Alonso warned Liverpool that they have to keep pushing

first_imgLiverpool are in a fantastic position after winning the first match 3-0 at home but Xabi Alonso insisted that the job is still far from being done and Manchester City can turn it around.The Reds legend spoke about his former side’s situation and he insisted that they have to remain focused and keep in mind that there are still 90 minutes to go which means plenty of time to turn the whole situation around.The former Real Madrid player spoke about Liverpool’s chances as he said that it won’t be easy, according to Goal:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“They have shown they can beat anyone, the atmosphere was thrilling at Anfield.”“The first half was unbelievable, to score three goals against City. The way they play they can be very happy, but it’s not done.”“There is still 90 minutes to play at City’s stadium and I am sure that they will improve and it’s not going to be easy.”last_img read more

Thousands gather for London terror attack vigil

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDays after London, UK experienced its third terror attack in as many months, thousands gathered at London Bridge to hold a vigil for the most recent victims.On Saturday, seven people were left dead and 48 injured when a group of three men drove a van into a crowd on London Bridge and attacked both police and pedestrians near Borough Market with 12-inch knives. Two of the three attackers were unprecedentedly killed by a round of fire from police. The attackers who were killed by police have been identified as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. The vigil was led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who described the attack as “barbaric” and said that, “London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life.” Thousands of flowers were left in tribute near the Thames and a moment of silence was observed. The Bahamas High Commission has confirmed that all Commission staff as well as those of the Bahamas Tourist and Maritime Offices are safe.#MaganeticMediaNews#LondonBridgeTerrorAttacklast_img read more

HAPPENING NOW No Domestic Fire Unit in Grand Turk Familys home in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, Grand Turk, July 13th 2017: A fire at a residence right now in Grand Turk, and the family is reportedly losing everything.The fire in North Backsalina has been burning about 45 minutes now and the owners are just watching as all goes up in flames.The Capital Island still has no domestic fire unit.  The airport fire team, we are told is unable to come to the rescue as there are flights on the ground.The fire is devouring the Missick family house; which is just across the street from the home of the area’s MP and the country’s Health Minister,  Edwin Astwood. Everyone is safe.#MagneticMediaNews#NoFireUnitInGrandTurkToBlameForFamilyHomeGone Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Instagram will now let you upload landscape videos to IGTV

first_img $999 $520 at HP Mobile Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Read Google Home Hub review IGTV will now feature both landscape and vertical videos. Instagram Instagram will now support landscape videos on its IGTV platform.The Facebook-owned photo app said Thursday that it’s adding the capability following requests from creators and viewers. Previously, IGTV only supported vertical videos. Viewers can now also watch landscape videos in full-screen by turning their phone sideways. “We realize this is an evolution from where IGTV started — we believe it’s the right change for viewers and creators,” Instagram said in a statement. “In many ways, opening IGTV to more than just vertical videos is similar to when we opened Instagram to more than just square photos in 2015. It enabled creativity to flourish and engagement to rise — and we believe the same will happen again with IGTV.”Instagram launched IGTV last year as a standalone app geared toward programming from creators. It features longer videos and is also accessible from the main Instagram app. In February, Instagram allowed creators to upload previews of their IGTV videos to their feed. Instagram says landscape video could be especially useful for high-motion videos that feature several people, such as those depicting dance and sports.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $299 at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Read the AirPods review Tags 7 Rylo Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)center_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice 0 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Turo $999 Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay See at Amazon See It See It Boost Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

Watch Rahul Gandhi leaves student blushing at Chennai college says call me

first_imgRahul Gandhi was interacting with students in Chennai on Wednesday, March 13. The Congress party has partnered with the influential opposition DMK party, formerly led by Karunanidhi, to take on the NDA in Tamil Nadu, which has officially joined the ruling AIADMK. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was responding to a question in Chennai’s Stella Maris college.Twitter/Congress”Can you call me Rahul instead of sir? It makes me more comfortable,” said Congress president Rahul Gandhi while interacting with Chennai’s Stella Maris college students. Gandhi was seen addressing hundreds of students as part of his campaign for next month’s national election. The crowd cheered listening to the words of the Congress president while the student, Azra, from the department of finance, was blushing with her tongue out.#WATCH: Congress President Rahul Gandhi asks a student at Stella Maris College, Chennai, to call him Rahul, when she starts a question with “Hi Sir”. #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/01LF5AxSex— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2019″The question I have for you, Rahul, is that the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research faced huge funding problems,” Azra asked.”We are convinced our country is spending less on education, our target is 6 per cent. It is not only about spending money on education, but also independence on education. All our educational institutions should be able to challenge us…I want you all to make me uncomfortable,” replied Rahul Gandhi.Wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans, the Congress president faced a range of questions from the audience about the Congress-led UPA’s plans for economic growth, bringing peace in Jammu and Kashmir, on charges against his brother-in-law Robert Vadra, views about the Modi government and the reason for hugging Modi in Parliament.last_img read more

Reliance Industries trading with gains ahead of Q4 results Sensex up 260

first_imgA general view of Reliance Jio headquarters is seen on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016.Reuters fileUpdate at around 2.50 pm: The BSE Sensex was up 262 points at 29,627, led by GAIL (India), Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro and HDFC Bank.Original story:Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) were trading with minor gains on Monday ahead of Q4 results. At around 1.10 pm, the RIL stock was up 1.19 percent at Rs 1,416 even as the BSE Sensex was trading 0.75 percent higher at 29,586.A Sensex heavyweight, the Mukhesh Ambani-controlled company’s gross refining margin (GRM) and management commentary on Reliance Jio will be in focus.”We expect profitability of the company for the current quarter on a consolidated basis to be flat both on sequential as well as on a yearly basis but the commentary on Jio and energy project execution will be the key,” the Moneycontrol.com quoted Rohit Singre, Senior Research Analyst (Equity – Technical) at Bonanza Portfolio Ltd., as saying.The information on Reliance Jio would also share prices of rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, the two listed telecom service providers.RIL was in the news last month when capital markets regulator Sebi barred it from accessing equity derivatives market for a year and directed the company to pay nearly Rs 1,000 crore for alleged fraudulent trading in a 10-year-old case.The ban, in effect from Friday, relates to alleged fraudulent trading in the Futures and Options (F&O), or derivatives, space in the securities of RIL’s former listed subsidiary Reliance Petroleum (RPL) — now merged with the listed parent firm, as reported by news agency IANS.Shares of Bharti Airtel were down 0.54 percent to Rs 341 apiece. Top Sensex gainers at around 1.25 pm on Monday were Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro, GAIL (India) and HDFC Bank. People throng a Reliance store to to grab Jio Prime Membership in Lucknow on March 30, 2017.IANSlast_img read more

Debates galore govt silent on 16th amendment verdict

first_imgsupreme courtDiscussions abound, but the government has maintained silence since the Supreme Court released on Tuesday, the full text of the verdict declaring the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.However, the government gave no formal reaction to the apex court chief’s observations although, highly placed sources there said, it is embarassed.The ministers and ruling Awami League leaders have been asked not to speak publicly about the verdict, a few of them confirmed.Seeking anonymity, some ruling party leaders said they were stunned to see the observations in the verdict, especially in the ones on politics and political personalities.These AL leaders wondered if such issues were relevant for such an important judgement.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of the verdict scrapping the power of parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges.After the verdict was delivered on 3 July, the members of parliament criticised the judiciary during the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (national legislative assembly).Now, the ruling party wants to discuss the matter once again in parliament so that there is no issue of contempt involved, said some leaders who preferred not to be named.A ruling party MP, who is one of the critics, confirmed to Prothom Alo that these issues will be discussed in the upcoming session of parliament in September.While contacted, the public relations officer of the law ministry said law minister Anisul Huq will not talk on this.The verdict of the Supreme Court was hotly discussed among the people from various classes and professions. Jurists and eminent citizens also declined to remark on it, terming it sensitive.According to Tuesday’s full verdict, the Supreme Judicial Council is set to get back power to remove judges for incapacity or misconduct. The incumbent government introduced the 16th amendment of the Constitution to empower the parliament to carry out the tasks.In his observation of 799-page verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, we are living in “a crippled society, a society where good men do not dream of good things at all; but the bad men are all the more restless to grab more bounty.”He said there is no monitoring institution to check misuse of power and arrogance. There is no check of balance, he said adding that “In such a situation, the executive becomes arrogant and uncontrolled and the bureaucracy will never opt for efficiency.”“Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country,” the CJ observed.Regarding the army rule, the verdict says, “After independence, those unholy alliances of power-mongers twice reduced this country to a banana republic, where people are seen as commodity which can be bluffed and compromised at any unworthy cost to legalize their illegitimate exercise of power. They did not empower the people, rather they abused their position and introduced different bluffing tools (sometimes ‘gono’ vote, sometimes rigged election and sometimes no election at all!) as means to prolong their power game. Thus as an institution, the notion of ‘politics’ has been completely destroyed. Dirty political practices of those undemocratic regimes even to a great extent infected the civil politics.”On the observation of the chief justice, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed said, “The observation echoes my statement. So there is nothing new to pass comment on. Almost all observations are correct”.The chief justice said, “Politics is no longer free, it is now highly commercial and money is in the driving seat which controls the course of action and its destination. Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country.”Speaking to Prothom Alo on the observation, National University Vice Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid said, “The issue of politics has been simplified too much. Politics has its own stream.”He further said, “It is true that the influence of money on politics, and participation of businessmen in politics has increased. But, two mainstreams of politicians—Awami League-led pro-liberation forces and another force led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are doing politics.”Expressing his disappointment in the observation, the chief justice said, “Even after forty-six years of independence, we have not been able to institutionalize any public institutions. There are no checks and balances, there is no watchdog mechanism at work, thus the people in the position are being indulged into abuse of power and showing audacity of freehand exercise of power.“The state power, which is another dimension of political power, is becoming a monopoly of a few now-a-days and this suicidal tendency of concentration of power is increasing. The greed for power is a like plague, once set in motion it will try to devour everything. Needless to say, this WAS NOT at all the aims and vision of our liberation struggle. Our forefathers fought to establish a democratic state, not to produce any power-monster.”Professor Harun said, “It is not logical to think that the today’s politics will be the same as our forefathers did. If we look at the global political practices, we shall also find changes there.”In his observation on the Election Commission (EC), the chief justice said the EC has not been institutionalised. The democracy cannot flourish unless the national election is held in a free and fair manner, he observed.The chief justice also said: “In the absence of credible election, a credible parliament cannot be established.”Former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain considered the chief justice’s observation appropriate.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sakhawat Hossain said the EC couldn’t work independently during the tenures of successive governments, including the incumbent one.So EC has not been a sustainable institutionalised organisation, he said, adding that the governments interfered in the activities of EC instead of assisting it.Citing an example, he said a total of 153 candidates were elected uncontested in the election of 2014. “It would’ve happened never if the EC were powerful.”About Article 116The chief justice said the 4th amendment of the Constitution changed the article 116; ‘Supreme Court’ was substituted by the word ‘president’. This amendment empowered the president for appointment, promotion, leave and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service.Though there is a provision for consultation with the Supreme Court in exercising this power, practically this consultation is meaningless if the executive does not cooperate with the Supreme Court.More so, this amendment is in direct conflict with article 109, which provides that the High Court Division shall have superintendence and control over all courts and tribunals subordinate to it.Learned Attorney General fails to comprehend that even before the Fourth Amendment, the 361 superintendence and control of all courts and tribunals were under the High Court Division and this provision ensures the independence of judiciary, but by this substitution of the word ‘president’ for the words ‘Supreme Court’ in article 116, the independence of the lower judiciary has been totally impaired, curtailed and whittled down.This amendment, therefore, violates the basic structure of the constitution and therefore this substitution of the word ‘president’ is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) the constitution.Historic verdict: BNPSpeaking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lauded the verdict saying, “I think full verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution is an important verdict in the history of Bangladesh. In present context it is a historic and epoch-making verdict.”Fakhrul further said, “The verdict has proved the incumbent government is an autocratic one. It [government] destroyed all constitutional institutions, and made the parliament ineffective.“The government would have stepped down had such a verdict been pronounced by the court of any civilized country,” the BNP leader added.* This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Govt to help unemployed women of Alipurduar

first_imgSiliguri: The state government have taken various initiatives to support the unemployed women of Alipurduar financially and help them earn a living through independent means.’Karmateertha’, an association has been inaugurated by Tanmay Biswas, Block Development Officer of Madarihaat area, on Wednesday in Alipurduar.The association is located at Beerpara block in front of Madarihaat Jaldapara Lodge.PD Samrat Nandi, deputy of the District Mission Management Unit and Jay Ranjan Dutta, National Rural Livelihood Mission Nodal Officer of Beerpara block were present at the inauguration ceremony along with Biswas. Nine stalls have been set up for the working women from the Self-Help Group. The government is mulling modification of ‘Karmateertha’ into a shopping complex where the workers will be handed over shops of their own to sell their own hand-made stuff. “We have the government’s full support to help the women and make them independent. At present, nine stalls have been arranged so that they can immediately start working and in the future, the government will assist them whenever they require help,” stated Biswas.last_img read more

Baruipur cops bust arms racket

first_imgKolkata: Baruipur Police have busted an arms racket which was running behind the garb of a kerosene shop. Sleuths have arrested two accused and seized several firearms along with multiple cartridges. According to sources, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Baruipur Police recently got a tip-off that an arms racket was operating in Joynagar.Based on the information, sleuths started gathering inputs. Several sources were engaged to locate the place since past few days. Two days ago sleuths came to know from sources that something fishy was detected at a kerosene shop in Joynagar’s Khakurdah Bazar. Based on the information, sleuths kept a close watch on the shop owned by Abdul Jalil Mondal, who also resides in the same area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring covert survey, sleuths were sure about Mondal’s involvement in arms dealing. Late on Thursday night SOG of Baruipur Police and police personnel from Joynagar police station conducted a joint raid on Mondal’s kerosene shop and found two persons were about to ink a deal. One of them was Mondal. The other accused was identified as Abdul Rouf Laskar of Kashipur in South 24-Parganas. During search operations, sleuths found two long range firearms and 90 rounds of live bullets. Also 55 rounds of bullet shell were seized. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe duo was arrested immediately. Apart from arms and bullets, police have also seized a bike, two mobile phones and Rs 9,000. They have been booked under the Arms Act. It is suspected that Mondal is nothing but an agent in the arms dealing racket. Sleuths are trying to identify the mastermind of the racket by interrogating him. Earlier, South 24-Parganas Police had busted an arms racket and seized nearly 15 firearms, including 10 pipe guns, were seized from a car during a raid on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Sonarpur area during August last year.last_img read more

Virgin Medias CEO Tom Mockridge has ruled migrati

first_imgVirgin Media’s CEO Tom Mockridge has ruled migrating the firm’s TiVo TV service to Liberty Global’s Horizon platform, claiming that doing so would be a “simplistic” business approach.Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch yesterday, Mockridge said that TiVo in the UK has been very successful, is growing by “several percent a month” in terms of household penetration and is well liked by customers.Asked whether Virgin would make the switch to Horizon now that it is owned by Liberty Global – which does not use TiVo in other markets – Mockridge said “the short answer is no.”“It’s a bit like saying Virgin Media’s not a brand that Liberty Global uses in other markets. They haven’t turned up here and said ‘we’ll take away the red paint and slap Liberty on everything.’“You make pragmatic, sensible judgements. You don’t do it via a simplistic rulebook. The [TiVo] boxes deployed today have been very successful here… The strongest mantra we take is that our customers like it.”He added that Liberty is “not religious” about the Horizon platform, pointing out that Liberty itself is not a software company and that the Horizon offering is the result of partnerships with the likes of NDS, which provides the middleware and user-interface for the Horizon boxes.“They are saying that if it [Virgin] works here, then we’re happy to maintain it. If it didn’t work, we’d take a different view. It doesn’t mean there will be a third [next-generation TV offering], but having the optionality around two is not necessarily a bad thing,” said Mockridge.In its latest earnings call Liberty said that Horizon, which is deployed in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany, now accounts for 500,000 subscribers. By comparison, Virgin counts some 2 million customers for its Virgin platform.Discussing other aspects of Virgin’s TV business, Mockridge said that Virgin was “certainly open” to more web-powered app deals, after integrating Netflix into TiVo boxes at the end of last year – and admitted it had already held talks with Amazon about bringing Prime Video, recently rebranded from Lovefilm, to the service.He also defended Virgin’s decision to not invest in its own content channels or original content.“We carry a wider selection of channels than anyone else in the market because we are the middle guy,” said Mockridge. “We would rather have a comprehensive offer and we don’t see the differentiation in the programming as being critical to our future. We see our differentiation as being in the quality and depth of broadband.”He said that, at Virgin, “we see ourselves primarily as a broadband supplier.” Mockridge also claimed that “as a cable operator, we are structurally, fundamentally in a much better position than BT,” which, as the incumbent player, still relies on its copper network.last_img read more

Mike Hopkins Disney and Fox have come on board Hul

first_imgMike HopkinsDisney and Fox have come on board Hulu’s new channels streaming service.The deals mean nets including ESPN and Fox Sports will be on the upcoming service as well as Disney Channel, FX and National Geographic among others.In all, the deals cover 35 nets from Disney and Fox, including their respective broadcast nets ABC and Fox.Hulu has already inked an affiliate deal with Time Warner’s Turner for channels including TNT, Cartoon Network and CNN.Disney, Fox and Time Warner are all shareholders in Hulu, as is Comcast, which has yet to agree a channels deals for NBC and its cable nets.Hulu’s channel streaming service will launch in early 2017 and is expected to offer a raft of streamed channels for about US$40 (€36). Hulu currently offers a free service as well as US$7.99 limited commercials, and an advertising free service for US$11.99.An exact launch date and pricing details of the channels service have yet to be announced.“We’re building a service that offers subscribers the most sought-after programming on television — and channels from 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company are essential to that mix,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu.“With these two new deals in place, and additional partners to come, Hulu will soon give TV fans of all ages live and on-demand access to their favourite programs in a whole new, more flexible, highly personalised way.”last_img read more

US broadcast group Tribune Media has terminated it

first_imgUS broadcast group Tribune Media has terminated its planned US$3.9 billion (€3.4 billion) merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and is filing a lawsuit against the broadcast outfit for breach of contract.Tribune said that its lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court would seek compensation for losses incurred as a result of Sinclair’s breaches of the merger agreement between the pair that dates from last year.Tribune said that Sinclair had failed to come good on commitments to sell local stations in a number of markets to secure regulatory approval. It alleged that, to maintain control over stations it was obliged to sell, Sinclair had “engaged in unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations with the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission” and had proposed “aggressive divestment structures and related-party sales that were either rejected outright or posed a high risk of rejection and delay”, leading the FCC to put the merger on indefinite hold while an administrative law judge determined whether the group had misled the regulator.“In light of the FCC’s unanimous decision, referring the issue of Sinclair’s conduct for a hearing before an administrative law judge, our merger cannot be completed within an acceptable timeframe, if ever,” said Peter Kern, Tribune Media’s CEO.“This uncertainty and delay would be detrimental to our company and our shareholders. Accordingly, we have exercised our right to terminate the Merger Agreement, and, by way of our lawsuit, intend to hold Sinclair accountable.”The move came just as the deadline for completing the deal expired. Earlier, Sinclair CEO Christopher Ripley had said that talks between the pair were still continuing.“In regards to the acquisition of Tribune Media Company, we are working with them to analyse approaches to the regulatory process that are in the best interest of our companies, employees and shareholders,” said Ripley in a statement accompanying Sinclair’s Q2 results, which saw the broadcaster grow its revenues by 11.9% to US$730.1 million. Operating income was US$131.6 million, up from US$118.8 million.Tribune meanwhile posted Q2 operating revenues of 4% to US$489.4 million an operating profit of US$98.1 million, up from US$12.7 million for the same period last year.Sinclair, which is the largest operator of local television stations in the US, with a reach of about 40% of US homes, agreed to acquire rival Tribune in May last year.last_img read more

What Do You Get with the Alert Service A lot

first_img What Do You Get with the Alert Service? A lot. It’s really a 3-in-1 deal, because you’ll get free and unlimited access to the Casey Energy Report (a $995 value) and Casey Energy Dividends (a $79 value) with your Casey Energy Confidential subscription. More importantly, though, you will get timely alerts on the very best investment ideas in the junior resource sector. So far in 2014, I have sent out 29 alerts and have been averaging more than one alert a week. You will get all the up-to-date field reports of my site visits, all the behind-the-scenes stories, and the most timely investment recommendations. Also, the alert service provides the opportunity at participating in private placements in some of the companies we are recommending if you’re an accredited investor. As you see, this alert service is not for the average investor and not for the faint of heart. It’s for the investor who wants more—among other things, his cut of the oil fortune. And right now, you can get a package deal that we’ve never offered before and may not ever offer again. For just a few weeks, you can get the Casey Energy Confidential AND the Casey Investment Alert for the price of one. As you probably know, the Casey Investment Alert is my colleague Louis James’ baby, and he is just as prolific in putting out alerts as I am. The precious metals juniors have been on a tear recently, and the early-stage stocks are the best bargains with the most potential for exceptional gains. As with my alert service, all the metals newsletters—the International Speculator (a $995 value) and BIG GOLD (a $149 value)—come free with your alert subscription. And, as an aside, if you’re already a subscriber to any of these energy or metals newsletters, we will credit your existing subscriptions to your new alert membership. You have 90 days to decide whether or not these exclusive services—our cream of the crop—are for you. If not, simply cancel for a full refund, and that’s it. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Click here to learn more about this special 2-for-1 opportunity… or click here to go straight to the order form. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Additional Links and Reads Marin Katusa Interviewed by Newsmax Summed up in 6½ minutes… a thorough and chilling interview with Marin about the new Axis of Energy emerging between Russia, China, and Iran. “We are willing to supply any shortage which may arise,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi. The “we” in the statement above is OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Don’t be fooled, though, OPEC is not your friend, and if you believe OPEC will come to your rescue when your oil runs out, I have some magic beans to sell you. OPEC is made up of 12 oil-producing nations, including, Iran, Algeria, Angola, Venezuela, Nigeria, and Libya—and many of them are quite hostile toward the US. Ironically, most of the oil produced within the OPEC nations was originally discovered and developed by American companies. “One hundred dollars is a fair price for everybody—consumers, producers, oil companies. It’s a fair price. It’s a good price,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi. Fair price? How does OPEC determine US$100 is a fair price? In a 2009 issue of the Casey Energy Report, we stated what the price of oil needs to be for the members of OPEC to balance their budgets. We dug deep into their budgets and determined that for the governments of the OPEC countries to fund all of their social programs, they would need US$80 per barrel of oil. The fair price of oil changed in 2011—the Arab Spring transformed the input values for “fair price.” The end result of the Arab Spring presented a harsh reality: all of a sudden, it cost the OPEC nations more to fund their social programs and prevent another social uprising. Take Saudi Arabia, for example, which committed over US$35 billion to education and housing subsidies, jobless benefits, and debt write-offs. The government even created a sports channel with those funds to keep all the unemployed guys occupied watching sports, rather than scheming another uprising. Don’t expect another Arab Spring this summer, as the Saudi population now has access to the Soccer World Cup. My money is on Messi and the Argentines, but that’s a whole different issue. Other OPEC members have followed the Saudis’ subsidization program, which they finance through higher oil prices. So, back to the topic of oil. OPEC countries produce over one-third of the world’s oil, and most of the world has become addicted to OPEC oil—but there is one thing we have that they don’t. I mentioned earlier that most of the oil and gas deposits whose fruits OPEC is reaping today were originally discovered and developed by American companies. Again, let’s take Saudi Arabia as an example. The crown jewel of Saudi Arabia is the gigantic Ghawar oil field, which was discovered in 1948 by Americans working for a company called Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco), but the American companies involved that did all the exploration and development are known today as Exxon and Chevron. By 1980, Saudi Arabia essentially “nationalized” and purchased a 100% interest in Aramco. The American Dream There is a lot wrong with the United States of today, starting, in my humble opinion, with the president. But even Obama’s awful leadership can’t kill the power of the American Dream. America is still a nation of freedom where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, succeed, and move up the social ladder—through hard work, not your birth right or who your father is. Sure, there are many fortunate sons in the US, but they usually lose out to you and me, the disciplined, hardworking, smart people wanting more out of life. You are reading my missive because you know what I know: There is a fortune to be made from oil, and you want your cut. But you also know nothing comes easy. Saudi Arabia is the leader of OPEC and has been for years. The Saudi oil minister has come out and stated: “There is no reason for a change. Absolutely no reason.” He’s referring to the “perfect” price of US$100 per barrel for their oil. OPEC believes, and is correct to believe, that the global economy has accepted that US$100 per barrel. That’s what OPEC members need to prevent any further uprising and to stay in power. But the Americans haven’t been twiddling their thumbs… Unlocking the American Dream There is a lot America can do with US$100 oil, because that price suddenly makes alternative oil extraction methods economical and opens up brand-new avenues for profit. The next big thing in shale, for example. There is an onshore oil and gas basin in North America that is about to turn the oil and gas world upside down. This isn’t some maverick junior explorer’s pipedream. In fact, it’s taking the industry insiders by storm. They’re pulling out their checkbooks to play, and so are we. Last month, we took profits on a stock in our premium alert service, the Casey Energy Confidential, that—if you had invested in the open market according to our recommendation—would have given you +400% gains at current prices. And this is just early days in one of North America’s best shale oil and gas formations. In fact, just this past week, management of one of the largest pure gas producers came out on their investor conference call saying their results were almost 300% better than they anticipated. Insiders in the oil patch already label the potential of this shale formation as world class. Profit from the Oil Cartel I learned long ago that investing in the oil sector, “You can either be a contrarian or a victim,” as my friend Rick Rule likes to say. If you’re the average American hoping for OPEC to rescue you, you will suffer from US$100 oil. But if you’re reading my missive, I know you’re not the average American. You’re smarter—and you know there is a windfall profit to be made from this situation. Play to win and try out the Casey Energy Confidential. This unique email alert service has no fixed publishing schedule. Alerts and special reports are issued when the most profitable and unusual early-stage energy opportunities present themselves—such as the special report I am putting together about the world-class shale formation I mentioned earlier. This is the first time in over a year that we opened up the Casey Energy Confidential to new subscribers. The stocks we recommend in it are often micro-cap and so thinly traded that we have to limit membership in the service to a few hundred to avoid excessive buying or selling that would itself affect the stock price. How is my track record so far in 2014?last_img read more

The Trump administration moved forward on Wednesda

first_imgThe Trump administration moved forward on Wednesday with its plan to lower prescription drug prices by requiring drugmakers to display the list price “in a legible textual statement at the end of the advertisement.”Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said today that when it comes to changing prescription drug prices, “putting prices in TV ads may be the most significant single step any administration has ever taken.” But patient advocates are not convinced it will have an immediate impact on drug pricing. The rule would apply to prescriptions that cost more than $35 per month or courses of treatment, which are covered by Medicare. The rule is very specific, requiring that the price be displayed, “for sufficient duration and in a size and style of font that allows the information to be read easily.” Industry groups have fought this move since it was announced in October. They adopted voluntary rules, that would have directed ad viewers to a website with more detailed cost information. Today, in a statement, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) wrote that the list price is confusing since that’s not what most people pay. The rule addresses that by requiring an additional statement that reads, “If you have health insurance that covers drugs, your cost may be different.” PhRMA also said that the rule raises “First Amendment and statutory concerns.”Court challenges may be coming. The legal authority given by the White House is based on the laws that require Medicare and Medicaid to be run in a cost-effective manner, according to the rule. Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert in drug-pricing regulation, told NPR and Kaiser Health News in October that could be a weak legal argument since most drugs are marketed to the broader public, not just Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.Consumer and patient advocates generally hailed the move as a step towards greater price transparency, but questioned whether it would do much to lower high prices. “We don’t believe that disclosing list prices will shame drug corporations into lowering list prices,” says Ben Wakana, executive director of Patients for Affordable Drug Prices. “Drug companies have been shamed about their price increases for years. They appear to be completely comfortable with the shame as long as it is bringing them in the billions of dollars a year that they make from their outrageous prices.”He gives the government credit for trying to do something on health prices, noting “taking action on this issue is hard.” But he thinks some of the administration’s other ideas to lower prices — announced in a plan released last May — might have a bigger impact.Critics have pointed out the government’s plan for enforcing the rule is weak, as NPR reported last fall. The plan for enforcement involves competitors policing each other by bringing legal action against competitors who aren’t compliant, Azar said in Wednesday’s press briefing. He calls it “a quite effective mechanism of enforcement.” Azar defended the government’s authority to issue the new rule. “This is not without precedent,” he told reporters. “We have for over 50 years required that car manufacturers and car dealers post the sticker price of cars on the windows of their cars and be transparent about — even though there are negotiations and everything else — because it’s a starting point that’s an important part of consumer fairness.”The car-buying analogy doesn’t work very well for drugs, notes Adrienne Faerber, a lecturer at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “When you go to the car dealer and you see that sticker price and you can negotiate a better price that can fit your budget directly with the car dealership,” she explains. But, she says, drug prices are negotiated through layers of middlemen: “So you don’t get to negotiate based on these prices like you would with a car.”In other words, car shoppers have a lot more choices that sick patients do, and a lot more bargaining power. Faerber says certainly displaying the list price won’t “magically flip a switch and cut a percentage or two off of the total drug costs.” But she says it will be interesting to see how patients react to high list prices on their TV screens. “Consumers are going to start wondering what are people getting for that money,” she says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lot

first_imgA pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to research new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people.The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects over the next four years.The aim is to build “robust” evidence on how to influence both policy and practice on independent living, and how to remove the barriers of attitude, environment, organisation, communication and finance that disabled people face.The programme aims to “change the way research is done so that researchers and disabled people work together as partners”.A series of 19 roadshows across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales helped to decide on the programme’s four project themes: participating in the economy, participating in community and social life, participating in civic and public life, and participating “fully and equally in anything and everything”.Some of the issues raised in the roadshows about the barriers to participating in the economy included how to address the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people; how schools, colleges and universities could be made more inclusive; and what could be done to address disability poverty by both increasing disabled people’s income, and reducing their extra costs.On community and social life, priorities included how to prevent social isolation; how organisations in local communities could be made fully inclusive; and how to stop disability hate crime.On participating in civic and public life, key issues raised included how to increase the number of disabled people in elected office; how disabled people can influence party manifestos and government policies; and how to change the media’s frequent portrayal of disabled people as “scrounger, tragic victim or heroic survivor”.The first opportunity to bid for funding opened this week, with a closing date of 27 July, with subsequent funding rounds opening in early 2017, 2018 and 2019.The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and will be delivered by the disabled people’s organisations Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.Organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000, with proposals initially assessed by a national advisory group – England’s group is chaired by disabled BBC presenter Peter White – before the programme’s central research committee of disabled people, academics and policy experts makes a final decision on funding.Rhian Davies (pictured), chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “Our aim is to produce new evidence on what would support disabled people to access their right to independent living and take full part in society.“The programme includes potential for pilot projects to test the evidence in practice and find out what will make a real difference to the quality of disabled people’s lives. We’re looking forward to receiving some exciting proposals.”Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said that disabled people would be “in the lead, setting the priorities and co-designing the projects.”The disabled academic Dr Tom Shakespeare, chair of DRILL’s central research committee, said: “The starting gun has been fired on a very exciting competitive research process.“We are looking for teams that have great ideas, true partnership between researchers and disabled people, and with real chance of improving the lives of disabled people.“This is the first round of a five-year funding programme that will change disabled people’s lives for the better.”last_img read more

The public relations PR sector needs to confront

first_imgThe public relations (PR) sector needs to confront its failings over the employment of disabled people, according to new research by an industry insider.One UK PR company with more than 300 employees has admitted that it does not have a single disabled member of staff, while the latest industry survey found just two per cent of people who work in PR said they were disabled.The research has been carried out by Ashley Phillips (pictured), who herself has an invisible impairment and worked in PR in the USA and the UK for nearly five years before beginning a masters degree in public relations and advertising at Richmond University.She decided to write about disability in PR for her dissertation, after becoming increasingly concerned about how few disabled people were employed by the industry.She told Disability News Service that she had never seen a single person with a visible impairment among the hundreds of professionals she had come across in her five years working in PR.Phillips, who has type one diabetes, said the only person she met in those five years who said they had an impairment was another woman with diabetes who she had seen using an insulin pump.Of about 83,000 people employed in the industry in 2016, just two per cent – less than 1,700 people – said they were disabled, according to the PR Census 2016 carried out by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).As recently as 2013, PRCA’s census did not even mention disability or disabled people.And when Phillips approached some of the best-known PR companies in the UK about her research, only one was willing to tell her how many disabled people it employed.She was told by this company that, of more than 300 employees, not one of them was a disabled person.She was told: “This is something we are looking into. It is a problem.”Phillips said she realised there probably were some disabled people who worked at this company but that they were just not willing to disclose their status to their employer.She said she hoped her research would “open the conversation” on disability within the industry.She said she did not believe she had faced discrimination in the industry but believed there was “a lot of misunderstanding”.She said: “I think disability is considered a large taboo and people don’t know how to handle it, so they don’t.“I haven’t looked into other industries but I do feel [members of the PR industry] are behind in regards to how the world is moving.”When she first met her soon-to-be husband (she is getting married next month), when she told him she worked in PR, he replied, “Oh, you’re one of those.”She said: “This was the first encounter I had of specific stigmas associated with PR – that often everyone in the industry was a considered to be a typical Sex And The City Samantha Jones.“However, that conversation opened my eyes to noticing who my colleges were on a day-to-day basis – mostly young, white, middle-to-upper class and predominantly female.”She added: “This is not 100 per cent of the industry, they are opening diversity efforts, but everybody strives to be that perfect person and that ideal industry figure.”She said she believed that those at chief executive level were showing a “blatant disregard” for the issue, while executives at lower levels were guilty of “a lack of understanding”.She added: “From access to awareness, the industry can make many changes to recruit the nearly untouched pool of potential talent.“By spreading awareness of the lack of disability inclusivity in PR I hope to open the conversation and help make people with disabilities an inclusive part of the industry.”When contacted about Phillips’ research, PRCA accepted that there was “a general lack of understanding of disability in the industry”, but pointed out that the 2016 census also revealed that 78 per cent of all respondents suggested there were no significant obstacles to their organisation employing disabled people.Matt Cartmell, PRCA’s communications, marketing and events director, said: “The small numbers of disabled people in the PR and communications industry is certainly a concern but it may have to do more with a lack of understanding of what disability is and the stigma surrounding disability than employers not accommodating employees with disability.”He said a PRCA survey had revealed in May that nearly three-fifths of PR and communications professionals had experienced mental ill-health, while a slightly higher proportion had never spoken to their manager about their mental health.He said there was often a limited understanding of mental ill-health, which was “concerning because the industry itself is fast-paced and the ‘always on’ mentality means that employees can suffer from anxiety disorders, stress, or the workplace can exacerbate existing mental health conditions such as depression”.Cartmell said: “The industry isn’t necessarily behind society on the issue of disability.“While the stigma surrounding disability certainly exists and the industry has struggled with hiring more diverse candidates, there are several examples of organisations that are making employee wellbeing and diversity the key focus of their business.“The industry is increasingly aware that there is a strong moral and business case for increasing diversity in the workplace and accommodating employees with disabilities. “PRCA is committed to raising awareness about disability, diversity, and mental ill health and we have found that a lot of PR and communications practitioners are engaged in this debate.”He added: “We have seen that a lot of members and organisations in the wider industry are introducing unconscious bias training in their recruitment practices.“More importantly, we have seen that organisations are talking about disability and implementing policies to accommodate disabled employees.”last_img read more

Geek Builds His Own iPhone Using Chinese Market Parts

first_img You really can build your own iPhone with a little patience and a trip to Shenzhen, China. Add to Queue –shares Next Article Geek Builds His Own iPhone Using Chinese Market Parts 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. To the majority of consumers, smartphones are a closed box. You switch them on, charge them, use them, charge them again and keep doing that until the urge to upgrade takes over. If they break, you take them in for repair (or use that as an excuse to upgrade). We never look inside, in fact, regular teardowns of smartphones reveal how difficult even opening them can be.Scotty Allen is a geek, and one who spends a fair amount of time in China. When in Shenzhen, he couldn’t fail to notice the abundance of cell phone parts available to buy at the markets of Huaqiangbei. And of course, that led Scotty to wonder if he could make his own iPhone. Rather than leaving the question unanswered, he decided to find out. The answer, as the fascinating video below reveals, is “yes, you can.”There are a few gotchas, though. As with any electronics project such as this, you need patience, knowledge, help and the availability of parts. Scotty had all of these, but there was still quite a bit of frustration and a few months of work interspersed with head scratching. But he got there in the end, even managing to find an original box and all the accessories that come with an official iPhone 6s.What’s clear from his experiment is, not only is making an iPhone possible, it can be done using recycled parts. Very few of the components inside long-discarded iPhones go to waste. Rather than in landfill, they end up back on the markets, sold as part and typically in bulk. Even broken parts get fixed, as Scotty’s attempts to get a working logic board revealed.If you’re wondering why Scotty didn’t attempt to build an iPhone 7, the answer is simple. The markets in China rely on recycled/broken phone parts, and with the iPhone 7 being relatively new such parts are quite scarce. Older iPhone parts, however, are abundant due in no small part to the constant upgrade cycle consumers are locked into. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img iPhone April 13, 2017 Senior Editor Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

Apple Discusses Spectre and Meltdown Fixes on iOS MacOS

first_imgApple Apple Discusses ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Fixes on iOS, MacOS Apply Now » Add to Queue –shares Richard Lawler The recently disclosed bugs that affect so many modern CPUs are an issue on Apple platforms as well, and last night the company explained how it’s dealing with them.In a new support page, Apple confirmed it has included “mitigations” for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2, while watchOS is unaffected. The other exploit, Spectre, it will address in a few days with an update to the Safari browser on macOS and iOS, with other fixes to follow.According to Apple, its Meltdown updates have resulted in “no measurable reduction” in performance. As far as its still-unreleased Safari tweak, the company says that on Speedometer and ARES-6 benchmarks there’s no noticeable change in performance and a hit of less than 2.5 percent on the JetStream browser benchmark. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 1 min read January 5, 2018 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on Engadget The Safari browser is also getting an update. Next Article Image credit: pisaphotography | Shutterstocklast_img read more

How to Choose the Right Tech Support for Your Business

first_img –shares Elsa Wenzel Managing technology comes last on the to-do list for many small companies. You want to focus on front-end business while hardware and software magically work behind the scenes. Many mom-and-pop or home-based ventures rely on family and friends for tech help. “The main trend we’re seeing for small businesses is to use as little IT help as possible, says Joslyn Faust, an analyst at Gartner research.For your tech backbone to function, however, it needs steady support. Finding the right IT expert can save money over the long run, and can make the difference between merely surviving an emergency or powering ahead for growth.Web-based services, mobile computing, and virtualization provide flexibility and cost savings that make it easier for entrepreneurs to get the tech help they need.Finding Outside HelpThe time may come when tech growing pains can interfere with basic business functions. Nobody wants to learn the hard way, for example, that the lack of a backup strategy has led to a wipeout of client records.The breaking point at which you need professional help depends on your company. A five-person startup may need nothing more than occasional tune-ups, or yearly guidance to draw up a long-term tech blueprint. If you have close to 100 computer users on the payroll, on the other hand, you’re probably in the market for a full-time technician.No matter the scale of assistance you need, think of it as you would any other relationship. First, get to know each other. Then, make plans for the future.”One of the biggest things we do is to try to become part of their environment,” says Jeremy Hayward, who provides small-business tech support with SNS Technologists in Edmonton, Alberta. “I try to look at what’s going to happen in six months, what’s projected for sales and staffing levels. It’s not all technical. We try to translate day-to-day business needs into technology that will help you do better.”Where to LookWord-of-mouth networking is a start. Just ask clients and vendors with tech needs similar to your own about who they use for IT advice.You won’t find a dedicated online reviews directory of IT pros, but searching for “tech support” on local-reviews services such as Yelp.com can help. For $29 a year, you can use AngiesList.com, which specializes in user-rated construction and home-repair pros but also includes a “Computer Repair & Services” category. Or, if you prefer, try posting a free ad on Craigslist in the “Gigs Offered” section under “Computers” to invite replies from professionals to your inbox.If you tend to have a lot of gear from a certain brand, check the maker’s website for local partners or resellers that might also offer business support services, such as on HP’s Partner Locator page. Some electronics companies, such as Dell, provide support and consulting within their small-business guides.What to Look ForSeek a professional who observes your operations and asks questions about how your business works overall, not just the technologies it uses.Your IT contact should feel the pulse of your network and pay special attention to data security and backup. Some important questions include: “Where is your business’s e-mail hosted,” and “what operating systems, software, antivirus tools, desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones do your employees use?”Ideally, the professional you select should provide a three- or five-year plan that takes your budgeting and forecasting into account. A monthly or quarterly check-in is a good idea.An IT pro should translate geek-speak into user-friendly language you understand. This task may be tough for a helplessly left-brained technician, but they should at least try.Someone who provides choices and a range of price levels has done their research to keep you informed. The most expensive products aren’t always the best option.Make sure the consultant looks for tools that fit the size and type of your business. If your family runs an antique shop, your accounting data may fit neatly on a secure USB key that you take home nightly. If you’re in charge of an investment firm or medical office, on the other hand, your data must have extra layers of protection to comply with privacy regulations and other laws.A savvy IT technician keeps up with tech-industry news. The pro doesn’t have to be a news fiend, but you should assess their knowledge by asking them about something cool you spotted recently in a tech magazine or news site.Look for credentials. Certifications that matter include Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). For networking, look for CompTIA Network+ or A+ accreditation. An Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) could be good for Mac shops with complex needs, such as multiple departments.Get a sense of the IT pro’s customer-support experience by reading between the lines of their résumé and having a real conversation.What to AvoidWhen the consultant speaks in buzzwords and acronyms, don’t be intimidated. But be ready to let that person go if they won’t explain; efforts to bewilder you with jargon reflect arrogance or fear, not expertise.Stay away from fly-by-night, crisis-based services that try to sell you the tech flavor of the month. They’re not equipped to look at your operations as a whole for the long term.Be wary of consultants who present a particular technology or a single brand as the end-all, be-all solution. It’s fine to favor a brand that works for you, but no individual manufacturer makes the best of everything.Before you follow an IT know-it-all who insists that you need to wipe your hard drives and throw out most of the equipment you own, get a second opinion.Watch out when someone tries to sell you top-of-the-line, enterprise-level gear.If you’re determined to use something that your IT support person refuses to consider — such as equipping your sales team with smartphones — the professional had better explain why it’s not in your best interest.Avoid dangerous shortcuts. Someone who installs 50 black-market copies of Office 2010 may not be around when Microsoft comes knocking. A tech professional should help you comply.Multitasking may be a talent, but it’s also a warning sign. A staff engineer doing double duty as your IT pro probably has their hands too full.Lastly, if you already have a full-time IT staffer but they’re reluctant to explain what it is that they’re “managing” all day, you can bet they’re struggling to look busy and afraid to lose their job. Maybe it’s time to outsource to a part-timer.IT ResourcesAngiesListYelpOnForceComputerAssistantInstall It Today Use these tips when it’s time for your company to find professional IT help. How to Choose the Right Tech Support for Your Business Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. October 22, 2010 Add to Queuecenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Brought to you by PCWorld Small Business Heroes 6 min read Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more