Explore further Cold fusion, is of course, a theoretical means of harnessing enormous amounts of energy by fusing atoms together. Normal fusion is what powers the sun, but it of course, is very hot. Scientists have been working for years to come up with a way to cause fusion to come about in a way that doesn’t require a huge amount of heat—thus the name cold fusion. Unfortunately, to date, no one has been able to figure out a way to do it—no one but Rossi, that is, if his claims turn out to be true.Rumors of how ECAT’s plant works suggest it’s little more than a simple tube that utilizes an unknown nano-sized nickel type catalyst. When hydrogen is added, heat and perhaps copper, is produced. According to ECAT, the plant does nothing more than produce heated water and/or steam. Those that purchase the plant are free to attach it to a turbine to create electricity. The plant is small—just 20x20x1 centimeters, but each unit can be stacked. The company has put 106 of the units in a shipping container and all together they make up the ECAT 1MW Plant, selling for a cost of $1.5 million to anyone that wants and can afford one.Read more: Controversial energy-generating system lacking credibility: phys.org/news/2011-08-controversial-energy-generating-lacking-credibility-video.htmlRossi’s E-Cat gets first customers, but questions remain: phys.org/news/2011-11-rossi-e-cat-customers.htmlTests find Rossi’s E-Cat has an energy density at least 10 times higher than any conventional energy source: phys.org/news/2013-05-rossi-e- … -density-higher.html There have been various sightings of ECAT’s technology, in 2011 for example, a select group of scientists was invited to witness a prototype in action. Reports from the demonstration suggest the prototype was able to generate 470 kw before a system fault caused the test to be stopped. That was enough apparently, for DARPA, which has reportedly already preordered one of the plants.The portable plants are expected to be ready for delivery in approximately four months, which should end the mystery. If Rossi has succeeded where so many others have failed, he and his colleagues will be cheered and likely awarded a Nobel Prize. If the debut is a flop, however, it will be more than just an embarrassment to him and his company, it will be a very sad day for science and perhaps another indication that cold fusion, simply cannot be done. 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. Citation: Italian company to sell portable cold fusion plant deliverable next year (2013, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-italian-company-portable-cold-fusion.html (Phys.org) —Italian company Energy Catalyzer (shortened to ECAT) has announced that it is right now taking preorders for its ECAT 1MW portable cold fusion plant. Founded by Italian scientist Andrea Rossi, the plant has the scientific community shaking its collective head—it’s never been peer reviewed and neither Rossi nor anyone else at ECAT has ever published a single paper regarding cold fusion or describing how the plant works. © 2013 Phys.org Rossi’s E-Cat gets first customers, but questions remain Credit: ECAT
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A small team of researchers with the Vienna Biocenter has discovered that a protein that exists on the exterior of zebrafish eggs acts as a sentry—allowing only sperm from zebrafish to enter. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes discovering the protein and the way they tested its purpose. Ruth Lehmann with the NYU School of Medicine writes a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Sarah Herberg et al. The Ly6/uPAR protein Bouncer is necessary and sufficient for species-specific fertilization, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7113AbstractFertilization is fundamental for sexual reproduction, yet its molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. We found that an oocyte-expressed Ly6/uPAR protein, which we call Bouncer, is a crucial fertilization factor in zebrafish. Membrane-bound Bouncer mediates sperm-egg binding and is thus essential for sperm entry into the egg. Remarkably, Bouncer not only is required for sperm-egg interaction but is also sufficient to allow cross-species fertilization between zebrafish and medaka, two fish species that diverged more than 200 million years ago. Our study thus identifies Bouncer as a key determinant of species-specific fertilization in fish. Bouncer’s closest homolog in tetrapods, SPACA4, is restricted to the male germline in internally fertilizing vertebrates, which suggests that our findings in fish have relevance to human biology. Infertility mechanism in males identified Citation: Protein in zebrafish found to keep out sperm of other fish (2018, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-protein-zebrafish-sperm-fish.html © 2018 Phys.org For fish like the zebrafish, it is important to protect eggs from fertilization by other fish species—this is because they lay their eggs in the water. The eggs are subsequently fertilized by sperm that males eject into the water. The researchers in this new effort have found the mechanism involved—the fish produce a protein that serves as a gatekeeper, allowing only zebrafish sperm to enter.The researchers discovered the protein as they were conducting a study of the zebrafish genome—they found a gene responsible for producing a previously unknown 80 amino acid protein. Because of its location in the genome, the researchers suspected it was involved in reproduction. The discovery led them to design and carry out experiments to determine its purpose.The researchers used CRISPR to engineer test zebrafish that produce a homolog of a protein from another fish species—medaka. This allowed medaka sperm to fertilize eggs from the test zebrafish, but blocked the zebrafish sperm. This established that the purpose of the protein was to serve a gatekeeper, which is why they named it Bouncer.The results are important, Lehmann notes, because they bring scientists closer to understanding species-specific fertilization. She further notes that despite efforts by researchers over the years, the mechanism by which an egg and sperm produce a zygote is still not very well understood. Therefore, any new piece of information is important. The researchers plan to continue their study of Bouncer, with a specific goal of determining the bonding factors that come into play between egg and sperm.
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has unearthed a factory run by the Chinese to produce narcotic substances in Murshidabad on Wednesday.The investigating team is trying to find out whether the Chinese had any connection with locals, who had helped them to set up the factory. The police got the cue from five Chinese nationals, who were arrested from Kolkata railway station on Saturday. Drugs worth Rs 40 crore were recovered from them. The arrested Chinese nations are Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhile conducting interrogation, police got information about the factory at Noadaon. A team comprising senior CID officials reached Murshidabad and carried out raids that continued for more than four hours.The factory in question was closed down three and a half months ago. Officially, the Chinese used to produce charcoal from jute stick that was exported.The CID officials took the Chinese nationals, who have been arrested, to the factory.The Chinese company got 15 bigha of land on 25 years lease from a local person, who used to run a brick kiln there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Chinese paid Rs 4 lakh as lease rent. They set up a factory and started the business. Local Panchayat Pradhan said as the Chinese set up the factory nobody questioned their integrity. The Charcoal, which was produced by burning jute sticks, were exported.The CID team found out a couple of bags those were used to pack the drugs.The factory was shut down nearly six months ago and security personnel were posted to guard the factory. They did not allow any one to enter the factory compound. They chased away locals, who tried to enter the compound out of curiosity. The investigators found three air-conditioned rooms inside the factory campus. The rooms did not have any window. While conducting raids at the rooms, the sleuths found a grinder machine, some empty food cans, chemicals and some machines. Police are trying to find out whether the Chinese used the factory to manufacture drugs.After the arrest of the Chinese nationals, the police could not carry out investigation immediately because of the language barrier. Later, an interpreter was engaged. Police are still conducting interrogation to get more details about the factory and their area of operation along with modus operandi.
Kolkata: The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will be inaugurated on November 10.The announcement came when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was attending a programme at Nabanna in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the state government and British Council.It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has taken the KIFF to a new height by adopting various steps.The 23rd edition of KIFF was inaugurated on November 10 in 2017 with musical magic created by Bikram Ghosh, Tezendra Narayan Roy and Rashid Khan and their troup. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAmitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kamal Hasan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kumar Sanu were present at the inaugural ceremony. Several new components have been introduced in the film festival across the past few years and it includes screening of films on rare Indian languages – Boro, Khashi, Chakma from North East, apart from that, there are Dogri from Himachal Pradesh in North India and one from Goa.It provides them an international platform. As many as 143 films including 93 in foreign category were screened at Nandan I, II and III, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Nazrul Tirtha, Star Theatre, Mitra Cinema, Navina Cinema, Mani Square, EZCC and Inox City Centre from November 11 onwards in 2017.The best film and the best director in the category of foreign language films are felicitated with award money of Rs 51 lakh and Rs 21 lakh respectively. From 2017, the best film and the best director of the films in Indian language also get award money worth Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.
According to researchers, a woman’s choice to fit in with a crowd or stand out may depend on the size of her high heels which explains the deep human urge to gain status in the society.The findings showed that women adopt local trends like changing the size of heels while moving to richer parts of the city but ignore them when they move to socio-economically lower areas.“In other words, most women want to look like rich girls and different from the poor girls,” said Kurt Gray, assistant professor at University of North Carolina in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While moving to posh cities, women tend to closely try and match the size of their heels with the heel size of other women in that city, showing a deep desire for conformity. However, on the contrary, in a bid to keep up with their individuality, they match the size of their heels with the size of their own past purchases, when shifting to poorer localities.The researchers labelled this phenomenon as “trickle down conformity”, because fashion preferences trickle down from the top but seldom up from the bottom. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“From the beginning of time, people have thirsted for respect and social standing, and have aligned themselves with the powerful and distanced themselves from the powerless. So it makes sense that they do the same with heel sizes,” Gray explained in the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. This “aspirational fashion” of people want to look rich is getting more prevalent, with the increasing inequality in society and widening gap between rich and poor. To examine this trend, the researchers teamed up with a large-online fashion retailer. They examined the size of high heels in five years of shoe purchases —16,236 in total _of 2007 women who moved between one of 180 US cities. Such aspirations also fuel the fortunes of fashion sites that provide high-status goods for low prices, the researchers noted, adding that the phenomenon may also apply to men. “Men do the same thing when they purchase clothes, electronics or cars,” Gray said.
KOLKATA: Dunlop flyover, which remained closed for light motor vehicles since the collapse of a height bar on early Saturday morning, has been thrown open to small cars from Sunday morning after the repair work was done on a war footing.It is assumed that the height bar collapsed after it was hit by a truck on Saturday morning. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for a few hours. Senior officials of the state government, engineers from various departments and police personnel carried out the repair works throughout the day on Saturday and it was erected early on Sunday morning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe vehicles were allowed to ply from Sunday. The Barrackpore police have decided to conduct stringent vigil to ensure that no goods vehicles enter the flyover. There was major traffic congestion in the area on Saturday following the incident. The traffic movement was diverted through BT Road after the vehicles on their way from Dakshineswar were caught in traffic snarl. There was congestion on BT Road as well because of the diversion. The top cops of Barrackpore police were out on the streets till late Saturday night managing traffic. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior police officer at Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, the normalcy was restored since early Sunday morning when the fly over was thrown open to light vehicles. The busy flyover had been closed for all types of vehicles for the past one-and a-half-month, following the Majerhat bridge incident. The height bar was constructed to restrict the movement of some vehicles and some repair works were also carried out. It was later opened for small vehicles. It may be mentioned here that Dunlop flyover was mentioned on the list of bridges prepared by the state government whose health condition was not up to the mark. After the Majerhat mishap, various government agencies carried out examination in order to check the health conditions of some bridges and flyovers in the city and also in the districts. Bengal government has taken up preventive measures to check the occurrence of a similar incident that occurred in Majerhat on September 4. A portion of the Majerhat Bridge caved in leading to the death of three persons. It may be recalled that some representatives from the RITES had submitted a report to the state government saying that the condition of bearings situated on the top of the pillars were not in stable and some repair works needed to be done. Police are conducting a probe to ascertain the exact cause of the collapse of the height bar. Preliminary investigation suggests that a heavy duty vehicle might have hit the height bar and it eventually collapsed.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 empowers the state government to extend the term of a person through a notification for a period of six months if, for any reason, it is not possible to hold the general election of the Corporation before the expiry of the period of five years. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a corporator of the civic body within six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018, empowers the state government to appoint a person or persons as an administrator in the event of a possibility of not holding general election of the Corporation within the statutory time limit. “It often becomes difficult to hold elections of urban local bodies across the state at different times. We want the election of all Corporations together and this will save our time and the developmental work will not be hampered. For this, it might become necessary for us to run the Corporation by an administrator for the time being,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said while placing the Bills at the state Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBoth the Bills have been framed to ease out the banking related processes for the people in various municipal areas. Earlier, transactions could not have been possible in the banks which were situated outside the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation one stays in. There is a provision in the Amendment which will allow the people to transact with the banks, both nationalised and private, outside the jurisdiction of the municipality.
Kolkata: The TMC Thursday charged that BJP’s proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal were aimed at inciting communal passion in the state and accused the party of trying to divide the people along religious lines ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said his party believes in constructive politics unlike the BJP which “only believes in destruction and dividing people”. He also referred to TMC’s fight to oust the 34-year-old Left regime in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The kind of statements BJP leaders are making everyday reflects how the BJP is trying to instigate violence in the state. In the name of law violation programme what the BJP and its cadres are doing is just hooliganism,” he told newsmen. His comments come against the backdrop of BJP’s “law violation” programme in various parts of the state against the state government’s decision to deny it permission to hold the Rath Yatra programmes in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The sole aim of BJP’s Rath Yatras was to incite communal passion in the state,” he said. Several BJP workers and police personnel were injured after a “law violation” programme of the saffron party turned violent in Basirhat town in North 24 Parganas district on Monday. At least 54 people have been arrested or detained in this connection, police said. The Supreme Court had on Monday declined urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta High Court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state. The three-phased Rath yatra, also being called the ‘Save Democracy Rally’, was scheduled to be held this month and cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. The rallies were to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah.
Kolkata: After Mishti Hub, Muslin Hub and similar other clusters, the state government is likely to lay the foundation stone for the construction of the long-proposed ‘lighting hub’ in Chandannagar on February 22.Speaking to the Press on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, the minister of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development Purnendu Basu said: “Chandannagar is famous for its lighting displays worldwide. But the workers who are involved in this segment have training of the traditional kind and they learn the craft by observing others. Unfortunately, the number of these workers is plummeting.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The foundation stone of the lighting hub is most likely to be laid on February 22, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit the Hooghly district. The government has sanctioned Rs 12 crore for the project and the site of the project has also been decided,” he added. Last year, the Bengal government had announced funding for the proposed lighting hub, to give a structured boost to the industry by creating a special zone. Basu further said: “Apart from the lighting hub, the state government has also decided to open an institute in the area. This will be an industrial training institute (ITI) which will train people in electrical work, wiring and use of digital medium, helping the workers learn the craft better. Teachers who want to provide training in this institute are welcome to come and teach these workers.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking at a seminar on ‘Way forward to skill Bengal: Reforms, Challenges and Imperatives’, Basu also said that India faces a serious shortage of skilled workers and only about 2 percent of workers have received skill training. A large section of the workforce lack skills and are hence unemployable. There is a need to identify the skill gap and bridge the gap with help from experts. Apart from the West Bengal Skill Development Mission, the Bengal government had also launched the flagship scheme of ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ in 2016, to deliver skill development training and to create an industry-ready workforce. Capacity building is taking place through the programme, which aims to train at least 6 lakh youths annually. The portal has been a success and it has allowed convergence of different stakeholders. The government is providing training at ITIs, as well as other institutions including private-public partnerships, he maintained.
Redoing your office interiors? Try out some of the must-have elements in office spaces like the right furniture, adding nature to the surroundings and activity-based settings. Below, experts have recommended a few things to keep in mind if you are going for a change:The right furniture: This plays a pivotal role in any kind of workspace setting. Offices need to invest in the right kind of furniture to increase their employees’ efficiency. Opt for something that has high functionality over ordinary designs. Adjustable desks and chairs can be a good choice; multipurpose furniture can also be added to save space. Another new entrant in the space is reconfigurable furniture that can be customized as per need. It provides both the required flexibility as well as privacy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGo back to nature: Add in a little nature to your premises with biophilic designs. The latest trend in the office space, the presence of plants and other natural elements can add positivity to the environment and improve the air quality.Activity-based settings: It is exciting to be at a workplace that engages you with a diverse group of people and gives you the opportunity to network and collaborate. Flexible workstations, new age cabins, activity-based settings including comfortable couches and beanbags, breakout zones, meeting lounges and pods are some of the attractions in an office that provide a natural crossroad for employees to meet and share ideas, thereby enhancing their motivation levels and productivity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveErgonomic lighting: Our cortisol level drops significantly under artificial and poor lighting conditions and dimly lit workplaces strain the eyes, causing headache and drowsiness. This can lead to poor productivity. Natural light is the best. Daylight that filters through space not only affects employee well-being but also boosts the energy and mood level. Consider making the best use of natural light and swap the fluorescent bulbs with personal lamps, string lighting, and soft coloured bulbs to keep your employees alert and attentive. Aesthetic appeal: Everything from layout to furniture and even artwork is subject to appeal in a workplace. The idea is to create a transcendental experience for the user and to design a warm casual space that works as an incubator for ideas. Materials like wood and metal bring warmth and rustic feel to space. Keeping in mind the fact that the office workspaces today are dynamic in nature and are witnessing rapid changes, the workplace style should be bold, industrial and vibrant with new age materials, technology and decluttered design vocabulary.Technology: A modern office space is incomplete without the right technology. Integrated systems, fast-speed internet connections and latest hardware and software are things your office must have to appeal to the incoming tech-savvy generations. Not only that, an office can also invest in mobile devices or rather agile settings to help one switch easily from one place as to another. The new workforce prefers more flexibility which will, in turn, result in enhanced productivity.
Kolkata: The state Public Works Department has instructed all its field level engineers to take suitable measures for repair of roads ahead of the monsoon season that usually begins from June.The department wants to ensure that all potholes or damages in roads are repaired before the monsoon so that daily commuters and vehicular traffic face no trouble. A circular issued by state Principal Secretary, PWD Arnab Roy directs all field level engineer officers to inspect the roads under their jurisdiction thoroughly during this month and take measures in repair of roads. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe concerned executive engineer has been instructed to inform the headquarter chief engineer about the condition of the existing roads. “The concerned executive engineers have also been instructed to send action taken report for poor condition of roads to the concerned superintending engineer who will send consolidated report to the chief engineers of his zone and the latter will send the same to the concerned headquarter chief engineer,” a senior official of the department said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateRoy has also prodded the department to take immediate action against an agency as per contract agreement if the road is found to be in poor condition under defect liability period. The circular further directs all field level engineer offices of the department to be alert so that there should not be any damage in the roads under PWD. “If it is found that roads are in damaged condition and no action has been taken for repair, necessary disciplinary action may be taken against the errant officers,” the circular mentions. The superintending engineers have been requested to monitor the matter and submit report on fortnightly basis to the respective zonal chief engineer in respect of condition of roads under their jurisdiction. Zonal chief engineers have been directed to send consolidated report to the department through respective headquarter chief engineer every fortnight till the end of September 2019. State Principal Secretary, PWD, Arnab Roy had instructed his engineers a few months back to immediately repair roads. The junior engineers were also directed to inspect the roads fortnightly throughout the year and weekly during monsoon period. The concerned engineer was asked to report on the condition of potholes to his superior officers after inspection. He was directed to maintain a register, which may be periodically checked by higher officials.
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Following a recent cautionary statement by the Reserve Bank of India directed at people who buy and sell digital currencies, India’s largest Bitcoin exchange service has suspended its operation.”This is being done to protect the interest of our customers and in no way is a reflection of Bitcoin’s true potential or price,” BuySellBitco.in said on its website. The trading platform was reportedly processing about 12 million rupees, or about $194,000, worth of Bitcoin transactions each month prior to the announcement.The shutdown looks like a precautionary measure, one that will shield the service from potentially forthcoming legal restrictions on digital currency businesses. On Christmas Eve, India’s central bank, which controls the nation’s monetary policy, released a statement warning Indian citizens of the risks associated with virtual currencies, including price volatility, vulnerability to hackers and a lack of ability to resolve payment disputes. However, unlike China, India’s government stopped short of banning financial institutions from handling Bitcoin-related transactions.The Reserve Bank of India “is presently examining the issues associated with the usage, holding and trading of virtual currencies under the extant legal and regulatory framework of the country,” Ajit Prasad, assistant general manager of the bank, said in the statement.BuySellBitco.in isn’t the only Bitcoin-related business in India to shut its doors following the central bank’s advisory. Another trading platform, INRBTC, has also suspended its services indefinitely. Citing the fact that people who buy and sell digital currencies are “exposed both legal and financial risks,” the exchange said on its website that “the only option left now is suspend the services until further arrangements can be made.”Just as China entered the Bitcoin market in a big way earlier this year — with the platform BTC China, which is open only to Chinese users, becoming the world’s largest in short order — Indian interest in the digital currency has grown in recent months, allowing India-based Bitcoin exchanges to spring up. But now their future appears to be in doubt.And yet Bitcoin is still the most valuable currency in the world. While down from the high of more than $1,200 that it reached last month, it remains well above $266, its previous high value before November.At 11:43 a.m. EST, the exchange value of a bitcoin on San Francisco-based Coinbase, which allows deposits and withdrawals in U.S. dollars from users’ bank accounts, was $732.Related: Bitcoin Price Plummets After Chinese Exchange Bans Yuan Deposits December 27, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Customers are now searching for and viewing their favorite businesses on their phones much more often than their desktops computers. Mobile devices are the go to source for research, shopping and interacting with companies and conduct business. The need for mobile marketing is higher than ever and brands have to quickly meet this changing landscape if they want to succeed.The first thing you need to do optimize your web presence for mobile, especially given Google’s latest announcement that takes place this month. Make sure your website, email platform and blog are optimized for mobile. Develop and release an app. You need to get involved in the mobile market if you want to stay relevant in your industry. A few statistics to consider:99% of users are accessing mobile for content and information;63% of internet access is from mobile62% access email from mobile;15% make purchases from mobile.These numbers are only going to surge higher. Fifteen percent might seem low for online purchasing but you must remember that 78% of users are using mobile to research sales that then turn into in-person sales. Without the web and more specifically, mobile, you might not have made that sale. Mobile users are actually more likely to convert to actual sales than any other type of user.This shift has far reaching implications for both B2B and B2C business. B2C has had a slight edge when it comes to being mobile friendly but B2B is catching up fast. No matter what type of goods and services your business offers, having a mobile-friendly experience for your customer is imperative.Make sure your business is optimized for local search. Secondly, make sure it is also optimized for mobile access. Lastly, think about providing advantages or incentives for the user who uses mobile and helps you generate leads. May 13, 2015 2 min read Register Now »
Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fresh off a holiday season that saw Amazon sell “tens of millions” of devices, Las Vegas hosted its annual glimpse into the future: the Consumer Electronics Show, where the world’s most innovative companies pull back the curtain for a peek at their new tech. And wouldn’t you know, one of the prevailing themes from that three-day journey into the future was the growing ubiquity of voice search as a marketing channel. So how does this window into the future influence small-business operations today?Why voice search is part of the future of techCase in point, independent research conducted by the Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute confirms that 51 percent of consumers already utilize voice assistants, with 81 percent of those users primarily accessing the voice assistant through a smartphone, citing convenience, multitasking enablement and speed as value-adds from the voice assistant experience. Your customers are already using voice assistance, and to capture this revenue you must embrace the tech.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways to Bring Traffic to Your SiteKleiner Perkins conducts an annual report on the digital landscape. Its most recent iteration reported voice search as having 20 percent of the mobile search origination share, and comScore predicts that number will swell to 50 percent by 2020.At this year’s CES, voice assistants took center stage even before the event was underway, dominating press day as multiple television manufacturers revealed that their upcoming television models would house voice assistants. Other products that used CES to showcase voice assistant integration included deadbolts, ceiling fans, speakers, routers, mirrors, washers, dryers, refrigerators and even a Microsoft Cortana-powered thermostat.Voice search implications for advertisersAs voice-enabled devices become more ubiquitous, advertisers are acknowledging voice as a viable channel for commerce, and they’re doing it with their wallets.Bing data from early returns on 2018 show year-over-year investment in voice search has grown by 24 percent, sustaining the momentum from the back half of 2017 and increasing through the holiday season.Related: Don’t Let Alexa or Siri Speak for Your Company: Protecting Your Brand’s Voice on AI PlatformsUsing data from Cortana, we know that the lion’s share of questions presented to voice assistants begin with either “how” or “what,” and then there’s a steep drop off in search share for the remaining interrogative words. Advertisers should think about what sorts of questions, to which their product is the answer, begin with these words, and then invest in those queries.For example, a ticket seller who wants to capture its voice-assistant-using audience should ensure portfolio coverage on [how do I buy tickets], [what website sells tickets], and [where can I go to buy tickets].How audiences communicate with voice search*Chart based on internal data from Microsoft Bing.For search marketers, whether consumers are engaging with voice search is only half the question. Understanding how these consumers engage is also critical. It’s important to relay this information to businesses so that brands can capitalize on this insight.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkThere’s action here for brands, and advertisers should be asking themselves the following questions, at the least:Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in command form?Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in question form?Have we appended common descriptor tokens, such as “best,” “top” or “price,” to our core product keywords?According to proprietary research by the call intelligence company Invoca, voice search is the preferred mode of communication for 20 percent of consumers making a purchase of $500 or more, only 2 percentage points removed from the 22 percent who prefer traditional online search. And according to the same research, not only are voice assistants facilitating purchases, but they’re also influencing them. Invoca reports that 39 percent of its polled population had a voice assistant who influenced one of their purchases in the past month. Voice search is an opportunity for business owners to direct consumers toward their products and services.While the digital transformation is demonstrably under way, it’s also still in its fledgling stages. What we do know is that the future of search is predictive. Voice assistants are delivering personalized and salient information to their users, while also advancing our traditional conceptions of search. Search engines are the intelligence fabric for modern AIs, and the advancements thereof are improving predictive search capabilities. Soon users will find items that they didn’t yet know they wanted. Voice search will be a principal contributor to this movement as search becomes a partner capable of dialogue with a consumer on any platform and any device.Related: 10 Crazy Tidbits About the First Voice of Apple’s SiriMy colleague Christi Olson is Bing’s evangelist and speaks at events on search and digital marketing all over the world. She recommends small businesses and entrepreneurs focus on the following when it comes to their marketing:Write content in a conversational tone that sounds natural when spoken aloud.Listen to your customer’s questions and create compelling digital content to provide specific answers.Understand where you can compete to be the spoken answer — start with queries that already rank on the first two pages of the search results and optimize for the featured snippet placement.Your customers are already using voice search. It’s up to you and your business to meet them there. 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WhatsApp Security: make this change right now! by Martin Brinkmann on January 13, 2017 in Security – Last Update: January 13, 2017 – 29 commentsSecurity researchers found a backdoor in the popular messaging application WhatsApp recently that could allow WhatsApp to intercept and read user messages.Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, claims that it is impossible to intercept messages on WhatsApp thanks to the services end-to-end encryption. The company states that no one, not even itself, can read what is sent when both sender and recipient use the latest version of the application.WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. Your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read your message. For added protection, every message you send has a unique lock and key. All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.It turns out however that there is a way for WhatsApp to read user messages, as security researcher Tobias Boelter (via The Guardian) found out.Update: In a statement sent to Ghacks, a WhatsApp spokesperson provided the following insight on the claim:”The Guardian posted a story this morning claiming that an intentional design decision in WhatsApp that prevents people from losing millions of messages is a “backdoor” allowing governments to force WhatsApp to decrypt message streams. ** This claim is false. **WhatsApp does not give governments a “backdoor” into its systems and would fight any government request to create a backdoor. The design decision referenced in the Guardian story prevents millions of messages from being lost, and WhatsApp offers people security notifications to alert them to potential security risks. WhatsApp published a technical white paper on its encryption design, and has been transparent about the government requests it receives, publishing data about those requests in the Facebook Government Requests Report. (https://govtrequests.facebook.com/)”WhatsApp has the power to generate new encryption keys for users who are not online. Both the sender and the recipient of messages are not made aware of that, and the sender would send any message not yet delivered again by using the new encryption key to protect the messages from third-party access.The recipient of the message is not made aware of that. The sender, only if Whatsapp is configured to display security notifications. This option is however not enabled by default.While WhatsApp users cannot block the company — or any state actors requesting data — from taking advantage of the loophole, they can at least activate security notifications in the application.The security researcher reported the vulnerability to Facebook in April 2016 according to The Guardian. Facebook’s response was that it was “intended behavior” according to the newspaper.Activate security notifications in WhatsAppTo enable security notifications in WhatsApp, do the following:Open WhatsApp on the device you are using.Tap on menu, and select Settings.Select Account on the Settings page.Select Security on the page that opens.Enable “show security notifications” on the Security page.You will receive notifications when a contact’s security code has changed. While this won’t prevent misuse of the backdoor, it will at least inform you about its potential use.SummaryArticle NameWhatsApp Security: make this change right now!DescriptionA security researcher found a backdoor in the popular messaging application WhatsApp recently that could allow WhatsApp to intercept and read user messages.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Do this if Chrome shows a black bar at the bottom by Martin Brinkmann on August 07, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: May 02, 2019 – 60 commentsI don’t know how widespread the issue is but user reports on Google’s official Google Chrome Help forum indicate that some Chrome users see a black bar at the bottom of the screen when using Google Chrome.The issue was first reported on April 25 by a user who wrote “When in Chrome, there is a black horizontal bar across the bottom of the screen that I can’t get rid of”.The bar sits at the bottom of the browser user interface and hides certain information that Chrome displays there. Any content that gets downloaded is displayed in the area and the black bar overshadows it so that it cannot be interacted with according to the user.The issue has been ongoing with recent Chrome Stable releases affected by it. Google Community Specialists suggested a number of things including running in Incognito Mode, creating a new user, running the Chrome Cleanup Tool, running a virus scan, or even reinstalling Chrome, but none fixed the issue according to users affected by it.Some users reported that disabling hardware acceleration helped fix the issue but this was not the case for everyone who experienced it and the issue came back at least once for a user.You can try disabling hardware acceleration by opening chrome://settings/ in the Chrome address bar, scrolling down and clicking on advanced, and toggling “Use hardware acceleration when available” to off under the System category a bit further down the page.Users could try and install driver updates for the video card if available.There is a workaround that helps users 100% of the time, however. You can get rid of the black bar for the session by entering fullscreen mode and exiting it again. Just tap on F11 to enter Chrome’s fullscreen mode and F11 again to exit it.If you experienced a black bar in Chrome it should be gone by the time Chrome returns to normal display mode.It is interesting to note that the issue appears to affect other applications such as VLC or Firefox as well as some users reported that. Not all users revealed the operating system used on the machines they experienced the issue but those who did ran Windows 10 systems.Since Chrome is not the only program affected, it is likely that the issue is either related to display drivers (a combination of hardware and drivers), or a Windows-specific issue as no user on Linux or Mac has reported the issue yet.Update: Another solution has been found that you may want to give a try if the system has an Intel HD Graphics adapter. Right-click on the Intel HD Graphics icon and select Display. Choose the Scale Full Screen option and make sure Override Application Settings is checked.Now You: Have you been affected by black bars in Chrome?Related articlesGoogle to remove the black navigation bar?How to fix Google Chrome black screen issuesHow To Remove Black Bars On YouTube VideosSummaryArticle NameDo this if Chrome shows a black bar at the bottomDescriptionReports on Google’s official Google Chrome Help forum indicate that some users see a black bar at the bottom of the screen when using Google Chrome.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Chechnya protest outside of Russian Embassy in London. | Photo: David Hudson A same-sex couple, who had gone to Russia to support France, were beaten in St Petersburg.The pair were targeted after catching a taxi together, according to Telegram channel Operdrain.The victim was named as O Davrius, who was taken to hospital.Doctors discovered he had a brain contusion and open craniocerebral injury, as well as an upper jaw fracture.The victims’ telephones and money were also taken during the attack.Two men in their 20s, named as Ismet Gaidarov and Rasul Magomedev, were arrested in connection with the attack.Earlier today, GSN revealed an interview with an insider at the Russia Football Union. He reveals there is a conspiracy to cover up the murder of a LGBTI person:Death threats and many warnings about LGBTI safety from officialsThugs have already threatened to murder LGBTI fans.Pride in Football – an alliance of LGBTI football fan groups – has had to report death threats to police.Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, says the threats are being taken seriously.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us. So it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ he says.Broadcaster Anton Krasovsky, who lost his career after coming out on TV, has also warned LGBTI fans. Thugs have attacked a gay World Cup fan who is now in hospital with a severe brain injury. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Speaking to HuffPost, he said Moscow is worth visiting because of its underground gay scene.However, he added: ‘But what I’d also like to tell everyone is: don’t take a stand in public. It’s not safe.’‘It’s not safe’The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Be on the Ball guide, has also strongly urged fans to not express they are LGBTI.It states: ‘There is no reason not to come to the World Cup if you are LGBT+’Confirming that though ame-sex sexual activity is not illegal in Russia they advise:‘you do not publicly display your sexuality, but this is up to the individual.’The guide says the country’s gay propaganda law ‘effectively prohibits public display of LGBT+ rights.’However, The St Petersburg group Coming Out has set up a safety hotline for any visiting fans who feel threatened.They said ‘although Russia promises to demonstrate a high level of tolerance and security, foreign football organizations warn LGBT fans that there are no effective laws in Russia that would protect them against potential manifestations of intolerance.’‘But if you have been refused services for being LGBTI, are attacked or threatened with violence, accused of ‘gay propaganda’, you are welcome to call the hotline.’Call +7 (953) 170 97 71 or email [email protected]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) World Cup: Football insider reveals Russia will cover up LGBTI murdersLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupGay kissing in public will be reported to police at Russia World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/thugs-attack-gay-world-cup-fan-in-hospital-with-severe-brain-injury/ GAYSTARNEWS-
Cancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo has surpassed 100,000 hotel rooms, making it the state with the largest tourist infrastructure with Cancun and Riviera Maya leading the way.Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, says the state officially has 101,000 hotel rooms, and that by next year, another 3,000 will be added.The Tourism Promotion Council says they have recorded an occupancy decrease of 0.7 percent compared to the same period last year, however, he says the decrease is due to the increase in hotel rooms adding that they have to increase marketing efforts to fill the additional rooms.Since September 2017, 749 new rooms were generated by the construction of Riu Costa Mujeres hotel with another 1,600 rooms from the Atelier Playa Mujeres complex.By the end of 2018, another 1,000 rooms will be opened, including the Marriott Renaissance in Puerto Cancún and the expansion of the Iberostar Cancún hotel.A the end of 2017, Xcaret Mexico Hotel opened in Riviera Maya with 900 rooms. In mid-2018, 744 more rooms will become available in hotels The Reef, Saint Regis, Kanai and Nickelodeon.According to the firm Marketing Consultants, it is expected that during 2018, Cancun will have a tourism increase of 3 percent.“Although other sectors of the Mexican economy may suffer in the event of an eventual failure in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, no expert warns of any impact on tourism activity,” says the company.The Secretaría de Turismo de Quintana Roo announced from the beginning of 2018 and over the next 10 years, more than 30,000 hotel rooms will be built in the northern areas of Quintana Roo adding that at least 3,000 are already authorized and under construction in Cancun.The agency adds that over the last six years, the National Bank of Foreign Trade has granted more than 36 billion peso of investment support for the construction of more than 13,000 rooms in Mexico of which over 6,000 are located in the state of Quintana Roo.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Two men on a motorcycle died instantly when they drove into the back of a tractor trailer along the Playa del Carmen-Tulum highway.The accident was recorded around 11:00 p.m. near the entrance of the Calica maritime terminal south of the city of Playa del Carmen. The driver of the Kenworth was traveling along the highway and reportedly made an improper lane change without signaling.The change of lane caused the motorcycle to collide with the back of the large unit. Due to the speed of both, the motorcycle became engaged with the rear bumper and left rear tires of the Kenworth.Photo: Policía Federal MxBoth men died instantly with one being hit by the tires and the other being thrown from the motorcycle, which was embedded in the back of the tractor trailer.Passing motorists called emergency services while the driver of the trailer fled the scene.Members of the Federal Highway Police arrived to cordon off the area. Paramedics arrived to offer medical attention, however they confirmed that both were deceased. Neither of the two men have been identified.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)