claiming to have the world’s best AI algorithms, but he asks them, “How long will that lead last?” It’s important to have something to carry you past the initial idea. Bogue’s fund invests in entrepreneurs with three elements, he says: world-class AI algorithms, deep industry experience and a proprietary data set (or access to one). He says it’s a “huge opportunity right now” because the healthcare industry has many proprietary or semi-proprietary data sets that entrepreneurs can access through partnering with different organizations.One more tip for entrepreneurs looking to break into the space? Founders should be both experts in AI and in healthcare — and if you’re one or the other, it’s a good idea to seek out a co-founder whose experience complements yours.“Healthcare is such a huge, lumbering industry and [so] incredibly complicated,” Bogue says, “that a plucky young AI expert is going to have a very hard time solving any hard problems without … aligning him- or herself with someone with deep industry experience, and vice versa.” July 11, 2018 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min readlast_img read more

How to Pin Drives to the Navigation Pane of Windows 10 FileHow to Pin Drives to the Navigation Pane of Windows 10 File

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisement Click on File Explorer to open a window.  Select the drive you want to pin. Click Pin to Quick Access on the menu bar. Credit: MicrosoftHow to Use Microsoft Outlook Like a ProHow to Restore Microsoft Office FilesHow to Sync Your Settings in Windows 10center_img The File Explorer has all your drives tucked under ‘This PC.’ It makes the left navigation pane clutter free but also adds an extra click to get to the drive you want to access. You can pin the drive so that it shows up at the top for quick access. Or, you can pin folders you use often in the same way. Either way you want to go, you can certainly make File Explorer more useful by pinning a few folders for quick access later.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 From the taskbar, type File Explorer in the search box. You can also search from inside the Start menu if you’ve previously disabled Cortana’s Desktop search field. Click This PC in the left navigation pane to locate your drives. last_img read more

Dell Latitude 7400 2in1 ReviewDell Latitude 7400 2in1 Review

first_img Operating System 3 pounds Windows 10 Pro 1151 Card Slots Thunderbolt 3 4.1 x 2.3 inches Review three-year warranty. Hard Drive Type 1920 x 1080 Bluetooth Specifications Mobile Broadband Intel UHD Graphics 620 Ports (excluding USB) None RAM Upgradable to The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (starting at $1,599, $2,802 as tested) feels like the debut of a new class of Dell business laptops. That said, it’s probably best you forget everything you associate with the name Latitude and, instead, think about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 as an XPS-turned business laptop.article continued below There’s a lot to love about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1; the convertible has a sleek chassis, ridiculously long battery life and strong performance. The keyboard and touchpad are both first rate, and a unique proximity sign-in feature will secure your laptop when you’re away. However, there are a few low points, including the laptop’s average display and weak speakers. Despite those quibbles, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is Dell’s best business laptop yet and a warning shot to the ThinkPads and EliteBooks of the world. Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 price and configuration options The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 starts at $1,599 for a base model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Doubling the storage to 256GB costs another $200, and from there you can bump up the CPU to a Core i5-8365U for $1,909. Our review unit costs $2,802 and packs a Core i7-8665U CPU with vPro, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Our unit was also outfitted with a 6-cell 78 Whr battery, a worthwhile upgrade that improves battery life. If you’re not on a budget, a decked-out Latitude 7400 2-in-1 costs a whopping $3,619 when configured with a Core i7-8665U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD along with some extras, like LTE connectivity, a 78 Whr battery, a bigger 90W power adapter and security features, including a fingerprint sensor and smart card reader. Design I can’t believe this is a business laptop. Where is the thick black chassis with hard plastics and chunky bezels? Not that I miss them, I’m just astounded by the transformation. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 looks nothing like the Latitude laptops that came before it. Smartly incorporating design elements from Dell’s widely acclaimed XPS notebooks, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has a sleek machined-aluminum chassis with gorgeous detailing that will help it stand out in an office flooded with MacBooks. You might mistake the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 for the XPS 13 the first time you see it, but there are some notable design deviations. While both notebooks flaunt a centered chrome Dell logo, the Latitude’s lid has a medium dark gray brushed-metal finish, whereas the XPS is a lighter, solid tone. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s lid is an edge-to-edge InfinityEdge display, a now-ubiquitous feature first championed by Dell. This will hopefully appear on every Latitude laptop from now on. Gone are the thicker plastic bezels, replaced by a narrow glass frame that’s just wide enough to accommodate a webcam; and don’t worry, the lens is above the display. Along with these welcome improvements are a bunch of little things that help elevate the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s chassis. For example, a delicately curved lip that outlines the laptop’s keyboard gives the brushed-aluminum deck a stylish shape. Then there’s all the reflective chrome. The touchpad is outlined in chrome, the hinges are chrome and the diamond-cut edges around the chassis glimmer against the light. This effectively distinguishes the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 from budget laptops that trick you with faux brushed-aluminum materials. I also love that you can open the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 with one hand. As a 2-in-1 laptop, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can flip into tablet mode for drawing with the optional Active Pen stylus or into tent mode when you want to view content. The Latitude is still cumbersome to use as a tablet, but the drop hinge Dell engineered for this model feels sturdy, and the lid didn’t budge when I lazily tapped on the touch screen. At 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches and 3 pounds, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is slimmer and lighter than even the most portable 14-inch business laptops, including the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches, 3 pounds) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches, 3.1 pounds). Durability The re-envisioned Latitude 7400 2-in-1 may have done away with the business-like aesthetic, but it still offers most of the features you’d expect from an enterprise notebook. To start, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 passed 13 military-grade tests, earning it MIL-STD 810G certification. All that jargon means the Latitude can withstand extreme conditions, like low temperatures, high altitude and long exposure to shock and vibration. ExpressSign-in and Security Debuting on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a neat security feature called Dell ExpressSign-in. Baked right into the Windows 10 Power & Sleep settings, ExpressSign-in will awaken or put to sleep the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, depending on your proximity to the system. The feature worked as advertised once I set up Windows Hello with facial recognition. The laptop went to sleep exactly 1 minute after I stepped away and woke and unlocked a second or two after I sat back at my desk. The IR camera was quick to recognize my face and denied my colleagues entry to my system. Unfortunately, there’s no way to manually lock the PC, so the Latitude remains vulnerable for at least a minute after you move out of range of the IR camera. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 supports other security hardware, though most are optional. Our review unit wasn’t configured with a fingerprint sensor or smart-card reader, but you can pay extra for these conveniences. On the software front, Dell offers the Endpoint Security Enterprise program for protecting against cybersecurity threats, among other encryption and anti-malware software. Ports The removal of legacy ports is an unavoidable compromise when you trim down a laptop’s chassis. But in this case, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 compensates for that loss by offering a wide range of modern connections. On the left side of the laptop are a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, alongside an HDMI and a USB 3.1 (always-on) input. On the opposite side, you’ll find a second USB 3.1 port, a headphone/mic jack and a Noble lock slot. An optional SIM card slot is located just below the microSD card slot. If you need additional ports, Dell suggests the new Thunderbolt Dock (WD19TB). At $330, this is one pricey add-on. However, Dell’s claims that the dock can recharge your system to 80% in 1 hour is pretty impressive. I’m also a fan of the dock’s two-tone matte and glossy black design. Regarding ports, the dock has a Thunderbolt 3 input, a USB-C 3.1 port, a USB-C Multifunction DisplayPort, three USB-A 3.1 ports, a combo headphone/mic jack, an audio out input, dual DisplayPorts, an HDMI 2.0 and an RJ45 Ethernet input. Display The 14-inch, 1080p touch screen on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is relatively vivid but dimmer than what we’ve seen from other systems. When I watched a trailer for The Peanut Butter Falcon, the display was sharp enough that I could clearly make out the tattoos on Shia Lebouf’s arms and the floral pattern on Dakota Johnson’s skirt. Lebouf’s faded red cap stood out against the natural greens and browns of the rural film locale, and in one scene, a campfire made Zack Gottsagen’s skin glow a fierce orange. I do wish the display were brighter, as I had to squint to see some details in darker shots. The 14-inch, 1080p touch screen on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is relatively vivid but dimmer than what we’ve seen from other systems. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s display covers 113.4% of the sRGB color gamut, which makes it less vivid than the panels on the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (120%), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (201 percent) and the premium laptop category average (124%). MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness And at 280 nits, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s peak display brightness is somewhat disappointing. The displays on the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (340 nits), the Thinkpad X1 Yoga (477 nits) and the category average (328 nits) are all significantly brighter. On a positive note, I had no problems using the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s responsive touch screen to flick through websites and type URLs using the on-screen keyboard. Keyboard, touchpad and stylus Finally, a thin laptop with a keyboard that isn’t frustratingly shallow (yes, I’m looking at you Apple). The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s island-style backlit keyboard is snappy, and the keys’ fairly deep travel of 1.4 millimeters (just short of our 1.5mm preference) prevented me from bottoming out. Still, there are a few things I’d change to get the keyboard to my liking. The keys on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, like those on the XPS 15, are on the small side and more spaced out than I’d prefer. I also think their 71 grams of actuation force made my fingers feel sluggish, although I’m sure some people will appreciate the weightiness this gives them. I typed at 111 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 94 percent on the typing test. I typically type a bit faster and more accurately, but I was pretty close to my 119 wpm, 95-percent averages. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s 4.1 x 2.3-inch glass touchpad feels great and is very responsive, thanks to the included Precision drivers. My fingers comfortably glided across the surface as I scrolled through websites and executed Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swiping to change windows. The optional Dell Premium Active Pen (PN579) stylus Dell sent us works very well on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s touch screen. I flipped the laptop into tablet mode and used my awful drawing abilities to sketch a hideous still life of a yogurt cup on my desk. My artistic deficiencies are no fault of the stylus — the Active Pen felt smooth and responsive as I dragged it across the glass screen. There is no integrated stylus garage on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, but you can secure the magnetic pen on either edge of the laptop when you’re not using it. My artistic deficiencies are no fault of the stylus — the Active Pen felt smooth and responsive as I dragged it across the glass screen. The Active Pen connects to the Latitude 7300 2-in-1 via Bluetooth 4.2, which enables a customizable quick-launch button on the endcap so you can open your favorite drawing apps. Audio The bottom-firing speakers on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 are disappointing, to say the least. While they filled a large conference room at max volume, the sound was distorted and shrill. When I listened to City and Colour’s song “Strangers,” Dallas Green’s soulful vocals were lifeless, sounding both muffled and hollow. MORE: I Spent More Than $200 on Headphones: You Should Too Worse still, the drums lacked weight and the cymbals were piercing. I then listened to Julien Baker’s vocally driven cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Modern Leper” but had to press pause when the congested instruments began to obscure Baker’s emotive voice. Performance Packing an Intel Core i7-8665U CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t stutter once during my real-world obstacle course, which involved loading 20 Google Chrome tabs, three of which played 1080p YouTube video while another trio streamed Overwatch and Fortnite in Full HD on Twitch. Even with all that running in the background, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t bat an eye when I pulled up an ESPN+ stream of women’s Wimbledon 2019 qualifying. I wasn’t surprised when the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 clocked some excellent scores on our benchmark tests. The notebook notched a 17,087 on the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, beating the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (14,331, Intel Core i7-8650U), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (14,517, Core i7-8650U) and the category average (13,089). The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t stutter once during my real-world obstacle course, which involved loading 20 Google Chrome tabs, three of which played 1080p YouTube video while another trio streamed Overwatch and Fortnite in Full HD on Twitch. The 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD inside the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is so fast that it transferred 4.97GB of mixed-media files in just 6 seconds for a rate of 848 megabytes per second. Other leading laptops, like the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (512GB SSD, 727 MBps) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (1TB NVMe SSD, 508.9 MBps) came close, but couldn’t match that pace. The average premium laptop transfer rate is 622.3 MBps. The Latitude didn’t do quite as well on our video-editing test, needing 19 minutes and 9 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution using the HandBrake app. That’s quicker than the premium laptop average (22:30) but not quite as fast as the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (19:01) or the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (18:38). Graphics With an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 isn’t meant for gaming or graphics-intensive programs. Regardless, you should be able to comfortably run most casual games and productivity apps. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 scored a 93,335 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, which is considerably higher than what the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (88,501, UHD 620), the Thinkpad X1 Yoga (85,477, UHD 620) and the category average netted (86,125). MORE: Best Graphics Performance Despite those integrated graphics, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 played the racing game Dirt 3 at a steady 60 frames per second. That’s above our 30 fps playability threshold, but the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (62 fps) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (64 fps) did slightly better. The category average (68 fps) is also smoother. Battery Life While it doesn’t reach Dell’s ambitious 26-hour battery life claims, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 fared very well in our lab. The Latitude lasted for 13 hours and 8 minutes on our battery life test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. Even some of the longest-lasting business laptops — including the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (8:59) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (9:07) — don’t come close to that mark. Webcam The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can’t break the mold — at least not when it comes to webcams. Like the vast majority of laptop webcams we’ve tested, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s 720p lens captures dark and grainy images. A selfie I snapped in our dimly lit office exhibited accurate colors, but the smeared details in my face reminded me of Georges Seurat’s impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The camera will work in a pinch, but we recommend buying an external webcam if you frequently dial into video conferences. Heat The bottom panel, near the hinge, is the only area on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 that you should avoid touching when the laptop is doing some heavy lifting. That location reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a tad toasty. Otherwise, the laptop stays fairly temperate, with the touchpad (81 degrees), the center of the keyboard (83 degrees) and the center of the bottom panel (88 degrees) all staying within our 95-degree comfort threshold. Software and warranty Latitude 7400 2-in-1 owners will appreciate how little bloatware comes installed on the laptop. Dell’s Command software makes it easy to scan and update your laptop with the latest BIOS, drivers and firmware. That’s pretty crucial because Dell’s SupportAssist app was recently updated with a patch for a critical security vulnerability. Other Dell apps include a power management tool and a MaxxAudioPro audio app with EQ controls. The Candy Crush games, once again, make an unwelcome return to Windows 10 Pro, along with other Microsoft apps like Groove Music, Xbox Game Bar, Solitaire Collection and Your Phone, an app that lets you connect your phone to your laptop. Dell ships the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 with a three-year warranty with on-site and in-home services. See how Dell performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a successful attempt by Dell to craft a modern business laptop that can go toe-to-toe with the best of its competitors. Borrowing some of the best qualities of the acclaimed XPS series, this sleek convertible has an attractive chassis that is both thin and lightweight. Despite its portable size, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 offers exceptional battery life, a good selection of ports and a comfortable keyboard. If I could change anything about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 it would be the laptop’s poor speakers and average 1080p display, which is not as bright or vivid as competing panels. That leaves the door open for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5, two excellent convertible business laptops that share many of the same qualities as the Latitude 7400 2-in-1. 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Free ride over Windows 10 growth slows to a crawlFree ride over Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl

first_imgFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 43 commentsThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Microsoft never failed to mention that the company’s Windows 10 operating system was the fastest growing operating system the company ever produced.Considering that Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to any customer running a machine with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is not really that much of a surprise.More interesting is the question how Windows 10 would do once the free ride is over. Statistics for September 2016 indicate that the system is not doing that well.If you check the stats over on Netmarketshare you will notice that the service recorded a decline in use between August and September 2016.For August, it recorded an all-time high of 22.99%, and for September a decline to 22.53%. Third-party tracking services are never accurate though but growth slowed down considerably especially if you consider that Netmarketshare recorded a growth of 1.86% from July to August.Microsoft ended the free offer officially at the end of July, but upgrades to Windows 10 are still free despite Microsoft’s claims that they are not.The monthly updated statistics of Valve’s gaming platform Steam show a similar picture. Valve recorded an increase by 0.04% for Windows 10 in September 2016 to 47.48%.Windows 10 has been the most popular operating system on Steam for a while likely because gamers are more inclined to upgrade their computer systems than other user groups.StatCounter statistics confirm the observation. The company saw a rise of 0.05% in September 2016 for Windows 10 to 22.24%.CausesIt is pretty clear that the effect of the ending of the free upgrade offer have caused growth to slow to a crawl. The one month delay can be explained by how and when stats are updated by the services.It seems likely that growth won’t pick up pace any time soon. While it may get a boost during the holiday season when more PCs get sold, it seems likely that the impact will be minimal.There are not many events in the future that could accelerate growth again. Microsoft plans to end extended support for Windows Vista in 2017, but Vista is hardly relevant anymore these days. Even if that would be the case, users might consider staying on Vista like XP users did years ago, or upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 instead.Microsoft could consider running another promotion but has not made any announcement yet in this regard.Now You: Is Windows 10’s growth period over? What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawlDescriptionThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Explore Space with NASAs EyesExplore Space with NASAs Eyes

first_imgExplore Space with NASA’s Eyes by Martin Brinkmann on August 26, 2017 in Software – Last Update: August 21, 2017 – 4 commentsNASA’s Eyes is a free software program and mobile application to explore earth, the solar system, the universe and spacecraft exploring them.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology created the application. Note that the app requires an active Internet connection as it retrieves data from NASA servers when you run it.The Windows version of the application needs to be installed before it can be used. When you run it afterwards, three main starting points for your journey are displayed: Eyes on the earth, eyes on the solar system, and eyes on exoplanets.The startpage displays featured modules, usually those with high relevance as well. Featured modules may include specific missions, e.g. Cassini’s tour or Juno mission, but also events that can be experienced on earth such as the solar eclipse of 2017.NASA’s EyesThe program connects to NASA servers on start to populate the featured modules, and will do so again when you select one of the options in the program interface.Usually, what happens afterwards is that the visualization module gets loaded that provides you with visual information and options.If you select to explore Earth for instance, you see a virtual representation of earth and some of the satellites that orbit earth. You may select a specific speed in which events happen, for instance real time or 10 minutes represented by one second.The module displays latest events, e.g “record breaking smoke over Canada”, and options at the top to visualize vital signs of the planet Earth. This displays information about the earth’s temperature, sea level, water and ice, or carbon dioxide distribution.You can zoom in and out, and display information about specific missions or satellites. The module features additional tools; the telescope mode lets you look into space from specific positions in the world. Missions lists all missions added to the module, and datasets additional visualization options, for instance about a gravity field map or global wind speed.Modules differ depending on which you pick. If you pick the Cassini mission to Saturn module for instance, you get a different visualization.You can follow the spacecraft’s journey to Saturn, and get a lot of view options. There is a timeline with important points of the journey, options to jump to specific views, e.g. near Saturn, looking at Saturn or above Saturn, and information on the probe’s distance to Earth, relative speed or distance to Saturn.You may zoom in and out, and display information on the mission, Saturn and more. Last but not least, there is also an option to view Cassini images in the application.Closing WordsNASA’s Eyes is very powerful program that anyone who is at least mildly interested in space or Earth should at least take a look at. Since it pulls data from NASA servers, it comes with recent data on missions, and recent important events that you can take a look at.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 9 votes Software Name Nasa’s EyesSoftware Category LearningLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

CCEnhancer 45 HTTPS downloads new featuresCCEnhancer 45 HTTPS downloads new features

first_imgCCEnhancer 4.5: HTTPS downloads, new features by Martin Brinkmann on September 24, 2017 in Software – 33 commentsCCEnhancer 4.5 is a new version of the popular Windows software that you may use to add hundreds of new definitions to CCleaner and other programs that support the format (the developer’s own program System Ninja and Bleachbit support it as well).The program downloads the latest definition file and adds it to CCleaner automatically if the program is installed. It adds new custom scan locations to CCleaner in the process which extend the program’s capabilities to clean the computer system.The automatic integration works only if CCleaner is installed. You need to select Functions > Add Portable Location if CCleaner is not installed, as the automatic integration of the set of definitions won’t work when that is the case. This is the option to select if you use a portable version of CCleaner, or another program that supports the definition format.CCEnhancer 4.5Version 4.5 of CCEnhancer is the first significant update of the application in nearly three years. The new version includes new features, bug fixes and even some security hardening.The application uses HTTPS exclusively for all downloads in CCEnhancer 4.5. This improves the security of the process thanks to the exclusive use of secure connections. The developer notes that users on Windows XP and other operating systems that don’t support Server Name Indication (SNI) may have to select “Use alternative download URL” under Advanced if the default download functionality does not work properly.Error Messages that occur when downloads fail or when other download related issues occur are improved in the new version. They should make the cause of the issue clearer.Another new feature is the integrated update check. CCEnhancer checks for updates automatically by default. You may block this from happening in the Settings by removing the checkmark from “Check for program updates”.CCEnhancer comes with a debug tool that you may run to make sure the definitions file is properly formatted and without issues. Since you may add your own definitions to the definitions file in the Settings, a check for duplicate entries is now provided in the debug tool as well.CCEnhancer 4.5 introduces a handful of smaller changes on top of all that. It features a new program icon, a link (ad) to System Ninja which will open the program if it is installed already, automatic detection of the language on first run, and a download button that matches the color of that of CCleaner in the new release.Closing WordsCCEnhancer is a handy program for CCleaner users, and users of other system cleaners that support the custom definitions format as well. The new version improves the security of definition file downloads with the switch to HTTPS exclusivity, and introduces other new features that users will certainly appreciate.Now You: Do you use custom cleanup locations in CCleaner or other cleaning tools?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 4 votes Software Name CCEnhancerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Addons Detector for Android reviewAddons Detector for Android review

first_imgAddons Detector for Android review by Martin Brinkmann on February 26, 2018 in Google Android – 5 commentsAddons Detector is a free application for Google’s Android operating system that reveals which addon packages installed applications use among other things. You may use it to find out which apps include advertising or analytics addons, which apps make use of push notifications, or which apps use which permissions on the device.While Android displays installation prompts whenever you install an application on your Android device, it is fair to say that information and control is limited. It may happen that you install an app that turns out to use all kinds of tricks to display advertisement to you or track you. While you will undoubtedly notice the ads, you may never be aware of the tracking that is going on in the background.Addons DetectorAddons Detector is a free app that reveals lots of information about installed apps. Hit the scan button after installation to find out which addons installed applications use. The scan should not take too long to complete.Select the-then unlocked addons button to display the listing of installed apps and the addons that they use. The page features a filter at the top to display only select apps. You can filter by “call screen ads”, “advertising”, “analytics”, “push notifications” and other addon types.Each application is listed with its icon and name, and the addons that it uses. This listing may be an eye opener, but if you are not proficient when it comes to Android programming, you may not understand what some of these addons do.A tap on a listing opens it in details view. Each addon used is listed on the page along with the application’s permissions.You can tap on any addon or permission to open a page that explains what the addon or permission is for. Links are provided as well which you may follow to research the topic more.Addon Detector comes with additional features that you may find useful:Permission Explorer — lists all permissions that applications have. It contains each permission and the number of apps that have it. A click on a permission displays the applications that use it. Again with explanations for each permission so that you understand what apps may use it for.Install Date — Pretty simple listing that sorts applications by their install or update date.Notification Monitor — Disabled by default. It requires that a service runs in the background so that it can record notifications.Shortcut Monitor — Also disabled by default. Needs to be enabled to monitor shortcuts.Live Scanner — Only available for premium users or users who have enabled the auto-uploading of scan data on the device. This scanner scans new applications or updated applications automatically and notifies you of changes.Closing WordsAddon Detector is an excellent forensic application that provides you with information on the addon use of individual applications. It can help you identify apps that abuse permissions, and even supports an option to scan new application installs or application updates automatically.Now You: Do you vet apps before you install them on your device?Display all Android apps permissions with G Data AntiVirus FreeLarge number of Android VPN apps insecureMy Device: the best system information app for Android?Permission Requests are the main reason why I cancel app installations on AndroidPrivacyHawk: risk analysis for Android appsSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Addons DetectorOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more