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Counting Page Views Dont Call it a Business Model


first_imgWhile correlating user behavior to the business model is the only way to judge revenue performance, surprisingly few publishers can differentiate between a page view that is aligned to the business model vs. a page view that is not. Consequently, many publishers are chasing low value page views and jeopardizing their long-term viability. Might as well hire some bots…Matt Shanahan is vice president of strategy at Scout Analytics, a specialist in digital revenue optimization. Measuring the number of page views as a key performance indicator (KPI), is a growing practice among publishers. In fact, editorial and development teams are increasingly being rewarded for boosting page views, with some publishers even shaping their entire site just to generate page views.That is not a business model! Let me prove it with an extreme example.Any publisher can deploy bots to generate page views for their site. No advertiser will pay for those page views, because the page views have no advertising value. While page views could be used as a KPI by the editorial team to generate more content for bot consumption, no revenue is coming through the door to keep them employed.The right metric for publishers should be revenue performance indicators (RPI), which means the metrics tie directly to the business model. Many publishers are looking to build recurring revenue streams from loyal audience members, and in this case, RPIs such as audience size, loyalty, and level of engagement are meaningful. However, some publishers are relying on non-recurring revenue from SEO acquired visitors, and in this case, RPIs such as percentage share of search and time on site become more relevant. In paid content, RPIs such as price per article or price per device become critical. And for all of these business models, average revenue per user (ARPU) is the RPI for benchmarking efficiency and profit (see my post on ARPU here).last_img read more


Behind Brockhamptons Texas Triumph At Austin City Limits Festival


first_img Facebook Email Go inside the boy band’s prolific—and tumultuous—path to its big-time Texas homecomingRiley Van StewardGRAMMYs Oct 6, 2018 – 9:55 am Beneath the sweltering heat of the Texas sun, Zilker Park bristles with the tents, stages and sounds of the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL.) Every wristband and sign is a bright collage of colors and bold fonts, and every act comes onstage to the screams of fans so enamored by the music and culture of this festival that they are willing to brave the Texas sun. For fans and artists alike, ACL perfectly captures the feeling of Austin.No act better encapsulates this mix of emotions, feelings and spirit than Brockhampton. The Internet generation’s most prominent boy band has recently been rocked by controversy, album delays, album cancellations, and label signings, but they have come to the heart of the lone-star state triumphant on the heels of their No. 1 album, Iridescence.Nine months ago, they were a different band. They were focusing more on rap lead by the cover boy of all three of the Saturation trilogy, Ameer Vann. Their sound was not mainstream by any stretch of the imagination, yet its roots were clearly in the emerging anti-pop rap of Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future. On Iridescence, Brockhampton has escaped all comparison to their predecessors. The sound is experimentally shifting from rap to electronic psychedelia, tapping into the same teen-angst that built such a loyal fan base.Few other artists could claim a following so loyal—and at times impatient—as to complain about a nine-month wait between albums. The crowd made their thoughts clear: it was worth the wait. Twitter Behind Brockhampton’s Texas Triumph At Austin City Limits Festival News https://twitter.com/brckhmptn/status/1042989775983063041 Brockhampton’s Texas-Sized Triumph At ACL behind-brockhamptons-texas-triumph-austin-city-limits-festival Still prolific by most artists’ standards, the gap grew to nine months as Brockhampton met challenges and controversy. Their frontman and cover boy, Ameer Vann, often touted as the most talented rapper of the group by leader Kevin Abstract, faced a wave of allegations beginning on Twitter of physical and emotional abuse. The band was quick to respond, kicking Vann out and disavowing his actions. Vann had been an integral piece of the boy band’s image. They often stated that the quality of their music came from the quality of their friendship. So, fans were wary of the impact this would have on the mental-health and stability of the group. In many minds, this tour was Brockhampton’s response.Taking the stage in all black, Dom Mclennon lead the group out to “New Orleans.” A technical difficulty stopped his mic from working for the beginning of the song, but didn’t stop McLennon, who continued as if nothing happened. The show had begun, and Abstract proclaimed that Brockhampton is “The greatest boy band on earth” to the screams of the crowd.When Kevin asked his fans to put their arms up “Like you’re on a rollercoaster,” the simile was followed by thermal point-of-view images from a rollercoaster displayed on stage. The level of intricacy and detail on the screen behind the band was almost as exciting as the artists’ wild dances across the stage. On screen were shadow-puppets, close-ups, and cartoonish font spelling “peanut butter.” Visuals switched between highly saturated thermal imaging and black-and-white to fit the mood of the music. Often members of the band would kneel while they were not performing. And, then suddenly the group would erupt in monsterish, bold dance moves feeding off the energy of the crowd and each other.Some of the slickest twists were their performance of older songs. Instead of repeating the recorded renditions in a way that may clash with the new style of Iridescence, Brockhampton updated their classics to fit the tone of this new album and era. The greatest example was McLennon’s verse on “Bleach.” His call for moral action in an immobile society previously performed as pseudo-spoken word poetry turned to a soulful ballad.“Boogie” was the finale of this lively ordeal. The light swoon of a violin introduced what is easily the group’s most rambunctious, least-classically inspired single, and still the violin somehow fit into the larger narrative the group weaved on stage. They may be wild, they may be crazy as the Lone Star State itself, they may even be eclectic but their music speaks volumes beautifully and directly to the internet generation.Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His PlaylistRead morelast_img read more


Beirut Share Story Behind Gallipoli From Upcoming Album Announce Tour


first_imgWriting and recording “Gallipoli” in Italy “seemed to return me to the old joys of music as a visceral experience,” Beirut’s Zach Condon sharesAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 6:02 pm Indie group Beirut, led by Zach Condon, have released the lead single and title track for their upcoming album set to be released on Feb. 1, 2019. The band will also launch a tour in support of the album that month. News Beirut Share Story Of “Gallipoli,” Announce Tour beirut-share-story-behind-gallipoli-upcoming-album-announce-tour https://twitter.com/bandBeirut/status/1054360911723614209 Email Twitter center_img Facebook Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce Tour Our new album GALLIPOLI will be released February 1st, 2019, via 4AD. Tour dates: https://t.co/vbnb4CKW66Pre-order: https://t.co/jeFb1ectSmStream: https://t.co/cNf3L7awSQ pic.twitter.com/rPiZQzkM4R— Beirut (@bandBeirut) October 22, 2018 “Gallipoli” is a joyful, bright track led by celebratory-sounding horns and organ notes, with Condon’s vocals floating amongst them as he sings, “We tell tales to be known/or be spared the sorrow.” The song was written by Condon after the group visited the small island town of the same name in Southern Italy while working on the then-unnamed album at a studio in a nearby town.In a long note from Condon on the band’s website, he shares that “Gallipoli started, in my mind, when I finally had my old Farfisa organ shipped to New York from my parent’s home in Santa Fe, NM.” It was with this old, previously-abandoned organ that he used almost exclusively to write the majority of Beirut’s first two albums, while still living in Santa Fe. After the organ arrived in Brooklyn at his home at the time in 2016, he began writing the first songs for Galliopoli, also using it for the first time in the studio.After Condon moved from Brooklyn to Berlin in 2017, the group resumed working on the album, this time in a rural part of Southern Italy. It was there that Condon, along with two of his bandmates, Nick Petree and Paul Collins, and producer Gabe Wax had a strange and inspiring encounter.”We stumbled into a medieval-fortressed island town of Gallipoli one night and followed a brass band procession fronted by priests carrying a statue of the town’s saint through the winding narrow streets behind what seemed like the entire town, before returning late to Sudestudio. The next day I wrote the song I ended up calling ‘Gallipoli’ entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat. I eventually dragged Nick and Paul in to add some percussion and bass,” he shares.The creativity and inspiration he felt that night and the following day gave him the beautiful title track, and soon enough the rest of the album.”I was quite pleased with the result. It felt to me like a cathartic mix of all the old and new records and seemed to return me to the old joys of music as a visceral experience,” Condon said. “This seemed to be the guiding logic behind much of the album, of which I only realized fully at that point.”On NPR’s All Songs Considered, Condon furthers the story of the night in Gallipoli:”[Sound] was bouncing off the walls, and simultaneously every church bell in town was ringing, which just made for utter chaos. And the city is just claustrophobic, streets winding—you would have to live there your whole life to know where you’re going.”Shortly after the album is released on Feb 1, Beirut will embark on a U.S. tour beginning Feb. 10 in Brooklyn and ending March 5 in Los Angeles. The European leg will follow, beginning in Berlin on March 30. More information on the tour can be found on the band’s website.SXSW Announces First Wave Of Artists For Music Festival In Spring 2019Read morelast_img read more


Drain the swamp Scary DC flooding spreads to the White House


first_img A number of roads are impassable, Amtrak has suspended service south of D.C., DASH buses are suspended, even the White House basement is flooding. https://t.co/UkQIx6AQbG pic.twitter.com/RBabFTXwfx— DCist (@DCist) July 8, 2019 Serious flooding situation on Canal Road near Fletchers Cove with numerous drivers stranded, so I’m swimming to safety #DCWX @WTOP pic.twitter.com/UNFOmZkltO— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) July 8, 2019 White House is leaking pic.twitter.com/rmfQBDiyCk— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 8, 2019 Comments Scary exit from the parking garage under the Capitals Ice Rink / Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington. The bottom level is a River! ⁦@WTOP⁩ ⁦@WTOPtraffic⁩ ⁦@ABC7News⁩ pic.twitter.com/exleKNbpEw— Wendy Marco (@WendyMarco924) July 8, 2019 The rain is largely over, but power outages, sinkholes, road closures, and flooding remain. https://t.co/dBbu51zlJB pic.twitter.com/gi1zw3p416— Rachel Sadon (@Rachel_Sadon) July 8, 2019 Twitter 3 Got to see a waterfall today during my morning commute #VSquare pic.twitter.com/e3i0sCmxGo— Hugo Dante (@HugoDanteJr) July 8, 2019 #DCsBravest have removed several occupants to safety from cars in high water at 15th St and Constitution Ave NW. pic.twitter.com/MKXSMJzsua— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 8, 2019 The leaks from this White House just don’t stop.— 🏴‍☠️ PirateCat 🏴‍☠️ (@PirateCat8) July 8, 2019 I’m advising commuters not to use the street elevator at Pentagon Metro this morning. #wmata pic.twitter.com/z8bNwAPcPG— Nick Scalera (@nickscalera) July 8, 2019 It’s official: The White House basement is flooding. pic.twitter.com/f1DR6awE89— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The Reflecting Pool is getting a bit full of itself…— Charles King (@PundITInc) July 8, 2019 Share your voicecenter_img Harder for the brits to burn down again…— Tormented Penguin (@TormentedPengu) July 8, 2019 At press time, transportation officials were warning of a bad evening commute ahead for Washingtonians. We got a bit of an issue here… 😱 pic.twitter.com/58g9RJfm0c— Dr. Rocío Caballero-Gill (@CaballeroGill) July 8, 2019 Update: swamp draining in progress. WH leaks appear contained. Press pool dry. pic.twitter.com/crYTdjelG5— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The situation was serious, but it being DC, jokes, of course, were inevitable. That happens a lot downtown, and it is actually fine, to a point. Remember: This was a swamp, and you are really in what was the Potomac’s marshy banks all the way up to Capitol Hill. And once in a while nature reminds you of it.— Tᴏm Mᴏᴏʀᴇ (@PaperMissiles) July 8, 2019 The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is closed today due to electrical outages. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights–along with all of the permanently valuable records stored in the building–are safe and not in any danger. pic.twitter.com/aGWOie0BjC— US National Archives (@USNatArchives) July 8, 2019 I spent all weekend being like “Will it just fucking rain already?” and now I have to go gather up animals by twos.— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 8, 2019 Unnerving photos and video shared to social media showed just how deep the water really was. The weather led to some frightening images of water flooding elevators, Metro stations and parking lots.The White House didn’t go untouched. Several journalists posted photos of water leaking into the press space in the White House basement, which naturally led to plenty of jokes about presidential leaks and swamp-draining. Tags The Washington, DC, area on Monday was deluged with heavy rain, which turned streets into rivers and led to closed roads and stranded drivers. Water also seeped into the White House basement. The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency, and CBS News reports that “the storm dumped about 6.3 inches of rain near Frederick, Maryland, about 4.5 inches near Arlington, Virginia, and about 3.4 inches at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in a two-hour period.”The flooding was deep in the streets outside the National Archives building, which had to close Monday. The site’s official Twitter account said the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and other valuable records stored there were not in danger. Randomlast_img read more


Mysterious dark matter smashed through our milky way and its hiding somewhere


first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BUFFALO Mission: Hubble Takes Spectacular Photo of Vast Galaxy Cluster Scientists have made a critical discovery in terms of space exploration and in understanding our own universe. A “bullet” of dark matter shot through space recently, leaving a hole through the Milky Way. The “bullet” has been described as a “low-mass dark-matter subhalo” with a mass greater than the Sun.The event itself was not observed by telescopes, leading to suggestions that it could have been caused by something non-luminescent. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered evidence of its existence. A series of gaps were found in the Milky Way’s stellar stream, indicating that something had breached the halo and left a ragged cluster of stars in its wake.”It’s a dense bullet of something,” said Ana Bonaca, a Fellow at the facility. Bonaca presented this observation at an American Physical Society conference in Denver on April 15. While discussing evidence for dark substructures in our galaxy’s halo, Bonaca also described the stellar stream. Under normal circumstances, the stream forms a curved line of stars that move together across the galaxy. A piece of dark matter has ripped a hole in our galaxy.ShutterstockThe largest of the stellar streams, GD-1 has only one gap, where stars once drifted apart in two directions. Another gap was seen recently, pointing to what is likely to be a globular cluster. There is a chance that the gap was created by a luminous object moving at a very fast speed. Though, that is unlikely because of the sheer size of the disturbance. It has been estimated that it was 10-20 parsecs (30-65 light years) across, which is “about the size of a globular cluster”. Globular Cluster NGC 1846 observed by a NASA Hubble Space TelescopeNASABonaca told Live Science that the “bullet” is unlike anything we have seen. It is much denser than a star, over a million times the mass of the Sun. She also expressed the possibility of it being a supermassive black hole, but that is unlikely since no flares or radiation were observed. Moreover, most galaxies have only one black hole, which is present at their centre.In a lecture series held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics on March 20, Bonaca explained that about 90 percent of the universe is believed to be dark matter. John Beacom of the Ohio State University has described the search for dark matter as “looking for lost keys only under the lamppost”, referring to the unobservable part of the universe.This observation opens up new possibilities for research before our galaxy collides with another. Bonaca’s next move is to do more mapping projects and understand dark matter. She is looking for areas where unseen disturbances seem to be knocking stars around. The motive, she said, is to eventually record and map clumps of dark matter all across the galaxy.center_img Closelast_img read more


Café attack chargesheet by Dec 31


first_imgThe chargesheet of the much talked about case of Gulshan Holey Artisan cafe attack, will be submitted by December 31 this year.Counter Terrorism and Transational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been investigating the sensational Gulshan cafe attack case.On the evening of 1 July last year, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe. Besides, two senior police officers – Banani police station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them. Talking to UNB, Monirul Islam, the chief of the CTTC unit and also additional commissioner of the DMP, said they have got more names, who were somehow involved in the cafe attack. “We have been trying to arrest those suspects,” he said. Monirul Islam said five militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot during operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army the following morning (July 2).Besides, eight more militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed during anti-militant operations in different areas across the country in the last one year, he said.Replying to a question, Monirul Islam said the CTTC unit has already arrested several most wanted suspects in the case, including firearms supplier Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan, and all of them have already given their statements before the magistrate confessing their involvement in the deadliest attack.We are hopeful to submit charge sheet of the case by 31 December this year, he added.Replying to a question, the CTTC unit chief firmly said militant’s strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan cafe; has already been broken due to countrywide anti-militant drives.They may try to get reorganised again but their efforts would go in vain due to activities of law enforcement agencies, he said.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful commando operation codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (July 2).A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO).last_img read more


10 dead scores missing after India mine collapse


first_imgPeople gather near the site of a coal mine collapse near Lalmatia in Godda district, in eastern Jharkhand state on December 30, 2016. Photo: AFPRescuers pulled out two more bodies Friday from the rubble of a collapsed coal mine in eastern India, taking the death toll to 10, police said, as many were still feared trapped.A massive mound of earth caved in late Thursday at the Lalmatia open cast mine in Jharkhand state, burying at least 23 miners and dozens of vehicles as hundreds of workers battled overnight to rescue them.“Up till now, 10 bodies have been recovered after two more were pulled out. Coal mine authorities believe that there may be 2-3 more dead bodies inside,” Jharkhand police spokesman, RK Mallick, told AFP.“Total dead should not be more than 13 or 14, as per assessment.”He added that it was difficult to know how many may be trapped, but said close to a dozen were still unaccounted for.Some of the workers had escaped the disaster site following the collapse, Mallick said, with unconfirmed media reports putting the number trapped at 50.Images showed the dead covered with white sheets on makeshift quilts as colleagues and locals looked on at the rescue efforts.Police and emergency workers used sniffer dogs, earth movers and their bare hands to remove giant rocks and mangled, overturned trucks to locate the trapped workers under tons of earth.Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on Twitter, promising to help the state government in its rescue operations.“Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside,” he said.Federal disaster and rescue authorities have dispatched more than 200 rescue workers to the site.The mine is operated by the government-owned Eastern Coalfields Limited. Its top official, Niladri Roy, told AFP that more than 250 metres (820 feet) of the mine collapsed as workers headed towards the exit around 7:30 pm Thursday.There was no immediate explanation for the collapse, but the government has launched an investigation into the “unprecedented” incident.In a separate incident on Thursday, four miners were injured at a government-run coal mine in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district.A mine official said the workers were hit after the roof of the Putki Balihari coal mine partially collapsed. Two of the workers were critically injured.Jharkhand is one of the richest mineral zones in India, accounting for around 29 percent of the country’s coal deposits. However it is also one of India’s poorest areas and the epicentre of a Maoist insurgency.India has maintained a relatively safe record in mining-related accidents compared to neighbour China, which on average reports around 1,000 fatalities every year.In 2015, India recorded 38 deaths across 570 mining sites.The last major mining accident in India occurred in 1975, when 372 workers were killed following the flooding of Chasnala mine in Dhanbad.last_img read more


Gentrification Pushing Black Churches Out of DC


first_imgLong-standing Black churches are disappearing from the nation’s capital one at a time, the culprit – residential only parking. As the city’s new, mostly White residents push for special neighborhood parking, they are inadvertently forcing churches out of the District of Columbia, city officials and church members said.On K Street in Washington’s southeast neighborhood, two churches have been demolished since August. In their places are empty, gated plots of land waiting to be developed into condominiums. Word of God Baptist Church, once located at 1512 K St., SE, and nearly century-old Mount Paran Baptist Church, two blocks away, have sold their properties and relocated to Prince George’s County in Maryland. City officials said many other churches have done the same including, Metropolitan Baptist Church, a church attended by former President Bill Clinton.As apartment buildings replace old businesses and homes, parking is getting tighter in the District. Now, residents can petition for exclusive street parking, known as resident zoned parking. Once a street is zoned, vehicles without the appropriate zoning sticker are limited to only two hours of parking during the hours designated on the sign. As a result, one person’s solution becomes another’s problem.Edward E. Doxen III, a community outreach specialist in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Frank Wiggins for 6E03 in Ward 6 agreed parking is a major issue for Washington churches. “There are known problems in the past couple of years where people had to pay $250 for coming to church on Sunday,” Wiggins said. “People have to decide between coming to church and getting a ticket. That hurts the church, especially if those parishioners are living in Maryland.”Not only is Sunday parking an issue for church members, but also during the week, said the Rev. Dwayne Gilliam of Word of God Baptist Church. “Residents made it challenging at times,” Gilliam said. “There were instances where they called police to ticket us, not just Sunday, but during the week when we had classes, like Bible study or prayer meetings.”Deacon Paul London, president of the missionary ministry at the church, said he received at least two tickets attending either a Bible study or prayer meeting. “We had to go down to the police station and explain to them that we park there because of Bible study,” London said. “They kind of eased up on the ticket writing, but they started again when the community started complaining.”According to London, over the past 15 years, members of various churches have been moving out of the District because of high taxes and expensive real estate. Suburbs outside the city are more appealing because of the affordability.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Black population in the southeast region of the District was about 55 percent in 2000. The White residents made up 41 percent of the population. As of 2014, the White population increased to 60 percent. The Black population decreased to 34 percent.Stacey Smith, a member of Word of God Baptist Church for about two decades, says about 70 percent of the congregation is from outside the District, which meant that members were traveling from Maryland to participate in Sunday service and other events. “When we saw the changes in our neighborhood, it became very difficult,” Smith said. “We would argue, fight, try to get permits for us to park there. It felt like they were trying to push us out. There were a lot of handicap signs in front of our church. So our members couldn’t even park there. That went on for the last two years we were there.”Though the issues with parking might have been a nightmare, members said they have benefited from the churches relocating. Officials at Metropolitan Baptist Church, now in Upper Marlboro, Md. near the Washington professional football team’s stadium, said because of the move they are closer to their members and they have a larger facility. Member Phyllis Davis said she is extremely pleased that she is now five minutes away from church.Word of God Baptist Church is also closer to the congregation and has expanded dramatically. According to Deaconess Janet Humphrey, the church administrator, the new site is about four times bigger than the old site. The K Street site was a one room church, squeezed between townhouses. It could seat about 100 people.The new church in Prince George’s County has balcony seating and a basement that houses the fellowship hall. The church now has its own parking lot and is surrounded by trees and grass. Across the street there is a soccer field and in the back, there is a playground just a couple of steps from the church.“We have more opportunities,” Smith said. “In our old location we had two buildings, the church and then an apartment building right next to it. Now we’re all under one roof; the children don’t have to be in a different place,” she said.Gilliam said the church is planning to expand its programs and services for the community. “The pastor had some visions of a school and daycare and things like that,” he said.The church’s fellowship hall and a new boy scouts program serves the University Park community, he said.London said things are much better. “Everything seems more tranquil,” he said. “Now the kids have a place to run, and I have yet to see a ticket. So, we’re happy.”last_img read more


Florek Records 13 Saves in 98 Loss to Delaware


first_imgBlalock scored once more for Louisville with one minute remaining, but the Cardinals could not complete the comeback. Photo Gallery Florek earned 13 saves in 60 minutes of play. Maddie Birch tallied a team-top five ground balls, while McNicholas won five of the Cardinals’ six draw controls. “Today definitely wasn’t our ‘A’ game,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We need to value the ball and protect our sticks. If it wasn’t for Rachel’s work in the cage, it definitely could have been worse.” The Cardinals jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Alex McNicholas and Ally Hall in the first eight minutes of the game. In the second half, the Cardinals forced the Blue Hens into 14 turnovers while committing only nine of their own. Louisville also out-shot the Delaware in the second half, 13-8. The Cardinals fall to 4-9 on the season, while the Blue Hens improve to 6-5. The Blue Hens proceeded to go on a five-goal scoring run, taking a 5-3 lead into the break and extending their lead to three to open the second half.center_img Ally Hall completed her fourth hat trick of the year, finding the back of the net off a pass from Paige Richbourg to pull the Cardinals within one, 8-7, with three minutes remaining in the game. The Cardinals responded with a three-goal scoring run to tie the game at six on goals from Caroline Blalock and two from Tessa Chad. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite a 13-save performance from Rachel Florek, the University of Louisville lacrosse team fell to Delaware 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. Story Links Delaware got on the board with 19 minutes remaining in the first half, but Ally Hall found the back of the net for the second time to keep Louisville’s lead at two shortly after. Louisville returns to action next weekend as they host ACC rival North Carolina for Senior Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Snapchat Gains 4 Million Users in Q1 as Snap Beats Earnings Estimates


first_imgSnap topped Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines in the first quarter of 2019 — and the still-unprofitable company managed to show an uptick in Snapchat users for the first time in a year.Revenue for the quarter was $320 million, up 39% year over year, while it narrowed its net loss to $310.4 million in Q1 2019 (an adjusted loss of 10 cents per share) vs. $385.9 million in the year-earlier period.Analyst consensus estimates for Snap’s Q1 were for revenue of $306.5 million and an adjusted net loss of 12 cents per share. Snap shares rose as much as 8% in after-hours trading Tuesday on the results but later fell to around +1%.Snapchat’s daily active users were 190 million in Q1 2019 — up 4 million, or 2%, from 186 million in the prior quarter, but down from 191 million in Q1 2018. In North America, the messaging and media service’s DAUs were 80 million (up from 79 million in Q4 and down from 81 million in the year-earlier quarter). Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions Related Snapchat had ended 2018 with 186 million daily active users, flat sequentially and down 1 million versus the end of 2017.Three weeks ago, at its first partner summit in L.A., Snap announced several initiatives designed to spur growth and broaden its reach. Those include a new games platform; the ability to let third-party apps give their users the ability to create Stories from Snapchat; an ad network to bring Snapchat ads to third-party apps; and a new slate of original shows from BuzzFeed, New Form and others.“In the first quarter we delivered strong results across our business with growth in daily active users and revenue,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said in a statement. “This month we announced several new products that we believe will drive further engagement and monetization. As we look towards the future, we see many opportunities to increase our investments, and will continue to manage our business for long-term growth.”According to Spiegel, as of March, Snapchat ads can now reach 75% of U.S. consumers 13-34 — more than Instagram.In addition, Snap by the end of Q1 had widely launched its revamped Android application for Snapchat “with promising early results,” according to Spiegel. On some of the “lowest performing” Android devices, the new app produced a 6% increase in the number of people sending snaps within the first week of upgrading. Compared to the prior version, he said, the Android rebuild is 25% smaller, opens 20% faster on average, and is modularized to allow for “efficient ongoing innovation.”In a nutshell, “this is the price of admission to international markets,” Spiegel said about the Android app rebuild, on Snap’s earnings call.In discussing the new Snapchat Landmarkers augmented-reality feature — which lets users interact with real-world landmarks — Spiegel called out the company’s deal with HBO, which bought a sponsored AR lens to promote “Game of Thrones” in which a zombie dragon lands on New York City’s Flatiron Building.Snap said that in Q1 2019, the Snapchat Discover section now includes more than 450 content channels. Nearly half of its daily Discover viewers watched Discover seven days per week in the quarter, the company said. In addition, Snapchat content partners in March increased their total mobile monthly audience in the U.S. by an average of more than 30% just by publishing to Discover, according to the company (citing comScore research). Average revenue per user was $1.68, up 39% year-over-year and down 19% sequentially (reflecting seasonality in the business). Total ad impressions were up 155% year-over-year and 6% sequentially, while pricing was down 42% year-over-year and down 22% driven primarily by an increase in supply.Also on the earnings call, Jeremi Gorman, Snap’s chief business officer, said the company reorganized its U.S. advertising team as of April 1 to have a “more scalable structure” and is extending that to its international ad group. The Snap ad groups are organized into three teams: enterprise (large brand advertisers), emerging advertisers and direct-response clients. “While we expect some disruption to our near-term business, we are confident that this is the right long-term structure,” she said.For the second quarter of 2019, Snap said it expects revenue to be $335 million-$360 million (up 28%-37% year-over-year) with loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $150 million-$125 million (versus EBITDA of -$169 million in Q2 2018).Snap, of course, calls itself “a camera company,” not a social networking or messaging service. “We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate,” the 7-year-old company’s mission statement reads.center_img Popular on Variety Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Wired Wallpaper Offers Alternative to Outlets


first_imgPhilips has recently designed a type of wallpaper with conducting stripes running through it, enabling electrical devices to be hooked up to just about anywhere on the wall. 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. Top view of an electrical device (yellow) connected with pins (blue) to conductive wiring (gray) concealed in wallpaper (red). (Adapted image from the Conducting Wallpaper patent application.) Besides walls, the wallpaper could be attached to ceilings and floors as well, according to the company’s recent patent application. Electrical devices would connect to the invisible wiring with contact pins, and could tap into a range of voltages, from 1 to 12 volts. The global company hopes that such a system will be ideal for future OLED devices, but could also accommodate LEDs, TVs, multimedia systems, video projectors, lamps, clocks, electroluminescent panels, and more.Philips’ conducting wallpaper is not the first of its kind, but the company hopes that its version can overcome some of the disadvantages of previous versions. Namely, Philips’ wallpaper provides a range of voltages for devices, which can easily be tapped into from many positions on the wall. By repositioning the pins to correspond to specific pitches of the stripes, different voltage levels can be achieved. For safety, the system would likely have a total maximum voltage level of 50-60 volts.The conductive stripes would be made of a metallic material such as copper, aluminum, silver, gold or steel, and receive power from an external electrical supply. The wallpaper, described as “a usual wallpaper or any kind of tapestry,” would simultaneously provide electrical insulation and aesthetic value. The stripes could either be glued onto the wall and covered by the wallpaper, or the stripes could be fabricated into the wallpaper, which would then be glued to the wall as a whole sheet. Philips also suggests a few methods for hanging the electrical devices, such as a double-sided adhesive or a mechanical connection using nails or screws. Another alternative could be a mechanical fastening involving the pins themselves. With wired wallpaper, Philips hopes to give consumers the option of changing the positions of their electrical fixtures without needing to rewire the entire room with conventional, behind-the-wall wiring. The idea could dramatically the change the future of homes and buildings.Conducting Wallpaper patent application via New Scientist Citation: Wired Wallpaper Offers Alternative to Outlets (2008, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-wired-wallpaper-alternative-outlets.htmllast_img read more


European team bests Chinese record at teleporting distance Corrected


first_img Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits The work done by both teams, and many others across the globe in working out how to use entanglement of quantum bits of information to achieve a degree of teleportation is not just an exercise to prove that physics theories are correct; if qubits can be sent and read onboard satellites a new age in such communications is likely to be born, one where messages can be sent without worry that they are being decoded by others. That’s because common sense tells researchers that information that is sent instantaneously, without having to actually travel through the air, leaves no means for those that might wish to capture such data.In their paper, the team says that they had to develop several different techniques to deal with all the noise that occurs when attempting to communicate not just through the air, but air that is volatile. This was made even more difficult by uncooperative weather and sand storms. One of those new techniques might just help pave the way to teleporting qubits much longer distances. They used entangled photons to synchronize the clocks that were used on both ends of their system to enable them to look at the qubits at both locations at very nearly the same instant in time. Prior to the development of this method, researchers had to rely on GPS synchronization. This new method reduced the event window from 10 nanoseconds to just 3.The team notes that adapting their technique to teleport qubits to a satellite should be easier in some respects, as there is less noise when trying to teleport straight up as opposed to horizontally through the atmosphere. Of course, there will be the problem of adjusting for the movement of a satellite relative to equipment on the ground, but thus far neither team seems to see that as a problem. Journal information: arXiv More information: Quantum teleportation using active feed-forward between two Canary Islands, arXiv:1205.3909v1 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1205.3909AbstractQuantum teleportation is a quintessential prerequisite of many quantum information processing protocols. By using quantum teleportation, one can circumvent the no-cloning theorem and faithfully transfer unknown quantum states to a party whose location is even unknown over arbitrary distances. Ever since the first experimental demonstrations of quantum teleportation of independent qubits and of squeezed states, researchers have progressively extended the communication distance in teleportation, usually without active feed-forward of the classical Bell-state measurement result which is an essential ingredient in future applications such as communication between quantum computers. Here we report the first long-distance quantum teleportation experiment with active feed-forward in real time. The experiment employed two optical links, quantum and classical, over 143 km free space between the two Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife. To achieve this, the experiment had to employ novel techniques such as a frequency-uncorrelated polarization-entangled photon pair source, ultra-low-noise single-photon detectors, and entanglement-assisted clock synchronization. The average teleported state fidelity was well beyond the classical limit of 2/3. Furthermore, we confirmed the quality of the quantum teleportation procedure (without feed-forward) by complete quantum process tomography. Our experiment confirms the maturity and applicability of the involved technologies in real-world scenarios, and is a milestone towards future satellite-based quantum teleportation. Explore further Citation: European team bests Chinese record at teleporting distance (Corrected) (2012, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-european-team-bests-chinese-teleporting.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org) — A European team of physicists has bested the record set by a team of Chinese researchers last month for distance in teleporting quantum bits (qubits). Where the Chinese team accomplished their feat by teleporting photons across a lake, the European team did so by performing the same feat across the ocean between two islands off the coast of Africa. It was apparently no easy feat as the team describes in the paper they’ve written and uploaded to the preprint server arXiv; they had so much foul weather to contend with that their experiment took nearly a year to complete. The record breaking distance by the Chinese team was close to 100 kilometers. The Europeans bested that mark by almost fifty kilometers, setting up a possible rivalry between the two teams to see which might be the first to successfully teleport a qubit to an orbiting satellite. Quantum teleportation between the Canary Islands La Palma and Tenerife over both quantum and classical 143 km free-space channels. Image from arXiv:1205.3909v1. © 2012 Phys.Org 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


Strangers are sometimes easier to talk to


first_imgI can’t interact with people hence I get secluded in social gatherings. I don’t know why but I can’t make friends. I’m 24, male and am single. How do I get out of this?Tuhin, New DelhiIn today’s day and age it is indeed a bit important to meet and socialize. I suggest, you start spending time with a small group of friends. Make it a point to participate in discussions. Initiate topics that interest you. Start interacting with strangers while travelling. Strangers are sometimes easier to talk to. Start with small talks and gradually weave longer conversations. Good Luck! There’s nothing to lose, just open up! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My sister’s husband is having an affair with someone. They have a 3-year-old daughter. How do we convince my brother-in-law to come out of that trap?Savita, HaryanaConvincing someone to do anything against his/her own will is impossible. Ideally your sister or you should have a open chat with the man. Try to understand the reality and if need be, the couple should go to a professional counselor to take help for reconstructing their marriage.My husband is determined to live in the joint family. But, it’s killing me. I come from a peaceful nuclear family and living with nine people is a torture! What to do? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMeenal, GujaratI’m sure you knew the family and its members before stepping in. It’s difficult to convince a man to move out of his set up. You should not lose hope and request him to look for an alternate address close to the original house. Explain to him with love, tears and pleas if needed. Let’s hope he understands your problem and take steps accordingly.My husband is mixing with a very wrong group and is frequenting night clubs and dance bars. He’s spending through his credit cards too! I’m worried. How can I stop him? Divya Sinha, DelhiJust hide his credit cards and ensure he doesn’t splurge this way. He should be made to understand the outcome of the life he’s leading now. Either you or some friend/relative should talk to him. If need be, involve the parents who sometimes have the right medicine for recovery.Can you give me some information on ‘safe period’. I’m getting married next month and feel nervous already.Name withheldOne should know the duration of the cycle, i.e. first day of the last menstrual bleeding to the first day of the next menstrual bleeding. This is the duration of the menstrual cycle. This duration varies from person to person and is usually between 26 to 31 days. Ovulation approximately occurs in the middle of the cycle, i.e. duration of the cycle – (minus) 14 days (this also varies). A week before and a week after the approximate day of ovulation is considered to be the ‘fertile’. The days apart from this is called the ‘safe’.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more


Mobile operators are not using all the spectrum cu


first_imgMobile operators are not using all the spectrum currently available to them, either because it has yet to be licensed by regulators they have simply neglected to use it, according to a study by LS Telcom. According to the study by LS Telcom, in most regions of the world at least 30% of spectrum identified for mobile services is not yet licensed for use, while, out of the spectrum that is licensed for use, almost a quarter is not yet in service.The study found that most countries have at least 150MHz of additional mobile spectrum that which is regionally harmonised and therefore ought to be available right away, which is yet to be licensed. It claimed that almost every country could make available at least another 200MHz of spectrum that is more widely recognised as being usable for mobile without further allocations at the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) next year.The study said that the 700MHz band spectrum – currently being defended in Europe by broadcasters for DTT – has yet to be licensed for mobile in most countries, as has the 2600MHz band, which contains nearly 200 MHz of IMT spectrum. Of the spectrum which is licensed, up to 30% has not yet been put into service by network operators, the study said.“The wireless industry’s thirst for precious spectrum resources, when additional frequencies are at its disposal, is a serious problem,” said  the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) in a joint statement.“What’s more serious is that the wireless industry is trying to take additional spectrum – satellite spectrum that is being used to support hundreds of millions of ICT stakeholders – when the wireless industry hasn’t used what they already received.”The satellite industry is concerned about the threat currently presented to C-band spectrum, due to be discussed at WRC-15. According to the GVF and ESOA, groups that would be adversely affected by the wireless industry’s attempts to take more spectrum include user groups that depend upon C-band satellite services to support mission-critical applications, such as disaster response, civil aviation, and humanitarian education, health and other social services.“The study demonstrates that there is not currently a shortage of IMT spectrum; there is a need however for regulators to move forward with licensing of spectrum currently allocated for IMT. Until that is done, and there is a fact-based demonstration of the need for more IMT spectrum, there is no clear necessity for action on more IMT spectrum the next WRC,” said Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS Telcom.last_img read more


Reference Design Kit RDK community membership an


first_imgReference Design Kit (RDK) community membership and operator licensees grew by approximately 60% over the past 12 months, according to RDK Management. The growth figure was announced ahead of the Internet and Television Expo (INTX) in Chicago next week, where members of the RDK community including consumer electronics manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers will showcase their RDK-related products and services.“The RDK provides a modern software platform on which pay TV providers worldwide can provide new video services to customers,” Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management.“The community is starting to take advantage of the benefits of having source code access for their set-top box software, and the RDK continues to gain traction around the globe – as will be showcased prominently at INTX 2015.”The RDK was designed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video products and services. It enables TV service providers to standardise certain elements of these devices, but also customise the applications and user experiences.last_img read more


In This Issue   Dollar kicks butt and takes na


first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar kicks butt and takes names later after GDP. *  Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4%. *  Canada to print May GDP. *  Urbanization to happen in China! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Safe Haven Buying Fades. Good Day! .  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m not feeling too much like Tub Thumping right now, but maybe later, if that’s OK? HA! Well, the Dollar Bugs were doing some Tub Thumping yesterday after the 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed.  Cardinals get taken to the woodshed by the Padres, and have you seen the video that’s gone viral of the little girl that breaks down crying when told that her baby brother is going to grow up someday? I think back to my two older sisters, and how they babied me (until the rest of our siblings came along) and see them going through the same emotions. Front and Center this morning, 2nd QTR GDP in the U.S. surprised most observers by printing at a 4% clip! This sent the dollar soaring, against the currencies and metals. It was NOT a case of traders looking under the hood as I was led to believe it would be, and the 4% print immediately brought about visions of sugar plums dancing in the heads of the rate hike campers. It got really ugly for a while, and then things seemed to calm down. This morning, the dollar is still in charge, but the moves are small at this point. So, I missed the GDP number yesterday. Silly me, for I was using the fact that real capital expenditures (capex) has averaged only .8% annually, or hardly one-third of its prior historical rate, and the net investment in real plant and equipment after capital consumption allowances, has actually decline by 20% since 1999-2000, thus ruling out the true measure of future productivity growth, as reasons to believe that GDP would be disappointing.   As my friend Bill Bonner said the other day: “Capital Investment is what lies behind productivity and prosperity. Without it, the economy staggers.”   I guess I wasn’t the only person to miss on the GDP number yesterday. But I might be the only one that you read, so therefore you think I’m a dummy!  And rightly so! But I come by my dumbness honestly. I use logic. So, logically looking at 2nd QTR GDP, could you really get 4% growth out of an economy that saw Retail Sales drudge along. manufacturing slip.  household income decline. Durable Goods remain nascent. and as I state above capex is still non-existent? I didn’t think so, but apparently the Gov’t can. And I have more thoughts on the GDP print, so I won’t beat around the bush here. Well, I guess I was wrong. Recall Yesterday, I told you that I was told that the 2nd QTR GDP report would be a report that traders looked into and didn’t have that knee-jerk reaction to the headline number.  They would be looking for Consumer Spending.  Well, that didn’t happen.  The 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed at +4%, and there was no “looking inside the report”.  Now, before I go on here, let me also remind you that the very first reading of 1st QTR GDP was positive, and we all know where that ended up!  So, don’t take this neon flashing light of a print to heart, for it will change, I’m sure of that, and probably not to the better! So, with no looking inside, the dollar took some mighty swings at the currencies right out of the starting gate on Wednesday, but as the day went along, things seemed to calm down.  but still negative on the day.  One of the things HAD the markets looked into the components of GDP they would have found is that the difference between 2.8% -3.0% that I was looking for, and the 4% that printed was stronger inventory accumulation, which I learned back in economics classes should be viewed as transitory, and therefore this report should NOT be viewed as a signal that the economy is out of the woods just yet. But just because that’s how things should be viewed, doesn’t mean the markets’ traders will see it that way, and if yesterday and the overnight markets are any clue to how they see it, they certainly don’t see it Chuck’s way. (or the “right way”, as I proclaim it to be!) In other news yesterday, the Fed’s FOMC meeting was a non-event, with $10 Billion of bond buying each month slashed moving the total each month to $25 Billion. small potatoes given the size we began with, and the total that has been bought since March 2009, when the first tranche of bond buying (QE) was implemented. The Fed’s balance sheet is now over $4 Trillion, folks. nothing for them to be proud of, and something that given all that I’ve learned about economics through the years, holds true, will end up in tears.  But. I’m beginning to question all that I’ve learned. I know, I shouldn’t question my education in economics, especially the stuff I’ve picked up from the Austrian school of economics, but what IF none of this ends up mattering at all?  Geez Louise, I’ll do the old two-handed economist thing. on one hand I’ll be glad that the economy doesn’t crumble and the dollar doesn’t lose its reserve status, and on the other hand, I’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and learn about why this happened like it did! The Big Boss, and my good friend, Frank Trotter, and Chuck were discussing this idea that we’ll be proven wrong in the end. I guess if I’m going to down on the good ship lollipop, it will be good to take Frank along with me! HA! So. Today. the Eurozone flash inflation reports show that inflation slipped lower to .4% VS the consensus thought of .5%… Do you remember when I used to sing the song about Turning Japanese, yes, I really think so, about the U.S.?  Well, look who’s about to push the U.S. out of the way, and take over the pole position as the country / union that’s most like Japan?  Again, I’m going to go out on a limb, no worries, I’ll pick a big fat one to hold me, and say that deflation is not a bad thing! I have no idea why the Fed and the European Central Bank (ECB) have monster problems with it! The euro fell below the 1.34 figure yesterday, and remains there this morning, as the weaker flash inflation report has the calls for more stimulation by the ECB being yelled from the rooftops this morning. Speaking of Japan. The Japanese yen has begun to spiral downward again. As the “safe haven” buying has faded. Which is something that I just don’t get folks. Well, one thing is that I don’t get that yen is still considered a “safe haven” currency. But two. I just don’t get the safe haven buying fading. That’s also seen in Gold, and Treasuries. Let’s see. We have a commercial airliner shot down, we have the conflict between Ukraine and Russia heating up, not cooling down, we have the fighting in the Middle East ramping up and not slowing down, and we have China continuing to extend its tentacles across the South Seas, not giving two hoots about who they tick off, and the safe haven buying is fading? Give me a Break! Canada will print their May GDP report this morning,  I’m expected better things from the Canadian economy, and hopefully it will start with today’s GDP print! The Canadian dollar / loonie has slipped below 92-cents and doesn’t really look like it wants to rally, but a stronger than expected GDP print could reverse the loonie’s path right now. And as I said earlier this week, about the markets counting their eggs before they’re hatched, the dollar bugs are treating the dollar VS the high yielders of Aussie, New Zealand, Brazil, Russia, and S. Africa, as if the U.S. Fed has already aggressively hiked rates, and those countries did not!  The rate hikes haven’t come, and if you listen to Janet Yellen you should get the feeling that she’s singing the blues about labor, (which she should, for the numbers that have printed are a sham). and interest rates here in the U.S. aren’t going anywhere right now.  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues.  The U.S. Data Cupboard got a workout yesterday, with the ADP Employment Change report for July showing that 218,000 jobs were added in the month. Personal Consumption printed greater than the expectation of 1.9% printing instead at 2.5%, and then the FOMC meeting. Today’s Data Cupboard is confined to printing minor reports. Which is good for it allows everyone to get all geared up for tomorrow’s Jobs Jamboree!   Right now, the experts have the forecast at 231,000 jobs created in July.  Well, let’s see, there is an election coming this fall that will decide whether the President has the backing of Congress for the remainder of his term, nor not. So, given that info. what do you think we’ll be seeing in the form of Jobs reports from here until the end of the year?  Not that I’m accusing the Gov’t of anything, it’ll all be a co-in-qui-dink. I’m just saying. So, as I told you above, Gold was treated as persona non gratis again by investors yesterday. I like to think about these downward moves in the face of all the geopolitical stuff I just talked about above, and think, “that’s OK, they are allowing me to buy a cheaper prices all the time”. But that gets old, quickly in my eye. I’ve got something for you on another metal, Platinum in the next section, so make sure you don’t miss that! Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have to point out something that I heard last week in Vancouver, and have now applied it to something I read yesterday.  First things first. last week, Chris came out from one of the presentations raving about the presenter, who in this case was Robert Friedland, President of Ivanhoe Mining. He talked about urbanization, where people not currently living in cities will be moving into the cities, and with all this urbanization going on in the world, mainly in China and India, the pollution levels will rise, thus putting more pressure on carmakers to come up with more efficient catalytic converters.  And that’s why he was now buying Platinum. OK, that was all fine and dandy, but then a report came across my desk that talked about China’s plans to add 100 million new city residents by 2020, which is about 2% annual growth in urban population.  So, there it was, proof of Friedland’s urbanization!  The report went on to talk about how China will adopt differentiated approaches to push forward what’s being called “hokou” reform.  Another thing came to mind while writing this and it’s different conversations I’ve had with people over the years that kept sending me emails telling me that I was wrong about China, for what were the Chinese going to do with the ghost cities they’ve built?  I would respond by saying, China has a Huge population of people and the Gov’t only needs to make the buildings available to everyone, and there goes the empty house problem!  And now this new reform is going to do just that! WOW!   I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!  But in the end think of this all as good for Platinum and to a lesser degree Palladium! For What It’s Worth. Geez Louise! About 3 weeks ago, I did an interview (first one in a month of Sundays I must say) with Ducascopy TV out of Switzerland. They asked me my thoughts on if the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong was in trouble. I explained that I didn’t think so, as the Hong Kong Gov’t had an agreement that was to last 5 more years on the peg, and in addition, they also had sufficient policy freedom and financial resources to defend the peg. That was my story and I was sticking to it! But then yesterday, my good friend, and fellow newsletter writer, Dennis Miller, sent me a couple of links to stories on how the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong is in trouble. The link is to a story on zerohedge.com where the writer thinks that a $715 Million purchase of dollars to defend the peg by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), which acts as Hong Kong’s Central Bank. Chuck again. Well, you all know me, I have Conspiracy blood flowing through me, but even this one needs more to it for me to think that the honker peg to the dollar is about to end. But let me remind you long time readers, and enlighten the new readers that long ago, I told you how I saw the Chinese dealing with the honker.  I still believe that the peg is going to be dissolved before 5 years is up. I’ve long maintained that China would like to see the peg dropped in the honker, so they can see how the currency reacts to floating, and how a Central Bank works with a floating currency.  After a successful run with a floating honker, China could then allow the renminbi to float, and then within a couple of years, they would fold the honker into the renminbi, and there would be just one currency for China & Hong Kong. I don’t believe that China will be ready for prime time in allowing their currency to float until their capital account opens up even more than it is now. China has gone a long way toward opening their capital account, but still have a ways to go to reach an openness that will allow for them to float the renminbi. To recap. 2nd QTR GDP printed stronger than most expectations at 4%, and the rate hike campers in the U.S. began to buy dollars thinking that this is going to get the Fed to move quicker toward rate hikes. The currencies and metals all got whacked yesterday after the GDP report. Chuck points out a problem in the report, but don’t let that get in the way of a “Happy Story for the U.S. economy”. Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4% from .5%, yes, they’re turning Japanese, I really think so! The high yielders got whacked on the U.S. rate hike thoughts, and Canada will print their May GDP report today, Chuck is looking for a better report. And the safe haven buying is fading. I guess there are no problems in the world going on right now, so that makes sense, right? NOT! Currencies today 7/31/14. American Style: A$ .9295, kiwi .8495, C$ .9165, euro 1.3385, sterling 1.6885, Swiss $1.1000, . European Style: rand 10.6940, krone 6.2780, SEK 6.8890, forint 232.85, zloty 3.1085, koruna 20.5835, RUB 35.54, yen 102.85, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7500, INR 60.52, China 6.1675, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2450, Dollar Index 81.47, Oil $99.33, 10-year 2.54%, Silver $20.68, Platinum $1,478.25, Palladium $880.95, and Gold. $1,295.20 That’s it for today. Man, my fat fingers were flying around the keyboard this morning. So, if the letter is too long for your taste, no worries, it won’t be like that every day! Can you believe that today is the last day of July? It seems like just a week or so ago, I was singing Uriah Heep’s song July morning to start the month! WOW! Tomorrow we begin the dog days of August. The weather temperatures here in St. Louis, sure aren’t the normal ones we experience in the dog days of August. A strange year for sure. Spring took forever to get here, and the Hot weather of Summer has never taken hold for more than a couple of days. Strange days indeed. I’m so disappointed with my beloved Cardinals. They’ve only scored 3 runs in the last 3 games, and they go out and trade a coveted minor league hitter for a troubled pitcher. What, What?  That’s crazy folks! There’s a day game today in San Diego, so at least I’ll be able to watch some of the game. But if it starts out looking like last night when they lost 12-1 (how embarrassing!) I won’t worry about it! Well, it’s about time for me get off this buss today, and get this out the door! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more


What most people dont know about the Snowden reve


first_imgWhat most people don’t know about the Snowden revelations is that they were mostly old hacker tricks. They were souped up with lots of money, of course, and enjoyed the help of insiders at tech companies, but they were nonetheless hacker tricks. If you noticed the dates on his slides, they were mainly from several years ago: 2007, 2008, and so on. It’s no secret that the NSA has been trying to hire hackers for a long time. (You can read its pitch to hackers, and a story from a hacker convention.) So the Snowden revelations, welcome as they were, concerned mostly old techniques. And the NSA, the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and the rest (including their allies in the tech business) have not been sitting still in the meantime. I know this because I manage one of the leading companies in the data privacy business. We deal with these issues on a daily basis. Before Snowden, I spent a lot of time traveling around the world, making speeches, telling people what the NSA, FBI, CIA, Google, Facebook, and the rest of the gang were doing. Most of the people I spoke to believed I was sincere, but a lot of them thought I was going a bit overboard, trying to sell my product. After Snowden, that changed of course, but now we face a new issue: it’s still a lot worse than people understand. The Secret Facebook Experiment In January of 2012—approaching three years ago—Facebook ran a secret experiment on 689,000 of its users. The purpose of that experiment was to see if the company could change those peoples’ moods by altering their news feeds. And it worked. The results of the experiment concluded that “emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.” By the way, the US Army was one of the groups which funded the experiment. Interesting bedfellows, no? That government agents are influencing people online has been known for some time (see here and here), though most people have never been informed of those facts. Most, in fact, have never even heard about the publicly stated wishes of Cass Sunstein. These things are not really secrets… they’re just never included in the big news feeds. The Facebook experiment—while only one of what are certainly many such events—is important because it shows the direction in which things are moving… leading straight to individualized manipulation. Mass surveillance is only the first step in a larger process. Once you have all of that information, what are you going to do with it? Leaving it sit really isn’t an attractive option for either the tech companies or the military-intelligence complex. The most obvious use of that information is to manipulate people. Please don’t allow yourself to think that spies and advertisers would hold back from manipulating people; we all know better than that. Why They’re Manipulating Us There are compelling reasons why the data thieves must manipulate us: The tech companies: Internet users worldwide are addicted to the free service model. Say “free” and they’ll line up; ask for pay and they’ll walk away. So how are tech companies supposed to pay their employees, if their customers won’t pay? Well, they found a slick answer to that problem: monetize the users’ lives… turn their private information into money. When you use a free service, you’re giving the company no choice but to steal your data (and the more intimate, the more valuable), then to sell it. When you use a free service, you are the product. (If you don’t pay, you’re certainly not the customer!) The spies: The various spy agencies will always grab and use your information for one overriding reason: they’re afraid that if they don’t, someone else will. The NSA is hardly the only data-theft gang around. They may be the biggest and best funded, but the others follow behind, learn their tricks, and play the same games. So if the US Intel boys want to keep their edge, they have to use everything they can. How They Manipulate You’ve been seeing primitive manipulations for some time. For example, when you do an online search on “skis,” you’ll instantly get ads for discount travel to ski resorts that are near you or that you’ve previously expressed an interest in. That was kindergarten level. What comes next is proactive rather than reactive, and it’s much, much worse. The data thieves are now creating custom environments for each user. Right now, what you see on Facebook/Google/YouTube/etc. is not the same screen your neighbor sees. And the really scary thing about this is not that Google, Facebook, the government, and others are manipulating you, but that the entire process is automated—that computers are learning to manipulate you by interacting with you! The tech companies, of course, are cashing in on this by selling the right to manipulate you to the highest bidder. Their new “big data” systems are even supercharging the process. The more experience Facebook has with you, the more it learns what will or will not affect you—just like it learned about the 689,000 people it tested in 2012. So if Google, Facebook, and the rest are to continue providing free services, and if they want to make more money, they have to manipulate you better. And, of course, they will… they’re working on it every day. “You’re Exaggerating” I’m sorry if this seems too wild to be real, but please remember that most people couldn’t accept the truth of mass surveillance until they saw Snowden’s slides. What heroes like William Binney and Mark Klein were telling people in 2004 was true, but most people didn’t want to believe it. That only changed when they saw the NSA’s slides in 2013. The same thing is happening now. Mass manipulation is here and is growing. We need to do better now than we did between 2004 and 2013. Where This Is Going This is going precisely where it’s already headed: Facebook, Google, and the others will do what they’ve always done—find better ways to make money with your personal information. Running a free service doesn’t give them many options, does it? The spooks will do what spooks always do: get secrets and manipulate them to their advantage. Morality has almost no place at all in espionage. If they can manipulate, they will manipulate. So, as troubling as it may seem, there is little question that we’re moving into a situation where many people will be living large parts of their lives in a virtual world… a world built specifically for their personalities. The right to manipulate that world will be sold to the highest bidder or turned over to government agencies, just like Google and the rest deliver your personal information to them now. And as I say, this is happening already. It’s not yet mature, but it’s getting there quickly. Think of it this way: if I know what motivates you, I can change your environment based on that knowledge, and I can induce you to act in ways that I prefer. And computers make it easy. Facebook, almost three years ago, found that it could change people’s moods. You can be very sure that it’s been refining those techniques ever since. As for the Intel gangs, here are two tactics that GCHQ is already using in its Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group program: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the Internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. These are GCHQ’s own words, by the way, taken directly from its training slides. Are We Doomed? We’re only doomed if we sit passively and do nothing… precisely what these groups expect us to do. And if we do sit idly by, the results will be the same as they usually are: Passivity + Time = Destruction If you want to retain your own mind and your own moods in the new world of 24/7 Internet manipulation, you can still do it, but only if you act. If you merely sit, you’ll be played; the only variables are how much and when. To protect yourself, you’ll have to make your information unavailable to the manipulators. To put it simply, you’ll have to throw sand in the abusers’ eyes. You must prevent them from knowing what websites you visit, who you communicate with, and what you say. There are two ways to do this: Get (and use) encryption and privacy programs. Pay professionals to do it for you. If you want to do it yourself, here’s a PDF that will show you how. If you want to pay professionals do it for you, make sure that they have their own “private key infrastructure” and “multiple hops.” What We’ve Seen We all saw Snowden’s slides. What we have not seen is any positive changes following them. The NSA crew is still doing the same thing every day. Google, Facebook, and the rest are doing the same things every day. At most, we’ve seen tech companies trying to maintain their public images and spymasters trying to convince Joe American that he should be very, very afraid, and should endorse them to spy even more. And if there have been no reforms, why should we expect the data thieves to get anything but worse? A Free-Man’s Take is written by adventure capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective.last_img read more


In the article Pope Francis Bad Economist Jame


first_img In the article “Pope Francis, Bad Economist,” James Harrigan and Anthony Davies wrote (link in original): Over the past two generations, while the number of people on Earth doubled, the number of people living in extreme poverty declined by 80 percent, largely as a result of increased economic freedom globally. Today, almost all people in economically free countries can afford cures for diseases that killed the richest people only a century ago. The average person with a cell phone today has better and quicker access to more complete information than the President of the United States enjoyed just a generation ago. A plot of land that a century ago could feed one family today can feed hundreds of families. But the leaders of the Catholic and Monetary Churches don’t care about lifting people out of poverty—it’s envy they’re engaged in. And as Helmut Schoeck showed in his book Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior: [W]e are least capable of acting sensibly in economic and social matters when we face, or believe we face, an envious beneficiary of our decision. This is true especially when we mistakenly tell ourselves that his envy is a direct consequence of our being better off, and will necessarily wane when we pander even to unrealistic demands. The allocation of scarce resources, in any society, is rarely optimal when our decision rests on fear of other men’s envy. The Chairwoman continued to stoke the fires of envy with more statistics. “After adjusting for inflation, the average income of the top 5% of households grew by 38% from 1989 to 2013. By comparison, the average real income of the other 95% of households grew less than 10%.” There is no need for Yellen’s preaching. Envy has been institutionalized in this country with the progressive income tax and inheritance taxes. As Schoeck points out, “Envy can become more easily institutionalized than, say desire or joy.” And it has. Despite these headwinds, the serially successful and productive continue to earn and accumulate the vast share of wealth. That’s why resource investing legends Rick Rule and Doug Casey urge speculators to back entrepreneurs who have proven track records. Rule wrote on Casey Research: A substantial body of evidence exists that it is roughly true across a variety of disciplines. In a large enough sample, this remains true within that top 20%—meaning 20% of the top 20%, or 4% of the population, contributes in excess of 60% of the utility. The key as investors is to judge management teams by their past success. I believe this is usually much more relevant than their current exploration project. Despite some of the highest tax rates in the world and libraries full of regulations to contend with on the national, state, and local levels, the entrepreneurial spirit overcomes, while—as expected—nonproducers hold very little wealth. “The lower half of households by wealth held just 3% of wealth in 1989 and only 1% in 2013,” Yellen told her audience. But in America, the lower half doesn’t have to stay that way and rarely does. Pareto’s insight is that wealth will never be equal, whether under capitalism, fascism, communism, or whatever-ism. What freedom offers is the possibility to ascend from poverty to wealth with brains, hard work, and good decision making. Pareto’s principle should not only be accepted but celebrated, and envy ridiculed, not institutionalized. Schoeck explained: Envy’s culture-inhibiting irrationality in a society is not to be overcome by fine sentiments or altruism, but almost always by a higher level of rationality, by the recognition, for instance that more (or something different) for the few does not necessarily mean less for the others: this requires a certain capacity for calculation, a grasp of larger contexts, a longer memory; the ability, not just to compare one thing with another, but also to compare very dissimilar values in one man with those in another. Ironically, Ms. Yellen’s zero-interest policy puts more separation between the middle class and the rich than Pareto could ever imagine. But then again, a “higher level of rationality” is severely lacking at the central bank. “The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me,” Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said last week at a conference on economic opportunity and inequality sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Vilfredo Pareto would tell Dr. Yellen to relax—inequality is and always has been a constant. Pareto is known for discovering the Pareto principle, or what most people know as the 80-20 rule. Pareto observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population and developed the principle by observing pea pods in his garden; 20% of the pods contained 80% of the peas. The longer you live, the more you observe Pareto’s principle play out over and over in many different contexts. 80% of revenue is provided by 20% of customers. The ratio also applies to customer complaints. I dined with the owner of a Vietnamese restaurant the other night who said that 80% of his revenue came from his noodle soups, which at most comprise 20% of his menu. My experience in the nonprofit world was that 80% of donations came from 20% of those on the mailing list. Pareto observed that the 80/20 pattern “repeated consistently whenever he looked at data referring to different time periods or different countries,” writes Richard Koch in his book The 80/20 Principle. So while inequality has been the norm throughout history, the new Fed chair claims that, “By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels in the past hundred years, much higher than the average during that time span and probably higher than for much of American history before then.” She went on to say, “The distribution of wealth is even more unequal than that of income. … The wealthiest 5% of American households held 54% of all wealth reported in the 1989 survey. Their share rose to 61% in 2010 and reached 63% in 2013. By contrast, the rest of those in the top half of the wealth distribution families that in 2013 had a net worth between $81,000 and $1.9 million held 43% of wealth in 1989 and only 36% in 2013.” So what? As Mr. Koch explains in his book (emphasis his), if 20% own 80%, “then you can reliably predict that 10 percent would have, say, 65 percent of the wealth, and 5 percent would have 50 percent. The key point is not the percentages, but the fact that the distribution of wealth across population was predictably unbalanced.” But Yellen has fallen in with Pope Francis, who told the United Nations assembly, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems.” While it doesn’t seem like it here in America, the world is becoming freer and because of that, poverty is falling.last_img read more


Paralympians have spoken of their shock at learnin


first_imgParalympians have spoken of their shock at learning that 50 of the poorest nations could have to withdraw from next month’s Paralympic Games in Rio because of financial problems facing Brazil’s organising committee.Thousands of athletes from countries that were relying on travel grants from the Rio 2016 organising committee may not now be able to take part in the games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said this week.The grants should have been paid by the organising committee to individual countries more than two weeks ago, although it has now promised to do so by the end of the month, only days before the opening ceremony on 7 September.Sir Philip Craven (pictured), the British president of the IPC, and himself a retired Paralympian, said: “Failure to do so could result in a number of countries being unable to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games event they have been planning and preparing for for a number of years.”Reports this week suggested that the financial crisis had been partly caused by the Rio Olympic organising committee dipping into funds set aside for the Paralympic games in order to deal with its own financial problems.An IPC official later told BBC World News that 10 countries were “really in jeopardy” of not being able to attend, but that the number forced to pull out could be as high as one in three of the 165 countries due to take part.One British Paralympian has told Disability News Service (DNS) that losing so many countries, if it happened, would be a huge backwards step for the Paralympic movement.Keryn Seal, a member of the British blind football team that competed at London 2012, said the reports of financial problems were “shocking” and suggested “tragic mismanagement”.He told Disability News Service (DNS) that suggestions that 50 of the poorest countries might not be able to attend Rio 2016 because of money taken out of the Paralympic pot by organisers of the Olympic Games were “very sad”, and he questioned what message that would send out about how the comparative importance of the two events was viewed.He said the potential loss of so many countries risked devaluing the event and damaging the reputation of the Paralympics.He said: “It would take it backwards massively. At the moment you get Paralympic finals where there are only four or five people in them.“What’s going to happen if you lose 50 countries? The credibility of it could take a big dip.”Another member of the blind football team, Robin Williams, said on Twitter that the “potential disaster” was an “utter disgrace if true”, and later added: “What’s also a disgrace is that you have to go to the disability section of the BBC sport website to read about it.”Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight that the scale of countries potentially affected was “shocking” and could see nearly half of the competitors not being able to take part.She said: “No athlete wants to win a medal because there are several countries who haven’t been able to make it purely for financial reasons.”And she said that budget cuts to areas such as adapting accommodation and providing transport would set “a really negative tone for the games”.Jonnie Peacock, one of the stars of the British athletics team, who will compete in the T44 100 metres in Rio, also expressed concern.He told DNS: “I don’t know enough about the situation to be honest. If it is true then it’s very sad and I sincerely hope that something is done as it’s my dream to compete in Rio and it would hurt if that dream was taken away from me.“For me and my race, it won’t affect me because I know my main rivals will be there whatever happens, and that’s what I’ve got to focus on now.”Sir Philip said the situation was “pretty precarious”, but rumours that the games might not go ahead at all or that some sports could be cut from the programme were “totally unfounded” and “not true”.He said that the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, had pledged to meet the full costs of the Paralympics by providing a further £36 million, but there was currently an injunction on any further public funding on Rio 2016 unless the organising committee released “full financial spending details”.Sir Philip said: “Clearly, the simplest and easiest way round this is for the Rio 2016 organising committee to be open and transparent with its financial records in order to allow this additional funding to come in.”If the funding crisis is not resolved, Sir Philip warned that there would have to be “further cuts” on top of those made by the IPC, the International Olympic Committee and the Rio Olympics.He said that this could “impact on the services offered to the athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to reach and compete at these games. This is the last thing that we want to do.”This could mean reducing the frequency of buses laid on for athletes to reach venues, or cutbacks to the food available in the athletes’ village.This morning (18 August), the IPC was tweeting that the injunction on spending any more money on Rio 2016 had been lifted by the Brazilian courts so “money can now be injected into the Rio 2016 @Paralympics” which it said was “a step in the right direction”.But in a further blow for the Rio games, the organisers have announced that they have so far sold only 12 per cent of available tickets for Paralympic events.Peacock told DNS earlier this week that television pictures of empty seats at the Olympics were “a disappointment”.Asked whether he had concerns about Paralympic ticket sales, he said: “It’s a lot of seats to sell out and London did immensely well.“We got into the spirit of the games over here and everybody wanted to buy a ticket.“For me, I still believe it’s going to be a good crowd there. I’m going out there to try and focus on my race and try and do what I can to win it.”Peacock said he believed that the Paralympics would still be “huge” in Britain, even if there were disappointing ticket sales in Rio, and he praised the work of Paralympic broadcaster Channel 4 and his sponsors BT in promoting the Paralympics.The British Paralympic Association had not commented on the funding crisis by 11am today (18 August).last_img read more


What to Expect From the Worlds Biggest Mobile Conference


first_img Besides a ton of phones, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will have augmented reality and virtual reality technology. Sascha Segan Image credit: via PC Mag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Technology This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min read Add to Queue Lead Mobile Analystcenter_img What to Expect From the World’s Biggest Mobile Conference February 20, 2017 –shares The biggest mobile industry trade show of the year, Mobile World Congress (MWC), runs from Feb. 27 to March 2 this year. It’ll be full of new phones as usual, but that’s only the beginning: tablets and networks have played big roles in previous years, and we should expect a lot of AR, VR and voice interfaces in 2017, too.MWC is the kind of show where a lot of things lock in about two weeks before the event. We’ll update this story as we learn more about what’s coming at MWC, but here’s what we expect so far, ordered alphabetically by manufacturer.AlcatelMotorola won’t be alone with modular phones in 2017, if the latest rumor about Alcatel is to be believed. According to Slashgear, Alcatel will have up to five new midrange phones at MWC this year, with at least one of them having a removable back system like the Moto Z. One of the removable backs will feature a JBL speaker and lights that change color, the rumor says.That said, Alcatel probably won’t introduce its next-gen flagship Idol phone at MWC, as it’s going to spend its big money on the BlackBerry Mercury launch on Saturday night. Speaking of which …BlackBerryMWC will be where TCL (parent company of Alcatel) introduces the BlackBerry “Mercury,” its new keyboarded Android phone, which looks to have a much brighter potential future than BlackBerry’s 2015 Priv handset. Hopefully, BlackBerry’s John Chen will give one of his annual updates on his business as well during its Feb. 25 press event. We have a hands on with the Mercury from CES in the video above.GoogleGoogle typically has a big, whimsical presence at MWC, with a Willy Wonka-like booth full of snacks and games. With the arrival of Android Wear 2.0, we’re expecting to see some new smartwatches. According to our most recent rumors, ZTE is out for the moment, but Huawei is in.A recent report from The Information says Google will make a big push for its Android One program soon, which helps it create low-cost phones that have the latest version of Android and frequent updates. We may even see Android One phones for the US. MWC would be a good place to do briefings or an event on that leap forward.HTCHTC just announced its U Ultra phone, but rumors continue to swirl about whether it will have a real successor to the One M10. At least we know it won’t have a smartwatch. My bet is that the company will have a big display of U phones and Vive headsets, but that it’ll keep any future flagship announcement for a little later in the year.HuaweiHuawei has a press event on Feb. 26, and we’re now expecting to see the P10 phone and a new Huawei Watch based on Android Wear 2.0. The above teaser video appears to promise a P10 with dual cameras and an improved selfie feature. Veteran leaker Evan Blass recently delivered some nice press shots of the new phones. The company’s lineup of Mediapad tablets is also looking a bit long in the tooth, and some rumors say that a Mediapad T3 tablet is coming.LeEcoLeEco’s Le Pro 3 and Le S3 phones are relatively fresh, but PhoneArena says LeEco has a phone called the X10 that they’re working on.LGWith the Samsung Galaxy S8’s official launch rumored for April 18, the biggest phone at the show is likely to be the LG G6, which debuts on Feb. 26.LG will ditch the G5’s modular form and its “friends” in exchange for a sleeker, more “usable” look, according to current rumors. A teaser video, posted above, promises a big, but unusually narrow screen; a waterproof body; and “reliability.”MotorolaThe Moto division of Lenovo has also announced a press event for Sunday, Feb. 26. The invite (above) is pretty generically Barcelona-themed. The best bet for a big announcement comes from some recent Brazilian leaks followed up by a bold image on Slashleaks, which describe midrange Moto G5 and G5 Plus phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and 625 processors, 5- and 5.2-inch screens and metal unibodies with big camera discs on the back. The phones are banded for all four U.S. carrier networks and all four Canadian LTE networks, which is pretty exciting; you don’t see that a lot in midrange price points.NetflixThe Monday evening keynote at MWC is typically the highest profile speech, and in previous years it’s been turned over to Mark Zuckerberg. This year, it’s Reed Hastings from Netflix. As the second-day keynote involves executives from Vivendi and Turner, mobile content will clearly be a big theme. Unfortunately, we’re not anticipating any ground-breaking announcements from these folks, although we’d love to be surprised.Nextbit/RazerPhone startup Nextbit, makers of the attractive Robin phone, announced on Jan. 30 that it is being bought by gaming PC maker Razer. That’s the company’s MWC news, so we shouldn’t expect a Razer phone at the show. Keep an eye out for more products later in the year.NokiaNokia’s back, and it’s going to be absolutely huge at MWC. The company is teasing a press conference for Sunday, Feb. 26. While most Americans think of Nokia as a long-ago irrelevancy, it has a frothing level of fandom in Europe, and that’s where the show is held. Veteran leaker Evan Blass says the company will have three phones at MWC: the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, which are nondescript midrange Android phones, but also a homage to the ancient Nokia 3310 bar phone. The 3310, which once again has a huge cult in Europe (think of it as their version of our StarTac) will sell for around $70, according to Blass.Oppo/OnePlusOppo announced that it’s holding a “press event to announce an innovative new technology” on Monday, Feb. 26. Oppo is a big name in China, but doesn’t have much of a presence in the U.S. However, it’s the sibling company of OnePlus, and Oppo technologies have found their way into OnePlus phones in the past — most notably, Oppo “flash charging” became OnePlus “dash charging.” So Oppo may be revealing something we’ll see in the OnePlus 4.SamsungSamsung is absolutely, positively, not revealing the Galaxy S8 at MWC. However, the latest rumors say that it may tease the Galaxy S8’s launch date of March 29 at the end of its press conference. For more on this year’s flagship Samsung phone, see our story on what we know about the Galaxy S8 so far.Without the S8, Samsung is going to have to fall back on tablets. The latest rumors have Samsung launching a Galaxy Tab S3 tablet with an S Pen, according to SamMobile. The Tab S3, in their view, will come in a single 9.6-inch model with a 2048-by-1536 display and a Snapdragon 820 processor. Samsung’s press event is also scheduled for Feb. 26, but the invite doesn’t divulge too many details.There may also be a Windows-powered Galaxy Tab Pro S2, according to various rumors. TechRadar calls out this Windows convertible laptop’s specs as “12-inch QHD display, Intel Kabylake [sic] chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front snapper and a 5,070mAh battery.”SprintSprint will be demoing “massive MIMO over 2.5GHz” at the show. This is Sprint’s answer to Qualcomm’s push towards gigabit LTE, and Sprint promises “LTE network performance well beyond 1Gbps.” We’re going to keep hammering them on whether this will be used for home broadband.SonyPhoneArena says Sony may release between three and five new phones at the show, with the flagship having a 5.5-inch, 4K display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.On the face of it, this contradicts other rumors that Samsung has bought up the entire initial supply of Snapdragon 835 chips. But Sony may get around this by making its MWC show a pre-announcement and promising the phones this summer, rather than this spring.Sony will unveil its new phones (if there are any) on Monday morning, Feb. 27.ZTEOur most recent rumors put the potential ZTE smartwatch on ice and are instead focusing on the company’s “Gigabit Phone,” which is a fancy spin on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered device with an X16 modem capable of gigabit speeds over existing LTE 4G networks. They will probably try to connect this with 5G; it is not 5G. Still, though, this means ZTE is teasing a Snapdragon 835 phone before Samsung does, which is kind of a big deal. Register Now » Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more