Dancing Divabot performs on stage w Video

first_img Developed by the country’s biggest public research organization, Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the new variant of HRP-4, the female robot HRP-4C deemed “Divabot,” has a realistic face, movable features and even mimics human-sounding breaths. The robot utilizes two primary technologies, using a real singer as a model. Researchers recorded the model’s every move as she sung a Japanese song. They used VocalListener to synthesize the singing voice on the computer, and imitate the singing voice. For the facial expressions, they used a new technology, Vocawatcher, which studies a person singing to replicate the expressions naturally. They then mapped the data onto HRP-4C and voila–Diva-bot was brought to life.A member of the institute said they want to create a new content industry with the technology. Diva-bot’s intricate software creates complicated movements such as jumping, dancing and even balancing. Using a mouse, those with zero robotic expertise are meant to find Diva-bot easily operable, which may or may not be a good thing considering how complex the robot is.Comparable to the software commonly used in CG character animation, Diva-bot’s positioning can be controlled by clicking on the different parts and dragging them to the desired position, creating a sequence of key poses that the software generates, making the robot move. Explore further Citation: Dancing Divabot performs on stage (w/ Video) (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-divabot-stage-video.html Introducing Japan’s new singing robot (w/ Video) (c) 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A singing, dancing humanoid recently joined a live group of dancers to perform. 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

Flying silent seeing more unmanned Silent Falcon makes debut

first_img More information: www.auvsi.org/news/www.silentfalconuas.com/News.html (Phys.org) — Silent Falcon UAS Technologies of Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier this week took the wraps off the solar-powered Silent Falcon. The Silent Falcon is designed to be a man-portable small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) for long-duration surveillance and reconnaissance. It is light enough to be carried and hand launched, while rocket launching is an option. It has a top speed of 112 km/h. and an operational flying altitude from 100 feet (30.5 m) to 20,000 feet (6096 m) and a range of 25 km (15.5 mi). Lt. Gen. Mary Legere of the U.S. Army said UAS would continue to be essential enablers for the Army but their capabilities and operability must evolve. Legere said she would like to see multi-intelligence payloads for UAS and plug and play, “iPad easy” controls for soldiers who use the systems. The system was built in collaboration with Bye Aerospace, which provided research and engineering support. Shown at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Las Vegas, one of the promotional talking points was its ability to provide superior imagery and data at higher altitudes of lengthy flight endurance missions. The Silent Falcon carries an electro-optical imaging system called FalconVision with night vision capability, a laser pointer, an onboard HD video processor, all inertially stabilized. The system can identify and track targets and perform geo-location and geo-tracking operations. Another feature is that the Silent Falcon is modular. Three interchangeable wing configurations are provided so that the Silent Falcon can adapt to mission endurance requirements. The company’s products target several markets — defense, domestic public safety, and private security contractors. Commercial production on the Silent Falcon starts next year.At the conference in Vegas, Vice Adm. William R. Burke, deputy chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems for the U.S. Navy, told his audience how the Navy was changing the way it thinks about unmanned systems capabilities. Now, he says, the Navy works to evolve with the speed of technology, instead of with a traditional seven- to 15-year platform timeline. The company’s motto for this solar electric model, “Flies Silent, Flies Longer and Sees More,” is an accurate explanation of why the Silent Falcon is an attractive newcomer. The Silent Falcon’s power comes from thin film photovoltaic panels built into the wings with lithium polymer batteries for storage. Falcon has an endurance of up to 14 hours in the sky, whereas it can fly up to six hours running on battery power at night. The Silent Falcon system, built of lightweight carbon composites, is also billed as very quiet with low thermal signature to reduce detection. 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. Falcon Heavy Rocket gets unveiled by SpaceX (Update) © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Flying silent, seeing more, unmanned Silent Falcon makes debut (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-silent-unmanned-falcon-debut.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Scientists eye YouTube cave videos to track water levels

first_img The Dahl Hith cave is about 30km SE of Riyadh. Amos said that Dahl Hith is a fascinating site for geologists. “It is one of the few locations where you can see an outcrop of the anhydrite (calcium sulphate) caprock – the seal that traps the Arabian Peninsula’s oil,” said Amos. Because of abstraction for nearby irrigation, the water levels are rising.”The thinking is that the discharge of treated waste water some 10km from the cave is topping up the bathing pool,” he said.Researchers know all this through their documenting cave-wall graffiti, in online movies that were posted by bathers. The researchers used the data to reconstruct past conditions at Dahl Hith. Mary Beth Griggs in Popular Science said that “By looking through the videos for particular graffiti spray painted on the walls in the cave (known as Dahl Hith or Ain Heet), Michelsen could monitor the water levels, looking for how much the water rose over certain graffiti marks over time.”Nils Michelsen, from the Institute for Applied Geosciences, TU Darmstadt, Germany, said in the BBC report that “since there is no other data, you need to be creative.” His study areas include the hydrochemistry and isotope hydrology of arid climate zones “Since smartphones have become so popular and deliver quite good video quality – such data becomes useable. A few years ago, some people would have criticized it as ‘grey data’, and said ‘you shouldn’t use it,'” he told the BBC.Michelsen examined almost 40 YouTube videos made in Dahl Hith. He determined that water levels have risen by about 40cm a month over the past two years and some of his graffiti “benchmarks” have been submerged. He has presented his team’s work at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, from April 12 to April 17. The event covers Earth, planetary and space sciences disciplines.Amos, meanwhile, placed the cave study in the bigger picture, as another example of a trend – trawling social media for scientifically valuable information, with researchers mining Twitter and other platforms for pictures and keywords. “Another application demonstrated here at EGU,” said Amos, “exploits the tweets of Jakarta residents to track the extent of flooding in the Indonesian capital.” Citation: Scientists eye YouTube cave videos to track water levels (2015, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-scientists-eye-youtube-cave-videos.html A spot outside Riyadh for city residents who want to cool off is enabling scientists to do more than enjoy the beauty of their surroundings; they are using YouTube videos to track its rising water levels. Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent, reported on Wednesday that scientists are using YouTube graffiti videos (examples of graffiti disappearing beneath rising waters) to track water at the Dahl Hith “spectacular” cave just outside of the Saudi Arabian capital. Graffiti: Art or eyesore? © 2015 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

For the Chinese connect

first_imgShe started liking the poetry of India’s poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China’s noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore’s songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week. ‘Tagore’s poetry is like music, it is melodic, sweet and lovely,’ Liu said in an interview here on her way back from Kolkata where she attended the opening of a China gallery at Rabindra Bharati University in Jorasanko, Tagore’s ancestral estate, earlier this week. The gallery has several photographs of Tagore and his family members’ visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ At a concert in Kolkata to mark the 150th anniversary Tagore’s birth in 2011, Liu on the dulcimer had presented a combination of Chinese and Indian music accompanied by Indian musicians and instruments like the tabla. Beyond her childhood love for Tagore’s poetry, it is her musical instrument – yangqin or the Chinese-hammered dulcimer – that has made Liu the leading exponent of the India-China music dialogue and a key ambassador of culture. The yangqin is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘The first world-wide dialogue between Indian yangqin or santoor and Chinese yangqin was held in Calcutta in 2011 at the concert themed ‘Night of the Orient, When East Meets East’, said Liu, who has studied in India with noted santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma. ‘More than 20 countries around the world have this instrument that originated in the Iran-Iraq region,’ Liu said of the Chinese dulcimer that is quite similar to the santoor.Liu undertook a seven-month research at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation fellowship in 2009 to explore the grammar of the two musical instruments of the same family. Liu, who is a professor at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and the youngest professor of yangqin in the country’s history, aims to create an enduring basis of dialogue ‘between our two oriental cultures’.  ‘With my Indian gurus, I am trying to make a new style of India-China music… Chinese melody, put in the Indian raga structure to create a new sentence and style,’ Liu said.Liu directs a yangqin ensemble called Jasmine and plans to bring it to India on a music tour of the Buddhist heritage sites. In May 2009, Liu held a trio concert with an Indian band called the Kedia Brothers in Jharkhand, where the yangqin, the sitar and the sarod were played together. ‘The basic tones in Chinese music are also found in India music,’ said Liu. Chinese Premier arrived in the Capital to have the first summit-level formal talks.last_img read more

India Inc preferred debt to equity to raise funds this year

first_imgIndian firms raised a staggering amount of funds totalling Rs 4 lakh crore from the markets in 2014, with debt market emerging as the most preferred route to garner capital for their corporate needs despite a sustained rally in the stock market.The trends remained sluggish in the primary stock market — where the companies raise funds through the sale of shares via instruments like IPOs and FPOs — despite a bullish equity market. It has been private placement of corporate bonds and non-convertible debentures that were used the most to meet funding requirements of businesses in 2014. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHowever, IPO market is expected to see some activities in 2015, as a large number of companies have filed their draft papers with Sebi for their public offers since a new government took over in May. Besides, debt market may also witness sustained rally in the new year, market analysts said.”In 2015, we will see spurt in IPO activities as more than a dozen companies have filed their draft documents in 2014 ,” Geojit BNP Paribas Research Head Alex Mathew said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsEchoing a similar view, Prime Database Managing Director Pranav Haldea said :”A flurry of IPOs are expected in the Q4 (January-March period of 2015).”Market participants believe that probable interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as trigger for fund raising through debt instruments.In 2014, companies together have raised fresh capital worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore from equity and debt markets.These funds have been raised mainly for expansion of business plans and to support working capital requirements. A large chunk of this amount or more than Rs 3.3 lakh crore has been mopped-up from debt market. Fresh capital raked in from equity market stood at about Rs 67,000 crore, which mostly include those garnered by Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) route and by way of preferential share allotments to promoters and other investors.Within the debt market, the companies raised Rs 2.95 lakh crore through debt placement route, while Rs 32,000 crore has been mopped up through non-convertible debentures.The year 2014 saw companies flocking towards debt route instead of equities because equity was not available for those firms.”Many firms opted for the debt route instead of equity as fund raising through equity segment was not available as very few companies came out with public offers,” CNI Research Head Kishor Ostwal said.In the equity segment, most of the funds were raised through QIP (Rs 30,000 crore) followed by preferential route (Rs 25,500 crore), rights issue (Rs 5,200 crore) sale of shares via OFS route (Rs 4,300 crore) and IPOs and FPOs (Rs 1,619 crore). “Retail investors have not fully participated in the IPOs during the year, because of that we have seen less number of public offers hitting the capital markets in 2014,” Mathew said.”On the other hand, we witnessed hectic activities in fund raising via QIP route during the year as institutional investors were bullish on this segment due to change in new government,” he added.Despite a rally of around 30 per cent in the equity market in 2014, there was only five main-board initial public offers (IPO) and one Follow-on Public Offers (FPOs) witnessed during the year.However, a large number (34) firms got listed on the stock exchanges from the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.A meagre Rs 1,619 crore were raked in through these public offers in 2014, even less than Rs 1,627 crore were garnered last year.The entire year saw just one follow-on offer, by state-run Engineers India Ltd (EIL), which also happens to be the biggest public offer with an issue size of Rs 505 crore.Those five firms that hit the capital markets were —Monte Carlo Fashions, Shemaroo Entertainment Sharda Cropchem, Snowman Logistics and Wonderla Holidays.last_img read more

New Town gets recognised as Bengals first Green City

first_imgKolkata: Indian Gold Building Council (IGBC) has recognised New Town as a Green City.IGBC is part of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is one of the organisations whose green building certification is accepted by the state government for awarding additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). New Town becomes the state’s first township to get the Green City tag.To award the certification, IGBC considers several factors that include eco-vision of the city, land use planning, health and well being, sustainable mobility, water, energy and infrastructure management, information technology and innovation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree water ATMs that have been installed at Eco Park have received accolades from IGBC. The bamboo railings for the road medians and tall tree nursery are joint ventures of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and Forest Development Corporation.The GPS-based vehicles launched for effective solid waste management and automatic control for street lights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe introduction of electric air-conditioned buses hasbeen appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The three buses introduced in New Town have become immensely popular and they cover an area not covered by the normal buses.The bodies of the 32 seater buses have been built byEicher, while the electrical systems have been installed by Pune-based KPIT. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. Battery charging centres have been set up.More than 20,000 people have travelled in the buses in the past one and a half months. The cycle-hiring scheme, the only of its kind in the country, has also received national recognition.The Eco Park has come up as the most well maintained urban park in Eastern India. The park stands on 480 acres of land and is surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The park’s miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world have attracted both domestic and foreign tourists.last_img read more

French honour for Manish Arora

first_imgThe world of fashion in India saw a new beginning, when a veteran fashion designer was honoured by the French Government for his dedication to the world Fashion.His Excellency, The Ambassador of France, Francois Richier, conferred the Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur on veteran fashion designer Manish Arora, at the Residence of France, in the national Capital on Tuesday. The Ambassador of France bestowed Manish with the medal and the two clinked champagne glasses celebrating the ceremony.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Legion of Honour, the highest distinction is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 1802. The award, is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners. In the past, eminent Indian personalities like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan and JRD Tata have been honored with the prestigious award.  The award is a recognition by France for Manish’s distinguished and critically applauded work and contribution to the world of fashion. Beginning the investiture ceremony, Fashion Features Director of Vogue and a close friend of Manish, Bandana Tewari, read out an entrancing personal note on the veteran fashion designer. The account narrated by Tiwari spoke of Manish’s humble beginning and his journey though the world of fashion, in India and abroad. Following the personal account, the guests were treated with an audio-visual, highlighting some of the successful shows of the designer and the comments and best wishes from eminent personalities on his triumph. Manish thanked everyone present at the event and said, “I’m amazed and honoured by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and elegance of the French.” He also thanked the French government for, “doing this for the first time in the world of fashion, in India. Only the French can do this, they can spot you, pick you up and tell you, ‘you deserve it’”.Ambassador François Richier said, “Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his lively imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honour on him.”last_img read more

Walkathon for diabetes awareness from CMCH today

first_imgKolkata: Medical College Ex Students Association (MCESA) will organise a Walkathon from Calcutta Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Wednesday morning to spread awareness on diabetes which is on the rise.On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day on 14 November, a rally would be taken out from the CMCH campus at around 8.30 am, where the senior officials of MCESA, Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of the hospital Dr Nirmal Maji, Principal and superintendent of CMCH would take part. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome senior officials of the state Health department would also take part in the programme. A seminar would also be organised at the hospital later in the afternoon where doctors will discuss on how to check diabetes. On the eve of World Diabetes Day, the doctors in the city say it is essential that children and adolescents must undergo diabetes tests if they continue to gain weight or they have positive family history. Various private hospitals will also observe the day through different programmes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a survey on diagnostic tests done across the state, it has been found that one in three children between the age group of 0 to 15 may be susceptible to diabetes. Even type-2 diabetes which reduces life expectancy has also been detected among children. “Diabetes leads to obesity, nausea, drowsiness, weight loss and frequent urination among children, which is a major cause of concern. As they reach adulthood, they might develop to kidney-related problems. A change in the lifestyle, a rapid urbanisation, change in eating habits, indulging more on indoor activities are contributing towards the disease,” Dr A Mitra, a city-based doctor said. The change in the way of living is leading to chronic condition in children as well. The type-2 diabetes commonly associated with adults is being found among children in large number. The doctors have advised to engage in physical activities on a regular basis to check the disease. If one is diagnosed in pre-diabetes stage, he or she should not take sugar in milk, breakfast and must avoid beverages and control the habit of taking bread and rice. According to the prediction of the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 80% of new cases of diabetes will be found in the developing countries by 2025. By 2030, diabetes will be projected to be the seventh leading cause of death.last_img read more

Play up with hair for parties

first_imgWhat’s new in the hair trend this winter? Are you planning to let your hair flow the same boring way? Experts suggest going for two top knots or a French braid instead of tying your hair in a boring bun for a fun party. Here’s how you can try some stylish hairdos:French braid: Begin with using a dry shampoo on your lengths and ends to help create texture. Take a centre parting and braid your hair on both sides using the French braid technique. Continue braiding till you reach the nape area and secure it with rubber bands. Open up the braids a little bit and spray finishing spray for hold. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCentre-parted wavy hair:Spray a prepping product on the roots, lengths and ends to give thickness and volume. Blast dry the hair so that the product is worked into the hair. Use a tong and curl the ends using big vertical sections. Open up the curls and use a hairspray for hold and shine.Low side bun: Use volumising spray on the lengths and ends for body and texture. Work the product into the hair with a brush and dryer. Take a side parting and tie your hair into a low ponytail at the nape area and secure it with a rubber band. Use a curling tong and tong the hair that is in the ponytail to create some movement. Twist the hair into a low bun and pin it up with bobby pins. Pull out a few strands and finish by applying a hairspray for added shine. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTwo top knots:Apply a smoothing cream on your lengths and ends for a soft and smooth texture. Take a centre parting and divide the hair into two equal parts. Tie two high ponytails of both sides of the parting and secure them with rubber bands. Twist the hair in the ponytail and wrap it around to look like a top knot. Secure it with pins.  Repeat the same on both sides.Messy ponytail: To achieve the messy ponytail, apply a texturising spray to the lengths and end. Tie a high pony and secure it with a rubber band. Put some loose pieces for a messy effect and finish by spraying a shine hairspray.last_img read more

Hawaiian Pizza was Invented in Canada by a Greek Restaurant Owner

first_imgSince 2009, a culinary debate regarding putting pineapple on pizza has haunted the internet and continues to divide pizza lovers all over the world. An army of haters spawned numerous jokes in meme format, with a number of others eagerly defending the topping. Dubbed as the Hawaiian Pizza — although it originates from Canada — the sweet-salty topping has indeed been controversial in recent years, especially following a 2017 statement by President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, that pineapple should be banned from pizza.Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was quick to respond via Twitter:Justin Trudeau. Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana CC BY 2.0“I have a pineapple. I have a pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation.”However, the history of the pineapple pizza goes beyond the internet quarrel. It dates back to the 1960s, during the time when pizza was still a novelty on the North American continent.It all started in 1962 when Sam Panopoulos ― a Greek who emigrated to Canada in 1954 ― decided to try his fortune by opening a restaurant in Chatham, a small Canadian border town, just north of Detroit, Michigan.Authentic Italian, handmade ham and pineapple pizza with fresh mozzarella.Panopoulos named the place Satelite and started serving usual American dishes such as burgers and pancakes. Soon he realized that it was only a question of time until the pizza craze which was taking over the United States would cross the border into Canada.Even though the Greek-Canadian chef didn’t receive much attention for his peculiar choice in pizza topping during the early years, the indisputable power of the internet brought various interviewers to his doorstep later on, especially after the President of Iceland made his controversial statement. In 2017, during an interview for the BBC, Panopoulos explained exactly how he come around to putting canned pineapple on a pizza:“We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste. We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments.”Photo by Janine CC by 2.0Around the same time, America was opening up to foreign cuisine due to the return of Allied soldiers from exotic campaigns in the South Pacific. That was how the Hawaiian tiki culture became popular, as well as various Chinese dishes which often mixed contrasting flavors such as sweet and savory.One cannot deny these influences, for the presence of exotic tastes entering the North American continent, brought by veterans and migrants, was responsible for creating a melting pot of flavors from a variety of cultures.However, the pizza experiment didn’t catch on immediately.Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The “Ki’i”, wooden images of the gods, stand on the shore of the historic park as guardians of the inhabitants of the historic village.In an interview for CBS in 2017, the retired pizza chef stated:“Nobody liked it at first. But after that, they went crazy about it. Because those days nobody was mixing sweets and sours and all that. It was plain, plain food.”The original recipe included a combination of ham and pineapple, to provide for the contrast in taste. Soon enough other pizza chefs accepted this innovative approach and started making their own variations of the dish.From that point on, the trend spread to the U.S. and even internationally. In Australia, for example, The Hawaiian achieved the title of most popular pizza, according to The West Australian.Sam Panopoulos passed away on June 8, 2017, aged 83. It was never his intention to cause such turmoil, nor was he bothered by the debate. His only intention was to break the pattern of using ordinary ingredients on pizza and to open up a world of new flavors.Read another story from us: That Time Boris Yeltsin was Found Drunk on a D.C. Street Trying to Order a PizzaNevertheless, his legacy remains, for he did spark a minor revolution in the pizza business, helping pizza to evolve from a traditional Italian food made from limited resources to one of the finest examples of international cuisine.last_img read more

Watch Lonzo Ball roasting LaVar Ball in spoof Fathers Day tribute is

first_imgLonzo doesn’t often get to show his own personality, mostly because of LaVar, but this deadpan video is hysterical.Credit to Foot Locker. Their spots are the new SportsCenter commercials.WATCH top draft prospects @ZO2_ @swipathefox @jaytatum0 and @jisaac_01 reflect on their dads and their journey to draft night. #Approved pic.twitter.com/z2t9cIEfBW— Foot Locker (@footlocker) June 14, 2017 Advertisement In the Ball family, LaVar Ball does most, well all, of the talking. As Lonzo prepares for the upcoming draft, he filmed a Father’s Day message for his over-the-top pops.The Foot Locker spot is set in a serious tone, and shows NBA Draft prospects sharing touching moments about how their dad’s helped them make it to the NBA.When Lonzo starts talking about his dad, instead of giving a generic “Thanks,” he details some of LaVar’s less-than-helpful behavior, including:Berating his high school coachGoing on talk shows and claiming Lonzo is better than Steph CurryInterviews from the stands in college gamesPublic spatsTelling 29 of 30 NBA teams not to draft Lonzolast_img read more

VIDEO Tiny 7yearold brings the house down before Galaxy game with unexpected

first_imgWith all the negative news nowadays, it’s nice to occasionally write up a story that’s nothing but goodness.Such a story unfolded when diminutive 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja grabbed the mic to sing the national anthem before Sunday’s L.A. Galaxy match. Most expect a young kid to barely know the words, but Malea absolutely crushed hers like Whitney Houston before the 1990 Super Bowl and floored the packed house. She even got a nod of approval from the notoriously hard to impress Zlatan.There isn’t much that can cut through the polarization of today’s society, but this amazing performance does it. Watch Malea do her thing. Take notes Fergie.last_img

Elon Musk People Dont Understand How Hard it Is to Manufacture Something

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. After Tesla reported earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a modest $0.02 profit, CEO Elon Musk took questions from analysts.In the wake of a debate about whether Tesla will be able to meet 2014 sales targets, Musk was clearly irritated.Tesla reported on Wednesday that it will sell a total of 33,000 Model S sedans, its only vehicle, versus an earlier expectation of 35,000.Analysts and media outlets have begun to address a possible decline in demand for the Model S.Musk tried to further clarify a point that he made on Tesla’s second quarter earnings call, when he insisted that Tesla doesn’t have a demand problem. “It’s not a question of demand,” he said. “Demand is not our issue, production is our issue. We have more demand than we can address and levers we can pull to increase demand, and we’re not doing it.”Musk’s point was that if Tesla engaged in conventional advertising strategies — the company currently does almost no advertising — it could increase demand, but its more pressing issue now is being able to simply built its cars, and build them well.”It’s worth saying that making one of something is quite easy,” Musk said. “Making lots of something consistently that’s going to last a long time is extremely hard. In fact, it is way harder to make the machine that makes the machine that it is to make the machine in the first place.”Musk is also ticked off that the battery industry doesn’t hold itself to a high standard of truthfulness (Tesla is preparing to construct a massive $5-billion battery factory in Nevada).”The battery industry has to have more B.S. in it than any industry I’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’re not worried about blindsided on a technology.”Musk is usually very forthcoming about Tesla’s business on earnings calls, and Wednesday’s call was no exception, but throughout he seemed annoyed and at times confrontational that the market and the media have fixated on speculation that Tesla is running out of customers.Again and again, he insisted that Tesla could stoke demand if it wanted to — but isn’t. His testiness clearly stemmed from the same group of analysts he told this to last quarter revisiting the issue again.From his perspective, the bottom line is that Tesla has people lining up to buy its existing cars and expects to have people lining up to buy its new cars and is far more worried about being able to build the vehicles and properly support them than it is about seeing demand drop off.He also anticipated production growth rates of 50% from 2014 to 2015 and admitted that Tesla could “do better” on being less perfectionistic with future cars.  Register Now » This story originally appeared on Business Insider November 6, 2014last_img read more

BlackBerry Recruits Major Partners in New Mobile Solutions Push

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read November 13, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals BlackBerry Ltd unveiled its new mobile-device management and security platform on Thursday and struck wide-ranging partnerships to bolster its capabilities, sending its shares more than 6 percent higher.BlackBerry said it would team up with Samsung to provide a “highly secure mobility solution” for Samsung’s Android phones. The system couples the Canadian company’s device management capability with the KNOX software embedded on Samsung’s Galaxy phones and tablets, and will be available in early 2015, the companies said.”The partnership with Samsung is a very big deal,” said John Jackson, a technology analyst at IDC. “It’s hard to imagine a partnership with more significant practical impact potential.”The new platform, the BlackBerry Enterprise Service, or BES 12, will allow corporations and government agencies to manage and make secure not only BlackBerry’s mobile devices, but also those running on rival operating systems such as Google Inc’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows platform.For the first time the platform will also be able to manage the use of medical diagnostic equipment, industrial machinery and motor vehicles.”When we think of mobile devices today, we think of tablets, smartphones and laptops, but very quickly we are going to have sensors, medical devices and a variety of ‘connected things’, so we’re positioning the platform to be able to handle all of those things as well,” Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in an interview at the BES 12 launch in San Francisco.BlackBerry also announced a BES12 deal with Brightstar, the world’s largest wireless distribution company, and a tie-up with business software company Salesforce.com Inc that will let clients in healthcare and other regulated industries use Salesforce software to securely access data via the BlackBerry platform.”It looks as though BES 12 ticks all the boxes,” IDC’s Jackson said. “The challenges are it is just a phenomenally competitive environment full of very capable, very well-capitalized big guys like IBM and SAP.”The new products and services are the backbone of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s plan to turn around the smartphone pioneer, whose devices have lost ground to Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy devices and a slew of other gadgets powered by Google’s Android operating system.While it is still a player in the smartphone business, BlackBerry is pivoting to focus on services and the demands of a large base of enterprise clients that are increasingly grappling with data security concerns.The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said its customers have registered for five million BES licenses since a migration push was launched in March, with some 30 percent of these prospective clients moving from rival mobile device management platforms.BlackBerry’s Nasdaq-listed shares jumped more than 6 percent to as high as $12.05, their highest level since August 2013, soon after the news.(Additional reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Alden Bentley; and Peter Galloway) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musk Shows Off the First SpaceX Starship Test Vehicle

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. SpaceX is done preparing the Starship for its very first test flight ever, and Elon Musk has shared an actual photo of assembly on Twitter. Formerly known as the “BFR,” the Starship is the private space company’s upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle meant for journeys to the moon and Mars and for hour-long trips anywhere on Earth.As you can see, the actual spacecraft has a lot more texture than the smooth computer render the SpaceX chief teased a few days ago. That’s because this is the suborbital version designed for vertical take-off and landing tests — Musk said the orbital version will be taller and have thicker skins that won’t wrinkle. It’ll likely take some time before we see that bigger, smoother Starship, though. For now, we’ll keep an eye out for the suborbital version’s first test flight, which could take place in as soon as one to two months. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read January 11, 2019last_img read more

Apple 2019 Brand Report Card

first_imgApple keeps falling further from the head of the pack, ranking 10th out of 12 places this year after being 7th out of 10 last year. This past year saw the company face a lot of scrutiny over its keyboards, and while it delivered the Retina display MacBook Air most everyone wanted, all of its laptops felt too iterative, with little to truly boast about.However, Apple’s fantastic tech support and dedication to making sleek-looking laptops are keeping hope alive for those who stay loyal to its ecosystem.Apple’s Key StrengthsThe best tech support: Friendly, efficient and well-informed agents are rare, and Apple knows how to train its crew to impress.Increasingly impressive performance: Record-breaking SSD speeds and Core i9 CPUs helped Apple’s MacBook Pros impress at the testing bench.Apple’s Key WeaknessesAging designs: Sure, Apple set the standards, but it’s staying within the lines it set years ago, with limited colorways, and weights that are staying the same while everyone’s shredding pounds.High prices: Apple’s reluctance to make a laptop that’s less than $800 keeps its tech out of the hands of many budget-focused shoppers.No new tricks: The MacBook Air got a bunch of hand-me-downs from the Pro, but the MacBook Pro’s missing facial recognition and the 12-inch MacBook and Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro have gone ignored. Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2019Which laptop brand is best? We’ve ranked every major player from Apple to Huawei based on review scores, tech support, innovation and more.Volume 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MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-brand-rating?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:3001:30Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  Top-Rated Apple LaptopsBest MacBook for Most People: MacBook Air (2018)Most Powerful MacBook: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Scorecard and WinnersAcerAlienwareAppleAsusDellHPHuaweiLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsungcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Reviews (30/40)Apple’s keyboard woes continue and the few MacBooks we reviewed this year aren’t as groundbreaking as we’d hoped. As a result, the Cupertino giant’s average laptop score sits at 3.7 stars, with only one entry receiving an Editor’s Choice award. It’s not all bad news for macOS users, however: Apple finally released a new version of the MacBook Air, bringing long-awaited features to its mainstream consumer notebook. But the 12-inch MacBook is still in desperate need of some attention, and Apple continues to sell the 13-inch MacBook Pro with outdated components.AdvertisementFor all its shortcomings in the laptop space, Apple still sells some great products. Armed with an incomprehensibly fast SSD, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice in spite of its exorbitant price. Offering workstation-class productivity in a mobile package, the MacBook Pro has a sleek chassis, vivid display and long battery life.Design (10/15)No one can ever say that Apple laptops aren’t simultaneously sturdy and sleek. They can, however, say that the design has gotten rather stale over the years. Since it’s become the de facto laptop of coffee shops and workspaces, Apple’s gotten a bit too comfortable in the design area.Outside of shaving off a few ounces and inches, like the 2018 MacBook Air, the look hasn’t changed much. And in the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it hasn’t changed at all. In fact, the Pro is heavier than the competition and still offering the same two colors, Space Gray and Silver, while competing laptop makers are dabbling in blues, whites and rose gold.However, there’s a reason for the term “MacBook clone.” Apple’s iconic look is still parroted by laptop manufacturers to this day.Support and Warranty (18/20)The tech-support folks who work Apple’s phone lines, live chat and social media continue to give the company a good name, providing accurate answers promptly, with a fun, jovial attitude. The only wall we hit with the company’s service was how its online knowledge base doesn’t handle synonyms well for some queries, making it difficult to find answers because you don’t think of a “webcam” as a “camera.”After a price-jump to its AppleCare+ extended tech support package in 2017, Apple’s kept its warranties the same over the last period of our reporting. Laptops come with a one-year hardware warranty and 90 days of phone support, and you can extend those allotments to three years for $249 (MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook), $269 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and $379 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.Innovation (4/10)The past year was not very notable for MacBook innovation, as the only step forward was the revamped MacBook Air. It’s nice that Apple finally delivered a Retina Display, Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad for a relatively affordable price, but there’s nothing really exciting or new here.Value and Selection (7/15)Apple has a small selection of laptops that all start at a premium price and only get more premium. The most “affordable” laptop that Apple sells is the MacBook Air, which starts at $1,099 and is outfitted with a Core i5 Y-series chip, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It has a quality aluminum design along with a great pair of speakers, but its display is dim and its performance is subpar compared to the competition.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsA step up from that is the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,299 but can go up to $3,499, which gets you a Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. But with that exorbitant price, the graphics performance and battery life could’ve been better. One ace up the system’s sleeve, however, is its SSD, which is among the fastest ever in a laptop. It’s outmatched only by its big brother, the 15-inch MacBook Pro (starting at $2,399; up to $6,949). The 15-inch version is our favorite, as it boasts incredibly powerful performance.However, compared to any Windows laptop, Apple’s pricing is generally much higher. The only truly unique feature that Apple has to offer is macOS, which many users simply prefer. We’d like to see one Apple laptop in the sub-$800 range, but we don’t see that happening.last_img read more

Best Laptop Sleeves

first_img Hunter Fenollol, on Hunter Fenollol, 1of 7Mosiso polyester laptop sleeveBoth stylish and incredibly slim, the Mosiso case offers lightweight polyester protection for your laptop. The case may not be able to get wet (unlike others on the list), but it’ll keep your laptop unscathed despite whatever items you throw into the case, such as keys and external batteries. There are so many options in size, color and pattern for such a low price, it makes sense that this continues to be the bestselling laptop sleeve on Amazon.Pros: Extra front pocket; Wide range of sizes Cons: Not water repellentCredit: Mosis0, Shutterstock From $12.99 AmazonPREVIOUS1of 7NEXT2of 7AmazonBasics MacBook laptop computer sleeve caseProtect your MacBook with this no-frills AmazonBasics neoprene case. Available in black, blue, gray, navy and purple, this slim case should easily slip into a backpack. You can also get this accessory in a wide range of sizes, including 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches. While the case won’t protect against fall damage, this sleeve will shield your device from bumps and scratches when you’re on the go.Pros: Form-fitting neoprene construction with easy, top-loading accessCons: Light material doesn’t protect against drops; Cheap zipperCredit: Amazon, Shutterstock From $11.99 AmazonPREVIOUS2of 7NEXT3of 7Thule Gauntlet 3.0The polyurethane-hardened Gauntlet offers a rigid exterior with enhanced corner protection for your device. The padded interior works to prevent bumps and scratches. With the slick clamshell design, you can use your device while it’s in the case, which sets the Gauntlet apart from the competition. This sleeve’s defense against the elements and encompassing protection come at a high price. However, it’s not much compared to the cost of an entire laptop replacement.Pros: Elemental and drop-proof; Can use laptop while in the caseCons: Material is bulky, and the price is higher than the competition’sCredit: Thule, Shutterstock From $49.95 AmazonPREVIOUS3of 7NEXT4of 7Nacuwa Hardshell SleeveThis slim EVA hard carrier offers quad-layer drop protection and an enhanced, textured grip. Slim and available in a wide range of sizes, the Nacuwa protects your laptop from drops as well as liquids and dust. The case is less expensive than other hard-shell competitors. Unfortunately, this case fits only thinner systems, leaving people with beefier machines out in the cold.Pros: Slim, hard-shell body offers encompassing protectionCons: Fits only thinner laptopsCredit: Nacuwa, Shutterstock From $28.99 AmazonPREVIOUS4of 7NEXT5of 7ProCase laptop sleeveEquipped with a handle for carrying, the ProCase can be slid into a briefcase or carried by itself. The slim front pocket can house documents or USB-C chargers. The simple, two-tone color scheme also looks great with the canvas material. The ProCase is available in three size ranges and comes in seven different color options: Black, Dark Blue, Dark Gray, Light Gray, Mint Green, Pink and Teal.Pros: Rubberized, extendable handle helps when you need it, tucks away when you don’tCons: Not protective against drops or elementsCredit: ProCase, Shutterstock From $18.99 AmazonPREVIOUS5of 7NEXT6of 7Tomtoc 360Encase your 15-inch laptop in 360 degrees of fluffy interior to protect your machine from the elements. Equipped with CornerArmor, a patented design from TomToc, your laptop edges receive coverage similar to that provided by a car airbag. We especially like that the zipper area is protected to prevent your laptop from getting scratched. Choose from Baby Pink, Blue Black, Gray, Mint Blue or the very funky Grass Green.Pros: Patented edge protection; Lots of exterior design varietyCons: Some users report a film or residue over prolonged useCredit: Tomtoc From $20.99 AmazonPREVIOUS6of 7NEXT7of 7Belltown by Slate CollectionPrefer a premium option? The Belltown by Slate Collection offers premium, naturally water-resistant leather protection for your 15-inch laptop. The bag stretches to accommodate whatever you need to bring on your travels. A high-quality suede interior holds your laptop, with room for a tablet and chargers as well. Color options are Cognac, Indigo, Midnight, Olive and Chocolate. Slap a monogram on the bag for free to create a perfectly personalized gift.Pros: Premium leather; Free engraving optionCons: Most expensive case on the list Credit: Slate Collection From $125.00 AmazonPREVIOUS7of 7NEXT by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement We get it: Your laptop is your life. So not just any case can hold the precious device that contains everything from your work files to irreplaceable home movies. That’s why we’ve searched high and low for the best laptop sleeves, which will ensure that your notebook serves you for years to come. From standard sponge cases to hardened polymer models, these sleeves go above and beyond their call of duty.And protecting your laptop doesn’t have to cost a paycheck. Most of our top picks sell for under $30. And there should be even bigger discounts on Amazon Prime Day.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https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-sleeves?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Credit: Slate Collection Hunter Fenollol is Laptop’s editorial intern, where he covers the latest industry news and products. With a public relations degree from Long Island University, Hunter worked as a publicity specialist for independent game companies prior to joining the team. When he’s not working, you can find Hunter catching some sun at the beach with friends, babysitting his two little sisters or playing the latest video games. Author Biolast_img read more

How to fix Resolving Host DNS issues on Windows

first_imgHow to fix Resolving Host (DNS) issues on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2016 in Internet – 2 commentsSometimes when you are using your computer you may experience issues when trying to connect to specific sites, services or using specific programs.Depending on the program in question, you may get a status message such as “resolving host” or something similar.Google Chrome for instance may display that message in the status bar when you connect to sites, while Firefox displays “looking up” instead. While the issue may be limited to individual sites or programs, it may also be the case that it is affecting any program or site on the device.What does Resolving Host mean?Whenever you connect to a site in a program like Chrome or Firefox, things happen in the background that you usually don’t see unless something breaks.One of the things is that the program uses a DNS server to “translate” a domain name like facebook.com or ghacks.net to an IP address. While humans use domains, computer’s use IP addresses.Computers don’t have an address book of all domain to IP address links which means that programs need to look them up when requests are made.A DNS server is contacted which looks the information up and returns the IP address associated with the domain.If that process takes longer than it should, a resolving host status may be displayed.Browsers, Windows and other programs may cache DNS records for some time to eliminate the look up phase of connections.What can you do if you get Resolving Host issues?There are numerous reasons why you may get DNS look up timeouts or slow look ups. The first thing you may want to do is define the issue as best as you can:When did it start?Is it permanent or temporary?Is it affecting all programs or only select programs?One example: I noticed DNS look up issues recently when using the Private Internet Access VPN (PIA). Whenever I would connect to PIA, I’d get Resolving Host issues in Chrome, and longer loading times in other web browsers. You may pinpoint the issue to something similar.Fixing Resolving Host issuesDepending on the issue, you may be able to fix it quickly. One of the easier fixes that you may want to try first is to switch to a different DNS service to see if it resolves the issue.Most Internet connections use the Internet Provider’s DNS server for look ups by default. If that server is slow or badly configured, you may be able to resolve the errors by switching DNS servers.Note: All requests are made to the DNS server you pick. This can be a privacy issue, so pick the public provider with care.You may change the DNS server manually, or use a program for that. Unless you are familiar with the manual operation, I suggest you try a program like DNS Jumper or DNS Switch which let you do that easily.We ran some tests back in 2015 to find the fastest DNS provider, and you may use the information there as well to pick one of the DNS providers.Setting Dns Server manuallyThe process differs slightly between Windows versions. On Windows 10, you’d right-click the network icon in the system tray area of the operating system, and select Network and Sharing Center.There you’d select “change adapter settings”. This opens the list of network connections. Look for connections that active and enabled. Right-click on the one that is used on your system, and select properties from the menu.Double-click the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) item, and add two custom DNS servers to the page that opens.You may also need to switch from “obtain DNS server address automatically” to “use the following DNS server addresses” before you can do that.If your connection uses the IPv6 protocol instead, perform the operation on Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) instead.Other options to exploreSwitching DNS servers will resolve the issue usually. There are however situations where this may not be the case.The following list provides you with pointers that may help you if that is the case for you:DNS Caching: Windows caches DNS look ups, and some programs may do so as well. You may want to flush the Windows DNS Cache, and the cache of the program you are using if it uses one, to find out if old entries may have caused the loading issues. In Chrome, you may load chrome://net-internals/#dns and click on the clear host cache to do that. Firefox users may use an extension like DNS Flusher for that.Disable DNS Prefetching: Some programs may use prefetching to look up DNS information prior to a user’s action. The idea is to speed up the time it takes to load the site by performing certain operations in advance. Chrome does that, and you may disable the feature by loading chrome://settings/ in the address bar, scrolling down and clicking on “show advanced settings”, and making sure that “use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” is unchecked.The Hosts file: If you have added entries to the Hosts file, either manually or by running programs, resolving host issues may be caused by it. On Windows, you find the hosts file under C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. This solution may work well if you notice issues with some sites or a single site only. Also, you may add IP addresses to that site’s hostname to the Hosts file to force the look up. This can be useful if the DNS server returns an old IP address or none at all, while you know the right IP.Check the Local Area Network Settings: LAN settings may interfere with look ups as well. You find them in the Internet Options which you can open from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or via the classic Control Panel. If you are using Chrome, load chrome://settings/, then show advanced settings. Scroll down until you find Network listed there. Click on “change proxy settings” which opens the Internet Properties window. In that window, switch to connections, and click on the lan settings button there. You may want to disable automatic configuration and proxy server if listed there. Note: if this is a work computer, you may not be able to do that, and if you are, Internet may not work anymore so better leave those settings alone.Now You: Know of another solution to fix DNS lookup issues?SummaryArticle NameHow to fix Resolving Host (DNS) issues on WindowsDescriptionThe guide walks you through the steps of troubleshooting resolving host / DNS look up issues on Windows machines or particular programs like Chrome or Firefox.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Google Translate switches to Neural Machine Translations

first_imgGoogle Translate switches to Neural Machine Translations by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 10 commentsGoogle announced yesterday that it switched the algorithm that powers its Google Translate service to Neural Machine Translations for eight language pairs, promising that more will follow over time.Google Translate is a useful translation service that is built-in to Google Chrome but also available as a web service and as mobile apps. This first step into the future of Google Translate enables the functionality for the mobile apps and Web service. What’s not yet include are web site translations but that is to follow eventually as well.Neural Machine Translation has been enabled for the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. These languages cover 35% of all Google Translate queries according to Google.Today we’re putting Neural Machine Translation into action with a total of eight language pairs to and from English and French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. These represent the native languages of around one-third of the world’s population, covering more than 35% of all Google Translate queries!We talked about the switch to neural networks before in regards to Google Translate, and suggest you check out the initial article that provides details on how neural networks differ from traditional computer powered translations.Only this much: One of the core differences is that neural machine translation looks at the sentence as a whole instead of just individual words or phrases. This improves the translation significantly according to Google as context is better understood which in turn produces better translated sentences.At a high level, the Neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to help it figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar. Since it’s easier to understand each sentence, translated paragraphs and articles are a lot smoother and easier to read. And this is all possible because of end-to-end learning system built on Neural Machine Translation, which basically means that the system learns over time to create better, more natural translations.While your mileage may vary, neural network translation improves the quality of the translated text significantly when compared to Google Translate’s previously used translation algorithm.Companies with access to Google’s Cloud Translation API may use the new translation system as of today as well.Closing WordsGoogle Translate was always one of the better translation services on the Internet. While far from perfect, it usually produced better or at least similar results than comparable services. The switch to Neural Machine Translations will improve translations significantly. While limited to eight languages currently only, the new system will be available for all 103 languages that Google Translate supports eventually.Now You: What’s your take on the quality of the “new” translation algorithm?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Translate switches to Neural Machine TranslationsDescriptionGoogle announced yesterday that it has switched the engine that powers its Google Translate service to Neural Machine Translations for eight language pairs, promising that more will follow over time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft Edge show address bar all the time

first_imgMicrosoft Edge: show address bar all the time by Martin Brinkmann on January 07, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 14 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on configuring Microsoft Edge so that the browser’s address bar is displayed all the time.If you are using Microsoft Edge, or have used it in the past, you may have noticed that the browser’s address bar is not displayed on certain pages.This is the case for the browser’s startpage, but also on the new tab page. Microsoft made the decision to merge it with the search field that it displays on these pages.So, if you want to enter an address, you would have to use that search field to do so. I don’t like this practice a whole lot, as it is inconsistent and can also be confusing to users.Update: it appears that Edge resets the settings after a moment.Microsoft Edge: show address bar all the timeIf you prefer that the address bar in Edge is placed consistently in the browser’s main toolbar, then you can do so. Please note that this requires editing the Windows Registry as there is no option in Edge itself to make that change.Once you make the change, Edge’s address bar is pinned to the top of the browser on all pages that you open in the web browser including the browser’s Start and New Tab page.Please note that you can’t display the address bar and the “Where to next” field in Edge at the same time. It is either one or the other, but not both. Both do offer the same functionality though, as you can run searches in the address bar as well.Editing the RegistryFirst, the manual way of making the necessary changes in the Windows Registry to display the address bar on top all the time:Tap on the Windows-key on your keyboard, type regedit.exe, and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard.Navigate to the following key using the key hierarchy on the left: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ServiceUIRight-click on ServiceUI, select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it StartPageAddressBarPinned.Double-click on the new value, and set its value to 1.Right-click on ServiceUI, select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it  NewTabPageAddressBarPinned.Double-click on the new value, and set its value to 1.The changes take effect immediately. There is no need to restart Edge or the computer.Automatic wayYou can click on the following Registry file as well, after downloading and extracting the archive, to apply the changes detailed above to the Registry without having to navigate the Registry at all.Simply download the following file to do so: edge-address-bar.zipYou can open it in any plain text editor to check its content before you run it on your system.Undo the changeTo undo the change, delete the Registry values again, or set them to 0 instead of 1. (via WinHelpOnline)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Edge: show address bar all the timeDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on configuring Microsoft Edge so that the browser’s address bar is displayed all the time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more