Kikkoman develops soy milk yogurt after Nizo partnership

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first_img© NizoKikkoman develops soy milk yogurt after Nizo partnershipPosted By: News Deskon: July 17, 2017In: Beverage, Dairy, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailJapanese food company Kikkoman will launch a new soy milk yogurt drink in Japan – the result of a partnership with Dutch-based food innovators Nizo.The partnership brought together Kikkoman’s expertise with soy ingredients and soy fermentation, and Nizo’s knowledge of lactic acid bacteria technologies. In particular, Kikkoman needed a lactic acid strain capable of fermenting soybean and providing great taste, and identified Nizo as a partner that could provide dairy-derived strains and support it with knowhow about natural selection techniques used to select strains of lactic acid that grow well on soybean and produce great flavour.The Nizo strain collection contains strains isolated from a variety of food sources, and is particularly rich in strains that are suitable for dairy and other food fermentation.As a result of the partnership, the two companies said, Kikkoman developed ‘a great tasting soy milk yogurt drink’ that will be ready to launch in the Japanese market next month.Kikkoman applied for an international patent for the lactic acid strain, and the companies have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the Nizo-derived strains used in the fermentation.They said they were ‘excited’ about the prospect of bringing the product to market.Share with your network: Tags: alternative milksJapanKikkomanmilkNetherlandsNizolast_img read more


South Mill Mushrooms merges with Champs Mushrooms

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first_imgSouth Mill Mushrooms merges with Champ’s MushroomsPosted By: News Deskon: January 10, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFresh mushroom producers South Mill Mushrooms and Champ’s Mushrooms have announced that the two companies will combine their operations.Both companies will continue to operate independently in spite of the merger, and will retain their respective management teams.According to the companies, the agreement will create “one of the largest mushroom producers and suppliers in North America”, supplying customers in both the US and Canada.Michael Pia, co-CEO of South Mill said: “We are very excited to be partnering with the Quach Family and the entire Champ’s team.“Champ’s and South Mill share similar values, with a demonstrated commitment to and care for their customers and employees.“Together we will have production facilities on both North American coasts and a distribution platform to supply retail and food service channels nationwide.”Share with your network: Tags: CanadaChamp’s MushroomsMushroomsSouth Mill MushroomsUSlast_img read more


Bulletproof secures 40m in funding led by Cavu Ventures

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first_imgBulletproof secures $40m in funding led by Cavu VenturesPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 01, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nutrition, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailBulletproof 360, the US brand behind Bulletproof cold brew coffee, has completed a Series C funding round, raising more than $40 million in equity, led by Cavu Venture Partners.Other participants in the round included Trinity Ventures, an early Starbucks and Jamba Juice investor, and Silicon Valley Bank.Anna Collins, Bulletproof COO, has been promoted to president, leading growth strategy, operations and multi-channel expansion of the brand. Meanwhile, Jeff Hull, a senior leader from Amazon Prime, has joined Bulletproof as vice president of strategy and analytics.The Series C funding follows a $19 million Series B round announced in May 2017, also led by Cavu, and a $9 million Series A, led by Trinity, bringing the total investment to $68 million. Bulletproof said the new capital will fuel its growth plans.Last year, Bulletproof introduced its cold brew range, which it said represented its largest ever product launch.Bulletproof founder and CEO Dave Asprey said: “This round of funding is to expand Bulletproof’s better-for-you products to help people gain long-lasting energy, eliminate cravings and boost cognitive performance. I am grateful to deepen Bulletproof’s partnership with the pioneering investors at Cavu, Trinity Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.“As the Bulletproof mission advances, I’m delighted to welcome Jeff, an innovative leader who learned how to delight customers and scale businesses exponentially through his years at Amazon.”Rohan Oza, founding partner of Cavu Ventures, said: “We’re always looking for disruptive products that fundamentally change the way people eat, drink and feel.“Bulletproof is a master brand pioneering science-based food and beverages that taste great and are the ultimate power fuel for the mind and body. Led by the success of their ready-to-drink coffees, collagen protein bars and Bulletproof Cafes, we believe they’re poised to be the millennial Starbucks.”Trinity Ventures general partner Dan Scholnick added: “Bulletproof is delivering on its mission to create products and share information that radically improves lives. That’s not just my opinion as an investor; it’s also my opinion as a human being who has personally experienced the energy and health benefits of the Bulletproof lifestyle.“The all-star team leading the company is absolutely crushing it across their market segments. We’ve supported them from the very beginning and to fuel this next chapter of their growth through one of the largest investments in Trinity Ventures’ 30-year history thrills us.”Cavu Ventures has backed food and beverage brands such as Bai, Health-Ade and One Bar. Earlier this year it led a funding round in US creator of coconut milk-based herb drinks Rebbl.Share with your network: Tags: BulletproofCavu Venture PartnersCold brew coffeeUSlast_img read more


Premier Foods calls off Ambrosia sale blaming business climate

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first_imgPremier Foods calls off Ambrosia sale, blaming business climatePosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 18, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailPremier Foods has abandoned plans to sell its Ambrosia brand of custard and rice pudding, blaming the current business climate.The British food manufacturer announced its decision to offload the unit last November, in a move to focus on brands such as Batchelors.Since the start of2019, Premier said it has been “engaged in detailed discussions with a small group of potential buyers”.However, the firm’s board believes the current business climate will “not result in a satisfactory financial outcome” if the brand is sold.The decision has been welcomed by trade union Unite, which represents 300 workers at Ambrosia’s factory in Lifton, Devon,Unite regional officer Mark Richards said: “Premier Foods’ announcement is good news for the workforce, who have experienced three months of uncertainty about their future.“Unite will now be seeking urgent meetings with Premier Foods to seek strict assurances that the company is now fully committed to the long-term future of the factory and its workforce.“The Ambrosia factory is a major employer in this part of Devon and its long-term future is vital to the existing workforce and the local community.”In its most recent quarterly results published last month, Premier recorded a 2.2% drop in sales. As announced in November, CEO Gavin Darby left his position at the end of January.Speaking about the results last month, Darby said: “We faced into two sets of challenges in the quarter – lower international sales and our logistics programme, which as expected, affected cake sales volumes early in the quarter.”Share with your network: Tags: Premier FoodsUKlast_img read more


Declaration of war liberals divided as California mulls housing push

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first_imgHousing Wed 14 Feb 2018 08.00 EST Share via Email ‘Declaration of war’: liberals divided as California mulls housing push About this content This article is more than 1 year old Last modified on Mon 17 Sep 2018 08.02 EDT California Share on Twitter Outside in America Share on Facebook Erin McCormick in San Francisco California Share on Pinterest To keep up with population growth, California needs to build 180,000 new homes each year. But for the last 10 years, it has constructed less than half that figure.This scarcity has driven up rents and the prices of homes to the point where half of the state’s current residents can no longer afford them and homelessness has surged. In San Francisco, the state’s most expensive housing market, the median sales price of homes was $1.25m in 2016 and the median rent was $4,500.Liberals have found themselves pitted against liberals, with urban environmentalists who want to build “smart cities” with dense housing around transit lines facing off against minority groups fighting to protect inner-city neighborhoods and suburbanites wanting to slow growth. It has divided renting millennials from their homeowning parents and created a passionate breed of housing activists calling themselves Yimbys.Inspiration for Wiener’s new bill stemmed in part from an unexpected corner: a squat building that once housed a Kentucky Fried Chicken in San Francisco’s desirable Mission district. Over a decade ago, developers wanted to build 16 rental units there. But faced with neighborhood concerns ranging from the building’s lack of parking spaces to the effects of construction noise on a next door theater, the project was subjected to some 20 hearings and review meetings as the approval process dragged out over a 10-year period, according to the landowner, Mark Rutherford. After getting through eight different board votes to win city approval, it was challenged again by a neighborhood lawsuit.“It demonstrated an aversion to new housing, coupled with an expensive planning process, topped off with arbitrary decisions,” Wiener wrote in a 2014 op-ed.Last year, Wiener successfully pushed a bill that would override local objections in districts that don’t produce their share of housing. It was among many other bids to help ameliorate the affordability crisis.His new bill would wipe out height and density limits around all transit stations and major bus routes in the state to allow construction of buildings five to eight stories high. It has won support from a group of 100 Silicon Valley tech industry leaders, who signed a letter saying workers desperately need the housing. It also has financial backing from developers.“Things are not going to get better by sticking to the status quo,” said Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. He said the state needed both affordable and market-rate housing near transit to reverse California’s tendency toward suburban sprawl. “We have to go full bore by building as much transit-oriented housing as possible.” Outside in America news California state legislators are considering an overhaul of the city planning rulebook.Photograph: Alamy The mayor of Berkeley, California, has called it “a declaration of war”. A neighborhood group in Los Angeles said it would be akin to forcing Native Americans from their land. Amid a desperate housing crisis, legislators in the Golden State have prompted an outcry with new proposals that threaten to take the rulebook that governs American city planning and throw it out the window. Their proposition: reducing cities’ power to decide what gets built and putting more control into state hands.“We have a housing deficit in the millions and it grows every year,” said the state senator Scott Wiener, author of a bill at the center of the fight. Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares262262 This article is more than 1 year old Supported by Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share via Email Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Opponents have declared the move “a war on local planning” that would unleash a huge wave of uncontrolled, private development and have unintended consequences, including gentrification and displacement of inner city minority populations. A Los Angeles city councilman said it could make beach neighborhoods look like “Dubai 10 years later” and Dick Platkin, a former Los Angeles city planner, said allowing eight-story towers around all transit stations would enforce a “one-size-fits-all” solution. In an interview, meanwhile, Mayor Jesse Arreguin of Berkeley called the proposed rule change “extreme”.“This will change the character of neighborhoods in the Bay Area and throughout the state.”Others see Wiener’s plan in even starker terms, underlining the challenge that he and Yimby groups face.A stakeholders’ coalition in the Crenshaw district, a Los Angeles neighborhood that has historically had a large African American community, charged that the bill would drive up prices. The result, they said, would be the displacement of low-income residents on the scale of the Trail of Tears that followed President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 Indian Removal Act.“This will be the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Damien Goodmon, director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition.Do you have an experience of homelessness to share with the Guardian? Get in touchThis article was updated on 14 February 2018 to clarify the appearance of the building on San Francisco’s Valencia Street. 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Trump postpones meeting with Rod Rosenstein

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first_imgThis article is more than 9 months old Share on Twitter The president had been due to meet Rosenstein at the White House on Thursday, following reports that the DoJ’s second-highest official had offered to resign last week – and had faced being fired – after an account emerged of him reportedly discussing whether Trump should be removed from office.Trump pointed out on Wednesday that Rosenstein had denied making such remarks, first attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that he had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the constitution’s 25th amendment to remove Trump from office in 2017, early in the administration.“I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein,” Trump said at a news conference in New York. “He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we’ll see.”Trump added: “My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up.”Rosenstein is overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of improper connections between the Trump election campaign and Moscow, and his dismissal would put that investigation in jeopardy and create a political storm.On Thursday morning, as most of Washington – and the country – was glued to the dramatic hearing of the Senate judiciary committee on Kavanaugh, the Rosenstein meeting, which Trump had said earlier in the week would take place on the same day, was in the balance.Then, just as the hearing was about to break for lunch, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, issued a statement saying that Trump “spoke with Rod Rosenstein a few minutes ago and the plan to meet next week. They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing.” White House said it did not want the meeting to ‘interfere’ with the Kavanaugh hearing Share on Messenger Rod Rosenstein leaves his home in Bethesda, Maryland, on 27 September.Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AP Share on Facebook Trump administration Share on Twitter Share via Email Share via Email Read more Share on LinkedIn Thu 27 Sep 2018 13.30 EDT Rod Rosenstein disputes report he discussed removing Trump under 25th amendment Shares2525 Trump postpones meeting with Rod Rosenstein Since you’re here… Donald Trump Topics Support The Guardian Reuse this content Guardian staff and agencies US politics news Last modified on Thu 27 Sep 2018 13.54 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest This article is more than 9 months old Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon postponed a planned meeting with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, amid uncertainty over his future at the Department of Justice. The meeting now looks likely to take place next week.The White House issued a statement saying the administration did not want to “interfere” with the public hearing on Capitol Hill taking place on Thursday, involving the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault as a teen, Dr Christine Blasey Ford. Share on WhatsApp Donald Trump … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more


Lightweight robotic glove provides grasp to those with limited hand mobility

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first_imgEngineers at Harvard University have developed a soft robotic glove that grants individuals with limited hand mobility the ability to grip and pick up objects.  This glove could help an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States with hand mobility issues, such as those with a progressive disability, stroke, or old age.There are so many tasks often taken for granted by individuals without disabilities (e.g. buttoning a shirt, using eating utensils, picking up a telephone etc.).  Meanwhile, for most persons with muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other conditions, these “simple” activities are anything but simple.  The engineers hope to someday help affected individuals regain independence with this new robotic glove, and ultimately improve their quality of life.The glove has been engineered by Conor Walsh and his team of engineers.  Walsh is an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab at SEAS, and is a core staff member at the Wyss Institute.“From the start of this project, we’ve focused on understanding the real-world challenges facing these patients by visiting them in their homes to perform research,” said Walsh.  The holistic approach Walsh and his team are taking ensures that “technology development goes beyond simple functionality to incorporate social and psychological elements of design that promote seamless adoption by its end users.”To maximize the glove’s potential for all users, the team has incorporated patient feedback at every stage of development.  So far, nine individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS, incomplete spinal cord injuries, or complications from a stroke have tested the glove so far.This robotic glove is mechanically programmed to execute a single task, performed with a bending motion of the fingers and a bending and twisting movement of the thumb.  This MIT review continues explaining:The fingers are essentially silicone balloons–pink, rubbery things–with yellow fibers crisscrossed inside.  When pressurized water is pumped into the glove from an attached waist pack, the fibers keep the balloon from expanding, so their arrangement programs the finger to bend in a particular way.  For example, there are fewer fibers at the knuckles, which induces the finger to bend there.There are already existing robots with hard exoskeletons which serve as assistive devices guiding patients through rehab exercises.  However, the soft glove “aligns more flexibly with a patient’s joints, plays nice with soft tissue like human skin, and, since it is much lighter, could eventually be taken home instead of being limited to use in a clinic.”To learn more about this project, be sure to check out the full article on the Harvard Gazette.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM221 – Kinova Assistive RoboticsFebruary 3, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”AM286 – Bestic for Mealtime independenceMay 18, 2018In “Accessibility Minute”Robots Designed to Assist People with DisabilitiesAugust 27, 2010In “Products and Devices”last_img read more


Monday Tech Tip DanKamColorblind Fix app

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first_imgClick here for more information about DanKam app.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Fooducate AppMay 25, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Key Ring appJune 6, 2016In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech tip: Petralex-Hear it Clear! AppNovember 7, 2016In “Tech Tips” David Frye, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easter Seals Crossroads shows us the DanKam app for people who are colorblind.Check it out here:last_img


Mono Solutions Joins Bauer Media Group to Strengthen SME Marketing Services Across

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first_imgMono Solutions Joins Bauer Media Group to Strengthen SME Marketing Services Across the Globe PRNewswire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 Leading white label small business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform provider Mono Solutions joins Bauer Media Group. Bauer Media Group is a leading multi-business portfolio company with a strong focus on media and online services. The deal closed on Thursday, 18 July 2019.Together, Mono and Bauer will put more muscle and acceleration behind a shared product vision of data-driven and intelligent marketing solutions to drive SME success. Mono has been looking for a way to accelerate product delivery and overall growth based on a strong conviction of the potential of the Mono platform to significantly help SMEs succeed online. SME marketing and sales services are an essential part of Bauer Media Group’s new business growth strategy. Bauer’s specific interest and belief in Mono’s current channel partner strategy is seen as an ideal head start.Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleBauer Media’s COO Veit Dengler comments, “Mono’s strength in the market is driven by the perfect combination of leading technology with excellent service expertise to deliver best-in-class marketing solutions for SMEs at scale. Our newly established business area in SME marketing and sales services will strongly benefit from Mono’s expertise and position in the market. We are looking forward to working together and learning from each other.”Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development PlatformsBoth companies are clearly aligned on the vision, allowing Mono to continue to innovate together with Bauer’s ability to enable growth and provide a strong network. Louise Lachmann, co-founder and CEO of Mono Solutions, underlines, “We found the perfect match with Bauer. Our visions are completely aligned and this transaction will significantly benefit our partners and the SMEs they serve by driving innovation to the market faster than ever before.”Mono’s company name, branding, management and entire team structure remain as they were pre-acquisition, keeping the momentum and agility to support Mono’s and Bauer’s shared dedication to product innovation.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers Mono Solutions Bauer Media GroupLouise LachmannMono SolutionsNewsSaasSME MarketingVeit Dengler Previous ArticlePaysafe Announces YouTube PartnershipNext ArticleWhy Quizzes Reign Supreme in E-Commerce’s Battle for Eyeballslast_img read more


ET Deals Apple MacBook Air 13Inch 1199 Lenovo Intel Core i3 156Inch

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first_img Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Why These Overhyped Follow-Up Films Were Never Released 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Little Jenny From ‘Forrest Gump’ Is 34 Now and Gorgeous We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Christina Ricci Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Michael Sexton on July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm 0 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Popular Memes That Completely Destroyed Innocent Lives ET Deals: Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch $1,199, Lenovo Intel Core i3 15.6-Inch Notebook $289, Dell Vostro Intel Core i3 14-Inch Laptop $299 With July half over and school starting back next month, lots of online retailers are running sales on notebooks that would be perfect for getting you or your kids through their next year of school.Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 13-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD ($1,199.00)Apple’s MacBook Air was designed to be exceptionally lightweight at 2.75lbs. It also has a high-quality 2560×1600 display, and Apple built the system out of durable 6000 series aluminum. If you would like to buy one of these systems with the larger 256GB SSD, you can get it marked down from $1,399.00 to $1,199.00 at Amazon.Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U 15.6-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD ($289.00)This inexpensive laptop with its dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM offers solid performance for everyday home tasks like web browsing and school work. Lenovo claimed this system should also be able to last up to 8.5 hours on single charge. Right now it’s marked down from $329.00 to $289.00 at Walmart.Dell Vostro 14 3000 Intel Core i3-7020U 14-Inch Notebook w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($299.00)Dell’s Vostro 14 3000 is a solid well-made notebook computer that’s currently selling at a dirt cheap price. The dual-core Intel Core i3-7020U processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks like web browsing.  As configured this system originally cost $740.42, but its price has been slashed well below the 50% off mark, down to just $299.00 with promo code SMLBIZ299.Tenda MW6 Nova Wave 2 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System 3-Pack ($109.99)A mesh Wi-Fi network offers excellent network coverage over a large area by using multiple devices to rebroadcast the Wi-Fi signal. Tenda’s MW6 Nova Wave 2 comes with three networking devices, each of which can transmit data over a 2,000 sq. ft area, and they can cover up to 6,000 sq. ft when working together. Right now you can get this set from Amazon marked down from $199.99 to $109.99 with a $10 clickable coupon and promo code 30MESHWIFI.Ring Video Doorbell Pro + Echo Dot ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. As a special deal for Prime members, Amazon is currently offering the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a 3rd gen Echo Dot marked down from $298.99 to $169.00.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $0.99 Echo Dot ($119.99)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service that was created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning. Right now, you can try out the service for $119.99 for the first year and get an Echo Dot for just $0.99 as part of the offer, but you need to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. last_img read more


How to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nano

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first_imgHow to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nano You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 14 Comments ‘Abominable’ Is Going To Be A Beautiful Tear-Jerker In the middle of working on an update to our articles on home video surveillance systems, I bought one of Nvidia’s new Jetson Nanos. While playing with the $99 board and using it to do object recognition using a variety of cameras, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be a pretty interesting starting point for a slick little Network Video Recorder (NVR) NAS device. It consumes very little power and is portable. Plus, the integrated GPU has more AI capacity than most larger NAS units, and the Nano comes with tons of AI tools pre-installed. So for those wanting to play with their own motion or person or package or pet recognition, it’d be ideal.First Step: Setting Up Your NanoNvidia makes it really easy to set up the Nano. All you need is a microSD card and a computer to flash the L4T (Linux For Tegra) image. Technically, all you need is 16GB, but the system takes most of that, so I used a high-speed 64GB card. Once you’ve attached a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, all you need to do is plug in a micro USB power supply and you’ll be running Ubuntu 18.04. A wide variety of AI tools and demo applications are pre-installed for you.You can definitely work directly on the Nano, as it has decent interactive performance, but I found it more convenient to use a Linux VM on my main Windows machine to connect with it. Thanks to X Windows, and web-server-based apps, I could do almost everything from my machine and not need to move over to the Nano. At first, I tried to get by with Hyper-V, but it really isn’t ideal for this usage, as I wanted to do some remote development where I could test peripherals on a host Linux system and then deploy to the Nano, so I switched to Oracle’s Virtualbox. I think VMWare would be even better as it reportedly has even better USB device support, but Virtualbox is free and has worked well. Of course, a native Linux host would be ideal, but I was able to do what I needed without firing up a dedicated Linux desktop.Second Step: Beefing Up Your NanoOut of the box, the Nano has a CPU, GPU, RAM, and comes on a carrier board that has lots of I/O options. The Nano has an Ethernet port, but if you want to use it with Wi-Fi you need to add that yourself. It’s pretty easy to add a Wi-Fi+Bluetooth card via the M.2 slot, but you could also use one of the four USB ports. For heavy duty computing, you’ll also want to get a 4-amp, 5-volt power supply with the appropriate barrel connector. And a fan. All of that is pretty easy, and Nvidia has helpfully provided some links to compatible parts on its Jetson Nano Developer site.There are now even some 3D-printable enclosures you can make yourself or have a service bureau print for you. Several are linked in the Enclosure section of the excellent eLinux Nano site. Commercial efforts to create NVRs based on the Nano have added multiple Ethernet ports via M.2 adapters, but for a home-brew solution, as long as you have a way to get your cameras on the network (or can live with just a couple USB-connected models), there isn’t any need for that. One additional peripheral you will need is a storage drive for recorded videos. Almost any SATA drive is usable, but for performance and portability, an SSD would be best.Fortunately, I happened to have the ideal SSD at hand. Seagate has introduced a NAS-optimized Ironwolf 110 SSD and I had a review unit to use. Used with an enclosure that had its own power supply it worked perfectly, with the only drawback being that it wouldn’t power up correctly when connected only to a USB port. As an alternative, I connected an M.2 SSD that also worked, but of course, wasn’t optimized for a NAS workload.How much storage you need depends on your cameras, their resolution, and how long you want to keep recordings. I’ve been testing a home NVR on a Synology DS-1019+ 5-bay NAS with a 2-drive 2TB RAID 1 array successfully, so I used a 2TB Ironwolf 110 SSD. The small size of the SSD means that you have the basis for an ultra-portable video surveillance system. Seagate’s new Ironwolf 110 SSDs are also optimized to live with the heavy workloads typical of a network server, but you can certainly use something less expensive — the M.2 drive I used was the one I took out of my Dell laptop when I put a larger one in — if you’re trying to keep costs down.Configuration Tips: First, once you get it set up, you don’t need to connect a keyboard, mouse, or display to the Nano for most things. You can run it remotely over an ssh or other terminal session, and use either web interfaces for managing the NVR or a remote GUI like X Windows. Second, I recommend making a backup of your system once it is the way you want it. One easy way to do that if you have Windows is using the free Win32 Disk Imager to make an image of your microSD card.Third Step: Picking Your NVR SoftwareThere are a lot of good NVR software solutions. The tricky thing about using the Nano is that it requires software that not only runs on Linux, but that runs on an ARM processor. In my case, I didn’t want to spend the time to build a solution from source, so I looked for one that was free and would run out of the box. That led me to ZoneMinder. ZoneMinder is easy to install and has a native web UI, so it is easy to manage from anywhere in your network. It is flexible and powerful, but on the downside, I don’t find the user interface intuitive.There was also a glitch in the version I used with the Nano (running 18.04 Ubuntu L4T) when trying to use the Probe functionality, so I needed to enter camera details manually. It seems like some sort of odd library version problem that will hopefully get fixed as the Nano gets more popular.Zoneminder running on a $99 Jetson Nano showing a 4K image from an $80 Honic camera.Fourth Step: Picking Your CamerasMost of the big-money investment in home security cameras is going into walled-garden, cloud-subscription-based, NVR-unfriendly cameras like the Ring (Amazon) and Nest (Google). Personally, I think that’s a terrible trend, as all those cameras could easily support RTSP & ONVIF, but the companies behind them have chosen instead to bet that they can make you pay to look at your own video. That said, there is, fortunately, a flourishing market in IP cameras you can use however you want.The first camera I used with ZoneMinder on the Nano was the inexpensive, but powerful, Honic 4K. I’ll write more about it in our update to our security camera roundup, but in short it is a 4K outdoor PoE IP camera for a mere $80 (Note: I bought one for $80 when I started work on the articles two weeks ago, but it is now $104 on Amazon, so YMMV). It wasn’t obvious how to connect the camera to ZoneMinder without having access to the automated Probe functionality, but the Honic Support folks got back to me quickly with detailed instructions.Everything you need to build a portable video surveillance system. A Nano with fan and antennas, a case, a camera, and an SSDFinally: Configuring Your NVRAssuming you’re using ZoneMinder, you add cameras as Monitors. To test them out, you can simply configure them with the “Monitor” action. But to start recording video, you’ll want to change them to either “Mocord” or “Modect.” Modect gives you the ability to detect motion in specified zones. At this point, as someone who has run a home video surveillance system for several years, I strongly recommend to record continuously if you can.For me, the best strategy if you have a system capable of continuous recording is to have it record everything and then highlight motion events. There are several good reasons for recording everything, but the single most important is that you can be sure of things that didn’t happen. In our case, the most common use of our video footage has been proving that a delivery was never made. A corollary is that you can be sure that if something did happen, you’ll have a record. If you’re only recording detected motion events, you can never be sure whether you have full information.That said, it’s really helpful to be able to get alerted only when motion is detected, and to be able to fast forward through recordings to see detected motion events. If you’re willing to do some programming, the Nano is a perfect device to code up some clever AI to detect events you’re interested in and have them handled specially. The Nano is powerful enough to run both my ZoneMinder install and AI-based detection apps that I have using a Logitech USB web camera. So there is plenty of room to add whatever custom capabilities you can figure out how to code.Now Read:Hands On With Nvidia’s New Jetson NanoEverything We Know About the Raspberry Pi 4How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office — subscription free<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Tencent Champions Tech for Good in Cannes

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first_imgSY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, Tencent Partners with 25 Multinationals to Build “Global Center for Brand Innovation and Creativity” Regarded as the Oscar awards for the advertising and marketing sector, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has collaborated with “Tencent AI Simultaneous Interpreting” (TASI) this year, marking the first time the Festival provides Artificial Intelligence-powered real-time simultaneous interpretations in Chinese and English. Co-developed by Tencent’s Fanyijun (Mr. Translator) team and its WeChat Zhiling team, TASI had been applied in more than 100 international conferences such as China International Import Expo and Bo’ao Forum for Asia and its speech recognition accuracy is 97% on average. TASI has brought brand new experience of simultaneous interpretation for the world-class event through its AI technologies, such as self-developed neural network-based translation engine. Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in Cannes PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 6:35 pmJune 21, 2019 At the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Tencent‘s Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, SY Lau introduced “Tech for Good” as an integral part of Tencent’s new vision and mission, and he shared the company’s practices and experiences in this regard. As the member of the CMO Growth Council, Tencent, together with 25 international companies such as P&G, Unilever and LVMH, jointly announced the “Global Center for Brand Innovation and Creativity” to open in 2020. Cannes LionsInternational Festival of CreativityMarketing TechnologyNewsTech for GoodTencent Previous ArticleOnly 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing SalesNext ArticleInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce “Rather than the techno-optimism of the past, people are becoming increasingly cautious of technology. We should make careful choices instead of being blindly optimistic. At Tencent, our choice is ‘Tech for Good’,” said Lau. “A company should be the trustee of brand by transforming from serving business to serving humanity so as to achieve sustainable growing brand value.”This year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity received a total of 8,854 entries in the Reach Track. The PR Lions Silver Lion Award was presented to the campaign “A Team of One”, which was co-created by the creative agency, Loong, Tencent Foundation, Tencent Marketing Solution, and China Human Organ Donation Administrative Center, and aimed to encourage organ donation. The Award further honors the team’s success record. Since the launch of the campaign on Tencent’s online platform, more than 150,000 people have taken the initiative to register for organ donation, which is four times that of 2017.Marketing Technology News: Data: Consumers First Hear About New Retailers Through Friends and FamilyA series of sessions were organized for the Meet China Studio to promote its latest smart marketing system Tencent IN, and a partnership with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) with launch the 2019 Report on Digital Behaviors of Luxury Consumers in China, a big data-based report on China’s luxury market.“Tech for Good”: Individual, Community, Society and WorldIn a digital civilization, user-centric technology innovation will be the main driver for global sustainable development, Lau said. His speech outlined four levels of how Tencent ignites the goodness in individuals to build a “universally accessible” digital community that addresses the challenges to individual empowerment, community, society and our planet.From an individual perspective, Lau said, Tencent has developed innovative and easy ways to engage individuals in charitable causes, such as monthly donations, bundled charitable programs, and daily step challenges. By May this year, Tencent Foundation received donations totaling 5.2 billion RMB from 227 million users, making it the world’s largest online platform for public charitable donations.At the community and society level, Tencent believes that brands should “leave no one behind” and provide information accessibility in the community and wider society. Almost all Tencent products are accessible for the disabled, enabling more people to enjoy the convenience of new technology. Tencent’s instant messenger, QQ, launched an OCR function to convert words from an image into editable text for visually-impaired people to communicate with each other online. And in more than 360 Chinese cities, people now have access to local public services through WeChat, making “Smart City” a reality. This followed two trial programs with the Guangdong and Fujian provincial governments on WeChat, “Yue Sheng Shi” and “Min Zheng Tong“. The “China Government Service Platform”, a mini program of the General Office of the State Council, also went online earlier this month. And now, Chinese citizens can access basic public services of six ministries online, such as ID registration, queries on traffic violations and penalty payments, among others.Marketing Technology News: Kentico Reaches 15 Years of Age – with the Next Five Due to Achieve the Biggest Milestones in the Brands’ HistoryAt the global level, Tencent is addressing challenges of food, water and energy security around the world, by providing solutions based on emerging technologies such as AI. At the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference, Tencent announced the establishment of a Joint Lab for Smart Agriculture in association with the Agricultural Information Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The two partners will jointly develop smart agriculture solutions based on cutting-edge technologies like IoT, robotics and computer vision. Last December, at the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge hosted by Wageningen University, Team iGrow, which was made up of Tencent AI Lab and agricultural experts, won the second place for its design of an AI-based agricultural system. This program greatly increases crop yield and resource efficiency, offering five times more output than human agricultural experts.CMO Growth Council Launches Three Key Action Plans and Calls for “B4H”, a New Model of Brand ManagementOn June 20, representatives from 25 global companies like Tencent, P&G, Unilever, Deloitte and Samsung attended the forum held by the CMO Growth Council. As representatives of the Council’s brand innovation and creativity committee, Lau and LVMH Global Brand Officer Mathilde Delhoume spoke about brand value in the digital age.“Companies are not just guardians of the brand, but trustees and should evolve from focusing on B2B or B2C to building ‘B4H’, namely Brands for Humans,” said Lau. “They should review and redefine brand value from a long-term social development and humanity perspective and switch from serving business interests to serving humanity.”He added that companies should evolve with three strategies: to revive the strategic focus on the CMO Mission; to reinvent the foundational tenets of Marketing Craftmanship; and to bring science into the craft of brand building. Overall, these three strategies will help organizations to finally realize the value of the brand as one that “serves humanity.”Marketing Technology News: Fluent, Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Acquire AdParlorTo carry out the strategies of B4H, Lau and Mathilde shared three tangible actions. The global center for brand innovation and creativity will set up CMO Masters Series, with 1000 CMOs committing to 1 hour of mentoring at regular intervals, via 1 on 1 and live webex mentoring to reach global scale. Secondly, the center will create a Marketing Innovation and Creativity Index in partnership with The Economist and make it recognized as gold standard for business growth. The center will leverage existing resources for marketers around the world, for example, leveraging the global network of Cannes Lions, WARC, ANA and others to exchange best practice, establishing a community of professionals to continuously raise the bar of mining insights and connecting brands and humans, running 21st century brand building hackathons for data alchemists, partnering with a brand-building leader to develop a learning curriculum for CMOs.last_img read more


Alluxio Delivers First Data Orchestration Platform Powering Multicloud Analytics and AI

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first_imgNow available, open source and enterprise edition Alluxio 2.0 adds major capabilities to simplify & accelerate multi-cloud, data-intensive workload adoption and deploymentAlluxio, developer of open source data orchestration technology used by seven of the world’s top 10 Internet companies, today announced at AWS Summit New York the availability of Alluxio 2.0 with breakthrough innovations for data engineers managing and deploying analytical and AI workloads in the cloud, particularly for hybrid and multi-cloud environments.The rise of compute intensive workloads and the adoption of the cloud has driven organizations to adopt a decoupled architecture for modern workloads – one in which compute scales independently from storage. While this enables scaling elasticity, it introduces new data engineering problems – this is where an abstraction layer is needed. Just as compute and containers need Kubernetes, with data silos only increasing, data also needs orchestration – a tier, one that brings data locality, data accessibility and data elasticity to compute across data silos, zones, regions and even clouds.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“With a data orchestration platform in place, a data analyst or scientist can work under the assumption that the data will be readily accessible regardless of where the data resides or the characteristics of the storage. They can focus on building data driven analytical and AI applications to create values, without worrying about the environment and vendor lock-in,” said Haoyuan Li, Founder and CTO, Alluxio. “These new advancements to Alluxio’s data orchestration platform further cement our commitment to a cloud-native, open source approach to enabling applications to be compute, storage and cloud agnostic.”Alluxio 2.0 Community Edition and Enterprise Edition includes new capabilities across critical areas that are gaps in today’s cloud data engineering market:Breakthrough Data Orchestration Innovation for Multi-cloud: Policy-driven Data Managemento   Alluxio 2.0 includes a new capability that allows data engineers to automate data movement across storage systems based on pre-defined policies on an automated and on-going basis. This means that as data is created and hot, warm, cold data is managed, Alluxio can automate tiering of data across any number of storage systems across on-premises and across all clouds.o   Data platform teams can now reduce storage costs by automatically managing only the most important data in expensive storage systems and moving other data to cheaper storage alternatives.Improved Administration of Data Access Policieso   In addition to fine grained policies at the file level, now users can configure policies at any directory and folder level to streamline access of data as well as performance of workloads. These include defining behaviors for individual datasets on various core functions like writing data or syncing data with storage systems under Alluxio.Cross Cloud Storage Efficient Data Movement via Data Serviceo   The new data service allows for highly efficient data movement including across cloud stores like AWS S3 and Google GCS, making expensive operations on object storage seamless to the compute framework.Compute Optimized Data Access for Cloud Analytics:Compute-focused Cluster Partitioning o   Users can now partition a single Alluxio based on any dimension, so that datasets for each framework or workload isn’t contaminated by the other. Most common usage includes partitioning the cluster by framework Spark, Presto etc. In addition, this allows for reduced data transfer costs, constraining data to stay within a specific zone or region.Integration with External Data Sources Over RESTo   Users can now bring in data even from web-based data sources to aggregate in Alluxio to perform their analytics. Any web location with files can be simplify pointed to Alluxio to be pulled in as needed based on the query or model run.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer SayduckAmazon AWS Support:AWS Elastic Map Reduce (EMR) Service Integrationo   As users move to cloud services to deploy analytical and AI workloads, services like AWS EMR are increasingly used. Alluxio can now be seamlessly bootstrapped into an AWS EMR cluster making it available as a data layer within EMR for Spark, Presto and Hive frameworks. Users now have a high-performance alternative to cache data from S3 or remote data while also reducing data copies maintained in EMR.Architectural Foundations Using Open Source:Many core foundational elements have been re-architected using the best open source technologies with a vision of hyper scale.RocksDB is now used for tiering metadata of files and objects for data that Alluxio manages to enable hyperscaleGRPC – Google’s highly efficient version of RPC is now the core transport protocol used for communication within the cluster as well as between the Alluxio client and master, making communications more efficient. AIAlluxioanalyticscloudData OrchestrationHaoyuan LiNews Previous ArticleUiPath Named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Robotic Process AutomationNext ArticleThrive & Tier1Net Combine to Enhance FinTech Services “Data is only as useful as the insights derived from it and with organizations trying to analyze as much data as possible to gain a competitive edge, it’s challenging to find useful data that’s spread across globally-distributed silos. This data is being requested by various compute frameworks, as well as different types of users hoping to gain actionable insight,” said Mike Leone, Analyst, ESG. “These multiple layers of complexity are driving the need for a solution to improve on the process of making the most valuable data accessible to compute at the speed of innovation. Alluxio has identified an important missing piece that makes data  more local and easily accessible to data-powered compute frameworks regardless of where the data resides or the characteristics of the underlying storage systems and clouds.”“Whether by design or by departmental necessity, companies are facing an explosion of data that is spread across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. To maintain a competitive advantage, speed and depth of insight have become the requirement,” said Steven Mih, CEO, Alluxio.  “Data-driven analytics that were once run over many hours, now need to be done in seconds. AI/ML models need to be trained against larger-and-larger datasets. This all points to the necessity of a data tier which orchestrates the movement and policy-driven access of a companies’ data, wherever it may be stored. Alluxio abstracts the storage and enables a self-service culture within today’s data-driven company.”Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data PlatformOther Features, Include:Highly Distributed Data Services – 2.0 introduces the Alluxio DataService, a distributed clustered service, that data operations such as replication, persistence, for enabling high performance and massive scale.Adaptive Replication for Increased Data Locality – New feature to configure a range for the number of copies of data stored in Alluxio that are automatically managed.High Availability with Embedded Journal – A new fault tolerance and high availability mode for file and object metadata called the embedded journal that uses the RAFT consensus algorithm and is independent of any other external storage systems. This is particularly helpful for abstracting object storage.Alluxio POSIX API – Alluxio’s FUSE feature enables a POSIX compatible API so that frameworks like Tensorflow, Caffe and other Python-based models can directly access data from any storage system via Alluxio using traditional file system access.Marketing Technology News: Community Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality Sectorcenter_img Alluxio Delivers First Data Orchestration Platform Powering Multi-cloud Analytics and AI MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 6:40 pmJuly 10, 2019 last_img read more


Amazon Prime Day Sale Blaupunkt Launching QLED 4K TV in India at

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first_imgGerman electronics equipment maker Blaupunkt on Saturday said it would introduce its new TV line-up comprising the premium 55-inch QLED 4K smart TV during Amazon Prime Day 2019 sale. The premium QLED 4K model would be available for Rs 64,999 during the sale, the company said in a statement.”With the introduction of QLED Series, we aim at embellishing the customers’ viewing experience by transforming the living room into an entertainment hub,” it added. The QLED TV would be available for Rs 69,999 after the Prime Day sale on other channels. The TV features over a billion shades and imagery with the company’s Quantum Dot Technology and 100 per cent colour volume. The device also comes with “Smart Air Mouse Remote” — which facilitates a user-friendly and hassle-free experience, and is voice-enabled as well. Amazon Prime Day SaleAmazon Saleblaunpunkt qled tvblaupunkt First Published: July 13, 2019, 3:47 PM IST | Edited by: —last_img read more


In His Dreams Naveen Patnaik Dismisses Modis TripuraLike Prediction for Odisha Polls

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first_imgWhat do you think has been the most satisfying moment of your tenure as Chief Minister? When I became Chief Minister, we were a rice-deficit state. We had to import rice from other states. Now, we are the third-largest contributor to the public distribution system. We are totally self-sufficient in rice. Earlier, Odisha was known as a failure in disaster management. Now, we have set international standards. Even the United Nations has complimented us on that. Looking back at your life before and after joining politics, do you have any regrets? Because you led a very different kind of life before and, perhaps, are a very rare example of somebody who has changed so much after joining politics; so much that you have not left Odisha? No, I do not miss the earlier life. Life in Odisha and doing good work is more satisfying.Do you think you could have done perhaps better when it comes to unemployment and youth?Odisha has the best skill agency in India and we are doing our best as far as unemployment is concerned.But could you have done better?You can always do better, but we are trying very hard.In your election speeches, Kalia is very frequently mentioned. You have accused the BJP of stalling the implementation of Kalia. You have gone to the Election Commission complaining about it. How do you think it is going out to play on the ground and why is this such a crucial project for you?Kalia is an excellent scheme for farmers and we have implemented it. The central government has copied it. Now it’s being implemented all over the country. Here, during the election period, the BJP has tried to stop it. This is very bad as this is an important scheme- . The farmers will give them a befitting reply.You have maintained that you are equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP, especially since 2009. But your party has supported key BJP-led legislations in Parliament and walked out during a crucial trust vote. You have also been a member of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet. Is it fair to say then that the BJD is perhaps closer to the BJP than to the Congress?No, we are not close to either party. They haven’t done anything much for Odisha. We supported the legislations because they were good.You have also said in your election speeches that the BJD is going to play an important role in government formation. If the BJP-led NDA coalition falls short of majority, would you lend your support to it?We will support any side that supports the just demands of Odisha.So, you are open to supporting both BJP and Congress-led formations?As I said, if they support the legitimate demand of Odisha…How would you contrast the tenures of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose cabinet you worked in, and Narendra Modi?I think Vajpayee was among the best prime ministers India ever had. Modi still needs to be tested.How would you compare Vajpayee and Modi?As I said, Vajpayee is one of the best prime ministers we had; Modi has not been successful.Why do you say that?You can see that in the last five years, his promises on employment, irrigation, railways etc. have not been followed.Do you think Modi deserves a second term as PM?I don’t really think so, no.How would you respond to the Prime Minister’s statement that Odisha will become another Tripura?In his dreams.You are absolutely confident nothing of the sort is going to happen?Absolutely not. We will have a comfortable majority this election.You broke it off with the BJP in 2009 following the Kandhamal riots, saying it’s a communal party. But, today you are saying that you are open to lending support to the BJP at the Centre or a BJP-led formation if it serves the interests of Odisha. How do you reconcile that?Because we have a lot of important demands which we want fulfilled.One of your key refrains this election is that you will not leave Odisha and go. Many states have given prime ministers to the country; you yourself have said there will be a coalition government now. Maybe you can serve the state better by becoming prime minister?No, I don’t think so. I will continue to stay in the state to serve it.So you have no prime ministerial ambitions at all?None whatsoever.BJP chief Amit Shah has launched a very sharp attack on you and your office. He has said that the Odisha government is a ‘fused transformer’, then he said it needed the double engine – same government at the state and Centre. He has also targeted you on your inability to speak Odia…When he speaks of ‘fused transformers’, he will learn who the transformer of Odisha is and that the BJP is a fused government. As far as Odia is concerned, I now address all my speeches in Odia.How do you perceive Rahul Gandhi as an emerging leader?He still has to mature.When you say Rahul Gandhi has to mature, would you advise him to stay in one particular state and serve for a considerable period of time before dreaming of bigger things? Like you did?That would be a healthy thing for him.Many opposition leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi, have accused Narendra Modi and Amit Shah of using state instruments to settle political scores.I am afraid that’s true.Do you also feel there is a conscious attempt to polarise voters along religious lines?The BJD is a secular and democratic party. We certainly disapprove of any communal behaviour.But do you think communal polarisation is being practised on the ground?Sadly, yes.Do you feel the Election Commission of India is acting as an arm of the ruling party or do you think it has some credibility left?It seems it has become an arm of the ruling party.You are contesting for the first time from two constituencies. What prompted you to take that decision?I am standing from the second constituency because the people of western Odisha demanded that.Are you saying that the BJP poses no threat to the BJD in Odisha?No, I see no threat.Who is your principal opponent in the state? Is it Dharmendra Pradhan or is it Narendra Modi?It has become the BJP.Who in the BJP? Dharmendra Pradhan or Narendra Modi?It is Narendra Modi.What do you expect out of these results? And is BJD a one-man party? We have plenty of senior leaders. We are certainly not a one-man party.Do you have a second rung of leadership?We do, indeed.In your election affidavit, you have said that you owe your sister Rs 15 lakh. It is well-known that you are very close to her. What kind of a relationship do you share with your sister and is she your political advisor?She is not my political advisor. She lives far away.What is your attachment to the old ambassador car that you have? You are not selling it off or disposing it off?It was my father’s car. BJPLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra ModiNaveen Patnaik First Published: April 22, 2019, 12:13 PM IST Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is gunning for a record fifth tenure. Standing in the way is the BJP, but the BJD leader maintains the saffron party poses no threat to his poll prospects. In an interview to News18, Patnaik also rubbishes Tripura-like fate for the poll results in Odisha and bats against a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Edited excerpts: last_img read more


Men In Black International Movie Review Chris Hemsworths Charm is the Only

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first_img Chris HemsworthF. Gary GrayMen in Black Internationalmovie review First Published: June 14, 2019, 12:53 PM IST Men In Black InternationalCast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa ThompsonDirector: F Gary Gray They haven’t gotten the universe right, literally and philosophically.This franchise has mostly worked on smartly done literal jokes and the charm of its lead actors. F Gary Gray, the director, has also used these ploys but somehow the combination is way beyond salvation. He is way beyond the center of MIB films.When the first film released in 1997, it was one of its kind—mixing aliens with agents, two prominent genres of that time. Will Smith’s casual humour and Tommy Lee Jones’ deadpan expressions gave it an orthodox yet very identifiable touch. It was clichéd yet relatable. The sharp one-liners worked. Two decades ago, a smart retort was considered sharp. Not the case anymore.Despite using latest VFX techniques, Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed earlier Men In Black films, was old school in his approach to creating drama. His characters never shied away from being juvenile or using crass humour. On the other hand, Gary Gray, also the director of films such as Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious, seems constantly confused about the balance of childish jokes and sci-fi backdrop. Read: X Men Dark Phoenix Movie ReviewRead: Godzilla King of the Monsters Movie ReviewThe first and most prominent casualty of this dilemma is Chris Hemsworth, who appears totally out of sync. In fact, at one point, in a desperate attempt to generate laughter, he resorts to a Thor joke. Ironically, the major focus of MIB films used to be its contemporary nature and different milieu than other genre films.Tessa Thompson has a confident entry as a rookie agent, but like everyone else, she gets sucked into a world of average thinking and totally lifeless execution. As far as her character goes, one of her works in the film is to cushion Hemsworth’s handsomeness and heroic qualities. MIB International lacks drama and punch, both inside and outside the covert bureau operating for the welfare of all living beings including aliens. It’s international just for the sake of being international and is stuck in a time zone where alien films used to be mostly about salivating bizarre creatures.Voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, a character named Pawny is the only one able to generate some genuine laughs but even that falls flat after a few minutes.It’s not a film to be remembered for its surrounding, and what’s left in MIB International then. Let these agents pass without traffic signals.Rating: 1.5/5Interact with Rohit Vats at Twitter/@nawabjha last_img read more


Godse Independent Indias First Terrorist Says Kamal Haasan BJP Warns Hes Lighting

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first_img ChennaiKamal HassanMahatma GandhiMakkal Needhi Maiam First Published: May 13, 2019, 9:23 AM IST Chennai: In remarks that may again put him on a collision course with Right-wing politicians, Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan described Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as independent India’s first terrorist.Speaking at an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on Sunday, Haasan clarified that his statement was not meant to appeal to the Muslim-majority electorate in the constituency. “I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I’m saying this in front of Gandhi’s statue. The first terrorist post India’s independence is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse,” the actor-turned-politician reportedly said.At the rally in support of S Mohanraj, Haasan also said that Tamil Nadu is on the verge of a “political revolution” against the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK.“They failed to mitigate the suffering of the people. The two Dravidian parties will never come clean and won’t learn from their mistakes,” The Hindu quoted Haasan as saying.Haasan actor-politician said he was one of those “proud Indians” who desires an India with equality and where the “three colours” in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, “remained intact.”Haasan said he had come here “seeking answers for that murder,” referring to Gandhi’s assassination in 1948. “Good Indians desire equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that,” he added.Earlier too, Haasan had stoked a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as “Hindu extremism,” which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits. Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19.Reacting to Haasan’s statement, the BJP said he is lighting a “dangerous fire”.“Actor Kamalahasan recalling Gandhi’s assassination now and calling it Hindu terrorism is condemnable.Standing amidst minorities in TN by-election campaign he is lighting a dangerous fire to gain votes by minority appeasement.kamal didn’t opine on recent Srilanka bomb blast why? (sic),” Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted.“But dares to take up decades old event which was well enquired & guilty punished ?He threatened to leave india when his film screening was prevented by religious groups!but now he calls himself true indian! True political acting started now having lost the chances in screenplay. (sic),” she added.Also criticising the veteran actor was Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi, who will be seen essaying the role of Narendra Modi in a biopic based on the PM.“Dear Kamal sir, you are a great artist. Just like art has no religion, terror has no religion either! You can say Ghodse was a terrorist, why would you specify ‘Hindu’ ? Is it because you were in a Muslim dominated area looking for votes?” Oberoi said.Please sir, from a much smaller artist to a great one, let’s not divide this country, we are one 🙏 Jai Hind 🇮🇳 #AkhandBharat #UnDividedIndia— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 13, 2019 last_img read more


Stranger Things 3 Appears to be Netflixs Avengers Endgame and Kids Will

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first_img index of stranger things season 3matt duffermaya hawkemillie bobby brown First Published: June 21, 2019, 1:12 PM IST Supernatural beings try to end the world, the superheroes go wrong in saving mankind and the evil forces return to dominate. It might appear to be the plot of Marvel’s latest release Avengers: Endgame, the third season of Netflix’s popular series Stranger Things looks to follow a similar path.On Thursday, a new trailer of Stranger Things 3 was released by the streaming giant. So far we know that the threat from the Upside Down still lingers on the town of Hawkins. While the previous clips from the show have shown us how’s life after the Demogorgon attacked the city, but little did we know about the dangers. At the end of Season 2, Eleven did close the door but she along with her group of friends was unaware that the evil escaped and is out in open. The trailer also teases that minor character like Max’s older brother Billy will have a significant part to play in the new season. Take a look at the trailer:Talking about the show Miley Bobby Brown, who plays the role of Eleven, a young girl with psychokinetic abilities said in an interview, “Hopper and Eleven this season really resemble what me and my dad are. You know, just a real father daughter relationship, something that is extremely raw, emotional and yet normal. I mean, he just adopted her last season.” Although Eleven spends most of her time with other teenage characters in the show, the 15-year-old actor believes her relationship with Hopper, a father figure to her, is now progressing to the next level. Brown was all praise for 44-year-old Harbour, who essays the role of Hopper, the police chief of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.”David Harbour is just like one of my favourite people. He’s so incredibly talented and I learned something new from him every day. And he deserves every award on this planet to be awarded. What he does on the screen is magical and something that I never do,” she said in a group interview.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more


And the Winner is As Twitter Turns Into Poll Arena for Leaders

Posted On Jul 24 2019 by

first_imgIt’s apparent that he wants to be seen as the family head where everything else works as per his commands.Sanjay Yadav, one of RJD’s political strategists and the person behind its social media gameplan, says it’s about creating a synergy between the leader and his/her audience. He says, “Every leader has their individual identity, appeal and target audience, and that decides the content. If anybody has come to listen to Laluji then the speaker and listener both know what is expected of them. Similarly, Tejashwiji understands the expectations of the youth.”In comparison, Rabri Devi has a more aggressive stance. Recently, she engaged in a verbal volley with a journalist and eventually won more sympathisers. Sanjay says, “In a way, it was a challenge thrown at a woman who came from a rural background. It reeked of patriarchy. You can criticise a political statement but what kind of entitlement was this? If the Prime Minister tweets something in Kannada, does he write it himself?”He adds, “We are not bothered much about the opposition on social media, it’s more about ideology. If there are haters then there are supporters as well. It helps in breaking new grounds even if the mainstream media doesn’t support us.”While Lalu Prasad’s account is more about projecting absurdity and Tejashwi’s about youthfulness, Rabri Devi focuses on emotional appeal. She frequently uses Bhojpuri and presents herself as the victim.It’s a 360 degree approach to looking at social issues and still keeping it in the family.Sanjay adds another dimension to it and says, “It’s not the time when you can say anything and walk away just because RJD is a regional party.”For a party that didn’t have any digital footprint seven years back, it’s a long journey in a short span. Sanjay says, “Initially around 2012, there wasn’t even an official website of RJD. There were supporters but they were not mobilised and properly channelised. We thought there should be a robust strategy when we can rope in supporters and sympathisers.” Now when the digital battle is as intense as the on-ground campaigning, the RJD looks ahead of its local counterparts, at least for the time being. Sanjay confidently says, “I don’t think any other party in Bihar has been able to achieve what we have.” biharJanta Dal UnitedJD(U)Lalu Prasad Yadav First Published: May 17, 2019, 3:09 PM IST New Delhi: Convicted in the fodder scam, this is the first time in the last three decades that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is not a participant in the high-voltage electioneering in Bihar. However, in his absence, the party is attempting to disseminate its leader’s message through the social media.If one cannot hear the RJD chief make a speech this election, his supporters want that the quintessential Lalu quips, the banter and humour can at least be read on the leader’s Twitter feed. “Dear friends! While in jail, My Twitter handle shall be operated by my office in consultation with family. I shall speak my mind through visitors. The fight to preserve the Constitution & protect the rights of vulnerable groups shall go on,” Prasad’s Twitter handle reads.RJD’s rise to prominence in the social media ladder is also a reflection of its ambitions because its main opponent and current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party, Janta Dal (United), is indeed nascent in the Twitter space. Opened in January last year, it has around 3,000 followers, a number that’s no match for other major influencers in the same space.The point is not the numbers though, but the impression the RJD is creating. With senior Yadav in jail, the onus is on his son Tejashwi and he, along with party’s official handle and parents’ handles, is killing it on Twitter.Sample this tweet in which he is channelling humour and political slogan in one:This is just one part of it as Lalu Prasad’s account carries his easygoing, rustic image.Take a look:This is almost as if he is interacting with a live audience, something that the Delhi CM and AAP member Arvind Kejriwal has also used effectively in the past. But what makes Prasad unique is the colloquial usage of ‘lalten’ (oil lamp). Such phrases immediately strike a chord in a state known for, rather made fun of, its easily perceptible pronunciations.Then he switches gear and attacks opponents mercilessly. While his parody accounts and impressionists have turned ‘budbak’ (simpleton) into one of the most identified ‘Bihari’ words over the years, he is still exploiting it for traction.Then there are these tweets which are aimed at consolidating core voters:last_img read more


Opera Max datasaving app discontinued here are three alternatives

Posted On Jul 22 2019 by

first_imgAccording to a statement from Opera, its Opera Max app ‘had a substantially different value proposition’ versus the company’s browser products, the latter of which will now be its focus. The company will announce the end of its service-side support in the future, at which point existing users will need to switch to an alternative. While we don’t know when that server-side support will end, we do know which apps are the best options for filling that eventual void.DataEyePerhaps the highest-rated data saver app on the Google Play Store (that isn’t Opera Max) is DataEye, an app that works in a similar way to reduce how much data you’re using. The app works in basically the same way as Opera Max: turns on the data-saving feature and then leave it be. The app tracks how much data is being used by each app, as well, so you can easily see which ones are using up your mobile data.Onavo’s ProtectOnavo offers an app called ‘Protect’ that is a combination VPN and data saver (as is Opera Max). Users are able to monitor their data usage, but also limit data from being used in the background, restrict data usage to only WiFi, set usage alerts about data usage by specific apps, and more. The combination of features give users more control over their data than would otherwise be possible with Android’s built-in data features.Google TriangleGoogle is testing its own Android data-saving app, but you can only download it if you’re located in the Philippines at the moment. The app is called Triangle, and it’s somewhat like the data-saving app that Google launched for its Chrome browser a few years ago. The app blocks unnecessary background data usage when you’re on a mobile network, allows the user to choose which apps can use data and set time limits for how long they have access to data, and more. It’s worth keeping an eye on this app for when it launches more broadly. Following its launch in 2014, Opera has decided to discontinue its data-saving app for Android. The app is no longer listed in the Google Play Store, but existing users will get to use it for a while longer. Eventually, though, Opera is going to terminate support for those who are still using the app, forcing them to switch to a different product altogether.last_img read more