The Fossils that Didn’t Evolve

first_img(Visited 664 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s an assortment of newly-discovered fossils that challenge Darwinian evolution.Bad Boy beetle: “He’s Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he’s currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists,” says Science Daily. Why the astonishment?…[T]he species that has now been discovered, assigned to the newly introduced family Ponomarenkiidae, can be identified as a modern beetle, in spite of its remarkable age. Modern characteristics are the antennae resembling a string of beads, antennal grooves, and the unusually narrow abdomen, tapering to a point. What is more, unlike previously known Permian beetles, the wing cases are completely hardened, the body’s surface is largely smooth, and the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion show modern features, notes insect palaeontologist Yan. In addition, it appears that this little beetle had stopped living under tree bark, the habitat favoured by its contemporaries, and had adopted a much more exposed lifestyle on plants. A significant fact is that, due to its unorthodox combination of ancestral and modern characteristics, this genus does not fit in any of the four suborders of beetles that still exist, which is why Yan and Beutel have given it the nickname Bad Boy.Think about that phrase, “ancestral and modern characteristics.” Does it not make sense that ‘modern’ trumps ‘ancestral’? If you found an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a Sirius XM radio and GPS navigation system in its dashboard, when would you say it was made? Wouldn’t the modern parts answer the question? Would you believe someone claiming that the entire car (modern parts and all) was manufactured in 1961? Humans might install modern parts in classic cars, but evolution cannot. The only way to claim “modern” traits existed is to force the abrupt appearance of those traits earlier in Darwin Years than expected, like claiming Sirius XM radio evolved in 1961, 28 years before XM radio was even introduced.Trippy elephant: Last November in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a nine-year-old boy stumbled on a rock that turned out to be a fossil, National Geographic says. The family gathered and noticed it looked like a jaw with teeth. Thinking it was a big fat rotten cow, they decided to call New Mexico State University Professor Peter Houde, who identified it as a stegomastodon, an extinct relative of elephants Houde claims is a million years old. Reporter Joseph Kolb at Fox News Science must have noticed “stegomastodon” and thought “stegosaur” because he wrongly calls it a dinosaur! Kolb did record this interesting admission by Houde about the creature: “Ours would look pretty much just like modern elephants if they were alive today although the Cuvieronius had spiral tusks.” Historical note: Georges Cuvier, after whom the creature is named, was a staunch anti-evolutionist.Desert jellyfish: Death Valley—the hottest place on earth—is a long way today from the nearest California beach. But in a remote part of this desert national park, a mass kill of jellyfish has been found embedded in the rocks. New Scientist reports the discovery of 13 jellyfish by UC Riverside scientists. “The discovery suggests the marine animals behaved in a comparable way to their modern counterparts,” the article states. But here’s the kicker: they date from the Cambrian Explosion, 540 million Darwin Years ago!The jellyfish in the Cambrian seas seemed to have looked and behaved a lot like they do today. Sappenfield and his colleagues believe that the ancient jellyfish also lived near the shore, until tides or waves pushed them closer to the beach. When the tide receded the animals got stranded, just as modern jellyfish do.But jellyfish washing up on today’s beaches have a poor chance of becoming fossils. Most are quickly torn to pieces by scavengers or curious children.The rest of the article quickly turns to rescue devices to save the millions of years. But it’s difficult; “Because sand on today’s beaches shifts about so much, any evidence of something as delicate as a jellyfish would be destroyed very quickly.”Instant Ediacarans: Another fossil story from Science Daily talks about “Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time.” What are they? Well, nobody is sure they are even animals. They are fern-shaped multicellular organisms called Rangeomorphs from the Ediacaran period, some 50 million Darwin Years before the Cambrian explosion. But they exploded onto the scene themselves. After some preliminary Darwin fluff in the opening paragraphs comes this admission: “They show up in the fossil record with a bang, at very large size.” Attributing this to changes in ocean chemistry is like attributing dogs to the appearance of fire hydrants. David Klinghoffer debunks the ocean-chemistry theory on Evolution News & Science Today.Convergent reptiles: An extinct diapsid reptile known as Eusaurosphargis [“true-lizard-turtle”] has been found in Switzerland, reports Science Daily. Previously known only from badly-scattered bones, Eusaurosphargis is now better understood from this “excellently preserved” specimen, allowing paleontologists to infer its environment. Since it was found in marine sediments despite being a scaly reptile, the discoverers assume “that it was washed off a nearby island into the sea basin and became embedded in the finely layered marine sediments after death.” Storytellers took their cue:Grisons [Switzerland], 241 million years ago — Instead of amidst high mountains, a small reptile suns itself on an island beach in a warm shallow sea, where many fish and marine reptiles frolic. This is the story told by an excellently preserved new discovery of the reptile Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi studied by paleontologists from the University of Zurich.”Further down, though, evolutionary problems set in, rescued by “convergent evolution” —In the process, they discovered something astonishing: Externally, Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi looks very similar to girdled lizards (Cordylidae), a group of small, scaled reptiles (Lepidosauria) that usually live in the dry regions of southern Africa. Some of the more strongly armored girdled lizard species could have served as the basis of mythical dragon legends due to their appearance. “This is a case of convergent development as the extinct species is not closely related to today’s African lizards”, Scheyer explains.Evolutionists are trying to fit this fossil in with marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but they have a problem: “The skeleton of Eusaurosphargis, however, shows neither a streamlined body structure, nor arms and legs that have transformed into flippers, as well as no tail fin, which would indicate a life at sea.”Did you catch how many times the evolutionists were “astonished” at these fossils? Creationists are not astonished to find modern-looking animals appearing abruptly and failing to evolve. They are not surprised by mosaics of traits in fully-functioning, well-designed animals. They are not astonished to find land animals in marine sediments.Readers, please notice three no-no’s in scientific explanations. (1) You can’t use circular reasoning, embedding your assumptions in your explanation. This is like the bad syllogism, “I believe everything evolved without God. I found a fossil. Therefore, it evolved without a Creator.” (2) You can’t mask a bad explanation with jargon. Terms like convergent evolution, ancestral, ancient, primitive, etc. embed Darwinism into the answers, sidestepping the issues that need explanation. (3) You can’t exclude alternative explanations by arbitrary rules. To say in advance that ‘We will only accept materialistic answers’ doesn’t help understanding; it prevents it. Darwin himself said that “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Let the evidence drive the explanation, not the ideology.Darwinists are frequently guilty of all three no-no’s, as shown above. So say No! No! to Darwin and his storytelling disciples.last_img read more

NFC Gets More Flexible with “Open NFC” for Android

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts What he means is that, without something like Open NFC, any smartphone manufacturer that wanted to build phones using chips from another company besides NXP would have had to rewrite a substantial portion of the code found in the Android OS to allow the stack to work with a different NFC controller or combo connectivity chip.What Else Open NFC DoesThe code referencing the NXP hardware is not confined to a thin hardware-specific layer, Martineau said, but is found throughout the stack. With Open NFC’s hardware abstraction layer, however, adapting that stack to new hardware is much simpler.Open NFC itself is not new – it was introduced last year. This is just the first time it has been ported to Android. The Android version of the stack includes the ability to both read and write tags and it supports peer-to-peer communications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and is compatible with smart cards and RFID tags.The stack is also available for WinCE 6.0, Windows Phone 7, Linux 2.6, MeeGo and other mobile platforms in addition to Android. The software download will be available for Android 2.3/2.4 via Inside Secure’s website at the end of the month. It’s free and open-sourced under the Apache License. Developer documentation is available here.Why NFC Matters NFC, a short-range wireless communications technology, has been widely used in other parts of the world, especially in regions within Europe and Asia, but has not yet caught on in North America. But with the launch of Android 2.3 and the newest Google Android flagship phone, the Nexus S, NFC support is built right in.The technology forms the basis for upcoming mobile payments platforms which would allow you to wave your phone at a device at the point of sale in order to make a purchase – no credit cards required. Google is working on a mobile payments service of its own, which would tie together several of its products, including Google Places, Hotpot (local business recommendations) and, of course, Android. Both Apple and RIM have plans for NFC in their phones, too, although less is known about their particular initiatives.More importantly, three of the four leading U.S. mobile operators – AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, have teamed up on a mobile payments service called Isis which will utilize NFC technology. The service will be rolled out over the next 18 months in key markets, says the group.And other startups are taking advantage of NFC as well. For example, person-to-person mobile payments company mPayy interfaces with NFC technology in its mobile payment services for public transit and brick and mortar retailers. Another startup, Bling Nation, is offering stickers that NFC-enable phones that don’t include the necessary hardware.Forrester research analysts pegged NFC as one of the top mobile trends for 2011, saying that in some regions in the U.S. where NFC infrastructure is in place, the technology will begin to move from the trial stages to broader adoption this year.Note: We’ve reached out to NXP for comment and will update when it arrives. Stay tuned.Update: The following is NXP’s statement from Henri Ardevol, Vice President and General Manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors:NXP is committed to the open-source development of NFC APIs and protocol stacks. We’re working with partners from across the eco-systems which include many parties such as Google, handset manufacturers, mobile network operators to support the development of NFC devices and applications. The NFClib from NXP has a classical layered structure, with a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) providing a clear abstraction of the underlying Hardware and the Operating System.This HAL represents a fraction of the total software stack, as is typical in any connectivity technology implementation. NXP is the only supplier to provide the full stack in open source, including the HAL.The HAL API is located in phHAL4Nfc.h file and is also available to any other HW manufacturer willing to map their Hardware. Ultimately a standard API for Hardware abstraction will be provided by the NCI currently in specification phase at the NFC Forum. NXP plays an active role in the NFC-Forum to drive NFC related standards. The rest of NXP’s code is developed to support a broad range of industry standards, and is not proprietary to any specific hardware platform. By supporting the industry in this way, we believe that this will drive the creation of compelling NFC applications by handset manufacturers and independent application developers alike.” sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Semiconductor solutions provider Inside Secure has released an open source NFC protocol stack for Android 2.3, code-named “Gingerbread,” which it will provide to chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers, wireless carriers and software developers for free. The stack, called Open NFC, is the first hardware-independent implementation of NFC (near field communication) for Google’s Android mobile operating system.Prior to this launch, Android’s support for NFC code would only work with NFC chips from the vendor NXP Semiconducters. With Open NFC, however, different NFC chips can be used in Android phones, with less effort than would have been required before.Why Open NFC?Explains Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for Inside Secure, “Open NFC relies on a separate, very thin and easily adaptable hardware abstraction software layer, which accounts for a very small percentage of the total stack code, meaning that the Open NFC software stack can be easily leveraged for different NFC chip hardware.”“This has tremendous cost, time-to-market and flexibility advantages for NFC chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers and software developers who would otherwise have to contend with rewriting the hardware-specific elements of the Gingerbread NFC protocol stack,” he said. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Report: Apple Wants To Make The iPhone The Hub For Your Smart Home

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … lauren orsini Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#connected home#Google#home#Internet of Things#Nest#smart home center_img The Internet is invading our homes, and Apple doesn’t want to miss the trend.Sources tell the Financial Times that Apple will unveil new technologies for controlling smart, connected devices like thermostats, lights, door locks, and more at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in San Francisco next week.According to the report, Apple is not preparing a new hardware device to serve as a “hub” for the smart home. Instead, Apple will make it easy for hardware makers to link their devices to iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. As a result, an iPhone owner could have lights turn on at home when she walks in the door, or start playing music when she moves from room to room.See also: How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your LifeApplications already exist to turn your iPhone and iPad into smart home controllers. Apple sells Philips Hue light bulbs in its stores, for example, and they come with a companion app. Apple would formalize such efforts with a certification program that would, among other things, guarantee the safety and security of connected home devices. That’s a real concern, given the growing trend of virtual home invasions by malicious hackers.See also: Google: Your Nest Will Not Turn Into A BillboardEver since Apple secured a smart home patent in November 2013, it’s been expected that the company would eventually announce a smart home platform. WWDC, Apple’s annual week-long effort to woo developers and show off new technologies they can incorporate into their software and hardware, is the natural place to do so.By entering the smart home market in this way, Apple could significantly expand its presence in users’ lives while boosting sales of its existing hardware lines. There’s also the potential to sell Apple-approved home devices like thermostats and light bulbs in Apple’s own chain of retail stores.See also: 3 Reasons Apple Should Have Bought NestApple already sells Nest thermostats as well as wireless audio gear, so it has some insight into consumer appetite for smart-home devices. It may also have an advantage over other players in the smart-home market—a reputation for protecting privacy. Already, people worry that Google will start using data from its users’ smart homes to target advertising. (Google’s recently acquired Nest subsidiary has denied having such plans, but a recent filing by Google suggests other Google-powered devices might do so.) We’ll be watching Apple’s announcements next week closely to see how it plans to reassure consumers while it woos developers. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Smart Speakers Are Useful and Fun, but Don’t Let Them Reign as the Queen of All Knowledge

first_imgVince Lynch is CEO of IV.AI, a global AI company that helps businesses better connect with their customers. It processes 150 languages so all customers can be heard regardless of their origin. Clients include SMBs and larger companies such as Netflix, Toyota, Estée Lauder, Telefonica, and Capital One. When we were asked to help promote the “Resident Evil” film franchise for Sony Pictures a couple of years ago, we came up with the idea of altering the fictional artificial intelligence character (The Red Queen) into a real AI character — for which the fans could interact. It was a fun concept that was quite successful, but it created some serious challenges and reminded us how hard it is to build truly meaningful AI.Creating AI, including smart speakers like Alexa and smartphone assistants like Siri, is challenging. These devices offer a helpful utility function and are good for amusement, but they are created and trained by humans, which can introduce biases and a power dynamic that should be addressed.The Red Queen AIEngagement was what we were aiming for when we started on the Red Queen AI. We began by collecting all the scripts that had been created by the writers of the films in the series. We trained the AI to learn the character using natural language processing techniques and then generated new dialogue written entirely by the AI to see how it would work.The first few AI outputs were a nightmare. There wasn’t enough training data in the model, so the new AI version of the character was overly aggressive. We needed more data to soften the harsh villain character and enable it to work for a wider audience.The film character’s catchphrase was “You’re all going to die down here,” but the first version of the AI couldn’t quite get it right. It gave us some pretty funny results, including “You must die” and “Your death is here.” As you might imagine, it could be a bit heavy out of context and could have hindered our ability to reach a new audience that hadn’t seen the previous films.To add more training data and to make the AI smarter, we decided to tap into literature by authors like Charles Dickens and Shakespeare so the AI could learn from the more gentle communication styles of classic villains. Then, we added real conversations from police engagements with criminals to provide more realism and modern communication, as well as examples of people on psychoactive drugs recounting the things they saw, which ended up providing some rather creative dialogue.We trained and retrained, and finally settled on the AI’s output: “I’m not sure I’m done playing with you yet.” This statement would then appear more playful and not as murderous. Plus it worked for the context of the engagement, which allowed people back into the game.Everyone was happy with the end result, and the game was a hit. But it’s important to note that our decisions about which training data to use had biases. The decisions of the writers as to what made a good villain had biases. All of those biased slants can be OK when the aim is entertainment — but they should be approached with caution for more serious conversations managed by voice assistants, such as for healthcare, finances, and nutrition.The Challenges of AI AssistantsThe creators of AI assistants are often a small, homogenized group of people behind the curtain who decide what answers are true (or the most accurate) for billions of people. These arbitrary statements create a distorted view of reality that users of AI assistants might take as gospel.For instance, more than a year ago, Alexa was accused of a liberal bias. And last January, a video went viral when someone asked Google Home who Jesus was and the device couldn’t answer but could tell users who Buddha was. The company explained that it didn’t allow the device to answer the question because some answers come from the web, which might prompt a response a Christian would find disrespectful.As the use of smart speakers continues to climb, so do expectations. The number of smart speakers in U.S. homes increased 78% from December 2017 to December 2018 to a whopping 118.5 million, according to “The Smart Audio Report.” But users need to be mindful of the way the AI platforms work.Digital assistants have the potential to limit the scope of what products and platforms we use.After all, when one device (and, therefore, one company) owns the road to external knowledge, that company can act unethically in its own interest.For example, if I ask Siri to play a song by The Beatles, the device might automatically play the song from Apple Music instead of my Spotify library. Or I might ask Alexa to order AA batteries, and Alexa could happily order Amazon’s own brand.Combatting the Limited Scope of AI DevicesIn free markets, where competition is supposed to benefit consumers, these flaws can present significant obstacles. The companies that own the speakers could conceivably gain even more control over commerce than they already have.To combat this, users should be as transparent as possible with their requests to AI devices. “Play The Beatles on Spotify” or “Order the cheapest AA batteries,” for instance, are more thorough instructions. The more aware users are of how companies engage with them, the more they can enjoy the benefits of AI assistants while maintaining control of their environment.You can also ask an AI device to communicate with a specific company when you are buying items. For instance, Best Buy offers exclusive deals that you can only get when ordering through your smart speaker. You can also get updates on your orders, help with customer service needs, and updates on new releases.Users should remember that AI assistants are tools, and they need to think about how they manage them in order to have a good experience.And users should report responses if assistants make them feel uncomfortable so the makers of these devices and skills can improve the experience for everyone. Natural language processing requires a considered focus, as the potential benefits are just as significant as the liability of things going wrong.As for our natural language processing and the Red Queen, we discovered that some users were signing off at night with “Good night, Red Queen,” which means she clearly wasn’t too aggressive in the end. Follow the Puck A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Vince LynchCEO of IV.AI Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#digital assistant#smart speakers AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagelast_img read more

Find Your New Favorite Tool: Five NLE Alternatives to Premiere

first_imgFrustrated with Premiere? Tired of the subscription model? Today, we’re taking a peek at some of the alternative NLEs available to editors.Many editors have a love-hate relationship with Premiere Pro. Whether it’s a bug that deletes all of the footage on your hard drive, being limited to only the most recent versions of the subscription-based software, unstable releases, or any of the other host of issues users have been dealing with for years — many users feel let down by Adobe’s flagship editing software.If you’ve found yourself frustrated with Premiere, know that you’re not alone.Today, we’re taking a look at five alternative NLEs to Adobe’s. Best of all, these are all affordable, and users can purchase and use them without the reviled subscription-based model pushed by Adobe since 2015.LightworksVia EditShare.Professional editors have used Lightworks for twenty-five years. With credits like The Wolf of Wall Street, Pulp Fiction, LA Confidential, and The King’s Speech (among many others), Lightworks has a well-established place in the NLE game.The most recent version of the software has all of the essential tools for modern projects. Lightworks supports 4K timelines with integrated Proxy workflows to speed up the editing process, and can reconnect and export videos to a variety of formats up to 4K.The timeline can take a bit of getting used to when coming from Premiere. As you resize clips, the timeline automatically adjusts. However, with a bit of practice, it’s actually a pretty nice feature.Lightworks is a simple editing system for mastering video. Image via Lightworks.Lightworks feels nice and lightweight. The editing process breaks down into four main sections: Log, Edit, VFX, and Audio. Simply work through each tab to finish your video.There’s a free version that allows for very basic video assembly, and a really flexible licensing path if you decide you like it. Users can purchase Lightworks outright for about $500, license annually for $175, or monthly for $25. The only real features you’ll miss out on by using the free version is the ability to export to a desired codec and access to bundled plugin packages.The Lightworks Tutorial playlist has a pretty comprehensive guide for anyone wanting to give full projects a shot. For users creating simple videos, Lightworks isn’t half bad.ShotcutVia Teacher’s Tech.Shotcut is a free, open-source NLE originally developed in 2004. It’s since been completely re-written based on MLT Multi-Media Framework. MLT authors, manages, and runs multi-track video in all sorts of applications beyond just NLEs, which makes Shotcut a very interesting NLE for developers of web and mobile apps.Shotcut uses FFmpeg to natively support nearly every video and audio codec ever created. Because of this, Shotcut natively supports pretty much any video codec you can throw at it, just like any other paid editing program does, including 4K flavors of ProRes and DNxHD.Shotcut is a free, open-source NLE made for developers of web and mobile apps. Image via Shotcut.Because Shotcut is open source, it supports user and community-developed plugins. There are a plethora of useful and niche plugins for video stabilization, noise reduction, video glitching, and many other image and audio mastering effects available for free download and integration into Shotcut.However, Shotcut has a fairly comprehensive set of video filters, color wheels, text generators, opacity tools, and audio mastering effects available to use out of the box. Shotcut also expands its functionality through hardware support of Blackmagic and Leap motion tools.Overall, Shotcut seems like a great tool for hardcore computer techies and developers creating content for web or mobile apps. Meanwhile, some of the other NLEs in this list will better serve the needs of straightforward video editors and content creators.HitFilm ProVia FXhome.More than just a replacement for Premiere, HitFilm brings some really cool features to the table not found in any other NLE on the market. HitFilm boasts that it’s the only editing software you’ll need to finish your film. This may well be true, with a comprehensive audio suite, full 3D compositing, modeling, an animating environment with Ray Tracing support, motion tracking tools, comprehensive text tools, particle engine, motion graphics, Academy Award-winning tracking, support for resolutions up to 8K, and the “largest VFX toolkit in the industry,” just to name a few of the features HitFilm Pro is packing under the hood.Beyond marketing, HitFilm is a super solid NLE with extremely intuitive controls and functionality. For users familiar with Premiere, the transition couldn’t be simpler. All of the essential tools are pretty much where you expect them to be. Cutting, adding effects, and transitions are all extremely simple.HitFilm is a comprehensive and unique NLE with intuitive controls and functionality. Image via FXhome.Despite the massive set of tools at hand, HitFilm looks to be one of the simplest NLEs for beginners. Its tutorial and guide splash page place the full features of the program within immediate reach when you launch the program. The team at FXHome regularly put out masterclasses on how to emulate looks from Hollywood films within their flagship editing system.HitFilm Pro is a really unique piece of software, offering far more to editors than most of the other entries on this list. For those looking to move away from Premiere who worry about replacing the workflows of the extended creative suite, HitFilm could be the ticket. Head over to the Learning HitFilm page to explore on your own.Via Teacher’s Tech.HitFilm Pro is available for $300 — the same price as six months of an Adobe subscription. HitFilm Express has many of the essential features found in the Pro version, and is also completely free.Vegas ProSony Vegas is a tried and tested industry staple with a twenty year history. It’s a fully-featured NLE with all of the tools and functionality an editor would expect out of their software.Vegas has support for all modern video codecs and formats, multi-cam editing, proxy workflows, and compositing and opacity tools. This NLE also offers support for S-Log, ACES, LUTs, Boris FX plugins, and makes use of hardware acceleration for supported machines and graphics cards.Vegas was initially a sound-only tool. This remains in its DNA with a robust sound-sweetening and mastering toolkit, including a full multi-track DAW and the tools that go with it, right inside the NLE.A solid NLE, Vegas Pro comes with all the tools and functionality an editor could want. Image via Sony.The most recent version (16) brings some significant improvements to the user interface and usability, bringing it pretty much up to speed with Premiere. Vegas 16 also supports HDR and 360 degree video, as well as beefed-up motion tracking and video stabilization tools.Overall, Vegas is a solid NLE. It lacks some of the polish of Premiere and other high-end editing systems, but you won’t hurt for the tools you need if you go with Vegas. At $300, however, I would personally give HitFilm a go before Vegas. Apologies to Sony fans everywhere.DaVinci ResolveVia BlackMagic Design.No list of NLEs in 2019 is complete without DaVinci Resolve. Over the past five years or so, DaVinci took aim at the likes of Premiere and Avid by putting some real muscle into the editing side of its color grading suite.Resolve is built from the ground up to support multi-user collaboration on projects. So, single clicks will switch users between its media ingest, editing, audio, color, VFX, and export functionality.Resolve has a fully-featured editing suite built-in with intuitive controls and workflows. Version 16 supports any video codec and format up to 8K resolution, new adjustment layers (called “Adjustment Clips”), as well as facial recognition to simplify sorting clips. It also offers overhauled speed retiming and image stabilization tools, along with a host of other features.With a fully-featured editing suite built-in, DaVinci Resolve’s controls and workflows are intuitive. Image via DaVinci Resolve 16.The newest version also brings a new “Cut” page to the software. This page functions as a hyper-streamlined NLE for rapidly assembling footage, with a simplified interface designed to help you get those fast turn-around jobs out the door.Resolve costs $300, but if you aren’t going to be fully finishing your projects, or don’t need Resolve’s industry-leading premium tools, the free version has almost the exact same functionality.There’s really no better free software on the market than Resolve. If you haven’t tried it, download it and start learning it. It may well become the new industry standard NLE in a few years’ time.There are more legitimate options than ever before for editors. So, take some time to familiarize yourself with the NLE’s available to you. You might just find a new favorite tool.Top image via ImageBySutipond.Looking for more on NLEs and video production? Check these out.The Best Video Editing Programs: Final Cut Pro vs. Premiere ProTop Alternatives to Premiere Pro in 2019 — Free and PaidWhy Adobe Doesn’t Want You Using Older Versions of CCGlowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWhy You Should Wait to Download Your NLE’s Beta Releaselast_img read more

PBA D-League: Perpetual Help picks up 1st win, slips past Diliman College

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Jeffer Egan leads Perpetual. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–University of Perpetual Help fended off Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill, 71-65, for its first win in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.The Altas led by as much as 14 points but needed late baskets by Jielo Razon, Tonton Peralta and Jeffer Egan to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kevin Gandjeto posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Dragons, who fell to 1-2 in the Foundation Group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Asian Cup hosts UAE punished for shoe, bottle barrage “I thought we did very well in the first half because of our defense and I think that propelled us in our offense. But in the third quarter, it was a simple collapse on our part,” admitted Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.Perpetual Help took a 38-24 halftime lead but Diliman College went on to tie the game at 50 in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRazon’s 3 put the Altas ahead, 62-61, before Peralta and Egan put the finishing touches.Egan showed the way for the Altas (1-2) with 25 points while Peralta and Razon had 13 and 12 points, respectively.last_img read more

Uber is elevating its UberAir pilot program to include Melbourne Australia

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: UberAir is planning on taking to the skies over Melbourne by 2020, even if that seems highly ambitious to us. Uber For some reason that we can’t fully grasp, people continue to look to flying cars as a valid means of transportation in the future. Uber has really doubled down on this idea, having already named Los Angeles and Dallas as pilot cities for its UberAir aerial rideshare program, announced on Tuesday that it is adding a third city: Melbourne, Australia.The really wild part is that Uber plans on starting test flights as early as 2020 and hopes to have the program commercially viable and available to the public by 2023 — which, if you couldn’t tell, is an incredibly short timeline.So, why Melbourne? It’s not Australia’s largest or most cosmopolitan city, though it’s reasonably close on both counts. We wouldn’t put it past Uber to just be huge Kylie Minogue or Dirty Three fans though.”Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ride-sharing and future transport technology,” Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said in a statement. “This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after.”A large part of Uber’s plan to take to the skies involves the development of electric helicopterlike aircraft that will be both ecologically friendly and significantly quieter than traditional helicopters, both because of their lack of noisy turbine engines and because they will use multiple smaller rotors to provide lift, rather than a single large one.To get these craft designed, built and approved by governmental agencies within its highly truncated time frame, Uber has partnered with several established aerospace companies, including Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, EmbraerX, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions and Bell. Skai could be the first hydrogen-powered eVTOL 0center_img Post a comment Tags Roadshow Sci-Tech 8 Photos All of the electric urban aircraft unveiled at Uber Elevate 2018 2:03 Uberlast_img read more

Red Label Vacations to operate as whollyowned subsidiary of Japans HIS Group

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: H.I.S, Japan, Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 9, 2019 center_img TORONTO — The parent company of TravelBrands,, The Travel Experts, and more will be bought out by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group in a new deal set to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.Red Label Vacations Inc. says it has signed an agreement to be acquired by the H.I.S. Group subsidiary. H.I.S. has 282 branches in Japan, 275 branches in 158 cities internationally, nearly 17,000 employees worldwide and over ¥600 billion (about Cdn$7.33 billion) in annual sales.H.I.S. is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. The company acquired a majority stake in Merit in December 2016 and also purchased Jonview Canada from Transat in October 2017 for $44 million.With this new deal, Red Label Vacations will continue to operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of H.I.S.Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“It is a very exciting day for our company as this marks the launch of our next phase of growth,” said RedLabel Vacations co-owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis.“H.I.S. is committed to supporting our continued growth at home in Canada as well as internationally. We expect that H.I.S.’s support will enable us to enhance our service offerings on both the wholesale and retail fronts and accelerate our growth objectives. We look forward to a very bright future.”H.I.S. Co. Ltd.’s Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, Hideo Hatano, says the acquisition of Red Label Vacations “is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America and we look forward to building upon Red Label Vacation’s branding and experience in the Canadian market space to further service the North American market.”The DeMarinis brothers’ long history in the travel industry began in 1983 with Belair Travel. Belair was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe brothers returned in 2004 and created In 2013 they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc, later rebranded to TravelBrands. In August 2016, the company acquired, the second largest OTA in Canada. Share Red Label Vacations to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Grouplast_img read more

Rep Hauck announces July office hours

first_img Categories: Hauck News 05Jul Rep. Hauck announces July office hours State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township today announced his office hours schedule for July.Rep. Hauck will be available on Friday, July 7 at the following times and locations:9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Isabella County Administration Building, Room 320, 200 N. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant; andNoon to 1:30 p.m. at Leah’s Korner Kafé, 300 E. Railway St. in ColemanNo appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hauck at 517-373-1789 or via email at read more