Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps

first_img Add to Queue Disney 2 min read The class action suit alleges that the media giant is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Senior Editor Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag –shares This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Matthew Humphries Children need protecting when they are online, which is why since April 21, 2000, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) has been in effect. Now Disney is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that 42 of its gaming apps aimed at children violate COPPA.COPPA applies to children under the age of 13 and requires verifiable consent from a parent or guardian before personal information can be collected about a child. Even if consent is given, there are limitations on how the collected information can be used, extra protections must be in place and methods made available for parents to review the personal information collected.According to American City Business Journals, Amanda Rushing discovered that no such parental consent was asked for when her child downloaded the app Disney Princess Palace Pets. Even so, Rushing believes the app collected personal information about her child and shared that information with third-parties including advertisers.This led to a federal class action lawsuit being filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California by law firms Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam against The Walt Disney Co., as well as software developers Upsight Inc., Unity Technologies SF and Kochava Inc.According to The Verge, a total of 42 Disney apps are included in the lawsuit that apparently violate COPPA. It asks that Disney is forced through an injunction to stop tracking children without consent, but also that “appropriate relief” be awarded covering “actual and statutory damages and punitive damages, plus costs.”Disney responded to the lawsuit with the following statement:”Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families. The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in court.”This isn’t the first time Disney is facing COPPA violation accusations. In 2013, the Disney-owned subsidiary Playdom violated COPPA rules by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from hundreds of thousands of children. To settle the charges, Disney ended up paying $3 million. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 10, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Facebook Has Shadow Banned Marijuana Businesses

first_img –shares Cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are also abruptly hard to find. Marijuana-related companies, regulators and trade groups around the globe recently stopped appearing in Facebook searches, becoming casualties in what appears to be the social media platform’s latest attempt to filter results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The phenomenon is known as “shadow banning,” in which posts on an online social community such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram become invisible to users searching for them.Facebook, to be sure, has shuttered thousands of pages belonging to cannabis businesses and related entities over the years. But the social media giant also allows MJ businesses and related entities to maintain pages – provided they don’t violate the platform’s community standards.That’s why the latest developments are raising alarm bells among MJ companies. Many rely on Facebook to engage with consumers and educate people about marijuana and MJ products.“While Facebook has held a pretty hard line on advertising, which cannabis companies have been dealing with for years, this a big hit to cannabis businesses and brands,” observed Rosie Mattio, founder of New York’s RMPR, a public relations firm that works with marijuana businesses. “A company’s social pages are as important, if not more important, than their website.”Here are some of the MJ industry’s main concerns surrounding the situation — and Facebook’s response.Related: Cannabis Companies Likely to Raise More in 2018 Than the Last 3 Years Combined1. Questions and inconsistencies swirl around Facebook’s search policy — and raise concerns about financial fallout. Critics charge the new search filter is the most recent example of Facebook enforcing community standards inconsistently for marijuana businesses and affiliated organizations. “It’s ridiculous,” said Mason Tvert, the vice president of public relations and communications at VS Strategies, a Denver-based cannabis consulting firm. “(Marijuana is) a major political issue at the federal level, as well as in many states. There’s no rational reason for blocking searches involving the word marijuana when it’s such a popular topic of discussion.”Among MJ businesses, inconsistencies in how and when the Facebook search ban occurs — and how it’s applied — have raised concerns about the potential impact on companies’ bottom lines. One recent example of the fallout: You could not find a company like Maine’s Summit Medical Marijuana dispensary in a Facebook search result. You could, however, see two of its competitors, Canuvo and the Wellness Connection.Another example: While Ontario-based Aphria appears in search results, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis doesn’t — even though marijuana is federally legal in Canada.Related: Marijuana Is a $794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized Adult Use2. Facebook’s response leaves many questions unanswered.A spokesperson for Facebook declined to be quoted for this article but acknowledged the company’s methods for enforcing community standards and filtering search terms is imperfect. In statements provided to Marijuana Business Daily, the spokesperson said:Facebook uses a combination of technology, human review and community reports to enforce community standards.Mistakes are made. If something was removed that shouldn’t have been, reviewers quickly work to restore it.Facebook is actively making it harder for users to find content that facilitates the sale of opioids or other drugs on its platform.The social media site has filtered search results for many terms associated with drug sales. In some cases, such a search will only return links to drug-related news articles or permissible information that is shared on Facebook.As a result, users may see inconsistent results related to specific search terms.Related: Business Ideas for Those Who Don’t Want to ‘Touch the Plant’3. The fallout is far reaching — from state cannabis regulators to licensed businesses and more.In addition to MJ businesses, cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are among the victims in Facebook’s latest attempts to filter search results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), for example, stopped appearing in some Facebook searches last week. Similar issues reportedly zapped the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Their pages still exist, but the change to Facebook’s search filters makes them more difficult to find.If you search “Bureau of Cannabis Control,” “Marijuana Policy Project” or “National Cannabis Industry Association” on Facebook, you’ll see no results. By contrast, search “MPP” or “NCIA” and their pages show up — at least at the time this story was written.The inconsistencies don’t stop there. Type in “CalCannabis,” the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s cultivation licensing page on Facebook, and it’ll be one of the first results you see. Search for “Drug Policy Alliance” and “Ganjapreneur” and they pop up, too.But a Marijuana Business Daily search brings no results.Related: 3 Ways to Work in Weed Without Ever Touching The Plant4. The situation is having an impact on regulatory efforts.Facebook is a vital part of the California BCC’s communications strategy, said Alex Traverso, the bureau’s chief of communications. But the social media giant’s new search filtering tactics have had a big impact on the state agency’s ability to reach its 10,000 followers.Typically, the BCC’s posts reach about 4,000 users, Traverso said. Last week — when the bureau’s page stopped appearing in some search results — that reach was cut in half and only about 2,000 users interacted with some posts. To make matters worse, it’s a crucial time for cannabis businesses in California. They only have until Aug. 27 to comment on the state’s permanent MJ regulations, and the BCC uses its Facebook page to promote public comment events and encourage licensees to participate in the process.Now, however, that content is harder to find on Facebook. “We’re doing what we can to continue to try to work all our other communication channels that much more to get people the information they need,” Traverso said.The problem: Facebook has been one of the state cannabis agency’s more reliable ways to share news and events with its followers, he said. The BCC has even paid to have posts promoted on the site. “From our point of view, we’re not a cannabis business,” Traverso said. “We’re a state agency. We don’t sell cannabis products. We don’t advocate for the use of cannabis.“We’re strictly informational, and we use the site as a way to communicate with people about the work we do and to be transparent about the work we’re doing.”Related: The New ‘This Is Your Brain On Cannabis’ Ad Is Rad5. Following the rules doesn’t ensure you’ll be found. Social media specialists have provided best-practice recommendations for using social media platforms like Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. Experts note that users can appeal when their pages are removed. But it can often be an exercise in futility.“I’ve followed the rules to a ‘T’ on Instagram and lost an Instagram account,” said Amy Donohue, the owner of Hybrid Social, a Phoenix-based social media firm that works with several Arizona dispensaries. “Even if you’re playing by the rules, you’re still vulnerable to being taken down.” Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: Omar Marques | Getty Images Omar Sacirbey and Joey Pena Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Add to Queue August 10, 2018 7 min read Download Our iOS App Facebook Has ‘Shadow Banned’ Marijuana Businesses Free Green Entrepreneur App Facebook Marketing Next Article last_img read more

Stringr Announces Expansion Into the UK Market

first_imgThe Expansion Enables UK Media Companies to Access Stringr’s Robust Content Library and Livestreaming FunctionStringr, the premium video marketplace for custom, high-quality, video content, has announced its launch into the United Kingdom. Through this expansion, UK based broadcasters, publishers and brands can now source, edit and publish custom footage from 80,000+ videographers across the globe.Since launching in the UK market, Stringr has already recruited 3,000 local videographers across major cities and remote areas, exemplifying the company’s ability to enable media companies to source video in time sensitive and geographically challenged situations. Later this year, Stringr plans to launch similar recruitment efforts across the continent.“Stringr helps the largest media organizations in the US source custom video,” said Lindsay Stewart, CEO and Co Founder of Stringr. “Offering the same service of getting video fast and at a scalable price point to companies in the UK is a natural extension of what we already do, and a part of our larger plan to roll out to the rest of Europe over the next year.”Marketing Technology News: Acembly Launches C2C – Simplified Cloud to Cloud Big Data TransfersBy utilizing the Stringr platform, customers are able to address various industry challenges, including reduced newsroom budgets, geographical hurdles, as well as the challenges that come with a 24/7 news cycle. Professional and amateur videographers contributing to Stringr’s content library ensure that media organizations are able to quickly access premium content, and ultimately report on news that is most relevant for their audiences. Additionally, Stringr recently announced the availability of its livestreaming function, giving customers the ability to request live video content from anywhere.Marketing Technology News: Tipalti Partners with Everflow to Provide Performance Marketing Tracking, Analytics, and Global Publisher Payouts in One PlatformStringr is a comprehensive video marketplace that enables media organizations to source custom footage, edit and publish — under very tight deadlines. The company leverages the only nationwide network of more than 80k highly responsive videographers who provide broadcast-quality video in every major US market. Stringr is based in NYC and was founded in 2014 by Lindsay Stewart and Brian McNeill, who met at The Wharton School.Marketing Technology News: UserIQ Brings Mobile Application Support to the Customer Success Market Stringr Announces Expansion Into the UK Market MTS Staff WriterMay 17, 2019, 3:27 pmMay 17, 2019 Lindsay StewartMarketing TechnologyNewspremium video marketplaceStringrUK Marketvideo content Previous ArticleSiriusDecisions Summit 2019 Takeaways: Enablement May Not be a Word, But It’s Growing NonethelessNext ArticleEventbrite Powers New Ticketing Functionality for Facebook Eventslast_img read more

TechBytes with Reza Rassool CTO at RealNetworks

first_imgAbout RealNetworks TechBytes with Reza Rassool, CTO at RealNetworks Sudipto GhoshJuly 16, 2019, 3:00 pmJuly 15, 2019 Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at RealNetworks.I am Reza Rassool, CTO of RealNetworks. I help guide our technology strategy to spur growth. Since joining RealNetworks, three years ago, I have encouraged an emphasis in AI in all of our product lines. Three in particular:In the RealTimes application we developed computer vision features set to better catalog your mobile camera roll. That development spawned our SAFR business which now claims “the world’s best facial recognition for live video.”The Kontxt messaging business now sports an AI layer, solving problems like spam detector, anti-smishing, and message classification to allow carriers to optimize delivery.The legacy RealMedia business is also enriched by AI to improve Video Compression, enhance the Consumer Experience, and drive increased Monetization for OTT operators.How big is your Data Science and AI team?AI and Data Science are now deeply engrained in the product roadmaps for all our businesses. So, I’d say that all Product Development staff have added Machine Learning to their tool belts. We started with a core team of PhDs but soon disseminated the tools among our global engineering staff through our innovating ThinkDay and Hackathon programs. I ensure that demonstrated AI competence is part of the job description of all Senior Engineering hires.We hear a lot about the exciting opportunities in Data Science. No one talks about the challenges and risks. What Data Science-related challenges do you deal with at RealNetworks?Let me be a bit contrary and say that nearly every news article warns of the challenges and risks of AI – most notably the fears of it accelerating a dystopian future. Among the risks and challenges I see:Privacy – At Real, we have been very deliberate about addressing the criticisms of facial recognition with respect to its bias and its potential for invasion of privacy. We developed a set of Guiding Principles that steer us towards the ethical use of facial recognition. Our user experiences start with an opt-in process. We provide an SDK allowing businesses to add facial recognition to their loyalty apps. Consumers can opt-in by enrolling their face for automatic recognition. While SAFR for Security enhances and automates existing video surveillance systems we also promote use cases that enhance the consumer experience.Bias – Additionally, we strive to reduce the bias in our facial recognition. Bias is defined as the variation in accuracy across, age, gender, and skin tone. Amazon Rekognition has been singled out in the press for bias – exhibiting high accuracy for white males and lower accuracy for darker-skinned females. NIST has consistently scored the RealNetworks facial recognition algorithms as having among the lowest bias. We achieve this through curating a diverse training set sourced from around the world and sound science. We specifically do not classify individuals by race or ethnicity. These are pseudo-scientific classifications of humanity. Many competing FR systems that have chosen to tag people by race inevitably require an army of human labelers to look at faces and make a determination. In doing so, they are enshrining a very human bias into their Machine Learning.Perception – The public perception of AI and particularly facial recognition varies around the world and is changing rapidly. We have already accepted devices in our homes that eavesdrop on our conversations in order to allow us to control our devices and interact with services by voice. While facial recognition is viewed with caution in the West, it is embraced elsewhere. Shoppers smile to pay at the checkout in stores in Beijing.Regulation – The EU provided clear guidelines for the acceptable use of biometrics through GDPR. We welcome similar clarity in the US. Currently, regulations vary state by state and now even city by city. However, while we wait for legislation, I urge each company building AI-based products and services to develop their own set of guiding principles.Explainable AI – Machine Learning creates models that can make predictions such as what movies you’d like, how to price airline tickets, how to route city traffic. These models are opaque ‘black boxes’. We don’t understand the reasons for the decision made by an AI model. The recent DARPA initiative to develop a toolset that’ll deliver models that are more transparent, hopes to make the internal workings of deep neural networks more open to human scrutiny.Incremental Training – While current Machine Learning is a rudimentary attempt at mimicking the human brain, the existing state of the art is ‘catastrophically forgetful’. In order to add to the training of a model you need the entire historical training set. The industry in seeking a method of incremental training that allows new training data to be added to an existing model to result in a new smarter model. This is a better imitation of human learning.How can Marketing and Sales teams better leverage Blockchain and Big Data analytics to grow their businesses? I’m not a Blockchain expert. We have one SAFR Developer partner building a system that logs and anonymizes smart city computer vision events. It is possible that an indelible ledger may be the appropriate repository for IoT events from sensors including computer vision events from cameras. This ledger would be trustworthy and would also preserve the anonymity of the source.Which industries and markets have been the fastest and most agile to adopt your technologies?After an early foray into Retail Analytics, we found significant traction in security. I anticipate that 5G IoT and Smart City applications will deploy computer vision. Additionally, Secure Access and hospitality applications continue to promise to eliminate the ID badge and other physical credentials or tickets and speed users through authentication check points.What makes RealNetworks different from other high-tech solution providers? RealNetworks has a history of tackling the hardest technical problems. With our RealMedia business, we brought Streaming Media to the world across the Internet when it was hard – when your connection to the Internet was through a dial-up modem. In our Kontxt business we route and process the fire hose of text messages between mobile carriers and have maintained an uptime of over 12 years. In our SAFR business we’ve taken on the most difficult category of live video facial recognition for in-the-wild subjects. The DNA of innovation persists in RealNetworks.Salesforce recently announced acquiring Tableau. Google is doing that with Looker. How do you see Data Science and Data Visualization becoming the core of every Marketing and Sales Technology offerings?Congratulations to my friends at Tableau. Yes, AI is already a ubiquitous tool, wielded by many businesses. I anticipate computer vision permeating many aspects of our lives beyond security from driverless cars to home automation. Facial recognition will progressively replace authentication by physical credentials. I imagine walking into a hotel lobby, recognized by a smart camera, receiving a text message that I was automatically checked-in to my reservation and providing me with the room number and code to open the door. Queuing to check-in will become passé.Tell us more about your roadmap for Data Science and AI in RealNetworks.We continue to improve the accuracy of our facial recognition but the gap between the leaders in this space is narrowing. My specific preoccupation is on driving SAFR deeper into devices. The speed and compactness of our model make it more embeddable in cameras. The Kontxt platform will continue to use Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to derive deeper insights from messages. In the RealMedia tool set, we are also training models to improve the compression of video and enhance its streaming.Do you see Data Science becoming the core of all MarTech and SalesTech companies? How can Product and Innovation teams work with the Data Science team to make these products better suited to market demands? All businesses must glean insights from historical data. Data Science and AI provide tools for us to automate the analysis to deliver those insights. Historian George Santayana said that ‘those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it.’ In the business domain, you might not even be able to repeat your past success if you don’t learn and understand the cause of your success.What is your advice to Data Science Engineers, AIOps Analysts and, MarTech Product Managers?Beware. AI is not a silver bullet or magic mirror who can answer any questions. Deep neural networks are at best curve fitting to past data – albeit to curves in hundreds of dimensions. Machine Learning, in its current form, can only tell you what your data already knows. Moreover, it cannot provide you insights for eventualities not represented in the ground truth of your training data. Don’t abdicate leadership to the machine! Reza Rassool received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from King’s College, London, in 1984. He is a CTO with RealNetworks, where in addition to his oversight of corporate-wide technology initiatives, he personally drives both Machine Learning and Codec developments. He evangelizes strategic innovations through technical papers, public speaking, and customer engagements. His entrepreneurial career in digital media technology includes many industry firsts.He pioneered “non-linear” editing with OSCAR/EMMY winning Lightworks and brought the world’s first disk-based VOD system to NAB in 1994 while a Chief Engineer of Micropolis.He worked on ground-breaking cochlear implant and bionic eye developments. He was the Founder of Widevine Technologies transforming digital rights management for online television. He has 24 U.S. patents granted, he continues to drive new innovation in Next-generation Video Coding, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning. Building on a legacy of Digital Media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. SAFR is the world’s premier facial recognition platform for live video. Leading in real-world performance and accuracy as evidenced in testing by NIST, SAFR enables new applications for security, convenience, and analytics. Kontxt is the foremost platform for categorizing A2P messages to help mobile carriers build customer loyalty and drive new revenue through text message classification and antispam. About RezaAbout RealNetworksAbout Reza 5GAIdata scienceIoTmachine learningRealNetworksReza RassoolTechBytes Previous ArticleIntroducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered MarketingNext ArticleInte Q Receives a Top Rating for Measuring Emotional Loyalty by Leading Research Firmlast_img read more

Myelinproducing cells are altered in multiple sclerosis shows study

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Subpopulations of oligodendrocytes, myelin-producing cells in the brain that are targeted by the immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS), are altered in MS and might therefore have additional roles in the disease than previously described. The results are published in the journal Nature, in a study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and University of Edinburgh in the UK.Around the world 2.5 million people are living with MS. MS develops when the immune system’s white blood cells attack the insulating fatty substance known as myelin, which is produced by oligodendrocytes and coats nerve fibres in the central nervous system. This interferes with the proper transmission of nerve electric signals and causes the symptoms of the disease.Previously the researchers have investigated oligodendrocytes in a mouse model of MS and shown that they might have a significant role in the development of the disease. In the current study they have mapped oligodendrocytes in human samples from post-mortem brains of MS patients.”While we found some similarities between the mouse model of MS and human MS, our results also unveil differences. We found changes in different oligodendrocyte subpopulations in MS, suggesting a more complex role of these cells in the pathology of the disease, but also in regeneration of new cells,” says Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, one if the lead researchers of the study.The results show that oligodendrocyte precursor cells, which are thought to have a crucial role in relapsing-remitting MS to restore myelin, are depleted in the progressive disease.”In addition, the proportions of different resident oligodendrocytes in the lesions are changed, along with their properties, suggesting that they might have important roles in MS,” says Eneritz Agirre, postdoctoral researcher in Castelo-Branco’s group at Karolinska Institutet.Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaSchwann cells induce self-repair of damaged nervesThe researchers used single-nuclei RNA sequencing, which allows determination of genetic activity of individual cells, to investigate the cellular composition of MS lesions with unprecedented resolution.”We found that oligodendrocytes are a diverse population of cells and that different types are likely to have different functions in the brain,” says Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.”Understanding which types of oligodendrocytes are most beneficial in repairing myelin will be crucial for maximising the chances of developing much-needed treatments for MS,” says Professor Anna Williams of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.The researchers also found novel markers that can be useful for the neuropathological characterisation of MS.”Our findings illustrate the power of this technology to study the neuropathology of human diseases such as MS. We predict that the widespread use of this technology with larger numbers of samples will further enhance our understanding of MS and lead to revision of current concepts of the disease,” says Gonçalo Castelo-Branco.Another paper is published simultaneously in Nature, from Professor Jonas Frisén’s group also at Karolinska Institutet, arriving at overlapping conclusions, with a different methodology, Source: read more

Taxi strike stretches into eighth day in Spain

first_img Explore further The strike began in Barcelona last week and spread to Madrid at the weekend as drivers blocked main thoroughfares, demanding action from the government against what they believe is poor enforcement of regulations on VTCs (Tourism Vehicles with Chauffeur).On Monday, it spread even further to cities across the country.Elite Taxi, one of Spain’s taxi federations, tweeted Tuesday that its members and those of other associations had “reached a deal to continue with the stoppage” at least until Wednesday when a transport-related meeting takes place between the government and regional authorities.”We will be able to know more about the government’s intentions,” it said.The strike mirrors other similar work stoppages in European countries, as taxis across the continent complain ride hailing competitors are threatening their livelihoods, arguing for instance their licences are much more expensive than those for VTCs.In Madrid on Tuesday, white taxis blocked the main Paseo de la Castellana thoroughfare, joined by several Portuguese drivers who had come to show their support, their country’s green and red flag draped on their cars.In Barcelona, hundreds of black and yellow taxis remained parked on the Gran Via, one of the seaside city’s main roads.The strike started in the tourist magnet of Barcelona on Wednesday after the Spanish government appealed a ruling by the city’s authorities that limited the number of licences for Uber-style services.Taxi federations want the authorities to strictly enforce legislation under which there should be 30 traditional taxis for each VTC.Today there are only five traditional taxis for every VTC, they say, warning that they will extend their action to blocking ports, airports and even the border with France if Madrid fails to act.VTC drivers have in turn criticised their traditional taxi peers, charging some were attacked in Barcelona last week and arguing they are trying to forcefully retain their monopoly. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber © 2018 AFPcenter_img Taxi drivers blocked a major avenue in Madrid on Tuesday as a strike against Uber-style ride hailing services was set to enter a second week Taxi drivers in Spain dug their heels in and vowed to continue Wednesday a strike against ride hailing competitors such as Uber and Cabify that has paralysed major cities. Citation: Taxi strike stretches into eighth day in Spain (2018, July 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Bigger pricier iPhone shown at Apple event Wednesday

first_img Citation: Bigger, pricier iPhone shown at Apple event Wednesday (2018, September 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from CEO Tim Cook showed off the Apple XS, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year’s dramatically designed model , the iPhone X. A bigger version will be called the iPhone XS Max, which looks to be about the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, though the screen size is much bigger.As with the iPhone X, the new phone has a screen that runs from edge to edge, an effort to maximize the display without making the phone too awkward to hold. The screen needs no backlight, so black would appear as truly black rather than simply dark.This even-bigger iPhone represents Apple’s attempt to feed consumers’ appetite for increasingly larger screens as they rely on smartphones to watch and record video, as well as take photos wherever they are.The iPhone X also got rid of the home button to make room for more screen and introduced facial-recognition technology to unlock the device.By making more expensive iPhones, Apple has been able to boost its profits despite waning demand as people upgrade phones less frequently. IPhones fetched an average price of $724 during the April-June period, a nearly 20 percent increase from a year earlier. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Worldwide smartphone sales grew just 2 percent during that period, according to the research firm Gartner Inc. During the second quarter, which is typically slow for Apple, China’s Huawei Technologies surpassed Apple as the second-largest seller of smartphones, based on Gartner’s calculations. Samsung remained in the lead. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Bigger, pricier iPhone expected at Apple event Wednesday Explore further Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales.last_img read more

Cong demands probe into opening of dam shutters sans alertCong demands probe

first_imgflood Tharoor holds talks with UN agencies, proposes global meet on ‘rebuilding Kerala better’ state politics SHARE Kerala COMMENT Even before flood waters have drained out from Kerala, the political class has started washing dirty linen over the choice and timing of opening of 44 dams that is believed to have exacerbated a crisis brought about by heavy rain and landslides. Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala alleged that shutters of various dams were opened without observing necessary protocol. More than 230 lives have been lost in the floods since August 8, besides leaving a trail of destruction in the housing, agriculture and infrastructure sectors.Chennithala also demanded a judicial probe into the allegations, reiterating that the flooding and the terrible destruction of lives and property were a ‘man-made’ disaster.Chennithala also attacked officials of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which operates most of the dams in the State, for trying to reap maximum profit by generating power even when the situation threatened to get out of hand. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee Vice-President and North Paravur MLA VD Satheesan too termed the floods as “man-made” that ravaged the State. The floods occurred due to failed dam management of various agencies including the KSEB, he said.Raju Abraham, MLA representing the worst-hit Ranni constituency in Pathanamthitta district, said that flood waters had entered the town even before any warning. There has been a controversy over operating the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad as well. Meanwhile, NS Pillai, Chairman of the KSEB, has gone on record denying all accusations and asserted that the dam shutters were opened after observing necessary protocol and issuing alerts. The State Dam Safety Council Chairman CN Ramachandran Nair agreed, dismissing the allegations are baseless. SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Published on August 22, 2018 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Invest in TN invest in our shared future OPS invites Islamic foundation

first_imgeconomy (general) Malaysia November 10, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL  “I am happy to inform you that Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Investment Fund (TNIF) has declared its first close with a total fund raising of $350 million,” Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam said here on Saturday. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of roundtable conference, ‘Innovative and Alternative Finance for Business and Infrastructure Development in India’ organised by World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), a Kuala Lumpur-based NGO, in association with United Economic Forum(UEF) Chamber of Commerce.Alternative Investment Fund Paneerselvam said TNIF, the first category Alternative Investment Fund approved by SEBI, was the first such initiative made by any state government in the country which provides equity and structured finance infrastructure projects with a revenue model. Highlighting the culturally strong ties between Tamil Nadu and Malaysia, Paneerselvam said, the state government has already identified, over two hundred Infrastructure projects, requiring investment of approximately $250 billion.“Tamil Nadu has institutional structures, that can receive investments, through Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Sharia compliant funds,” Paneerselvam added. The WIEF foundation, with the objective of strengthening the ties of Muslims and Non-Muslim communities through business engagements and discussions, has previously held it’s annual World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, UK and UAE and for the first time conducts WIEF round table in India at Chennai.The Deputy Chief Minister thanked WIEF-UEF association for choosing Tamil Nadu as investment destination with a target of 1 per cent of it’s overall Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments. “This would amount to $33 billion which would help the society and State at large,” Paneerselvam added.Business friendly schemes M C Sampath, Minister for Industries, Tamil Nadu Government, listed out various business friendly schemes available in the State. “Out of 98 Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) signed during Global Investors Meet(GIM) 2015, 67 projects are commissioned and the remaining are under various stages of implementation,” Sampath said.Assuring the complete support of the State Government, the industries minister urged the investors to participate in the GIM 2019 to be held in January next year and explore the investment opportunities available in the State. Speaking at the event, Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation said, Islamic finance is continuously gaining traction globally from a niche market of global banking to growing source of funding. Islamic finance “Companies like Goldman Sachs and General Electric(GE) have been selling Islamic bonds in the past few years,” Musa Hitam said. However, Musa Hitam said, even with a large muslim population, knowledge and understanding on Islamic finance is fairly limited in India and in Tamil Nadu. “This platform gives us the opportunity to reach out to as many people as possible and create awareness on Shariah compliant finance,” said Arif Buhary Rahman, Chairman, UEF Chamber of Commerce. The round table conference had 4 sessions moderated by experts from finance and banking sector across the world, to discuss about various Shariah compliant investment products and opportunities for investment in India subject to existing foreign exchange and tax regulations in India. SHARE Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam (file photo).center_img Tamil Nadu COMMENT money and investing Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Modi 20 Union Ministers and Portfolios

first_imgMay 30, 2019 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED SHARE Dr Harsh Vardhan along with Harsimrat Kaur arrived for Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Friday, May 31, 2019 Nirmala Sitharaman to hold Finance and Corporate Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman is now the Finance Minister  Here is the list of Ministers and their portfolios:Shri Narendra ModiPrime Minister and also in-charge of:Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;Department of Atomic Energy;Department of Space; andAll important policy issues; andAll other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.  Cabinet MinistersPortfolios1Shri Raj Nath SinghMinister of Defence.2Shri Amit ShahMinister of Home Affairs.3Shri Nitin Jairam GadkariMinister of Road Transport and Highways; andMinister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.4Shri D.V. Sadananda GowdaMinister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.5Smt. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance; andMinister of Corporate Affairs.6Shri Ramvilas PaswanMinister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.7Shri Narendra Singh TomarMinister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; andMinister of Panchayati Raj.8Shri Ravi Shankar PrasadMinister of Law and Justice;Minister of Communications; andMinister of Electronics and Information Technology.9Smt. Harsimrat Kaur BadalMinister of Food Processing Industries.10Shri Thaawar Chand GehlotMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment.11Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarMinister of External Affairs.12Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’Minister of Human Resource Development.13Shri Arjun MundaMinister of Tribal Affairs.14Smt. Smriti Zubin IraniMinister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.15Dr. Harsh VardhanMinister of Health and Family Welfare;Minister of Science and Technology; andMinister of Earth Sciences.16Shri Prakash JavadekarMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; andMinister of Information and Broadcasting.17Shri Piyush GoyalMinister of Railways; andMinister of Commerce and Industry.18Shri Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; andMinister of Steel.19Shri Mukhtar Abbas NaqviMinister of Minority Affairs.20Shri Pralhad JoshiMinister of Parliamentary Affairs;Minister of Coal; andMinister of Mines.21Dr. Mahendra Nath PandeyMinister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.22Shri Arvind Ganpat SawantMinister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.23Shri Giriraj SinghMinister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.24Shri Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Jal Shakti. Ministers of State (Independent Charge) 1Shri Santosh Kumar GangwarMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.2Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; andMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.3Shri Shripad Yesso NaikMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); andMinister of State in the Ministry of Defence.4Dr. Jitendra SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region;Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; andMinister of State in the Department of Space.5Shri Kiren RijijuMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.6Shri Prahalad Singh PatelMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; andMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.7Shri Raj Kumar SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.8Shri Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.9Shri Mansukh L. MandaviyaMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Ministers of State 1Shri Faggansingh KulasteMinister of State in the Ministry of Steel.2Shri Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.3Shri Arjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.4General (Retd.) V. K. SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.5Shri Krishan PalMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.6Shri Danve Raosaheb DadaraoMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.7Shri G. Kishan ReddyMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.8Shri Parshottam RupalaMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.9Shri Ramdas AthawaleMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.10Sadhvi Niranjan JyotiMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.11Shri Babul SupriyoMinister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.12Shri Sanjeev Kumar BalyanMinister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.13Shri Dhotre Sanjay ShamraoMinister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development;Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.14Shri Anurag Singh ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Finance; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.15Shri Angadi Suresh ChannabasappaMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways.16Shri Nityanand RaiMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.17Shri Rattan Lal KatariaMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.18Shri V. MuraleedharanMinister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.19Smt. Renuka Singh SarutaMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.20Shri Som ParkashMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.21Shri Rameswar TeliMinister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.22Shri Pratap Chandra SarangiMinister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.23Shri Kailash ChoudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.24Sushri Debasree ChaudhuriMinister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development. COMMENT Prime Minster Narendra Modi along with 57 ministers swore-in on Thursday in New Delhi. The portfolios were announced on Friday. Nirmala Sitharaman will hold Finance and Corporate Affairs, while first-time MP Amit Shah will be the Minster of Home Affairs.   Narendra Modi and his new cabinet   –  Twitter/Narendra Modi COMMENTSlast_img read more

South Korea clearly called for withdrawal of Japans export curbs at meeting

first_img Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Boycott Japan: South Korean Instagrammers react to export curbs The trade ministry official also said Seoul has not heard any complaints from Japan over Friday’s talks. He declined to be named, because of the sensitivity of the matter. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Toby Chopra) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img World 09 Jul 2019 South Korea rejects Japan media reports on transfer of material to North Korea SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean trade ministry officials “clearly” called on Japan to drop its export restrictions on the neighbouring country at a bilateral meeting on Friday, a Seoul official told Reuters on Saturday, rebutting Tokyo’s claims that Seoul did not make such a demand. Japan 10 Jul 2019 Japan, S. Korea step up trade disputelast_img read more

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