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Best Western near mall evacuated after fire sparks in laundry room

first_imgA laundry room fire caused a temporary evacuation of the Best Western near the Westfield Vancouver mall on Thursday afternoon.The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. at 9420 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive.The fire started in a water heater in the building’s laundry room. When firefighters arrived they discovered the sprinklers activated in the room and there was no active fire, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.“Something got hot enough to trip the sprinkler systems,” said Capt. Kevin Murray, with the Vancouver Fire Department.“The sprinkler system did its job then we came along and did our job,” he said.Damage was minimal and limited to the room, Murray said.last_img read more

Galaxy Fold was rushed Samsungs next move matters most

first_img 36 Photos Android Update TCL’s DragonHinge lets phones bend and fold Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones The key to making phones stronger is bendable glass, which won’t be ready for a few years. CNET got an exclusive look at Corning’s bendable glass, which, even if fragile, is still expected to offer a degree of protection over the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s plastic screens.Observers were mostly concerned about the “ugly” crease you see when you unbend a foldable phone into its full-screen mode, and if this could lead to wear and tear over hundreds of thousands of bends. The crease either appears as a ridge or a valley depending on if the larger screen unfolds on the inside or outside of the device. For example, the Galaxy Fold opens like a book to reveal an interior 7.3-inch display, where the Mate X’s 8-inch screen acts more like the book cover that wraps around the outside of the frame.A plastic screen prone to scratches on its softer surface was another issue, especially for outward-bending models like the Mate X, where more of the delicate screen is exposed. 60 Photos The future of foldable phones is murky even now. Angela Lang/CNET Note: Samsung has announced it will relaunch the Galaxy Fold in September.Even before Samsung’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, admitted that he “pushed [the Fold] through before it was ready”, massive delays to the first major foldable phone slammed the brakes on what was once billed as nothing short of a phone revolution. In the 67 days since the Galaxy Fold was initially slated to sell on April 26, Samsung’s admission (some may say it stops short of a full apology) adds heft to fears that the foldable phones, which are part phone, part tablet, are more gimmick than revelatory gadget. What happens next is crucial to Samsung’s foldable future, and could help or hurt the chances of unreleased foldable devices from other brands.Foldable phones have been heralded as the next big thing because of their ability to double the device’s display size with a large, bendable screen. They also aim to shake up design at a time when phone sales have waned amid lackluster upgrades. Samsung (and Huawei) wanted their Galaxy Fold (and Mate X) to prove how exciting and successful a foldable phone could be. But after the screens on some reviewers’ test phones kept breaking (ours didn’t), Samsung delayed the Fold. With only a mea culpa from Koh and not a whisper of a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, there’s no telling if Samsung will be able to recapture the energy it inspired at the Galaxy Fold’s flashy launch Feb. 20. Anyone who cares about the fate of foldable phones is suspended in Galaxy Fold limbo.”I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,” Koh told The Independent during an interview in Seoul.For its part, Samsung might well be shifting gears to announce the Galaxy Note 10 at its next Unpacked launch event in New York on Aug. 7. Perhaps we’ll hear more about the Galaxy Fold then. 10:12 0 Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use null Share your voice In the Galaxy Fold’s case, where Gorilla Glass protects the interior screen when the phone is closed, I still noticed indentations and scratches on the plastic cover material after just seven days. Some of the Fold’s issues arose because reviewers peeled off a protective layer that wasn’t intended to come off, which made the phone immediately stop working. Samsung has reportedly fixed these problems but hasn’t shared when it plans to put the Galaxy Fold on sale.What about the US ban against Huawei?Some have wondered if the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei from its US partners plays a role in the Mate X’s launch date. For example, Huawei has been cut off from any US-based business supplying software (e.g. Android), components and even consulting services across all of Huawei’s businesses.Although the ban received a temporary reprieve that allows Huawei to support current products, followed by a further easing of restrictions, it’s uncertain if the Mate X will be able to access every component and scrap of software it needs to compete against the Galaxy Fold. The Mate X was announced before President Trump signed the executive order against Huawei, but has never received a firm release date. If Huawei needs Google’s support for foldable phones and Android apps to sell the Mate X outside of China, that could certainly influence its decision to wait. The Wall Street Journal reported that sourcing parts wasn’t an issue, according to Huawei SVP Vincent Peng, but that Huawei and Google are still discussing the license over Android apps.Android Q supports foldable phones. Google Don’t give up on foldable phones yetIt’s too soon to declare foldable phones dead. Samsung and Huawei still plan to launch an improved Galaxy Fold and the Mate X, respectively, and Google declared support for foldable designs in May at its annual Google I/O conference for developers. That means app makers are already optimizing their software to work on foldable phones.While off to a sputtering start, these companies have invested millions into foldable designs. It’s a gamble that they’re counting on to pay off in the long run.Other phone brands also have foldable plans. Apple, LG, TCL and Oppo have either filed patent applications for foldable designs or announced that they’re already at work. Rumors are ripe for a foldable Moto Razr comeback design that will modernize the beloved flip phone. Google Huawei Samsung Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung isn’t the only brand allegedly wrapped up in foldable phone delays. Huawei is said to have delayed its own foldable Mate X to “improve” the screen, the Wall Street Journal reported, though there’s some question over whether Huawei slated the Mate X for “June” or for “summer”, which officially ends September 21, in the northern hemisphere.Samsung and Huawei are currently the world’s largest and second-largest phone brands, respectively. All eyes are on them. Cancel sales and other phone-makers could also scuttle their plans in the hopes of dodging poor sales and public ridicule. Launch the phones late, but without issue, and careful rivals may be encouraged to introduce foldable phones, too. How well these devices do when they come into buyers’ hands may decide whether foldable phone designs ultimately fail or succeed. Samsung and Huawei declined to comment on this story.huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-19The Mate X’s screen bends outward, which means the plastic display covers the exterior of the phone frame. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Plastic is a problem, but bendable glass is years awayFrom the very beginning, phone-watchers remarked that the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s foldable plastic screens could be their very undoing. Because who wants to spend $2,000 or more on a scratch-prone phone?Right now, foldable phone have to use a bendable flexible plastic screen, which make them especially vulnerable to nicks and gouges, pressure damage and bulges formed by debris tunneling under the display. Samsung’s screen issues don’t come as a total surprise. The brands only showed off their foldable phones briefly, unlike virtually every other models that see much more time in reviewers’ hands before the final review unit appears. We used the Mate X for about five minutes in March and first touched the Galaxy Fold moments before we received our review unit in April. The phone-makers’ elusive attitude was a strong tip-off that the foldable devices weren’t ready for prime time. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Apple often waits years after a category is established — think smartphone or smartwatch — before coming in with a fully polished product. The very first foldable phone models were always going to be niche, beta-style devices for bleeding-edge adopters, models that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a brand-new design ethos that their makers could then fine-tune down the line. Samsung and Huawei aimed to score the first points and force rivals to follow suit. But if competitors are learning any lesson, it’s to slow down and get their foldable designs right. Hopefully Samsung and Huawei are taking note, too.Posted June 15 at 5 a.m. PT. Update, June 16, June 18, June 19 at 7:15 a.m. PT.Update, July 2, 2019 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added news of DJ Koh’s statement about his role in rushing the Galaxy Fold.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

Win a trip for two with new agent contest from Exodus

first_imgTags: Contests, Exodus Travels Win a trip for two with new agent contest from Exodus Posted by Share TORONTO — Agents can win a self-guided adventure for two with the latest update to the Exodus Expert Program.Aiming to reward hardworking agents who bring unique travel experiences to their clients, Exodus is offering agents who complete the expert program and earn the Self-Guided Badge an automatic entry into the contest “and the opportunity to go their own way”.Exodus has over 115 self-guided walking or cycling adventures to choose from, showcasing Europe’s lesser known backroads, wine trails, waterways and coastal routes for travellers who want to go at their own pace.The Self-Guided Contest for Agents runs from Sept. 17 until Nov 15 and is open to agents in Canada and the U.S.Agents who visit exodus-expert.com and complete the training program will have their names automatically entered for the chance to win a trip for two on a self-guided trip. The trip is valued at US$4,000. The winner will be randomly selected on Nov.16.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, September 17, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more