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In his place the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks

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first_imgIn his place, the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich to the coordinator position.One of the biggest knocks on McCoy was his usage, or lack thereof, of running back David Johnson.Through seven games, Johnson was limited to just 47.9 yards per game on the ground (335). He was even more non-existent in the passing game, something he was well-known for in 2016.Under McCoy, the running back caught just 2.9 receptions per game for a pedestrian 23.7 yards per game. He scored just once through the air.Patrick Peterson Trade RequestWith a losing record staring the Cardinals in the face and an offensive coordinator sent packing already, the team was met with another issue internally.Growing more and more frustrated, All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson reportedly requested a trade just over a week before the NFL trade deadline.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out,” Peterson said two weeks prior to the trade request. “It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Rosen showing signs of being able to take over signal-calling duties, there was no need longer a need for Bradford, who was released on Nov. 3.In 13 games, Rosen completed 217 of his 393 passes (55.2 percent) for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns. Turnovers were a constant for the young quarterback all year as he threw 14 interceptions and finished with a 26.6 QBR.OC Mike McCoy FiredOffensive coordinator Mike McCoy was another name that didn’t make it a full season with the team after he was fired following a blowout loss in which Arizona GM Steve Keim called “embarrassing.”After beginning the season 1-5, the Cardinals had a Thursday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos, a former team of the OC.Denver’s Von Miller, whose team entered the contest losing their last four games, called the Cardinals’ game a get-right-game of sorts.And it was as Denver pummeled the Cardinals 45-10, tied for their worst loss of the season (Week 12 against the Chargers). Offensively, the team turned the ball over five times and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry against a team who had allowed a league-worst 5.6.That was the final straw for the Cardinals’ brass as McCoy was gone the following Friday. It was the second time in two years that the coordinator had been fired from the position midway through the season. He was let go by the Broncos during the 2017 campaign. (AP Photos) The 2018 season is officially in the books for the Arizona Cardinals.This year was not Arizona’s as the team dealt with injuries, personnel changes and a dismal 3-13 record.While this season is surely one to forget for many in the desert, here are the five biggest moments of the Cardinals’ season:O-Line Injury WoesBefore the regular season even began, the Cardinals were already behind the eight ball.During the team’s Red & White practice at State Farm Stadium, starting center A.Q. Shipley went down with a torn ACL and headed to the injured reserve, ending his season before even playing a regular season game. Pegged as the most durable of the offensive lineman, Shipley started all 16 games the previous two seasons and was the lone lineman to remain healthy throughout, the injury would foreshadow what was to come. After signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason to the tune of $20 million with $15 million guaranteed, the veteran quarterback underwhelmed in his three starts. He threw for just 400 yards, completing 62.5 percent of his throws. He ended with a 62.5 passer rating and was sacked six times.After scoring only 20 points through three games, the Cardinals had seen enough.Enter, rookie QB Rosen.Not wasting any more time on the veteran, Arizona made the change in Week 3 during the fourth quarter against the Bears. Rosen completed three of his six passes for 27 yards in his first NFL action before tossing an interception.On Sept. 24, it was official. Rosen was the new starter.He was thrown to the fire early on, as his first test was the Seattle Seahawks. In his first career start, the rookie completed 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) for 180 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 20-17 loss.Rosen wouldn’t have to wait long to taste the fruits of victory. Playing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, the QB got off to fast start, finding fellow rookie Christian Kirk for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. He finished with 170 yards and the score in the 28-18 win. At the time, the defense ranked 11th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (233.9) and 23rd in points per game (26.3).Following a few days of unrest from Cardinals fans and a barrage of questions for Keim and head coach Steve Wilks, the cornerback broke his silence on the matter.“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” he wrote on the trade talk. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now.“I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this week’s game.”Steve Wilks Relieved of Head-Coaching DutiesWith the Cardinals ending the season at 3-13, more changes were in store for the team in the desert.After replacing former head coach Bruce Arians with Wilks, Arizona made the decision to move on for the first-year head coach.In 16 games under Wilks, the Cardinals suffered nine double-digit losses.With the firing, Wilks joins 10 other first-year head coaches, including Pete Carroll (Jets) and Chip Kelly (49ers), who were let go following just one season with the team since 2000.center_img Related LinksBickley: Bidwill faces tall task in selection of next Cardinals head coachCardinals ‘went backwards’ under Steve Wilks, Bidwill saysA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesBy the numbers: Steve Wilks’ lone season as Cardinals head coachCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchIn addition to Shipley, six other Cardinals offensive lineman — D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Mike Iupati, John Wetzel, Jeremy Vujnovich and Korey Cunningham — made their way to the IR, while Andre Smith, who signed a two-year deal in March, was waived after playing just eight games. He missed three due to injury as well.The one constant? Rookie center Mason Cole, who filled in for Shipley to start the season. He was the only lineman to make all 16 starts for Arizona.And with a continuous revolving door of injured lineman, the play on the field suffered greatly.Offensively, Arizona ranked last in total offense (241.6 yards per game), total points (225), rushing yards per attempt (3.8) and rushing yards per game (83.9). The line also allowed 52 sacks, tied with Oakland and Miami as the fifth most in the league. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen accounted for 45 of the 52.And with an offense constantly spurting, the lack of scoring was evident as the Cardinals managed just 15 touchdowns.Josh Rosen Named Starter, Sam Bradford BenchedThree starts, two touchdowns, four interceptions and three fumbles. That was the summary of Sam Bradford’s tenure as a starter for the Cardinals. Statistically, the Cardinals were one of the worst teams on both sides of the ball under Wilks.Noted for his defensive prowess, the head coach bolstered one of the worst defensive units in the league, allowing 154.9 yards per game on the ground. Offensively, the ground game was stagnant and the passing game seemed to have few wrinkles to confuse the opposition.With NFL lows in both categories, it was a swift departure for the coach.“The fact we went backwards on both offense and defense,” determined Wilks’ fate, according to Bidwill.“Looking at his plan for 2019, I just didn’t feel like it was a plan I wanted to get behind, that would turn us around and get us back to the type of football that we expect and our fans deserve.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Rep Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny

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first_img State Rep. Jim Lower today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents.Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the 11-bill package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“Government transparency should be the norm, not the exception, and Michigan is one of just a handful of states that does not place its Legislature and governor under open records laws,” Lower said. “I am proud to vote for legislation during Sunshine Week that gives people the ability to see how their hard-earned tax dollars are used.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### 16Mar Rep. Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny Categories: Lower News,Newslast_img read more

Netflix has started to add audio description to se

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first_imgNetflix has started to add audio description to selected titles on its service to help the visually impaired. Netflix has rolled out the service with its new series, Marvel’s Daredevil, and said it will add more titles in the coming weeks, including current and previous seasons House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and to adventure series Marco Polo.“Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones,” said Netflix’s director of content operations, Tracy Wright.Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes.last_img read more

The festival which has grown steadily since 2001

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first_imgThe festival, which has grown steadily since 2001 to become one of Europe’s premier jazz festivals, kicks-off this evening at the Guildhall.Topping the bill at this free event will be jazz legend Gay McIntyre who will be performing with the Paul McIntyre Trio, heading up a cast of the finest local talent.It kicks-off a packed programme of music events that is keenly focused on the promotion of Derry’s homegrown talent.A whole host of new talent has been confirmed for this year’s Jazz Festival programme, including the rhythm and blues band The Revolutionaires, Dinosaur, Kaz Hawkins, and one of the UK’s most authentic New Orleans-style brass bands, The Heavy Beat Brass Band. Other new attractions include the Jessica Radcliffe Quartet; Barrence Whitfield from Boston’s Rumble Club; an eight-piece ska/reggae band from London called The Dualers; Irish jazz and folk singer Mary Coughlan; the Swing Cats, Darren Beckett Trio and much more.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maoliosa McHugh who will host tonight’s opening event, said: “The jazz opening night is always really special as it sets the scene for what is undoubtedly one of the best weekend’s in the local calendar.City Centre Manager Jim Roddy said the city is ready for a fantastic festival.He said: “The whole city is geared up for yet another fantastic Jazz and Big Band festival. This has become one of our most successful events in the year.” Thousands to visit City of Derry Jazz and Big Band festival was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img The Paul McIntyre Trio coming to the City of Derry Jazz FestivalMORE than 60,000 revellers will arrive in Derry over the next five days for this year’s Jazz and Big Band festival.Hoteliers, guest houses and B& Bs are doing a roaring trade as music enthusiasts flock to the city once again.Van Morrison, who is this year’s headline act, is performing at the Millennium Forum on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday night. Gary McIntyreGuildhallMillennium ForumThe RevolutionairesThousands to visit City of Derry Jazz and Big Band festivalVan Morrisonlast_img read more

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping

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first_imgResearchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course, which begins Monday, to teach the academic research and strategies they say are the best weapon to curb gun violence.Gun violence experts put the course together after hundreds of thousands of people — many of them students — participated in March For Our Lives last year, calling for tighter gun laws.”Following the shooting in Parkland and the youth advocacy that we saw, we noticed there was a gap in knowledge,” said Cassandra Crifasi, the deputy director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and one of the core lecturers for the online course. It’s called Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence For Change.”There are different information sources,” she said, “but sometimes they conflict and we wanted to create one resource that would be freely available to anyone.”The course is aimed at high school and college-aged people, but it’s open to anyone. Coursera, the online platform hosting the course, says this is the first class related to gun violence that the company has offered.The hope is to get participants up to speed on “relevant legal issues and effectively use data” central to the nation’s policy debate on guns. Researchers want young activists to lean on decades of public health research when working with policymakers and candidates seeking elective office.”And sort of push back against some of the claims you hear like, ‘Oh, you know the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ ” Crifasi said, a nod to the mantra embraced by many gun rights groups, in particular the National Rifle Association.Crifasi says information in the course addresses “that myth.””Anti-gun pseudoscience” She expects blowback from gun rights groups about the course. One writer for the website Bearing Arms warned the course may “push the anti-gun position” onto students. “That means they’ll be facing indoctrination in anti-gun pseudoscience masquerading as unbiased research. That’s a problem,” they wrote.Crifasi hopes being a gun owner herself can help diffuse some of those knee-jerk reactions.”I’m a responsible gun owner and I don’t want people to take my guns away. … Let’s work together to come up with strategies that reduce gun violence but also are also respectful of the culture of gun ownership and the Second Amendment,” Crifasi said.When asked if anyone from gun rights organizations was invited to participate as faculty in the course, the response was blunt.”No, we did not. For a variety of reasons,” Crifasi said.She points to a stark statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed nearly 40,000 people were fatally shot in 2017.”We didn’t want to have to have this be a debate of whether there’s an issue or not, right?” Crifasi said. “We have a substantial burden in this country.”Ashley Courneya, a college freshman living in Rochester, Minn., began learning to shoot guns at age 7. She participated in competitive sports shooting in high school and was featured in NPR’s documentary Teens On Guns In America released earlier this year.She’s in the demographic Hopkins researchers is hoping to attract.But Courneya, who said politically she’s an independent, admits she’s less eager to sign up for the course because more conservative viewpoints on guns won’t be heard.”I think I’d still be interested in taking the course just to see what it’s about, even though it doesn’t have conservative aspects,” she said. “But I think when you’re doing something that’s meant to inform people, you need to account for both sides.”Hope to attract 20,000 registrants per yearThe free online course space is crowded, but the Hopkins course has the potential for “different measures of success,” said Gayle Christensen, associate vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington. She’s not involved in the course but has researched massive open online courses.If students complete the more than 540 minutes of lectures and related course work, they receive a certificate. But even if they don’t finish the course, she says there’s a benefit to students sharing what they’ve learned in the course on social media.Christensen said so if you get a lot of posts saying: ” ‘You have to get on this! You have to watch, it’ll matter for you’ and that will then perhaps have other students or young people will engage with the material that wouldn’t have thought about engaging with it otherwise.”Previous massive open online courses offered by Hopkins have attracted millions of registrants, according the university. For this one, university officials hope to enroll 20,000 students per year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country

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first_imgA Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”. She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.She said: “The views and experiences of disabled people have to be right at the heart of, not just the overhaul of the WCA, but other aspects of social security policy too. “Labour wants disabled people to be able to play a central role in both the development and monitoring of this.” Her roadshow announcement comes only 18 months after Labour gave a cool welcome to the report of its own disability and poverty taskforce.The taskforce, led by Sir Bert Massie (pictured), called for a greater contribution from the state towards the extra costs of disability.It also called on a future Labour government to replace the work capability assessment, introduce a personalised system of employment support, invest in accessible housing and transport, launch a major drive to improve the skills of disabled people, and ensure a new focus on the barriers to employment faced by disabled people.Sir Bert, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, heard Abrahams speak at a seminar held at Leeds University on 4 December – the day after she launched the roadshow – in memory of the disability rights campaigner Caroline Gooding, who died last year.Sir Bert, who was chairing the seminar, said: “Debbie was terribly good telling us what the Tories were doing wrong, but she didn’t say anything about what she would do right.“I don’t know what her policies are, I really don’t. There was no commitment, no vision of where Labour would go.”He said a roadshow would be likely to produce “lots of good ideas” but not necessarily new policies.He said: “I wonder if you will get more new ideas from going on a roadshow than you will talking to people who actually know what they are doing, people who know the system inside out.”He added: “I cannot think of a public consultation of this type which has actually led anywhere. If it’s activity for the sake of activity, that would be my first question.“These consultation meetings are fine as far as they go, but at some point some serious people need to sit down and work out what is going to happen.“If you go round the meetings, what you will hear is how awful it is… it might help politicians understand the angst out there, the frustration, in some cases the desperation and the futility of some of the contacts you have with DWP.“That might all come out, but it doesn’t constitute a policy.“Going round to meetings is fine, but you end up with a pile of ideas. They have to be knocked into shape.”Sir Bert said he would like to see a new disability rights taskforce, following the one set up by the new Labour government, which reported in December 1999, but with a wider brief that would look at the whole range of disability policy, including social care and possibly even the right-to-die debate.He said: “All the support mechanisms built up from the 1970s are slowly being dismantled. We need another taskforce to really look at the whole of disability policy.”Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said he had been impressed by Abrahams at the seminar, and said that the roadshow “was not a bad idea”, but he warned that “the devil will be in the detail”.He said that a taskforce set up by Labour “would make sense with the right remit and personnel”, for example with co-chairs such as Professor Mike Oliver and Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, who also attended the seminar, said there was no need for a new taskforce, but she backed the idea of a roadshow.She said: “Top-down approaches are dated and untrusted – why we should need yet another set of well-paid disability elites and charities sitting around tables having exclusive closed meetings is unclear in 2015.“The proposed equality roadshow by Debbie Abrahams is a route that allows everyone to give their views and experiences on policy, on what’s working and what’s not working at the grassroots level – these are the types of things we need to ensure the many, not the few, feed-in to change from the perspective of their own day-to-day life experiences.“The test for Labour, of course, will be what they do with that information.”last_img read more

Chemists Develop SealHealing Material for Smartphone Screens

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first_img Next Article Even if you break the screen in half, it will stitch itself back together within a day. Apply Now » There’s a huge market for smartphone cases as we all strive to protect our expensive handsets. It would be much nicer to just slide them into a pocket unprotected, but the thought of scratches on the screen ultimately push many of us to hide them inside a case, or at the very least apply a screen protector.By the end of the decade, though, smartphone cases may be assigned to the history books. According to Business Insider, chemists at the University of California at Riverside have developed a self-healing material that’s suitable for use as a smartphone display — or any display, for that matter.The key to any self-healing material is molecules that attract each other, which in turn allows any breakage of the perfect bond to stitch itself back together. This new material the UC Riverside chemists, led by Chao Wang, developed is a combination of a stretchable polymer and ionic salt featuring “a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction.”That interaction is what forms a strong attraction between the molecules, meaning it can recover from any damage, including a complete break. Snap this material in half and it will stitch itself back together in less than a day. It can also be stretched up to 50 times its original size. The other important feature of the material is its ability to conduct electricity making it suitable for use as part of a touch screen.Wang believes his stretchable polymer will be used by smartphone manufacturers by 2020. It can be used for the display, but also the phone housing, meaning we could and should get smartphones that can self-heal any damage on their outer shell.Now we just have to hope a company such as Apple or Samsung doesn’t buy up the patents for this polymer and keep the self-healing material exclusively for their devices. –shares Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Chemists Develop Seal-Healing Material for Smartphone Screenscenter_img April 5, 2017 2 min read Add to Queue Smartphones 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Senior Editorlast_img read more

Government Claiming it Cracked iPhone Security Drops Legal Action Against Apple

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first_img 5 min read Image credit: Pexels Next Article Add to Queue Reuters Register Now » –shares This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 29, 2016 The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its legal case against Apple, ending a high-stakes legal battle but leaving the broader struggle over encryption unresolved.The abrupt end to a confrontation that had transfixed the tech industry was a victory for Apple, which vehemently opposed a court order obtained by the Justice Department that would have required it to write new software to get into the iPhone.”From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a back door into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent,” Apple said in a statement late on Monday. “As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”But the larger fight over law enforcement access to encrypted information is by no means over. The technology industry is adamant that anything that helps authorities bypass the security features of tech products will undermine security for everyone.Government officials are equally insistent that all manner of criminal investigations will be crippled without access to phone data.At issue in the case was a county-owned iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, one of the husband-and-wife shooters in the December rampage in San Bernardino, California, in which 14 people were killed and 22 wounded. The couple died in a shootout with police after the attack.After saying for weeks in court filings and congressional testimony that Apple possessed the “exclusive technical means” to unlock Farook’s phone, the Justice Department unexpectedly announced on the eve of a court hearing last week that an unidentified outside party had presented it with a technique that might open the phone without help from Apple.In a two-page court filing on Monday, the Justice Department said the government had “successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple.”It asked a federal magistrate in Riverside, Calif., to withdraw the order compelling Apple to assist.Apple had argued that the government request and resulting court order were a massive overreach that would give courts unlimited authority to force private companies to work as their agents. It argued that Congress had specifically declined to give the government such powers when it comes to electronic surveillance and data collection.”We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated,” Apple said in its statement.Tech industry leaders including Google, Facebook and Microsoft and more than two dozen other companies filed legal briefs supporting Apple. The Justice Department received support from law enforcement groups and six relatives of San Bernardino victims.Thorny issuesThe Justice Department’s apparent discovery of an iPhone hacking technique presents thorny questions about how that knowledge will be shared.If the government tells Apple about the details, the company would presumably fix whatever vulnerability was used and thus render the method ineffective. If the government withholds the information, Apple could face a public perception problem about the security of its phones.There are also a number of pending cases across the country where law enforcement officials are asking for access to iPhones. It is not clear if they will have access to the break-in technique.In one New York case, Justice Department officials have to respond by Tuesday to an Apple request to delay the proceedings.That could provide clues as to how the government intends to deal with other iPhone cases.On a conference call for reporters on Monday, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said it was too soon to say whether the government’s technique would work on other iPhones, or if it would share information with Apple or other law enforcement agencies.The FBI said in a statement it would not comment on the technical steps taken to access the phone’s data.”The full exploitation of the phone and follow-up investigative steps are continuing,” David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said in a statement.’All available options’The Justice Department suggested on Monday it would keep seeking unorthodox means of getting information, including through the courts when needed.“It remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety, either with cooperation from relevant parties, or through the court system when cooperation fails,” Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman said.“We will continue to pursue all available options for this mission, including seeking the cooperation of manufacturers and relying upon the creativity of both the public and private sectors.”On Capitol Hill, critics of the Justice Department’s efforts called for further vigilance.”Those worried about our privacy should stay wary — just because the government was able to get into this one phone does not mean that their quest for a secret key into our devices is over,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.(Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco and Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Peter Cooney) Government, Claiming it Cracked iPhone Security, Drops Legal Action Against Apple Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Applelast_img read more

Cox Media Group Chooses Veritone for AIDriven Advertising Analytics and Online Content

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first_img aiWAREArtificial IntelligenceCox Media GroupMarketing Technology NewsNewsOnline Content CurationVeritone Previous ArticleCONCURED Named a Cool Vendor in Gartner’s 2019 ‘Cool Vendors in Personalization’ ReportNext ArticleNewly-Minted Unicorn Outreach Looks to Next Phase of Growth with the Addition of Three Key Executives Cox Media Group Chooses Veritone for AI-Driven Advertising Analytics and Online Content Curation Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 5:22 pmJuly 11, 2019 CMG Radio Joins Major Broadcasters Using Veritone to Better Compete for Ad Dollars and Streamline Resource-Intensive WorkflowsVeritone Inc., the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE, announced that Cox Media Group (CMG) has selected the aiWARE-powered Veritone Essentials suite of applications to use across its 60+ radio stations in 11 markets. CMG Radio is the latest major broadcast group to join leading broadcasters and thousands of stations in deploying Veritone’s applications to streamline content curation and demonstrate ROI for advertisers.@COXMG Chooses @Veritoneinc for #AIDriven #AdvertisingAnalytics and #OnlineContentCurationCMG Radio uses the Essentials applications to provide AI-powered analytics and insights for both its local direct-sales teams and its national advertising partners. Additionally, the CMG Radio content team leverages the Discovery application to generate insights more efficiently and choose which on-air content should be extended to digital mediums such as social media.“Veritone’s industry-leading AI platform will help CMG offer better, more effective marketing solutions to our customers by providing data and insight that has previously not existed in the broadcast space,” says Tim Clarke, vice president of audience and content, CMG Radio. “Furthermore, our content teams are excited to leverage the tool to automate tedious processes and assist with content tracking, discovery, and archiving.”Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.In terms of audience reach, radio remains a leading advertising medium in America and is highly effective at driving results, but broadcasters must substantiate its effectiveness with empirical data and analytics. That’s what Veritone Essentials is designed to do. The Veritone platform’s unparalleled combination of features and applications allows CMG Radio to demonstrate success, enabling it to better compete for share of ad spend and retain existing spend. Just as importantly, thanks to AI, CMG Radio can now automate workflows such as campaign recapping, quantifying earned media, tracking native and influencer campaigns, and selecting on-air content to be distributed online — all processes that were previously 100% manual.Built on the aiWARE platform, Veritone Essentials is a set of intelligent applications for content ingestion; management; search; and distribution of audio, video, and still images. Veritone can easily ingest and index live or archived broadcast content, then immediately make it available for search, curation, and sharing. Essentials applications augment and accelerate existing analytics workflows, helping broadcasters jump-start their AI journeys and transform and extend their data in a fraction of the time. aiWARE is flexible and extensible, currently boasting 18 cognitive classes over AI engines, which enables organizations to evolve their use of AI continuously and future-proof their investment.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“As advertising has become more data-driven, it has become ROI-driven. That means advertisers expect to see concrete evidence that it’s working. Now Cox Media Group sales reps can supply that evidence quickly, accurately, and with far less effort than it used to take, thanks to the AI ecosystem behind Veritone Essentials and its easy-to-use application interface design,” said Veritone President Ryan Steelberg. “Station groups throughout the country are turning to Veritone to be more competitive and automate and super-charge internal workflows that have been resource-intensive.” Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offeringlast_img read more

Researchers learn more about the impact of multiple symptoms in older adults

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first_imgImportantly, older adults who reported more symptoms had weaker grip strength and walked more slowly. Over time, older adults with more symptoms had an increased risk of falls, hospitalizations, disability, and mortality.The researchers believe that as we age and experience more multiple chronic conditions, the number of us living with multiple symptoms as older adults is likely to grow. While healthcare providers understand that treating symptoms is important to improving quality of life at the end-of-life (palliative care), there is less understanding about the best way to treat multiple symptoms that older adults experience.The researchers said that their findings highlight the need for more research on symptoms in older adults to develop effective management strategies. Source:http://www.healthinaging.org/blog/learning-about-the-impact-of-multiple-symptoms-in-older-adults/ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Trouble falling or staying asleep at night Depression or anxiety Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 10 2019″Symptoms” is the medical term for any sign of a health problem, even if that sign doesn’t help your healthcare provider diagnose a specific illness. Symptoms, such as feeling tired or rundown (also called fatigue), are among the leading causes of disability for older adults.Sometimes symptoms are directly caused by illness–for example, an aching chest can be a symptom associated with a heart attack. But often, symptoms have multiple causes. For example, fatigue can be a common symptom when you have conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, depression, and heart failure.What’s more, older adults often experience more than one symptom at a time, which can make each symptom feel worse.Up until now, we haven’t had much information about how symptoms that occur at the same time affect an older adult’s ability to function. To learn more, a team of researchers recently examined information from a large study of older adults, the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), which included more than 7,500 participants aged 65 and older. The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.The researchers focused on answers given to several questions in the NHATS that showed whether a participant had symptoms such as:center_img The researchers also recorded measurements of the participants’ grip strength, whether they walked slowly, their balance, and their ability to rise from a chair. They were also asked whether they had fallen one or more times in the last year.The researchers also measured whether participants had any chronic diseases, whether they had an overnight hospital stay during the last year, and whether they had trouble performing their daily activities (such as getting in or out of bed, eating, toileting, bathing, and getting dressed).Related StoriesPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresThe researchers learned that 75 percent of older adults had at least one symptom and nearly half had two or more symptoms. They noted that nearly 14 percent–almost 5 million older adults in the U.S.–had four or more symptoms.The researchers learned that: Symptoms increased with older age. Women were more likely to have more symptoms than men. Compared to white individuals, black and Hispanic participants had more symptoms. Older adults with lower levels of education had a higher number of symptoms than those with higher education levels. Current smoking, obesity, and an inactive lifestyle were also associated with a higher number of symptoms. Participants who had a chronic medical condition, or multiple chronic conditions, also experienced more symptoms.last_img read more

Intervention can increase exclusive breastfeeding rates

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first_img 13% of infants six to eight months and 25% of infants nine to 11 months were stunted 34% of infants six to eight months and 30% of infants nine to 11 months were wasted (wasting, or low weight for height, is a strong predictor of mortality among children under five. It is usually the result of acute significant food shortage and/or disease) 26% of infants six to eight months and 37% of infants nine to 11 months were underweight Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 15 2019Intervention potential route to improving child health in West AfricaInterventions which educate and support new mothers in West Africa to exclusively breastfeed (where infants are only fed breast milk) can significantly increase the practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health.In a randomized trial of new mothers in Burkina Faso, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), women who received interventions designed to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding reported that they were 70% more likely to exclusively breastfeed than women who did not receive the intervention.Exclusive breastfeeding, when an infant receives only breast milk without any additional food or drink, provides babies with the right proportion of nutrients and antibodies essential for health and survival. The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are well documented and it is associated with a reduction in common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia.In Burkina Faso, as in most of West Africa, many women breastfeed, however relatively few exclusively breastfeed. This is associated with strong cultural norms such as supplementing an infant’s diet with water or a local thin porridge, known as bouillie. These additional foods often do not meet the nutritional recommendations for infants.The intervention, designed by the Alive & Thrive initiative, included community mobilization and enhanced training of health workers in interpersonal communication, such as the provision of educational materials and working closely with families. The additional support was then available to mothers in both health facilities and at home. Together the interventions were designed to improve knowledge, beliefs, and skills around breastfeeding to improve outcomes.Increasing exclusive breastfeeding is important in low-income settings. Burkina Faso has high rates of infant mortality, of which poor nutrition is a contributor. Recent data from the Demographic and Health Survey shows that: In the new study researchers allocated women from local villages in Burkina Faso to two groups – one control group receiving no additional support, and one intervention group receiving a package of support designed to increase exclusive breastfeeding and improve infant feeding.Related StoriesResearchers study optimum conditions to administer human milk to premature babiesAdequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseasesPre-pregnancy maternal obesity may affect growth of breastfeeding infantsMore than 4000 women participated in the study and they were eligible to participate if they had given birth in the previous 12 months.After 20 months of implementation the reported prevalence of breastfeeding was 70% more likely among women who received interventions compared with women who did not receive the intervention.Jenny Cresswell, Assistant Professor and lead author from LSHTM, said: “Our findings demonstrate that interventions to increase rates of reported exclusive breastfeeding can be delivered at scale in low-income settings, improving knowledge, beliefs and the self-reported practices of mothers. “Few studies have explored the impact of such interventions in low-income settings, so these are important findings that could significantly improve the health of infants.”What we need to do next is conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis to assess whether it is feasible for interventions like this to be rolled out in areas like Burkina Faso.”Several systematic reviews have shown that multi-dimensional interventions including both health facility-based and community-based components taking place over an extended period (covering both pregnancy and postpartum) are most effective in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates.Veronique Filippi, Professor of Maternal Health and Epidemiology and co-author from LSHTM, said: “The Alive and Thrive intervention that we tested was extremely comprehensive and our monitoring showed a considerable volume of activity during the study period.”The system of supportive supervision used was designed to improve the quality of interpersonal communication with mothers, equipping all health centers with enhanced communication tools. These included counseling cards, posters, and leaflets with short messages on breastfeeding – all of which mothers could take home.”Community mobilization activities, which included large-scale meetings and cultural fairs, were wide-ranging and reached 370 villages in Burkina Faso.”The authors acknowledge the limitations of their study, including that the findings might have been influenced by social desirability bias.The research was part of Alive & Thrive, a global initiative to save lives, prevent illness and ensure healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practice. Alive & Thrive designed the intervention used in the study and implemented it working with local partners on the ground.center_img Source:https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2019/providing-additional-support-women-burkina-faso-can-boost-rates-exclusivelast_img read more

Poledancing robots aim to spice up nerd fest

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Pole-dancing robots wow world’s biggest high-tech fair Explore further But these dancers are robots, brought in to offer a new entertainment twist to the crowds descending on Las Vegas this week for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.The robo-strippers are the creation of British artist Giles Walker, who said he designed the vaguely humanoid machines as an expression about surveillance, power and voyeurism.No one would confuse the robots with real strippers, with a head made from a jettisoned surveillance camera and the rest from bits of scrap material from mannequins and car parts.”I wanted to do something sexy with rubbish,” Walker told AFP at the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club a few blocks off the Vegas Strip at a media event Monday night which was not part of the official CES program.Artificial intelligence? Don’t even think about it. These strippers are powered with recovered windshield wiper motors and the artist’s sense of feminine style.Peter Feinstein, the club’s managing director, said he invited Walker and his robots to add variety at a venue which has long hosted attendees to one of the world’s largest tech shows.”This is our 18th year for the club, and we felt we needed to come up with something new and unique,” Feinstein said.”It used to be just nerds. But we wanted something more creative that would appeal to both men and women.”At the club, where human dancers were also performing, the robots got mixed reviews.”I think it’s a good idea,” said one male customer who asked not to be identified, but added that he preferred the real thing.”This is just the first step. They’re not there yet.”One of the club’s dancer’s who gave her name only as Rouge said she was not worried about the competition.”I think there are a lot of people with weird fetishes so I am sure somebody will get turned on by that. But nobody can beat the beauty of someone, and our talent with our brains, the way we talk, the way we use our bodies,” she said.”We can make people feel better than them.” © 2018 AFP They grind and gyrate around a pole, with moves like a real stripper. Citation: Pole-dancing robots aim to spice up nerd fest (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-pole-dancing-robots-aim-spice-nerd.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. read more

From beep to boom Europe hears call of Chinese phones

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first_img © 2018 AFP OnePlus, whose 5T has drawn rave reviews likening it to the iPhone X, is also taking a gradual approach.”We always start with one partner but there is no reason to extend it. We started in Finland with Elisa, 3 in Denmark, O2 in the UK,” OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei said.Fierce battleBMI Research analyst Dexter Thillien says the firms’ arrival on the European market shows they want to up their game.”The advantage of Europe is that consumers there are a little bit wealthier” than in China, BMI Research analyst Dexter Thillien said.OnePlus and Xiaomi have more than just Samsung, Apple and Huawei to worry about—they must also fight off competition from Sony, Motorola, Wiko, LG and the revamped Nokia.Thillien says one pull factor that OnePlus and Xiaomi hold over the more established brands is their production of premium phones, appealing to Europeans looking for a bargain but who still want a top-quality product.The battle for buyers looking for a phone in the 250-500 euro range is bound to be fierce for years to come.”There are similarities between European (consumers) and those in emerging economies,” Thillien said, adding that the European market is more open to change and new products than the US. Chinese top-range phones are often around half the price of those made by US and Korean rivals, with many devotees swearing by the quality of their devices, insisting they are just as elegant, functional and durable as any other model.The aggressive expansion into western Europe—mainly Spain, Italy and France for now—of Chinese firms OnePlus and Xiaomi comes as users grow less willing to fork out around $1,000 (850 euros) for a new device.At the same time the Chinese market reaches saturation point, according to Roberta Cozza, an analyst at American research firm Gartner.Companies such as OnePlus and Xiaomi “have to look somewhere else. They can deliver good smartphones and have the possibility to go on more mature markets”, Cozza told AFP.They face stiff competition, however, not just from Apple and Samsung, but also from Chinese giant Huawei, the three of which hold around three quarters of the western European market share.’Step by step’But Xiaomi, which was founded in 2010, already occupies the fourth spot, according to global market research firm IDC.OnePlus is number one in India, where it holds more than half the market share, IDC adds.And now, European users are growing more willing make the switch.”I had already bought more expensive phones before and didn’t see the need to spend so much money,” Judy Grayland, a 36-year-old Xiaomi Redmi 4X owner told AFP.”I am really happy with it. It works really well and it looks nice,” said the Madrid-based translator and mother of one. Explore further China’s smartphone makers have long been confined to their enormous local market but this is fast changing, with a growing number of western European users opting for a relatively cheap but still sleek Chinese-made upgrade. Hearing the call of European consumers, Xiaomi recently opened its first flagship store in Paris, and OnePlus’ phones have gone on sale in the catalogues of French operator Bouygues Telecom.Both brands, complete with accessories, are widely available online.”We have to go to market step by step. We’re already in Spain and Italy and we’ve learned there for the other European markets,” Xiaomi vice president Xiang Wang said.”We’re fighting against people’s perceptions, because they think that low prices mean low quality, but it’s not (true),” Xiang said. Citation: From beep to boom: Europe hears call of Chinese phones (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-beep-boom-europe-chinese.html The expansion into Europe of firms such as Xiaomi comes as users become increasingly unwilling to pay $1,000 for a new device OnePlus CEO Pete Lau wants his company’s smartphones to take European markets by storm China’s Xiaomi launches online store in US, Europe 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.last_img read more