Where do we go from here? Or more specifically, where does Vivo go from the Vivo X21, a phone that the company launched in India in May? The answer is Nex, a phone that the company unveiled just a few weeks ago as part of its global launch. And just like the Vivo X21 which made news with its unique and industry-first feature of an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor, the Nex will probably end up creating a buzz with its unique bezel-less screen and a selfie camera that pops up when required.Of course, we will get to know how much of an impact the Nex makes in the industry once it arrives, but we are sure it does have a few features that no other phone right now has in the Indian market. This is a futuristic phone and its launch is set for July 19. It was first announced in early June in China. Vivo is now bringing the Nex to India, making it only the second market in the world after China to gain access to its sci-fi tech.Vivo Nex: Straight out of the futureThe USP of the Nex is its futuristic design. In fact, it is a design that no other phone has right now. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and has an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not come with an iPhone X-style notch like a majority of Android phones do. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now.advertisementIt is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018. The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case with the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom-seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. While it is possible that the pop-up camera design may not find takers from others because of its moving parts — or maybe it will — Vivo says that is perfectly safe and durable because it can be used hassle-free for about 50,000 times and can withstand up to 45 kilograms of weight.The Nex also sports third-generation fingerprint scanner under the display. This sensor is faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.Vivo Nex: High on specsThe Nex isn’t a one or two trick pony though, or at least, that is what it looks like. And the impression is based on how the Vivo X21 turned out, a fairly all-rounder phone. Yes, the Nex is about the design and the sci-fi tech, but it also comes with high-end specs that may make it stand neck-to-neck with the Galaxys and the iPhones of the world.The super phone comes with a 6.59-inch, 1080p+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.3:9 and pixel density of 388ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that has been clubbed with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot but in 2018, who uses a microSD card in a high-end phone? The dual-SIM phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS, which is Vivo’s custom skin.In terms of the camera, the Nex comes with a dual-camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It also boasts Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, similar to what we saw in the Vivo X21 and something that should help in faster focus and low-light photos. The camera also comes with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the Nex comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Once again, the proof of the pudding is in eating so how well the Nex does with its camera is something we will only be able to figure out once we use it, but on paper it surely looks like a sharp shooter.Finally, there is the battery, and here too, the Nex seems to have pushed the boundaries. Most high-end phones come with a battery size of around 3500 mAh or less. This one comes packed with a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.The sum of the matter is that the Nex, arguably, could be the most exciting phone launch of July 2018. It has the technology that no other phone has right now. How well this technology is used by Vivo in the Nex is something that we will talk about in the review of the phone after it launches on July 19, but if Vivo can price it right, this phone could be a new beginning for the company in India.advertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea smash seven past Grimsby as debutante James shinesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea demolished Grimsby Town by seven goals to one to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.Teenager Reece James was excellent on debut, scoring and setting up two goals.Michy Batshuayi also took advantage of his first start of the season by scoring a brace.Ross Barkley, Pedro and Kurt Zouma also got on the scoresheet.Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win in his first appearance since going down with an Achilles injury in April.
Peace River Zone Theatre Festival Flyer. Photo by the Stage North Theatre Society Facebook Page.Friday’s show is Blackbird, which is a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young. The Stage North Theatre Society presented this show back on May 10th, which means residents who didn’t get the chance to see this two weeks ago will have a second chance to witness the drama.Saturday’s show is Mary’s Wedding, which takes place the night before Mary’s Wedding in 1920. The play journeys through Mary’s dream, her past, and the moment she meets her first love Charlie before he volunteers for World War One. Charlie’s side of the story takes place in the trenches along side his mentor and sergeant. The play is as much about history as it is about romance.Tickets for the event cost $25 to see all three shows, or $10 for individual shows.Residents can purchased tickets at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Zone Theatre Festival starts today at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The festival runs until Saturday and will feature a different play each day. Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m.Tonights show is “Stop Saying Nothing”, which is a collection about bullying presented by North Peace Secondary School.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting a series of sessions looking at Northern Farmer Connections.The Northern Farmer Connections session is an informal evening to learn about what NEAT is planning in order to learn about and support local producers throughout the Peace. It will also allow farmers to ask questions and network with other local producers.Bess Legault, Northern Co-hort Coordinator with NEAT, says there is a growing interest in agriculture within the Peace Region. “In the last couple of years, there’s been an interest in the potential for a horticultural/agricultural industry or industry support in the Peace Region.”Legault hopes these sessions will create a local food system collectively and collaboratively with local producers in order to bring food to the local purchaser.“So we’re going to learn from one another what’s working and what’s not working. Is there an opportunity for farmers to work together to be able to supply a grocery store instead of just a farmers’ market?”.There are no production guidelines as both large and small producers are welcome to attend the sessions.The first session is taking place in Fort St. John on November 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the NEAT Office.For more information and a list of sessions happening near you, you can visit https://neat.ca/event/
Ryan Harvey, Communications Coordinator for the City of Fort St. John, said, “The response has been terrific, we love that people think it is funny and represents our community, and have had a number of people comment with their own unhappy examples.”‘Move Up Here’ was created as a recruitment program, to help local businesses draw new people to the community for employment. By collaborating with businesses that require skilled employees and trained professionals to fill employment positions, the City helped to create a visually appealing campaign to attract potential employees to ‘Move up Here’.The campaign has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.Statistic’s Canada Report, published in April 2015; Life satisfaction across economic regions; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Is Fort St. John one of Canada’s unhappiest places as a Statistics Canada reported in a report dated in April 2015?In a tongue in cheek response to the report ‘life satisfaction across economic regions’ staff of the city of Fort St. John replied to this in their latest ‘Move Up Here’ Campaign video.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52-year-old Dennis Whitcomb.According to RCMP, Whitcomb was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on June 19, 2019.Whitcomb is being described as: Male5’5″ in heightWeighing 195 lbsGrey hairPolice say there is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Whitcomb’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
SANAA – A senior operative from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula movement conceded Sunday that movement fighters had committed mistakes during an early December attack on Yemeni Defense Ministry headquarters that left 52 civilians and military personnel dead and more than 167 others injured.“We did not aim to target civilians at the Defense Ministry complex hospital,” Qassem al-Rimi said. “We shoulder full responsibility for the problems that happened and we are ready to pay compensation for this,” he added in a video on the website of the movement.The December 5 violence erupted after roughly 70 militants stormed the Defense Ministry building and fought with army soldiers inside the ministry. Many of the fatalities involved doctors and medics working in the ministry’s hospital in the compound. Al-Rimi asserted his movement had not instructed its militants to target doctors in the ministry’s hospital.“This attack does not express the ideas of the movement,” al-Rimi said in the video.He said movement leaders had told the attackers to avoid attacking prayer houses and the hospital inside the ministry’s complex, but one of the attackers did not mind this piece of information.“Attacking hospitals had never been an al-Qaeda tactic,” al-Rimi said. “There are many Defense Ministry hospitals in the country, but we never attacked them, although none of them is well guarded,” he added.He said the attack had primarily targeted the Defense Ministry command, which according to him, had turned into an operations room for US drone attacks against Yemenis.
The company also brought Apple Music to Amazon’s Echo speakers late last year, and earlier this year announced partnerships with a number of TV manufacturers to bring iTunes to smart TVs.Ironically, Apple hasn’t been as forthcoming about its own speakers. The Homepod, which first launched a year ago, still doesn’t support any third-party music services. Popular on Variety Apple’s music service is apparently heading to Google Home speakers: Apple Music has appeared as a supported service in Google’s Home app for iPhones, Macrumors was first to report Monday night.The service can’t currently be activated on Google Home speakers, but the appearance of the listing suggests that this could change any day. An Apple spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment; a Google spokesperson sent the following statement via email:“Apple Music is currently only available for Google Assistant users on mobile phones. We have nothing to announce regarding updates to Google Home.”Apple used to be fairly protective of its own services, reserving them for users of its own devices. This changed with Apple Music, which has been available on Android ever since late 2015, a few months after the service launched on iPhones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Last Thursday, February 2. 2012, Arcosanti Planning Interns mounted the exhibition of Arcosanti/Cosanti images, that Planning Coordinator Nadia Begin put together at the downtown[photo: Planning interns Yasaman Esmaili and Nick Klever are placing the last photos of the wall display for the exhibit on the second floor of the Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library]. The event is part of PHOENIX RISING: The next 100 years Color+Art in Contemporary Architecture The Desert Environment Series presents “conversations” with educators, architects, musicians and visual artists every Thursday during the month of February alongside a month long exhibition in the Second Floor of the Burton Barr Library to celebrate the Arizona Centennial.February 2nd, 5:30pm -6:30pm Desert Environment Series Opening Exhibit will be on display from Feb. 2- 29th on the second floor of the [photo: Public Relation Andrea Speed has made sure that we provide adequate information about the projects and is assembling the boxes for workshop and Arcosanti/Cosanti brochures].February 2nd (Opening Night)6:30pm- 8:00pm Desert Sights & Sound and Simple Shelter [photo: Planning Coordinator Nadia Begin is giving final touches to the display].February 16th,6:30pm- 8:00pm The Education of an Architect[photo: The finished display that will be exhibited until the end of the month of February].The desert environment series started in 2008 by Alumni Alex Barragan as a Forum to discuss ideas on Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Design, Education and the Arts as they influence Arizona’s Most Spectacular Environment.The concept behind this month long event is:*To ENCOURAGE the study of the great disciplines of Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Design, Education and the Arts.*To EXPLORE new ideas, re-sharpen our imaginative skills and find ways to develop hidden talent.*To REORGANIZE our studios, our business, or to take our projects to the next level.*To APPRENTICE with the experts in the field of your interest. [photos: Nadia Begin] February 6, 2012
Share14TweetShare2Email16 SharesJune 16, 2015; Center for Media and Democracy’s PR WatchBoth the federal government and education reformers have made strategic objectives out of “school choice” and increasing the role of charter schools. But the U.S. Department of Education’s commitment to holding charter schools to the same level of oversight and accountability that traditional public schools are expected to meet is increasingly in question. School choice and charter schools have been key elements of the Department of Education’s strategy to implement the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the DoE has pledged to provide effective oversight for their operations: “Both charter schools and other autonomous schools funded under this program must be subject to the same accountability systems as traditional public schools, as well as increased accountability for improving student academic achievement.”A recent article by Jonas Persson in the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch spotlights how limited and ineffective Charter School accountability is: “Designed to create and expand ‘high-quality’ charter schools, the quarter-billion-dollar-a-year program has been repeatedly criticized…for suspected waste and poor financial controls.”Persson found that the complex process that terminates in the authorization of independently managed charters makes oversight difficult if not impossible:“With oversight outsourced to charter school authorizers, the state departments of education are reduced to conducting independent reviews of the applications, and to follow up by providing support and training to the authorizers in the hope that they will follow best practices. […] Not only did officials…ignore reviews on a whim, they also met frequently with the charter industry while arguing for even less accountability.”Using Colorado as a model, Persson found that starting from the point where an organization applied for a charter to operate their school, effective oversight was impossible. The personnel delegated to review charter applications are “beholden to the industry they are tasked with reviewing.”The job posting for charter reviewers makes it clear what the Education Department is primarily looking for:Charter school fundersCharter school and charter management organization leadersSocial and education entrepreneursGrant makers or managers with experience in the charter sector.While the Department of Education will consider applications from state or district education officials, reviewers must still “have a solid understanding of the charter school movement” and experience in “designing, evaluating, or implementing effective charter school models.”The DoE’s guidance on accountability when it comes to conflicts at a state level is contradictory and sets a low standard. Federal standards guide states, too, but in reviewing Colorado’s application for ESEA Charter School funding, federal reviewers found that “the application includes a plan for implementing a turnaround model for failing charters, which seems to contradict the concept of strong system of accountability.” Federal reviewers of Colorado’s application even gave the state credit for not requiring Charters to be subject to local zoning and building regulations.President Obama has set a high bar for our nation’s public education system: “Every child in America deserves a world-class education… We must ensure that every student graduates from high school well prepared for college and a career.” With Congress now debating ESEA’s renewal and increasing funding for charter school expansion by 48 percent, now is the time to consider whether schools with limited public accountability can ever be counted on to help our nation reach its goals.—Marty LevineShare14TweetShare2Email16 Shares
Sky Italia managed just 23,000 new subscriber additions during the second quarter, 2012, ending December with 5.03 million customers.The News Corp-owned DTH operator did, however, post a healthy improvement in its profits due primarily to increased advertising and subscription revenues. Operating income amounted to $6 million (€4.5 million), an improvement of US$18 million versus the $12 million operating loss reported a year ago.News Corp chief operating officer Chase Carey said, “We successfully tackled the competitive challenge from our major industry competitor as well as a challenging regulatory environment to regenerate growth and excitement in our business.” He added that Sky’s business was “pretty resistant to the economic headwinds but it is not immune. We expect short-term growth to be impacted by Italy’s macro situation but we are extremely bullish on the long-term potential”.News Corp reported a 2% year-on-year increase in revenues to US$8.98 billion.
Virtual and augmented reality startups have raised US$2.5 billion (€2.09 billion) so far this year, equaling the record for AR/VR investment in a single 12 month period more than a month before the end of 2017.This is according to Digi-Capital’s Augmented / Virtual Reality Report and Deals Database, which claims that, by sector, a third of all investments went into AR/VR tech with just under a quarter going towards smart glasses, primarily due to the company Magic Leap.“Games took more than US$1 of every US$10 raised, with AR/VR navigation, photo/video, peripherals, entertainment and social startups also raising significant amounts,” according to the report.“The remainder of investment was spread more broadly across startups in AR/VR advertising, art/design, business, eCommerce, education, enterprise/B2B, lifestyle, location-based, medical, music, news, solutions/services, sports, travel/transport, utilities and VR headset sectors.”Digi-Capital said that companies in the AR/VR space have already raised US$1bn in the fourth quarter of this year – only the second time the billion dollar figure has been reached in a single quarter.This is thanks to secretive AR firm Magic Leap raising US$502 million in in Series D equity funding last month, and Pokemon Go studio Niantic’s new raise of US$200 million.
A Hong Kong dollar note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) – The boring Hong Kong dollar has been more exciting of late. A couple months after a U.S. hedge fund manager targeted the currency, it is moving sharply. Two giant upcoming stock sales are a major factor, but the recurring phenomenon flags a peculiarity of the system. Since late May, Hong Kong’s dollar has been on a relative tear for a currency that trades in a narrow band against the U.S. dollar, to which it is pegged. It touched its strongest level in two years last week. The three-month Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate ticked up to 2.7%, outstripping the equivalent U.S. dollar Libor rate of 2.3%. At least some of the buzz can be chalked up to brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Asian business seeking to raise nearly $10 billion in Hong Kong. Alibaba is also eyeing a listing on the local exchange that could pull in another $10 billion. Previous share offerings, including China Literature’s heavily subscribed one in 2017, have caused similar rate bounces. The two mega-deals come during peak dividend season for Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies; they’ll fork out almost $19 billion in July, Morgan Stanley analysts estimate. The upshot is that many of the city’s dollars are being snapped up at once. It’s a reminder of a local oddity. Issuers descend on the city to flog securities denominated in local dollars to investors who also hail from abroad. When combined with Hong Kong’s outsized financial sector – the $4 trillion total market capitalisation is more than 1,000% of local GDP, compared to about 150% for the United States, according to World Bank data – it means an occasional scramble for the money. There’s no obvious immediate threat to the peg. The sharp movements do, however, provide a reminder of Joseph Yam’s warning about how Chinese capitals flows could cause volatility to become more pronounced and even dangerous. The former head of Hong Kong’s de facto central bank said it is “unrealistic” to expect a currency designed for a 7-million-person economy to service the international investing needs of more than a billion people. Being a financial gateway has its rewards, but also some potentially mounting risks.BreakingviewsReuters Breakingviews is the world’s leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at https://www.breakingviews.com/trial and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at www.breakingviews.com. All opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Telangana COMMENTS SHARE A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dared the Opposition to face Assembly elections this year, several months before it is due in 2019, the Congress said it was ready for the challenge.In a quick reaction on Monday, the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President, Uttam Kumar Reddy, said KCR, as the Chief Minister and TRS supremo is known, should immediately resign. “Earlier, too, we had stated our readiness [for elections] and will humble the ruling party”.The Congress claimed it was well-prepared, that the TRS was in for a drubbing as KCR had failed on all fronts and that the people were disappointed with his tall promises. The AICC Secretary in-charge of the Telangana affairs, Ramachandra Kuntia said there would be no change in the party leadership, and that Uttam Kumar Reddy would lead the Congress in the upcoming elections.The TPCC had a detailed meeting to take stock of political developments. Among the attendees were Jana Reddy, Mallu Ravi, Bhatti Vikramarka, DK Aruna, V Hanumantha Rao, Sabitha Indra Reddy, et al. The party had recently organised a ‘Bus Yatra’ to to the districts to highlight what they termed the misrule and failures of the KCR government.On Sunday evening, KCR challenged the opposition comprising the Congress, BJP and TDP, to face snap polls, although elections are scheduled for April-May 2019, when the Lok Sabha polls are also due. The Chief Minister claimed he had discussed advancing the elections during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, in early June.KCR had, while admitting senior Congress leader Danam Nagender and his followers into the TRS, made scathing remarks against the Opposition. The Chief Minister asserted that the TRS would win over 100 seats in the 110-member Assembly, quoting a couple of recent surveys.Nagender, who lost in 2014 on a Congress ticket, was earlier with the Telugu Desam Party. A leader of the Backward Classes, he has a strong following in Hyderabad, but was one of the leaders who opposed the Telangana statehood agitation. His entry will buttress the TRS in urban areas. In Hyderabad’s old city area, the TRS already has friendly relations with the strong MIM.At the event, KCR had exuded confidence that his government’s flagship Mission Kakatiya (irrigation) and Mission Bhagiratha (drinking water) schemes, and the progress of the mammoth Kaleshwaram (irrigation) project will bring about significant change to rural Telangana.Similarly, the Rythu Bandhu scheme, and the wide range of welfare measures will help achieve a Bangaru (golden) Telangana, he felt. SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 25, 2018 Published on Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy is flanked by AICC Secretaries Ramachandra Kuntia and SA Sampath Kumar at the party’s State headquarters in Hyderabad on Monday. – The Hindu state politics COMMENT
Asian News International TirumalaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:30 IST ISRO chairman K Sivan (File photo: PTI)Chandrayaan-2 is a very important and prestigious mission for India, said ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan on Saturday ahead of the lunar mission’s launch on Monday.The ISRO chairman on Saturday visited the Sri Venkateswara temple here.Speaking to the media after visiting the temple, he said, “On Monday early morning at 2.51 am, we are going to launch the most important and prestigious mission, Chandrayaan II.””A GSLV Mark III vehicle is going to be used for the mission and after a successful launch; it will take nearly two months to land on the moon at the South Pole,” Sivan added.Chandryaan-2 will explore a region of moon where no mission has ever set foot. The landing site of the mission, at about 70 degrees south latitude, is the southernmost for any mission till date. No country has attempted this before.According to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.”This mission’s preparations are going on without any issue and we are ensuring that the launch takes place at the given time as planned.” Sivan said.READ | Chandrayaan-2 launch, date, time, mission objectives, all you need to know and frequently asked questionsALSO READ | What APJ Abdul Kalam advised Isro, Nasa scientists on Chandrayaan-2ALSO WATCH | From Aryabhatta to Chandrayaan II: India’s dash to outer spaceFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Chandrayaan-2 Next Chandrayaan-2 the most important and prestigious mission, says ISRO chairmanAccording to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.advertisement