Month: September 2019

Apex Legends The Titanfall battle royale game that lets you play your

first_img 17 Photos Bloodhound may look familiar to Borderlands fans… Jason Parker/CNET Rumors had been swirling that Respawn had a new battle royale game to showcase, and on Monday, the developer officially revealed Apex Legends during a live stream. We didn’t even have to wait: It was available for free immediately on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. After playing through several matches (with one win!), it clearly has the fundamentals in order. It has a crisp, colorful art style, great shooting mechanics and a familiar, fun battle royale experience. But the biggest difference between it and Fortnite, PUBG and other also-rans is that it gives you eight unique character classes to choose from. Other games like Realm Royale already dabble in this, but don’t have the same cachet as a developer like Respawn does, having won over fans with its Titanfall series.Playable Legends make all the differenceApex Legends keeps to the battle royale conventions in most ways — 60 players drop into a large map in squads of three, search for weapons, armor and other useful items, then battle it out with other squads as a wall of death closes in. But it really shakes things up with eight different “Legends” (character classes) to choose from, each with unique abilities that let you pick your role based on your play style. There is Bangalore, who provides cover for her team with a smoke canister gun and has a passive ability that speeds up her movement when being shot at. Like all other characters, she charges up an Overwatch-like ultimate ability: in her case, a wide-ranging airstrike. Bloodhound takes on a different role as a Technological Tracker, with abilities that let him briefly see enemies in his field of view and footprints showing where enemies have recently been.  2:42 3 Apex Legends is here: How to download the new Titanfall battle royale.Resident Evil 2 review: A joyous return to zombie-infested Raccoon City. Video Games Next is Caustic, a character that currently either requires a ton of free or paid currency to play, who has gas-spewing traps and grenades you can use to control the battlefield near you. If you know an opposing squad is in a small building, for example, you can fill the place with noxious gas to flush them out.Lifeline, the Combat Medic, can heal the squad with drones. Lifeline also has a passive ability that makes her the speediest healer and reviver of all the characters. Another healing plus: She automatically drops a shield while she revives her squad mates.There are four more classes with Gibraltar (Shielded Fortress), Mirage (Holographic Trickster), Pathfinder (Forward Scout) and Wraith (Interdimensional Skirmisher), but you’re starting to get the idea. Each of these varied classes means you can assemble a team of specialists that work well together and maybe give you an advantage on the battlefield. Though there are other royale games that include classes, it’s not a mechanic found in the most popular games in the genre like Call of Duty: Blackout, Fortnite or PUBG, setting Apex Legends apart.apex-legends-20190205101145 Jason Parker/CNET Squad is the only way to playMost battle royale games offer a number of different game types, letting you play solo, with a friend or as part of a squad. As it stands right now, you can only play Apex Legends in a three-person squad. It makes sense, since you have the ability to choose your class and create a team that works well together. But not everyone (including myself) is in love with playing with random team members. Perhaps Apex Legends will eventually suggest characters to help balance a team to have the best chance of winning. We’ll have to wait and see if other game types are introduced in the future, but it makes sense to launch the game as squads-only for now.To Respawn’s credit, one thing that makes joining random squads more bearable is Apex Legends’ ping system that allows for effective communication with teammates. When you want to signal where you think the squad should go next, you simply move your target reticle to the location and hit the ping button, sending a target everyone can see. You can also call out specific items, highlighting a gun that’s available in your location or a grenade a teammate might need that you don’t. So far, it works pretty well with random squad mates, even when it’s just a replacement for opening up the map and pinging a target location.  New ways to bring back your teammatesIn games like Fortnite and PUBG, when a squad member goes down, you have a limited amount of time to bring them back, leaving you stuck out in the open while you wait for a progress bar to complete. You can do the same in Apex Legends (with some advantages if you’re playing as Lifeline), but there’s another interesting option. You can also grab your downed player’s “Banner,” then bring that to a reviving station elsewhere to bring them back into the game once you’re out of danger. Of course, this means that opposing players could keep an eye on reviving stations to kill you in the process, but you can also camp around these stations to revive teammates later when it’s less dangerous.apex-legends-20190205100458 Jason Parker/CNET Yes, there are loot cratesAs an EA-published, free-to-play title, no one’s probably surprised there are loot crates. But all I’ve seen so far are loot crates that hold cosmetic items like skins for your guns, new banners, tons of character skins and unlockable audio quips for Legends. Our sister site GameSpot talked to Apex Legends’ project lead Drew McCoy about loot crates during a preview event prior to the game’s launch. “We’ve seen from games like Battlefront II, how much paying for any kind of advantage is so bad,” McCoy said. “I actually think that Battlefront is a really good game mechanically, and they did a lot of great things and it got overshadowed by some of those choices, but it’s a really good spotlight to shine on why those kind of systems are so problematic.” With this in mind, Respawn is trying to be transparent with the system by posting the drop rates for its loot boxes both in the in-game store and on its website. You’re guaranteed at least a rare item with every crate and they won’t give you duplicates. “We just hope that you find a large enough player base that likes what we’ve built and wants to show off and decides to spend some money in the game,” he said. “But if not, free players who spend their time are just as important to us. We take that very seriously. Time and money are the two most precious things in any humans life. And in fact, they’re choosing to spend either of them with us is incredibly important to us.” Depending on your platform, you’ll also be able to get an initial batch of free cosmetic items if you follow GameSpot’s guide here.  How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Tags Share your voice Is all this enough to win over Fortnite and PUBG fans?Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty: Blackout already have huge followings and we’re still waiting for Battlefield V’s take on battle royale, so the marketplace is more than crowded. But what makes Apex Legends stand out from the pack is Respawn’s characteristically tight gunplay mixed with the inspired character classes inspired by games like Overwatch, League of Legends and DOTA 2, making it a game that’s both about survival and creating a synergistic team that can outplay the competition.It’s too early to say whether Apex Legends will gain the kind of following of other big franchises, though the early player counts have been strong. Regardless, it’s compelling to see a top-tier developer make innovative game design tweaks that change what we’ve come to expect in the battle royale genre. We’ll have to continue to play, but from my perspective, Apex Legends is off to a great start. Comments Now playing: Watch this: The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Fortnitelast_img read more

Heres all the stuff you could buy for the price of a

first_imgCNET Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Fold is one of the most lust-worthy tech products in a long time. See, it’s a phone that unfolds to become a tablet. Or, if you prefer, a tablet that folds up to become a phone.However you italicize it, it’ll cost you: The Fold starts at $1,980. Let me just check under the couch cushions real quick, and… yep, nope.I’m not saying it won’t be an amazing product, just that my $1,980 could be put to much better use. Indeed, I started thinking about everything I could buy for that kind of money and came up with the following list. It’s not meant to duplicate the Fold’s functionality, but rather to sanity-check the expense. Sure, you’ll get a fancy phone and a tablet, but also a whole bunch of other goodies.Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked: $600 at Amazon. Still a flagship phone, now at a lower price.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: $199 at Samsung. Preorder Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch now and get a free Wireless Charger Pad. The Active is loaded with fitness-minded features.Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet: $60 at Amazon. Just use your phone’s hotspot feature for anytime, anywhere connectivity. Amazon’s 8-inch tablet does just about everything you could want. Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB, Midnight Black) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TCL 6 Series 55-inch Roku TV: $550 at Best Buy. It’s the best picture for the money, period.wheeler-power-reclinerWhy not? Costco Wheeler Power Fabric Recliner: $440 at Costco. The only thing better than watching TV is watching TV while reclining. And charging your phone, which you can do via the built-in USB port.Four Tile Mate trackers and a Google Home Mini: $60 at Best Buy. This is a deal I just happened to catch earlier today. You can’t always get this particular bundle, but you can right now, so why not throw it into the mix?Wyze Cam Pan Wi-Fi security camera: $38 at Amazon. Hey, there’s money left over, so definitely grab one of these. It’s a surprisingly full-featured camera for the price.Five months of Hulu: $30. Starting Feb. 26, the streaming service will drop its with-commercials rate to $6 per month — meaning you can enjoy it for five full months without tipping the $1,980 scale.Those are just examples, of course. You could swap out that chair or TV and buy yourself a decent laptop. The point is, $2,000 is a lot of money to spend on a single gadget, especially when there are less-expensive alternatives that give you the same capabilities.What would you buy for that kind of dough? Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Hands-on with Samsung’s new phones (updated) $599 News • I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S9 for $315 — and I liked it $599 See It 60 Photos Amazon Google Samsung CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It Share your voice See It 7 Samsung Galaxy S9 Sprint $319 Amazon Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments 8:28 Phones The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Galaxy S9 review: The Galaxy S10’s arrival means a cheaper S9 for you Tags Best Buy $599 Samsung Galaxy Fold and S10: Editors reactlast_img read more

Taylor Swift doles out sage social media advice in essay for Elle

first_img Share your voice Music Online Comment Tags Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better Some days social media is a laugh-a-minute whirlwind punctuated by puppy gifs, travel inspo and meme exchanges with your best online friends. Some days it is hell.It’s something global superstar Taylor Swift knows all too well.In an essay on turning 30 for the latest edition of Elle magazine, Swift opens up about how she copes with the massive amount of noise directed at her through social media platforms, and specifically how she deals with negative comments and trolls. Taylor Swift 1 It’s unlikely that any regular human being gets anything like the influx of notifications or comments that celebrities deal with. But as Swift explains, minimizing this is more than just about keeping the constant pinging to a minimum.”Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment,” she said in the essay.”One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me I look.”The question of how much of our ego and self-worth is tied up in validation from social media is relatable no matter how many, or how few followers, you might have. Whether you turn off comments and notifications or delete apps altogether for a while, everyone has their own way of getting a handle on those negative feelings — Swift included. “I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once,” she said.For Swift, a successful woman, abuse and negativity are sad and still unavoidable side effects of putting herself out there. Keeping comments turned off is one way to block out “anyone who might feel the need to tell me to ‘go die in a hole ho’ while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning,” she said.Swift is in the top 10 most-followed people across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. But for the reasons she herself has stated, it’s rare to see her engage with people directly through any of these services. Instead she tends to hang out on Tumblr, where she follows many of her fans. She often likes and sometimes comments on or reblogs their posts.But there have been times when Swift has disappeared from the internet altogether. In her essay, she described what it feels like when it feels like the internet turns completely against you.”A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet,” she said. “The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”Unlike the other measures suggested by Swift, this might not be a practical solution for everyone dealing with internet bullying. But the point is to take a stand and make a statement in a way that allows you to laugh rather than feel bad about yourself.”It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,'” she said. Related storieslast_img read more

Before crashing into the moon Israels lunar lander grabbed two final images

first_imgOriginally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface pic.twitter.com/yDx2ioZiXy— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/fGhNkvg5Qd— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019last_img read more

Chinese ambassador warns UK that Huawei exclusion from 5G sends a bad

first_img Huawei delays laptop reveal, Xbox head on the future… I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X In April, a report suggested that Huawei would be restricted to “noncore” parts of Britain’s next-generation cellular infrastructure. A decision on this had been expected in recent weeks, but it was delayed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Theresa May’s decision to step down, according to Reuters.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 6:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:37 a.m. PT: Adds more details. $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It See at Turo Mobile Internet Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1:07 $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It 1 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle $999 The Cheapskate Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Now playing: Watch this: Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comment Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 40 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET China warned that Britain shouldn’t exclude Huawei from its 5G development.  Angela Lang/CNET China’s ambassador to the UK has warned Britain’s government that barring the use of Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network could hurt trade relations and investment. It’s yet another twist in the international relations saga as the US puts pressure on its allies to avoid dealing with the telecommunications equipment maker.”It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Lui told the BBC, noting that it could lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.”The ambassador echoed several of the talking points from an April op-ed in which he urged Britain not to let fear get in the way of “win-win cooperation” with China. The US doesn’t want its European allies to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment, saying the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei Best Buy Share your voice 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Trusty reusable coffee cups to keep your coffee hot and wallet full

first_img Gadgets Appliances Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. We’d never tell you to skip out on your morning caffeine ritual — but bringing a trusty reusable coffee cup to your favorite java shop or making your own brew at home and toting it in a chic coffee tumbler is a smart way to avoid the single-use plastic and paper cups piling up in landfills. Bonus: a lot of brew houses give you a discount for bringing your own coffee cup.We’ve selected some of our favorites to help you find the very best reusable coffee cup. Whether you’re looking for a mug that fits into a car cup holder or something with a modern flare. These sleek, sturdy and stylish coffee cups are made from hard plastic, glass or metal and engineered to hold warm or cold beverages, keeping your tea & coffee hot for hours and an iced drink chilled for just as long. So do the environmentally-conscious thing and bring one of these reusable mugs with you next time you make a coffee run. The planet — and your wallet — will thank you.Read more on CNET: the best water bottles in 2019 | best coffee machines for 2019Read more on Chowhound: how to make good coffee while traveling | coffee products you shouldn’t live withoutNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.keepcup-bottle Amazon KeepCup Reusable Coffee CupThis stylish sipper is made in the USA from soda-lime glass, which means it’s easily recyclable when you’re done with it eventually. You can also microwave it, and even though it’s glass, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you on your morning coffee runs. Thankfully, the cork band keeps your hands safe from burning and the lid and plug are dishwasher safe when it’s time to clean it.$28 on Amazonyeti-water-bottle Amazon Yeti RamblerImagine the amazing power of a Yeti cooler — they’re the standard for fishermen and people who like the outdoors — but in the palm of your hand. This double-walled tumbler keeps your morning coffee hot well into the afternoon, and the genius magnet sliding lid comes apart when it’s time to throw it all in the dishwasher. It’s also the perfect size for most car cup holders when you’re driving through the great outdoors — or just, um, to the office.$30 at Amazonhydro-flask Amazon Hydro Flask Travel Coffee FlaskStash this 16-ounce reusable mug in your bag for your morning coffee run — it’s perfectly sized to a standard coffee cup, so your barista will know exactly how much to charge you. Plus, this flask will keep your cup of joe hot for up to 6 hours and your cold brew chill for 24 hours (thanks to double-walled insulation). It also has a wide mouth opening so that you can gulp the good stuff and let the caffeine do its magic before your first morning meeting.$25 at Amazonkinto-travel-mug Amazon Kinto Travel TumblerIf you’re picky about your coffee, you probably have opinions on reusable coffe cups, too. This super-chic to-go mug comes in neutral shades and has a stainless steel insulated cup that keeps everything at the same temp for up to six hours. Yasssss. The lid spins off to reveal an opening that you can sip from at any angle, and the sleek design is totally museum-worthy. $34 at Amazoncontigo-bottle Amazon Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel MugNo shame if you’re the person who gets more coffee on their sleeve than in their mouth whenever you’re carrying a cup on the go. Thankfully, the lid on this reusable coffee canteen won’t let anything escape it — and it’s also slim enough to fit in a car cup holder, which means even the bumpiest of rides won’t threaten your morning brew. You can practically take this one with you anywhere. $15 at AmazonS’well Tumblerswell Amazon This attractive 18-ounce tumbler comes in a ton of amazing shades and designs, but it’s not just a pretty face: it’s made from stainless steel and is triple-walled so that you’ll never get condensation on your hands. But also, did we mention that it’s p-r-e-e-e-e-e-t-t-y? Use this gorgeous and reusable coffee cup around the house and find one that matches your decor (yes, that’s a thing). Heads up, you have to purchase the lid separately.  $26 at Amazonstojo-collapsible-travel-cup Amazon Stojo Silicone Collapsible CupThis is the travel mug for when your work bag is already loaded with notebooks, an iPad, your laptop and a million random receipts from heaven-knows-where. Made out of super-light, leak-proof silicone, it collapses to just 2.5 inches thick, meaning you can tote it practically anywhere without adding bulk to your bag. And when you need a warm-up, it’s microwave safe. Hot tip: it also comes with a straw for when iced coffee season hits.$20 at AmazonRead more: The best gifts for coffee and tea loversThis article was written by Julie Vadnal Post a comment Tags 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

Plans for Juneau sea walk whale statue put on hold

first_imgThe city of Juneau is cancelling bids for the construction of a sea walk and bronze whale statue after the bids exceeded expected costs by several million dollars.The Juneau Empire reports the project set for construction in the city’s downtown area was estimated to cost slightly more than $11 million. The two bids that came in for the project from North Pacific Erectors Inc. and Dawson Construction Inc. exceeded projected costs by about $3 million.The project was set for completion next fall, but cancelling the bids will likely delay the process.The city’s director of engineering, Rorie Watt, will be meeting with contractors in coming weeks to figure out any bid discrepancies. He remains hopeful that a new bid will soon be out for the project.last_img

Canadianbased company buys Icicle Seafoods after a year on the market

first_imgIcicle Seafoods has a new owner. Canadian-based Cooke Seafood announced it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Icicle’s whole operation.Download Audio(Graphic credited to Icicle Seafoods)Icicle Seafoods started small in Petersburg and grew into one of the largest seafood companies in North America. In 2007, private equity firm Paine and Partners acquired Icicle, and began looking to sell it whole or in pieces a little over a year ago. Outlets like Undercurrent News and Intrafish aggressively covered the pending sale, tracking as other US companies like Trident, Copper River, and Silver Bay, several foreign seafood giants, and even Alaska’s CDQ’s expressed interest.  Last June, Icicle inked a deal with wealthy Indonesian investors, but that fell through by September.Enter Cooke Aquaculture, which hails from the small coastal town of Blacks Harbor in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast.“Cooke is owned by Glen Cooke, he’s the CEO, and his father and his brother started the company 30 years ago, primarily farming salmon. But in recent years they have broadened out to a broader seafood agenda,” said Cooke’s Communications VP Nell Halse.That includes Cooke’s purchase last year of the Wanchese Fish Company in North Carolina.Icicle has three main components:  a major farmed salmon operation in Washington State, its wild salmon arm in Alaska, and everything else it buys or has quota for in Alaska, like pollock, crab, halibut, black cod, and even Togiak herring. Halse admits the wild stocks with their volatile markets weren’t the immediate draw for Cooke.“To be honest, the first interest point would have been the farmed salmon operations in the state of Washington. That’s what drew them to the opportunity. But the more that they ventured into understanding the full scope of the company, and its three different business units, I think there was a real excitement and interest in acquiring the whole operation.”The purchase price between the private parties was not disclosed. Recognizing there’s much to learn yet about its new acquisition, Halse says Icicle will stay a standalone company with few initial changes:“We’re maintaining the management team, the CEO will continue to head up the company, so we’re very fortunate we’ll be able to learn from an experienced team of people,” said Halse.Cooke Seafoods likes the potential it sees adding Icicle’s farmed and wild products into what it feels is its own already a strong customer base with good marketing and good distribution. Halse says the family-run company also keeps more in mind than just the bottom line:“Even though we’re talking about the very important fishery in Alaska, it’s also about coastal and rural communities and providing economic opportunity and jobs for people there.”She says CEO Glen Cooke already toured all of Icicle’s facilities in Washington and Alaska, and adds that Cooke Seafoods aims to be in this for the long haul.last_img read more

49 Voices Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage

first_imgClintonette Gregg of Anchorage. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Clintonette Gregg of Anchorage. Gregg grew up in Kotzebue and is the leader of the Anchorage Northern Lights dancers. The Inupiaq dance group opened the first day of the AFN convention on Thursday.Listen nowGREGG: I have been Inupiaq dancing since I was about 14 years old. The beauty of it, watching my girlfriend — who’s no longer with us anymore, she had passed on — watching her dance and just watching the fluent graceful movements of the song and the dance, and watching how it enlightened the audience, and how it drew them into the dancing… I felt that was such a beautiful thing. And the songs are so beautiful to listen to.I have too many favorites. Growing up, I would have to say, when I first started out, it would have to be the boat paddling song. The tone of the song itself and how it relates to being out in the water and just being one with the water, and being able to do your subsistence with just a small boat and your two hands just amazes me.We also have a seagull dance. In Inupiaq we call the seagull nauyak. And in this song, it depicts the seagull soaring over the ocean looking for fish. And it depicts not only the Inupiaq people going out and subsisting, but it also tells stories of how the animals did the same.So it makes me very proud to know that my teaching is actually being instilled in the youth, and it makes me feel good to know that it’s going to be carried on in the future when they’re adults.To know where they come from. There’s always that question in everyone’s mind: Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my background? And when you don’t have that information, and you have to go and search for it, you’re spending more time trying to find out who you are than knowing who you are, and being able to share that with others.last_img read more

New GOES satellite will aid weather forecasting in Alaska Western US

first_imgThe six sensors of GOES-R are labeled in this rendering. (Credit: NASA)A satellite scheduled for launch Thursday will aid weather forecasting in the Western U.S., including Alaska.Listen nowAccording to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, is the second new unit to be deployed into orbit over the equator. The first of the new minivan size satellites, positioned to view the eastern North America, went up in 2016, replacing an older model. NASA says the satellites send images and other data to earth five times faster than predecessor versions.”It fires a picture every one minute, which is incredible to what we’ve seen before,” Fairbanks National Weather Service meteorologist Becca Mazur said.Mazur says the higher transmission speed helps forecasters do their job.”You can actually use the satellite imagery now,” Mazur said. “You can use it for forecast at the moment instead of having to wait 15-plus minutes for the picture to show up.”The new satellites also offer four times better image resolution, finer detail Mazur says is key to observation and forecasting.“It’s a significant improvement for observing clouds and other weather patterns,” Mazur said.Lisa Wirth is interim director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geographic Information Network of Alaska or “GINA”, which has NASA contracts to download and process data from similarly equipped polar orbiting satellites.Wirth points to the technology’s value in quickly tracking weather, as well as a range of other environmental conditions.“To discern between snow, ice and cloud cover,” Wirth listed. ”Sea ice, wildfire, volcanic emissions.”Near-real time tracking of conditions is important to public safety, capability Wirth credits to a general growth in space based earth observation.”The number of satellites that are flying in space are increasing, and so that’s just increasing our temporal coverage,” Wirth said. “Which means we can get data faster, more often over the same spot on the Earth and, of course, the technology is also increasing, so we’re getting better data in itself.”A rocket carrying the new GOES satellite is scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:04 p.m. Alaska Time Thursday.last_img read more

New study says Chukchi polar bears are healthy despite sea ice loss

first_imgPolar bears traverse a frozen landscape. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife)The very first tally of the Chukchi Sea polar bears has just been published, and here’s the big takeaway: Despite a decline in their sea ice habitat, for now the bears are doing well.In a study published last week, researchers found that the Chukchi bears are healthy, and they estimate there are about 3,000 of them — which is relatively abundant.That’s despite the fact that the bears’ window to hunt on the ice has been reduced by about a month over the last few decades.Eric Regehr is a polar bear researcher at the University of Washington and led the study, which collected data on bears between 2008 and 2016.His team thinks a possible explanation for the population’s health is that the Chukchi Sea is especially rich in the bears’ food source: ringed and bearded seals.“Our hypothesis is that even though the bears in the Chukchi Sea have less time on the sea ice, during those months on ice in good hunting habitat that they do have, there are so many seals they’re able to fulfill their annual nutritional requirements,” said Regehr.That could be a factor in why polar bears in the Chukchi Sea are still thriving, while Alaska’s other population of polar bears on the Beaufort Sea are getting thinner and seeing a population decline.Regehr said the Beaufort Sea likely has fewer seals than the Chukchi Sea, so the Beaufort bears may not be getting the food they need as sea ice declines.He stresses that just because the Chukchi bears are doing well now, it doesn’t mean that they will continue to do so.“Unless the underlying problem of climate change is addressed, the sea ice is expected to continue to diminish,” said Regehr. “And at some point that will likely have a negative effect on the bears in this Chukchi area.”Variability in the Arctic means that, in the short term, there may be differences in the health of the 19 groups of polar bears worldwide. But in the long-term, continued ice loss will likely cause negative effects for polar bears across the board.last_img read more

Conversion Of CGPA into Percentage AP students fight injustice

first_imgNew Delhi: Many students and their parents from Andhra Pradesh are running from pillar to post in the national capital fighting an injustice heaped on them in the conversion of their CGPA to percentage in admissions to Delhi University this year. The problem is arising due to two reasons. One of it is due to the disadvantage in conversion of their CGPAs into percentage with respect to admission to undergraduate courses in Delhi University for 2019-20. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The AP Intermediate Board have clearly mentioned that for calculating the Percentage of marks, Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be multiplied by 10. However, Delhi University officials have been maintaining that they have not received any information regarding the conversion factor of CGPA to percentage from the Board of Intermediate Education of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Therefore, the DU is considering the conversion of grade points by multiplying it with 9.5 instead of 10 as is done for the CBSE students here. This is the second problem. The AP students who have thronged the capital with parents for admissions into the prestigious colleges of Delhi are now at a disadvantage and are unable to secure the very high cut-offs of the DU. Advertise With Us For example, the cut-off for political science students seeking admission into the Hindu College of the DU is pegged at 99 percent this year. Almost similar is the case with other colleges. The two-fold problem begins with the refusal of the Intermediate Board of AP that has refused to award 10 CGPA to all those students who deserve it. This has now imposed the hardship on them. The CBSE GPA system is not similar to that of most of other institutions and boards. Starting from 0, for every 10 marks, you get a point. So, here’s the breakdown. (0–9 = 1 point, 10–19 = 2 points, 20–29 = 3 points, 30–39 = 4 points, 40–49 = 5 points, 50–59 = 6 points, 60–69 = 7 points, 70–79 = 8 points, 80–89 = 9 points and 90 and above including 100 = 10 points) From the above, it can be deduced that a student who has scored 90 marks in each subject, will actually score 90% but getting a perfect 10 in each, he/she would be a 10 pointer. At the same time, if a student who scores 100 in 4 subjects and 89 in the fifth, his/her effective CGPA will be (10+10+10+10+9)/5 = 9.8, whereas, percentage wise, this student would have scored 97.8% { (489/500) X 100}, which is way beyond the 90% of the aforementioned 10 pointer. Whether the AP Board officials deliberately did it or out of sheer negligence, it is the students from the State who are now facing the problem here. If the DU admissions go strictly by their rule, there is little chance of any of them securing admission in any of the colleges. The students and parents have approached the Principle Resident Commissioner of Andhra Bhawan here and he has promised to look into the matter. He had already written to the Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resource Development. He had also assured the students that even legal options would be explored. But the time is running out as the deadline for the first round of admissions is just four days away. Unless the courts intervene here the process goes on and AP students would lose out in the race.last_img read more

Operation Smile rescues 581 children in just a year

first_imgSerilingampally: The first anniversary celebrations of the ‘Operation Smile’ progamme, which was intended to protect children and taken up by the Cyberabad police, were organised at the Commissioner’s office in Gachibowli. Commissioner of Police V C Sajjanar, SHE team in-charge DCP Anasuya, Madhapur Traffic DCP Vijaykumar and CWC Chairperson Padmavathi attended the programme. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Addressing the function, Sajjanar stated that the main aim of the programme was to free children aged below 14 years involved in begging, working in factories, rag-picking, liberating bonded labour and to educate them. He revealed that 581 children found begging, collecting garbage at main centres, temples, tourist places, railway stations and also those in factories were freed and sent to schools with the cooperation of the State government and NGOs. ‘This is laudable’, the CP remarked. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Sajjanar asserted that Cyberabad would be rendered a child labour-free zone. He stated that three Operation Smile teams in Cyberabad would register cases against those employing children and take stringent action against them. The CP urged colony welfare/residential welfare associations to provide information regarding child labour to the police. If not, he warned that action would be taken against the associations if they fail. Sajjanar stated that the Cyberabad police were striving every day to ensure safety of women and children. He complimented all those cooperating with the Operation Smile programme.last_img read more

NIA amendment bill gets passed in Lok Sabha after division

first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha, on Monday, passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill 2019 after a division as Home Minister Amit Shah sought a vote on the legislation. Speaker Om Birla said the bill had been passed with 278 members voting in its favour and six against it.Shah said there should be a division so that the people know the stance of all parties. He had earlier urged the members to pass the bill unanimously to send a strong message against terrorism.last_img

AIYF SFI lay siege to Medchal Collectorate

first_imgMedchal: Activists of AIYF and SFI of Medchal-Malkajgiri district committee laid siege to the Collectorate on Thursday after taking out a huge rally from the Office Kaman in which more than 700 students participated. They squatted on the premises protesting against poor students not getting the benefit of education in Telangana State.State SFI vice-president Thatikonda Ravi and Medchal district secretary Rathod Santosh, who submitted a representation to DRO Madhukar Reddy demanded taking steps to regulate fees in private/corporate educational institutions, creating basic facilities in government schools, filling up of the vacant posts of teachers/lecturers, constructing building to locate SW hostels, releasing of pending scholarships/fees reimbursement immediately, setting up of government junior/degree colleges in Mandals, takeover of the Ghatkesar Gurukul land for locating government educational institutions and the implementation of the Right to Education Act. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The two leaders wanted the government to release the pending bills of hostels immediately and drop the proposal to shut its educational institutions, to implement mid-day meal scheme in government junior colleges and to wind up unrecognized educational institutions. They warned that if the government failed to concede their demands, the agitation would be intensified. Among those who took part in the dharna were Medchal district unit president Sai Kiran, vice-president Padala Shankar, Srikanth Reddy, district leaders Chandrakanth, Sai and Himavardhan.last_img read more

Bangladeshi conjoined twins stable after separation post

first_imgDHAKA: Bangladeshi twins who were joined at the head were recovering Friday after Hungarian surgeons performed a marathon 30-hour operation to separate their skulls and brains in the capital Dhaka. The twins, named Rabeya and Rukaya, turned three last month and suffered from a rare embryological disorder affecting an estimated one in every five to six million births. Also Read – Article 370 fallout: Pakistan Foreign Minister now dials up South Korean counterpart Advertise With Us They were “stable after the final separation,” said Andras Csokay, a neurosurgeon with the Action for Defenceless People Foundation (ADPF) medical aid charity that performed the operation. “But we have to be very careful during the postoperative period,” Csokay, who headed the 35-strong Hungarian team, told AFP. After the separation of their skulls and brains at Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital, Csokay’s team began to cover the wound area with soft tissues generated by a tissue expansion process carried out in Hungary. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Prior to the surgery doctors had said there was only a 50 per cent chance of both of the twins surviving. According to ADPF, only a handful of operations to separate twins joined at the head have ever been successful. The Hungarian charity was set up in 2002 by Csokay and plastic surgeon Gergely Pataki to provide free surgery to poor people in Hungary and abroad. Advertise With Us The parents of the twins, who are from Pabna, 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Dhaka, approached the group for help in 2017. In the first surgery phase in Bangladesh last year, the shared blood vessels of the twins’ brains were separated in a 14-hour operation. Then in a second six-month-long phase beginning last January, Rabeya and Rukaya moved to Budapest where doctors inserted a Hungarian-designed implant system to expand the scalp and soft tissue in their heads. During the period over 40 plastic surgery interventions took place to fill the expanders, change the bandages and to perform laser and regenerative wound treatment. ADPF neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons supported by anesthesiologists, radiologists and paediatricians also used innovative virtual 3D animation software to map the two brains. “This was one of the biggest most challenging malformations that I have ever seen,” Pataki told AFP in Budapest last month. The twins and Hungarian medics then returned to Bangladesh late July ahead of the final separation phase. ADPF has performed around 500 reconstructive surgery operations in Asia and Africa, including for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh.last_img read more

Two held at RGIA for trying to travel to Delhi on fake

first_imgHyderabad: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sleuths on Monday took two persons into their custody at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad, who were tried to travel to Delhi on fake tickets. The two persons including a woman were intercepted at Airport by the sleuths and took into custody while they were boarding to Indigo flight and handed over to Airport police for further enquiry. Both of them belongs to Raichur in Karnataka. By registering a case police are investigating.last_img

JP Morgan set to launch rival to Apple Pay

first_imgJP Morgan Chase & Co said on Monday it will soon launch its own competitor to Apple Pay that will allow consumers to pay retailers using their smart phones.The largest U.S. bank is the latest company to try to profit from the commonness of smart phones, which many financial executives believe will one day be consumers’ preferred way to pay for everything.The companies that figure out how to convince consumers to stop pulling credit cards out of their wallets and start paying with their phones–earn vast sums by taking a percentage of the trillions of dollars–consumers spend annually.Chase has signed a deal with the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of major retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Best Buy Co Inc to accept payments through the bank’s technology.No clear front-runner has emerged in the business yet.Chase believes its smart phone application, known as Chase Pay, has one key advantage: the calibre of retailers it has brought on board, Gordon Smith, chief executive of the bank’s consumer business, told Reuters.Retailers included in the Merchant Customer Exchange ring up more than $1 trillion of sales per year and have over 100,000 outlets.Rivals like Apply Pay have struggled to sign up retailers to accept their payments. Whenever a consumer pays for something with plastic, the retailer pays fees to banks and credit card networks to process the transaction.Chase signed up the Merchant Customer Exchange mainly by promising to cut retailers’ costs, Smith said. Chase is willing to accept a lower fee for Chase Pay transactions than for other transactions, and hopes to make up the difference by getting more volume over its network, Smith said.”As merchants give us more business, we will give them better pricing,” Smith said in an interview. Chase expects to market its product heavily in the middle of next year. Smith was speaking to retailers about Chase Pay at a conference in Las Vegas on Monday.Chase Pay is also promising superior security, a critical selling point.Chase Pay will initially work for consumers that already have Chase credit, debit, and prepaid cards, Smith told Reuters in an interview. The app will work on Apple and Android-based phones.Chase Pay is just one of a series of companies trying to become the go-to payment technologies, including Apple Pay, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Samsung Pay, and Alphabet Inc’s Android Pay.last_img read more

Breaking Lasith Malinga redeems himself after Rohit Sharmas brain explosion to give

first_imgMalinga’s last over won Mumbai the gameIANSWhen the two best teams in the IPL met for the title in the grand finale, it was bound to be a thriller and that’s what it turned out to be. In a match that tested the fortitude of the weak-hearted, the decision of Rohit Sharma to give the ball to Krunal Pandya against a well set Shane Watson seemed to be the decisive move.In what would be considered one of the biggest blunders in the history of the league, the Mumbai Indians captain ignored Hardik Pandya who had just bowled one over at that time and instead gave the ball to his spin-bowling brother for the crucial 18th over. The result was 20 runs, almost all hit by the retired Aussie.But it’s not just Rohit and Krunal are to blame. Watson offered three chances to the Mumbai team but they dropped all of them. If Watson had been removed earlier, things might have turned out in a completely different manner. Despite Bumrah conceding just 5 runs off the first five balls of the next over, four byes off the last ball brought the game within CSK’s reach.The last over went to Malinga, whose previous one had already been taken for plenty of runs. This meant that Hardik ended up bowling just one over in the entire match – conceding just  three in that. But Malinga, who seems to be well past his prime redeemed himself with a brilliant over that sealed the fourth title for the Rohit Sharma-led side. It was truly a final to remember.As expected Twitter exploded with reactions. Here is a snapshot.YESSSSSSsSSS !!!!! ?????????? I am literally Screaming like a monster… 4th Title.. BEST TEAM EVER. ! I LOVE YOU #MI ???? @mipaltan #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK #CSKvMI— Vivek Sharma (@IMViiku) May 12, 2019Mumbaaaiiiii!Hell yeahhh #IPL2019Final— Aryaman gupta (@aryaman04) May 12, 2019This game was the 2013 and 2017 final rolled into one #IPL #IPL2019 #IPL2019Final Mumbai win!— Dave (@Trader2734) May 12, 2019Cricket at its best! Mumbai! Wuhuuu! #IPL2019Final— Mohit Rauniyar (@mohitrauniyar) May 12, 2019To csk fans #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/JYBCAVjRZf— Mohan (@ismyname_1) May 12, 2019Finals ho toh aisa ho…what a fantastic thriller all the way. Hard luck #CSK & congratulations #MI for their 4th IPL trophy. #IPL2019Final #IPL2019— Sethumadhavan Napan (@Sethumadhavan) May 12, 2019Bloody hell, Lasith!And Chennai can’t even gamble on a review because of Raina’s egotistical review earlier. #IPL2019Final— Jambase (@NdinguJamby) May 12, 2019Malinga carried on Pollard’s shoulders. An Absolute great of the game. What a last over#IPL2019Final— MOHNISH (@monutweetstasty) May 12, 2019What a match!!! This is how a final should be!!! #MIvsCSK #IPL2019Final @ImRo45— Maddy (@maddyrjoshi) May 12, 2019The way Indians can be seen praying during #CSKvMI #IPL2019Final ….#cricket is religion for us.— Rahul Jain (@BeingHR) May 12, 2019Best #IPL2019Final ever!!!— Nagraj Returns (@CrookBond_D) May 12, 2019What a end to the Best league in the world, #IPL2019 has been the best league so far since 2008 #IPL2019Final#CSKvsMI— Sarkar Mehdi (@SMehdiDXB) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Wipro Ventures makes its first VC investment with TLV Partners deal

first_imgWipro Ventures Ltd. has invested an undisclosed sum in the Israel-based TLV Partners to officially enter the race to invest in venture capital (VC) firms and start-ups dealing with disruptive technologies, reports Mint.Wipro’s first investment in TLV Partners, the Tel-Aviv based VC firm that is valued at $115 million, will open up opportunities for it to tie up with start-ups in the latter’s portfolio. This would be aimed to improve Wipro’s services with a focus on enterprise software and security.”We engage with these companies based on the level of maturity of the solution and the specific needs of our clients,” a Wipro spokesman told the publication. According to Mint, Wipro Ventures is said to have invested less than $5 million in TLV Partner’s debut fund-raising. “As we try to broaden our reach in the start-up ecosystem, it’s impossible for any one individual or team to evaluate the most promising start-ups. So it’s only logical that we also look to invest/partner with some early-stage venture capital funds,” a Wipro executive had told Mint last year.The corporate arm of Wipro has already invested in a total of six start-ups, two of which — Axeda and Altizon — focus on internet-of-things technologies. The others are Talena, which specialises in big data management; Emailage, which combines machine learning and cyber security; Vicarious, which focuses on artificial intelligence; and the real-time cyber security firm Vectra.Wipro’s move reflects the new strategy in the IT and BPO industry, where big IT vendor companies are competing to invest in VCs to gain access to a wider range of start-ups involved in areas like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security and big data.Wipro’s investment in TLV Partners highlights how lucrative Israel’s enterprise software ecosystem is to India since Infosys had acquired another Israel tech firm, Panaya, for $200 million in 2015, according to the Economic Times. Infosys had earlier invested in two VC firms, Vertex Ventures and 500 Startups, last year. The company’s capabilities were also extended to cloud computing, wearables and data extraction through its investment in Trifacta, Waterline Data, CloudEndure and Nova.last_img read more