American inks Apple deal to let there be rock

first_imgImage: American Airlines Apple Music subscribers can let the good times roll from February 1 thanks to deal that gives them complimentary inflight Wi-Fi access on suitably equipped American Airlines aircraft.Passengers will be able to stream Apple’s millions of songs, playlists and videos on any domestic flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi.American says it is the first commercial airline to strike such a deal with the technology giant.The US carrier has been progressively fitting out its fleet with high-speed wi-fi and currently has it on 570 aircraft. It expects to complete the project by the middle of this year.Customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can enjoy Apple Music during a flight by connecting to the inflight Wi-Fi at no cost and logging in with their Apple Music subscription.Customers who don’t already have an Apple Music subscription will be able to connect to Wi-Fi at no cost, sign up onboard and receive free access for three months.The service is available on both Apple and Android devices.READ first American biometric boarding trial starts in LAAmerican has also added free live TV to more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft, with more to come, and is streaming free entertainment to customers’ devices.To help them keep their devices running, it is installing power at every seat in mainline aircraft and two-class regional jets.“Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we’re investing in high-speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music,” said  American president of global marketing Janelle Anderson.United Airlines also this week announced it was offering 100 channels of live television for free on 211 Boeing 737 United aircraft equipped with seatback TV,In addition to the free live DIRECTV service at more than 30,000 seats, United has also expanded its personal device entertainment product to allow passengers to use their phones, tablets or laptops to access a library of more than 280 complimentary movies and TV shows.“This year, we will be introducing a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience for all our customers,” said United chief customer officer Toby Enqvist.“Offering free entertainment, whether it’s on seat back TV or on personal devices, is one example of how we are placing our customers at the heart of what we do and helping them to relax and enjoy their flights.”last_img read more

Google’s street view could reveal more than you think

first_img By Matthew HutsonNov. 29, 2017 , 2:40 PM How many people in your city voted for Barack Obama? How many have college degrees? And how much money does everyone make? Collecting such data could take years—if it weren’t for Google Maps. In a new study, researchers downloaded 50 million photos of street scenes taken by the tech company’s vehicles as they mapped 200 U.S. cities. They then used a couple of machine-learning algorithms—software tools that learn from examples—to determine the make, model, and year of 22 million cars in the images. (The algorithm classified make and model with 52% accuracy.) From this, other algorithms were able to estimate local demographics by learning that certain vehicle types were more common in areas that census and election data said were, say, wealthier or more conservative. The algorithms became surprisingly accurate at determining the median household income of the area; the percentage of white, black, and Asian people there; the share of people with various levels of education; and the rate of voting for Obama versus John McCain in 2008, the researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Comparing car data with actual demographics turned up some interesting patterns, too. For example, 88% of precincts with more sedans than pickup trucks voted for Obama, whereas 82% of those with more pickups than sedans voted for McCain. The researchers note that in the future, cameras on self-driving cars could increase the ease and frequency with which data are collected, helping policymakers gain a nearly real-time picture of people to better understand labor and housing supply, allocate resources for roads and schools, and plan for emergencies. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) iStock.com/BanksPhotos center_img Google’s street view could reveal more than you thinklast_img read more

6th Asian Club Touch Championships

first_imgThe Sixth Asian Club Touch Championships will be held on 20/21 June 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.The Asian Club Championships welcomes touring International club teams who compete in the International Challenge Series at this event.For further information contact Bryan O’Connor by e mail – info@asiantouchfootball.org or visiting www.asiantouchfootball.orglast_img

10 months agoArsenal keeper Leno: We can cope with injury crisis

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Leno: We can cope with injury crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is confident the club can cope with their current injury crisis.Hector Bellerin injured himself during Sunday’s loss to Southampton, joining Rob Holding (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) on the sidelines.”We have a big squad so we have many players who can play in defence or at centre-back so hopefully it won’t be a problem,” he told Standard Sport. “Sokratis will be back but I hope there will be no more injuries after yesterday and we won’t have any problems with our defence.”In the last games against Huddersfield or Tottenham, when Mustafi was injured, we changed systems but it was not a big problem because we know what to do with different systems. That’s not a problem.”Of course, it was not easy defensively. This line of defence didn’t play together before. But it was OK. It was a good performance but not a perfect performance. Southampton have a new manager, they have new passion and they played with it.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United staff say the change of atmosphere since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointment has been obvious.Polly Johnson, who works in the club’s museum, spoke with VG about the change around the club.”I work here on every match day. I go up to my lodge and know the mood. This fall has been sad and gloomy. It’s not been uplifting,” says Johnson.”But when I went to the stadium on Wednesday (Solskjaer’s first home game), I started to cry. It was amazing! There is a huge difference. Everyone has a wonderful feeling because of Solskjaer.” last_img read more

Video: Here Is Connor Cook In His Full Oakland Raiders Uniform At The NFLPA Rookie Premiere

first_imgRaiders' Connor Cook in his uniform for the first time.Instagram/c_cook8After a fairly trying NFL Draft process, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook landed with the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round. He will be behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but Cook has impressed his coaches thus far. Today, the NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event, which featured the top NFL newcomers taking photos and filming videos in their new full uniforms. Cook juggled a couple of footballs in his shoot, where he shows off his new Raiders getup.last_img

Trudeau says Ontario shortsighted and irresponsible for challenging carbon tax

first_imgMONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ontario and other provinces trying to block the federal carbon tax are shortsighted and irresponsible.Trudeau gave a speech to an environmental conference in Montreal today during which he slammed Ontario’s constitutional challenge to the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick are all either challenging the carbon tax in court or have signalled an intent to do so.Following Trudeau’s brief address, he was met on stage by high-profile Quebec environmentalist Steven Guilbeault for an armchair discussion.Guilbeault, who is currently advising the federal government on ways to address climate change, steered clear of contentious issues in his questions.The ecologist has acknowledged he is being courted by the Liberals to run for the party in the October federal election. He told reporters he has been approached by more than one political party and hasn’t decided whether to run for office.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Telefónica has improved its offer for Netherlands

first_imgTelefónica has improved its offer for Netherlands-based KPN’s German mobile operator E-Plus, winning the approval of KPN’s biggest shareholder America Movil.As part of the improved terms, KPN will receive €5.0 billion in cash and a 20.5% stake in Telefónica Deutschland post transaction, for a total transaction value of €8.55 billion. This compares to the previously announced value of €8.10 billion.In a statement, America Movil said it had agreed with Telefónica to vote in favour of the E-Plus transaction at the improved terms. However, the deal is still subject to regulatory clearance.The renegotiated agreement comes just weeks after America Movil announced plans to make a €7.2 billion bid for all issued and outstanding shares in KPN. Currently it owns 29.77% of the Dutch operator.last_img read more

Scientists pinpoint mechanism that leads to steroid diabetes

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 25 2019Patients undergoing long-term treatment with steroids may suffer from metabolic side effects. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), have now pinpointed a mechanism that leads to so-called steroid diabetes. Their findings have been published in Nature Communications.”Glucocorticoids such as cortisone have been used to treat inflammatory diseases such as asthma or rheumatism for many decades, and they are the most commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs,” explains Prof. Henriette Uhlenhaut, Group Leader at the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Gene Center of the LMU. “They are also frequently used in autoimmune diseases, organ transplantations and cancer. It is estimated that between one and three percent of the Western population are currently receiving these drugs – which corresponds to more than one million Germans alone.”Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHowever, although glucocorticoids are prescribed for a wide range of conditions, their use is limited by the various side effects – including unwanted metabolic effects – that can occur during treatment. Once the glucocorticoids bind to their receptor inside the cell, the receptor starts switching numerous genes on and off. “These include various metabolic genes, which can consequently cause so-called steroid diabetes,” Henriette Uhlenhaut explains.In the current study, her team – together with colleagues from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, the Salk Institute in San Diego and the University of Freiburg – set out to identify the exact sequence of events that occurs once the steroids bind their receptor.”What struck us most was the E47 transcription factor, which – along with the glucocorticoid receptor – is responsible for the changes in gene expression, particularly in liver cells,” explains Charlotte Hemmer, a doctoral candidate at the IDO and first author of the current study. “We were able to identify the underlying pathway by conducting genome-wide analyses and genetic studies.”In order to corroborate their findings, the scientists then proceeded to examine a preclinical model lacking the E47 gene. “The loss of E47 actually protected against the negative impact of glucocorticoids, while an intact E47 gene led to metabolic changes such as high blood sugar, elevated blood fat levels or a fatty liver as a response to steroid treatment,” Charlotte Hemmer adds.Since the components of the newly discovered mechanism are also conserved in humans, Henriette Uhlenhaut and her team, along with their clinical cooperation partners, would now like to find out whether their results can be translated to human studies. “If this is the case, it could open up new opportunities for therapeutic intervention and the use of safer immuno-suppressants in order to combat the side effects of steroid therapy.”​ Source:https://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/en/press-media/press-releases/all-press-releases/press-release/article/45810/index.htmllast_img read more

UK MPs demand Zuckerberg testify on data row after he offers deputy

The social media giant said it did not know the data was being used in a political campaign 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. Damian Collins, the chairman of the House of Commons digital, culture and media committee, said that the seriousness of the allegations meant it was “appropriate” for Zuckerberg to offer an explanation himself, whether in person or via videolink.In a letter published by the committee on Tuesday, a senior British Facebook executive offered to send chief technology office Mike Schroepfer or chief product officer Chris Cox to London next month.”We’d be very happy to invite Mr Cox to give evidence,” Collins said at the start of a committee hearing on Tuesday.”However we would still like to hear from Mr Zuckerberg as well. “We will seek to clarify with Facebook whether he is available to give evidence or not, because that wasn’t clear from our correspondence, and if he is available to give evidence then we would be happy to do that either in person or via video link if that would be more convenient for him.”In the letter to Collins, Rebecca Stimson, head of public policy for Facebook UK, wrote: “Facebook fully recognizes the level of public and parliamentary interest in these issues and support your belief that these issues must be addressed at the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position to answer your questions.”As such Mr Zuckerberg has personally asked one of his deputies to make themselves available to give evidence in person to the committee.”She said either Schroepfer or Cox could attend “straight after the Easter parliamentary recess”, meaning April 16 at the earliest.The committee’s request to Facebook followed allegations that data from up to 50 million users was harvested by a British company, Cambridge Analytica, for use in election campaigns, namely that of US President Donald Trump in 2016.The social media giant said it did not know the data was being used in a political campaign, although it did allow an academic researcher to create an app that picked up the information from users and their friends.In the letter, Stimson revealed that Facebook was working with regulators around the world to assess how many people in each country were affected.”We can now confirm that around one percent of the global downloads of the app came from users in the EU, including the UK,” she wrote. British MPs renewed a demand on Tuesday to interview Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg personally over a data privacy row, after he responded to an earlier request by offering to send one of his deputies. Explore further © 2018 AFP UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row Citation: UK MPs demand Zuckerberg testify on data row after he offers deputy (2018, March 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uk-mps-demand-zuckerberg-testify.html read more