WhatsApp helping Indian entrepreneurs write success stories

first_imgNew Delhi: Ice cream lover Aarti Laxman Rastogi decided that not all indulgences need to be sinful and, in March 2018, she started Artinci to provide ice creams with premium, all-natural ingredients.Running a business has its own challenges and she also had to go through hardship till she joined the WhatsApp Business app.”I have a hearing disability. WhatsApp has become a great communication enabler for me. I text my way through the planning and execution of any business day. It helps give and receive instructions in writing too, and leaves no room for misinterpretation,” said Rastogi who now has a 14-member team with five outlets in Bengaluru, and two more coming soon. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearIn addition to connecting Rastogi with customers, WhatsApp Business app helped the company launch a limited edition ice creams made with jaggery. “We sold out half of this batch through WhatsApp exclusively,” she added.Several such success stories are being written via WhatsApp in India. Many Indian entrepreneurs have built something from scratch and are seeing it thrive and expand with support from the Facebook-owned app which has 400 million users in the country. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaIn a recent survey of Indian small businesses on WhatsApp, 77 per cent said that it helps them connect with customers – including in other cities – while 62 per cent said WhatsApp helps them increase sales and is essential for running their businesses.According to Abhijit Bose, India Head, WhatsApp, small and micro-enterprises are providing the majority of jobs in the country and driving economic growth.”We’re excited to play a role in helping to match the enormous talent and ambition of Indian entrepreneurs with the opportunity of a very strong domestic consumer base – and to make it easier to tap a vibrant global market,” Bose told IANS. Poonam Bir Kasturi has made home composting a habit for thousands of people globally with Daily Dump, India’s first home composter for urban spaces, which she designed in 2006.Daily Dump offers pioneering solutions for decentralized waste management. Its range of composters, segregation products, books, services and awareness material enable people’s change in behaviour to harm the environment less.The company has a dedicated WhatsApp Business number for customers to connect for any queries, support, information and other details, and also use WhatsApp Business groups to connect as a team internally and with partners in different parts of the country.”We have many customers who reach out on our helpline with photos and we give them live demos on what to correct,” said Kasturi.According to Will Cathcart, Global Head of WhatsApp, India is producing a new generation of small businesses and micro enterprises that are shaking up markets, growing economies and boosting jobs.”We’re excited to see what more people are doing with WhatsApp, particularly in India, to grow their business and support their local communities,” he said during his India visit in July this year.Amid the comic book craze, TBS Planet is working to bring Indian superheroes into the spotlight.”When I started TBS Planet in July 2016 with comic book ‘Ved,’ it was a hobby,” said founder Rajeev Tamhankar.”Soon, we got contracts from Balaji Motion Pictures and Ajay Devgn FFilms to create comics for their movies ‘A Flying Jatt’ and ‘Shivaay,’ respectively. That’s when I quit my job and started this venture full-time”.Jabalpur-based TBS Planet which develops comics in six languages – Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla, Marathi, and English – is on WhatsApp Business app.”Since almost everyone uses WhatsApp, it helped us scale distribution quickly. No one needed to download a new app to read our comics,” said Tamhankar.Since they started using the WhatsApp Business app, the company has seen high growth rates, up to 40 per cent month over month. TBS Planet has approximately 14,000 subscribers – some from as far away as Dubai and the US.Many Indian entrepreneurs, said Cathcart who launched “Gateway to a Billion Opportunities” — a collection of impactful user stories from across India”, have built something from scratch and are seeing it thrive and expand with support from WhatsApp.When WhatsApp Pay becomes a reality soon in India, these small and micro-businesses will thrive more as peer-to-peer (P2P) payments will be done within WhatsApp, keeping transactions simple and secure.last_img read more

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Celebrities Tweet To End Tiger Trade

first_img“The UK has the opportunity to lead the world in calling for a total ban on the trade in tiger parts, from all sources,” says TigerTime. “It is illegal for wild tigers to be killed and their parts sold but still the practice persists. TigerTime and all its supporters, are asking for a commitment from tiger range countries, transit countries and consumer countries to enforce the rule of law to bring about an end to the trade and to save the last 3,200 tigers in the wild.”The 11th Hour tweet on 11th February brought together celebrity supporters from the worlds of theatre, TV, business and music to galvanise this vital call for arms to save the tiger.Other celebrities that took part included Jane Fallon, Kirsty Gallacher, Darryn Lyons, Amanda Abbington, Wincey Willis, Brian Blessed, Sheridyn Fisher, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Lynn Shepherd, Simon King, Lucy Pinder, Zoe Lyons, Peter Egan, Samantha Fox, Liz Bonnin, Theo Paphitis, Sick Of It All and Marcus Brigstocke.You can join the call here. TigerTime celebrity supporters including Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Deborah Meaden, Melanie C, Naomie Harris and Slash helped the campaign reach over 18.5 million Twitter followers on February 11th to call for a ban in the tiger trade.The call comes ahead of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade that is being hosted by the UK Government to agree high level political commitments to take urgent action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. It will focus on elephants, rhino and tigers and aims to tackle three interlinked aspects:· strengthening law enforcement and the criminal justice system· reducing demand for illegal wildlife products· supporting the development of sustainable livelihoodslast_img read more

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Groups call for review of drilling permits near Chaco park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmental groups and two Navajo officials are calling on U.S. land managers to hold public hearings and conduct a more thorough review of several permits to drill in northwestern New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.The groups outlined their concerns in a letter sent late Wednesday to Tim Spisak, who oversees U.S. Bureau of Land Management operations in New Mexico. They are worried about the effects of increased development on culturally significant sites, namely those beyond the boundaries of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.“Given the massive climate, public health, cultural impact, and pollution costs of oil and gas drilling in the greater Chaco landscape, there is no denying that there is substantial environmental controversy around the agency’s proposal,” the groups wrote.A federal appeals court in May found that land managers should have done more to consider the cumulative effects on water resources before approving a handful of oil and gas drilling permits in the region.The ruling came in a long-running dispute over hundreds of permits that have been issued in the San Juan Basin, which spans parts of New Mexico and Colorado.Environmental groups claimed in their initial complaint filed in 2015 that the Bureau of Land Management violated environmental and preservation laws in approving the permits.A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the preservation claims but ruled that land managers needed to do another environmental review for six of the permits.Environmentalists contend the subsequent review also was deficient and the public was effectively shut out of the decision-making process because only 10 days were set aside for comment.They’re asking for at least three hearings on the disputed permits and a 60-day comment period.Without that, they argue approval of the permits “will stand as an affront to the American public interest and our right to due process.”Under the direction of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the agency is putting off any new lease sales for the next year within a 10-mile (16-kilometre) radius of Chaco park as officials prepare a new resource management plan for the region.Federal legislation also is pending that would permanently withdraw federal land holdings from oil and gas development in the buffer zone around Chaco.However, most of the land surrounding the national park belongs to the Navajo Nation or individual Navajo allotment owners. While top Navajo officials have joined the call for cultural preservation, they have stopped short of asking for a drilling ban because development in the region nets substantial revenue.The Associated Press read more

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Prince William on Dianas death I still feel shock 20 years on

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Speaking on stage after the screening, the Duke – who admitted to feeling emotional after watching the programme – said he believed the nation is “on the cusp of something big” when it comes to changing attitudes about mental health.He added: “I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health, what happened to me with my mother when I was younger.”The Duke has also appeared in a video with pop star Lady Gaga, talking to her about mental health issues and declaring: “It’s time that everyone speaks up.” Princess Diana with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William  The Duke’s younger brother, Prince Harry, has been universally praised after speaking honestly and in depth about his past for the first time.Earlier this week, he told the Telegraph he had sought counselling after spending 20 years burying his head in the sand over his mother’s death and enduring two years of “total chaos”.Attending a screening at the BBC, the Duke told an audience: “The more we have influential and very important people speaking about their issues and their battles, the better.” He, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge will each appear in Mind Over Marathon, a documentary about ten “unlikely runners” with different mental health issues training for the London Marathon.Each of the young Royals spent time with the runners, asking about their training and how it had helped their mental health.One participant, 39-year-old Rhian Burke, asked the Duke’s advice on how to help her two children cope with the death of their father and one-year-old brother, who both died within five days in 2012. “I don’t know how you find the time!” said the Duchess. “You’re the heroes really because you’re standing up there very bravely telling your stories. We hope to shine a light on people like you, because I think that’s what the public need to hear.” The Duke of Cambridge has told how he still feels the shock of his mother’s death even 20 years later, as he follows Prince Harry’s lead by pledging: “It’s time that everyone speaks up.”The Duke, who was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales, died, said the loss of a parent was “such an unbelievably big moment” that it “never leaves you”, adding: “You never get over it.”Speaking in a new BBC documentary about mental health issues and the London Marathon, he said: “People go ‘shock can’t last that long’ but it does.” Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry and Prince William in 1993 Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry and Prince William in 1993 Prince William with his parents, on tour in Australia in 1983 The Duchess spent time with Shereece Foster, 24, who told her she found it difficult to train while looking after her two small children.center_img “It’s explaining to them what those emotions mean, why they feel like they do. Once you start rationalising a little bit and and you understand ok, so I’m really angry or really down or really upset about something, then you can kind of relativise it and sort of deal with it.”Like you said, the shock is the biggest thing.”I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me. You know, 20 years later. People go ‘shock can’t last that long’ but it does.  The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry are to represent Heads Together at the London Marathon  The Duke replied: “They’ll be absolutely fine. With a mum like you they’ll be absolutely fine.“Because you’re aware of all this, you’re already a step ahead of what could happen. You try and understand your emotions a lot more than probably someone who’s just lived life without any issues, and that’s quite critical. She said: “Can I ask you one question? When your mum passed away, you were obviously a bit older than my children but I obviously worry about them growing up. They’ll be ok, won’t they?” The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry are to represent Heads Together at the London Marathon  Prince William with his parents, on tour in Australia in 1983 “You never get over it. It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”The most important thing, he added, was Mrs Burke being there to provide a “blanket of stability and understanding” for her two children.The Duke said of his mental health now: “I’m very lucky, I’ve got a good support network around me. For those who don’t have that network, that’s where the first cracks start to appear.” Princess Diana with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William  Duke of Cambridge poses with runners from BBC documentary 'Mind over Marathon' Duke of Cambridge poses with runners from BBC documentary ‘Mind over Marathon’ The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will all be attending the London Marathon, representing Heads Together, to cheer the runners on.The first part of the programme, Mind over Marathon, will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC One on Thursdaylast_img read more

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Pioneer is back – Zdravko Zovko leads PPD Zagreb youth team

One of the most successful Croatian coaches, Zdravko Zovko, is again active after a few years of break. The winner of EHF Champions League in 1992 and 1993 with Badel Zagreb, who got a nickname “pioneer” as he was the first foreign coach in Russian women’s handball with Zvezda Zvenizgorod between 2011 and 2013, will work as a coordinator of youth categories in domestic champions RK PPD Zagreb.Zovko had also fantastic playing career, as he was Olympic champion with Yugoslavia in 1984.Zovko led Veszprem between 2000 and 2007. ← Previous Story Swiss legend Manuel Liniger to stop NT career on 902 goals Next Story → Closer insight in TOP 100 transfers: MT Melsungen way to the TOP – Croats are the “best product” Zdravko Zovko read more

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ALL SEHA Gazprom League finals

← Previous Story RK Vardar win the fourth SEHA Gazprom league title Next Story → Luka Cindric is MVP of SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2018 SEHA Gazprom League 2017/2018SEHA Gazprom league finals The seventh season of the SEHA Gazprom League came to the end. RK Vardar Skopje won the fourth title. The home team made revenge to Zagreb for defeat in Final 2013 which was always played in Skopje, but in another hall “Boris Trajkovski”.SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE- FINALS2012 (Zagreb): Vardar – Metalurg 21:182013 (Skoplje): Zagreb – Vardar 25:242014 (Novi Sad): Vardar – Meshkov Brest 29:272015 (Veszprem): Veszprem – Meshkov Brest 32:212016 (VaraZdin): Veszprem – Vardar 28:262017 (Brest): Vardar – Veszprem 26:212018 (Skoplje): Vardar – PPD Zagreb 26:24 read more

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TMobile to carry Apple products starting next year

first_imgPretty soon Apple fans that are stuck on T-Mobile won’t have to deal with unlocking their phones. During a Deutsche Telekom shareholder meeting it was announced that the US arm of the company has reached an arrangement with Apple to start carrying iOS products in 2013.Many people have gone ahead and unlocked their iPhones in order to bring them to T-Mobile. When the iPhone 5 was announced, T-Mobile even offered to unlock iPhones for their customers. As a result, despite not selling the phone directly, there are already a significant number of iPhone users on T-Mobile, and the company has worked hard over the last year to make sure their 4G network was compatible. With the MetroPCS merger, T-Mobile even has a budding LTE network that can support the iPhone 5 as well.T-Mobile has been the only major US network not to carry any of Apple’s mobile products. Deutsche Telekom wasn’t yet willing to go into great detail about the agreement made, or the specific products that T-Mobile will be carrying. The only thing we know is that an agreement was made for 2013 to start carrying at least one Apple product.When Sprint finally started carrying Apple products, stores offered both the current and the previous generation of the iPhone, offering them at two different price points for consumers unwilling or unable to buy the top of the line. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless first offered WiFi iPads with Verizon hotspots before finally carrying the iPhone. While it seems most likely that the iPhone 5 or possibly even the iPhone 5S is what will be headed for T-Mobile, there are still plenty of details missing.During the conference call, Deutsch Telekom also spoke briefly on exploring alternative pricing models, which could point to data only plans similar to what is seen on other carrier for the iPad and iPad Mini. It’s also possible that T-Mobile could opt to offer a separate plan for users who want to take advantage of FaceTime on HSPA+ or LTE, something we have seen from AT&T. If Apple is able to announce that the iPhone 5S is available on all four major US carriers, the company will have been able to accomplish what only Samsung has been able to do previously with the Galaxy S3.via TMoNews and PCMaglast_img read more

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Air France passe au lessivage écolo de ses avions

first_imgAir France passe au lessivage écolo de ses avionsLa compagnie aérienne Air France a indiqué qu’elle allait généraliser à l’ensemble de sa flotte un procédé de nettoyage écologique de ses avions. Cette méthode permet d’économiser quelques 8 millions de litres d’eau et 57 tonnes de CO2 par an.Les avions se mettent de plus en plus au vert. La compagnie aérienne Air France a annoncé hier qu’elle comptait étendre à l’ensemble de sa flotte une méthode de nettoyage des avions plus écolo. Ce procédé industriel, baptisé “Ecoshine”, est développé par la société française UUDS AERO. Initialement utilisé pour les avions moyen-courriers, cette méthode fut ensuite utilisée pour les 387 appareils de la compagnie française (109 long-courriers, 153 moyen-courriers et 125 régionaux).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concrètement, le procédé consiste à appliquer un produit biodégradable à plus de 96%, à la fois non toxique et non inflammable. Au lieu d’utiliser des lances à eau pour nettoyer les carlingues des aéronefs, l’application du produit est manuelle et s’effectue avec des chiffons en microfibres lavables (donc réutilisables), ont expliqué à l’AFP des porte-paroles d’Air France et d’UUDS. Ecoshine “nécessite une quantité d’eau infime en comparaison avec un nettoyage traditionnel et permet de réduire la consommation d’eau attribuée au nettoyage extérieur des appareils par 100”, souligne Air France dans un communiqué. Ainsi, alors que le lustrage d’un Boeing B777 nécessitait 10.000 litres d’eau 100 litres suffisent désormais indique Air France. Le temps de traitement des appareils est en outre divisé par trois, ajoute-t-elle. “Le nettoyage extérieur et le lustrage fréquents de l’avion lui assurent une pénétration dans l’air optimale, diminuant ainsi les émissions de carburant, et par conséquent, les émissions de CO2”, précise la compagnie. Même si ce procédé nécessite une main d’œuvre plus importante, le nettoyage est plus durable puisque “avec ce procédé, nous nettoyons nos avions toutes les 13 semaines au lieu de 6 semaines”, indique Air France.Le 4 avril 2012 à 14:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NY Lawmakers Propose Medical Marijuana for Mans Best Friend

first_imgStay on target The Best Food Apps for a Festive 4/20Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying Cannabis Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img New York legalized medical marijuana for humans in 2014. Now, the state could make history as the first to approve pot for pets.Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale, Westchester County) on Thursday introduced legislation that could allow veterinarians to prescribe medicinal maryjane to animals.Bill No. A10104, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton), redefines “certified patient” to include the terms “human” and “animal.”“Animal owners and caregivers would … be given an alternative option to alleviate their pets’ pain,” the document said. “This could be helpful to many animals in need of relief, especially those that have chronic illnesses and for whom more traditional medical treatment has not proven to be effective.”Citing states like Nevada and California, which introduced similar legislation, Paulin argues that “giving animals access to medical marijuana is a compassionate measure that will help in preventing unnecessary discomfort and suffering.”“Medical marijuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses,” according to the bill. “Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments.”Paulin did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, while Lupardo pointed to a Democrat & Chronicle article about the bill.On Jan. 1, California became one of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize recreational marijuana; another dozen are currently considering legislation to do the same.That’s great news for advocates of pot—but maybe not their pets. What little evidence there is on how non-humans respond to the drug suggests its psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is rather unpleasant for Fido.According to Popular Science, which reported on doped-up dogs earlier this year, high concentrations of THC could cause animals to experience a steep drop in blood pressure or even slip into a coma.Scientists, however, are working to isolate beneficial compounds within marijuana—specifically cannabidiol (CBD), which offers the benefits (pain control) without the buzz.last_img read more

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Battle Ground city manager among finalists for top administrative job in Pasco

first_imgBattle Ground City Manager John Williams is a finalist for the top administrative job with the city of Pasco. Williams is one of four candidates to be the next city manager for the midsize Central Washington city. He met with dozens of residents Wednesday and the Pasco City Council is convening a closed-door meeting today to discuss the candidates. Williams is competing with three other men with experience as top administrators in North Las Vegas, Fife and Flathead County, Mont. A fifth finalist from Rancho Mirage, Calif. withdrew Wednesday.If he gets the job, Williams will move on from managing a city of fewer than 19,000 to a city of more than 65,000. Williams assumed into his current role after former Battle Ground city manager Dennis Osborn was suspended and then fired in early 2010 after drawing criticism for firing a popular police chief. Williams was not available for comment, and he will be out of town for the rest of the week, said Bonnie Gilberti, a spokeswoman for the city of Battle Ground.last_img read more

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Emergency Alert System Sends Tsunami Test Warning

first_imgAt this time Alaska State Emergency Operations Center have notified all coastal communities through the Alaska Warning System (AKWAS), Code Red autodialer, and through phone calls that there is no tsunami and no tsunami warning in effect at this time. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An emergency tsunami warning alert that went out over the air was a test. A representative from the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska says there is no warning, and that this was a test. The Alaska State Emergency Operations Center is working with the EAS vendor and Tsunami Warning System partners to identify why a dissemination test message this morning was transmitted as a TSW (Tsunami Warning) EAS event. For questions or concerns contact the Alaska State EOC at seoc@alaska.govlast_img read more

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Wacky new accessory turns your Apple AirPods case into a fidget spinner

first_img The new AirPod sequels may arrive sooner than we expected 0 $184 Review • Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age 6:31 The ZenPod comes in three color options and costs $30. Air Vinyl The fidget-spinner craze may have come and gone, but the new $30 Zenpod from Air Vinyl Design may help bring it back.Yes, this is the first-ever spinning case for your AirPods and is frankly kind of ingenious. Available in three color options, the ZenPod has precision bearings on each side of the case that give it that spin factor that we’ve all secretly craved.Alas, it doesn’t add wireless charging capabilities to your AirPods case (where is that new case, Apple?), so it’s not totally Zen, but who knows — maybe we’ll see that feature in a future version?  Preview • What it’s like to live with AirPods CES 2019 Post a comment 17 Photos $138 Walmart Now playing: Watch this: See it News • Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19)center_img How To • 17 tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods See It ZenPod key specs Finished in premium leather Inner lining with impact-Resistant polycarbonate frame High-precision steel bearings Brushed and anodized aluminum spinner Colors: Black with black spinner, black with silver spinner, and brown with silver spinner Price: $30 (available at Amazon) $159 See It Tags They’re like Airpods, but less weird-looking Share your voice Monoprice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple AirPods Mentioned Above Apple AirPods Mobile Accessorieslast_img read more

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Mitsubishi 3D Touch Panel Demonstrated

first_imgImage copyright: Tech-On!, Nikkei Business Publications Samsung Introduces Advanced Mobile and Digital Information Displays The 3D touch panel functions by switching between two detection methods and would be determined by the position of the finger. When a finger approaches the panel, it’s defined as being in “proximity state” After the finger is in contact with the panel it’s in “contact state”. In “proximity state”, priority is given to the screen’s sensitivity and in “contact state”, resolution has priority.The panel can detect a capacitance change of approximately 0.3pF in the proximity state and about 8 to 19pF in the contact state, according to a spokesperson for Mitsubishi Electric Corp. In the proximity state the resolution in the x- and y- axis is equivalent to 10mm. In respect to the z-axis direction, “it is possible to determine the distance of the finger as long as it is less than 20mm,” the spokesperson said. The company also stated that in the contact state, the resolution in the x-axis and y-axis directions is equivalent to 0.2mm.Sensitivity in the proximity state is increased by connecting multiple sensors to increase the sensor area. Parasitic capacity has also been reduced by adding a “sensor shield control”. This function eliminates the need for a shield layer that reduces electromagnetic noise generated from an LCD panel.This prototype is based on a capacitive touch panel that is available on the market today, and only required a few changes. The changes involved adding switch elements to connect multiple sensors and improved the detection circuit to reduce its parasitic capacity. Since the touch panel is still in its developmental stages, there is no set time as to when it will be publically announced. The company needs to verify its resistance to environment as well as operability in actual devices before it can become marketable.via Tech-On!, Nikkei© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A prototyped capacitive touch panel was demonstrated by Mitsubishi Electric Corp at the Interaction 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The 3D touch panel can detect not only x- and y- coordinates but also its z- coordinates by detecting the distance between a finger and panel. Screen size is approximately 5.7 inches with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Explore further Citation: Mitsubishi 3D Touch Panel Demonstrated (2009, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-mitsubishi-3d-panel.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.last_img read more

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Eminem doesnt deserve the LGBTI communitys forgiveness

first_imgA couple of weeks ago Eminem dropped his surprise album, Kamikaze, featuring one of the diss tracks he’s built his entire career perfecting. But you’d think that someone so known for weaving together insulting tracks could steer away from such lazy expressions like the f-word. I, a weaker writer than this supposed legend, don’t have to resort to slurs. I can just call him a has-been who’s built his relic of a career on the backs of insulting minority groups and such a deep hatred of women I’m surprised he’s not currently in police custody. But here we are.Yet now he’s sort-of, kinda apologized for using the word. Again. We need to reject this apology.The word appears on the track Fall, where he slams Tyler the Creator – who has opened up about his sexuality on past albums – with the lyrics: ‘Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention / It’s cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.’ Not just one but two bits of homophobia. All because he said that one of his albums wasn’t very good.People against the rapperThe backlash was inevitable. People called him out on social media. LGBTI ally and creator of ‘that song you swear you remember from somewhere’ Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons dragged him. Justin Vernon, who appeared on the track, distanced himself from its ‘tired’ message’. And now Eminem has sadly addressed the whole matter in an interview with Sway. You can read the full ‘expression of regret’ here, but the non-apology ends with ‘I wasn’t in the right mind frame. I was angry.’He ‘[realizes] that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it,’ but it doesn’t matter, because he was angry. Mr Mathers, you are a grown man. You are responsible for your own emotions. Your anger doesn’t justify using a homophobic slur and perpetuating a negative attitude towards homosexuality. I don’t know why I need to explain this to an adult. I would explain this to a three-year-old. Tyler the Creator isn’t free from this. Sure, he’s now hinted towards his sexuality, but it doesn’t automatically do away with the fact he used the f-word negatively 9 times on Gobblin. Yet Eminem’s use is insulting and his non-apology is even more so. Why is Amazon selling a ‘lesbian bible: for men’ eBook? Eminem used the word ‘faggot’ and absolutely no one was shocked. GAYSTARNEWS- Photo: Eminem, Wikimedia Commons Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Because Eminem doesn’t actually care. The Marshall Mathers LP, one of his most popular albums, is basically built on that word from the ground up. He probably doesn’t even hold any homophobic beliefs; he just likes the reaction. But Eminem is slightly worried that this negative tide against homophobia might one day affect his album sales, though right now he doesn’t have to worry. Loads of fans bought it.People don’t care about homophobia if the music is goodPeople are performatively woke but once that album drops, suddenly calling people out on social media takes a backseat to Slim Shady’s bars. And Eminem has been weaponizing homophobia since the beginning. Even if he justifies it, like in this Rolling Stone interview where he says: ‘Those kinds of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never equated those words [with being gay].’Eminem doesn’t and might never care what he is doing. But you know who should care? Fans of Eminem. The ones who are out there buying his stuff. Streaming the album. Spending $100 on a concert ticket. He shouldn’t be censored by anyone but the reaction of his fans. Because they are propagating a culture that allows people to profit from using slurs as insults, that continues to equate being gay with something negative. Homophobia in society builds around this. If you think it’s ‘just a word’, that people are ‘easily offended’, and that Eminem is ‘just an artist’, then, my friend, you definitely haven’t been paying attention. It’s a slippery slope, and the more people like Eminem equate the word ‘gay’ or ‘f**got’ with a negative attribute and get away with it, the more we create a culture that views people of that sexuality as bad.Tom is on Twitter as @TomCaponMore from Gay Star News: Telling kids that they’re not old enough to come out makes you the problem eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/eminem-gay-slur-sorry-not/last_img read more

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Facebook unfriends Twitter Crossposted tweets on Facebook disappear temporarily

first_imgFollowing Facebook’s move to restrict cross-posts from other platforms earlier this month via changes to its API platform, many users noticed their old Twitter posts disappearing from Facebook this week. The cross-posting option lets users publish their Twitter posts to Facebook automatically. The absence of cross posting was first noticed by users who heavily relied on cross-posting to keep their Facebook active. Without that feature, the Twitter app for Facebook was not of much use. This had caused a lot of old posts to disappear, first noticed around August 26, leaving users furious. Some of the users’ profiles were left fairly empty since they relied on cross-posting to keep their accounts active. Facebook API platform changes are a part of Facebook’s plan to take strict measures on misuse of its platform after the Cambridge Analytica scandal at the start of this year. Since then, Facebook has been taking a variety of efforts to prevent data misuse; stopping third-parties from being able to post to Facebook is one of them. TechCrunch was the first to report on the issue is sudden disappearance of cross-posts from Twitter, and Facebook confirmed to them the same day that it is checking the issue. Common belief is that changes in the API to prevent cross-posting would not have mass-deleted all the older posts. Following these changes from Facebook, Twitter asked Facebook for its app to be deleted from their platform. The result was users’ old Twitter posts on Facebook getting deleted. Turns out that this was just a bug and now it is fixed. In a statement to Axios, Facebook cleared the confusion saying “A Twitter admin requested their app be deleted, which resulted in content that people had cross-posted from Twitter to Facebook also being temporarily removed from people’s profiles. However, we have since restored the past content and it’s now live on people’s profiles.” You can find the original report on TechCrunch. Read next Facebook Watch is now available world-wide challenging video streaming rivals, YouTube, Twitch, and more A new conservative employee group within Facebook to protest Facebook’s “intolerant” liberal policies Facebook’s AI algorithm finds 20 Myanmar Military Officials guilty of spreading hate and misinformation, leads to their banlast_img read more

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Rights group South Sudan troops committed war crimes

first_imgThe group said many of the attacks were against villages with no presence of rebel fighters.The study specifically documents the killing 60 people, including some by hanging or burning, and 63 rapes through interviews with 170 survivors — just a fraction of those killed in the April through June offensive.In one case, a survivor described how the soldiers made her watch while they gang-raped her daughter before they burned the girl alive.The rights group called for a probe of Sudan People’s Liberation Army commanders in Unity State.South Sudan’s government has said any alleged abuses were limited to “a few individuals” who will face justice in national courts. But Skye Wheeler, a researcher with Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press the attacks were “far more widespread and systematic to be blamed on a few rotten apples.”A U.N. report released June said there were serious human rights violations by government troops in Unity stateSouth Sudan’s civil war has inflamed the country’s ethnic tensions. The followers of President Salva Kiir, mostly from the Dinka ethnic group, are pitted against the Nuer of former vice president Riek Machar in fight that started in December 2013. Sponsored Stories JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese troops committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity by killing and raping civilians during an offensive in rebel-held parts of the country’s Unity State, an international human rights group said Wednesday.The South Sudanese army and their allies in the Bul Nuer ethnic group forcibly displaced tens of thousands of people in Unity by attacking women, elderly, and children, while burning villages and stealing cattle, Human Rights Watch alleges. In Unity state, however, the fighting is mostly between the Bul Nuer, who have remained loyal to Kiir, and other Nuer clans aligned with MacharCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Magical Kenya Expo to be held in October

first_imgMagical Kenya Expo to be held in OctoberThe Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) will hold the 2015 Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) from 15 to 17 October, in Diani Beach on Kenya’s south coast.In its fifth year, MKTE has become an important and influential platform for tourism networking and business transactions, as well as raising the global profile of the destination.The theme for this year’s show is ‘Sustainable Tourism: Keeping the Magic Alive’, in line with KTB’s tourism revival strategy, aimed at rebuilding confidence in the destination and reassuring the markets that Kenya is still open for business.The south coast was selected to showcase the magical coastal region following Diani Beach once again being voted as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination by World Travel Awards 2015.The Expo will be held at the Leisure Lodge Resort and will run over two days for the trade, with the final day open to the general public. The trade days are expected to draw over 150 local and international travel agents, tour operators and media.Throughout the trade days delegates will be invited to engage in one-on-one meetings with a variety of suppliers, and learn how they can best utilise the offerings of the destination’s diverse product for their clientele.KTB will host a group of Australian buyers from key wholesalers, including product managers and decision makers, to experience the magic of Kenya firsthand with pre famil options running from 10 to 13 October. The itinerary will showcase a combination of safari options to aid product expansion and increase leisure business to Kenya, whilst showing that despite recent challenges, visitors are very much welcome. Register hereSource = Kenya Tourism Boardlast_img read more

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Australia tops the list of dream destinations

first_imgSurfers at Alexandra Headland Sunshine Coast, Australia.Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has revealed the top 10 trips of a lifetime as selected by travellers, most of whom are upscale clients of the network and readers of the group’s award-winning Virtuoso Life magazine.The 2016 Virtuoso Travel Dreams Survey asked respondents about their fantasy trip choices as well as their dream destinations and preferred travel styles. The results appear in the July/August issue of Virtuoso Life.Trips of a Lifetime – These top-10 bucket-list experiences span the globe and offer something for every traveller: Vacation with multiple generations of your family – Demand from upscale travellers wanting to connect with their families away from home continues to surge, as multigenerational travel was also the top trend identified in the 2016 Virtuoso Luxe Report, a forward-looking survey of Virtuoso advisors that forecasts luxury travel preferences. The travel industry is catering to this desire, with activities and accommodations for all kinds of families. Those include bigger suites and more villas to accommodate large groups.Stay in a Polynesian overwater bungalow – It’s the tropical-getaway fantasy realised: idyllic lagoons, coral reefs, and Instagram-ready bungalows perched above it all. French Polynesia is an eternally compelling destination for romance, partly due to these luxurious private lodgings.Discover Italy’s Amalfi Coast – Italy was the Luxe Report’s top global, honeymoon and family destination, and people who have already experienced its charms are seeking new areas to explore. An exhilarating way to explore Amalfi’s iconic cliff-hugging coastline is by car. An advisor can map out a custom adventure, perhaps flying into Naples, heading for Amalfi and Ravello, then fitting in Salerno before departing.Make a splash in the Greek Isles – Each island has its own character, and there’s an ideal setting for every type of traveler. For a party scene, head to Mykonos. For romance, Santorini is perfection. And for the family, stay on the mainland with easy access to archaeological sites and day-trip it to islands like Hydra.Photograph the “Big Five” on an African safari – Plan your safari for the best destination and time of year to spot each of the sought-after creatures: elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, leopards and rhinos. And don’t forget to pack plenty of memory cards!See the Northern Lights – The best place to see the aurora borealis is from northern latitudes near the Arctic Circle and North Pole. The best time to go: late August through March. Keep your fingers crossed for a cloudless, new-moon night for the best viewing.Commune with nature in the Galápagos Islands – Prepare to swim with sea turtles and colourful fish, play with sea lions and observe penguins. There’s nowhere else in the world where you can interact with wildlife in such a personal way.Set sail on a world cruise – Taking to the high seas for a few months at a time is a great way to see a variety of exotic global destinations. Avoid a common mistake and don’t over-pack. Life on board is casual – and don’t forget there’s laundry service available.Call on all seven continents – Exploring new destinations was the top travel motivation in this year’s Luxe Report, highlighting the appeal of visiting every continent in a single trip. For this ambitious quest, the key is to craft a custom itinerary beforehand that suits the schedule, pacing and destination wish list.Visit Australia’s highlights – Sydney is a must, of course. Virtuoso travel advisors also recommend visits to two islands: Tasmania for its authenticity and stunning scenery, and Kangaroo Island for its amazing wildlife.Dream Destinations: Travellers’ favourite destinations emphasised the enduring appeal of certain countries, either for their historic charm, relaxing tropical settings or abundant adventure opportunities. Australia (1) topped the list again this year followed by (2) Italy, (3) Fiji, (4) Greece, (5) New Zealand, (6) Maldives, (7) Ireland, (8) South Africa, (9) French Polynesia, and (10) Antarctica.Preferred Types of Travel: Travellers also weighed in on the popularity of different trip styles. Beach (46%) was the top selection, followed by adventure (37%), cultural/historical (29%), family (27%), food and wine (27%), ocean cruising (23%), city (17%), experiential (14%), river cruising (14%), romantic (13%), spa/wellness (11%), weekend getaways (8%), eco/sustainable (6%) and golf (2%).Travel Dreams Contest: Virtuoso awarded a $2,500 grand prize to the best entry in each of three categories: Best Story, Best Photo and Best Video. More than 1,200 travellers from 36 countries submitted entries, and a panel of Virtuoso judges selected the winners based on criteria including quality, content, style and creativity. View the winning entries here. VirtuosoSource = Virtuosolast_img read more

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