Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Announce ‘Naked Garden’ LP, Shares Alternate Take On “Civilized Hell” [Listen]

first_imgLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has announced the forthcoming release of the country-rock outfit’s next studio effort, Naked Garden, due out March 27th on Fantasy Records. The 15-track album acts as the companion to Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) with a mix of unreleased tracks and alternate versions that didn’t appear on the 2019 release.Related: Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Announces 2020 Lineup: Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, MoreThe songs from both albums were tracked at southern California’s Shangri-La Studios and Village Studios. The mix of 15 new recordings, however, will have more of a “raw” feel to them, according to the album’s announcement.“Some strings are out of tune. Some lyrics are inconsistent. There’s microphone bleed, tape machine buzz, conversations and laughter between takes…that’s how we like it,” the band said of the recordings featured on Naked Garden. “Our hope is that ‘Naked Garden’ offers a glimpse behind the curtain, at POTR in our most raw, honest, and naked state.”Fans get their first taste of the album with the alternate version of “Civilized Hell” which was also shared on Friday.Listen to the new alternate take on “Civilized Hell” below.Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – “Civilized Hell” (Alternate Version)[Video: Lukas Nelson]Nelson and his band will hit the road this spring for The Naked Garden Tour in support of the forthcoming album with shows scheduled to begin on March 22nd in Springfield, MO and continuing until May 2nd in Phoenix, AZ. Click here for tickets and tour details.Scroll down to check out the tracklisting for The Naked Garden, available for pre-order here.Naked Garden Tracklist1. “Entirely Different Stars”2. “Civilized Hell (Alternate Version)”3. “Back When I Cared”4. “Movie in My Mind”5. “Focus on the Music”6. “My Own Wave”7. “Fade to Black”8. “Out in L.A. (Extended Version)”9. “Couldn’t Break Your Heart”10. “Speak the Truth”11. “Civilized Hell (Acoustic Version)”12. “Bad Case (Alternate Version)”13. “Stars Made of You (Alternate Version)”14. “Where Does Love Go (Alternate Version)”15. “The Way You Say Goodbye (Alternate Version)”View Album Tracklist[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Free Peachtree Project Announces One-Day Livestream Event Calling On Voting Reform

first_imgFree Peachtree Project has announced a “Virtual Autonomous Zone” one-day livestream event showcasing Atlanta, GA’s art and community leaders to stand together for voting reform and education.The free, single-day event will take place this Saturday, August 1st at 12 p.m. ET to advocate voices through music, art, conversation, and action. Produced by Atlanta’s Hawk’s Nest Music and Ravine, the livestreamed virtual event will be streaming exclusively on Mixcloud to generate an online hub for Atlanta’s creatives to stand united together calling for meaningful policy reform and personal action. All proceeds raised will benefit Fair Fight Action, a non-profit organization that promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the United States, encourages voter participation, and educates voters about elections and voting rights.“Being born and raised in Atlanta as part of the fabric of its music industry, an industry rich with the culture and history of people of color, I felt compelled to lend my voice to the chorus calling for meaningful change in the city. I couldn’t be prouder of my team and our friends coming together to use our platform to do some good for ATL,” Whit Hawkins, founder of Hawk’s Nest Music said.“No Justice” – Adam Deitch ft. Brothers of Brass[Video: Free Peachtree Project]The livestream will see virtual performances by Daily Bread, Adam Deitch, Perpetual Groove, Pure Colors, Late Night Radio, Soul Food Cypher, Maddy O’Neal, Motifv, and more. To showcase Atlanta’s eclectic arts community, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Wolfdog, Angie Jerez, Thomas Turner, and more visual artists will be donating merchandise for the art auction. Many local Atlanta artists will safely gather to perform their set straight from ​Ravine​, with visuals and production by Greg “Lazershark” Ellis, in a socially distant space.Attendees can text FPP to 243725 to donate. Visit their website to enter Free Peachtree Project’s merch contest, purchase the exclusive FPP and Yoyo Ferro art poster, and register to vote via HeadCount. To stream the Free Peachtree Project, click here.last_img read more

Sanders sticks fork in Senate GMO labeling bill

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Governor Peter Shumlin each issued statements on US Senate action days before Vermont’s first-in-the nation GMO labeling law takes effect: “On Friday, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to require GMO labeling. This is a triumph for ordinary Americans over the powerful interests of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations.Senator Sanders. VBM file photo.”We cannot allow Vermont’s law to be overturned by bad federal legislation that has just been announced. I will do everything I can to defeat this bill, beginning by putting a hold on it in the Senate.“The agreement announced by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. It would impose no penalties for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless.“This isn’t controversial. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling. People have a right to know what is in the food they eat.”Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)Labeling Genetically Engineered IngredientsSenate FloorJune 28, 2016″This week marks an historic moment in Vermont.  This coming Friday, July 1, Vermont’s Act 120, the first-in-the-nation labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods, will take effect.  Unfortunately for consumers everywhere, it could be a short-lived celebration.  Late last week, a so-called “deal” was reached on a national mandatory labeling law.  I have now had the chance to review this proposal closely.  Vermonters have reviewed it closely.  I can say this:  It falls short.Senator Leahy. VBM file photo.This is an extremely complex issue – from how we define genetically engineered foods, to how we treat animal products; from the impact on the organics industry to how small businesses respond.  The details matter.  And that is why the Vermont Legislature spent two years debating it, with more than 50 committee hearings featuring testimony from more than 130 representatives on all sides of the issue.  The Senate has not held a single hearing on labeling, and only one hearing on the issue of biotechnology, but none on the issue of labeling foods or seeds.To be fair, the proposal unveiled last Thursday is an improvement over the legislation that the Senate rejected in March.  That bill would continue the current status quo.  It proposed a meaningless “volunteer-only” approach, a thinly veiled attempt to block Vermont’s labeling law and keep any other state from acting.  This current proposal at least acknowledges that states like Vermont have acted in this area.We heard from the organic industry, expressing reservations over how they might be treated under a federal GE labeling program.  Some of those concerns have been addressed, and the proposal reinforces that the USDA Organic seal remains the gold standard. The proposal follows what Vermont’s Act 120 does with respect to animal products and addresses the gap in the Vermont law for processed foods inspected by USDA.The proposal also acknowledges, at long last, what I have been saying for the past year: that in many rural parts of this country, including most of Vermont, we have significant technological challenges that make it nearly impossible for consumers to access the electronic or digital disclosure methods allowed in this bill.  By requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on this issue, I believe these difficulties unavoidably will be recognized, and the Secretary should have the authority he needs to require additional disclosure options.  I do hope, however, that the proponents of this proposal will not try to put the burden on our retail establishments to install costly digital scanners.The proponents of this “deal” were sent back to the drawing board after we succeeded in derailing the earlier proposal on March 16.  I was proud to lead Vermont’s efforts to prevent that bill from passing.  While it is true that this new attempt is an improvement in several ways, it is clear that this revised plan is driven more by the perspectives of powerful special interests, than by a commitment to honor consumers’ right to know.  Consumers’ right to know merits only grudging acceptance in this plan; consumers are far from this plan’s highest priority. And so, while this proposal makes some positive, though modest, improvements, I remain deeply concerned that it will not offer transparency for consumers, transparency that many companies have already opted to provide.Thanks to the citizen-led efforts in Vermont, we are seeing more and more consumer-friendly information easily accessible to shoppers.  No scanning some code.  No calling an 800 number. They simply flip the product over and see if the product has genetically engineered ingredients. We have seen countless pictures sent in by shoppers finding these labels.  Labeling is neither complicated nor cost-prohibitive in practice.To make matters worse, this bill has absolutely no enforcement mechanism.  The negotiators of this proposal seem to think public pressure will be enough to force these multi-million dollar corporations to comply.  This proposal makes consumers the cops on the beat, policing companies to provide information about the contents of their product.  Surely families squeezing every minute out of every day will have time to hold companies accountable in the court of public opinion.  We should not place this added burden on consumers seeking only to know what they are feeding their families.At the end of the day, each of us have different reasons for wanting to know what is in our foods. The fact is that without labeling of GE foods, consumers cannot make informed choices. This purported “deal” does not go far enough to give consumers what they are asking for, a simple on-package label or symbol.And of course, this bill does more than just block states from enacting GE food labeling laws like Vermont’s Act 120.  It also blocks a longstanding seed labeling law in Vermont, one that Vermont’s organic farmers appreciate, as do conventional farmers and even backyard hobby gardeners.  This is a law that has been on the books since 2004 and ensures clear, meaningful information for farmers to know exactly what they are buying.Perhaps in a state like Kansas where the last Organic Farm Survey in 2014 counted only 83 organic farms, or in Michigan, where there were some 332 organic farms in a state that is 10 times the size of Vermont, having access to that seed information is not considered very useful or important to farmers.  But in a state like Vermont, where our organic farming association assures me that we now have well over 600 organic farms, our seed labeling law is important.  The industry has complied with it for the last twelve years.  Yet with no hearings and no debate, this deal will block Vermont’s seed law and prevent any other state that sought to enact one as well.As the Senate author of the national organic standards and labeling program, I continue to closely monitor and work to protect the high standards for the organic program that have given consumers’ confidence in the organic label, and that have given organic producers the strong, clear and meaningful standards that they have demanded.  These clear rules have ensured the success of the program and have given all producers a level playing field.  This extraordinarily successful program is the key reason that America’s organic sector continues its multi-billion-dollar growth and acceptance both here at home, and abroad, in the products we export.  Labeling of genetically engineered products is an outgrowth of the organic movement.  As a watchdog of that program, I simply cannot support this proposal.Vermonters have a long tradition of leading the national debate, on issues crossing the spectrum.  Vermonters stand for transparency and a consumer’s right to know.  Vermonters want to make informed decisions for their families and with their limited grocery budgets.  We acknowledge that powerful interests are allied against Vermont’s law and against the nation’s consumers.  That has been a fact from the beginning.  The proposal released last week does not respect the work that Vermont has painstakingly done in this space, and this Vermonter will not – cannot – support it.  Vermonters deserve better.  And so do all Americans.”Governor Shumlin signing the GMO bill in May 2014.Governor Shumlin said in his statement: “Our small state has been a pioneer in pushing vigorously for the rights of consumers to know what’s in their food. Our labeling law is set to take effect on July 1. It appears Congress has struck a deal that would preempt our law and replace it with a flawed national labeling standard.  While in concept a national standard makes sense, I have deep concerns with the provisions in this legislation.First, this bill will preempt Vermont and delay for several years the right for consumers nationwide to know what’s in their food. Second, while Vermont required GMO information printed right on the label, the legislation being put forward in Congress allows the food manufacturer to choose how to disclose the information, including using an electronic code that has to be scanned by a device to access GMO information. That solution falls short for consumers who lack access to technology or the internet to find out what’s in their food.In addition, I have concerns about a lack of clarity for enforcing monetary penalties if a company fails to comply with the labeling standard, which would render it toothless. Finally, the legislation – unlike Vermont’s – would potentially allow products with a significant portion of GMO ingredients to skate by without being subject to labeling requirements.The Vermont Congressional delegation have been tireless champions for Vermonters on this issue. I’ll be working with Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Welch  in the coming days to see if we can remedy the serious defects in this national legislation. If we cannot, this legislation should not become law and I will oppose it.”Source: WASHINGTON, June 28 – Senator Bernie Sanders; Senator Patrick Leahy; Governor Shumlinlast_img read more

News Scan for Feb 05, 2018

first_imgSanofi refuses to refund millions to PhilippinesToday the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Pasteur, said they would not pay the Philippines millions of dollars in return for Dengvaxia vaccines, after the country halted a national vaccination program in light of concerns the vaccine can cause severe infection in dengue-immune recipients.According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story, the Philippines asked Sanofi to refund 3.2 billion pesos ($62 million) the government spent on a national immunization program for school-age children. A total of 830,000 schoolchildren were injected with Dengvaxia before Sanofi said the vaccine should not be used in people without prior evidence of a dengue infection, an announcement the company made last December.”Agreeing to refund the used doses of Dengvaxia would imply that the vaccine is ineffective, which is not the case,” Sanofi Pasteur said in a statement.Also today, the Public Attorney’s Office of the Philippines joined forces with the parents of a 10-year-old girl who died after receiving Dengvaxia to sue Sanofi for 4.2 million pesos ($81,600) in damages. The girl died of excessive bleeding after becoming ill with a virus following routine immunization with Dengvaxia.Feb 5 AFP storyFeb 5 Reuters story   Nigeria confirms 15 new cases of Lassa fever and 2 deathsThe Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said there were 15 new cases of Lassa fever and two deaths caused by the virus in the last week of January. Between Jan 1 and Jan 25, there have been a total of 297 suspected cases in 13 Nigerian states, including 22 deaths.The NCDC has confirmed 77 of those cases, stating the case-fatality rate of this outbreak is 27.6%. Twenty-one of the 22 deaths reported in connection with the outbreak have been confirmed. The NCDC is currently following 415 case contacts.Ten of the confirmed cases have occurred in healthcare workers, and the NCDC said the country has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the outbreak response.Lassa fever is a hemorrhagic virus endemic in West Africa. Person-to-person transmission can occur if someone comes into contact with infected bodily fluid, but most often the virus is transmitted by rats.Jan 28 NCDC update Swiss farm worker diagnosed with H1N1v after contact with pigsThe World Health Organization (WHO) said a Swiss man was diagnosed with variant H1N1 (H1N1v) influenza after coming into contact with infected swine. This case was noted in the WHO’s monthly report on flu at the animal-human interface.On Dec 20, the 48-year-old farm worker presented with acute but mild respiratory symptoms. A nasal swab was obtained and the virus analyzed and partially sequenced was closely related to European avian-like swine influenza A (H1N1), according to the WHO.Swine housed on the farm tested positive for the virus.  This is the sixth year Switzerland has reported swine influenza A (H1N1) in humans. Past years included 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2016.”Most human cases are exposed to swine influenza viruses through contact with infected swine or contaminated environments. Human infection tends to result in mild clinical illness,” the WHO said. “Since these viruses continue to be detected in swine populations, further human cases can be expected.”Jan 25 WHO report H5N6 strikes birds in Iran and South Korea; Nigeria reports H5N8Iran today reported a highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu outbreak in wild ducks, the first detection involving that strain in the Middle East, as South Korea reported another H5N6 outbreak at a poultry farm. In other developments, Nigeria reported a H5N8 outbreak, its first since August 2017.In a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Iran’s agriculture ministry didn’t say if the virus is the same reassortant recently found in a handful of Asian countries and some in Europe, as well.The report said on Jan 31 unexpected deaths were reported in wild ducks in a nature park near the Gilan province city of Kiashahr in northern Iran. Migratory birds overwinter in the area. Of about 50,000 susceptible birds, 1,200 birds were found dead and 100 were found sick. Authorities destroyed the sick birds. Veterinary officials said they would continue to monitor the situation and are urging poultry flock owners to be vigilant about biosecurity measures.Elsewhere, South Korea—which has reported several outbreaks involving the H5N6 reassortant—confirmed another event in poultry, the first to affect South Chungcheong province. The outbreak began on Feb 4 at a broiler farm, killing 103 of 24,000 susceptible birds. The remaining ones were culled to curb the spread of the virus.Feb 5 OIE report on H5N6 in Iran Feb 5 OIE report on H5N6 in South KoreaIn other avian flu developments, Nigeria reported an H5N8 outbreak at a broiler and cockerel farm in Nasarawa state, according to a Feb 2 report from the OIE.The outbreak began on Jan 25, killing nearly all of the 1,150 susceptible birds. Officials destroyed the 45 survivors as part of the outbreak response steps.An investigation found that the outbreak began after unsold birds taken to a market were returned to the farm.Feb 2 OIE report on H5N8 in Nigerialast_img read more

Washington County “Emergency” continues until Thursday AM

first_imgThe State of Emergency was finally determined last night just before midnight and continues through today.Combs said although people will be out on the road, driving is harzardous and motorists should be cautious.“As far as what we’re doing now. We want emergency traffic only on the road. We’re not penalizing people who are on the road trying to get food, etc. But a State of Emergency does pertain to emergency vehicles only – ambulance, highway and street workers, police…those people whose job it is to take care of the welfare of the people,” said Combs. “We’re dealing with vehicles off the road and medical emergencies, too. We take care of those folks who need dialysis or those who need to get to a hospital for a surgery or who have run out of medicine. We’ll make sure they get transported. Call 911 and we’ll take care of that.”According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will dip into the teens and will be about 7 degrees by daybreak on Thursday.“We’re prepared to open shelters in case we lose power and if people need heat,” Combs said. “The City [of Salem] and County have coordinated that and we’re prepared to move to that level in case we need to. All of that has been taken care of.”Commissioner Phil Marshall talked about how hard county employees are working to clear the roads and the amount of roads in Washington County. “It’s a big area for 26 trucks to try and cover,” he said. “They will continue throughout the day into the evening, then come in and warm up and rest. We’ll start all over in the morning.”Combs commented on the many hours city and county employees are putting in during these weather events. “We all knew that when we took the job,” he said. “Safety of the people of our county is first and foremost on our minds. We thought we might not need to go there, but the weather didn’t change. Here’s where we’re at and where we’ll stay until at least 9a Thursday.”Stay tuned to WSLM for weather conditions and any official reports from the City of Salem and Washington County. Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs met with Washington County Commissioners, highway foreman and determined that the State of Emergency for road conditions will remain in effect through today and until at least 9a on Thursday, Feb. 6.“We’ll meet again then and re-evaluate how things are,” said Combs. “We’ve got 60 percent of the county roads cleared but there is ice forming on the roads now as the temperatures drop. We’re supposed to be in the Teens tonight and it’s not going to be warming up anytime soon.”last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: February 13, 2019

first_imgJewelry burglary of $700,000; one of two suspects at largeLos Angeles police are searching for one of the suspects in a burglary of high-end jewelry from a Macy’s department store in Canoga Park, California, last July. In a written statement, detectives said the burglars made off with about $700,000 worth of jewelry during the heist. About seven months later, police said they served search warrants around the city to find 40-year-old Marvin Carter and 33-year-old Khadijah Toliver. Both were arrested Feb. 7.Detectives said they believe Carter was one of the two men seen in surveillance camera footage breaking into the store and smashing open several jewelry displays. Toliver was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property. Police were still looking for a third suspect, 45-year-old Michael Bourgois. They said Bourgois was the second man seen participating in the burglary.Police described Bourgois, who they said was still on the run, as standing 5-foot-8, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last photographed with a shaved head. Captain Lillian Carranza, a commander in LAPD’s commercial crimes division, said anyone who spots Bourgois should not approach him. She asked residents to call 9-1-1 or Topanga Division detectives at 213.486.6940 if they see Bourgoius or know of his location. [Source: Los Angeles Daily News]- Sponsor – FBI offering $2,000 for cargo theft informationThere is a cash reward of $2,000 being offered to anyone who is willing come forward with information about a recently stolen truck and trailer filled with energy drinks. The theft occurred on in the overnight hours of February 2 through 3 just almost two weeks ago in the area of East Broadway Avenue and 50th Street in Tampa, Florida.The stolen truck was recovered in Broward County on last Thursday, Feb. 7, but the trailer is still missing and contains more than $65,000 in energy drinks. The trailer identification LRG number is 5347 and the Florida License Plate number is 2277CS. For anyone who has information on this cargo theft call the FBI Tampa field office at 813.253.1000.  [Source: Tampa Bay Times]New study says non-grocery retailers lost $300 billion from markdowns in 2018US non-grocery retailers lost $300 billion in revenue in 2018 due to markdowns, according to a new report from Celect. That’s the equivalent of about 12% of sales. The cloud-based inventory management platform polled 200 senior retail executives with help from Coresight Research. More than half of respondents (53%) attributed the missed sales to “inventory misjudgments.” Respondents said 60% of sales are at full price.Among retailers who sell across platforms, only 6.3% of respondents said they sold 90% to 100% of their inventory at full price, below the 15% average. “This suggests that the complexity of omnichannel operations makes inventory management more challenging, as retailers selling through multiple channels must consider more variables that can affect sales,” according to the report.   [Source: Market Watch]Employee’s $220,000 jewelry heistA Providence, Rhode Island, woman was arrested after more than $200,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Ross-Simons headquarters in Cranston. Yanill C. Taveras, 26, faces charges of embezzlement. According to Cranston Police, Ross-Simons reported the theft on January 29 after finding discrepancies while taking inventory. Jewelry was found in an office where storage is not permitted, and further investigation uncovered that several extremely valuable pieces were missing. In all, 121 pieces worth $222,152 were stolen.Taveras, a former employee of the company, was identified as the prime suspect in the case. Investigators determined that she has recently pawned large amounts of jewelry at several different shops. Detectives were able to recover $105,650 worth of jewelry from the pawn shops, which Ross-Simons employees were able to positively identify. Taveras was arrested on January 31 and charged with embezzlement/fraudulent conversion over $100. She was released on $4,500 bail and is set to appear next in court on April 25.  Investigators continue the search for the remaining missing jewelry. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Cranston Police Detective Hopkins at 401.477.5065.   [Source: Cranston Patch]Police officer arrested for burgling vet clinic for opioidsA southeastern Iowa police officer has been charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a veterinary clinic to steal powerful pain medications. The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced the arrest Monday of 31-year-old Ryan Mills, who lives in Washington, Iowa and works in Fairfield. A criminal complaint alleges Mills was caught stealing 57 tablets of Tramadol from the Veterinary Clinic in Fairfield before business hours on Jan. 1. Later, he allegedly admitted to entering the clinic on multiple occasions to steal the opioids from a medicine cabinet. Tramadol is a controlled narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain and is highly addictive.The clinic began an internal investigation in November after noticing shortages of the drug in its inventory. An employee allegedly saw Mills commit the Jan. 1 theft and police were informed. The Division of Criminal Investigation and the Washington County Attorney’s Office are handling the case to avoid conflicts of interest. Mills was booked into jail Monday.    [Source: The News Tribune]California sues the DOT over rest break rules for truckersCalifornia has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking it to overturn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCA) recent decree that the state can’t enforce its rest break and meal rules against truck drivers. Just before Christmas, the FMCSA announced that it would grant the trucking industry’s petition to preempt California’s meal and rest break rules, which differ from rest and break rules laid out in federal hours of service regulations. Groups such as the American Trucking Associations lobbied the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, who oversees the FMCSA, to preempt state regulations, arguing that the state’s rules conflict with federal rules and cause an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce.DOT determined that California’s law is “incompatible with federal regulations and causes a disruption in interstate commerce.  In addition, the confusing and conflicting requirements are overly burdensome for drivers and reduce productivity, increasing costs for consumers. Additionally, safety issues have likely resulted from the lack of adequate parking solutions for trucks in the State [of California].”“It is well within a state’s rights to establish standards for the welfare of our workers,” said Attorney General Becerra in a statement. “Truck drivers, like every other person protected under California’s labor laws across hundreds of different industries, deserve adequate meal and rest breaks.” California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su pointed out in that statement that “under the George W. Bush administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had determined that these very same worker rights were not preempted by federal law. In this reversal, the federal government would have drivers work up to 12 hours a day without breaks. We refuse to sit back and allow workers to be treated that way in California.” The Teamsters union also has challenged FMCSA’s move, also in a petition to the Ninth Circuit. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement, “Highway safety for Teamster members and the public must never be put at risk just so that transportation corporations can eke out a little more profit.”  [Source: Trucking Info] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Google Could Be Fined $10 Million for Violating Safari’s Privacy Settings

first_imgjon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Bloomberg reports that Google is negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the size of a fine for violating the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser. The fine could amount to $10 million or more. By comparison, Google’s latest FCC fine for public Wi-Fi data collection was a mere $25,000. What did Google do wrong?The FTC’s job is to protect consumers from “unfair and deceptive” practices. Bloomberg reported that this would be the FTC’s first fine for Internet privacy. We found earlier precedent for this. Still, “unfair and deceptive” sounds about right. Google used a loophole to get around Safari’s default settings, which, while not technically difficult, was deceptive to the user.Google, like many ad companies, uses browser cookies to track its users around the Web and better target ads to them. Cookies are set by the site you’re on, but some cookies allow third parties to set a tracking cookie through them.The default setting for Apple’s Safari browser is to only accept cookies from sites to which you navigate, blocking third-party cookies. Google is one of several ad companies that routed around the setting by placing cookies on the domain you visit and using them to track you from their own domains.What’s So Bad About That?Web companies are tracking us everywhere unless we block all cookies, so one might be tempted to say, “So what?” It’s the default setting to allow some cookies, and if people are concerned about privacy, they should change the setting to block cookies. What’s so bad about ad tracking, anyway?But there are several particulars to the Google example that might give you pause. For one thing, you didn’t have to be a logged-in Google user for it to track you this way. Logged-in users can set their account preferences not to track them, but there’s nothing non-Google users could do to opt out. This kind of tracking was not a common practice, either. Jonathan Mayer at Web Policy found only four companies doing this, and they all stopped when Google got busted.Finally, there’s the deception part. Apple makes it quiteclear that its default setting is intended to block ad tracking. Even if Google’s tracking is not wrong in and of itself, Google was willingly changing Apple’s intended user experience. That should be between Apple and its users.At the time, Google’s excuse was that its users had “opted to see personalized ads” by using its services, so it was fine to honor those preferences over Safari’s. But that ignores the people who don’t have Google accounts and were still tracked.Furthermore, Google’s documentation used to say that Safari’s default setting “effectively accomplishes the same thing” as opting out via one’s Google account, but that’s now gone from Google’s help page.A Speeding TicketWhen Google gets fined $25,000 for snooping on people’s home Wi-Fi networks, that’s just silly. A $10 million (or more) fine is a much more stern warning. But that’s just a fraction of a percent of its quarterly profits. It’s like giving Google a speeding ticket.You may not care about ad tracking in and of itself, but the slope is far too slippery to let Google off the hook for this one. It shouldn’t have the right to intervene in the user experience of another company by deliberately routing around its privacy settings.Image via Shutterstockcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

German Student Defies Google Cease-and-Desist with 1 Million Signatures

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Related Posts Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google is determined to take down, a site that rips downloadable mp3 files from streaming YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, the site’s 21-year-old owner, has collected 1.2 million signatures in protest against the action. Will his petition move the search giant?Matesanz, a German citizen, lodged the petition through last month after Google sent him a cease-and-desist order claiming that violated YouTube’s terms of service. Since then, Matesanz has collected 1.2 million signatures from all over the world, making his petition one of’s five most-signed petitions. (The speed with which Matesanz gathered the  signatures isn’t so surprising, considering that his site gets 1.3 million visits a day on average.) Matesanz plans to deliver the signatures in person.Matesanz and his lawyers argue that, since does not use YouTube’s application programming interface, it does not violate YouTube’s terms of service. In addition, the petition cites a legal precedent for the kinds of copies makes and distributes. YouTube is like a broadcaster, it maintains, and “for decades people were allowed to take a private copy of a public broadcast,” recording songs off the air for their own use.Will Google listen to Matesanz and his million supporters? Not likely. Google has to answer to major corporations such as Viacom, which do not appreciate unauthorized copying of their material, especially through the Internet.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

5 Killer Types Of Wearable Apps For Companies

first_imgTags:#Augmented Reality#enterprise#Guest Posts#smartwatches#virtual reality#VR#wearables#workplace collaboration Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions 6 Best Video Conferencing Services for Small Bu… Guest author Quinton Wall is the director of developer relations at Salesforce.While wearables may still be in their ramp-up stage, there’s little doubt they are here to stay. Gartner expects the wearables market will hit $10 billion by next year, while IDC anticipates 120 million devices will be shipped by 2018. We know that fitness trackers are a market success and are a considerable part of those numbers, and we have a pretty good idea that consumers will continue to use them for grabbing notifications and tracking their activities on the go. What many remain unconvinced about is how wearables will impact the enterprise.They won’t be unconvinced for long. Wearables are set to have a major impact for companies and other organizations. To be clear, we aren’t talking about wearables as single-purpose devices (such as fitness trackers). We’re looking at wearables as general purpose computers. For businesses, they will provide an unprecedented way to help them improve productivity and safety, and introduce the app economy to industries where apps have been lagging. Think areas like construction or manufacturing. Beyond vertical industry value, these devices will also offer killer applications across all industries. At Salesforce, we are seeing customers building wearable apps for work. The following are the five killer categories of applications among the most common use cases. 5 Killer Types Of Wearables Enterprise AppsSecurityWe’re all familiar with security and building badges. Anyone who visited the large enterprises and government agencies knows that some people have to wear two or three to get around large campuses. Wearables can be used to provide watch-based security identifiers and replace those traditional photo IDs and badges. In addition to just providing NFC (Near Field Communication) authentication, because of the screen and computer, wearables make it possible to add informational messages to the user. If there is there a new mandatory meeting employees can be told where and when. If a user is denied access, the security alert can detail why. Field ServiceManufacturing and construction are billion dollar industries, yet they only spend approximately 2% of their IT budget on mobile. More over, 80% of workers do not have access to technology that allows them to work more efficiently. Wearable technology—such as Google Glass for hands-free operation, the Fujitsu wearable glove, and even connected clothing that can detect hazardous chemicals—unlocks the potential for re-imagining field service in much the same way industries like transportation have been influenced by mobile apps. Booking-office resourcesConsider the day to day hassle of booking a meeting. What seems to be a simple and easy task—grabbing a conference room—never is simple or easy. With wearables, anyone can find and book a room with a swift scan of room availability from the wearable. The user can then quickly use the wearable interface to set duration and any necessary equipment. Wearables can also use map features as a way to guide meeting participants to the correct room using augmented reality, or receive by turn directions. CollaborationWearables will also improve how we collaborate. Workers often rely on the advice of colleagues, supervisors, and even public Internet resources, such as YouTube, to provide additional assistance. Augmented reality in many industries can be used to facilitate collaboration between coworkers—in ways not all that different from how office workers have been using screen-sharing applications. Collaboration will be available everywhere—from the worker at her desk, to the oil rig technical suspended high in the air. They will be able to work together in real-time, hands-free, and immersive ways. Improvement for task and recording accuracyWearables will have a serious role in streamlining back-office functions. A wearable can help track time spent on projects, manage travel expenses, and even help employees take advantage of their benefits with local discounts, annual eyeglasses and vision rebates, credit unions, and more. Unfortunately, right now, most of these benefits go unused: Employees are either not aware, forget, or do not have access to the information at a time when they can act on it. By creating a wearable app that proactively notifies employees of benefits when they’re near vendors, employees can more easily take advantage of perks. These are just five examples of how wearable devices can influence the enterprise. The use cases will only grow as the devices become more intelligent, interactive, and less obtrusive. Smart enterprises are at work embracing how wearables can better help them run their businesses. Lead photo by Intel Free Press  quinton wallcenter_img Related Posts With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

Staff Asking for Tablet Recommendations? Consider the Options

first_imgThe consumerization of IT has made a significant impact on the way staff expect company machines to perform, causing many to request tablet devices from the IT department. According to a recent survey, only 5% of companies prohibit tablet use in the workplace, and as the adoption of tablets continues to rise, business-specific tablets may grow to represent as much as 18% of total units sold. What once was thought of as an entertainment-only device is becoming practical for simpler tasks like email and document review.In this comparison among three popular tablets, Principled Technologies simulated real world experiences to determine which would be the best option for users-IT Peer Network Administrator Today, iPads command the majority of tablet devices used in the workplace. Yet, recent numbers showing that Apple’s iPad sales have slowed could signal that some consumers and IT decision makers may be starting to notice that lower cost Android solutions offer nearly the exact same features.Intel commissioned Principled Technologies to review three Android tablet models in the market to find which one provides the best experience . If your organization is looking to provide employees with the ease and mobility of a tablet, and is considering an Android device to keep costs down, this review will provide insight into which device is best for your business needs.The three models Principled Technologies tested included: Dual-core Intel Atom processor Z2560-based Dell Venue 7Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-based Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro-based Google Nexus 7To get the best idea of what the real-life web browsing experience would be like on each tablet, Principled Technologies loaded and browsed 29 popular websites from January 21 to February 6, 2014 on each tablet, side by side, and compared them in performance, responsiveness, visual quality, and functionality. Then, they ran two industry-standard benchmarks to further validate the results seen in the hands-on tests. The first—WebXPRT 2013—uses scenarios created to mirror the everyday tasks and contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes. The second—MobileXPRT—evaluates smart phone performance and provides a fair and consistent basis for comparing the growing range of devices on the market. The results? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 cost more than the Intel Atom processor-based tablet, had half the storage space, and provided a less ideal web browsing experience. And while the Google Nexus 7 provided a similar web browsing experience and the same amount of storage as the Intel Atom processor-based Dell Venue 7, it cost over 50 percent more.If you’re considering tablet deployment for your enterprise, then the Dell Venue 7 might be your best option for the price. Though the jump in cost can be significant, if staff need better security, full access to Windows 8 functionality, and the productivity of a keyboard, there are several new 2 in 1 devices on the market that may suit employee needs.For a more in-depth review of the three tablets, check out Principled Technologies “A better Android tablet experience for your money.” Are you considering purchasing a tablet for your enterprise? If so, what features are necessary for your staff? Leave a comment below or join the social conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #ITCenter and #tablets.last_img read more