Apple AirPod Headphones Available for Sale After 2Month Delay

first_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Delivery of AirPods will start next week along with sales at Apple Stores. Next Article –shares December 13, 2016 1 min read Apple AirPods Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Reuters Apple Inc. said on Tuesday its wireless AirPod headphones were now available through its website, two months after the company delayed their launch for unexplained reasons.Apple also said delivery of AirPods would start next week along with sales at Apple Stores, Apple-authorized resellers and select carriers.Apple unveiled the AirPod, which is priced at $159, at the launch of the latest iPhone in September.The launch delay was widely seen as a rare marketing slip-up by the company, coming as it did just before the start of the holiday shopping season.Apple had said it needed more time to make the device ready before putting it on the market.(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr) Apple AirPod Headphones Available for Sale After 2-Month Delay Apple Image credit: Reuters | Beck Diefenbach/File Photo Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

CBD Is Just the First Huge Benefit From Legal Hemp

first_imghemp Add to Queue Download Our iOS App Next Article Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. Hemp has vast potential as an environmentally benign source of many fundamentals of modern life. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. is on the brink of a hemp revolution that could affect industries ranging from construction to healthcare. By legalizing hemp the Farm Bill removes obstacles that have kept a versatile and economical crop down for decades.Here’s how the Farm Bill will create a multi-billion dollar industry, play a crucial role in the U.S. trade war with China, and help struggling farmers across the country.Related: Hemp Hemp Hooray! U.S. Legalizes HempThe Farm Bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.First and foremost, the 2018 Farm Bill nationally legalized hemp. Before, hemp with more than 0.1 percent THC was classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, on par with heroin and ecstasy. This legislation dates back to the 1970s, but cannabis prohibition has deep roots going back to the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.Before this legislation, there was no legal distinction between hemp and marijuana. Though both are varieties of the cannabis plant, hemp contains only traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, meaning that it cannot get you high. As stated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “Cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), and cannabinols (CBN) and cannabidiols (CBD) are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the CSA definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves.”By signing the Farm Bill, Trump removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Specifically, hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC now has legal standing distinct from psychoactive cannabis, or weed. This means that the DEA and U.S. Department of Agriculture can no longer curb, or prosecute, hemp farmers.Related: The Next Big Thing in ‘Green’ Packaging Is Hemp BioplasticMajor hemp farming and sale restrictions have disappeared.Even when hemp was a Controlled Substance, hemp farming across the country did exist. This is thanks to industrial hemp pilot programs legalized by the 2014 Farm Bill. For example, New York’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural and Research Pilot Program allows universities to apply for licenses to research hemp cultivation. Businesses can also farm industrial hemp, with the proper licensing, per this new program.But hemp farming is in its infancy. In 2017, 19 states were farming hemp under pilot programs. Thanks to hemp’s shaky legal status, cross-state hemp trade is difficult and hemp farmers do not have access to government subsidies or traditional methods of financing. Hemp farmers had to approach normal business considerations just like anyone in the cannabis industry — until Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill.The Farm Bill replaces DEA restrictions with USDA regulations. This would mean that farmers can certify their hemp crops as organic or American grown and trade nationally and internationally. In broad terms, hemp can become like wheat, corn, and cotton in the eyes of the government, banks, researchers, and farmers.Related: The Coming International CBD Boom and How it Will Disrupt the Marijuana BusinessThe U.S. hemp market could be worth over $10 billion by 2025, by conservative estimates.Hemp product sales reached $820 million in 2017, up 16 percent from $688 million in 2016. This is only the beginning of the hemp boom: The entire hemp market will be worth $10.6 billion in 2025, according to Grand View Research. However, other estimates show the CBD market growing to twice that size in less time. By contrast, $10.6 billion appears conservative.CBD sales could reach $22 billion annually by 2022.CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid otherwise known as cannabidiol that is found in hemp and marijuana, is one of the biggest contributors to hemp market growth. Today, CBD sales account for 23 percent of hemp product sales by market share.Though cannabis research is still nascent, studies and personal accounts have already shown that CBD can dramatically reduce seizures, chronic pain, acne, anxiety, depression, nausea, addition, sleep disorder, and more. For all these reasons, medicinal and medical CBD oil and hemp oil use is growing.And the fact that CBD cannot get you high makes it an incredibly versatile form of cannabis. In other words, a growing number of adults and children use CBD day-to-day.CBD is only one of many types of hemp-derived products.The Farm Bill could transform the way we make fuel, paper, textiles, building materials, plastics and much more.Hemp is the strongest natural fiber in the world. Virtually anything can be made using hemp, including fuel, clothing, packaging, concrete, cosmetics, fiberglass, and other essential products. Hemp also contains nourishing omega-3 fatty acids, making it an increasingly popular dietary supplement.Not only is hemp a stronger material than many of those it could replace, but it’s also more environmentally friendly and economical to farm. Cultivating hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides. Cotton farming takes 50 percent more water to farm and 400 percent more water to process than hemp. One acre of hemp yields as much dry materials as four acres of forest. For all these reasons, hemp is one of the oldest and most-versatile crops in existence. Hemp prohibition is a modern invention.Hemp’s various applications are nothing short of revolutionary. Today, industrial hemp only accounts for 18 percent of the market. Textiles and food derived from hemp account for 13 and 17 percent, respectively. Though a CBD market explosion may be the most immediate consequence of the Farm Bill, it’s only a fraction of what the hemp market could become. Cars, fuel, buildings, and other necessities of modern life can all be made more cheaply and sustainably with hemp.Growing hemp could lift some of the burden placed on farmers by Chinese tariffs.  U.S. farmers, now more than ever, are in desperate need of an economical crop like hemp. Trump’s tariffs have caused major disruptions in U.S. trade with China. Specifically, China has levied a 25 percent tax on American soybeans, wheat, corn and sorghum in response to Trump’s $50 billion worth of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods in early 2018.As a result, American farmers have taken a major hit. China bought $14 billion in U.S. soybeans in 2017. In July 2018 alone, the price of soybeans fell 14 percent as farmers struggled to sell off their crops. Though Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to postpone the $267 billion worth of tariffs to be levied against China on January 1, the still-existent 25 percent tax on American goods is still hurting U.S. farmers.The Farm Bill gives farmers a viable alternative to soybean, wheat, corn and other commonly exported crops. And from the White House’s perspective, American-grown hemp puts a dent in Chinese hemp production. Since the U.S. has been unable to meet its hemp demands yet, we import around $60 million of hemp per year. Much of it comes from China, the world’s leading cannabis producer and researcher.The Farm Bill benefits consumers, farmers — and Trump.We’ve only scratched the surface of hemp’s many uses, not to mention its ability to curb some of America’s most pressing health and political problems. To name a few:Research has shown that CBD can help patients struggling with addiction, or serve as an alternative pain medication.Hemp fuel could be a viable alternative to fossil fuel.Hemp farming is more sustainable, versatile,and economical than any other large-scale crop farming.The only thing that stands between the U.S. and a booming hemp market is outdated perception. Now that Trump has signed the Farm Bill, the hemp market is poised to change. CBD Is Just the First Huge Benefit From Legal Hemp –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. December 24, 2018 7 min read Free Green Entrepreneur App Contributor Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: MysteryShot | Getty Images Scott McGovernlast_img read more

Gamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its Door

first_img We’ve seen plenty of media and video game-related acquisitions this past year, including Ziff-Davis’ sale of popular gaming site 1UP to Hearst Corporation’s UGO Entertainment and the closing of the fabled Activision/Vivendi (and, by proxy, Activision/Blizzard) merger. You can now mark your scorecards for the second big gaming media acquisition of 2009, as Gamefly has picked up the gaming journalism site Shacknews.Judging by forum comments Internet-wide, including those found on Shacknews itself, the purchase came as a bit of a surprise to industry pundits. But it doesn’t appear that Gamefly is hurting in the financials–the company just opened two new distribution centers in Austin and Tampa last year, and has plans to open its fifth center in Seattle in the first half of 2009.According to Shacknews founder Steve Gibson, the purchase wasn’t made because Shacknews suffers from any of the financial difficulties that have been plaguing publishing as of late.”We are confident Gamefly will protect the legacy and community we’ve established, while at the same time providing much needed resources to expand into new and exciting areas that would not otherwise be possible,” said Gibson in a news release on Shacknews.While Gamefly co-founder Sean Spector maintains that Shacknews will keep the same voice and feel as it’s had pre-acquisition, we’ve all heard this news before. So what’s Gamefly planning? It would make more sense for the rental service to jump into digital territory by launching a direct download service of its own, analogous to Valve’s Steam platform or Stardock’s Impulse. Or better yet, offer console-based integration of its rental services a la Microsoft’s partnership with Netflix for the Xbox 360 console. Though I honestly doubt the latter would happen, as it would directly compete against… well, the entire platform.Since Shacknews does incorporate a large amount of PC coverage into its gaming news, perhaps this is a sign that Gamefly is ready to look beyond the living room and begin offering some kind of rental or purchasing service for PC titles. That’s bitter speculation at this point, but I can’t think of any other reason–aside from increasing brand awareness–as to why Gamefly would want to purchase a media hub and its accompanying video hub (Shackvideo) and file-archive (Fileshack). Something big is afoot, and hopefully we’ll see the inklings of it before too long.Chris Morris, who writes the Game On column for , has conducted an interview with Gamefly regarding the qcquisition news. Not much gleamed from that one in regards to future busines plans, as Gamefly is playing its hand with what it intends to do about Shacknews. One interesting glimmer: the move doubles the traffic for Gamefly’s chief property, provided the company is able to successfully combine all the 2.5-to-3 million users that flock to each individual site every month. Gamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its Door Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The Netflix of the gaming world aquires gaming journalism site Shacknews, adding media to its list of specialties. Next Article David Murphy February 6, 2009 Add to Queuecenter_img –shares Technology 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now »last_img read more

Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBAs Program Expansion

first_img Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBA’s Program Expansion Add to Queue In office for less than two months, Maria Contreras-Sweet, the new head of the Small Business Administration, is already embroiled in a dispute with Congress over the direction in which her agency is moving. The SBA has been pushing educational initiatives for high-potential startups and for larger and older small businesses in place of programs for its traditional constituencies. Members of the House Small Business Committee on both sides of the aisle have criticized the move. And, on this issue, they are right.The dispute was triggered by the SBA’s efforts to reallocate funds from its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE programs to an educational program for owners of larger and older small businesses and a program to fund new business accelerators. The change means the agency will allocate fewer of its resources to helping micro-entrepreneurs start businesses.But the real fight isn’t about money. It’s about who should decide the agency’s direction and what principles should guide their choices.Related: Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing EconomyCongress, not government bureaucrats, should decide what types of small-business support programs this country should have. They are the ones accountable to the voters for how tax dollars are spent. And they are the ones with the legal authority to create small-business support programs. As Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader put it in a recent House Small Business Committee hearing, “It’s our job, not yours, to come up with the programs that should be going forward.”Moreover, the SBA is taking advantage of a loophole to put its new programs in place. The Small Business Act grants the federal agency the authority to establish pilot initiatives not authorized by Congress, as long as those programs are of limited cost and duration. Congress’s intent in providing this authority was to give the agency flexibility in carrying out the legislative body’s wishes. But, as the House Small Business Committee recently wrote, the SBA “abuses this authority” by setting up pilot programs that do not expire and by failing to seek Congressional approval for its initiatives. In fact, the House Small Business Committee found that 17 of 22 SBA educational initiatives have been put in place without specific Congressional authorization.Economic efficiency, not agency ambition, should guide the choice of entrepreneurship-support programs. The agency should not add programs that duplicate efforts undertaken in other parts of the government. A 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found 52 overlapping federal entrepreneurship-support programs among the SBA and just three other federal agencies. Moreover, several SBA educational programs duplicate the efforts of other SBA training initiatives.Related: Don’t Hurt Entrepreneurship In Fighting Income InequalityOnly when the private sector fails to allocate resources efficiently should the government intervene in the marketplace. But some of the agency’s programs target needs that the private sector already satisfies. The agency’s new initiative for older and more established companies, for example, duplicates programs administered by Goldman Sachs and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Similarly, in a recent Congressional hearing, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Democrat of New York, asked rhetorically about the SBA’s new accelerator program: “What gap are you filling that the private sector is not?” The Congresswoman indicated that there is no market failure justifying government intervention because the private sector has already poured $5 billion into 100 accelerators on its own.Ironically, Ms. Contreras-Sweet and her predecessor at the SBA, Karen Mills, may be accomplishing something few in Washington have been able to achieve in recent years – motivating bipartisan support for legislation. The recent efforts by the SBA to expand its educational programs have both Republicans and Democrats on the House Small Business Committee suggesting legislation to limit the SBA’s discretion in establishing new programs.Related: To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Professor at Case Western Reserve University SBA Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Scott Shane May 21, 2014last_img read more

All Prime Members Now Have Access to Amazons PresstoBuy Dash Buttons

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Five months ago, Amazon unveiled its pilot Dash program in which a select group of users could order an array of household products via the push of a button.Now, it’s expanding the program to all Prime Members, as well as creating buttons for 11 new brands, bringing the total of brand-specific buttons to 29. Together, this group — which includes Ice Breakers, Bounty, Smartwater, Kraft, Huggies, L’Oréal and Gatorade — encompass 500 different products.For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: Amazon Prime members can now purchase any number of the available branded Dash buttons, physical devices built to be positioned around the house. Each button connects to a member’s iPhone or Android smartphone, and can be customized to order a specific quantity of product from its corresponding brand (you can set up your Clorox button to order a three-pack of disinfecting wipes, for example) whenever it’s pushed. Amazon then follows up by sending an order confirmation to the phone, allowing you to cancel if you have second thoughts. Also, the mega retailer has a “Dash Button Order Protection,” meaning members can’t place a new order until the prior one ships.Amazon Dash ButtonImage Credit: AmazonThe buttons cost $4.99 (meaning that in theory, the ability to buy with one click in real life can add up quickly), but Amazon will credit Prime members for the cost of each button provided they actually order something with it. While this sounds more than a little ridiculous — it’s easy enough, after all, to simply re-order household products on Amazon’s site — simply pushing a conveniently placed button when you realize you’re out of garbage bags is more seamless than going online to do so later.Related: Amazon Dash Makes Shopping as Easy as Pushing a Button Image credit: | Facebook –shares Add to Queue Amazon All Prime Members Now Have Access to Amazon’s Press-to-Buy Dash Buttons 2 min readcenter_img September 2, 2015 Next Article Laura Entis Dash Button Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musks Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer

first_img Elon Musk’s Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer August 16, 2016 –shares Huang onstage at an Nvidia even in San Jose. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Image credit: Image credit: Kim Kulish—Corbis via Fortune Jonathan Vanian Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand OpenAI non-profit gets a powerful new toy to research AI.An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research group just got a brand new toy from chip maker Nvidia.Nvidia said on Monday that it had donated one of its new supercomputers to the OpenAI non-profit artificial intelligence research project. OpenAI debuted in December with financial backing from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk along with money from other high-profile technology luminaries like LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.OpenAI’s goal is partly to create a non-profit outside the corporate sector that could research artificial intelligence technologies without a financial incentive. The concern is that many companies like Google and Facebook that are researching artificial intelligence technologies would horde talent and only work on projects beneficial to their financial interests.Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang personally delivered the supercomputer, the newly introduced DGX-1, last week to OpenAI’s San Francisco office. A photo accompanying the press announcement shows both Huang and Musk looking at the supercomputer, which Huang signed.“To Elon and the OpenAI Team!” wrote Huang on the supercomputer’s body. “To the future of computing and humanity. I present you the world’s first DGX-1!”Would like to thank @nvidia and Jensen for donating the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer to @OpenAI in support of democratizing AI technology— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2016OpenAI and Nvidia did not explain what exactly the supercomputer would be used for. Nvidia announced plans for the machine, described as equivalent in power to “250 servers in a box” and costing $129,000, in April. At the time, the company said that universities like MIT, University of California at Berkeley and Stanford would get access to the supercomputers.Nvidia has marketed the DGX-1 as a supercomputer built to specifically handle a trendy artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, which has been adopted by in recent years by companies like Google and Facebook. For example, they have used deep learning to train computers to recognize objects in photographs.Nvidia has been benefiting from a current boom in artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies with its lineup of computer chips known as GPUs that can power both technologies. In August, Nvidia reported that it had $1.43 billion in second quarter revenue, a 24% year-over-year increase.“Strong demand for our new Pascal-generation GPUs and surging interest in deep learning drove record results,” Huang said in a statement at the time.In June, OpenAI said that one of its goals involves building an “off-the-shelf” robot and releasing its blueprints for other companies and organizations to manufacture.Last week, OpenAI research scientist Ian Goodfellow explained on the question and answer website Quora that both Musk and OpenAI backer and Y Combinator president Sam Altman were “quite involved” with the non-profit and that “both are in the office each week.”In June, OpenAI released some results of its artificial intelligence research into what’s known as unsupervised learning, which generally refers to the ability of computers to learn from so-called unlabeled data that have not been refined by humans. Elon Musk Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Sri Lankan Student Hacks Presidents Website to Delay Exam

first_imgHacks Next Article That’s one way to get out of a test. Contributing Writer Register Now » Sri Lankan Student Hacks President’s Website to Delay Exam –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuecenter_img August 31, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: Shutterstock 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Don Reisinger There are the usual ways to get out of a test, and then there are the interesting ways to skip a test. One teenager from Sri Lanka allegedly chose the latter.A 17-year-old Sri Lankan is being detained on charges of hacking the website of President Maithripala Sirisena, according to the BBC. After taking over the site on Thursday and Friday, a group called the Sri Lanka Youth requested that national exams, scheduled for April, be rescheduled so as not to conflict with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations, the report says.News of teenagers doing dumb things isn’t all that Earth-shattering, but the teen took things up a notch. He, or whoever carried out the attack, added a message on the president’s site read that urged him to “take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites” or face the possibility of “a cyber war.”According to the BBC, the unidentified teen was detained until law enforcement could determine the extent to which the threats were real. It’s unknown whether he was actually behind the hack or if he worked alone.President Sirisena’s site was first hacked last Thursday with the aforementioned message, but was soon reclaimed after officials realized it was breached. The group again hacked the site on Friday, but didn’t display a message. As of this writing, the president’s site is back up and running.last_img read more

Rachels Organic releases two premium and natural yogurts

first_imgRachel’s Organic releases two ‘premium and natural’ yogurtsPosted By: News Deskon: November 30, 2017In: Dairy, Industries, New productsPrintEmailWelsh dairy brand Rachel’s Organic has announced the launch a new organic natural yogurt range as it responds to consumer demand for healthier yogurts.The brand, which is owned by Nestlé and Lactalis, is made from from 100% organic Welsh milk sourced from Rachel’s local farmers and features a newly formulated recipe.As consumers are increasingly favouring natural yogurt due to its perceived health benefits and versatility, Rachel’s said it made the decision to launch two varieties within the range: organic natural and 0% fat organic natural.Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy marketing manager Daniel Wheeler said: “We have always strived to provide consumers with the highest quality, best-tasting premium organic dairy products, and with our new range of natural yogurt we can officially say we have the best-tasting organic natural yogurt on the market.“This is testament to the hard work that goes into ensuring every pot of Rachel’s yogurt provides an unrivalled taste experience. Consumers expect the best from Rachel’s and their feedback is extremely important to us as it allows us to innovate and develop new, superior tasting products.“We hope Rachel’s fans will continue to offer us their invaluable feedback and support that enables us to grow as we strive to match their exceptionally high expectations.”The organic natural range is available in UK supermarket Waitrose, priced at £1.65 for a 500g pot.Share with your network: Tags: Dairynew productRachel’s Organiclast_img read more

McDonalds aims to cut carbon emissions by 36 by 2030

first_imgMcDonald’s aims to cut carbon emissions by 36% by 2030Posted By: News Deskon: March 20, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailMcDonald’s has announced an ambitious sustainability plan, as the company claims it wants to reduce carbon emissions by 36% at its restaurants and offices by 2030, compared to emissions produced by the brand in 2015.The brand has also stated that it wants to reduce emissions produced by its supply chain by 31%.McDonald’s estimates that a 36% reduction in emissions would prevent 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere by 2030.To achieve these goals, the brand says it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce emissions from beef production, and will invest in more energy efficient lighting, kitchen equipment and sustainable packaging solutions.Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO said: “To create a better future for our planet, we must all get involved.“McDonald’s is doing its part by setting this ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address the challenge of global climate change.”Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund added: “Environmental progress doesn’t just happen, it takes bold leadership from all of us. “As one of the best known brands on the planet, McDonald’s is well positioned to lead, and its ambitious new climate target will inspire innovation, collaboration, and most importantly critical greenhouse gas reductions across the company’s global operations and supply chain.”   Share with your network: Tags: carbon emissionsMcDonald’ssustainabilityUSlast_img read more

Tesco expands its plantbased Wicked Kitchen range

first_imgTesco expands its plant-based Wicked Kitchen rangePosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 15, 2018In: Food, Health, Industries, New products, RetailPrintEmailUK retailer Tesco has expanded its plant-based Wicked Kitchen range, as the demand for vegan food choices has soared in the country over the last year.Tesco introduced the Wicked Kitchen range in January, and claims that sales of chilled vegan products at the retailer have increased 25% in the last year.To meet this demand, Tesco has more than doubled the range, introducing 26 new products and the ‘UK’s first’ vegan sausage roll.Also in the range are pies, sourdough pizzas, chilled desserts, deli foods and more, and the first of the 26 new products goes on sale on 15 October.Tesco claims that it will expand the range further throughout November and December.Tesco product development director Kate Ewart said: “We know from our own data that flexitarianism is on the rise and many more customers are dabbling in cutting out meat for a day or so during their weekly diet.“With the new range we’re now hoping to attract an even wider audience including customers looking for on-the-go delicious snacks such as a plant-based sausage roll, pie or pasty as well as dessert lovers.”Tesco partnered with chef Derek Sarno to create the range, and Sarno added: “This is a dream come true for us. When we launched Wicked Kitchen back in January, the response was just phenomenal. We’re excited to be able to announce the expansion of the range today.“At the start of the year, I said that veganism was going mainstream, and – as plant-based options are taking over the supermarket shelves – that belief is fast becoming a reality.“Thank you so much to everyone who has bought and loved Wicked Kitchen food. I can’t wait for you to try these new items too.”Share with your network: Tags: plant-basedretailTescoUKlast_img read more

Diageo introduces new Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series

first_imgDiageo introduces new Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin SeriesPosted By: Contributoron: July 05, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailDiageo has released a new Johnnie Walker range that aims to offer consumers a guided tour of Scotland’s whisky-producing regions.The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series features four 12-year-old blended Scotch whiskies.Diageo said each Scotch in the collection is crafted only using whiskies from a particular region to capture the primary flavour characteristics of that area, giving whisky fans the opportunity to discover the array of flavours Scotland offers: the fruity flavours of Speyside, the rich characteristics of the Highlands, the sweet notes of the Lowland region and the smoky finish of Islay whiskies.The whiskies in the series are: Johnnie Walker Black Label Speyside Origin, which is described as a light and fruity whisky; Johnnie Walker Black Label Highlands Origin, featuring a rich and dark fruitiness; Johnnie Walker Black Label Islay Origin, which is said to contain a slight spice; and Johnnie Walker Black Label Lowlands Origin, containing a sweet, creamy vanilla character and notes of toffee.To help consumers navigate the category, the series packaging doubles as an accompanying guide. Every limited-edition pack is adorned with a map of Scotland, and the region that each whisky within originates from is highlighted, along with interesting facts and trivia relating to that part of the country.John Williams, Johnnie Walker global brand director, said: “The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series has been crafted to help people to discover and explore the distinct flavour profiles of the four corners of Scotland.“At Johnnie Walker, we have access to an unparalleled range of fantastic single malts and this collection will be of particular interest to anybody who wants a greater understanding of how our small team of expert whisky-makers craft and balance those distinct flavour profiles to make Johnnie Walker Black Label.”The Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series is now available globally in travel retail stores with a recommended retail price of $46 for 1-litre bottles.Share with your network: Tags: DiageoJohnnie WalkerScotlandwhiskylast_img read more

Avicii obituary

first_img Share Avicii obituary Facebook Share on Facebook Sun 22 Apr 2018 08.53 EDT 2 3 Twitter Goodbye Avicii, thanks for the happy tunes. 8 9 Report Comments 58 Avicii Order by oldest 13 14 I felt very sad too – I knew his music but little about his life. I’m sorry to hear that he went through a lot of bad times. Glad to hear he got you dancing again though. Best of luck! Sign up for the Sleeve Notes email: music news, bold reviews and unexpected extras Brilliant musician and lyricist…sadly like many musical greats has gone far too early. A light for his generation. Not only wonderfully talented but coupled with his philanthropic actions a truly decent human being. It seems sometimes like the great die far too young. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. Avicii gone, but leaving behind an incredible musical legacy. Peanutta kumano Twitter Report ID9494400 Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Support The Guardian Twitter The tributes when Frankie Knuckles died went on for days. It takes two seconds on google to verify. Using a mans death as some kind of “in my day” dick measuring contest makes you out to be a massive helmet. Time moves on, music changes, people like different things. Swedish DJ Avicii dies at 28 – video obituary Swedish DJ and producer who spearheaded a revolution in electronic dance music Share Reply Share 0 1 Close report comment form Reply Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other A sad tale no doubt but they didn’t make so much fuss when Frankie Knuckles passed. Knuckles helped define and create the whole thing, this lad is only standing on the shoulders of such pioneers and in my opinion not getting anywhere close to the quality. Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > It’s a good question, and one I considered while preparing this piece. In the end I gave the EDM term priority because that’s more common in the USA, Avicii’s biggest audience. House music probably morphed into dance music when there became such a plethora of dance music sub genres that it became more difficult to define what was what. It all just got put under a dance music genre. Enthusiasts are still able to bracket what is house or garage or techno, or tech-house or whatever. Isn’t EDM the label mainstream America put on house music when they discovered what had been going on in Europe and in the Chicago and Detroit underground for decades? Share on Twitter 17 18 recommendations This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply Unranked2 100 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report collapsed 24 25 | Pick 23 Apr 2018 7:40 Aviciee – Levels It’s a shit business… Didn’t particularly care for his music, but it seems he pretty much literally gave his life for it | Pick 22 Apr 2018 23:44 22 Apr 2018 20:10 Twitter | Pick 22 Apr 2018 21:58 Share on Facebook A_Fortunate_One Share Share on Facebook His untimely death reinforces the temporal reality of existence. RIP | Pick May he rest in peace free from his demons. It’s always sad to see a talented young artist die before his or her time. 14 15 strippoker | Pick A_Fortunate_One Electronic music Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook 2 3 Share Hades59 1 2 22 Apr 2018 22:58 9 10 23 Apr 2018 3:56 Report Aaronaldo83 Share on Twitter | Pick 22 Apr 2018 21:15 Twitter Facebook Reply Billy Toffingham Report Facebook Show 2 more replies | Pick haemodroid Report He did it his way … RIP. Show 25 Report Didescharlie Facebook 23 Apr 2018 19:47 Share on Twitter 22 Apr 2018 20:40 Share on Facebook | Pick Share SilkSackClouds 22 Apr 2018 21:07 Reply Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 22 Apr 2018 22:57 Reply | Pick 23 24 | Pick Reply | Pick Reply Shit music. Like David Guetta and Deadmau5. However still a tragedy that he died so young. Facebook 23 Apr 2018 0:18 Report Facebook Didescharlie Share on Facebook Facebook MarkLondon11 Share Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply 1treeoflife f00l 23 Apr 2018 3:07 It’s such a waste dying so young having suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.Avicii made it to the top of electronic dance music business.I’m not a big fan of EDM but lots the young party animals around the world love it.I suppose if you’re young beautiful and rich you may feel invincible.As you get older you realize your health is your real wealth. strippoker Reply | Pick Twitter I love it in the right setting. Twitter Share Facebook 4 5 Reply ID9494400 | Pick Share on Facebook His biggest single was 2013’s Wake Me Up, a song with folk music elements that alienated some of his audience on its live debut but topped the charts in the UK and across Europe. He said: “I knew it was going to be controversial at the time, but the audience have really come around. It’s important to believe in what you do.” Both of Avicii’s studio albums, True (2013) and Stories (2015) charted worldwide, and his songs have been streamed more than 11bn times on the music platform Spotify.He was nominated twice for Grammy awards, the first in 2012 for a collaboration with fellow DJ David Guetta titled Sunshine, and the following year for his first mainstream hit Levels. Musicians flocked to work with him; he recorded with artists as disparate as Wyclef Jean, Robbie Williams, ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Rita Ora and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. 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Share on Messenger Reply Twitter 10 11 Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter 0 1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 22 Apr 2018 22:24 3 4 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Report Play Video 0 1 Share on Twitter Such a shame about Avicii. 28 is too young and you wonder where the main pressure came from that affected his lifestyle. Absolutely loved Wake Me Up, the one he did with Nicky Romero (The One?) and The Nights. And The Nights really sums it up… “When I die I want to be remembered for the life I lived, not for the money I made” “He said one day, you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember” RIP Avicii. You’ve gone too soon but your music will live on. Twitter CordTrousers titmuss 22 Apr 2018 22:24 Twitter Share on Twitter “Brilliant musician and lyricist…sadly like many musical greats…” Isn’t it truth that we’re supposed to owe the dead? Share on Facebook Share Facebook Report Reply This is sad news of the world. They kill the Avicii. They give him drugs, and then he try to stop so they keep giving until his body broken. The world of fame kill Avicii and stop beautiful music’s he play. Sick world take away my Aviici. The Aviici omay make happiness, which now gone away. His sound go on forever but Aviici heart stop in sad ways Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. It’s funny with these music critics who’ve been making fun of him, his music and the whole EDM scene for many years who are suddenly hailing him and describing how “talented he was”. Twitter The Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, who recorded and performed as Avicii, was the quintessential shy superstar, a man who disliked the attention that global fame brought him but who also inhabited a world of huge wealth and extroversion.“I love what I do, but I’ve never liked being recognised or being in the spotlight,” he said, after years of relentless scrutiny from the media and the thousands of electronic dance music (EDM) fans for whom he performed up to 250 shows a year. Despite his antipathy to public exposure, Avicii, who has died suddenly aged 28 in Oman, spearheaded an EDM revolution that earned him nightly fees estimated at $250,000 or higher; in 2015, Forbes estimated his annual earnings at $19m. Reply 18 19 I remember a few years ago reading on the Guardian that he was retiring from touring because of the unsustainable lifestyle and then reading all of the negative comments underneath the article calling him lazy and entitled for longer wanting to do his job. All those people should be eating their words now. Regardless of whether you liked his music it took an incredible amount of energy and commitment to do what he did for so many years. It’s a reckless and exhausting way to live, and it’s no surprise it all eventually caught up with him. I wasn’t at all a fan, but I’m still very sad to hear this. | Pick Reply comments (58)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. ranelagh75 CordTrousers 9 10 Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Twitter ID9494400 Reply 23 Apr 2018 15:28 Share on Facebook NiaE Twitter Share Twitter kms049 Share on Facebook 0 1 | Pick Facebook Aaronaldo83 Maybe not the forum to ask this in light of the sad death but, serious question, when did “dance music” suddenly start getting called “EDM”? No mention of EDM when Robert Miles died last year, so I guess it was sometime between then and now: Share on Twitter Share Decades of decent egalitarian social policy, combined with the kind of plucky communitarian spirit that comes from living in a harsh northern climate. Reply Share on Facebook 22 Apr 2018 20:53 Reason (optional) Share on Facebook 23 Apr 2018 4:14 sofia303 joelmciver Sweden Shares126126 Share on Facebook Share Reply 50 Share on Facebook Facebook 23 Apr 2018 3:31 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. View more comments Reply bod111 Yes but they give Aviici much alcohol which weaken his body, and life pressures make him expose to dangerous thing that kill him slowly | Pick Share Share Reply Share steena Share Share on Twitter Report 6 7 Yet it gave millions much joy which is something negative comments can never do. Bless him. ID9494400 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Reply Report Share You needed that reinforcing, did you? Facebook | Pick Share | Pick Report Show 7 more replies | Pick 22 Apr 2018 23:14 1 2 kikupuffs Facebook Share on Facebook That’s drink for you unfortunately – it is rightly called the Demon drink for that reason, people turn to it in desperation but it makes you more depressed and you drink more to get over that depression. Very sad that he has died so young, but when you need major surgery at 25 / 26 you obviously have a very serious problem. More should be done in education about drinking and the dangers of it. 23 Apr 2018 0:25 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply | Pick Europe Report Twitter newest Great to hear you’re making a good recovery. It’s a funny old world when we hear just the right tune at just the right moment. I was recovering from a bad accident from a few years earlier. I was told I might not walk properly again. When Aviici’s ‘True’ album came out, my son and I played it all the time. It got me dancing again and with that came back the mobility. I thank him for that. I felt genuinely sad at hearing he had died. Yes, rest in peace, sweet man. 1treeoflife CordTrousers Twitter Share on Twitter Report First published on Sun 22 Apr 2018 07.56 EDT CordTrousers Show 6 more replies 23 Apr 2018 9:51 Reply Reply 13 14 Who is ‘they’?When Frankie Knuckles died there was loads of press about his influence, including this paper. I expect the reason for the ‘fuss’ about Avicii was that he was so young. You can’t with any seriousness argue that that he hadn’t achieved a lot in ten years and worked very hard. It was the amount of touring that contributed to his decline in health.It sounds to me like youve got an agenda or axe to grind. Take it somewhere else. | Pick Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter 4 5 Twitter 23 Apr 2018 15:20 11 12 Share on Twitter omni_trio kms049 22 Apr 2018 21:14 expanded | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook CordTrousers Report It just comes down to the definition of “quality” obviously. Millions of people have found something they enjoy in his tunes. For me personally his tunes just sound good in the (usually drunken) party setting and i’ve happy memories/people attached to some of them. Report | Pick obituaries FatFreddyCat Report Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter 0 1 22 Apr 2018 22:32 Twitter haemodroid Share on Facebook Gelion 23 Apr 2018 3:36 Avicii’s poignant 2015 interview ninjawarrior 23 Apr 2018 0:49 Share via Email alfredooo 23 Apr 2018 1:07 Facebook steena Report 34 35 A few years back I was going through an awful time with a serious neurological condition that I was having trouble getting a correct diagnosis on. The stress I was under brought on major anxiety attacks – I used to try and batter them down by repeating the lyrics to songs in my head, and the song which was playing on the radio all the time was ‘Wake me up’ by Aviici. I must have sung it to myself hundreds of times, ‘wake me up when it’s all over’… To cut a long story short, the doctors finally figured out what was wrong with me, and I was operated on, after 18 long months of wondering was I losing my mind. In the taxi on the way home from the hospital, the driver turned on his radio and, you guessed it, ‘Wake me up’. I still listen to it when I’m having a bad day. I wish Aviici had found the solution to his problems. 28, it’s just no age to die. Rest in Peace kiddo. Share Facebook Facebook Facebook AVerati95 Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Share on Facebook Report 23 Apr 2018 3:05 Share on Twitter Twitter 16 17 Reply 8 9 Facebook 22 Apr 2018 21:26 Facebook Report I only heard of him after he passed, but from what I’ve read he appears to have been a very friendly, generous spirit. So bloody young to die. I feel for his family. steena 23 Apr 2018 1:40 23 Apr 2018 3:12 Share on Twitter Report Share Share on Facebook Scandinavians!! Even their super rich, world famous, music superstars are down-to-earth, nice people! How do they do it!?? rumblestrips Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Immortality is reasonable at 28, sad he did not make it into his late 30’s, when mortal thoughts occur more often. Tragic news. RIP. 23 Apr 2018 0:00 | Pick 24 25 1 2 Share | Pick 22 Apr 2018 21:08 Share on Twitter 22 23 | Pick Pinterest Twitter The speed and suddenness of Avicii’s ascent – he got his first deal in 2007 aged 17 – led him to develop an alcohol dependency. He said: “You’re travelling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there’s free alcohol everywhere – it’s sort of weird if you don’t drink … I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol.”Tim was born in Stockholm to Klas Bergling and Anki Lidén, the latter an award-winning actor whose credits include Wallander and Irene Huss.At the age of 16, influenced by the French duo Daft Punk and later the dance music act Swedish House Mafia, he began making his own remixes, posting them at the online forum of Dutch DJ Laidback Luke under the name Avicii – a version of avīci, a Buddhist term for hell. These led to a meeting with a manager, Arash Pournouri, and a deal with the Dejfitts Plays label.Avicii later recalled that Pournouri had a clear strategy in mind. “He started saying these things like, ‘I’m going to make you the biggest artist; we’re going to get there in two years.’” Pournouri’s approach paid off: single releases under the names Tim Berg and Tim Hangs, as well as Avicii, were successful, in particular the single Seek Bromance (2010), which charted in several European countries, including No 13 in the UK mainstream charts. The songs were formulaic, usually based on a four-chord structure, sub-bass and a simple synth melody, but proved popular among fans of deep and progressive house. Crucially, Avicii found a fanbase in the US, where EDM had exploded in popularity in the first decade of the century.Following the impact of Levels in 2011 – featuring a vocal sample from the soul singer Etta James – Avicii’s profile went stratospheric in a matter of months. He perform- ed at the 2012 Ultra music festival in Miami with Madonna, later working with her in the studio; played at major events including Coachella and Tomorrowland; performed a residency in Las Vegas; collaborated with Coldplay; and was featured on massive roadside billboards across the US.In 2014, Avicii’s lifestyle caught up with him and he cancelled a headline set at Ultra to make time for gallbladder and appendix surgery. He told the Guardian: “I realised that my body and mind couldn’t handle it any more,” and although he remained in demand as a touring artist, he retired from live performances in 2016 after a bout of acute pancreatitis. He parted ways with Pournouri the same year. An EP, Avīci (01), appeared in 2017, which was nominated for a Billboard music award, and a documentary, Avicii: True Stories, was released last autumn.Avicii is survived by his parents, his sister, Linda, and his brothers, Anton and David. • Avicii (Tim Bergling), DJ and producer, born 8 September 1989; died 20 April 2018 Share on Facebook unthreaded Facebook 23 Apr 2018 2:26 Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Facebook Email (optional) Share on Facebook All Share Avicii Joel McIver Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 22 Apr 2018 23:10 Reply Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook 1treeoflife Report Share Reply Reply Report And when and why did house start being called “dance music”? 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In Trumps mind all deals are private Public interest means nothing to

first_img Jill Abramson Even as evidence mounts that Trump aides were in frequent contact with Russian agents during this time, Trump insists he wasn’t involved in any collusion with Putin.Collusion means joining together in violation of the public interest. If Trump’s brain comprehends only private interests, even a transaction in which Putin offered explicit help winning the election in return for Trump weakening Nato and giving Russia unfettered license in Ukraine wouldn’t be collusive.When private deals are everything, the law is irrelevant. This also seems to fit with Trump’s worldview.If he genuinely believes the hush money he had Cohen pay was a “simple private transaction”, Trump must not think the nation’s campaign finance laws apply to him. But if they don’t, why would laws and constitutional provisions barring collusion with foreign powers apply to him?As we enter the third year of his presidency, Trump’s utter blindness to the public interest is a terrifying possibility. At least a scoundrel knows when he is doing bad things. A megalomaniac who only sees the art of the deal, doesn’t.• Robert Reich is a former US secretary of labor, and professor of public policy at the University of California at BerkeleyAn earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that a Trump donor received a $5bn loan from the Department of Energy. The donor, Franklin Haney, has only applied for a loan. He hasn’t received it. The piece has been amended on December 18 2018 to reflect this fact US politics Share on Facebook Donald Trump ‘According to Donald Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un writes him such “beautiful letters”, that “we fell in love”.’Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Russia comment Trump has described the payments his bag man, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn’t discuss their alleged affairs with him, as “a simple private transaction”.Last Saturday, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump knew the payments were wrong and were made to help his election, Cohen replied “Of course … He was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”But even if Trump intended that the payments aid his presidential bid, it doesn’t necessarily follow that he knew they were wrong.Trump might have reasoned that a deal is a deal: the women got hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for agreeing not to talk about his affairs with them. So where’s the harm?After two years of Trump we may have overlooked the essence of his insanity: his brain sees only private interests transacting. It doesn’t comprehend the public interest.Private transactions can’t be wrong or immoral because, by definition, they require that every party to them be satisfied. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a deal. Share on Facebook Last modified on Tue 18 Dec 2018 09.35 EST Fox News Donald Trump Nepotism and corruption: the handmaidens of Trump’s presidency Share via Email Michael Cohen Robert Reich Trump’s countless scams are finally catching up to him Rebecca Solnit Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Read morecenter_img Opinion Share on Twitter Viewed this way, everything else falls into place.For example, absent a public interest, there can’t be conflicts of interest.So when lobbyists representing the Saudi government paid for an estimated 500 nights at Trump’s Washington DC hotel within a month of his election, and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, rented so many rooms at the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan that its revenues rose in 2018 after years of decline, Trump saw it as half of a private transaction.The other half: Trump would continually go to bat for Saudi Arabia and the crown prince, even after the Senate passed a resolution blaming him for the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.“Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40m, $50m,” Trump told a crowd at an Alabama rally in August 2015. “Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”Ethics shmethics. Without a public interest, no deals can be ethical violations. All are just private transactions.When someone donated $1m to Trump’s inaugural committee and subsequently sought a $5bn loan from the energy department, what’s the problem? (Federal prosecutors are now investigating this.)When Trump aide and former Fox News executive Bill Shine continues to rake in millions each year from Fox News, and Fox News continues to give Trump the positive coverage he wants, why worry? It’s a good deal for both sides.This private transactional worldview also helps explain Trump’s foreign policy.According to Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un writes him such “beautiful letters,” that “we fell in love”.So what if Kim continues to develop nuclear missiles? Trump gets bragging rights as the first American president to have a good private relationship with the North Korean president.He and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, have a “beautiful relationship”, presumably opening the way to all sorts of private transactions.In July 2016, after emails from the Democratic National Committee were leaked to the public, Trump declared “Putin likes me” and thinks “I’m a genius”. Trump then publicly called on Russia to find emails Hillary Clinton had deleted from the private account she used when she was secretary of state.That same day, Russians made their first effort to break into the servers used by her personal office, according to an indictment from the special counsel’s office charging 12 Russians with election hacking.So what? Trump asks. Read more Share on Messenger Saudi Arabia Shares1,5511551 Support The Guardian At least a scoundrel knows when he is doing wrong. But the president is blind to the very idea of public interest Opinion Fox In Trump’s mind, all deals are private. ‘Public interest’ means nothing to him … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Mon 17 Dec 2018 08.13 ESTlast_img read more

Fighter jet crashes into California warehouse

first_imgUS military Share on LinkedIn Pilot unhurt after ejecting from F-16No injuries reported on ground as cause investigated An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse about 65 miles east of Los Angeles on Thursday.Photograph: AP Share on Messenger Associated Press … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. California Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter 0:22 Shares6161 news California F-16 crash: warehouse worker films aftermath – video Play Video Share on WhatsApp Share via Email This article is more than 2 months old California Thu 16 May 2019 22.03 EDT Interstate 215, which runs between the base and the warehouse, was closed in both directions, backing up rush-hour traffic for miles.The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, said Timothy Holliday, the base’s deputy fire chief.“The pilot was having hydraulic problems,” Holliday said. “He started losing control of the aircraft.”The jet’s cockpit canopy was on a runway, and a parachute had settled in a nearby field.Damage to the warehouse was relatively minor, and there was no major fire, which Holliday called “a miracle”.The pilot, the only person on board, was taken to a hospital for examination, officials said.The F-16, assigned to the air national guard, was carrying standard armaments, Holliday said. It will be recovered once authorities make sure the weapons don’t pose a risk, he said. Share on Facebook A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air reserve base in California, military officials said.The pilot was not hurt, and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base. The cause of the crash was under investigation.Television news showed a large hole in the roof and sprinklers on inside the building about 65 miles east of Los Angeles.Cellphone photos and video from inside showed what appeared to be the tail of the plane buried in twisted metal and piles of cardboard boxes.Daniel Gallegos, a warehouse worker, said he was used to hearing the sound of planes coming and going, but the noise just before the crash was deafening.“Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,” he told KABC-TV . “I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get, so I just made a run for it.”Gallegos said he believed one of his co-workers was struck by something – possibly a falling fire sprinkler – but wasn’t seriously hurt. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… This article is more than 2 months old Fighter jet crashes into California warehouse Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Last modified on Fri 17 May 2019 08.45 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Tech Tip Monday iPad Apps for the Low Vision Population

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Monday Tech Tip Googles Read Write Revisited

first_imgBrian Norton shows us the Read & Write extension available for FREE on the Google Chrome browser.  Our first video on Google Chrome’s Read & Write was a little fuzzy so we decided to revisit this free tool to ensure our viewers gain an understanding of what it has to offer.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Google’s Read & Write RevisitedMay 5, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Read and WriteApril 14, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Read and Write for Google ChromeAugust 1, 2016In “Tech Tips”last_img

Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander

first_img Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening 0 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Paul Rudd to Join the Cast of Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ If you’ve ever wondered how different marsquakes are from earthquakes, we now have the answer thanks to NASA and Swiss research university ETH Zurich. NASA delivered the first-ever seismometer to the red planet aboard the InSight lander last year, and it’s now deployed and sending back data. Researchers from ETH Zurich have used that data to reconstruct a marsquake here on Earth, and it’s not what anyone expected. InSight touched down on Mars back in November of 2018. The robotic lander’s goal is to study the interior of Mars, which has not been possible with past missions like Curiosity. Among InSight’s instruments is the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). NASA successfully deployed the sensor in December of 2018 (see above) after building a model of InSight’s landing zone on Earth to rehearse the delicate process. InSight placed the instrument about 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) away, close to the maximum reach of its robotic arm. If SEIS didn’t make good contact with the ground, its data wouldn’t be useful. Luckily, the sensor works perfectly and detected its first marsquake in April 2019. In a new video, ETH Zurich scientists demonstrate the differences between seismic events on Earth, the moon, and Mars. They have a quake simulator that can reproduce a seismic event from data as you’d get from an instrument like SEIS or the seismometer deployed on the moon by Apollo 11 50 years ago. Seismic waves are affected by the composition of a planet or moon, so you’d expect different worlds to have different quakes. Indeed, quakes on Earth feature strong initial P-wave arrival followed by a stronger S-wave. To experience moonquakes, the team had to scale the signal up by one million times. Seismic waves on the moon have much smaller attenuation with strong scattering. So a moonquake could last an hour or more. For the marsquake simulation, the team had to increase the InSight signal by 10 million times. The lander has so far detected two “families” of marsquakes. There’s a high-frequency version and the low-frequency version demonstrated in the video. The lower-frequency quakes may originate farther from InSight. The waves aren’t the same as on Earth, but they’re not like the moon either. ETH Zurich researchers believe Mars will end up having seismic properties in between the two. In time, the seismic data from Mars could help us better understand its composition without cracking it open to take a peek.Now read:InSight Lander Records the Sound of Martian WindInSight Takes Its First Mars SelfieInSight Beams Back Daily Weather Reports From Mars By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Endgame’ Suggests The MCU Has a Big Problem With Captain Marvel Fans Are Absolutely Furious About That ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Rumor Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Tagged In sciencespacenasamarseth zurichseismologyseis Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Google Stadia Isnt Netflix for Games

first_img Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Very Latest On A Possible ‘Kill Bill Vol. 3’ Google: Stadia Isn’t ‘Netflix for Games’ Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest 11 Comments (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Google held an AMA yesterday on its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia. Stadia is a unique project in gaming — there’s no other service quite like it available — but that particular facet is going to cut both ways. Users have had a lot of questions, and the Stadia team has now provided some answers to how various facets of the service will work.One thing they made clear upfront: Stadia isn’t “Netflix for games.” Stadia director of product, Andrey Doronichev, writes:Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).This comparison isn’t very good either. Whether you like the idea of Stadia or not, what it offers — games that exist only in the cloud that you purchase at full price — is not the model that Microsoft, Sony, or any other company uses. The major companies that offer cloud streaming services also offer physical downloads for local play or they offer a Netflix-style streaming service with a large back catalog of titles.Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are thematically similar to Stadia Pro in that yes, all three of these services are “value adds” on top of the base platform experience. Stadia, however, is a very different service than what Sony and Microsoft offer. This changes the value proposition of Stadia Pro relative to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.When Will Google Kill It?Another question gamers raised is whether Google is invested in the product in the way it needs to be to encourage players to invest in it. This is not an unfair question. Every large company launches and retires products. But few, if any, do so at the rate Google has.As this article discusses, from just January to April 2019, Google retired the Chromecast Audio, removed YouTube annotations, abandoned Louisville KY’s fiber installation, dropped IoT support from Android Things, gutted its laptop and tablet division, shut down Google Allo, closed its Spotlight Stories VR studio, stopped accepting new users for the URL shortener, shut down IFTT support, and ended both Google+ and Google Inbox.The Google Cemetery lists 155 projects that Google has killed, as well as some statistics on its long-term behavior:2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for shutdowns, though 2011 is the easy leader.When asked whether there were any EoL guarantees associated with Stadia, Doronichev implied that gaming moving to the cloud is no different than the way music, movies, photos, and documents have already done. He emphasized Google’s investment to date in Stadia before declaring:[W]e’re committed to making Stadia a success. The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.The actual question, however, was: “If the Stadia service is discontinued, do we know what (if anything) will happen with game purchases? Alternately, are they any minimum EoL guarantees, etc.”Donichev never actually answers the question, leaving the de facto answer: “No.” He begins by drawing parallels to how movies, documents, and photos have moved to the cloud, but he ignores that this content has either generally been made available on streaming sites with Netflix-style content systems or that the cloud services in question are used for storing one’s own personal data. Stadia isn’t the same as these services. The fact that Google continues to try and elide that difference is troubling.You can quit subscribing to Stadia Pro and still access the games you’ve purchased (though not the titles you got for free for being a subscriber). If Google shuts Stadia down, however, you’ll lose access to the titles you bought. This point is being confused in some spaces, with reports that you can “quit” the service and still keep the titles you previously got for being a subscriber. This does not appear to be the case. You regain these titles if you resubscribe, but that’s not the same as having a version of a game you can download and keep if the company decides to shut its servers down.No company ramping up for a major launch is going to declare that they only intend to operate a service for the short term or imply no one at Google is committed to making the launch a success. The fact that Google didn’t have anything to share about an EOL guarantee could mean that the company simply hasn’t finalized that aspect of its service, but given the company’s history, Google is one of the last companies I would bet on when it comes to the long-term question of whether it will keep a product in-market.Google Docs is a major component of Google’s efforts to take on Microsoft Office as a business productivity suite. Some of Google’s other cloud services are directly tied to Android. Google Stadia, in contrast, is an attempt to take on Microsoft and Sony in an entirely new market with an unproven business model. If Stadia takes off, Google will keep it. If it doesn’t — and keep in mind, we have no idea what metrics the company has set internally for what “takes off” means — then Google is one of the companies least likely to commit to iterative improvement or a marketing pivot. Google may rehabilitate some of its products, but its long-term tendency has always been to throw them away and launch something new. (This is how the company ended up with seven messaging platforms simultaneously at one point).If you’re the type of person to buy a game, beat it, and never play it again, this risk may not matter to you. But evaluated in terms of its commitment to offering users long-term platform support, no Silicon Valley company I can think of has done a worse job than Google. Some companies dig in and make products better; some companies throw them out and start over. Google has always tended far more towards the latter than the former.Other PointsOther tidbits from the AMA include:Stadia game prices will be competitive with other platforms. Playing on a TV will require a Stadia Controller ($69) and Chromecast Ultra ($69), though there’s also Founders Edition for preorder that includes these components, three months of Stadia Pro, and a coupon to give Stadia Pro to someone else for the same time period for $130.If you unsubscribe from Stadia and resubscribe later, you will regain access to games that you claimed while you were a Pro subscriber. You will not receive games that were given away while you were unsubscribed.Bluetooth audio support will not be present at launch but may be added at a later date. Support for audio through the Stadia Controller is via headphone jack only.Google is committed to adding support for cross-play. The company is starting with adding support to Chromecast Ultra but might enable the service on other devices. Andrey wants to add support for iOS and Android as well.Achievement support will be added post-launch but not available on day one.The free game per month offer is for Pro users only. The game is yours to keep for as long as you remain a subscriber. Stadia Base does not include a game, only the option to buy games.Google thinks ISPs will raise data caps to allow services like Stadia to function without eating all your bandwidth. There will be some unspecified tools and services for bandwidth management. Doronichev writes, “There’s a lot of great ISPs offering plans with 100s of mbps or even gigabits and no caps,” which is really cute, considering roughly 40 percent of the country, including myself, has access to exactly one ISP.Family sharing is coming “early next year.”On the whole, it’s a solid AMA, but I’d wait a year or three before investing any money into the platform. Google has been far too willing in the past to kill products that were passionately loved by its user base for me to put any faith in the company not to kill Stadia at the drop of a hat. It has never cared about the fact that users depended on products like Hangouts or Reader when it made the decision to kill them, and it doesn’t deserve to be trusted to have started now — unless, of course, the company is willing to explicitly guarantee it in writing. Thus far, Google has not done so.I will not be recommending that anyone buy products on Stadia unless Google is willing to provide a written guarantee that it will provide the service for a minimum length of time. “Trust us,” is a flatly unacceptable answer at this point.Now Read: How Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Can SucceedGoogle Reveals Stadia Pricing, Launch Date, and GamesGoogle Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In microsoftgooglegamingsonyconsole gamingcloud gamingStadiagoogle hangoutsgoogle readerGoogle CemeteryGoogle ChatGtalk Post a Comment 11 Commentslast_img read more

Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent 17 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 20shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros We Now Understand Why Eliza Dushku Has Disappeared Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Commentslast_img read more