Jimmy Carter 92 treated for dehydration while at Winnipeg charity project

first_imgWINNIPEG – Former United States president Jimmy Carter was taken to hospital Thursday after he became dehydrated while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, an international home-building charity he has supported for decades.Carter, 92, was helping with a project in Winnipeg and was building a set of stairs along with other volunteers when he began to feel weak after two hours in the sun.“He had just said that he needed to take a break and so he sat down — there was a chair that was close to him,” said Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding, one of the volunteers.“He sat down there and his secret security were there as well. They hydrated him, giving him some water and some Gatorade.”Carter required assistance to walk to a nearby trailer and was taken soon afterward by ambulance across town to St. Boniface General Hospital.“We were out in the hot sun, and you’re doing a lot of work. No matter what age you are, you’re going to get dehydrated,” Fielding said.The chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International said Carter received medical attention as a precaution, but was fine.“He has been taken off-site for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and to keep building,” Jonathan Reckford said.Carter was in Edmonton earlier this week helping Habitat For Humanity, which builds affordable housing for low-income earners.Carter served as U.S. president from 1977 to 1981. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015 and was treated with an immunotherapy drug. He said months later medical scans no longer showed any cancer.His wife, Rosalynn, was with him at the project Thursday and by his side at the hospital. The St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation gave its annual International Award to her in 1979 when she was first lady. The award, which pays tribute to medical and humanitarian efforts, has in other years been given to people such as Mother Teresa and basketball star Steve Nash.In an interview with The Canadian Press earlier this week, the former president said that Canadian governments should consider emulating the non-profit group he has promoted for years as a way to alleviate an affordable housing crunch in this country.He pointed out that other countries such as Peru have adopted similar models to help build more affordable housing units and reduce reliance on the social safety net.He acknowledged the housing challenge remains a difficult one to tackle for policy-makers and volunteers.“What the local, state and federal government do, and what volunteers like we do … makes a big dent in the need, but it’s still not enough,” he said.Habitat for Humanity is building 150 homes across Canada this year to mark the country’s sesquicentennial.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had Mother Teresa spelling incorrectlylast_img read more

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Family still looking for answers about sisters suspicious death decades later

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsFor the first time in 28 years Rita Thomas shared the story of her sister Marina Spence who went missing from Thompson in August 1990.“I knew something was wrong. My heart just hurt,” Thomas told Commissioner Michele Audette during hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Thompson, Man. on Tuesday evening.Thomas shared her sister’s story now in hopes of getting justice for her family.Child and family services apprehended Thomas and her five siblings, including Spence, from their home community of South Indian Lake, approximately 400 kilometres north of Thompson, after their mother died in 1990.Thomas and Spence were placed in separate homes in Thompson, but the two still remained in contact.Spence, 17, was in care when she went missing.“I know for a fact that CFS failed my family,” said Thomas.One night in August 1990 the sisters went out drinking. Thomas doesn’t remember what happened that night. All she can remember is waking up in a jail cell by herself. When she asked police where Spence was they told her she was the only one sent to the drunk tank.Thomas returned to her foster home and continued to ask her caseworker where Spence was. The only information her caseworker gave her was that Spence had gone to the town of Leaf Rapids, approximately 200 kilometres north of Thompson.After a few days of not hearing from Spence, Thomas decided to report her missing to the RCMP. When she arrived at the station an officer wouldn’t let her in the building.“I went to the station and reported my sister missing through the intercom,” said Thomas. “After I reported her missing through the intercom they got a statement off me. That was it.”Thomas said the next time police followed up with her was 11 years later when some of Spence’s remains were found near the Burntwood Bridge in Thompson. Police identified the remains through dental records.The news destroyed Thomas who was already dealing with drug and alcohol addiction at the time.“I wasn’t there to be a voice for her because I was busy drinking,” Thomas said tearfully during testimony. “Not caring about anything. Not caring about myself. My children.”Thomas said she still doesn’t know what happened to her sister.APTN News asked the RCMP for information related to Spence’s case. They were unable to provide a response by deadline.Thomas believes if child and family services allowed Spence to stay in the community with their grandmother she would still be alive.“My granny was more than capable of looking after us,” said said.“Hearing about Marina’s death broke her heart.”Debra Merasty is a family friend. She sat with Thomas during testimony Tuesday. She said there need to be more supports for guardians when kids are apprehended.“We should have these supports at a community level,” she said.She said without people to help guardians they are often left with little support or information on how to get back their kids.In the meantime, speaking out for the first time has finally given Thomas a chance to move forward.“I’m just ready to heal. That’s what I’m going to do for myself,” she said.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Delano Williams of Grand Turk Bronze Medalist at IAAF

first_img Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – Delano Williams is now a bronze medalist as a senior athlete after competing this weekend in the IAAF World Championships in the 4x400m relay on Team Great Britain. Williams, who hails from Grand Turk, helped his team qualify by running a brilliant second leg in the heats, and then doing it again – superbly – in the finals for the medal. The 4x400m which was the last race of the games actually sets up Team GB for a highly anticipated showing in the 2016 Summer Olympics set for Brazil; if the crew remains intact and can repeat this Sunday’s performance, the Turks and Caicos could be looking at Delano becoming the first islander to earn Olympic hardware. Youth and Sports Minister, Deputy Premier Akierra Missick said: “I wish to extend warm congratulations to TCI’s golden boy Delano Williams on that amazing performance at the 2015 IAAF World Championships… You are representing team Great Britain, but have done the Turks and Caicos proud during these games.” The Minister congratulated each team member for a strong showing, and added that: “This is a great day for The Turks and Caicos Islands and we stand proud and salute our son of the soil.” Delano posted this: “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” It was a pleasure and a whole lot of fun working with these fellows for GB 4x400m.” The team, including Rabah Yousif, Jarryd Dunn and Martyn Rooney ran in a time of 2:58:51 to follow the USA with first and Trinidad and Tobago, who earned second and the silver medal in the event. Related Items:bronze medal, delano williams, Deputy Premier Akierra Missick, team UK The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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House Budget to Stick with Higher Spending Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House leaders are scheduled today to unveil a fiscal 2017 budget resolution that retains the higher discretionary spending levels afforded by last October’s two-year budget deal.To offset the $30 billion in additional discretionary spending passed by Congress last year, the House GOP will look for savings from mandatory spending programs over the next two years. Those cuts, needed to secure the support of the House Republican conference’s conservative members, most likely would be advanced through separate legislation. The budget blueprint would require the House to enact a total of $100 billion in cuts over 10 years, reported CQ Roll Call.Thursday’s meeting of the conference will help party leaders determine if they have sufficient support to pass a budget on the floor.It is not entirely clear how the draft budget resolution will deal with the contentious issue of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. The GOP framework is expected to recommend $59 billion in spending for the war account, matching last year’s budget deal. But the resolution would clarify that the figure is a floor, as defense hawks have insisted, and that more funding could be added to the OCO account in the defense spending bill, according to the story.The budget resolution allows for $551 billion in national security spending in FY 2017, the same as called for in the October budget agreement.last_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List

first_img 2017 MTV VMAs: Who Won? kendrick-lamar-ed-sheeran-2017-mtv-vmas-winner-list Facebook Email Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran: 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm Logic talks about ‘Everybody’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2017 – 6:00 am Watch Kanye West’s GRAMMY highlights Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Kendrick Lamar wins Best Rap Album GRAMMY And the winner for Best Pop video at the 2017 @VMAs is… @FifthHarmony! pic.twitter.com/09xCy03LaO— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017center_img News Best Hip-Hop VideoKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Best Dance VideoZedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay”Best Rock VideoTwenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”Best Fight Against The System VideoNote: All six videos shared the awardAlessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”John Legend, “Surefire”Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”Big Sean, “Light”Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” But who won big on Sunday night at The Forum in Los Angeles? See a list of winners below.Best New ArtistKhalidVideo Of The YearKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Artist Of The YearEd SheeranBest Collaboration VideoZayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”Best Pop VideoFifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down” Best DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)Best Visual EffectsKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)Best EditingYoung Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)13 Highlights From The 2017 MTV VMAsRead more Song Of SummerLil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LIif3” Best CinematographyKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Cinemotographer: Scott Cunningham)Best Art DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)Best ChoreographyKanye West, “Fade” (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor & Guapo) You saw the show, now take a look at the list of winners from the 2017 VMAs in Los AngelesGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2017 – 8:15 pm Kendrick Lamar led the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards field with six wins. Fifth Harmony, Zayn and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Twenty One Pilots were also among those taking home awards. GRAMMY winner Pink was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. https://twitter.com/MTV/status/901962726502629376last_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of September 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of September 30, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Donald M. Manson, 76Patricia Anne (Walsh) Moulton, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Ursula E. (Uhland) Tupper, 73Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Ralph Douglas Spurling, Jr., 72Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Alexa speakers can now talk to Roku streamers and TVs

first_img $229 3:20 Amazon Echo Show Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before Roku’s streamers and TVs also work with Google Home speakers as of last year. They work in pretty much the same way as this Alexa skill. Netflix isn’t supported in either case, and you need to append “Roku” to the command to get it to work. Roku also has its own voice system, which you can use by speaking into compatible Roku remote controls or via Roku’s phone app.Amazon’s Fire TV streamers and televisions, which compete directly against Roku, also work with Alexa speakers. That combination does support Netflix and does not require any extra trigger words. Check out our full Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV comparison for details.To use the new Alexa skill with your Roku, head to the Alexa app on your phone and turn it on it under Settings > TV & Video. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $229 Which Roku player should you buy? See it $229 Comment See It Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better soundcenter_img Crutchfield Media Streamers Best Buy News • Grab a 1st-gen Amazon Echo Show for $70 Tags $229 Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazon Google Roku 1 See It Share your voice See It David Katzmaier/CNET If you have both an Amazon Echo and a Roku in the house, get ready to start talking to the TV.The new Roku skill, available now, lets Alexa speakers such as the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and others accept your voice commands to control Roku streamers and TVs.You can now use Alexa to:Launch Apps (“Alexa, open Hulu on Roku”)Control playback (“Alexa, pause Roku”)Search (“Alexa, find dramas on Roku”)Roku TV owners get additional capabilities, including power (“Alexa, turn on Roku”), volume and mute, input switching and channel changing (with an over-th-air antenna).The big exception? Netflix. The most popular subscription streaming video service in the world doesn’t accept Alexa commands to Roku devices.Hands-free voice control is an increasingly popular alternative to the good old remote control, and numerous smart TVs already have Alexa skills. It’s a lot easier to use many of the features by voice. Asking Alexa to find a particular TV show or movie is far easier than typing into a cumbersome on-screen keyboard, for example.last_img read more

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Kanchana 3 Muni 4 1st day box office collection Raghava Lawrencestarrer gets

first_imgRaghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 review.PR HandoutRaghava Lawrence’s horror-comedy Kanchana 3 aka Muni 4 has registered a fantastic opening at the Tamil Nadu box office on the first day. The multilingual film has, indeed, become the third biggest opener of the year in the state after Rajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam.Released in about 500 screens in Tamil Nadu, the audience had given an impressive response to the advance booking of tickets for Kanchana 3 which was a clear indication of the film getting a good start in the state.The early trends indicate that Kanchana 3, which had over 330+ shows in Chennai, touched about 80 per cent occupancy rates with many shows running into a packed house. The movie is estimated to have grossed over Rs 75 lakhin the capital city alone.In Tamil Nadu, Kanchana 3 is estimated to have earned around Rs 10.5 crore on the first day which makes it the third biggest opener of 2019. Earlier, Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam and Rajinikanth’s Petta had grossed about Rs 15 crore and around Rs 13 crore, respectively on the first day of its release.As per the trade trackers, the Good Friday holiday was one of the major reasons why the movie attracted good footfalls in theatres. Further, the success of the past movies in the Muni franchise helped the film to pull the audience to cinema halls, say trade trackers.Outside Tamil Nadu Kanchana 3 has been simultaneously released in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. The total screen count of the film in rest of South India (Andhra, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka), is about 800 to take its total tally to 1300 screens in South India alone.The Raghava Lawrence-starrer, which has Bigg Boss Tamil fame Oviya, Vedhika and Nikki Tamboli in the female lead, has got a good start in Karnataka and Kerala, while a decent opening in the Telugu speaking states due to other Telugu release Jersey starring Nani.last_img read more

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Delhi temple vandalism Amit Shah summons police commissioner after brawl turns communal

first_imgThe Delhi Police have arrested four people in total in connection with alleged vandalising of the temple.IANSUnion Home Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Wednesday, July 3, summoned Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik after Sunday’s communal clash over the Chandni Chowk temple vandalisation incident.News agency ANI reported that Amit Shah reprimanded the Delhi Police over the delay in action in the case. Amit Shah, the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Reuters FileAfter meeting Amit Shah, Amulya Patnaik said, “I have briefed him about the situation here. Things are now normal in the Hauz Qazi area.”Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have arrested four people in total in connection with alleged vandalising of the temple.The Congress party targeted the Modi-led BJP government over “no action” in Delhi “temple incident”. Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Day 2 of the temple incident and no action yet by Home Minister, Delhi Police under the BJP rules Centre. We know the ruling party doesn’t care about minorities but does it also not care for the sentiments of majority?”How a scuffle led to communal tension Tension gripped Old Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar after a fight over parking a scooter snowballed into a confrontation between Hindus and Muslims on Monday, July 1. The trouble began when 20-year-old Aas Mohammad parked his scooter outside a building, which was objected by Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of the building.Violence broke out and both communities resorted to stone pelting following which a temple was vandalised. Security has been beefed up at Lal Kuan to prevent any flare-up.A number of videos which were doing the rounds on the internet showed a man allegedly being thrashed by some people.The temple priest, Anil Kumar Pandey, said that a mob came to the temple and vandalised it. The two sides reportedly raised slogans which added fuel to the fire.last_img read more

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A bridal affair

first_imgA store recently launched its heritage bridal collection at a star property in central Delhi. The fash frat attended the fashion show over high tea. We saw Narendra Kumar, Poonam Bhagat, publisher Archana Pillai, Kavita Bhartia, Aki Narula, Fleur Xavier, Deepika Jindal and Anisha Munjal among others. Take a looklast_img

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Police ban antiIslamic rally in Germany citing terror threat

first_imgDresden police on Sunday said they had received information from federal and state counterparts indicating a “concrete threat” against the right-wing populist group “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”.There had been calls for would-be “assassins to mingle among the protesters and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the PEGIDA demonstrations”, police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban.This was consistent with “an Arabic-language Tweet that called the PEGIDA demonstrations an enemy of Islam,” it said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe PEGIDA marches — which have voiced anger against Islam and “criminal asylum seekers” and vented a host of other grievances — began in Dresden in October with several hundred supporters and have since steadily grown.They drew a record 25,000 people last Monday, in the wake of the attacks by radical Islamists in Paris in which 17 people were killed.Also last Monday, some 100,000 Germans marched in nationwide counter-demonstrations against PEGIDA. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanDresden police said that after the latest information “and given the characteristics of terrorist attacks, we must assume the use of homicidal means and an immediate threat to life and limb of all participants of the demonstrations.”Because there were no individual suspects, Dresden police said it saw no alternative to the temporary suspension of the constitutional right to free assembly within city limits.However, PEGIDA earlier told its followers on Facebook that its 13th planned rally had been scrapped, citing a threat from the Islamic State jihadist group, and portraying the cancellation as its own decision. “What in police jargon is called an ‘abstract threat’ has changed to a ‘concrete death threat’ against a member of the organising team. IS terrorists have ordered his assassination,” it said in a statement.It had decided to call off the Dresden event as it could not guarantee the security of marchers and feared “collateral damage”.In a later press release, it said that after having failed to agree with police on a way to secure the march, it had “considered it irresponsible to expose our sympathisers and our city to incalculable risks.”last_img read more

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How Mobile Roadie Became a Leader in DoItYourself Apps

first_imgMay 24, 2011 This story appears in the June 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read More Mobile BrillianceCiviGuard In case of emergency: Government agencies, universities and businesses can use this app to quickly send out alerts and recommendations to the affected public.FaceCash Credit cards are so last year. This payment app verifies purchases by matching a customer’s face with a digital image linked to their account.GadgetTrak Using GPS, Wi-Fi positioning and cell tower triangulation, this app helps recover stolen laptops and smartphones. It even snaps a photo of the thief.GameSalad Mobile gaming made easy: A platform for creating sophisticated games without the need for code or special skills. These gamers raked in a cool $6.1 million in funding this year.Location Labs Helicopter parents unite: This mobile tech company hosts a suite of family safety apps that allow parents to monitor and track the location of their children in real time.Mogwee This social app allows groups of people to chat live, share photos and videos and even play mini games. Who’s up for some Sheep Tennis?SPOT Connect This compact satellite GPS messenger can get even the most adventurous outdoorsmen out of trouble. One click alerts emergency personnel to a person’s location.TransFire Hablas Español? No need. This real-time translation app from TNT Creations allows users to instantly send messages in more than 50 languages.Vers Offers hip, environmentally friendly mobile device cases made from sustainable materials like bamboo, cherry and walnut wood–and a chance to donate $1 to plant a tree.100 Brilliant Companies Home »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » For many businesses, creating a mobile app is akin to what creating a website was 15 years ago–it’s expensive and time consuming, and you can probably get along without one for a while. But then again, if you don’t invest now, you’ll regret it when you’re playing digital catch-up in a year.Enter Mobile Roadie, which, when it launched in 2009, was the first self-service app creator on the market, allowing businesses to customize and publish apps on all formats for a tenth of what it would cost to develop an app from scratch. Though many more app-creation services have jumped into the game lately, Mobile Roadie still has the advantage by being first to market.”Being first had even more advantages than it normally does. We’re six months ahead of the competition, and six months in the mobile world is like five years in any other industry,” says Michael Schneider, the former web design agency owner who co-founded Mobile Roadie with Brock Batten. “Our other advantage is that we’re the only service that supports our apps on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. And BlackBerry is not the easiest thing to develop.”But just because Mobile Roadie is relatively cheap–about $500 to develop the app plus $30 dollars a month to manage it, versus tens of thousands for a custom app–doesn’t mean it produces a cheap product. In fact, Madonna, Taylor Swift, the Dallas Mavericks and the Wynn Las Vegas have all used Mobile Roadie to build their apps.”Just because a big brand can afford to build an app from the ground up doesn’t mean it should,” Schneider says. “We update our software every two to three months. Big brands realize that chasing all the changes in mobile technology is a pain in the butt. It’s easier to hire a third party to do it.”So far Mobile Roadie, which employs 32 people and has offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London, has kept on top of the trends. But if the mobile world evolves even further, Mobile Roadie is primed to keep its clients on the cutting edge.”There’s been a lot of chatter about HTML5 and the mobile web. I think users will go wherever the best experience is, and right now the best is an app,” Schneider says. “That being said, we’re going to be wherever the best mobile experience is. We’re about mobile engagement, even in a world beyond apps.last_img read more

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CES 2012 Five Ways to Boost Productivity with New Tech Tools

first_img LAS VEGAS – The exhibit halls are crowded and bustling at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and you can bet the long days and frantic energy have attendees thinking about working smarter — not longer. Thankfully, some of the technology showcased here hits on that nerve, from cutting down on the devices in your shoulder bag to keeping your body running at optimum efficiency.Here’s a look at devices we found here that can amp up your output in five ways:  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. min readcenter_img D-Link’s HD Media Router 30001. Monitor your business remotely, wirelessly: Time spent futzing with your business’s wireless network is pure waste. D-Link’s sub-$200 HD Media Router 3000 minimizes over-the-air traffic by turning power outlets into possible network connections. Additionally, the device’s Cloud Services lets managers use iOS apps to do everything from monitor attacks on the network, view sites visited and even connect with D-Link Cloud Cameras to monitor the workplace.The Plantronics Calisto 835 speakerphone device2. Rout all your calls to one place: Whether it’s between a plain old telephone or a mobile, fumbling between phones can be a thing of the past with the Plantronics Calisto 835. At about $200, this desktop speakerphone device uses Bluetooth to connect to your cellphone, USB to hook up with your computer and the wall socket to link to your phone line. The backlit screen is bright and responsive, giving the Calisto a flashy, futuristic feel. It comes with a clip-on microphone that allows you to take calls no matter what you’re doing.Related: CES 2012: Go Green With These Money-Saving GadgetsThe Jawbone Up bracelet3. Fine-tune your body: You use all sorts of metrics to make sure your business is operating to optimum capacity, but what about your employees? Jawbone Up is a $99 data-gathering bracelet that works with your iPhone to catalog activities such as sleep, movement and eating.By making sure you and your staff are getting enough shut-eye, exercise, and nutrition, you can ensure your bodies and minds are as productive as possible.The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 134. Trim down your tech footprint: Lugging around both a tablet and a laptop can become a hassle. Later this year, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, which will launch with Windows 8, will combine both in a svelte, 13-inch device. The 1600 x 900 resolution screen will blow the current tablet market away, and its battery is expected to last around 8 hours.But with an expected price tag of about $1,000, road warriors should take notice of this two devices-in-one bargain.Related: CES 2012: A Preview for Small BusinessThe Motorola Elite Silver headset5. Think, speak and text on your feet: If you think better on your feet, the Motorola Elite Silver might be the headset for you, packing HD-audio and dual microphones to block out background noise, and it connects to your handset.The $129 headset’s free MotoSpeak Android app reads SMS messages aloud and allows users to reply, or initiate new texts by speaking. The device’s travel case doubles as a charger so, when it’s not in use, the Elite Silver is safe and sound. January 11, 2012 Register Now »last_img read more

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Why scepticism is important in computer security Watch James Mickens at USENIX

first_img“Technology, in general, and computer science in particular, have been hyped up to such an extreme level that we’ve ignored the importance of not only security but broader notions of ethical computing.”-James Mickens We like to think that things are going to get better. That, after all, is why we get up in the morning and go to work, in the hope that we might just be making a difference, that we’re working towards something. That’s certainly true across the technology landscape. And in cybersecurity in particular, the belief that you’re building a more secure world – even if it’s on a small scale – is an energizing and motivating thought. However, at this year’s USENIX Conference back in August, Harvard Professor James Mickens attempted to put that belief to rest. His talk – titled ‘Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible?’ – was an argument for scepticism in a field that is by nature optimistic (not least when it has a solution to sell). So, what exactly does Mickens have against keynote speakers? Quite a lot, actually: he jokingly calls them people who have made bad life decisions aand poorrole models. Although his tongue is firmly in his cheek, he does have a number of serious points. Fundamentally, he suggests developers do not invest time in questioning anything since any degree ofintrospection would “reduce the frequency of git commits”. Mickens argument is essentially thatsoftware developers are deploying new systems without a robust understanding of those systems. Why machine learning highlights the problem with computer science today Mickens stresses that such is the hype and optimism around modern technology and computer science  that the field has largely forgotten the value of scepticism. In turn, this can be dangerous for issues such as security and ethics. Take Machine Learning for instance. Machine learning is, Mickens sayss “the oxygen that Silicon Valley is trying to force into our lungs.” It’s everywhere, we seem to need it – but it’s also being forced on us, almost blindly, Using the example of machine learning he illustrates his point about domain knowledge: Computer scientists do not have a deep understanding of the mathematics used in machine learning systems. There is no reason or incentive for computer scientists to even invest their time in learning those things. This lack of knowledge means ethical issues and security issues that may be hidden at a conceptual level – not a technical one – are simply ignored. Mickens compares machine learning to the standard experiment used in America since 8th grade: the egg drop experiment. This is where students desperately search for a solution to prevent the egg from breaking when dropped from 20 feet in the air. When they finally come up with a technique that is successful, Mickens explains, they don’t really care to understand the logic/math behind it. This is exactly the same as developers in the context of machine learning. Machine learning is complex, yes, but often, Mickens argues, developers will have no understanding as to why models generate a particular output on being provided with a specific input. When this inscrutable AI used in models connected with real life mission critical systems (financial markets, healthcare systems, news systems etc) and the internet, security issues arise. Indeed, it begins to raise even more questions than provide answers. Now that AI is practically used everywhere – even to detect anomalies in cybersecurity, it is somewhat scary that a technology which is so unpredictable can be used to protect our systems. Examples of poor machine learning design Some of the examples James presented that caught our attention were: Microsoft chatbot Tay- Tay was originally intended to learn language by interacting with humans on Twitter. That sounds all good and very noble – until you realise that given the level of toxic discourse on Twitter, your chatbot will quickly turn into a raving Nazi with zero awareness it is doing so. Machine learning used for risk assessment and criminal justice systems have incorrectly labelled Black defendants as “high risk” –  at twice the rate of white defendants. It’s time for a more holistic approach to cybersecurity Mickens further adds that we need a more holistic perspective when it comes to security. To do this,, developers should ask themselves not only if a malicious actor can perform illicit actions on a system,  but also should a particular action on a system be possible and how can the action achieve societally-beneficial outcomes. He says developers have 3 major assumptions  while deploying a new technology: #1 Technology is Value-Neutral, and will therefore automatically lead to good outcomes for everyone #2 New kinds of technology should be deployed as quickly as possible, even if we lack a general idea of how the technology works, or what the societal impact will be #3 History is generally uninteresting, because the past has nothing to teach us According to Mickens developers assume way too much. In his assessment, those of us working in the industry take it for granted that technology will always lead to good outcomes for everyone. This optimism goes hand in hand with a need for speed – in turn, this can lead us to miss important risk assessments, security testing, and a broader view on the impact of technology not just on individual users but wider society too. Most importantly, for Mickens, is that we are failing to learn from mistakes. In particular, he focuses on IoT security. Here, Mickens points out, security experts are failing to learn lessons from traditional network security issues. The Harvard Professor has written extensively on this topic – you can go through his paperon IoT security here. Perhaps Mickens talk was intentionally provocative, but there are certainly lessons – if 2018 has taught us anything, it’s that a dose of scepticism is healthy where tech is concerned. And maybe it’s time to take a critical eye to the software we build. If the work we do is to actually matter and make a difference, maybe a little negative is a good thing. What do you think? Was Mickens assessment of the tech world correct? You can watch James Mickens whole talk at Youtube Read Next UN on Web Summit 2018: How we can create a safe and beneficial digital future for all 5 ways artificial intelligence is upgrading software engineering “ChromeOS is ready for web development” – A talk by Dan Dascalescu at the Chrome Web Summit 2018last_img read more

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