Columbia and IBM Launch Green Tech Skills Initiative

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Figures released in February suggested that VC investment in cleantech startups, particularly those focused on energy efficiency, was on the rise.To help prepare college students for jobs in this emerging green economy, Columbia University and IBM are announcing the launch of the Smarter Cities Skills Initiative.The Smarter Cities Initiatives opens IBM’s global resources to Columbia faculty and students, including access to the 40 IBM Innovation Centers worldwide. The intiative builds upon Columbia’s existing research efforts on sustainability issues, spanning several academic disciplines including business, law and engineering. The initiative will provide students with free access to:IBM software, both on campus and in the cloud, to develop software for sustainability and green projectsTechnical support for green technology courses that show students how to build energy efficient IT infrastructure for smart buildings, smart grids and smart water systemsEnergy efficiency and open standards software development tools on IBM developerWorks100,000 global business partners and academic communities through 40 IBM Innovation Centers in 30 countries “Smart urban infrastructures are key to long term environmental and economic sustainability,” said Rich Lechner, vice president, IBM Energy and Environment. “IBM and Columbia share a common goal to ensure the next generation of entrepreneurs have access to the skills they need to accelerate sustainability projects and to be competitive when they enter the workforce.” Lechner says the necessary skills for being successful in the emerging green economy include technical skills, particularly in the areas of data analytics, visualizations and security, understanding of business processes, and the historical and policy-based knowledge that can help transform industries like the energy sector.In recognition of Earth Day, the initiative will be announced on Thursday at Columbia University to faculty, students, venture capitalists, policy analysts, and industry leaders at the first annual Smarter Students for a Smarter Planet forum. More than 150 schools around the world are expected to participate via webcast. The forum will explore the skills necessary to prepare students for green jobs, and help academia and industry jumpstart a global collaboration toward developing sustainable technologies and a green economy. Related Posts last_img read more

What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital

first_img Heading into our fifth installment of the “What’s Good in My ‘Hood” series, we’ll like to introduce you to one of Philly’s most beloved neighborhoods, Graduate Hospital. A part of Southwest Center City, “G Ho”, as it’s affectionately called, was named after the medical facility on the northern tip of the neighborhood. Characterized by a mix of an old meets new vibe in its architecture, the neighborhood is littered with many pubs, small parks, shops and galleries. It’s easily walkable and just steps from Rittenhouse, Fitler Square and Point Breeze neighborhoods. So, we asked Philadelphia resident, graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont, what he thinks of his ‘hood. Philly 360° Q&A with Graduate Hospital resident Darnell Lamont …Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution. Darnell’s Graduate Hospital Itinerary: Miles Table – 1620 South St.Pure Fare – 1609 South St.Honey’s Sit N’ Eat –  2101 South St.Art Sanctuary – 628 S 16th St.Bob & Barbara’s –  1509 South St.Sidecar Bar & Grille – 2201 Christian St.Grace’s Tavern – 2229 Grays Ferry Ave. Philly 360: How do you describe Graduate Hospital? Darnell: A great place to chill and just be. Philly 360: What are some of your favorite spots in your hood? Darnell: Miles Table and Pure Fare on South Street are great places to go and refuel/ take in some good food. Honey’s Sit N’Eat is a must for Saturday and Sunday brunches. You can also catch me taking in art from local artists at Art Sanctuary. Philly 360: What do you like about the neighborhood? Darnell: G Ho is such a convenient neighborhood to live in. I’m always on the go so it’s easy for me to get to where I need to be in a short period of time. I can pretty much walk anywhere because it’s right outside of Center City and other neighborhoods. There’s also a great mix of people that live here. Philly 360: For outside visitors, what should people know about the neighborhood? Darnell: The neighborhood is unpretentious and easily walkable. Imbibe in some drinks at a great pub and then take a walk around the block. Trust me — you’ll have a lot of fun doing that!   What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital(J. Lowe for Visit Philadelphia)last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with Kapil Dev as coach

first_img(From left) Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar celebrate after beating West Indies in the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Diamond Jubilee six nation tournament in Calcutta on November 27, 1993. Photo: ReutersOne of the finest Indian allrounders of all time, Kapil Dev was a “disappointment” when it came to coaching, reveals batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his just-released autobiography Playing It My Way, a PTI report stated.Tendulkar has claimed that he was left disappointed by Kapil during one of the Australia tours since the coach never involved himself in strategic discussions.In the chapter Tumultuous Times: India in Australia, November 1999-January 2000 Tendulkar has written that he had high expectations from Kapil.”During my second stint as captain, we had Kapil Dev as our coach. He is one of the finest cricketers to have played for India and one of the best allrounders of all time, and I had great expectations of him in Australia.”I have always maintained that the coach’s job is an important one, for he is in a position to play a key role in formulating team strategy. Who better than Kapil to come up with options for me during a tough tour of Australia?”However, his method of involvement and his thought process was limited to leaving the running of the team to the captain, and hence he did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field,” Tendulkar writes.The Indian batting great also shared his frustration on how some of his moves as captain did not pay off but the same strategy clicked when other captains employed it.advertisementTendulkar talked about the 1997 Sharjah series where he promoted Robin Singh to bat at number three but the southpaw failed and he had to cop heavy criticism from the media.”The match against Pakistan on December 14 highlights how things were just not going my way. I was batting at number four in this competition, at the selectors’ request. Sourav and Navjot Sidhu had given us a good start against Pakistan, and when Sidhu got out at 143 for 2, I sent in Robin Singh, the all-rounder, to accelerate the innings. It was a strategy I had given considerable thought to. .”Manzoor Akhtar, the leg-spinner, was at one end bowling around the wicket to the right-handed batsmen. The theory was that Robin, a left-hander, would be able to negotiate his leg-spin better and also hit some big shots. However, Robin got out without scoring after just three balls from Azhar Mahmood, the medium-pacer, and the experiment proved a disaster. In the press I was criticised for sending in Robin ahead of me and the move was blamed for our defeat,” Tendulkar recalled.”A month later, however, in January 1998, Azhar, back as captain, repeated the very same move in the final of the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup in Dhaka against Pakistan.”Robin was sent in at three to keep up the momentum after Sourav and I had got off to a flier and this time Robin played a terrific hand, scoring 82 and setting up the run chase.”This was arguably a bigger gamble, because he was pitted against the off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and it is no secret that left-handers find it more difficult against off-spinners.”The same experiment was now hailed as a master stroke.Not without reason is it said that success has many fathers while defeat is an orphan,” he wrote.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for the day: January 10, 2015

first_imgARIESGift yourself the knack of responding totally to whatever comes, as it comes in life! Avoid cruel people, as they tend to take up cudgels with you on non-issues. Loved ones are supportive. Your personal affairs may take time to resolve, be persistent. Lucky number 5. Colour yellow.TAURUS Friends, family and children gather around you to share some memorable moments today. Specialization in your field of activity adds to you professional expertise and gain. You can easily trust your feelings and intuition about people and situations. Lucky number 3. Colour cherry red. GEMINIThere is increase of wealth and income, which allows you to make gainful investments. Beware of theft or deception at work as an unknown person may invade your space. Be expansive and share your richness, wisdom, experience, feelings and expertise with others. Lucky number 9. Colour pink. CANCERYou may rebel against domination at work by people in power. You impress people with your talent and charisma. Relationships are sensitive and difficult for a time as both partners seek independence, space and appreciation. You are bold, courageous and frank. Lucky number 2. Colour red. LEOYour instinct and intuition lead you in a positive direction in personal and professional matters today. You are quiet, hardworking and practical when you need to deal with earthy details. Do not allow work to become a drudgery, but keep your enthusiasm alive. Lucky number 7. Colour green. VIRGODelay at work should be taken in your stride today. The temporary absence of a loved one could cause some anxiety. Expect your partner and family to be supportive during a trying time. Transactions are conducted honestly. A positive attitude brings fulfillment. Lucky number 3. Colour blue. advertisementLIBRA You combine well with your partner and realize an ambitious goal. Your actions are based on accurate calculation and good planning. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You participate in and enjoy sport, theater and the Arts today. Lucky number 14. Colour soft pink. SCORPIO Sorting out the important from the trivial adds to good management of professional and personal matters today. There is clarity about goals and participation of key people. You go beyond illusions and find your truths within. Don’t entertain gossip. Lucky number 20. Colour royal blue. SAGITTARIUS ‘The Moon’ brings Karmic situations and patterns to the fore today. Crazy people can create scenes to upset you, remain a witness rather than become a participator. Listen to your intuition. Guard against over indulgence in food, drink or work. Lucky number 18. Colour sea blue. CAPRICORN ‘The Universe’ opens another horizon with new opportunities today. Despite multifarious activity in varied aspects your security structure remains intact. You assess relationships and realize who and what is important in your life. Health needs attention. Lucky number 21. Colour blue. AQUARIUS Things are changing as you step into new opportunities and dimensions. You play the role of consultant, sharing your knowledge and experience with others. You are caring in established personal relationships and can expect loyalty and support therein. Lucky number 4. Colour purple.PISCES Forces and people at work who are powerful, selfish and destructive may surround you today. Side step them and avoid confrontations or you can be manipulated. Ignore and avoid cruel gossip or you may be involved in controversies. Celebrate with friends. Lucky number 10. Colour red.last_img read more

Implementing the Wedge Approach to Climate Change

first_imgThe implication of threat wedges for policy is that not all emerging energy technologies are desirable from the perspective of climate change, even though they may be attractive for other reasons. For example, coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology might be attractive in China and the U.S. in terms of energy security because of large coal reserves. But its lifecycle emissions are roughly double those of oil-based gasoline. The challenge then is to develop policies that stimulate deployment of clean technologies but that don’t run the risk of encouraging those that would actually cause emissions to rise above BAU projections. As the world rapidly reaches consensus on the scientific understanding of climate change, policymakers are increasingly looking at how to address the challenge. There is no doubt that new and especially low-carbon technologies will be essential to the effort. But the sheer magnitude of the climate change challenge often makes it difficult to comprehend how the world might develop effective and efficient solutions.Princeton professors Stephen Pacala and Rob Socolow introduced the wedge approach as a framework for the climate change dialogue (see earlier article here). In a nutshell, the wedge model suggests several large yet imaginable technology deployments that together could reduce global emissions on the scale we need to avoid the worst effects of global warming.The wedge model is a compelling way to think about how the world might address global warming, but it begs the question: how do we do it? How can the world deploy low-carbon technologies–both those we have now and those still in development–on a massive scale and with unprecedented speed?WRI and Goldman Sachs have been working to answer those questions, and today we release the first fruits of that work. The new report, Scaling Up: Global Technology Deployment to Stabilize Emissions, is the first release of a partnership between WRI and the Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets. The multi-year partnership is aimed at designing and promoting the policy and market structures for deploying low-carbon technologies to mitigate climate change.The Intersection of Technology, Investment and PolicyThe report underscores the importance that technology will play in addressing climate change. But beyond that, it identifies the important roles that investment capital and policy design must play in the solution. And most importantly, the report shows how these three areas must coalesce into a coherent vision in order to achieve adequate emissions reductions. For instance:New technologies cannot be looked at in isolation; they must be viewed in concert with each other and with attendant considerations. For example, hydrogen and biofuels would require a new pipeline and distribution infrastructure, and greater wind power would entail significant upgrades to some electricity transmission grids. New technologies will not materialize without sufficient investment capital for not only the technologies themselves but for large scale deployment and infrastructure. This will require a significant level of financial innovation. Sufficient capital depends on the investment community’s role in informing and supporting the necessary policies to stimulate new technology demand. Poorly designed policies or those that present significant uncertainties are major risks for the investment community and the private sector. That will in turn discourage investment capital and slow technology deployment. On the other hand, well-designed climate policies will create huge opportunities for innovative companies to flourish as new technology markets emerge around the world.Smart Wedges and Threat WedgesThe original Pacala/Socolow model focuses on technology options that would reduce emissions from business-as-usual (BAU) projections. But there are a number of emerging energy technologies that could have exactly the opposite effect: driving emissions up instead of down. Scaling Up calls these “threat wedges.” They would most likely be driven by concerns about energy security or consistently high fossil fuel prices.Source: Scaling Up: Global Technology Deployment to Stabilize Emissions, Figure 3last_img read more

Using Obamacare authority Trump aims to shift dialysis care to patients homes

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 10 2019President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a bold plan to improve care to patients with kidney disease, which he claimed would save thousands of lives each year and billions of dollars for taxpayers.”It could be higher if it works the way we anticipate,” Trump boasted in a 25-minute speech to dozens of kidney patients, their families and kidney care providers in Washington.The initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of patients getting dialysis at home, rather than in costly dialysis centers, and double the annual number of kidneys available for transplants. About 100,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. Ten Americans die each day because of the shortage of organs, Trump said.Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for 20% of annual Medicare spending, or about $110 billion, administration officials said.Trump’s strategy centers on changing how Medicare pays doctors and dialysis centers to boost their incentives to help patients get dialysis at home and keep them healthy enough to be eligible for transplantation. This would be a far cry from the current system, which focuses on in-patient dialysis center treatment.Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of the American Society of Nephrology, said he was pleased that some of the new payment models offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have only “upside” potential for doctors. He said doctors now get paid more to see their patients at the dialysis center than at home. As a result, there is little incentive to promote home dialysis options.”I have been a kidney doctor for 35 years, and this is the most game-changing thing ever to happen,” he said.The authority to make such major changes without congressional approval comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which was created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.On Tuesday, the Trump administration was in a federal appeals court in New Orleans arguing the entire health law should be declared unconstitutional.”If the law is invalidated, the Innovation Center, and all its authorities, would be eliminated,” said Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor.In touting the new effort, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and CMMI Director Adam Boehler spoke about how kidney disease has affected their families. Azar noted his father was on dialysis for several years before receiving a kidney transplant. Boehler said an aunt died while on dialysis.Since 1973, all Americans with end-stage kidney disease have been entitled to coverage through Medicare.The administration said it would expand the number of kidneys available for transplant by increasing public awareness about the need for living donors and help those who donate a kidney. Currently, their medical costs are covered but the president’s plan would provide financial assistance to cover day care and time missed from work. Trump said the initiative would also hold organ procurement organizations more accountable so that fewer usable organs are discarded.Trump said his plan would help 17,000 additional Americans get a kidney transplant each year by 2030. The policy would also help 11,000 more Americans get hearts, lungs and livers annually.Related StoriesChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsRapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of deathOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsKidney transplants cost less than having patients spend years on dialysis, according to government figures. Dialysis treatment runs on average about $89,000 a year, while a kidney transplant surgery averages about $32,000 and post-surgery care runs about $25,000 per year. Trump estimated his plan would save families and taxpayers $4.2 billion a year. “This is a dramatic and long overdue reform,” he said.In the United States, only about 12% of patients get dialysis at home, far lower than in other countries, Trump said. The plan calls for increasing that share to 80% by 2025.Nichole Jefferson, 47, of Dallas, who is awaiting a second transplant to replace a transplanted kidney that is failing, said getting the treatment at home is much less taxing. She had home dialysis for four years, before her initial transplant in 2008.”It’s great to be at home where I was more comfortable and more relaxed and the care was in my hands,” she said in an interview at the Trump event. By getting dialysis at night while she slept, she was able to work during the day and take part in family events.She had to go to a center for the dialysis when the home dialysis stopped working. “I was depressed to be in the center tied to a chair for four hours next to people I did not know,” she said. Patients often have dialysis several days a week.Other patient advocates applauded Trump’s plan.”The administration’s commitment to charting a new course for kidney health will help revolutionize transplantation and dialysis and advance new innovations, therapies and treatments, which patients everywhere have been waiting on for far too long,” said Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient.DaVita, the Denver-based company that is the largest provider of home dialysis in the country, offered a more muted response, saying it looked forward to working with the administration. The company’s stock, which fell in recent days ahead of the announcement, rose about 5% Wednesday.Administration officials said many aspects of their plan would begin next year. Health providers in half the country will be required to participate in one of the new payment models in which they will face some financial risk for caring for patients. Doctors and health systems will have options to take on more financial risk, which means they could make more money or lose more money based on the health of their kidney patients.Patients, however, will continue to be able to choose their doctors and dialysis providers.Joe Grogan, head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the kidney disease issue “fits in the wheelhouse of items the president likes to confront. … The current quality of outcomes are pathetic in this area.”About half of patients on dialysis die within five years, Azar said.last_img read more

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his digital monster

first_img European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers today to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) In this March 29, 2018, file photo the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Many companies large and small are updating their privacy policies and service terms to comply with upcoming European Union rules governing data and privacy. In preparation for GDPR, Facebook in March updated its privacy controls in hopes of making them easier to find and understand. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The law, which goes into force on Friday, is tougher than U.S. legislation and will give Facebook’s estimated 252 million European users more control over what companies can do with what they post, search and click on, regardless of what country those companies operate in. Companies could be fined up to 4 percent of their worldwide annual revenue for violations.Asked whether Facebook is ready to respect the rules, Zuckerberg said: “We do expect to be fully compliant” on Friday.The evening hearing was initially meant to be held behind closed doors but was broadcast live after many in the assembly demanded an open session.As time ran out, Zuckerberg agreed to provide written answers to questions he had not responded to during the hearing.Lamenting the way the hearing was organized and the lack of solid answers, Conservative leader Sayed Kamall said, “Unfortunately the format was a get-out-of-jail-free card.” European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, background, walks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) “We still don’t know the depths that people’s data has been abused,” he said. “Until we genuinely know what has happened, and is still happening, Facebook and legislators can’t put in place the right solutions to prevent the same issues in the future.”Zuckerberg is due to hold talks in Paris on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron. Zuckerberg said Facebook is strengthening cooperation with national election authorities and trying to introduce more transparency about who is running political advertising. In this April 10, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as he testifies in the Senate in Washington. Shares in the social media giant are trading around $185 early Friday, May 11, returning to the levels last seen eight weeks ago, when news broke that the company failed to prevent major privacy breaches during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) “This is one of our top priorities as a company,” he told the lawmakers. He said the goal is to build more artificial-intelligence tools to identify fake accounts and to take them down.Facebook came away largely unscathed from Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress in April. The company’s stock even rose after his appearance. Several U.S. lawmakers often seemed to fail to grasp the technical details of Facebook’s operations.European politicians in general have been tougher on Silicon Valley and have attached more importance to online privacy.Zuckerberg’s testimony in Brussels came just before a stringent new EU law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, takes effect. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg’s “digital monster,” and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people’s personal data. Citation: Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his ‘digital monster’ (2018, May 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-chief-eu-grilling-digital.html Explore further 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. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Union lawmakers plan to press Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry for it,” he added during the hearing, which ran just over an hour and a half.But liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt said Zuckerberg has done enough apologizing for his company’s mistakes. He said the real question is: “Are you capable to fix it?”Verhofstadt asked whether Zuckerberg wanted to be remembered like computer legends Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, “who have enriched our world and our societies,” or as “a genius who created a digital monster that is destroying our democracies and our societies.”Socialist leader Udo Bullmann demanded an explanation for how the number of false Facebook accounts can be on the rise and what is being done to stop them being used to manipulate elections.”We are at the crossroads, and in a critical situation, because your business practices touch upon two basic values of our societies,” Bullmann said. “First of all, the personal data which became perhaps the most important asset in modern media society. And secondly, on the right of self-government of sovereign nations.” At a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, legislators sought explanations about the growing number of false Facebook accounts and whether Facebook will comply with new EU privacy rules, but many were left frustrated by Zuckerberg’s lack of answers.After short opening remarks, Zuckerberg listened to all the questions first, and then responded to them all at once. There was no back-and-forth with lawmakers, as happened during his testimony in front of the U.S. Congress last month.As a result, he was able to avoid giving some answers and ran out of time to provide others.His appearance came at a difficult time for Facebook. In March it was alleged that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used the data of millions of Facebook users to target voters during political campaigns, including the one that brought Donald Trump to the presidency.Whether it was “fake news, foreign interference in elections and developers misusing people’s information,” Zuckerberg said, “we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities.”last_img read more

Fake Apple products Heres how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits

first_img Apple sets recall of some defective iPhone 8 devices, but there could be a catch Here’s how Apple and UL, the global safety and certification company, say you may be able to spot and avoid buying knockoffs.ColorApple’s genuine iPhone power adapters are white in color, and they are certified with letters in the name of UL, the global safety and certification company based in Northbrook, Illinois.Some fakes go so far as to spoof Apple’s logo and those of the regulatory agencies, even on products with four-star reviews on Amazon. One way to make sure what you’re buying is legitimate is to check and make sure the spelling of words such as “California” is correct.PackagingThe iPhone power adapters made by Apple that come bundled with iPhones and are also sold separately come in white, sealed Apple packaging. They are not sold loose in bins or other packages.Certified third-party Apple accessories have the Apple logo on the package, as well as the words “Made for iPhone,” or “Made for iPhone iPad iPod.”MarketingWhen shopping online, be mindful of reviews. A number of Amazon and online sellers copy the image of Apple’s power adapters to market and sell their fake products, fooling some consumers into buying counterfeit goods by making them think they are getting a great deal on the real thing.While some fakes even go so far as to copy Apple’s logo, looking quickly for the term “MFi certified” (MFi is short for “Made for iPhone”) in the product’s description or glancing through some of the online reviews can be helpful in discerning what’s genuine and what’s not.PriceGenuine iPhone power adapters generally retail for roughly $19. An unusually lower price may be a tipoff to a counterfeit.Printed TextAn Apple Lightning to USB cable has the wording “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira.” The wording should be on the cable followed by a 12-digit serial number.The wording is located towards the USB end of the cable, approximately 7 inches from the connector. The text is written in a tiny, light grey font. You may need to focus carefully to see it.What to do about non-Apple accessoriesOne of the biggest selling points for counterfeits is their cheap price as an alternative to Apple’s accessories. Good news: There are plenty of legitimate options outside of Apple made by third parties.Amazon, Anker, Belkin, Mophie and a number of others make legitimate cables and charging solutions for the iPhone. A 6-foot, MFi certified Lightning cable from Amazon Basics is $7.99, more than $20 less than Apple’s comparable 2-meter cable (roughly 6.6 feet).These companies also are helpful in legitimately filling in the gaps of Apple’s official offerings, such as wireless chargers, portable batteries and car adapters.When in doubt, look out for those “Made for iPhone” or “MFi certified” labels and descriptions to make sure what you’re buying will work as expected. Citation: Fake Apple products: Here’s how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-fake-apple-products-fooledand-endangeredby.html Counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables may look like the real thing, but they have differences that can cause injuries to you or damage your device. 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 ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

Foundation stone laid for Vizag airport terminal expansion

first_imgVisakhapatnam SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on The Civil Aviation Ministry is taking all steps to improve the infrastructure in airports in Andhra Pradesh, to handle both passengers as well as air cargo and to improve air connectivity in the state.Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, was speaking in New Delhi on Tuesday after laying the foundation stone for the expansion of the airport terminal here through video link. He was interacting with the airport officials and audience here through video-conference.He said the project, taken up at a cost of Rs 60 crore, would enable the terminal to handle a thousand passengers during the peak hour as against the present capacity of 700 passengers. The project is likely to be completed by September. Concurring with the suggestion made by Visakhapatnam M.P K. Haribabu earlier, the Union Minister agreed that there was huge potential for growth of cargo in Vizag. An intergrated logistics hub would be developed at Vizag airport.Former Union Minister of Civil Aviation and TDP leader, P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, said the development works at Vizag, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports, were made possible due to the combined efforts of the Central and state governments.Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, also spoke.Earlier, Prabhu also inaugurated through a video link the new, lengthened runway at Gannavaram airport near Vijayawada taken up at a cost of Rs 160 crore. The old runway was of approximately 7,500 ft and 3,500 ft was added to it and the runway was strengthened to facilitate landing of bigger aircraft at Gannavaram. Gannavaram is the nearest airport to the new capital, Amaravati. February 12, 2019 COMMENTcenter_img Airports Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu   –  AP SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more