Ikea smart blinds set to go on sale in the US this

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review 0 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Check out Ikea’s Tradfri smart lights HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental We’re still waiting to find out how much they’ll cost. Ikea Ikea’s Fyrtur smart blinds are expected to launch in the US in October, the Swedish retailer confirmed on Friday. Ikea says you’ll be able to control the blinds with an included remote and its Trådfri smart home app, as well as voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.An Ikea spokeswoman said the price for the blinds will range between $129 and $179 — that’s well below competing products from Lutron and Somfy.The voice-compatible smart shades were previously scheduled to launch in April, but Ikea delayed them to make firmware improvements. There’s not much information yet on what sizes the shades will come in yet, but Ikea previously said they’ll launch with a single color option: gray. The blinds will sell in two styles internationally, Fyrtur and Kadrilj, but only the former will be available in the US. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it Boost Mobile Post a comment Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 9 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo This robot builds Ikea furniture $59 at eBay The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazoncenter_img $155 at Google Express 1:02 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review $999 $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Smart Home,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice $520 at HP 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tagslast_img read more

AB de Villiers better than Virat Kohli Nathan Lyon picks Mr 360

first_imgNathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.last_img read more

BNP blasts CEC remark on partys registration

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Friday alleged that chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda is trying to intimidate it to join the election under prime minister Sheikh Hasina by speaking about the risk of the cancellation of its registration in case of election boycott again, reports UNB.”The CEC said BNP’s registration will be at stake if it doesn’t join the polls this time…CEC KM Nurul Huda has become a genuine Baksal-like spokesman,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya paltan central office, he further said, “The chief election commissioner is intimidating BNP by talking about the risk of its registration annulment so that the party participate in unilateral Baksali election under Sheikh Hasina.”The BNP leader also said the CEC’s comment exposed that he is putting in his best efforts to hold a stage-managed election.He said BNP is least bothered about its political registration with the election commission since its position is very strong among people. “BNP’s registration is in people’s hands. There’s no point of talking about the paper-based registration of popular political parties since their survival depends on people’s judgment.”The BNP leader alleged that the CEC enjoys serving the ruling party. “We would like to tell the CEC you’ll also face the risk of removal alongside the government if you have any evil plan over BNP’s registration.”About their party’s planned public rally for Saturday, Rizvi said they still did not get permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in this regard.He also said their party has no objection to holding the rally on Sunday at Suhrawardy Udyan if the DMP authorities have any problem to permit them to do it on Saturday.”We’re still focusing on holding the rally tomorrow (Saturday), but we can also do it on Sunday if they give permission,” Rizvi added.On Monday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference announced that they sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party’s Nayapaltan central office on Thursday.But the party rescheduled it on Tuesday it for Saturday.Meanwhile, the party on Thursday sought fresh permission from the DMP authorities to hold the public rally on Sunday as the authorities reportedly requested it to change the rally schedule and submit a fresh application for the permission.last_img read more

IranIraq quake kills at least 145

first_imgMap showing the epicenter of a 7.3-magnitude quake on the Iraq-Iran border Sunday that has has left at least 135 people dead. AFPAt least 135 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that were hindering rescue efforts, officials said Monday.Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late Sunday, while images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said 129 were dead in an updated toll posted on its website, while the official IRNA news agency said some 300 people had been injured, adding that the toll was expected to rise.Six others were reported dead on the Iraq side of the border.“We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps,” said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran’s Kermanshah province.The quake hit 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm, when many people would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said.Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off… there have been landslides.”The worst-hit towns in Iran were Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah and Azgaleh, about 40 kilometres northwest, IRNA said.It added that 30 Red Cross teams had been sent to the quake zone, parts of which had experienced power cuts.In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.In Sulaimaniyah, residents ran out onto the streets and some damage to property was reported, an AFP reporter there said.“Four people were killed by the earthquake” in Darbandikhan, the town’s mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan told AFP.A child and an elderly person were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70 kilometres south of Darbandikhan, and 105 people injured.Residents flee homes in TurkeyThe quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 25 kilometres, was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said.On the Iranian side of the border, the tremor shook several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz.It was also felt in southeastern Turkey, “from Malatya to Van”, an AFP correspondent said. In the town of Diyarbakir, residents were reported to have fled their homes.The quake struck along a 1,500 kilometre fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq.The area sees frequent seismic activity.In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake near the Caspian sea in northern Iran killed 40,000 people and left 300,000 more injured and half a million homeless. Within seconds the quake reduced dozens of towns and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble.Thirteen years later, a catastrophic quake struck the ancient southeast Iranian city of Bam, famed for its mud brick buildings, killing at least 31,000 people and flattening swathes of the city.Since then, Iran has experienced at least two major quake disasters, one in 2005 that killed more than 600 and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.More recently, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage.last_img read more

3 Bangladeshis caught in Sri Lanka drug scam

first_imgHeroin packets in a Colombo flat. Photo: ColleectedTwo Bangladeshis have been caught in the biggest drug haul ever of Sri Lanka’s recent history. A total of 272 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine were found in their possession.Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies nabbed them during a special operation in the Mount Lavinia area in the suburbs of capital Colombo. The value of the confiscated drugs is estimated to be around 1.52 billion taka.The two Bangladeshi’s caught in the operation are Mohammed Jamaluddin of Bogura and Rafiul Islam of Joypurhat.The narcotics unit of Sri Lanka’s police force and a special task force carried out the drive last month, December.Prior to this, a Bangladeshi woman, Surjamoni, had been arrested in possession of 32 kgs of heroin on 14 December in the same suburb of Colombo. She had reportedly gone to Colombo from Malaysia in October last year.A foreign ministry official in Dhaka on Tuesday said that the arrest of three Bangladeshis in possession of 304 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine in a matter of one month had created a sensation in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan authorities had hinted that such activities may hamper issuing visas for Bangladeshi nationals.The Sri Lanka’s president’s office, the inspector general of the country’s police force and the head of the police’s special task force have contacted the Bangladesh high commission in Colombo regarding this huge haul of smuggled narcotics.Bangladesh’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka M Reaz Hamidullah, over mobile phone told Prothom Alo, the Sri Lankan government has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation regarding investigations into the drug smuggling.Bangladesh always maintains a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and drugs, he said. “It would extend all possible cooperation to Sri Lanka to investigate the drug smuggling.”The high commissioner said the embassy officials would hold a meeting with the Sri Lankan authorities on 3 January in this regard.In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror on Tuesday quoted the country’s police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara as saying that the two Bangladeshis, Jamal and Rafiul, were first caught with 9 kgs of heroin in a residential area on Temple Road in Mount Lavinia. The heroin had been stashed in a cake box.After interrogation, the two men were taken to a two-storey house in the locality where the law enforcement officers were stunned to see packets of heroin all over the place.They recovered 263 kg of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine from there. The value of this amounted to around 3.33 billion Sri Lankan rupees or 1.52 billion Bangladeshi taka.The Sri Lankan police and special task force feel the drugs were being distributed all over the country from this house.last_img read more

States Attorney Vows Appeal after Judge Dismisses Charges in Death of Phylicia

first_imgA judge has dismissed charges against Michael Maurice Johnson (right) in the 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes (left). (Photos courtesy of the Baltimore City Police Department )A Baltimore judge has dismissed charges against Michael Maurice Johnson in the 2010 death of Phylicia Barnes.  Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has vowed to appeal the decision, arguing that the trial judge, John Addison Howard, lacked jurisdiction to dismiss the charges.Phylicia Barnes disappeared in late 2010 and was later discovered floating in the Susquehanna River.  Michael Maurice Johnson was charged with second degree murder in Barnes’s death and convicted in 2013, but that conviction was overturned because the prosecution failed to disclose discrediting evidence against one of its key witnesses, according to Russel Neverdon, Johnson’s defense attorney in his first trial.According to Neverdon, the State’s Attorney’s case against Johnson was “riddled with problems.”“There was no physical evidence that put him there.  They searched his car, a DNA swab—they just did so much but there was nothing that they could find that actually put Michael Johnson as being the person responsible for the disappearance and the untimely death of this young woman,” said Neverdon of the state’s evidence.A second trial was ruled a mistrial last month by Howard, who now has dismissed the charges against Johnson on a motion by the defense for judgment of acquittal (MJOA) based on insufficient evidence, a motion which, according to Neverdon, asks whether, if all the evidence is viewed in the light most favorable to the prosecution, there is sufficient evidence by which a reasonable juror could find criminal liability.Mosby subsequently released a statement which read, in part, “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision today based on the fact that the defense waived their right to a ruling on a motion for judgment of acquittal.  According to State v. Sirbaugh . . . the Court had no jurisdiction to grant the acquittal and we will be seeking an appeal on those grounds.”According to Neverdon, the state could have legitimate grounds to appeal Howard’s decision because an MJOA cannot generally be filed until after the prosecution has completed presenting its case to the jury.  Because the judge initially ruled a mistrial because of the prosecutorial failure to redact a recording of a wire-tapped conversation involving Johnson before the recording was presented to the jury, the state may not have been able to present its full case, meaning a ruling on an MJOA would be inappropriate.“The problem becomes did [the judge] obviate the role of a jury when he starts talking about the sufficiency of the evidence. . . . From what I’ve read, from some early quotes, [the judge] said there was no direct evidence, this was circumstantial.  But we know that under the jury instructions they would get at some point in time, suggests that there is no distinction between circumstantial or direct evidence.  And that’s a question that, if the state’s going to make an argument, would fall within the purview of a jury.  So I think if they’re going to attack, that would be where the attack would be,” explained Neverdon. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Cardinals Top No 41 Georgia Tech 43 to Advance to ACC Championship

first_img“It was an exciting match from the first point on. In Atlanta, they beat us easily in doubles and that’s where we set the tone for the day,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “It was one of those matches that never seemed to be truly over until the very last point. I am so proud of all 12 players of the Fight Squad.”   With the match coming down to courts one and two, No. 29 Carlos Divar rallied to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Morin-Kougoucheff at No. 1 to even the score at 2-2. However, Lancaster clinched the match with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win at the two-spot, allowing the Cardinals to advance to the ACC Championship quarterfinals. Match Results Louisville 4, #41 Georgia Tech 3 With the victory, the 11-seed Cardinals improve to 16-12 on the season and advance to the quarterfinals for a matchup against third-seeded and No. 9 North Carolina on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. The Cardinals captured the doubles point to gain the early 1-0 lead in the match as Sergio Hernandez and Alex Wesbrooks downed Chris Yun and Pablo Schelcher 6-4 on court three and Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle topped the No. 61 duo of Carlos Divar and Phillip Gresk 6-4 at No. 1. George Hedley and Federico Gomez were up 5-4 over Andrew Li and Cole Gromley at the two-spot before the point was decided. Georgia Tech countered in singles to knot the score at 1-1 as Gromley earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Mizrahi at No. 6. Continuing their momentum, the Yellow Jackets gained a 2-1 lead as No. 120 Gresk secured a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Hernandez on court six. Georgia Tech did not hold on to its lead for long as Salle triumphed over Yun with a 7-5, 6-3 straight sets victory at the four-spot to tie the score once again at 2-2. Louisville then regained the advantage at 3-2 as Gomez registered a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Schelcher at No. 5.center_img Singles1. #29 Carlos Divar (GT) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-22. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Andrew Li (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-33. #120 Phillip Gresk (GT) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-24. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Chris Yun (GT) 7-5, 6-35. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Pablo Schelcher (GT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-36. Cole Gromley (GT) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-4, 6-1Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #61 Carlos Divar/Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-42. Andrew Li/Cole Gromley (GT) vs. George Hedley/Federico Gomez (LOU) 4-5, unfinished3. Sergio Hernandez/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Chris Yun/Pablo Schelcher (GT) 6-4 Story Links Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2) Cary, N.C. – Brandon Lancaster secured a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over Andrew Li to lift the University of Louisville men’s tennis team to a 4-3 win over No. 41 Georgia Tech in the second round of the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PSBTs Open Frame film festival all set to take off

first_imgThe Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), which has carved out a niche for itself in over a decade in making non-commercial documentaries on pressing issues involving women, is all set to host its 13th international film festival beginning here 11 Sept.Slated to last till 21 Sept, the PSBT film festival, aptly rechristened Open Frame International Film Festival will be held at the IIC here with an active collaboration by the latter in conducting it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival accords the Delhi denizens a rare opportunity to watch the PSBT’s documentaries which earlier have been shown and applauded in festivals in the world over at places ranging from Oberhausean to Estonia and from Kerala to New York.Films slated to be screened ‘focus on the narratives of and by the women, foregrounding their experiences and embodying a wide range of issues that require their critical examination,’ say organisers. Credited with making over 540 independent films and screening them in 660 global film festivals, winning 170 awards, including 37 National Awards, besides wide-ranging critical acclaim. The films address, examine, present and celebrate woman’s lives, struggle, solidarities and movements. Film lovers don’t miss this one.  ptilast_img read more

Building Poland

first_imgThe festival not only aims to provide a wholesome insight into Polish culture and art, but also hopes to rouse further interest in the audience so as the association of exchange continues.The festival began with the screening of the documentary film A little  Poland in India  directed by Anu Radha and Sumit Osmand Shaw. A Little Poland in India’ is a first film that has been co-produced between the governments of India and Poland, under the audio-visual agreement between both the countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film is about the time period of  World War II, when about 1,000 Polish children travelled to India.  ‘Our relationship with India stretched back to World War II when India opened her heart to the Polish refugee children and offered them both home and human warmth. We shall never forget the generosity of spirit,’said Piotr Ktodkowski, the Polish ambassador.The film festival will be also screening other films like llumination directed by Krzystof Zanussi, Escape from the Liberty Cinema directed by Wojciech Marczewski, My Father’s Bike  directed by Piotr Trzaskalski and the Promised Land directed by Andrzej Wajda.WHEN: 18 till 23 NovemberWHERE: India Habitat Centre, PVR Select Citywalk (3 December)last_img read more

Aspen Grove Promotes Ron Briggs to SVP of Business Development

first_imgAspen Grove Promotes Ron Briggs to SVP of Business Development Ron BriggsAspen Grove Solutions (AGS), founded in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced in a press release the promotion of Ron Briggs to the position of SVP of business development, effective immediately. Aspen Grove is a leading enterprise provider of property related technology solutions for REO, short sale, asset management, inspections, property preservation, vendor management, and compliance.Briggs has been with AGS since earlier this year, the company reported. He brings 25 years of experience from the real estate industry, specifically the mortgage servicing and default space.“Ron has been a great asset since he joined, his rapid promotion within the company is a reflection on his unquestionable ability and shared values,” said Ed Buckley, president of AGS. “We are ready to continue with the success of Aspen Grove Solutions and further deepen relationships with our clients by understanding, predicting, and reacting to their needs better than anyone else.”In his new position, the company says that Briggs will support clients to ensure AGS delivers purpose fitting solutions in a timely and cost effective manner, that are easy to use and quick to implement with the assistance of his business development team.As the head of AGS business development, Ron Briggs will report to AGS’ president Edmond Buckley and becomes a member of the senior leadership team, AGS reported. Share Aspen Grove Solutions Business Development REO 2015-06-02 Staff Writercenter_img June 2, 2015 553 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Vimeo has updated its OTT platform VHX offering a

first_imgVimeo has updated its OTT platform VHX, offering ad-supported video for partner channels and introducing new video SDKs.The new features mean that channels that use VHX can now integrate ad-supported videos with Google DoubleClick for Publishers.The VHX SDKs mean that users can also build custom over-the-trop apps using the VHX player for the web, iOS and Android.Other new features include the extension of VHX’s subscription payments API to iOS, Android and Roku, and a new automated mass-import system for faster site and app deployment.“Many of our OTT partners view advertising and freemium plans as an interim step for driving premium subscription sign-ups,” said Jamie Wilkinson, general manager of Vimeo’s OTT services group.“Vimeo.com remains ad-free but we are excited to now offer advertising monetisation for partner owned and operated sites and apps. Moreover, we are releasing a series of product enhancements and new SDKs to provide support for those leveraging custom development.”At the same time, Vimeo announced the appointment of former Brightcove executive Josh Normand as senior vice president of sales, Vimeo.Normand will oversee sales efforts to further expand Vimeo’s VHX platform and other upcoming products and offerings. Normand was previously at Hootsuite Media and before that served as the VP of sales for North America and EMEA at Brightcove.Vimeo bought streaming video platform VHX last May, allowing users to launch their own cross-platform subscription video on demand services.last_img read more

Viacom is combing OTT D2C and traditional distrib

first_imgViacom is combing OTT, D2C and traditional distribution models to reach new audiences and drive value for its partners as the company evolves both its partnerships with traditional distributors and OTTs to develop their core brand offerings, according to Dan Fahy, VP Commercial and Content Distribution.Dan FahySpeaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London, Fahy said that the company was investing an enormous amount in major pay partnerships in the form of new content, main screen innovations in 4K and UHD, content windowing with series stacking and previews, OTT services including Sky GO; Now TV and Virgin Media TV everywhere, apps, events such as Slimefest; European Music Awards and Comedy Festival and Marketing & Social encompassing promotional value of key talent and social media expertise.Led by the key drivers of reaching new audiences and bringing value to their partners, Viacom has been leveraging partnerships with regional broadcasters, OTTs and telcos across its different brands to penetrate new markets and reach new audiences, said Fahy.Transitioning Viacom’s My 5 brand into a partnership model with regional broadcasters with the likes of Israel’s HOT and A&E Networks has enabled its partners to benefit from My 5’s distribution reach whilst opening their own content to new markets and audiences, Fahy told attendees.Fahy also said that Viacom was helping its telco partners unlock new broadband tiers and tariffs on mobile subscription services with examples amongst the recently announced new MTV SVOD service through the recently announced distribution partnership with EE as well as Danish mobile subscription service YouSee and Nick Play that launched early last year.The creation of MTV’s mobile first, D2C proposition that will be distributed through EE, came from deep analysis of a gap in the market for content that catered for a lower age segment that offers an accessible price, caters for a mobile first audience being available only on ios and Andriod phones, whilst providing the full MTV curated experience, he said.Insight into Viacom’s key audience segments revealed that whilst Gen Y (20s & 30s) were defined as a core MTV audience that have developed habitual relationships and deep attachments to many shows, Gen Z (teens) were currently quite distant from many shows, finding them difficult to relate to. Mid-teens come to MTV through non-linear platforms and often consume non-linear channels, he said.last_img read more

In This Issue New Home Sales Slumped… Toda

first_imgIn This Issue. * New Home Sales Slumped… * Today’s data… * Brazil and India slide. * Canada to balance budget… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Markets continue to stabilize… Good day.Uh oh, guess what day it is. What day is it Mike? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not hump day. It’s actually Chris Gaffney’s birthday, so all the best to him today. Well, it was another cold start for us in the Midwest but I’m more than willing to deal with that if the weekends turn out nice like we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks. We eased back into the swing of it yesterday, but things really start heating up from here. It looks like the snow and cold weather is being blamed for the most recent housing data as the December new home sales were a big disappointment. Sales fell 7% to a 414k annualized pace while the November figure was revised down to 445k from the original reading of 464k. For all of 2013, there was a total of 428k new homes sold, which was an increase of 16.4% from 2012 and the most since 2008. Just to give some perspective, we saw a record low of 306k in 2011 and then the peak in 2005 at 1.28 million. The report, however, was primarily brushed aside and hasn’t tarnished the brighter outlook that many see going forward. When you boil it all down, new home sales only account for roughly 7% of the residential market, so it didn’t hold as much weight as sales of previously owned homes. As we’ve explained before, new home sales are counted when the contract is signed instead of closed so this data is much more current and often used as a current indicator by economists. As far as the markets are concerned, housing is still on the right path and looking ahead toward a thaw in both capacities. The rest of the data yesterday was all good news as the Dallas Fed manufacturing activity report beat expectations by climbing for a ninth month in a row to 3.8 in January. Nearly every individual component of the report increased as the production index, which is a key measure of the manufacturing conditions, increased to 7.1 from 6 and the new orders component rose to a seven month high of 14.4. I remember watching the news last week and saw where it was snowing in Houston, so the cold weather wasn’t enough to derail activity in Texas. The last bit of data yesterday came in the way of a better January Markit flash report. The data is a preliminary service sector reading that follows the same logic of many others in that a reading of 50 is the dividing line between growth and contraction. The index came in at a four month high of 56.6, which is up from the previous 55.7, and is adding to the optimism for 2014. We have several reports due today, but the markets are already looking ahead to tomorrow with the FOMC meeting. As I mentioned yesterday, December durable/capital goods orders will be the first data out of the gates and both reports are expected to stay on the positive side but show a slowdown as we headed into year end. Actually, the same can be said about the S&P/Case Shiller home price index and consumer confidence, so nothing extreme is being called for at this point. The bottom line is the Fed meeting holds all of the marbles at this point, or should I say the statements and comments following the meeting, so I would expect to see things just wobble along today. For most of the currencies yesterday, it actually wasn’t too bad. The flight to safety eased and the emerging market rout that held control was really confined to two currencies yesterday, which was the Brazilian real and Indian rupee. Government officials in Brazil are stuck between a rock and a rock at this point. The currency lost about 1% yesterday as the central bank president advised they will fight inflation as the currency weakens and basically reiterated what Rousseff said in Davos. The currency markets are interpreting this as interest rates will be on the rise. Normally, prospects of rate hikes are great news for currencies, just look at the pound sterling and the New Zealand dollar recently, but when its seen as desperation and being forced when it’s not warranted by a growing economy, the market can view it as a negative. Growth forecasts for this year have been recently cut to under 2%, so many worry about the implications of higher rates. India is in a similar situation in that economic growth has been running on the low side while inflation has been well above target. Policy makers are considering a change to the inflation targeting framework by using CPI rather than wholesale prices as the benchmark gauge of inflation. There is thought they would shoot for a CPI target of 4% by 2016, but the problem is that CPI averaged about 10% last year compared to wholesale prices at 6.3%. The overall thought is that interest rates will need to remain higher for longer in order to achieve this goal, which in turn, would hinder growth. Not only that, but the general thought in the market is continued tapering by the Fed will equate to less funds available for investment in emerging markets, so that has also contributed to the currency moves. Except for those two currencies, the others either finished the day on positive ground or just barely in the red. Surprisingly enough, the Mexican peso turned in the best scorecard by rising just under 0.75%. There wasn’t much to support its rise, but we did see the December trade surplus increase more than expected, but I think it got a boost by the brighter US outlook floating around yesterday and the fact that its economy is in better shape than many of the other Latin American economies. The Aussie was right behind in second place, but there weren’t any reports to push it upward so it looked to be a case of an oversold currency. The pound sterling rounded out the top three as investors were betting 4th quarter GDP will come in better and put the central bank in a position to raise interest rates sooner than later. This baffles me since Carney just got done saying interest rates aren’t going anywhere, so I’m not sure where or why they are leaning on this. I guess it’s a case of so you’re saying there’s still a chance. Speaking of that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see both the BOE and the Fed move the goalposts as it pertains to their unemployment rate thresholds and future policy. Neither economy is ready for rate hikes, so I can see them both saying something about how unemployment moved faster than expected, but nothing will change until we hit 6% or whatever number they would come up with. The Canadian dollar finished the day down a bit, but Finance Minister Flaherty said there is no doubt they will have a balanced federal budget in 2015. He left some wiggle room if things drastically change, but we’ve heard this all before. If economic growth is healthy and self sustaining, I would see this as a reasonable scenario. In other news, Canadian consumer confidence dropped to a four year low last week but most are looking ahead to Friday when we see November economic growth figures. As I came in this morning, we’re seeing more currencies in positive territory than not with the Indian rupee in the top spot as the central bank did pull the trigger and raise interest rates. The news that got the markets excited was the fact policy makers said they don’t anticipate more rate hikes if inflation stays grounded. We also had an Australian business conditions report rise to a 2 ½ year high in December so the Aussie got a nice boost overnight while the pound lost some steam as 4th quarter growth failed to rise. Economic growth slowed from the third quarter by only increasing .7% but full year growth for 2013 came in at 1.9%, which was the highest since 2007. Then there was this.I was greeted with an email from the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, this morning that I wanted to share, so here you go. “Chris asked me yesterday if I was headed down to Cafayate, Argentina in March.  Seems that the Casey Report and letters from John Mauldin have mentioned that I am speaking at Harvest Conference.  Well the rumors are true and if you are even slightly inclined to visit then head straight to http://www.lec.com.ar/visit/events/ and check out the proceedings and book your flights now.  This will be my fifth or sixth time down and I have to say it gets better every time.  If you are inclined towards golf, or equestrian pursuits, or hiking, or wine you’ll find a calling there.  And for me the best element is the level of conversation with a raft full of intellectual and engaging people in the charming city square, the clubhouse of the estancia, or out in the countryside. Like the different impacts of economic downturns here in the US, while life is great up in Salta province it’s another world entirely in Buenos Aires.  Argentina has been in the news of late as an example of an emerging market gone bad.  Never mind the decline from one of the wealthiest countries after World War I to the volatile situation we have seen now for many years.  In the past week Argentina has been named as the source of extreme concern as their currency was (finally) devalued.  I have personally witnessed the exceptional spread between the official rate and the street rate for exchanging US dollar widen progressively for several years; and even after the devaluation the figures aren’t that close together but the official drop moves in the right direction.  Add to that the global number one 2013 performance of the Merval stock index; according to Bloomberg the measure was up nearly 90% last year – perhaps this requires a moment of reflection for those who think that stock market performance is a clear indicator of national economic health.” Thanks again Frank. Recap.Cold weather is once again being used to justify a disappointing data report as this time its December new home sales, which fell 7%. The bright spot is that new home sales in 2013 was the highest since 2008. Both the Dallas Fed manufacturing report and the Market Flash services report showed improvement, but the Fed meeting tomorrow now has all of the attention. Except for the Brazilian real and Indian rupee, it wasn’t too bad in the currency market. The peso, Aussie, and pound rounded out the top three performers yesterday while the others all finished close to breakeven. Currencies today 1/28/14… American Style: A$ .8803, kiwi .8278, C$ .9003, euro 1.3640, sterling 1.6559, Swiss $1.1122. European Style: rand 11.00, krone 6.1572, SEK 6.4562, forint 223.17, zloty 3.0695, koruna 20.124, RUB 34.63, yen 103.15, sing 1.2744, HKD 7.7633, INR 62.51, China 6.1053, pesos 13.2728, BRL 2.4083, Dollar Index 80.66, Oil $96.22, 10-year 2.78%, Silver $19.71, Platinum $1,414.75, Palladium $716.10, and Gold. $1,254.70 That’s it for today…I just wanted to once again say Happy Birthday to my colleague and good friend Chris Gaffney. It was a busy day yesterday as the tax calls are starting to roll in. It’s that time of the year where all of the tax documents are being sent, so I would expect the call volume to really pick up. Anyway, I’m running a little behind this morning, so I’ll go ahead and wrap it up. Chris will take you through the rest of the week, so until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

An influential committee of MPs is to examine clai

first_imgAn influential committee of MPs is to examine claims of widespread dishonesty by healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of disability benefit claimants.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) published the results of a two-month investigation that suggested a serious, institutional problem that spreads across the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the two private sector contractors – Atos and Capita – that assess eligibility for personal independence payment (PIP) on its behalf.DNS included evidence from more than 20 disabled people who had contacted DNS over the last year or had commented on previous DNS news stories to claim that their assessors – usually qualified nurses – lied repeatedly in reports they produced for DWP.Since publication, DNS has collected more than 20 further reports – some through comments on last week’s stories, and others with detailed evidence shared with DNS – from disabled people who say their assessment reports were dishonest and deeply misleading.As a result of that evidence, the chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, the Labour MP Frank Field (pictured), said today (Thursday): “The committee has been presented with some concerning reports about the operation of the PIP assessment process.“I’m looking at those reports, and the issues they raise, very carefully. It will then be for the committee to decide how it wants to respond.”The team reviewing PIP on behalf of DWP has also confirmed that it will accept evidence collected during the DNS investigation. Paul Gray’s second review of PIP is due to be published in April.DWP has continued to show no interest in the results of the investigation and to insist that there is no dishonesty at all among its benefits assessors.Meanwhile, a former Atos assessor has told DNS why she believes there are so many examples of dishonest assessment reports.The former nurse worked for Atos for about six months in 2014 and 2015 before she left because she was not meeting her target of eight paper-based assessments a day.Although she left before the period covered by the latest reports – which focus on the last 12 months – she said she believes the pressure on her former colleagues to reach their targets for completing reports left them little time to research the conditions they are assessing.She said: “I know staff would make assumptions rather than facts… to get the reports done quickly and hope it didn’t get audited.“Some were like me very conscientious and others banged them out for the financial incentive, with little compassion or research on conditions.”She added: “The lack of knowledge on conditions, drugs and side-effects is shocking, but in reality assessors cannot know about every possible condition but have no time… to look them up and research the condition and effects.”She particularly highlighted the lack of knowledge about mental health conditions, which she said meant assessors were often “totally subjective rather than objective with no time to look up the condition or read up the effects of the prescribed medication and side effects”. She also blamed “target-driven management” and assessors “making assumptions rather than using facts”, while the risk of losing their jobs if they failed to achieve targets for the number of assessments they carried out meant assessors were “not always reading all of the evidence”.And, she said, many assessors often wanted to finish their reports quickly “so they could be paid overtime”.Atos has again refused to comment this week, while a DWP spokeswoman said of the former assessor’s claims: “We can’t respond on Atos’s behalf. I suggest you refer that question to them.”In another development, one PIP claimant has provided evidence which may explain why so few complaints about assessors are upheld by DWP’s “independent” complaints body, the Independent Case Examiner (ICE), which is staffed by DWP civil servants.He has shown DNS an email from a member of the DWP customer services team which makes it clear that he is not allowed to lodge complaints about his PIP assessor with ICE because his concerns were “regarding the decision making process so are not considered as a complaint and as such would not be signposted to ICE as a result”.A DWP press officer responded to a question about the email just before this week’s DNS deadline to say that she could not comment because “we have not been given any details about the email or claimant you’re referring to”.By the time she replied, it was too late to secure permission from the PIP claimant to share his email with the DWP press office.Last week, DWP said: “Assessment providers have their own complaints processes in place, and if claimants are not satisfied with providers’ response they will be signposted to the Independent Case Examiner (ICE). “Over 1.9 million PIP claims have been decided since April 2013 to September 2016 and in this time only a tiny fraction of complaints regarding providers’ service standards have been upheld by ICE.”last_img read more

A disabled student has told Labours annual party

first_imgA disabled student has told Labour’s annual party conference that she has been forced to resort to crowdfunding to obtain a wheelchair that is suitable for her needs, because of “chronic” government under-funding.Rebecca Boot (pictured) told the party’s annual conference in Brighton that because she had a cheap powerchair that was not suitable for her impairment, it caused her pain and regular dislocations of her joints.She said her powerchair cost about £2,500 and was one of the cheapest available, but because it has “no suspension and poor shock absorbancy” she spends much of her time in bed “recovering from the pain” it causes.The chair she needs costs four times as much, but she does not believe she will be able to secure it through the “under-funded and over-stretched” NHS wheelchair service.She told the conference: “Not having the right chair costs me sleep, it costs me study time, and it costs me time with my family and my friends, while I lie in bed recovering from the pain that my wheelchair has caused.“The Tories’ chronic under-funding of NHS wheelchair services is costing me my freedom and it’s costing the local authority in personal care funding.”She added: “Having the wrong wheelchair means I am living a life of social exclusion and isolation and unfulfilled potential.”Boot said she had been forced to make the decision to crowdfund the money for a new powerchair, which she believed was “not acceptable”.And she said this was “just one example” of how the Conservative government had failed disabled people, as reported last month by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.She told Disability News Service afterwards that she was “getting desperate for a wheelchair that doesn’t cause me too much pain”.She said she was unable to spend more than a few hours at a time in her wheelchair because she starts to develop muscle cramps.Boot, who is just beginning her second year at Aston University, said: “It doesn’t cause problems in terms of going to lectures because they are a maximum of two hours but it means I have to go back to my room and lie down afterwards.“It means I am missing out on the social stuff surrounding university life.”She told the conference: “Wheelchairs are vehicles of freedom. My wheelchair enables me to be here with you today, to go to university and to socialise with my friends.“My wheelchair means I can choose what I do with my life and when. But I, like many others, have the wrong wheelchair.”She added: “A safe wheelchair that works properly should be a right, not a privilege.”last_img read more

The mother of a woman who killed herself after bei

first_imgThe mother of a woman who killed herself after being wrongly found “fit for work” has pledged to continue her campaign for justice, and for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to admit it was to blame for her daughter’s death.The case of mother-of-nine Jodey Whiting, from Stockton, was highlighted this week after a disabled activist mentioned her name as he heckled work and pensions Esther McVey while she gave evidence (listen from 52 minutes) to the Scottish parliament’s social security committee (see separate story).The activist, David*, told McVey: “What about Jodey Whiting, mother of nine, who committed suicide after her ESA was stopped?“It was stopped because she missed an appointment.”It is the latest in a string of distressing and tragic deaths that have been linked over the last eight years to the government’s social security reforms, and particularly to employment and support allowance, the out-of-work disability benefit, and its eligibility test, the work capability assessment (WCA).Jodey Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, who herself receives ESA as a result of a number of health conditions, has been campaigning for justice for her daughter – including through a petition on the 38 Degrees website – and for an admission of blame from DWP.Her daughter (pictured with her children) took her own life last year after being told she had been found fit for work.She had missed a WCA appointment on 16 January 2017 because she was in hospital being treated for a brain cyst. It later emerged that the letter telling her about the appointment had been waiting for her at home, unopened.DWP refused to back down, even after she wrote back explaining that she had been in hospital and had had pneumonia and had been receiving treatment for the cyst. She also had a number of other health conditions.But despite the evidence she provided, DWP refused to give her another appointment to attend a WCA and confirmed that she had been found fit for work and would lose her ESA.She was told she would receive her last fortnight’s ESA payment on 17 February.She visited Citizens Advice, and an advisor wrote to DWP on 15 February 2017 to ask for another WCA appointment, but she took her own life six days later, just four days after her final ESA payment.Her mother is also angry with DWP because the department sent a letter to her daughter about her claim after it had been told she had taken her own life, and continued to call Jodey’s phone and leave voicemail messages for her for more than two months.Her complaints will be investigated by the Independent Case Examiner.Her mother told Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday) that she was determined to secure justice for her daughter.She said she remembered her crying as she told her she had lost her ESA, and asking her: “What am I going to do, mum?”“I said, ‘Don’t worry, we will sort it out,’ but she never replied. I think it just wore her down.”She said she was delighted that David had raised her daughter’s case so publicly during McVey’s evidence session on Monday.He had told her in advance of his plan to confront McVey, and when she later heard the recording of him mentioning her daughter’s name in the committee hearing, she said: “I just felt great.”It is moments like that that motivated her to continue with her campaign, she said.“I am so grateful to him. I am really pleased he did it.”She told DNS she would continue with her campaign for justice.She said: “I have kept strong for my daughter, but I am heartbroken, I always will be.”If she had had the chance to confront McVey, she said, “I would have broken down and said, ‘Look, you had no right [to treat my daughter like this].’“It’s all wrong. It has got to stop. They can’t keep doing this to people.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We have apologised to the family for attempting to contact Ms Whiting after her death.“The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) is an independent office holder.“As such, the DWP cannot comment on the work or decisions taken by the ICE.“We will carefully consider the findings of the ICE.“Suicide is a very complex issue, so it would be wrong to link it solely to anyone’s benefit claim.”*He has asked for his full name not to be usedlast_img read more

The CEO of a Culinary School Is Missing Students Are Now on

first_img PlantLab says its CEO, Adam Zucker — a former colleague of celebrity chef Matthew Kenney — is unreachable. They’ve canceled all upcoming classes. Next Article plantlab Editor’s note: Click here for Entrepreneur’s full coverage of PlantLab.Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is lauded worldwide for his accomplishments in the vegan food scene. The plant-based food entrepreneur operates 24 restaurants in cities worldwide, from New York City to Al Janabiyah, Bahrain. He’s the author of 13 cookbooks, the developer of online plant-based cooking courses all over the world and the recipient of two James Beard Award nominations.But Kenney is no stranger to financial trouble — he’s faced liens and lawsuits in a host of states, including New York, California, Florida, Oklahoma and Maine.Now, it seems that Kenney’s financial and legal troubles extend to his inner circle. His former colleague Adam Zucker — now CEO of PlantLab, a collection of culinary schools around the world formerly owned by Kenney — is missing. No one from the company knows where he is or when he’ll be back, though no reports of a missing person have been filed under that name in 2018, according to the New York Police Department. The most pressing matter: Zucker controls the company’s finances with complete autonomy and, it seems, no oversight whatsoever.On Wednesday morning, PlantLab’s admissions team sent an email to customers alerting them to Zucker’s absence — and the cancellation of their upcoming courses, some of which cost up to $6,000.“It is our regret to inform you that all courses at all locations are canceled until further notice,” the company stated in the email, which was reviewed by Entrepreneur. “The entire team of PlantLab has been unable to contact the CEO, Adam Zucker, since Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. PST. Adam Zucker is the sole owner of PlantLab and the only person solely responsible for all finances and location payments. Due to these factors, we are unable to continue holding classes.”One student-to-be in New York, who asked to remain anonymous, paid upwards of $4,500 for upcoming courses in Barcelona and Bali. “I’m disappointed to find out this way, and I hope that I can get my money back,” she said.Calls and emails on Wednesday to PlantLab and Zucker himself went unanswered. In Zucker’s case, his mobile voicemail was full and could not accept new messages.In an interview with Entrepreneur, Kenney said he licensed his intellectual property to Zucker via PlantLab more than a year ago. “We have zero involvement,” he said of the company. “I have no clue where he is.”Matthew Kenney Cuisine said in a statement to Entrepreneur that the company had not been involved with the academy since its sale other than through a licensing agreement that PlantLab has now defaulted on. “We are also facing losses due to PlantLab’s issues and are exploring all of our options at this time,” the company said. “When we have a full understanding of the situation, we will take appropriate action. However, at this time, we have even less knowledge about this situation than the students whose classes are being cancelled and others who are affected by this.”On Wednesday, PlantLab’s website showed no mention of the company’s turmoil, but clicking “sign up” for a Kenney-branded online course resulted in a 404 error — page “not found.” The company’s social media accounts made no mention of Zucker’s disappearance at time of writing.This isn’t the first time culinary students connected to one of Kenney’s current or former businesses have been caught in the crossfire of financial and legal troubles.In June 2017, Kenney sold assets of Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy — part of his wide-ranging plant-based empire — to his former COO and interim CEO, Zucker, who then transferred the culinary schools into a new company with a new name: PlantLab. During the sudden transition, students who had pre-paid up to $5,500 in tuition were notified that their upcoming course had been canceled. It affected about 30 students who were all refunded eventually, Kenney said in an interview with Entrepreneur.About six months earlier, the future outlook for Kenney and his business was a little different.In December 2016, a since-deleted Forbes article — now only available on Matthew Kenney’s website — ran with the headline: “Meet the Man Building a Billion-Dollar Plant-Based Empire.” In the article, Zucker and Kenney claimed the brand’s restaurant and hospitality businesses would generate $15 million in revenue over the next 12 months, and Kenney said he expected to bring in $100 million in revenue by 2021. At that point, his culinary academy had graduated close to 6,000 students, Kenney told Entrepreneur.Post-transition to Zucker, PlantLab scrubbed Kenney’s name from the website except for a list of online cooking courses developed by the celebrity chef. In fact, in the “leadership team” section of the new company’s website, only one individual is listed: CEO Adam Zucker. Even there, he’s shrouded in mystery with only one phrase serving as a bio: “From: New York.”Related: CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail Image credit: Courtesy of PLANTLAB Add to Queue Hayden Field Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Register Now » Associate Editor –shares The CEO of a Culinary School Is Missing. Students Are Now on the Hook for Thousands Paid in Tuition. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 5 min read August 29, 2018last_img read more

Cryptocurrencies Could Solve 2 Big Problems for the Cannabis Industry

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Add to Queue Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. Blockchain –shares Scott McGovern October 10, 2018 Barriers to banking and increasingly complex regulations make running a cannabis business costly and complicated, hampering what could be astronomical growth for the industry. Cannabis cryptocurrencies can solve both problems but, like all cryptocurrency, cannabis cryptocurrencies weren’t created equal. Some cannabis cryptocurrencies exist as a means to invest. Others were designed to address cannabis business’ inability to process credit cards, and little else.Out of the thriving cryptocurrency market, these cannabis cryptocurrencies stand apart.Obstacles facing the cannabis industry.Legal U.S. marijuana sales will reach between $8 billion and $10 billion in 2018. However, Americans spent a total of $56 billion on marijuana in 2017. In other words, there is a lot of room for growth in the legal cannabis industry, if not for two problems resulting from cannabis’ legal status.BankingThe biggest issue for the cannabis industry is that marijuana is still illegal federally, which means cannabis businesses do not have the same access to banking or credit card processing as other industries. Operating a cash-only marijuana business is dangerous, complex and expensive. Not only do these businesses have to transport cash in armored cars, but they often cannot open a bank account or qualify for a loan.To make matters worse, a survey found that only nine percent of Americans prefer paying in cash. Not only is having a cash-only business expensive, but it’s increasingly unprofitable in the digital age.Related: Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis IndustryA complicated supply chain.The difficulties of managing a cash-only business extend to employee payroll and the entire supply chain. There are a lot of supplies that “plant touching” cannabis businesses — growers, retailers and transporters –have to purchase entirely in cash.On top of buying everything in cash, they also have to license, lab test and track goods. This requires adhering to contracts and complex city and state-specific regulations, like those facing marijuana growers in California. The “green rush” is more complex and expensive than it appears. Luckily, the cannabis industry can overcome these obstacles with cannabis cryptocurrency.Related: Many Licensed California Marijuana Growers Face Regulatory Roadblocks Getting Their Harvest to MarketCannabis cryptocurrencies offer a solution.Cryptocurrency is decentralized digital currency. Cryptocurrency mining, the process of solving algorithms to validate transactions within the network and ‘mint’ new coins, replaces governments, banks and credit card companies.In other words, cryptocurrency doesn’t go through a bank, but through a blockchain. Blockchain is the decentralized, unalterable ledger that records transactions. Since blockchain is not ‘owned’ by a bank that could be accused of money laundering for accepting cannabis money, it can process cannabis transactions in cryptocurrency.And because cryptocurrency is digital currency, the most common way to spend it is through mobile payment. Since digital sales will reach between $1.9 and 4 trillion by 2020, adopting cryptocurrency as a digital payment could boost business.Cannabis cryptocurrencies make sense for business-to-business transactions, too. Instead of buying fertilizer with an armored truck full of cash, a marijuana grower could pay with a click, all within the cryptocurrency market.The supply chain on blockchain.Blockchain can function as a record for virtually anything. Though blockchain started off as the digital record for Bitcoin transactions, it has rapidly expanded into the private sector.Companies including Maersk, De Beers and Walmart use blockchain to record supply chain transactions. Smart contracts—agreements with preset constraints that automatically fulfill themselves once terms are met—help move goods between vendors. And blockchain’s ledger can store information about a product, thereby guaranteeing regulatory compliance and quality.By adopting blockchain, cannabis companies could cut costs, increase efficiency and ensure product value.Related: Smart Contracts: Here Are the Practical Applications of This Exciting Blockchain Technology.Cannabis cryptocurrency marketToday, there are at least 17 cannabis cryptocurrencies. Paragon (PRG) functions as payment for a Los Angeles cannabis co-working space. PotCoin (POT), which has a high cannabis cryptocurrency market cap, has its own ATMs in Colorado.But like all cryptocurrency news, every coin and token in the cannabis cryptocurrency market has different attributes. Do your own research before you buy cryptocurrency.HempCoin (THC)Launched in 2014, HempCoin (THC) was the first cryptocurrency for agriculture. Specifically, HempCoin originated as a tobacco, hemp and cannabis cryptocurrency on Bitcoin’s blockchain.In 2018, HempCoin pivoted to create a more anonymous blockchain. Now, this cannabis cryptocurrency has masternodes, meaning computers that hold a complete copy of a cryptocurrency ledger. The more masternodes, the more decentralized a blockchain.According to their whitepaper, HempCoin has two new features. PrivateSend conceals funds’ origins and InstantSend allows for instantaneous transactions. HempCoin is integrating these features into HempPAY, their mobile and online platform, which can also function as a debit card.HempCoin is also developing a peer-to-peer payment solution. Though it, the customer first specifies how much THC they’re willing to pay. Next, the merchant scans their HempCoin wallet cryptocurrency address to receive the funds.Growers International (GRWI)Growers International (GRWI) is a cannabis cryptocurrency and blockchain for investors and growers. Investors can finance cannabis businesses through the Growers International token (GRWI), which the network will pool to make large-scale investments. The platform will eventually accept Bitcoin, Steem and DopeCoin.For growers, this cannabis cryptocurrency platform will have a cryptocurrency wallet, cannabis and cryptocurrency news, information about nutrients, grow room designs, social media and cryptocurrency price analytics. Furthermore, growers can track plant cycles, initiate smart contracts and buy supplies.According to their whitepaper, Growers International will build a grow facility in California.Tokes (TKS)Tokes (TKS) is a Waves blockchain-based cannabis cryptocurrency for buying marijuana online and in stores. In their whitepaper, Tokes explains that customers first buy Tokes (TKS) on a cryptocurrency exchange, then add it to their wallet, which will also contain product information. Next, they can spend Tokes at approved merchants. All transactions will cost one cent and take less than a minute.Additionally, Tokes offers a point of sale system. Once the merchant accepts Tokes cryptocurrency, the system automatically converts it to USD, Bitcoin or a currency of the merchant’s choosing.Cannabis businesses can also pay one another in Tokes through their platform. This is all possible through Tokes’ partnership with TheraCann, software for marijuana producers, processors and distributors. Tokes also gives merchants access to sales analytics and regulatory information.GreenMed (GRMD)GreenMed (GRMD) has an app that functions as a credit card for marijuana purchases. The app converts a user’s USD into GRMD tokens. Once the dispensary receives the tokens, GreenMed converts them back into USD. These funds can be transferred to a bank account or withdrawn via the GreenMed debit card.Though the app, the customer can choose between dispensaries, strains, pick up and delivery and packaging options. Additionally, GreenMed will have its own delivery service, though the app can function as in-store payment.Overall, the purpose GreenMed token is to facilitate in-app transactions with USD, according to GreenMed’s whitepaper.Cryptocurrency is an affordable and convenient method of digital payment. The ability to bypass financial institutions makes cryptocurrency adoption especially beneficial for the cannabis industry.Furthermore, cannabis could benefit from blockchain adoption. The distributed ledger can securely store data and ensure strain quality and regulatory compliance, all while facilitating business-to-business payments.For investors, marijuana consumers and cannabis farmers alike, cannabis cryptocurrency is the way of the future. And Growers International, GreenMed, HempCoin and Tokes are four cannabis cryptocurrencies poised to redefine the cannabis market. Next Article Cryptocurrencies Could Solve 2 Big Problems for the Cannabis Industry Contributor Marijuana businesses are mostly blocked from banks and have onerous compliance obligations. Blockchain is a promising solution to both problems. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Image credit: GeorgePeters | Getty Images 7 min readlast_img read more

10 Quick Fixes for the Worst Security Nightmares

first_img 10 Quick Fixes for the Worst Security Nightmares 12 min read Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. August 4, 2008 Erik Larkin Technology Add to Queuecenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List In the world of comic books, every bad guy is an evil genius. On the Web, hackers, spammers, and phishers may be evil, but they’re not required to be geniuses. They can make a healthy living just by exploiting known security holes that many users haven’t bothered to patch. Or by relying on the propensity of millions of people to do things they’ve been told over and over not to do.The silver lining is that you don’t have to be a genius to avoid these common attacks either. Implement a few simple fixes, and you’ll avoid most of the bad stuff out there.Fix 1: Patch Over the Software Bull’s-EyeHave you turned off automatic updates for Windows and other programs on the rationale that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Then consider this: Your programs may be very, very broken, and you don’t know it. The days of big splashy viruses that announce themselves to PC users are over. The modern cybercriminal prefers to invisibly take control of your PC, and unpatched software gives them the perfect opportunity to do so.Today, a hijacked Web page–modern digital crooks’ attack of choice–will launch a bevy of probes against your PC in search of just one unpatched vulnerability that a probe can exploit. If it finds one, better hope your antivirus program catches the ensuing attack. Otherwise you likely won’t even notice anything amiss as it infects your system.Luckily, you can completely block the majority of Web-based exploits by keeping all your programs–not just the operating system or your browsers–up-to-date. Attack sites ferret out holes in seemingly innocuous applications such as QuickTime and WinZip as well as in Windows and Internet Explorer. So turn on automatic update features for any software that offers the service–it’s your quickest and easiest option for getting patches.Fix 2: Find the Other HolesIf every program used easy automatic updates–and we were all smart enough to use them–the thriving malware business would take a serious hit. Until then, a free and easy security app from Secunia can help save the day.The Secunia Personal Software Inspector, available as a free download, scans your installed software to let you know which out-of-date programs might be making your PC unsafe. But it doesn’t stop there–for each old program it finds, it offers quick and easy action buttons such as one labeled Download Solution, which retrieves the latest software patch without you even having to open a browser.The program also gives you links to the software vendor’s site as well as Secunia’s full report about the vulnerability on your system. You can choose to block future warnings about a particular program (but you should, of course, be careful before doing so).Secunia PSI isn’t perfect, and doesn’t always make it easy to update unsafe program components. But for most apps it provides a quick–and very important–fix.Fix 3: Let the Latest Browsers Fight for YouThe most insidious hijacked Web pages are nearly impossible to spot. Tiny snippets of inserted code that don’t display on the page can nevertheless launch devastating behind-the-scenes attacks.Trying to avoid such pages on your own is asking for trouble, especially since crooks like to hack popular sites–attacks against sites for Sony games and the Miami Dolphins are just two well-known examples. But new site-blocking features in the just-released Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5 browsers provide some shielding.Both browsers expand on the previous version’s antiphishing features to block known malware sites as well, whether they’re hijacked pages on legitimate sites or sites that were specifically created by bad guys. Neither browser completely eliminates the risk of landing on such pages, but every additional layer of protection helps.Microsoft plans to add a similar feature to Internet Explorer 8, but this version won’t be ready for prime time for a good while. For more on the browsers’ improved security, see “New Browsers Fight the Malware Scourge.”Fix 4: Sidestep Social EngineeringThe most dangerous crooks use clever marketing to get you to do their dirty work for them and infect your own PC. Lots of social engineering attacks are laughably crude, with misspelled words and clumsy grammar, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the danger. Every now and then, a well-crafted attack can slip past your defenses and lure you into opening a poisonous e-mail attachment or downloaded file. A targeted attack might even use your correct name and business title.To fight back, turn to a simple but powerful tool: VirusTotal.com. You can easily upload any file (up to 10MB) to the site and have it scanned by a whopping 35 different antivirus engines, including ones from Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec. A report tells you what each engine thought about your file. While some (such as Prevx) are prone to false alerts, if you get multiple specific warnings that include the name of the particular threat, then you almost certainly want to delete the file.A lack of warnings doesn’t guarantee a file is safe, but it does give you pretty good odds. Use VirusTotal to check every e-mail attachment and download you’re not 100 percent sure about, and you’ll avoid insidious social engineering.If using VirusTotal starts to become a habit (not a bad idea) and you want to make sending files for scanning to VirusTotal really easy, download the free VirusTotal Uploader. Once you’ve installed the utility, just right-click a file, and you’ll see an option (under Send To) to upload it to the VirusTotal site.Fix 5: Get the Jump on Fast-Moving MalwareTraditional, signature-based antivirus software is getting snowed under by a blizzard of malware. Attackers try to evade detection by churning out more variants than security labs can analyze. So besides signatures, any antivirus program worth its salt today uses proactive detection that doesn’t require a full signature to spot sneaky malware.One promising approach uses behavioral analysis to identify malicious software based solely on how it acts on your PC. But your antivirus software by itself may not be enough. ThreatFire, a popular free download from PC Tools, adds such a layer of behavior-based protection. In recent tests, it correctly identified 90 percent of malware based on its behavior alone.PC World’s ThreatFire review provides a thorough analysis of the program and a quick download link (as well as a warning about installing too many security programs on one PC). And for more on behavioral analysis and proactive virus detection, see “When a Signature Isn’t Enough.”Note: If you use the AVG Free antivirus program, hold off on trying ThreatFire until PC Tools releases a new version. The current 3.5 version conflicts with AVG, but PC Tools says it’s working on a fix.Fix 6: Rescue Your Inbox From SpamSpam filters are getting better, but some junk still makes it through even the best of them. Instead of resigning yourself to hitting delete for all those hot-stock and Viagra come-ons, try disposable e-mail addresses.Such an address is something you create every time you encounter an online shopping site, forum, or other service that requires you to enter an e-mail address. If that address gets flooded with spam, you can terminate it. That’s a better system than the alternative, creating a free Web mail account that you use only for purchases and Web signups. With a single separate account, you have to throw the baby out with the bathwater and cancel the whole account if it gets too much spam.Yahoo Web mail users can opt for the $20-a-year Plus service, which includes the AddressGuard disposable e-mail service (among other benefits). With it, you can click a bookmark to create a new, disposable address for any given site in about 10 seconds.Gmail users can simply append “+ whatever” to their regular e-mail address before handing it out, but if that address starts to receive spam you can’t simply turn it off. You’ll have to create a filter in Gmail to block all mail to that address.For everyone else, we suggest a good, free service from Spamgourmet.com that’s quick and easy to set up and use; it allows you to create disposable addresses on-the-fly that will forward e-mail messages to your regular address.Fix 7: Develop an Antiphishing HabitThe dastardly practice of phishing for personal information is still alive and well, and many fake sites can be hard to distinguish from the real ones. But a few simple practices can ensure you’ll never be snagged by a phishing hook.The best approach, and the most straightforward, is never to click a link in any e-mail message to access your financial accounts. Instead, always type the URL or use a bookmark. That one habit will protect you from almost every phishing attack.If you can’t make that change, then at least use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera to browse the Web. All have built-in features to block known phishing sites (and, as described in Fix 3, Opera and Firefox now also block known malware sites). Avoid Safari, which lacks any built-in antiphishing protection.Finally, keep an eye out for the common phishing tactic of using URLs like “http://adwords.google.com.d0l9i.cn/select/Login.” If you glance at the URL (an actual recent example listed by Phishtank.com), you might think the site’s domain was google.com. In fact, it’s heading to d0l9i.cn, a site in China where operators are standing by to swipe your personal details.Internet Explorer 8 will use an innovative feature called Domain Highlighting that will make spotting such trickery easy. But until it becomes available, watch URLs carefully.Fix 8: Keep Your Own Site SafeIt’s not a good time to run a Web site. The Web may look like a digital wonderland, but behind the scenes it’s a war zone. And the guns are trained on your site.Crooks use automated tools to search sites for the most common vulnerabilities. If they find one, they blow the hole wide open to plant harmful code that will attack your loyal visitors.To help keep your site safe, start with some quick, free scans that ferret out the most obvious problems. First, fill out a form at Qualys.com to request a free scan of one IP address.Next, download the also-free Scrawlr tool from HP. After a quick install, use Scrawlr to scan your site for SQL injection vulnerabilities (a type of hole targeted in a recent Sony site hack).A clean bill of health from both scans won’t guarantee that your site is safe. For instance, neither will find problems with custom JavaScript code, another common type of attack. And while requesting or running either scan is easy, fixing a reported hole might involve a fair bit of work. But that job will still take far less work than repairing your site and your reputation after your site has been hijacked.Fix 9: Make Your Passwords Secure–And Easy to RememberOnline passwords are starting to seem about as safe as tissue paper protecting a bank vault. The supply of stolen logins is now so huge that crooks can hardly make any money selling them unless they add other ripped-off data, like addresses or Social Security numbers, according to security researchers. And thieves don’t stop with stealing logins to financial accounts–the bad guys regularly pilfer access information for Web mail accounts as well. In one recent case, a scammer broke into Web mail accounts and sent messages to the victim’s friends asking for money.Experts say we should use strong, unique passwords for all our accounts. But they don’t tell us how we’re supposed to remember them, so most of us end up using the same, not-so-safe password at all our accounts.Here’s an easy fix that allows you to remember just one password, yet still have a strong, unique password for each site you use. The Password Hash (or PwdHash) add-on for Firefox and IE takes that simple password you type and runs it through an algorithm that uses the site’s domain name as part of the calculation. The utility subs in the resulting strong password before you send it to the site. All you have to do (after installing Password Hash) is hit the F2 key in a password box before you type.For a download link and more info on this useful tool, head to the PC World Downloads page.Fix 10: Get Extra Cleaning Help for Stubborn InfectionsSometimes even the best antivirus program misses an infection. And once a virus or Trojan horse gets in, removing it can be incredibly tough. If you suspect some nasty got past your defenses, then it’s time to bring in extra help.Many antivirus makers offer free and easy online scans through your Web browser. The scan will take time, as the scanning service will need to download large Java or ActiveX components before it can get started, but they’re easy to kick off. You can run them in addition to your already-installed antivirus application for a second (or third, or fourth) opinion. Here’s the lowdown on your options.Trend Micro HouseCall: Will detect and remove malware; works with both IE and Firefox.BitDefender Online Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE.Kaspersky Online Scanner: Detects malware, but doesn’t remove it; works with IE and Firefox.F-Secure Online Virus Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE.ESET Online Scanner: Detects and removes malware; requires IE. Most security attacks are targeted at a few weak points on your PC that aren’t that hard to protect. 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Amid Privacy Concerns Google to Reject Facial Recognition Apps on Glass For

first_img Jason Fell Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio Entrepreneur Staff Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Technology Next Article Amid intensifying privacy concerns regarding Glass, Google’s computerized eyewear, the tech giant is looking to calm any fears related to at least one of those issues: facial recognition. Over the weekend, the company posted a statement to Glass’s Google+ page saying it will not permit Glass apps that utilize facial recognition technology until privacy issues are adequately addressed. “We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass,” Google’s statement reads. “As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.”The post comes about two weeks after members of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google chief executive Larry Page asking that the company address several issues related to Glass and privacy. One of the top concerns addressed in the letter was the possibility that Glass could eventually be paired with facial recognition technology to allow wearers to access personal information about people or other objects they are viewing with the device.Google has also updated its Google Glass developer policies to state that the device’s camera or microphone should not be used to “cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print.” Any apps that do will not be approved, it says. According to the Congressional committee’s letter, Google has until June 14 to respond to its questions regarding privacy and Glass.Related: Congress to Google: Glass Privacy Issues Must Be Taken Seriously Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business June 3, 2013 Image credit: Banoosh.com 2 min read –shares Amid Privacy Concerns, Google to Reject Facial Recognition Apps on Glass — For Now Register Now »last_img read more