SDSU receives 1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Limping SpiceJets Sweet Deal Fly for ₹599

first_imgSpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.last_img read more

Ultrasound handheld device to make cleaning easy

first_imgBritish scientists have developed a hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool. They believe the tool could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance.The device, known as “Starstream”, passes a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles. The oscillating effect of the sound field on the bubbles turns them into micro-scrubbers that can remove dirt and germs from most surfaces. These tiny micro-scrubbers are particularly effective at cleaning inside cracks and crevices, which are difficult for conventional cleaning technologies, according to co-inventor Professor Tim Leighton.From his lab at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Leighton said that he and his team found the gas bubbles because they wanted to build a form of micro-scrubber, which can clean without bleach and detergents, and penetrate inside the crevices and the cracks.”So these gas bubbles underwater; these balls of gas, normally just sit there spherically under water. But if you hit them with a sound field you can make their surfaces ripple. And you get such high sheer and rubbing along the surfaces of these ripples that it can clean very effectively,” he added.The patented technology earned Leighton and co-inventor Dr Peter Birkin, the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in 2011. This gave them the opportunity to develop their prototype model into the current hairdryer-type design for manual cleaning.However, Leighton said the technology could easily be fixed on to other devices of varying shapes and sizes. He further said that Starstream’s effectiveness without the need for heating or additives has the potential to transform the cleaning sector.In laboratory-based tests, “Starstream” was able to effectively remove biological contamination from medical instruments and bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease. Leighton believes if the technology could be incorporated into the public’s hand washing routine then it could prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance.”Despite all our efforts we haven’t been able to change the behavior of people to wash their hands properly. So if we can’t change the behavior, we change the water. And our aspiration would be to make that six seconds of washing in cold water without soap – using Starstream- as effective as 20 seconds of warm soapy water. It’s an aspiration, we hope to realize it.” Leighton said.The device is in limited commercial production by company Ultrawave Ltd., but Leighton is seeking further investment to miniaturize the current design and make it a viable new tool for health providers and the general public.last_img read more

Pepco Working to Win DCs Confidence Following Request for Rate Increase

first_imgPepco and its parent company, Exelon, are seeking to win the trust of District electric customers after asking the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia for an increase in the rates they charge their commercial and residential customers.On July 20, William A. Von Hoene Jr., the senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Chicago-based Exelon, David M. Velazquez, the president and CEO of Pepco Holdings Inc., and Donna Cooper, president of the Pepco Region, met with AFRO executives and editorial staff at the AFRO’s District offices. Von Hoene made it clear that his company appreciated being able to serve customers in the District.“It is a great honor to be in the nation’s capital,” Von Hoene said. “It is a huge honor and a huge responsibility to be in the epicenter of the world. We know we have to earn that favor.”The D.C. Public Service Commission approved Pepco’s $6.8 billion merger with Exelon in March. On June 30, Pepco filed a rate increase request with the commission saying that rising costs of operation and equipment justify an average increase of $4.36 per customer, Cooper said in a company release.The increase will have to go through a public comment period and hearings before a D.C. Council vote on the increase take place. If an increase is approved, it won’t take place until the summer of 2017.Concerns about the rate increase have been voiced by District political leaders including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and advisory neighborhood commissioners including Andy Litsky, who chairs ANC 6D in Ward 6. In addition, the Office of the D.C. Attorney General and the People’s Counsel have filed documents with the D.C. Court of Appeals seeking reconsideration of the commission’s decision to approve the merger.Velazquez said that customers have nothing to fear from the rate increase.“It has been three years since the District has had a rate increase,” he said. “There probably won’t be a residential rate increase until 2019 and we can help people with their bills as well. We want to make sure the impact [of the rate increase] is as minimal as possible.”Velazquez said that there is a residential aid discount program in place to make sure that the effect of any increase is limited on the most vulnerable customers, such as seniors and low-income electric users.Cooper said that she and her staff will continue to engage District residents by explaining the rate increase process at ANC meetings.Velazquez said the merger’s economic benefits will help District residents and businesses.“We have put in $5 million for workforce development programs in the city and we have a commitment to hire more than 100 union workers and other job commitments,” he said.In addition, Von Hoene said that he will be moving to the District to set up an Exelon office in the near future.Velazquez said that Pepco’s minority business contracting program “blows other people’s [companies] away in terms of execution and commitment.“We have a robust program,” he said. “We have done $1.4 billion [in work] with minority and women-owned businesses. We realize that working with a Fortune 500 company can be daunting for a small firm so we have a designated person to work with an individual firm so they can be successful.”Von Hoene said he understands that rate increases aren’t popular and is committed to working with District leaders to get them to see Pepco’s viewpoint.“This is a long process and we will keep interfacing with the community,” Von Hoene said. “The various comments that have been made are extremely valuable to us and we are grateful for opposing views and will listen to suggestions.”last_img read more

Casio shows off bulbless 3Dcapable projectors

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The line features models to meet a variety of perceived users needs. One model will be able to display images with a very high level of brightness, with projected images at up to 3,500 lumens. Another model has enhanced wireless conductivity, which allows for easy streaming of web-based presentations and video streams. The real interest here is the projectors in the line with 3D capabilities. The 3D projector must be paired with a 3D capable computer and with Casio’s proprietary 2D-3D conversion software in order to use this feature. Once that is all set up the hardware will combine a blue laser with its fluorescent element in order to create green light. Some parts of that light are then passed through the red LED’s. This allows the screen to properly shade images to appear 3D, in a style similar to the older optical lens style of 3D instead of trying to project a hologram from multiple angles, as some researchers have been demonstrating in the recent past. Currently, Casio has not given any information about when this line of projects will go on sale, or exactly how much they will cost when they do. Parties interested in making a purchase should contact the company directly for further information on the product and its potential release date. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Casio shows off bulbless 3D-capable projectors (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-casio-bulbless-3d-capable-projectors.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Casio is currently showing off a line of lamp free projectors, designed for work in corporate and educational settings. The system eliminates the lamp by relying on a system that combines laser, fluorescent and LED technology in order to project the images in question. More information: press release 3D TV — Without the Glasses (w/ Video)last_img read more

ZSI book on Hill fauna diversity chronicles over 30000 species

first_imgKolkata: The Central Himalayan zone that covers North Bengal (Darjeeling Hills) and Sikkim, has the highest faunal diversity in the entire Himalayan region. Altogether, 14,183 species of animals have been found in this region, out of a total of 30,377 species in the entire Indian Himalayas, which comprises East, Central and West Himalayas.The findings have been documented in a book titled Faunal Diversity of Indian Himalayas, which is the fruit of a collaborative effort of about 85 taxonomic/biodiversity experts of Zoological Survey of India, under the guidance and leadership of its present director, Dr Kailash Chandra. The book was released on April 26 by C K Mishra, Secretary of Ministry of Forest and Climate Change at Dehradun. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The total of 30,377 species of all the groups of animals that include protozoa to mammalia, represents around 30.16 percent of the total Indian fauna. None of the 10 biogeographic zones in the country, as per records, have so many fauna as these two zones,” said Dr Chandra.It may be mentioned that the entire Indian Himalayan region comprises of six states, which are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, North Bengal (Darjeeling) and Sikkim and two biogeographic zones – the Himalayas and Trans-Himalayas. These two biogeographic zones span across 12.03 percent of the total landmass of India. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Himalayas extend 2,400 km in length across the country and covers an area of 3,95,485 square kilometers, including some parts of Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and China.As per findings, there are 280 species of mammals, 940 species of birds, 316 species of fishes, 200 species of reptiles and 80 species of amphibians known from Indian Himalayas. The region has 27.6 percent of the total vertebrate fauna of the country. There are 133 species that have been reported to be threatened as per IUCN criteria, 84 species have been categorised as vulnerable, 35 as endangered and 14 others critically endangered. The complete name of the species and the details of the exact province from where it has been reported, have been included in the book that has as many as 52 chapters. The study has gone on for over a century, and the compilation work had started two years back. Apart from Chandra himself, scientists Devanshu Gupta, K C Gopi, Basudev Tripathy and Vikas Kumar were also involved in the compilation work.”This book will be the baseline data for future works on the faunal study of the Indian Himalayas and also for the conservation and management of the entire biodiversity in the Indian Himalayan region,” Chandra said.The book discusses the threats and conservation strategies and tries to find out gap areas in research of the fragile ecosystems of Himalayas, which is subjected to rapid deforestation, habitat degradation and climate change.last_img read more

For that classy Airport look

first_imgThere are many airport looks that men can try – from keeping it casual with a long T-shirt and bright sneakers to a stylish corporate look with solid shirt, chinos and a pastel shade jacket, say experts.Tabby Bhatia, Director at e-commerce platform Voganow.com and Saggar Mehra, Creative Director of men’s clothing store Sunil Mehra, list down some styles. 4 White T-shirt teamed with a dark coloured shrug, blue denims and white high top sneakers gives a suave touch and can give a confident style statement. A leather Also Read – Add new books to your shelfduffle bag in tones of dark brown, black or with a check print of brown and black is a must for travel.4 One can keep it casual by pairing up jeans with a long T-shirt along with sneakers in bright colours like blue or red. A leather flap over messenger bag will complete the look.4 A sweatshirt or jacket in camouflage print with a pair of denims and black/dark brown ankle boots can give an impressive look while travelling. A hand finished leather strolley bag can give a lasting impression if carried with this look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4 Denim shirt or jacket with light coloured chinos and suede loafers or slip-ons is another trending style quite acceptable among youths. A classic hand painted leather backpack in dark shade can render a fabulous appeal to this look.4 Those in the corporate world and who travel a lot, can keep it simple and decent by teaming up crisp solid shirt with chinos and a pastel shade jacket. A basket weaved office laptop bag in shades of tan or dark brown can add finesse to your overall look.4 If you like to keep it stylish then you can pair coloured pants with printed shirts. Quirky prints in shirts would enhance the casual look. One can also add accessories like scarves to add a touch of elegance to the overall look.4 Pairing jogger pants with a plain coloured T-shirt will give a core casual appearance.last_img read more

Instagram Tells App Developers Not to Use Insta or Gram in Their

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 21, 2013 Instagram has just given a slap in the face to dozens of third-party apps that helped it grow. A recent update to Instagram’s guidelines [http://help.instagram.com/304689166306603/] has been followed by emails to app developers, notifying them that they can no longer use “Insta” or “Gram” in their brand names.Previously, although apps could not use the full word “Instagram” in their names, they were allowed to use one of its component parts, as evidenced by apps such as Instadrop, Webstagram and Gramfeed. Now they will need either to rebrand themselves or shut down.Instagram wants to avoid any market confusion among its users. “We appreciate your interest in developing products that help people share with Instagram,” read the email sent to third-party app Luxogram, according to TechCrunch. “While we encourage developers to build great apps with Instagram, we cannot allow other applications to look like they might be official Instagram applications or endorsed or sponsored by us.”Once dependent for growth on a robust community of independent apps, Facebook-owned Instagram clearly feels now that it has grown large enough to continue moving forward under its own steam. TechCrunch reported earlier this week that Luxogram, which serves one million monthly users, will likely shut down permanently rather than make the changes.For Luxogram and others, Instagram’s new protectionist policy is a reminder that no matter how collaborative the U.S. tech community appears to be, it’s still a highly competitive space. There will always be winners who climb the ladder — usually with the help of others — and then pull it up after them.Related: The Top 25 Brands on Instagram Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Globus family launches The Source marketing toolkit for agents

first_img Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Globus family launches ‘The Source’ marketing toolkit for agents TORONTO — New for agents, The Source is a complete set of marketing tools available 24/7 on the Globus family of brands’ travel agent portal, Agentlingo.ca. The system can be accessed on computers, tablets or smart phones.“This is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use marketing program we’ve ever provided,” says Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager for the Globus family of brands. “With just a few clicks, agents will be able to customize emails, flyers and ad templates; download or email videos; access e-guides and brochures; download logos and even images for social media posts, which are all part of the program.”The Source is available for all four Globus family brands: Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.  Find out more at agentlingo.ca.center_img Tags: Globus Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

CATO to host May 1 info session on changes to the Ontario

first_img Posted by CATO to host May 1 info session on changes to the Ontario Travel Act Travelweek Group Thursday, April 19, 2018 TORONTO — The Canadian Association of Tour Operators is hosting a presentation by TICO President and CEO Richard Smart and all Canadian tour operators are invited to attend.CATO Executive Director Pierre LePage says Smart will give an update on the recent changes followed by an open forum and Q&A session with attendees, providing insight into the impact of the changes on all tour operators.The presentation will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the TICO Board Room, (Travel Industry Council of Ontario), 2700 Matheson Blvd East, Suite 402, West Tower in Mississauga.Both the presentation and open forum are open to all tour operators, both CATO members and non-members, says LePage.Tour operators wishing to attend should email LePage at plepage@cato.ca indicating who will be attending and their company name. Tags: TICO << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Total mobile video traffic in the next six years w

first_imgTotal mobile video traffic in the next six years will be around 17 times that of last six years, according to the latest Ericsson mobility report. The global research, published ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, claims that two-thirds of app data traffic over mobile networks comes from just five of the most popular apps in each country studied, with video streaming and social networking dominating.While Facebook was found to be the number one app in each country studied, mobile video “dominates traffic growth”, with Ericsson forecasting it to grow by around 45% annually through to 2020 when it will account for around 55% of all mobile data traffic.“Prominent factors driving this rapid growth include increased number of video-enabled devices, larger screens, and better picture quality. Another prominent driver is that video is becoming an increasing part of online content, such as news, adverts, and social media. Video is increasingly shared via popular social sites, such as Twitter,” said Ericsson.The research claims that accumulated mobile data traffic for video was 25 ExaBytes during 2009-2014 and will rise to 440 ExaBytes for 2015-2020. Total mobile data traffic will climb from 70 ExaBytes to 860 ExaBytes over the same period of time.Breaking down mobile traffic volume in a few key markets, Ercisson said that in the US in December Facebook accounted for 16% of mobile traffic, followed by YouTube at 15% and Netflix at 12%. In Spain the most popular apps were Facebook and Instagram with 20% and 13% of traffic respectively.The Mobility Report claims that 800 million smartphone subscriptions were added worldwide for full year 2014, taking the total number to 2.7 billion. This was up 40% from a total of 1.9 billion smartphone subscriptions in 2013.The study also noted a decline in the numbers of people watching broadcast TV, at the same time that streaming services gain more traction.“This year for the first time more people will watch streamed on demand video than broadcast TV over a weekly period in those markets. Drivers for this change include the advent of 4G technology, the growth in smartphone and tablet usage, and a shift in consumer behaviour towards easy-to-use, on-demand services that offer cross-platform access to content,” said Ericsson.last_img read more

This year has seen a rapid expansion of Discovery

first_imgThis year has seen a rapid expansion of Discovery’s footprint internationally under president and CEO Mark Hollinger, following the group’s decision to split its European business into a western European division under Dee Forbes and CEEMEA under Kasia Kieli. The female-skewed TLC channel recently passed 100 million homes, following launches in Denmark, Finland and Poland.Age 52Education J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in history and political science from Colgate University.Previous positions Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, senior associate, 1985-91; Columbia Law School, lecturer, entertainment law, 1988-91; Discovery Communications, VP/deputy general counsel, 1991-94; Discovery Channel Asia, acting GM, ‘94 ; Discovery Communications, VP international business development/ VP, deputy counsel, 1995-96; general counsel, 1996-2001; EVP, corporate operations, 2001-03; senior EVP, corporate operations/general counsel, 2003-07; COO, 2008-09Last year’s highlights The successful rollout of TLC; industry-leading results.Last year’s most significant development The continued momentum toward a VOD world – whether Netflix, UPC’s Horizon initiative, iPlayer or TV Everywhere.Goals for next year Continue to build the strongest non-fiction portfolio in global pay television.Industry challenges and opportunities Figuring out the business model for programmes in the VOD environment in order to continue investments in great content; and figuring out how the VOD environment can co-exist successfully with the traditional pay TV environment.Alternative career choice Sports management – as with TV, it would give me a chance to work every day with something I love.TV character most identified with A contestant on The Amazing Race – always on the go, with lots of challenges to faceMost admired personality Jimmy Carter, who has used his position to promote important, but unglamorous, causes like free elections and affordable housing.Life outside work Hang out with my three sons, watch football, read and, crazily enough, travel.last_img read more

John Why are some of the phishing scams so blatan

first_img John: Why are some of the phishing scams so blatantly stupid? Like a Craigslist price of $2,307 for a 2013 BMW. It’s obvious to anyone. Durk: “Oh gee, I’m a Nigerian prince and I want to move $50 million to America and I’ll give you half of it if you help me.” Why are people trying a scam that’s so stupidly obvious? The answer is very simple: These are competent and professional fraudsters. If somebody falls for the Nigerian prince thing, then they’ll be stupid enough to give the fraudsters their Social Security number, their bank account number, and their password. With the Nigerian prince scam, the fraudsters get rid of the 99% of the people that aren’t that stupid right away. John: Ah. The more inane the fraud pitch is, the better the fraudsters target their market to the stupid. Doug, what’s your definition of stupidity again? Doug: Stupidity, like intelligence, comes in a number of flavors. The most common definition of stupidity is “of low intelligence” – but that’s rather circular, like saying “slow” means “not very fast.” I like to define “stupid” as the ability to see the immediate and direct consequences of actions, but the inability to see the delayed and indirect consequences. Like most criminals, black-hat hackers never see the long-term consequences – like being hunted, being held in contempt by most of society, and probably landing in jail. Or indirect consequences – like destroying their self-respect. Among other things. An even better definition of stupidity, applicable both to those who respond to the Nigerian prince scam as well as the Nigerian Prince himself, is “an unwitting tendency towards self-destruction.” Even when criminals score high on IQ tests, they still fit this definition. So while computer criminals are undoubtedly smarter than street criminals, they’re still rather stupid in very important ways. Durk: It’s relatively easy to protect yourself from being financially harmed in a hack. The first rule here is, don’t let a million different companies have your credit card number. Almost every company is perfectly willing to deal with a debit card rather than a credit card. If you keep a small amount of spending money in a debit card account, then that’s the most you can lose. And if it’s not your fault, you’re probably going to be made good. Second, you use encrypted wire transfers with your bank to make deposits. You see that little padlock up on the address line on your browser that says https rather than http? That’s an encrypted link. Just make sure that you or your browser entered your bank’s internet URL. Don’t click on an email link that appears to have come from your bank, because it may be a fraudulent phishing email that takes you to a URL with an https connection and a padlock that is NOT really your bank but sure looks exactly like your bank’s internet page and likely will have a confusingly similar URL! Recommended Link The next step is to keep your attack surface to a minimum. An attack surface is the path that you could be attacked through. For example, the more companies that have your credit or debit card numbers, the bigger your attack surface. When you buy something on the phone, tell them, “I don’t want my credit card number or debit card number being kept permanently on file. I just want to do this one transaction with you and don’t want to set up an account.” It’s in their computer and memory just long enough to clear with the bank or the credit card and then it’s gone. If the company then gets hacked, you are safer. There are only two places that have my debit card number permanently on file: PayPal and Amazon. Both of those are really serious about security. John: But the bad guys can be mighty sneaky. Durk: Yes. Clicking on an ad can load malware onto your computer if you’re not careful, especially if you use Windows. With a Mac, Gatekeeper will ask for your password, warn you that you are about to load an un-vetted program, and ask if you really want to do this. Some of those ads are little more than a pixel in size. Companies that are selling ad space on their websites don’t do anywhere near what I think is adequate to check out the advertisers. If you use Adblock Plus with Firefox, you are protected because you will never even see the ad, let alone be able to click on it.Also, you want a more secure browser than something that’s provided by Microsoft or Google. They’ve got a file on you that’s bigger than the FBI, NSA, and the CIA put together. Every time you do a search they’ve got your IP address – that is your internet protocol address which identifies you uniquely – and they also have years and years of tracking every search you’ve ever done, what you search for, and what you clicked on after you did the search. That is a vast amount of information. With that information and a bit of computer intelligence, they can figure out that your daughter is pregnant before you know it yourself. Deciphering masses of disparate data to allow for conclusions results from the availability of these dense patterns of information, in what is called the matrix effect. Microsoft and Google both make more money off of your personal information than they make off any products. The last time I looked at the contract for Windows 10 for individual users, it was 140 pages long. Buried inside there’s a section that essentially says, “All information on your computer belongs to us and we can do anything with it we want.” You agree to this by checking a box that you never read. Any time you do a Google search they’re harvesting information from you. They’ll sell it to anybody. They’ll sell it to the FSB/KGB, the DEA; they’ll sell it to the cops. If you’re getting a service for free on the internet, you need to know that you are the product. John: And they can sell this information to burglars who are local to you? Durk: Not intentionally, but yes, and these burglars then know what you drive, where you drive to and when, where your home is located. They know you’re asleep at 3 a.m., they know you have a Ferrari, they steal your Ferrari out of your driveway. John: How do you avoid this? Durk: In the case of Windows, there’s a free program you can get called ShutUp10. It reduces the amount of information getting delivered back to Microsoft from your computer. You need to keep that ShutUp10 up to date because Microsoft keeps changing the spyware they put on your computer. It’s a constant race. The web has turned into a massive theft of personal information used for marketing purposes. Also, when doing searches, go to – a ridiculous name, I know – DuckDuckGo.com. They’ll forward your search to Google and Bing and a whole bunch of other search engines, but they won’t forward your IP address, and they won’t keep a dossier on you and all your searches. Oh, incidentally, don’t use Facebook. Don’t use Twitter. They make all their money by selling your personal information. Just don’t use them. John: My son told me that travel booking sites substantially raise the available rates for flights if they see you shopping around for a specific trip. Indeed, it happened to me two days ago. I searched a fare three times during the day. The third time, the fare jumped up threefold and stayed high from then on. I thought I had missed out on a good fare. My son told me to try browsing incognito. Google Chrome has an incognito mode: turns it on. I turned it on, searched the flight again, and the price for my flight was the nice low one that it had quoted me initially. Sneaky. But I wonder if I can trust Google Chrome’s incognito mode for long. Durk: Google Chrome will still fink you out. I use Firefox, which has an incognito mode, with the extensions NoScript, Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, Cookie Controller, and Random Agent Spoofer. Note that you do not have to restrict yourself to one browser when price shopping for expensive items. Justin’s note: Chris Wood, our tech expert and editor of Extraordinary Technology, recommended a cybersecurity stock last year that handed his readers triple-digit gains in little over a year. And he’s just found the company set to displace last year’s winner… for potential 130% profits. You can access the name of this company—and all of Chris’ latest research—with a risk-free trial subscription to Extraordinary Technology. Click here to learn more.Also be sure to check out Part 2 of Doug’s interview tomorrow, where the guys discuss other ways to start protecting yourself from hackers. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our recent Dispatch on the future of electric-car maker Tesla… It’s the first time I have put pen to paper to you but I just have to say that I can’t agree more regarding your prognosis on Tesla. Believing what you have just said, back in March I placed a put, for June, on Tesla crashing, only to lose my $5,000 bet. Clearly the man [Tesla founder Elon Musk] is a perfect artist in front of the American investing public, who just follow and follow his dreams. I’m afraid that you are right, however. On the other hand, it’s great to see how you Americans can follow a dream. Is that not what makes America great? –Rodney Justin’s note: Over the next two days, I’m sharing a special interview that features Doug Casey and his colleagues on the latest crime wave that’s sweeping the globe.Below, you’ll hear from John Hunt, an MD and coauthor with Doug of Speculator and Drug Lord, and Durk Pearson, bestselling author and former rocket scientist and aerospace physicist. They recently sat down with Doug to share their best tips on how to protect yourself against the growing cyber-threat.I think you’ll find their ideas interesting and timely…John: Equifax hacks, Russian hacks, and political hacks are all competing with the Kardashians for primetime news reports. Let’s focus on something that might actually matter to each of us and that we can do something about: our own personal cybersecurity. Durk: Computer security is a lot more important than most people realize. Absent precautions, it’s like if you had a stack of $100 bills and left it on the sidewalk in front of your house. If someone happens to stroll through your neighborhood, he can just pick them up. Likewise, most people have no computer defenses at all. You have more than $100 bills in that computer. You have your future money too, and your credit. But you can become resistant to this. It’s not an impossible task. Remember the old story? You don’t have to run faster than the bear. You just have to run faster than the other guy. And that is surprisingly simple. John: So what do you advise that everyone should do now? Durk: First know that if you live in a gated residential community, you have a very low chance of being robbed. But the internet is as if everyone lives in Watts in the 1960s, or South Chicago now. John: You have to build your gates and walls. Durk: Right. Now, you don’t have to be a perfectly hard target. There is no such thing as a perfectly hard target. The CIA got hacked for a lot of their extremely dangerous hacking tools which are now out in the public domain. If the CIA can get hacked, believe me you can get hacked too. On the other hand, all you have to do is make yourself a much harder target than the value of what people can get out of you and you’re going to be left alone. They’re going to move on to somebody else who isn’t as tough. Which is most everybody. — This may spill over to SpaceX… Boring General Motors (GM) is safer. –Bruce — All Signs Point to a Giant Bull Supercycle In This Sector and the Masses Are Completely Ignoring It… Right now, the masses of “herd” investors are piling into mainstream stocks, completely convinced that this overvalued bull market will just “keep going.” But they’re ignoring an even more lucrative opportunity in a hidden sector completely outside of the equities market. Only a handful of millionaire “lone-wolf” contrarian investors are paying attention to it – licking their lips in anticipation of windfall profits that haven’t been seen in seven years. If you’re an independent thinker who is brave enough not to be just another “herd” investor, click here to learn the details of this “lone-wolf” opportunity. Recommended Link Do You Want to Profit From Today’s Marijuana Boom… But Not Sure Which Stocks to Buy? The marijuana market is on fire. Everyone wants to get rich with pot stocks today. With crazy gains of 7,820%… 17,300%… and even 69,000%, pot stocks like these averaged peak gains of 29,000%. But other pot stocks have tanked. Do you want to make money from today’s marijuana mania? Not sure which pot stocks are safe and which are risky? Then watch this presentation right now and see the 3 pot stocks to buy right now. It is interesting another guy is saying go long on Tesla and that it will be up in the high 300s by the end of Q4!–Williamlast_img read more

While Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle W

first_imgWhile Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle Wolf monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, Nigerians (and experts on Nigeria) are busy expressing themselves about Monday’s meeting with President Trump and their president Muhammadu Buhari. It’s the first time Trump has met with a sub-Saharan African leader.Here’s a roundup of responses, from interviews with Nigerians and other commenters and from Twitter.Some are glad the meeting took place.”I am really excited about the recent developments, and I believe it’s a way of strengthening relationship between both countries,” says writer Divine Nwoye.Others are not fans of the U.S. President, especially in light of his reported use of a vulgar term to characterize African nations in January 2018.Desmond Okon, political commentator and resident of Lagos: “He’s a controversial human being who has a reputation for offensive comments. [Our] President should be careful with the things he says to avoid selling the country out.”Some praise Trump’s sympathy for the “killings of Christians”…Osita Obeta, who just joined he National Youth Service Scheme for the one-year mandatory stint: “I’ve always loved Trump and his frankness when it comes to talking about issues, and his stance on the senseless killings in Nigeria is a good one. Leaders should not shy away from calling a spade a spade.”… but others are skeptical.Some wonder why Trump only mentioned one group that’s suffering.And some are wondering about visas to immigrate to the U.S.There’s a call for action, not just talk.Victor Ejechi, a recent graduate of the University of Benin who lives in Lagos: Trump’s remarks needs to be acted upon before we can have a full-blown celebration. Rhetoric statements on fighting human trafficking, corruption and insecurity don’t solve problems. I hope Buhari returns to Nigeria energized to take serious actions on what he discussed with Trump.”They’re glad that corruption was mentioned but aren’t certain change is coming.Ejechi says Buhari’s war against corruption has not produced “good results”: “What have we done with all the recovered money? Has anybody been jailed for corruption?”Obeta has a different perspective: “Buhari has partly tried to eliminate corruption, but the people he is working with have not made it easy for him.”They’re glad that trade was brought up:Merit Ayibe, a journalism student: “I am happy they discussed trade because Nigeria needs to attract more investment rather than aid for real development to happen.”They have mixed feeling about U.S. aid.Ayibe: “No country can develop by depending on aid. Most of the aid we’ve collected in the past were not used well, in fact they could provide basic facilities that would address issues like malaria.”Okon: “Aid is good, but the question is what is the catch? What is the motivation behind it? If the agreement is safe after all considerations then I don’t have issues with it.”They speculate about why the meeting was held in the first place.Matthew T. Page, former State Department official and associate fellow at Chatham House: “Left to his own devices, I think President Trump would have minimal interest in meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari or any other African leader. This meeting is most likely the result of efforts by diplomats and other policymakers from both countries to bring together these two leaders to reaffirm the close — if not occasionally challenging — relationship between the United States and Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. The meeting offers presidents Buhari and Trump — both of whom are politically polarizing figures in their respective countries — the opportunity to appear engaged, statesmanlike and in control.”And everybody’s having fun with a photo of Buhari signing the White House registry:Linus Unah is a freelance journalist covering global health, conflict, agriculture, and technology in Nigeria. Find him @linusunah. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Finding love is not easyBut Supreme Court Justice

first_imgFinding love is not easy.But Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg counts herself among the lucky ones.She had an epic marriage to her late husband, Marty Ginsburg, that has been detailed in many places (here, here and here), including the RBG documentary.But this past year tested Ginsburg in a new way without the love of her life. She was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in 20 years late last year, and it was the first time she has had to wage the fight without Marty.”My first two cancer bouts — both colorectal cancer at Washington Hospital Center and pancreatic cancer at Sloan Kettering — Marty stayed with me,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg in an interview on July 23. “He stayed with me in the hospital sleeping on an uncomfortable couch despite his bad back. And I knew that someone was there who really cared about me and would make sure that things didn’t go wrong.”Don’t see the video? Click here.Throughout his life, Marty, who was one of the preeminent tax lawyers in the country, was a principal booster of his wife. He played a behind-the-scenes lobbying role, for example, in her eventual appointment to the Supreme Court. He was even the principal cook for his wife and children in an era when most men took a back seat on domestic duties, and no one seemed to relish Ruth’s accomplishments more than Marty.And he was always looking out for her, like that one time in the hospital when, without him there, Justice Ginsburg might have died.”There was one day during [the] colon cancer bout when I was getting a blood transfusion, and Marty saw that something was very wrong,” Ginsburg said, “and he immediately yanked the needle out of me. It turned out that there was a mismatch not in the type of blood but in some antigen. I might not have lived it if he hadn’t been there.”He encouraged her to go to a physical therapist. That famous exercise regimen of hers might not have happened were it not for Marty.”I didn’t want to do it,” Ginsburg said. “I was exhausted, and Marty said, ‘You do it.’ And he was quite insistent about that. So, to have his loving care and yet his determination that I do what was necessary to heal faster, it was hard to be alone.”When she was recovering from cancer twice before, Marty would cook for her, walk with her, read to her and make her laugh.”Marty had a wonderful sense of humor, as you know,” Ginsburg said.Ginsburg is reminded of Marty every day, especially, she said, when the newspaper arrives.”He was my clipping service with The New York Times and The [Washington] Post,” she said. “I miss him every morning, because I have no one to go through the paper and pick out what I should read.”Now with him gone, Justice Ginsburg cherishes Marty’s memory. But, to get by, she has dived into her work at the court. “The work is really what saved me,” she said, “because I had to concentrate on reading the brief doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew that had to get done. So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were. Just do the job.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Disabled activists say governmentfunded research

first_imgDisabled activists say government-funded research, which concludes that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the work capability assessment (WCA) was linked to 590 suicides in just three years, is both “damning” and “timely”.Campaigners, doctors and psychiatrists have been warning for several years of strong anecdotal evidence that the programme to reassess hundreds of thousands of old-style incapacity benefit (IB) claimants was causing significant harm and distress, particularly to people with mental health conditions.But now public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford have shown in a study that, for every 10,000 IB claimants who were reassessed in England between 2010 and 2013, there were an additional six suicides, 2,700 cases of self-reported mental health problems, and an increase of more than 7,000 in the number of anti-depressants prescribed.The most significant increases took place in the most deprived local authority areas of England.Across England as a whole, the reassessment process from 2010 to 2013 was “associated with” an extra 590 suicides, 279,000 additional cases of self-reported mental health problems, and the prescribing of a further 725,000 anti-depressants.The idea for the research came originally from disabled activist Rick Burgess (pictured), who later co-founded the grassroots campaign group New Approach, and wanted “recognised and respected epidemiologists” to carry out “an academically-rigorous study” into the number of deaths caused by the WCA, with the results to be reported before the 2015 election.Together with three other leading campaigners – artist-activist Liz Crow* and New Approach co-founders Jane Bence and Nick Dilworth – Burgess began discussing the idea early last year with David Stuckler, professor of political economy and sociology at Oxford and one of the new study’s co-authors.Stuckler concluded at the time that such research was not possible because the necessary data had not been released by the government.Burgess pointed out that the research had been “started by disabled people with no funding”, but he said it was “brilliant” it had been completed, and that he felt “grimly vindicated” by evidence which would, “in any functioning democracy”, cause a government to be removed by a vote of no confidence.He said: “It does show welfare reform is causing excess deaths, which is what we have always said, and it has been reported in most media, so the idea to have a rigorous, reputable study done was worth it for campaigners, even though it is not exhaustive and there is much data still to be wrestled out of the hands of this very secretive government.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “This research simply confirms what we’ve all known for a long time, but is very timely both in relation to the ongoing UN inquiry into the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights and to DPAC’s campaigning priorities for 2016.“The main focus of this campaigning will be an end to people being wrongly pushed to their deaths by the current benefit system inflicted on them by [work and pensions secretary] Iain Duncan Smith.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the research was “very timely and damning of a brutal system which is damaging people’s mental health”. He said it was clear the government was intent on cutting public spending and dismantling public services “whatever the human consequences”. He said: “To them, people who commit suicide or whose mental health conditions deteriorate as a result of their policies are merely collateral damage in their austerity war. “I am sure the government will ignore the evidence in this report as it does with all the facts and statistics which show their policies are damaging the life chances and killing poor and disabled people.”He added: “This poses a real challenge for the leaders of the disability rights movement and disabled people’s organisations in how to respond to politicians and civil servants who are not listening and aren’t interested in disabled people’s lives and human rights.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “This is yet another damning body of evidence that makes it clear that the UK government is guilty of implementing policies and systems that are leading directly to the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of chronically ill and/or disabled people.“It remains the case that there exists no safety protocol built into the DWP-Maximus [the US company which carries out the tests] disability assessment regime.“Vital medical evidence is neither sought by, nor provided to, the DWP and we are firmly of the view that this is a deliberate policy.“The Westminster government knows fine well that were such vital evidence to be provided, far fewer people would be found fit for work and so the Tories’ overarching goal of destroying our social security safety net as part of George Osborne’s ‘long-term economic plan’ would fail to meet its target.“Lives lost are accepted as being collateral damage in achieving this aim. These deaths have irrefutably arisen as a direct consequence of the implementation of an official policy that is ‘intentionally or knowingly reckless with a depraved disregard for life’.“The Westminster government is therefore unquestionably guilty of democide.”Michelle Maher, of the WOWcampaign and petition, said the research “joins a long list of evidence given to the government on the horrific impact of medical assessments”.She said: “I am still concerned that the government will claim they are listening and change the WCA, making it worse, under the heading of helping sick and disabled people into work because work is good for us.“The numerous reports into foodbanks have been ignored or justified in appalling ways, with Tory members celebrating their existence.“I fear the same will be said of the WCA and reports of the language the DWP and Iain Duncan Smith are using would indicate a direction of change that will be far worse.”The study’s authors say their findings also demonstrate the need for a cumulative assessment of the impact of austerity measures on disabled people, as demanded by the WOWcampaign.The study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and carried out by researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, and from the University of Oxford, and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which itself is funded by the Department of Health.Ben Barr, the study’s lead author and senior clinical lecturer in applied public health research at the University of Liverpool, said: “The programme of reassessing people on disability benefits using the WCA was independently associated with an increase in suicides, self-reported mental health problems and antidepressant prescribing.“This policy may have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits.”But DWP dismissed the report’s findings.A DWP spokesman said: “This report is wholly misleading, and the authors themselves caution that no conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.“In addition, it is concerning that they provide no evidence that the people with mental health problems highlighted in the report even underwent a work capability assessment.”He pointed to the five independent reviews of the WCA – the first three carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington – and “significant improvements to the process” made by DWP since 2010, including to how the WCA is used to assess people with mental health conditions.He also said the percentage of people with mental health conditions who receive the highest level of support after being assessed for eligibility for employment and support allowance through the WCA has “more than tripled since 2010”.Barr said DWP’s response was “disappointing”, and that none of the other factors researchers had looked at as possible causes, such as cuts to local government services or a fall in wages, could explain the rise in suicides and the deterioration in mental health.And he said the increases only happened among age groups most affected by the WCA, while the rise in mental health problems “tended to occur shortly after the increase in people undergoing the WCA in each area”.Barr also called on DWP to publish any data it has on claimants’ mental health before, during and after the assessment.He said: “Unfortunately, the DWP implemented the policy without a controlled trial or any plans to evaluate its impact on mental health. “Given that data is not currently available on the specific individuals who underwent the WCA and there is no trial evidence, the next best approach to investigate the potential effects on mental health is the one we applied in our study, using appropriate statistical methods to control for alternative explanations for these trends.  “Our findings should at the very least raise serious concerns for the DWP that the potential negative impacts of the WCA need to be investigated further.” Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, added: “It is shameful for the DWP to dismiss in such an offhand manner a serious academic study showing a worrying rise in suicides and mental health issues connected to the WCA. “This evidence, added to the growing weight of evidence from tribunals and concerns from coroners, should surely lead to a complete rethink on the WCA, which by any measure is not fit for purpose.”*Crow’s own piece of work, We Are Figures, grew out of the discussions with Stuckler, but because of the difficulty of identifying how many austerity-related deaths there had been, she focused on the human cost of austeritylast_img read more

ST HELENS and the world of rugby league will be u

first_imgST. HELENS and the world of rugby league will be uniting to celebrate the life of Saints legend Steve Prescott MBE when one of the borough’s most eye-catching landmarks is named in his honour.The footbridge linking the town centre to Langtree Park – home of the Saints – will become the Steve Prescott Bridge at a special ceremony to mark the event on Friday February 21.It takes place before the St. Helens v Hull game – where the two sides who Steve served so well, will contest the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup.The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a welcome from Radio 5 Live presenter and Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) Ambassador George Riley.There will be speeches from Steve’s son Taylor Prescott, Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus plus live Granada Reports interviews involving Council Leader Barrie Grunewald, Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe and Steve’s widow Linzi.The bridge designs will be presented to the Prescott family by Councillor Grunewald who said: “Steve was a first class ambassador not only for rugby but for the town. As well as being a legend of the game he is also honoured for his tireless fundraising for his Steve Prescott Foundation.“Naming the bridge after him is our tribute to one of the greats of St. Helens. It’s a well-deserved honour and a fitting one – with the bridge linking Steve’s beloved town and club.”Singing at the event will be Tom Loughlin, son of Saints legend Paul, Sophia Ben Yousef and the St. John Vianney School Choir – where Steve was a pupil – who are performing even though they are on half term holiday.There’s also a 13 strong contingent of former players who played with Steve from St. Helens and 13 from Hull plus all the Steve Prescott Foundation Ambassadors.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It is more than apt that the bridge rightly named after Steve connects his home town to his home rugby team.“Both entities are honoured and privileged to have produced such a truly exceptional person whose selflessness and courage will now never be forgotten.”Mike Denning Chairman of The Steve Prescott Foundation added: “This is very fitting for a real life Hero and Sporting icon born here in our town. Steve has inspired so many and has raised awareness of not only the very rare form of cancer which he battled but also the plight of those injured or fallen on hard times in the great game of Rugby League.“We would like to thank all parties associated with the renaming of the Steve Prescott Bridge!”last_img read more

Why Hierarchies are Ruining your Companys Culture

first_imgAt the expansion stage, B2B software companies are focused on two primary objectives:Getting more customersGetting more internal talentHere at OpenView, we are so committed to that notion that we’ve built an an entire investment support team that only focuses on helping our company in those two areas.Designing Your Organization Structure: Where Many B2B Founding Teams Go WrongWhen we refer to adding more talent, the emphasis is typically on hiring that mid-level management layer beneath the executive team. This is most commonly the Director-level hires responsible for building teams of worker bees in the trenches, scaling repeatable process, and turning your functional areas into fine-tuned machines. When looking to add the best director-level talent to your business, it is important to consider the structure of the organization and how teams will be assembled. Whether it’s sales, marketing, engineering, or any other operational group within the company, adding too many layers of management can be detrimental to your growth and the culture you are trying to establish. I see many executives shoot themselves in the foot by designing their organization to look like giant layer cakes. The common scenario: A company has 50 people total, and yet they’ve already got EVPs, SVPs, VPs, Sr. Directors Directors, Sr Managers, and Managers. This, my friends, is recipe for disaster. And I can summarize why in five words: entitlement, lack of ownership, politics. As Tim Kastelle, a professor of innovation at The University of Queensland Business School recently wrote in the Harvard Business Revenue:“There is a growing body of evidence that shows that organizations with flat structures outperform those with more traditional hierarchies in most situations. There are sound business reasons for treating people with dignity, for providing autonomy, and for organizing among small teams rather than large hierarchies.”At the expansion stage there really is no need for the kind of hierarchy that is better suited for a large, stuffy corporate environment. 4 Ways to Keep Top Talent Motivated in a Flat OrganizationThere are many companies that have adopted a flatter organization built around self-managing teams, and have thrived in doing so. One of the questions businesses going down this path do need to address, however, is how they can retain top talent without a clear promotion path to manager, director, senior manager, VP, etc. It’s an interesting challenge. Here are four ideas of how you can give top performers more responsibility in lieu of a new title:Give ownership of goals and initiatives to top players within your team/organization.Give your best performing players the opportunity to mentor other team members.Give increased flexibility to those who’ve earned their keep.And of course, just because there aren’t new, sexy titles being handed out like candy, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t financial be rewarding your best players. In this market, competitive compensation increases must be considered if you want to retain your A players.What do you think? Is ditching management hierarchy truly viable? What are some other alternatives to traditional promotion tracks?   Image courtesy of Collin AndersonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

iPad Pro Gets a Bigger Screen But Comes at a High Price

first_img –shares Image credit: Apple Apple’s smallest iPad Pro is getting bigger.Speaking at WWDC on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the new 10.5-inch version the “perfect size” for the company’s flagship tablet. It replaces the 9.7-inch version, although Apple is keeping the 12.9-inch model, which it also refreshed at WWDC. Despite the larger screen, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t get any heavier than its predecessor — it still weighs about one pound. Inside, it’s powered by an A10X Fusion chip and includes the same cameras as the iPhone 7, which means a 12-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 7-megapixel front shooter. And since one of the iPad Pro’s chief advantages over the regular iPad is compatibility with the Apple Pencil, there’s also a redesigned Retina display that achieves smoother scrolling and drawing with the pencil thanks to 20-millisecond latency.If you’re editing video footage with your iPad Pro, the expanded screen real estate, better Pencil reaction times and A10X chip will likely make for a smoother experience. And if you’re editing video outside or in other challenging light conditions, you’ll appreciate that the display can automatically adjust its white balance to compensate. While that feature is also available in the previous generation, it’s another reason to chose the iPad Pro over the iPad.The main reason not to spring for the iPad Pro is, of course, its astronomical price, and that’s no less true with Monday’s update. If you’re a current 9.7-inch iPad Pro owner, you’ll need to replace your keyboard if you upgrade to the 10.5-inch model. Apple is offering a new $159 full-size Smart Keyboard that also doubles as a cover to fit the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.Add the keyboard and pencil ($99) to the $649 asking price for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and you start to enter ultrabook territory, which means that even with a larger size, the base-model iPad Pro will have limited appeal among cost-conscious professionals. The refreshed 12.9-inch model, which gets the same internal improvements as its little cousin, starts at $799 for a 64GB Wi-Fi-only version. Both models can be ordered starting Monday with a cellular antenna for an additional $130. iOS 11 will bring additional capabilities to the iPad Pro when it rolls out this fall, including new multi-tasking features like drag and drop and an easier-to-use app picker menu. Apple Register Now » Add to Queue News reporter Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag iPad Pro Gets a Bigger Screen, But Comes at a High Price Tom Brant Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This fall, iOS 11 will also bring additional multi-tasking capabilities, like drag and drop.last_img read more