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first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Quadrotors, robotic vehicles resembling tiny helicopters, have been demonstrated by a group of scientists in the US. The quadrotors were shown carrying out impressive maneuvers and lifting payloads both singly and in groups working together. Self-assembling vehicles take flight (w/ Video) The unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) were developed by computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) laboratory. Each tiny vehicle has a claw-like grip it can use to pick up an object weighing around 0.5 kg, but the vehicles can work in groups to pick up heavier payloads.The Quadrotors are highly maneuverable, and can flip multiple times and fly through windows or between other quadrotors, with only a few centimeters’ clearance on each side. When fitted with Velcro under the vehicle and on a surface, the quadrotors can perch on inclined, vertical or even inverted surfaces. A quadrotor (also called a quadrocopter) is a vehicle lifted and flown by means of four rotors. The quadrotor is maneuvered by adjusting the relative speed of each of the four rotors. Unlike standard helicopters, the blades on quadrotors are fixed pitch. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.center_img Explore further The GRASP laboratory is not the only group working on miniature UAVs for lifting payloads. As PhysOrg reported in June, a group in Switzerland has demonstrated a “distributed flight array” of robotic vehicles working together to lift objects. The Swiss group’s robotic vehicles work as a multiple vehicle flight platform and only fly erratically as single units, whereas the Pennsylvania group’s vehicles function well individually. Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload. A gripping mechanism attached to each quadrotor permits grasping of the payload. Work done at GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Citation: GRASP lab demonstrates quadrotors (w/ Video) (2010, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-grasp-lab-quadrotors-video.htmllast_img read more

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first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers from the Fordham University in New York have uncovered evidence that what the world has looked to as the iconic Nile crocodile is actually two different species of crocodile that are only distantly related. The new research is published in Molecular Ecology. The researchers, led by Evon Hekka, began this study when a colleague of hers, Michael Klemens from the Wildlife Conservation Society, sent her a DNA sample of some crocodiles that he had been in close contact with in an oasis in Ennedi Plateau, Chad. The travel guide he had been with suggested that they jump in the water and swim with these crocodiles as they were known for their docile behavior. Because of the odd nature of the behavior, Klemens had taken a tissue sample from a dead crocodile located nearby and sent it to Hekka.Hekka had been working on Nile crocodile samples when she received this one from Klemens and when the results came back from the DNA sequencing, she repeated the test because she was convinced that she had done something wrong.Hekka and her team began collecting various different Nile crocodile samples, including museum samples of some 2,000-year-old mummified crocodiles for a total of 180 different samples. It was determined that there was indeed two different species of crocodiles known as Crocodylus niloticus and Crocodylus suchus.All of the mummified crocodile remains were of the C. suchus and indicate that ancient Egyptians recognized a difference in species. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that Egyptians were selective when choosing crocodiles for their ceremonies and generally chose the tamer and more docile crocodiles.The distinction between the two species will have implications when it comes to conservation. The current range of the C. suchus is shrinking and their numbers are declining. While both species used to overlap in areas, the more aggressive C. niloticus has taken control of the region and pushed the docile C. suchus to more interior regions. The range of the C. suchus is under threat from oil industries and oil extraction and the crocodiles have seen a decline in numbers due to unregulated trading of skin and bush meat.This new evidence shows that C. suchus is much rarer than what was previously known simply as the Nile crocodile. While some areas in West Africa were hoping to be able to increase their trade in skins to increase revenue, this new study is likely to stop that from happening and may even reduce the amount they are allowed to trade. Borneo’s crocodiles ‘no longer endangered’ Nile crocidile (Crocodylus niloticus). Image: Wikipedia. Citation: Nile crocodile is actually two different species (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-nile-crocodile-species.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile, Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05245.xAbstractThe Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an ancient icon of both cultural and scientific interest. The species is emblematic of the great civilizations of the Nile River valley and serves as a model for international wildlife conservation. Despite its familiarity, a centuries-long dispute over the taxonomic status of the Nile crocodile remains unresolved. This dispute not only confounds our understanding of the origins and biogeography of the ‘true crocodiles’ of the crown genus Crocodylus, but also complicates conservation and management of this commercially valuable species. We have taken a total evidence approach involving phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear markers, as well as karyotype analysis of chromosome number and structure, to assess the monophyletic status of the Nile crocodile. Samples were collected from throughout Africa, covering all major bioregions. We also utilized specimens from museum collections, including mummified crocodiles from the ancient Egyptian temples at Thebes and the Grottes de Samoun, to reconstruct the genetic profiles of extirpated populations. Our analyses reveal a cryptic evolutionary lineage within the Nile crocodile that elucidates the biogeographic history of the genus and clarifies long-standing arguments over the species’ taxonomic identity and conservation status. An examination of crocodile mummy haplotypes indicates that the cryptic lineage corresponds to an earlier description of C. suchus and suggests that both African Crocodylus lineages historically inhabited the Nile River. Recent survey efforts indicate that C. suchus is declining or extirpated throughout much of its distribution. Without proper recognition of this cryptic species, current sustainable use-based management policies for the Nile crocodile may do more harm than good.via Discover This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgScreenshot of the e Serial Interception Sequence Learning task in progress. Credit: Hristo Bojinov, Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks, 21st USENIX Security Symposium. 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. This, as the authors point out, represents a turning point in how security experts might treat authentication. Traditionally, it has been about either who you are (biometrics), what you know (passwords) or what you have (tokens).The newly added twist, as the research takes on further development, will also work at authentication based on what you really know but do not know. The research team suggests its authentication category as “a subclass of behavioral biometric measurement.”Bojinov sees the application in high-risk scenarios when the code-holder needs to be physically present, such as to gain access to a nuclear or military facility. “Now, suppose a clever attacker captures an authenticated user. The attacker can steal the user’s hardware token, fake the user’s biometrics, and coerce the victim into revealing his or her secret key. At this point the attacker can impersonate the victim and defeat the expensive authentication system deployed at the facility,” the authors said.The paper, which they intend to present next month at the 21st USENIX Security Symposium in Bellevue, Washington, is called “Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks.” The authors are Hristo Bojinov, Daniel Sanchez, Paul Reber, Dan Boneh, and Patrick Lincoln. The team further explained what they mean by rubber hose attacks: “Cryptographic systems often rely on the secrecy of cryptographic keys given to users. Many schemes, however, cannot resist coercion attacks where the user is forcibly asked by an attacker to reveal the key. These attacks, known as rubber hose cryptanalysis, are often the easiest way to defeat cryptography. We present a defense against coercion attacks using the concept of implicit learning from cognitive psychology.”Bojinov and colleagues designed a game lasting 30 to 45 minutes in which players intercept falling objects by pressing a key. The objects appear in one of six positions, each corresponding to a different key. Positions of objects were not always random. a hidden sequence of 30 successive positions was repeated over 100 times. Players made fewer errors when they encountered this sequence on successive rounds. This learning persisted when the players were tested two weeks later.“We performed a number of user studies using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to verify that participants can successfully re-authenticate over time and that they are unable to reconstruct or even recognize short fragments of the planted secret.”If another person were to try to discover the sequence by forcing the password holder to play a similar game and watching to see when they make fewer errors, chances would be slim. The sequence consists of 30 key presses in six different positions. Testing 100 users nonstop for a year would result in less than a 1 in 60,000 chance of extracting the sequence.So far, results of their research indicate the game could form the basis of a security system of this nature. Users would learn a sequence unique to them in an initial session and later prove that they know it by playing the same game. Nonetheless, the authors acknowledge that much work remains before the system can be deployed in a user-friendly state. The team hopes to further analyze the rate at which implicitly learned passwords are forgotten, and the required frequency of refresher sessions. (Phys.org) — Security experts are turning to cognitive psychology for fresh ideas on authentication. Hristo Bojinov of Stanford University and others on his team have a new authentication design based on the concept of implicit learning. Implicit learning refers to learning patterns without any conscious knowledge of the learned pattern. An example of this is riding a bicycle. One knows how to ride a bicycle, but cannot explain how. The technique involves, through a crafted computer game, delivering a secret password in the user’s brain without the user consciously knowing what the password is. Hotmail in hot water over password flaw, rushes fix © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Neuroscience joins cryptography (2012, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-neuroscience-cryptography.html via Newscientist Explore further More information:last_img read more

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first_img Bees use colour-coding to collect pollen and nectar More information: Bees use the taste of pollen to determine which flowers to visit, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0356AbstractPollen plays a dual role as both a gametophyte and nutritional reward for pollinators. Although pollen chemistry varies across plant species, its functional significance in pollination has remained obscure, in part because little is known about how floral visitors assess it. Bees rely on pollen for protein, but whether foragers evaluate its chemistry is unclear, as it is primarily consumed by larvae.We asked whether the chemical composition of pollen influences bumblebees’ foraging behaviour. Using putatively sweet and bitter pollen blends, we found that chemical composition influenced two aspects of bee behaviour relevant to plant fitness: the amount of pollen collected and the likelihood of subsequently visiting a visually similar flower. These findings offer a new perspective on the nutritional ecology of plant–pollinator interactions, as they show that pollen’s taste may mediate its collection and transfer. Everyone knows that bees visit flowers to collect nectar, which they bring back to their hive; less well known is that the pollen from the flowers that sticks to parts of their bodies (which is carried from flower to flower allowing for pollination) is also used by the bees as a food resource. Also, prior research has shown that flower color helps bees figure out which flower to visit, but now it appears they also rely on the taste of pollen in making their choice.The experiments conducted by the researchers involved filming the activities of six colonies of Bombus impatiens (the common eastern bumblebee) as they flitted from artificial flower to artificial flower, each fitted with an artificial anther and loaded with one of three different types of pollen: neutral cellulose, sweet sucrose or bitter quinine. The idea was to learn more about the preferences of the bees regarding taste—aroma was ruled out as a factor in choosing pollens by offering only pollens that were odorless.The researchers ran multiple trials, each approximately five minutes in duration, with bees that had been tagged to allow for tracking individual activities. As they filmed the bees, the researchers also recorded their body temperatures using thermal imaging. The team found that the bees spent approximately three times as much of their time collecting from the sucrose-covered anthers as they did from those covered in quinine, and 50 percent less time on those covered in cellulose. Still, the bees were persistent, and wound up collecting all the pollen that was available, though they tended to make return trips to flowers with sucrose as their first choice. Interestingly, it was the return trips during which the differences were noted, suggesting that the bees did not taste the pollen till they were in flight, or in some cases in the hive. Credit: Lilla Frerichs/public domain (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of Nevada has found evidence that suggests bees have different taste preferences when it comes to pollen. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Felicity Muth, Jacob Francis and Anne Leonard describe experiments they carried out with several bee colonies and what they learned by doing so. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Bees found to use pollens’ taste to determine which flowers to visit (2016, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-bees-pollens.html 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.last_img read more

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first_imgTo examine the relationship between sense of agency (SoA) over thoughts (i.e., the experience of being the source of one’s own thoughts) and obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms, Fradkin et al. told participants that an imperceptible and nonaudible auditory message (sham) could insert thoughts in their minds and measured whether they reported having experienced inserted thoughts. Participants were informed about the message that they would supposedly randomly hear (e.g., a negative word, such as death, or a neutral word, such as chair) and were instructed to click the mouse whenever they thought they heard it. Participants also completed an OC Inventory. Participants with high OC symptoms were more likely to falsely hear the sham message than were participants with low OC symptoms, showing less SoA over their thoughts. This tendency was not altered by the valence of the thoughts. Low SoA seemed related to surprise (i.e., the extent to which a thought seems out of context, given one’s other thoughts), and participants who reported experiencing out-of-context or surprising thoughts in daily life were more likely to hear the sham message. Thus, context and experience of violated expectations seem to accompany low SoA. These findings suggest that besides the content and appraisals of intrusive thoughts, researchers and practitioners should also focus on the contextual and phenomenological characteristics of intrusive thoughts. Motivations to Experience Happiness or Sadness in Depression: Temporal Stability and Implications for Coping With StressYael Millgram, Jutta Joormann, Jonathan D. Huppert, Avital Lampert, and Maya Tamir Thoughts as Unexpected Intruders: Context, Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms, and the Sense of Agency Over ThoughtsIsaac Fradkin, Baruch Eitam, Asher Y. Strauss, and Jonathan D. Huppert Individuals experiencing various levels of depression rated their motivations to experience sadness and happiness, their current emotions and stress, and their attempts to regulate or change their emotional reactions. They were assessed three times: before an exam period, during the academic semester, and 1 to 3 months later during an exam period. In all of the assessments, individuals experiencing more depression were less likely to be motivated to experience happiness and more motivated to experience sadness compared with individuals experiencing less depression. Thus, higher motivation to experience sadness and lower motivation to experience happiness seem to be stable predispositions associated with depression. Individuals experiencing more depression and who were less motivated to experience happiness were less likely to sustain happiness when exposed to happy stimuli and to downplay their negative emotions during real-life stressful events (i.e., exams) compared with individuals not experiencing depression. These findings suggest that helping individuals with depression enhance their motivation to experience happiness may promote better adjustment to stress in daily life. Genetic and Environmental Associations Among Executive Functions, Trait Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms in Middle AgeDaniel E. Gustavson, Carol E. Franz, Matthew S. Panizzon, Chandra A. Reynolds, Hong Xian, Kristen C. Jacobson, Rosemary Toomey, Michael J. Lyons, and William S. Kremen Read about research recently published in Clinical Psychological Science: To determine whether anxiety and depression symptoms are associated with a decreased ability to control and modify one’s own behavior in response to a goal (i.e., executive functioning), and to discern the role of genetic influences on this association, Gustavson and colleagues tested more than 500 middle-aged twin pairs. They measured participants’ anxiety and depression symptoms and their executive functioning — general cognitive ability, working memory, ability to inhibit responses, and ability to shift task goals. More anxiety/depression symptoms were associated with poorer executive functioning, and this relationship was mostly explained by genetic influences. However, environmental influences also affected the relationship between depression and executive functioning but not the relationship between cognitive functioning and anxiety. These associations were observed in late middle age, when cognitive abilities begin to decline, suggesting the importance of considering executive functioning when examining the relationship between anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. Moreover, decline in executive functioning may underlie age-related decline in other cognitive abilities. Psychological interventions for individuals with anxiety or depression may be more successful when they include training in executive-functioning tasks. last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The training of the second batch of Jalosathis has completed on Wednesday, at the Police Training College in Barrackpore.They will be deployed at the jetties to avoid any untoward incident. The state Transport department has improved the infrastructure of the jetties, following a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).It may be recalled that around 91 Jalosathis had received training in the first batch and they have already been deployed at different jetties. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state Transport department took up the project to improve the infrastructure of jetties, to avoid incidents like the one at Telenipara, that claimed lives when a temporary jetty had collapsed and at the same time, to deploy Jalosathis at all the jetties. The main task of the Jalosathis will be to ensure that the SOP is followed at the jetties and it includes keeping a tab to check overloading of vessels and to ensure safety of passengers. At the same time, they also have to ensure that all passengers put on safety jackets and proper illumination of the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBesides taking up the project of improving infrastructure of jetties, the state government had introduced the Jalodhara scheme to replace the semi-mechanised vessels with properly designed modern ones.The state Transport department will be engaging a total of 626 Jalosathis and they will be undergoing training in phases. Sources said that Jalosathis will be deployed at different jetties in Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Howrah, South 24-Parganas and 11 jetties of the West Bengal Transport Corporation.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Three youths were killed in a road accident when they were riding on a motorcycle. The incident took place at Tumbani village near Rampurhat in Birbhum on Tuesday morning. The incident caused traffic disruption on Dumka-Rampurhat Road for nearly an hour. The victims have been identified as Bablu Soren (34), Baidyanath Kisku (22) and Chunde Soren (23). Police said that Bablu was riding the motorcycle with the two others as pillion, on their way to Rampurhat from Hariharpur village in Birbhum. When they were crossing Kharbana area, a speeding dumper hit them. The dumper was on its way to Jharkhand when the accident occurred. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe driver of the vehicle fled the spot immediately after the accident, leaving the dumper at the site. All the three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead. The local residents staged a sit-in demonstration at the spot, protesting against overspeeding of the trucks in the area. According to the police, the victims had received injuries in various parts of their bodies. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the dumper was moving at a high speed, as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle. Senior police officers reached the spot after the accident and lifted the demonstration. Initially, the local residents engaged in an altercation with the police officers but later agreed to lift the agitation.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: At least 20 shops were burnt to ashes after a major fire broke out at a roadside market in New Town on the wee hours of Wednesday. Though the intensity of the fire was quite high, none was injured due to the incident.According to local residents, around 5 am on Wednesday, residents of canal side of Gouranganagar saw thick smoke coming out from a shop. Immediately, the shop owners, police and fire brigade were informed. But before taking steps, the fire started spreading to other shops. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs there was some hotels, LPG cylinders were present inside the shops. As soon as the flames touched the hotels, LPG cylinders started exploding. Local residents claimed that at least three LPG cylinder exploded due to the fire. Upon receiving the news two fire tenders from Bidhannagar Fire Station were pressed in to action. Later, two more fire tenders were sent from Maniktala and Madhyamgram fire station to douse the fire. As source of water was available from the Bagjola canal, fire fighters had no problem to get water to douse the fire. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut due to the multiple LPG cylinder explosion, it took long time to control the fire. On Wednesday, early morning fire broke out in some Bagjola Canal side shops made of bamboo shed and tin shed in which approximately 10 shops were completely gutted into fire. Two fire tenders were deployed and extinguished the fire. After almost two hours fire was controlled. Later, for almost an hour fire fighters kept on spraying water to douse the fire completely. It is suspected that the fire had occurred due to a short circuit in the electric wires.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested in the past two days from Howrah and the city for possessing unaccounted money worth Rs 30 lakh.In both the cases, the police informed the Income Tax department about the unaccounted money confiscated from the accused persons. According to the police, late on Thursday, sleuths from Burrabazar police station got a tip-off about a person carrying huge amount of money. Officers started keeping an eye on the pedestrians at Rabindra Sarani near Raja Katra areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police source spotted and identified the man as Shadab Ahmed Siddiquee, who had a bag with him. He was intercepted by the officers at Rabindra Sarani. During questioning several ambiguities were found in his statement. When his bag was searched, officers found it stashed with cash. Siddiquee was immediately taken to Burrabazar police station for interrogation. He was asked to provide necessary documents. As he could not to provide them, officers arrested him. Cops said he was carrying Rs 10 lakh in cash. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLate on Friday, another person was arrested with Rs 20 lakh from near Howrah Bridge. When sleuths from Golabari police station under Howrah Police were checking vehicles, they spotted a person in a taxi with a briefcase. The man identified Purna Chandra Choudhury was questioned by the police officers. As there were several ambiguities in his statement, they searched his briefcase and found Rs 20 lakh in cash. He was immediately detained and taken to the police station. Choudhury was arrested as he was not able to provide any valid document or reason supporting possession of Rs 20 lakh in cash.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Police recovered an elderly women, who was locked up inside an apartment by her daughter-in-law, on Krishna Chatterjee Lane in Bali police station limits on Tuesday.The police said Jyotsna Das Gupta (80) lived with her daughter-in law Sujata in the four-storeyed apartment. Her son had died two years ago. Because of ailment she could not walk without taking support. While leaving her alone at home, Sujata had made arrangments for her medical care. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police did not arrest any one in the case as Sujata and her daughter Indrani Dasgupta tendered an apology and assured the cops that they would never lock up the elderly woman at home. On Saturday, Sujata left for her daughter’s house in Bhadreshwar and she locked up the elderly woman at home. On Sunday, occupants of other apartment saw newspaper were piled outside the gate of the house. They tried to reachout to the elderly woman but they failed and informed the police. Officers from Bally police station arrived on Tuesday morning and they broke open the gate. Cops called up Indrani Dasgupta, the granddaughter of the woman, who was a schoolteacher. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIndrani told the police that often went out leaving her grandmother alone and locking up the apartment from outside. Sujata arrived almost one-and-a-half-hours after the cops informed her about the situation. She opened the room and police found that the elderly woman was sleeping on a cot. The woman is stone deaf and cannot walk without taking support. Both the mother and the daughter admitted their mistake and tendered unconditional apology. The police arranged for doctors who treated the elderly woman.last_img read more

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first_imgSir Michael Caine is one of Hollywood’s best-loved actors, and during his decades-long career, he has given life to some of the most iconic roles on the big screen. Such is his longevity, it’s hard to imagine a time when Caine was a relative newcomer in Hollywood.However, a new autobiography, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off, has much to say about his early years as an actor attempting to break into the movie industry.Michael CaineIn particular, Caine reports a memorable incident when he first met Academy Award winner and Hollywood legend, John Wayne.According to the new book, Caine had arrived in Hollywood shortly after completing the 1996 film Alfie.This romantic comedy-drama was Caine’s big break, and he was in Hollywood hoping to build on his recent successes within the British film industry.Michael Caine in the trailer for Get Carter (1971).Although he had already appeared in high profile British films such as Zulu (1964) and The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie earned Caine international critical acclaim, and he was even nominated for an Oscar.Following this, he made the move to Hollywood, and in the book, describes how an early encounter with John Wayne made a dramatic impression on him as a young man.John Wayne.Shortly after arriving in Hollywood, Caine was staying in the Beverley Hills Hotel, frequented by many notable movie stars.One day, as he was sitting in the lobby, a helicopter landed right outside the entrance to the hotel and out stepped John Wayne dressed as a cowboy.Caine writes that he was astonished by the appearance of this Hollywood legend and came out of the lobby to watch the spectacle.John Wayne visited Australia during World War II to entertain the troops in forward areas. December 1943.Noticing Caine standing at the entrance to the hotel, Wayne approached him and asked him if he was, in fact, the young actor that had starred in Alfie. Caine nodded, and Wayne leaned in to give him a piece of advice.According to the account in the book, Wayne said, “You’re gonna be a star, kid. But if you want to stay one, remember this: talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.”Writing in Blowing the Bloody Doors Off, Caine comments that although he appreciated the great actor’s kindness, this was not great advice.A wax sculpture of Caine in his Harry Palmer character from The Ipcress File, at Madame Tussauds, London. Photo by mwanasimba Mme Tussaud museum CC BY-SA 2.0Caine was a character actor, and one of the great strengths of his career has been his ability to cope with demanding and varied dialogue.Wayne’s advice was ideal for someone who hoped to break into Westerns but less useful for the young Michael Caine.Reflecting on this moment in the book, Caine also outlines the way in which his own approach to passing down shared wisdom has changed over the years.American actor John Wayne cutting the cake of its 40th anniversary of a movie career in Hollywood, California in 1969, with from left to right: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray, James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Caine and Laurence Harvey. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesFor many years he was extremely skeptical of the value of asking older actors for advice, as in his experience, they often told him to give up on his dream of becoming a great actor.More recently his attitude has somewhat mellowed, and he now thinks back to some of the incredibly useful guidance offered to him by Hollywood greats such as Marlene Dietrich and Laurence Olivier.Michael Caine, guest at the Vienna International Film Festival 2012, Gartenbaukino. Photo by Manfred Werner / Tsui CC BY-SA 3.0John Wayne’s counsel outside the Beverley Hills Hotel, however, only served to remind him that just because something worked well for one actor, doesn’t mean that it will necessarily work for everyone.In subsequent interviews, Caine expanded further on the advice given to him that day by Wayne. In addition to cautioning the young actor against saying too much, he also recommended that he never, under any circumstances, wear suede shoes.Speaking on NPR, Caine said that he was confused by this remark. Wayne went on, saying, “Never wear suede shoes, because one day, Michael, you’ll be taking a pee, and the guy next to you will recognize you, and he’ll turn toward you and say ‘Michael Caine!’ and pee all over your shoes.”Read another story from us: John Wayne used to Fetch Wyatt Earp’s CoffeeAlthough Caine maintains a healthy skepticism about the value of advice doled out to young actors by their older peers, perhaps this was one tip worth sharing.last_img read more

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first_imgIn England during the Victorian Era, hailing a taxi meant flagging down a hansom cab. Hansom cabs were designed by Joseph Hansom, in 1834, and patented by John Chapman two years later. The cabs were two-wheeled affairs, low to the ground, and the cab’s driver would perch on an elevated seat at the carriage’s rear. A hansom cab could seat two passengers who entered the closed passenger box through a folding door at the front.The design made the vehicle both swift and less prone to upset when going around sharp corners, making it the most popular and common type of hired cab during the Victorian era.A hansom cab, London, 1877It wasn’t a bad way to travel if you were the paying fare, but it could be much less pleasant if you were the one doing the driving. The driver’s box was exposed to the elements, which made driving a cab pretty miserable work when the weather was cold, wet, or windy, and all of those were conditions that were pretty common.As a result, London’s cabbies had frequent need of warm drinks or food. It’s no surprise, then, that cabbies who were cold and miserable would go, according to CabbyBlog, to the one place that could offer them warmth or sustenance – public houses, or pubs.Hansom cab and driver in a movie set in 1903, London. Photo by Andrew Dunn CC BY 2.0There were several drawbacks to hanging out in pubs, though. One was that it was illegal to leave the horses unattended, so a cabby had to pay someone to hang out and watch his horses. Another drawback was that the pubs were full of opportunities to gamble or drink, neither of which were desirable activities for someone who was on the clock.According to the BBC, it was a man named George Armstrong who first came up with a solution to the problem after he was unable to find a cab during a blizzard when all the cabbies were huddled in the local pubs, trying not to freeze.Cabmen’s Shelter in Kensington Road, W8, LondonHe met with a group of philanthropists, including the Earl of Shaftesbury, to brainstorm a solution to their problem, and, in 1875, the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund came into being.The Fund was responsible for building a series of small, green shelters around London. There were originally more than 60, scattered along public byways, and none of them were larger than a horse and cart to stay in compliance with Metropolitan Police rules.Related Video:Each of the tiny shelters offered food, hot drinks, and a place for cabbies to get out of the weather that was independent of the pubs. Furthermore, there was the added advantage that the shelters had rules prohibiting gambling, swearing, political discussions, and most of all, drinking.London Cabmen’s Shelter in Russell Square. Photo by Ethan_Doyle_White CC BY-SA 4.0Hidden London notes that the amenities varied from shelter to shelter, depending on its location, with some being extremely basic and others nearly being luxurious. Many of the shelters ended up with their own nicknames, such as the Bell and Horns, or the Junior Turf Club.The latter earned its name due to its proximity to the aristocratic club of the same name that was located nearby. In the 1920s, champagne-toting members of the club would periodically invade the nearby shelter. All of the shelters were built with places to tether one’s horses around the outside and troughs to water them.The shelters were put up to give cab drivers (with a horse and carriage) somewhere to shelter and keep warm. Photo by Ann Biddle CC BY 2.0Various small bits of history have passed through the tiny shelters over the years. In September 1888, a man identifying himself as “Dr. J. Duncan” confessed to the Jack the Ripper murders while he was at the Westbourne Grove shelter.Sir Ernest Shackleton, the noted Antarctic explorer, was a frequent visitor to the Hyde Park Corner shelter. Painter John Singer Sargent was a regular at yet another of the small shelters.Ernest Shackleton, before 1909Unfortunately, many of the shelters were destroyed during the Blitz in World War II. Still others met their demise during redevelopment ventures or road-widening projects. Today, only 13 of the huts remain, and 10 of them are still in operation.Even though the days of Hansom cabs are long gone, the shelters that remain in operation still serve London’s cabbies. Only licensed black-cab drivers, those who have passed the Knowledge Test – to have memorized all the streets and routes in the city – are allowed to sit inside the shelters.London black cabMost of the shelters now only operate from around seven in the morning until one in the afternoon. The cabbies can sit at one of the long, thin tables and get a hot drink. The shelters also generally serve eggs, bacon, sausage, and some sandwiches.The cabbies who use them come in for the company of their peers as much as the food. Although only cabbies are welcome to come inside the tiny huts, several of them also have windows where the public can order food to take away, which helps bring in more money.London Cabmen’s Shelter in Warwick Avenue. Photo by oyxman CC BY 2.5Today, the shelters have Grade II status as buildings of historical interest, which means that not only should efforts be taken to preserve them, but also that any refurbishment has to be consistent with their original style, right down to the shade of green they can be painted.As a result, fully redoing one could cost as much as £30,000. The cost of repairs and maintenance is still absorbed by the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund, but modern cabbies and shelter-tenders alike know that things are changing.Photo by oyxman CC BY 2.5With the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber, the trade is slowly dying out. Even so, all of the people who are connected to these small shelters are adamant about wanting their history and legacy preserved.Read another story from us: People are Starting to Sleep in Medieval “Box Beds” AgainColin Evans, a long-time London cabby, phrased it well, “It’s not just the buildings. It’s the characters, too. 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first_imgIn the new AMC series The Terror: Infamy, set in a California internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War Two and premiering on Aug. 12 at 9/8c, a series of unexplained deaths raises the possibility of a haunting, one that points to the legends of an eerie Japanese supernatural being called a Yūrei. Similar to the ghosts flitting through Western mythology and culture, the Yūrei has special qualities that makes it as fascinating—and as frightening–as a supernatural being from anywhere in the world.  But the history of this Japanese entity has special qualities.Japanese Yurei (ghost)“The worlds of the living and the dead are perhaps nearer to each other in the Japanese conception than they are in Western belief systems,” according to the website Multo. “Your obligations to your ancestors continue past their deaths — and perhaps their interest in your life outlives their deaths, too.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsWhen a person dies, the Japanese tradition suggests that the person is transformed into a spirit, but not anything that necessarily comes back to haunt the living. So what is a Yūrei? A spirit that becomes stuck in a form of purgatory and haunts the living until released.The yurei ghost of Japanese princess YaekiThe spirit makes its way through the afterlife because of a series of funeral and post-funeral rites and prayers. The Yūrei appears when the person has failed to receive the proper funeral rites, some say. But another belief is that if a person dies suddenly, violently, or with the emotions of malice, jealousy, or sorrow in his heart, he cannot pass through this purgatory no matter what rites are performed and is transformed into a Yūrei.What kind of hauntings take place? It can run the gamut from lights going on and off and strange sounds being heard to terrifying acts of vengeance, such as the story of a Yurei who was a first wife cutting off the head of a second wife because the husband promised never to remarry.Still from the new season of AMC’s The Terror, premiering Aug. 12The Yūrei is usually female and appears to the living as she was when buried: wearing a white kimono, with black hair loose and tangled. In some depictions, she has black veins stretching across her pallid face and hands that dangle lifelessly from wrists. They appear to have no problem passing between the boundary separating the living from the dead, although that barrier is said to be thinnest between 2 and 2:30 AM. They can also crawl across ceilings or up walls in defiance of gravity. They often move in a peculiar, disjointed manner, and can disappear in the blink of an eye. They also sometimes exhibit a precursor, a smell or sound that can alert humans to their approach.Laying a Yūrei to rest is no easy matter, though the legends say that certain rituals can be effective, as well as resolving the emotional pain that the person suffered just before death.Funeral scene from The Terror: Infamy. Premiering Aug.12 on AMCWestern movie audiences got an eyeful of ghosts with Yūrei-like properties in the 2002 horror film The Ring (a remake of a Japanese film) and 2004’s The Grudge (also a remake).  However, both of those films’ creations were more like another supernatural called Onryō, a ghost seeking vengeance and tied to the physical plane by anger.The Yūrei have deep roots in history. Two of Japan’s oldest books, the 12th century Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) and Konjaku Monogatari (Tales of Times Now Past), contain characters who are Yūrei. In Genji Monogatari, a prince is haunted by the Lady Rokujō, whose love he rejected. Konjaku Monogatari is an esteemed collection of supernatural tales that have inspired Japan’s writers for centuries.Bizarre deaths happening in a Japanese-American internment camp on the new season of AMC’s The Terror. Premiering Aug. 12 9/8cIn Maruyama Ōkyo’s famous 18th century painting The Ghost of Oyuki, the modern image of the Yurei is presented: pale, wearing white, limp hands. According to the story connected to the painting, Okyo had a mistress who died young and Okyo grieved deeply. Her spirit appeared to him in a dream one night as a Yurei and, to try to deal with his sorrow, he painted her portrait.In 1776, Ueda Akinari adapted stories from Konjaku Monogatari as well as other classic supernatural tales into one of the greatest works of world literature, Ugetsu Monogatari — Tales of Moonlight and Rain. In the modern era, it seems as if many Japanese writers have a Yūrei tale to tell.  Kawabata Yasunari, who won the Nobel Prize for literature, wrote a story in which a beautiful young Yūrei and an old man, her former lover, take a walk while talking about her suicide.Check out the spooky trailer for the upcoming season of AMC’s The Terror below:Many historic places in Japan have legends of spirits. The Himeji Castle, a beautiful UNESCO heritage site, offers the Well of Okiku, which figures in one of Japan’s best known Yūrei legends. Okiku was a servant in the service of a samurai named Tessan who fell in love with her. After he tried to force her to become his mistress, she committed suicide by diving into one of the castle’s wells.Related Article: AMC Series ‘The Terror’ Returns Inside a WWII Japanese-American Internment CampSince the night of Okiku’s suicide, people have said they saw her emerge from the well, either to count or to shriek, before descending to its depths. Sightings are most common in August, which is said to be the favorite month for any Yūrei to show itself.Premieres Aug. 12 at 9/8cFor more info on the new season of AMC’s The Terror please visit their official websiteNancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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first_img Advertisement During the NBA season, Shaq and Charles Barkley go at it on a nightly basis on Inside the NBA, but and now Shaq has masterfully incorporated his dislike for Chuck into his offseason DJ job.The Diesel was rocking a crowd in DC when he stopped the set to lead the crowd in a ‘Barkley sucks’ chant while a graphic behind him pointed out that Barkley doesn’t have any rings. It seemed to be a hit with the kids.There is no offseason in the Barkley/Shaq feud.Moments from the other night with @SHAQ . @BleacherReport #bleacherreport @espn @SportsCenter @NBAonTNT @TheJetOnTNT @houseofhighligh pic.twitter.com/veM84wN738— Warren (@warrenmanegan24) July 16, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Advertisement It wasn’t that long ago that Derek Carr was a consensus choice as one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. In 2016, he was considered a viable MVP candidate before going down with a season ending broken leg. In 2018, under Jon Gruden, Carr is a broken man and living in a really dark place.Yesterday, while being completely dominated in a 27-3 loss to the Seahawks in London, Carr may have hit rock bottom after injuring his arm on a fourth quarter sack that forced him from the game. After the play, longtime Bay Area radio host Damon Bruce posted a video of the aftermath of the injury that showed Carr literally in tears on the ground. Surely the injury was painful, but the tears seem to be about more than just the play. Congrats, Jon Gruden. Helluva start to the year. Carr may need a change of scenery if he wants to save his career.The breaking point is here. Damn. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/bAAkwygaVE— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) October 14, 2018last_img read more

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first_img This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Imagine taking your desktop computer display, rolling it into a compact tube and tossing it into your briefcase. You’ve just imagined a future scenario with flexible display technology. It’s a future that could include displays built into fabrics, advertising wrapped around objects, cell phones that conform to your hand and screens that curve.Janice K. Mahon, vice president of technology commercialization at Universal Display, a leading technology developer in the field, says, “To make communications work, you need portability. LCDs just aren’t good enough.” Universal Display works with a technology called OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diodes (or Device). Mahon describes the current state of flexible displays as “mid-development,” and says, “Our focus is to get to super-flexible, full-color, power-efficient OLED displays.”Companies large and small are pursuing flexible displays. R&D company Eikos, founded by Joe Pich�, 49, has 20 employees and works with Japanese customers and the Department of Energy. The business is trying out a different sort of flexible display material–carbon nanotube technology that can be applied to special surfaces with an inkjet machine. A demonstration of their work shows a screen being rolled up into the size of a pencil. On the other end of the spectrum, Siemens has demonstrated flexible displays that could reach the market next year. Potential uses include business cards, food cartons and medicine packaging.Growing businesses may be in on the ground floor of developing flexible display technologies, but even more businesses will be affected when these devices reach the wider market. Expect advertising uses to be among the first to hit the mainstream. Mahon sees the production costs coming down considerably as the manufacturing process improves: “Twenty years from now, [it will be hard to] imagine the day that a display wasn’t flexible.” December 1, 2006 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Beyond understatement: Small-business owners are extremely busy people. They’re pulled in what seems like a million different directions in 24 short hours every day. Bigger. Better. Faster. Now.This is where fast, easy, convenient apps and other headache-free tech tools come to the rescue. When chosen wisely, they can help time-strapped entrepreneurs dominate their jam-packed schedules and take back their time, shoring up more of it to focus on what’s really important — growing their business and boosting their bottom line.   Exactly what are today’s most effective go-to apps and tech solutions for busy entrepreneurs? Which ones are the best for tracking social media marketing campaigns? Which are ideal for slaying to-do lists? Mastering scheduling? Accepting customer payments? Staying on top of the latest industry news?Google Hangout: Everything You Need to Know to Deliver an Amazing PresentationWe’ll tackle all of these important questions — along with your very own questions on the topic — live right here, directly from this post, on Wednesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. EST, when we kick off a must-see Chase-sponsored Google Hangout with three leading tech-savvy small business experts.The guests joining me for the roundtable include:-Brent Reinhard is a general manager of Ink® from Chase, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s credit cards targeted specifically to small businesses. He’s responsible for leading a diverse team of marketing professionals managing Ink’s branding and advertising, digital strategy, social media and innovations efforts. Brent will be chatting with us about some of the ways he uses tech to simplify and streamline his own professional life and he’ll also share some tech solutions to help small business owners with mobile banking on-the-go, processing mobile payments and more. Twitter: @ChaseSmallBizRelated: Data Crunch: 5 Analysis Tools for Small Business-Brian Honigman is a New York City-based marketing consultant, speaker and writer. He works with startups and brands focused on marketing, business and technology. He has spoken at NYU, UNICEF, the American Advertising Federation and at other organizations and conferences. He has also appeared on HuffPost Live. Brian is a contributing writer to Huffington Post, Forbes, the Next Web, and, yes, right here at Entrepreneur.com. Brian will share and discuss his favorite apps for supercharging your digital marketing efforts and your productivity.Twitter: @BrianHonigman- Scott Gerber is a New York City-based serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist and TV host, and the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only nonprofit network of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. He is also an active angel investor and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke (Wiley, 2010). Scott’s articles have appeared on TIME, Huffington Post, Forbes and other publications. He will discuss his favorite apps for running basically all aspects of his entire business directly from his smartphone from the road. Twitter: @ScottGerberYou can tune to our live Hangout here (via this post) or by signing in directly through Google+. Also, make sure you tweet your questions for our Hangout guests using the #EntLive hashtag on Twitter, on our Facebook page or in this post’s comments section below. We’ll get to as many questions as we can and look forward to an amazing Hangout that you definitely won’t want to miss.  Related: 4 Apps to Keep You On-Task and On-Time 3 min readcenter_img May 12, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read May 11, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Back when I taught high school, I was able to reach just 150 kids a day. But today at our education company, Learn Capital, I’m now seeing our portfolio reach 150 million viewers. That’s a million times more reach through connected technology.Related: 3 Tech Startups That Are Reinventing K-12 EducationIndeed, there has never been a better time to be a pioneer in education technology: In 2014 U.S. edtech venture funding was nearly $2 billion; and while some investors fear we may be entering an edtech bubble, I’m not as worried. Of course there is inherent risk when a market sees a sharp rise in investment dollars; and not everyone will make money. However, disruption in the education and learning market is in its infancy and cries out for further innovation. Following are a few key reasons why entrepreneurs should focus their efforts on disrupting the education market and getting a piece of the proverbial $4.6 trillion pie.1. Demand for learning is exploding.The demand for learning is insatiable and compounding. It is commonly known that society’s most educated people are also its most rigorous learners. So, it should come as no surprise that the most literate societies are the ones who learn the most. That’s why tertiary education is being sought out by greater numbers here in the United States and the world’s more educated nations. Advanced education has become more commonplace and affordable; and companies are offering more rigorous training to meet their needs for an innovative and technology-driven workforce.Additionally, there is growing sophistication among parents, who in turn are positively reinforcing their children’s education. This trend is fueling a life-long demand for continued education — so much so that educational supply does not meet demand; and that gap is growing.  2. Educational demands for flexibility are not yet being met.As the average person becomes more sophisticated in his or her educational endeavors, the demand for continued learning has outpaced supply. Until recently, when the internet really started to work its magic, those who wanted to learn had to:1. Go to a school.2. Go to a school near their parents’ or own home.3. Consider campus options — especially if they had top-notch academic skills and were financially well off.Related: 4 Ways Technology Is Making Education More Affordable and AvailableAll such forms of learning involved an instructor and a library, and that was pretty much it. Today, more than ever before, learners demand more availability and lower costs.3. Capital is readily available.A flood of “interested” capital is now available. Our company receives several emails a week from investors seeking a first investment opportunity or a further investment into the education space. Not all companies will receive funding, of course, but there are a huge number of investors looking for new opportunities. Additionally, investable companies will see great terms and have an ever-increasing choice of investors to choose from.  4. It has never been cheaper to start a company.In an interesting experiment, TheNextWeb asked software development firms how much it would cost to build the products currently driving billions of dollars in the education space. Surprisingly, the finding was that companies like Twitter could be built in less than a full working day, with initial costs as low as hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s not bad considering that entrepreneurs in the ed space are receiving $10 million-plus dollar valuations in Seed and Series A rounds.  5. The processes for starting a company have become widely known.The knowledge behind lean startups, customer development and the how-to’s of raising rounds of capital has become easily accessible. There was a point in time where such knowledge was a combination of industry secrets. Now, though, the tools to start a business are a popular commodity and widely available in popular books by authors such as Eric Reis, Steve Blank and Brad Feld, as well as on various blogs and websites. In fact, entrepreneurship is now a global trend. 6. It has never been easier to reach a wide audience.Education platforms are paving the way for companies to launch and create strong user bases quickly and affordably. For example, Edmodo has an app store that has helped launch dozens of companies and build strong user bases. Clever now allows users to integrate with school data and drive school adoption.Standing on the shoulders of the internet and mobile technologies, today’s startups can reach anyone who’s connected, with just a click. Oh, how things have changed since I stood in a classroom, teaching those high school kids. And, rest assured: As we move forward, more and more companies will show hyper-scale growth curves like those from WhatsApp, SnapChat and WeChat. 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first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Over the past couple of years, it has become more and more apparent that there is a battle taking place in the social mobile universe for the attention of sports fans.No one could argue that the way viewers consume sports and entertainment is evolving. Remember watching NBA games before HD? Or what it was like to be without a smartphone during college football Saturday? Remember when Twitter was a great way to read 140 character posts about live events while you watched them on TV?I have always hated the term “second screen,” and I think that as of August 2016, it should be officially retired. As Facebook, Twitter, Verizon/Yahoo and many others enter the already crowded ring of social mobile broadcasters, the stakes are getting higher and higher, and the fight for engagement is going far beyond just viewership.Related: This Company Wants to Disrupt Ticketmaster’s Tight Grip on Your Favorite EventsDuring July 2016, we witnessed two of the highest TV rating events on record. Game of Thrones cemented itself as one of the most popular shows of all time, and the NBA Finals pulled in its highest ratings since 1989. Even more interesting was the eclipse of previous mobile engagement records — Game of Thrones totaled 2.5 million streams on its streaming platforms (HBO Now and HBO Go), up 70 percent over last season, and game seven attracted 96.2 million minutes streamed or 1.8 million unique viewers to the WatchESPN app, the highest ever for a non-World Cup event. It is no longer a question if fans are going to cut the cord — the new question is what screen are they going to watch on, and what logo and user experience will be on that screen when they do.Every branch of the entertainment industry, sports in particular, is looking for a way to establish itself as the king of mobile. So let’s play the Game of Phones.The Lannisters in our game would be the big broadcast networks. NBC, FOX, CBS and others have had to do little more than bid just enough to win exclusive rights to broadcast with hopes to be able to sell enough in ads to make it back into the black. A lack of innovation on the mobile side of the market has led to a falling out with fans — the drawbridge is down and the attack is coming from all sides.A few years ago it seemed Yahoo, AOL or BAM would likely take over as the major players in the sports broadcast market. Yahoo Sports was thriving and Verizon/AOL was the marriage needed to unify against the incumbent broadcasters. Just as the Starks fell on tough times, so did the heirs to the mobile social throne. While Verizon launched GO and spent a lot of money buying content and Yahoo bought a lot of companies (one of them was mine) and spent a lot of money streaming NFL games from Europe, neither has cemented their mobile position as heir to the throne.This wouldn’t be a proper breakdown if we didn’t include a proclamation that winter is coming — and trust me, it is. Facebook and Twitter are scrambling like White Walkers as they buy up content and build out social broadcast infrastructure. Facebook recently signed deals with nearly 140 media companies and paid celebrities a reported $50 million to create videos for Facebook Live in an attempt to play to mobile fan engagement. Twitter has been live streaming events left and right ranging from political conventions to Wimbledon since it was announced they paid the most for the rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football.Related: Ones to Watch: 12 Athletes Show Us How It’s Done on SocialIf GOT has taught us anything, it’s don’t count out the underdogs. Yahoo, AOL and other billion-dollar startups have created hope amongst those not yet as well-healed. The houses Targaryen, Baratheon, Greyjoy and Tyrell of our game consist of startup platforms such as GameOn, a mobile engagement platform for sports fans, SportsYapper, Slyce and Sportle — all taking shape as new houses playing the field with a strong claim to the Iron Throne. It seems imminent that a changing of the guard is coming. There will likely be partnerships, marriages and wars before the throne is taken — and it may even change hands many times before a new house’s reign settles.Forecasting ahead and trying to predict how the game will play out, it might help to look at a few success stories. Bill Simmons, the former “Boston Sports Guy” who once wrote columns for AOL, became one of the most sought-after media personalities after a 14-year career at ESPN. While there, he hosted a podcast, founded spinoff site Grantland.com, appeared on NBA Countdown and conceived the idea of 30 for 30. Now he finds himself again at the helm of his own site, TheRinger.com, which mixes sports, pop culture and technology. He also has his own show on HBO. His success lies in his adaptivity: he brings great content to his audience, where they want it.The past few years have also marked a shift in athletes’ engagement with fans. Talking on-field and at press conferences remains constant, but the emergence of the athlete as primary contributor shines in the near-universal embrace of social and the success of media platforms such as The Players Tribune and GameOn. Connecting fans with their favorite athletes drives engagement and helps grow the industry while providing fans with at-their-fingertips entertainment. Not all fans can make it to the stadium, and just as Bill Simmons has found success in meeting his fans where they want to be met, so have some of the smarter athletes that are focused on building long careers for themselves.Related: 6 Success Secrets From 23-Time Gold Medalist Michael PhelpsNext year, streaming numbers are predicted to rise once again, and with major leagues such as the NFL teaming up with social media platforms such as Twitter, and the emergence of esports and the abundance of partnerships already being struck by Turner, Riot, etc., the Game of Phones is set to be in full swing. Within the next few years, mobile platforms are poised to take the Iron Throne and become the primary screen for sports and television fans alike. Mobile apps rich with chat platforms and bots are the one-stop-shop that TV never could be, allowing fans to consume news, scores and any other information all while chatting with their friends during live sporting events.Entrepreneurs can take advantage of this by expanding their mobile presence in the highly competitive Game of Phones. The only question remaining is: What are other media platforms willing to do to continue their stay at The Red Keep? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read August 18, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 11, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Apple wasn’t the first company to introduce smartphones, but it was the first to release a handset device that convinced the masses to ditch their flip phones. Over the years, Cupertino’s ”best, not first” philosophy also has extended to new mobile technologies. Apple isn’t always the first, but when it does get involved, it plays to its strengths — delivering products that resonate with its loyal customers and attracting new converts to the brand. From there, the rest of the industry often finds itself playing catch-up.Change is coming.Despite selling 1.2 billion smartphones over the past decade, Apple hasn’t exactly been an innovator in recent years when it comes to iPhone. The company’s flagship device, which usually gets a design refresh in even-numbered years, has remained virtually unchanged since the iPhone 6/6 Plus arrived in 2014.Change finally is in the air. With the 2017 iPhone cycle, Apple is poised to release at least one new handset that looks significantly different than its most recent models. The so-called “iPhone 8” arrives a decade after the original iPhone took over the world. To commemorate this milestone, the new handset is expected to include features not yet seen on other mobile devices — even Apple’s own.It’s likely, however, the smartphone also will include a few clever nods to the past, borrowing design cues from previous devices. One of the most popular iPhones in history, the iPhone 4, is making a comeback of sorts via the iPhone 8. That earlier model (and its immediate successor, the iPhone 4s) featured a glass front and back. The iPhone 8 also will use glass in place of the metal on the back of current-generation models. Stainless-steel edges reported on the iPhone 8 are another wink to the iPhone 4 series.Related: A Decade of iPhone EvolutionNew features and functions.The iPhone 8 will differ markedly from other mobile devices in a few key areas. It will be the first handset to introduce 3-D facial recognition for unlocking and making payments. Thanks to newly designed infrared sensors, the facial-recognition tech will work even in the dark. The iPhone 8’s smart camera, meanwhile, will be the first in the industry to offer augmented-reality features for users and developers alike. This ties nicely into Apple’s recently introduced ARKit API, which allows third-party developers to build augmented-reality apps.Related: Augmented and Virtual Reality Headed to Macs and iPhonesApple’s next flagship device also will become one of the first smartphones to include a virtual home button, similar to ones found on the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S8 and first-generation Essential Phone. Unlike the virtual home buttons on those handsets, however, the iPhone 8’s version likely will extend beyond basic controls. That’s why some are calling this not a home button but rather a “function area” or “home indicator.”All these upgrades could combine to make the iPhone 8 the first smartphone with a price tag surpassing $1,000 in the United States. Though some Apple fans might complain about this news, most will probably look right past it and make a purchase anyway. Don’t be surprised if other smartphone providers quickly follow to release their own pricey smartphones.Related: 16 Amazing — and Surprising — Uses of Facial-Recognition TechnologyOld or borrowed tech.The 3-D facial recognition and other new technologies will get plenty of press once Apple officially announces the iPhone 8. Ultimately, though, the company will rely on proven technologies to push the iPhone 8 into the winner’s circle.Chief among these will be the use of an OLED display — the first for an Apple handset. OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, replaces the liquid crystal displays (LCD) found on older iPhone models. With OLED, iPhone 8 users can expect better color reproductions and deeper blacks and whites. Samsung handsets long have used OLED displays. That makes good sense, since the South Korean giant is the world’s largest producer of the material. Incorporating OLED enables Apple to offer thinner bezels on the iPhone 8. Nearly the entire front of the device is expected to be made up of just the screen.Related: 7 Easy Ways to Save Your Eyes From Smartphone StrainInductive charging is another common Android-based feature now coming to iPhone. The late, great Palm first introduced the technology in 2009. Cupertino already embraced inductive charging for the Apple Watch, which it launched in 2015. “Tap to wake” rounds out the new-to-Apple function list. Users can wake their devices just by tapping on the glass.The bottom line.The Apple iPhone 8 should include a nice mix of new and maturing technologies. The phone not only represents the future of Apple but also gives the market an idea where smartphones will be headed in the coming months and years.Related: What the Creation of Apple’s iPhone Tells Us About Innovation Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min readlast_img read more