Preview • Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype? Mentioned Above Spinn Coffee Maker CES 2019 Hamilton Beach Alexa Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Spinn Coffee Maker $499 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments Share your voice Tags 2 Enlarge ImageThis new coffee maker from Hamilton Beach will accept voice commands from Alexa. James Martin/CNET At CES 2019, Hamilton Beach had a pair of connected coffee makers on display. The newest one, the $79 Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee Maker (Model 49700), will enjoy tight integration with Amazon’s voice assistant. You’ll be able to ask things like, “Alexa, is my coffee ready?” and “Alexa, when was my coffee brewed?” Alexa will then ping the brewer and provide an answer. You can also command the drip machine, via Alexa, to kickstart brewing.Also be sure to read: The best home espresso machines for sale right nowEnlarge ImageThe FlexBrew uses Kurig-style K-Cups or standard coffee grounds. James Martin/CNET Another appliance, the $89 Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew, links to your home Wi-Fi. That lets you control the brewer with the HB Connect mobile app. Additionally, the coffeemaker supports Amazon Dash Replenishment. With it enabled, the machine will automatically order coffee before your supply runs dry. The FlexBrew either makes single-serve portions from K-Cup containers, or up to full pots (12-cup max) from ground coffee.Hamilton Beach Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee MakerModel 49700Price: $79Availability: Q2 2019Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew Coffee MakerModel 49968 Price: $89 Availability: Now
Now playing: Watch this: …and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019 Facebook cryptocurrency revealed, Google puts $1B toward… Facebook Tech Industry Tags 1:21 Comments US President Donald Trump tweeted about Facebook’s Libra, as well as other cryptocurrencies, on Thursday night. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images In June, Facebook announced its next attempt at expanding outside social media platforms: the Libra cryptocurrency. It’ll be like Bitcoin, except its value will be pegged to a basket of assets, like government securities, to make it more stable. The world is unsure of how successful or disruptive Libra will be, and on Thursday the cryptocurrency got perhaps its biggest detractor yet: the president of the United States.”I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air,” Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday night, before moving on to Libra in a subsequent tweet.”Similarly, Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency’ will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National [and international].” 10 Trump ended the tweet thread by boasting of the US dollar’s dependability and reliability. The message from the president is clear: If you want to invest in a currency, ditch the crypto and look to the US dollar.Trump isn’t the only high-profile figure to question Libra this week. The head of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, reportedly told House lawmakers on Wednesday that the US’ central bank has “serious concerns” about Libra. Both the Federal Reserve System and a separate panel called the Financial Stability Oversight Council are meeting to discuss Libra alongside global policy makers, Powell also reportedly said.Libra won’t be run by just Facebook. Rather, Facebook and its partners have created an organization, the Libra Association, to manage the technical aspects of the project and work with regulators. David Marcus, who heads both Facebook’s Messenger department and the Libra project, says Facebook will be just one of many voices in the Libra Association, and won’t have special influence.”Facebook won’t have any special responsibility over the Libra Network,” he wrote in a FAQ page.Libra also has some built-in safeguards, which have been used in the real world, to make sure the value of the cryptocurrency stays stable. Facebook will build a wallet, called Calibra, though it will be a wholly owned subsidiary that Facebook says won’t share financial data with the social network.Libra is expected to launch in the first half of next year.Meanwhile, Trump’s news-making outburst over cryptocurrencies reinforces a federal court’s ruling this week that the leader of the US can’t block users on the social network, because it’s a public forum. The unanimous decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit affirms the ruling made by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2018 after Trump was sued for blocking users the previous year. Share your voice
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen shaking hands with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar as Dhaka-Delhi bilateral talks begin at state guesthouse Jamuna in Dhaka on 20 Aug, 2019. Photo: UNBVisiting Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India agreed on safe, speedy and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, reports UNB.He made the remarks while briefing newsmen after a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen at state guesthouse Jamuna in the morning.Asked about the Teesta water-sharing deal, Jaishankar said, “We have a position. We have a commitment on that position. There is no change….”He also described the Bangladesh-India relations as a model for South Asia.The Indian external affairs minister termed National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam India’s internal issue.The meeting that began at 11:10pm lasted for over one hour.The purpose of NRC update is to identify Indian citizens from among all the residents of Assam thereby leading to identification of illegal migrants residing in Assam, who entered Indian territories after the midnight of 24th March 1971 and to determine the citizenship of the applicants.Jaishankar who arrived in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh said the two countries have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.”We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level,” he said while talking to newsmen after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.Before the meeting, the Indian minister visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there.Momen is set to host a lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting. The Indian foreign minister is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5:00pm on Tuesday.Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host a private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening. He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning. India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROYou may be able to argue about whether politics and celebrity mix, but what is hard to contest is the impact of celebrity on politics. Case in point was a panel discussion, “Music, Criminal Justice and Racial Equality” where hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium to see Meek Mill talk about his life during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference on September 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.The famed hip hop artist was joined on stage by such heavy hitters as author Michael Eric Dyson; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who hosted the event; Jeffrey Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group; Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History and Affiliate faculty member in African Studies, at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and CNN host Van Jones, who also served as moderator of the event.Rep. Hakeem Jeffries hosted the high-powered discussion on the criminal justice system at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. (Photo by Micha Green)Mill, 31, was once again in the center of news cycle this weeks as he recently stopped a famous long running feud with fellow rapper, Drake. The duo would go on to share a stage and perform together in Philadelphia the next day. During the panel discussion, Jones praised the artist for creating a dialogue of peace for young people.“That means for all of us people, they (Mill and Drake) created a license for us to do a ‘Meek and Drake,’” Jones said to thunderous applause. “Because this brother has been willing to do things others aren’t willing to do. Admit to addiction. Come out of prison and fight for prison reform. And make peace with someone you’ve been been beefing with for years.”Much of Mill’s life has been on public display. He was constantly on every music magazines’ “one to watch” list. He released three albums, “Dreams and Nightmares,” “Dreams Worth More than Money” and “Wins & Losses,” as well as several critically acclaimed mixtapes. He was also convicted of selling drugs and gun possession in 2008. He was released from prison in 2009 but then began a long battle with his judge over parole and violations.Throughout this process, even in the documentary about his life, produced by entrepreneur and rapper Jay-Z, the Philadelphia native has been candid about his personal life and the struggles he went through in the prison system. He garnered some high profile supporters including Kevin Hart, rapper T.I., Internet entrepreneur Michael Rubin and many others.His public battle over probation violation has sparked debate about how the criminal justice system still punishes people long after they have served their sentences.Mill was quick to point out in the panel discussion that while his celebrity may have shed light on issues in prison, being a celebrity shouldn’t have any bearing about treating someone fairly.“There was one guy….a CO…. and like Kevin Hart and my friend Michael Rubin came to see me and he was like he was like ‘Wow I gotta open my eyes up to this guy.’ And I was like why does it take a celebrity and a guy who’s a billionaire for you to open your eyes?” Mill told the audience.“One of the reasons we put the panel together, we wanted to make plain that the contemporary experience that Meek is going through really traces back to the origins of this country,” Congressman Jeffries said. “If we don’t put that in context we won’t be able to navigate forward in the most thoughtful and powerful way.”“All of us have this all hands on deck responsibility. The hope is that you leave inspired to participate in this democracy because that is what those who have come before us have consistently done.”
A meteoroid smashed into the side of a crater on Mars and then started a landslide © 2018 Phys.org More information: Lu Liu et al. Hot streaks in artistic, cultural, and scientific careers, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0315-8AbstractThe hot streak—loosely defined as ‘winning begets more winnings’—highlights a specific period during which an individual’s performance is substantially better than his or her typical performance. Although hot streaks have been widely debated in sports, gambling and financial markets over the past several decades, little is known about whether they apply to individual careers. Here, building on rich literature on the lifecycle of creativity, we collected large-scale career histories of individual artists, film directors and scientists, tracing the artworks, films and scientific publications they produced. We find that, across all three domains, hit works within a career show a high degree of temporal regularity, with each career being characterized by bursts of high-impact works occurring in sequence. We demonstrate that these observations can be explained by a simple hot-streak model, allowing us to probe quantitatively the hot streak phenomenon governing individual careers. We find this phenomemon to be remarkably universal across diverse domains: hot streaks are ubiquitous yet usually unique across different careers. The hot streak emerges randomly within an individual’s sequence of works, is temporally localized, and is not associated with any detectable change in productivity. We show that, because works produced during hot streaks garner substantially more impact, the uncovered hot streaks fundamentally drive the collective impact of an individual, and ignoring this leads us to systematically overestimate or underestimate the future impact of a career. These results not only deepen our quantitative understanding of patterns that govern individual ingenuity and success, but also may have implications for identifying and nurturing individuals whose work will have lasting impact. An international team of researchers has conducted a statistical analysis of hot streaks to learn more about this mysterious facet of human nature. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes how they conducted their study and what they found. Credit: CC0 Public Domain A hot streak is a commonly used term to describe a series of successful ventures—for example, winning hand after hand in poker, making multiple three-point shots in a basketball game, or winning several games in a row. It is generally tied to human achievement and is steeped in folklore—particularly in sports and gambling. But is it a real thing? And if so, are there characteristics involved with it that could help explain how and why they occur?To learn more about hot streaks in general, the researchers studied them as they occurred in three fields with measurable data: artistry, filmmaking and scientific research. Artistic hot streaks, they figured, could be measured by sales price and volume. Filmmaking hot streaks could be measured using box office tallies—and scientific hot streaks could be measured by looking at citation numbers. The researchers obtained data from art auctions, the IMDb database and research paper databases, respectively.After applying a number of statistical techniques to their data, the researchers came away with several conclusions. The first is that the hot streak does appear to be a real phenomenon. And it happened to most of those individuals they studied—91 percent of artists who sold their work at auctions, for example, experienced a hot streak. The same was true for 92 percent of movie directors and 90 percent of research scientists. But they also found that it was rare for people in any of the three fields to experience more than one hot streak. They also found that the span of time for hot streaks across the three fields was relatively similar—5.7 years on average for artists, 5.2 for directors and 3.7 for research scientists.Interestingly, the researchers found that having a hot streak did not seem to be tied to productivity—very few of those studied produced any more than they did during times when they were not experiencing a hot streak. Also, hot streaks could occur at almost any time during a person’s career. The researchers note also that they could find no measurable data that might help explain why hot streaks occurred. Journal information: Nature Explore further Citation: A statistical study of the hot streak (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-statistical-hot-streak.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.