Microsoft puts Xbox on iPhone

first_img Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Home Microsoft puts Xbox on iPhone KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Microsoft today (20 April) began inviting iPhone and iPad users to beta test Xbox Cloud Gaming on their devices, a move which could prove a key boost for a service tipped as a premiere 5G use case.Alongside Windows 10 PC users, the software giant is providing users of Apple devices with web-based access to a catalogue of more than 50 tailored Xbox titles. Microsoft has developed customised controls alongside Bluetooth and USB options.Gamers will be able to access games though Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.Cloud gaming is expected to be a key 5G service: the next-generation network technology opens new creative possibilities for developers because they will no longer have to synchronise games on the individual phones of each player, instead using the cloud to perform calculations once.In a recent blog, Ericsson estimated there are 209 million mobile gamers in the US alone, implying more than half the people in the country play games on their phones at least occasionally.The vendor has a vested interest in mobile gaming because it will employ 5G networks and edge computing.Carlos Bravo, director of Cloud Strategy Execution, explained edge servers “can be dimensioned in a better, more efficient way, generating a synchronised gaming experience in the cloud”.“You won’t feel any lag as you’re moving around, which is critical for a good gaming experience, and you won’t have to be hooked into a Wi-Fi network.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AppleEricssonMicrosoft Tags Freelance tech journalist Martha DeGrasse is delighted to be contributing to Mobile World Live. Martha has written for a number of telecom and wireless publications, and was a writer, editor and video producer at RCR Wireless News for almost seven… Read more Author Previous ArticleRootMetrics flags Verizon 5G challengesNext ArticleSmartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 20 APR 2021 Martha DeGrasse Relatedlast_img read more

Man somehow drives himself to hospital after being shot in the head

first_imgiStock(CHICAGO) — A man is lucky to be alive after being shot in the head and driving himself to the hospital for treatment.The incident happened at approximately midnight in the 1600 block of West Ogden Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, when the man was driving his vehicle and suddenly hit in the head by gunfire, according to ABC News’ Chicago station WLS-TV.The man who was driving a small SUV then drove himself to Stroger Hospital – about one mile away from where the incident allegedly took place – to be treated, according to authorities.The 28-year-old victim is now in serious condition.Police are currently investigating the circumstances around the shooting but he has not been able to tell investigators exactly where the shooting happened.It is unclear if the shooting was targeted or accidental. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK elections regulator rejects Remain campaign spending complaint

first_imgHowever, following an assessment of the complaint, the Electoral Commission found that all spending had been carried out according to the rules.They also found that “any instances of working together resulting in referendum spending between BSiE and other campaigners, including spending associated with the coordination of volunteers by BSiE, has been reported.”Another complaint from Patel — that campaigners had registered with BSiE in the final month of the campaign — was not assessed, because she did not provide any evidence that rules had been broken in this regard, the letter said.A spokesperson for Britain Stronger in Europe said it was confident the EC would reject the complaint: “We have always taken our legal responsibilities seriously and so are very pleased that the Electoral Commission have ruled out opening an investigation.”Patel resigned from the government in November following revelations that she held unauthorized meetings with Israeli government figures. Also On POLITICO Brexit Files Insight Scotland’s (latest) Brexit strategy By David Torrance Euro press review British press gears up for second Brexit vote By Judith Mischke LONDON — The U.K.’s elections regulator has rejected a complaint from a former Cabinet minister that the official Remain campaign may have breached spending rules during the EU referendum in June 2016.The Electoral Commission wrote to former International Development Secretary Priti Patel, a prominent Brexiteer, saying it did not have “reasonable grounds” to suspect Britain Stronger in Europe had committed any offense.Patel had issued a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission, claiming that BSiE may have failed to report joint spending with the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Parties’ Remain campaigns, therefore exceeding limits on expenditure and delivering false spending returns.last_img read more

Vermont’s largest solar array installed in Essex Jct

first_imgEncore Renewable Energy,Encore Redevelopment, of Burlington, Vermont, has announced the recent installation and commissioning of the PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. At 3.6MWp, this array is the largest solar project in Vermont and is estimated  to produce approximately 4,500,000 kWh of electricity annually, sufficient to power roughly 700 Vermont homes. The solar array will also provide a lease payment which will help to diversify the income stream of the Whitcomb Farm and help the Farm, which has been in continuous operation since 1867, remain in active agricultural use. The Whitcomb family reelased this statement: “The lease associated with the solar project provides us with the opportunity to improve our farmstead while preserving topsoil integrity.  Farming has always involved land, sunlight and water to produce value; we are pleased to be able to diversify our farming operations to include renewable electric generation in addition to forage crops and dairy.”The project was completed under the State of Vermont’s Standard Offer program which was designed to jumpstart Vermont’s clean energy economy and begin the process of achieving the State’s goals for an increased portfolio of locally generated renewable energy. Encore was responsible for initial project design and securing all permits associated with the project.  Final design and construction activities were provided by juwi Solar. The project was financed and is owned by PSEG Solar Source a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG).Encore said in a statement: “Encore is honored to have been able to work collaboratively with the many professionals responsible for bringing this project from concept to commissioning. We hope this project can serve as an example of the multilateral value of distributed renewable generation for providing grid resilience, economic development, and protection of Vermont’s valuable and iconic working landscape.”About Encore Redevelopment:Encore Redevelopment is a Burlington, VT-based project development company with a focus on 21st century solutions for underutilized property and community-scale renewable energy systems.Source: Encore 1.25.2015. PHOTO: Whitcomb solar array under construction last year in Essex Junction. Courtesy photo.last_img read more

Gophers kick off new season at Minnesota Invitational

first_imgGophers kick off new season at Minnesota InvitationalMinnesota returns many key golfers from last season’s successful team. Betsy HelfandSeptember 15, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers wrapped up last season as one of the most successful teams in program history.They’ll try to build off that on Monday as they begin their 2014-15 campaign with many of last year’s key golfers and several fresh faces.“I think we definitely have good momentum. I think we know what it takes to get to where we want to be, so we know how much time we have to put in and we know what worked from last year and what didn’t,” senior Anna Laorr said.The Gophers finished 11th at their NCAA regional last season and return many of the key members of that team, including Laorr and Carmen Laguna, two of the team’s top golfers.Minnesota graduated Banchalee Theinthong, a strong contributor, but gained a highly touted freshman class that includes Celia Kuenster, a two-time Minnesota Class 3A state champion.Kuenster has worked herself into the lineup for the Minnesota Invitational. She said she has some nerves heading into her first collegiate tournament, but she’s mostly excited.Head coach Michele Redman hasn’t placed any expectations on the talented freshman.“I want her to get better and grow as a player here, and I know she’s going to do that,” Redman said. “I just want her to grow as a player and get better every week.”Kuenster said the coaches haven’t placed any pressure on the freshman class — which also includes Heather Ciskowski and Sabrine Garrison — but there is an internal pressure to succeed. “I want to play well and want to help the team, and I want the team to keep getting better,” Kuenster said.Kuenster will have a chance to do that on Monday. Kuenster, Laguna, Laorr, senior Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and sophomore Sophie Kitchen make up Minnesota’s lineup for the first tournament.Redman said the team was able to play three qualifying rounds, which helped her get a sense of where the team is.“It’s going to be interesting to see who’s in the lineup each week, because it’s probably going to change a bit until I figure out what five play well together,” she said.At this point, Redman said the most important thing for Minnesota is to keep improving, as it has done the past three seasons.“When [we] do that, then everything else just takes care of itself,” she said.Laorr said a long-term goal for the team is making it to nationals. But before that, there’s a lot of work for the team to do.“I think we definitely proved ourselves a little bit [last year],” she said. “I think now we’re more on people’s radar.”last_img read more

No bargain in this basement

first_imgIt is fair to say that basement conversions are controversial. On the one hand, they can cause mayhem and stress for neighbours but on the other, they provide an excellent solution to alleviating cramped living once completed. Basements also raise particular design challenges which can lead to numerous problems if things go wrong, including if the insurers refuse to pay and the question arises: who is at fault? The recent case of Goldswain vs Beltec Ltd (t/a BCS Consulting) [2015] (TCC) provided welcome insight into these knotty issues where the remit of an engineer’s duty to warn, and extent of responsibility for design, were considered.The facts of the case were as follows: Mr Goldswain and his partner Ms Hale (the claimants) owned a ground floor flat in a semi-detached house. The flat had a cellar and the plan was to convert the cellar into living accommodation by underpinning the outer walls and lowering the floor to create more height. The claimants appointed engineer Beltec Ltd to design the essential structural works and AIMS Plumbing and Building Services Limited to carry out the work. AIMS started the work and installed the underpinning but apparently not anything else of importance. AIMS retained Beltec to visit the site to inspect the construction of the initial pin and Beltec duly visited the site and advised AIMS that the pin had not been constructed in accordance with the design.  Engineers should expect that builders would understand and act upon the construction method indicatedThe underpinning was completed but shortly afterwards, following increasing amounts of cracking in the superstructure, the house collapsed.  The claimants’ insurer refused to cover the claim on the grounds of inadequate construction.The claimants then issued proceedings against Beltec and AIMS claiming that Beltec had failed to exercise the appropriate level of skill and care when designing the basement and failed to warn the claimants about the contractor’s progress following the initial site visit. Unfortunately, according to the judgment, AIMS was, at that time, “believed to be insolvent” and so did not take part in the proceedings. The court ruled that Beltec was not liable and that there was an overwhelming probability that AIMS had failed to carry out its work with reasonable skill and care or complied with the drawings with which it had been provided. Therefore, AIMS’ breaches of contract had caused the collapse. The key points to note are as follows:The court had close regard to the scope of Beltec’s retainer and held that Beltec had no ongoing obligation to supervise the works. Beltec’s obligation was limited to providing the claimants with the structural designs with reasonable care and skill. Competent engineers should be entitled to expect that builders would understand and act upon the construction method indicated in the drawings.The court explained that when and to what extent the duty will apply will depend on all the circumstances, but it will often arise when there is an obvious and significant danger either to life and limb or to property. In addition, the obligation can arise when a careful professional ought to have known of such danger, having regard to all the facts and circumstances. The court will be unlikely to conclude that a duty to warn arises in situations where, at the time that the professional inspects the work, there is a possibility that the contractor in question may in future not do the works properly. Here, Beltec did not owe the claimant a duty to warn. It was AIMS, and not the claimants, who had retained Beltec to visit the site to see what AIMS had done in relation to the initial pin. Beltec advised that the pin should be redone and resent AIMS the drawings; however, there was no danger at this stage. The court held that, while generally it is the responsibility of the engineer or architect  to design the permanent works and the contractor’s responsibility to construct the temporary works required to build the permanent works, it will always be necessary to consider what services the professional is engaged to provide. Here, it was noted that Beltec’s design provided a precise sequence of work which, if followed, would have resulted in the basement being created without any significant damage to the structure above. The conclusion was that nothing in Beltec’s design should have prevented AIMS from working in a reasonably safe way.Sarah Strange is a senior associate in the construction and engineering team at international law firm Taylor Wessinglast_img read more

5 minutes with… Manisha Patel, senior partner, PRP Architects

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MPs call for lawyer-free forum for financial disputes

first_imgA tribunal for resolving financial disputes in which claimants can bring cases ‘without the need for a lawyer’ will give SMEs the tools they need to fight large corporations, according to a parliamentary debate yesterday in which lawyers’ efforts to prevent wrongdoing were also called into question.The calls were made during a House of Commons debate on the scandal enveloping Royal Bank of Scotland and its Global Restructuring Group (GRG). The bank is accused of putting 16,000 business customers into its GRG division, telling many it was there to help turn their fortunes around. Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, who called for the debate, said an independent inquiry into the treatment of SMEs by financial institutions should be held as well as ‘the rapid establishment of a tribunal system to deal effectively with financial disputes involving SMEs’.The debate took place following articles by barrister Richard Samuel, a tenant at 3 Hare Court, who said the Financial Services Tribunal (FST) would help SMEs and make it easier for claimants.MPs said the tribunal would have low fees and would not necessarily require a lawyer to run the case. Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, added: ‘The process would be cheaper and less formal, and complainants would not need a lawyer. We know that such a process works in other places.’However, MPs also called into question the role of solicitors and other legal practitioners during the GRG affair. Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, said: ‘The web of deceit between a whole range of organisations is highly complex, from the big banks—RBS and Lloyds—to accountants, solicitors and valuers.’Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and himself a qualified solicitor, said: ‘What of the role of lawyers in managing the conflict of interest, or of the accountants, or of the auditors? Who was complicit in this scandal?’According to Lewis: ‘The introduction of a tribunal system will help to rebuild the strong relationships that once existed between SMEs and their banks, helping the growth of our economy and the international reputation of our financial sector.’Samuel told the Gazette the tribunal system does not usually rely on lawyers to put a forward case on behalf of a client.‘In this instance, the judge is the inquisitor. They ask questions of both sides and determine the appropriate outcome,’ Samuel said.He added: ‘Tribunals always exist where there is an imbalance of power. In employment tribunals, you may have a large employer against an employee, or in immigration tribunals an individual against the state. Overall its more flexible and cheaper than going to court.’However, Samuel denied that lawyers would be completly bypassed and could still provide early stage advice on the merits of a claim.last_img read more

Brisbane airport BOT

first_imgQUEENSLAND’s state government has awarded a build-operate-transfer concession to the Airtrain Citylink consortium for construction of an 8·5 km rail link to Brisbane airport at a cost of A$223m. Work is expected to take two years, followed by a 35-year operating period before the line is handed over to the state.Airtrain Citylink Ltd is owned by Macquarie Bank (30%), Colonial Ltd (20%), British utility group Hyder (15%), GIO Australia Ltd (11%) engineering group Transfield (10%) and French group Transroute (10%). Financial close was reached on February 3 for an initial equity component valued at A$89m, split between shares, bonds and debt. Another A$175m of debt will be provided by ANZ Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dresdner Bank and BNP. Design work began in February, with heavy construction getting under way later this year. The branch will diverge from the existing QR network near Toombul. Most of the route will be elevated, with two stations serving the international and domestic terminals.Airport services will run every 15min, using QR tracks to reach the city centre, where they will connect with QR’s Citytrain network. Alternate trains will continue south to the Gold Coast resorts. Airtrain Citylink has ordered 12 EMU cars from the Walkers/Adtranz joint venture for A$38m. Based on QR’s inter-city multiple-units also build by Walkers in Maryborough, they will have IGBT traction drives supplied from Adtranz Sweden. Delivery will run from October 2001 to January 2002.last_img read more