first_imgBEIJING (AP): Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua said yesterday that they paid an US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid US$40 million over two years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to divulge details of the transaction. Tevez is expected to join team training on the Japanese island of Okinawa next month, with a formal introduction to follow soon afterward. The next Super League season begins in March. Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG sealed a deal with Oscar from Chelsea. Other stars to join Chinese clubs include the Brazilians Hulk, Ramires and Paulinho, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tevez will be coached by Gus Poyet, the former Sunderland and Real Betis manager who became Shenhua’s manager in November. Other internationally recognised managers in the Chinese Super League include Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas, and Hebei China Fortune’s Manuel Pellegrini. China’s government wants to turn the country into a football power, setting the goal of having a team capable of winning the World Cup by 2050. Leading the national team is Italian coach Marcello Lippi, signed earlier this year to a hefty contract of his own. China has also invested in youth soccer and building stronger pipelines to develop homegrown talent.last_img read more


first_img Vlad Chiriches in action for Tottenham 1 Fiorentina have opened talks with Tottenham flop Vlad Chiriches.The Romania international is set to leave White Hart Lane this summer and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to offload the 25-year-old.Chiriches, who joined the north London club from Steaua Bucharest in 2013, registered only eight Premier League appearances last season and almost left the club in January.However, according to Sky Italia, Fiorentina are closing in on his signature and La Viola boss Paulo Sousa is an admirer of the defender, having previously tried to sign him when he was managing Swiss side Basel.It is thought Fiorentina want to take Chiriches on loan for the coming season with a view to a permanent agreement, although Spurs want a straight cash deal done for the centre-back.Talks are ongoing between the two clubs and an agreement could be reached this week, if Chiriches is prepared to take a pay cut to move to Florence.last_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Matt Chapman’s mom has gotten used to the army sergeant buzzcut, but the look alarmed the third baseman’s Postmates delivery guy the other day.“I kinda snuck up behind him like ‘Matt?’ and he was like ‘Woah!’ Chapman said. “I’ve never had people freak out over a haircut like this before.”All this attention paid to one haircut might be spent elsewhere if the haircut-to-offensive-production correlation didn’t fit so seamlessly. Since Chad Pinder took clippers to his locks in …last_img


first_imgIn three new videos produced by Oregon builder Hammer & Hand, lead carpenter Val Darrah explains how he keeps air sealing in mind as he frames the walls for his current project, the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House.Val explains why he prefers to use a router rather than a saw when he cuts out window openings in the OSB sheathing. He also shares his method of building window bucks out of 3/4-inch plywood.The OSB sheathing seams are treated with Prosoco R-Guard products: Joint and Seam Filler for the seams, and FastFlash for the inside of the window rough openings. Val explains that in damp weather, it’s easier and more effective to seal sheathing seams with Joint and Seam Filler, a moisture-cured sealing product, than with air-sealing tape.The concrete foundation will be insulated on the exterior with 6 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. For more information on the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House project, visit this page on the Hammer and Hand website.last_img read more


first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Looking at your iPhone without wanting to hurl every time sure was boring, wasn’t it? Thankfully, iOS7 has fixed that “bug.” Your background wallpaper is now capable of a distracting 3D parallax display. Opening and closing apps generates new and improved “swooshiness.”I don’t need every time I open an app to be a roller-coaster-like adventure, so I immediately started looking for a fix. What to Do: Under Settings, go to General, Accessibility and then Reduce Motion. Swipe the control so it turns green. At first I barely noticed a change, but after switching back and forth between having it enabled and disabled, I saw that the animation motion was indeed, albeit slightly, reduced.Photo by Emergency Brake on Flickr With iOS7, however, you’ll notice this function doesn’t work the same way anymore. Double tapping your Home button still brings up the app icons at the bottom of the screen, but now there are sample screens of what each app is running at the moment. And no amount of furiously button tapping will get them to jiggle. What to Do: Unfortunately, there’s no way to train iOS7 to your preferences in this case, so you’ll have to let it train you. Swipe the review screen above the app icon (not the icon itself) up in order to close the app. They’ve Automatically Included A Passcode I’m a (very) late iPhone adopter who just acquired my iPhone5 a couple months ago after exiting a long and tumultuous relationship with Android. I thought I’d finally become the master of my iPhone, but the update has turned me into a newbie again. It’s not just that bright, bubbly iOS7 looks like it was designed with toddlers in mind, though we can rule out that theory thanks to this unhappy tot. It’s more that it feels like Apple went and changed everything right after I got it the way I wanted it. But rather than stave off the inevitable, it’s time to embrace the changes—with a few caveats. It looks like some of the most annoying updates are actually fixable. Here are the three most annoying things I’ve found, and what to do about them.They’ve Changed The Way You Close AppsToo many programs running at once? Every seasoned iPhone user knows what to do: double tap the Home button, and X out the jiggling app icons. Even for a new user, it’s simple and intuitive.  Tags:#ios7#iPhone Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology lauren orsini Concerned about privacy? No? Well, iOS7 is going to help you anyway. When you set up your new software for the first time, you’re asked to input a four-digit passcode. From now on, by default, you must enter that code to unlock your phone, if even a few seconds have passed. It seems like a really small thing, but it can quickly grow irritating. Especially if you’re like me and have a solitary work environment and near-solitary living space, devoid of pets, children or strangers. What to Do: Under Settings, go to General and then Passcode Lock. You can adjust the phone to require an unlock less frequently, like perhaps every few minutes or every hour. Or, you can turn it off entirely, provided you haven’t already forgotten the code.The New Animations Are Nausea Inducing last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#3d printing#Big Data#Internet of Things#medical devices Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img The Internet of Things promises that every object will eventualy be hooked up to a network. And 3D printing promises that any object we can imagine, we can build—on site and on demand. And big data promises we’ll know everything there is to know about these networked objects.What happens when you put those innovations together? For starters, reach up to the left side of your chest and consider what lies beneath.Your Heart, ConnectedThe human heart is a powerful yet delicate thing. While song and story may have every heart breaking the same way, the organ actually varies from individual to individual.Those variations in the human body have presented which the healthcare sector has contended with since, well, forever. From fashioning splints from tree branches to working with stents that open up clogged arteries in the heart, doctors and technicians have had to work to make worldly things fit as well as possible within the body.Very soon, however, the day will come when a patient in need of a custom medical device, such as a prosthesis or stent, can have such an object manufactured within minutes right at the healthcare facility, instead of waiting for days to get the device delivered from a factory.3D-printed medical devices could save time and money. Yet we’re missing some of the benefit if that device just gets implanted in your body and forgotten. To be part of the Internet of Things, it must somehow be scannable, so its state can get entered into a database somewhere; and those pieces of information then need to become part of the large-scale, crunchable data sets known as Big Data.All three of these elements are pretty much present already: real-time data-analysis software that can measure and crunch the specifications for devices in minutes as opposed to days; components that can be built with unique identifiers to ensure exact assembly; and 3D printers can churn out devices on-premise on an as-needed basis.Ideally, we’d have a circulatory system of data not unlike the veins and arteries that connect our heart: Data about our bodies would flow into 3D printers, to create just the right device at the right time; trackers would confirm that the right device is going into our body; diagnostic systems would report on its performance and warn of failures; and analytics would tell manufacturers, doctors, regulators, and researchers how a broad range of the devices perform over time.Healthcare is not the only sector that will benefit from the maturation of these technologies: Indeed, any business with a supply chain, no matter what’s getting made and transported, could be up-ended by this confluence.Making The ConnectionIt’s easy to understand the connection between Big Data and the Internet of Things: Anything connected to a network spews data, and something must collect and analyze that data.The connection between 3D printing isn’t as clear—until you realize that 3D-printed objects, which are the physical instantiation of a design expressed in data, were born to be networked objects.This doesn’t mean they must have a persistent Internet connection like a smartphone or tablet—but at the very least, they must have some way of signaling what they are.See also: How The Internet Of Things Will ThinkThat means they need a unique identifier. You would not want your toaster, for instance, to pull in a stray command from the neighbor’s house next door and start burning your bagels. Or, more tragically, for a medical appliance you just made to go into the wrong patient. This last may seem unlikely, but doctors are trained to be scrupulously careful about their procedures, right down to using a pen to mark where on a patient’s body they will operate.Identifying objects can be done in one of two ways: using software or firmware embedded into the device. or using physical encoding.The first method is very similar to how our computers and other Internet-enabled devices in the home use MAC, or media access control, addresses—unique identifiers that differentiate one device from another. But MAC addresses—just a string of bits, really— and similar software and firmware approaches can be altered so one device can masquerade as another.Physical encoding, like RFID tags or QR codes and barcodes placed on the object, is notionally more secure. But visual codes are an overlay on the object that can be removed, for one, and for two have to be oriented towards the sensing device in order to be read.RFID tags are better since they are usually embedded within the object and thus won’t be peeled off or forced to be scanned in a certain way. But RFID tags can be jammed, inadvertently or otherwise, just like any other device that uses electromagnetic energy. And, since they are separate components, they have to be inserted in the device at some point in the manufacturing process.For 3D printing, interrupting the printing process to stick in an RFID tag is doable, but inefficient.Seeing Inside ThingsResearchers at Carnegie Mellon and Microsoft Research may have a solution that will bring 3D printing and the Internet of Things together without the limitations of RFID or visual encoding. Using 3D printing, researchers can build unique three-dimensional codes right inside the material of the object.Once embedded within the device, the 3D tag, known as an InfraStruct, can then be read with the use of a terahertz scanner, a device that uses the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that lies between infrared and microwave light. Terahertz scanning is already used right now in medical imaging devices.Robots can scan for InfraStruct devicesThe ability to directly embed readable codes directly within objects would mean that any object created in such a fashion could immediately be a part of the Internet of Things. The example used by Carnegie Mellon’s Karl D.D. Willis for the InfraStruct project was a robot equipped with a terahertz scanner that could seek out and find an encoded object. That might be a vacuum cleaner trying to avoid some toys on the floor, or a factory robot seeking the exact part it needs to deliver to the assembly line. For all kinds of robotics applications, that kind of functionality would be phenomenal.In the past, terahertz radiation, which can see though most non-metal objects without damaging living tissue (as microwaves do), was expensive to generate. But recently, scientists at the University of Texas Dallas announced breakthroughs in developing a microchip that could be used as a terahertz scanner, even inside a smartphone. Given that smartphones will likely be our personal connection and control device to the Internet of Things someday, that would bring the Internet of Things much closer to everyday objects in our lives.Willis also sees potential uses for this technique in real-time game interaction, with manufactured objects being put into play, literally.Taking Heart In The Internet Of ThingsGoing back to the example of our frail, human heart: This kind of scanning technology could even be used for the printed-on-demand medical devices. Specialized stress markers could be built into the device using a modified InfraStruct technique, just as an ID maker can be embedded. If an implanted 3D-printed device were to become damaged or fatigued, its built-in markers would become distorted—something easily picked up by a regular terahertz scan. That fact, in turn, could then speed through the Internet of Things, where Big Data algorithms would spot the anomaly, print a replacement, and schedule an operation to insert the new item.These scenarios are closer than we think to reality. Once we link together innovations like 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and Big Data, the sky’s the limit on what we can dream up. We won’t just be able to build any object we need—it will instantly become part of our networked world. brian proffitt How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more