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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals were destroyed 58-0 by the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, marking the worst loss in the history of the franchise. It was Arizona’s ninth straight loss.Speculation is running wild on a couple of fronts. First, whether or not the Cardinals quit on head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who’s coaching seat got noticeably hotter following the loss.“I can’t comment on that, I have no comment,” defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said Monday when asked about whether the confidence in Whisenhunt has faded in recent weeks . Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 17 Dockett was fined a hefty amount by the Cardinals organization last week for his part in an on-field disagreement with teammate Kerry Rhodes over a directive from the coaching staff to let the New York Jets score in the latter stages of the game. Dockett disagreed with the instructions, but it was for naught because Jets running back Shonn Greene fell down on his own short of the goal line, killing the clock in an ugly 7-6 win.Dockett also started the game on the bench as a result, and played in only 55% of the snaps on defense.Following the discipline, Dockett was asked if he’s still happy wearing Cardinal red.“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he responded. “I’m a hell of a competitor, I love what I do, I take what I do serious and I hold a lot of guys accountable and whatever situation comes my way, I’ll be prepared for it.” There were many who witnessed the game Sunday that believe the Arizona Cardinals quit as a football team. That group includes Larry Fitzgerald’s father, who made the proclamation on Twitter at halftime of the blowout loss.“That’s his opinion, I can’t speak for no one else, I only can speak for Darnell Dockett,” he said. “I can only say I didn’t quit, and that’s the best way I can put it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Fathers Day

first_imgMarketing CEO of Canna West With Father’s Day approaching, I could pull out all the stops to market my brand to every single father in the Seattle area, but that would be a demographic and logistical nightmare. Instead, my team and I work very hard to know our customers (KYC), an acronym we ironically stole from the banking world. Rather than take a blanket approach we market directly to the dads who actually shop in our store, and when it comes to engaging elderly fathers we employ the same empathy and understanding that it took me to market cannabis to my own father.My dad was a hippie and therefore a frequent pot user in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Following his flower child moment, he went completely clean – no alcohol or drugs of any sort – and he’s been that way for the past 40 years. Two years ago, however, he had a heart attack that almost killed him. The recovery meds his doctors had prescribed were opiate infused and kept him in bed, rather than pushing him towards recovery. Depression started settling in. He couldn’t sleep. It was heartbreaking and I knew cannabis was a better solution and could help break the cycle. Our “cannabis conversation” was very simple, though thoughtful, and went a little something like this:“Dad, please eat an edible with me and Nick (my fiance). We can all just sit and watch the thunderstorm and hang out on the porch together. Please?””Okay, I’ll try it,” he said.And that was it — a conversion made! He dumped the pharma meds immediately. The truth is, he had also been unnerved by the pharma recovery meds from the start and was ready for something different. What my fiance and I did was propose a solution on his terms in an environment where he is the most comfortable. It helped tremendously that I know just about everything about the man.The three of us had so much fun that night. Once the edible took effect, my dad had no more pain or anxiety. We could converse and laugh at each other’s jokes, just like the old days. Best of all, he slept like a baby that night and has ever since. He now takes one edible per day and has become one of three very important buyer personas in my brand’s marketing toolkit.Who then are the three most popular senior citizen dad personas my team engages with regularly? And how can an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry capture their attention this Father’s Day?Related: More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use1. The Aged AthleteDo you know this guy? Incredible, right? He still rock-and-ice climbs, well into his 70’s. He is the club tennis champion. He still good with a chain saw. However, at the end of each day now his knees hurt. His shoulders hurt. His back hurts. He could use a bit of CBD and THC love to take those pains away and reduce his inflammation.If you manufacture or sell any product, such as capsules or edibles, that fall into the 1:1 or even 25:1 category in terms of CBD to THC dosage percentages, Father’s Day might be one of the only times he slows down enough for you to capture his attention and then motivate him to give cannabis solutions a shot.Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand Ambassadors2. The Tin ManThis is my dad. He has a doctorate degree in radioactive isotope geochemistry, but then he went and devoted his professional career to reforming the state of Idaho’s mental health and rehabilitation hospitals. In retirement, he spends three hours a day meditating in a meadow on a hill overlooking the home of my parents in Idaho. He has one of the closest relationships with God that I have ever witnessed, yet claims he is not a religious man. My dad wants to be active, but he has a big, broken heart.He is a full believer in cannabis’ benefits today. And as a result, he is starting to seek out higher quality edible products, an important trend that should be noted by the reader. He and his ilk could eventually drive the growing craft edibles category.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsThe Dying FatherAll I can say here is…life is just really hard sometimes. We have had customers visit us who required a chair in our showroom, simply because they were having a hard time standing up. Perhaps they had just come from a chemo session? Maybe they were recovering from a difficult surgery? Or maybe they were just in that much pain?This personna is one that typically requires the type of assistance that a retail or product brand may not be accustomed to providing. It requires real caring, and listening. Those entrepreneurs who live their business and personal lives with ethos, who are in this game for more than just the opportunity to make a buck, won’t need to adjust to sell solutions to this personna. They are already acting in the right manner. Those minus ethos might want to look into some sensitivity training. It is not an audience that will forgive you twice. Nor should they.Regardless of how well your brand address each of the many personna’s related to Father’s Day cannabis promotions, there is still an elephant in the room — the undecided. For whatever reason, there are a number of elderly dad’s out there who could benefit greatly from cannabis, but haven’t taken the plunge to actually try it. My own dad required a direct invitation from me. We are now both very thankful he listened to me. Some may require just a gentle nudge, while others might want further research from credible sources. Some, sadly, will never abandon their opiates.It doesn’t matter where they fall on the spectrum though. When in doubt, market to them on Father’s Day as if they were your own dad. Don’t insult them. Get to know their needs and cater to them. They deserve that level of respect. Many seniors, maybe including your own father, could benefit from cannabis. Cultivate the empathy and understanding to reach them on their own terms. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Courtesy of Nick Mayer, owner of Trinity Farms Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Guest Writer Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Father’s Day Maryam Mirnateghi and her father, Masoud June 15, 2019 Next Article 6 min read Maryam Mirnateghi Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more

Four Essential Photo Editing Tricks

first_img Register Now » 6 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue –shares You don’t have to be a Photoshop expert to take great pictures–but you should know this handful of common editing techniques. Four Essential Photo Editing Trickscenter_img Technology Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Dave Johnson Purists will tell you–they certainly tell me–that photography is all about pressing the camera’s shutter release. Every week, for instance, I get e-mail from readers who claim that any photos that have been edited should not be considered for the Hot Pic of the Week contest.But not only is editing an integral part of digital photography, it has also been an inseparable part of film photography for 150 years. Just getting pictures processed by the corner photo lab involves many subjective adjustments to the exposure (even if you’re not the one who’s doing it). So here’s my challenge: Learn this handful of editing techniques, so you can turn your so-so snapshots into great photos.Correct Your ExposureBad exposure–whether it’s underexposure or overexposure–is the most noticeable photo problem you’ll run into. The good news is that many of your pictures can be easily improved by using your photo editor’s Levels or Histogram control. Open a photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements, for example, and choose Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels.You’ll see a graph called a histogram that shows how all the bright and dark pixels are distributed in your photo. If a lot of pixels are crowded against the right side of the graph, it’s probably somewhat overexposed. A lot of pixels at the left extremity of the graph mean underexposure. To brighten the entire photo, drag the White Point on the right side of the graph to the left. Likewise, to darken the photo, drag the Black Point on the left side to the right. If you only want to adjust the midtones in the photo, drag the middle arrow to the left or right.For more information on this, read “Use the Histogram to Avoid Exposure Issues” and “Perfect Photos Every Time.”Fix the Color BalanceDo your photos look too blue? Too red? Sounds like your white balance needs adjustment. Here’s why: Your camera has to measure the light each time it takes a photo and set the balance so all the colors in the scene look accurate. But cameras tend to get the white balance incorrectly about half the time.One way to ensure good color balance is to set the white balance manually before taking a photo. Using your camera’s white balance control, you can dial in a setting like daylight, sunset, or indoors (check the camera manual for details). Or you can tweak the colors afterwards on your PC using your photo editing program. If you use Photoshop Elements, for example, you can click the Quick Fix tab and drag the Temperature slider until the colors look right. For a hands-on look at how to do that, read “Perfect the Colors in Your Photos.”Straighten Out BuildingsIf you work on the exposure and colors, you’ll have dramatically better photos. But then you might start to notice smaller problems–like crooked buildings, for instance.Take a photo of a tall building, and you might notice that it looks a bit like it’s leaning, or even warped. You can thank a phenomenon called perspective distortion.If you have Photoshop Elements, you can reduce the intensity of this distortion by choosing Filter, Correct Camera Distortion, and then adjusting the Vertical Perspective. This reduces the apparent perspective distortion, though you’ll need to crop the photo to eliminate the tapered bottom.A better solution is to try a plug-in designed especially for perspective correction, like Andromeda Software’s LensDoc 3.0 ($119), which works in any program that supports Photoshop-style plug-ins, like Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro.If you have Paint Shop Pro, use the built-in perspective correction tool, which works amazingly well, and doesn’t cost anything extra. See “Fix Perspective in Architectural Photos” for a tutorial on using that tool.Eliminate Digital NoisePhotography is all about compromise. When you need to take pictures in dim lighting, for example, increasing the camera’s ISO setting can help you take better pictures. But that higher ISO also increases digital noise, so you get more random pixels of color scattered around the photo.There are two ways to minimize digital noise in your photos. First, you can prevent them by keeping the camera’s ISO setting as low as possible, where noise is minimal. Second, if you do shoot photos at a higher ISO, you can use software to eliminate a lot of the noise. For example, Noise Ninja is an excellent program, available on its own or as a plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements ($34). Or try Noiseware Community Edition, which is free.For more details, read “Eliminate Noise From Your Photos.”Hot Pic of the WeekGet published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.Here’s how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don’t forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.This week’s Hot Pic: “Swan at the Baltic,” by Przemek Krysinski, Kansas City, MissouriPrzemek writes: “I took this photo in the Baltic resort town, Swinoujscie. A storm was approaching from the sea, and couple of swans were leisurely walking around on the beach, waiting for occasional pieces of bread from tourists. The difference between the setting sun and the darkness of the approaching storm provided a contrasting image. I used a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T9.”This Week’s Runner-Up: “Cliff House Beach Dawn,” by Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, Portland, MaineCynthia writes: “I took this photo with my Pentax K10D on a long exposure just as the sun was rising. I combined it with another, slightly shorter exposure to not only get a silky water effect, but a misty effect by the rocks as well.” February 10, 2008 Next Article last_img read more

More Quick Fixes for Common Windows Annoyances

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Technology Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business More Quick Fixes for Common Windows Annoyances Steve Bass –sharescenter_img 5 min read Register Now » Dump the Insert key, rearrange drive letters, restore your Safely Remove Hardware icon, and get a free tool for easy Registry editing. Brought to you by PCWorld May 16, 2008 If you’ve got a multislot media card reader, chances are you face a mess of drive letters every time you double-click My Computer. I’ve finally outsmarted the Redmond kids in my battle with the dumb way Windows handles drive letters–and in this column I give you the fix. Plus, I share an easy way to restore the fickle Safely Remove Hardware icon to your system tray, and a trick to combat Insertus idioticus–by disabling the Insert key.Disable Unused Drive LettersThe Hassle: My PC has a built-in memory card reader, and the only slots I use are for CompactFlash and SD cards. Yet when I try to find the card I’ve just inserted in Windows Explorer, I always seem to click the drive letter of an empty slot. Do you have a fix?The Fix: First, let’s start by eliminating the card reader drive letters you don’t use. Log in as Administrator, open Windows Explorer, and insert your memory cards into the card reader slots. Jot down the corresponding drive letters and, using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System tray, remove the memory cards.From the Start menu, run diskmgmt.msc. Under Disk Management, you’ll see all your drives. Find the unused drives in the lower panel–they’re listed with a drive letter, a disk number, and a ‘No Media’ designation. Right-click, select Change Drive Letter and Paths, click Remove, click Yes, and say adios. Cool, no?My preference is to push the drive letters of the remaining memory cards near the end of the alphabet–and to use mnemonics for easier recall. I use drive letter “W” for the wide CompactFlash card and “S” for the smaller SD card. (I’ve also assigned mapped network drives to Y and Z.)From that same spot in the Disk Management applet, right-click, choose Change, and pick a letter from the end of the alphabet.This reassignment trick also keeps the drive letters of my temporary USB devices–two hard drives, an MP3 player and flash drive, and a GPS unit–all neatly stacked just after my last fixed drive.Restore the Safely Remove Hardware IconThe Hassle: Where’s my Safely Remove Hardware icon? One day it’s here, the next day it’s missing from the system tray!The Fix: The icon is probably just hidden. Right-click Start, select Properties, choose the Taskbar tab, click Customize, scroll to Safely Remove Hardware, and make the behavior Always Show. Alternatively you can keep the icon hidden (and your Systray uncluttered) and force it to appear when you need it by creating a desktop shortcut. Right-click your desktop, choose New, Shortcut, insert the line C:WINDOWSsystem32 undll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll in the ‘Type the location of the item:’ field, and click Next. Rename the shortcut USB Remove.Disable the Insert KeyThe Hassle: Can I turn off the Insert key on my keyboard? In Word, I keep hitting it and typing over too many of my golden words.The Fix: I don’t know why it’s still around–the Insert key is as useless as the human appendix, and my giant-sized thumb hits it early and often. But it doesn’t matter because I’ve disabled it.You can globally disable the Insert key in any of three ways: If you have the skills, follow the instructions for the one-minute Registry tweak at the Tech-Archive site. An easier way: Download and save my small Registry file onto the desktop; click it and then click Yes (don’t worry, it’s safe, so ignore any your security program warnings).Unfortunately, Word thoughtfully ignores the Registry tweak, so here’s a Word how-to: Click Tools, Customize, and in the dialog box, choose Keyboard. In Categories, scroll to and click All Commands, and in the Command panel, select Overtype. Highlight Insert in the Current keys box, click Remove, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.To reset the Insert key in Word, repeat the above steps, but after you select Overtype, select Press new shortcut key, press the Insert key, click Assign, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.Tool of the Month: RegEditX for XP and VistaHassled when someone (like me) asks you to use the Registry? I have a free add-on that turns the run-of-the-mill Windows Registry tool into to a superhandy, power-user utility. Take, for example, the arduous task of fiddling with the Registry’s plus and minus icons to reach a specific key. RegEditX instead lets you copy and paste a long Registry key right into the address field, as if you were in a browser, and then whisks you directly to the entry. Heck, you can go directly to the key with one line: Just type RegEditX and the starting key in the Run command. (My favorite is Favorites, a way to easily get back to Registry keys you often access.) 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5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch

first_img 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. Shipping is the final (and arguably most important) frontier when it comes to satisfying customers. Big box retailers have made shipping a priority by routinely examining and revamping their fulfillment methods, resulting in solutions like Amazon Prime, Walmart’s two-day shipping subscription and eBay’s Fast ‘N Free initiative.Keeping an eye on trends and adopting new, relevant shipping methods will not only help improve customer satisfaction, but it will also help small business owners meet their bottom lines and compete with the big dogs.Here are five logistics trends and strategies that all retail business owners should evaluate.1. Free shipping is expected.According to a Deloitte survey, free shipping is the top priority for shoppers when it comes to retail policies, and nine in 10 shoppers prioritize free shipping over fast shipping when shopping online.For small businesses to remain competitive, and avoid shopping cart abandonment, they’ll need to strongly consider incorporating free shipping as an option. As all businesses know, shipping is never really free.On a basic level, there are a few strategies to help businesses cover the cost of free shipping. First, increase product prices to cover shipping costs. In this case, the customer pays. Second, the business pays the full price of shipping. Third, the company slightly increases prices of products to cover some shipping costs, so that both pay a portion.Businesses can also get creative, offering free shipping when a customer hits a minimum order value. This strategy can help by increasing an average order size; therefore, increasing profits to help offset shipping costs.2. Deliver packages at a specific time.Some of consumers’ biggest pet peeves are receiving those “sorry we missed you” postage slips on their front door, or even worse, having a package stolen off their doorstep.According to a Temando survey, 76 percent of consumers want a specified time slot for delivery, and 37 percent are willing to pay a premium for it. The good news is that the major carriers’ tracking information have significantly improved, helping recipients know where their package is on its route and the estimated delivery date. In addition, most consumers know roughly when their mail carrier arrives each day and can oftentimes plan accordingly.For even greater control over delivery times, businesses can consider offering local customers on-demand delivery services, such as UberRUSH or Deliv. With these services, shoppers can specify the exact time of day they would like to have their order arrive.To ship smaller items to out-of-town customers with unusual or difficult schedules, USPS also offers a Hold for Pickup option, allowing the customer to pick up the parcel at a specified post office location. It also offers Package Intercept, which allows customers to reroute their domestic packages if they go on a vacation or business trip.3. Drones will deliver.Drones will soon be able to deliver small items to local areas quickly and efficiently. Amazon and Google are investing in drone delivery, among countless other tech companies.However, there are still operational limitations standing in the way of drone delivery. The Part 107 drone regulations announced recently that it does not cover a variety of operations crucial to delivering packages, such as flying beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, at higher altitudes and over laypeople.Related: 3 Ways to Grow a Multi-Million Dollar Drop Shipping BusinessSo while they’re not buzzing overhead quite yet, business owners should keep drone delivery on their radar to make sure their business is ready to adapt quickly once regulations allowing drone deliveries are in place.4. More options drive customer satisfaction.Traditionally, shoppers are given a few shipping options at checkout: standard, expedited and overnight. However, consumers are looking for more flexibility when it comes to how and when they receive their orders.According to an Accenture study, 66 percent of consumers have chosen a retailer based on the number of available delivery options.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteTo avoid shopping cart abandonment and upset customers, retailers should think about adding additional delivery choices such as local pickup, carrier-specific options, same-day shipping and more.USPS is generally the most affordable option for smaller, lightweight packages while UPS and FedEx are better suited for larger items. Allowing customers to select specified carriers – UPS, FedEx or USPS — may create satisfied, repeat customers as it gives them some control over the process.5. Big data transforms shipping.Business data has been around for a long time, mostly sitting in filing cabinets as an untapped resource. Thanks to new technologies, small businesses can now leverage their data to better serve their customers.With the right tools, businesses can automatically analyze information, such as pricing histories, mobile device usage, website traffic, locations, parcels’ time in transit and shipping destinations to make informed business decisions. This eliminates inefficiencies and bias; therefore, reducing overall business costs and improving practices.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesThere are countless ways small businesses can gather, analyze and make sense of all the data at their fingertips. For example, Endicia uses package data and predictive analysis to guide ecommerce business owners’ decisions, ranging from where to plant warehouses to how to improve delivery for the end-consumer through forecasted shipping costs and time in transit.By taking a look at where most products are shipped and how long they take to get there, business owners can determine the optimal location for a warehouse that will save the most time and money.Shipping is a challenging aspect of any ecommerce business and every small business will have different tactics and challenges to create the most efficient shipping strategy possible. Keeping an eye on shipping trends and strategies while implementing and tweaking it as needed, will help businesses determine what works best in order to be successful and competitive with the ecommerce retail giants. Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue Ecommerce Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Chief Strategy Officer, Stamps.com and Co-Founder, Endiciacenter_img 5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch Amine Khechfé 5 min read Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article August 15, 2016last_img read more

SafeGuard Cyber Detects Increase in Malicious Online Actors Ahead of EU Elections

first_imgSafeGuard Cyber Detects Increase in Malicious Online Actors Ahead of EU Elections PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 5:56 pmMay 8, 2019 digital risk protectionhacking election infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewsOtavio FreireParliamentary electionsSafeGuard Cyber Previous ArticleArtificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryNext ArticleCompuMark and WebTMS Announce a Strategic Partnership SafeGuard Cyber, the leading end-to-end platform for social media and digital risk protection, released a report showing that bad actors are amplifying misinformation content and deploying misinformation campaigns directed at EU member states to shape public perception and influence European Parliamentary elections taking place from May 23-26, 2019. Most notably, over a ten-day period in March, SafeGuard Cyber identified 6,700 bad actors who posted and amplified enough divisive digital content to reach upwards of 241 million users, almost half the population of the European Union.SafeGuard Cyber’s report also provides evidence that Russia is behind these misinformation campaigns, discovered by tracking bots, trolls and other malicious parties, referred to as “bad actors,” against 52 risk signatures as part of the company’s machine learning threat detection tool. The report also demonstrates a connection between misinformation campaigns and real-world news events. For example, the day after French President Emanuel Macron published an article about what he perceived to be the future of Europe, bad actor activity increased 79 percent, primarily to promote or share content attempting to discredit Macron’s ideas and shape public perception.Marketing Technology News: SAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory RiskSir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, who has been leading efforts at the EU level to counter disinformation online, said about report: “The report underlines the dangers of disinformation online. Malicious actors, whether they be state or non-state, will not hesitate to use the internet to attempt to influence and interfere in our democratic processes. We have achieved a lot in the past year in our work to counter this threat. But more remains to be done on all sides, including by the big internet platforms – it is vital we ensure the security of our elections.”“The scale of the problem is tremendous. The rise of disinformation campaigns is abetted by the fact that it is incredibly difficult to stop their spread on social platforms,” said Otavio Freire, co-founder, CTO and President of SafeGuard Cyber. “Bad actors realize that hacking election infrastructure, and hacking the perception of reality and facts, are ultimately tactics to accomplish similar outcomes. The former you need to get past firewalls while the latter continues to be unprotected. Our report reinforces the need for a new approach to security, as today’s bad actors are not at all hindered by the cybersecurity tactics of yesterday.”Marketing Technology News: SherWeb Introduces UCaaS Integration of Microsoft Office 365 With World-Class Hosted VoiceIn addition to assessing accounts and classifying bad actors as malicious, suspicious, disinformation or bot, SafeGuard Cyber also leveraged a proprietary tool that aggregates data from 155 fact-checking news sites in 53 different languages to differentiate misinformation from factual content. SafeGuard Cyber prepared a similar report in 2018, which found that bots attributed to Russia used disinformation to manipulate narratives and gain user trust through social engineering, so this report confirms such tactics are still in place. SafeGuard Cyber plans to continue tracking bad actor activity through the EU election and share its findings with the European Commission to help in their efforts to contain the spread of disinformation.Marketing Technology News: China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number Onelast_img read more

Building the future one RoboBoat at a time

first_img Citation: Building the future, one RoboBoat at a time (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-future-roboboat.html Provided by Office of Naval Research This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Last week, teams of students from 13 schools—representing six countries—tested their engineering skills by developing autonomous boats during the 11th annual International RoboBoat Competition, held June 18-24 in Daytona Beach, Florida.center_img The team from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITSN) located in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, launch their autonomous robotic boat during the finals of the 2018 International RoboBoat Competition held at Reed Canal Park in South Daytona, Fla. ITSN completed all tasks and took first place in the competition. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the behaviors demonstrated during the competition mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation, RoboBoat is an annual robotics contest, where the next generation of engineers put their autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) through a series of advanced water-based challenges that mirror real-world maritime operations.”The challenges might seem simplistic, but before the boats even make it to the water to try and complete the course, there’s a lot complex engineering that goes into the ASVs’ development,” said Kelly Cooper, a program officer in ONR’s Ship Systems and Engineering Research Division—and a RoboBoat judge. “This competition really showcases the technical ingenuity of the students.”That ingenuity will be needed as the desire for autonomous systems continues to grow—not only for the naval service, but across the commercial sector as companies like Dominos, Amazon and Uber all want to use autonomous vehicles for deliveries.And while these companies are making strides toward autonomous services for the average consumer, the Department of the Navy (DoN) is looking to use the technology to “create fundamental shifts” in the way the Navy and Marine Corps conduct future naval operations.According to the recently released DoN Strategic Roadmap for Unmanned Systems (short version), the goal is to “transform modern warfare” by seamlessly integrating unmanned systems into the naval services and across all domains.This is something that ONR is already doing—pushing the path forward for autonomous technologies like swarming boats, aerial vehicles and unmanned surface ships and helicopters.”RoboBoat showcases the talents of future engineers and serves as a basic introduction to some of what the Navy needs its autonomous systems to do,” said Cooper. “We know there will be a strong pull from the commercial sector to have these kids come work for them, but we want the participants to know that the future is bright with the naval services as well—we have the jobs and we need their talent, too.”As in the past, this year’s teams, largely composed of university students, were evaluated on their vessel design and performance. The design component focused on innovation, quality of engineering and craftsmanship. The performance component tested a vehicle’s ability to execute specific missions on the water without any human interaction.As part of the performance challenge, the ASVs had to demonstrate their speed and navigation capabilities by passing through a set of gates before competing for any mission challenge points.The mission tasks demonstrated the maritime systems’ autonomous behavior in different scenarios, including: speed; automated docking, which demonstrated the ability to launch and communicate with an aerial drone; finding a path in a crowded area; target identification; precise navigation; and, finally, return to dock.Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia) was this year’s biggest winner, bringing home the top prize of $6,000. Georgia Institute of Technology won second prize and $5,000; Hagerty High School (Florida) took third and $3,000; and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida) came in fourth, earning $2,000.Smaller awards of $500 and $1,000 in various special award categories went to Nathan Hale High School (Washington State), Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (India), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and Hagerty High School. Awesome autonomy: The future force and RoboBoatslast_img read more

Facebook Google face House hearing on white nationalism

first_imgIn this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, a man using a mobile phone walks past Google offices in New York. Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday, April 8, 2019, to answer questions about their role in the hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Facebook to tighten live stream access after mosque attacks In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, media and guests mingle before a tour of Facebook’s new 130,000-square-foot offices, which occupy the top three floors of a 10-story Cambridge, Mass., building. Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday, April 8, to answer questions about their role in the hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism (2019, April 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-facebook-google-house-white-nationalism.htmlcenter_img In March, Facebook extended its ban on hate speech to include white nationalists in addition to just white supremacists—a distinction civil rights groups had long called meaningless.Despite the ban, accounts such as one with the name “Aryan Pride” were still visible as of late Monday. This account’s self-description read, in part, “IF YOUR NOT WHITE friend ur own kind cause Im not ur friend.”In addition, on Wednesday a Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.” This hearing will address the claim of perceived bias against conservatives by tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter.The companies have denied any such bias. While political figures from President Donald Trump on down keep levying the accusation, none have yet presented evidence of an anti-conservative or any other political tilt. Neil Potts, Facebook’s director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak to the House Judiciary Committee along with leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the Equal Justice Society and others.The hearing was prompted by the March shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques and livestreamed the attacks on Facebook.The suspected shooter also published a lengthy post online that espoused white supremacist views.But controversy over white nationalism and hate speech has dogged online platforms such as Facebook and Google’s YouTube for years. The companies long extolled the value of free speech while trying to avoid acting as content editors, then were forced to deal with a resulting torrent of abuse directed at their users. In 2017, following the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, tech giants began banishing extremist groups and individuals espousing white supremacist views and support for violence. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more