Analyst Amazons Fire Phone Simply Not Compelling Enough

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » September 9, 2014center_img Updated 4:00 pm ETAmazon unveiled its Fire Phone with much fanfare in June, but after only two months on the market, the company has dropped the price of the $199 32-gigabyte model to 99 cents, with a two-year contract. The 64-gigabyte version, originally priced at $299 is now $99, according to a release from Amazon.Customers who bought phone at the initial price can speak with customer service if they are interested in a rebate, and those who purchase the phone now can still get a free 12-month Amazon Prime membership, though for a limited time. The announcement comes amid anticipation of Apple’s latest big event and hype around the iPhone 6.Related: Amazon Drops $970 Million on Game-Streaming Service TwitchOf the price slashing, Tuong Huy Nguyen, a principal research analyst at Gartner told Entrepreneur.com that “any kind of fire sale is meant to generate volume.” The promotion seems to be working for the moment. The 32G Fire Phone is currently number one on Amazon’s list of bestselling contract phones, while it previously was behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, though on the site’s most “wished for” list, it sits at no. 18 spot.  Nguyen thinks that while the phone was a “solid offering” in terms of hardware, he believes that it had trouble gaining traction with customers because ultimately, “given the already high rate of smartphone ownership in the U.S., consumers need an extremely compelling [reason to buy]. The features of the device were not compelling enough to do this.” Additionally, the phone’s Android platform meant that the apps consumers can use are “essentially a subset of what’s already available to Google Play users.”Related: By 2017, the App Market Will Be a $77 Billion Industry (Infographic)However, even though the Fire Phone hasn’t made as strong a showing as Amazon may have hoped, Nguyen foresees the potential of some of the innovations that came out the phone’s four-year development, such as the interface’s Dynamic perspective and features like the content recognizing app Firefly. “I still hope to see these types of functionalities integrated into the broader market [and] other devices across all vendors,” he says.  Related: 9 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Amazon’s New Mobile Payments Reader Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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What To Expect From CES 2016

first_img CES is upon us and companies are chomping at the bit to show off their shiny new wares at the world’s largest technology trade show.  Tech giants such as Sony, Samsung and Panasonic along with thousands of smaller consumer-electronics companies descend on Las Vegas for the week, where they’ll make arguably some of the largest tech announcements of the year and show off not only what we’ll see in stores this year, but what we can expect to see for years to come.This year’s show officially gets started with Press Day (the day those largest companies will make their big unveils) on Tuesday, with the show floor opening up on Wednesday morning.Here’s a bit of what we expect to be big this year:DronesLast month the FAA officially launched its drone registration program, a sign that the consumer drone market has grown to a level that the government feels the need to regulate it. That growth is definitely demonstrated at this year’s CES. Last year there were just four companies on the show floor. This year, there will be at least 27 (a record), which will cover more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 200 percent increase over the 2015 show.Related: What’s Behind the FAA’s New Drone RulesMore than just toys, this year’s drones will likely offer capabilities such as the ability to avoid crash landings and perhaps specialized features for using them in different types of environments. Camera technology has also increased over the past year, so expect a lot of those drones to be capable of shooting 4K video and capturing high-quality stills.Connected homeWe’re getting even closer to that home we were promised in the Jetsons. We expect to see a TON of connected home devices at this year’s show. More than just smart lights and thermostats, this year will focus on how all those devices connect and work together – an issue that has hampered the IoT market. Expect to see devices and products utilizing Apple’s HomeKit and Samsung’s SmartThings platforms.Virtual realityLast year consumer virtual reality headsets started to become readily available, and 2016 will be the year they start to improve. More than just headsets, expect to see accessories that can be used in conjunction with eyewear to enhance your VR experience. Facebook-owned Oculus will most likely showcase its latest version of Rift, Samsung will present its Gear VR, Sony will show off its PlayStation VR and HTC is expected to announce the latest breakthroughs for its Vive.Also, for the first time CES will have an augmented reality exhibit, where companies can show of their latest innovations in the space.Related: Virtual Reality Is Proving a Powerful Vehicle for Disaster Relief, Social CausesWearablesWearables have become an increasingly larger category at CES over the past few years, and this year’s show will bring even more of them to the show floor. Expect to see a ton of smartwatches from both major players and some smaller guys. Also fitness trackers will be improved, including going beyond just being embedded in smartwatches to being used in fitness gear and shoes.  CarsCars have always been a part of CES, but this year they’re taking an even larger part of the spotlight. Automaker technology will take up more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, up 25 percent from last year. Expect to see some interesting advancements in the world of electric and autonomous car, both from some of the big names – BMW, Chevy and Toyota, to name a few — as well as some new companies, such as Faraday Future, an under-the-radar business backed by Chinese company LeTV. More than just new vehicles, expect to see a large number of devices that will take that slightly older car you have and make it smart as well.Beyond new tech, CES itself has made a few changes this year. In response to recent global tragedies, the Consumer Electronics Association has opted to enact new bag restrictions at this year’s show. Whereas in previous years attendees could walk freely in and out of halls, this year  bags will be searched, rolling bags and luggage aren’t allowed and everyone will be subject to metal detector screening and body pat downs.Also starting this year, makers of hoverboards and scooters will have to restrict the use of those to their booth. That means that those visiting the crowded halls won’t have to worry about getting run down.Stay tuned throughout the week for updates from the show floor and a look at the tech and companies you’ll want to watch this year.Related: Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 5 min read January 4, 2016last_img read more

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5 GrowthHacking Myths for Software Entrepreneurs

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Growth Hacking, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.”Growth hacking” has become such a popular buzzword — used by so many people (who often know a fair amount about growth but usually very little about hacking) — that certain myths have become attached to the term.These common myths are problematic because they conflate, confuse and practically destroy the proper meaning of “growth hacking” altogether. Below are five you should be especially wary of:Related: How Growth Hacking Is Redefining Marketing1. There is no growth ‘blueprint.’There is no ultimate blueprint, road map, template, checklist or rulebook to growth hacking. While examples such as Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox et. al provide nice case studies to list in blog posts, more often than not, successful growth-hack strategies and tactics work once — and only once.The good news, however, is that there’s no shortage of growth-hacking best practices. You can discover them by perusing articles posted in the Growth Hacking section of Entrepreneur.com, over at GrowthHackers.com or a via a gaggle of recent books on the subject.Bottom line: Growth hacking is as much about attitude (curiosity, playfulness, empiricism) and capability (willingness to code, to get one’s hands dirty, experiment, fail, adapt and reiterate) as it is about replicating the methods already used in specific instances. 2. They will not come just because you built it.While it’s not theoretically impossible for a great software startup to go from zero to infinity on the basis of its organic marketing efforts alone, the odds of this happening materially diminish each day as the massive user platforms (I’m talking about you, Facebook) continue to constrict organic reach in order to attain their own growth metrics.In the early days of the web, it was much easier to build scale, to rank on the front page of Google or just stand out in the feed. Today, do you really expect your world-ruling app to stand out in the app store without some kind of marketing push? Or to dominate Google by “outsourcing your SEO”? I didn’t think so.My point here isn’t that attempting to build products with built-in users isn’t obsolete. But, unless you’ve got some kind of marketing budget in place to strategically push your product, you’ll be running handicapped in a very competitive race. Remember: You’re competing with a wily group of growth hackers!3. Great products don’t sell themselves.This myth, a corollary of Myth 2, is likely an unwanted, unconscious byproduct of the feature-obsessed, engineering focus of so many software startups today. Yes, we know your code is beautiful. But even the best, most innately viral software needs to be discovered; otherwise, the dream of deploying a “perpetual motion conversion machine” will remain in your head.Discovering what will make you discoverable means digging into your data. The uglier it is, the more likely that it will yield insights. Resources include:Website analytics (Google Analytics)Email open/click rates (MailChimp, AWeber)Social and content marketing (Buffer, Buzzsumo)SEO (SEMrush, Moz Open Site Explorer, Yoast)Heat maps, feedback polls, surveys, user session recording (Hotjar, Qualaroo, Inspectlet, ClickTale)Measure this data, analyze what’s working and then optimize. Repeat as necessary.Related: 6 Growth Hack Techniques You Can Try Today4. Growth hacking isn’t ‘black hat.'”Black hat” refers to aggressive, often under-handed SEO strategies. Yet just because your strategies and tactics are incomprehensible to your standard Wharton-educated CMO doesn’t make them disreputably black hat. (If there’s anything truly “black hat” and flat-out illegal, it’s the way Madison Avenue agencies habitually (allegedly) use media rebates from big brand budgets to line their own pockets.Sure, growth hacking often means using legal loopholes (Uber), reverse engineering (SEO), algorithmically generated anti-competitive tactics (Google) and other tactics that may or may not be morally honorable. But these tactics are part and parcel of the envelope-pushing hacker ethos, which doesn’t wait for a tactic to be validated by the establishment before it’s deployed. (By the way, if you’re interested in the color of the hat worn by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, all I’ll say is it isn’t black).5. It’s not all about acquiring ‘new’ users.Fred Wilson, a veteran New York-based VC who knows a thing or two about startup culture (Wilson’s firm survived the dotcom bust of 2000 very nicely) notes that too many businesses these days are stepping on the gas before they find a proven product-market fit. Instead, Wilson suggests that a company “focus on your 90-day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have a product market fit. Then scale.”Growth hackers know that existing users are always the best place to look for new users. Uber’s strategy reflects this stance perfectly. It’s all about personal referrals, word of mouth and unpaid referrals. Put another way, “Leaky buckets don’t need more water, they need their holes fixed.” Which means that a lot of growth hacking isn’t that radical or revolutionary: It’s about paying attention to what your best customers want — and giving them more, so they’ll serve as trusted, reliable PR mouthpieces.Do the work.Andrew Chen — one of the first to really define growth hacking — suggests that action and experimentation lie at the essence of the term. Unless you’re actively probing, testing, learning, optimizing and failing, you’re just “talking the talk.”Chen put it nicely in a recent Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. “People,” he wrote, “are getting all their knowledge about growth from reading blogs, rather than actually doing the work, running the experiments and building great products.” I couldn’t have said it better.Related: Why Growth Hacking Won’t Work for Every Company Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 5, 2016 6 min readlast_img read more

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How to Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10

first_img Next Tips »» 7. If you don’t like the layout of the photo, you can click on the box underneath. Under Choose a fit, pick between fill, fit, stretch, tile, or center options for your background. Give Windows 10 a Dark Theme Add a URL Field to the Taskbar Best Themes Disable Transparency Effects Customize Autoplay Menu Change the Look of Windows 10 Books by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Edit Photos to Fit as Backgrounds Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Change the Icon Size The blue Windows 10 wallpaper is nice to look at, but it’s more fun to choose the background you want on your laptop. After all, you’re going to be the one staring at the screen all day and don’t want to be peering at a dark blue logo for hours on end. You should also look into changing your icon size, as well as saving the beautiful Windows 10 lock screen images so you have more wallpaper options. For more granular customization, try enabling Dark Mode or Light Mode on Windows 10 and consider changing to these beautiful themes. With that said, here’s how to change your desktop background in Windows 10.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/change-desktop-background-windows-10?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 How to change your desktop background in Windows 101. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left of your screen next to the search bar. Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10 Turn Off Notification and System Sounds More Tips Turn Off Notification and System Sounds All Windows 10 Tips Next Tip »» Add Another Column to the Start Menu Add Clocks from Multiple Time Zones Customize Windows 10 Customize the Action Center Add Accent Colors Get Mac-Like File Previews Hide Your Name on the Login Screencenter_img Make Your Own Windows 10 Theme «« Previous Tip 2. Click on Settings in the list on the left.MORE: How to Use Windows 10 – Guide for Beginners & Power Users3. Click on Personalization, which is fourth from the bottom on the list.4. Click on Background. The background page will come up which allows you to preview your background picture and lets you choose from several photos or your own photos for your desktop background.5. Click on the box underneath Background to choose between a picture, solid color, or slideshow for your background.6. Underneath Choose your picture, click on one of the options or click Browse to choose one from your computer. Click on whatever photo you want and it will appear as your desktop background. Add My Computer Icon to Desktop Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10 Show Hidden Files and Folders Get the Old Volume Control Back Install and Delete Fonts Make Your Own Windows 10 Theme Enable Spatial Sound Get Classic Solitaire and Minesweeper Give Windows 10 a Dark Theme Customize Windows 10 Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 Change the Default Windows Font Hide Your Name on the Login Screen Add Quick Contacts to the Start Menu Change the Icon Size ✖ Install New Desktop Themes Change the Icon Size Change the Login Screen Background 8. Once you’ve made your selections, your Windows 10 background will change automatically, no manual submitting required. How to Use Windows 10 – Guide for Beginners & Power UsersHow to Reset Your Windows 10 PCHow to Snap 4 Windows at Once in Windows 10 Disable Windows 10 Startup Delaylast_img read more

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Sort Bookmarks addon for Firefox

first_imgSort Bookmarks add-on for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on August 18, 2017 in Firefox – 28 commentsSort Bookmarks is a new Firefox add-on that you may use to sort all bookmarks of the browser using the sort options the add-on provides.Bookmarks in the Firefox web browser are not sorted by default. When you add a bookmark to the browser, it is added to the end of the folder that you have selected.This means that you will end up with unsorted lists of bookmarks in Firefox unless you manually sort the selection, or use the sort options that the bookmarks manager provides you with.Note: Mozilla removed auto-sort options that were part of Firefox.Both are manual operations that need to be done on a folder by folder basis. Depending on how many folders you have, and how many bookmarks you add to Firefox, you may prefer an automated solution. Enter Sort Bookmarks.Sort BookmarksSort Bookmarks is a simple add-on for Firefox that you may use for two things:To sort all bookmarks folder of the Firefox browser at once.To automate the process for future bookmarks that you add to Firefox.The extension adds an icon to Firefox’s main toolbar. A click on the icon displays the options that the extension offers:Display folders at the top, bottom, or mixed in with bookmarks.Sort bookmarks by title, URL or date added.Reverse the order.Always keep bookmarks sorted.The last two options are optional and need to be checked. The add-on sorts the bookmarks according to the selected criteria. The process should not take long. What happens in the background is that Sort Bookmarks processes each bookmarks folder to sort the folders and bookmarks inside it according to the rules you specified.Please note that this is an all or nothing approach, and that you cannot reverse the process.The extension recognizes separators. If you have added separators to a folder, bookmarks won’t be sorted across it. This means that each part that is separated is handled as an individual group of bookmarks.If you tick the “always keep sorted” box, bookmarks are sorted automatically based on the sorting rules when they are created, changed, removed or moved across folders.Sort Bookmarks is a WebExtension which means that it won’t be disabled when Firefox 57 is released.Closing WordsSort Bookmarks is handy extension for Firefox users who add bookmarks to the browser regularly, and prefer sorted bookmarks instead of unsorted ones.   Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 6 votes Software Name Sort BookmarksSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/sort-bookmarks-webext/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Microsoft plans to change AltTab behavior on Windows 10

first_imgMicrosoft plans to change Alt-Tab behavior on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on May 09, 2018 in Windows – 13 commentsWindows users have several keyboard shortcuts at their disposal when it comes to switching between different programs or tabs on the operating system.They can use Alt-Tab to switch program windows, Ctrl-Tab to switch between tabs of a single window, and use Windows-Tab to display an overview of all open program windows and links to virtual desktops in a fullscreen interface.Microsoft announced on the Build 2019 developer conference that Alt-Tab behavior may change in one of the next feature update releases for Windows 10.The company plans to integrate a feature that it calls Sets in a future feature update for Windows 10, and it is the functionality that Sets introduces that made Microsoft rethink Alt-Tab behavior.Sets is a new feature that adds tabs to program windows. Think of browser tabs but for programs; you could run multiple File Explorer instances in a single program window, or combine Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, a Command Prompt, and an Excel spreadsheet in another one.The main issue that Microsoft faces with the introduction of Sets is that Alt-Tab would not really catch all the programs open in a Set as it would be identified as a single window. That’s why Microsoft decided to experiment with the Alt-Tab behavior to take the new functionality into account.Microsoft’s current plan is to make Alt-Tab switch between different tabs of a Sets window as well. That’s a major change for users who use Alt-Tab to switch between different program windows but it appears to be a viable solution to catch all open program windows even if they don’t appear in their own window instance but as part of a set of programs in a single window.It is unclear yet whether Sets will be released in the coming feature update that will have the version 1809. Microsoft wants Sets to be perfect when it releases the feature and if development does not take Sets there in the coming months, it may be postponed again.Windows Insiders can test the new Sets functionality already in the latest Windows Insider builds.Now You: What is your take on Sets and the Alt-Tab change?Related articlesAdd tabs to Windows ExplorerMerge multiple programs in a single window with TaskSpace for WindowsStardock Groupy: Tabs for your windowsTidyTabs: Tabs for all Windows programsSummaryArticle NameMicrosoft plans to change Alt-Tab behavior on Windows 10DescriptionMicrosoft announced at the Build 2019 developer conference that Alt-Tab behavior may change in one of the next feature update releases for Windows 10.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Thailands national park system starts annual seasonal closure of attractions

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WWF-Thailand launches “Travel Ivory Free” campaignLGBT International Acronym Adds a +LGBT international acronym adds a + Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bangkok, 18 April, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to announce that the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has started its annual seasonal closure of several attractions in 66 of 147 national parks nationwide.According to the DNP, this is normal practice, as it closes several attractions every year for a certain period, depending on weather and park conditions. Dates are varied, and the closure is often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy months, that may create unsafe conditions and allows for some ecological recovery time.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said:center_img You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/thailands-national-park-system-starts-annual-seasonal-closure-of-attractions/ SAWASDEE:last_img read more

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New fertility medical advancements to make Cancun world leader

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Medical advancements in assisted reproduction has doctors hoping to make Cancun a world leader.The Center for Assisted Reproduction, led by Dr. Masashige Kuwayama at the Advanced Fertility Center Cancun (AFCC), says they are hoping to make Cancun a world leader in new techniques of assisted reproduction.The growth of the Center’s techniques in the AFCC will bring great benefits in terms of health and economic benefits to Cancún considering that it strengthens medical tourism, since foreign patients who arrive for assisted fertility treatment stay for two to six weeks in Cancun.He says that in addition to the extended stay, the procedures in Cancun cost up to 60 percent less than those in the United States.The Advanced Fertility Center Cancun is working with travel agencies including Best Day, My Medical Vacation and other agencies with experience in medical tourism to ensure patients receive the best care after their treatment.Dr. José Gaytán Melicoff, general director of AFCC stated that, “Cancun has the best reproduction center in the world with doctors who have literally changed reproductive medicine with their inventions and their novel techniques.”The Repro-Support Medical Research Center, a research laboratory that creates new assisted reproduction techniques, was integrated into this project and, he said, will leave Cancun to the rest of the world.Dr. Masashige Kuwayama, considered the father of vitrification and creator of the Cryotech method, said he loves Mexico and has announced free ovarian tissue cryopreservation services to all Mexican women who have been diagnosed with cancer.This project also includes other renowned doctors such as Gabriel Dalvit from Argentine, Dr. Sergey Yakovenko who complected research in centers in Italy and the United States and Dr. Luis Ruvalcaba of Guadalajara who specializes in uterine transplantation.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watch out for these roadworks across Newcastle Borough this week

first_imgFull list Newcastle Borough Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Stoke-on-Trent Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Newcastle Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in Newcastle Borough between Monday November 12 and Sunday November 18. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Newcastle Borough in the coming week. Read MoreRoadworks from November 12 until November 18 South Cheshirecenter_img M6, A500 and A50 Staffordshire Moorlands Wide load set to travel through area Audley: Two way signals on B500 Nantwich Road opposite Quarry Service from November 14 until November 15 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Crackley: Roadworks and road closure on Park House Road from November 15 until November 16 Keele: Multi-way traffic signals on Keele Road from November 13 until November 15 Madeley: Two way signals on Bowe End Lane at the railway bridge on November 15 Madeley: Multi-way signals at Manor Road and Bar Hill Miles Green: Multi-way signals on Rye Hills near Grange Farm on November 12 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until December 4 Newcastle: Lane closure on Friars Street from November 12 until November 14 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on A53 King Street near the Borough Arms hotel from October 12 until November 15. Newcastle: Lane closures on A34 London Road from November 14 until November 16 Newcastle: Lane closures on Lower Street from November 12 until November 14 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Sandy Lane from November 18 until November 19 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Two way signals on Park Road from junction with Racecourse to junction with High Street from November 1 until December 12 Silverdale: Roadworks and road closures on B5044 Sneyd Terrace, Church Street and Newcastle Street from October 29 until December 7.last_img read more

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BlackFriday 5 smart budgeting tips so you dont blow your budget on

first_imgOn Friday, November 24, billions of shoppers around the world will be going “bonkers” for Black Friday. While it’s an opportune time to get your Christmas shopping done, it’s also a gateway to overspending before the festive season even begins. Before you decide to go big this Black Friday, make sure you’ve made provision for all the things you need to pay for before you splash out on all the things you want.To help you avoid falling into the urge-to-spend trap this Black Friday, and throughout the festive season, here are 5 helpful tips:Budget beforehand – Setting a budget will help you guide and limit your spending. If you’re planning to buy gifts, budget per person so that you know exactly what you can afford to spend on each of them.Compare prices, pronto – During the year’s biggest promotional event, you may assume you’re getting the best prices, but this isn’t always the case. To avoid being duped, do your research before purchasing.Shop smart with your smartphone – Download money-saving and budgeting apps which allow you to set your budget, log your transactions and track your spending.An expensive month is around the corner – Keep in mind that the month when many of us have the least to spare also happens to be a very expensive one, especially for parents who need to pay for school uniforms and school fees.Curb your credit card enthusiasm – So you’ve spent your allotted Black Friday budget and then you see that certain something you can’t live without. Before you reach for your credit card, think about how you want to start the new year… with a clean financial slate or looking at debt management / consolidation options?Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Get The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course iOS Mastery Bundle Create Apps

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you have a passion for coding and you want to learn to code for iOS then The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle is going to be your best friend. It will start from ground zero and create a base that is essential for you to work with iOS and its apps. Even if you haven’t written a code in your life, this course will have your back. The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle contains 5 courses.Introduction to SpriteKit: Build Practical GamesThis is the first course in the bundle and with it you will get: Access 51 lectures and 10.5 hours of content 24/7Learn how to navigate SpriteKit’s interface Put games you’ve built in SpriteKit in the App Store Add code to your game’s objects in Xcode Apply what you’ve learned to further experiment in SpriteKit or any other game development frameworkUltimate tvOS Guide for Beginners: Learn to Code In Swift 3This is the second course in The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle and you will get:Access 18 lectures and 9 hours of content 24/7Build three tvOS apps from scratchLearn the core tools for programming for iOS and macOSWatchOS Beginner Crash Course: Learn to Code In Swift 3This is the third course in the bundle and you will be able to:Access 25 lectures and 13 hours of content 24/7Cover key Xcode topics like labels, dates, timers, switches, sliders, pickers, tables, context menus and moreAdd images and movies into your Apple Watch appsEnable notificationsLearn the core tools for programming for iOS and macOSThe Complete iOS 10 Developer CourseThis is the fourth course and with this course you will get:Master iOS 10 development with 102 hours of contentLearn the basics of coding in Swift and building apps in iOS 10Work with iOS 10’s new facial recognition capabilityUse SiriKit to build apps that function better with SiriOptimize iOS 10’s significantly improved artificial intelligenceBuild games with SpriteKit GamesDevelop apps for TVOS, iPad, iPhone and Apple WatchThe Amazing iOS 11 CourseThe last course in The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle will give you:Access 100 hours of content 24/7Learn how to code in Swift 4.0Design apps from scratch in XcodeBuild apps quickly from start to finishBecome an app developerSo what are you waiting for? Get The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle on this site before the deal expires.last_img read more

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Epic Anker Deals on PowerCore 15600 Wireless Charging Pad Truly Wireless Earphones

first_imgAnker has revealed its deals for the week and it’s a mic-drop moment. There are a ton of deals which you guys are going to love.20% Off Power Banks, 20% Off Wireless Chargers and a Lot of Cool Stuff from Anker This WeekAnker really knows how to catch everyone off-guard when it comes to limited time price drops. This week’s offers are no different, and let’s dive straight into the list rather than talk about what’s on offer. Because obviously, you want to get down to the nitty gritty rather than literature nonsense. All set? Let’s go!Anker PowerCore 15600 Power Bank – Was $39.99, Now just $32.99Anker Qi-Certified PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad – Was $19.99, Now just $15.99ZOLO Liberty+ Truly Wireless Earbuds – Was $149.99, Now just $99.99Eufy App Controlled Smart Plug, Works with Alexa – Was $22,99, Now just $18.39Eufy App Controlled Smart Plug Mini 2-Pack, Works with Alexa – Was $39.99, Now just $31.99Eufy Smart Bulb 2-Pack, Works With Alexa and Google Assistant – Was $32.99, Now just $25.99Eufy RoboVac 30 with 13-feet Virtual Boundary Strips – Was $269.99, Now just $214.98Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight – Was $25.99, Now just $20.49Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet White – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Black – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Blue – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Red – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2If you think the above deals aren’t worthy enough then you have a surprise waiting for you on the 5th of this month. There are even more hot Anker deals on the way which we’re certain you’ll love, so stay tuned. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more November 20, 2009 – Because an electronic medical record (EMR) is incomplete without diagnostic images, new platforms that provide a standards-based cross-enterprise image sharing for health information exchange (HIE) are on a growth track.Imagery from prior exams provides historic and baseline information that is valuable to healthcare providers in formulating a diagnosis and monitoring the condition of the patient. When they do not have access to prior scans, they often order rescans, which wastes money and resources.Fast, ubiquitous access to medical images through an EHR system connected to an HIE enables convenient usage of healthcare information collected outside the boundaries of the healthcare enterprise.One solution on display at RSNA 2009 is the AccuRad ImageShare Platform, which leverages standards-based JPEG2000 compression and JPIP streaming technology to enable users in constrained networks across multiple enterprises fast access to diagnostic quality images.AccuRad ImageShare Platform by Aware Inc. is a standards-based solution for fast and efficient compression, streaming, and viewing of medical images for cross-enterprise health information exchange systems. It achieves interoperability and performance by utilizing DICOM, WADO, the Web services advantages of the IHE’s XDS-I.b Profile, and the advanced features of JPEG2000 compression and JPIP streaming. AccuRad ImageShare Platform is comprised of AccuRad ImageShare Workstation and AccuRad ImageShare Server, which can each be used independently, or together as a comprehensive, turnkey client/server solution. It is built upon Aware’s established AccuRad SDKs, including J2KSuite, and JPIPStream.Aware Inc. will pariticipate with its new AccuRad ImageShare Platform in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Image Sharing Demonstration at RSNA.For more information: http://www.aware.com/imaging/accurad_is_platform.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 20, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging Completes the EMR News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 19, 2014 ICPME Offers Molecular Breast Imaging CME Course Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content March 19, 2014 — Molecular breast imaging (MBI) Clinical Indications, Benefits and Challenges is the focus of a new CME credit course to be offered by ICPME. It is funded in part by Gamma Medica Inc. and in part by GE Healthcare. The one-hour online session will provide a thorough overview of MBI, which is a growing imaging technology for women with dense breasts and certain difficult-to-image cancers.Research has shown that for women with dense breasts, MBI technology outperformed mammography in finding more cancers. This makes MBI, which has the ability to detect breast cancer lesions as small as 5 mm, a highly effective secondary diagnostic tool. This is particularly true for women with dense breast tissue and who have inconclusive results on their initial mammograms.MBI’s ability to detect smaller lesions lies in its ability to use molecular functional imaging, allowing for breast abnormalities to be detected based on altered characteristics of the tissue. Functional imaging is important for distinguishing between a viable and nonviable mass because functional changes precede anatomical changes in breast tissue.The certified pre-recorded session is presented by Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., FACR, medical director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breast Center (MSLH), assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, and formerly assistant professor of radiology at Mayo Clinic. Since 2012, Phillips has played a role in MBI clinical research at MSLH, where he currently utilizes MBI as a contributor to the general health and well-being of women in the greater Texas area.The course assesses the role of MBI as a complementary tool to mammography, describes patient indications for use, evaluates MBI benefits and challenges and covers the counseling of patients with dense breast tissue. It is accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit and participants can register on the ICPME.For more information: courses.icpme.us FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more center_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read morelast_img read more

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Increased Radiation Offers No Survival Benefit for Lowrisk Prostate Cancer

first_imgFeature | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2015 Increased Radiation Offers No Survival Benefit for Low-risk Prostate Cancer Study suggests lowering dose could maintain survival rates while reducing radiation side effects Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more July 17, 2015 – Increased radiation dose is associated with higher survival rates in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancer, but not those at low risk, according to a new study from Penn Medicine Already-high survival rates for men with low-risk prostate cancer were unaffected by higher radiation dosages compared to lower radiation dosages, according to the study published in JAMA Oncology.In 2014, low-risk prostate cancer was the most common type of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States, affecting about 150,000 patients, many of whom undergo aggressive treatment – either complete removal of the prostate or radiation.”Our study raises the provocative question of whether radiation dose reduction for patients with low-risk prostate cancer could achieve similar cure rates while avoiding the increased risk of side effects associated with higher radiation doses,” said the study’s lead author, Anusha Kalbasi, M.D., a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.Doctors divide localized prostate cancer (prostate cancer that is only in the prostate gland and which has not spread outside of the prostate) into three risk groups. Low-risk prostate cancers are unlikely to grow or spread for many years. Medium-risk cancers are unlikely to grow or spread for a few years. High-risk cancers may grow or spread within a few years. Three criteria are generally used for classifying prostate cancer risk: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, Gleason score, and T stage. PSA is a protein produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells; a high level of PSA can be a sign of cancer. The Gleason score is a qualitative assessment of any cancer cells that may be present. T stage refers to the size and extension of tumors.Radiation therapy is associated with side effects and those side effects have been shown to increase with radiation dose, said Kalbasi. For patients undergoing prostate radiation, side effects include, fatigue, urinary frequency and urgency, changes in bowel habits, and erectile dysfunction.Using data from a National Cancer Database, the study employed specialized analytic methods to compare the survival rates of 42,481 men in the absence of a randomized clinical trial. Some men received a standard dose of radiation while others received higher dose radiation. For men with medium- and high-risk forms of prostate cancer, the study found that for every incremental increase in radiation dose, there was a 7.8 percent and 6.3 percent reduction in the rate of death from any cause. For men with low-risk cancer, no differences in survival were found whether they received the standard dosage of radiation or a higher dosage.The study is the first to link increased radiation dose with higher survival rates. Previous studies have linked increased radiation dose with two key measures: steady prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores and the absence of re-growth in tumors of the prostate following successful radiation.The Penn-led team examined men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2004 and 2006 and followed through 2012. In 2004, 56 percent of these men received higher dosages of radiation. Today, the figure is approximately 90 percent.Kalbasi and his colleagues found that in the low-risk group, seven-year adjusted survival rates were 86 percent for both standard-dose and higher-dose patients. In the medium-risk group, seven-year adjusted survival rates were 82 percent and 78 percent for higher-dose and standard-dose patients, respectively. In the high-risk group, seven-year adjusted survival rates were 74 percent and 69 percent for higher-dose and standard-dose patients respectively.”Our findings show that the dose of radiation should be personalized to the specific characteristics of the prostate tumor,” said Justin Bekelman, M.D., an associate professor of radiation oncology at Penn, and the study’s senior author. “For some patients, personalized treatment will lower the chances of toxicity while maintaining similar survival rates; for other patients, personalized treatment will mean escalating radiation dose to achieve the highest survival while protecting normal tissues, like the bladder and rectum.”For more information: www.med.upenn.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read morecenter_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more last_img read more

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Infinitt Highlights DoseM Radiation Dose Tracking Software at RSNA 2016

first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more October 27, 2016 — Infinitt DoseM radiation dose tracking software provides web-based dose data collection, tracking and analytics. It captures, analyzes and archives radiation dose data from multiple modalities, and helps users find the right balance between dose quantity and image quality.DoseM features include:Supports multiple sources for diverse data acquisition support;Collects data using a wide variety of protocols and data formats;Passes dose data to electronic medical records (EMR), radiology information systems (RIS), hospital information systems (HIS) or other information systems;Provides direct integration to the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) Dose Index Registry (DIR), which provides benchmarks for objective assessment of a facility’s performance; andEligible professionals can use DoseM as a tool to meet Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements.For more information: www.infinittna.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | October 27, 2016 Infinitt Highlights DoseM Radiation Dose Tracking Software at RSNA 2016 Web-based dose data collection, tracking and analytics system helps streamline workflow, benchmarking and CMS compliance Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more

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Therapixel Appoints Matthieu LeclercChalvet as CEO

first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more center_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more July 3, 2019 — Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as chief executive officer on June 14, 2019. This follows a 5 million euros series A fundraising, and the appointment of Sacha Loiseau as chairman of the board. Leclerc-Chalvet is also joining the board of directors.Leclerc-Chalvet brings 30 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medical devices. After 20 years abroad, working for multinational organizations as well as start-ups, he chose to return to France to share his experience with Therapixel. Until now, Leclerc-Chalvet was managing director of Mirada Medical, a British company specialized in medical imaging software, where he orchestrated a pivot towards AI, leading to the launch of the first AI software in radiotherapy.Leclerc-Chalvet declared, “I am thrilled to join a team of such technical and scientific excellence, and to bring my strategic and operational expertise in adoption of medical technology innovation globally.” This appointment allows Therapixel co-founder and interim CEO Pierre Fillard to focus on his role of chief scientific officer (CSO). He will work alongside Leclerc-Chalvet on completing the AI breast cancer screening product and going through the regulatory approvals leading to the commercial launch.Read the article “Therapixel Wins the Digital Mammography Challenge”For more information: www.therapixel.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Company now shifts focus to launch of breast cancer screening artificial intelligence solutionlast_img read more

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How everyone at Netflix uses Jupyter notebooks from data scientists machine learning

first_imgNetflix uses a variety of tools to do data analysis. One of the big ways that data scientists and engineers at Netflix interact with their data is through Jupyter notebooks. In addition to providing execution environments to users, Netflix invests in various parts of the Jupyter ecosystem and tooling. They are “reimagining what a notebook can be, who can use it, and what they can do with it.” Netflix aims to provide personalized content to their 130 million viewers. For this every day more than 1 trillion events are written into a streaming ingestion pipeline. To support this, they’ve built an industry-leading data platform which is flexible, powerful, and complex. There are so many diverse users of this platform, such as analytics engineers, data engineers, and data scientists, requiring different sets of tools and languages. To help the platform scale, they wanted to minimize the number of tools and the solution to this was the open-source tool: Jupyter notebooks. Why Jupyter notebook is so compelling for Netflix? These are the functionalities provided by notebook that benefits Netflix’s data scientists and engineers: Standard messaging API: The Jupyter protocol provides a standard messaging API with the kernels that act as computational engines. It separates where the content is written and where the content is executed. This makes it language agnostic. Editable file format: It provides an editable file format that stores the code and results together. Web-based UI: It is web-based which helps interactively writing and running code as well as visualizing outputs. How Netflix uses Jupyter Notebooks? The following are some of the use cases they use Jupyter notebooks for: Data access: Notebooks were first introduced for workflows and their adoption grew among the data scientists. Seeing this, Netflix decided to leverage its versatility and architecture for general data access. Notebooks provide an user-friendly interface for interactively running code, exploring the outputs, and visualizing data all from a single cloud-based development environment. Notebook Templates: They introduced parameterized notebooks, which allow the use of parameters in the code and take values as input at runtime. These templates help: Data scientists to run an experiment with different coefficients and summarize the results Data engineers to execute data quality audits Data analysts to share prepared queries and visualizations Software engineers to email the results of a troubleshooting script Scheduling notebooks: Next they are using notebooks for creating a unifying layer for scheduling workflows. Notebooks are used for interactive work and allows smooth move to scheduling that work to run recurrently. Many users create an entire workflow in a notebook and just copy/paste it into separate files for scheduling when they’re ready to deploy it. Notebook infrastructure: The three fundamental components of the infrastructure are: storage, compute, and interface. Source: Netflix Tech Blog Storage: The Netflix Data Platform is made of Amazon S3 and EFS for cloud storage, which notebooks treat as virtual filesystems. Each user has a home directory on EFS containing a personal workspace for notebooks. This workspace is for storing any notebook created or uploaded by a user. When a user launches a notebook interactively, all the reading and writing happens at the workspace. Compute: All the jobs on the data platform run on containers including queries, pipelines and notebooks. A container with reasonable default resources is provisioned when a user launches a notebook. Users can request more resources if they find that the provided resources are not enough. A unified execution environment with a prepared container image is provided, which has common libraries and an array of default kernels preinstalled. The orchestration and environments are managed with Titus, their container management platform. Interface: They are using nteract, a React-based frontend for Jupyter notebooks, which emphasizes simplicity and composability as core design principles.They’re also introducing native support for parameterization, which makes it easier to schedule notebooks and create reusable templates. Netflix is planning to make investments in both the frontend and backend to improve the overall notebook experience. This year they are also sponsoring JupyterCon. To read more about how Jupyter is offering value to Netflix read Netflix’s original post at Medium. Read Next 10 reasons why data scientists love Jupyter notebooks What’s new in Jupyter Notebook 5.3.0 Netflix open sources Zuul 2 cloud gatewaylast_img read more

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Accentures annual Technology report finds all five major trends in 2018 being

first_imgEvery year Accenture releases their annual forecast of the technology trends unfolding in the next three years. This year their Accenture Technology Vision 2018  highlights five emerging trends shaping the way technology is increasing businesses’ impact across society. The report covers people on all rungs of the corporate ladder, from strategy to operations, moving closer to the center of people’s lives. Accenture’s Technology Vision comprises a three-year set of technology trends. Accenture Evolution Chart Here are the 5 major trends identified in the 2018 report. Trend #1 CITIZEN AI: Raising AI to benefit business and society As artificial intelligence grows in its capabilities, businesses must move to “raise” their AIs to act as responsible, productive members of society. For businesses, this means deploying AI is no longer just about training it to perform a given task. It’s about “raising” it to act as a responsible representative of the business, and a contributing member of society. Per a survey conducted by Accenture, “72 percent of executives report that their organizations seek to gain customer trust and confidence by being transparent in their AI-based decisions and actions. This will be a crucial step in the integration of AI into society. We call it Citizen AI.” Trend #2 EXTENDED REALITY: The End of Distance Extended Reality XR refers to the spectrum of experiences that blurs the line between the real world and the simulated world. The technology immerses the user through visual, audio, and potentially olfactory and haptic cues. The two major types of XR are virtual reality and augmented reality. The report ascertains that Virtual and augmented reality technologies are removing the distance to people, information, and experiences, transforming the ways people live and work. Per their Survey, “27 percent of executives state it is very important for their organizations to be a pioneer in XR solutions.” Trend #3 DATA VERACITY: The Importance of Trust By transforming themselves to run on data, businesses have created a new kind of vulnerability: inaccurate, manipulated, and biased data that leads to corrupted business insights with a major impact on society. Businesses can address this new vulnerability by building confidence in three key data-focused tenets: Provenance, or verifying the history of data from its origin throughout its life cycle Context, or considering the circumstances around its use Integrity, or securing and maintaining data. Strong cybersecurity and data science capabilities are prerequisites for building a strong data intelligence practice to ensure data veracity. Trend #4 FRICTIONLESS BUSINESS: Built to partner at scale Businesses depend on technology-based partnerships for growth, but their own legacy systems aren’t designed to support partnerships at scale. To fully become the connected Intelligent Enterprise, companies must first re-architect themselves. Organizations must actively reshape their business from top to bottom to meet the challenges of creating and managing relationships at scale. They must adopt microservices architectures, and use blockchain and smart contracts to build a strong foundation for technology-based partnerships. Accenture Survey shows that “ 60% of executives report that blockchain and smart contracts will be critical to their organizations over the next three years.” Trend #5 INTERNET OF THINKING: Creating Intelligent Distributed Systems Businesses are making big bets on intelligent environments via robotics, AI and immersive experiences. But to bring these intelligent environments to life, they must extend their infrastructures into the dynamic, real-world environments. For this, companies must extend compute beyond the cloud, toward the edge of networks. They must explore custom hardware solutions and hardware accelerators that let systems reduce latency and compute limitations. Cloud processing remains appealing for high-value learning, predictions, AI-model generation, and storage in situations that are not time critical. But for real-time action, processing must happen at the edge of networks, where the event is occurring. Read the complete Accenture Technology Vision 2018 report to learn about the technology trends in detail along with the research methodology and the survey demographics. Read Next 18 striking AI Trends to watch in 2018 – Part 1 18 striking AI Trends to watch in 2018 – Part 2 Skill Up is back: 5 things we want to find outlast_img read more

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NIPS Foundation decides against name change as poll finds it an unpopular

first_imgThe ‘Neural Information Processing Systems’, also known as ‘NIPS’ is a well known for hosting the most influential AI conferences over the past 32 years, all around the globe. The conference is organized by NIPS Foundation and brings together researchers from biological, psychological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical areas of science and engineering – including the big names of the tech industry like Google, Nvidia, Facebook, and Microsoft. The acronym of the conference has been receiving a lot of attention from members worldwide over the past few years. Some members of the community have pointed out that the current acronym ‘NIPS’ has unintended connotations which makes the name sound “sexist“ On the other hand, the decision of bringing about a name change only added further confusion and frustration. In August 2018, the organizers of the conference conducted a poll on the NIPS website asking people whether they agree or disagree with the potential name change. This was done taking cue from the several well-publicized incidents of insensitivity at past conferences. The poll requested alternative names for the conference, rating of the existing and alternative names, and encouraging additional comments from members. “Arguments in favor of keeping the existing name include a desire to respect the intellectual tradition that brought the meeting to where it is today and the strong brand that comes with this tradition. Arguments in favor of changing the name include a desire to better reflect the modern scope of the conference and to avoid distasteful connotations of the name.” – Organizers of NIPS Out of the 2270 participants who took the survey,  over 86% were male, around 13% were female, and 0.01% other gender or non-responsive. A key question in the poll was: “Do you think we should change the name of the NIPS conference?” To this, around 30% of the respondents said they support the name change (28% males and about 44% females) while 31% ‘strongly disagreed’ with the name change proposal (31% male and 25% female). Here is the summary of the response distribution:                                                  Source: nips.cc Some respondents also questioned whether the name was deliberately selected for a double entendre. But the foundation denies the claims as the name was selected in 1987, and sources such as Oxford English Dictionary show that the slang reference to a body part did not come into usage until years later. To the foundation, the results of the poll did not provide any useful insights to the situation. The first poll resulted in a long list of alternative names. Most of them being unsuitable for reasons like- existing brand, too close to names of other conferences, offensive connotations in some language.  After shortlisting six names, a second poll was conducted. None of these names were strongly preferred by the community. Since the polls have not returned a consensus result, the foundation has decided not to change the name of the conference- at least for now. Here are some of the comments posted on the NIPS website (with permission) “Thanks for considering the name change. I am not personally bothered by the current name, which is semi-accurate and has no ill intent — but I think the gesture of making a name change will send a much-needed inclusive vibe in the right direction”“If it were up to me, I’d call off this nice but symbolic gesture and use whatever time, money, and energy it requires to make actual changes that boost inclusivity, like providing subsidized child care so that parents can attend, or offering more travel awards to scholars from lesser-developed countries” “Please, please please change the name. It is sexist and a racist slur!!! I’m embarrassed every time I have to say the name of the conference”“As a woman, I find it offensive that the board is seriously considering changing the name of the meeting because of an adolescent reference to a woman’s body. From my point of view, it shows that the board does not see me as an equal member of the community, but as a woman first and a scientist second” “I am a woman, I have experienced being harassed by male academics, and I would like this problem to be discussed and addressed. But not in this frankly almost offensive way” Much of the feedback received from its members pointed towards taking a more substantive approach to diversity and inclusivity. Taking this into account, The NIPS code of conduct was implemented, two Inclusion and Diversity chairs were appointed to the organizing committee and, childcare support for NIPS 2018 Conference in Montreal has been introduced. In addition, NIPS has welcomed the formation of several co-located workshops focused on diversity in the field.  NIPS is also extending support to additional groups, including Black in AI (BAI), Queer in AI@NIPS, Latinx in AI (LXAI), and Jews in ML (JIML). Twitter saw some pretty strong opinions on this decision- The foundation hopes that the community’s support will help in improving the inclusiveness of the conference for its diverse set of members. Head over to the Neural Information Processing Systems Blog post for more insights on this news. Read Next NIPS 2017 Special: 6 Key Challenges in Deep Learning for Robotics by Pieter Abbeel NIPS 2017 Special: How machine learning for genomics is bridging the gap between research and clinical trial success by Brendan Freylast_img read more

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