Chris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is now shipping out to customers. Developed alongside Google, it’s a bedside alarm clock that responds to voice commands through Google Assistant. It has a simple touchscreen so you can check your calendar and the weather when you first wake up.Because it was developed with Google, it was obviously meant to coexist with the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) in Google’s smart home product line. The Nest Hub is a smart display with a more robust touchscreen that can play videos, show you pictures and do lots of other tasks that the Lenovo Smart Clock can’t.The Nest Hub retails for $130 and the Lenovo Smart Clock for $80, but the Nest Hub is frequently on sale for even less than the retail price of the Lenovo Smart Clock. In that case, it can be hard to justify spending roughly the same amount on a device with a less capable touchscreen.See it at WalmartNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.In my review, I mentioned this as one of the downsides of the Lenovo Smart Clock. You shouldn’t buy it expecting all of the same features as a full-sized smart display. You’ll be disappointed. That said, the Lenovo Smart Clock is unique enough to stand on its own and it’s generally a better gadget if you specifically want a smart gadget for your bedside table. Here’s why.Tech detoxThe Lenovo Smart Clock is a better fit if you want to get away from your phone before bed. The Nest Hub can’t do everything you can do on a phone, but you can still use it to watch YouTube videos and scroll through images. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Lenovo Smart Clock: Google Assistant and Lenovo combine… Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 12 Photos Your alarm can trigger your good morning routine, which will tell you about your calendar and play the news by default. You can also customize the routine to control your smart home devices and more in the Google Home app. This routine won’t trigger when you snooze, just when you stop your alarm for good.My favorite feature of the bunch is the sunrise function. Turn this on, and the screen on the Lenovo Smart Clock will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. This wake-up light serves to naturally ease you out of your sleep leading up to your wake-up time and it works great. The Nest Hub could potentially add this feature in a future update, but right now, the Lenovo Clock has it and the Nest Hub doesn’t.Smack to snooze Chris Monroe/CNET When your alarm does start buzzing, you can smack the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock to get it to stop. You can customize this so that hitting it will cause it to snooze or stop entirely, which is pretty great. If you use the Nest Hub as an alarm, you can stop it just by saying “Stop” or you can hit a snooze button on the touchscreen. Neither is an arduous task, and you have those options with the Lenovo Clock too. When I’m groggy in the morning, I get a lot of satisfaction from stopping my alarm with a little bit of brute force.I almost always hit snooze a couple of times and finding a button on the Nest Hub’s screen is honestly more work than I want when I’m still struggling to wake up. Smacking the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock feels right — a call back to a big snooze button on the top of a traditional alarm clock. The fact that you can customize what happens when you hit it makes it even better.Sound qualityBelieve it or not, the little Lenovo Smart Clock sounds better when it’s playing music than the Nest Hub. The Nest Hub isn’t exactly a giant device and neither one can do more than fill a room with background music, but Lenovo makes great use of its built-in 3W speaker and two passive radiators.It sounds pretty good, especially for its size, and doesn’t have any noticeable distortion in sound quality, even at max volume. Again, don’t expect booming stereo sound — Lenovo’s alarm clock is tiny — but it’s good enough to outclass the tinny and underwhelming sound quality of the Nest Hub.Fits in better Smart Home 14 Photos I love the cute and colorful design of the Nest Hub. It could blend into a wide variety of rooms and Google offers a few color choices for the fabric exterior. The Lenovo Smart Clock just has the one grey fabric finish, but it’s perfect for your nightstand.Neither has a built-in camera and both have a mute switch to help with peace of mind. Plus, they both have an ambient light sensor to minimize glow from the display. But Lenovo’s alarm clock is small enough to fit onto any open surface in your bedroom. It has a USB port for charging your phone and the rectangular front is pleasantly reminiscent of old school alarms with a modern twist.Nevertheless, wait for a saleThe Google Nest Hub is a great smart display. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a great smart alarm clock. Both are helpful smart home gadgets. Yes, they both have Google Assistant built in for voice control and the screen on the Nest Hub does more, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is perfectly suited for what it is. If you specifically want to upgrade your alarm clock with smarts, this cute little gadget from Lenovo is your best option right now.With that said, the frequent sales on the Nest Hub make the Lenovo Smart Clock seem overpriced. Its more limited functionality makes a lot more sense when it’s $50 less than the Nest Hub. Lenovo’s full-sized smart display has also gone on sale a few times since it was released last year, and your best bet might be to wait for a similar sale on the Lenovo Smart Clock. Once it’s discounted, if you don’t need all of the features of the Nest Hub, you can save money by going with the more streamlined bedside gadget. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) News • The Lenovo Smart Clock can now double as a digital photo frame Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions • Lenovo Smart Clock Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now The Lenovo Smart Clock is closer in functionality to a smart speaker as the touchscreen only offers a few prescribed functions while still letting you issue any of Google Assistant’s recognized voice commands. For certain families, that more limited functionality will be a good thing.If you want to limit screen time for yourself and your family, the Lenovo Smart Clock offers a viable alternative. You can still see the most pressing pieces of info — you can check on your security cam, look at your calendar, and see the forecast and your commute.Lenovo was intentional with the features left out of the Smart Clock. What remains makes sense for your bedside and for the things you need to know when you’re going to sleep or first waking up. It offers enough info that you could reasonably turn off your phone without the temptation to keep consuming the vast content of the internet anyway.Sunrise alarmsYou can set an alarm with a voice command to the Google Nest Hub, so you can use it to wake you up, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is designed for that task. It will suggest alarms based on your first appointment the next day. You can set multiple alarms and customize each one. You can change the alarm tones, the snooze length and the volume of the alarm (separate from the volume of the speaker). 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Shakib Al Hasan found himself in a controversyIANSA controversy erupted in Bangladesh’s cricket circle after former captain and one of the most important members of the national team, Shakib Al Hasan missed the official photo-shoot for the World Cup-bound squad. The entire group of cricketers selected to represent their county in the mega event had gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka along with officials from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). However the left-handed all-rounder left the venue before the shoot commenced and received flak for it.Now, his wife, Sakib Ummey Al Hasan, has come out in his defence through a Facebook post where she lashed out at the media for targeting her husband. In a long statement on the social media site, she claimed that some journalists have ‘hatred’ against her husband and are therefore vilifying him.”I really have nothing to say about the journalists (on) why they have so much hatred against Shakib Al Hasan. I think it’s actually our fault (that) we failed to invite them over for dinner or lunch to butter them (up or) chat with them for hours or give them inside news,” she wrote.BCB chief expresses disappointmentMeanwhile, the chief of BCB, Nazmul Hasan Papon expressed his disappointment with the no-show of the former skipper. “It is disappointing, what else can I say? It was the team’s photo session. I called him and he said he is going to come to my house at night. I said to him to come to the ground. He said he had already left. I asked everyone here, and they said Shakib was informed of the photo session. He didn’t turn up for training but we hoped for his presence in the photo session. But he wasn’t here,” he explained. Shakib Al Hasan is, possibly, the most valuable player in the entire teamIANSExplanation by wifeBut the wife of the 32-year old cricketer asserted that he missed the photo-shoot due to a misunderstanding. “Now the topic is why wasn’t he in the World Cup photo session? First of all it is his miss but he did not do that on purpose. He has (sic) misread the message that was sent! And he apologised to the officials, sorry we didn’t make any videos to prove!” she claimed.Her ire was also directed towards a particular show on a television channel where the famous cricketer was criticised. “Second topic, Channel24 the (sic) show ‘Beyond the Gallery’ put up a show with 2 journalists strictly to put him down saying many absurd things. One of the many is that, ‘he’s doing this to gain fame.’ Are bhai, if I’m not wrong that’s the last thing he needs. Maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you wanna gain fame by talking negative because businesswise, that’s profitable and (good) for your profile also! Now if it’s about his behaviour, ask any player how he is personally and internally, out (of the) field and on field! World Cup is in near future. Let him be there (and there are) many other things, I think, is (sic) going on for you to talk about!”This will be the fourth World Cup for the veteran Bangladesh cricketer. In the past, his left-arm spin and middle-order batting exploits have played a key role in helping Bangladesh become a force in international cricket. Having him in good form is a must for the Tigers’ success.
AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant famously said, “It’s never been easier to start a company. It’s never been harder to build one.”There’s more opportunity out there than ever before, which helps to offset the competition. History shows us that as competition increases, so does available opportunity. There’s plenty of space for new innovation especially for the new age digital companies.The startup growth marketing is always innovating. What helped unicorns like UBER get initial traction won’t help other early stage startups grow. That’s why growth hacking is catching popularity in the startup ecosystem.When asked what is Growth Hacking, Rohan Chaubey, the international bestselling author of ‘The Growth Hacking Book’ replied, “Growth Hacking is conducting growth experiments across various growth channels to discover measurable + scalable + repeatable processes that deliver predictable results to grow an important metric (North Star Metric) for a business. Growth Hackers are technical marketers which may or may not know how to code”.IBM and Twitter’s partner product Audiense.com ranks Rohan as India’s most-followed Growth Hacker. He has grown his social media community to about 250000 followers organically in record time.Rohan has a proven track record of making content go viral on social media. One of his SlideShares attracted 100000+ views within 12 hours, which shows his virality.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Photo: UNBA red carpet was rolled out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon on a two-day visit, reports news agency UNB.Joko Widodo arrived here at the invitation of president Abdul Hamid.On his arrival at the airport by a special flight of Republic Indonesia at 4:20 pm, the Indonesian president was received by his Bangladesh counterpart and his wife first lady Rashida Khanam.A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Indonesian president. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute.Cabinet members, including foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, and secretaries concerned to the president’s House, dean of the diplomatic corps, the chiefs of the three services, the inspector general of police (IGP), were present.Two tiny tots presented bouquets to president Joko and his wife Iriana Widodo.After the warm reception at the airport, the president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.The Indonesian president will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Sunday.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Indonesian president at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:30pm on Saturday.President Abdul Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Indonesian counterpart at Bangabhaban in the evening.On Sunday morning, the Indonesian President will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to martyrs of Liberation War.He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Munibur Rahman.The Indonesian president will have official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 10:00am on Sunday.President Widodo will leave for Cox’s Bazar to meet Rohingyas at 12:10pm. He will leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 4:15pm.President Widodo will leave Dhaka for Afghanistan on Monday morning at 9:00am.The Indonesian president will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya one, during his Bangladesh visit.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Indonesia in 2015 and 2017, and invited the Indonesian president to visit Bangladesh.In September last, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi visited Dhaka and discussed the Rohingya issues.
U.S. President Donald Trump looks down while speaking to reporters about healthcare during an energy policy discussion with leaders of American Indian tribes and U.S. governors at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2017. REUTERSUS president Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation.Senate Republican leaders had set Friday as the target for rewriting legislation for a simultaneous repeal and replacement of extensive parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the law dubbed Obamacare that expanded health insurance coverage to 20 million people.The deadline seemed unlikely to be met given that most senators had left Washington ahead of next week’s recess, without agreement on a clear direction for the healthcare bill, and Trump’s tweet did not appear to gain political traction.Financial markets showed little reaction to Trump’s suggestion, with the benchmark S&P 500 index edging about 0.15 percent higher on the day. Shares of most health insurers gained fractionally while hospital stocks were little changed.Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning, “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”The White House said later that Trump was still “fully committed” to pushing the Republican draft healthcare bill through the Senate, although it was looking at every option for repealing and replacing Obamacare.“The president hasn’t changed his thinking at all,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.The current Senate legislation would repeal parts of Obamacare, roll back its expansion of the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor, eliminate most of Obamacare’s taxes and replace Obamacare insurance subsidies with a system of tax credits to help individuals buy private health insurance.Conservative and moderate Republicans have spent recent days pushing and pulling the bill in opposite directions as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell sought common ground. Moderates want more equity for low-income Americans, while conservatives are fighting to loosen insurance regulations.Shortly before his January inauguration, Trump urged lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time. Congressional Republicans had considered earlier this year first repealing, then replacing Obamacare, but backed away after some lawmakers protested that that approach could create a gap in insurance coverage for millions.On Friday, Republican senator Ben Sasse who had suggested that Congress first repeal Obamacare and then replace it, tweeted: “Glad you agree, Mr. Pres.” Conservative Senator Rand Paul also backed the idea.But others on Capitol Hill sounded annoyed. A senior Senate Republican aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if lawmakers had been able to get the votes for repealing Obamacare first, then replacing it, “senators would have done that in January. It doesn’t have the votes, and it’s a waste of valuable time to discuss it.”Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, said the lawmaker would not support the strategy. McConnell’s spokesman declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.A senior House of Representatives Republican, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, said in an interview for CSPAN’s “Newsmakers” program that lawmakers’ goal should continue to be “not simply repealing but to start to put into place the elements that can make healthcare affordable.”
Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said members of the new cabinet must deliver as per the election pledges of the party to retain their positions in the cabinet, reports UNB.“Our prime minister is very serious about performances of the cabinet members. Her decision will be strict in this regard. Those who will fail to deliver will lose their positions,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.While forming the new cabinet, the prime minister gave emphasis on those districts from where there had been no minister for a long time and the new faces have been picked from those districts, he said.“The people of the country have taken the new cabinet positively. The cabinet involving new and old ones will be more dynamic,” said the AL leader.Responding to a question about the cabinet size, Quader said it might be expanded in the future.Responding to another question about dropping senior leaders from the cabinet, the AL leader said, “It’s not a matter of exclusion as it can be seen as changes in responsibilities.”The prime minister formed the new cabinet in that way so that the election promises could be implemented, Quader added.Mentioning that the government and the party are two separate entities, he said senior leaders will work for making the party well-organised one.A 47-member new cabinet, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was sworn in at Bangabhaban at 3pm.
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tickets for The Void’s “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” virtual reality (VR) experience in Las Vegas went on sale this week, as the location-based VR attraction is preparing to open its doors at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes on April 27.“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” is the latest multi-player VR experience by The Void, which pioneered these kids of location-based VR attractions over the past few years. In the new experience, up to 4 players get to roam freely across a stage with real props, outfitted with special VR helmets that incorporate an Oculus Rift VR headset, backpacks with mobile PCs for a untethered VR experience, vests for tactile feedback and VR guns to fight against the empire.The experience was produced together with ILMxLab, Disney’s R&D lab for immersive media. Both companies first brought the experience to Void locations at Disneyland Florida and Anaheim, as well as the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. and Westfield in London. In Vegas, they now hope to bring location-based VR to an even bigger crowd.“Las Vegas is the experience capital of the world, and we are excited to bring a brand new, fully immersive location-based experience to the local market and out-of-town visitors,” said The Void CEO Cliff Plumer in a statement. “The power of The Void will allow guests to step into ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ and not only see this spectacular world, but also hear, feel, touch and even smell as they realize they are a part of this incredible story.”
“Mr. Mom” was a hit film that featured Michael Keaton as a father who bumbles his way through stay-at-home parenting when his wife (Teri Garr) returns to the work world. “Mr. Mom” was written by John Hughes, who would go onto create classic 1980s fare including “Sixteen Candles.”The series will be a continuation of the baby Megan’s story, when as a grown adult, she wants to go back to the work force and her husband must go on parenting duty.Of “Mr. Mom,” Franco commented, “We thought it would be a good first step for us. We’re going to reboot it. IT’s an American classic. Anybody that remembers it loves it.”The series will be featured on Movies On Us, the name of Vudu’s ad-supported platform. It’s intended to cater to Walmart’s family-friendly audience and feature “shoppable” ads.MGM senior VP of digital platforms Sam Toles joined Vudu on stage to share his enthusiasm for the project. “There is definitely a hunger and a passion for established IP,” he said. Popular on Variety The 1983 comedy “Mr. Mom” is being revived as a digital series by its home studio, MGM, as part of a new partnership with Walmart-owned streaming platform Vudu.Vudu made the announcement Wednesday at the NewFronts West just days after revealing its partnership with MGM, which is intended to create a slate of short-form scripted content adapted from a library of classic intellectual property that offers the opportunity to serialize everything from James Bond to “The Pink Panther.”Execs explained the choice of “Mr. Mom” as an attempt to capitalize on the nostalgia parents have for the entertainment choices they grew up with, and their desire to share that content with their children.“As parents, we want to share with kids the TV shows and movies that we grew up with,” said Julian Franco, head of AVOD content and advertising. at Vudu. “They made us feel something. the Reality is we want our kids to feel the same thing too.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Citation: Researchers discover ultrathin lipid coating covering snakeskin (2015, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-ultrathin-lipid-coating-snakeskin.html More information: Evidence of a molecular boundary lubricant at snakeskin surfaces, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published 9 December 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0817 , http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/113/20150817AbstractDuring slithering locomotion the ventral scales at a snake’s belly are in direct mechanical interaction with the environment, while the dorsal scales provide optical camouflage and thermoregulation. Recent work has demonstrated that compared to dorsal scales, ventral scales provide improved lubrication and wear protection. While biomechanic adaption of snake motion is of growing interest in the fields of material science and robotics, the mechanism for how ventral scales influence the friction between the snake and substrate, at the molecular level, is unknown. In this study, we characterize the outermost surface of snake scales using sum frequency generation (SFG) spectra and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) images collected from recently shed California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) epidermis. SFG’s nonlinear optical selection rules provide information about the outermost surface of materials; NEXAFS takes advantage of the shallow escape depth of the electrons to probe the molecular structure of surfaces. Our analysis of the data revealed the existence of a previously unknown lipid coating on both the ventral and dorsal scales. Additionally, the molecular structure of this lipid coating closely aligns to the biological function: lipids on ventral scales form a highly ordered layer which provides both lubrication and wear protection at the snake’s ventral surface. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface 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. Snakes move around by slithering—as their bodies undulate against a surface below their bellies, friction is applied that pushes the snake forward, but the molecular mechanism by which this occurs has never been fully understood. To learn more, the researchers obtained samples of the shedded skins of several California kingsnakes and studied them using sum frequency generation spectra and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure imagery, which essentially involved firing lasers at the skin and then measuring how the light was reflected and scattered.The scanning revealed an extremely thin lipid layer, just nanometers thick, coating the scales that covered both the top and bottom parts of the snake, though there were differences between the lipid layer on the two body parts. The lipids on the belly were made of ordered pairs that provide a very slick surface, one that also offered, the researchers believe, some degree of protection to the scales—sliding across surfaces would otherwise cause the scales to wear away. A lipid outer layer would help explain why snakes are able to slither so effortlessly across a multitude of surfaces, the team notes.The reason that the lipid coating has not been noticed before by people handling the non-venomous snake, is because the lipid does not come off, it adheres to the snake body, providing a constant slick surface. The researchers suggest that because the kind of snake they studied was common, they believe the lipid coating likely exists on the scales of other snakes as well, though it likely comes in different forms suited to the environment in which the snake lives. They also believe their findings might help researchers working to make robots that simulate snakes, or those looking to create next generation paints or lubricants. New snake species with pitch black eyes from the Andes highlights hidden diversity Credit: Western Pacific Tropical Research Center Explore further © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and Germany has discovered a very thin layer of fat covering the scales of a single species of snake. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes how they studied the snakeskin and their views on what benefits the snake gets from the fatty outer scale layer.
Kolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy has come under the scanner of the Election Commission, due to his comment that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has turned ‘deaf and dumb’ and also been ‘managed’ by the local administration. The CEO’s office has expressed strong objection to Roy’s comment. It has already sought the video footages of Roy’s statement, where he had allegedly made some derogatory comments against the commission. It may be mentioned that Roy had slammed the CEO’s office in the state on Monday, saying: “I have never seen such a deaf and dumb CEO’s office. It is the people’s perception that the officials of the CEO’s office have somehow been managed by the local administration.” He also said that there has been a ‘mockery of democracy’ in the state. Some people in the state have interpreted it by saying that Roy tried to demean an autonomous authority like the Election Commission. The CEO’s office on Tuesday also sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders, including BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra and Sayantan Basu, who is contesting the elections from Basirhat. The commission also sought a report from the East Burdwan DM on the statement of controversial BJP leader Soumitra Khan, who on Sunday urged the voters to be equipped with ‘Boti and Khunti’.
The company developing Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea claims passengers could be travelling at close to the speed of sound within the next three years, having just filed for a building permit in California. The Hyperloop concept involves firing a train full of people through a low-pressure tube at speeds of up to 740 mph. It has been described by Musk as a mix between Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table. It could take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the company taking the lead on turning Hyperloop into a reality, told CNBC that it has filed for a construction permit to build a five mile track in Quay Valley, California. “We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,” Bibop Gresta, the COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said during an interview at Davos on Thursday.Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2016 and Hyperloop could open in 2018 to the public.”In 36 months we will have the first passenger in the first full-scale hyperloop,” said Gresta.The company is reportedly looking at where it will place its pylons and carrying out a number of soil tests.Gresta told Business Insider last October that if the California prototype is successful, larger versions of Hyperloop could be built across the world. Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, and India are all in contention. “We think the first Hyperloop will be built in a country where there’s a lack of infrastructure and less regulation,” he said in an interview where he claimed Los Angeles was a better innovator than Silicon Valley. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is being led by CEO Dirk Ahlborn and a group of over 100 scientists and engineers. Musk has previously said he would take the idea forward himself if he wasn’t so busy leading other companies like Tesla. This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Snyder’s task force explored the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems – which have unfunded liabilities fast approaching $20 billion.The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting recommended criteria to alleviate their debts.Communities will be required to make a minimum level of payments related to retirement systems for new hires.“By following the recommendations of the task force, we’re doing exactly what Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin and the city’s firefighters told us they wanted,” Glenn said. “This is an important step toward protecting their retirement benefits, and the benefits of all our dedicated public safety personnel.”#####House Bill 5298 and companion bills advance to the Senate. 07Dec Rep. Glenn votes in favor of reforms to help protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters Categories: Glenn News,News State Rep. Gary Glenn today voted in favor of legislation to protect public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The reforms emphasize proper reporting from local governments to pinpoint ones that may be in financial trouble due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation mirrors recommendations from a task force assembled earlier this year by Gov. Rick Snyder.“Our first responders put their safety on the line every single day to make sure the rest of us are safe,” Glenn, of Williams Township, said after the legislation was approved in the Michigan House. “We are taking important steps with this legislation to help ensure the benefits that have been promised to police and firefighters are available when they enter their well-deserved retirement.”
Netflix has announced it is globally rolling out a new tool designed to help users better control how much data they use when they stream content over mobile networks.Users will now be able to set their mobile data usage by using the app settings menu on updated versions of the iOS and Android Netflix app – letting them specify whether they have high or low data usage caps.“Our goal is to give you more control and greater choice in managing your data usage whether you’re on an unlimited mobile plan or one that’s more restrictive,” said Netflix director of product innovation, Eddy Wu.Netflix said that the default setting will let users stream about three hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data, which in terms of bitrates amounts to roughly 600 Kilobits per second.“Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees,” said Wu.Netflix first announced plans to launch this “data saver” feature for its mobile apps back in March.