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CES 2019 This is what its like to go on Googles Assistantthemed

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 31 Photos Tech Industry Take a ride with Google at CES 4:29 1 Join us on Google’s small world-style theme park ride… Google set up an Assistant-themed ride at CES. James Martin/CNET Google brought its own version of “It’s a Small World” to CES.The ride, which opened Tuesday at Google’s massive booth outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, is part of a big promotional blitz the search giant is making around the Assistant, the company’s digital helper software, like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.So yeah, a ride about software. To Google’s credit, the company is self-aware about the absurdity. Before riders get into their seats, a voice over the PA system welcomes them to an experience that’s “part ride, part marketing stunt, let’s be honest with ourselves.”Here’s how the whole thing plays out. Riders wait in line where they meet Grandma, who talks to the crowd. Then they are ushered into a room where they hear the story for the ride. You’re with Dad as he tries to rush through his errands and buy a cake for Grandma’s 91st birthday. Share your voice Tags Comment google-assistant-booth-ride-abuelaHere’s Grandma. James Martin/CNET The slow-moving ride takes you through Dad’s day: His rambunctious kids run through the house, he gets stalled in traffic, then gets caught in a downpour. Through it all, he gets help from none other than… the Google Assistant. Dad says things like “Hey Google, navigate to bakery,” and “Send Jane my ETA.”Then he goes to a French bakery where the baker only speaks French. Which is a good time to use the new Assistant interpreter mode, literally announced today. As the ride moves along, you can see the Google Assistant jumping into action on a screen on the dash of the ride cart. At the end of the ride, you get your picture taken.google-booth-google-ride-ces-2019-7968Traffic, amirite? James Martin/CNET The attraction punctuates Google’s elaborate showing at CES. The world’s largest tech conference is more important to the search giant than ever as it pushes devices to consumers that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. Google said its presence at this year’s show is triple the size it was last year. Google declined to disclose how much it cost to produce and build the ride. Elsewhere at the conference, the company plastered the words “Hey Google” — one of the trigger phrases for the Assistant — over one of the main entrances of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as on the city’s monorail. Google also has an army of human “Google Assistants,” dressed like a cross between painters and snowboarders in all white, roaming the show floor. At the show, Google made a slew of announcements, including a new smart clock manufactured by Lenovo and a new platform that aims to make it easier for device makers to add the Assistant to their gadgets. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019 Google Assistant Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Nasdaq up for seventh straight session

first_imgNasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K viewsNasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Nasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K viewsBusinessThe Nasdaq rose for the seventh straight session, driven by biotech stocks. The Composite getting closer to the 5,000 mark. But stocks mostly ended in the red zone amid uncertainty over the prospectsVentuno Web Player 4.50The Nasdaq rose for the seventh straight session, driven by biotech stocks. The Composite getting closer to the 5,000 mark. But stocks mostly ended in the red zone amid uncertainty over the prospectslast_img read more

Skyrmion reshuffler comes to the aid of stochastic computing

first_img Explore further One of the main advantages of stochastic computing is its error-tolerance. If one bit in a string becomes flipped, then in the traditional computing scheme that minor error completely changes the value of the encoded data. In stochastic computing, however, a flipped bit only slightly changes the probability of finding a 1, and in a sufficiently long bitstream the effect is negligible. This advantage becomes especially important when electronic devices are scaled down to the point where errors become more frequent, resulting in the need for error-correcting codes in traditional computing.A stochastic computing device can perform arithmetic with p-values, but, due to the way these calculations are implemented, the device often does not give the correct answer when the two input bitstreams are identical—that is, when they have the same 0’s and 1’s in exactly the same order. To address this problem, the signals must be reshuffled while conserving the p-values. Although reshuffling signals can be done using pseudo-random number generators, these require large memories and consume large amounts of energy. The skyrmion reshuffler uses orders of magnitude less memory and energy than these devices, suggesting that it may offer a low-energy, high-efficiency solution to this problem. Skyrmion neuronThe researchers also showed that, with some modifications, the skyrmion reshuffler can function similarly to a biological neuron. When a neuron receives electrochemical signals from other neurons, it integrates the incoming activity and, if the activity is sufficiently high, it sends out a voltage spike of its own. Neurons are also “leaky” in the sense that, when they do not receive signals, their voltage slowly decays over time.Similarly, when the “skyrmion neuron” receives a bitstream of skyrmions as input, it accumulates the skyrmions in one of its chambers, and then sends out a reshuffled bitstream. Moreover, when skyrmions are crammed together too tightly, they begin to annihilate, emulating a leaky neuron.The researchers expect that both the skyrmion reshuffler and skyrmion neuron may one day serve as the building blocks of future spintronic stochastic computers. “The skyrmion reshuffler is actually a very versatile device,” Pinna said. “On top of reshuffling telegraph noise signals (or, equivalently, bitstreams), it can also be used to generate bitstreams with well-defined p-values. In fact, by injecting skyrmions in specific ratios in the device’s two chambers, the device effectively takes an imposed p-value as input and outputs a scrambled stream of skyrmions defining it. Although this is probably more efficient to implement with super-paramagnetic tunnel junctions, it does turn out to be pretty elegant that the same device can be used to both scramble and generate random bitstreams. “The skyrmion neuron is a smaller tassel in the big picture of neuromorphic techniques in magnetism. It is of great interest to study all the ways we can functionally reproduce a neuron’s behavior in condensed matter systems. The philosophy behind it is that one can then attempt to construct analog neural networks bottom-up by coupling many such elements together.” A stochastic computing device multiplies the p-values of two input signals using an AND gate. (a) The result is accurate when the two signals are not correlated, but (b) inaccurate when the signals are correlated. (c) After the signals have been reshuffled, they are no longer correlated but still have the same p-value, resulting in a better approximation. Credit: Pinna et al. ©American Physical Society Stochastic computingIn traditional computing, data is encoded as an ordered string of 0’s and 1’s, and operations are performed on the data by precisely manipulating these binary digits. In stochastic computing, on the other hand, data is encoded in bitstreams of random 0’s and 1’s where the order does not matter. Instead, the important thing is that the probability of finding a 1 in any given position in the bitstream, i.e., the p-value, corresponds to the value of the data being encoded. Researchers have designed a “skyrmion reshuffler”—just as a card shuffler shuffles a deck of cards, the skyrmion reshuffler does the same with a type of quasiparticle called magnetic skyrmions. The reshuffler is the first low-energy, compact device that can reshuffle signals of any kind (skyrmions, electrons, etc.) with a high efficiency, which may enable it to address one of the long-standing challenges facing an alternative type of computing called stochastic computing. 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. More information: D. Pinna et al. “Skyrmion Gas Manipulation for Probabilistic Computing.” Physical Review Applied. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.064018Also at arXiv:1701.07750 [cond-mat.mes-hall]center_img © 2018 Phys.org The basic concept of the skyrmion reshuffler: skyrmions are injected into a chamber, manipulated, and read out. Credit: Pinna et al. ©American Physical Society Meet the skyrmions—exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing The researchers, Daniele Pinna and coauthors from the University of Paris-Saclay, have published a paper on the new method of manipulating skyrmions for stochastic computing in a recent issue of Physical Review Applied.Skyrmions in two dimensionsMagnetic skyrmions are tiny defects in a magnetic field where the magnetic field is reversed. One of their interesting properties is their ability to move freely along the two-dimensional surface of the magnetic field. When many skyrmions come together, their high mobility causes them to act as a freely moving gas in two dimensions. In recent years, magnetic skyrmions have captured the attention of researchers because their tiny size (roughly 10 nm) and high mobility suggest that they have the potential to serve as information carriers for future miniaturized, high-speed, low-energy devices. So far, however, most of the work in the emerging field of skyrmionics has used skyrmions in one-dimensional tracks, rather than taking advantage of their full two-dimensional freedom.The skyrmion reshuffler presented in the new study is one of the first devices to harness the dynamics of skyrmions as a two-dimensional gas. The reshuffler receives an input stream of skyrmions and thermally reshuffles their order, while still maintaining the same skyrmion states as in the original stream. That is, if the skrymions were encoding data using 0’s and 1’s, then both the input and output bitstreams would have the same number of 0’s and 1’s. Consequently, the probability of finding a 1 (referred to as the p-value in this context) would be the same in either bitstream, meaning that the p-value is conserved. As it happens, reshuffling while conserving p-values is exactly what’s needed to perform certain operations using an alternative type of computing called stochastic computing. “The greatest significance of this work is, in my opinion, having rid skyrmions from the 1-D shackles they have been forced to live in,” Pinna told Phys.org. “At every magnetism conference, research work on skyrmions preambles with their potential use for racetrack memory applications. [But] skyrmions are intrinsically 2-D objects with extremely interesting mobility and spatially extended properties. My work (past and current) attempts to design, theorize and demonstrate novel devices in the realm of unconventional computing where I firmly believe that nanomagnetism and spintronics can pave the way for the development of scalable and energy-efficient analog computational devices.” Citation: Skyrmion reshuffler comes to the aid of stochastic computing (2018, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-skyrmion-reshuffler-aid-stochastic.htmllast_img read more

Recap Lanes reopen after accident on M6 in Staffordshire

first_imgTwo lanes were closed on the M6 motorway due to an accident in Staffordshire this morning. Inrix, the traffic data company, reported the lanes were blocked on the Northbound carriageway from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North). Two cars were involved in the accident, with one in each of the closed lanes before they were moved onto the hard shoulder. The accident was first reported at around 9.30am today (Sunday November 4) – with the road reopening at around 10.10am. A Highways England spokesman said: “All 3 lanes now open after collision clearance work and treatment to clear fluids off the carriageway. Thanks for your patience if held.” Read MoreRevealed: One stretch of M6 saw 1,100 accidents in just two-and-a-half years10:21Highways England confirm road has reopenedA spokesman said:All 3 lanes now open after collision clearance work and treatment to clear fluids off the carriageway. Thanks for your patience if held..”10:17All lanes have reopened Queueing traffic but all lanes have been re-opened.Traffic was held until around 10:10 to move the vehicles to the hard shoulder. 10:04All traffic now heldWe’re now getting reports all traffic is being held to help emergency services clear debris.10:00Vehicles now being moved to hard shoulderThe vehicles are now being moved to the hard shoulder.09:55What we know so farPolice, Highways England and firefighters are at the scene of an accident on the M6 Northbound betwene J13 and J14Two lanes are blocked and traffic is moving slowly as a resultTwo cars are involved in the accident, which took place shortly before 9.30am.09:52Debris and surface water reportedInrix, the traffic data company, is now reporting these is debris as a result of the collision – as well as surface water.09:50Location of the accident (Image: Inrix)09:48Picture from the sceneHighways England have published this picture of the scene.The accident on the M6 this morning (Image: Highways England)last_img read more

Fannie Jobs Data Supports Growth Forecast

first_img Fannie Mae’s chief economist, Doug Duncan, weighed in on Friday’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, saying the GSE maintains its “forecast of solid economic growth” in response to the data released.”Today’s encouraging jobs report also is consistent with results from our September National Housing Survey, to be released next week, which is expected to show a rebound in consumer expectations regarding housing after a couple of months of eroding confidence,” Duncan said. “Overall, we maintain our forecast of solid economic growth—fueled by steady job gains—for the remainder of  the year, which should help build momentum for consumer housing sentiment, setting up for a stronger housing recovery in 2015.”The data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the labor force added 248,000 jobs nationwide in September, topping expectations by about 33,000. The number of jobs added pushed the nation’s unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since July 2008. The new report also revised August’s originally weak employment gains, which when first reported fell well below expectations.”Today’s report confirmed our expectation that much of the weakness in the August hiring number would be revised away,” Duncan said. “The improved job gains over the past six months, combined with other economic data, support our forecast for firming economic growth in the second half of 2014. The decline in the unemployment rate, though due partly to a shrinking labor force, will get the attention of Federal Reserve officials, but the muted wage gains may help soothe their concerns over brewing wage inflation.”The upward revisions of job gains in July and August totaled 69,000 more jobs added, which raised the average monthly job gain in the third quarter up to 224,000—a modest decline from the 267,000 monthly average job increase reported for the second quarter. Fannie: Jobs Data Supports Growth Forecast in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Fannie Mae Forecast Jobs Unemployment 2014-10-06 Seth Welborncenter_img Share October 6, 2014 530 Views last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links Louis James Senior Investment Strategist Casey Research Editor’s note: This year alone, Louis has found 12 different stocks that have already doubled, using “The Casey Method.” This is the highly successful method Doug has personally used to make millions of dollars in gold stocks. And now, for the first time ever, he is sharing his method with you so that you can start making huge gains in what he believes will be the biggest gold mania we’ve ever seen. Put simply, this method works. Doug’s used it to make massive profits during every gold bull market in the last 40 years. During periods of rising gold prices, he’s used it to book gains of 487%, 711%, and even 4,329% in gold stocks. You can learn more about this incredible opportunity by watching this FREE video presentation. The “Casey Method” for buying gold stocks A remarkable way to buy gold stocks for as little as pennies and sell them within a year or two for 400% gains… from a man who’s made millions of dollars in his career as a gold speculator. Click here for full details. As the great Canadian philosopher Wayne Gretzky said: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” And the point of this is that smart people thinking about investing in gold and silver today are asking themselves the same questions I was asking myself in 2006. Gold has risen 31.4% from its low of $1,053 per ounce late last year to its recent high of $1,384. Silver’s been up as much as 54.1%. “Is it too late?” My answer is no. I understand that it’s hard to put money into stocks that have risen sharply in recent months. Many of our stocks are up more than 100%, 200%, and even 400% since their low at the beginning of this year. But that’s got more to do with how oversold they were than what is likely to happen next. In seeking to skate to where the puck is going to be, we look for value to be added ahead. It’s just as when I made the call on Fortuna back in 2006. All of the companies I currently recommend buying in the International Speculator have huge value to add. This is true even if the price of gold does not continue rising. It’s true even if precious metals retreat towards recent lows. Actually, if gold and silver did correct sharply before heading higher again, that would be the best thing in the world for those just getting into related stocks. It would create great buying opportunities. At this point, this may actually be likely. You want to be ready to take advantage of it. I’m excited about the work I’m doing now. It’s not enough to have a portfolio of winners in hand. I’m traveling more than I have in years, scouring the world for new opportunities. I knew this day would come during the down years. Now that it’s here, I’m having a ball putting all I’ve learned from Doug and many of the best geologists in the world to work on my readers’ behalf. I may wear out another pair of boots, but it will be worth it. I think we’re all about to make a pile of money. I realize that I’m singing my own praises here, but what I’ve just said is true. And if you’re not already an International Speculator subscriber, I hope you’ll join me for the adventure ahead. I believe you will be very glad you did. Sincerely, Editor’s note: Yesterday, we told you that there are huge money-making opportunities in the gold market that are staring us in the face right now. Casey Research founder Doug Casey says gold stocks are in the early stages of a “true mania”…and that there’s never been a better time to own them. Senior Investment Strategist and International Speculator editor Louis James agrees. And in today’s special Dispatch, he explains why it’s not too late to get in on this boom right now… Dear Reader, Deep under a mountain, but so high up in the Andes that I could barely breathe, I found one of the best money-making opportunities I’ve seen in my entire career. I was in an old mine tunnel. The ore was massive sulfides of lead and zinc, with high grades of silver. These sulfides sparkle brightly in your miner’s lamp, like chandeliers. Usually, you see a narrow vein with a little of this stuff sprinkled in it. You look up to see it in the ceiling of the tunnel, or slashing a wall. Not this time. The entire tunnel—a good four meters wide by four meters tall—was blasted through a zone of massive sulfides so thick, it all sparkled in my lamp. The walls, the ceiling, the floor, everything. It was like walking through a field of stars. On the old mine posts, I could see the assay numbers left behind by the old-timers: 9% lead-zinc, 12%, 15%—with hundreds of grams per tonne of silver. The rock had more than $500 in contained metals in some places. I asked the mine geologist (who was my guide) how anyone could leave so much value behind. He told me that the old-timers were only interested in the highest-grade core of the deposit, which ran to more than a kilo of silver per tonne. The speculation was that not only could these high-grade (by modern standards) remnants be mined, but that more bonanza-grade silver and gold could be found as well. That potential was made very real to me when we returned to the surface. I could see that the rock alteration visible on the mountain above the vein was repeated up and down the valley, showing the location of other veins. Many had been worked in colonial times—the mine has a history that goes back more than 400 years—but there were plenty more to explore. The vein is called Animas. It’s part of the Caylloma mine camp in Peru. The company is called Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM, FVI.TO). At the time, it was an exploration company that had just bought the mine with its 7.0 million ounces of silver in historic mine reserves for $7.55 million. Experts were skeptical that a little explorer like Fortuna had what it took to put Callyoma back into production and make money. This was back in January of 2006. I could see plain as day that the mine was a cash cow just waiting to be given the attention it deserved, surrounded by enormous blue sky potential. I wrote a report saying so while still in the field, and Casey Research founder Doug Casey recommended the stock at C$1.15 in an investment alert on January 27. Now, here’s the thing: the stock had been trading for less than C$0.20 for years. At C$1.15, it was already up more than 500% for those in before it became obvious that the gold and silver bull market underway was real. So, I had to ask myself: was I too late? What if we put a “Buy” on the stock only to provide exit liquidity for the early birds? What if Fortuna fell on its face in the transition from exploration to production? That’s actually a very common outcome. What if we were being the new “stupid” money, chasing after a stock that had already risen to ridiculous levels? If I had let such fears stop me, we would have missed out on what happened next. Fortuna doubled within two months. We were able to take profits on March 29, 2006, at C$2.38. The stock came within kissing distance of C$7 in 2011. It gave much of that up in the multi-year bear market that followed. But just last week, it hit an intra-day high of C$12.73 (August 2, 2016). That’s more than 10 times the price of our initial recommendation—and the company is still adding new value today. Ten-baggers are no myth. The point of this story is not to brag. In fact, there were many ups and downs, we took profits along the way, and we were in and out of the stock. So our official gain on this pick is not 1,000%, even though this was possible. (And just imagine if we’d been in at 20 cents!) The point is that back in 2006, when I was asking myself if I was being stupid for recommending a stock that was already up 500%, I chose to drive forward looking ahead, not in the rear-view mirror. This is critical. If I had let how much the stock had already risen paralyze me, we would have missed out. Instead, I made the decision based on the huge value the company was clearly set to deliver. We took the plunge.center_img – One man’s secret to making $960,000/year He doesn’t hold a regular job… hates ordinary stocks… and spends most of his free time in the park. But he generates all the cash he needs with a simple approach he’s sharing here. —last_img read more

Bitcoin is taking speculators for a ride Bitcoi

first_imgBitcoin is taking speculators for a ride. Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created in 2009. Unlike paper currencies, Bitcoin isn’t controlled by a government or central bank—it’s governed by a peer-to-peer network. In the beginning, few people took Bitcoin seriously. But it’s become very popular with investors in recent years. That’s partly because more and more people are losing faith in the paper money system. The business community is also embracing the digital currency like never before. More than 100,000 businesses around the world, including Amazon, eBay, and Target, now accept bitcoins as payment. • In 2015, Bitcoin’s price surged 40%… It was the year’s top-performing currency. Last year, Bitcoin surged another 120%. It was the year’s best-performing currency once again. Until recently, it looked like the digital currency was headed for a three-peat. • Bitcoin’s price surged 20% over the first four days of 2017… Last week, it topped $1,000 for the first time since 2013. And it got within $13 of its all-time high.  Frantic buying by the Chinese fueled the recent rally. Yahoo! Finance reported last Thursday: The yuan fell 6% against the US dollar in the past year, hitting its lowest point since 2008. China’s foreign exchange reserves are expected to keep shrinking in 2017. It’s clear that as a result, many Chinese investors have turned to bitcoin: trading activity of bitcoin in the yuan is up more than 60% in the past 30 days, according to bitcoinity charts. More than 90% of all bitcoin activity globally, in fact, is coming from China. In other words, Chinese folks loaded up on bitcoins because they’re worried about the money in their wallet losing value. They’re not alone, either. • Venezuela’s currency, the bolívar, is in free fall… According to CNNMoney, it lost 55% of its value in November. Today, prices for everyday goods and services in Venezuela are more than doubling every month. Storekeepers in the country are now weighing out piles of cash rather than counting the money. In India, locals are worried that there could be a national bank run. That’s when everyone tries to pull money out of the banking system at once. Not to mention that central banks in Europe and Japan are still trying to stimulate their economies through easy-money monetary policies. As we’ve explained many times, these radical measures could end up destroying the very currencies these central banks are supposed to protect. • In short, people have plenty of reasons to be worried about the money in their wallet… That’s why the price of Bitcoin shot through the roof recently. But many of these folks had no clue how volatile this digital currency could be. • The price of Bitcoin plunged by more than 20% last Thursday… The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sparked the crash after it told investors to be wary of digital currencies. Yesterday, Bitcoin plunged another 13%. The PBOC, once again, ignited the selloff. Reuters reported yesterday: The price of digital currency bitcoin slid around $50 on Wednesday after China’s central bank said it had launched spot investigations on bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai in order to fend off market risks. The investigation of bitcoin exchanges, including BTCC, Huobi and OKCoin, was to look into possible market manipulation, money laundering, unauthorized financing and other issues, according to the statements posted on the People’s Bank of China’s website. • Today, Bitcoin is down another 5%… It’s now lost more than a quarter of its value over the past week. That’s a staggering decline. Remember, bitcoin is supposedly a currency. But currencies should never be this volatile. This tells us that Bitcoin isn’t money yet. It’s still a speculation vehicle. If you know what you’re doing, you could make a fortune trading Bitcoin. But if you don’t, you could lose a lot of money very quickly. That said, we still think Bitcoin is a step in the right direction. After all, anything is better than money controlled by reckless and increasingly desperate governments. But Bitcoin and other digital currencies like it have a long way to go before we’re ready to call them “money.” • Gold, on the other hand, is a proven form of money… People have bought and sold goods and services with it for thousands of years. It’s survived every sort of financial crisis. And it’s outlasted countless paper currencies. Plus, gold’s value is stable. It’s not going to plunge 25% or more over the course of a few days. There also isn’t a central authority in the world that controls gold’s price or its supply. It’s a truly global currency. That’s why gold is still the best way to protect yourself from reckless governments and central banks. – Recommended Links • The price of gold has spiked 5% since the start of the year… It’s now trading above $1,200 an ounce for the first time since November. But we think it could be headed much higher. Remember, central banks around the world are losing their grip on their currencies. If this keeps up, more and more people are going to seek out alternative currencies. Many of them will take shelter in gold, the world’s most trusted safe-haven asset. If you’ve been meaning to buy physical gold, we encourage you to first watch this new interview with Casey Research founder Doug Casey. As you’ll see, the U.S. government is working on a secret project right now that could radically transform America’s monetary system. According to Doug, this could be the worst thing to happen to the U.S. dollar since the end of the gold standard. Click here to see why. Chart of the Day Beware of leveraged exchanged-traded funds (ETFs). Leveraged ETFs allow traders to amplify returns through—you guessed it—leverage. There are leveraged funds that track the price of oil, the U.S dollar, and even gold stocks. Some of these funds offer 2x leverage. In other words, they’ll rise 2% when the underlying asset they track rises 1%. Other funds are leveraged 3-to-1, or 3x. Due to their high risk and construction, most traders don’t hold these kinds of funds longer than a few days. But, even then, they can still be incredibly risky. To help you understand why, we put together the following chart. It compares the weekly performance of an unleveraged ETF (1x) with a leveraged one (3x). Let’s pretend that both funds track the same basket of gold stocks. On Monday, both funds close the trading day at a share price of $100. On Tuesday, the basket of gold stocks jumps 10% in value. On Wednesday, it falls 10%. On Thursday, it rebounds 10% before falling 10% again on Friday. At the end of the week, the unleveraged fund is worth $98. The leveraged fund, meanwhile, has fallen to $83. In other words, it lost almost nine times as much as the unleveraged fund. It’s important that you remember this. You see, many investors buy leveraged funds hoping to get rich quick. But few realize how quickly losses can pile up. If you want to boost your returns, we encourage you to avoid leveraged funds. You’re much better off investing in world-class companies that, for one reason or another, are trading at deep bargains. This is a much less risky way to generate big returns.   —center_img Imminent March Announcement to Unleash $3 TRILLION Of Wealth You won’t hear about it from the media. But a major global organization is preparing to make a critical announcement this March. One that could ignite a $3 TRILLION buying spree… and shake markets to their core. There’s one simple move to take if you want to be on the winning side of this wealth transfer. Click here for the full story. EXPIRES MIDNIGHT TOMORROW: WANTED: 1,000 Men and Women To Join Chris Mayer In The Most Ambitious Project Of His Career This is an entirely new Bonner & Partners project, with an ambitious goal to teach you how to find stocks with the potential to become the biggest stock market winners of tomorrow. Success is not guaranteed. We could fail completely. But if it all works out the way former banker Chris Mayer intends it to, just one idea could fund your whole retirement. If you have the courage to learn more, click here for the full details of my new project. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 12, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Health was a persistent theme if not the centerpi

first_imgHealth was a persistent theme, if not the centerpiece, of President Trump’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday night. The president laid out a series of health-related goals, including some that even Democrats indicated could be areas of bipartisan negotiation or compromise. Trump vowed to take on prescription drug prices, pursue an end to the HIV epidemic in the U.S. by 2030 and boost funding for childhood cancers. He also took a victory lap for goals that his administration had accomplished. “We eliminated the very unpopular Obamacare individual mandate penalty,” he said, referring to the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that most people must have health insurance or pay a fine. It was eliminated as part of the 2017 GOP tax bill, despite backlash from critics that it could undercut Obamacare, after many failed attempts by Republicans to repeal the law.And Trump noted congressional passage of a “right-to-try” bill that was supposed to make it easier for terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental medications, but so far, few patients have been able to make the law work for them. The most likely ground for bipartisanship will be the issue of drug prices, where Democrats are as eager as the president to do something to rein in prices. “It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place. This is wrong, this is unfair, and together we will stop it. We will stop it fast,” he said. “I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients.” Democrats are cautiously optimistic on the drug price front. “I really am hopeful about making strides on prescription drug legislation this year on a bipartisan basis,” Wendell Primus, top health aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a conference for health policy researchers hours before the speech. But not all of Trump’s claims Tuesday about his efforts on drug pricing stand up to close scrutiny. He proclaimed that “in 2018, drug prices experienced their single-largest decline in 46 years.” The drug-price portion of the consumer price index declined slightly last year for the first time since 1972, but prices for many individual drugs are still rising. Factors beyond the administration’s actions appear to have played the biggest role in the overall slowdown. Drug price increases have slowed largely because patents have expired on expensive, blockbuster drugs, and several years have passed since the introduction of expensive medicines to treat hepatitis C, according to independent analysts. But even as consumer drug prices have moderated, drug spending per hospital admission soared 19 percent from 2015 to 2017, a study sponsored by hospital trade groups found last month. That includes anesthesia drugs, chemotherapy infusions and other medicines that are not counted in the CPI.Some well-placed Republicans praised the drug price effort. “I expect deep-pocketed interests to oppose anything and everything to protect the status quo,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. “But the moment is ripe for action and Americans expect us to work together to get the job done.”News organizations including NPR and Kaiser Health News have reported on dozens of cases of surprise hospital bills, unaffordable costs for life-sustaining drugs and other health-expense shocks for patients. Shereese Hickson, whose experience with a $123,000 bill for multiple sclerosis drugs was covered by KHN and NPR, was watching the speech. “I’m glad he mentioned it,” she said of Trump’s promise to bring transparency and competition to pharmaceutical prices. “But I would like to see if it really will come true. If you do that — that’s going against the drug companies. They’ll be losing money and they’re not going to let that happen.”Paul Davis — a retired doctor from Findlay, Ohio, whose family’s experience with a $17,850 bill for a simple urine test was detailed in a story that launched NPR-KHN’s Bill of the Month project last year and who met with Trump about surprise billing last month — said he was disappointed Trump didn’t go into further detail about his health care proposals.”He didn’t say anything,” Davis said.Davis said he would have liked to have heard more about the administration’s recently announced plan to eliminate drug rebates negotiated by middlemen in the Medicare drug program, as well as the recently implemented policy requiring hospitals to list their prices online.”If he wanted to use the podium to talk about the wonderful things that he’s done, that’s one of the things he’s gotten accomplished,” Davis said.In their official responses to the speech, Democrats were more combative. “In this great nation, Americans are skipping blood pressure pills, forced to choose between buying medicine or paying rent,” said Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House minority leader and a rising star in the national Democratic Party. “Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth. And in 14 states, including my home state where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand Medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, economies and lives.”California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who gave the Spanish-language Democratic response, reminded viewers that while the Trump administration is seeking to have the Affordable Care Act overturned in court, Democrats would provide “medical care for your family that no politician can take away from you.”In another outreach to Democrats, Trump vowed that his budget “will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. Together, we will defeat AIDS in America,” he said. Groups that have been fighting HIV praised the promise.”While we might have policy differences with the president and his administration, this initiative, if properly implemented and resourced, can go down in history as one of the most significant achievements of his presidency,” said Michael Ruppal, executive director of The AIDS Institute.Trump also promised that his budget, which has been delayed by the recent government shutdown, will seek new funding to expand research into cures and treatments for childhood cancer. He said he will seek “$500 million over the next 10 years to fund this critical lifesaving research.” The National Institutes of Health has long been a bipartisan favorite in Congress, although Trump in his first budget did seek cuts in NIH funding. The one area in which bipartisanship will clearly not prevail is that of abortion. Trump reiterated a promise he made to anti-abortion groups as a candidate in 2016 and pushed for a federal bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God,” he said.Senate Republicans voted on such a bill in 2018; it failed to advance by a large margin. The bill still lacks the votes in the Senate, and the House now has a majority that supports abortion rights. Abortion opponents praised the president’s comments. “Once again, President Trump has proved he is our nation’s most pro-life president ever and he is keeping his promise to the voters who fueled his victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List. Abortion-rights supporters, meanwhile, chastised Trump’s comments. “Shame on the president for using the State of the Union to vilify people who have abortions and the providers who care for them,” said Megan Donovan of the Guttmacher Institute. “Make no mistake: This is part of a larger agenda to eliminate access to abortion altogether.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service that is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN staff writers Jay Hancock, Emmarie Huetteman and Ana B. Ibarra contributed to this report. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

ENGLAND Academy opened their touring account with

first_imgENGLAND Academy opened their touring account with a 28-18 victory over New South Wales Juniors at Narrabeen.The Academy side ran in five tries during an attritional contest that saw them come from behind on two separate occasions to get off to a winning start.The game began poorly for the Academy side as they found themselves 4-0 down after less than seven minutes but a steely resolve saw them responded immediately through half-back Ryan Hampshire.Winger Joe Burgess rounded his defender to play the ball back inside to the supporting man who found Hampshire on hand to show a clean pair of heels to the covering defence.Hampshire then found winger James Saltonstall who doubled England’s tally when he broke through down the right hand flank. Man of the Match Hampshire added the extras to make the scores 10-4 at the interval.It was a short lived lead for England however as New South Wales got off to a flying start in the second half, with a quick-fire double allowing them to open up an 18-10 advantage.Winger Meehan found himself in space on the outside for an easy run in after just two minutes before loose forward Harrison gathered a high-ball between the posts to crash over three minutes later.England were still behind by eight points with just over ten minutes to go but they showed their class to run in three tries in just eight minutes.First England’s Ben Currie powered his way over from a quick play-the-ball and then the Warrington Wolves player doubled his personal tally after Hampshire spilt the defence and played Currie through from 25 yards out.Centre Greg Wilde then pounced on an error from the NSW full-back to extend the lead with Hampshire adding the extras to make it 28-18.“We’re quite happy with the win,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott. “Winning the first game is the best way to start. We expected our performance to be a bit scratchy and a little under par because of the traveling, which was the case, but I think as the game went on we showed a lot of good touches in our attack.“To come the distance we have and play after just a few days is a good start for us and I’m pleased with the character the lads showed to come from behind on two separate occasions.“We’ve a quick turnaround now before playing Parramatta on Saturday but that’s what we wanted. We wanted to get a good test mentally, physically and emotionally in the first week.“I’m pleased with the effort today and the lads who haven’t played today will get a chance against Parramatta on Saturday to fight for a test jersey.”The England Academy continue preparations for their two-test series against the Australian Schoolboys by taking on Parramatta Juniors on Saturday (KO 7.00pm Aus / 10.00am UK).Match Summary:England:Tries: Hampshire, Saltonstall, Currie 2, AspinallGoals: Hampshire 4NSW:Tries: Meehan 2, Harris, HarrisonGoals: TBCTeams:England:1. Luke Briscoe; 2. James Saltonstall, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. John Ford, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. Liam Sutcliffe, 7. Ryan Hampshire; 8. Liam McAvoy, 9. Dominic Speakman, 10. Josh Johnson, 11. John Bateman, 12. Peter Aspinall, 13. Jordan Baldwinson. Subs: 14. George Williams, 15. Gavin Bennion, 16. Ben Currie, 17. Luke Thompson. New South Wales:1. Dalin Watene-Zelezniak; 2. Willis Meehan, 3. Michael Morgan, 4. Sione Mata’utia, 5. Dee Jay Harris; 6 Drew Hutchinson, 7. Zac Nichols; 8. James Parker, 9. Tj McLean, 10. Joe Stimson, 11. Rhys Armstrong, 12. Taniele Siale, 13. Blake Harrison.Subs: 14, Salesi funaki, 15. Tepai Teu Smith, 16. Anthony Semrany, 17. Brendan Cox, 18. Luke Yates.last_img read more

How 23andMe Caused a Divorce A Look at Unintended Consequences

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How 23andMe Caused a Divorce: A Look at Unintended Consequences Enroll Now for $5 Next Article 4 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Carly Okyle Add to Queuecenter_img –shares Assistant Editor, Contributed Content Every company — startup, franchise, or conglomerate — has a mission. But while employees and executives do what they can to follow that objective and stay true to it, sometimes customers have different ideas.The latest example of that involves 23andMe, a company that provides materials for at-home genetic testing. It’s a fairly simple process: customers swab some cheek cells, mail them back and wait to hear the results. The service is intended to give people a more in-depth look at who they are and where they come from. Unfortunately, it can unintentionally expose the DNA of the skeletons in a person’s closet.Earlier this month, Vox published the story of an unnamed biologist who used 23andMe to provide an interesting teaching moment for his students. Thinking that his parents might enjoy learning more about what he does, the man bought kits for his parents and himself. After he checked a box saying he’d like to be notified of his closest genetic connections (of those who also took the 23andMe test and selected that option), he got word that he was a 22 percent genetic match with a man he’d never heard of. Statistically, sharing 25 percent of your genetic material with someone makes them your grandfather, your uncle or your half-sibling, so he asked his father about it. His father was sure the company had made a mistake.The facts were correct, however, proving that no mistake had been made. The biologist had a half-brother from his father’s pre-marital affair decades earlier. Unable to survive the shock of discovering an unknown lovechild, the scientist’s parents divorced and tensions remain high. “I’m really devastated at the outcome,” the man told the publication. “This is nothing I ever would have wished.”Related: This New Genetics Startup Wants to Make ‘100’ the New ‘60’This isn’t the first time 23andMe has caused trouble. Apparently, as was the case with Neil Schwartzman and Jolie Pearl, the service can also be used to find long-lost siblings given up for adoption. While the company used the story of the sibling reunion as a marketing campaign with a happy ending, Pearl admits that she feels conflicted about the unexpected rewrite of her family’s history. Moreover, the Food and Drug Administration has officially expressed written concern “about the public health consequences of inaccurate results,” although no study to date has reported “measurable harm” as a result of the direct-to-consumer genetic testing program.To be fair, 23andMe isn’t the only company to have its products or services used in a way other than its intended purpose. Facebook, for example, started as a way to keep in touch with friends (and maybe find out if the cute co-ed in your Psych 101 class was seeing anyone), but it has unintentionally helped create and promote the new phenomenon of FOMO — “fear of missing out.”Similarly, Airbnb, which was intended to make it easier for people to find places to stay, ended up almost making someone homeless. The peer-to-peer homeshare company was started in 2008 as a way to coordinate and transact rentals, gives vacationers a cheaper option than hotels for lodging. But what if the “vacationer” has no intention of leaving? What if an Airbnb user decides to make the homestay permanent, as happened to Corey Tschogl? When the renter wouldn’t leave her California condominium, Tschogl found out eviction would be harder than expected, now that the squatter had been there for over 30 days and had tenants’ rights according to state law. It turns out that “professional squatters” exist, and services like Airbnb help them to find unknowing targets. It’s not what the company intended, but it’s become something to be aware of.Related: The ‘FOMO Epidemic’ and Why It Matters to Millennial-Hungry BusinessesThen there’s Yelp, a website which allows people to rate and comment on their experience with businesses. Although it began as a way to allow business to get feedback from customers, it is  also being used by health authorities in New York City to track foodborne illnesses and find their epicenters, since many cases of food poisoning go unreported. Using Yelp helped successfully find three unreported outbreaks, which allowed officials to crack down on restaurants that violated proper practices of handling food, including improper refrigeration and unsanitary conditions. Chicago is implementing a similar investigation via Twitter.Perhaps when starting a business, it’s wise to remember the old adage of how the best laid plans can go awry.Related: Behind the Curtain of Yelp’s Powerful Reviews Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand September 22, 2014 Customerslast_img read more

APRs Annual Advertising Production Trends Highlight The Need To Have A Content

first_imgThe Onslaught of Content Produced Will Require an Entrepreneurial Approach for MarketersAdvertising Production Resources [APR] has released its 18th annual advertising production trends. These trends are an amalgamation of APR insights and observations from around the world from their management of over $1 billion in annual marketing production spend by global brands. The trends reveal what APR has discovered from working with over 60 companies across many different industries and helps to provide insights for how to produce content efficiently and effectively in today’s modern marketing landscape.The top trend is the immediate need for asset planning upstream, which will reach a tipping point this year as an unprecedented volume of content will be created by brands. Assessing the entire eco-system of creative production and determining which content is best produced by each provider (external agency, in-house agency, highend production company, a high-volume content engine, etc.); negotiating usage rights across mediums and/or geographies; developing a smarter and more efficient content production strategy for high-volume work, like e-commerce, social media, influencers, etc.  A few critical outcomes of such asset planning include increased ROI, better connecting of the dots between creative, production and media, and higher marketer confidence in their content production decisions.Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV Lovers“We have a collective opportunity to build, explore and question everything so that we revolutionize the advertising industry for the greater good,” said Jillian Gibbs, Founder and CEO of APR. “Let’s give ourselves [marketers] the room to fail fast, learn and evolve.”Marketing Technology News: HipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast AppA global business, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Advertising Production Resources (APR) is a creative production optimization consultancy that helps marketers determine how to define a modern creative production eco-system. APR has 200 experts in 28 countries who partner with global brands, agencies, and suppliers across all content platforms, including TV commercials, online videos, social content, websites, banner ads, apps, mobile content, print and photography, experiential and events. APR is a privately-held woman-owned company made up of 62% women in its workforce and is fully certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as well as WEConnect International. APR is a faculty member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) on the subject of advertising production and an official strategic partner of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA).Marketing Technology News: MGH Survey Finds Nearly Half of US Diners Have Tried a New Restaurant Because of its Social Media Posts advertising productionAdvertising Production ResourcesJillian GibbsMarketing Technology NewsNewsWEConnect International Previous ArticleIgnitionOne uses Amazon Neptune to Power Identity Resolution at ScaleNext ArticleEarth Day Network Partners with Twitter to Release ‘Earth in Our Hands’ Emoji to Mark Earth Day 2019 APR’s Annual Advertising Production Trends Highlight The Need To Have A Content Production Strategy PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:47 pmApril 24, 2019 last_img read more

New Vibes Everywhere Commerce Makes Brands Smarter

first_imgNew Vibes Everywhere Commerce Makes Brands Smarter PRNewswireMay 2, 2019, 8:22 pmMay 2, 2019 Marketing Technologymobile marketingmobile-first e-commerce solutionNewspersonalizationVibesVibes Everywhere Commerce Previous ArticleAllbridge Redefines In-Room Entertainment with Interactive IPTV SolutionNext ArticlePegasystems Named a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs for Second Consecutive Year Vibes Everywhere Commerce Will Help Brands Anticipate and Deliver Personalized Shopping Experiences Online and In-StoreVibes, a mobile marketing leader, released Vibes Everywhere Commerce, a mobile-first e-commerce solution for retailers, designed to sharpen brands’ customer intelligence. By connecting online and in-store experiences, Vibes Everywhere Commerce provides marketers with last-touch attribution, enabling marketers to demonstrate campaign ROI, drive conversions by reducing cart abandonment, and optimize their campaigns with real-time feedback loops.“Having this wealth of data in the Vibes Platform makes it much easier to pull vital customer analysis. Consumers are making more value-driven buying decisions, so it’s paramount for our customers to have this depth of personalization,” said Caitlin Lindner, senior marketing manager at Hibbett Sports. “We’re very excited by the ability to see revenue attribution at the mobile user level, which will help inform our future offers and content strategies.”Marketing Technology News: Social Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy ProductVibes Everywhere Commerce allows marketers to gather behavioral data from mobile campaigns, capturing customer interest and converting it into purchases, both online and off. The new offering includes:E-commerce tagging capabilities, giving brands the ability to track what individual customers are shopping for and where they fall out of the journeyTriggered messaging, such as cart-abandonment notifications to drive increased conversionsPush notifications, allowing brands to reach their customers on their preferred channelMobile wallet integration, to streamline the consumer experience for buying online and picking up in-storeDeep analysis of campaign ROI and other conversion-based metricsIncreased customer insight, including post-click engagement data on a per-customer basisMarketing Technology News: Many Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data, Says New L.E.K. Report“We’re thrilled to offer a data-driven solution that arms marketers with full attribution and funnel analysis so they can better optimize programs and generate higher conversions,” said Sam Benediktson, director of product at Vibes. “Features like e-commerce tagging and triggered messaging are making the digital customer journey personalized and more valuable for consumers. This gives marketers the power to improve the customer experience by anticipating and taking action on what customers want and when they want it.”Marketing Technology News: Edge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf Performancelast_img read more

New statement lays down recommendations to combat fall in vaccination rates

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Search engines and social media organizations must do more to prevent the spread of inaccurate information on childhood vaccination, and governments must better support mandatory immunization programs, says an international group of leading public health scientists in a statement published in the Journal of Health Communication.The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance lays down several recommendations to combat the global fall in vaccination rates fuelled by a powerful worldwide ‘anti-vax’ movement. The statement, which pledges to “support the development of new, effective and fact-based communications programs” to help parents, community and government leaders make appropriate decisions on childhood immunization, has already been endorsed by more than 60 public health leaders from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.It calls upon major search engines and social media organizations to better monitor the vaccine information they provide so that they can improve the identification of disproven or inaccurate false claims about vaccine safety – just as they do for sexually explicit, violent and threatening messages.At the same time, advocacy groups, educators and health professionals should join forces to correct misleading vaccine information and disseminate reliable, accurate information via mass and social media and through trusted sources at all levels of society, including celebrities, faith-based leaders and parents.Governments and policymakers should support laws that limit exemptions from mandatory vaccinations and treat childhood vaccination like other essential services such as police, firefighters and public sanitation, the statement also says. The resurgence of potentially life-threatening diseases like measles, which the US Centers for Disease Control declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, undermines the integrity of childhood protections that thousands of dedicated scientists, doctors, and public health officials spent the better part of the last century putting in place. Parents do have rights to make informed decisions about vaccinating their children, but they do not have the right to place their children, or other children, at risk of a serious infectious disease. We need to do a far better job of reaching out to vaccine-hesitant parents.” We are alarmed that the WHO this year declared vaccine hesitancy a top-ten international public health problem. This is a man-made, dangerous and wholly unnecessary crisis. We intend to keep up a steady drumbeat of accurate vaccine communications until the traditional public consensus in support of childhood immunization is restored.”Dr. Scott Ratzan, founding editor of the Journal of Health Communication and founder of the International Working Group (IWG) on Vaccination and Public Health Solutions Related StoriesWar against mosquitoes saves lives and money in Sri LankaPlant foods may transmit antibiotic-resistant superbugs to humansIt’s never too late to take up exercise, advise researchersVaccines have prevented hundreds of millions of infectious diseases, including polio, measles, hepatitis B and meningitis, saving up to 3 million lives yearly. Every US dollar spent on childhood immunization returns up to $44 in benefits . However, immunization rates globally are threatened by misinformation spread by the ‘anti-vax’ movement. Vaccine coverage has waned in many populations, and the US and 34 countries in the WHO’s European region no longer have the 95% immunization rate that provides the ‘herd immunity’ necessary to protect against highly contagious diseases such as measles.Prof. Lawrence Gostin, Director of the WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law and co-director of the IWG, said: Source:Taylor & Francis GroupJournal reference:Hodge, J.G. et al. (2019) The Salzburg Statement on Vaccination Acceptance. Journal of Health Communication. doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2019.1622611.last_img read more

Vodafone returns to profit announces CEO departure

British telecoms giant Vodafone on Tuesday announced a return to annual profit, as it revealed that long-serving chief executive Vittorio Colao will step down later this year. Vodafone buys chunk of Liberty’s European assets for 18.4bn euros Citation: Vodafone returns to profit, announces CEO departure (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-vodafone-profit-ceo-departure.html Group Chief Financial Officer Nick Read will succeed Colao from October, with the announcement coming less than a week after Vodafone unveiled a deal to turn it into Europe’s largest cable and broadband operator by buying assets from US peer Liberty Global.Vodafone on Tuesday posted net profit of 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in the 12 months to the end of March, which compared with a loss after tax of 6.3 billion euros in 2016/17, the group said in a statement.The turnaround pointed to a “year of significant operational and strategic achievement and strong financial performance”, Colao said.”Our sustained investment in network quality supported robust commercial momentum,” he added. Vodafone’s long-serving CEO Vittorio Colao will step down later this year © 2018 AFP 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. read more

Lets a not go Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street

first_img Visitors to Tokyo and other major Japanese cities are often stunned to see convoys of karts driven by people—usually tourists—dressed up as Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach and other popular Nintendo characters buzzing around busy streets.Unlike many countries, Japan has no ban on people driving go-karts on public roads.But the court ruling looks set to bring such Nintendo-themed antics screaching to a halt. The video gaming giant said the ruling blocks the “MariCAR” go-kart service from lending Mario and other characters’ costumes to its customers.Nintendo complained its popular racing game “Mario Kart” is known widely as “MariKar”, just like the go-kart service’s name.It also argued that the karting company had not been given permission to allow drivers to dress up as its characters, or use photo and video footage from the racing game in its publicity materials.”We will continue to take necessary steps against damage being done to our brand and intellectual properties, which we have spent years to build,” Nintendo said in a brief statement.Nintendo added that it also won damages but did not discuss the financial amount.The go-kart operator Mari Mobility, which has changed its official name from MariCar, said in a brief statement that it will review the ruling before deciding what to do next.The company website says its service “is in no way a reflection” of Nintendo’s Mario Kart, and tells customers not to race one another, nor throw banana peels or red turtle shells—all things you can famously do in Nintendo’s frenetic racing game.Occasional accidents among go-karters on Japan’s streets have prompted authorities to require operators improve safety measures, like having seat belts and wearing helmets. Citation: Let’s a not go! Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street karting (2018, September 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-nintendo-japan-court-mario-street.html © 2018 AFP 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. Explore furthercenter_img Raving Rabbids, Mario join forces in new Switch game Nintendo said Thursday it has won a court battle against a popular go-kart operator that allows drivers to dress up as Super Mario and other game characters to zip through the streets of Japan. A Japanese court has said a go-kart company cannot dress people up as Nintendo’s Mario game characterslast_img read more

Danish low cost airline Primera folds wings

first_imgPrimera linked European capitals to New York for $99 Citation: Danish low cost airline Primera folds wings (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-danish-airline-primera-wings.html © 2018 AFP Transatlantic test for Airbus low-cost airliner Explore furthercenter_img Danish low cost airline Primera, which was offering transatlantic flights for under $100, announced Tuesday it was ceasing operations after difficulties including delays to a new fuel-effecient Airbus aircraft. “Airline Primera Air and IATA codes PF and 6F have been suspended as of today, October 2nd, 2018,” the airline said on its website.Calling it a “sad day” for both the airline’s employees and passengers, the airline said it had worked relentlessly to secure long-term financing.”Not being able to reach an agreement with our bank for a bridge financing, we had no other choice than filing for bankruptcy,” said the airline.Founded in 2003, the airline had focused on charter flights for Scandinavian holidaymakers, but had pushed into the new low cost transatlantic segment by offering one-way flights linking Paris and London with New York for $99 (86 euros).Primera was pioneering the use of Airbus’s new A321neo to make the trip. The updated, more fuel-efficient version of the single-aisle aircraft offers considerably lower operating costs compared to wide-body aircraft and has enough range to cross the Atlantic.However the airline said severe delays in the delivery of aircraft and operational issues had forced it to cancel flights, and eventually lease aircraft at a considerable cost.Facing more possible delays in aircraft and higher fuel prices also squeezing to low cost model, the airline said decided to halt operations now when it would have a smaller impact on clients.Primera’s main competitor in the low cost transatlantic segment, Norwegian, uses wide-body Boeing Dreamliners, which also offer fuel savings compared to similar aircraft. Its ambitious expansion plans have left it with high debt, and it has also been frustrated by costly aircraft delivery delays. 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

Twitter releases new trove of banned state propaganda

first_imgSocial media giant Twitter on Thursday released a new archive of state-backed propaganda from accounts it has banned based in Iran, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. Twitter releases 10 million tweets from foreign influence efforts Credit: CC0 Public Domain The US platform said it had taken the material off its network, but would make it available to researchers and investigators studying online threats.Tech firms have been accused of allowing political propagandists to use social media to hijack elections, poison online debate and smear their opponents.But Twitter, in a blog post by head of site integrity Yoel Roth, said “transparency is core to our mission” and vowed to fight “misleading, deceptive, and spammy behaviour”.Thursday’s release was the firm’s third such archive, representing more than 30 million tweets and a terabyte of media data from just under 5,000 suspected accounts.Twitter has removed 4,779 accounts it believes “are associated with—or directly backed by—the Iranian government.” Most of these were found to be spreading news stories angled to support Iranian geopolitical interests or to be fake user profiles designed to manipulate online debate.A smaller sub-group, originating in Iran, exclusively “engaged with discussions related to Israel”.Twitter has previously targeted alleged Russian bots, and this archive contains four more accounts that the firm believes are associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA).This St Petersburg-based “troll factory” has been accused of working with Russian intelligence to influence Western votes, notably US President Donald Trump’s election campaign.Investigations into the Russian agency also led Twitter’s security team to 33 more accounts linked to a previously known group of 764 Venezuelan fake users.”Our further analysis suggests that they were operated by a commercial entity originating in Venezuela,” the post said.And in Spain, Twitter has taken down 130 allegedly fake accounts apparently set up to push the views of Catalan separatists.”We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency,” Roth said.On Friday, EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova and security commissioner Julian King are to brief reporters on European efforts to fight political disinformation. Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 AFP Citation: Twitter releases new trove of banned state propaganda (2019, June 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-twitter-trove-state-propaganda.html 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

2015 might just be

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