Right now, Brittan Golden is fighting to make the Arizona Cardinals’ roster.The speedy receiver has appeared in five games for the team over the last two seasons — none in 2014 — and though he’s made some big plays during training camp, is in no way guaranteed a spot.But then again, the 27-year-old West Texas A&M product wouldn’t even be in position to make an NFL roster if not for his mom and dad, who supported him every step of the way. “It wasn’t really football when I was young,” Golden told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “It was more baseball, basketball. I had a couple coaches tell me ‘it’s going to be easier if you want to play football,’ so I kind of came on later in high school.“But everything I did — it didn’t matter if it was a piano lesson, a basketball game or anything I went –my parents were 100 percent behind me. If I said I wanted to do that, it was ‘If you dream it, you can do it. Just go ahead and go after your goals.’”And yes, Golden said he learned to tickle the ivories.“My mom made made me take piano lessons for three years when I was young, so I had to,” he said. “It was three years, and then you could do whatever you want.”Golden will not be the next Ludwig van Beethoven, though, as he said about all he’s able to play now is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”And that’s fine for a Cardinals team that would rather Golden put on a show between the white lines than in a concert hall. Still, it’s possible Golden would be in the middle of a Major League Baseball season instead if not for his mom, who worked really hard to make sure he landed at a school that could help his career. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Actually I had a couple calls from Division III schools and NAIA schools for baseball,” Golden said. “Football-wise, I didn’t really get recruited. My mom went to searching and she went and got some highlight tapes from my high school coaches. She sent them in and they said, ‘Hey, we’re having an open tryout at West Texas A&M.’”Obviously the tryout went well, as Golden went on to become one of the best receivers the school has ever had. He left college ranked second in school history with 3,007 receiving yards and fifth with 165 receptions. He also had 33 touchdown catches, which was tied for sixth on the all-time list. Golden excelled on special teams as well, returning 30 punts for 274 yards and 10 kickoffs for 112 yards en route to being a first-team All-LSC selection as a senior after being named second-team as a junior.It wasn’t enough to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, but that hasn’t stopped his career from moving forward. Golden said if not for his mom he would probably be playing baseball somewhere right now. Instead he’s battling to make the team, and he’s fine with that.“I feel like [Bruce Arians] and the coaches do a good job of mixing and matching, and getting us in our best situation to succeed,” he said. “Every day I just try to get better and try to put my best foot forward and let the coaches know that I can play if I have to get in the game.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Golden feels like he is doing that, but understands his chances of making the team may come down to math. The Cardinals will only keep so many receivers, and with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson all virtual locks, it’s possible there will not be room for Golden (or one of the other young receivers currently in camp).Prior to Floyd’s injury Arians had brought up the possibility of keeping six receivers, which would seem like good news for Golden.“Keeping six receivers is always good for the receiver room because we’re so deep in there and like I’ve said before, there’s so many receivers in there that could be playing anywhere, regardless of being a number two or number three on other teams,” Golden said. “But I guess it’s probably a good problem to have for a GM or a head coach to have six or seven guys that you’re like, they could all play somewhere; we have great depth so if we have to keep six, if God forbid anything drastic happens, we have somebody that can step up and play.” – / 19
Categories: News 07Jan Rep. Price maintains perfect voting record State Rep. Amanda Price maintained a perfect voting record during the entire 2013-2014 legislative session, according to an official tally.The House took 1,345 roll call votes and Rep. Price, R-Park Township, did not miss a single vote. Price has maintained a perfect voting record during her entire four-year tenure in the House of Representatives.“The efficacy of our state government is dependent on the voting process and it is essential to ensure the thoughts and concerns of the 89th House District are represented on every issue affecting Michigan,” Price said. “My utmost priority is to listen and carry on the voices of my constituents at every opportunity to make sure they are heard.”Last session, the state Legislature approved measures to continue to increase Michigan’s economic growth and outlook. Additionally, legislation sponsored by Price was approved to strengthen the penalties against the use of pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine to protect the safety and well-being of Ottawa County residents, as well as protect the rights of breast-feeding mothers.“While there is still much progress to be made, I am confident in the steps we have taken toward a brighter Michigan future,” Price said. “I look forward to continuing to listen to and represent the people of Ottawa County.”###
Vestel has announced that it will showcase the first version of its Android integrated display with Beesmart middleware at IBC.The new display is based on the Android platform and therefore offers an environment for many popular Android applications. Vestel said the solution allows modifications and adaptations of the graphical user interface according to the customers’ requirements.Beenius’s Beesmart SDK enables operators to create their own applications according to their needs, while Beesmart’s Open API gives access to various levels of middleware and enables the development of applications on top of operator’s existing platform.Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager at Vestel Foreign Trade, said “Beesmart middleware integration with Vestel Android integrated display brings us a big advantage in meeting operator’s demands. This product can provide operator-based solution and as well as Android-based applications for end-users. This unique solution can be customised for operators and include several technologies based on Android 4.0 software.”Beenius CEO Matjaž Bevk said, “Vestel’s new Android integrated Display joined with the Beesmart TV service platform is definitely on the way to success as one of the first generation Android TVs on the market. Once again we have proved that partnership between Vestel and Beenius can produce an amazing product in a record time.”Vestel and Beenius will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 14.A20.
Roughly 60% of smartphone and tablet users watch between one and five hours of TV or video on these mobile platforms each week, according to Parks Associates. The US research firm said that this video consumption will help drive in-app ad revenues to more than US$5.6 billion by 2017, with 44% of tablet owners and 32% of smartphone claiming to have increased viewing on these platforms in the past year.Separately, Parks released stats last week claiming that 55% of US smartphone owners and 61% of tablet owners use TV-related apps at least once a month.The research claimed that more than 23% of US smartphone owners aged 18 to 34 use TV apps on their smartphone to schedule DVR recordings, while more than 22% have used an app that transforms their smartphone into a remote control for their TV or set-top box.Overall, Parks tips the number of global TV app users on smartphones to reach 1.29 billion by 2018.“TV app usage is altering the use cases for multiple connected devices; currently 57% of connected game console owners are using the device to watch TV shows. We are also seeing new revenue opportunities emerge through in-app solutions in the smart home and Internet of Things,” said Parks Associates president Stuart Sikes.
The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » Senior Editor Matthew Humphries April 23, 2019 Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Teen Sues Apple for $1 Billion Over False Arrest This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Apple is facing a billion dollar lawsuit thanks to the facial recognition software used in its stores to track individuals it suspects of theft.As the New York Post reports, on May 31 last year $1,200 worth of merchandise was stolen from an Apple store in Boston. The thief apparently used a stolen ID to identify himself in the store, with that ID actually belonging to 18-year-old Ousmane Bah. The ID did not include a photo, but listed all of his personal details. The thief then went on to steal again at Apple stores in Delaware, Manhattan, and New Jersey.In June, Bah received a Boston municipal court summons and then he was later arrested by the NYPD on Nov. 29. However, according to the lawsuit, the detective involved with the case realized Bah didn’t look like the thief when reviewing surveillance footage recorded at the Apple stores.Bah believes that Apple decided to update the facial recognition software used in its stores to associate the thief’s face with his personal details. The knock-on effect of that being subsequent thefts were automatically blamed on Bah.As Bloomberg explains, the $1 billion lawsuit Apple is facing is due to the “severe stress and hardship” Bah faced when dealing with multiple false allegations against him. As well as Apple, a company called Security Industry Specialists Inc. is listed in the lawsuit as a defendant.All the charges against Bah have now been dropped except for those in New Jersey. This lawsuit isn’t going away, though, especially considering Bah claims to have been attending his senior prom when the Boston theft occurred. Apple may have to face some difficult questions regarding its use of facial recognition technology in stores as well as its manipulation of the data that system collects. Ousmane Bah alleges Apple linked his face to that of a thief who’d stolen his ID. Next Article Apple
In a move that will consolidate much of the freelance economy in a single corporate entity, online freelance work platforms Elance and oDesk announced their intent to merge, forming a new company with a yet-to-be-determined name.The resulting company will lay claim to more than 8 million freelancers and 2 million businesses in more than 180 countries, according to a release issued by Elance. Elance and oDesk will continue to exist as separate platforms even after the merger, though no longer as rivals.Related: The Freelance Economy Is Booming. But Is It Good Business?The companies anticipate that joining forces will allow them to improve technical issues, such as matching professionals with relevant jobs, while streamlining internal processes and scaling their business.”Just as Amazon reinvented retail, and Apple iTunes transformed the music industry, we will greatly improve how businesses hire and people work online,” Elance chief executive Fabio Rosati said in the release. “This merger will create unprecedented access and flexibility for people to find job opportunities regardless of their location, and will allow businesses of all sizes to more easily access the best available talent.”In an email to freelancers today, Rosati echoed those sentiments, saying the merger would improve the “online freelancing experience” for the millions of users who depend on it for paying work. To do this, he said, he plans to make “significant investments in technology, including tools for a more effective job search, seamless online collaboration and improved mobile accessibility.” Following the merger, Rosati will serve as CEO of the new company. Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, will be a strategic advisor.Related: 10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual AssistantThe merger is not yet a done deal, with regulatory approval expected sometime in the next four months. Although Elance’s release makes no mention of potential antitrust issues, it’s possible that federal regulators may look askance at a deal that would combine two of the largest online platforms for what Rosati calls “fractional jobs.” The term describes individual tasks performed a la carte by freelancers as opposed to full-time positions with broader job descriptions.While Rosati and others claim that the global turn toward fractional jobs is a net positive for workers and businesses alike, some professionals say platforms such as Elance and oDesk turn knowledge labor into a commodity, with price the main determining factor in who gets hired and who gets left out in the cold. Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Elance and oDesk Announce Merger That Would Create Freelancing Giant The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Technology Next Article Image credit: glassdoor.com Brian Patrick Eha Apply Now » December 19, 2013
Add to Queue October 8, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Staff for the Second Time This Year 5 min read Andrew Zaleski Layoffs Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Shutterstock –shares MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, is announcing to staff across the world that 20 percent of them will be laid off today.In a call with Fortune, MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom declined to say exactly how many employees constitutes that 20 percent, but explained that the layoffs are a result of a 3D printing market that isn’t necessarily meeting company expectations, especially as the consumer market for 3D printing is revealing itself to be much weaker than MakerBot had anticipated.“That has to do with the dynamics of the market and fact that we’re not hitting our numbers. Not hitting our numbers equates to financial difficulties and burdens,” Jaglom said. “If you look at every company that is public, there are challenges in the industry that we need to address.”For MakerBot, which was acquired by global 3D-printing company Stratasys in 2013, those challenges include not meeting goals set by the company in the last few quarters, according to a release the company circulated this morning. As Fortune reported in May, Q1 2015 product and service revenue for MakerBot was 18 percent lower compared to the same period in 2014. MakerBot’s Q2 2015 numbers continue the trend: Product and service revenue declined by 57 percent compared to the same period in 2014. Product revenue decreased 13 percent to $134.5 million compared to the same period in 2014. In an earnings call in July, Stratasys chief operating officer Erez Simha attributed the downturn in MakerBot revenues to “the overall market weakness, as well as … ongoing challenges associated with the restructuring of the business.”The staff cuts MakerBot is announcing today are in addition to cuts the company already made in April, when it laid off one-fifth of its staff. An October 2014 interview with then-MakerBot CEO (and founder of the company) Bre Pettis pegged the number of MakerBot employees at more than 500. Using that number as a benchmark, that would mean that roughly 200 employees have been laid off in Jaglom’s time as CEO, a role he assumed in March.“It’s not about them personally and whether they achieved on their personal goals,” Jaglom told Fortune of the employees being laid off today. “It’s really about us having to align ourselves to the forces in our industry.”MakerBot’s international presence remains: Its offices in Europe and Asia are not being shuttered. In Brooklyn, where the company just opened a new factory in July, MakerBot will consolidate its Industry City office with its MetroTech Center office, placing staff like customer support who had been in Industry City under one roof at the MetroTech Center. The factory, a 170,000-square-foot facility that officially doubled MakerBot’s production capacity and employs 140 people full-time, isn’t going anywhere, but Jaglom said the 20 percent cut in staff “impacts all departments.”What MakerBot finds itself in the middle of is a 3D-printing market that has stalled when it comes to consumer sales. The company claims to have made more than 80,000 of its desktop machines since its founding in 2009, but since the beginning of this year, MakerBot has been in a race to shift its sales strategy from consumers to the professional and education markets, believing it can eventually make a stronger play to home users of 3D printers — and not the hobbyist types bound to have already bought a desktop 3D printer, be it a MakerBot or some other company’s printer — by putting them first in professional settings and, especially, schools.“The consumer market is very much in its infancy,” Jaglom said. “There is a consumer market. … I believe it is there, but I definitely believe that we’re not there yet.”As a consequence, MakerBot has turned to staff layoffs, as well as other cost-cutting measures. Fifth-generation MakerBot models — the Replicator Mini, the Replicator, and the Replicator Z18 — will continue to be manufactured in the company’s new Brooklyn factory, and those printers make up the bulk of the company’s sales, according to Jaglom. But the fourth-generation MakerBot Replicator 2X will now be built by a contract manufacturer “to save on costs and focus our teams at our factory in Brooklyn on our current generation of MakerBot 3D printers,” according to the company’s news release.Those tracking the 3D-printing industry don’t seem surprised by the weakness displayed in the consumer market for 3D printers. Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, which puts out its multi-hundred page report every year surveying the state of the 3D printing industry, has told Fortune before that desktop 3D printers are “not going in the homes.” The 2015 Wohlers Report showed sales for industrial 3D printers globally totalling $1.12 billion, while desktop 3D-printer sales lagged behind at $173.3 million.So what does this mean for MakerBot, aside from a staff shake-up that will leave 20 percent of the company’s workforce out of a job? It means continuing to focus on the professional and education markets, or what Jaglom calls MakerBot’s “core audience” today. But Jaglom hasn’t lost faith in the consumer market.“I still truly remain highly optimistic about the industry, about the desktop printing industry,” he said in this morning’s call. “I think MakerBot is well-positioned for that, and that is my sincere opinion.”In previous interviews with Fortune, Jaglom has said he believes a desktop 3D printer will be in every home in the U.S. in the next decade. When asked whether he still thinks that, he said: “I do believe that will happen. I do believe it.”
Explore further Citation: On the road again: Vehicle ownership, miles driven continue to rise (2018, January 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-road-vehicle-ownership-miles-driven.html Gasoline use at lowest rate in three decades Ownership of cars and light trucks are on the upswing, says a University of Michigan researcher. Credit: University of Michigan Provided by University of Michigan In his 10th report in a series examining changes in various aspects of motorization in the U.S. since 1984, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that light vehicle-ownership rates per person and per household are at their highest levels since 2008 and 2009, respectively.The ownership rate per person for 2016 (the year with the latest available data) is .766, while the rate per household is 1.968. Per person rates have increased four straight years and household rates have gone up three years in a row.However, both rates are below their peak in 2006—down 2.5 percent per person and 4 percent per household. The rate per person for 2016 is at about the same level of 2003, while the rate per household is at the same level of 1994.Sivak also examined annual distances driven per person and per household, both of which peaked in 2004. While the two rates for 2016 are down 5.3 percent and 7 percent, respectively, from their maximum levels, they have risen for three consecutive years.The distance-driven rate per person for 2016 (8,819 miles) is about the same as it was in 1999, while the rate per household (22,649 miles) is about the same as it was in 1995.Sivak’s report used data from the Federal Highway Administration, ProQuest and the U.S. Census Bureau. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Nikhil Jog, center, works on a computer as Mohammad Mousaei, left, and David Kohandash, right, work on the RadPiper robot in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The mechanism is designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) “The analyst can look at it, push the button, sign the report and say, ‘OK, I’m done with that pipe,’ so that’s huge for us,” Reibold said.Two big lead discs bracket RadPiper’s detector, making it look a bit like a foot-long barbell. It works only in straight pipes, so workers still must manually check bends and valves.The site will get two RadPipers, fitted for use in about 15 miles of pipes between 2.5 and 3.5 feet (0.8 and 1.1 meters) in diameter. The creators hope to make another version for the many more miles of smaller-diameter pipes. In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, David Kohandash, left, and Mohammad Mousaei work on the RadPiper robot in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The mechanism is designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The union representing many workers at the site remains cautious about robots replacing good-paying, locally coveted jobs. But it also could free up workers for other tasks, reduce their safety risks and teach them new skills, and if it accelerates cleanup to sooner attract new industry and jobs to the site, all the better, local union president Herman Potter said.George Hornberger, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, said the challenge of cleaning up industrial facilities that processed radioactive materials is addressing health and safety risks in a way that protects workers but is also cost-effective. RadPiper sounds beneficial on both fronts, said Hornberger, who wasn’t involved in the project. In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Heather Jones, a senior project scientist in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University talks about the RadPiper robot designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation as she stands beside a long pipe used in testing at the university in Pittsburgh. The robot is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through miles of large overhead pipes to spot potentially hazardous residual uranium. In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Heather Jones, a senior project scientist in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University talks about the RadPiper robot designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation as she stands beside a long pipe used in testing at the university in Pittsburgh. The robot is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Citation: Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup (2018, April 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-robot-faster-safer-uranium-pipe.html In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, David Kohandash, a lead software technician in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, points out the radiation sensors on the RadPiper robot designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation. The mechanism is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Pipe-crawling robot will help decommission DOE nuclear facility With the robot mapping uranium deposits and automatically logging data, some pipe analysis that used to take weeks can be finished same-day. The creators say the project’s speed points to its perceived value. They hatched the idea at a conference in March 2017 and were testing a version by last fall—lightning-fast for a $1.4-million, government-funded project and the procedural hurdles and approvals that entails.Others are taking notice. Companies and countries have expressed interest in the technology, Rimando said, noting it could be useful anywhere with nuclear capabilities. The technology development director for the energy department’s Office of Environmental Management, Rodrigo Rimando Jr., said every hour RadPiper operates will save an estimated eight hours of the conventional method.That method is a slog: Once insulation and other materials are cleared to access the pipes, a worker elevated on scaffolding and wearing protective gear holds up a heavy detector, takes a reading, writes it down, and then repeats that for the next foot of pipe.Workers did that 1.4 million times in one building over three years, said Marty Reibold, director of strategic initiatives for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, the contractor decommissioning the site.Now they’re focused on an even larger building, big enough to house 58 football fields on its two levels, Reibold said. Explore further In this photo made on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Mohammad Mousaei, top, and David Kohandash work on the RadPiper robot in the robotics institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The mechanism is designed to measure potentially hazardous radiation is intended to go through pipes at a former uranium plant being cleaned up in southern Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Officials say it’s safer, more accurate and tremendously faster than having workers take external measurements to identify which pipes need to be removed and decontaminated at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon. They say it could save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars on cleanups of that site and one near Paducah, Kentucky, which for decades enriched uranium for nuclear reactors and weapons.The RadPiper robot was developed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Department of Energy, which envisions using similar technology at other nuclear complexes such as the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina, and the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington.Roboticist William “Red” Whittaker, who began his career developing robots to help clean up the Three Mile Island nuclear power accident and now directs Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center, said technology like RadPiper could transform key tasks in cleaning up the country’s nuclear legacy.”A lot of the easy stuff has already been done,” Whittaker said. “As the nation addresses the next 50 years of this important cleanup, robots are going to have an increasingly important role in that.” This document is subject to copyright. 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The world’s second-largest memory chipmaker SK Hynix posted record profits in the second quarter, the South Korean company said Thursday, citing strong global demand. SK Hynix posts big jump in Q1 net profit This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP SK Hynix said it expects the current upward trend to continue in the latter half of the year Citation: SK Hynix posts record quarterly profits (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-sk-hynix-quarterly-profits.html Explore further Net profit surged 75 percent year-on-year to 4.3 trillion won ($3.8 billion) in the three months to June while operating profit also jumped 83 percent to 5.6 trillion won during the same period.”Favourable market demand continued during the second quarter and the company’s shipments of DRAM and NAND Flash significantly increased,” the South Korean company said in a statement.The shipment of DRAM chips—mainly used in computers and servers—rose 16 percent from the previous quarter and the sales of NAND flash products jumped 19 percent thanks to growing demand for larger-capacity Chinese mobile phones.SK Hynix said it expects the current upward trend to continue in the latter half of the year, led by larger investments in internet data centres in the United States and China.Planned launches of new smartphones with higher memory capacity will also increase demand during the remainder of 2018, it said.The company said it will complete a new factory in Cheongju in South Korea by the end of September and expand its Chinese lines to cope with the rising global demand for DRAM chips, with supplies currently running low.