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Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you're stressing out

Engadget - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:23pm
Smartwatches are growing ever more capable by the day. Sometimes, though, there's no harm in a little focus. Enter Emvio, a watch with one core goal: to help you manage stress. There are no message notifications or apps, instead, Emvio monitors varia...

The calm before the launch: Preparing for a year in space

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:22pm

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly rocketed off to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka. But Kelly will be in orbit for much longer than a typical astronaut on an ISS mission would.

Kelly will live aboard the ISS for a year in an effort to study the effects on the human body of living in space. (A typical ISS mission lasts for about six months.) Kornienko will also serve for the full year

Scientists will probe Kelly's health as well as the health of his identical twin, Mark, a retired astronaut (and husband of Gabby Giffords, who has had some above-Earth adventures of her own). Mark will be Earth-bound, taking part in different experiments while his brother is away Read more...

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Conference - 2015 BIA Annual Conference

The 2015 BIA Conference, presented by Printing Industries of America, is designed for any post press operations including, binderies, graphic finishers, and custom loose-leaf manufacturer’s looking to network with industry peers, brainstorm ideas about operating techniques, advance knowledge with leading edge speakers, and connect with top suppliers and industry experts. This year’s conference will co-locate with the Print Leadership Summit, whose attendees are company presidents/CEO’s, and top level marketing and sales executives.

The annual conference will be held May 18-20, 2015 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, MN. The post press community will come together with printers to exchange ideas and shape the future of the graphic arts industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts, learn about new technologies, and current market trends.

Conference - Print Leadership Summit - 2015

The Print Leadership Summit (PLS) is the premier annual event for business leaders, top managers and owners of companies that offer printing services! Whether you consider your company a marketing service provider, a packaging solutions firm, a display graphics enterprise or a supply chain management company, if you PRINT, the Print Leadership Summit is for you! The keynotes and break out sessions focus on transformation stories—with leaders of companies in a diverse range of sizes sharing stories of how they’ve adapted and are thriving in this post-recession business environment. Sessions focus on topics that matter right now, covering sales growth, marketing strategy, pricing, operational issues, mergers and acquisitions, what makes buyers tick, digital media integration, staffing considerations and new business opportunities. In addition to the 20+ sessions, there will be plenty of opportunity to network and even relax during the afternoon luncheons and evening receptions. This year the Bindery Industries of America annual conference is co-locating with PLS and is offering a series of sessions that PLS attendees are free to attend as well. This is an unapologetically “by and for printers” leadership event and you’ll find virtually every session relevant to your business!

Conference - 2015 Printing Industries Financial Executives (PIFE) Conference

Year after year, PIFE Conference attendees benefit from the exceptional opportunities afforded to them. They find new ways to save money, explore potential investments to grow their business, and gain insight into the current marketplace. This year’s conference features expert keynotes and sessions providing critical intelligence and giving your company a competitive edge.


It can be easy to plunge into financial pitfalls without the help of other professionals in your field. Through PIFE’s excellent networking opportunities, you do not have to traverse the financial landscape alone. PIFE Annual Conference attendees share a common goal—to pull each other over the hurdles and prosper as an industry.


Spring is a time for renewal, and by attending the 2015 PIFE Conference, you can develop new plans for your future. This one-of-a-kind educational and networking event delivers results. We want you to leave this conference with a strategic financial plan ... and many valuable professional relationships.

Conference - 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference

Excellence through People, Processes, and Performance

For more than a quarter century, the Continuous Improvement Conference has delivered quantifiable results as the only industry event focused on helping companies achieve operational excellence. Attendees have directly linked higher profits, lowered waste, and improved lead times to this conference. It provides the knowledge to develop a productive company culture, implement and maintain a structured improvement system, and apply tools to reduce waste and errors. Learn from some of the most progressive companies in the industry. This highly esteemed program features nationally known keynote speakers, breakout sessions delivered by printing leaders and CI experts,   networking opportunities, and plant tours.

The way the Internet has changed the way we communicate

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:00pm

Oh Internet, where would we be without you? We certainly wouldn't be instant messaging someone we met at Machu Picchu six years ago. Or trawling through an album of a girl we went to primary school with entitled 'OMG! It's a Boy!' We wouldn't be able to craft a sentence using only emojis, or replace IRL laughs with a message thread of LOL's. Before the Internet, literally only meant in the 'literal manner or sense' and not also 'used for emphasis while not being literally true'. And there was no such thing as 'unfriending' someone.

We no longer require homes, bars, offices or cafes to keep in touch with people. We can do it literally anywhere we happen to be. This begs the question: when we connect to our devices, are we disconnecting from the people around us? Are we hiding behind a screen from the physical world and becoming antisocial in turn? While there is a sense of panic about how the Internet is detrimental to communication, there are also lots of people who believe that it is actually enhancing our relationships. For better or worse, here are a few of the ways the Internet is changing the way we communicate, and how you can keep abreast of tech advances thanks to eBay: Read more...

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Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine just one last time

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:52pm

This is the end of the line, bub

That's what Hugh Jackman essentially told the world Saturday via Instagram, finally ending speculation about whether he'd continue to play the popular role of Wolverine in Marvel's X-Men film series.

See also: Artist re-envisions post-punk rockers as popular Marvel superheroes


A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:40am PDT

If we take Jackman at his word, that means his next stint as Wolverine in the untitled sequel to 2013's The Wolverine, slated for release in 2017, may rule him out for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set to hit theaters in 2016 Read more...

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Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Slashdot - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:51pm
rtoz writes: A group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. They use mixture of insulin and a chemical known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6) to enable the user to view objects clearly in darkness up to 50 meters away. Ce6 is found in some deep-sea fish and often used to treat night blindness. The solution starts to work within an hour of being applied to the user's eyes, and lasts for several hours afterward. The test subject's eyesight returned to normal the next day. The organization Science for the Masses has released a paper detailing the experiment on their website.

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What the Weekends Are Like for Silicon Valley CEOs

From the Reporters - Inc.com - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:15pm
Being a CEO, in my opinion, means accepting the responsibility that the company depends on you. As a result, there really aren't fixed time boundaries between your professional & personal life.

Europe Agrees On Regulatory Drone Framework

Slashdot - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:49pm
Hallie Siegel writes: Not a week goes by where some aspect of drone regulation fails to make the news. But for any regulated industry where technology is advancing faster than new rules can be agreed upon, it will undoubtedly cause a few headaches. This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide a regulatory framework to allow drone operations throughout Europe from 2016 onward.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Feds are cracking down on the Internet's favorite fugitive llamas

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:40pm

The two llamas that led authorities on a chase through Sun City, Arizona, late last month now have the attention of federal officials.

According to the llamas' owners, Bub Bullis and Karen Freund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture took issue with the fact that they did not have the proper license to showcase the therapy animals. Freund said the USDA has not responded to her calls asking to resolve the matter, as everything has to be in writing, so she and Bullis are giving up for the time being.

See also: A high-speed llama chase in Arizona gripped the nation today

"They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement," Freund, who was unaware of the license, told The Guardian. The two said they previously brought the llamas to schools without any issues. Read more...

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Yemen's president calls on rebels to surrender and turn themselves in

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:13pm

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi demanded on Saturday that Houthi rebels in his country surrender.

At an Arab League meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Hadi called on rebels to give up territory they took in recent offensives, and demanded that their leaders turn themselves over to government forces. The president added that Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes against Houthi rebels will continue until they cease fighting

See also: The breathtaking beauty of Yemen, a war-torn land

"Operation Decisive Storm will continue until all the goals are achieved, and the Yemeni people start enjoying security and stability," he said, according to Al Jazeera Read more...

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What a drag: Low oil prices continue to slow Texas job growth

Bottom-of-the-barrel oil prices continued to drag down Texas’ job growth in February as the state added 7,100 jobs — the smallest monthly job gain since October 2011. February was the second straight month of slower growth, according to data released March 27 by the Texas Workforce Commission. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January 2015. At the city level, unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal factors. The Houston…

Best Buy is shutting down Canada's biggest tech store chain

Engadget - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:04pm
Best Buy is a mainstay of tech shopping in the US, but it knows that it's small potatoes in Canada -- it kept the country's better-known Future Shop chain going for years after a takeover, even after opening shops of its own. However, the American re...

RioCan and Kimco Jointly Announce Agreement for RioCan to Acquire Kimco’s Interest in Two Canadian Properties and Kimco’s Purchase of RioCan’s Interest in One U.S. Property

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:00pm
TORONTO & NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) and Kimco Realty Corp. (“Kimco”) (NYSE:KIM) are pleased to announce that RioCan will acquire Kimco’s 50% interest in two Canadian properties held in the RioKim joint venture, Brentwood Village and Grand Park, as part of a trade transaction whereby Kimco will purchase RioCan’s 80% interest in Montgomery Plaza, a shopping center currently held in a joint venture with Kimco; Montgomery Plaza

Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Slashdot - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Lirodon writes: Future Shop, a Canadian electronics chain that was bought by Best Buy in 2001, but continued to operate in parallel with the newly-opened Canadian locations of the U.S. retailer, is no more. Today, the company abruptly announced the closure of the Future Shop chain, and the permanent closure of 66 of its remaining 131 locations. The remaining 65 Future Shop locations (specifically, those that weren't within driving, or even walking distance of a Best Buy to begin with) will be converted to Best Buy stores over the next few days. This is just the latest step in Best Buy's efforts to downsize its Canadian operations and focus on online retail. The new, downsized chain will consist of 136 Best Buy stores (and 56 of the small Best Buy Mobile stores) in Canada. Still, it's sad to see such an iconic brand killed off like this.

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International officials call for release of jailed women's rights activists in China

Mashable - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:35pm

China's reputation as a global juggernaut, fueled by booming business over the last few decades, continues to be marred by its poor human-rights record. The latest example is the plight of five women's rights activists who are currently jailed for holding peaceful public protests

International leaders have publicly called for the release of Wu Rongrong, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Li Tingting, who are all imprisoned under China's Article 293 law, which punishes anyone who "undermines public order" with "provocative and disturbing behaviors."

See also: Latest Hong Kong protests put focus on cultural tensions with China Read more...

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The HondaJet Receives Provisional Type Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:30pm
GREENSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Winter Endurance Challenges - This Ski Resort Promised a Free Lift Ticket to True Snow Lovers (TrendHunter.com)

Trend Hunter - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 3:30pm
(TrendHunter.com) In order to identify the most passionate visitors to the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham ski resorts in Quebec City, a challenge was set up to sports enthusiasts with a free lift ticket as a reward....