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Now playing: Watch this: Phones Best Buy Samsung’s Galaxy-something is already building up plenty of buzz as the first foldable phone by a household brand. Foldable phones are expected to change the way that people use their devices by giving you a larger screen surface in a small enough package to carry around. Samsung is moving quickly to get its product on sale ahead of rivals.But chances are high that Samsung’s foldable phone won’t knock it out of the park on its initial attempt. As one of the first of its kind, this foldable phone and others face staggering challenges in how they’re designed and how well the apps work with a bendable body.”I can’t stress this enough, this is a beta product,” said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD Group. “All these problems should be expected and anticipated, and as the first version this is an early adopter product for consumers who like to be on the bleeding edge.” How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus We don’t know much about Samsung’s foldable Galaxy phone, including its name. Angela Lang/CNET A foldable phone by any other name may not sound as sweet. Samsung has already shown off the foldable Galaxy phone on stage and confirmed it’ll come in the first half of 2019 — but it doesn’t yet have a real name. There are at least four rumored front-runners, including the Galaxy X, Galaxy F, Galaxy Flex and Galaxy Fold. Samsung, unsurprisingly, did not respond to my request for a heads-up on the official name (it would like to keep that a surprise). But one of these candidates is undeniably the worst.Samsung should definitely not choose “Galaxy F.” In the US at least, “F” is for “fail,” the lowest grade a person or thing can get. And no product wants to be linked to failure, or to “the F word.” The mind just doesn’t leap to “foldable” or “fantastic.” Samsung The 30 worst phone names of all time 2:17 Any product marketer will tell you that names matter. Brands can spend hundreds of hours on market research to select the right name that conveys the right message to buyers. Pick wrong and you might fail to connect with your desired demographic or worse, offend them in their native land and language.Both negative connotations for “Galaxy F” would open up Samsung to endlessly creative criticism akin to the worst online bullying, especially if the foldable phone turns out to be anything other than “s” for “stellar.” (For the record, the “S” in Galaxy S stands for “Super Smart.”) Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android 21 Photos Share your voice Sprint Xiaomi’s double-folding phone looks impressive in teaser… Now playing: Watch this: Samsung’s first foldable phone may be awkward, but it, and others, are an essential first step into learning what to do and not to do when making devices with bendable screens.”We believe that devices with flexible displays will eventually become a larger part of the market as prices drop, designs improve and usability issues are overcome,” said Ben Wood, chief researcher at analyst firm CCS Insight. Samsung will want to put its best foot forward. News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you It may be too late for the electronics titan to whip up excitement by taking fan suggestions, as Xiaomi is doing for its remarkable-looking phone prototype that folds on both ends, and as Google did for Android N. But it isn’t too late for Samsung to think long and hard about its legacy and steer clear of any name that could expose it to one of the internet’s most vicious “F”s: flaming.Published: Jan. 28 at 4:00am PT.Update: Jan 29 at 3:00am PT with minor edits. 22 The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now $899 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) 31 Photos Samsung Galaxy S10 Galaxy V because it’s a flat line folded almost in half~— 👾.ashley.🎙 (@AshleyEsqueda) January 23, 2019 See It $899 What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone See It $899 See it Comments 1:28 Abt Electronics $899 They had better not call this thing the Galaxy F… https://t.co/95PmNf9nnh via @jdolcourt— Dan Ackerman (@danackerman) January 23, 2019 See It Galaxy X? Galaxy F? Samsung’s foldable phone faces 9 big issues.Everything we know about Samsung’s first foldable phone. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. As a name, “Galaxy X” (pronounced “ex,” not “ten”) has the right kind of sizzle. Think of how the phone’s shape could play into an “X” form and all the adjacent marketing about the device having the “X” factor. Samsung would run the risk of copycatting the iPhone X, and while it’s unlikely to result in another dragged-out lawsuit, such a name would perpetuate the dreaded (and not totally fair) “Samesung” reputation. And with the “X” name painting Apple into a corner, it’s something Samsung would want to sidestep anyway.Perhaps Samsung should take my colleague Ashley Esqueda’s safer suggestion to go with the Galaxy V, because it looks like a foldable phone opening or closing. Of course, V is the Roman numeral “5.” There’s always something. Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Tags 36 Photos A better name for a foldable phoneSamsung’s naming dilemma is extra potent because the expected reveal of its foldable Galaxy phone comes at a time when the tech giant will also unveil the Galaxy S10. That model will have a more traditional glass slab look and feel that should appeal to the mass market, but Samsung will likely show off a fully working version of its foldable phone to add drama to the event and to underscore Samsung’s ability to keep innovating, even a decade on. It’s unclear if Samsung would also announce the phone’s name here or simply tease a later dedicated event, rumored to take place in March. Whenever Samsung does share its name, there are plenty of more harmonious options than the foreboding “F.” Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flex are infinitely better, but still pretty tame considering what a watershed moment this is for Samsung’s brand, which holds the coveted title of world’s largest smartphone maker. Also, LG already had a “G Flex” as recent as 2015 so “Flex” could wind up on the cutting room floor.
Nissan’s much-anticipated compact SUV, Terrano is all set to take the roads in India on 20 August.The company, which had released the official sketches of the much-anticipated compact SUV Terrano a month ago, announced that the vehicle will be unveiled in India on 20 August in Mumbai.The new crossover Terrano is based on the Renault Duster platform and will come in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the car petrol version comes with the 1.6-litre engine which delivers 104PS, the 1.5 turbodiesels churns out 110PS. The earlier revealed pictures showed the rear styling of the Terrano, which looks different from Duster.Other changes were seen on the reflector which is now placed on the lower bumper, and the tail lamps are seen split with half the tail lights placed on the backdoor. The front grille and headlights of the vehicle also sport new looks. Previous reports suggested that the new Terrano would not pack many changes in terms of the interiors of the vehicle. Nissan’s upcoming SUV will be pitted against the newly launched Ford EcoSport .”You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date,” said President and CEO of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Kenichiro Yomura .
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UKs fertility regulator, has officially approved the use of mitochondrial replacement therapy. Clinics will now be able to apply for licences to help give birth to so-called three parent babies. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Three-parent babies now allowed in UK: The historic decision explained
Changpeng Zhao speaking at an event.YouTubeFrom zero to cryptocurrency billionaire, Changpeng Zhao has vaulted from obscurity to the cover of Forbes magazine in just 8 months.The founder of Binance, who goes by the name of CZ, has steered his company to a $200 million profit in its second quarter of existence and built a personal fortune of nearly $2 billion.”If you had asked me a month ago when we would hit the number one spot, I might have answered six to nine months. If you had asked me about unicorn status, I might have thought the same period. This growth has surprised even me,” CZ had told news website Medium early this year.Binance can process a blazing 1.4 million transactions a second and on a peak day this year, processed 3.5 billion new orders, cancels, and trades.The 41-year-old Chinese-Canadian coder, who wears a black hoodie, like some cross between Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, owns a large chunk of the company. But before fame and fortune turned in his favor, CZ flipped burgers at McDonald’s and worked overnight shifts at a gas station in Vancouver to cover the household expenses.Educated at McGill University in Canada, his first summer job was with a trading exchange in Tokyo. After he finished college, CZ was offered work by the same company in Toyko and spent the next four years there before moving to New York.Then, in 2013, Zhao learned about Bitcoin from a venture capitalist with whom he played poker. His interest steered him to dig deeper into the cryptocurrency space and by the end of last year, he had decided to make his move.Despite all the regulatory headwinds surrounding digital currencies globally, CZ told Bloomberg earlier this year that he’s as optimistic as he’s ever been about cryptocurrencies.”I’m convinced 100 percent that crypto is the future,” said Zhao, who is the single largest shareholder in Binance and makes all the company’s key decisions. “I just know it will happen.”
Yaba. File PhotoA local Jubo League leader was arrested in a decoy operation reportedly while selling yaba pills in Rajshahi city’s Shalbagan area on Sunday afternoon, reports UNB.The arrestee is Shamim Hossain, son of Moslem Uddin of Natunpara area in Poba upazila and general secretary of ward-18 (North) Jubo League in the city.Raju Ahmed, sub-inspector of Chandrima police station, said Shamim had long been involved in Yaba peddling.Based on the information, police contacted him to buy Yaba and asked him to come to Shalbagan area in the afternoon.As Shamim turned up, they caught him red-handed while he was selling Yaba to them, Raju said, adding that they recovered 36 contraband pills from his possession.Contacted, city Jubo League president Ramjan Ali said they will look into the matter. “Organisational action will be taken against Shamim if he is found to be involved in Yaba business.”
00:00 /01:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Laura IsenseeLawyers hired by the Turkish government have asked the Texas Education Agency to launch a full investigation into Harmony Public Schools.The charter network focuses on math and science education and runs more than 40 schools in Texas, making it the state’s largest charter network and the second largest in the country.“We’re not anti-charter. We’re not trying to displace thousands of Harmony students,” said John Martin, senior counsel with Amsterdam and Partners which filed the complaint. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of several red flags related to discrimination, self-dealing and immigration visa issues.”The complaint alleges that Harmony has abused the immigration visa system to hire Turkish nationals, that it’s discriminated against other non-Turkish employees and that it’s given a large portion of contracts to affiliated companies or former employees.The complaint also alleges that the system has ties to a controversial Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who’s been accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.Harmony CEO Soner Tarim said that the complaint is a political attack from a Turkish administration hostile to critics.“You know this was established here, as a nonprofit organization,” Tarim said. “That’s why I call it a political move and it’s a witch-hunt. And we have nothing to do with Turkey.”Tarim, who is a dual citizen with Turkey, said that the current president there, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received little support from Turkish Americans.He pointed to Harmony’s successes, like a $30 million federal grant and continued expansion.This isn’t the first time Harmony charter schools have faced state and federal investigations, though it’s never faced sanctions.A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said that they’ve received the complaint and will decide the next steps. Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWEAA and First Edition reports 17 pharmacies were looted during the Baltimore uprising last month, and some believe the subsequent deluge of prescription drugs on the streets of the city may be fueling this most recent surge of homicides and non-fatal shootings. We’ll explore all angles of this story with our experts and regular contributors Stephen Janis, Taya Graham and AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
If you are a minority or woman business owner in the Baltimore market area and your company is not a City-certified MBE or WBE, or if you are interested in the requirements for certification, attend the MBE/WBE Certification Workshop on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the War Memorial Building, Paul C. Wolman Assembly Hall, 101 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The workshop will be presented by Courtney M. Billups, Chief of the Law Department’s Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office, the City’s official certification office. The workshop will cover requirements for City MBE/WBE certification as well as how to avoid common errors. The workshop is free to attend and seating is limited.For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development at 410-396-3818.
Wowow, Japan’s biggest entertainment pay channel service, will simultaneously stream its three full-HD channels. They will be available on its platform, via its Wowow Members on Demand service, and the new Paravi SVOD platform, starting in October.Launched in October by six media companies, including Wowow, Paravi sees itself as a Japanese version of Netflix. Paravi will start simulstreaming Wowow content in December.WOWOW’s Members on Demand service will begin simulstreaming on a trial basis on Oct. 1 and roll out its full service in December. On offer will be the Wowow Prime, Wowow Live, and Wowow Cinema channels currently being beamed to Wowow’s subscribers via cable and satellite.As of the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in April, Wowow had 2.88 million subscribers for a 2.8% year-on-year gain. Wowow is the only Japanese broadcaster to present the Oscars and Grammy telecasts live. It also is actively engaged in film and TV production, as well as possessing a line-up of nearly 1,400 movie titles, including many major Hollywood and foreign films in its library. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read March 28, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Recent news of a massive data breach has made some Facebook users wonder: What does Facebook know about me, and how can I control it?In 2013, a third-party app developer named Aleksandr Kogan had access to 50 million Facebook users’ data for academic research, and without permission, he distributed it to a consulting firm with ties to the Trump Administration, Cambridge Analytica. The Guardian reported that Cambridge Analytica had possession of the data in 2015, at which time Facebook asked Cambridge Analytica to delete it all. The problem is, now in early 2018, with the 2016 U.S. general election in the rearview mirror, it seems Cambridge Analytica didn’t comply with that request.This problem resulted from old, less strict rules about data collection by developers that Facebook updated in 2014, but Facebook shared the data with Kogan before that. Today, despite the fact that Facebook has promised further crackdowns, many still fear that Facebook and all of the apps connected to it know too much about them. Despite Facebook’s best efforts, some users worry, the company might not be able to secure information they share on the platform or keep it anonymous.Related: 20 Revelations From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Apology TourLast week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded questions from news outlets about whether he would testify before Congress about Facebook’s collection and distribution of user data. Zuckerberg answered that he would be open to the possibility, and on March 27, CNN and other outlets reported that he is preparing to do so as a result of mounting pressures. These reports followed news that Zuckerberg would send deputies to speak with British lawmakers on behalf of Facebook regarding privacy issues.Also on March 27, a group of Facebook users filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the social media giant’s Messenger app collected information about their phone calls and text messages.A range of prominent individuals and brands have hopped on the #DeleteFacebook train since the Cambridge Analytica news broke a week and a half ago, from Elon Musk to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to actor Will Ferrell to Playboy magazine.Amid this controversy, Facebook is reportedly putting the brakes on a smart home speaker it’s been developing — such devices that recorded users’ speech in their homes and send it to cloud servers for processing are often suspect of spying and data misuse.On the other hand, Facebook is ramping up efforts to clarify privacy controls and help users find exactly what information Facebook knows about them. On March 28, Facebook published a blog post titled, “It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find,” in which it laid out plans for a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that will allow users to add two-factor authentication, delete records of their past activity, control the ads they see and more. It also explained a new section called Access Your Information, a more user-friendly interface for finding, downloading and deleting personal Facebook data. The platform’s general settings menu will also be streamlined.There are still more changes yet to be announced. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be proposing updates to Facebook’s terms of service that include our commitments to people,” the post’s authors wrote. “We’ll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it. These updates are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”For those who don’t want to delete their Facebook accounts, but also don’t want to wait for the new-and-improved menus to become available in app updates, here is a step-by-step guide to finding, downloading and deleting your Facebook data.Your data might include photos about your family, locations you’ve visited, posts that reveal your political ideology, search queries you’ve typed into Facebook and more.To access all of this information and more, log onto Facebook via a web browser — you can’t yet do it via the Facebook app. Under “General Account Settings,” at the bottom of the list, underneath the boxed-in options, you’ll see a link that says, “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Click that, then click the green button on the next page that says “Download archive.”From there, type in your password (this step is just to verify your identity). Wait a few minutes until you receive an email (at the email address connected to your Facebook account) with a Facebook link to your data.It took 15 minutes for NBC News journalist Jeff Rossen to receive this email. He then downloaded years’ worth of private Facebook messages, records of friends he’d deleted, events he’d attended, photos of his children that he’d forgotten even existed, and even a list of contacts from his phone — including phone numbers of contacts that he is not Facebook friends with or do not have Facebook accounts.Having all of this info in one place, in your possession, is one thing. But if you want to delete it, you can. You can do this in the Facebook app. On the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a row of icons on a white background. Tap the one on the bottom right-hand corner that is three lines stacked vertically. Scroll down and tap Settings, then tap Activity Log from the options that pop up.In your activity log, you can select a year, dating back to the first year you had a Facebook account, then by month. Or you can filter based on the category of activity, including posts, posts you’re tagged in, photos and videos, photos you’re tagged in and others’ posts to your timeline.Tap “clear” to delete things, or tap the down arrow to the right of any post or photo to delete it individually.Just note that once you delete something, it takes 90 days to disappear from Facebook’s servers.Related video: To Avoid Distractions and Stay off Facebook, This Entrepreneur Uses a Special App That Limits His Internet Use Enroll Now for Free
Yahoo and Mediaset have struck an exclusive three-year deal for the sale of display, native and video advertising and content marketing on Yahoo’s Italian site.Mediaset said the deal would place its online advertising arm Mediamond immediately behind Google and Facebook in local measurement group Audiweb’s rankings, with a monthly reach of 21.2 million people and a daily reach of 5.3 million.Yahoo’s proprietary native platform Gemini wlll be available to Mediamond, while Mediamond and general ad sales arm Publitalia will be able to use social network Tumblr for cross-media projects, according to Mediaset.Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that Yahoo was a brand with “extraordinary recognition and authority in the digital world”, which was playing an ever more important role in media strategy.
OTT content distribution platform Airbeem has named former Ericsson executive Thorsten Sauer as executive chairman.Thorsten SauerSauer previously served as president of Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services, now known as Red Bee Media. His time at the helm saw the acquisition of Technicolor’s Broadcast Services division in 2012, Red Bee Media in 2014 and FYI Television in 2016. In February, OTT TV technology provider Xstream has named Sauer to its board.Airbeem works with media companies, sports brands, broadcasters and content owners to create their own online video channels. The company provides off-the-shelf solutions to enable media owners to create their own OTT channel.Airbeem recently secured a Series A funding round led by Edge Investment to enable it to scale its product R&D sales and marketing and customer success teams worldwide.Steve Hardman, Airbeem CEO, said: “The appointment of Thorsten to our board comes at a time when we are investing heavily in sales and marketing to significantly grow the business. We believe we have a disruptive technology approach to video experience and OTT distribution for the direct to consumer market, providing premier content owners innovative monetisation tools to grow their channels and deliver their content to audiences with a tailored, enhanced user experience and a significant different commercial approach. Thorsten’s appointment brings valuable industry experience and vision to help us shape the vision of our OTT platform for the middle market.”Sauer said: “Consumers habits prove the future of TV is over the top. I look forward to bringing my industry knowledge to further help Airbeem enable content owners to launch direct to consumer OTT channels around the world and help drive global growth of the company.”
Add to Queue Guest Writer Opponents of marijuana legalization have sincere, but largely debunked, concerns. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. –shares Just to Keep an Open Mind, What Are Some Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana? Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: Sebastian Kopp | EyeEm | Getty Images Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Legal Marijuana Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. 3 min read Large sections of the U.S. population still oppose marijuana legalization. To understand where they are coming from, here are some of the major reasons they still stand in opposition even in the face of growing acceptance of marijuana.Making money off heavy users.When it comes to alcohol and tobacco, big companies make much of their profits off those with serious addiction to their products.For example, according to the Washington Post, 30 percent of people in the U.S. don’t drink at all. Another 30 percent have one drink per week. So, there’s 60 percent of the market bringing in little money for alcohol companies. The next 20 percent drink around six drinks per week or less.It’s the high-volume users in the final 20 percent that drive sales. The top 10 percent of users consume almost 74 drinks per week – more than 10 per day. The 10 percent below them consume 15 drinks per week.Would this play out the same with marijuana? Perhaps. The obvious counter argument is that those who have a glass of wine with dinner aren’t penalized because someone else is drinking two bottles, so why do the same with marijuana?Also, cannabis is still not proven to be physically addictive like alcohol or cigarettes.Related: New Study Confirms What Many Already Know: Cannabis Helps Treat InsomniaThe “gateway drug” myth.Some people — most notably anti-marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions — argue that marijuana can open the door to the use of more powerful drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), studies have found that in some cases, the use of marijuana made people more likely to have an alcohol abuse problem within three years.But marijuana opponents don’t always note the “however” part. The NIDA goes on to report that:The majority of marijuana users do not go on to use “harder” drugsAlcohol and nicotine — both legal for adults — can prime the brain for moving on to drug abuseMany factors contribute to drug abuse problems, especially a person’s social environmentRelated: Yet Another Study Finds Marijuana Reduces Opioid UseUse by teenagersNo one on either side of the marijuana legalization debate argues that teen use of marijuana is acceptable. Studies have found that issues related to cannabis use by teens include memory loss, chronic cough and long-term learning problems, according to the NIDA.However, there is disagreement on whether legal cannabis leads to more teen use. A recent study showed that teen use of marijuana has not increased in states where marijuana was legalized. Another study from Columbia University this year also found no increase in adolescent use in states where medical marijuana is legal.These issues rank among the top reasons marijuana legalization opponents have taken their position. While most of the population is aligned against them, expect these arguments to continue as long as marijuana laws are the subject of debate.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. August 14, 2018 dispensaries.com Download Our iOS App
Image credit: Shutterstock David Meyer Add to Queue April 28, 2016 Science –shares Apply Now » Why Microsoft Just Bought 10 Million Strands of DNA Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read Microsoft just bought 10 million strands of DNA from a San Francisco company called Twist Bioscience. Why? Data storage.When you think about DNA and data, chances are you’re thinking about all that genetic information that can help further medical research, and tell people more about themselves. This isn’t about that, but rather about dealing with the increasing amounts of data being generated these days.DNA is, according to companies such as Twist, extremely promising as a storage medium, because of its lifespan (measurable in millennia) and the density at which it can hold information (almost a trillion gigabytes per gram, Twist claims).Twist makes silicon-based synthesized DNA strands that, according to CEO Emily Leproust, “offers unmatched scale and product quality that vastly accelerates the ability to write DNA at a cost enabling data storage.”“As our digital data continues to expand exponentially, we need new methods for long-term, secure data storage,” said Doug Carmean of Microsoft’s technology and research organization. “The initial test phase with Twist demonstrated that we could encode and recover 100 percent of the digital data from synthetic DNA.”As Leproust said in a recent IEEE Spectrum interview, it’s not that hard to synthesize DNA strands, but the trick is being able to automate the process to build scale.Twist’s technology is based on the same etching techniques that computer chip manufacturers use. Rivals include Zymergen, another Californian biotech outfit. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine
Next Article June 9, 2016 Register Now » –shares Add to Queue 1 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Tesla Motors Introduces Two Less-Costly Model S Versions Reuters Tesla Motors Inc. said on Thursday it would offer two less-costly versions of its electric Model S sedan, starting at $66,000 in the U.S. market.The current Model S starts around $76,000 and is often delivered to customers at a price of about $100,000.Prices are before tax incentives are applied.The new versions, the Model S 60 and the Model S 60D, will have slightly less range and a smaller battery pack than the Model S.The S 60 and S60D battery pack provides 60 kilowatt-hours, compared with the S’s 75 KWh.The newer models will have a range of more than 200 miles, Tesla said in a statement.(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) Image credit: Reuters | Lucas Jackson
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 10 2018It’s fast-paced, takes less time to do, and burns a lot of calories. High-intensity interval exercise is widely recognized as the most time-efficient and effective way to exercise. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University have discovered another important health benefit of these short bursts of intense exercise with rest intervals. It could also be an effective strategy to prevent and combat cognitive dysfunction in obese individuals.Obesity reduces the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein in the brain that promotes the survival of nerve cells or neurons. Lower levels of this protein are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and obesity. Although studies have shown that obesity is a risk factor for cognitive dysfunction, the mechanisms of this relationship are not fully understood.To-date, studies on exercise and BDNF response in obese populations have only used continuous moderate-intensity exercise without rest intervals. FAU researchers and collaborators from the University of Texas at Austin and Purdue University, are the first to examine the modulatory role of obesity on exercise-induced BDNF release and to use an acute high-intensity interval exercise protocol as a practical model to measure the phenomena of BDNF release in both obese and normal-weight subjects. They also examined the potential relationship of exercise-induced BDNF with blood lactate and cortisol.Results of study, published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, show that the BDNF response to acute high-intensity interval exercise was greater than continuous moderate-intensity exercise in obese subjects when compared to normal-weight subjects. Similarly, although acute high-intensity interval exercise induced greater blood lactate and plasma cortisol levels than continuous moderate-intensity exercise, obese subjects produced less blood lactate, but showed no difference in cortisol than normal-weight subjects.These findings suggest that acute high-intensity interval exercise may be a more effective protocol to upregulate BDNF expression in an obese population, independent of increased lactate and cortisol levels.”High-intensity interval exercise is a time-efficient strategy with similar or superior physiological benefits that promotes the expression of a growth factor typically associated with brain health, yet that appears to be down regulated in obesity,” said Chun-Jung (Phil) Huang, Ph.D., lead author and an associate professor in the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, in FAU’s College of Education. “The relative simplicity and efficacy of high-intensity interval exercise supports its use as a preventive measure and as an intervention to combat obesity and other chronic disease conditions.”Related StoriesExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityNew anti-obesity drug trial set to launch at Alberta Diabetes InstituteFor the study, male subjects participated in a counterbalanced and caloric equated experiment of high-intensity interval exercise. The high-intensity interval exercise protocol consisted of a five minute walking or jogging warm-up, followed by four high-intensity intervals lasting four minutes each, followed by three minutes of active recovery followed by each high-intensity interval. Blood samples were collected prior to, immediately following exercise, and an hour into recovery for measurements of serum BDNF, blood lactate, and plasma cortisol.Other findings from the study show statistically significant differences between the obese and normal-weight groups for body weight, BMI, systolic and diastolic blood pressures, and waist/hip circumferences and ratio. In addition, both the obese and normal-weight groups had comparable heart rate responses during both exercise protocols, demonstrating a similar relative exercise intensity and effort between groups. Therefore, the BDNF response was likely not influenced by disparities between aerobic fitness, with a greater level in obese subjects than normal-weight subjects following acute high-intensity interval exercise vs. continuous moderate-intensity exercise.”Increased levels of cortisol have been shown to down regulate BDNF expression, however, this relationship in response to exercise still remains equivocal,” Huang. “Specifically, our study and others, did not observe any correlation between cortisol and BDNF following either acute high-intensity exercise or continuous moderate-intensity exercise protocol, yet, the report of such is opposite.”Aerobic training has been shown to not only provide beneficial anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits, but also reductions in age-related cognitive decline. It also has been shown to preserve brain volume and potentially improve blood flow.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 93.3 million Americans were classified as obese in 2016. The annual medical costs of obesity were estimated at around $147 billion in 2008. Source:http://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/hiie-obesity-cognition.php
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(Editor)Feb 7 2019Backed by a $5.1 million grant, University of North Carolina and University of Malawi College of Medicine physicians and scientists will launch a multi-pronged effort to combat cervical cancer in Malawi, a country in sub-Saharan Africa where cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will fund a total of $12 million for two new programs to prevent cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, including the project in Malawi and one in Mozambique.”By screening women, we are able to detect and treat precancerous changes before they develop into cervical cancer,” said Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR, co-principal investigator of the study for UNC, associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology’s Division of Global Women’s Health and a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases Malawi site. “Because women in Malawi weren’t getting screened, they were getting diagnosed very late. A late cervical cancer diagnosis is usually a death sentence in Malawi. That is why we’re trying to screen as many women as possible using a highly sensitive test, and to treat the women with evidence of precancerous lesions the same day. This increases the number of women screened and treated, and decreases loss to follow up.”Globally, the majority of cervical cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. The disease is linked to the sexual transmission of HPV, or human papillomavirus.Malawi has the second-highest cervical cancer rate of any country in the world, according to 2018 estimates from the HPV Information Centre. That is due to high rates of HPV as well as HIV, and low population-level screening and vaccination, said Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, cancer program director for UNC Project-Malawi and an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology.In 2004, the Malawi Cervical Cancer Control Program set a target of screening 80 percent of eligible women for cervical cancer. Yet, less than a third had completed this screening as of 2015, according to data from the program.”Progress is being made, but there is a tremendous amount still to do to stem the cervical cancer epidemic,” said Gopal. “We need to understand how to most efficiently deliver the preventive services to the highest number of women, and avert these unnecessary cancer deaths.”With the new funds, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Malawi College of Medicine will evaluate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of integrating self-collection HPV testing into voluntary family planning clinics and community-based sites in Malawi. The researchers also are planning to investigate the effectiveness of treating precancerous lesions using a method known as thermocoagulation in a “screen-and-treat” strategy.”We couldn’t be more proud of this team of U.S.- and African-trained investigators receiving such a large award to better understand the global burden of cervical cancer,” said Myron Cohen, MD, director of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. “UNC faculty and staff from across the campus have worked hard over the past 25 years to build a self-sustaining model of clinical care, research and training in Malawi for health professionals from the United States and in-country to succeed and improve health for all. This grant exemplifies this mission.”Recent technological advances have made the project possible, Tang said. HPV testing can now be completed rapidly to determine if a woman has a strain of the virus that is high-risk for causing cervical cancer. With the results, providers can determine which women might need same-day treatment of precancerous cervical lesions. Thermocoagulation involves using a portable, battery-operated device that can easily be used in settings with limited resources, she said.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsSugary drinks linked to cancer finds study”Transportation is one of the biggest barriers to treatment for women in Malawi, along with cost,” she said. “We’re trying to save women from having to come to the clinic multiple times, spending money and time they don’t have. As soon as we find a problem, we are treating it immediately.”UNC physicians and researchers have been collaborating with Malawian health leaders since 1990 to provide clinical care and research for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. This partnership led to the establishment of the UNC Project-Malawi site in Lilongwe. As prevention and treatment interventions have improved the survival rates of people living with HIV in Malawi, cancer has emerged as a growing health problem in the country. In 2014, the Malawi Cancer Consortium was launched with funding from the National Cancer Institute to help fight cancer, and HIV-associated cancers in particular.Last year, Malawian leaders traveled to UNC-Chapel Hill to meet with Carolina leadership, physicians and scientists to prepare for the opening of Malawi’s first dedicated cancer center, which is expected this year and is being built adjacent to UNC Project-Malawi.The newly funded cervical cancer project builds on the results of a pilot study led by Lameck Chinula, MMED, FCOG, who is co-principal investigator for this project and the first Malawian-trained obstetrician and gynecologist at UNC Project-Malawi. During the pilot study, more than 400 rural women were screened for cervical cancer using a community-based screening approach, and then treated with thermocoagulation if they were found to have precancerous lesions.Chinula, who is also a research assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was trained in South Africa through funding from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases partnership with the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and the Gilead Training Fellowship. To address another critical need, he was also trained to perform the surgical procedure used to treat invasive cervical cancer – radical hysterectomy – by two U.S. gynecologic oncology specialists. Chinula now strives to educate other clinicians, and Malawian women in general, to stop cervical cancer before it becomes deadly.”We would like to see providers maximize any contacts they have with women and use the most efficient, culturally-sensitive screening test available to identify patients needing treatment for cervical pre-cancer,” Chinula said. “By allowing women to self-collect specimens for HPV testing, we hope to empower and increase the number of women screened. As a clinician-researcher who has had to deliver the bad news of an incurable cervical cancer diagnosis in Malawi, I can look to the future with hope that a day will come when these diagnoses will be a rare occurrence.”According to the USAID, this is the first time the agency has funded programs to prevent cervical cancer in the context of broader women’s health, other than under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These new programs in Malawi and Mozambique will coordinate closely with PEPFAR investments in both countries.”Women who aren’t screened and treated for cervical cancer have a higher risk of dying of this preventable disease,” said UNC Lineberger’s Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “We need to do all that we can to increase cervical screening rates globally. We’re testing a self-sampling technology that should increase screening coverage dramatically, but we do have unanswered questions about implementation within existing health care systems and cost. Study findings will inform future policy and implementation, not only for self-collection tests in Malawi, but other countries.”Source: http://unclineberger.org/news/unc-led-team-awarded-5-1m
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:49 IST (L-R) Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy, Speaker KR Ramesh and BS Yeddyurappa.The political crisis in Karnataka refuses to die down even after a week. Exactly seven days after the whole turmoil started with 13 MLAs of the JDS-Congress coalition resigning, Karnataka remains on the boil.On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy sounded confident and called for a floor test to prove the government’s majority even though a total of 16 MLAs of the coalition have resigned.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court restrained Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs.Here are the top 10 developments from Karnataka today: 1. The Supreme Court on Friday asked Speaker Ramesh to not take any decision on the disqualification or resignation of the 10 MLAs whose resignations were found not in the right order.2. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the matter will be considered by it on July 16 and status quo as of Friday should be maintained.3. As his government teetered on the brink, Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he would seek a trust vote and sought time from the Speaker.4. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday said a slot would be allotted whenever the Karnataka Chief Minister opted for it.5. Speaker Ramesh on Friday said a slot would be allotted whenever Kumaraswamy opted for it.6. Four of the fourteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka who are camping in Mumbai, on Friday visited the famous Siddhivinayak temple and offered prayers to Lord Ganesh.7. On Friday all three parties moved their MLAs to different resorts. As Kumaraswamy called for a floor tests, BJP also moved its MLAs to the Ramada resort.8. The JDS has chosen the serene surroundings of Nandi Hill on the city outskirts while its partner Congress opted for the Taj Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru to horde its MLAs.9. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP uses money to bring down state governments. They have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well.”10. The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being last year after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs – 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) – resigning their assembly membership.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Karnataka crisis: Parties shift MLAs to resorts as CM Kumaraswamy readies to move trust motion in AssemblyAlso Watch | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedThe political crisis in Karnataka continues to dominate headlines even after a week since the 13 MLAs resigned. Here’s all that happened on Fridayadvertisement Next
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