Horizon Zero Dawn 1.04 update: Everything that’s changed in PS4 exclusive

The new Horizon Zero Dawn 1.04 update is available to download on PS4 now

The new Horizon Zero Dawn 1.04 update is available to download on PS4 now

Horizon Zero Dawn 1.04 is a big update for the game, perhaps one of the largest launched that takes aim at fixing quest bugs and performance issues.
Guerrilla Games have shared full update patch notes today, confirming everything that they have changed on PS4.

Fans should be warned that the Horizon Zero Dawn update notes do contain story spoilers, as they focus heavily on changes to some key story quests.

Guerilla Games have also confirmed that the 1.04 update has added a new UI bug, which lists false information but doesn’t affect actual gameplay stats.

“We are aware of a UI bug introduced in Horizon Zero Dawn after patch 1.04 where all outfit stats appear to have doubled,” Guerilla Games wrote online.

“Please note that this bug is only in the UI and not reflected in gameplay. This issue is being looked into currently and we shall try to address it as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

You can find the full Horizon Zero Dawn 1.04 update patch notes below, which fixes a number of progression and technical issues:

Main Quests

  • Fixed an issue in “The Proving” where one of the attackers would fall down the slope.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Womb of the Mountain” where the spear would not be in Aloy’s inventory if players opened a treasure box with a DLC item before retrieving Aloy’s weapons. Note: Players who have already encountered the issue will need to reload from a game saved prior to this quest.
  • Fixed an issue in “A Seeker at the Gates” where players would be able to enter the gates of Mother’s Watch when fast-traveling to this location.
  • Fixed an issue in “A Seeker at the Gates” where the quest objective would not update from “Go to the Carja Border Fort” to “Kill the corrupted machines”.
  • Fixed an issue in “A Seeker at the Gates” where players could not progress through the Carja Fort.
  • Fixed an issue in “The City of the Sun” where Erend wouldn’t spawn after the dialogue with him ended if players rushed past the civilians on the bridge.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Sun Shall Fall” where players couldn’t return to Dervahl if they fast-traveled during the objective “Talk to Dervahl”.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Grave Hoard” where skipping the conversation with Sylens at the end of the quest and immediately restarting would prevent “To Curse the Darkness” from starting.
  • Fixed an issue in “Deep Secrets of the Earth” where players couldn’t enter the bunker if they fast-traveled away from the objective after they had interacted with the bunker.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Terror of the Sun” where Aloy would respawn in an empty arena after being killed by the Behemoth. Note: Players who have already encountered the issue will need to go to Sunfall, at which point they will be teleported back into the arena to continue the quest.

Side Quests and Activities

  • Fixed an issue in “Hunter’s Blind” where the objective would not update after talking to Talanah.
  • Fixed an issue in “Hunter’s Blind” where players could kills the Glinthawks before the actual objective was triggered.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Foreign Lands” where players could already deliver the bow to Lakhir before being instructed to do so.
  • Fixed an issue in “Fatal Inheritance” where the objective would fail to update after disabling the lure device and speaking with Ranaman during the quest.
  • Fixed an issue in “Blood on Stone” where the Rockbreaker would not surface correctly if players fast-traveled from and to the quest area just before the start of the sequence.
  • Fixed an issue in “Death from the Skies” where the Stormbird objective would remain active after deactivating the lures and fast-traveling from and to the quest area.
  • Fixed an issue in “Redmaw” where Redmaw would be alive again if players left the quest area during the objective “Talk to Ahsis”.
  • Fixed an issue in “Redmaw” where the marker for the objective “Talk to Ahsis” would be invisible outside of the quest area.

Game Systems

  • Fixed an issue where exploration music would drop out after a long period of play.
  • Fixed an issue where Aloy could become ‘stuck’ in her sliding animation.
  • Fixed miscellaneous issues to improve the overall play experience.

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It’s No Longer Internet Marketing Without Social Media

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In my decade working in digital marketing, I have not seen anything transform the industry more than the rise of social media. It has become a cliché to speak of social media’s power and influence over consumers. Nonetheless, the idea is still lost on quite a number of business owners who fail to see the value in creating or maintaining a solid social media presence.

In many ways, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter hit the online marketing industry like an asteroid slamming into Earth; they kicked up so much dust that it left everyone temporarily blinded and confused as to what to do next. At this point, the dust has settled and the tremendous value that social media brings to even the most modest of digital marketing campaigns is evident. There are many reasons social media is essential for online marketing, but the most important has to do with its incredible ability to help create and cultivate brand trust, build a meaningful web presence, drive traffic and remain cost effective.

People have to trust a brand to a certain degree before they make a purchase. This predates social media and remains true today. Fortunately, social media presents a unique opportunity for companies both large and small to build and maintain customer-brand relationships. Through social media, companies can not only easily communicate any message they desire to their target audiences, but they can also interact with individual customers from around the world in real time. If done correctly, companies can shape the way in which the public perceives their brand, while at the same time facilitating discussions that can establish or solidify their brand’s authority online. Every day that a company shares meaningful content on its various social media platforms is another day the company is steadily strengthening the very foundation of its brand.

The world’s leading search engines are taking content generated from social media very seriously. For example, Google updated its algorithm in 2015 to incorporate content from social media into its search results. This means a business’ social media presence – or lack thereof – may directly affect how relevant they are online. Consequently, it is more important than ever that companies actively support their social media accounts on a consistent basis. The more content a company generates through social media, the more authority its brand can receive in its market.

I often encounter business owners who tell me that they do not prioritize social media because they feel it has little to do with actually driving potential customers to become paying customers. In the early years of social media, this may have been true, but those days are long gone. Today, it is clear that a strong web presence on social media can drive more traffic to websites than traditional search engines; social media accounts for over 30% of website referral traffic. These numbers can certainly fluctuate, which means that any worthwhile digital marketing campaign must be robust enough to accommodate the major search engines and social media together and not just one or the other.

Perhaps the greatest news of all for small business owners is that social media marketing is cost-effective. For the money spent on a campaign, it is truly mind-blowing how much of a reach social media has with the general population. Its true strength, however, is not simply that it casts a wide net, but that it zeroes in on an industry’s most important customer base with laser precision. Never before have we seen an opening like this to market products and services in such a direct way, and so inexpensively. Social media has leveled the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses. With just a little bit of help, any mom-and-pop shop in America can firmly and effectively establish themselves on social media, reaching their customers in ways they could have only dreamed of a decade ago.

We are at a crossroads where internet marketing campaigns are now inextricably linked to social media. It is no longer a question of whether or not a company should add a social media component to its online marketing operation – and this is a good thing. Proficiency in social media is not another checkmark on a digital marketing to-do list. Rather, it is a wonderful opportunity for small and medium-sized companies to take control of their brand, interact with consumers, entice prospective customers, fix mistakes, learn, grow, improve, and strengthen their position on the internet. In technical terms, this is what we in the industry call a no-brainer.

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The internet slams Steve King’s straight-up racist tweet

Rep. Steven King is no stranger to controversy, but he kicked one hell of a hornet’s nest on Sunday thanks to a tweet that was just straight-up racist.

It started with a cartoon tweeted by the anti-immigrant account Voice of Europe, showing Geert Wilders, a far-right politician from the Netherlands who wants to end immigration and ban the Quran, poking a finger in a dam to hold off a literal wave of Islam.

But then King upped the ante by tweeting the cartoon with the addition, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

There’s a lot of racist buzzwords and phrases going on here for something that’s under 140 characters. The phrase “culture and demographics are our destiny” certainly seems to read like a white supremacist point of view. And concerns about restoring “our civilization with somebody else’s babies” is such a dog whistle that your local kennel is now deaf.

But don’t just take my word for it: the Republican congressman’s statement got the full support of racist-wisp-of-swamp-air David Duke. And not that we should be surprised: Trump has plenty of supporters — and advisors — who also back white nationalism.

So, of course, Twitter users, including some associated with the GOP, got whipped up in a frenzy over King’s statement, many noting his previous controversy at the 2016 RNC when, during an MSNBC interview, he talked about the lack of contributions to society by “sub-groups.”

Others used the hashtag “#someoneelsesbabies” to show their displeasure with King’s statement.

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SXSW 2017: Bravo’s ‘Stripped’ Is A Life Without Gadgets… or Anything Else

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[SXSW 2017 – Stripped is a new series on Bravo where you have nothing – not even your clothes.]It’s 2017. The iPhone has turned 10 years old, and it, along with all of its Android friends, are all over the place, and in hundreds of millions of hands all over this world. Netflix is an established company and no longer a novelty. Podcasts play on voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo. We could go on, but you get the point:

We’re connected. We’re tied in. We’re people with toys and gadgets and we’re possessive about those effigies of consumerism.

But Bravo knows it’s Lent. It’s time to give some of that stuff up. And while religion has nothing to do with their programming, it’s fitting that their new show, Stripped, is being promoted right now.

People familiar with the show at Bravo tell Geeks Of Doom that Stripped is a reality show based on a Danish format where participants drop their clothes, along with everything else, for 21 days. While they can take back one thing every day while on the show, they have to live their lives without, which means having to choose wisely and strategically. Which item would you choose? And is the item they choose going to satisfy their needs in the long run, or provide a quick fix?

There is no voting off the island and no prizes other than self discovery. Still, here are the rules:

  • Participants give up everything they own including clothes.
  • They’re only allowed toilet paper Only toilet paper, food and water are all they have access to.
  • Their belongings are kept in a container less than a mile away.
  • Each day, contestants are allowed to retrieve 1 item from the container.

Could you do it? Could they? We’ll find out.

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Education budget cuts will make system ‘unsustainable’

Members of NASUWT teachers union stage one-day strike in November

Further cuts to the education budget will make Northern Ireland’s education system “unsustainable,” a teachers’ union leader has said.

NASUWT NI president Susan Parlour made the comments during a speech to members at the union’s annual conference.

She also said the Education and Training Inspectorate, which carries out school inspections, was “not fit for purpose”.

The NASUWT is one of the largest teaching unions in Northern Ireland.

Its members are currently engaged in rolling strike action over pay and workload, along with members of the INTO union.

‘Penny-pinching approach’

National officer Justin McCamphill also spoke at the union’s annual conference in Belfast, warning of further strike action if devolution was not restored.

Teachers were prepared to fight for adequate budgets for schools and against the erosion of teachers pay, he said.

In October 2016, all teaching unions in Northern Ireland rejected an offer that saw pay frozen in 2015-16 and a rise of 1% for 2016-17.

Ms Parlour was heavily critical of what she called “political myopia and a penny-pinching approach to education”.

“The so-called fresh start agreement, rather than living up to the positive promise of its name, has brought stagnation and rot to classrooms,” she said.

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She also claimed that front-line services, including those for children with special educational needs, had suffered due to budget reductions.

“This clearly suggests that we have politicians here in NI who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing,” she said.

“While these cuts were being imposed mercilessly on our schools, let’s not forget that our government saw fit to send millions of pounds up in smoke in the flawed RHI scheme.”

In January, former Education Minister Peter Weir said that schools needed an extra £240m over the next three years just to maintain current spending levels.

He also warned that schools faced making “redundancies and savings”.

“Efficiencies in and of themselves will not be enough to avoid the sort of pain that will be there if there is no new money at all,” he warned.

Subsequently, 15 primary school principals from County Down wrote a joint letter to parents warning their schools were facing “financial disaster”.

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All you wanted to know about the food blogging business model

Blogger and wknd. columnist Kari Heron tells us about the financial implication of a culinary passion

This article has been long in the making. It is one of those that I have drafted and reopened ever so often. now the time has come to put it in print. I have had the privilege of being both a paid columnist for this column as well as a professional blogger with over 17,000 followers for my chefandsteward.com blog over all platforms, and I can tell you that one thing I know for sure is that food bloggers should definitely not work for free. Here is why.

I have been blogging for 10 years, and professionally for six of those. Over the years, I have had many proposals by marketing and PR professionals who are eager to associate with my blog due to the credibility we have developed in the market and our influence. While some of these proposals acknowledge the value of the association, many have assumed that all bloggers, especially food bloggers are in it for a free meal or just “exposure”.
One of the reasons I am so passionate about this topic is because I started out in media pretty early on in life. At 16, I received professional training to become a TV host and eventually made the cut from nearly 300 people who auditioned for a TV show. I got a cheque for each show I appeared on. This was what led me to study Media and Communication up to the graduate level. While in university, I bartered at the largest production training facility to receive master-level training in other subjects like photography, voice and speech. I produced my first TV show, a children’s show, at 19, as part of that barter. Due to all the work I had done before and during university, which I got paid for, I was able to secure a primetime TV job hosting the weather on a national free-to-air station.

I learnt the art of negotiation because I was valued. I was paid. You cannot be called a professional unless you get paid for your work. There has been much debate on this topic in the blogging world over the years. It seems that the divide is in three groups.
Group A: Consists of bloggers who are simply “hobby bloggers”, who do it only for the fun of it and have no desire to ever earn from it.
Group B: Those who may eventually want to earn some day but are trying to build their following in order to attract paid work (via advertising, brand associations, sponsored posts, etc).
Group C: Those who are aware of the costs of blogging and have put a value on their work and expect to be paid for work in cash or kind.

From what I have noticed, for the most part, most bloggers (including food bloggers) operate from the category of Group A. They are in it for the love and freedom of expression. There is no pressure to create and readership is likely to be lesser than other groups. Many of these bloggers are happy to be read, but are perfectly fine with just the ability to publish. They operate on free platforms and only share the foods and dishes they have either cooked themselves, or bought with their own money. Those in the Group B category understand the earning potential of blogging but may just be starting out and are eager to get “exposure”. By this, I mean that bloggers are willing to create content for free in order just to be published. The last category of bloggers have placed value on their time, energy and efforts, as well as the costs of blogging, including the cost of food for recipe development, the cost of photography equipment, and the costs of maintaining a high quality blog, including domain registration, self-hosting, and marketing costs.
In order to understand the value of your blog post, tweet or Instagram post, you have to understand that your time has value. Your creative work has value. In essence, “If yah love it, then you got to put some cash on it!”

Make no mistake, blogging is work. Unless you are gainfully employed and have no wish to ever quit your day job – or gainfully unemployed and have no desire to ever earn a dollar – giving away work for free is not economically viable for most people. “Exposure” cannot pay your DEWA, FEWA or SEWA or phone bills, freelance licence fee, rent or blog hosting fees. You cannot deposit “exposure” in a bank account. And I guarantee you the people asking you to work for “exposure” are themselves getting paid.

When bloggers create content only to be published for free exposure, people who have made their living by providing those services get sidelined. In fact, everybody gets shafted. No one benefits when the market is saturated with free content. If publishers get used to not paying for content, eventually no one will get paid, because anyone will do it for free.
Do not get me wrong, I am not knocking the value of exposure. However, there are ways to give away work without payment, without losing out.

How to convert your passion into a business opportunity

WIFM: You have to ask yourself and the person pitching, what is in it for you as a blogger and for your readers. If there is no value to you or your followers, let it pass.
Develop a rate card. You cannot understand your value without having a guide to your costs. Itemise costs for sponsored posts, photography, writing, recipe development and restaurant reviews (if applicable).
Get featured instead. If you are being featured as the subject of an article, by all means you can and should supply images. By this I mean that you are interviewed (in person or by written question and answer) and that you are not the one actually writing the article.

Charge for recipe development. If you are putting out recipes, then you should charge something at least to recoup the cost of the ingredients and some of your time. For reference, general rates run from Dh350-750 per recipe.

Consider a barter. If it is a brand, product or restaurant you like, consider trading in kind. You need to definitely have your rate card on hand so that you have a frame of reference for the kind of barter and relative costs.

ALWAYS disclose any paid work. I am HUGE on integrity and ethics of blogging (a passion of mine) and feel it is critical to disclose to your readership that the content provided has been paid for or sponsored. Your readership deserves to know.

Bloggers from the UAE, GCC and across the world weigh in on this topic.

Minna Herranen, blog editor at www.nakedplateblog.com
“Ultimately, it’s everyone’s own choice how they want to value their own work. I would not work for free, but my blog is not my work. I always ask, “What’s in it for me?” Or rather, for the audience who follow my blog.
I promote and endorse a cause or product, which I honestly like and fits my lifestyle. It is more often free than sponsored. I do not accept anything in return if I have found something worth writing, cooking, styling and photographing and like to share it on my blog. I have set rules to myself as a blogger and treat my blog partially as a business. Certainly I always consider all opportunities coming my way. I value my time and am dedicated to creating and editing content, which I consider good quality. It’s okay to decline offers which are not win-win.”

Paul Morrison, editor, www.mypatoo.com
“I definitely believe that food bloggers, like any other professionals, should charge. Quite simply, there are overhead costs to conceptualising, producing and maintaining the website. Not to mention there may be recipe developments to be made on the part of the bloggers and collaborators. In addition, we are providing a service, particularly for these restaurants and caterers, to continue refining their end products. Simply put, every service has to be quantified because I guarantee you the costs are real.”

Sharon Divan, www.picklemyfancy.wordpress.com
“My food blogging journey has never been about money! It is not my day job, although I do know of some bloggers who make their living from it. I do it because I am passionate about it and my differentiator has been Chef Talk – a segment where I try and bring out a little more of a ‘personal’ side of the person who puts the food on my plate at a restaurant. For me to charge for meeting such diverse, driven and delightful individuals, would take away from the joy of what I do. I also believe that bloggers are often judged based on their ‘popularity’ on social media outlets and not on content – which unfortunately takes away from those who genuinely put in their time and creativity into their blogs. I believe brands who are looking to tie up with those who develop recipes of their own ­- whether for magazines, recipe books etc – should pay them for their time, experimentation, creativity. So a lot depends on the type of blog you write and the reasons for which you write it.”

Ishita Saha, www.ishitaunblogged.com and www.foodemag.com
“If you are using the word ‘work’, then it doesn’t imply a service without payment. However, if a blog is born out of passion and is not expected to give you monetary returns, then anyway you shouldn’t be terming it as work. It’s a hobby. Working with brands in terms of content generation and visual conceptualisation is work and has to be remunerated. However, I can’t fathom paid restaurant reviews. But aligning a brand’s USP to its target audience is work – more like what an advertising agency does when it does a marketing campaign. That requires skill. I think the confusion arises because most bloggers aren’t transparent with their disclosures. Also, probably in the beginning, a blogger who’s started a blog as a passion tends to take up the opportunities he/she gets in terms of invites/products, etc, but soon when they realise that this takes a lot of time, that’s when they think of turning it into a profession. And why not? Nobody complains about a doctor taking fees or an actor being paid for a brand endorsement.”

Sachi Kumar, www.wheresachi.com
“There might be many bloggers starting new blogs every few minutes, but that does not mean that if one blogger charges, then brands get to find an alternative blogger who can work for free. Brands need to understand that bloggers who charge are providing quality content which has been curated with a lot of effort and time. They shouldn’t work for free because their style is different from others and the charge is justified with a certain reach of audience, quality and individuality. Sure, it wouldn’t add to the brands’ marketing costs, but brands need to be more smart with whom they work with to ensure their marketing objectives are met.”

Aneesha Rai, www.omnomnirvana.com
“Just because there seems to be an oversupply of food bloggers in the UAE, doesn’t mean that companies/restaurants should expect to work with them for free. People need to sit up and realise that we don’t just spend effort on content generation, but also our time. Content generation can include writing copy, styling and editing pictures for their blog posts as well as social media, which could take hours. Most bloggers receive compensation in kind, than in cash, but sometimes that is not an adequate barter for the job that they do. If compensation is received in cash, bloggers are not aware that they need a business licence to receive it. There also seems to be a sort of dilemma in terms of complete disclosure; it is encouraged, but not regulated. I think food bloggers who create their own recipes have it better in terms of collaborating with brands because it’s a softer endorsement in my opinion. However, the restaurant reviewers have a bit of a struggle ethically and face regular PR pressure to write a good review.”

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Tech Update: Smart Buildings

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The Aurora Universal Protocol Converter from WaterFurnace is now available

The Aurora Universal Protocol Converter (UPC) is now available on Versatec Base, Versatec Ultra and Envision² Compact products from WaterFurnace International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of water source and geothermal heat pumps.

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Designed to incorporate the advanced features, performance and controls of WaterFurnace Aurora-based heat pumps into commercial building automation systems (BAS), the Aurora UPC seamlessly communicates with Aurora boards and converts the Modbus protocol to BACnet MS/TP, LON or OpenN2 protocol. The module provides access to unit sensors, relay operations and faults and allows individual unit configuration – all without the need to manually access the heat pump. A portable touch-screen interface gives a technician full access to equipment status, parameter values, temperatures and humidity sensing, as well as access to alarm and trend history.

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Top Democrat Provides Update On Trump-Russia Investigation

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We start with a major player in the Senate’s investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia is the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He has called his role in this investigation – and I’m quoting – “probably the most important thing I’ve done in public life.” And he joins us from Capitol Hill. Welcome to the program, Senator.

MARK WARNER: Thank you, Robert.

SIEGEL: If it’s that important, is an investigation by a committee that operates behind closed doors an appropriate forum, or should there be a much more public airing as there was after 9/11 or as there was after Watergate, for that matter?

WARNER: I think it’s really, really important that we come up with a bipartisan report. I also think, to your point, there are certain things that will be done behind closed doors because it involves sources and methods of how our spy agencies work, and people’s lives and techniques could be put in jeopardy.

But it’s also really responsible that we hold public hearings – and I think we’re going to be holding our first public hearing within the next couple of weeks – that we have a report that is going to be public when we conclude this investigation. And my sense would be – the president continues to say he’s done nothing; his people have had no contacts that were inappropriate. Then he should welcome…

SIEGEL: Yep.

WARNER: …This investigation and help it because it would remove the cloud that’s over the administration.

SIEGEL: General Clapper, who until January was director of national intelligence, said that he had seen no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Is that still an open question for the Senate Intelligence Committee and for you?

WARNER: It is still an open question that we have to investigate any kind of contacts between either campaign and Russian operatives before the election. Oftentimes what happens is if one of our traditional agencies, say, like the CIA, will determine some kind of contact, they have to turn that over to the FBI. And that falls into the counter-espionage category. And generally speaking, the FBI doesn’t then make comments about ongoing investigations. So these are all things that we’re going to have to work through in an appropriate way.

SIEGEL: But when you say that’s still an open question, I mean is that because it hasn’t been disproved or because there’s so much smoke that you’re concerned there’s a fire there?

WARNER: No, Robert. I’m saying I’m not going to forejudge where this investigation is going to end up. We’re going to follow the intelligence wherever it leads. We’re going to get to the bottom of this. We’re going to run down all the appropriate leads. We’re going to interview people. And I think we’ll be able to reach our own conclusion. And my hope is, the sooner the better because at this point in time, with all these stories dribbling out on a daily basis, it is – I think it really has caught the attention of the American people.

SIEGEL: What about President Trump’s claim that his lines were tapped by President Obama? Is that an allegation that the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate, or is it…

WARNER: I would say this, Robert. If we see any evidence and if the president has any evidence of that, we will follow it.

SIEGEL: Is it his obligation to present that evidence to Senate now?

WARNER: I sure as heck believe it is. I mean to accuse the former president of what would be a felony and then not put forward any information, any evidence – Chairman Burr and I’ve said we’ll follow any evidence wherever it leads. But you’ve got to have some evidence. You just can’t put out a morning tweet and then switch to Arnold Schwarzenegger…

SIEGEL: Yeah.

WARNER: …And not expect folks to scratch their heads.

SIEGEL: Let’s say that there’s no evidence found of collusion between Americans and Russians – no Russian money entering the campaign, no Russian blackmail against any candidate. Is the fact that Russia tries to influence U.S. policy not in those criminal ways but more generally – if it tries to influence policy however it can, is that some kind of new danger or even a danger that’s unique to Russia?

WARNER: It is absolutely a new danger. I mean the Russians have almost created a new theory of war that says beyond fighting in the land, air and sea, cyber is a whole new domain. And they are experts at misinformation, disinformation. They’ve done this for a long time in Eastern European elections, sometimes much more obviously with old-fashioned payola and bribes. They’re doing it right now in the French presidential elections where they’ve actually put financial resources behind Marine Le Pen – the far-right candidate’s campaign.

So I think Americans – one of the things that disappointed me – I know there was lots going on – that there wasn’t more kind of general outrage with the Russian manipulation in our election regardless of whether there was any contact between candidates.

SIEGEL: And I guess I should ask you about one new thing that happened this week, which was that General Michael Flynn, who had been the national security adviser and is – who had to resign all about what he told Vice President Pence about his contact with the Russians – he has now registered retroactively as having been an agent for Turkey and having taken payments from a Turkish company but with interest that involved the extradition of a Turkish cleric in this country between August and November of last year. Is your committee interested in any conceivable relationship between General Flynn and Turkey?

WARNER: I’m not going to comment on individuals that we hope to question. Just on an individual basis, though, I found this morning’s reports about General Flynn very troubling.

SIEGEL: Senator Warner, thanks for talking with us.

WARNER: Thank you, Robert.

SIEGEL: That’s Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who is the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Free Education Runs Afoul Of The Bureaucrats

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“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy,” quipped World War II Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover. “God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won’t.” The University of California-Berkeley might have considered this warning before it committed the heinous crime of uploading some YouTube videos.

Last August, Justice Department officials sent California’s flagship public university a ten-page letter alleging that its free online educational content, which includes recordings of lectures and events uploaded to YouTube and iTunes U, was out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among the complaints were a lack of captions on some of the videos and “insufficient color contrast” in some onscreen figures. Rather than go through the time and expense of bringing upwards of 43,000 hours of online content into regulatory compliance, Berkeley understandably decided to just pull the plug.

As Inside Higher Ed first reported, the university decided last week to remove all content from public view on the iTunes U and YouTube platforms. Enrolled students will still be able to access it, but the general public will not. The removal will start on March 15, so if you want to experience a Berkeley class without paying $33,000, head over to the university’s YouTube channel within the next eight days.

Berkeley will keep limited content free and publicly accessible through edX, a nonprofit started by Harvard and MIT offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) created by top universities around the world. These courses are free and simple to enroll in, and some even provide students with credit towards their degrees at brick-and-mortar universities. But edX too has faced a Justice Department assault under the banner of the ADA. EdX continues to operate, but the sustained barrage of ADA-related complaints against online education may scare other providers away from offering content through this innovative format.

As the cost of college continues to skyrocket, elite universities making their educational content available for free should be celebrated—or, at the very least, uncontroversial. But as usual, innovation has run afoul of laws and regulations that have not been updated to fit the time.

[“Source-  forbes”]

Samsung Flow App Will Get Support for Windows 10 and More Galaxy Devices, Company Confirms

Samsung Flow App Will Get Support for Windows 10 and More Galaxy Devices, Company Confirms

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Flow app support is coming to more Galaxy smartphones
  • Enables unlocking Windows 10 devices using phone’s fingerprint scanner
  • Samsung Flow allows users to transfer files between devices as well

Just last week, Samsung revealed in response to a user query that the company is planning to bring Samsung Flow app to all Windows 10 PCs with next major update. Now, the South Korean company has officially announced that the Samsung Flow’s upcoming update, slated for April, will expand its compatibility to more Galaxy smartphones and Windows 10 devices.

Notably, as of now, the Samsung Flow app is only compatible with Galaxy S6 smartphone and newer devices, featuring fingerprint scanners.

With Samsung Flow app, users will be able to unlock their Windows 10 devices with the fingerprint scanner on their phones. Apart from the unlocking feature, the app will also allow users to act upon their notifications right from their Windows 10 PC or tablet. Samsung Flow, which works on similar lines as Apple’s Continuity feature, further lets users resume their browsing sessions from one device on another and allows for easy transfer of files between the devices.

“Users can share photos, videos and hefty documents cord and hassle free, and pause and continue browsing sessions on whichever device is more convenient. Additionally, when Wi-Fi is spotty, the app allows you to seamlessly connect your tablet to your phone’s mobile hotspot, so you’ll never be out of the loop,” the company said in its blog post.

This feature will be available for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later and Windows 10 devices with Creators Update, which is expected to be rolled out in April. The Samsung Flow app comes preloaded on Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab S3 tablets.

Tags: Samsung Flow, Windows 10, Apps, Android, Samsung, PC, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobiles, Tablets
[“Source-Gadgets”]