4-Star Point Guard Cassius Winston Commits To Michigan State

first_imgCassius Winston committing to Michigan State at a press conference.Cassius Winston Michigan State CommitMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo has done it again. Friday, the Spartans officially landed the services of four-star point guard Cassius Winston. Winston chose MSU over Stanford and Pittsburgh during a ceremony at his high school – Detroit Jesuit. Cassius Winston selects @msubasketball today! pic.twitter.com/yOKAYj5q8C— Athletics (@udjesuitsports) September 18, 2015Detroit Jesuit guard Cassius Winston just committed to Michigan State. Tom Izzo may be on the verge of his best recruiting class ever.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 18, 2015Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds on 247Sports, joins five-star guard Joshua Langford and four-star power forward Nick Ward in Michigan State’s 2016 class. If the Spartans are also able to land five-star small forward Miles Bridges, they may have the top recruiting class in the entire country.last_img read more

LILLY SINGH IS CHANGING LATE NIGHT TV FOREVER

first_img Twitter LILLY SINGH IS CHANGING LATE NIGHT TV FOREVERLate-night TV has undergone a lot of changes in the past several years, and fans can thank several innovative new voices for the new, fresh landscape. One of these innovators is Lilly Singh, a YouTube star who has achieved a massive amount of success in the past few years.Singh was even named as one of the forty most powerful people in comedy for the year 2019. Recently, Singh unveiled some exciting news that sent her fanbase into a tizzy. READ MORELilly-Singh (Photo by Alexandra Gavillet for The Hollywood Reporter)LILLY SINGH, THE FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL WOMAN OF COLOR TALK SHOW HOST, ON IMPACT OF COMING OUTLilly Singh’s coming out has made an impact with her fans. Singh, the Indian-Canadian YouTube comedian with nearly 15 million subscribers who is now replacing Carson Daly on NBC late-night, announced the career move in March. A month earlier, she came out as bisexual, making her the first openly bisexual woman of color talk show host.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Singh discussed the positive effect her coming out has had on even conservative audiences. “The very next meet-and-greet that I did after coming out was in India, and I would say 50 percent of people in that line came out to me,” she said. “To me, that is success.” READ MORELILLY SINGH: FROM YOUTUBE SUPERWOMAN TO NBC LATE NIGHT TV TRAILBLAZERAn online star with 15 million subscribers dives into the white-hot center (emphasis on white) of broadcast television with ‘A Little Late’ as the first openly bisexual woman of color to sit in a talk show host’s chair: “I’m very much all or nothing.”When Lilly Singh runs a pitch meeting, she comes bearing gifts. “Live your best life in the office — you don’t have to wear shoes!” she announces to the writers she’s assembled on this scorching August afternoon in a drab conference room off Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, where they’ll be discussing ideas for her new NBC late night show, A Little Late, which premieres Sept. 16. She proceeds to toss out pairs of fluffy white unicorn slippers. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement NBC SETS ‘A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH: THE PRIMETIME SPECIAL’ TO INTRODUCE LATE NIGHT’S NEWEST VOICETwo days after the premiere of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, NBC will air a primetime special that puts the spotlight on the newest face of late night.On September 18 after the two-hour finale of America’s Got Talent, the hour-long primetime special will introduce primetime audiences to Singh as she partakes in sketches, interviews, games and interacts with the audience. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

NBCUniversal and Sky are to take their burgeoning

first_imgNBCUniversal and Sky are to take their burgeoning collaboration in advertising under Comcast’s ownership to the next stage by launching NBCUniversal’s CFlight cross-platform measurement standard in Europe.Sky adopting the next-generation metric across all of Sky Media’s content and platforms.CFlight is a unified advertising metric that captures live, on-demand and time-shifted commercial impressions on every viewing platform. NBCUniversal said that the deal with Sky would bring the industry closer to a global standard in measurement, beginning with the rollout to Sky Media in the UK in the autumn, followed by further expansion across Sky’s European territories in 2020.The pair previously announced the expansion of Sky’s AdSmart as a global offering that unifies both companies’ advanced advertising capabilities. Now, with the expansion of CFlight as a unified advertising metric,CFlight was created by NBCUniversal last year to address the problem of US legacy metrics being unable to accurately capture impressions,CFlight uses measurement sources including Nielsen in the US and BARB in the UK to provide marketers with one measurement that encompasses all types of viewing, from OTT co-watching to linear and beyond, according to NBCUniversal.The pair emphasised that Sky, a BARB shareholder, would continue to be committed to building BARB’s Project Dovetail, the measurement outfit’s initiative to create a universal measurement system for multiscreen advertising.The three-stage project kicked off with the collection of census data for online TV viewing on UK TV player apps, followed last year by reporting of multiscreen programme ratings, with analysis of multiscreen advertising campaigns to follow.“The consumer appetite for premium video content is stronger than ever. Global consumers aren’t going back in time. They are watching premium video across a wide range of screens, and it’s imperative that the industry comes together and develops new measurement to match. We’re thrilled that Sky Media is adopting CFlight and joining NBCUniversal in the mission to show brands the true value of taking their message to the content fans love on all platforms,” said Kavita Vazirani, EVP of insights and measurement, NBCUniversal.“Sky offers viewers the ability to watch all their favourite programmes live, on-demand, via catch-up, at home in front of the TV or on their mobile while on the go. Now with CFlight, we can give advertisers consistent, accurate measurement across all platforms and types of viewing – a first for the UK. We also continue to support the mission of BARB in the UK to deliver an industry-wide view,” said John Litster, managing director, Sky Media UK.last_img read more

California congressman wants to ask Intel AMD and ARM about Meltdown and

A California congressman wants to meet with the Top 3 microchip makers to better understand the implications of two security flaws that affect almost all computing devices in the world. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, wrote a letter Tuesday to the CEOs of Intel, ARM and AMD to request a briefing. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, McNerney wrote he is concerned about the state of cybersecurity in the United States and that the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws add to his concern.”The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are glaring warning signs that we must take cybersecurity more seriously,” wrote McNerny. “In recent years, we witnessed the largest global ransomware attack in history and the largest distributed-denial-of-service attack of its kind in history. The warning signs keep piling on, yet cybersecurity practices continue to lag far behind.”The flaws were discovered earlier this month by a group of cybersecurity researchers led by Google Project Zero. The flaws, which are not known to have been used by hackers so far, can allow hackers to steal data from the memory of running apps, including password managers, browsers and emails.Meltdown and Spectre, however, are different in scale of impact and methodology. Meltdown, which is found on Intel and ARM chips, allows hackers to bypass the hardware barrier between running applications and the computer’s memory, thereby making it possible to enter the latter from the formerSpectre is found in Intel, ARM and AMD chips and allow hackers to trick applications into handing over secret information. Meltdown is considered the more dangerous in the short term as it is easier to exploit, but Spectre is considered to have a much longer shelf life and may be more disastrous, according to researchers.Meltdown and Spectre’s disclosures prompted technology companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon to race around the clock to issue security patches to their products.McNerney wrote to the three CEOs—Brian Krzanich of Intel, Simon Segars of ARM and Lisa Su of AMD—that he would like to know the scale of the flaws, the timeframe from when the companies knew of the flaws and what the companies have done to mitigate them.Krzanich has been under heavy criticism after he reportedly sold nearly 900,000 of his 1.1 million-plus company shares in November—after Intel knew of the two flaws.Krzanich’s sale prompted Sens. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, and Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, to call for an SEC investigation.”These reports are troubling not only because of the risk to nearly all phones and computers, but also because these reports raise concerns of potential insider trading,” wrote Kennedy and Reed. Explore further Intel chief says chip flaw damage contained by industry Citation: California congressman wants to ask Intel, AMD and ARM about Meltdown and Spectre (2018, January 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-california-congressman-intel-amd-arm.html ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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. read more

Facebooks Sheryl Sandberg is tainted by crisis after crisis

first_img Outgoing Facebook exec takes fall for hiring opposition firm Until now, Sandberg focused on growth, often tackling obstacles with strategic messaging, rather than addressing the root cause of problems, according to the current and former employees who spoke with Bloomberg.In October 2017, Facebook was preparing for its first-ever congressional hearing on Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. Before the public grilling, Sandberg wanted to make a personal visit to Washington D.C., thinking she could smooth things over behind the scenes. But the company didn’t have much to say about how it was fixing holes in its system that let Russia run its manipulation campaign, and it didn’t have satisfying answers about why it failed to catch the operation. So the company’s policy advisers asked Sandberg not to go. And if she did go, they suggested she listen more than talk, according to people familiar with the matter.Sandberg went anyway, with plenty of talking points. It didn’t work. She mostly told lawmakers that Facebook should have moved faster to find problems, and promised to do better. In some cases, like in a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, the lack of substance backfired. Members of the caucus told the media afterwards that they wanted concrete changes, not promises.It was the beginning of a campaign that focused largely on the perception of Facebook, not the reality of its flaws. The company said Sandberg took this approach, however unsatisfying, because world leaders were interested in hearing from people in power at Facebook, and it seemed better than not showing up. But The New York Times detailed how Sandberg’s side of the organization obfuscated and denied problems. That included hiring a firm that helped Facebook smear critics behind the scenes, in part by linking a Facebook protest group to the billionaire George Soros, who is often the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”I want to be clear that I oversee our comms team and take full responsibility for their work and the PR firms who work with us,” Sandberg said in a memo to employees last week. “I also want to emphasize that it was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else.”Sandberg has at times focused on her own priorities over Facebook’s, the current and former employees also said. The COO is proactive when thinking about interpersonal relationships and messaging campaigns. Each winter, before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, her team prepares a binder of all the people she might meet and what they might ask her. She uses this tactic throughout the year. But that kind of analysis—of what might occur before it happens—wasn’t as thoroughly applied to assessing risks to Facebook and how the company might be run differently, the employees said.Around the same time Sandberg made the trip to D.C. in October 2017, Facebook and the broader technology industry were preparing for a battle over an important piece of legislation. The bill, meant to address child sex trafficking, also increased internet companies’ liability for content users posted on their services. Facebook’s policy team argued against the law. But then Sandberg got involved. After she was personally lobbied by women in Washington, she decided Facebook should support the legislation, according to people familiar with the matter. The surprise shift crippled the industry’s united front, and the bill passed.The episode prompted questions among some Facebook staff over whether Sandberg was putting her own politics and relationships ahead of what was best for the company, according to two of the people. Facebook confirmed Sandberg led support for the bill, but a company spokeswoman said the COO “made the call because it was consistent with the company’s values.”Sandberg has also suffered from a weakness that has affected other powerful corporate executives, according to the employees who spoke with Bloomberg. She surrounded herself with trusted lieutenants who protected her from criticism and bad news, potentially slowing her response to growing crises, they said. And she protects them in return.Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s head of communications and policy, is an example. He worked with Sandberg when she helped build Google’s advertising business, then moved with her to Facebook in 2008. Schrage wrote a note to employees last week to take responsibility for hiring the Republican crisis communications firm, Definers, that conducted opposition research against Soros and others. Facebook leaked the memo to take pressure off Sandberg, according to a person familiar with the situation.In 2011, Sandberg hired Joel Kaplan as a vice president of public policy. The two had been close at Harvard. Kaplan has come under fire within the company for his close friendship and public support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a time when Facebook is being accused of political bias. But Kaplan will not face consequences, the people said.Sandberg’s favorites are known by the term FOS, for “Friend of Sheryl,” and several have been promoted to powerful positions at the company, according to four people familiar with the situation. But there’s been little incentive for these advisers to tell her negative things because she often criticizes people harshly and sometimes ousts them from her close circle when they disappoint her, the people said. “She’s so brutal to people, no one wants to bring her anything,” one of the people added.Sandberg seems to realize she needs to create a new culture where people feel more comfortable telling her about Facebook’s problems. One of her biggest regrets this year, she has told friends and colleagues, is that the company took too long to respond to the unfolding crisis over Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm that obtained data on Facebook users without their consent. The revelations emerged in March, but Sandberg and Zuckerberg waited several days before addressing it publicly.Soon after, Sandberg created a new “strategic response” team, reporting up to Justin Osofsky, vice president of operations and corporate development. The group’s mandate is to bring Sandberg up to speed on the biggest immediate risks facing the company. The group is seated next to her conference room in Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters and meets with the COO every Friday at 10:30 a.m. local time.It’s a team that attempts to handle critical and time-sensitive situations, the “types of problems that cut across the company, touching a lot of different product teams,” Osofsky said. Before the meetings end, Sandberg either makes a decision or escalates the issue to Zuckerberg, Osofsky added.Two months ago, Facebook showed off a “War Room” that brought employees from different teams together to quickly spot and fix issues like misinformation during the U.S. midterm elections. At the time, the company said the War Room might be deployed for future elections. But it’s been disbanded in favor of the strategic response team as a more-permanent solution, a Facebook spokesperson said. The group coordinated Facebook’s response to a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on potential Russian activity ahead of the U.S. midterms, something that may have previously taken the company longer to address.Osofsky, who spoke to Bloomberg News with Facebook’s blessing, disagreed with employee criticisms of Sandberg’s leadership. “Sheryl’s style is very fact-based,” he said. “She sets an exceptionally high bar for my team and all the teams that report to her. I often have conversations where I personally disagree, and she’s very receptive.”Sandberg is also recruiting advisers with different experience. Schrage is currently training his replacement—Nick Clegg, a former U.K. deputy prime minister.”One of the things Nick brings, which is very helpful given his political experience, is a perspective to the table that is different from a person who works in California,” Osofsky said.And just in time. Over the weekend, the U.K. government seized Facebook documents that include emails between executives about data sharing with third-party app developers. Clegg will be tested in handling Facebook’s next potential crisis on his home turf. Citation: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is tainted by crisis after crisis (2018, November 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-sheryl-sandberg-tainted-crisis.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ©2018 Bloomberg News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img Some of her staff, who saw the executive as larger than life, now blame her for Facebook’s woes. At times, she prioritized her own brand over Facebook’s; surrounded herself with trusted lieutenants who filtered bad news; and didn’t address problems quickly enough or treated them as perception issues not opportunities for real change, according to eight current and former Facebook employees from her side of the organization.Ever since the 2016 presidential election, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has been criticized for his failure to understand the potential downsides of Facebook’s products. Sandberg escaped direct scrutiny until a New York Times report earlier this month linked some of Facebook’s current woes to her decisions. From now on, “she is always going to be tainted,” said one Facebook worker. The person asked not to be identified for fear of losing their job.When Facebook was growing quickly and its shares were soaring, Sandberg was lauded for her leadership and meticulous management of relationships. After writing the 2013 book “Lean In,” which advocated for women in the workplace, she became the most famous female executive in America.But this year, a series of company scandals and missteps, including misinformation on the social network and privacy breaches, have caught up to the 49 year-old executive. As COO, Sandberg oversees advertising and is rightly praised for masterminding an explosion in revenue. But she also leads legal and policy at Facebook, making her largely responsible for rising regulatory risks, souring government relationships and a 39 percent slump in Facebook’s stock since late July.”Many of the most pressing problems fall under Sandberg’s responsibility,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group. “Placing the blame on Sandberg would be a convenient path forward for them.”Zuckerberg is only really accountable to himself; he holds the majority of Facebook’s voting power and is chairman of the board. But he doesn’t seem interested in shifting blame. He’s fiercely loyal to Sandberg after a decade in business together, and recently told CNN he hopes to work with her for “decades more to come.” Still, Sandberg will have to change the way she works to undo the damage to the company and her reputation. There are signs she’s already altering her approach, changing key advisers and creating a “strategic response” team to speed her reaction to hiccups that could turn into the company’s next crisis. Facebook Inc. crises this year have put immense pressure on Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, undermining her authority and tainting an image that was burnished by the social-media company’s meteoric rise. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Deep learning for electron microscopy

first_img In mere hours, scientists using MENNDL created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert. It reduces the time to analyze electron microscopy images by months. MENNDL is the first known approach to automatically identify atomic-level structural information in scanning transmission electron microscopy data. In 2018, MENNDL received an R&D 100 award, considered the Oscars of innovation. It’s also a finalist for the Gordon Bell award.MENNDL, an artificial intelligence system, automatically designed an optimal deep learning network to extract structural information from raw atomic-resolution microscopy data. To design the network, MENNDL used 18,000 GPUs on all of the available 3000 nodes of the Summit supercomputer. In a few hours, MENNDL creates and evaluates millions of networks using a scalable, parallel, asynchronous genetic algorithm augmented with a support vector machine to automatically find a superior deep learning network topology and hyper-parameter set. This work is far faster than could be done by a human expert. For the application of electron microscopy, the system furthers the goal of better understanding the electron-beam-matter interactions and real-time image-based feedback, which enables a huge step beyond human capacity toward nanofabricating materials automatically. Explore further Citation: Deep learning for electron microscopy (2018, December 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-deep-electron-microscopy.html Provided by US Department of Energy Researchers use Titan to accelerate design, training of deep learning networks More information: 167-PFlops deep learning for electron microscopy: From learning physics to atomic manipulation. SC’18: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Dallas, TX (2018). Finding defects in electron microscopy images takes months. Now, there’s a faster way. It’s called MENNDL, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning. It creates artificial neural networks—computational systems that loosely mimic the human brain—that tease defects out of dynamic data. It runs on all available nodes of the Summit supercomputer, performing 152 thousand million million calculations a second. The same image shown using different analysis methods. a) Raw electron microscopy image. b) Defects (white) as labelled by a human expert. c) Defects (white) as labelled by a Fourier transform method. d) Defects (white) as labelled by the optimal neural network. Defects that don’t exist are shown in purple, and defects that weren’t identified are orange. In mere hours, researchers created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert, demonstrating MENNDL’s ability to significantly reduce the time to analyze electron microscopy images. Credit: US Department of Energy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

first_img Amazon reconsidering move to New York: report “We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” the mayor said in a statement. The New York neighborhood of Long Island City was one of two locations Amazon selected last year after a long search for a second headquarters or “HQ2.” The online retail giant had promised the sprawling complex in the borough of Queens would create 25,000 jobs in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives—which had riled some New Yorkers.”While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project,” Amazon said in a statement.”We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion—we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture—and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents.”Amazon, which is also in cloud computing, streaming media and artificial intelligence, chose the site after a lengthy search, saying it was outgrowing its home in Seattle, Washington. © 2019 AFP The company said it would “continue growing” its 5,000-strong workforce in New York.No new biddingIt added that it would not reopen the bidding process but would “proceed as planned” with a site in northern Virginia and a logistics center in Nashville, Tennessee.The New York plan had been endorsed by Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, but ran into fierce opposition from some local politicians and community activists, including newly elected Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the New York site.”Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.De Blasio sounded bitter about the reversal of a deal clinched after months of negotiations. Anti-Amazon graffiti is seen in a Long Island City neighborhood initially selected for a new headquarters for the technology giant Citation: Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests (2019, February 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-amazon-york-headquarters.html “If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will.”Cuomo meanwhile lamented that “at a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community” to pressure Amazon to withdraw.He said the state Senate, which appointed an Amazon opponent to a key board, “has done tremendous damage” and “should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”Conservative and liberal opponents have argued that the company led by Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes rich list with a personal wealth of $134 billion, does not need what some describe as “corporate welfare.” Critics also voiced concerns that the promised jobs could inflate an already overpriced housing market and strain infrastructure. The Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York is across the East River from Manhattan Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world’s most successful companies. Explore further The New York neighborhood of Long Island City had been one of two locations Amazon selected last year after a long search for a second headquarters or “HQ2″  Amazon dropped its plans for a new headquarters in New York City following a series of protests including this one on November 26 Initial reactions to Amazon’s decision from the local community appeared mixed.”I’m relieved because I’m a renter here,” said one female resident of the Queens neighborhood who declined to give her name. “I’m not sure these jobs would have been what the people living in this community need.”Bitter pillBut others like David Katzen, who owns a construction company in the neighborhood but does not live there, were disappointed.”It was a horrible decision by the local legislators to oppose it,” he told AFP. “It was short-sighted and ultimately what’s going to happen here? Nothing. There’s no good that came of this.”George Miranda, who leads the local branch of the blue-collar Teamsters union, said after the announcement: “New Yorkers made it clear that Amazon wasn’t welcome in our city if it would not respect our workers and our communities. Apparently, the company decided that was too much to ask.”Scott Galloway, a New York University professor and author, said on Twitter after the announcement: “Immunities kick in and NYC finds its testicles. This is good for NYC, and America. Billionaires should not have their hand(s) out.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Top Australian university reports vast sophisticated hack

first_imgAustralian National University said the vast hack by a ‘sophisticated operator’ had gained access to 19 years of sensitive data Australia blames ‘state actor’ for hacking political parties 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: Top Australian university reports vast, ‘sophisticated’ hack (2019, June 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-australian-university-vast-sophisticated-hack.html © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further A top Australian university with close ties to the country’s government and security services on Tuesday said it had been the victim of a vast hack by a “sophisticated operator” who gained access to 19 years of sensitive data. In a message to staff and students, the Australian National University did not say who was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion, which is thought to have started in late 2018.But vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said the data accessed included “names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal email addresses and emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details, and passport details.”The hack also breached student academic records.”In late 2018, a sophisticated operator accessed our systems illegally. We detected the breach two weeks ago,” Schmidt said.”We’re working closely with Australian government security agencies and industry security partners to investigate further.””The University has taken immediate precautions to further strengthen our IT security and is working continuously to build on these precautions to reduce the risk of future intrusion.”The Canberra-based institution is backed by the federal government and is one of Australia’s foremost research and teaching universities.It started as a research institution after World War II, but today also teaches tens of thousands of students each year, including former prime ministers, cabinet officials and civil servants.This is just the latest in a series of hacks targeting the Australian establishment.Earlier this year, the Australian parliament reported that its computer network and some political parties had been compromised. The breach was blamed on a “sophisticated state actor” with experts pointing fingers toward Beijing.last_img read more

New technology aims to improve taste shelf life production of beer food

first_img Provided by Purdue University Just in time for summer—a new technology to improve the taste, quality and shelf life of juice and other beverages, and help craft brewers make more beer. Citation: New technology aims to improve taste, shelf life, production of beer, food (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-technology-aims-shelf-life-production.html Explore further Food technology goes from the moon to grocery aisle, improving food production and quality, tastecenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. Purdue University-affiliated startup Induction Food Systems (IFS) has finished the major first round of testing on a technology system to provide on-demand heating options for food and beverage manufacturers.”We were tired of seeing the old-school processes for heating food and beverages during manufacturing,” said entrepreneur Francesco Aimone from Columbia University, who co-founded IFS with George Sadler, an alumnus of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “Those legacy systems like steam are slow, energy-consuming and can take away some of the food’s natural flavors and textures.”IFS plans to launch in the next few months its first go-to-market line, which involves a fluid heating system for use in the manufacturing of beer, water products and juices.Aimone said their technology increases the speed and efficiency for producing beverages and foods, and helps manufacturers grow. He said the IFS on-demand heating system uses plug-and-play heating components involving electromagnetic energy and induction, which has been shown to be about six times more precise in controlling temperature than conventional methods.IFS’ technology uses a coil and core design in its heating systems. It uses solid-state electronics to generate electromagnetic energy instead of the traditional combustion that creates steam in boilers.”We know that manufacturers need and want more nimble, responsive and sustainable heating options,” Aimone said. “We are prepared to meet those needs with our technology.”Aimone said their technology is part of a $20 billion market for heating equipment in the food and beverage segment.Aimone said the next focus for the startup is to address the problem of fouling—which is sticky substances left behind after processing—for manufacturers.”It’s similar to when you are making eggs and you have the gunk stuck to your pan when you’re preparing them,” Aimone said. “Our preliminary testing shows we can reduce fouling in some applications by up to 30 percent.”last_img read more

Old style board games still a draw for todays generation

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE games July 12, 2018 software and games Published on There is nothing new about gadget-free games. It’s just that with gadgets taking over our lives – be it from cooking, ordering things online, banking from the convenience of our homes or tracking our childrens’ moves, most of us cannot visualise a day without gadgets.If someone were to ask present generation parents or youngsters to name a gadget-free game, chances are that most would run a search before naming one. This is possibly because most parents are more familiar with gadgets, and some rather proud that their wards are at ease using these.However, this does not mean a lack of interest in traditional, gadget-free games. At a recent ‘summer carnival’ at Prozone Mall, a Coimbatore-based start-up, Dhatz Entertainment, kept both young and old hooked to some of its gadget-free games.From ludo to snakes and ladder to tic-tac-toe, the company managed to catch the attention of every visitor, encouraging the crowd to indulge in not just the traditional board games, but some fun-filled colourful ones as well.S Sivashankaran, founder-promoter and Business Development Head of Dhatz, told BusinessLine that he foresaw the need for gadget-free gaming solutions as most young children were addicted to gadgets and parents often failed to think beyond gadgets to keep their wards engaged.“Our intention is to wean kids away from gadgets while trying to entice older ones, too, to disengage from machines. We decided to take people – from toddlers to senior citizens – back to their roots to a fun-filled, gadget-free environment. We have more than 70 games at present; we will be adding another 30 to take it to 100 by September,” he said. The company has come up with digital-detox gaming solutions for all age-groups.Asked why people would want to play snakes and ladder, brainvita or ludo (as these are common in most households), he said “we facilitate people to play these games on life-size wooden boards. The moment they see it, they stop by to try, give it a shot.”“Some are fun-filled games such as pumping a balloon and jumping castle (for toddlers), which you would have seen in a reality show. Corporates enjoy our offerings; we also take up birthday party engagements,” he added.Dhatz has not opened a shop to showcase its array of gaming solutions. Instead, the company partners with corporates. In recent days, some corporate groups have evinced interest in partnering with us at their family functions and get-togethers.“We were part of the Colour Colororam carnival organised by Chennai Silks at Tirunelveli and Tuticorin,” he said and pointed out that Dhatz has developed solutions in such a way that they could be easily transported and assembled at any location within a given timeframe. Sivashankaran and Govindarajan (co-founder) have invested Rs 40 lakh in this venture since inception in April this year. COMMENTSlast_img read more