Microsoft to kill Edge browser on Windows 10 soon: Report

first_imgSince Microsoft rolled out the stable build of Windows 10 back in 2015, it started laying emphasis on its new default web browser – Microsoft Edge. With Edge, Microsoft promised a new browsing experience that gels well with the ethos of Windows 10. However, due to a plethora of bugs and instability, Windows 10 users never lapped it up in the same manner as Google’s Chrome. Microsoft kept on adding several features over the years but Edge couldn’t extend a lead over Google’s Chrome. Hence, Microsoft has decided to axe the Edge browser on Windows 10.According to one of the latest reports from Windows Central, Microsoft has finally given up on the Edge browser internally and is now looking to develop an alternative browser that will be acting as the default one on future versions of Windows 10. The Redmond giant is no more in the mood to work further on the EdgeHTML rendering engine and hence axe development on Edge.The rumours state that the new browser will be using Chromium – Google’s rendering engine that powers the Chrome browser, for the foundation of the new browser. The project is presently named as Anaheim and will host web pages in a fashion pretty similar to how Google’s Chrome handles it.It’s still unknown whether this new web browser will carry forward the Edge branding or adopt a completely new identity. Also, it’s still unknown whether Anaheim will sport a similar user interface to Edge or wear completely new clothes. There could also be a chance that Microsoft will retain the Edge browser alongside the new browser, similar to how Internet Explorer’s existence after the incoming of Edge.advertisementAlthough this just a rumour, for now, evidence of Microsoft considering new web browser has already surfaced on the Internet. Microsoft engineers were spotted committing codes to the Chromium project, thereby suggesting that they will be actively working with Google for an enhanced web browsing experience on Windows 10.Lately, Microsoft has been actively modifying its ecosystems for adapting to popular third-party apps and services. We had previously seen Microsoft trying its best to replicate a Continuum-like feature between Windows 10 and Android. They have also re-engineered the MS Office suite to work well with both Android and iOS devices. By adopting the foundations of the Chrome browser, it now becomes clear that Microsoft wants to give those services to users that they like, even if they are not from Microsoft.ALSO READ | December Security Patch improves RAM management, camera performance for Google Pixel 3last_img read more

Joseph Howe Manor Results Show Seniors Apartments Safe

first_imgLab results have proven that asbestos found in Joseph Howe Manor in Halifax does not pose a problem for residents. The Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority notified residents today, July 11, that no asbestos was found in any dust samples taken from the senior citizens’ apartments. Last week the housing authority identified asbestos in some building materials used to construct the 175-unit building in the mid 1970s. The asbestos is contained within the drywall joint filler compound and in the plaster stucco ceilings. A small amount of chrysotile asbestos fibres was found in stucco residue taken from above the elevator doors, likely as a result of repair work. The residue is not airborne and therefore not breathable. Kim Strong, president of Maritime Testing Ltd., an environmental consulting firm that has been conducting the tests, recommends vacuuming the residue with a high-powered HEPA filter vacuum cleaner as the most effective way of eliminating this residue. Environmental health experts advise that repairs or renovations should always be done by a qualified person with training in asbestos management to avoid dust generation. The Department of Community Services directed the seven provincial housing authorities to adopt a code of practice for managing asbestos in buildings which says that when asbestos containing materials are found, staff, building occupants and contractors must be informed as soon as possible. “Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe, said Dr. Robert Strang, medical officer of health with the Department of Health. “Results from the dust samples taken show that there is no airborne asbestos at Joe Howe Manor. That means there is no risk to the health of residents or staff.” “I hope residents will feel reassured that the tests confirmed no asbestos fibres were found in any apartments,” said Pat Lawrence, director of the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority. Dr. Strang said it is important to note that the asbestos was found during a planned inspection of the apartment building and not as a result of a health complaint. Knowledge in the industry has evolved. Much more is now known about asbestos today than even a couple of years ago. “Asbestos was widely used in building construction materials from the 1940s to the 1970s, so it’s quite common to find it many homes or buildings throughout North America, said Mr. Strong. “The industry acknowledges that unless these materials are disturbed they don’t cause a problem,” he said. Asbestos poses more of a problem when it shows up in loose material, such as insulation, rather than when used with a binding agent, such as in plaster. “It is important for residents to feel safe in their homes,” said Ms. Lawrence. “Residents of Joe Howe Manor have our guarantee that the ongoing maintenance program will ensure asbestos does not become a problem in this building.”last_img read more

Professor booked for raping exstudent

first_imgNoida: A 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her former professor in sector 16 A of Noida on Thursday. Police are yet to arrest the accused who is an assistant professor at IIT Jodhpur in electronics development.According to police, the accused, identified as Vivek Vijayvargiya (45), had come to attend the raising day seminar of the GAIL India Institute and was staying at GAIL’s training institute in sector 16 A. Cops said that the incident came to light on Thursday when the victim was called by the professor at a room at the institute to discuss job opportunities. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”The woman was known to the accused since 2000 as he taught her mathematics from 2000-2001 in a private academy in Kota. She subsequently got married and shifted to Delhi. On Thursday morning, the accused had come to Noida to attend a seminar and called the woman to his room from Delhi on pretext of offering her job. When the woman showed him her resume, he asked her the price which she can pay against the job offer and allegedly forced himself on her,” a senior police officer. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinancePolice officials said that the woman somehow managed to rush from the spot and reached a nearby police station to lodge complaint. “Based on the complaint received, we have registered a case of rape against the professor under relevant sections of IPC. The accused is absconding at the moment while the woman has been sent for the medical examination. We have launched a probe into the case while appropriate actions will be taken against the accused,” said Rajbir Singh Chauhan, Station House Officer of sector 20 police station in Noida. Meanwhile, the professor’s family have denied all the allegations made against him saying that the woman has tried to file a false complaint.last_img read more

Supreme Court majority sides with censured former BreX lawyer Joe Groia

first_imgA lawyer who aggressively defended a client embroiled in a billion-dollar mining scandal did not violate the rules of courtroom civility when he accused the prosecutor in the case of misconduct, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.The split decision in favour of Joe Groia marked the culmination of a lengthy legal battle that pitted the Toronto securities lawyer against the Law Society of Ontario, the organization that regulates attorneys in the province.Years after Groia successfully defended Bre-X vice-president John Felderhof, the law society scrutinized his courtroom conduct in the case and found he had breached civility rules.Groia appealed in part on the grounds that his frequent tussles with prosecutors were rooted in a mistaken understanding of a legal matter as well as the need to advocate for his client. Ontario’s top court rejected his arguments, prompting the appeal to the Supreme Court.The majority of judges on Canada’s highest court sided with Groia, whose lawyer lauded the decision.“Joe lost at every level, but if you’re only going to win once, the Supreme Court of Canada is the place to win,” Groia’s lawyer Earl Cherniak said of the ruling.The law society focused attention on Groia long after the acrimonious trial that ultimately concluded in an acquittal for Felderhof, the only Bre-X executive to face charges in the case. Investors lost billions when Canadian-based Bre-X collapsed in 1997 after claims of an Indonesian gold find turned out to be bogus.By all accounts, including the Supreme Court decision, the trial featured several tense exchanges between Groia and opposing lawyers and numerous allegations that prosecutors were abusing process.The top court ruling described the trial as having “a toxicity that manifested itself in the form of personal attacks, sarcastic outbursts and allegations of professional impropriety” that ground the proceedings to “a near standstill.”The law society, finding Groia had breached civility rules, at one point suspended him for two months and ordered him to pay $247,000 in costs — later reduced to one month suspension and $200,000.Cherniak said that many of Groia’s attacks were based on a sincere misunderstanding of legal rules regarding when prosecutors were obliged to introduce evidence in a trial.Six of the nine justices on the Supreme Court supported that view and said Groia could not be found guilty of incivility because he was making his arguments in good faith.“Finding a lawyer guilty of professional misconduct on the basis of incivility for making an abuse of process argument that is based on a sincerely held but mistaken legal position discourages lawyers from raising these allegations, frustrating the duty of resolute advocacy and the client’s right to make full answer and defence,” wrote one of the judges who ruled in Groia’s favour.The majority of judges found that while the law society has reasonable and context-specific standards for evaluating whether or not a lawyer breached civility rules, it did not apply them properly in this case.The law society did not comment on the ruling as it related to Groia specifically, but did express some satisfaction with the court’s characterization of the role it plays in upholding standards of courtroom conduct.“The law society welcomes the Supreme Court’s recognition of the importance of civility in the courts and its decision to endorse the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Panel’s test for incivility in court,” it said in a statement. “This decision upholds the law society’s jurisdiction to regulate the legal professions’ conduct in court.”Nonetheless, three Supreme Court justices expressed concern that the ruling may undermine the oversight body.The dissenting justices expressed concern that the majority ruling could “immunize erroneous allegations from sanction by the law society, validate improper conduct and threaten to undermine the administration of justice.”The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which intervened in the case, took a more positive view of the decision, calling it “a good result for freedom of speech.”“The majority of the Supreme Court … recognized the central importance of allowing lawyers the freedom to express themselves, particularly in defence of their clients’ rights,” the association said in a statement. “It also noted that incivility prosecutions should target behaviour that has a negative impact on the administration of justice or the fairness of a particular proceeding.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Earl Cherniak’s last name.last_img read more

eBay and NASCAR Launch First Joint Charity Sale

first_imgeBay and NASCAR today launched their first joint charity sale giving fans the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime racing experiences.Today, beginning at 3:30pm PT, through Nov. 1, fans can visit and bid on 20 items including a chance to see who wins the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series live at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the chance to be a VIP at the 2019 Daytona 500.In addition, fans can win meet and greets with seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano; as well as autographed memorabilia from Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and much more.“NASCAR is synonymous with a truly passionate fan base, and eBay fuels this passion while helping people come together to make an impact,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay Americas. “We understand the apparel, memorabilia and merchandise are ways for fans to show allegiance for their favorite drivers – and show support for causes they believe in. In collaboration with the NASCAR community, eBay is now offering a wide-range of exclusive inventory that helps children finish first through programs of the NASCAR Foundation and our eBay for Charity platform. True to our mission of opportunity for all, eBay brings new ways for the racing community to give back to the next generation of fans.”One hundred percent of the proceeds from each item will benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s programs for children.The NASCAR Foundation believes every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line. Through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the Foundation is making children’s health and medical needs its top priority.“We are thrilled to partner with eBay to provide these very unique items to their customers,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director, Nichole Krieger said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids. Funds raised through this auction will help us provide much needed healthcare services to children in our racing communities across the country.”VIP experiences and signed racing memorabilia available include:Experiences:2019 Daytona 500 VIP Experience2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway VIP Experience with NASCAR Suite PassesRichard Petty Meet and Greet ExperienceiRacing Experience with NASCAR Driver William ByronMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Chase ElliottNASCAR on NBC Sports Behind-the-Scenes ExperienceMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Joey Logano2018 NASCAR Champion’s Week Package in Las Vegas, NVMemorabilia:American Ethanol Green Flag autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversMartin Truex Jr. Autographed Side Panel Sheet MetalJoey Logano Autographed HoodDale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Replica Full-Size HelmetTy Dillon Autographed Race-Used FiresuitHelmet Visor signed by Richard Petty and Bubba WallaceParalyzed Veterans of America Hat Autographed by Brad KeselowskiAlex Bowman Autographed DiecastJeff Gordon Autographed 24EVER Framed PhotoNASCAR Replica Hood autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversThe Glass Case of Emotion autographed PosterFull Size Replica Helmet autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversAdditionally, the autographed American Ethanol Green Flag and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Replica Helmet will be available to view at SEMA in Las Vegas from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at booth no. 30219.last_img read more

Young people gather to demand action on climate change – UN

17 August 2009The largest ever youth gathering on climate change has kicked off today in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to demand that nations ‘seal the deal’ on a new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions at a United Nations conference this December in Denmark. More than 800 young people from over 100 countries have gathered in the city of Daejeon for a week-long meeting to stake their claim on a low-carbon, resource-efficient and environmentally-sustainable future.Nations are expected to wrap up negotiations in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, in just over 100 days on a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), characterized the week-long Tunza International Children and Youth Conference under way in Daejeon as “a gathering of the generation that will inherit the outcome of the decisions taken in December and beyond.”The world’s three billion children and young people, he said, will see the Himalayan glaciers either persist or melt, sea levels stabilize or rise, and the Amazon either endure or dry out in their lifetimes.A global town hall meeting using state-of-the-art technology will allow hundreds of other youth to link to the Daejeon meeting to agree on a message to send to world leaders, while a social networking platform for youth on climate change – – will also be launched.Participants at the conference were selected from thousands of applicants based on their outstanding ‘green’ achievements in their respective countries, illustrating strides made by the next generation to address the serious threat of global warming.The projects included a drive to distribute hundreds of low-energy light bulbs in Nepal, a carpooling scheme in Samoa, a recycling drive in Sierra Leone and efforts to clean up rivers in Russia.The latest round of negotiations towards a pact in Copenhagen wrapped up last Friday, with only “limited progress” having been made, according to a senior United Nations official. With only two more conferences, totaling 15 days, scheduled before the December meeting, “negotiations will need to considerably pick up speed for the world to achieve a successful result at Copenhagen,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Some strides were made regarding the negotiating text at the week-long meeting in Bonn, Germany, with countries also discussing how to translate mid-term reduction pledges (for the year 2020) by wealthier nations into legally-binding targets as part of the deal to be clinched in Copenhagen. “Industrialized countries need to show a greater level of ambition in agreeing to meaningful mid-term emission reduction targets,” Mr. de Boer said. “The present level of ambition can be raised domestically and by making use of international cooperation.” read more

Top UN envoy calls for sustaining momentum of recent Afghan peace forum

The Consultative Peace Jirga, held from 2 to 4 June in a large tent located outside Kabul, brought together some 1,600 participants, including 300 women, to chart the way forward in the country’s peace process.“The peace jirga was a step forward in the right direction. It was also a sign of unity among those who were inside the tent, and a message to those who are outside the tent to come inside,” noted Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“The bottom line ? is that the momentum on the peace jirga, which was a success, needs to be maintained. And the way to maintain it is to have constant incremental signals that move in the direction of dialogue until we reach the conference of Kabul,” he told reporters in the capital, referring to the meeting next month between Afghanistan and its international partners.Mr. de Mistura said one of these signals is the response by the UN to the Government’s request for the de-listing of individuals from the so-called “Consolidate List” of those subject to UN sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban.Individuals on the list, which include 137 Afghan nationals, are subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed under Security Council resolution 1267 of 1999, and related resolutions, by which all UN Member States are required to impose sanctions on Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and those associated with them.In January of this year, the Security Council’s 1267 committee approved the de-listing of five men who held senior positions within the Taliban regime following a review of the list. Mr. de Mistura said a UN team is currently in Kabul to examine this issue of “updating” the list, and it will provide recommendations towards this end later will be in Kabul in the coming days“We are not going to prejudge the conclusions of this group and neither of the Security Council? but the fact that it is taking place so soon after the peace jirga and so soon after the appeal to look seriously at this list is a sign of pro-activity which we welcome,” he stated.The Special Representative also highlighted the UN’s readiness to support the committee set up following the jirga to examine the issue of detainees held by both the Government and international forces.“There was a common feeling even among my human rights colleagues that there were many people who are detained without legal basis, and that could be a possible criterion along which one judges both the deliberation of those who were detained both on the political ground or other ground from both prisons – the national and international ones,” he stated. 12 June 2010It is essential that the momentum of the recent peace jirga held in Afghanistan is maintained and utilized to advance dialogue towards development and stability in the country, the top United Nations official there said today. read more

Fashion brand Esprit set to reenter Canada next spring after exiting in

MONTREAL — Esprit is set to return to the Canadian retail market.The international fashion brand is teaming up with Montreal-based distributor Freemark Apparel Brands (FAB Inc.) to open stand-alone stores in Canada next spring.The exact locations have yet to be announced.Laura’s Shoppe Inc to focus on store renovations, e-commerce after deal with creditorsDollarama Inc expects bumpy road ahead after rising above currency woes this yearIn September 2011, Esprit announced that it planned a major overhaul, including exiting its money-losing U.S. and Canadian operations in favour of concentrating on its business in Asia and Europe.The company was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Douglas Tompkins — who died Tuesday in a kayaking accident in Chile — and his wife Susie, who sold their first line of clothes out of the back of a station wagon.Its range of women’s and teen clothes gained popularity in the 1980s. The casual fashion label also makes clothes for babies, children and men.Headquartered in Germany and Hong Kong, Esprit is carried in more than 40 countries with 900 retail stores and 7,500 wholesale points of sales including franchise stores and sales spaces in department stores.The company markets its products under the Esprit and edc brands.“With the North American continent being the birthplace of our brand, we are convinced that we can revive the Canadian consumer’s strong relationship with Esprit as it has been missed in the market place for several years,” Dieter Messner, Esprit’s general manager for Europe, Americas & Middle East, said in a statement.“We are convinced that with our exclusive distribution partner FAB Inc. we have found the perfect way to enhance the Esprit brand experience in the most promising way throughout Canada.”The Canadian Press read more

Nigeria to probe violence in Bakassi Peninsula UN official

The head of the United Nations Office in West Africa (UNOWA) today called for calm and praised Nigeria’s decision to conduct a full investigation into the first deadly incident in the disputed Bakassi Pennisula border area in nearly a decade in which one Cameroonian soldier was allegedly killed and another wounded.“I trust that the Government of Nigeria will conduct its investigation in as serious, transparent and speedy manner the issue deserves,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said in a statement. “Should the investigation confirm the reports of repeated incidents, I would expect the Nigerian Government to take immediate and appropriate action towards all involved,” the statement said, adding: “Their backers should not be spared.”“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Presidents Paul Biya [of Cameroon] and Olusegun Obasanjo [of Nigeria] for the wise and able fashion in which the have handled this incident so far,” it said.According to the statement the reported incidents are taking place at a time when the two countries and the United Nations technical teams have successfully complete the first demarcation steps in the field. [They] also come in the wake of last month’s tripartite summit in Geneva, where the two presidents met with Mr. Annan and discussed peaceful and amicable implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Bakassi Peninsula and the Maritime Boundary as well.The statement adds that Mr. Ould-Abdallah will visit the two capitals this weekend in order to gather more information on the matter. Located at the border area, the Peninsula has been a subject of intense, sometimes violent, disputes between the two countries for dozens of years.The ICJ ruling dates back to 1994, when Cameroon asked the Court to rule on a dispute relating to sovereignty over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, which it claimed was in part under military occupation by Nigeria, and to determine the maritime boundary between the countries. In October 2002 the Court awarded sovereignty rights over the area Cameroon.Mr. Ould-Abdallah also chairs the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, set up by the UN to peacefully resolve the dispute. read more

Colin Kaepernick Completes 10for10 Challenge Thanks to Some Celebrity

Colin Kaepernick’s #10for10 challenge serves to wrap up his Million Dollar Pledge. ( Kaepernick has completed his $1 million pledge. The former pro footballer vowed back in 2017 to donate $1 million and all proceeds from his 2016 NFL season jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities. And when he got to his last $100,000, he asked several celebrity pals to join in.By Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kaepernick had completed his 10 for 10 challenge, which was launched to round out the end of his $1 million pledge. Celebs like 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and rapper Meek Mill all contributed to the effort. On days seven and eight two donors contributed — Chris Brown with Jhené Aiko and Joey Bada$$ with Nick Cannon.During the process, celebrities chose the organization they wanted the political athlete to donate to, offered a donation of at least $10,000, and Kaep matched them each day in $10,000 increments.The final round went to Usher’s H.O.M.E organization to benefit single mothers in Lithonia, Ga.“Thank you, brother,” Kaepernick says in a Twitter video. “We love you.”“You did it, you have raised a $1 million,” Usher says in the video. “I’m happy to be a part of the completion of that $1 million. Everyone that has done something around this is amazing. This is a collaborative effort. As a result of us helping each other, we all become stronger.”I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge!— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018 read more

Cameron needs oppositions help as gay marriage vote is passed

first_imgBRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron needed the help of members of the opposition Labour party to secure victory in a crucial vote on gay marriage in England and Wales.Nearly half of the MPs from Cameron’s Conservative Party voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill when a final vote was held in the House of Commons tonight.Labour’s 257 MPs had planned to abstain on the vote – but Cameron was forced to call on opposition leader Ed Miliband to encourage enough support for the bill to be passed.The final vote saw a comfortable 366 to 161 victory. Each of the major parties offered members a free vote.The Daily Telegraph said Labour’s front bench applauded when the result of the vote was announced, though Cameron did not – mindful of the significant opposition to the bill within his own party.Opposition MPs were also needed to defeat a series of major amendments to the bill – including one which would have required the government to offer civil partnership to heterosexual couples, an attempt at making the bill deliberately unworkable.The legislation will now to go the House of Lords, where another batch of controversial amendments are being plotted by peers who oppose the bill.Many on the right wing of the Conservative Party have argued that the government’s support for gay marriage and other relatively liberal social reforms are sending traditional conservative voters into the hands of the UK Independence Party, which scored major breakthroughs in local elections this month.A former Conservative chairman, Lord Norman Tebitt, has warned that legal recognition of gay marriage and a reform of the succession system to the British throne would allow a future lesbian queen to give birth to an heir through artificial insemination.If enacted, the legislation would allow full same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The assemblies of Scotland and Northern Ireland have devolved justice powers, meaning it is up to legislators from those areas to govern marriage in those jurisdictions.last_img read more

iPhone 4S indepth review dont judge this book by its cover

first_imgStill shots, however, aren’t the only specialty of the 4S’ camera. It takes much higher-quality video than the iPhone 4 as well. The updated model is capable of taking 1080p video, up from the 720p that the iPhone 4 managed. The sample below was shot on a 4S by Benjamin Dowie.The camera’a controls also get an upgrade on the 4S. You can now pinch-to-zoom in the camera app, and it will detect up to ten faces and adjust the exposure accordingly. The A5 processor also gives the camera a boost, as you can have the camera app open and ready much faster than ever. In my tests, I was able to go from a locked state, with the screen off, to having snapped a photo in just over three seconds (iOS 5’s new lockscreen camera controls also help with this). Shots can be taken in near-rapid fire secession too.What all of this adds up to is that the iPhone now doubles as a stellar camera for most amateur photographers. If the iPhone 4 took mediocre indoor shots and very good outdoor shots, then the iPhone 4S takes very good indoor shots and outstanding outdoor shots. It, along with recent Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, is ushering in a new era of smartphone cameras. If you are planning on getting the iPhone 4S and still own a point-and-shoot camera, you might find yourself posting it on eBay soon.SiriThe upgraded camera alone might be worth an iPhone 4S upgrade for some, but Siri is the killer feature that has the potential to change the way we interact with our devices. As I’m writing this article in my office, the iPhone 4S chimed with a text message. I didn’t want to take it out of its speaker dock, so I asked Siri to read the message. It (or she?) read the message out loud, and I replied in kind, all without undocking the iPhone or even looking at the screen. A long press on the home button was the only physical contact I had with the phone.This is just one example of the kinds of capabilities that Siri adds. It blurs the line between voice recognition and artificial intelligence, and allows you to use your iPhone by talking to it. Things you can do include: reading/replying to emails and text messages, setting reminders, planning meetings, locating your friends, getting maps/directions (no voiced turn-by-turn navigation though), checking the weather, and much more. That list is likely to grow over the next several years, but this initial release of Siri is an outstanding – and remarkably fun – addition to the platform.If this all sounds familiar, it may be because Siri used to be a third-party App Store app. Apple bought the company that made it in 2010, and got to work on evolving and integrating the technology. Though the app was updated a few times after being purchased by Apple, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the App Store version and the iPhone 4S are even remotely the same thing. The older version was much more limited, and it also didn’t talk to you. Perhaps most significantly, it didn’t have access to stock iOS apps, like Messaging, Mail, Weather, and Calendar. This is one of Siri’s biggest strengths, and it’s going to grow by leaps and bounds as more third-party apps are eventually integrated.You might be wondering where you might actually use Siri. Sure, it’s fun, but does it serve any practical purpose? With Siri, drivers will be able to manage many core functions of their iPhones, without even taking their eyes off of the road. The same could go for joggers, gym rats, or those answering a quick question while working. Even those who are in a situation where they could use their touchscreen may find it quicker, easier, and more natural to use Siri instead. It lets you continue to do something else, while casually performing tasks that used to require your full attention.Siri also finally brings voice dictation to iOS, in the form of a microphone on the keyboard (much like on Android). If the iPhone has a glaring weakness, it’s that it still exclusively uses the same tap-only keyboard that it sported four years ago. Siri’s voice dictation addresses that weakness, and gives you a way to quickly produce text.The voice recognition in Siri isn’t perfect. If you catch yourself articulating your words too casually, it can make frequent mistakes. It doesn’t, however, require a drawn-out, over-articulated, robotic speech. But you do need to pay some attention to your clarity. If you have a thick accent, you may also run into some trouble. Those concerned about this may want to try Siri in a store before upgrading.With that said, Siri’s biggest strength is that it allows you to speak in casual language. Apple’s Siri team has done a phenomenal job of adding simple, casual speech to “her” repertoire. For example, when Siri asks if you’re ready to send a text message, you can reply “Yes,” but you can also say “Yep,” “Sure,” “Yeah,” or “Go ahead.” This leads to the illusion of a conversation, and is the greatest accomplishment of today’s Siri. It makes Apple’s A.I. not only a standout iPhone addition, but a revolutionary smartphone feature that can fundamentally change how we do things.Summing UpYou could make a long list of things that we thought the next iPhone might be, but that the iPhone 4S isn’t. After last year’s huge iPhone 4 update, many thought we’d be getting annual redesigns from now on. But when you forget about what the iPhone 4S isn’t, you realize that what it is is a much-improved version of an already-amazing phone.Should you upgrade to the iPhone 4S? If your contract is up for an upgrade, and you know you want an iPhone, then this is absolutely the one to get. While the 8GB iPhone 4 is a great buy at $100, it’s well worth the extra $100 to get Siri, probably the best camera you’ve ever had, and a ridiculously-fast smartphone.If you’re in the middle of an iPhone 4 contract and are tempted to pay full retail ($700) or switch carriers and rack up an early termination fee, then it’s harder to justify. It isn’t a fundamentally-altered experience from the iPhone 4, so it will depend how much you’d appreciate the speed, improved camera, and Siri A.I. Those who are itching for those features may well find it worth the extra cost, should their budget allow it.Those torn between the iPhone and any one of the many Android super-phones will want to ask a few questions. If you want the fastest data speeds, then a Verizon LTE handset is the obvious choice. If a large screen is your thing, you’ll also want to go Android. If you’re more of a “more is more” kind of person, then the spec sheets of the Droid Bionic or Nexus Prime will likely make you salivate.The iPhone, however, is perfect for those wanting the most seamless, hassle-free, simplified smartphone experience out there. In typical Apple fashion, it emphasizes simplicity, user-friendliness, and slickness over brawn, customizability or cutting-edge download speeds. Aside from the aforementioned screen girth and data speeds, the iPhone 4S also offers performance that matches or outweighs any top-of-the-line Android phone (at least for now).As far as which carrier to choose, that will also depend on your wants. If you’re looking for optimal data speeds, then AT&T is the smart choice (just don’t expect a dramatic difference). If you don’t mind paying more for excellent coverage, then look at Verizon. If unlimited data is what you desire, then Sprint is the way to go.My final suggestion, when approaching the iPhone 4S, is to wipe your brain of all of the over-the-top rumors that we sifted through during the last year. Forget what you thought the iPhone would be, and you just might find yourself looking at an iPhone that is every bit as “magical” as any device you’ve ever used. Just two weeks ago, CEO Tim Cook took the stage to reveal Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. As you have likely heard, much was made about the “disappointment” many expressed in reaction to the announcement. There is no refreshed design, no larger screen, no LTE, and no elongated home button. Those changes could still be in the oven, but we certainly won’t be seeing them in 2011. What the 4S does bring, however, is not to be underestimated. How does it all add up? Read on.The first thing that you’ll notice about the iPhone 4S is just how familiar it looks. If you never turned it on, you wouldn’t see a single difference between it and its predecessor. That means you have the same steel antenna sandwiched between a glass front and glass back. That also means you get the same 960×640, 3.5 inch display, which, at 330ppi, still has the highest pixel density of any phone on the market.A5 processorOnce you get past the initial familiarity of its exterior, you’ll quickly realize that the iPhone 4S is a different beast from the iPhone 4. It’s not a radically-different beast, mind you, but it’s more mature than its predecessor and roars in places where the i4 merely purred. This, of course, comes from the dual-core A5 processor. The iPhone 4S follows the iPad 2 as the second dual-core iOS device from Apple.I was expecting a moderate boost in speed, but was still taken aback at just how snappy the 4S is. Having used many dual-core phones and tablets over the past several months, I was still pleasantly surprised at the zippiness of the iPhone 4S. We know that the A5 will allow the 4S to better handle intensive tasks, but it just may be the execution of the more ordinary tasks that make the biggest difference.But those more intensive tasks are coming as well. Gaming promises to be improved with the A5, though there isn’t much to test it with at this point. A couple of recent Gameloft titles, Shadow Guardian and 9mm, which could get a little choppy at times on the iPhone 4, played much smoother on the 4S.Infinity Blade 2, which was announced at the 4S event, will be arriving in December and will take advantage of the dual-core processor and upgraded GPU of the A5. Rockstar Games is also releasing the PC/console classic Grand Theft Auto III on both the 4S and the iPad 2 sometime soon. These two games will certainly give us a better chance to see how much the A5 can advance iPhone gaming.iOS 5Much has already been made of iOS 5, which we covered in-depth at its launch last week. The update adds a dramatically-improved notifications system, a data-only messaging system for iOS users (iMessage), Reminders, system-wide Twitter integration, and iCloud. iOS 5 is Apple’s biggest update since the firmware’s inception in 2007.Of course all iOS devices from the last couple of years can update to iOS 5, but the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 were made to run it. While there is nothing particularly problematic about running iOS 5 on the iPhone 4, the 4S’ blazing speed brings the latest update to life in ways that its predecessor never can.Apps open instantly, home screen folders are revealed without the slightest hesitation, web pages pan and zoom in real-time, and the Notification Center slides down without a trace of lag. Even the zippier lockscreen sliding and unlocking adds to the overall experience. The iPhone 4 runs iOS 5 well, but the iPhone 4S runs it in turbo mode, and you are left with the sense that you can do anything on your phone with blazing speed.AT&T’s HSPA+ 14.4While the Verizon and Sprint iPhone 4S get typical 3G download speeds, AT&T has faster theoretical downloads on the 4S. Apple went agnostic about whether it could be labelled as “4G” in their presentation, but AT&T (unsurprisingly) wants to stamp the fourth G onto their iPhone with a status bar icon. 3G+ would probably be a more accurate way to describe it, but the iPhone 4S on AT&T does at least have the potential to deliver significantly faster data speeds than the CDMA version.AT&T’s iPhone 4S does use the same HSPA+ connection as other devices on their network that have been labelled “4G,” so at least they’re being consistent. The original Motorola Atrix 4G, the LG Thrill 4G, and the HTC Inspire 4G should all get about the same speeds as AT&T’s iPhone 4S will. That means theoretical download speeds of 14.4Mpbs, though many (or most?) will find their downloads indistinguishable from traditional 3G.I tested the iPhone 4S on AT&T’s network in Chicago. Though the download speeds didn’t reach anywhere near the 14.4Mbps that was advertised, they were still higher than any iPhone download speeds I’ve seen. As you can see to the left, I averaged over 4Mbps down, which is roughly two to three times faster than what I typically got on both AT&T’s and Verizon’s iPhone 4. Others in different parts of the US have reported downloads of 7Mbps or more.Is it anywhere near the 14.4Mbps that Apple and AT&T are boasting? Not for me, and probably not for you either. Can it hold a candle to the LTE that a growing bushel of Android phones offer? No way. Still, it is a significant advantage that GSM carriers like AT&T have with the 4S. The extra speed should allow you to do things on the go like watch YouTube videos, load web pages, and talk to Siri a little faster than you could on any other iPhone.World PhoneIn addition to the faster GSM downloads, the iPhone 4S also brings world phone capabilities. This means that each iPhone 4S sold has the hardware to handle both CDMA and GSM networks. So if you’re on a US CDMA network, and visit Europe, you can buy a pre-paid SIM card for a local GSM network, pop it in your iPhone, and avoid roaming fees.An off-contract, unlocked model isn’t supposed to be available from Apple until November, but some have reported that they are already receiving this model when paying full retail for an iPhone 4S. This version won’t support CDMA networks, as they are rare outside of the US.There has been some confusion as to how much traveling will actually be possible on contract versions of the 4S. Sprint’s PR team tossed out a real doozy last week, when they said that their model wouldn’t be unlocked for international SIM cards. Then they tried to further explain it, and we ended up with something along the lines of “it’s unlocked now, but then we’ll lock it, and if you’re good, we’ll unlock it again.” The lesson here? If you’re a heavy traveler who dwells in the US, you might want to sign with AT&T, or simply get the unlocked model.CameraThe iPhone 4S camera gets a huge upgrade over its predecessor. Though it “only” supported 5MP shots and 720p video, many found it to be competent enough to become their primary camera (as evidenced by its becoming the most-used camera on Flickr). The 8MP rear shooter in the 4S, however, easily trumps its predecessor, and unless you have professional DSLR equipment, it will likely take better pictures than any other camera you own.The camera in the iPhone 4S is so good that, if it were the only new feature of the 4S, I would still consider upgrading. The most dramatic difference is with shots that are taken in low-to-medium lighting. The iPhone 4 struggled in these situations, but the 4S takes a gargantuan step forward. Take the example below, of two shots in medium indoor lighting, without the flash:The iPhone 4 (left) struggled to find balance with the TV screen in the background, and the subject is too dark, slightly green, and washed out. But with the 4S (right), it’s much brighter, colors are vivid, and details are sharp. This is due to the new f/2.4 aperture, which lets in more light, and the hybrid infrared filter, which leads to more accurate colors.Below is an unedited photo of the same subject taken with the iPhone 4S under better lighting:Here are more examples of untouched iPhone 4S photos (these by Apple):last_img read more

EtatsUnis les réductions des émissions de CO2 dues à un gaz naturel

first_imgEtats-Unis : les réductions des émissions de CO2 dues à un gaz naturel moins cherEn 2009, les États-Unis ont connu une forte récession économique ainsi qu’une diminution de 6,59% de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre par rapport à l’année précédente. Mais la récession ne serait pas la cause principale de cette baisse, selon une récente étude.La récession de 2009 aux Etats-Unis n’aurait pas provoqué la diminution des gaz à effet de serre. En effet, des chercheurs scientifiques de la Harvard School of Engineering et sciences appliquées (SEAS) ont démontré que la réduction des émissions de CO2 était due à une baisse du prix du gaz naturel qui a fait concurrence à l’industrie du charbon plutôt qu’à la baisse d’activité sur les marchés.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, aux États-Unis, le secteur de l’énergie est responsable de 40% de toutes les émissions de carbone. Or, “produire un kilowatt heure d’électricité avec du charbon libère deux fois plus de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère qu’avec du gaz naturel. En conséquence, un important changement dans les prix du gaz par rapport à ceux du charbon peut conduire à une importante réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre”, expliquent Michael B. McElroy et Gilbert Butler, professeurs d’études environnementales de SEAS, qui ont dirigé l’étude relayée par Science Daily.  Mais ce n’est pas tout. D’après les chercheurs, ce phénomène pourrait à nouveau se reproduire au cours des prochaines années. Une chute des prix du gaz naturel pourrait alors réduire la compétitivité des usines à charbon, au point d’entrainer leur fermeture. Par ailleurs, les auteurs estiment que les émissions de CO2 pourraient encore être réduites par l’introduction d’une taxe carbone. “Avec une taxe sur le carbone relativement modeste d’environ 3,71 euros par tonne de CO2, vous pourriez économiser 31 millions de tonnes de CO2 aux Etats-Unis et ceci changerait le prix de l’électricité d’un montant à peine perceptible”, a assuré Michael B. McElroy.Le 4 mars 2012 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woodland couple arrested after infant found unattended in car

first_imgLONGVIEW — Two Woodland parents were arrested after they allegedly left their 11-month old child in the back seat of a vehicle unattended in 80-degree weather while they went into a local restaurant to eat.Dylan Daniel Wenger, 22, and Megan Elizabeth Wenger, 23, were arrested Friday and charged with reckless endangerment and leaving a child in a vehicle unattended at a liquor establishment. They each posted $1,000 bail and will be arraigned June 6 in Cowlitz County District Court.Around 7:45 p.m. Friday, Woodland police responded to the report of a child who had been left unattended in a vehicle at Casa Tapatia Mexican Restaurant, 1175 Lewis River Road. The 911 caller led the officer to the vehicle, according to police records.Three windows were rolled down and the toddler was sitting in the back in a car seat. The woman who reported the call, a registered nurse, told the officer she and her husband had come to the restaurant for dinner and saw the child when they were leaving, according to police records. The woman said she saw the parents get out of the vehicle and go inside the restaurant.Out of concern for the child’s safety, the woman and her husband waited near the vehicle for the parents to return. At the time, it was about 80 degrees outside. The woman went back into the restaurant and saw the parents seated at a booth near the back, out of sight of the vehicle. The woman then told officers she waited about 45 minutes for the parents before calling police, according to police records.last_img read more

Belgium boss Messi is a great player to watch

first_imgBelgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Lionel Messi is one of the best players to watch in footballThe Spaniard, who led the Red Devils to a best-ever finish of third at the World Cup in Russia, revealed his admiration for Messi during for the futsal Champions League in Belgium.“Whatever is said about Leo Messi, there’s nothing new,” Martinez told the club website. “He is a player you can really enjoy,”“When he is out on the field, and he’s at a level like the one he showed in England, that’s something everyone can appreciate.”Messi has continued his fine performances for Barcelona this season with 11 goals and five assists in 11 games across all competitions.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Manager Ernesto Valverde is determined to ensure that the Catalans do better in the Champions League this time around following their shock quarter-final exit at the hands of AS Roma last season.And things have got off to a strong start for Barcelona with convincing wins over PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham in their opening two games of Group B.“Barça, as well as other teams, are candidates to win it all. There aren’t too many teams around the world that are built to win it. They hope to compete for everything, and that doesn’t change with one good or a bad match,” said Martinez.“Every year the Champions League competition gets more and more difficult. It’s very difficult to find a team to win three years in a row, but this year it’s pretty balanced, and I think we will see one of the best competitions we’ve seen in recent years.”last_img read more

Wealth Fund passed in House of Assembly

first_img Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos National Wealth Fund Bill 2017 was passed unanimously in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.The Bill allows for the establishment of the National Wealth Fund (TCNWF) which will be used for government savings and investments.  The TCNWF is further broken down into sub-funds with specific aims to meet three goals: economic stabilisation, large-scale infrastructure projects and posterity savings. Monies for the fund will be sourced from excess revenues.The fund is also meant to lessen exposure to risks during times of emergency and disaster as well as to diversify the country’s assets. The fund will be managed by the Ministry of Finance and a Board of Directors with overall responsibility in the HOA.Figures for an initial deposit to the fund are still being determined as the proposed $8 million did not materialize.#MagneticMediaNews#TCNWF#TurksandCaicosNationalWealthFund Related Items:house of assembly, Magnetic Media News, National Wealth Fund, turks caicos TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for youlast_img read more

Lascelles says Mourinho was not good for United

first_imgAccording to the English footballer, the Portuguese boss was not the one Manchester United needed to be lead to gloryAfter Jose Mourinho was fired from Manchester United, many people have said their opinion of the “Special One.”And for Newcastle United captain and defender, Jamaal Lascelles, Mourinho was not the right person to lead the Red Devils to glory.“They probably needed that (a change at the top),” he told The Mirror.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”“Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players,” he added.“Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.”last_img read more

Panda Express kicks off Lunar New Year with free egg rolls

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Panda Express is offering free food in celebration of the Lunar New Year.The food chain will be giving customers red envelopes containing coupons for a free chicken egg roll and drink, Food and Wine reports.Also inside will be a fortune-teller game that lets customers answer questions to find out what might be in store for them in the Year of the Pig.The envelope symbolizes good luck and prosperity in East Asian cultures.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FY17 Request to include Funding for Extra Troops in Europe

first_imgThe Defense Department will ask for funding to rotate 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops to Europe in its fiscal 2017 budget request, according to senior defense officials.The additional brigade’s worth of troops, which are expected to rotate in from the United States, will be dispatched to relieve some of the pressure from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is on its third rotation there, reported Stars and Stripes.“They’ve been constantly deployed,” a defense official told the publication. “We are going to try to source that from units” based in the United States.The administration’s $3.4 billion request for the European Reassurance Initiative also would cover the cost of sending a brigade’s worth of tanks and artillery to storage sites throughout Europe. The Pentagon requested only $780 million for the initiative in FY 2016.The department already has moved tanks, trucks and artillery into Europe over the past year in response to Russia’s support for separatists in Eastern Ukraine, according to the story.The request for rotating additional troops in Europe represents a renewed focus by the United States on emerging security threats, a subject Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to address in a speech on Tuesday. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more