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Memo Raises Legal Questions With Alaska Budget Language

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative attorney says language in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposal giving his budget office discretion to transfer money within departments raises legal and constitutional questions. The memo was requested and released by Sen. Bill Wielechowski (wil-uh-KOW’-ski), a Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee. The budget language in question states that at the budget office’s discretion, it could transfer funding between items in a department. Linda Bruce, in a memo, writes that a court is unlikely to find that the language is legally permissible or constitutional. She notes that the Legislature has the power of appropriation. Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow says the state Department of Law has not raised concerns with the language.last_img read more

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Apple TV Plus Bird Bird team up for Sesame Workshop show Helpsters

first_img $169 Tags 97 Photos Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) Now playing: Watch this: $179 Apple Share your voice TV and Movies $179 See All Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far See It Crutchfield See It Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 “Sesame Workshop will draw on their 50 years of expertise creating children’s programming to produce live-action and animated series, and to develop a puppet series,” Apple said. While Sesame Street is one of the organization’s most famous productions, it is not a part of the Apple agreement. The new Sesame Workshop show is just one in a flurry of Apple show unveilings and partnerships spanning the gamut from a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to a wide-ranging deal with media mogul Oprah Winfrey.  Apple’s Sesame Workshop move shows it is intent on offering a wide range of programming for all ages.  Be sure to check out everything Apple announced at the event.   Originally published June 20, 2018.  Update, March 25, 2019, 12:06 p.m. PT: Adds official announcement.  Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gamingcenter_img 0 Apple Event CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple reading • Apple TV Plus, Bird Bird team up for Sesame Workshop show Helpsters 2:47 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service See it Apple TV 4K Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Best Buy Big Bird and a friend showed up on the Apple Event stage to announce a new show. Video screenshot by CNET The most colorful celebrity cameo at Apple’s Monday “show time” event belonged to Big Bird, the friendly oversized muppet of Sesame Street fame. Big Bird came to introduce Helpsters, a children’s show for Apple’s new TV Plus streaming video service. The big yellow fellow had a muppet friend named Cody along to help. Cody will stat in the show, which will focus on teaching coding skills to preschoolers. Apple announced in June 2018 it had given a multi-series order to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media organization behind the famed Sesame Street children’s show. Big Bird wants to help your kids learn to code on Helpsters Post a comment See It Apple Event • $179last_img read more

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CocaCola to Break Ground on First US Plant in 10 Years Student

first_imgCoca-Cola to break ground on new facilityCoca-Cola will break ground on its first new U.S. facility on Tuesday morning in north Houston.The bottler opening the plant, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, says it is the first Coca-Cola production plant built in the U.S. in more than 10 years. The company announced the $250 million facility will be close to 1 million square feet and is expected to open in 2020. The Houston Chronicle reports the new plant is meant to replace two other plants and several warehouses in Houston. An executive with the bottling company told the Chronicle he does not expect layoffs. The latest in Houston sportsJim Mone/APHouston Rockets’ James Harden, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler during Game 4 of their 2018 playoff series.The Astros’ magic number is down to three, the Texans still haven’t won a game, and while the Rockets tout their team at Media Day, rumors swirl about a Houston native the Rockets might want to trade for.Over the weekend, the Astros clinched a spot in the postseason, sweeping the Angels in their final regular season home stand. Only seven games remain as they look to lock up their position in the MLB postseason.Meanwhile, the Texans lost their home opener to the New York Giants 27-22, falling short in what was seen as one of the more winable games on their schedule.Plus, rumors continue to swirl around a possible trade that could bring Tomball-native and four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Rockets.  In the audio above, sportswriter Jeff Balke joins us live from Rockets Media Day to discuss those and other developments in Houston sports. Proposed immigration rules may impact thousands in HoustonThe Trump administration is expanding the discretion immigration officers have when they decide whether or not to grant a green card or work permit, according to new rules announced this weekend.New standards could limit thousands of immigrants’ access to green cards and work permits in Houston. Report: Houston area to hit 10 million people by 2040Greater Houston’s population will surpass 10 million by the year 2040, up from roughly 7 million today, a projection from METRO Next finds. Analysts say the growth could strain the region’s infrastructure.center_img Tuesday, September 25, 2018Student arrested for threat against Columbus ISDCourtesy of Columbus ISDA water tower in Columbus posted on the Columbus ISD website.A Columbus Independent School District student has been arrested for allegedly making a threat on the social media app Snapchat. The threat caused Columbus ISD to close of all district campuses Monday.Columbus police say the student will be charged with a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony. Authorities say the suspect is a juvenile and the name and other identifying information will not be released.School officials received word of the threat just before midnight Sunday.Columbus ISD officials are urging parents to continue monitoring students’ social media online and report anything that may be cause for concern.Classes will resume Tuesday at regular times with an increased police presence. Sharelast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 28

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(July 28, 2016) We’ll continue our reports from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, with thoughts on President Obama’s speech and a preview of Hillary Clinton’s historic acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president. Guest host, political strategist Catalina Byrd leads the conversation with our experts.
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Cardinals Fall at Florida State 8075 in OT

first_imgStory Links ESPN Photo Gallery TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points and No. 22 Florida State erased a 10-point second-half deficit to force overtime, then knocked off No. 16 Louisville 80-75 on Saturday.Terance Mann added 20 points for the Seminoles (18-5, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who made 11 of 12 free throws in overtime to wrap up their fifth straight win. Mann hit 9 of 11 free throws to secure his second straight 20-point game and fifth of the season.Kabengele shot 7 of 12 from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds. It was the 16th time he has come off the bench to score in double figures.Christen Cunningham scored 20 points, including 13 in the first half, for Louisville (17-7, 8-3). Ryan McMahon made three 3-pointers in a span of 90 seconds in the second half as the Cardinals pulled ahead 52-42 in the second half.Louisville’s Dwayne Sutton scored 14 points, knocking down four 3-pointers.Trent Forrest had 15 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Seminoles, who have won 11 of 13 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25.M.J. Walker had 11 points after halftime for Florida State, which has won five straight ACC games for the first time since 2011-12.Louisville lost a pair of starters, Steven Enoch and Khwan Fore, to foul trouble. Enoch had six points and four rebounds in 14 minutes while Fore had six points.BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals led 52-42 with 10:07 to go, but couldn’t close out an eighth victory in the last nine games.Florida State: The Seminoles needed extra time to escape without a second home loss of the season. Their first came against Duke, 80-78, on Jan. 12.UP NEXTLouisville plays host to Duke on Tuesday.Florida State plays host to Wake Forest on Wednesday.—More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25Print Friendly Version Next Game: DUKE 2/12/2019 | 9 p.m. PDF Box Score Postgame Notes center_img Postgame Quotes Listen Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Matchup Historylast_img read more

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Buy Leaseor Move to Cloud Computing

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Your trusty old office computers are likely chugging along with the power of a 20-year-old Oldsmobile climbing Mt. Everest, gamely working hard to complete ever more complicated and varied tasks for your company’s employees. But while it might be time to replace the outdated PCs, with today’s credit crunch, you may be considering alternatives to simply buying new hardware as a way to save your business money.So should you lease new hardware, forgoing boxed software? Or try the new cloud computing solutions that are being touted as the next big thing? We’ll look into a variety of options for your business and let you know which ones will save you money, and which could potentially cost you big.Leasing vs. Buying: Good Deal or Bad Idea? According to a 2007 study by IDC, cutting your PC’s life cycle to three years, versus five or six years, will save you on the overall cost of maintaining that system. As presented in the study, keeping two generations of leased desktop PCs (held for three years each) is 20.5 percent less expensive than buying and holding one machine for six years.Lifecycle implications aside, there are other considerations to mull over before signing a hardware lease, such as end-of-lease costs and other fees that can accrue if not monitored, according to Joe Loiselle, Vice President of Global IT Advisory Services at IDC.”Leasing is not a bad thing, if you manage it. Unmanaged, it will be a big liability. Most [leases] favor the lack of discipline a buyer has, and most favor a mobile device–it moves, breaks, and changes hands,” he says. Unless you are going to send back the equipment on time and address end-of-lease issues, Loiselle believes that your organization is going to bleed cash. Most people don’t pay attention to a lease once they sign it, he adds, and lease agreements aren’t exactly designed to save you money in the long run.”Companies are making a mass exodus from leasing,” says Loiselle. Leasing “is a Venus flytrap: it’s tough to get into and tougher to get out of.” Of course, given today’s credit crunch, it will be more difficult to get a lease or financing in the first place.When it comes to servers, it can be even more difficult to return equipment, as data, applications, and network connections are all affected when you remove a server. Servers are not as easy thing to rip out of your network, and most small businesses don’t have redundancies in place, according to Loiselle.A final consideration before signing a lease: Businesses are often able to write off as much as $15,000 for new equipment, so it may make sense to buy the equipment outright. Be sure to check with your accountant or tax preparer before making a move to either option.Cost Comparisons: Is Leasing Cost Effective?We looked at lease deals on three computer manufacturers’ sites, comparing pricing options for ten laptops. Overall, we found that leasing is the costlier option in the long run, even if it’s cheaper at the outset.At HP’s site, we selected the option to purchase ten business notebooks at a cost of $15,590. HP lists the lease price for these same notebooks as $413 per month for a 48-month lease. That’s $19,824 for a 48-month lease, or an additional $4824 to lease the machines, rather than buy them outright. (To find out about other lease lengths, pricing, or options, check HP’s site.)On Dell’s site, the company lists finance options that include both fixed purchase options (FPO) and full market value (FMV) options for leasing with 24-, 30-, 36-, or 48-month financing. Both options require a $75 processing fee. Our total for ten similarly equipped laptops, sans shipping and tax, was $15,695.Displayed right beside the total on Dell’s site are links to the lease options. (Before you go through the process of getting qualified, you can estimate your payments based on your credit level–Excellent, Good, or Fair–and the total purchase amount.) The 48-month lease on $15,695 was $460.96 per month for FMV and $461.04 for $1 Buy-Out. That’s $22,126.08 for FMV and $22,129.92 for $1 Buy Out over 48 months. You do the math: Purchasing equipment outright saves you at least $6500 here.Next, we clicked over to Fujitsu’s site, where the company offers lease purchase options of $1, 10 percent, or FMV, and provides a lease calculator to figure out your costs. Fujitsu doesn’t offer a 48-month lease, but its 36-month lease on ten laptops totaling $15,000 was $473 on the FMV plan, $483 on 10 Percent Purchase, and $522 on $1 Buyout. So that was $17,028, $17,388, or $18,792, respectively on a $15,000 equipment purchase.In the end, the ten laptops we researched on the three vendor sites on average cost $4000 more if you were to lease them for 48 months, as opposed to buying them outright. While leasing does mean you won’t be strapped with a steep initial cost, buying saves a bunch of cash in the long run.Buying also potentially saves more money down the line, as lease contracts can stipulate that a vendor can charge extra should you return your equipment late or without a clean hard drive.Printer Leasing and Online Faxing: Panacea or Problematic?If your office needs also include high-volume printing, collating, and all the bells and whistles of a big-budget printer, many companies offer equipment leases. HP and Xerox both offer lease options for high-end, high-volume models.For example, the high-volume black-and-white HP LaserJet M5000 MFP series starts at $4000 retail, and the Color LaserJet CM6030 MFP series starts at $7000. But to lease, you’ll have to pay $115 per month for the M5000, or $190 per month for the CM6030 for a 48-month lease. (That means you’ll spend $5520 for the M5000, or $9120 for the CM6030, over the course of 48 months.)Though high-volume printers don’t have quite as short a lifecycle as a notebook or desktop, it pays to do your research to understand the lease options, what’s expected at the end of the lease, and what your total cost will be over the life of the lease.For expensive office equipment, such as a high-volume printer, you may find that the extra money spent over the course of a lease makes sense, as it’s only one device that will remain in your office, and it’s easier to track than a laptop. As with any lease, make sure you understand the terms and whether you’ll be stuck shipping a giant printer back to the vendor once the lease is up.Your needs may include less printing and more faxing, however. These days, a new fax machine ranges in price from less than $100 to $350, depending on feature set. But if you don’t send faxes often enough to justify a machine or a separate phone line, many free and low-cost online services let you send faxes online. These “virtual fax machine” services let you send faxes via e-mail and receive them; some offer a free local landline number.Do a Google search for “online fax” and you’ll find that there are literally thousands of Internet faxing services available, with a range of prices and features. Some are free, some let you send faxes only, and others let you both send and receive–all without a physical fax machine.One popular service, Myfax, offers plans that start at $10 per month or $110 a year to send 100 pages and receive 200 per month. The service also includes one year of online storage and either a local or a toll-free fax number.Efax is another Internet fax provider. It offers free, Plus, and Pro plans. The paid plans run around $20 per month, and you can receive faxes free. You can send 30 pages per month, and additional pages run 10 cents each. To read or create faxes, you’ll need the service’s free eMessenger application. The site does not offer storage, and larger faxes may take up a large chunk of your inbox.Overall, online faxes are a great deal if you don’t want to pay a monthly fee for a phone line, buy the equipment, or lack a permanent office space. Online faxes can also be more secure than a fax that sits out in a public area. But if you want the dependability of a landline and a permanent fax number, online faxes may not be the best option.Reach for the Clouds: Storage, Servers, and Services You may decide to simply forgo new equipment and software in favor of cloud computing, which has been gaining in popularity and hype in recent months. Companies like Google, Dell, HP, Oracle, Amazon, Salesforce.com, and even Microsoft are providing applications, Web space, and computing power via the Web. But does this mean that your traditional software applications and servers will be unnecessary?Gartner believes that 80 percent of Fortune 1000 companies will be using some form of cloud computing services by 2012. Cloud computing lets large companies spend more money on infrastructure and less money on the actual hardware, but as cloud computing gains in popularity, some industry experts argue that costs will increase as adoption takes hold.”Windows isn’t going away, but more and more services will be offered from the cloud, rather than installed and managed on specific on-premises platforms,” says Thomas Bittman, a Gartner analyst, on his blog. “Not to say that Amazon, Salesforce or Google have all the kinks worked out–but they sure have lowered the barrier to entry for a developer looking to build a global-class application on the cheap.”You don’t need to buy hardware or software, but you will often have to pay for space and the use of cloud computing applications. (You may need a consultant to set up some of these, however.)Some examples of cloud computing offerings include Salesforce.com, a customizable online customer-relationship management database service that offers tools to track contacts and sales leads, run campaigns, generate reports, and track revenue. You can also store files online. Its AppExchange lets you browse and install applications from partners and third-party developers. The company offers a 30-day trial, and pricing varies depending on your needs and the number of users. Check the Salesforce site for specific pricing.Amazon’s recently launched EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service lets you forgo buying Web servers and rent instead. The term “elastic” means you can rent what you need on demand and pay for the bandwidth and server processes you use. Storage via Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) lets you store and retrieve any amount of data, starting at 15 cents per gigabyte per month. Amazon’s EC2 pricing model is based on a number of factors, including data transfer–but there is no minimum fee or activation.And Microsoft is getting into the act with its Windows Azure, a cloud-computing platform that allows developers to build and host their services on Microsoft infrastructure. Azure is not available yet, but it will reportedly eliminate the need to update your desktop applications.Of course, when it comes to cloud computing, Google Docs has been the long-standing application king. Google offers free word processing, calendaring, e-mail, spreadsheets, and collaboration tools as well as paid services that include e-mail archiving, the ability to disable ads, and support. On its site, Google lists side-by-side benefits of both free and paid plans.Though every cloud has a silver lining, these cloud services aren’t all dreamy. For one, you are at the mercy of the provider, and if they suffer an outage, so do you. Google’s recent Gmail outage left customers stranded without e-mail and their online applications for days. Security is also up to the provider, so make sure to check out whether its security level meets your needs.Whether you go the traditional route of buying your software in a box, renting server space online, buying hardware outright, or leasing, it pays to do your research, and to understand the risks. And remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. 11 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Brought to you by PCWorld November 20, 2008last_img read more

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Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile Health Care and Fashion Innovations

first_img 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Techweek is one of the largest week-long tech industry festivals in the nation. Launched in 2011, the seven-day festival allows entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders to meet and enable the innovation ecosystem in cities across the U.S. and beyond. The festival curates compelling programming that casts a global spotlight on each community and its leaders. Al Roker, host and weatherman on NBC’s Today Show, headlined this year’s New York engagement.The technology festival takes place at locations currently including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and New York — and this year it breaks ground in Havana. The organization’s CEO, Katy Lynch, plans to launch at least five new markets in the next two years.“As an active member in the Chicago tech community, I’ve witnessed the explosive growth of Techweek over the years,” says Lynch. “Right now, we’re in six markets. I’m thrilled to lead the team and look forward to expanding our footprint to several cities, including Boston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Toronto.”Los Angeles was an early expansion in 2013. That year, Nicolas Dupont, a 14-year-old entrepreneur, showed off Spectrocable, a data-transfer technology. This year’s Techweek Los Angeles demonstrated just as much entrepreneurial enthusiasm.For the second year, Techweek Los Angeles set up shop on the Santa Monica Pier, hosting industry-topic panels, guest speakers and the event’s Launch startup competition. Launch Championship is the battle royale of pitch competitions, where top startups compete to be crowned Techweek’s Launch Grand Champion. The Launch Championship is Techweek’s top attraction and offers a chance for attendees to see which companies may soon be changing the world and to meet their founders and investors.This year’s Techweek Los Angeles featured some inspired new apps and platforms and a healthy group of startup finalists.MobileFresh from a Kickstarter campaign, Bezalel has introduced the first universal (dual mode) cell phone case that lets users power an iPhone using any wireless charger, including those at Starbucks and in GM and Toyota vehicles. This Latitude case joins a product line that already includes the Prelude mobile wireless charger and Samsung charging patch.HealthcarePaubox encrypted email is the only two-way, HIPAA-compliant email solution on the market. The solution was built to accommodate existing user processes and platforms, with zero learning curve. “Paubox has solved the HIPPA conundrum for us and really makes our patients feel like they have access to our team to resolve any issue,” says Chris Rehm, CEO of AfterOurs, Inc.Fashion Fashion meets gamification with new social app, Swggr. This hybrid of Instagram and Pinterest enables users to display an online collection of ingredients from their own closet, pair it with items from the Swggr collection and let their friends mix-and-match combinations. Users rack up reward points that can be used for brand and retailer discounts.GroomingUber meets barber with location-based service provider app, Hairdoo. Simplifying men’s haircut scheduling, Hairdoo’s traveling stylists can be viewed in real time, allowing the user to select the nearest option or schedule an appointment with their personal favorite. The haircuts can take place at home, in the office or even in public.The Los Angeles Techweek Launch FinalistsThe Los Angeles Launch Startup Championship Winner, Pick My Solar, also won the People’s Choice Award which is voted-on through social media. Pick My Solar will be headed to Miami next month to compete in the National Launch Startup Championship with the other five regional Techweek Launch Champions.1. Pick My Solar (Techweek Los Angeles Launch Champion and People’s Choice)Pick My Solar is an online solar marketplace. They find the best solar deals on the market.2. Kangarootime (Runner up)Kangarootime has digitized the childcare enrollment process, payment and record keeping in the cloud. The platform’s parent portal and parent mobile application provide easy document uploading and quick communication with childcare providers.3. Safe CatchSafe Catch developed a breakthrough technology capable of accurately and precisely testing tuna for its mercury concentration. The company only buys fish that meet strict purity, quality and sustainability standards.4. HearshotDesigned by sports enthusiasts, Hearshot headsets are built with well-proven communications technology which, combined with the company’s proprietary hi-fidelity audio technology, allows extreme sport and active users to communicate clearly with their group for up to 300 meters away.5. ComicBlitzThe marketplace for binge comic book reading, ComicBlitz offers an all-you-can-read platform. Featuring top publishers and a low, $9.99 per month price point, this service is for the dedicated comic reader. December 2, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more