US tech industry says immigration order affects their operations

The U.S. tech industry has warned that a temporary entry suspension on certain foreign nationals introduced on Friday by the administration of President Donald Trump will impact these companies’ operations that are dependent on foreign workers.Trump inauguration

The Internet Association, which has a number of tech companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft as its members, said that Trump’s executive order limiting immigration and movement into the U.S. has troubling implications as its member companies and firms in many other industries include legal immigrant employees who are covered by the orders and will not be able to return back to their jobs and families in the U.S.

“Their work benefits our economy and creates jobs here in the United States,” said Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman in a statement over the weekend.

Executives of a number of tech companies like Twitter, Microsoft and Netflix have expressed concern about the executive order signed by Trump, which suspended for 90 days entry into the U.S. of persons from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – as immigrants and non-immigrants. The Trump administration has described the order as a move to prevent foreign terrorist entry into the U.S.

Tech companies like Uber, Apple, Microsoft and Google are in touch with employees affected by the order, according to reports. Uber is working on a scheme to compensate some of its drivers who come from the listed countries and had taken long breaks to see their extended families and are now unable to come back to the U.S., wrote CEO Travis Kalanick, who is a member of Trump’s business advisory group.

“As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world,” wrote Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, in an online post over the weekend. “We will continue to advocate on this important topic.” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a Facebook post that “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all.”

The tech industry is also concerned about further moves by the government on immigration policy that could place restrictions on visas for the entry of people who help these companies run their operations and develop products and services. The H-1B visa program have been criticized for replacing U.S. workers.

Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a note to employees on Saturday that the company believes in “a strong and balanced high-skilled immigration system.”

About 150 Delta flights in the US canceled after systems outage

About 150 flights of Delta Air Lines in the U.S. were canceled and some others were delayed on Sunday on account of an IT systems outage, the airline reported.delta air lines aircraft

Delta said more flight cancellations were expected.

The IT systems outage at Delta is the latest of a number that have affected airline operations recently.

Delta reported earlier that its teams were working to fix quickly a systems outage that has resulted in departure delays and cancellations. It did not provide information on the systems issue that had caused the outage.

“Not all delays and cancellations are being reflected on Delta systems, including delta.com, the Fly Delta App, airport information screens or through our Reservations agents,” the airline said. It reported at 11:45 p.m. EST that a ground stop had been lifted.

The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier reported a ground stop for all Delta mainline and sub-carrier flights to domestic destinations. The agency cited “automation issues” at Delta and said international flights were not affected.

After the lifting of the ground stop, Delta CEO Ed Bastian apologized to customers affected by “this frustrating situation.” On Twitter and other social media, a number of flyers complained about the delays. Airports reported varying duration of delays of flights. At one point, Denver International Airport reported that Delta flights at the airport were “delayed an average of 90 minutes but still moving.”

Delta had reassured users that flights in the air remain unaffected, but added that some customers are experiencing delays upon landing, particularly at Delta’s hub airports. The airline is providing updates on its web site.

The airline faced an outage in August, when it said that a power outage in its operations center in Atlanta had affected its computer systems and operations worldwide, leading to flight delays.

Delta has 830 aircraft of which 644 are owned by the airline, while the rest are leased. It operates more than 15,000 daily flights including those by worldwide alliance partners, and serves 180 million customers each year. Rival United Airlines also reported an outage earlier this month, citing an IT issue.

Intel brought 300 drones to the Super Bowl

It wasn’t live, but Intel’s 300 drones in the sky behind Lady Gaga at the start of the Super Bowl Halftime Show were impressive nonetheless. What started out as a sea of floating lights came together by the end of the bit to form an American flag. It was impressive, cool, and it was all thanks to the ever-growing interest in drones.ladygagsuperbowldrones

The Super Bowl was the third public outing in the U.S. for Intel’s Shooting Star quadcopter drones following several weeks of aerial shows at Disney World in Florida. It was also a record-breaking moment for Intel’s drones, which were allowed to fly up to 700 feet for the first time after receiving special permission from the Federal Aviation Authority.

Each drone weighs a little less than a volleyball and is equipped with LED lights that Intel says can create more than 4 billion color combinations in the sky.

 

To make the drones actually operate and move the way they need to, Intel said it developed special algorithms to automate the animation process. But during show time, the drones can be operated by a single pilot from one PC.

Although Intel says the drones were designed specifically for entertainment purposes, there may also be more practical applications for these drones in the future. Intel’s drone chief, Anil Nanduri, told Wired that he sees a future where these drones could be used for purposes such as search and rescue. Just plug in a search pattern and off they go.

Intel wasn’t the only company talking drones on Sunday. Amazon also aired a Super Bowl commercial showing off drone-based Prime Air deliveries. Prime Air is not yet available in the U.S., but it is currently being tested in the UK.

Although Intel’s Shooting Star drones are able to show up for special events, the devices aren’t yet available for sale; the quadcopters still have to get a stamp of approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Google Maps update puts a focus on navigation inside the app

Over the past few weeks Google has added in-app Uber booking and parking availability to Maps, but it isn’t done with the improvements. In an update rolling out today, the app will receive some better navigation—not in how we drive but in how we get around the app.google maps navigation

A blog post details the change, which will only affect the Android version of Maps. The update adds a new menu bar to the bottom of the home screen that brings easy access to three common features: places, driving, and transit. Designed to cut down on the number of taps you’ll need to make to get directions and find restaurants, the update focuses on delivering real time at a glance, according to a Google blog post:

Under the new places tab, users will find lists of restaurants and bars around you, as well as a search bar that lets you find ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. Additionally, if you tap the car icon you’ll be able to quickly get an estimated time of arrival for going home or to work, as well as traffic conditions and any possible reported delays. Finally, the subway icon will show you the best train or bus to catch for your commute, or you check out schedules for stations and stops near you.

google maps nav
Google Maps’ new navigation helps you get the information you need quickly.

 We all love Google Maps, but let’s face it, no one wants to spend any more time with it than they have to. With this latest update, Google hasn’t added any new features, but by streamlining the interface a bit, it will help us get where we’re going that much faster.

This story, “Google Maps update puts a focus on navigation inside the app” was originally published by Greenbot.

Samsung scraps a Raspberry Pi 3 competitor, shrinks Artik line

Samsung has scrapped its Raspberry Pi 3 competitor called Artik 10 as it moves to smaller and more powerful boards to create gadgets, robots, drones, and IoT devices.Artik 1020 developer kit

A last remaining stock of the US$149 boards is still available through online retailers Digi-Key and Arrow.

Samsung has stopped making Artik 10 and is asking users to buy its Artik 7 boards instead.

“New development for high-performance IoT products should be based on the Samsung Artik 710, as the Artik 1020 is no longer in production. Limited stocks of Artik 1020 modules and developer kits are still available for experimentation and small-scale projects,” the company said on its Artik website.

The Artik boards have been used to develop robots, drone, smart lighting systems, and other smart home products. Samsung has a grand plan to make all its appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, smart in the coming years, and Artik is a big part of that strategy.

Samsung hopes that tinkerers will make devices that work with its smart appliances. Artik can also be programmed to work with Amazon Echo.

Artik 10 started shipping in May last year, and out-performed Raspberry Pi 3 in many ways, but also lagged on some features.

The board had a plethora of wireless connectivity features including 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, and it had a better graphics processor than Raspberry Pi. The Artik 10 had 16GB flash storage and 2GB of RAM, both more than Raspberry Pi 3.

The board’s biggest flaw was a 32-bit eight-core ARM processor; Raspberry Pi had a 64-bit ARM processor.

The Artik 7 is smaller and a worthy replacement. It has an eight-core 64-bit ARM processor, and it also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee. It supports 1080p graphics, and it has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, less than in Artik 10. Cameras and sensors can be easily attached to the board.

The Artik boards work on Linux and Tizen. The company also sells Artik 5 and Artik 0, which are smaller boards with lower power processors.

Everything we think we know about the LG-Google watches

DroidLife has published what looks to be official user guides for both models of the LG-Google watches. This article has been updated to reflect this information. lg style watches

It’s been a while since there’s been a splashy Android Wear release, but it looks like all that’s about to change in a few short days. Rumors have been swirling around the release of a new watch co-designed by Google and LG to drop alongside the long-delayed release of Android Wear 2.0, and the wait will likely end this week.

The release should kick off a new round of watches from the likes of Huawei, Asus, and others, but for now, all eyes will be on Google’s first foray into wearable hardware. Here’s what we know so far.

There aren’t a ton of Android Wear options for users with small wrists, but a report from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass claims that the new LG-Google watches will likely come in large and small varieties, with the Sport variant featuring a 1.38-inch, 480×480 screen, and the more petite Style watch having a 1.2-inch, 360×360 display. That might not seem like much of a difference, but it will definitely be noticeable for people who have found Android Wear watches to be too big to wear.

However, the watches will be a little bulky, according to Blass, with thicknesses of 14.2mm for the Sport model and 10.8mm for the Style. Based on leaked images, the watches follow Android Wear’s round aesthetic and feature rounded bezels, which should help them appear more svelte than they are.

lg style leak

Additionally, the companies have opted to fit both devices with Apple Watch-style digital crowns to aid in navigation. Based on leaked photos, the Sport model also includes a pair of buttons above and below the crown, but a purported leak of the user guide published by DroidLife gives a little insight into what they do: The top button will launch the Fit Workout app and the lower one will be tied to Android Pay. It’s unclear from the description whether they can be customized to launch other apps.

According to the user guide, you’ll press and hold the crown for one second to summon the Google Assistant. Of course, we assume “OK Google” will still do the same.

The watches are said to come in a variety of colors. The larger model will reportedly be available in titanium and dark blue options (though a leaked picture seems to indicate the existence of a black or dark grey model as well), while the smaller watch is said to be sold in titanium, silver, and rose gold finishes. Pictures of the Style watch in rose gold and titanium have already been spotted.

lg style watch box

Additionally, LG is set to sell an array of swappable bands for the new watches, putting a focus on style. The pictures we’ve seen show the titanium and rose gold Style watches paired with light brown and beige bands, respectively, but a spy shot of the box shows a titanium-colored Style watch with a black leather band, so it’s likely that buyers will be able to select a specific combination of band and finish upon purchase. According to images in the user guide, the bands will swap out by pressing a small button on the underside, similar to the way Samsung’s straps are changed.

One of the best features of the new version of Android Wear is support for Android Pay, but your watch is going to need a built-in NFC chip to take advantage of it. According to VentureBeat’s report, however, only the larger Sport model will include an NFC chip, meaning the smaller model likely won’t be able to enjoy on-the-go wrist payments, a claim that has been backed up by the user guide leak. It’s a curious decision to hold back such a major feature on a brand-new watch, so if true, it’ll be interesting to hear the explanation.

The larger model will also ship with with LTE, GPS, a barometer, and a heart-rate sensor, while both watches will include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, along with the usual fitness features. Additionally, both watches will reportedly be IP67-certified, meaning they can be submerged in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Under the hood, Blass reports that the Sport watch will have 768MB of RAM, compared to the Style’s 512MB, as well as a much larger 430mAh battery, compared to 240mAh on the smaller model.

 lg watch cadle

These images, which are reportedly from the watches’ user guides, show a cradle for the Sport (left) and a puck charger for the Style.

Charging the batteries will differ between the models as well. According to the user guide, the larger model will feature a Gear S3-style cradle, while the Style model will simply include the magnetic puck-style induction charger like the one Apple includes with its watch.

It was originally reported by Blass that Google and LG would be releasing their new creations on Thursday, Feb. 9, but now he says the unveiling has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Feb. 8. According to reports from Android Police, the Style watch will cost $250, while the Sport will set you back an extra $100 for $350 total.

This story, “Everything we think we know about the LG-Google watches” was originally published by Greenbot.

3 Reasons why your fat loss Regime Hits a Plateau

Are you stuck in the middle of your weight loss program? You are watching every calorie which is going into your body and weighing your weight in grams. Even after following this much of disciplined program, you cannot achieve your desired fat loss goal. To get quick results, you can consider methandrostenolone, but only after consulting with your physician.

Here are a couple of mistakes you may be making and that is the reason why weight loss efforts are not producing results.

Image result for 3 Reasons why you're fat loss Regime Hits a Plateau

Not Eating Enough Protein

People who are well informed about increasing muscle mass know that 1 g of protein per pound of body weight is good to increase muscle mass. Most of the people cannot understand that supplements are to complete the diet, they cannot replace it. Similarly, if you are not consuming enough real protein food items like chicken, dairy, eggs and meat, then your efforts may come to a standstill. Check if you are fulfilling half of you protein requirement with protein powder, then this is the right time to eat some real food.

This is important because eating real food makes a positive impact on the metabolic rate. Your body has to work harder in order to digest the protein. On the other hand, protein powders are quickly digested and this will make you hungry more often. In this situation you have to deal with your food cravings also and failing in this will sabotage your efforts.

Are You Eating Too Few Calories?

You may find it contradictory in the beginning, but when you will understand the whole concept of fat loss,then you will understand it properly. While following a fat loss regime, you are supposed to create a deficit of calories so that you can burn your stored fat. During this period if you consume too few calories, then body considers it an alarming situation and in spite of burning calories it slows down its metabolic rate. If you continue this habit, you will find that your body is storing fat. This is because body considers it starvation and mind sends signals to body to conserve energy.

To deal with this situation you are supposed to eat slightly below your maintenance level for a couple of weeks. During this period if you find positive results, then you can continue otherwise decrease a couple of more calories and add in cheat meals.

Don’t Stress Too Much

Are you keeping track of every macro and micro nutrient? Do you record even the meal timings and grams of protein you consume pre-and post-workoutroutines? Do you weigh yourself daily and prepare your own meals? If your answer is yes all the above questions, then I advise you to relax a little. Don’t get stressed because it will make the fat loss process difficult for you. You are doing your best and what if all the record keeping and exercise cannot generate your desired results?

After following the fat loss routine religiously, you may realize that your body is not behaving according to your command. This is the time whenyou are supposed to take a break and remember human body is not a machine. Consider methandrostenolone after discussing with your physician.

The Best Result of Inositol Hexanicotinate Intake

This is the online source to help you have the trusted data on Inositol hexanicotinate. It is the form of the niacin and in possible terms it is known as Vitamin B3. The component helps in avoiding the niacin flush. The supplement has the involvement in the transportation of the fat by means of the human body system and this helps in the perfect supplying of energy to various parts of the human cells. This is the solution to help in the enhancement of the serotonin activity and this can cause an improvement in the status of the mood and now you can easily avoid stress and insomnia.

Image result for The Best Result of Inositol Hexanicotinate Intake

Nicotinic Supplemental Variety for You

The supplemental variety is made from a form of nicotinic acid and this is the compound necessary for the functioning of the bodily enzymes. One can even refer the same as the trusted supplement to help in the process of fat synthesis and the supplement also helps in the successful working of the carbohydrates. In developed countries you can see people suffering from lack of niacin. This one is being derived from the source of tryptophan and you can call this essential form of the amino acid doing good to the human body system.

Supplemental Compound of Niacin

In certain cases the intake of the niacin supplemental compound can be greatly beneficial for the human physiological mechanism. The same can help in making normal the level and the amount of the blood lipid and this is done with the successful removal of the LDL. LDL stands for Low Protein Lipoprotein and the same can even eliminate the amount of cholesterol and triglyceride. In this case there is also an increase in the level of HDL. HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. Niacin is the sort of useful chemical signaling compound and this includes the group of the sex hormones as well.

Variations of Nicotinic Acid

You have the two different varieties of B3. These are aka nicotinic acid and the other variation is known as aka nicotinamide. However, the acid can be released over a period of time and it is better than the standard niacin supplements. This is the supportive compound enhancing the strength of the brain and it even causes restoration of the health of the liver. The component is involved in the process of mood regulation and it even takes part in the method of nerve signaling. This one is better used for the reason of PCOS and it has even got to do with fertility and loss of weight.

Outcome of the Nicotinic Intake

Once again you are reminded of the fact that the supplement is made from a form of nicotinic acid and this is the reason it is important for the best restoration of the human physiological mechanism. People having the supplemental intake at times experience the niacin flush and this is the time they start having an increased dosage of Vitamin B3. This happens on the dilation of the blood vessels and there is even the creation of the warm sensation and you can even see the skin blushing occasionally.

Twitter Cuts 9 Percent of Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows

Twitter Cuts 9 Percent of Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows

Twitter Inc’s quarterly revenue growth slowed sharply in the third quarter but topped analysts’ expectations, and the company said it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce.

The social network has been struggling to sign up new users amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Twitter’s shares rose nearly 4 percent to $17.97 in premarket trading on Thursday.

Revenue rose about 8 percent to $616 million (roughly Rs. 4,117 crores), above the average analyst estimate of $605.8 million. The company reported a 20 percent rise in revenue in the previous quarter and 58 percent last year.

Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 9 cents, according to Thomson Reuters.

The microblogging service said its user base ticked up 3 percent to 317 million average monthly active users in the third quarter from 313 million in the second quarter.
Analysts on average had expected 316.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Twitter had 3,860 employees globally as of June. The layoff could hurt the company’s image in San Francisco, where the competition for engineering talent is fierce.

The company, led by co-founder Jack Dorsey, said it expected to incur cash expenditures of about $10 million to $20 million in the fourth quarter, mostly in severance costs.

“We’re getting more disciplined about how we invest in the business, and we set a company goal of driving toward GAAP profitability in 2017,” said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto.

The company’s net loss narrowed to $102.9 million, or 15 cents per share, in the third quarter ended September 30, from $131.7 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier.

Microsoft ‘My People’ Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

Microsoft 'My People' Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

  • Users can send messages through platform of their choice
  • Emoji animations named ‘shoulder taps’ introduced
  • Support for third-party applications to come later

There are currently so many social platforms out there that sometimes it becomes extremely cumbersome to keep track of all of them. Most people use multiple social platforms to stay in touch with each other and it is often annoying to switch between the platforms. This is where Microsoft’s ‘My People’ feature, which was launched on Wednesday, steps in.

The ‘My People’ feature, which will be tagged along with company’s ‘Creators Update’, will essentially give out message notifications to the user right from their desktop. It will further provide them with various platform options to reply from. It will further provide users with nifty little animations when emojis are sent to them by their contacts.

Users can easily share files with their contacts using My People by simply dragging and dropping the files onto the contact icon. These files will then be shared by either Skype or via mail.

These emoji animations are being referred to as ‘shoulder taps’ by Microsoft. In the demonstration of this feature, Allison O’Mahoney – Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft – showed how My People makes it easier to see the mails referred by your contacts and switch back to the conversation in a smooth and easy manner.The entire concept behind the introduction of the My People feature is to remove the complications from conversations and provide users with messages from the people that matter the most, at the earliest. The feature works with email, SMS, and Skype. The support for Xbox Live and Skype for Business will be added later to the feature. The support for third-party applications is also expected to come later on.