Rinspeed Microsnap shrinks down for CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Auto Tech Rinspeed MicroSnap is a tiny, do-it-all electric pod Self-driving cars Last year at CES 2018, Rinspeed showed off its wild Snap concept, which blended autonomy with a hot-swappable “skateboard” platform. Rinspeed must have invented a shrink ray in the last year, because at CES 2019, it’s a fair bit smaller.Say hello to the Rinspeed MicroSnap, the latest concept from the wild minds behind the Swiss vehicle design house. Building on last year’s Snap, the MicroSnap shrinks the whole concept down to the size of a Renault Twizy, a European-market electric two-seater. Like its big-boy brethren, the MicroSnap’s platform is meant for fast swapping of the pods on top, which can be used to transport people or goods, depending on need.So why shrink it? Rinspeed says it’s to accommodate the explosion of online ordering, including fresh groceries. By making its concept small enough, the MicroSnap can focus on targeted deliveries that ensure fresh food arrives fresh. That idea works for human transportation, as well, offering direct routes without wasting time dealing with multiple parties.Enlarge ImageIt’s ready for both work and play, just not at the same time. Rinspeed “Customers increasingly want prompt deliveries and many passengers are unwilling to use shared taxis, which have to take time-consuming detours by design,” said Frank M. Rinderknecht, owner of Rinspeed, in a statement.Rinspeed never stops at the design stage with its concepts. The MicroSnap has been thought through from soup to nuts. It can display digital license plates, and the exterior lights use different colors to communicate different concepts to pedestrians. The human-transport pod can track a rider’s health and change the interior lights to improve the mood. There’s a 49-inch curved LED screen offering interaction for riders. There’s even an iris scanner to recognize occupants. It’s also 5G-capable, because of course it is.As you might expect, the Rinspeed MicroSnap is entirely electric. All the wear-and-tear components are relegated to the “skateboard” platform at the bottom, and Rinspeed says that they can be swapped in and out relatively quickly. As for the actual pod swapping itself, Rinspeed also create a robot assembly that uses articulating arms to remove and replace pods depending on what the concept needs to do next. It’s some real pie-in-the-sky stuff, but that’s what CES is all about. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on all the latest news in autonomy.CES 2019: Check out our favorite gadgets from the show in this constantly updating gallery. 0 Post a comment 41 Photos CES 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tagslast_img read more

SwitchGuard keeps your Nintendo Switch safe from thieves filthy paws

first_imgThe SwitchGuard is pretty self-explanatory. Pintoro It’s safe to say just about everyone wants a Nintendo Switch, making it a prime target for thieves.Pintoro is offering deterrent in the form of SwitchGuard, a clear acrylic lockbox designed to keep the portable console safe from unwelcome hands, as previously reported by Nintendo Life.”The best way to deter theft of your Nintendo Switch at a tournament, in your dorm, in an office, or in your home!” the company wrote. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Post a comment Gaming Accessories Consoles 29 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2:38 Charge your Nintendo Switch over-the-aircenter_img The box costs $50, which is pricey but cheaper than replacing your Switch if it gets snatched. Nintendo sold more than 8.7 million units of the Switch between its March 2017 launch and November 2018, and it’s expected to sell 17.3 million worldwide in 2019, so there are no doubt plenty of concerned owners out there.First published at 6:31 a.m. PT.Updated at 7:20 a.m PT: Adds Pintoro comment.Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out: Here’s everything you need to know. The top lock stops people from getting at the Switch inside, while a cable lock and slot secure the SwitchGuard itself. It also has numerous cutouts for ventilation — Switches can get pretty hot! — and for you to run various cables through.The company acknowledges that the box is more of the deterrent than an absolute security solution. It could be smashed open with a hammer when you bring it to a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.”The SwitchGuard is an excellent option for deterring thieves from picking up your Switch and just walking away,” Pintoro wrote in an emailed statement. 0 Share your voice Tags Nintendolast_img read more

Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook to work in your best interest

first_img Mark Zuckerberg 1 Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on his 2019 personal challenge. James Martin/CNET Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg posted the first video of his personal challenge for 2019.Zuckerberg, who sets a challenge for himself every year, such as writing an AI program to control his house, said his latest goal is to “get out and have a series of discussions on the future of technology and the internet, and how that’s going to affect our society.”In a video posted Wednesday, he visited Harvard Law School and spoke with professor Jonathan Zittrain for nearly two hours on subjects like augmented reality, content review and the challenge of the news feed. “We now have more than 30,000 people working on content review and safety review,” Zuckerberg said during the discussion. “Regardless of how much training they have, we’re going to make mistakes.”He also talked with Zittrain about ethical questions around ranking items that’re shown in people’s news feed on Facebook.”We come in every day and think, ‘Hey, we’re building a service where we’re ranking news feed trying to show people the most relevant content,'” Zuckerberg said. “[We make] an assumption that’s backed by data that, in general, people want us to show them the most relevant content. But at some level you could ask the question which is, ‘Who gets to decide that ranking news feed or showing relevant ads or any of the other things that we choose to work on are actually in people’s interest?'” Tech Industry Tags Commentlast_img read more

Beats answer to Apples new AirPods is arriving in April

first_img $119 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What’s the difference? See it The big question is price. The person I spoke to didn’t have any details on the cost, but the list price of the PowerBeats3 Wireless is $200. You can actually pick them up for as low as $90 on Amazon and Best Buy has them on sale for $100 off, which is also a pretty good indication that something new is coming.It wouldn’t be surprising if Beats stuck a list price of $250 on the new PowerBeats, although that’s too high and wouldn’t end up being the real street price. In my opinion, they have to cost $200 or less to compete with the AirPods, which are priced from $159 to $199.We’ll update this post as we get more info, but it should be an interesting next few months as more companies, including Apple’s own Beats, put out compelling AirPod alternatives. Apple Apple Mentioned Above Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless (Black) Share your voice Review • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones: Better, but how much better? See It $199 Comments $49 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Accessories Headphones CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $119 10 See It Amazon Enlarge ImageBeats will announce a new version of its PowerBeats sports earphones that removes the cords and makes them truly wireless, like the AirPods.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple may make what it says is the “world’s most popular headphone” — the AirPods — but lest anyone forget, it’s the owner of another headphone company, Beats, which will have its own true wireless competitor hitting the market shortly. A cord-free version of the Beats PowerBeats wireless sports earphones will be announced in April, according to a person close to the retail channel who has previously provided credible information to CNET.We’ve seen this game plan before. After Apple released the AirPods in the fall of 2016, Beats also announced new headphones, including the BeatsX, which incorporated Apple’s latest headphone chip, the W1. Read: Beats Powerbeats Pro full CNET reviewSimilarly, the new true wireless PowerBeats earphones are expected to use Apple’s new H1 chip and have the same always-on Siri voice-assistant as the new AirPods, as well as the other connectivity improvements that the H1 is supposed to deliver. The battery life may also be better than the AirPods. Beats hasn’t had a major headphone release since the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which was updated with the W1 chip and improved sound in June of 2018. The brand is overdue to update its line. The new PowerBeats could serve as an alternative to people who were hoping the new AirPods would include design improvements that would help keep them more securely in more people’s ears, and offer features like better bass and water resistance. Those features will most likely be available in the new PowerBeats. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy • See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones reading • Beats’ answer to Apple’s new AirPods is arriving in April See All 2:45 Scoop Applelast_img read more

Boeing details fixes to get 737 Max flying again

first_img Comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags 32 Photos Boeing said the fixes will “reduce the crew’s workload in non-normal flight situations and prevent erroneous data from causing MCAS activation.” Among them:MCAS will now compare inputs from two sensors, instead of just one. (The system is activated by angle-of-attack sensors near the airplane’s nose.)If the sensors disagree by 5.5 degrees or more, MCAS will not automatically activate. According to a preliminary report from the first crash in October, a faulty AOA sensor was sending incorrect information to MCAS.An indicator on the flight deck display will alert the pilots when the sensors disagree. Until now, Boeing sold a warning light alerting pilots to a fault as part of an optional package of equipment. The aircraft involved in the first crash did not have that light installed.MCAS will kick in only one time if it determines an aircraft’s nose is too high. Also, MCAS will never move the horizontal stabilizer (the flight surface on the tailplane that moves an aircraft up and down) with more force than the pilot can exert on the control column. Both crash investigations show the planes oscillated several times before crashing, indicating that the system activated several times even after pilots recovered from the dives.Flight crews will need 21 or more days of instructor-led and simulator training on the 737 Max, including interacting with MCAS, before they can fly the aircraft. Boeing and the FAA are facing charges that current 737 Max pilot training did not mention the system in order to minimize the cost and time of certifying pilots. That training is now the focus of multiple investigations including one by Congress, which opened a hearing Wednesday.Boeing didn’t give a timeline for the changes or say when the 737 Max, which remains grounded around the world, might carry passengers again. Before that can happen, the FAA and aviation safety agencies in other countries will need to certify the fixes as safe. Airlines will then need to install them and retrain crews. A 747 story: The history of the jumbo jet 1 Share your voicecenter_img Aviation Boeing “The 737 family is a safe airplane family. And the 737 Max builds on that tremendous history of safety that we’ve seen for the last 50 years,” he said. “We’re working with customers and regulators around the world to restore faith in our industry and also to reaffirm our commitment to safety.”Though the official causes of both accidents have not been determined, investigators have found clear similarities. Under scrutiny is a flight control system called MCAS (for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that pushes the 737 Max’s nose down when it determines that it’s too high. Preliminary data from both crashes show that flight crews struggled to take control as the airplanes continually dove just after takeoff.  Eager to assure airlines and passengers that its best-selling airplane is safe, Boeing on Wednesday announced how it will update a flight control system that’s at the center of investigations into crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.Speaking at the company’s 737 factory in Renton, Washington, Boeing executive Mike Sinnett opened the briefing by expressing sympathy for the victims of both crashes and for their families.  2:33 Tech Industry How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flightslast_img read more

Apple allegedly plotted to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle Apple, Qualcomm make opening arguments just before settlement is unveiled Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake reading • Apple allegedly ‘plotted’ to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company 34 Originally published at 10:14 a.m. PTUpdate at 11:27 a.m. PT: Adds comments from Apple’s opening argument Apple and Qualcomm battled over licensing fees for two years. Viva Tung/CNET Before Apple ever filed suit against Qualcomm, the iPhone maker allegedly wanted to hurt the company. And it put those plans down in documents obtained by Qualcomm as the two companies prepared to meet in court.  Slides with details of those documents — viewed by reporters in court, including CNET — have now been made public. You can see the full slides here (and below). In September 2014, a document from Apple titled “QCOM – Future scenarios” detailed ways the company could exert pressure on Qualcomm, including by working with Intel on 4G modems for the iPhone. Apple and its manufacturing partners didn’t actually file suit against Qualcomm until more than two years later. A second page of that document, titled “QCM – Options and recommendations (2/2)” revealed that Apple considered it “beneficial to wait to provoke a patent fight until after the end of 2016,” when its contracts with Qualcomm would expire.  “They were plotting it for two years,” Qualcomm attorney Evan Chesler, of the firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, said during his opening arguments last week. “It was all planned in advance. Every bit of it.” apple-slideAn Apple internal document talked about ways to pressure Qualcomm. Screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET The news came out during Qualcomm’s opening statement in last week’s aborted trial. News broke of a settlement before Chesler had wrapped up his opening remarks. CNET was in the courtroom for the opening arguments. Because the two parties settled, Apple never had a chance to rebut Qualcomm’s claims in its opening arguments.Apple in January 2017 had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. The company and its manufacturing partners had argued that Qualcomm’s royalty fees, which Qualcomm based on a customer’s entire device, were too high and that they should pay only for the company’s modem chips. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest mobile chipmaker, had countered that the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, and it deserved to be paid for its innovation. The settlement marked a big win for Qualcomm, which could have been forced to change its entire business model had it lost to Apple. The agreement is also a victory for consumers, who will once again have access to fast Qualcomm modems — including ones already compatible with existing 5G networks. Apple in its opening arguments said that Qualcomm’s licensing practices have hurt competitors like Intel. And Qualcomm’s policy of no license, no chips — it won’t provide a handset maker with modems until it signs a licensing agreement — “allows them to double dip.””This case is about the fact that Qualcomm has used its monopoly … to set unfair prices and stifle competition and dictate terms to some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world, that rational companies would never agree to in a million years,” said Ruffin Cordell, an attorney with Fish & Richardson who’s representing Apple. Exerting commercial pressure The unknown Apple team behind the September 2014 document recommended applying “commercial pressure against Qualcomm” by switching to Intel modems in iPhones. Apple ultimately started using Intel modems in about half of its iPhones with devices that came out in 2016. In the US, it embedded Intel modems in AT&T and T-Mobile models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint. Phones Components Tech Industry See All Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Patents Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Qualcomm, for its part, knew by June 2014 about Apple’s plans to use Intel chips in 2016, according to an internal email from its president, Cristiano Amon, that was displayed during opening arguments. “Decision already has been made and beyond the point of no return on the 2nd source (Intel) for the 2016 premium tier,” Amon wrote to CEO Steve Mollenkopf, CTO Jim Thompson, General Counsel Don Rosenberg and then-licensing chief Derek Aberle. Apple “said that as a result of our policies, other chip companies can’t compete with us,” Chesler said during his opening arguments. “Where did Intel get the chips from? From god? They made them using our technology.” Another Apple internal document from June 2016 said the company wanted to “create leverage by building pressure three ways,” according to a slide shown in court. The internal document said, in part, that Apple wanted to “hurt Qualcomm financially” and “put Qualcomm’s business model at risk.” The best patents Qualcomm supplies network connectivity chips for Apple’s iPhones and is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips. Its technology is essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing its inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.  Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — so any handset makers building a device that connects to the networks has to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.  Apple had purchased Qualcomm modems for its iPhones for years until the falling out. One 2009 memo said Qualcomm is “widely considered the owner of the strongest patent portfolio for essential and relevant patents for wireless standards.”  “Engineering wise, they have been the best,” Johny Srouji, Apple’s head of semiconductors, said in a March 2015 email.  The earlier memo also noted that while more than half of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio was communications and silicon engineering, it “has more significant holdings in other areas, including many areas relevant to Apple.” That included media processing, non-cellular communications and hardware. Apple had argued in its lawsuit that Qualcomm’s technology was only used in its modem and it shouldn’t be forced to pay Qualcomm royalties for innovations it had nothing to do with.  “What makes your smartphone smart is what the people up the road in La Jolla invented,” Chesler said in court, referring to the San Diego-area town where Qualcomm’s offices are based. “The reason they pay us more is because what we created is worth more.” See also Applelast_img read more

Instagram is killing off its standalone direct messaging app

first_img 0 Confirmed: Instagram is killing its standalone Direct Messaging app pic.twitter.com/owt2gXtfCE— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 16, 2019 Tags 20 Photos Mobile Direct for Instagram is “going away”. Chesnot/Getty In the coming month, you’ll no longer be able to slide into someone else’s DMs via the Direct for Instagram app.It appears the photo-sharing social media behemoth is cutting off support for the Direct app “in the coming month”. However, all of those important messages you’ve slung to mates via the magic of Instagram aren’t disappearing for good — they’re just moving over to the dedicated Instagram app.Spotted by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra, and a couple of dedicated fans in the Play Store, users are now being greeted with a message when using the Direct for Instagram app that simple says it “is going away”. Post a comment Instagram tips from 7 pros with thousands of followers That seems like a pretty nice way to put it, Instagram.Direct was originally unveiled on Dec. 7, 2017 as a camera-first app, that had more than a passing resemblance to Snapchat. That test rolled out to Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay with details of a worldwide release scant. At the time, a company spokesperson told The Verge “Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own.”Now it appears Direct is gone, before it ever really lived but the reasons for the reversal aren’t immediately clear. Direct for Instagram seemed to be following the same trajectory as Messenger, which parent company Facebook spun out of the Facebook app back in 2014.Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Instagramlast_img read more

Googles ad system under EU probe for how it spreads your private

first_img 0 Post a comment Google’s ad practices are under scrutiny in the European Union. James Martin/CNET Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google’s collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising.”A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement Wednesday.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The DPC, one of the lead authorities over Google in the European Union, wants to know whether the search giant’s “processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction” is in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is a sweeping law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules for online services.The DPC inquiry follows a complaint filed in Europe in September by privacy-focused browser maker Brave that says Google violates GDPR by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads. At the time, Google denied any wrongdoing.On Wednesday, Johnny Ryan, Brave’s chief policy and industry relations officer, said the DPC inquiry signals a change is coming that goes beyond just Google. “We need to reform online advertising to protect privacy, and to protect advertisers and publishers from legal risk under the GDPR,” Ryan said in a blog post.The EU probe comes as consumers, lawmakers and regulators take a harder look at how tech companies collect and use their personal information. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last year brought data collection issues to the forefront. Google has also been criticized for its wide-scale data operation and the way its location history settings could mislead consumers with its disclosures. In response, Google and Facebook have both begun to preach the virtues of privacy. Earlier this month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a New York Times op-ed that privacy “should not be a luxury good.” He continued, “We’re also working hard to challenge the assumption that products need more data to be more helpful.”Google also pushed a privacy message at its Marketing Live summit last week in San Francisco, where the search giant addressed more than 5,000 advertisers and partners in its ad network. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce, said that even though the company collects lots of user information to improve its products, Google should use “as little of that data as possible over time” for ad targeting.”Whoever’s leading the market [in five years] will be the ones who are actually the most trusted,” Raghavan told CNET. “If we can maintain that trust, then we can remain a market leader. If we don’t, it’s a question.”Originally published May 22, 11:27 a.m. PT.Update, 11:44 a.m. PT and 12:32 p.m PT: Adds more background. Tags Security GDPR Privacy Google Share your voicelast_img read more

Hulu teams up with Chrissy Teigen for 6month discount

first_img 2 TV and Movies Online Comments 3:15 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Top 5 streaming services for live TV 50 Photoscenter_img Tags Hulu Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Hulu ad-supported subscriptions are half off for six months. SOPA Images Chrissy Teigen is apparently celebrating her upcoming cooking show on Hulu with a deal for new and some returning subscribers.  The celebrity posted the deal via her Instagram account on Tuesday. Hulu is offering its ad-supported subscription for $2.99 per month for six months, a 50% discount from its normal price. After six months, subscriber bills will rise to $5.99 a month. Current Hulu subscribers aren’t eligible for the discount.”I can’t wait for you guys to see what I’m working on with @hulu. You guys will love it…especially the part where I convinced them to give you all Hulu for half off for 6 months,” Teigen wrote. The accompanying picture appears to be a sponsorship contract with Hulu. Teigen has a new show coming to Hulu called Family Style, and has signed on to a two-year production deal for several new Hulu cooking shows. Hulu’s ad-free subscription costs $11.99 per month, and its Hulu + Live TV package costs $44.99 per month. The streaming service said in May it has 26.8 million paying subscribers, netting 8 million in the past year and outpacing the growth of its larger streaming competitor Netflix in 2018. last_img read more

Long After Civil Wars End Rebel Raiders Fought On in Bering Sea

first_imgCrewman’s drawing of CSS Shenandoah towing 200 prisoners in boats in Bering SeaOne hundred and fifty years ago, on April 9, General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va. Textbooks typically say this event signaled the end of the Civil War. But a few historians make the case that the last shots of the war were actually fired from a Confederate ship off Alaska’s coast, in the Bering Sea.Download AudioShe was the CSS Shenandoah, one of a handful of Confederate “commerce raiders,” commissioned to bruise the Union economy by ruining the U.S. shipping industry. The Shenandoah continued its destructive mission until the summer of 1865, nearly three months after Appomattox.“Well, you can’t really call it ‘the last shots of the Civil War,’ because there was only one side that loosed a blank cartridge in capturing a whaling ship in the Bering Sea,” says Sam Craghead, of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, who has studied its strange story and its last acts of aggression near the Arctic Circle.The Shenandoah was a 230-foot ship with both sails and a steam engine. She seized more than three dozen commercial vessels, often without firepower, though the crew burned many to the waterline and forced othersModel of Shenandoah, in front of her Confederate flag, the last lowered in surrender.to transport prisoners.“So they destroyed the enemy’s ships and that is perfectly legitimate, under naval warfare,” Craghead says.It sounds brutal, but Craghead isn’t one to judge Captain James Waddell harshly.“The Shenandoah captured 1053 sailors. Not a one was harmed,” he says. “They were all sent to a friendly port on a ship that he bonded.”By 1865, U.S. cargo ships were scarce. All the raiding and burning scared off customers and drove insurance rates sky high. So the Shenandoah chased the Yankee whaling fleet in the Pacific. In the Caroline Islands, Micronesia, Waddell burned four whaling ships he found in the harbor. But first, he took their nautical charts, revealing the Arctic whaling grounds. By then it was early April.“So they start steaming north, heading toward the Bering Sea,” Craghead says. “That was four days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox. But if you have any idea where the Caroline Islands are — that’s out in the middle of nowhere. They might as well have been on the other side of moon, because they had no information.”How long they remained uninformed would later be in dispute. In any case, in June the Confederate raiders were north of the Aleutian Chain, destroying one ship after another.“All right, on the 25th, near St. Lawrence Island, they captured the whale ship Gen. Williams,” he says. “On the 26th near the same place the William C. Nigh, the Catherine and the Nimrod.”At one point, Craghead says, the Shenandoah had 200 captives on board, and a string of a dozen small, open boats, taken from whaling ships.“And they put those 200 men in those 12 whale boats and tied (the boats) end to end and then hooked them to the Shenandoah and pulled them along,” he says.No need to feel too sorry for them, Craghead says, since these were hearty whalers used to traveling in these boats over long distances in icy seas.The Shenandoah continued destroying ship after ship until June 28, 1865, when they hit the jackpot near the Bering Strait: A whaler had crashed into ice and was totaled. Other ships had gathered for an auction of its valuable whale oil and bone. The Shenandoah took them all.“Besides the Brunswick, they burned the Congress, Covington, Favorite, Hillman, Issac Howland, Martha Second, Nassau and Waveryly,” Craghead says.They left two whaling ships intact to carry prisoners. Craghead says one, called the James Murray, had its captain’s distraught widow and children on board.“This captain had died during the voyage, and they preserved his body in a barrel of whiskey to take it back to New England,” Craghead says.Finally, on August 2, 1865, after sailing south to ice-free waters, the Shenandoah came across a ship with a newspaper that said the South had surrendered, President Lincoln was dead, and the war was over. Only then did crew of the Shenandoah give up the mission.Some historians, like U.S. authorities back in the day, accuse the men of the Shenandoah of piracy in the Bering Sea, because they must’ve known by then the war was over. Some say their prisoners told them. Capt. Wadell, though, claimed he had no proof. Yes, one ship they took in June had a newspaper that told of the surrender, but that paper also said the Confederate president had vowed to fight on. Craghead believes the captain. Regardless, Craghead says he wishes more people knew the tale.“It’s a fascinating story! One that most people haven’t explored. We spend so much time with Grant and Lee and Jackson, that we don’t get into what happened in the Navy,” he says.As for the captain and crew of the Shenandoah, they sailed on to England and escaped prosecution.last_img read more

Charges filed in shooting death on remote Shuyak Island

first_imgA 44-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the November shooting death of a man on a remote island near Kodiak.Alaska State Troopers say Steven Ridenour is charged in the death of 56-year-old Steven McCaulley of Port William on Shuyak Island.Shuyak Island is north of Afognak Island.Troopers took a call Nov. 17 requesting a check on people at Port Williams Wilderness Lodge.Troopers found McCaulley dead outside a bunkhouse and determined that a suspect had traveled to Anchorage.Ridenour a day after the discovery of McCaulley’s body was arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants and jailed in Anchorage.Online court documents did not list an attorney for Ridenour. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Kodiak.last_img

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Sept 07 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowDOC inmate Dies of apparent suicideAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA man at the Wildwood Correctional Complex died by apparent suicide Tuesday afternoon, though his death is still under investigation.Lawsuit over institutionalizing foster youth in psychiatric hospitals continuesAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhen foster youth are admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Alaska against their will, they can stay there for up to 30 days without judicial review. Two tribes are arguing that’s too long. The Office ofChildren’s services says a judge shouldn’t have to sign off at all on keeping kids at North Star Hospital in Anchorage. The court battle has lasted over two years, and a judge will hear more oral arguments later this month. Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman has more.Representative requests grand jury investigate OCSAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageHouse Republican Tammie Wilson of Fairbanks is requesting a Grand Jury conduct an investigation of the Office of Children Services. Citing complaints from families, foster parents, and health providers, she says the agency is not complying with its statutory duties. In a press release she said “I believe children and parents are caught up in legal kidnapping and ineffective politics.”University of Alaska suffers cybersecurity breachDan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks The University of Alaska is reporting a security breach. An email issued yesterday (Tues.) says UA became aware of the cyber attack several months ago, and there’s no evidence that personal information was accessed or stolen. Lawsuit targets Borough marijuana initiative Ellen Lockyer – Alaska Public Media, AnchorageTwo cannabis supporters are suing the Matanuska – Susitna Borough. They’re trying to overturn a ballot initiative banning commercial marijuana. The complaint wants the courts to force the Borough to take the initiative off the October ballot, but as Alaska Public Media’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the outcome of the case could have far-reaching consequences.APD bought ‘stingray’ surveillance device in 2009, used minimallyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media, AnchoragePolice in Anchorage publicly announced Wednesday that they purchased and used a controversial piece of surveillance equipment which tracks cell phones. The department says it only used it “about a dozen times.” They discontinued use last year because the technology was out of date.Skagway shop owner found not guilty of misrepresenting Native artJillian Rogers, KHNS – HainesA Skagway shop owner was found not guilty of misrepresenting Native produced art in federal court on Friday. Rosemary Libert owns Lynch and Kennedy Dry Goods and was the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the past couple of years. She was charged this spring after selling a piece of art to an undercover agent in 2015. In Juneau court last week, federal prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to prove that Libert knowingly deceived the agent, who was posing as a customer.Diesel spill cleanup continues south of FairbanksTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksCleanup work continues Wednesday near Birch Lake south of Fairbanks where a tractor-trailer tank loaded with 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned Monday, spilling the fuel into a ditch that runs between a small wetland and the Richardson Highway.Alaskans Protest North Dakota PipelineAP/Democracy Now/Jeremy Hsieh-KTOO/Zachariah Hughes-Alaska Public MediaAuthorities in North Dakota are sending officers from across the state to the site of a protest about an oil pipeline in anticipation of a court ruling on the issue.Violence broke out at the protest site on Saturday. Democracy Now reports protesters were attacked by private security forces with dogs and pepper spray.Alaska Reaches 200 Days of Warmer than Normal WeatherAnnie Feidt, ALaska’s Energy Desk, AnchorageWednesday marks the 200th day in a row of above normal temperatures in Alaska.last_img read more

Trash proving costly to burn at Dillingham landfill

first_imgThe incinerator at the Dillingham landfill has been clean-burning trash for a little over a year now.Dillingham began operating this incinerator in the spring of 2015. A year of data shows it’s been costlier than anticipated. (Photo by KDLG)While it’s doing a good job of cutting down the volume of material that gets buried in limited cell space, it’s not proving as cost efficient to operate as hoped.The Pennram incinerator needs diesel fuel to operate, mainly to get up to temperature.Then the burning waste can heat the machine to keep burning more waste, but how well that works depends on what trash is going in.Public Works Ken Morton director broke down the costs for the city council at a recent workshop.“So in the first year of operation, the incinerator has consumed about fifty thousand gallons of fuel oil,” Morton said. “(That) works out to about 200 gallons a day, and at the current bid prices, it’s a little over $400 a day to run it, and about $100,000 per year in fuel to operate it.”That’s way past what the city had hoped it would spend when it started shopping for an incinerator in 2014.Models that burned that much diesel were deemed to costly to operate.The Pennram model, however, was supposed to operate on 60 to 70 gallons of diesel per day, and maybe less when the waste stream was high.A company technician recently audited Dillingham’s unit, and told Morton part of the problem is with Dillingham’s trash.“In general our waste has a higher moisture level, and has a lower thermal value as well,” Morton said. “He made the comment that our waste stream seems to have a higher percentage of household waste in it than he’s used to seeing, and less commercial waste. And as a result it does not create as much heat when it burns.”The other problem with the waste stream is Dillingham is not doing a good job of sorting out what’s not supposed to go in.“There’s glass, there’s aluminum, there’s cans,” he said. “We pull out a surprising number of propane cylinders; they seem designed to jam up the conveyor system.”The glass melts and can block the burners.Aluminum melts and can fill the air injection ports.These problems bring the burning efficiency down, and every time the incinerator has to be turned off, it takes dozens of gallons of diesel to get back up to temperature.“The lack of sorting of the refuse is a substantial challenge to its operation,” he said.A lot of the trash that comes in from a local refuse company has not been sorted, and it’s also been compacted, making it more challenging on the staff to sort.Most other bagged garbage isn’t coming in separated either.Morton suggested when landfill rates come up for renewal next year, the city consider incentivizing better trash habits.“If you show up for example with your trash and you do the Boy Scout’s honor that it doesn’t have aluminum cans, doesn’t have glass, it would be beneficial for that to be reflected as a much lower price than if somebody brings in waste that does not have that assurance,” Morton said. “I’d like to encourage to where we’d could get a balance that’ll run through the incinerator better, and that which does not, we’ll run that to the open cell.”Public Works is still looking at other variable, such as how many hours a day and days a week it should operate outside of the summer peak, when even at 24 hours a day it couldn’t keep up with the incoming trash.There’s a tough balance between paying staff to keep it running and paying for fuel to restart it after stopping.Burying trash isn’t cheap either.Morton estimates it can take about 20 cubic yards of covering material per day, at a cost of roughly $225 per day.He said the landfill’s active cell should have space through the the winter.Work on an expansion cell is underway.Morton said he would keep crunching the numbers and look for more options on how to best burn and or bury the town’s trash.last_img read more

NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneauarea commuter flight accident

first_imgAn Alaska Seaplanes aircraft makes its way to Juneau in June 2107. (Abbey Collins)Some new information is available about an August commuter flight accident in the Juneau area. The Haines-based pilot made an emergency water landing and he, along with four passengers, swam safely to shore. An investigation into the accident takes a close look at the aircraft’s fuel sources.Listen nowEarly in the morning on Aug. 14, an Alaska Seaplanes flight left the Haines Airport and stopped in Skagway to pick up passengers before heading to Juneau.But about three miles from the Juneau Airport, the pilot made an emergency water landing.Haines resident Luck Dunbar was on the plane. He spoke to KHNS the day of the accident.“Well there you are, you’re sitting there thinking ‘This is it.  This is it. Here we go,’”  Dunbar recounted.All four passengers and the pilot swam to shore on Coghlan Island uninjured.Haines resident Josh Poirier was the pilot.According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, Poirier said he measured the fuel tank levels before taking off. He estimated 26 gallons in the right tank and 11 in the left. He used the right fuel tank during the flight.Noreen Price is leading the NTSB’s investigation into the accident. She said that should have been enough fuel to complete the trip.But as he was approaching the Juneau Airport, Poirier told the NTSB the engine fuel flow reduced to almost zero and lost all power. Poirier said he switched to the left fuel tank but engine power was not restored. He ditched the plane in the water near Coghlan Island and was able to keep the plane upright as he and the passengers exited the aircraft and swam to shore.Carl Ramseth is the general manager of Alaska Seaplanes. In an email, he said, “I can’t say enough about the pilot Josh Poirier, whose actions contributed to the positive outcome the morning of Aug. 14.”The aircraft sunk into the ocean but was later recovered.Price said the ability to recover the aircraft is significant for the investigation.“When there is an accident we like to go to the scene of the accident so we can see what the wreckage looks like at the scene itself and examine it very closely,” Price said. “While we couldn’t go down to the bottom of the ocean to look at the plane, the ability to pull it up allows us to at least look at the flight controls, the fuel systems, the air systems, the engine itself.”An inspection of the plane was conducted under the supervision of the NTSB by a Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector, Cessna and Continental air safety investigators, and a representative from Alaska Seaplanes.According to the report, two gallons of fuel were recovered from the right tank and 11 from the left. An owner’s manual on the plane said once the fuel level gets down to two gallons, it’s unusable.Price said there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the cause of the accident.“At this time we don’t know if there was anything mechanical wrong with the plane,” Price said. “In my preliminary report I mentioned there was wrinkling with the fuel bladders. And that is an abnormal condition for an airplane. We don’t know what caused the wrinkling in the fuel bladders, it may have contributed to the accident. At this time we really don’t know.”Price said the NTSB is not yet finished with the preliminary phase of the investigation. A factual report and a probable cause should be completed within one to two years.Ramseth said Seaplanes will continue to work with the NTSB while it determines the cause of the accident.last_img read more

UAF highlights success of Sikuliaq research vessel

first_imgSikuliaq floats in the Menominee River just after launch. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)The University of Alaska Fairbanks operated research vessel Sikuliaq is proving to be a good investment. That was a key message from UAF college of fisheries and ocean sciences dean Bradly Moran during a Sikuliaq update for UA regents last week.Listen now“The state of Alaska provide a half-million dollars a year as an investment that turns back roughly $12 million in revenue,” Moran said.UAF operates the Sikuliaq for the National Science Foundation, which funds research projects, and Moran says much of the NSF-funded work is conducted by UA researchers.“And in FY18, believe it or not, 74 percent of the time at sea doing science, it was someone from the university on that vessel,” Moran said. “That’s an amazing statistic. We were shooting for 20 percent in our strategic plan.”Moran says that will help the university when it has to compete to retain the NSF operation contract in 2023. Moran also highlighted the recent purchase of a large trawl net that will enable the Sikuliaq to conduct fisheries research.“It’s a very large contraption, takes a lot of people to use,” Moran said. So we’ll see how this goes, but I do believe that this investment of $250,000 will open up some new finding opportunities that we don’t actually have on the ship right now.”Moran says the trawl which has under ice fishing capability was purchased with funds left over from the sale of the NSF previous research vessel, the Alpha Helix. Moran says the university is also investing in up to 5 new faculty, who will work aboard the Sikuliaq.”This is important because we want to ensure faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and across the state use this vessel,” Moran said.Noting challenges facing the Sikuliaq program, Moran listed the need for a new 10 to 12 million dollar pier facility at Seward, but said he does not believe that re-securing the NSF operating contract in 2023 is contingent on building a new pier.last_img read more

Lead facilitator of Anchorage youth leadership program to retire after 22 years

first_imgBASSETT: So, PYLI embraces the idea that all young people in their teenage years have the potential to be positive points of light doing service leadership in their communities, making a difference. So when we first launched the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute here in Alaska, we wanted to make sure that every young person, all the diverse young people in Alaska, had the opportunity to have world class leadership. We also know that our community is incredibly diverse. Therefore, if you’re gonna learn leadership, you should learn it with a very wide variety of young people — age-wise, school, race culture and socioeconomic difference.EARLY: What do you think is the age to start teaching young people leadership skills?BASSETT: Well, I think there’s a misunderstanding that leadership is to be delayed somehow to older years, possibly college and post-college, when in fact, the traits of leadership — good character and competence, teaching decision-making, goal-setting, team communication, how to be creative and solving and planning projects that solve communities — I think the earlier we do that for young people, the more they adopt and practice those skills. So we believe that in 7th and 8th grade, students are ready to embrace the skills. By the time they’re in 9th or 10th grade, they’re practicing the skills. And by the time they leave high school in junior in senior year, they’re leading their schools ad ready to lead their colleges and communities.EARLY: Tell me a little bit about this year’s batch of students. What were the leadership qualities that you were teaching and what projects were they working on?BASSETT: This year, we focused on a simulation where Easter is coming up, and we wanted young people to realize that by taking a significant day like Easter and thinking about young children ion Head Start programs and in elementary schools, who oftentimes don’t have interactions with upper-class students, and who may have real needs learning and other kinds of needs. We came up with an Easter bag project around which they could create a basket of stimulating interesting learning tools, different things that students could do, and young people could come in to the classroom and work with those young people. Just recently, we had the youth walkout for climate change, and that was led by a [16-year-old] student in Sweden. What we find is that young people can inspire other young people. We want our PYLI graduates to do that in the Anchorage School District and across the state.EARLY: So this is your last year leading and facilitating. What do you hope for the future of a program like this, both for the students and the program itself?BASSETT: Well, we worked hard to leave a legacy for this particular training. Oftentimes, youth programs go away, and that’s because there hasn’t been the foresight to think about what the program might need in the future. Most importantly, we’ve created an alumni network of over 250 young people, who are now in their 20s and 30s. Many of them live in Anchorage, and we feel that those young adults want to keep the leadership training going and be mentors and possibly be trainers and inspirations for the high school students that will attend PYLI.This year’s class of PYLI graduates will be recognized at the March 19th Anchorage Assembly meeting. Beau Bassett, the lead facilitator of Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute is retiring after 22 years in the program. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Kids in school learn the basics — math, reading and science. For 22 years, the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute, or PYLI, has worked to add in another important skill set: leadership. This year, the program had Anchorage students participate in a week-long course — during Spring Break — designed to get them excited and involved in activism and taking prominent roles in their communities.Beau Bassett has led the program since it began in Anchorage. A former lawyer and longtime educator, Bassett told Alaska Public Media’s Wesley Early that he’s focused on teaching students how to be better citizens.last_img read more

Document on trillion dollar economy for Odisha released

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday released the vision document ‘Economic Possibilities for Odisha – towards a One Trillion Dollar Economy’. The document has been jointly prepared by the JSW Group and PwC India. Releasing the report the Chief Minister said Odisha, having huge natural resources, is on its way to achieving this objective through its investment-friendly policies, infra connectivity and skilled manpower. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Odisha will take a central role in driving national growth as a manufacturing hub, he added. The global economy has grown over three times in the past three decades and it is projected that it could grow more than double in size by 2050. The potential of mineral-based industries in Odisha along with other sectors like agriculture, food processing, creative industries, MSMEs, women entrepreneurship will play an important role in making Odisha a one trillion dollar economy, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, JSW Chairman Sajjan Jindal emphasised on the role of regional economies in boosting India’s economy. He described Odisha as the ‘hidden gem’ of India. The vision document stresses on the unique competitive advantages of Odisha over other states and its potential to become the export hub for metal products across the world.last_img read more

Nirmal Youth should utilise opportunities

first_imgNirmal: Rural youth should utilise the opportunities to become successful in their lives, said Endowment Minister A Indrakaran Reddy. Along with Inspector General of Police (IG) Pramod Kumar, District Collector M Prashanthi, the Minister inaugurated Reception Centre and Command Control Room at Nirmal rural police station on Friday. Later they also inaugurated cyber lab in District Police Office here. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said under the direction of police department, 100 youth were selected in a job mela and the selected will be sent to Hyderabad. About 12,000 applications were received during a job mela, conducted earlier by rural development department and among them 3,000 candidates got jobs. Depending on their skills, salary will be paid, he said. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us IG Pramod Kumar said youth should avoid bad habits and bad path and should utilise opportunities provided by the government. Under the direction of police department, rural youth will be given training and placement. Crimes would be prevented by command control room after installation of 162 cameras in Nirmal town and highways, the IG said.Zilla Parishad Chairperson Koripelli Vijaya Lakshmi, SP Shashidhar Raju, Additional SP Dakshinamurthy, DSPs Upendar Reddy, Bhainsa DSP Rajesh, Library Chairperson Ramakishan Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Tigress beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh recorded on camera

first_imgLucknow: The video was shot in a protected zone of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, 240 km from state capital Lucknow. The mobile video shows villagers beating the tiger and commenting in the background about how this was being done because the tigress killed a villager earlier. The tigress died of broken ribs and injuries to her body. She was cremated after a post mortem. FIRs have been registered against 31 identified villagers for the incident and four people have been arrested. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us Pilibhit Tiger Reserve field director H Rajamohan said, “She had sustained fractures and injuries from sharp-edged weapons like spears on almost every part of her body. She also had broken ribs.” Pilibhit District Magistrate Vaibhav Shrivastava said, “A forest team did reach the spot but by that time, the tigress was in so much pain that even an attempt to tranquilize her would have added to her plight.”last_img read more

FGG demands speedy probe into slain Nayeems case

first_imgHyderabad: The Forum for Good Governance has collected data regarding the slain gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem’s case with the help of Right to Information (RTI) Act. According to M Padmanabha Reddy, secretary for Forum for Good Governance, who applied and sought clarification from Y Nagi Reddy, Inspector General of Police, SIT, said that many facts came to light. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Nayeem had relations with several TRS leaders along with the 17 police officials. The name of former MLA R Krishnaiah was also in the list of names that Nayeem had maintained relations with. So was the case with Additional SPs, DSP. In the case, Panjagutta ACP Thirupathanna’s name was also on the list. The officials replied that in the raid at Millenium colony at Shadnagar they had seized an amount of Rs 3.74 lakh and eight closed cases were reopened. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us A total of 250 cases were registered. Charge-sheets were filled in 107 cases and they were waiting for trial in various courts. Investigation was completed in eight cases. As many as 10 cases were removed from the preview of SIT. Final report was submitted in 17 cases after completion of the investigation. In 67 cases the investigation is still going on, and as on date there are 29 cases pending in the court. Advertise With Us Cash of Rs 2.08 crore and Rs 4.30 lakh, 1.9 kg of gold, 2.4 kg of silver were deposited in XXIII MM court in Rajendranagar in a case registered in Narsingi police station. The land documents pertaining to 1,015 acres were also deposited in Jurisdictional courts in various States. Some diaries were seized from Nayeem’s residence, but the police refused to divulge contents in the diaries under Rule 8 (G) RTI Act. Nayeem was killed in an encounter in Shadnagar Town on August 8, 2016.last_img read more