Golden State Warriors reportedly to waive veteran Shaun Livingston

first_imgVeteran guard Shaun Livingston, who won three NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors, will be waived by the team, according to published reports.Livingston, 34, still has intentions of playing at least one more season, which would be his 16th year in the league. It was thought he might retire after this season. ESPN first reported the news.The former fourth overall selection in the 2004 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers has played the past five seasons with the Warriors. He averaged 4.0 …last_img read more

Highs and lows from Sharks’ preseason opener vs. Ducks

first_imgSAN JOSE — The good news from the Sharks’ perspective following their 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night is that Aaron Dell solidified his spot as the backup to No. 1 goalie Martin Jones.The question remains, though, can one or more of the Sharks prospects make a serious challenge for a roster spot once the regular season begins next month?Tuesday’s preseason opener at SAP Center offered only a few hints. Timo Meier, Jonny Brodzinski and Joachim Blichfeld all scored, and Ryan …last_img read more

Earthbound Martians Go Nuts

first_imgHow 90,000 Earthlings sent greetings to imaginary friends on Mars, and other Martian nuttiness.Beam me up:  PhysOrg reports that 90,000 people sent greetings to Mars.  The occasion?  The 50th anniversary of NASA’s Mariner 2, the first spacecraft to orbit the red planet.  It seems there could be other ways to celebrate, but it’s the touchy-feely thought that counts.  The mission of uwingu.com is to help “create new ways for people to personally connect with space exploration and astronomy.”  Presumably, sending one-way signals via radio to non-sentient dust and craters counts as one of those ways.Martian meteorites alive? Not again:  Echoing the 1996 Martian meteorite that launched the new science of Astrobiology, the French are trying that public titillation tactic again.  With a silly video on the website of Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, scientists are tantalizing readers with “Traces of possible Martian biological activity inside a meteorite” that its promoters think “shows that martian life is more probable than previously thought.”  It’s a pretty convoluted tale about organic molecules in a piece of meteorite named Tissint; the story is high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index.  It seems more a publicity stunt to “rekindle debate” about Martian life, the press release suggests.  (Live Science doubts the claim.)  At least one of the scientists recognizes that “Insisting on certainty is unwise, particularly on such a sensitive topic.”  Ah, but there’s power in suggestion.Here’s another suggestion for personally connecting with space exploration: take a vacation to Venus.We won’t waste your time with other recent articles flaunting the “suggestion” of life on Mars.  Many of these people detest theists for having an “imaginary friend” in the Creator.  Well, someone said wisdom is known by its children.Question: is it intelligent design when one party initiates a communication channel with dirt? (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Southern African states work to save forests

first_img11 August 2015The first collaborative workshop on forest management and timber trade between Namibia, Angola and Zambia ended last week, on 7 August, with agreement reached on developing a time-bound action plan for collective forest management and timber trade.Directors of forestry and support staff from the three countries met at the workshop, hosted by the Directorate of Forestry of Namibia and supported by Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), a Namibian NGO, and Traffic under a Sasscal timber project.Timber is by some margin the most valuable wildlife commodity traded, according to Traffic. In the early 1990s, it estimated that the global timber trade was worth about $104-billion (R1.3-trillion today), approximately 65% of the total worldwide wildlife trade. By 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the US estimated the annual turnover at more than $200-billion.Traffic senior programme officer Markus Burgener welcomed the development of the forestry action plan which would “address the growing concern that timber species found in Namibia, Angola and Zambia are subject to overharvesting and associated illegal and unregulated trade”.High-value species including Pterocarpus angolensis (kiaat), Baikaiea plurijuga (Zambezi teak) and Guibourtia coleosperma (rosewood) are used domestically for construction but the majority of wood extracted is exported from the region as sawn timber to supply markets in Asia and South Africa. Given the cross-border nature of the trade, Traffic believes it is critical for the three countries to collaborate in addressing the related challenges to ensure that trade in the species is legal and sustainable.Capacity and policy challengesIt said the meeting aimed to identify the key issues associated with forest management and the timber trade, and develop a collaborative action plan for addressing them. Through information sharing and open discussion, the main challenges identified included inadequate communication between the countries, lack of awareness of forestry regulations, limited information and data sharing, capacity resource shortfalls and legislation and policy gaps.Having identified these issues, the three countries collectively developed a time- bound action plan which includes the development of a memorandum of understanding for collective forest management and timber trade. Other key areas targeted by the plan include harmonisation of documentation, greater sharing of information and data, and cross-border collaboration for increased compliance.The plan also addresses the need, in all three countries, for capacity building to tackle the overharvesting and illegal trade of timber effectively.Directors of the three nations asked for an annual workshop to be held to monitor the implementation of the action plan, with plans to encourage greater participation of the other Southern African Development Community countries.Conservation of woodlandsThe workshop resulted in the development of a clearly articulated set of actions and the strengthening of relationships between the three forestry directorates.“These outcomes provide a strong platform for the conservation of woodlands in the region,” said Burgener.Traffic is a non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It is a strategic alliance between the World Wide Fund for Nature and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Sasscal, the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management, is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany, responding to the challenges of global change.Traffic has a variety of projects investigating and monitoring the timber trade in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe. In Africa, it supports the work of Comifac, the Central African forests commission. Traffic seeks to provide expertise in policy and legal reviews, monitoring of timber trade including illegal trade, bushmeat trade, capacity building and training, and assist in the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).In South Africa, it is helping the government to monitor the timber trade with neighbouring countries, including providing capacity building and training for species identification, enforcement assistance, and advice on how to enhance controls of the trade.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: The Year the Check-in Died, Twitter Drops Ruby for Java, The Future of the Camera and More…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2011: The Year the Check-in DiedOnce Again, Twitter Drops Ruby for JavaFacebook is Great, But Does It Make Businesses Any Money?UX Evolutions: The Future of the CameraApple Hiring a Team to Build “the Future of Cloud Services”More coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebGet Ready For The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit: June 13-14 in New York City Join ReadWriteWeb for one of the top tech events of the summer. Day one of the summit will feature talks from some of the smartest folks in technology and media, including Fred Wilson, Gawker CEO Nick Denton, Jason Calacanis, danah boyd, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, Chris Dixon, NPR’s Andy Carvin and more. Day two is all about learning and interaction, with breakout discussions and enriching workshops that cater to all levels of Web knowledge.Visit the event site now for more information and to buy your ticket.LocationWhat to Expect from Where 2.0 in 2011: Context, Crowdsourcing & ProximityCheck-ins Are Dead? Location App Life360 Adds 1 Million Users in 10 WeeksMore Location coverageMobile Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Using Windows Phone 7: One Week with an HD7HTC Dominating Online Chatter, Says Market Research FirmMore Mobile coverageInternet of ThingsMicrosoft Announces Kinect SDK: Why This is the Future of WindowsThe State of the Internet of Things – Is There Enough Commercial Activity?More Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. 5 Top Marketing Blogs by Entrepreneurs5 Tools to Improve Your Idea Before You Write a Line of Code4 Tips for Taking Your Startup InternationalReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud is dedicated to virtualization and cloud computing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook is Great, But Does It Make Businesses Any Money?How to Manage Your Business’s Presence on BingiContact Offers Free Email Marketing Service for Small BusinessesReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Once Again, Twitter Drops Ruby for JavaApple Hiring a Team to Build “the Future of Cloud Services”The Cloud Stratosphere [Infographic]ReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. All About “Mango:” New Version of Windows Phone Arriving this FalliPad to Dominate Tablet Market Until 2015Nokia Reveals Symbian Update, New Phones & Ovi Store NumbersEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form:center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Live Blog: Microsoft MIX 2011 Day 1 – Internet Explorer 10 Preview, and MoreMicrosoft MIXed Messages on Silverlight, Internet Explorer 10Live Blog: Microsoft MIX 2011 Day 2 – New Windows Phone 7 Features, Silverlight 5, Kinect SDKReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Government Agrees With Microsoft: Google Wasn’t Certified [Update]Mixed Reviews for Blackberry’s Tablet, But Will It Be a Good Enterprise Device?IT Poll: Which NoSQL Company Will Be Acquired by a Major Player First?ReadWriteStartReadWriteStart is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. One of our top posts this week was Richard MacManus’ look at the future of the camera. We all know how smartphones integrated cameras. “Could we be about to see the inverse – cameras integrating smartphone technology?” he asked. The story is part of our ongoing series looking at what it means to consume and produce media in post-PC-centric world.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key trends that are shaping the Web – mobile, location, Internet of Things – plus highlights from our six channels. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

What’s All This Chatter About A Free “Obama Phone?”

first_imgbrian s hall Both Sides Call It The Obama PhoneDespite the negative connotations tied to the program, do not expect the “Obama Phone” moniker to die. The term is also used by organizations promoting the Lifeline service.A website, literally, ObamaPhone.net, helps potential recipients determine if they are eligible for an “Obama Phone” and if so, how they can get a device. The site is operated by the Free Government Cell Phone Program, whose website contains multiple direct links to the carriers that provide the phones and service to end user, including SafeLink Wireless, part of Tracfone, and Assurance, a subsidiary of Virgin Mobile USA.Note: ReadWrite has reached out to both the ObamaPhone and Free Government Cellphones sites. Both have yet to respond. The phone number provided on the Free Government Cellphones site is a non-working number. Top image courtesy of the White House. Tags:#Government Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Unless you listen to conservative talk radio, you might not have heard of the so-called “Obama Phone.” (And no, it’s not a direct line to the President.)That’s likely because there’s no such thing as an  “Obama Phone,” per se. Instead, “Obama Phone” is a term used both by proponents and opponents of the cellular version of the FCC’s “Lifeline” program, which provides eligible recipients with a government-subsidized, low-cost or even free telephone service. The FCC refers to the program as: “Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers” though frequently uses only the world “Lifeline.”The Lifeline ProgramAs part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC formally authorized the Lifeline program to help defray the cost of landline phones. In 2008 – as cell phones became more capable, popular and affordable – the Lifeline program was extended to cell phones. Carriers that work with the Lifeline typically provide a cellular feature phone and 250 monthly minutes of airtime.  While the specifics of the phones offered vary by carrier, the FCC says the typical subsidy averages $9.25 per month, but could cover the entire cost in some instances. Though the extension to Lifeline took place under President Bush, just prior to the election of Barack Obama, the program has grown during Obama’s Presidency, rising from $819 million in 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2012.While subsidized landlines for poor and rural dwellers was non-controversial for years, in today’s highly charged partisan political environment, subsidizing cell phones in particular has become a right-wing talking point as an example of government waste and misplaced priorities. Approximately 8 – 10 million people have signed up for the Lifeline program – mostly for landline subisidies. The revenues to support the program come via the “Universal Service Fund” which receives its funding through a fee levied by telecom carriers on landlines and cell phones – not  from taxes. This fee is typically a few dollars per month, and was likewise codified as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. To be considered eligible to receive Lifeline subsidies, an applicant must have an income at or below 135-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, depending upon the state they live in, or already be on some form of public assistance. This could include Medicaid, food stamps or public housing. Only one Lifeline service per household is allowed, either a landline or a wireless device. The complete guidelines are available via the FCC.While the Lifeline program may sound innocuous to many, to some conservatives it’s become a cause celebre, making the very name “Obama Phone” the stuff of urban lore. Angry emails – often confused with a dose of misinformation – about the Obama Phone have circulated across the Internet, such as the one below:FW: Obamaphone… no joke!!
I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his “Obama phone.” I asked him what an “Obama phone” was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth. TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES. This program was started earlier this year. Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it’s sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was built on are being shaken. The age old concepts of God, family, and hard work have flown out the window and are being replaced with “Hope and Change” and “Change we can believe in.”During the 2012 Presidential election, this video helped the term go viral. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

DeGrom, Mets Stomp O’s, 5-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Ubaldo Jimenez thinks the Baltimore Orioles’ offense is just fine. It was the New York Mets’ pitching that was the problem in this two-game series.Jacob deGrom followed Bartolo Colon with an outstanding outing of his own and Dilson Herrera homered among three hits as New York won its eighth straight over Baltimore, 5-1 on May 6.“We faced two really good pitchers here,” Jimenez said after the Orioles outhit the Mets 9-7. “The first is a guy in his 40s who has really honed his craft, then we get a talented young guy who has really good stuff and goes after it.”Colon took a shutout into the eighth inning May 4. DeGrom (3-3) struck out nine, yielding six hits and a run after allowing at least five runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career.“He’s a guy that used all his pitches,” Manager Terry Collins said of deGrom. “We wanted him to re-establish that.”Jimenez (2-2), on the other hand, wasn’t at his best. Entering with a 1.59 ERA, the right-hander allowed six hits and three runs in only four innings.He walked two in the second when Herrera had an RBI single and allowed a homer and sacrifice fly to Curtis Granderson.“Every time you start walking guys, you’re always going to pay for that,” Jimenez said. “I did not have any feel for my breaking ball tonight.”The Orioles last beat the Mets on June 18, 2009. Baltimore next heads across the East River for a four-game series against the AL East-leading Yankees.The Mets finished their homestand 3-3. They dropped three of four to Washington before a two-game sweep of Baltimore.Herrera was off to a 1-for-13 start since his call up from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 1 but went 3-for-3. The second baseman hit a two-run shot to left off Brad Barch in the sixth — he held up at second base while a 33-second replay review showed the ball hit a railing above the wall.“I didn’t have to make a big adjustment,” Herrera said through a translator on his breakout game. “I just let the ball travel a little more.”DeGrom got his first hit after opening the season 0-for-10. He also made several sharp plays, the most important coming in the fifth when he started off the inning by hitting Everth Cabrera with a pitch.Pinch-hitter Travis Snider singled to put runners on first and third. Alejandro De Aza then attempted a safety squeeze.DeGrom bounded off the mound to field the bunt toward the first base side and made a quick throw to third baseman Daniel Murphy, who applied the tag while giving Cabrera, who tried going in standing up, little room to get back to the base.“Bottom line is if we slid there we would have been safe,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said.Jimmy Paredes had an RBI single before deGrom walked Adam Jones to load the bases. But Chris Davis struck out for the third time, throwing his bat and helmet in disgust.“I was thinking I can’t walk him here, make him beat me with the bat so I went right after him there,” deGrom said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Vivo Nex is all about challenging status quo, imagining future and then probably winning it

first_imgIt is generally expected of legacy brands like Apple and Samsung to innovate. Other brands are expected to draw inspiration from everything that the iPhone or the Galaxy brings. That’s how the world of technology moves forward. Or at least it did, until very recently. Things are changing now. The year 2018 is the one when Samsung and Apple simply iterated, whereas companies like Vivo leaped and brought to the market something that could set the pattern for others. Yes, we are talking about the Vivo Nex, a futuristic and high-end phone launched just two days ago in India.The concept of a bezel-less phone isn’t new. Smartphone manufacturers have been down that road before. Japanese major Sharp has been building them for as long as one can remember. Sharp’s Aquos Crystal was nothing short of an engineering marvel a few years ago. Companies like Xiaomi built bezel defying phones like the Mi Mix without compromising with specs. But the Mi Mix came with its own set of compromises. Its bottom-seated front camera was one of its biggest weaknesses.The Nex is different. It brings to the table a true bezel-less screen, and a selfie camera (conceived with some clever engineering) that pops out only when needed. Despite being a bit of an oddball, this concept is quite interesting and actually works well. The Nex does look and feel like a phone from the future.Vivo Nex: All screen and no bezels equal geek nirvanaAt MWC 2018, Vivo showcased the Apex phone. It did not have any bezels, or at least, it was the closest thing to a no-bezel smartphone the world of technology had ever seen. It did not have a conventional earpiece and sensors, and had a crazy pop-out front camera. But more importantly, Vivo had been able to get rid of the notch. The Apex was a concept and as such it wasn’t expected to enter mass production anytime soon. Only it did, and the rest as they say, is history.advertisementThe Nex, launched in India on Thursday, is the commercial variant of the Apex. The Nex boasts of a glass and metal body, and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.24 per cent: an almost perfect edge-to-edge screen to be precise. The phone does not have a forehead, just a small chin at the bottom. Vivo has managed to shave that chin quite a bit too. The phone uses an ultrasonic proximity sensor and a piezoelectric ceramic driver for the earpiece that works through the display. Vivo calls its screen sound casting technology. The real star of the show here is the pop-out selfie camera. Yes, the Nex has a pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. It stays inside at all times unless you want it out to take a quick selfie. Like magic, it disappears, when you’re done with it. Sounds crazy enough? Yes, but it works. And while there might be some concerns about the moving parts and the risk of wear and tear, Vivo says that consumers need not worry. The pop-up selfie camera is rated for 50,000 cycles, which means even if you use 50 selfies in a day the front camera parts are not going to run into any trouble for at least 3 and half years!Another area where Vivo has aced Apple and Samsung is biometric authentication. In its quest to offer a truly bezel-free smartphone, Vivo has managed to crack the code for under-display fingerprint scanning. The X21, launched in India only recently, was the first such phone to give a glimpse into a future where you won’t need dedicated physical space to house a fingerprint scanner. This also meant that you don’t have to kill it like Apple has done with the iPhone X. According to Vivo, Nex sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s faster and more accurate than the one found in the X21. The underlying philosophy is still the same though, meaning, it is still using a Synaptics Clear ID optical in-display fingerprint sensor inside the Nex. The sensor makes use of gaps between pixels of the OLED panel for authentication. An indicator in the display tells you where to place your finger for authentication. Vivo is offering as many as three different styles of animations for this indicator, and each has its own virtue. The icon can detect motion and is up and running in a jiffy. It also disappears upon authentication.Vivo Nex: A no compromise smartphoneThe USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. But after using it for over a week, we feel that there is more to the phone than its futuristic design. Even if it had a regular design, its hardware and the feature set is such that at the price less than Rs 45,000 it is a neat deal. The Nex is a no compromise smartphone in terms of core hardware.advertisementIt has an unusually tall screen and an unusual aspect ratio of 19.3:9. Vivo calls it Ultra Full-view display. The Nex comes with a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution (1080×2316 pixel). In other words, the Nex is a high-end phone with high-end hardware. It is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, clubbed with an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 which is Vivo’s custom skin. This latest offering from Vivo is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging, thanks to its USB Type-C charger.On the optics front, the Nex comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of a primary 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture for depth sensing. The dual camera system further comes with phase detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. It can even record 4K videos.On the front, the Nex comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Launched in India for Rs 44,990, the Vivo Nex comes with a healthy dose of innovation and specs. It is by far one of the most interesting pieces of hardware that we’ve seen in recent times. The Nex’s in-display fingerprint scanner and pop-out front camera are technologies to marvel in 2018 when no-one else is doing them (at least not yet), and even though it isn’t perfect, the Nex sets the stage for the future. And this is something that makes all the difference.last_img read more