Police arrest 73yearold Whitehorse man in relation to mail bomb

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Police have arrested a 73-year-old Whitehorse man in relation to a mail bombing in Port Alice, B.C., earlier this week.Whitehorse RCMP made the arrest Thursday and also asked residents of an apartment building to evacuate while they conducted a search, “out of an abundance of caution.”Residents were allowed to return home later that evening.On Sept. 11, an explosion injured a retired pulp mill worker when a mail bomb went off after he opened a package at his home.Shannon MacGregor drove her neighbour, Roger Nepper to the local clinic after she saw smoke coming from his house as returned home from grocery shopping.Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd said Nepper is in his mid 60s and a former local boxing coach.last_img

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Fiat Chrysler profits soar on North American results

MILAN — Italian American automaker Fiat Chrysler says fourth-quarter net profits rose by 61 per cent, powered by North American sales of the all-new Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday reported quarterly net profits of 1.29 billion euros ($1.46 million), compared with 804 million euros in 2017. Revenues rose 6 per cent to 30.6 billion euros.North America profits grew by 19 per cent to 6.2 billion euros, accounting for the lion’s share of the automaker’s global profits. The carmaker continued to have trouble in Asia, which swung to a loss due to market weakness in China and more competition in Fiat Chrysler’s core SUV market.Europe also lost ground, with profits dipping 44 per cent on lower shipments and weaker pricing, while Latin America more than doubled.The Associated Press read more

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University of California prof to talk War of 1812

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author will be in St. Catharines next month to talk about the War of 1812.Alan Taylor, a history professor at University of California, Davis, will present The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Charles A. Sankey Chamber.The talk is based on his book of the same name. It’s presented by Brock University’s Department of History, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and the U.S. Consulate Toronto. Admission is free.

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Shutting down shark finning US fishermen promise a fight

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, a worker collects pieces of shark fins dried on the rooftop of a factory building in Hong Kong. For centuries, shark fin, usually served as soup, has been a coveted delicacy in Chinese cooking. In the United States, members of the fishing industry say they will dig in against 2016 legislation in Congress that proponents believe will help shut down the country’s shark fin industry for good. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Shutting down ‘shark finning’: US fishermen promise a fight PORTLAND, Maine – American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a congressional proposal to send a message to the rest of the world by shutting down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia.The traditional “finning” of sharks — in which they are pulled out of the water, have their fins sliced off and are discarded into the sea, often still alive but unable to swim — is already illegal in the U.S., but fishermen are still allowed to hunt sharks and have their fins removed during processing on land.A bill backed by Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, and others promises to ban the sale and possession of shark fins to ensure U.S. fishermen and seafood dealers no longer participate in the global fin trade. Supporters say the bill would close loopholes left open by measures passed in 2000 and 2010 to protect sharks.“America can become a global leader by shutting down the domestic market for shark fins,” Booker said.Fins from as many as 70 million sharks end up in the worldwide fin trade every year, and completely removing the U.S. from the industry would tell the world that it needs to stop, Booker said.Lora Snyder, campaign director for the conservation group Oceana, has compared shark fins to the trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn. She said the legislation to ban the trade is a step toward saving sharks.But some commercial shark fishermen and fish processors say the effort is wrongheaded and will harm industry more than it protects sharks. The U.S. shark fishery was worth about $2.5 million in 2014, Booker’s office said. The worldwide trade is worth hundreds of millions.In the U.S., sharks are processed for their meat, as well as the fins, most of which are sold to Hong Kong. The U.S. also imported an annual average of 36 tons of dried shark fins from 2000 to 2011, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and a supporter of Booker’s legislation.There are more than 400 permitted shark fishermen in the U.S., with the largest concentrations in Florida and Louisiana. Fishermen brought more than 600 metric tons of sharks to land in states from Maine to Texas in 2014.Jeff Oden, a former North Carolina shark fisherman who left the business about 10 years ago to focus on other species amid mounting regulatory pressure, said the legislation is well intentioned but won’t stop international finning, and could actually increase pressure on sharks.“Other countries that are less likely to be as sustainable as us will fill our void,” Oden said.Shaun Gehan, a lawyer who represents shark fishermen, said the inability to sell fins would devastate the shark fishing business, which he described as conservatively managed already. Eleven states already have laws against the sale of shark fins, though shark fin soup can still be found on the menu in Chinese restaurants in many states.American fishermen are allowed to harvest many different kinds of sharks, including tiger sharks, bull sharks and some species of hammerhead. Shark conservation group Shark Savers has said the 14 kinds of shark that are most prevalent in the international shark fin trade are all threatened with or near-threatened with extinction.The bill would still allow fishermen to harvest sharks for their meat, though some in the industry say it wouldn’t be worth the cost of business, because much of the value is in the fins. There would also be an exception for smooth dogfish, which could still be used for fins.The bill is pending in the Senate Commerce Committee, but no votes are scheduled. Booker introduced the bill along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the Northern Mariana Islands delegate to Congress. by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2016 10:43 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Vermeer Terrain Leveler offers one solution to drill and blast restrictions

first_imgRegulations are having a significant impact on productivity in the mining industry at a time when it’s already running on thin margins. There are options that can help a mine increase production while at the same time adhering to drill and blast regulations, addressing sound and vibration abatement and reducing dust to minimise the effect on air quality.One solution is the Vermeer T1255III Terrain Leveler® surface excavation machine (SEM). The Terrain Leveler SEM features an optional dust suppression system, GPS steering and grade control, as well as a cutting head attachment that can create an 80 degree highwall. “This technology is ideal for use in surface mine applications — especially those faced with drill and blast restrictions or urban encroachment.” The advantages of the Vermeer technology according to the company are numerous:Access areas of surface mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done because of physical or permit limitations.See a reduction in noise, dust and vibration compared to drill and blast.Produce a smaller, more consistent particle size, helping to eliminate the primary crusher step.Use the Terrain Leveler SEM for haul road construction and maintenance.“The surface excavation machine allows mines to excavate reserves they couldn’t otherwise get to due to drill and blast restrictions or air quality regulations,” says Patrick Robinson, Senior Commercialisation Manager for Mining at Vermeer. “Mines have already spent considerable time and money on permitting. By integrating our surface excavation technology with their drill and blast program the mines have the ability to extract those reserves that otherwise may be left behind.”The Terrain Leveler SEM features a patented tilt-head milling attachment with top-down cutting action that can dig up to 53.3 cm deep and 365.8 cm wide in a single pass. As the unit travels forward and the drum rotates, the teeth on top of the drum advance over the top of the mineral surface. Operators can also control material sizing by increasing or decreasing the tooth penetration to produce an 20.3 cm minus product. Uniform product size also allows more efficient settings on secondary and tertiary crushing systems.The Vermeer T1255III direct drive Terrain Leveler SEM features a fully hydrostatic motor mounted to the side of the cutting head providing direct drive power to the cutting drum. The direct drive drum design delivers more horsepower to the cutting drum, resulting in enhanced efficiency when working in hard rock conditions. In addition, the direct drive drum allows the quarry operator to cut an 80 degree highwall providing slope stability that is desired in highwall mining applications. Vermeer also offers a chain drive drum which allows the quarry operator to cut a 90 degree highwall, and is also designed to work in hard rock conditions.On many mine sites, dust is a challenge due to urban encroachment and air quality concerns. An optional dust suppression system on the Vermeer Terrain Leveler SEM features an enclosed cutting head with two large vacuums pulling dust from the enclosed cutting head into baghouses. The collected dust is dropped beneath the machine, helping to reduce the amount of dust entering the air. This also diminishes the need to source water to control dust during the mining process.The T1255III Terrain Leveler SEM also features an optional GPS technology that can also be used to create a mine-by-line plan. A mine plan can be uploaded to the GPS system and the machine will automatically cut to the plan. “Machine steering is controlled by the GPS technology, helping remove human error for cutting head overlap and maximizing efficiency of the machine,” says Robinson. “The GPS system provides an overlap cutting of only 15.2 cm. A patented tilt cutting head tied to GPS technology allows the operator to control the cutting head depth and pitch. This feature allows the operator to cut to the mine plan — producing a flat, almost road-smooth surface; a grade for drainage; or a sloped haul road. The technology also eliminates rapid changes in cutting depth, which can impact productivity, and can provide more precision cutting than an operator-controlled system.The T1255III is equipped with Vermeer SmartTEC control software that assists operators with adjustments to machine operation to help maximise machine performance. “Our SmartTEC system displays the status of the many critical elements of machine performance, with prompts providing visual cues to the operator for recommended control adjustment,” says Robinson. “The software also monitors and records various machine operation attributes for future analysis by the machine owner or fleet manager.”The cab features an operator presence system that disengages the ground drive and cutting attachment if the operator leaves the seat. The machines are available with a rollover protective module (ROPM) and a falling object protective structure (FOPS) for working near a high pit wall.The machine’s low centre of gravity helps maintain machine stability. In addition, the Terrain Leveler SEM has a pressurised cab with filtered air system to provide an increased level of operator comfort. The SEM can also be equipped with an optional fullfunction wireless remote, which allows the operator to run the machine from a safe distance if the project requires the machine to cut against a high wall.last_img read more

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Staff to picket UCCs Tyndall Institute tomorrow over pay dispute

first_imgSIPTU MEMBERS WILL place a picket at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC) tomorrow morning over a pay dispute.Workers claim there is pay inequity beween a large number of employees at the institute and their counterparts at the UCC  campus who are doing the same, or similar work. The difference in pay is ten or 20 per cent.Researchers, engineers, administrators, technical staff and IT workers are all involved.The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is also involved in the dispute but its members will not be placing an official picket due to procedural reasons. IFUT members are expected, however, to support the SIPTU picket tomorrow.The pickets will be placed on the five entrances to the Tyndall institute which is not part of the UCC main campus.“Not only is there a considerable pay gap with counterparts in UCC but that gap is going to widen as increments are paid to the other university staff,” SIPTU Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said. “This dispute can be resolved if the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform are willing to put forward concrete measures to address the widening pay gap.”The picket will commence at 7am tomorrow morning and end at 6pm.Read: SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and DAA to vote on strike action>Read: Labour Court proposals rejected by SIPTU staff at Liebherr plant>last_img read more

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Prolife robocalls to Irish numbers came from United States

first_imgThe DPC had previously said it had received about 500 complaints over the calls, which would have carried fines of up to €5,000 for the perpetrators if the calls had been made from Ireland.The automated message carried indirect quotes from Professor Eamon O’Dwyer, a veteran obstetrician from Galway, outlining that doctors were always obliged to intervene to save the life of an expectant mother even when doing so would lead to the death of a child.“Ireland’s ban on abortion does not prevent doctors from acting to save women’s life,” the recording said. “Claims that doctors cannot intervene to safe mothers in dangers are untrue.”The full message – which O’Dwyer said he had no involvement in – can be heard here. Read: Over 500 complaints over abortion robo-calls We have now been informed that the US law enforcement authorities are unable to assist our investigations. They have explained that the phone call campaign in question does not contravene US law and, for that reason, they have no basis on which to initiate investigations in the US in relation to the perpetrators of the campaign.Regrettably, therefore, we are unable to pursue the matter any further. Had the calls been made from within Ireland there would have been scope to pursue prosecution proceedings in relation to calls made to landline phone numbers registered on the National Directory Database opt-out register.However, as the calls were made from the USA, there is no scope for the law enforcement authorities in Ireland to take any action against the perpetrators.center_img IRELAND’S COMMUNICATIONS and data privacy regulators have determined the automated phone calls targeted at Irish phone numbers late last year actually came from the United States – meaning they are powerless to take action against them.A joint investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner and ComReg has found that the calls, which were made to Irish numbers last November, originated in the United States where such robotic calls are permitted under law.The calls appeared on caller ID systems to have originated from an 01 number, leading many to assume that the calls had been made from Dublin.Now, however, it has emerged that the appearance of the 01 number was feigned from the United States – and that the calls actually came from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.This is despite the fact that the 01 number in question – which was disconnected a few days after the calls began – played the same recorded message as was used by the automated calls.It is thought that the Irish number had been directly routed back to the United States, where the message – recorded by a man with an Irish accent – was originally based.In emails written to Irish residents who had complained about the calls, the Data Protection Commissioner said it had liaised “with the appropriate law enforcement authorities in Washington on this matter,” and had “presented them with details of the campaign and the levels of complaints received”.The emails state:last_img read more

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Developers claim they cant work with cheap inadequate Wii U hardware

first_imgNintendo is not having a very good 2011. The 3DS did not sell well in the months after launch and now a big price drop and Ambassadors Program has been put in place to save it. Then we learned a second analog stick was being added to the device in the form of a cradle, raising more questions as to why it wasn’t included as part of the hardware in the first place.But while the 3DS struggles, Nintendo always has the promise of the Wii U and its touchscreen panel controller, right? Well, not if the latest feedback from developers trying to work on the platform is anything to go by.Apparently the Wii U development hardware has been rushed out and is pretty much broken. By broken we mean that the wireless communication system between the controller and the machine does not work. Even worse, the wired version of the controller also doesn’t work properly. Developers are also claiming that the chipset Nintendo decided to use isn’t good enough, in other words, they went with an inexpensive solution that is inadequate for the task.The situation is thought to be so bad that developers have to wait for the latest software patches to be released by Nintendo to see if they allow development to continue. These daily updates may improve things, but if the underlying hardware isn’t good enough surely a rethink will be required?While Nintendo will obviously be able to react to the issues and update the final consumer Wii U hardware, having developers sit around unable to work is not a great sign for a successful launch. If it continues, we could see far fewer launch titles available for the new machine next year ( (expected in June), or even in the months that follow the launch. As the 3DS has shown, without regular game releases the hardware doesn’t sell.For the moment this feedback from developers has not been officially confirmed as no one with a Nintendo contract is going to go on record. We may not find out how bad the situation really is until Nintendo announces the line-up of games for  the Wii U launch. If there’s only a handful of third-party titles we’ll know development has been a real challenge.Read more at 01net (translated), via CVGlast_img read more

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Layoffs in public sector last resort

first_imgThe minister in charge of overseeing an overhaul of the bloated public sector avoided this week stating outright that mass layoffs are on the cards, noting that the dismissal of civil servants would be a last resort and that efforts would be made to keep staff facing redundancy on a “labor reserve” list. All other options will be exhausted before any decision is made regarding layoffs, said Dimitris Reppas who heads the new Ministry for Administrative Reform and e-Governance.Many of the employees of public utilities or state bodies that are due to be abolished will be transfered to other posts in the public sector, he said. Other staff will be kept on for a year at 60 per cent of their salary before being dismissed and would then have priority for part-time positions as and when these arise. The main conservative opposition, New Democracy, has proposed that civil servants who face redundancy get a better deal. Those aged over 50 should kept on at a reduced salary until their retirement, ND says, while those aged between 40 and 50 should get a reduced wage for six years and those aged 30 to 40 for three years. The government has until the autumn to draft an across-the-board salary structure for the public sector. In a related development, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the considerable assets of the Orthodox Church should not be included in a State Property Fund to be set up once the government concludes an inventory of public real estate. Further, the wages of clerics – who are civil servants – will not be cut further, Venizelos said after talks with Archbishop Ieronymos who pledged to help ease the impact of the debt crisis but did not specify how. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Claim filed against county over boys E coli death

first_imgThe parents of 4-year-old Ronan Wilson, the Hazel Dell boy who died last year from complications of E. coli, have filed a claim against Clark County Public Health.The county received the claim filed by the boy’s parents, Anthony and Bonnie Wilson, on June 8. The Wilsons claim negligent failures by the county health department were causes of Ronan’s death. The financial damages are listed in the claim as “undetermined, pending further investigation and discovery.”Ronan died April 8, 2010, after contracting E. coli at the in-home day care, Fletch Family Daycare, he attended in Hazel Dell. He was hospitalized for one week before he died. County officials have asked the family for 60 days to review the case before responding to the claim, which is the first step in pursuing a case against a public agency, said Mark Wilsdon, Clark County risk manager. After an internal analysis, the county will either accept or deny liability, he said.The family can then ask to compromise with the county, drop the claim or file a lawsuit, Wilsdon said.Anthony and Bonnie Wilson claim the county health department was negligent and didn’t “reasonably alert the medical community, the general public or the public schools of the E. coli outbreak in a timely manner.”last_img read more

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Membership drive in Mansoorabad

first_imgMansoorabad: TRS membership drive was held at Mansoorabad circle on Thursday. LB Nagar MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy, MLC Egge Mallesham, the drive in charge P Purusotham, local corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy and others were present.last_img

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2 youths killed in road accident

first_imgTwo young men were killed in a road accident at Kanaipur on Dhaka-Khulna Highway in Faridpur sadar upazila on Thursday night.The deceased are bike driver Rimon Mandol, 18, and pillion rider Rasel Talukdar, 20, reports UNB.Witnesses said the accident took place when a motorcycle crashed into a stationary covered van around 10:00pm, leaving them dead on the spot.Faridpur fire service and civil defence station manager M Saifuzzaman said on information, fire fighters appeared at the spot and sent the bodies to hospital.last_img

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One Week With Nintendo Labo

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch We’ve been messing with the cardboard contraptions of Nintendo Labo for over a week now. And honestly, our opinions haven’t changed that much since our first big hands-on with the Nintendo Switch DIY toys a few months ago. That’s said, we do have some new observations worth sharing now that you can pick up Labo for yourself.After folding countless boxes, I can never look at a normal pizza box the same way again. All of that folding also gave me so much more respect for the designers at Nintendo. The cardboard itself is more durable than I first feared. I gradually grew more comfortable folding more aggressively and shoving the piano in my bookbag. But really it’s the designs of creations themselves that “kid-proof” them. Along with the ingenious spring mechanisms and reflective IR tape, just the way the designs are constructed involves so many interlocking pieces and walls reinforcing other walls to help maintain the shape. It’s so much sturdier than it has any right to be.The minigames have the amount of depth I expected, which is to say not that much. There are lots of appreciated Nintendo weird touches. Who else would think to let players scan their hands to create race tracks? But it’s in the building where the fun, and time commitment, really is. Building everything in the Variety Kit or the Robot Kit easily lasts as many hours as a modern AAA game, especially for a slow, small child. So calm down about the price.The most promising part of Nintendo Labo to me is still the intro to coding and robotics creation that is Toy-Con Garage. There’s so much potential here, both for educators and for adult tinkerers, that it’s kind of wild to me that Nintendo hasn’t been leaning on this feature more. The text, while excessive, is an entertaining and accessible way to wrap your head around the sheer amount of creative cardboard freedom Labo can offer you. The Professor’s name is Gerry Rigg, he of the famous Mod. I can’t wait to see this scene fully blossom.After this extended testing, the biggest knock against Nintendo Labo (besides the focus on the younger audience but that’s not really a flaw) is the gulf in customization options. You can draw on Toy-Con and tape accessories or whatever, but you can’t really deviate from Nintendo’s pre-built, Gundam-like designs. Toy-Con Garage, meanwhile, lets you do whatever you want, but it’s so open-ended it can be overwhelming. There’s no middle-ground equivalent to, say, breaking apart a Lego model and rebuilding it into something else.Still Nintendo Labo is a fascinating product we can’t wait to see the gaming and DIY communities start to seriously mess around with. Labo life hacks are going to be out of this world. Keep reading for more impressions.Check out this awesome new #NintendoLabo commercial! pic.twitter.com/USJhZJ1yAT— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) April 28, 2018Nintendo has said again and again that Nintendo Labo, its upcoming line for DIY cardboard accessories for Nintendo Switch, is for kids. Despite inviting a group of mostly (but not entirely) adult games journalist to a Labo hands-on event in New York, the demo space was made to look like an elementary school complete with goofy name tags, colorful markers, and tins full of snacks.Following elaborate E3 booths for Zelda and Mario, Nintendo has really perfected using a physical space itself to get you in the proper mindset for its digital software. But beneath the childish presentation, and child-targeted audience, it’s clear now that Labo is one of Nintendo savviest, most sophisticated ideas yet.If you need a refresher, Nintendo Labo is an upcoming series of cardboard accessories that become smart “Toy-Con” toys by interacting with the Switch tablet and “Joy-Con” controllers through a game. To understand the process, we quickly built a pair of simple six-legged “RC cars” and then spent an hour building a fishing rod. Both processes involved popping out the pre-cut cardboard pieces and folding them according to instructions displayed on the Switch tablet. It’s like Zoids or Gundams or other Japanese model kits.These interactive manuals are incredibly helpful, full of detailed animations and multiple navigation options to make sure every step is clear. Most cardboard pieces have perforations to fold along and the screen shows you every single one. It reminded me of Super Mario Maker in how it makes a potentially complex creation experience fun and intuitive. However, for more advanced users I do wish there were ways to speed up instructions or perhaps view multiple steps at once for when multiple people like siblings or whole families are collaborating on a single Toy-Con.Meanwhile, the Toy-Con are just a blast to fold and build. They’re pretty sturdy so it takes some effort but it really is satisfying in a Lego way when everything pops into place, keeping its shape with tabs and whatnot. Slotting the Joy-Con into the RC car is mushy compared to the clean click of the console, but it’s still neat. Seeing just how we were supposed to insert each telescoping piece of the fishing rod, including strings and rubber bands and pieces solely designed to make clicking noises like a baseball card in a bike spoke, led to frequent “Eureka!” moments. The engineering is so smart. Again, it’s like Lego blocks, but arguably more surprising since the source material, cardboard, is more humble.That said, this really is just cardboard. Not special super-strong Nintendo cardboard, but cardboard. Toys that easily degrade may be better for the environment, but we have moderate concerns about durability after holding this cardboard in our hands. You can hang onto your original sheets to use as stencils for cutting out new pieces for any old cardboard. But we do hope Nintendo has a reasonable replacement policy. Besides, the potentially lengthy build process is such a nifty slow burn that we’d hate for it to be over after one sitting.Once the Toy-Con are built you can customize then with arts and crafts classics like crayons and stickers and tape. But eventually you’ll want to actually play with them. Each Toy-Con has a corresponding minigame that really shows off the potential of what the Switch can do. The RC cars use HD rumble to vibrate in such a way that players can control their movement path. Use the tablet to alter speed and direction. Even crazier, the IR camera previously only used in 1-2 Switch is actually powerful enough to show night-vision camera-esque footage and follow heat signatures. It’s wild. It justifies all these Switch hardware features that previous seemed unnecessary.From there we got to sample pre-built versions of the rest of the Nintendo Labo kits launching this 4/20. A basic fishing minigame gained new tactile pleasures thanks to the tension of pulling and releasing the fishing rod and string. It made me want a Ridiculous Fishing port. I held motorcycle handles to my chest to steer in a Mario Kart-esque racing game. One Toy-Con has you slot the tablet into a little house to terrorize a virtual pet with floods and minecart minigames. And I’m honestly astonished how realistic the piano keys feel, with their natural weight and bounciness, despite being made of cardboard. I could play the vaporwave anthem with ease, and even changed the sound from crisp keys to crying cats.Finally, we got to try on the robot suit, after being reassured it fits on adults. From a tech perspective, this Toy-Con is arguably the most fascinating. Instead of holding motion controllers in your hands, players slot one Joy-Con in a helmet for head tracking and a first-person view. The other Joy-Con uses IR scanning inside a backpack to interpret sliding bits of reflective tape connected to cords on your hands and feet. That way your limb movements correspond with the in-game giant robot.The mech takes exaggerated, appropriately kaiju-esque movements to control. Stretch out your arms to fly. Crouch to become a tank. Punch to punch. It’s a good kind of ridiculous, perfectly paired with the fact you’re wearing a robot outfit made of boxes. That said, we hope the finished game has slightly more depth than the aimless destruction of the demo, especially since the robot kit is sold separately for a higher price ($79 vs. $69). Just make a new Steel Battalion with this.Between the inherent finality of the building process and limited depth of the software, no one could blame you for thinking Nintendo Labo might not have the long-lasting appeal it maybe should. But the final part of its functionality revealed that this really is Nintendo’s in-depth answer to the DIY/Maker/STEM education toy space, a smart space to muscle in on. With Toy-Con Garage, kids can use a surprisingly frank and robust software interface to straight-up reprogram Toy-Con behavior.Connect different attribute blocks and if/then statements to write commands like “vibrate with this button push” or “react this way to this light pattern.” Nintendo gives you an impressive amount of creative control considering its love of guided experiences. Use the motorcycle handles to steer the RC cars or throw out the pre-fab Toy-Con entirely and construct your own from scratch. Make a bank that scans different coin shapes. Strap the tablet to a guitar and strum on the touch screen. Use stencils to create light patterns for a tennis game.It’s an awesome, imaginative, expressive and totally fun introduction to basic robotics and coding concepts in a Lego Mindstorms way. We hope Nintendo allows the Labo community to easily share new code and ideas online. It’s like Nintendo canonizing hacks in a way, similar to how Lego embraces ideas from the My Own Creation (MOC) fan builder community. Labo is still for kids, but if adults do find deeper enjoyment out of it it’ll be through pushing Toy-Con Garage capabilities as far as they’ll go.I think children are going to eat Nintendo Labo up when it launches this 4/20. I know I would have. As successful as the Nintendo Switch and its library of traditional games has been so far, I really believe this represents a new launch for just how versatile the console/handheld hybrid can be in the entertainment, and now educational, experiences it can provide.You can also see and read more Nintendo Labo impressions on our sister site PCMag.com.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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UKbased indie producer All3Media is to sell its p

first_imgUK-based indie producer All3Media is to sell its programmes direct to consumers via apps for Samsung and LG Smart TVs.Samsung Smart TVs now feature the All3Media App, making it possible to buy shows including Peep Show, The Only Was is Essex and Shameless. LG Smart TVs will launch the app next month.Both services will initially launch in the UK before rolling out in the US. All3Media said it planned to launch the service on further platforms and devices throughout the year.“The new All3Media app will allow us to experiment with different payment models, to continue to get closer to our viewers and to experiment offering our content in a range of territories. It is estimated that there will be 500 million connected TVs in the world in 2015 so now seems like a good time to experiment and learn about consumer behaviour,” the company said in a statement.last_img read more

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The launch of SESs latest satellite SES5 has b

first_imgThe launch of SES’s latest satellite, SES-5, has been rescheduled for tomorrow.SES-5 had been set for a June 19 launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. However, an out of tolerance telemetry reading on a first stage subsystem was detected during pre-flight testing and the launch was aborted.The satellite will launch at 00:38 CET.SES-5’s 36 active Ku-band transponders and up to 24 active C-band transponders will be located at 5° East. It will feature two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other one serving sub-Saharan Africa as well as two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The satellite provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for operations between Europe and Africa.last_img read more

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European football body UEFA has awareded all free

first_imgEuropean football body UEFA has awareded all free-to-air media rights for the 2012-15 Champions League in Armenia to Armenia TV.Each matchnight public broadcaster Armenia TV will broadcast one live match, as well as the weekly highlights programme.All rights have been granted on a platform-neutral basis, with the rights also being exploited on the internet and on mobile.last_img

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Sony Pictures Entertainment which includes Sonys

first_imgSony Pictures Entertainment, which includes Sony’s TV networks and feature film units, has increased sales but recorded an operating loss for the three months to end-June. SPE reported a 6.2% increase in quarterly sales of US$1.9 billion (€1.5 billion). The company said that higher theatrical revenues and sales of its made for cable TV programming in the US were responsible.However, advertising revenues from Sony’s Indian TV channels operations weighed on earnings and were responsible, in part, for the reported operating loss of US$62 million. That compares with a profit of US$54.9 million in the same period a year earlier, although that quarter also included a one-off US$28.1 million payment Sony received for selling its 20% stake in Shine, which was sold to News Corp.last_img

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German cable operator Unitymedia has added 12 new

first_imgGerman cable operator Unitymedia has added 12 new HD channels to its line-up.The operator has today brought Planet HD, RTL Living HD and Passion HD to its platform. Nine HD channels from pay TV operator Sky Deutschland have also been added to Unitymedia’s line-up, taking the total number of HD channels available on the platform to 45.Unitymedia has also added standard definition channels RCK.TV, Penthouse TV and Deluxe Music to its platform.last_img

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FOX International Channels Europe Africa has app

first_imgFOX International Channels Europe & Africa has appointed Setanta Sports veteran and former CEO of Setanta Africa, Kelly Butler, as senior vice-president of Fox Sports Europe & Africa.The move follows FIC Europe & Africa’s buyout of Setanta Africa, which was approved by the Irish Competition Authority last month.Butler, who has worked in different posts at Setanta Sports for the last 12 years – most recently as CEO, shareholder and director of Setanta Africa – will be based in London.Previously Butler was head of programming at Setanta Sports, CEO of the Setanta Sports Channel in North America, and consultant for the North American Sports Network (NASN). Before joining Setanta she was senior vice president and general manager of programming at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore.last_img read more

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