Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Zimbra is marking its full integration with VMware in the form of a new virtual appliance designed for the data center and hosting markets. The new service combines VMware’s vSphere with the Zimbra email client in a portable product called the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance.It’s part of the new VMware stack for the cloud that competes with Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange and providers such as Red Hat. VMware sees an advantage with its portability and its ability to meet the needs of a customer that is still a bit uncertain about a move to the cloud.Both Google Gmail and Microsoft can be ported to different environments but the transition can be complex when moving calendars, contacts and the associated metadata. The Zimbra service is not exactly the cloud, but it may be suited to customers who have concerns about the cloud and its distributed nature.Zimbra executives cite, for instance, a government agency in Japan that may not want its data distributed outside its borders. VMware is working with its hosting partners to meet that demand for offerings that keep the data in a specific geographic region. VMware will also focus on vertical markets such as healthcare.VMware has a network of 25,000 channel partners. Zimbra Collaboration Suite is now fully available to the entire network. It can be purchased in components or as a full suite.Zimbra is also fully integrated into VMware. And it looks like a decent fit, especially as the competition gets tighter to provide applications that are more flexible and have the ability to reach people anytime, anywhere, on any device.Google Apps does have its own advantages to Zimbra. A new customer can be in the cloud in minutes. Zimbra says its appliance takes 10 minutes to deploy. But it also needs to be installed and maintained.The offering shows that the cloud and a virtulalized infrastructure each has its advantages. The difference may be how deep VMware and Google can push their services to all those local and vertical markets. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts alex williams
Tags:#Apple#flip phones#Flurry#mobile#phablets#Predict#predictions#Samsung#smartphones adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year. According to a report released Monday from analytics firm Flurry, people went nuts for phablets in general—and Apple’s gizmos in particular—over the holiday season.The report revealed that more than half of new devices activated over Christmas week belonged to Apple, at 51%, while Samsung and Nokia nabbed just 18% and 6%, respectively. Flurry also noted that the trend toward large “phablet” phones heated up, from 3% of devices two years ago to 13% this year. See also: The Top 5 Smartphones Of 2014On the surface, the numbers seem to indicate consumers’ growing obsession for phablets. But it’s a backward look that only tells half the story. To understand what that breakdown means and how it may affect the upcoming year in mobile, you have to take into account a few other details.A Huge Fish In A Shrinking Pond“For every Samsung devices [sic] that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices,” Flurry wrote. “For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices.” The firm also states that Christmas 2014 “saw a big jump in the number of phablets activated.”That’s a notable outcome in a holiday season that saw “flat” electronics sales overall. According to MasterCard’s holiday spending report, consumer sentiment is shifting away from buying goods to purchasing “experiences.” Any gadget that can stand out in such a dull retail environment must offer something consumers really want—like a huge screen. This year marks Apple’s entry into the phablet market, so it’s tempting to chalk up the company’s success to finally satisfying people’s voracious appetite for massive phones. But there’s an inconvenient stumbling block to that narrative: Consumers barely had any other choice. See also: Mastering Apple’s Gigantic iPhone 6 Plus With Puny HandsYou can actually count the number of decent small phones with one hand. The following are five compact smartphones, perhaps the best of the lot, and all of them pale in comparison to their larger siblings. Yet, not even these offer a display smaller than 4.3 inches: LG G2 Mini: 4.7 inch displaySamsung Galaxy S5 Mini: 4.5 inch displayHTC One Mini: 4.5 inch displaySony Xperia Z1 Compact: 4.3 inch displaySony Xperia Z3 Compact: 4.6 inch displaySome believe even smaller 4-inch screens are already dead. This year, the demise of Apple’s last 3.5-inch screen put the iPhones 5S and 5C next on the chopping block. But that says less about public sentiment than mobile makers intentionally killing off or shortchanging compact phones as they foist colossal devices at consumers. iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5SNext year, things may be different. Reportedly Apple may go back to compact 4-inch displays with an “iPhone 6S Mini.” The fact that there’s even a rumor of Apple harking back to a more diminutive size suggests there’s plenty of desire left for wee devices. If the story pans out, the move might even set off a race back to petite phones. Power Plays, Big And SmallOf course, some people will cling to phablets, no matter what. Like me. For years, I held out for an advanced compact smartphone, but the iPhone 6 Plus changed my mind. Part of the reason was the luxurious feel of a bigger screen. This year, our time spent on mobile displays finally eclipsed television, making for another trend that shows no sign of slowing. Watching videos on a larger phone display has obvious appeal. But that wasn’t the real reason. The iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offer battery life that dwarfs their smaller versions. Logically, bigger phones hold bigger power cells. So if Apple unleashes a small iPhone next year, it would have to solve that challenge (or hope that battery technology finally surges forward). Software optimizations help, but they’re no more than workarounds for lackluster lithium-ion cells. Not Everyone’s Flipping For PhabletsLikely next year, the mobile conversation will shift away from who’s launching a big phone to the other big initiatives they support, like wearables, mobile advertising, mobile payments, real-world services and smart cars, TVs and homes. See also: 2015: The Year Of The Mobile SingularityFor the devices themselves, what’s left will revolve around battery life and technologies designed to mitigate the annoyance, including fast-charging features and stop-gap solutions like wireless charging and energy management optimizations. Expect these to become even more important talking points in 2015. Also, if an advanced small Apple iPhone really is on the menu next year, then industry watchers will be glued to those numbers even more than usual. Because if someone can make a compact smartphone that’s operable with a single hand and doesn’t force compromises on users, it could undercut sales of big mobile devices. Consider that, during the year of the phablet, another wacky trend emerged that goes directly against the “everyone wants massive phones” narrative. The fashion industry—an influential voice in technology now, thanks in part to collaborations with wearable device makers—seems to have rejected phablets. So what exactly are arbiters of taste like Vogue’s Anna Wintour, celebrity fashionistas like Rihanna and flamboyant rock stars like Iggy Pop rocking these days? Devices that are the very antithesis of huge touchscreens.Yes, I’m here to tell you that flip phones are apparently back in style. Tell all your phablet-hating friends. Lead photo by Hadrian courtesy of Shutterstock; iPhone photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; screen shot from YouTube video by Entertainment Tonight; charts courtesy of Flurry. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
About 14,000 years ago, a band of hunter-gatherers began hanging out in prime real estate in a cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel, in what today is Israel. The five-chambered grotto, now called Raqefet Cave, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The hunter-gatherers who lived here were probably the ancestors of the world’s first farmers, but now they have been given another important distinction: The first humans to bury their dead with flowers.Scientists have debated for years just when early humans began saying it with flowers. In the 1970s, researchers excavating the 50,000-year-old grave of a Neandertal buried at Shanidar Cave in northern Iraq, found evidence that it had been festooned with flowers. The claim, which led some archaeological pundits to suggest that Neandertals were the original flower children, was based on pollen of various flower species in the grave; but more recently other archaeologists have argued that burrowing animals probably brought the pollen into the burial site. Today, few archaeologists accept Shanidar as an example of flower burial (and some even question whether Neandertals deliberately buried their dead.)Since 2005, a research team led by Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa in Israel, has been excavating at Raqefet Cave, one of a number of sites frequented by prehistoric humans on the slopes of Mount. Carmel. Beginning about 13,700 years ago, Raqefet was occupied by the Natufians, who were widespread in the Mediterranean areas of the Near East and may have been the ancestors of the first farmers. 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Of the 29 skeletons excavated so far at Raqefet, four individuals, radiocarbon dated between 13,700 and 11,700 years ago, show what the team says are clear signs of having been buried on a literal bed of flowers. To be sure about this, the team brought in a number of experts to help it study the graves. The researchers found that the graves, which include an unusual double burial of an adult male and adolescent boy, had been cut into the limestone bedrock that makes up the floor of the cave, and then lined with a thin layer of mud. Pressed into the mud lining were the impressions of the stems of a number of plant species, some of which the team was able to identify. The plants included Judean sage and members of the mint and figwort family, aromatic plants that blossom into colorful flowers in the spring, and some of which are still found today on the slopes of Mount Carmel.The evidence from the mud impressions was bolstered by the finding of thousands of microscopic plant fossils, called phytoliths, in the four burials as well as in several others. The phytoliths, which can sometimes be identified down to the species level, came from various grasses, shrubs, reeds, and sedges. The team concludes from this evidence, that the graves were lined not only with flowers but other plants that provided lush bedding for the dead.But did flowers have the same symbolic meanings for the Natufians as they do for us? Nadel and his colleagues believe so, citing psychological studies concluding that flowers trigger positive emotional reactions on an unconscious, physiological level that transcends cultural invention. The team also cites evidence from other archaeological sites that some flowering plants were domesticated as early as 5,000 years ago, ostensibly as decoration. The researchers argue that the use of flowers at funerals may have served “as a means of enhancing group identity and solidarity,” similar to the use of other grave goods such as beads to send the dead on their way. Such group solidarity, the team notes, would have been especially important at a time when hunter-gatherers in the Near East were beginning to congregate together in ever more sedentary and cohesive communities as a prelude to their eventual invention of agriculture.The team’s work provides “multidimensional evidence” for the use of aromatic plants and flowers to line graves, and is “the first time such evidence has been presented,” says Leore Grosman, an archaeologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem who has excavated at a nearby Natufian site also known for its burials. The findings, she adds, provide “important clues to the views about death and dying in the Natufian culture,” including the possibility that the lush flower burials were designed to make the dead “comfortable” and a sign of “concern about their well-being in the after-life.”
The Proteas, currently ranked third in the ODIs, will be led by none other than the top One-Day Internationals batsman AB de Villiers. The team boasts eight players with previous World Cup experience in De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.Here’s a look at the key players from South Africa in the World Cup:AB de VilliersPlaying role: Wicket-keeper batsmanThe 30-year-old Pretoria player is arguably the most complete batsmen in the era of modern day cricket. Known for his prolific skills and the temperament required to back up his creative intent, de Villiers is more than capable of putting some of the most fearsome bowlers in cricket to shame.De Villiers dominated the top of the ICC Test batting rankings in 2014, along with Kumar Sangakkara. As of January 2015, he is ranked 2nd in the ICC Test and 1st in the ODI batting rankings. The right-hander, who has amassed over 7600 runs in Tests, still holds the record for most innings without registering a duck(78) in the longer version of the game.In 2015, De Villiers smashed the fastest century in ODI history, breaking New Zealand’s Corey Anderson’s record, reaching 100 off just 31 balls and going on to score 149 runs off just 44 balls against the West Indies. The South African skipper will undoubtedly be one of kep players to watch out for in the upcoming World Cup.Dale SteynPlaying role: Fast bowlerOne of most fearsome and lethal pace bowlers in cricket today, the 31-year-old speedgun is one of the bowling mainstays of South Africa. The right-hand seamer is known for his ferocious speed which is bolstered by pin-point accuracy. His ability to move the ball away from right-handers has seen him get the better of some of the most respected batsmen in cricket.advertisementIn 2008, Steyn became the fastest South African, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. In the same year, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10. Dale currently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket(amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries).He dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings for several years between 2008 and 2014. He is currently the number one ranked Test bowler in the world and also holds the third spot in the list of ICC ODI bowlers. Alongside Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, Steyn forms one of the most deadliest bowling attacks in the world of cricket.David MillerPlaying role: Middle-order batsmanThe 25-year-old player has already established himself as one of the finest strikers of the ball in cricket. Grace and elegance have little place in his technique, which is to hit the ball with such power that it stays hit.Miller’s ability to hit the ball cleanly and finding the gaps with ease make him one of the ideal players, especially in the Powerplay overs. He enjoys the freedom to play a range of strokes, both off the front and back foot. In 2013, Miller hit the 3rd fastest IPL century(38-ball 101) against Royal Challengers Bangalore. His maiden ODI hundred came in 2015 when he slammed an unbeaten 130 against West Indies.With eight fifties and a hundred in 62 ODIs, Miller will be a vital cog in the middle-order for South Africa who are chasing their maiden World Cup title.Hashim AmlaPlaying role: Opening batsmanThe 31-year-old Durban player, whose grandparents migrated from Gujarat, is the first South African of Indian descent to reach the national squad. An elegant strokeplayer with the temperament to make the most of his talent, Amla is currently ranked third in both the ICC Tests and ODIs ranking.In 2011, Amla became the fastest batsman to reach 2,000 runs in ODIs in his 40th inning. Amla became the first South African to score a Test match triple century when he scored an unbeaten 311 against England in 2012. In the 57th innings of his ODI career, Amla became the fastest batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs, requiring 12 innings fewer than Sir Vivian Richards. Also in 2013, he became the fastest batsman to score 4,000 ODI runs, requiring 8 innings fewer than Sir Vivian Richards.The year 2015 saw Amla becoming the fastest batsman to notch up 5000 ODI runs in 101 innings, well ahead of the previous record of 114 jointly held by West Indies great Viv Richards and Indian batsman Virat Kohli. With 27 fifties and 18 hundreds in 106 ODIs, Amla will set the tone for South Africa’s onslaught in the upcoming World Cup.advertisementMorne MorkelPlaying role: Fast bowlerThe 30-year-old player is an out-and-out fast bowler who has the pace and height to trouble the best batsmen in the world of cricket. His ability to extract bounce and bowl genuinely fast makes him a nightmare for the opposition batsmen.Morkel was selected in the South African squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, and went on to become one of the stars of the tournament. Morkel bowled with consistent pace and accuracy, finishing with 9 wickets at 13.33 and an economy rate of 6.00, considered excellent in this form of the game.With 152 wickets at 24.69 and an economy rate of 4.95 in 91 ODIs, Morkel is considered one of the best pace bowlers South Africa has ever produced.Squad: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn
New Zealand suffered a major blow to their hopes of winning a first series in Australia for 30 years when paceman Tim Southee suffered an injury on the second day of the first of three Tests.The 26-year-old had scans on his back after the opening day of the match at the Gabba and pulled up twice on his run-in on Friday before being helped from the pitch midway through the morning session.New Zealand Cricket later tweeted that Southee had an aggravated disc in his back and was undergoing further assessment. He failed to take the field after the lunch break, which Australia reached at 482 for three.Hopes of a series triumph, which already looked optimistic after Australia scored a record 389-2 on Thursday, had been based in part on the potency of strike attack of Southee and left-arm quick Trent Boult.Southee took one of the two wickets to fall on the opening day and had figures of 1-70.
Marcos Alonso’s header four minutes from time gave Chelsea the edge over hard-working Slavia Prague with a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final in the Czech capital on Thursday. The Spanish left-back capitalised on a fine cross by Brazilian winger Willian, the tireless mastermind of Chelsea’s attack on a chilly night. Willian came close to scoring on 25 minutes but slammed his effort onto the crossbar. “We knew very well that to play here is really very difficult,” Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said, pointing out Slavia’s “very physical and aggressive” style. “We had to face difficulties during the match. We were able to face them well and then in the second half we were able to play better. We need to think that the second leg will be difficult because these opponents are very dangerous away. We need to be careful,” Sarri added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
London: Andrew Scott may have gained immense global success for his turn as the ‘hot priest’ in “Fleabag”, but the British actor is still hooked on to his “Sherlock” character of Jim Moriarty. The actor says he hopes to revisit the arch-nemesis of iconic fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in the potential season five. In an interview with DigitalSpy, the actor said he doesn’t know much about the future of the BBC One series, but for him “the door is never fully closed”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I think everybody’s sort of doing their own separate thing just at the moment. I know Stephen (Moffat) and Mark (Gatiss) have done a version of Dracula which I’m looking forward to seeing. “For me, the door is never fully closed. It’s closed at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be opened at some point in the future. But it’s definitely not something that’s on the agenda in the foreseeable future,” Scott said. The series, which features Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, saw Scott’s Moriarty take his own life towards the end of season two. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The character, however, continued to make appearances on multiple occasions in the form of flashbacks. Scott said he does not know how will Moriarty pop-up in the series in future. “… It depends. I would just listen to what their idea was, and just put forward a couple of my suggestions. I feel very protective of him. I’m very proud of what we did on that show. If it’s the right time, we’ll all talk about it again. “But at the moment, I do think it’s provided such great opportunities for everybody in the show. So everybody’s got to do their own thing. But the idea of doing that at some point in the future is not an unhappy one,” he said.
Here is a full copy of the letter to constituents of Parry Sound-Muskoka that MP Tony Clement posted on his website on Thursday:This is Tony Clement and this message is for my constituents in Parry Sound–Muskoka.I have had the tremendous honour and privilege of serving as your Member of Parliament since 2006, a trust that has been renewed through four consecutive federal elections. Whether on the government or opposition side of the aisle, whether serving at the Cabinet table or on the back bench, my top priority has always been, and continues to be, working for the people and communities of Parry Sound–Muskoka. I have done so tirelessly, with passion and enjoyment from the first moment I received the honour to work on your behalf.I have always aimed to serve with humility and today, I am writing to you directly to address a number of poor decisions in my personal and private life. During a period of personal difficulty and weakness I engaged in inappropriate exchanges that crossed lines that should never have been crossed. These exchanges led to acts of infidelity. One inappropriate exchange led to a woman being offered money by an anonymous social media account in exchange for the disclosure of intimate and personal information. I immediately reported this personal matter to the OPP last summer. Most recently, another inappropriate exchange led to foreign actors attempting to use my indiscretion for financial extortion which, without hesitation or second thought, I immediately reported to the RCMP. While these exchanges were entirely consensual and mutual, they were absolutely wrong and should never have occurred.In conducting myself this way I’ve let down myself, my family, my friends and supporters, my community, my work colleagues, and my staff — basically everyone I care about and who care about me. Pride and vanity got the better of me, and shame held me back from getting back to the path of good. I apologize to the women with whom the exchanges occurred, and I also apologize to anyone else who felt in any way that I crossed online boundaries that made them feel uncomfortable, even without my knowing. I am deeply sorry.I want to be clear that at no time have these personal lapses impacted or involved my day to day work as a Member of Parliament on behalf of our communities. That said, I offer you no excuses for my conduct. I take full responsibility. Members of Parliament are expected to set a high standard, a standard I have failed to meet.In particular, I have failed the most important person in my life, my wife who has been with me through the many ups and downs of public service. She has made many sacrifices along the way in order to build a loving home and a wonderful family. I cannot undo the pain and hurt my actions have caused. All I can do is own up to what I have done and commit myself to rebuilding our trust, however long that may take. The mistakes I have made in my personal life, for those who know me, do not reflect who I am. I am resolved to refocus, to work hard, and to heal the damage I have caused to those most important in my life.I love my job and I love my family. I am committed to getting the professional help I need to continue serving my family, my community and my country in whatever ways I can. I wish to sincerely thank the many members of our community who have reached out to convey their thoughts and prayers to me. I can assure the residents of Parry Sound–Muskoka that my offices remain open and at your service, and that I will continue to uphold the responsibilities of being your Member of Parliament.Sincerely,Tony ClementM.P., Parry Sound–Muskoka
Author Bill Bryson gave a talk this month at one of a series of benefits to raise £100 million in support of the building of the Francis Crick Institute, an interdisciplinary medical research facility.Bryson spoke about his deep respect for scientists – men and women who display a level of dedication and a willingness to endure discomfort that is uncommon in other professions, purely for the progression of learning.Citing his conversation with a researcher who spends weeks in Antarctica each year to take glacier measurements to better understand the changing climate, Bryson said, “It gave me a moment of clarity about what scientists do because I could never do that. I don’t know any writer who would go and spend three months in a tent with a stranger just to gather another morsel of information for the sake of humanity. I don’t know any historians who would, or any lawyers or accountants. But I do know many scientists who would do that. The other thing that is as extraordinary to me is that [they are] happy to do it essentially anonymously. That is what scientists do.”Apropos of sacrifice for science and Francis Crick Institute’s collaboration with scientists from all disciplines to find new preventions and treatments for diseases, Bryson included a reading from his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything. The humorous excerpt described some of the trials and tribulations of an 18th-century collaboration of scientists to record the transit of Venus from points around the globe as it crossed the face of the sun in order to determine the distance of the sun from Earth.You can see Bill Bryson’s presentation here.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
OTTAWA — A group of G7 ministers handling how governments help workers caught in the churn of a rapidly changing labour market will sit down starting today to hammer out a path through the employment storm.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says a key goal for the two-day meeting in Montreal will be to create an employment task force that will undertake research and craft recommendations on priority areas for the group of seven countries.She says there will also be talk about how to help older workers stay in the workforce longer, an issue several governments have looked into in order manage public spending as populations age.The meeting is among several that Canada will host this year ahead of the G7 leaders meeting in early June.The theme for the labour meeting is about how countries can prepare their populations for the jobs of the future in labour market defined by fewer full-time jobs and more short-term contracts, known as the “gig” economy.There will also be an emphasis on how to help workers displaced by technological changes like automation and prepare workers for new jobs.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, who is co-hosting the meeting with Hajdu, says the ministers hope to find common ground to have policies that help the widest number of people possible benefit from technological changes.The federal government has put its budgetary weight behind spending programs that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for students, and a program known as CanCode aimed at teaching coding and digital skills to one million students.Bains says there will also be talk about artificial intelligence in the labour market and how that will affect workers.The meetings will wrap up Wednesday afternoon.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 12:55 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CES forecast: global tech spending to fall 2 per cent in 2016, as prices drop LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):4:30 p.m.Global technology spending is expected to decline 2 per cent to $950 billion in 2016.Blame falling prices for smartphones, TVs and laptops and weak economic growth in places like China. All that is putting a damper on growing categories like wearable fitness bands, smart home devices and drones.Steve Koenig, the Consumer Technology Association’s director of market research, announced the grim forecast at the opening press briefing at CES, the annual gadget show in Las Vegas that officially kicks off Wednesday.Among other headwinds are the strong dollar, which makes devices sold in other currencies seem worse. The CTA’s forecast is calculated in U.S. dollars.Another big forecast is that tablets are being squeezed out of the market, as smartphones come with larger screens and convertible laptops act like tablets when detached from their keyboards.Global unit sales of tablets are seen falling for the second year in a row, to 176 million units from 192 million last year. The peak was in 2014 when 224 million tablets were sold.— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas___2:30 p.m.The annual CES gadget show that officially kicks off Wednesday is expecting between 150,000 attendees and last year’s record 176,000, after the host organization took measures to cap attendance.The Consumer Technology Association made getting passes tougher and charged early registration fees of $100 to $300 to people who hadn’t attended shows in the past two years. It’s an attempt to rein in the sprawling show and ensure attendees have a good experience.But exhibitor square footage continues to grow, to over 2.4 million square feet, up from last year’s 2.23 million. That’s fueled by the growth in space devoted to autos, health and fitness wearables, virtual reality, 3-D printing and drones.There are also over 500 startups at the show, up from around 375 last year.— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas___1:30 p.m.Can you really walk away from your oven? Whirlpool hopes so with its new smart oven.With a smartphone, you can start, stop and adjust the temperature from another room. You get alerts when pre-heating or cooking is done so you won’t have to keep checking.And if you leave home, the app will alert you if the oven is still on — if you also have a Nest thermostat, which can detect when you’re away.It isn’t immediately known, though, whether there are any mechanisms to prevent you from accidentally turning the oven on while away.Manufacturers like Whirlpool are using this week’s CES gadget show in Las Vegas to showcase the latest technologies in everyday appliances. As these appliances connect to the Internet and to each other, people will be able to perform many basic functions from another room with a smartphone.Whirlpool is also unveiling a dishwasher that can alert you when your dishes are done and estimate how much detergent you have left. It’ll even automatically order more supplies if you’ve set up re-ordering through Amazon’s Dash program.The CES show starts Wednesday, though companies typically unveil new products earlier.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, New York___12:35 p.m.A new floor-cleaning robot from LG will respond to its owner telling it: “You missed a spot.”The South Korean company’s HOM-BOT Turbo+ makes use of cameras that record where it’s already cleaned. If it didn’t do a good job, augmented reality will come to the rescue.Using any smartphone screen, the owner can point to a still-dusty area and the robot will go there to tidy up. And unlike a human, it probably doesn’t mind being bossed around. Pricing and availability weren’t announced.This and other gadgets are set to be on display at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, which opens Wednesday.— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas___11:55 a.m.Fiat Chrysler is joining the parade of automakers incorporating Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto into their infotainment services.The company says both smartphone systems will be available on some unspecified models worldwide starting later in 2016. They will be part of the fourth generation of Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect touch-screen system. Fiat Chrysler says the new Uconnect system will start faster with quicker and more vivid touch screens.Automakers have gradually been adding the Apple and Google systems to their infotainment systems, largely because customers want the screens to mimic their familiar smartphones and perform tasks the same way.On Monday, Ford also announced plans to add the systems to its Sync infotainment centres. General Motors is rolling the systems out on select models, and others are also moving in that direction. At the same time, automakers are developing their own systems to control car functions.Among the holdouts: Toyota says it has no plans yet to add Apple’s or Google’s system yet to its Toyota and Lexus infotainment services.The announcements come as the CES show in Las Vegas is set to open Wednesday.—Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer, Las Vegas___11:35 a.m.Intel, the giant chip company, is buying a German drone maker.The move is part of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s broader strategy to promote the use of Intel chips for new technologies — including drones, robots and a variety of sensor-equipped devices. This comes as sales decline for makers of personal computers, which are traditionally among Intel’s biggest customers.The German company, Ascending Technologies, already uses some Intel gear in its flying devices. At last year’s CES gadget show in Las Vegas, Krzanich showed how Ascending Technologies is using Intel’s RealSense three-dimensional optical sensors to help its drones navigate.Intel has recently invested in several drone makers, including Ascending, China’s Yuneec and California-based Airware.Now Intel is buying Ascending outright. Intel wouldn’t disclose the sales price, but says Ascending’s 75 or so employees will be offered jobs at Intel.Krzanich is scheduled to give the opening keynote at CES on Tuesday evening.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer, San Francisco___11 a.m.Toyota will link all of its new vehicles to cellular networks starting with 2017 models in the U.S.Driver and passengers get access to selected Internet data, but Toyota’s “Data Communication Module” won’t be a wireless hotspot just yet.Drivers will get improved navigation and get updates on vehicle health and service. They’ll be able to locate, lock, unlock and start their vehicles from a smartphone. The system will notify authorities if air bags are inflated in a crash.Eventually passengers will be able to get broader wireless access, but Toyota had no details on timing or fees.The company also plans to set up a data centre to communicate with the cars, and it’s joining Ford and Livio to develop the bones to link smartphone devices and apps to vehicles.Toyota says it has no plans yet to add Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto to Toyota and Lexus infotainment systems.—Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer, Las Vegas___10:40 a.m.Smart TVs running Roku’s streaming TV software will display better pictures this spring as Roku introduces sharper, 4K resolution and an emerging technology known as HDR.With HDR, or high-dynamic range, TVs will be able to display a greater range of colour and contrast. It’s a feature expected in many TV models to be unveiled this week at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.Roku said Monday that Chinese manufacturer TCL will be the first to offer 4K, HDR sets using Roku’s system. Like other Roku TVs, the new sets will not only display traditional TV channels, but also thousands of streaming services including Netflix and Hulu. It’s largely the same software used in Roku’s stand-alone streaming devices.Although CES doesn’t open until Wednesday, many companies are unveiling their new products and services earlier.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, New York___10:10 a.m.Ladies and gentlemen, start your headsets.Oculus says it will start taking orders for its much-hyped Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The company says this is the final product that will go on sale, not a developers’ kit. However, it is staying mum for now on the price or shipping date of the headset.More details are expected to emerge Wednesday. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey will also do a Q&A on social media site Reddit on Wednesday.The company, which was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, says the headsets will come with two video games, “Lucky’s Tale” by Playful and CCP’s “EVE: Valkyrie.”The Rift will require a fairly powerful computer. Oculus plans a certification program so consumers can look for a sticker on PCs that support the Rift. Asus, Dell and Alienware will have certified models that cost less than $1,000.Oculus was also behind a $100 Samsung VR headset. It is less powerful than the Rift and works with a Samsung phone rather than a PC.— Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer, New York___8:45 a.m.Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on more than 200 million computers and other devices, five months after the new software was released.The company says Windows 10 is seeing faster adoption than earlier Windows versions, with 40 per cent of Windows 10 devices activated since the holiday shopping season started after Thanksgiving.Microsoft made the announcement in a blog post as PC makers prepare to unveil new Windows 10 products at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.Microsoft is hoping the new software — which runs on personal computers, tablets, game consoles and other gadgets — will help it regain ground as it battles Apple and Google for consumer loyalty. It hopes to have Windows 10 on a billion devices in three years.But it has a way to go. Analysts say the most common PC operating system is still Windows 7, which was released more than six years ago and lacks capabilities of newer releases.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer, San Francisco___8:20 a.m.Ford is joining several other automakers and adding Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto to its Sync touch-screen infotainment system.The automaker also plans to install a 4G LTE wireless connection to its vehicles starting with the 2017 model year.The familiar Apple and Google systems will be mimicked on the car’s screen, with voice commands available. Ford said Monday that owners of Sync 3-equipped 2016 models in North America will get a chance to update software later this year, and the systems will appear on all Sync-equipped 2017 models.Initially the wireless modem will let drivers find their cars in parking lots, unlock and start them from smart phones, and check the gas level and tire pressure. While the car is moving, smartphones will still be needed for Internet access. But spokesman Alan Hall says eventually the modems will be available for use as wireless hot spots. He says there won’t be any recurring service fee for the first five years.Ford also will announce additional apps that will be compatible with Sync.Hall wouldn’t comment on reports that Ford and Google will announce an autonomous car partnership at the gadget show. But he says Ford will have an autonomous car announcement.— Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer, Las Vegas
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Chris Ingall, of Brighton and Hove City Council’s seafront operations manager said she was “very lucky” as she could have been swept out to sea.He continued: “If she had been any deeper in, that wave would have come behind her, over the top of her, and pushed her down into deep water.”Fortunately, the force of the water pushed her back up the beach, otherwise that could have been a very different outcome.”In the Brighton sea, the pebbles slope very steeply and it only takes a few steps to be out of your depth. The council official warned dog walkers to keep their animals on a lead in these stormy conditions.He advised that if an animal does get swept out to sea, it is likely it will float and be pushed back to land by the waves.Mr Ingall said: “In those sorts of conditions you’re not going to be able to get to your dog.”He also commented that she looked “shocked and cold” after the rescue attempt. A woman has been described as “very lucky” after diving into crashing, stormy waves to retrieve her dog, who had swum out to sea.The dog walker was in Brighton when her dog ran into the waves on Sunday near the Palace Pier.She is seen being knocked off her feet by a wave, and being pushed back to shore.The woman is then seen being helped by people with her as she sits on the sand.The dog then follows her, being guided by the waves back to dry land.Alessandro Intini, an on-looker who filmed her, told the BBC: “It was a wall of water which took the girl off her feet.”
Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music and Radio, said: “For the first time this Christmas and New Year listeners can indulge in box set specials as well as festive podcasts and music mixes on BBC Sounds.”Other programmes will see Sir David Attenborough play old sound recordings of people and animals he made during his early career, as well as collections of live music, investigative crime podcasts and archive interviews with “music’s biggest icons”. 15 Minute Musical cast members Pippa Evans, Dave Lamb and Richie WebbCredit:BBC The Duchess, with a coat draped around her shoulders, ready to take notesCredit:ACU/ David Tett It follows a speech from the Duchess during a royal tour to Fiji, when she announced two ACU grants particularly designed to fund and empower women in education. The Duchess of Cornwall meets reindeer Dancer and Blitzen during her party for children at Clarence HouseCredit:AP The Duchess, who is expecting her first child in the spring, this week signalled the direction her real working life will take next year, in a meeting of academics hosted by King’s College London to discuss “how higher education can help build a better world”.In a private meeting, which a professional photograph was invited to capture, the Duchess heard from experts about the “role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience”, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) said.The list of those attending included seven senior professors and Vice-Chancellors of British universities, with other academics from overseas also giving their input. Kensington Palace were not consulted on the contents of the musical, one of two Christmas episodes of the show.The second, called Eurostars, features a Eurovision Song Contest-style performance from “our non-Brexit-obsessed counterparts on the continent as they look back on their action-packed 2018”.Last year, the BBC Radio Christmas schedule included a special edition of the Today programme, guest edited by Prince Harry. The story, to be broadcast on New Year’s Day, will be told by the programme’s regular cast of Pippa Evans, who will play the Duchess, Dave Lamb and Richie Webb. Prince Charles, his cello and Prince Edward in 1969Credit:Rex Prince Charles with Private Passions host Michael BerkeleyCredit:BBC The special landmark edition of Private Passions was announced as part of a series of box sets, festive podcast specials and seasonal music mixes. The Prince of Wales is to share the musical moments that have shaped his life as a guest on Radio 3’s Private Passions.He will discuss the role of music in his life in the 45-minute-long BBC show, due for broadcast on BBC Sounds on Boxing Day and Radio 3 on December 30, in which knowledgeable guests discuss “their musical loves and hates”. He is understood to be a fan of the programme.His selection of eight songs includes music performed at his wedding to The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a work he personally conducted with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of his wife’s 60th birthday. The meeting was not announced ahead of time, with photographer David Tett invited by the university to take photographs of the Duchess at work, appearing attentive and with a pen in her hand.The pictures, approved by Kensington Palace, were released on their Instagram page yesterday.The radio programme about the Duchess’ life is part of a Christmas schedule which also includes an appearance from real royalty. The prince also speaks “about formative early childhood experiences of attending the ballet and concerts with his grandmother, the Queen Mother”, as well playing the cello with the Trinity College Orchestra while he was a student at Cambridge. The Duchess of Sussex announces two ACU grants in FijiCredit:Reuters She waved goodbye to the acting world with her final episode of Suits, giving up a showbiz career to marry into the Royal Family.But if the Duchess of Sussex can no longer star in her own show, the BBC is striving to provide the next best thing: a musical based on the life and times of Meghan Markle, entitled “The Sixth In Line to be King and I”.Radio 4’s 15 Minute Musical has turned its sights to the Duchess, with a “Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired” comedy broadcast confirmed for the Christmas schedule.It will see radio actors “look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring”, in what is described as an “inspired celebration of Meghan Markle’s life to date”.The show has previously broadcast episodes including “The Legend of Holy Superior Mother Theresa May and the Magic Money Tree”, “Jeremy Corbyn Superstar!” and “Cabarexit”, which saw them “turn the EU referendum into a sexy, sassy, sensationalised, sublime sounding musical”.
BEFORE IRELAND’S WOMEN took on and beat the reigning champions New Zealand in their Pool B World Cup fixtures today, they had to face down the traditional Maori war cry, the haka.If you’re used to seeing the men’s All Black side do it, then you’ll find one this a little different. Source: Sean Farrell/YouTube‘We know the enormity of the task in front us’ – Ireland captain CoghlanWelsh centre Williams making positive progress after spinal cord injury
Image: Shutterstock/Marsan No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3285487 A DUBLIN BODYBUILDER is facing trial accused of illegally supplying €100,000 worth of anabolic steroids and a Viagra-like product by mail order.Hans Vogel with an address at an apartment in Cameron Court, Cork Street, Dublin 8 is facing 18 charges under the Irish Medicine Boards Act in connection with the alleged sale of prescription only medications.The case follows an investigation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) which is responsible for regulating medicinal and health products in Ireland.It is also alleged Vogel placed the products on the market without authorisation and permitted the use of his premises for the receipt, collection and transmission of orders or correspondence in connection with the supply of the products by mail order on 26 May 2015.Guilty pleasThe case was listed before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court when defence counsel Aisling Kelly said that a guilty plea was being entered in respect of five of the charges.A hearing date on the remaining charges, which are being contested, was sought.Solicitor Ronan O’Neill, for the HPRA, gave an outline of the facts for the purpose of deciding jurisdiction. Pursuant to a warrant, HPRA officers attended Vogel’s premises, he said. It was alleged there was medication including one related to Viagra with the ingredient Sildenafil, as well as anabolic steroids, “some by injection”.He told Judge Brennan that it was alleged that substantial sums, perhaps in excess of €100,000 went through a bank account. However, the defence counsel said that is going to be seriously disputed.Judge Brennan accepted jurisdiction for the case to remain at district court level and ordered that the trial would take place over two days in September. The prosecution intends to call 12 witnesses, the court was told.Legal aid has been granted. The defence is asking for it to be set at a higher rate in light of the complexity of the charges and Judge Brennan said he would decide on that at a later stage.Each charge carries a maximum fine of €4,000 as well as sentences of up to one year. However, the district court cannot impose sentences totalling more than two years.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: ‘There is a place within us that is yours and yours always’ – Clondalkin victims laid to rest >Read: ‘Sinn Féin’s approach is ridiculous’: Fianna Fáil is planning for a united Ireland > Image: Shutterstock/Marsan Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM Bodybuilder facing trial over sale of €100k worth of steroids and viagra-like medicines Hans Vogel with an address at Cameron Court, Cork Street, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty to five charges. Mar 14th 2017, 6:20 AM By Tom Tuite 7,542 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA is having a successful start to 2019: Its New Horizons spaceship just completed the major Ultima Thule flyby.On Tuesday, the New Horizons team announced the successful flyby at 10:31 a.m. EST after receiving “healthy” data from the spaceship, Engadget reported. Even though the spacecraft technically flew by Ultima Thule at roughly 12:33 a.m. EST, the team had to wait approximately six hours to receive a signal from the spaceship.Confirmed! @NASANewHorizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft. Congratulations to the New Horizons team, @JHUAPL and the Southwest Research Institute for making history yet again! pic.twitter.com/t47BOmo7c1— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) January 1, 2019New Horizons’ Ultima Thule flyby is a major milestone for NASA. It’s the most distant flyby in human history, since it occurred almost four billion miles away from the sun. Plus, scientists will be able to learn more details about Ultima Thule and the Kuiper Belt, a group of ancient icy bodies that are similar in size to dwarf planets and comets.Fans will have to wait for more scientific data and a close-up image of Ultima Thule, which isn’t expected to be released until 9 p.m. EST tonight.More on Geek.com:NASA’s New Horizons Begins Countdown to Ultima Thule FlybyNASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Is Set for Ultima Thule FlybyNASA Telescope Captures Stunning Sight of 2018’s Brightest Comet Stay on target
Former Russia international Dmitri Cheryshev doubts that Mohamed Salah can be considered on par among the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his World Cup debut for Egypt against the hostsThe 25-year-old had a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool that saw him win the Golden Boot award by scoring a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a single 38-game season.In all competitions, Salah scored an impressive 44 goals and has been compared among the other great football stars on the planet right now.However, an unfortunate shoulder injury from last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid caused Salah to miss Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in what was their first World Cup game in 28 years.But the Egyptian Football Association has since confirmed that Salah will be available for selection for their crucial game against Russia for Tuesday’s game in St Petersburg.Regardless though, Cheryshev doubts that Salah will be able to repeat his performances at Liverpool for Egypt.“He is an exceptional player, but [he is] not a world-class football star who can compete for the [World Cup] Golden Boot,” Cheryshev told KingFut.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“Right now [the contenders for the award] are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe [Harry] Kane.“Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different.”Russia began their World Cup campaign on home soil with a convincing 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia last week.While Cheryshev is confident they can replicate last Thursday’s display, he warned the national team about the threat of Egypt boss Hector Cuper.Cheryshev added: “The team is getting ready for Egypt.“I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use [in that match].”
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is keen on securing a permanent stay at the San Siro.Bakayoko, 24, joined the Serie A giants on loan last summer with an option to buy and the former Monaco man has reiterated he wants to remain in Milan.The French midfielder endured a slow start to his career at the club but has recently grown in confidence making him Milan’s standout players this season under Gennaro Gattuso.When asked about his future in an interview that was cited on FourFourTwo, the Frenchman said: “We’re waiting for the end of the season.“I’m under contract with Chelsea, but I’m very happy at Milan and I’d like to continue with them.“It was difficult at the start, also because of the language. Today things are going much better, both on the field and in everyday life, and I’m very happy.“As for the future, the objective is to finish in the top four with Milan and have a surprise: a recall to the national team.”Bakayoko has made 19 Serie A appearances for Milan and they are finely poised to secure a Champions League spot.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The percentage of our wins has increased, but the whole team deserves credit,” Bakayoko said.🎙️ Tiémoué Bakayoko @RMCsportToday things are going much better, both on the field and in everyday life, and I’m very happy. As for the future, the objective is to finish in the top four with Milan and have a surprise: a recall to the national team 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/xqcPZij3Pz— TeamMilanAC (@TeamMilanAC) February 19, 2019“We had a difficult start and for me, it wasn’t easy to adapt to a new team and new surroundings.“I think I’ve become an important player and I‘ve tried my best to help Milan get back to where they deserve to be.“At the start, I was only played sparingly and I was judged a bit too soon. When I started playing regularly, I was able to improve my performances. That’s what I lacked: continuity.”
Olympia — State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, asked Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Monday to investigate whether Planned Parenthood filed fraudulent or ineligible Medicaid claims with the state’s Department of Social and Health Services.In a letter to Kelley, Benton cites allegations by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian advocacy group, that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest overbilled the state at least 50,000 times at a cost of $377 million. The Medicaid program provides health coverage for low-income residents.In a news release, Benton said the allegations being made against Planned Parenthood still need to be verified. If they are true, Benton said the auditor’s office should find out why DSHS didn’t catch the fraud.
BEIJING: China’s central bank said on Tuesday it is “resolutely opposed” to the United States labelling Beijing a currency manipulator a day after it let the yuan weaken significantly against the dollar. China’s central bank steadied the yuan on Tuesday, but stock markets continued to fall. The US Treasury Department on Monday “determined that China is a currency manipulator” — the second major escalation in the two countries’ spiralling trade war in just 24 hours. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) called the designation “wayward unilateralism and protectionist” and said it “seriously undermined international rules”. The yuan exchange rate “is driven and determined by market forces,” the central bank said in a statement, adding it is “resolutely opposed to this”. Both the onshore and offshore yuan breached the 7.0 level against the dollar on Monday, which investors see as a key threshold in the Chinese currency’s value, and global equity markets tumbled amid fears of the escalating trade war between the two biggest economies. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us But forex trading on Tuesday was calmer, with the onshore yuan weakening 0.08 per cent to 7.0512, and the offshore currency strengthening 0.24 per cent to 7.0802. China’s central bank weakened its central parity bank rate on Tuesday to the lowest level in more than 11 years, but by less than many analysts were expecting — suggesting the bank does not want to let the currency move too much. Advertise With Us “A more market-friendly China fix provided the first signal that the PBOC is having a second thought about weaponising the yuan,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at VM Markets Pte Ltd Singapore. “However, the fix is ambiguous enough to keep two-sided interest alive while still conveying a message to US trade hawks that in no uncertain terms will China be a pushover,” he said. The yuan is not freely convertible and the Chinese government limits its movement against the US dollar to a two per cent range on either side of a central parity rate that the central bank sets each day to reflect market trends and control volatility. On Tuesday the midpoint rate was set at 6.9683. “Since 2018 the United States has continuously escalated the trade dispute and China has always insisted it will not engage in competitive devaluation,” the central bank said. Allowing the yuan to depreciate makes Chinese exports cheaper and offsets some of the burden of punitive US tariffs that will soon be slapped on nearly all of its goods. “China has not used the exchange rate as a tool to deal with trade disputes,” the statement said. The yuan’s weakening came just days after the US announced plans to raise tariffs on another USD 300 billion in Chinese imports, accusing Beijing of failing to live up to commitments in trade negotiations. That would make virtually all of the roughly USD 660 billion in goods traded annually between China and the United States subject to tariffs.