Oldest Caspian Horse remains discovered in Iran

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — The Caspian Horse, also known as the “King’s Horse” or the Mazandaran horse, is the oldest breed of horse still in existence. The newest discovery of remains makes it even older than originally believed. Caspian horses are much smaller than the typical race horse and are an average 11 hands. They had been believed to be extinct until 1965 when Louise Firouz, an American wife of an Iranian aristocrat, found a wild herd in the Iranian mountains just south of the Caspian Sea. Citation: Oldest Caspian Horse remains discovered in Iran (2011, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-oldest-caspian-horse-iran.html The Caspian Horse. Image: Kerri-Jo Stewart from Vancouver, Canada / via Wikipedia Mystery about domestication of horse has been unravelled — now location and time are proofed More information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_horse © 2010 PhysOrg.com In a report from the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies, archaeologist Ali Mahforuzi discusses the findings at the Gohar Tappeh site located in the Mazandaran province of Iran between the cities of Neka and Behshahr.In their eighth year at this site, they have discovered the remains of the Caspian in a cemetery which dates back to the late Bronze to early Iron Age or around 3400 BCE. The Caspian Horse was a status symbol in ancient Iran and routinely presented to kings and queens. They were used as a horse for chariot racing as well as in battle. It does not come as a surprise to the archaeologists that the Caspian was found within a cemetery. This was common in ancient burials and shows the importance and value that was put on these horses.Mahforuzi and his team have discovered numerous architectural structures, as well as graves with various different burial methods, suggesting a continual life in this region for many generations. The oldest finding at the site currently dates back to the Neolithic age some 14,000 years ago. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Through the eras

first_imgDelhi Art gallery presents a solo show of artist Amitava Das, the exhibition comprises of four decades of his artwork. Over 150 works and two important sketchbooks form a part of the exhibition.Each painting depicts his journey as an artist like his content and style which reflect an angst and nihilism in the ’70s before moving on to a more secure and generous space in the ’80s, to recent decades where loneliness and despair recur as a reflection of society. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To fully understand Das’ art, his work has been broken up into six different segments, like landscapes, figures, body segments, heads, animals, and abstracts. The use of colours and variety of fine brush strokes explains the state of mind of the artist.His choice of mediums, whether drawings, watercolours, paintings or collages traces the eras of art in country. Eliminating the superfluous from his work, Das has constantly endeavoured to communicate his ideas in a minimal context, rendering his works with a simplicity that has often confounded his critics.last_img read more

17yrold stabbed to death in S Delhi

first_imgIn a shocking incident, a 17-year-old was stabbed to death by his neighbour after a heated argument in Sultanpur area in south Delhi on Saturday evening. The accused has been arrested and was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.The deceased has been identified as Akshay who was living with his family at Street number-3 in Sultanpur area. He was pursuing diploma in Modern Office Practices from Bhai Parmanand Institute in Shakarpur.Suraj (21), the accused also lives in Sultanpur colony and has criminal background. In the recent past, he was booked under the charges of theft.  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAt around 6.30 pm, Akshay and his three friends were on a pillion and going towards Sultanpur market, Suraj came in front of the bike in an inebriated state.  When he was asked to move away, he started creating a ruckus. The whole matter soon snowballed into a scuffle.According to eye-witnesses, Suraj pulled out a sharp weapon and attacked Akshay. “Suraj revealed during interrogation that he had some personal enmity with Akshay too,” a police official said. Immediately, Akshay’s friend made a phone call to his family and admitted him to a local hospital from where he was referred to Safdarjung hospital. He succumbed to his injuries during treatment.A case under the Section of murder of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Fatehpurberi police station.last_img read more

Hill Anganwadi workers seek hike in pay retirement benefits

first_imgDarjeeling: The Anganwadi workers and helpers of Darjeeling Hills have demanded an increment in their monthly remuneration. Along with this, they have demanded retirement benefits as well. The Shishu Bikash Anganwadi Karmi Sahakarmi Sangathan, an association of Anganwadi workers and helpers, recently sat in a meeting with the secretary and officials of the Social Welfare department, government of West Bengal.”Increment of our remuneration has been our long-standing demand, especially in the Hills where the terrain is tough. The meeting held in Kolkata ended on a positive note, with the department agreeing to many of our demands, including increment and retirement benefits,” stated Mani Kumar Rai, president of the association. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAt present, Anganwadi workers are paid a Rs 4,800 monthly stipend, while helpers receive Rs 3,300 in West Bengal.”In many states, workers receive Rs 10,000 and helpers Rs 5,000. They also receive Rs 1 lakh on retirement and in case of death during service period, the next of kin receive Rs 2 lakh. All these benefits are not given to us in West Bengal,” added Rai.However, the association is banking their hopes on the assurances given by the officials at the Kolkata meeting. “Along with the increment, they have assured us that during retirement, an amount equivalent to 2 years of salary will be given. Those who have served as workers for more than 10 years will be upgraded to supervisors. Question papers in Nepali will also be made available for departmental exams,” stated Asha Hingmang, treasurer of the association.last_img read more

Treasuries paying beneficiaries faster now thanks to IFMS

first_imgKolkata: With introduction of Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS) and bringing several other reforms, the average time taken by treasuries in making payments to beneficiaries has reduced to 1.37 days at the beginning of 2018-19 fiscal.The matter was discussed in details in the recently held second quarterly review meeting with the Pay and Accounts Officers and Treasury Officers of Bengal.Amit Mitra, the state Finance minister, H K Dwivedi, additional chief secretary of the Finance department and Parwez Siddiqui, director of treasuries and accounts, were present in the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAround 300 officers, including Pay and Accounts Officers, Treasury Officers and officials of the Finance department also attended the meeting.The average time taken by treasuries to process and make payment to benefits was 3.36 days in 2016-17. It used to be much higher earlier. In 2016-17, it came down to 3.36 days after the Mamata Banerjee government brought in reforms in the system of making payments. With fine tuning and better utilisation of the system, it had further dropped to 2.28 days in 2017-18. So far in 2018-19, the average time taken has been reduced to 1.37 days. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that besides introducing IFMS, the state Finance department has also brought in Human Resource Management System (HRMS), Government Receipt Portal System (GRIPS), e-Pension, Inter-Treasury transfer of fund facility and Online GPF management of Group D employees.The set of mechanisms has helped Pay and Accounts and Treasury officers to reduce the time needed to process bills. The processing of bills in treasuries is needed to ensure that benefits reach the beneficiaries in the grassroot level, as fast as possible. The fast clearance of bills and finally the payment from treasury has ensured timely completion of development projects taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government, to bring around an overall development of the state. At the same time, social welfare schemes are also implemented in a timely manner. Moreover, the average time taken to pay the gratuity from the date of first appearance of the pensioners in the treasury was 6 days and it was 23 days in case of pension in 2017. In 2018, it has reduced to only four days for payment of both gratuity and pension.In the meeting, treasury officers were urged to inform operators of deposit accounts if the balance is not verified with the treasury records for three consecutive months. The operators will not be allowed to draw money from the deposit account until it is verified.last_img read more

Srinagar receives seasons first major snowfall

first_imgSrinagar city on Monday witnessed the season’s first major snowfall along with the rest of Kashmir, bringing respite from the prevailing chill as the mercury settled above the freezing point in most places of the valley for the first time in the last fortnight.The plains of the valley also received light snowfall accompanied by rains with Srinagar experiencing the first major snowfall of the season, according to a MeT Department official. The snowfall in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir began in the morning and it received 2.8 mm of rainfall during the night, the official said, adding the minimum temperature here went up by nearly five degrees to settle above the freezing point at 2.2 degrees Celsius.Most of the higher reaches of the valley, including the twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received moderate snowfall during the night, while the plains have experienced snow since the morning, the official said.While Gulmarg- the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, received over seven inches of fresh snowfall till 8:30 AM this morning, more than one inch of snow was recorded in the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south, he added.However, the twin resorts were the only places in the valley where the mercury stayed below the freezing point, he said. The mercury in Pahalgam went up by six notches to settle at minus 0.4 degree Celsius, and Gulmarg registered a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, he added.Reports of moderate snowfall were also received from higher reaches of Shopian, including Mughal Road, Sonamarg, Yousmarg, Amarnath Cave, Sadhna Pass, Gurez and Razdan top.Keeping with the trend, mercury increased in other places in the valley as well with Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag registering the temperatures of 2.4 degree Celsius, 1.4 degrees Celsius and 1.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, recorded a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius- an increase of nearly five degrees from the previous night’s minus 12.6 degrees Celsius.Nearby Kargil town was recorded as the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius.The town had registered a low of minus 15 degrees Celsius the previous night.last_img read more

Celebrating literature through writing

first_imgIn an attempt to encourage youngsters to indulge in writing and enhance their writing skills, Sahitya Akademi has organised its annual Festival of Letters in the national Capital. The third day of the festival comprised of a programme titled Yuva Sahiti, which is devoted to young writing across India. The festival, which began on Tuesday, saw Dr K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, welcoming the dignitaries and young writers from all over the country along with other participants. He talked about the importance of the role that the youth plays in all civilisations and observed that it is young people who are the drivers of change. Along with this, he also highlighted several programmes, schemes and projects that the Akademi has in place exclusively for the young writers/poets/translators across the country in addition to the Yuva Puraskar. Professor Sukrita Paul Kumar, eminent Indian English poet and critic, delivered the inaugural speech and elaborated the process of creative writing for the benefit of young writers. Dr Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, President, Sahitya Akademi, talked about the value of young writing and urged the youth of the country to take up writing seriously. Noted young poets and writers from all over the country participated in the programme. The day also witnessed the meeting of Award winners – Writers’ Meet. All the Award winners shared their experiences, the process of creative writing, approaches to life in general, the place of writing in the society and future of literature etc. Samvatsar lecture by Dr Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, distinguished jurist and eminent Gandhi scholar, was the concluding event of the day. Dr Dharmadhikari talked at length about the fast vanishing value systems in our societies, the troubled lives of modern, industrialised world and core values of the individuals. Dr Dharmadhikari also pointed out that instead of us using technology, it is technology that is driving us and bringing home many a new illness.last_img read more

Meeting to assist farmers deal with rain deficiency

first_imgKolkata: A high-level meeting may be conducted at Nabanna on Tuesday to assess the condition of farmers in the districts and to roll-out an alternative policy if the deficiency in rainfall continues to prevail in South Bengal for the next couple of days.It was learnt that the state government may adopt an alternative agricultural method for the farmers if the situation continues. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had already expressed her concern about it. The state Secretariat has sought report from the Agriculture department officials of every district to take a stock of the situation at the ground level. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSenior officials of the state Agriculture department are expected to take part in Tuesday’s meeting where the final decision may be taken over alternative methods to support the farmers. Pradip Majumdar, advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on agriculture and allied sector, however, assured that there is nothing to panic yet. Banerjee had issued necessary instructions to the Agriculture department to ensure that the farmers are not inconvenienced. She had directed the department to adopt alternative agriculture methods so that crops can be sown even if there is scanty rainfall. Farmers in various districts are staring at a loss due to the damage caused by high humidity level and scanty rainfall. The average deficiency of rainfall in North Bengal is nearly 30 percent while in South Bengal the percentage is as high as 60. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the Agriculture department, the deficiency in rainfall is 62 percent in East and West Burdwan, 58 percent in North 24-Parganas, 55 percent in Nadia, 50 percent in East Midnapore. In districts like Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad, Purulia, South 24-Parganas and Howrah too the scarcity of rainfall is over 40 percent. The less amount of rainfall has led to minimum storage of water in the dams which is also an area of concern for the state government.last_img read more

Sagarika Karan excited for BOSS

first_imgAfter earning name in the entertainment industry, both Sagarika Ghatge and Karan Singh Grover have finally made their digital debut with ALTBalaji’s web series ‘BOSS – Baap of Special Services’.In an exclusive conversation with Millennium Post, the actors talks about the experience of shooting for this show, challenges they faced, expectations they had, and a lot more. What is this show about? Why did you sign it? KARAN: ‘BOSS’ is an abbreviation for Baap of Special Services. The show, which is aired on ALTBalaji, is written by Ghalib Bhai – who I believe has weaved the story really well and done justice to the show. Ankush Bhatt, the producer/director and one and only Ekta Kapoor have done a great job as makers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfI signed the role for my character – a person who is pretending to be someone else, and why he is doing that, is the theme around which the show revolves. SAGARIKA: Ankush Bhatt came to me and told me about the show, and trust me all it took was a simple one-liner brief about the series to get me excited about the show.Tell us something about your characters and experience of working on this show?SAGARIKA: I am playing the role of Sakshi Ranjan, an ACP, who heads the special task force in Shimla. She is a righteous and strong woman, who abides by the rules. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt was absolutely awesome experience to cherish throughout my life. I can say it was a role that I really wanted to play (because it was a cop), and I’m glad that I got the chance to live this character and perform to the best of my abilities. KARAN: I had a great time working with these amazing people. The character which I am playing has so many shades in it and apart from that, the show has everything that we expect – thrill, action, comedy, and romance. All this is what the series is about. What were the major challenges you faced while shooting for the show? SAGARIKA: The major challenge was the tight schedule as we were shooting non-stop for days. Apart from that, being a cop, my character demanded me to ride the bike. And being my first experience on bike, I fell down from the bike on the very first day of the shoot. So, that part was a bit challenging for me. KARAN: As an artist, I believe challenges are what makes all of us grow as a human being. It’s an important part of our life, as I think whenever we reach a level of comfort, we tend to be static. Having said that, as an artist, more the roles you take up, different characters you will get to play, which will actually help you grow. What were your initial expectations with this show? SAGARIKA: Being humans, I think for us expectations are always there with everything. Even in this show, we gave our 100%, and had so much fun shooting. Having put in so much effort and dedication into our characters, we hoped that audience enjoys the show. KARAN: Obviously when you put in so much efforts, you expect and hope it to do well, and that is all we ever wished for. Who would have played your character in BOSS better than you? SAGARIKA: To be honest, I myself never imagined playing this character. But I am sure anyone could have played the role. It’s a strong character and a lot of people would have loved to play this role.last_img read more

The Man who Planted an Entire Forest by Himself

first_imgThese days the news is full of stories about environmental degradation. However, the story of Jadav “Molai” Payeng stands as an example of the exact opposite. Payeng, from the district of Jorhat in India’s northeast state of Assam, is of the Mishing tribe.His remarkable fathering-a-forest story began when he was 16-years-old, in 1979, following the annual monsoon floods.Jadav Payeng. Photo by Bijit Dutta CC BY-SA 3.0The floods washed away topsoil and devastated local wildlife areas. In the aftermath on that particular year, Payeng observed that a large number of snakes had washed up on a sandbar of the nearby Brahmaputra river — and he watched and wept as, with no shade to be found, they slowly died in the heat of the sun.He was quick to figure that what the snakes needed was trees. Years of deforestation in the region had left large tracts of land barren and vulnerable to erosion. Seeking help from the forestry department was fruitless. The teenager was told that no trees would grow there, and it was suggested Payeng could try to grow bamboo on the sandbar if he wanted.And that is how began.An illustration of Jadav Payeng, from the biographical children’s book Jadav and the Tree-Place by Vinayak Varma CC BY 4.0Payeng soon planted his very first bamboo saplings. Just one young man working alone, slowly, day by day and year by year, transformed the dead landscape into a thriving, complex jungle ecosystem that now covers around 1,360 acres.In the beginning, to help his new plants develop and in spite of their painful bites, Payeng collected red ants which he knew would improve the soil. The shade of the bamboo thicket began attracting more insects, and as it grew, small animals too. Planting a new tree every single day quickly turned into a daily routine for Payeng. He would go on doing this for the next three decades and counting.Jadav Payeng. Photo by Itshuman CC BY-SA 4.0“The island was close to my home and I began by planting bamboo and indigenous or non-valuable plants. It’s only since the past 15 years that I have begun to plant high-value trees like teak,” Payeng told Al Jazeera.The presence of maturing trees in the area has attracted more wildlife including migratory birds, elephants, tigers and other animals indigenous to this part of India.When Payeng began his undertaking, most people were quick to dismiss him as being ridiculous. He was however supported by the elders in his community who recognized the threats that came with forest decline. The elders supplied Payeng with some of the first bamboo saplings.Another issue at the beginning was to water the newly-planted trees. As his project grew to cover a larger and larger area, Payeng had to devise a unique irrigation system. He used earthen pots with tiny holes in that he positioned above each sapling on specially constructed a bamboo platforms. These would slowly drip water over several days, allowing Payeng to manage his flourishing forest.Jadav Payeng receiving the Padma Shri award from president Pranab Mukherjee“The education system should be like this, every kid should be asked to plant two trees,” Payeng declares.While Payeng’s story sounds utopian, not everything always runs smoothly. The remarkable conservation efforts of the Indian man have passed unnoticed by authorities but for an incident in 2008 involving a herd of elephants and some angry villagers.The elephants had caused damage as they passed through several nearby settlements in search of food. After they took refuge in Payeng’s forest, many locals wanted cut it down so the beasts might move on elsewhere. Payeng stood firm as steward of his forest and the animals it attracts, and local government officials were called on to intervene.Payeng has since been collaborating with the Assam state forest department.Some of the villagers are still unhappy. Deer and cattle that come to graze on the lush vegetation have attracted large predators such as tigers to the forest. But Payeng takes a more holistic view of the world. “Nature has made a food chain; why can’t we stick to it? Who would protect these animals if we, as superior beings, start hunting them?” he said, according to the Times of India.Payeng India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University distinguished him as the “Forest Man of India” and the local government of Assam have named the forest Payeng grew in his honor — the Forest of Molai.Read another story from us: Kingdom of Women – The Matriarchal Society Struggling to Keep Traditions Alive“No one sees God,” answered Payeng when asked how he kept up with the project that basically changed his life. “I see God in nature. Nature is God. It gives me inspiration. It gives me power… As long as it survives, I survive,” he said, as reported by National Public Radio.last_img read more

Texas AM thinks theyre Brad Pitt but theyre really Brendan Fraser

first_imgEvery Jim Harbaugh team has the same unmistakable identityJim Harbaugh teams all have the same identity, they’re all physically intimidating and impose their will on their opponents. His Michigan squad is no different. They just stepped on the throat of Florida and looked more like an SEC team than the Gators.It’s not a coincidence because Harbaugh has established the same dominating physical style when he coached Stanford and the Niners.In business, or in sports, the elite brands survive because they have an an unmistakable identity. In Harbaugh’s case, it’s that every one of his teams will gladly line up and unapologetically kick their opponent’s ass.Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football analyst in-studio to explain why the Texas A&M regent Facebook post calling for Kevin Sumlin’s firing infuriated him.Sam Farmer – L.A. Times senior writer is in-studio to discuss UCLA’s comeback win, and Rosen vs. Darnold as NFL prospects.Antonio Brown – Steelers All-Pro wide receiver joins the show to talk new celebration rules, the Patriots, and if he was worried about Big Ben retirement talk. Texas A&M thinks they’re Brad Pitt, but they’re really Brendan FraserFollowing Texas A&M coughing up a 34-point second half lead, a university regent called for the immediate firing of head coach Kevin Sumlin. His reasoning was that Sumlin hasn’t upheld, what he felt, is Texas A&M’s place among the elite college football programs.Today, Colin pointed out that A&M fans are delusional to think they belong among the nation’s top programs because, other than a brief period when Johnny Manziel was in College Station, the Aggies haven’t won anything of consequence for the last 20 years.“Texas A&M think they’re Brad Pitt, when they’re really just Brendan Fraser.”last_img read more

VIDEO NC Central quarterback gets tagteam bodyslammed on twopoint conversion

first_img Advertisement College football quarterbacks take a lot of hits, but the QB for North Carolina Central took what might be the most punishing shot of the season so far when he was tag team bodyslammed on a two point conversion against South Carolina State.This poor guy got flipped by the first defender, and then caught while in mid-air and finished off with a nasty spike like the main event in Wrestlemania. South Carolina State is only 1-2 on the year, but they make a convincing case to be the Intercontinental tag team champions of college football.What a play by the Intercontinental tag team champs here pic.twitter.com/SpknkSlrCd— Steven R. Spoiler (@SteveSpoiler) September 22, 2017last_img read more

49ers LB Reuben Foster could face more than 11 years in prison

first_imgThe Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced in a statement that 49’ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been formally charged with three felonies, including felony domestic violence, stemming from a February incident that occurred with his 28-year-old live in girlfriend in Los Gatos.According to the statement, Foster allegedly dragged his girlfriend by the hair, threw her out of his house, and punched her in the head 8-10 times, resulting in a broken ear drum and other injuries. When authorities searched Foster’s home they found an Sig Sauer 516 assault rifle and a large capacity magazine.  Both of which are illegal to possess in California.If convicted, foster could face more than 11 years prison. Advertisement The 49ers released a statement in response to the matter and said they will “continue to follow this serious matter.” As of now, Reuben Foster is still a member of the team. As a rookie first round draft pick out of Alabama, Foster played in 10 games and made 59 solo tackles.last_img read more

Doubling down on Ben Simmons despite second round struggles

first_imgDoubling down on Ben Simmons despite second round strugglesAfter a promising first round playoff win over the Heat, the Sixers and Ben Simmons looked poised to skip a step in ‘The Process’ and potentially win the East, this year. Less than 2 weeks later, Simmons has all but disappeared and Philly finds themselves in an 0-3 hole and facing elimination against Boston.Even with a forgettable series against the Celtics, including a 1 point effort in Game 2 that was roundly mocked on the internet, Colin is doubling down on his proclamation from several weeks ago that Ben Simmons is the next truly transformative NBA superstar.Like Magic and LeBron, Simmons will learn from this and grow, and still become the Eastern Conference’s most transformative player over the next 10- to 15 years. Also:– 4 ingredients to an NBA championship teamGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio explaining why the Sixers will dominate the East in the future, not the Celtics; and why LeBron could play with Ben Simmons in Philly.Dahntay Jones – NBA World Champion with the Cavs talks LeBron’s buzzer beater and why Kawhi Leonard may not want to go to the Eastern Conference.Jason McIntyre –  Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio explaining why the Celtics will beat the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Time to burying LeBron over bad JanuariesLeBron hit another playoff buzzer beater to give the Cavs a commanding 3-0 series lead over the #1 seed Celtics, but during the winter dog days of the NBA in January, many in the media were predicting he might miss the playoffs altogether.January is one of the coldest months of the year, but also the one with the most NBA hot takes that don’t pan out. LeBron always struggles in January, and this playoff run proves it just doesn’t matter. January matters for the Raptors, LeBron is more of a playoff guy.last_img read more

Jay Glazer Explains Why He Still Thinks OBJ Gets Traded

first_imgOver the weekend, Antonio Brown finally got his wish and was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders. The deal culminated what had been an offseason soap opera of Brown publicly trashing his now former team, and today Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer stopped by The Herd to give Colin his takeaway on the Raiders high risk/high reward move, and what it says about Jon Gruden’s lack of a master plan. Advertisement Glazer also explained why he’s standing by his prediction that the Giants will trade Odell Beckham before next season kicks off, and what the market looks like for Le’Veon Bell.last_img read more

5 Tips to Avoid a SaaS Contract Nightmare

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 30, 2015 Your business may use 20 or more software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors to manage a variety of company functions. You may use Github for source control, Google App Engine for hosting and serving applications, Zenefits to manage employee benefits, Gainsight for client success management and more.The process to determine which one is right for your business is a long one with multiple sales pitches to hear before implementation. If you participate in these sales demonstrations, especially those for highly technical products like cloud hosting or accounting software, you might notice a disconnect between what’s sold in the sales process — when vendors tend to promise the moon — versus how the product performs when delivered.Within the context of emerging technology, buying cloud infrastructure can be confusing when it comes to sorting out the difference between the flash of a sales pitch and the reality of product performance in everyday use. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get locked into an undesirable contract before any pitfalls can be detected.Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup SuccessHere are five tips to help you wade through the sales pitch and discover whether what’s being offered is worth it for your company:Ask the representative conducting the sales demo to bring an engineer onto the next call. You don’t want a “sales engineer,” but someone who works on and understands the value of the core product. Companies that conduct a sales pitch that truly represents how the product performs will happily oblige.Ask for several demos right at the beginning of the call. Don’t rely on PowerPoint decks, which can depict an unrealistic, ideal world. These presentations are usually crafted by sales teams and rarely include valuable product information.Ask the sales rep for an example of their slowest deployment (not just their fastest one) to ensure they are being honest. Slow deployments aren’t necessarily bad — everyone has hiccups — but a team that’s willing to talk about it is likely one you can trust on other aspects of the sale.Beware of integrations that supposedly seamlessly connect with every technology on your stack. Historically, more than 70 percent of all enterprise software solutions have failed in this aspect, and there’s little reason to believe your situation may be different — without all of these companies accepting standard data formats or APIs.Always check references, particularly when dealing with someone who has only recent experience implementing the product. The pains of integration (not to mention what happened during the sales process) are usually forgotten by stakeholders a year into usage, so recent familiarity is important.Making sense of an over-the-top SaaS vendor sales pitch and gleaning usable information from it can be challenging. Taking the time to follow the steps above can make the difference between regretting your agreement to a sub-par contract and truly finding the right solution.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud Provider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Apple Finally Revamps Apple TV Integrates Siri

first_imgSeptember 9, 2015 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now After years of speculation, Apple finally announced an update to Apple TV Wednesday. As expected, the new version of the set-top box features an updated remote and a new App Store, which will bring a whole new level of functionality and content to the device.Siri supportSiri really shines in the new Apple TV. The personal assistant now has top billing in the device’s remote. If you’re looking for something to watch, you can ask Siri to find it for you. Searches can be performed based on a particular show or movie you’d like to watch, and are across multiple apps on your TV. So, you could do a search for Mel Gibson movies and get results from Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Showtime on the same screen.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils the iPad Pro, Its Biggest Tablet YetYou can also perform searches for a particular actor, genre, or even age-appropriateness. On stage, Apple showed a demo where it asked for kid-appropriate movies, and was suggested Paddington.Siri can also make sure you don’t miss anything while you’re watching good ol’ Mel later on. If you miss something while you watch, you can simply say “What dd he say?” and Siri will rewind the program 15 seconds so you can see what you missed. You can also use Siri to look up things like the weather and sport scores.tvOSWith the new Apple TV, Apple also unveiled a new operating system for the device. Called tvOS, the iOS-based operating system is made specifically for the set-top box and will allow developers to create unique apps made specifically to run on the Apple TV, namely games.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils New Apple Watch Models, New OSOn stage, Apple showed off a number of games headed to the Apple TV when it launches, including the popular game Guitar Hero. Games can be controlled using the Apple TV remote, and also using your iPhone or iPad. Netflix, Hulu and HBO have also already gotten their hands on the OS and have created updated versions of their apps for the device.A new MLB app allows you to stream games at 60fps and view live stats. NHL Game Center is headed to the TV next year.New remoteAll that new functionality with the Apple TV is focused on a new Apple TV remote. The new remote has a touch surface at the top which works a bit like a touchpad mouse, as well as new buttons that allow you to do things like power your television off and on and control the volume. The device has a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer to handle all the new controls.Unlike the current remote that runs on a watch battery, the new Apple TV remote has a rechargeable battery. It can run 3 months on a single charge, and when it runs low charges using the Lightning connector.The new Apple TV will be available in late October in two versions: a 32GB/$149 version and a 64GB/$199 version. Apple dropped the price of the current version of the Apple TV from $99 to $69 in March. That device will continue to be sold as an entry-level product.Image credit: AppleRelated: Turns Out Apple Didn’t Start in a Garage After All Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Microsoft and NASA Team Up to Take You on a Tour of

first_imgApril 5, 2016 While NASA likely won’t send astronauts to Mars until the 2030s, the agency teamed up with Microsoft to give people on Earth a sense of what it would be like to explore the red planet for themselves, thanks to a new exhibition opening this summer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.With Destination: Mars, visitors can put on Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headsets and take a 3-D interactive tour led by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Curiosity Mars Rover driver Erisa Hines. The tour will showcase actual images captured by the Rover, allowing the users to feel as if they are exploring the areas of the planet where the Rover has been.Related: Why This Entrepreneur Dreams of Living on MarsThe exhibit will utilize OnSight, HoloLens technology developed by Microsoft and scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to help the Curiosity team make decisions about where the Rover should go next. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » 1 min readlast_img read more

Hundreds of Millions Have Downloaded Suspicious VPN Apps With Serious Privacy Flaws

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 7, 2019 14 min readcenter_img When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, he specified life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as three of humankind’s “unalienable rights.” More than 230 years later, people are wondering: What about the right to privacy? The conversation isn’t new — attorney Jacqueline Klosek wrote a book called Data Privacy in the Information Age in 2000 — but post-Cambridge Analytica, it is newly relevant in the eyes of the general public. We’ve long turned over personal data to companies in exchange for access to goods and services, but for cautious consumers, there have always been tools available to safeguard their personal data. To wit, the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) is on the rise around the world. This type of safeguard creates an encrypted communication tunnel between your device and the internet, securing your browsing history, your correspondence and any other information you share from prying eyes. In the first quarter of 2018, about 26 percent of global online users reported utilizing a VPN or proxy server to access the internet in the past month; by Q4, that figure had increased to 30 percent.But what happens when these “defensive shields” begin to crack — whether due to a flaw in construction or, more menacingly, due to a cleverly placed hammer strike from the creators themselves? Simon Migliano, head of research at Top10VPN, a VPN research and review website, recently investigated just that. During a new round of reviews, Migliano saw droves of free VPN apps he’d never seen before in both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. It was strange, he says, because knowing the lay of the land when it comes to VPNs is his job — and it was rare for him to see this many newcomers. The apps had garnered hundreds of millions of users, but behind many of them were unfamiliar business names with no websites or information about the people running the show. There’s always been a general sense of free VPNs being “dodgy,” says Migliano, but in the past, they’ve rarely been considered dangerous. In this case, the sheer number of dubious-looking apps out there piqued Migliano’s interest: Were these consumer traps? He decided to find out. Results of the investigation In December, Top10VPN published intensive research taking a closer look at the 30 apps that made up the top 20 search results for “VPN” across both the App Store and Google Play Store. The results were disconcerting, especially when it came to the apps’ ownership and privacy policies — and when you consider the fact that some of the apps had upwards of 50 million downloads worldwide. After digging into the apps’ ownership information, Migliano and his team found that nearly 60 percent of the most popular free VPN apps on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store are secretly owned by individuals or companies in China, despite the country’s known internet restrictions and strict ban on VPNs.For services that are dedicated — by name and function — to privacy, many of the top-searched VPN apps also failed spectacularly on the data-privacy front, according to Migliano’s research. About 86 percent had serious privacy policy flaws, including issues like a generic policy without VPN-specific terms or lack of detail around logging processes that could give users a “false sense of security.” Some apps lacked any privacy policy at all. Others had policies allowing user-activity tracking or data-sharing with third parties, and still others explicitly stated they share data with China. One example, Hola VPN, is an Israel-based app for iOS and Android with upwards of 10 million installs worldwide. Its privacy policy specifies that it logs user activity such as browser type, browsing history and time spent on each webpage, as well as access dates and times. A trio of apps known as VPN Master, Turbo VPN and Snap VPN — which together have more than 14 million total Android installs and 1.1 million monthly iOS installs — explicitly state that they may transfer users’ personal data to China or Singapore, and the types of data they share goes far and wide: information such as browser types, IP addresses, time stamps, device identification codes, email addresses, CPU details, battery use and more. Another dubious finding? About 55 percent of the apps hosted their privacy policies on amateur pages, such as free WordPress sites with ads or plain text files on Pastebin. More than half listed personal email accounts (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) as customer support email addresses, and when Top10VPN reached out via those channels, 83 percent of customer assistance email requests were ignored.   Take SuperVPN, for example — an app with 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store. It lists two seemingly fake addresses online, offers a personal Gmail address for customer service inquiries and has a vague privacy policy that clocks in at less than 350 words. Migliano and his team also conducted a more in-depth technical review of 150 VPN apps available to Android users. Combined, the apps had over 260 million installs from the Google Play store when the study was published in February — now, that number has hit 518 million. Results were concerning: 85 percent of the apps featured intrusive permissions or functions with a real potential for privacy abuse. Close to seven in 10 had permissions that official Android developer documentation categorizes as “dangerous.” And 18 percent of the apps tested positive in preliminary scans for potential viruses or malware. Entrepreneur worked with Sixgill, a threat intelligence company that analyzes deep and dark web sources, to look further into five of the potentially unsafe VPNs in Migliano’s study: VPN Proxy Master, TurboVPN, Snap VPN, X-VPN and Secure VPN. Dov Lerner, a cyberintelligence researcher at the firm, found that most of them came highly recommended in dark web forums. “I got a bit of a laugh out of that,” says Lerner. “In this den of thieves, everybody’s a thief — everybody’s trying to make a buck off of someone else … So that was pretty funny to know, that if these VPNs are insecure, these people are hardly safe. Because they’re actually engaged in illegal activities, these VPN services might hand them over to law enforcement or use them for blackmail. It’s hard to tell what they’re going to do with it, but they certainly have compromising material.”How this could affect consumers (and why you should care) As data breaches spread like wildfire — Equifax, Yahoo and Marriott, to name a few — you may be wondering: My personal data is already out there in the ether. What new risks could an unsafe VPN really pose? But there’s a valid reason here to care — and to take steps to protect yourself. By definition, VPNs (again, virtual private networks) are presented as safe options for secure Internet use. That means that someone using a VPN may believe they’re protected while visiting the website of their financial institution, health insurance provider or another sensitive outlet. But when you use a VPN, all of your browsing data flows through servers operated by the provider of that service — the operator of the app. That’s every single byte of your browsing data, including web searches. When analyzed as part of an extremely large data set, even seemingly innocuous information can reveal sensitive aspects of a consumer’s life. Location-tracking can point to religion, political affiliations, health status and more. Maybe you’re looking up depression symptoms for someone in your family or visiting sites that indicate you’re worried about financial stability. Whatever the case, that information has the potential to determine the ads that the app directly targets you with. It could also be logged, captured, parceled off and sold to third parties, including advertisers and marketers. With little to no data protection out there, these deals are being made several degrees removed from the consumer. You don’t have a relationship with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), and you’re not part of the conversation about data resale. The market is largely unregulated. And that’s just the legal side of things. In fringe cases, a non-legitimate VPN provider could even gather user information for identity theft purposes. For example, on the dark web, user credentials for emails and passwords could sell for as little as $3 to $5, while credit card data could go for $30, says Lerner. And since 59 percent of the apps in Migliano’s study had hidden Chinese ownership — despite the strict VPN ban in China — there’s potential for authorities there to scoop up sensitive user data for intelligence purposes with no oversight or scrutiny. “It does it internally, domestically, so it’s far from unrealistic to suggest it could be doing it internationally as well,” says Migliano. It may seem far-fetched, but the controversy that’s befallen phone giant Huawei in recent months — surrounding its alleged ties to the Chinese government and intelligence — mean the idea isn’t implausible. In the best-case scenario, these apps simply come from Chinese companies that take no responsibility for data protection, says Lerner. In the worst-case scenario, not only is that still true but also, alarmingly, they’re bulk-gathering user data.On another note, there’s the matter of VPNs with perhaps unintentional security flaws — products that simply don’t work properly or have permissions in their source code that raise red flags. Migliano’s investigation found that a quarter of the 150 apps profiled in the Android Risk Index were “leaking” — in other words, allowing ISPs access to a user’s browsing data. Other intrusive permissions could be the result of attempts to more accurately target you for ads or something more sinister. Migliano’s investigation found that 87 of the 150 apps included source code permissions to access a user’s last known location. Six apps included permissions to open a user’s phone camera, meaning they could potentially double as spyware, and four apps even included permissions to secretly send SMS messages from a user’s device. “Our internet generation has grown accustomed to getting apps for free,” says Lerner, “but privacy and data protection come at a premium. If you want your data to be protected, you have to pay for it.”A global issueFor about half a century, the “third-party doctrine” has been a key staple of American privacy law, stipulating that after sharing information with a third party, individuals have no reasonable expectation of privacy. But as consumers become more invested in their data protection rights — and breaches continue to propagate — governments are beginning to take steps towards more robust regulation. Vermont, Maine and California have all passed laws that in some way regulate or limit the sale of resident data, and a number of other states are considering similar measures. But the battle for data privacy extends well beyond global superpowers, and it’s being waged on an individual scale. Internet shutdowns occur regularly around the world; for example, according to one report, 22 governments in Africa have ordered shutdowns in the past five years. And many VPN users choose free options because they’re unable to pay for similar services, though they may be in real need. Since 2009, the Iranian government has censored access to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube since activists used them to organize protests. Some residents download VPNs to bypass the restrictions. In April, after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, the government instituted a major internet shutdown of platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube, citing the need to curb misinformation. For information on what happened — and to contact their loved ones — residents turned to VPNs. And in May, the Indonesian government restricted access to social media following deadly riots that broke out after the presidential election. Residents used VPNs to circumvent the shutdown and check in with loved ones, as well as upload photos, videos or voice messages on platforms like WhatsApp. There could be a time in which governments step in to regulate VPN networks, but there’s the risk of entering into a reality in which governments are the ones both instituting censorship and regulating anti-censorship tools. That’s why Migliano considers Google and Apple to be prime examples of supranational organizations that could take up the mantle of regulating VPNs in countries around the world. “People see dollar signs when they think about VPNs,” says Migliano. “At the moment, there’s a vacuum, and the wrong people are rushing in to fill that vacuum.” He envisions a future in which the services are regulated in much the same manner as ISPs — for example, being subject to corporate transparency requirements — and potentially even a standardized test for whether one is fit to serve the public. “It’s through that lens that Google and Apple should be viewing VPN apps, and it just really isn’t happening.” Response from Google and AppleWhen Migliano first shared the findings with Apple and Google over email in early 2019, he included detailed lists of the potentially unsafe apps, research links, links to listings on the app stores, recommendations of steps to take and more. Migliano notified each company that he’d wait 10 weeks for them to resolve the vulnerabilities before taking the research public.It’s been over six months, and 77 percent of the apps flagged as unsafe upon the study’s publish date are not only still available for download but also seem to be increasing in popularity. As far as Google Play, affected app downloads have spiked 85 percent in six months (totaling 518 million to date). In the App Store, monthly installs have remained largely unchanged at around 3.8 million, but as Top10VPN’s study put it, that’s still a relative increase: “This total was generated by 20 percent fewer apps than at the start of the year, as a number of apps are no longer available.” “It’s quite baffling in a way that Apple and Google haven’t even made a single pronouncement,” says Migliano. “To have them completely ignore the issue and put their heads in the sand was the other aspect of this round of research that surprised me — not even to acknowledge it, give some PR guff and say, ‘Yes, we’re looking at it.’” Apple representatives agreed to take a closer look at the data but had not yet commented by publication time, and Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment. On June 3, Apple introduced a new iteration of its App Store Review Guidelines that banned VPNs from sharing user information with third parties. The problem: It seems the company hasn’t done much enforcing, judging from the fact that 80 percent of the top 20 free VPN apps currently available for download in the App Store still do not appear to comply with the guidelines, yet have a total of six million monthly downloads.“They’ve kind of backed themselves into a corner, in my view,” says Migliano. “They’ve admitted that VPNs need to be treated differently, but [they’re] not really doing anything.”  Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Razer Blade 15 Refresh Gets Nvidia RTX Graphics OLED on Horizon

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