Warriors’ Jacob Evans available Monday vs. Grizzlies

December 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors guard Jacob Evans, who has missed 21 games with an adductor strain in his left hip, is available for Monday night’s game against the Grizzlies.His return gives the Warriors will have 12 available players for the first time since the opening week of the season. Evans accompanied the team during it’s recent five-city trip and participated in practices and shoot-arounds, showing enough progress to be made available for the first time since getting injured on Oct. 28 …last_img read more

Hoodie Travel Pillow

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAre you sick of waking up with your head flopping about while drool drips onto your collar? Not a fan of finding yourself snuggled up inappropriately close to your neighbour? Well according to the makers you can protect your neck (and your dignity) in comfort and style with the Hoodie Travel Pillow. The inflatable neck-brace design provides support while you sleep, while the integrated fleece hoodie (with privacy drawstring) lets you hide away from the light and the possible prying eyes of fellow travellers. See here for to learn more;  http://www.firebox.com/product/6083/Hoodie-Travel-Pillowlast_img read more

BlackBerry On Defensive After Erroneous Report That Dept. Of Defense Goes To Apple

December 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#Apple#BlackBerry#Government BlackBerry executives are used to bad news. Whether it’s losing contracts with large enterprises or watching the company’s stock price plummet, it has not been a pleasant couple of years for the company formerly known as Research In Motion.One of the most consistent sources of good news to BlackBerry over the years has been the fact that the United States government remained addicted to BlackBerry smartphones and the security and reliability the platform provides. Scary ReportSo imagine the shock echoing through the halls of Blackberry headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Thursday morning when a report surfaced that the U.S. Department of Defense was dropping Blackberry 10 smartphones in favor of iOS devices. Specifically, the DoD was said be ordering hundreds of thousands of iOS devices from Apple. According to a report from gadget blog Electronista, the DoD was set to buy 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad Minis, 200,000 iPod Touches and a 210,000 iPhones. This could have been a big blow to one of BlackBerry’s last customer strongholds.Good thing for BlackBerry that the report appears to be inaccurate and overblown. According to a statement emailed to ReadWrite from a spokesperson at the public affairs office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense:The department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is ‘dropping’ BlackBerry. This reporting is in error. The department recently released its mobility strategy and supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices, to include BlackBerry. As clarified in the recent release of our Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan, we are working towards establishing a multi-vendor environment in support of the DoD mobility strategy.Going MultivendorEssentially, the DoD is going multi-vendor. That will include iOS, Android, Windows Phone andBlackBerry. This is not a new development, as many government agencies have been looking to break free of the BlackBerry bank and go multi-vendor for several years. Still not great news for Blackberry, but pretty much par for the course.Reports claiming the DoD was going straight iOS can be very, very damaging for BlackBerry. Even if the report is basically wrong, as the DoD spokesperson insists. Smartphone platforms succeed as much on public perception as they do on quality, marketing and advertising. BlackBerry reacted to the story by issuing a statement through its public relations agency attempting to dispel the rumor.Our work with the U.S. Department of Defense is going well and the U.S. Department of Defense is moving forward with testing of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.  We are currently working with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and anticipate Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) and Security Requirement Guide (SRG) approval for the BlackBerry Device Service, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook by early April. BlackBerry was the first to go through the new SRG process by the Defense Department and will be the first to successfully come out of it.Spin ControlThis type of urgent spin control is unusual for BlackBerry. The company normally does not go out of its way to react to rumors. There have been dozens of instances in the past several years of large enterprises or government agencies “ditching BlackBerry” for the iPhone or Android and even Windows Phone. BlackBerry has not deigned to respond to the vast majority of those reports – true or not.This one is different. Not only are we talking about the U.S. federal government, it is the Department of Defense, by far the largest of executive agencies. When it comes to IT at the federal level, many agencies follow the lead of the DoD. This is a story that BlackBerry needed to set straight before its other government partners decide they want to jump ship too. The DoD spokesperson said that the agency is in the process of implementing a system that will support 100,000 multi-vendor devices by February 2014. The department said that it currently has 600,000 commercial devices in use, including 470,000 BlackBerries, 41,000 “Apple operating systems” (not specified between Mac OS X and iOS but presumably those are iPhones and iPads) and 8,700 Android operating systems. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

After Effects: Presets vs Plugins vs Scripts vs Expressions vs Templates

December 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgConfused about the lingo in After Effects? In this post, we break down the key differences between presets, plugins, scripts, expressions and templates in AE.There is is a lot of confusion out there over the different terms used in After Effects…and rightfully so. The terms above are often used online interchangeably adding to the uncertainty. In the following post we’ll clear up the differences, explaining how to create, use, and correctly talk about each one!After Effects PresetsAnimation presets are a collection of effects that can be saved for later use. Animation presets are made up of effects (and keyframes in those effects). If you ever create an interesting look on a single layer in After Effects you can save your effects as an animation preset and recall them in the future. Expressions can also be saved into presets to give them added functionality (more on that below).To save a preset in After Effects simply go to Window > Save Animation Preset with your effect layer selected. You will now be able to see your new effect in the effects browser.Skills Needed to Create: Basic After Effects KnowledgeNotable Examples: Super Awesome Presets, Color Grading PresetsResources: Saving Presets in After EffectsAfter Effects ScriptsA script is a block of code that tells After Effects to do something. Scripts can be used to perform various tasks inside After Effects, from creating layers to batch rendering. Like presets, scripts are usually used to save time in After Effects, but scripts aren’t limited to effects only. Generally scripts are used to perform utility functions inside of After Effects.Scripts use a coding language called Extend Script, a deviation of JavaScript. Scripts can’t be directly written and tested inside of After Effects. Instead, script creators usually use the ExtendScript Toolkit included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. The ExtendScript toolkit can be used to write scripts for most of the programs included in the Creative Cloud, not just After Effects.Special Skills Needed: ExtendScript or JavaScriptResources: Introduction to After Effects Scripting, Learn How to Write After Effects Scripts, AE Scripting Guide Notable Examples: Dojo Toolkit, Motion 2PluginsPlugins give After Effects users extended functionality beyond what is possible inside of After Effects alone. Plugins are created using external code that essentially creates a new software that works alongside After Effects. Some of the most revolutionary tools in After Effects like Element 3D, Optical Flares, and Trapcode Particular are all great examples of plug-ins.Plugins are difficult to create so it’s unlikely that you will be able to create a plug-in on your own without an extensive background in coding.Special Skills Needed: C/C++, JavaScript Resources: Intro to After Effects plugin development for beginners Notable Examples: Element 3D, Trapcode Particular, Optical FlaresTemplatesA template is an After Effects project file that is intended for customization. Templates can utilize plugins as long as the person opening template has the plugin installed on their computer. Any project can be turned into a template just go to File > Save As and in the dropdown select After Effects Template. However, its important to remember that templates can only be opened in current and future iterations of After Effects, not versions from the past. So if you save your template in After Effects CC you can’t open it in After Effects CS6.Special Skills Needed: Basic After Effects KnowledgeResources: How to Create an After Effects Template, Free After Effects Templates: Title and Logo Effects Notable Examples: Retro Titles, Blood Splat TitlesExpressionsAn expression is essentially a snippet of ExtendScript written directly into After Effects. Expressions are typically used to manipulate values for a single parameter like color, position, or intensity. Expressions can be used to link values to sliders and checkboxes, making them great for anyone looking to create well organized templates. Expressions can range from a few words to hundreds of lines of code. It all depends on the functionality.Special Skills Needed: Basic JavaScriptResources: Expression Basics, Top 5 Expressions for Better Design Notable Examples: Wiggle Expression, If/Else ExpressionStill confused? Check out the following video by Mikey Borup where he explains the difference between scripts, plugins, and presets.This video was first shared on Mikey Borup’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing Mikey!Want to learn more about After Effects? Check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become an AE master.Know of any other ways to explain the difference? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Martin Lindstrom on Branding, Small Data, and Knowing Consumers – Episode 51

December 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episode“Today’s leaders don’t know how to trust their instincts.” ~ Martin LindstromClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 43:14 — 39.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere is so much talk about “big data” these days and the impact it has on helping companies and brands understand the choices and activities of their market. But today’s guest believes that the best approach to understanding consumers is not big data, but what he calls “small data.” Martin Lindstrom is a branding consultant who has made a name for himself by his “on the ground” approach to interacting with and understanding consumers by trying to see the world through their eyes. This is a fascinating conversation about how the most impacting brands are able to build their followings by knowing their followers. Take the time to listen, you’ll be amazed at the insights Martin has into business, life, and the world we live in.“Very few people in our world are willing to get their hands dirty.” ~ Martin LindstromClick To TweetPowerful brands know how to infuse emotion into what they do.The difference between the brands that succeed on a huge scale and those that don’t is often wrapped up in how they are able to communicate and encapsulate their products or services with emotion. People are emotional beings and it’s often the emotion that motivates much more than logic. Today’s guest, Martin Lindstrom, has become an expert at understanding how people make decisions and the role emotion plays in that process. He’s a leading branding consultant who has helped brands like Lego, Lowes Grocery, and others understand their market and build a brand that moves them on an emotional level. This is a powerful conversation you won’t want to miss.Simplicity and clarity are the hallmarks of a powerful brand.If you were asked which car company was the safest, you’d likely answer “Volvo.” That’s not by accident. The leadership of Volvo has spent a lot of time and money creating that image for themselves and working to make it true. They’ve discovered the power of simplifying the vision for their company into a succinct and clear word that communicates on an emotional level: “safety.” On this episode of In The Arena Martin Lindstrom chats about the way powerful brands become so powerful, what they understand about consumers that most brands don’t, and why it’s important for companies to get into the world of their consumers.“A product is produced in a factory. A brand is produced in our minds.” ~Martin LindstromClick To TweetWhat IS “small data?”Martin Lindstrom’s latest book, “Small Data” is a contrarian look into consumer research. He believes that companies and brands cannot understand their consumers as they should by starting with all the “big data” that is gathered through statistics, buying patterns, and sales figures. It’s his contention that the brands that truly succeed in changing lives and changing the world are the ones that are willing to get their hands dirty in the real world of the consumer and discover the real life, emotional things that motivate action and decisions for people. Anthony digs into the idea with Martin on this episode, so make sure you listen.Big data is the “what” and small data is the “why.”Martin Lindstrom believes that trying to increase sales through looking at consumer behavior is a backward approach to increasing sales. That so-called “big data” is the “what” behind consumer behavior – it only tells what they do in a given circumstance. But much more important to Martin, and he believes to every brand, is the “why” behind the consumer’s decisions. When a brand can tap into the reasons consumers do what they do, then the brand is positioned to create products and services that truly serve the needs of the consumer and skyrocket the brand’s influence and success as a result. Hear Martin describe the usefulness of small data on this episode.“Big data is the ‘what.’ Small data tells us ‘why?’” ~ Martin LindstromClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Martin Lindstrom and this episode. Martin’s “Denglish” accent and where it comes from. What does a “branding consultant” do (Martin’s role). How Martin’s creation of his own “Legoland” landed him a job working for Lego. The brands which Martin sees as being effective at infusing emotion into their brand. The most powerful brands boil their vision down to one word. The differences between “types” of people and how Martin uses that knowledge in branding. The way our personal experience feeds into the way we experience brands. Why the difference between small data and big data is vital. How brands compensate for the ways that people are “out of balance.” What our internet passwords say about us. The revealing power of emojis. What are the small data cues in everyday life? Martin’s thoughts about meditation, getting away from screens, and life transitions. Why Martin stopped reading business books. The most important book Martin has ever read. The people who have had the strongest impact on Martin. The most important lesson Martin has learned. What Martin hopes to be remembered for.Our Sponsors:Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeMartin Lindstrom’s website12500806810385523890039472903XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

Swami Chinmayanand booked after girl alleging harassment goes missing in UP

December 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Shahjahanpur police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand after a student went missing following her allegation in video clip that he had been harassing her. Her father had lodged a complaint accusing Mr. Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by his lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The 72-year-old BJP leader has been booked under IPC sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation), Shahjahanpur SP S Chanappa said. In a video clip posted by the woman online, she said she was under threat from the leader of the sant community, without naming Mr. Chinmayanand or specifying the kind of harassment she allegedly faced. But the woman’s father on Tuesday alleged that she has gone missing at the behest of the former minister, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram. Her father filed a complaint with the police alleging that Mr. Chimayanand and “some others” sexually abused her and other girls.Mr. Chimayanand has been a three-time Lok Sabha MP and was a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In the video, which went viral on social media on August 24, the woman alleged, “A senior leader of the sant community, who has already destroyed the lives of many girls, is now threatening to kill me.” “My request to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji and (UP Chief Minister) Yogiji is please help me. He has threatened to kill my family as well. Only I know how I am surviving now. Modiji please help me. That ‘sanyasi’ has the police and the DM in his pocket, and threatens that no one can do anything for me. However, I have evidence against him, and my request is please help me in getting justice,” she claimed.Mr. Chinmayanand’s lawyer dismissed the charges made by the woman and her father, saying, “There is not an iota of truth in their claims.” Elaborating on the sequence of events, he told PTI, “On August 22, Swami Chinmayanand got a WhatsApp message on his phone from an unknown number. The message said that if you do not give ₹5 crore by this evening, then I will make videos viral on news channels. And do not try to act smart, as I have nothing to lose, but your reputation will be lost. Hence, make arrangements to give ₹5 crore.” Singh, when contacted, said that Mr. Chinmayanand sent the screenshot to him, and he then took it to SSP Shahjahanpur. “The police took cognisance of it, and started its job. I was of the view that media should be made aware of this issue, but the police told me not to do so, as the matter seemed to be big and there was a possibility of it being a racket. (The police said) if you go public with it, then the racketeers may become alert, and it will be rather difficult to arrest them,” he said. The lawyer also said that on the night of August 24, he went to Kotwali police station in Shahjahanpur to register an FIR. “It was registered at around 2.25 am on August 25. On August 24 itself, the video of the girl had gone viral. Initially, I thought a big racket was involved. But after seeing the girl and the video, I felt that the WhatsApp threat and the video could be related, as a direct threat was made (to us),” he claimed. The FIR was lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act against the mobile number which had sent the WhatsApp message, he said. “The rest of my doubts were cleared when I came to know that the girl’s father said that he feared for her life after seeing the video. My only contention is that a girl who is using a mobile phone, moving in a car, making her own videos and uploading them on various social networking websites, how can she be kidnapped,” he asked. Why can’t she go to the SSP office or a nearby police station or even contact Dial-100 and lodge her complaint, Singh asked. “It is entirely a conspiracy to blackmail Swami ji and become a crorepati using shortcuts. When the idea did not work, then an effort was made to tarnish his image as vendetta. There is not an iota of truth in the claims and allegations made by the girl,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Jitin Prasada tweeted in support of the woman, saying she had appealed to the Chief Minister for protection against harassment. “Now she has gone missing. Is there no rule of law left in the state,” he asked.last_img read more

NBA: Pacers offered Paul George to Dubs for Klay Thompson—report

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reportsBut according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George could have ended up with another Western powerhouse—the reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIndy reportedly offered their former prized superstar in exchange for the services of the Warriors’ sweet-stroking guard, Klay Thompson. The Dubs, however, decided to decline the offer.George confirmed that the proposed trade was in fact true and shared his two cents if the deal went through. NBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with ThunderSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Ex Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George (24) is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11). (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NBA fans were certainly taken aback when former Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.The four-time All-Star was heavily pursued by multiple franchises, but eventually landed at the Russell Westbrook-led squad, which was an unlikely destination at the time.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New York Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship,” he told the veteran sports journalist.The lanky 27-year-old forward, however, joked that such a deal might have been nixed by the league.“Yeah, I think that would’ve been the Chris Paul-to-LA situation where they denied that trade,” he added.In a subsequent tweet, Wojnarowski clarified that it was Indiana that offered the deal and that Golden State never put Thompson in the trading block.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more