This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Transition is not as fast as traditional small aircraft and does not have as great a range or cargo capacity (Transition can carry just 195 kg (430 lb), including passengers and fuel), but the less stringent requirements for flying light sport aircraft may make it attractive to people who would not normally consider training for a full pilot’s license. Training for a light sport aircraft license in the US requires only 20 logged hours in the air.The retail price of the Transition is expected to be $194,000 and Terrafugia expects the vehicle to be available by the end of 2011. The company has already received 70 orders. (PhysOrg.com) — The Federal Aviation Administration in the US has given approval to the Transition, a two-seater flying car developed over the last four years by Massachusetts Company, Terrafugia. Flying car takes wing: MIT alums’ invention makes its first test flights (w/Video) On the road, with its wings folded, the Transition is driven by a conventional front-wheel drive, and can fit in a regular sized garage. When it is ready to take to the air via an airport, airstrip, or suitable flat land, the wings are folded out and the rear-facing propeller engaged to enable the vehicle to take off. It needs a runway of just over 500 meters (one third of a mile).Federal approval of the vehicle was delayed because its weight of 600 kg (1,430 lb) was over the limit for a light sport aircraft (LSA), but the Transition has now been granted a special exemption to allow it to fly legally. The additional 50 kg in weight allows the vehicle to include safety equipment needed to meet federal motor vehicle standards in addition to aviation standards. The vehicle has better crash survivability than a normal light sport aircraft because of the safety features such as the safety cage and crush zones required for driving on the roads, but it is also safer because if the weather turns bad the plane can land and drive home instead of flying through unsafe conditions. Citation: Flying car should be available next year (w/ Video) (2010, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-car-year-video.html The flying car, or “roadable aircraft” as the company calls it, was designed by a team of engineers trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It can drive like a car at normal highway speeds but can also unfold its wings and fly.The vehicle runs on normal unleaded gasoline and has a cruising speed in the air of around 185 kph (115 mph). Its flying range is 740 kilometers (460 miles). When driven like a car with its wings folded the fuel consumption is around 7.85 liters per 100 km (30 mpg). The use of normal fuel instead of a reliance on aviation fuel will make the Transition the most environmentally friendly plane in the air. The vehicle will have features of regular road vehicles, such as crumple zones and airbags. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.terrafugia.com/aircraft.html Explore further
Some birds may use their feathers to touch More information: Late Neandertals and the intentional removal of feathers as evidenced from bird bone taphonomy at Fumane Cave 44 ky B.P., Italy, by Marco Peresani, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print February 22, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1016212108 Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers studying a large deposit of Neanderthal bones in Italy have discovered the remains of birds along with the bones, and evidence the feathers were probably used for ornamentation. The findings add evidence that the now extinct Neanderthals could have been as cultured as our own ancestors. Paleoanthropologist Marco Peresani from the University of Ferrara in Italy and colleagues were studying Neanderthal remains in the Fumane Cave near Verona in northern Italy when they discovered the bones of birds in layers that were on the surface around 44,000 years ago. The 660 bird bones included wing bones showing evidence of scraping, peeling and cutting by stone tools at the points at which the large flight feathers would have been attached. The feathers would have been of no culinary value and many of the bird species are poor food sources in any case. Feathered arrows had not yet been invented, and so the feathers would have had no practical value either, which suggests they were most likely removed for use as ornamentation or decoration. The researchers found the first bird bones in September 2009 and this spurred them to re-examine all the bones found in that layer. Among the 22 species of birds they found were bearded lammergeiers, red-footed falcons, Eurasian black vultures, golden eagles, common wood pigeons, and Alpine choughs. The feather colors included black, blue-gray, gray and orange-slate gray. Dr Peresani said bird feathers have been widely used by humans and have served a variety of purposes including making ornamental and ceremonial objects, and in games, but they have not previously been found associated with Neanderthals. Other researchers have found shells in association with Neanderthal bones and suggested they may have worn them as jewelry.The paper is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Evidence Neanderthals used feathers for decoration (2011, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-evidence-neanderthals-feathers.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The tectonic plates underlying the continents and oceans. Image: USGS For many millions of years, the two continents have been converging with the northern edge of the African tectonic plate slowly descending underneath the Eurasian plate. However, Wortel’s research has showed that this process seems to have stalled and may be in the process of changing roles.While the dense rock of the northern African plate has been drawn into the Earth’s mantle, the remaining portion of the African land mass is too light. With this being the case, Wortel points to the possible reversal of roles, seeing the heavier Eurasian plate now moving below the African plate and creating a new subduction zone. With this possible switch in roles, scientists are warning of an increased risk of seismic activity in the Mediterranean. Because of this, and in light of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, scientists are voicing concern that European countries are not putting enough resources into a tsunami warning system. While earthquakes in the Mediterranean region are traditionally smaller than those found in the Pacific Rim, there have been recorded magnitude 8 earthquakes.Researchers are hopeful that this confirmation of a European subduction will lead the way to allow scientists to better model the region and assess the risks of earthquake and tsunami activity in the area. More information: meetingorganizer.copernicus.or … 011/EGU2011-3397.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Australian continent to blame for Samoa, Sumatra quakes © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — At the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting last week, lead researcher Rinus Wortel from the University of Utrecht presented the findings that Europe is slowly moving under Africa, creating a new subduction zone. Citation: Europe may be slowly disappearing under Africa: research (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-europe-slowly-africa.html Explore further
Sequencing hundreds of chloroplast genomes now possible More information: Jeong-Sun Seo et al. De novo assembly and phasing of a Korean human genome, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20098AbstractAdvances in genome assembly and phasing provide an opportunity to investigate the diploid architecture of the human genome and reveal the full range of structural variation across population groups. Here we report the de novo assembly and haplotype phasing of the Korean individual AK1 using single-molecule real-time sequencing, next-generation mapping, microfluidics-based linked reads4, and bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) sequencing approaches. Single-molecule sequencing coupled with next-generation mapping generated a highly contiguous assembly, with a contig N50 size of 17.9 Mb and a scaffold N50 size of 44.8 Mb, resolving 8 chromosomal arms into single scaffolds. The de novo assembly, along with local assemblies and spanning long reads, closes 105 and extends into 72 out of 190 euchromatic gaps in the reference genome, adding 1.03 Mb of previously intractable sequence. High concordance between the assembly and paired-end sequences from 62,758 BAC clones provides strong support for the robustness of the assembly. We identify 18,210 structural variants by direct comparison of the assembly with the human reference, identifying thousands of breakpoints that, to our knowledge, have not been reported before. Many of the insertions are reflected in the transcriptome and are shared across the Asian population. We performed haplotype phasing of the assembly with short reads, long reads and linked reads from whole-genome sequencing and with short reads from 31,719 BAC clones, thereby achieving phased blocks with an N50 size of 11.6 Mb. Haplotigs assembled from single-molecule real-time reads assigned to haplotypes on phased blocks covered 89% of genes. The haplotigs accurately characterized the hypervariable major histocompatability complex region as well as demonstrating allele configuration in clinically relevant genes such as CYP2D6. This work presents the most contiguous diploid human genome assembly so far, with extensive investigation of unreported and Asian-specific structural variants, and high-quality haplotyping of clinically relevant alleles for precision medicine. Journal information: Nature Explore further Citation: Genome sequencing of individual Korean offers opportunity to identify parts of sequence unique to Korean population (2016, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-genome-sequencing-individual-korean-opportunity.html As the researchers note, the genomes of many people have been sequenced—the first famously in back in 2000—but as they also note, people from Asia have been severely under-represented in such studies. Also, the researchers note, such sequences have gaps or incomplete sequence data in places that reflect the unique features of people from different parts of the world. After the first mapping was made, they explain, researchers began using it as sort of a template, plugging in information when it was found regarding people from different geographical regions. In this new effort, the researchers went back to the beginning and sequenced the genome of a single individual Korean person from scratch. In so doing, they were able to fill in some of the gaps that have been in place since the first genome was fully sequenced. They also found a large number of structural differences between the genome of the Korean person and the original template—and several that were missing altogether. They suggest their findings will help in designing and testing drugs that might have different impacts on people from separate regions. The note, too, that their research will have another impact beyond Korea—they believe the sequenced genome will be a closer match to people of other Asian areas as well, offering scientists in such places a better base from which to begin their own research efforts.The researchers also point out that the new method they used to sequence the genome will also make it easier to test for the best matches in organ donations and will help to speed up the process by which drugs are tested for adverse side effects. Fully sequencing the genomes of people from different parts of the world, the team claims, will create advancements in precision medicine, where health care overall is tailored to specific individuals based on their genetic makeup. DNA double helix. Credit: public domain © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Genomic Medicine Institute at Seoul National University in South Korea and Korean genetic sequencing firm Macrogen has conducted the most complete genome sequencing of a person from Korea to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they sequenced the genome and the medical benefits they believe will come from their work.
Journal information: Physical Review Letters Two-year-old children understand complex grammar © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Illustrative derivation trees for (a) simple English sentence, and (b) RNA secondary structure (after ). The latter is a derivation of the sequence ‘gacuaagcugaguc’ and shows its folded structure. Terminal symbols are encircled. Credit: arXiv:1809.01201 [cond-mat.dis-nn] More information: E. DeGiuli. Random Language Model, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.128301 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.01201 Citation: Physicist applies statistical mechanics theories to explain how children learn a language (2019, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-physicist-statistical-mechanics-theories-children.html Most parents notice that children learn a language in a standard sort of way—they pick up words as labels for things and then one day, start assembling words they have learned into sentences. Linguists have noticed that the changeover from speaking words to speaking sentences is usually quite abrupt, making many in the brain science field wonder what actually happens. In this new effort, DeGiuli proposes a theory to explain the process and uses physics theories to do it.DeGiuli starts out by suggesting that a context-free grammar (CFG), which covers most human languages, can be viewed as a physical object, conceiving it in a more physical way, such as must be the case inside the heads of people who are able to speak a language. He further proposes that a CFG can be modeled like a physical tree (not just a virtual one such as those typically used to describe CFGs)—with surfaces representing sentences that include all the words a person knows, whether they make sense or not. He then suggests that as a child hears new words and processes them, they begin to build grammar rules in their brain, some of which are deeper than others. The deepness of the rules is assigned as the brain assigns weights to different rules—those with more weight are deemed more likely to lead to sentences that make sense. It is at this point that DeGiuli introduces statistical mechanics theories into his proposal to explain how the weighting process works. He believes it is possible that the brain uses two major factors to decide how to prune branches in the grammar tree: how much a given weighting results in depth assignments within a tree, and how much they do so to arrive at surface-level assignments. In the end, he notes, it would be the sparseness of the tree that defines the level of usability of the tree to form sentences. When it reaches a certain point, the tree suddenly becomes usable and the child begins spouting complete sentences at his or her parents. Eric DeGiuli, a physicist at École Normale Supérieure, has proposed that a human language grammar can be viewed as if it were a physical object, allowing theories such as those in statistical mechanics to explain how a child learns a language. In his paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, he describes his ideas and his hopes that they might one day be associated with neurological evidence. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Mall Rats, here is some good news for you ahead of Diwali. To usher in the spirit of Diwali, this south Delhi mall has lined up a string of events for visitors. Apart from creative installations to jazz up the place, there will be plays based on The Ramayana and Hindu mythology. There will be lights to tell the story behind Diwali. These will narrate shlokas from Hindu mythology. Shlokas will also be written on lamp shades to depict the tale of Lord Ram. For art aficionados, there will be Madhubani paintings which are based on Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’kands [episodes] of The Ramayana.Theatre groups from various colleges will be participating in a two-day competition of Nukkad Natak [street play] with the underlined theme ‘victory of good over evil’. The prelims will be held on the first day and the final competition will be held on the second day. The competition will be judged by eminent personalities. There will also be a campaign on Say No to Crackers in association with an NGO urging people to sign a resolution to not burst crackers on Diwali and reduce carbon footprint.DETAILAt: DLF Place, SaketOn till: 13 November
Kolkata: Determined to put a leash on the sale of inferior and adulterated food by a section of unscrupulous businessmen, the South Dum Dum Municipality has decided to award people who would come up with evidence of such unfair practices in the area of the municipality, thereby helping the civic body to take action against them.”We have been conducting regular drives against bad quality food to ensure that it is not compromised by any means. However, we have to admit that it is impossible for the municipality alone to keep an eye on every nook and corner of the 35 wards. Hence, we want to involve the citizens in this social cause. People, who will lodge complaints of such unfair practices with the municipality with evidence, will be awarded by us,” Debasish Banerjee, Chairman-in-Council (public health) said. Complaints can be lodged through calls, text messages or WhatsApp messages on 9831221665. It may be mentioned that a team from the municipality led by its chairman Panchu Gopal Roy raided a prawn processing unit at ward 21 on Friday and found that some sort of reddish colour was being added to prawns. The team from the municipality also conducted a drive at a multi-shopping complex which has a food court. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSamples were collected from as many as 12 restaurants and the officials have come across several irregularities in the way they deal with the food. French fries were found stored in refrigerators.The meat at some of the restaurants emitted a foul smell. Leftover food, stored in the refrigerator, was sent for tests. The hotel authorities, when asked about these irregularities, failed to provide any satisfactory answer. “We are sure that most of these businessmen associated with food business are using inferior quality food, posing serious health hazards to the consumers. We are waiting for the test reports of the samples that we have collected. They have been sent for examination at the state food laboratory in Entally. We will take strong action against the offenders as per law,” a senior municipality official said.
US model Kendall Jenner was reportedly snubbed by movie producers at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The 19-year-old model was reportedly overlooked for potential film roles in favour of fellow model Gigi Hadid because of her links to the Kardashian family.“Many producers feel they could cast Gigi in a film, and they would have no stigma to it,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “But there would be a stigma if the billboards said, ‘Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendall Jenner.’ That just doesn’t work.” w
NASA is set to release a new book Benefits for Humanity that will showcase how research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping improve lives on the Earth, while advancing NASA’s ambitious human exploration goals.It highlights benefits in a number of key areas including human health, disaster relief and education programmes to inspire future scientists, engineers and space explorers.“Some 250 miles overhead, astronauts are conducting critical
This year, a unique festival will mark the beginning of summer for Delhi. Coming to the city at the end of April is ‘Delhi Theatre Festival’, a unique 2-day event with back-to-back plays from the best in the country, at the Siri Fort Auditorium. This April 29 and 30, New Delhi will play host to some of the best plays India has seen in recent times.The two-day festival has plays featuring some of the biggest names in theatre, with Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapur, Deepti Naval, Saurabh Shukla among others. The festival will bring 3 plays in Hindi and English, with diverse themes and a stunning cast. Naseeruddin Shah and Rajit Kapur’s “A Walk in the Woods”, “Ek Mulaqaat” featuring Shekhar Suman and Deepti Naval, and “Barff” with Saurabh Shukla in the lead and as director. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival will host panel discussions, theatre workshops and other exciting activities apart from the plays, making this a unique festivalThe initiative is in its debut year and is a brainchild of Alchemist marketing and talent solutions. The company is known for its annual production of Anoushka Shankar’s concerts, as well as for organising shows and live entertainment not just in India, but abroad. Says Manish Porwal, Managing Director of Alchemist, “Despite a highly discerning audience of theatre-goers, Delhi lacks enough options in the cultural and live entertainment sphere that cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru enjoy. We are very proud to have established a platform where theatre will thrive and envision the annual ‘Delhi Theatre Festival’ to be the breeding ground for theatre in India. This year’s chapter is the first of what is set to be the largest property in the theatre calendar in the coming years, attracting Indian and international audiences”
Pain in the neck from too much mobile usage? Keep changing hands and hold cellphone at the eye level to avoid it, say experts. Here are few more tips to consider: Maintain correct posture: It is very essential to maintain good body posture while sitting or standing. It is important to stand up straight and keep the neck in line with the trunk. Hold cellphone at the eye level: Hold the cellphone at eye level and avoid bending the neck forward for a prolonged period. Hold it such that it reduces stress both on the head/neck and the arms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTake a break: Avoid continuously using smart phones for more than a few minutes. While working on laptops or desktops, take a break for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of continuous working. Work ergonomics: Understand the ergonomics of your work place and if necessary, change it to keep a comfortable posture while working. It also increases your ability and work output. Avoid prolonged static postures: In between working on the desktop/laptop, move your neck regularly with movements like rotations, arching neck backwards and side bends to relieve the muscles of the strain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChange the hand: Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand continuously for a long duration. Neck exercises: Neck and shoulder exercises help to improve muscle stamina, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscle. Trapezius and levator stretches may help. Ice/heat packs: Ice/hot packs can be applied to the painful area of the neck or upper back. Some physicians suggest alternate ice and hot packs as well. Massage: Massage by trained professionals or even just a gentle rubbing can give relief from the stiffness and pain. Use technology: Use apps and devices which track and calculate the time spent in a static position or with stooped posture and give an analysis of the same. If the pain continues, it is important to consult a spine specialist and not try any self-medication. Specialists can prescribe pain medication and inject medicine into the facet joint or trigger point for relief from painful text neck.
The Korean Baseball League knows that when the fans want something you give it to them. And they want bunting.While we celebrate the long ball during the All-Star Game, the Korean league prefers to focus on the fundamentals with the “Bunt King” competition. In all honesty, if you like watching curling, it’s pretty damn entertaining.Who wants to watch Giancarlo Stanton crush 500-foot bombs when you can watch these guys get the runner over?Give me the Korean Baseball Organization’s bunt contest over the dunk contest any day. Just electric entertainment. (📹: @MyKBO) pic.twitter.com/qHOb75wPXq— Nick Hamelin (@NickHamelin) February 18, 2018 Advertisement
Guests:Nick Wright, Ric Bucher, Bucky Brooks, and Cuttino Mobley KD was right to play in Game 5Kevin Durant will likely miss the entire 2020 season after apparently tearing his Achilles tendon, and many are second guessing his decision. Colin thinks KD was right to play in Game 5 and try to save the Warriors season because that’s the mentality that big-time athletes have, and it’s produced some of the greatest moments in sports, like Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run and Curt Schilling’s bloody sock game.It didn’t work out for Durant, but he deserves credit for giving it a shot and trying to be great. Also:-USWNT shouldn’t apologize for celebrations-The Golden State pile-on is already out of hand-Colin surveys the potential 2020 NBA landscape
Dell Inc. announced today that founder Michael Dell, along with Menlo Park, Calif.-based investment firm Silver Lake, have agreed to acquire the tech powerhouse for approximately $24.4 billion, effectively taking the company private. Tech giant Microsoft is also part of the buyer’s consortium, contributing $2 billion in the form of a loan.As a private company, it’s expected that Michael Dell will have a new opportunity to position the Round Rock, Texas-based company against its rivals, including China’s Lenovo, and to push the PC manufacturer further into the tablet and smartphone markets.The deal is subject to a number of conditions, including certain regulatory approvals and a vote of unaffiliated stockholders. If all conditions are met, the transaction could close before the end of the first half of Dell’s fiscal year 2014, the company says.Related: Zipcar: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million BuyoutFounded nearly 30 years ago by Michael Dell — then a 19-year-old college student — Dell Inc. quickly rose to the top among PC manufacturers for consumers as well as business users. Here’s a look back at the company’s history and accomplishments:1984: Michael Dell — a 19-year-old pre-med freshman at the University of Texas at Austin — has an idea for a new computer business he believes will change the way computers will be designed, manufactured and sold. With $1,000, he founds a company called PC’s Limited.1985: Dell designs and builds his first computer system: the Turbo PC. It featured an Intel 8088 processor running at 8MHz, a 10MB hard drive and a 5.25-inch floppy drive (remember those?).1986: Dell releases what it says is the industry’s fastest performing PC: a 12MHz, 286-based system.1987: The company opens its first international subsidiary in the United Kingdom.1988: After just four years, Dell goes public, raising $30 million in its IPO.1989: Dell releases its first laptop computer, the 316LT.1993: The “Dimension” and “OptiPlex” desktops debut for consumer and business users. Dell expands into the Asia Pacific region.1996: The company launches Dell.com, which generates $1 million in sales per day six months after going live, Dell says.1997: Dell ships its 10-millionth PC.2000: It incorporates built-in Wi-Fi on its computers. Sales at Dell.com reach $40 million per day.2003: The company expands its product portfolio with Dell-branded printers.2004: Dell becomes China’s third largest provider of computer systems and services. Michael Dell steps down as CEO but stays on as chairman of the board.2006: The company acquires computer gaming company Alienware. Dell’s share price experiences steady decline, and the company loses its lead in the PC market to Hewlett-Packard. Analysts suggest Dell needs to expand further into non-PC businesses segments.2007: Michael Dell returns to his role as CEO. He begins a new phase in the company he calls “Dell 2.0,” which includes diversifying product offerings and reducing the company’s workforce. The “Vostro” family of computer products becomes Dell’s flagship line for small businesses. Dell launches carbon-neutral programs for consumers and corporate customers.2008: The company acquires storage firm EqualLogic. It launches the “Dell Latitude” line of laptops for business users and creates its first Modular Data Center for cloud-computing applications.2009: Dell acquires Perot Systems and launches a new business called Dell Services, offering end-to-end IT services. Enters the smartphone market with the Mini 3i from China Mobile.2010: Its first tablet, called the Streak (the device was 5 inches), launches.2011: Dell acquires enterprise solutions companies Secure Works, RNA Networks and Dell Force10 Networks. It commits $1 billion to develop Dell data and solution centers around the world and records the largest single-year revenue increase in company history, it says.Related: The Value of Creativity: Adobe Buys Portfolio Platform Behance Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global min read February 5, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 6, 2015 Shares of Salesforce were briefly halted because of volatility Tuesday afternoon following rumors that Microsoft is considering a bid for the cloud software giant.Microsoft is evaluating an acquisition offer for Salesforce after another unidentified suitor approached the San Francisco-based company, according to Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. Salesforce, led by CEO Marc Benioff, held talks with the unnamed potential buyer as recently as last month and is now working with a pair of investment banks to decide how it will respond to any overtures, the report said.Salesforce’s stock is up more than 8% since last week, when Bloomberg first reported that the company was in the process of responding to a takeover bid. Founded in 1999, Salesforce has a market value of roughly $48 billion.As Fortune noted last week, Microsoft would seem to be one of the most likely candidates to buy Salesforce considering CEO Satya Nadella has identified the growth of Microsoft’s cloud business as a key component in his turnaround plan for the company. Microsoft is also one of the few potential bidders with plenty of cash on hand to afford Salesforce, and Benioff has been complimentary of Nadella in the past.Both Salesforce and Microsoft declined to comment to Fortune about any acquisition bids.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min read December 16, 2015 Ford Motor Co. said on Tuesday it secured a permit from California to begin testing its self-driving car on public roads from next year.Ford, which will test its Ford Fusion Hybrid car, joins companies ranging from Alphabet Inc.’s Google to Volkswagen AG in testing the fast-growing self-driving technology.Other carmakers already approved by California include Honda Motor Co Ltd., Daimler AG’s, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Motors Inc., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and BMW AG.California is one of a handful of states, along with Michigan, Florida and Nevada, that have passed legislation enabling testing of self-driving cars on public roads.Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020.(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read April 11, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. For General Motors, the immediate future of autonomous driving isn’t about letting car owners trust their vehicles to drive themselves all the time, but rather occasionally being able to remove their hands from the wheel and let the car take over.That future arrives this fall in the form of the Super Cruise feature on the Cadillac CT6. By combining inputs from cameras and radar sensors mounted on the luxury sedan’s body with a precision map database, the CT6 will control its speed and keep itself in the center of a lane during highway driving. Although you may not need to keep your hands on the wheel while Super Cruise is active, it’s far from a set-it-and-forget-it technology. It’s actually watching you almost as closely as it’s monitoring the road ahead: the system includes a camera and infrared lights mounted directly onto the steering column to observe where you’re looking at all times.If Super Cruise determines you’re not paying attention to the road, it will trigger a system of alerts: visual indicators in the instrument cluster, tactile alerts such as seat vibrations and audible warning tones. If you still ignore it — maybe you’re fast asleep, or engrossed in a game on your smartphone — Super Cruise will bring the car to a complete stop as soon as it’s safe to do so.”When we were developing Super Cruise we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation,” engineer Barry Walkup said in a statement. “That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision.”Super Cruise bears a close resemblance to the Tesla Autopilot feature, which can also take over steering and speed control while requiring the driver to stay alert. Neither system would be possible without super-accurate mapping databases, which allow the car to pinpoint its exact location without relying on often-fickle GPS signals.GM says its database contains map data for every mile of limited-access highway in the U.S. and Canada, obtained using Lidar sensors. It’s four to eight times more accurate than GPS signals. Enroll Now for Free
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When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more here.Amazon Prime Day is a distant memory, but here are some of our favorite deals from this past July.Not a Prime member yet? You can sign up for your free 30-day trial and then cancel after Prime Day to avoid paying membership fees.What were the best Prime Day deals on Amazon products?Our favorite Prime Day 2019 deals:All-new Fire 7 Tablet (16GB): was $49.99 now just $29.99Fire HD 10 Tablet (32GB, Without Special Offers): was $164.99 now just $114.99Fire HD 10 Tablet (32GB, With Special Offers): was $149 now just $99Echo Dot (3rd Gen): was $49.99 now just $22Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: was $39.99 now just $14.99Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote: was $49.99 now just $24.99 All-New Echo Dot for Kids: was $69.99 now just $44.99 All-New Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet: was $99.99 now just $59.99Spend $10 at Whole Foods, get a $10 Amazon creditKindle Oasis E-reader: was $279.99 now just $199.99 What were the best Prime Day laptop deals? Some of our favorite laptop deals from this past July:Dell XPS 13 w/128GB SSD (9360): was $1,500 now just $999Dell XPS 13 w/256GB SSD (9380): was $1,199 now just $999Dell XPS 15 w/ 4K display (9570): was $2,499 now just $1,999Dell G5 Gaming Laptop: was $1,099 now just $779Lenovo Chromebook S330: was $289 now just $144Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen): was $2,579 now just $1,934Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen): was $1,559 now just $999Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop: was $1,299.99 now just $899.99 Acer Swift 5: was $1,399, now just $1,238Alienware 17 R5 was $1,699 now just $1,359Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018): was $2,799 now just $2,099Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018): was $1,999 now just $1,449Asus VivoBook F510QA (15.6-inch): was $399, now just $259Asus Chromebook Flip C434: was $549 now just $489Asus ROG Strix Hero II 15-inch Gaming Laptop: was $1,799 now just $1,699Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Surface Pro Type Cover: was $1,059 now just $799Microsoft Surface Pro 6: was $1,199 now just $899Samsung Chromebook 3: was $144, now just $119What were the best Prime Day deals on laptop accessories and peripherals?You might need to buy some extra equipment for the discounted laptop you just purchased on Prime Day. Fortunately, Amazon and its competitors are selling laptop accessories and peripherals, like bags, monitors, webcams and docks, at very low prices. AdvertisementHere are some of the best Prime Day deals on laptop accessories and peripherals:Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920: was $99 now just $39Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo: was $99 now just $45SanDisk 1TB External SSD: was $349 now just $136Dell U3417W 34-inch monitor: was $899 now just $648Dell Ultrasharp U2417 monitor: was $219 now just $199Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE wireless ANC headphones: was $199 now just $99Acer KG281 28-inch monitor: was $349 now just $310Samsung T5 Portable SSD (1TB): was $249 now just $149HP 27f IPS monitor: was $249 now just $149What were the best Prime Day Whole Foods deals? Prime members were once again treated to an excellent Whole Foods deal. The offer was: spend $10 or more at Whole Foods (or on a Prime Now order), and receive a $10 Amazon credit that can be used on Prime Day. It’s the same Whole Foods deal that Amazon offered last year. We’re big fans of this deal because that $10 credit, which is only valid during Prime Day, can turn a good deal into an awesome deal.Last year, for instance, the Echo Dot dropped from its sale price of $34.99 to just $24.99 with our Whole Foods/Amazon credit. Likewise, the Fire TV Stick dropped to just $19.99 after our credit, which made it the best deal of Prime Day. Amazon is also offering a variety of Whole Foods deals including 25% to 50% off “summertime favorites” such as organic cherries, apple pie, and wild-caught sockeye salmon.While not a Whole Foods deals per se, Amazon is taking 25% off a variety of Pepsi products. (You must sign into your Prime account to see the 25% off coupon). Currently, you can save 25% on Quaker, Gatorade, Doritos, Starbucks Frappuccino, and more.Be sure to follow sister site Tom’s Guide for the best Prime Day Whole Foods deals.Can anyone shop Amazon Prime Day deals?Prime Day deals are exclusively for Prime members. However, if you’re not a Prime member, Amazon offers a free 30-day Prime membership trial as an incentive to join. You can cancel before your trial ends to avoid being charged $119 for a year of Prime.College students can also sign up for a Prime Student membership to shop Prime Day deals. Prime Student costs $59 per year (50% less than a traditional membership) and offers many of the same perks. What’s more, students get a 6-month free trial instead of just 30 days. Students can also check out deals at Amazon’s new Off-to-College Store, which offers discounts on everything from laptops to dorm room accessories.What non-tech items will be on sale during Prime Day?Although tech will play a huge role on Prime Day, you’ll also find plenty of non-tech items on sale during Prime Day. Amazon’s own brands like Presto and Rivet Furniture are already 30% and 20% off, respectively. We also expect to see plenty of deals on cooking devices, from Instant Pots to sous-vide machines.How can I avoid bad Prime Day deals?While we expect to see many great deals on Prime Day, we also expect to see an equal amount of fake deals. That’s where tools like the Camelizer come into play. This browser extension can display a product’s price history, so you can see if it’s been cheaper (or pricier) before.Likewise, we’re big fans of the site FakeSpot. Simply enter an Amazon product page URL at FakeSpot and the site will tell you if the product’s reviews are trustworthy or not. If you need more tips, make sure to check out our 5 Prime Day tips for tracking deals.How fast will my Amazon Prime Day deliveries arrive?This year, Prime members can expect their Prime Day orders to arrive quicker than ever. Amazon Prime’s one-day delivery service is available coast to coast in the U.S. with no minimum purchase required. Alternatively, Prime members will be able to pick up their purchases in-store via Amazon Counter. This is a network of retailers that lets shoppers retrieve their Amazon purchases in-store. It currently consists of over 100 Rite Aid stores nationwide.Are there any Prime Day cash back rewards? Absolutely. Prime members who sign up for an Amazon Store or Amazon Store Credit Builder card receive 5% cash back rewards on their purchases. Best off, there’s no annual fee to worry about. Are other retailers offering deals on Amazon Prime Day?Yes, and aggressively. Retailers like Best Buy, eBay, Target, and Walmart are offering deals to compete with Amazon’s 48-hour sale. One of the best Walmart deals finds the 15.6-inch Asus VivoBook F510QA (AMD A12-9720P/4GB RAM/128GB SSD) at $259 (which is $140 off).Target announced its Target “Deal Days” sale, which runs from July 15 to July 16. Moreover, Target REDcard holders get an extra 5% off their purchases. eBay also announced its own 48-hour sale that will go toe-to toe with Prime Day. The online merchant is calling its sale the “Crash Sale,” taking shots at Amazon’s rocky Prime Day start last year. eBay’s sale will offer savings on top brands like LG, Apple, Samsung, KitchenAid, and more.In an effort to rival early Prime Day deals, eBay is offering more aggressive deals, like the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones which are now sale for $289.95 ($60 off).Can I shop Prime Day outside of the U.S.?Amazon Prime Day is a global shopping event. Last year, Prime Day was celebrated in 17 countries across Asia, Europe, and North America. This year, Prime members in the United Arab Emirates will also be able to shop the retailer’s best deals. However, since the sales ended at 11:59 p.m. local time on July 16, Prime Day is over everywhere but the U.S. as of this writing.Are there Amazon Music Prime Day deals? Prime members can currently get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99 cents. (Normally, it’s $7.99/month after a 30-day free trial). This premium service lets users stream over 50 million songs ad-free without limitations.In 2018, Ariana Grande teamed up with Amazon Music to kick off Prime Day with a live performance in New York and Prime members were able to stream the concert via Amazon’s official Prime Day page. This year, Taylor Swift headlined Amazon’s all-female concert along with Dua Lipa, Becky G, and SZA on July 10. Prime members were able to stream the live concert for free on Amazon Prime Video and can watch it on demand now for a limited time.Amazon Music also has a Prime Day concert playlist which lets you listen to the latest songs from the show’s performers.
Firefox 49: HTTP passwords on HTTPS sites by Martin Brinkmann on August 12, 2016 in Firefox – 8 commentsMozilla plans to launch an update for the built-in password manager in Firefox that will make HTTP passwords work on HTTPS sites as well.If you use the built-in functionality to save passwords in Firefox currently, you may know that the manager distinguishes between HTTP and HTTPS protocols.When you save a password for http://www.example.com/, it won’t work on https://www.example.com/. When you visit the site using HTTPS later on, Firefox won’t suggest the username and password saved previously when connected via HTTP.One option was to save passwords for HTTP and HTTPS sites separately, another to open the password manager and copy username and password manually whenever needed on the HTTPS version of a site.With more and more sites migrating to HTTPS, or at least providing users with a HTTPS option to connect to it, it was time to evaluate the Firefox password manager behavior in this regard.Firefox 49: HTTP passwords on HTTPS sitesMozilla made the decision to change the behavior in the following way starting with the release of Firefox 49.Passwords for the HTTP protocol will work automatically when connected via HTTPS to the same site. In other words, if a HTTP password is stored in Firefox, it will be used for HTTP and HTTPS sites when Firefox 49 is released.The other way around does not however. Passwords saved explicitly for HTTPS, won’t be used when a user connects to the HTTP version of the site. The main reason for this is security. More precisely, because HTTP does not use encryption, and that password and username may be recorded easily by third-parties.If you have a saved HTTPS username/password for a given domain, we will not populate those credentials on the HTTP version of the same domain.Check out the bug listing on Bugzilla if you are interested in the discussion that led to the change in Firefox 49.Closing WordsFirefox users who use the password manager of the web browser may notice the change once their version of the browser is updated to version 49. It should make things a bit more comfortable for those users, especially if a lot of HTTP passwords are saved already.With more and more sites migrating over to HTTPS, it is likely that this will be beneficial to users of the browser. (via Sören)Now You: Do you use the native password manager in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 49: HTTP passwords on HTTPS sitesDescriptionMozilla plans to launch an update for the built-in password manager in Firefox that will make HTTP passwords work on HTTPS sites as well.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement