Spark Connected Introduces a 30 Watt Wireless Charging Solution for Tablets

first_imgSpark Connected, a company developing advanced and innovative wireless power technology and system-level solutions, has introduced a wireless charging solution – designed and engineered to charge tablets. The Minotaur 30W solution provides breakthrough power, efficiency, flexibility, and ease of integration required to charge the thinner, portable, more powerful devices that enable our increasingly connected world. This solution is ideal for many consumer and industrial portable devices and applications available in the market today that require power levels higher than 15W including tablets, Chromebooks, large form factor smartphones, MedTech, gaming, and Industry 4.0 devices.Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected said, the Minotaur provides charging parity with cables and has the added benefit of backward and forward compatibility with existing wireless chargers in the market. The market for wirelessly charging tablets shows rapid growth. Dinesh Kithany, lead industry analyst on wireless power and power supply at Omdia feels that from a wireless power technology perspective, the tablet is a relatively untapped application showing great market potential. Based on Omdia Wireless Power Market Tracker, nearly 100 million tablets are expected to adopt wireless power technology in the next five years, from 2020-2024.Highlights of Spark Connected’s Minotaur 30W Solution Includes:Complete 30W Transmitter and Receiver ready for product integrationBest-In-Class efficiency and performance at 95% DC-DC efficiencyInteroperability with existing wireless charging enabled smartphones and chargersForeign Object Detection (FOD) ensures safe power transferSmall form factor allows integration into small and thin devicesMeets strict regulatory requirementsPowered by the Infineon XMC Wireless Power ControllerConsumer and industrial applicationsClick here to learn more about Spark Connected.last_img read more

NCAA basketball: San Beda romps past CSB, gains share of No. 1 spot

first_imgClement Leutcheu was the lone double-digit scorer for the Blazers with 12 markers.It was also the Blazers’ fourth defeat in its last six matches to slide down to 8-7 win-loss slate.In the first game, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas continued its dominance of San Sebastian College Stags. It eked out a come-from-behind 85-77 victory in overtime.The Altas clawed back from five points down with a minute to go in fourth quarter to force an OT and then dominated the Stags in extra time to book their fifth win in row and 10th overall in 15 outings.Prince Eze continued to make a case for the MVP plum as he played all 45 minutes and powered his way to game-highs 25 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks for the Altas./PN San Beda Red Lions’ Robert Bolick evades the defense of College of St. Benilde Blazers Clement Leutcheu for a layup during their NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball game at the San Juan Arena. SPIN.PH PHOTO MANILA – San Beda University Red Lions cruised to its eighth straight win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball following a 77-55 win over College of St. Benilde Blazers at the San Juan Arena.Robert Bolick led the way with 19 points and four assists on Thursday night while Jayvee Mocon and Donald Tankoua chipped in with 13 markers apiece.The victory allowed the defending champions Red Lions to force a deadlock at the top of the standings at 14-1 with Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, which came from a 92-76 win over Mapua University Cardinals.“We had doubts entering this game because Benilde had their backs against the wall,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “But we needed this win as well to solidify our spot in the top two. I think we secured a playoff berth for the twice-to-beat.”last_img read more

PNJ Jim Spooner Feature Story

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Groves eyes title clash against Stieglitz

first_imgGeorge Groves is hopeful of securing a world title shot against Robert Stieglitz following the Germany-based Russian’s surprise victory over Arthur Abraham.Stieglitz stopped Abraham on Saturday evening, regaining the WBO super-middleweight belt he lost to him on points in their first meeting.Groves is the WBO’s number one contender and was scheduled to fight Stieglitz for the title last year, but withdrew from the bout because of an injury.AdChoices广告But the 24-year-old from Hammersmith is confident his big chance will come soon.Groves said: “I’m the number one contender and I hope the fight happens.“I was supposed to fight Stieglitz before but couldn’t because of the injury and I’m hoping the fight can be made.“I feel I’m ready. People talk about me as a prospect but I want that world title sooner rather than later.”Groves extended his unbeaten record with a second-round stoppage of Baker Barakat of Syria on the undercard of the Abraham-Stieglitz fight. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img See also:Groves eases to victory in GermanyBooth: Groves will relish his Arena return Groves weighs in ahead of O2 Arena clashlast_img read more

Oakridge girls pull away from Montague, head to district final showdown with Spring Lake

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Whitehall volleyball team posts 2-0 record in tri-match, Ludington goes 0-2

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Transgender service members and their families dealing with fallout from Trump’s tweets

first_imgEvan Simon/ABC News(NEW YORK) — For months, Kiera Walker grappled with the decision of how and when to come out as a transgender woman to her fellow members of the Coast Guard. She had served in the Guard’s Duluth, Minnesota, station for about two and a half years, but her colleagues had known her only as Kieran, the male gender marker she used when she signed up for the Coast Guard Reserve years before. Walker says she spoke with her superior and had his blessing before making an announcement to her colleagues during an all-hands meeting in July. It was “nerve wracking,” she said. Her wife, Brandie Walker, stood off to the side for support. After Kiera Walker came out to the group as a trans woman, “There was a line to come over and shake my hand and tell me how courageous and brave it was to do that and how they’re supportive,” she told ABC News. Her relief at being accepted was short lived, however. Exactly two weeks later, on July 26, President Donald Trump sent Walker and her family into a tailspin with three short tweets announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. “I remember that day very clearly, very vividly,” Brandie Walker told ABC News. “I happened to be scrolling on Facebook, and that was the first thing that popped up on my newsfeed, and I went, ‘This has to be fake.’” Military leaders worked quickly to assuage some of their service members’ concerns without directly contradicting Trump. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued his own guidance the next day, saying there would be no immediate changes until further instructions were handed down from the president. “In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” Dunford said at the time. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, as opposed to the Department of Defense. While the Guard largely ends up following the same policies, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard, also spoke out in support of transgender service members in the wake of the tweets. Zukunft said that after the tweets, he reached out to all 13 openly transgender members of the Coast Guard and referred to a conversation he had with Lt. Taylor Miller at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington on Aug. 1. “Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith,’” Zukunft said during the event. After the White House sent a memo to the Department of Defense directing officials to come up with an implementation plan for the proposed ban, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told transgender service members to “hold the line.” “And so on the one hand, you want as many Americans to serve as possible. On the other hand, the effectiveness and lethality and deployability of the military. Those bookends exist,” Mattis said while talking to reporters on Aug. 29. In spite of those reassurances, Trump’s tweets have had a real, immediate impact for the Walkers and other military families like them, who are now living in fear and uncertainty while the military’s transgender policy is under review. “Right away, I was terrified, because I knew that being in the Coast Guard is one thing that Kiera loved,” Brandi Walker said. “She loved it as [Kieran], and she loves it as Kiera. And I don’t want that taken from her. I don’t want anything unhappy or disrupting our family at all, whatsoever. Who does?” The tweets prompted a number of service members to come forward and publicly share their outrage. That was the case for Sterling Crutcher, an Air Force airman first class and munitions technician based in Bossier City, Louisiana, who wrote a Facebook post on July 26 that went viral. “I have fought and work hard to prove my worth, not only in the military but in everyday life,” he wrote. “My life shall be an example of truth.” Crutcher told ABC News he joined the Air Force because he wanted to serve like any other person, saying that people join because “they have a desire to want to do something for their country or something far greater than themselves.” “My purpose for joining the military wasn’t to get anything free out of it,” he said. The ‘principles’ behind the purse stringsIn declaring that transgender people would no longer be able to serve in the armed forces, Trump cited the “tremendous medical costs” for trans service members as part of his rationale for the ban. Brad Carson, an acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness during the Obama administration, was part of the team that helped lift the ban on transgender military service members. He said that in the context of the overall military budget, the cost of covering whatever treatments are required for transgender service members is insignificant. The best estimate of how many service members are transgender comes from a 2016 Rand Corp. study, which says that 1,320 to 6,630 of the 1.3 million active duty service members may be transgender. “We spend about $50 billion a year, and so you’re talking about one-tenth of 1 percent of the entire budget,” Carson told ABC News. “We spend a lot more on erectile dysfunction drugs than we are going to ever do on transgender medical care. And so the costs are just insignificant.” Tom Spoehr, the director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, told ABC News he thinks that there should be a pause in the recruitment of transgender service members and that the status of those already serving should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. As for the questions about the cost of transgender service members’ health care, he said the issue comes down to the “principles” behind the spending, not the spending itself. “It’s not an extraordinary amount of money compared to the medical budget of the Department of Defense,” Spoehr told ABC News. “Having said that, I think most people’s concern is along these lines of the principles of paying for sex reassignment surgery and the pharmacological treatments that go along with those.” “Some people believe that might be elective in nature and probably should be paid by individuals, not the United States government,” Spoehr added. Treatment plans vary for transgender individuals, depending on what they and their doctors decide is needed. Kiera Walker said that she is six months into hormone replacement therapy, which is covered by her military health insurance, and it has made a radical improvement in her life and well-being. She compared not receiving hormone therapy to “trying to tread water with weights attached to your feet.” Walker estimated that if her military-issued insurance did not cover her hormone therapy, she would need to pay roughly $200 per month, which would be a “huge burden” financially on her family, she said. A question of deployabilityCritics opposed to allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military, including some conservative groups and members of Congress, have pointed to the fact that transgender people receiving certain medical treatments are not eligible to be deployed. In military terms, in order for service members to qualify as deployable, they must be able to be away from their home military base — and any medical professionals based there — for 90 days. According to a 2016 Rand study that evaluated the viability of lifting the ban on transgender service members before the Obama administration made its announcement, there would be no estimated nondeployable days for individuals solely going through hormone replacement therapy, but the analysis acknowledged that every case is different. However, estimates for transition-related surgeries vary from 75 nondeployable days for chest surgery to up to 135 nondeployable days for genital surgery. The Rand study notes that individuals can seek multiple treatments at the same time and therefore their recovery periods could overlap. Walker said that her transition plan spans 18 months and during that time she is classified as nondeployable for more than 30 days. Crutcher was midtransition when he was deployed to Qatar in 2016 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, where, he said, he and his team “were building up munitions and bombs and flares, and it was actually going towards something. It wasn’t just a training mission. They were going after ISIS.” Though he said he was open with his doctors and superiors about the fact that he was taking an injectable hormone before he was deployed, he said he was sent back to the U.S. early after a superior in Qatar learned of it. At the time of Crutcher’s deployment, the ban on transgender service members’ serving openly had recently been lifted. “I was sent back early because there was some complications with the new policy coming out and being that I had just come out [as] transgender,” Crutcher said. “They weren’t 100 percent positive that they had the medical capabilities in case something happened from me being there.” The airman said he was disappointed to leave his deployment early. “I had recommendations from my squad commander, my supervisor and my peers. They all said I was doing a great job and there was no reason that they saw that I needed to leave. But it wasn’t up to them, at the end of the day,” Crutcher said. That experience left him determined to get back into the field. “I’m going to work harder so I can get deployed again so I can fulfill my job and stay for an entire deployment. And really prove to them that I can do this,” he said. ‘They’re in a purgatory’Aside from concerns about medical costs and deployability, there is the larger question of whether transgender service members will be able to serve at all past the first few months of 2018. On Aug. 25, the White House issued a presidential memorandum giving Defense Secretary Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to come up with a plan “to return to the longstanding policy and practice” that barred openly transgender service members from serving in the military. That memorandum ends the funding of sex reassignment surgery by March 23, 2018, except when it is necessary to protect the health of someone “who has already begun a course of treatment to reassign his or her sex.” “They have a common phrase in the military: never write down anything in pen. Why? Because everything is constantly changing,” Aimee Crutcher, Sterling Crutcher’s wife, told ABC News. Some are fighting back, however, including LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal, which has filed a lawsuit fighting the Trump administration’s plan to reinstate the transgender ban. Lambda Legal staff attorney Sasha Buchert is a veteran of the Marines and a transgender woman. She told ABC News that it will be difficult for the administration to justify revoking the Obama-era policy that allows trans people to serve. “There is no legal precedent for what the Trump administration is trying to do in this case,” she said. “You don’t provide protections and security for a vulnerable population and allow them to serve openly, as they’ve done for over a year and a half, and then just strip it away.” A number of legal efforts to prevent a reinstatement of the ban are underway, and in late October a federal court judge temporarily blocked some portions of the August presidential memorandum, including Trump’s move to bar recruiting transgender individuals for the military. Carson, the former Obama administration official, said transgender service members are stuck in limbo. “They’re in a purgatory, you know, waiting to see what the judgment’s going to be,” he said, adding that he thinks the uncertainty could continue through future administrations. “Even if the policy’s put back in place, for example, so you can serve openly or we have a new president come into power in a few years who lifts the ban that perhaps President Trump puts back in place, you know, is it going to last? Is it going to just change every election cycle?” Carson said. As for the Walker and the Crutcher families, that state of limbo has led to a lot of anxiety already. Brandi Walker said that she’s now “always nervous about everything,” and Sterling Crutcher has gone so far as to start a second job, working as a food delivery driver for a local restaurant, to save up money “in case things don’t go our way and my wife and I have to find a new home and find a new place to go,” he said. It has also put in jeopardy the Crutchers’ plans to start a family. “Before the policy changed, we had big plans. He was going to go to officer school to further his career, further what he was doing here in the Air Force. We were going to start a family next year. It’s all I want,” Aimee Crutcher said. “I didn’t want to believe that a tweet had that much weight on our life,” she added. “I told my husband, ‘Don’t worry. It’s just a tweet.’ I think we both knew deep down it was going to become more than that.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Ford, Abrams shed light on ‘The Force Awakens’ at Comic-Con

first_img Harrison Ford attends Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Chris Hardwick, from left Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) J.J. Abrams speaks at Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Ford, making his first public appearance since his plane crash in March left him hospitalized and injured, assured the audience and host Chris Hardwick that he was fine. The already excitable crowd exploded when Ford, the last to be introduced, walked out.Seated next to Hamill, the gruff Ford was not hesitant to talk about his reluctance to revisit the world of “Star Wars” and the character of Han Solo.“It should have felt ridiculous, it was 30 years ago,” Ford said. “I sort of grew up.”He never thought that he’d do another film after the original trilogy.“I was very gratified when I read the script because I read something that I thought was really remarkable, really well-written and with some very intriguing developments,” Ford said. “I was delighted to be involved and I was very happy to be part of the story and the cast again.”“The Force Awakens,” which hits theaters on Dec. 18, picks up about 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”Before fans were treated to the “Star Wars” veterans, they were introduced to the newcomers on the light side of the force and, for the first time, those on the dark side.Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie and Domhnall Gleeson were on hand representing the bad guys. As the mysterious three-pronged lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren, Driver tried to skirt any questions about his character.When pressed, he talked vaguely about the philosophy of evil.“We didn’t really have a lot of conversations about bad or evil when we were shooting it,” said Driver. “It was more the difference between being bad and being right.”Gleeson, whose character’s name was revealed to be General Hux, didn’t hesitate to say that he was evil. While talking about getting the role, Gleeson accidentally “spoiled” the name of his command station, much to the dismay of Abrams.It’s “Starkiller Base.” SAN DIEGO | The cast and filmmakers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted a new behind-the-scenes reel and teased some new information at Comic-Con about the highly secretive film to a rapturous Hall H audience.Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy were eventually joined on stage Friday by “Star Wars” veterans and “Force Awakens” stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Christie, who plays the chrome stormtrooper Captain Phasma, talked about how neat it was to be playing a character in full costume who is “not about the way she looks in the flesh.”Representing the light side of the force were Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, who had spoken previously about their roles at the annual Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim.Though not much else was gleaned about Ridley’s scavenger Rey, Boyega’s stormtrooper Finn or Isaac’s X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, all offered anecdotes about their time on set.To prepare for his role, Isaac asked Ford for some advice about piloting in “Star Wars.”Ford just said, “It’s fake.”There was no new footage to be seen. Abrams is currently editing the film and has a cut, but wants to keep tweaking to make it the film “it wants to be.” He also said another trailer will come out in the fall.But Abrams did debut a behind-the-scenes reel that was made available online shortly after the panel concluded.In addition to interviews with Hamill, Ridley and others, it focused on the practical effects used in the film — a recurring theme in all of Abrams’ comments about the film, which hopes to re-create the aesthetic of the original trilogy.“Everything’s changed but nothing’s changed,” said Hamill in the clip. “That’s the way you want it to be.”Not to be outdone, Abrams and Kennedy, who had already treated the ravenous Hall H fans to coffee and doughnuts before the panel started, announced that there was one more surprise: An imminent “Star Wars” concert at an adjacent stage. All 6,500 Hall H attendees were invited.And their escorts?Stormtroopers, of course.last_img read more

West Ham interested in signing Martin Braithwaite

first_img RELATED STORIES 01/04/2020 Barcelona will not sell Braithwaite for less than 18 million euros West Ham are interested in him, per The Sun. Barcelona paid 18m euros for him from Leganes and they would be willing to let him go for a similar amount. Braithwaite: 18 million euros for 128 minutes of football at Barça IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 20:32 center_img El West Ham estaría dispuesto a fichar a Braithwaite Sport EN Martin Braithwaite’s time at Barcelona could be coming to an end. The club are willing to sell the Dane, who they signed to stand in for Ousmane Dembele as an emergency arrival.  CEST West Ham are interested in the former Middlesbrough forward to try and boost their squad, which is battling relegation this season. last_img read more