This Deal on ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Laptop Cant Be Missed

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves With E3 2019 right around the corner, it’s a better time than ever to make sure your gaming gear is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. There’s a deluge of new, taxing games coming to PC, and you’re going to want to make sure you can run anything you throw at your dedicated gaming machine.The impressive Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop is currently up for grabs for a pretty insane discount, and you’ll want to jump on it before it (very rapidly) goes out of stock. This model, which typically retails for $1,699.99, is currently on sale for $400 off at $1,299.99. This is an excellent price if you’re looking to pick up a new gaming laptop, especially with the impressive tech you’re getting here.It boasts a 17.3″ inch IPS panel display, an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GB GDDR5, as well as a 1TB HDD and customizable RGB keyboard. If you want to light up your keys with your favorite colors and alternate them to your liking, you can absolutely do that. Plus, with a brushed aluminum lid and a slim bezel around the display, it’s an attractive laptop that you’ll love opening up any time you’re ready to dive into the latest new release.It also comes packing three USB 3.1 type-A ports, a USB type-C port, HDMI, a mini Display port, Ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an SD card slot as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Most importantly, it’s good to go when it comes to just about any game on the horizon. And, yes, before you ask, it can handle Fortnite on the go.Had your eye on this bad boy for some time? Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger now that it’s significantly cheaper. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hero Dad Punched Shark Five Times to Save Daughter During Attack

first_img A teenager is recovering at a hospital after a shark attack at a North Carolina state park has left her with severe injuries to her leg and hands, officials say.Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry told WCTI-TV that the girl, identified by Vidant Medical Center as Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while swimming at Atlantic Beach around noon Sunday.According to Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the teenager go.Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles north.In a Facebook post, Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, said the teenager will “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”The Vidant Medical Center said in a statement that Winter’s family was thankful for the support from the community and “her heroic father who saved her life.”“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” their statement added.“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”Marcy Winter, Paige’s mother, said the teenager is “pretty groggy but cracking jokes” post-surgery.“She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teen. The page says the funds raised will be “used to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and [her father] Charlie’s missed days from work.”According to the fundraiser, Paige’s father Charlie is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. “[Charlie] has served his country and his community for the last 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Now it’s time for us to rally around him and his family to help them in their time of need.”A GoFundMe is set up for 17-year-old Paige Winter who was bitten by a shark at Fort Macon. Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”https://t.co/bNQUnftxq3 pic.twitter.com/biPQJGA0PL— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) June 3, 2019Officials have not yet confirmed the species of shark that was responsible for the attack.Last year, the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which tracks shark attacks, concluded there were 66 unprovoked shark attacks and 34 provoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Out of the 66 unprovoked cases worldwide, the U.S. experienced the most in 2018 — with 32 confirmed cases (with three in North Carolina).Last week, a 65-year-old California man was killed in an apparent shark attack while swimming off the coast of Maui.More on Geek.com:Child Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkMan Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in HawaiiTiger Shark With Teeth, Jaw Removed and Stomach Cut Out Found on South Carolina Beach 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lost Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch 13M at Auction

first_img A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Game of Thrones Star Predicted How the Series Would End in

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Some fans are still puzzled over the Game of Thrones finale, however, Finn Jones, the actor who played Ser Loras Tyrell on the series, predicted the show’s mind-bending ending back in 2015.Jones reportedly discussed many ending plots four years ago, including the Iron Throne’s fate, People.com reported. The actor spoke about what he wished for in his last scenes and who he thought would help rebuild Westeros on Game of Thrones in a 2015 interview with Vulture.“You need to get rid of that Throne. That’s what I’d like to see at the end of the series, but that’s very utopian,” Jones told Vulture in the interview. “We’ll see.”Jones also hoped that Bran Stark would rebuild the seven kingdoms by the end of the series, and perhaps work with a small council that would include Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and some of the Tyrells.“My hope for Westeros is that Bran [Stark] dissolves the Iron Throne; he gives the power back to the individual realms. Him, his Small Council, which would be Brienne, Tyrion [Lannister], and maybe some of the Tyrells, because I’m biased,” Jones explained. “But they will try to keep the peace, after this devastating war has struck Westeros and killed a lot of people.”On what would happen to his own character, Jones said “Even if Loras [Tyrell] is imprisoned, I would like to see him get disfigured by the Sparrows, the same way he gets disfigured at Dragonstone with the boiling oil. I think that would be really interesting, because the only thing he has left are his looks and his ostentatiousness. And that’s been stripped from him.”Even though Jones’ character perished when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed, his predictions about the Game of Thrones finale were almost accurate: The Iron Throne is destroyed by one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons after she is killed by Jon Snow and Bran Stark becomes the new ruler of the “six” kingdoms, with the assistance of a helpful squad including Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister. So, not a bad way to conclude the series that ran for almost a decade.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idealast_img read more

Freaky Human FleshInspired Coin Purse Goes Viral on Twitter

first_img Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Uber Copter Flights Are Launching in NYC Next Month

first_imgStay on target Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort Uber Elevate, Uber’s aerial ride-hailing division, is not making its big debut yet, however, Uber will start offering Uber Copter, a helicopter transportation service, in New York City next month.Starting July 9, Uber Copter will only be available to Uber users who are Platinum and Diamond members of Uber Rewards, the company’s loyalty program, The New York Times reported. Users can book the aerial service via Uber’s app, which will transport them between Lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport in a quick eight-minute flight. The aim of Uber Copter is to axe the total time it takes to travel between both places, which could take at least 60 minutes and during rush hour, more than two hours, Engadget reported.Like Uber rides, Uber Copter will determine pricing based on demand and the average ride will cost users between $200 and $225 a person. However, this price also includes ground transportation to and from each point on the trip. In Lower Manhattan, customers will be picked up or dropped off by car to the Uber Copter helipad and at Kennedy International Airport, they’ll be picked up by a car at the helicopter tarmac and driven directly to their terminal and vice versa if they’re coming back from airline travel.Here’s how it works: Customers can book an Uber Copter trip right on the spot or up to five days in advance of their desired flight time. Each helicopter can fit up to five passengers and will be in service from Monday to Friday during afternoon rush hour. Once a user reserves a seat, they will receive an email confirmation and boarding pass from Uber.An Uber Copter boarding pass. (Photo Credit: Uber)Uber Copter’s helicopter service will be operated by Newark-based HeliFlite. For each flight, there will be two pilots on board and passengers will be shown a 90-second safety video before they leave. One downside though is that these helicopters can’t accommodate large suitcases, so passengers will only be allowed to travel with one carry-on weighing 40 pounds or less and one personal bag.Even though Uber Copter will only be available in New York City for now, Eric Allison, the head of Uber Elevate, said the company aims to bring Uber Copter service to other cities in the future.“This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it. Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right,” Allison said told The New York Times. “The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”Watch: Melbourne to Be First International City to Trial Uber Air Flying TaxisMore on Geek.com:Uber Now Deactivates Poorly Rated RidersUber Black Users Can Silence Drivers With New ‘Quiet Mode’Uber Reveals the Most Bizarre Items Forgotten By Riderslast_img read more

Remains of 40000YearOld Ice Age Wolf Found in Siberia

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Scientists are studying the remains of a Pleistocene wolf, dating back to 40,000 years ago, which was found “perfectly preserved” in permafrost in Siberia, Russia.The severed head of the wolf, believed to be 2 to 3 years old when it died, was unearthed last year in the shores of Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, the Siberian Times reported.Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia.Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.https://t.co/w4FoRB16Ur pic.twitter.com/8QbthEfay1— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 8, 2019Albert Protopopov, head of the department of mammoth fauna research at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic, said the find represents the first-ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.“We often find wolf skulls quite often, this is a common find… even several puppies have already been found. The uniqueness of this find is that we found the head of an adult wolf with perfectly preserved soft tissues and brain,” Protopopov told Interfax-Far East.The wolf head measures about 40 cm (about 15 inches) long, said to be about half the full length of a modern wolf. Images of the discovery show that the wolf’s fur and fangs are still intact.The head is being studied in Yakutsk, where scientists from Japan and Sweden have also joined the team of researchers analyzing the find.According to the Siberian Times, the discovery was announced at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, where scientists also presented the discovery of the well-preserved remains of ancient cave lion cubs.“Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,” said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner, as per the Siberian Times.“We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today,” Suzuki said.More on Geek.com:Dracula’s 15th-Century Cannoballs Unearthed in BulgariaArchaeologists Find Ancient ‘Cheerios’ at Bronze Age Site2,000-Year-Old Marble Head of God Dionysus Unearthed in Rome Stay on targetlast_img read more

Magazine Web Site Traffic Up 11 Percent in Q4

first_imgThe MPA’s findings were based on analysis of Nielsen Online-supported data collected from 476 online consumer magazine brands. Consumer magazine Web sites saw traffic grow 11.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, the Magazine Publishers of America said during its annual Magazines 24/7 event today in New York. On average, 75 million monthly unique visitors logged onto consumer magazine sites during the fourth quarter, up from 67.5 million during the same period in 2007. Visitors also spent a third more time on magazine sites, the MPA said, averaging 2.4 billion minutes per month—a 34.4 percent increase from 1.78 billion minutes during the same period the prior year.While traffic numbers are growing for magazine Web sites, there have been indicators that there is still a major disconnect for print readers and the Web, according to the results of a consumer survey from PR shop The Rosen Group. While nearly 80 percent of respondents indicated that they subscribe to magazines, just 7 percent said they seek out the Web sites for the magazines they subscribe to.The Rosen Group polled 316 respondents, ages 12-75, online from February 18 to 23.last_img read more

Web 20 and the Heartbreak of Algorithmia

Nevertheless, I have to confess some discomfort with the digital revolution as it has unfolded to date, and with those who take delight in all its works.  At some of the forums on interactive media at the recent South by Southwest Conference, the air was thick with self-congratulation, and the phrase “careless plunder” kept coming to mind.There is obviously a great deal to celebrate about the Internet and the promise of digital broadband, especially a vast increase in access to knowledge, global communications and opportunity. But there is much that should give us pause as well, including the absence so far of a healthy business model for content creators and publishers. “How long is too long to wait?” Jaron Lanier asks on behalf of Internet-starved musicians in his new book, You Are Not a Gadget. “Isn’t 15 years long enough to wait before we switch from hope to empiricism?”The most promising new business models for journalism are not promising at all. Consider “content farms” like Demand Media, a factory of drive-by, slave-wage piecework on such enervating nano-topics as the best way to unbend knitting needles or scour a soiled hubcap. Why such subjects? There is an algorithm for that: Simply mine billions of search results, match keyword results to ad-adjacency rates, then cross-ruff the likeliest terms with their search rankings and assign the result to reporters ($15 per piece), videographers ($20), a copy editor ($2.50) and a fact-checker ($1). Demand Media publishes 4,000 articles and video clips every day. Their goal for next year is a million a month.Demand Media started out doing its work the usual way, but its editors lost their jobs when it was discovered that the algorithm could do all the assigning while delivering almost five times the revenue and 20 times the profit. Presto: “You can take something that is thought of as a creative process,” the algorithm’s inventor told Wired, “and turn it into a manufacturing process.”A New Social DiseaseWhat we have here may be the early symptoms of a new social disease—call it algorithmia—in which the magic of literally unthinkable, computer-enabled mathematics can mesmerize the culture, just as it dazzled the best minds of Wall Street and nearly took down the U.S. economy.The Internet’s principle effect on commerce has been disintermediation, a fittingly clinical term for cutting out the middle of the supply chain between producer and consumer.  But the holy algorithms of Web 2.0 enable an even more fateful and ugly disruption: the disintermediation of content and meaning.We can comfort ourselves with the thought that more people are reading more “news” than ever before, but in fact most real news is still being reported by our increasingly enfeebled newspapers, and our common wealth of information is declining as their staffs do. What has really increased is dissemination and opinion, a lot of reheated rephrasings meant to thicken the aggregatorial stew.It is difficult to see the way from here to a more humane digital world, but it is not hard to see some aspects of the business model that will get us there: It will place the power of granting significance back into human hands, reward the pursuit of truth and beauty and put digits to the work of hearts and minds. James R. Gaines is the founder of Story River Media, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher devoted to interactive multimedia story-telling across all digital platforms for corporate, government, non-profit and publishing clients. He is the former managing editor of TIME, Life and People magazines, and was corporate editor of Time Inc. “On the one hand, information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable…On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” [Emphasis added]So said Stewart Brand at the first Hackers’ Conference, in 1984. In its entirety, the statement was true and far-sighted, but most of it has been forgotten. That famous italicized fragment, taken out of context, became the call-to-arms of an ideology loosely known as Web 2.0, embracing a broad challenge to principles of copyright, the concept of intellectual property and the usefulness and viability of “old media.” The fight that Brand predicted now verges on cultural war.Despite my long background at Time Inc., I have sometimes sided with those who blithely blame “old media” for their own distress, faulting them for blindness, arrogance and failure to adapt. As someone who has moved into digital publishing myself, I have a stake in the success of the new models that threaten their existence.Online Arrogance read more

Zimbio Expands Portfolio With Lonny Magazine Acquisition

first_imgLonny is a three-year-old online-only magazine that offers an interactive digital edition, frequent blog posts and can get as many as 30 million page views per issue, and 200,000 unique visitors per month, according to USA Today. Mamone says the title was launched after Conde Nast shuttered Domino in 2009, which had a total paid and verified circulation of 1.12 million in just the first half of 2008. “One of our favorites in the shelter category was Domino and some of that team had peeled off and started Lonny (after Domino shuttered),” says Mamone. “We’ve been following Lonny the last few years and we kept referencing back to Lonny when we were talking about the shelter category and what we would do with home decor. We had this interest in them all along—we’ve launched titles from scratch, like StyleBistro, which has been very successful for us. When you launch something from scratch you have no momentum so we thought it would be powerful for us as a company to go a different route with acquiring their company, brand and team.”The Lonny team will be maintained—one of the reasons Zimbio was attracted to the publication is because of its editorial staff, mission and vision. The New York-based Lonny was looking for a corporate transaction and strategic partner and Zimbio, which recently opened an East Coast office, was looking for a heighted presence in New York City. A Zimbio investor had mentioned Lonny was interested in a strategic partnership, and from there the deal took a total of two months to complete.“We both got excited about it and it happened pretty quickly,” says Mamone. Individuals can currently buy printed copies of Lonny by request, and Mamone says it is “possible” that the company could launch the title into the medium as a regular printed publication. For now, however, the focus is on expanding through other mediums.“Print isn’t the main focus for us, its on digital distribution,” says Mamone. “We look at Lonny and see an amazing editorial product with a keen eye for design. We’re not planning to change the editorial product much at all. We want to power it up with enhanced technology and increased distribution. We’ve built a proprietary publishing system and content management system, and we’ll be enabling the team with that technology. We want to bring Lonny to the iPad, onto more mobile platforms and bring them into 2012. We think if we can expose it to more people they’ll love it.”There isn’t a strategy in place as of right now, or launch date, for when Lonny will come to the iPad, the Apple Newsstand or to mobile devices. Eventually, says Mamone, there will be a push to get on all devices. “We just think technology needs to be updated and distribution needs to be expanded so more people can read the magazine,” he says. “As you gain audience, the business looks a lot stronger.” Zimbio Inc., parent company of Zimbio.com and StyleBistro.com, has a network that reaches an audience of more than 30 million global monthly readers across the fashion, beauty, celebrity and entertainment industries. The company will now be expanding into the interior design market with the acquisition of the home decor publication Lonny magazine.“Zimbio focuses on lifestyle media categories,” says Tony Mamone, CEO of Zimbio. “We were looking to expand into additional categories and the shelter or home decor category looked really appealing to us. There is a general lack of accessible, yet inspiring home decor coverage. There’s a lot of high-end coverage, there are some emerging brands covering lower-end DIY stuff, but there’s not a lot of stuff in the middle. We see this as a big opportunity.”Terms of the deal, says Mamone, will not be released.last_img read more

House Could Prove Hurdle to Approving CR Budget Cap Agreement

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Even with the momentum spurred by the two-year budget deal reached in the Senate Wednesday, Congress still needs to pass a continuing resolution (CR) by midnight to avoid the second partial government shutdown in three weeks. The Senate is expected to vote first on the plan that would lift the discretionary caps on defense and domestic spending by a total of $296 billion in fiscal 2018 and 2019, clearing it Thursday afternoon or evening, reported the Washington Post. The package also would include a CR and host of other provisions, including $89 billion in disaster relief and a suspension of the nation’s debt limit through March 1, 2019. The House then would have just hours to clear the measure before the midnight deadline.While passage is all but certain in the Senate, it’s not 100 percent clear where the votes will come from to put the bill over the top in the House. Opposition to the budget agreement from fiscal conservatives over the huge spending increases for domestic accounts means approval likely will require some level of Democratic support. But Democrats are unhappy the package fails to address President Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program next month. At press time, it appeared that while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a contingent of Democrats would oppose the budget deal unless they are able to secure a guaranteed vote on immigration legislation, some members of the party would back the legislation.Photo by the Architect of the Capitollast_img read more

Report Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018s Digital Music Environment

first_imgLive music takes on richer meaning as fans relate to their favorite artists through streaming and social mediaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 1:29 pm Digital music and the internet have changed everything, but 2018’s thriving concerts and music events ticketing demonstrates how it’s paying off in the real world, too, especially for top touring acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. The top 25 concert tours reported over $3 billion in sales, up $500 million compared to 2017, an increase of 20 percent. Email Facebook “We had the perfect storm with the perfect artists,” promoter Louis Messina told Billboard. His 2018 success stories included $266 million from the U.S. dates for the Reputation Stadium Tour, making Taylor Swift the artist with the top U.S. annual ticket grosses ever. International dates and sales added to the bottom line’s demonstration that the internet and its digital connections have not replaced the live music experience — they’ve given it a new context.Jay-Z scored another first as his 4:44 Tour came in at 25 with a $45 million take from 30 shows while The Carters’ On The Run II Tour came in at No. 3, taking in $254 million from 48 dates. That’s the first time ever that a single artist appeared in a year’s top 25 tours twice.”Because of the ways tickets are priced and distributed,” said Live Nation Senior VP Touring Omar Al-Joulani, “a lot of veteran artists are seeing some of the highest grosses of their careers.”One key is the science of analytics and how digital data has informed what cities artists decide to perform in, what top prices can be charged for seats, and even low-priced ticket sales for some appearances. Instead of looking for fast sell-outs, this marketing science is described as a “steady as she goes” approach.”Streaming music and video is driving all demand right now,” said Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor. He’s had a front-row seat for the digital revolution, which has come a long way since he co-founded Lollapalooza and the web-based ARTISTdirect. “Anyone can listen to anything at any time, anywhere, and that has allowed more fans to have relationships with artists,” he said.Billboard details how leaders like AEG and Live Nation, and its Ticketmaster Verified Fan program, don’t settle for playing catch-up while digital keeps changing the rules. Festivals and genre-specific events are using the same techniques to give fans a reason to go live in a big way. Looking ahead at 2019, it’s clear the online and in-person music experiences can not only coexist, but they help stoke each other’s flame.Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018Read more How Digital Music Fed Record-Breaking Tour Grosses report-ticket-sales-tours-thrived-2018s-digital-music-environment Twitter Report: Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018’s Digital Music Environment https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1073205888801009664 News last_img read more

Wilmington Methodist Church To Hold Yard Sale To Benefit The Wish Project

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church’s Outreach Committee is holding a yard sale on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, on the church lawn.The majority of items being sold represent the generous donations made to the Wish Project, but that are not generally distributed to warehouse clients. These include: decorative glassware, silver/gold trim china, stemware and holiday themed items, plus men’s and women’s dress pants with the tags still attached and an overflow of toys for all ages.All proceeds will benefit The Wish Project and their work in helping families move out of shelters and into their own apartments.The yard sale has a rain date of Saturday, September 15, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from the church’s latest monthly newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Methodist Church To Hold Yard Sale To Benefit The Wish Project On Sept. 17In “Church”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (September 19, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersAsian shares fell for a second day on Thursday, tracking weakness on Wall Street after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December, Reuters reported.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.35 percent in early trade, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 lost 0.2 percent.Overnight, the Dow ended down 0.67 percent, while the S&P 500 fell 0.55 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 141 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,844 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee ended unchanged at 64.78 per dollar on Wednesday from its previous close of 64.79 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.2 billion in local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile on Thursday as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.73 percent at $64.94 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.91 percent to $61.12 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.last_img read more

Time is Now for Md Second Chance Act

first_imgDel. Jill P. Carter (D) and Sen. Christopher Shank (R) . (Courtesy Photos)The Maryland General Assembly is on the precipice of passing stronger shielding protections for persons with misdemeanor criminal records. Sen. Christopher Shank (R) and Del. Jill P. Carter (D) shared this news with an audience during a recent forum on shielding and expungement protections.At the forum, “How Long Is Too Long,” held at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Jan. 12, a panel of experts, including Shank and Carter, discussed the pros and cons of shielding and expungement protections for persons with criminal convictions. Shielding laws hide past criminal convictions from persons conducting background checks, while expungement wipes the convictions from their record.The Maryland Second Chance Act, which would shield certain misdemeanor criminal convictions from background checks after a specified period, comes before the legislature this session. Shank and Carter expressed optimism about its passage in the 2015 General Assembly.Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, spoke at the forum about the consequences of a criminal conviction that go beyond any court ordered sentence. “When the judge says, ‘I’m sentencing you to do five years in prison,’ he or she doesn’t say that I’m going to limit your right to receive public benefits, or live in public housing, or your right to vote for periods of time, or anything like that. Nobody in the courtroom talks about that, but that in fact is what’s happening,” Mauer said.Mauer called these consequences a “life-long sentence,” and noted that communities of color and the poor are disproportionately affected.Shank said, explaining his support for the Second Chance Act, we have to rethink our approaches to criminal justice, citing high costs to the state with limited results. “We spend over a billion dollars a year [on corrections in Maryland]. That is a lot of money. That is more money than we spend on higher education in this state, it’s crowding out a lot of other spending, and our recidivism rate is still hovering around 40 to 45 percent in this state. So if I am true to my [fiscal conservative] principles . . . I would say that continuing to spend a billion dollars and then seeing this rate of recidivism means that we should be doing some things a little bit differently,” Shank said.Shank said a study showed that the risk a convicted person will commit certain crimes again matches the risk of the general population after a certain amount of time. He said this information drives his support for shielding protections for those crimes after an allotted period.Carter said while the General Assembly prides itself for being a progressive institution, it has not been progressive on criminal justice matters. This is why she believes it is important to support an incremental change – like the one the Second Chance Act represents – when one might prefer a bill, for example, that did not require a waiting period before records eligible for shielding or expungement.“We’re talking about a legislature that still has not allowed persons to expunge non-convictions [arrests not resulting in convictions]. Given that, I think we have to push forward very forcefully, but I think we have to consider some kind of a wait-period. I know how far we have been from expanding expungement and how difficult it’s been to even get [the Second Chance Act] passed, which [shields] minor, misdemeanor convictions, of little to no consequence that really probably shouldn’t be convictions that bar people from opportunities anyway,” said Carter.last_img read more

Snap Close to Releasing TwoCamera Spectacles Report

first_imgSnapchat’s corporate parent Snap is getting ready to release a new version of its Spectacles eyewear, according to a new Cheddar report. The new model will cost $350, and feature two cameras instead of one, according to the report, which also states that Snap is aiming for a release by year’s end.A Snap spokesperson declined to comment.Snap released a revamped version of its original Spectacles product in April. This second generation of the device featured only moderate changes over the original, including a smaller frame and an option for prescription lens inserts.The upcoming third version seems to be a bigger departure: With two cameras, the model is supposed to be able to produce augmented reality effects for the videos it captures. In addition, the device reportedly features an aluminum frame. ×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 Popular on Variety center_img Spectacles have yet to turn into a financial success for Snap. The company initially created some buzz for the product by limiting the release of the first version. This apparently led to Snap vastly overestimating the demand for the product, resulting in a $40 million write-down for unsold inventory.last_img read more

Panasonic to Invest More Than 256 Million in Teslas US Plant for

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters December 27, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Panasonic Corp. will invest more than 30 billion yen ($256 million) in a New York production facility of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors to make photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, deepening a partnership of the two companies.Japan’s Panasonic, which has been retreating from low-margin consumer electronics to focus more on automotive components and other businesses targeting corporate clients, will make the investment in Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, N.Y.The U.S. electric car maker is making a long-term purchase commitment from Panasonic as part of the deal, besides providing factory buildings and infrastructure.In a joint statement on Tuesday, the two companies said they plan to start production of PV modules in the summer of 2017 and increase to one gigawatt of module production by 2019.The plan is part of the solar partnership that the two companies first announced in October, but which did not disclose investment details.Tesla is working exclusively with longtime partner Panasonic to supply batteries for its upcoming Model 3, the company’s first mass-market car. Panasonic is also the exclusive supplier of batteries to Tesla’s Model S and Model X.(Reporting by Taiga Uranaka and Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman) 1 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Qt Creator 490 released with language support QML support profiling and much

first_imgYesterday, the team behind Qt released the latest version, Qt Creator 4.9.0, a cross-platform software development framework for embedded and desktop applications. This release comes with programming language support, changes to UI, QML support and much more. What’s new in Qt Creator 4.9.0? Language support Qt Creator 4.9 comes with added support for document outline, find usages, and also for code actions that allow the language server to suggest fixes at a specified place in the code. The team has changed the highlighter. It is now based on the KSyntaxHighlighting library, which is used in KDE for this purpose. Changes to UI In this release, the UI for diagnostics from the Clang analyzer tools have been improved as they now are grouped by file now. Diagnostics from the project’s header files are now also included. QML Support The team updated their QML parser to Qt 5.12 that added support for ECMAScript 7. Profiling This release comes with perf, which is a performance profiling tool for software that runs on a Linux system. The integration in Qt Creator is available for applications that run on a local Linux system, and for applications that run on a remote Linux system from a Linux or Windows host. Generic Projects Users can now add a QtCreatorDeployment.txt file to their generic project for specifying the necessary information about where to deploy and which files to deploy. Support for OS For Windows, the team has added support for MSVC (Microsoft Visual C++) 2019. For macOS, a Touch Bar has been added so that users can run Qt Creator on a MacBook. And for Linux, the team has added OpenSSH tools. To know more about this news, check out the Qt blog post. Read Next Qt Creator 4.9 Beta released with QML support, programming language support and more! Qt team releases Qt Creator 4.8.0 and Qt 5.12 LTS Qt creator 4.8 beta released, adds language server protocollast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On Thursday, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin pointed to the team’s ability to run the football as a means to quiet the crowd.In the Cardinals’ three wins at CenturyLink Field since 2013, they’ve averaged 116.7 rushing yards per game, hitting the century mark twice. By comparison, they gained only 64 yards on the ground in a 2014 loss.Another important factor is protecting the football.“That’s something that you can’t do against that defense,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “With the way our defense has been playing, we just got to get points; field goals, touchdowns, whatever we can muster we got to be able to do that.”Still, it always comes back to the noise.Since 2005, no stadium has produced more opponent false start penalties (163) than CenturyLink Field.“I remember going up there a few years ago and being like, ‘I want to try and yell as loud as I can.’ I couldn’t even hear myself in the huddle, let alone try and break the huddle and get out there. So, we’re prepared for that. We’re fully prepared for an onslaught of noise for the entire game,” quarterback Drew Stanton said.“We’ll try and mix in noise the next couple of days (at practice) to really hone in on those things, those specific things that we’re looking for and the looks, and just go out there and try and win one-on-one matchups.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – In real estate, the three keys are location, location and location.In the NFL, to win on the road, the three keys are communication, communication and communication. And there’s been no harder place to communicate than Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, where the Arizona Cardinals will play on Sunday to close out 2017.“It’s the loudest in the NFL, there’s no question,” center A.Q. Shipley said. “There’s a lot of times you can’t hear the guy next to you so we got to do a lot of hand signals and what-not just to kind of communicate. It always makes it tough, but I think we always kind of do a good job of keeping the gameplan simple when we go up there.” CenturyLink Field is shown in this general view, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, during an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) 1 Comments   Share   center_img Team awardsThe Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association presented its annual team awards following practice on Thursday.Linebacker Chandler Jones won the Lloyd Herberg MVP award, while defensive lineman Frostee Rucker was honored with the Steve Schoenfeld Good Guy award; the latter of which goes to a player who is always readily available to the media.The awards are named after two former Cardinals and NFL beat writers for the Arizona Republic.Aiming for sack recordFor Jones the goal each season is the same: Do better than last season.Mission accomplished in 2017.Jones’ 15 sacks, which lead the NFL, are four more than last season and just two sacks shy of setting a new franchise single-season record.“That would be a great for our team and for me as an individual,” he said.Of course, should Jones reach that mark — and even if he doesn’t, honestly — the bar has been set fairly high for 2018.“Exactly because I know next year around training camp you guys are going to be asking me, ‘What’s your goal?’ I’m going to say, ‘Better than last year.’ (And) I’ll be like, I don’t know,” he said, pretending to mumble those final words under his breath, eliciting laughter from reporters. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “No, I’m kidding.” Defending Russell WilsonComing off its best defensive effort of the season, the Cardinals face perhaps their toughest challenge to date this week: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.“We’ve played him enough times to know what he’s capable of doing, how special he is,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said.Now, the Cardinals have done a good job of pressuring Wilson—they sacked him five times in their Week 10 matchup earlier this season—it’s keeping him contained in the pocket where they, and others, have struggled.Case in point: Wilson’s 54-yard pass play to Doug Baldwin in the first meeting in which Wilson escaped no less than three defenders who had forced him deep into his own backfield. The completion led to a touchdown in a 22-16 Seahawks win.“Russell makes it very, very difficult for defenses to prepare for him because it’s tough to prepare for those second-chance plays because you never know what the guy is going to do,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.“You rarely see them beat you on the initial play. It’s the second play, the eight-to-15 second plays that get teams. And that’s tough for anybody to do, so for us we just have to make sure that we’re extra cautious when Russell starts to scramble that we’re plastering our coverages the best way we can.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Swedish infrastructure and technical solutions pro

first_imgSwedish infrastructure and technical solutions provider, Teracom, has selected a number of Thomson Video Networks solutions to deliver HEVC-encoded Ultra HD video over DVB-T2.Teracom is using Thomson’s ViBE VS7000 video system, NetProcessor 9030/40 multiplexer, and Sapphire MPEG stream server to demonstrate a complete transmission chain for DVB-T2 delivery of HEVC-encoded video.“By deploying state-of-the-art technology on our infrastructure to enable DVB-T2 transmission of HEVC-encoded Ultra HD content, we are demonstrating that we are capable of offering our customers the highest quality viewing experience,” said Håkan Axén, product manager at Teracom Group.“Thomson Video Networks products enable us to leverage HEVC to realize compression efficiencies of up to 50%, which in turn makes it possible to broadcast Ultra HD services to the home.”last_img read more