Can Ireland Offer Startups Something Silicon Valley Can’t?

first_imgIn the past few years just about every country with a high-speed network and a national budget has hatched a “startup ecosystem.” From https://readwrite.com/2012/04/17/move-your-startup-to-chile-con to the Silicon Taiga, these programs offer entrepreneurs funding, infrastructure and support in an effort to lure a critical mass of promising young companies and spawn the next Silicon Valley.None has succeeded. The Dropboxes and Instagrams of the world still flock to the original Silicon Valley.First Choice For Second-Tier Startups?But if you’ve got a startup that is not quite as hot as a Dropbox or an Instagram, there could be a good reason to consider one of those other startup ecosystems. You won’t get Marc Andreessen’s number at the next rooftop party. But there’s something else you won’t get: ignored.“Our startups get tons of hands-on support – much more than they’d get almost anywhere else in the world,” says Lorcan O’Sullivan, manager of Enterprise Ireland, one of the latest of the many campaigns by governments around the globe to attract startups to their shores and inject new life into their local economies.Enterprise Ireland has a fund of €10 million to dole out. Startups that relocate to Ireland can get between €100,000 and €500,000 each. Those that are accepted must arrange private-sector funding in an amount equal to the Startup Ireland funding. Startup Ireland does not take a seat on the board but does take 10% equity. That’s more than top U.S. accelerators like Y Combinator take (normally around 6%) but O’Sullivan says Enterprise Ireland gives more in return, particularly to startups in sectors where Ireland is strong, such as medical devices, pharma and IT.“Of course, a good startup can get funding anywhere. But we think we have extra things to offer.”Ireland Can Help With Going GlobalEnterprise Ireland has so far attracted entrepreneurs from the U.S., Russia, Belarus, England, Greece and South Africa. Many of them are outfits that want to internationalize but don’t know how to do it. “We have a network of 28 offices around the world that are at the disposal of our startups to make business connections and gain access to customers and partners,” O’Sullivan says.Some of Enterprise Ireland’s startups joined the program because Ireland is the easiest place in the EU to launch a business. One startup in the medical device field that joined recently was attracted by the favorable regulatory environment.“We hope to attract a wide range of startups, even those who have a reason to leave the U.S.,” O’Sullivan says. “These could be entrepreneurs who can’t get a visa in the U.S. but can get a visa in Ireland, because we have very attractive startup entrepreneur visas here.”For all his country’s advantages – lower taxes and costs than Silicon Valley – O’Sullivan says he realizes that entrepreneurs with a good shot in the U.S. will not choose Ireland, especially given all the negative economic news about the country of late, including its recession and debt.“People think, ‘Why would I go to Ireland? There is not money or jobs or anything happening there.’ But we want to say there is very vibrant startup scene here. Are we going to replicate Silicon Valley? No. But you can still be very successful without being Silicon Valley.”Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … tim devaney and tom steincenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Entrepreneurs#international#startups How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Is DaVinci Resolve’s Title Generator a Hit or a Miss?

first_imgDaVinci Resolve has made strides to expand beyond its color-grading background. In this review, we take a look at the Title Generator’s performance.Cover image via Shutterstock.Since the release of 12.5 (and now at v.14), DaVinci Resolve has been making advances across the board to garner recognition not only as a leading color grading software but also as a professional NLE. While title generators are not the defining element of an NLE, it would be great to have an NLE that can do a little bit more with titles than the same functions we’ve seen over and over.Let’s have a look at Resolve’s title generator to see how well it performs. We’re going to attempt to recreate a title card from Kill Bill, and a typical lower third you would expect to see on a news broadcast.The InterfaceResolve’s title generator isn’t revolutionary; however, the user interface and the fluidity of the generator are certainly admirable. It’s a lot smarter and cleaner than the title panel in Adobe’s products. Resolve’s interface works by opening and extending panels, so to get to the titles, you need to open the effects library, and on the toolbox menu, scroll down until you reach titles.Here you have five presets that you can drag onto the timeline — akin to Final Cut Pro.  The five presets are Left Lower 3rd, Middle Lower 3rd, Right Lower 3rd, Scroll, and Text. All of which speak for themselves.When you’ve dragged your title onto the timeline, you can double-click the text bubble in the preview monitor to write the intended text, and you can also move and enlarge the text with the control points. However, I doubt you’ll ever modify text in that manner. As with all of the effects and transitions in Resolve, the truly customizable aspect of the features comes to life in the inspector panel.When you open the inspector panel, you see several different options for customizing the text, and the options vary slightly depending on which title you’re working with. Although the inspector panel breaks down into several sub-menus, the panel is mostly two sections: text properties and design properties. It doesn’t have the intricate text features that Photoshop or After Effects has, but it certainly covers the basics — and a bit more.Those are who are familiar with NLEs and compositors will know that this diamond icon represents a keyframe, and that means you can time the control parameters of that individual setting to change throughout the title clip.However, there are some settings that you cannot keyframe, such as the spacing between characters. As a result, you won’t be able to create the classic trailer text where the word moves forward in Z-space, while the individual characters move slightly apart.Creating the TitlesWith basics of the title generator covered, let’s create our first title: the Tarantino-inspired title card from Kill Bill.There are several things we need to do mimic the title card: give the text color and a drop shadow, capitalize it, and underline the top row. We can apply all of these effects to the text inside of Resolve — there’s no need to open Photoshop just yet. Unfortunately, where Resolve falls short and ends up in typical NLE title generator territory is adjusting a single line of text in a box of multiple lines: this feature works poorly.For example, you can change the size of one line by highlighting that line and increasing the font size in the inspector.Yet, making sure the other lines of text stay in the same position is a struggle. Resolve sees the other text line as an object and pushes the top line from its original position.If we were to perform the same task in After Effects, you could see that even though the space box for the enlarged text overlaps the top line, it does not move the top line of text from its original position.Therefore, I’m going to drag the standard text preset onto the timeline and duplicate it two times so I can adjust the font size of each layer without worrying about altering the positioning. Thankfully, we can highlight all tracks and simultaneously change the settings of all text layers. However, when you are working on one text line (for this example, let’s say the text on track 2) in the timeline panel, you cannot click the text on track 3.You have to go to the timeline and select the text clip. Whereas in After Effects, you can click from text to text preview monitor itself.  So far, it seems to be a one-step-forward, two-steps-back process. The ability to manipulate multiple lines of text isn’t as fluid as the design.After a few minutes of switching back and forth between the three layers, I was able to get the Tarantino-styled text. As mentioned, all of the basic font adjustments are in the inspector, and they’ll cover you for titles like this one. However, there isn’t an option to stretch or widen the font.Lower ThirdsI initially wanted to use the left lower third, but because of the highlights in the video clip, I decided to switch to a right lower third to make the text more visible. I had already chosen the font properties, and I thought I would be able to copy and paste the text properties to another text layer. No. You can do this, but not efficiently. You have to individually copy the main title and the subtitle of the lower third and then paste both lines of text. It would be simpler if you could copy and paste all attributes of a title in one swift click.Frustrations will start to escalate when you realize that you can only move the main title and the subtitle independently. Personally, when working with a title and subtitle, I like to animate both text layers at the same time, then just stretch the keyframe positioning to make one line of text move slightly slower. Here, that isn’t possible.You can give the lower third a solid color background, and you can manipulate it in several ways, but I found the responsiveness slow and clunky. You also can’t adjust the background on the preview monitor, only within the inspector itself. Again, this yields a slow-paced experience.Ultimately, at this point, this wasn’t the title generator I wanted it to be, and I decided to stop making the lower thirds. If this was a job for a client, I would have very easily lost thirty minutes to the void when this should have been a five-minute job.I love Resolve. It is, after all, a world-class color grading application, and the designers have made massive improvements with the NLE’s capabilities in 12.5 and in 14. However, the title generator is only standard NLE quality — despite a great-looking UI. It is great for simple location introductions, or to fade the name of an interviewee in and out, but for anything that is slightly creative, you’re better off working with a dedicated motion graphics compositor.What are your thoughts on Resolve’s title generator? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Mysterious hair chopping creates panic in Delhi

first_imgBraids of a woman and her two daughters were chopped mysteriously by unknown persons in Mayapuri area of Delhi.  They have registered a complaint. Similar activities were also reported from Haryana and Agra where many women complained of their hair being chopped off while they were either asleep or unconscious. The villagers have started guarding themselves against the mystery. In Agra, a woman was allegedly lynched by the mob after they called her a ‘witch’ who was involved in cutting hairs of the women.last_img

Celebrating the goddess who bleeds

first_img| Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar Devotees offer prayers while taking a holy dip during the annual ‘Ambubachi’ festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.  Temple priests said the ritualistic fair celebrating the goddess’ period is one of the reasons why the taboo associated with menstruation is less in Assam compared with other parts of India. The attainment of womanhood of girls in Assam is celebrated with a ritual called ‘Tuloni Biya’, meaning small wedding. Officials said Ambubachi Mela is also an occasion to promote awareness on menstrual hygiene.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspected the arrangements for pilgrims as well as security in the complex before the fair began.Devotees make a beeline for Kamakhya during Ambubachi Mela. The only ones that avoid the temple are the descendants of the medieval Koch royalty, who had reconstructed the Kamakhya temple in 1565.Pranab Narayan Deb, a descendant of Koch king Naranarayan, said this is because the goddess is believed to have cursed the royalty after the king and his brother Chilarai — one of Assam’s revered generals — had secretly watched her dance.Researchers at the Guwahati-based Centre for Koch-Rajbongshi Studies and Development said there are legends about the goddess dancing when Kendukoli, a priest during Naranarayan’s reign, performed puja with his eyes shut.center_img Ambubachi Mela, a four-day fair to mark the annual menstruation of the goddess at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, began on Friday.Kamakhya, atop Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, is one of 51 shaktipeeths or seat of Shakti followers, each representing a body part of the Sati, Lord Shiva’s companion. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the yoni — female genital — symbolised by a rock.Letting Goddess go through itPriests at the temple said doors of the temple were shut for visitors at 4 p.m. on Friday to let the goddess go through her period.“The temple doors will be reopened at 4.30 p.m. from Tuesday (June 26). All Hindu temples across the region will remain closed during this period,” Kabindra Sarma, a senior priest, said.last_img read more

SPORT-ATH 3 LAST

first_imgResults: Results: Womens: 10000m Race: 1. SWATI HARIDAS GADHAWE (MAH) 32:53.73; 2. SANJEEVANI BABURAO JADHAV (ONGC) 34:43.76; 3. MEENU MEENU (DEL) 36:02.22. 400m Hurdles: 1. JAUNA MURMU (ONGC) 58.60; 2. AYANA THOMAS (CRPF) 58.92; 3. ASHWINI AKKUNJI CHIDANANDA (KAR) 59.39. 200m Run: 1. SRABANI NANDA (ORI) 23.39; 2. DUTEE CHAND (ORI) 23.41; 3. HM JYOTHI (C BANK) 23.42. Shot Put: 1. NAVJEET KAUR DHILLON (ONGC) 15.25m; 2. HARKIRAT KAUR (PUN) 14.37m; 3. SONAL GOYAL (DEL) 13.79m. 800m Run: 1. TINTU LUKA (RSPB) 2:01.84; 2. GOMATHI MARIMUTHU (TN) 2:06.45; 3. SHIPRA SARKAR (WB) 2:06.95. Javelin Throw: 1. ANNU RANI (UP) 58.47m; 2. POONAM RANI (ONGC) 54.06m; 3. SUMAN DEVI (UP) 53.67m. Triple Jump: 1. SHEENA NELLICKAL VARKEY (KER) 13.39m; 2. SHILPA CHACKO (KER) 13.22m; 3. M A SIVA ANBARA ANBARASI (TN) 12.52m. Mens: 10000m Race: 1. G LAKSHMANAN (TN) 29:57.44; 2. NITENDRA SINGH RAWAT (UK) 29:59.52; 3. YUNUS MOHAMMED MOHAMMED (UP) 29:59.69. 400m Hurdles: 1. JITHIN PAUL (KER) 49.94; 2. DURGESH KUMAR PAL (UP) 50.37; 3. JASDEEP SINGH (PUN) 52.07. 200m Run: 1. DHARMBIR SINGH (HAR) 21.02; 2. SANJEET (HAR) 21.32; 3. S VIDYASAGAR (NAVY) 21.33. Triple Jump: 1. RENJITH MAHESWARY (KER) 16.47m; 2. ARIVU SELVAM (SSCB) 16.00m; 3. ARPINDER SINGH (ONGC) 15.99m. Discus Throw: 1. KIRPAL SINGH BATTH (ONGC) 57.76m; 2. ARJUN (HAR) 56.78m; 3. DHARAMRAJ YADAV (UP) 56.03m. 800m Run: 1. JINSON JOHNSON (KER) 1:47.56; 2. LALIT MATHUR (HAR) 1:47.90; 3. SAJEESH JOSEPH (KER) 1:47.96. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Serena Williams and Andy Murray all set for Australian Open return 2019

first_imgSerena Williams will resume her quest for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January after organisers on Wednesday confirmed her entry to the tournament she won for a seventh time on her last appearance in 2017.The 37-year-old American achieved her victory over sister Venus in the final two years ago while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born the following September.Williams reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals after her return last year but lost both, leaving her one short of Australian Margaret Court’s tally of grand slam singles titles.Her final match last season was the final at Flushing Meadow, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was overshadowed by her row with umpire Carlos Ramos.Williams is scheduled to play an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in the final week of the year before heading to Australia to warm-up for her assault on the Melbourne Park title at the Hopman Cup in Perth.Also among the 102 women and 101 men to have confirmed they will compete in the first grand slam of 2019 is five-times runner up Andy Murray, who missed three of the four majors last year because of a hip injury.The 31-year-old Scot has entered the tournament with his protected ranking of number two after sliding down to 259th in the world in the wake of surgery on his injured joint.Reigning champion Roger Federer will be gunning for a record seventh men’s single crown from Jan. 14-27, while Caroline Wozniacki will embark on her maiden grand slam title defence at Melbourne Park.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Online backlash after radio ad calls residential school harms a myth

first_imgSASKATOON – A radio ad airing in Saskatchewan is asking listeners whether Canadians are being told the whole truth about residential schools.The radio spot, which aired recently across multiple private radio stations, was made by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Winnipeg-based think tank.“We have been told that the residential school system deserves the blame for many of the dysfunctions in Indigenous society — abuse of alcohol and drugs, domestic violence and educational failures can all be blamed on the school system which did not finally end until the 1990s,” veteran prairie broadcaster Roger Currie says in the ad.Currie says it was a myth that residential schools robbed Indigenous kids of their childhood because the average stay was less than five years and the radio piece claimed most Indigenous children never went to the schools.The two-minute-long spot also suggested it wasn’t true that residential schools robbed Indigenous children of their language and culture, and it disputes that the harm of residential schools was passed on through generations.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard from more than 6,000 witnesses over six years and its final report in 2015 found that residential schools amounted to cultural genocide. Around 150,000 Indigenous children went to residential schools and it’s estimated around 6,000 children died.In 2008, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to former students saying it was a sad chapter in Canada’s history and the policy of assimilation was wrong.Tammy Robert said she was shocked and appalled when she heard the spot on the radio while sitting a restaurant in small-town Saskatchewan.“In my mind, the implication of that piece is that residential school survivors and their families are lying, or at the very least exaggerating and not telling the truth,” said Robert, a communications specialist.Robert, who wrote a blog post about the radio commentary Sunday, said misinformation around residential schools not only exists but is being perpetuated in Saskatchewan.“It’s no secret that there is all kinds of racial tension and there has been forever, but it has been amplified lately,” she said, pointing to a farmer’s recent acquittal in the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man.“I have to question what the point of (the radio commentary) is.”No one from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy agreed to be interviewed about the radio spot.The commentary, posted on the centre’s website Sept. 14, was removed Monday afternoon after an online backlash. It was replaced by an edited print version of the comments and included a link to an essay published by the centre in August titled “Myth versus Evidence: Your Choice” by Mark DeWolf, who has previously written about his time as a non-Indigenous residential school student.The Winnipeg radio station where Currie volunteers issued an apology Monday for any implied connection with the centre’s radio commentary. CJNU said it did not air the piece and the station is investigating.Currie was paid for the voice work but had no editorial control, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy said in a written message. The Frontier Centre has purchased air time for the commentary program which has been running across various stations since 2004. The Centre said stations have zero control of topics or content.But Robert said radio stations should still be aware of what they are airing. She said it’s important to allow for differing opinions but it has to be rooted in fact.“The impacts of residential school, they aren’t up for debate anymore,” she said.— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeglast_img read more

Earthquakes link to fracking in Fort St John

first_imgKao points out that the study also realized that not all hydraulic fracking operations actually cause earthquakes.“We should be cautious that not all fracking causes earthquakes. That’s actually an important point out not only this study but also in previous studies”, said Kao. “When you see large induced earthquakes, it definitely is related to injection but when you actually have a large injection quite often you don’t see induced earthquakes. It actually requires a specific combination of all of these different factors together to actually cause an earthquake”.Kao says one factor, which is the main conclusion of the study, is that the regional tectonic deformation rate is an important factor in determining the overall pattern of induced earthquakes within the region.To see the full article on the link between fracking and earthquakes, from the Canadian Press, you can read it here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A paper published on Monday in the Geophysical Research Letters suggests the likelihood of an artificial earthquake is heavily influenced by how stable the ground was before the energy industry showed up.Honn Kao,  a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada and lead author, says the link between fracking and earthquakes is quite strong in Fort St. John.“There are a large number of hydraulic fracking operations in the area and what we observed is that these hydraulic fracking operations tend to increase or disturb the stress field in the region and that is responsible for the occurrence of induced earthquakes”, said Kao.last_img read more

Lawsuit Howard Schultz sent unwanted texts to promote book

SEATTLE — A Florida woman is suing former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz after she says she and others on the national do not call list got automated text messages promoting his book tour.Schultz is considering an independent bid for president and launched a tour in January for his latest book, “From the Ground Up.”Cassandra Vallianos of Sunrise, Florida, says even though she’s on the no-call list, she received two unsolicited text messages promoting his appearance in Miami.Vallianos says she believes she and other voters were targeted if their registrations didn’t list a party preference.The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Seattle seeks class-action status and damages of $500 to $1,500 per text.Schultz spokeswoman Erin McPike said Monday that they’re reviewing the lawsuit but believe it lacks merit.The Associated Press read more

Indian protestors heading to Katchatheevu arrested

Over 300 Indians who were about to head to Katchatheevu from Rameshwaram to stage a protest against the Sri Lankan government were arrested by the Indian police.Indian media reports said that around 350 supporters of a Tamil outfit known as the Makkal Viduthalai Katchi were arrested when they were boarding boats to reach the island which is owned by Sri Lanka. Outlook India reported that the activists earlier burnt an effigy of President Mahinda Rajapakse in protest against alleged attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. They alleged that over 550 fishermen had been killed over time and the only solution was to retrieve Katchatheevu.Murugavelrajan condemned Minister Douglas Devanandha for his threat to mobilise Sri Lankan fisherman and hold a rally in mid sea off the Rameswaram coast and for charging that Indian fishermen were violating the international maritime boundary line. The group, led by party founder and former legislator Murugavel Rajan, had staged a rally against the Sri Lankan government and were then preparing to head to the Katchatheevu Island. read more

Plan for troop pullback now accepted by rival forces around key Yemen

Martin Griffiths said that after a “long and difficult process” agreeing the details of a UN-backed plan, which the warring parties signed up to in Sweden last December to de-escalate fighting around Hudaydah, as the start of a process to hopefully end the fighting nationwide, “both parties have now accepted the detailed redeployment plan for phase one”, and the UN was now “moving with all speed towards resolving the final outstanding issues”.He said the breakthrough would mark the “first voluntary withdrawals of forces in this long conflict”, noting that violence had “significantly reduced” around the Red Sea port city, which is the entry point for the vast majority of aid and goods for the whole country, since the fragile ceasefire began. Mr. Griffiths told Council members he was committed to helping facilitate a political solution to end the war: “My primary responsibility in the next few weeks will be to winnow down differences between the parties so that when they meet they can, in all efficiency, be asked to answer precise questions about the nature of the arrangements to end the war”, he said. “I seek the support of this Council for this approach. I ask you to put your faith in the desperate need for peace which is the daily prayer of the millions of Yemenis who still believe in its prospect. Without more support ‘the end is nigh’ for Yemenis: Lowcock UN Affairs Chief, Mark Lowcock, was next to brief the chamber, also via video-link, picking up Martin Griffith’s passionate plea for the international community to act now, to save countless Yemeni lives.He reiterated his earlier call for a nationwide ceasefire, adding that “all the men with guns and bombs need to stop the violence. We again remind the parties that international humanitarian law binds them in all locations and at all times.”But bullets are not the only risk to life and limb he warned, citing that so far this year, 200,000 suspected cases of deadly cholera had been reported, almost three times the same period last year. “We see the consequences of the destruction of the health system elsewhere too. More than 3,300 cases of diphtheria have been reported since 2018 – the first outbreak in Yemen since 1982. Earlier this year, new measles cases surged to nearly twice the levels reported at the same time in 2018”.Looming over everything, the risk of famine continues, he warned, saying that the World Food Programme (WFP) was upping the reach of support for the world’s largest aid operation, from nine million a month, to 12 million “in the coming months”.Access to the vulnerable remains a key challenge he said, making clear that grain that could feed 3.7 million hungry Yemenis in Hudaydah’s Red Sea Mills, remained trapped due to conflict. Secondly, money was running out to save lives, he said, with only $267 million received so far, out of $2.6 billion pledged.WHO, he said, “projects that 60 per cent of diarrhoea treatment centres could close in the coming weeks, and services at 50 per cent of secondary care facilities, could be disrupted.”“We remain keenly aware that a sustainable peace – as Martin has said many times – would be the most effective remedy for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen”, Mr. Lowcock concluded. “Without peace, we will simply go on treating the symptoms of this crisis, instead addressing the cause.” “Let me summarize. Violence has again increased. The relief operation is running out of money. Barring changes, the end is nigh.” UN Photo/Loey FelipeVirginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East (Yemen).Level of violence, abuse against children ‘simply unacceptable’: GambaThe UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, focussed on how Yemen’s most vulnerable had borne the brunt of war with a “staggering” figure of more than 3,000 children “verified as recruited and used”, while more than 7,500 were killed and maimed, with over 800 cases of humanitarian access denied, during nearly five years of fighting. Almost half of those killed and maimed, she said, were victims of airstrikes, for which the Saudi-led coalition supporting the Government, “bears the main responsibility”.On the ground however, “the Houthis were responsible for the majority” of casualties, predominantly through shelling, mortar and small arms fire. Ms. Gamba said she had secured agreements with both warring parties during her time in office, to strengthen the protection of child lives, and to cut down on the recruitment of children as part of the war effort.“The violence Yemeni children have been subjected to – and still are – is simply unacceptable. I urge all parties to the conflict to take immediate measures to ensure that their military operations are conducted in full compliance with international law, including through respecting the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution.”She too, called on the international community to prioritize funding for Yemen, “in order to provide children with a chance to survive, learn, and construct the Yemen of the future”.The Stockholm Agreement had provided hope, “yet as fighting continues and intensifies in parts of the country”, said the Special Representative, “I urge the parties to swiftly implement the commitments made. The tragedy of Yemeni children and their role in the Yemen of tomorrow emphasizes the need to put them at the heart of the peace process. read more

Tried and True Meet the Sony WF1000XM3 True Wireless Headphones

[ Close ] This article was originally published on Digital TrendsSony WF-1000XM3 review: A whole new genre“The WF-1000XM3 are a groundbreaking pair of fully wireless earbuds.”For years, we’ve considered Sony one of our favorite headphone makers in the game, with its noise-canceling WH-1000XM3 (and their two predecessors) perennially topping our list of the best headphones, and earning editor’s choice honors. When Sony announced its new true wireless earbuds, equipped with the same amazing noise-reduction tech the company has packaged inside its award-winning over-ears, we paid attention.The new WF-1000XM3 earbuds easily meet our high expectations, offering substantial noise-canceling, great fidelity, and the same great app-based features we have loved from the company for years. They are flag-bearers for a new era of brilliant noise-canceling headphones that are smaller and more convenient than ever.Fit and FinishThe WF-1000XM3’s name confusingly bears an “M3,” or Mark 3, to match the uber-popular over-ear WH-1000XM3, despite the fact that these are only Sony’s second pair of true wireless earbuds. The new buds come in a slick black-and-copper charging case with a flat top embossed with the Sony logo.Dan Baker/Digital TrendsThat USB-C powered case is substantially sized, but can still fit in most pockets, and the flat top allows you to easily lay it top-down on surfaces when you’ve got the buds in. The cap flips up to reveal the two earbuds inside, and a big red LED in the front of the case lets you see if they’re charging.Flag bearers for a new era of noise-canceling headphones.Aesthetically, the buds look well made, but aren’t much to write home about when it comes to style. That’s likely a purposeful choice by the Sony team — given that many buyers of noise-canceling headphones are commuters and businesspeople, it makes sense the company would stick to a tried and true design, with simple, pill-shaped housings and a black-and-grey color scheme with small copper accents.If you’ve been in the working world for some time, the look will be familiar: The headphones resemble miniature versions of the Bluetooth headset you might have worn around town in 2006, with the oval-shaped shell joining an ergonomic inner section with rounded acoustic chambers that culminate in soft silicone eartips. Sony includes two different tip thicknesses in three sizes (small, medium, and large) each, all but guaranteeing you’ll find a pair that’s right for you.Features and ControlsThere are very few wireless earbuds that compete with the Sony WF-1000XM3 in terms of features. For starters, the headphones boast an outstanding 8 hours of battery life per charge with noise-canceling off, and a still AirPod-besting 6 hours with it on. The case also has plenty of juice, offering three full charges for 18 hours of backup battery if you’re using the headphones with noise-canceling on, and 24 hours with it off.There’s also a quick charge feature that will get you 90 minutes of playback in just 10 minutes – great for those who are forgetful about recharging before commutes or short flights.A glossy touchpad on each bud’s exterior allows you to play and pause music, access your voice assistant, and change songs, but Sony has also packed in some other nifty extras, including the ability to long-touch the left earbud to temporarily pipe in sound from the outside world, so you won’t have to remove a headphone while you’re trying to hear announcements or make a drink order on a plane.Very few earbuds compete in terms of features.Speaking of removing your earbuds, like the AirPods, the WF-1000XM3 have sensors that pause music and eventually go to sleep when you remove them. Pop them back in and they’ll resume playback or turn on and re-connect, depending on how long you’ve left them.In terms of their marquee feature, noise-canceling, Sony has packed the tiny buds with its QN1e noise-canceling chip (the same one inside its popular over-ear noise cancelers) and placed two microphones on each earbud to help block out the outside world. That processing works like an absolute charm, easily drowning out keyboard clicks, public transit noise, and loud in-office conversations. You won’t get the same insane reduction you’ll hear on the bigger WH-1000xM3 over-ears, but these headphones have a staggering amount of reduction for their size, and coupled with the fact that they offer excellent passive noise isolation on their own, we’re very impressed with their performance in loud spaces.Dan Baker/Digital TrendsEach earbud can also be used separately on calls or for music, and the microphones and noise-canceling worked wonders for call clarity, with sound quality that is akin to many dedicated Bluetooth headsets.Unlike many headphones, where apps seem mostly designed to aid pairing, the Sony Connect app offers some great features, including the ability to adjust equalization, set your desired level of noise-canceling, and assigning the button for Google Assistant — the primary voice assistant on these headphones.They don’t have an IP rating for water resistance, so gym use is an at-your-own-risk situationDespite all their many bells and whistles, the WF-1000XM3 have two shortcomings: They don’t have any water resistance, so gym use is an at-your-own-risk situation, and they also don’t have a way to adjust volume without pulling up your voice assistant or touching your phone.Normally, we’d hound a manufacturer of $230 in-ear headphones for that first transgression, given that one of the best use-cases for true wireless earbuds is at the gym where sweat can be a serious factor. However, we don’t think the absence is a big deal here for two reasons. First, the headphones seem designed more for office and business trips than the iron palace, and second, Sony claims it hasn’t gotten any complaints about the previous generation earbuds breaking at the gym. Sony seems confident you can use the WF-1000XM3 for workouts, provided you’re not sweating buckets.After all, both issues mentioned above afflict the AirPods, and despite their lack of water resistance, we see them at the gym all the time.Sound QualitySony equipped its newest earbuds with its proprietary DSEE HX engine — designed to upscale lo-fidelity sound for better overall clarity — and it works wonders on the WF-1000XM3, combining with noise-canceling to provide some of the best fidelity you’ll find in wireless earbuds.We’ve listened to everything from the lush pop of Gen Z icon Billie Eilish to indie rockers Golden Daze, finding ourselves consistently impressed by everything we’ve heard.Treble is clear and crisp, and there is a hefty low end that never becomes a mud pit. Instead, songs feel like they have a weight and depth that we often miss on other pairs of true wireless earbuds, which tend to feel a bit exaggerated in terms of their sonic profiles.Plus — and this is a big plus — the sound is customizable. If the sound signature isn’t quite to your liking, you can adjust it via the EQ settings in the app, so you’ll never be annoyed with the way the headphones treat certain genres. Want a bit more sheen and cymbal shimmer in your jazz recordings? Just boost the treble a touch. Problem solved.While it is fun to mess around with the EQ settings, we spent the vast majority of our listening time with the headphones in the standard, flat EQ position. That’s because they already feel very well tuned straight from the factory. Everything we listened to through the WF-1000XM3 seemed to closely approximate what the mixing engineer intended, and that’s really all we can ask from any pair of headphones, especially true wireless in-ears.The first great wireless, noise-canceling earbuds are here, and they’ve got a Sony logo on them. With the WF-1000XM3, Sony has managed to offer a pair of groundbreaking earbuds that seem easily worth the $230 premium.Is there a better alternative?There are very few pairs of premium true wireless headphones that compete with the WF-1000xM3 in terms of performance, but the closest competitors are the Beats Powerbeats Pro, The Klipsch T5, and the Sennheiser Momentum. All three lack noise canceling, but the Beats option has more bass, the Klipsch a prettier charging case, and the Sennheiser offer better audio quality overall.Still, all of them have their downsides: The $250 Beats are a bit cumbersome to wear and are geared towards iOS users, the $200 Klipsch don’t offer the same level of customization or features, and the Sennheiser buds have much shorter battery life (4 hours), and, at $300, a significantly higher price tag.How long will they last?Sony has made excellent headphones for decades, and we have no reason to believe the build quality of the WF-1000xM3 is any different. It is worth noting that the lifespan of all true wireless headphones is limited by battery longevity, but we expect you’ll get at least a few years before the batteries start to show severe wear.Should you buy them?Yes. If you want a feature-packed pair of true wireless headphones and you like the sound of silence, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are the best you’ll find. You can pre-order them now at Sony’s website, and they will hit stores in August. read more

GWD Minden to miss talented Savvas Savvas in the first part of

The TOP goalscorer of the second German Bundesliga in previous season, Savvas Savvas, will wait for his DKB Bundesliga debut for a while.The talented 21-years old Greek left back got injured in pre-season match of his new team GWD Minden. He suffered knee-ligaments injury which will cause few-months break.Savvas has two years contract with GWD Minden. Previously, he played at Eintracht Hildesheim.PHOTO: GWD Minden GWD MindenSavvas Savvas ← Previous Story Bo Spellerberg to finish career at Swiss TSV St. Otmar? Next Story → THW Kiel’s pre-season lesson for SG Flensburg

Our Ten Favorite Wikipedia Pages

first_imgFor some, it’s a source of limitless information about nearly every topic imaginable. For others, it’s a focal point for poor research and liable. For most of us, however, Wikipedia serves one important function–it is, quite probably, the greatest time waster that the Internet has to offer.Who among us hasn’t spent hours on end journeying down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, jumping from one page to the next, genuinely baffled by how exactly we ended up where we did.In light of its 10th birthday this Saturday, we’ve decided to pay tribute to Wikipedia by featuring some of the staff’s favorite articles that are amongst the 3.5 million currently available in the English version of the site.The following 10 articles are fascinating, goofy, mind boggling, hilarious–or all of the above. Have an Old Testament name? You may well share it with a common barnyard animal. Caleb means “dog,” Deborah is “bee,” and Yael–that’s “Ibex, ascending.”Action ParkThis early waterpark has become a thing of legend amongst those who grew up in New Jersey in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. We’ll let this excerpt from Wikipedia explain, “The park’s popularity went hand in hand with a reputation for poorly-designed, unsafe rides; inattentive, underaged, underpaid and sometimes under-the-influence employees; equally intoxicated and underprepared visitors — and the poor safety record that followed from this perfect storm of circumstances.” At least six people died in the park’s 20-year existence, due to said circumstances.Bunny ManA man–or perhaps a ghost–in a bunny suit wielding an ax has terrorized the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia since 1970. The legend apparently originated with two very real incidents. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Animal names as first names in Hebrewcenter_img The above title is a grammatically correct–if irritatingly difficult to parse–sentence. English words with uncommon propertiesZenzizenzizenzic? Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis? Ooecia? All of these and more, explained.F*cking, AustriaThe poor government of this northern Austrian town has been plagued by a rash of stolen city signs–for obvious reasons. The name was derived from its found, Focko, a 6th century Bavarian nobleman.Garden path sentenceSpeaking of difficult to parse sentences, a garden path sentence is one that leads the reader down a “dead end” of interpretation–in other words, the final meaning of the sentence is generally different than what you first suspected when you began reading it. “The cotton clothing is made of grows in Mississippi,” anyone?List of Common MisconceptionsI received multiple recommendations for this one. And let’s face it, this large compendium of lies, rumors, old wives’ tales, and just general wrong-headedness in a wide variety of subjects is probably useful on a daily basis. Did you know that the Great Wall of China can’t be seen from the moon with the naked eye or that sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive?List of Space PiratesThis one is also pretty useful in our day-to-day lives. Lord knows we don’t want to get the Orions mixed up with the Starjammers during an important job interview. MamihlapinatapaiThis multi-syllabic beast of a noun is Yaghan for “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start.” The Guinness Book of World Records considers it the “most succinct word” in the world.last_img read more

Multicultural communities suffering under Andrews government

first_imgThe Victorian opposition has slammed the Andrews government for what it calls a failure ‘to appoint several Victorian Multicultural Affairs (VMC) Commissioners’ and maintain the organisations continuing existence.In a media release, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich said the government’s failures to reappoint six commissioners whose terms expired in August ‘leaves the Commission weakened’ at a time when it should be working closely with multicultural communities.The Shadow Minister claims the Andrews government has also failed to administer key decisions which has left multicultural affairs in a state of limbo. “Victorians now have a depleted VMC unable to fulfil our multicultural communities’ expectations or provide the Minister with advice on important multicultural issues,” Peulich said in the statement.Accordingly, programs attributed to social cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism have not been addressed.“It is clear that Daniel Andrews, rocked by internal scandals, places its political interests first and the needs of our multicultural communities last.”“The Multicultural Affairs portfolio under Daniel Andrews is limping rather than providing leadership on issues of critical importance to the community.”The government has also failed to appoint or announce personnel to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council, the statement read. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Chelsea can emulate PSG tactics of stifling Pogba

first_imgFormer England striker Alan Shearer has pinpointed Paul Pogba as the man Chelsea need to stop in tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round tie.Pogba has been in outstanding form since the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, netting eight goals and contributing five assists in 11 games across all competitions.However, the World Cup winner received his marching orders in United’s 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week.But the Newcastle legend believes the Blues can emulate the blueprint of PSG by stopping Pogba from calling the shots if they want to secure a win.The match continues a decisive run of fixtures for Maurizio Sarri’s side, who face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next weekend, and Shearer has identified N’Golo Kante as the ideal man to stop Pogba at Stamford Bridge tonight.“PSG showed last Tuesday how you can beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. And we know Chelsea have the ability to play like PSG – it’s just whether they want to.“The French side nullified United by getting Marquinhos to sit on Paul Pogba. That stopped him playing and dictating the pace of the game.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So if Chelsea can stop Pogba, they will have a very good chance of winning. He told Football London.The news you’ve been waiting for — tonight’s #MUFC team to face Chelsea in the #EmiratesFACup! 👇— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019“And that means the battle between N’Golo Kante and his France team-mate is going to be crucial to the outcome of the game.”United are without Martial and Lingard for the tie and would be hoping to see the best of Sanchez as they bid to return to winning ways.last_img read more

Missing Vancouver woman found at hospital

first_imgA missing woman sought by police was found Thursday afternoon at an area hospital.Rita L. Nyce, 41, was last seen Wednesday around noon at her house in the 1400 block of Brandt Road in Vancouver, police said. Before leaving, she indicated that she may harm herself. Police issued a bulletin at 5:53 p.m. indicating that Nyce had been found at a hospital and was no longer considered missing.last_img

Local older voters buck axiom by backing school districts levies

first_imgIt’s a widely held axiom that older voters are the ones who sink school levies.Not here, local school supporters say.“There’s always an exception to the rule, but I haven’t found it to be the rule,” said Battle Ground schools booster Vicki Sparks.Despite Clark County’s graying population, voters turned out in 2010 to approve school levies. Districts with levies before voters on Tuesday hope the same will happen this time around.“From all of the years I have worked with the volunteer committee, we have never really been able to pigeonhole any demographic as being supportive or not,” said Sparks, who is leading Battle Ground’s campaign for a levy that would collect $103.3 million over four years. “We get wonderful feedback from senior citizens and empty nesters.”That’s good news for local schools, because Clark County is aging. The median age in 2000 was 34.2 years, with 11.4 percent of the population older than 62, according to U.S. Census data. By 2010, the median age had reached 36.7 years, with 14.7 percent older than 62.“Seniors are some of the district’s strongest supporters,” said Tom Hagley, Vancouver School District’s executive director for community and government relations. He also volunteers his own time to the levy campaign. “We have more than 6,000 volunteers cleared to work for the schools. Many of these are seniors who have more time to spend in volunteer roles.”last_img read more

Carvalho tours MiamiDade schools ahead of start of classes

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As summer vacation comes to an end for students in Miami-Dade County, administrators at local schools are putting the finishing touches as they brace for the start of the 2019-20 school year.Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spent the weekend visiting schools across the county.On Saturday, he stopped by several schools, including Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach. The school is one of several in the county to receive millions of dollars in renovations, as in influx of programs and initiatives sweep through the county’s schools.“I’ve been going around surveying new projects, new additions, new technology advancements, new educational programs,” said Carvalho, “anything from robotics to new music programs, visual art programs, STEAM and STEM programs for all students.”Schools in Miami-Dade are also updating security measures to be in compliance with new state orders, including putting at least one officer at every campus in the county.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AL leader runs kidnaping gang

first_img.An Awami League leader in collaboration with his son, who is also a leader of Chhatra League, was operating a kidnaping gang in Harirampur upazila of Manikganj district, according to the law enforcement.Local AL leaders confirm, Selim Molla, 50, is a vice president of the upazila unit of the party and his son Razibul Hassan aka Rajib, 27, is a general secretary the local unit of BCL, the student wing of the AL.Members of the gang are activists of the AL’s affiliated organisations, particularly BCL and Juba League, the youth front.The matter came to surface when the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) busted the kidnaping den in Harirampur on Sunday night, detaining 10 members of the gang, including the father and the son.The eight other ‘kidnappers’ were identified as Md Mosharraf Hossain, 47, religious affairs secretary of the  upazila AL unit, and Juba League’s activists, Nirab Ahmed Titu, 29, Md Abdur Razzaq, 35, Md Tareq Hossain, 31, Md Abul Bashar Biswas, 33, Md Ruhul Amin, 35, Md Tareq Hossain Pulak, 26 and Md Tuhin Biswas.A 25-member team of RAB detained the gang members in a raid at the house of the AL leader, following a bank account number after the gang picked up two traders – Md Zafar Iqbal, 40, Md Miraz Gazi, 35 – from Farmgate area in Dhaka city by a microbus on Friday.The RAB said the kidnappers collected Tk 285,000 when a sister of Zafar went to pay the money as per demand. Relatives of Miraz also sent money to the bank account of the said AL leader’s son. Razibul was detained when he went to pick the money.The gang used to kidnap people from and around Dhaka city and demanding ransom from the victims’ family, said the RAB.RAB disclosed the matter at a press conference at its Media Centre in Karwan Bazar on Monday afternoon.Local political leaders and activists told Prothom Alo that they held a protest rally demanding suspension of the AL and BCL leaders from the party.Around 9:30pam on Sunday, RAB-2 personnel conducted the raid at the house of the AL leader, located in Jhitka area of the upazila and detained them with the ransom money from different floors of the hosue.The RAB men rescued Zafar and Miraz from a room of the house.The RAB men also recovered 6 small arms, nine magazines and 36 rounds of bullets, seven Chinese axes and four machetes.RAB’s spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan told newsmen that Selim Molla’s associates used to live in the his three-storey building. One of its rooms was being used as ‘torture cell’ of the kidnapped people.As per preliminary investigation, according to the RAB spokesperson, these persons using influence of the ruling party had been carrying out such criminal activities for quite a long time.Selim Molla has become owner of huge properties in the area, he added.Zafar and Miraz, the two rescued men, told Prothom Alo that they came to Farmgate on Friday for a business purpose. When they were standing in front of the Science College near the Farmegate intersection, suddenly a micro-bus stopped in front of them and asked about how to go to Dhanmondi area. When they were telling about that, two-three people pushed them to the micro-bus and blindfolded both of them.After 2-3 hours of traveling, when their eyes were unfolded, they discovered them inside a room, where six-seven others asked them to pay money.“They caned us mercilessly before we could sense anything else. They stopped beating when we agreed to pay them money,” a victim added.Locals and more than one AL leaders said Selim Molla was a resident of Kamarghona village. Selim erected the house in Jhitka area four years ago. He is said to be a fourth-grade employee at housing and public works ministry.Jhitka Ananda Mohan High School committee’s former member Rafikur Rahman Chowdhury alleged that Selim built 300 shops occupying the school’s eight bigha land.When contacted, AL Harirampur unit president Golam Mohiuddin, who allegedly brought Selim to politics, said Selim would be suspended from the party.last_img read more