Adobe confirms zeroday danger in Reader and Acrobat

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical security advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. A vulnerability was detected and confirmed in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. Adobe said the flaw could cause a crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. The vulnerability is being “actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild against Adobe Reader 9.x on Windows,” according to the Adobe statement. The goal by attackers is to infect computers with malware. Since it can lead to the execution of arbitrary code, Adobe is categorizing the vulnerability as critical.Adobe says the flaw affects multiple operating systems and various versions of its software.• Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh• Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX• Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh• Adobe Acrobat 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and MacintoshThe Reader for Android and Adobe Flash player are not affected.Lockheed Martin and members of the Defense Security Information Exchange discovered and reported the flaw to Adobe. Defense contractors are being targeted, suggest reports. Adobe says it is working on the fix and plans to issue an update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows no later than the week of December 12. .Adobe will “address the issue” in .Adobe Reader X and Acrobat X for Windows with the next update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and earlier versions of the Mac, scheduled for January 10.An update to address Adobe Reader 9.x for UNIX is also planned for January 10.Tracking the latest information on the Adobe incident can be done by accessing the blog at blogs.adobe.com/psirt.Meanwhile, security vendors Sophos reported on Tuesday that more mischief is being added in the form of fake fixes that are pretending to be sent from Adobe. Sophos is warning the public to beware of the phony upgrade notifications. The emails carry a ZIP attachment which has a version of the Zeus Trojan designed to steal banking information. Samples seen so far by Sophos all carry malware in the file “Adobe Systems Software Critical Update Dec 2011.exe” contained within the ZIP. © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Citation: Adobe confirms zero-day danger in Reader and Acrobat (2011, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-adobe-zero-day-danger-reader-acrobat.htmlcenter_img More information: nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/ … on-malware-attached/ Explore further Adobe cutting 680 jobslast_img read more

Robots get social network of their very own no kidding

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — This will for some robot-alarmists seem like the last straw. For robot enthusiasts though it will seem more like refreshing innovation. A technology site says it is time to see robots expressing themselves in living rooms as well as labs across the globe: Robots are getting their own Facebook-style social networking site, according to a news release trumpeting this week’s launch of MyRobots.com. More information: www.myrobots.com/Press release Explore further Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their own This will be a portal designed for robot owners and builders to connect their robots, monitor their status, and control them. The site invites owners of robotic devices to create profile pages for them and upload photos. The portal also offers an option to have the robots generate their own status updates.As Gary Cutlack of Gizmodo described the new site, “All you need is a web enabled bit of hardware and the knowledge to link that to the site’s API, then your hand-made LEGO robot can start telling the world how many times it’s been charged today.”Project coordinator and robotics specialist, Carlos Asmat, of Montreal, said that “You can see MyRobots.com as the Facebook for robots and smart objects.” Like Facebook, there is no fee for signing up, although that may change. “The craziness will last for a limited (albeit undefined) time,” says the site. After that, a purchase of tokens will be required, but the sum is not yet specified. “Each one of your robots needs one token per month of access.”The portal is in beta, a point that the up-front language of the new site makes clear: “Such an innovative concept needs testing in the real world with real users. This is why we decided to open up the service to everyone even though there might be some rough edges to sand-off. If rough edges scare you, then you might want to wait until the service becomes more mature.”Internet-enabled robots can be connected to MyRobots with an open API in place. Robots that are unable to access the Internet directly can use a physical device called “MyRobots Connect.” The device is designed for any robot capable of serial communication to be connected to MyRobots. Once a robot is connected, the owner can monitor it via the web, giving it commands and receiving alerts.“Soon, I will be able to connect to the robots in my home, and MyRobots will provide me with their current status such as if all is well, they have a problem or even if they require maintenance,” said Mario Tremblay, RobotShop CEO. Tremblay’s company is running the new site. RobotShop.com, is an e-commerce site specializing in service robotics.To say that this is the world’s first robot-sharing site would not be true, as there is also RoboEarth, described as “a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other about their behavior and their environment.” The site is designed for robots to upload their experiences at solving a task so that other robots learn from the data. RoboEarth’s team members are Europe-based researchers with funding from the European Commission’s Cognitive Systems and Robotics Initiative.As for MyRobots, “Oυr main focus іѕ tο provide services thаt augment robot performance fοr еnԁ-users іn a friendly way,” ѕаid Asmat.Information about compatible hardware and the communication API is available on the site. MyRobots.com uses the Open Source ThingSpeak API. This is a data engine created by ioBridge. ThingSpeak provides the basic functionality to MyRobots, such as the transmission, storage and graphical visualization of data and sending messages to communicate with “smart” objects. ThingSpeak’s community includes users of the Arduino microcontroller.center_img Citation: Robots get social network of their very own (no kidding) (2011, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-robots-social-network-kidding.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. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Going up Kickstarter hopefuls raise space elevator cash

first_img(Phys.org)—A Space Elevator Project has gone past its $8,000 goal on Kickstarter, although the group’s ultimate goal is to raise a cooler $100,000 up to $3 million as the project achieves phase to phase progress. The company, LiftPort, has the idea for a space elevator that could take robots, cargo, and humans to the surface of the moon with a single launch rocket solution. The concept could become a reality in eight years. Michael Laine, CEO of the company, set as its first goal the draw of $8,000 to fund the early part of the project that will be placed on the moon, hopefully around the year 2020. Laine has been immersed in space elevator research for over ten years and is the president of the US Alumni Association for the International Space University. While a small amount of money raised will make them a stronger hobby team the more they raise in time the stronger the possibility that LiftPort can become a true lunar elevator company. As of this writing, the amount that has been pledged is $13,899 with 16 days to goThe overall goal is continued research and work toward the construction of that lunar elevator. “The study will include characterization of materials; analysis of required rocketry and robotics; and evaluation of landing sites and methods of anchoring to the Lunar surface. Additionally, Ribbon spooling, infrastructure deployment, and micrometeorite mitigation techniques will be explored,” according to the company. The Liftport system would allow access to the lunar surface via a ribbon cable. The Liftport system would first send a base spacecraft into orbit. A ribbon cable would shoot out towards the lunar surface, and a lander module would attach to the moon’s surface. The lander would be drilled into the surface.The immediate step first is to test the system on earth with a 2km-high elevator. The company plans to use the Kickstarter funds to create a floating balloon platform tethered to the ground, which will assist a robot to climb into the sky. According to company notes, “the plan is to first build the ‘bot, then an indoor test rig. Imagine a vertical treadmill.”When the team is satisfied with its performance, they will build out the Tethered Towers test platform of helium balloons held to the ground with a ribbon. “We can pre-test this up to 200ft without causing a ruckus at the Federal Aviation Administration. Any further, and we need airspace clearances from the FAA, Air Force and Navy.”Laine says that the modest goal of $8,000 at first is to rebuild their community. “We will launch another campaign; and another, and another and another.”The most ambitious goal of raising $3 million would allow the LiftPort to carry out a one-year feasibility study for the moon space elevator project. If successful, the technology could also act as a cheap communications tower on Earth, help to monitor crops, watch for forest fires, and carry cameras to show a sky picture of natural disaster areas. “We’ve been catalyzing and coordinating the commercial development of the Space Elevator for over nine years. I was personally involved with NASA’s 2001-2003 definitive research study. My company, LiftPort, grew out of the results of that study,” said Laine. Riding A Ribbon To Space A Thousand Feet Closer Explore further Citation: Going up? Kickstarter hopefuls raise space elevator cash (2012, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-kickstarter-space-elevator-cash.html © 2012 Phys.org More information: liftport.com/www.kickstarter.com/projects/m … o-the-sky-a-tethered 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

Liquid crystals controlled by magnetic fields may lead to new optical applications

first_img Play A cured pattern (black grid lines) is not affected by a changing magnetic field, while the uncured spaces in between can be still be optically switched. Credit: Wang, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society With its advantageous features such as the electrode-less remote control of its optical properties and ability to fixate the liquid crystal orientation to create polarization patterns, the magnetically actuated liquid crystals could provide a new platform for fabricating other novel optical devices, including displays, waveguides, actuators, and optical modulators.”Our magnetic liquid crystals show control of the transmittance of light so that they can have direct applications in displays such as signage, posters, writing tablets, and billboards, although their use as high-resolution displays (like computer monitors) might be limited due to the resolution in controlling the magnetic fields,” Yin said. “They may also find applications as optical modulators, which are optical communication devices for controlling the amplitude, phase, polarization, and propagation direction of light.”In the future, the researchers plan to further improve the optical properties of the nanorods.”The absorption of the iron oxide nanorods in the visible spectrum may limit some potential applications,” Yin said. “Our next step will be reducing the optical absorption of the iron oxide nanorods, either by modifying the iron oxide nanorods to reduce their absorption or replacing them with other transparent magnetic nanorods. Our future efforts will also be made to explore the use of our materials for specific applications. Although we have envisioned many potential applications, it still requires significant efforts to optimize the technology to fit the specific needs of various applications.” Play A liquid crystal being continuously optically switched by a rotating magnetic field. Credit: Wang, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society This method provides a way to control the liquid crystals’ optical properties because of the relationship between the nanorods’ orientations and the amount of light that is transmitted through them. When the nanorods are oriented parallel (0°) or perpendicular (90°) to the polarizer, light intensity is very low so the display is dark. When the nanorods are oriented at 45° relative to the polarizer, light intensity is high so the display is bright. By rotating the magnetic field continuously, the researchers could cause continuous optical switching of the liquid crystal.Another advantage of constructing liquid crystals out of inorganic nanostructures is that it opens up the possibility of permanently fixing the orientation of certain nanorods with lithography. To demonstrate, the researchers sandwiched a liquid crystal solution containing magnetic nanorods and resin between two pieces of glass. Then they placed a photomask on top, and used a UV light to cure the resin and fix the orientation of the nanorods in the uncovered regions of the photomask. Next, the researchers removed the photomask, rotated the magnetic field to change the orientation of the unfixed nanorods, and finally used the UV light again to fix these nanorods in the new orientation. Liquid crystals can also be controlled, or actuated, by switching a magnetic field. Magnetic actuation has the advantage that it doesn’t require direct contact, whereas electrical actuation requires contact with electrodes. However, so far all demonstrations of using magnetic fields to actuate liquid crystals have required extremely strong magnetic fields (~ 1 Tesla), limiting their practical use.Now in a new study published in Nano Letters, researchers Mingsheng Wang, et al., at the University of California, Riverside; and Whittier College in Whittier, California, have demonstrated that weak magnetic fields (1 milliTesla) can effectively actuate liquid crystals. The magnetically actuated liquid crystals exhibit a switching speed of less than 0.01 seconds (frequency above 100 Hz), which is comparable to the performance of commercial liquid crystals based on electrical switching.Key to the achievement was using magnetic iron oxide nanorods as building blocks to construct the liquid crystals. Due to their magnetic properties, the nanorods’ orientations can be controlled by weak magnetic fields. Upon the application of an external magnetic field, the magnetic nanorods align themselves along the field direction. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) —Liquid crystals are widely known for their use in LCD TVs, in which quickly changing electrical fields are used to control the molecular order of the liquid crystals. This in turn changes how light is transmitted through the liquid crystals to make the pictures change on the TV screen. The result was a patterned liquid crystal whose dark and bright areas can be reversed by shifting the axis of the polarizer. Because the pattern is polarization-dependent, it could have applications in anti-counterfeiting devices.”The liquid crystals can be made in a polymer thin film in which the orientation of magnetic nanorods can be fixed by combining magnetic alignment and lithography processes, thus creating patterns of different polarizations and control over the transmittance of light in particular areas,” coauthor Yadong Yin, Professor at University of California-Riverside, told Phys.org. “Such a thin film does not display visual information under normal light, but shows high contrast patterns under polarized light. The contrast of the patterns can also change with the direction of the polarized light, making them immediately very useful for anticounterfeiting or other information encryption applications.” Let there be light: Chemists develop magnetically responsive liquid crystals More information: Mingsheng Wang, et al. “Magnetically Actuated Liquid Crystals.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl501302s Explore further Citation: Liquid crystals controlled by magnetic fields may lead to new optical applications (2014, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-liquid-crystals-magnetic-fields-optical.html Top: Scheme showing magnetic control over light transmittance in the novel liquid crystals. B is the alternating magnetic field. The polarized light is seen in yellow. The gray rods represent the polarizers. The magnetic field controls the orientation of the nanorods (seen in orange), which in turn affects the polarization of the light and, then, the amount of light that can pass through the polarizers. Bottom: Images show how a polarization-modulated pattern changes darkness/brightness by rotating the direction of the cross polarizers. The circles and background contain magnetic nanorods aligned at different orientations. By combining magnetic alignment and lithography processes, it is possible to create patterns of different polarizations in a thin composite film and control over the transmittance of light in particular areas. Credit: Wang, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society © 2014 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Nano Letters 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

Two new ways to measure the gravitational constant

first_img 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. New measure of gravitational constant higher than expected A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China and one in Russia has devised two new ways to measure the gravitational constant. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the two methods and how accurate they were. Stephan Schlamminger with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. writes a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal edition. Explore further Comparison with previous results. G values obtained in this work compared with recent measurements . Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0431-5 Journal information: Naturecenter_img More information: Qing Li et al. Measurements of the gravitational constant using two independent methods, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0431-5AbstractThe Newtonian gravitational constant, G, is one of the most fundamental constants of nature, but we still do not have an accurate value for it. Despite two centuries of experimental effort, the value of G remains the least precisely known of the fundamental constants. A discrepancy of up to 0.05 per cent in recent determinations of G suggests that there may be undiscovered systematic errors in the various existing methods. One way to resolve this issue is to measure G using a number of methods that are unlikely to involve the same systematic effects. Here we report two independent determinations of G using torsion pendulum experiments with the time-of-swing method and the angular-acceleration-feedback method. We obtain G values of 6.674184 × 10−11 and 6.674484 × 10−11 cubic metres per kilogram per second squared, with relative standard uncertainties of 11.64 and 11.61 parts per million, respectively. These values have the smallest uncertainties reported until now, and both agree with the latest recommended value within two standard deviations. Gravity is one of the four fundamental forces of nature (the others are the weak and strong interaction and electromagnetism). Despite hundreds of years of concerted effort by scientists around the world, there is still no explanation for how it works. Adding to the frustration is the fact that no one has been able to find a way to measure its actual force—scientists have been trying to do that for hundreds of years, as well. In modern times, researchers have come very close, however—the current accepted value is 6.67408 × 10−11 m3 kg-1 s-2. In this new effort, researchers working in China have modified a standard way of measuring the gravitational constant—torsion pendulums. The method was first devised by Henry Cavendish back in 1798, and since then, has been modified many times to make it more accurate.In the first approach, the researchers built a device consisting of a silica plate coated with metal hung in the air by a wire. Two steel balls provided a gravitational attraction. The force of gravity was measured by noting how much the wire twisted. The second approach was similar to the first, except that the plate was hung from a spinning turntable that kept the wire in place. In such an apparatus, the gravitational force was measured by noting the rotation of the turntable.In both approaches, the researchers added features to prevent interference from nearby objects and disturbances, including seismic. They report measurements of 6.674484 × 10−11 and 6.674184 × 10−11m3 kg-1 s-2—both of which, the team claims, are more precise than other previous measurements. Citation: Two new ways to measure the gravitational constant (2018, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ways-gravitational-constant.html © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

Four killed in fresh east Ukraine clashes

first_imgKiev on Thursday said four soldiers had been killed and 14 injured in renewed clashes with pro-Russian insurgents in the former Soviet country’s separatist east.Military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told reporters that the losses came in Lugansk – the smaller of the two separatist provinces in Ukraine to have fallen under partial militia control in the past 16 months of conflict.An upsurge in fighting that began last week in neighbouring Donetsk and killed 10 people on Sunday has raised renewed fears of full-scale warfare returning to the edge of the European Union’s unstable eastern front. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande – co-sponsors of an increasingly tattered six-month-old truce – will meet Ukraine’s Western-backed leader Petro Poroshenko in Berlin on Monday in a bid to rescue the deal.The meeting will notably omit President Vladimir Putin – the Kremlin leader who persistently denies any involvement in the crisis and calls Russian soldiers discovered in the war zone “volunteers”.Putin’s absence is seen as a diplomatic snub designed to underscore Western concern and anger at the return of more serious hostilities after a months-long lull that helped contain the bloodshed to just a handful of hotspots.NATO on Wednesday warned the separatists against grabbing more territory and stressed that Moscow had a “special responsibility” for restoring peace. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by expressing hope the meeting with Merkel and Hollande “will be instructional” for Poroshenko and result in the agreed-upon withdrawal of Ukraine’s biggest weapons from the frontline.last_img read more

Himachal CM seeks copy of FIR in assets case

first_imgVirbhadra Singh filed an application before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge S.C. Rajan.The court has fixed the matter for hearing for September 30 and asked the CBI to file response on the plea by Virbhadra Singh.Himachal Pradesh CM in his application has also sought the court’s permission to inspect the judicial record of the case lodged against him.In June, the CBI initiated a preliminary inquiry against Virbhadra Singh and his family over allegations of corruption and acquiring assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure as the union steel minister. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam”The FIR was registered when Virbhadra Singh was union steel minister. There was corruption and this has been proved now. He has no right to continue. He should resign,” union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said earlier.The case was registered on September 23 under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the former union minister, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and an associate Chunnilal.The CBI raided Virbhadra Singh’s private residence, Holly Lodge, located in Jakhu Hills in Shimla, on September 26. At that time, the chief minister and his family were not at home and celebrating his daughter’s wedding elsewhere.last_img read more

IndiGo starts KolkataDhaka flight service

first_imgKolkata: IndiGo airline launched its Kolkata-Dhaka service on Wednesday from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata.Flight 6E 1858 departed from Kolkata Airport at around 4.40 pm with 163 passengers on board.Atul Dikshit, Airport Director, Kolkata, along with some senior officials from AAI and IndiGo commenced the inaugural celebrations by lighting a lamp to mark the happy moment aheadof the flight.IndiGo will operate one flight every day. It will fly from Kolkata at 4:40pm and land in Dhaka at 6:10pm.During the return journey, it will depart from Dhaka at 7:10 pm and arrive in Kolkata at 8 pm.last_img

IRCTC to operate Maharajas Express for New Year travellers

first_imgNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website,Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTravellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC. Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.Our correspondentNew Year is just around the corner and those who wish to celebrate New year in a grand manner can go for Maharajas’ Express as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation  Ltd (IRCTC) will operate its premier luxury train, the Maharajas’ Express, for a special and memorable trip. Travellers can celebrate festivities in style at pink city Jaipur and the historic city of Taj-Agra along with safari at Ranthambhore. The itinerary of “Gems of India” trip has been scheduled for December 30 and will take the travellers on a 3-night/4-day trip of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website has been enabled to accept online payments. Guests can now book tickets directly on its official website, www.the-maharajas.com. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.. In addition, the train, has launched a unique offer for people planning to sparkle their New Year celebrations. Pay for one adult only on twin sharing cabin while the second adult availing the same cabin will be on complimentary, if booked directly on Maharajas’ Express official website. “This is for the first time that IRCTC has launched a trip of its signature luxury train for celebrating the New Year in a grand style. The icing on the cake is that a traveller has to book just one ticket while his companion will travel in that cabin absolutely free,” said Dr AK Manocha, Chairman and Managing Director, IRCTC.Swathed in incredible opulence, the train, a signature enterprise of IRCTC, began its inaugural run in March 2010. Since then, it has been voted the world’s leading luxury train for four years in a row. Known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, it runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months from October to March. The tariff, ranging between $3850 and $23,700, depending on the train’s five different circuits, includes meals, house wines and spirits, sightseeing and services of experienced guides. All the living cabins have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era.last_img read more

Why teenagers rarely share online risks with parents

first_imgAn increasing number of teenagers get discouraged to talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, such as cyberbullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online, because parents tend to emote much stronger feelings and tend to freak out, become angry or scared, researchers have found. The study showed that parents and children often have much different perceptions of and reactions to the same online situations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There seems to be a disconnect between what types of situations teenagers experience every day and what types of experiences parents have online,” said Pamela Wisniewski, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the US.”Teenagers tended to be more nonchalant and say that the incident made them embarrassed, while parents, even though they were reporting more low-risk events, emoted much stronger feelings, becoming angry and scared. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”For teenagers, some felt these types of experiences were just par for the course,” Wisniewski added, in the study, presented at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Oregon.Parents who overreact, when their children report any such events, are likely to curb communication as when risky situation are reported to parents, they tend to freak out and make things worse, causing teenagers to refrain from talking about situations that may upset their parents. “When teenagers actually talked to their parents about what had happened, they often wanted help understanding or navigating the situation, but parents tended to misinterpret their intent, not realising that their teenagers were trying to open lines of communication,” Wisniewski said.Parental reactions – both over or under reactions – may not just thwart teenagers from seeking their parents’ help with a current problem, but also diminish the teenagers’ ability to successfully navigate future online encounters that may be even more risky, the researchers revealed.last_img read more

Six easy steps to hand hygiene

first_imgPersonal hygiene is the key to maintaining overall well-being. In an environment fraught with pollution and unhygienic public spaces, it is imperative to safeguard our health by immunising ourselves from diseases and infections. WHO estimates that there are over 1.4 million cases of infection that have been caused due to lack of hygiene. As most contagious diseases spread though unhygienic habits, hand hygiene, in particular, is important. WHO has been urging people to wash their hands frequently using soap and water or a hand sanitiser – the first step to keeping themselves free from germs and viruses.Here are six ways to ensure better hand hygiene:4Wash hands regularly: Washing your hands at regular intervals is the most effective way of staying healthy and protecting yourself from various ailments. Scrub hands for at least 30 seconds with soap. Don’t forget the spaces between the fingers and nails. Turn the tap off using your elbows or a towel.4Use automatic soap dispensers: These help in reducing the spread of germs and bacteria. Dispensers are perfect for use in bathrooms, kitchens, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and restaurants. The dispenser protects the liquid from being contaminated and helps scale down the spread of infection in an environment.4Carry a hand sanitiser: In addition to soap, it is advisable to also use a good antimicrobial hand sanitiser, with ingredients like hrivera, lemon, ushira and neem. Hrivera, a strong aromatic herb, has antibacterial, deodorising and cooling properties; lemon helps protect the skin from oxidative damage and itching; ushira is an astringent which also helps remove excess heat; while neem has antimicrobial properties.4Dry your hands properly: Research shows that bacteria tend to spread faster through wet hands as compared to dry hands. Therefore, dry your hands properly after washing. Ensure that you wipe your fingers and nails properly before continuing your work. Wet hands are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.4Keep your nails trimmed: Ensure your fingernails are trimmed and cleaned regularly – proper nail hygiene can control the spread of diseases. Trim nails after taking a shower as they tend to be soft and are easier to trim. Avoid artificial nails for long durations as it can lead to infection and contaminated nails afterwards.4Don’t sneeze into your hands: To ensure germ-free surroundings, always sneeze into a handkerchief or a tissue. If neither is available use the crook of your elbow. Every time you sneeze into your hands, you spread germs to the people around you. A single sneeze produces more than 40,000 droplets of moisture and millions of germs.ianslast_img read more

Poor sleep triggers loneliness social rejection

first_imgPoor sleep can hamper your social life, say scientists who found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety.Researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley in the US, have found that alienating vibe makes sleep-deprived individuals more socially unattractive to others. Moreover, well-rested people feel lonely after just a brief encounter with a sleep-deprived person, potentially triggering a viral contagion of social isolation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, are the first to show a two-way relationship between sleep loss and becoming socially isolated, shedding new light on a global loneliness epidemic.Researchers found that brain scans of sleep-deprived people as they viewed video clips of strangers walking toward them showed powerful social repulsion activity in neural networks that are typically activated when humans feel their personal space is being invaded. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSleep loss also blunted activity in brain regions that normally encourage social engagement.To gauge the social effects of poor sleep, researchers conducted a series of intricate experiments using such tools as fMRI brain imaging, standardised loneliness measures, videotaped simulations and surveys.First, researchers tested the social and neural responses of 18 healthy young adults following a normal night’s sleep and a sleepless night.The participants viewed video clips of individuals with neutral expressions walking toward them. When the person on the video got too close, they pushed a button to stop the video, which recorded how close they allowed the person to get.As predicted, sleep-deprived participants kept the approaching person at a significantly greater distance away – between 18 and 60 per cent further back – than when they had been well-rested.Participants also had their brains scanned as they watched the videos of individuals approaching them.In sleep-deprived brains, researchers found heightened activity in a neural circuit known as the “near space network,” which is activated when the brain perceives potential incoming human threats.In contrast, another circuit of the brain that encourages social interaction, called the “theory of mind” network, was shut down by sleep deprivation, worsening the problem.For the online section of the study, more than 1,000 observers recruited via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk marketplace viewed videotapes of study participants discussing commonplace opinions and activities.The observers were unaware that the subjects had been deprived of sleep and rated each of them based on how lonely they appeared, and whether they would want to interact socially with them.Time and again, they rated study participants in the sleep-deprived state as lonelier and less socially desirable.To test whether sleep-loss-induced alienation is contagious, researchers asked observers to rate their own levels of loneliness after watching videos of study participants. They were surprised to find that otherwise healthy observers felt alienated after viewing just a 60-second clip of a lonely person.Through a standardised survey researchers found that the amount of sleep a person got from one night to the next accurately predicted how lonely and unsociable they would feel from one day to the next.last_img read more

VIDEO LaVar Balls dad says LaVar Ball could beat Michael Jordan oneonone

first_imgLaVar Ball is the best known athlete parent in sports today. He’s known for making idiotic statements, most notably that he could beat Michael Jordan in one-one.Well, LaVar’s got a dad, too, and his pops doesn’t mind saying ridiculous crap either. TMZ caught up with the original Big Baller and asked him about LaVar’s claim he could take down MJ. In true Ball family form, grandpa backed up his son’s delusion:Yes. When he was younger and he was 6’6”, 270, I would’ve put him against anybody.”The Ball family, talking ish well into the golden years. Look out for the Big Baller therapeutic walking shoes for $600. They’re gonna be fire. Maybe grandpa hasn’t seen the video yet:last_img

Should You Break Into the Wearables Market

first_img 4 min read This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 1, 2015 Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Consumers have gotten attached to wearable accessories that monitor everything from steps taken to hours of sleep logged. Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield Partners invests in recognizable consumer technology and mobile companies like Jawbone and Fitmob. With wearables like Apple Watch and Microsoft Band now entering the already crowded space, Mayfield managing director Tim Chang explains what entrepreneurs need to know about bringing new wearables to market. Why have wearables finally hit the mainstream?With wearables of the past, there was too much friction, too many steps to download and configure complicated software. Now these tools are ready out of the box to communicate with your laptop, smartphone or social media accounts.Sensors and parts are finally cheap and widespread enough that a lot of companies can cobble new prototypes together with off-the-shelf parts that don’t cost millions. We can thank Apple and Android developers for driving down the prices so that everyone can benefit from cheap sensors.There’s also positive social pressure and a growing acceptance that everyday people will wear these things as accessories. Nobody will blink an eye at a soccer mom wearing a Fitbit. What experience is vital for those who want to get into the wearables space?It’s not enough for your product to have cool industrial design or just be a little cheaper or faster. I look for teams with a combination of softwareplus services, in addition to hardware. I’m afraid of hardware people with no experience dealing with app stores, subscriptions or third-party ecosystems. You’ve got to have talent that knows how to do those things.The right wearables team in the future will look like The Avengers. They’ll be ninjas in specific areas like crowdfunding, because they’ll know how to get support before building a product. Someone will have hardware or device chops—industrial design experience in creating gadgets. Another will have excellent chops in software, apps and app stores. Someone will bring excellent direct consumer acquisition skills. The fourth will be outstanding in marketing and buzz-building. It’s not enough to just have great features. These skill sets didn’t even sit under the same rubric before, and founders building teams will be bringing in skill sets from many different backgrounds. How can startups stand out in this increasingly crowded marketplace?One way is to create a Trojan horse. A consumer will buy one product but then need a whole family of extensions and accessories, all designed to “talk” to one another. Companies like smart thermostat Nest and August Smart Lock are leading examples in upselling and cross-selling this way.What’s missing in the marketplace?Most wearables are in a silo, speaking for and to themselves. The market is headed toward consumers wearing upward of three to five accessories, and someone needs to solve how all these devices and apps will talk to and coordinate with one another. We can expect a land-grab on devices, the data they spit off and which companies can and will attach self-improvement services like personalized coaching to physical devices. What new types of mobile lifestyle products would you love to see and support?Wearables will soon segment into hearables, ingestibles and implantibles. It sounds far-out, but we’re already seeing them on the market. I’m a new dad, and I predict babies and infants will inspire a whole new class of wearables for the parent interested in enhanced health monitoring and safety. last_img read more

Samsung Wants to Turn Your Hand Into an Interactive Smartwatch Display

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The days of complaining about tiny smartwatch displays may soon be over. That’s if Samsung has anything to do about it.A patent the South Korean tech giant recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlines plans for a smartwatch that projects an interactive display onto the back of a wearer’s hand.In other words, if your sausage fingers are too big to easily navigate the touch technology of other smartwatches, then this might be something to keep an eye on.Image credit: Samsung (USPTO)Related: All You Need to Control This Wheelchair Is Your FaceSimply, a Samsung smartwatch could someday come with a projector to display what’s on your watch onto your hand, a camera to see how the wearer interacts with what’s being displayed, and a processor to understand it all. You could potentially type out a password, or the words of a text, etc., on the back of your hand virtually instead of a tiny smartwatch screen.Samsung’s patent also shows how the technology could project your smartwatch screen onto other surfaces, such as a nearby wall or screen.Pretty cool.This isn’t the first time someone has dreamt up a way to project a larger version of a small screen onto a person’s arm. The inventors of Cicret (pronounced “secret”) are developing a bracelet that can project an interactive version of your smartphone’s display onto your forearm, in full color. See for yourself.Related: A Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone DisplayNote to Samsung: Me and my sausage fingers will be waiting patiently. 2 min readcenter_img May 17, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

Why You Really Need to Unplug While on Vacation Infographic

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This article originally published on June 27, 2015. Sun, sand, an iPhone in your hand. If this is your idea of vacation, something’s wrong with this picture. Sad as it is, staying plugged in — and even working — on holiday is the new norm. For most of us, whether poolside or at the beach, or tucked away in a tent or a cruise cabin, our smartphones, laptops and tablets are always faithfully by our side or in our hands. We don’t know when to quit.Um, hello. Wake up, not-so-happy camper. In case you forgot, the whole point of taking time off of work is to recharge your mind, body and soul — not your godforsaken glowing gadgets. They don’t call it digital detox for nothing. By now you should know that you have to disconnect to reconnect.When we do temporarily kick the tech addiction and unplug on holiday — c’mon, you can do it — we return to the office refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle, yep, more work. When we don’t, medical and mental health professionals warn that we’re not doing a body good. And they’re right: We suffer from poor concentration, shoddy sleep patterns, eye irritation, sloppy posture and…let’s just stop there for now. Not to mention how dorky we look zombie-ing out on our phones when we should be soaking up the sights and engaging in good, old lowercase “f” facetime with our travel mates.Related: The 10 Best Airlines in the WorldBefore you brave a tech-free vacation, or even a staycation, do yourself a big favor — and your clients and/or co-workers — and give them a heads up that you won’t be answering email or calls. Basically, tell them to buzz off in a nice way and then banish the guilt. You owe yourself some tech-free downtime, worker bee, and you know it.Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can wait, but your health and wellbeing can’t. For more on why you can’t afford not to unplug on vacation, take a (guilt) trip through the eye-opening infographic below, courtesy of Modis, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based IT staffing company. Bonus: It even showcases some gorgeous vacation locales to daydream about.Click to EnlargeRelated: 7 Ways to Detox Your Inbox Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 30, 2016center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Great Holiday Gifts for Colleagues Bosses Office Secret Santas and More

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 7, 2016 Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with AskMen so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Picking out the perfect gift for a colleague or client isn’t always easy. Sure, you know them well enough professionally, but what about on a personal level? What do they actually need? What would they like to receive?When it comes to shopping for a colleague or a client, sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics to make sure you get it right. Think practical and useful in a day-to-day context. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative or think outside of the box — everyone loves a well-timed gag gift — but we suggest shopping for a colleague the same way you’d shop for your personal business needs: with practicality in mind.Here’s what the AskMen team recommends as some great gifts to give to colleagues and clients this year. Kindle eBooksBest For: The avid readerAn excellent save for last-minute gifting, Kindle makes it easy to shop for a gift mere seconds before gifting it. Here’s how it’s done. Step one: Make sure they already have a Kindle or smartphone. Step two: Identify whether they prefer to read about the ventures of Kevin O’Leary or the adventures of Diane von Furstenberg. Step three: Send your choice of eBook directly to their device. It’s that easy. From $0.99 at Amazon.comBonsai Money TreeBest For: The corner officeFor the colleague with a window seat, a Bonsai tree adds a bit of life — and luck — to any setting. Translated as “potted tree”, these Japanese wonders aim to mimic a full grown tree in a diminutive scale. The best part? They’re insanely easy to maintain for such intricate little plants — just add water and sunlight. From $19.99 at Amazon.comCharging CablesBest For: The smartphone obsessedDoes your colleague constantly steal your lightning cable? A subtle wink to their forgetful smartphone tendencies, a set of charging cables is equally a gift for them as it is for yourself. If your Secret Santa budget allows for it, a Mophie Powerstation ensures they’ll never be without cell juice — whether they’re plugged in at the office or off on a business lunch. $11.89 at Amazon.com (save 76 percent!)Amazon Fire HD TabletBest For: The public transit commuterUnquestionably the best tablet you’ll find for less than $50, the Amazon Fire HD will allow them to do anything from taking notes and prepping presentations in the office to reading eBooks and watching Netflix while on the subway home. Available in four colors. $49.99 at Amazon.comNomad 2017 PlannerBest For: The type-A personalitySure, it’s almost 2017. Of course you can keep track of your day-to-day with your phone — but there’s just something about penning in appointments and deadlines with ink that feels much more organized and put together. The Nomad 2017 planner is sleek and understated — featuring a matte black exterior and top quality monthly and weekly calendars on the interior. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking to get organized in the New Year. $14.99 at Amazon.com (save 50 percent!)Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Diabetes Therapeutics Market Anticipated to Hit 186842 Mn by 2023 at

first_imgDiabetes Therapeutics Market gathered $66.99 billion in 2016 and is projected to grasp $186.84 billion by 2023, rising at a CAGR of 16% from 2017 to 2023. The report offers an extensive analysis of the market drivers, restraints, and opportunities, key investment areas, vital segments, market size & projections, and the competitive landscape. These insights are helpful for market players, investors, stakeholders, and new entrants to understand the market and gain a major market share and international presence.Download Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3542The report provides a complete study of industry growth drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global diabetes drug market. Aging population, increased obesity, urbanization, poor diet, substandard health in some developing and underdeveloped countries, increased prevalence of diabetes worldwide, affordable Development of effective anti-diabetic drugs, growing awareness of people about self-management Diabetes, government support is driving market growth. However, the side effects of diabetes drugs and the rigorous drug approval process serve as barriers to market growth. Conversely, the growing awareness of diabetes treatment in the developing regions and the untapped market opportunities are expected to provide an opportunity for industry growth.The report also provides an in-depth analysis of the segments of the diabetes therapeutics market. The industry is segmented based on product and geography. The product segment is bifurcated into injectables and oral-antidiabetic drugs (OAD). The injectables segment is divided into insulin, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists/incretin mimetics, and amylin analogue/amylinomimetic drugs. The oral-antidiabetic drugs (OAD) segment is divided into biguanides, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors/gliptins, meglitinides, and sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors/gliflozins. Geographically, the market analysis is done for the regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. In North America, the market is analyzed across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In Europe, the market analysis has been done for UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the rest of Europe. The market study in Asia-Pacific covers China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and the other parts of Asia-Pacific. The market analysis in LAMEA covers Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the rest of LAMEA.The report offers a comprehensive analysis of the leading players operating in the diabetes therapeutics market. They include Biomedical Diagnostics, BioMerieux, Abbott Laboratories, Bio-Rad, Dako, DiaSorin, Eiken and Fujirebio, Beckman Coulter. They have implemented various strategies such as partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, expansions, collaborations, joint ventures, and others to gain a leadership status in the industry.Send Enquiry on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/3542 diabetes-therapeutics-marketlast_img read more

Tattoo Removal Market Growth Analysis By Top Key Players Alma Lasers

first_imgTattoo removal market was pegged at $11.61 billion in 2016 and is estimated to reach $27.32 billion, registering CAGR of 12.7% from 2017 to 2023.Increase in number of people who wish to remove tattoos owing to personal reasons and ethical issues against tattooing have boosted the growth of the global tattoo removal market. However, high cost of tattoo removal procedures hampers the market growth. On the contrary, rapid technological developments in tattoo removal procedures such as intense pulsed light therapy expected to create lucrative opportunities for the market players in the coming future.Download Report Sample @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3537 The leading players profiled in the global tattoo removal market report includeAsclepion Laser Technologies GmbHCutera Inc.Cryomed AestheticsLUMENIS and Fotona d.o.o.Alma LasersBISON MEDICALCynosure Inc.Eclipse Lasers Ltd.Syneron Inc.These market players adopted several market strategies such as partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, and new product launch to maintain their foothold in the market.According to tattoo removal procedures, the report splits into laser, surgical, creams, and others. The laser procedure segment held the largest share in the market, contributing more than half of the total market revenue, owing to various advantages offered by laser machines making the procedures safer and reliable. The other segments are also expected to portray gradual growth during the forecast period.Based on end user, the report is bifurcated into hospitals, clinics, and others. The tattoo removal clinics segment is expected to garner largest market share and portray the fastest growth rate, owing to better service quality and skilled personals to remove tattoo available in the clinics.For More Information @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/3537 On the basis of region, the report is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-pacific, and LAMEA. In 2016, North America and Europe together garnered about half of the total market share. In fact, the U.S. has held the largest market share and manifested the fastest growth rate during the forecast period, owing to high disposable income and rapid technological advancements. The global tattoo removal market report analyzes other regions including Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East and Africa (LAMEA).About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP 3151H Review

first_img Highest Available Resolution 4.1 x 3 inches Secondary Hard Drive Speed Headphone Card Slots Optical Drive Hard Drive Speed Ports (excluding USB) Warranty/Support Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1Geekbench 4.3WebGL Aquarium Graphics Card Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Type 4GB Optical Drive Speed RAM Upgradable to 6:23 4.6 lbs Mobile Broadband Pentium N4200 6:30 Display Size USB Type-C Secondary Hard Drive Type 9:37 USB 3.1 Size 1920 x 1080 Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)1 of 7Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP 315-1HAsus Chromebook C523NAHP Chromebook 14 (AMD)Category Average (as of 05/31/19) Do you want the simplicity of a Chromebook without sacrificing a big screen or a convertible 2-in-1 design? The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 looks to meld all of the above into a big, shiny package.article continued below With a strong selection of ports, good-for-the-price performance and a lot of battery life, the Spin 15 gives big laptops a good name. Unfortunately, its hefty weight cuts into its portability and its display has a tendency to mute colors. But if you’re looking for one of the faster budget Chromebooks, you should definitely consider the Spin 15. Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Price and Configuration options There are three Acer Chromebook Spin 15 models available online. Most of them, including the version we tested (which has a model number ending in P1K8), feature the same 15.6-inch, 1080p touch screen, an Intel Pentium N4200 processor and 4GB of memory. The $449 P1K8 and P4VG models both pack 64GB of eMMC storage. They differ only in that the former features an 802.11ac modem, and the latter has an 802.11 a/g/b/n/ac modem. The $399 model ending in P8QY has only 32GB of internal storage. Design Large convertible laptops are a rare breed, and I understood why as I moved the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 between modes. Sure, the data shows that consumers love 15-inch laptops, but rotating this mammoth’s screen from the laptop mode to the tent and display positions felt ungainly. The silver Chromebook Spin 15 sure looks nice, with the linen-like textured lid and a deck that offers a shiny, beveled edge. Its underside has a slight grippiness that helps you carry it around, while not feeling too plasticky. The silver Chromebook Spin 15 sure looks nice, with the linen-like textured lid and a deck that offers a shiny, beveled edge. Measuring 15.2 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches and weighing 4.6 pounds, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is thicker and heavier than the Asus Chromebook C523NA (14.1 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches, 3.8 pounds). The 14-inch HP Chromebook 14 (13.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches, 3.4 pounds) is lighter. Ports For a cheap laptop, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 packs a surprisingly decent array of ports. On the left side, you’ll find its power-drawing USB Type-C port, a boxy traditional USB 3.1 port, a microSD port and a headphone jack. On the right, you get a second USB Type-C port, a second USB 3.1 port and a security lock slot. Display The Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s screen is brighter than most budget models, but its color quality is below average. Watching the spoilerific Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, I noticed that the reds and golds of Spidey’s outfit were rendered dull by the Chromebook 15’s screen. Mysterio’s green blasts, though, came out in a correct hue. The 1080p screen did allow for crisp, clear details, including the minutiae of random police officer Bristow’s outfit. According to our colorimeter, the Chromebook Spin 15 produces 68 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which is less than the 80 percent category average. Although the HP Chromebook 14 hit a slightly lower 64 percent, a slightly higher score came from the Asus Chromebook C523NA (76 percent). Emitting 247 nits of brightness, the Spin 15 is brighter than the 232 Chromebook average. The Asus Chromebook C523NA (231 nits) and the HP Chromebook 14 (235 nits) are a smidge brighter. The reds and golds of Spider-Man’s outfit were rendered dull by the Chromebook 15’s screen. The Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s touch-screen display responsively tracked my input as I navigated the desktop. But when it came to smooth scrolling, I saw mixed results. As I swiped up and down on the screen in Chrome, heavier web pages, those with more content loading, stuttered a bit. Keyboard and Touchpad As someone frustrated with the too-shallow, failure-prone keyboards on Apple’s far-more expensive MacBooks, I’m always pleasantly surprised by how budget laptops — such as the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 – can offer decent typing experiences. On the 10FastFingers typing test, I clicked my way to 73 words per minute on the Spin 15. Its keys feature 1.22 millimeters of vertical travel and require 69 grams of actuation force, with the former being a bit short (we look for 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters) and the latter being just right (we prefer at least 60 grams). As someone frustrated with the MacBook’s keyboard, I was pleasantly surprised by the Chromebook Spin 15’s typing experience. The Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s 4.1 x 3-inch Gorilla Glass touchpad accurately recognized my input as I tapped around the desktop, navigating Chrome OS. It also provided smooth scrolling, provided pages weren’t too heavy. Audio Even though it can get loud, the Acer Chromebook 15’s sound is nothing to be proud of. As it filled a medium-size conference room with Lizzo’s “Juice,” I noticed a tinny distortion in her voice, where it sounded a little faint and far away. Also, while synths hit close to what they should sound, the percussive güiro instrument sounded like someone scraping a cheese grater against a microphone. Performance The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (which packs a Intel Pentium N4200 CPU and 4GB of RAM) features enough performance muscle for a restrained amount of multitasking. After splitting the Chromebook 15’s screen between a 1080p YouTube video and seven Chrome tabs (including Gmail, Giphy and Tweetdeck), I saw minor clipping in the video and pages took seconds to refresh when I moved between tabs. On the Geekbench 4 general performance benchmark (via Google Play/Android emulation), the Chromebook Spin 15 earned a score of 4,752, similar to the 4,663 budget laptop average. We saw a similar score of 4,698 from the Asus Chromebook C523NA (Intel Pentium N4200 CPU, 4GB of RAM), and lower marks of 1,283 from the AMD version of the HP Chromebook 14 (AMD A4-9120C CPU, 4GB of RAM) and the 2,733 from the Intel version of the HP Chromebook 14 (Intel Celeron N3350, 4GB of RAM). On the Jetstream 2 benchmark, which tracks JavaScript performance, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 earned a score of 40.3, below the 65.6 from the Asus Chromebook C523NA and close to the scores from the HP Chromebook 14 (39.64 from the AMD model and 38.6 from the Intel model). MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 ran the WebGL Aquarium test (rendering 500 fish at once) at 45 frames per second, a rate that’s lower than the score from the Asus Chromebook C523NA (57 fps) and the Intel HP Chromebook 14 (48 fps) and above that of the AMD HP Chromebook 14 (43 fps). Battery Life The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 lasts and lasts. The Laptop Mag Battery Test (web browsing at 150 nits) took 9 hours and 37 minutes to drain the Spin 15 of its charge, which is about half an hour longer than the 9:08 Chromebook average and similar to the 9:18 from the Intel version of the HP Chromebook 14. The Asus Chromebook C523NA (6:30) and the AMD-based HP Chromebook 14 (6:23) posted shorter times. Webcam Selfies I shot around our offices showed that the 0.9 megapixel webcam in the Chromebook Spin 15 has all the hallmarks of the bad webcams we find in most laptops. Our overhead fluorescent lights appeared washed out, and my hair and button-up shirt were nearly without detail. The one saving grace was that my skin tones looked at least somewhat accurate. Heat The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 stays relatively cool. After we streamed 15 minutes of video on this laptop, our heat gun captured ratings on its touchpad (73.5 degrees Fahrenheit), G and H keys (76.5 degrees) and underside (77.5 degrees) that fell below our 95-degree comfort threshold. One small patch on the left-center area of the underside hit 93.5 degrees, though most of the bottom was cool to the touch. Software One of my favorite little things about Chromebooks is the complete lack of bloatware. Google’s also announced that Chromebooks will now support Linux apps out of the box. Check out our Should I Buy a Chromebook? guide to learn more about Chrome OS and the perks of a Google laptop. Bottom Line When it comes to budget notebooks, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 provides all-day battery life, a strong set of ports and a relatively bright display. Unfortunately, that screen’s color output isn’t great and this machine’s 4.6-pound weight is a high price to pay for a 15-inch panel. If you could accept a smaller screen and slightly less speed, the $299 Intel HP Chromebook 14 gives you similar battery life in a laptop that’s 26 percent lighter and $150 cheaper. If you don’t mind carrying around a little more weight, though, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 provides a respectable mix of performance and endurance. Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. 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