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Improved Volumetric Displays May Lead to 3D Computer Monitors

first_imgOne of the biggest problems with volumetric displays is the difficulty in portraying shading of object surfaces and displaying opaque objects, both of which are common in real-world situations. To improve these traits, the researchers developed a new technique that modifies the original input data in such a way as to allow the light rays to produce more shading and darkening effects. They call the modified dataset a “lumi-volume.” The researchers demonstrated that, when they fed the lumi-volume data into the IEVD, the emitted light field and image contained shading effects as good as the shading found in images rendered on a traditional 2D computer screen – an achievement that was once thought to be impossible. The technique could also generate better quality opaque objects.“Our paper mathematically formalizes the rendering equation/model for these displays, minimizing the difference between the intended 3D output and the actual one,” Mora told “Without such formalization, shading cannot be kept under control. This can be compared with the traditional use of such a display by spatially lighting and coloring the 3D object’s surface, which is intuitive from a modeling point of view, but, unfortunately, cannot reproduce proper shading.” (Left) The Perspecta volumetric display generates 3D images, and is based on a sweeping plane that performs 24 rotations per second. (Right) A 3D volumetric image of a rabbit. Image credit: Benjamin Mora, et al. (Left) A 3D volumetric image of a tower, based on a 2D rendering from a computer. (Right) A 3D volumetric image of a face. Image credit: Benjamin Mora, et al. ( — Volumetric 3D displays have been around for nearly a century, but they face several challenges that have prevented their use in widespread applications. Recently, a team of researchers from the UK and the US have made some significant improvements that may pave the way toward commercializing volumetric displays for 3D viewing. Volumetric displays involve thousands of 3D pixels (or “voxels” for “volume elements”) that either absorb or emit light from an “isotropically emissive light device” (IEVD). The voxels are projected onto a screen that rotates 24 times per second, creating a 3D image. Because the image is composed of either the presence of absence of light, it creates an X-ray-like effect of the input data. Ideally, the technique could be used for data visualization, such as viewing complex mathematical surfaces, technical designs, and biological and chemical structures, as well as for entertainment purposes.Researchers Benjamin Mora and Min Chen of Swansea University in Singleton Park, Swansea, UK, along with Ross Maciejewski and David S. Ebert of the Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in West Lafayette, Indiana, US, have developed a technique that improves the image quality in volumetric 3D displays. Their study will appear in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. Volumetric 3D displays have several inherent advantages compared with other kinds of 3D displays. For instance, viewers don’t need to wear special glasses, but can still observe the 3D scene from multiple angles and depths. Also, unlike holographic techniques, volumetric displays don’t require extremely large amounts of computation for data processing. And now, the shading effects can capture surface curvature and texture to provide improved image quality.“3D displays have several advantages when compared to similar techniques,” Mora said. “Stereo techniques need either special glasses or special 3D screens, which may not suit every user. Other more complex 3D devices use multiplex images on a horizontal axis, but not on the vertical axis. This may result in a distorted 3D image if the user is not located at a pre-defined distance from the display.”Further improvements are still needed before immediately jumping to applications, the researchers said. But they expect that this study will stimulate further research into hardware improvements, increasing the field of view, and reducing transparency effects. They suggest that some of these problems might be solved by projecting two images onto opposite sides of the rotating screen, enabling the use of two different lumi-volumes and better quality renderings.Eventually, volumetric 3D displays could be easily incorporated into a future computer system as a second monitor. The 3D monitor could have applications in data visualization, medical and military training, and movies and games.“Virtually any 2D application could eventually be ported to a 3D volumetric display system and then experience some visual improvement,” Mora said. “However, current technology limits prevent these devices from going mainstream. Thus, 3D displays are mainly suitable to domains like entertainment, education, and scientific visualization. For instance, gaming or watching a video on such a display may not yet be ideal due to a lack of power on current processors; however, this technology can already be deployed in museums for showcasing virtual objects. Also, these devices have strong potential for estimating the visual impact of objects (e.g., car design, buildings, etc.) in their environment and the interpretation of complex 3D datasets and medical images, although more user studies there would be needed.” More information: Mora, Benjamin; Maciejewski, Ross; Chen, Min; and Ebert, David S. “Visualization and Computer Graphics on Isotropically Emissive Volumetric Displays.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. To be published.Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Images in the air: Researchers turn to femtosecond lasers Citation: Improved Volumetric Displays May Lead to 3D Computer Monitors (2008, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more


Researchers find structure in black hole accretion disk

first_imgSimulation of the X-ray binary system Swift J1357.2-0933. In this view, the dips produced by the vertical structure are maxima. Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Servicio MultiMedia) Play Simulation of the X-ray binary system Swift J1357.2-0933. The system is formed by a “normal” star which is transferring material (through an accretion disc) into a black hole. The simulation starts with a top view of the system and then moves to perspective of the system as seen from Earth. The system has a large inclination which allowed the team to observe an obscuring vertical structure in the accretion disc. This structure produces eclipses or dips to the light coming from the inner parts of the disc (close to the black hole). In the top-left panel we see these dips. Moreover, the vertical structure moves outward with the days which produces an increase in the dip recurrence period as shown in the top-right panel. Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Servicio MultiMedia) That the structure appears capable of hiding the black hole from view is important because space researchers have been baffled by the apparent lack of black holes that should be evident in observations made from Earth. After a half century of study and analysis, only 18 have been confirmed to exist in the Milky Way and none of those have an eclipse that would cause X-ray emissions to be blocked. Scientists have theorized that many black holes cannot be seen due to the angle at which they exist relative to us—this new research suggests it could also be due to structures similar to the one observed in the accretion disk of Swift J1357.2, blocking their X-ray emissions. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. © 2013 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: A Black Hole Nova Obscured by an Inner Disk Torus, Science, 1 March 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6123 pp. 1048-1051. DOI: 10.1126/science.1228222ABSTRACTStellar-mass black holes (BHs) are mostly found in x-ray transients, a subclass of x-ray binaries that exhibit violent outbursts. None of the 50 galactic BHs known show eclipses, which is surprising for a random distribution of inclinations. Swift J1357.2−093313 is a very faint x-ray transient detected in 2011. On the basis of spectroscopic evidence, we show that it contains a BH in a 2.8-hour orbital period. Further, high–time-resolution optical light curves display profound dips without x-ray counterparts. The observed properties are best explained by the presence of an obscuring toroidal structure moving outward in the inner disk, seen at very high inclination. This observational feature should play a key role in models of inner accretion flows and jet collimation mechanisms in stellar-mass BHs. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Researchers find ‘structure’ in black hole accretion disk (2013, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Play Video showing a different point of view of the X-ray binary system. Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Servicio MultiMedia) The researchers don’t know what the structure is, but have found that it does not demonstrate periodic variation, an indication that it’s vertical, and that it is capable of hiding the black hole from view. They report also that it behaves like a wave, moving through the disk in an outward direction, which accounts for the rapid dimming. (—A team of researchers working at the Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands has found evidence of a previously unknown structure in the accretion disk of a black hole that is part of an X-ray binary system. The structure, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Science, presents itself with a wave like movement through the disk, moving outward. Computer model shows strong magnetic fields may alter alignment of black hole accretion disks and plasma jets Journal information: Science A binary system, is of course, one made of two components—sometimes two stars, others times as with Swift J1357.2, a star and a black hole—the remnant of a star that exploded. In the latter case, the binary is known as an X-ray binary system because the accretion disk that develops between the two occasionally emits X-rays. The accretion disk is a mass of material that has been pulled from the star by the black hole. In this new research, the team has found evidence of a structure on the outer portion of the accretion disk that causes a dimming of the system—one that cannot be explained by the companion stars’ orbit around the system’s center of mass, which in this case, is one of the shortest ever seen, just 2.8 hours. The dimming, the researchers report occurs sometimes as often as every few seconds.last_img read more


Study exposes possible reason for drop out fish in aquaculture salmon farms

first_img Salmon sickness detected in farmed Canadian fish Citation: Study exposes possible reason for ‘drop out’ fish in aquaculture salmon farms (2016, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from As the world continues to yearn for ever more sources of food, some entities had taken to fish farming as a way to provide sustainable seafood yields. But, as the business matures, most have noted losses that occur in the form of “drop out” fish—individual fish which do not grow as large as others, become morose, cease moving around and eventually die or get tossed into the trash pile. To date, because the science of fish farming is still somewhat new, little is known about such “drop out” fish, or if something can be done to prevent them from occurring, thereby reducing losses.To learn more, the researches obtained many samples of such fish, along with healthy fish taken from the same fish farm sites in Norway, and did some digging. Suspecting, based on their “sad” behavior, that the fish were possibly experiencing a form of fish depression, the team took measurements of cortisol production and elevated brain serotonergic activation, both of which are common in humans that experience chronic depression or in other animals that have been exposed to long periods of stress. They report that they found both present in the “drop out” salmon, suggesting that they became listless due to overexposure of stimuli and other stress factors, which led to them becoming seriously depressed—so depressed that they became incapable of responding to new sources of stress.The researchers suggest that the “drop out” fish came to their condition due to stresses they encountered that were not in their natural environment (overcrowding, aggressiveness from other fish, handling by humans, vaccinations, etc.) Stresses that all of the fish in the fish farm were forced to endure—it was only those that were not able to cope with the highly stressful environment that were overwhelmed and succumbed to depressive-like symptoms. The team further suggests that losses due to “drop out” fish could be reduced by reducing or eliminating the stress inducers that exist as a normal part of aquaculture processes. © 2016 Explore further More information: Marco A. Vindas et al. Brain serotonergic activation in growth-stunted farmed salmon: adaption versus pathology, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160030AbstractSignalling systems activated under stress are highly conserved, suggesting adaptive effects of their function. Pathologies arising from continued activation of such systems may represent a mismatch between evolutionary programming and current environments. Here, we use Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in aquaculture as a model to explore this stance of evolutionary-based medicine, for which empirical evidence has been lacking. Growth-stunted (GS) farmed fish were characterized by elevated brain serotonergic activation, increased cortisol production and behavioural inhibition. We make the novel observation that the serotonergic system in GS fish is unresponsive to additional stressors, yet a cortisol response is maintained. The inability of the serotonergic system to respond to additional stress, while a cortisol response is present, probably leads to both imbalance in energy metabolism and attenuated neural plasticity. Hence, we propose that serotonin-mediated behavioural inhibition may have evolved in vertebrates to minimize stress exposure in vulnerable individuals.center_img (—A team of researchers from Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands has found evidence that might explain “drop out” fish in salmon and other fish farms. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describes their studies of salmon brain chemistry of specimens taken from fish farms and what their findings might mean for improving fishery results. Oncorhynchus gorbuscha. Credit: Timothy Knepp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Royal Society Open Science 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


Scientists study early evolution of activated asteroid P2016 G1

first_img 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. (—A team of Spanish astronomers has recently observed a newly discovered asteroid designated P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS), revealing its activity and measuring its total dust loss. The findings, detailing the most probable hypothesis that could explain the cause of this activity, were published July 12 on P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS), or P/2016 G1 for short, was detected by R. Weryk and R. J. Wainscoat in April 2016 with the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii. With an asteroid-like orbit, having a semimajor axis of about 2.85 AU and an eccentricity of 0.21, this body exhibits transient, comet-like activity. Therefore, the scientific community still argues whether objects like P/2016 G1 should be called “main-belt comets” (as they orbit the sun within the asteroid belt) or rather asteroids showcasing dust activity.The real nature of these bodies could be revealed by detailed observations focusing on the processes taking place on their surfaces. For that reason, a team of researchers led by Fernando Moreno of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain, started observing P/2016 G1 shortly after its discovery. They used the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands to observe the asteroid during three nights spanning from late April to June 8, 2016.”Observations of P/2016 G1 were scheduled immediately after the discovery alert, within our long-term GTC program of activated asteroid observations. CCD images of P/2016 G1 have been obtained under photometric and excellent seeing conditions on the nights of April 20, May 28, and June 8, 2016,” the scientists wrote in a paper.From the GTC imaging data and the Monte Carlo dust tail modeling, the team was able to get insights on the asteroid’s evolution and active processes. In particular, the model employed by the researchers computed the dust tail brightness of a comet or activated asteroid by adding up the contribution to the brightness of each particle ejected from the parent nucleus.According to the team’s observations and modeling, P/2016 G1 was activated about 350 days before perihelion (around Feb. 10, 2016). The activity had a duration of approximately 24 days and the total dust mass emitted from the asteroid was at least at a level of 17,000 tons.This activity could be caused by various physical processes, including impact, thermal fracture, rotational instabilities and ice sublimation. However, due to the fact that P/2016 G1 is located in the inner region of the main belt and has a small semi-major axis, the researchers excluded ice sublimation as the possible driver of this activity.The scientists concluded that the most probable explanation for this activity is an impact event that would have induced a partial destruction of the asteroid, emitting dust grains to space nearly isotropically while the body is being torn apart.”We speculate that this dust ejection could be associated to an impact, and that the subsequent modeled activity is due to the asteroid partial or total disruption. The impact itself had produced the ejection of some 240 tons of dust,” the paper reads.The team also noted that if the impact scenario is true, the smaller fragments of the parent body could exist in the vicinity of the asteroid’s dust cloud. However, deeper imaging of the object is needed to confirm this. More information: Early evolution of disrupted asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS) arXiv:1607.03375 [astro-ph.EP]AbstractWe present deep imaging observations of activated asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS) using the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) from late April to early June 2016. The images are best interpreted as the result of a relatively short-duration event with onset about 350+10−30 days before perihelion (i.e., around 10th February, 2016), starting sharply and decreasing with a 24+10−7 days (Half-width at half-maximum, HWHM). The results of the modeling imply the emission of ∼1.7×107 kg of dust, if composed of particles of 1 micrometer to 1 cm in radius, distributed following a power-law of index —3, and having a geometric albedo of 0.15. A detailed fitting of a conspicuous westward feature in the head of the comet-like object indicates that a significant fraction of the dust was ejected along a privileged direction right at the beginning of the event, which suggests that the parent body has possibly suffered an impact followed by a partial or total disruption. From the limiting magnitude reachable with the instrumental setup, and assuming a geometric albedo of 0.15 for the parent body, an upper limit for the size of possible fragment debris of ∼50 m in radius is derived. Active asteroid 324P/La Sagra observed by Hubble © 2016 Explore further Median stack images of P/2016 G1 obtained with the OSIRIS instrument of the 10.4m GTC through a Sloan r′ filter, at the indicated dates. North is up, East to the left. The directions opposite to Sun and the negative of the orbital velocity motion are shown. The arrow in the middle of central panel indicates the westward feature that emerges from the inverted C-shaped mentioned in the text. The dimensions of the panels (from left to right, in km projected on the sky at the asteroid distance) are 27930×27930, 26305×26305, and 27025×27025. The images are stretched linearly in brightness, with maximum intensity levels, from left to right, of 8×10−14, 5×10−14, and 4×10−14 solar disk intensity units. Faint trailed stars are apparent near the head of the object, perpendicular to the tail, in the 8.91 June 2016 image, the brightest one being indicated by an arrow. Credit: Moreno et al.,2016. Citation: Scientists study early evolution of activated asteroid P/2016 G1 (2016, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more


Nine on nine

first_imgLast hurried glance at the mirror, patting errant hair into place. Slipping one’s shoes on at the front door. Struggling with the key in the lock.Well nine artistes have joined hands to showcase their works on the same theme. Each artist has a story behing his art work. participating artistes for this exhibition are Gireesh G V, OP Parameswaran, Preeti Gupta, Priyanka Dua, Darius Chinoy, Gaurav Chawla, Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal, Ruchi Chadha, Shashi Kr. Paul. Artist Darius Chinoy entered the world of photography in 1996 and over the last sixteen years he has travelled the length and breadth of India. The result was a view to life he would never have experienced had he not taken up the lens.  Artist Gaurav Chawla never had any formal training in art. Art has always been his passion. He has experimented across various mediums. Even with an attack of optical neuritis in December, 2009, a right eye that can barely see, loss of colour, he remains inspired and active and determined to paint. His works remains one of brightest in terms of colour mixture across most art shows.When: 1 February Where: Dhoomimal Art Gallerylast_img read more


Wear right makeup during summer

first_imgUsing the right makeup products during summer can be a tedious task for women, but keeping some factors in mind can help. Experts suggests some quick tips:  Wear a primer after moisturising your face and before foundation. This extra step will hold your foundation better and for a prolonged time. Instead of foundation, use tinted moisturiser that has SPF in it. This will make you feel light on the face while it is hot and steamy outside and protect you from the sun. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Instead of a thick layer of lipstick, use bright and fresh colours on your lips. Use bright coloured tinted lip balms and lip tints. These will add colour to your face. Try a subtle tint for your cheeks and avoid heavy cakey blush. If you love bronze, use bronzer on high points of your face to get a sun-kissed look. For eyes, wear a gel liner with water proof mascara so that it stays in place even if you sweat. You can dab some powder eyeshadow with an angular brush on top of the liner to make it stay intact for long. Use a light foundation for your neck and shoulders so that it does look different from your face. Keep it light and always use a SPF sunscreeen.So follow these simple tips and get ready to dazzle this summer!last_img read more


Are you suffering from Angelina Jolie syndrome

first_imgIf you pay extra attention to the probability of dangerous diseases that you may suffer in future, you are probably suffering from what is being termed as ‘Angelina Jolie syndrome’, a study warns.The politicisation and commercialisation of health issues in today’s Western culture have led to growing healthism — a peremptory idea of self-preserving behaviour. This approach criticises everything that fails to fit into the glamorous standards of a beautiful, young and slim body. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“But even simple concerns about the ‘standards’ of physical condition may provoke hypercorrection, such as surgery on a healthy body,” said study author Evgenia Golman from National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. More widespread displays of healthism include the boom in diets, fitness, plastic surgery and organic food, as well as the popularity of mobile apps for health monitoring.“Popular healthcare policy today often shifts the responsibility for health from healthcare institutions to individuals themselves, and shifts the focus from treatment to prevention, including prevention of even purely hypothetical pathologies,” Golman wrote in her paper. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPreventive medicine undoubtedly helps prevent many diseases and can save a lot of resources for families and the state.But if ‘calculation’ of sicknesses and idealisation of beauty and healthy body standards are understood improperly, in a purely commercial way, they can lead to mass neurosis and a social obsession with complying to healthist fashion.“The most dangerous thing is that such an approach stigmatises everything that doesn’t fit in with the model of a ‘healthy lifestyle’,” the researcher warned. A person not only obsessively monitors every bodily manifestation, but starts detecting signs of imaginary sicknesses.The study was published in the Journal of Social Policy Studies.last_img read more


Watching TV for too long may double blood clot risk

first_imgDo you have the habit of sitting glued to the idiot box everyday? Beware, you may be at nearly twice the risk of developing blood clots, researchers warn. The findings showed that risk of blood clots in the veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as venous thromboembolism or VTE increases with the amount of time spent watching television even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity. “Watching TV itself isn’t likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching,” said Mary Cushman, Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington.For the study, the team examined 15,158 middle-aged (45-64 years) participants. Those who watched TV “very often” were at 1.7 times higher risk of developing blood clots compared with those who watch TV “never or seldom”.The people, who met recommended guidelines for physical activity and reported watching TV “very often”, had 1.8 times higher risk compared to those who reported watching TV “never or seldom”.”Think about how you can make the best use of your time to live a fuller and healthier life. You could put a treadmill or stationary bike in front of your TV and move while watching,” Cushman said. The results were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 in California. Previous studies have associated prolonged TV viewing with heart disease involving blocked arteries.Although venous thromboembolism is more common in people 60 and older, it can occur at any age.Besides avoiding prolonged TV watching, one can also lower the risk of venous thromboembolism by maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, the researchers suggested.But that’s not the end of the problems. There are various other issues that you will keep on encountering later in life. Sitting for long hours in front of television not only develop blood clots but also increases the risk of cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, took into account published scientific studies dating from 1970 all the way to 2011 and found that collectively, the data from those studies reveal a clear correlation between more than two hours of TV viewing time and risk factors for type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease. The risk of heart disease increased by 15 percent. For diabetes, the risk increased by 20 percent for people that watched TV more than two hours a day.Yet another study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2011 revealed that when people lower their activity from over 10,000 steps a day to less than 5,000 steps a day, physical changes in the body directly increase that person’s risk to death due to various diseases.agencieslast_img read more


Like old photos memories fade over time

first_imgLike old photographs, the visual quality of our memories declines over time, according to a study. When people remember the past, they remember it with varying degrees of clarity. Sometimes people remember lots of details about an event, as if they are reliving the moment as it happened, said Maureen Ritchey, an assistant professor at Boston College in the US. Other times, it seems like the memory has faded, and the details are fuzzy, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious research has shown that emotionally significant events – like a car accident – are remembered more vividly than everyday events. “We wanted to know whether this feeling of memory vividness is related to not just what is remembered, but how it is remembered – the visual quality of the memory,” Ritchey said in a statement. She said people reported changes to their memories akin to using a filter to edit a picture. “A simple analogy is what happens when you post a photo on Instagram. You are cued to apply a filter that changes the brightness or colour saturation of the image,” Ritchey said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn three experiments, participants studied emotionally negative and neutral images that varied in visual quality – luminance and colour saturation. They then reconstructed the visual qualities of each image in a subsequent test. The findings revealed that memories were recollected as less visually vibrant than they were encoded, demonstrating a novel memory-fading effect, the researchers said. Negative emotions subjects experienced when viewing the images increased the likelihood that images would be accurately remembered but did not influence memory fading. In addition, subjective ratings of memory vividness were lower for less accurate memories and for memories that had visually faded, the team found. These findings provide evidence that the vibrancy of low-level details – such as colours and shapes associated with an event – fade in memory while the gist of the experience is retained. People may remember going to a music festival and watching their favourite band, but the intensity of that sensory experience, including the bright stage lights and strength of the bass, will slowly fade. “We found that memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” said post-doctoral researcher Rose Cooper. “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered,” Cooper said. The fading effect happened less for memories that were rated as subjectively stronger. “We were also surprised to find that emotional memories did not influence the amount of fading, only the likelihood with which people remembered the images at all,” she added.last_img read more


16000yrold Ice Age Horse Found During Utah Familys Backyard Renovation

first_imgYou never know what you might turn up when you dig in your backyard, aside from bits of glass, rusty nails, and tulip bulbs. One couple in Utah undertaking a renovation project discovered what they thought was the skeleton of a cow. But it turned out to be a 16,000-year-old horse. Talk about a buried treasure! Horses are of course associated with the Wild West, but their lineage is not continuous. Horses lived in North America from 50 million years ago to 11,000 years ago, when they went extinct for reasons not fully understood. Million-year-old fossils of direct ancestors to modern-day horses have been discovered in Wyoming and Idaho, among other U.S. regions. Europeans re-introduced domesticated horses to the continent in the 15th and 16th centuries.And though today we think of Utah as a dry state, much of the region was buried under water until 14,000 years ago. From around 500 million years ago, Lake Bonneville covered Utah and parts of surrounding Idaho and Nevada, at a depth of more than 1,000 feet, until it released through the Red Rock Pass in Idaho during a period of climate change. Today’s Great Salt Lake is a remnant of Lake Bonneville.Evolution of horse. Photo: Mcy jerry CC BY-SA 3.0Laura and Bridger Hill came across the skeleton in their yard in Lehi, Utah, in September 2017, when landscapers unearthed it during their backyard renovation. The bones had been preserved beneath seven feet of sandy clay. At first, the Hills thought it was the skeleton of a cow, as the area used to be farmland around the edges of Utah Lake. For months, they left the uncovered bones, which were exposed to air, the prodding of curious children, and the abuse of landscaper equipment.But eventually, the Hills showed the bones to their neighbor, who happens to be a geologist at nearby Brigham Young University. He told them he suspected the skeleton was from the Pleistocene Age. The Hills then turned to bones over to the Museum of Ancient Life, also in Lehi.Rick Hunter, a paleontologist at the museum who is making a study of the bones, said the horse bones were well preserved, which indicates it was buried soon after it died. Hunter speculated that the horse may have been trying to escape a predator or may have drowned in an upstream river and floated down to the lake. Because the bones were in a former lake bed, they remained moist for thousands of years.Skeletal evolution of horses. Photo: H. Zell CC BY-SA 3.0Hunter visited the site and fascinated local children with impromptu talks about fossils, paleontology, and the study of old bones. He told news outlets that it is unclear whether the horse was male or female but that based on arthritic-looking formations on its spine, it was likely older. A bone on one ankle has evidence of cancer. It was shorter and stockier than a modern-day horse, around the size of a Shetland pony. Its skull had been shattered and moved by the landscapers.Illustration of extinct horses. From left to right: Mesohippus, Neohipparion, Eohippus, Equus scotti and Hypohippus.Arid Utah is home to many sites where fossils of dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, mastodons, and mammoths have been discovered. Several sites have hundreds of well-preserved dinosaur footprints; there are dinosaur quarries where visitors can see hundreds of bones. The Museum of Ancient Life itself has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons, a mock quarry dig, and a functioning paleontology lab, where workers are uncovering real dinosaur bones.Read another story from us: An archaeological dig on the Swedish island of Öland reveals a massacre that happened 1,500 years agoBut not that many people find 16,000-year-old bones in their backyards. The horse will be named the Hill Horse in honor of the family on whose land it was found. Laura Hill was pleased, according to the New York Times, saying to the paper’s reporter, “Now all these little kids want to be paleontologists.”E.L. Hamilton has written about pop culture for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She lives in central New Jersey, just west of New York Citylast_img read more


Why Steph Curry is the Carrot Top of NBA superstars

first_img Advertisement “If Michael Jordan’s shot wasn’t falling he was still the best defensive player on the floor.”Colin compared Curry to the famous prop comic Carrot Top.“Like in comedy, there’s Ricky Gervais and there’s Louis C.K. They’re smart, they’re fearless. It’s almost academic. They talk about social issues. You do realize Carrot Top has a net worth greater than both? $75 million. He’s a prop comic.‘Here’s a ski mask and a toilet seat. Laugh everybody!’Among comics, despite his wealth, despite his popularity, he’s a prop comic. And in comedy, you know who’s respected.”Larry Holmes was boxing’s heavyweight champ for seven years. The third longest title reign ever. When people discuss the greatest heavyweight champs ever, Holmes isn’t mentioned. Holmes won with jabs, not knockouts. No boxers feared him.Former Mets Pitcher R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young. He was a knuckleballer, not a flamethrower. Players in the league aren’t intimidated by him.Former NBA player, and current Celtics analyst, Brian Scalibrine joined The Herd and agreed with Colin that Curry isn’t as respected around the league other superstars.“The common NBA player around the league thinks Steph Curry’s a media darling.”Scalibrine said players around the league harbor resentment towards Curry because he didn’t come up through the AAU ranks like most players. His father Dell played in the NBA, and Curry grew up shooting in NBA gyms.Players don’t feel like he’s paid his dues. Scalbrine said that an accurate assessment of Curry is somewhere in between the media’s fawning obsession and the players’ criticism. In the post game press conference following the Thunder’s 120 – 111, Game 5 loss to the Warriors last night, Russell Westbrook was asked if Steph Curry was an underrated defender. Westbrook audibly laughed at the question. Westbrook has largely dominated Curry for most of the series. He clearly isn’t intimidated by Curry.Today in The Herd, Colin said Curry doesn’t get the same respect around the league as other superstars, because he isn’t physically dominant or imposing, and doesn’t affect the game in ways other than shooting. In the NBA, players respect physical dominance above all else.“They look at Steph and see a small 6’2, 180-pound athlete who can just hit 38 footers.”Steph Curry is maybe the best shooter in league history, but if he isn’t making threes, he can’t take over a game. Curry was named to the All NBA Defense team and led the league in steals, but he isn’t a dominant defender.last_img read more


VIDEO Marshawn Lynch answers anthem protest questions by going into philosophical Beast

first_img Advertisement When Marshawn Lynch was with the Seahawks, he would just show up to press conferences so he wouldn’t get fined, but now that he’s back home with the Raiders, he’s taking questions and giving actual answers like only he can.Yesterday, when asked about “the elephant in the room,” i.e. why he sat for the national anthem in his first preseason game, Lynch responded by deflecting the question with some Beast Mode philosophy about an elephants being scared of mice.Add this to the classic Lynch soundbite reel.Marshawn Lynch’s response to sitting during the national anthem.— 808s & Car Shakes (@808sCarShakes) August 18, 2017last_img


Are Online Comment Trolls Actually Psychopathic Sadists

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ah, internet trolls, those aggressive commentators who sow discord, start arguments and generally try and make as many people as possible feel terrible through ugly and often off-topic comments.If they seem like psychopathic sadists that’s because, as a new study published this week in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences suggests, they probably are.Related: Social Media Is Getting Nasty. How Can You Rise Above It?Survey respondents were asked about their online behavior, including how much time they spend online and whether or not they frequently leave comments on news websites. Commenters who said that they most enjoyed using the internet for trolling (as opposed to other, sunnier options like “chatting with others,” or “debating issues that are important to you”) displayed personalities strongly linked to sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. The connection between trolling and sadistic behavior was particularly robust, and strong enough for the authors to conclude that “online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”Pretty dramatic, eh?The more time a person spent online, the study found, the more likely he or she was to display sadistic characteristics. Of course, not all commentators are trolls. Only 5.6 percent of respondents were identified as trolls, while 44.3 percent were identified as “non-commenters,” meaning that trolls account for a minority of online commentators.In all, the study confirms what feels obvious: trolls do what they do because they enjoy it. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” the study notes. “Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”Related: How to Handle Negative Online Reviews February 17, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more


Robert Herjavecs Dos and Donts From Cryptocurrency to Cyber Hygiene

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 11 min read April 13, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » “There are no more excuses. We’re all aware of internet-based threats and have a responsibility to protect our corporate data as well as the data of our customers.” That’s according to Robert Herjavec, star of Shark Tank and one of the country’s most well-known entrepreneurs. He’s also the founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, an internationally recognized cybersecurity firm.Herjavec’s advice is as timely as it is crucial: This may be cybersecurity’s most sensational year to date. Last year brought government hacks, state-sponsored ransomware, corporate cover-ups and ransoms paid. But the industry’s response is far from apparent, with few concrete solutions to these very real problems. Business owners in 2018 are justified in feeling anxious about their companies’ vulnerabilities. Still, many organizational leaders remain ignorant of how exposed they are to digital attacks — until those attacks take place. Even worse are those who are aware of weaknesses but don’t take appropriate action. “Be knowledgeable of what assets you’ve kept online, know if it’s on the cloud or only on your computer’s/company’s network and get rid of assets that are not utilized,” Herjavec says. “Always keep cyber hygiene top of mind — keep up with password etiquette, delete old accounts and make sure that when you conduct financial transactions, you use a secure network.”Related: No One Is Safe From the Data Breach EpidemicNew currencies, new vulnerabilities.There is a sense that cybersecurity — especially with the advent of cryptocurrency — is so complicated that institutions are powerless to protect their customers’ data. In reality, the past year’s breaches follow some very distinct trends.“We’re still seeing ransomware and malware exploit unpatched networks,” Robert Herjavec says. “Cryptocurrency ‘mining bots’ are the new thing, and we’re seeing that expressed with web-server compromise, browser hijacking and even web ads that are co-opting your-processor-to-mine (cryptocurrency) coins. We are also seeing a resurgence in banking Trojans. Everyone should be using two-factor authentication wherever possible and using unique and frequently changing passwords everywhere else. We can expect phishing attacks to become more sophisticated as well.”With these trends in focus, organizational vulnerabilities can be broken down to a few key challenges. First, leaders must identify recurring and common points of failure. Certain aspects of the data pipeline are crucial to operations and across organizations, and the same weak points exist in each. The silver lining: A common trend in security breaches across industries means many people also are developing solutions to help companies in their field operate very securely.Related: The Major Security Risks Small Businesses Face and How to Defend Against Them Cyber hygiene is key.Email is core to nearly every organization’s internal and external functions. Both types, however, pose a security threat. Due to its volume and key role, email has become the weapon of choice for hackers. Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 2017 reported that one in every 131 emails contains malware — and that’s only one kind of attack associated with email use. Spoofs are even more common. These fraudulent messages fool employees into believing the hacker is a colleague who needs access to proprietary or sensitive information. In a high-profile spoof last year, a hacker tricked the White House’s cybersecurity officer into disclosing his own private email address.Business owners can help raise awareness of these scams and encourage healthy skepticism by proactively training their employees on cybersecurity etiquette. “You have to educate your employees about security risks and employ some basic technologies to try to prevent ransomware and phishing attacks,” Herjavec says. “Don’t open a suspicious email when the subject or sender doesn’t make sense in terms of your role. Hover over URLs before you click on them to ensure the destination is what is truly presented. Never download attachments without validating the source or its content. It’s important businesses also control the use of cloud storage providers and limit data exfiltration within their corporate environments.”Related: The Biggest Threats in Your InboxEvery IT leader should be thinking authentication solutions. For example, organizations can implement DMARC authentication to verify all incoming emails are, in fact, from the purported sender. Additionally, companies can purchase email-security applications from vendors that specialize in authentication for enterprises. Businesses also can hedge their expsoure by incorporating other forms of communication. Internal-messaging services often are more secure than email and allow for quick verification of any suspicious content — without requiring users to reply to a fraudulent message.Information storage: a necessary risk.Information storage is both a necessity and a huge weakness. Most organizations need to house massive amounts of data to comply with privacy regulations, enable daily tasks and facilitate business analyses. Computing has moved largely into the cloud. Keeping data stored in one place, with only one point of failure, no longer is commonplace.However, fraudsters evolve just as quickly as the technology changes. In 2016, Uber leaked data from 57 million of its users and drivers when hackers discovered that Uber developers had published their usernames and private-access keys on Github. This allowed access to Uber’s Amazon Web Services-based datastores. Uber reportedly paid the hackers a ransom of $100,000 to keep the leak under wraps. Herjavec strongly suggests that businesses limit access to cloud storage outside the corporate network and ensure their employees understand the basics of “cyber hygiene.” This includes how to create complex passwords and rotate them. “Also, it’s important to have a schedule for inventory analysis across the corp network — knowing what devices are connected, who is using a personal device versus corporate device, etc.,” Herjavec says. “Understanding what the endpoints are at play will ensure that you understand the scope of the risk and what you have control over.”Related: Password Statistics: The Bad, the Worse and the UglyProtect data in motion.Not all data moves within an organization. Static and transmitted information require different protocols. “Encrypt data at rest,” says Siobhan McNamara, a published researcher and data scientist in the American and European cybersecurity sectors. “Data that is stored and is stationary can be stored and encrypted without breaking the bank. Data storage platforms will offer security measures for data at rest. Be sure to incorporate this into your data plan.”Data that flows is more complex and costly to lock down. “Therefore, data that moves between hosts and storage systems and is replicated on various platforms requires a separate security approach. This will depend on the data needs of an organization in question,” says McNamara, who is part of the engineering team at Agari. She and her colleagues are designing systems to protect email from malicious messages and phishing attacks.”Storage solutions may encrypt data at the network level, in networking equipment, at the application level, in the database or at the data-set or operating-system level,” McNamara says. “Talk to the experts managing your storage solution and explain your data environment. They will create the best security solution depending on how your data moves.”Related: Thanks to Blockchain, Decentralization — and Data Security — Are the FutureEstablish safeguards and oversight.Oftentimes, it is simply poor data-management that poses the greatest risk. Organizational error can lead to enormous breaches and be every bit as costly as intentional cybercrime.Saks Fifth Avenue accidentally leaked sensitive data of tens of thousands of customers via a link on its website.Equifax, the credit bureau that centrally stores personal data, recently was targeted in a hack that leaked the social security numbers, birthdays and credit card numbers of more than 145 million Americans. As the story unfolded, it came to light that Equifax executives were aware their infrastructure left the door open to cyber attacks. Yet for months before the breach, they failed to implement an available patch for their version of Apache Struts software.In June 2017, a marketing company working for the Republican National Committee leaked the sensitive data of 60 percent of the U.S. voting population. Deep Root Analytics accidentally stored the information on a publicly available Amazon Web Services cloud server. This included approximately 200 million American citizens’ home addresses, birthdates and phone numbers — as well as political views and analyses. Political groups use these analyses to predict where individual voters fall on controversial issues such as gun ownership, stem-cell research and reproductive rights.Earlier this year, the Swedish Transport Agency (STA) released sensitive information on the country’s military units and witness-relocation program. The STA had contracted IBM to manage its databases and networks. However, the STA mistakenly uploaded IBM’s entire database to cloud servers and then emailed the data to marketers in clear text format. Clearly, each of the above examples represents a data-governance issue. Occasional mistakes are bound to happen, but the sheer scale of these breaches points to pure data negligence. Predictably, these companies and agencies had to deal with public fallout over the lack of respect for data-handling.Related: When It Comes to Adopting the Cloud, You’ve Got to Secure Company DataFocus on what you do best. Hire an expert for the rest.Data security is a highly specialized field and one that’s pertinent to every organization. “I always advocate for doing what you do best and trusting experts to support you in your areas where you are not as strong,” Herjavec says. “In most cases, you’re running a business — not ensuring security. So you’ll need to balance some investment in technology with some basic principles in policy to get started. You don’t need to outsource your entire infrastructure right off the bat, but I recommend getting feedback from an expert and evaluating outsourced IT solutions to alleviate the pressure and risk. Your job as a business owner is ensuring that security is top of mind, that you make your team aware of the risks and that you’re controlling the cyber hygiene policies within your scope of responsibility.”Give your organization’s data the respect it requires. Trained specialists create the architecture for data pipelines and generate succinct data-governance procedures. This places accountability in one central place and keeps details from falling through the cracks. An effective data-storage strategy will promote security awareness. It also encourage employees and users to consider best practices from technological and process perspectives. The first step is deciding whether your business will best be served by hiring in-house staff or contracting with a independent consulting firm. In either case, look for experts with a proven track record.“We’ve grown from three people doing $400,00 in sales a year to roughly 300 people doing $200 million in sales a year. We have done so well because of our wide expertise in multiple technologies, our team approach to cyber services (including consulting, identity and managed security services) and our ability to find flexible, customizable solutions to meet our customer’s needs in the enterprise space. It’s been a wild ride over the last 15 years, but we’re now operating across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. We love what we do and we’re laser-focused on cybersecurity. This niche is incredibly challenging as the technologies evolve so quickly and threats are always emerging — but when you love what you do and you love the industry, you’re able to attract an incredible team of people. I’m very lucky.”Related: 4 Security Questions to Ask When Outsourcing IT Operations to Make Sure Your Business Isn’t at RiskWhile there’s no way to become 100 percent secure, organizations can take clear action to drastically decrease their vulnerability. Each requires some up-front investment, but it’s much cheaper to abate the risk than it is to clean up after a breach.Employing experts and developing a structure around data governance is the first step. Investing in storage platforms with dynamic security options and requiring email authentication will patch all the weak points.In the end, the tools for solid security are within reach. And the time to build awareness is now.  last_img read more


3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Position Their Brand to Dominate Voice Search

first_img 6 min read Enroll Now for Free June 12, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Comscore predicts that by 2020, 50 percent of all searches will be completed with voice. Yet, according to a recent survey by personalization provider RichRelevance, almost 70 percent of U.S. shoppers have not yet used a voice assistant to find a product or to get product information.Related: How Entrepreneurs Can Take Advantage of Voice Search MarketingIf you’re a business owner, you’re likely to have one of two reactions to this: either (you’re thinking):”It’s too early to bet any significant portion of my marketing budget on voice,” or,”Now is the time to double-down on my voice initiatives and win the race for my brand.”I recently attended Vayner Media’s VoiceCon (on the future of voice and digital audio, including AI) with a handful of my leadership team. There was plenty of pomp and circumstance, fluff and encouragement for everyone in attendance.But me — I’m a tactical person. Of all the speeches, presentations and rah-rah sessions, the thing that stood out is that there wasn’t a ton of actionable advice regarding what brands can do right now. A lot of the information we’re getting is speculative at this point.Fear not, however: There are specific actions entrepreneurs can take right now to be active now, when we’re on the frontier of voice. Here’s where to start:Dive in to sonic branding.Sonic branding is nothing new. Go back to the early days of radio and television and you’ll find examples of it from Twentieth Century Fox (the music that heralded each new movie from that studio), the NBC chimes and the roar of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer lion.Skip ahead to the ’70s and ’80s to see the Price is Right branding (loser chimes) the tag line “by Mennen” and Super Mario’s coin chimes, to name a few. More modern examples include Sportscenter (da da da), Intel and the Mac startup sound.Related: Voice Search Is Exploding and Digital Strategy Will Never Be the SameThe thing you’ll notice about all of them is that they aren’t songs, and they aren’t jingles with catchy lyrics — they’re sounds and tones that are directly and almost universally recognized as a brand. The message is that when you’re looking to make yourself audibly recognizable, you shouldn’t concentrate on words or taglines or think about musical composition.Instead, find something simple yet unique that can accompany every audio advertisement that you plan on inserting into your ads, on Spotify, Pandora or any podcasts your brand deems a good fit for reaching your audience.Consistency is key.Today, only 16 percent of Americans own a smart speaker … around 39 million people. But that number is 128 percent higher than it was in January 2017. Voice is taking over more and more of the search market, and the time to optimize your strategy to leverage it isn’t going to be when it reaches 50 percent in 2020 — it’s right now.This isn’t an online search engine I’m talking about. It isn’t a medium where consumers can look at different sources to find information about your brand. It’s a channel where the in-home assistant is going to present one result that people are going to listen to, so the AI used by your assistant has to know that the information it presents is 100 percent accurate.If there’s conflicting information about your hours, address, phone number, email or point of contact between multiple different platforms, you’re going to rank low on the totem pole of results and your brand will be largely ignored by voice-search results.You need to be utterly thorough and consistent across every social channel, every review-based site and every single online listing; and you need to be updating the information constantly. Every time you change anything in terms of company listing information, every one of those sites and platforms you’re listed on must be immediately changed and updated to ensure everyone can find you the exact way you want to be found.Companies like Yext already do exactly that. Yext will allow users to update 75 to 100 listings with a couple of keystrokes. This works twofold: It makes it easy to ensure your information is consistent across all channels, and it allows you to consistently update your listings so that the Google algorithm finds you relevant.Alexa Skills squattingFor those unfamiliar with Alexa Skills, it’s a function that allows users to download skills to their Alexa device, then get updates and tips every day on that specific skill. There’s a huge opportunity here for agencies, brands and business owners.Let’s say you own a social media marketing agency. If you create a skill called “Facebook marketing advice,” you have the ability to talk straight to that part of your crowd that subscribes to that skill. All they have to do is say “Alexa, give me an update on Facebook marketing advice” and your voice will pour in to their living room. You’ll be able to speak directly to those people, humanizing your relationship with and establishing yourself as an authority on the subject.That’s why the time to own key phrases within skills is now. Get out in front of everyone else, and when voice has reached its potential a few years hence, you won’t be scrounging for what’s left of the terms your audience is searching for. You’ll be the authority.Even if you’re fuzzy on how to create these skills, there are agencies like Conversable and Pullstring that specialize in developing this kind of technology.As I said, voice still has a ways to go before it becomes the ubiquitous solution for search. I have five voice assistants in my office and all five of them give me different answers to the same question, so we aren’t there yet. But, we will be, and sooner than you think.Related: The New Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Voice SearchIf you take the preparatory steps above, you’ll be in position to bury your competition before the deadline even approaches. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market Growing Popularity Business Planning and Forecast

first_imgGlobal Backoffice Workforce Management Market Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the Global key players. The research report provides analysis of the market including the major regions of the world.Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market is continuously growing in global scenario over the upcoming years. Back-office workforce management can be defined as the process or software that is essential for smooth and productive business operation of enterprise. The most efficient work-force management solution come from self-service modules that boost employees to put forth their own schedule preferences and to manage time off and change shifts, as required.To get more details of this research please request a sample Copy @, growing acceptance of cloud services is creating numerous opportunities in the market over the upcoming years. Backoffice workforce management improved planning which reduces stress & overtaxing of employees, it reduces processing time & improved customer experience, it improves employee satisfaction and it improves visibility & transparency. These benefits of Backoffice Workforce Management also increasing demand among its end-user industries over the upcoming years. However, lack of awareness among enterprises about the back-office workforce management solution is the restraining factors of the market across the globe.The regional analysis of Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market Covers:Asia PacificNorth AmericaEuropeLatin AmericaRest of the WorldThe major market player included in this report are:Monet Software (US)Verint System Inc. (US)SWOT AnalysisActoiveOps Limited (United Kingdom)Calabrio (US)Aspect Software…………..Get Discount on this Research Report @ report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Solution:Operation VisualizerPerformance ManagementBack-Office OptimizationRobotic Process AutomationDesktop & Process AnalyticsOthersBy Deployment:On-PremisesOn-CloudHybridBy End-User:IT & TelecommunicationBFSIRetail & E-commerceTransportationGovernmentOthersFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2015, 2016Base year – 2017Forecast period – 2018 to 2025Access Full Summary @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more


How to Uninstall or Repair an App in Windows 10

first_imgHow to Install Apps in Windows 10How to Reset Your Windows 10 PCHow to Turn Your Windows 10 PC Into a Wireless Display When done, click X to close the Programs and Features window. Credit: Laptop Mag Click Uninstall. To uninstall a program, select the program. Click Repair. If repair is not available, click Change. Press OK to exit the Uninstaller window. Repeat the steps to uninstall another program. Under best match, click Control Panel to open the window. center_img Click on Uninstall a program under the Programs menu. We start with a clean new laptop — ideally, anyway; most are full of bloatware and junk. As the days go by, it only gets worse. We tend to install variety of apps that seem useful at the time but end up being just clutter. We have all been there. When one of your moods to unclutter hits, here’s how to uninstall apps that you are not using anymore. You can also repair an app that is not working properly using some of the same steps.  MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Type Control Panel in the search box on the taskbar. To repair a program, select the program from the list. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to uninstall the app. last_img read more


Volume Concierge 2 autovolume scheduler for Windows

first_imgVolume Concierge 2: auto-volume scheduler for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on March 03, 2018 in Software – 12 commentsVolume Concierge 2 is a free program for Microsoft Windows PCs that lets you configure automatic rules that change the system volume.You can change the volume for individual applications on Windows, but you cannot make any other modifications to it.Maybe, you’d like the volume to be lower in the morning or late at night, and higher throughout the day. Or, you want the volume to be high on the weekend when you play all that rock music on your PC, or very low late at night when you listen to an audiobook before you fall asleep.We reviewed the first release of Volume Concierge in 2011.Warning: Volume Concierge is free software. It includes a PUP (potentially unwanted program) offer in the installer though. The offer to participate in “The Savers Fund Charity Network” is enabled by default. You need to uncheck the button and click on “skip and ignore saving others” to block the participation.Volume Concierge 2Volume Concierge 2 displays a single volume rule when you launch it by default. You can click on the “add new volume rule” button to set up additional rules.Rules define day, time and the volume level. Days are limited to every day, work days or weekends. While that works well for many use cases, an option to select specific days of the week would improve the program further in my opinion.The time is limited to the start time. If you want to define start and end times, you need to configure two rules to do so.Volume Concierge 2 runs in the background from that moment on. The program is started automatically on system boot by default. If you have disabled the option in the setup, you may add it again with a right-click on the program’s system tray icon.Comparable programsVolume Concierge is not the first program that gives you more control over the volume of your Windows PC.Speaker Locker (previously known as Speaker Admin) can change the volume automatically based on the time of the day. It restricts the volume to a certain range, e.g. exactly 50 or greater than 75, and locks the volume at that level.Volume² is a free program for Windows that supports a wide range of features. You can schedule the volume changing and make use of nice to have features such as keyboard shortcuts, mouse events, screen edge volume controls or an on-screen display.Closing WordsVolume Concierge 2 is a specialized program to change the volume of the system automatically based on day and time.  It may be useful to you if you need the volume to be at a certain level at specific times of the day; most users probably don’t require it.The program uses about 20 Megabytes of memory while it runs in the background. Note that its download or installation may be blocked by your antivirus solution because of the inclusion of the third-party offer.Now You: Do you use small helper apps like Volume Concierge 2?Related articlesConfigure Automatic Volume Adjustments Under Windows 7Control the volume of apps on AndroidHow to set a fixed video volume on YouTubeSoundVolumeView: create, save and load custom Windows audio profilesWindows 10: control app volume individuallySummary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Volume Concierge 2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more


Firefox 61 add search engine in Page Actions menu

first_imgFirefox 61: add search engine in Page Actions menu by Martin Brinkmann on April 06, 2018 in Firefox – 33 commentsMozilla removed the classic search bar from new Firefox installations with the release of Firefox 57 but did not touch the search bar in existing Firefox installations.Mozilla added so-called one-off searches to the address bar which users of the browser can make use of to run searches on different search engines directly from the address bar.Combined Firefox address bar and search bar experiments began in early 2016, and the future of Firefox’s search bar was uncertain in mid 2017.The search bar is still included in the customization menu, but it seems likely that most new Firefox users won’t add it to the browser. Likely, because they would have to discover the option first to do so and would have to find the built-in address bar search lacking.The removal of the search bar removed the option to add open search providers to Firefox. The search bar highlights open search providers when you visit pages in the Firefox browser and provides you with an option to add the search engine to the browser.With the search bar no longer displayed, users were not informed anymore about open search providers found on a web page. While it is possible to add new search engines in the Firefox preferences, doing so is not nearly as comfortable as clicking the mouse twice to add a new search engine in the frontend of the browser.Firefox 61: Page Action menu add search engineMozilla is aware of the issue and plans to introduce a new option in the Page Actions menu to resolve it. The Page Actions menu was introduced recently in the browser. You activate it when you click or tap on the three dots in the Firefox address bar.Starting in Firefox 61, a new Add “search engine” to One-Click Search action is available that Firefox users may use to add an open search engine to the browser.The current version of the feature is already live in Firefox Nightly. Note that the Page Actions menu won’t highlight that a new Open Search provider was found on the active page; a core difference to the search bar which highlights found search providers.Now You: how do you search in your browser?Related articlesMozilla drops Yahoo as Firefox’s default search providerSearch across all Firefox tabs with Search Multi TabsSummaryArticle NameFirefox 61: add search engine in Page Actions menuDescriptionMozilla plans to add an option to add open search compatible search engines found on the active web page to the Page Actions menu of Firefox 61.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


The brains of Ubers selfdriving cars are getting a big upgrade

first_imgSoon, Uber‘s self-driving cars will all think the same.The ride-sharing company announced at CES 2018 that it had selected Nvidia to be the tech supplier for self-driving fleet going forward. The arrangement says Uber’s driverless cars will utilize Nvidia’s new Xavier Drive chips, a new powerful and efficient chip built specifically for autonomous cars.Today’s announcement makes the relationship between the two companies official. Nvidia had already been supplying the Tegra chips for the Volvo XC90’s that Uber had deployed for its self-driving trials in Pittsburgh and Arizona (specifically the Drive PX 2), but there was no formal partnership between the chipmaker and ride-hailing company.Now there is. Going forward, the self-driving fleets of Uber and its trucking subsidiary Otto will be powered by the Nvidia Drive Pegasus. CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company’s powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a “Level 5 self-driving car.” A Level 5 car is generally thought to be a car that can drive in all driving situations, negating the need for a human driver — or even a steering wheel — entirely.It’s clear Uber is satisfied with the results it’s seen from the 50,000 passenger trips and 2 million miles logged by its Nvidia-powered driverless fleet (that crash in Tempe notwithstanding). Uber is one of many partners who leverage Nvidia tech for their self-driving efforts, but it’s definitely one of the biggest.Uber has long had the goal to be a leader in deploying self-driving cars since its single largest expense today is paying humans drivers. However, until now it’s been much more reluctant than its chief competitor, Lyft, to partner up with carmakers and other technology companies, preferring to mostly develop its tech in-house and through acquisitions.With the Nvidia partnership, Uber is adapting its approach after a tumultuous year that saw, among other things, the firing of the leader of its self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski was at the center of a lawsuit from Waymo that accused him of stealing trade secrets when Uber hired him away from the Alphabet-owned company.Regardless, this is a big win for Nvidia, which is in a running gun battle with Intel to be the leader in hard part of self-driving cars: developing the AI and chips that actually drive them.Uber isn’t the only one getting cozier to Nvidia and its self-driving tech. China’s Baidu and ZF have both committed to using the Nvidia Drive Xavier for their self-driving cars. An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives down Smallman Street on September, 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Image: Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesBy Pete Pachal2018-01-08 05:21:57 UTClast_img read more