Killer offers no words as victims family remembers slain South Hill teenager

first_imgTACOMA — Tyler Savage could have said he was sorry. He could have tried to argue, again, how Kimberly Daily’s death was an accident. He could have offered condolences to the Special Olympian’s family.Instead, the 21-year-old convicted murderer went off to a life in prison without uttering a word Friday.Savage didn’t even say, “No,” when Pierce County Superior Court Judge Linda Lee asked whether he wanted to talk. He simply shook his head.It was a departure for Savage, who previously had talked to detectives and a Pierce County jury extensively about the day in August 2010 when he killed Daily.Maybe he kept his silence on the advice of his attorneys, who are preparing an appeal. Maybe he just didn’t have anything to say.His words wouldn’t have changed his sentence. A prison term of life without parole was preordained after a jury in December convicted him of aggravated first-degree murder for killing the 16-year-old girl, whose developmental disabilities left her with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.last_img read more

Netflix widens smart downloads to iPhones

first_img Netflix Tags Share your voice 0 Digital Media Post a comment Netflix makes its originals shows, like Sex Education, available for download.  Jon Hall/Netflix Netflix is widening its “smart downloads” feature to Apple mobile devices, the company said Thursday, giving more mobile users the option to let Netflix automate your offline cache so you don’t need to keep on top of the episodes downloaded to your device. The streaming-video giant introduced “smart downloads” on Android devices in July as a way to automatically remove downloaded shows you’ve already watched and refresh them with the next episodes you haven’t seen once your phone reconnects to Wi-Fi. Netflix defied downloads for years, holding out for the day that connectivity would advance so much that downloading to watch offline wouldn’t be necessary anymore. But it changed course more than two years ago, as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity was more scarce and expensive. In 2016, it began letting subscribers download much of its catalog.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it readies new iPhones and more.last_img read more

Paytm to Raise 375 Million to Become Indias Fourth Most Valuable Internet

first_imgPaytm, a mobile payment services firm, has obtained the nod of its board to raise $375 million from an affiliate of its present investor, Alibaba Group.The current fund raising puts the valuation of the online payments processor at $1.83 billion, allowing it to become one of the most valuable internet startups in the country.The board has approved the latest funding as the company surpassed the targets laid out by the stakeholder regarding the doling out of funds.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications Ltd, is expected to receive the latest funding within a span of six months, sources close to the development said, Live Mint reports.The transaction will raise the stake of Ant Financial Services, a unit of Alibaba, to 41 percent in the company.Prior to this, Alipay Singapore E-commerce Pvt. Ltd had invested $200 million into Paytm, taking its stake to 25.88 percent, according to documents filed with the registrar of companies (RoC).Alibaba had changed the name of Alipay financial services to Ant Financial Services Group in October, last year.”When a strategic investor steps in, you tend to go with the strategic partner for follow-on rounds,” said Vineet Toshniwal, managing director of investment bank Equirus Capital.With a valuation of $1.83 billion, Paytm finds a place among the most valued startups in the Indian e-commerce space, next to online retailers Flipkart and Snapdeal and cab aggregator OlaCabs.”Paytm has already surpassed the business targets set aside for it,” said the source.Flipkart is currently the most valued startup backed by big venture capital firms, with its valuation skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion in October 2013, followed by Snapdeal and Ola.Recently, Noida-based Paytm announced its plans to enter the e-commerce sector. The company expects its secure platform and the range of options will enable it to take on Snapdeal and Flipkart.”We have 33,000 sellers and we expect this to touch one lakh by year-end. They can list their products in simple steps and customers can also communicate with the seller through chat that is built into the platform,” Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told The Economic Times.SAIF Partners, a venture capital firm, is also an investor in the company holding 37 percent stake.last_img read more

Congress disbands Karnataka unit spares Gundu Rao Khandre

first_imgDinesh Gundu RaotwitterA day after the Congress suspended its Bengaluru MLA R. Roshan Baig, the party on Wednesday dissolved the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), sparing its state unit President Dinesh Gundu Rao and Working President Easwar B. Khandre.”The AICC has decided to dissolve the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). Its president (Rao) and working president (Khandre) remain unchanged,” said All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary K.C. Venugopal in a statement in New Delhi.Venugopal is also the in-charge of the party’s state unit affairs.The KPCC has 290 office-bearers, including former Central and state ministers, members of Parliament and the state legislature and presidents of its district committees.”The KPCC has been dissolved for restructuring in the aftermath of the party’s poor performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections in which it was routed, winning only one seat,” party spokesman Ravi Gowda told IANS in Bengaluru.As part of the pre-poll alliance with its coalition ally Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) on seat-sharing and to field joint candidates, the Congress contested from 21 of the 28 parliamentary seats in the state and managed to retain Bangalore Rural.Though the JD-S contested the remaining 7 seats, it also won only one seat to retain Hassan.In contrast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 of the 27 seats it contested, which is the highest ever for it in the state.Independent candidate, Sumalatha Ambareesh, backed by the BJP, wrested the Mandya seat from the JD-S. Sumalatha is a multi-lingual south Indian film actress and widow of former Congress state Minister M.H. Ambareesh.The dissolution of the KPCC comes after Baig was suspended for anti-party activities on Tuesday.Baig, 67, is an eight-time MLA from the Shivajinagar assembly segment in Bengaluru’s city centre.Upset by Baig’s public criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC served notice to him in May, seeking an explanation for his attack on Venugopal, Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and Rao for the rout in the Lok Sabha elections.Baig has also been in the news of late for the wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in a multi-crore Ponzi scheme operated by jewellery trader Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled India on June 8last_img read more

Govt official arrested for raping domestic help

first_imgAn official of Palli Daridro Bimochan Foundation (PDBF) was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl domestic help at Taherpur village in Manirampur upazila of Jashore on Monday night.The arrested person is Golam Kibria, 55, a resident of Shailkupa upazila in Jhenaidah. He is the assistant officer of PDBF in the upazila.Golam along with his family was staying at a rented house at Fateyabad village in the upazila for his job.When his wife went out of house, he used to reportedly rape the girl alluring her to give different things. At one stage, the girl became five-month pregnant and went to her village home after being sick in February, according to the case statement.The victim’s father filed a case with Manirampur police station after medical test of the girl.last_img

Indian EC bans release of Modi biopic

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 7 January 2019, Indian actor Suresh Oberoi (L), producer Sandip S Singh (2L), Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (C), actor Vivek Oberoi (2R) and director Umang Kumar pose with posters of the upcoming Bollywood film `PM Narendra Modi` – a biopic on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, during an event to launch the poster of the film in Mumbai. Photo: AFPIndia banned Wednesday the release of a biopic about prime minister Narendra Modi during the country’s marathon elections after complaints that the flattering portrayal would give the ruling party an unfair advantage.Modi’s right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014. The result is predicted to be close however.In a win for the opposition, India’s election commission barred the cinematic release of the film until voting concludes on 19 May.Under Indian election rules, the publication of any content deemed as campaign material — including advertisements, films and even social media — requires the election commission’s prior approval.The commission — which organises the world’s biggest democratic poll with 900 million eligible voters choosing 543 MPs — said the film “has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections”.Congress insisted it was propaganda and resisted the timing of its release, even taking its fight to the country’s highest court.The movie tells the story of the Hindu nationalist leader’s ascent to power from his days selling tea at a train station.The film had been granted a censors’ certificate and was planned to release Thursday as the first wave of voters went to the ballot box.The producers of two TV series were also given warning notices by the election commission for promoting Modi’s pet schemes through their shows, The Press Trust of India reported.The ruling came as security was placed on high alert across India and tens of thousands of troops were deployed to a hotspot where a political convoy was attacked on the eve of the election.Seats in 20 states will be decided on Thursday — the first of seven days of voting spread over six weeks.Election violenceSecurity was bolstered in troubled Chhattisgarh state, which goes to the polls Thursday after a deadly ambush on an election convoy left five people dead.Some 80,000 troops, police and paramilitaries will be deployed to the central state where Maoist rebel groups detonated a bomb and fired on the convoy, state police chief DM Awasthi said.The election commission insisted the attack that left a state lawmaker campaigning for Modi and his bodyguards dead would not change its schedule.Maoist rebels are behind many of the long-simmering insurgencies in at least nine Indian states.Chhattisgarh is among sensitive states where polling is staggered over several weeks so security and administrative staff can be moved around.The killing of a local leader of a Hindu nationalist group in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reinforced fears of trouble during voting. Parts of Kashmir will also vote on Thursday.Gunmen burst into a Jammu hospital and shot dead the regional leader of the right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is closely linked to Modi’s party.Tensions also simmered in the eastern state of Odisha where two landmines were recovered by patrols, and in nearby Bihar where two roadside bombs were detonated.Kashmir hit the headlines ahead of the election after 40 paramilitaries were killed in a suicide attack in February.India blamed the attack on a Pakistan-based group and launched a cross-border air raid, which sparked a retaliatory strike by Pakistan that briefly brought the rivals close to a new war.Modi has used India’s action against Pakistan to bolster his strongman image and divert attention from criticism over a lack of jobs across the country and a farmers’ debt crisis.At a rally on Tuesday, Modi urged first-time voters to dedicate their ballot to the military who staged the air strike inside Pakistan.Congress said the speech breached an EC order that political parties should not use the armed forces for propaganda.Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader challenging Modi, filed his nomination papers Wednesday following a roadshow in his home constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state.Various opinion polls have indicated an alliance led by Modi’s BJP will win up to 273 of the 543 parliament seats at stake, just one more than required for a majority.last_img

Nations Largest Hispanic Journalist Grou

first_imgNation’s Largest Hispanic Journalist Group Drops… Gary Hershorn by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.23.19 7:48am The nation’s largest organization of Hispanic journalists is cutting its ties with Fox News over what the group says is the network’s spreading of misinformation about unauthorized immigrants, and by extension Hispanics.The move will cost the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) some money since Fox was signed up to be a sponsor of their upcoming conference.The journalists’ group published a letter to its members Thursday saying it will return to Fox News more than $16,000 donated by the network to sponsor its upcoming conference in San Antonio, Texas.”To accept financial support from an entity that perpetuates the spread of disinformation to the public about the Hispanic and Latino community risks the integrity and credibility of NAHJ’s 35 year mission,” Hugo Balta, the association’s president wrote.Balta, a senior producer at MSNBC, said his group has been in contact with Fox’s management to complain about what he and others consider to be anti-immigrant rhetoric, like when pundits on the conservative network talk about “an invasion” of the U.S. by migrants from Mexico and Central America.He said those concerns were met with expressions of “regret” and nothing more.A recent remark made by Fox News radio host Todd Starnes prompted Balta to say enough is enough.”Starnes likened migrants coming to the United States to Nazi Germany invading western Europe. That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back for me and NAHJ,” he said in an interview with NPR.Balta said Starnes’ comments came less than two weeks after the mass shooting in El Paso, where a gunman killed 22 people after publishing a manifesto citing a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”Fox has become a megaphone for disinformation, Balta said.”There’s something wrong at Fox News and the reason why it’s rampant is because there are no consequences,” he added.Marsheila Hayes, Fox News’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said in a statement “it is unfortunate that NAHJ has chosen to exclude Fox News from their upcoming convention.””As the leading news network in the country, we are committed to fostering a diverse and collaborative workplace environment, and have been recognized in the industry for our advancement in this area,” she added.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.center_img https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190823_me_nations_largest…last_img read more

ITE dept to organise summit on Embedded Technology

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a summit on ‘Embedded Technology’ with various stakeholders from the state, industry and academia at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.State IT&E minister Bratya Basu will address the programme, which will cover the industry, research and development and other perspectives for this cutting-edge technology.”Embedded technology has an intrinsic link with the electronic industry and the job potential in this area across the globe is immense. It will rise further in the days to come. So, we have to ensure that the young generation of Bengal is prepared to embrace this new technology,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official added that embedded technology exists in smartphones, gaming consoles and 3D printing and knowledge regarding the technology is being felt to a large extent.It may be mentioned that Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department Debashis Sen recently visited Taipei on the occasion of Computex 2018 and has witnessed that the country is progressing by leaps and bounds in modern age technologies like embedded technology.”This technology is relatively new and so, people need to undergo training and skill development to be prepared for it,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee desires to build a hub for technology firms like Silicon Valley in the state and so, the state IT&E department is leaving no stones unturned to play a leading role in emerging IT technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Robotics, IOT etc.”Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies,” the official said.The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Amlan Chakrabarti, dean of Calcutta University, who will be speaking on “Reconfigurable Computing for Embedded Technologies.”The day-long summit will witness eminent speakers from various government and private agencies, along with the nodal officers from all departments, directorates and statutory bodies .last_img read more

Want a 3D Printed Selfie Theres an App for That

first_imgMarch 2, 2015 Register Now » 3-D printed selfie.Image credit: DacudaEver wanted a 3D printing of your selfie? Well you’re in luck.Swiss company Dacuda and Swedish company Volumental have developed a mobile app that allows selfie-lovers to have their picture printed in 3D.Users can take a picture using their smartphone or tablet, moving it from left to right in front of their face. This will create a 3D rendering of their face. They will then be able to send the picture to a 3D printing company and receive a 3D version of their face in the post.Alexander Ilic, the founder of Dacuda, told CNBC that he anticipates many people won’t own their own 3D printer, but the technology will become so cheap that having a selfie delivered will be plausible.”We expect people won’t have a 3D printer quickly but we think the technology will become more affordable,” Ilic said in an interview.The app is so far compatible with Apple’s iOS devices from the iPhone 5 range and above. iPads can also be used. Ilic said the app can work on Android version 5.0, but only on certain devices that have compatible camera software.Dacuda is showing off the technology on a Dell tablet, which uses a compatible version of the Android operating system, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.Taking advantage of the selfie trend has become a battleground for device makers as they all look to outdo each other on the specs of their smartphones’ front cameras.Dacuda’s app is taking advantage of this trend. Ilic said the software is set for a global roll out in the third quarter of this year and will likely be free, with the company earning money by taking a cut of revenues from the companies printing the 3D selfie. This story originally appeared on CNBC 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more