Mouser Electronics is teaming up with Microchip to present the Ultimate Arduino Challenge. The global contest announced at embedded world 2019 by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi at the Mouser stand, invites engineers around the world to create Arduino-based projects and submit them to the Supplyframe landing page. The Ultimate Arduino Challenge is divided into three categories: Data Collection, Industrial IoT, and Anything Goes. The Data Collection category tasks engineers with collecting data using an Arduino board and various sensors, while the Industrial IoT contest tests engineers’ skills in designing a product that connects to the environment around it. Finally, the Anything Goes category is just that: Engineers can submit any sort of Arduino-based design with a description and system diagram.Supplyframe community members will vote for their favorite projects throughout the four-month contest, and a panel of judges will determine the top three winners.Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platforms based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino prototyping platforms are intended for artists, designers, beginners, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous TI: Ethernet PHYs simplify design and optimize network performanceNext Cypress: Bluetooth MCUs deliver mesh networking with ubiquitous smartphone connectivity
The Canadian Press An editorial cartoonist says his character has been maligned and career prospects damaged after he was caught up in the online backlash resulting from a New Brunswick newspaper group cutting ties with another artist.Greg Perry issued a statement to CBC News saying he has opted not to accept an offer from Brunswick News Inc. to replace Michael de Adder, who drew international support after his contract was terminated last week.Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Canadian Press.De Adder learned his 17-year arrangement with the New Brunswick media powerhouse was being scrapped a day after he posted a cartoon online showing U.S. President Donald Trump playing golf next to the bodies of two migrants who drowned trying to cross into Texas.De Adder says he was not given a reason for the termination, but says he believes his online presence, which includes strong anti-Trump opinions, played a role.Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks before de Adder was let go and noted that the decision had nothing to do with the Trump image, which it was never offered for publication.Perrry told CBC the use of his name in connection with the entire saga led social media users to “destroy” both his character and cartoon work.Brunswick News says it offers its full support to Perry, who it describes as a talented cartoonist who has been “unfairly maligned” by recent online commentary.De Adder has also expressed his support for Perry, issuing a tweet Tuesday that stressed that his fellow cartoonist found himself in a “situation that has nothing to do with him.”Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had happened to him on anyone.
This photo taken on 27 February, 2018 shows Myanmar army personnel keeping watch as Myanmar workers build a fence along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, as seen from Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban. Photo: AFPHundreds of Rohingya living in no man’s land have left their makeshift camp and crossed into Bangladesh after soldiers from Myanmar used loud hailers to threaten them, community leaders said Wednesday.Around 6,000 Rohingya have been living on a thin stretch of land between the two countries since fleeing Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August.They were among the first to flee Myanmar when the violence erupted last year and set up makeshift shelters in no man’s land in the weeks before Bangladesh agreed to let the Rohingya into the country.In recent weeks they have come under pressure from soldiers who have stepped up patrols along the barbed wire border fence just yards (metres) away from the camp and broadcast messages using loud hailers ordering the Rohingya to leave.Community leader Dil Mohammad said the messages had spread panic through the camp.”We can’t now sleep peacefully. Most of the Rohingya in the camps now want to flee and take shelter in Bangladesh,” Mohammad said.”Around 150 families have already left the camp for Bangladesh as they were afraid they might be forcefully sent back to Rakhine,” he told AFP, referring to the area of Myanmar where the Rohingya used to live.One Border Guard Bangladesh official said the Myanmar soldiers were playing the announcement at least 10 to 15 times a day.In it, they urge the Rohingya to leave, saying the land they are on is under their jurisdiction and threatening them with prosecution if they remain.Last week Bangladesh and Myanmar officials visited the camp and urged the refugees to return to Rakhine.But community leaders have said they won’t go back unless their demands for citizenship and security guarantees are met.Myanmar views the Rohingya as illegal settlers from Bangladesh and has long denied them citizenship and basic rights.Nearly 700,000 have fled since the military backed by Buddhist mobs launched a brutal crackdown last year in the wake of militant attacks on police posts.Doctors without Borders has said 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the violence alone in a campaign the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.Most of the refugees are now living in camps in Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government has signed an agreement with Myanmar to repatriate them, but the refugees themselves say they do not want to return.Bangladesh was supposed to start the repatriation process last month but it has been delayed amid concerns over a lack of preparation.Myanmar forces have also erected a kilometres-long barbed wire fence along the border in recent weeks and installed multiple outposts with armed guards and loudspeakers, the refugees said.
Final arrangements for George W. Collins are as follows:Public Viewing:Wednesday, Aug. 6:3 to 8 p.m., Estep Brothers Funeral Services, P.A.1300-1302 N. Eutaw PlaceBaltimore, Md. 21217410-728-2800 George Collins(Updated 8/4/2014) When veteran newsman George Collins died in Baltimore, July 31, he left a legacy of communications and journalistic excellence in print and broadcast media.Younger local news hounds probably know him best as the booming voice behind his most recent venture on WEAA, @Issue, a program he began in 1986.Those with greater history remember his face on the evening news on WMAR TV as an anchor, having begun with investigative reporting and working as a producer.But a piece of his story that will always stand out is when he and his colleagues from the AFRO dressed as African ambassadors were handily served at the Double T Diner on Rolling Road in spite of the restaurant’s unwillingness to accommodate “regular” people of color. The exposure of this incident served as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equal access in all areas.Collins began his work for the AFRO in 1950 and continued until 1968 having become the editor-in-chief. Service of CelebrationThursday, Aug. 7: Family Hour: 10 a.m.; Service: 11 a.m. New Shiloh Baptist Church2100 N. Monroe StreetBaltimore, Md. 21217410-523-5306
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.com“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business man!Let me handle my business, damn”-Jay-Z(From “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” (the Remix)By Kanye West, featuring Jay-Z)Last week, Jay-Z arguably the greatest rapper of all-time, as well as a generous philanthropist from time to time, got dragged by many through the social media muck.The “controversy” was sparked when it was announced, Jay through his company Roc Nation (a sports management entity) would advise the NFL on entertainment and the Super Bowl and perhaps engage the league on somewhat dubious issues of social justice. Afterall, this is the same league that has essentially blackballed Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest of seemingly ubiquitous law enforcement assaults against Black bodies.But, before the tumult over Jay getting in bed with NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, and the 32 other White men who own every franchise in the league, could die down, a subsequent report by TMZ asserted Jay (born Shawn Carter) will acquire a “significant ownership interest,” in an undisclosed team. So, that would be a milestone of sorts; there has never been a Black man or any person of color who had a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team.Sean YoesBut, as news of the mogul rapper’s possible NFL ownership wafted through social media, Carter stirred up the bitter gumbo of Black Twitter when he seemingly dismissed Kap (who sacrificed his NFL career for the Black Lives Matter movement) when he allegedly said, “I think we’re past kneeling…I think it’s time for action.” As I alluded to earlier in this column, the Black-lash (including myriad memes and salty comments) against Carter has been fast and furious from various corners. Eric Reid, currently a safety for the Carolina Panthers, who is Kap’s best friend also knelt with the former 49’er quarterback when he played with San Francisco. Reid not unexpectedly called Carter’s deal with the NFL “despicable.”But, I think some of ya’ll got Jay, um, messed up.The beef some have with the man born into poverty in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn (now his net worth is about a billion dollars), brings to mind for me the 1993 Nike ad when NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley declared, “I am not a role model.”“I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court,” Barkley added in the now iconic ad. “Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It was an incendiary message in the ears of some and people have been debating the role of actors, athletes and yes, rappers in the vital and often perilous affairs of Black people ever since.I know three things about Jay-Z: he can rap, he has a beautiful wife, he has a lot of money. That means I know virtually nothing about him. And neither do the millions of people around the globe who have an opinion one way or another about how Shawn Carter moves through the world.I also know he’s been listing his priorities for decades and it seems clear for Jay the bottom line has always been the bottom line. He said the following in the song, “Moment of Clarity,” on his 2003 offering, The Black Album:“We as rappers must decide what’s most importantAnd I can’t help the poor if I’m one of themSo I got rich and gave back to me that’s the win, win”Why would anybody (who has been paying attention for the last two decades) be surprised or appalled to know this uber capitalist is making a paper play with the NFL? People keep asking, why is he doing this?Maybe what they should be asking is, why wouldn’t he?Shawn Carter is actually only charged with making provision for a hand full of people on this earth: himself, his wife and their three children.Although he is also known as “J-Hovah, the god MC,” Jay-Z most assuredly is not God. We should treat him accordingly.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
The AT&T 3G MicroCell2. AT&T 3G MicroCellA reliable cellular signal can be just as important as always-on Internet. The AT&T 3G MicroCell, which costs about $200, can boost local cellular reception, promising up to five bars of coverage throughout your home.The miniature cell tower connects to your broadband Internet service to create a strong, sharable 3G signal that works with up to four AT&T 3G or 4G devices. Although the MicroCell can help eliminate dead or weak signal spots in your home office, its performance can be inconsistent since everything from building construction to power usage can cause cellular interference.Related: With a Dazzling Display, the New iPad Will Be Attractive for Many Business Owners j5create’s Wormhole Switch3. Wormhole SwitchThink of the Wormhole as a personal cloud. The device, from Woodstock, Ga.-based j5create, lets two computers in the same room work together — even a Mac and PC — by connecting them with a USB cable. Users can copy and paste files and text, as well as share a mouse between computers.Wormhole, which starts at $25, is a plug-and-play alternative to sophisticated networking. An advanced version can also connect smartphones and tablets. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » March 28, 2012 Whether you’re running a business out of your living room or splitting time between your home and the office, setting up a reliable, well-connected home office should be at the top of your “must-do” list.Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that can make it easier to communicate seamlessly between the home office and your business location. From managing calls across multiple devices to ensuring reliable web and cellular service, these seven technologies can help you build a powerful business network at home.An Amplifi HD Media Router1. Amplifi RouterSlow or spotty connectivity can be frustrating for you and your clients. But if you strengthen your Internet connection, you will be able to do video conferencing and other online collaboration without any irksome interruptions.Built for streaming high-definition media, Amplifi HD Media Routers, from Taiwanese networking giant D-Link, can bear even the heaviest network demands with relative ease. The Amplifi series, which starts at about $150, can be especially useful if you’re sharing a home network with your family. It can handle streaming video, presentations and other rich content without slowing down the home Wi-Fi connection. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Joy Factory’s Zip Touch-n-go multi-device charging station7. Zip Touch-n-goKeeping a small arsenal of mobile devices charged can lead to a tangle of cords in your home office. The Zip Touch-n-go, from Irvine, Calif.-based Joy Factory, is a small, multi-device charging station that essentially does away you’re your array of chargers, cleaning up the clutter near wall sockets and power strips.Available for about $80, the Zip Touch-n-go comes with attachments for Apple devices, Micro USB tools and several other products. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 wireless printer4. HP Envy PrinterNeed to print a business document from a mobile device? Then, you’ll need a wireless printer. The good news is that these devices are becoming more affordable.For example, Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 is a basic, all-in-one web-enabled printer, copier and scanner that costs about $250. It can meet the needs of entrepreneurs who work at home, including those who use HP’s cloud-based printing service called ePrint.Related: One Way to Manage All Your Business Schedules LoJack for Laptops software6. LoJack for LaptopsWhile several services offer to recover data gone missing from a damaged laptop, Vancouver, Canada-based Absolute Software can help you recover the laptop itself.The firm’s LoJack for Laptops is a subscription-based, downloadable app that manages content, tracks your devices and keeps criminals off your home PCs. It also allows you to lock or even wipe your data if your computer is stolen, and it provides location-based device tracking to help law enforcement retrieve your computer. Subscriptions start at about $30 a year.Related: Four Tools for Improving Office Collaboration Plantronics’ Calisto 835 console5. Calisto 835Making business calls from home often means using a combination of landlines, smartphones and Internet applications. The Calisto 800 series, from Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Plantronics, streamlines the experience.The Calisto 835, priced at about $280, is an audio bridge that lets users manage, dial and switch between calls on a smartphone, landline and PC-based phone. The central console also manages a speakerphone and wireless lapel microphone.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Referring to travel agents as “magic makers”, Contiki is showing just how much they value its agent partners with a newly launched contest that includes Europe trips and airfare.To highlight the lasting impact agents make on their clients’ lives, Contiki is asking agents to tell their best ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ story (either about a client or about themselves) for a chance to win one of four new Europe trips, plus airfare for 2018. Should the winning agent be over the age of 35, they will be rewarded with $1,000 instead.Agents have until Dec. 1, 2017 to enter. They can apply via contiki.com/ca/en/activity/travel-creates-a-better-you-agent-contest.“We are excited to launch this new national contest for our loyal agent partners. They are the ones out in the front lines changing people’s lives on a daily basis,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Holidays Canada. “Our new ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ Europe 2018 campaign celebrates the many reasons why it is so important to travel and seeks to show how travel has the ability to create better humans. We can’t think of any other group of people that better epitomize this statement than our travel agents!”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe winning entrant will have a choice of four new Contiki trips plus airfare:Best of Britain: This 10-day, summer-only itinerary visits London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff, with highlights that include the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour and the option to experience a Free Time Add-On Welsh Banquet in the Cardiff CastleIbiza & Beyond: Spread over nine days, this Spain-based itinerary starts in Barcelona then travels onward to Valencia and Madrid, and includes quad-shared hotel and hostel accommodation, standard breakfasts and all travel throughout.Fiestas & Siestas: This 11-night trip floats through Spain and Portugal and features hotel accommodation throughout and visits to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.Fire & Ice: This six-day itinerary based in Iceland ventures to Reykjavik, Vik, Selfoss and Skaftafell, and is ideal for adventure and outdoor lovers. No Regrets Inclusions offer entry into the Blue Lagoon, while Free Time Add-Ons include horseback riding in Selfoss, buggy and glacier adventures, and caving. Twin-share hotel accommodation throughout, with all breakfasts and three dinners included. Posted by Share Agents can win one of four Contiki trips by sharing travel stories << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contests, Contiki