first_imgOpengate Capital+1500(6%) Odds that one of the listed magazines will be sold this year National Geographic+600(14%) Rupert Murdoch+200(33%) Thomson Reuters+400(20%) Bloomberg+300(25%) Forget betting on which team will make it to this year’s NBA championship or who will take home the 2010 World Cup trophy. Now that Newsweek is up for sale, you can place bets on which company will acquire the troubled title. According to YouWager.com—a sportsbook, online casino and poker room—there’s a 33 percent likelihood that Rupert Murdoch will be the one to acquire Newsweek. Next up is Bloomberg (25 percent), Thompson Reuters (20 percent), Time Inc. (12 percent), McGraw Hill (9 percent) and OpenGate Capital (6 percent). [View the chart below for the return on wagers.]It’s fun to categorize buyers’ chances Las Vegas-style, but how did YouWager calculate the odds? “First comes the need to do some research,” YouWager.com Cory Scott tells me. “These are public companies, so it’s easy to see how they’ve been performing over the last few quarters. Next, you come up with your odds. Fans like to root for the favorite, while gamblers love a long shot, so you need to put up companies that have a possibility of going down based on performance, but it still needs to be unlikely to justify the larger payout.” People +700(13%) Scott adds that the site also takes into account the popularity of the companies being bet on. “People won’t bet if they don’t have an opinion, and they won’t have an opinion if they don’t know anything about the team or, in this case, the company,” he says.What are the Odds that Playboy Gets Sold?YouWager didn’t stop with Newsweek. The site has also placed odds on which major magazines will most likely be sold this year. Playboy tops the list at 29 percent followed by Time (25 percent), Vogue (20 percent), Sports Illustrated (18 percent), Vanity Fair (14 percent), National Geographic (14 percent) and People (13 percent). Scott came up with these odds by applying the same criteria as he did for Newsweek. “Playboy’s revenue for print and digital is down 26 percent, and this is a trend that has been going on for a while,” he said. “I compared Playboy to the other companies and decided they are the most likely candidates to go down based on recent and past performance.”Because Playboy has had financial trouble and because of the current state of the economy, Scott felt there’s a 25 to 30 percent chance that the company’s magazine would be sold, which equals roughly to +250 or $250 for every $100 risked. “After I set the odds, I need to ask myself whether people have an opinion on Playboy going down.  I think so, so the odds go up with Playboy as the ‘favorite’ to go down, but it’s still an unlikely outcome.” So, get your pocketbooks ready, and place your bets! [The +/- indicates the return on the wager. For Example: Betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen. The percentage is the likelihood the contestant(s) will win.]center_img McGraw Hill+1000(9%) Odds that one of the options below will purchase Newsweek Vogue+400(20%) Time+300(25%) Time Inc.+750(12%) Vanity Fair+600(14%) Sports Illustrated+500(18%) Playboy+250(29%)last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing.Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal.“That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street. “We like the corridor as well. But for the product we’re planning, I think that the buyer in the District is very savvy and follows what’s ahead, and will buy, we hope, based on what’s to come,” she said.Elm Street and its partner, Craftmark Homes, plan to build two-over-two style housing, sometimes referred to as stacked townhouses. The previous owners had been planning to build a 100-unit condominium. Elm Street expects to complete its first row of homes by early next year, according to the story.last_img read more

first_img It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service • Apple Tags Apple iPhone XS Apple purges parental control apps it says pose a security… See it Over the past year Apple said it became aware that several of the apps utilized mobile device management (MDM) software. This “gives a third party control and access over a device and its most sensitive information including user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history.” MDM software is often used by businesses to easily manage and control their employees’ devices, but Apple said that in mid-2017 it updated its guidelines about the use of MDM for non-enterprise purposes.”It is incredibly risky — and a clear violation of App Store policies — for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device,” Apple said. “Beyond the control that the app itself can exert over the user’s device, research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes.” Share your voice 2 Apple said it gave the app developers 30 days to fix the guideline violations. Several did, but the others that didn’t had their apps removed from the App Store. “Apple has always supported third-party apps on the App Store that help parents manage their kids’ devices,” the company said. “Contrary to what The New York Times reported over the weekend, this isn’t a matter of competition. It’s a matter of security.”The iPhone maker introduced its own screen-time and parental-controls features last year when it unveiled iOS 12, the most recent major update to its mobile operating system. On Friday, CEO Tim Cook discussed screen addiction at the Time 100 Summit in New York.Apple’s Screen Time feature came following backlash from investors and users over concerns about phone addiction among children. Two of Apple’s major shareholders published an open letter in January 2018 that asked Apple to take a socially responsible approach toward children’s device use. It cited concerns about mental health problems and other issues that come from heavy phone use. The Times report on Saturday said the makers of two of the App Store’s most popular parental control apps filed a complaint Thursday with the European Union’s competition office, with one saying Apple compelled it to alter its app in ways that made it less effective than Apple’s parental controls.Last month, music-streaming service Spotify filed a complaint about Apple with European Union regulators, saying the Apple Music purveyor uses its grip on the App Store to stifle innovation, weaken competition and unfairly tax its rivals. Apple called Spotify’s claims “misleading.” $999 Related stories $999 Best Buy See It Apple, App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior Screen time is rising and it’s ruining us: 11 ways to cut back Apple helps you kick iPhone addiction with iOS 12 Spotify: Apple’s App Store abuses its power to ‘stifle’ rivals Sprint See It reading • Apple says it removed parental control apps for security reasons, not competition Apple CEO Tim Cook has made privacy a priority for his company. James Martin/CNET Apple on Sunday fired back at a New York Times report that said the company has been using its hold on the App Store to hurt competitors’ products.A Saturday report in the Times said that in the past year, Apple has targeted 11 of the 17 most downloaded third-party apps designed to help phone users limit screen time or oversee their children’s phone use. Apple either removed the apps from the App Store outright or restricted them in some way, the Times said.But Apple on Sunday published a statement in its newsroom titled, “The facts about parental control apps.” In it, the company said it recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store because “they put users’ privacy and security at risk.”center_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 iOS 12 Apple See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 97 Photos See All $999 Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Mobile Apps 2:12last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Government’s initiative to transfer cash subsidy on cooking gas directly to the consumer has become the world’s largest direct benefit transfer with a record 2.5 crore households receiving about ₹550 enabling them to buy cooking gas at market rates.The scheme rolled out on 15 November — affecting 54 districts — has become a success, with the nation-wide roll out set for 1 January 2015. ReutersOil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the direct benefit transfer on LPG (DBTL) has overtaken such programmes in China and Brazil. He also revealed that he had personally reviewed the rollout in almost 42 districts, with another 10 to be completed by the end of the year.”In 54 districts, 75 per cent of the population is now covered by DBTL,” he told Press Trust of India.  “Out of such a large number of users joining the scheme, we received only 3,000 complaints, 80 per cent of which have been addressed within 7 days.”Oil ministry officials and senior executives from the oil marketing companies have adopted a district each and oversee the successful roll out of the scheme, which sees consumers receiving the funds in their bank accounts connected to their LPG connection.On joining the scheme, the oil marketing companies credit customer accounts in advance cash subsidy basis to enable them to purchase LPG refills at market price.On taking delivery, the customer would see the next credit coming into the bank account for the next refill.The current rate of a LPG refill is at ₹752 for a 14.2 kilogram canister. However, the subsidised price is ₹417, with the remainder constituting the subsidy.last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Popular on Variety Among the changes: Facebook said it will ban users from live-streaming for 30 days after one violation of its policies prohibiting extremist speech or promoting terrorism. During the March 15 attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, one of the assailants used Facebook Live to broadcast a 17-minute video on the social network.In its statement about declining to join the Christchurch Call to Action, the White House said, “We encourage technology companies to enforce their terms of service and community standards that forbid the use of their platforms for terrorist purposes. We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”However, the White House continued, “we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”According to Facebook, the video live-streamed by the Christchurch attacker was viewed about 4,000 times in total before it was removed. In addition, in the first 24 hours, the company said it removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally (with 1.2 million of those videos blocked at upload).Under their participation in the Christchurch Call to Action, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft and Amazon pledged to take five individual actions and four collaborative ones.The companies said they individually will update their terms of use “to expressly prohibit the distribution of terrorist and violent extremist content”; enhanced user-reported incidences of terrorist or violent extremist content; invest in technology to identify and remove such content; putting in place “appropriate checks” on live-streaming video aimed at cutting the risk of disseminating terrorist and violent extremist content; and release regular reports on the detection and removal of terrorist or violent extremist content. Together, the companies said they will continue to work to improve technology to detect and remove terrorist and violent extremist content more effectively and efficiently; develop a protocol for responding to emerging or active events across all stakeholders; will educate the public about the issues; and support research into the impact of online hate on offline discrimination and violence.center_img Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook The U.S. is sitting out an international initiative — sparked by the March terrorist attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand — aimed at halting the spread of terrorist and extremist content on social media, citing the need for freedom of speech.“While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the call,” the Trump administration said in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to engage governments, industry and civil society to counter terrorist content on the internet.”Separately Wednesday, the White House launched an online tool for users to report if they suspect they’ve been the subject of “political bias” by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or other online platform.At a meeting Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, five tech companies — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Amazon — signed on to the Christchurch Call to Action, which outlines a nine-point plan for steps the industry has committed to take to address the abuse of their platforms to spread terrorist content.last_img read more

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The humanoid robot iCub has learned a new skill: archery. After being taught how to hold a bow and shoot an arrow, it learned for itself how to improve its aim, and was so successful it could hit a bullseye after only eight trials. iCub, the Toddler Robot (w/ Videos, Pictures) Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The iCub robot is an open-source robotic platform about the same size as a child three and a half years old, or around 104 cm tall. It has 53 degrees of freedom (hence it is called the 53-DOF iCub) distributed about the head, torso, arms, legs, and hands. The distance between the target and the iCub was 3.5 meters.The robot’s hands were set manually to allow it to grip the bow, and one joint in the index finger was used to release the string and shoot the arrow. The algorithm controlled the posture of the left arm and the orientation of the right arm (string side).ARCHER is a chained vector regression algorithm that uses experience gained from each trial to fine-tune the next attempt by modulating and coordinating the movements of the robot’s hands. Movements of the arms are controlled by an inverse kinematics controller. After each shot a camera takes a picture of the target and an image recognition system based on Gaussian Mixture Models determines where the tip of the arrow hit the target by filtering the colored pixels of the picture based on their likelihood of belonging to the target or the arrow head. This information is then used as feedback for the algorithm. Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The learning algorithm, called ARCHER (Augmented Reward Chained Regression) algorithm, was developed and optimized specifically for problems like the archery training. Photo: Dr. Petar Kormushev The algorithm used to teach iCub is called the Augmented Reward Chained Regression (or ARCHER, naturally), and was developed especially for problems with specific knowledge about the goal to be achieved and which have a “smooth solution space.” In archery, the greatest reward comes from hitting a bullseye, the center of the target.center_img 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. Photo credits: Dr. Petar Kormushev More information: Research paper: kormushev.com/papers/Kormushev_Humanoids-2010.pdf The algorithm was developed by Dr. Petar Kormushev and colleagues of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). The results of the research will be presented in December this year at the Humanoids 2010 conference in Nashville TN in the US. Citation: The iCub robot learns archery (2010, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-icub-robot-archery.htmllast_img read more