Jailed Huawei CFO’s bail decision pushed to Tuesday as tensions persist

Vancouver, Canada (CNN Business)The chief financial officer of Chinese tech company Huawei will have to wait another day to learn if she’ll be let go on bail.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the request of US authorities. She’s accused of helping Huawei, one of the world’s biggest makers of smartphones and networking equipment, dodge US sanctions on Iran, according to Canadian prosecutors.
The arrest of Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, has further strained the tense relationship between Washington and Beijing just as the two sides are trying to negotiate an end to their trade war. It has also opening a new front in the escalating clash over technology between the world’s top two economies.
    David Martin, Meng’s attorney, has proposed that she be allowed to reside in one of her properties in Vancouver in the interim. He said Meng would be closely monitored and would personally cover all the related security costs.
    But the Canadian judge who will rule on Meng’s bail seemed to cast doubt Monday on the arrangements pitched by Martin.
    The judge expressed skepticism that Meng’s husband can act as a surety, or the primary person responsible for making sure she complies with all the orders set forth by the court, since he is not a permanent Canadian resident.
    Meng, 46, is a high-profile executive at one of China’s best-known tech companies. In addition to her role as CFO, she serves as deputy chairperson of Huawei’s board.
    The United States alleges that Meng helped Huawei get around US sanctions on Iran by telling financial institutions that a Huawei subsidiary, Skycom, was a separate and unaffiliated company, Canadian prosecutors said last week.
    The US Justice Department has declined to comment on the case.
    Meng faces “serious charges of fraud” in the United States involving “millions of dollars,” where she could receive substantial jail time if convicted, according to a statement from a Canadian law enforcement official filed in court.
    Meng’s lawyers have argued that Meng should be released on bail while she waits for an extradition hearing because of health concerns including severe hypertension.
    She was taken to a hospital to be treated for hypertension after she was arrested, according to court documents.
    Martin also said that Meng has ties to Canada and is not a flight risk. Her links to Vancouver go back at least 15 years and she has significant property holdings in the city, he noted.
    Martin also claimed the case against Meng had not been fully laid out, even though a US federal judge issued a warrant for her arrest August 22.
    The attorney argued that Meng wouldn’t breach any court order to remain in Canada because doing so would embarrass her personally, and would also humiliate her father, Huawei and China itself.
    Canadian authorities, meanwhile, believe that Meng should only be released if she receives tough bail conditions, since she has “access to large amounts of resources to escape the jurisdiction,” according to court documents.
    Huawei has said it’s “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng” and that it “complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates.”
    Meng’s detention has further strainedthe tense relationship between Washington and Beijing just as the two sides are trying to negotiate an end to their bruising trade war.
      Chinese officials have demanded that Meng be let go.
      Over the weekend, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had summoned both US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum to address Meng’s detention, which it described as “lawless, reasonless and ruthless.”

      Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/10/business/huawei-meng-wanzhou-bail-hearing/index.html

      4 GOP senators urge Trump to put ISIS prisoners nabbed in Syria in Gitmo

      Four U.S. senators are urging President Donald Trump to use the Guantanamo Bay detention center to hold fighters from the Islamic State group captured in Syria. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

      Four Republican senators from southern states urged President Trump to use the Guantanamo Bay detention center on the American base in Cuba to hold fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) group captured in Syria.

      Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida said in a letter sent Tuesday: “We urge you to consider transferring the worst of these Islamic State fighters to the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, where they will face justice. Thank you for your continued leadership in our military campaign against the Islamic State and your willingness to consider this matter of national security.”

      Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.  (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
      Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

      The lawmakers said Islamic State prisoners could escape or be released in Syria.

      The letter continued: “As U.S. and partner forces have waged a campaign against the Islamic State over the past four years, we have captured hundreds of foreign enemy combatants. Our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are currently detaining over 700 of these battle-hardened terrorists in northeast Syria. These detainees include two of the so-called ‘Beatles,’ expatriated British citizens suspected of joining ISIS and beheading Western hostages.

      The issue has come up because Trump has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, and U.S. allies there hold hundreds of ISIS prisoners.

      Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
      Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

      The letter to Trump said: “Given the rapidly shifting dynamics in Syria, it is possible that these terrorists may escape or be released from SDF custody in the coming weeks and months. It is imperative that these Islamic State fighters not be released. If given the opportunity, many of them will take up arms against our Syrian and Iraqi partners or attempt to infiltrate the United States and Europe to carry out terror attacks against civilian targets, like they have already done in France and Belgium.”

      When he took office, Trump soon reversed an order from President Barack Obama to close Gitmo. There are 40 prisoners still held there.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/4-gop-senators-urge-trump-to-put-isis-prisoners-from-syria-in-gitmo

      Google, Amazon seek foothold in electricity as home automation grows

      Amazon joined a $61 million funding round into smart thermostat maker ecobee Inc. last March. (Getty Images)

      Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. are taking early steps to expand into the electricity business, as home-energy automation emerges as a rich new source of customer data.

      The technology giants aren’t interested in selling megawatts—at least not for now. But they are seeking ways to expand their smart speakers, Internet-connected thermostats and other devices to harness information on consumers’ personal energy use. That data holds great power; it can be used to manage energy demand by incentivizing consumers to use less electricity during peak hours.

      While the energy ambitions of tech companies are currently limited, some executives anticipate a future where solar panels, battery storage and even electric vehicles all become part of a smart-home ecosystem. Under that scenario, any company that controls the software and systems that deliver energy could gain a formidable market position, according to executives and consultants.


      “In 10 or 20 years, the dominant retail electric provider in the United States is going to be Amazon or Google,” said David Crane, the former chief executive of NRG Energy Inc., who said he isn’t involved in discussions with the companies. “They can provide lower cost and better service.”

      Home-energy management is a battleground in a competition between Google and Amazon for internet-connected devices that has intensified in recent years after both companies saw smart speakers take off in popularity. Google bought Nest Labs, a maker of home-security cameras and thermostats, for $3.2 billion in 2014. Last year, Amazon bought Ring, a maker of video doorbells, in a deal valued at more than $1 billion. In March, Amazon joined a $61 million investment funding round into smart thermostat maker ecobee Inc.

      Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimated that spending on home-energy devices exceeded $40 billion in 2018 and is set to double in the next five years.

      Google, in a push for wider adoption of its connected devices, has struck partnerships with utilities and power providers in the U.K. and the Netherlands, as well as in Illinois, California and Texas. Google has a deal with Reliant Energy, a Texas electricity provider owned by NRG.

      Click here to read more of this story at The Wall Street Journal, where it was first published.

      Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/google-amazon-seek-foothold-in-electricity-as-home-automation-grows

      Helmets just got new innovation to secure your brains

      Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, has been a significant concern in the War on Fear. These injuries are severe and can have an enduring impact. Present helmets, while efficient versus some combat hazards, such as fragments and, sometimes, bullets, aren’& rsquo; t so great at avoiding TBI.A Swedish company, MIPS, has actually established a helmet technology called the Brain Security System. This innovation, which belongs to their MIPS: F2 option, helps safeguard the user from TBI and concussions by mitigating the impacts of rotational motion.The business

      claims that a person factor helmets haven’& rsquo; t protected troops from concussions or TBI is due to the fact that they’& rsquo; re evaluated all wrong.Most helmets have actually been evaluated for falls like the one on the left.(Image from mipsprotection.com) The majority of companies evaluate their helmets by

      dropping them on a flat surface area in a perfectly vertical style, but when people fall, how typically does it take place like that? We & rsquo; re going to wager it & rsquo; s seldom. Falls are anything but predictable, and those odd angles and impacts are what cause rotational movement, which is conducive to TBI.To prevent that movement, the Brain Protection System uses a

      low-friction layer in between the liner and the external shell that allows the helmet to slide, allowing it to absorb more rotational force.TBI results. (Image from mipsprotection.com )MIPS doesn & rsquo; t typically make helmets for the military. Instead, their specialized is helmets

      for snow sports, where TBI and concussions prevail. However, the applications for both police officers and military workers are apparent. & ldquo; With the MIPS: F2 system, we can not only expand that innovation into more sports helmet models, but likewise we can assist protect those who put their lives on the line to secure our communities every day, & rdquo; Jordan Thiel, CEO of MIPS said in a release.Pfc. James Freed, of Odon, Ind., indicates the exit hole a bullet made through his” helmet when a sniper assaulted him while on patrol in

      the Sadr City area in June. & ldquo; I got shot in the head and left. & rdquo; Just the length of time it will consider this innovation to be completely fielded is a matter of spending plans, however anything that decreases the number of TBI and concussions is a good idea.



      Enterprise startups: The cream of the new innovation crop – Tech Pro Research

      Enterprise software firms are in the spotlight. These firms, which sell software to businesses to enable them to do business better, raised $5.4 billion in capital in the first half of 2014. That was roughly the total amount raised in 2013, reports TechCrunch.

      This article profiles 10 younger startups that are part of that wave. They were founded in 2009 or later and are based in the United States. These firms to date have raised the most capital among this new crop of enterprise software firms, according the Crunchbase search engine. Note that although Cloudera can claim a sizable piece of the $5.4 billion noted above, it was founded in 2008, earlier than my search parameters.

      The 10 startups

      Why enterprise tech, and why now? There’s a belief among investors, reports Jonathan Schieber, that a huge change in the way technology affects business is afoot. And compared to 2013, the increase in funding accompanies a decrease in commitments to new firms, meaning that this current crop of startups is maturing.

      The 10 enterprise tech startups, listed in order of capital raised, are: Pure Storage, Hortonworks, CipherCloud, Smartling, PernixData, Zerto, ZEFR, Skyera, Kenandy, and 2nd Watch.

      1: Pure Storage

      This is a startup success story — not many firms have raised $475 million in capital and reached a market value of $3 billion within five years. In a November 2014 interview with Inc., CEO Scott Dietzen said that his company is growing 400% per year.

      Up-and-coming Pure Storage is rubbing shoulders with tech company EMC. But the jury’s still out on how much business it’s claiming from its more established rival. According to a claim made by CEO Dietzen, Pure Storage may be winning 70% of its competitive battles with EMC in a Tier I storage market worth $15 billion, which is not seeing a lot of growth. EMC claimed that it wins 95% of the time in bids for “pure flash.” Prior to a Pure Storage IPO, no one can say for sure.

      Also in November 2014, Pure Storage announced an expanded Forever Flash program to end what it calls “maintenance extortion” in the storage business. For new and existing customers, it’s promising flat or better maintenance, no out-year pricing increases, and free upgrades with a three-year contract renewal.

      2: Hortonworks

      Hortonworks, the startup, is now seeking to stop being one. The company filed a form S-1 with the SEC in November 2014 to hold an IPO. An amended S-1 shows it will be traded on Nasdaq under the symbol NDP; the IPO is priced at $12 to $14 per share with 6 million shares of common stock to be sold.

      In July 2014 HP invested $50 million in a play to integrate big data analytics customers. Previously, Hortonworks has partnered with EMC’s Pivotal Initiative, BMC Software, Red Hat, and Accenture. In May, the firm acquired XA Secure to build up its Hadoop security posture. In September 2014, Hortonworks said it had 233 subscription customers and 292 total customers “across a broad array of company sizes and industries.”

      In other news, Hortonworks in October 2014 won the Teradata EPIC award for Big Data Intelligence at the Teradata PARTNERS Conference in Nashville for a second year in a row. The Teradata EPIC Awards recognize its customers and partners for their “leadership in implementing data and analytics solutions.”

      3: CipherCloud

      Speaking of venture capital, that’s the news for CipherCloud, which closed a $50 million Series B round of financing in November 2014 that will be used to support its go-to-market activities, international growth in Europe and Asia, adoption of the its enterprise cloud security platform, and product innovation. Transamerica Ventures led the round and was joined by Delta Partners, along with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Venture, the VC division of Deutsche Telekom.

      In a statement, Georg Schwegler, CEO of Transamerica Ventures, said, “CipherCloud is successfully helping enterprises to securely adopt cloud applications with its innovative portfolio of cloud security solutions and is poised for impressive growth. Transamerica Ventures has strong confidence in CipherCloud, given its leadership’s track record, its growing customer base and expanding partner network.”

      Kristoff Puelinckx, group co-managing director of Delta Partners, said in a statement, “CipherCloud has established a global leadership position right at the intersection of two of the most interesting trends that we are seeing, namely the continued migration of businesses to cloud services and the need for greater data protection required by both regulators and customers,”

      4: Smartling

      Smartling has just been named to the 2014 EContent 100, a ranking of digital content industry members by EContent Magazine. Smartling won in the “content creation” category.

      “Digital content is a company’s most powerful asset,” said CEO Jack Welde, in a statement. “When the right content is developed, it can drive brand awareness, revenue and customer engagement. Smartling is all about helping companies make the most of their digital content by easily, efficiently and affordably translating it to fully reflect the way their customers live, act and speak.”

      Outsourcing language services is a $35-billion-a-year business, reports Forbes, building on rapid overseas expansion by large and small companies. Smartling, an early mover in that market, now has more than 300 clients, including Uber, Spotify, and Tesla.

      Here’s how it works: Smartling has a translation hub that does away with document-based translation. Its system automatically pulls new client content and delivers it to preapproved translators. The firm contracts with thousands of translators and has a staff of 160.

      5: PernixData

      With growth comes a new global headquarters. PernixData has just moved into new offices on Technology Drive in San Jose, which it claims will “quadruple” its presence in Silicon Valley. The company announced it has 300 paying customers in 20 countries and that its FVP software is handling 150,000 virtual workloads globally.

      In a statement, CEO Poojan Kumar said, “We are pleased to move into a beautiful new facility that allows us to grow the company in all strategic areas of business. PernixData’s new headquarters is a key step towards bringing decoupled storage to every virtualized data center across the globe, with FVP software the de facto standard for server-side storage intelligence.”

      In August 2014, PernixData closed a $35 million Series C round led by Menlo Ventures, with Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff, along with existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers and Lightspeed Ventures.

      Poojan Kumar told the Silicon Valley Business Journal that “Our customers are recognizing that instead of having their storage tied to a box that after a year starts to look really old, they invest in software that gives them more flexibility as hardware evolves.”

      6: Zerto

      In November 2014, BCDR firm Zerto announced that its offering for Amazon Web Services will be previewed at the AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, with the goal of extending enterprise-grade disaster recovery to the public cloud.

      “Zerto Virtual Replication to AWS is the next step in our Cloud Fabric strategy, which allows customers to select their IT infrastructure based solely on their business needs, regardless of underlying storage, hypervisor or cloud provider,” said CEO Ziv Kedem, in a statement.

      In June 2014 Zerto closed a $26 million Series D round of funding led by Harmony Partners. The firm claims more than 500 enterprise customers and 100 partnering managed cloud providers.

      According to Mark Lotke, managing partner of Harmony Partners, “We talked with a wide range of customers, managed service providers, and VARs who surveyed the market for a hypervisor-based data replication software solution. The recurring theme we heard was that Zerto does exactly what it says it does.” He added, “Zerto has become the clear market leader in hypervisor-based disaster recovery and there is a broad use case for their technology, with many additional applications beyond DR.”

      [Disclosure: Zerto is a copywriting client of author Brian Taylor.]

      7: ZEFR

      ZEFR is a firm in Southern California, not Silicon Valley, and in November 2014 it made the socalTECH 50 list of tech biz individuals to watch — in SoCal. These are the people “most likely to create the next big thing,” minus the businesspeople on last year’s list, well known serial entrepreneurs and “power players” in SoCal tech. Both Zach James and Richard Raddon were named to the list.

      ZEFR from the outset has been focused on YouTube, but in September 2014 it acquired Utah-based Engodoto broaden its reach. Engodo is designed to match up brands on social media with content creators on Vine, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter, in addition to YouTube. ZEFR issued $886,939 worth of its stock to complete the Engodo deal, according to an SEC filing.

      “ZEFR is the thought leader connecting brands and fans through technology. We knew we could do more with ZEFR and we wanted to be part of that growth,” said Engodo founder Trygve Jensen in a statement. “The opportunity provided by combining ZEFR’s leadership and Engodo’s assets completely changes the landscape of influencer marketing.”

      8: Skyera

      Skyera in October 2014 announced its second-generation solid-state array. Skyera skyHawk FS allows companies to “upgrade their legacy storage platform to flash-based storage at the price of traditional spinning disk technology.” The firm claims that the skyHawk FS occupies 99% less space and consumes 97% less power with price points equal to legacy enterprise disk storage systems.

      In a statement, Mark Peters, senior analyst at ESG, said, “With the increasing volume of data that needs to be stored and analyzed by contemporary enterprise applications, there is an increasing pressure on IT organizations to develop strategies to help them gain the upper hand in effectively and efficiently managing their storage. Rather than simply deploy more and more traditional equipment into the data center — which uses more power, space, cooling and management — Skyera’s innovative use of flash technology to provide extremes of both capacity and performance can help organizations save on their capital and operational expenditures and positively impact their bottom line.”

      In August 2014, Skyera’s investors provided an undisclosed amount of additional capital. At that time former COO Frankie Roohparvar become CEO, and founder Dr. Radoslav Danilak transferred to the CTO role.

      9: Kenandy

      With more than 30 years in the industry, Kenandy founder Sandra Kurtzig, writes Barron’s, is “one of the most successful women in the tech world.” Kurtzig guided one of the big tech IPOs in the 80s, taking her first company, ASK Computer Systems, public in 1981, after Apple went public and before Microsoft. She also has friends in the tech industry who are household names, one of whom — Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff — convinced her to leave retirement in Hawaii and pursue cloud ERP firm Kenandy.

      At Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2014 conference in October, Kenandy announced it was joining the Salesforce Analytics Cloud ecosystem. The integration with Salesforce Analytics Cloud will permit Kenandy customers to combine their cloud ERP information with multiple data sources to get a “complete view of all the factors that impact their business.”

      In a statement, CEO Sandra Kurtzig said, “Customers are connected as they have never been before. By 2020, there will be 75 billion connected products in the world. With the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, our customers can harness the increasing amount of data that’s available to them in Kenandy, from their partners, and through their devices so they can act on it quickly and decisively.”

      10: 2nd Watch

      In November 2014, 2nd Watch announced Cloud Factory, a cloud workload management services offering for firms migrating to Amazon Web Services from traditional on-premises data centers. 2nd Watch is guaranteeing $2,000 per server deployments for Cloud Factory customers based on a 200-server minimum. Typical migrations can be completed in as quickly as six weeks — which it claims is well below the industry average.

      According to Forbes, 2nd Watch is following the AWS example and “is fixing its server migration fee and essentially ‘productizing’ a service offering.”

      In a statement, Doug Schneider, CEO at 2nd Watch, said, “We’re always looking for ways to bring greater value to our customers, and time and again we hear that companies want to move faster yet still meet expectations for a successful transition. Cloud Factory combines highly skilled consulting services with the latest technology tools to ensure a reliable cost structure for planning and implementation.”

      In October 2014, 2nd Watch closed a $10 million Series C funding round led by Top Tier Capital Partners. Founder Kris Bliesner moved to the CTO role, and enterprise tech veteran Doug Schneider was appointed CEO.



      Russian hackers, firewall check-ups and more: Tech Q&A

      File photo – A contrail left by a passenger plane is seen behind a Russian state flag as it passes over the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin)

      Sending Secret Messages

      Q: I want to send my girlfriend secret messages. Is it possible to do this so when my wife snoops on my email, she thinks it is just a picture?

      A: This is your life, of course, but having an affair never ends well. Rather than sneak around, talk to your wife and seek marriage counseling. Now that I’ve given you the necessary precautions, the answer is yes, you can send secret love messages, and you can probably secure them from watchful eyes. There are more productive uses of this technology, especially if your work requires confidential correspondence, or you are planning a surprise birthday party. Whatever your need for secrecy, I have the steps to take that will enable you to communicate entirely on the DL.

      Protecting Cameras from Hackers

      Q: There was a news story about a hacker watching what a family was doing through their inside security cameras. I have security cameras in my house. Am I at risk too?

      A: Here is a warning that I can’t overstate: the moment you install a microphone or camera in your house and then connect either device to the internet, you are exposing yourself to a potential security risk. The irony about security cameras is that they are supposed to protect you and keep your homestead safe; once a hacker takes them over, that very safety net can be used against you, capturing your daily life in the most intimate way. Take action now. Here is how to secure your security cameras from prying eyes.

      Using a Malware-Resistant Browser

      Q: On a recent podcast, you said that Microsoft has a hidden browser that protects you from malware. How do I get it?

      A: If you have Windows 10, you’ll find that Microsoft has invented a smart containment strategy. This service allows you to create a virtual computer inside your real computer, preventing the malware from spreading. That may sound far-out, but it makes a lot of sense, especially given how susceptible Windows devices often are to viruses. Not everyone will be able to take advantage of this technology, but Microsoft Edge really does live up to its name. You’ll want to read this to learn how to use Edge’s hidden browser.

      Keeping the Russians Out

      Q: I heard that the Russians are hacking into firewalls. How do test my router’s firewall to make sure it’s Russian ready?

      A: “Firewall” is a dramatic word. It conjures an image of an actual wall of fire, giving confidence to the people who have established a firewall – and intimidating anyone trying to get through one. A firewall still offers powerful protection against cybercriminals, but as you suggest, some hackers can still break through. Hackers based in Russia are especially infamous right now, but the truth is, an evil coder could be anywhere in the world, and your firewall may not defend you from his programming skills. So how do you find out whether your firewall is solid? Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to test it. Tap or click here to test your firewall and make sure it’s working.

      Uber Spies

      Q: Some Uber drivers have cameras and record their trips. Is there a way to know for sure if the Uber car I get in is recording me?

      A: Whether you prefer Uber or Lyft or Yellow Cab, most drivers are just everyday people who are trying to make a living. (And earn a five-star rating). At the end of the day, every driver is a stranger, and every passenger is entering a foreign space. We live in an era of tiny, secret cameras. So how do you find a camera that is designed to escape notice? Here are some ways to check for hidden cameras in Uber or Lyft. And by the way, if you are looking to earn money with a side hustle, listen to this special Komando on Demand podcast.

      What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call her national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen or watch to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

      Copyright 2019, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

      Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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      New innovation a video game changer for Type 1 diabetes

      TAMPA, Fla..( WFLA)– It’s a game changer for millions coping with Type 1 diabetes.New Bluetooth

      innovation established here in the Bay location and in California keeps track of your insulin levels every minute of the day.It’s called RileyLink and it couple with a few little gadgets that link to your smartphone.The innovation has yet to be authorized by the FDA, however its users hope that will alter soon.RileyLink’s co-creator, Nichole Johnson of Seminole was detected with Type 1 diabetes more than 20 years earlier. At the time, Johnson, then a trainee at USF, states she was required to puncture her fingers numerous times a day.She lastly hit rock bottom when her glucose levels got so low that somebody found her in a coma.Johnson started wearing an insulin pump that was as huge as a backpack. As time passed, her insulin pumps reduced in size.

      Her latest one has a sensor. “And it’s unfortunate that our makes of the different insulin pumps hasn’t gotten on board and done this a little faster,”stated nurse specialist Michele Lane when speaking about the brand-new technology.Johnson and Lane worked together with engineers in California to develop a computer circuit board that suits a small case and enables a mobile phone app to track correct insulin levels at all times. “To be able to able to see your blood glucose anytime of the day,”Johnson told News Channel 8.”Or night, specifically when you’re sleeping.”Johnson and Lane confess the innovation isn’t perfect.

      Today, it only works with one older design pump, however they expect that to alter soon.In the meantime, Johnson says she feels blessed. “I am impressed therefore grateful for innovation

      and medical science and progress that’s happened that I’m here today and living my dreams,”she informed us.Some components of the technology, such as the sensor and

      the pump, are FDA authorized. Nevertheless, the computer circuit board is not, though Johnson and Lane anticipate that to change.To use RileyLink, visit

      https://github.com/ps2/rileylink!.?.!Be prepared to put in some effort to get the devices linked. It may look complicated, however Johnson says it took the 2 females one afternoon to put it together.Finally, if you make any modifications, it’s

      always best to talk with your medical professional first, but Johnson told us, many physicians aren’t yet knowledgeable about the product. Diabetes Expo MVCTC levy would money growth, brand-new equipment, officials say < a href= http://wdtn.com/2017/10/06/sinclair-dedicates-new-health-sciences-center/ rel=bookmark >

      How NASA, Lasers And New Technology Help Step California’s Snowpack With Exceptional Accuracy

      Frank Gehrke treks through snow and ice, as he’s provided for nearly 4 years in the Sierra Nevada. He’s one of many state employees who takes month-to-month snow studies, in the very same areas, to figure out how much water is in the snowpack. And this old-fashioned way of determining the snowpack is rather laborsome.First, surveyors

      strap on snowshoes– if there is even adequate snow on the ground to schlep through– trek in and after that follow a designated course. This course’s starting point is marked by an orange indication on an evergreen.”We generally determine snow courses with a set of hollow aluminum tubes that are usually about 30 inches long,” Gehrke described as he unwrapped the tubes from a canvas backpack along a course off Highway 50 that heads towards Lake Tahoe.Gehrke hands me a measuring tape and strolls 25 feet in the instructions of another marked tree.

      He says he ‘d much rather run snowcourses like this than being in meetings about water policy, which he does frequently. He pierces the snow with the hollow tube. As he pulls it out, makes an announcement:” A little less than 14 inches. “Frank Gehrke’s conducted hundreds of snow studies across the Sierra. It all

      starts with a determining tape, a hollow aluminum tube and a scale. As soon as property surveyors determine each range they pierce the snow with the tube and then weigh the snow gathered. The water content in the samples are determined by the depth of snow divided by its density. The process is repeated till the course is over.Ezra David Romero/ Capital Public Radio This whole course wound up balancing about 1 inch of water material, which is very low for early February. It jumped to 9 inches after the huge snowfall in late March, however.The information from studies and a system of around 150 sensing units notifies local and state officials how much water is saved in the Sierra. However there’s a flaw: Measurements can be up to 40 percent off.That’s because– undoubtedly– the level of snow isn’t the exact same throughout the mountain range. “You could be basing on six feet of snow and 10 feet away it’s bare ground,”stated Gehrke, recollecting numerous surveys he’s conducted.In dry, warm years like 2018, snow sensing units typically do not work since they’re covered in thick layers of ice as snow melts and freezes. The advancement of these layers is a procedure called”bridging,” which has actually worsened over the previous ten years, the Department of Water Resources reports, due to late snowfall in seasons like this and warm temperatures.That’s why Gehrke is stoked about a brand-new way to determine the snowpack from the sky. This map reveals the basins that NASA’s Aerial Snow Observatory currently flies over.

      The blue and white colors reveal depth for almost all the snow in the basins compared to the averages taken through snow studies and sensors(represented by the circles). NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ Courtesy This brand-new method has the potential to map the snow with a very small margin of mistake, which is very important because– in a state where drought and heat waves are significantly common– every drop matters.Using new innovation such as lasers to determine the snow likewise indicates enhanced water projections for farms and cities, and even positive advantagesfor renewable-energy production.This truly is the holy grail for

      snow geeks.The brand-new approach is called an aerial snow survey. And it’s run by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in collaboration with state and local agencies.In a location with water problems– California has those in both wet and dry years– this job is a big offer since it significantly reduces that margin of error to below 3 percent.”We didn’t anticipate it to be that great,”Gehrke said.”It’s basically an assurance.

      “That is very important for handling the

      state’s limited water supply: in terms of releases from tanks, producing hydroelectric power and salmon repair jobs along rivers, such as the San Joaquin

      River north of Fresno. Even in a reducing snowpack, knowing definitely just how much is up there allows you to handle it better, “Gehrke said.Since a minimum of a 3rd of the snowpack is at elevations

      above where surveys and sensors happen, this task is vital for comprehending where the state’s water supply stands, he says.The new way is NASA researcher Tom Painter’s brainchild. The primary investigator for the Airborne Snow Observatory at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena says this method would avoid”those sort of forecasts

      with errors of 37 percent or more.”Painter states a method to visualize the job is by comparing a TV screen with just a couple of

      pixels to one with all of them illuminated.”It’s type of the fully grown phase that we have actually not yet been at, “Painter said. It’s kind of the mature stage that we have actually not yet been at.Under Painter’s guidance, NASA wants to map the whole Sierra Nevada snowpack and landscape; just about 40 percent of the range is mapped now.Painter says it’s essential that the task expand because, if California doesn’t adopt some brand-new method, we’ll be susceptible now and in the future.”We have actually been truly lucky that the measurements and innovation line up,”he added.This is how it works: A plane geared up with a device called LIDAR, or light detection and varying, flies over the range, shooting out laser pulses to find how deep the snowpack is and how much water remains in it. An imaging spectrometer on board detects albedo– the ratio

      of light showed off snow– which helps identify when it will melt. Understanding when runoff will occur is essential for handling tanks, specifically when water is limited.”It has two laser sources situated within the system itself,” stated

      Kat Bormann, among the NASA scientists who work on the aircraft in Mammoth.”We can press out 800,000 points per 2nd with this system.” The project got its start in the Tuolumne River Basin– that’s where Hetch Hetchy is, the reservoir that supplies water

      to San Francisco. Wes Monier, with the Turlock Irrigation District, states the aerial information helps his company warranty growers just how much water they’ll receive in years of abundance and conservation.”Now we understand precisely what we need to launch,”stated Monier, whose district serves 5,500 farmers over 150,000 acres.”We are paying for a program that is offering some knowledge. “A flyover expenses around $100,000 for a small river basin.”Yes, it’s really costly, however it gets you a complete photo of the watershed,”Monier stated. He added that the information from aerial snow surveys will help farmers keep producing– and turning an earnings– as the environment changes.The aerial studies belong to a pilot program in its 5th year. It has actually

      n’t gone statewide yet, And today consists of the American River and San Joaquin River basins, plus others. The Friant Water Authority– which manages the San Joaquin River– is moneying a three-year test. Last year, it helped prevent flooding on multiple tanks. The map above reveals the borders of the San Joaquin River Basin and areas of traditional studies compared to the NASA Aerial Snow Observatory snow protections for April 1, 2017. Jeffrey Payne, with the Friant Water Authority, states having a more complete photo of basin conditions with less mistake enables earlier and more precise water supply allocations.Friant Water Authority/ Courtesy It is an efficient method of adding new storage capability to our reservoirs by allowing them to operate earlier and with more confidence,”said Jeff Payne, director of water policy for the Friant Water Authority.His district is leading the charge to scale this project statewide. Payne states”water companies see the worth in this,”however a concern stays:”Who should pay?'”Payne added.A moment happened like this in the ’70s, when the state decided to finance California’s existing snow-sensor system. Snow-surveys have actually been performed given that 1909 and in 1929 a statewide survey-program began. Throughout the height of information collection in early April about 280 studies are taken.The groups involved today are attempting to figure out ways to get the program from a NASA research study task and turn it into an industrial enterprise.Doing so will take a huge education campaign: persuading state leaders about the program’s value, identifying how it overlaps with other state objectives and trying to figure out what the best private-public collaboration is to get it funded.It might get bankrolled through legislation, through the state budget or mandate as early as 2019. Presently, all the data gathered– about one terabyte per flight– is processed and sent to NASA out of one office near Mammoth. To map the whole Sierra may take other facilities and numerous planes.We have an 18-month horizon to get this thing to take flight.”We have an 18-month horizon to get this thing to take flight, “Payne stated.”It’s the state’s responsibility to understand how much water exists in the state and how

      to handle it.”A couple million dollars every year could bring the data-rich job statewide, Payne states. He likewise recommends using aerial surveys for information collection could eliminate the requirement to develop more reservoirs. “The value of this program is really understanding how to use the existing facilities without having to build brand-new facilities,” Payne said.It might likewise offer companies creating hydroelectric power understanding about precisely when snow will melt, which

      implies they might start producing energy weeks earlier.This is a pivotal moment for California, Payne states, if we desire to have a clear understanding of just how much water is in our snowpack.” The public benefits of this job ought to not be the property of the Friant Water Authority and its users, it needs to be the home of the state,”he said.But despite the fact that this brand-new technology is way more precise, they’re still going to keep doing it the old-fashioned method until this shows itself.



      New Innovation Established In the Northwest Might Protect Schools From Shootings

      In the wake of school shootings like Sandy Hook and Parkland, everybody from school officials and parents to very first responders and political leaders have actually looked for ways to safeguard kids from shooting. Now sensing unit technology originally made for missiles is being put to the test.The system was

      developed by a semi-retired electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

      About four years back, Jim Skorpik’s grandchildren experienced a lockdown at their school.

      “The youngest one, she was like in kindergarten, and she got back quite psychological,” Skorpik said. “‘Cause she was in the gym, and the teacher was covering the kids with fitness center mats.”

      “Boots on the ground that resembles our little sensor system sitting there,” Skorpik said. “And eyes in the sky, the sensor system integrates in with electronic cameras.”

      It’s not the very first or only gunfire locator system. Most are established for outside usage by authorities departments.

      “So right here in the hallway, this is our very first gunshot detector, “Simer stated, pointing to a small gadget on the wall.”

      And right down the hallway is the primary frame, the brains of it.”The gunshot detectors are a little larger than a pack of chewing gum and usage cell phone technology, like microphones. They’re cordless and utilize batteries. They trigger when the energy and sound waves of a bullet sets them off. They then feed information back to a main computer system.

      “It’s unfortunate that we’re in a society where we need to have stuff like this. Which we are checking stuff like this in a school,” Simer stated. “But the reality is, you understand it happens.”

      Simer said the system is developed to identify a loud book dropping to the floor from weapon fire. It can inform authorities and train electronic cameras on the location where the shots were fired. The system can even lock doors, sound the structure’s PA system and lock border doors immediately all within seconds.

      Simer thinks all this will work if they ever need it. During screening, they attempted to trick it.

      “We triggered some M-80 firecrackers in the school,” he stated. “It didn’t choose ’em up.”

      They likewise had regional authorities shoot genuine weapons at the school throughout off hours. The alarms went off and the doors locked like they were expected to.

      Jennifer Russell is the co-owner of EAGL Technology of Albuquerque. Her company offers the system for $60,000 to $150,000, but installed it at Hermosa Elementary for free to check it.

      “It’s triggered by shooting,” Russell said. “It’s automated. You do not have to have a school resource officer, or a principle, or a superintendent, or an instructor or any kind of administrator activate the system.”

      Russell acknowledged concerns that the automated locking of doors could leave somebody vulnerable in a hallway. The idea is to get as many individuals behind locked doors quicker– like teachers and trainees practice in drills, and do in real lockdowns.

      The president of the Moms and dad Instructor Company with Hermosa Elementary stated they have not had a close take a look at the brand-new system, however are glad to have anything to help protect kids.

      Artesia Public Schools now plans to install the detector systems in six more of its schools prior to classes start once again in the fall. And since the Parkland shooting, EAGL Innovation said it’s gotten telephone call and emails from other districts and states.Copyright 2018 Northwest News Network. To see more, see Northwest News Network.



      New Innovation Established In the Northwest Could Safeguard Schools From Shootings

      In the wake of school shootings like Sandy Hook and Parkland, everybody from school authorities and parents to first responders and politicians have actually searched for ways to secure children from shooting. Now sensor innovation initially made for missiles is being put to the test.The system was

      developed by a semi-retired electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

      About four years back, Jim Skorpik’s grandchildren experienced a lockdown at their school.

      “The youngest one, she was like in kindergarten, and she came house pretty emotional,” Skorpik said. “‘Cause she was in the gym, and the teacher was covering the kids with gym mats.”

      “Boots on the ground that resembles our little sensor system sitting there,” Skorpik stated. “And eyes in the sky, the sensing unit system integrates in with electronic cameras.”

      It’s not the first or only shooting locator system. The majority of are developed for outdoor usage by authorities departments.

      “So right here in the hallway, this is our first gunshot detector, “Simer stated, pointing to a small device on the wall.”

      And right down the hallway is the primary frame, the brains of it.”The gunshot detectors are a little bigger than a pack of chewing gum and usage cellular phone technology, like microphones. They’re wireless and use batteries. They trigger when the energy and sound waves of a bullet sets them off. They then feed information back to a central computer system.

      “It’s unfortunate that we’re in a society where we need to have things like this. Which we are testing stuff like this in a school,” Simer stated. “But the reality is, you know it takes place.”

      Simer said the system is created to differentiate a loud book dropping to the flooring from gun fire. It can inform authorities and train cameras on the area where the shots were fired. The system can even lock doors, sound the structure’s PA system and lock perimeter doors automatically all within seconds.

      Simer thinks all this will work if they ever require it. During screening, they tried to deceive it.

      “We triggered some M-80 firecrackers in the school,” he said. “It didn’t pick ’em up.”

      They likewise had local police shoot genuine guns at the school during off hours. The alarms went off and the doors locked like they were supposed to.

      Jennifer Russell is the co-owner of EAGL Innovation of Albuquerque. Her business offers the system for $60,000 to $150,000, but installed it at Hermosa Elementary free of charge to check it.

      “It’s activated by shooting,” Russell stated. “It’s automatic. You don’t have to have a school resource officer, or a principle, or a superintendent, or a teacher or any sort of administrator trigger the system.”

      Russell acknowledged concerns that the automated locking of doors might leave someone susceptible in a hallway. The idea is to get as lots of people behind locked doors quicker– like teachers and trainees practice in drills, and carry out in genuine lockdowns.

      The president of the Moms and dad Instructor Company with Hermosa Elementary said they haven’t had a close appearance at the new system, but are happy to have anything to help secure kids.

      Artesia Public Schools now plans to set up the detector systems in 6 more of its schools before classes start again in the fall. And given that the Parkland shooting, EAGL Technology stated it’s gotten call and e-mails from other districts and states.Copyright 2018 Northwest News Network. To see more, go to Northwest News Network.



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