Air Force Lab Thrives due to Local Partners Commander Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The success of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would not be possible without the contribution of the defense industry — including the small business community — and academic partners in western Ohio, AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello said at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual meeting earlier this week.“I don’t know if it’s in the water here, but there’s something special that you have here,” Masiello told attendees.AFRL outsources about 75 percent of its annual $4 billion budget to industry, universities and global allies, reported the Dayton Daily News. About half of AFRL’s 10,000 workers and five of its technology directorates are housed at the base located outside of Dayton.“Your DNA is all about innovation, which really helps our mission,” Masiello said.Of course, the link between the lab and its industry partners is not just a one-way street; the Dayton region has benefitted tremendously from the work at Wright-Patterson.AFRL and its partners generated $569 million in new capital investment last year in a 12-county region in western Ohio, according to the Dayton Development Coalition. That investment created 3,136 jobs and retained 11,131 existing jobs. New payroll reached $139 million.Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland, meanwhile, warned the audience that the Dayton community shouldn’t get complacent about the oversized role Wright-Patterson plays in the region, according to the story.“Please do not forget the word BRAC,” he said. “I know people do not like that word. But it’s the truth,” said Hoagland, who predicted a new round would go ahead at some point.last_img read more

Mophie Juice Pack Access battery case coming soon to latest iPhones

first_img See It CES Products $999 $999 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it 0 Sprint Tags 85 Photos The Juice Pack Access will come in multiple color options. Mophie Mophie will soon have a new battery case for the latest iPhones. The Juice Pack Access is set to ship before the end of March and has a built-in battery, wireless charging capabilities and is cut out at the bottom so you can use the Lighting port to plug the Lightning EarPods — or any other Lightning headphones. At $120, it definitely qualifies as a premium battery case. (No word on international pricing but we’ll add it as soon as we get it). The new design seems like a nice step forward for Mophie battery cases. It’s also worth noting that while you can charge both your case and phone by laying them on a Qi-enabled wireless charging pad, you can also charge the case via USB-C. A cable is included. mophie-juice-pack-access-portsEnlarge ImagePlug in those EarPods. Mophie Mophie Juice Pack Access key features Full access to Lightning portPriority+ charging will pass wireless and wired power to the iPhone firstEquipped with a built-in wireless receiver and transmitterCan charge your phone with any Qi-enabled wireless charger, including Mophie’s Charge Stream products USB-C input for wired chargingUsers may also charge the iPhone via the Lightning inputReduced height profile with dimensions more like a traditional case2,200-mAh battery for XS Max version Available during Q1 2019 for $120Comes in a variety of colors, including black, stone, gold, and dark red for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone X and XS, and black, blue, and red for the iPhone XR See It $999 $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Post a comment Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice See It CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Mobile Accessories CES 2019last_img read more

Arun Jaitley gets ready to present Union Budget 2017 interesting facts about

first_imgArun Jaitley is all set to present the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 (Budget 2017) on Wednesday (February 1, 2017), the fourth by the Modi government after it came to power in May 2014. There are many sides to the 64-year-old finance minister, who is a lawyer by profession.Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: post your questions to FM Arun Jaitley using #MyQuestionToFM on TwitterProbably one of the most social media savvy — he will be taking questions on Twitter under the hashtag #MyQuestionToFM — after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he is prolific with his views on Facebook and Twitter, besides articulating the government’s views on policies that go beyond money and finance. A suave lawyer who joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS in the 1970s, Jaitley was active during the JP movement that saw the dethroning of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the Emergency years (1975-77). He can hold forth on almost any topic — politics, economy, law, governance, human rights, crime, defence — and take on the mightiest, whether from rival parties, or from other domains. The No. 2 man in the Modi government is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, having lost to Capt Amarinder Singh (Amritsar constituency in Punjab) in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He also held the all-important defence portfolio in the initial days of the Modi government before the appointment of Manohar Parrikar.By virtue of being the finance minister of India, he heads the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, the apex decision-making body for all matters concerning the rolling out and administration of the GST as and when it happens.Here are some interesting facts about FM Arun Jaitley (taken from various sources including his website)Born on December 28 1952 to Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and Ratan Prabha Jaitley.Did schooling at St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi.Married to Sangeeta Dogra in May 1982, and has two children, son Rohan and daughter Sonali.Graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973; completed Law degree course from the University of Delhi in 1977. Was president of the University Students’ Union in 1974.Was placed under detention for about 19 months during Emergency.Joined BJP in 1980.Designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in January 1990; appointed Additional Solicitor General in 1989.Member of BJP national executive since 1991.FM @arunjaitley, MoS, @arjunrammeghwal, MoS, @santoshgangwar and senior @FinMinIndia officials present #Budget2017 to #PresidentMukherjee pic.twitter.com/0Qiahg6Jdg— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 1, 2017last_img read more

Study Reveals African Diet Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

first_imgConsumption of an African diet for only two weeks may reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in Nature Communications.Researchers selected 20 African Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to switch diets for two weeks. The Americans ate an African diet high in fiber and low in fat with plenty of fruits and vegetables and little meat. The Africans consumed the average Western diet – a diet rich in fat and dairy.After the study concluded, the researchers performed colonoscopies on the participants. The researchers discovered that the African Americans who consumed the traditional African diet had reduced inflammation in the colon and increased production of butyrate, a fatty acid that may protect against colon cancer.“If you can increase the amount of (butyrate), you can override the carcinogenic effects of fat and meat,” said lead author Dr. Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine.In contrast, the Africans who ate the Western diet showed changes in gut bacteria that raises the risk of colon cancer.“Our best hope is that it will open eyes to other possibilities, and point to the fact that a high-fiber diet is not difficult to follow and is well tolerated,” O’Keefe said.Colon cancer is diagnosed in 150,000 Americans annually; African Americans are disproportionately affected. The disparity is particularly acute when compared to Blacks on the continent—65 per 100,000 Black Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer versus 5 per 100,000 Africans.last_img read more

Data shows fewer tornado days in US but more per event over

first_img Tornados happen in many places, but because of its unique geography, the U.S. has more than any other country—mainly due to the lack of a large mountain dividing east and west. There has been speculation recently, that global warming is causing more tornados to occur—though it has also been suggested it only seems that way because of how quickly information about tornadic events disseminates in the modern era. The trio at NOAA decided to let hard facts tell the story. They collected weather data from the national storm database, which goes back to 1954, to see if they could coax out any patterns (they only included tornados at least as strong as an F1).As it turns out, the trio did find a pattern, they say the data shows very clearly that the U.S. actually has a trend of having fewer days in which there is a tornado over the past two decades—that’s the good news. The bad news is that on days when there is a tornado, there are more than there used to be. The data shows that back in the 1970’s there were just .6 days a year that had 30 or more tornados—after the turn of the century, that number had risen to 3 days per year. Curiously, the numbers suggest that the country still experiences on average, the same number of tornadoes each year, approximately 1,200—they’re just spread out differently. They also noted that the beginning and end of the tornado “season” in recent years has fluctuated more wildly than the years prior to that.The researchers cannot say of course why the spread of tornados has changed in the U.S., though some might suggest it’s due to global warming or even changes in atmospheric conditions in parts of the country due to pollution or other unknown factors. What is clear, is that something is causing a change, and there is now evidence of it, providing a path for moving forward for better understanding what is really going on. Magazine reporting below average numbers of tornados in 2013 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. Image: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Wikimedia Journal information: Science More information: Science 17 October 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6207 pp. 349-352. DOI: 10.1126/science.1257460center_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Data shows fewer tornado days in U.S. but more per event over past couple decades (2014, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-tornado-days-event-couple-decades.html Explore further A trio of researches with the U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that though there are fewer total days per year when tornados occur in the U.S., the number that occur on days when there are tornados has increased over the past couple of decades. In their paper published in the journal Science, Harold Brooks, Gregory Carbin and Patrick Marsh describe how they studied weather data over the past half century and what they found when looking for trends.last_img read more

12 Tech MustHaves

first_imgJune 14, 2010 6 min read Register Now » This story appears in the June 2010 issue of Entrepreneurs StartUps Magazine. Subscribe » 9. Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot ($50)Staying connected to the Web on the road can be obscenely expensive: Expect to part with north of $700 for year-long data access fees. But relying on third-party hotspots and hotel WiFi is a recipe for disaster. So bite the bullet and get a mobile data plan. But instead of going with an old-school USB or modem card to get online, use this slick portable hotspot from Verizon. The MiFi takes cellular access and makes it into a local WiFi hotspot you can share. Though other carriers like Sprint have similar mobile offerings, Verizon can sell you mobile data by the week or month, which really takes out the sting of access fees. TIP: Look for promising contacts in airports and be generous: offer to share your access.10. Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi headphones ($60)No matter what mobile phone you get, first-quality, old-school wired ear buds and a mic are the single best thing you can get to improve voice quality, hear your tunes as they were recorded and otherwise do your best to avoid brain cancer. The pick right now for in-ear headphones is the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170svi. The most rewarding $60 you’ll probably ever spend.11. Clickfree C2 Portable BackUp 250 GB ($120)Fail to back up your data at your own peril. Considering how idiot-proof hardware like Clickfree makes backing up your stuff, there is just no excuse for going unprotected. Simply plug in this small portable device to your computer, do what it tells you to do and repeat every week or so. Trust us, you’ll save yourself a world of hurt.12. WowWee Cinemin Swivel Pico Projector ($260)Every dreamer needs a great way to sell that dream. This is it. Turn it on, jack it into the output of your new laptop, iPhone or BlackBerry, and project your Powerpoint, video presentation or stills on any wall. Yup, that means the office wall, bar wall or elevator wall become your own private sales zone. And how cool to show up for the big pitch without having to mess with that clunky, old projector. Pulling this out of your pocket–it’s about the size of a cigarette pack–is a stylish and effective way to get your message across. 8. Apple iPhone 3G ($99) or BlackBerry Bold 9700 Refurb (free)If your business life is all about the app-based product, by all means Go iPhone. Nobody, not Android or Windows 7, can touch that. But if yours is a text-oriented, keyboard shop, you want BlackBerry–specifically, the Bold 9700. It’s big, fast and works with everything. The great part is, you can make this call at one store: AT&T. The old Ma Bell sells both the iPhone and is offering a great small-biz deal: refurbished 9700’s for the price of a contract. Try them both. See what feels best and go with it. 3. Google Apps and OpenOffice productivity software suites (free)Google Apps and OpenOffice do not come anywhere near Microsoft Office in terms of features–Excel devotees, in particular, will lose their minds on Google Docs Spreadsheets. But when combined, these two programs have many virtues. They offer powerful collaboration tools and get your shop working on the Internet cloud. Be sure to allow some training time: Some things, like document collaboration, are better done with Google; others, like document layout and tricky calculations, are more suited on OpenOffice. There is no better deal in small business tech right now.4. Acer X203H 20 Inch Wide Monitor ($120)Why pay a lot for idiot-proof stuff like monitors? No need. For a measly $120 you get a legit 20-inch imaging device that plugs right into your new Dell. Your new big screen eases eye strain, improves posture and, alas, lengthens your work day.5. Epson WorkForce 610 All-In-One Printer ($199)For the full on, max sense of the absurd value in today’s tech dollar, look no further than desktop imaging. Makers like HP, Brother and Samsung all offer great, low cost products, but for the startup, we give the nod to Epson. Not only fast and cheap, Epson excels in image quality on the printed page. For about the price of taking the family out for a ballgame, you get a near-professional-quality printing, scanning, faxing and copying device. And with a bit of trial and error you really can create business-quality cards, envelopes and brochures. Ridiculously powerful. Caveat: Watch your ink consumption. Replacement cartridges will kill you.6 &7. Microsoft Arc Keyboard ($60) and Gyration Air Mouse ($80)Your spiffy office would not be complete without a quality keyboard/mouse combo that reduces hand strain, increases productivity and lets you wow ’em come presentation time. Though it gets no street cred, Microsoft is doing sterling work with its comfy Arc keyboards. And Gyration is the leader in air mouses that need no desk (just point it at the screen). You’ll grow to love it.center_img 1. Humanscale Diffrient World Mesh Back Task Chair (starting at $600)New York-based Humanscale, a high-end maker of office products, has worked hard to bring some of its best chairs within reach of small budgets. For our money–and yours, considering how much time you will spend in that command position– the Diffrient World line (named for designer Nils Diffrient) is the right balance of ergonomics, good looks and value. At this price, it’s a bargain. And your back will thank us. 2. Dell Vostro 1015 Notebook PC ($450)Fear not, Mac heads: You will get your Steve Jobs style points when we get to smart phones; but the fact is, burning three quarters of your budget on a MacBook makes no sense, when a mere $450 buys an awesome notebook from Dell–a basic black, 15-inch Dell Vostro running Windows 7 Home Premium. Skip the Microsoft Office software and instead get a free Google Apps account (more on that later). And stay away from fancy memory upgrades, beefier processors or extended service plans. Eventually, you will need to upgrade to a better PC and Microsoft Office as you grow. But for now keep it cheap, fast and simple. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Welcome to the golden age of small business technology. If the grueling Great Recession has a silver lining, it’s this: Tech vendors are innovating and discounting. From furnishings to computers to mobile devices, consumer electronics have never offered the start-up enterprise more for less. What it used to cost for a computer, printer and some software will now get the savvy entrepreneur an entire office. So if you’re ready to start that business, you owe it to yourself to check out these 12 essentials, all for about two grand.last_img read more

Video technology provider Kaltura has revamped and

first_imgVideo technology provider Kaltura has revamped and relaunched its Technology Partner Network, rebranding it Video Technology Marketplace.The marketplace lets Kaltura customers extend their video experiences by using partner products and technologies that are integrated with the Kaltura platform. The company claims partnerships with more than 170 technology partners.The market includes technology covering AI and video enrichment, interactive video creation, VR and XR, real-time video communication, network optimisation, video monetisation, personalised dynamic ad insertion, QoS analytics, digital signage and lecture capture hardware.“We have taken a platform-first approach from day one and exposed all our platform services via API allowing partners to easily integrate and extend our platform with their innovative technologies,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura co-founder, chairman and CEO.Kaltura co-founder, president and general manager – enterprise and learning, Michal Tsur, said: “With this new marketplace, Kaltura enterprise and education customers can quickly and seamlessly tap into certified cutting-edge video products that further boost engagement and productivity.”Kaltura’s managing director of strategy and partnerships, Liad Eshkar, added: “I am extremely excited to make our marketplace a strategic focus for Kaltura in 2019. Our main goal is to offer our customers best-of-breed technology which is served directly from their trusted video platform.“We have formed a new dedicated partner team focused on selecting and integrating with disruptive, innovative technologies, and ensuring that our partners maintain the highest standards of deliverability, scalability, security, compliance, and ease of use with a seamless user experience.”last_img read more