As amazing as Siri is now heres how it can get even

first_img‘Tis the season for Apple fans around the world to line up (or wait for the doorbell to ring) and get their hands on a shrink-wrapped, boxed-up, shiny new iPhone. Of course the killer feature of this year’s iPhone 4S is undoubtedly the A.I. assistant, Siri. As Siri is described as Beta software, you can bet that Apple is already tweaking and improving “her” capabilities. How can Siri get better?The biggest potential lies in Siri’s getting more access to third-party apps. Sure, Siri can access your contacts, email, messaging, calendar, and all other Apple-made apps, but what about third-party applications? Right now, Yelp and Wolfram Alpha appear to be the only ones in that elite group.It’s understandable why Siri wouldn’t immediately be able to access every app in the App Store. The point is for “her” to respond to everyday language, so when there are competing apps in one category, how are you going to determine which one gets Siri duty? The last thing Apple wants is for users to have to sift through a list of applications in order to choose defaults for Siri. Additionally, if Apple had been working with every developer in the App Store, preparing them for Siri integration at launch, every detail would have been leaked before Apple’s 4S event.It does appear that increased third-party access for Siri is inevitable. Unless Apple wants to develop their own app for every category imaginable, it’s the only logical way for the technology to evolve. So which third party apps will drastically improve the Siri experience?Third-party music players would be a killer addition, particularly music streaming services. Wouldn’t you love to tell Siri, “Play Exodus by Bob Marley in Rdio.” Or, better yet, choose a default music app for Siri to play when you request any song (I’m not sure if Apple would allow that, but it would be awesome). With the huge catalogs that services like Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, and Mog offer, you could then hear nearly any song in existence by simply telling Siri to play it (provided you’re a subscriber).Or how about Shazam or Soundhound access for Siri? If the excellent music ID services have a downfall, it’s that you have to unlock your phone, open the app, wait for it to load, and then hit a button before it will even start ‘listening.’ By that point, the song you were trying to identify could be over. But what if you could just say “Siri, Shazam this song,” and she immediately launched the app (very quickly with the A5 processor in the 4S)?For that matter, how about a combination of Netflix and IMDB data? You could beckon Siri to “Play something from the early 90’s with Daniel Day-Lewis in it.” Within seconds, you would see The Last of the Mohicans’ opening credits.Yet another huge category of third-party apps that is missing from Siri is turn-by-turn navigation. Sure, Siri will open Maps and show you a list of directions, but you don’t get voiced real-time navigation. Having Siri connect to Tom Tom, Navigon, or even a future Apple navigation app (?) would be a shot of adrenaline to Siri’s capabilities.Facebook would be another major app for Siri to get friendly with. How about telling Siri to post something to your wall, or send a Facebook message to a friend? Or what if Siri could notify you of new friend requests, and you could tell her whether to accept them? For that matter, if you could access all of the data accessible from your friends’ profiles, you could ask Siri “what was Julie Appleseed’s major in college?” on your way to meet up with your old friend. The possibilities would be nearly endless.If we want to venture into the realm of silliness, how about asking Siri to “launch the bomb bird at the base of the tower, next to the pig with the crown.” Boom. “Siri, create a line of sunflowers, and then plant a pea shooter in the first row where a zombie appears.” Splat.The most amazing thing about Siri is that Apple is just now scratching the surface with this artificial intelligence. As much as you might be blown away by Siri’s capabilities now, we will likely look back at this as “Siri 1.0” five years from now. In much the same way that the first iPhone’s single-paged homescreen – with no third-party apps – looks primitive now, this introductory version of Siri will pale in comparison to where “she” will be then.I can’t wait.last_img read more

HTC announces the HTC One

first_imgIt’s been a while since anyone has seen HTC quite this excited about a product launch. The company’s social network accounts have been steady teasing and hinting at today’s press conference, which we now know is the HTC One. HTC’s joint UK and US press event today offered their best foot forward in a clear demonstration of their earlier announced decision to release what they called “Hero” phones. The long speculated HTC M7, which was even heard during an HTC New Years event being shouted by the CEO himself, has taken the role of Flagship as HTC moves into 2013. HTC has continued their focus on branding their phones as “Lifestyle” devices that place emphasis on interacting with the work around the users. The pre-show video clips were a rotating collage of people from all walks of life, filled with colors and smiles. The HTC M9 is now the HTC One, and it’s clear that the company is looking to continue the feel of this phone being the center of your lifestyle.HTC came out of the gate taking swings at the smartphone ecosystem, focusing on the small hardware and software iterations that have plagued the ecosystem as a whole. HTC promises that the One is different, with an all new hardware design, Camera, and new ways to use the Operating System. HTC is all about unique experienced, including an IR blaster for controlling your home entertainment center. HTC’s reliance on BeatsAudio over the last few years hasn’t been a great experience, though it has continuously impreved right up to the Droid DNA. The One’s front facing stereo speakers are designed to stop the need to cup your smartphone when you listen to anything with the external speakers. HTC’s One is also packing a pair of high quality microphones, with the promise that you could even record music from a live concert without the terrible result that is so familiar from a smartphone. HTC is no stranger to focusing on the camera, and with the HTC One there’s a good reason to. The front facing camera on the One is eye catching, soaking up a lot of real estate on the front of the phone. The One continues their wide angle FFC, positioned in the top right corner for ease of use in both portrait and landscape. The rear camera features what HTC is calling an Ultrapixel, offering the ability to absorb 300% more light, as well as HDR video. The new camera technology is unique to the One, and includes an all new software package to take advantage of this technology called HTC Zoe.HTC Sense is brand new as well, going into Android and changing the UI completely from previous version of the Sense variant. The desktop UI replaces space previously used for apps and widgets, replacing them with a customize-able feed of news, entertainment, and social networking. The new “Blink Feed” focuses heavily on soaking up the whole desktop with snapshots from all kinds of content providers. Most of the launcher items like the app dock and notifications all ring true of Android as we know it, but the desktop feed is now completely HTC controlled. HTC’s hardware construction is nearly 100% aluminum, using a design they call zero gap. The surface of the phone acts as the antenna for radios, allowing the phone to make calls without the potential for human interference. Like the Droid DNA, the front of the phone features Gorilla Glass curved all the way to the edges of the design, with micro-drilled holes for the speakers. The front of the phone is emblazoned with HTC’s logo on either side of the The One will be launching globally, in their largest rollout ever. The phone starts shipping at the end of March on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US. The phone will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants of a white-ish silver or black. The One will also be available in Best Buy locations around the US on launch day. HTC had dubbed this phone the best phone ever, but keep an eye out for our hands on to make sure!last_img read more

Google rend hommage à Charlie Chaplin

first_imgGoogle rend hommage à Charlie ChaplinAujourd’hui, Google a créé un doodle vidéo pour célébrer le 122e anniversaire de la star du cinéma muet Charlie Chaplin décédée en 1977.Décidément, Google ne perd pas une occasion de créer un nouveau doodle. Aujourd’hui, c’est à Charlie Chaplin, l’acteur vedette du cinéma muet, que le géant américain a décidé de célébrer. Mais bien plus qu’un simple doodle, Google a fait les choses en grand à l’occasion du 122e anniversaire de la naissance de la star.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Au lieu du logo habituel, c’est donc un doodle vidéo spécialement réalisé par l’équipe Google qui accueille les internautes sur la page principale du moteur de recherche. Un clip en noir et blanc qui met en scène des acteurs dans une comédie typique de Charlie Chaplin. On y retrouve le célèbrissime personnage à moustache, chapeau melon et canne qui rencontre au fil de son aventure différents protagonistes. Pendant les deux minutes de la vidéo, se succèdent alors mimes, gags mêlés à des apparitions du logo Google.Né le 16 avril 1889 en Angleterre, Charlie Chaplin est devenu une véritable icône de son époque grâce à son personnage de Charlot créé dès 1914. En 50 ans de carrière, il aura tourné près de 100 films et courts métrages parmi lesquels le Kid, le Dictateur et les Temps Modernes. Plusieurs fois récompensés, il meurt en Suisse en novembre 1977. Découvrez le doodle vidéo hommage à Charlie Chaplin en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 15 avril 2011 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Free Mobile LIphone 4S disponible fin janvier

first_imgFree Mobile : L’Iphone 4S disponible fin janvierSuite aux annonces concernant l’offre sans et avec engagement de Free mobile, un communiqué nous informe de l’arrivée prochaine de la star d’Apple dans les terminaux disponibles.Iliad a annoncé, par voie de communiqué de presse, la disponibilité de l’Iphone 4S pour le 27 janvier prochain.L’Iphone 4S 16 GB sera disponible après une première mensuialité de 1 euro, puis 19,99 euros par mois sur un engagement de 36 mois.Le modèle 8 GB sera lui aussi de la partie, à 1 euro à la commande, puis 15 euro sur un engagement de 36 mois.On notera également que le terminal star d’Apple sera disponible plus tôt pour les clients déjà abonnés chez Free, qui pourront obtenir le précieux sésame à partir du 20 janvier.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

They Had Algeria in the Pocket…So Can A SannehDanso Defence Pairing

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah It’s hours until the ball is set rolling in Lome, Togo’s administrative capital whom they’re set to face in what can only be a make or break outing for Gambia.So much lies at stake: the fate of newly appointed coach Tom Saintfiet whose chances of being offered an improved deal is dependent on outcome of the qualifiers. Then there is desire to show the Scorpions can punch above their weight mass and are no longer West African football minnows.Flipping the coin, today’s game is also a battle for pride for the man given nine months to qualify Gambia or risk having the axe wielded on him.Tom spurred Togo to the Nations Cup three years ago on an interim basis but moments later headed towards the exit on what grounds, remains a mystery. Septuagenarian Claude Le Roy, Togo’s current coach, is the French gaffer appointed to fill the vacancy created by Saintfiet’s departure.The Belgian comes basking in confidence hoping to teach Togo a lesson or two to prove his sacking was a regrettable schoolboy howler using Gambia as a ladder to that.However, the ego-massaging aside, there is more to the game than has been mentioned in the press –the part that enabled Gambia pick a point off Algeria even though the Scorpions’ backline was the busiest on the night.Enter Mamadou ‘Futty’ Danso and Bubacarr Sanneh.Weeks in the build-up to the tussle against the Desert Foxes, centre-back Futty Danso was a forgotten man.A class act on his day, Futty was a faded portion in the picture of national team before his resurrection to the scenes. He was a regular at the back from the first time he made his international debut against Burkina Faso in 2010. Eight years on and clocking 33, he wears the demeanours of a figure little bothered by age.Bubacarr Sanneh has always being paired with Omar Colley, one of Africa’s best defenders in the Serie A presently. However, owing to a row over selection choices –precisely the snubbing of Steve Trawally – his relevance in matches began to wane. For how long, remains unclear.Player-power is influential but to the extent of dictating to a coach who goes in and out of the team, in Tom and his backroom staff’s world, is past the limits. Futty Danso’s rebirth in the big times began this way and prior to this he’d been integral in the Scorpions 2-1 win over Morocco months back.Before, he’d merely been a contingency in the event of injuries. To think he could fit in and marshall Gambia’s defence along with Bubacarr Sanneh with tenacity is close to unfathomable. But the he did it, keeping Riyad Mahrez and Algeria at bay in the first-leg.The former Portland Timber’s rock man performance against Algeria has had fans cool-headed over any worries popping up from the defence. Different teams however pose different sort of a threat and in this case former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester City’s striker Adebayor lies in wait.So will the defence pairing of Futty and Sanneh have Emmanuel Adebayor in their pockets too? It won’t be long until we find out.Danso plays his football in Malaysia’s Super League – a division levels way below where Omar Colley –the man he replaces – crafts his trade.last_img read more

Danny Mills United lack the willpower to drop underperforming players

first_imgFormer England footballer Danny Mills says Manchester United lack the capacity to drop underperforming players unlike their rivals who do so effortlessly.Mills told The Debate in an interview obtained by Skysports that Mourinho was not blessed with the same strength in depth as some of United’s rivals, meaning he could not keep his players on their toes to achieve results.He said: “Where he has had a problem with some players is that Guardiola can drop anyone, and bring someone else in. You can’t complain about it because he has the quality to bring in, that squad is exceptional”“Mourinho doesn’t really have that depth in his squad. It’s difficult when he drops a big player, does he have the quality to replace them? No he doesn’t, in all honesty.”“It’s a bare squad in some ways. Look at Lukaku, he’s not performing and hasn’t scored at Old Trafford in a long time. But who does he bring in? He can’t. At Manchester City you’ve got players who can step in, and at Liverpool too.”“There’s competition for places. Do Manchester United have that? I’m not sure they do.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…On the plan to buy new players, Mills said:“Jose is used to winning, he’s used to top players and he’s used to consistency. It might be a bit dour, the way he plays, but he knows what he wants.”“He wants seven or eight out of 10 every single week. He doesn’t want Jesse Lingard being brilliant one week and terrible the next, he doesn’t want Marcus Rashford doing the same, he wants a solid platform.”“Jose has never been one to really improve players or bring them through as Pep, Klopp and Pochettino have done.”“Mourinho wins trophies, but he does it with a team he can bring in of exceptional players he can mould together, and he hasn’t really been allowed to do that.”last_img read more

ASAWISHH CoHosts Aquaculture Conference in Pakistan

first_imgThe Governor of Punjab Province, Mr. Mohammad Sarwar, feeds extruded, soy-based fish feed, produced locally in Pakistan with U.S. soybean meal, to tilapia during a demonstration at the conference.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program co-hosted the first ever international aquaculture conference in Lahore, Pakistan this month with Kansas State University (KSU) as part of the USDA funded FEEDing Pakistan project.Twenty speakers spoke to a total of approximately 200 attendees associated with fish production in Pakistan.  Organized by ASA/WISHH Country Representative R.S.N. Janjua, the conference showcased ASA/WISHH’s feeding demonstration results from 2012.  The feeding demonstrations, held on fish farms throughout Pakistan, introduced soy-based, extruded, floating fish feed and commercial Tilapia production to Pakistani fish farmers.  The conference further highlighted soy’s role in aquaculture.last_img read more

Happy New Year 2017 Will Sensex Nifty respond positively to PM Modis

first_imgAt the Bombay Stock Exchange (representational image)Reuters fileHappy new year investors! One hopes that Dalal Street extends the gains of the last trading day of calendar year 2016 onto the first trading day of 2017. The BSE Sensex gained 260 points on Friday (December 30) to end at 26,626 while the NSE Nifty ended 82 points higher at 8,186.Bank, real estate, NBFC and home loan stocks are expected to be in focus after PM Narendra Modi’s speech on December 31, 2016 that spoke about dedicated 8 percent interest scheme for pensioners, interest subvention to home loan borrowers in specific categories and relief to small enterprises.SBI, ICICI Bank, PNB, Indiabulls Housing Finance, LIC Housing Finance, DHFL, Axis Bank, Prestige Estates Projects, Godrej Properties and related stocks could see significant movement.Stock markets ended 2016 on a positive note, despite many negative triggers, more so at the last two months, the most significant being the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that sent the markets into a tizzy amid projections of a prolonged slowdown.The two benchmark indices are likely to trade in a narrow range in 2017, according to an analyst. “Overall looking at the picture, we believe the market to take time to beat its 2016 Nifty high and remain trading in the broader range of 7000 to 8500 for calendar year 2017,” Abnish Kumar Sudhanshu, Director & Research Head, Amrapali Aadya Trading & Investments, said in a note.What to look for in January 2017The triggers in the first week will be December 2016 car and two-wheeler sales data, followed by merchandise trade, inflation and civil aviation statistics for December.Analysts expect companies to report low volume growth and decline in some cases. Two-wheeler makers are likely to take the maximum hit, say brokerages Nirmal Bang, Motilal Oswal Securities and Nomura.Companies will also be declaring their demonetisation-impacted quarterly results, beginning with Infosys on January 13, 2017. Wipro will be announcing its December quarter results on January 25. Demonetisation is unlikely to have impacted IT software services exporters.Among lenders, Axis Bank will be announcing results on January 19, RBL Bank on January 20, HDFC Bank on January 24, followed by IDFC Bank the next day.Cues could emerge from statements/speeches by the top brass of the ruling party, the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a rally in Lucknow on January 2 while tax collection figures for the 9-month period ended December would also be out.Of course, the mother of all triggers will be Budget 2017 likely to be presented on February 1.last_img read more

Leaders to go ahead with initiative to forge national unity

first_imgLeaders of various political parties are seen at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain`s residence at Baily Road in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamNewly floated Jukto (United) Front and Gano Forum have decided to carry forward the initiative to forge a national unity ahead of the next general elections.At a crucial meeting on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the process formed a four-member sub-committee to work out the details of the unity, including agenda and common goals of the political process.“At this critical juncture, we’ve decided to work together. We’ve constituted a sub-committee which will finalise the next course,” Front leader, and president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury told newsmen after the meeting at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence in the city.The Front will hold a public rally on 22 September, said B Chowdhury, a former president of Bangladesh.He, however, denied holding any discussion on joining of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the United Front.Only founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Zafrullah Chowdhury, who maintains liaison between the Front and the BNP, was present at the meeting.Four members of the sub-committee are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya leader Zahidur Rahman, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Muhsin Montu and BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan.JSD president ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna were also present at the meeting, apart from Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury.Kamal Hossain has been for quite some time talking about a national alliance in order to bring changes in national politics, and ensure free and fair elections and good governance in the country.B Chowdhury has led the process of formation of the Jukta Front with simialr goals, engaging Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya besides his Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.The BNP as well is working on forging a greater alliance to get rid of what it calls ‘misrule’ of the Awami League and ensure free and fair elections in the country.Some political parties are unwilling to join the greater alliance involving the BNP since, they argued, Jamaat-e-Islami is a key component of the BNP-led 20 party alliance.The BNP has decided to join the process of forging national alliance with other political parties, side by side consolidating its alliance, as suggested by jailed party chief Khaleda Zia.Sources in the BNP said Zafrullah Chowdhury has been working to help make an alliance with the parties other than the government-led 14-party alliance.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been monitoring the process, party leaders said.last_img

Hall Of Fame QB Warren Moon Sued For Sexual Harassment

first_img Share via Twitter @USATODAYHall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California.The civil lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing. Moon is the co-founder and president of the company.The Washington Post first reported on the lawsuit Wednesday. The 61-year-old Moon has been working as a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks. The team announced later Wednesday that “We have accepted Warren Moon’s request for a leave of absence as the club’s radio analyst.”Moon played parts of 17 seasons in the NFL with Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City. He threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns in the regular season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. The former University of Washington star led Edmonton to five Canadian Football League titles before playing in the NFL.According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired as an executive assistant to Moon in the summer of 2017. The lawsuit alleges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wearing lingerie. Haskell says in the lawsuit that she complained about the arrangement but that Moon responded “this was the way it was.” Additionally, the lawsuit claims Haskell was required to keep the bathroom door unlocked while she showered and Moon repeatedly entered the room.Haskell also claimed she was drugged by Moon during a trip to Mexico in October. The lawsuit alleges that Moon acknowledged drugging Haskell because he thought she wasn’t “having fun.” She also claims Moon pulled off her swimsuit during the Mexico trip.The lawsuit claims that Haskell reported Moon’s behavior to Sports 1 Marketing CEO David Meltzer but the company did not investigate her claims. Haskell claims she was demoted after making the complaints.Haskell’s attorney, Diane L. Fitzgerald, told The Washington Post her client had decided to go public with the suit.“She was expecting to further her career in the sports marketing industry,” Fitzgerald told The Post. “She had no idea that her job duties were going to involve that kind of perverse protocol.”last_img read more

Plans For New Psychiatric Hospital Unveiled In Houston

first_imgImage courtesy of UTHealthRendering of the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health.Plans for a new psychiatric hospital in Houston were unveiled Friday.The name of the facility will be UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health. It is a joint project of the Texas State Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).The facility, which will be located in the Texas Medical Center, is greatly needed because one in 25 adults in Harris County has a serious mental illness and there aren’t enough beds for those requiring hospitalization.The campus was created with $125 million in state funds approved by the 2017 Legislative Budget Board and Gov. Greg Abbott to HHSC. It is part of a large initiative to improve behavioral health across the state.Once complete, the campus, which includes the new hospital and UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), will become the largest academic psychiatric  hospital in the United States.Stephen Glazier, chief operating officer of UTHealth’s Harris County Psychiatric Center, will oversee the new hospital. He said the hospital will hopefully take pressure off of facilities that aren’t able to meet demand — especially in crisis cases, which fall under acute care. “We absolutely need more acute care beds,” Glazier noted, “and this building is going to address that.”With an additional 240 beds arranged in 10 units, the new hospital will focus on reducing rapid readmissions and improving outcomes for super utilizers – those with four or more stays per year.The facility will also have subacute care units for patients who need a longer stay to heal.Glazier said they will break ground on the hospital this summer and hopefully complete construction by the end of 2021.Editor’s Note: Based on information provided by UTHealth’s Media Relations Department, the original version of this story incorrectly reported the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health is the first psychiatric hospital built in Houston in the last 30 years. However, the Menninger Clinic opened a psychiatric hospital located near the Texas Medical Center in April 2012. This story has been updated. Sharelast_img read more

Local Boys Candle Business Expanding to Macys

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen three of Celena Gill’s sons asked her to buy them a Nerf gun and more than $500 in video games, she told them to get a job or start a business. She was only kidding. But her sons, Collin, 14, Ryan, 11, and Austin, 8, they took her words to heart and launched Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. in October 2017 to make soy and vegetable wax candles, room sprays, diffusers, soaps and bath bombs out of the home they share with their parents in Prince George’s County. Young entrepreneurs Ryan Gill, Collin Gill and Austin Gill with their candles. (Courtesy Photo)Frères Branchiaux means “Gill Brothers” in French — Collin is already fluent in the language while his younger brothers are studying it. “We wanted to do Gill Brothers Candle Company, but there’s Gill Brothers’ Trucking, Gill Brothers Air Support,” Ryan Gill explains.   In the 22 months since they started their company, the boys have sold more than 10,000 units — candles are their top-selling product and range between $18 and $36. “It’s really all word of mouth,” Celena Gill told the AFRO. “Like, I rarely reach out to people.” They’re already selling their products in more than 30 stores and they’re looking to expand.  Starting in November, their products will be sold on The Workshop at Macy’s alumni e-commerce site, confirms Katelyn Yannie, Macy’s manager of Northeast Relations. And the brothers are raising $20,000 on to buy a truck that’ll serve as a mobile store for their business. This will make it easier for them to sell their wares at various events. “It’s easier than a van and we … don’t have to pack the candle stuff in it,” Ryan Gill explained. The truck would also double as a mobile training center where the boys could help coordinate job training for homeless trying to get back on their feet or as a hub for the brothers to pass on their entrepreneurial skills to various youth groups and schools. As it is, they donate 10 percent of their profits to the homeless.The boys settled on making candles not only because their mother loves burning in the house, but also because her research found candles are the most successful kiddie business, Celena Gill said. They started out experimenting with candle making using formulas their mother brought back from a candle class that her friend and soror Danita Nikki Brooks, founder of Zen in a Jar, a home and body care line, ran. Then Celena Gill went to a pro candle maker workshop to learn more techniques that helped her boys learn little tweaks. “Making candles is purely science,” Celena Gill said. “Everything matters, whether your candle cannot burn or (if) it’ll blow up. It’s a very deliberate product because you can burn someone’s house down.”  The boys made candles as a lesson in school — Celena Gill homeschools her younger sons and Collin Gill will soon begin his freshman year at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.After about two weeks, they were ready to start selling, Celena Gill said. The boys have made more than enough to buy all the things they wanted and then some. They earned six figures for their work last year and are on pace to double that in 2019, their mother says.At the time the boys launched their business, their mother was already selling inspirational T-shirts, mugs, lapel pins and pillows through her website, Celena Gill Design and she did pop-ups as well. Meanwhile, her husband, Patrick Gill sells personal care and beard products for men through his company, Black Oak Grooming. “All of us do something,” she told the AFRO. In those early days, the boys relied on their family members, as well as their parents’ friends, school and business contacts, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters.Looking to the future, the boys plan to focus more on the retail end of their business and training other kids to become entrepreneurs. “If they don’t want to do it, you can’t make them if the effort isn’t there,” Celena Gill said of kids thinking about opening their own business. “Some people love working nine to five and there’s nothing wrong with that.”last_img read more

The best video game trailers of all time

first_imgThe video game industry has grown enough over the past 30 years that it has developed a key trait that earlier generations of games initially lacked: taste. Games have always been able to convey complex stories, but something needs to let people know that in order for them to make the purchase. Obviously, trailers are a way to capture people’s attention. Sometimes, though, developers go so far above and beyond creating that mini-commercial for their game that they ultimately create a tasteful, self-contained narrative all on its own that’s able to be delivered in just a couple of minutes. Many trailers are good, but only a select few can survive on their own as a separate piece of flash video fiction, and these are the best out there.Valiant HeartsWarning: the above trailer for UbiArt’s upcoming game Best Price at Amazon is nearing the depression level of the infamous Futurama dog episode. You know the one. Aside from being instilled with the power to put tears in the eyes of the most hardened, bitter soul, the narrative not only conveys what the game is about, but you can show it to your grandma and she won’t feel lost. The trailer works on its own, regardless of its video game roots.Dead IslandWhen the Dead Island $59.99 at Amazon trailer dropped a handful of years ago, for a brief moment, it engulfed the internet. From Twitter feeds to Facebook posts, and gaming outlets to sites that have nothing to do with media, the digitally connected world was interrupted. Once you saw the trailer, it made sense — it’s simply one of the best trailers from any genre of media. Thanks to its clever use of editing the chronological flow of time and mixing that with a tragic, self-contained tale, people still talk about this trailer today — even though the game ended up having no emotional value relative to the trailer’s.Halo 3The final installment in the original Halo trilogy, Halo 3 Best Price at Amazon not only picked up where the previous game’s very controversial cliffhanger left off, but — at the time — was viewed as the last “real” Halo game. Three more were made after that, and Microsoft has already unveiled Halo 5. Though the series has enjoyed some stellar trailers and commercials over the years, nothing comes close to the famous “Believe” trailer. It features an intense battlefield scene, but everything is still as a camera pans and zooms through the paused action. On its own, it tells the story and havoc of war — it doesn’t matter that you don’t necessarily know who the armor-clad soldiers are or why they’re battling aliens. The meticulous, tragic detail speaks volumes on its own.Dying LightDebuted last year, the same producer behind Dead Island — and thus its magnificent trailer seen above — is developing another zombie apocalypse game, Dying Light. Where Dead Island was more or less an open-world action title, Dying Light seems to be an open-world parkour title — but with zombies. The trailer, as seems to be the trend when Techland is involved, is great, and can stand as a self-contained short about the tragic story of a group of agile zombie apocalypse survivors, and the hell they have to go through just to survive.Battleblock TheaterOnce upon a time, there was a trailer about two guys who were the best of friends and going on an adventure. It release back in 2011, and had so many trailers between that and its 2013 release date, that it was actually a bit difficult to find this original version. While most memorable game trailers are serious affairs, Battleblock Theater’s is one of the funniest, from its unique narration style to the mimicry of wooden stick puppets. Whereas many trailers have been funny, this trailer is not only hilarious, but tells its own story, albeit a prologue. When your mom can enjoy a trailer about a game she knows nothing about, you know something went right.The above trailers aren’t the only memorable games trailers — Metal Gear Solid trailers are always long and amusing, and one time Kratos was murdering enemies in a forest map that turned out to be the back of an enormous Titan climbing up mount Olympus. However, they’re perhaps the best instances of game trailers that can stand on their own. They have a proper beginning, middle, and end, and aren’t primarily focused on showing off how you’ll level up in a game, but instead effectively convey their games’ narratives by telling their own.last_img read more

Forging Billets Market Report to Share Key Aspects of The Industry

first_imgThe Global Forging Billets Market report provides comprehensive analysis of Abdominal Aortic Stent Graft  Production, Supply, Sales and Demand of the Abdominal Aortic Stent Graft  Market.Global Forging Billets Market to reach USD XX billion by 2025.Global Forging Billets Market valued approximately USD XX billion in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than XX% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Forging Billets Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at a significant pace. Forging billets in a wide range of stainless steels, duplex stainless steels and nickel alloys. The billets are 100% ultrasonically and eddy current tested in a fully automated inspection line to ensure the highest quality standards. It is suitable for all types of forged products such as flanges, discs, rings, valves forged parts and axles. Increasing demand off stainless steel is one of the major substantial driver of the market during the forecast period. Moreover, growing demand from end-user industries is likely to creating numerous opportunity in the near future. However, high cost associated with the forging billets and volatile prices of raw material are the factors which limiting the market growth of Forging Billets across the world. The regional analysis of Global Forging Billets Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ major market player included in this report are:SandvikEllwood City ForgeUBE STEELDeutsche NickelAlcoaAMETEKArconicEmirates Global AluminumIASHindalcoMatalcoRusalService Center MetalsVista MetalsThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Square BilletsRound BilletsBy Application:FlangesDiscsRings,ValvesForged PartsAxlesBy Regions:North Americao U.S.o CanadaEuropeo UKo GermanyAsia Pacifico Chinao Indiao JapanLatin Americao Brazilo MexicoRest of the WorldTarget Audience of the Global Forging Billets Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsGet a discount on this research report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

S Korean presidents brother jailed in bribe case

first_imgLee was taken early Wednesday from the prosecutors’ office to the Seoul Detention Center, according to an official who declined to provide further details, including his name, citing office rules.Prosecutors accuse the former lawmaker of taking half a million dollars in bribes from two detained bankers with the intent of using his influence to help the bankers avoid punishment.Lee wasn’t directly hit by any of the eggs during the protest Tuesday, but some yolk could be seen on his shoulder. He didn’t speak to a swarm of reporters gathered at the court, shaking off the protesters and media mobbing him before walking through a security checkpoint.The protesters, many of them middle-aged women, said they had lost money after the government suspended the troubled savings banks Lee is accused of taking bribes from.Lee Myung-bak ends his single, five-year presidential term early next year. Elections for the next president are in December.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The South Korean president’s brother was arrested and taken to a detention center Wednesday after a court approved a warrant on bribery allegations, a major embarrassment to the ruling party in a presidential election year.The Seoul Central District Court issued the arrest warrant for Lee Sang-deuk, the elder brother of President Lee Myung-bak, late Tuesday. Hours earlier, as the suspect entered the court for questioning, enraged protesters threw eggs at him, grabbed his tie and jostled him. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories last_img read more

FHA Slaps 240 Lenders With Penalties

first_img Share Agents & Brokers FHA HUD Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-01 Ryan Schuette August 1, 2011 464 Views Fraud,FHA Slaps 240 Lenders With Penaltiescenter_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Some 240 lenders across the country got in trouble with the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA) this year, with the federal agency announcing sanctions on Friday that included revocations of approval, suspensions, reprimands, and civil monetary fines.[IMAGE]The FHA’s Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) slapped lenders with administrative penalties for scrimping on loan criteria required by the federal agency, which it said in some cases resulted in over-insured loans, excessive and duplicative fees for borrowers, and failing to separate business operations. “”It’s never been more important that lenders doing business with FHA apply our standards to each and every loan they originate and underwrite,”” Carol Galante, acting FHA commissioner, said in a “”statement””: “”FHA requirements ensure homeowners are put on a path of sustainable homeownership and that ultimately helps stabilize entire neighborhoods and communities,”” she added.[COLUMN_BREAK]Among the institutions whose approval the FHA will withdraw: Ft. Lauderdale-based First Continental Mortgage, Inc.; Cranston-based Action Mortgage Corp.; Great Neck-based Cambridge Home Capital; Gold Neck-based Golden First Mortgage; and Melville-based Somerset Investors Corp. Reasons for withdrawal included, among other things, the failure by lenders to abide by “”HUD””: program rules, implement quality control guidelines, properly document borrower income and eligibility information, and make loans under established rules and procedures, according to a MRB notice in the “”Federal Register””: other offenses, FHA ordered lenders to pay civil penalty fines. For falsifying loan certification information and failing to separate companies, Greenwood-based Catalyst Lending, Inc., will now need to pay $50,000 in fines without admitting fault in court. In another instance, the federal agency ordered Southlake-based Alacrity Lending Company to pay $237,500 in civil money fines for failing to implement quality control procedures, omitting serious violations in reviews, and allowing discrepancies between disbursements and sales prices.These administrative sanctions and penalties join some 1,600 others taken against lenders by the FHA last year, and over 2,300 since 2009. According to the statement, these penalties come on the heels of new rules implemented by the FHA in order to bolster risk management policies and underscore the role of the lender in broker oversight.The MRB is responsible for issuing sanctions against FHA-approved lenders for statutory violations, with the most severe penalties including the revocation of approval.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 50 yards to give him 15,952 for his brilliant career.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald passes Terrell Owens in all-time rec. yardsCardinals’ defensive line continues to find success getting to the quarterbackDavid Johnson enjoys best game of season against ChiefsHill had seven catches for 117 yards, and Kareem Hunt pounded his way for 71 yards rushing, as the Chiefs kept the Cardinals (2-7) winless in six meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.The Chiefs’ weekly air show got started on the game’s first play, when Hill ran right past Patrick Peterson to haul in a 38-yard reception. Two plays later, Hill ran past the rest of the Arizona defense and Mahomes found him streaking into the end zone for a 37-yard scoring catch.Arizona answered with a time-consuming 75-yard touchdown drive of its own.Both defenses fared better the rest of the half, the Cardinals sacking Mahomes four times and the Chiefs’ rejuvenated defense getting enough pressure to keep Rosen uncomfortable.The Chiefs finally reached the end zone again when Mahomes zipped a third-and-goal pass into double coverage to Hill, who cradled it for the touchdown with 5:31 left before halftime.Hill leaped into the stands to celebrate, just as he did on his first TD catch, and then got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he commandeered the CBS camera in the end zone. The Cardinals stuck with Johnson in the second half, and they slowly grinded their way toward another touchdown. He carried it six times and finished off a 12-play, 61-yard drive with a TD plunge to get the Cardinals within 20-14 midway through the third quarter.Arizona got the ball back early in the fourth quarter, but Rosen had a screen pass picked off by Justin Houston at the line of scrimmage to give it right back. So instead of marching for a go-ahead TD, the Cardinals watched Spencer Ware dive in for a touchdown to extend the Chiefs’ lead.The Cardinals were never able to get any closer.COIN-TOSS LOSSThe Chiefs lost their first coin toss all season when the Cardinals successfully called tails. They deferred to the second half, forcing Kansas City to start on offense for the first time.INJURIESCardinals: WR Chad Williams (ankle), LG Mike Iupati (back) and DL Robert Nkemdichi (calf) were inactive. … RG Justin Pugh left early in the second half with a knee injury.Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins (foot), SS Eric Berry (heel), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring) and OL Mitch Morse (concussion) were inactive. … Houston (hamstring) was active for the first time since Oct. 7.UP NEXT Arizona returns home to face the Raiders next Sunday. – / 28 2 Comments   Share   KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, outplaying Arizona counterpart Josh Rosen in a matchup of two of the NFL’s bright young quarterbacks, and the Kansas City Chiefs rolled past the Cardinals 26-14 on Sunday.Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs’ first-year starter 31 for the season.Rosen had 195 yards passing with a touchdown and two picks, taking several brutal hits in the fourth quarter. David Johnson ran for 98 yards with TDs on the ground and through the air, while Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list late in the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

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