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Google Pixel XL, Pixel leaked by case makers, images confirm iPhone-like design

first_imgGoogle will launch its new Pixel phones — Pixel XL and Pixel — on October 4. But the case makers aren’t waiting for the official announcement. They have already started selling the cases for the new Pixel phones, which will replace the Nexus phones from year 2016 onwards, on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. And in the process, they have revealed the designs of both the Pixel and the Pixel XL.The two phones look identical and very similar to their renders and blurry images that have leaked although. Both the phones sport now familiar iPhone 6, or for that matter the HTC One A9, like design, complete with aluminium bodies and overly rounded edges. They also seem to have the slightly tapered edges that make them look a bit more premium and slicker compared to some other phones that have similar design.It’s a design that we suspect some users will love while some others will hate. Some buyers will like the fact that the Pixel phones look so similar to the iPhone or the HTC 10. But some will say that this is a dated design, with thick bezels that don’t belong to a phone releasing in 2016.Although, overall similar to many other phones in the market, the Pixel XL and the Pixel do have some unique design elements. Both phones have a layer of glass on the top portion of their back cover and both, just like the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, have a fingerprint scanner on their back.Apart from the size, the phones seem to sport exactly the same design. These phones are made by HTC and it is easy to see that they have been modeled on the One A9, a phone that HTC launched last year.advertisementThe two Pixel phones — currently codenamed Marlin and Sailfish — are likely to come with Qualcomm’s latest (and most powerful) Snapdragon 820 processor. They are likely to have 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM and the same — or very similar — 12-megapixel camera that is inside the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. They will also run Google’s almost unmodified Android Nougat 7.1 operating system. The pixel will have a 5-inch screen while the Pixel XL will sport a 5.5-inch display.This year, Google is killing the Nexus phones programme and replacing it Pixel programme. The company’s Pixel phones, unlike the Nexus phones that were niche devices meant for developers and were sold at lower margins, will compete with the high-end phones, including the iPhone. Although they will be made by HTC this year, the phones will carry Google’s own G branding. They will also be likely priced much higher compared to the Nexus phones with the price of the Pixel, which is likely to be cheaper, rumoured to be starting at $650 (around Rs 43,000).Also Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL will be splash-proof, but don’t try to wash themlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir forget ugly fights, share a joke at training

first_imgVirat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir decided to bury the hatchet and shared a laugh during India’s training session on the eve of their second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. (Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens )Gambhir returned to the national team after two years following a hamstring injury to Lokesh Rahul. Coach Anil Kumble was reportedly adamant on Gambhir after the Delhi southpaw’s consistent run at the Duleep Trophy. (Gambhir’s spats with Virat Kohli)Kohli and Gambhir, both players from Delhi, were believed to be at loggerheads. The two had been involved in two ugly public spats during the Indian Premier League.In fact, once Gambhir, who leads the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli, who captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore, had to be separated by players on the field after a particularly nasty argument. (Great opportunity for Gautam Gambhir to seal India spot: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, Kohli has matured as a captain and is a respected leader in the side. He would have undoubtedly extended an olive branch to his senior state teammate. Kohli has so far overseen eight victories in 18 Tests as captain.It remains to be seen whether Gambhir, who has nine hundreds from 56 Tests, gets a chance to take on the Black Caps. India also have the option of playing Shikhar Dhawan, who has been going through a bit of a lean patch recently.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli sharing a laugh with @GautamGambhir & @Wriddhipops during the training session – @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vtUDpgwfaVadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) September 29, 2016last_img read more

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Mets Sign Outfielder De Aza

first_imgNEW YORK — Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have completed a $5.75 million, one-year contract.De Aza can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal: $250,000 for 400 and each additional 50 through 600.The 31-year-old bats left-handed and could platoon in center field with right-handed-hitting Juan Lagares.De Aza batted .262 this year with seven homers — all off right-handers —and 35 RBIs in 365 plate appearances for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco. Lagares hit .253 against right-handers, 20 points under his average against lefties.New York was seeking an outfielder in place of Yoenis Cespedes, who became a free agent after helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.De Aza is represented by the joint venture between singer Marc Anthony and agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro.New York also said outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee and catcher Johnny Monell was sent outright to Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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In the Last Five OSU-Texas Games, nine QBs Have Started

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How about that for a stat? The Tulsa World pointed out that Texas will have played four different QBs in its last five meetings against Oklahoma State this Saturday when Jerrod Heard starts. OSU will have played five (!)Let’s take a look at the last five Texas-OSU matchups.2011 (Brandon Weeden vs. David Ash)An ugly game that featured two picks (from Ash) and just one TD (from Weeden). The two combined to toss for just 360 yards. Gross.2012 (J.W. Walsh vs. David Ash)A slugfest that featured over 600 passing yards and one very questionable rushing touchdown as the clock wound down in Stillwater.AdChoices广告2013 (Clint Chelf vs. Case McCoy)The “did you know my brother player here too?” game. Chelf wasn’t great (16/22 for 197 and 2 TD), but McCoy tossed three picks and OSU cruised.2014 (Daxx Garman vs. Tyrone Swoopes)The best name game of the bunch. But probably the ugliest on-field play too.2015 (Mason Rudolph vs. Jerrod Heard)How surprising would it be if this wasn’t the same QB matchup this time next year?So there you have it. The nine different QBs that will have started the last five Texas-OSU games as of Saturday. For Texas, it’s largely been an inability to find someone competent. For OSU, save 2014, it’s been a plug-and-play formula that’s meant three wins in the last four years (and hopefully four in the last five later this week).last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals until further notice. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. -30- CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. The road will re-open March 31.last_img read more

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Real Madrid Expresses Concerns Over Rabats Pitch Conditions

Rabat- As a result of the deluge of rain at the “Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah” in Rabat, Spanish football team Real Madrid expressed concern regarding the stadium’s conditions.According to Spanish media today, the Real Madrid players will face significant problems in Rabat Stadium in their match in the FIFA Club World Cup against Cruz Azul of Mexico, scheduled on Tuesday.The game between Cruz Azul and the Western Sydney Wanderers (3-1) was played in pouring rain on “a swimming pool of a pitch which quickly turned into a mudbath.” After conditions at the Prince Moulay Abdellah in Rabat worsened, a source from the Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said that the organizing committee of the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA delegation in Rabat are considering moving the semi-final match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul to Marrakesh’s Grand Stadium.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

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UN envoy in Pretoria to discuss efforts to resolve Zimbabwe crisis

18 July 2008Senior United Nations political official Haile Menkerios is in Pretoria, South Africa, to further Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s efforts to help resolve the political crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe, a spokesman for the world body announced today. Mr. Menkerios, who is Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, has been in meetings with South African President Thabo Mbeki and with the African Union Chairperson Jean Ping, Marie Okabe told reporters. He was expected to be briefed on the state of the mediation efforts aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute between President Robert Mugabe, who was sworn in for another term after being declared the winner of the 27 June presidential run-off, and Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The Southern African nation has been plagued by deadly violence and a worsening humanitarian situation since the first round of elections was held on 29 March. The mediation efforts are being led by South Africa at the request of the South African Development Community (SADC). read more

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Security Council fails at fresh attempt to renew panel investigating chemical weapons

The mandate of the joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN panel, the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) expires today. Had the Japanese-penned resolution been adopted, the mandate of the JIM would have been renewed for a period of 30 days, with a possibility of further extension by the Security Council if it deems necessary. In addition to Russia, Bolivia voted against the draft. Another permanent member China abstained. A negative vote – or veto – from one of the Council’s five permanent members (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States) means a resolution cannot be adopted. Yesterday, two draft resolutions on the joint OPCW‑UN panel – one sponsored by the United States and another by Bolivia – were defeated in the 15-member Security Council. The JIM was established by the Council, unanimously, in 2015 to identify “to the greatest extent feasible” individuals, entities, groups or Governments perpetrating, organizing, sponsoring or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria. Find out more about Syria and the OPCW here read more

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Hotelier bans customers from leaving tips at his restaurant saying the more

first_imgThe Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria “A plate of expensive ingredients or more expensive bottle of wine involves no more workload or effort from the service personnel as a lesser plate of ingredients or bottle of house.”If the service charge is 15 per cent and your bill is £100 you are paying £15 service but if your bill is £200 you’re paying £30 service – when the service you received was exactly the same.”Special occasions can cost you the equivalent of another meal with these charges put onto your bill.”If the customer comes to us, I respect their loyalty for choosing us. I do not want to insult them with an added surcharge – with us what you see is what you pay.”If customers want to leave a tip, we do not take it. I do not think there is anywhere else doing this.” Langdale Chase, an independent hotel with 29 bedrooms, is located on the shores of Windermere and first opened in 1930.The hotel, which featured on ITV1 documentary The Lakes, pays its junior waiting staff £7.20 an hour – the national minimum wage – with supervisors receiving an extra £1.50 an hour.Management salaries for serving staff are around £22,000 while head chefs can expect to be paid up to £30,000.But all staff benefit from being able to live in the hotel’s newly built £1,000,000 staff quarters and receive two meals a day for the cost of £5.18 daily. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Staff at the country house hotel, which has its own restaurant and bar, are paid the national minimum wage or higher but are also provided with accommodation and food for a small daily cost.Mr Noblett, 54, who lives in nearby Bowness, said: “Establishments should not be inflicting a service charge on your bill.”These are supposed to be discretionary, but who wants the embarrassment of doing the walk of shame when querying this charge and having management approach you with the old saying ‘wasn’t everything ok?'”The customer has chosen to use our establishment over other establishments – shouldn’t we be giving them the service charge for their loyalty in using their facility, and enticing them to come back?”My main beef is with the fact that the more you spend, the more you are nailed. A hotelier believes his restaurant is the only place in the UK to stop customers from leaving tips.At The Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, service charges are not added to diners’ bills and customers are advised not to leave tips in a bid to encourage repeat custom.Thomas Noblett, the hotel’s managing director, said while he couldn’t police customers slipping staff cash directly it was not fair for diners to be automatically slapped with extra charges.center_img Why should the customer be paying the wages for the staff? They have come in to spend their well-earned moneyThomas Noblett My main beef is with the fact that the more you spend, the more you are nailedThomas Noblett And Mr Noblett said it was unfair to other customer-facing industries to expect diners to tip or even to make up low staff wages with service charges.However, he admits it is impossible to police instances of customers directly giving money to staff in their hand – but said all employees are happy with the rule.Mr Noblett, who is also a world record holding swimmer, said: “The perks we give our staff are worth about £10,000 a year to them.”We have no zero hour contracts – staff work 45 hours a week and any extra hours are banked for them to take back.”It is a good job to be in. There are so many other customer service industries where staff do not receive tips – we do not tip our mechanics, or the people who do our accounts.”Other establishments use the tips to top up staff wages, but why should the customer be paying the wages for the staff? They have come in to spend their well-earned money.”I have worked around the world in high class establishments and been fortunate enough to visit many restaurants, and I find this a very unnecessary surcharge to inflict on customers.” The Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, CumbriaCredit:Mercury Presslast_img read more

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Viborg HK is almost a Danish champion

Danish handball championRanders HKViborg HK With fantastic Isabelle Gulden, Viborg HK made an important step in the winning of Danish Championship this year. Former EHF CL champions celebrated an away-win over Randers.Randers HK – Viborg HK 29-30 (15-16)Viborg HK: Isabelle Gulldén 11, Maria Fisker 4, Rikke Skov 4, Marit Frafjord 3, Cristina Vazaru 3, Grit Jurack 2, Mouna Chebbah 2, Johanna Ahlm 1.Randers HK: Katrine Fruelund 7, Susan Müller 6, Veronica Cuadrado 3, Mie Augustesen 3, Camilla Dalby 3, Nina Wörz 3, Gitte Andersen 2, Berit Kristensen 1, Mette Melgaard 1.Exclusions: Randers HK 2, Viborg HK 4Spectators: 2934 ← Previous Story Garcia Parrondo ready for Velux EHF F4 in Cologne! Next Story → C.O Zagreb is eternal champion of Croatia read more

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HTC Ruby revealed in pics of glossy Flyer display

first_imgThere’s not a lot yet known about the HTC Ruby. Is the upcoming device simply a repurposed HTC Arrive running Windows Phone 7? Is it an entirely new phone? While we might not have all the answers yet, images posted to Flickr have at least revealed some initial information.For starters, the Ruby definitely appears to be running Android — as you can see from the recognizable camera icons near the top of its display. You can also make out the T-Mobile logo sitting at the opposite side from the HTC branding, which makes the carrier a very good bet as a possible destination.The back of the Ruby, which can be seen reflected in the glossy display of an HTC Flyer tablet it was photographing, shows off a few additional hardware tidbits. There’s a headphone jack and a dual-LED rear-facing camera, though without knowing anything specific about its optics or sensor that revelation is about as exciting as the jack.So, what else do we know about the Ruby? Well, we know for sure that the phone is going to make Microsoft some money. Whether it runs Android or Windows Phone 7, HTC’s patent licensing accord with the folks in Redmond assures that they’ll get a share of the profits one way or another.Either way, now that these images have leaked let’s hope some hardware specifics follow. What’s your take, Geek faithful? An Arrive with boosted specs and Mango under the hood — or is this another member of HTC’s ever-growing Android army?More at PocketNowlast_img read more

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Des outils en pierre vieux de 15500 ans découverts au Texas

first_imgDes outils en pierre vieux de 15.500 ans découverts au TexasÉtats-Unis – Des chercheurs américains ont mis au jour au Texas des outils de pierre datant de plus de 15 000 ans. Relatée dans Science, la découverte relance l’idée d’un peuplement de l’Amérique du Nord bien plus ancien que la culture dite de Clovis, longtemps considérée comme la première sur ce continent.   Lames de silex, lamelles, éclats : ce sont au total 15 528 pièces de pierre taillée qu’ont mis au jour, dans le lit d’un ruisseau à 60 km au nord-ouest d’Austin (Texas), les chercheurs de la Texas A & M University. Datés par luminescence stimulée optiquement (OSL), les vestiges remonteraient à 15 500 ans, soit 2 500 ans avant ceux issus de la “civilisation de Clovis”, une des plus anciennes d’Amérique.À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumement”C’est presque comme un coup de batte de baseball dans la tête de la communauté archéologique de dire : hey, il y a du pré-Clovis, ici. Nous devons cesser de tergiverser et développer un nouveau modèle de peuplement des Amériques”, a déclaré à BBC News Michael Waters, membre de l’équipe de l’Université du Texas.Certains de ses confrères, non impliqués dans cette découverte, font cependant observer que la technique de datation par OSL est moins fiable que la datation au radiocarbone. Ils constatent également que, malgré les assertions des découvreurs, le déplacement accidentel des vestiges vers des couches plus anciennes (d’où une éventuelle sur-datation) n’est pas complètement impossible. En tout état de cause, l’idée d’un peuplement de l’Amérique bien antérieur à l’époque ‘Clovisienne’ n’a rien de nouveau, étant déjà étayée par de précédentes découvertes. Le 25 mars 2011 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Purdue Air Force Lab to Partner on Technology Commercialization

first_imgThe Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Purdue Research Foundation last week signed an agreement to boost technology commercialization.The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization signed a similar agreement with Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Division, Ind., in 2014 that showcases both organizations’ intellectual property with the goal of promoting the transfer of innovations to the public.“We already have a robust research and development program, but the agreement with Purdue will enable us to capitalize on the successful proven approaches used by Purdue to efficiently and effectively commercialize advanced technology products at an even faster rate,” Bill Harrison, director of the AFRL Small Business office, said in a news release.“In addition, we will be able to tap into Purdue’s established entrepreneurial activities including educational and mentoring opportunities and its entrepreneurs-in-residence program,” Harrison saidThe agreement calls for AFRL and Purdue to retain independent ownership of their relative intellectual property, but Air Force intellectual property will be marketed alongside Purdue’s innovations through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, which is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation.“The goals of this agreement include implementing our established technology translation processes and to expand the commercialization channels for Purdue and the Air Force Research Laboratory,” said Chad Pittman, vice president of the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.“Because we share so many similar disciplines and industries, the successful marketing and commercialization methods we utilize will fit well with the innovations and technologies that the Air Force Research Laboratory has developed and patented,” Pittman said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Embarrassing typo on millions of Australian currency notes leaves Reserve Bank redfaced

first_imgThe Reserve Bank in Australia was left red-faced after an Instagram user shared a photo of an embarrassing typo on its currency notes. Australian radio Triple M exposed the typo after a listener sent a photo. The typo was in the microscopic print near Edith Cowen’s image, reports CNBC.The post showed that the word ‘responsibility’ was missing the third ‘i’ and was spelt ‘responsibilty’. The error is there in three places.The word was present in the text of the speech that Cowen had given to the WA Parliament as the first Australian woman MP. She had given the speech in 1921.The text on the new note reads, “It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) acknowledged the error and said that the mistake will be rectified in the next print run which is scheduled to take place at the end of this year. Currently, there are 46 million $50 notes with the spelling error.Explaining the delay, the RBA’s spokesperson said, “The process of designing and printing a banknote is complex and iterative. We have strict quality assurance processes, but like any manufacturing process, errors can occur. We have reviewed our processes to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future.”Along with Edith Cowen’s speech, the microscopic text also contains excerpts from Unaipon’s book and Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.The note was printed and rolled out in October 2018 with a series of new technology to prevent counterfeiting as well as to remain accessible for the visually impaired. One of the new features are the four new bumps on the note for easy identification.last_img read more

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BGMEA building to be demolished scientifically Minister

first_imgThe Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) complex at Hatirjheel will be demolished in a scientific and modern way, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim said Wednesday, reports UNB.”It won’t be demolished manually as that may pose risk of casualty,” he told reporters at the secretariat. “We’ll take assistance from foreign experts to ensure safety of adjacent areas.”He said the demolition method will be made clear after 24 April adding that within this time, they will decide which company will be tasked with tearing down the structure. A work order will be issued in the next seven days.The government has already held talks with some local companies, the minister said, adding that foreign companies will be brought in if necessary but local companies will get priority.”We’ll take necessary measures to avoid accidents. It won’t take more than three months to demolish the building and relocate the debris,” he added.As part of its move to dismantle the building, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkah (RAJUK) sealed off the BGMEA complex on Tuesday.In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a ‘cancer’ in the lake.last_img read more

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West Texas Pipelines Close To Coming Online

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /00:41 This week the federal government approved the construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota.Meanwhile in West Texas, two new natural gas pipelines from the same company are getting ready to come online.Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is behind two underground pipelines that will carry natural gas from the Permian Basin region across the border into Mexico.The company says its Comanche Trail Pipeline to the El Paso area is now completed, and some gas has already started going into that line as it gets ready to turn on. The Trans-Pecos Pipeline, a sister project through the mostly industry-free Big Bend area, is more than 96 percent complete, the company says.The projects will move a combined 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day across the border. Both were commissioned by Mexico, and both have drawn opposition from some locals who have recently looked to the North Dakota pipeline fight for inspiration. Xlast_img read more

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Nintendo Labo Toys Wed Like to Build

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs With Labo, Nintendo made us all jealous of today’s kids. The Nintendo Switch was already nifty enough with its ability to swap between console and handheld play. But the recently revealed Labo line of accessories and games allows the tablet and detachable controllers to become a whole range of smart cardboard toys and robots. In case you missed it, here’s what all the nerdy DIY maker STEM children will be getting their hands on this 4/20 starting at $69.The initial Labo sets include “Toy-Con” pianos, RC cars, fishing rods, houses, motorcycle handles, and an entire mech suit cobbled together from failed Wii U demo “Project Giant Robot.” But beyond these confirmed kits the trailer shows off potential Labo birds, driving pedals, arcade joysticks, and little men who collapse when they vibrate too hard. Very relatable.Since it’s literally cardboard, Nintendo could let kids make whatever they want with Labo. And the toys seem so appealing that we suspect Labo will be a big hit that continues past these first two sets. That sparked our own crazy imaginations as to what other Labo toys may be on the horizon. So these are our humble suggestions for Nintendo Labo toys we personally would like to build.A Creepy Puppet and/or Real BoySome kids play with toys with their friends. Others use toys to make up for their lack of friends. A creepy Nintendo Labo puppet could fill both needs. Put the Switch screen in its chest like a Teletubby. Maybe it uses the IR camera to scan a rough approximation of your emotions and react accordingly. And if you wish hard enough, that cardboard smart dummy might just become a real boy.WarioWare GamesThe WarioWare series is a brilliant deconstruction of minigame collections and game design itself. It’s long past time for Nintendo to bring it back and Labo might just be the perfect avenue. The overarching WarioWare plot has that greedy greasy jerk demanding players make their own games for Wario to profit off of. But with Labo, Wario can now force you to build entire new physical video game accessories and systems, all in fifteen seconds of course.Steel Battalion MechThe Steel Battalion series is infamous for its absurd control schemes. The first two games forced players to control mechs using gargantuan controllers with no less than 40 buttons and sticks. There was a windshield wiper button! Steel Battalion on Kinect went in the opposite direction and ditched the controller for a full-body motion control giant robot experience. Nintendo Labo could bridge the two, allowing you to build your own dumb complicated mech you then get to become.A Weapon to Surpass Metal GearThere are a lot of iconic elements in the Metal Gear Solid series. Solid Snake. The twist in part two. The delivery of the phrase “Metal Gear?!?” But when thinking of this classic stealth series, who doesn’t remember hiding inside a plain old cardboard box to evade foes? Metal Gear was combining cardboard and gaming long before Labo, but Labo might be the cardboard video game to finally surpass Metal Gear.Fallout TechThe post-apocalyptic world of Bethesda’s Fallout series is littered with bootleg scrap technology plucked out of the future of the 1950s. And sometimes that tech falls into the real-world like the collector’s edition wrist-mounted Pip-Boy. Paying in bottle caps and playing with cardboard are already a perfect match. Plus, Bethesda is already all in on Switch with Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein ports. Complete the set with Fallout Labo.Failed Nintendo AccessoriesJust as the Nintendo Switch draws inspiration from past Nintendo systems, Nintendo Labo draws inspiration from past Nintendo accessories. Why make specific plastic guns and steering wheels and tennis rackets for Switch, like the Wii, when they could just be cardboard? In that spirit, we’d like to see past failed weird Nintendo accessories get a cardboard resurrection with Labo. Cardboard Power Glove, cardboard Virtual Boy, cardboard R.O.B., cardboard Wii U.Bitcoin MinerBitcoin! Everyone is getting in on this hot new cryptocurrency trend before it ruins all of our marriages and global economies. And it’s already affecting video games. PC enthusiasts are finding it tough to buy high-end graphics cards because Bitcoin miners keep scooping them up. So Nintendo Labo should just lean into this. Let kids build their own cardboard Bitcoin mining machine and take home (a portion of) the profits. Nothing sketchy about that.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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The secret soap opera lives of dolphins

first_imgCountless dolphins have been exposed to humans in myriad ways over the decades, and the two species have gotten along famously while generating a lot of money. It’s not just ocean tourists who spend their money to interact with tame pods of dolphins, though. The friendly cetaceans are also the darlings of scientists.Researchers have proved that the dolphins know a good bay when they see one. Thanks in great part to its dolphins, Shark Bay is now a world heritage site. The government-managed conservation area has terrestrial and marine parks, two towns, fine hotels, docks and an airstrip. The site encompasses the largest sea grass bank anywhere, and the highest sea grass diversity in the world; it is home to more than 10 percent of the planet’s dugongs (manatees), and provides crucial waters for whale and tiger sharks and humpback and right whales.But the star attraction has always been the dolphins. The opportunity to hang out with these highly cognizant beings has turned into a kind of bottlenose dolphin university for scientists. The dolphins have illuminated intriguing social behaviors, some that we ourselves exhibit. Like with humans, the dolphins’ lives have not been all fun and games.DelfinovelaSince at least the 1960s, at a sandy island point in Shark Bay known as Monkey Mia, a camp of adventuresome travelers has been fascinated by dolphins, which would swim right up to people. Meanwhile, busted booms of mining guano and cutting sandalwood, along with a “pearl rush” and plenty of overfishing had depleted resources and left people without work. So the cottage industry forming around sustainable human-dolphin interactions was beginning to look pretty promising. After a couple decades, people also began to realize that a large group of dolphins willing to let the researchers do their thing was an important educational opportunity.Today, Shark Bay is considered one of the most important world centers for dolphin research. Investigators began by getting to know some of the regular players hanging out with humans, and followed their activities. Currently, hundreds of dolphins a year are cataloged and a massive database of long-term records collected by an international team is managed by Georgetown University in Washington D.C.So what have we learned about these Australian people of the sea?Several of the original scientists who studied Shark Bay dolphins compare their lives to soap operas. Like many indigenous tribes, the sea creatures form very sophisticated, long-lasting alliances of large groups of males that raid and “herd” females from other groups. Females frequently escape by bolting away, but not always. Also like human tribes, females who build alliances with other females have better success with their offspring. By using protective sponges on their beaks for hunting, much as we use gloves for work, dolphins have proven themselves to be tool users. Many Shark Bay dolphins are gay and bisexual. Males spend more time trying to figure out who their friends are than they do squabbling. There is very little aggression between females, or it is very subtle.Still wanna be a dolphin?Park rangers now supervise and control the dolphin-human interaction at the beach, and boats are kept out, in turn allowing the camp to blossom into an eco-resort. The nearby town is booming with associated services, and sustainable guidelines are employed by operators and hotels to protect against contaminating themselves out of business. The government of Australia proudly touts the human-friendly dolphins of Shark Bay as one of the nation’s greatest tourist attractions. In recent years, the wild dolphins have shown up almost every day.The human-dolphin cultural exchange of Shark Bay has not just become an awesome and sustainable moneymaker, it has changed the world’s perception of animal intelligence and conservation. If something had stopped that amazing interspecies interaction, like say ocean drilling or overfishing, we would know a lot less about dolphins. And we’d understand less about ourselves. Facebook Comments No related posts. Dolphins living off a remote, wild coast began to play with people more than 40 years ago in Shark Bay, Western Australia. The human-dolphin cultural exchange continues to grow today, bringing economic prosperity to the small town whose mining community had gone dry from isolated economic stagnation.center_img Shawn Larkinlast_img read more

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Fed Rate Hike is Unlikely Until After Election

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve 2016-07-21 Seth Welborn Fed Rate Hike is Unlikely Until After Election July 21, 2016 715 Views center_img Against the backdrop of rising global risk following Britain’s exit from the European Union in June, it is unlikely that the Federal Reserve will raise the federal funds target rate until after November’s presidential election, according to Reuters poll of 100 economists.Fed policymakers had originally forecasted four rate hikes for 2016 at the start of the year following December’s historic liftoff, but volatility in overseas markets, an up-and-down labor market in the U.S., and inflation well below the Fed’s target rate of 2 percent has kept policymakers from enacting a rate hike in 2016.The Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policymaking arm of the Fed, has four more meetings scheduled for 2016: July 26-27, September 21-22, November 1-2, and December 13-14. The December meeting will be the first one after the presidential election.Slightly more than half of the economists polled by Reuters said they believe the Fed will raise interest rates in the fourth quarter from their current level of 0-25-0.50 annually up to between 0.50 and 0.75 annually. It is unlikely the rate hike will come in the FOMC’s November meeting, since it wraps less than a week before the November 8 presidential election, according to the economists polled.The remaining economists surveyed by Reuters were divided on when they think the next rate hike will come—whether it will be in September, since the Fed has given no indication that a rate hike will come in the July meeting, or whether it will come next year.A Reuters poll in January indicated that economists widely believed a Fed rate hike would come no later than March. In the last six months since that poll, predictions for another rate hike have already been pushed back three times, according to Reuters. It was widely expected that the Fed would raise rates in June, but a dismal jobs report in May was largely responsible for preventing that from happening.The latest Reuters poll forecasted two more rate hikes in 2017, which will put the federal funds target rate at 1.00-1.25 percent by the end of next year.“All Fed commentary to date has suggested they will proceed very patiently and very gradually in normalizing policy. Our sense is the Fed might be extra cautious moving on rates close to the election since they’ll have to be seen as politically neutral,” said Sal Guatieri, economist at BMO Capital Markets. “Based on our view of how the economy will perform over the next six months and (considering) the U.S. is pretty close to full employment now … December is probably as good a time as any to move next.” Sharelast_img read more

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