Google Acquires Bump, The Simple File Sharing App

first_imgGoogle has acquired Bump, the application that lets users touch devices to share files and information and one of the top 25 best-selling iPhone apps of all time. Bump and Flock, the collaborative photo sharing service it founded last year, will continue to maintain their services but the company said users should stay tuned for future updates.The terms of the deal were not disclosed. It’s unclear why the tech giant scooped up the five-year-old startup, but Google could have acquired Bump for its easy-to-use file-sharing technology as a response to Apple’s AirDrop, which is integrated into iOS 7. Earlier this month, we sat down with Bump founder David Lieb, who told us the secret to Bump’s success. “I don’t have to think about anything, I just bump the phones together and it works—that’s what’s allowed Bump to get so big,” he said. “It’s just dead simple.”That simplicity could be exactly what Google is looking for.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Bump#Google A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… selena larson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Khap members booked for punishing child who broke egg of a ‘sacred’ bird in Rajasthan

first_imgGoogle Maps image locates Haripura village in Rajasthan’s Bundi district.    On the intervention of the team of officers, the villagers agreed to revoke the edict and allowed the girl to enter her house. However, she had to undergo “purification”.Rajasthan Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Manan Chaturvedi visited the village on Thursday and asked the District Child Welfare Committee to file an FIR against the khap members. The police on July 12 registered a First Information Report (FIR) against ten members of a khap panchayat, who had made a five-year-old girl sit alone outside her house in the Haripura village of Bundi district from July 3 as punishment for breaking the egg of a bird considered sacred by the local Hindu community.Hindus in the Hadoti region of southeastern Rajasthan consider the Red-wattled lapwing (Vanellus indicus) auspicious and ‘divinely inspired’ because they predict the monsoon from its egg-laying patterns.A flukeThe girl, who went to school for the first time on July 2, was standing in a queue to receive milk distributed as part of the mid-day meal scheme, and accidentally crushed the bird egg. The Class I student’s ‘sin’ created panic in the village and the khap panchayat convened a meeting, in which it passed an edict that the girl would not be allowed to enter her house for three days, and remain in a hut in the backyard.When the girl’s father, Hukum Chand Raigar, a 35-year-old Dalit daily wage labourer, protested against the diktat, the khap panchayat members extended the duration of the child’s punishment to 11 days.The matter came to light on Wednesday when some revenue and police officers visited Haripura. They also learnt that Mr. Raigar had been forced to distribute five kilos of namkeen (snacks) and lentils in the village as a fine.last_img read more

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Why scrap final NRC after taking credit of draft: Tarun Gogoi

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Friday asked the BJP-led Central government to make it clear why the final NRC would be scrapped, when the saffron Party had taken all the credit and promised to deport 40 lakh illegal immigrants after its draft was published. Mr. Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam, also alleged that Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement to carry out the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process across India is a tactic to divert people’s attention from the real issues of the country. “The Centre should clarify on what basis the updated final NRC in Assam will be scrapped. When the first draft of the NRC was published, the BJP had taken all the credit and promised to detect and deport 40 lakh illegal foreigners,” he told a press conference here. The part publication of draft NRC was done on the midnight of December 31, 2017, and the complete draft was published on July 30, 2018. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in that document. The exercise was carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court. The updated final NRC which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam was released on August 31 this year excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants in the State. Amit Shah on Wednesday announced in the Rajya Sabha that the NRC would be updated again in the State along with the rest of the country. On the same day, senior Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the State government has requested Mr. Shah to dismiss the NRC in its current form. “It is just another tactic of the BJP government to divert the attention of the people from the real issues such as unemployment, economic slowdown, inflation, black money, corruption, Rafale deal and even electoral bonds which is nothing but a scam,” Mr. Gogoi claimed. He said the BJP-led government has failed to work out an error-free NRC in a small State such as Assam with a population of only 3 crore. “How can the people expect that Mr. Shah will be able to prepare an NRC for entire India with a population of 130 crore?” the three-time Chief Minister of Assam asked. “The NRC will become a futile exercise once the BJP enacts the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Assam Accord will also become null and void. So, instead of preparing a fresh NRC in Assam, they can rectify the mistakes in the final NRC,” Mr. Gogoi said. Debabrata Saikia, leader of the Opposition in Assam Assembly and a Congress leader, on Thursday claimed that the BJP wants a fresh NRC update without the supervision of the Supreme Court, as it wants to exclude a section of genuine Indian citizens from the religious minority community and include illegal migrants from a linguistic minority group. Assam, which had faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only State having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.last_img read more

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Fmr-Aris Player P.J. Tucker’s Style a Hit in Houston

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — P.J. Tucker wasn’t a high draft pick and actually is undersized by NBA standards.At 6-foot-6, the Houston Rockets forward’s intensity and defensive grit helps him overachieve against taller opponents on a nightly basis.Off the court, Tucker also defies the norm.He has spent years curating a wardrobe that has helped his style ascend to the upper echelons of fashion.Tucker was in the Balmain store in Paris during this year’s NBA All-Star break when the manager told him there was a special one-of-a-kind piece that would be perfect for him.When Tucker first laid eyes on the beaded haute couture jacket at the French luxury fashion house he loved it, but was certain it wouldn’t fit his muscular 245-pound frame.It did.“Everybody in fashion knows of those must-have pieces where you’re just like: ‘I’ve got to have it,’” Tucker said. “And I had to have this.”Then he learned the price of the black and gold open front jacket: $25,000.“I had no idea. I was like: ‘Oh all right, that’s cool,” he said with a nervous laugh. “I was at the point of no return.”Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker poses in a button-down Balenciaga shirt, and white Alexander McQueen trousers Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)But before Tucker could wear his most expensive fashion investment, he learned there were actually two of his “one-of-a-kind jacket” when he saw NBA super fan and eccentric 78-year-old millionaire James Goldstein sporting the same piece while courtside at a game .“He came up and told me he has the same jacket,” Goldstein told The Associated Press on Wednesday while wearing a different Balmain jacket. “I couldn’t believe it.”A stunned Goldstein didn’t realize that Tucker was so into fashion.“I’ve never seen him except on the basketball court so I don’t know how he dresses otherwise,” Goldstein said. “But when he told me he had that jacket, one that both of us thought we each had a unique jacket that nobody else had, I gained a new respect for him.”Tucker has also gained his share of respect on the court.He scored a playoff career-high 22 points Wednesday night in a win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He is an integral part of the Rockets’ success with his ability to shoot the 3 and hold his own in the low post.But Tucker had to work to find an NBA home. He wasn’t a highly regarded draft pick out of Texas; Toronto selected him in the second round in the 2006 draft. He spent just one year in the NBA before heading to Europe to play.In August 2010, he signed with Greece’s Aris BC for the 2010–11 season, but he was released in March 2011.Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker poses in a shirt and pants from Dries Van Noten with Nike Air Max 1 shoes Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)It was during those 4 1/2 years overseas that he started taking his fashion seriously.“It wasn’t a moment,” he said. “It was just being there. It started out with suits. Seeing European guys wear suits was incredible. And it wasn’t all like the big fashion house expensive suits, it was like simple stuff but the way the older men dressed in Europe just absolutely amazed me.“In Italy, in France the way the older men dressed was incredible.”Like his game on the court, his fashion wasn’t immediately embraced back in the United States.“I would come home in the summertime and people would look at me like: ‘What in the world does he have on,’” said Tucker, who breezed into the room to talk with AP about fashion with a coffee cup in one hand, two clothing bags draped over the other arm and a large Louis Vuitton duffel bag slung over his shoulder.Tucker, who describes his style as adventurous and spontaneous, beamed while explaining that he assembled three looks for the interview. The first was what he calls his “anywhere outfit,” a floral-print short-sleeved button-down Dries Van Noten shirt with coordinating cream-colored pants from the same designer, and Nike Air Max 1 shoes with a brown suede accent on the toe.His summer ensemble featured a blue and white striped Balenciaga shirt adorned with piece of striking yellow fabric that ran down half the length of the back and white Alexander McQueen trousers. He finished off that look with the impossible-to-get Off-White X Nike Air Force 1 shoes.But the star of the collection was his final look: a made-to-measure plaid Gucci two-button suit with cropped pants, which he wore without a shirt.“It’s really like a 70s suit, with the large cuffs, with the huge lapels,” he said. “Nobody would wear that a year or two ago but now I love it.”Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker poses in a made-to-order Gucci suit with Tom Ford sneakers Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Houston. Tucker’s playing style and defensive grit helped the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference Finals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)He said there’s nothing he won’t wear and scoffs at people who think he should limit his wardrobe because he’s such a big guy.“People get so scared to try things,” he said. “I think the way you dress should be fun. Wearing stuff that people don’t normally wear or wouldn’t particularly think is their style, I love that.“I think that’s fun and I think everybody should do it.”When he debuted his Balmain jacket before Game 1 of the conference finals, which he paired with black skinny jeans and Saint Laurent boots, not everyone was a fan.“‘You’re like a bull fighter in the jacket,’” he said his teammates told him. “Maybe. I love it though. It’s funny.”One person who’s totally on board with Tucker’s style is teammate James Harden. The pair often arrive at the same time and have turned arriving at the arena into a mini fashion show .“He loves walking in the arena with the swaggiest ‘fit,” Harden said. “That’s what he does and I’m here for it. I have his back 1,000 percent.”While Tucker doesn’t mind that pictures of his pregame outfits have become a hit on social media, he insists he’d dress exactly the same way if no one was photographing him.“It’s just me and how I dress,” he said. “I could never just throw on a sweatsuit and go to a game. No. It puts me in that mindset that I’m going to work. I’m taking care of business.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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President expresses condolences following Brussels attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena today expressed his condolences to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks.“My condolences are with the families of victims of today’s attacks in #Brussels, the President said in a tweet. Meanwhile the Foreign Ministry said that the Sri Lankan Embassy in Brussels is in touch with the authorities follwing the attacks.The Ministry said that there are no reports of  Sri Lankans affected by the blasts. Sri Lankan nationals in Brussels can contact the embassy on +32 471872745 (Colombo Gazette) read more

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St Catharines woman hit by car dies

A 67-year old woman has died after being hit by a car in St. Catharines today.Police say they received a complaint about a pickup truck speeding and driving erratically around 4:00 this morning. They were able to find the car and stop it on Highway 406, but as the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped off. Police say the driver later lost control of his vehicle on Queen Street and hit a pedestrian. The man tried to run from the area but he was arrested in a nearby backyard an hour later.The woman was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Pira-sath Aiyathurai, 30, of Brampton is facing a number of charges including impaired driving causing death. read more

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Central American leaders at UN Assembly spotlight regions efforts to address transport

He noted that the country’s motto, “Panama, Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe,” is growing stronger, as the country moves forward with a Government committed to democratic systems. Mr. Varela highlighted that on 26 June, the Panama Canal expansion project was successfully completed, with more than 120 Neo-Panamax ships capable of transporting three times as much cargo. “This expansion, which was completed mainly by Panamanians, has filled our nation with great pride and joy,” he said, adding that the project fulfils the country’s commitment to facilitating global trade. Turning to public health, Mr. Varela highlighted that Panama successfully concluded the first phase of a national dialogue on the effective coordination of the country’s health system. He emphasized that Panama has invested more than any other Latin America country in basic health and massive transport, representing about 60 per cent of its budget for 2019. In addition, Panama is diversifying its energy matrix with cleaner and more renewable energy. Mr. Varela also noted that Panama supports the dialogue taking place in Venezuela, and he congratulated the Government of Colombia for its determination to seek peace. Acknowledging the support of the UN for its role in the peace process in Colombia, Mr. Varela noted that the region is still threatened by an increase in drug trafficking and production. In that regard, he emphasized that Panama will continue strengthening its capacity to protect its national territory, as well as continue supporting its neighbouring countries in the fight against drug trafficking. Highlighting the pressing importance of irregular migration flows, he noted yesterday’s UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, saying that all migration policies and measures to be adopted will have to be based on the protection of the principle human right, which is the right to life.Panama reaffirmed its commitment to providing humanitarian treatment to migrants, and appealed to all countries in the hemisphere to do the same. In Panama’s region that particularly applied to Haitian migrants, and he also expressed hope that improved relations between Cuba and the United States would lead to solutions to migrant flows, as well as to other areas. President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak In his address, Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, President of Costa Rica, reiterated the urgent need to assist, protect and respect all human rights of those forced to leave their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families as a result of armed conflicts or violence, natural disasters or the effects of climate change, which threaten their survival. “We are not fulfilling our commitment to leave no one behind. Mass media and the international community have paid little attention to the tragedy of thousands of migrants travelling across Latin America from south to north,” he said, noting that from April to September of this year, 9,487 irregular migrants crossed his country’s borders, “and we have granted refugee status to a total of 215 people during the first semester of 2016.”Indeed, thousands of migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Central America, Asia and Africa travelled to the region. “It is evident that we are facing a global challenge, which as such requires global solutions, solidarity, shared responsibility, and comprehensive approaches,” he said.At the same time, he stressed that when discussing refugee and migration crises, the international community must not only consider large population movements, as these do not take into account other forms of migration that continuously happen around the world. “These take place illegally and are fuelled by inequality, poverty, and other structural causes of conflict, fostered by international organized crime networks,” he noted. “Costa Rica, as a transit, origin and destination for human trafficking, has typified migrant smuggling as a crime in its domestic legislation against Human Smuggling and Illicit Trafficking of Migrants since 2012,” President Solis said, explaining that this legal framework also guides the design and implementation of national policies to address the migrant smuggling from the gender perspective.Such policy includes the following perspectives: care and protection of victims, prevention, administration of justice, information gathering, analysis, and research as well as institutional coordination. “In our experience facing migration flows and the need for humanitarian aid, we must acknowledge the role played by civil society organizations as support networks for migrants and their families, in addition to their enormous capacity to document the situation in situ and deal with violations of human rights of smuggled migrants.” read more

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Football Ohio State aims to keep Big Ten hopes alive in matchup

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) signals to the offense in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen No. 13 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) welcomes No. 12 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) to Columbus on Saturday, both teams’ Big Ten East title hopes will be on the line. Both the Buckeyes and the Spartans are tied for first in the division, and a loss likely spells the end of the line for either team. Here is a preview of the matchup between the two teams at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Ohio State offense vs. Michigan State defenseThe matchup between Buckeye offense and Spartan defense is one between two units that come limping into the game. Ohio State put up its second-worst offensive performance of the season against Iowa, mustering only 24 points in a 55-24 loss and racking up just 371 total yards. It also turned the ball over four times.Michigan State enters with no defensive momentum of its own, however, as it is coming off its two worst defensive games of the season. It gave up 432 yards and 39 points in a double-overtime loss to Northwestern two weeks ago and 466 yards and 24 points to Penn State in its win last week. Despite recent struggles, Michigan State has one of the top defenses in the nation, and remains in that position even after two rough games. It has allowed the 58th-fewest passing yards per game (245.8) and offenses averaged 6.9 yards per attempt, which is tied for 23rd-lowest in the nation. Led by safety David Dowell and his four interceptions, the Spartans have amassed nine interceptions, tied for 42nd in the country. However, for as much as the pass defense for the Spartans has worked this season, it has been their rush defense that has truly paid dividends for head coach Mark Dantonio. The team’s 87 rushing yards allowed per game are the third-fewest of any school, and the 2.85 yards per carry are fourth-fewest allowed. Though the defense has not been especially dominant at stuffing running backs and quarterbacks for losses — Michigan State averages 5.67 tackles for loss per game, which is tied for 73rd in the nation — its defensive front does not allow running backs to go far beyond the line of scrimmage.Led by linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes, the defense has had little problem shutting down star running backs, like Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (14 rushes for 63 yards), Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (nine rushes for 56 yards) and Iowa’s Akrum Wadley (17 rushes for 30 yards). Even if neither the Ohio State offense nor Michigan State defense comes in with momentum, this will be the battle of statistical strengths for the two teams. Ohio State has been among the top offenses in the league, ranking in the top 12 in the nation in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense. If Ohio State is going to find much success, it will have to come from the arm of quarterback J.T. Barrett, being that the Spartans’ passing defense has been the most inconsistent aspect of its defense. Though freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber make up a potentially dynamic duo of running backs, both could struggle against one of the best rushing defenses in the nation.If Barrett has a game like he did against Penn State, Ohio State should be able to put up points on Michigan State. However, if Barrett struggles, the run game might not be able to provide that usual backbone of support.Ohio State defense vs. Michigan State offenseThe Buckeyes’ defense is coming off its second worst week of the season, having just surrendered 487 total yards and 55 points — the most ever allowed by head coach Urban Meyer — in the loss to Iowa. Michigan State, on the other hand, is coming off its third-best offensive week of the season, after racking up 474 total yards and 27 points against Penn State in its 27-24 win.The Spartan offense has been reliable, if unspectacular this season. The 5.4 yards per play is tied for 93rd in the nation, and its 24.1 points per game is 97th.Michigan State gets the bulk of its offensive productivity from dual-threat quarterback Brian Lewerke. In his first year as the starting quarterback for the Spartans, Lewerke has thrown for 2,207 yards and completed 61 percent of his passes. He has 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions. He also has proven to be threatening on the ground, ranking second on the team in rushing yards with 368 and averaging the second-most yards per carry over any rusher with at least 10 attempts (4.5). He has scored three times on the ground. Lewerke will enter Ohio Stadium on a hot streak as he has surpassed 400 passing yards in back-to-back games. Lewerke’s favorite target this season has been 6-foot-4, 195-pound wide receiver Felton Davis III. The junior has hauled in 45 receptions for 586 yards and has caught half of Lewerke’s 16 touchdowns. The tall wideout could give Ohio State issues as the Buckeyes struggled to contain Indiana’s Simmie Cobbs Jr., a 6-foot-4, 220-pound wideout who caught 11 passes for 149 yards in Week 1. The Spartans’ rushing offense has not been near as potent, but Ohio-native running back L.J. Scott has at times been one of the best weapons in Michigan State’s arsenal. He has 554 yards on 127 carries and has scored five times on the ground. He has struggled lately, however, as he comes into this game with just 146 rushing yards on 44 carries over his past three games (3.3 yards per carry).What will likely determine Ohio State’s success will be the performance of its defensive line. It was unable to sufficiently pressure Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley, and he often made them pay for it by escaping the pocket and opening a receiver up downfield against a struggling Ohio State secondary. The Buckeyes won their game against Penn State and held the Nittany Lions to just 283 total yards of offense because the pocket closed around Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and limited the time he had available to complete passes. If Lewerke is able to escape the pocket enough and create time for his receivers, the Buckeyes’ secondary might again be burned.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 30-27Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 24-23 read more

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Innovative highwall dewatering solution from Weir Minerals Multiflo

first_imgAustralian-based engineering firm, Weir Minerals Multiflo (WMM) recently launched its latest technical innovation, the highly anticipated – Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump. The product is a superior highwall mine dewatering solution, developed in response to industry feedback following the major flooding disasters of 2011 and 2012, and is expected to contribute to job sustainability, as well as provide other important economic benefits and improved environmental outcomes.According to WMM Managing Director, Paul Avey: “The new Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump has been designed to better protect people, the environment, and mine assets.” Avey is confident that the Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump’s ability to quickly and safely get mine sites up and operational during times of flooding and other water-shed crises, and can set new standards in dewatering processes. “With a flooded mine or quarry costing up to a million dollars a day in lost productivity, we believe the Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump will be extremely well received by the industry, simply because of the urgent need for a robust and reliable highwall mine dewatering solution.”WMM has previously stated it would like to see a greater emphasis placed on pre-emptive dewatering strategies built into risk management policies for the industry to mitigate loss of jobs, productivity and lives. “Operator safety and improved environmental outcomes were core considerations in the design of the Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump” says Avey, “and we are very proud of what we have achieved.” Featuring an environmentally friendly dual pipe system that separates hydraulic oil hoses from the dedicated discharge pipe to reduce the risk of hydraulic oils contaminating discharge water, the Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump is a welcome advancement in mine site dewatering technology.The key unique features of the new Multiflo MH-C2 highwall pump include virtually no restrictions to the flow with a dedicated discharge pipe separate to the hydraulic cabling lines; and a self-centralising pipe guide head; as well as a booster option available (200 litres/sec at a maximum 200 m head). It has a Weir Minerals-designed heavy duty submersible slurry pump and hydraulically driven wheels on the submersible pump head assembly to assist ascent and descent. It is backed up by Multiflo’s renowned product reliability and WMM aftermarket support. Additional key features include custom engineered skid design comprising of nudge bars and 20mm Bisalloy sleigh ends to facilitate movability on site; hydraulic fail-safe override system; and Hydrau-Flo fuel valves as standard to ensure safe reliable filling. It also has in-built fuel and hydraulic cells with a separate dry test cell.In August 2012, WMM became the first multinational organisation to collaborate with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to establish a scholarship which benefits the recipient over a period of three years. The scholarship paves the way for emerging mechanical engineers to expand on their intellectual knowledge and practical skills via a program supported by WMM. Avey said: “WMM is committed to engineering new technologies that not only encourage fundamental environmental principles, but also encourage greater development and sustainability of Australia’s human resources.”last_img read more

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Jihad Jane sentenced to 10 years for plot to kill artist

first_imgA US WOMAN who called herself “Jihad Jane” online and plotted to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced today to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad.Colleen LaRose had faced a potential life term. But Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators.Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.LaRose, 50, from Pennsylvania, told the judge she once had thought about jihad from morning to night, saying she was “in a trance.”“I don’t want to be into jihad no more,” she said.She was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. She could be out in a little over four years, given the more than four years she has already served and the potential for time off for good behavior.A courtroom sketch of Colleen LaRose (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin) Prosecutors depicted LaRose as a “lonely and isolated” woman who sought excitement by joining the jihadist cause. She was flattered to get an assignment to kill a foe of Islam.ConspiracyUS investigators say she participated in a 2009 conspiracy to target artist Lars Vilks over his series of drawings depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog. Muslim extremists in Iraq had offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who killed Vilks, who was never attacked.The Justice Department said Ali Charaf Damache, who was born in Algeria but became an Irish citizen and who was living in Waterford at the time, recruited LaRose and another US woman via jihadist websites.Damache married the other woman, Jamie Paulin Ramirez, in a Muslim ceremony on the day she arrived in Ireland from Colorado that same month.Ali Charaf Damache as he arrived at the courthouse in Waterford in March 2010 (AP Photo/Peter Morrison,File)LaRose left the terror cell in Ireland after about six weeks not because she thought better of the murder plot, but because she “grew frustrated because her co-conspirators were not ready for action,” Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said today.Others need to know, she said, that “if you plot to kill someone, you are going to receive decades behind bars — decades — even if you cooperate,” Williams said.SurrenderLawyer Mark Wilson, though, said LaRose has come to understand the true, peaceful tenets of Islam and said “there’s virtually no chance that she would ever be involved in violent jihad ever again.”Judge Tucker said she had no doubt LaRose, who stalked Vilks online, would have killed him had she had the chance, saying: LaRose returned to Philadelphia in 2009 to surrender, becoming one of the few women ever charged in the US with terrorist activities. Her arrest was kept secret and the indictment unsealed only after Paulin-Ramirez and the six others were rounded up in Ireland months later.Paulin-Ramirez and another co-defendant, Maryland teen Mohammad Hassan Khalid, are scheduled to be sentenced this week in Philadelphia.Read: RTE documentary to shed new light on Waterford link to ‘Jihad Jane’ plot >Listen: ‘The Echo Chamber – The Story of Jihad Jane’ on RTE Radio One Documentary on One > The fact that out of boredom, or out of being housebound, she took to the computer and communicated with the people she communicated with, and hatched this mission, is just unbelievable.last_img read more

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Gardaí seize €160000 worth of cannabis plants in Kerry

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED cannabis plants worth €160,000 following the search of a house in Kilgarvan Co.Kerry yesterday evening.At around 5.40pm yesterday, Gardaí searched a house in the Gorthloughera area and found that the house had been used for cultivating cannabis.Gardaí discovered 190 cannabis plants growing in the early stages of development. The cannabis has an estimated street value of €160,000.The scene has been preserved for technical examination and the incident is under investigation and no arrests have yet been made.Read: Search of van at garda checkpoint results in €43,000 cocaine findRead: Dog duo Ralph and Defor help seize €90k worth of cannabislast_img read more

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Lenovo polishes Chromebook line for IFA

first_img Now playing: Watch this: The 11-inch C340 starts at $290 and 14-inch S340 at $250; both are slated to ship in September. The 15-inch will follow in October starting at $430. The company’s IdeaPad S340 laptop gets either a bump to 10th-generation Comet Lake processors or a version with AMD processors up to Ryzen 7, and the IdeaPad S540 line, which currently has 14- and 15-inch models, will be getting a 13-inch little brother in October starting at $1,000.01-ideacentre-a540-row-touch-24inch-tour-front-facing-forward Lenovo For less nomadic users, the new IdeaCentre A540 all-in-one tackles the iMac with a new 27-inch version and a striking redesign for both the 24- and 27-inch models that includes a Qi wireless charging pad in the base, an optional touchscreen and a QHD display option for the larger model and AMD Radeon RX560 discrete graphics, which are popular for higher-end in all-in-ones.The 24-inch starts at $800 and the 27-inch at $1,300; both are coming in September. Other announcements include:The Lenovo L28u monitor, a 28-inch 4K IPS model with AMD FreeSync support. It’s $300 and coming in November.The Lenovo G34w Gaming Monitor, a 1500R curved 234-inch model with 3,440×1,440 resolution. It won’t be available until February and will start at $480.The Lenovo Tab M7 and M8 add more tools for family sharing and parental controls, plus reduced blue-light technologies for the screens. They start at $90 and will ship in October. Share your voice 5:15 Back-to-school MacBooks get faster, cheaper IFA 2019 Chrome OS Lenovo Computers Laptopscenter_img The best new gaming laptops, ranked The new Chromebooks come in small, medium and large. Lori Grunin/CNET In time for the IFA show in Berlin, Lenovo revealed its refreshes of its budget consumer products: the sub-$500 Chromebook S340 and C340 two-in-one as well as the IdeaPad S340 and S540 Windows laptop sport slightly more streamlined designs and new sizes, while the updated IdeaCentre A540 all-in-one gets a striking new organic design.The 11-inch Chromebook C340 two-in-one comes in new colors — pink or silver — with an aluminum top for a slightly more premium feel. It’s also getting a 15-inch big brother which will offer more storage (up to 128GB), a separate numeric keypad and an option for up to a Core i3 processor. The clamshell version, the Chromebook S340, adds a 14-inch model with a 1,920×1,080 screen. 41 Photos 0 Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

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After Balakot strike IAF to buy advanced version of bunker buster bombs

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:22Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:21?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Trump calls Pulwama attack ‘horrible,’ US urges Pakistan to ‘punish anyone responsible’ In the immediate aftermath of the Balakot strike, there were reports that the Indian Air Force would equip its Sukhoi fighter jets with the Israeli-made Spice-2000 bombs in a major push to increase fire power. At the moment the SPICE bombs are only fitted on the Mirage 2000 fighter planes.The sources told the agency that the government would make use of the emergency powers granted to the armed forces for the procurement of the strategic weapon. Under the emergency powers the military can buy any equipment worth up to Rs 300 crore. Close A satellite image shows a close-up of a madrasa near Balakot in Pakistan.ReutersThe Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy a more advanced version of the Spice-2000 bombs that were used in the Balakot airstrike in Pakistan in February, reports say.The new version of the Spice bombs, which will be procured from Israel, will be capable of completely destroying enemy bunkers and buildings.The Spice-2000 bombs dropped on the Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) training camps inside Pakistan at the height of the standoff with Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack were penetrative bombs that used their weight to pierce trough the roof of the target before exploding inside.”The IAF is now planning to acquire the bunker buster or the building destroyer version with Mark 84 warhead which can decimate targeted buildings,” sources told the ANI news agency.SPICE stands for ‘Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective guidance kit-2000.Emergency powers to be usedAt the time of India’s acquisition of around 200 of these bombs from Israel the defence minister had explained the strategic nature of this guided weapon. “SPICE-2000: IAF has acquired precision guided bombs with increased accuracy and penetration for use against fortified and underground command centres. This weapon has been tested and its capabilities have been validated at an IAF firing range,” the ministry said in a press note in 2015.last_img read more

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2 men shot dead in Pabna

first_imgMap of PabnaTwo men including the leader of an extremist party were chopped and shot to death over establishing supremacy at Tebaria market under Ataikula police station in Pabna on Sunday, reports UNB.The victims are Abdul Gafur, 55, son of Dabir Uddin of the same village and regional leader of Purba Bangla Communist Party, and Idris Ali, 42, a local shop owner.Additional police superintendent of Pabna district Goutam Kumar Biswas said around 7:00pm on Sunday, a group of armed miscreants numbering 10/12 swooped on Gafur while he was taking tea at a local tea stall.The hoodlums exploded bombs to spread fear in the area and started stabbing Gafur indiscriminately and finally shot him to death on the spot.The shop owner Idris Ali, who sustained bullet injuries during the attack, died on his way to hospital.On information, police recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot, said officer in charge of Ataikula police station Masud Rana. “Investigation is on to comprehend the reasons behind the killing,” he added.last_img read more

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Video Watch Humanoid Robot Atlas Do Parkour

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target The world’s most dynamic humanoid now does parkour.Boston Dynamics this week released a video of its Atlas robot effortlessly traversing an obstacle.“The control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms, and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace,” according to the YouTube description.Introduced in 2013, Boston Dynamics’ bipedal bot got an upgrade two years ago.The new version is designed to operate inside and outdoors. Sensors in its body and legs keep it balanced, while LIDAR in its head helps to avoid obstacles, assess terrain, navigate, and manipulate objects.Atlas is more than a mechanical lab rat: Standing nearly five feet tall and weighing 165 lbs., the robot is an athlete and gymnast.Last year, it landed a perfect backflip—completely unaided. And in May, Boston Dynamics highlighted the droid’s ability to jog comfortably over uneven natural terrain and jump gracefully over a log.Now, it can scale a set of steps more than half its own height.I can’t even jump onto the 18-inch plyo box at the gym.The University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Boston Dynamics, in 2013 revealed RHex the parkour robot. Primarily an all-terrain solution, RHex can step, jump, or climb over just about anything; it even swims.A fraction of Atlas’s size, RHex has springy legs to launch itself over gaps and spin itself through the air. Hence the “parkour” title.The discipline, developed from military obstacle courses, is a way for people to move through complex environments as fast as possible without assistive equipment.And while the method has gone from training drills to extreme sports, at its core, parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way and imagining the potential for navigating it through movement.Exactly what Atlas does when faced with a series of 15-inch steps.Prepare yourself for the impending robot apocalypse by brushing up on seven super advanced robots that may take over the world. Then have a laugh watching these 11 hysterical robot fails (including Atlas). Keep up with all the latest droid news here.last_img read more

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Scientists view a quantum jump in real time

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — For more than two decades, scientists have been “watching” electrons in atoms make the jump between energy levels in real time. “Atoms have energy levels, and when electrons ‘jump’ from one level to another, you can detect this optically. You can encode information in real atoms to make a quantum bit, or qubit,” Irfan Siddiqi tells PhysOrg.com. Explore further 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. While the formation of a qubit from real atoms has the advantage of long coherence times, Siddiqi points out that by the same token single atoms are difficult to couple to each other and have fixed parameters. Qubits made from ‘artificial atoms’ have the advantage of tunability and can, in principle, be produced en masse. The use of superconducting electrical circuits, engineered to have discrete energy levels, is a way to develop artificial atoms.“These artificial atoms make use of circuitry so that we can control the parameters. We are able to realize analogues of experiments performed with real atoms, and are even able to access different parameter regimes but at the expense of short-lived quantum coherence,” Siddiqi says. “A problem with these superconducting circuits, though, is that it has not been possible to continuously monitor their state with high fidelity,” he continues. This lack of measurement sensitivity has limited the possibility of real time quantum feedback. Until now.Siddiqi, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, along with Dr. Rajamani Vijay and Daniel Slichter, created an experiment that allowed them to watch the quantum state of a superconducting qubit acting as an artificial atom. Their work is described in Physical Review Letters: “Observation of Quantum Jumps in a Superconducting Artificial Atom.”“In real atoms, the jump between energy levels typically happens on the timescale of seconds and changes another optical process which can be readily detected,” Siddiqi points out. “Artificial atoms typically undergo jumps in less than a microsecond. Furthermore, they are typically probed with weak microwave frequency signals and are much harder to detect.”In order to get around this problem, the team constructed a superconducting amplifier of their own design, made with thin aluminum films and Josephson junctions. The qubit was also constructed from the same basic building blocks and cooled down to 30 mK inside a cryogenic dilution refrigerator. “When the jump is made, it modifies the resonant frequency of an adjacent circuit which we continuously probe with on average a few microwave photons,” Siddiqi explains. “The emission is spontaneous, so you don’t know when it will happen. We now had the ability to detect an individual jump. By tallying the jump times, we reproduced the average ensemble behavior that we were all familiar with..” Hopefully, this will lead us one step closer to realizing a quantum computer. “In order to correct errors which will occur in any realistic quantum computer, we need to detect them quickly and efficiently,” Siddiqi points out. “Now that we have shown that it is possible to track changes in the quantum state in real time, it should be possible to apply this functionality to quantum information processing.”Next, Siddiqi and his group want to work on error correction. “It should be possible now that we have this ability. Implementing this would be a major step for solid-state quantum computing.” More information: R. Vijay, D.H. Slichter, and I. Siddiqi, “Observation of Quantum Jumps in a Superconducting Artificial Atom,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.110502center_img Citation: Scientists view a quantum jump in real time (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-scientists-view-quantum-real.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Fast tunable coupler could lead to better quantum computing modelslast_img read more

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Good relationship with siblings lowers risky behaviour

first_imgPositive relationship with siblings improves mental health and lowers the risk of engaging in risky behaviours during adolescence, suggests new research.“Individuals learn how to interact with others based on the relationships they have with their siblings,” said one of the researchers Sarah Killoren, assistant professor of human development and family science at University of Missouri in the US.“Siblings who are hostile and negative with one another will use that interaction style with their peers. Most peers won’t respond well to hostility and negativity so these youth may be more likely to hang out with a deviant peer group and, in turn, engage in risky behaviours,” Killoren noted.The researchers used in-home interview data from a multi-year study of 246 Mexican-origin families living in the US. The researchers studied pairs of siblings in which the siblings ages were around 12 and 15 at the beginning of the study when researchers assessed the siblings’ relationship qualities. The researchers examined how siblings’ relationship qualities in adolescence were related to each sibling’s depressive symptoms, risky behaviours and sexual risk behaviours five and eight years later.Older siblings who had positive relationships with their younger siblings had the fewest depressive symptoms and engaged in the lowest levels of risky behaviours. Younger siblings who had a negative relationship with an older, opposite-sex sibling had increased sexual risk behaviours. Overall, siblings with positive relationships engaged in less risky behaviours, whereas siblings with negative relationships engaged in more risky behaviours. The findings suggest that parents should encourage their children to spend time with their brothers and sisters, to be positive role models for their siblings and to take care of each other. By instilling those values, parents can encourage positive sibling relationships that children will want to maintain throughout adulthood, Killoren said. The findings appeared in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.last_img read more

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Fitness app Polar reveals military secrets

first_imgYou might remember that back in January, fitness app Strava was revealed to be giving away military secrets. The app, when used by military personnel, was giving the location of some potentially sensitive information. Well, it’s happening again – this time another fitness app, Polar, is unwittingly giving up sensitive military locations. The digital investigation organization Bellingcat was able to scrape data from 200 sites around the world. From this, it gained information on exercises by nearly 6,500 Polar users. The level of detail Bellingcat was able to gain was remarkable. It was not only able to learn more about military locations – information that could be critical to national security – but also a startling level of information about the people that work on them. The investigation echoes the Strava data leak. It emphasizes the (disturbing) privacy issues that fitness tracking applications have been unable to confront. But Bellingcat explains that Polar is actually one of the worst apps for publicizing private data. On Strava and Garmin, for example, it’s only possible to see individual exercises done by users. “Polar makes it far worse by showing all the exercises of an individual done since 2014, all over the world on a single map.” Polar is reveals dangerous levels of detail about its users Some of the information found by Bellingcat is terrifying. For example: “A high-ranking officer of an airbase known to host nuclear weapons can be found jogging across the compound in the morning. From a house not too far from that base, he started and finished many more runs on early Sunday mornings. His favorite path is through a forest, but sometimes he starts and ends at a car park further away. The profile shows his full name.” The investigators also revealed they were able to cross-reference profiles with social media profiles. This could allow someone to build up a very detailed picture of a member of the military or security personnel. Some of these people have access to nuclear weapons. Bellingcat’s advice to fitness app users Bellingcat offers some clear advice to anyone using fitness tracking apps like Polar. Most of it sounds obvious, but it’s clear that even people that should be particularly careful aren’t doing it.  “As always, check your app-permissions, try to anonymize your online presence, and, if you still insist on tracking your activities, start and end sessions in a public space, not at your front door.” The results of the investigation are, perhaps, just another piece in a broader story emerging this year about techno-scepticism. Problems with tech have always existed, it’s only now that those are really surfacing and seem to be taking on a new urgency. This is going to have implications for the military for sure, but it is also likely to have an impact on the way these applications are built in the future. Read next The risk of wearables – How secure is your smartwatch? Computerizing our world with wearables and IoTlast_img read more

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New York New York – With much of the commercial a

first_imgNew York, New York – With much of the commercial aviation fleet sidelined by the clouds from the Icelandic volcano, private jets were busy shuttling stranded elite travelers across the Atlantic, according to exclusive interviews by Elite Traveler with key private jet industry executives.Jet Aviation, a multi-service provider that manages private jets for owners and provides charter services, said during the weekend and through Monday it had activity to the U.S. from Spain and the south of France. A spokesperson noted, “Call volume requests are steep and are mostly from business people trying to return to the U.S.”MarquisJet Chief Marketing Officer Randy Brandoff said the jet card provider that sells hours on the NetJets fleet has seen a surge in demand and is working to accommodate customers who want to make it across the Atlantic, mainly returning from Europe.In perhaps one of the episode’s most ironic twists, while Delta Air Lines, like most commercial airlines had to scuttle all or nearly all of its trans-Atlantic flying, subsidiary Delta Air Elite, its private jet arm was busy with metal in the air moving elite travelers. James Murray, Director of Flight Control, told Elite Traveler, “We have seen a definite increase in demand for private jet travel, both originating from and terminating in Europe.” He added, “Our Flight Coordination team is closely tracking the volcanic ash cloud to stay abreast of airport and routing options that may be utilized to safely and effectively serve those customers.Other management companies and FBOs (private jet terminals) reported increases in trans-Atlantic flying, including in some cases friends sending their jets overseas to help stranded relatives, friends and colleagues.last_img read more

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