Museums should be accessible the backlash to the Mets new pricing policy

first_imgShare via Email Share on Messenger Twitter Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Arguing over art is right but trying to ban it is the work of fascists Nadja Sayej When the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced their pay-what-you-wish policy in 1970, Richard Nixon was president, Elvis Presley was alive and New York City saw its very first gay pride march. Share on Twitter Visitors previewing an exhibit of French painter Valentin de Boulogne at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Share on Pinterest Jonathan Jones Share on Facebook Museums have a greater responsibility to the public now more than ever, according to Marit Dewhurst, director of the art museum education program at City College of New York.“As one of the most visited museums in the world, the Met has a responsibility to make its vast cultural resources accessible to everyone,” she said. “Policies that require the Met to impose a carding system that ranks some visitors more valuable than others threaten any premise of true accessibility.”Some museums offer discounted admissions to local residents in New York City, such as the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, as well as the New York Botanical Garden. Across the country, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission to LA County residents four times a week, while the Art Institute of Chicago’s admission of $25 is $5 cheaper to Chicago residents with proof of a valid photo ID with a residential address. The Detroit Institute of Arts also offers free admission to local residents.The Met is not alone in raising their admission fees. Just last week, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, raised its admission fee for tourists by 40%, while three museums in Ottawa, Canada, have gone up 44% for individual ticket prices. In October, archaeological sites in Egypt raised their entrance fees by 50% and tourist attractions in Phuket, Thailand, also have a two-tier pay system, where tourists pay 80% more than locals. There is the same system in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where tourists pay double of what locals pay for museum entry – and the local ministry is working on raising museum entrance fees even higher in 2018.Some New Yorkers understand the Met’s position, however. “I think it is fair for the Metropolitan to charge admission,” said Ileen Gallagher, a museum studies professor at New York University. “Government subsidies in this country do not provide adequate funding for institutions to maintain services and high-quality exhibitions.” Art Read more Topics Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Reuse this content Mon 8 Jan 2018 11.02 ESTcenter_img Share on WhatsApp Read more Last modified on Thu 22 Feb 2018 12.05 EST Shares173173 While the museum plans to partner with the Office of Immigrant Affairs to assist undocumented residents in feeling welcome at the museum, asking for ID upon entry to the museum is not the answer for many.“Distinguishing between museum visitors by their place of residence is unfair and asking museum visitors for proof of address seems shockingly invasive and inappropriate, particularly at this moment in history,” adds Handy.It also poses a problem to Jason Lazarus, an art professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “The $25 fee separates visitors by economic class and origin – the most base way of engaging the public,” said Lazarus. “This policy reveals a lack of imagination from Daniel Weiss and company, as our cultural institutions, more than ever, need visionary leaders who can think with more sophistication and ingenuity than ‘our admissions income has fallen behind’.”Visitors who pay the full suggested entry fee have dropped 73% over the past 13 years at the Met, an institution with a $40m deficit. “The Met is struggling with a big deficit, albeit one of their own making, and is presumably exploring all possible avenues for raising money,” said Harriet Senie, director of art museum studies at the City College of New York.“The new policy will probably not make a very large dent in the deficit and is already prompting a public relations backlash,” she said. “It’s really a wake-up call to assess cultural priorities in arts funding but that is unlikely to happen under the current administration.”For out-of-towners like Doug Fogelson, an artist based in Chicago, the new admissions policy doesn’t feel right. “As an American artist who visits New York City regularly to visit multiple museums, galleries and cultural institutions, I have always appreciated the Met for its egalitarian door policy,” said Fogelson. “Giving preferential treatment to state ID holders isn’t a compromise; it seems more like a way to profile certain people as users versus patrons.” Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. 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Sign up to the Art Weekly email Share on LinkedIn Share via Email New York Read more ‘Museums should be accessible’: the backlash to the Met’s new pricing policy Support The Guardian The decision to charge out-of-state visitors a set $25 fee has enraged many who believe the New York institution’s ‘staggering wealth’ should make access easier Art “The staggering wealth of the museum’s trustees and supporters makes it unseemly that the financial instability should become the burden of the public, which the museum serves,” said Handy. “Museums should be accessible at no cost to everyone.” features Radical women and climate change: what to expect from the US art world in 2018 It was a different era and now, the Met is attempting to update its admission policy by introducing a two-tier pay system starting on 1 March. Visitors from outside New York state will pay a standard fee of $25 upon flashing their identification card, while in-state residents can still use the same pay policy from 1970.Some critics are outraged. The past week has seen a New York Times piece titled The New Pay Policy Is a Mistake, while Jezebel’s Aimée Lutkin claimed The Met Should Be Fucking Free. The New York Post writes that the museum has never had the right to charge admission and Alexandra Schwartz in the New Yorker says the new policy diminishes New York City.The Met’s museum president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, is not surprised. “People have become very comfortable with the idea of the pay-what-you-wish policy,” said Weiss in an interview. “Nobody was happy with the announcement because it isn’t that kind of announcement – but the policy has effectively failed and therefore, needs to change.”In November the museum received its largest donor gift of $80m from museum trustee Florence Irving, the largest since David Koch donated $65m in 2013. This new admission policy will bring in $6-11m estimated revenue, equivalent to just 14% of the museum’s $305m operational budget, which seems a bit feeble.“If we are able to get an extra $10m in revenue, that’s the equivalent of several hundred jobs, major exhibitions, it is meaningful revenue for us,” said Weiss. “We want the admissions policy to help our operations but not solve all of our problems.”Many think the new $25 entrance fee – which is the same for several other city museums – is too expensive. Weiss disagrees. “In every society and throughout history, excellence costs money,” he said. “If you’re willing to spend $25 to go to the MoMA or Guggenheim, or spend $15 to go to the movies, we don’t think asking $25 to come to the Met is an unreasonable request.”Only 63% of visitors paid the full suggested admission in 2004, the institution reported last year, and that had dropped to 31% in 2016. The average contribution is $9. 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Video shows US forces desperately trying to escape Niger ambush

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Newly released drone footage of a militant ambush in Niger that killed four American and five Nigerien service personnel shows the soldiers desperately trying to escape and then fighting for their lives when friendly forces arrived but mistook them for the enemy.It shows how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and, thinking they were soon to die, wrote messages home to their loved ones.The video, released by the Pentagon with explanatory narration, includes more than 10 minutes of drone footage, file tape and animation that was not made public last week when the military released a portion of the final report on the attack. The video depicts for the first time the hours the troops spent holding off their enemy and waiting for rescue last October. Share on LinkedIn Forty-six US and Nigerien troops were involved in the initial mission in the west African nation, a failed attempt to find a high-value militant. The team was heading home after collecting intelligence from the site when it was attacked by more than 100 militants just outside the village of Tongo Tongo. A number of the Nigeriens escaped by truck, but four US and five Nigerien troops died in the ambush.The video depicts seven American forces and four Nigeriens fleeing on foot, under heavy mortar and small arms fire. They crossed through a swamp, and at about 12.50pm on 4 October they took cover at the edge of a clearing.“They wrote short messages to loved ones on personal devices, believing they would soon be overrun,” the video narrator says. About 20 minutes later, two unarmed US drones arrived overhead and established contact with the team; after another seven minutes, two French Mirage aircraft flew past at a low altitude, in a show of force to frighten the enemy. Some of the militants can be seen moving quickly away.After nearly three hours of waiting, French helicopters arrived, and an American soldier can be seen moving out into the clearing, waving a US flag to help the aircraft locate them.The video shifts to an overhead view near the team waiting at the clearing, and two trucks can be seen moving into the frame. The drone video zooms in on them, and flashes of gunfire light up the screen.A Nigerien response force had arrived to help, and mistook the team for enemy insurgents. For 48 seconds they fired on the team with automatic weapons, until they were able to confirm their identity. No one was injured in the brief gunfight.US Africa Command launched a search and recovery mission for the one American soldier who was missing, Sgt La David Johnson. The bodies of the others who were killed had been recovered, but Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, could not be found.Nigerien military forces located Johnson’s body about two days later in the heavy brush where he had taken cover and fought in his final stand against the enemy. The video shows the Nigeriens carrying his body to the back of a waiting truck, and later transferring him to a helicopter.The investigation into the incident found there were a number of failures associated with the mission, but none directly caused the enemy ambush. It also described multiple acts of heroism, as members of the outmanned and outgunned Army Special Forces team fought to protect one another. 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Trump and family sued by New York attorney general over alleged charity

first_imgnews This article is more than 1 year old In addition to Trump, the lawsuit names his children Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric.Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters This article is more than 1 year old Suit brought by Barbara Underwood says Trump Foundation is ‘little more than an empty shell’ and seeks $2.8m in restitution Donald Trump @TeeMcSee Email First published on Thu 14 Jun 2018 11.25 EDT Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Shares1,3311331 Since you’re here… US politics Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Thank you.center_img Trump and family sued by New York attorney general over alleged charity violations Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Donald Trump Jr Ivanka Trump Share on LinkedIn Tom McCarthy in New York New York The attorney general of New York state sued the Donald J Trump charitable foundation, President Trump and three of his children on Thursday for violating state charity laws, alleging that the Trumps used charitable assets as “little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr Trump” and his companies.Foundation assets, acquired through tax-deductible donations, were used to settle legal claims against one of Trump’s golf clubs and to buy a painting of Trump to be displayed at another club, the suit alleges.The lawsuit, filed by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, on the morning of Trump’s 72nd birthday, seeks $2.8m in restitution and penalties from Trump and asks for the distribution of $1m in assets to other charities. The lawsuit also seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation and bar the Trumps from serving on the boards of any charitable organizations – Trump senior for 10 years and three of his children for one year.In addition to Trump, the lawsuit names his children Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric.Trump began tweeting soon after the charges were filed, dismissing the lawsuit as the work of “the sleazy New York Democrats” and claiming the foundation “took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000”.“I won’t settle this case!” Trump tweeted on Thursday. If he does not settle the case, a trial could result, casting a prolonged spotlight on the inner workings of the Trump Organization and probably requiring the president’s personal involvement.A statement from the Trump Foundation declared “this is politics at its very worst” and painted Underwood as a partisan apparatchik. Underwood, a career staffer and former acting US solicitor general who was promoted last month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned in disgrace, has said she will not seek election to the position which she plans to leave in the fall. The lawsuit alleges that the foundation engaged in “at least five self-dealing transactions that were unlawful because they benefited Mr Trump or businesses he controls”, Underwood said in a statement.“These include a $100,000 payment to settle legal claims against Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, $158,000 to settle legal claims against Trump National Golf Club, and $10,000 to purchase a painting of Mr Trump displayed at the Trump National Doral.”Money used to pay those bills came not from Trump but from would-be charitable donors who paid into the foundation, the lawsuit said. “From 1987 through 2008, Mr Trump personally donated funds to support the foundation,” the suit reads. “Since 2008, however, Mr Trump has not contributed any personal funds to the foundation, which instead has been supported by donations from other persons and entities.”“The foundation is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight from its board of directors,” the lawsuit alleges. “Trump ran the foundation according to whim, rather than law.”The lawsuit follows an investigation of the Trump foundation that began in June 2016 under the previous New York attorney general, Schneiderman. That investigation followed on the Pulitzer prize-winning work of the Washington Post journalist David Farenthold and others.Episodes of alleged wrongdoing highlighted by the lawsuit include a charity fundraiser for veterans that Trump held on 28 January 2016, when he was a presidential candidate. Trump held the benefit in lieu of participating in a presidential debate. The lawsuit alleges that a Trump foundation filing claiming that the event was “to raise funds for veterans’ organizations” was in fact false, because “in reality, the fundraiser was a Trump campaign event in which the Foundation participated”.“In violation of state and federal law, senior Trump campaign staff, including campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, dictated the timing, amounts and recipients of grants by the foundation to non-profits,” Underwood said in a statement.To maintain their charitable status under New York state law, organizations are barred from engaging in most political activity.Schneiderman, who served for seven years, had previously sued the Trump Organization on multiple fronts, and after the inauguration, Schneiderman’s office sued the Trump administration and congressional Republicans at least 100 times.Shortly before his inauguration, Trump settled a fraud case brought against Trump University by the state attorney general’s office, then run by Schneiderman, for $25m. 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ATU159 EXTENDED – Dr Gregor Wolbring – Our extended conversation with Dr

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis episode is our extended interview with Dr. Gregor Wolbing of the movie “Fixed”.Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Associate Professor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgarywww.fixedthemovie.com | http://buff.ly/SjRFrw | www.resna.org/conference |——-transcript follows ——EXTENDED INTERVIEWWADE WINGLER:  And welcome to the extended episode of Dr. Gregor Wolbring’s interview.  We haven’t normally done this in the past, but the remainder of our interview that happened after the original interview is happening now.  So we’re glad you stuck with us and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this conversation.Excellent interview.  I could do that all day.  So here’s my question:  if we have a transporter in the future and somebody needs — let’s pick an easy one — a liver transplant, why don’t you transport them and reassemble them with that replacement organ, right?  You could cure disease if you can transport people and reconstruct them in the molecular level.  That plus dilithium.[Laughter]GREGOR WOLBRING:  That might be hard to get by.  I think in general, we see there’s so much to it.  For example, look at organs.  People designing organs with 3-D printing.  They print the organ from stem cells and then you put it into the body.  We just don’t have enough organ donors.  We have some where the pure, nonbiological part works, like for the heart.  Nearly everybody is working on an artificial version.  Some will be eventually small enough that they get into the body, like was the heart.  With the kidney, they’re not there yet, that’s why we had dialysis.  Once you have them, there’s no reason why you can’t add things to it.Like with the skin, you can put stem cells and there so you can see things you would normally see.  Same with the eyes.  Eventually you can just put something in there where if you really wanted vision, why would you just go with 20/20?  Of course you would go beyond.  The same with hearing.  Cochlear implants are a really basic set up so far.  Eventually they will outperform the normal hearing.  If it’s not invasive, then I can easily say that anyone would go for that.  If it’s invasive, I think people will still draw the line.  But for many of them, if it’s not invasive, or if you use something like Google Glass even if you’re blind because of something put in which beams to the back of the retina and you don’t need operation, who knows what we will do?  People will go because all of a sudden you can see infrared and ultraviolet come all kinds of different things.WADE WINGLER:  And if it’s invasive, that’s also objective too.  What’s your risk and reward?  If you’re blind, than risk tolerance is going to be much higher for more invasive things as opposed to someone who’s “able-bodied.”  That’s interesting as well.GREGOR WOLBRING:  But it think if it’s invasive and it’s only for blind people, you will see a limited approach of innovation.  But you want to market where you don’t even have to go through the healthcare system.  A noninvasive one, you can get away with much less regulation.  That’s why they are going for the noninvasive interfaces.  Because then they can use it for gaming and so on which is a big market.  If you’re quadriplegic then you can also short control.With invasive ones, there will always be a limited market.  All the time, FDA controlled.  If you can come up with something we don’t need the FDA.  If they are really going for the noninvasive ones, they’re going for big markets, then the question is whether to bother then with a smaller market in case there are limitations with how much you can do with invasive versions.  It’s the same with the eyes.  If you have something where the whole market is flooded with people using Google class and this in fact, how many people will still focus on getting real vision back?  They will see the normal people who will be the consumers who really push for these enhancements and they will compete for resources, even resources of students who want to do the research.I wrote a piece a long time ago where I looked at medical students, and they all want to go for the cool stuff.  They don’t want to go for basic medical treatment.  They want to do robotic arms because that’s cool stuff.  That’s Star Trek.  So we will see that basic medical treatment might be becoming unfashionable and no one wants to do it, because they all want to do the cool techno stuff.  So we, in essence, are competing with these cool people and the enhancements, and the normal people really have the education level to push for these things.It’s similar to the AIDS movement.  When the AIDS movement came along which are highly educated people, they were able to totally change the research agenda because they have a powerful education level and they used euthanasia to push with they were painting.  They couldn’t have cared less about disabled people, the traditional disabled people, and there was no way we could compete with the AIDS community.  We just don’t have the amount of people who have a level of independence, as in self-determination, not enjoying yourself, and also level of income, level of education, that they really can do in advocacy and really compete with the people who are in the AIDS movement.  So we already have an example where a group came with a totally different agenda and much more powerful, and they totally changed the health discourse.I can easily see this happening again with enhancements.  I am a high functioning whatever.  I am a luxury addition.  It’s the reality.  But a lot of our people are not.  They never get the chance of getting education.  In many countries, we are still an institution.  If you’re going for income — what I look at the latest 2014 labor statistics in the US, disabled people who are working are only 20%.  So 80% actually do not work.  So that means people who look for work and can’t find work and people who don’t even bother looking for work.  So if you look at back, we are 80% and that’s actually the same number which was 100 years ago.  My students did some research and we found numbers from 1904.  Absolute employment numbers actually did not increase in 100 years.  So when people talk about statistics, say 20% unemployed, they only look at people who are actually looking for work and can’t find it.  But the number of people who don’t even look among disabled people is much, much greater than the average population.  You have to have both parts in there to see really what is the level of employment.And then the people who are employed often are not getting much of a salary, so how many of us can really do advocacy?  How many of us can do advocacy in fast-moving fields?  I can do this because I did the technology stuff for 20 years.  But how can our people really move?  Which disabled person has the time to learn about this in a speedy fashion that they can actually shape the discourse?  They can’t.  So we have a few, but if N=1 or N=2 who can do it, and that doesn’t lead to a movement.  Because the reality is most of them still fight for daily survival.  So that’s where the problem is.I have one of my students who moved away from governance to anticipatory governance, which means you already want to anticipate what the problems will be, but that means you have to be very knowledgeable to be part of it.  That makes for disabled people who need anticipatory advocacy.  It was my student who coined that term.  If we can’t even do advocacy because there’s no money available, anticipatory advocacy is even worse to do.  I can speak, but when we’re looking globally or even in Canada or the US, there are very few of us who can speak.I think the increase in innovation cycles is totally disempowering, not just to disabled people but the same to indigenous people, the poor, immigrants.  I think all of the socially disadvantaged groups — the faster change is happening, the less they can actually influence the change, because they are just in opposition to step up to the plate in enough numbers to really change the discourse before it’s too late.  This increase in speed is really disempowering.WADE WINGLER:  I’ve never thought about it that way, but you’re exactly right.  That makes sense.  And now I’m sad.[Laughter]GREGOR WOLBRING:  We should have recorded this.  Just in case.WADE WINGLER:  Yeah, right.  Wow.GREGOR WOLBRING:  So this is where I come from.  We make a lot of assumptions.  I was part of the center for knowledge in society.  Based on cycling disability onto the play.  The never worked out properly despite of their desire because there were no disabled people who even wanted to involved in nanotech because they’re still fighting the daily fight of survival.  They had no people who could really jump onto that topic.  So I published for four years.  That’s all open access of people whatever they find access down the road can use the stuff.But the reality is — I have a student working on access to water and sanitation.  And we still don’t have access to the right washings.  We have a lot of wheelchair signs on washrooms, but that doesn’t mean they are really accessible.  There are two YouTube’s online from one of my students where she want to washrooms in Calgary and Moores which are officially wheelchair accessible and showed how much — I mean, I think of the 12 she looked at, not one was really wheelchair accessible or had problems.  So those two YouTube clips online deal was that.And we had a survey out where people were asked about this situation and disabled people in higher income countries were ranked lower as having problems then indigenous people and immigrants.  People think we solved the problem because the narrative is everything is accessible.  So in people’s minds, it’s not a problem anymore.  How can they say that an immigrant has less problems with water and sanitation access than disabled people?  So it’s pure perception.  It has nothing to do with reality.WADE WINGLER:  Yeah, no kidding.  So Dr. Wolbring, I didn’t shut off the recorder.  I always just let it run.  How would you feel about my using some of this as kind of an extra episode for people who are interested to continue on?  Are you okay with that?GREGOR WOLBRING:  Of course.WADE WINGLER:  Was that a yes?GREGOR WOLBRING:  Yes.WADE WINGLER:  Skype burped so I wanted to make sure.  Because I think I will use some of this.  I’ve never done an add-on episode, but this is fascinating stuff so I think I might go ahead and include that.GREGOR WOLBRING:  And we can also talk more once we are at RESNA.  The thing is, I published one around hearing.  We interviewed as part of that with people from the World Federation of the Deaf.  People assume that disabled people go for the enhancements because if you have a choice — and that’s where the OT people get the program.  If you have a choice between getting fixed to the norm or getting fixed that you outperform the norm, what would you choose?WADE WINGLER:  Especially if you been in a situation where you’ve been underperforming all of your life, you certainly want the opportunity to just go ahead and overshoot the norm.GREGOR WOLBRING:  Exactly.  And of course the people who want to push enhancements use disabled people like that.  Because they see that the group is so disempowered.  If you give them something where they can outperform their aggressor, if they have access, of course they would do that.  Why would they stop at the typical?  If the technology goes beyond what I called therapeutic enhancements.So once they have it, then of course others wanted, and that’s where noninvasive comes into play.  If it’s invasive then it would just they with them, but if it’s not invasive?  No one with legs really wants to have the bionic leg from Pistorius.  They would first have to amputate themselves.  But exoskeleton?  Why not?  But disabled people, if you don’t accept them for who they are, then obviously they will go for enhancements.I have no legs.  People would notice on this show.  I was wearing legs since I was three years old, but all the time it was an identity, and I walked mostly like John Wayne.  Because I was born like that, having no legs is my identity and crawling is my identity, so I love to crawl.  So I don’t use legs in the house or something.  I don’t use legs at all because crawling and using a wheelchair is more efficient than using legs.But the thing is we have the narrative even in the disability movement where we demonize crawling in order to justify legs and so on.  So we demonize things where we then play into the hand of others to further normalize us.  Crawling is okay.  Obviously you don’t want to get dirty outside so therefore you wear some, either a wheelchair or legs.You can easily have a narrative without demonizing crawling.  Unfortunately a lot of people buy into that and actually demonize them, because they view crawling as undignified.  In my house, I just a use any.  I crawl and then I just jump onto my chairs and so on.  I don’t use any wheelchair in the house.  It’s about a narrative.  It’s about perception.  It’s about efforts.  Are you really allowed to be at ease with you are or are you so much inert that you have to adhere to other people’s expectations?  So self-identity security is, for me, a very important issue.  I can really be at ease with who I am, not constantly fulfilling what other people’s expectations are of me.  That’s what ableism is.  Ableism has self-identity security.  Because you all the time have to fulfill other people’s expectations.WADE WINGLER:  That’s very interesting stuff.  And you’re right.  I’ve been working in the field for 20 years and have never really been able to explore that and wrap my brain around it.  That’s fastening stuff.GREGOR WOLBRING:  I look forward to talking at RESNA.  I arrive there — I don’t whether you are there the whole time.  I arrived on Friday and I leave on Sunday afternoon.WADE WINGLER:  I’m going to be there the whole time and I’m going to bring a portable recorder so that I can record some people were there just to kind of get the man on the street perspective and those kinds of things.  I would love to sit down and visit with you more.  That would be great.GREGOR WOLBRING:  I look for to it.WADE WINGLER:  Thank you so much for the conversation and for the interview today.  This is a fascinating topic and I hope you enjoy RESNA in Indianapolis.  Have you been here before?GREGOR WOLBRING:  No.  Indianapolis is the first time.WADE WINGLER:  It’s a nice city.  15 years ago, the downtown area wasn’t so nice, but it’s a lot nicer than it used to be.  Hopefully we’ll have good weather.  If you are a baseball fan, the hotel is right next to the baseball park.  So there’s some fun stuff there.GREGOR WOLBRING:  A lot of Indy car, NASCAR, all of that.WADE WINGLER:  Absolutely.  In fact, my guest last week on the show was a man named Sam Schmidt who, if you haven’t heard of him, was a very successful Indy racecar driver, incurred a spinal cord injury in 2000, and now he owns a race team.Last weekend at the motor Speedway, he was in a modified Corvette and drove at 100 miles an hour around the racetrack with head control.  So he’s got some had sensors and a bite that said that activates the brakes, and the GPS keeps it was in a 30 or 40 foot path so it will correct him within those parameters.  But within that 30 or 40 foot path, he’s totally autonomous with his driving.  So that maybe local and some national news.GREGOR WOLBRING:  The majority are born without arms and some without legs, but we also have people without arms and legs.  Every country has different technical solutions for driving.  Without arms and legs and Dave been driving for a decade.  It’s actually nothing new.  They use voice control and they have some sensors and the headset where they can just move their head to activate certain things.  They steer with something like a pencil in their mouth.  So that’s existed for quite a while without the GPS and so on.  But of course in the future we have self-driving and that’s no problem anymore.WADE WINGLER:  I’m looking for to that because I commute an hour each way and I’d love to get some work done on the drive.GREGOR WOLBRING:  That’s why I tend to not live far away from where my workers because driving is just a waste of time.  You can’t do anything during that.WADE WINGLER:  That’s true for me to.  But also feel like sleeping is a waste of time.GREGOR WOLBRING:  But that can you stop.  But the car you can’t do.  You just have to drive it.  That’s why I prefer to live a very short distance from where work so I don’t waste my time at the car.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent.  I will see you in just a few weeks.  Thank you again for the conversation.  I look for to meeting you face-to-face.GREGOR WOLBRING:  Thank you.WADE WINGLER:  Take care.GREGOR WOLBRING:  You also.WADE WINGLER:  So that’s a little bit different approach than we’ve taken with interviews in the past and some extended content.  I would love to know as to whether or not that was useful.  If you like that, give me a call or shoot me a note on Twitter and let me know if you’d like to hear more of that kind of content, and little more relaxed, a little less edited, a little more conversational.  You can let me know by calling 317-721-7124, shooting us a note over on Twitter at INDATA Project or visit our website@eastersealstech.com.  Click on the contact button.  I’m Wade Wingler, and this is been your extended version of Assistive Technology Update.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU159 – Dr Gregor Wolbring, Microsoft Narrator, Google Sites Accessibility, App: Math To DoJune 13, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU161 – RESNA 2014 Conference CoverageJune 27, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU156 – RESNA comes to 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first_img ATFAQ logoShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Return to article. Long DescriptionATFAQ064 – Q1 Dragon and auto punctuation Q2 Converting printed Braille to e-text Q3 Help with hearing in meetings Q4 TalkBack gestures on Android Q5 Mounting large smart phones Q6 Notification settings on your smart devicePanel – Brian Norton, Belva Smith, Laura Medcalf, Wade Wingler——-transcript follows ——WADE WINGLER:  Welcome to ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions with your host Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is a show in which we address your questions about assistive technology, the hardware, software, tools and gadgets that help people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Have a question you’d like answered on our show?  Send a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us an email at tech@eastersealscrossroads.org. The world of assistive technology has questions, and we have answers. And now here’s your host, Brian Norton.BRIAN NORTON:  Hello and welcome to ATFAQ episode 64. My name is Brian Norton and I’m the host of Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions. I’m happy you tuned in this week as we get ready to jump into the questions you sent in. Before we do, I want to spend a moment going around the room. We have a new face here but not one to you. Josh is off. He is a regular contributor, always on our panel, and is off on vacation this week. We have a pinch hitter superstar stepping into the place: Laura Medcalf. Laura, you want to say hey?LAURA MEDCALF:  Hey folks.WADE WINGLER:  The famous Laura Medcalf.BRIAN NORTON:  That’s right.LAURA MEDCALF:  So excited to be here.WADE WINGLER:  Like you mean it.BRIAN NORTON:  Laura is the famous accessibility minute toast, one of our other podcasts. We are lucky to have her in the room. She brings a lot of happiness. Thanks for coming in and sitting in with us today.WADE WINGLER:  She also writes a blog.BRIAN NORTON:  She does all of our social media content.WADE WINGLER:  Almost all of it. If you have read www.eastersealstech.com, listened to accessibility minute, you already know Laura. Today you will get to know her better.BRIAN NORTON:  Also today we have Belva Smith.BELVA SMITH:  Everybody.BRIAN NORTON:  Belva is our team lead for our vision team. I’m glad she’s here today. Also Wade Wingler.WADE WINGLER:  Hey everybody.BRIAN NORTON:  Wade is the popular host of assistive technology update. Almost as popular as Laura with accessibility minutes. He runs our board and contributes as he always does for the question that we have today.Without further ado, we are going to tell you about the show and how it works. We receive feedback and come across various assistive technology question throughout the week. We have a variety of ways, if you’re interested in sending questions our way, you can give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124, send us an email at tech@EasterSealsCrossroads.org, or send us a tweet with the hashtag ATFAQ. If you are a regular listener, several weeks ago I was hounding folks for some hashtags to be sent out over twitter. We got some so thank you for contributing in that way.WADE WINGLER:  They really tweet you!BRIAN NORTON:  A variety of ways to do that. The other thing we often do is collect feedback. As we sit around in our corner of the world and our small cause of a room – that’s basically what it is.WADE WINGLER:  You are really talking it up.BRIAN NORTON:  Putting the show together, we realize you are out there on the street doing this stuff as well and might have some great answers are things I fill in the gaps that we leave behind we were doing the show. If you have feedback, send us that feedback in the same way: our listener line, email, or hashtag that we monitor. We would love to hear from you in that way.To get started, we have three different things you want to throw out as feedback. I’ll play the first one that came in is a phone call.SPEAKER:  My name is Duane and I’m calling on the Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions. Somebody had mentioned a comment about JAWS not starting up. I have a solution. Go to settings in Windows and type power, and when you press enter, and then tab until it says solutions on available. When you click on it, there is a fast start. If that box is checked, uncheck it and that should start the problem. I just thought I would give that comment. Thanks.BRIAN NORTON:  That was Duane. As he mentioned, under your settings menu, going under the power settings, there might be an option for folks to take it manage which I think you mentioned a fast start. Certainly something to take a look at. That was different than the things we talked about last week.Our next bit of feedback. Last week we talked about upgrading to iOS 11, warning people as they do that that some of the apps, when you upgrade to iOS 11, it requires apps to be a 64-bit app. A lot of accessibility apps that I’ve used, especially for folks who are visually impaired, those are made as 32-bit apps. When I upgraded, it became an issue for me because, as I never do but did this time, I upgraded right before I did a presentation. The next morning I realized that several apps I was going to show folks that day weren’t able to run because it would come up and say the manufacturer needs to update that app. Just a warning for folks to think about before you upgrade.Really, for your upgrade to anything, any adaptive software, think through a gently what the upgrade is going to do for you and what kind of benefits it will bring to you and maybe wait just a little bit to make sure they get the bugs worked out. IOS is one thing, but some more traditional adaptive software, there are always tweaks. People rush to get their updates out to folks and then realize if you weeks later when people start using it, to get a lot of feedback about fixing certain things. When you jump from version 10 to 11, within about six weeks there is a 11.1 update fixing those things that happen to folks. Just warning about I was 11 and updates. Be mindful of those and think through the update process for you to make sure you’re not going to do the proverbial step in it.WADE WINGLER:  I’ve learned when you need a 64-bit app, installing a 32 twice doesn’t do the trick. You would think because of math, but it doesn’t.BRIAN NORTON:  It doesn’t add up.BELVA SMITH:  I’ll throw out that I think with every iOS update, has been something with braille or one of the apps for the folks who are visually impaired or rely on have been affected. In fact, with this latest update, there were some braille issues and I measure those have been resolved yet. I’ll just say what I said last time we talked about it, unless you consider yourself to be rather techy, it is always a good idea to wait a while before you do your update. If you don’t mind dealing with – because a lot of time they don’t know the issue that will be called from the release of the updates until they actually released them and people start trying to use things.WADE WINGLER:  From an IT security perspective, don’t way forever either. Those updates not only include features and bouts of which is that we like, but they also plug in holes for malware and viruses and those kinds of things. I don’t care what operating system you’re on, those things are out there. Don’t way forever. Wait a little while.BRIAN NORTON:  That is sage advice coming from our IT director and our HIPPA person as well. He doesn’t want preaches.BELVA SMITH:  I was just talking from the folks at VFO. One of the things they were saying about doing your software updates like JAWS and Fusion, because Microsoft is always working extremely hard to fix any of their cracks and leaks, it’s really important to keep that software updated as well because they have to stay on top of that stuff.BRIAN NORTON:  You just made me laugh at myself. This morning I was talking to Belva about different programs trying to get those to work. Instead of VFO, it came out the VFW.BRIAN NORTON:  He’s like, what do they call themselves now?  The VFW?  No, that’s where they go at the end of the day.WADE WINGLER:  We talked about that on an earlier show. Are you an upgrade right away girl or do you wait to do your update on your iPhone and apps?LAURA MEDCALF:  I usually try to wait a couple of days because of the bugs that can happen.BRIAN NORTON:  Our last bit of feedback today. For a while, we had been talking about the Google home device and also the Amazon echo devices and their ability to make phone calls. Just an episode or two ago, we talked about how Google home is able to do that. We do have an update on Amazon echo.BELVA SMITH:  It can now do that as well and doesn’t require the person to be in your contacts. You’re not required to have a phone number connected to it. You just simply ask her to dial the number. Again, this is all going to be based upon your location. I’ve been trying to get mine to make a phone call ever since about a week after I got Google home to do it. Until last week or most recently, she was telling me that she wasn’t able to do that. I did ask her if she could call the nearest Walmart. She was also not able to do that. Google home is able to do that.BRIAN NORTON:  I tested it out last week. I was talking at a support group, talking about assistive technology. We had talked about personal assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo. I had my Dot and was explaining that and working with that. People were having some fun with it. We did try the phone call and I was able to call someone’s cell phone who was in the support group. It came across as my phone number because that’s what it is registered to. It does work fairly well.BELVA SMITH:  It does land lines as well as a cell phones. I called my landline at home. The only thing I was hoping it would do – I’m thinking that it will eventually – is to be able to call the local Walmart or closest Pizza Hut.WADE WINGLER:  Just to be clear, I see the activation word – we all know her name – and say call 555-1212, and it will dial the phone?BELVA SMITH:  Yes.WADE WINGLER:  And caller ID is coming from whoever the account is registered to?BELVA SMITH:  Correct.WADE WINGLER:  I guess we don’t have long distance anymore.BELVA SMITH:  You do have to put the area code in. The sound quality is good enough to have a conversation.BRIAN NORTON: No more Voice over IP. You can just use your Amazon echo.BELVA SMITH:  Pretty much any of the assistants now.BRIAN NORTON:  The Apple pod?BELVA SMITH:  It’s not even out yet.LAURA MEDCALF:  I think it’ll come out next month.BELVA SMITH:  I’m thinking it’s going to be right before the holidays.WADE WINGLER:  It’s that time of year. The apple orchard are very busy. It could be ripening up right now. I’m trying to be like Brian.BRIAN NORTON:  It’s the seat.BELVA SMITH:  Has anybody seen an image of what it’s going to look like?WADE WINGLER:  No.BELVA SMITH:  I’m thinking they should shape it like an apple. It would be awesome, wouldn’t it?  I think they are coming to the game kind of late so they had better be bringing something pretty powerful. Can’t you ask Siri to dial a number?BRIAN NORTON:  If you are on your phone.WADE WINGLER:  We are looking at this picture and it looks like a big speaker. I guess that makes sense.BRIAN NORTON:  Which isn’t any different than the other two.BELVA SMITH:  I did get my Amazon show, haven’t set it up yet. I’m just looking at it in the box. I’m excited to get it set up at home.BRIAN NORTON:  It’s probably not going to do much for you in the box.LAURA MEDCALF:  I didn’t want to say anything. You have to take it out of the box.WADE WINGLER:  It’s the show.BRIAN NORTON:  Where is it?WADE WINGLER:  In the box.BELVA SMITH:  Exactly.***BRIAN NORTON:  Don’t forget, as we go through the questions today, don’t forget if you have a question or have feedback, there are a variety of ways to send that to us. You can give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us an email at tech@EasterSealsCrossroads.org, or send us a tweet with the hashtag ATFAQ.Our first question of the day came through email. Sometimes when I dictate a sentence, I’m not done and it will just insert a period and capitalize the following word. Any reason Dragon might be doing that?BELVA SMITH:  I just say that Natural Punctuation can be inserted anytime there is a pause when you’re using Dragon. Even though in your mind you will have not completed the sentence, if you have pause for any amount of time, it will assume I should put some punctuation in. Natural Punctuation can be turned on and off by simply saying “natural punctuation on” or “natural punctuation off.”BRIAN NORTON:  It is a setting. You can either go through your options menu or just say turn it on or off and it will turn those things on. The other thing I was wondering, I’ve been using Dragon or providing Dragon training for a long time. Sometimes what I realize is if someone is speaking – now it has gotten much better in recent versions of Dragon – sometimes when you are speaking, and your lips smack or there is a pause or there is some natural tendency for folks to be able to do something at the end of a sentence, sometimes it does pick up on that and will try to translate it. It’s hearing something that is part of your natural speech, it’s something you have to be mindful of and careful not to do and maybe change the way you pronounce or end your sentences. One way you can go about fixing that, if you go back into the training modules, as you train within that closed environment, contain environment, as you dictate sentences, Dragon will recognize that that is part of your natural speech but doesn’t match anything within that training module, so it will start to disregard it. I’ve seen a lot of the folks have worked with over the years have some success as they trained, if it is part of that how you speak or pronounce and it is part of your mouth movements.WADE WINGLER:  One of my default is to turn off automatic capitalization, automatic punctuation. I haven’t had it on for the last couple of versions of Dragon. Is it getting better about figuring out what is a comment and period and a semicolon?  Have you had experience with that or did you shut it off too?BELVA SMITH:  I shut it off also just because, like I said with the pauses, it’s pretty much always incorrect so I just turn it off and train people to put their own punctuation in.BRIAN NORTON:  For commas and periods, it does an okay job. I don’t know if it does the other punctuation marks. It doesn’t do those things.Just to recap, the first thing is to check auto punctuation. Turn it off if it is on. If it is part of your speech, go ahead and do some training in that module and see if that might fix it for you.***BRIAN NORTON:  Our next question came in through voicemail so we are going to go ahead and play there for you and jump into some answers after that.SPEAKER:  Name is Ronald and I listen to the Wade Wingler tech update show. I’ve been quite informed and blessed by it. I am totally blind. I have written a book in braille. I would like to translate from braille to print. Is there software I could get that works for somebody with average skills with a computer to convert the braille to print?  I like to dictate my braille material and have a machine or computer to type it, whichever way you recommend. Please give me some good advice for an average operator. Thank you.BELVA SMITH:  It sounds like what you might be looking for a optical braille recognition software or OBR. I did see that EnableMart has some listed on their website; however, it says it has been discontinued. I would assume that if it has been discontinued there, it is going to be difficult to find anywhere. It was for around $1500. How easy it was I’m not exactly sure.What I did pick up on his question is that he said he would not mind dictating his braille book or braille information into the computer. What I would suggest is that you just get a Windows PC – I know you said before you didn’t. Get yourself a Windows PC or even a Mac and use the included speech recognition software. What that means is you are going to need to turn off your screen reader. Get yourself into a word processing program – we will say for this example that you’re going to use Microsoft Word. To get Microsoft Word opened up and turn off your screen reader and activate the speech recognition software which is built into Windows. Then speak your braille information into the computer. Once you’re done with that input method, you’re going to need to turn back on your screen reader so that you can do proofreading. Obviously the speech recognition is going to make some heirs and you will need to go back and fix those manually once you have your screen reader turned back on.Also, I just want to throw this out to anyone else who might be listening. If you don’t already have a computer, there are plenty of ways and places that you can get a computer, some for free and some at no cost. There is the CFTB, or Computer For The Blind, or your local assistive technology act. For us in Indiana, that would be INDATA project. Part of what they do is refurbish Windows computers and get them out to individual that had the other funding source but have a disability. Unfortunately, those computers don’t always include the mainstream adaptive software like JAWS or ZoomText but there are low or no cost alternatives that you can get for those computers.Ronald, if you haven’t already got yourself a computer, that might be a way.WADE WINGLER:  The OBR, optical braille recognition, is something I haven’t seen in a wild. A little bit of research tells me it’s something made by a company in the Czech Republic. They are headquartered in Prague and are called Neo Vision. They show distributors all over the world in Canada and East Africa and France. It makes me wonder if they have just lost their US distributorship, or has the product gone away. It might be worth reaching out to them. The website of the people who originally made the software is Neovision.cz. As I recall, you put braille on a scanner and it would scan it in visually and rely on the bumps to make shadows and a change in the color of the paper and would translate printed braille back into computer rendered text.That’s the thing you want. It has existed and I just don’t know if it is available anymore.BRIAN NORTON:  That’s interesting to me. I must have been living under a rock or something like that because I just not heard of that before.BELVA SMITH:  It’s not something that has ever been very popular, but it is something that is available.WADE WINGLER:  Let us know when you figure it out. I want to read your book.***BRIAN NORTON:  Our next question is, I’m looking for a device that will help me understand meetings better. I attend medical meetings almost daily and have difficulty following the content in these meetings due to my profound hearing loss. I currently wear two bilateral behind-the-ear hearing aides with a t-switch. I have tried using the Ava app, but the captioning is only 60 percent correct.The first thing I would say is some clarifying question I would have. I know there are many types of hearing aid manufacturers. I am familiar with Phonak and Semens. Those hearing aid manufacturers, specifically ones that make Bluetooth hearing aids, have devices that can pair with the Bluetooth for specific situations like this when you are in meetings. I believe Phonak has the Roger Pen. That’s a pen-like device that you can set on the table and point around the room to be able to point out folks as they talk, and it will pick them up and feed the audio directly into your hearing aids. That’s what you want because the hearing aids are specifically calibrated to your hearing.I would take a look at your hearing aids and figure out what type you have. Maybe talk to your audiologist about it. Then bring that up with your audiologist as well, saying, I’m having difficulty in these settings and this is what I’m trying to do with it. Maybe there are some options they might be able to throw your way with different manufacturers and types of technology that can be added on to the hearing aid to you currently use to be able to better here in those situations.You mentioned the Ava app. That is a great app. For folks that don’t know what Ava does, when you are in a meeting, all the participants can have the app on their phone. What I refer to it as, it puts an individual microphone in front of everybody. They have their phone in front of them, and their phones are listening. The Ava app allows multiple folks to be able to have a complete messaging system happen real-time as it captions each voice. It knows which voice it came from and it will show up in a bubble associated with that person. You get live captioning in and amongst multiple folks.Another app I’ve had success with is live caption. Live caption may not be for a larger group. I would save you five or so folks around a table where you can be close enough to one phone. It will give you a dictation of everything it hears in a row. There is no separation. It is not going to parse it out by individual. It does give you a running live caption of what’s being said and that type of meeting.Those would be the things I would throw out there initially.WADE WINGLER:  I encourage you to hang on to the accuracy is going to get better and better as time goes by with this technology. The fact that something like Ava even exist now and can do transcription live. Again, we want accuracy as much as we can get it but it is going to get better. Don’t give up on that technology and stay on top of it because we have more and more audio content all the time in our world.The other thing I’ll do is a shameless plug. Let us know if you rely on the transcript of this show as well. One of the things we are part of here at Easter Seals Crossroads is we have transcripts of our podcasts go up usually the day of or a day or two after our podcasts are released, depending on the show. We hope that that is a useful service and would like to hear from more folks who rely on that.BELVA SMITH:  I’ll just bounce off of the same thing that Brian said. Definitely you want to speak to your audiologist about this and let them know the type of environment that you are in and the troubles you are experiencing. I know I’ve had several clients that have been able to get the Bluetooth companions to go along with their hearing aids, and has been able to make a big difference for them.BRIAN NORTON:  The hearing aids are equipped with Bluetooth, and there is a lanyard that goes around your neck. All of the audio gets transmitted from whatever device you were using to your headset hearing aids and allows you to hear that audio in the best representation for you.Definitely check with them. You may also look at others. Harris communications is another great place to go. A lot of times they have some great things for folks who are deaf or hard of hearing in those types of environments. Starting with the hearing aids. I always ask folks to have the conversation with your audiologist because they are going to be able to know what your history is, know what your specific hearing issues are, and hopefully match up the technology for you. A lot of that hearing aid technology has to be recommended through an audiologist in order for it to get funded.  Those Bluetooth FM systems do work well. Definitely check that out.***BRIAN NORTON:  Our next message is from Mary.BELVA SMITH:  We haven’t heard from Mary in a while.BRIAN NORTON:  She is what we would refer to as it regular caller.BELVA SMITH:  Maybe she has been on vacation.WADE WINGLER:  Welcome back.BRIAN NORTON:  This is a voicemail so we will play that for you.SPEAKER:  This is Mary. I’m an assistive technology consultant in Kentucky. I had a question for ATFAQ. I’m constantly showing students who have reading disabilities and have iPhones how to use voiceover to read pretty much anything and also speech selection and speak screen. I need to be able to find those things on android because so many of my students have android phones. When I’m showing them voiceover because they are sighted, I boil it down to four or five basic gestures that help them control it without voiceover controlling them and driving them crazy. I know how to turn talkback on on Android, but I can’t seem to figure out if you gestures that help me figure out how to quickly turn it on, pause, resume, and get it back to where you want it. Do you have any information on that?Also, are there features on android phones similar to speak screen and speech selection. I know it’s tricky because there are so many companies that make android phones. Anyway, if you have information on that, that would be great.BRIAN NORTON:  Great questions. Thank you for giving us a call. I want to throw it over to Belva. I think she has some answers.BELVA SMITH:  I hope I do.WADE WINGLER:  There is a lot going on in that question.BELVA SMITH:  That’s how I was reading it. There are lots of questions in one question, I guess. I think primarily you are looking for a way to quickly turn on and off the talkback feature as well as a way to have speak selection be read on android. It’s difficult to answer any of these android questions because it depends on not only what operating system you are using, but what android device are you using, which is again why Apple is nice because they are within their own little box.What I did come up with for you, Mary, I don’t know if you have gone into device settings and accessibility shortcut. At the top of accessibility, you will be able to turn on the shortcut. If you hold down the volume keys for three seconds, that will supposedly bring up the accessibility shortcut menu, where you can turn on talkback or choose for it to speak selection. So if you have a screen that you want to have read, you will first highlight it and then hold down your volume keys for three seconds and it will begin to speak the screen. At least that’s what I was able to come up with, that’s also for android 5.1 or higher. If you’re using something that is older than that, then that might not be the best solution. It did say that if you don’t see the option, you can go to the Google Play Store and download a later version of your talkback. I hope that helps.BRIAN NORTON:  Suffice to say, here at Easter Seals crossroads we primarily work with Apple devices so we have iPads and Apple phones. It’s a little out of our box but not completely. We are starting to see — and I’ve been noticing even over the recent years – all of that great accessibility that has been inside iOS, you are starting to see it being developed in the android environment as well. They are a lot more similar than you might think. As they continue to develop, I’m sure more accessibility is going to be built in and available for folks. I’ve seen it firsthand, not only for built-in stuff, but the apps that are out there for folks on android.In the last couple of months, I added a Samsung Galaxy tab to my kit. I’ve been playing around with a few apps and have been very impressed with it as far as accessibility is concerned.I also want to throw out to our listeners, folks who may be more familiar with android, if you have other suggestions or additional knowledge that you can throw Mary’s way with regard to getting text to speech available on android, we would love to hear from you and be able to pass that along to Mary and one of our upcoming shows. Let us know. We would love to be able to fill in the gaps with that question. Thank you very much.***BRIAN NORTON:  Our next question is an email that came through. They are looking for suggestions for a wheelchair mount for a larger iPhone or iPad device. The question becomes are there different mounts for iPads or for iPhones for wheelchairs.WADE WINGLER:  I’m all about the RAM mounts. We’ve been using those here for a long time and we really like them. They were originally designed to mount laptops in cop cars. If you think about an environment that needs to be durable and reliable, the fact that they are doing that is amazing. That’s what I use in my car right now for my phone, a Ram mount stuck to a suction cup. They can mount to down the tubes on wheelchairs, bicycles. I think it’s ironic that the mounts that are meant for motorcycle handlebars work nicely on a lot of wheelchair mounts as well. They even have some that can fit in the cup holder of cars and hold up something fairly substantial. Brian, I know you have experience with the RAM mounts as well.BRIAN NORTON:  I love them. They are very user-friendly, easy to use, easy to connect. They come with a variety of clamps that you can use to get it clamped on pretty much anywhere on your wheelchair. RAM mounts are great and I use them quite a bit.WADE WINGLER:  They are modular so you can mix and match and get whatever you want. Around $50 or so will get you into one of the more universal RAM mounts set ups for the iPhone.BELVA SMITH:  I know I recently had to come up with a mount for an iPad for a wheelchair. That was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long time. Trying to find the right mount for that chair. It is all very chair specific. I looked at so many mounts and so many different ways to configure them, but there are so many different styles a wheelchair. I took pictures of that wheelchair every which way I could. I’m so glad that’s not something I have to do every day. I hope I got it figured out. The parts haven’t come in yet.WADE WINGLER:  You should lean on our mobility team.BELVA SMITH:  I did, trust me. Every day I was saying hey, guys, what do you think of this?BRIAN NORTON:  There are specific companies that make specific mounts for chairs. Blue sky designed to make the modern mover; Daisy does that as well. What’s nice about those days they are designed for wheelchair so they take advantage of discrete places on the wheelchair. A lot of wheelchairs of these days have a chair rail which is on the seat. They also have one’s in the armrest of the chair where, if you’re going to move the armrest out of the way, the mount will go with it.BELVA SMITH:  My arm was going to be moving so she could transfer in and out of the chair. That brings a whole another obstacle to overcome.LAURA MEDCALF:  Another recommendation I have is if you are in the process of receiving a new wheelchair, a lot of new wheelchairs will come with specific amounts.BRIAN NORTON:  Really?WADE WINGLER:  So when you get your chair, you can say iPhone or something like that?LAURA MEDCALF:  You can add on different accessories. I added on a cup holder, USB charger. That’s all I need to personally but there are hundreds of options.BELVA SMITH:  You can get a USB charger?WADE WINGLER:  That’s right. Under my left arm rest. I plug my phone in anywhere.BELVA SMITH:  That’s awesome.BRIAN NORTON:  Is that covered through the process or is that something you then have to pay for?LAURA MEDCALF:  It was covered under my insurance.BRIAN NORTON:  That’s so great. I had not known that.WADE WINGLER:  If I had known that, I probably would have bummed some USB off of you during the show. That’s probably an inappropriate question. Can I charge my phone on your chair?LAURA MEDCALF:  It’s fine. I’m used to it now.BRIAN NORTON:  As folks are getting fitted for new chairs, or they are having to have something fix on their old chair, can they talk to their seating and positioning specialist to talk about what might be needed?LAURA MEDCALF:  And see what accessories might be available.BRIAN NORTON:  That’s great.BELVA SMITH:  Could I have told the person I was working with, hey, you need to talk to her seating and mobility specialist and see if she or he can find the mount we need. That would’ve saved me a lot of headache.BRIAN NORTON:  It probably would’ve made the process a little longer for the individual themselves because that is a process to see your seating and positioning specialist, get things approved, and all that stuff.LAURA MEDCALF:  It depends on the specialist, how knowledgeable they are of a specific brand of wheelchair. Every brand is different.BELVA SMITH:  I found that out too.LAURA MEDCALF:  The chair I’m currently in is completely different from my other chair. You can’t mount certain things on this one like you cut the other one and vice versa.BRIAN NORTON:  It is a sweet chair.LAURA MEDCALF:  It is the Cadillac of wheelchairs.BELVA SMITH:  Because of that, I find myself looking at chairs differently now because I’m like, oh, you don’t have that –LAURA MEDCALF:  I see you checking this out.BELVA SMITH:  I was sitting here thinking, that one is really nice.BRIAN NORTON:  To wrap that up, there are commercially available mounts like RAM mounts and other kinds of things. There are manufacturers like a daisy and modern mover. But then also mounts that are specifically designed for a specific chair through a seating and positioning specialist that you might be working with. Asking and inquiring with them about what might be appropriate is certainly an option as well.***WADE WINGLER:  And now it’s time for the wildcard question.BRIAN NORTON:  Our next question is wildcard question. This is where we throw the mic at Wade.WADE WINGLER:  Not necessarily an assistive technology question, but in the end I think it probably is. We have lots of communication tools and have talk about those from time to time on the show. My question this week isn’t so much about communication tools but about notification settings. We have emails, text, Slack, Facebook messenger, all these different tools at our disposal to communicate with one another throughout the day and evening and the night and 24/7/365 it seems like.My question is, in general, how do you set your notification settings?  Does a change from your computer to your mobile device?  What is your philosophy behind the vacations?  Are you buzzing all the time, or just shut them all off and check them when you get to them?  Some things you set to buzz or being throughout the day?  How do you deal with notifications on your device and computers?BRIAN NORTON:  I’ll jump in. I set mine to be almost the maximum amount of notifications. I’ve been accused in the past, don’t text Brian because he won’t answer you.WADE WINGLER:  I’ve experienced that.BRIAN NORTON:  I use an iPhone. I have my computer. I have an Apple Watch. I actually rely more on my Apple Watch than anything else. Everything is connected to it. I talked to people all the time when I’m doing speaking engagements. The phone, I’ve learned to ignore it. I don’t even feel the vibration. I don’t want it to make an auditory sound because if I’m speaking –WADE WINGLER:  Or recording for example.BRIAN NORTON:  – I don’t want it to go off. I don’t want it to be an auditory sound so I put it on the vibration. I don’t feel the vibration in my pocket anymore. Having something on my wrist is really more important to me. I crank it all up and connect it to my watch and rely on that to help me to know what’s coming up and what is not.WADE WINGLER:  Do you get phantom vibrations?BRIAN NORTON:  I do.WADE WINGLER:  I used too. I don’t get much anymore.BELVA SMITH:  I use the Apple Watch and rely on it heavily to keep me updated with my notifications. When I am writing in the car, which is where I spent a large portion of my day, I may have my phone connected via Bluetooth to the stereo system so I’m listening to a podcast or something, and when I get a notification of a text or something like that, it doesn’t always make a sound when it is connected and playing a podcast. Having that little vibration on my arm – in fact, I have recently turned on the maps notification, so when I’m driving, rather than having to listen to turn right in one mile, I just feel the vibration on my arm to know when I’m going to need to turn. I do rely heavily on my watch for that stuff.I guess I’m still in a state of trying to figure out what is enough and what is too much and what’s not enough. I had my doorbell at home which also give me notifications. Then I have applications that we use here at work that give me updates and notifications. And of course regular text and stuff like that. I don’t want to drive for two hours or be working on a report or something and not pay any intention and not be aware that somebody may have needed something like right now, but at the same time, if I’m sitting in a meeting, I really do get frustrated with [makes buzzing sound]. In fact, that happened to me just this morning. I was sitting in a meeting and I got five right in a row. I haven’t figured out what’s the right amount yet.WADE WINGLER:  Do you change them from app to app?  Do you have everything set to alert like your email and text messages and instant messaging and those kinds of things?  Or do you turn some apps on more than others?BELVA SMITH:  I guess I turn some up more than others. I have priority for some of the apps.WADE WINGLER:  For me, I don’t let email announce anything. I don’t want to be bothered by any email. I get hundreds of emails a day. They aren’t usually time sensitive. Text messages I do let buzz throughout the day. Other things I am sort of selective about. We use Slack as our instant messenger here. Some channels I have turned on and some off. It’s getting more granular these days about how you can tell those things to notify you. I have some channels that only notify me during the day but after hours they shut off. I find that it is a work in progress for me.LAURA MEDCALF:  I use as few notifications as possible because I noticed everybody is trying to get a hold of me, so it stresses me out and hides my anxiety. I use the “I’ll get to it when I’m able.” I do have my text messages sent via notification banner on my phone, because usually people know if they need be immediately, that is the way to reach me. That’s about the only thing I let forward onto an alert.[Inaudible]LAURA MEDCALF:  I still have a red bubble that haunts me if I don’t answer an email. I will not open anymore that I can’t answer it. I’m very forgetful so that’s why I leave the hunting red dot.WADE WINGLER:  Then they make you mad.LAURA MEDCALF:  Then I had to actually make time to respond. I don’t get hundreds.BELVA SMITH:  That is frustrating to me as well. If I open an email and having got the time to respond to it, but it required I respond to it, to have to go back and mark it as unread is very frustrating so I would rather just open it until I have time to open it.LAURA MEDCALF:  Exactly.WADE WINGLER:  I am an inbox zero kind of guy. I have been for years and still do that. I don’t have anything in my inbox at the end of the day pick it does when I bump things over into a task management system where I can prioritize it and give them color codes or different things and let me know what I need to do.LAURA MEDCALF: We’re not that fancy. Ain’t nobody got time for that.WADE WINGLER:  I have to be.BELVA SMITH:  I will say we have a coworker that used to send a text that should’ve been email. I think we finally broke them of that now. Text should just be short so I can look at it and be done with it and respond to it.BRIAN NORTON:  I think in today’s day and age, all of this Internet of things, there are some of the things that can alert you. I got nest cameras at home. When the dog barks or it thinks it sees a person, it notifies me. If I really think about it, some things I just don’t have alert me at all. I guess I do prioritize which ones do and I do probably set certain limits on things so I know they are not bothering me when it’s not as important.WADE WINGLER:  It’s interesting, one of the new alert in our lives is the Amazon echo letting us know when an Amazon packet shows up. I have two little kids in my house, a six-year-old and soon to be five-year-old. They don’t have email or text messages or anything that are notifications in their lives. They are little kids. Except when that yellow ring goes off on the Amazon echo, they get so excited. My little boy will run over there and say the activation word and “notifications” because he really wants to know what is that. I can see the endorphin rush happen in this little guy because there is a notification. He heard the doorbell ring 13 seconds before, so he knows that either the neighbor kid or UPS driver has left something on the front porch. He loves when those Amazon notifications come across which tells me there is something super psychological going on that even my six-year-old has to know right away what that notification is. And it’s always the same notification: your package was just delivered. But he loves it.BELVA SMITH:  Or it is on its way.WADE WINGLER:  Right.BELVA SMITH:  I’ve been using my Amazon device for personal reminders. We have an upcoming baby shower. I don’t like putting those personal things on my work calendar which is my primary calendar, so I just started using her for my personal reminders. I’m liking that even though it is another buzz on the wrist because even when I’m not home, if I have set a reminder, it will come across on my watch to let me know you were supposed to stop at the store before you get home.BRIAN NORTON:  That’s our show for today. Don’t forget to send us your questions. Or if you have been listening to the things we’ve been covering today and have some additional feedback, send those our way. We would love to hear from you. You can give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us a tweet with the hashtag ATFAQ, or email us at tech@EasterSealsCrossroads.org. Recently what your questions and feedback. In fact, without it, we really wouldn’t have a show. Be a part of it.I want to thank the folks in the room as well. Belva?BELVA SMITH:  Thanks everybody. We look forward to your questions. Laura, it was always excited to have you in the room.LAURA MEDCALF:  Thanks for having me.BRIAN NORTON:  We love having Laura here. She makes us all happier people.LAURA MEDCALF:  I keep you in line.WADE WINGLER:  Somebody needs to. Thanks everybody.BRIAN NORTON:  Take care.WADE WINGLER: Information provided on Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions does not constitute a product endorsement.  Our comments are not intended as recommendations, nor is our show evaluative in nature.  Assistive Technology FAQ is hosted by Brian Norton; gets editorial support from Mark Stewart and Belva Smith; is produced by me, Wade Wingler; and receives support from Easter Seals Crossroads and the INDATA project.  ATFAQ is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel.  Find more of our shows at www.accessibilitychannel.com.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For requests and inquiries, contact tjcortopassi@gmail.com***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ037 – Q1. Live Captioning Options Q2. Vocalize free cell pone equipment? Q3.Voicmail Transcriptions? Q4. Graphing calculator solutions for folks with dexterity and fine motor control issues? Q5. Hooking up iPad to a large 32” touch screen? Q6. Wildcard Question: How reliant are you on Internet connectivity?September 12, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ055 – Q1 How subscribe via RSS Q2 Phone plans for emergency communication Q3 Reading building directories with an app Q4 Dragon “move to body” email question Q5 What AT to use in a presentation for educators Q6 What tech do you take on vacationJune 12, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ095 – Q1- Fall Detection and Alerts for bathroom , Q2 – Discrete notification system for classroom , Q3 – Interactive Math and Graphing software, Q4 – Aegir Smartpen, Q5 – Text-to-speech for state assessment tests , Q6 – App Showdown – TalkBack and VoiceOver , Q7 *Wildcard question: Are passwords a thing of the past?March 11, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast” Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadlast_img read more

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How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small

first_img Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ We Now Understand Why Tom Welling Disappeared 9 Comments If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Most Powerful Characters in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, Ranked The Greatest Opening Scenes in Superhero Movies Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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2020 Corvette Launches MidEngine 495 hp More Tech Less Than 60K

first_img 62 Comments TUSTIN, CA — The eighth-generation of America’s best and best-known performance car launched here Thursday night. The 2020 Corvette is finally a mid-engine two-seater, as its architects have dreamed of for more than half a century. It has a strong dose of technology ranging from over-the-air updates to a standard 12-inch digital (LCD) instrument panel, a bigger head-up-display, and a GPS database that raises the low-slung car when it approaches a bump in the road or a sharply pitched driveway.The cheapest 2020 Corvette will cost “less than $60,o00” when it ships early in 2020, according to GM president Mark Reuss, one of the speakers at the event.  That’s a 6 percent increase over the least expensive 2019 Corvette. Tagged In carsautomobilesautoscar reviewsChevrolet2020 carsChevrolet corvetteperformance data recorder2020 sports carsC8CorvettesPDR Post a Comment 62 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Movies That Are Practically Flawless Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality A 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray cutaway. The cockpit was moved forward 16.5 inches. While the new car is five inches longer (182) and two inches wider than the prior model, every cockpit dimension is the same or slightly less roomy for 2020. (A convertible is coming; just not at the beginning.)<><>123456789101112131415 The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Controversial TV Twists We Still Can’t Wrap Our Head Around 2020 Corvette Launches: Mid-Engine, 495 hp, More Tech, Less Than $60K You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why This Corvette Is DifferentThe 66-year history of Corvette includes a long-running difference of opinion between GM’s sports-minded engineers, particularly Zora Arkus-Duntov, and cost-conscious financial staff. Duntov proposed better underpinnings to make early Corvettes drive as well as they looked. Fast-forward half a century and the C8 – Corvette, generation 8 – finally has one of the hallmarks of the highest-end sports cars, the mid-engine layout. Some say GM had only bad experiences with its few early mid-engine production cars, particularly the 1960s Corvair which was a) rear- not mid-engine, b) troubled not by the engine location as much as the low-cost rear suspension that came to the attention of a young Ralph (“Unsafe at Any Speed”) Nader even though c) the VW Beetle had the same “swing-axle” design and that didn’t pique Nader’s curiosity.The things you’ll read elsewhere about the C8 Corvette will often center on the mechanical differences, particularly moving a traditional small-block Chevy V8 with the very same bore spacing (distance between cylinders) as on the earliest Corvettes, from the front to behind the passenger compartment. The lone transmission choice is an eight-speed Tremec double-clutch transmission with a low first gear for tire-smoking acceleration (our words, not Chevy’s), closely spaced gears 2-3-4-5-6 to keep the car in the sweet spot of the power band, and long gears 7-8, meaning gears that let the engine run at highway speeds at less than 2,000 rpm, for fuel efficiency. With no driveshaft, the former transmission tunnel is now a piece of high-strength aluminum with a carbon fiber finisher (aero-smoothing) panel. Also to save space, the shifter linkage gives way to shift-by-wire gears: a Park-Reverse-Drive selector and paddle shifters.Magnetic ride control shocks are an option. They instantly adapt to changing road conditions; the same dampers can be stiff for sporty driving, soft for daily driving especially with a spouse/partner aboard who loves Corvettes with limousine rides.The wrap-around cockpit resembles a racecar cocoon. Or to some bigger drivers, it may seem a little confining. The 8-inch center stack display has a volume and a Home button; everything else is done by touch.More, Better High TechFor 2020, every Corvette gets a 12-inch LCD display. It’s mated with an 8-inch center stack LCD. To keep the dashboard uncluttered, the LCD has only a volume knob and a Home button; everything else is touch or voice. A head-up display is optional. Audio is by Bose: 10 speakers standard on entry trim models, 14 speakers including woofers in the door panels.A MyMode feature lets the driver cycle among preferred driving style configurations. A single “Z mode” (named after the Z06, ZR1, and Z51 performance packages) is activated by a steering wheel button lets the driver take a My Mode feature, add engine and transmission tweaks, and store that in the button for back-roads and track use.The Corvette adopts GM’s new “digital vehicle platform” for next-generation technologies. It minimizes wiring, allows faster data transmission, and enables higher-res displays. Other features are Chevy’s first one-touch Bluetooth pairing via a Near Field Communication patch, Qi wireless charging.Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder has been upgraded. It’s an integrated action camera/security, records lap times or point-to-point travel times, and even knows where you are on a racecourse for auto-calculation of lap info. Don’t trust valet parking? You can set it to record when the ignition is set to valet mode.First-generation Corvette C1 greets attendees to the 2020 Corvette C8 launch at the Tustin (CA) Blimp Hanger. The C1 cost $3,490 in 1953, equal to $33,500 in today’s dollars.Corvette HistoryCorvette launched in 1953, a decade before Porsche came out with the Porsche 911. Its best era was the 1970s, ironically at the time of the first oil embargos from the Middle East. In this decade, production ranged from a high of 42,000 in 2016 to a low of just under 10,000 last year. Sales and production numbers also followed the aging of the models which ran 5-10 years:First-generation (C1, 1953–1962)Second-generation (C2, 1963–1967)Third-generation (C3, 1968–1982)Fourth-generation (C4, 1984–1996)Fifth-generation (C5, 1997–2004)Sixth-generation (C6, 2005–2013)Seventh-generation (C7, 2014–2019)Eighth-generation (C8, 2020-)In comparison, the Porsche 911, often considered the most iconic sports car, has about 1.1 million units produced. (No Ferrari is remotely close to a million.) Porsche sales are throughout the world where Corvette sales are centered in North America. Porsche sold 35,000 911s last year, worldwide. But where the 911 by itself was Porsche Cars for decades, now it’s only a fraction of Porsche’s 256,000 worldwide sales last year, outsold by the Macaan compact SUV (86,000), Cayenne mid-size SUV (71,000), even the Panamera sedan (38,000). The 911 came out in 1963, at which point Corvette had a 70,000-unit head start. Porsche’s biggest market is China, followed by the US and Germany.Detroit-focused Campbell-Ewald ad agency campaign from a decade ago noted who gets sung about.More than a dozen songs have been written about the car, including “Little Red Corvette,” even if the lyrics meant something else, “Riding with Private Malone,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Shut Down,” “The Best Day,” “Corvette Dreams,” “The One I Loved Back Then,” and “Corvette Crusin’.”The Corvette has been the Indianapolis 500 pace car 16 times (17 when the C8 paces the 2020 race). It has been on the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list 20 times (Honda Accord has been on 33 times, BMW 3 Series 23 times). It has been Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1984 and 1998.Chevrolet produced 1.7 million Corvettes over seven generations since 1953. Production topped 50,000 in 1979 and 1984. This decade, production averaged 23,000 units a year. Note: Low figures such as 1983 are when most 1983 sales were assigned to 1984. New models were in 1953, 1963, 1968, 1984, 1997, 2005 and 2014.More Than 1.7 Million SoldChevrolet produced 1.7 million Corvettes over seven generations since 1953. Production topped 50,000 in 1979 and 1984. This decade, production averaged 23,000 units a year. Note: Low figures such as 1983 are when most 1983 sales were assigned to 1984.The car goes into production later this year at its sole production facility in Bowling Green, KY. First sales are due to be early in 2020. You will likely find few sub-$60K cars in the early allotments. Buyers will find dealer markups because that’s what the market will bear. While 100 Corvette owners staged their own polished cars outside the launch site, there will also be cranky owners who can’t fathom the idea of a Corvette with a mid-mounted engine, as if better weight distribution and handling is a bad thing. Their fathers likely protested fuel injection.2020 Corvette Crossflags symbol and script in chrome.How Soon Can You Get a C8 Corvette?The base 2020 Corvette will be called Stingray and gets a 6.2-liter V8 (LT2) engine with 495 hp (369 kW) and 47-pound-feet of torque. Tires are 18 inches in front, 19 inches in back, with 35 series front tires and 30 series rear tires.  One option will be the first Corvette rated all-season performance tires.Chevrolet will release more complete pricing in the fall. Be prepared for dealer pricing adjustments (markups) if the Corvette is in hot demand. In the past, premiums on popular high-end sports cars have been $10,000-plus in their first months on the market.Along with every other journalist in America, we can’t wait to test-drive the C8 Corvette. Version 8 appears to be a quantum leap forward.Now read:Hands On at the Track With the 2020 Mini Cooper SE ElectricBrooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock CarsThe Go-Fast, Go-Safe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars By Bill Howard on July 19, 2019 at 9:35 amlast_img read more

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Connekt Technologies Launches TurnKey Commerce Destination Featuring Aggregated Merchandise from Numerous Entertainment

first_imgConnekt Technologies Launches Turn-Key Commerce Destination Featuring Aggregated Merchandise from Numerous Entertainment Franchises Globe NewswireJuly 16, 2019, 9:15 pmJuly 16, 2019 Pop FTW creates a one-stop shop for consumers to purchase officially licensed merchandise from brands across the entertainment spectrumConnekt Technologies, an innovative technology company activating smarter TV experiences that audiences love, has launched Pop FTW, an online storefront featuring licensed merchandise from over 30 shows and titles across the movie, television and entertainment spectrum.Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration MarketPop FTW allows consumers to purchase officially licensed merchandise — such as collectibles, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, accessories and drinkware — from many of their favorite franchises across networks and studios. The name of the online storefront originates from the vernacular of internet culture, providing an outlet for consumers that evokes “all things pop culture.”Pop FTW activates an additional monetization channel for brands within days. Combined with Connekt Technologies’ revolutionary solutions that transform television content and advertising into interactive experiences, Pop FTW allows brands to further engage with their fans while generating new, turn-key revenue streams.Marketing Technology News: DTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilities“Our e-commerce and interactive TV advertising technologies can work together to not only drive increased monetization for partners, but also bring a much deeper level of engagement for our partner’s fans,” said Sanford Weisman, Executive Chairman at Connekt Technologies.  “Pop FTW provides fans with a single destination to connect them to their favorite content across networks and studios.”Marketing Technology News: Speedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services Connekt Technologiesinnovative technologyMarketing Technology NewsNewsPop FTWSanford Weisman Previous ArticleGameStop Doubles-Down on Retail Innovation, Partners with R/GA to Re-Design the Future of the Cultural Gaming ExperienceNext ArticleSYZYGY Awarded IAB Gold Standard 1.1last_img read more

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TechBytes with Neil Trevett Vice President at NVIDIA

first_imgTechBytes with Neil Trevett, Vice President at NVIDIA Sudipto GhoshJune 13, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 13, 2019 Neil has spent over thirty years in the 3D graphics industry – and by day drives the advanced apps ecosystem on NVIDIA Tegra mobile and embedded devices. By night, Neil is the elected President of the Khronos Group industry standards consortium where he initiated the OpenGL ES standard now used by billions worldwide every day, helped catalyze the WebGL project to bring interactive 3D graphics to the Web, chairs the OpenCL working group defining the open standard for heterogeneous parallel computation and has helped create and launch the new generation Vulkan API. Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at NVIDIA.I am VP Developer Ecosystems at NVIDIA, where I help drive and develop the technology and relationships that enable application developers to take advantage of advanced GPU acceleration. I am also the elected President of The Khronos Group, where I initiated the OpenGL ES standard that’s now used by billions worldwide every day, helped catalyze the WebGL and glTF projects to bring interactive 3D graphics to the Web and helped establish and launch the new-generation Vulkan API. NVIDIA is very supportive of the 3D Commerce initiative at Khronos as it could significantly broaden the use of 3D content, driving demand for 3D tools, platforms, and technologies.Tell us about the recent and futuristic application of 3D Digital Content across various online platforms?With the growth and adoption in mobile, web, and immersive platforms, 3D is poised to grow as a new shopping medium. Product manufacturers, retailers, marketing, and advertising platforms can use 3D to show virtual products to end-users to help them better understand a product online prior to purchasing and to help build brand loyalty after purchase. With 3D product representations on the Web and using virtual and augmented reality (which together we call XR), users will be able to view and interact with products in virtual showrooms or placed virtually in their own homes. By deploying 3D Digital Content at industrial scales across multiple online retail platforms, we can expect the very nature of online shopping will be changed.Which platforms are the most-responsive in delivering a meaningful 3D experience to customers?To deliver widespread 3D experiences to customers, mobile and web will likely be the most accessible platforms—and the aim of these new standards is to enable retailers to showcase their products realistically and consistently across a variety of endpoints; including search results, social feeds, ad units, apps, and e-commerce website. Customers would be able to engage in these 3D immersive experiences on everything from their phone to more sophisticated XR devices, and on in-store displays.How does 3D Commerce unlock opportunities in Mobile growth? 3D commerce promises to unlock new opportunities in the mobile market by changing the very online experience of online shopping—becoming a new shopping medium—transforming retail as we have known it and adding a whole new dimension to how people use their phones. By being able to engage with 3D products on their mobile devices, customers will be able to gain a better understanding of the product before they buy it. They’ll no longer be making purchasing decisions just from looking at a static image but, rather, will be able to fully interact with the products. 3D commerce is also going to unlock benefits for retailers.For example, these new immersive experiences will help customers to build brand loyalty after their initial purchase; retailers will be able to leverage AR as an extension of their brand experiences to further engage customers and drive revenue.Which technologies form the 3D Commerce ecosystem? How can Marketing and Sales teams leverage Khronos for their operations?One of Khronos’ proven core competencies is creating successful and commercially relevant open standards in the domain of 3D graphics. The technological aspect of building a vibrant Virtual Product ecosystem will benefit significantly from the collective expertise of the Khronos membership. Organizationally, Khronos has a track record of openness and responsiveness, with a well-proven IP Framework and multi-company governance model. Additionally, the 3D Commerce Working Group could directly leverage the work of several existing Khronos Working Groups, including: glTF for transmission of photorealistic 3D assets, WebGL for interactive 3D applications on the Web, Vulkan for driving high-performance interactive 3D graphics, and OpenXR for enabling AR and VR applications that are portable across multiple vendor platforms.A lot of the individual ingredients for 3D Commerce are in place: sufficient bandwidth, capable 3D devices, emerging VR/AR devices and standards, 3D asset formats such as glTF. We believe that enabling discussions between the Retail and Technical communities can now provide the missing piece—industry-wide coordination and action to identifying and fill any remaining gaps left blocking the widespread, scalable deployment of 3D virtual products. With enough industry support, this Exploratory Group will evolve into a Working Group to work on the development of such standards.Do you think Retail will transform itself with better 3D applications in the coming years? How? Streamlining the creation and deployment of photorealistic 3D Virtual Products as a fundamental part of the design, Manufacturing and Marketing process has the potential to radically reduce costs while increasing efficiency, Customer Engagement, and Sales. For example, product design reviews can be easily held online by geographically diverse teams, manufacturers can provide 3D product files as part of their deliverables – making product scanning unnecessary, promotional materials can be produced digitally – eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming physical photo shoots.Eventually, consumers could be enabled to scan any physical product with their phones to search and locate that product for online purchases. The barriers between the physical and virtual worlds are about to get a lot lower – bringing many opportunities to those willing to explore the possibilities. About NVIDIA 3DARe-commerceNeil TrevettNVIDIAonline shoppingOpenXRTechBytesWebGL Previous ArticleAudible Magic Inks Global Partnership With DistroKid to Verify Music AuthenticityNext ArticleSellozo Releases Campaign Studio: Drag-and-Drop Ad Management and Optimization Tool for Businesses Selling on Amazon About NeilAbout NVIDIAAbout Neil NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.Today, NVIDIA is increasingly known as “the AI computing company.”last_img read more

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Kejriwal Sisodia Get Poll Panels Notices After BJP Complains of Violations

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi poll panel issued notices on Monday to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on two separate matters following complaints against them for violating the Model Code of Conduct.BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari had complained to the Chief Electoral Officer, accusing Kejriwal of “intentionally insulting” his profession and the Poorvanchali community on Saturday. The CEO office had also received a complaint against Sisodia from BJP’s Girish Sachdeva, claiming the Aam Aadmi Party was issuing letters, asking voters to vote for the party by highlighting the achievements of the government, which was a violation of the poll code.Following the complaints, the Delhi poll panel issued the notices, seeking Kejriwal and Sisodia’s reply by Tuesday noon, officials said.An official of the poll body said they have asked Sisodia whether such letters have been issued.At a public meeting in support of AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey last week, Kejriwal had said, “Manoj Tiwari dances really well. Pandey does not know how to dance. Pandey knows how to work. Vote for the person who works and not the one who is a dancer. The dancer won’t be of any use to you.”In the complaint, Tiwari, an actor-singer and also the BJP’s North East Delhi nominee, had said, “My profession is not immoral and illegal and that people of our country feel proud that being a professional, I am serving the masses and representing Poorvanchali people living in Delhi.” aaparvind kejriwaldilip pandeymanoj tiwari First Published: May 6, 2019, 10:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Salman Khans Birthday Wish for Nephew Yohan is Action Packed SloMo Treat

first_img Alia Bhattbharatdabangg 3nephew First Published: June 17, 2019, 11:49 AM IST Salman, who is currently basking in the success of his recently released Bharat, congratulated Team India in typical “Salman” style.Sharing a picture of himself wearing a Team India jersey, Salman wrote, “Congratulations team Bharat… from #Bharat.”On the work front, Salman is currently prepping up for his upcoming film Dabangg 3. Also, Inshallah, which also stars Alia Bhatt in the lead opposite Salman will release on Eid 2020. Inshallah will mark Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman’s reunion after 11 years. The epic romance drama is a co-production between Salman Khan Films and Bhansali Productions Private Limited.Follow @News18Movies for more Sohail Khan’s son Yohan turns a year older and his uncle Salman Khan has the coolest birthday wish for him. In an action-packed slo-mo video posted by the actor, Salman can be seen having a blast with his brother and nephew. In the video, Sohail jumps on a bean bag and his son Yohan goes flying in the air as Salman catches him mid-air, right in time. “Happy bday Yohan… dad’s got ur back and I got ur front …. but don’t fly too high,” Salman captioned the video. The clip appears to be taken from last night’s birthday bash at Khan’s house. While several hearted out the video, celebrities like Arbaaz Khan, Mini Mathur, Sophie Chaudhary and Sunil Grover called the video cute. Take a look:Happy bday Yohan… dad’s got ur back and I got ur front …. but don’t fly too high pic.twitter.com/UNQqtQY4dk— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 17, 2019last_img read more

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Manmadhudu 2 Nagarjuna Rakul Preet Singhs Romantic Drama to Release on August

first_imgWhile further details from the movie are awaited, the film’s teaser has already received appreciation from the viewers. Follow @News18Movies for more After a long wait, the sequel to Nagarjuna’s blockbuster 2002 romantic comedy Manmandhudu is all set to release on the silver screen on August 9. For a long time, Annapurna Studios have been sharing the pictures of the upcoming sequel, named Manmadhudu 2. After teasing it for a few months, the Annapurna Studious has finally announced the release date of the movie. In a picture reposted from the movie’s official Instagram handle, the caption read, “Save the date!!! The laughter begins from Aug 9th.” Apart from Rakul Preet Singh and Nagarjuna, the movie also stars Keerthy Suresh, Samantha Akkineni and Akshara Gowda. The 2019 Telugu romantic comedy film is being directed by Rahul Ravindran, with the music being composed by Chaithan Bharadwaj.In the movie, Rahul plays the role of Nagarjuna’s wife Avantika. The teaser of the movie was launched on July 6, becoming one of the highest-viewed teasers of the Nagarjuna’s movies. The Aiyaary actress also shared an introductory video of her character on July 9. She captioned it, “Meet Avantika #manmadhudu2 @rahulr_23.” Veteran actor Nagarjuna also took it to his Instagram account to share the film’s poster with the caption, “August 9th here we come!! And the laughter begins!!#Manmadhudu2 #Manmadhudu2OnAugust9th.” AiyaaryAkkineni NagarjunaAkshara Gowdaavantika First Published: July 15, 2019, 5:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

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After Cricket World Cup SemiFinals Aditya Roy Kapur Attends Wimbledon Final in

first_imgInterestingly, both the Wimbledon and the ICC Cricket World Cup finals were held on the same day this year. While Djokovic defeated Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), England dismissed New Zealand to win their first world cup ever in the super over of what turned out to be one of the most exciting ODI matches of all time.Meanwhile, on the professional front, Aditya will next be seen opposite Disha Patani in Mohit Suri’s Malang and alongside Alia Bhatt in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2.Follow @News18Movies for more. Aditya Roy Kapur was among the select few who saw Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in a historic match to clinch his fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday.The 33-year-old actor took to Instagram to share real-time photos from London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where the much-anticipated finale took place. “Madness,” he captioned one picture. On another, a long-shot of Djokovic and Federer playing as spectators watch in rapt attention, his Kalank co-star Sonakshi Sinha commented, “SO jealous!!!!!!!!” Notably, Adtiya had also previously attended the two ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals, one between India and New Zealand and the other between Australia and England. The Fitoor actor took to Instagram to share images of both the matches, much to the envy of his 1.2 million followers.center_img Aditya Roy KapurAditya Roy Kapur InstagramAditya Roy Kapur Wimbledon finalICC cricket World Cup First Published: July 15, 2019, 3:57 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Media Bodies Urge Press Council to Step in as Finance Ministry Restricts

first_img Editors GuildFinance MinistryNirmala SitharamanNorth Block First Published: July 11, 2019, 10:25 PM IST New Delhi: Several media bodies Thursday wrote to Press Council of India Chairman Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, seeking his direction to the Finance Ministry to withdraw its “unwarranted restrictions” on journalists entering its office premises in North Block.The letter, signed by office bearers of Press Association, Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps and Foreign Correspondents Club, termed the ministry’s move as “unilateral and undemocratic”. If such practice continues, all the government offices will be out of bounds for the whole media, it also stated. A clarification issued by the office of the finance minister Tuesday said a procedure has been put in place for “streamlining and facilitating” the entry of media persons inside the ministry of finance and “no ban is in place” on the entry of media persons in the ministry.”We earnestly request you to intervene and direct the ministry to withdraw the unwarranted restrictions on media.”Considering the gravity of the situation it will be helpful if you can take suo motto action on this serious issue,” it also stated.On Wednesday, the Editors Guild described the Finance Ministry restrictions on the entry of mediapersons into North Block as a “gag” on media freedom and urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to withdraw the “arbitrary decision”.If the finance minister believes that journalists’ access to government offices is causing some inconveniences, the system could be improved in discussions with journalists, the guild said on Wednesday. last_img read more

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Pioneer Rayz Rally turns your iPhone into a speakerphone

first_imgAt its core, the Pioneer Rayz Rally is really just a small, portable, wired loudspeaker, not too remotely different from those that plug into 3.5 mm holes. But by utilizing a Lightning connection instead, the Rayz Rally is able to achieve things that those more traditional speakers can’t. For one, the speaker doesn’t have any batteries itself. Instead, it draws power from that same Lightning cable. Pioneer promises that, thanks to the LightX technology from Avnera, the power draw is kept to a minimum. But if you’re still worried about battery life, you can actually charge your iPhone at the same time, thanks to the Rally’s pass-through charging.The Rayz Rally does double duties of being both a conference speaker and a regular speaker and is loud enough for both use cases. It’s also smart enough to distinguish between those two and optimize audio output as needed. The speaker is controlled via an app but it does have one button that can be used to mute/unmute calls or pause/play music. And, yes, it is also smart enough to know which one which. Bluetooth speakers and headsets have become even more popular thanks to Apple ditching the headphone jack on its latest iPhones. Wireless, however, hasn’t been the only way to connect audio accessories, even before the iPhone 7. The Lightning port is perhaps one of the understated features of Apple’s phones and tablets and Pioneer and ONKYO USA are taking advantage of that to deliver the Rayz Rally, a loudspeaker that you can literally drop into your pocket.center_img The Pioneer Rayz Rally costs $99.95 and comes in three colors of Black, White, and Gray. It is compatible not just with the iPhone but also with the iPad and even the iPod Touch. You can even use it on Macs and PCs if you have a Lightning to USB adapter.last_img read more

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OnePlus 5T release date and event ticket price plus specs

first_imgThe OnePlus 5T was re-confirmed today by OnePlus officials who also dated the phone’s reveal date. Release dates and early bird “flash sales” have also been tipped. This OnePlus 5T will build on the success of the OnePlus 5, and will likely come with some innovations that make this device unique in the industry – but there’ll be a cost. Above is the live stream video portal. Come back to this page when the time is right. Launch time is 11 AM Eastern Time on November the 16th, 2017. Details on DeviceThe OnePlus 5T will be made available for purchase on the 21st of November. OnePlus will likely reveal pre-order timing and/or early availability sooner than later. China sales will begin on the 1st of December, 2017. In India, there’ll be a flash sale on November 21st, and full official release will take place on November 28th.• Display: 6-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio) OLED• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB / 8GB RAM• Internal Storage: 64GB / 128GB• Cameras: Two back-facing 20MP lenses with Sony IMX image processor inside• Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, rear-facing• Pricing: Between $500 and $530 USDThe specs shared above come from the last several weeks of leaks and early tips. For more information on these specs – all of which are still very much unofficial – see the timeline of links given below. Watch out for that massive display! Story TimelineOnePlus 5T with 18:9 display tipped for fall launchOnePlus 5T renders leak, pairing rear fingerprint sensor with Galaxy S8 designOnePlus 5T leaks point to an edge to edge screenOnePlus 5T on AnTuTu confirms familiar specs, screen ratioOnePlus 5T release date, specs, price, details round-upOnePlus 5T teasers start steeping, headphone jack included Or you could just stick to SlashGear to see all the details as they’re revealed. AND you could watch the event for free with us online at the YouTube video portal below. That’ll be pretty much the same thing as being at the event – though you’ll then have that cash you’d have otherwise spent on a ticket. Users that want to be at the event at which this device will be revealed – you can do that. But you’ll have to pay. The OnePlus 5T event is open to outsiders for $40 apiece. That’s right. For a ticket that gets one potential buyer of the device in the door simply to see it revealed, OnePlus is charging $40 a ticket, and the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York. last_img read more

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Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

first_imgWhile some companies will stop at nothing to prevent their flagship devices from leaking out ahead of time, Samsung takes a more laid back approach to leaks. For all of its major devices over the past few years, it seems that Samsung has had its hand in at least a few leaks, and with the rumored Galaxy X, things are no different. Though we haven’t heard much about the Galaxy X, we’ve heard enough to believe that such a phone exists. Rumors claim that this will be a foldable smartphone not unlike the clamshell basic phones of the past, complete with a flexible OLED. That’s pretty much where the rumored specifications begin and end, so at the moment, we don’t know much about the device aside from its marquee feature.Still, back in September the phone made a pass through Korea’s National Radio Research Agency for certification. Today, the folks over Mobiel Kopen (as reported by Let’s Go Digital) found a support page for the phone on Samsung’s Korean site. Both the support page and the NRRA certification reference model number SM-G888N0, which will unsurprisingly be the Korean model of the phone.While that support page doesn’t give us any details about the phone itself, it does confirm that Samsung is plotting something. When we’ll find out about this phone is ultimately anyone’s guess. The fact that it’s been certified by Korean regulators suggests that it could be revealed alongside the Galaxy S9 in the spring, but other hand, Samsung may not be anywhere close to officially launching the device.We’ll just have to wait and see. A foldable smartphone would certainly do its part to shake up the industry, but the big question is whether or not people would buy it in this era of slate-like phones. Would you buy the Galaxy X if the rumors turn out to be true? Head down to the comments section and let us know! Story TimelineSamsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testingMythbusting the Samsung Galaxy Xlast_img read more

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The Incredibles are Galaxy S9s next AR emoji

first_imgYes, Samsung and Disney have teamed up to add the entire Incredibles family to your AR emoji options. Incredibles fans will know who those characters are, but just in case you’re not familiar, that list includes Mr. Incredible, Elasitgirl, Violet, Dash, and even Jack-Jack, who seems poised to take on a larger role in the sequel. Frozone will also be available as an AR emoji, rounding out the cast of characters quite well.This isn’t the first time Disney and Samsung have teamed up for special AR emoji. Back in March, Disney launched a set of emoji that included Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck. We can probably expect to see more Disney characters make their way to the Galaxy S9 as AR emoji before long, especially if Disney has a new movie it would like to promote (such as – you guessed it – The Incredibles 2).To get these new AR emoji, you’ll need to open up AR emoji mode within the Galaxy S9’s camera and tap the plus icon you see on the right. From there, you can download the Incredibles AR emoji pack from the Galaxy Apps store. After years and years of waiting, The Incredibles 2 is very nearly here. The Incredibles is widely considered to be one of the best Pixar movies ever created, so you can bet fans are looking forward to this follow up. We still have a few weeks to wait for The Incredibles 2 to premiere, but in the meantime, you can keep the hype train going with a set of new AR emoji for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. While AR emoji seem to simply be Samsung’s version of Apple’s Animoji at first blush, our review of the Galaxy S9 actually found them to be quite different, thanks to all of the customization options you have at your disposal. You can learn more about what makes them stand out in the video above. The Incredibles emoji pack is available today on the Galaxy Apps store, so be sure to check it out.last_img read more

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Keep your old phone and buy a new tablet

first_imgThe best-selling smartphones today are the biggest versions of the headliners: iPhone and Galaxy S/Note. It’s been that way for a few years now, and I think there’s something slightly off-kilter going on. When people – everyday people like you and I – go out and buy a new smartphone, they’re paying a premium for a multi-use device whose functionality should be split into multiple pieces of hardware.When I get home from work and I sit on the couch and I turn on the television, I also get the urge to look at the phone in my pocket. But I don’t. I don’t because it’s my job to review all different sorts of devices, so I’ve got a larger display-toting computer on-hand. Not all people have that luxury, obviously, but it’s not always because they can’t afford it. Let’s say someone with a couple-year-old iPhone had a hankering for a larger smartphone. Instead of paying nearly (or over) $1000 for a new iPhone 8 Plus (or whatever’s newest at the time you’re reading this article), they could drop $330 on a brand new iPad. Supposing they most common place they use their phone is at home on the couch, I’d recommend buying a new iPad over upgrading to a whole new phone any day of the week. On that same note, imagine you’re rolling with a Galaxy Note, a Galaxy S7 Edge, or a Galaxy S8 Plus, and you’re wishing you had a new version of the same old phone. If you’re using the advanced functionality of that phone at home most of the time, there’s a better option than buying a whole new device. Behold the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with its own S Pen. That’s one massively bright and sharp display that’s basically a mega-sized Galaxy Note 8, for $400 or less.By the time you read this, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 might be out, and the S3 will be even cheaper. Take advantage of the years past when new devices are released – especially with tablets. Tablets don’t suffer the same wear and tear your smartphone is subject to – they ride with you for years!What NOT to doUnless your use-case specifically calls for it, do not buy a tablet with a data plan. You DO NOT need to pay a monthly fee to own a tablet, and you do NOT need to have mobile data all the time on a tablet if you do not want such a thing. Buying a tablet should be just like buying a new laptop in this respect – connect to wi-fi or stay offline altogether. Don’t go buying the biggest and best tablet if you’ve never used a tablet before. Find one that’s relatively new and one that has a display that’s marginally better than the screen on your smartphone. You’ll be switching back and forth between these devices, don’t make it jarring.What to buyConsider buying a tablet with the same brand-name as your smartphone, but don’t get too locked-in without shopping around. You don’t NEED to buy an Android tablet if you have an Android phone, and there are certainly more options out there than an iPad. Everyone thinks they want an iPad, but not everyone needs an iPad. Most people don’t use the full functionality of any device they own. When it comes to tablets, the difference in device prices can be massive, especially between a brand new tablet and one that’ll do JUST as much for the average end user. Don’t get caught up in features you didn’t know you wanted before you started searching. Wrap-upThis advice isn’t always perfect. There are plenty of times when buying a new smartphone is the best idea – tablets aren’t always helpful for the on-the-go user. But keep in mind the variety of devices on the market at all times. You needn’t be hindered by the functionality of the one lineup, and you needn’t be stuck with what you’ve got forever!I have one big disclaimer here too. If your phone is 3 years old or older, I recommend you highly consider buying something new. Not because your phone isn’t still good to use, but because your time for software updates is almost done. Most companies don’t provide security updates past a few years, and even the best only update for less than a half-decade. Treat your tablet as an extension of your smartphone, and keep your digital life as compartmentalized as possible. Pick the best tools for the best job, and you’ll rarely find yourself paying for technology you don’t need. Have a peek at Android tablets need to survive for further reading! I need to get this message out to the world because it’s apparent there’s a bit of a break between sense and common sense going on right this minute. Over the past few weeks, I’ve witnessed a trend. People keep buying new smartphones when what they really want, what they don’t realize they’d be better off with, is a brand new tablet – or even a used tablet, for crying out loud. Let’s talk about why. Story TimelineNew Surface tablets, Xbox Two tipped with tiny detailsBelkin USB-C keyboard is made for Chrome OS, Chromebook TabletsSamsung is stepping up with tablets, so where’s Google?Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple deviceslast_img read more

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