first_img Citation: Japanese machine turns office paper into toilet paper (w/ Video) (2010, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-japanese-machine-office-paper-toilet.html Energy-Saving Paper Sensor Passes Major Milestone As the company explains, the White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard A4 office paper and some water to make one roll of toilet paper, a process which takes about 30 minutes. First, a built-in shredder cuts the paper into ribbons, which move to a pulper where they are dissolved in water. The resulting pulp is thinned out, dried, and rolled up into ready-to-use toilet paper. Each roll costs about 10 Yen (11 cents) to make, compared to a store-bought roll of about 60 cents. Oriental Co., Ltd., exhibits the White Goat at Eco-Products 2009. The 1.8-meter-tall machine, which weighs 600 kg, is set to go on sale this summer for $100,000. At that price, as some critics have pointed out, the White Goat would have to churn out lots of toilet paper to be economical. It would take 200,000 recycled rolls to break even, not including the costs of running the machine. If the machine were to run 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, it would take a little over 11 years to produce the 200,000 rolls. But then again, maybe it’s not all about money. Saving trees, reducing paper waste, and serving as a constant reminder of human impact on the environment are also byproducts of the machine. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The White Goat uses 40 sheets of standard office paper to make one roll of toilet paper. Image credit: Oriental Co., Ltd.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — As the latest invention in the wave of green technology, a machine called the “White Goat” that turns office paper into rolls of toilet paper sounds like an intriguing idea. Its Japanese developers, Oriental Co., Ltd., claim that the machine can save 60 cedar trees per year while minimizing office paper waste. 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. Explore further More information: Oriental Co. website [Japanese]via: DVICElast_img read more

first_img Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org) —In a recent paper available on arXiv, a team of researchers at New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory has revealed they’ve been running a quantum network for 2 1/2 years. The network is hub-and-spoke based, the team reports, and allows for perfectly secure messaging except at the hub. Quantum communication without entanglement could perform faster than previously thought possible Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Test configuration using the Los Alamos (LANL) QSC system to secure PMU control commands and data. The TCIPG test bed provided a real-time digital (power) simulator, PMU, and PDC software to control and display data from the PMU. Credit: arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph]center_img More information: Network-Centric Quantum Communications with Application to Critical Infrastructure Protection, arXiv:1305.0305 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1305.0305AbstractNetwork-centric quantum communications (NQC) – a new, scalable instantiation of quantum cryptography providing key management with forward security for lightweight encryption, authentication and digital signatures in optical networks – is briefly described. Results from a multi-node experimental test-bed utilizing integrated photonics quantum communications components, known as QKarDs, include: quantum identification; verifiable quantum secret sharing; multi-party authenticated key establishment, including group keying; and single-fiber quantum-secured communications that can be applied as a security retrofit/upgrade to existing optical fiber installations. A demonstration that NQC meets the challenging simultaneous latency and security requirements of electric grid control communications, which cannot be met without compromises using conventional cryptography, is described.via ArxivBlog © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Los Alamos reveals it’s been running quantum network for two and a half years (2013, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-los-alamos-reveals-quantum-network.html Quantum networks are the Holy Grail for security experts—because messages cannot be read without changing them, it is impossible for them to be intercepted without being detected. But that same technology that allows for such perfect security also prevents it from being implemented in network systems. In order for messages to be routed, the address must be read, thus altering the message. The researchers at Los Alamos report they’ve worked around this problem by implementing the network as a hub-and-spoke system.In this approach, all nodes on the network are connected directly to the hub. The hub reads the message (causing it to be changed), then repackages it and sends it securely to the node whose address was found in the original message. This makes the network secure at all points except at the hub.Using a hub-and-spoke approach has two deficiencies for general purpose use. The first is the inherent weakness at the hub—if it were to be breached, the whole network would be compromised. The second is scalability—at some point, the number of nodes connected to the central hub becomes unwieldy, making further growth impossible. The researchers at Los Alamos say they’ve reduced the scalability problem by giving each node on the network a quantum transmitter, but not a photon detector. This makes adding nodes a very cheap proposition—those at Los Alamos, the researchers say, aren’t much bigger than a box of matches.Impressive as it is, the network at Los Alamos is more of a work-around than solution to the problem of building quantum networks for general purpose use. A solution requires that someone figures out a way to route quantum messages without destroying their integrity. Until that happens, this new approach appears to be a good stand-in, as it’s clearly far more secure than traditional network systems.last_img read more

first_img Kiana Hayeri Whatever Happened To … The Afghan Girls Imprisoned For… by NPR News Malaka Gharib 8.27.19 10:44am In October, NPR reported on the efforts of reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid in Afghanistan. He was trying to free girls and women who had been jailed for failing a virginity test, even though such tests are banned by the U.N. Was he successful? The last time we spoke to Javid, he was about to meet with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, first lady Rula Ghani.He had a big request: Would they release some 190 women and girls who were jailed in the country’s Balkh province for failing a virginity test? In Afghanistan, premarital sex is considered a moral crime.Javid is the Islamic policy adviser for Marie Stopes U.S., a global family planning organization. He told the Ghanis that virginity tests are unscientific and medically unnecessary. The U.N. had banned them in 2018. He also told the couple that he had visited the women in jail several times and that they were suffering.Nearly a year later, Javid had some good news to share. The prisoners are now free.That meeting with the Ghanis was supposed to be 30 minutes — but lasted two hours, says Javid, who spoke to NPR from Kabul in August. “She wanted to listen,” he says of the first lady.In January, Rula Ghani and her team traveled to Mazar-i-Sharif, where the prison is located. There, she met with some of the prisoners and with the director of women’s affairs in Balkh province. The first lady made a commitment to find a way to help, Javid says.”Her visit was effective, because the girls were released,” Javid says. Between January and April, the 190 prisoners were freed. But his work is not over. Shortly after the prisoners were released from Mazar-i-Sharif, one girl was jailed. “They’re still bringing girls under the name of this issue into this prison,” he says.Around Afghanistan, families are still bringing in unmarried daughters to clinics and hospitals for virginity tests. The test is administered for a variety of reasons: to determine whether she can go to school, get married, get a job — or whether she is a victim of rape.If the girls fail the test, some families alert the police. And law enforcement still imprisons those girls. We talk to Javid, who has worked for Marie Stopes for nearly two decades, about his next steps — and how he plans to change attitudes about the practice of virginity tests.How are you going to get law enforcement to quit bringing girls in for failing the virginity test? We are going to train police and members of the legal and judiciary system, including members of the attorney general’s office, judges and members of the court, to stop arresting girls. We [began this leg] of training in August.What will you tell them? [Since July 2018] Afghanistan has had a public health policy — which has been developed through Marie Stopes, Afghanistan’s midwifery and gynecological associations and Doctors Without Borders — that discourages police not to bring girls in for failing the virginity test.[Health workers] shouldn’t be conducting [the tests] in the first place. The Ministry of Health in 2018 said that they would not entertain any virginity tests, because it’s not an indication of whether someone is a virgin.We also have a decree signed by the president of Afghanistan that discourages the virginity tests. We are telling this to the police force and members of the judiciary. But the rule of law is very low. Sometimes you don’t know whether [people] are loyal to the president or not. So we try to sell the medical reason more.You’ve told me that since May 2018, Marie Stopes has conducted more than 60 trainings on the topic of virginity tests to more than 600 people. They’ve mostly been to doctors and health care workers to inform them that the practice is unscientific. What has been the reaction so far?You get a mixed feeling, honestly. Out of 10 people in a training, you get about four people resisting. They say it’s against Islam and our culture if we don’t provide virginity tests.Why do people resist? [They think] we’re promoting more girls to have sex outside marriage. That’s a regular reaction we get.If they’re pushy, we have to repeat that orientation and training for the second time.And what happens in that second meeting? We bring out a male or female religious leader who can talk about the issue from the Islamic point of view, that nothing [in the Koran] specifically says anything about virginity tests. And we try to find someone who is mature so the doctors accept their ideas and opinions.Mature? We usually try to get someone in their 50s or 60s. Age matters quite a lot. That’s the culture.This is the first time you’ve successfully freed girls who have been imprisoned by this practice in Afghanistan. Are there any more women and girls who are in jail for this reason? Yes, in Herat. That’s our next objective. Wish us all the best to free the girls there as well. What challenges do you anticipate? It’s a totally different ballgame. There are different types of warlords there. We expect pushback. The first thing we need to do is get alliance with Herat’s religious and tribal leaders. Their voice matters if we want to get through to the warlords.Are you usually the one who leads the negotiations? Yes, that’s correct.That’s kind of a scary job. It usually is tough. But I have a good team. I open a big door and the team maintains the relationship and provides the training.What is it that allows you to do this job well? I spoke to your colleague George Hayes from the policy team for Marie Stopes International. He told me you work in “unbelievably difficult contexts” yet achieve so much. In 2017, for example, you helped put emergency contraception on Afghanistan’s list of essential drugs.I have built a network of influential people over the years, and we have a strong acceptance and respect to each other. I don’t try to align myself with one tribal leader over another. I can speak various local languages. And my parents are mixed — that’s another competitive advantage. One is Sunni and the other Shia, so I understand both segments of Islam and can relate [with people I negotiate with].You travel back and forth from Kabul to the D.C. area multiple times a year. Do you have any time for yourself? Not really, no. If you are helping people from your heart, you don’t get much time for yourself. You’re constantly thinking about their issues. And you’d like for every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Every time I see someone who has been released from prison or gets [family planning] help, that is the source of my motivation. That gives me the reward to go one extra mile.Have you heard from any of the women released from prison in Balkh province? I do talk with them from time to time. And they have thanked us.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_imgThe two-day long UMAK Festival concluded with the melodious sounds of ghungroos, sitar and tabla on Tuesday. This festival ‘for a cause’ is named after one of the greatest sitar maestros of India, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan who is also known as the ‘musician’s musician’ and was organised to celebrate his 103rd birth anniversary. The UMAK Centre for Culture which organised this event to aid the ailing of cancer patients in India showcased two grand evenings filled with music and dance. The musicians and dancers included many internationally renowned maestros of India like the Padma Bhushan awardee Pandit Debu Chaudhury, Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri,  Ustad Akram Khan and Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concluding day of the event saw an interesting mix of  an animated audience with youngsters and elders sitting together being mesmerised by the  performance of the famous sitar player Pandit Prateek Chauhuri. The event which happened at the India habitat Centre also showcased a Santoor Jugalbandi Concert by the internationally renowned santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori (Padma Shri Awardee) and his son Abhay Sopori. The event also celebrated the 79th birth anniversary of Pandit Debu Chaudhury who is the winner of the prestigious Padmabhushan award. He has written various books on music and has composed eight new ragas and various musical compositions.  He is also regarded as one of the leading proponents of Senia Style (or Gharana).  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix After being felicitated during the event, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri said, ‘It always feels good to be loved by so many people. Music has always been with me and will always be.’The Centre organises the UMAK festival every year and is recognized by the government of India as one of the leading cultural organizations of the country which has been involved in preserving and promoting the rich national heritage and culture of India.last_img read more

first_imgGallery Art Motif  is presenting a solo show by artist John Tun Sein. An exhibition that portrays his patience in travelling between his creativity and solitude. He places his paintings in such a way that it navigates the viewer on the same journey. The exhibition is being held at the Gallery Art Motif at Safdarjung Enclave in the  Capital from January 17 and will continue till February 28.John Tun Sein is an artist who has never been in a hurry for anything in his life or his profession, patiently traveling to and fro between his creativity and solitude. He places his paintings in a way that would navigate us on the same journey. His works reflect evidence of his meditative accomplishments through painterly solitude. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’John Tun Sein is a believer in non-violence, calmness and quietness, sympathy and love that guided him to discover what goes unnoticed in human life. The tranquility is his default and painting an innate desire. His incredible consistency projects a larger symphony interwoven with forms and cordial colours for the eyes to listen. An experimenter by nature, he shows acute concern for the intangible aspects of contemporary sensibilities remolding them into sensory colour fields; thus surfing on a wave and emerging out of several complimentary forces of form and formlessness. For John Tun Sein, the canvas is the gravitational center of his life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBorn in 1957 John Tum Sein studied at the Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Recipient of a research grant scholarship from the Lalit Kala Akademi. Has held solo exhibitions of his work in India. Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Participated in the National Art Exhibitions in India and in the International Art Exhibition in Freiberg, Germany. Where: Gallery Art Motif, A1/178, Safdarjung Enclave, When:  January 17 to  February 28last_img read more

first_imgThe unmatched entity of a complete woman, of strength, perseverance, fearlessness, determination, and yet vivacious, sensual and compassionate, the destroyer of all evil and the protector of the three worlds, the all forgiving yet inaccessible, someone who can move the sky yet be beautiful like the moon, the ever courageous and valiant, the bestower yet supreme, the passionate lover, the fond mother yet the successful lioness!!It all started years ago when a young girl ,six years old was taught by her grandfather the ‘ashtottor satanam’ or the 108 names of durga .He said this was concentration focus and meditation of the body and mind. Durga Ashtottara Satnam is the auspicious recitation of 108 names of Devi Durga by her devotees. The various names of Devi Durga and the accompanying mantra chants are said to have the power to redeem one from all the difficulties in life. It fills one with strength to combat the vicissitudes in life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, Bipasha Sen Gupta is an avid environmentalist and a self taught artist. She has travelled the length and breadth of the country and lived in the very midst of nature, that she began this artistic journey; it is not surprising, then, that nature continues to be her most important influence. “I have picked my favourite ones in my tea soaked images of the deity” she says. Her exhibition Ameyaa ‘Immeasurable’ a solo art exhibition presenting Bipasha Sen Gupta will be on display from March 19 to 22 at The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the title of the exhibition, she says “The courage to take a call, stand up for truth and to be generous enough to forgive, show empathy yet sternly weave your way. It is not easy to be Durga for she is indeed Ameyaa or The immeasurable”. Bipasha has been paintings since she was eight years old which won her many accolades and as an artist her work has been selected for UNESCO in the children’s category. While in school she started charcoal sketching and water colors. She has since then drawn and donated paintings for great events and to many NGO’s and charitable institutions raising resources for charitable cause, and worked with organizations like AWWA, Tagore Foundation, Government of Maldives, Gujarat Ecological Commission, Gujarat. She paints for a social cause specially environment related issues for she believes in “The more you give the more you receive in return – Love, blessings, joy”.  She wants the world to know through her work that it has become inevitable now that we pull up our socks and make some serious efforts to save this beautiful world we live in. Highly influenced by the effects of Global Warming and the rapid disappearance of the Coral Reefs during her visit to the Maldives and the Andaman Islands, she realized how important it was for humankind to preserve the nature.  Year 2011 she released another series of paintings named How Blue is My Ocean? depicting the serious impact of global warming and the gradual disappearance of coral reefs which was first exhibited at the India International Center, New Delhi. She has been experimenting with various types of medium in her art, namely charcoal, water colors, acrylic and also using different techniques to form textures.  “It is a passionate journey with mixed media thrown on canvas, experimenting with colors shapes and textures.  As my work evolves, I am seeking to deal with strong universal and environmental themes within it and weaving into them the role of imaginations and dreams. It is a constant convergence of colors, fantasies, thoughts and emotions, whereby, the palette creates a story.”When: March 19 to 22Where: The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A sudden spell of afternoon rains brought relief in boiling Kolkata and parts of south Bengal region on Wednesday but the monsoon will only progress in the next two to three days, a Met official said here. “This was a local thunderstorm resulting from the scorching heat and the moisture present, very similar to pre-monsoon rains. This has no relation with monsoon… We feel it is likely that monsoon progress will re-start after Friday,” said A.K. Sen, a scientist of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights He also said Wednesday’s rainfall occurred in isolated places of Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas and also in Midnapore district. “Overall prediction of monsoon looks promising as India will get almost 97 per cent rainfall and the eastern region may get 95 per cent in a four-month period of monsoon,” added Sen. The temperature shot up to 40 degrees Celsius, inconveniencing those on the roads and even those who preferred to remain indoors due to the high humidity over the past few days. The heat wave has claimed at least four lives in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The rain brought temporary relief and would also bring down the temperature gradually. According to the Met department, the maximum recorded temperature has reached around 39.6 degrees Celsius which is almost 7 degrees above normal. The minimum temperature was around 29.6 degrees, 4 degrees above normal. The relative humidity recorded in the last 24 hours was 64 per cent in the morning and 73 per cent on Tuesday evening, causing immense problems. Heavy rains (7-11 cm) with lightning are likely at one or two places over Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Kalimpong, Alipurduar, Malda, North and South Dinajpur districts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal on Friday, the weatherman said.last_img read more

first_imgNearly 20 per cent of people receiving treatment for hypertension may not actually have a problem, according to a new Canadian study which found that people are often misdiagnosed due to use of manual devices to measure blood pressure.Researchers at the University Of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) found that more than half of family doctors in Canada are still using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a dated technology that often leads to misdiagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAutomated measurement has the advantage of eliminating what is known as white-coat syndrome, which refers to artificially high blood pressure resulting from the stress of being in a doctor’s office and human interaction.The researchers believe that clinicians should adopt these devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure.Blood pressure is defined as the pressure that the blood exerts on artery walls. Blood pressure is influenced by cardiac output, total peripheral resistance and arterial stiffness and varies depending on situation, emotional state, activity, and relative health/disease states. High blood pressure may not have any symptoms and so hypertension has been labeled “the silent killer.” If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for including : – Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSevere headacheFatigue or confusionVision problemsChest painDifficulty breathingIrregular heartbeatBlood in the urinePounding in your chest, neck or earsObesityHowever, longstanding high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney (renal) disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis), eye damage and stroke (brain damage). When we talk about health, we can’t skip over the subject of high blood pressure. Go for any doctor appointment; be it with a GP or a medical specialist, along with body temperature, respiratory rate and pulse rate, blood pressure is one of the four main vital signs routinely monitored by the healthcare providers. It is not surprising that modern medicine attributes so much importance to healthy blood pressure levels. Measured in the arm artery, it is expressed in two numbers – the value when the heart contracts (systolic blood pressure) and the value when the heart relaxes between two contractions (diastolic blood pressure). Blood pressure is considered normal when systolic pressure is below 140 millimetre of mercury (mmHg) and diastolic pressure is below 90 mmHg. Above these values, a person is said to have high blood pressure (hypertension).The technology behind tensiometers or sphygmomanometers, the devices used to measure blood pressure, has changed a great deal over the last 20 years, researchers said.Today, automatic electronic measuring devices, known as oscillometric devices, are available.In 2016, The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) Guidelines recommended that electronic measurement is preferable to manual measurement.An increasing number of medical clinics are equipped with automatic electronic devices. Janusz Kaczorowski, a medical sociologist from CRCHUM, conducted a survey among Canadian family doctors – 52 per cent of the 769 respondents indicated that they used a manual tensiometer to measure blood pressure. Only 43 per cent used an automatic device.According to Kaczorowski, clinicians should adopt these automatic devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. “They are more expensive but more precise because they take several measurements. Manual measurement is acceptable if it is properly done, but that is often not the case. To take blood pressure the right way, a 12 to 15 minute period is required. We know that the average visit to a family doctor lasts 10 minutes.””We have to rethink how patient visits are organised so that the patient can be left alone in a room while the measurement is taken,” Kaczorowski said. The study was published in the journal Canadian Family Physician.The researchers also suggested that modifying health-related behaviours is an efficient way of preventing and treating high blood pressure and of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is possible to lower blood pressure through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption, reduced intake of dietary sodium, avoidance of exposure to tobacco products and stress management.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general, has criticised BJP for using a photograph of President Ramnath Kovind worshipping Ram and Sita in the tableaux of Ram Navami rallies.Chatterjee said using the photograph of the President worshiping Ram and Sita in the tableaux of Ram Navami rallies is uncalled for. He said: “Ram has been worshipped in Bengali homes for generations. But never in the past rallies of Ram Navami with arms have been taken out in Bengal.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee said BJP is trying to incite people belonging to one community against the other in the name of religion. Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president, while addressing a political rally recently alleged: “BJP is using the name of Ram to win elections. It is a shame that the faith of thousands of people has been used for political gains.” Meanwhile, the state government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure peaceful law and order situation in the state on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday where a number of rallies will be taken out. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state government has already banned public display of weapons during Ram Navami processions and permission have been given only to traditional rallies. The Election Commission has agreed to the state’s plea for two companies of Central forces — one each for Barrackpore and Asansol for beefing up security during Ram Navami. Special police observer Vivek Dubey held a meeting with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar at the Kolkata Port Trust guest house on Friday where the former had instructed Kumar to have proper security arrangements in place for Ram Navami on Sunday. Dubey, who left the city on Saturday to brief the second phase poll preparedness in Bengal to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, said: “The state administration will make security arrangements for Ram Navami. I am concerned with the second phase of elections and so I am going to Delhi,” Dubey told reporters at the city airport. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh however, conducted a rally with weapons at Kharagpur on Saturday. Trinamool Congress will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission alleging violation of the state government’s ban against the display of weapons.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel allegedly didn’t allow Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) staff members to removeBJP’s flex and banners from the Metro station on Saturday. As per the election procedure, political parties cannot put up any flex, banner or any kind of campaign materials on government office premises or on any government owned asset. As the metro station is the property of Indian Railways, no political campaign Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatamaterials is allowed within the premises. But, some BJP supporters reportedly put up flax and banners within the Chandni Chowk metro station premises, which the RPF or the metro authorities did not remove. After KMC came to know about such banners, concerned department was instructed to remove any political campaign flex or banner from there. While KMC staff had gone to remove the banners and flex, they were reportedly stopped by the RPF. It is alleged that some RPF personnel had physically harassed some of the KMC staff. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater, the KMC staff had to back off. Immediately, the situation was narrated to the senior officials of KMC which was later conveyed to Mayor Firhad Hakim. After the Mayor came to know about the harassment faced by KMC staff, he strongly expressed his displeasure. Later, he informed Kolkata Police and Election Commission about the incident. Though KMC staff are alleging about harassment, metro railway denied the allegations and claimed that no such incident had taken place.last_img read more

first_imgSeventeen-year-old, Dhriti Swarup, shishya of the esteemed guru, Padmashri Dr Shovana Narayan, will be performing a solo Kathak recital at Triveni Auditorium, New Delhi, on July 28. The event will be presided over by Dr Shovana Narayan.Dhriti started her training in Kathak as a seven year old little girl, under Guru Tirath Ajmani, who is Shovanaji’s Guru-Bhai. Under the aegis of ASAVARI, established by Shovanaji in 1979, Dhriti has been trained to be a highly proficient dancer replete with technical and abhinaya skills and an intense grounding in the theory of Kathak. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA staunch believer in guru-shishya parampara, Shovana has inculcated in Dhriti her own sensitivities of righteous practice and trust. Under her expert guidance and after 10 years of intense riyaaz, she performed her ‘Manch Pravesh’ last year at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Currently a student waiting to start her liberal arts graduation course at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA, Dhriti finds herself involved in photography, social service, and Indian classical vocal music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs a devotee of dance, Dhriti will dedicate the opening performance of the event to the lord. She will start with ‘Rudrashtakam’, a composition by Sant Tulsidas. This is an invocation to lord Shiva – the supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe by destroying negativity, evil, ignorance and death. The Rudrashtakam will be followed by a gat nikas, depicting the story of Sati. Daksha, Sati’s father, organises a yagna, inviting all the gods, goddesses and princes, excluding his daughter and her husband, but Sati insists on going to the yagna. On seeing her, Daksha gets angry and Sati immolates her mortal body in scorching flames. Shiva, angered and grief-stricken, then performs the fearsome tandava dance with Sati’s charred body on his shoulders. During this dance, her body comes apart and the pieces fall on earth. Following this, Dhriti will perform teen taal, consisting of sixteen matras. The dance is said to be the first stepping stone for any dancer, singer, or musician. This piece will be a combination of thaat, pirmilu, upaj and footwork in which she will strive to exhibit her command over the nuances which define a true Kathak exponent. The next abhinaya will be thumri malika consisting of two pieces. The first is ‘Kanha bin’ – lyrics by Dr Shovana Narayan and Pandit Jwala Prasad. The second ‘Chhado langar’, portrays the ecstasy of Radha as the faint strains of Krishna’s flute fall on her ears. This will then be followed by a rendition of dhamaar – a taal consisting of 14 matras. The last piece of the performance will be a soulful mix of an Urdu couplet, a Bhajan by Surdas, poems by Lalita Devi, Harivanshrai Bachchan and Malik Mohammed Jayasi. Conceptualised by Dr Shovana Narayan and guru Lalita Narayan and choreographed by Dr Shovana Narayan, ‘Chaand’, set to Pandit Jwala Prasad’s dulcet music, portrays the moon in all its dynamic elements: as an object of a child’s fascination, as a symbol of romance, of desire, and as an integral part in all earthly phenomena.last_img read more

first_imgMary, Queen of Scots also known as Mary Stuart, became known as one of the most controversial figures in British royal history. A daughter of King James V, she inherited the Scottish throne in 1542, while being only six days old. Therefore, a regency was set up to rule Scotland, while she spent her childhood in France. When she came back for the throne in 1561, the British Isles were deeply divided by Protestant Reformation. A Catholic herself, she struggled to keep Scotland loyal to the Pope, in the midst of religious turmoil that caught the British Isles. In such a delicate political situation, she found it necessary to surround herself with trustworthy courtiers, as conspiracies were in the air from the first day of her official reign.Mary Queen of ScotsOne such courtier, in particular, managed to rise quickly in the hierarchy, becoming the Queen’s personal secretary, and by some allegations, her lover. His name was David Rizzio, and he would meet a tragic end in 1566, as a victim of a conspiracy orchestrated against Queen Mary by none other than her husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley.Rizzio was an Italian musician who ended up in the Scottish court in 1561, as a member of a diplomatic mission on behalf of Savoy, then a duchy in today’s Switzerland that had strong ties with Piedmont, one of the most powerful of Italian realms at the time.Seventeenth-century portrait, traditionally said to be of David Rizzio, private secretary of Mary, Queen of ScotsAlthough the mission was over, he stayed at the invitation of Queen Mary, who found his musical skills and continental charm quite enchanting.After spending a few years as a court musician and a bass in the Queen’s choir, he would go on to replace Augustine Raulet, one of Mary’s most loyal subjects who acted as her confidential secretary and decipherer, and was the only person apart from the Queen to own the keys to the box containing her personal papers.David Rizzio and Mary Stuart by Amos Cassioli.It remains unclear whether the reason behind this decision was due to Raulet somehow betraying the Queen’s trust, or due to her own misjudgment. Anyhow, this shift wasn’t taken lightly, as Rizzio was soon accused of being a Papal spy, whose real role was to support Queen Mary in her attempt to subvert the Reformation in Scotland.Meanwhile, Lord Darnley and Mary Stuart got married. Darnley, described by historian John Guy, as “a narcissist and a natural conspirator”, and a person who “was cynically exploiting religion for his own political purposes”.Darnley and Mary, Queen of Scots (painting circa 1565, now at Hardwick Hall in DerbyshireDarnley was known for his debauchery and promiscuity with some stories even claiming he also had a love affair with the Italian musician. In fact, Rizzio was known to be his confidant before he switched sides and became one of the Queen’s most intimate advisors.In 1566 the Scottish ― less than a year after their wedding ― the royal couple became very estranged. Darnley’s opportunistic nature surfaced as he tried to push out Mary from all political affairs, assuming the role of King of Scots.Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley king consort of ScotlandThe two became bitter foes, and his suspicion towards Rizzio grew, as the young courtier became more and more close to the Queen. Add to the mixture that Mary Stuart was carrying a child at the time, and that many of the courtiers pointed their fingers at David Rizzio to be the father, although no evidence for such claims existed. Darnley was furious.Together with his father, Matthew Stuart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and a number of other influential figures of the court, he devised a plot which would end in using David Rizzio as a scapegoat for his own coup against Mary.Matthew Stewart, his wife Margaret, their son Charles and grandson James mourn their son HenryOn the night of 9th of March 1566, the conspirators decided to act. A group of 80 men barged into the Queen’s dining room, where she was having dinner with Rizzio and other confidants. Rudely interrupted, Mary Stuart quickly became aware of the gravity of the situation.One of the main conspirators, Lord Ruthven, initiated the previously orchestrated brawl while wearing battle armor. He accused Rizzio of having an affair with the Queen, emphasizing their assault as a matter of honor which needed to be settled.The Murder of Rizzio, 1787 by John OpieThe Queen objected to such accusations while being held tightly by Darnley, with a pistol pointed to her head. During that time, the conspirators stabbed Rizzio with their daggers, killing him. In the aftermath, David Rizzio, the personal secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, had received 56 stab wounds.Afterward, when Darnley was confronted by Mary, he explained that the plot took place due to his belief that she was having an affair with Rizzio. Although Mary denounced such claims, the argument which followed led to the Queen being locked in her chamber, while the conspirators further desecrated Rizzio’s body.The murder of David Rizzio from the Duke of Buccleuch statue. Photo by Kim Traynor -CC BY-SA 3.0However, using her charms, the cunning Queen managed to persuade Darnley to help her escape. Apparently, Darnley cared little for the Protestant cause, upon which he acted against his wife, at first, and decided to switch sides.Related Video: 12 Ye Olde Insults we could use todayThe royal couple then found refuge at the home of the sister of the Earl of Bothwell. As soon as the managed to escape, Queen Mary raised an army of several thousand men and returned to Edinburgh.1567 drawing of Kirk o’ Field after the murder of Darnley, drawn for William Cecil shortly after the murder.At that point, the conspirators were forced to flee, providing Mary Stuart the opportunity to consolidate her power and establish a firm rule over Scotland.Read another story from us: The life of Mary Queen of Scots – Married 3 times, imprisoned and her untimely endHowever, this period of peace was short-lived, for her former ally, Earl of Bothwell allegedly organized the assassination of Darnley, and forced the Queen to marry him. Another bloody chapter in Scottish royal history thus came to a close.last_img read more

first_imgThe rare inside-the-park grand slam unicorn was spotted in Florida. It happened during an early season game between Stetson and Southern Illinois.In the top of the second, with Southern Illinois already leading 4-0, and the bags packed, a batter laced a shot toward the left field fence. Stetson outfielder Austin Bogart tracked the ball, but ran out of real estate and crashed through a gate in the fence.Bogart’s was hobbled from the collision and couldn’t get to his feet to throw the ball to the cutoff man. The result is a rare inside-the-park grand slam.Here’s the video. Turn down the volume, the broadcast sounds like there is an EMP going off in the background. It’s small-time college baseball, folks.How do you hit an inside-the-park grand slam? Stetson LF Austin Bogart literally runs through the wall. (He’s OK). pic.twitter.com/t43zYOjLZB— Saluki Baseball (@SIU_Baseball) February 19, 2017last_img read more

first_img Now that the Model 3 has reached its promised $35,000 price point, Tesla is turning its marketing attention to what comes next. Yesterday, Elon Musk officially unveiled the next vehicle to join the Tesla range in the form of the Model Y.As The Verge reports, the Model Y is a compact SUV which Musk describes as roomier than a Model 3 while being less imposing than a Model X. It’s expected to achieve a five-star crash test rating and will eventually be offered as four model options: Standard Range, Long Range, Dual Motor AWD, and Performance. Inside looks very similar to the Model 3 while offering 66 cubic feet of storage space.The Standard Range model will be the cheapest at $39,000 and offers a range of 230 miles, 120mph top speed, and a 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds. However, it won’t be available until Spring 2021. The other three models are all expected to launch in Fall 2020, though.The Long Range model is the next cheapest coming in at $47,000. It offers a 300 mile range, 130mph top speed, and 5.5 second 0-60 time. The Dual Motor AWD model will cost $51,000, has a range of 280 miles, top speed of 135mph, and 4.8 second 0-60 time. Finally, there’s the Performance model which will cost $60,000. It boasts a range of 280 miles, a top speed of 150mph, and a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds.With up to seven seats and a battery placed very low in the chassis to allow for an SUV that feels quite sporty, the Model Y could prove very popular. As with previous Tesla launches, though, getting one may prove difficult initially depending on how quickly the manufacturing lines can ramp up. We have to assume Tesla learned a lot from the Model 3 launch. 2 min read March 15, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

first_imgVertebral Compression Fracture Devices MarketVertebral Compression Fracture Devices Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market was valued at $748 million in 2015, and is expected to reach $1,109 million by 2022, supported by a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period 2014 – 2022.Download the Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/669?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanVertebral compression fracture (VCF) generally occurs when the block-like part of a single bone of the spine (vertebra) is compressed due to trauma. The surgical approach for VCF treatment involves injecting cementing material in the fractured vertebra to provide immediate relief from pain and stability to the patient.The vertebral compression fractures devices market is driven by factors such as advent of minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and rise in incidence of osteoporosis and arthritis. In addition, rise in geriatric population, short recovery period, low risk of infection, and shorter hospital stay are anticipated to boost the demand for VCF devices, globally. However, risk of post-surgical complications and stringent regulatory approval process hamper the market growth.Balloon kyphoplasty devices segment is projected to maintain its leading trend in the global market, owing to the benefits offered by these procedures such as reduction of back pain and restoration of vertebral body height. Furthermore, vertebroplasty segment is anticipated to grow rapidly during the forecast period.The global VCF devices market is segmented on the type of surgery into open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. The open spine surgery segment contributed the highest revenue in the global market in 2015. However, the MISS market is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the study period.For More Inquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/669?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanKey Findings of Vertebral Compression Fractures Devices MarketThe vertebroplasty devices segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period.The balloon kyphoplasty segment accounted for almost four-fifths share of the global vertebral compression fracture devices market in 2015.Japan is the major shareholder in the Asia-Pacific VCF devices market, accounting for more than one-third share in 2015.North America dominated the global market, accounting for two-thirds share in 2015.North America is expected to dominate the global market throughout the forecast period, owing to increased adoption of VCF devices in surgery, surge in procedure volumes caused by rapidly aging population, and rise in incidence of spinal disorders and impairments, such as spinal stenosis. However, Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow rapidly, registering a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period. Improving healthcare infrastructures and increase in expenditures in the emerging markets, such as India and China to cater to the unmet medical needs in these countries have bolstered the market growth.The key players in the VCF devices market have focused on expanding their business operations in the fast-growing economies by adopting the product launch strategy. The major companies profiled in the report include Alphatec Holdings, Inc., Benvenue Medical, Depuy Synthes (Johnson & Johnson), Globus Medical, Inc., Medtronic plc, Orthovita, Inc., Osseon LLC, Stryker Corporation, VEXIM SA, and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.last_img read more

first_imgThe software giant today made the first Canary and Developer builds available for download on Windows 10 machines. The Canary build is a raw version that will be updated daily while the Developer build is more stable and will receive weekly updated. A beta build, which should be very similar to the finished product, will go live in the future. macOS Canary builds are also available so you can install Microsoft Edge on Macs.I fired up the Developer build on an Alienware m17 laptop and was immediately asked if I wanted to sync my favorites, autofill data, and history or start from scratch. From there, I continued the setup process by choosing from three different home page formats: An “Inspirational” theme with a photo background, a text-heavy “Informational” look, and a simplified “Focused” option.Looking for some inspiration, I chose the image-heavy option, which displayed a scenic mountain range behind icons for my most-recent webpages. Like the current Edge browser, the homepage also displays a news feed with tabs for certain categories (news, sports, entertainment, etc).The overall interface is clean and only shows pertinent information when I want to see it. But that brings us to the elephant that found its way back in the room: Bing. The first thing most folks will do on Edge is make Chrome their default search engine, which, unfortunately, isn’t an option in this year’s build. But don’t worry Google fans, that will likely change in future versions.The overall interface of the new Edge browser hasn’t changed much. Tabs are still sharp rectangles and the settings menu combines modern font with simple logos. Edge and Chrome have always looked rather similar, but a few tweaks bring Microsoft’s browser even closer to parity with its fierce rival. For example, a new profile logo on the top-right corner of Edge mimics the Chrome layout. Also, the drop-down preview for tabs is missing on this early build.When it comes to usability, the new Edge browser felt surprisingly stable during my testing. Edge has always been lightweight, speedy browser and it doesn’t seem like the switch to Chromium is going to change that. I jumped from one webpage to another without the slightest hint of lag, and even watch YouTube videos without any anomalies (admittedly, the Alienware laptop I used was outfitted with some beefy specs).One of the main benefits of moving to Chromium is that the new Edge will support third-party extensions. For now, you can only download add-ons from the Microsoft Store. We got our first look at the store’s solid range of offerings a few weeks ago. If your must-have extension isn’t already on that list, then you’ll eventually be able to download apps from the Chrome Web Store. I used Honey, the automatic coupon finder, without any issues.I’m quite happy with the new Edge, even in its early phase. In fact, I’d have no problems switching over from Chrome once Microsoft adds the option to change your default web browser (sorry, Bing). However, I don’t quite see how Microsoft will convince users to return to its browser. Google has a tight hold on the web browser space after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dropped off a cliff at the start of the decade. While a Chromium-based Edge brings some nice benefits to users, it lacks a killer feature in its current form.But we shouldn’t count out Edge just yet. Plenty of changes will be made before (and after) it becomes widely available. Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of Windows, reassured us to those changes in a blog post today.”In these first builds we are very much focused on the fundamentals and have not yet included a wide range of feature and language support that will come later,” Belfiore wrote. “You’ll start to see differences from the current Microsoft Edge including subtle design finishes, support for a broader selection of extensions and the ability to manage your sign-in profile.”When it was announced in December, the Chromium-based Edge browser marked a landmark decision for Microsoft to abandon its own project and team with Google. By harnessing the open-source Chromium engine, Microsoft can offer Edge users better web compatibility. On the flip side, Microsoft promises to return the favor by bringing its own expertise to the table, which should hopefully result in a better web experience for everyone. Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. 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Save on Flights Today!CheapflightsUndoAdvertisement Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows 10 is finally here, and we got some hands-on time with it.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/microsoft-edge-chromium-hands-on?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  Author Biocenter_img Phillip Tracy, Phillip Tracy, Update June 20: Chromium-based Edge browser builds were initially available only on Windows 10. Now, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users can trial a Canary preview build of Chromium-based Edge. A more stable Developer build will be coming soon to the legacy operating systems.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Drive Search and Docs improvements by Martin Brinkmann on September 21, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 2 commentsGoogle just launched an update for Google Drive that improves the service’s search capabilities with spelling correction and natural language processing.Google Drive’s search functionality lacked in several ways up until now, especially if you consider that Google is the dominant search company on the Internet.The new update improves search on Google Drive. While that won’t make it the best search experience you ever had — as you may still encounter the dreaded “none of your files or folders matched this search” message — it is a step in the right direction nevertheless.”Did you mean” spell checkingOne of the new features that the update introduces is spell checking. When you mistype a search query, you may get a “did you mean” suggestion underneath it if Google Drive could not match any files or folders to the original query.If you enter gams for instance, you may get the suggestion to run the search for games instead. This is linked directly so that you need to to click on the suggestion to display matching results.Natural Language ProcessingThe second big change to search is support for Natural Language Processing. Basically, what it allows you to do is type queries in natural language.A search for “show budget spreadsheets” for instance may result in no search hits by default. Google may display a “did you mean” link however that runs a search for budget that returns only spreadsheets in the results.Google states that Drive search understands complex queries such as “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa” as well, and that it will get better with each query.Google Docs improvementsGoogle Docs features a new columns option that switches the layout to one, two or three columns. To use it, open any document on Google Docs and select Format > Columns to switch to another column count automatically.Non-Google file formats that you open, convert or edit on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides are now saved automatically.You may open a copy of those files using the Revision History. This allows you to open the original file at any time.To do that, open the file on Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, and select File > Show Revision History from the menu. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you may use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift-H instead.Now You: Do you use a document hosting and editing service? If so, which and why?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Drive Search and Docs improvementsDescriptionGoogle just launched an update for Google Drive that improves the service’s search capabilities with spelling correction and natural language processing.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSteam Customizer: create custom Steam skins by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 in Software – 2 commentsSteam Customizer is a free service that enables you to create custom Steam skins that you can apply to the Steam client program on your computer.Steam supports custom skins that you can load, but the process of creating or loading skins is not as comfortable as it could be.Steam Customizer changes that. It lets you download any skin from its site, or create a new one instead that you can download, in the first step.You would then use the Steam Customizer program to apply this skin to the Steam client running on the system it is executed on.Note: The program is only available for Windows currently. The FAQ on the site mentions that a Mac version is in the making.Steam CustomizerFirst thing you do is head over to the Steam Customizer website to get started. You may sign in to the site using a Steam account, but don’t need to do that to download or create Steam skins on the site.The next step depends on whether you want to browser existing skins, or create a new one from scratch.Click on explore to browse Steam skins created by other users of the site. You can download those to your computer system and install them using the Steam Customizer software.Creation of a new Steam skin is an easy enough process. Steam Customizer divides the process into the steps main UI styles, client styles, and misc options.You select the desired font face, and the primary and secondary color for the skin first. Only a handful of fonts are available. Any change to the font face or colors is shown automatically in the Steam preview area so that you can adjust it easily.Client Styles add more colors for the most part to the process. You can change colors for various items such as the inbox, search field or inner text displayed by Steam.There is also an option to load a custom PNG image file to display it as  the right logo on Steam, or remove the logo and not use one at all.Misc options finally provides you with options to change three additional colors — online, offline and ingame — or leave them as they are.You may also modify the friends and dialog windows. This includes changing fonts or colors for the most part though.Once you are satisfied with the new skin, click on “download skin” at the top to download the new skin package to your system. The skin is generated on the fly, and the generation itself should not take longer than a couple of seconds.You need to head over to the site’s download section next, and download the tool that enables you to apply the skin to Steam.The program is open source, and you can use it to apply a new skin to Steam either by opening it and selecting one of the skins, or by double-clicking on the skins file that you downloaded previously.Closing WordsSteam Customizer is an easy to use service to create and install custom Steam skins. It is limited in terms of what it can do — like any other drag and drop editor — and I wish it would be more flexible in regards to certain options. Some fonts for instance may be too large so that interface elements don’t align properly anymore in the client. An option to change the font size would be handy to avoid this.All in all though it is a clever way of creating and applying custom skins for Steam. (via The Windows Club)Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 4 votes Software Name Steam CustomizerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page http://steamcustomizer.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMozilla tests Premium VPN Service by Martin Brinkmann on October 21, 2018 in Firefox – 94 commentsMozilla will start the test of a commercial VPN offering tomorrow for a subset of users in the United States.The organization has not created its own VPN network but partnered up with the Swiss VPN provider ProtonVPN to use the established network of the provider.The test starts on October 22, 2018 in the United States for a sample of users of Firefox 62. Only some users who use Firefox 62 in the United States will be invited to participate in the test.There is no surefire way to be selected for the test as criteria for selection are quite diverse. Users who connect to an Open (unencrypted) wireless network, visit privacy focused websites, or streaming sites, may see the recommendation by Firefox.The recommendation highlights the basics behind a VPN, that Mozilla selected ProtonVPN as the partner for the test, and the price of the subscription.The price of the subscription matches the price that users pay for a monthly ProtonVPN subscription when they subscribe directly on the ProtonVPN website.It is unclear whether Firefox users will have the opportunity to pay yearly to get the $2 per month discount on the monthly price that ProtonVPN offers.Firefox users should get access to ProtonVPN Plus when they subscribe. Details are a bit scarce but it seems that the subscription gives Firefox users access to a full VPN that they run on the system and not just in the browser.ProtonVPN’s Plus plan can be run on five devices, includes all security features, and gives users access to all countries.Why ProtonVPN?Mozilla analyzed VPN services to find the best suitable partner for the VPN offer in Firefox. The organization selected ProtonVPN for a number of reasons that include (according to Mozilla)Strong security practices to make sure that the provider offers excellent protection against hacking attempts.That the VPN service does not store or log information about the browsing of its users.That the VPN provider follows the same mission as Mozilla: to improve data safety and security on the Web.Why a VPN?Mozilla has two main intentions when it comes to the new offering. First, to add a new revenue stream that is independent of the money that the organization gets from search engine companies like Google.The affiliate revenue earned from promoting the VPN in Firefox would reduce the stranglehold that search engine companies have on Mozilla. The bulk of Mozilla’s revenue comes from deals with search engine companies like Google or Yandex.The second reason is that VPNs improve user privacy and security on the Internet. VPNs like ProtonVPN include security features that block certain attacks outright and they hide the IP address of the user device.Closing WordsCritics might say that Mozilla adds advertising to the browser and that is certainly the case if you look at what is happening. Firefox may display recommendations to users to subscribe to a VPN when they perform certain actions in the browser. The choice of ProtonVPN may also be questioned by some.VPNs do improve privacy and security on the other hand and that is definitely a good thing.Firefox users can subscribe to the VPN to support Mozilla and get something back in return. Deal details have not been revealed; it is unclear if Mozilla will earn recurring revenue from subscriptions or if the organization gets a one-time payment only.I think that $10 is quite a high price for a VPN considering that you can get good ones for half or even less the price. It would have been great if Mozilla would have managed to broker a better deal for Firefox users.Also, I’d like to see contextual recommendations that provide users with clear information on why Mozilla thinks that they should use a VPN.It would have been ideal, in my opinion, if Mozilla would have created its own VPN network instead. This would cost a lot but it would mean that the bulk of revenue would flow into Mozilla’s pockets and would reassure users because of the first-party nature of the service.  (via Sören Hentzschel)Now You: What is your take on the move?SummaryArticle NameMozilla tests Premium VPN ServiceDescriptionMozilla will start the test of a commercial VPN offering tomorrow for a subset of users in the United States.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more