SF Mission Pot Dispensary Back in Business

first_imgBut that has all changed in the last half-decade, as four states — Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Colorado — and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. California has its own ballot measure for full legalization on the November ballot, and the state’s medicinal cannabis industry has grown significantly in the past few years.Michael Breyburg, Medithrive’s CEO, remembers facing tougher times while trying to run his business five years ago.“[In 2011] feathers were being ruffled in the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Breyburg, whose operation was targeted along with many other successful dispensaries throughout the city. “I think they were scared that exactly what is happening in the industry now would happen. So the government decided to complicate things.”Medithrive began selling marijuana to certified patients out of 1933 Mission St. in 2009, although the space has been licensed as a dispensary since 1996. Reaching the height of its operation during the recession, Breyburg said that Medithrive was progressive in offering 401K plans and hourly wages upwards of $20 to its 20 or so employees. “We were doing really well, but we were also good players in the neighborhood,” said Breyburg.Medithrive boasted some 26,000 members and regularly donated to local charities. “Nobody ever complained,” he said. Nearly five years after Medithrive — a marijuana dispensary located at 1933 Mission St. — switched from a storefront operation to a delivery service to survive a citywide crackdown on cannabis dispensaries by federal authorities, the pot club has reemerged as a storefront retailer and will host a grand opening in mid-April to celebrate its resurgence.“One of our attorneys equated the risk of reopening to being less than the risk of getting on an airplane, so we felt pretty good about that,” said Medithrive’s manager, Jeff Linden.Past a security guard posted in front of frosted glass doors, the dispensary on Mission Street offers transparency to patients wanting to sample its products and to the authorities that aim to regulate them. Shuttered in 2011 after the federal crackdown, the nonprofit dispensary modified its services to deliveries only, in order to keep its permit active. That allowed it to resume its operations last month as many of its green contenders folded under threats of forfeiture and heavy fines. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But “playing by the rules” did not spare Medithrive from receiving a cease-and-desist letter, signed by former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and addressed to the building’s landlord, said Linden, who began managing the dispensary two years ago. The letter demanded that Medithrive discontinue its operation within 45 days under the threat of the building’s seizure. “Because of the momentum that was building around medical marijuana at the time, the federal government handed out hundreds of these letters,” said Linden. “That was the end of a lot of clubs because the landlords were understandably freaking out.”Dispensaries that operated close to schools became a particular focus during the crackdown because of a 2005 law regulating the zoning of dispensaries,  prohibiting them from operating within 1,000 feet of a school or a recreation building. According to Planning Department spokesperson Gina Simi, that law has not changed, although a state law sets the buffer between schools and dispensaries at 600 feet. Breyburg said that dispensaries must jump through bureaucratic hoops to become fully licensed, permitted, and regulated. This process includes reviews by various city departments as well as community outreach.center_img 0% But because Medithrive’s building permit dates back to the 1990s, before the industry was regulated at the local and state levels, it was grandfathered in and effectively exempt from this process, as well as from the school-distance requirement. Marshall Elementary School Principal Peter Avila said that the dispensary engaged in community outreach when it first moved into the neighborhood as is dictated by the law, and that despite sharing a “back wall” with the school, Avila  never gave a second thought to Medithrive’s presence.  “There are a lot bigger issues in our neighborhood than a dispensary, like people milling around 16th and Mission BART station selling who knows what,” said Avila. “We are more concerned with the liquor stores and the bar on our block.”Regardless, the dispensary shut its retail component following the letter at the behest of the building’s landlord. “I think anybody receiving such a letter would be afraid. That was the federal government throwing some pretty big elbows, threatening landlords,” said Breyburg, who continued to pay rent for the space while waiting for the political winds guiding the industry to change course.“It was a matter of time and of ‘who is going to wait who out,’ ” he said. Breyburg continued to use the space for deliveries until beginning to remodel Medithrive’s storefront last Spring.“We wanted to do something fresh, almost like spiritual cleansing,” said Breyburg.While other dispensaries have a reputation for tight security and often resemble a “murky, underground head shop,” Medithrive is purposely aiming for a sleek, conventional retail feel, said Linden.Dispelling the clinical or illegal connotation often associated with pot was an important element in the medicinal dispensary’s remodeling, said Linden.  Instead,  a glass counter showcasing cannabis-infused baked good reminds of a coffee shop.The dispensary’s previously moss-covered walls have been replaced by four flat-screen TVs hooked to microscope stations that, at 200x magnification, allow customers to inspect marijuana “nuggets” of varying sizes for bugs, pesticides and mold before purchasing. The high-tech equipment is a novelty at the club that serves a purpose. “Our permits don’t allow us to have a smoking lounge for customers to sample our product, so this is a way customers can see what they are paying for,” said Linden. “We want to ensure that everybody is happy.” last_img read more

ENGLAND gained an comfortable 3010 win against th

first_imgENGLAND gained an comfortable 30-10 win against the Exiles in the international origin match at Warrington.Coach Steve McNamara will be delighted with a sparkling first-half showing that enabled them to build a 24-0 lead on their way to levelling the series at 2-2 but a weakened performance after the break allowed the Exiles to rescue some pride.The loss of influential skipper Kevin Sinfield with a thumb injury at half-time clearly affected England’s fluency while a serious-looking injury to second rower Gareth Ellis added to the distractions.McNamara will be left with mixed emotions in England’s last competitive game before the World Cup, but can take comfort from the knowledge that he will be able to bolster his squad by up to half a dozen players from Australia’s NRL.Initially, the Exiles resembled a side thrown together at four days’ notice, which is basically what Brian McClennan and Phil Veivers were presented with.There was a scrappy opening in which the Exiles arguably looked the more dangerous team, with back-row duo Harrison Hansen and Trent Waterhouse finding gaps in the England defence.But, with Zak Hardaker in particular standing firm, England soaked up the pressure and hit their opponents with four tries in 15 minutes.Hardaker got the first, touching down Sam Tomkins’ grubber kick, and James Roby demonstrated exceptional pace for the second, sprinting 80 metres after Exiles captain Brett Hodgson had spilled the ball from Michael Dobson’s pass and Sinfield demonstrated quick thinking to pick up and get the hooker racing clear.Just three games into his comeback from a three-month injury lay-off, Roby was brought off, with Sinfield taking over the dummy-half duties to enable McNamara to get Rangi Chase into the action.Richie Myler, who was preferred as the starting scrum-half, combined superbly with Ellis to get centre Leroy Cudjoe romping over for England’s third try before Sinfield split the Exiles defence to get Tomkins over.Sinfield converted all four tries to give his side a 24-0 half-time lead but did not re-appear for the start of the second half, giving McNamara the opportunity to examine a Myler-Chase half-back combination.Tomkins led the team back out and he thought he had extended the lead when he weaved his way through the Exiles defence but video referee Phil Bentham disallowed the try for an obstruction.As the Exiles began to find their rhythm, they hit their hosts with two tries in six minutes.Prop Mickey Paea bulldozed his way over from short range before the Exiles demonstrated their handling skills for Hodgson and Steve Menzies to work winger Joel Monaghan over at the corner.Pat Richards converted one of the tries as England’s lead was cut to 24-10 and they were forced into some desperate defence to twice bring down stand-off Travis Burns short of the line.The game was held up for Ellis to have treatment for a serious-looking lower-back injury to take another layer of gloss of England’s victory, although they had the final say when Cudjoe raced from halfway for his second try two minutes from the end.England: Tomkins, Charnley, Cudjoe, Hardaker, Hall, Sinfield, Myler, Mossop, Roby, Hill, Farrell, Ellis, Jones-Buchanan.Replacements: Chase, Crabtree, Westwood, Ferres.Exiles: Hodgson, Monaghan, Menzies, Moon, Richards, Burns, Dobson, Leuluai, L’Estrange, Puletua, Soliola, Waterhouse, Hansen.Replacements: Hohaia, Paea, Taia, Bailey.Article courtesy of the RFL.last_img read more

ITS that time of year again – State of Mind is ta

first_imgIT’S that time of year again – State of Mind is taking over Super League in Round 25 once again, and what better time to remind yourself of the 10 ways to look after your own mental health.It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. We’ve put together 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time, but it can make a big difference.Talk About Your FeelingsTalking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.Eat WellThere are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.Keep In TouchFriends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.Take A BreakA change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.Accept Who You AreSome of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.Keep ActiveExperts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.Drink SensiblyWe often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.Ask For HelpNone of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.Do Something You’re Good AtWhat do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.Care For OthersCaring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.Keep an eye out for the State of Mind marquee at Super League games this weekend.For more information, visit www.stateofmindrugby.com or follow @SOMRugbyLeague on Twitterlast_img read more

SAINTS first team were presented with their Grand

first_imgSAINTS first team were presented with their Grand Final shirts today by legend Tom Van Vollenhoven.The former winger, who holds the try scoring record for the club, gave the Grand Final side and other members of the squad their jerseys in a special private player gathering this afternoon.After a speech from Chairman Eamonn McManus, the Flying Springbok addressed the players, imploring them to give their all on Saturday at Old Trafford.He also asked them to enjoy the occasion.Pictured is Tom presenting a shirt to Saints Captain Paul Wellens and fellow wingman Tommy Makinson.last_img

Despite strong interest from the NRL Saints have s

first_imgDespite strong interest from the NRL Saints have secured the signature of their star winger until the end of the 2022 season.Makinson had a remarkable 2018 season winning the League Leaders Shield and the prestigious Golden Boot award for his performances for England.The announcement falls on the eve of what will be Tommy’s 200th Saints appearance in the season opener vs. Wigan Warriors, Thursday evening.In his 199 appearances to date he has scored 108 tries and added another 108 goals.His match winning try in the 2014 Grand Final at Old Trafford and his length of the field stunner at the 2017 Magic Weekend are just two highlights from some of the incredible four-pointers he has scored for the Club.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said, “It’s further great news for St Helens and for Super League that Tommy has committed himself to us for four years.Tommy has been underestimated outside of St Helens for too many years. That was firmly put to bed with his recent stand out performances for England against the Kiwis.He has chosen St Helens and Super League despite very attractive offers from the NRL. It’s therefore a real statement of his faith in St Helens and in Super League that he has decided to extend his contract with us.He’s a world class winger and it’s wonderful that he aims to see out his career with his boyhood club”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added “This is huge news for everyone involved with St Helens to have Tommy sign for four years. He’s a fantastic player, what you see on the field is exactly what we see every day in training.I’m very happy for him to get the rewards he got at the end of last year with the recognition of winning the Golden Boot and being named in the Dream Team, very well deserved. He is extremely hard working, and is a pleasure to coach.”You can watch Tommy’s message to the fans here.A big thank you to Tommy’s player sponsor – Beaufort Financial.last_img read more

Two men drown at area beaches Saturday

first_img Holden Beach Police, Coastline Rescue Squad, and Tri-Beach Fire officials reported to the scene and found a man who was pulled by a surfer from the ocean.Robinson says CPR was being performed when officials arrived. Brunswick County EMS transported the 20-year-old man to Novant Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia. Robinson says the man died at the hospital.The surfer who rescued the man was also transported to the hospital for evaluation.Related Article: Match play kicks off Women’s Southern Golf Assocation Amateur ChampionshipRobinson reports this was the second drowning in Brunswick County Saturday, with the first happening in Sunset Beach. He says a man in his 40’s drowned while trying to help another person who was struggling in the water.We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. (Photo: Jon Sullivan) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after being caught in a rip current and drowning in Holden Beach Saturday afternoon.Coastline Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson says emergency responders were called to the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West at 2:18 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Carolina Strong tshirts on sale funds go to storm victims

first_imgNorth Carolina Strong t-shirts (Photo: The Logo Shoppe) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — So many businesses and non profits are helping out those affected by Hurricane Florence, by way of serving food, handing out water, and even creating fund-raisers.Starting Friday, The Logo Shoppe, in Leland is selling “North Carolina Strong” t-shirts. You can pick up any size for just $12.- Advertisement – All proceeds from the sales goes to families in need of re-housing and rebuilding.You can even bring in your own blank t-shirt to print the image on for just $10.They will also be taking donations for families like toiletries, plastic bins, paper goods, or anything you feel led to bring.last_img

Animals shelter Dogs will have to be killed if not rescued

first_imgMax (Photo: Duplin Co. Animal Services/Facebook) KENANSVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter is sending out an urgent plea on behalf of 13 dogs which will have to be euthanized if no one adopts them.The Duplin County Animal Shelter issued an “S.O.S.” on its Facebook page saying “almost every dog in this shelter will be out of time” Tuesday, and there’s been no interest shown.- Advertisement – Coordinator Bobby Kennedy told The News & Observer of Raleigh there were 77 dogs and cats at the shelter, and there’s limited space and time to get animals adopted or moved into rescue or foster homes. Kennedy said the shelter can only keep them five days before they’re either rescued or adopted because there are only 14 general kennels.The shelter is in Kenansville, about 58 miles (93 km) east of Fayetteville.___Related Article: Adopted NC boy spends his birthday finding forever homes for others kidsInformation from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Spike in RSV cases leads to visitor restrictions at NHRMC womens and

first_imgBetty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Photo: nhrmc.org) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To protect against Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, all children 12 and younger are temporarily restricted from visiting patient care areas in the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.NHRMC says this is due to the increase in RSV cases in the community.- Advertisement – Areas where children are restricted include:Neonatal Intensive Care UnitPediatricsPediatric Intensive Care UnitMother/BabyLabor & DeliveryAntepartumWomen’s UnitNRHMC says RSV is a respiratory illness which affects primarily premature infants and children in the first year of life, but can affect older children and adults as well. Children of all ages can continue to seek and receive treatment for themselves in these areas.  Those who are ill will be asked to wear a mask.Children 12 and under who are healthy and currently free of cold and flu symptoms may continue to visit other areas of the hospital.last_img read more

Mermaids make waves at aquarium in March

first_imgTwo Weeki Wachee mermaids entertain guests at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. (Photo: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — With a flick of some fancy fins and a trek of 600 miles, the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will create a magical experience at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in March.The underwater entertainers captivate audiences with mermaid merriment punctuated by undersea high-fives, twirls and twists, as they swim alongside sharks, rays, eels and schooling fish. In addition, visitors can meet mermaids on dry land, ask for autographs and engage in a mermaid-themed scavenger hunt.- Advertisement – The mermaids will swim once an hour on the hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Guests wishing to meet a mermaid on dry land may do so from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.“Mermaids have always captured the imagination of seafarers and sea lovers,” said Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, education curator. “The Weeki Wachee Mermaids offer a unique and entertaining experience and give us an opportunity to share with thousands of guests how we can all better care for the ocean and animals living there.”For a deeper dive into the Aquarium mermaid experience, guests can make reservations for additional special programs (limited space available):Related Article: NC Aquariums swim away from seismic testingMermaid Paint Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8Includes professional instruction, paint supplies, take-home canvas, diving mermaid and meet and greet with photo opportunity.Mermaid Morning, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. March 1-3 and 8-10Includes mermaid and sea turtles program, diving mermaid and exclusive meet and greet. Mermaid-themed donuts are an added treat.Under the Sea AquaCamp , 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 2,3 and 9,10Mermaid-themed day for children ages 5-12, with crafts, activities, live animals, snack and mermaid photo opportunity.Children’s Discovery Time, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8Mermaid-themed; recommended for younger guests aged 3-5.The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are part of a 70-year tradition celebrating a mythical underwater world at one of Florida’s oldest and unique family attractions, the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.Daily mermaid dives and meet and greets during regular Aquarium hours are included with admission. Camps, Mermaid Mornings, Discovery Time and Paint Nights require additional ticketing and preregistration. Please note dive schedules are subject to change without notice. Aquarium admission and reservations are available at ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.last_img read more

New Hanover Co school bus hit Monday afternoon students on board

first_img There were 11 students on the bus at the time of the accident, but no injures were reported.Report: Bus 352 was hit by a vehicle about 30 minutes ago. No reported injuries. Blue Clay Rd. 11 students on board. Please drive carefully at all times and especially near school buses.— New Hanover Co Sch (@NewHanoverCoSch) January 28, 2019“Please drive carefully at all times and especially near school buses,” the school system stated in their tweet. School bus stop sign (Photo: Max Pixel) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students were on board when a New Hanover County school bus was hit Monday afternoon, according to school officials.The school system tweeted that Bus 352 was hit by a vehicle on Blue Clay Road.- Advertisement – last_img

Police search for driver wanted for hitting bicyclist

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police need your help identifying the person who reportedly hit a bicyclist, stopped to see if she was okay and then drove off.Police say a 50-year-old Wilmington woman was riding her bike southward on 44th Street around 6:30 p.m. on April 4 when the suspect, who was traveling east on Park Avenue, failed to stop at a stop sign.- Advertisement – The victim had the right of way, but told police she attempted to swerve out of the way when she saw the suspect wasn’t going to stop.WPD says the suspect hit her and knocked her to the pavement, causing injuries and damaging the bike. The suspect then reportedly rolled down his window and asked if she was OK before taking off.The suspect is described as a 20-30 year old dark skinned black male with facial hair, according to police. He was wearing an orange reflective vest and orange hat. The suspect vehicle is a midsize dark gray car with dark tint, unknown make and model.Related Article: WANTED: Driver identified in Wilmington hit-and-runAnyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

Murillo heads back to Italy

first_imgColombia international Jeison Murillo has once again decided to swap La Liga for Serie A after agreeing a deal with Sampdoria. The central defender moved to Valencia on a permanent basis last year following a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Inter Milan.The 27-year-old was loaned to Barcelona during the 2018-19 campaign but found first team opportunities difficult to come by. Murillo is expected to join Sampdoria on loan before the Genoa-based club completes the transfer for a reported €15m fee.The Colombian, who was also on the books of Udinese and Granada, is the latest recruit for new coach Eusebio Di Francesco.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

On Sale Now

first_imgAdvertisement “We have continued to concentrate on delivering a high quality product to the Africa Market. Initially, we thought it would mainly be distributed in Uganda but we got various requests for copies in Kigali and Nairobi, which made us look that way as well.”He also revealed plans to launch PC Tech in West Africa later this year, a move that has been welcomed by their partner University, the ICT University of Louisiana, USA.This month’s Issue also introduces the section they have named “Leisure” which provides a less-than-technical aspect of the magazine. – Advertisement – He said more information on the developments will be communicated through the usual medium.last_img

The Pope Sends His First Tweet From an iPad

first_imgAdvertisement Unlike other tweets sent from the account, the tweet from the Pope was sent using Twitter for iPad.Does the Pope have an iPad? You bet! Or at least he used one to launch the new site.We wouldn’t expect any less, technologically speaking, from the leader who has overseen the launch of the Vatican’s YouTube channel and “Pope2You” mobile and Facebook apps as well as encouraged priests to blog. – Advertisement – Source: mashable.comlast_img

End of Microsoft XP support increases virtualisation – Study

first_imgAdvertisement This follows reported high level of awareness among these organisations of desktop virtualisation’s potential to simplify the move to a new operating system such as Windows 7 is driving their decision to invest.These were some of the key findings of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dimension Data on the desktop virtualisation market.According to the study, of the 546 organisations that were surveyed, close to half (46 per cent) showed that they had begun ‘aggressive efforts’ to migrate to Windows 7, with a further 17 per cent planning to deploy within the next year. – Advertisement – While 13 per cent of companies said they had completed their enterprise-wide migrations, 51 per cent of Information Technology (IT) managers surveyed said they have linked their Windows 7 migrations to their organisation’s Personal Computers (PC) refresh cycle.“Around 21 per cent of enterprises are prioritising desktop and application virtualisation over their Windows 7 upgrade, and 29 per cent are deliberately overlapping their investments in Windows 7 and desktop virtualisation,” he said.Reacting to this development, the General Manager, Microsoft Solutions, Dimension Data West Africa, Mr. Jide Agbaje, said organisations that have not initiated plans to migrate to Windows 7 are under increasing pressure to beat the Windows XP end-of-support deadline.“Of somewhat greater concern is the fact that independent software vendors (ISVs) will soon discontinue developing applications for Windows XP, while hardware vendors support drivers other than those designed for XP,” he said.He also said that other organisations surveyed numbered 22 per cent, noted they do not have a Windows 7 deployment plan in place, and another 13 per cent were uncertain how long their deployments will take.Source: ITREALMS Onlinelast_img read more

Apple introduces the iPhone 5

first_imgAdvertisement It’s the thinnest and lightest iPhone, at 7.6mm thin, and 112 grams. Schiller said those measurements make it the world’s thinnest smartphone. The iPhone 5 is also volumetrically smaller than the iPhone 4S.The screen The iPhone 5 keeps the Retina display moniker, but it’s taller than the screens on iPhones that preceded it. The display offers 326 pixels per inch, with a 4-inch screen and 1136 x 640 resolution.There’s now a fifth row of icons on the taller home screen, and all of Apple’s native apps, along with the iWork and iLife suites, have been updated on the iPhone 5 to take advantage of the larger display. – Advertisement – The Calendar app in landscape shows five days instead of three on the iPhone 5, for example.Apps that aren’t updated don’t stretch or scale, Schiller said. Rather, such apps will display letterboxed on the iPhone 5, with black borders surrounding the centered app.Schiller showed off apps from CNN and OpenTable, each of which had been updated for the taller iPhone display, adding in new content. In OpenTable’s case, Schiller said, the developers added some of the iPad app’s interface element, since the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen afforded more space for such niceties.The iPhone 5 offers 44 percent more color saturation than the iPhone 4S, Schiller said, and because the touch sensors are integrated right into the display, it’s 30 percent thinner, with sharper imagery, and less glare in sunlight.Ultra-fast wireless New to the iPhone 5 is LTE, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA support. That’s on top of the GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA that the iPhone 4S offered. Schiller said that with LTE, the iPhone 5 can achieve a “theoretical maximum downlink of up to 100Mbps.”Schiller explained that the iPhone 5 uses one baseband chip for voice and data and a single radio chip. The new phone also improves upon the iPhone 4S’s dynamic antenna, Schiller said, improving its ability to automatically switch to different networks as appropriate.The iPhone 5 also gains better Wi-Fi, with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n. The 802.11n standard is 2.4GHz and dual channel 5GHz, up to 150 Mbps, Schiller said.A6 processor The processor in the iPhone 5 is the brand new Apple A6, which is twice as fast at CPU and graphics processing compared to the A5 that drove the iPhone 4S, Schiller said. It’s also 22 percent smaller than its predecessor, freeing up more space inside the iPhone and making it more energy efficient to boot. Schiller said that everything–launching apps, viewing attachments, loading music–would be twice as fast as before.The battery Schiller explained that Apple wanted “to match the battery life of the 4S in a thinner and lighter design” for the iPhone 5. The company ended up exceeding that battery life; the iPhone 5 will offer eight hours of 3G talk time and browsing and LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, and 225 hours of standby time.The camera The iPhone 5’s camera sports an 8 megapixel sensor, 3264 by 2448 pixel images. It’s backside illuminated, with a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, and a fast f/2.4 aperture. And the camera is 25 percent smaller than the iPhone 4S’s camera. The camera also includes a dynamic low-light mode, which can sense low light and combine elements for two f-stops greater.The camera also includes, for the first time on an iPhone, a sapphire lens cover, which Schiller said would protect the lens and make images cleaner and sharper.The A6 chip includes a new image signal processor, with spatial noise reduction and filtering to improve photographs. And the camera’s now 40 percent faster, too.Also new in the iPhone 5’s camera arsenal is Panorama. You hold the iPhone vertically and sweep your scene; the app tells you at what speed to move. “Even if you’re not perfectly stable,” or if movement artifacts are introduced, Schiller said, the software can compensate in the final image.Video performance is improved, too. The iPhone 5 offers 1080p HD video, improved video stabilization, face detection for up to ten faces, and can take photos while you’re recording video. The front-facing camera is now a FaceTime HD 720p HD camera with backside illumination, a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S’s VGA-quality front-facing camera.AudioThe iPhone 5 includes three separate microphones, Schiller said: One on the front, one on the back, and one on the bottom. They improve noise cancellation and voice recognition.The speaker gets improved, too. It now includes five magnets in its transducer, with better frequency response and better sound–while being 20 percent smaller than the speaker in the iPhone 4S. The earpiece is now noise-canceling, too, Schiller said.With some carriers, the iPhone 5 will support wideband audio. In a typical cell phone call, the frequency of data in your voice is compressed around the midrange, Schiler said. But that doesn’t sounded entirely natural. Wideband audio fills up more of the frequency spectrum to make your voice sound more normal. Schiller said 20 carriers will support the technology at launch, and didn’t mention any U.S. carriers that would.Lightning: The new dock connector port Throw away your old dock connector cables. Or, at least, go pick up some adapters. The iPhone 5 abandons the familiar 30-pin dock connector port, which first appeared with the original iPod in 2003. In its place is a smaller port, which Apple calls Lightning.The 8-signal Lightning connector is all-digital, with an adaptive interface and improved durability. It’s reversible (meaning you can orient it either way, like a MagSafe adapter), and it’s 80 percent smaller than the connector it replaces.Source: InfoWorldlast_img read more

The Familiar Culprit Behind Brazils WhatsApp Ban Encryption

first_imgFacebook should do a better job handing over user information and proactively hunt down troublemakers. Image Credit: journaldugeek Advertisement Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp is alive and kicking in Brazil less than 24 hours after a judge ordered a temporary ban of the app for failing to hand over user info in a criminal case.The decision, which impacted more than 100 million Brazilians who use WhatsApp, brings to light a familiar issue that has been stirring in Europe and the United States these past few weeks: Data encryption and the role of social media companies in assisting law enforcement officials during criminal cases.American politicians have spent a great deal of time talking about encrypted messages in the wake of two terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., over the past six weeks. – Advertisement – In a nutshell, government officials feel out of the loop and believe tech companies like Facebook should do a better job handing over user information and proactively hunt down troublemakers. Tech companies like Facebook believe they’re protecting user privacy; they help when they’re required to.The court case in Brazil centered around drug traffickers who used WhatsApp to message about specific crimes, according to Reuters. WhatsApp offers end to end encryption, which means that messages sent using the app are only readable on a user’s phone, not Facebook or WhatsApp servers. That makes it impossible for WhatsApp to collect those messages or hand them over to authorities, Facebook argues.The ban didn’t sit well in Menlo Park, Calif., where Facebook has its headquarters. In a post early Thursday morning, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed frustration with the decision a few hours after WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum did the same.[related-posts]“This is a sad day for Brazil,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.”Until now, the battle between these two sides has mostly been all bark, no bite. But the decision in Brazil shows just how tense this issue is becoming. Brazil isn’t the only country chipping at Facebook. In Europe, lawmakers are trying to make it illegal for users under the age of 16 to use social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Proponents of the decision argue that it’s a way to help protect young users and their privacy.The relationship between lawmakers and social networks will be a critical one moving forward. Users clearly want to use these services WhatsApp has nearly 900 million total users around the world so the apps aren’t going away. This was a temporary outage. It’s also a meaningful outage and one that should keep companies like Facebook and Twitter on their toes. The battle between user privacy and real world safety is heating up.[Recode]last_img read more


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SIMON NOTT EPSOM Friday Betting Report

first_imgMuch to the disappointment of his many twitter fans, boss Ben was on the missing list for the Oaks. As he galvanised himself at home for the onslaught at tomorrow night’s Greyhound Derby.ANDREW BEFORE RACING2:00 Investec Woodcote EBF StakesHead of on-course operations Andrew and his team got cracking on the opening Investec Woodcote Stakes but takings on the rail were meagre, the biggest single bet just £200 on Marie’s Diamond at 5/2.It’s a bit Sod’s Law that 10/1 ‘result’ Cosmic Law won the race when there was relatively little in the hod but at least we kept it. Prior to the race my popular recent interviewee Jeremy Chapman and his wife came to say hello, which was lovely. (Interview with Jeremy Chapman CLICK HERE)2:35 Investec Click & Invest Mile HandicapThe Investec Click and Invest Mile Handicap Stakes was a competitive heat.Flynn learning the on-course ropes was in position on the rail taking bets but lumps weren’t expected betting 4/1 the field.That 4/1 King’s Pavilion hit 5/1 before that price was clipped as the field were going down.That clip developed into a gallop – 7/2 the best price on offer on the rail at the off. There had been a little nibble for Medburn Dream from 6/1 into 5/1 which proved justified when the gelding won the race from Mythical Madness with the jolly back in third, taking the book. A few punters were in quickly to draw, shrewd judges as it wasn’t long before the ‘bing bong’ for a steward’s enquiry.It was a formality, the first past the post kept the race, level in the book.3:10 Investec Coronation Cup (Group 1)If there were going to be any lumpy bets on the day the first race to expect them would be the Investec Coronation Cup with Cracksman opening 1/3.Andrew also offered betting without, with Hawkbill topping that market at 5/4.We found a couple of punters, though compared to the business at Towcester and the Greyhound Derby heats (bets of £1000-£3000 and a monkey at 3/10 )they were still quite modest given the prestige of the event.The office called as the horses were being loaded they’d laid £30,000 – £100,000.Turning Tattenham Corner the jolly looked in trouble as 33/1 shot Salouen was going well in front, if anything it looked rosier at the furlong pole, evidently at least two rails layers thought it was all over half way up the straight, they gave it the ‘Aye Aye’. They should have known better, the final ‘E’ still in their throats Frankie Dettori found another gear on Cracksman and collared the gallant front runner by a neck in the shadow of the post. Talk about having the cup snatched from your lips.ANDREW AFTER THE CORONATION STAKES3:45 Investec Wealth & Investment HandicapDusted down and ready to go again and the Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap Stakes boasted a 5/4 shot heading the market Ajman King.After the Coronation Cup the betting was tepid to say the least the biggest bet £250 each way Dark Red at 10/1.The favourite winning the race and the place bogie just holding on for third wasn’t ideal. On the plus side no lumpy bets meant no lumpy payouts!4:30 Investec Oaks (Fillies’ Group 1)Next up the feature race the Investec Oaks with a competitive betting market headed by Wild Illusion at 5/2.Sadly the money on course was very modest but the office laid two bets totally £18,000 each-way Magic Wand at 4/1 while Wild Illusion eased to 11/4.Together Forever winning the Oaks at 7/1 looked an excellent result in the on-course book but then when the place losses were added up we’d won a Wetherspoon Round. At least the office kept the lumps they took.5:15 Investec Surrey Stakes (Listed)The 45 minute gap between the feature race and the Investec Surrey Stakes seemed to quell the already lukewarm ardour of the punters.The race took off over time with respectable field money at the off – Kings Shield the only real loser. The punters had backed Lake Volta from 5/1 into 10/3 but left us out with any bets of any significance so winning the way it did was a real bonus cop for the book when plenty would have lost.5:50 Investec Zebra HandicapThe concluding Investec Zebra Handicap Stakes had all hallmarks of a very little of interest concluding race. We were wrong… a punter came in for Shared Equity with a £5,000 – £400 each way then we laid two independent bets of £4,000 -£1,000 Galloway Hills.A punter topped it up with a carpet (£300) on Juanito Chico at 7/1 just before the off which left us with the three losers, Galloway Hills by far the worst.With the winner Shared Equity the second worst in the book which ruined the whole day scooting up the ‘Golden Highway’ on the rail.ANDREW AT CLOSE OF PLAYI’m off to Towcester tonight and will be reporting from the Greyhound Derby Betting Ring, if you are coming to Epsom Andrew and team will be here to take your bets on the rail. Be it the Towcester Greyhound or Epsom Derby, come Racing! Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more