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first_imgThe Benelux Group of the UK-based Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) is to hold its next Benelux lecture during the IBC.The lecture will be held at 14:00 on Monday September 15 in Room E102 of the Rai on the topic of In-Home Archtecture Issues. The session is sponsored by Arris and is free to all. The session will be moderated by Thomas Nogues, executive advisor for CableLabs.The Benelux lecture will cover topics including 4K, WiFi, the cloud, the Connected Home and CPE virtualisation. Speakers include Cornel Ciocirlan, chief technology officer, EMEA, Arris, who will talk about extending service assurance in the 4K WiFi home, Nogues, who will address the issue of getting to the edge of network, Hans van Elsen, chief technology officer, Alcadis ISP Solutions, who will talk about the connected home, Peter Simpson, VP product marketing, Pace, who will talk about ‘making it all work’ and Arkadiusz Kaliwoda, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems, who will address CPE virtualisation.The Benelux Group is one of a number of regional groups that are part of the worldwide SCTE organisation. The SCTE will exhibit at IBC in the Partnership Village, stand 8.F51elast_img read more

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first_imgNetflix co-founder and CEO, Reed HastingsTop Netflix execs are not buying the clamour for virtual reality experiences.In an interview with VentureBeat, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said fully immersive content is not compatible with the streaming service’s binge-watching model.With VR, “you’re exhausted after 20 minutes,” he said. “We are more focused on a lean-back, relaxing experience.”“I can’t imagine putting on a VR headset while sitting on the couch with my wife for two hours and just disappearing,” added Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.Netflix also echoed a common view that quality VR content is scarce. “The problem with VR is that there’s not enough people on the platform to support the investment in that kind of content,” said Sarandos.Hastings predicted VR would be “huge for the video game market”, but would not begin having an effect on the on-demand market “for the next couple of years”.Netflix did create a VR app with Oculus last year, allowing subscribers to access Netflix content through Samsung Gear VR headsets in 2D format.The likes of Facebook, YouTube and Discovery Communications are pushing heavily into VR content, but debate remains as to how useful it will prove to the video market.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Derry’s Tower Museum is asking to borrow any items salvaged from the ship.The SS Laurentic was carrying more than 3,000 gold bars when it was sunk.The majority have been recovered but 22 remain on the bed of the Swilly.Photographs and artefacts from the ship, and oral histories of its sinking, will form part of an exhibition opening next year. CO DONEGALEXHIBITION IN DERRY TO MARK SINK OF WHITE STAR LINER SS LAURENTICLOUGH SWILLYRONAN MCCONNELLSS LAURENTICTower Museum Ronan McConnell from the Tower Museum said numerous salvage attempts meant there were a number of items recovered over the years.He said: “We know there’s a lot of material from the Laurentic out there, large pieces of brass, driftwood tables, items like vanity mirrors and tobacco tins – this was a luxury liner so there were quite a lot of luxury items on the ship.”The Tower Museum Exhibition opens on January 25, 2017.EXHIBITION IN DERRY TO MARK SINK OF WHITE STAR LINER SS LAURENTIC was last modified: November 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Part of the SS Laurentic lying at the bottom of the sea.THE tragic tale of the SS Laurentic is to be told in a new exhibition to mark the centenary of its sinking.The Laurentic was a passenger ship but during World War One it was used by the government to transport gold.The White Star Liner struck a German mine at the mouth of Lough Swilly, in Co Donegal in 1917 and more than 350 men lost their lives.last_img read more

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Ann McCrea had been holiday in Malaga with her hus

first_img Ann McCrea had been holiday in Malaga with her husband Don and one of her sons when she suddenly diedTRIBUTES have been paid to very popular Derry grandmother Ann McCrea whoodied suddenly while on holiday in Spain.Mrs McCrea, who was in her 60s, is understood to have suffered a heart attack while on a break in Malaga.The mother-of-four had been there for 10 days with husband Don and one of her sons. Ann McCreaBeth DoheertyDon McCreaFamily pay tribute to Derry grandmother Ann McCrea who tragically died in SpainMalaga ShareTweet Mrs McCrea’s remains are expected to be returned to her home in the Bogside within the coming days with the help of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.Mrs McCrea’s niece Beth Doherty said the family circle have been left shocked and saddened.She said: “Aunty Ann was a big part of our lives, she was truly one of the best. I will miss her so much and it really won’t be the same without her.“She is now another angel watching over us all, along with my granny and granda.” Micky Doherty, a well-known entertainer in Derry, is a nephew of the deceased.He described her as the “rock of our family”.In a tribute on social media, he wrote: “Our world has just been turned upside down. We are totally heartbroken, my auntie Ann – the rock of our family.”Mrs McCrea is survived by husband Don, children Sandra, Aine, Paul and Aidan and grandchildren Bebhinn and Oisin.Her funeral arrangements will be announced later once her remains are repatriated back from Spain..Family pay tribute to Derry grandmother Ann McCrea who tragically died in Spain was last modified: April 28th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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Xploro app helps pediatric cancer patients at The Christie understand proton beam

first_imgMay 15 2019Xploro® has teamed up with Manchester’s world leading cancer hospital, The Christie, to deliver state of the art technology that helps child patients understand how Proton Beam Therapy works. The Venturefest Digital Innovation winner has spent the last four years developing the new app ‘Xploro®’ which includes games based on the human body, 3D hospital environments for children to explore, and experiences so they know what’s going to happen while they’re being treated.Everything is delivered through a chirpy, augmented-reality character that the child creates, and names themselves. It becomes their virtual friend, and leads them through every part of the app.The internationally renowned cancer centre commissioned a brand new module for ‘Xploro®’ to be used by children undergoing Proton Beam Therapy. It includes unique environments modeled on the hospital itself and a 3D experience showing exactly what happens when someone has the pioneering treatment.Xploro® ‘s CEO, Dom Raban, was inspired to develop the ‘Xploro®’ app after seeing first hand the importance of giving children and young people information when they’re being treated in hospital.In 2011 Dom’s thirteen year old daughter Issy was diagnosed with the rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma. Issy, who is now cancer free and at university, spent much of the twelve months following her diagnosis undergoing various treatments including fifteen rounds of chemotherapy, umpteen blood transfusions, stem cell treatment and ten weeks of Proton Beam Therapy in Florida.The clinical care Issy received, in the six hospitals she was treated at, was second to none, however it soon became apparent that the information she received about her illness and treatment was severely lacking and it left her feeling scared, anxious and isolated. It was this experience that led to Dom and his team to come up with ‘Xploro®’.Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedLooking back at Issy’s experience Dom recalls “I was struck by the lack of age-appropriate information that was available for Issy – she was far too old for picture books, but too young for adult information. Once Issy was on the mend, I realised that I could do something to plug that gap. At my other company, Corporation Pop, we have a first-class team of app and game designers and developers so it seemed obvious that we put that expertise to good use. After four years of hard work and significant Government funding it’s fantastic to see the app being used by children at one of the hospitals that my daughter was treated at.”Research has shown that when people understand what is happening to them when they are ill and having treatment, they experience better clinical outcomes; the Xploro® app is designed to give them that knowledge and information in a fun, and engaging way.The Christie is the first NHS hospital in the UK to introduce high-energy Proton Beam Therapy, an advanced radiotherapy treatment which precisely targets cancer without causing damage to healthy cells around it. Previously the NHS has funded expensive treatment in America and Germany causing huge disruption to families like Dom and Issy’s and costing many thousands of pounds more than having it in the UK.Proton Beam Therapy is particularly suited to children and young people whose bodies are still developing, which makes ‘Xploro®’ a great match for The Christie.After trials at The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Xploro® will be available for wider use when it will include an artificially intelligent chatbot which can answer any questions the child has about going to hospital. Dom and his team are already in talks with hospitals around the UK, Europe and North America and the future for ‘Xploro®’ lies in its expansion. There are already plans to create versions for other illnesses such as Diabetes and Asthma as well as develop the app for older audiences. By next year Xploro® will also be available in other languages.Source:Xplorolast_img read more

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Study reveals genetic signature of failed immune response to cancer

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Our immune system is programmed to destroy cancer cells. Sometimes it has trouble slowing disease progression because it doesn’t act quickly or strongly enough. In a study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) revealed the genetic signature of this failed immune response for the first time. This distinctive signature includes 28 genes. We were able to identify the signature by studying the genetic programming of immune cells from kidney tumors and from the blood of patients whose cancer was progressing, and then comparing it with the genetic programming of healthy people’s immune cells. This signature could help us predict which patients will fare worse.”Réjean Lapointe, researcher and head of the cancer research theme at the CRCHUM Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerThe research team also showed that these same genes that are linked to a failed immune response are found in patients with cancers other than kidney cancer or with bacterial and viral infections such as AIDS.”Thanks to our sample bank and powerful bioinformatics tools, we were able to validate the relevance of this signature on nearly 11,500 patients. Those with the worst clinical outcome had a higher presence of these 28 genes in their immune cells,” explained Lapointe, who is also a professor at the Université de Montréal and the scientific director of the Institut de cancer de Montréal.Of the 28 genes identified among the 20,000 coding genes in the human body, the scientists were able to show that the expression of three specific genes may even be able to predict a person’s chance of survival.A very detailed mappingTo achieve such conclusive results, Lapointe’s team had to map the differences in genetic programming between the immune cells found in tumors and those circulating in the bloodstream, as well as the differences between immune cells that had infiltrated the tumors of patients with a very aggressive illness and those who live longer.”There are already a few articles in the scientific literature that partly replicate some of our results. A very recent HIV study shows that the MMP9 protein is associated with patients who do not control the infection very well. That’s what we had concluded in our study,” said Lapointe.This massive basic research undertaking will help identify the therapeutic targets or mechanisms that can be “unlocked” in order to wake up the immune system and eliminate cancer cells. Source:University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM)Journal reference:Monette, A. et al. (2019) Failed immune responses across multiple pathologies share pan-tumor and circulating lymphocytic targets. Journal of Clinical Investigation. doi.org/10.1172/JCI125301.last_img read more

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Intel chief says chip flaw damage contained by industry

Explore further Krzanich took the unusual step of addressing the security issue as he delivered a keynote ahead of the opening of the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an industry event expected to draw some 180,000 people from the sector.As yet, Krzanich said, there is no information to suggest any loss of data from the so-called Meltdown and Spectre flaws and he added, “We are working tirelessly to make sure it stays that way.”The Intel chief executive made his most high-profile public comments since the release of research highlighting vulnerabilities affecting the chips powering most modern PCs and many mobile devices.”The collaboration of so many companies (to mitigate the threat) is truly remarkable,” Krzanich said.”Security is job number one for Intel and our industry. The primary focus of our discussions (on this issue) is to keep our customers data safe.”Researchers at Google showed how a hacker could exploit the flaw to get passwords, encryption codes and more, even though there have been no reports of any attacks using the vulnerability.Some analysts have warned that the threat is unique because it is an issue affecting hardware used in many computing systems.Krzanich said updates will be available for 90 percent of its products in the coming days and the for the rest by the end of January, and urged all computer users to update as quickly as possible. Citation: Intel chief says chip flaw damage contained by industry (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-intel-chief-chip-flaw-industry.html Intel CEO sold shares before chip security flaw disclosed © 2018 AFP Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Monday the impact of a recently discovered vulnerability in computer chips has been limited due to “remarkable” collaboration by the tech industry. 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. read more

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US investigating iPhone slowing Apple software report

Explore further Apple’s move to slow down older iPhones as batteries weaken is under scrutiny by US prosecutors and stock market regulators, according to a report Tuesday by Bloomberg. The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple broke the law by failing to disclose a software update that made older iPhone models function slower, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.It was said to be too early in the probe to speculate regarding the potential for Apple to be accused of wrongdoing.The SEC told AFP that it would not comment, and neither Apple nor the DOJ replied to AFP inquiries about the report.Apple admitted late last year that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.The company said this was to extend the performance of the phone, which uses less power when running at slower speeds, and was to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to a low battery charge.It has denied incorporating planned obsolescence and plans to release a software update later this year that will let people turn off the iPhone-slowing feature.In late December the company issued an apology for slowing older models and said it would discount replacement batteries for some handsets.A French investigation into possible “planned obsolescence” or “fraud” by Apple is being led by antitrust and consumer protection specialists in the French economy ministry.Planned obsolescence is a widely criticized commercial practice in which manufacturers build in the expiry of their products so that consumers will be forced to replace them.Critics have accused Apple of nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing, rather than just the battery.The California-based group faces lawsuits in the United States and Russia over the matter.The notion that people will opt to replace batteries instead of buying new iPhones, or that the company’s reputation was bruised, is playing into concerns that Apple may be selling fewer of its iconic handsets than anticipated.Apple is expected to reveal the latest iPhone sales figures in its quarterly earnings release on Thursday. This file photo taken on September 12, 2017 shows an iPhone X during a media event at Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California Epson, Apple face French legal pressure over planned obsolescence (Update) 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. © 2018 AFP Citation: US investigating iPhone slowing Apple software: report (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-iphone-apple-software.html read more

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Carbon components from a 3D printer

first_img CFRP recycling—into the battery instead of the garbage Three ETH alumni have developed a 3-D printer capable of manufacturing components from carbon fiber composites. Their ETH spin-off, 9T Labs, could bring a breakthrough for the manufacturing and utilization of extremely lightweight and strong parts. Provided by ETH Zurich Citation: Carbon components from a 3-D printer (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-carbon-components-d-printer.html “There are many different potential applications for our printed carbon fiber components, and there is a huge amount of interest from industry. We basically expand the scope of what can be manufactured using such performance materials,” says Eichenhofer, who is currently in the process of finishing his doctoral thesis. Cavolina adds: “We believe it is important for the business to be geared towards the market. We therefore want to get a product onto the market as quickly as possible, so we can generate useful feedback.”Printing system should be ready next yearA complete printing system comprising both hardware and software should be ready for beta testing at the start of next year. After that, the challenge will be to serve the right sectors in the right order. 9T Labs wants to start with customers engaged in research and development, mainly universities and technical institutes. “We hope to get good technical feedback from these customers, which will help us to continuously improve the product,” Cavolina says.The engineers are currently fine-tuning the prototype 3-D printer. The start-up is still housed in ETH premises, in the Technopark in the Zurich-West quarter. But that could change very soon, as the young company is rapidly expanding and constantly recruiting new people. Eight staff, including interns, are currently working for 9T Labs, with another four set to join over the course of the year.Cavolina sees one of the biggest challenges as putting the right team together. “It’s not easy to find good software and hardware engineers,” he says. Much time and effort is therefore being invested in recruiting new personnel. For as Cavolina says, “We need really good people to ensure that the product satisfies market requirements.” 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. Part of 9T Labs team (left to right): Giovanni Cavolina, Filippo Kusch, Selçuk Ercan, Martin Eichenhofer, Chester Houwink next to the prototype 3-D printer. Credit: Courtesy of 9T Labs Explore further Stronger than steel, but up to five times lighter: carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), often simply referred to as carbon, is ideal for making anything that needs to be incredibly strong, but still very lightweight: aircraft, Formula 1 racing cars and mountain bikes, as well as robots, medical protheses and implants. No wonder carbon is at high demand in the global market.But there’s a problem: Carbon fiber composite is expensive compared with aluminium or steel, as the manufacturing process is very costly and time-consuming. Composites consist of carbon fibers and plastic to be combined and processed to make the highly durable material. A separate mould or negative form is usually required for every single component, adding to the high production costs.Producing carbon components without mouldsThe ETH spin-off 9T Labs now offers an alternative: It has developed a 3-D printer capable of printing carbon fiber composite parts. These are no longer made using cumbersome moulds, but are designed on the computer using dedicated software and then manufactured by the printer. Plastic and carbon fibres are combined directly in the printer, by forcing the materials through a heated nozzle.”We combine the advantages of 3-D printing technology with the valuable properties of carbon fiber composites,” says Giovanni Cavolina, one of the founders of 9T Labs. On the one hand, the new procedure eliminates what is currently the biggest drawback of using this performance material – the high costs. The whole manufacturing process therefore takes less time and money. On top of this, the new technology allows components with highly complex geometric shapes to be produced, such as used in the construction of satellite antennae or a hand prosthesis. Last but not least, using a 3-D printer means less material waste.The three founders of 9T Labs are all ETH alumni: Martin Eichenhofer (30), Giovanni Cavolina (26) and Chester Houwink (25). Eichenhofer first had the idea of a start-up four years ago while conducting research in the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures under Professor Paolo Ermanni. The idea really got off the ground at the start of 2018: a joint-stock company was founded in January that attracted a total of CHF 300,000 from investors. The European Space Agency also invited the young company to join an incubation centre (ESA BIC Switzerland), which not only provided access to another CHF 200,000 but to a good industry network.last_img read more

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Philippine hit over secret talks with fishermen

first_img World 03 May 2019 Top Philippine court orders government to protect South China Sea Philippines Nation 08 Jul 2019 13 fishermen and four trawlers held by Marine cops Related News Philippines 11 Jul 2019 Panelo excited to debate Amal Related News Fishing for a living: Fishing boats sitting along the shore at San Agustin village in Iba town. — Bloomberg The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) filed the petition for a writ of kalikasan, a special court order for environmental protection covering three Philippine reefs in the West Philippine Sea, waters within the country’s EEZ.The petition claims the marine environment in and around these reefs has been destroyed by China’s reclamation and poaching activities.Diokno maintained on Wednesday that the fishermen petitioned for a writ of kalikasan “with full knowledge and consent, because all they want is to fish in our own seas and to earn enough to support their families.”He complained that after a Philippine Navy lawyer talked to the fishermen, they withdrew the petition and denied any hand in it.“As one of the lawyers in this case, I am more concerned about the safety of our fishermen. The Duterte administration showed that nothing could get in its way. I hope they use that power to protect their fellow Filipinos,” he said. —Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network Tags / Keywords: MANILA: Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, a lawyer for a group of fishermen who had asked for an environmental protection order from the Supreme Court, has accused the government of underhanded tactics for talking to his clients behind his back to get them to withdraw the case.“It is not only suspicious that the government secretly talked to our clients, that also violates legal ethics,” said Diokno, a human rights lawyer who ran for senator in May.“It seems Filipinos had another Recto-22,” he added, referring to the 22 fishermen from Occidental Mindoro who nearly drowned after a Chinese vessel sank their boat near Recto (Reed) Bank off Palawan province on June 9. After government officials met with them, the fishermen said they were no longer sure what happened.Filed in the Supreme Court on April 16, the petition sought to compel the government to enforce the July 2016 UN arbitral court ruling against China’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea, including parts of the Philippines’ 370km exclusive economic zone (EEZ), whose resources are exclusively reserved for Filipinos by the Constitution. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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