Saturday, June 10, 2017

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La compañía de telefonía Samsung ha anunciado el lanzamiento de la aplicación 'Smart View', que permite ver en el teléfono móvil imágenes emitidas desde un televisor Smart TV, convirtiéndolo así en un segundo televisor.
Ya disponible para el Samsung Galaxy S II, la aplicación gratuita 'Smart View' transmite por Wi-Fi las imágenes de un televisor Smart TV al teléfono móvil, ya sean de la televisión TDT, de un reproductor Blue-ray, de una cámara de vídeo casera o de cualquier otro dispositivo conectado al televisor.
Con 'Smart View', Samsung ha reforzado la convergencia entre Smart TV y los dispositivos móviles. En abril, la compañía lanzó 'Samsung Remote', una sencilla aplicación que convierte un móvil en un mando a distancia que controla las funciones de Smart TV.
"Los Smart TV de Samsung están liderando la 'revolución inteligente', no solo con las características de los propios televisores (contenidos enriquecidos, calidad de imagen 2D y 3D, funciones inteligentes y diseño), sino también con dispositivos que facilitan la interacción del usuario con el televisor, como nuestro mando a distancia Qwerty, la aplicación Samsung Remote, y desde ahora también con Smart View", ha declarado el responsable de estrategia corporativa de Samsung España, Javier Alvira.
Además, también se podrá encontrar y lanzar desde el móvil cualquier aplicación Smart TV que se tenga instalada en el televisor, lo que aumenta la utilidad de la experiencia de Samsung Apps, la tienda de aplicaciones de los Smart TV.
Samsung ha comunicado que seguirá incorporando a 'Smart View' más funciones de mando a distancia para que los usuarios puedan disfrutar de sus Smart TV de una forma más intuitiva y sencilla. Más adelante, por ejemplo, la función de 'lista de canales' se integrará con la información de programas o EPG en el propio dispositivo móvil para una mayor comodidad.
Smart View es compatible con las Series D7000 y D8000 de Smart TV y ya puede encontrarse para el 'smartphone' Samsung Galaxy S II en las tiendas de aplicaciones Samsung Apps y Android Market. Más adelante estará disponible también para los reproductores Galaxy Player, el 'smartphone' Galaxy S y el 'tablet' Galaxy Tab.


Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail

In late February, a man in South Carolina was accused of receiving more than three kilograms of fentanyl ordered on the dark net — or enough to kill 1.5 million adults, given that just two milligrams is a lethal dose.
A few weeks later in New Jersey, authorities arrested Chukwuemeka Okparaeke, who allegedly went by the screen name of Fentmaster on AlphaBay. He had received two kilograms of fentanyl from an address in Hong Kong, according to a criminal complaint.
Then in April, a Cleveland man, Alec Steinberger, 21, was arrested and accused of receiving a package of furanyl fentanyl that he was preparing to sell on the streets. He is said to have texted a 19-year-old who was helping him distribute the drugs to warn about their strength.
“Bro I did it last night any my pupils got so small they disappeared and then I was nodding for 18 hrs,” the text said, according to the indictment.
When the 19-year-old tried the drugs, he overdosed and died.
Mr. Okparaeke, Mr. Steinberger and Mr. Shamo have all pleaded not guilty. Lawyers for the men had no comment on their cases.
Law enforcement officials investigating these cases say that public documents underrepresent the number of cases involving the dark web because many court documents don’t mention the online sources of the drugs.
And many cases — including the death last year of the musician Prince from a fentanyl overdose — are still being investigated because of the relatively recent advent of the phenomenon.
“It has come to play a key role in the overdose crisis,” said Tim Plancon, who oversees the Drug Enforcement Administration in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, states at the epicenter of the overdose crisis. “It’s expanded beyond just your traditional drug smuggling and trafficking. There is just a lot more involved with it when you are dealing with folks on the dark web with virtual currencies.”
The United States is not the only country dealing with an influx of mail-order synthetic opioids. Canada and several European countries have also made recent arrests of suspects accused of being major online drug dealers responsible for multiple deaths.
But the numbers are particularly staggering in America. In 2015, the last year for which national data is available, fentanyl and similar drugs killed 9,580 people, or 73 percent more than 2014. The number of deaths rose even faster last year in areas that have released figures, such as Ohio and New Hampshire. Over all, deaths from drug overdoses are soaring in the United States, and most likely exceeded 59,000 last year.
Authorities say that most of the illicit supply of synthetic opioids is produced in labs in Asia and especially China, where many of the precursor chemicals are either legal or easier to procure.
Latin American drug cartels are also getting synthetic opioids from Asia and moving them into the United States. But the operational ease of sending the drugs through the mail gives the method obvious appeal for Chinese producers, many of whom are technologically skilled enough to set up their own dark web shops.
One of the most frequently reviewed vendors of synthetic opioids on AlphaBay goes by the screen name BenzoChems. The vendor has shared online videos of his operations in China.
In a series of messages exchanged on AlphaBay’s internal messaging system, BenzoChems, who declined to provide his real name, said he had found that routing packages through Hong Kong, and then through the United States Postal Service, was the most efficient method of transit.
Some Chinese producers also list synthetic opioids for sale on websites on the ordinary internet, without requiring users to navigate to them through a special dark web browser. But most of the recent criminal complaints in the United States appear to involve drugs procured through markets that exist only on the dark web.
BenzoChems said that he had sold his products on ordinary websites, but those sites were quickly shut down by the authorities.
Dark web technology was originally developed by American intelligence agencies to allow for encrypted communication. News organizations, including The New York Times, use it to receive story tips from vulnerable sources.
But the illicit markets enabled by the dark web have made stopping the flow of deadly drugs much more complicated than it was when the authorities were trying to stop earlier waves of drug overdoses.
“We could give you a pretty good idea of the drug traffickers in town who can order kilos from Mexico — that’s a known commodity,” said Joseph M. Pinjuh, the chief of the organized crime task force in the United States attorney’s office in Cleveland. “What’s harder to track is the person ordering this from his grandmother’s basement.”
Lawmakers have tried to attack the problem by introducing legislation in Congress that would tighten the requirements on information gathered by the Postal Service. Last month, at a Senate hearing on the problem, Postal Service officials said they were working to collect information on more packages coming from China.
In recent months, though, the number of listings for fentanyl on AlphaBay and other dark web sites has been rising steadily.
Ms. Haun, the former federal prosecutor in San Francisco, said the tools that enabled dark web commerce made it very unlikely that the expanding traffic would be curtailed anytime soon.
“It’s only going to increase, and increase the types of communities and markets that might not have had as easy access to it before,” she said.
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10 months ago, Univision bought Gawker in a fire sale, and it's been messy ever since

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The man tasked with overseeing Gizmodo Media Group after the demise of says he never regularly read the site in the first place.
"I'm well past the demographic they were aiming for," CEO Raju Narisetti said in an interview. "If you ask me if it was a place I spent a lot of time on on a daily basis, the answer is no."
Narisetti is leading GMG through the media company's merger with Fusion Media Group, which is owned by the Spanish-language juggernaut Univision. According to the CEO, the transition has been a success.
But conversations with over a dozen current and former employees painted a starkly different picture.
Since the deal, the six former Gawker Media sites — Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Lifehacker — have struggled with indecision, a dysfunctional bureaucracy, and an exodus of top leadership and institutional knowledge that gave Gawker Media its editorial bite.
Mergers have a tendency to be messy, and Gawker Media's entry into Univision's portfolio is far from the most troubled media acquisition in recent history.
News Corp. bungled its mid-2000s takeover of Myspace after failing to cater to the social-media platform's users and trying to monetize the site too quickly, for example, while the 2000 merger of then newspaper giants Tribune Media and Times Mirror Co. generated massive turnover at the company, public infighting among shareholders, and eventually bankruptcy. Then there's the infamous AOL-Time Warner deal, and AOL's current complicated merger with Yahoo.
Still, many GMG staffers wonder what will remain of the clever, fearless attitude that defined the sites for millions of readers and set the tone for much of the independent web.
"A lot of people who made Gawker Media what it was have either left or been so beaten down that the company it used to be doesn't exist anymore," one GMG employee said.
"Some of the Gawker ethos is sort of showing up in the publications that people have dispersed to, but it's never going to be the same. Univision claimed that they wanted to buy Gawker because they believe in 'fearless journalism,' but every decision they've made seems to be an effort to either water the Gawker spirit down as much as possible or just bolster Fusion TV in some way."
A 'pretty good,' 'challenging' year
Univision bought Gawker Media last August in a fire sale. It shuttered the iconic, which was viewed as toxic after a court ordered Gawker Media to pay Terry Bollea — aka Hulk Hogan — $140 million for publishing a sex tape featuring the wrestler. The lawsuit was secretly funded by Peter Thiel, the early Facebook investor and board member who was publicly outed by the publication as gay years earlier.
Fusion Univision newsroomThe large newsroom for Univision and Fusion networks is shown during opening ceremonies in Doral, Florida, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
The company bought Gawker Media, which it renamed Gizmodo Media Group, with the hope of broadening the audience to become the voice and reflection of an increasingly diverse young America, with a slightly less intense editorial focus on the trademark skepticism and disdain for powerful interests.
Now, several months into the merger, Narisetti said that contrary to the "conventional wisdom," data shows it's been a "pretty good" few months since the six sites were bought by Univision and joined with and The Root.
The CEO, who joined GMG in October from News Corp., rattled off top-line statistics that showed a company growing after a tumultuous multiyear legal battle with Hogan that took the company from a $250 million valuation to bankruptcy.
Narisetti said last week that even after he had hired 53 new full-time staffers across the websites, the company remained under budget and on target to experience a 30% increase in revenue across the sites in one year.
Traffic to the sites has remained steady at about 90 million monthly unique visitors since he took over in October, certainly an accomplishment considering Fusion's notoriously poor online traffic and the loss of the 15 million to 16 million monthly uniques that Gawker's flagship website generated.
Other Fusion Media Group sites that were integrated into the GMG portfolio have thrived. Since transitioning over to GMG's Kinja publishing platform in January, the African-American digital magazine The Root has 35% more uniques each month than it did in the same months last year.
Narisetti's longer-term goal is to turn the network of sites into a publication catering to a diverse, young America of the future. By 2028, Narisetti said, "a majority of young Americans will be nonwhite."
"Our view is," he added, "while there are a lot of go-to brands for Americans today, there aren't a lot of go-to brands for what is going to be a much more diverse young America."
But he acknowledges it hasn't always been easy to execute that vision.
"At an all-hands I joked, 'I've never lost more sleep and gained more weight in the same period,'" Narisetti said. "It's been a great and a challenging year."
For many GMG employees, "challenging" is an understated description of the past several months.
The Gawker ethos is fading
Conversations with more than a dozen current and former staffers over the past several weeks detailed a difficult integration that has chipped away the spirit and ethos of Gawker Media, founded 14 years ago by Nick Denton as two blogs covering media and tech gossip, which eventually evolved into the fiercely independent, proudly standoffish, endlessly navel-gazing media company targeted by Thiel and Hogan.
Staffers say they felt initial relief after Univision beat out the media company Ziff Davis to buy GMG out of bankruptcy for $135 million. But now the environment is, as one employee put it, "toxic," and as downcast as it was during some of the Hogan trial.
"Every day, morale got worse because it felt like Univision was determined to stamp out all the great things about working at Gawker Media," one former GMG staffer told Business Insider. "They had no interest in maintaining our editorial philosophy, having a functioning HR department, or retaining key talent."
In the nine months since the acquisition, the company formerly known as Gawker Media has seen an exodus of top talent and leadership.
Heather Dietrick, the president of Gawker Media and then of GMG, left in May for The Daily Beast. The editorial team's second-in-command, deputy executive editor Lacey Donohue, left in late 2016 and was followed by the executive managing editor, Katie Drummond, in March. Matt Hardigree left the company in May after working as the editor of Jalopnik and partnerships. High-profile reporters like Christina Warren and Ashley Feinberg have also left the company in recent weeks.
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The heads of the human-resources and legal departments, both figures with outsize power and importance at the formerly independent, freewheeling company, also departed in the early months of the acquisition.
Business Insider has counted the resignations of at least 26 former Gawker Media employees since the merger, many of them in editorial-leadership positions.
GMG's women in leadership
After years of questions about its own relationship with female leaders at the company, the final iteration of Gawker Media was one with women in the most senior roles in the company, a source of pride and loyalty for many staffers.
But months later, with top leaders departing, some employees wonder whether the company is doing enough to persuade respected female leaders to remain, and if the company will suffer from the talent and leadership losses its already experienced.
"People are really worried about this," one GMG employee said. "Just since Katie left, we've lost our president, our top video journalist, and our best reporter, and that's after a big all-hands meeting where people were really clear about how alarming the pattern was.
"There are women being promoted or hired into positions of power, and I'm sure there will be more, but even if the higher-ups do all the right things from now on, it's not like you can really fix it, because you've lost so many of the people who made the place what it was at its best."
As WWD reported, after Drummond's departure in March, the editorial union wrote a strongly worded letter to management criticizing the loss of top female leaders.
"We were extremely alarmed to hear that Katie Drummond will not become executive editor and instead leave Gizmodo Media," the letter said.
"It continues a disturbing pattern of top management's failure to retain women in positions of authority, and raises serious concerns about the company's commitment to honor its contractual obligation to editorial independence. Further, it is yet another sign that Univision still has not found a way to manage the successful independent media company it acquired months ago."
Drummond's departure remains a source of tension.
According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Drummond was paid significantly less than the company’s previous top editor, John Cook, while essentially filling in for him for several months without a title change. And when she was offered the title of executive editor, the sources say, Drummond was told it was "rude" to ask for a raise.
Narisetti told Business Insider that although he would not discuss private discussions of compensation, the characterization was inaccurate, as Drummond was assisted by the newly created role of deputy executive managing editor specifically created to support her while the company mulled who would fill the executive editor position that would oversee now eight sites, including The Root and Fusion.
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At the same time, two sources said, Dietrick "was almost completely sidelined" by management after the acquisition late last year, as Narisetti and others assumed many of her previous responsibilities.
Narisetti dismissed charges that GMG's struggle to retain women in top roles was a cultural problem at the company.
Though he said he was "not minimizing" the effect many top women like Dietrick and Drummond had during the past several years, he pointed out that GMG's editorial leadership remained slightly more female than male, and he emphasized he was not "going to play defense on it."
"Our ​track record ​and actual data ​on compensation, raises, promotions, diversity​,​ as well as our ability to attract and retain employees​ who ​want to​ ​stay dedicated to the impactful journalism being done ​every day a​cross​ GMG​, more than ​speaks for itself," Narisetti said in a statement.
"I'm more concerned about my character than my reputation, because my character is who I am and my reputation is what others think I am," he said previously. "One is permanent, and one is changeable based on people's views. I have no doubt that we've lost some people and no less and no more than a lot of companies do in the first year of an acquisition and a merger and an integration."
'An unexpectedly bumpy transition'
Beyond struggling with holding together the former Gawker editorial team and mission, Univision also lost the confidence of many employees with basic operational issues that surfaced while it tried to integrate its new acquisition.
Numerous bureaucratic problems became almost immediately apparent, making the formerly nimble independent company feel like a dysfunctional cog in a massive, sluggish machine. For example, employees say Univision's teams responded slowly or were unresponsive to significant payroll and benefits problems that roiled the company for months.
The company delayed annual raises, they continued, and multiple staffers received accidental notes that stated other employees' salaries. According to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident, one GMG editorial staffer was accidentally sent a list of individual salaries for the entire editorial union, amounting to hundreds of people. In it, the person discovered that a peer in the editorial staff was being paid more than $400,000, a significantly higher number than most of the newsroom.
Employees faced similar problems with benefits.
Several employees say they had their insurance denied on visits to the doctor and were unable to pick up prescriptions. Others were charged for insurance they did not select, a source said. Two people recalled a top site editor having their newborn child go weeks without health-insurance benefits.
Narisetti acknowledged that payroll and benefit issues had been a source of anxiety for the staff, telling Business Insider that the company "didn't have a plan B in place" when Gawker's HR team left en masse.
In an all-staff email sent in February that was provided to Business Insider, the CEO apologized and said GMG was working on the issues, though benefits and HR problems persisted to the point that the editorial union in April gave the company a one-month deadline to resolve them.
Heather DietrickHeather Dietrick, left, at the Fortune MPW Next Gen conference in Dana Point, California, 2016. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fortune
"It has been an unexpectedly bumpy transition, to put it mildly," he wrote. "And I want to personally acknowledge and apologize on behalf of Univision, FMG and GMG, for all the stress and angst this is causing. Like all of you, I am also inclined to focus on our journalistic and business challenges than dissipate any of our time and energy on fighting internal issues. But we clearly need to get these internal issues in order and we will."
'Water down the Gawker spirit'
For its part, GMG has made explicit attempts to continue Gawker's history of provocative investigations.
Cook — who moved from executive editor to oversee the special-projects desk — oversees a team primarily made up of former Gawker writers.
He told Nieman Lab last month that the creation of the investigations unit "sort of offset the loss of Gawker" by continuing to pursue provocative investigations, such as showing it to be quite easy to spear-phish top government officials.
When Peter Thiel killed Gawker he forgot to kill its brains:
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) May 17, 2017
"From a distance, it seems like the acquirer values the investigative journalism from John Cook and his team," Denton, the Gawker founder, told Business Insider in an email when asked about the merger. "I'm glad to see Univision's support for investigative journalism at Gizmodo."
But GMG staffers are also having to adjust to a new environment under heightened internal legal scrutiny.
Stories have also had to clear higher legal barriers in a way that some employees feel is overly cautious and almost distrustful of the sites' aggressive, provocative journalism but that the company says is the standard operating procedure for most major media organizations.
According to employees with knowledge of the process, staff members on the special-projects desk are required to get the company's legal team to sign off on any story they write, even basic blog posts with no original reporting, and still have no official website months after launching, negotiating with other GMG sites about which site might best host an investigation.
Four current and former employees said the legal team was very cautious of publishing exclusives about Thiel's personal life and intentionally slowed reporting related to the tech billionaire, who financially supported the lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker.
In an email to members in June obtained by Business Insider, the editorial union said it unsuccessfully tried to remove a non-disparagement clause from separation agreements. Non-disparagement clauses are commonplace in separation agreements, but some employees have taken them as a sign of hostility from management to staff.
Staffers say they were similarly infuriated by the company's decision to remove controversial posts tied up in litigation and, without an official company policy, fear that it could happen again.
"It was extremely difficult to watch Univision's lawyer decline the opportunity to defend their own colleagues' work against a malicious legal attack," one GMG employee told Business Insider. "People are absolutely concerned that Univision will try to remove posts in the future."
FMG and GMG managers have also shied away at points from easy opportunities to hat-tip Gawker's legacy.
When in February staffers tried to host a public screening of "Nobody Speak: Trails of the Free Press," a documentary about Gawker's battle with Hogan, Narisetti, upon consulting with Univision executives, vetoed the proposal, eventually allowing only a private, staff-only screening of the film.
In an email praising the "rich, collective past/legacy" of Gawker, Narisetti noted that the company implemented a policy of not engaging in discussions or debates on Gawker Media estate issues.
"We continue to face some ongoing business challenges around effectively communicating the premise and promise of the new GMG/FMG, and to keep moving ahead in 2017, as we continue to still be hobbled by some (diminishing) past business perceptions," he wrote. "That is somewhat relevant in this particular context — though quite secondary to the company policy of not discussing Gawker issues — as a public forum/panel around the movie, hosted by FMG/GMG, can easily and unnecessarily add to that ongoing challenge."
raju narisettiGMG CEO Raju Narisetti in an interview with RJI Futures Lab. RJI Futures Lab
'That was a rough six months'
Narisetti argued that the hardest part of the transition was behind GMG.
Several employees who lamented the mess of payroll and benefits said that since the company brought on a new HR representative last month, fewer problems had spilled out into the open.
The company, too, has prepared to begin seriously building out the GMG properties for the first time since the merger.
Fusion, which confusingly ceded its domain last month to the Fusion television channel, is set to relaunch with a new domain name in June.
In addition to a parenting site it launched last week, according to one source, the company plans to launch at least three new sites. (Narisetti hinted at food, music, and the environment, though Business Insider could not confirm the details.)
The Univision-owned AV Club and Onion websites are expected to migrate over to Kinja during the slower summer months, creating one universal content-management system and allowing the company to increase revenue by selling the entire package of sites to advertisers as a whole.
"My view is that we look back next year and say, 'That was a rough six months,'" Narisetti said. "Our journalism has held out, we're producing great stories. I use the famous Ronald Reagan line, which is, 'If you're committing acts of journalism at GMG, are you better off today than you were seven months ago?' I think almost everybody will have to answer the question 'yes.'"
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How Apple’s Siri will soon help you make payments and track personal finances

At WWDC this week, we learned about many ways Apple plans to make Siri smarter, many of which will have to do with your money. Starting with iOS 11, Siri will be able to help you complete money transfers, as well as help you stay on top of your checking, savings, and credit card accounts.
“Users will now be able to transfer money from one account to another or search for account information,” said Sirikit engineer Sirisha Yerroju about changes coming to the public with release of iOS 11 scheduled out this fall. “If the user wants to know more about each account, you can just click on any of the items to get a detailed view. Search for account intent not just shows all the accounts but can also be used to provide specific account information.”
The ability to search for and pay bills with Siri was added with version 10.3 of Siri, while send and request payment functionality came last fall with iOS 10.
Yerroju spoke in a session Wednesday titled “What’s New With Sirikit?” to go into greater detail on Siri updates first mentioned in the opening keynote address.
Some of the changes coming to Siri were first announced onstage during the keynote address Monday, such as the ability to do on-the-spot translations, personalized recommendations in native apps within iOS 11 like Safari, Maps, and News, and both male and female versions of the assistant will get a more expressive voice.
Other Siri-related announcements made during the keynote address include the arrival of HomePod, Apple’s answer to smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Echo, and a Siri theme is coming to the Apple Watch (ICYMI, here’s everything Apple announced at WWDC).
Payments with Siri isn’t entirely new. The ability to send or request payments with Siri was initially introduced last fall with the release of iOS 10. What’s new and coming with iOS 11 is the ability to interact with apps that scan QR codes for payments.
A QR code scanner will live in the native camera on iOS 11, which can be used for payments and social media contact codes like the kinds seen from Snapchat or Facebook Messenger.
With iOS 11, Siri will also be able to recognize account nicknames and talk with a user about things like credit card reward points.
Beyond the addition of banking category intents, Siri will now be able to do a lot more with lists and reminders, including the ability to create reminders based on time and location. Say “Remind me to print the slides when I get to work” and Siri will remind you when you are physically standing at your job.
“We’ve added all the apis to ensure users can edit, create, manage their lists and notes and reminders, not just that, but also users will be able to search in their lists and notes.”
Siri will be able to search for lists and reminders based on things like content type, location, title, and date and time.
Also coming soon: Developers will be able to customize cards generated by Siri that’s let’s people interact with an app.

Above: Examples of customized interactive cards developers will be able to create for iOS 11
Apple’s focus on finances at WWDC comes after both Google and Microsoft brought payments to their voice apps, and a rush of activity by chat app platforms to enable payments.
Apple Pay for peer-to-peer payments are coming to iMessage this fall. Also on the way in iOS 11 or later is Business Chat for iMessage, which customers can use to contact and interact with businesses. Apple Pay will also be able to handle transactions in Business Chat.

Apple's Cook tells MIT graduates: temper technology with humanity

By Ross Kerber | CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday warned graduates at MIT, a pioneer in fields like computers and robots, about technology's dehumanizing aspects and urged them to infuse its development with their own values.
"I’m not worried about artificial intelligence giving computers the ability to think like humans," Cook said in his commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I'm more concerned about people thinking like computers, without values or compassion, without concern for consequence."
Speaking to thousands of students and their families at MIT's Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus, Cook praised the benefits of new devices and social media. But he also cautioned that the same technologies can divide people through threats to privacy or security, and said technology must be tempered with human knowledge.
"Technology is capable of doing great things, but it doesn't want to do great things. It doesn't want anything," the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) chief executive said. "That part takes all of us."
Cook’s speech did not break new ground for him as head of the world's most valuable technology company but added some context around some of his past decisions, such as taking controversial stances to protect privacy rights and investing heavily in green technologies.
Cook has criticized President Donald Trump’s policies but offered only a gentle joke at the president's expense on Friday, telling students it is obvious they have taken over Trump’s Twitter account.
“I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.,” Cook said.
His 15-minute talk stood in contrast to a lengthier graduation speech his predecessor, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, gave at MIT rival Stanford University in 2005, in which Jobs outlined his free-thinking background and told graduates to find work they loved.
Cook took a more conventional career path to the top of Apple, where he became CEO in 2011 after stints at IBM and Compaq.
Cook, who is openly gay but famously circumspect, gave few details about his own life on Friday except to outline what he described as a frustrating search for meaning until joining Apple.
He said at one point he sought guidance in religion and last year met with Pope Francis, who Cook said reinforced his own sense that technology must be harnessed with strong values. He said Francis told him, “Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely."
(Reporting by Ross Kerber; Editing by Jonathan Oa
During his commencement address to the graduating class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Apple CEO Tim Cook says technology is capable of doing great things infused with real people and humanity.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Too many exams, too little sport: experts discuss barriers to participation

When the chief starter at the London Olympics agreed to fire his pistol to start the races at a school sports day, parents thought it was a wonderful treat for their children. Children today are 'too busy' for sport, experts have argued. Photo: Caters
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:: Lack of understanding of sports by teachers
Not every PE teacher understands every sport. Some sports, such as hockey, may appear too complicated to teachers, who are consequently deterred from teaching them, according to England Hockey.
“Hockey is sometimes seen as a technical sport because of all the rules,” Holly Woodford, the organisation’s development director, said.
“People do not always understand why the umpire’s blowing the whistle when they watch it. We have tried to make it easier for teachers to teach hockey in schools by launching packages to explain the game to them.”
Only half of all secondary schools teach the sport, partly due to limited budgets, she said.
It is cheaper to buy one football for 30 pupils than 30 hockey sticks.
But there is also the problem of teachers lacking the confidence to teach it.
“Teachers have particular sport specialisms and will tend to teach that sport first,” said Ms Woodford.
“If they don’t specialise in hockey they are less likely to teach it.”
:: Exam culture in schools
The exam culture in schools has been heavily criticised.
Pupils must constantly revise for tests, while teachers become excessively focused on exam results, it is argued.
And teachers’ priorities are absorbed by their pupils, one expert said.
Professor Jim McKenna, from the Carnegie Faculty of Sport & Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “One of the biggest barriers is school itself – what teachers encourage and what kids gather school is all about.
“If they think it’s all about exams and the important exam subjects, then the sport side of things doesn’t appear totally aligned with that.
“Teachers are rewarded for exam performance and not for encouraging children in sport.”
Continuous assessment means constant studying for exams, which “eats into spare time”, he said.
:: Lack of time
No-one becomes an Olympic athlete overnight. It takes hours and hours of quality practice.
But there are so many other things to occupy children’s time in modern society, says Les Howie, the Football Association’s head of grassroots coaching.
“It’s all about finding time, and finding people to give up their time,” he said.
“When children come home from school at the end of the day, they have homework to do. There’s the internet, the PlayStation, the Xbox.
“My kids are coming home with two three pieces of homework a night.
“When do you give children a chance to be children, to play and learn and socialise through sport?”
He warned of the danger of letting children become solely focused on academic work at the expense of everything else.
Science and maths were important, he stressed, but children also needed to be given the time to develop at other activities.
Adults, meanwhile, were working long hours and were left with little time to spare to volunteer in children’s sports.
“We need to take a step back in our busy lives and say ‘you know what? We value sport’”, Mr Howie said.
:: Lack of choice
Many children are raised on a limited diet of school sport.
In the winter, they are offered football and rugby, and in the summer, tennis and cricket.
But if a wider range of sports was on offer, more pupils might become inspired to pursue them, argued Dr Matthew Capehorn of the National Obesity Forum,
“There’s not enough choice,” he said. “When you look at how many different sports are available and how many are represented at the Olympics, these often aren’t being taught to children.
“And those who aren’t from privileged backgrounds can’t go to private clubs to learn them out of school.”
Lack of funding was most likely the reason behind the limited range of sports on offer in some schools, he suggested.
With more staff, more equipment and more money, they could do more, he said.
More focus should also be placed on finding out what sport each child enjoys, he argued.
“Once you’ve got their interest, they’re more likely to carry it on,” he said.

Norwich care home boxing club pleased as punch to welcome back victorious Zaiphan Morris

PUBLISHED: 10:17 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 30 May 2017
Norfolk amateur boxer, Zaiphan Morris, trains Mark Hobson, a resident at John Grooms Court for adults with physical and learning difficulties. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY
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And residents at Livability John Grooms Court were pleased as punch when city boxer Zaiphan Morris, fresh from the first belt of his career, returned to give them some further tips.
The 27-bed home for adults with physical disabilities started up the boxing club last year as a way to keep the residents, who use wheelchairs, active.
Many of the residents at the Sprowston Road care home pull on the gloves each fortnight and get special training in the sport.
Experts are on hand to help them, with sessions run by personal trainer Sharon Plummer, from Norwich Fitness Club.
Super featherweight boxer Mr Morris visited the home in December and pledged, whether he won or lost his battle for the International Classic Challenge belt, he would return to see how they were getting on.
Mr Morris, 32, beat Latvian Aleksandrs Birkenbergs 79:75 to win his inaugural belt in front of a home crowd at The Halls in Norwich - so ,on his return, residents got to see his belt.
Mr Morris was also able to see the progress which the residents have made since his visit before Christmas.
Sue Hampson, care home manager, said: “Boxing can promote cardio vascular health, along with better hand eye co-ordination.
“It also helps with upper body strength which is important for our residents as it enables some to maintain independence with transferring from wheelchair to bed and so on.
“Boxing decreases stress, reduces frustration and improves the general wellbeing of our residents.
“It’s great to have Zaiphan with us.
“Some people might not consider boxing a sport that disabled people might participate in, but at Livability we want to challenge assumptions and tackle the restrictions that disabled people can face.
“We also run a ski club and two of our residents are participating in sponsored sky dives. If we can do it safely, we’ll pull out all the stops!”
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Has IPL killed the spirit of cricket as a sport? Experts debate at Zee JLF

Has the popular Indian Premier League commercialized the game of cricket? Has it killed the actual spirit of the game? Has it not given an impetus to budding cricketers? These were the questions raised during a session titled "Indian Cricket at the Crossroads" at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
Decoding the pros and cons of the IPL series were James Astill, the author of The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, You must Like Cricket? fame author Soumya Bhattacharya, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.
"IPL has definitely killed the spirit of the sport. It must have given platform to a few cricketers who would have come to limelight because of their performance during these matches but it has done more damage to the game," Soumya Bhattacharya said. "And how many young cricketers have sustained the recognition they had got during IPL matches? Why is it that politicians like to get involved in the game of cricket?" he added.
Tharoor, however, chose to differ from the opinion that IPL has had its side effects on the game.
"Cricket is uniquely Indian sport in its own way. I have always said that cricket is one such game which is celebrated by masses in India and was accidentally discovered by foreigners. Be it a 20-20 match, a test match or one day does it matter, the game still remains the same," he said.
"Watching a test match is like reading a good novel and watching a T20 is like watching a sitcom. Whatever it is, the entertainment is still there!" Tharoor added. Tharoor, however, did not respond to a question on what interests the politicians in the country have to be involved in cricket.
Moderating the panel was Rajdeep Sardesai who said "cricket is the game where more small town people make it bigger in the sport rather than those training in fancy academies in the country. Exceptions are everywhere though!" "IPL has not only brought the sports' to the forefront, commercialisation to a damaging extent but it has drawn the sport parallel to the entertainment industry in a negative way," he opined.
James Astill, who has been critical in his book about how the sport is not untouched from corruption in the country, said "India has huge pool of talent..but there is a huge pool of population too. How many deserving cricketers make it to the national team? And IPL offers them small duration fame with nothing much to look forward too but the team owners' pockets remain happy!

Quincy Enunwa sees this big change in John Morton's Jets offense

CARLSTADT -- The Jets are through just six of 10 organized team activities practices, but wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has already noticed a big difference in the team's offense. 
The past two seasons, under coordinator Chan Gailey, the Jets' receivers had more opportunities to freelance and change their routes than they do now under the team's new coordinator, John Morton. This is something quarterback Bryce Petty also recently mentioned. 
"Last year, we were able to kind of switch up what the route was," Enunwa told NJ Advance Media on Saturday. "You could kind of do certain things. But with this offense, you've really got to do what you're told. You've got to do exactly what is given to you. And when you do, plays are made." 
Enunwa spoke at ex-Jets and current Giants receiver Brandon Marshall's Receiver Factory youth football camp, held at Capelli Sport Center. 
Enunwa -- who is the Jets' No. 2 receiver, behind Eric Decker -- likes what he sees from Morton's offense. It likely will have lots of West Coast schematic tendencies, considering Morton's background. 
"I love it so far," Enunwa said. "I think it's a good opportunity for guys to get the ball and make plays. It's also a great opportunity for us to not get as many turnovers. It's really predicated to getting the ball out fast. There are many audibles to create quick throws. I think everybody is kind of buying in." 
Turnovers were a huge issue for the Jets last season, when they finished 31st in Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA ratings. The Jets ranked second in the NFL in giveaways in 2016. Only the Chargers (35) had more turnovers than the Jets' 34. The Jets led the NFL with 25 interceptions thrown, four more than the Chargers.  
This spring, Morton has constantly harped on limiting turnovers -- for good reason. 
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"He preaches it almost every day -- 82 percent," Enunwa said. "You're going to win 82 percent of your games if you win the turnover battle. I think that's something that we are always keeping in the back of our minds." 
Enunwa last season had 58 catches (second on the team) for 857 yards (first) and four touchdowns (first). The former sixth-round draft pick is entering a contract year in 2017. But he said he won't play with any extra spark this season as he auditions for a new deal. 
"I've been sparked, man, since I hit the field," he said. "It doesn't change anything." 
The Jets this week conclude OTAs with four practices. Next week, they will have three mandatory minicamp practices. Those are their final practices until they report to training camp on July 28. 
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Outdoors notebook: Last chance to register for the Ladies Fish-Off

Ladies Fish-Off: The 32nd annual Ladies Fish-Off, in which only women are the anglers, is Saturday out of Sands Harbor Resort & Marina in Pompano Beach. Boats can leave from Hillboro or Port Everglades Inlets, but must check in at Hillsboro by 4 p.m. Late registration is 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Bonefish Mac’s in Lighthouse Point. Eligible species are cobia, dolphin, kingfish, wahoo and blackfin tuna. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House and The Billfish Foundation. Visit or call 954-261-6477.
Free fishing: Saturday and Sunday are license-free saltwater fishing days for Florida residents and visitors. That means anglers do not have to purchase a fishing license to fish in salt water from shore or a boat. All seasons, bag limits and size limits still apply. Visit
Kids tournament: Boaters are needed for the 38th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Fishing Tournament Saturday out of Bahia Mar Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. Kids 6-17 and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters fish offshore, then return to Bahia Mar for pizza and awards. Contact Ofelia DeLuca at or 954-870-6390.
Kayak tournament: The Summer Slam Part 1 offshore kayak fishing tournament is Saturday starting and ending just south of Pompano Beach Pier. The Sunshine SUP series will have paddleboard races before the weigh-in, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Visit
Harvey Day: Marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey has a Family Fun Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at his Davie headquarters at 10408 W. State Road 84, Suite 104. Harvey will meet with fans and sign the items that they purchase. Activities include an Everglades-themed animal show, a canvas wall to be painted by visitors, a demonstration of the Nova Southeastern University shark tracking system, free refreshments and a raffle with a variety of prizes.
Snapper seminar: Capt. Bouncer Smith of Miami Beach has a seminar on fishing for snapper from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 8 at Dusky Sport Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Cost is $15 and redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.
Saltwater Slam: The 22nd annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam is June 10 out of the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina. Eligible species are kingfish, dolphin, tuna, cobia and wahoo. Entry fee is $475 per boat. The kickoff party and final registration are 6-10 p.m. June 8 at the Pompano Beach Civic Center and include a free IGFA fishing clinic for ages 5-12 who register in advance. Visit or call 954-725-4010.
Wahoo tournaments: The West Palm Beach Fishing Club has the first of three wahoo tournaments centered around the three full moons of summer on June 10 out of Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores. The others are July 15 and Aug. 5. Cash payouts will be awarded to the top three boats in each tournament and to the boat with the heaviest total weight for all three tournaments. Entry fee is $60 per boat per tournament and $150 for all three tournaments. Teams must have at least one club member. Visit or call 561-832-6780.
Hunter safety: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has hunter safety Internet-completion courses June 10 in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Students who complete the online portion attend the course, which includes shooting instruction and a written test. Register at or call 561-625-5122.
Snakehead tournament: A JD’s Custom Baits Snakehead Round-Up is June 17 out of Veterans Memorial Park in Margate. Visit
Bass tournament: The Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida has a One Largemouth Bass Tournament, Father’s Day Edition, from 6:30 a.m. to noon June 18 out of Everglades Holiday Park. Entry fee is $20 per person for as many anglers as your boat is certified to carry. Each boat can have one angler under 12 free of charge. Registration starts at 5 a.m. at the ramp. Contact Tony Crowder at 954-254-9072 or, Twitter @WatersOutdoors
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Take your child's love of sports 'Inside Out' this summer

Sample a variety of sports in one exciting Schaumburg Park District athletic camp.
Open to ages 6 to 13, Sports Camp "Inside Out" is a weeklong program that takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. New sessions begin June 5, with the last session starting July 10.
"It's a unique camp because children get to try a little bit of all different sports," said Sport Center Manager Karen Shannon. "They might play dodgeball one day and baseball the next."
A 110,000 square foot facility boasting four basketball courts, six volleyball courts, two soccer fields and a gymnastic center, The Sport Center is an ideal place to take a break from school in a climate controlled environment. More than a dozen camps are available this summer specializing in basketball, badminton, soccer, gymnastics, golf and other sports.
"We've got a lot of great programs this summer," Shannon said. "We also offer evening camps to fit parents' busy schedules."
Other Sport Center camps include:
• Skyhawks T-Ball League
• Summer Hoops Basketball
• Conant Cougars Girls Basketball
• Boys & Girls Volleyball
• Wade Heisler Basketball
• Chicago Bulls Youth Academy
• Jr. High Volleyball
• Tumble Cheer
• Gymnastics Team
For information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit

Judge surprised by sport definition

A High Court judge who follows football and likes cricket has said he is surprised that an official definition of sport does not regard competition as a "necessary ingredient".
Mr Justice Mostyn - who lists his recreations as "Southampton FC, Wagner and skiing" and is a member of the MCC - has raised an eyebrow in a ruling after being asked to consider whether bridge is a "sport".
He had been referred to the Council of Europe's 1993 European Sports Charter when analysing a dispute between the English Bridge Union and Sport England.
"The European Charter 1993 says ... 'Sport means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels'," explained the judge.
"What is to be noted about that definition is that a competitive element is not a necessary ingredient of a sport (which I find faintly surprising)."
Mr Justice Mostyn was told that the English Bridge Union had launched legal action after Sport England refused to recognise bridge as "a sport".
He heard that Sport England criteria were based on a definition outlined in the European Charter.
The judge ruled that the English Bridge Union had an arguable case - and said the claim that bridge was "a sport" should be analysed at a High Court trial.
Mr Justice Mostyn, whose recreations and MCC membership are listed in Debrett's guide to "People of Today", had made the decision at a hearing in London in April.
But the judge's thoughts on the Council of Europe's definition of sport did not emerge until today - when his full ruling on the case was published.
A Sport England spokesman today said no date had been fixed for the trial.
Mr Justice Mostyn had been asked to decide whether the English Bridge Union's judicial review claim should progress.
He concluded that it should - saying the claim that bridge was a sport was not "completely unarguable".
The union took legal action after its bid for recognition was refused by Sport England in November 2014.
Officials said recognition that bridge was a sport would have "beneficial consequences" for the game.

Sport, Definition of

In everyday speech, we tend to use words like ‘sport’, ‘play’ and ‘game’ rather loosely, sometimes treating them as synonyms. However, for students of sports studies, accuracy of language is very important. Linguistic precision is essential for effective communication and while it may not be problematic when talking about sport in an everyday sense, when we come, for example, to talk about the functions of sport, the differences between sport, play and games can be quite dramatic. For instance, while sports participation and spectatorship may generate very different types of emotion to those generated by non-competitive play activities, participation in physical exercise may be considerably more beneficial to health than sports participation (pain and injury).
In attempting to define and classify sports, most scholars start by ...
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Life Like the Jetsons is Closer Than You Think

yesIn the television show The West Wing, White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry famously said, “My generation never got the future it was promised…Thirty five-years later, cars, air travel is exactly the same. We don’t even have the Concorde anymore. Technology has stopped…Where’s my jetpack, my colonies on the Moon?”
The future Leo is talking about made its way into American culture in the 1960s when “The Jetsons” promised a future full of flying cars and jetpacks. For our generation, the same promise came in the form of Buzz Lightyear. So when will the hovercrafts, jetpacks, and flying cars that George and Buzz promised finally make it into garages across not only the United States, but also the world? According to New Zealand-based Martin Jetpack, the wait might finally be (almost) over.
Over the last few months, Martin Jetpack has made a great deal of progress toward a commercially available jetpack. After receiving permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, the company has conducted both unmanned and manned test flights of its P12 jetpack. According the company’s website, it hopes to have the P12 on the market as early as mid-2014.
So does this mean we’re finally on the verge of flying to work? Unfortunately not quite yet… not the least of the reasons why being that TechCrunch reported earlier this week the Martin Jetpack will cost between $150,000 and $250,000—not exactly comparable to a Honda Civic. But even assuming the price starts to come down in the next few years (and they release a colorful plastic version, the P12c), there’s still a long way to go before we turn our driveways into private airports.
Along with developing flying cars and jetpack technology, companies like Terrafugia (with it’s “Transition”) and Martin Jetpack are working to pave the way for regulation around this growing industry of new flying vehicles.
As New York Times reported last year, only in the last decade has the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created “the light-sport [aircraft] category to encourage the design of small, easy-to-fly aircraft. To meet the light-sport definition, the aircraft must have a single engine…have one or two seats and weigh no more than 1,320 pounds; maximum airspeed is limited to 138 miles per hour.” With the help of a weight exemption, the Transition was classified in this category by the FAA and able to begin delivery. It remains to be seen whether the Martin Jetpack will be able to receive similar clearance in the U.S.
For now, flying cars like the Transition still need to take off from airports, which may be feasible for longer journeys but doesn’t make it possible to fly down to the grocery store. Also, for flying cars (and potentially jetpacks), your driver’s license isn’t going to be enough—you’ll need to become a Sport Pilot, which requires that you meet medical and age eligibility, pass both knowledge and practical tests, and complete flight instruction. That may not be very different than getting your drivers license for the first time in California, but the training is definitely more expensive.
The next few years will definitely bring a wide array of questions about how we live our day-to-day lives with flying cars. How will we ensure safety when there are millions and millions of planes, jetpacks, hovercrafts, and flying cars crisscrossing the world? Will there be designated routes, speed limits, and traffic lights in the sky like in “The Jetsons?” Will there be flying car insurance? Will we drive our own flying cars, or by that time will even our flying cars be Google self-driving vehicles? How do we keep people inside and outside of these flying vehicles safe? I have no doubt that over the next few decades we will have to confront these questions the same way we did for automobiles and airplanes.
I find it hard to believe that in 1962 when “The Jetsons” first aired, its creators could have fathomed the regulated nature of air travel today or the safety concerns of a post-9/11 world. Questions about safety are likely to follow both potential jetpacks and flying cars as companies move closer to making this flying world of tomorrow a reality. Someday we might just find ourselves blasting off to “infinity and beyond,” but until then it looks like there are at least a few more years of riding BART to work, playing Jetpack Joyride on our iPhones.
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