How to Apply Animation Presets in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDo you have experience with animation presets in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. Step 3 — Apply Animation PresetTo apply the animation, I simply need to double-click the preset in Adobe Bridge. Once I double-click the preset, After Effects will become active again, and the animation will apply to the layer I had selected. I’ll press the U key to quickly bring up all of the keyframes in my sequence. Furthermore, I can get a closer look at the preset options in the Effect Controls panel. For the last step let’s do some fine tuning. Step 2 — Browse Animation PresetTo browse through a few animation presets, choose Animation > Browse Presets. This command will launch the Adobe Bridge program. Once inside Bridge, I’ll see a library of animation presets from which to select. Click on a preset to watch a preview of the animation. There are many animation options, including transitions, text effects, transform options and behaviors. I can even create synthetic shapes and backgrounds. To find a suitable animation for my slideshow, I’ll navigate to one of the Transitions subfolders. Next, I’ll apply one of the presets to our selected layer. Browse and apply animation presets in Adobe After Effects with these simple steps.Cover image via Shutterstock.Animation presets can come in handy in a variety of different scenarios. Newbies can use them to learn their way around Adobe After Effects and introduce themselves to the wonderful world of animation. Seasoned motion graphics artists can use presets to brainstorm ideas and kickstart an animation project. Whatever the situation, let’s check out what Adobe After Effects has to offer.center_img Step 1 — Select the LayerTo apply a preset, I first need to select a layer on which to add my animation. I can use animation presets on a variety of assets, including text, video, images, and solid layers. For this example, I am creating a quick photo slideshow. I want to find a quick way to transition between a few image layers. In order to do this, let’s have a look at the presets we can use. Step 4 — Fine TuningTo apply the animation preset to all of my image layers, I will select all of the layers and click Animation > Recent Animation Presets > Slide-drop. With all of the layers still selected in the sequence, I’ll press the U key again to bring up all of my keyframes. Finally, I can complete my slideshow by timing my keyframes.last_img read more

India vs England, Headingley, 5th ODI: India look to complete whitewash

first_imgAjinkya Rahane has been the most prolific scorer in the ODI series.Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final ODI in Headingley on Friday.In a remarkable turnaround following their humiliation in the preceding Test series, India have called the shots in the ODI series, in which England have struggled to match the visitors be it in batting, bowling or fielding.Both Ravi Shastri and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to end this series on a winning note. And they should be successful in their bid because England haven’t really put up a worthy challenge in any of the matches.To make matters worse, their captain Cook doesn’t want to accept that selection or strategy is at fault in this defeat. This claim is despite the fact that they have been very reluctant to play both Moeen Ali and James Tredwell together in the same eleven. Opener Alex Hales has been found out already against the in-swinging delivery. The middle-order is in shambles despite ian bell moving down to number three and he is unavailable for the last game due to the toe injury that forced him to miss the last game as well.In effect, this has meant easygoing for the Indian bowlers. Time and again, Dhoni has stressed that his bowlers – especially the medium-pacers need to get better in the death overs when the opposition has wickets in hand.advertisementIf there is one big positive to come out of this series for the line-up, then it is in the new opening pairing of Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan. Dhoni had hinted that going ahead it could mean that Rohit Sharma – when he returns – will possibly bat at number four.If that is true, then India in their ongoing preparations for the World Cup need to strengthen their middle-order once again. Rahane moving up means they have one less option. Ambati Rayudu has done well in the limited opportunities afforded, but the think-tank will do well to give Sanju Samson a run-in as well.This dead-rubber also gives India a chance to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami and present Umesh Yadav and Karn Sharma a much-wanted go at the opposition.However, in the past, the India team management has been very reluctant in handing out rest to over-worked bodies. It remains to be seen if the newly-appointed director of cricket will have a say and bring about a change this time around, particularly keeping the 2015 World Cup in mind.last_img read more

Putin Pushes Blatter For Nobel Prize

first_imgMOSCOW — Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can’t stop praising each other.The Russian President, speaking with Swiss TV on July 27, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said “people like Blatter … deserve special recognition.”Blatter had opened the draw ceremony Saturday — held at a palace in St. Petersburg that is an official Putin residence — and warmly congratulated his host.“Thank you, President Putin, you make us happy and comfortable,” said Blatter, who was making his first trip outside his native Switzerland since American and Swiss investigations of corruption in soccer were revealed in May.Besides Blatter, Putin suggested to Swiss state broadcaster RTS that heads of international sports federations and Olympic committees would also be worthy recipients.“Let’s have Nobel Prizes for people like that,” said Putin, who approved lavish spending on the 2014 Sochi Olympics that cost $51 billion to prepare and stage.On July 25, Blatter told Putin that the Russian people “can be proud” of him and that FIFA says “yes to Russia, we are providing our support.”Russia’s successful bid to host the World Cup is central to the Swiss federal investigation. That case also focuses on the 2022 bidding campaign, won by Qatar.The American case has named three former FIFA Vice Presidents among 14 soccer and marketing officials indicted in May on widespread racketeering charges.A further four men have made guilty pleas in the widening case that is also expected to target Blatter and the 2018-2022 World Cup bid contests.Putin said in the Swiss interview, recorded July 25 in St. Petersburg, that he was sure Blatter was not corrupt. He added that, by making allegations against FIFA, the Americans and their allies in Britain were continuing to fight the World Cup bidding contest. Both the United States and Britain bid for the tournaments won by Qatar and Russia.Blatter made a similar comment in his first interview after being re-elected president of FIFA on May 29.Four days after the interview aired on RTS, Blatter announced he would step down within months. The new election is scheduled for Feb. 26.Blatter has long coveted a Nobel Peace Prize for FIFA on behalf of world soccer, but the corruption cases appear finally to have ended that hope.On June 15, the Nobel Peace Center in Norway terminated its cooperation with FIFA in a project called Handshake for Peace. FIFA criticized the Nobel organization the next day for lacking fair play and announcing the split via the media.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Seeing my father happy and enjoying my game felt great: Shubman Gill

first_imgSeeing my father happy and enjoying my game felt great: Shubman GillFor a man so young though, Shubman Gill speaks with maturity beyond his years. He is keen to learn from every fall.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 20:48 IST Shubman Gill found more success while opening for KKR during the second-half of IPL 2019 (Shubman Gill Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill scored 296 runs this season in 14 games at 32.88Gill managed a highest individual score of 76 which he got vs Mumbai Indians in KolkataGill bagged the Emerging Player award but still felt he had a mixed season in IPL 2019At 19 years of age, Shubhman Gill has already been through it all – experienced the joy of rewarding IPL contracts and agony of failing in his international debut series.For a man so young though, Shubman Gill speaks with maturity beyond his years. He is keen to learn from every fall.Excerpts from chat with the young man who finished IPL’ 2019’s Emerging player of the year.Q. Quality runs in IPL 2019. Big confidence booster..A. This IPL was a confidence booster. But I would not say that I am satisfied because there were a lot of other opportunities where I should have done better. And as a team we had a chance to win the last game to qualify for playoffs. But the positive is that I got runs at the top of the order and while chasing as well. So learned a lot.Q. You started batting in the middle order for KKR before finding your groove at the top..A. When you are batting down the order, the mind set is completely different. When you are batting at the top you can pace the innings. While batting down, you either have to bat at the same pace that is set or raise the pace. So you can bat your own way and that’s an advantage when you are batting at the top. That’s what I tried to capitalise on and it worked in some innings.Q. It must have been a learning, to learn to play to your strengths.advertisementA. Yes. In a few games it also happened that I was trying to do something extra outside my natural game. So had to realise that it’s not my game. That’s what one wants not to do but in the middle there is so much emotion that you can’t keep control. One tries to hit out and drifts away from one’s natural game. But to keep nerves under control at that stage is the most important.Q. Gets tough to stick to your game when Andre Russel is smacking it at the other end?A. This season, I batted quite a bit with Andre Russel and with him together in fact there is much lesser pressure on you as a batsman. So when everyone is focused on how to bowl to him, you end up getting loose balls as well.Q. One learning that you will take from the great Jacques Kallis…A. When the tournament began, Jacques Kallis told me to trust my strengths and keep doing what I have been doing for all these years. He had told me, ‘you have many cricketing shots that you don’t need to do anything extra.’ And it sounds very simple but to be able to keep doing that is the key.Q. You won the India cap this year. How did that feel?A. Wearing the India cap this year, to do it away from home was a big moment. I was a little disappointed that I could not capitalize on it but I know in future opportunities with come and I will have to keep working hard.Q. We saw your father dance and rejoice after seeing you in action during the IPL. How good did that feel?A. It felt so good. He has made me work so hard, help me get here and to know he is happy and enjoying me game. What better than this for your father from a son..Q. What do you think of India’s prospects in the World Cup..A. India has got bright chances because we are good in all departments of the game. Also our England record in ICC events. And we have openers who have done well and if you have performing openers in England, what else do you want.Also Read | Mixed IPL season, didn’t pay off whenever I tried to do extra: Shubman GillAlso Read | Shubman Gill’s father doing bhangra in Mohali impresses Shah Rukh KhanAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin UthappaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shubman GillFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow KKRFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

JISCO Alpart Targeting Minimum One Shipment of Alumina Export Per Month

first_img “I think we are lucky to have had the first shipment by the end of last year, and the end of February was (when we had) the second shipment of alumina. So far, the operation has already gone to a higher level, so we will have enough eventually to arrange at least one shipment per month,” he indicated. Story Highlights Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), which owns and operates the Alpart refinery in St. Elizabeth, is aiming to upgrade the plant and increase its capacity to facilitate the exportation of a minimum one shipment of alumina per month. Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), which owns and operates the Alpart refinery in St. Elizabeth, is aiming to upgrade the plant and increase its capacity to facilitate at least one shipment of alumina per month.Assistant Managing Director of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Sun Jing, disclosed that the company has already spent US$150 million to overhaul the plant in order to commence production that will lead to them attaining the target this year. According to Mr. Sun, the company has already been able to export two shipments of alumina in just over six months.“I think we are lucky to have had the first shipment by the end of last year, and the end of February was (when we had) the second shipment of alumina. So far, the operation has already gone to a higher level, so we will have enough eventually to arrange at least one shipment per month,” he indicated.The JISCO executive noted, however, that the outdated facilities present some challenges with respect to getting the plant fully operational. “We have to engage more persons to help us to run this plant. So although it probably needs 600-700 persons to operate, we have employed almost 900 Jamaicans for maintenance, operations and other relevant activities,” he said.Mr. Sun emphasised that modification and upgrade of the plant are imperative in order to maintain the operation. “Until then, we just keep going… although some of the (input) costs are very high, like oil and caustic soda. So to survive for the long-term, we need to do the expansion as quickly as possible.” Mr. Sun noted, however, that full modification and upgrading will take time.“When you finish the design, then you will have to begin the procurement process to buy equipment and do the installation. For the new equipment to be commissioned takes about one year.” he explained.Mr. Sun assured, however, that JISCO is committed to keeping the facility’s operations going until the modification and upgrading project is completed, “then we will have a chance to finish the new learning curve to bring this Alpart plant to the two million-tonne capacity per year”.A framework agreement has been signed between the Government of Jamaica and JISCO to undertake major improvement works at the plant and at Port Kaiser. This includes expansion of the existing refinery and construction of a new alumina plant; construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant; and the creation of a Special Economic Zone.Sale of the Alpart plant to JISCO and its subsequent reopening have been credited for significantly contributing to a 15 per cent growth in Jamaica’s mining sector over the October to December quarter of 2017. Assistant Managing Director of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Sun Jing, disclosed that the company has already spent US$150 million to overhaul the plant in order to commence production that will lead to them attaining the target this year. According to Mr. Sun, the company has already been able to export two shipments of alumina in just over six months.last_img read more

UN probes police assault of staff at social gathering in Darfur

22 January 2007The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is investigating an incident in which 20 people, including five UN staff, taking part in a social gathering in a Darfur town were arrested by local police and assaulted – in some cases causing serious injuries – before being released. The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is investigating an incident in which 20 people, including five UN staff, taking part in a social gathering in a Darfur town were arrested by local police and assaulted – in some cases causing serious injuries – before being released.The Mission said today that the UN will officially protest to the Sudanese Government over the arrests and physical and verbal assaults that followed the raid on a gathering in the compound of an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.UNMIS said in a press statement that it is “deeply concerned at the treatment of the detained staff,” and added the assaults by police and security officials were “in violation of basic principles of rule of law and due process.”Some of the injuries sustained by the staff members were so serious they required treatment at the UN clinic in Nyala. The people arrested included African Union peacekeepers and aid workers as well as the UN staff.UNMIS said it would continue its inquiry into Friday’s events in cooperation with the relevant Sudanese authorities in both Khartoum and Nyala.The UN Staff Council’s committee on staff security also issued a statement in which they condemned the attack, called the recent increase in cases of harassment of UN personnel and aid workers operating in Sudan unacceptable and requested a complete review of the security situation in the UNMIS area of operation.UNMIS has been stepping up its presence in war-torn Darfur as part of a three-phase process of enhanced support for the AU mission known as AMIS. Under the plan, AMIS will eventually be replaced by a hybrid UN-AU force comprising about 17,000 peacekeepers and 3,000 police officers.More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others displaced from their homes in Darfur since 2003, when Government forces and allied militias began fighting rebel groups seeking greater autonomy for the arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.UN officials have described Darfur as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and recently expressed concern about the potential spillover of the conflict into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

UNICEF announces boost to school health and nutrition programmes in Togo

2 September 2008The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced $3 million of extra support for education, health and nutrition programmes in Togo during her first visit to the West African country. Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, unveiled the additional support at a meeting with Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, the agency said in a press release.During the meeting with Mr. Gnassingbe, Ms. Veneman stressed the need to place Togo’s children at the heart of national policy and planning.She later visited a convent for followers of vodon – also known as voodoo – and met with the High Priestess and a group of girls under her religious instruction.In Togo, girls as young as four enter convents for training, and many do not continue their education after their initiation period. But a recent joint initiative involving UNICEF, the Togolese Government and local organizations aims to encourage those girls to attend school.“Education is critical for children and for their future,” Ms. Veneman said. “By working with traditional religious leaders, children and especially girls are being given the opportunity to go to school, some of them for the first time.” read more

UN urges better protection for media after attack on Nepali publishing house

22 December 2008The United Nations has condemned yesterday’s attack against staff at the Himal Media publishing house in Kathmandu as an assault on the freedom of expression, and urged authorities in Nepal to ensure a safe environment for media professionals to do their work. Staff from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) and investigators from the National Human Rights Commission have followed up on the incident, in which dozens of people entered the Himal Media office on Sunday looking for the author of a recently-published article. They then physically assaulted a number of individuals, including Publisher Kunda Dixit and Chief Executive Officer Ashutosh Tiwari, in what is the latest in a series of attacks against the media in the South Asian nation.“OHCHR-Nepal encourages the Nepal Police, which investigated Sunday’s incident, to complete its investigation as swiftly as possible so charges can be laid,” the office said in a news release. “It also urges State authorities to take all steps necessary to ensure that the media has a secure environment in which to do its work,” it added.Previously, on 20 October, several people reportedly raided the office of the local Terai Times newspaper in Janakpur, where they assaulted staff and damaged and stole equipment. That incident followed the publication of a news article suggesting that the Young CommunistLeague (YCL) was providing protection for prostitution. In another incident, a journalist from a daily newspaper in Nepalgunj informed OHCHR that he had been verbally abused and threatened on 21 October by a local government official ofBanke district, following publication of an article that alleged financial irregularities linked to a local construction project. read more

Football Urban Meyer investigation to be completed Sunday

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer’s knowledge of domestic abuse allegations surrounding a former assistant coach will conclude on time, ending exactly on the 14-day deadline originally proposed by the university, Ohio State announced Friday.The statement went on to say that the investigators will “prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.” Once the independent group, chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, receives the report, they will present it to the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. University President Michael Drake will announce his decision for any response to the investigation “following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration.”The exact time and date of that meeting was not released in the statement, but the university is required by law to provide advance public notice of at least 24 hours. Drake told WOSU’s Ann Fisher on Thursday that the investigation would be “finished when it’s finished” without providing an idea of when that might be.Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 shortly after announcing it was going to examine if Meyer knew about and properly handled reports of domestic abuse from former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired on July 23 after his ex-wife, Courtney, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him.Ohio State originally gave itself a 14-day deadline to complete the investigation on Aug. 5, which means the university will meet the deadline it self-imposed.The independent group has overseen the efforts of an investigative team led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, who also is the senior chair with the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton. read more

Italie les web vidéos sous contrôle du gouvernement

first_imgItalie : les web vidéos sous contrôle du gouvernement ?Italie – Un décret provoque la polémique en Italie. Si la loi passe en l’état, il sera bientôt nécessaire de posséder une licence pour diffuser des vidéos sur le net.Le décret Romani fait grincer des dents en Italie. Selon la loi portant le nom du ministre délégué aux Communications, il sera bientôt nécessaire d’obtenir une licence afin de publier des vidéos sur le Web que ce soit pour YouTube, un journal ou un blog. “L’Italie va rejoindre le club des censeurs, avec la Chine, l’Iran et la Corée du Nord”, proteste l’opposition politique. À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiDe fait, le gouvernement ne fait qu’appliquer une directive européenne mais il est le seul pays à contraindre sa population à de telles règles. En novembre, un procureur avait réclamé des peines de prison pour quatre cadres de Google qui tardaient à retirer une vidéo douteuse. “C’est comme si on demandait aux sociétés d’autoroute d’être responsables du comportement des conducteurs” protestent les FAI, menacés d’une amende de 150.000 euros en cas de violation de droits d’auteurs, tout comme les particuliers. Certains voient aussi dans cette démarche une manœuvre du Premier ministre Silvio Berlusconi, afin de lutter contre les Web-TV, concurrentes potentielles des chaînes du groupe Mediaset, dont il est le principal actionnaire. Le décret doit entrer en vigueur à la fin du mois.Le 19 janvier 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

East Vancouver fire displaces two people

first_imgA fire Tuesday heavily damaged a garage and its contents and displaced two people in east Vancouver.Firefighters were called to 2280 N.E. 128th Ave. at about 10:30 a.m. for a structure fire, according to emergency dispatch logs.Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Mark Johnston said an engine crew was on its way back from a call when it spotted smoke, then went to investigate.They found that a home’s attached garage had caught fire, along with the vehicle and contents inside.“When they got there, they were right on it, so their response time was about 3 minutes total,” he said.He said the fire did extensive damage to the garage and everything inside.Johnston said the home’s two occupants reported the fire when they opened a door to the garage. There were no smoke detectors in the garage.last_img read more

Pallotta has a good feeling for the second leg

first_imgAS Roma president James Pallotta, who became famous for his fountain dive after the beat Barcelona in the previous round, has shared he has a good feeling for the second leg of the semi-final clash with Liverpool.Despite the fact that the Italian side suffered a huge 5-2 upset away in the first leg, Pallotta doesn’t seem bothered by troublesome past but seems to believe in the bright future.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…However, this is not out of nowhere – Roma already overcame a 4-1 deficit in the quarter-final clash with Barcelona in order to proceed to the semi-finals – they won 3-0 at home, which was the main reason why Pallotta was seen celebrating in Rome’s fountains.I have good feelings for tonight , we’ll see, another bathroom in the fountain? No, tonight the have kept the fountain closesd, perhaps they also close the Colosseum …” Pallotta shared, according to Calcio Mercato, just hours before the decisive game starts.last_img read more

TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Games

first_img Bahamas third, 31 medals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCuracao, April 18th, 2017 – Willemstad – Three medals was the finish for the Turks and Caicos Islands during the 47th edition of the Flow Carifta Games which were staged in Curacao.There was a silver medal in the men’s Octathalon by Wickenson Fenelon and two bronze performances; one in the U20 boys 400m won by Colby Jennings and the other in the U20 girls 4x100m relay where the team was Akia Guerrier, Helcyann Sauver, Shavell Sutherland and Sanadia Forbes.#MagneticMediaNews#FlowCariftaGames2017#TCIgets3medalsatCariftaGames Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FlowCariftaGames2017, #magneticmedianews, #TCIgets3medalsatCariftaGamescenter_img Recommended for you TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Gameslast_img read more

AGDC Selects Two Possible Reroutes For The Kenai Spur Highway

first_imgThe AGDC in April 2017 provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a site map of the LNG plant in Nikiski, showing locations for the three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, material offloading facility and north and south plant entrances. Story as aired:  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has said they’ll need to move the Kenai Spur Highway around the natural gas liquefaction and export terminal that the state plans to build in Nikiski. Download ADGC’s Spur Highway reroute filing Both of these options run roughly a quarter mile east of Bernice Lake and route back to the Kenai Spur Highway around Mile 25. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Kenai Peninsula Borough have been engaged in the process and both are on hand as well to speak with the community.center_img The AGDC is planning to schedule a public meeting in Nikiski around February to give additional details to the community. Would veer from the existing highway around Mile 19 and pass through the inside of Miller Loop RoadWould leave the highway intact around Mile 18 and run outside Miller Loop to the east. Following the site map, the AGDC filed a map of eight possible alternatives for relocating the Kenai Spur Highway around the LNG plant site to FERC. In December, the AGDC narrowed those possibilities down to the final two. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-AGDC-road-plans.mp3VmJennifer-on-AGDC-road-plans.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

The new Apple Card wont let you switch from iPhone to Android

first_imgApple Card and iPhones, two peas in a pod. Apple The Apple Card, Apple’s new digital and physical credit card, is a bold, brilliant move that reimagines credit card payments on the iPhone. What makes the move so gutsy has nothing to do with the service itself and everything to do with drawing you deeper into Apple’s ecosystem.The Apple Card’s benefits sound immediately appealing: Apple promises security measures designed to avoid common avenues of credit card fraud. It gives you up to 3 percent cash back and a visual financial tracker that helps you stay on top of your payments. And there are no fees for going over your limit, using the card internationally or even paying off the card late — things that other cards are happy to charge for. You will, however, accrue interest on top of your balance.The world of payments isn’t new to Apple, which launched Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, in 2014. But a full-fledged credit card, backed by Mastercard’s payment network and Goldman Sachs, represents Apple’s cannonball dive into banking in a way that will have ripple effects for Visa, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and every other digital payment player. apple-card-side-vendorEverything from management to verifying transactions takes place on the iPhone. Apple The competitors should pay attention. Apple has an uncanny ability to leverage its cult status to create hype around products and services in a way that compels others to follow, even if they got there first. But it’s Apple’s rival phone brands that should be most concerned — Samsung, Huawei and Google’s Pixel — not because they may want to create their own credit cards (they probably won’t), but because anyone who signs up for an Apple Card is essentially binding themselves to the iPhone for as long as they have the card. Many owners of Apple products are already locked into the ecosystem by virtue of their Macs, iPads, iTunes and App Store purchases. Staying in the Apple family is more convenient. iMessages and Notes on the iPhone also sync with the Mac, for example, and AirDrop is a wonderful way to seamlessly transfer files between devices. But it’s still possible to coexist with a Macbook Air and an Android phone. I do this at least 50 percent of the time. But a credit card that works on the iPhone alone will only make you more dependent on your iPhone. See It See it This story originally published March 27 at 4:30 a.m. PT and updates frequently. It was last updated April 3. See It Now playing: Watch this: A physical Apple Card is a workaround because Apple Pay isn’t everywhere. Apple is also adding value by giving subscribers a way to flaunt their status with an instantly recognizable titanium card. It’s genuis, really #AppleCard #AppleEvent https://t.co/6rBY9wne8n— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) March 25, 2019 Apple Card = iPhone 4 lyfeThe iPhone is fundamental to the inner workings of the Apple Card itself. Most of the Apple Card’s functionality lives in the digital Wallet app on your iPhone. This involves more than tracking your balance and paying off your card online. The Apple Card relies on the Secure Element chip in your iPhone to process transactions with each purchase, which means you have to have one if you want to use the credit card. You also need the Wallet app to monitor your account — remember, this data is calculated on your device, not online, so you can’t just look up your account details from a browser window on your desktop or in a separate app like you would with your usual bank. Apple thinks this will safeguard you from hacks because the details of your digital transactions are computed on your phone. No iPhone, no Apple Card.2019-03-25-10-34-07You track your Apple Card account maintenance on the phone, not online. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The physical card is meaningless on its ownHow does the physical Apple Card fit in? Great question. Apple also gives you a physical card with your name engraved on a titanium rectangle and that’s it — no numbers, no expiration date, no CVV (those three numbers on the back that verify your card), no other identifying details that would allow someone to commit fraud against you if they see your card or take it from you. You’ll use the physical Apple Card like any other payment card that has a magnetic stripe and a chip. If you need to access those details like the expiration date and CVV digits, you’ll fire up the iPhone’s Wallet app to take a peek. Another reason not to lose your iPhone.The titanium card isn’t meant to be used as your primary way to pay. It’s a fallback that exists because not all point-of-sale terminals accept Apple Pay. Contrast that with Samsung Pay, which can also work like your credit card’s magnetic stripe. However, in making the card look so iconically Apple, the company geniusly turned a negative — Apple Pay doesn’t work at every payment terminal — into a coveted status symbol by creating a product that people will instantly recognize. A titanium card is the Apple Card. But it won’t work without your iPhone. It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Read more $999 See All See It $999 Apple Card perks make iPhone payments easierApple wants to manage all aspects of your credit card through the iPhone, from issuing a line of credit in “minutes” (you must have a high enough credit rating to qualify) to paying for things in any online or brick-and-mortar store and transferring payments to others through the app. You won’t have to load a new card into Apple Pay, you can use the card across your Apple devices and you can authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. The iPhone’s Wallet app will also help you track your finances and estimate how much you’ll have to pay if you can’t clear your monthly balance at once.Plus, you’ll accrue Daily Cash — between 1 and 3 percent cash back — which can go toward any purchase or even paying down your monthly bill. Those cash back rates aren’t top of the scale, but the convenience factor will be high, especially if you use some of that cash back to buy next year’s iPhone.2019-03-26-18-31-12The physical Apple Card is made out of titanium. Apple What happens if you quit Apple Card?We’ve walked through the Apple Card’s perks, but there’s still one more reason why Apple’s credit card locks you to an iPhone: What happens if you cancel? People open or cancel lines of credit every day, but they can have repercussions that impact your credit score. Common wisdom suggests that frequently opening and closing cards can make you appear less reliable, so deciding to get the Apple Card means you’ll want to hold onto it for a while — and, by extension, an iPhone. Credit card advice sites such as Credit Karma and Nerd Wallet warn against closing your oldest account, which has the effect of lowering the average age of your credit history. That, in turn, makes it look like you have a shorter history paying down debt than you might actually have, and history is good when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment or put a down payment on a house.Apple didn’t publicly say it won’t support Android, which would make it available to families or individuals with both iOS and Android devices. But its security setup and home in the Wallet means that it’s iPhone or bust. If you want to use an Apple Card, you’re using an iPhone. And if your iPhone is tied to your credit card, why would you ever own anything else? Apple Card’s fine print: 7 things we learned about Apple’s new credit card Apple Card won’t drive Google, Samsung to offer their own credit cards Apple Card: Sign-up info, launch date and privacy deets $999 4:02 Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Apple Pay Mobile payments Google Huawei Samsung Apple 69 Comments Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Best Buy reading • The new Apple Card won’t let you switch from iPhone to Android, probably ever Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Sprint Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Phones Tablets • Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 97 Photos Apple Event Apple Event Share your voicelast_img read more

CESC to give guidelines to consumers on electrical safety

first_imgKolkata: CESC will soon give guidelines to nearly 3.5 million of its consumers on electrical safety. A CESC spokesperson said the monsoon usually is the worst time from the point of view of electrical dangers. The company has therefore drawn up a list of dos and don’ts.The users have been advised not to touch electrical switches and appliances with wet hands. Using mobile phones while charging is also a dangerous practice. During heavy rains and lightning, it is safer to switch off electrical appliances and unplug them from the wall socket. Everybody has been advised to avoid touching dangling conductors or wires. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOut of home, citizens have been advised to avoid close proximity to electrical poles, stray wires or electrical distribution boxes during rains. It is equally dangerous to touch loose/bare wires and electrical equipment out of home. Some of the electrical fires at the workplace are caused when people forget to switch off ACs or other electrical equipment when not in use. For any emergency in CESC areas, citizens have been advised to call 1912/18605001912/44031912.last_img read more

Firefox 69 to use Process Priority Manager

first_imgFirefox 69 to use Process Priority Manager by Martin Brinkmann on June 02, 2019 in Firefox – 35 commentsMozilla plans to enable a new feature called Process Priority Manager in Firefox 69 Stable later this year. The organization began to integrate the feature in Firefox Nightly about a year ago and has tested it thoroughly in that time.The idea behind the feature is to deprioritize background tabs open in the Firefox browser so that the active tab (foreground tab) may have additional resources at its disposal. Firefox’s new process priority management feature won’t impact background media processes as playback quality might suffer otherwise.Firefox will give Windows hints to appropriately set content process priority levels, meaning more processor time spent on the tasks you’re actively working on, and less processor time spent on things in the background (with the exception of video and audio playback).Process Priority Manager is already enabled in Firefox Nightly. The feature is controlled by a preference that users of the browser may change to enable or disable it. The preference will be available in all versions of Firefox; while it is generally not recommended to disable the Process Priority Manager, some may need to do so if they run into issues when it is enabled on their devices.Mozilla ran some tests and concluded that the “process priority manager had no measurable impact on page load time, tab switch time, or user retention”. The organization’s test did not make things better, however, in test scenarios either.It is possible, however, that the results may be positive in low resource environments.Do this to change the value of the Process Priority Manager:Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.If the warning prompt is displayed (it is on first use and afterward if you don’t disable it), accept it.Search for dom.ipc.processPriorityManager.enabled.Set it to True if you want the feature enabled and set it to False if you want to disable it.Firefox 69 is scheduled for a September 3, 2019 release. (via Techdows)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 69 to use Process Priority ManagerDescriptionMozilla plans to enable a new feature called Process Priority Manager in Firefox 69 Stable that prioritizes foreground over background tabs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | October 26, 2008 New Ultrasound Technology Raises Bar on Color Flow Imaging News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more October 27, 2008 – SonoSite introduced SonoGT Global Targeted technology, an advance that capitalizes on the power of the M-Turbo platform to drive a new level of color flow imaging, wireless connectivity and workflow integration for anesthesia, emergency medicine, critical care and other acute point-of-care markets.The new SonoGT technology platform offers the following capabilities:ColorHD Technology – A proprietary, color Doppler algorithm that harnesses the power of the M-Turbo system’s digital signal processor to increase color performance, sensitivity and frame rates. Available on all transducers, ColorHD technology works in parallel with multiple M-Turbo algorithms, including SonoHD imaging technology, to provide increased diagnostic information and better visualization of color flow, particularly in low flow states. ColorHD technology also comes with a variable sector size for the P10x/8-4 MHz and the P21x/5-1 MHz phased array transducers for increased frame rates during cardiac imaging.SonoRemote Control – A new accessory enabled by the SonoGT technology platform untethers the clinician from the ultrasound system during procedures to increase ergonomic comfort and is expected to be very useful in sterile field procedures. Based on Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, the SonoRemote control can operate within a sterile bag or sheath and can be used to adjust system controls from within a radius of 10 meters. SonoSite plans to begin shipping this option in the first quarter of 2009.SonoRoam Technology – Using 802.11b/g technology, SonoRoam technology enables wireless image transfer from the M-Turbo system to a PACS system via DICO and to a personal computer via SonoSite’s SiteLink so that clinicians can quickly retrieve the information from any location. Wireless connectivity is increasingly viewed as a critical component to reduce medical errors and speed time to diagnosis in a portable ultrasound system.The company plans to begin customer shipments of new M-Turbo systems with SonoGT technology in the fourth quarter. Customers can separately purchase SonoGT technology and upgrade existing M-Turbo systems via an easy software download from a USB thumb drive.For more information: www.sonosite.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more center_img Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more last_img read more

In search of sustainability in Limón What is sustainability

first_imgDr. Khosrow Farahbakhsh is a former professor of sustainable engineering from Canada currently residing near Cahuita, Limón with his wife.They’re living off the grid and produce their own food and host workshops on sustainability. Facebook Comments IntroductionWhat is sustainability Related posts:In search of sustainability in Limón: Challenging our assumptions Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial allegedly attack courthouse guard High-pressure system to bring tall waves to Costa Rica’s Caribbean, North Pacific coastscenter_img I still remember the day I was asked to teach thermodynamics to a class of third year engineering students. I was terrified because I hated the topic when I took it as an undergrad. Years later, it was still one the most dreaded courses among the students.Thankfully, I resisted the urge to argue for an easier course or a smaller class. What I learned in the process was truly transformative.There are two main laws of thermodynamics.The first basically says that the total amount of energy in the universe always stays the same, which seems like good news.The bad news, and that’s where the second law comes in, is that although the quantity of energy remains the same, its quality always degrades. This is like saying that even though I have the same number of muscles in my body, they become less effective as I age.Often called the “second law of everything,” its application is universal. The second law imposes limits on what we can do and perhaps this is why many tend to resent it. You may ask why I started by telling you about the second law of thermodynamics in an article about sustainability.Well, sustainability at its simplest is “the ability to endure,” and to endure, we must understand our limits.Our limits, according to the second law, are defined by the degradation of the quality of resources we depend on. For example, the total amount of water in the world — in all its forms — stays the same but its quality degrades with use or through human impact. Excess rainwater from the spare rainwater harvesting tank provides for a refreshing outdoor shower. (Dr. Khosrow Farahbakhsh/The Tico Times)I often hear folks lament about loss of quality; “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” people say about everything, from food to cars to homes to relationships. In our haste toward progress, we seem to have lost sight of sustaining quality.We have done well in increasing the amount of what we use at the expense of diminishing quality. For example, we now produce more food — measured by calories — than ever before, while nutrition — a measure of food quality — has continued to decline.Overall, we earn more money but our wealth — measured by the buying power — has diminished. We live longer, but many argue that our quality of life — measured by emotional well-being and wealth inequality — has gone down. We are connected to hundreds of people on social networks, but it seems that the quality of relationships has lessened.At first, it may seem obvious that we must pay attention to sustaining the quality of what we do and produce. But in this simple concept lie complex and often poorly explored implications. Part of our resistance in discussing quality is the less tangible nature of it. It is easy to measure and report things as kg, liters, calories, etc., but far more difficult to measure their qualities.After all, qualities like beauty, can be in the eye of the beholder. The lack of consistent ways to measure quality also points to the fact that we have placed less importance on it.For example, when discussing the water crisis, we read that on average, a person in the United States uses 340 liters of water per day. This is alarming, but what’s more alarming and less discussed is that all this water is of a very high quality — highly purified.So, it’s bad enough to use so much water, but it’s even worse to use so much purified water for purposes that often do not demand it: flushing toilets, washing cars, watering lawns, etc. This is also true with energy and other necessities. Excess rainwater from the roof fills a tilapia tank with over 300 fish. (Dr. Khosrow Farahbakhsh/The Tico Times)Sustaining quality has many implications and applications. A simple implication is to try matching the quality of supply to that of demand. For example, using a lower quality water to flush toilets or water gardens results in more sustainable water management practices.It also leads to a more diverse approach to managing water with improved flexibility and adaptability. Of course, this does not negate the attempts to reduce the amount of water used, but it goes far deeper than basic conservation.If you apply this principle to heating and cooling buildings, you may realize that heat pumps are far more sustainable means of climate control than typical air conditioning and conventional heating systems.Incorporating quality into our understanding of sustainability implies that we must find better ways to define and measure quality, and more diverse approaches to prevent its rapid degradation.Although I don’t feel that I have defined sustainability in this short article, I am hopeful that you may find ideas relevant to your own search for sustainability.In the next article, I will offer a basic examination of the assumptions that we often take for granted and how they have a significant impact on our understanding of sustainability.As always, I do appreciate your feedback via khosrowf@gmail.com.Read more of Dr. Farahbakhsh’s “In search of sustainability in Limón” series here:last_img read more