Facebook ‘Astroworld’ Puts Travis Scott Back On Top travis-scotts-astroworld-returns-rapper-top-charts Data from album’s record-breaking first week nudges Drake down to No. 2 Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 13, 2018 – 2:37 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper Travis Scott is so ready for his close-up that his third solo studio album, Astroworld, released on Aug. 3, features his big golden head as an amusement park ride, photographed by David LaChapelle. Now that its Nielsen data is out — with the tip-off for the Aug. 18 Billboard 200 — the album has him back at No. 1 in a big way, securely on the 2018 record-breaker leaderboard and taking the top spot from the extended residency Drake’s Scorpion occupied for five consecutive weeks.Astroworld’s straight sales reached 270,000 units, second in 2018 only to Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow. In streaming equivalents — a leaderboard dominated by Drake — the LP reached 261,000, the fifth best showing for an album ever. Including track-equivalents, this makes his 2018 debut week the second highest of the year, behind Drake. It is a personal best for the rapper. His first studio album Rodeo reached No. 3 in 2015, and the following year’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight peaked at No. 1 with 53,000 straight sales and a total, with streams, of 88,000 units.There was a real AstroWorld amusement park in the rapper’s hometown of Houston once, replaced by a housing development in 2005 while Scott was a teen. His effort to reimagine the fun he knew as a kid has blown up. The attention and raves the album has received match the symbolic prestige of his golden bounce house quite nicely.Scott’s GRAMMY nominations to date were drawn to collaborations, beginning with his contribution to Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” up for Best Rap Song at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. In the past two years, Scott was nominated with Justin Bieber for Purpose, for Album Of The Year at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, and with SZA for his featured spot on her “Love Galore,” nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Returns Rapper To Top Of The Charts News Email Twitter
14 Photos 0 Facebook Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Facebook lets you search for ads by page now instead of just keywords. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Facebook wants to make it easier for you to learn about the ads that flow through the world’s largest social network. On Thursday, the tech giant said it is expanding a public database that will allow people to search for and find information about political ads or those related to issues of national importance in certain countries. Now that database, which is changing its name from the Ad Archive in the US to the Ad Library, will also show all active ads that run on specific Facebook pages. Facebook pages, which look similar to but are separate from individuals’ profiles, are how businesses, groups and public figures set themselves up on the social network. Previously, Facebook users had to visit a page’s “info and ads” section to find the advertisements run by that page. Now people who visit the Ad Library can search for ads by page instead of just keywords. They’ll also be able to report an ad within the Ad Library for violating the social network’s rules. “Shining a brighter light on advertising and Pages on Facebook holds us and advertisers more accountable, which is good for people and businesses,” Satwik Shukla, Facebook’s product manager, said in a blog post. Facebook launched new ad transparency tools last year after facing criticism that the company did little to stop foreign entities from meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The social network discovered that Russian trolls purchased more than 3,000 ads between 2015 to 2017 to sow discord before and after the election. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 Tags Since then, Facebook has been beefing up its efforts to give people more information about ads shown on its site. People who search for political ads are able to see who paid for an ad, how much money an organization spent on an ad, who saw the ad and how many views the ad received. But Facebook’s ad transparency efforts also ran into road bumps. In May, the company kicked in new rules for political and issue ads, requiring advertisers who run those ads to verify their identity and addresses.Some businesses have complained that Facebook has misclassified their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. Media outlets such as Vice News and Business Insider also found loopholes, showing how the tool could be abused. The publications got approval to publish ads they identified as having been paid for by parties such as Vice President Mike Pence, Cambridge Analytica, the Islamic State and all 100 US senators. Lawmakers then called on Facebook to fix their ad transparency tool. Facebook announced other changes to increase ad transparency.People who visit the Ad Library will be able to check when a Facebook page was created, if it merged with other pages or changed its name. If the Facebook page with a large audience runs political or issues ads in countries where the transparency tool is available, you’ll also see the page manager’s location. This information will also be available in a new section called “page transparency” within Facebook pages.The company is also expanding access to data from the Ad Library so others can analyze political or issues ads. The social network no longer requires certain news publishers to verify their identities or label their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. In mid-May, Facebook will also be updating a report about political and issue ads on a daily basis instead of weekly. Facebook’s political ad transparency tools first launched in the US, but rolled out to other countries including the UK, Brazil, India, Ukraine and Israel. Facebook also plans to introduce these tools in the EU ahead of the European Parliament election in May. By the end of June, Facebook said it will launch these tools globally.
Tags 2:33 The versatile Nebula Mars II is a fully self-contained 720p projector with great speakers and a 4-hour battery. Anker Got wall? Cool. Let’s turn it into a home theater.Today only, and while supplies last, the Anker-made Nebula Mars II portable projector is on sale for $330 . That’s $30 less than the last time I wrote about it and the lowest price to date. (It normally runs $500.)See it at AmazonThe Mars II (sequel to the popular, but slightly flawed, Mars Portable Cinema) offers full 720p resolution, 10-watt speakers, a 4-hour battery, auto-focus and Android 7.1.That OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps. That said, this thing would be downright incredible with a Fire TV or Roku UI.You can plug any source into the projector’s HDMI port, but obviously that source’s power requirements may limit overall portability.In my brief and informal product tests, I was impressed by image brightness and quality and the loudness of the speakers. Auto-focus could be a little slow when moving the projector around. But once it’s parked, it’s all good.Speaking of parking, the main appeal of the Mars II is its portability. It can run pretty much anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for streaming, though if you plug in a movie-filled USB drive, you don’t even need that. Indeed, this would be just about the perfect projector for those AtmosFX Halloween animations. Your thoughts?Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Six things to know about home theater projectors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Projectors Amazon
The 2019 Ford F-150 gets more power with its luxurious Limited trim Even more ‘Murica: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor 4:08 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ 6 7 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Ford Raptor review: The off-road truck that does it all More From Roadshow Comments Share your voice Ford 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageUntil now, you could only get Ford’s six-cylinder Powerstroke on the F-150’s more luxe trims. Emme Hall/Roadshow When Ford announced that it was going to put a brand-new diesel engine in its F-150 line in its F-150 line, we were excited, as probably were most of you. We got less excited when we found out that this torque-monster of an engine, ideal for doing real work, would only be available in the top Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim models.Ford, however, didn’t get to be one of the biggest car companies on Earth by being a bunch of dummies, so it decided to take customer criticism to heart and announced on Thursday that it would add the PowerStroke diesel to the list of available engines on the best-selling XLT trim F-150.”Customers and dealers told us they wanted the diesel on XLT, so we decided to expand the offering,” Dawn McKenzie, truck communications manager for Ford, told Roadshow. “Now, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel will be available on 75% of our offerings, including XLT, which is our most popular series.”What does that mean from a real-dollars standpoint? Well, the base XLT starts at $34,160 while the Lariat trim, before options, goes for $41,700. The King Ranch goes for over $52,000. So it’s a massive reduction in price for someone to get into an F-150 diesel. If you want one, order books are open now. Trucks Diesel Cars Ford Tags
Shah Rukh KhanBen Pruchnie/Getty ImagesAfter the failure of Shah Rukh Khan’s last film Zero, fans are curious to know about SRK’s next movie. Although there has not been any declaration on those lines, the superstar has now spoken about his upcoming project.Shah Rukh during a recent interview after being honoured with a doctorate degree from the University of Law in London, made an interesting statement when asked about his next film.A video from the interview has been doing the rounds on social media that shows Shah Rukh saying that his next role will be “as sexy as you want” to be.”My next role will be as sexy as my last one. So you want me to be a sexy father, a sexy hero, sexy whatever you want me to be. My next role will be as sexy as you want me to be,” SRK told BBC.The actor during the same interview spoke about the progressive changes that have come for women in the industry in the current time. He appreciated the changing “attitude” of people for women at the workplace.”The roles of women and the kind of attitude you have at the workplace for women is changing for positive. There will be discrepancies and ups and downs too. There were times when I was working in the ’90s that if a lady got married, she normally did not have the opportunity to come back and act in a film but now all of them are acting in films and its so seamless and nice, so I think lots of positive stuff for female actors in the film industry,” he said.Shah Rukh has been having a dull phase since at the box office since quite some time. Zero was a highly anticipated film, and its failure has not only disappointed his fans but apparently affected SRK too. However, the actor appears to have moved on from the debacle and is now all set to surprise fans with a new project.”I want to make ppl happy now personally and change their lives” This beaming face adds more attraction to his wizard, appealing charisma@iamsrk ❤ and his interview for @bbcasiannetwork after receiving his 4th doctorate speaking about #MeToo movement#UniversityOfLawHonoursSRK pic.twitter.com/MF9gcTni4o— ѕαмα мσнαмє∂?? (@samagenedy) April 5, 2019
The lowest offer in the tender from Bangladesh’s state grains buyer to purchase 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice was $445.11 a tonne CIF liner out, officials in Bangladesh and European traders said on Monday.The offer was made by trading house Olam.The tender had closed on 11 June and the rice is to be shipped within 40 days of contract signing.No purchase has yet been made and offers are still being considered, European traders added.They said the other offers in the tender in dollars a tonne CIF liner out were: Agro Corp at $449.55, Singsong Food at $458.00, Desh Trading at $459.67, Amir Chand at $474.00 and Sukhbir Agro at $459.30.Bangladesh has started a new programme to import rice to build reserves and cool local prices after sudden floods damaged local crops.Domestic rice prices reached record highs in May and state reserves are at six-year lows in the wake of the flooding that wiped out around 700,000 tonnes of Bangladesh’s rice crops.The state grains buyer said it would import 600,000 tonnes of rice after the flooding, initially issuing two tenders for a total of 100,000 tonnes of rice, its first such tenders since 2011.
By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Catholic bishops stop short of mandating lay involvement in abuse investigations Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — Dan Ware hoped to visit Ethiopia this fall with a group of fellow travelers, touring the country’s famed churches and meeting with leaders of one of the oldest Christian traditions in the world.Now that trip is in jeopardy.All because Ware and many of his traveling companions are gay.“You can’t come to Ethiopia for tours. You’re not human beings. You are less than animals,” reads one email Ware received this week as president of Toto Travel, which organizes trips for gay and lesbian travelers, as well as their close friends and family.That’s typical of the hundreds of messages he said he has gotten since an Ethiopian blogger first criticized Toto’s “Treasures of Ethiopia” tour, set for late October.Now the tour may be canceled due to the backlash primarily from religious groups in the African country, where most people belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and consensual same-sex relations are criminalized.Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church leaders walk in a procession during a morning mass in Addis Ababa on September 24, 2010. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili.“It just is incredible for a religion that preaches the teachings of Jesus Christ — which are all about love and tolerance, treating people with love and equanimity — that they would treat us this way. It just boggles the mind,” said Ware, who was raised as a Pentecostal Christian before converting to the Baha’i faith.He now simply believes in what he calls “the power of love.”Ware founded Toto Tours nearly 30 years ago when he left his job working at the Baha’i National Center in the Chicago area after co-workers learned he was gay.In that time, he said, Toto’s gay and lesbian customers have had good experiences. The travelers have learned something new, as do the people they meet during the trips.“What happens when you go in a group to another culture is you learn, you’re changed, your perspectives are altered. And, you know, the same happens with the people you visit. They go, ‘Wow, we’ve never met gay people before,’” he said.“It’s like we’re ambassadors, and always it has been a positive thing.”Toto’s planned 16-day tour of Ethiopia, still shown on its website, includes visits to holy sites such as the ancient rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and the Debre Berhan Selassie church in Gondar.The website describes “two exciting days” exploring Lalibela and the opportunity to meet with clergy there to discuss the history of the churches. It also describes the country as the “ancestral home to all of mankind,” noting its “fascinating history stretching back more than 3,000 years to the fabled reign of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.”The Church of Saint George, one of many churches hewn into the rocky hills of Lalibela. By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.“This expedition takes you on a historical and cultural journey to some of the most remote areas of Ethiopia for the adventure of a lifetime,” the site reads.Ware said he particularly was looking forward to seeing the churches in Lalibela he has heard so much about and getting to know and interact with the people of Ethiopia, which he called a “beautiful country.”Then he started getting threats.Many of the messages, which started in late May, included what Ware described as “colorful descriptions of how we’re going to be killed if we get off a plane in Addis Ababa — a menu of colorful deaths including beheading, burning at the stake, buried alive, shot, stoned.”The tour — particularly its visits to holy sites — had caught the attention of Ethiopian blogger Seyoum Teshome, who criticized it in a Facebook post as shocking, unwanted and shameful.Soon, religious groups started demanding the government stop the trip.“We are asking the government to stop the travelers with the gay company from visiting our historical places. We are warning those Ethiopians who are cooperating with this evil thing,” Tiguhan Kesis Tagay Tadele, the secretary general of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, said at a June 3 news conference.The council unites seven religious groups, including Christian and Muslim institutions.In Ethiopia, homosexuality often is treated as a taboo subject and condemned on the basis of tradition, religion and law. Sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is punishable with jail time, and 97% of Ethiopians think homosexuality should not be accepted by society, according to Pew Research Center data.Dereje Negash, a vice chairperson of the Sileste Mihret United Association, an Ethiopian Orthodox Church organization, at the same news conference issued a warning.“They can’t come to Ethiopia and visit Lalibela and other historical places because homosexuality is a crime. If they (come) here, they will be damaged (attacked),” Negash said.Church administrators at the Lalibela churches have written to the government’s Ministry of Tourism, saying they would not receive the Toto travelers.According to news reports, the government has said that while it welcomes the tour and encourages everyone to visit the country, it recommends respect for Ethiopian culture. The website Ethiopia24 quoted the government as warning travelers to “be careful not to deviate from the norm of the local people.”At least 68 countries in the world still have laws making consensual same-sex relations illegal, according to Human Rights Watch. Of those countries, 33 are in Africa. Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Members of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church celebrate the annual holiday of Maskel at the Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital. The celebrations mark the finding of the “True Cross” by Roman Empress Helana (St. Helena) in the fourth century. The church follows the Gregorian Calendar and the feast is marked on September 14 each year. RNS Photo by Fredrick Nzwili. Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsEthiopia Ethiopian Orthodox Church homepage featured Interreligious Council of Ethiopia LGBT LGBTQ Top Story Toto Tours travel,You may also like Fredrick Nzwili Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Fredrick Nzwili Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Members of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church celebrate the annual holiday of Maskel at the Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital. The celebrations mark the finding of the “True Cross” by Roman Empress Helana (St. Helena) in the fourth century. The church follows the Gregorian Calendar and the feast is marked on September 14 each year. RNS Photo by Fredrick Nzwili. By: Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili,Load Comments,New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates While Ethiopia is religiously diverse, the overlap between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Ethiopian culture is strong, according to Felix Horne, senior researcher on Ethiopia and Eritrea for Human Rights Watch. Horne said even many “young liberally minded Ethiopians still have quite conservative views on homosexuality that often dovetail with the Orthodox Church.”Still, the researcher said, that’s starting to change. More young LGBTQ activists — particularly in the Ethiopian diaspora — are beginning to speak out online.And Horne said he has never seen anything like the “ferocity” of the pushback and public outcry to Toto Tours’ planned trip to Ethiopia. Press conferences by religious groups denouncing a tour company are “unheard of in Ethiopia,” he said.“I was quite surprised by it. I think part of it is the growing power of social media in Ethiopia,” he said.Toto Tours has visited other countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, according to Ware.“We fly under the radar,” he said.But, Ware said, he doesn’t think the threats he’s received have to do with the fact that many Toto travelers are gay or lesbian. Ethiopia recently welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, Ware pointed out.Rumors circulating online claim the travelers are planning to “desecrate” the country’s holy sites, he said.“We weren’t there to promote homosexuality. We weren’t there to beat the drum for the rights of the gay people of Ethiopia. We weren’t going to raise the (pride) flag at the churches, the holy places, like they think that we are,” he said.“We’re not involved in any of that. We’re merely tourists who travel together as for a sense of solidarity and comfort.”Ware said he is waiting to hear from the Ethiopian government before announcing whether he will cancel Toto’s “Treasures of Ethiopia” tour for the safety of its travelers.He has been in touch with officials at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, who, he said, told him they couldn’t guarantee the group’s safety amid the backlash. He also has reached out to the FBI after some YouTube creators began sharing his home address.Meantime, Ware said, he is buoyed by the news Monday (June 10) that Botswana has overturned its law criminalizing homosexuality. It joins 21 other African countries — such as Burkina Faso, Congo and Mali‚ where homosexuality has never been against the law.Earlier this month, Angola also lifted its ban on homosexuality.And Ware received a message Tuesday from someone who self-identified as an “Ethiopian national.”“I would like to apologize on behalf of peaceful, hospitable Ethiopian people for the thuggish-style death threats your team received over the past few weeks. I would like you to know that not everyone is against your visit to our nation.”(Fredrick Nzwili reported from Nairobi, Kenya.) Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Come out and meet Doc McStuffins at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s family health fair on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The health fair will be at the Ridgley Run Community Center, 8400 Mission road, Jessup, Maryland. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.Since last Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump, much of the nation has been in a state of volatility, with many experiencing great anxiety and anger. We’ll dedicate both hours of AFRO First Edition to, “Liberation Music3,” featuring musicians and social change agents, Navasha Daya, Ama Chandra and Scott Paynter of Jah Works, playing some of their favorite liberation songs. Plus, thoughts on the week that was with AFRO managing editor Kamau High.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
“We all recognize the most important goal of this initiative is to drastically enhance the TV experience for people at home,” Vizio founder and CEO William Wang said in announcing the launch of Project OAR.The goal of Project OAR is to give owners of TV ad inventory, whether programmers or distributors, the technical ability to monetize TV impressions through segment-based audience targets and dynamic, addressable ad insertion.“TV programmers reach a massive and passionate audience, but have lacked the precision targeting of digital,” said Mike Dean, CBS’s SVP of advanced advertising and automation. “Through OAR, CBS will combine relevance with our reach to deliver a better experience to our viewers and better ROI [return on investment] for our advertisers.”Added Jesse Redniss, EVP of data strategy/product innovation for Turner and GM of the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab: “It’s important for us to come together as an industry and create connective experiences that matter to fans, and that includes how we use data to inform and broaden spaces like addressable TV.”To be sure, there’s still a lot of heavy lifting need before Project OAR’s vision comes to fruition.Vizio has pledged that once the standard is developed, it will deploy support for OAR addressable ads on its footprint of smart TVs, which is currently around 10.5 million. But it remains to be seen whether other TV and connected-device manufacturers, like Samsung Electronics, Sony or LG Electronics, will join the effort to give Project OAR the scale it will need to be commercially viable. Inscape has held conversations with several TV manufacturers but “we’re not in a position to announce any,” said SVP of sales and marketing Jodie McAfee.Another unanswered question is how Project OAR’s addressable ads will be measured. Nielsen, long the TV measurement standard, has its own addressable-advertising strategy for internet-connected TVs. The company recently formed Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising, after acquiring addressable TV technology provider Sorenson Media in a bankruptcy-court proceeding. Nielsen claims it has all the components to build an “end-to-end, AI-optimized platform” for targeted TV ads that encompasses delivery, data-driven targeting, unified campaign management, and measurement. Can the TV biz finally get its act together to target ads to viewers the way internet companies have done for years?A new consortium, led by TV manufacturer Vizio, is promising to assemble the right technology platform and media partners to make addressable ads on television a reality — as soon as early 2020.The group, dubbed “Project OAR” (for “Open Addressable Ready”), said it will define technical standards for TV programmers and platforms to deliver targeted advertising in linear and on-demand formats on smart TVs. The founding members include Disney Media Networks (which includes ABC, ESPN and Freeform), Comcast’s FreeWheel and NBCUniversal, Discovery, CBS, AT&T’s Xandr and WarnerMedia’s Turner, Hearst Television and AMC Networks.OAR’s enabling technology will be developed by Inscape, the automatic content recognition (ACR) and data-tracking company owned by Vizio — but the group says the technical standards will be fully open and available to all comers. The consortium aims to have a working product to demo this spring 2019 with full deployment targeted for early 2020. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 It’s possible that the Project OAR and Nielsen initiatives could be aligned, but for now they’re on separate tracks. For Project OAR, “the group understands and agrees that there will be a need for a measurement solution, and we’re discussing what that will be,” McAfee said. As for working with Nielsen, “that’s an option we would absolutely consider.”[UPDATE: In a statement provided to Variety, Kelly Abcarian, GM of Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising Group, said, “We’re excited to see momentum in the industry toward an addressable future. We believe that the quickest way to collectively make addressable advertising scale is to come together.”]The business model enabled by Project OAR works like this: The group’s members will co-develop the open specs and provide them to any interested parties. Once that’s functional, publishers (the inventory owners) can negotiate deals with Vizio or other OEMs to facilitate the delivery of addressable ads. “We view ourselves as an enabler. We’re not in the inventory business,” McAfee said. “Our position is, a rising tide lifts all boats.”A key design goal for the OAR standard will be to deliver a system that adheres to privacy requirements and is technologically robust, while still giving TV networks the ability “to create unique and enriched advertising experiences” on top of that, McAfee said. “We are making this flexible enough to enable interactivity and other bells and whistles that have yet to be imagined.”The consortium has launched a website, projectoar.org, with more info on the initiative. The discussions for Project OAR began last year, with the group formalizing the consortium at the 2019 CES trade show in Las Vegas.Project OAR members have contributed fees to the consortium but McAfee declined to disclose what the funding amounts are. “Everyone has made a commitment in terms of resources to the group,” he said. “We all have skin in the game.”
A link between the length of words and how frequently they are used was first proposed in 1935 by George Kingsley Zipf, a Harvard University linguist and philologist. Zipf’s idea was that people would tend to shorten words they used often, to save time in writing and speaking. The relationship seems intuitive and it seems to apply to many languages with short words such as “the”, “a”, “to”, “and”, “so” (and equivalents in other languages) being frequently used. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by Steven Piantadosi, tested the Zipf relationship by analysing word use in 11 European languages. They analyzed digitized texts for correlations between words by counting how often all pairs of words occurred in sequence. This information was then used to estimate the probability of words occurring after given previous words or sequences of words. They made the assumption that the more predictable a word is, the less information it conveys, and estimated the information content from information theory, which says the information content is proportional to the negative logarithm of the probability of a word occurring.Piantadosi said if the word length is directly related to information content this would make the transmission of information through language more efficient and also make speech and written texts easier to understand. This is because shorter words, carrying less information, would be scattered through the speech, essentially “smoothing out” the information density and delivering the important information at a steady rate.The studies suggest that the short words are in fact the least informative and most predictable words rather than the most often used, and that word length is more closely related to the information the words contain.The paper is soon to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Steven Piantadosi belongs to the PhD program with MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As long as original version still available, tweaking Twain is OK, professor says Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Linguists to re-think reason for short words (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-linguists-re-think-short-words.html (PhysOrg.com) — Linguists have thought for many years the length of words is related to the frequency of use, with short words used more often than long ones. Now researchers in the US have shown the length is more closely related to the amount of information the words carry than their frequency of use. More information: Piantadosi, S. T., et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011). PNAS paper will appear online at dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1012551108 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.
© 2013 Phys.org DARPA’s ATLAS robot unveiled (w/ Video) The feat is a tribute to the company’s control system for the robot. The demo shows how Atlas can stay upright using kinematic and load data from its sensors. Commenting on his reaction to seeing Atlas stay balanced despite being hit by the ball, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC it was “an astonishing achievement” and “remarkable feat.” Next on the engineering agenda is to give Atlas an articulated head with stereo cameras and a laser range finder, along with sensate hands capable of using tools. More information: www.bostondynamics.com/index.html Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a four-legged robot designed to travel 20 miles on rough terrain carrying 400 lbs of load. The video shows field testing at Twentynine Palms, CA. Testing includes rough-terrain mobility, endurance, visually guided following, GPS guided maneuver, and overall reliability. LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The company’s history dates back to when it was a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Marc Raibert and colleagues developed animal-inspired robots. They founded the company in 1992. 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 Atlas is part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Program. The robot is tethered, powered from an off-board, electric power supply. Atlas’ reason for being is to serve as a humanoid robot that will be capable enough to move in outdoor, rough terrain. The limbs need to perform well, to be able to lift, carry and manipulate in rough environments. Atlas was unveiled in July at the company, as a robot that can respond to dangerous emergencies.The video shows the Atlas robot now on rough terrain walking with bent knees and arms stretched, on rubble and rocks, maintaining its balance as it moves along. In another scene, a ball is trying to knock it over as Atlas stands on one foot, maintaining its balance even while standing on one leg and being hit by the ball from the side. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. This month, Boston Dynamics also posted a video of its WildCat robot, funded by DARPA and developed for emergency response and aid scenarios, in a public outing beyond and free from indoor treadmills. The big news about WildCat is that, unlike its robotic cousin Cheetah, this quadruped is untethered. Cheetah drew attention for its speed; the robot could run at 28 miles per hour but that was on a treadmill indoors tethered to a power supply. WildCat can sprint and gallop unrestrained at 16 miles per hour outside of the lab. The video shows its capabilities. (Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics, the Waltham, Massachusetts robotics company that receives funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is making more video news. Whether the company turns out videos of intros and updates of robots such as BigDog, or Petman, or Cheetah, its animal- and human-inspired robots promptly make the rounds of dozens of news sites and blogs. The company has made these robots interesting works in progress, as we see them, from development phase to phase, advancing in balance, agility, speed and strength. This month’s video hits from Boston Dynamics show the company’s two tests, for its bipedal Atlas and its quadruped WildCat. Citation: Boston Dynamics: Atlas shows balance; WildCat sprints untethered (w/ Video) (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-boston-dynamics-atlas-wildcat-sprints.html
Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Flying without wings: Losing feathers has a detrimental effect on migrating birds Humans have been studying birds and other flying creatures likely since the time they could think. In a new study, researchers wondered if the color of a bird had any impact on flying efficiency. To find out, they collected several stuffed samples and brought them to their lab for study.The experiments consisted of putting stuffed wings in a wind tunnel, heating them with infrared lights and then testing them to see what happened. They were most interested in soaring birds such as back-blacked gulls, gannets and osprey. They tested samples of each under various wind conditions to see if wing color had an impact on flying efficiency. Notably, soaring birds can at times gain altitude without even flapping their wings due to undercurrents.The researchers report that dark feathers grew hotter than lighter colored feathers and they also gained heat faster than lighter colors. But it was birds that had white or light-colored wing feathers near their bodies and dark or black feathers on the rest of their wings that saw a real benefit. The researchers found temperature differences as great as nine degrees between black and white feathers on the same wings—enough to create a convection current in the air just over the wing, moving from the bird’s body outward along the wing. They noted that this boosted airflow, which, they assumed, made flying more efficient. The researchers plan to continue studying this effect in birds, hoping to determine just how much of an increase in lift the birds actually get from their color differences—and if there are differences in drag. Citation: Study suggests dark-colored wing feathers may help birds fly more efficiently (2019, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-dark-colored-wing-feathers-birds-efficiently.html More information: Svana Rogalla et al. Hot wings: thermal impacts of wing coloration on surface temperature during bird flight, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0032 © 2019 Science X Network 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. A team of researchers at the University of Ghent has found evidence that suggests birds with white wing feathers close to the body and black wing tips get increased lift from their wing colors. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes their study of wing color in several species of birds and what they found. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface