Cirque du Soleil performers practice routines ahead of opening night

Cirque du Soleil performers practice routines ahead of opening night

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Cirque du Soleil performers practiced their routines at the BB&T Center in Sunrise ahead of opening night.Some of the 52 performers could be seen practicing their routines, Wednesday, which included plenty of high-flying tricks.“Corteo” is a tribute to the traditional circus as seen through the eyes of a clown.The show begins Wednesday night and runs through Aug. 4.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Oil Industry Officials Speak Out Against Bill To Increase Production Tax

first_imgOfficials from Exxon-Mobil, ConocoPhillips, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association spoke to the House Resources Committee, on Monday, urging them that charging them another $225 million dollars per year in taxes could stall the recent increase in industry investment. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-oil-production-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-oil-production-tax.mp300:00RPd Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association: “This will negatively impact industry, it does increase the cost of the minimum production tax from 4 to 7 percent. It would be the third straight year of increasing oil and production taxes in Alaska, which does not help improve the investment climate reputation that Alaska is suffering from right now. When you increase taxes you increase costs, and when you increase costs you reduce your competitiveness. It does not help companies to go lobby for their Alaska projects vs projects around the national or global portfolio.”  In 2017, the legislature eliminated tax credits to oil companies, which amounted to roughly $200 million dollars per year. This prompted companies like BlueCrest Energy to seek funding elsewhere in order to continue production in Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House has introduced a bill that proposes a $225 million production tax increase, and oil industry officials say it could harm production in the state. Benjamin Johnson, president of BlueCrest Energy: “Alaska has the reputation of trying to squeeze the oil industry any way it can.” HB 288 aimes to increase the minimum tax on oil production from its current 4 percent to 7 percent, but only on state leases north of the Arctic Circle.last_img read more

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UPDATE Playboy Passes Core Business Duties to AMI

first_imgRoughly 25 jobs will be affected as a result, although some of those could be transferred to AMI. “AMI will be interviewing all of our employees in the areas being outsourced, and it’s not clear how many of them will be asked to join their company,” a Playboy spokesperson told FOLIO:.  “We will also keep a few employees.”Playboy will incur a $2 million restructuring charge in the fourth quarter related to the deal.Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Playboy said AMI will be paid “negotiated fees” and will be incented to increase both advertising and circulation revenues. The publishers expect to complete the transition by March 2010. UPDATE: Under terms of the contract, AMI said it will be paid “potential fees” in the range of $5 million for advertising, circulation, production and related services. This, the company said, would result in profitability of approximately $2 million.When asked about AMI’s strategy behind boosting Playboy’s ad and newsstand sales, and its plans for managing the magazine’s recently reduced rate base and frequency, AMI CEO David Pecker had no comment.According to Flanders, AMI will be able to manage the magazine operations “more effectively than we can as a standalone publisher. By joining forces with American Media, we will be able to significantly reduce our cost structure and leverage the economies of scale related to manufacturing, distribution and marketing that are available to this large, multi-title publisher.”Flanders said Playboy magazine is expected to lose $8 million this year. This deal, he projected, will allow the magazine reduce the loss to approximately $5 million in 2010 and to reach profitability again by late 2011.During the earnings call, Playboy Enterprises reported a $23.5 million net loss through the third quarter, down from a $13.6 million net loss in 2008. The company’s print/digital group reported a $900,000 loss through the first nine months compared to a $3 million loss during the same period last year. Flanders said he expects the magazine to report a 38 percent decline in ad pages during the fourth quarter this year.AMI publishes several titles already targeting man aged 18 to 34 years, including Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and Flex. AMI also publishes Shape, Star, Natural Health and the National Enquirer.It was not immediately clear how the agreement with AMI might affect a potential sale of Playboy Enterprises. The company has been said to be entertaining a number of offers, including one from London-based brand management firm Iconix Group. The Playboy spokesperson declined to comment on a potential sale. During a recent earnings call, Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said he was working on a joint venture to develop a new business model that would help Playboy magazine profitable again. Some details of that venture have come to light.Playboy said it has agreed to farm out the magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to American Media Inc. Playboy will continue to oversee the magazine’s editorial operations.AMI’s Distribution Services, Inc. will handle Playboy’s newsstand marketing and distribution services.last_img read more

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5M State Grant to Provide Alternate Water Source to San Antonio Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the $5 million grant the region was awarded Thursday by the state to connect the area’s military installations to a backup water source will go a long way toward ensuring the viability of the area’s military installations over the coming decades.The Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) awarded the grant as part of $15 million in funding it plans to disburse this year under the state’s Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program to help communities support local installations.Bob Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs, said the award is critical for the future growth of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), which is made up of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph AFB.“It addresses Joint Base San Antonio’s top priority and I believe having access to an alternative water source makes JBSA significantly more competitive to garner additional missions when there is a future BRAC,” Murdock said.JBSA is currently under a drought warning, said Tim Trevino, senior director of strategic planning and communications for the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), which applied to the state commission for the money on behalf of the region.The situation is most critical at Camp Bullis — a training reservation attached to Fort Sam Houston — which relies on an aquifer that is susceptible to drought.San Antonio’s grant will go toward an $11 million-plus project to construct four miles of pipeline to provide an alternative water source for Fort Sam Houston; Camp Bullis; Lackland; and two individual sites at Lackland, the Medina Annex and Security Hill. Randolph already has a backup water source.The project calls for the San Antonio Water System to extend water mains and other equipment to the fence lines at each of those five sites, said Trevino. The project also will cover work inside the fence line at Camp Bullis, he said, requiring the Air Force to formally accept a gift from the local government. The Army, however, would be responsible for the labor at Bullis.The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2017, Trevino told 360.In a written statement commenting on Thursday’s award, Diane Rath, AACOG’s executive director, thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), the commission and local stakeholders.“This is truly a community and statewide effort, including the governor and the TMPC commissioners, and I could not think of a more exciting mission than to help secure our bases’ military missions. This couldn’t have been done without our state and local community partners, and this is truly a regional project that will be beneficial for communities throughout our surrounding counties,” Rath said.See Monday’s 360 for details about the other communities that received awards from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.last_img read more

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In Other News Fire Forces Pause in Training at Ft Hood Army

first_imgOfficials on Tuesday suspended live-fire gunnery exercises at Fort Hood at the post’s fire department continued to battle four fires affecting 6,500 acres in the installation’s training range areas. The fire did not pose an immediate risk of leaving the installation boundary, according to a press release. “We are carefully managing risk from this fire to reduce any possible impacts to our neighboring communities who do so much to support our soldiers and their families,” said III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Kenneth Kamper. Extreme heat and dry weather condition have created the ideal environment for wildfires across Texas, and conditions are expected to continue for the next several days, reported Stars and Stripes. … The Army Community Partnership Awards program is accepting nominations for installation-community partnerships that enhance readiness, support, reform and modernization through installation support services. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, mutual aid agreements and intergovernmental support agreements that are signed during fiscal 2016-2018. Applications should be submitted on behalf of an Army command and a partnering community. Nominations are due Sept. 4. For a copy of the awards application, or for more information, contact Ivan Bolden at ivan.g.bolden.civ@mail.mil or 703/545-2538.Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Deadline Fast Approaching for 2019 Great American Defense Communities Program

first_imgYour last opportunity to apply to join the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities (GADC) is this Friday, Oct. 26! The 2019 GADC application can be found on the ADC website. The initiative recognizes the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and their families. The 2019 class will be announced in November. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Reading Cooperative Bank Hires Stephanie Johnson As Mortgage Loan Officer

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) would like to welcome Stephanie Johnson as its latest Mortgage Loan Officer. Under the direction of Maria Costa, Vice President of Residential and Consumer Lending, Stephanie will perform a wide range of mortgage origination and business development functions to achieve residential sales goals.Stephanie has over a decade of experience in sales and management. Throughout her career, she has focused on building client relations and sales growth. Stephanie comes to RCB from Metro Credit Union in Chelsea, MA, where she served as a Mortgage Origination Manager.Outside of the workplace, Stephanie has been an active participant in several local organizations, where she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community. This coming July, Stephanie will be installed as President of the Peabody Rotary Club. As a member of the Rotary in 2016, Stephanie was chosen to go to Cebu City, Philippines, where, for two weeks, she volunteered as a medical records assistance at a hospital where cleft pallet and cleft lip surgeries were performed. Stephanie is also an ambassador for the Progeria Research Foundation. In her role with the Foundation, Stephanie helps transport and situate families from all over the world who fly to the U.S. to take part in clinical trials.“Stephanie comes to us with an excellent reputation among her peers,” remarked Maria Costa. “She has delivered quality lending support, while also managing and training other loan origination staff. Her ability to liaison between different operations teams and provide leadership is a tremendous attribute. We look forward to having her bring those same traits to the Lending Department here at RCB.”Stephanie can be contacted at 781-670-1806 or sjohnson@readingcoop.com.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes Gail Donovan as Mortgage Loan OriginatorIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”last_img read more

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Town Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department DPWRelated Services  Products

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW — Stormwater Pond Maintenance Service — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding and Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Before the Galaxy S10 the original Samsung Galaxy S was a confusing

first_img Share your voice Sprint 27 Photos 3:28 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Samsung Event $899 Phones Comments fl_vibrant-720.jpg CNET Samsung Vibrant: T-MobileThe first Galaxy S variant to go on sale in the US, T-Mobile’s version had about the same specs as the global edition. Though it had the sleekest design of the four, the plastic skin felt cheap and much too slick. Running Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz (remember that?), it also came preloaded with Amazon Kindle for Android, MobiTV, Slacker Radio, a month of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi access and Samsung’s Media Hub. You even got a full-length copy of Avatar. I see you.Other features:16GB internal storagemicroSD card slotNo flash or front camera3G dataInitial price: $199 with a two-year contractRead our original Samsung Vibrant review.34121737_720.jpg CNET Samsung Captivate: AT&TGoing on sale in July, just days after the Vibrant, the Captivate was easily AT&T’s best Android phone to date. On the outside it has a sturdier build than the Vibrant, though it was more angular. Like the other Galaxy S phones, it debuted with Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz, but AT&T wonderfully kept the carrier bloatware to a minimum. Hardcore Android fans, though, wouldn’t have liked that AT&T restricted them from sideloading apps not in the Android Play (then called the Android Market).Other features:16GB internal storageCame with a 2GB microSD cardNo flash or front camera3G data$200 with a two-year contractRead our original Samsung Captivate review.samsung-epic-4g CNET Samsung Epic 4G: SprintArriving in August, the Epic 4G had two things big going for it: 4G data (surprise!) and a slide-out physical keyboard. OK, Sprint’s WiMax network wasn’t a true 4G technology, but the data speeds it delivered were fast for the time. The real keyboard was not unique in 2010 — it would be a few years before the touchscreen truly ruled — but Sprint’s (and Samsung’s decision) to strike its own design path muddied the Galaxy S waters. Naturally, it also was the bulkiest of the four. It also had Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz and a fair amount of Sprint-only apps.Other features:Mobile hotspot1GB internal storageCame with a 16GB microSD cardFlash and VGA front camera4G(-ish) data$250 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebateRead our original Samsung Epic 4G review.IMG_5217.JPG Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung Fascinate: VerizonThe last of the original Galaxy S phones to hit stores, the Fascinate was Verizon’s first Samsung Android phone. It ran Android Eclair, as well, and came with (of all things) Microsoft’s Bing Search and Bing Maps. As this was also the era of carrier-driven content and services, it also arrived stocked with V Cast Music and Video and VZ Navigator. Add in Samsung’s TouchWiz and it almost makes you wonder whether it was really an Android phone at all. Other features:Mobile hotspot2GB internal storageCame with a 16GB microSD cardFlash but no front camera3G dataInitial price: $199 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebateRead our original Samsung Fascinate review.galaxy-s-press-conference-2010-copyFormer Samsung CEO J.K. Shin unveils the original Galaxy S versions at a New York City event in June, 2010. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy S2 to the Galaxy S10The next year, Samsung and the carriers didn’t make it easier with the Galaxy S2. No one added a keyboard this time, but the screen size, processor speeds and even the names varied between the different models. AT&T kept the Galaxy S2 label, but Sprint had the Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile had the Galaxy S 4G. Finally in 2012 with the Galaxy S3, this dreadful trend stopped. From then on, the phone (and its name) was the same across the carrier board.The Galaxy S10 may wind up coming in multiple models like so many Galaxy versions before it, but the days of one brand-new phone for each carrier are thankfully far behind us. On Wednesday we’ll know for sure.First published Feb. 17.Update, Feb. 19: Updates throughout. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See it See It Top 5 things we want to see in the Galaxy S10 Tagscenter_img All we know about the Galaxy S10 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3 Best Buy Here’s every Galaxy S phone since 2010 $899 $899 Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Galaxy S10: 7 things it needs to stay ahead of top rival Huawei Galaxy S10 won’t save Samsung innovation, but folding Galaxy X, F, Fold or Flex could Abt Electronics Sprint’s phone went so far as to add (gasp!) a physical keyboard, while the other three were candy-bar designs. It was a thing carriers did at the time — stand apart from your rivals by marketing a unique device that only you had — but the result was a perplexing experience for customers. (Overseas customers had it easier — it was just called the Galaxy S.)At the base level, the US phones shared a few things — each had a 5-megapixel main camera, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Samsung-made Hummingbird processor and a 1,500-mAh lithium ion battery — but deeper down, customers had to make a decision. Camera flash or no? Do I want a mobile hotspot? How much storage do I need? As I said, it was a mess. Here’s how it broke down. See It $899 One of the original Galaxy S phones from 2010 (the Galaxy Captivate). Samsung As we await the release of the Galaxy S10 on Wednesday, the Galaxy S name represents the top of the Android world. It’s a reputation Samsung is proud to own for its flagship phone, and rightly so. But when Samsung introduced its first Galaxy S phone nine years ago, it was a different world altogether.In 2010, the Galaxy S was just another Android phone fighting for attention, and if you bought one, you may not have even known you had a Galaxy S at all. Though it landed at all four big US carriers around the same time, it was split into four personalities, one for each carrier. These names sounded straight out of a motivational seminar (the Captivate! the Fascinate!) and features varied slightly between the models. See It AT&T Samsung Sprint T-Mobilelast_img read more

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Google tool lets any AI app learn without taking all your data

first_imgA new computing tool developed by Google will let developers build AI-powered apps that respect your privacy. Google on Wednesday released TensorFlow Federated, open-source software that incorporates federated learning, an AI training system. It works by using data that’s spread out across a lot of devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to teach itself new tricks. But rather than send the data back to a central server for study, it learns on your phone or tablet itself and sends only the lesson back to the app maker.Federated learning runs “part of the machine learning algorithm right next to where the data is on the device,” Alex Ingerman, a product manager at Google Research, said in an interview. The algorithm applies what it already knows to the data on your phone, such as suggesting replies to emails, and creates a summary of what it learned in the process to send back.TensorFlow Federated adds an important, new privacy-sensitive ability to the artificial intelligence revolution taking hold of the computing industry. AI promises to change the way we work and live, letting machines learn enough that they can complete tasks that currently require people. For example, if you and a bunch of other people add “side-eye” to your texting app’s dictionary, the app could figure out the usage and incorporate that into its standard dictionary by itself.To get good at these tasks, machines need to see a huge amounts of data, which worries people concerned about privacy. Federated learning helps soothe those worries. Google has led the AI charge, using the technology for tasks like translating written languages spotted in photographs or suggesting responses to emails. TensorFlow Federated is already built into some Google apps, such as the Gboard keyboard for Android phones and iPhones, where it analyzes typing patterns in order to offer suggested shortcuts. Now that it’s freely shared open-source software, TensorFlow Federated can help other developers with AI projects without requiring them to start from scratch.Predicting what you want with AI is a major part of Google’s business plans. Scott Huffman, Google’s vice president of engineering, said in January that AI will help Google Home Assistant engage in basic conversation within five years. Eventually it will interpret your mood and remember the details of previous conversations. Google announced federated learning for its own apps in 2017. Federated learning builds on Google’s TensorFlow system, a machine learning system that tech companies and academics use in their products and projects for free. For example, TensorFlow is part of Google’s efforts with Stanford University researchers to explore potential new drugs. What’s more, companies such as Twitter, Coca-Cola and Intel use the platform.Apple addresses privacy in iOS apps that use machine learning through a process called differential privacy, which it started touting in 2016. Developers can create iOS apps that run machine learning locally on users’ phones and tablets without extracting any raw data.Ingerman said Google hopes academics will produce research using TensorFlow Federated that furthers everyone’s understanding of the technology and its uses.”Our aim is to give back to the research community and enable development in the field,” Ingerman said. • reading • Google tool lets any AI app learn without taking all your data Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags Comment Artificial intelligence (AI) Privacy Google Intel Apple Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice 1 See All Mobile Mobile Apps Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

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Facial recognition errors are bad for business Most of us arent white

first_img Tech Industry Joy Buolamwini speaks at Women Transforming Technology conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET If your facial recognition system works worse with women or people with darker skin, it’s in your own interest to get rid of that bias.That’s the advice of Joy Buolamwini, an MIT researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League. A huge fraction of the world’s population is made up of women or people who don’t have European-heritage white skin — the undersampled majority, as she called them in a speech Tuesday at the Women Transforming Technology conference.”You have to include the undersampled majority if you have global aspirations as a company,” she said.Buolamwini gave companies including Microsoft, IBM and Megvii Face++ some credit for improving their results from her first test in 2017 to a later one in 2018. The bias problem in AI stems from limitations in the data used to train AI systems that then go out into the real world. But facial recognition bias is more than just a commercial matter for companies selling the product, since it can also affect bigger issues like justice and institutional prejudice.Why is there even an “undersampled majority” in facial recognition, one of the hottest areas of AI? Buolamwini rose to prominence — including a TED talk — after her research concluded that facial recognition systems worked better on white men. One problem: measuring results with benchmarks that feature a disproportionately large number of men.”We have a lot of pale male data sets,” Buolamwini said, mentioning the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) set that’s 78% male and 84% white — and that Facebook used in a 2014 paper on the subject. Another from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology has subjects who are 75.4% male and 80% lighter-skinned. “Pale male data sets are destined to fail the rest of the world,” she said.Just getting the right answer is only one issue with facial recognition. “Accurate facial analysis systems can also be abused,” Buolamwini added, pointing to issues like police scanning and automated military weapons.Accuracy beyond pale malesIn her 2017 research, Buolamwini measured how well facial recognition worked across different genders and skin tones using a data set of 1,270 people she drew from members of parliaments in three European and three African countries. She concluded that the systems worked best on white males and failed most often with the combination of female and dark-skinned.For example, Microsoft correctly identified the gender of 100% of lighter-skinned men, 98.3% of lighter-skinned women, 94% of darker-skinned men and 79.2% of darker-skinned women — a 20.8 percentage point difference between the best and worst categories. IBM and Face++ fared worse, with differences of 34.4 and 33.8 percentage points, respectively. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… May 27 • Melinda Gates says US is ‘a long way from equality’ for women Solving for XX reading • Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men Solving for XX Aug 22 • Women in tech face discrimination at the intern level too, says survey See All Tags • 5:11 Share your voice 9 Comments Jun 20 • NASA engineer tells women in STEM: Don’t be hidden figures Now playing: Watch this: The 2018 update study that showed improvement also added Amazon and Kairos, with similar results. They each scored 100% with lighter-skinned men, but Amazon assessed gender correctly only 68.6% of the time for darker-skinned women. Kairos scored 77.5%, Buolamwini said.IBM, which declined to comment for this story, updated its algorithm to improve its performance on tests such as Buolamwini’s and said in 2018 that it’s “deeply committed to delivering services that are unbiased, explainable, value aligned and transparent.” Microsoft also didn’t comment for this story, but said at the time it was committed to improvements. And a few months later, it touted its AI’s improved abilities to handle different genders and skin tones later in 2018. Megvii didn’t respond to a request for comment.Amazon was more strident, calling some of Buolamwini’s conclusions “false” earlier this year — though also saying it’s “interested in working with academics in establishing a series of standardized tests for facial analysis and facial recognition and in working with policy makers on guidance and/or legislation of its use.” Amazon didn’t comment further for this story. Buolamwini countered Amazon’s stance in a blog post of her own. But Kairos Chief Executive Melissa Doval agreed with Buolamwini’s general position.”Ignorance is no longer a viable business strategy,” she said. “Everyone at Kairos supports Joy’s work in helping bring attention to the ethical questions the facial recognition industry has often overlooked. It was her initial study that actually catalyzed our commitment to help fix misidentification problems in facial recognition software, even going so far as completely rethinking how we design and sell our algorithms.”Troubles for women in techBuolamwini spoke at a Silicon Valley conference dedicated to addressing some of the issues women face in technology. Thousands gathered at the Palo Alto, California, headquarters of server and cloud software company VMware for advice, networking, and a chance to improve resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Susan Fowler at Women Transforming Technology conferenceSusan Fowler at Women Transforming Technology conference Stephen Shankland/CNET They also heard tales from those who struggled with sexism in the workplace, most notably programmer Susan Fowler, who skyrocketed to Silicon Valley prominence with a blog post about her ordeals at ride-hailing giant Uber. Her account helped shake Uber to its core.Most companies and executives don’t want discrimination, harassment or retaliation, she believes. If you do have a problem, she said, skip talking to your manager and go straight to the human resources department, and escalate if necessary.”If it is a systemic thing, it’ll never get fixed” unless you speak out, Fowler said. She raised her issues as high as the chief technology officer, but that didn’t help. “OK, I’m going to tell the world,” she recounted. “What else have you left me?”Sexism isn’t unique to Silicon Valley, said Lisa Gelobter, a programmer who’s now the CEO of Tequitable, a company that helps companies with internal conflicts and other problems. What’s different is the attitude Silicon Valley has about improving the world.”Silicon Valley has this ethos and culture,” Gelobter said. Wall Street makes no bones about its naked capitalism, she said. “The tech industry pretends to be somebody else, pretends to care.”First published April 23, 6:09 p.m. PT.Updates, 8:26 p.m. PT and 9:16 p.m.: Corrects a quotation from Joy Buolamwini, who described the women and people with dark skin as the world’s “undersampled majority,” and the characterization of IBM’s work. It generally reproduced Buolamwini’s research and improved with an updated algorithm. 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Tesla pins Shanghai fire on single battery module

first_img Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Enlarge ImageIt’s unclear if Tesla’s OTA update following the investigation was pushed to global Model S and Model X vehicles, or if it was limited to Chinese cars alone. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow In April, video surfaced of a Tesla Model S catching fire while parked in Shanghai, China. At the time, Tesla told Reuters it sent a team to investigate the conflagration and determine a cause. Now, a couple months later, Tesla put out a statement — and an update — to close the case of the mysterious blaze.Tesla on Friday posted a statement to its Chinese-language Weibo social media page. According to a translation, Tesla sent an investigative team comprising both Chinese and American technical experts to determine a cause and work with local government departments. The investigation determined that the fire was caused by a single battery module failure at the front of the vehicle. The statement points out that the battery system worked as intended, attempting to contain the fire to its initial location while expelling heat to protect the remainder of the battery pack. Tesla said anyone who had been in the vehicle when the fire started would have had time to leave the vehicle.Tesla said that it also pushed an over-the-air update to Model S and Model X vehicles in order to “protect the vehicle battery and improve battery life,” through updates to the charging and thermal management systems. It’s unclear exactly what has changed, and if this OTA update is limited to Chinese-market vehicles. Tesla did not immediately return a request for clarification on these fronts.All vehicles, electric or otherwise, are more than capable of catching fire. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has, in no veiled terms, been quite adamant that his vehicles are significantly safer from fire than your average gas-powered vehicle. It’s important to note, though, that there are major chemical differences between the two, which is why it wasn’t necessarily the scariest thing when the NTSB reported a Tesla battery catching fire twice after it was involved in a crash. Tesla explicitly recommends monitoring a post-crash battery with a thermal imaging camera to ensure that untouched stocks of lithium aren’t at risk of reigniting a subdued battery fire. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Arcade just made in-car gaming way more fun Comments 2:16 Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Electric Cars Car Industry 2019 Toyota RAV4 review: A lovable SUV, but rough around the edgescenter_img Tesla 45 Photos Share your voice Tesla Model S Long Range takes us back to the future 4 More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Apple Card will launch in August

first_img See All The Apple Card is coming in August.  Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET Apple Card will hit its summer launch date. During the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will begin offering its new card to users next month. “Thousands of Apple employees are using Apple Card every day in our beta test,” Cook said. “And we plan to begin the rollout of Apple Card in August,” though an exact release date was not given. First announced during the company’s March software and services event, Apple Card will be Apple’s entrance into the payments arena. The iPhone-maker has teamed up with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the new credit card, which will be available as a digital card in the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. A physical titanium card will also be available for use in places that don’t yet accept mobile payments. Unlike most other cash-back credit cards, Apple says it will offer users cash back daily through what it calls “Daily Cash.” Daily Cash will offer:1% when you use the titanium, physical Apple Card for a purchase2% on any purchase when you use the digital Apple Card through Apple Pay 3% when you use the digital Apple Card on purchases you make directly from Apple. This includes the Apple Store, iTunes and the App Store as well as subscriptions. Apple says the card will not have any annual fees, late fees or over-the-limit fees with the Wallet app offering ways to monitor your spending, check interest owed and make monthly payments. Although it is partnering with Goldman Sachs, Apple says the bank will “never share or sell your data to third parties for marketing or advertising.” And while you can track your spending habits in the Wallet app, Apple says that it won’t know or keep tabs on what you’re buying, where you’re making purchases or how much you’re spending.  Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • 4 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Apple Card will launch in August Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Tags Commentslast_img read more

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Minecraft Earth beta opens to Android users

first_img Microsoft To sign up, you’ll also need a Microsoft or Xbox Live account and app store login. By signing up for the beta, you can get a free skin for Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Bedrock.According to CNET sister site GameSpot, you can explore the Minecraft Earth world to find treasure chests, block clusters and mobs called “Toppables.” You can build permanent structures on Build Plates, and, by coming across an Adventure, you can also experience a full Minecraft overlay where you can collect resources and dispatch mobs.Multiplayer capabilities are also expected in the future. 43 Photos Your device needs to be running Android 7 or higher to play.  Microsoft, Minecraft Minecraft Earth has now opened up its beta to Android users. On Thursday, Minecraft tweeted that it’s rolling out the Android beta, which is invite only, in five cities. “The Android beta is finally here! We’re hard at work rolling out the update in five cities: Seattle, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Mexico City. Happy crafting everyone!” reads the tweet from the Minecraft Earth account. On Monday, Minecraft said it would be rolling out the Android update throughout the week.If you’ve been invited to join the beta, you’ll need to log in at least once every seven days to key your account active, Minecraft said. Your device needs to be running Android 7 or higher to play, and you also have to be 18 or older. The beta was released to iPhone users with iOS 10 or higher last month.  Now playing: Watch this: Best mobile games of 2019 Mojang demos Minecraft Earth for the first time Minecraft Earth announces iOS exclusive features Minecraft’s lighting will look more realistic, thanks to Nvidia tech The Android beta is finally here! We’re hard at work rolling out the update in five cities: Seattle, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Mexico City. Happy crafting everyone!↣ https://t.co/H3Ye8o64JV ↢ pic.twitter.com/z575yKmYXV— Minecraft Earth (@minecraftearth) August 30, 2019 Like Pokemon Go, Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality mobile game where players can explore the real world and build within it using Minecraft blocks. It was officially revealed in May, with Microsoft showing off gameplay in a trailer.center_img Mobile Gaming Video Games Originally published Aug. 22.Update, Aug. 30: Adds more details on availability of the Minecraft Earth beta.  More on Minecraft Post a comment 0 Tags 3:41 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly July 22 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio Former Bethel Foster Parent  Sentenced 66 Years for Child Sexual AbuseBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFormer Bethel foster parent Peter Tony will spend the rest of his life in prison.  Tony was sentenced Tuesday to 66 years in jail with no parole for three consolidated child sex abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.Fundraising Results Released for Alaska RacesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWith the primary election a month away, fundraising totals are out for all candidates for statewide and legislative races.Critics Say Canadian Mining Projects Could Damage Regional FisheriesEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauCanadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. They include the K-S-M and Tulsequah Chief prospects, which critics say could damage regional fisheries.Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends MournAnn Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageThree bicyclists have been killed by vehicles in Anchorage this year. The most recent was 51-year-old Jeff Dusenbury, who was hit by a pickup truck in South Anchorage Saturday. Fellow cyclists are mourning his death and waiting for the outcome of the district attorney’s investigation.Denali Climbing Season Ends, Summits DownPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaDenali climbing season has ended, and the numbers are not impressive.  This year had the lowest summit percentage in over 25 years.  A number of factors played into the lack of summits.Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai RiverAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai River. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon.last_img read more

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ARCTREX Tests Arctic Oil Spill Tracking Techniques

first_imgOffshore oil and gas exploration has become increasingly prominent over the past several years. But, questions remain about how effective response efforts would be if there’s an oil spill. Last fall, scientists began tackling one piece of the puzzle — tracking how spilled oil would move and spread in the Arctic Ocean.Download AudioThe Arctic Tracer Release Experiment – or ARCTREX – is a step toward understanding how oil – or other contaminants – would spread in the ocean.Dye release off the stern of the Norseman II. (Photo via ART Lab/UAF)The team couldn’t release oil into the water, so they used a red-colored dye instead.“It’s a non-toxic, kind of like a food dye that you use for cupcakes,” Peter Winsor, an associate professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said.He says the goal of the experiment wasn’t necessarily to mimic crude oil, but instead to better understand how the ocean could disperse any number of substances underwater.“The dye will disperse by the ocean currents and we think that the dye is a good representative of something we can map over time to really learn how to map something that is spilled into ocean in great detail,” Winsor said. “It’s not a perfect representation of crude oil; it might be a fairly good representation of crude oil that has subject to dispersants.”The team released dye on the surface of the ocean in two different locations in September, when the edge of the Arctic sea ice is still far to the north. The first batch of dye was deployed at the Berger lease patch, about 60 miles off Alaska’s northwest coast in the Chukchi Sea. Winsor says this release proved the crew could successfully track the dye and relay the data in near-real time to NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration – where it could be mapped online.“That particular dye release was very exciting because it stayed in the upper ocean – the top 50 meters,” Winsor said. “It never spread any deeper, and fairly rapidly was stretched, strained and deformed over time as we mapped it back and forth with our research vessel and some of our autonomous underwater robots.”The crew tracked the dye for about four days before moving onto the next location, a little closer to Wainwright. The second release was much closer to the coast and near a large front — where there’s a big difference in temperature and salinity across a very short distance…and Winsor says the dye there tracked much differently.“In this case, the dye left the surface of the ocean within 1 hour and 40 minutes and basically started to sink and follow that water mass down through the water column towards the sea floor,” Winsor said. “So, that was interesting from an oil spill management perspective, because after 1 hours and 40 minutes, you wouldn’t see a trace of it anymore at the sea surface.”The Rutgers dye release team – Eli Hunter, Jack McSweeney, and Bob Chant. (Photo via ART Lab/UAF)“So, if you do an overflight with an airplane or an autonomous flying vehicle, you wouldn’t be able to see it anymore.”The team used three methods to track the dye: a pump system on the ship to get measurements at the surface; a small vehicle towed behind the ship to gather data further below; and with autonomous underwater vehicles, which are about 5 feet long and weigh 110 pounds. Winsor describes them as large, yellow bananas with wings – and they use an unconventional propulsion method.“They suck in a little bit of seawater, which means they get heavy compared to the surrounding water and sink slowly through the water column. But, because of the wings they translate that to forward moving…or propelling themselves forward,” Winsor said. “So, they slowly glide from the sea surface to the sea floor, and then they pump out the same amount of water, and now they’re slowly drifting up to surface and the wings propel them forwards.”“We’re able to run them for several weeks to several months on just a single load of batteries.”Winsor says that efficiency coupled with the ability to program them via satellite means they could prove to be a valuable tool in tracking spills, even without a support vessel in the area.Though this is a good first step, Winsor says the data is specific to this type of area and wouldn’t be a good representation of a place with deeper water like the Gulf of Mexico.“This is a very different ocean; it’s 40-50 meters deep – only a shallow Arctic shelf sea that’s very dominated by wind and hydrographic properties and water coming up through the Bering Strait,” he said.Winsor says he plans to take a team out to the same areas next year and release dye at the bottom of the sea to simulate what could happen if an Arctic oil well blows out.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 13 2015

first_imgHaines Sees A Spike in Avian RescuesEmily Files, KHNS – HainesThe American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines has seen such a dramatic increase in bird rescues that they’re asking for the public’s help. The foundation plans to form a volunteer Avian Rescue Team. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio State Says Sockeye Fire Sprung From A Burn Pile; 2 Face ChargesEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageTwo Anchorage adults have been charged with igniting the Sockeye fire, which destroyed 55 homes near Willow in June.Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Protect LBGT Alaskans Against Workplace DiscriminationLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauAlaska is one of 28 states that allow workplace discrimination against someone based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.Calista Shareholders Vote to Enroll ‘Afterborns’Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThousands of so-called afterborns will be eligible for shares of Calista Corporation after shareholders voted Saturday. The preliminary results from the annual meeting in Kasigluk dramatically reshape the ownership of the Y-K Delta’s regional Alaska Native Corporation.Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean AcidificationShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerA recent NOAA study named 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Earlier this week, we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.On the Nushagak, Sportfishers Struggle to Reel In the KingsMatt Martin, KDLG – DillinghamThe Nushagak River is becoming one of Alaska’s premier destinations for king salmon sport fishermen. The king return to the Nushagak is proving stronger this year than last, and Fish and Game says they’re on track to meet the escapement goal. But sport fishing guides say the angling has been less than average.New RX Drug Drop Gives Community a Chance to Safely Purge MedsElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauStarting Monday, Juneau residents will be able to walk into the police department and hand over drugs without consequence. It’s been several months since the community could safely dispose of prescription medications.last_img read more

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AMHS report Ferries boost Anchorage MatSu economies too

first_imgPassengers disembark the ferry Malaspina in Skagway during its 50th anniversary sailing. Most ferry fares went up Jan. 1. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/360 North)Download AudioMany people think the Alaska Marine Highway System only serves port communities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of the state, plus Prince William Sound. It turns out the Railbelt benefits, too.The McDowell Group, a Juneau-based research business, was hired by the ferry system to produce an economic impact report.It lists Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough among the top hometowns for residents booking ferry travel. And Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists.“The marine highway system has this invisible role in the rest of the state that’s not as apparent,” said Heather Haugland, who wrote the report based on 2014 fiscal year information.It shows the ferry system to be an essential part of Alaska’s economic landscape. The marine highway employs about 1,000 people directly, which leads to almost 700 other jobs in retail, tourism and other industries.The report, released Feb. 4, said the system led to about $270 million a year of economic activity statewide. That’s more than double what the government spends on operations and maintenance. Direct revenues from ticket sales, freight and related activity remain far below the state’s costs.Haugland said the economic benefits start with about $65 million in ferry workers’ pay.“Those wages, in turn, get spent elsewhere in the state. And that creates indirect impacts. And then businesses, as well, that the marine highway system works with and makes purchases from, they in turn make additional purchases,” she said.Of course, the marine highway’s biggest impacts are on smaller, isolated communities. Their residents depend on ferry travel for medical care, shopping and school trips.“The marine highway system serves 33 communities. And only five of them are connected to the road system,” she said.The report said the marine highway carried almost 320,000 passengers and more than 100,000 vehicles in the year studied. More than 4,000 container vans carried groceries and seafood, as well as other products.Haugland said those are especially important in small communities with few other options.“You can’t just replace the ferry system with air. Air travel (has) a lot of canceled flights. There is not as much capacity on air. It just plays such an essential role in many facets of life in these really small communities,” she said.The schedule has been cut since the data was collected that was used in the report. More reductions are planned, due to the state’s budget crisis.Haugland said economic and other impacts will drop proportionately as sailings and ships are cut.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the report is timely.“There have been requests from the public and … the legislature as well to look at this economic impact and renew the study information,” he said.Woodrow said the study has been sent to coastal legislators, as well as members of the House and Senate Transportation committees.last_img read more

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Denali National Park road partially reopened after large mudslide

first_imgThe National Park Service is partially re-opening the road into Denali National Park where a large mudslide crossed it near mile 67, west of the Eielson Visitors Center on Saturday. The agency reports that crews working around the clock over the weekend, were able to clear a lane through the one hundred foot long slide of mud and debris. Visitors who had been stranded west of the slide were able to get out Sunday, and traffic was also allowed through again at 8 this morning. Another opening is scheduled for 6 tonight.Listen nowlast_img

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Climate predictions show a warmer October for the state this year

first_imgWarmer than normal temperatures are expected across Alaska next month. National Weather Service climate science and services manager Rick Thoman says that’s the October outlook from the agency’s Climate Prediction Center.Listen now”All of the state, better than 50 percent chance for significantly warmer for the month as a whole,” Thoman said. “It doesn’t mean every day is going to be warm, but a very strong forecast from the Climate Prediction Center for all of Alaska in October.”Thoman says the probability is especially high for the state’s Northwestern coastal region.“Better than 80 percent chance that temperatures will wind up much above normal, and that is the first time ever that the Climate Prediction Center has used probabilities that high anywhere in the United States,” Thoman said.Thoman says the forecast, and level of confidence, reflect extreme ocean conditions.”The dramatic loss of sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas over the last few years, compared to the historical period,” Thoman said. “Also, sea surface temperatures in the Bering and Chukchi Sea are extremely warm this year, even warmer than last year.”Thoman also points to another factor in play: the forecast of an El Niño, which historically have made the Interior warmer than normal. In the near term, the forecast is for wet weather to be pushed out the Interior. Weather Service meteorologist Jim Brader says the region is forecasted to transition from clouds and rain to clear skies.Brader says the clear skies will bring daytime high temperatures in the 50’s with freezing lows overnight.last_img read more

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