The producers of an upcoming film about the founding of gaming company Atari are looking to a cryptocurrency sale to lock down the movie’s financing. Variety reports that media company Vision Tree plans to sell “Bushnell tokens” — named after Atari founder Nolan Bushnell — as part of an initial coin offering, with hopes that it can raise as much as $ 40 million of the film’s budget through the sale. Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way is also producing the film.
In addition to earning a share of the movie’s profits, anyone who buys a Bushnell coin will also get to provide input on the movie’s trailer and cast, according to the report. “We wanted to enable Atari fans and gamers to co-own the project and the experience,”…
Your local rag has far more value to your community than reporting on the best pancake joint or the complaints of that guy who had his yard TP’d. True story, read all about it: Local newspapers are actually valuable tools for science.
A recent STAT article highlighted one surprising use of local newspapers: tracking the outbreak of infectious disease. Epidemiologists use local papers to identify outbreaks in their infant stages — way before they’re big enough to make national papers — and forecasting how they might evolve.
For example, computational epidemiologist Maia Majumder told STAT local newspapers were essential when she and her colleagues at the HealthMap disease projection project tried figuring out the source of a 2016-2017 outbreaks of mumps in northwestern Arkansas. While it was difficult to get data from the Arkansas Department of Public Health, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette freely provided Majumder with the context she needed: the region had the highest rate of vaccine refusal in the state, and that the disease was spreading within a community of Marshall Islands immigrants even though they’d been vaccinated.
Yet local newspapers are also vanishing in many places, thanks to falling readership. A recent data project by the Columbia Journalism Review shows that many parts of the United States, particularly in the Midwest, Southeast, and Alaska, have zero local newspapers to rely on. Epidemiologists are worried that this data gap could lead to researchers missing outbreaks, or create gaps in their patterns of how diseases spread, which can make it difficult to control.
But disease outbreaks aren’t the only data point that scientific research can target using local newspapers. Local papers have also been essential in tracking the impacts and unspoken threats from broader changes, like climate change.
In Houston, The Texas Tribune became famous for a seemingly “psychic” article that predicted the city’s unchecked growth and proximity to a warming Gulf of Mexico would soon leave it vulnerable to a hurricane. A little more than a year later, Hurricane Harvey hit, devastating Houston. But, it was pointed out, the Tribune‘s writers weren’t consulting a crystal ball when they wrote their piece; “It was the natural outgrowth of great journalism by reporters who know their subjects and communities well and have covered these issues extensively.”
Reporters that know and can follow up on changes and rumors only told around town as local reporters can are able to see trends too minimal for major papers to pick up on. They also track shifts based on local interest, providing record of change as a process (rather than one only characterized by disaster). For example, research found that local newspapers have increased their sea level rise coverage at a higher rate than that of larger papers since 2012, with The Miami Herald’s coverage of the topic passing up that of The New York Times.
The context that local news provides is especially important given the “shifting baselines” that come with climate change. This term refers to our tendency to adjust our expectations based on what we see as our current reality. As eloquently described by fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly, who coined the term in 1995: “We transform the world, but we don’t remember it. We adjust our baseline to the new level, and we don’t recall what was there … Every generation will use the images that they got at the beginning of their conscious lives as a standard and will extrapolate forward.”
A recent survey by the Society of Environmental Journalists found that nearly 7 of 10 respondents were “very interested” in covering the local angle of climate change, but nearly 6 of 10 said downsizing in their organization makes it more difficult to do so. Making that possible is up to readers everywhere. Journalism is part of our collective memory, but without support of local news, we risk having some serious gaps in recall.
macOS’s emoji interface is somewhat clunky: you have to press Control (⌃)-Command (⌘)-Space to bring up the persistent emoji overlay, then search for the right emoji character…. Read the rest of this post here
“Rocket for Mac lets you quickly enter emoji by typing rather than scrolling through a list” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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BlackBerry today announced it reached an agreement to keep CEO John Chen in his current position through 2023. Chen joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for leading the company’s recovery as it left smartphones and embraced services.
When Chen took over the company, the company was struggling on all fronts. Its time as the smartphone leader was done but it still had a strong brand in key markets. Chen lead the company to a modest turn around and has seemingly found its footing. The company stock is up 89.9% over the last 12 months and nearly level with the stock price when Chen took over during its decline five years ago.
“The BlackBerry Board of Directors has tremendous confidence in John Chen . John engineered a successful turnaround and has the company repositioned to apply its strengths and assets to the Enterprise of Things, an emerging category with massive potential,” said Prem Watsa, Lead Director and Chair of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee of the BlackBerry Board, in a released statement. “John’s leadership is critical and the Board has determined that it is in the best of interests of BlackBerry and its shareholders to continue his service through November 2023.”
Going forward Chen’s compensation is weighted towards longterm goals. His salary will stay the same. He will be award 5 million restricted share units vested over five years if and when the company’s share price amounts from USD $ 16 to $ 20. A performance-based cash award will vest and become available if the company’s share price hits $ 30, resulting in BlackBerry’s market capitalization hitting $ 16.1 billion, an increase of 134% from current levels.
It’s painful to watch iconic companies die. BlackBerry was dying and Chen managed to keep the boat afloat through cuts and redirection. If there’s anyone who’s able to keep the company moving forward, it’s John Chen and BlackBerry’s board clearly felt he was the right person for the job.
No one likes waiting, so it’s no surprise that mobile ordering has taken off in the past few years. Nearly every restaurant chain has a mobile app, but not everyone wants to waste storage space, so Dunkin Donuts has worked on another solution. If you have a DD Perks Rewards account, you can now place orders straight from Google Assistant.
To set it up, you have to say “talk to Dunkin Donuts” on Google Assistant and connect your DD account.
Dunkin Donuts adds mobile ordering through Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A new report by TMR Research looks into all possible aspects of the global cellular IoT market through 2025 – trends, market shares, market strategies, growth drivers, restraints, opportunities, regional outlook and key players.
According to the report “Cellular IoT Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017 – 2025”, Wireless area networks (WAN) will drive the growth prospects of the global market from 2017 to 2025. WAN, possible through cellular networks, is projected to connect majority of the devices.
Among the key drivers of the market are the growing demand for extended network coverage and outsized capacity to can connect countless devices. TMR Research added that the growth of the NB-IoT segment is another driving force behind the global cellular IoT market. Also, the surging deployment of cellular IoT in smart meters and smart grids is likely to support the growth of the market.
On geographical basis, TMR Research has segregated the global market for cellular IoT into four regions: Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the Rest of the World. Further impetus to the global cellular IoT market will come from the mushrooming smart city projects in several Asia Pacific countries including India, China, South Korea and Japan.
In the meantime, a RCR Wireless News story has complied four predictions for the cellular IoT market. The first projection made by Berg Insight stated that the top 10 mobile operators globally account for 76% of the cellular IoT market. While Ericsson projected that the number of IoT devices with cellular connections is anticipated to touch 1.5 billion in 2022, Grand View Research estimated that the value of the cellular IoT market will go up to $ 9.65 billion by 2025 from almost $ 1.8 billion in 2016.
Apple has announced that it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California from June 4 through June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center.
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Amazon has announced that its voice and video calling service from Echo devices is coming to tablets. This includes Apple iPads, Android tablets and Amazon Fire tablets. Amazon Fire HD 10 To access this functionality, users will need to have the Amazon Alexa app installed. On the Fire HD 10, voice calling and messaging can be accessed simply by talking to Alexa. On the Fire 7, Fire HD 8 and older Fire tablets users will have to press the Home button to do the same. On other devices you will have to go to the Alexa app and do it manually. The devices will also support Drop In, a…
Amazon has expanded the usability of its Alexa calling and messaging via the Alexa app to tablets, allowing iPad owners to be able to make and receive free calls to and from friends and family members who own an Echo device from the retailer’s growing range.
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