Email Facebook Panda Bear Announces Tour In Support of Upcoming Album ‘Buoys’ It’s been four years since the musician’s last solo release, and while fans will have to wait a little longer to hear the whole album, they can purchase tickets for the tour on FridayJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 12, 2018 – 2:34 pm Last week, GRAMMY-winner Panda Bear announced his return with the release of a new album, Buoys, due out in 2019. Now, much to his fan’s delight, he’s revealed plans for supporting tour. Panda Bear has announced his “BUOYS” tour.Tickets on sale Friday at 10:00am local.Video directed and edited by Danny Perez @Dipuss https://t.co/40kE6tgPEO pic.twitter.com/f3BJeRAqE2— Panda Bear (@pandabear) November 12, 2018Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, will tour Australia in December and return to the States in February. The tour is in support of his sixth studio album, which he teased last week by dropping a single, “Dolphin.” His latest single is a chill song featuring guitars and dripping sounds. According to Paste, Lennox sought to create a sound that would “feel familiar to a young person’s ears.”Regarding the feel of his next album Lennox said in a statement: “The last three records felt like a chapter to me, and this feels like the beginning of something new.”The singer/songwriter is also a member of Animal Collective and won a GRAMMY at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their fourth studio album Random Access Memories. The band toured earlier this year, with Lennox and Avey Tare performing their 2004 album, Sung Tongs, from start to finish.Starting this Friday, you can purchase Panda Bear tour tickets here.How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global PopstarRead more Twitter Panda Bear Announces Tour, New Album panda-bear-announces-tour-support-upcoming-album-buoys News
reading • Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? • See All Now playing: Watch this: The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display A new frontier for privacy”We have to be better about our transparency, about how we actually deal with your data and your devices inside your home.” Rishi Chandra, the Google VP in charge of the new Google Nest brand, talked with me last week at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA about the Hub Max and the challenges of privacy in a home with a variety of cameras and sensors. “As we are defining our privacy principles, one thing we wanted to commit to was any time a camera is streaming information to Google, whether it’s through a Google Duo call or a Nest Cam feature, we want to be very transparent to the user that it’s happening.”The Hub Max indicates that the camera is recording with a green light and a message on the screen. The green light will always be on when it’s recording, even if you’re not home and checking on the stream from your phone. You won’t be able to use the Hub Max to secretly spy on anyone. Google I/O 2019 $199 See It HP Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home $157 4:47 See It Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Here’s everything we’ve learned so far at Google I/O 2019. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Nest Amazon Privacy Facebook Google Dell Walmart Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display $199 Comments 12 Photos $199 Review • This security cam watches over things when you can’t Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now 5:11 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Trustworthy? Angela Lang/CNET Google debuted a device called the Nest Hub Max at its Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday. It’s the first product under the new Google Nest brand, which combines the formerly distinct Google smart home and Nest teams. The Hub Max features a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen, powerful speakers, always-listening microphones and an embedded camera that can recognize your face.Just a few months ago, Google launched a similar but smaller product called the Google Home Hub, which will be renamed the Google Nest Hub to showcase the new brand. The Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, and Google touted the omission as a way to give privacy-focused customers peace of mind. The camera on the Hub Max is the smartest cam on any smart display. In addition to recognizing your face, you can use it as a security monitor and get alerts if it detects motion. It’s also smart enough to recognize gestures and track your motion if you’re moving around while on a video call. The Hub Max is impressive, but it’s also potentially worrisome to have a camera like that watching you in your home. Google undoubtedly understood the concerns people would have with the Hub Max. Here’s how the search giant intends to keep your privacy intact with the Hub Max.Also read: Tell Google Home ‘stop’ and you can go right back to sleepGoogle slashes prices on its Home Max, Nest Hub and Google Home Share your voice 7 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know See it Mentioned Above Nest Cam Chandra noted that the mandatory green light is actually a shift for Nest Cams. Their default setting is to show a green light when they’re recording, but previously you could turn that off in the settings. Google is removing that option. While this move removes a customization option from the cam, it’s part of what Chandra called a new set of privacy principles from Nest.”We want to make sure that we as Google are transparent to everyone,” Chandra said. “When it’s going to Google, when it’s being recorded, that we are transparent to any user that comes into your house, whether it be the babysitter, the nanny, your guests, your family members, what have you.”Chandra noted that these steps are necessary as we move away from tech that’s strictly personal, such as a smartphone, toward tech that needs to be both communal and personal. He called the Google Nest Hub Max a representation of how the company wants to approach this dichotomy while keeping privacy intact. Anyone can interact with the Hub Max, but the Face Match feature allows it to also offer personalized notifications and information. Chandra called Face Match an example of how Google can “rethink the computing model to do really helpful things, but in a privacy sensitive way.” The Hub Max can show personalized notifications after it recognizes you. Angela Lang/CNET The Face Match feature is optional. Chandra said the Hub Max will store all face models on the device itself and it will perform the processing locally as well so that the information never leaves the Hub Max. Blake Kozak, a senior analyst at smart home and security analysis firm IHS noted that as far as security cams in general, on-device storage provides “an enhanced-level of security compared with cloud-storage. By storing footage locally, consumers can rest assured that the risk of hackers gaining access to the footage is far less than if the footage is stored in the cloud.” Several Google representatives also noted that Face Match is meant solely as a personalization feature and it’s not meant for security. You won’t be able to make purchases on the Hub Max verified only by your face.Cameras and dataThe mute switch on the back of the Nest Hub Max will also function as a hard switch for the camera. It will essentially cut power to the cam so it can’t be used. Even though the switch is functionally the same as a physical shutter, I’m sure an actual physical shutter would give added peace of mind to some shoppers.The mute switch cuts the power to the camera. Angela Lang/CNET “Overall, many manufacturers, especially in Europe, are making security cameras with shutters,” said Kozak. “So when the camera is off or not recording, it is clear for the consumer that their privacy is intact.”In addition to disabling Face Match, you can use the settings in the Google Home app to disable any drop-in viewing of the camera — so you won’t be able to check on the live feed of the cam when you’re out and about.You’ll also find a tab in the Google Assistant app settings called “You.” While the tab can help you see more personalized search results and organize your contacts, it will also house your activity history and privacy settings in one place so you can easily make changes.Competing for privacyGoogle isn’t the only company with a renewed emphasis on privacy. Last week, Facebook touted a new focus on privacy at the company’s F8 developer conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “The future is private” and announced scholarships to help students create secure and private artificial intelligence. Facebook has been mired in privacy scandals recently, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and mishandling customer data.Amazon, Google’s main competitor in the smart home space, came under fire recently when it was revealed that Amazon workers listened to your conversations with the company’s digital assistant and had access to private data. Google faced backlash recently as well after it was revealed that the hub of the Nest Secure system — the Nest Guard — had a built-in hidden microphone.With the Hub Max’s new facial recognition abilities, Google is stepping into an area of tech with lots of privacy implications. Storing all Face Match data locally is a nice touch, but you can still use the cam as a security device and with Nest’s premium Nest Aware subscription, it can use facial recognition to customize alerts based on who it sees.If having an extra camera in your home will make you worried, Google will continue to offer the cameraless Google Nest Hub. As far as the Hub Max, Google is saying the right things at the very least. I also appreciate the new “You” tab and hope it legitimately makes it easier to manage your privacy and usage settings. That said, only time will tell if the company’s promises of privacy will hold up to its growing roster of increasingly personalized smart home gadgets. Smart Home Preview • Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Cam Nest Cam Indoor
PCI Resources:2017 Interactive Home Inventory GuidePCI 2017 Have A Plan Insurance Checklist2017 Hurricane Fact SheetContractor Fraud TipsPCI Member Company Toll-Free Policyholder Claim Phone NumbersPCI Public Policy Solutions for Catastrophe InsuranceOther ResourcesNational Hurricane Center (Check the current weather patterns here.)FEMANational Flood Insurance ProgramWeather Ready Nation: HurricanesRed Cross – Preparing for HurricanesInsurance Institute for Business & Home Safety PCIJoe Woods, PCI vice president of state government relations.The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today offered recovery advice to Texans in assessing the damage to their properties and contacting their insurers.“Insurers are ready to respond and help families in the recovery process,” said Joe Woods, PCI vice president of state government relations. “Catastrophe teams prepare for storms like this and are ready to help policyholders. It’s important to make sure you have your agent or insurance company’s contact information readily available. If your home or automobile is damaged, call your insurer immediately, this will help in the recovery process.”Most severe weather-related events are covered by either homeowners, renters or commercial insurance policies. Renters insurance also provides coverage to policyholder possessions under this peril. Business owners are covered under their commercial policies. Protection from windstorm or hail damage for cars is covered under the comprehensive portion of the automobile insurance policy.Flood damage is typically covered through the National Flood Insurance Program rather than homeowners insurance. However, cars, trucks and other vehicles damaged by flood water are typically covered under an auto policy’s comprehensive coverage.“Contact your insurance company or agent to discuss what is covered by your policy,” said Woods. Contrary to recent misleading social media posts, the insurance claims process will not change under reform legislation (HB 1774) that was passed by the Texas Legislature this year and goes into effect on September 1. Instead, the new law adds new checks and balances to the system to dissuade unnecessary, manufactured lawsuits.“Policyholders do not lose any protections with these changes that go into effect on September 1. The new law does not bar access to the courts nor does it prevent consumers from retaining legal counsel. Consumers still have all legal remedies available under the consumer protection laws in the event an insurer engages in bad faith conduct. The Texas Department of Insurance is available to handle any complaints about insurers. The new law does not take away any right to sue and does not diminish any cause of action that a person has against an insurance company.“Rumors on social media are inappropriate scare tactics that are trying to capitalize in a time of widespread pain and misfortune following one of the worst natural disasters in decades.” PCI Tips if You Experience a Loss from a Storm:• Secure property from further damage or theft.• Contact your insurance agent or company representative as soon as possible to report damage.• Inventory losses and photograph damage to provide to your insurance adjustor. Save receipts.• If you are a business owner, keep detailed records of business activity that is negatively affected due to the tornado or storm and keep a list of extra expenses during the interruption. Prepare records to show the income from the business before and after the loss.• Many standard homeowners and renters’ policies provide reimbursement of additional living expenses when the property is determined to be uninhabitable due to damage. This provision helps with paying for increases to necessary living expenses, such as temporary housing and restaurant meals. In addition, extra expenses, such as overnight parking and laundry services may also be covered. Additional living expense coverage does not pay for all living expenses, so contact your insurance company or agent for a list of what your policy will cover.• Be careful about unscrupulous contractors following a natural disaster. Contact your insurer, agent, or local business bureau for references on potential contractors and ask for certificates of liability and workers’ compensation before signing contracts.Business Recovery Information• In the aftermath of natural disasters, businesses should take immediate steps to minimize damage, speed up the claims process and accelerate business recovery. Assess the damage and report all damage to your insurance company agent as soon as possible.• Take pictures of your building and contents to document the damage.• Check for safety hazards, such as downed trees, branches, downed power wires and leaking gas.• Keep all receipts for anything purchased for that purpose so they can be submitted to your insurance company.• Be prepared to list the “replacement cost” of each item and its actual cash value. Replacement cost is what it would cost today to replace an item with another one just like it. Actual cash value is what the item is really worth after deducting for depreciation and wear.• Restore your utilities, phone service, gas lines and other important links as soon as possible.• Business interruption coverage is complex and will vary by insurers. It is important to read your policy and understand what is and is not covered.• As you seek contractors to make repairs, deal only with reliable, licensed professionals. Get written bids from the contractor, but don’t sign any contracts or give a deposit until you have seen your insurance adjuster.• If you or your employees get involved in clean-up efforts, use safety items like proper eyewear, gloves, hardhats, dust masks and respirators.• Keep detailed records of business activity and extra expenses during the interruption period, and prepare records to show the income from the business both before and after the loss. Share
Corey Perrine/APBill Cosby leaves his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.Attorneys for Bill Cosby were expected Tuesday to portray a $3.4 million civil settlement with the comedian’s accuser, Andrea Constand, as evidence of her greed.On the first day of the retrial on Monday in Norristown, Pa., prosecutors revealed the previously secret settlement that Cosby, now 80, paid in 2006, two years after Constand alleges he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia. Cosby has denied the charges.A previous trial last spring ended in a deadlocked jury.The Associated Press writes: “Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau has signaled he intends to use the settlement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the man once revered as ‘America’s Dad’ in hopes of landing a big payoff.”Mesereau has said the jury will learn “just how greedy” Constand was, according to the AP.Constand is a former Temple University employee who was working for the women’s basketball team there when she met Cosby. She now works as a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, told the courtroom that Cosby and Constand had become friends and that he gave her career advice.“I talk about trust that was built over time, that was built by the defendant,” said Steele, as quotes from a 2005 deposition Cosby gave flashed on a large screen in front of the jury, writes Laura Benshoff of member station WHYY. According to Benshoff:“In one statement, Cosby said he developed a romantic interest in Constand ‘probably the first time I saw her.’Steele said that proves that when Cosby befriended Constand and gave her career advice, he had an ulterior motive.”She adds:” … a topless protester who ran in front of a bank of cameras towards Cosby was arrested and charged with a summary offense.The protester, 38-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, is an actress and performance artist who had a guest role on The Cosby Show as a preteen. Police tackled her into a hedge and took her away in handcuffs.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
An assortment of signs colored the audience at the D.C. rally for Michael Brown.“Chant down Babylon, grassroots is the bomb, we ready, we coming!” Jonathan Lykes, a coordinating council member with the Washington D.C. Black Youth Project, told hundreds of people gathered Aug. 14 at Meridian Hill Park. The phrase, coined by reggae artists, echoed throughout the crowd as a proactive work in progress.Lykes was the man who got things started. His enthusiasm, chants and energy kept the crowd pumped. “You don’t need an organization to organize. This is not a onetime thing. This is the time to get things done. Our lives are worth saving. We’re here to make a declaration,” he said.“We are here to revere so many we have lost. Today is a time to mourn.”An assortment of signs colored the audience at the D.C. rally for Michael Brown.During the rally, a moment of silence was observed for Michael Brown and others who died from police brutality. During the moment of silence, some crowd members yelled out for the fallen and others expressed their opinions, but organizers and some in the crowd encouraged those who interrupted to show respect and consideration.An assortment of signs colored the audience. A large American flag was held up with photos of Michael Brown and the slogans “Don’t Shoot;” “Film The Police;” “No Justice, No Peace,” and “Black Lives Matter.” Red peace ribbons were distributed and white dressings were tied around the upper arms of organizers.Hundreds of people gathered Aug. 14 at Meridian Hill Park.Andy Iker and Joey Maghan, District transplants from West Virginia, heard about the rally at the last minute and decided to come. “I think the police should serve and protect,” said Iker, while Maghan commented, “Police have too much power and give too much force without checking their office.”
The last outdoor costume event of the season is scheduled to be held at the Brookland’s Farmer’s Market, located at 716 Monroe St., NE, on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.. Enjoy the crisp air as you create hats and necklaces for children in hospitals and care facilities. The event is free to attend. Tickets for the event are on eventbrite.com.
Thanima ’18, the annual cultural event to mark Onam festival was recently held at Vellore Institute of Technology. The festival was inaugurated by Malayalam actor Amit Chakkalakkal while Dr G Viswanathan, Founder, and Chancellor of VIT, handed over prizes to those who had extended help in all forms to the Kerala flood victims.Thanima is held at VIT and organised by students and faculty hailing from Kerala. The recent Kerala floods had caused immense destruction to the State and people from all over the world had contributed for relief and rehabilitation. Students, parents, staff and the management had mobilised a relief amount Rs 1 crore, which was personally handed over to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by Dr Viswanathan. In addition, with help from philanthropists in Vellore, students mobilised Rs 20 lakh worth of clothes, medicines, and stationery and this was sent in a truck to Kerala. This year’s Thanima was held as an event to express gratitude to the people who had contributed to the flood relief. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the function held at Anna Auditorium, Dr Viswanathan said that Thanima was being staged this year as an event to express gratitude to all those who had contributed to the relief and rehabilitation following the floods in Kerala. He said that he felt immensely happy that Thanima was conducted by students from Kerala, 1,500 of whom were studying here and 160 faculties, who taught at VIT. Thanima was an event in which not just people from Kerala took part, but students from faculty from all over India took part with great interest. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChakkalakkal, who inaugurated the event by lighting a traditional lamp, said that it gave him immense happiness to take part in the cultural festival. After completing his school he went to Bengaluru to study engineering. He said that he had completed his engineering studies eight years ago and it was struggling to succeed in life that had brought him as chief guest at the function in VIT now. He further extolled students to dream and struggle in order to fulfill it. Besides Malayalam writer Pushpa Kurup, who was the guest of honour, Director of Students Welfare Amit Mahendrakar, and professors Naiji, Jagadeesh Kumar also marked their presence at the occasion. Students presented kummi dance, drama, and other cultural programmes, followed by a vote of thanks by student coordinators Sachin and Malavika.