Month: August 2019

Sensorequipped footballs could help refs and players

first_imgEquipped with a GPS receiver and accelerometer, a football could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. Image credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Citation: Sensor-equipped footballs could help refs and players (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-sensor-equipped-footballs-refs-players.html Explore further Wimbledon: lawns look lovely, but time to keep off the grass After getting tired of throwing things at the TV during unfair calls, Narasimhan wondered if it would be possible to improve the accuracy of the referees’ decisions by adding sensor technology to the instant replays. She began working on a way to equip the football with a GPS receiver and an accelerometer that could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. She has also designed gloves with 15 touch sensors that wirelessly transmit data to a computer. The data can show a player’s grip by sensing which parts of the glove are in contact with ball at any given time, and provide information on how an individual player throws the ball.Narasimhan hopes that the technology will be used for training referees and players, and possibly scouting. She doesn’t intend for the electronics to take any of the fun out of the game.”You’d never want to replace the human referees because they make these calls based on years of experience, and no technology can replace that,” she said. “But in addition to the instant replay, if you had a supplementary system that said this is exactly where the ball landed and where the player stopped with it, you could make these kinds of calls accurately.”Besides being used in games, the technology could be used to help coaches, for instance, when they need to replace a second-string quarterback. Potential replacements could wear the sensor-laden gloves while throwing and running, and coaches could tell how the players react in different situations. “You could have whoever you’re scouting wear these gloves and you could ask, well, does he throw the same way under the same defensive schemes or does he run the same way and make the same kind of cuts as a terrific running back does?” she said.The technology still needs improvement to be useful, though. The current prototype transmits information just once a second and is only accurate to within 30 feet. Narasimhan and her students are working on a newer prototype that can transmit information four times per second and combine data from fixed GPS receivers near the field for greater accuracy.Besides the ball and gloves, sensors could one day be added to players’ shoes to measure running stride and patterns, or in shoulder pads to calculate blocking positions and force. Narasimhan hopes to work with a college or pro team to get players’ input on what kind of information would be most helpful for improving their game.via: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Gizmodo© 2008 PhysOrg.com 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) — When Dr. Priya Narasimhan moved to Pittsburgh seven years ago, she fell in love with the people, the city, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Carnegie Mellon computer engineering professor grew up in India and Africa, she became passionate about the American sport of football, including its bad calls and referees’ human error.last_img read more

Bromium sets up business net around malware Update

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2012 Phys.org www.bromium.com/www.bromium.com/misc/Bromium_vSentry_WP.pdf (Phys.org)—Bromium has announced the availability of a product intended to make a significant difference in how enterprises cope with relentless attempts to attack their systems with malware, burdening IT departments and preventing employees from carrying on business as usual. The only headaches inherent in Bromium’s product might beset rival security companies that do business in anti-virus software and data protection. Ian Pratt, Bromium co-founder, said, “Traditional security products rely on being able to look at any document in advance and decide whether it contains malicious code which can be identified by `signatures’ already reported…. Yes, a bit like after the horse has bolted.” Malware can take ugly leap forward to virtual machines Citation: Bromium sets up business net around malware (Update) (2012, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-bromium-net-business-malware.html Bromium’s software product is called vSentry, and the technology approach rests on a micro-virtual machine—an isolated environment— that protects the underlying operating system and whatever content is stored on the machine from malware. The microVM isolates attacks, trapping malware and analyzing it so that IT staff can explore it further without interruption to employee computer users. According to its designers, a PC user at a company would not be aware that it is installed. The machine tracks employee use of the web. All the data from a website visit is contained. vSentry places each document into this virtual machine. If someone clicks a bad link, the micro-VM will keep it until the IT administrator views and disposes of it. The virus cannot escape from the safety shield of this environment to enter the actual computer. The company’s target is the enterprise customer, because that is where the opportunity lies for the virtual machine approach. vSentry is licensed per-user, enterprise wide, and priced according to volume. Security teams may have ample expertise but they cannot actively block attacks they never saw before. The vSentry appeal is not just that employees can be free to work without fear of bringing up viruses, but that the information captured for the dashboard provides information on the malware attempts. The company says that the information via vSentry’s “Live Attack Visualization and Analysis” (LAVA) feature delivers information about the attack’s origin, techniques, and targets.Rather than reducing the need for a security team, the product gives them more power to work on security protection for the business with better success. Bromium says its LAVA delivers high malware detection rates. Micro-VM analysis can look at forms of attack that include rootkits and bootkits and generate signatures for otherwise undetectable attacks. The idea is that an enterprise security team can in turn update security mechanisms or fortify defenses of specific attack targets. The drawback is that the product only works on Windows. Platform requirements in full are given as Intel i3, i5, i7 processor; 4 GB RAM; Windows 7 64-bit. It does not run on Macs and it does not run on ARM architectures.center_img More information: Credit: Bromium 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. Explore further Play Credit: Bromium Some outsiders say that this represents lost opportunity for the company as, on the enterprise level, more employees are using iPads and mobile devices to do their work. Nonetheless, the company co-founders have told reporters that in time wider support is in the works including versions for Windows 8 and Mac OSX. This week’s product announcement had some sites voicing superlatives, implying the software can do a lot to mitigate the business angst and costs of computer malware.last_img

Scientists discover satellites captured Chelyabinsk meteor debris trail

first_img Asteroid expert says surveillance is key to survival, planning is key to defense (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin and NOAA has found that several satellites orbiting the Earth at the time of the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion captured the debris trail on film. As the team explains in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the captured images allowed for calculating the trajectory of the meteor and then its orbit. Citation: Scientists discover satellites captured Chelyabinsk meteor debris trail (2013, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-scientists-satellites-captured-chelyabinsk-meteor.html 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. © 2013 Phys.org The Chelyabinsk explosion that occurred in the stratosphere over Russia this past February was a stark reminder of the dangers posed by meteors—the resulting shock wave injured over 1000 people and caused damage across the region. Because of their relatively small size, modern science has still not been able to come up with a way to see such meteors before they strike the earth. The Chelyabinsk meteor was a complete surprise—no one knew of its existence until it exploded. For that reason, scientists continue to look for new tools to help with forecasting. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if American weather satellites had captured the strike and if so, if they might provide any new information.After studying imagery from multiple satellites, the team discovered that several of them had indeed captured images of the debris trail, some just moments after the meteor exploded. Analyzing the images allowed for calculating the trajectory of the meteor and from that, its prior orbit. Scientist’s had already done the same using photographs taken by people in Russia, of course, but because the calculations matched so closely, the researchers were able to confirm that images of satellites can be used to provide accurate data about meteor events that are not recorded in other ways.Calculating trajectories and orbits is important because it’s believed that up to 15 percent of meteors travel in pairs, or even as triplets. If scientists can very quickly calculate the trajectory of a strike, they can look to see if more are coming, possibly saving lives. Also, if meteor detection is built into satellites in the future, they could conceivably report on the actual number and locations of strikes around the world—as things stand now it’s possible that relatively small meteors strike fairly regularly in remote locations or in the ocean and nobody knows its happening.center_img Photograph of meteor trail near Chelyabinsk, Russia on 15 February 2013 at about 9:21 AM local time, with corresponding DMSP satellite image from about 9:25 AM. Credit: Photograph courtesy of Alex Alishevskikh (blog.cyberborean.org/2013/02/16/meteor), satellite image courtesy of Steven D. Miller, Colorado State University. More information: Earth-viewing satellite perspectives on the Chelyabinsk meteor event, PNAS, Published online before print October 21, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307965110AbstractLarge meteors (or superbolides [Ceplecha Z, et al. (1999) Meteoroids 1998:37–54]), although rare in recorded history, give sobering testimony to civilization’s inherent vulnerability. A not-so-subtle reminder came on the morning of February 15, 2013, when a large meteoroid hurtled into the Earth’s atmosphere, forming a superbolide near the city of Chelyabinsnk, Russia, ∼1,500 km east of Moscow, Russia [Ivanova MA, et al. (2013) Abstracts of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 5366]. The object exploded in the stratosphere, and the ensuing shock wave blasted the city of Chelyabinsk, damaging structures and injuring hundreds. Details of trajectory are important for determining its specific source, the likelihood of future events, and potential mitigation measures. Earth-viewing environmental satellites can assist in these assessments. Here we examine satellite observations of the Chelyabinsk superbolide debris trail, collected within minutes of its entry. Estimates of trajectory are derived from differential views of the significantly parallax-displaced [e.g., Hasler AF (1981) Bull Am Meteor Soc 52:194–212] debris trail. The 282.7 ± 2.3° azimuth of trajectory, 18.5 ± 3.8° slope to the horizontal, and 17.7 ± 0.5 km/s velocity derived from these satellites agree well with parameters inferred from the wealth of surface-based photographs and amateur videos. More importantly, the results demonstrate the general ability of Earth-viewing satellites to provide valuable insight on trajectory reconstruction in the more likely scenario of sparse or nonexistent surface observations. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furtherlast_img read more

Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed

first_imgCataglyphis savignyi. Credit: AntWeb/ Creative Commons Attribution License, Photographer: Ryan Perry A team of researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium has found that desert ants (Cataglyphis savignyi) have a means for binding their spermatozoa into bundles that, by working together as a team, are able to swim faster than individual sperm cells. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers describe how in studying the ant’s sperm under a microscope they were able to identify bundles formed of 50 to 90 sperm cells, forming what appears to look like an octopus with a huge number of appendages. Citation: Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed (2014, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-bundled-team-ant-spermatozoa.html More information: Paper: Team swimming in ant spermatozoa, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2014.0308 © 2014 Phys.org Sperm cells compete in a never-ending racecenter_img Female desert ants mate promiscuously, that is, they mate with one male after another in quick succession, building up a load of sperm which they then use to fertilize their eggs. While this approach might seem logical to the females, it clearly is cause for problems for the males, each of which are genetically programmed to do their best to pass on their genes. Even more problematic is that the males die shortly after mating, which means, they only get one shot at making sure it’s their sperm that is selected by the female. As a result, the team in Belgium reports, the desert ant has developed a means for speeding up the rush to the queen’s spermatheca—having its sperm cells band together to swim together as a single unit. To help the swimmers stay together and work as a team, their heads are all “glued” together with a cap of sticky protein, creating the impression of a single headed creature with a mass of tails swimming frantically forward.The researchers found that such bundles could swim up to 51 percent faster than individual sperm cells, which in theory should mean more of an individual’s sperm ends up in the female’s spermatheca. The problem of course is that all the other males are using the same technique. Perhaps in the future, the ants will develop a means for adding water squeezed propulsion to the bundles to add even more speed, ala octopi and squid. In the meantime, it appears that with ants the best bundler will be the one that prevails. Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further 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.last_img read more

Best of Last Week–First image of dark matter web why shoes come

first_img In news from space, a team with Southwest Research Institute discovered evidence for a habitable region within Saturn’s moon Enceladus—its ocean floor. Also, representatives for the Event Horizon Telescope project reported that the group had conducted a joint venture to piece together the first image of a black hole—the team includes astronomers manning a large network of telescopes around the globe, each of whom aimed their sights on a chosen black hole for five nights in a row.In other news, a team at MIT announced that they had developed a device that pulls water from dry air powered only by the sun—even at conditions with just 20 percent humidity. Also, a team at the University of Zurich found that brain stimulation could influence honest behavior—by applying a small jolt of electricity to the brain, the team found they could make volunteers play more honestly in a die-rolling experiment. And a team at UC Berkeley made headlines by developing a shoe-string theory explaining why shoelaces come untied. And a team at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Germany tested sperm as a possible candidate for delivering cancer medications in female patients—by affixing little helmets onto their heads.And finally, if you are someone who suffers from an increased sense of anxiety, you may want to read a report from a team at the University of Illinois. They found a link between brain structure, anxiety and negative bias in healthy adults—they discovered that volunteers with a relatively small inferior frontal cortex were more likely to suffer from anxiety. (ScienceX)—It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers discovered strange forces acting on nanoparticles, which were related to looking at the Casimir Effect using quantum field theory. Also, a trio of physicists from LSU in the U.S. and Universidad de Valencia in Spain reported on their discovery of hidden aspects of electrodynamics, which they claimed advanced Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism. And a team at the University of Waterloo captured the first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies—a composite image depicting what the team believes is dark matter exerting a force between multiple galaxies, tying them together. © 2017 ScienceX Researchers capture first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies Dark matter filaments bridge the space between galaxies in this false colour map. The locations of bright galaxies are shown by the white regions and the presence of a dark matter filament bridging the galaxies is shown in red. Credit: S. Epps & M. Hudson / University of Waterloocenter_img Citation: Best of Last Week–First ‘image’ of dark matter web, why shoes come untied and a link between brain structure and anxiety (2017, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-weekfirst-image-dark-web-untied.html 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Does psychology have a conflictofinterest problem

first_imgGeneration Z has made Jean Twenge a lot of money. As a psychologist at San Diego State University in California, she studies people born after the mid-1990s, the YouTube-obsessed group that spends much of its time on Instagram, Snapchat and other social-media platforms. Thanks to smartphones and sharing apps, Generation Z has grown up to be more narcissistic, anxious and depressed than older cohorts, she argues. Twenge calls them the ‘iGen’ generation, a name she says she coined. And in 2010, she started a business, iGen Consulting, “to advise companies and organizations on generational differences based on her expertise and research on the topic”. Twenge has “spoken at several large corporations including PepsiCo, McGraw-Hill, nGenera, Nielsen Media, and Bain Consulting”, one of her websites notes. She delivers anything from 20-minute briefings to half-day workshops, and is also available to speak to parents’ groups, non-profit organizations and educational establishments. In e-mail exchanges, she declined to say how much she earns from her advisory work, but fees for star psychologists can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars for a single speech, and possibly much more, several experts told Nature. Twenge’s academic papers don’t mention her paid speeches and consulting. Yet that stands in stark contrast to the conflict-of-interest (COI) guidelines issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), an influential organization whose standards have been widely adopted by many medical and some psychology journals. Those guidelines say that such ‘personal fees’ should be declared as potential COIs in research papers because readers should be made aware of any financial interests that they might perceive as potentially influencing the findings.center_img Twenge is not a lone outlier; an analysis for this article found that several well-known academic psychologists do paid speeches and consultancy work and don’t declare them in their research papers. Many editors and psychologists say that this is fine and is standard behaviour. They argue that this kind of income should not count as a COI and that psychology should not be held to the norms of medical science. “Speaking fees and consultancies would not be obvious conflicts of interest, unlike, say, evaluating a drug produced by a company in which one holds stock, since there would not seem to be incentives aligned with making one claim versus another,” says Steven Pinker, a well-known author and psychologist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who can also be booked for speaking engagements. Read the whole story: Naturelast_img read more

On New Delhis 104th birthday iconic Coronation Park plunges into darkness

first_imgWrapped in fog in day time and wearing a sombre look, Coronation Park, the birthplace of New Delhi was plunged into darkness by sundown on Sunday, the only irony being the day coinciding with the Capital city’s 104th anniversary.The historic ground had hosted one of the grandest imperial Durbar ever in 1911, where King George V and Queen Mary were coronated as the Emperor and Empress of India and the British capital was officially shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportLocal residents oblivious to the importance of the place, let alone the day, wandered about in the park, while graffiti scrawled up on the iconic Coronation Pillar, that marks the site of the Durbar, only added to the overwhelming irony.“Is December 12 a historic day for Delhi? I don’t know. I was born in the vicinity and have seen this place from my childhood days. We used to play cricket here, and now come here on and off. But, I don’t know what this place is, whose those statues are of and December 12’s importance,” said 17-year-old Aditya Jha, when enquired about the place. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPThe historic land falling under the DDA, was taken up by Sheila Dikshit regime to be redeveloped as a ‘Coronation Park’, and work was to be completed by 2011, to coincide with New Delhi’s 100th anniversary.But, DDA has been missing several deadlines since then and on Saturday, it added just another to that list.As per the plans, the whole area has been redesigned keeping the Coronation Pillar as nodal point. A majestic statue of King George V, which once adorned the canopy opposite the India Gate stands amid four other statues (of Indian viceroys) placed at the four corners around the obelisk. Masons can be still seen working on several sections, and heaps of earth being piled up at the second entrance gate, while the ticket counter at the main gate is far from ready.“The whole area plunges into darkness after sunset, as the new lampposts, barring a few, have malfunctioned. We have lodged a complaint with the authorities, but they have not been restored yet,” a security guard of the park said.“But, more than the unfinished work, it is the public nuisance caused by young couples at the park which is causing discomfort to local people, especially elders, who now prefer to avoid the place,” he said.All statues except that of Lord Chelsford dissolved into darkness by evening. King George’s iconic statue adorned with his Durbar robe too disappeared after the sunset. Lord Chelmsford’s statue stood there lit up by two bright spotlights, in abject contrast to the darkness around it.INTACH Delhi Convener A G K Menon said, “It was a sad commentary that DDA can’t look after its own asset.” “The bureaucratic inertia that has delayed the project so far, and it continued this year too. The funds to carry forward the project has stopped, the willingness has stopped…I am sad about this whole state of affairs now,” Menon said.Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been chosen by the DDA as a consultant for the ambitious project, but continuous delay has dampened its spirit.last_img read more

Art is all that matters

first_imgIn an initiative to bring the finest works of some renowned artists to an art lover’s disposal, a new group paintings exhibition titled ‘Creative Six’ is being held at the Creativity Art Gallery in the national Capital. The exhibition which began on January 25 will be on till February 15. It features the works of extremely talented artists – Farhad Hussain, Gegorge Martin PJ, Kishore Roy, Krishnendu Poral, Jagmohan Bangani and Tejinder Kanda, will include relief prints, dry pints, collographs and lithographs.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What happens when you bring six creative minds under the same roof? It is a potpourri of colours, emotions and imagination. Six artists are showcasing their works which are carefully handpicked. The personalities, who are being associated with ‘Creativity Art Gallery’, touch different subjects that will connect with the art lovers. Visual treats are by Tejinder Kanda whose strong strokes come together to form song and dance or depict a scene from around your everyday surroundings. Shekhar Jhamb, director, Creativity Art Gallery expressed his motto very aptly. He said: “The aim of the gallery is not only to bring forward good artists but artists who think differently. We want to imprint these artists in the minds of the masses and help ignite aspiring artists as well. When that happens, I’ll feel I’m on the right track”.WHERE: Creativity Art GalleryWHEN: January 25 to February 15TIME: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Murshidabad looks to boost income of farmers

first_imgKolkata: Murshidabad district administration has taken up a unique initiative to increase the income of the farmers, thereby giving them an opportunity to be economically stronger.The district administration has started buying paddy directly from the farmers. The farmers have started selling their produce at various rice mills designated by the district administration. The initiative has created a platform to ensure that the paddy farmers get better price. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSenior administrative officials of the district have already held a meeting to spread awareness among the paddy cultivators, about the move made by the state government. The district administration has set a target of buying more paddy this year. It has been learnt that various women involved with the self-help groups in the district would be deployed for the buying and selling of paddy. The administration has been engaging women from various self-help groups at every block of the district. The officials have already held meetings with the rice mill owners, urging them to buy paddy directly from the farmers. The district administration will also keep a tab on the entire exercise. The farmers involved in paddy cultivation throughout the district have been informed to sell their produce directly to the government. A control room will be thrown open soon to disseminate information among the farmers. A rice mill has also been constructed at Berhampore through the initiatives of the district administration, where a huge amount of paddy can be stored. Earlier, the farmers had to sell their produce for lower cost due to scarcity of go-downs in the district. All the mill owners have been asked to buy paddy from the farmers, at a rate that has been fixed by the government.last_img read more

Make your balcony garden more attractive

first_imgPlants are essential when it comes to decorating a small balcony. Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it, says an expert.Below are some smart ideas to have a small outdoor paradise that is full of life.Plants are essential things you’ll need to have to decorate a small balcony. Hang potted plants behind the railings and on the walls.Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it. Instead, devise ways to utilise vertical space to double up your space. It’s the best space savvy solution that will allow you to have more plants in your limited space. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEast-facing balcony receives almost six hours of sun, often between 8 am and 1 pm, and the major benefit of having such a balcony is that you can save your plants from the harsh afternoon sun.West-facing balcony garden is quite similar to south-facing balcony – here the sun shines at its peak for about six-to-eight hours and except tender shade-loving plants, you can plant almost anything.Themed plant and flower garden are also viral these days. People living in apartments and penthouses prefer to indulge themselves in kitchen gardening and low-space gardening with small pots and planters in their balcony area. Small coloured pots with different shapes and sizes are in trend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne can also place vines and planters in bottles too. Like growing creeper plants like money plant in a bottle will surely use less space and will also enhance the aura of your balcony. Waste bottles of soft drinks can be decorated and painted as per the colour scheme of your interior and can be used to grow such plants.Growing flowers of bright shades and exotic fragrance will surely attract butterflies to your flowerbeds. It will ultimately lead you to defining a budget-friendly butterfly garden in your balcony making it a centre of attraction.last_img read more

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness

first_imgBlue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, a study has found.Macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person’s 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina.Those cells need molecules called retinal to sense light and trigger a cascade of signalling to the brain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it,” said Ajith Karunarathne, an assistant professor at University of Toledo in the US.”It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop,” said Karunarathne.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that blue light exposure causes retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signalling molecule on the membrane dissolves,” said Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student researcher working in Karunarathne’s group.”Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,” said Ratnayak.Karunarathne introduced retinal molecules to other cell types in the body, such as cancer cells, heart cells and neurons. When exposed to blue light, these cell types died as a result of the combination with retinal. Blue light alone or retinal without blue light had no effect on cells. “No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light. The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type,” Karunarathne said. The researcher found that a molecule called alpha tocoferol, a Vitamin E derivative and a natural antioxidant in the eye and body, stops the cells from dying.However, as a person ages or the immune system is suppressed, people lose the ability to fight against the attack by retinal and blue light.”If you look at the amount of light coming out of your cell phone, it’s not great but it seems tolerable,” Dr. in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said.”Some cell phone companies are adding blue-light filters to the screens, and I think that is a good idea,” said John Payton, visiting assistant professor at University of Toledo.last_img read more

Watching peppy videos online could make you happier

first_imgWatching high-spirited videos on YouTube after a long day at work could pep you up a bit as researchers have found that people mirror the emotions of those they see online. When a YouTuber posts a video with a generally positive tone, the audience reacts with heightened positive emotions and the same is true for other emotional states, said the study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our research is a reminder that the people we encounter online influence our everyday emotions – being exposed to happy (or angry) people can make us more happy (or angry) ourselves,” said lead author of the study Hannes Rosenbusch from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers examined over 2,000 video blogs, or vlogs on YouTube. Vloggers share emotions and experiences in their videos, providing a reliable source of data. The researchers focused on studying more popular vlogs, with a minimum of 10,000 subscribers. Some of their sample vlogs had millions of subscribers. To measure if people watching vlogs experienced emotional contagion or homophily, the team studied words and emotions expressed by the vloggers and analyzed the emotional language of online comments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing affected by others’ emotions is known as “contagion” and “homophily” refers to the tendency of people seeking out others like themselves. The researchers modelled the effect of both immediate (contagion) and sustained (homophily) emotional reactions. They found evidence that there is both a sustained and an immediate effect that leads to YouTuber emotion correlating with audience emotion. “Our social life might move more and more to the online sphere, but emotions and the way we behave towards one another will always be steered by basic psychological processes,” Rosenbusch said.last_img read more

Step to check mental illness in schoolchildren

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights will propose the state education department to issue instructions to all the schools to create an additional column in the school dairy where a guardian has to mention the details if his/her child suffers from any mental problems.West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti on Tuesday said that they will soon submit the proposal to the education department so that both the private and government aided schools can adopt a new system thereby leaving an extra column in the school dairy where parents can mention if the children are affected with any mental ailments. The patients will have to mention some details as what sort of treatment a child has been undergoing and what medicines a child has been taking. It has often been found that the children suffer from some problems but the school authorities do not have any clues about the mental traits of the students. Chatterjee Chakraborti said that in our country, the mental traits of a child are often ignored as a result these problems remain unaddressed. A proposal would soon be submitted to the education department so that the new system can be introduced in both private and government schools. The school authorities will get to know a student’s mental condition by going through the extra column in the dairy. The school will also be able to assess if a student suffers from mental depression or any psychological problems. It was learnt that the education department will implement the proposal after going through it. The move has been taken after Kritika Pal, a Class X student from a renowned school in the city committed suicide inside the washroom of the school on June 21. The post mortem report confirmed that she died of suffocation and multiple cut injuries were found in her wrist. It became clear to the police after going through her suicide note that she was under some mental pressure but the school authorities were not aware about it.last_img read more

Bringing budding and experienced artists under one roof

first_imgVisiting A.I.F.A.C.S (All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society) has always been an energising experience for me as it helps to dust off stress from my soul. This monsoon, there is a colourful display of paintings belonging to veteran and junior artists on one platform. The initiative to bring both the junior and senior artists under one roof is a commendable step as it instills a sense of pride and confidence amongst the emerging and young artists, as they find their works being displayed with the stalwarts of art fraternity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThere are paintings of different genres; some are vibrant; some inspire the human imagination; some help to bridge the gap between space and material objects; some are depositories of history and take us back into bygone eras while some challenge your ability to create meaning; some help to look at the outside world with a different colour. Big names like Ram V Sutar, Biman Bihari Das Paramjeet Singh, Jivan Adilja, Krishna Ahuja, Jagdish Dey Archana Das, B N Sehgal, Moen Fatima, to name a few have their precious artworks which are being displayed at the esteemed gallery. Among the young and emerging artists there are works of Harinder Prasad, Pankaj Goswami, Bharti Dayal and many others. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHarinder Prasad is a promising artist as at a tender age he deals with tough subjects. Moen Fatima’s work shows a lady with two swans. The painting is suggestive of compassion of humans on animals and birds; something which is missing in this materialistic world. Although the subject is simple yet its very meaningful. Balance use of cool and warm colours have been the painting very captivating. The compassion in the eyes of the lady are worth noticing. Paramjeet Singh seem to suggest the same meaning through his artwork. In his artwork, a lady is seen in harmony with nature. The colour combination has made the painting elegant and vivacious. Late Archana Das’ painting is a unique blend of child like innocence and adult like wisdom. The use of earthy colours have made very bright and harmonious. Both horse and elephant stand for power and wealth and suggest that our fast paced lives are being increasingly overshadowed by greed for power and pelf. In the process we are losing out happiness. Jagdish Dey’s artwork depict the fragile relationship of man and woman. In the painting, the relationship as been shown to be as fragile as an earthen pot. Biman Bihari Das has displayed his majestic sculptures in the garden area of the gallery. His sculpture on Goddess Durga symbolises victory of good over evil. The colourful exhibition of junior and senior artists is on display at the esteemed gallery of A.I.F.A.C.S till July 18. It’s a must visit for the art lovers.last_img read more

The Ridiculous Final Resting Place of Americas Most Famous Traitor

first_imgSay what you will about the British, but they never did earn a reputation for applauding traitors – whether Britain was the victim or benefactor of an act of treachery. The most famous English traitor, Guy Fawkes, was tortured for weeks before tumbling from a gallows ladder and being summarily dismembered as a warning to other seditious parties within the kingdom.Guy Fawkes.Encyclopaedia Britannica will tell you that British history is full of similar examples of traitors to the Crown being executed in the vilest of ways, but the English have had little sympathy even for those whose treachery served the ambitions of the monarch.Not surprisingly, Britannica knows a fair bit about the infamous American traitor Benedict Arnold.Arnold led several successful campaigns against British forces in what is now the United States and Canada, but his brash attitude earned him the irritation and distrust of his peers.A head and shoulders profile engraving of Benedict Arnold.On more than one occasion Arnold was passed over for promotion and made to serve under his junior colleagues, despite leading the Americans in a growing list of successful offensive and defensive battles against the British.He repeatedly offered his resignation, with George Washington himself convincing him to continue to serve on one such occasion.Battle of Saratoga.His short but illustrious fighting career came to an end in the fall of 1777 when he was gravely injured at the Battle of Saratoga.He was rewarded for his service with a restoration of rank relative to his peers and given command of the city of Philadelphia the following year.Boot Monument at Saratoga National Battlefield commemorating the wounded foot of Benedict Arnold. Photo by Americasroof CC BY-SA 2.5Whether it was his earlier treatment by the American establishment or simply the same reckless attitude that earned him their disdain in the first place, Arnold cared little for propriety in his new position and raised money illegally to fund his lavish lifestyle and burgeoning social life.One of Arnold’s coded letters. Cipher lines by Arnold are interspersed with lines by his wife, Peggy.He was particularly popular among loyalist families, and this may have contributed to the attention he received from the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council shortly after taking his new post.Benedict Arnold.While demanding an immediate court-martial to resolve the matter, he married the granddaughter of the loyalist founder of Shippensburg, PA and began to secretly court the British forces for money in exchange for information that would sway the war in their favor.An 1865 political cartoon depicting Benedict Arnold and Jefferson Davis in Hell.When his British handler was captured, Arnold fled, earning the disgust of the loyalists for his abandonment of his colleague.When he aided the British in their attack on New London, CT in 1781, he was an outlaw to the Americans and a useful pariah to the English.Arnold’s Oath of Allegiance, May 30, 1778.He left North America for England later the same year but was unable to secure a position in the British Army.He spent a decade in Canada engaged in land speculation before becoming a privateer for a short period and ultimately returning to London.Commemorative plaque in London. Photo by Warren Bennet CC BY-SA 4.0In New London, the Boston Globe writes, the memory of Benedict Arnold and his brutal raid continues to be celebrated by burning him in effigy in much the same way as the British celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Day.In old London, too, he is far from a hero, his final resting place becoming a curiosity for travel bloggers.St Mary’s Church, Battersea. Photo by Derek Harper CC BY-SA 2.0He is interred alongside his wife in a crypt at a modest community church in Battersea, and today little effort is made to encourage reverence of his memory – the crypt more closely resembles a colorful children’s classroom than a tomb and in fact kindergarten classes are at times held there.A few mementos including a plaque and a stained-glass window have been donated by American history buffs, all within the last five decades, and they are displayed alongside a sizable aquarium containing the class pet of the church’s resident kindergarten class.Read another story from us: Franklin Seduced France with Coonskin Cap DiplomacyWhile some Americans have come to view Arnold in a favorable light, the British have allowed the curious journey of Benedict Arnold – from American war hero to corrupt statesman to traitor to businessman to privateer – to fade into obscurity, passing no more judgment on his deeds than you can find in the quotidian banality of his final resting place.last_img read more

Leonardo Da Vincis Only Finished Sculpture Finally Identified

first_imgLeonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, was rumored to have created sculptures, but there wasn’t even one three-dimensional finished sculpture identified as his. That has changed. Scholars believe that a sculpture formerly attributed to Antonio Rossellino was done so mistakenly, and it is actually the work of Leonardo. “The Virgin with the Laughing Child” has been housed at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum since 1858,  credited to Rossellino. But now scholars believe da Vinci created it around 1472, when he was 19 or 20.The sculpture “had long been credited to another artist, Antonio Rossellino,” reported The Guardian. “That is because scholars had been bamboozled by the posthumous authority of the late art historian and British Museum director John Pope-Hennessy, according to Francesco Caglioti, the Italian academic who is leading the new attribution.”Leonardo Da Vinci statue, by Luigi Pampaloni, 1839.Scholars say “the voluminous, complicated draperies” flowing over the Madonna’s legs provide clues: they are similar to drawings that Leonardo made at the time “which were almost obsessive studies of abstract folds and shadowy recesses,” The Guardian reports.Victorians were the ones who commented on the Leonardo-esque look of the V&A attribution, said Caglioti in an interview. The Virgin Mary looks down at the Christ child on her lap with an enigmatic smile, the sort he made famous in the Mona Lisa.Mona LisaThe realistic liveliness of the child’s face also resembles Leonardo’s drawings of young children. “Yet portraying a laughing Christ in the 15th century was not only radical, but practically blasphemous,” reports the newspaper. “In a passage in Leonardo’s notebooks, he remembers getting into trouble when younger for portraying the infant Christ. Could this be the work that got him in hot water?”Related Video: Exhibition Of Leonardo Da Vinci Designs At Science MuseumFrancesco Caglioti, who teaches at Naples University,  said art historian John Pope-Hennessy, who credited the sculpture to Rossellino, often attributed work to arts “at his whim” without supporting evidence. Pope-Hennessy died in 1994. Other exciting corrections are being made regarding Leonardo da Vinci.The Virgin with the Laughing Child’, 1928. From The Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci, by Edward McCurdy. [Jonathan Cape, London, 1928]  (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images)NPR reported: “Earlier this week, art experts say they solved another riddle — determining that a drawing of a nude woman, bearing a resemblance to the Mona Lisa, was also by da Vinci. The portrait was originally thought to have been the work of one of da Vinci’s students, but after extensive testing, investigators say the charcoal drawing was likely by the artist himself.”Leonardo was eager to create beautiful sculptures, but his ideas were too ambitious. The two great sculptural projects to which Leonardo devoted himself were not realized: a huge, bronze equestrian statue for Francesco Sforza, which he worked on from about 1489 to 1494, nor a monument for Marshal Trivulzio, on which he was busy in the years 1506 to 1511.Francesco I SforzaDa Vinci wanted to cast the horse in a single piece, but the gigantic dimensions of the steed presented insurmountable technical problems. Many sketches exist of his endeavors, but no three-dimensional work has been laid at the feet of Leonardo until now.While Caglioti is positive that the Virgin With the Laughing Child was made by Leonardo da Vinci, the V&A is officially more cautious, saying: “A potential attribution to Leonardo da Vinci was first proposed in 1899, so Professor Caglioti’s study opens up the discussion of its authorship afresh.”As The Guardian wrote: “If this sensational new attribution wins acceptance, it will ironically mean that just as Britain leaves the EU, its public art collections are once again proved to be among the finest depositories of Europe’s cultural heritage.”Read another story from us: This Robotic Lion Could be Leonardo Da Vinci’s Greatest Technological MarvelNancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

All Ball Gottliebs Sweet 16 picks and why one NBA GM will

first_img Guests:Steve Lappas – CBS College Basketball Analyst and Former Villanova Head Coach talks NCAA Tournament; Cincinnati and Xavier blowing big second round leads; and why Texas’ Mo Bamba is an NBA project.Chris Beard – Texas Tech Head Coach joins Doug to discuss the Red Raiders run to the Sweet 16; beating an experienced Florida team; and what he expects from Purdue.Greg Gottlieb – Oregon State Assistant Coach joins Doug to defend the Pac-12’s disappointing NCAA Tournament; how surprised he was to see Arizona go down; and how to attack the Syracuse 2-3 zone. With the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in the books, Doug gives his Sweet 16 picks; explains why an NBA GM is going to get fired for drafting Oklahoma’s Trae Young; and why he’s not the next Steph Curry.He also looks at Ty Lue’s leave of absence from the Cavs, and why LeBron deserves blame for the overall dysfunction in Cleveland. Advertisementcenter_img Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen.last_img read more

8yearold Tech Mogul Theres an App for That

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » August 23, 2010 Joseph Hudicka needs to make about $999,500 more before he can claim the title of young millionaire, but he’s still light-years ahead of his peers in terms of entrepreneurial success.At the age of 8, Joseph has already joined the ranks of the tech elite: He has developed two applications for the iPhone. Pretty good for a kid who doesn’t even own a mobile phone.Joseph’s first app, Puckz, went on sale in Apple’s App Store in March. The game, which combines elements of chess and ice hockey, evolved from a homemade board game Joseph created three years earlier.”I was getting bored with my other games and wanted to make my own,” he says.The explosive growth of mobile gaming inspired Joseph and his parents, Joseph Sr. and Lora, who live in Flemington, N.J., to translate Puckz to the iPhone platform, tapping mobile solutions partner [x]cube Labs to oversee the software development. Joseph supervised the creative process, suggesting color schemes, layouts and sound effects. And like every creative genius, he laments the technical limitations of the iPhone gaming experience. “I imagined Puckz in 3-D,” he says.Puckz successfully avoided the pitfalls of the notoriously labyrinthine App Store submission process, earning Apple’s approval in just one day. Joseph’s soccer-themed follow-up app, Goalz, spent several weeks in administrative limbo when Apple objected to its use of licensed trademarks. Even after Joseph removed the offending content, Apple still took its sweet time before lending its official endorsement in June. (Joseph’s theory: “Maybe they slept in late and forgot about my app.”)As of the end of June, downloads of Joseph’s two apps numbered nearly 800. After giving Apple its cut, he has netted $489. Joseph’s parents gave him permission to buy an iPhone when his app sales reach the 1,000-download milestone.Despite his early success in the tech world, it may be premature to pin Joseph as a budding entrepreneur. Right now, he’s planning to make his mark as a professional hockey player–or maybe a pro bowler. Either way, life as a software magnate may not be in the cards, because, Joseph says, “I’ve already done that.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

These Plugins Can Boost Traffic to Your Blog

first_img Register Now » All-In-One SEO: must have for search-friendly SEO sites All-In-One Webmaster: central place to manage the top three Akismet: get API key from WordPress.com Broken Link Checker: manage/track broken links CBnet Ping Optimizer: manage ping systems naturally Google XML Sitemaps: automatically generate XML sitemaps Fast and Secure Contact Form: easy form for contact forms, etc. Simple Captcha: challenge/response test tool for varied uses WordPress Database Backup: say no more! WP Super Cache: generate static HTML pages for fast loading FBShare: Facebook share button Socialize: actionable social bookmarks to your posts WP Security Scan: make sure you’re compliant RSS Footer: add small text to the bottom of each RSS Disqus Comment System: powerful commenting system and management Cookies for Comments: spam checker for comments Google Analyticator or Ultimate Google Analytics: enabling javascript tracking for Google Analytics Find more information about who to connect with on Twollow.com, Twibs.com and Twellow.com (the Twitter Yellow Pages). Reach out and comment; make intelligent posts. Eventually, ask to guest post, and continue the conversation. That’s what blogging and social media is about: listening, engaging, and sharing. You should engage in the blog communities that you are promoting within, but do not push too hard. You can find blogs that very likely have links that follow back (no rel=nofollow) at: 5 min read April 8, 2014 In his book Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author explains why starting a blog can help you bring in the traffie you’re seeking.One of the fastest ways to build traffic to your site with minimal effort is to create a blog. You should also learn to optimize your blog using custom plugins. They’re easy to use and very powerful.You can start a blog for free by visiting WordPress.com, or if you’re self-hosting, which is recommended, install the free version from WordPress.org. You can then build content yourself or outsource the writing to a ghostwriter. The content doesn’t have to be long. A short post of 100 to 200 words is acceptable to start. Try to make it useful, link to other resources, and show attribution with a link where obvious. Testing and monitoring is key.Blogs are a great way to naturally attract search engine traffic. Most of the time, blogs already have optimized site architecture, clear navigation and the innate potential for good linking. Intelligently linking your site to a well-created blog can increase your traffic. In fact, blogs can get so well indexed that you have the potential to show up for any number of four-word phrases relevant to your industry, if done correctly.Try to use a keyword for each of your posts that gets a moderate level of targeted traffic. If you’re already inside your blog post, you can use the SEO Blogger tool from the makers of Wordtracker. It installs quickly into your Firefox browser, and you launch from an icon directly on the browser. The tool will show you how many times a word is used, percentages, and more. It’s easy to use.It might not bring the most traffic, but it often brings the most profit through more subscribers and sales. If possible, narrow the scope of your blog discussion to a two- or three-word phrase that has a high yield of traffic yet little competition. Set up your blog to repeat keywords that you want to target just enough times to establish a theme. You can take full advantage of this in your post titles, category names and the pages’ URL names. All those link-backs will contain the keyword term you want the most attention for. This can work like magic, and with the updated speed of indexing, you’ll likely see your post show up in search results quickly. Be sure to post in a timely fashion. You can get better results by updating or sharing socially just once during one of the three best times of the day: early in the morning, at least before noon or late at night. Monitoring when the search engine’s crawlers visit your site can help as well. You can increase the number of crawler visits by blogging on the time or period they come to your site. The more you post, the more the crawlers have to go through your content. This could cause the crawler to split its job into several visits, whereupon you have even more content.Using PluginsListed below is the ultimate plugin list for maximum traffic and search-friendly blogs. Just search for these in Google, and add the “wordpress plugins” to the query. Log in to your WordPress admin area, expand the “Plugins” section, and add them via the “Add New” button.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. CommentHunt.com FollowList.comlast_img read more

Apples New 6Digit Passcodes What Do They Mean for Your BYOD Policy

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apple’s release of iOS 9 last month has done us all a tremendous public service: It’s brought mobile security into the spotlight for small businesses.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataThis new and latest version of the operating system expands the iOS default pass-code lock setting from a four-digit to six-digit PIN. That’s an especially big plus for businesses with a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy, allowing employees to work on their personal laptops, smartphones and tablets.A six-digit PIN, in essence, makes it dramatically more difficult for potential attackers to crack devices. By expanding the default length of a passcode by just two digits, the number of potential entry combinations increases from just 10,000 to one million.But beyond this welcome increase in protection for users of iPhones, the iOS9 move has prompted many businesses to begin questioning how they address mobile device security overall. New research from IBM Security found that a vast majority of businesses today don’t sufficiently secure their employees’ devices with even the most rudimentary of features.The findings reveal that among those businesses that currently enforce passcode use on employee mobile devices at all, 87 percent require only a numeric PIN. Of those companies, 79 percent mandate the bare minimum: a four-to-five-digit numeric passcode that takes just 18 minutes for sophisticated cybercriminals to crack, according to the iOS Hacker’s Handbook.A six-digital alphanumeric passcode, by comparison, might take the most skilled hacker up to 196 years to infiltrate.This minimalist attitude toward mobile security among most mobile users and their employers has continued despite the growing value of company records: The average cost of a lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased this year to $154 — reflecting the rising threat from cybercriminals looking to capitalize on mobile as an attack vector.Apple’s move, however, could be the catalyst needed to bring mobile security into focus, especially for small businesses that simply cannot afford costly data breaches. Considering that the BYOD phenomenon has reached its prominence largely due to the simplicity, flexibility and convenience that mobile provides, it’s incredibly encouraging that as the security of devices evolves, the tech industry is making it simpler for users to better protect themselves, through such innovations as touch authentication.Making security strong yet simple is critical to an effective defense against cybercrime. A recent Ponemon Institute study found that many workers don’t understand the risk that an insecure mobile devices poses for their employers, prompting them to look for workarounds. Millennials, in particular — who by 2020 will make up approximately 50 percent of the U.S. workforce — have grown up in a world where technology is at their fingertips, and if extra steps for protection prove to be a hassle, millenials are going to reject them, or find a way to circumvent them.In fact, the younger generation’s comfort with mobile and social can lead them to take unnecessary risks, such as downloading new, unvetted apps, and connecting to hot spots. A recent survey found that 56 percent of millennials were fine with downloading apps without reading permissions. This is a scary realization, considering that IBM recently found that nearly 40 percent of companies that issue mobile applications for customers aren’t properly securing them. This leaves open tremendous windows of opportunities for hackers.Related: Mobile app security firm Wegilant raises $500K from Ravi Gururaj, other angel investorsApple’s latest security features are the first step on the path toward shutting down mobile attacks, but device-level security is only the start of the conversation. While the move to six digit passcodes will spur nearly 80 percent of companies to update their BYOD policies, it will also open the door for organizations — small businesses, especially — to begin thinking more deeply about how to best protect and manage data on mobile devices. This entails use across the entire transmission path: from device to network to application and beyond.The key to successful implementation will be to collaboratively develop employee-focused security policies that can account for the evolving mobile technology and threat landscape. To get started, here are three best practices to consider:Many employees don’t understand the risks of using unsecured mobile devices and apps, nor are they trained on mobile security in the workplace. Communicating this information is key.Regardless of their generation, industry or job, the vast majority of people want to balance ease of use with secure protection of their data. Require passcodes for employee mobile devices, but also ensure that they can employ easy-to-use technology, such as touch authentication (if available) which will keep devices secure without sacrificing convenience.Investigate ways to strengthen the security of data on mobile devices, and use technology to your benefit via tools that can scan apps, detect malicious apps/malware and then take action if needed.Overall, flexibility is key to accomplishing mobile security goals. Offering employees the freedom and flexibility they crave with their mobile usage should be a priority — as long as it’s done securely enough to help protect against the world’s increasingly large and dangerous networks of hackers. Related: Our Collective Mobile Security Blind Spot 5 min read October 13, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more