Distributed video delivery specialist Edgeware and online video analytics company Skytide have launched a solution that enables real time Quality of Experience analytics for multiscreen services.The companies said the solution would help to ensure content monetisation, especially for wholesale CDN services where operators needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer. The Edgeware video servers create a virtual session that enables operators to report usage data tied to sessions and content. This, says Edgeware, reduces the complexity, cost and processing needed to provide accurate, real time QoE reporting to the integration layer.Skytide says its Insight for CDNs solution can handle the volume that ABR streaming demands and transform it into meaningful reports in real time. “This is a perfect combination of state-of-the-art systems for analytics and video delivery,” said Jon Haley, vice-president, business development at Edgeware. “Together with Skytide, we offer the most scalable operator CDN solution in the industry.” “Our joint solution enables operators to dramatically reduce the complexity, cost and turnaround times associated with QoE reporting and analytics in an adaptive streaming environment,” said Michael O’Donnell, CEO of Skytide.
Sascha PruterPay TV operators will be best placed to manage the smart home on behalf of consumers, according to Sascha Pruter, head of Android TV programme management at Google.Speaking at the Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World Forum organised by content security provider Verimatrix at IBC, Pruter said the pay TV operators were best placed to expand their services beyond TV to “taking control of the house” because they have the customer relationship and can provide customers with a single number to call. “I think branding of pay TV operators will go towards a household brand rather than just a video brand,” he said.Addressing Google’s relationship with pay TV operators, Pruter said the first pay operators using Google TV as their platform of choice had launched Google Play stores on their TV services. “If we can come up with the right revenue model, [operators] can give consumers what they want while maintaining [their] own brand. For Google this is a partnership opportunity. Operators approach us and want to talk about these partnership opportunities,” he said.Pruter said that the user expectation had changed and consumers were used to going to app stores and getting things quickly. He said that one of the key requirements for operators is to be able to react quickly to trends. “The industry now seems to realise that reacting to changes has to happen fast to compete with the web and mobile,” he said.However, TV is still distinct from mobile, he added: “I don’t think all the principles from mobile apply to TV. Expectations of quality are very different. I’m much less tolerant of jitter on TV than when watching a YouTube clip while waiting for a bus.”Pruter said content regulations as well as rights issues needed to be challenged in many cases. “On the content side, yes, it take time to get rights but content owners are getting more used to things. They are realising that things in the way of consumers getting the content are harming them,” he said.Also participating in the session, Verimatrix CEO Tom Munro said that “one thing the operators can sell is trust” and that this would give them a role even in an app-centric world.Munro said that “the cord would become more difficult to cut” as operators move beyond video to applications such as home security.Speaking on the same panel, Francisco Saez Arance, service development director, global video unit Telefonica, agreed that OTT technology is enabling operators to innovate faster while maintaining the value of pay TV through legacy technologies. “We have to deal with complexity in the most open way that’s available,” he said. “As a pay TV operator with different operations, we are trying to leverage the existing assets and provide some unified layers that we brought from the OTT arena to provide unified experiences.” Saez said that the operator had “enough magical glue” coming from the OTT world to enable it to deliver consistent experiences.Saez said that Telefonica was leveraging cloud technologies to enable viewers to consume linear content in a non-linear way through features enabled by the cloud such as DVR and pause, leading him to use the phrase “flexilinear” to describe what is happening. He said that commercial agreements and contract rights are more challenging than technology restrictions in enabling all this to take place.Saez said that there is an issue about who controls user data and provides the user experience, including content search and discovery.“Some content providers are only providing access to services in a not very integrated way, but we are always looking to provide more value and looking at how to gather knowledge of their content assets and how to provide better recommendations. We integrate third party portals and their catalogues to provide value to their customers and it’s a question of the willingness of the content owners,” he said.
Wait until you see what could happen in America as early as this MAYAn unbelievable phenomenon is set to sweep the nation as early as this May…The railroad age… the steel age… the electronics age… the technology age – this phenomenon triggered them all. And now it’s taking shape again!Watch this special, time-sensitive presentation now for full details on how it could affect your job… your lifestyle… and your wallet. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.The gold price came under steady selling pressure starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday trading day. The sell off accelerated a bit shortly after London opened…and the low of the day was in about 9:30 a.m. GMT.The price bounced off that bottom a couple of times after that, but the moment that the Comex opened in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, it was up…up…and away. But once the price broke above $1,732 spot, there was obviously a seller there to make sure that the price didn’t finish the day above the Friday New York close.Gold closed at $1,730.30 spot…down $7.00 on the day. Net volume was a very light 79,000 contracts…or thereabouts.Silver’s price path was similar…and it’s low came at 11:30 a.m. in London, which might have been an early London silver fix. The subsequent rally ran out of gas at 11:00 a.m. in New York right on the button, which also happened to be the close of London trading.After the London close, silver got sold off about 40 cents, but gained about half of that back by the close of electronic trading in New York at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed at $33.50 spot…down 49 cents on the day. Net volume was on the light side at 27,500 contracts, a lot of which would have been of the high-frequency trading variety.The dollar index opened in a rally mode the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time yesterday morning, was up about 55 basis points…and then spent the rest of the trading day giving back about 30 points of that gain. The dollar index closed at the 79.10 level…up about 25 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price action…and the HUI finished down 1.08%.Considering the fact that silver was down about 50 cents on the day, the shares themselves hung in their very well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 0.84%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed all the deliveries for First Day Notice for the February delivery month in gold. There were 893 gold and 114 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow. The big short/issuer in gold was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 845 contracts…and taking the lion’s share of the deliveries was Deutsche Bank with 472 contracts…and Credit Suisse First Boston with 247 contracts.In silver, it was the three ‘usual suspects’ with the lion’s share of the action. This time Jefferies was joined by the Bank of Nova Scotia as a short/issuer…with 38 and 76 contracts respectively…and JPMorgan stopped/received 100 of those contracts…49 for its client account and 51 for its in-house [proprietary] trading account. The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is worth skimming, is here.The GLD ETF had no report yesterday…but the SLV ETF did. Authorized participants added 3,158,805 ounces of silver…replacing, almost to the ounce, everything that had been withdrawn since the end of December. Ted Butler suspects that much more is owed to the fund than that.The U.S. Mint had a sales report. They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 385,000 silver eagles. Year-to-date the mint has sold 122,500 ounce of gold eagles…12,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 6,082,000 silver eagles.Friday was another busy day at the Comex-approved depositories. They reported receiving 927,431 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 83,501 ounces out the door. The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler has his usual weekly review posted for his paying subscribers on Saturday…and here are two free paragraphs…“The price takedown starting in late-September and lasting through the end of December was all about commercial COT positioning and price manipulation. Especially in silver, the epic decline in price with the concurrent radical change in the COT structure was deliberate and intentional. Only a fool, or someone who refuses to see, would fail to recognize what just occurred. Silver (and gold) were driven lower in price to force speculative selling and to allow the commercials to buy massive quantities of what the speculators sold. After the commercials bought as much as they could possible buy, then prices rallied sharply. It’s impossible for this commercial activity to have occurred with collusion and intent. That the CFTC sat by and allowed this to occur (once again) without defending and protecting the public or our free markets is beyond shameful.“The CFTC’s failure to regulate aside, this last few months seem to have developed as explained in advance, if not predicted. I did not predict (or expect) the 35% price smash over the last few days of September; but I feel I have explained it adequately. There is no way that one can be invested in a market and not invested at the same time. All you can do is pay your money and take your chances. Risk grows as prices increase, but the structure of the COT is still bullish and not bearish. Maybe that will change in time, but until it does it is reasonable to expect higher prices. And maybe sharply higher prices.”Reader and technical analyst, Scott Pluschau, has a few things to say in his current blog. His e-mail read “This week’s COT report was an eye-opener in the 10-year treasury futures.” If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here’s the link to his blog.Here’s a graph that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday. It looks suspiciously similar to the one that was posted in a zerohedge.com article headlined “Europe’s Scariest Chart” that reader Richard Craggs sent me yesterday.(Click on image to enlarge)Since it’s Tuesday, I have more than the usual number of stories posted, so I hope you have the time to skim them all.“I cannot predict how long policymakers can hold economic Armageddon at bay with spin, money creation, currency swaps, intervention in gold and silver markets, and outright lies. The onset could be sudden and take place this year, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of spin over a gullible public that trusts ‘their’ government and fervently believes that Muslim terrorists are out to get them…and that the demise of the Constitution, the product of a eight hundred year struggle that produced Anglo-American civil liberty, is worth the price of ‘safety’. There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency. The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams.” – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts…January 6, 2012For the last trading day of the month going into First Notice Day of the February delivery month for gold, I really wasn’t expecting a lot. With net volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for any interested party to knock gold and silver down…and they took the opportunity to do so…although platinum and palladium prices were barely affected. But, with the January delivery month now off the board, it’s a brand new ball game, so we’ll see how things unfold from here.The preliminary open interest numbers for yesterday showed a decent decline in gold…and a modest increase in silver o.i. But whatever it means in the grand scheme of things, won’t be know until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The same can be said for last Friday’s final open interest numbers. Despite the big rallies in both metals, gold o.i. was down a decent amount…and silver o.i. was basically unchanged. I was very encouraged by those numbers.As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside. But, as per usual, how high the price goes…and how fast this rally unfolds…is 100% dependent on how the traders in the Commercial category respond as the tech funds and small traders place their long positions…and I know that Ted is watching their every movement like a hawk. So am I.And as you can tell from the gold analysts above, everyone is expecting the prices of both gold and silver to rise significantly in the not-too-distant future. As of this writing…and according to the netdania.com website…gold is up 11.5% so far this year…and silver is up 22.6%. If all these predictions turn out to be true, it’s going to a wild year in the precious metals…and all the trials and tribulations from last year will soon be forgotten. We’ll see.As I mentioned in my first column of 2012…I considered the lows of December 29th to be the bottom for this move down, so the big rallies we’ve experienced over the last month have not come as a real big surprise to me. It’s what happens from hereon in that I’ll be most interested in.Both gold and silver are up a bit now that London has been open for trading for over two hours. Gold is up $11 bucks…and silver is up two bits. Volumes in both metals as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time are already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rallies…small as they are…are not going unopposed. It would be my guess that a large percentage of the current volume in each metal, would be of the high-frequency trading variety.That’s all I have for today…and I await the New York open with great interest…but always keeping in mind that “there are no markets anymore, only interventions.”See you tomorrow.
Recommended Link Take a look at this image. Bet you don’t know what it is… It’s a rare commodity that’s no longer produced in the U.S… but it’s 100% essential to nearly every item used by our military today. And one major country (not North Korea) is about to use it to sabotage the U.S. Armed Forces. When Pentagon officials turn to the only company that can supply this powder, shareholders could multiply their money by 10x or more… Click here to learn how to access the name of this company and its ticker. Rare Refined Powder Can Return 10x More Profits Than Bitcoin? By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Apple just threw out the playbook. The tech giant is going straight to the source to secure one of the world’s most strategic metals. It’s not copper. It’s not gold. It’s not silver… It’s cobalt. Most people don’t even know what cobalt is. But that will soon change. That’s because cobalt has become one of the world’s most sought-after resources. Apple and many other major companies need it to make money. Because of this, Apple’s talking directly with cobalt miners for the first time ever. Bloomberg broke the story yesterday: The iPhone maker is seeking contracts to buy several thousand metric tons of cobalt for five years or longer. This is clearly a big deal for Apple. But this story also has massive implications for everyday investors. I’ll explain why in a second. And I’ll show you how to turn this news into huge profits. But first—why is Apple taking such drastic measures? • In other words, the EV revolution is about to trigger a huge explosion in cobalt demand… However, supplying all this cobalt won’t be easy. There are a couple reasons for this. Number one, about 60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the International Speculator team, that’s a major problem: The DRC has been relatively stable for the past 10 to 15 years, but it has a long and recent history of extremely bloody conflict and wars. The DRC is also ground zero for the uproar over “conflict minerals.” This makes cobalt supply extremely susceptible to disruptions in supply. Not only that, cobalt is a byproduct. About 98% of it comes from copper and nickel production. That makes getting a steady supply of cobalt difficult. Louis and his team wrote in a recent issue of International Speculator: This makes for a fairly complex supply chain. And it’s one that’s prone to bottlenecks. In other words, most producers will not mine more to meet rising demand if the price of nickel and/or copper doesn’t justify it. As demand for cobalt is growing faster than for nickel and copper, this increases pressure on cobalt supply. According to Louis, this one-two punch of soaring demand and tight supply will lead to a massive supply crunch. Just look at the chart Louis and his team put together. You can see that the cobalt supply is about to get extremely tight. In fact, Louis and his team project that we could see a massive shortfall by 2025.• That’s why Apple is in direct talk with miners… It can’t afford to not have a dependable cobalt supply. And it’s not the only giant multinational company taking drastic measures, either. BMW is also in the process of locking in a long-term cobalt supply. According to Bloomberg, it’s doing this because it expects its demand for cobalt to “surge 10-fold by the middle of the next decade.” Volkswagen AG and Samsung SDI are also looking to pen long-term cobalt supply contracts. This tells you everything you need to know about where the price of cobalt is headed. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to speculate on cobalt. There’s no cobalt exchange-traded fund (ETF). And there are few cobalt pure plays out there.The good news is that we can help. You see, Louis recently recommended a world-class miner that’s highly leveraged to the price of cobalt. Not only that, this company’s cobalt project is located in the United States. That makes it one of the safer ways to speculate on this megatrend.You can learn more about this company by signing up for International Speculator. Click here for details.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 22, 2018 Chart of the Day: The U.S. Dollar’s Demise By Joe Withrow, analyst, Casey Research The U.S. dollar is in a major long-term downtrend… That’s the story of today’s chart, which tracks the U.S. Dollar Index from 1982 to today. As you can see, the U.S. dollar has lost 46% of its value since 1985. And as Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker told his subscribers recently, that’s the big story that the mainstream media refuses to report on. Here’s E.B.: Notice how the dollar moves in broad multi-year cycles. Over time it moves lower. Each rally in strength is weaker than the last, followed by a plunge. We’re already in the early stages of the next plunge. You won’t hear much about this in the mainstream press. That’s not a conspiracy; it’s just not what the financial media does. Once the dollar collapses, they’ll write a story about it. That will be too late to help investors. So how do you protect yourself from the dollar’s demise? As E.B. put it, foreign stocks, gold and silver mining firms, and anything related to hard assets should shine. —Joe Withrow Reader Mailbag Today, a reader tells us how he’s preparing for a market crash: I have a few stocks that I’ve learned about from Casey and Stansberry. I know virtually nothing about investing/speculating, but have put in $17,000 and within a year, have shown $10,000 in profit. I have trailing stop losses on all companies that allow them, and I’m going to sell the companies not allowing them after the next correction comes and the prices rise again. (Most have hit the trailing stop loss, though.) Also, I’m continuing to learn. Trying to “keep it simple, stupid,” but at less than 50% profit a year, I must add other means of gaining, because I’m convinced the crash is going to be catastrophic to at least the US economy. Thanks a million for all you’re providing. And don’t take any wooden nickels! Wait… take them! They’re more valuable than the paper! – Jimmy To help all of our readers prepare and profit during a market crash, we just put together a comprehensive report that’s loaded with tips and strategies from the analysts across our business. It’s been popular with our readers so far, and we hope it can help you, too. Click here to download for free. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts on where you think the market’s headed over the next few months. If you have five minutes, please take this survey we just put together. Your answers will help us find the most compelling investment ideas to share with you, and help improve our services. In Case You Missed It… With the flick of a switch… Beijing could cut the U.S. military down to its knees. At a recent Senate hearing, CIA director Mike Pompeo admitted China’s control of the technology behind this “kill switch” is “a very real concern.” But there’s one company outside of China that could resupply our troops with this key material if that happens. And now, this company is expected to surge 1,127% in the coming months. Click here to learn more. • Cobalt is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries… These are the batteries that power iPhones and every other smartphone on the planet. Because of this, smartphones account for about a quarter of all global cobalt demand. But Apple and other companies like it have been buying massive amounts of cobalt for years. So why is Apple doing this now? Simple. It’s worried about a cobalt supply crunch. • You see, cobalt demand has shot through the roof… Cobalt consumption has spiked 13% since 2013… and it is expected to increase another 30% by 2020. We’ve seen this massive surge in demand for a simple reason: electric vehicles (EVs). EVs, as you probably know, aren’t like traditional vehicles. They run on electricity instead of gasoline. Not long ago, the market for these vehicles hardly existed. There were just a few hundred EVs in the entire world. Today, it’s a much different story. As I’ve shown you many times over the past few months, the market for EVs is exploding. It’s one of the world’s biggest megatrends. And now, the EV revolution has forced Apple’s hand.• EVs use lithium-ion batteries, too… But here’s the thing: EVs require far more cobalt than smartphones. In fact, the typical 60-kilowatt EV car battery contains around eight kilograms (18 pounds) of cobalt. Using that number, International Speculator editor Louis James estimates that the EV market could use around 78,400 tonnes of cobalt by 2025. That’s 19 times more cobalt than what was consumed in all of 2016. Recommended Link Congress Expected to Tweak Title 49 of U.S. Legal Code—Accelerates Rollout of Revolutionary New Car – According to estimates by Deloitte, this could cause a $2 trillion shift within America’s auto industry. – Business Insider: We could see 10 million of these cars on the roads by 2020. That would represent a 49,000% spike. – For the full details on this breaking story, click here. — —
Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018Identifying patterns in medical encounters prior to self-directed violence events can help shape screening and prevention strategies, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides detailed insights on the increased risk of self-directed violence that patients aged 15-29 years visiting the emergency department (ED) for medical complaints subsequently experience. This underscores the importance of EDs in suicide prevention. The broad number of physical health conditions associated with an increased risk of self-directed violence may serve to support expanded or broader screening among teens and young adults.Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth, with mental disorders and substance abuse as the two leading risk factors. Approximately 40 percent of suicide decedents aged 16 and older visit EDs in the year prior to their deaths; 60 percent of them receive medical diagnoses other than mental health or substance abuse.”Young people presenting to the ED for certain medical conditions are at an increased risk of subsequent self-directed violence,” explained lead investigator Jing Wang, MD, MPH, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, in the study’s findings. “An awareness of these medical encounters may help guide screening efforts for suicide prevention in clinical settings.”This study addresses important gaps in prior research by identifying the medical reasons triggering youth ED visits that are associated with higher risk of subsequent suicidal behavior. Using 2011-2013 data from six states (Florida, New York, Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, and Massachusetts) from databases sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, investigators followed more than two million teens and young adults (aged 15-29) who visited EDs for medical reasons during 2012-2013. Of that group, nearly 8,500 subsequently engaged in self-directed violence within six months of the initial visit; anyone who exhibited suicidal behavior in 2011 was excluded from the study.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapySchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchTeens and young adults who presented with diagnoses of epilepsy or seizures, or visited two or more times for various types of pain, syncope (fainting), or vomiting had a 3-9 fold increased risk of suicidal behavior in the following six months. Individuals who visited three or more times for dental complaints were also found to be more likely to engage in subsequent self-directed violence. ED visitors in the group who received diagnoses of minor infections served as a reference group.The findings also showed that half of the self-directed violence events occurred within 42 days of the initial ED visit. Identification of the heightened risk for suicide following visits for these medical conditions provides ED clinicians with a critical window of opportunity for detection, assessment, and intervention. The broad number of physical health conditions associated with an increased risk of subsequent suicidal behavior may help inform and support expanded screening and suicide prevention strategies in EDs.A limitation of the study is that about 70 percent of people who engage in self-directed violence do not seek medical assistance.
This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 25 2019 San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The city is the corporate home of Juul Labs, the biggest producer of e-cigarettes in the country.The ordinances would make the sale of e-cigarettes illegal in brick-and-mortar stores and online when shipping to San Francisco addresses.San Francisco Mayor London Breed has 10 days to sign the legislation, which she has said she will do. The law will be enforced seven months from that date, in early 2020.San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, who co-authored the legislation, sees it as part of a long-term battle against the effects of smoking.”We spent a few decades fighting big tobacco in the form of cigarettes,” Walton said. “Now we have to do it again in the form of e-cigarettes.”Under federal law, the minimum age to buy tobacco products is 18. California and 15 other states, however, have raised that age to 21 or passed measures that will set it to 21 by 2021. Despite this, use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed among teenagers nationally.Last year, 1 in 5 high school seniors reported vaping in the past month. That’s almost double the number from the year before. Even eighth graders are vaping in record numbers.These increases come after years of declines in teenagers smoking traditional cigarettes.Public health officials are concerned about the rising number of teenagers using e-cigarettes, as nicotine can harm a young person’s developing brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that young people who vape may be more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes.Walton said he’s disgusted with the actions of Juul and similar companies, who he said are “putting profits before the health of young people, and people in general.”Despite the tobacco age limit, Walton noted that vaping devices are commonly confiscated from students in the city’s middle and high schools.The ordinance is accompanied by another that prevents the manufacture, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes on San Francisco property. The ordinance takes direct aim at Juul Labs, which leases space from the city on San Francisco’s Pier 70. The ordinance is not retroactive, so it would not remove Juul from the company’s current space, but it would prevent other e-cigarette makers from renting city property in the future. In a statement, Juul spokesman Ted Kwong wrote that, regardless, the company does not “manufacture, distribute or sell our product from this space.”Juul’s vaping device was introduced in 2015. It’s small, sleek and discreet, looking similar to a flash drive. The company now controls 70% of the vaping market.In a statement, Juul Labs said it shares the city’s goal of keeping e-cigarettes away from young people. The company said it has made it harder for underage buyers to purchase Juul off its website and has shut down Juul accounts on Facebook and Instagram.Related StoriesStudies show no evidence of fall in cigarette consumption due to WHO’s FCTCStudy finds increase in cigarette smoking among minority teens after college affirmative action bansCollege affirmative action bans may increase smoking rates among minority high school studentsBut, the company argues that “the prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even though they kill 40,000 Californians every year.”Walton doesn’t buy that argument, however. He said that’s simply “trading one nicotine addiction for another.” What’s more, he’s concerned that for every adult that might benefit, dozens of young people could become addicted.San Francisco resident Jay Friedman said the complete e-cigarette ban goes too far. The software engineer smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, and smoking e-cigarettes has reduced his regular cigarette habit to two to three a day. He said he feels better physically.Friedman supported a ban on flavored tobacco that city voters passed last year. “I feel like it was good to get rid of the fruit flavors for kids,” he said, “but this feels like maybe a step too far.”If e-cigarettes are banned, he said, he would try to quit nicotine altogether. But, “there would be a point in a moment of weakness where I’d just end up buying a pack of smokes again and then it’s just a slippery slope from there.”Small businesses in San Francisco are concerned the ban will hurt their bottom line.Miriam Zouzounis and her family own Ted’s Market, a convenience store near downtown San Francisco. She said e-cigarettes are an “anchor” product: They draw people into the store.”When people come and want to purchase something at the store and we don’t have that exact item that they want, they’re not going to buy the rest of the items that they might on that trip: a drink or a sandwich,” Zouzounis said.She said sales from e-cigarettes account for at least $200 to $300 a day in sales. As a board member of the Arab American Grocers Association, she said she believes laws like this mostly affect businesses owned by immigrants.Abbey Chaitin is a 15-year-old lifelong San Francisco resident. She isn’t drawn to using e-cigarettes, she said, because she has seen peers become addicted to them.”I’ll see them in class fidgeting,” Chaitin said. “They need it to focus, to function.”And Chaitin predicted that, regardless of a ban, young people will still get their hands on e-cigarettes: “People my age can find a way around that if they really need to,” she said.Meanwhile, Juul is collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative to override the ban.This story is part of a partnership that includes KQED, NPR and Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
© 2018 AFP Yandex instead announced a new smart speaker that uses the voice of “Alisa”—a virtual assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa Speculation has been mounting for years that Yandex—which dominates internet services in Russia—will put forward its own mobile device to rival giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei.Excitement reached fever pitch when Yandex announced it would be holding a presentation at its glossy Moscow headquarters, with Russian media reports anticipating a smartphone launch that would be a major step for the company.But Yandex instead announced a new smart speaker that uses the voice of “Alisa”—a virtual assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa—that will cost around 40 euros.Asked by disappointed journalists about the potential smartphone, Yandex representatives said only: “We are not commenting on this question.”Yandex started in the 1990s as a search engine similar to Google but has since expanded into every corner of the Russian internet, developing maps, taxi and food order apps that Russians use every day.A Russian-designed smartphone—the YotaPhone—was launched in 2013 but has failed to catch on and tech observers have been waiting anxiously for Yandex to jump into the field.Tom Morrod, research director at IHS Markit, said that once Yandex does enter the market it will likely be with a mid-range option aimed at supporting its services.”Non-hardware companies are often happy to take a mid-market position, without hoping to make money. Yandex’s smartphone would likely run on Android but they would put their own environment on it, with all their apps that you probably will not be able to delete,” he said. “It’s about getting people locked into their ecosystem, collect data and advertise,” he added. 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. Citation: Russian tech giant dashes hopes for smartphone (2018, November 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-russian-tech-giant-dashes-smartphone.html Russian search engine alerts Google to possible data problem Russian internet giant Yandex disappointed tech enthusiasts on Monday by failing to unveil what many hoped would be a highly anticipated Russian-made smartphone. Explore further
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and other leaders at an all-party meeting convened by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajin New Delhi on Tuesday – AP Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Centre has told leaders of all parties that there is no military tension with Pakistan and what happened in Balakot, “80 miles beyond the Line of Control”, was not a military action, but an anti-terrorist attack. At a meeting of leaders of various political parties, the Union Ministers also confirmed that more than 300 terrorists were at the camp when the air strike took places. A source who attended the meeting, however, said the Centre has not confirmed the total number of terrorists killed but said no civilians or Pakistan Army personnel were killed in the strike.The meeting, convened by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narednra Singh Tomar and senior officials such as the secretaries of the Department of Defence, External Affairs and Home. No defence personnel were present in the meeting. In the event of a meeting of Pakistan’s nuclear command on Tuesday, the officials said there are efforts from the other side to escalate the matter but they will not be successful in doing so.‘Intelligence inputs’The Centre said it got intelligence input that more than 300 terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed are camped in Balakot to plan another attack on the country and the defence forces thought it is best to attack, so that such plans are busted. The Centre also told them that the strike was successful.Later, talking to reporters, Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the strike was a clean operation. “We will support our security forces in their endeavour to finish terrorism entering into India from outside. The good part was that it was a very clean operation,” he said.In the meeting, the Centre, however, had to face tough questions. Based on Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement that it was intelligence failure which led to the Pulwama attacks, the Opposition members asked why such a lapse occurred after Pathankot and the Urisurgical strike. The Opposition also reminded the Centre that Indian Air Force officers were present when the Centre briefed the Opposition about the Uri strikes, but they were not there for Monday’s official meeting. Finance Minister Jaitley told the meeting that IAF was not present as the details of the Balakot strike are a secret.On assault on KashmirisThere were also questions on the reported attacks against Kashmiri students across the country and move to do away with 35-A of the Constitution, which confers the power to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to define who are permanent residents and their rights. There were also questions that why the number of local youth who have joined terrorism from Kashmir increased in the last five years. A meeting of the Opposition parties will discuss the matter on Wednesday. Pakistan February 26, 2019 SHARE COMMENTS COMMENT defence terrorism (crime)