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The coming year, 2019, is going to be important for Samsung. Besides announcing its tenth-anniversary edition Galaxy S10 series, the South Korean smartphone maker is also going to launch its first fully foldable smartphone, the company has announced. In fact, Samsung is reportedly working on a 5G support model of the S10 as well, which the company may not announce alongside the other models. The Galaxy S10 with 5G support could go official a few months later. In addition to these premium phones, Samsung has also confirmed to bring phones with its newly announced displays including — Infinity-O, Infinity-U and Infinity-V. Rumours suggest that the company has already started working hard on its first Infinity-O phone, which is most likely going to the Galaxy A8s.During the launch of the Galaxy A9s and Galaxy A6s, Samsung has officially confirmed the coming of Galaxy A8s. The company, however, hasn’t yet confirmed the launch timeline of the Galaxy A8s, but rumours suggest that the smartphone could go official sometime around January next year, 2019. Ahead of the launch, the Infinity-O display Samsung phone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours. Last week, renders showing the complete phone had leaked, and now the full specs of the phone have surfaced online.The new leak goes in line with the previous ones and reveals that the Galaxy A8s will indeed come with Infinity-O display. This means that the screen of the Samsung phone will sport a hole in the upper left corner. The hole is basically to equip the selfie camera, which is said to have a 24-megapixel sensor. On the rear panel, the Galaxy A8s is expected to sport three cameras just as the recently launched Galaxy A7 (2018). This makes the Galaxy A8s the second phone from Samsung to get a triple camera setup on the rear panel.advertisementAs for the specs, the new leak reveals that the Galaxy A8s will come with a primary camera of 25-megapixel sensor, secondary camera of 5-megapixel, and third camera of a 10-megapixel. As of now, there’s no confirmation on the aperture and other camera features and modes that the Galaxy A8s will pack.ALSO READ: Huawei may launch smartphone with punch hole display ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy A8sThe leak further reveals that the Galaxy A8s will sport a 6.39-inch LCD screen supplied by Chinese display maker — BOE. On the hardware front, the leak suggests that the Samsung phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s recently launched Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. The leak also reveals that the Galaxy A8s will come packed with a 3,400mAh battery. Although the software running the Samsung phone hasn’t been revealed in the leak, we expect the phone to come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband, Justin Mikita, have once again created an exclusive special edition bow tie by “Tie The Knot for The Tie Bar” for the 2014 Tony Awards.This year’s design feature a pattern of stars against a midnight background, representing the Tony Awards “Where the Stars Align” campaign.Tie The Knot was founded to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage equality. All proceeds benefit United States organizations fighting on behalf of LGBT Civil Rights. This exclusive, limited edition Tony bow tie is available for purchase at www.TheTieBar.com for $25.“When designing the Tie The Knot collection with The Tie Bar, we tried to incorporate the essence of the night yet keep it completely refined for a black tie event,” says Ferguson.“Exactly,” Mikita continues, “a patterned black bow tie with small stars is a statement accessory that will complete the outfit and give it some personality that would otherwise go unnoticed.”The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-‐hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.“The incorporation of our ‘Where the Stars Align’ campaign into the bow tie’s design creates a wonderfully stylish memento of this year’s Tony Awards that Broadway fans can wear for years to come while supporting a wonderful cause. We are honored to partner with Jesse and Justin again this year,” said Charlotte St Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.TonyAwards.com, developed, produced, and hosted by IBM, is centerpiece of the Tony Awards digital platform that includes an interactive Second Screen (TonyAwards.com/secondscreen) to complement the CBS telecast on June 8; a Spotlight Series on potential nominees; Google+ hangouts; a live webcast of the Nominations Announcement; multimedia coverage before, during, and after the Tony ceremony; and much more.Tie The Knot was founded to combine humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. Founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, the goal of Tie The Knot is clear: to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it. For more information on the fight for equal marriage rights, Tie The Knot will keep an active blog with up-to-‐date news and developments throughout the country on their website.
firstname.lastname@example.org Trina Roache APTN National NewsDozens of Mi’kmaq protestors marched through Halifax today voicing their anger over a natural gas project.There are concerns that the Alton Gas Company did a lack luster job of consulting them over the project.And they want the government to stop the project.
Leap into this masterpiece. Sony Pictures Animation In hindsight, no one was ready for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We’re not used to superhero movies being masterpieces. We’re used to mediocrity.Mediocrity, we love it. We crave it. Consume its marketing material, drip-fed to our hungry tongues. Nothing quite quenches the thirst like mediocrity. Delicious. Love it. Can’t get enough. Gimme that mediocrity.Thank you, Disney, thank you, Marvel, for the mediocrity. For inventing the template and never straying. For the 22-movie commitment to the forever three-star movie. We’re used to it now. It’s probably a good thing. I used to complain about superhero fatigue, now I embrace the grind. Go for your life, Marvel, make your three-star movies. At least they’re not bad. That would be terrible. No, they’re just mediocre and that’s… good?Yet, unfortunately for Marvel, every now and then a superhero movie hits cinemas to remind you what magic looks like. To recalibrate your idea of what “good” is. In 2018 that movie was Into the Spider-Verse, a movie currently available to watch on Netflix.And by god you should watch it.But watch at your own risk. Seriously. I’ve spent the last five years mindlessly gorging myself on superhero movies that are as safe as they come. After watching Into The Spider-Verse, and seeing it on repeat for the past couple of months, it’s difficult to go back.It’s visually jaw-droppingAre you ready for a hyperbolic, completely uncritical look at why Into The Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of the last decade and beyond? Sony Pictures Animation Brilliant. Let’s get started.Probably best to begin with the aesthetics and visual design.Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wanted this Into The Spider-Verse to have a unique look from the beginning, which resulted in over 140 animators combining computer animation with a hand-drawn style designed to mimic comic book art.When I heard about this, I was cynical. Movies that take visual risks or pioneer unique art styles tend to review well by default. “Here’s your cookie for trying something different.” This is the kind of thing that tends to make movie critics salivate like Pavlov’s dogs.But it’s not enough, right? Plenty of animated movies (*cough* Kubo and the Two Strings) have pioneering art styles but are complete snooze fests. That’s not the case here.Into The Spider-Verse has an integrated aesthetic, but what really elevates the movie is how inventive it is, how vibrant it is, with visual storytelling.The visual storytelling is brilliant. Sony Pictures Animation I always think about the above scene, when Peter Parker and Miles Morales, the two main “Spider-Men,” attempt to escape a villain’s lab. They’re spotted and every scientist in the building hops up, springs into action immediately. Except one. Who just keeps eating her lunch. She’s seen this all before. This is a villain’s lair. There’s always some superhero trying to mess with their shit. This is just another day at the office. Literally. She just wants to finish her tea break.It’s a split-second, but betrays an insane commitment to detail. A commitment to be inventive, to subvert, to engage with weird ideas and be brave with them. It’s a spirit that infects every single frame of this movie.Kingpin, the bad guy. Sony Pictures Animation How about the visual design of Kingpin, who is almost comically oversized, but still emanates an incredibly intimidating aura.How about the fact that Into The Spider-Verse seamlessly blends characters from different universes (noir, anime, traditional 1930s animation), providing each with its own unique visual flair, but somehow makes everything feel like it belongs in the same movie?“It CAN get weirder!” Sony Pictures Animation That’s ignoring how this movie moves — at a schizophrenic pace with action sequences that never let up, and never stop surprising you. Like when Miles Morales gets one hand stuck to an unconscious Peter Parker and another stuck to a moving subway train and chaos ensues. Or when an inexperienced Morales has to escape The Prowler by scrambling through abandoned tunnels using powers he’s only just acquired. Every sequence leaps off the screen with an intense, dramatically overactive sense of imagination. It feels at once meticulously planned, but spontaneously performed.It’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen.The script is… [chef’s kiss]It’s not necessarily the script that elevates Into The Spider-Verse. “Script” is just a catch-all term for the story, which takes a traditional hero’s journey and twists it in all sorts of strange directions.A catch-all term for the way it takes the traditional Spider-Man myth (man gets bitten by spider, man watches uncle die, man becomes inspired to grow into his responsibilities) and subverts it while maintaining great respect for the timeless story device it has become.For the way it comments on itself as an origin story, in a meta sense, without becoming overbearing or robbing its audience of living in the moment of Miles Morales’ journey toward becoming Spider-Man. 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0:39 Culture TV and Movies It does all these things without rushing and without overstaying its welcome. Most of its storytelling comes visually, without exposition. It does the stories of multiple characters justice. Miles Morales’ journey, obviously, is exquisitely told, but so too is old man Peter Parker, a Spider-Man we’ve never seen before: middle-aged, bored, depressed, broken up by a failed marriage. A man who’d rather take the bus than swing through New York City. Even Kingpin is a sympathetic villain, driven by a desire to rescue his own wife and children from death.Every loose end is tied — quickly, subtly, intelligently, without issue — in a way that makes almost every other superhero movie feel endlessly clunky and old-fashioned.This movie feels realFor an animated movie about six spider-people from six different dimensions using supernatural powers to defeat a 900-pound man and robot cyborgs in suits, Into The Spider-Verse is remarkably grounded.It’s a story about family, about what it means to be a father, what it means to be a son. What it means to wrestle with the expectations of others and live up to your own potential. More than any other animated movie I’ve ever seen, it feels performed. It has the spontaneous energy and heart of a screwball comedy, the incredible scale of superhero action at its best.You’d have to go all the way back to The Iron Giant or The Incredibles to find an animated movie that feels this real. A movie that delivers on almost every possible spectrum you could invent, but still feels original and new.If you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, you’re selling yourself short. Like me, you’ve probably spent the last few years wallowing in the mediocrity of the superhero dirge. That’s fine. That’s good.But maybe it’s worth reminding yourself what it’s like to enjoy something great. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ‘definitely’ getting a sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home a perfect Endgame epilogue Far From Home poster goof unleashes Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury Comments More Spidey Tags Exclusive Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse clip melds… 17 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse juggles all these internal responsibilities (to be cool, to be funny, to not take itself seriously, to have heart, to be sincere but smart, to be sentimental but not sickly sweet) and does so effortlessly. Or — at the very least — does an incredible job of masking the effort it takes to create a superhero movie that does everything perfectly.In its own way, Into The Spider-Verse is a small miracle.Actually it’s a huge miracle. 77 Photos
The first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.
Bollywood films are seeing cuts and beeps by the censor board, musicians are facing flak and being misinterpreted, actors are being judged on the basis of their religion. So, is stand up comedy the only platform devoid of interference from “moral policing”? In stand-up comedy, artistes take bold pot shots at politicians or comment on social issues like the beef ban – yet most of them feel that people in India are not quite ready to be criticised or mocked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStand-up comedian Appurv Gupta, who has more than 200 shows to his credit, says “online trolls are making sure that even comedians won’t say what they want to say”.”These days, everyone is getting hurt over even small things and if we say something that affects them emotionally or forces them to think about their past decisions, then they can go to any level – especially on internet – and they make sure that either they win the argument, or you stop arguing with them,” Gupta said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I, as a comedian, think twice before writing a small tweet and think about the consequences; so I doubt whether I have freedom of speech, specially at this point of time. Things were different 2-3 years back. I don’t know whether this change is good or bad for everyone, but, yes, freedom of speech is facing a struggle in India,” he added.On the other hand, Amit Tandon, who has done more than 700 shows in India and on foreign shores, feels stand-comedy is “one of the voices” against the negativity escalating in the country, but he believes that “other people are doing better jobs than comedians, like RTI (Right To Information) activists, NGOs, etc”. “In fact, stand-up comedy shows you that there is still freedom of speech because, despite all the FIRs, no comedian has actually gone to jail. It shows that it is okay to speak against the government,” Tandon quipped.On a positive note, Neeti Palta, who gives a female point of view on a variety of subjects, from Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, to current affairs – all the while poking fun at men, pointed out that since the time of “Akbar and Birbal, comedy has always been used as a tool to sugarcoat hard truths and make them more palatable. And so is the case today”.”It reflects the ethos of the era it exists in. Be it a poking fun at intolerance or a bunch of idiots who are all too easily offended, or the current political scenario, or even the alter lives we lead in cyber space. Everything is rich ground for material,” she said.Arjun Anand, co-founder at Punchliners, a stand-up comedy platform, said that every comedian expresses his perspective through distinct forms of comedy. But he believes that “sensitive issues must be handled sensitively”.Sorabh Pant concurs, saying that he thinks twice about his jokes only when it is related to Indian politicians.”I want to make sure that I am not saying anything that is incorrect. I will criticise (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, (Chief Minister of Delhi) Arvind Kejriwal and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi, but I am also going to figure out their positive side to keep it balanced because all three of them have quite a vast number of supporters in the country and it is a little unfair to disrespect them,” Pant said.
On Wednesday, Facebook launched Candidate Info, where politicians can pitch on camera. It features thousands of direct-to-camera vertical videos where federal, local and state candidates introduce themselves and explain their top policy priority, qualifications and biggest goal if they win office. Scott Walker (R – WI Governor), Elizabeth Warren (D – MA Senate) and Beto O’Rourke (D – TX Senate) have already posted, while Facebook expects more candidates to participate, shortly. The Facebook mobile app’s navigation drawer will soon show these videos as part of an Election 2018 bookmark. The video clips will begin appearing to the potential constituents in the News Feed, next week. Facebook believes these videos will make it easier for people to learn about and compare different candidates. This feature is an addition to the Town Hall feature which Facebook had launched in 2017, which offers a personalized directory of candidates the users could vote for. In a similar fashion, Candidate Info only shows video clips from politicians running elections relevant to a given user, so in case, you are in California you won’t see videos from the Texas Senate race between O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. Though, you can still find their videos on their Facebook Pages. Considering, the midterms are just around the corner, Facebook is trying its best to protect elections from interference by domestic and foreign attackers, connect users to candidates, offer transparency about who bought campaign ads, and encourage people to register and vote. With fake news that spread through the social network thought to have influenced the 2016 election, and ill-gotten Facebook user data from Cambridge Analytica applied to Donald Trump’s campaign ad targeting, the social media platform is hoping to avoid similar problematic narratives this time around. We aren’t sure Candidate Info is going to help here though. If anything, it might make things worse for the elections. It looks a lot like a shiny new filter bubble. What happens, for example, if one candidate in a constituency uses this tool to reach their constituents and the other doesn’t? Worse, still what if they don’t own a Facebook profile? This could give one of the parties an undue advantage as they will be on the top of the mind on Election day. And even if both the parties have their accounts and opt for this tool, what’s the guarantee that there won’t be any algorithmic manipulations? One of the campaigns from either of the parties might get an advantage purely based on what’s trending. Thirdly, the logic behind Facebook deciding which candidate’s pitches are relevant to the user based on where they are located is blickered, at best and dangerously comprising the viewer’s worldview, at its worse. Friends and family, though distributed across states, do influence who one votes for by virtue of their shared values. Denying users a chance to understand candidates from other constituencies simply tells an incomplete story. This could prevent healthy national level discussions and directly impact who becomes the next president. The bottomline is users should be ones deciding who to listen to, not the algorithm. Read Next Did you know Facebook shares the data you share with them for ‘security’ reasons with advertisers? Coinbase looking to replicate Facebook’s platform strategy with support for more digital assets WhatsApp co-founder reveals why he left Facebook; is called ‘low class’ by a Facebook senior executive
On Friday, a study was published on WhoTracks.me where the performance of the most commonly used ad blockers was analyzed. This study was motivated by the recent Manifest V3 controversy, which reveals that Google developers are planning to introduce an update that could lead to crippling all ad blockers. What update Chrome developers are introducing? The developers are planning to introduce an alternative to the webRequest API named the declrativeNetRequest API, which limits the blocking version of the webRequest API. According to Manifest V3, the declarativeNetRequest API will be treated as the primary content-blocking API in extensions. The Chrome developers listed two reasons behind this new update, one was performance and the other was better privacy guarantee to users. What this API does is, allow extensions to tell Chrome what to do with a given request, rather than have Chrome forward the request to the extension. This allows Chrome to handle a request synchronously. One of the ad blocker maintainers have reported an issue on the Chromium bug tracker for this feature: “If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content blockers can accomplish their duty, this essentially means that two content blockers I have maintained for years, uBlock Origin (“uBO”) and uMatrix, can no longer exist.” What the study by Ghostery revealed? This study addresses the performance argument made by the developers. For this study, the Ghostery team analyzed the network performance of the most commonly used ad blockers: uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Brave, DuckDuckGo and Cliqz’z Ghostery. The study revealed that these content-blockers, except DuckDuckGo, have only sub-millisecond median decision time per request. This small amount of time will not have any overhead noticeable by users. Additionally, the efficiency of content blockers is continuously being improved with innovative approaches or with the help of technologies like WebAssembly. How Google developers reacted to this study and all the feedbacks surrounding Manifest V3? Following the publication of the study and after looking at the feedbacks, Devlin Cronin, a Software Engineer at Google, clarified that these changes are not really meant to prevent content blocking. Cronin added that the changes listed in Manifest V3 are still in the draft and design stage. In the Google group, Manifest V3: Web Request Changes, Cronin said, “We are committed to preserving that ecosystem and ensuring that users can continue to customize the Chrome browser to meet their needs. This includes continuing to support extensions, including content blockers, developer tools, accessibility features, and many others. It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to prevent or break content blocking.” The team is not planning to remove the webRequest API. Cronin added, “In particular, there are currently no planned changes to the observational capabilities of webRequest (i.e., anything that does not modify the request).” Based on the feedback and concerns shared, the Chrome team did do some revisions including adding support for the dynamic rule to the declarativeNetRequest API. They are also planning to increase the ruleset size, which was 30k earlier. Users are, however, not convinced by this clarification. One user commented on Hacker News, “Keep in mind that their story about performance has been shown to be a complete lie. There is no performance hit from using webRequest like this. This is about removing sophisticated ad blockers in order to defend Google’s revenue stream, plain and simple.” Coincidentally, a Chrome 72 upgrade seems to break ad blockers in a way that they can’t see or block analytics anymore if the web page uses a service worker. Read Next Chromium developers propose an alternative to webRequest API that could result in existing ad blockers’ end Regulate Google, Facebook, and other online platforms to protect journalism, says a UK report Google announces the general availability of a new API for Google Docs
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Share Posted by VISIT FLORIDA appoints first-ever female President and CEO Tags: Promotions, VISIT FLORIDA Travelweek Group Young’s predecessor, Ken Lawson, left his role as CEO to take over the reins of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), as reported in December 2018. Lawson’s appointment in Jan. 2017 came after the resignation of three Visit Florida executives in the wake of the Pitbull scandal, which resulted in outgoing Governor Rick Scott calling for the resignation of Lawson’s predecessor, Will Seccombe. TALLAHASSEE, FL — For the first time ever, VISIT FLORIDA has a female President and CEO in charge following a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors.Dana Young, a sixth-generation Floridian, will assume her new role on Jan. 9 after serving as a senator for District 18 in Hillsborough County. Young also served in the Florida House from 2010 to 2016, rising to House Republican Leader.Governor-elect Ron DeSantis called Young an “exceptional leader” and commended her for “working tirelessly” to improve the quality of life for all Floridians.“Her leadership ability and experience make her an excellent candidate to lead VISIT FLORIDA in its mission to maximize the economic impact of travel and tourism to our state,” said DeSantis. “I look forward to working with Dana, who will be the first woman to lead VISIT FLORIDA, to strengthen our tourism industry and build on the economic success of our great state.”Young’s appointment comes at a time of record growth in tourism for Florida. According to Lino Maldonado, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors, the state’s tourism industry has achieved seven consecutive years of record visitation and visitor spending, with the latest economic impact study showing that visitors spent US$112 billion and supported 1.4 million Florida jobs.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureYoung thanked DeSantis and the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead VISIT FLORIDA, saying: “As a Floridian, with a family tradition of public service, I understand the vital importance of tourism to our state and look forward to working with industry businesses to inspire travel to Florida, stimulate the economy and create more jobs. << Previous PostNext Post >>
June 13, 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday, June 7. and 8. 2014.Once again this was an event with a line-up of awesome musicians, some returning to the Arcosanti stage and some very good people that were here for the first time.The event started with the beautiful voice of Marilynn Carter, accompanied by Ray Carter.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Here we see the Miles Dalto Trio performing the first set on Saturday, Louis Landon on piano, Bob McKeon on drums and bassist Sean Brogan.Sherry Roberson and on drums Bob McKeon.Here is singer Ray Brown with Miles Dalto on piano, Ray Carter on bass and Bob McKeon on drums.The Saturday evening party in the Vaults featured the Tommy Dukes Blues Band.One cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. More about this event will be posted on Monday, June 16. 2014.
StarTimes has struck new multi-year deals with Eutelsat that will allow it to accelerate the rollout of digital TV services across Africa.The firm said that, in anticipation of the continued expansion of Africa’s TV market, it has secured extra capacity and plans to “scale up further by the end of the year”.StarTimes has also renewed capacity contracts on two Eutelsat satellites and uplink agreements with Slovenian teleport operator STN.StarTimes claims that its multi-channel TV platform is available in more than 7 million homes across 13 Sub-Saharan African countries and that it plans to expand into the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia in August.“We rely on Eutelsat’s advanced satellite communication technology to make our signals available throughout the African continent. Going forward, we will continue to work with Eutelsat to provide the best digital TV service to our African customers,” said StarTimes group chairman and president Pang Xinxing.Eutelsat CEO, Rodolphe Belmer, said that it can help StarTimes to achieve its ambition to reach 30 million homes in 30 African countries by 2018.“Eutelsat is fully engaged in the transformation of Africa’s broadcasting landscape and is proud to work with the players who are bringing the benefits of digital TV to viewers across the continent,” said Belmer.