Apple Releases Publisher Newsstand with iOS 5

first_imgAt an Apple conference held in San Francisco on June 6, Apple introduced iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system, which now includes the Newsstand, a virtual set of shelves that display users’ subscriptions with the latest issues of magazine titles.Also new to the App Store is an app that features only magazine and newspapers titles that offer a subscription model to customers.In the Newsstand feature, each of the user’s chosen titles are updated automatically, “so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art,” according to a news statement from Apple.The Newsstand is part of the Apple’s new iCloud technology, which enables Apple users to move all data to the cloud. After entering an Apple ID and password, “iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.” Apple announced its subscription model in March that allowed publishers to sell subscriptions through the App Store (for a 30 percent cut of each sub purchased and Apple keeps user data automatically, unless users choose to share data with publishers). Bonnier, Conde Nast and Hearst are among the publishers that have since signed on to sell subscriptions through the App Store.Gregg Hano, vice president/group publisher with Bonnier, says, “We feel the launch of the Apple Newsstand is another great move in the right direction…this move will help make Popular Science content more easily discoverable for consumers interested in our subject matter.”last_img read more

State to Offer ND Communities 15M to Support Military Bases

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on Friday signed legislation funding a $1.5 million base retention grant program for the state’s defense communities.The funds would be allocated for the two years beginning July 1 and would support Grand Forks and Minot Air Force bases, and the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Each community can receive up to $500,000.The legislation, the state Department of Commerce budget bill, also includes $7.5 million for infrastructure development at the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB. The 217-acre project is being developed under an enhanced use lease with Grand Forks County. Plans call for 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space required for research, testing, training and operations of UAS.The provision allocates $3.1 million for taxiway reconnection and alert pad refurbishment after the project secures its first private sector tenant. The remaining funds will be awarded after a second private sector tenant signs on to the project.A separate component of the legislation provides $2.7 million for operations at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, one of six test sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research to determine how best to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.“We are excited to be in Grand Forks to sign the Commerce bill, which includes more than $10 million in funding to expand the state’s UAS industry, and to highlight the nearly $175 million in legislation that was passed this session with direct benefits to the region,” Dalrymple said according to a press release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

VIDEO Highlights From Wilmingtons Tiny TotsKids Club Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its first session on Friday, July 12, 2019.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the three weeks.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”last_img read more

Amazon leads 700 million investment in electriccar startup Rivian

first_img Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Comments 22 Photos More From Roadshow Tags 2 Rivian, the startup manufacturer planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck and an electric SUV, announced Friday it has received a $700 million equity investment that is led by internet giant Amazon. Rivian said it will remain an independent company, but the investment will no doubt help the new automaker push its planned models into production.The investment will help startup Rivian launch this R1T pickup and the related R1S SUV. Rivian Rivian showed off its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R1T will have a driving range of up to “400+” miles, depending on which battery pack a buyer chooses. It’s scheduled to launch in November 2020 and will be built at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. The R1S, meanwhile, is a seven-seat electric SUV that’ll offer up to 410 miles of range. It’s set to launch in early 2021. The two models share many of their mechanical components.Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe characterized the investment as key for Rivian’s growth. “This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” he said in a statement. “Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.””We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to invest in such an innovative company.”Rivian promises its all-electric vehicles will have plenty of off-roading capability.Rivian’s two vehicles will be pricey luxury models, with the R1T tentatively scheduled to start at $69,000. Both vehicles ride on the company’s own “Skateboard” chassis that features a large centrally mounted battery pack and two electric motors. Though the vehicles are impressive, it’s safe to say that it’s still a long journey from showing two vehicles to actually selling them to the general public. Ramping up production will be “the biggest challenge we have,” Rivian executive director of engineering Mark Vinnels told Roadshow in fall 2018.Rivian offered no further details about the investment, saying only that this equity investment round, “includes participation from existing shareholders.” An earlier report had suggested that Amazon was interested in investing into Rivian. That report also claimed that General Motors might also want to invest in the electric-car manufacturer, but as of Friday, there’s no news on that front. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Amazon 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Share your voicelast_img read more

India proposes exempting EVs from registration fees report says

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Culture Electric Cars 4:33 3 Juice up the outdoors with Harley-Davidson’s electric bike concepts More From Roadshow See what your new electric car needs to break it in right 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 7 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Comments Share your voice Tags Indian traffic is legendarily wild, but imagine it without the smog haze or the nasal putt-putt of two-stroke engines and diesels. India’s EV incentive wants to make that happen. Hindustan Times/Getty Images Lots of places around the world are looking for ways to incentivize folks to ditch their internal combustion vehicles and get shiny new(er) electric vehicles instead. America famously has its EV tax credit and all its production number provisos and phased phase-out. China has something similar regarding EV purchase subsidies.India is keeping things a little simpler, according to a report Wednesday by Reuters. Rather than dealing with credits or rebates, India is considering simply not charging EV owners registration fees. It’s brilliant.India’s plan would apply not only to cars but to all kinds of electric vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters and autorickshaws. Frankly, we want to see people driving electrified Hindustan Ambassadors around because that would be great.In any case, this a plan that would, in theory at least, require minimal effort on the part of the government and it could prove to be a boon to pollution-clogged India. It would also help to reduce India’s dependence on foreign oil.last_img read more

Uber fined 73m by California regulator over disclosure

first_imgClose A court in California has slapped a $7.3m (£4.6m, €6.6m) fine on taxi-app firm Uber for not disclosing enough information about its operations to regulators, besides recommending suspension of its operations across the state.The ruling, by an administrative law judge of the California Public Utilities Commission, came as a result of the company withholding data on the number of requests for rides from people with disabilities, causes of accidents and places where drivers tend to turn down ride requests, the Associated Press news agency reported.The judge held that failure to disclose the information violated state laws passed in 2013 that allowed firms such as Uber to operate.The news is the latest blow to San Francisco-based Uber, which is fighting numerous legal battles with governments around the world over its business practices.A spokeswoman for the ride-sharing giant called the ruling deeply disappointing and said the company would appeal the decision.We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints, spokeswoman Eva Behrend was quoted as saying.Juan Matute, associate director of the Lewis Centre and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California in Los Angeles, said the fine was not that significant to the firm, which is valued at an estimated $50bn.The $7.3m fine and the data they are asking to provide is not that significant in the grand scheme of things, he told the Los Angeles Times.This would seem like a small consolation to improve their chance of success with other regulatory issues that could have a bigger impact on them.Ubers app allows consumers with smartphones to submit ride requests which are serviced by drivers in the area who use their own cars.The company, which is backed by the likes of Google and Goldman Sachs, has faced protests from taxi companies the world over for its use of crowd-sourced drivers, some allegedly unlicensed.last_img read more

New Texas Law Allows Merchants To Decline Card Purchases Without ID

first_img Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneA customer uses a credit card to pay for lunch. A new law in Texas will enable retailers to ask for photo identification with credit or debit card purchases and turn down a transaction if buyers won’t show it.A law that takes effect in January will allow Texas merchants to ask for photo identification for credit and debit card purchases – and turn down transactions if a buyer won’t show it.The aim of the law — which the Legislature passed during the regular session that ended in May — is to reduce debit and credit card fraud. Though merchants will sometimes pick up the tab for money lost to fraud, it often falls to banks to absorb the losses and replace compromised cards. “We end up taking a lot of losses,” said Kevin Monk, executive vice president and chief operations officer at Alliance Bank, based in Sulphur Springs. “One card breach can have a significant impact.”Merchants can ask to see photo ID, but contracts they have with credit card companies often bar them from declining a transaction if a customer refuses to show it. “I think most people, like me, were surprised that merchants cannot already do this,” said state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the legislation. “The intent of the law is to give Texas businesses the right to take this common sense step of asking for an ID for a credit card transaction,” especially as fraud and identity theft become more common. Payments made using a mobile wallet are exempt from the photo ID measure.Despite the law’s intent, Hughes said that some credit card companies “are taking the position that their agreements (with merchants) will supersede or override” it.Because the new law says merchants may – instead of must – decline a transaction if ID is not provided, “it’s not necessarily requiring them to violate their contract,” said Colin Marks, a professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law and an expert on contracts. Credit card companies could tell merchants that the law “doesn’t require you to turn (customers who don’t show ID) down, and you contractually agreed that you would not,” he said.That’s what Keith Strama, a lobbyist for Visa, suggested to lawmakers during hearings on the bill in April. He said that the law would be confusing to retailers.“The last thing we want to do is get in a legal dispute about how this bill applies to our contracts,” Strama said.Strama told legislators the measure could penalize Texans without photo identification who rely on debit cards issued by the government for certain benefit programs. He added that the law goes against an industry push to get customers’ information out of the hands of store clerks who could be bad actors.Several other groups opposed the legislation, including a state retailers association whose lobbyist suggested that letting employees determine which customers must show an ID could be perceived as discriminatory or biased.Stephen Scurlock, executive vice president of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, said at the hearings he was “baffled” by the “hostile fire” the bill had drawn. “It is totally permissive. There are no liability shifts. There are are no mandates, and there are no penalties.”Losses from fraud are a major concern for community banks across the state, said Scurlock, whose organization pushed for the measure.Litigation would likely be needed to determine if state law overrules the credit card companies’ contracts, Marks said. A card company, for example, might sue a Texas merchant that declines to process card transactions.Even if the state law takes precedence over current contracts, supporters and opponents of the measure don’t think it alone will stymie many instances of fraud. They say chip-card readers and biometric identification – like the fingerprint used to unlock some phones – could help better protect card holders. And they hope progress will be made on different fraud prevention technologies by 2023, when the law is set to expire.“I don’t think it will stop a significant amount of fraud,” Monk said of the new law. But “I think anything we can do will help.”last_img read more

Mamata to take stock of health sector in meeting

first_imgKolkata: Better coordination between members of Rogi Kalyan Samities and hospital authorities is going to be one of the main points of discussion during the meeting in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be taking stock of the present situation of the health sector in the state. Senior officials of the state Health department, state-run hospitals and medical colleges and other concerned officials will be present in the meeting, that will be held at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that the meeting was earlier scheduled to be held on May 22. Later, it was rescheduled and would take place on Tuesday. Sources said that representatives of Rogi Kalyan Samiti will also be present in the meeting and there will be discussion to ensure better coordination between them and hospital authorities. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the sources in Nabanna, there will be a turnout of around 425 officials in the meeting and it includes the heads of all departments as well. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had held such a meeting soon after coming to power in 2011. The meeting was held in Town Hall then. However, now, almost all the meetings of the state government, including the central level administrative review meeting that used to take place in Town Hall, are organised in Nabanna Sabhaghar.last_img read more