Midfielder Davy Klaassen has joined the Bundesliga team and believes he can do a good job in the German tournamentAfter spending six years in Netherland’s Ajax, and one with English Premier League side Everton, Davy Klassen has joined Werder Bremen.The midfielder has already debuted in the German Bundesliga and is looking to bring a new way of play to the team.“He told me that he really wanted me and how he saw me in the team,” the midfielder told the Bundesliga official website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“After that talk, I was convinced to go here because I can show myself and get the best out of myself here.”“The goal is to reach European football this season. No one wants to play for 12th or 13th.”And when asked about his compatriot Arjen Robben, he was clear to say he is “my favorite player. He’s still so good, the best player I’ve played with. On the pitch a winner, an easy guy off it.”
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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has praised the methods of Unai Emery, who joined the Gunners before the start of the season.Mustafi believes the former Paris Saint-Germain boss has introduced a fine balance between freedom and discipline which has allowed Arsenal to string together a fine run of formArsenal play Sporting Lisbon tonight, knowing that they will progress to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Europa League if they better the result of Group E rivals Vorskla Poltava.The Gunners earned plenty of plaudits following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool, which saw Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Included in that run was a 1-0 victory against Sporting a fortnight ago, Danny Welbeck’s winner giving Arsenal control of the group.Mustafi has yet to feature in the Europa League this season but is an ever-present in the Premier League and has been impressed by the changes made by Emery.“He’s someone who really knows what he wants from each player,” the Germany star said, according to Independent.“He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you the freedom to express your talent.”
The Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”
See also 26 Photos Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Share your voice More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry 0 CES 2019 Tags Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Intel Autonomous cars are already here, but the “here” is pretty much limited to the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area — and even then only if you happen to be one of the lucky few granted early access to Waymo’s pilot program. Self-drivers will be everywhere eventually, and thanks to a partnership announced today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, we got a better idea of when we can expect them to be operational in Beijing: 2022. Mobileye, the driver assistance and autonomy startup acquired by Intel in 2017, is partnering with Beijing Public Transport Corporation (BPTC) to deploy the company’s AV Kit there in some shape by 2022. AV Kit is basically an all-encompassing retrofit kit including everything a car needs to be made autonomous, including sensors, software and processing hardware. By combining an AV Kit with an existing car, you can have it up and driving itself. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous This is the second such partnership for Mobileye, the first being with Volkswagen to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel sometime this year. No further details are available, except that cars will operate at Level 4 autonomy, which is to say they’ll still rely on human control in some situations. In other words, even in 2022 we humans won’t be quite obsolete yet. So, maybe put down the sticks and stones.
See All This is the Amazfit Bip under sunlight. The reflective color screen is lovely and easy to read. Photo by Rick Broida/CNET It was about a year ago that I first encountered the Amazfit Bip, which at $80 (down from $100) seemed way too good to be true. An always-on screen, a heart-rate monitor, built-in GPS and a battery good for weeks, not days? Yes please.Since then, I’ve shared numerous deals, the lowest being around $61. And I even drew the attention of CNET’s smartwatch expert Scott Stein, who reviewed the Bip and found it “the best low-key casual smartwatch around.”Today, and for a limited time, Amazon has the Amazfit Bip in your choice of colors for $67.49. That’s obviously not the all-time best deal I’ve seen, but it’s close — and it’s excellent.See it at AmazonRead Stein’s review if you want to learn more about the product. I’ll simply add — and reiterate — that even if you use none of the other features, the notifications alone make this worth having. See who’s calling, read incoming texts, get calendar alerts and more, all without touching your phone.I’ll also note that Walmart currently has the Bip for $67.99, which I mention only because of the return option: If you decide you don’t like the Bip, you might find it easier to return to a retail store than to box up and ship. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it News • Amazfit Bip smartwatch dips to $64 (Update: Expired) Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazfit Bip Apple $79 $79 reading • The Bip is back: $67.49 for this versatile Apple Watch alternative Walmart 4:00 Review • Amazfit Bip review: You won’t believe how great a budget smartwatch can be Read more: The best smartwatches for 2019(This story originally posted on February 11, 2019. The deal is still active as of now.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazfit Bip vs. Fitbit Versa: Which is more like Pebble? 10 Now playing: Watch this: • Mentioned Above Amazfit Bip (kokoda green) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Wearable Tech The Cheapskate
Share Scott Dalton, courtesy Tenaris 1,200 construction workers are building the Tenaris steel pipe factory in Bay CityU.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.The Labor Department said wage gains, meanwhile, fell from January to 2.6 percent year-over-year. Strong hourly wage growth had spooked markets last month because it raised the specter of inflation. But January’s figure was revised one-tenth of a point lower to 2.8 percent.The influx of new workers kept the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1 percent.The surge of job gains may reflect, in part, confidence among some businesses that the Trump administration’s tax cuts will accelerate growth. Consumers are also benefiting from higher after-tax income, which grew last month at the fastest pace in a year, aided by the tax cuts.In the meantime, economists are calculating how the Trump administration’s decision Friday to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum might affect the job market. The Trade Partnership, a consulting firm, estimates that the tariffs will eliminate roughly 145,000 jobs.Steel and aluminum producers would hire more people. But the gains would be more than offset, the firm calculates, by sharp losses among companies that use the metals, such as automakers, packaged food companies and those that make industrial machinery.During 2017, the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, surged 19 percent, partly on anticipation of corporate and individual tax cuts. Yet barely a month after the tax cuts became law, investors shifted their focus to the potential consequences: Faster growth that might intensify inflation and lead the Fed to accelerate its rate hikes.There have been some signs that price pressures are picking up. But overall, inflation remains in check. The inflation gauge that the Fed tends to monitor most closely shows an increase of just 1.7 percent from a year earlier, below the central bank’s 2 percent target level.Most economists expect growth to pick up in the coming months and to accelerate inflation slightly by year’s end. They have forecast that the economy will expand at just a 2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter before topping 3 percent in the next two quarters.For now, consumers have pulled back somewhat on spending despite income gains, thereby setting the stage for potentially stronger spending gains in coming months. After-tax incomes in January — which include benefit payments from the government and business income as well as wages — climbed by the most in a year. They were boosted, in part, by the Trump administration’s tax cuts and company bonuses that were paid out in response to corporate tax cuts.And manufacturers expanded at the fastest pace in nearly 14 years in February, according to a survey of purchasing managers.The housing market, too, remains generally solid, with demand for homes strong in much of the country, though rising mortgage rates may begin to slow sales.
Diamond Harbour: Bodies of two of the 19 missing fishermen were found in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday by rescuers, while one of the three capsized trawlers was also spotted, officials said.The Coast Guard, along with the police and a fishermen’s association, is conducting search and rescue operations to find out the fishermen who had gone missing on Monday afternoon.A Coast Guard official, who did not wish to be quoted, said efforts were on to retrieve the two bodies from the sea. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree trawlers capsized in the rough seas around 4 pm on July 16 and 47 fishermen fell into the water, officials said adding that 28 of them were rescued by other trawlers.The trawlers had overturned in the Bay of Bengal, off Frazerganj in the Sundarban area of south Bengal.”Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircraft from Kolkata, a hovercraft from Frazergunj and Coast Guard Ship Sujoy inspite of inclement weather and rough seas carried out extensive search for missing fishermen off Sagar island,” a Coast Guard statement said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Today morning, one of the missing boats was sighted about 30 miles south off Dalhousie island. No survivor was found,” it said adding that search is being continued.Secretary West Bengal United Fishermen Association Bijan Maity had earlier saidsix to seven trawlers carrying men from Namkhana and Kakdwip areas of South 24 Parganas district, set sail around 10 am on Monday as there was “no MeT department warnings on radio”.The MeT office website, however, showed that West Bengal fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea on Monday.Although many trawlers returned to safety, three boats — FB Malleshwar, FB Joykishan and FB Maa Shibani — capsized in the sea.Ten fishermen of FB Joykishan and six of FB Malleshwar, and three more of some other trawlers have gone missing, Maity said.All the 17 fishermen of Maa Shibani, six of Joykishan and five of Malleshwar have been rescued, he said.
After working with her in 2008 film Race, actor Saif Ali Khan has teamed up with Katrina Kaif for upcoming political thriller Phantom. He says not much has changed about her, especially her commitment to work. Asked about Katrina’s performance in the film, Saif said, “It was very good. We are working together after Race (2008). She is still the same… very passionate about her work and committed.” “In the film she is performing some daring stunts and she really worked hard for them. I am happy that she chose Phantom,” he added. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film is about the post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism. It will release on August 28.
MTA Members Wanita Thompson and Michelle Brown bear up on Rocky Mountaineer study tourMTA Members bear up on Rocky Mountaineer study tourPictured cosying up to one of Alberta’s better- known tourist attractions, the crystal bear which greets travellers reaching the top of Banff’s world-famous mountain gondola ride, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Members Wanita Thompson and Michelle Brown.The pair visited Banff as part of a Rocky Mountaineer learning experience travelling on board the world-famous train’s first departure of the year from Vancouver to Calgary via Kamloops with a Rocky Mountains helicopter tour included in their overall itinerary.Source = Mike Parker-Brown – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PR
I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there are at least a couple in here that interest you. When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. — Lin Yutang Well, I’m sad to say that the Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected it would, although I was hoping beyond hope that it might be different this time—but it wasn’t. But what should not be lost in this is the continuing engineered price declines in both gold and silver—and after ‘da boyz’ and their algorithms got through with both metals yesterday, there’s only 20 or so dollars to go to get back to the October 6 low in gold. But, as Ted Butler always points out, it’s not the price, rather it’s the number of long gold contracts that JPMorgan et al can get the Managed Money traders to puke up—and how deeply they can guide these same technical funds onto the short side of the gold market. So how ‘low’ the price goes, will be a direction function of that process. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver. As usual, silver got hit the moment that trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Tuesday evening—and it didn’t do a thing until the 8:20 a.m. Comex open. The subsequent rally attempt—and there were a number of them leading up until 2 p.m. EDT—all got dealt with in the usual manner. Then at that point, the HFT traders and their algorithms showed up—and “Bob’s your uncle!“ The high and lows were reported as $17.315 and $17.015 in the December contract. Silver closed yesterday at $17.09 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday. Net volume was the same as Tuesday’s at 28,000 contracts. Ted says that with silver, the Managed Money is all ‘locked and loaded’ with a record short position. It’s possible they may have added to their short position yesterday, but there’s no way of knowing, because Wednesday’s price action occurred a day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report. So we’ll have to wait until the COT Report on November 7, which is a lifetime away at the moment. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 50 minutes away. I note that the two tiny rally attempts that occurred in gold—one shortly after trading began in New York yesterday evening—and the one that came shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, were both sold down. But the real sell-off began around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time as the HFT boyz leaned on the price—and gold is now at a new low for this move down, and it probably won’t be the low of the day. Gold volume is already north of 32,000 contracts, which is very heavy for this time of morning—and 99 percent of it is in the current front month, which is December, so it’s not normal trading volume. Silver’s tiny rally attempt in morning trading in the Far East on their Thursday met with the same fate as gold—and ‘da boyz’ really put the boots to the price shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time. The silver price is now knocking on the door of its old low set back on Friday, October 3. Gold volume is just north of 12,000 contracts at the moment, which is also pretty big for this time of day. After trading flat for most of the Far East session, platinum also met the same fate starting shortly before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time. Palladium got hit shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. in New York last night—and has been allowed to trade flat since then. The dollar index has been in rally mode almost since the open yesterday evening—and at the moment it’s up 25 basis points. But if you believe that these engineered price declines are a result of the ‘strength’ in the dollar index, do I have a bridge for you! However, that’s what the so-called experts will use as a reason for the decline in all precious metals. I’d like to think that this is the last swing for the fences by JPMorgan et al, but it’s just not possible to tell at the moment. I think some comfort should be drawn from Greenspan’s use of the world “measurable” because it confirms that there is an end game which, as I’ve said many times over the years, will certainly result in a re-pricing of not just the precious metals, but all commodities in general. The only thing we don’t know is the timing. But looking at the current set-up in the Comex futures market, never have the stars been so favourably aligned—and that was Ted’s opinion in his mid-week commentary yesterday, which was headlined “Resolution is Dead Ahead“. So we wait some more. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, London has been open just over an hour—and as the charts below show, JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies—are still at it. Gold hit another new low—and is trading just above the $1,200 mark at the moment. Silver was down almost 40 cents at its low tick that came about 8:30 a.m. GMT. Platinum is barely off its low—and palladium is still trading flat after its sell-off in early Far East trading. Gold volume is north of 48,000 contracts at the moment—and silver’s volume is way up there as well at 17,000 contracts. The dollar index is now up 38 basis points. The powers-that-be certainly aren’t wasting any time in this leg down of the current engineered price decline—and based on what I see at the moment, it could be a wild and woolly day once Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. EDT this morning—if not sooner. So hang onto your hats—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected The gold price developed a slight positive bias early in Far East trading, topping out shortly after London opened on their Wednesday morning. From that point it drifted quietly lower, before getting sold down five bucks beginning at the Comex open in New York. Minutes before 2 p.m. EDT, the price was up about three bucks off its interim 8:50 a.m. EDT low—and at 2 p.m. on the dot, the “Buy the dollar index/hit the precious metals” button was pushed—and that was it for the day in all four precious metals, with gold [not surprisingly] getting hit the hardest. The gold price finished about three bucks and change off its 3:35 p.m. EDT low tick. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,230.40 and $1,208.20 in the December contract. Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,211.60 spot, down $16.20 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was 122,000 contracts, but considering the price action, that wasn’t a lot—at least in my opinion. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. The gold stocks opened down—and were in the hole to the tune of a bit more than 2 percent by around 11 a.m. in New York. From there they rallied back to unchanged by around 1:20 p.m. Then they got clubbed on the Fed news—and barely recovered off their lows going into the close. The HUI got creamed for 4.05%. Platinum didn’t do a lot during the Wednesday session, but met the same fate at 2 p.m. EDT as both gold and silver—and was closed down 8 bucks. That’s the third or fourth time this month that the shares have been hammered to the downside out of all proportion to the declines in the underlying metals themselves—and it’s becoming obvious that these dramatic sell-offs don’t involve free-market forces. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that there were no deliveries to report, which is not surprising since I mentioned in this space yesterday that the October deliveries for both gold and silver were done. And barring any surprise deliveries in the next 48 hours, the October deliveries in gold were reported as 1,268 contracts—and in silver it was 774 contracts, which is very decent for what is not a ‘normal’ delivery month for silver. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that there were zero contracts in either gold or silver still open in the October delivery month—and just eye-balling the remaining open interest for November in these two metals, it’s apparent that the November will be pretty quiet on the delivery front as well. November, like October, is not normally a big delivery month for either gold or silver, but there’s always room for a surprise. First Notice Day for the November deliveries is Friday—and whatever they show, I’ll have them in Saturday’s column. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday. This time an authorized participant took out 38,450 troy ounces. And as of 10:06 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. There was very big in/out movement in both gold and silver at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. In gold, there was 22,505 troy ounces reported received—and 89,183 troy ounces shipped out. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 934,767 troy ounces received—and 343,435 ounces shipped out the door for parts unknown. The link to that action is here. Here’s a nifty chart that Nick Laird sent our way last night—along with his comment that stated—“Support has now become resistance.” That’s precisely right of course dear reader, but only if the Plunge Protection Team allows this chart pattern to stand. The ‘click to enlarge’ feature works wonders here. Palladium made numerous attempts to break above the $800 spot mark, but a willing seller was always at the ready to make sure it didn’t happen. The metal also got hit at 2 p.m.—and was only allowed to close up 2 dollars. It would have obviously finished the trading session materially higher if allowed to do so. Here are two of the latest photos from yesterday of the lava flow encroaching on Pāhoa Village on Hawai’i’s ‘Big Island’. The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here. Sponsor Advertisement Ditto for the silver equities. The managed to rally into positive territory off their 11 a.m. New York low, but really got hammered starting at 2 p.m., although they did recover off their absolute lows. Not that it mattered much, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got bombed for a 4.21% loss. The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 85.41. It traded virtually ruler flat until 9:15 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning, before getting sold down to its 85.20 low at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Then shortly before 2 p.m. the index blasted higher as ‘The Button’ got pushed, with its 86.03 high tick coming about 2:45 p.m. in New York. It traded sideways after that, closing at 85.99, which was up 58 basis points on the day.
The appeal of behemoth social networks like Facebook is slowly declining. Many social media users are growing tired of scrolling through feeds only to see what friends and family are eating or to read political debates. Younger social media users, especially, are turning to niche social networks to express their creativity and connect with friends or other people with similar interests. As a result, a number of new social apps are cropping up to fulfill this need for more interest-based social networking. Many of these platforms also allow users to hide their identities, giving users a sense of security and permitting them to share their thoughts or express themselves without judgment.Related: The Future of Social Media Platforms and Ways in Which Businesses Can Utilize ThemMarketers who are aware of how social networking is evolving and how these new social channels are gaining popularity can discover ways to connect with their target audiences more effectively. Here are some of the emerging social apps to watch in 2019.1. Virtual avatars turned influencers.Businesses of all sizes are putting money behind influencer marketing campaigns in an effort to expand their reach and boost brand awareness. According to research from the World Federation of Advertisers, 65 percent of multinational brands are planning to increase their spending on influencer marketing in 2019.The demand for quality, credible influencers continues to rise and nano influencers (someone with around 5,000 followers), micro influencers (someone with approximately 50,000 followers) and now virtual influencers, are saturating the market. With so many choices, brands can now be more selective in choosing which influencers they want to work with and in which way they want to work with them. As the influencer marketing world continues to develop, some fascinating social networks are emerging around it.A popular new 3D avatar, or “virtual influencer,” app called Zepeto recently shot to the number one spot in the iOS app store. Zepeto allows users to customize their own avatars with virtual outfits, hairstyles and accessories. It became an overnight sensation in China. The app is now picking up steam in the U.S.Virtual avatars are nothing new, however, upgraded technology such as facial recognition is helping take the concept to the next level. Many brands quickly realized the marketing potential for user-generated content on Zepeto. A quick search for Zepeto-related hashtags on Instagram reveals thousands of Zepeto avatars, many sporting their favorite brands. Social features– such as private chats, games and virtual selfies with other users — also make Zepeto an app to watch as social media users increasingly turn to secondary accounts to express other versions of themselves.Other virtual avatar social apps to watch include:Coey. An avatar-based networking app that allows users to ask questions, share knowledge, meet people and more.Genies. A social app to create highly-customized, lifelike avatars to chat with friends. Soon users will be able to use their avatars in games.Related: 10 Influencer Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On2. Private messaging.In 2018, the total number of monthly active users of the top four messaging apps reached 4.1 billion. What’s more, users are spending more time on messaging apps, up to 12 minutes per day, and it’s estimated that more than 70 percent of all social sharing now takes place on messaging apps.For marketers who rely heavily on social networking to get in front of their target audiences, messaging apps provide numerous opportunities. A Twilio study revealed that 66 percent of consumers now prefer to reach brands, or be reached by brands, through messaging apps.Many brands have already introduced chat bots as a way to provide customer support. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the undisputed leaders in this space; however, new messaging apps like Kik are presenting brands with more promising features to engage with their audiences more intimately.With well over 300 million users and 6,000 bots, Kik is now a top 10 app among teenagers and young adults based in the U.S. On Kik, users can access public chats on any topic or interest, or they can search for bots. Kik bots can be educational, funny, games or brand-based. Big brands such as Sephora and H&M are leveraging the private social app to share products, offer personalized styling services and help customers build style profiles.Other private messaging social apps to watch include:Imo. A private messaging and video app that reached the no. 1 spot in September 2018.Slack. A popular app for workplace communication, Slack is also becoming a place for brands — primarily B2B — to help existing customers share feedback, solve issues or participate in research.3. Hey there, neighbor.Neighborhood social networking apps are appealing to the $130 billion local advertising industry. These apps offer private feeds for neighbors to share local stories, recommendations and advice.Arguably the most popular social app in this space is Nextdoor, which currently has a presence in more than 175,000 neighborhoods, or approximately 85 percent of the U.S. Nextdoor users send more than four million private messages a day on the app, and businesses can join the conversation by setting up a Nextdoor business page.With a Nextdoor business page, businesses can add basic information about their services, contact information, a link to their website and view the number of recommendations received from neighbors. Statistics on how many neighborhoods can view the business page and the ability to thank neighbors for their recommendations are simple but powerful ways to understand and get in front of local audiences. As Nextdoor rises in popularity, more competing neighborhood social apps are likely to emerge. Marketers should watch these networks closely as they can be great places to deliver hyper-local content.Other hyper-local, neighborhood social apps to watch include:Hoodi. A private neighborhood app that allows users to connect with their neighbors.Neighbourly. Google’s latest hyper-local app that allows users to crowdsource answers to their questions from people in their community.Related: 5 Simple, Science-Backed Ways Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Gen ZWhat’s next.The social apps mentioned above should be on every marketer’s radar in 2019. Video apps like Tik Tok (short, mobile videos) and Houseparty (group video chats) are also grabbing the attention of younger audiences — and worth watching. Though these platforms are primarily built for existing friendships or relationships, making it difficult for marketers to squeeze their way in, partnering with influencers on these apps could be a good start. There’s no way of knowing what will be the next Facebook or Instagram, but marketers should always be on the lookout for the next big thing. 6 min read Guest Writer 3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking Social networking is evolving and providing ways for brands to connect with their target audiences. Albizu Garcia Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Social Media Image credit: d3sign | Getty Images February 22, 2019 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Co-Founder and CEO of Gain Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now »
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 30 2018The baroreceptor reflex is a fascinating medical phenomenon. The reflex is controlled by specialized neurons that react in just a fraction of a second to keep blood pressure fairly consistent.For example, when you stand up, your blood pressure normally drops–rapidly. Yet you don’t faint thanks to baroreceptors, which tell your heart rate to increase and push more blood to your brain.A new Scripps Research study pinpoints the two proteins that sense blood pressure and help control the baroreceptor reflex, according to research published recently in Science. The research is the first to reveal exactly how “mechnotransduction,” or the sensing of changes in pressure, works in these cells.”Tight regulation of blood pressure is essential for health,” says Wei-Zheng Zeng, PhD, a postdoctoral associate at Scripps Research and first author of the study. “Blood pressure is acutely sensed by baroreceptor neurons, but the mechanism of how baroreceptors sense blood pressure remained a mystery for more than 100 years.”Related StoriesNew ACC/AHA guidelines could improve detection of gestational hypertensionSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustThe two proteins–PIEZO1 and PIEZO2–were originally discovered in the lab of study senior author Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, a Scripps Research professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. In just the past few years, it’s become clear PIEZOs do a lot of work. The Patapoutian lab has shown PIEZOs are responsible for sensing pressure in the lungs, different kinds of pain and soft touch. PIEZO1 even helps red blood cells keep their shape.The scientists focused on PIEZOs as possible players in the baroreceptor reflex because the genes for PIEZO1 and 2 are expressed in sensory neurons responsible for the reflex. Indeed, in the recent experiments with a mouse model, the scientists found that both PIEZOs are necessary for maintaining blood pressure through the reflex.”Our motivation for this study was rooted in basic science, yet these findings could have major translational implications by improving our understanding of human health,” says Patapoutian.While it is still basic research at this point, scientists think PIEZO1 and 2 in baroreceptors may work as possible therapeutic targets to help people with “drug-resistant hypertension,” a common clinical disorder defined as uncontrolled high blood pressure by drugs, says Zeng.”Knowing the identity of the sensors for blood pressure control gives us an idea of how to develop better therapies to treat patients who suffer from drug-resistant hypertension, or any other problems with blood pressure control,” says Kara Marshall, PhD, postdoctoral associate at Scripps Research and co-author of the study.The scientists recommend further studies of how PIEZO1 and PIEZO2 work together and how they may function in different populations of neurons. “We are also interested in understanding how human genetic changes in the function of these proteins might affect blood pressure regulation,” says Marshall. Source:https://www.scripps.edu/news-and-events/press-room/2018/20181030-blood-flow-patapoutian.html
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019Researchers have found that muscle fatigue caused by overexertion when practicing a skill can affect the task in hand and impair learning afterwards.The findings, published in the open-access journal eLife, suggest that the common practice of training beyond fatigue should be reconsidered as it could do more harm than good.The saying goes that ‘practice makes perfect’. And although intense repetition of motor skills is a routine part of learning in many disciplines – from playing a musical instrument to becoming a better artist, a faster runner or perfecting intricate surgical techniques – it is well known that fatigue eventually starts to degrade our ability to practice a task.”Surprisingly little is known about the effects of muscle fatigue on our ability to keep learning and getting better at a skill,” says first author Meret Branscheidt, former Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, US. “With this study, we set out to disentangle the effects of fatigue on performance of a task from its effects on the ability to learn and get better at it.”The researchers asked 120 people to learn a pinch-force task over two days. They were given a device that transmits force into a signal received by a computer and asked to hold it between the thumb and index fingers of their dominant hand. During each trial, participants were asked to press the device at different force levels to control the motion of a cursor displayed on a computer screen.On the first day, a subgroup was asked to continue pinching until they experienced muscle fatigue, which was measured by the extent of contraction they could achieve. On the second day both groups of participants performed the task without reaching the point of fatigue. The researchers found that the ability to get better at the pinch task on the second day was impaired in the group that reached fatigue on day one. In fact, it took them two additional days of training without fatigue to catch up to the same level as the normal (or ‘control’) group.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsThe most striking results, however, came from the researchers’ next experiment. When they tested performance of the untrained, unfatigued hand in the pinch task, they found that those people who had reached the point of exhaustion performed less well using both their fatigued and unfatigued hands. This suggested that fatigue impairs motor skill learning mechanisms in the brain. To confirm this, the team used magnetic stimulation to disrupt the brain processes thought to be involved in remembering a new skill. This partly alleviated the effect of fatigue on skill learning, which suggests that fatigue may affect the formation of memories that help people to retain new skills they have learned.Finally, they tested whether muscle fatigue only affects tasks that require high levels of motor control. They asked fatigued and non-fatigued participants to press 10 keys on a computer keyboard in the correct sequence and found no difference in performance on day one or two. This suggests that the detrimental effects of muscle fatigue on learning are specific to tasks that require finely tuned motor skills, but not for more mentally demanding tasks.”We have shown that learning in a fatigued state results in detrimental effects on a person’s ability to acquire a new skill,” concludes senior author Pablo Celnik, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Our observations should be considered carefully when designing training protocols such as in sports and musical performance, as well as for rehabilitation programs.”Source: https://elifesciences.org/for-the-press/6184863b/training-beyond-exhaustion-can-prevent-learning
More information: Jianqiu Deng et al. Sodium-Ion Batteries: From Academic Research to Practical Commercialization, Advanced Energy Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701428 Jianqiu Deng et al. High Energy Density Sodium-Ion Battery with Industrially Feasible and Air-Stable O3-Type Layered Oxide Cathode, Advanced Energy Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201701610 Provided by University of Wollongong Despite sodium’s appeal as a low-cost, abundant and environmentally friendly building block for energy storage, it is a relatively new entrant in the field of battery technology research and development.A key issue for sodium-ion batteries is that many of the active materials used in their chemistry are sensitive to air—exposure to even a few molecules of air can degrade the material and reduce battery performance.This has also meant specialised equipment is needed to eliminate air to process the materials, driving up their cost.Powerful and feasibleTackling both the material performance and the industrial feasibility issues, researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) have successfully developed a material based on transition metals that is not sensitive to air and can therefore be mass produced much more easily.The material has the added benefit of excellent cycling stability, increasing its attractiveness to commercial battery manufacturers.”One of the ongoing issues for batteries is cycle life, or how many times it can charge and discharge effectively,” lead researcher Dr. Wenbin Luo said.”We were able to build upon previous research to manufacture proof-of-concept battery cells to show the performance of this material, and it showed fantastic energy density and cycle life.”In addition, we developed the processes to cheaply and easily manufacture this material, which is a big part of making it attractive for commercialisation.”The next step is to optimise the material to get maximum amount of cycles out of the batteries, which will be a key factor in the commercial viability of sodium-ion batteries.”With new materials and processing techniques we can focus on further development that will pave the way for the transition to commercialisation of this exciting and much-needed alternative to lithium-ion batteries.” Making sodium-ion batteries that last Explore further This material, reported recently in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, was developed as a collaboration between researchers from ISEM and Guilin University of Electronic Technology in China and provides a major step forward in the development of sodium-ion batteries for practical applications.From lab to production lineIn a second paper, also published recently in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, researchers from ISEM were invited to review the current state of sodium-ion battery research worldwide, particularly the factors holding back wider commercialisation of the technology.Sodium-ion battery development is a hotly contested research area in energy materials and the review paper provides a thorough understanding of the research and development landscape.Though sodium-ion can’t compete with lithium in personal electronics because of its lower energy density, it is seen as a viable alternative for large-scale storage where the size of the battery is less of an issue.To date, much of the research has focused on fine-tuning the materials for the major components of the battery but little emphasis has been put on the making a complete cell.”Commercial full-cell design includes optimising capacity balancing between the cathode and the anode, finding a stable electrolyte solution, choosing appropriate additives and binders, selecting a separator, as well as the production costs of the active materials for the electrodes and the overall manufacturing cost of the batteries,” Dr. Luo said.”This is not always a straightforward process, as many of these parameters are interdependent, so there is a significant amount of trial-and-error in selecting the best combination of design parameters.”Our review paper shows the depth of research showing optimisation of a single component or material, but also the lack of research bringing all the parts together in concert.”In the review paper, the researchers identify key indicators for commercial feasibility, including stability to air and moisture contact, the cost of materials and fabrication, electrochemical performance, cycle life, anode and cathode compatibility and environmental friendliness.”To a large extent, how the cycling performance, or battery lifespan, satisfies the requirements of large energy storage systems will determine its commercialisation progress,” Dr. Luo said.”For large-scale storage, we need to develop batteries that provide a long life-span to justify the investment.” Journal information: Advanced Energy Materials ISEM research fellow Dr Wenbin Luo (centre) with full-cell sodium-ion battery pouch. Credit: University of Wollongong Citation: Sodium-ion battery packs a punch (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sodium-ion-battery.html A new sodium-ion battery chemistry that shows superior performance to existing state-of-the-art sodium-based batteries could be the catalyst to enabling mass-production of the emerging technology for large-scale energy storage, such as in applications including storing solar power for industrial sites. 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.
In this March 29, 2019, file photo, Huawei’s mobile phones are displayed at a telecoms service shop in Hong Kong. Chinese tech giant Huawei said Monday, April 22, 2019, its revenue rose 39 percent over a year earlier in the latest quarter despite U.S. pressure on allies to shun its telecom and network technology as a security risk. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) The British government has not yet decided whether to allow China’s Huawei to supply parts for the U.K.’s new 5G wireless network, Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said Thursday, as he condemned leaks from private government discussions on the sensitive issue. Britain ‘approves’ Huawei role in 5G network Wright said government officials and U.K. intelligence agencies are still carrying out a review on how best to strike the “difficult balance between security and prosperity.”He told lawmakers in the House of Commons that “there has not been a final decision made on this subject.”The United States has been lobbying allies to exclude Huawei from all 5G networks, noting that the Chinese government can force the company to give it backdoor access to data on its networks.Huawei officials have denied that the company is a security risk, saying that they have no links to the Chinese government and operate like any other international company.Wright said it was unrealistic to try to eliminate all Chinese equipment from U.K. telecoms systems.”Huawei is a significant player in this market; there are very few others,” he said.Wright also warned lawmakers against leaking details of meetings of the National Security Council, after the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Wednesday that the council had approved Huawei’s involvement in “non-core” parts of the 5G network.The security council includes senior ministers, who receive briefings from top military and intelligence officials.”Officials, including the security and intelligence agencies, need to feel that they can give advice to ministers which ministers will treat seriously and keep private,” Wright said. “If they do not feel that, they will not give us that advice and government will be worse as a result.”Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, urged National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill to start an inquiry “urgently.””Such leaks not only potentially threaten our national security, but they also damage our relationships with key allies and undermine their trust in us,” Tugendhat wrote in a letter to Sedwill.The leak comes amid a Brexit-fueled breakdown in government discipline. With Prime Minister Theresa May weakened by her failure to take Britain out of the European Union, multiple ministers are positioning themselves to try to replace her, partly by cultivating positive press coverage.The Telegraph reported that several ministers, including Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson and Defense Secretary Sajid Javid, had opposed letting Huawei work on the 5G network.Labour Party lawmaker Jo Platt said suggestions that a minister leaked the information as part of Conservative leadership jockeying were “truly shocking. “”Critical issues of national security should be handled with utmost care, not used as political ammunition in a Tory Party civil war,” she said. Citation: UK government says it hasn’t decided yet on Huawei 5G role (2019, April 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-uk-hasnt-huawei-5g-role.html 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further
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