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Google Extends Gmail SMS to More African Countries

first_imgTags:#Google#NYT#web Google has extended its Gmail SMS chat functionality to three more African countries: Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. Gmail SMS allows anyone worldwide to communicate with fellow Gtalk chat users even when they’re away from their computer. This year, Google added the extension to Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Zambia. Africa is a continent of mobile users so this tool seems like a good move by Google. Gmail users can send and receive SMS messages for free using the service. (Non-Gmail users can SMS for regular text charges.)Divon Lan, Google product manager for sub-Saharan Africa, wrote on the Google Africa Blog that the mobile carriers that provide the service include MTN, Uganda Telecom and Orange in Uganda, Vodacom in Tanzania and Airtel and TNM in Malawi. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

AirPlaying Hurricane Sandy: How One Cord Cutter Fared

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout My brother and his family live in a part of Massachusetts that was affected by the storm, albeit not as seriously as New Jersey. Using FaceTime, I called his iPhone from my iPad and propped the tablet up in front of the TV, to which the video chat screen was being AirPlayed. This allowed us all to sit on the couch and have a conversation with my brother and his wife while our adorable three-year-old niece played hide-and-go-seek with herself in the background. Yes, we could have easily called them on the phone the old-fashioned way, but video chat allowed us to see their faces and interact with them – difference that’s all the more meaningful when you’re locked inside and stressing about possible storm damage. Tablet-Based Entertainment Without CableWhen the call was over, it took about five seconds and a few gestures to switch back to whatever streaming video we felt like watching. It wasn’t just breaking news and social media feeds, either. When my family needed a break from pictures of devastation, Hulu Plus, Netflix and a host of other video content apps were at the ready with virtually unlimited hours of mindless entertainment, including recent episodes of current TV shows. No cable bill required. I happened to be using Apple products to do all of this, but the same could be done with various combinations of tablets, smartphones and platforms like Google TV, Roku or Boxee. In my case, Apple’s famed ease-of-use came in handy, since I had plenty of work to do upstairs and had to hand off the iPad to less tech-savvy members of my family. The iOS interface can actually end up being easier to understand and use than many TV remote controls. We lucked out and the power stayed on. If it had gone out, at least some of the highest-priority communication and information-seeking tasks we needed to do still could have been accomplished from our smartphones. For as long as the batteries – and cellular networks – lasted.    john paul titlow Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Miraculously, my block in northern Philadelphia was spared from Hurricane Sandy’s worst. As word of nearby power outages spread on Twitter, I was certain I’d wake up to a dark, powerless house on Tuesday. Fortunately for my mother – a last minute refugee from South Jersey who breathes with the aid of an oxygen machine – that didn’t happen. It also allowed us to stay up to date with the latest news, tweets, all of the Instagram photos and video footage of Sandy’s wrath. Throughout the experience, not once did I regret not having a cable TV subscription. For the 48 hours that my mother and sister were hunkered down with a friend and me in my Philadelphia row house, we used my iPad and other mobile devices to stay in touch with the outside world. Combined with the Apple TV and its AirPlay feature, it completely eliminated the need for cable or even a broadcast antenna. As cord cutters, we felt totally plugged in. Philadelphia’s local ABC affiliate streams news broadcasts for free through its iPad app, which allowed us to tune into the kinds of dispatches that only a local broadcast news team can deliver during a natural disaster. Still, it is 2012 and that format very much has its limits. While local newscasters diligently surveyed storm damage at the Jersey shore, other news was breaking live on Twitter, much of it accompanied by photos and video footage. Flooded Manhattan streets. The Con-Ed plant explosion. New York’s pitch-black skyline. All of it was unfolding on Twitter in real-time, as news now does.Hashtags like #hurricanesandy and #sandyinphilly made it easy to break the firehose down into geographic chunks. And it was all displayed on my 46-inch HDTV for everyone to see. Of course, we had to be careful about trusting unverified sources and read tweets with a healthy dose of skepticism. Searching For Crucial Details Online During severe weather, our information needs often extend beyond the scope of what local broadcast news or even free-flowing social media can meet. Sometimes, we need to know very specific things that newscasters may or may not get around to talking about. Is the Garden State Parkway closed? Are the roads leading to my mother’s apartment complex flooded? With emergency hotlines jammed, the best source for details like that is often the Internet. Some counties publish up-to-date information on their own websites. More often, they rely on social networks to get the word out. In far too many cases, the only place to get updates from local government is through reports published by newspapers, whose websites can vary wildly in terms quality and how frequently they’re updated. Hunting for those granular details can seem like a wild goose chase, but searching the Web on a big screen – with other people – is more effective and more satisfyingthan sitting, staring and waiting for a news anchor to tell you the specific thing you need to know. Connecting With Family Over FaceTime And SkypeFor people holed up indoors during a storm, video chat offers a new and comforting way to connect with loved ones in other areas. And using FaceTime on the iPad and beaming it to a television via AirPlay makes it easier for groups of people to do this without crowding around somebody’s laptop. The same is true of Skype or whatever your video chat app of choice happens to be. Tags:#airplay#Apple TV#cord-cutting#hurricane sandy#iPad#television 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scuffle Roger Pogoy. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which runs from Sept. 22-30 in Shenzen, China.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation in the tournament Tuesday on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Breaking: Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas joins @FIBAAsiaCC. Games will be shown @TV5manila & @Sports5PH,” Reyes wrote.The tournament features some of Asia’s best club teams with China’s Xinjian Flying Tigers tipped to repeat as champions. The Flying Tigers will be led by naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGilas, which finished in seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup last month, will use the competition as part of its buildup for the Fiba World Cup Qualifying in November. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

The Indian fan is acutely embarrassed every four years by the resounding absence of India from the World Cup

first_imgDressed in the team jersey, footballfans in Kolkata cheer for their favourite team, BrazilYou’ve got to love India for the way it loves football. There is no Indian team in the World Cup; and yet, for many Indians, life has ground to a delicious halt for the month-long duration of,Dressed in the team jersey, footballfans in Kolkata cheer for their favourite team, BrazilYou’ve got to love India for the way it loves football. There is no Indian team in the World Cup; and yet, for many Indians, life has ground to a delicious halt for the month-long duration of the tournament. Unlike in 2006-when Vikash Dhorasoo, a Mauritian descended from Andhra labourers indentured in the 19th century, made his improbable way on to the roster of France-there isn’t a single player of Indian origin in any of the 32 squads on view in Brazil.Amid the legions of naturalised players representing countries other than the ones in which they (or their parents) were born, there are Congolese players playing for Belgium, Albanians for Switzerland, Jamaicans for England, Turks for Germany, Surinamese for The Netherlands, Senegalese for France, Guinea-Bissauans for Portugal, Icelanders for the United States.But there is no ethnic Indian in sight- on any team, from anywhere-even though there can scarcely be a country where Indians have not settled in numbers. And yet, India is agog, watching the World Cup through late nights and early mornings with a passion that is truly impressive, even slightly mad. At an emotional and spiritual level, this should make Indians a special people. At least with regard to football, we are not narrow nationalists. I wanted to set up a business call with a colleague in Delhi and he pleaded, “Please, no, not then, I’ll be watching Colombia.” This was a country in which the man in question had never set foot, whose music (I can reliably state) he’d never heard, whose language he does not speak, and yet…missing even a small part of the game mattered. Colombia mattered because Colombia was playing football in the World Cup, and that was that. There is a purity of devotion in the heart of the Indian football aficionado that comes from being unsullied by merely patriotic impulses. This is what makes the Indian football fan so much more noble than the Indian cricket fan, who cares only for the Indian cricket team (a victorious Indian cricket team, preferably), and who would rather die a slow death than watch New Zealand play Sri Lanka, or England play South Africa.advertisementEvery four years, when the football World Cup starts to sizzle, Indian fans are faced with a question that fans in Brazil or England, Argentina or The Netherlands, do not ever face: Who to support? Not for Indians the electric pleasure of watching their team emerge from the tunnel, hair gelled, chins astubble, chests puffed with pride as the national anthem plays out to the world. Not for Indians the delight of having strangers from other lands come up to them, mouthing (and mangling) the names of Indian players in gestures of admiration and fandom. Not for Indians the panning of the cameras to Indian sections of a World Cup crowd, alighting on the faces of lovely Indian girls, painted Indian diehard fans, troops of men beating Indian drums. India, a billion-strong, is absent from the spectacle. We had a chance to be a part of all this, in 1950, when the Indian team was invited to the last World Cup held in Brazil. But the men who ran the Indian football federation, to their eternal damnation, chose not to send a team that would likely have acquitted itself well. They deemed the damage to their precious budgets to be too high.India-and Indian football-has been paying for that shortsightedness, that cosmic niggardliness, forever after. Those were years when India was the India of global under-confidence, of an inward-looking provincialism, when competition was frowned upon by the elites who governed the country. This aversion to competition afflicted our business, our industry, our trade… our football. And now that we are ready to compete with the world, we find that we cannot, except in those areas where we have a special advantage, such as cricket, with its small field of countries against which the game might be played.We are still appalling at most truly global competitions: Our universities aren’t world-class; our scientific R&D is mediocre, as is our defence technology; our industries are uncompetitive; our military fit for battle only against paltry Pakistan (and China knows this); our diplomats can barely speak English (let alone Russian or Arabic)… and our football team is ranked 154th in the world, one place above Singapore, one place behind Malaysia.But our football fans should be ranked close to, or at, No. 1, for they are the closest one gets to the platonic ideal of a football-lover. Not wedded to a team by blood or flag, they pick their favourites independently. An Indian family might have a father who supports Brazil, a son who shouts for a Spain, a daughter who swoons for Italy, a mother who admires Argentina. Brazil has long been an Indian passion, in part because its players play the game with such rollicking panache, but also because there is a sense that Brazil, somehow, is like India: A big, unruly, Third World country with colossal income disparity and cities seething with slums. It helps, perhaps, that some Brazilians even look a bit like us. But when we look at their football crowds, and their women, we know that there are few countries in the world that are as unlike India as Brazil. We gape at their sexual frankness, their startlingly different moral codes, and we know that all comparisons, all likenesses, have limits.advertisementIn the end, what the Indian fan looks for in a World Cup team is not an echo of himself or his country, but a history of excellence and a recognisable sporting idiom that appears to transcend national boundaries. Brazil plays football in a way that invites the whole world to watch. Recent Spanish teams have played that way, too, as have some of the more successful Argentine sides of the modern era. England, by contrast, and Germany (or, to be fair, the Germany of about 10 years ago) have both been teams that tailor their appeal to their own compatriots. Flair is an important part of global appeal, efficiency and grit less so. Which is not to say that Indian fans aren’t quietly envious of people from countries that aren’t in the top tier, and yet, by sheer dint of effort, send teams to World Cups: Costa Rica. Algeria. Greece. Bosnia and Herzegovina. South Korea. United States. Honduras. Iran.For the truth is that the Indian fan is acutely embarrassed every four years by the resounding absence of India from the World Cup, even as he is exhilarated by the matches between old favourites. Just as players from other lands are household names in his own country, the Indian fan yearns for the day when Indian players will command global attention, serving as better ambassadors for India than the legions of suits in embassies around the world. Watching football is a complex business when the World Cup comes around. We are uplifted by the play we see, by the rugged beauty on display. But we also feel very small as we watch, a nation cut down to size.Tunku Varadarajan is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institutionlast_img read more

Former prime ministers gather in Commons to mark Parliaments 150th anniversary

first_imgOTTAWA – Moments from Canada’s colourful — and sometimes dark — past came back into focus Monday as federal politicians and former prime ministers of all partisan stripes gathered in the House of Commons to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s first Parliament.House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan encouraged current members of Parliament to imagine what it was like on Nov. 6, 1867, when the country’s first lawmakers gathered in Ottawa.“Imagine the enormity of the task before these first parliamentarians … facing the monumental challenge of governing a vast and sprawling country still in its infancy,” Regan told the Commons.“Any democracy worthy of its name is always a work in progress, and it is our duty as parliamentarians to build on the foundations laid by those first members of Parliament who established the country that it is our privilege to serve.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded former and current parliamentarians of several noted events since that time — both good and bad — that have shaped Canada into what it is today.“Within these walls, Canada has been reborn countless times,” Trudeau said as he recalled how previous governments made strides in human rights, introduced universal health care, abolished the death penalty and gave same-sex couples the right to marry.The prime minister also acknowledged some “dark and shameful moments” in Canada’s history, such as the introduction of the residential schools program that aimed to assimilate Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.“Let us be women and men of principle and of humility, for we have been bestowed the responsibility to serve and we must do so honourably,” Trudeau said.“Let’s never lose sight of the fact that we’re all here for the same reason, to make our country better, to improve the lives of the people were serve. We may have different ideas on how to get there, but there is always common ground — and if we work together, we will find it.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the Parliament of Canada much more than merely bricks and mortar. And while Scheer also acknowledged some dark moments in Canada’s past, he said there were more good moments than bad over the last 150 years, culminating in a country that is the envy of the world.“That we who have been entrusted with the governance of Canada have sometimes failed should not be surprising,” said Scheer.“This chamber may be made of wood and stone but the men and women who give it its life are hewn from the crooked timber of humanity…. These chairs have supported patriots and heroes, but also a few rogues.”Former prime ministers John Turner, Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney and Paul Martin were among those who watched and listened from the Commons visitor’s gallery as tributes were read into the official record to mark the anniversary. Earlier in the day, the four men sat together and shared a few memories with Regan and former Commons speakers as they celebrated the moment.“This room is not about us as members of Parliament; this room is about democracy, it is about Canada,” said Green party Leader Elizabeth May. “We are very tiny in this space because our role is to represent something far bigger than ourselves. We are here for Canada.”last_img read more

Mohawk Elder Billy Two Rivers talks wrestling the Oka Crisis and being

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsMention the name Billy Two Rivers to someone, and there’s a good chance they’ll know him for any number of reasons.Especially old school wrestling fans, who will remember his 24 years in the ring, where according to Two Rivers, he never played a villain.“No, I didn’t have a choice, they loved me,” the 83 year old said with a laugh.Ever the showman, he agreed to meet with APTN even though he’s currently rehabbing a back injury in the hospital.Two Rivers made his debut in 1953 after being trained by fellow Mohawk wrestler Don Eagle.Eagle saw Two Rivers playing lacrosse in his home of Kahnawà:ke, and recruited him.They trained in Columbus, Ohio until Two Rivers made his debut in Detroit in 1953 at the age of 17.When asked to describe his first match, Two Rivers guffawed.“The first one was a laugh on me.”Two Rivers always entered the ring by vaulting over the top ropes.Aside from being flashy, it was also a way to avoid getting his famous headdress stuck between the ropes on entry.But nerves got the best of him during his first match ever in Detroit.“My first time there, my knees were knocking. So I went, I got up on the apron on the ring, I grabbed the top two ropes, and I vaulted,” he said. “I was so nervous, as I was clearing it my toe caught the top rope and you ever see a chicken fall into a ring? There I was on the mat in a pile of feathers. Well, I never lived that down for about 10 years.”It didn’t help that there was a group of Mohawk ironworkers on the crowd to help him remember.(Billy Two Rivers enters the ring in classic style)Still, despite a rocky start, Two Rivers combined a fierce wrestling style with colourful regalia to travel the world.The United Kingdom, Japan, the United States all came out to cheer him on.Well, most of them.Right before a match in Hanover, Germany a spectator criticized Two Rivers for wearing an inauthentic pan Indigenous outfit.Two Rivers said he had to explain that even though he’s Mohawk, he was proud to wear boots made by Huron-Wendat and a headdress gifted from the Blood tribe in Alberta,“He says to me ‘what is this you’re not Indian, what are you?’ I said ‘yeah I’m Indian, I’m a native North American Indian’ he said ‘what are you dressed like this for’ I said it’s because I’m an ambassador and I represent the people all across the country,” said Two RiversBut being an ambassador wasn’t enough to make him feel safe when it came to wrestling in places like Belfast during the late 60’s, when the violence known at as “the Troubles” was among its worst in Northern Ireland.“They had four gates to get into the city,” recalled Two Rivers. “At night the soldiers would come out, their faces darkened, they would stand in a corner so as not to be seen, waiting for the rebels or something. And the greatest concern was that they were going to put a bomb underneath the ring or something,” said Two Rivers.“They were bombing everything back in those days.”That wouldn’t be the last time in his life Two Rivers would end up in a militarized zone.(Billy Two Rivers in hospital with a picture of himself jumping into the ring)After ending his wrestling career in the mid 70’s at the request of his daughter, Two Rivers became a council Chief for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke.He was among the leadership group charged with brokering peace after Kahnaw:àke barricaded the Mercier bridge in support Kanehsatake during what’s known as the Oka crisis.“I got a call about 5:30, six in the morning, and it was [Grand Chief] Joe [Norton] and he says ‘Billy, the bridge is blocked’ I said ‘What!’”Despite having travelled the world over, the summer of 1990 was witness to the worst act of racism he ever saw… and it was right next door to his own community in Montreal.In what’s become known as the “Rocks at Whiskey Trench” incident, a convoy of Mohawk women, children, and elders leaving Kahnawà:ke  were stoned in their cars by Quebecers on August 28, 1990.Two Rivers says the incident was premeditated.“There was fellows going to the different businesses there and saying ‘come on out, and let’s stop these Indians.’ These people, they didn’t care,” said Two Rivers.Still, Two Rivers takes pride in helping to broker peace on the Kahnawà:ke side near the end of the 78 day stand-off.Then, in 1998, after 20 years on council, Two Rivers retired.Well, retired might be a misnomer.Since then he’s done acting in films and TV shows like Mohawk Girls, had a photo of himself used on the cover of a Van Morrison album – without his permission – (that led to an out of court settlement) and served as an elder for the Assembly of First Nations.But most of all, Two Rivers is proud of his nine grandchildren.Many of whom speak Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the Mohawk language, with him.Judging from pictures of his family pinned to a bulletin board, it also appears they have also inherited his athleticism.“There’s my granddaughter, she won her [Olympic] wrestling championship,” Two Rivers says of a photo of her pinning another wrestler with a headlock.To say that Two Rivers has lived a rich life is to state the obvious.“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be in this world over here, I’m trying to pass everything I know on to the next generations,” he concludes.But to assume that Two Rivers doesn’t have at least few more chapters left would likely be a mistake.And while he doesn’t mind being remembered for his wrestling, his body of work suggests he should be better known as something else: Billy Two Rivers, renaissance man.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Improve your posture with this clever deskchair accessory for 71

first_img reading • Improve your posture with this clever desk-chair accessory for $71 • $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Computer Accessories Mobile Accessories Digital Media $999 Boost Mobile It may look like a backpack, but the Posture Keeper is a clever new way to keep you sitting upright at your desk. Posture Keeper Yesterday I shared a deal on a desk and a desk chair. Today, let’s talk about how to improve your posture while you’re sitting there.I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a pretty typical desk-bound worker (because writer, duh). And I’ve definitely experienced my share of neck and shoulder pain — some of it severe. I know my chair posture is terrible, alternating between slumping, leaning and rigid uprightness when I catch myself doing the other two.This is pretty common. Lots of people suffer from neck, back and shoulder issues resulting from poor posture. And so Posture Keeper was born. It works with most desk chairs to help you correct your posture — and, hopefully, reduce pain.The PK just transitioned from successfully funded Kickstarter project to commercially available product, and I’ve got an exclusive deal for you. For a limited time, and while a fairly limited first batch lasts, Lifecycle Gifts (via Amazon) has the Posture Keeper for $71.10 with promo code cheapskate10. It’s normally $79.See it at AmazonI realize that’s not much of a discount, but I also think that for anyone who suffers from the kind of desk-related pain I described, even full price is a bargain — assuming the PK actually works.Does it? I’ve been test-driving an early production sample for the past couple months. And I like it — a lot — but with a couple caveats.Imagine putting a backpack over your chair and then putting the straps over your shoulders. Presto: Now you’re effectively strapped to the chair and forced to sit upright — with lumbar support to round out the equation.For me this prevents my two biggest issues: slumping and craning my neck forward. Consequently, I’ve seen a noticeable reduction in neck and shoulder pain. Your mileage may vary, of course, and I can’t comment on how this might affect back issues, because luckily I haven’t had them.Although it’s quite easy to get in and out of the straps, I do find it a hassle sometimes when I need to reach for something across my desk. I’m literally trapped, so I have to unstrap myself, grab what I need, then strap in again. That can be annoying, no question.It also takes a bit of doing to get the Posture Keeper positioned just right. The included instructions are helpful, but plan on some trial and error — possibly over the course of a few days. Once I got it placed to my liking, however, I never had to move it again.I have no idea how this compares with less expensive posture-correcting braces, because I’ve never tried one. I’ll just say that I like the Posture Keeper much more than I thought I would, and it seems to be helping me exactly the way it’s supposed to.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: As you may know, I’m something of a Battlestar Galactica fan. (Just wrapped up a podcast covering the entire series, in fact.) You can currently stream the show on Amazon Prime and Hulu, but if you’d rather own it outright, here’s the best deal I’ve seen to date.For a limited time, Vudu is offering Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series: Volume 1 (HD) for $14.99. That bundle includes the mini-series, season 1 and season 2. It normally sells for $112 (!).See it at VuduWhile you’re at it (as if you could stop with S2), grab Volume 2 for $14.99 — it completes the series with S3 and S4.If you prefer to stick with Apple’s ecosystem, good news: iTunes also has Volume 1 and Volume 2 for $14.99 each. Wherever and however you watch it, I can’t recommend this show highly enough. It’s in my top five of all time.Bonus deal No. 2: I love mobile chargers that have built-in cables. One less thing to deal with, you know? If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, here’s one you might like.olala-s102-iThe Olala S102-i comes with an internal Lightning cable and can charge two devices at once. Olala For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Olala S102-i 10,000-mAh power bank with Lightning cable is just $15.05 with promo code OLALA57OFF. It normally sells for $32-$35.See it at AmazonThe MFi-certified cable that accompanies this is fully removable, meaning you can also use it to sync your device if need be. And there’s a secondary USB port for charging additional devices.A few reviewers cited issues with the reliability of that cable, hence the 3.9-star average. However, the S102-i is backed with a one-year warranty, should you encounter a similar problem. For $15 out the door, I’m liking this deal.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Health and Wellness Apple iPhone XS See It See it Best Buy $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 8 Comments Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice See All Apple See It See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Applelast_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgTraders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares edged higher on Friday after comments from a Federal Reserve official ebbed concerns that the central bank might raise rates faster-than-expected this year.St Louis Fed President James Bullard tried to tamp down of expectations of four rate hikes in 2018, instead of the widely anticipated three increases, Reuters reported.His comments come after Fed officials on Thursday agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent, but was still on track to end the week barely changed.Overnight, the Dow added 0.7 percent while the S&P 500 ended a tad firmer.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 25 points or 0.07 percent to close at 33,819 on Thursday.The partially convertible rupee ended down 0.42 percent at 65.05 per dollar on Thursday from its previous close of 64.77 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.9 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.1 billion in local equity and $1.8 billion in debt markets.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.20 percent at $66.26 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.16 percent to $62.67 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.last_img read more

HISD Planning More Than 200 Million In Budget Cuts To Address Deficit

first_imgTravis BubenikKashmere High School, one of the Houston schools that has faced the threat of a state takeover amid the district’s budget problems. On Tuesday, district officials praised the school’s recent turnaround and growing enrollment.Houston’s school district is working on a plan to overcome a more than $200 million budget deficit. On Tuesday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza said despite some rumors circulating in the community, charter schools are not part of the plan.HISD currently owes the state more than $200 million – and possibly as much as $269 million – in “recapture” payments, money that districts deemed “property wealthy” have to share with other districts.Hurricane Harvey made the problem worse, causing students and their families to leave town.“We’re anticipating not only a drop in property taxes, in the valuations, but also a loss of student enrollment,” Carranza explained at a ceremony marking renovations at Kashmere High School. Carranza said officials are gearing up for what he called “extensive and drastic” budget cuts. He said the plan will not include turning public schools into charters, but it will have a big impact. He noted that 80% of the district’s budget is for employees.“Cuts are cuts,” he said. “Our goal is to keep that as far away from the classroom and teachers and teaching positions and the instruction that happens in schools as possible, but next year will look significantly different than it looks this year, because when you cut $200 million plus, it’s going to effect everything you do,” he said.In a statement, the district said Carranza is recommending a “shift to a more centralized budgeting process” for schools in the 2018-2019 school year. Under this process, the district said, principals will retain authority over hiring decisions, but the district will make sure schools have “essential positions” such as nurses, counselors and librarians.“This change is an effort to maximize the district’s limited funding while continuing to drive its initiatives,” the district’s statement read.Meanwhile, the district has what Carranza called “preliminary plans” to improve 15 under-achieving schools that are facing the threat of a state takeover. (Kashmere High School is among the schools facing that threat, though in December, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved a “turnaround plan” for the school that, if successful, could stem off state intervention.) Carranza said while nothing is finalized, the plans for improving schools could include campuses partnering with colleges, non-profits or community organizations. Sharelast_img read more

Kashmiri youths swindled on pretext of jobs at IndiGo Airlines miscreants held

first_imgWith the arrest of two persons, who set up a website and duped several Kashmiri youths on the pretext of jobs as crew members and ground staff in Indigo Airlines, the Delhi Police has stumbled upon an inter-state fake job module operating from Central Delhi, the police said on Thursday.The matter came into light when a 22-year-old man, along with 15 other youths, from the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir approached the Jama Masjid police station on March 16. While, two of the identified accused – Irfan and Mohammed Shahid, have been arrested, two others – Amir Shora and Yawar Naik, still remain at large. “We suspect that the module had been working from a long time and have duped hundreds of youths. There could be more members in this module and investigations are underway,” said Paramaditya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central). Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAccording to the police, the accused set up a website named Peace Career Consultancy and Job Assistance and advertised themselves through OLX.com. On March 8, the 22-year-old complainant came across the advertisement and applied for the job, for which he first had to meet Yawar and deposit a registration fee of Rs 1,000 at the consultancy office in Anantnag. The next day, the complainant, along with around 50 others were interviewed by Amir Shora, who claimed to be a representative of Indigo Airlines. Soon, the complainant was informed that he has been selected as a ground staff, with a start-up salary of Rs 17,000. But he was also asked to leave for Delhi immediately for the final round of interaction and for collecting the appointment letter. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedOn March 10, on his way to Delhi in a bus, the complainant met 15 others who were selected as ground staff in Indigo Airlines through the same consultant. They lodged themselves in the same hotel in old Delhi’s Jama Masjid area. Meanwhile, the interaction scheduled on March 12 went on getting postponed and on March 15, the applicants were asked to report at the Indigo Airlines headquarters in Gurgaon. When they went there, they were told that there was no interview. That is when they started suspecting the consultant. On March 16, the consultant sent two persons – claiming to be Head Representatives – to the old Delhi Hotel for the final interaction. The job-seekers then immediately asked them to show their identity cards. When they refused, they were asked several questions – like the address of their head office and so – which they apparently had no clues about. The duo then tried to run away when the youths got hold of them and handed them over to the police. They were identified as Irfan and Mohammed Shahid.They have been booked under charges of cheating and other relevant sections of IPC. A team shall soon be sent to Anantnag to nab the other accused, said a police official.last_img read more

Education among main thrust areas of Bengal Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on National Education Day that education is one of the thrust areas of the state government.In a tweet on Sunday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #NationalEducationDay. Education is one of the thrust areas of our govt in #Bangla.” She further stated in this connection: “In the last seven years, we have set up 23 new universities, 65 new colleges and many more are in the pipeline. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee also tweeted remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. She stated in the tweet: “Remembering freedom fighter and well-known educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. We have named the West Bengal University of Technology after him.” In the past seven years, the state government has taken a series of steps to improve the standard of education in the state. Starting from creating proper infrastructure across the state to bringing necessary changes in curriculum, several improvements have taken place in the past seven years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that 22 universities, including 10 private and 12 state-run, had come up in the state in the first six years of the Mamata Banerjee government and later, one more has come up taking the total number to 23. The Green University in Hooghly and the Biswa Bangla University in Bolpur are the two major projects taken up by the state government. Setting up of Sister Nivedita University at New Town and that too in the year when her 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated, is another major move of the Mamata Banerjee government. Setting up of the 23 universities is creating opportunities for more students to go for higher studies and it is of great help for the youths as they do not need to travel long distances to carry on with higher studies. Besides higher studies, steps were taken to create better infrastructure for school level education as well. Stress was given so that children do not need to go too far for school. Under the project Sabuj Sathi, the Mamata Banerjee government has also distributed bicycles among students of classes IX, X, XI and XII. Most importantly, introduction of the Kanyashree Prakalpa has helped in bringing down the dropout rate in schools. The state government has also bagged the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017 for the project, thanks to which more than 50 lakh girls were benefitted.last_img read more

French broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast techno

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast technology specialist Ionoco to provide Twitter integration for the NRJ Music Awards in France, generating 1.8 million Tweets around the show, which took place on Saturday evening.The Cannes event was by a giant screen that featured ive infographics on the digital activity created around the event such as trending hashtags, number of tweets and related images.Throughout the awards ceremony, presenter Nikos Aliagas read out a selection of the best tweets of the night. The most popular stars and performances in terms of number and quality of tweets also appeared on a giant leader board screen on stage.Ionoco’s system provides a web-based aggregation and moderation function that enables it to pull down Tweets related either to the awards show or the featured bands. These are then made available to be used in a range of feeds, which are pushed through to producer consoles for publishing to air.The Tweets are used live on set throughout the performances, fed through to LED screens featuring Tweet walls, live Tweets and leader boards. The latter automatically calculates the total number of Tweets posted for each band, along with the rate at which they are generated during the performances.“Our social-media tool has been used with great success on a number of primetime shows in the US, the Middle East and, now, Europe. It’s a massive honour to be asked to work with TF1 on a show as popular and prestigious as the NRJ Music Awards,” said Simon Ingram, CEO of Ionoco.“We believe this will be the first of many great television projects with Twitter at their heart.”last_img read more