Andre Iguodala to receive MRI on left calf on Sunday

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – On the surface, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala appeared fine as he walked around the locker room making small talk with teammates and reporters. The Warriors want to be careful, though.So after playing only 18 minutes in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Portland Trail Blazers because of left calf tightness, Iguodala plans to receive an MRI sometime on Sunday.“He just had some soreness,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So we didn’t want to risk anything and put him back …last_img

Google’s Semantic Web Push: Rich Snippets Usage Growing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google is using structured data open standards such as microformats and RDFa to power the rich snippets feature. As the below chart shows, microformats is more common than RDFa for this feature. Related Posts Gupta told the SemTech audience that there are now more than 50 reviews sites using rich snippets, for example sites that offer restaurant reviews. Also there has been uptake on social networking sites, like Facebook and LinkedIn.The most common use cases are events (which was added in January) and recipe formats. Google is adding support for more formats, such as video, local businesses and shopping. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#Features#Google#Semantic Web#SemTech 2010#web Google spent a good deal of today’s panel continuing its drive to get webmasters to adopt rich snippets. It has a tool called the Rich Snippets Testing Tool, which helps publishers utilize rich snippets.Finally, Kavi Goel from Google talked about how Google can accelerate growth of the ecosystem, noting that less than 5% of webpages currently have semantic markup. Google wants to see this rise to 50% or more. It is looking for critical mass, which includes adding more formats and encouraging more “beneficial peer pressure” for companies to support rich snippets. Goel cited restaurant review sites as an example – it’s not just Yelp which supports it, but other restaurant review services too.Rich snippets is an example of how the Semantic Web is being adopted by large and powerful Internet companies, so it’s encouraging to see that Google is pushing for rapid adoption. At the Semantic Technology conference in San Francisco today, Google gave an update of its rich snippets initiative – which adds extra information to Google search results. For example, showing restaurant review ratings. It’s an experimental Semantic Web feature, but today’s update shows that usage is increasing and Google wants to ramp it up significantly.Rich snippets was announced in May last year and began to be seen in results around October. At the SemTech panel today, Google’s Pravir Gupta noted that rich snippets impressions have grown four-fold globally since October 2009, with a two-fold increase on the US/English Web. Rich snippets is available in more than 40 languages. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Difference Between Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers

first_imgThere’s a great Patton Oswalt bit where he contemplates meeting George Lucas in 1996 (gotta love the oblique intros). After slobbering over the original Star Wars trilogy and just about suffering an aneurysm over a possible new trilogy, his enthusiasm tapers off dramatically. He finds out what the new movies will be about, namely all the background filler behind his favorite characters and moments — which he hasn’t the palest interest in. To paraphrase, we don’t care where the stuff we love comes from; we just love them.A parallel idea defines most technology. (How was that for a tortured analogy?) People don’t care how iPhones work or why their laptop no longer does. They love all what their iPhone does: web browsing, apps, the intermittently working phones. What’s not to like?Air conditioning and dehumidifiers are the same way. They produce cool and dry air, respectively, and as far as most folks are concerned, there’s a tiny wizard inside. The liquid refrigerant passes through the expansion valve/evaporator transitioning into a gas. The refrigerant absorbs heat during this phase shift. Passing through a long series of cooling coils, this pulls heat out of the air. Since cold air can hold much less water vapor, it condenses on the cool metal of the evaporator coils. This condensate drains off, never to be heard from again (for two paragraphs).On the flip side, the condenser/compressor converts the gas back to liquid. This phase change expels a lot of heat, dumping it out of the refrigerant. This cycle of expansion, contraction, and shifting between liquid and gas pulls heat and moisture from the air. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchCan Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?Essential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingFiberglass versus CelluloseCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to Heat Air conditioners and dehumidifiers: a few differencesSo the guts of the two systems operate on the exact same heat-exchange principle. How are they different? The first difference concerns how they move warm and cool air — which is to say, air conditioners do and dehumdifiers don’t.Warm and cool air movement — Air conditioners have fan systems designed to circulate room temperature air over the cooling coils and pump out a chilly blast. Dehumidifiers could care less about your overheated brain. They have a fan for pulling in the moist air and expelling dry air, but the warm air off the condenser? Air conditioners move this outside. To heck with the polar bears. Dehumidifiers dump the warm air inside, negating any cooling effect.Moisture — The two machines deal with moisture very differently as well. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both condense moisture on the cooling coils. Air conditioners pool the condensate in a pan which drains to the exterior. They can have a drip edge or drainage tubes, but the basic thrust is the moisture leaves the house.Dehumidifiers are designed to pull water from the air. Dehumidifiers generally have a water reservoir with a hose attachment port for dedicated drainage. They have automatic shutoffs to prevent spillage when you forget to turn the machine off (or forget to empty the condensate container) over the weekend.The funny thing about air conditioners and dehumidifiers is that their functions are so wildly different that most folks don’t realize that the heat transfer mechanic is identical. However, they are nearly identical in form if not function. RELATED ARTICLES Air Conditioner BasicsAll About DehumidifiersThe Magic of ColdWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save EnergyThe Pros and Cons of Running a Dehumidifier How do air conditioners and dehumidifers work?So how do air conditioners and dehumidifiers work — I mean, outside of wizardry? The two machines are functionally the same, using the same mechanism to produce different results. Both systems circulate refrigerant through a continuous loop. The refrigerant moves back and forth between gas and liquid states. The energy changes caused by the shifts in state moves heat energy. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog.last_img read more

CWG has left a legacy of white elephants

first_imgAt the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands.Some months back President Pratibha Patil stood at the lectern in a crowded Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and announced in an animated high pitched voice ‘Let the Games BEGIN’. Her enthusiasm doubtless, emanated from not just the first time anyone in India has ever said those words, but also from the presumption that no one in future is likely to utter them.India is ranked by world sporting bodies – despite a heroic medals tally at the Commonwealth Games – closer to the end, than the beginning of the sports spectrum. Few would give it a rousing ovation in any international arena that includes sporting powerhouses such as China, the US, countries of Europe, South America and the Far East.With a grand opening ceremony, and without the disruptions of traffic, power or terrorism, the games were hailed a roaring success. Those who made the claim either belonged to the government or were merely saying so to avoid charges of sedition. Yet, by almost all standards, the Games were an abject failure. Merely the ability to allow them to happen is no measure of success.DeceptionOf course, India’s achievements on the badminton court and on the wrestling mat were laudable and came at a time when politics, corruption and administrative bungling had touched a new low. But this can hardly be confused with a rise in sporting interest ( Doubtless, the country’s shining cricket record will readily refute such an allegation, but a game played by a dozen nations cannot be used to make lofty sporting claims).A sporting nation is the first to recognise the skills and abilities of the world’s best athletes by seizing every opportunity to watch them at close range. At the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands; as did world beating Australian and Pakistani hockey teams.By contrast, the India- Pakistan hockey match was sold out much in advance. Was this an indication of an interest in hockey or resurgent nationalism? Then came corruption. Did the absence of a difference between public funds and personal wealth, reduce India’s status from world power to banana republic? Will future international events be sought merely to fill private bank accounts? Certainly, the financial excesses of the Commonwealth Games smacked of a national shame, much more than the sight of paan stained toilets and reports of inadequate preparations in the international press.Amongst the corrupt, there have already been some superficial prosecutions. But revelations on graft and nepotism will doubtless get blunted over time, and soon enough tainted politicians will win big election majorities. And bigger glitzier events will doubtless be proposed. In time, voices propagating the future staging of mega international events will get louder and more vociferous.But the case for avoiding any such proposal was made obvious in the complete pretense needed to conduct the CWG. For those ten days Delhi was virtually out- ofbounds to its citizens. Schools and colleges closed, traffic diverted, roads divided into lanes. An unseemly military presence on the sidewalks; flower pots and excessive shrubbery flooded pavements; view cutters diverted attention away from slums, and road signage – absent for 50 years – suddenly appeared.So desperate was the city’s denial of its reality that Delhi had become an urban theatre – a colossal stage management of the lives of 16 million people. A difficult civility was forced on people who had happily lived without it for so long. Far too many of the city’s natural forces – despotic traffic, pollution, inept police, public defecation, urban hostility and street commerce – had to be held at bay to merely create the right atmospherics essential for the event.With no interest in sport, nor the inclination for mega events, the Games were a successful act of international deception. In the future, the rising tide of urban population, the growing demands on city utilities, and an increasingly self- centered middle class will ensure that the Indian city is unsuited for any collective endeavour. The Olympics and World Cups are best left to countries that have a natural inclination to foster a common spirit amongst citizens – places that have gone beyond the need to showcase their position in the world.Today, the legacy of the Commonwealth Games is unfortunately not a changed attitude to sport, but a glittering mass of structural steel, cement and aluminum, that have already begun to gather the rust of inactivity. Of the 12 new stadiums barely two or three will get used for the activity for which they were planned; the others will pass into a state of high maintenance or permanent decline. Had these stadiums been created with the intent of a future assimilation into the sporting life of the city with a planned integration with community or public school programmes, or had they been designed with new innovative architectural ideals, their worth in the long term would be guaranteed.As a structure that makes innovative use of construction materials, ideas of passive energy and cooling, and unique methods of circulating large numbers of people, Beijing’s Birds Nest stadium has made a significant contribution to the city fabric. Chinese pride in possessing something unique is wholly justified. Ordinary Chinese themselves describe the building as an important cultural monument, on par with the Great Wall. By contrast, for the CWG the Indian government chose to employ second rate proposals, with neither an informed design idea, nor a propagation of appropriate construction technology.ReuseThe unwritten brief for all projects was merely ‘ to look good’. In a city known as a junkyard for ramshackle and hopeless architecture, that itself was a lofty unattainable ideal. Indeed when mere completion and competence are prized, innovation becomes too distant a goal.Around the world many of the cities that played host to the Olympics have had to install significant civic programs to prevent their new stadiums from going to seed.Atlanta’s Olympic stadium was converted into a baseball park, a public facility that today gets ample usage. Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium has been put to multiple uses, including winter amusement park and temporary rock concert venue. The Chinese government eventually plans to convert it into a shopping centre. Nearby, the famous Water Cube of the Aquatic Center has become a concert hall, staging Russian opera and ballet.PossibilitiesIn the 100 year life of a building, what is the ultimate use of a Rs 900 crore stadium that supported a Rs 50 crore balloon for a few hours of glitz and glamour? The chances that it will ever be used to its original capacity are not just negligible but non- existent.Barely four months after the event, the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium already wears a forlorn look. It won’t be long before peeling plaster and cracked walls render it as just another of Delhi’s many anonymous public projects.Like the decaying smudged walls of housing that stretch endlessly to the Delhi horizon, the stadium too will be adrift among the dreary mass of forgotten buildings.Should then a serious physical restructuring be considered for its reuse, as for other Commonwealth structures? Would the boxing arena make a useful health centre for East Delhi; could the aquatic centre be converted into a public spa and club? Indeed could the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium support an indoor/ outdoor bazaar, or perhaps low- cost housing for the labour that helped construct it? Obviously, decisions on such changes can be taken only after a comprehensive review of the possibilities available in each building.And an administration that has the will to carry out such a radical experiment through serious dialogue or architectural competitions. A government that has spent thousands of crores to erect new stadiums can surely spend a couple of lakhs to take stock of the immense possibilities that now lie strewn about Delhi.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Toreto launches 2 in 1 wireless TOR 302 T-Buzzer speaker at Rs 2499

first_imgToreto, has launched TOR 302 T-Buzzer, a Bluetooth Speaker and Karaoke Mic at Rs 2,499 in India. The device is a portable microphone with the advantage of acting as a powerful Bluetooth Speaker and a Karaoke machine.The all-in-one TOR 302 T-Buzzer connects swiftly with any Karaoke app and can even record voice or audio while working as a Karaoke mic. One can playback the recording to hear those entertaining talks again and again with TOR 302 T-buzzer.The company states that the TOR 302 T-Buzzer is a multi-functional device that offers the features of acting as a karaoke mic as well as a loudspeaker. The mic can be easilyconnected with any other device with a single touch. It further has a power switch to turn the device on or off. The echo control helps to manage voice echo feature. The navigation buttons help to control volume as well as playing of songs. Connecting TOR 302 T-Buzzer Toreto Mic can be paired with almost every device through Bluetooth feature. You can directly play songs from your device to enjoy the speaker feature of this mic. It is also possible to record your voice or an audio. It has a TF Socket, a USB Socket and a 5V Charging Socket located at the bottom.The company claims that the mic and speaker can offer up to 6-8 hours of uninterrupted playback time. It allows you to record & save your voice in TF card/AUX/USB Devices.  TOR 302 T-Buzzer speaker comes in Gold colour and sports a metal body. There is a socket for memory card and USB.advertisementTOR 302 T- Buzzer costs  Rs 2, 499 and is available both at online and offline stores.last_img read more