Android users in Europe can pick their default search engine starting in

first_imgGoogle’s new search option screen. Google Google will prompt Android owners in Europe to choose their own search engine starting next year, according to announcement made by the company on Friday in a blog post. When setting up an Android, you’ll instead be presented with a screen where you’ll be asked to select a search engine from a range of options.The introduction of the search engine engine selection screen follows a landmark antitrust decision by the European Commission last year that determined Google could be hampering consumer choice by stipulating its own apps and services must be the pre-installed, default options on Android phones. The decision resulted in a record 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) fine. Google is appealing the fine, but is making changes to Android regardless.European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who led the investigation into Google’s Android abuses, has been clear that it’s up to Google to work out how to make changes to Android to comply with the decision. Google has already shown new tools to allow people to select search providers for a search box on the Android home screen and prompt them to choose a browser within the Google Play Store.On Friday, the company showed a screenshot of a screen you’ll soon be presented with when setting up a new Android phone or tablet. It will ask you to choose a search provider within Chrome (if you’re using Chrome as your browser). You can already opt to use a different search engine on Android if you prefer, but you have to proactively seek out the option from within the setting menu. The new choice screen will ensure everyone setting up an Android phone in future is making an active choice about which search engine to use.The screen will be introduced in Europe in early 2020 — in the meantime Google, is encouraging search engines that want to be listed to get in touch. Android Pie Chrome Google Share your voice Tags Internet Services Comment 1last_img read more

After CCOs Exit SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills Resigns

first_imgA couple of months after the exit of SpiceJet chief commercial officer CCO Harish Moideen Kutty, the airline’s chief executive officer Niel Mills has resigned, according to reports.Mills put in his papers before the expiry of his contract, which ends in 2015. He was said to have taken the decision last week while on a visit to Chennai to meet Kalanithi Maran, promoter of SpiceJet’s parent company Sun Group. However, no formal announcement has been made about his resignation.  “Mills is a serious professional. He wasn’t too happy here and resigned some days ago. He is still coming to office regularly, is fully involved in running the airline and will continue to do so till he is relieved,” Times of India quoted a source as saying.A spokeswoman of the airline refuted the reports of Mills’ resignation saying, “It is still a rumour. We do not comment on market rumours or speculation.”Mills put in his papers just two weeks ahead of the board’s move to finalise the airline’s earning reports for the June quarter. His abrupt resignation comes soon after the airline faced a heavy loss of ₹186 crore in the March quarter. The low-cost carrier reported losses of ₹606 crore and ₹191 crore for 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively.According to reports, Mills may have quit the company due to the airline’s poor performance and differences between its promoters and board member Natrajhen, whose appointement to the post of managing direction in September topped Mills’ own position. But sources asserted that Mills’ exit has nothing to do with Natrajhen’s promotion and the airline’s performance as the entire aviation industry was going through a tough time.Mills was an integral part of SpiceJet after he was appointed directly by Sun Group MD Kalanithi Maran in 2010 after the latter bought a majority stake in the airline from London-based businessman Bhulo Kansagra. He replaced Sanjay Aggarwal, who left the company to join the debt-ridden and stranded Kingfisher Airlines.Before SpiceJet, Mills was working with FlyDubai. His tenure in SpiceJet brought won him several accolades and profit to the company. However, he faced backlash from the aviation regulatory for the fire sale of 10 lakh tickets which was announced in January this year and was eventually blamed by aviation analysts for the airline’s losses.last_img read more

26 DC Adults Earn High School Diplomas

first_imgAt 68 years old, Paul Reggie Bryant can finally call himself a high school graduate. On June 10, Bryant was one of 26 students to graduate from Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School with a high school diploma. “I used to always hear the saying ‘You’re never too old,’” said Bryant, who delivered an emotional speech at the graduation. “Of course, I never believed it. But through hard work and perseverance, I did it!”Paul Reggie Byrant stands on the podium during his graduation from Academy of Hope. He earned his high-school diploma at the age of 68 on June 10. (Courtesy photo)The school, headquartered in Ward 5, educates 350 adults with low literacy skills every year. Besides learning how to read, the students also earn high school diplomas and obtain job-related skills. The academy operates a location in Ward 8 on Alabama Avenue, SE.Academy of Hope was founded in 1985 and has been functioning as a charter school since 2014. Unlike traditional schools, there aren’t classes — students learn at their own pace. Bryant, a resident of D.C., dropped out of Bethune Junior High School in Capitol Heights, Md., in the eighth grade after teachers and students teased him because he couldn’t read. He suffers from dyslexia and said his teachers back then did not know how to help him overcome it. Bryant became addicted to heroin after he dropped out of school and has served several brief stints in prison as a result of his addiction. He finally kicked the habit 10 years ago after being addicted for 40 years.Realizing he would need a high school diploma to become a certified addiction counselor, Bryant enrolled in Academy of Hope. The grandfather was reading at a third-grade level when he arrived at the center in 2014. Now that he’s earned his high school diploma, Bryant said he hopes to continue his education to realize his dream.“To anyone who is sitting out there and think it’s impossible, believe me it’s not,” Bryant said. “I’m living proof. If a guy like me from the world I come from can turn his life around and become a productive member of society, anyone can.”In related news, the D.C. Council on June 13 approved the 2018 fiscal year budget to includes $1.9 million that would assist adult learners. The money is designated to help District students over the age of 22 use Metro to attend class in a publicly funded adult education program by offering fare exemptions or reduced fares. Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced the amendment to the budget after hearing from adult learners, including many at Academy of Hope, who testified that they couldn’t afford to spend their limited income on the Metro. “Transportation impacts attendance, so we have to keep in mind a lot of adult learners are on the low end of our income scale and they have families to feed,” Silverman told the AFRO. “And sometimes they put themselves last. What we’re doing with this subsidy is having them put their opportunity first.”last_img read more

Increased floodlighting reducing bat populations in Swedens churches

first_img Bats in Sweden are generally welcomed because they eat destructive insects and tend to hide at night. But bats have a unique history in the country, as well, because Sweden does not have many caves—instead, most of the bats live in the warm towers and belfries of rural churches. But, the researchers suggest, a recent lighting trend has put the bats at risk, and their numbers are falling.Rydell has been interested in bats for many years—back in the 1980s, he conducted surveys of specimens living in 61 churches in southwest Sweden, making population charts. In this new effort, he and his colleagues revisited those churches along with 50 others, counting the number of brown long-eared bats.The researchers concluded that bat populations had remained stable in churches that lacked floodlighting. But in churches with such lighting, populations dwindled depending on how much lighting had been installed. In churches where floodlights were installed on all four sides of a building, there were no bats left at all.Installing floodlights, the researchers note, became popular over the past few decades as church staff sought to show off the unique architecture at night. The contrast of the usually stark white buildings lit against a deep black sky offers an inspiring visage, but, it also makes resident bats much more vulnerable to predation by owls, hawks and cats.The researchers note that bats are protected in Sweden—it is against the law to harm them, or even to disturb them. They suggest it is likely that most of the people involved in installing church lighting do not know that their efforts have caused problems for the bats. They suggest a partial solution—instead of installing lighting all the way around a church, leaving at least one side dark, preferably the side closest to trees. The bats will adjust and only roost on that side. 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. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two from Sweden and one from Spain has found that installing floodlighting around rural churches drives away roosting bats. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Jens Rydell, with Lund University, Johan Eklöf, with Graptolit Ord och Natur and Sonia Sánchez-Navarro with Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC describe their comparison of church bat populations over the course of several decades. Winging it: How do bats out-maneuver their prey? Explore further Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencecenter_img Citation: Increased floodlighting reducing bat populations in Sweden’s churches (2017, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-floodlighting-populations-sweden-churches.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Jens Rydell et al. Age of enlightenment: long-term effects of outdoor aesthetic lights on bats in churches, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161077AbstractWe surveyed 110 country churches in south-western Sweden for presence of brown long-eared bats Plecotus auritus in summer 2016 by visual inspection and/or evening emergence counts. Each church was also classified according to the presence and amount of aesthetic directional lights (flood-lights) aimed on its walls and tower from the outside. Sixty-one of the churches had previously been surveyed by one of us (J.R.) between 1980 and 1990, before lights were installed on Swedish churches, using the same methods. Churches with bat colonies had decreased significantly in frequency from 61% in 1980s to 38% by 2016. All abandoned churches had been fitted with flood-lights in the period between the two surveys. The loss of bat colonies from lit churches was highly significant and most obvious when lights were applied from all directions, leaving no dark corridor for the bats to leave and return to the roost. In contrast, in churches that were not lit, all of 13 bat colonies remained after 25+ years between the surveys. Lighting of churches and other historical buildings is a serious threat to the long-term survival and reproduction of light-averse bats such as Plecotus spp. and other slow-flying species. Bat roosts are strictly protected according to the EU Habitats Directive and the EUROBATS agreement. Lighting of buildings for aesthetic purposes is becoming a serious environmental issue, because important bat roosts are destroyed in large numbers, and the problem should be handled accordingly. As a start, installation of flood-lights on historical buildings should at least require an environmental impact assessment (EIA). © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Facebook Is Trying to Get Mobile Users to Shop Directly Through Its

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Free October 12, 2015 2 min read Facebook Inc wants its users to shop for clothes and other products from their mobile phones without ever leaving its app.In an effort to move further into e-commerce and compete with Amazon Inc’s retail offerings, Facebook announced Monday it is testing several ad features that allow users to shop directly through its app.Few users make purchases on mobile phones because it is slow and cumbersome, but Facebook hopes to win over more ad dollars by smoothing the process. Mobile purchases make up less than 2 percent of all retail sales, according to research firm eMarketer.”We’re looking to give people an easier way to find products that will be interesting to them on mobile, make shopping easier and help businesses drive sales,” said Emma Rodgers, Facebook’s head of product marketing for commerce.Among the new features are ads that take a user through a specific brand’s products without redirecting them to another site. For example, a user who clicks on an ad from a boutique could see an expanded page that displays numerous clothing items.Businesses on Facebook will also be able to display products for purchase directly on their own pages. And users will be able to purchase products directly on Facebook through a “buy now” button that will be more widely available.The 1.5-billion-member social network has also added a new section on its app that takes users directly to a shopping page where they can browse among numerous brands from a select group of small businesses that will gradually expand.“From Facebook’s perspective, they’re addressing a pain point for retailers,” said Catherine Boyle, an analyst at eMarketer. “They will attract serious ad dollars with this offering.”(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more