first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quolast_img read more

first_imgJust give up. AI’s got you beat. Getty Images An artificial intelligence algorithm is putting humans to shame by solving a Rubik’s Cube in just over a second. The algorithm, called DeepCubeA, was created by researchers at University of California, Irvine. The results are described in a study published Monday in Nature Machine Intelligence. The algorithm was presented with 10 billion combinations for the cube. The goal was to decode them all in 30 moves, which exceeds or is equal to human performance. DeepCubeA was then tested on 1,000 combinations and solved them all, doing so in the least number of moves around 60% of the time.Pierre Baldi, an author of the study and professor of computer science at UCI, told The BBC the algorithm “learned on its own.” He added that he believed the “AI’s form of reasoning is completely different from a human’s.”The authors also discussed their research in a paper published last June, which described a machine that could solve a Rubik’s Cube without algorithms created by human beings.They’re not the only ones who’ve looked for shortcuts to solving the complex puzzle. Last year, an MIT robotics student and a software developer built a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds. And for anyone looking for an easy way out, there’s a self-solving Rubik’s Cube that’ll spare you plenty of time and stress.  Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 1:59 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy $999 $520 at HP See it Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Now playing: Watch this: $999 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54)center_img The Cheapskate $999 Toys and Tabletop Games,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon $155 at Google Express 7 Post a comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon $999 Tags See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Watch this Rubik’s Cube solve itself Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rentallast_img read more

first_imgTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsTesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Tesla reports fourth-quarter loss, operating expenses soar412 viewsBusinessTesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlyVentuno Web Player 4.50Tesla released fourth quarter earnings late Wednesday that put the brakes on the luxury electric car maker. Costs from expanding its global sales network and developing the Model X crossover nearlylast_img read more

first_imgWENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOConnie De La Rosa holds baby Angel in the NICU at University Hospital. She’s the first participant in a new study of Family Nurture Intervention.Each year, 1 in 10 babies born in the U.S. spends time in the NICU, the neonatal intensive care unit. Years later, many of these children have developmental, learning or behavioral problems, including autism.A new study is designed to determine if different kinds of nurturing in the first few months of life could improve outcomes. San Antonio mothers and babies are taking part in the research. Baby Angel came into the world early, 11 weeks early to be exact, weighing less than four pounds.“He was so tiny and had all these wires on him and I was scared to hurt him,” said Angel’s mother Connie De La Rosa.De La Rosa spends as much time as she can with her son in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of San Antonio’s University Hospital.WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOBaby Angel was born 11 weeks early. He’s spending time in University Hospital’s NICU until he’s ready to go home.Umber Darilek , RN, said there’s no playbook for mothers of tiny, sometimes sick babies.  No book to read, no real world advice from your grandmother on how to cope.“We see moms looking terrified,” Darilek commented. “A lot of women don’t know how to approach their babies, especially when there are tubes and lines coming out of all directions.”That’s why Martha Welch, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York is studying an intervention called Family Nurture. Welch believes early physical trauma and a potential lack of emotional connection between mother and baby may set up these young patients for difficulties later.“They’re isolated,” Welch stated. “They’re not having social involvement. We think they are being adversely conditioned to human contact because so much of the contact is challenging. It’s tubes and IVs and skin pricks. Pre-term infants have a higher rate of risk for developmental problems including autism.”Welch says early in life, when babies cuddle in their mother’s arms, or nurse, or have eye contact, they develop a bond at the visceral level, in the autonomic nervous system that’s responsible for what we call “gut feelings.” That means later in life, you may feel calmer just by being around your mother.To help establish that connection in the NICU, nurture specialists help new moms with skin-to-skin holding, comforting touch, scent exchange, eye contact and vocal soothing.“We did a very successful first trial with amazing outcomes, totally different from the usual outcomes for pre-term infants in terms of cognition, language, risk for autism, behavior,” Welch said.Now, University Hospital is taking a page from Columbia’s playbook, conducting a family nurturing study of its own to try and replicate positive results for NICU babies.“It was like a light bulb. It was like ‘wow,’” said neonatologist Alice Gong, MD, of UT Health San Antonio.Gong said during her three decades of dealing with mother-baby interaction, she has witnessed the temper tantrums and intestinal issues that often plague NICU babies for years.“They’ve been sheltering their baby for so long,” Gong said of the new mothers. “They’re so scared they are going to die that they pretty much don’t mother them the same way they do their other children.”Gong is recruiting 50 moms and babies for her study. De La Rosa is the first.“She told me that I would help my baby connect,” De La Rosa commented. “I hold him skin to skin, talk to my baby, show him emotions. Now mommy instincts are kicking in.”Welch said science backs up her early positive results. By 18 months, one in four NICU babies has behaviors that fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. With Family Nurture Intervention, that number decreased to one in ten. The ultimate goal of these studies is to change the culture in NICUs around the country. Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read January 31, 2014 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Box, the online storage startup that counts Dropbox among its rivals, has secretly filed for its initial public offering, according to reports.Box, which is run by 29-year-old Aaron Levie and valued at more than $1 billion, raised more than $100 million in 2012. It’s since taken cash from several major banks to underwrite its IPO. The company could be looking to raise about $500 million in going public, Quartz reported.Related: Why Box’s Co-founder Turned Down a $550 Million Offer That Would Have Made Him ‘Phenomenally Wealthy’ At 26Under a new law, companies that earn less than $1 billion in revenue a year are allowed to file their IPO drafts with the Securities and Exchange Commission in secret. Box told Quartz it has nothing new to share at this time.Earlier this month, competitor Dropbox closed a $250 million funding round at a $10 billion valuation, fueling ongoing rumors that the company is positioning itself to go public.Related: Head in the Clouds: Dropbox Reportedly Valued at $10 Billionlast_img read more

first_img TORONTO – While attending a Viennese High Tea Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto yesterday, members of the media and travel industry partners got a first-hand look at how to make one of Austria’s most popular dishes: Viennese strudel.The trick? Use a lot of butter and don’t forget the walnuts!Hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board, Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport, High Tea included the added bonus of a strudel cooking demonstration by Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The end result was a deliciously flaky, apple-filled strudel, which Elka Bachner, Market Manager Canada of the Vienna Tourist Board gave two very enthusiastic thumbs up.Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, TorontoFood, of course, plays a huge role in daily life in Vienna, the only city in the world to have lent its name to a particular style of cooking. Viennese cuisine, which draws inspiration from Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Balkans, can be enjoyed all over the city, from award-winning, five-star restaurants to the most unpretentious of eateries.Perhaps the best place to sample local flavours is at a Viennese coffeehouse, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011. Vienna is home to approximately 2,400 coffeehouses that range from elegant traditional cafes to simple bistros with standing room only. According to UNESCO’s official report, “the coffeehouses are a place where patrons consume time and space, but only the coffee appears on the bill.”Aside from its cuisine, Vienna, which Bachner calls a very youthful and artistic city, has plenty to offer the millions of tourists who arrive each year. To see it all, the new Vienna Pass is now available in 24-, 48- and 72-hour options, giving access to over 60 city attractions.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAccording to the latest numbers, Vienna achieved its best year ever in tourism in 2017, with 15.5 million visitor bednights, an increase of 3.7% over 2016. The city also recorded 7,097,000 arrivals, up 3.1%, and a room occupancy of around 76%.In an official release, Norbert Kettner, Director of Tourism, said that the Tourist Board will be “concentrating our priorities for the coming years on sustainable and value-adding growth, internationalization and even stronger networking of the tourist players in Vienna.”Kettner also noted that the city’s residents are considered a “tremendous asset”, and that according to its latest representative study, 96% of Viennese have a positive attitude towards tourism.In other words, the Viennese are eager and ready to welcome tourists, particularly those from Canada.According to Ernst Holzer, Senior Manager, The Americas at Vienna International Airport (VIE), arrivals from Canada are up 16% since 2013, with 2017 being a record year (+7%). With up to six flights per week out of Toronto, an average of 276 passengers arrive each day from Canada to Vienna, the majority of whom arrive for leisure (88%). Last year, VIE welcomed a record 24.4 million international passengers in total.Helping to bring Canadians to the city is Austrian Airlines, part of Lufthansa Group Airlines. Peter Daniel, Senior Manager Sales Products and Programmes for Lufthansa Group Airlines, commended Austrian Airlines for coming a long way since its first commercial flight 60 years ago. With 85 aircraft currently in its fleet and 130 destinations in 55 countries in its network, the airline flew a total 13 million passengers in 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Austrian Airlines’ slogan is ‘The charming way to fly’, but it’s not just a slogan to us, the staff lives and breathes this slogan,” he said. “In the airline industry, we all have the same seats and offerings, but what differentiates us is our service and staff. It’s not just about the hardware, with Austrian Airlines it’s about the whole experience.”Daniel also noted that Austrian Airlines’ new myAustrian Premium Economy is now available from Canada. Benefits include seats that recline to an angle of 40 degrees, convenient footrests, adjustable headrests, power sockets, USB ports, additional storage space, 12-inch touchscreen monitors, 350 hours of video and audio entertainment on demand, a welcome drink, three- to four-course meals, a selection of beverages, amenity kits, and two-bag check-in privileges.The Ritz Carlton, Toronto is offering the ‘Viennese High Tea Experience’ until June 15, 2018, Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. For reservations, call (416) 585-2500. For more information on travel to Vienna, go to https://www.wien.info/en. Share Posted by Say it with strudel: Vienna Tourist Board shares the latest updates Wednesday, May 16, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Ritz Carlton, Vienna Cindy Sosroutomo About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019last_img read more