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VTS to acquire office-tracking app for about $100M

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first_imgVTS CEO Nick Romito and Rise Buildings CEO Prasan Kale (VTS, Rise Buildings)As companies consider how they can safely bring employees back to offices, mobile apps that can monitor worker movements — and thus ensure they’re abiding by Covid-19 safety protocols — are growing in popularity.One such app, Rise Buildings, is set to be acquired by New York startup VTS for around $100 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the transaction. Rise is a Chicago-based startup that has a mobile app used in approximately 350 buildings totaling over 130 million square feet of office space.Its CEO, Prasan Kale, said that individual data is also kept anonymous, and that employees can opt out of using it.A similar app, Toronto-based Lane, is used in more than 300 buildings in eight countries. It launched its first funding round in May, which raised $10 million. The company says that it’s now being used by big office landlords, including Brookfield Office Properties, Oxford Properties and Tishman Studio.ADVERTISEMENTEmployers can use these apps to see if a conference room is too crowded or to see how many people are sitting in a particular space, according to the report. They can also be used to report issues to building management.For landlords, the apps provide an opportunity to see how tenants are using their buildings, including anticipating which ones may be bringing in additional employees or scaling down.Nick Romito, the CEO of VTS, told the publication that his firm has been watching the nascent office app category since before the pandemic, and now sees it as an asset for landlords.“In the return-to-work every owner has to make sure their tenants know what’s going on,” he said.[WSJ] — Keith Larsen Tags Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real Estateoffice marketProptechlast_img read more

Sensitive data stolen from exclusive Oxbridge club

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first_imgAn exclusive Oxbridge club has warned its members about a data breach, after private information was stolen from the society’s headquarters in London on 16 November.The Oxford and Cambridge Club wrote to its 5000 members this week, cautioning them about “suspicious activity” on bank accounts after the theft.The stolen data reportedly contains the names of members, their phone numbers, and home addresses. In some cases, bank details are also reported to have been stolen.The stolen data includes private information from the actor Stephen Fry, and Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal. 100 staff members are also reportedly included in the data.The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh are also members of the select society. It is currently understood that their data was not compromised in the breach.The Sunday Telegraph reported that the theft had been noticed on 16 November but was only reported in recent days. The large data drive was allegedly stolen from a locked room within the club’s headquarters.In a letter obtained by The Times, the club secretary wrote: “We have been advised that we should write to confirm that there may have been a data breach at the Club which could possibly result in disclosure of your personal data held on the Club computer system.“This situation has arisen as a result of the theft of a storage disk, and not as a breach of the cyber security system, and although the data contained on the disk is protected by multiple layers of security and heavy password protection, we have been advised by data specialists that there is a very remote chance that information could be obtained.“As this could potentially enable identity theft, the management felt that members should be informed as a duty of care.”The club was established in 1830 and provides facilities for Oxbridge graduates. Membership is limited to those who have received degrees, honorary degrees, or MAs from Oxford or Cambridge, and those who have been members of a college or hall.Membership of the club comes through election and costs up to £1,250 per year. Youth membership, for those 24 or under, costs up to £312.50 per year depending on where the member lives.The Metropolitan Police have been informed of the theft, and the club has reportedly employed private investigators to aid the recovery of the drive.last_img read more

“#KickRxAbuse” video contest winners announced

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Seven high school students to receive Colts V.I.P gameday experienceINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Indiana Attorney General’s office, and the Indianapolis Colts would like to congratulate Mrs. Walker’s 10th Grade Health Class at The King’s Academy in Jonesboro, Indiana for winning the #KickRxAbuse video challenge.The #kickRxabuse video challenge was led by Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who urges students to join the fight against prescription drug abuse in his own 30-second YouTube video. The winning video submission was created by The King’s Academy students Jenna Vermillion, Hayden Herring, Anna Holland, Lauren Winningham, Lauren Curtis, Elijah Myers, Anna Miner, Giselle Sallade, Christian Wood, Josiah Wollan, Leah Kiers and Ally James, and can be viewed here.“The King’s Academy is excited to have been chosen to speak to this important problem in our state,” said Tony Miner, Principal at The King’s Academy. “We hope the video will help students understand the full impact that prescription drug abuse has on their lives and the people around them. Our most sincere thanks goes out to the Indiana State Attorney General’s Office and the Indianapolis Colts for making this competition possible.”Aimed at ending prescription drug abuse among teenagers, the video challenge gave Indiana students from grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to create and upload a 30-second YouTube video that highlights the dangers of abusing prescription medications. The contest, which began on Oct. 1, received a total of 72 video submissions from student groups across the state of Indiana.“Anytime you have students working together to bring awareness to serious issues such as prescription drug abuse, you have to be very proud. We appreciate and thank all who participated in the contest, and we congratulate our winning group of students, as well as the runners up,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.The students will receive VIP Colts game tickets, free lunch at the Colts Grille prior to the game, and a limo ride to and from the Colts Grille. The King’s Academy students also will get to tour the Colts’ complex and meet Adam Vinatieri at the end of the season.In addition to the Colts V.I.P gameday experience, the students’ school, The King’s Academy, will receive a $5,000 cash prize donated by the Indianapolis Colts and presented by Attorney General Zoeller on Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. at The King’s Academy in Jonesboro, Indiana.The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Indiana Attorney General’s office, and the Indianapolis Colts would also like to congratulate Greenfield-Central High School’s radio and TV program, and Gordon McNulty, a student at Herron High School, for being a runner up in the #KickRxAbuse video challenge. All of the finalists’ videos can be seen here.The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force encourages all who participated in the contest to continue sharing your videos and help get the word out about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.For more information about the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and the Attorney General’s efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse visit www.BitterPill.in.gov.last_img read more

Ginsters links up with Levi Roots

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first_imgGinsters has partnered up with Dragon’s Den star and food entrepreneur Levi Roots to launch an exclusive range of Reggae Reggae products.Three spicy pasties ranging from mild to hot have been produced with Caribbean Lamb, Reggae Reggae Chicken, and Hot Chilli Beef fillings. An additional Reggae Reggae Beef wrap has also been created, with all products available from grocery and convenience outlets in November.Ginsters head of brand marketing Andy Valentine said: “What we are doing with this partnership is to capitalise on the snacking expertise of the Ginsters brand and the Caribbean flavours of the Levi Roots brand to bring even greater excitement and depth of variety to the snacking fixture.”Levi Roots added: “I am really excited about this new launch. Legend has it that pasties came to the Caribbean centuries ago, and today there is still a county in Jamaica called Cornwall. These recipes are my own unique interpretation of a classic Caribbean dish.”last_img read more

John Mayer Welcomes Ed Sheeran For Two Songs In Tokyo [Video/Photos]

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first_imgJohn Mayer rolled into Tokyo on Wednesday night for the first of two shows at Nippon Budokan in Japan’s capital city to close out his spring Australia/Asia tour. For this performance, Mayer brought out another world-famous pop star for a special collaboration: British singer-songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran.Midway through his second of two sets, Mayer stepped to the microphone to introduce his guest, explaining, “I’ve had a chance to get to know this gentleman fairly well. He’s a lovely, lovely guy, one of the most talented artists I know in my life. And he’s graced us here with his presence tonight. Please welcome my friend, Ed Sheeran.”John Mayer Delivers Chronological Setlist In Bangkok [Video]With both Mayer and Sheeran on guitar, the band moved into a rendition of “Belief” from 2006’s Continuum. After trading verses and harmonizing on the song’s chorus, Mayer told the crowd that they would play one of Ed’s songs now before moving into “Thinking Out Loud”, off Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated 2014 album, x. You can check out a crowd-shot video and photos of the onstage collaboration below:John Mayer with Ed Sheeran – “Belief” (Mayer), “Thinking Out Loud” (Sheeran) – Tokyo, Japan[Video: Hiro Kamei] Following his solo tour closer in Tokyo tonight, April 11th, John Mayer will head back to the States to prepare for Dead & Company‘s 2019 summer tour, which kicks off on May 31st at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 31st. For a list of Dead & Company’s summer tour dates, head here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Meet the New XPS 13: Stylish, Powerful and Better by Every Measure

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first_imgTechnology has become an expression of style for those who use it – though fashion can be fickle. One thing we do know is elegance never goes out of style.First unveiled at CES 2012, the XPS 13 immediately enhanced the legacy of XPS as the world’s most celebrated laptop and winner of more product awards than any other line in Dell’s history, most recently named a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree.And how did it garner this latest honor? Vision and a lot of hard work.In reimagining the XPS 13, Dell took inspiration from the realm of fashion, where rose gold remains a trending color and white accents have been growing in popularity, seen everywhere from watch bands to sneakers. However, when turning our XPS white, we strived to achieve elegance and invested more than a dozen people, 11,520 hours and 50 trials to create a new system that was as stunning inside and out. The Dell design team didn’t want to simply paint a system white – they wanted to use authentic materials and make sure the system looked as beautiful on day 1,000 as it does on day 1.With the desire to give its white palm rest a weaved appearance, the team considered different materials beyond the color limits of traditional carbon fiber. The solution? An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers.  Dell is the first to use this woven glass fiber in a laptop.“An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers.ShareComplementing the new rose gold aluminum shell of the XPS 13, the alpine white glass fiber weave is elegant to the eye and silky to the touch. Durable as it is beautiful, atop its soft-textured lattice is titanium oxide for a pearlescent sheen and UV and stain-resistant coatings to prevent yellowing or staining over time. In fact, if you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance.Interesting fact: The glass fibers in one palm rest, if laid end to end, would extend for 117,500 miles, nearly enough to stretch halfway from Earth to the moon. Now that’s one giant leap.We not only worked to create the most beautiful laptop on the market, but extended that design ethos to its matching white power cords and USB-A/USB-C adapter. And moving from style, to lifestyle, we invested in sustainable recycled ocean plastics and bamboo packaging so you can purchase with confidence knowing that Dell is doing its part to help the planet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XChLUIP8kDw&feature=youtu.beBesides its head-turning exterior, the all-new XPS 13 is better by every measure. Now, even more portable as the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, its stunning InfinityEdge display fits this 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch frame. It’s a full 30 percent (3.4mm) thinner as well as lighter, starting at just 2.7 pounds, making the XPS 13 the ultimate in mobility and durability.Running Windows 10 and powered by the latest Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processor, XPS 13 delivers superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB. You can also expect the longest battery life of any 13-inch laptop, with almost 20 hours on FHD, up to 11 on UHD (Mobile Mark 14).While we made the system smaller and lighter, we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the previous XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class. So how did we do that? We have the most innovative performance and thermal engineering at Dell.“…we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the previous XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class.ShareWe developed Dell Power Manager to let you customize your balance of battery life, charging, thermals and acoustics and Dynamic Power Mode that intuitively delivers maximum power as needed, for such tasks as video rendering applications and advanced spreadsheets, while intelligently monitoring and managing system temperatures. This means the XPS 13 has sustained high performance while competitors performance declines with continued use, making the XPS 13 the most powerful 13-inch in its class (Tested by Principled Technologies in December 2017 using the Cinebench CPU (multi-core test)).As for thermal engineering, XPS 13 is the world’s first laptop built with GORE™ Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels that have been used in high-tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat, such as insulation on the Mars Rovers and Hyper Velocity Particle capture in the Stardust Probe. This material directs heat out of the device, keeping your system cool while it works hard.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIHVfZX9tXANow with a higher resolution display, incorporating 2.5 million more pixels with 4K Ultra HD compared to the previous QHD+, the 100 percent sRGB display on the XPS 13 gives you great, saturated and accurate color, whether for graphic professionals or watching your favorite Netflix show. In fact, Dell knows people today use their PCs to stream content, so the XPS 13 also delivers an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience with richer colors and details, crisper and stronger audio, and reduced buffering, so you really can watch Netflix and chill.Activated by voice, touch or facial recognition, access to the new XPS 13 comes through a triad of biometric doorways. Log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera and optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or talk to your device from across the room, with four integrated digital microphones and Microsoft’s Cortana voice recognition capabilities.The new XPS 13 is available globally beginning today on Dell.com, Microsoft.com and at your local Microsoft Store, starting at $999.99. Dell is also offering an Ubuntu-based developer edition with Linux preloaded starting at $949.99 beginning today on Dell.com in the US, Canada and Europe as well.I can confidently say the new XPS 13 is the most stunning system we have ever created with the perfect blend of elegance and performance. If you are attending CES, please come check it out at the #DellExperience at the Yardbird in the Venetian or give me your feedback at @AzorFrank.The XPS 13 is just the first of many exciting announcements we will be making at CES 2018. Stay up to date on the latest Dell news by visiting our CES press site here throughout the duration of the show.last_img read more

The Tricksters Take London! Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Opens in the West End

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first_imgAfter swindling Broadway audiences in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is heading to London to trick a whole new flock of unsuspecting theatergoers! Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the musical adaptation of the 1988 film tells the story of Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, two sneaky con artists who attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress in the French Riviera. The new production stars Tony and Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay as Jameson and comedian Rufus Hound as Benson. Featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, the new West End mounting opens April 2 at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Happy opening night, Scoundrels—may your evening be filled with endless champagne, piles of money and lots of “Great Big Stuff!” View Commentslast_img read more

Maryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges

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first_imgMaryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Baltimore Sun:Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020, amid uncertainty over whether the federal government will address the discharges.State environmental regulators issued the new water discharge permits to the Chalk Point, Dickerson and Morgantown power plants last month, replacing water pollution standards that dated to the 1980s.Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers and environmental advocates weighed in during the permitting process last year, urging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to require the pollution controls immediately, rather than wait for President Donald Trump’s administration to put new federal rules in place.A rule was set to be put in place under former President Barack Obama by this year, but the Trump administration at first put it on hold and then delayed it by two years. That delay is in the midst of a review in federal appeals court.Regardless of the outcome of that fight, the Maryland plants will have to scrub their water emissions of the toxic metals starting Nov. 1, 2020.More: Maryland requires three coal power plants to limit arsenic, mercury water pollution starting in 2020last_img read more

Rocky Point Man Fatally Hit by SUV

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Rocky Point man was fatally struck by an SUV while walking along a roadway in Wading River early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said Nicholas Pieloch was walking along Route 25A when he was hit by a westbound Ford Explorer near the corner of Randall Road at 3:18 a.m.The SUV, driven by 21-year-old Jesse Feinberg of Shoreham, then crossed over the eastbound lane, struck a tree and overturned.Pieloch was pronounced dead at the scene. Feinberg was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

3 steps for handling sudden wealth

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first_imgYou’ve heard about professional athletes who make some quick millions, see their career cut short and are broke a few years later. To some of us, this seems insane. But the reality is, if a newfound wealth is suddenly in your lap, you may not be ready for it either. Here are three steps you should take if you find yourself with a shiny new pile of cash…Don’t tweet about it: I love when someone local wins the lottery and chooses to remain anonymous. It’s a fantastic decision. Whether it’s a cousin you haven’t talked to in years or an old friend looking for a business partner, the news of your new wealth can bring all kinds of characters out of the shadows. At some point, people will find out about it, but it’s probably best to keep it quiet while you’re adjusting to your new wealth.Take your time: You may have the urge to go buy a new car, a new house, a boat, and a bevy of other things you’ve always wanted, but hold up a second. This kind of spending is what may lead you down a path to bankruptcy. Take some time to think about your life, make a plan, and then make some smart money decisions for your future.Get a money guy (or gal): Just like Barney Stinson had his guy guy named Guy, you’re going to need a financial guy. Everything about your life has now changed. And don’t just find the first advisor that you scroll past in your Google search. Read reviews, ask friends and family for recommendations, and be sure you’re picking a financial advisor you can trust. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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