AI and Blockchain Tech Are The Future of Successful Trading

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Reuben Jackson Ruben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. In the past five years, the global financial industry has experienced major disruptions thanks to innovative technologies in AI, Machine Learning, and Blockchain. The rate at which supercomputers are taking over the financial sector is leaving no doubt that the future of finance will largely depend on computer scientists and big data experts rather than the traditional financial advisors and traders.It is no wonder that the world top financial institutions are now hiring more quantitative analysts and computer scientists than the traditional financial analysts and investment advisors. The CFA Institute, the provider of the world most prestigious professional designation for financial analysts, has realized that it is no longer business as usual in the industry and is now including AI, Big Data, and Machine Learning in its Curriculum.On the other hand, Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies, is also having its fair share in the industry with analysts predicting that it will do to the financial system what the internet did to the media. Cryptocurrencies as an investment asset have seen explosive popularity since 2016 with Bitcoin the mother of all cryptocurrencies soaring above 1,500% in 2017 before crumbling 63% in the first month of 2018. Other cryptocurrencies (as of now there are over 2000 of them) are seeing the same level of growth and volatility, creating massive investment opportunity on the one hand and big risk on the other.As the amount of data on these digital currencies continues to pile up, crypto-traders are finding it hard to find investment insights manually. This has prompted the emergence of AI and Machine Learning driven solutions. The application of computer algorithms driven by AI and Machine Learning to analyze big data and execute stock trades is not something new in the mainstream financial markets.AI and Machine Learning can be applied in the crypto markets in similar ways to the way it’s used for data analysis. The key advantages of algorithm-driven investment decisions include speed and accuracy, which are the two most vital elements to success in the highly volatile crypto markets.  Also, machine-driven trading does not require the trader to have specialized skills in a certain discipline or to have insider information to compete.For instance, Signals, a blockchain platform launched on the Ethereum Network, seeks to utilize Machine Intelligence in order to enable crypto traders to make smarter and faster trading decisions and maximize trading profits. With the Signals platform, both the experienced and inexperienced crypto traders can access trading algorithms ranging from traditional technical analysis to the sophisticated machine learning techniques.Another example is Robo Coin Advisor, a platform that has been work in progress since 2014. The projects, which claims to be the first robo-advisor for cryptocurrencies, combines AI with cryptocurrencies and blockchain to provide investors with daily forecasts and statistics relating to cryptocurrencies and their tokens.But how can we be assured that the trading algorithms are accurate and will make the right call when subjected to a lot of varying data? The answer can be found in back-testing. The process involves subjecting the algorithm to historical data in order to determine how it would perform in various scenarios. Platforms such as the Quantopian have been providing back-testing avenues for stock-trading algorithms and some are now offering such solutions for crypto trading.Another aspect of algorithmic investing that is bound to benefit crypto traders is market scanning for tradable news. In high-frequency trading, Computer algorithms equipped with Natural Language Processing are taught to scan and identify tradable news as it develops and execute trades instantly. This approach can be very helpful in crypto-trading given the crypto-markets volatility and sensitivity to emerging issues.For instance, in the recent past, news on regulatory crackdowns has proven to have a very big impact on the price movement of cryptocurrencies. With an algorithm that is trained to identify regulatory crackdown news as they emerge and instantly execute trades, traders can profit on their crypto holdings both on the bull and bear markets.As blockchain and cryptocurrencies continue to gain traction in the mainstream society, the amount of data generated from related activities and transactions will keep growing. Long-term investors and day traders must, therefore, be ready to embrace cutting-edge technology if they are to remain competitive in this industry. Tags:#AI#analytics#Blockchain#Trending What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crosses Odisha coast, rains to continue till Saturday

first_imgCyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crossed the coast near Gopalpur in Odisha early Friday, triggering heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in several parts of the state.The cyclonic storm “Daye” over northwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast close to Gopalpur in the early hours of Friday, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, H.R. Biswas said.The cyclonic system then lay centred over south Odisha, about 40 km west-northwest of Gopalpur and about 150 km east-southeast of Bhawanipatna, he said.Mr. Biswas said it would continue to move west-northwestward and weaken gradually into a deep depression.Also Read Of cyclones and their naming  As the cyclonic storm made a landfall, it brought heavy to very heavy rainfall in some places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the state, officials said.Under its impact, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash several places in Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts till Saturday, the MeT centre said.Heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely to occur at some places in Balangir, Bararh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts till the morning of Saturday, it said.The MeT centre also warned of gale wind with speed reaching 60-70 kmph and gusting up to 80 kmph along and off south Odisha for a few hours.The impact of the cyclonic storm was felt more in Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh and Puri districts.The State government has instructed officials in coastal districts and various departments to be alert to tackle any emergency situation, official sources said.Danger signs with signal number 3, which warns of surface winds clocking 40-50 kmph, have been hoisted at all ports of Odisha, officials said.Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review meeting and directed the officials to keep a close watch on the situation and take steps to ensure no loss of life. He also asked them to arrange adequate relief materials.The cyclone warning division’s (CWD) advisory said the sea will be very rough over central and north Bay of Bengal and off Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.last_img read more

Two killed as bus falls into gorge in Shimla district

first_imgTwo persons were killed and six others injured when a bus fell into a 50-metre deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district, police said on Monday. The accident occurred in Mancholi area when the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus was on its way to Khadar village from Chaupal on Sunday, they said. The bus fell into the gorge as the retaining wall constructed besides the road collapsed. The deceased have been identified as Priyanka (28) and Vidya Dutt (52) of Khaddar village, they said, adding that Priyanka’s husband Sudesh (38) and their two daughters Sanvi (3) and Yuaana (2) are among those who sustained injuries.All the six injured have been referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) at Shimla.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya’s Return Won’t be a Cakewalk

first_imgExtradition applications by Government of India to bring back individuals who are guilty of financial misconduct are a hot political issue. Recall that an extradition treaty was signed between the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the government of the Republic of India on September 22, 1992.Read it at DNA Related Itemslast_img

Priyanka not allowed to meet kin of 10 U.P. firing victims

first_imgCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was on Friday detained near Varanasi by police when she was going to a village in Sonbhadra district, where 10 persons were gunned down on Wednesday by a village head and his men over a land dispute. Some villagers were also injured in the incident.The administration has imposed restrictive orders for assembly, under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, in Sonbhadra.While being taken away in a police jeep, mediapersons asked Ms. Vadra if she was arrested, to which she replied, “Ji”. She said, “No matter what they do, we won’t budge. We have only come here to meet the families peacefully.”Ms. Vadra said she did not know where she was being taken.Earlier, Ms. Vadra, along with State Congress leaders, sat on a dharna in Narayanpur on Mirzapur Road, saying she was not being allowed to visit the families of the victims in Sonbhadra.“We have been stopped. I am asking them to show me the order or law under which it is being done. I am telling them I will go only with four people [permissible assembly under Section 144]. I only want to meet the victims’ families,” she said.Ms. Vadra earlier visited the injured people at the trauma centre in BHU, Varanasi.Arrest is disturbing: Rahul Gandhi “The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.last_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi, 2 others sent to judicial custody till May 18

first_imgA special court in Delhi on Wednesday sent former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and others to 14 days in judicial custody.Kalmadi had been arrested by the CBI on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the award of CWG contracts.The court sent Kalmadi to Tihar Jail along with CWG organising committee joint director general (sport) A.S.V. Prasad and deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal till May 18 as the CBI said that some important witnesses were yet to be examined.Kalmadi, Lal and Prasad were arrested on April 25 for allegedly flouting norms in the awarding of the CWG contract for Timing Scoring Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm. The next day, the court remanded them in CBI custody for eight days. But on the expiry of remand, the CBI did not ask for an extension.During the hearing, Kalmadi’s counsel alleged that there was a breach of fundamental rights during the arrest of the former organising committee chief.He argued that Kalmadi was produced in court more than 24 hours after his arrest in violation of law. The memo of arrest said Kalmadi was taken into custody at 10.30 am but the paperwork was completed by 4.30 pm.It was said that the media knew about the arrest in advance and that when the CBI arrested Kalmadi, there appeared to be no motive to interrogate him. The counsel said Kalmadi was not asked a single question before the arrest.However, on the media reporting the impending arrest, the judge said it was merely a prediction.advertisementlast_img read more

From Kalamata to Torino: Ronaldo Leaving Real Madrid to Join Juventus

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus, bringing to an end a hugely successful nine-year spell in Spain.Soon after Portugal was knocked out from the World Cup, Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, along with the football star’s son and the couple’s daughter, arrived at Kalamata Airport in the Peloponnese in a private jet and then boarded a helicopter that flew them straight to Pylos, a coastal resort in Messinia, to enjoy some quality rest and relaxation.While Ronaldo was in Kalamata, Madrid said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Juventus after a request by Ronaldo. No financial details were disclosed but Italian media reports Juventus is paying Madrid 105 million euros ($123 million) for the 33-year-old forward.“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proven to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the greatest eras in the history of our club and of world soccer,” the club said in a statement.Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out Tuesday to meet the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and was the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He helped the club win four Champions League titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017 — and also won the league and cup twice each.“In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination,” Madrid said. “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be his home.”Ronaldo signed a five-year deal with Madrid in 2016, saying he wanted to end his career at the club. But he has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Ronaldo was also moved by the Juventus fans for giving him a standing ovation after he scored a spectacular goal against the Italian club at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League quarterfinals last season.Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17. His crossover dribble was already famous when Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United ahead of the 2003-04 season and gave him the No. 7 shirt of the recently departed David Beckham.He spent six seasons in England, winning three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and one FA Cup.Ronaldo led Portugal to its first major title at the European Championship two years ago in France. He helped the Portuguese team reach the semifinals in his first World Cup in 2006.Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of this year’s tournament in Russia. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas’ record as Europe’s all-time leading international scorer.TweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Exit 4 at Highway 111 to Exit 13 at Highway 107. The road closure is for installation of girders. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 KINGS COUNTY: Intersection of Prospect Road and Kentville Connector Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Prospect Road and the Kentville connector, with work being conducted until Wednesday, Jan. 18. A single-lane closure will be in effect during the installation. The traffic signals will be set to flash mode for the first six days of operation and then will begin normal activation. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Tuesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -30-last_img read more

Hells Angels arrive near Montreal for weekend national meeting

first_imgSAINT-CHARLES-SUR-RICHELIEU, – Authorities ramped up checkpoints and their overall presence east of Montreal on Friday as members of the Hells Angels and their sympathizers continued to arrive for a weekend gathering.The Canada Run — the Hells’ annual get-together — is being held this year in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, 50 kilometres from Montreal.Police said some 500 full-patch Hells members and up to 200 sympathizers were expected to attend.Authorities set up checkpoints to pull over bikers to check their ID.The gathering is being held in Quebec for the first time since 2008.The mandatory meeting for full-patch members is described by authorities as a show of force by the gang, with rivals and police the target audience.Police say the 500-odd full-patch members across the country include 80 in Quebec, where the gang is stronger than ever and controls between 95 and 98 of the drug trafficking market.last_img read more

Gladue principles are failing in courts how will they work in correctional

first_imgNation to NationThe number of Indigenous people being incarcerated in this country keeps rising.That’s a phrase heard year after year.Now Indigenous people represent 29 per cent of offenders in the correctional system, a jump of two per cent over a year ago.Female offenders have kept pace, jumping from just under 38 per cent to 40.“We’re talking about a system that is, frankly, profiting off of incarcerating Indigenous people. You know, it’s rife in all steps of the way, systemic racism,” said NDP MP Nikki Ashton on Nation to Nation Thursday. “And we need to counter this. Like these numbers aren’t acceptable.”One way the Trudeau government is proposing to fight the growing trend is to “enshrine” Gladue principles to the correctional system in the hopes of lowering the number of Indigenous people in custody.They want to do so through proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, or Bill C-83.“But now it will be actually enshrined in law that Indigenous histories and backgrounds and characteristics need to be take into account in the custodial, transfer and treatment decisions made by the Correctional Service of Canada,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale this week at the Public Safety and National Security committee.Those same principles are supposed to be applied before Indigenous people ever end up behind bars, also to curb incarcerations rates.But numbers have continued to rise since the Supreme Court of Canada first ordered lower courts to apply the principles in 1999 (Gladue) and again in 2012 (Ipeelee).The Supreme Court said courts needed to take into account the impacts of residential schools and the generational impacts they continue to have.In most jurisdictions they are applied in court through what’s known as Gladue reports that detail an Indigenous person’s history and provide alternatives to jail, such as treatment programs.“I refer to them as sacred stories,” said Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, a Gladue report writer, on Nation to Nation.“When you look at reports themselves it’s a report from when they were really young … generational and systemic problems, right through to where they are today and how they became involved in the justice system.”Marsolais-Nahwegahbow said the Gladue system is failing, particuarly as incarceration rates rise, and if the federal government really wanted to lower incarceration rates it would properly fund the Gladue report system on the outside.That means long before someone is facing a jail sentence, as the reports are almost always applied when someone has already been found guilty.And in some cases an Indigenous person could have gone years, with multiple convictions, before a report is ever written.That’s the case in Ontario, which is seen as a leader in Gladue, as Legal Aid Ontario provides funding to Aboriginal Legal Services to do most of the reports in the province. That legal firm provides reports to people facing a jail term of at least 90 days.“Let’s be truthful. These (Gladue) reports need to be presented in an individual’s life right from when they are young and involved, even as a young offender or they need to be involved right in their first entry to the justice system,” said Marsolais-Nahwegahbow.“Right now the way legal aid (in Ontario) has it they have loss of liberty 90 days before they are even entitled to having a report. That’s not right.”N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Perform Eid alAdha Prayers in Rabat

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will perform salat el Eid (Eid prayers) on Wednesday, August 22, at the Ahl Fez Mosque in Rabat.The Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellery announced the news today.Local television and radio channels will broadcast the prayer starting 10:30 a.m. Eid al-Adha falls in Dhu al-Hijjah, a sacred month in the Islamic calendar in which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place.Eid al-Adha, which is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide, commemorates the day that the prophet Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, but God intervened by providing a ram as a sacrifice.In the morning of Eid al-Adha, thousands of Muslim men across the globe dress up in white traditional clothes, especially djellabas. Men then head to mosques to perform the Eid prayers.After the prayers, the family gathers to experience the joy of Eid as the father or the oldest brother slaughters a sheep or goat. Sometimes families also sacrifice a cow or even a camel. Part of the meat is donated to needy and poor people. read more

For Decades Relievers Pitched Better Than Starters Not Anymore

Over the years, bullpens have eroded the workloads of starting pitchers. This season, relievers have accounted for the greatest share of pitching workload in Major League Baseball history: They have completed 41.1 percent of total innings through Wednesday, up from last year’s record of 40 percent. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, including teams becoming more aware of how starting pitchers tend to do worse each time through the opposing lineup and the increasing specialization of the sport.For more than 40 years, relievers had outperformed starters on a per-inning basis. But this season, through Wednesday, starters’ ERA is 0.02 points lower than that of relievers. Starters have not posted an ERA superior to that of relievers since 1973, but that gap has shrunk rapidly, and this year it could be potentially erased. As recently as 2012, the overall ERA of relievers was half a run better than that of starting pitchers.Perhaps this suggests that the sport has reached the limits of bullpenning and specialization — there are too many relievers employed. Through Tuesday, 492 different pitchers who primarily serve in relief have appeared in games this season.1At least 90 percent of games pitched as relievers. That already breaks the record set last season (488) and is up from 381 relievers in 2010 and 297 in 1998, the first season that MLB had 30 teams.This change in personnel may explain relievers’ decline in performance the first time through opposing lineups, relative to starting pitchers, a trend that Ben Clemens at FanGraphs documented in May and has continued into the summer. For the first time this century, starters have been better than relievers in their first time through the order in back-to-back seasons. Craig Edwards, also of FanGraphs, found there have been more low-leverage innings this year and poorer performance within them,2According to Leverage Index (LI), which is a measure of the relative “pressure” a player has faced. speaking to less meaningful baseball and more poor teams. Those innings have presumably been pitched by lesser relievers, diluting the group’s overall performance. There have been fewer meaningful innings this season — and also a greater volume of lesser-skilled relievers.A key decision for managers in today’s game is deciding whether to stick with a starter a third time through the lineup or to use the bullpen. And the gap between starters in that position and relievers has shrunk to its lowest level since 2005, as relievers have an advantage of only 49 points of opponent OPS this season compared with a 64-point edge last season and a century-high, 88-point difference in 2007, according to reason for the convergence between starters and relievers is that starting pitchers are gaining relative skill. For the first time in the pitch-tracking era, which dates to 2007, the average fastball velocity of starting pitchers (93.3 mph) is less than 1 mph (0.8 mph) slower than that of relievers (94.1 mph). In 2012, relievers’ average fastballs were 1.7 mph faster than those of starters, and the difference has generally been shrinking since. Relievers’ overall fastball velocity has even declined this season, for the first time since 2008. Moreover, starters so far in 2019 have posted a higher difference between their strikeout rate and walk rate (14.5 percentage points) than relievers (13.9 percentage points). This is the first time starters have had a greater difference than relievers in the two rates since 1986.New technology is also allowing pitchers to improve the efficiency of their pitches. Starting pitchers also generally have a greater variety of pitches — and better command — than relievers, which is arguably one reason why they are starting pitchers and not relievers. If starters close the velocity gap, where relievers have traditionally held an advantage, they are closing a significant portion of the performance divide.Perhaps the game has swung too far in favor of relievers. Managers might want to wait a little longer on that call to the bullpen, or at least consider whom they are calling upon.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Samsungs solarpowered netbook boasts 14hour battery life

first_imgSolar panels are still not efficient enough to produce adequate power to keep a laptop running indefinitely, but Samsung thinks they are good enough to at least help charge a netbook.The Samsung NC215S netbook will be the first to test out this theory by embedding a large solar panel in the lid of the 10.1 inch device. Samsung claim that for every two hours you leave the NC215S in the sun (turned off), you will get one hour of battery life. When you consider there’s a standard battery and charger as well, that’s a nice freebie to have.AdChoices广告The spec of the netbook is very typical. Alongside the 10.1-inch display running a resolution of 1024 x 600 there’s 1GB of RAM, and a 1.66GHz N570 dual-core Atom. Open the lid and you’ll find a chiclet keyboard and a decent sized touchpad considering the overall size of the device.The most impressive feature of this netbook has to be the battery life which Samsung claims is 14 hours. What we don’t know is whether that includes you sitting in the sun and getting a drip-feed of solar power while you surf the web or write some emails. All Samsung say is that 14 hours is based on usage in “ideal conditions”.Samsung intends to bring the NC215S to the U.S., Russia, and Africa on July 3rd for $399. That’s quite a premium when you consider the almost equivalent Samsung NF310 offers up a higher screen resolution and 9 hour battery life for $359.Read more at LiliputingMatthew’s OpinionUsing solar panels on a netbook is a little strange. It’s not typically a device you want to leave in the sun, but doing so will get you more free juice. I also wonder how hot that lid is going to get from having the sun beat down on it for a few hours. You can argue it will charge in normal lighting conditions, but that won’t get you the one hour battery life for every two charging.As well as needing good light to get a charge any owner has to keep the lid spotless so as not to block the light in any way. Finger marks, scratches, or general dust build-up will all have a negative impact on the laptop’s ability to get a decent amount of free energy. You also have to wonder how quickly the panel degardes in terms of its ability to produce a consistent level of power over the coming months and years.If the price was lower then I’d say this was worth checking out, but it carries a premium over Samsung’s other netbooks that have better features and still very good battery life. Maybe in a few months when the pricing equlizes it will be worth looking at, but for now it’s an expensive gimmick.last_img read more

This Mouse Species Is Blind — Heres How It Survives

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target In the mountain forests of Vietnam and some parts of China lives the nocturnal and secretive Vietnamese pygmy dormouse, Typhlomys chapensis. It’s a small rodent with large, bat-like ears that spends much of its time climbing trees, scouring branches for fruit and seeds to eat.What is unique about this little critter, though, is that it accomplishes all sorts of arboreal acrobatics — such as jumping from branch to branch while climbing in near darkness — with incredible agility, despite having terribly poor eyesight. In fact, it is nearly blind — it’s name Typhomys actually translates to “the blind mouse.” Its eyes are tiny with folded retinas, which misshape the images projected on its pupils, giving it almost no ability to focus on what is in front of it. All that the eyes can really determine is whether it is light or dark outside — very little else.So how does this blind mouse manage to climb trees, jump from branch to branch and find food — all without falling or running straight into a predator?That’s what Aleksandra Panyutina, a functional morphologist at the Severtsov Institute in Moscow, and her colleagues decided to find out. They filmed some pygmy dormice at the Moscow Zoo climbing branches while in their cages, recorded the sounds that the rodents produced and in doing so, they discovered that the animals were making some very interesting noises while they jumped ran and climbed: ultrasonic squeaks.“The ultrasonic calls of the pygmy dormouse are very similar to the signal of bats,” Panyutina explains, though the calls are fainter than those of the bats, which is why we don’t hear them without special recording equipment. However, like bat ultrasonic calls, they are at high frequency, allowing them to bounce — or echo — off any objects surrounding the mouse.“The reflected echo is then captured by the ears of the animal which, thanks to the huge auricles, allow [it] to determine the exact direction of the incoming reflected sound,” she continues. “As a result, the[ir] brain creates a picture of the surrounding space, similar to what is seen by our eyes, but built [from] sound waves.” This allows the mouse to sense or “see” almost anything in the vicinity even above or behind them, as well as around corners, via echolocation.“Of course, this picture is more primitive and coarser than a visual one,” Panyutina says, but “it has its own advantages.” The echo is received incredibly quickly, allowing the mouse to process information very quickly. The image that they “see” by echolocation is also not dependent on how much light there is, allowing them to thrive as nocturnal creatures. “The animal can navigate in complete darkness, which is impossible to do even with the most perfect visual apparatus,” she adds.The fact that the pygmy dormouse can navigate with echolocation makes it pretty unique among terrestrial mammals. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Aleksandra Panyutina)The fact that the pygmy dormouse can navigate with echolocation makes it pretty unique among terrestrial mammals. “There has been no reliable evidence so far of the presence of ultrasound echolocation in terrestrial mammals. Only swimming sea mammals [like whales and dolphins] and flying bats use it reliably,” says Panyutina. “So Typhlomys is the first quadrupedal animal [that we know of] that orientates with the help of sound.”Why this dormouse is unique is, of course, still a mystery. “Why does such a beautiful system of navigation in the dark occur so rarely?” wonders Panyutina. “Why do so many night mammals mostly use huge eyes instead of a compact and lightweight auditory apparatus?”For now, she can only speculate, but she thinks it must have something to do with echolocation being costly in terms of energy. Afterall, in order to create a ‘sound picture,’ they have to produce sound signals every time they move. Maybe, she says, that’s why echolocation did not originate in evolution as often as one might expect — “the energy price is too high.”That said, this little rodent is special from an evolutionary point of view because it suggests that perhaps bats developed echolocation abilities before they learned to fly — something scientists have long debated. Up until Panyutina published her study in the Journal of Integrative Zoology, there was no evidence of the existence of any small, bat-like, land-based creature (living or in the fossil record) that used echolocation. So while the debate about bats continues, the pygmy dormouse could be a clue in solving that mystery.More on Are Pigeons So Good at Surviving in Cities?Watch: Kangaroo Rat Ninja-Kicks Rattlesnake in Mesmerizing Slo-MoThis Frog Survives Winter By Freezing Two-Thirds of Its Bodylast_img read more

Several Clark County school districts starting late

first_imgA handful of Clark County school districts have delayed the start of start of the school day or put buses on snow routes.Battle Ground School District says its north schools will begin two hours late, and no buses are headed to Cascadia Tech Center.Green Mountain and Washougal school districts also decided to postpone opening. Green Mountain noted that there will be no lunch service and students should bring something to eat.You can find more information about the delays and bus reroutes here.The National Weather Service in Portland has not issued any short-term forecast or advisories for the county.last_img read more

Onam Special Private Bus Mafia Hike BengaluruKerala Ticket Rates During Festive Season

first_imgThe South Indian state Kerala is all decked up to celebrate harvest festival Onam on Friday, 28 August.However, for many Keralites residing in Bengaluru and other metro cities, reaching their hometown during this festive season is troublesome as train and state government bus tickets to major cities like Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam are already booked by those who plan their vacations beforehand.Although there are seats available in some private buses, the cost of those tickets are double or three times the actual ticket rate. The private bus “mafia” reportedly increases the ticket rates during festive season.Just a few days ago, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (Kerala SRTC) slashed the ticket rates as Onam gift to its customers and the maximum rate comes at Rs 1,281 for AC buses till the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. Even the tickets rates for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is less than Rs 1,200 for AC services. But, for private buses like Kallada, SPS, Shama, Golden Pearl, Atlas among many others, the ticket rates range from Rs 2,000 to 3,000 and the prices are higher for Non-AC services (starting from Rs 1,500).Therefore, for a family consisting of four members, the travel expense will be of around Rs 24,000 for a to-fro journey.In order to spend the holiday season with family members, passengers are now expecting the state transport corportion to arrange special affordable bus services. 1/3 Red Bus – Bangalore to KottayamScreenshotRed Bus – Bangalore to ErnakulamScreenshotRed Bus – Bangalore to ThiruvananthapuramScreenshotPreviousNextlast_img read more

Intels Futurist Well Soon Be Living In Computers

first_imgOctober 29, 2013 With technology changing at a rapid pace, the thought of tomorrow and all the tomorrows after it can be hard to process. Scary, even. For Brian David Johnson, the resident “futurist” at Intel, however, the prospect of what tomorrow will bring is thrilling.”What I tell people is No. 1: they shouldn’t be worried about the future,” Johnson said at The Feast social innovation conference in New York City. “The future is going to be awesome because people build the future. Technology doesn’t get to decide. People get to decide.”Projecting the future, or future-casting, is the work of combining social science, research, technical data, economic trends and, yes, even science fiction, to model a prediction of the future. In his position at Intel, Johnson looks specifically at how humans will interact with technology 10 to 15 years out.Related: In Nanotech’s Small World, Big Opportunities Abound (Video)To hear Johnson tell it, he has always been a futurist, even before landing his gig at Intel 10 years ago. Johnson, whose father was a radar tracking engineer and mother was an IT specialist, was teaching computer courses at a community college in Manassas, Va., by the time he was 10. He worked on interactive television in Scandinavia and the U.K. before the Internet existed, developing technology to give viewers the option to vote and buy things on their television monitors. Johnson has also directed movies, written books and is an acrylic painter. It is his combination of technical expertise and affection for storytelling that make Johnson uniquely qualified to be a futurist.Jimmy the robot being designed and built.Image courtesy: IntelIn Johnson’s vision of the future, humans will be in control, but living in a world drastically changed by new technology. The biggest driver in tech will be the ever-shrinking size of the computer chip, which he predicts will effectively approach zero by 2020. Five years ago, the average computer chip was approximately 22 nanometers across. Now, it is 14 nanometers across on average. By 2020, the computer chip will be 5 nanometers across, projects Johnson. A chip that is 5 nanometers wide is 12 atoms across.Johnson says smaller computer chips means almost anything can be turned into a computer. “We will be surrounded by computational power. So for average people, for average users and consumers, you will be living in a world where you are essentially living in a computer, where you are surrounded by intelligence.”Related: Your Next Cocktail Could Be Concocted By This Robotic BartenderOn the micro side, computers will be inserted in all manner of health-care related devices, says Johnson, dreaming up a Band-Aid that has a computer chip built in. “We can actually monitor our health on an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute basis,” he says. For instance, if a child has the flu, then a stickable computer embedded into a Band-Aid will allow a parent to monitor a child’s temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.From a macro perspective, Johnson says that the computational powers available a decade from now will allow us to build more sophisticated, nuanced and larger cities – what Johnson calls megacities. “We can actually put computation in the infrastructure of the city so that we can make the city not only greener but more efficient,” he says, referencing innovations that could prevent the waste of electricity and water from cracks in building architecture. “Our cities could become computers and when our cities become computers we can tune them,” he says.As Band-Aids and cities become computers, so too will some of our companions, says Johnson. His favorite technical gadget, in a manner of speaking, is Jimmy, his walking and talking robot. Jimmy is a 3D-printed robot, “born” about a month ago, with open-source code, available for updates, personalization and iteration. There are two other “Jimmys” in various stages of production currently: One in Portland, Ore., and two in Boston. A prototype for a 21st century robot, Jimmy represents a first step toward social robots.Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data (Infographic)  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more