Paper highlights need for correctly measuring solar cell efficiency

first_img Sharp develops solar cell with world’s highest conversion efficiency ( — As the pace of solar cell research continues to accelerate, the question for every new design is “what’s its efficiency?” Since measuring how efficiently a solar cell converts sunlight into electricity involves several factors, making a correct measurement can be challenging. Henry Snaith, a physicist at the University of Oxford who designs solar cells, estimates that compounding small mistakes in measuring efficiency can result in overestimations of up to five times that of the actual value. More information: Henry Snaith. “How should you measure your excitonic solar cells?” Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03429Hvia: Chemistry World To address this problem, Snaith has written a guide for researchers on correctly measuring solar cell efficiency for different types of solar cells. As he explains in the paper published in Energy & Environmental Science, a uniform method for measuring efficiency is essential for enabling valid comparisons. “There’s an ongoing stream of papers in which it’s not entirely clear exactly how the measurements have been made,” Snaith said in an article in Chemistry World. “If, for example, someone claims their hybrid solar cell has an efficiency of 4% when it’s really more like 1%, that makes it problematic for someone else to write an exciting paper when they’ve genuinely improved something to 1.5%.”One of the most common potential sources of error that Snaith identifies involves how to mask the cells, which determines the size of the test area. Other problems can occur due to light source calibration and how the cell is positioned during testing. Snaith outlines standards for all these steps, and explains how small deviations can inadvertently cause errors.Snaith emphasized that the purpose of the guide is not to find fault, but to address the challenges involved in the rapidly growing field of solar cell technology that is attracting researchers from diverse backgrounds. He hopes that the guide will encourage new ideas and increase the rate of new breakthroughs.“The research field of photovoltaics is booming due to the recognized imperative to realize long-term solutions to clean and inexpensive power generation,” he writes. “…If these standard protocols are adhered to across the field, then a much better comparison between literature values of efficiency can be made and more rapid and well-directed technological advancements will occur.” © 2011 Citation: Paper highlights need for correctly measuring solar cell efficiency (2012, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A new guide outlines the correct procedures for measuring solar cell efficiency. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tardigrade brought back to life after being frozen for thirty years

first_imgAcutuncus antarcticus, an individual representing the SB-3 strain, showing Chlorella sp. inside its stomach. Scale bar, 100 μm. Credit: Cryobiology (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2015.12.003 Explore further A huge chunk of a tardigrade’s genome comes from foreign DNA This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—A trio of researchers with Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research has found that a microscopic creature known as a tardigrade, was able to “come back to life” after being frozen for over thirty years. In their paper published in the journal Cryobiology, the team reports on where the tardigrade was found, how it was frozen, the technique they used to thaw the creature and how its offspring fared. More information: Megumu Tsujimoto et al, Recovery and reproduction of an Antarctic tardigrade retrieved from a moss sample frozen for over 30 years, Cryobiology (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2015.12.003AbstractLong-term survival has been one of the most studied of the extraordinary physiological characteristics of cryptobiosis in micrometazoans such as nematodes, tardigrades and rotifers. In the available studies of long-term survival of micrometazoans, instances of survival have been the primary observation, and recovery conditions of animals or subsequent reproduction are generally not reported. We therefore documented recovery conditions and reproduction immediately following revival of tardigrades retrieved from a frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983 and stored at −20 °C for 30.5 years. We recorded recovery of two individuals and development of a separate egg of the Antarctic tardigrade, Acutuncus antarcticus, providing the longest records of survival for tardigrades as animals or eggs. One of the two resuscitated individuals and the hatchling successfully reproduced repeatedly after their recovery from long-term cryptobiosis. This considerable extension of the known length of long-term survival of tardigrades recorded in our study is interpreted as being associated with the minimum oxidative damage likely to have resulted from storage under stable frozen conditions. The long recovery times of the revived tardigrades observed is suggestive of the requirement for repair of damage accrued over 30 years of cryptobiosis. Further more detailed studies will improve understanding of mechanisms and conditions underlying the long-term survival of cryptobiotic organisms. Tardigrades (also known as water bears, because of the shape of their head) are one of the hardiest creatures on Earth, they can be frozen, boiled, put in a vacuum, dried to the point of having almost no moisture left in their body, and still return to living a normal life once put back into a normal environment. They can also apparently survive being frozen for decades, no worse for the wear. The team in Japan reports that two tardigrades were found among a sample of moss collected at Showa Station in Antarctica in November 1983—both were put into a freezer and kept at approximately minus 20 degrees C. Then, in 2014, the team decided it was time to thaw them to see if they could be revived, and if so, how well they fared.Both tardigrades (named SB-1 and SB-2) were placed in a warm environment and allowed to thaw—both showed signs of life on the first day. SB-2 failed to fully revive, but SB-1began to move around in just under a week and was back to its old self by the end of two weeks—it later laid eggs which hatched normal healthy tardigrades. The team reports that the original moss sample also contained a tardigrade egg, which was also frozen under the same conditions as the adult tardigrades, and it was thawed as well. They report that the egg eventually hatched and that the tardigrade from it survived to adulthood and eventually would up laying eggs of its own, which in turn hatched several healthy offspring.This new effort marks a record number of years for revival of a tardigrade after being frozen (the previous record was nine years), but not for any creature—the current record holder is a nematode that survived being frozen for almost 39 years. Such creatures are able to withstand such conditions because they put themselves into a state known as cryptobiosis, which is where all metabolic processes stop. Citation: Tardigrade brought back to life after being frozen for thirty years (2016, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

New nanosheet coating could replace nonrecyclable metalized films in food packaging

first_imgHigh aspect ratio LDH nanosheets. a Schematic showing (I) calcination (interlayer water and anions are removed by calcination) and (II) reconstruction process and the preferential growth inhibition in a high dielectric constant solution: thickness growth is much slower than the diameter growth, giving high aspect ratio nanosheets. TEM image (b), AFM image (c) and height profiles (d) of the LDH NS reconstructed in glycine solution. The inset in TEM image represents the diameters measured by TEM. e Mean aspect ratio of the original LDH, LDH NS and control LDH reconstructed in water (Water-LDH). Aspect ratio was calculated by diameter divided by thickness of individual particles from AFM measurements of samples at more than three different spots. Error bar represents the standard deviation from more than 30 measurements. f Estimation of crystallite sizes calculated from Scherrer equation (Eq. (2)) confirming the significant growth inhibition along the c-axis. The red box with dotted line and the blue circle with dotted line represent the estimation of the diameter growth and thickness growth with reaction time. Error bar represents standard error in the curve fitting. g IR spectra: formation of hydrogen bonding evidenced by a red shift of the asymmetric vibration of COO− group of glycine and that part of the group is shifted to orthogonal position (νas⊥(COO−) = 1557 cm−1) during reconstruction in glycine solution. The black lines are assigned to the asymmetric vibration of COO− group and the red line is attributed to the shift to orthogonal position of part of the group. Credit: Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10362-2 The shiny silver coating often used to keep packaged foods fresh is most often seen on the insides of bags of potato chips and candy bars. What many people may not realize is that the familiar silver coating makes such packaging very difficult to recycle because the metal film must be removed from the plastic, which means most of it winds up in a landfill. In this new effort, the researchers have come up with a replacement for the metalized films that are fully and easily recyclable.The new film was made using an inexpensive process that produces thin films made from water and amino acids. More specifically, they were made by first creating a nanosheet of non-toxic synthetic clays. The nanosheet was then stabilized using amino acids. The resultant films are transparent, and most importantly, do not allow gases or water vapor to pass through. In practice, the films would be applied to a plastic, such as those already used in packaging, such as polyethylene terephthalate—the same kind of plastic also used in water bottles. The researchers have already tested the film by exposing it to several gases currently in use in food packing and found it to be approximately 50 percent less permeable. They also put it through physical abuse tests to make sure it could stand up to the processes that packaged foods must endure. They report that it withstood such abuse as well as the metalized films currently in use.The researchers note that because the films are synthetic, their final makeup is in the control of companies that use it as a packing replacement. But they also acknowledge much more testing will need to be done with the films before companies would be willing to switch over to using it instead of the more familiar metalized films. A team of researchers at the University of Oxford, in the U.K., has developed a new type of nanosheet coating for food packaging that could replace the metalized films currently in use. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their process and hopes that their product might make a whole class of food packing more recyclable. Citation: New nanosheet coating could replace nonrecyclable metalized films in food packaging (2019, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Jingfang Yu et al. High gas barrier coating using non-toxic nanosheet dispersions for flexible food packaging film, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10362-2 © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Making products more biodegradable with starch Explore further Journal information: Nature Communications This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

KMC joins hands with CESC in bid to check power theft

first_imgKolkata: In a major stride to prevent power theft, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is installing new technology in coordination with the CESC.This technology will be implemented in a planned manner in all the markets under the KMC, where there have been numerous complaints of power pilferage by illegal hooking. The detailed plan on how to go about this venture has already been prepared by the Lighting & Electricity department of the KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”It is impossible to track those people who indulge in power theft through hooking or other means. However, to curb such practice, we are using timers in our lights and at the same time connecting the main switches with Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB),” said a senior official of the KMC’s lighting department. The timer will ensure that electricity could not be used beyond a specified time, while the NCB technology will result in tripping of power as soon as there is any overload in the line connected with the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedmain switch. Elaborating on the technology, the official said if MCB is connected with a main switch that can light up 5 lamps with a capacity of 100W each in a specified area, the power will trip if somebody tries to draw power by hooking, “The technology is being integrated in a way that this power tripping can be monitored by us centrally,” the official added. The expenditure for putting the technology in place will vary depending upon the length of wiring and the coverage area. “We will gradually extend this technology to control theft in the lights of the KMC on all the roads across the city. Work has already started,” said Manzar Iqbal, Member Mayor in Council (Lighting & Electricity). The KMC is also working upon replacing all high pressure sodium vapor lamp fittings (HPSV) and Metal Halide Fittings with LED lights to bring down the level of carbon emission and at the same time reduce consumption of electricity.last_img read more

Early life stress may up binge eating in females

first_imgStress during pregnancy may cause female children to exhibit binge-eating-like behaviour in adulthood, a study conducted on mice has showed.Although stressed mothers passed along binge eating-related epigenetic tags on their DNA, the mouse pups’ tendency to binge surfaced only when they too were subjected to stressful situations,the researchers said.”The price we pay later in life – whether it’s psychiatric disorders, metabolic syndromes, or heart-related illnesses – is heavily impacted by the way your brain was programmed early in life,” said Alon Chen, a neurobiologist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We have established a model where we can actually show that early life stress increases the likelihood of binge eating in females,” Chen said.For the study, detailed in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers genetically engineered a line of mice, where they manipulated the hormone system that controls cortisol – stress hormones – release to increase the anxiety levels of pregnant mothers during their third trimester.The mouse pups’ tendency to binge only surfaced when they were placed in a stressful situation where the researchers restricted their access to food.In addition, measuring the eating habits of stressed mice showed that those born to stressed mothers were more likely to eat large amounts of food during short windows of time. However, putting the young mice on a diet with “balanced” levels of nutrients such as Vitamin B12 and folate, the researchers were able to prevent their binge eatinglast_img read more

ECs monitoring panel to keep check on election material ads

first_imgDarjeeling: Election-related advertisements and campaign posts on social media will be under strict scrutiny by the Election Commission during the forthcoming general elections this time.”A monitoring and certification committee has been constituted at the district level as per the direction of the Election Commission. Any sort of advertisement or campaign advertisements or materials will not be allowed to be printed or broadcast before prior certification from the monitoring and certification committee,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Magistrate and District Election Officer (DEO.) Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHowever, there is a time-frame for this. Any candidate or party will have to submit material being published or broadcast three days before. For individuals it will be seven days. The advertisements or campaign materials for print will be checked and certified within 48 hours. For electronic, it will be on the same day. “Nothing will be allowed to be published or broadcast without prior clearance or certification. This is to ensure that the model code of conduct is not violated,” added the DEO. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCandidates along with the parties fielding their candidates will have to file separate affidavits stating if they have any criminal cases (whether ongoing or convicted) in a prescribed format. The affidavits will be filed thrice (separately by the candidate and the party from the last date of withdrawal of nomination to 48 hours before the closing of polls). A new app has also been launched by the Election Commission. Known as the Citizen’s Vigil App it will be used to keep a strict check. “If any person is found violating the norms, then citizens have to take a video clip and upload it through the app. The complaint will come to the district centre from where a team will scrutinise the matter. The case will be disposed of within an hour. Cases like distribution of liquor, cash to voters can be reported through the app.last_img read more

Soulmate Bringing together maestros and promising artists

first_imgTwenty art maestros are coming up to present a plethora of artwork at a group exhibition titled ‘Soulmate’. Curated by Renu Khera, Director of National Institute of Fine Arts, the show illustrating art as the reflection of the soul, will be held from June 1 – 4 at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi.The exhibition puts forth the various facets of Indian mythology, religious thoughts, vintage theme, culture, life and nature. An amalgamation of artworks by the artists of Indian origin from across the world, the exhibition features names like Sujata Bajaj, Niladri Paul Bratin Khan, Arpan Bhowmik, G Subramanian, Swati Pasari Also Read – Add new books to your shelfand Sandeep Chhatraband among others.The event will also bring together promising upcoming artists to showcase their work. “All the 20 different artists have different mediums of work and different thought processes. So to see them together under one roof is truly going to be an unforgettable experience for the spectators”, says Renu Khera, curator of the show.Bratin Khan, one of the artists and the master of traditional and folklore themes, will bring alive the themes of Indian mythology. Fragile, emotive and rich in colour, Bratin’s works use the traditional method of tempera painting, which goes back to the Indian miniatures. Seven to eight coats of transparent color are put on the surface, one after another to get a complete tone. Simple but evocative, Arpan Bhowmik’s art is a study in contrast. Bhowmik’s paintings showcase the vintage theme of a heritage city, Kolkata bringing the city and its humdrum affairs to life with his brushstrokes. Whereas, a painter and a collagist, G. Subramanian uses the medium of collage, and layers it along with acrylic paint and ink washes in brilliant hues to create mixed media works. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNiladri Paul’s work bears ample testimony to his talent, integrity and awareness of his surrounding reality. Deriving inspiration from everyday life, he captures vividly the mood and spirit of his subjects. The young and vibrant artist from Kolkata, Swati Pasari, describes her latest collection of sculptures as ‘Celebrating Life’. Through her collection, she has made an attempt to understand her own personality and life around her. “My paintings are a reflection of my thought process. When I paint, I think and feel inner peace and beauty, serenity and calmness. So my paintings manifest these feelings. As I go along with the creations, I build on the idea of what the painting should look like”, says Swati.”They say that you have to be lost in order to be found. Every artist strives for inner peace, and art is only a method of finding inner wholesomeness”, adds Swati.last_img read more

Bad behaviour towards spouse is more impactful

first_imgRefraining from bad behaviour toward a significant other during stressful life events is more important than showing positive gestures, a study has found.Compared with positive behaviour, negative ones tend to trigger more intense and immediate responses, researchers said. How a couple works together during trying times is associated with individual well-being as well as satisfaction with the relationship.”When people face stressful life events, they are especially sensitive to negative behaviour in their relationships, such as when a partner seems to be argumentative, overly emotional, withdrawn or fails to do something that was expected,” said researcher Keith Sanford, a professor at Baylor University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In contrast, they’re less sensitive to positive behaviour,” he said. The study also found that low doses of a behaviour are most important, and over time, more extreme levels have less impact. After negative behaviour reaches a certain saturation point, it appears that stress is only minimally affected by further increases in the dose of relationship problems,” he said.For the study, published in Journal of Family Psychology, researchers surveyed couples experiencing stressful life events to measure their behaviour, relationship satisfaction, personal well-being and quality of life. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the first study, 325 couples who were married or living with a partner all reported experiences of at least one of six possible stressful events within the past month, including: losing a job, becoming a primary caregiver of an older relative, experiencing a parent’s death, and experiencing bankruptcy, foreclosure or repossession of a house or car. The second study included 154 people who were either married or living with a partner and experiencing a serious medical issue meeting one or more of these criteria: a condition requiring hospitalisation or a trip to the emergency room, a serious chronic condition and a life-threatening condition.All participants reported that they had visited a medical practitioner within the past year for treatment of their conditions.All participants also were asked questions about how rewarding their relationships were, their general well-being and their quality of life. The second study, examining couple’s behaviour showed lower levels of negative behaviour than the first study dealing with other types of stressful issues.last_img read more

Showcasing unity of Gandhis India

first_imgAmid the celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Khadi and Village Industries Commission decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries.With the co-operation of 150 highly-skilled potters from across the nation, the commission has finally started the project of making a 150-square-meter wall mural made of kulhad at Morbi, Gujrat. The potters have brought clay of their respective regions which have been mixed to produce the Kulhads for the mural. 3,870 kulhads (75 mm diameter and 90 mm height ) out of 5,000 will be produced on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the project, Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC said that it was like starting a yajna (holy ritual) when 150 pandits (common surname of potters in many parts of India) gathered here to introduce the unity of Indian civilization with their individuality. Noted Gandhian philosopher and Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee believes that making the grand mural of Mahatma Gandhi is the fittest tribute to him and his philosophy on Khadi. The philosopher said, “As Bapu always advocated for empowering the village craftsmen and laid stress on adoption of swadeshi products, this grand mural – made directly from the village artisans – will definitely showcase the cultural integrity and unity of Gandhi’s India.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExpressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh stated that it would certainly be a tribute with a difference. “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation,” he said. Present at the ceremony, 98-year-veteran Gandhian Gokul Dasji Kala, also hailed KVIC’s novel way of paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. It may be noted that the Meenakshi Lekhi, New Delhi Lok Sabha MP along with KVIC Chairman and NDMC Chairman made a vast survey for the selection of prominent site – where the 150 square meter wall mural could be mounted. Later, main building of NDMC in Connaught Place was unanimously decided to be the place for installing the mural. The artwork designed by an Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, is expected to be unveiled on January 30 – the ‘Shaheed Diwas’ and Martyr day of Mahatma Gandhi. KVIC has also requested the Prime Minister to grace the function as the Chief Guest. So far, KVIC has distributed more than 5,000 Electric Potter Wheels’ sets in the country under its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’ and the distribution of another 7,000 Electric Potter Wheels is in the pipeline.last_img read more

Railway service from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling suspended

first_imgDarjeeling: As rains continued in the Hills, there were reports of more landslides in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway service from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling has been suspended owing to the tracks being blocked with debris, rocks and trees from a landslide. Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills have been witnessing incessant rainfall for the past few days triggering landslides. On Tuesday, a landslide on the National Highway 55 in between Tindharia and Ghayabari resulted in the suspension of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway services from NJP to Darjeeling. “We are trying to clear the debris, rocks and trees that have fallen on the tracks. As soon as the lines are clear the NJP-Darjeeling services will resume,” stated a DHR official. The Darjeeling to Kurseong section is however functioning normally. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe NH55 between Kurseong and Siliguri was also closed to vehicular traffic owing to this landslide. Earth movers were pressed into service to clear the debris. By evening part of the debris were cleared thereby allowing vehicles to ply. A landslide at the Ghayabari bypass road from Ghayabari caused the road to sink. A part of the road was washed away. In Darjeeling town, there was a landslide in front of Loreto Convent school. Debris and soil from the slide blocked the road to the school. Earth movers were pressed into service to clear the road. The vulnerable hill side was covered with tarpaulin sheets to stop seepage of water. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBlocked drains and Jhoras further aggravated the situation. After a visit to the landslide site, Anit Thapa, Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration stated: “We have requested the Municipality to give priority to cleaning up the drains and jhoras to ensure smooth flow of water.” He then visited the Ghoom Jorebungalow area. “There are multiple slides in the Ghoom Jorebungalow area. Houses and roads have been damaged. We have called for a report of the damages. The earth moving equipment have been kept on standby. We are on alert and keeping a close tab on the situation. The GTA will also provide tarpaulin sheets in case of shortage,” added Thapa. Meanwhile, in Upper Rongpo Bustee in Kalimpong the house of one Manju Tamang was fully damaged in a landslide. However, there was no report of any human casualty. The Indian Meteorological Department in a weather bulletin has issued orange warning (heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall) for July 10 to July 12. As per the bulleting Kalimpong received 14 cm of rainfall and Darjeeling 10 cm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.last_img read more

Marilyn vs Liz Battle of the Hollywood Bombshells

first_imgMarilyn and Liz: In the Hollywood of the Fifties and Sixties, no female movie stars were bigger. Though they were total opposites in the looks department — Elizabeth Taylor, a sultry, finely-chiseled, raven-haired brunette; Marilyn Monroe, a luminous, wide-eyed, childlike blonde — they had much in common, including much-publicized marriages, headline-grabbing scandals, and high-maintenance personalities.Though their paths rarely crossed (Liz worked at MGM, while Marilyn was the face of Twentieth Century Fox), in 1962, their lives would intersect in a big way.Marilyn Monroe posing in the white dress.For decades, motion pictures were king, but when the fifties came along, things were changing. For one thing, the Supreme Court put an end to studio-owned theater monopolies in 1948, which took a big bite out of profits.Elizabeth Taylor.What’s more, a new invention — television — kept people home, watching the likes of Lucille Ball and Milton Berle, and out of the theaters. In order to survive, studios had to find ways to make money — fast.Fox producer Walter Wanger hatched a plan to bring people back to the theaters: an epic to end all epics. And he had just the big-screen spectacle in mind: Cleopatra.Theatrical poster for the film ‘Cleopatra’ (1963).After all, movies based on the Egyptian queen’s life, starring Claudette Colbert in 1934 and Vivian Leigh in 1945, had done well in past.And who better to play the seductress this time around than Elizabeth Taylor, who was recently released from her MGM contract and free to work at other studios? Bonus: Liz’s new-found notoriety as a brazen home-wrecker — stealing Eddie Fisher from his wholesome wife Debbie Reynolds — might be just the thing to bring in curious moviegoers.Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963.Taylor needed some convincing, so the studio made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: a $1,000,000 salary, making her the highest-paid performer at the time. A hefty sum, to be sure, but the studio figured they would recoup the money — and more. And then the headaches began.Taylor as Cleopatra.From the start, the production, which began in September 1960 at London’s Pinewood Studios, was beset with questionable decision-making and spiraling-out-of-control costs. Taylor would make 65 costume changes in the film (earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records).Elizabeth Taylor from the trailer for the film ‘Cleopatra.’Constant rain (this being England, after all) caused pure gold leaf, meticulously applied to the sets, to peel. Re-writes left hundreds of extras just sitting around, though still picking up paychecks.Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor from the trailer for the film ‘Cleopatra.’At this point, Cleopatra was costing $70,000 a day to make. Then, in March of the following year, Taylor came down with pneumonia, needing a tracheotomy to save her life.When it was decided that the cold, damp English weather wasn’t conducive to her fragile health, the Pinewood sets were torn down and rebuilt in Rome, at an astronomical cost.Glamorous Hollywood leading Ladies QuotesFox was hemorrhaging money and studio execs were freaking out. However, they had come too far to shut things down.Then Fox hatched another plan. What was needed was a movie that could be made quickly (and on a dime) — with the profits used to help recoup the staggering losses from Cleopatra. They decided on remake of My Favorite Wife, a 1940 comedy starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant — refashioned for Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin.Poster for the film ‘My Favorite Wife’ (1940), featuring stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Gail Patrick.Monroe didn’t exactly love the script — yet another (sigh) frothy role. Nor was she thrilled that she — Fox’s most famous star  — would be making a paltry $100,000 salary, one-tenth of Liz’s take for Cleopatra. But Marilyn, a sex symbol staring down the barrel of her thirty-sixth birthday, wanted to show studio execs (and the world) that she still had it.The cameras starting rolling on Something’s Got to Give in April 1962 — and from the get-go, there were problems. On the first day of production, Monroe called in sick, claiming she had a severe sinus infection and couldn’t work.Monroe on the set of ‘Something’s Got To Give.’The movie was postponed for a month and director George Cukor was forced to shoot around her, putting the production behind schedule and over budget.But what really sent everyone over the edge: Weeks later, Monroe skipped out on filming once again, yet still managed to appear at a May 19th gala at Madison Square Garden for President Kennedy’s birthday, singing a seductive rendition of “Happy Birthday.”Marilyn Monroe – Happy Birthday Mr. President, 1962. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs.Upon her return, Marilyn decided to give the movie some buzz, as only she could — with a nude swimming scene.When filming for the day was finished, photographers, invited by Marilyn, were let onto the set to snap away, as the actress posed, first in a flesh-toned bikini bottom, then without it — a provocative move back in the day. The photos would show up in publications around the world, and Marilyn said she was delighted “to get Liz Taylor off the magazine covers.”Marilyn Monroe in 1962.The actress celebrated her 36th birthday on June 1st with a party on the set. That evening, she went to a fundraiser at Dodger Stadium. L.A. was uncharacteristically chilly that night and Marilyn’s health would take another hit. She was unable to report to work the following day. This time, studio execs had enough: On June 8th, she was fired.Though Monroe may have been a headache, ultimately, the decision to close down her movie may have been a result of the progress (or lack thereof) of Fox’s Cleopatra — still in production, still bleeding green.Publicity photo of Marilyn Monroe.The studio didn’t have the money to keep both projects running, and since they had invested so much into Cleopatra, Monroe’s movie was the one to be shut down. Ironically, Liz had been just as much of a headache as Marilyn — showing up late and delaying production because of various illnesses.And then, there were the over-the-top extravagances — like having Liz’s favorite chili flown in from Chasen’s, a favorite West Hollywood haunt, all on the studio’s dime.Still, the studio went into attack mode, blaming Monroe’s “unprofessional” behavior for her film’s demise. But the actress wasn’t going down without a fight. She launched her own publicity campaign to get out her side of the story and enlisted the help of Fox honcho Darryl F. Zanuck.Darryl F. Zanuck in 1964.The studio re-hired her, agreeing to pay her more than her previous salary of $100,000. Filming was set to resume in October, but Marilyn would die of an overdose on August 5th.Cleopatra wrapped on July 28, 1962. Movie-goers came, but it would take years for Fox to see a profit, selling the broadcast rights to television. Meanwhile, the studio revamped Something’s Got to Give as the 1963 comedy Move Over, Darling, with Doris Day in the staring role.Richard Burton as Mark Antony with Taylor as Cleopatra in ‘Cleopatra’ (1963).Liz would go on to marry her Cleopatra leading man, Richard Burton, and nab a second Oscar for 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Read another story from us: Joe DiMaggio and the Mysterious End of Marilyn MonroeBut Marilyn may ultimately have won the battle of the big-screen legends by acquiring icon status in death — something that didn’t sit well with Liz, who would tell British journalist Peter Evans: “Dying young does give Marilyn an edge over most of us. But I nearly died quite a few times. Nearly dying was my specialty. That has to count for something, doesn’t it?”Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Is It Finally Time to Cut Cable

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now About three years ago, my wife and I made one of the most difficult decisions we’ve made in our eight years of marriage. Over the course of a few months we held several debates, penned numerous drafts of a pros and cons list, and scribbled a half-baked Venn diagram in effort to make a decision. Then one morning, we decided to quit giving it so much thought, and we did it, we drove to the local Comcast office and turned in our cable box. We cut the cord.Why all the fuss? We were comfortable with cable. We knew what we wanted to watch, and when to tune in. I had access to my favorite sports channel, the kids had fallen in love with various characters on the Disney Channel, and my wife had The Food Network.Yet we felt like we were being taken advantage of. We paid for 160 channels, but we really only watched shows on 20 of them at most. (Yes, I’m aware of how the cable TV industry’s bundling business model works. Still doesn’t erase the feeling.) By cutting cable out of our monthly bills, we figured we would save roughly $60 per month. Sure, we still pay Comcast for our Internet service, but it’s a service we value and thus don’t mind paying for (when it works, but that’s for another column).We filled the void left by cable with an Apple TV and a subscription to Netflix. We found new shows to watch, and if we couldn’t find what we were looking for, we just didn’t watch TV. Our kids, who are far more adaptable than we give them credit for, learned to love new characters and new cartoons. The first few weeks of transition were a little rough, but quicker than I had expected, we all settled into a new routine.Our setup has evolved over the years; primarily by adding more streaming services to our repertoire. We now subscribe to Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and yes, we use a relative’s HBO Go account to watch Game of Thrones.Unfortunately, there’s still one hiccup in our setup I’ve yet to find a solution for: sports. This single category remains—frustratingly—a giant stop sign for those looking to cancel cable.National Football League games aren’t a huge issue, as most games are televised on major networks over-the-air. Those who subscribe to a variation of NFL Red Zone, the league’s multi-game simulcast, will find cutting cable to be impossible. For my family, we suffer from blackout restrictions when it comes to watching the Colorado Avalanche through the NHL’s Game Center Live streaming service. I’m hopeful the FCC’s elimination of blackout rules will provide some relief in this area of my post-cable life.I talked to Kai Armstrong, a fellow cable refugee, to find out how he and his family get by without a cable subscription. Like myself, Kai uses an Apple TV with a Netflix subscription for the majority of streaming access. Over-the-air programming provides access to college football and Nascar.Unlike me, Kai uses a service called Plex to stream locally stored media from his computer to his TV, tablet or smartphone. Instead of relying solely on the iTunes catalog, Plex accepts content from nearly any source. The core service is free, takes little setup, and can be used with streaming boxes such as Roku, Fire TV, Xbox, and Google’s Chromecast.When I asked him what the biggest challenge was for his family (he’s married with a toddler) to make the switch, he said, “The option of turning on the TV and watching whatever’s on just to occupy time no longer exists.” But when I pressed him if, at the end of the day, this was a challenge or an unexpected benefit, he conceded: “We spend more time as a family now, instead of staring at a screen.”On one hand, it makes sense to find yourself watching less TV once you’ve canceled your cable subscription. On the other, with seemingly endless catalogs of content at your fingertips ready to play on demand, self control is required.The number of subscribers ditching cable service is on the rise—hundreds of thousands ditch it every quarter—and with recent announcements from HBO, CBS, and Lions Gate to offer stand-alone streaming plans, the movement is gaining more momentum. But there’s still work to be done.Kane Hamilton is someone I was positive would be living in a post-cable world, yet when I inquired about his setup, I was surprised to hear he had yet to make the switch. When I asked him why, he said, “[It’s] something we would love to consider but just a battle we have chosen not to fight yet.” And it’s not for lack of trying or a streaming setup, as the Hamilton’s frequently stream Netflix, HBO, ESPN, and another half-dozen services.To him, the “battle” of cutting the cord is attributed to a lack of knowledge surrounding how his family would access content, the quality of streams, and the absence of sporting events. But I can’t help but look at the amount of content he streams and think he already knows the answer to most of his concerns; the comfort level the TV guide provides is just too much to walk away from, no matter the cost. 5 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 26, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

5 Reasons Not to Replace Your Sales Reps With Robots

first_imgJuly 7, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Should American workers be frightened? According to the Bank of America, robots are likely to be performing 45 percent of manufacturing tasks by 2025; and Oxford University predicts that nearly half of all U.S. jobs will be at high risk of being lost to computers.Related: 4 Sales Strategies to Increase Your Average B2B Deal SizesNot to mention that according to Time, Lyft and General Motors are looking to offer driverless car services in approximately one year — though the recent fatality in a driverless car made by Tesla Motors probably leaves that one up in the air.These dire predictions are troubling for the American worker but perhaps less so for sales professionals who have become accustomed to hearing warnings about their job security for over a century. That’s correct: In 1916, the New York Times headlined an article “Are salesmen needless?” and quoted a marketing expert explaining why societal changes would render the door-to-door salesman obsolete.“Advertising is producing better results than the old method of personal solicitation,” this man said.Fears over technology stealing sales jobs were expressed following the advent of both the phone and the internet. Then, last year, Forrester Research predicted that one million B2B salespeople would become obsolete by 2020, lost to ecommerce.As the CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting, I have seen firsthand, over the last five years, an increase in the number of world-class companies seeking to hire top-performing B2B salespeople.Moreover, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of sales managers will increase by 8 percent through 2022; and the 2016 Career Builder study predicts sales hiring will increase by 27 percent this year. How many dire predictions will it take before we accept that salespeople will always be critical drivers of business?  Here are five reasons you may not be replacing your sales reps with robots anytime soon:1. B2B buyer engagement is at a low.While the benefits of inbound marketing are critical, we are also seeing periods of low buyer engagement. According to recent Gallup research, only 29 percent of B2B customers are engaged, while 60 percent are indifferent and 11 percent are actively disengaged. Revenue won’t grow alongside those low levels of engagement; and involving educated salespeople will improve those numbers.2. Buyers want an educated salesperson.Even with all the advances in technology, when a buyer is about to spend his or her company’s money, and consequently put a job on the line, you can bet that buyer will want to speak to a salesperson. Buyers have questions and concerns; they require customized solutions, want assurances and will undoubtedly try to negotiate — all reasons to employ people, not robots. New research from the Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) also shows that 70 percent of B2B buyers want to engage with salespeople early in the sales process. ITSMA did the research with almost 300 senior executives who were buying complex solutions.In addition, while consumers may be buying well-known products online, they will still want to speak to a human for newer products they are less familiar with. In larger companies, corporate buying committees will also typically request in-person meetings with sellers.3. The need exists for customized solutions.Companies have traditionally structured sales teams to push a particular product or service. Those sales pitches focus heavily on features and benefits. However, with an unprecedented amount of information available through ecommerce, the wants and needs of customers has evolved.Today, there is a growing need for a consultative sales approach. Consultative salespeople do research, ask questions and listen. They provide customized, not generic, solutions based on their findings and discussions. Consultative salespeople are selling a product or service, of course, but they are also developing a relationship. And the relationship is what ultimately affects the account’s long-term health.Related: 7 Psychological Strategies for Mastering Sales Negotiations4. Sales reps help you innovate.Between 1995 and 2013, the top five pharmaceutical companies shed more than 55 percent of their salespeople in the United States. However, in that same time period, new companies such as Google, Dell and Facebook added salespeople, as did companies transitioning to cloud-based solutions.When it comes to familiar products, the need for salespeople may indeed decrease; however, when disruptive technologies or new products are introduced, salespeople are needed to educate, inform and sell. Even as sales jobs decline in some older sectors, they are growing in newer ones.5. Salespeople help align sales and marketing.According to the CSO Insights Sales Performance Optimization study, only one in two companies surveyed said their sales and marketing departments had a formal definition of a qualified lead. While content marketing, SEO and lead generation are critical, good executives will use every cutting edge tool at their disposal, and that includes charismatic salespeople.Those companies that can perfect the buyer’s transition from the marketing to the sales department will beat out their competitors. The bottom line is that technology will enhance and improve the sales process, but it will not replace the need for salespeople. Salespeople are becoming increasingly technologically savvy and learning to use big data and social media to win more business and service clients better. Related: Winning Sales Strategies from National Champion Alabama Roll Tide Football Coach Nick SabanIt’s unlikely that robots can compete. Register Now »last_img read more

8 Secrets to Growth and Retention for Your App

first_img 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now As the mobile landscape continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to grow their apps and retain their users. The market is hyper-competitive and oversaturated, and most people only use the apps they really need. According to Quettra, the average mobile app loses 77 percent of its daily active users within the first three days after an install. Within 30 days, it’s lost 90 percent of its daily active users, and within 90 days, it’s over 95 percent. Related: Apple Wants to Teach You How to Make AppsIt’s no wonder why out of the millions of apps in the app store, only several thousand will acquire a sustainable user base and consistently get traffic. So, how does one go about maximizing retention and growth? I chatted with Denys Zhadanov, the VP of marketing at Readdle, a company that has amassed over 65 million app downloads worldwide, and Joyce Solano, VP of marketing at LeanPlum, an analytics company that focuses on mobile and has retrieved many insights about the current mobile landscape to give insight about how to navigate this difficult space. Here is what they had to say about growth and retention. 1. Use email marketing to re-engage your users.With all these new marketing channels now available, many marketers overlook one of the most fundamental tools of marketing — email. According to Zhadanov, email marketing is one of Readdle’s main tools to boost engagement and retention among its users. Email marketing can be used to re-engage customers and provide value to ultimately bring them back into your app. Readdle specifically uses email to give customers tips on how to use its products, and it has seen fantastic results. 2. Collect massive amounts of user feedback.Many entrepreneurs nowadays rush to release a product (trust me, I’ve been there) when it hasn’t had enough testing and feedback. Although there always needs to be a sense of urgency, don’t delay acquiring your feedback until after launch. Always be collecting feedback from friends, family and potential users, and pay attention to your product. It’s also really important to combine both feedback from your users in person, and also feedback from data. Only taking in the picture as whole will allow you to make strong, data-driven decisions and also allow your intuition to take you in the right direction. Related: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You ‘App’3. Build growth into your platform as a feature.For those of you out there running on low budgets, this is an extremely important tip. Build as many sharing options into your app as possible. People naturally want to share, so if you can place the sharing options cleverly, you can use this to generate huge amounts of organic traffic without paying a single cent. This is definitely a low hanging fruit that some people underestimate. Make sure that you make it as easy as possible to let your users grow your app for you.4. A/B Test earlier, and make data-driven decisions.Solano says that one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they A/B test too late into the game. Testing should begin immediately so that you can learn as quickly as possible. Your app’s success will depend on how quickly you can learn and make decisions. If you aren’t experimenting, you are holding yourself back from learning about your product. Think about it from a biological standpoint. Over time, the most successful mutation wins the gene pool. If you aren’t making many experiments, then you are not optimizing your product for success in the market. Related: 6 Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Downloads for Your Apps5. Rethink your onboarding experience.Because of how competitive the app industry is nowadays, this is very important to the users who do download your app. If you want to acquire high levels of retention, you need to make sure that the minute users download your app and sign up, they get accustomed to using the app and know that your app offers something valuable. Solano points out that user onboarding is arguably the most important aspect of growth and retention. If you are getting tons of traffic but not successfully onboarding your users, then you are wasting your efforts on getting traffic. What’s the point of acquiring more users if none of them are staying on your app? You can figure out where users are dropping off using tools like LeanPlum and Mixpanel. 6. Be actionable with your data and make holistic decisions.It’s one thing to measure everything in your funnel, but another to use that data to drive action. Much of the tech craze has been about data, but that data is useless unless being actively used to better your product. In a nutshell, don’t use data as a rear-view mirror — use it to guide your decisions about product changes and features, and take into account how the data is fitting in the whole picture. By looking holistically at the bigger picture, and also using data to guide you, you can have a grounded confidence in your progress. Related: How Can App Makers Improve Revenue and Keep Users Engaged?7. Time your push notifications and use emojis.LeanPlum did a study and found that 63 percent of push notifications are sent at the wrong time. While push notifications can be extremely helpful in re-engaging your users, having them timed properly is key. Timing depends on the geographical location of your users and also on your app. LeanPlum developed its own optimal time algorithm using machine learning to figure out when the optimal time to send your push notifications is. It also found that using an emoji increased engagement by 9 percent.8. Focus on product, not marketing.At the end of the day, if your product is good and adds value to your customers’ lives, they will continue to use it. Focus on the product. There’s a reason why you’ve heard this cliche a million times — it’s because it’s true. Your product is the foundation on which you can build and sustain your customer base. If you don’t have a strong foundation, everything else you build on top of it will collapse. Make sure your product is absolutely amazing and that users can’t say no to it.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 8, 2017 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Speed up the Windows 7 update rollup

first_imgSpeed up the Windows 7 update rollup by Martin Brinkmann on June 13, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: October 16, 2016 – 14 commentsIt can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update.Windows Update displays a “checking for updates” prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all.This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run a copy of Windows that is not patched and have that copy connected to the Internet.Previously, there was one main option to speed up the process. Third-party tools enable you to download all updates at once, and apply them to the machine in one quick operation.This cuts down on the time it takes to get started, but requires the use of third-party software which may not always be an option.While you can create special media that includes all the patches, it is a complicated process and not really an option for users who require this once every other year or so.Windows 7 update rollupsMicrosoft introduced so called update rollup patches recently for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that solves the problem.Note: These updates are also available for Windows Server 2008 R2.Basically, what they do is contain all patches released for the operating system after a baseline image. That baseline image is the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 respectively Windows Server 2008 R2.The rollup patches include all security and non-security patches released for the selected operating system, and Microsoft plans to update the rollup patches frequently to include newer patches.So, instead of having to wait hours or even days before updates are detected and installed, it is easy as pie to push the updates to Windows 7 and Windows Server systems.The update processIf you want to patch Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, the first thing you need to do is install the September 2016 servicing stack update which is a requirement for installing the update rollup patch on those operating systems.Windows 7 32-bit — Servicing Stack Update September 2016Windows 7 64-bit — Servicing Stack Update September 2016Windows 8.1 32-bit — Servicing Stack Update July 2016Windows 8.1 64-bit — Servicing Stack Update July 2016Once done, head over to the Microsoft Update Catalog website to download the update rollups for your version of Windows.Update: You may use any browser now to open the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Internet Explorer is no longer required.Note: Internet Explorer displays an ActiveX installation dialog on first run. You need to allow the site to install the ActiveX component to continue.For Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, and Windows Server 2008 R2,  use this link to open the download options on the page. Windows 8.1 users should point the browser to this page instead on the Update Catalog website.Add one or multiple update rollup patches to the basket on the page. This can be convenient if you plan to update machines that are not connected directly to the Internet as you can install those patches on any device as Internet connectivity is not required to install them.Once you have added at least one package, click on the view basket link at the top, and there on the download button. You can remove patches from the basket again on the same page as well.Microsoft Internet Explorer displays a download options popup afterwards. This is used to pick the download location on the local system for the selected patch(es).The patches are then downloaded to the system, and may be executed once they are ready.The update installation process starts immediately, but it will take a while before the installation completes.It is necessary to restart the system after installing the updates. Windows will display a “configuring Windows updates” screen on start to finalize the installation of the updates.You may want to run a check for updates on the first system start to catch any update that has not been installed yet.DownsideThe main downside to using update rollup patches is that you don’t get a say in what gets installed and what does not.This means that you cannot block the installation of certain patches or updates, so that any update included in the rollup patch will be installed on the device. Furthermore, it is not possible to remove specific patches afterwardsThe second downside is that these updates are only available via Microsoft’s Update Catalog. The catalog is only accessible using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer currently (not even Edge is working), but Microsoft promised to change that later this year.Closing WordsThe update rollup patches speed up the installation of patches on devices running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2.While that is convenient, you need to weight the downside of the all or nothing approach against this. This is not only problematic if you don’t want a specific update to install on a machine, but also for troubleshooting as you cannot remove updates that may cause issues on the device.SummaryArticle NameSpeed up the Windows 7 update rollupDescriptionWindows update rollups are designed to improve the update process of freshly installed machines by installing all updates in one go.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Megaupload 20 secures financing

first_imgMegaupload 2.0 secures financing by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2016 in Internet – 6 commentsMegaupload, once the world’s largest file sharing site before it was taken down by the FBI, may make a comeback soon as the financing for Megaupload 2.0 has been secured recently.The funding campaign managed to reach the the minimum investment goal of €918.611 before it ended on October 24, 2016 with a total investment volume of €1.060.354.Pitched by and associated with the notorious Kim Dotcom, Megaupload 2.0 aims to revolutionize file sharing. Bitcache Limited, the company behind the project promises to provide the technology needed to “share files safely, securely, and away from prying eyes”.Technically speaking, Bitcache is a micro-transaction service that utilizes Bitcoin and the Blockchain. Transactions will occur off the chain according to Bitcache due to limitations in regards to how many transactions the Blockchain can handle, but are re-introduced for instance when users want to withdraw funds.Another thing that is special about Megaupload 2.0 is that users get a Bitcoin Wallet automatically on sign-up, and that Bitcache is then used for the transactions.It is unclear right now if users will have to pay for any transaction they make, and how much it would cost them to do so.Ideas for future Bitcache services show however that the system could be expanded in the future to take into account video streaming, news posts, traffic or micro-payments.The Bitcache team plans to release Megaupload 2.0 in January 2017.  Success may depend largely on how the system works, and whether it requires all users to add funds to their wallet first before they can do anything, or if there will be free options available as well.If all transactions require funds, say file uploads or downloads, then it is likely that Megaupload 2.0 won’t come close to the popularity of Megaupload or Mega, another file sharing service that Kim Dotcom pushed and then moved away from.One of the interesting questions that arises from the successful campaign is whether users will trust Kim Dotcom a third time with a file sharing service. While Mega is still in operation, Kim stated in 2015 that the service was not secure to use anymore. Considering that Mega was his project, it is only fair to assume that users may have a hard time believing that things will be different when Megaupload 2.0 launches.Now You: What’s your take on Megaupload 2.0?SummaryArticle NameMegaupload 2.0 secures financingDescriptionMegaupload, once the world’s largest file sharing site before it was taken down by the FBI, may make a comeback soon as the financing for Megaupload 2.0 has been secured recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Windows 10 April Update rollout begins on April 30 2018

first_imgWindows 10 April Update rollout begins on April 30, 2018 by Martin Brinkmann on April 27, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 27 commentsMicrosoft revealed today when it plans to release the first feature update of 2018 for the company’s Windows 10 operating system. Yusuf Mehdi, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, confirmed in a new blog post on the official Windows Experience Blog that the rollout of the new feature update begins on April 30, 2018.The update, named Windows 10 April 2018 Update and not Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, was postponed by Microsoft due to a last minute bug. The bug caused stability issues on devices which resulted in crashes and Blue Screens of Death.Microsoft blocked the release of the feature update and went back to the drawing board to create a new RTM build.Tip: Check out how to delay the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.Windows 10 April UpdateMehdi highlighted some of the new features of the new version of Windows 10 in the blog post. While nowhere near as complete as our feature overview, it highlights the most valuable feature additions and improvements of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.TimelineTimeline keeps a record of things that you have done in the past 30 days on your Windows 10 device; useful if you want to browse the activity history, load documents or URLs, or programs again without having to remember where they are stored or what their address is.Timeline is limited to certain programs: for example, URLs loaded in Microsoft Edge are displayed in Timeline but URLs opened in Chrome or Firefox are not.How useful it is depends largely on the programs that you use day in and out. If you stick to first-party programs like Edge or News, you will get more out of Timeline than if you prefer third-party programs.You can read our full overview of Windows Timeline here.Focus AssistFocus Assist was designed to block notifications on demand or on schedule. You may use it to block notifications about new chat messages, emails, Windows Updates, and other events that you are notified about while using Windows 10 on a device.You may toggle the feature using Quick Actions or by configuring automatic rules, e.g. days and time or when playing games, to enforce it automatically.Focus Assist may prevent “updates are available” and other messages on Windows that may benefit lots of users. You benefit the most from it when you use a lot of first-party applications such as Mail.New Microsoft Edge featuresMicrosoft Edge gets several new features in the April 2018 Update. You can click on the audio icon in tabs to mute or unmute audio playback with a click, or use a full-screen distraction-free interface when reading PDFs, books or using Reading View.Other improvements include a new clutter-free printing option for cleaner printouts, support for autofill and web payment forms, and a new Grammar Tools that helps with comprehension.DictationDictation is the fourth and final feature that Mehdi highlights. Just use the new shortcut Windows-H to start dictation mode while any text field is active.The improved Dictation feature in Windows 10 will capture your thoughts quickly and accurately so that brilliant idea you just riffed on with your colleagues or the speech you’re practicing for your best friend’s wedding isn’t lost forever.Tip: make sure you run disk cleanup after the upgrade and making sure that everything works correctly to free up Gigabytes of space.Now You: What’s your take on these new features?Related articlesEnable pre-release features on Windows 10 Insider BuildsFix PCs no longer recognized in network after Windows 10 version 1803 upgradeFree up disk space automatically on Windows 10 with Storage SenseMicrosoft broke “disable web search” in Windows 10 version 1803SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 April Update rollout begins on April 30, 2018DescriptionYusuf Mehdi, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, confirmed in a new blog post on the official Windows Experience Blog that the rollout of the new feature update begins on April 30, 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Aquaman Trailer The Physics of His Leap from the Water

first_imgOK, I’m a little excited for the new Aquaman movie. Sure, I’ve been let down by DC movies before—but we also got Wonder Woman (which was awesome). Also, as a kid my mom made an Aquaman costume for me. She said it was the best costume for me since I had blonde hair (and so did Aquaman). But the real reason was that Aquaman didn’t wear a mask—and masks are difficult to make. It was a great costume, thanks mom.Now for the part where I do what I do—use physics to analyze a movie trailer. Let’s get to it.Although I don’t really know what is going on, I know there is a submarine. I also know that Aquaman shoots out of the water and lands on this submarine. It is this scene that I will analyze.[embedded content]Aquaman might be able to swim super fast, but once he leaves the water and enters the air there is only one force acting on him—the gravitational force that pulls straight down. Since the strength of the gravitational force depends on the mass of Aquaman AND the net force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration, the acceleration has to be equal to a constant 9.8 meters per second squared (the value of the local gravitational field).Once in the air, Aquaman has the same acceleration as a rock that is tossed up. In the air, it’s not about Aquaman, it’s just about physics. Since it’s physics, if I can look at his vertical motion I should be able to figure stuff out. In this situation, I can use video analysis to find his position in each frame of the video. This will give both position and time data so that I can plot his trajectory. Oh, but it’s not exactly straightforward. In this scene, the camera (or virtual camera) seems to move forward. This means that the ratio of pixel size in the video to actual size will change with the position of the camera. I can compensate for this changing camera, but it takes some extra steps. If you want to do something like this yourself, check out Tracker Video Analysis. Very useful.Here’s what the motion would look like from a stationary camera.Rhett AllainNow for the physics. With a situation like this, there are actually three things to consider: the distance scale, the time scale (frame rate), and the vertical acceleration. In video analysis, you can pick two of these things to be known and then solve for the other one. In this case, I am going to assume the size of Aquaman and that the video plays in real time (so the frame rate is correct). Then I can plot the vertical position of Aquaman as a function of time. The plot should be a parabola. Here’s what I get. More Great WIRED StoriesWhat’s the fastest 100 meter dash a human can run?Amazon wants you to code the AI brain for this little carSpotify’s year-end ads highlight the weird and wonderfulYou can pry my air fryer out of my cold, greasy handsAirports cracked Uber and Lyft—cities should take noteLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Rhett AllainYup. That looks like a parabola—so that’s good. Even better, by fitting an equation to this data I can get a value for the vertical acceleration. It’s twice the coefficient for the t2 term. That puts that acceleration at 11.8 meters per second squared. On the surface of the Earth, a free falling object would have an acceleration of 9.8 m/s2. Actually, these two values are really close—especially since I guessed the size of Aquaman in order to set the distance scale.Why is this impressive? Let me first point out that this is most certainly a CGI scene. I doubt they got a stunt man to shoot out of the water and land on a submarine (but I’ve been wrong before). This means that they didn’t just animate the motion of a digital Aquaman, they calculated his motion using physics. I think that’s awesome.But wait! There’s more. Now that I have a trajectory for Aquaman, I can answer two questions. First, how high did he move out of the water? That’s pretty easy. I can just look at the position vs. time graph and see that his change in vertical height was about 3.6 meters (almost 12 feet for Imperials). Second, how fast was he swimming in the water before he moved into the air? This is a fairly straightforward projectile motion problem. If you know the acceleration (and I do) and you know the maximum height (and I do), you can calculate the starting velocity. I’ll leave the details as a homework assignment, but the answer is 8.4 m/s or about 19 mph (again, for Imperial unit users). That’s pretty fast, but not the fastest fish in the ocean. The sailfish can get up to speeds of 30 m/s.Of course, Aquaman might not be going full speed here. Why would he? He’s just jumping on a submarine.last_img read more

Art showing Who We Are installed at Minneapolis Airport

first_imgLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Emirates Airlines is gay friendly according to San Francisco lawPolish court rules against printer who refused LGBT group bannersMore articles on eTurboNews click here L’Etoile du Nord uses rainbows to both be visually beautiful, but also to impart the meaning that anybody of any race, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation are welcome in Minnesota. The second installation, Aurora Borealis, brings the colors of the Northern Lights to life in the airport. The Aurora Borealis wall is 60 feet long by 6 feet tall. In the very middle of this 60-foot long series of images is a rainbow diamond made of clear acrylic rods and lit with LED color lights that go through the colors of the rainbow.The third display is titled “Leap of Joy” and is inspired by Henri Matisse and the Fauves’ painting, Bonheur de Vivre (The Joy of Life). The display includes a 3D printed leaper covered in holographic rainbow vinyl covering. The image includes floating diamonds curving in the way an airplane turns.Artist, Philip Noyed, was selected to create these installations, and they are the first major art installations at the MSP airport in 15 years.Share this: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Art focused on welcoming those of any race, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation was installed at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport last week. The installation started in March and was just completed.The first installation, “Star of the North” (L’Etoile du Nord), is based on the Minnesota State Motto that was first adopted in 1861 and is on the state seal. L’Etoile du Nord is 6 feet tall, made of aluminum, and covered with holographic rainbow vinyl. Inside the star is a crystal prism that is lit so tiny light rainbows show on the ground below the star.last_img read more

The Pride hijab is back and this time its going to Sydneys

first_imgMOGA is an Australian-Muslim owned fashion label with a large Islamic following.When it released its Pride headscarf during the postal survey on marriage equality it was not sure if it would receive a negative reaction.But the team at MOGA were over the moon when the response was overwhelmingly positive. Demand was so high for the scarf that it sold out in just six days.Mardi Gras Pride gearOne of the world’s biggest LGBTI festivals, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is in full swing.MOGA is about to become the first Muslim fashion company to support it. Drag icon Mable Syrup models the Pride headscarf. | Photo: Supplied eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary festival this year.So MOGA invited veteran drag performer Mable Syrup, bisexual model and activist Kalida Edwards and Chris McCubbin to star in its Mardi Gras photo shoot.Chris McCubbin, Kalida Edwards and Mable Syrup model the Pride headscarves. | Photo: SuppliedIts founder Azahn Munas said its Mardi Gra campaign was a chance to to highlight the diversity of crowds who attend the festival.‘We also wanted to celebrate the diverse nature of our fans, who range from trendy Muslim ‘hijabsters’ to festival goers to drag queens, who all love our bold and colourful designs,’ Munas said.‘And if anyone tries to rain on your parade, always remember that people, regardless of their race, gender or sexuality are equal and are always welcome to love.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Pride hijab that supported LGBTI Australians in their mission to achieve marriage equality is back in time for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Cher shuts down Twitter haters after posing for selfie with Aussie PM5 reasons to book your trip now to Sydney Mardi Gras 2019‘Corrupt and ugly’: Original rioters reflect on 40 years since the first Sydney Mardi GrasRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more