Budget smartphones war: Yu Yuphoria vs Xiaomi Redmi 2

first_imgMicromax owned sub-brand Yu launched its second budget smartphone in India on Tuesday. After the critical success of the Yureka, Yu has come up with another budget offering, the Yuphoria at Rs.6,999.If you didn’t notice, the Yuphoria is priced lower than the Yureka and is also in a way inferior to the latter in terms of specifications set. Therefore if you were expecting something on the lines of the Yureka (the company had been teasing the Yuphoria for quite some time now), you’ll be disappointed.As Yu would have it, the plan was never to kill the Yureka entirely; but to come out with something that would make the company’s presence felt in the ultra-affordable segment. The plan was to make something that would compete with the Xiaomi Redmi 2, even the Moto E (Gen 2) and make Yu the household name that Xiaomi and Motorola have now become.At Rs.6,999, the Yu Yuphoria is pitched straight up against the Redmi 2 and the Moto E (Gen 2) 3G. While it would be a little unfair to compare it with the Moto E 3G, a shootout with the Redmi 2 makes more sense. Let’s find out if the Yuphoria is bang for the buck, like the Yureka… Design and build quality    According to Yu, the Yuphoria has been completely designed and assembled in India. It boasts of a “premium design at affordable prices”, says the company. While design maybe subjective, the Yuphoria does pass of as quite a good-looking handset at its price. It’s good in the sense that it tries to maintain its individuality in a crowded market with very little innovation in terms of design.advertisementWhile it’s almost entirely made of plastic, the company has infused some metal which occupies a thin frame around the entire handset, breaking monotony in the process. The back consists of removable plastic with a slight matte finish that feels good to hold.The headphone jack and the micro-USB ports have thin pieces of plastic wrapped around them in an otherwise continuous metallic frame. Although these look quite the odd man out, we can still live with that.Overall, although we like the Redmi 2 as far as design aesthetics are concerned, the Yuphoria only looks ‘slightly’ better. The metal-frame deserves some credit for this; the Redmi 2 is plastic throughout.Another thing that makes the Yuphoria stand out is the large glass cover over the rear camera lens. It does remind you of the Lumia 1020 to some extent, but you should know that’s a pretty costly handset. Yu calls it the “Saturn ring design”. DisplayThe Yu Yuphoria comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The Redmi 2 on the other hand comes with a smaller 4.7-inch display with the exact resolution. The Yuphoria is therefore a better bet if you’re looking for a bigger (but not huge) handset at its price. But that’s not all that there is to it.We were pretty pleased with the Yureka’s display output, at its price point. And, the Yuphoria doesn’t disappoint either. We spent some time with the Yuphoria and in our brief usage we found its display output to be good for its price.When compared with the Redmi 2, the Yuphoria seems to be brighter, with a slightly more vivid display. SoftwareThe Yu Yuphoria runs Android 5.0.2 based Cyanogen OS 12 out-of-the-box. The Redmi 2 on the other hand comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the company’s MIUI 6 on top. While we like the MIUI for the greater part, those who have used Cyanogen know how buttery smooth it is, and so customisable.We like the fact that the Yuphoria comes with the very latest software, and the Lollipop-based Cyanogen 12 makes everything so fast and seamless. In our brief usage, we found the Yuphoria quite a treat to walk with.When compared with the MIUI, the Cyanogen 12 gives you close to stock Android experience, and those who like Android’s endless customisations would really appreciate it. PerformanceThe Yuphoria is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The same processor powers the Redmi 2 (even RAM remains the same). Therefore, although both the Yuphoria and the Redmi 2 should theoretically give you more or less the same performance, there is a slight difference.In our brief usage, we found the Yuphoria to give out a smoother performance, taking advantage of the underlying Cyanogen OS. CameraThe Yuphoria sports an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.2 lens and LED flash along with a 5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Redmi 2 has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, as also a front-facing 2MP snapper. advertisementNow the Yureka had an amazing camera for its price, sadly the Yuphoria’s rear camera did not excite us all that much in our brief usage.While, we still reserve a final verdict on this for a later time, in our first impressions we found the Yuphoria being inferior to the Redmi 2 in the camera department. BatteryThe Yuphoria is backed by a 2,230mAh battery while the Redmi 2 has a slightly smaller 2,200mAh battery. The Redmi 2 had a decent battery life for its price point, even the Yureka fared well in this regard. Whether or not the Yuphoria is able to do that in terms of actual usage is yet to be seen. ValueBoth the Yu Yuphoria and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 are similarly priced at Rs.6,999. While the Redmi 2 is officially available via Flipkart, the Yuphoria will retail through Amazon.in.While the Yuphoria will be available via flash sale, the Redmi 2 is now open for buy sans registration.Our preliminary results show the Yuphoria having a slight edge over the Redmi 2, particularly in terms of display and butter-smooth experience. At the same time, the camera does leave you asking for more to some extent in the Yuphoria.last_img read more

Indian U-18 girls rugby team to play in Dubai

first_imgMumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) An Indian team would be taking part in the inaugural Asian girls U-18 rugby sevens championship to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 1. This is the first time a girls U-18 team would be competing in an international rugby event, a media release said today. The team is supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India, and would be participating under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport in the country. A total of six countries from across Asia – comprising Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, India and hosts UAE – would participate in the event, the release added. Speaking about the team, Mahesh Mathai, secretary general of Rugby India, said, “This is the first time an Indian girls under-18 team is participating in an Asian rugby event. It is encouraging to see rugby growing at a rapid rate in India, particularly amongst the women.” The squad: Sumitra Nayak (captain, Odisha), Ruchi Shetty (vice-captain, Maharashtra), Basanti Pangi, Manjulata Pradhan (both Odisha), Krutuja Manglurkar (Maharashtra), Sweta Shahi (Bihar), Kshitija Manglurkar, Gargee Walekar (both Maharashtra), Rajani Sabar, Lija Sardar (both Odisha), Priyanka Bais, Shraddha Lawand (both Maharashtra). PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC RYSlast_img read more

Never Print Alone

first_imgI’ve been saying for a while that cooperative businesses are the future, and when I got to Austin, TX, I saw that the future is already here_._I was in Austin for just a few days, but in that time I met dozens of people doing really exciting things around cooperative models.We had one of our most interesting afternoons at the Artists Screen Printing Cooperative (ASPCO).When a lot of people think “co-op,” their mind immediately goes to food co-ops or other consumer cooperatives. It’s nice to get a glimpse into a professional cooperative, where members come together to pursue a career or trade.ASPCO was launched in 2010 by a handful of screen printers who connected on Craigslist.James Tootle was a graphic designer with a screen-printing hobby that he wanted to revive, but a single press can cost about $3,700, and a professional dryer can cost $5,000. He couldn’t spend that kind of money. (That’s James and I in the photo below, by the way.)So he posted a Craigslist ad, which drew a few others willing to go in on some equipment. After a few months of planning the venture, they realized what they really wanted was to set up a co-op.“One of the advantages to a co-op is that you can learn different techniques from one another, whether it’s posters or fabric or anything else in the craft,” said James, who serves as president of the board.That first year, in 2010, ASPCO had a membership of about 15. It’s now more than double that.There are photographers looking to print their work in unique ways, web designers seeking to create something offline, and people running small businesses printing T-shirts, tote bags or posters.James estimates that about 70% of members make their living from screen-printing.That’s what I found so compelling: a handful of people have created a community resource that didn’t exist before, and it’s enabling dozens of artists and entrepreneurs to support themselves.Most importantly, the organization is self-sustaining. Members pay monthly dues, which keeps the lights on. ASPCO also offers classes for beginners.All I could think of was how this model could be replicated in other places, in any field where the initial costs are too high for one person to take on alone.Demand has been high enough that ASPCO outgrew its original space and moved, in March, to a new 1,600 sq. ft. studio. They have manual printing presses_,_ poster- and fabric-printing equipment, professional drying racks, a computer station and industrial pressure washer.“It was all DIY,” James said. “We didn’t get any startup money or anything.” He’s proud to say that the coop still operates as a nonprofit, and its six-member board is volunteer.James says they’ll probably cap membership soon, to make sure everyone can still have access to the equipment when they need it.“We’ve got a good thing going,” he said.After our inspiring afternoon at ASPCO, we went to the Black Star Co-op, a cooperatively-owned brewpub, to have a drink and talk about everything we’d seen.The food was amazing, the beer was great, and knowing that it was a worker-managed brewery owned by its 3,000 members made my day.Black Star’s motto is, “Eat. Drink. Cooperate.” Those are words we can all live by.Black Star Co-op and ASPCO are just two of the hundreds of New Mutualist organizations you’ll find on our Quiet Revolutionary map! Are there any New Mutualist organizations in your area that belond on our map? Be sure to submit your idea!last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Russia, Croatia reach quarter-finals via penalty shootouts

first_imgRussia defeated Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals.The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in Russia’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to set up a last eight clash with either Denmark or Croatia, after a lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.The Russia-Spain clash was the first match of this year’s World Cup to go into extra time and then penalties.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe other match of the day between Croatia and Denmark was also forced to go to extra time and penalties.READ MATCH REPORTIn the last edition on July 1 both the knockout matches went to extra time. It is also the second time since June 21, 1986 that both knockout matches went to penalties. Croatia defeated Denmark 3-2 in the penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup after their clash finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Croatia’s Luka Modric had the chance to send his team into a quarter-final against hosts Russia with a penalty four minutes from the end of extra time but Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his left to save the spot kick.READ MATCH REPORTA dramatic start with two goals in the first four minutes promised a full-blooded contest to decide who would meet Russia in Sochi on Saturday after the hosts beat Spain on penalties in Sunday’s early game.advertisementDenmark went ahead after 57 seconds when Mathias Jorgensen scuffed the ball over the line off the foot of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic but Mario Mandzukic had the Croats back on terms with an equally scrappy finish three minutes later.The remainder of the contest failed to live up to the frenetic start with the physical Danes successfully nullifying the threat of the Croatian midfield that lit up the group stage of the tournament. Russia is the lowest ranked team to play in this editionRussia are the lowest-ranked team at 70 have knocked out Spain, who are ranked 10 currently.Russia came into the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team and has since managed to scored nine goals so far in the tournament — the most in this year’s World Cup along with Belgium.Russia’s victory was the fifth consecutive time a host nation won the penalty shootout at the World Cup.READ FULL STORYBefore Russia, the other four winners were France in 1998, South Korea in 2002, Germany in 2006 and Brazil in 2014.Spain opened the scoring with an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich. The own goal meant Russia became the first team to score multiple own goals in a World Cup tournament since 1966. Bulgaria were the last team to do so.Russia’s victory also means that at least one of this year’s finalists will not have reached the title decider for half a century, if at all. Spain fail to beat yet another host teamSpain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.The 2010 champions have never defeated a host country at the tournament. In 1934, they lost twice to hosts Italy, while they lost to hosts Brazil in 1950 World Cup.READ FULL STORYBefore Sunday’s match, the last time they faced a host nation was South Korea in 2002. They lost that match 5-3 on penalties.Also, Spain have now not won a World Cup knockout game in Europe since 1934. Akinfeev confesses he ws hoping for penaltiesIgor Akinfeev was declared the man of the match for his heroic saves, the veteran said the whole team and fans deserve the credit for the famous win.”I’m not the man of the match, the man of the match is our team and our fans, Akinfeev said.”I just feel emptied out,” Akinfeev said. “Over the whole second half and extra time we were defending our goal and managed it, we were hoping for penalties because Spain are hard to beat. Spain can’t always be lucky.” Iniesta retires after Spain crash outIniesta decided to call time on his international career after Spain’s loss. In his glorious international career he won two European Champions title and one World Cup.”It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,” Iniesta said. “Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams. It is the saddest day of my career.”READ FULL STORYThe diminutive midfielder played 131 matches for spain and scored 13 goals, including the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands.advertisementIniesta was also a main member of Spain’s golden generation which saw them lift the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.First time a fourth substitute is used in World CupWorld Cup history was made with the first use of a fourth substitute, which FIFA now allows teams to have one more sub in extra time. Russia’s Alexander Yerokhin went on in the 97th minute against Spain, replacing fellow midfielder Daler Kuzyaev. The rule is aimed at reducing injuries and allowing higher-quality play in extra time, when players are most tired.Spain-Russia match sees special guestsKing Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The king is a soccer fan who, as crown prince, attended the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg to see Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time.Russia was represented by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was on his feet and leaning on a protective barrier to watch the shootout. So close, yet so far for Kasper Schmeichel Kasper Schmeichel did everything he could have to deny Croatia a victory but he will feel hard done by his teammates, who missed three penalties during the penalty shootout.Schmeichel not only saved Luka Mordic’s kick from the spot in the 116th minute but also denied Milan Badlej and Josip Pivaric during the shootout but missed penalties from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen meant that Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 via penalty shootout and reach the quarters. The Croats will face Russia next in the quarters on Saturday in Sochi.READ FULL STORYSpeaking about the match, a disappointed Schmeichel said: “It is a strange feeling. There is enormous disappointment but also huge pride in our performance. We had the opportunity and I think we were the better team in the second half. It is hard to put all the emotions into words at the moment.” Goalkeepers ‘save’ the dayDanijel Subasic (shootout) and Kasper Schmeichel (match and shootout) both saved three penalties in the match. Subasic with his saves equalled Ricardo’s record when he did the same to knock out England, approximately 12 years and three hours ago, in 2006 exactly on this day.All five of the unsuccessful penalties were saved by the goalkeepers, which is the first time in the history of the World Cup that there has been five penalty saves in a shoot-out.Jorgensen scored the quickest in a World Cup gameIt took just 220 seconds for both Croatia and Denmark to score in Novgorod.Mathias Jorgensen scored the quickest in a World Cup game since June 2014, when Clint Dempsey scored against Ghana after 29 seconds. Jorgensen also became the first Danish player to score in a World Cup knockout game since Brian Laudrup in 1998, when he scored against Brazil.Mario Mandzukic’s equaliser for Croatia meant both teams scored with their first attempts on goal. Mandzukic is the second highest goal scorer for Croatia at the World Cup with three goals, as Davor Suker (6) netting more.advertisementCroatia has had seven different scorer in this edition of the World Cup.Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Ivan Perisic, Milan Badelj and now Mandzukic, have all scored, meaning no team has produced more goalscorers during this tournament.Croatia have reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1998, when they went on to reach the semi-finals.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

Kye Staley Says Mike Gundy is a YMCA Limbo Champion

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Brandon Chatmon wrote a great piece for ESPN about how Mike Gundy is the godfather of NCAA football coaches dancing.It included some all-time quotes, the best of which might have been this from Kye Staley about how he felt after Gundy danced in College Station in 2011 when OSU beat Texas A&M.“He won’t admit it, but I’m pretty sure he was a YMCA limbo champion,” Staley said. “I think I cried for five minutes from laughter.”“Most people didn’t know a human being my age could get that close to the floor without falling down, to be honest with you,” Gundy said. “So it just kind of went from there. My boys at home were like, ‘Really? I’ve got to go to school tomorrow.’ So they gave me a hard time about it.”last_img read more

Conseil formé pour lamélioration des conditions en salle de classe

first_img Sean Barker, Antigonish Education Centre Mélanie Belliveau, École acadienne de Pomquet, comté d’Antigonish Cheryl Bourque-Wells, Drumlin Heights Consolidated School, Argyle, comté de Yarmouth Elizabeth Brideau-Clark, Bayview Community School, Mahone Bay Michael Cosgrove, Dartmouth High School Melanie Morrissey, Bible Hill Junior High School, comté de Colchester Reagan O’Hara, Avon View High School, Windsor Kerri Lynn Power, Memorial High School, Sydney Mines Rachel Ross-Mantley, Central Spryfield Elementary Myles Fox, élève de la 10e année au Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro Amy MacKinnon, parent, comté de Shelburne Pamela Doyle, conseillère en orientation à Lockview High School, Fall River Joan Ling, directrice générale du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse et coprésidente du conseil Sandra McKenzie, sous-ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et coprésidente du conseil Quatorze Néo-Écossais qui seront responsables de l’amélioration de l’environnement d’enseignement et d’apprentissage dans les classes de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont été choisis afin de former le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe. Les neuf enseignants membres du conseil ont été choisis par les directeurs généraux des conseils scolaires, en collaboration avec les membres du personnel des conseils scolaires. Les directeurs généraux ont soumis leurs candidats au gouvernement et au Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui, 7 mars. Le gouvernement a également confirmé que ses trois candidats sont un élève, un parent et une conseillère en orientation. Des représentants du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse assureront la coprésidence du conseil. « Il s’agit d’une première pour notre province, souligne Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le conseil reflète les points de vue des personnes qui sont les plus proches du système d’éducation, soit les enseignants, les parents et les élèves. Des changements significatifs sont impossibles sans leurs points de vue et leurs conseils. » Les membres du conseil sont : Le conseil gérera un investissement de 20 millions de dollars sur deux ans pour aborder les enjeux liés aux conditions en classe qui ont été cernés par les enseignants, notamment la collecte de données, les classes complexes, la taille des classes à tous les niveaux et la politique d’assiduité des élèves. Les coprésidentes nommeront un animateur neutre qui travaillera avec le comité. Une disposition permet également la nomination d’un arbitre dans le cas où les coprésidentes ne peuvent pas s’entendre sur une recommandation. Près de 800 enseignants ont présenté une demande pour devenir membres du conseil. Les enseignants auront d’autres occasions, par le travail du conseil, de participer et d’échanger leurs idées. La première rencontre du conseil aura lieu le 21 mars. Les recommandations initiales du conseil doivent être soumises au plus tard le 28 avril. Les biographies des membres du conseil peuvent être consultées au www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/classroomcouncil.last_img read more

Expedite appointments of teachers LG asks DoE

first_imgNEW DELHI: Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Monday chaired a meeting to review the status of the vacant positions in the Directorate of Education. The meeting was attended by Chairperson, DSSSB; Secretary, Services; Secretary, Education; and Director, Education, said a statement. A detailed presentation was made by Director, Education, on various aspects of the vacant position, pending requisitions and dossiers and status of recruitment rules at all levels.In the meeting, Baijal directed the authorities concerned to expedite the appointment of teachers where the recruitment process has been completed. Director, Education, submitted that the entire process shall be completed by October 2019.last_img

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for July by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.3 per cent in July. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.4 per cent (7.9)— Halifax 6.8 (6.9)— Moncton, N.B. 5.2 (5.4)— Saint John, N.B. 6.2 (6.3)— Saguenay, Que. 6.9 (7.0)— Quebec 4.0 (4.4)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.6 (5.6)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.3 (6.3)— Montreal 6.3 (6.5)— Gatineau, Que. 5.5 (5.5)— Ottawa 6.5 (6.1)— Kingston, Ont. 5.5 (5.4)— Peterborough, Ont. 9.6 (8.5)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.9 (5.7)— Toronto 6.9 (6.7)— Hamilton 5.4 (5.2)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.6 (7.2)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 4.8 (5.2)— Brantford, Ont. 5.0 (4.6)— Guelph, Ont. 4.5 (3.8)— London, Ont. 5.6 (6.0)— Windsor, Ont. 6.2 (5.2)— Barrie, Ont. 6.3 (5.7)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.6)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.4 (5.8)— Winnipeg 5.6 (5.8)— Regina 5.4 (5.1)— Saskatoon 8.4 (8.4)— Calgary 8.5 (8.9)— Edmonton 8.5 (7.9)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.6 (3.6)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.6 (5.4)— Vancouver 5.1 (5.1)— Victoria 4.6 (4.1)last_img read more

Jeff Foxworthy Honored For Fight Against Childhood Cancer

first_imgAflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, today honored three heroes who have left a giant footprint in the fight against childhood cancer.Jeff Foxworthy laughs with Vicki (l) and Ansley Riedel At the same time, the company celebrated a major milestone, exceeding the $100 million mark in contributions to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a nationally renowned children’s cancer facility.The three honorees, nationally recognized comedian, author and television personality, Jeff Foxworthy, Ansley Riedel, a nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta who was treated at the Aflac Cancer Center as a child and Ansley’s mother Vicki Riedel who successfully petitioned Aflac to sponsor the Aflac Cancer Center in 1995, saw their footprints added to the Duckprints Wall of Fame at the Aflac Cancer Center. The event was hosted by national television sports commentator Ernie Johnson, Jr., himself a cancer survivor.“It is an absolute fact that all the Aflac Cancer Center has become, and all it has come to mean to our Aflac family, the families we treat and its position as a national leader in the fight against childhood cancer, began with one tiny footprint – that of a 10-month-old baby girl diagnosed with an aggressive form of adult leukemia,” Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos said. “After Ansley’s treatment, the passion that drove her mother Vicki to work for more resources, more hope and more cures led her to Aflac’s door, creating a partnership that began in 1995 that we celebrate today.”Mrs. Amos continued, “The vision and leadership of Dr. Bill Woods and the enthusiastic financial support of so many people, including public figures with caring hearts, like Jeff Foxworthy, have raised awareness and have continued to move the needle every day toward better outcomes, better care and better science. As we celebrate multiple milestones today, that of 20 years and raising $100 million, there are no finer people to honor than these three, who continue to play an important part in the amazing story of the Aflac Cancer Center.”According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer today exceeds 80 percent compared to less than 60 percent in the mid-1970s. And while cancer remains the most prevalent cause of death by disease for children, only a small percentage of government cancer funding goes toward childhood cancer.“Our employees and agents across the nation understand the need to remain vigilant against childhood cancer, which is why in the past 20 years the Aflac Cancer Center has become a big part of who we are as a company,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “The entire Aflac team embraces our mission to eradicate childhood cancer. There is more work to be done, but each and every day we inch closer to defeating this disease once and for all.”“It would be hard to imagine where we would be without the support of our Aflac family and people like the heroes we celebrate today,” said Aflac Cancer Center Director Emeritus and 2013 Duckprints Awardee William G. Woods, M.D. “Our goal is to someday see each of our children celebrate happy lives with families of their own. We are getting there, and with continued dedication like what we are celebrating today, I am confident that the day will come when we will claim victory.”Each month, Aflac’s independent sales associates contribute from their commission checks to the Aflac Cancer Center. Due in large part to this steady stream of research and treatment-related funding by Aflac agents, the center is currently recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the top 10 of pediatric cancer programs in America.“You don’t have to be smarter than a fifth-grader to understand why we need to put an end to childhood cancer,” Foxworthy said. “You just have to come to a place like the Aflac Cancer Center and see for yourself the true meaning of courage. I am humbled by this award and by the opportunity to stand with people like Ansley and Vicki, who have paid it forward by dedicating their lives to helping others.”In addition to conducting Duckprints celebrations across the nation, Aflac is calling on unsung heroes across America to become active in the cause. The company is donating $2 for any Duckprints-related social actions taken on social media, including:Twitter – $2 for any tweet using the hashtag #Duckprints or for retweets of Duckprints-related tweets. 
Facebook – $2 for any share of specific posts related to Duckprints or using #Duckprints.
YouTube – $2 per view of the Duckprints videos on YouTube.
Instagram – $2 for every post using the hashtag #Duckprints.Aflac also created a website (aflacduckprints.com) that enables users to nominate unsung heroes in their community who have made a difference in the lives of children and families facing cancer. People can follow the Aflac Duck on his journey to hospitals around the country honoring those who have made a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. In addition, merchandise such as plush Aflac ducks and Duckprints-related T-shirts, slippers and other items will be available for purchase at aflacduckprints.com, with all of the net proceeds going toward the treatment and research of childhood cancer.last_img read more

Sudan UN chief welcomes agreement on security in northsouth border regions

The Framework Agreement for Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which lie on the border between the north and the south, was signed yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.Troops from the north have in recent weeks clashed with armed groups aligned with the south in South Kordofan, sparking a humanitarian crisis as thousands of people fled from the fighting in and around the town of Kadugli.Southern Sudan is set to become an independent State on July 9 after its residents voted in favour of secession in a referendum held in January.Mr. Ban said that unless both the northern and southern government reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) will be required to stop operating in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile as of 9 July.He stressed the importance of protecting civilians and guaranteeing humanitarian access to vulnerable communities in the areas of conflict.“He remains extremely concerned over the humanitarian situation and the plight of vulnerable civilians in Southern Kordofan,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He calls on the Government of Sudan to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need and that it takes steps to create a conducive environment for humanitarian operations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states with the cessation of the UNMIS mandate on 9 July,” the statement added.Under a separate framework agreement signed in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, both parties agreed to form a joint political committee to address all relevant issues related to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, both of which were supposed to hold popular consultations on their future in accordance with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that aimed to end two decades of warfare between the north and the south.Meanwhile, the Government of Sudan has granted aid agencies access to limited areas in Kadugli town where their Southern Kordofan operations have their main offices, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.However, unhindered access to the affected population continues to be denied and UN agencies are in discussions with the Government on the pressing need to reach other areas.UN agency offices in Kadugli were pillaged, with looters taking away stocks of relief supplies and office equipment. Only the offices of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were spared, according to OCHA.OCHA also reported that only national UN staff are being allowed to monitor and respond to the needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs). International staff have been denied access due to the Government’s security concerns. 30 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of an agreement between the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan on border security and a joint political and security arrangement, urging both parties to conclude and implement a cessation of hostilities pact as well. read more

Mohan Anuradha assume duties

Rupavahini Chairman Mohan Samaranayake and former Director of the Sri Lanka Press Institute Anuradha Herath, will assume duties in the Presidential media unit tomorrow.Samaranayake will take over as the spokesman of President Mahinda Rajapaksa while Herath has been appointed as the Director  for Foreign media in the President’s office. President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera has been appointed as the Consul General to Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia.

Getzlaf propels Ducks past Canucks 43 ending 3game skid

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, John Gibson made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the skidding Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique and Kalle Kossila also scored for the Ducks, who had lost 12 of 15 since the last time they scored four goals in a game back on Oct. 17.Bo Horvat, Derrick Pouliot and Jake Virtanen scored in the Canucks’ seventh consecutive loss. Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots as Vancouver failed to rally from a late two-goal deficit and remained winless since Nov. 8.Anaheim has been struggling through the past injury-plagued month, but still collecting enough points to stay in the Pacific Division race. This win pushed the Ducks past Vancouver and into third place in the Pacific, just three points off the lead.Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead in the first period with an unassisted backhand goal created by his own nifty puck-handling. The captain is Anaheim’s leading scorer this season despite missing six games due to injury.Pouliot evened it early in the second period with a one-timer on a slick cross-ice pass from Sam Gagner, who got his first point since returning to the Canucks. After scoring 31 points for Vancouver last season, Gagner was waived Oct. 1 and eventually sent to the AHL, only to be recalled last weekend when injuries decimated the Canucks’ forward lines.Kase scored on a pass by defenceman Josh Mahura, who earned his first NHL point in his second game.The Ducks are playing without injured defencemen Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler, forcing them to use four rookie blueliners — including Mahura — who have all played in fewer than 50 career games. Anaheim hadn’t used four rookie defencemen in the same game since the 1994-95 season, but coach Randy Carlyle must improvise in the absence of his two team leaders in minutes played.Kossila put the Ducks up 4-2 midway through the third period when he converted a pass in the slot from Brian Gibbons for his first goal of the season and second of his NHL career. Gibbons’ assist was his first point in 17 games with Anaheim.Horvat scored his 11th goal on a deflection with 4:44 left to keep Vancouver in it.NOTES: The Canucks are without five injured regulars, including star Brock Boeser, who missed his ninth straight game with a groin injury. … Lindholm missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Fowler is out indefinitely with broken bones in his face after getting hit by a puck. … Gibson was back after missing last Sunday’s game against Colorado with an apparent case of the flu.UP NEXTDucks: Host Edmonton on Friday.Canucks: At San Jose on Friday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGreg Beacham, The Associated Press read more

No more trillions for Titus

It’s rare for an athlete to brush off a potentially career-ending injury as if it’s nothing.But after learning that a tear in his shoulder could cut his final season short, Mark Titus wasn’t the one who was distressed.“My mom’s actually more disappointed than I am,” said Titus, a sarcastic senior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team. “When the doctors told her I was done, she started crying and she started talking about me playing basketball like it was me walking or something. She was like, ‘So wait, he’s never going to play basketball again?’ like the shocking revelation or whatever. She’s taking it much harder than I am, so it makes it easier on me I guess. She can take all the pain.”Titus first injured his shoulder during practice earlier in the season.When reaching in to swipe a pass intended for Dallas Lauderdale, Titus’ shoulder became tangled with the 6-foot-8-inch center. He eventually lost feeling in his shoulder, he said.Still, being the relentless warrior he says he is, Titus fought through the intolerable pain, delaying surgery so he could help his team on the court. However, the blogging benchwarmer received further damage to the shoulder when hustling for a loose ball in OSU’s win over the Wildcats.“Against Northwestern, in the one minute that I played, I went to reach for a loose ball and someone grabbed my arm again and pulled it out of the socket and it popped back in,” Titus said. “So, we took a look at it and it’s pretty bad.”Best known for his off-the-court gimmicks and his blog, clubtrillion.com, which has attracted more than 2 million visitors, Titus seems more sardonic than ever now that his final season at OSU has been derailed by injury. Although, “derailed” isn’t exactly how Titus describes it.“It’s kind of cool. We usually lift before practice and I don’t have to show up for the lift, so I can sleep in for an extra half hour or 45 minutes,” Titus said. “I can kind of do whatever I want during practice. If I just want to go downstairs and look at my phone for a little bit and come back up, I can.”Titus started Club Trillion and the “Trillion Man March” as a way to applaud the limited statistics that he and fellow senior walk-on Danny Peters amass in their brief playing time. A “trillion” is derived from the statistical showing in a box score when a player plays one minute, but accumulates no other statistics: zero points, rebounds, assists, shot attempts, free throws, steals, turnovers or blocks.More detrimental to Titus than the time lost on the court is the shortage of ideas to write about on his blog now that a “trillion” is unattainable.“It is weird, because I can’t do anything, really,” Titus said. “And it’s not just in the game, that I can’t get a ‘trillion,’ but I don’t even practice anymore. I don’t do anything. I just sit up here and just kind of watch. I get bored, really. I’m struggling to find stuff to write about because I’m not really as plugged in as I used to be.”As he wastes away aimlessly on the Buckeye bench, Titus can only ponder the direction his basketball career will take after leaving OSU.After averaging zero points and 0.5 rebounds per game during his junior season, Titus applied for early entry into the NBA Draft. The league rejected his application, however, asking him to withdraw his name before he made a mockery of the process.One year later, despite the bum shoulder, Titus feels more prepared for the next level. His statistics speak just as loud, as he has increased his scoring and assist totals from last year, both from zero to 0.1.“I’ve talked to a few scouts and they said that if I rehab properly, by the time the draft comes around, I should be back to full strength,” he said. “As long as I can prove that I am, it shouldn’t be a big deal.” read more

Potash One and more

first_imgPotash One and Potash North Resource have entered into a binding letter of intent (LOI) containing the principal terms by which, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, Potash One will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Potash North through a Plan of Arrangement or other form of business combination. This will create one of the strongest junior potash development companies in Canada.  Potash One will be fully funded through to completion of feasibility on its solution mining amenable potash development property located in southern Saskatchewan (the Legacy Project). Current cash of the resulting company would be approximately $50 million.Potash North Resource is a junior resource company focused exclusively on the exploration, evaluation and potential development of two subsurface potash permit areas (KP416 and KP417) in the Saskatchewan Potash Basin.  Located immediately adjacent to Mosaic’s Esterhazy operations and 45 km north of Potash Corp’s Rocanville mine, the company’s permit areas are well situated in one of Saskatchewan’s most established potash producing regions.   Potash One is engaged in the exploration and development of advanced potash properties amenable to solution mining. It owns 100% of more than 330,000 acres of contiguous Potash Subsurface Exploration Permits in Saskatchewan. It includes the 97,240 acre Legacy project which has a 43-101 compliant Inferred mineral resource of 391.5 Mt of K20 and Indicated mineral resource of 40.8 Mt of K20 and is adjacent to the largest producing solution mine in the world.The LOI contemplates that each Potash North shareholder will receive 0.3125 common shares of Potash One for each common share of Potash North.  In addition, all outstanding convertible securities of Potash North will be exchanged for comparable convertible securities of Potash One in an amount and at exercise prices adjusted in accordance with the same exchange ratio.  The exchange ratio represents an approximate 29% premium for the shares of Potash North over the 20-trading day period prior to the execution of the LOI.Paul F. Matysek, President and CEO of Potash One, stated, “I am very pleased that Potash One has been able to execute this binding LOI with Potash North as this transaction strengthens our balance sheet, further consolidates the potash junior industry and positions the company with over 500,000 acres of  subsurface Potash permit holdings, in Saskatchewan. This includes a very prospective exploration stage potash property adjacent to the largest potash mine in the world. In addition, we are pleased to have the support of a number of significant shareholders who together with our present shareholders are committed to the continued development and progress of the Legacy Project. This Business Combination further strengthens our exploration and development position in the Potash industry, bringing us closer to our goal of becoming the first greenfield potash producer in Canada in decades.”Craig A Angus, President and CEO of Potash North, stated; “I am very excited with the opportunity that this transaction presents to our shareholders. As a result of the turmoil in world capital markets, it is increasingly apparent that the successful companies in the junior potash space will be those that have large cash treasuries and advanced stage projects moving toward feasibility and development. This business combination will create the best capitalised Canadian Junior potash development company working in the Saskatchewan basin. Our shareholders will have the opportunity to participate in the advancement of the Legacy Project to completion of feasibility and potentially through to production in the coming years while maintaining the exploration exposure to our KP 416 and 417 Permit areas near Esterhazy”.last_img read more

Starcom MediaVest Group and ShareThis Partner on Social Measurement

first_img“It’s a new measurement and we think it’s going to become increasingly important,” says Kurt Abrahamson, CEO of ShareThis. “If a user is going to take the time to find the share button and think about who to send it to, that’s an important metric.”According to the two companies, which have been working together for the last two years, but have just now more formally integrated the Index, clients that have used sharing insights as part of their campaigns have had up to a 66 percent increase in ad interaction. Newsletter sign-up rates have jumped 234 percent. The partnership comes at a particularly good time. The Financial Times reported on Monday that SMG and Twitter have signed a multi-year advertising deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars that allows SMG clients “special access” to ad positions and engagement data. As social becomes a bigger component of marketing campaigns, brands are getting hungrier for performance data on the publisher side. Marketing agency Starcom MediaVest Group has announced a partnership with ShareThis to integrate its Social Quality Index into its media planning efforts.The Social Quality Index, which scores a site based on how social its content is, tracks activity within 27 categories across two million publisher sites. Publishers use the Index to measure their audience’s social engagement and brands use it to zero in on the publishers that will provide the most social bang for the buck. SMG will be integrating the Index with its comScore MediaMetrix interface to so brands have a social engagement measurement to consider along with the other data they use to optimize media buys. last_img read more

Rich and famous in the Paradise Papers

first_imgThe Internet giants are already under fire, notably in the US Congress, for the use of their platforms to spread Russian rumours during the 2016 US presidential election. Individuals and companies embroiled in the Paradise Papers. AFPApple, Bono and Queen Elizabeth II are just a few of the big names and companies revealed in the Paradise Papers leak to have shifted money across the globe to cut tax.The spotlight on the tax affairs of the rich and powerful comes after a trove of documents was released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), detailing secretive offshore deals that, while not illegal, are embarrassing for those concerned.Here, according to the papers, are some of the most well-known names caught up in the controversy:Politics•      Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has, through the Duchy of Lancaster which provides her income and handles her investments, placed around £10 million ($13 million, EUR11.3 million) of her private money in funds held in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Navigator Holdings runs a lucrative partnership with Russian energy giant Sibur, linked to President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Russia is subject to US sanctions.•      In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top fundraiser and senior advisor Stephen Bronfman, heir to the Seagram fortune, moved some $60 million to an offshore haven in the Cayman Islands.•      Brazil’s economy and agriculture ministers, Henrique Meirelles and Blairo Maggi, are also cited in offshore companies in tax havens.Celebrities•      U2 frontman Bono is shown in the leak to own a stake in a Maltese company that bought in 2007 a Lithuanian shopping mall via a Lithuanian holding company, which may have broken tax rules by using an unlawful accounting technique.•      Pop diva Madonna bought shares in a medical supplies firm, the New York Times said. Radio France meanwhile said she had invested in a firm that gained from taxes on virtually non-existent capital gains.•      Britain’s four-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton avoided paying taxes on a private jet, receiving a £3.3 million VAT refund in 2013 after it was imported into the Isle of Man, a low-tax British Crown Dependency.•      Colombian singer Shakira who lives in Barcelona, was domiciled in the Bahamas for tax reasons and transferred 31.6 million euros earned in royalties to Malta, France’s Le Monde newspaper said.Multinationals•      Technology giant Apple shifted much of its offshore wealth from Ireland to the Jersey tax haven in the British Isles to adapt to the tightening of Irish tax laws in 2015.•      US sportswear giant Nike used a loophole in Dutch fiscal law to reduce, via two companies based in the Netherlands, its tax rate in Europe to just two percent compared to the 25 percent average for European companies.•      The taxi-hailing app Uber and the manufacturer of Botox, the Allergan pharmaceutical laboratory, allegedly used similar methods to Nike.•      The Paradise Papers also reveal that Russian companies with links to the Kremlin invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Twitter and Facebook.center_img The funds were reinvested in an array of businesses, including controversial rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse which has been accused of exploiting the poor.•      Her son, Prince Charles, has invested millions of pounds in offshore funds and businesses, including a Bermuda-based sustainable forestry company once run by a close friend.•      US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross holds a 31 percent stake in maritime transport company Navigator Holdings through a complex web of offshore investments.last_img read more

Mark it 2014 is the year game franchises became utterly meaningless

first_imgTry to think back to prehistoric times, all the way back to 2008, when online matchmaking was still a feature and Sony was the Great Satan of console gaming. Call of Duty: World at War was released to spectacularly OK reviews, but one major point of disagreement among critics had to do with the game’s unusual addition to multiplayer: on all platforms except the Wii, World at War featured a 4-player co-op mode which saw players fighting waves upon waves of zombie Nazis.The reaction to this was understandable. Knee-jerk zombie love clashed with equally knee-jerk zombie hate, while many others (including myself) expressed discomfort with bringing lighthearted elements into a game that meticulously recreates slow, graphic deaths that occurred well within living memory. Call of Duty‘s more serious and historical view of combat was a big piece of what set it apart from other shooters in the first place, and to undermine that needled people for a whole variety of reasons. When Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brought the series out of the past and into the modern era, fans accepted it because at least some of the core principles of CoD remained intact. Subsequent installments have wiped them out entirely.This series used to be partially about imparting an understanding of the sacrifices of WWII veterans…Appropriate or not, the zombie mode was fairly fun, and since these are video games we’re talking about (as opposed to anything important) the “controversy” quickly passed. Perhaps as a result, a similarly out of place zombie expansion for Red Dead Redemption released two years later to little if any thematic backlash. Both of these additions were ultimately superfluous to the core games though, hidden away in multiplayer or sold as a separate product. In the four years since then, publishers have only gotten bolder with their use and misuse of properties.At this year’s E3 we saw some of the most frivolous, and certainly the most high-profile, misuse of franchise names ever. Battlefield got a kind of reboot under the subtitle Hardline, which essentially reinvents the series as an urban crime shooter. Much like Call of Duty, the period-hopping Battlefield series has always been defined by its gameplay philosophies more than any specific aspect of its setting; even with robust single-player built in, Battlefield is a large-scale team-based online military shooter with large maps that incentivize teamwork between large numbers of players for collective goals. That’s what an entry in the series is. That’s not what Hardline is, and there’s simply nothing about the Heat-meets-Payday gameplay or subject matter that justifies its inclusion in the series.The animus from Assassin’s Creed works to help ease the pain of name bloat.But of course, the worst offender when it comes to name bloat has to be Ubisoft, which seems to be perfecting the science of meaningless super-titles (as in, the opposite of subtitles). The Division is actually, technically, Tom Clancy’s: The Division, I suppose because characters hold guns during the game, which is sort of like what Tom Clancy wrote about. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ubi has some sort of minimum Clancy-ness requirement for script writers. “Mention two (2) of: a) Chechans b) North Koreans c) suitcase nukes d) literally just mention Tom Clancy.”Ubisoft actually seems to have identified this problem in advance, and has structured the Assassin’s Creed series so it can support almost any sort of game. The genetic time-travel mechanic has allowed that series to reinvent itself multiple times with a plausible story-based excuse. There’s something almost brilliant about this, and it works well in this one series. Don’t be surprised if you see more titles shoehorning in narrative excuses for disorganized, scattershot franchises.Though there are big aesthetic differences, the transition from Bioshock to Bioshock: Infinite was sooth and logical.Some franchises can support crazy additions more easily, given their premises; the Blood Dragon mini-sequel to Far Cry 3 fit well with the game’s already schizophrenic persona. So too did the transition from Rapture to Columbia for the Bioshock series; the franchise can trade blue water for blue sky because it is defined by its themes and philosophies rather than its setting or even its characters. If 2K had released a Bioshock arena shooter set in Rapture and featuring all the same characters, it would have been a far less meaningful sequel than Infinite ended up being.Sometimes it does backfire though. 2007’s Shadowrun online team-shooter so abused that license that many people dismissed its genuinely solid design out of hand. Bioware and EA also learned the danger of too much mucking when they released Dragon Age II with enough fundamental changes to actually switch the series’ genre from RPG to action-RPG. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within was also an overly calculated sequel trading the original’s charm for hardcore raditude, much to the fans’ disdain — though it sold well enough for all that. It seems there are times you can get away with these sorts of changes, and times you cannot. Gamers are nothing if not demanding and entitled, and certainly the nerdier the fan base the less receptive to change it will inevitably be.Wikipedia lists a full 44 games bearing the Clancy name. Will we hit a hundred by 2020?It’s not that I don’t like new things. The use of the Battlefield name here is simply lazy, and shows a fundamental lack of confidence in the game as a product — which actually looks alright on its own merits. It’s fear that needlessly forces so many new ideas into existing franchises, owing to the horrible economics of AAA titles these days. And as for Ubisoft, if slapping Tom Clancy on a game can reliably increase sales by even a few percent, why not do it? The company outright bought the rights to the Clancy name several years ago, so it could release an unlimited number of branded titles without paying an extra fee. It’s certainly determined to get its money’s worth.I don’t care what anyone says — Starship Troopers the movie may be great, but its existence fundamentally detracts from the integrity of the book it’s supposedly based on. Smearing the edges of a title or franchise is always negative, even if every poorly targeted title is of a very high quality on an individual level. This trend is devaluing several beloved game franchises into meaningless tag lines, and while it should stop, the financial realities of the industry might make that impossible in the short term.In 10 years, will we all be playing Alan Wake 3: This Time It’s Personal, or perhaps a Journey sequel that incorporates sweet BMX tricks? Let’s admit that that’s the road down which we are headed. If at all possible, we really ought to at least try to stop.last_img read more

Handbrake 110 major video converter update

first_imgHandbrake 1.1.0: major video converter update by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: April 09, 2018 – 20 commentsHandbrake is a popular open source cross-platform video converter that you may use to convert video files and DVD and Blu-Ray media without encryption from one format to another.We reviewed Handbrake in 2007 for the first time here on Ghacks, and followed development of the video converter since that time. The developers released the major milestone Handbrake 1.0 in 2016, and today another major update.One of Handbrake’s major features is support for conversion presets which are designed to convert videos for optimal use on specific devices, programs or video hosting sites.The application supports all major video formats but limits output to mp4 and mkv.Handbrake 1.1.0Handbrake 1.1.0 is a major update that introduces new features and modifies existing ones. Users of the program may notice several user interface improvements. Presets have been integrated into the main conversion workflow and the main window has been redesigned to improve usability and consistency.Handbrake 1.10 comes with a new summary tab that displays important information right away.The core conversion process has not changed all that much though; you load a video file that you want to convert and select a preset that you want to work with or modify transcoding parameters manually if you prefer that or need to do so if no preset is available.You can save custom configurations as new presets so that you may select custom presets at any time in the future.Handbrake 1.1.0 supports new presets; Internet users who host videos on Vimeo or YouTube find presets for these platforms in the new version. Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku owners find new presets for 2160p and 4K resolutions for the mentioned devices, and there are new 2160p and 4k Matroska presets as well. Last but not least, new post-production presets are available as well.Presets speed up the transcoding process significantly. All it takes is four steps to convert a video from start to finish:Load the video.Select a preset.Select an output directory.Click on “start encode”.You can encode individual files one after the other, or use Handbrake’s queue functionality instead to batch transcode video files.Handbrake 1.1.0 includes plenty of other changes. Here is a short selection of important changes or improvements:Support for adaptive streaming added (use –inline-parameter-sets)Experimental Intel QuickSync Video support for Linux.Added 10-bit H.265/HEVC support for Kaby Lake and newer processors.Support for multiple graphics processing units via D3D11 encode path.Improved AppleTV 4K support.Updated third-party libraries.Option to configure low disk space warning level (under Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Low diskspace warning level). Default warning level is set to 10 Gigabytes.Windows: option to play a sound on complete.Windows: option to show progress in title bar.Windows: per-display resolution awareness.Windows: support for running Handbrake in portable mode (see portable.ini template).Closing WordsHandbrake 1.1.0 is a major update for the video converting software. The new version introduces new features, updates presets and third-party libraries, and comes with other improvements across the board.Now You: Do you use video converters? (via Deskmodder)Related articlesHybrid: cross-platform video converterQtlMovie all-in-one video converterSuperSimple Video Converter for Windows reviewTEncoder Video Converter reviewYaffmi is a free easy to use video converter for WindowsSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name HandbrakeSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://handbrake.fr/ Advertisementlast_img read more

npm Inc announces npm Enterprise the first management code registry for organizations

first_imgYesterday, npm Inc., the provider of the world’s largest software registry, announced npm Enterprise, which will be your company’s very own npm registry. This new service is designed for private registry hosting, workflow integrations, and provides compliance features for large companies. Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of npm Inc, said in a statement, “Approximately 100% of the world’s enterprises acquire over 97% of their JavaScript from the npm Public Registry, making the introduction of npm Enterprise essential for the professionalization of JavaScript development. With npm Enterprise, we are giving JavaScript developers the npm tools they love while providing the enterprise with enhanced visibility, security, and control. The result: happiness throughout organizations everywhere.” The npm Enterprise service comes with the following features and advantages: Companies will have a “companyname.npme.io” website with support for industry-standard SSO authentication to control developer access and other permissions. Allows easy code discovery and sharing within a company. You can securely deploy a package. Access to unlimited Orgs and scopes. Orgs allows a team of contributors to read, write, and publish public or private scoped packages. Users will able to access all the packages that are available in the public registry. It provides audit reports that contain tables of information about security vulnerabilities in your project’s dependencies. With the help of these audit reports, you can fix the vulnerability or troubleshoot further. To avoid any kind of conflict, teams can use the unlimited namespaces npm Enterprise comes with to share and manage code. The npm Enterprise service provides three roles: Billing Manager, Admin user, and End-user. The admin users will have the most far-reaching permissions on the Enterprise instance. They will manage instance settings, Orgs, users, and packages. The billing manager will be responsible for updating the payment method for your Enterprise instance. To learn more about npm Enterprise, visit npm’s official website. Read Next npm JavaScript predictions for 2019: React, GraphQL, and TypeScript are three technologies to learn npm v6 is out! npm at Node+JS Interactive 2018: npm 6, the rise and fall of JavaScript frameworks, and morelast_img read more