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CROSSING BORDERS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos News Break with Deandrea Hamilton is NOW airing in Nassau and other islands of The Bahamas thanks to an arrangement negotiated between the McKinney Broadcasting Network and Xcel Management Agency, the official agent of Magnetic Media. The MBN, with its own radio station Peace 107.5FM has agreed to air the Magnetic Media production as a part of its ‘The National’ report on the Nassau-based station, and on affiliate radio stations in islands like Abaco.Turks and Caicos News Break officially begins today on Peace 107.5FM (online streaming). Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Murder in Nassau Related Items:bahams, magnetic media, nassau, news break, peace 107.5, xcel management agency Recommended for you Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Surveylast_img read more

Stayzilla cofounder Yogendra Vasupal gets bail after 28 days

first_imgStayzilla team hosted on its website.Stayzilla websiteStazyilla co-founder and CEO Yogenda Vasupal is out on bail, after having spent 28 days in jail in connection with an alleged case of cheating an advertisement agency.  The bail was granted by the Madras High Court.”The accused is granted bail on a condition to deposit Rs 40 lakh to the account of the crime number in the Magistrate court,” Justice S. Baskaran said in his order, according to the Hindu.Vasupal was jailed on March 14 in connection with a complaint filed by Jigsaw Advertising for alleged default of payments worth Rs1.70 crore.Started in 2005 as Inasra.com and rebranded as Stayzilla in 2010, the online platform for hosting and booking homestays was in the news for temporarily shutting down operations.Vasupal’s arrest came to light, when on the evening of March 14, another founder and CFO of the start-up Sachit Singhi, wrote a frantic email to investors, including Avnish Bajaj and Rajinder Balaraman of Matrix Partners, and Anup Gupta and K G Subramanian of Nexus Venture Partners that Vasupal was missing. His arrest caused unease among the start-up community in India, prompting about 73 founders to write to union home minister Rajnath Singh on March 20, seeking his intervention in the matter.Karnataka minister for IT Priyank Kharge also spoke to concerned officials in Tamil Nadu about the issue.Stayzilla has raised $33.5 million from Nexus, Matrix, Indian Angel Network, Vertexperts Consulting, Splice Capital and InnoVen Capital.last_img read more

Researchers using GPS and accelerometers in base stations to create early warning

first_imgCredit: AGU 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. GPS solution provides 3-minute tsunami alerts More information: fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/press … blic-safety-threats/ Southern California, due to its unique geography, is subject to both earthquakes and fast moving storms that can cause flashfloods. Predicting when either or both may strike is critical to saving lives. To study earthquake behavior, various research organizations have installed monitors at locations throughout the southern part of the state. GPS is used because it allows for noting ground movement. Now, in this new effort, the researchers from the three groups have been using the GPS data for a different purpose and have also been installing accelerometers to more precisely measure ground movement in near real-time.GPS, the researchers told the audience, in addition to location information, also contains an additional data element—humidity level. The degree of water in the air impacts the time it takes for a GPS signal to travel to and from a satellite—higher levels, or a sudden increase in moisture may indicate that a storm is developing. Monitoring levels in real time can help predict such storms and thus flashfloods. That information , the team hopes, could then be relayed to media outlets, emergency workers, and even regular people via their cell phones, offering local citizenry an opportunity to take proactive measures to ensure their safety. Currently, weather balloons serve in this capacity, but they can’t provide data in real time. The addition of GPS data has already proven its worth—it’s predicted several flashfloods in the San Diego area.Meanwhile, adding accelerometers allows for monitoring very slight ground movement (and P-waves) which under the right circumstances can mean an earthquake is likely to happen—when combined with existing GPS data more information is available, making for a more reliable system—information that could be disseminated giving people some small amount of warning before a quake strikes, potentially saving many lives. If the system proves to be as accurate as the researchers believe it could be, it could become part of the western United States’ tsunami early warning system as well.To date, seventeen stations in southern California have been upgraded—more will be modified as money comes available, and presumably, as the upgraded monitors prove their worth. (Phys.org) —Teams of researchers with the Scripps Institute, NASA’s JPL laboratory and NOAA are working together, representatives from each have reported at this year’s meeting of the Geophysical Union, to upgrade monitoring stations in parts of southern California—the aim is to use existing monitoring stations as an early warning system for earthquakes and flashfloods. Explore further Citation: Researchers using GPS and accelerometers in base stations to create early warning system in southern California (2014, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-gps-accelerometers-base-stations-early.html © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

The Dominance of Angry Birds From Startup to Animated Series

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Now that their namesake games are among the best-selling apps of all time, what’s left for the Angry Birds to do? If you guessed starring in an animated series, then you’re right.Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds and its sequels, is set to launch an Angry Birds cartoon this weekend. By downloading the latest update for any Angry Birds game on any mobile device, users will gain access to a new video channel in the game where they can watch the animated show. The cartoon will also be shown on select television networks and video-on-demand channels around the world.The cartoon, featuring the game’s familiar stylized birds and pigs, will release one episode per week with a full run of 52 episodes planned. “We want to combine the feel of cartoon classics with modern twists on an unprecedented scale,” said Nick Dorra, Rovio’s head of animation, in a press release.A brief history of Angry Birds, detailing how it became a global phenomenon, follows.December 2009: Rovio Entertainment releases Angry Birds for the iOS as an app for $0.99. It is Rovio’s 52nd game and becomes the first hit for the struggling company. A version of the game will later be released for Android and Microsoft devices as well as for Facebook, and it will be followed by four sequels.February 2010: Angry Birds becomes the number-one selling paid app in Apple’s U.K. App Store and, soon after, the top-selling app in the U.S. store as well. It will hold this spot until October 2010.October 2010: The Android versions of Angry Birds (a free, ad-supported app and a paid app for $0.99) launch and are downloaded more than two million times in the first weekend.Related: Zipcar Timeline: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million BuyoutMarch 2011: Rovio raises $42 million of venture capital in a series A round led by Accel Partners.November 2011: The first Angry Birds store opens in Helsinki, near Rovio’s Espoo headquarters. It sells merchandise, such as plush pigs, based on the game characters. The merchandise is also available through an online store on the official Angry Birds website. In January 2013, TechCrunch reports that Rovio expects that half or more of its revenue will eventually come from physical goods.December 2011: Rovio crosses the mark for 200 million monthly active users of its games across all devices.April 2012: In Cannes, France, Nick Dora, Rovio’s head of animation, reveals plans for an Angry Birds animated series. It will be a cartoon exploring the story of the characters from the mobile games. Originally slated to debut in the fall of 2012, it is later postponed until spring 2013.September 2012: Rovio launches Bad Piggies, a puzzle game that is a spin-off to Angry Birds. It becomes the number-one app in Apple’s App Store within three hours.November 2012: Angry Birds Star Wars, the latest title in the series and a crossover with the popular science-fiction franchise, launches to great success.December 2012: Rovio now has 263 million monthly active users for its games. In a sign of Rovio games’ global popularity, China became the largest source of daily active users for the company the previous month.March 2013: Rovio announces that it will be debuting an animated series starring the characters from its Angry Birds games. The series will be distributed across a new video channel in all Angry Birds titles across all smartphones and tablets, and will also be shown on select TV networks and video-on-demand channels.”We’ve long wanted to tell our fans the story of the Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies, to introduce their personalities and their world in detail,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio’s chief executive, in a press release. By now, according to the press release, the Angry Birds game titles have been downloaded 1.7 billion times across all platforms — making them a perfect vehicle for mass video distribution.Related: How Instagram Went From Idea to $1 Billion in Less Than Two Years Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read March 14, 2013 Listen Nowlast_img read more