Microsofts HoloLens 2 may go on sale in September

first_imgMicrosoft’s second generation HoloLens is coming in September. James Martin/CNET Microsoft revealed its HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and now we know when we’ll be able to get our hands on it. During a speech at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, executive vice president Harry Shum revealed that its next-generation augmented reality headsets goes on sale in September, Reuters reported.The updated HoloLens is available to preorder for $3,500 (about £2,700 or AU$4,900), and comes four years after the original version. The new one is more comfortable, and has a greater field of view and better eye and hand tracking, according to CNET’s Ian Sherr and Scott Stein. In an emailed statement, Microsoft confirmed that HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year, but didn’t confirm that it’ll arrive in September.”We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability,” a spokesperson wrote.First published at Aug. 29 at 2:06 a.m. PT.Updated at Aug. 30 at 3:50 a.m. PT: Adds Microsoft statement. 4:54 Comments 4 Share your voice Tags Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft Wearable Tech Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Absconding criminal attends police events

first_imgMatin Sarkar, second from left, greets shipping minister Shahjahan Khan on 11 June. He is ‘absconding’, according to police and court records. Arrest warrants have been issued 20 times against him. The court even had his details published in the newspapers. Cases were conducted against him even in his absence.But the reality is that he never went into hiding. In fact, he attended a number of events organised by the police, rubbing shoulders with the top bosses. He presented bouquets to a number of ministers, including the home minister, at different programmes. Yet, the police always told the court that they could not arrest him as he was absconding.This powerful man is Abdul Matin Sarkar, the general secretary of district truck owners’ association and the joint general secretary of the town Jubo League. He is the second brother of Tufan Sarkar, who allegedly raped and tortured a schoolgirl. Tufan flexes his muscle in Bogra with the backing of his brother Matin.With Tufan’s crimes coming to the fore, Matin’s henoius acts are also coming to the light and he has now been thrown out of Jubo League.A number of Awami League leaders said Matin is the mastermind of most of the recent crimes in and around Bogra. A drug peddler on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) list, he has suddenly become a billionaire. He has nine cases, including four of murders, against his name. He was handed 27 years in jail in one of them, but that was later stayed by the Supreme Court.Despite his criminal record, he had good terms with the police high-ups. He was present at the district police’s annual sports meet and also held a meeting with the deputy commissioner. He also accompanied home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and Jubo League chairman Omar Faruq Chowdhury during their respective Bogra visits. These photos were published in local newspapers.When asked, superintendent of police in Bogra Asaduzzaman said, “I have been here for two years. To the best of my knowledge, I have not heard of any arrest warrants. I do not know if he had one against hm previously. Being a leader of the ruling party he can come to the police, but I did not know that he was a criminal.”Court sources said Matin has got bail in eight of thse nine cases. He was sentenced only in a murder case. The killing of Abu Naser alias Ujjal took place on 28 October in 2001.The charge sheet of the case says both Matin and Ujjal were involved in illegal businesses and the latter was killed due to enmity. One of the accused Abu Talha alias Thandu was killed on 20 January in 2002 and he was murdered by Shafikul, another accused in the case.Shafikul is serving life term in that case. However, Matin Sarkar was released on bail and he never appeared in the court ever since, said Md Abdul Matin, public prosecutor (PP) at Bogra judge’s court.A state counsel said if an accused is absconding, the state appoints a lawyer on his behalf. Recently a certain Taj Uddin was appointed to represent Matin. Taj Uddin said till date assistant PP Rezaul Huq was moving the case and he may know the details.Rezaul Huq told Prothom Alo that Matin Sarkar is roaming around, but on pen and paper he is ‘absconding’. Everytime the court asks the police to submit a report, they say they cannot find him. But Matin does appear at he court in the other cases.Rezaul said he does not know why the police do not arrest him.The family members of Ujjal do not want to talk about it. A neighbour of Abu Sayeed, Ujjal’s brother, said they have been hushed by threats of dire consequences.When these correspondents went to his place, the watchman said they were not there.Locals said district AL joint secretary general Manzurul Alam brought Matin into politics, but does not back him anymore.Matin is now close to district AL president Mamtaz Uddin.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Mamtaz Uddin said, “Investigate who brought Matin into politics.”last_img read more

Recreation in Dhaka not restful or relaxing

first_imgBanana peels and other litter is scattered all over the National Zoo in Mirpur, Dhaka. Shameem Reza took this photo on 29 June.Ibrahim Khalilullah works for a private bank in Dhaka. He visited the national zoo at Mirpur in Dhaka for the first time this June, along with his family, but didn’t find it an appealing place to spend a day off.“It so dirty and smelly,” said the 29-year-old banker, who lives in Mohammadpur of the capital.“Most of the cages are reeking with an unpleasant stench. It’s hard to even breathe around the cages, especially near the tigers, birds and some other animals,” he said.Any visitors to this zoo will agree with Ibrahim the moment they walk through the gates. Banana peels and other litter is scattered all over. A dustbin, spilling over with garbage, greets the visitors at the very entrance.Anyone who wants to spend a few serene and peaceful hours on their weekend, should certainly avoid this place, said Ibrahim.The hassle begins even before entering the zoo. Vendors crowd around the main entrance of the zoo, posing as a nuisance to the visitors.“The vendors harass us, insisting that we buy things like bottled water, peanuts, bananas or other things. We buy things just to get rid of them. Is there no one to take care of this problem?” a fuming visitor Monir from Savar asked.Thirty-eight-year-old Monir Hossain, who works for a private firm, had come to visit the zoo along with his wife and two children for the third time.“The glass windows of snakes’ cages are too dirty to look through. How can the children see the snakes?” he asked.He was happy that there were enough spots to rest when one gets tired from walking around the zoo, but was not satisfied with the quality. “The resting spots are recent additions but these won’t be enough if it rains now,” Monir said, pointing to the darkening sky.“The washrooms are also in a bad shape,” he added.The deputy curator of the zoo Md Nurul Islam does not agree with all these complaints. He said, “The bad smell around the bird cages and the cages of the big cats is an animal smell and you can’t totally remove it.”He said in the more developed countries the bad odour in the zoos was kept at a minimum by feeding the animals in a computerised way and cleaning up immediately after the animal is done with eating.The photo shows a washroom for the visitors of National Botanical Garden in Mirpur, Dhaka. There is no electricity in the washrooms except for one. (Inset: Shabby condition inside a toilet). Shameem Reza took this photo on 29 June.Admitting that the inside of the zoo was unclean and hawkers outside the main entrance were bothersome, Nurul Islam said “We are short of employees at the zoo. We need at least 250 people, but have only around 150 people right now.”“We don’t have the digital facilities. Besides, the budget is also a problem. We get inadequate funds from the ministry,” he said.Monir, however, had a few positive points. “I can enjoy sitting in the shade at least while the children play in the open space.”But his smile recedes when this correspondent asked about the national botanical garden. “There are problems there. Security is a big issue. Besides, it is hardly a place you can take your family to because of all sorts of obscene things going on there.”“I’ve given up visiting the botanical garden after certain embarrassing experiences there,” Monir said.This was reiterated by businessman Md Sohrab Hossain and his wife Farzana Islam Choity, who had come to visit the botanical garden with their five-year-old daughter.“There are so many species of trees, shrubs, plants and herbs, but it is so poorly maintained,” Sohrab said. “The tourism ministry could have earned a lot had it taken care of this wonderful place.”“There’s no electricity in the washrooms except for one,” Sohrab said, disappointed with the recreational facilities in the country.However, there were also people who were not quite so disheartened with things. Momotaz Khanam Koly, a student of Dhaka University, lives in Mirpur 6 and had come to the garden with her friends on 29 June. She said they had been visiting the garden for the last six years but hadn’t faced any such situation. “Maybe, those ‘anti-social’ activities take place deeper in the undergrowth.”“Around 7 or 8 of our security guards have recently retired. Besides, recruitment is on hold. Still, we’ve been trying our best to provide security with 15 to 16 guards,” National Botanical Garden’s forester Abdul Mannan said.Shaheed Zia Shishu Park in Shahbagh, the country’s national amusement park for children, is not much different.Established in 1979, the park’s heyday is a thing of the past, said one of the staff on 5 July.As the park opened at 2:00pm, around 40 to 50 visitors entered the park.Though the park is beset with various problems, it still attracts a fairly good number of visitors, said a ticket salesperson.“We have sold tickets worth of Tk 800,000 and Tk 1 million respectively during the two days of the Eid vacation,” he added.Some of the staff said that certain unscrupulous employees regularly let the visitors enter the park without tickets. The allegation was found true.Two persons standing at the entry gate were asking the visitors to enter without buying tickets. While the entry ticket was worth Tk 15, they were taking Tk 10 themselves.A torn bouncing pad for children at Zia Shishu Park, Dhaka. At least half of the mats of bouncing pads are in a bad shape. Galib Ashraf took this photo on 5 July.The two hurriedly left the scene after being asked why they were selling tickets in person while three ticket counters were already there.Asked if the authorities are aware of such corruption, the park’s manager Md Nuruzzaman said they take action against anyone involved in such misdeeds whenever there are complaints.“We also advise our visitors through loud speakers not to buy tickets from anywhere other than the counters,” he added.Of the total 12 rides, two are currently out of service and the functional rides were not in a good state.A bouncing pad for children, Lompho Jhompho, was risky. At least half of the mats were torn and in a bad shape.Shirin Akhter, a housewife from Shyamoli, said, her three-year-old daughter had been insisting on jumping around on Lompho Jhompho, but she wouldn’t let her. It was not safe.The washrooms of Shishu Park were in a bad condition too. Shubrata Adhikary, a university student, said that the toilets were dirty and smelly. There is hardly any water in toilets, he added.Manager of the park Md Nuruzzaman pointed to acute shortage in staff as the main setback of the park. “Currently we have only 30 to 35 staff members while we need around 90 to give people the best service.”He claimed that the condition of the rides was good enough to attract the visitors. “The park is to be completely renovated with 12 new rides. It will take on a new look as the work is likely to be completed within December,” Nuruzzaman said, with the hope that the park would get a new lease of life after the work is done.Apart from the rides, visitors were drawn to a side of the park where a large Banyan tree stands. A group of young children were climbing the tree and said they come regularly to the park as they enjoyed having fun around the tree.The park remains closed on Sunday. And it is certainly heartening that the park opens its gates from 1:30pm-5:00pm on every Wednesday only for the deprived, poor street children.last_img read more

Cambridge Nights a late night show for scientists

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — While it’s not uncommon to see scientists on TV, most of the time it’s just for a few minutes on the news to comment on a recent event or major discovery. A new late night show called “Cambridge Nights” coming out of MIT’s Media Lab is changing that by providing an outlet for researchers to talk about their work in a slower paced, conversational setting. The first episodes of the show are being posted at http://cambridgenights.media.mit.edu. © 2011 PhysOrg.com A screenshot during the intro to “Cambridge Nights.” Image credit: MIT Media Lab This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Similar to how Leno, Letterman, and John Stewart interview interesting people in pop culture, Cesar Hidalgo, ABC Career Development Professor at MIT’s Media Lab, interviews academic professionals about their research, their life stories, and their views of the world. So far, eight episodes have been filmed, each about 30-45 minutes long. The episodes are being released every Wednesday, with the fourth episode appearing this week. The three episodes that have been released so far feature interviews with Marc Vidal, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School; Geoffrey West, former President of the Santa Fe Institute; and Albert-László Barabási, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Networks Research.Due to the laid-back setting, the guests are able to tell stories that span their careers, peppered with interesting bits of trivia. For instance, as West discusses his research on how metabolism scales with an organism’s body mass, he notes that life is often marveled at for its diversity, but no less intriguing is how the characteristics of all known life forms follow some simple physical and mathematical laws. Even the arrangement of trees in a forest follows a formula, despite looking random, he explains. As the shows are not pressed for time or commercial breaks, the guests are allowed to take their time while talking without being cut short by frequent interruptions or confrontational questions.“Guests are not asked to simplify or condense their narratives,” according to the “Cambridge Nights” philosophy. “We invite them because we want to hear what they have to say, and we want to give them the time to say it comfortably. There are many high-speed formats out there. ‘Cambridge Nights’ is an alternative where thoughts can be developed and reflected upon without the need to rush.”For these reasons, the researchers who have appeared on the show so far have given positive feedback about the new outlet.“The guests have loved the format,” Hidalgo said. “Scientists tend to be long-winded, since they have a lot to say and are careful about making distinctions. An open and relaxed format has suited them well and they have been very happy.”While the rest of the episodes of the first season continue to be released through the end of November, the show is currently preparing for the next season.“We are also getting ready to film season two,” Hidalgo said. “The plan is to film during the winter and release again next fall. We are shooting for 8 to 10 episodes for season two. Currently, our plan is to continue doing this yearly.” The kids are alright More information: http://cambridgenights.media.mit.edu Citation: ‘Cambridge Nights’: a late night show for scientists (2011, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-cambridge-nights-late-night-scientists.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Genetic study of 15th century samples shows adaptive changes in bacteria that

first_img © 2018 Phys.org The skeleton (right) excavated at the St. Nikolay Church in Oslo, which carried sequences for the pathogen of louse-borne relapsing fever. Credit: PNAS Citation: Genetic study of 15th century samples shows adaptive changes in bacteria that cause relapsing fever (2018, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-genetic-15th-century-samples-bacteria.html More information: Meriam Guellil et al. Genomic blueprint of a relapsing fever pathogen in 15th century Scandinavia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807266115 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals Relapsing fever, as its name implies, is an ailment whereby an infected person experiences a fever several times following a single infection. If untreated, it is fatal in 10 out of 40 cases. It is transmitted by fleas and lice. Back in the 15th century, it was responsible for killing millions of people in Europe—today, it is mostly confined to several countries in Africa. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that caused the disease 600 years ago and compared it to bacteria causing the same disease today. Samples of Borrelia recurrentis were retrieved from skeletons excavated from St. Nikolai Cemetery in Old Oslo—they have been dated to between 1430 and 1465.After generating a genetic assembly, the researchers compared it with genetic assemblies created by prior researchers studying the genome of the modern form of the bacteria. This allowed them to see how the bacteria has evolved over time.The researchers report that they were able to sequence approximately 17 percent of the bacterial genome from skeletal bones which they bolstered by sequencing samples taken from teeth. Using data from both, they were able to sequence approximately 98.2 percent of the main chromosome. Comparing the findings with modern strains, they found that the earlier strains lacked three variable short protein genes and one plasmid found on modern strains. Prior research has shown that the proteins act as proinflammatory agents for the bacteria, which, the researchers note, are key elements of the relapsing nature of the disease. They note further that such changes likely account for the differences in relapse rates—the disease tended to relapse just once or twice back in the 1400s, but is known to relapse up to five times in people afflicted today. A team of researchers with members from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research has conducted a genetic analysis of the bacteria that causes relapsing fever obtained from 15th century skeletons in Norway. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found when they compared their results with the genome of modern bacteria. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Family vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing Ocean Hotels

first_imgFamily vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing & Ocean Hotels Friday, July 26, 2019 TORONTO — With picturesque beachfront locations across Mexico and the D.R., spacious accommodations and entertainment for all ages, Ocean Hotels offers vacationers unforgettable family getaways in paradise, says Sunwing.Sunwing clients can upgrade their stay to the Privilege level for a luxurious Caribbean experience with additional amenities and services and dining options for all tastes. Ideal for family vacations, Ocean Hotels “provides guests with beautiful properties to make lifelong memories”, says the company.Families can also vacation better at Ocean Hotels with Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways.FUN IN THE SUN FOR EVERYONEThere’s never a dull moment for families staying at Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya, with a complete entertainment program for the whole family to enjoy.Nestled on a beautiful white-sand beach, vacationers can soak up the sun, build sandcastles or play a fun game of beach volleyball before exploring the turquoise waters with available non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking ($). Mini-vacationers will love exploring the on-site water playground or spending the day at the supervised Daisy club with fun activities and games while parents hit the links at the nearby golf course or try their luck at the casino.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWELL-APPOINTED ACCOMMODATION & ADDED AMENITIESFamilies staying at Ocean Blue & Sand in Punta Cana can expect spacious, well-appointed accommodations with sweeping views of the lush resort grounds or the sparkling pool. Vacationers can upgrade their room category to the Privilege level for an even more comfortable stay with exclusive amenities and services.Clients can get their vacation started right away with private check-in and have their luggage brought to their room and unpacked by the provided Butler Service. Those looking for some active fun can spend the day scaling a climbing wall, hitting targets at the archery range or taking advantage of the non-motorized water sports before unwinding in their comfortable suite.DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS FOR ALL TASTESOcean Coral & Turquesa in Riviera Maya offers guests a range of delicious cuisines so even the pickiest vacationers can find something that they love. Sample some of the local flavours at Hacienda Los Girasoles or enjoy dinner and a show at Sensai, a Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Travel back to the 1950s at the Route 66 diner serving American classics, sample some delicious Caribbean flavours at Villa Marina and indulge your sweet tooth at La Petite Creperie by the sparkling pool. Mini-vacationers can build up an appetite at the new water playground, while parents can relax with a refreshing cocktail.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFamilies that upgrade to Privilege level accommodations can enjoy a gourmet dining experience at the exclusive Privilege Restaurant with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea or take advantage of the 24-hour à la carte room service and special Privilege menu.THE SUNWING ADVANTAGETravellers can Vacation Better at Ocean Hotels when they book their tropical getaway with Sunwing. Vacationers can look forward to Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways with award-winning inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines.For more details see SunwingAgents.ca or Sunwing.ca. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share Tags: Family Vacations, Ocean Hotels, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more