Hurricane Sandy Rewrites The Script On Google’s Nexus News

first_imgTags:#Android#Google A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The launch event for Google’s new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet was supposed to be in New York. That was canceled at the last minute, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. So instead, Google announced the devices in a blog post Monday morning. Isn’t it a pain when real life messes up your carefully scripted tech news?After the Google blog post revealed the new gadgets, journalists got hurried group walkthroughs and some hands-on time at Google’s San Francisco headquarters. Some reporters expressed frustration to me that this launch was “botched,” unwilling to let it slide for, you know, an act of God.This is a pretty exciting launch from Google, and I don’t want to act like it doesn’t deserve some attention. The Nexus 10 is the first 10-inch Android tablet worth a damn, and the Nexus 4 is a blazingly fast phone with a great screen, camera, and overall feel. Android 4.2 has some enticing new features.Android is a real tablet OS now. It has multi-user support, which I sure wish Apple’s OS had. “Tablets with a large display are devices meant to be shared,” said Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management for Android. And it’s true.The Nexus 4 boasts this awesome new Photo Sphere mode, which lets you create full 360-degree views of the space all around you, just like in Google Street View. You can even submit your Photo Spheres to Google Maps for actual inclusion in Street View. That’s such a cool idea, and it’s a win-win for Google and for users.But the whole thing felt perfunctory and uncomfortable, given what was happening on the East Coast. “Glad we’re not in New York,” joked a prominent tech reporter as we all headed into the room. Everybody laughed, and I couldn’t tell how much journo cynicism was infused in it. The PR people were haggard. They had been in NYC preparing for the event, and the game plan was changed on them due to the weather. What a bummer.But the PR machinery of the tech news world keeps cranking. We’re still not allowed to post full reviews until the embargo is lifted Friday morning. Monday was a day full of real news, the kind where people get hurt, cities get flooded, and history gets made. This kind of natural disaster news will only get more intense. But some people were still preoccupied, thinking about new tablets and phones.center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchelllast_img read more

Rout resigns from BJP in Odisha

first_imgSenior leader and former Odisha Minister Damodar Rout, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in March this year, has resigned from the party. Mr. Rout was made the convener of the BJP’s campaign committee in Odisha before the last elections.In his letter addressed to party State president Basanta Panda informing that he was resigning from the primary membership of the party, Mr. Rout expressed regret that he felt his involvement in the party’s programme and policymaking process was not required after the elections.Mr. Rout mentioned in his letter that he will stay away from electoral politics in the future.The former Minister, who unsuccessfully contested from Balikuda-Ersama Assembly constituency, had joined the party following his expulsion from the Biju Janata Dal in September last year.last_img read more

PDM not to blame for country problems says Astwood

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edwin astwood, Pdm, problem, salem baptist church Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Jun 2015 – The People’s Democratic Movement engine is revved up and ready to go now, with the two leaders solidified in a weekend convention by the party held in its birthplace, Grand Turk. The Grand Turk South & Salt Cay, Member of Parliament said if you do not like how things are going in the country, the PDM is not to blame.“So all the problems that you have been facing in a decade, it’s nothing to do with the PDM, it’s all PNP. A whole decade of problems nothing to do with the PDM, nothing that is wrong in the country right now you can point at the PDM. We haven’t been here, we haven’t been messing up. We have a government here messing up for some 12, 13, 14 years; it is time to get rid of them, it is time for PDM and its PDM time and we are gonna take the next election… thank you.”Hon Edwin Astwood there… the party on Sunday morning joined Salem Baptist Church for worship. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for youlast_img read more

Study of crabs suggests they are capable of feeling pain

first_img(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Queen’s University in the U.K. has found via testing, that contrary to conventional thinking, crabs appear to be capable of feeling pain. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Robert Elwood and Laura Adams describe how they subjected a group of crabs to jolts of electricity and the ways they tested them to see if the shocks elicited a pain response. ‘Shell-shocked’ crabs can feel pain 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 humans and a host of other vertebrates, demonstrations of pain are obvious, from cries and moans to activities related to escape to avoidance behavior afterwards. But do invertebrates and/or fish feel pain? It is a reasonable question because of the way that some invertebrates are treated by humans—dunking them, while still alive, into a pot of boiling water, for instance. Doing so to a cow, pig or chicken would be unthinkable, yet it is done routinely with crabs and lobsters, which do generally attempt to escape their fate. The conventional view is that such creatures are not able to experience pain, at least in the sense that humans feel it, because they do not have brain parts that would appear to be able to process it. But, that may be oversimplifying things—to better define if a creature experiences pain, scientists have begun to establish rules or guidelines to help, such as noting types or degree of reactionary behavior or changes in hormone levels—if such guidelines are met, the creature can be said to feel pain, in whatever form.In this new study, Elwood and Adams set out to determine if common crabs experience pain. To find out they obtained 40 specimens and put them in plastic tanks—all had wires attached but only 20 were actually given shocks—for 200-milliseconds every 10 seconds for a two minute period. All of the crabs were watched to observe their behavior, before, during and after the shocks were applied.The researchers report that the shocked crabs displayed more vigorous behavior than those in the control group, which included walking around, taking a threatened posture or trying to climb out of the tank. Even more tellingly, they noted that the shocked crabs experienced spiked levels of lactic acid in their haemolymph—a fluid in crabs that is analogous to blood in humans. Taken together the evidence indicates very clearly, the team claims, that crabs do indeed feel pain. Journal information: Biology Letters A hermit crab.center_img Explore further Citation: Study of crabs suggests they are capable of feeling pain (2015, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-crabs-capable-pain.html © 2015 Phys.org More information: Electric shock causes physiological stress responses in shore crabs, consistent with prediction of pain, Biology Letters, Published 11 November 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0800AbstractAnimal pain is defined by a series of expectations or criteria, one of which is that there should be a physiological stress response associated with noxious stimuli. While crustacean stress responses have been demonstrated they are typically preceded by escape behaviour and thus the physiological change might be attributed to the behaviour rather than a pain experience. We found higher levels of stress as measured by lactate in shore crabs exposed to brief electric shock than non-shocked controls. However, shocked crabs showed more vigorous behaviour than controls. We then matched crabs with the same level of behaviour and still found that shocked crabs had stronger stress response compared with controls. The finding of the stress response, coupled with previous findings of long-term motivational change and avoidance learning, fulfils the criteria expected of a pain experience.last_img read more