Citation: Controversial energy-generating system lacking credibility (w/ video) (2011, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-controversial-energy-generating-lacking-credibility-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — It’s been seven months since Italian physicists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi publicly demonstrated a device that they claimed could generate large amounts of excess heat through some kind of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR). (Previous descriptions of the process as “cold fusion” are incorrect; although the process is not completely understood, it is likely a weak interaction involving neutrons, without fusion.) The physicists call this device the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat. Due to the major potential impact such a device could have for energy production, the scientists have received visits and inquiries from all over the world, but so far the claims seem to be lacking credibility. Italian scientists claim to have demonstrated cold fusion (w/ Video) © 2011 PhysOrg.com Rossi shows Krivit the steam from the hose at 10:54. Video credit: New Energy Times Unscientific method One of the visitors to Rossi’s lab was Steven Krivit, editor of the online magazine New Energy Times. Krivit has been following LENR news for more than 10 years, and recently published a 200-page issue devoted exclusively to examining the Rossi claim. Based on his investigation, Krivit has concluded that the Rossi group’s energy claim of extraordinarily large amounts of excess heat has no scientific support, and that he “can’t help but wonder whether Rossi is pulling a scam.” Some highlights of his comprehensive report, which is freely available here, are highlighted below.Steam or waterRossi based his assertions of excess heat on the nearly complete vaporization of room-temperature water (26.5 °C [79.7 °F]) into dry steam (100.1 °C [212.2 °F]). Rossi assumed that all of the water that enters the device leaves the device as dry steam. If this were true, the device would produce lots of energy since a large amount of energy is required to vaporize water into dry steam. (In his 2010 paper, Rossi originally claimed to produce 213 times more energy going out of the device than the energy coming in. Since then he has lowered his estimates several times, and now claims a maximum energy gain of 6 times.) However, if the steam contains any liquid water droplets – even tiny ones – it would significantly reduce the amount of heat being produced. During his visit, Krivit found that Rossi did not check for complete vaporization. The hose through which the output steam flows was inserted into a sink drain, and there was no way to know if liquid water is going down the drain. According to Krivit, Rossi did not use any valid devices that were capable of measuring the steam quality.Further, three scientists calculated that, based on the diameter of the hose, the steam should have an exit velocity of 67, 76, or 137 mph. When Krivit visited Rossi, he took a video of the steam exiting the hose, which he said appears to be flowing at around 10 mph – the expected velocity due to the amount of electrical input energy. Explore further One of the biggest concerns with the device is if all the water entering the system has vaporized into pure dry steam. Image from video below. Credit: New Energy Times In addition to not correctly analyzing the output steam, Rossi’s group also neglected several other practices that would have given their work credibility. For example, they did not measure the heat output directly, but simply measured the temperature inside the device itself. Also, they did not run control experiments and ignored suggestions given to them by experts in the LENR field. They also have said that they’ve lost some data, and refused to show Krivit the data they had. When Krivit asked Giuseppe Levi, a physics professor at the University of Bologna who has been checking Rossi’s work, for data, he had a surprising response:“People will start to make any kind of funny analysis on it, and then I will have to answer this funny analysis…If you don’t want to trust these numbers, don’t trust them! It’s very simple.”When Krivit asked about the credibility of data that Levi had previously reported to the Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik, Levi said the following:”There is no credibility as scientific paper credibility. If you trust me, this is what I have seen with my best effort. Also, I was really conservative.”Moving forwardDespite these flaws, Rossi thinks there still seems to be a future for the system. He has claimed that he has devices operating in the US and Italy, but has not shown them to Krivit or others interested in his work. He claims that he has 300 devices working in his factory in Miami, Florida, but the registered principal place of business is a fifth floor apartment. Rossi has also claimed that he has been heating a factory in Bondeno, Italy, with one of his devices, but has not shown it to anyone.For the past several months, Rossi has been highly promoting the demonstration of a 1 MW device scheduled for this October at Defkalion Green Technologies in Greece. However, on August 7 he canceled that contract when Defkalion failed to make its first progress payment a week earlier.Although Rossi has repeatedly said that he is not asking anybody for money until the devices are operating successfully, according to Krivit, Rossi is asking for $15 million from anybody who wishes to independently test his device. The money would be held in an escrow account contingent on the successful validation.On July 14, Rossi met with NASA researchers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting organizer, Michael A. Nelson, is a systems engineer who has worked at NASA for 30 years in the main propulsion group for the space shuttle as well as with the launch monitoring systems. Nelson told Krivit that he was interested in the possibility of LENR research at NASA, and that NASA would be willing to perform validation tests for Rossi if Rossi pays for the tests. NASA is interested in LENR for potential space applications. “LENR is another avenue. It’s not just about Rossi,” Nelson told Krivit. “If the Rossi thing doesn’t happen, then maybe something else will. Rossi has brought a lot of attention to the field. Any researchers who have a legitimate claim are going to benefit from this.” More information: New Energy Times 37th issue and Rossi’s Scientific Failure in Seven Steps 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.
(Phys.org)—A three-way collaboration between Japan-based Rohm, Aquafairy, and Kyoto University has resulted in the development of a smartphone-charging fuel cell—a compact, high output, portable hydrogen powered fuel cell that can generate electricity by producing hydrogen. This is achieved through a chemical reaction between calcium hydride sheets and water. The fuel cell can generate five watt hours of electricity, to charge an average smartphone within two hours. The fuel cell will be promoted for a variety of uses, from charging a smartphone to serving as a 200-watt portable generator delivering backup power. Citation: Hydrogen fuel cell for phone charging set for 2013 (2012, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-hydrogen-fuel-cell.html Rohm said the new hydrogen fuel cells use a solid that creates hydrogen by adding water, generating power through “hydro-synthesis.” No harmful byproducts such as carbon dioxide or VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are involved. The fuel cells can be disposed of as general waste.If the sheets are laminated and sealed, they last for twenty years, claimed a spokesman. Lithium ion batteries lose their charging ability in four to five years. Aquafairy had been developing a small fuel cell some years ago when they then started to exchange information with Rohm. Also, Rohm and Aquafairy have launched a joint project for a compact, lightweight 400-watt fuel cell system with Kinkei System. Hydrogen fuel cell. Credit: Rohm More information: www.rohm.com/web/global/news-d … defaultGroupId=false Explore further Hydrogen Generating Sheet. Credit: Rohm © 2012 Phys.org Putting the fuel in fuel cells In describing the special nature of fuel cells, Aquafairy has said that a fuel cell doesn’t store electricity, but generates it like a power-generating plant. It can continue to supply electric power as long as hydrogen and oxygen fuel are supplied.”Fuel cells can be made smaller, lighter, and more efficient than conventional storage and rechargeable cells, and thus are expected to drive expansion into new markets and applications, said a Rohm release.Rohm, Aquafairy, and Kyoto University will continue to work on their development. They plan to evaluate the reliability of the fuel cell, make improvements and commercialize it in 2013.The fuel cell will be shown at CEATEC in Japan early next month and at Electronica in Munich, Germany, in November. Credit: Diginfonews The fuel cell announced this month is promoted as advanced in its use of calcium hydride in place of magnesium hydride. Calcium hydride has high reactivity with water at a wide range of temperatures. Stable reactions are possible just by taking measures to suppress reactions. A resin is added to calcium hydride. ROHM and Aquafairy succeeded in solidifying calcium hydride in a sheet configuration, generating approximately 4.5 litres of hydrogen from a sheet less than 3cc in volume (measuring 38 x 38 x 2mm), providing a power output of 5Whr, said Rohm.All in all, collaborative efforts of Rohm, Aquafairy and Kyoto University have resulted in plans for (1) the cover type and card case type of fuel cell, which have a generation capacity of 5Wh for smartphones, (2) a portable power generator with an output power of 200Wh and (3) a 400Wh fuel cell for seismometers, developed in collaboration with Kinkei System. 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.
Explore further Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface The Iceman as he has come to be known, (also known as Ötzi) has been the object of intense scrutiny ever since being found embedded in an Alpine glacier back in 1991—he is believed to have died approximately 5,300 years ago. Attempts to find examples of actual red blood cells within his body have failed in the past, but in this new effort, the researchers used a new technique—a nano-sized probe they moved very slowly over parts of the mummified body that had been wounded, leading to open cuts. Because it moves, the probe allows for capturing 3D imagery—it revealed the clear doughnut shape of red blood cells. To confirm that the images they were seeing represented real red blood cells, the team shone a laser on the same material and read the wavelengths that were reflected back—that revealed that the molecular makeup of the material matched that of red blood cells—a finding that marks the oldest known preserved instance of a red blood cell.Scientists believe the Iceman was approximately 46 years old when he died—other research has led to the discovery that he suffered from a variety of illnesses and injuries and his skin was decorated with many tattoos, most of which are believed to have been applied as a means of alleviating joint pain, possibly due to arthritis or inflammation caused by Lyme Disease.Also, by using Raman spectroscopy, the researchers found traces of fibrin, a clotting agent the body makes immediately after an injury occurs, which suggests very strongly that the Iceman died shortly after he was wounded—it is generally absorbed shortly after an injury occurs as other agents take over. Because it was still present near the Iceman’s wound suggests he died shortly after it was inflicted, likely from a blow to the head. Citation: New study of Iceman reveals oldest known example of red blood cells (2015, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-iceman-reveals-oldest-red-blood.html © 2015 Phys.org 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. New scientific analysis shines a light on Otzi the Iceman’s dark secrets (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the European Academy of Bozen (EURAC) aka, the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, has found examples of the oldest known samples of red blood cells. In their paper uploaded to the open access site, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team explains how they found the red blood cells and why they now believe the Iceman died very quickly. More information: Preservation of 5300 year old red blood cells in the Iceman, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0174AbstractChanges in elasticity and structures of red blood cells (RBCs) are important indicators of disease, and this makes them interesting for medical studies. In forensics, blood analyses represent a crucial part of crime scene investigations. For these reasons, the recovery and analysis of blood cells from ancient tissues is of major interest. In this study, we show that RBCs were preserved in Iceman tissue samples for more than 5000 years. The morphological and molecular composition of the blood corpuscle is verified by atomic force microscope and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The cell size and shape approximated those of healthy, dried, recent RBCs. Raman spectra of the ancient corpuscle revealed bands that are characteristic of haemoglobin. Additional vibrational modes typical for other proteinaceous fragments, possibly fibrin, suggested the formation of a blood clot. The band intensities, however, were approximately an order of magnitude weaker than those of recent RBCs. This fact points to a decrease in the RBC-specific metalloprotein haemoglobin and, thus, to a degradation of the cells. Together, the results show the preservation of RBCs in the 5000 year old mummy tissue and give the first insights into their degradation. AFM images of red blood cells (RBCs). (a,b) Single RBCs from recent human tissue. (c) An assembly of RBCs. (d,e) Single corpuscles found in Iceman sample A and sample B are shown. An assembly of several randomly distributed corpuscles, similar to those found within the recent sample (c), are displayed in image (f). The imaged corpuscles (d–f) feature the characteristic discoid and concave surface of RBCs. Credit: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0174
Watch the most hilarious bar show ever come alive at Fio Cookhouse, with Humour Me’s very own Coyotes – Farhad Colabawala – the alcoholic whisky-daruwalla Parsi, mixing the perfect cocktail of getting one drunk and laughing and his larger, southern counterpart Shantanu Anam. Watch them at The Coyote Ugly at Fio Cookhouse! What comes to mind when you hear the words Coyote Ugly? The early 2000 romantic comedy with the lead actress singing and dancing to ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’ on top of a bar with a roaring audience? Or the famous Coyote Ugly Saloons – Jaw-dropping models with their perfected routines of dancing on the bar, singing, and challenging customers to drinking contests! Add ugly to it and you won’t be dissappointed.When: 19 NovemberWhere: Fio Cookhouse, Epicuria Show timing: 8 pm onwards
Darjeeling: Now, Darjeeling and Kalimpong will finally benefit from “Nijo Griho Nijo Bhumi Prokolpo” of the Bengal government. The scheme is being routed through the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in the Hills. The “Nijo Griho Nijo Bhumi Prokolpo” was launched on October 18, 2011 by the Chief Minister of Bengal, whereby 5 decimal of land is provided to the homeless, landless beneficiaries.”This scheme along with the rest of Bengal was earlier available in the GTA area. Initially 25% of the applicants benefitted from the scheme. However, the scheme was stopped under the GTA. We have decided to reintroduce the scheme again through the GTA and have been given a go ahead by the State Government,” stated Binay Tamang, Chairman, GTA. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn a meeting on May 14, the GTA and state government officials decided to reintroduce this scheme in the Hills. A follow up meeting was held at the GTA Chairman’s office in Darjeeling on Friday attended by Land reform Officers, Block Officers and GTA officials.”Application made earlier will also be processed along with fresh ones. Earlier there was hardly any promotion of the scheme in the Hills, hardly anyone knew about the scheme. This time, we will be giving advertisements in newspapers and TV channels so that people come to know about the scheme and the deserving ones get the benefit,” added Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedApplicants can submit applications in Block Offices, Block Land and Land Reforms Office and Gram Panchayat offices as per their convenience.Committees have been constituted in each of the 8 blocks comprising Block Development Officer, Block Land and Land Reforms Officer and a member of the Board of Administrators, GTA.Applications for the Kalimpong 1, Kurseong, Mirik, Sukhiapokhari, Rungli Rungliot and Darjeeling – Poolbazar Block will be received from June 4 to June 9. For Kalimpong 2 block, it will be from June 11 to 16 and for Gorubathan block from June 18 to 23. The applications will be scrutinised by the committee formed in each block and then will be recommended by the Sub Divisional Land and Land Reforms Officer to the GTA. The GTA will then forward the list to the state following which land documents will be handed over by the state government.When questioned on the fate of tea garden workers, who have been demanding documents since long, Tamang stated: “Tea gardens are leased land of the State Government. The workers can apply. The concerned departments and the state government will then decide,” added Tamang.
Kolkata: The Centre has written to the state government regarding the changes that have been proposed in the Central Motor Vehicles Act, to save the drivers from harassment.If the Act is passed in the Lok Sabha, drivers will be allowed to have details of their driving licence, insurance papers, pollution certificate and smart card in their phones, which they can show to the police if asked for.Thousands of drivers throughout the country have lodged complaints about police harassment over the production of documents in case of any traffic violation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn case of any offence, police personnel ask drivers to show their driving licence along with smart card, insurance papers and pollution certificate. Often, the traffic personnel on duty seize the driving licence, which the driver has to obtain from the traffic guard later at a stipulated date, on the production of a receipt.The trouble begins if the driver is caught for a second offence before the stipulated date. Also, it is never disclosed on what ground the driving licence has been seized. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe drivers also face harassment over the failure to produce insurance papers and smart cards. The drivers of commercial vehicles have complained that police personnel on duty often ask them to pay graft money, which goes up to one thousand rupees when they fail to produce documents. For quite some time, MPs have raised the issue in the Lok Sabha. Once the Act is passed in the Parliament, the harassment of the drivers will stop. Both drivers of private cars and drivers of commercial vehicles have welcomed the Centre’s move. When contacted, Rajiv Sahani, a driver who drives interstate commercial vehicles, said if the driving licence is seized, it becomes difficult to drive on the highways and the so drivers become ready to pay any amount to ensure that the police personnel do not seize the driving licence. Dr Subrata Ghosh, who drives in the city regularly, said the police personnel often stop random vehicles and ask the owners to show the documents. If all the documents are not in possession of the owner, the driving licence is seized and “it becomes a real problem to get it from the office of the traffic guard.”
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has taken all possible measures to prevent erosion of the four islands on Rabindra Sarobar lake in South Kolkata. There are four islands on the large waterbody, which were found to be shrinking due to the dual effect of no boundary surrounding the islands and the loss of tree cover.The islands are inaccessible for common public and the job of protecting the islands rest with KMDA, which is the custodian of the sprawling waterbody. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have already piled saal logs along the edge of the islands and have dumped huge quantities of earth to rebuild the banks and prevent water from gnawing at them. Trees that are known to prevent soil erosion like Hijal, Pakur and Aswattha have been planted on the islands,” said a senior official of KMDA who looks after the maintenance of Rabindra Sarobar. Conserving the biodiversity of the lake has assumed prime importance in recent times, with the National Green Tribunal keeping a hawk eye on its upkeep. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEfforts have also been made to present a colourful look to the islands and for that purpose, KMDA has planted Radhachura, Krishnachura, Palash, Kathalichapa and similar species of trees.In recent times, the number of migratory birds to the islands have dwindled with the loss of tree cover and lack of proper nesting place for the avians. Fruit bearing trees like guava, papaya and jamrul have been planted to attract the birds.”We have also thwarted the attempts of some urchins venturing into the islands swimming across the lake and stealing juvenile birds from their nests, by strengthening the security of the islands,” the official added.KMDA has taken the opinion of the Botanical Survey of India, while increasing the green cover of the four islands.It may be mentioned that among the four islands on the Lake, the only one accessible to the public houses a mosque.
Children are like wet clay, who can be modeled the way they want to be and what better than books can be for this purpose which are the primary source of knowledge.A large number of book lovers are visiting the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016 which being held at Pragati Maidan. Thursday, being a working day did not deter the book enthusiasts to visit the Fair, who very keenly shopped and looked around for their favourite books at the stalls of regional language books, spiritual books, self help books, textbooks, fiction and non-fiction books. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The main attraction at the fair is Hall No. 14, which has drawn a huge crowd consisting of children, parents, teachers. It comprises of the stalls from various children’s books publishers from across the country and the other interesting feature is the children’s Pavilion. Put up by the National Book Trust, India, it attracts a number of book lovers. Several activities for and by children are being organised at the pavilion by the Trust in collaboration with various schools, NGOs and other organisations working in the field. The children get an opportunity to meet their favourite authors, illustrators, have reading and storytelling sessions with them, participate in the workshops on creative writing, illustrations etc. For the children’s writers, teachers, librarians, panel discussions, seminars are also being organised. The Children’s Film Society is screening the popular films for children at the pavilion every day like Anmol Tasveer, Aasman Se Gira, Ek Ajooba Hai. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe other special features of the Pavilion include the illustrator’s corner put up the Riyaz Academy to encourage young artists, a corner for children as well as teachers by IL&FS informing about the learning aids, a corner by Care India making people aware about the need to educate children especially girls; Reading Corner where the book lovers can read books and know about the National Centre for Children’s Literature Library which has a collection of books on children’s literature in Indian as well as in foreign languages. The galore of events organised at the children’s Pavilion on Thursday included a workshop on animation by Gioia Smid, Director, Fiep Amsterdam, Netherlands; a skit by children based on ‘Mangu Mali aur Ambia’ by noted children’s author Subhadra Sengupta and published by Pratham Books; a programme on girls’ literacy and reading habit titled ‘Beti Padhe Desh Badhe’; a panel discussion on literacy through literature and a discussion on connecting children to community libraries, among others.A panel discussion on the topic ‘Indian Epics as Reflected in Indian Regional Language and Literature’ was organised at the Theme Pavilion. The speakers, Sanjiv Kumar, Thanuja Bhattathiri and Dr Avanijesh Avasthi, discussed about the Indian epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana which have been interpreted by the authors in regional languages. A talk on the book Global Game Change, authored by John Nasbitt and Doris Nasbitt at China Pavilion was also held. The speakers, including the authors and Rudra Narayan Sharma of Sage Publications, discussed about the book and significant issues like economic and political conditions in China and India, role being played by the entrepreneurs in fulfilling social responsibilities and changing trends in the publishing industry.A number of books were released at the Fair including Bal Krishan Garg Ke Bal Geet, authored by Bal Krishan Garg, Miraculous Power of the Subconscious Mind authored by N K Sharma among others. The panel discussions on Hindi literature and Premchand – noted Hindi author and Poets’ Meet were some of the literary events that engaged the visitors.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts and Japan India Industry Promotion Association (JIIPA) organised participation of Indian Handicrafts Exporters in the 5th edition of India Trend Fair from July 24-26, 2019 at Belle Salle Shibuya Garden, Tokyo, Japan.The Chairman EPCH, Ravinder Kumar Passi is leading the delegation of 10 member exporters and five National Awardee Master Crafts persons during India Trend Fair 2019. EPCH Handicrafts exporters are showcasing wide range Handicrafts, Textiles and Home Furnishing, Hand Crocheted Embroidery, Fashion accessories, Jute products , and Incense sticks among many other things. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe five master craftspersons awarded by the President of India have been deputed by O/o DC Handicrafts to performing live demonstration of traditional Indian crafts like Pashmina Kani Shawl from Jammu & Kashmir, Silver Filigree from Telangana, Madhubani Painting from Delhi, etc, to create awareness about Indian crafts under the banner of EPCH. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador of India inaugurated the 5th edition of India Trend Fair 2019 in the presence of Ajit Chavan, Secretary, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India; Nobuhiro Komada, President of Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center Japan; Yosuke Yanagase, Chairman JIIPA; Ravinder Kumar Passi, Chairman EPCH, The Chairman AEPC, The Executive Director Texprocil, The General Secretary, GEAR. Verma and the delegates visited the Indian exhibitors as well as Master Craft persons at the fair. The delegates appreciated the crafts of Master Craft persons and guided them about the current marketing scenario of Japan and requirement of the products. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndia Trend Fair is providing a comprehensive platform to Indian manufacturers to showcase their value added products to the most influential buyers and designers in Japan. Rakesh Kumar, DG, EPCH informed that during the fair, Japanese buyers are enthusiastic and showing keen interest to plan their visit to India and visit the IHGF Delhi Fair scheduled to be organised at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida from October 16-20, 2019. Such B2B interactions between both Indian and Japanese side will help in promotion of Indian crafts in Japan. The exports of Indian handicrafts have grown by 6.46% to 3803.55 million US Dollars in 2018-19. During this fair participation, the emphasis is being given on exploring new products and designs to increase exports to Japan and offer India as a preferable sourcing destination for Handicrafts, home décor, home textiles, and sustainable eco-friendly products from India.
An excavation team from New York University have stumbled on an undiscovered palace. Located in the ruins of Ancient Egyptian city Abydos, it stands by the royal temple of famous pharaoh Ramesses II. NYU’s excavation is exploring the remnants of an extensive building program that helped characterize Ramesses’ rule (1279 – 1213 BC). Newsweek writes that Abydos is “home to a royal necropolis where pharaohs from the earliest dynasties — such as Qaa from the first dynasty and Peribsen from the second — are thought to have been entombed”.Last week the team — or “mission” — noticed a stone walkway at the temple’s entrance to the southwest. Following it led them to the secret palace, which contained attention-grabbing examples of “the cartouche — a hieroglyphic marking that denotes royalty” according to Newsweek.Temple of Seti I at Abydos, EgyptRare cartouches are seen at the temple’s four corners, with intriguing depictions. Ahram Online says that they show Ramesses “birth and throne names painted in a golden color. They are surmounted with double feathers with a sun disk in between and beneath them a decorative gold sign.”The palace is made of limestone and mud brick, with limestone floors. Mission director Sameh Iskander refers to a second hall, the base of which is a column of sandstone. Lintels can also be seen, bearing kingly inscriptions.Ramses IIRamesses II was part of the Nineteenth Dynasty and became one of the most well-known Egyptian rulers. He hailed from a relatively humble background — a 2017 BBC article drawing on the works of James Baikie (1866-1931) describes grandfather Ramesses I as “essentially a provincial bureaucrat who had had greatness thrust upon him.”Predecessor Seti I “saw military success as well as achieving one of the high points of Egyptian art, marked by sensitivity, balance and restraint.”Unfortunately for Seti I his son didn’t measure up when it came to war. He fought the Hittites in Syria at the Battle of Kadesh (approx. 1274 BC) and eventually signed a peace treaty with them. As for his artistic side, the verdict has been mixed.Seti I. Photo by Messuy CC BY-SA 3.0The BBC writes “Good art can be found in Ramesses’ reign,” but adds “it continued to flourish when not subjected to the dead weight of the king’s ego.” Also known as Ramesses the Great, he is believed to have been the subject of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 work Ozymandias, about a foolish king. Ramesses II was called Ozymandias in Greek.Related Video: Disturbing Instances Where Ancient Egyptian Curses Seemed To Come TrueThe pharaoh was a boastful self-publicist, a quality not unknown to those of his stature. His legacy endures, both architecture and what’s called a “multimedia afterlife: his mummy is flown from Cairo to Paris to be exhibited and re-autopsied, and a series of airport-lounge best-sellers by a French writer, Christian Jacq, gives a soap-opera version of his life.”Courtyard of Ramses II Temple at Luxor. Photo by Jorge Láscar CC BY 2.0He even got the Hollywood treatment when screen heartthrob Yul Brynner portrayed him in epic The Ten Commandments (1956). Anne Baxter played one of his wives, Queen Nefertari. Another wife was Isinofre who gave birth to Khaemwise, a studious individual believed to be “the first Egyptologist in history.”Queen NefertariKhaemwise would no doubt have been interested in NYU’s efforts, which have opened up the conversation on the design of Egyptian temples. Ahram Online mentions the similarity between Ramesses II’s palace and that of his dad, saying “The location and layout of the palace exhibits a noteworthy parallel to the temple palace of Ramses II’s father Seti I in Abydos some 300 metres to the south.”Read another story from us: 2,000-year-old Fast Food bar discovered in PompeiiNewsweek quotes Prof. Joann Fletcher of the University of York. She observed, “The fact Ramses II required a palace at Abydos also reveals that he didn’t just order a new temple at the site but was spending enough time there to warrant such accommodation…To have a building in which people lived their lives is always a fascinating thing to find.”
Jason Whitlock is in for Colin:Mayweather/McGregor is the perfect reflection of society in 2017Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor held their first press conference to start the hype tour for their August 26 mega fight, and it was a trash-talk, expletive filled circus befitting of what is certain to be a revenue record smashing Pay Per View event.Whitlock sees the fight as a cartoonish exaggeration of all of the current excesses of the current sports culture. With unprecedented money being made, tons of smack talk, and likely a lackluster actual fight, this event isn’t as much a sporting event as it is sports porn.It perfectly symbolizes 2017.“This is porn.”Guests: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. – Trainer and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is in-studio to talk about the first press conference; if Floyd is going for the knockout; and if the hate between the fighters is real or an act.Alexi Lalas – FS1 Soccer Analyst is in-studio to talk Gold Cup; why soccer is mostly short guys; and why soccer players are smarter than football players.Mark Schlereth – New FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Joe Montana’s comments on Kaepernick; and why NFL offenses designed around mobile quarterbacks are unsustainable; and why Tim Tebow is better at baseball than he was an NFL quarterback.Willie Colon – Former Steelers/Jets lineman is in-studio to talk about moving on from football; his take on the direction of the Jets; and if Calvin Johnson’s comments about the Lions are fair.
Enroll Now for Free March 1, 2007 This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The more your business grows and the longer your company is around, the more data you stockpile. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images and other big media files–the gigabytes can really pile up. And with business compliance rules becoming more stringent, a good backup solution is more important than ever.Housing all that data requires a storage solution with hundreds of gigabytes available. Fortunately, your storage options are like Skittles–they come in a rainbow of flavors. From personal media servers to online backup to portable hard drives, mass storage is cheap and getting cheaper. There’s a solution for every situation and budget, but network-attached storage, or NAS, is a good place to start.This one-time enterprise option has benefited hugely from recent advances in ease-of-setup and operation. NAS devices are now easily added to a network through either a wired or wireless Ethernet connection, giving you room to spare. For example, Iomega’s StorCenter Pro NAS 250d 500GB option runs Windows Storage Server R2 and features a built-in 70GB REV backup drive, making it a handy combined storage/backup system for $1,999. The Buffalo Tera-Station Live, on the other hand, brings a hefty 2TB to bear for only $2,369. This NAS solution is also Mac-compatible for Apple users or mixed-OS environments. iTunes support, a printer server and super-fast transfer rates make this a flexible NAS option to consider.On the higher end, the StoreVault S500 starts at $5,600 for 1TB, but it can be scaled up to 6TB as your business grows. That price tag gets you Fibre Channel support as well as NAS and SAN support. This heavy-duty networked storage solution comes with a user-friendly Windows-style interface that will please your IT person.The Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server is a somewhat different beast. It’s designed for home offices, but doesn’t skimp on useful features like automatic network backup, file synchronization between multiple employees and data sharing over the internet. This file-sharing ability is handy for businesses with remote employees or for entrepreneurs who need to access files both at work and at home. It runs $600 for a 500GB version.Online storage has become a more viable option for growing businesses and a good complement to NAS. It’s more expensive per gigabyte than NAS but, being off-site, it’s a good way to protect your NAS backup from loss in a disaster at your office site, and it lets you access your data remotely. EVault offers an online disk-to-disk backup and recovery solution with 24/7 critical support and a variable pricing scale. It’s designed to work with your existing infrastructure.Portable storage solutions have become more massive and affordable for when you need to store, back up or share data on the go, or create archives. The Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive is a low-hassle solution that yields 160GB of storage for just $200 and is powered through a USB port.We’ve barely scratched the surface of the wide world of storage options. Other major manufacturers that offer a variety of storage solutions for growing businesses include Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Brought to you by PCWorld November 25, 2008 10 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens As your company grows and you add employees, computers, and an office to house them, you’ll need a network to connect everyone to each other and to the Internet. But at this point maybe your startup crew uses a collection of Macs and PCs, with the graphics people favoring OS X, the software developers relying on the tools that come with Linux, and everybody else preferring Windows. Fortunately, these three operating systems can communicate and coexist on a single network. By using suitable off-the-shelf networking equipment and the various operating systems’ built-in tools, you can connect your heterogeneous hardware to the universe in short order.First, There Was EthernetYour first question when setting up an office network may be “Wired or wireless?” Unless you have serious security constraints, the answer should be “Both.” Wireless networks are more convenient, allowing untethered laptop users to work anywhere in the office. Wired connections are the better choice for stationary PCs and printers because they’re faster, more secure, and easier to configure–and they leave maximum wireless bandwidth for your free-range connections to use.Before you run out and buy the first $99 wireless router you see, however, take a moment to assess your specific networking needs and your office’s topology. First, is network wiring already in place? If so, does it go to the places where you want to connect computers and other networked devices, such as printers?Ethernet cables are fairly inexpensive. To create an uncluttered, professional-looking environment, however, you may want to have an electrician install ethernet cabling in the walls before you move into a new office space. But even if your budget is too tight for electricians and interior designers, it makes sense to draw a plan showing where your connected and wireless devices will be.All of that wiring has to end up somewhere–and often the destination turns out to be a closet, where the cables plug into an ethernet router. The router does a number of important jobs: providing computers on your network with a private, local IP address (required to communicate with each other); coordinating connections between those private addresses and servers on the Internet; and blocking unwanted incoming and outgoing connections with a firewall. The router may also incorporate a wireless access point.If your Internet connection enters the premises in the same closet, so much the better. And if your business is small–say, five people or so–you may be able to get by with a cheap wireless router after all (for likely candidates, see our most recent roundup of wireless routers). Most routers incorporate a wired ethernet hub with three to five connections, and a few offer eight ports–the more the better, for a growing business.If you need additional wired connections, you’ll have to purchase an additional ethernet switch that you can set up between the router and the clients to increase the number of available ports. Most routers can assign addresses to up to 254 devices (wireless and wired), though some of them top out at 20 or so wireless clients.Still, even the fastest wireless routers may show signs of bogging down when hosting ten or more active users, depending on the bandwidth demands of each. Alternatively, you can opt for a wired router (with lots of ports, of course) and a separate wireless access point that connects to it. Walls, masonry, metal cabinets, and other structures can interfere with the radio signal used by wireless ethernet, so a wired router plus wireless access point is a good option if your network wiring hub is fairly distant from your wireless workers.For optimum performance, position your wireless router or access point as close as possible to the wireless work areas. Upgrading to the latest wireless technology–the draft 802.11n specification–can significantly speed up your wireless connections as well. Sometimes draft or nonstandard wireless technology delivers its best results when you purchase the router or access point and the wireless client hardware from the same manufacturer. Read the manual before installing a router, and be sure to heed its urgent warning to change the router’s default password before connecting it to the Internet.Hooking Up PrintersOne great reason to network your business PCs is to share printers. Printers that connect directly to the network via ethernet constitute one of the most brilliant innovations ever. Simply plug a printer in and turn it on, and soon it is available to every computer on the network.To find and install a network printer in Windows, go to Control Panel, open Printers and Faxes (just plain Printers in Vista), click Add a printer, and use the network printer option in the resulting dialog box to browse for the printer on the network. Windows Vista will detect and install a driver for it, if one is available online; Windows XP offers a list of available drivers. Network printers may not show up in Windows XP if your Workgroup name differs from the one that the printer belongs to (often, ‘WORKGROUP’). To locate the printer, temporarily join its workgroup (click Change in the Computer Name tab of Control Panel’s System Properties) before browsing for the printer. In general, it is much easier to share resources between computers if all of them are configured with the same Workgroup name.To find and install a printer in OS X 10.5, open System Preferences, choose Print and Fax, click the lock icon to allow changes, then click the plus sign to add a printer. If your printer doesn’t appear in the Default list of printers, you may find it listed under the Windows category, which allows you to select printers shared on any local Windows Workgroup. Select the printer and click Add. To install a printer in Ubuntu Linux (the popular distribution we use as an example in this article), choose System.Administration.Printing, click New Printer, select the printer in the resulting list, and click Forward to select the correct driver and install the printer.The wonderfulness of networked printers notwithstanding, you may want to share a printer that’s connected directly to a PC with other computers on the network. To share a printer in Windows, first enable file and printer sharing. In Windows XP, open Network Connections in Control Panel, right-click your active network connection and choose Properties, check File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks in the ‘This connection uses…’ list, and click OK. In Windows Vista, open the Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel, expand the Printer sharing section, select Turn on printer sharing, and click Apply. While you’re there, enable Network discovery and File sharing if you want to share your files with other users on the network. Next, in the Printers and Faxes dialog box, right-click the printer you want to share, select Share this printer, enter a name in the ‘Share name’ field, and click OK.In OS X, select the printer from the list of printers in Systems Preferences’ Print and Fax page, and check Share this printer. Although Ubuntu can share its printers with other systems–and browse Windows printers by default–it can’t share its own printers as Windows shares until you install the Samba utility, which emulates Windows’ Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing and printer-sharing protocol.The fastest way to install and configure Samba in Ubuntu is via command-line tools. Nonexperts can install the program graphically, however: Choose System.Administration.Synaptic Package Manager to open Ubuntu’s software installation interface; then click Search, enter Samba, and click Search.Scroll through the resulting list, select the entry that reads simply Samba, and check it. Synaptic package manager will select the other necessary packages. To install the software, click Apply. For details on configuring Samba, start with the official guide.Share Your FilesLike printers, storage can be much more useful when it’s networked. In the past, sharing files meant dedicating an entire computer to the job. Now, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices–often no larger than an external hard drive–provide always-available disk space to anyone on the network via the lingua franca of file sharing, the SMB protocol.To connect to an SMB share from Windows–whether on a NAS device or on another computer sharing it via SMB–open My Network Places, and browse the shares available on the current workgroup. As with printers, Windows XP will show only the shares available on the workgroup you are a member of. To view files shared on the local network via SMB in OS X, browse them in the Finder; available servers are listed under ‘Shared’ in the window’s left-hand pane, or choose Go.Network in the menu. In Ubuntu, choose Places.Network.As with printer sharing, not all storage is attached directly to the network. OS X, Windows (Vista and XP), and Linux all allow you to share files stored on your computer with other users on the network, as well as to browse file shares on other PCs. To share files in Windows, first enable file and printer sharing (as detailed above). In Windows XP, browse to the folder you want to share, right-click it, choose Sharing and Security, and check Share this folder on the network. If you want other users to be able to edit, delete, and create new files in the shared folder, check Allow network users to change my files. Click on OK to finish.By default, Windows Vista requires users to provide a log-in name and a password before they can gain access to its file shares. If you’d like to share files with anyone on the network without having to create a user account and a password for each person, set Password protected sharing to Off in the Network and Sharing Center before you attempt to share files or folders. To share a file or folder in Windows Vista, right-click it, choose Share, select Everyone (all users in this list) from the list of users and groups available to share with, click Add, and then click OK.To share files in OS X, open System Preferences, click Sharing, check File Sharing, click Options, select the shared home folders (if any) that you want to share via SMB (public folders are shared by default), check Share files and folders using SMB, enter the account password for any checked home folder when prompted, and click Done. To share a folder with everyone on the network in Ubuntu, select the folder in File Browser, choose File.Properties, select the Share tab, check Share this folder and Guest access, andclick Create Share.After following all of these steps, you should have your company’s network up and running. Now your employees can focus on advancing your business to the next level.Scott Spanbauer is a Contributing Editor for PC World. Listen Now
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. September 19, 2013 Thanks to a federal appeals court ruling in Virginia, anything you Like on Facebook can’t and won’t be used against you — in a court of law or anywhere else.Facebook Likes are substantive speech, and therefore protected under the First Amendment, wrote U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler.You may be wondering how this issue ended up before a court in the first place. Former sheriff’s deputies in Virginia brought a lawsuit against their old boss, claiming he had fired them because they had liked the Facebook campaign page of his opponent in the upcoming election. The appeals court reversed the decision of a lower court in Virginia that one-click actions such as Likes, as opposed to status updates and posted comments, are not speech and therefore not protected.Related: 3 Bad Mistakes Good People Make on FacebookBut if the Facebook Like is protected speech because it ostensibly communicates “the user’s approval…and support” of the person, status or thing liked, as Traxler wrote, then what of liking things sarcastically or in jest, or – to use an example from another social network – of “hate-favoriting” on Twitter?While it may be true that in the context of a politician’s Facebook page, “the meaning that the user approves of the candidacy whose page is being liked is unmistakable,” as Traxler said, the meaning of social-media actions is not always so straightforward.Do you think liking, favoriting and similar social-media actions should be protected speech? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 16, 2015 Whether you are a product- or service-based business, you will most likely have a website or are in the process of creating one. While I teach entrepreneurs how to create their own DIY website, I’ve noticed that once they have mastered the steps, there is always one question that follows:How do you make money from your website once it’s up?It can seem like an obvious question. However, I believe that a successful website is broken down into two elements: the visual and the strategic. While having a visually appealing website is important for any entrepreneur, knowing how to have it grow your business is just as essential.I’m going to share with you four things that you can implement on your own website (even with little traffic) to help generate more income to support your business online.1. Affiliate links.Becoming an affiliate for your favorite products or services (relevant to your business) is a great way to increase revenue while building a trusting relationship with your audience. Not only are you gaining a commission for every purchase that came from your referral but by recommending products that will help your audience get results, you are also increasing your credibility.Related: How Often Should You Update or Rebuild Your Website?One of the best ways to promote these affiliate products is by offering a “Toolkit” or “Resource” page on your website. (Patt Flynn is an excellent example of this). However, it’s extremely important to be genuine and disclose that you are offering affiliate links. People appreciate honesty and if your recommendations help them, they will likely come back and support you in the future.2. Sequenced opt-ins.If you are offering something of value in exchange for your web visitors’ email addresses, are you clear on your end goal?While regularly blogging or publishing content for those subscribers is a great way to add value, try to plan out a sequence that can lead to promoting your product or service at the end of it. This could be in the form of a challenge (i.e., a 21-day challenge to help improve something or gain a result for your audience) or even a three-part video series, as used by many entrepreneurs such as Jeff Walker and David Siteman Garland.3. Hold workshops.It can take people some time to build trust with your business. Rather than simply listing how people can work with you on your website (or purchase your products), why not try giving value first to establish your credibility?Related: 6 Tactics to Generate More Revenue From Increased Holiday Website TrafficGreat ways of doing this can be in the form of webinars and online workshops relating to your business. Some tools that you can use to easily create this include WebinarJam, Easy Webinar and WebinarAlly.4. Stop focusing on numbers.While the concept of building 1,000 true fans is not new, it couldn’t be more relevant today. We can often get sidetracked with the number of people who are following us, but, as Kevin Kelly’s article explains, quality will always beat quantity. The key is focusing on building relationships with your audience and constantly giving value no matter what you do. These true fans will then effortlessly want to start sharing your work and supporting your business. Another example of someone who has thrived from creating these types of fans includes the dubstep violinist, Lindsey Stirling. As of 2015 she has generated $6 million according to Forbes’ list of the world’s top-earning YouTube stars. She is even able to sell out her tours and albums without the help of a record label. While this is done on YouTube, she still regularly gives value to her followers, which is something you can apply on your website too.These are just some ways to help generate more money from your website, but I hope you can see that there is so much more behind it then just a few quick tricks or listing your products online. It may seem like a bit of work initially but the pay off will be much greater in the long run.Related: 3 Steps to Get Prospects Coming Back to Your Website Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Samsung claims that the company is actively working on a new laptop form factor that will use flexible AMOLED displays to change the mobile computer user experience.Credit: US Army RDECOM/WikipediaLee Min-Cheol — Samsung PC division’s VP for marketing — told to Korean media that “Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops.”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsungs-foldable-laptop-rumors-release-date?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 He added that the company is working with third-party manufacturers — most probably LG — to use large flexible AMOLED displays for its future laptops.Min-Cheol mentioned that the company is also working with these manufacturers in flexible AMOLED panels for mobile phones. Samsung has announced that is aiming to have a foldable phone — the Galaxy X or F, depending on the rumor —out next year, and has recently been awarded a number of patents towards that end.No other details have been announced as of yet. What can change the user experience and “create new value” is yet to be seen. Perhaps a computer that folds like a tryptic to save on volume? Nobody knows.Best 2-in-1s – Laptop/Tablet Hybrids Microsoft Spills Foldable Andromeda Secrets in New PatentSamsung’s Foldable Phone Will Stretch a Gigantic 7.3 Inches by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.comWhere Does Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Land on This List?Forbes.comUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement
Opera Neon: a new concept browser for the desktop by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 in Opera – Last Update: January 12, 2017 – 30 commentsOpera Software revealed a new concept browser called Opera Neon a moment ago both in a life stream and on the official Opera Blogs website.Opera Neon is a prototype web browser that “envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles” according to Opera Software.The browser has been built from scratch, and you will notice right from the start that it does things differently than other desktop browsers (including Opera browser for the desktop).Please note that it is powered by Chromium under the hood.But first the specs. The initial Opera Neon browser is only available for Windows and Mac devices currently. It cannot be installed or run as a portable version either at this point.Opera NeonThe interface that Opera Neon uses differs from that of other browsers. There is no visible address bar or tab bar for instance when you start it up for the first time.The screen that opens uses the device’s desktop background as its background, and displays a search and address field at the top, and below that round icons that link to popular Internet destinations. You can drag any open tab to the interface to create a new favorite, and remove existing links from the page by hovering over them and clicking on the x-icon that appears next to them.The only other interface elements are on the left side in a panel of sorts. The menu is listed at the left bottom corner, and the five other icons there do the following:Open the start interface again to load a new address or one of the favorites.Player, a media player.Snap, a screenshot taking tool.Gallery, which holds previously created screenshots.Downloads, the downloads history.Sites that you load open in an overlay on the screen it seems. Once you open at least one site, you will notice that tabs are displayed at the right side of the Neon browser window.The browser’s focus is a representative icon for the site, and not the site’s title.Opera Neon uses an “intelligent system” that manages tabs automatically. Often used tabs are pushed to the top, and less often used tabs are moved to the bottom.The browser supports several other features of interest. Videos that you open on sites like YouTube are picked up automatically by the Player component. You can click on those videos to use the video pop-out functionality of Opera Neon to watch the video while browsing other sites in Opera Neon.Opera Neon supports a split-screen mode that allows you to display two pages next to each other on the screen.Settings are provided, but they are limited. While you get most of Chromium’s settings, and advanced settings, that is all there is available right now.Closing WordsOpera Neon is surprisingly fast and responsive, and it uses a different interface than other desktop browsers.While that is interesting, you may also notice that it offers little in terms of customizing the interface. In fact, you cannot customize the interface at all, if you don’t count setting a different desktop wallpaper on your device.Neon does not support extensions, or advanced configuration options that browsers such as Firefox offer.Considering that it is an experimental browser, it does not necessarily have to offer those.Now You: What’s your first impression of Opera Neon?SummaryArticle NameOpera Neon: a new concept browser for the desktopDescriptionOpera Software revealed a new concept browser called Opera Neon a moment ago both in a life stream and on the official Opera Blogs website.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
HP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keylogger by Martin Brinkmann on December 10, 2017 in Misc, Security – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 19 commentsHP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver.Again, HP? A security researcher disclosed on GitHub that he discovered a keylogger in the keyboard driver of HP notebooks. While deactivated by default, anyone with elevated access to the machine could enable the logging of keyboard input by setting Registry values.The discovery happened by accident according to the researcher as he was analyzing the keyboard driver to find out how the keyboard’s backlit was controlled. A check in IDA, a cross-platform disassembler and debugger revealed a format string for a keylogger. Further analysis confirmed the assumption, and that the keylogger was not active by default.It did however check locations in the Registry, and the researcher assumed that the correct values would activate the keylogger on the device. Assumed, because it was not possible to test the theory without a HP notebook that had the driver installed.The Registry locations are:HKLM\Software\Synaptics\SynTPHKLM\Software\Synaptics\SynTP\DefaultHKLM\Software\Synaptics\PointerPortHKLM\Software\Synaptics\PointerPort\DefaultHP did confirm the issue when contacted about it though and stated that it was a debug trace. The company released a list of affected notebooks and driver updates for these notebooks that resolve the issue by removing the trace from the driver.HP customers who use one of the affected notebooks are asked to download the updated driver and install it on machines affected by the issue. The HP support page lists business and consumer notebooks affected by the issue.Affected notebooks include HP G4, G5 and G6 devices, EliteBook and Elitebook Folio devices, HP mt* thin clients, HP ProBook laptops , HP zBook mobile workstations, various Compaq notebooks, HP 15* and HP17* notebooks, HP ENVY devices, and HP Pavilion and Omen devices.Basically, if you own a HP notebook or use one at work, search for it on the HP support page to find out if a driver update for it is available.According to the researcher, the update is also distributed via Windows Update.This is not the first issue of its kind that HP had to deal with this year. In April, researchers discovered a vulnerability in HP audio drivers that recorded all keystrokes made by the user and reacted to functions concerning the microphone, and dumped the data in a publicly accessible folder in the file C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log.HP has been in the news last month as well when customers of HP products started to report signs of a Telemetry service.Closing WordsI’m not sure what to make of all of this. It is bad quality controlling over at HP that is causing all these issues? (via Born)Now You: Are you affected by the issue? What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameHP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keyloggerDescriptionHP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Windows 10 installing unwanted Store apps? by Martin Brinkmann on July 02, 2018 in Windows – 45 commentsMicrosoft has a rich history of testing boundaries when it comes to the distribution of apps and updates. The Get Windows 10 campaign demonstrated how far the company is willing to go to push something on the market but the unwanted upgrade to Windows 10 was just one of the methods that Microsoft utilized in the past couple of years.A common user complaint is that Microsoft uses the Windows 10 operating system to install unwanted applications or games on user systems. Microsoft revealed in 2015 that it signed a deal with the Candy Crush game maker King which allowed Microsoft to distribute Candy Crush Saga with Windows 10.Then, with the release of the Anniversary Update came even more promoted applications. Users who installed Windows 10 saw apps like Twitter, Photoshop Express, Minecraft for Windows 10, or Candy Crush Soda Saga displayed on the Start Menu.Most apps and games were merely links and not installed. Users who clicked on these icons were taken to the Store from where the apps or games needed to be installed.A report on Reddit suggests that Microsoft is still in the game of distributing games with its Windows 10 operating system; this time, the company apparently installs games in the background.A user reported on the site that Microsoft installed Candy Crush Soda Saga and Disney Magic Kingdom; the games use about 750 Megabytes of space on the hard drive when installed. Downloads are initiated automatically without user interaction and even without users realizing that this is happening as there is no visible progress dialog displayed.While it is possible to open the Windows Store and there the Menu > Downloads and updates to see the background downloads, it is unlikely that most users who end up with the downloaded games notice the downloads.Not all Windows 10 users experience the installation of these apps and games. Microsoft does not distribute these with Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel versions of the operating system, but those are only available to Enterprise customers officially.Windows 10 Pro for Workstations appears to come without these consumer application installations as well but it is the only edition of Windows 10 available to consumers that does so. The edition comes at a hefty price of about $300 though.Microsoft removed options to control the pushing of third-party apps using Group Policy in 2016 from Windows 10 Pro.Disable the installation of unwanted Windows 10 appsWindows 10 users who have used tweaking software before for the operating system or modified the system settings manually may not experience the downloads.The feature, if you want to call it that, is powered by a setting that has a very unfortunate name. It seems to be powered by a setting called “Show suggestions occasionally on Start”.We explained how to turn that feature off and many others in the past. Here is what you need to do:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Personalization > Start.Make sure “Show suggestions occasionally in Start” is set to off.That’s all you have to do. We suggest you are a bit more thorough and disable File Explorer ads, lockscreen ads, and Share suggestions as well while you are at it.There is something else that you may want to do as it may be related as well. You can disable application updates in Windows Store:Open the Microsoft Store application on your system.Select Menu (the three dots) and then Settings.Toggle “Update apps automatically” to off.You can also disable video autoplay here and live tile support.Now You: what is your experience with Windows 10 and application installations?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 installing unwanted Store apps?DescriptionReports suggest that Microsoft is still pushing third-party applications such as Disney Magic Kingdom or Candy Crush Soda Saga to Windows 10 systems.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement