September 5 2014Congratulations to the July 27 2

first_imgSeptember 5, 2014Congratulations to the July 27. 2014 Workshop participants upon their graduation:from left: Thomas Lewis and Taylor Courtland. Taylor continues at Arcosanti as a staff member of the Cafe and Visitors Center.[photo by Melanie Husband]last_img

French media regulator the CSA has said that scri

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has said that ‘scripted reality’ shows can in principle be considered to qualify towards French channels’ local content creation obligations.Following a consultation on the topic, the CSA said that it will consider such shows on case-by-case basis. It said there was no automatic link between its opinion on whether a show would qualify and that of the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), which is responsible for administering the Cosip fund to support domestic content creation.However, the CSA observed that as the cost of creating such shows was relatively low in any case this was unlikely to be an obstacle to investment by channel providers.The CSA said that as scripted reality shows in general resembled fictional works and qualified towards content creation objectives, the remuneration of writers and other professionals involved in their creation should follow established collective agreements.The regulator welcomed moves towards a general agreement between producers authors and editors to create an accepted framework for practices and agreement to work towards improving the quality of programmes.last_img read more

Netflix Instagram team up for easier sharing of bingewatching recommendations

first_img Citation: Netflix, Instagram team up for easier sharing of binge-watching recommendations (2019, January 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-instagram-team-easier-binge-watching.html 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. The latest update of the Netflix app for Apple iOS lets you share movies and series from your viewing list on your iPhone or iPad with friends via Instagram Stories.Once you have updated the Netflix app, you can share movies such as Best Picture nominee “Roma” or TV series such as “Grace and Frankie” from My List or elsewhere in the app.Once you highlight the selection, tap the Share icon and Instagram Stories will now be among your options (other share options include Facebook Messenger, Twitter and text messages).Once you select Instagram Stories, you can type some comments or add some animated enhancements to the movie or TV show’s cover art. Then select one or more Instagram friends you want to send the recommendation to. Your story remains visible for 24 hours and has a link to your recommendation within the Netflix app, making it easy for the recipient to check it out.A Netflix-Instagram Stories feature is in the works for Android devices, but Netflix did not have a timeline to share at this time.This option is similar to one already deployed allowing you to share Spotify music via Instagram Stories, noted Mashable, which spotted the Netflix update Tuesday. The Facebook-owned social network is used by more than more than 500 million people daily—and 400 million use Instagram Stories daily.Netflix is coming off a fourth quarter in which it saw subscriber growth surpass expectations. The company now has more than 139 million paying subscribers globally after adding 1.5 million in the U.S. and 7.3 million internationally during the October-December 2018 period. The streaming video provider expects to add another 8.9 million (1.6 million in the U.S. and 7.3 million globally) between January and March, the company said last week.That expected growth comes as Netflix recently announced an increase in its monthly subscription fees. Netflix’s most popular plan, which had been $10.99 a month for two HD streams, will cost $2 more ($12.99 monthly). The cheapest $7.99 non-HD plan will cost $1 more ($8.99 monthly). The premium plan allowing four simultaneous streams in 4K will increase $2 to $15.99 per month. Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growthcenter_img (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Passing along your binge-watching favorites just got easier. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Tappy the robot is behind part of charges against Huawei

first_img Citation: Tappy the robot is behind part of charges against Huawei (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-tappy-robot-huawei.html Jury awards T-Mobile $4.8M in trade-secrets case against Huawei The case over Tappy, T-Mobile’s phone-testing robot, portrays a company going to what the government calls illegal lengths to gain access to others’ intellectual property.”This indictment shines a bright light on Huawei’s flagrant abuse of the law,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in Seattle said in a statement.The criminal charges in Seattle were announced the same day the U.S. government unveiled a case in New York that accuses Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating U.S. sanctions.Huawei is China’s first global technology competitor and one of the world’s biggest cellphone companies and makers of telecommunications parts. Huawei has rejected accusations by Washington and some other governments that it is controlled by China’s ruling party and might facilitate spying. Some experts say there’s no major revelations in Monday’s charges, however.”If Tappy is as far as they’ve gotten on (intellectual property) theft, that seems to be pretty thin gruel for waging a large campaign against Huawei,” said Adam Segal, a cybersecurity expert at the Council on Foreign Relations who follows China closely.T-Mobile declined to comment. Huawei said in an emailed statement Tuesday that it denies any violations of U.S. law, and that the Tappy allegations were already a settled matter between it and T-Mobile.In a civil lawsuit against Huawei over the robot, a federal jury in Seattle awarded T-Mobile $4.8 million in damages in 2017.Tappy was developed by T-Mobile in 2006 to help spot problems in phones before they hit the market by mimicking how people actually use them. Its aim was to save the company money by having fewer customers return problematic phones.T-Mobile, which is based in Bellevue, Washington, considered Tappy superior to competitors’ phone-testing systems, including those using humans. Allegedly, so did Huawei. To try to protect its robot, T-Mobile allowed only a few people from outside the company to have access to Tappy in a special area of its lab. After being approved and trained, these people were subject to confidentiality agreements that forbade them from taking photos or videos of Tappy, or trying to reverse-engineer the robot. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Chinese tech company Huawei went so far as to steal a robot’s arm in its bid to get its hands on T-Mobile’s trade secrets, the U.S. government alleges. This Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, file photo shows a T-Mobile store in New York. A federal indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, in the form of a robot designed to automatically test phones for problems. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) This Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, shows company signage on display near the Huawei office building at its research and development center in Dongguan, in south China’s Guangdong province. A federal indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, in the form of a robot designed to automatically test phones for problems. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) Explore further Meanwhile, Huawei was looking to break into the U.S. market and improve the quality of its phones. It struck a deal with T-Mobile to sell its devices. Starting in September 2012, T-Mobile let Huawei engineers into the Tappy chamber to test their phones, after Huawei agreed to T-Mobile’s conditions.Huawei first asked T-Mobile if it could license Tappy for broader use, but T-Mobile declined. The government says Huawei then began a scheme to steal Tappy technology and apply it to its own phone-testing robot, called xDeviceRobot, in China.Prosecutors say Huawei China pushed employees in the U.S. to find out technical details on Tappy, like the sliding speed of its mechanical arm. But T-Mobile gave only limited answers to their questions.According to the indictment, Huawei employees in the U.S. sent back unauthorized photos of the robot, but ran into roadblocks.One Huawei employee, identified in the indictment only as “R.Y,” wrote in a January 2013 email to Huawei China that, “Once again, we CAN’T ask TMO any questions about the robot. TMO is VERY angry the questions that we asked. Sorry we can’t deliver any more information to you.” The employee suggested Huawei China send its own engineer to the Seattle lab.In May 2013, a Huawei China engineer identified as “F.W.” arrived in Seattle and sneaked into T-Mobile’s Tappy lab two days in a row, helped by authorized Huawei employees. He was kicked out and banned by T-Mobile, but managed to take photos of Tappy.T-Mobile then banned all Huawei employees from its lab, except for one engineer identified as “A.X,” according to the indictment. On May 29, A.X. took a Tappy robot arm out of the lab in his laptop bag. When questioned by T-Mobile, he said he found it in his bag and returned the arm the next day. T-Mobile then took away his access badge.The government says F.W. took detailed measurements and photos of the robot arm while it was missing and sent the details to China.Huawei later told T-Mobile that A.X. and F.W. acted on their own, violated Huawei policies and were fired. The government, however, says it was a broader conspiracy. 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

Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire Arc

first_img Explore further Video: Aircraft-inspecting suction robot successfully trialled The piece is approximately 1m in height and 8.5kg in mass. Made of the titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), it has been deposited using the Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process, which Cranfield University has pioneered over the last decade.Thanks to being able to go straight from digital drawing to final structure, WAAM has integrated two individual pieces into a single part; eliminating the need for long-lead-time forgings; and substantially reduced the amount of waste material removed by machining.If manufactured traditionally, the component would have required about 30 times more raw material than its final mass. By using the WAAM process, more than 200 kg of Ti-6Al-4V has been saved for each item. There is room to improve this further, and Cranfield is working on innovative methods to deposit closer to the final thickness.The WAAM shape was manufactured at Cranfield and then sent to Glenalmond Technologies where it was stress-relieved, laser-scanned, machined and inspected using an ultrasonic method. The final inspection was performed by Agiometrix using a computer tomography (CT-scan) for internal quality analysis and an optical scanner, with Thales Alenia Space ensuring that the part met the mechanical requirements and specifications.Following the checks, the project team is satisfied that the vessel fulfils the driving technical and quality requirements. The team is now proceeding to the building of a second prototype, with the purpose to carry out a fine tuning of the whole manufacturing cycle, to demonstrate the repeatability and reliability of the process, and to push the implementation of the new approach into the flight hardware.Eng. Massimo Chiampi, Study Manager for Additive Manufacturing projects at Thales Alenia Space, said: “We were looking for an innovative manufacturing solution for the tanks, which typically suffer from long lead time with the conventional production route based on subtractive machining. Thanks to this project, we have demonstrated that the adoption of WAAM technology enhances the competitiveness of our product. A near-net-shape item is fabricated in few days—compared to several months needed for the procurement of the standard wrought products—and also the amount of machining operation is consistently reduced. We have achieved a 65% reduction on the overall lead time without giving up the requested performances and this provides a benefit also in terms of design flexibility, making it possible to answer customer needs at a late stage of the project.”Dr. Jialuo Ding, Principal Research Fellow at Cranfield University and Chief Scientist at WAAM3D, said: “We have been developing WAAM technology for more than 10 years and it is very satisfying to see it reach this level of commercial maturity. We are very excited about rolling out the technology through our new spinout company, WAAM3D. We are also extremely pleased with the work done by Glenalmond Technologies, who have dealt with a part with limited machining stock, perfectly and at their first attempt.”Dr. Filomeno Martina, Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University and CEO of WAAM3D, said: “This part was built using software and hardware that has been developed over the last decade; these are finally ready for commercialisation through a new spin-out company from Cranfield, WAAM3D. This part has given us the opportunity to test WAAM3D’s innovative solutions on a high-profile user case, with a very aggressive timescale. We are very proud of the level of automation achieved at Cranfield University. WAAM3D will make all these tools available to industrial community in the next couple of months and we are looking forward to the impact on industrial large-scale additive manufacture this will have.” The full-scale prototype titanium pressure vessel. Credit: Cranfield University A team comprising of Thales Alenia Space, Cranfield University and Glenalmond Technologies have successfully produced a first full-scale prototype of a titanium pressure vessel to be used in future manned missions for space exploration.center_img Citation: Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire + Arc additive manufacturing process (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-titanium-pressure-vessel-space-exploration.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. Provided by Cranfield Universitylast_img read more

Renault tries to reassure partner Nissan on Fiat plans

first_img Renault and Nissan representatives were meeting outside Tokyo on Wednesday along with officials from the third partner in their alliance, Mitsubishi Motors.The alliance has been rocked by the arrest of its former head, Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan chief who faces four charges of financial misconduct and has been pushed out of all his executive roles.And the partnership was shaken further this week by news that Renault is studying “with interest” a 50-50 merger proposal with Fiat Chrysler (FCA), a prospect that took Nissan by surprise.In a brief statement, the alliance said their operating board meeting on Wednesday included “open and transparent discussion on FCA’s recent proposal to Groupe Renault.””The meeting also discussed and positively concluded several current operational alliance matters,” the statement added, after the meeting at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama.Arriving in Japan on Tuesday, Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard offered an optimistic assessment.”I think that all the recent events are very good for the alliance, and I will make sure that Nissan and Mitsubishi will take great advantage of the news,” he said.But Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has received news of the proposed tie-up more cautiously.”From the standpoint of Nissan’s interests, we need to look a little closer to see what sort of contractual relationship the deal would create,” the Nikkei business daily quoted him as saying.Renault has for years tied its strategy to its partnership with Japanese automaker Nissan, but Ghosn’s arrest and Nissan’s resistance to a closer partnership appears to have prompted rethinking at the French firm.The merger with Fiat Chrysler is backed by the French government, which owns a 15 percent stake in Renault, and Italy’s deputy premier also enthusiastically endorsed the deal.Renault holds a 43 percent stake in Nissan, which in turn owns 15 percent of its French partner and would not be able to block it from proceeding with the Fiat Chrysler merger. © 2019 AFP Renault and Nissan representatives were meeting outside Tokyo on Wednesday along with officials from the third partner in their alliance, Mitsubishi Motors Renault officials on Wednesday sought to reassure the firm’s alliance partner Nissan over a possible tie-up between the French automaker and Fiat Chrysler, which could up-end the auto industry. Old partner Nissan left sidelined by Renault-Fiat mergercenter_img Citation: Renault tries to reassure partner Nissan on Fiat plans (2019, May 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-renault-reassure-partner-nissan-fiat.html Explore further 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

MLB trade rumors Dodgers could make a strong play for Royals reliever

first_img“We’re comfortable being aggressive,” Friedman said. “We’re not comfortable being stupid.”The Dodgers entered play Wednesday in first place of the National League West with an MLB-best 63-34 record. They lead the second-place Diamondbacks by 14 games. The Dodgers have been linked to another reliever.Los Angeles is interested in Royals left-hander Jake Diekman, according to a report from MLB.com, and the team may make a “strong play” for him before the July 31 trade deadline. Dodgers trade rumors: Pirates set high asking price for closer Felipe Vazquez MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Brad Hand, Ken Giles, several others The 32-year-old holds an 0-6 record with a 4.97 ERA in 44 appearances with Kansas City this season. He has struck out 55 and walked 23 in 38 innings on the mound.The Royals are focused on moving Diekman, along with outfielder Billy Hamilton, first baseman Lucas Duda and pitcher Ian Kennedy, over the next two weeks, according to an earlier report from MLB.com. Related News MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veterans The Nationals also could pursue Diekman, the report says.The Dodgers, meanwhile, are clearly looking to upgrade their bullpen. They’ve reportedly already inquired about multiple pitchers, including Brad Hand, Ken Giles, Felipe Vazquez and Will Smith, among others.”Every year, going into the year, the bullpen performance is what keeps me up at night,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told ESPN last month. “And it’s funny because the years that I’ve had the most confidence is probably the years where we’ve struggled the most, and the years where I’ve been the most afraid are the years where we’ve been the best.”Friedman said the team will not overspend to add bullpen help.last_img read more

Under pressure Centre to amend SCST law

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Cabinet is learnt to have approved a Bill to amend the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The new Bill will apparently nullify the Supreme Court verdict on the use of the Act. The verdict had invited criticism from various corners that it will dilute the principles of the Act, formed to ensure justice in the cases of atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis.Talking to reporters after the Cabinet, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Centre has taken a decision that will be beneficial for the SC-ST communities. He, however, did not give any details of the proposed legislation and said since Parliament is in session he is supposed to place the details before both the Houses before making it public.Almost all political parties had voiced concern over the verdict. NDA ally LJP had publicly asked the Centre to come up with a legislation to nullify the apex court order. The party had also demanded that the Centre should remove former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Goel from the post of National Green Tribunal Chairman as Goel was one of the judges who passed the order on the SC-ST Act. Published on August 01, 2018center_img COMMENTS politics SHARElast_img read more