USC notes: Trojans’ Turner gets his big chance

first_img Turner said no one actually has told him he will play more but his role in practice increased Tuesday. “I’ve been getting a whole lot more reps, that’s the main sign,” he said. Leinart concussion: Quarterback Matt Leinart said he suffered a concussion against Arizona State, which might explain why he ran a bootleg for no reason against the Sun Devils. “I had one my freshman season (at Mater Dei High),” Leinart said. “This is a lot more serious. I haven’t been hit like that in a long time. I was still able to run the offense.” Leinart said Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter apologized to him after the game, but he felt the hit, which was flagged as a personal foul, was a cheap shot. After four games, USC finally is ready to unveil freshman receiver Patrick Turner in a significant role against Arizona. “We need to play Patrick Turner more,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. “We’re planning on using him more. He only played eight plays against Arizona State.” “It’s uncalled for but it’s football and people get hit late,” he said. “Maybe it’s out of respect for me as a player. It’s a positive thing they are trying to knock me out of a game. “I remember throwing it and I saw him coming from five yards away but I didn’t think he was going to hit me. He did, so whatever. Coach Koetter apologized. I have a lot of respect for him. He recruited me for awhile when I was in high school. He was the only one (to apologize) though.” Ellison out: Tests confirmed that safety Kevin Ellison will be lost for the season with a fractured knee and stretched anterior cruciate ligament. Ellison said he would undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on the knee and probably face reconstructive surgery later. Linebacker Oscar Lua dislocated a finger in practice but is OK. Who goofed? USC coach Pete Carroll didn’t have much of an explanation for how the Trojans received a delay-of-game penalty following a kickoff. “That one was a surprise to all of us,” he said. “I don’t know how we missed the clock starting. All of a sudden, time was down. We couldn’t get Matt’s attention. Usually, he covers for us.” Leinart’s concussion might have made it more difficult for him to be aware of the clock. Regarding the bootleg play, Leinart said. “I don’t even know. I could give you an excuse. Who really knows? It was my fault.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img A primary reason for Turner’s expanded role is to rest starter Dwayne Jarrett, who participated in 85 plays against Arizona State. “Oh yeah, I was tired,” Jarrett said. “My legs felt like linguini. Patrick and I will be alternating so I can get rejuvenated.” last_img read more

Mamata creates new record names 41 women candidates

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday declared the list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 with nearly 41 percent women candidates.”This year, we are having nearly 41 percent women candidates in our list. Last time, it was 35 percent. It is a proud moment for us and is a significant stride towards women empowerment. Everybody is talking about 33 percent reservation for women and we already have 35 percent women representation in Parliament,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe list of candidates that has 17 women candidates include political veterans as well as Tollywood actors. Mala Roy who has been fielded from Kolkata South seat sounded confident of her victory. “South Kolkata is one of the prime seats and all eyes are fixed on it. I am indebted to our party chief Mamata Banerjee for having the faith in me and I will try my best to meet her expectations. I have been in politics for many years and have been working for the cause of the people. I will continue to do the same,” Roy maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMahua Moitra who will be contesting from Krishnanagar seat expressed her gratitude towards Banerjee and said: “I will try to reach out to every single voter in my constituency during the campaign, taking my party workers into confidence.” Moitra is an MLA from Karimpur and was the vice-president of JP Morgan before stepping into politics. Actor Mimi Chakraborty will be fighting from Jadavpur in place of Sugata Bose. “I am privileged as Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has thought that I am fit enough to contest in the elections. I am hopeful of winning as I believe that people will shower their blessings on me,” she maintained. Actor Nusrat Jahan who will contest from Basirhat said that she will try her best to live up to the trust that the TMC supremo has bestowed upon her. The surprise factor in the list came in the form of a new women candidate — Rupali Biswas from Ranaghat seat. She is the wife of Satyajit Biswas, the MLA from Krishnagunj, who was shot dead in February this year. “I will give my all-out to complete the pending development works of my husband. I will act under the instructions of the party leadership and carry out the responsibility entrusted upon me,” she added. Mausam Noor, former Congress MP, who had joined TMC in January this year will fight in Malda North seat while Beerbaha Soren will be contesting from Jhargram. Actor Moon Moon Sen who had won from Bankura seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls will contest from Asansol. Sajda Ahmed will contest from Uluberia. Among the women candidates who have remained unchanged from 2014 Lok Sabha polls are Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar from Barasat, Arpita Ghosh from Balurghat, Pratima Mondal from Joynagar, Ratna De Nag from Hooghly, Shatabdi Roy from Birbhum, Aparupa Poddar from Arambag and a few others.last_img read more

3 Unusual Ways Smart Tech Meets Fashion

first_img When we talk about wearable tech, what usually comes to mind are things like smartwatches, computerized glasses and health trackers. But there’s a lot more going on — especially at the convergence of tech and fashion. Entrepreneurs and designers are finding new and sometimes bizarre ways to make the clothes we wear smarter without compromising on style. Some can be truly useful. Others, well, seem more like novelty.Here, we’ve collected three unusual examples of products at the convergence of fashion and tech:1. Clothes that can charge your devices.What happens when you’re out at an event or traveling for business and your smartphone or tablet battery dies? You have to find an outlet to charge it or otherwise deal with being unable to use your device. That’s where Netherlands-based fashion designer Pauline van Dongen comes in. She has teamed up with scientists and other experts to develop clothing — a prototype dress and coat, specifically — that have flexible solar panels built into them. The coat has nearly 50 rigid solar cells while the dress has more than 70 flexible solar cells.Related: Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — YetIf worn in the sun for an hour, each one can store enough energy to charge a typical smartphone by about 50 percent, van Dongen says. The solar cells can be revealed when the wearer is outside in the sun, or they can be folded away and worn invisibly.It’s not as wonky as it sounds. For a closer look, check out this video: Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3. This dress can pour you a drink.I bet you never expected a waitress or bartender to wear a dress like this. The DareDroid is a biomechanic cocktail-making dress. Yes, you read that right. But in order to receive the drink you first need to play a game with the wearer.”Sensors around the neck detect your presence and allows the technological system to dispense non-alcoholic liquid,” according to the project’s website. “Your willingness to play a touch screen based game of Truth or Dare, combined with your natural charm triggers the decision to give you more than just juice.” Read: alcohol.Created several years ago, the DareDroid comes courtesy of Dutch-based fashion-tech designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht. More recently, Wipprecht designed a line of dresses called “Intimacy” that is made of opaque, smart e-foils that become transparent when the wearer gets close to another person. Intimacy, obviously, is NSFW. Instead, here’s a look at DareDroid:OK, this looks a little ridiculous, but, hey, if it breaks the ice and gets people interacting instead of being glued to their smartphones, why not? Right?Related: Meet Ringly, Where Wearble Tech Meets High-Fashion Bling Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 2. A hoodie for social-media junkies.If you’re constantly checking your Facebook feed, you’ll want to give this a look. Ping is a concept design from Seattle’s Electricfoxy, a wearables production firm. Developed several years ago, Ping is a sleeveless hoodie that wirelessly connects to your Facebook account. Basically, a wearer can use the garment to connect to the social network through a series of “natural gestures” instead of a typical app. For instance, a sensor is integrated into the hood that allows wearers to send and receive messages by lifting the hood up or down. Wearers can “customize their messages, assign them to groups of friends and even manage many different types of messages based on where you are, who you’re pinging, or what your mood is.” If a friend sends a message, the wearer will feel a haptic tap on his or her shoulder.Related: This Handy Gadget Is Like Google Glass For Your CarAnd what’s up with that zig-zagging design on the left and right panels? It’s actually Ping’s circuitry. “Rather than hide the technology completely, the design of the garment embraces it and explodes aspects of the functionality as the aesthetics of the garment. In this case, function truly does meet fashion,” Electricfoxy says on its site.Seems interesting, but I’m not sure how that would work in real-world applications.The same idea around natural gestures is behind Zip, another Electricfoxy clothing design that connects wirelessly to the wearer’s phone or music player and allows the person to control the volume by simply moving the zipper up or down.Here’s a look at Ping: 4 min read August 7, 2014last_img read more

Employees of Microsoft ask Microsoft not to bid on US Militarys Project

first_imgLast Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which is a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defense. However, over this weekend, an account named ‘Employees of Microsoft’ on Medium has urged the company not to bid on the JEDI project in an open letter. They said, “The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, which makes it nearly impossible to know what we as workers would be building.” At the time of writing, no further details about the ‘Employees of Microsoft’ Medium account apart from the fact that the open letter is their first post, have come to light. We are unaware of whether this account genuinely represents a section of employees at Microsoft and if they do, what number of employees have signed this open letter. No names have been attached to the open letter. Earlier this month, Google announced that they will not be competing for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract. They opted out of bidding for project JEDI saying the project may conflict with their principles for the ethical use of AI. In August, Oracle Corp filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office(GAO) against the JEDI cloud contract. Oracle believes that the contract should not be awarded only to a single company but instead, allow for multiple winners. DoD Chief Management Officer John H. Gibson II explained the program’s impact, saying, “We need to be very clear. This program is truly about increasing the lethality of our department.” Many Microsoft employees agree that what they build should not be used for waging war. Per the letter, “When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more, not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality.” They also alleged that with JEDI, Microsoft executives are on track to betray the principles of “reliability and safety, privacy and security, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability” in exchange for short-term profits. What do Microsoft employees want? Microsoft employees have asked strong questions such as, “what are Microsoft’s A.I. Principles, especially regarding the violent application of powerful A.I. technology? How will workers, who build and maintain these services in the first place, know whether our work is being used to aid profiling, surveillance, or killing?” They want clear ethical guidelines and meaningful accountability on which uses of technology are acceptable, and which are off the table. They also want the cloud and edge solutions listed on Azure’s blog to be reviewed by Microsoft’s A.I. ethics committee, Aether. Not just that, the petitioners have also urged employees of other tech companies to take similar actions asking questions like, “how your work will be used, where it will be applied, and then act according to your principles.” Many employees within Microsoft have also voiced ethical concerns regarding the company’s ongoing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Per this contract, Microsoft provides Azure cloud computing services that have enabled ICE to enact violence and terror on families at the border and within the United States. “Despite our objections, the contract remains in place. Microsoft’s decision to pursue JEDI reiterates the need for clear ethical guidelines, accountability, transparency, and oversight.” Read the entire open letter on Medium. Read Next Google opts out of Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, as it doesn’t align with its ethical use of AI principles. Oracle’s bid protest against U.S Defence Department’s(Pentagon) $10 billion cloud contract. Google takes steps toward better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices.last_img read more