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September 11, 2019
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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Store Manager at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Driver Helper at UPSFull-Time Officer Manager at AmetekFull-Time Experienced Fleet Technician at Pepsi Co.Full-Time & Part-Time Positions at SaversFull-Time Small Engine Mechanic at Garrick Santo LandscapePart-Time Afternoon Loader & Backup Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time CDL A & B Drivers at TransForceFull-Time Customer Service Role at Serur Agencies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Audi Q4 ETron concept brings electric coupeover style to Geneva

first_img Tags Audi Q4 E-Tron concept: A small EV that’s big on range Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Post a comment Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 70 Photos 1:50 • 0 No need to rely on the rumor mill any longer — Audi’s got an electric crossover “coupe” concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s headed for production.Audi on Tuesday unveiled the Q4 E-Tron four-door SUV concept here in Switzerland. It’s just a concept for now, but Audi says the production version should make an appearance in the second half of 2020, with an on-sale date likely for 2021. Share your voice See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi As with Audi’s other electric vehicles, concepts or otherwise, the Q4 E-Tron rides atop Volkswagen Group’s uber-flexible MEB electric vehicle platform. Two electric motors, one at each axle, provide approximately 301 horsepower. It’ll scoot from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds and continue on to an electronically limited 112 miles per hour. Its 82-kWh battery should be good for about 280 miles by European WLTP standards — expect a slightly lower figure by US EPA measurements. The Q4 E-Tron isn’t just a carbon copy of the E-Tron SUV already destined for sale. Its look is a little tighter and more futuristic. The headlights are slimmer, and the whole front end is a bit more aggressive, separating itself from Audi’s current design language, which is better reflected in the production E-Tron. Out back, there’s a slight taper to the roof that gives the Q4 some familial relation to the Q8 that recently launched. Crossover “coupes” are here to stay, folks.Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering where Audi’s styling is headed next, this is a good idea of what to expect. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow The interior represents an even more dramatic departure from the first E-Tron SUV. Gone is any semblance of connection to current Audi productions. The main infotainment screen flows into a glass-look trim that covers the top of the dashboard. The climate-control screen has been pared down in a big way, resting above a push-button shifter and even more glass. There’s a new steering wheel design in front of a gauge cluster screen, with some properly wild vents flanking it.When it makes its debut in 2020, the Q4 E-Tron will be the fifth production Audi EV. The E-Tron SUV is already on sale, and it’ll be followed by the Q2L, a long-wheelbase electric Q2 for China. After that is a production version of the E-Tron GT four-door “coupe,” and the Q4 E-Tron will debut at the same time. Now, I know what you’re thinking: That’s four cars, not five. Either Audi’s really bad at counting or there’s a surprise yet to be revealed. Either way, 2020 is just around the corner, so we’ll find out soon. 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Electric Cars Concept Cars SUVs reading • Audi Q4 E-Tron concept brings electric coupe-over style to Geneva Audi Volkswagenlast_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Facebook blames bug for brief page redesign

first_imgFacebook’s page redesign was an accident, the social networking giant says. Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images Don’t get too excited about that new Facebook page design that popped up Tuesday. It was a mistake, and it’s already gone.The social media giant tinkers with the look of its pages from time to time, but the apparent makeover that appeared on several accounts yesterday replaced the previous three-column layout for one that incorporates only two columns. The content on pages also looked less cluttered, with plenty of eye-appealing white space and an increased emphasis on thumbnail images.  But, alas, as intriguing as the redesign seemed, it wasn’t meant to be, Facebook said Wednesday.”We recently experienced a bug that impacted the way Pages were displayed on desktop when searching for a Page,” a Facebook spokeswoman said. “This bug has been fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” Facebook Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

September 10, 2019
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FTC chief sees obstacle to splitting up Facebook

first_img Internet Services 0 Breaking up Facebook may not be as easy as some think. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram could hamper any attempt to break up the social media giant, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission believes. Joseph Simmons told the Financial Times that all options are on the table as it conducts an antitrust investigation of the company, but combing the three major brands could complicate things. “If they’re maintaining separate business structures and infrastructure, it’s much easier to have a divestiture in that circumstance than in where they’re completely enmeshed and all the eggs are scrambled,” he told the Financial Times.Facebook revealed last month that the FTC had launched an antitrust investigation into the company, but the social network didn’t provide many details. More recent reports indicate that the agency is investigating whether Facebook’s purchases of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp were part of the social media giant’s strategy to stifle competition.Facebook announced plans in January to closely integrate WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, allowing the apps’ users to send messages to one another without switching apps. Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.Simmons declined to discuss the specifics of the FTC’s investigation but signaled his intention to complete the investigation before the 2020 election. “Any significant case that I’m trying to emphasize, I would want to be out before the election,” he told the Financial Times.The US Department of Justice is also looking at antitrust concerns regarding tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Post a comment Share your voice Tags Facebook FTClast_img read more

September 3, 2019
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255 risky city buildings to be demolished Minister

first_imgHousing and public works minister Mosharraf HossainHousing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday told parliament that steps are being taken to demolish 255 vulnerable buildings in the capital, reports UNB.”Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has identified 321 risky buildings in the city since 2010. Of the buildings, 255 are still there,” he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench MP M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).Of the remaining buildings, the minister said, the owners reconstructed 28 buildings, while demolished 38 buildings.”Steps are being taken to demolish or remove the existing 255 risky buildings through discussions with the owners,” he told the House.In reply to another starred question from Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), the minister said the government has a plan to construct a flyover from the city’s Shantinagar point to Mawa Road (Jhilmil) under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).In 2013, the relevant ministerial committee approved in principle the implementation of the project under PPP system. The project is supposed to be completed by June 2022.last_img read more

September 2, 2019
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Construction Moves Further South On The Gulf Freeway

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:16 Share X – / 7That project will increase the number of lanes on the Gulf Freeway from six to ten. TxDOT has already completed widening between Beltway 8 and NASA Road One. Now that project is going further south, to FM 517 near Dickinson.   On a ramp high above the freeway officials gave an update on the work. Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan says with all the growth in in the region, the number of vehicles on the Gulf Freeway could increase by 70% in the coming decades.“This initiative allows us the opportunity to address the mobility gap and seamlessly connect corridors and projects,” says Ryan. “To deliver a corridor and not just individual projects and segmented projects.”But while that construction is in progress, what does that mean for people just trying to get to the beach?  We asked TxDOT District Engineer Quincy Allen. “We’re trying to keep the same number of freeway lanes open at all times,” explains Allen. “We had three lanes before we started. We’ll try to keep three lanes at all times.” The section between NASA Road One and and FM 518 should be finished in late 2021. The segment between League City and Dickinson is expected to wrap up by December 2020. The work will cost about $220 million.last_img read more

September 2, 2019
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Texas School Finance Panel Approves Final Report To Lawmakers

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Commission on Public School Finance member Todd Williams of Dallas, left, speaks with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath and state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, on Jan. 23, 2018.After hours of discussion Wednesday, a state panel studying school finance stripped its final report of language that blamed the state for inadequate education spending — and that added urgency to a need for more money to improve student performance.The original version of the report, unveiled last Tuesday, included stronger language that held the state accountable for the lack of education funding and urged lawmakers to immediately inject more than a billion dollars of new funding into public schools. Scott Brister, the panel’s chairman and a former Texas Supreme Court justice, led the charge to make those changes, which he said would be more palatable to lawmakers and keep Texas from being sued in the future.“I do have a problem several places where it says our school system has failed. I do think that’s asking for trouble,” he said.Some lawmakers and educators on the panel pushed back before agreeing to compromise.“I think we have failed our schools and we haven’t funded them, in my view, adequately or equitably,” responded state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, who chairs the House Public Education Committee.Despite the conflict, the 13-member commission unanimously approved more than 30 recommendations on Wednesday aimed at boosting public education funding, improving student performance, cleaning up a messy funding distribution system — and providing property tax relief for Texans.A final report will be sent to lawmakers, who are convening next month amid calls from state leadership to overhaul a long-embattled school finance system. Gov. Greg Abbott supported the panel’s vote in a statement Wednesday afternoon: “Today’s school finance commission report made clear that the state must reform the broken Robin Hood system and allocate more state funding to education. This session, we will do just that.”The vote was the culmination of nearly a year of meetings and hours of testimony from school superintendents, education advocates and policy experts.Panel members have bickered for months about basic foundational concepts, including whether the state had been underfunding public schools and whether they actually need more money in order to improve. The report takes a middle ground approach, promising more money to school districts that meet certain criteria or agree to offer specific programs such as dual language or merit pay for teachers.Many of the debates among panel members Wednesday reflected their political divisions, with Brister — a conservative and Abbott appointee — arguing against citing a specific amount lawmakers should infuse into the public school funding system and school officials saying the panel should take an explicit stand based on its research.An earlier version of the report said lawmakers should take the “important first step” of approving more than $1.73 billion in “new funding” for “the vast majority (if not all)” of the proposed programs.The recommendation the commission approved Wednesday dropped that dollar figure.Brister said he was uncomfortable sending a report to lawmakers that pressured them into making specific financial decisions.“I am willing to say we will have to add new money to do these things. I am not willing to say, ‘And the first step is, every dime has to come from new money,” he said.Nicole Conley-Johnson, chief financial officer of the Austin Independent School District, unsuccessfully argued to keep the paragraph in its original form.“The spirit by which we were convened is to establish the changes and make recommendations,” she said. “I feel like we need to have the foresight to put in the estimated cost.”Education advocacy groups criticized Brister’s decision. “There can be no real school finance reform that fails to address adequacy,” said Shannon Holmes, executive director of the Association of Texas Public Educators, in a statement after Wednesday’s vote. “ATPE is disheartened that some members on the commission were unwilling to acknowledge the reality of the limitation of our state’s current funding levels out of fears of sparking litigation.”The report still includes cost estimates for recommended programs and changes to how funding is divvied up among schools. But it no longer implores state lawmakers to pay for them.Among the recommendations the commission plans to send to lawmakers are:$100 million a year to school districts that want to develop their own teacher evaluation metrics and tie pay to performance. The total amount available should increase $100 million each year until it reaches $1 billion.Up to $150 million to incentivize school districts to offer dual language programs, which instruct students in both English and Spanish, and to improve their dyslexia programs.$800 million to incentivize school districts to improve students’ reading level in early grades and to succeed in college or a career after graduating high school.$1.1 billion to improve education for low-income students, with school districts that have a higher share of needy students getting more money.Create a new goal of having 60 percent of third-grade students reading on or above grade level and 60 percent of high school seniors graduating with a technical certificate, military inscription, or college enrollment without the need for remedial classes.Cap local school district tax rates in order to offer property tax relief and a small amount of funding for schools —a proposal from Abbott.No extra funding for special education programs until the state has completed overhauling those programs in line with a federal mandate.last_img read more

August 31, 2019
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Jinni Semantic Search for Movies

first_img Citation: Jinni: Semantic Search for Movies (2009, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-jinni-semantic-movies.html (PhysOrg.com) — One of the most interesting things I have come across over the Internet is the movie search engine Jinni. Can’t think of anything to watch tonight? Type in a phrase, and dozens of moves appear in an attractive visual search result. Of course, if you want to see movies that match your tastes and preferences, you will have to set up a profile and become a part of the The Movie Genome. Jinni has been called “the Pandora of music” for good reason. Because of the ability to compare tastes to others and rank movies according to your preference, Jinni seems like a social network at first glance. However, the people behind Jinni make it clear that it is an “Internet application designed to fit how people relate to movies and TV.” As with all applications of this nature, the more you use it, the more accurate your results will become over time. I compared Jinni to the recommendation I get from Netflix, and found that Jinni offers something much more sophisticated. There’s a reason that CNET thinks that Jinni is hands down the best movie recommendation engine available.The real cool feature, though, is the semantic search. Type in searches according to plots, genre and/or actors. You can even search using your mood as a guide. You can type in nearly any search phrase and something will come up. If you are confused about the connections between some of the movies that appear, you can click on a button that will tell why the movies are “related”. Jinni uses a proprietary algorithms to do a lot of the work, but the staff has done a great deal of manual tagging. Automatic tagging continues as Jinni “learns” more about different movies.My favorite thing about Jinni, though, is the fact that it reminds me of old favorites not thought of in years — and introduces me to interesting new movie possibilities.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Jinni offers semantic search for movies. Explore further Study: ‘Chick flicks’ also enjoyed by men This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

August 26, 2019
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Julia for machine learning Will the new language pick up pace

first_imgMachine learning can be done using many languages, with Python and R being the most popular. But one language has been overlooked for some time—Julia. Why isn’t Julia machine learning a thing? Julia isn’t an obvious choice for machine learning simply because it’s a new language that has only recently hit version 1.0. While Python is well-established, with a large community and many libraries, Julia simply doesn’t have the community to shout about it. And that’s a shame. Right now Julia is used in various fields. From optimizing milk production in dairy farms to parallel supercomputing for astronomy, Julia has a wide range of applications. A common theme here is that these actions all require numerical, scientific, and sometimes parallel computation. Julia is well-suited to the sort of tasks where intensive computation is essential. Viral Shah, CEO of Julia Computing said to Forbes “Amazon, Apple, Disney, Facebook, Ford, Google, Grindr, IBM, Microsoft, NASA, Oracle and Uber are other Julia users, partners and organizations hiring Julia programmers.” Clearly, Julia is powering the analytical nous of some of the most high profile organizations on the planet. Perhaps it just needs more cheerleading to go truly mainstream. Why Julia is a great language for machine learning Julia was originally designed for high-performance numerical analysis. This means that everything that has gone into its design is built for the very things you need to do to build effective machine learning systems. Speed and functionality Julia combines the functionality from various popular languages like Python, R, Matlab, SAS and Stata with the speed of C++ and Java. A lot of the standard LaTeX symbols can be used in Julia, with the syntax usually being the same as LaTeX. This mathematical syntax makes it easy for implementing mathematical formulae in code and make Julia machine learning possible. It also has in-built support for parallelism which allows utilization of multiple cores at once making it fast at computations. Julia’s loops and functions features are pretty fast, fast enough that you would probably notice significant performance differences against other languages. The performance can be almost comparable to C with very little code actually used. With packages like ArrayFire, generic code can be run on GPUs. In Julia, the multiple dispatch feature is very useful for defining number and array-like datatypes. Matrices, data tables work with good compatibility and performance. Julia has automatic garbage collection, a collection of libraries for mathematical calculations, linear algebra, random number generation, and regular expression matching. Libraries and scalability Julia machine learning can be done with powerful tools like MLBase.jl, Flux.jl, Knet.jl, that can be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence systems. It also has a scikit-learn implementation called ScikitLearn.jl. Although ScikitLearn.jl is not an official port, it is a useful additional tool for building machine learning systems with Julia. As if all those weren’t enough, Julia also has TensorFlow.jl and MXNet.jl. So, if you already have experience with these tools, in other implementations, the transition is a little easier than learning everything from scratch. Julia is also incredibly scalable. It can be deployed on large clusters quickly, which is vital if you’re working with big data across a distributed system. Should you consider Julia machine learning? Because it’s fast and possesses a great range of features, Julia could potentially overtake both Python and R to be the choice of language for machine learning in the future. Okay, maybe we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. But with Julia reaching the 1.0 milestone, and the language rising on the TIOBE index, you certainly shouldn’t rule out Julia when it comes to machine learning. Julia is also available to use in the popular tool Jupyter Notebook, paving a path for wider adoption. A note of caution, however, is important. Rather than simply dropping everything for Julia, it will be worth monitoring the growth of the language. Over the next 12 to 24 months we’ll likely see new projects and libraries, and the Julia machine learning community expanding. If you start hearing more noise about the language, it becomes a much safer option to invest your time and energy in learning it. If you are just starting off with machine learning, then you should stick to other popular languages. An experienced engineer, however, who already has a good grip on other languages shouldn’t be scared of experimenting with Julia – it gives you another option, and might just help you to uncover new ways of working and solving problems. Read next Julia 1.0 has just been released What makes functional programming a viable choice for artificial intelligence projects? Best Machine Learning Datasets for beginnerslast_img read more