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Sophia Hayat Be Sweet To Bunnies

first_imgPopping out of a cake, looking like a sexy bunny and holding a placard that read, “Be Sweet to Bunnies: Choose Cruelty-Free Cosmetics”, Sofia Hayat – the former Zee TV host–turned-actor, whose latest film is Diary of a Butterfly – appeared in a pristine white swimsuit with bunny ears and a fluffy tail on Thursday.She organized her birthday party at a hotel in Mumbai to draw attention to a very serious issue close to her heart – the testing of cosmetics on animals. Hayat’s and PETA India’s point? That testing cosmetics on rabbits and other animals is harmful and usually deadly to the animals, in addition to being bad science – and the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare should ban it.“There’s nothing sweet about harming rabbits and poisoning rats for lipsticks and eye shadow”, says Hayat. “Today, there are many top-quality, cruelty-free cosmetics companies to choose from – there’s no reason to buy from old-fashioned companies that still test on animals.”PETA India is calling on the Indian government to implement a ban on the sale cosmetics tested on animals similar to the ban scheduled to take effect in the European Union in 2013. The ban has driven the development of non-animal testing methods, which can replace the use of animals in cosmetics testing and many other forms of product safety testing. The replacement of animal tests has already saved hundreds of thousands of animals, and many more can be saved as new techniques are developed and validated.More than 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests, but many still choose to subject animals to painful tests in which substances are smeared on their skin, sprayed in their faces or forced down their throats. Because of the vast physiological differences between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often misleading.For more information about cosmetics tested on animals, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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BC to appeal NEB ruling on Trans Mountain bylaw

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s government is appealing a decision that allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local regulations in constructing its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The National Energy Board ruled in December that the company is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws, which Kinder Morgan had said were hindering its ability to go ahead with the federally approved project.The city said on Friday that it wants to appeal the decision, saying the company should be required to comply with all municipal bylaws.Now the provincial government is following suit, saying it has filed leave to appeal the board’s ruling with the Federal Court of Appeal.The province says in a statement that the board erred by “too broadly defining federal jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.”B.C. is also locked in a dispute with Alberta and the federal government over the project’s future after Premier John Horgan’s government announced it is looking at limiting shipments of diluted bitumen from the west coast.last_img read more

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Science and technology aid 450 million small farmers under UN plan

The agreement provides for the European Commission (EC) and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to channel €67.5 million to finance research through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Half the funds are dedicated to Africa. GCIAR is a strategic partnership whose 64 Members support 15 international centres, working in collaboration with hundreds of government and civil society organizations as well as private businesses around the world. The new contribution brings the total funding assured by the EC through IFAD to the CGIAR system to €112.5 million, the largest contribution of a single donor to a specific programme through IFAD’s Supplementary Funds. The programme seeks to develop small-holder agriculture and rural innovation, key to combating the current food price crisis, by investing in research. In particular it will support research on sustainable management of resources and ecosystems, enhancing scientific, technological and institutional innovations and policies. It aims to boost active participation of low-income smallholder farmers in research programmes, taking into account remote and marginal areas, increasing exchange of information and experience, through scientific and producers’ networks and stakeholder platforms, and fostering collaborative innovation. 6 October 2008The world’s 450 million small farmers, responsible for the livelihoods of over 2 billion rural poor people, will gain greater access to scientific and technological advances and agricultural research under a United Nations-backed agreement signed today. read more

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Ban calls funding global fight against AIDS TB malaria smart investment

30 March 2009In this time of economic turmoil, putting money behind the fight against the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics is a “smart investment,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he urged donors to fund United Nations-backed efforts to stop the spread of the deadly diseases. “Across Africa, AIDS threatens to reduce GDP [gross domestic product] by up to 2.6 per cent,” warned Mr. Ban in a video message to the mid-term review meeting of the second voluntary replenishment process of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Mr. Ban noted that since 2001 the Global Fund has committed over $10 billion to health programmes in 140 countries, “helping to keep parents, workers and teachers alive and productive.”Programmes supported by the Fund have helped delay the onset of AIDS in 2 million HIV-positive people, detected and treated 4.6 million cases of TB, delivered 70 million insecticide-treated bed nets and administered 74 million malaria drug treatments.“It has been a success. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives. It is important that we replenish it,” Mr. Ban told the meeting in Cacares, Spain.Pointing to the $4 billion the Global Fund needs to meet its 2010 targets, Mr. Ban said, “I say to you that spending on AIDS, TB and malaria is a smart investment. It is a true recovery package.”According to the Secretary-General, TB costs the world’s poorest communities $16 billion a year, whereas containing it will only cost $4.2 billion a year. Similarly, malaria costs Africa $12 billion a year when just $3.4 billion dollars will pay for prevention and treatment. Mr. Ban called on the international community to honour their commitments made at the Group of Eight (G-8) Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to fully fund all credible plans. read more

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Hunger surges amid deadly conflicts poor weather conditions in many countries –

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) new Crop Prospects and Food Situation reveals that since its last report in March, the number of countries requiring external food assistance has jumped by two, namely Cabo Verde and Senegal, to 39.According to the report, civil war and insecurity in Africa and the Middle East have displaced millions – resulting in high hunger rates.“Poor rains have hit cereal production prospects in South America and Southern Africa,” FAO explained. “Unfavourable weather conditions are also placing a heavy burden on pastoralists in West Africa.”The food insecure countries on FAO’s list are: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.Conflict and erratic rainfallTurning to cereal production, FAO foresees a 1.5 per cent annual drop from last year’s record high, with a larger decline in some areas, such as South and North America and Southern Africa.“Conflicts have choked agricultural activity in swathes of Central Africa, notably in the Central African Republic and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where access to food is further hindered by surging inflation,” FAO elaborated.On a brighter note, after consecutive seasons of drought-reduced harvests, fresh rains point to cereal production gains in East Africa.Meanwhile, abundant rains recently triggered flooding in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, displacing some 800,000 people. In contrast to the trend in the subregion, high staple food prices are rising in Sudan and South Sudan, intensifying food insecurity risks.In the absence of humanitarian assistance, the number of severely food insecure people in South Sudan is expected to rise to 7.1 million people during the June-July lean season.Turning to Asia, the cereal harvest is projected to remain similar to last year’s, with recoveries in countries affected by unfavourable weather conditions, including Bangladesh, Viet Nam, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and, to a lesser extent, Sri Lanka. While favourable crop conditions in India and Pakistan mean wheat outputs are expected to rise further, fair weather will not be enough to boost crop production in war-afflicted areas, as chronic conflicts impedes access to fields such as in Iraq and Syria, where this year’s harvests are expected to decline further. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer to host NCAA tournament clash with Akron

Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (left) fights for a header during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAppearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knows that one slip up could mark the end of the road.However, the team has embraced that mindset, junior midfielder Zach Mason said.“It feels a little bit different, because you know these games are the most important, this is what you play the whole regular season for, train in the preseason for,” the co-captain said. “They’re huge. So, you get up a little bit more for these.”OSU (9-7-4) is set for a rematch with Akron for its first-round matchup. Akron defeated OSU back on Sept. 24, 3-1.OSU coach John Bluem said despite the result from the first meeting, the Zips will be seeing a different OSU team Thursday.“I think we’re playing better as a team now than we were at that point in time,” Bluem said. “I think we’re defending better than we did at that point in time, so those are things that should help us help us a little bit in this game.”Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said he agreed with his coach’s thoughts.“We dropped the first one, which was unfortunate on our part, but we grew as a team, and we’re definitely a stronger and better team now,” Sarris said.Sarris said every player has developed and gotten better “in their own way” as the season progressed.Bluem said that Akron (13-6-1) does possess one advantage that the Buckeyes cannot account for: experience.“(Experience is) certainly something that works to their favor,” Bluem said. “They have a lot of guys that have NCAA Tournament experience, and we have nobody.”The Zips are appearing in the tournament for the 10th consecutive season. That includes a 2010 season that saw Akron hoist the national championship trophy for the first time in school history after defeating Louisville in the title game.On the other side, only one player on OSU’s roster has ever appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: senior midfielder Yianni Sarris, in his lone season at Florida Gulf Coast as a freshman.However, Sarris said his experience from three years ago is incomparable to how he feels about OSU going dancing this season, because of the connection he feels with his current teammates.“It’s very nice to be back,” Sarris said. “I really wanted to do it with this squad. I mean, this squad is my family, this is my brotherhood.”The Zips — the Mid-American Conference champions — boast a strong attack that is led by sophomore midfielder Adam Najem, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 13 goals this season.One of those came in Akron’s regular season victory in Columbus, a header in the 76th minute that found the back of the net for the third and final Zips goal that evening.Bluem said OSU is in good shape for the rematch, simply because Akron has already defeated the Buckeyes this year.“I would say the biggest advantage is that they beat us the first time,” the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year said. “It’s difficult to beat a team twice in one season. Our guys are going to be excited to play the game, not only because it’s an NCAA Tournament game, but because it’s a chance to get back at a team that beat you.”Another factor the players and coaches are thinking about in advance of the game is the weather forecast for Thursday evening.According to the Weather Channel, the forecast for the start of the game at 5 p.m. is about 25 degrees, with winds blowing between 10 and 15 mph.Mason said tackling the cold weather head-on is something that the team will need to carefully plan out.“In these conditions, it’s a mental game,” Mason said. “You have to understand that it’s going to be cold, and just get over it, really.”OSU and Akron met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008, with Akron winning, 1-0, in double overtime. That was the only postseason matchup between the schools, though they have met 38 times overall, with Akron dominating the all-time series, 28-6-3.The winner of the game will advance to South Bend, Ind., to take on the defending champions and No. 1 seed in the tournament, Notre Dame, on Sunday.OSU’s first-round matchup against Akron is scheduled to kick off at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. read more

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Komatsu implements cloudbased IIoT analytics platform

first_imgCloudera Inc, a modern platform for machine learning and analytics, optimised for the cloud, has announced that Komatsu, the global heavy equipment manufacturer, has implemented a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) analytics platform powered by Cloudera Enterprise and Microsoft Azure. The platform “enables Komatsu teams to help mining customers around the world continuously monitor the performance of some of the largest equipment used in surface and underground mining, increase asset utilisation and productivity, and deliver essential resources including energy and industrial minerals for the global economy.”Komatsu’s JoySmart Solutions is an IIoT-based service that helps customers optimise machine performance using machine data and analytics. The JoySmart platform ingests, stores and processes a wide variety of data collected from mining equipment operating around the globe, often at very remote locations in harsh conditions. Types of equipment monitored includes longwall mining systems, electric rope shovels, continuous miners and wheel loaders. Their data includes time-series metrics — machine pressures, temperatures, currents, etc. — alarm and event data, and other information from third party systems. A single machine can have hundreds to multiple thousand data metrics and generate 30,000-50,000 unique time-stamped records per minute.“With increasing customer demand and more connected machines, we were looking at data growth reaching 30 terabytes per month. Our former environment limited our ability to scale, grow and innovate,” said Anthony Reid, senior manager of analytics at Komatsu. “With Cloudera’s modern platform, we use advanced data analytics and machine learning to power our IIoT success. We now provide customers with better recommendations on machine utilisation and deliver services faster. In one example, we were able to make recommendations for a large coal mining company that enabled them to double the daily utilisation of their Joy longwall system.”“By deploying Cloudera Enterprise on Microsoft Azure, our teams make the invisible visible, gaining valuable insights to help customers optimise productivity and mining efficiencies. Cloudera delivered the fast performance, data security and customer support that allowed our teams to access machine data analytics and collaborate with different user groups across the world,” said Reid.Komatsu data scientists can now build and deploy machine learning models faster to understand equipment operation, provide better insights for customers and ultimately influence future mining equipment design. Utilising components such as Apache Kudu and Apache Spark, Komatsu can drive real-time processing, machine learning, and analytics on all of their IoT data, including data in motion and data at rest.“Komatsu required a modern data platform that not only delivers next-generation machine learning and advanced analytics capabilities in the cloud, but is also scalable to increases in their customers’ equipment utilisation and productivity,” said Dave Shuman, IoT and manufacturing industry leader at Cloudera. “With Cloudera, Komatsu can now use the vast amounts of data to help its mining customers manage increasing pressure to be environmentally smarter and more productive at a lower operation cost.”last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 8:58 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday British Cabinet deciding where next to go with Brexit, two years on from disappearance of Tina Satchwell and terror link explored in Netherlands attack – It’s The Fix. Short URL 10,234 Views Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments center_img Share3 Tweet Email By Cormac Fitzgerald Mar 19th 2019, 8:58 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND  Aoife McGivney – the nurse who saved the life of a bus driver (centre) – pictured at the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s new free community CPR training programme, Hands for Life, with others supporting the initiative. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandSport Ireland has said it is seeking “urgent clarification” surrounding details of a €100,000 loan provided by John Delaney to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) two years ago.An alleged IRA man went on trial accused of raping two teenage boys in a republican safe house in the 1990s.A former soldier settled his damages action against the State over health problems he claimed he suffered as a result of being prescribed the anti-malaria drug Lariam.Trains were stopped temporarily at Portarlington Station due to a fire in a nearby building.Gardaí renewed their appeal for information about the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell ahead of the second anniversary of her disappearance.Police officers in the North arrested two men in relation to the deaths of three teenagers who died in a crush ahead of a St Patrick’s Day disco.A man jailed for one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in the history of the State moved to appeal against the severity of his three-year prison sentence. Children’s charity Barnardos said it will take a “shift in strategic direction” and, due to financial concerns, has made a “small number” of employees redundant.GSOC confirmed it was investigating a fatal road collision in Co Louth in which two men died.Communications Minister Richard Bruton opened a public consultation on a new strategy to protect individuals, businesses and Ireland’s national security from cyber attacks. TheJournal.ie investigated how a the IDA‘s top client has deployed an aggressive tax avoidance structure to legally siphon billions in profits through Irish-registered companies to Bermuda, a notorious tax haven.WORLD A group of yellow vest protestors inside the Attorney General’s Office in England today. Source: Nick Ansell#UK: A number of ‘yellow vest’ supporters stormed the British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s office this afternoon. #UTRECHT: Police in the Netherlands said they were “seriously” investigating a terrorist motive for yesterday’s Utrecht tram attack because of evidence including a letter found in the suspected gunman’s getaway car. #BREXIT: The British Cabinet met today to discuss how to proceed with Brexit negotiations, after the process was thrown into doubt yesterday by Speaker of the House John bercow. #NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised that the man responsible for last week’s deadly mosque massacres would face “the full force of the law”, as she vowed never to utter his name.PARTING SHOTAoife McGivney – the nurse who stepped in to  save the life of a Dublin Bus driver who suffered a heart attack while driving – hopes her story will encourage more people to learn CPR.She spoke to TheJournal.ie today at the launch of a new campaign by the Irish Heart Foundation, which aims to train as many as 100,000 people over the next two years in vital life-saving skills – and all for free.You can watch the video below or here. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube https://jrnl.ie/4550963 last_img read more

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Vancouver woman injured in rollover crash on I5

first_imgA 40-year-old woman from Vancouver was injured Tuesday in a crash on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock, according to the Washington State Patrol.The patrol said the crash happened shortly after 10 a.m., according to a report by the patrol.The report said Galina Aleksandrov was driving a 2006 Toyota minivan north on I-5 near Milepost 49 when its passenger-side rear tire blew out, according to the report.“The driver steered to the left where the vehicle sunk into the soft shoulder and onto the median where it rolled over onto its side,” the report said.Aleksandrov was transported to the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview as a result of the crash.The hospital said she was treated and released.The patrol noted in the report that drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor.last_img read more

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Early morning fire starts with explosion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – A fire is also under investigation after a loud explosion roused tenants of the Amanyara Staff Housing in Blue Hills around 3am. Fire officials do not suspect foul play here and thankfully, no one was reported injured in the blaze which sent the staff of the resort scurrying outdoors for safety. Long Island fire extinguished Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amanyara staff housing, Fire Recommended for you Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump FIRE AGAIN in Grand Turk; underscores urgency for Fire Deptlast_img read more

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Fired HR Manager preparing for court battle says constitutional and human rights

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 11, 2017 – Providenciales – An unfair dismissal claim adds to the ongoing saga of management upheaval at the country’s Ports Authority, with the former Human Resources Manager – Jameka Williams stating that she was wrongfully terminated in May 2017.Williams reached out to Magnetic Media, she said, only after repeated attempts to be heard and vindicated by country leaders whom she believes is taking a hands-off approach to her matter.Letters to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Premier and the Board have brought no results for the Turks and Caicos Islander, who believes her termination by recently suspended Ports Authority Director, Andy Robinson is an act of victimization.Williams said the firing came all of a sudden, there were no warning letters to her and four attempts at conciliation at the Labour Department – initiated by her – only resulted in no-shows by Robinson and the Board governing the Ports.   Ms. Williams said prior to the termination, she did try to get help for alleged breaches to staff policy by Robinson; her efforts with other staff were fruitless and ended up being one of the reasons for termination listed in the final letter we were shown by the mother of four.Ms. Williams considers it a violation of her constitutional and human rights.Magnetic Media has reached out to the Attorney General, to the chairman of the Ports Authority Board and to the Finance Minister and Premier.Premier Sharlene Robinson is the only reply so far, she said: “I am not at liberty to discuss this matter as I am aware that lawyers have become involved from both sides.”Williams said she met twice with the Premier on the issue, that she spoke the Attorney General Rhondalee Knowles via email and the Board has ignored her pleas to be heard and to consider that she was terminated in contravention of the Ports Authority Staff Policy and Procedures.Williams said section 2.19 clearly lays out how an employee should be released from the organization.   The first glaring rule in the policy for termination is that the Board has to do it.   Jameka Williams says it was Andy Robinson who terminated her.Jameka Williams is among staff members, she reports, who had issues with Director Robinson who has been charged by Police with fraud following a joint investigation with the Integrity Commission.The wrongful dismissal, says Williams needs to end with her getting her job back and being compensated for lost salary.   She is taking the matter to court; her attorney is DonHue Gardiner.#MagneticMediaNews#JamekaWilliams#unfairdismissalatPortsAuthority Related Items:#JamekaWilliams, #magneticmedianews, #unfairdismissalatPortsAuthority Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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41 offer health cash plans to staff

first_imgTwo-fifths (41%) of employer respondents offer health cash plans to staff, according to research by Simplyhealth.Its Health and wellbeing benefits guide 2017, which surveyed 512 employers and 2,509 employees, also found that 54% of employer respondents do not know what the top three health and wellbeing priorities are for their employees.The research also found:49% of employer respondents offer bikes-for-work schemes, 44% provide childcare vouchers, 39% give employees access to a dental plan, 37% facilitate healthy eating options for staff, and 29% offer private medical insurance (PMI).79% of employee respondents take up healthy eating options provided by their employer, 65% take up PMI, 63% take up critical illness cover, 58% use personal accident cover, and 55% take up health cash plans.37% of employer respondents choose their benefits package to enhance employee engagement, 33% create their benefits offering based on what staff will regularly use, and 36% focus their benefits around employee requests.81% of employer respondents have a health and wellbeing strategy in place.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyPam Whelan (pictured), director of corporate at Simplyhealth, said: “It is reassuring to know that eight out of 10 employers are recognising the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace. However, it is extremely worrying that more than half claim they ‘don’t know’ what their employees’ health and wellbeing priorities are. This shows that engagement and communication between HR and employees isn’t hitting the spot, and more needs to be done to bridge the gap.”last_img read more

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Flights grounded for Obama stop in Alaska

first_imgPresident Obama dances with and greets students at Dillingham Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Photo: Eric Keto/Alaska Public Media.President Obama is coming back to Alaska. But only for a few hours.Aviators in Southcentral Alaska are being asked to observe a temporary flight restriction Saturday evening, between 4:00 and 7:15 p.m. According to a newsletter from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the restrictions are due to a presidential visit.Download AudioA notice to airmen from the Federal Aviation Administration’s says planes within a seven mile radius of Ted Stevens Airport are prohibited from operating. There is an exception for law enforcement, emergency medical, and scheduled commercial flights.Pilots flying beyond the seven mile “inner core” and a 30 mile radius outer ring are asked to limit operations as much as possible, and stay in close contact with air traffic control.A Notice to Airmen issued by the FAA on temporary flight restrictions in Southcentral Alaska on Saturday, May 21. Photo: courtesy of FAA.Obama is visiting Asia next week, where he’s expected to become the first sitting president to tour the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It is normal during presidential visits to Asia for Air Force One to stop in Alaska for refueling.33 public use airports will be affected by the temporary restrictions, stretching from Willow down to Hope.last_img read more

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Kakatiya University employees seek hike in salaries

first_imgWarangal: The temporary employees working with Kakatiya University (KU) met MLC Pochampally Srinivas Reddy on Monday and sought his support in achieving their justifiable demands. The MLC, who gave a patient listening to the employees’ demands, spoke to Navin Mittal, the Commissioner, Collegiate Education & Technical Education and told him to resolve the issue. Also Read – Karimnagar is Smart City only for namesake: DYFI Advertise With Us It’s learnt that Navin Mittal, also the KU executive member, had assured the MLC of looking into the issue as early as possible. It may be mentioned here that temporary employees – daily wage, casual and lump sum – have been staging a protest during the lunch hour for the last three days demanding a hike in their salaries. Arts and Science College employee leader Narmeta Ailaiah, SDLCE SC/ST Union joint secretary Dr Sangala Ephraim Raj and All India Universities Employees Confederation (AIUEC) Vice-President Dr Pulla Srinivas were among others. who met the MLC.last_img read more

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What is BTS World Heres all about the KPop groups mobile gaming

first_img“BTS World” mobile gaming app will be released on June 26, 2019.NetmarbleBTS World, the much-awaited mobile game application featuring internationally acclaimed K-Pop boy band BTS, will be launched by South Korea’s largest mobile-gaming company Netmarble Corp on Wednesday.The game, which includes virtual simulation, will give players the role of talent managers. Starting from their pre-debut period (2012), the users will be able to make decisions for BTS to achieve global stardom.Created by developer Takeone Company Corp, the game features interactive elements such as texts and calls with BTS members based on pre-written scripts.The game also gives the fandom, called ARMYs, the ability to explore what-if scenarios through an alternative reality of members if they failed to achieve success in the entertainment industry. Scenarios such as BTS member V as a strawberry farmer and Jungkook as a Taekwondo champion will also be seen in the app.It took two years for the seven-member boy band to record the 10,000 exclusive photos, 100 exclusive video clips and several original soundtracks for the game amid their hectic sold-out world tours. Clips of BTS cheering the users up if they are feeling down will also be included.Seungwon Lee, Netmarble’s chief global officer, said even though the game is based on story-telling, missions and gaming elements are challenging to users. “It’s sufficient incentive to keep motivating users to play,” he told Bloomberg.Another aspect that makes the app exciting, according to Netmarble president Simon Sim, is the fact that they incorporated the members’ own views on the alternatives had their careers as artists didn’t shape the way it did.”Those alternate realities are based on some of the members’ interviews, and they said, ‘If I wasn’t in BTS band, my vision was this,” he told Reuters.The game has been seen as a critical union between two major South Korean industry sectors, technology and entertainment, that aims to drive the country’s economic growth.BTS has released three official game soundtracks featuring collaborations with international artists: “Dream Glow” ft Charli XX, “A Brand New Day” ft Zara Larson as well as the recently released “All Night” with Juice WRLD.”A Brand New Day” replaced “Dream Glow” and debuted as Billboard No 1 on its World Digital Song Charts on Monday. The track, “Dream Glow” dethrones the previous BTS chart-topper “Boy With Luv” (ft Halsey) which debuted at No.1 on April 27 and spent eight weeks on top of the Billboards charts.The app will be released worldwide (excluding China) for iOS and Android devices on June 26. The game will be available for free download on the app stores. It will also have app-based payments so that users can quicken the process.BTS or “Beyond the Scene” skyrocketed to international fame in 2017 and became the first Korean group to receive Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification with their single “Mic Drop.” The group is also the first K-Pop group to become a member of the Recording Academy in 2019. The move was part of a push to diversify the Grammy Awards.last_img read more

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Apple is attempting to patent a paper bag

first_imgOne of the features of the iPhone 7 Apple was happy to mention a couple of times during its launch presentation was how it didn’t use a number of materials known to be harmful to the environment. Well, it seems that environmentally-friendliness extends as far as the paper bags you carry your Apple gadgets home from the Apple Store in. And now Apple is trying to patent a paper bag.In a lot of ways paper bags are environmentally friendly by default because paper can easily be recycled. But further steps can be taken to make paper even more environmentally friendly, for example, by forming it from recycled materials. The problem when it comes to creating a useful paper bag is that recycled materials tend to form weak structures, especially when you want that bag to be bright white which entails using a lot of bleach.Apple’s latest paper bag uses solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60% recycled material included in its construction. Making that bag strong is where the patent comes in, because Apple has developed a number of reinforcement inserts that attach to the folds and gussets to increase strength significantly. This is a patent about design and construction more so than materials being used.The finished bag is resistant to tearing while still being able to expand to accommodate larger items placed within it. The patent also suggests Apple is aiming for a bag free of adhesives, something we’d also like to see them achieve within their gadgets. As for the handle, it is formed from knitted paper fibers so as not to feel rough and unfinished in the hand.This sounds like it will be Apple’s “best bag ever” and therefore is worth patenting so as not to be copied. You can also be sure that Apple will use the 60% recycled materials make-up of its bags (patented or not) as another marketing tool.Apple Store image courtesy of Niels Epting on Flickrlast_img read more

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Study shows bumblebees fly differently depending on the load they are carrying

first_imgA bumblebee with a tracking marker and ball bearings attached to the bee’s legs to simulate pollen loads. Credit: Andrew Mountcastle Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Study shows bumblebees fly differently depending on the load they are carrying (2015, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-bumblebees-differently.html Play A sample flight trial of a bumblebee with a simulated nectar load tracking an oscillating flower in smooth airflow. Credit: Andrew Mountcastle The observations suggest, the team reports, that bumblebees might actually choose between fetching pollen or nectar depending on wind conditions. They next plan to study that theory to see if it pans out. If so, that might have an impact on overall colony fitness, they note, a concern as scientists continue to try to find ways to prevent colony collapse with honeybees. Bees, as most are aware, are pretty good fliers—they are able to keep aloft in various types of weather conditions and do so most often while carrying big loads of pollen or nectar. Pollen, as the researchers note, is carried in the legs, while nectar is carried in a little pouch in the abdomen. Some studies have looked at bee cargo carrying as it relates to survival and reproduction, (they can carry nearly half their weight in pollen and their full weigh in nectar) but none so far have looked at how carrying loads impacts their ability to fly.To learn more, the team mail ordered a package of bumblebees and put several of them, after affixing differing amounts of stand-ins for pollen or nectar, one by one into a miniature wind tunnel where wind and imitation flower targets were varied. In filming the bees with high speed cameras, the team was able to see how the little fliers adapted to changes in wind speed or to the flower being moved—they found that bee flight was more stable when a bee carried a load of pollen, which helped a lot during windy conditions, though there was a very clear trade-off—all that pollen caused a reduction in maneuverability, an impediment when flying in calm air. Bees able to spot which flowers offer best rewards before landing Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Phys.org A bumblebee with a tracking marker and ball bearings attached to the bee’s legs to simulate pollen loads. Credit: Andrew Mountcastle (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two with Harvard University the other with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has found while conducting experiments, that bumble flight is impacted by the load it carries, particularly pollen. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Andrew Mountcastle, Sridhar Ravi, and Stacey Combes describe bee flight experiments they conducted in their lab and what they found in observing the behavior of the bees. More information: Nectar vs. pollen loading affects the tradeoff between flight stability and maneuverability in bumblebees, Andrew M. Mountcastle, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1506126112AbstractBumblebee foragers spend a significant portion of their lives transporting nectar and pollen, often carrying loads equivalent to more than half their body mass. Whereas nectar is stored in the abdomen near the bee’s center of mass, pollen is carried on the hind legs, farther from the center of mass. We examine how load position changes the rotational moment of inertia in bumblebees and whether this affects their flight maneuverability and/or stability. We applied simulated pollen or nectar loads of equal mass to Bombus impatiens bumblebees and examined flight performance in a wind tunnel under three conditions: flight in unsteady flow, tracking an oscillating flower in smooth flow, and flower tracking in unsteady flow. Using an inertial model, we estimated that carrying a load on the legs rather than in the abdomen increases a bee’s moment of inertia about the roll and yaw axes but not the pitch axis. Consistent with these predictions, we found that bees carrying a load on their legs displayed slower rotations about their roll and yaw axes, regardless of whether these rotations were driven by external perturbations or self-initiated steering maneuvers. This allowed pollen-loaded bees to maintain a more stable body orientation and higher median flight speed in unsteady flow but reduced their performance when tracking a moving flower, supporting the concept of a tradeoff between stability and maneuverability. These results demonstrate that the types of resources collected by bees affect their flight performance and energetics and suggest that wind conditions may influence resource selection. 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

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Carved from salvaged stumps

first_imgSoon capital will get the opportunity to witness a spell bounding series of work on wood. A group of contemporary senior Delhi sculptors have come together and each sculptor has something unique to present through this show. With simple hand tools and saw, a sculptor with an artistic vision can transform a block of wood to an idea, an expression and that is what can be viewed here. Their experience and skills add on a lot of personal meaning to their work showcased. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt is an exhibition of wood sculptures where the sculptors have brought life into the uprooted lifeless log that was once a living organism through which the sculptors intend to narrate the cycle of birth and death and re-generation. Wood is a very demanding material to carve. Trees that have suffered weather damage, and salvaged stumps carved and reshaped, unconsciously create another language, a story of energy and matter with radiating beauty and grace. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWood carving is laborious and takes years of practice to go along with the wood grains. One can say it’s a battle between control and freedom and this exhibition is therefore to follow the little exciting adventure that the artist has explored through the carvings and installations.Sculptor Umesh Nayak used nature as a primary source of inspiration and has tried to be a part of Mother Nature. His figurative carvings are inspired from ‘Prakriti’ and with the use of blow torch he creates burning surface on the wood. Shubhika Lall, curator of the exhibition has also showcased some of her fine works through this exhibition. Neeraj Gupta, has tried to make people aware about the mass destruction we are doing to the environment for our personal satisfaction. While the Delhi metro was being built there were a number of tree being uprooted which prompted him to carve along the path of the roots as a story of life. B. K. Singh’s works are the outcome of the difficult situations and struggles he faced in his life. “The hollowness of the wood somehow started echoing a kind of harmony. Once I started carving out more space removing those portions which were making it rott both of us went through a catharsis” says the sculptor who also have knack towards painting. Each sculptor has something new to present and try to spread messages with serious concerns. The works are carved from uprooted trees of the city. This exhibition is not only about forms and shape but to establish a dialogue to engage issues, to inspire action.last_img read more

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Mobile Computing 101

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 31, 2007 At times you probably feel like staying holed up in your office, enjoying the heat or air conditioning and drinking mint tea while checking e-mails. Unfortunately those days never come since you have clients to meet, employees to hire, events to attend, an accountant to see and maybe a family to care for.How can you possibly get everything done while spending so much time out of the office? By leveraging and investing in the power of mobile technology.A smart mobile technology strategy enables you to have your office with you, wherever you are. If you’re in a client’s office, you’ll never have to exclaim, “I left the file in my office.” If you find yourself five states away you won’t have to kick yourself for not bringing a presentation with you. When someone calls or faxes your office, the voice mail and fax are easily reachable even if you’re not physically in the office.HardwareThe device you use to power your mobile office is critical. Almost every small business uses a notebook computer, which may be all you want or need. Many are also using smart phones, which blend the functionality of a cell phone, e-mail access and web browser into one device.ConnectivityTo complete your mobile technology solution you’ll need connectivity to the internet, which you can do in several ways.Wi-Fi–If you’re often in a corporate office, at a business center or at coffee shops and other eateries catering to business people, this is a good option. Wi-Fi has a range of about 300 feet.Wireless broadband–This enables your mobile device to connect to the internet using the high-speed network of a wireless carrier. With wireless broadband you’re not limited to a range of 300 feet, nor do you have to hunt for a wireless hot spot as with Wi-Fi. Instead, you can be in a taxi, on a train (above ground) or in most places in the U.S. and be connected to the internet. The cost is about $60 per month.Bluetooth–If your cell phone is Bluetooth-enabled, you can wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to your cell phone and access the internet. If your cell phone plan doesn’t have unlimited minutes, you’ll pay hefty charges once you exceed your allocated minutes per month.Security and remote access to your office files are two other important aspects of a mobile technology solution.The data on your mobile device should be password-protected and encrypted to prevent casual thieves from accessing your data. But if your password is guessed or otherwise compromised your data isn’t safe. Encrypting your data will ensure that it’s indecipherable to unauthorized users.As you transmit data, make sure that the connection between your device and the wireless point is secure. If you’re using Wi-Fi to connect to an airline reservation system, you don’t want hackers capturing your information as it travels. Instead, make sure your connection is encrypted by only accessing websites or databases that encrypt the information transmitted between you and them.Remote Access to Your OfficeAccessing your files remotely is one of the biggest advantages of mobile computing.Remote control of your individual PC–Many of the popular PC remote control programs enable not only PC-to-PC remote control, but also to a mobile device, such as a smart phone to PC. Before you leave for vacation, download a remote control program to your PC and set up your smart phone or notebook computer to access your office PC via the internet.VPN–A VPN ensures that you can access the files on your office’s computer securely. Imagine that you’re driving through a tunnel on a 10-lane highway. Everyone else is using the first nine lanes and traveling in the open. You, however, are traveling in lane 10. This is how VPN works; you use the public internet, but a secure tunnel is set up for your data to travel through to your corporate network.Another thing to consider for an optimal mobile computing experience is e-mail. You can set up your e-mail so that you can access it directly from your provider. Or if you have an e-mail server in the office, you can configure your mobile device to work with your e-mail server so that you have access to your e-mail on your mobile device and also in your office.Ramon Ray is Entrepreneur.com’s “Tech Basics” columnist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com. He’s the author of Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses and currently serves on the board of directors and the technology committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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Best Touch Screen Laptops of 2019

first_img From $1349.00 Bestbuy HP Spectre x360 (13-inch) Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Dell gave its Latitude line a much-needed injection of life when it dropped the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, a super-sleek, premium business machine with insane battery life. How long is insane? More than 13 hours on a charge. This convertible ultrabook also comes with a nifty new sign-in feature that wakes the Latitude when the IR camera detects your face. Conversely, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 goes to sleek when you walk away. Other nice things we like about the 7400 2-in-1 are its comfortable keyboard and strong performance enabled by an 8th Gen Core CPU. Pros: Modern design; Strong performance; 13+ hours of battery life; Proximity sign-in is usefulCons: Display is slightly dim; Poor speakersKey Specs — Display: 14-inch, 1080p | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 512GB | Battery Life: 13:08 | Size/Weight: 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches/3 pound From $1299.99 Dell’s XPS 13 laptops have topped our best laptops ranking year after year and the new model is no different. Yes, the XPS 13 has one of the sleekest designs out there, but you’ll be so busy reveling at its vivid, detailed 4K touch-screen display to even notice the chassis. The razor-thin bezels Dell championed years ago are still effective at drawing your eyes toward the machine’s luscious panel. Note that while the 4K model has a super-responsive touch screen, the 1080p is non-touch.Dell made a few crucial improvements to the 2019 model. New Whiskey Lake processors provide a nice performance boost, which should be a real boon for enterprise users who use CPU-intensive software. But perhaps the best reason to upgrade to the new model is for the new webcam, which is now positioned above the display. Yes, Dell has finally put an end to the nosecam.Pros: Vivid 4K display; Strong performance; Slim, lightweight design; Improved webcamCons: Subpar battery life (for 4K model)Key Specs — Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 1TB SSD | Battery Life: 7:50 (4K) | Size/Weight: 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches/2.7 pounds Whether you’re jotting down notes, sketching a masterpiece or just quickly zooming in on a photo, touch screens add a lot of versatility to your average laptop. Thanks to technological advances, laptop touch screens have gone through vast improvements in accuracy and speed as well as battery efficiency. And it doesn’t hurt that with the sinking cost of touch-sensitive displays, laptop prices are plummeting. Clamshell laptops with touch screens are great, but if you really want the full benefits of touch support, then go with a 2-in-1. Our best 2-in-1s page will help you find the best laptop/tablet hybrid, whether it be a detachable or bendback 2-in-1. We also have a dedicated page for students so you can go to college armed with the best devices. On the flip side, if you’re not certain you’ll need a touch screen, then check out our Best Laptops of 2019 page and learn how to pin the on-screen keyboard when in desktop mode. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-touch-screen-laptops?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 There are tons of exciting touch screen laptops arriving this year, including the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, HP’s Elite x2 tablet, and the exciting Asus ZenBook Pro Duo. In the market for a premium machine? Check out our hands-on with Samsung’s new Galaxy Book S and read our face-off between the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 and HP Spectre x360 13. And if you want to save some money, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP 315-1H is a good budget option. We also reviewed the new 4K OLED XPS 15.  HP zBook Studio x360 G5 While it’s not a 2-in-1, we had no problems using our fingers to navigate the web on the MateBook X Pro’s 13.9-inch, 3,000 x 2,000-pixel display. The fact that the panel is extremely bright and vivid didn’t hurt, either.The MateBook X Pro offers just about everything you could ask for in a laptop. While eerily similar to the MacBook Pro, the MateBook X Pro’s aluminum chassis is thin and lightweight, and unlike certain competitors, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, this machine is surprisingly affordable. For “just” $1,500, you get a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a discrete MX150 GPU.Pros: Strong performance; Vivid, detailed display; Good keyboard; Long battery lifeCons: Limited availabilityKey Specs — Display: 13.9-inch, 3,000 x 2,000-pixel | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: GeForce MX150 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 512GB | Battery Life: 9:55 | Size/Weight: 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches/2.9 pounds Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 deals?US$1,693.57ViewUS$1,699ViewUS$2,699US$2,291.23ViewUS$2,291.23ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by LG is struggling to make inroads in the smartphone industry, but its Gram 14 2-in-1 is making a serious statement in the laptop space. The Gram 14 2-in-1’s 14-inch, 1080p display isn’t the brightest, but it exhibits sharp details and vibrant colors. Artists and those who prefer to take notes by hand will appreciate the Gram’s responsive touch screen and included stylus.Like the LG laptops before it, the Gram is impossibly light (2.5 pounds), and now has military-grade durability. Even though the Gram 14 2-in-1 is lightweight, it carries a big enough battery to last more than a day on a charge. Furthermore, this 14-inch machine packs some powerful components, including a Core i7 CPU and up to 16GB of RAM.Pros: Lightweight design; Excellent battery life; Good performance; Vivid displayCons: No Thunderbolt 3; Relatively dim display; Weak audioKey Specs — Display: 14-inch, 1080p | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 512GB | Battery Life: 11:28 | Size/Weight: 12.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches/2.5 pound From $1322.99 LG Gram 14 2-in-1 The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is our new favorite Chromebook thanks to its sleek aluminum design, vivid display, and extra long battery life. Compared to its excellent predecessor, the Flip C302CA, the new model has a similarly-sized chassis but its razor-thin bezels allow for a much larger 14-inch display. The Flip C434 also has a more elegant silver-on-silver design, accented by chrome trim around the deck and touchpad. The star of the show remains the laptop’s touch screen, which responded quickly to my swipes and taps as I navigated the web and used Android apps on Chrome OS. A new hinge mechanism locks the screen in place when it’s flat before it rotates around the hinge into tablet mode. Despite the colorful touch screen, the Flip C434 still lasts more than a day on a charge, making it a great road warrior for long flights or road trips. Pros: Sleek, premium design; Slim bezels; Vivid 14-inch display; Long battery lifeCons: Mixed performance; A bit pricey Key Specs — Display: 14-inch, 1080p | CPU: Intel Core m3-8100Y | GPU: Intel HD 615 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB eMMC | Battery Life: 9:58 | Size/Weight: 12.6 x 8 x 0.6 inches/3.1 pounds From $1299.00 From $2099.00 Amazon From $569.99 Our favorite 2-in-1 of 2018, the Lenovo Yoga C930 is an excellent overall system that offers strong performance and more than 10 hours of battery life in a stylish aluminum chassis. As a 2-in-1, the Yoga C930 can bend into a tablet or be positioned in tent mode for content viewing on its colorful 13.9-inch, 1080 touch-screen display. You also don’t have to worry about losing its stylus since the Yoga C930 has a convenient slot on the back for storing the included pen when you’re done jotting down notes or making finishing touches to your artwork.Other reasons to opt for the Yoga C930 include its clever soundbar hinge that pumps out clear and dynamic audio.The laptop also includes a bunch of bonus features, including a slider that covers your webcam.Pros: Thin, lightweight design; Good overall performance; Long battery life; Powerful speakers; Garaged penCons: Shallow keyboard; 1080p display is averageKey Specs — Display: 13.9, 4K or 1080p | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8550U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 1TB SSD | Battery Life: 10:10 (1080p) | Size/Weight: 12.6 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches/3.1 pounds Microsoft Surface Go Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review » The best touch screen laptop of 2019 (so far) has arrived. Your jaw will drop to the floor when you first see the HP Spectre x360’s gem-cut edges and faceted corners. This sleek ultrabook sports a vivid 13.3-inch, 1080p display that folds back for tablet use. Drawing felt responsive using the included HP Active stylus so artists should have no problems crafting their masterpieces on this sleek machine. Along with its display, the Spectre x360 offers all-day battery life and a fantastic keyboard. If you want a larger canvas to work with, check out our review of the 15-inch version. Pros: Luxurious chassis; Long battery life; Vivid 1080p panel; Excellent keyboard; Strong audioCons: Display could be brighter; Thick bezels; Bloatware Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD  |  Display: 15.6-inch, 1080 or 4K | Size: 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds The Surface Go is the best touch-screen device for content creators on a budget, bar none. In fact, you could even argue that it’s the best secondary travel laptop on the market, thanks to its super-lightweight chassis. But the real highlight is the Surface Go’s outstanding 10-inch, 1800 x 1200 display, which is brighter, more colorful and more detailed than most displays we find on premium laptops.Realistically, the Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU inside the Surface Go won’t provide enough power to run Photoshop, but it’ll do the trick for streaming content or even light photo and video editing.Pros: Colorful, bright display; Comfortable keyboard; Windows Hello facial recognitionCons: Disappointing battery life; Thick bezelsKey Specs — Display: 10-inch, 1,800 x 1,200-pixel | CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB eMMC | Battery Life: 6:06 | Size/Weight: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches/1.7 pounds Dell XPS 13 deals?US$1,500US$981.31ViewUS$999.44ViewUS$1,273.99US$1,069.99ViewUS$1,259.99ViewDeal ends Thu 29 AugShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $899.99 Microsoft Surface Go deals?198 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$398.99ViewUS$399ViewUS$399ViewUS$399.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Lenovo Yoga Book C930 deals?2 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$1,049.99ViewUS$1,299.99ViewUS$1,459.99ViewNo price informationCheck AmazonWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Unless you have an unlimited budget, feel free to skip the zBook Studio x360 G5. But for those who are part of the 1 percent (or can expense it on the company card), the zBook Studio x360 G5 will fill your every need, and then some. Part of a rare breed of 2-in-1 workstations, the zBook Studio x360 G5 has a surprisingly versatile design that quickly transforms from a laptop into a tablet. If you’re spending this much money, you may as well upgrade to the optional 4K touch-screen display, which is one of the brightest and most colorful in its class.HP somehow packed a Xeon E-2186M CPU and a Quadro P1000 GPU inside a sleek chassis that weighs less than 5 pounds, and its over 9 hours of battery life is practically unheard of in this product category. Other reasons to splurge on the zBook Studio x360 G5 are a comfortable keyboard and responsive stylus.Pros: Stunning 4K display; Insanely powerful; Military-grade durability; Long battery life; Flexible, slim designCons: Exorbitant priced; Lid flexes; Poor webcamKey Specs — Display: 15.6-inch, 4K | CPU: Intel Xeon E-2186M | GPU: Quadro P1000 | RAM: Up to 32GB | Storage: Up to 4TB SSD | Battery Life: 9:06 | Size/Weight: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches/4.9 pounds Want a powerful touch-screen laptop but don’t want a spend a fortune? The $749 HP Envy 13t is the best sub-$1,000 touch-screen laptop on the market. While its 13-inch, 1080p display could be brighter, the panel is plenty vivid. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better touch screen in this price range. If you need the very best display, then go for the optional 4K touch screen, but be sure to brace for a hit to battery life.Just because you’re not signing away your paycheck on a laptop doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a fast machine. That’s where the Envy 13t’s powerful 8th Gen Intel Core processors come in. Not only did the Envy 13t ace our performance benchmarks, but we didn’t experience any lag in our real-world testing. The Envy 13t also lasts nearly 10 hours on a charge, so you don’t need to bring a charger to work.Pros: Premium aluminum design; World-class keyboard; Portable chassis; Good battery life; Strong performanceCons: Display doesn’t pop; Tinny audioKey Specs — Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 or Nvidia MX150 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Battery Life: 9:46 | Size/Weight: 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches/2.9 pounds HP Envy 13t Review » LG Gram 14 2-in-1 Review » Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Bestbuy Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition Review » Author Bio Phillip Tracy, Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 deals?US$1,736.98ViewUS$1,899.99ViewUS$1,959.34ViewUS$2,282.90ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $399.00 HP Envy 13t deals?10 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$749.99ViewUS$749.99ViewUS$879.99ViewUS$1,309ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by center_img Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Review » You’ve never seen a laptop like the HP Spectre Folio. Clad in 100 percent genuine leather and featuring a one-of-a-kind hinge, the Folio is HP’s (mostly) successful attempt to redefine the 2-in-1. Instead of folding back into a bulky tablet or detaching from a flimsy keyboard, the Spectre Folio transforms via a detachable display, which pops off from its frame and slides into a forward position. When positioned in tablet mode, the bright and colorful 13.3-inch, 1080p display sits at the perfect angle for sketching or taking notes.Although the Spectre Folio isn’t the most powerful machine, its Y-series CPU enables long battery life. We were also impressed with its clicky, comfortable keyboard.Pros: Premium leather design; Clever flexible hinge; Comfortable keyboard; Long battery lifeCons: Weak audio; Middling performanceKey Specs — Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8500Y | GPU: Intel UHD 615 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery Life: 10:18 | Size/Weight: 12.6 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches/3.4 pounds Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is the best detachable yet, and its bright, colorful 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel display is a big reason why. Whether you’re binging Netflix shows or touching up photographs, the Surface Pro 6’s touch-screen panel will reward your eyes with saturated, lucid images. And because it’s a detachable, the Surface Pro 6 is an awesome travel companion if you want to take your work on the go. Not to mention, the kickstand on the back lets you tilt the display and use it like a drafting table.Furthermore, Microsoft addressed the biggest problems we had with last year’s Surface Pro. Not only does the new model stretch the battery life of its predecessor by more than 2 hours, but its new quad-core CPUs offer massive improvements to performance. And while the Surface Pro 6 has a familiar design, it avoids looking stale thanks to a slick new black color variant.Pros: Fast performance; All-day battery life; Bright, colorful display; Responsive stylusCons: No USB-C; Slow SSDKey Specs — Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixels | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB, 16GB | Storage: Up to 1TB SSD | Battery Life: 9:20 | Size/Weight: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches/2.4 pounds Huawei Matebook X Pro deals?270 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$906.20ViewUS$935.99ViewUS$1,499US$1,299ViewUS$1,299ViewDeal ends Sat 24 AugShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by HP Envy 13t Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. HP Spectre Folio Review » Dell HP Spectre Folio From $1499.99 Huawei MateBook X Pro Review » Dell Dell XPS 13 Review » Bestbuy Microsoft Surface Go Review » Amazon From $1499.99 Dell HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) Review » Microsoft Surface Pro 6 deals?261 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$899US$698.95ViewUS$699ViewUS$699ViewUS$699.97ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by HP Spectre Folio deals?1 Amazon customer review☆☆☆☆☆US$891.92ViewUS$1,149.99ViewUS$1,249ViewUS$1,399.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $2513.00 Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga C930 Review » HP Spectre x360 13-inch (2019) deals?US$1,249.99ViewUS$1,302.61ViewUS$1,472.99ViewUS$1,499.77ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Asus Chromebook Flip C434 deals?US$529.99ViewUS$569.99ViewUS$602.27ViewUS$623.10ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by The Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition was designed for users who prefer to use a touch screen over a touchpad. It’s not just that the laptop can flip into tablet mode. No, the star of the show is a one-of-a-kind pen slot built into the hinge that ensures you never lose the included Active Pen stylus. 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