first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US Post a comment 1:41 Tags In conjunction with the settlement, TikTok said that starting Wednesday it’ll direct younger users to “a limited, separate app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.” The version for younger users doesn’t allow sharing of personal information and puts “extensive” limitations on content and interactions, TikTok said. TikTok also launched a series of safety videos Wednesday aimed at guiding users through the app’s community guidelines, privacy settings and digital well-being tools. As part of the settlement, the app must also comply with COPPA going forward and take down videos made by kids under the age of 13.  TikTok has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. Joel Saget / AFP/Getty Images Social video app TikTok will pay $5.7 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected personal information from children. TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, lets users record themselves lip-synching to popular music videos and share the clips with friends. The app has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. The FTC had alleged that the app’s operators violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by failing to obtain parental consent before collecting personal info on kids under the age of 13, according to a release Wednesday. TikTok also failed to delete that personal information when they received complaints from parents and their children, according to the FTC.”This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in the release, which noted that this is the larges- ever civil penalty obtained by the commission in a children’s privacy case. Privacy FTC Mobile Digital Media Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgFile photoSome 46,664 Bangladeshi pilgrims are yet to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s hajj, according to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.A total of 80,664 hajj pilgrims flied for Saudi Arabia till Saturday morning, said Biman general manager (PR) Shakil Meraj.Of them, 39,081 were carried by Biman Bangladesh Airlines while 41,583 by Saudi Airlines, he said, adding that Biman will operate six hajj flights, including one from Chittagong, by 8:00am on Sunday.Shakil Meraj also said no Biman flight was cancelled today, Saturday. “Biman has so far cancelled 24 hajj flights.”Some 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements.last_img read more

first_img Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: P. G. Ledda et al. Flow dynamics of a dandelion pappus: A linear stability approach, Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 Last year, a team at the University of Edinburgh published the results of their study on the flight of dandelion seeds, conducted using cameras and miniature wind tunnels. They discovered that the unique design of the pappus—the parachute-looking bristles—allowed the seeds to float on the wind in a very efficient manner. They found that as the pappus floats along, the spines channel the air around them in such a way as to form a vortex in the pappus’s wake. And because the air pressure is lower in the vortex, the pappus and its seed cargo are able to remain aloft longer than they would otherwise. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the role of the number of spines in creating the vortex and in maintaining flight stability.To better understand the flight behavior of the pappus, the researchers created models to mimic its behavior using equations from fluid dynamics. In their paper, they describe their models as collections of rods connected together in a way that was similar to the spokes on a bicycle wheel. The physics equations allowed them to model airflow patterns that occur naturally as a pappus floats through the air. Credit: Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 The researchers report that their models showed the same kinds of vortices forming as the researchers with the prior effort had seen first-hand. They next ran the models using different numbers of rods. They found that the optimum number was 100, which matched the number found in a real pappus. At this number, the pappus was most stable while floating—with more rods, flight became unstable; with fewer rods, flight distance was reduced. They suggest their findings could be used to design lighter-weight parachutes.center_img Citation: Equations from fluid dynamics used to find optimum arrangement of rods in dandelion pappus (2019, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-equations-fluid-dynamics-optimum-rods.html A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Twente and Università di Pisa has used equations from fluid dynamics to find the optimum arrangement of rods in a dandelion pappus. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their work and what it showed. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Watch againcenter_img How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app Share this video Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, March 28 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsKnypersley collision20:21Two lanes shut due to accident on M6 in Staffordshire15:23Three Staffordshire schools and a college on evacuated or in lockdown – live updates15:23Crewe attack15:1220:41Lotto results!Are you a lottery player? Check your results here.20:27M6 lane closureOne lane is closed and traffic is heavy on the M6 northbound because a lorry is having a tyre changed. Lane one, of three, is closed between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent.20:21KEY EVENTKnypersley collisionA motorist had to be cut free from his car and taken to hospital after it collided with a wall and overturned earlier this evening. Read more.19:33DerringtonTemporary traffic lights on Aston Bank in both directions at Seighford Road. 19:11M6 CheshireTraffic has returned to normal, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J16, Crewe and J17, Sandbach. A broken down car has been removed. 19:06Gender pay gap (Image: Staffordshire Police)Men working at Staffordshire Police are paid an average of 13 per cent more than female colleagues – and the force says part of the reason is that male officers hold more high ranking positions.Under new legislation all organisations employing more than 250 people are required to publish a report on their gender pay gaps.Men working at the police force receive an average wage of £17.92 an hour while their female colleagues will be collecting roughly £15.52 – a gap of 13.4 per cent. Read more.18:58Knypersley collisionA Staffordshire Moorlands road is completely closed off while emergency services deal with a road traffic collision.A number of police vehicles, three fire engines, and two ambulances have been called to Park Lane, in Knypersley , shortly after 5.35pm tonight (February 28). Read more.17:22M6 slow trafficThere is slow traffic because of an accident on the M6 northbound at junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel. All traffic was temporarily held at the slip road.17:16A34 accidentThere is heavy traffic and the road is partially blocked due to an accident on the A34, Newcastle Road, at the Talke Roundabout.17:10Slip road blockedOne lane is blocked on the M6 southbound at junction 17, Sandbach, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Lane two, of two, remains closed.17:03Gritting in StaffordshireStaffordshire County Council has said its gritters are on stand-by tonight. Looks like a fairly cold night ahead with possible freezing temperatures so gritting crews will be monitoring conditions and out where needed. Please take care if on the roads. 16:58M6 trafficTraffic heavy on the M6 southbound between junction 13, Staffoprd South, and junction 12, Gailey.16:56Collection box theftPolice officers are appealing for information after a collection box was stolen from a Staffordshire church.The collection box at Upper Tean Christ Church was stolen at some point between 11am on March 18 and 11am and March 25. It contained around £50. If anyone has seen anything contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 356 of March 27. 16:31Three people chargedThree people were due to appear in court today after a pensioner was robbed in broad daylight in a busy shopping centre.A woman in her eighties was walking through the Bridestones Shopping Centre, in Congleton, when she was surrounded by two men and a woman at around 1.15pm on Monday, March 26. Read more.16:18Heavy traffic in CreweThere is heavy traffic on the A534 Crewe Green Road before the roadworks. Travel time is around five minutes.16:00Candle warning (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)Firefighters are urging families to take care when using candles in their home following a fire late on Tuesday night. Two crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to a semi-detached property in Common Road, Rising Brook, shortly after 10pm on Tuesday. Read more.15:30A500The A500 D Road southbound is busy but moving around junction 15 of the M6.15:23KEY EVENTTwo lanes shut due to accident on M6 in StaffordshireThe carriageway is shut on the M6 Northbound between Junction 12 and Junction 13. More here.15:23KEY EVENTThree Staffordshire schools and a college on evacuated or in lockdown – live updatesMilton Primary Academy has confirmed an evacuation is underway – while at least two schools in Stafford and the Burslem campus of Stoke-on-Trent college are also reportedly affected. More here.15:23Slow traffic in LeekThere is slow traffic on the A53, Borad Street, at the A52. Congestion is backing up to Buxton Road and Ball Haye Road and on the A523 Ashbourne Road.15:12KEY EVENTCrewe attack (Image: Google Maps)Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a 42-year-old woman was sexually assaulted.At around 8.20am on Saturday, March 24, the woman was accosted by a man as she walked along Harrison Drive, in Crewe. Read more.14:52Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound is busy but moving from the A52, Leek Road, to Hanley.13:31Firefighters cut hole in wall to free trapped ‘large’ catFirefighters were called to Chessington Crescent in Trentham to free the unfortunate animal – which firefighters described as ‘large’. More here.13:10Gritters out in Cheshire tonightGritters are out in Cheshire tonight.A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: With a risk of patchy frost and ice ❄️ overnight, we’ll be gritting all routes from 19:00. We’ll continue to monitor the weather.” 13:08Delays now clearedThe earlier delays on the M6 have now all completely cleared.13:07’Wonderful father’ was texting at wheel before fatal A50 crashMore here. 12:35Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 11:44Man released on bail after bungalow fireEmergency services were called to Highfield Close in Swynnerton on Monday night. More here.10:40One lane closed on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound after J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed within the smart motorway works.10:24Man released on conditional bail following fireThe man was arrested following a fire in Swynnerton.last_img read more

first_imgOver the past eight years the IPTV World Forum has been the key global platform leading the debate, development and deployment of IP delivered TV. The show started as small conference for an elite group of visionary industry pioneers, but over time the show has gained momentum, delivering sustained  year on year growth. As the industry expanded and diversified, it has come to represent an even more vibrant and dynamic market than could have ever have been imagined at that founding event.The industry has become more diverse in a number of ways. It has diversified in the number and type of companies that offer a TV service delivered or enhanced though IP. It is no longer the sole domain of telcos: cablecos, satellite and terrestrial broadcasters are all seeking to add compelling enhancements to their services through internet connectivity.So whilst “managed end-to-end telco IPTV” will always be at the core of our coverage, our industry is now about so much more. The business and technical challenges that our community is now wrestling with involve using the flexibility and addressability of IP to deliver a wide array of personalised services. These range from smart TVs and TV apps, to OTT and multiplatform TV services, advanced content discovery and UI, new generations of advertising, the connected home, and the CDNs that underpin all of these.For the last two years this event has carried a slightly evolved brand to reflect this change, with an ampersand inserted between “IP” and “TV”. For the first year this was somewhat subliminally inserted in our logo, and for 2012 far more clearly highlighted in a modernised logo.  We believe this has more accurately reflected the scope of the event, and the focus of our customers, in a market where no clear consensus on new terminology existed.However we have been clear for some years that in time the brand would need to more fully evolve. IPTV as a terminology is now becoming part of our industry heritage, and – to some parts of our market at least  – is associated with their competitors or alternatives.As we transition our brand we believe it is important not to align ourselves with one particular interest group. Our market is awash with alternative terminologies, each with their particular nuanced meanings and specific advocates. We believe our future – and that of the industry – is to bring together those different strands, and more, as we develop a world of connected entertainment. It is important to not only capture the mood of the market, but also to provide a wide enough frame of reference to make the event inclusive of all sectors who might wish to participate in this exciting marketplace.At the same time, we are also seeking to harness the increasingly universal recognition of certain key industry terms. In recent months there has been a mounting media consensus around the term of connected TV, consolidating an increasing wave of interest. It seems that hardly a day passes when you can’t pick up a broadsheet newspaper – or click on a mainstream news website – without seeing feature on connected TV. It would be perverse of us to ignore this trend.The TV Connect brand will more clearly reflect the incredibly rich meeting place that the show has now become. It is an inclusive brand that recognises the diversity of those now participating in the event.  These participants come not only from telcos, cable providers, broadcasters and ISPs, but also from consumer electronics and smart TV companies, content providers, application developers, or other connected entertainment providers such as gaming and music.  A simple glance at the keynotes for the 2012 show evidences this range – from Twitter to MTV, from Sony to NBC and the BBC – and connected entertainment experiences are central to the discussion.The new brand also echoes an industry that has come of age, moving away from an emphasis on technology to one on services and experiences. Whilst at its core our coverage is about IP-enabled TV, it is a testament to the work of the past few years that many of those now speaking at the show are “blind” to technology, in the sense that they take the connectivity platform as a given. The focus is now on service innovation, and building compelling connected entertainment experiences – blending platforms and media to enrich, to personalise,  to differentiate, and ultimately to monetize.As this industry comes of age, we move forward with a brand that more fully reflects the diversity of this dynamic market. We look forward to welcoming you to TV Connect, here are Olympia, on 19th-21st March 2013.Gavin WhitechurchExecutive DirectorInforma Telecoms & Medialast_img read more