Paulo Dybala signs new contact with Juventus until mid-2022

first_imgItalian football team Juventus said it had extended a contract with Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala until June 30, 2022 and would pay rival Palermo an 8 million euro performance bonus. (Also read: Champions League: Two-goal Paulo Dybala upstages Lionel Messi as Juventus thump Barcelona)The announcement comes after 23-year-old Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring twice in a Champions League match on Tuesday to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over Barcelona.last_img read more

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Olympiacos Humbles Panthrakikos, 4-0

first_imgATHENS – Already-crowned champion Olympiacos had an easy night beating already-relegated Panthrakikos 4-0 in the Greek league on April 3.Hernani scored Olympiacos’ two closing goals, in the 43rd minute and in second-half injury time. The Portuguese forward also assisted on the first goal, providing the cross for Alan Pulido to head home in the 26th.Felipe Pardo also scored in the 40th, while Pajtim Kasami hit Panthrakikos’ crossbar in the 64th.Olympiacos is 22 points ahead of second-place AEK, which was held to a scoreless draw at last-place Kalloni.Also, third-place Panathinaikos beat Veria 3-2 and Asteras won 1-0 at Iraklis.Panionios beat PAOK 3-1, and Platanias defeated Xanthi by the same score. Atromitos beat Panetolikos 1-0 and Giannena drew 1-1 at Levadiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The second wave of smart speakers is coming

first_img Continue Reading Previous Bluetooth mesh solution cuts time-to-marketNext New version of MIPI CSI-2 looks (literally) beyond mobile phones In case you haven’t heard, 2017 has already been dubbed “the year of the voice interface.” The year started out with voice activation front-and-center at CES in Las Vegas, and this remained so mid-year at MWC in Shanghai, which I recently attended. This appellation is further underpinned by the number of Internet and technology giants that are constantly joining the race to construct the perfect speaker-based personal assistant.Smart speakers in the U.S. Since the introduction of the Amazon Echo in 2014, this market has experienced exponential growth. Per audioxpress.com, in the US, smart speakers account for 30% of shipments in the home audio hardware category. Growth is expected to continue in the next few years, with projections of about 100M units by 2020, with 75% of US households owning a smart speaker.Last year, Google released its Google Home speaker. Since then, it has managed to pry away a share of the market, but is still far behind the Echo. According to the eMarketer US forecast for 2017, Amazon’s Echo speaker will control 70.6% and Google Home will reach a 23.8% share, while the remaining market will be portioned among smaller players, such as Lenovo, Harman Kardon, and LG.All the biggest names in technology are now competing for a small, circular piece of real estate on your coffee table (Sources: Reuters/Peter Hobson, Reuters/Beck Diefenbach, Reuters/Stephen Lam, and Harman Kardon) However, the situation is expected to change significantly now that Apple has announced its pricey, high-end speaker, the HomePod. Microsoft is also on the way to join the race, but not with its own speaker; instead, it will be launching a Harman Kardon device called Invoke, powered by Cortana. Another noteworthy entrance to this market, made earlier this year, is Lenovo’s Smart Assistant speaker, which will be a new host to Amazon’s Alexa. Users will now be able to choose a product that is powered by Alexa’s intelligent voice services, but in a device not made by Amazon. The sound system of the Lenovo speaker will also be by Harman Kardon.Chinese-speaking smart speakers open the door to a fifth of the world’s population Meanwhile, in China, Alibaba announced its entrance into the intelligent home speaker market with the Tmall Genie X1, as seen in this promotional video.The Tmall Genie X1It is expected to go on sale in August for the equivalent of about $75, which is much cheaper than the various US devices. However, there is already competition in China. One of Alibaba’s competitors, the up-and-coming online retailer JD, has already collaborated with iFlytek and — last year — released the Linglong Dingdong series of smart speakers.Chinese search engine giant, Baidu, together with hardware company, AiNemo, has built a slightly different take on the smart speaker. The device, called Little Fish, is powered by DuerOS, which is Baidu’s voice activation OS. Differing from all the other products discussed until now, this device comes equipped with both a screen and a camera. The intelligent robot can track the user’s face and use face recognition to authenticate online purchases. It can also display information and images in response to user queries.Baidu’s take on the smart speaker; with a screen and camera, it can track you around the room (Source: Baidu) This is somewhat similar to the newest addition to Amazon’s Echo product line, the Echo Show. The Show, as opposed to the Little Fish, cannot move, so it can’t track you around the room. You can’t even change the angle of the screen manually, so it’s much more limiting, but it’s the first U.S. smart speaker to have a screen. Thus, as we see more and more copycats of the original Amazon Echo, Amazon itself is moving on to new features.Will the assistants’ skill sets be the main differentiator? It’s still early in the game for this market, and already the similarity is astonishing. Except for slight design differences, there is hardly any diversity in the physical appearance of the devices. On the inside, there are some more interesting differences. The number of microphones varies from only two in the Google Home, which is the minimum for performing far field voice pickup, to eight in the Lenovo Assistant. The number and quality of speakers also varies, with upcoming offerings from Lenovo and Apple attempting to bring audio to a much higher level than Amazon and Google thanks to multi-channel tweeters, room correction, and audio beamforming.The variance is much more pronounced in the brains behind the speakers. The artificial intelligence (AI) platforms are not all equal when it comes to their skill sets and the tasks they can perform. Alexa has already acquired more than 15,000 skills, far more than any contender. Google Home, in second place, has a mere 378, according to Voicebot. This could be a very strong selling point and differentiator going forward.Another important aspect is the “smartness” of the underlying AI platform. The ability to be conversational, understand context, and answer follow-up questions, are good examples. This is a bit harder to measure than counting skills, but Google Assistant might be ahead of Alexa in this field. In general, search giants like Google and Baidu, which have access to enormous banks of data, have an advantage when it comes to deep learning, and this may give them an edge looking forward.Until now, the AI platform and the physical speaker have gone together, but that is about to change. Since Amazon and Google have already opened their services to third party devices, the design of the speaker hardware itself is open to anyone. With an adequate solution for far field voice pickup, any device can connect to the personal assistant of choice through their API and offer intelligent voice services. This opens up abundant opportunities for silicon and device makers to build smart speaker hardware to address any market niche. Apple, as usual, is keeping Siri in their own hardware.Creating a cost-effective low-power SoC solution Considering all of the points presented above together, I believe this marks the onslaught of the second wave of smart speakers. The second wave is the cycle in which device manufacturers struggle to reduce cost and reach mass market volumes, using the same few personal assistant platforms. To do this, they must find the optimum balance between features and user experience while maintaining competitive pricing. At the same time, the market leaders will attempt to enhance the skills and intelligence of their platforms and introduce new features (like screens and cameras) with varying degrees of success. As in the smartphone platforms war of a decade ago, this will lead to many variations that, in the end, converge into the consumers’ choice of the Darwinian fittest.Now that the market is thriving, many more will join. The Lenovo speaker and the Invoke will be especially interesting because they mark the beginning of the split between the voice assistant and the consumer product that enables it. If you want to learn how to voice-enable your own devices, check out the CEVA-X2 DSP core for multi-mic far field voice pickup; also CEVA’s Bluetooth (including BT 5) and Wi-Fi for ultra-low-power connectivity.Moshe Sheier is Director of Strategic Marketing, CEVA. In this role, Moshe oversees corporate development and strategic partnerships for CEVA’s core target markets and future growth areas. Moshe is engaged with leading SW and IP companies to bring innovative DSP-based solutions to the market. In his spare time, Moshe rides mountain bikes and practices Aikido. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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b-plus: HiL-reinjection of sensor raw data

first_imgIn order to optimize algorithms as early as possible in the development and validation cycle, developers use hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) systems for radar, camera and fusion platforms. Some of these, such as monitor HiL systems, are no longer sufficient for today’s replay of multi-gigabit sensors. b-plus is now launching the first compact HiL-system that can already be used at the developer’s desk. This enables the developer to deliver the best possible software status at an early stage and thus minimizes errors occurring in the later development chain.With the b-plus reinjection HiL, for example, the camera can be replaced and the raw sensor data can be fed back into the electronic control unit. A 10Gbit Ethernet interface is used to import the recorded raw data into the compact, cluster-able b-HiL system. For the realistic vehicle environment, it is very important to play back the image data synchronously with the bus data. The HiL system, which is optimized for real data, offers the developer the possibility to either “slow down” or “accelerate” image data via different trigger concepts in order to remain synchronous with the rest of the vehicle bus.Furthermore, keeping the sensor initialization and its communication via e.g. I2C is of great importance, as the ECU would not receive the expected input when playing back recorded raw data. For example, the “Grey Pattern”, but also the recorded image counter could be stored and changed by means of software mechanisms in order to avoid triggering error messages in the ECU.The b-HiL consists of two main components – the lower baseboard and the “Sensor Connector Board” above it. This is available in a standard version with e.g. CSI-2 interfaces, but can also be customized. For this reason, it is also possible to implement the installation of your own electronic control unit, the connection of further sensors or the reproduction of synthetically generated image data via the b-plus.The small, compact housing of the b-HiLs, which combines all these capabilities and can handle the big data streams at the same time, allows testing at the developer’s desk. This means that any errors that occur are detected at an early stage of development and can be rectified before the first vehicle tests are carried out. This reduces the costs for complex test drives and enables secured products to be brought into series production more quickly.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Green Hills extends trusted instrument cluster solutions to Renesas’ R-Car D3 SoCNext Socionext and Varjo collaborate on human-eye resolution VR/XR headsetlast_img read more

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About 120 computers at Universite de Montreal hit with WannaCry virus

first_imgMONTREAL – Universite de Montreal is monitoring its IT network after about 120 of the school’s computers were infected with the same cyberattack that hit computers around the world.University spokeswoman Genevieve O’Meara said today the so-called WannaCry virus struck Friday night and continued to hit computers until Sunday.She says no computer managed by the school has been reported infected since Sunday and the university’s information technology department worked over the weekend to re-initialize the computers that were hit.About 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries were touched by the first attack of the WannaCry virus.Victims of the virus include Britain’s National Health Service, Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. in Japan, as well as universities in China.O’Meara said only 120 out of 8,300 computers managed by the university’s IT department were affected.“Without minimizing the consequences to colleagues whose computers were infected, the virus never affected the school’s activities,” O’Meara said. “The university’s day-to-day activities were in no way paralyzed.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Tell the government it has to play a leading role

first_imgAdvertisement As part of the next phase of the consultation, the Minister is encouraging Canadians to share their stories and their advice.Please take the time to engage so performers like you are part of this important process.There are different ways to take part:Register on the government’s consultation website so you can submit ideas and support positive proposals;Click here to read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact;Click here to submit your thoughts on how to promote, support and address Canadian Content in a Digital World;Support strong arguments and positive ideas. You can “vote” for positive ideas and comment on inspiring stories: on the challenges of digital transformation, on supporting artists, on promoting creativity and on what Canadian content means for you;Stay tuned for other events you can take part in, either in person or via social media.Think about the issues and what resonates with you then respond with your own priorities and thoughts.The government is seeking input on three questions:How do we support Canada’s artists, content creators and cultural entrepreneurs in order to create a cultural ecosystem in which they thrive and that will benefit the growth of our middle class at home, and help them reach beyond our borders?Dedicated creative talent combined with government investment and balanced regulation has created a world-class creative industry here in Canada;The core of the Broadcasting Act has always been a legislated commitment that Canada’s broadcasting system should be owned and controlled by Canadians, and operated for the benefit of Canadian people. These values have been key to Canada’s success; Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has launched the next phase of consultation into Canada’s cultural and creative economy in this Digital Age.This is an opportunity to advocate for progressive policies that build our sector, create jobs and put Canadian stories on our screens.More urgently, this is our chance to push back against the critics who want to tear down Canada’s cultural policies. Recent decisions from bodies like the CRTC have been eroding the approach that’s helped to build a world-class industry. This consultation is an opportunity to embrace the key role creative talent plays and ensure balanced regulation is there to support them.center_img “The engine that drives Canada’s creative economy is work that’s written, directed, produced and performed by Canadians. Canada’s creative economy won’t thrive unless government takes a leading role promoting Canada’s creative talent.”– ACTRA National President Ferne Downey Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon welcomes new agreement to defeat nuclear terrorism

13 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the start of a new international treaty which aims to prevent acts of nuclear terrorism, bring perpetrators to justice and promote cooperation among countries. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson issued a statement after Bangladesh became the 22nd country to ratify or accede to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, allowing it to enter into force on 7 July, almost two years after it was adopted by Member States.Mr. Ban “congratulates the States that have already ratified or acceded to the Convention for making it possible for it to enter into force with such speed,” his spokesperson said.Calling nuclear terrorism “one of the most serious threats of our time,” he observed that “even one such attack could inflict mass casualties and create immense suffering and unwanted change in the world forever.”“This prospect,” he cautioned, “should compel all of us to prevent such a catastrophe.”Not only will the new Convention thwart terrorists from attaining “the most lethal weapons known to man,” but it will be the 13th international instrument on terrorism, bolstering existing global mechanisms against the menace, he said. The Convention will also promote cooperation among nations, which is key in tackling terrorism.The Secretary-General appealed to all States to ratify or accede to the treaty “without delay,” noting that last September, the General Assembly adopted the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy which also calls for universal adherence to anti-terrorism conventions.Originally proposed by Russia, the Convention was adopted on 13 April 2005, and outlaws specific and concrete acts of nuclear terrorism. It is intended to protect against attacks on a range of targets, including nuclear power plants and reactors. It is also applicable to threats and attempts to commit such crimes.The Convention, which has been signed by 115 countries, also promotes cooperation among countries through the sharing of information and the providing of assistance for investigations and extraditions. read more

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UN chief hopes easing of Israeli blockade will help improve lives in

“The Secretary-General is encouraged that the Israeli Government is reviewing its policy towards Gaza, and he hopes that today’s decision by the Israeli security cabinet is a real step towards meeting needs in Gaza,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban has asked Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordination for the Middle East Peace Process, to immediately engage the Israeli Government to learn more about the decision and the additional measures needed to implement it.The UN chief has repeatedly called for ending the blockade, which Israel imposed on Gaza for what it called security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.He did so most recently in the wake of the 31 May incident in which Israel raided a six-ship convoy that was carrying humanitarian goods and activists and heading for Gaza. The operation resulted in the deaths of nine civilians and the wounding of at least 30 others, and prompted renewed calls for Israel to end the blockade. The UN, according to today’s statement, continues to seek “a fundamental change in policy” so that humanitarian assistance, commercial goods and people are able to flow through functioning open crossings, and reconstruction can take place.The world body stands ready to scale up its efforts to help Gaza recover and rebuild if enabled to do so, it added.Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, reacted to Israel’s announcement by noting that anything that eases the humanitarian suffering in Gaza is a step in the right direction. At the same time, he stressed that “for life for the Palestinians in Gaza to change, we have to end the blockade.”Mr. Gunness described the life of an ordinary Palestinian as grim, noting that the number of people who say they cannot feed their families has tripled in the last year to 300,000. According to a UN report released last week, the ongoing Israeli blockade undermines prospects for employment and growth in Gaza, where the economic situation remains precarious. “The longer the closure continues, the more it undermines future prospects of workers and their families, in particular of the younger generation,” said the report, which was prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the health system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse. The blockade has meant that spare parts and replacements cannot be imported or only with great delays, engineers are unable to enter Gaza to service the equipment, and the recurrent power cuts and surges damage the delicate electronic parts of many machines.For example, a $700,000 replacement for a derelict CT scanner for Shifa hospital in Gaza – the largest hospital in the occupied Palestinian territory – has been sitting in a warehouse in Ramallah for over six months because the supplier has not received Israel’s permission to deliver it to Gaza. It is just one of many life-saving items that are piled up in the warehouse.“These essential items are just one example of the effects of the siege on Gaza on the health-care system,” said Tony Laurance, the head of the WHO office for the West Bank and Gaza. 17 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he hopes Israel’s announcement that it will ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip to allow more civilian goods to enter the territory will lead to an improvement in the lives of the 1.5 million Palestinians living there. read more

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TSX Wall Street loonie stumble after recent strong gains as oil prices

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market retreated amid lower commodities after a sharp run-up this week fuelled by higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index faded 30.09 points to 13,881.20 as the price of benchmark crude retreated $1 to US$43.18 a barrel.Oil had closed at a five-month high on Wednesday on positive data about U.S. crude inventories.The decline in crude also weighed on the Canadian dollar, with the oil-sensitive loonie losing almost half a cent, falling 0.48 of a U.S. cent to 78.57 cents US.Elsewhere on commodity markets, the May contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$2.07 per mmBtu; while the May copper contract added a penny to US$2.25 a pound and the June gold contract shed $4.10 to US$1,250.30 a troy ounce.The Dow Jones industrial average registered a 113.75-point decline to 17,982.52, while the S&P 500 lost 10.92 points to 2,091.48. The tech-heavy Nasdaq edged down 2.24 points to 4,945.89. read more

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Iraq violence pulls in children UN warns as agencies scale up efforts

“We have received worrisome information that children are taking part in hostilities,” said the Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui. Her office today confirmed that incidents of underage boys being armed, manning checkpoints, and in some cases used as suicide bombers, have been documented.The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and affiliated organizations are listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict for recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming of children, and attacks on schools and hospitals in Iraq. In 2013, three children were killed every other day in attacks, shelling, or in cross-fire, more than double the number of children killed and maimed in 2012. “This recent wave of hostilities could inflict an even higher toll with children killed or injured, displaced, or separated from their families,” Ms. Zerrougui’s office said. In Iraq, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Jacqueline Badcock, said today that the ongoing conflict and the extremely volatile environment is likely to limit humanitarian access to displaced people in areas controlled by armed groups. “I remind all parties to the conflict that they must allow unfettered and sustained humanitarian access to all people in need,” she underscored.Partiers are scaling up humanitarian efforts, with additional staff being mobilized and emergency funding released to more efficiently aid needy families, the humanitarian official noted.“Many are staying in the open and urgently need water, food, shelter and latrines,” Ms. Badcock said in a statement. “There are concerns for their protection and reports of an increase in gender-based violence among the displaced.”An estimated 25,000 people remain in Mosul, she said, while 200,000 have fled into Dohuk governorate and 100,000 people have crossed into Erbil governorate under the Kurdish Regional Government. But forced displacement is estimated at a million people so far this year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).“The humanitarian needs of Iraq’s wider newly displaced population continue to mount,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards. “Our aid operation is currently focused on the north of the country.” In Al-Obaidi, near the Syrian border, 1,500 Syrian refugees live in tents with an additional 3,500 living outside the camp. Military clashes last night caused a panic among the refugees, but the situation has calmed this morning, Mr. Edwards said.Given the recent insecurity, some refugees are asking to return to Syria, even though large parts of it remain contested.UNHCR is working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure aid, such as flour to make bread, is available without interruptions. read more

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GuineaBissau Sustaining economic growth requires political stability says UN envoy

“Any breakthrough in the political dialogue would remain short-lived if the structural causes of the instability are not addressed,” Modibo Touré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea Bissau, told the UN Security Council today. “It will therefore be critical for national actors to implement the provisions in the Conakry Agreement related to the review of the Constitution in order to clarify the provisions thathave given rise to inter-institutional conflicts in the past,” he added in his briefing, parts of which were in French. The Conakry Agreement was signed in October last year following talks between political leaders, civil society and religious leaders of Guinea-Bissau. The talks were hosted by the regional bloc Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) in Guinea’s capital Conakry. However, the implementation of the Agreement and the ECOWAS roadmap has been challenging, Mr. Touré outlined. Urging authorities of Guinea-Bissau to focus on revising the electoral law and the laws governing political parties, as envisaged in the Conakry Agreement, in preparation for legislative elections scheduled in 2018, the UN official also underlined that “at the same time, it is important not to lose sight of the critical reforms in the judicial, human rights, security and economic sectors.” Despite political crisis, country’s economic performance has been remarkableFurther in the briefing, Mr. Touré highlighted that the national economy was estimated to have expanded by five per cent in 2016, on the back of very good cashew harvests and favourable terms of trade.The growth last year follows favourable growth rates in 2015 and 2014.He, however, added that sustaining the economic growth would require stability.Furthermore, the Government successfully paid salary arrears of several months particularly in the health and education sectors. There was also progress in fostering national reconciliation and social cohesion, as evidenced in a recent symposium organized at the premises of the National Assembly and attended by the country’s President.Mr. Touré also pointed out that in the absence of a fully functioning Government, the UN and international financial institutions must continue to coordinate efforts towards mitigating risks, reducing socioeconomic vulnerabilities, including through business for peace initiatives.In pursuit of this objective, he said that the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), that he heads, is currently working to take forward a partnership initiative with the UNCT, the World Bank, and other interested bilateral and multilateral partners to effectively strengthen local resilience and promote peace in Guinea-Bissau, in line with relevant the Security Council resolution on a more integrated political, security and developmental approach to sustaining peace. read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 11 April 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard2. New rules on public support for environmental protection and energy adopted3. ACEA welcomes WLTP but calls for care to be taken in the transition period4. European Parliament plenary set to vote on range of key transport files5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Luxury hotel evacuated as huge gorse fire spreads in Devon

first_imgOne firefighter was taken to hospital and three others needed medical treatment. With the wind fanning the flames, the fire could be seen for miles around the area.Roads were closed, but some people have travelled to the area to see the incident. Devon fire It took place in an area that is popular with dog walkers.The fire service sent 20 pumps, four water carriers and two incident command units to the scene after the fire broke out around 2pm. Fire Fire in Devon Credit:Camera Firm / FameFlynet.uk.com Following the fire on Woodbury Common today Woodbury Park is not in danger, but due access the business will remain closed until the morning pic.twitter.com/TeAtjtenG4— Woodbury Park Hotel (@Woodbury_Park) April 23, 2017 Firefighters on the scenecenter_img A luxury hotel was evacuated on Sunday as a massive gorse fire spread in Devon.Guests left the Woodbury Park hotel as a precaution as around 160 firefighters tried to contain the blaze on Woodbury Common in east Devon. Credit:NPAS Exeter Police Helicopter Credit:Twitter / @jeremyboyden Credit:NPAS Exeter Police Helicopter  The hotel was once owned by former world racing champion Nigel Mansell. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Gabe Newell talks Steam Box biometrics and Windows 8 at CES

first_imgValve’s presence at CES this year isn’t to show off some new games, it’s all about meeting with hardware manufacturers behind closed doors to talk about Steam Box. What that also means is Gabe Newell is in attendance, and The Verge was lucky enough to get a very revealing interview with him. Here’s a summary of what he had to say.Good, Better, or Best hardwareUntil now, the general description of a Steam Box has been a cheap mini PC that sits under your living room TV and is driven with a controller. But according to Gabe it’s much more than that. In fact, he says there’s three levels of Steam Box: “Good, Better, or Best.” The Good level is basically a media streaming device, Better is a decent CPU/GPU combo for games playing, and Best is a high-end small form factor PC that includes everything you’d expect from a performance machine.Valve has already confirmed it is going to offer its own version of the Steam Box, and Gabe says it will be at the “Better” level. That means a box with a CPU/GPU combination capable of running all games, combined with Steam for Linux. Windows won’t be offered, but there will be nothing to stop you installing Microsoft’s OS on Valve’s Steam Box.High precision controller and no motion inputAs for the controller, Valve wants something that’s more high precision than anything else out there at the moment. Experiments are also underway to include some forms of biometrics, with particular emphasis on those you as a gamer probably won’t even notice are being monitored and used. A key example of that is gaze tracking.Motion control on the other hand, seems unlikely to make an appearance. That simply comes down to the fact Valve hasn’t been able to find a good use for it, and they still class Wii Sports as the pinnacle of motion control gaming. It simply doesn’t work as well as a controller for games, and I’m sure many would agree with that statement, myself included.Steam Box is actually two projectsWhat you may be surprised to hear is that Steam Box is actually two projects at Valve. The first is codenamed Bigfoot and focuses on the hardware for use in the home with a TV. But there’s a second project codenamed Littlefoot that’s investigating mobile gaming. For the moment, Littlefoot seems to be more experimentation than real product, with Valve looking into better input on tablets and phones and how to extend Steam to mobile platforms.Bigfoot is also an evolving platform, and one that Gabe says will take full advantage of more powerful hardware that will appear in the coming years. For example, Valve intends to make Steam Box a server, which can serve games on multiple TVs around the home simultaneously. So you could purchase a single Steam Box and use it with multiple controllers for playing games on the different TVs around your home.Windows 8 is a “giant sadness”Moving on to software, Gabe talks about Windows 8 being a “giant sadness” for him that hurts everyone. He also says the impact of Windows 8 has been a 20 percent decline in PC sales rather than the 40 percent uptake it should have brought. That, for him, shows that Microsoft’s latest OS is flawed and “unusable.”Steam set to become multiple storesSteam as we know it may also experience some major changes in the near future. We’ve already seen Big Picture Mode introduced and Steam Greenlight go live, but Valve has plans to open the service up for individuals. The idea being, you can create your very own custom Steam store.Valve wants to offer anyone the opportunity to build their own store with the content they want. That could be a “worst games of Steam” store, a store dedicated to multiplayer games, or one setup for a team of gamers who focus on a small set of games they enjoy playing together.But Valve also has content creators in mind and wants to better support their creations and hopefully expand that service to games from all publishers. In doing so, Steam will become a platform not only for the games, but all the additional content created around a title–be that from the developer or individuals.Read more at The Vergelast_img read more

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Greeks hopeful with Papandreou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just as he had promised in his pre-election campaign, Greece’s new Prime Minister, George Papandreou, and his Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party (PASOK) colleagues have hit the ground running since claiming victory in the October 4 polls, and their work ethic and determination seems to be making a big impression on their constituents.“The way Mr Papandreou is handling his first days in office [is] reminding me a lot of (US President) Barack Obama, he has given the people of Greece renewed hope that we can have a bright future,” said Maria Papastamatiou, a 42-year-old advertising executive.Ms Papastamatiou, who has voted PASOK all her life, believes that the new Prime Minister is the right man to lead Greece.“What we need in this country is strong and responsible leadership, and so far Mr Papandreou is showing he can be the man for that job,” Ms Papastamatiou added.The likeness to Barack Obama is also evident to Emily Kotsolia, a 24-year-old Greek American airline hostess, now living permanently in Athens.“I was back home in the US last November for the elections and the way Mr Obama sparked the interest of the whole country it was amazing, now here Mr Papandreou, with his optimism and positive messages, I feel is doing the same for the young people of Greece,” said Ms Kotsolia. Others too have been impressed by Mr Papandreou’s first days.“So far I have been impressed by his speeches and comments and what appears to be a desire to make a difference. “The truth is though we will not be able to tell just how successful or productive all this will be for some time, but I live in hope that Mr Papandreou will set Greece off in the right direction,” said Dimitris Vogiatzis, a 31-year-old accountant.The PASOK leader’s attempt to reach out to all Greeks, regardless of political affiliations, has also made an impression.“Although I voted for the Greens party, I was hopeful that PASOK would beat New Democracy and I was happy to see Mr Papandreou offer members of the Greens party an opportunity to participate in his government, particularly when it comes to issues relating to the environment,” said Despoina Platanaki, a 21-year-old marketing student, who has also been impressed by Mr Papandreous and his cabinet ministers walking from their ministries to parliament.“I noticed that Mr Papandreou and a number of the new ministers were walking to and from parliament in an effort to do their bit for the environment, combined with PASOK’s decision not to print off large runs of political posters and Mr Papandreou consistently talking about climate change, I feel these small moves are sending the right message to the Greek people,” Ms Platanaki added.last_img read more

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Gillard suffers at first poll of 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition leader Tony Abbott is basking in the glory that he is the preferred PM of Australia in the first Newspoll for 2012.This is the lowest start in the polls Labor has ever experienced with the Coalition leading the government 54 – 46 in the two-party preferred stakes. The PM’s approval rating fell from 36 per cent last month to a low 33 per cent while Mr Abbott’s preferred rating stayed solid at 40 per cent meaning if Australia were to go to the polls, the Coalition would comfortably win.The survery was taken over three days starting from Friday last week, a day after the Australia Day protests from the Aboriginal tent embassy.Labor MPs will gather this weekend to discuss ideas for the party for the new year while Mr Abbott will address the National Press Club outlining the Coalition’s parliamentary attack for the year. Speculation is mounting that previous PM Kevin Rudd may be making a leadership challenge some time this year. last_img read more

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FECCA Scholarship Programme announced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Scholarships are available for individuals who are keen to engage with the multicultural sector, and who are otherwise unable to attend the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference later this year due to financial reasons.FECCA is seeking expressions of interest for the Scholarship Programme to attend, and actively participate in the 2017 National Biennial Conference Celebrate. Reflect. Advance: Our Multicultural Australia in Darwin from 8 -10 October 2017.Successful recipients will receive free registration to attend the three-day conference. They will have access to all conference sessions (excluding the gala dinner), explore issues of interest, discuss their emerging ideas with experienced actors in the sector, network, and establish connections for the future.Applications are encouraged in particular from:-Women -Those who have recently entered Australia on humanitarian visas -Unwaged or those with valid concession cards (particularly Aged Pensioners) -People living with disabilityTo submit an expression of interest submit a maximum 300-word or three-minute video expression of interest explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the Scholarship Programme, how you would benefit from participating, and how you would apply the experience in your future activities. Send this in an email with the subject line: FECCA 2017 Scholarship Program Expression of Interest to alia@fecca.org.au. All expressions of interest must be submitted by 5.00pm Wednesday 16 August AEST. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr Alia Imtoual at alia@fecca.org.au or (02) 6282 5755. For more information on this Conference, please visit: www.fecca2017.com.aulast_img read more

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Apple voudrait développer son propre service de navigation

first_imgApple voudrait développer son propre service de navigationLa firme à la pomme serait en train de concevoir son propre service de navigation pour ses terminaux iOS. En attendant, les utilisateurs d’iPhone ou iPad doivent recourir à GoogleMaps.Selon BusinessMobile.fr, Apple serait à la recherche de nouveaux ingénieurs pour renforcer son équipe de développement iOS. La firme à la pomme chercherait des candidats ayant déjà une expérience du développement de logiciels de navigation. Ces offres d’emploi publiées par Apple ont mis la puce à l’oreille des médias.Par ailleurs, la firme de Cupertino avait racheté l’été dernier la société Poly9, spécialisée dans la cartographie pour Internet. Un élément supplémentaire qui vient alimenter la nouvelle rumeur selon laquelle Apple souhaiterait aussi concurrencer Google sur le système de navigation. Il ne veut plus dépendre de ses services (Maps).La navigation est l’une des applications les plus utilisées par les utilisateurs de smartphones à l’heure actuelle.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 18:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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