by Gina M. BussResearchers in Germany have found a way to use bacteria which are able to accumulate toxic metals and survive in nuclear waste as a way of cleaning up toxic dumps. Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets Explore further 230,000 tons of nuclear waste: that’s how much toxic metal can accumulate after 30 years of mining uranium – and that’s just one waste pile. With all the nuclear waste production throughout the world, this toxic metal is literally “piling up” in more and more places, and is encroaching on inhabited areas.During the process of generating nuclear power and nuclear weapons, radionuclides like uranium are discharged into the environment. These metals pose a serious ecological and health threat and usually contaminate the soil, sediment, and waters surrounding the waste piles.Conventional methods of cleaning up these toxic wastes are often expensive and not very effective. The environment is in dire need of a novel approach to waste clean-up and researchers in Germany may have the answer.A recent study from the Institutes of Radiochemistry and Nuclear Physics in Dresden outlines a way of using bioremediation as a means for eliminating nuclear waste. Bioremediation is a process that uses microorganisms to return an environment back to its original condition after it has been exposed to contaminants.Nuclear waste piles, such as the one in southeast Germany that’s highlighted in thestudy, are a reservoir for certain strains of bacteria. These bacteria have evolved special mechanisms to survive in this waste that would normally be toxic to other types of microorganisms.The strain Bacillus sphaericus has evolved a crystalline surface layer (S-layer) that covers the outside of the cell. This layer is more than a protective barrier to the bacteria, it serves to accumulate high amounts of toxic metals such as uranium, lead, copper, aluminum, and cadmium.Researchers are currently seeking out ways to exploit the bacteria’s strategies. New technology is incorporating the S-layer structure onto silicon wafers, metals, polymers, nanoclusters, and bioceramic discs. All of these products could be used to remove metals from contaminated water and soil.Additionally, these technologies could be used to recover precious metals such as platinum and palladium from industrial waste sites and recycle them for making electronic products.Bacteria may be the template for new technology aimed at nuclear waste removal. The time may be near when synthetic S-layer discs can be placed in contaminated areas and act as sponges, cleaning up a big toxic mess.Reference:Pollman K, Raff J, Merroun M, Fahmy K, and Selenska-Pobell S.Biotechnology Advances. 2005. Article in press.by Gina M. Buss, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Citation: Bacteria that bind toxic metals: Are they the future of nuclear waste cleanup? (2005, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-08-bacteria-toxic-metals-future-nuclear.html 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.
If you have been waiting for the price of Solid State Drives (SSD) to come down in price, the time has finally come. Super Talent has introduced their 128Gb, 2.5-inch, SATA II “MasterDrive LX” for the affordable price of $299. This works out to about $2.49 per gigabyte. If that´s still too much money, then you can go for the 64Gb version that sells for $179. Super Talent´s MasterDrive SSDs offer five times better resistance to shock and vibration, consumes less power, supports a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, and are completely silent. Super Talent´s MasterDrive SSDs is backed by a 1-year warranty. The MasterDrive LX is built with NAND flash and uses a SATA-II 3Gbps interface that makes it 100% interchangeable with hard disk drives. These SSDs support sequential read speeds of up to 100 MB/sec, and sequential write speeds of up to 40 MB/sec. Integrated ECC, wear leveling and bad bit management functions dramatically improve the reliability and lifespan of these SSDs.The FTM64GO25H model is Super Talent´s 64GB 2.5-inch SATA-II SSD with a read/write speed of 100/40 MB/sec and sells for $179. The FTM28GO25H is Super Talent´s 128GB 2.5-inch SATA-II SSD with a read/write speed of 100/40 MB/sec and sells for $299. 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. Citation: Super Talent Introduces a 128Gb SSD for Under $300 (2008, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-super-talent-128gb-ssd.html
The Android smartphone and iPhone handle application security radically different. (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s smartphones are pocket size computers that can be customized by downloading applications. This is what makes a smartphone vulnerable to cybercriminals. In this article we will examine how an iPhone and Android phone handles security. Both phones handle security radically different. Citation: How Secure are iPhone and Android Apps (2010, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-iphone-android-apps.html Lots of developers already developing apps for Apple’s iPad © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Via: TechnologyReview In order for iPhone application to get listed in Apple’s App Store, developers must create an account and pay an annual fee. All applications are evaluated by a team at Apple and approve each version of the software before it’s made available in Apple’s App Store. Apple roughly disapproves about 10% of all applications submitted to the App Store because the applications would steal personal information or pose a threat in some other way to the user.In Android’s Marketplace, applications are not evaluated by Google. Android users are protected in a completely different way by using a security model based on “capabilities”. Each Android app that is installed must tell the phone’s OS what capabilities it requires.When an application is installed, the Android OS lists all the “capabilities” that is required in order for the application to run. This allows the capabilities-based system to be governed by the OS and preventing the application from doing more than what it’s supposed to.The capabilities-based system has its flaws. For instance, there is no way of knowing that the application will act the way it’s supposed to with the trust that it’s given. This system also can’t tell the difference if the privileges it grants the application is for legitimate use or not. For example, some applications will ask for a user name and password to communicate over the internet with a remote host. Other security features for the iPhone and Android phones is that they both can be set to lock after a length of inactivity; a password is then required to unlock the phone. The iPhone however has an additional security feature where 10 failed password attempts can erase all data on your phone. The iPhone also supports remote wipe. The Android OS has neither of these features making it less secure.No matter what security features are deployed in the iPhone or Android smartphones there are other ways of obtaining personal information from smartphones. Manufactures can only try to make it harder for cybercriminals obtaining your personal information. Explore further 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.
They are building on a technique known as xerographic micro-assembly, possibly the future way of printing circuitry for electronics. The approach in the spotlight is based on laser printing, something about which Xerox knows more than a little. The machines they designed for their explorations is a laser printer like machine with the ability to precisely position large numbers of chiplets, tiny-sized chips, on a surface in the right place and in the right orientation. The chip designs are custom-assembled. The PARC researchers have been working on this with financing from the National Science Foundation and from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Future implications may be desktop manufacturing plants using chiplets to print circuitry for electronic devices. The system could be put to use toward building custom computers one at a time or as a system making a range of smart objects with computing as one of the object’s features.In a discussion of the technical challenges facing this initiative, ExtremeTech concluded nonetheless that if the PARC group can succeed in combining the assembly of electronic and mechanical components in new ways, then “we can look forward to some interesting products.”Back in 2004, PARC’s Eugene Chow and Jeng Lu filed a patent for “Xerographic micro-assembler.” They defined the ideas as both system and methodology. “The systems and methods involve manipulating charge-encoded micro-objects. The charge encoding identifies each micro-object and specifies its orientation for sorting. The micro-objects are sorted in a sorting unit so that they have defined positions and orientations. The sorting unit has the capability of electrostatically and magnetically manipulating the micro-objects based on their select charge encoding. The sorted micro-objects are provided to an image transfer unit. The image transfer unit is adapted to receive the sorted micro-objects, maintain them in their sorted order and orientation, and deliver them to a substrate. Maintaining the sorted order as the micro-objects are delivered to the substrate may be accomplished through the use of an electrostatic image, as is done in xerography. The substrate with the micro-objects is further processed to interconnect the micro-objects—through electrical wiring, for example—to form the final micro-assembly.” (Phys.org) —Talk about taking chip assembly to the next level: That 3-D-printer is not only to make the personalized phone case but the phone. At least this idea has some potential with a recent report making the rounds this week, where the author of an article in The New York Times wrote about what scientists at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) are up to. Citation: PARC goes xerographic: Is that any way to make a computer? (2013, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-parc-xerographic.html Mini robot builds NPL probe © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Xerographic micro-assembler. Credit: US 8082660 B2 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.
Amid the tussle between AAP government and BJP-ruled Municipal Corporations over financial issues, cash-strapped North and East Corporations have declared all out war against the government. The North Corporation, after convening a special House on Monday, announced to move court and sit on
An unofficial biography of Prime Minister David Cameron penned by former Conservative treasurer -turned-foe has caused a stir in the UK with revelations of alleged marijuana use and debauchery by him during his student days in Oxford University.Lord Ashcroft, who donated millions to the party before falling out with Cameron, has co-authored “Call Me Dave,” which makes a series of damming claims about the student days of Cameron.The book claims that Cameron smoked marijuana and took part in bizarre initiation ceremony as part of a university society, called the Piers Gaveston Society. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortHowever, sources close to the British Prime Minister have denied that he was ever a member of the club in question during his time at the Oxford University. “I am not intending to dignify this book by offering any comment. He (Ashcroft) has set out his reasons for writing it. The PM is focused on getting on with the job of running the country,” Cameron’s spokesperson said, in reference to Ashcroft’s admission that he had a “beef” or grudge against Cameron for ignoring him for a major job in the previous government despite making a promise.
Darjeeling: Police have arrested 3 persons from Gorubathan in Kalimpong. Arms, explosives and detonators have been recovered from the trio.Juran Rai of Sombarey Bazaar, Ramesh Rai of Ambiok Bustee, and Dhiraj Pradhan of Upper Fagu were arrested on Wednesday night.Juran Rai is a close confidant of Gorkha Leader Bimal Gurung, who is at present on the run. He was the President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorubathan unit.”They were arrested during a naka checking on Wednesday night. We have recovered arms and explosives from their possession. Investigations are on. We hope to recover more arms, ammunition and explosives,” stated Dhrubajyoti De, Superintendent of Police, Kalimpong. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe recovered arms and explosives include one improvised firearm (pipe gun), 6 gelatin sticks, 3 detonators bunches and one improvised small arm.They have been charged under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (criminal act done by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosives Act.The trio were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Kalimpong and were remanded to 10-day police custody.Incidentally on August 30, five persons were arrested by the CID in connection with the 6th Mile police camp blast case that had taken place during the agitation last year.
Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has demanded the upgradation of Pul-Bijanbari Block in Darjeeling into a Sub-Division along with the bifurcation of other large Blocks in Darjeeling. “Pul-Bijanbari Block is the largest in West Bengal. It consists of 23 Gram Panchayats. Such a large Block is difficult to administer and also for people to reach out to the BDO office for various administrative requirements. As the Block is in the Hills and travel is difficult and time taking due to the terrain,” stated Sandip Chettri, Spokesperson, GJM Darjeeling Sub-Division committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePosters with this demand were pasted on the walls of the town and in different parts of the Bijanbari Block on Wednesday. “Mirik Block with 6 Gram Panchayats was upgraded into a Sub-Division. Hence, we are positive that Bijanbari Block with 23 Gram Panchayats can be upgraded into a Sub-Division as well. It is a justified demand. We will soon meet the concerned authorities and present memorandums to this effect,” added Chettri. Bijanbari Block has an area of 416 sq km and a population of 1.26 lakh.
Children with asthma are over 50 per cent more likely to become obese within ten years of being diagnosed, warns a new study which suggests that using inhalers during the attack may prevent this effect.Researchers at University of Southern California (USC) in the US indicated that children who used asthma inhalers when they had an attack were 43 per cent less likely to become obese.”Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Frank Gilliland, professor at USC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Part of the problem may be a vicious cycle where asthma and obesity negatively affect each other. Our results also suggest that asthma inhalers may help prevent obesity in children,” said Gilliland.”Although this observation warrants further study, it is interesting that the correlation exists irrespective of physical activity and other asthma medication use,” Gilliland added.Researchers reviewed the records of 2,171 Southern California kindergarteners and first-graders who were not obese when they enrolled in the Children’s Health Study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSome 13.5 per cent of children had asthma when they enrolled in the study.They followed the students for up to 10 years. During that decade, 15.8 per cent of the children became obese. The scientists confirmed their results using a different group of fourth-graders who were followed until high school graduation.The Children’s Health Study is one of the largest and most detailed studies of the long-term effects of air pollution on the respiratory and metabolic health of children. Looking at 20 years of data, USC researchers have found that air pollution increases obesity, that children’s lungs grow stronger as air quality improves and that fewer children in Southern California have bronchitis as a result of decreasing pollution levels in the region.Parents completed questionnaires on socio-demographic factors, history of respiratory illness, physical activity patterns, smoking exposures at home and other household characteristics.Participants or their parents answered questions about the number of exercise classes students attended and the number of days they spent in outdoor sports in the last 12 months.The researchers adjusted for health insurance coverage, overweight status, ethnicity, household income, smoking exposure at home and physical activity.Children were labelled obese if they had a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile when compared to the standards of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity and achieving asthma control through medication can improve childrens’ overall health while reducing the risk of obesity, the researchers suggested.
If you crib about your employees being dull, lazy and unproductive, stop blaming them. Start leading your professional life with a purpose instead.According to the researchers, when managers displayed purposeful behaviour, employees were less likely to quit, showed more satisfaction, were willing to go the extra mile, tend to be better performers and were less cynical.The study characterised purposeful leadership as having three core qualities: leaders must have a strong moral compass, a commitment to stakeholders as well as clear vision. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The study shows that the modern workplace is as much a battle for hearts and minds as it is one of rules and duties,” said Catherine Bailey, Professor at the University of Sussex in Britain.People tend to expect an organisation to go beyond short-termist, financial imperatives — blamed by many for causing the 2008 recession.”In turn, they respond to leaders who care not just about themselves but wider society, who have strong morals and ethics and who behave with purpose,” Bailey added, in the study conducted in concert with the non-profit organisation CIPD. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers suggest that there is much that organisations can do to foster purposeful and ethical leadership, including the adoption of relevant policies, leader role-modelling, alignment around a core vision, training and development, and organisational culture.The traditional focus on leader behaviour only goes so far as to develop their ability to perform in a role. “Instead, what is required is a development of the whole person, while accepting that it is impossible to mould all individuals into a uniform model of morals and ethics,” explained Amanda Shantz from the University of Greenwich.
If you have the habit of including a smiley face emoji in your e-mails to your boss to create a positive impression, think twice. According to a study, the practice may undermine your prowess as well as the information you are sharing. The results demonstrated that in contrast to face-to-face smiles, which increase both competence and warmth, the smileys in an e-mail had no effect on the perception of warmth. In fact, it had a negative effect and the sender was perceived as less competent.The smiley also did not influence the evaluation of the sender’s friendliness.”Our findings provide evidence that contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” said Ella Glikson, post-doctorate student at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beersheba, Israel.”In formal business e-mails, a smiley is not a smile,” Glikson added.For the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers conducted a series of experiments with a total of 549 participants from 29 different countries.In an experiment, the participants were asked to read a work-related e-mail from an unknown person and then evaluate both competence and warmth of that person. Some included smileys while others did not.E-mails that did not include a smiley were found to be more detailed and included more content-related information.
Rajgunj: Taking a dig at the saffron party, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said they cannot win elections by creating fear psychosis among the voters, at a meeting here on Friday.”BJP is trying to terrorise people to win elections. They are trying to induce fear psychosis among the voters. But this will not help them to win the election. On May 23, the party will be ousted from Delhi,” Banerjee said. He said BJP is such a heinous political party that it is taking the credit for Indian Army’s achievements. “As BJP has not carried out any development work in the country, Narendra Modi is taking the credit for Indian Army’s bravery. It is really shameful,” he said, adding: “Nowhere in the history Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatawill you find such an arrogant Prime Minister, who speaks only lies.” He said BJP leaders are coming to the state to create confusion among the people and alleged that the party hates Bengal. “Though the Bengal Assembly had unanimously cleared the change of name of the state, the Centre is yet to give clearance. The BJP leaders do not know the language and are ignorant about the state’s rich culture and heritage as well,” Banerjee said. He urged people to cast their votes in favour of the Trinamool candidate. “Throughout the year you will find our workers by your side, but the BJP leaders are like seasonal birds and they can never be traced after the election gets over,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee said in the past seven years, there has been all round development in Bengal. Two Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi projects have bagged international awards. “Various schemes taken up by Mamata Banerjee have helped people coming from all cross-sections of society. Kanyashree has helped the girl students pursue higher education. There are more schemes like Yubashree, Rupashree and Swastha Sathi, among others,” he added. While unemployment has reached an all-time high in the country, the Bengal government has drastically brought down unemployment, creating job opportunities for unemployed youths, he stated. He said the country needs a stable secular government at the Centre to carry out sustainable development throughout the country and urged the voters to give their mandate in favour of the Trinamool nominee. “By casting your vote in favour of the Trinamool candidate, you are actually strengthening the hands of Mamata Banerjee,” he said, urging people to go to the polling stations on April 18 and cast their votes in the morning.
Darjeeling: Anant Barman has been sitting in a dharna for the past two days in front of a girl’s house. He claimed he had an eight-year relationship with the girl. The dharna was in protest of her parent’s plans to get her married off to another youth. The incident occurred in College-para, Dhupguri, in the Jalpaiguri district. Armed with placards displaying photographs and a mosquito net, Anant refused to budge, demanding that he should be married to the girl. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe family members of the other youth from Alipurduar with whom talks were on for the girl’s marriage arrived at her house on Monday but was greeted by heavy protests from Anant. Police complaints by the girl’s family failed to deter Anant. As news spread about this unique protest hundreds thronged to College-para. Street-side food stalls also sprung up. It was more like a village fair. Owing to the crowd the girl’s mother fell ill and had to be admitted to the hospital. The local councilor and important personalities of the locality finally stepped in. They initiated talks between the both the families. Finally Anant and the girl were married late on Monday evening.
Mumbai: Rishi Kapoor is on the road to recovery and is “almost cancer free”, his elder brother, veteran actor Randhir Kapoor said Tuesday. Randhir Kapoor said the 66-year-old actor, who is currently undergoing treatment in New York, will be back home soon. “He is undergoing treatment, he is much better. He is almost cancer free. He will take some time to come back as he has to finish his course. He will be here in the next couple of months. Very soon,” Randhir said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis is the first time the Kapoor family has directly commented on Rishi Kapoor’s nature of illness, though the actor’s wife, Neetu Kapoor had hinted that he has been diagnosed with cancer in her New Year’s post. “Happy 2019… No resolutions only wishes this year! Less pollution, traffic! Hope in future cancer is only a zodiac sign! Good health,” she had shared on Instagram along with a picture with her family. Rishi Kapoor has been undergoing treatment in New York since September 2018 and even skipped the funeral of his mother.
Kolkata: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday met Trinamool Congress supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna and requested her to attend the MNS rally in Mumbai on August 21 in support of reintroducing ballot paper during elections.During the meeting, Thackeray sought support from Banerjee who has organised a rally on July 21 on the same lines. She had given a clarion call to replace the present format of elections with ballots, which was later supported by various Opposition parties, including Congress. Wednesday’s meeting was also significant in the context of the state elections in Maharashtra, which is likely to be held in October. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that MNS did not contest the Lok Sabha elections, but Thackeray had addressed rallies against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). After the meeting, Thackeray told the reporters: “We have to fight together to save democracy. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, there were irregularities. We came to know that in around 370 constituencies, the EVMs had malfunctioned. The rest of the world has abandoned the EVMs. The Bengal Chief Minister has also held a rally here in the city, placing a similar demand. We will take out a similar rally in Mumbai on August 21 and therefore urge her to attend the programme.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Earlier, I also met Sonia Gandhi in this regard. We requested the Election Commission to conduct elections using ballot papers. Mamata Banerjee has been on a relentless stride to restore democracy in the country. We all need to put up a united fight towards this direction,” the MNS chief said. Speaking to the reporters, the Chief Minister said at Nabanna: “Thackeray requested me to go to Mumbai to join the MNS rally on August 21, the basic premise of which is similar to the message we had delivered during our rally on July 21. I could not assure him whether I will be able to visit his place as I have to check if I have some other preoccupations on that day. I have listened to what he intended to say. He is also concerned as to how the democracy in the country can be saved. The main objective of MNS rally is also the reintroduction of ballot papers during elections.” Around 23 Opposition parties had moved the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, urging it to conduct elections in ballot papers but the demand had been rejected. Taking a dig at BJP, Banerjee said: “Like other states, they predicted how many seats they would get in Maharashtra before the election result was out. Who would believe them, if this is the situation in the country? The countries like Japan, UK and USA do not use EVMs during elections. Why should we accept the EVM when we all know the truth?”
Former Bountygate villain Gregg Williams was promoted from defensive coordinator to Browns interim head coach after Jimmy Haslem decided to axe Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley for not playing nice in the sandbox together. He addressed the media for the first time yesterday.Williams went through the basic coach talking points, but also made an eye-opening statement when asked about his future as a head coach. Williams astonishingly claimed that since his last head coaching gig in Buffalo (where he won 17 games in three years and never had a winning record) he’s had four NFL head coaching positions offered to him, free and clear, without even an interview, but he passed (?) in favor of taking coordinator positions (?). Ok, Gregg. Cool story bro.This is the NFL coaching equivalent of a high school kid claiming he totally has a hot girlfriend that lives in Canada, but no one can see her. It’s even more unreal since Williams was basically rat poison in coaching circles after Bountygate.Watch Williams tell this tale. Wowza. Advertisement
After an unlucky 2-3 Week 13 (35-28-2 on the year), Colin is ready to get the mo back for a strong finish to 2018 and is joined by RJ Bell from Pregame.com for his weekly sit down to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his Week 14 Blazin’ 5 picks.This week, Colin has the Dolphins and Niners as home dogs, the Packers as home favorites in their first game since Mike McCarthy’s firing, the Eagles as road dogs heading into Jerry’s World, and the Bears getting points at home against the Rams on Sunday Night.Here are Colin’s Week 14 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Patriots at Dolphins (+7.5)Falcons at Packers (-4.5)Broncos at Niners (+5)Eagles (+3.5) at CowboysRams at Bears (+3) SNF*Bonus Pick: Ravens at Chiefs (-6.5)The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!Colin’s NFL Week 14 Blazin’ 5 Picks
N/A 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 45 cpm CONTACT www.lexmark.com (800) 332-4120 $2,199 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpm 20,000 pages per month Xerox WorkCentre M20i DUTY CYCLE This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 4 min read www.xerox.com (800) ASK-XEROX 250-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 copies per minute Konica Minolta Bizhub 7218 275-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 18 cpm $350 $1,999 Lexmark x632s Brother MFC-7820N www.konicaminolta.com (201) 825-4000 $2,599 30,000 pages per month $3,199 Thinking about upgrading your copier? If you’re looking for maximum bang for your buck, a multifunction copier for your workgroup can accommodate. These machines, which offer more than you’d get from a traditional copier, tend to clock in at very affordable prices and can usually be networked to handle your employees’ printing needs as well. The $2,199 (all prices street) Xerox WorkCentre M20i comes with fax, scan and e-mail features and can handle a robust duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages per month. Built-in Ethernet lets you put it on the network with ease, and its scan once, print many capability is one to look for when shopping.Samsung’s $500 SCX-4720F is a hearty, space-conscious multifunction with a handy Toner Save button that can stretch your toner by up to 40 percent. The base model has no Ethernet, so you would need to add it on at about $200 if you require networkability. At $150, an additional 250-sheet paper cassette is another upgrade to consider.Sharp’s $2,895 AR-M207 is a well-stocked machine with automatic duplexing and full ledger-size PC scanning. Investing in an optical network kit can let everyone in the workgroup take advantage of the more advanced features like network printing and scanning. Like the Samsung, it comes with a handy toner-save mode.Spending $2,599 will land you the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4345mfp, which boasts a standard 600-sheet capacity and a built-in Ethernet print server. It’s the low end of HP’s 4345 line, but it still packs in a blazing 45 copies per minute maximum and a substantial 200,000-page monthly duty cycle. Moving up to the $3,449 HP LaserJet 4345x gets you automatic duplexing capabilities and 1,100-sheet standard capacity as well. The $1,999 Lexmark x632s also features a 200,000-page monthly duty cycle. If you’re planning on copying and printing that much, you can boost the 600-page standard input up to the 2,600-page maximum with add-on paper drawers.Be prepared–though they’re not the analog behemoths of old, many multifunction copiers at the workgroup level require some space. The $3,199 Konica Minolta Bizhub 7218 is 86 pounds of copying, faxing, scanning and printing. It comes with a standard 275-sheet paper tray, but can be upgraded to hold nearly 1,500 sheets with additional trays. All that capacity is part of where the size comes in. But if you go the upgrade route, you won’t have to constantly refill your paper tray. Keep in mind that some machines, like the 7218, are only available through a network of value-added resellers, so check with your local VAR.Not all copiers come in at thousands of dollars. For very small workgroups or offices, there are lots of inexpensive candidates. The $350 Brother MFC-7820N brings printing, built-in Ethernet, a battery backup system and a 33.6Kbps fax modem along for the ride with its copying capabilities. Its standard 250-sheet capacity is also its maximum.Picking your copier is just a matter of anticipating your workgroup needs. How many pages will you need to run every month? Is automatic duplexing a must? Do you need a large paper capacity? What will your budget allow? Answer these questions, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right copier. $500 www.brother.com (800) 276-7746 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 40 cpm 200,000 pages per month www.sharpusa.com (800) 236-4277 Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4345mfp www.samsungusa.com (800) SAMSUNG N/A Be fruitful in multiplying with the best new multifunction copiers for your business. FEATURES MANUFACTURER/ MODEL 200,000 pages per month 600-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 20 cpm Shopping List STREET PRICE Sharp AR-M207 10,000 pages per month Samsung SCX-4720F www.hp.com (800) 888-0262 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global $2,895 May 1, 2005 550-sheet paper capacity standard, up to 22 cpm
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » July 16, 2014 3 min read Wall-E, eat your mechanical heart out. A Boston-based entrepreneur has created a real-life, robotic personal assistant. And it looks pretty cool.The device is called Jibo. It was created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. Jibo is intended to be a “family robot,” able to take photos, remind you of important dates and events and, more importantly, interact with you and learn about you.”The mobile computing revolution has paved the way for social robots to come into the home, both from a technological price/performance perspective and a consumer readiness perspective,” Breazeal tells Entrepreneur.com. “People are already talking to their smartphones and computers. They are anticipating that social robots for the home are coming soon.”Related: Get This: A Cooler That Uses Dirt to Keep Your Beers CoolSound a bit creepy? Sure it does. But take a look at the video below to get a better sense of Jibo’s capabilities.Today, Breazeal is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in hopes of generating $100,000 or more to help get Jibo off the ground. Jibo Inc. was founded in late 2012 and has already raised funds from investors including Boston’s Charles River Ventures and others. Related: A Tiny, Whip-Tailed Robot Can Administer Meds Anywhere In the Body”Jibo is a social robot that comes with a core set of skills,” Breazeal says of the sleek-looking contraption, which stands at approximately 11 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds. “Jibo can perform these skills for you through natural and intuitive interaction — speech plus other inputs such as vision and touch. Jibo learns from interacting with you in the context of his skills to personalize them to you. Jibo also can learn who you are by recognizing your face and voice.”So it talks, learns and comes with facial-recognition technology — along with all the usual motors, cameras, microphones and speakers. Tech geeks are sure to rave. Others (those who are already freaked out about spying and the security of their personal information), well, maybe not so much.The consumer version of Jibo will cost $499 and is expected to begin shipping to the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in late 2015. Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Drones
11 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Asking how much it costs to make an app is rather vague.It is like asking, “what’s the price of a car?” Well, what kind of car are you trying to buy? A used one with high mileage or a brand new, exotic, luxury car? The same questions can be said of mobile apps.If you have ever searched for the cost of creating an app (perhaps that is what brought you here), you probably got a lot of different answers.The answers can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars.Why? Because mobile development involves a lot of different variables so the final price is going to change depending on those factors.The cause of the sporadic price estimates of mobile apps is the technology is relatively new and evolving. For example new hybrid app development technology caused the average cost of app development for a small business to drop from $49,000 to $38,500 in February of 2015.As new tools and strategies emerge, the price of producing an app goes down because developers are able to leverage these tools to reduce their time frames and thereby the overallcost of their labor. In other words, the more mobile evolves, the easier it is becoming to make apps, which means affordable alternatives are appearing.In fact, plug and play development technology offers the ability for a small business to build their own app, with dozens of powerful premade functions, clean templates and more.To understand the cost of creating an app in detail, we will explore the different variables that affect cost, as well as how a simple app maker solution may help.In-house vs. outsourced solutions costsIn most cases, we know that doing things in-house can be better, but is way more expensive. This is exactly why many companies turn to mobile development firms. But, that doesn’t mean the off-shore or in-house conversation is over because some of these firms don’t have all of their own resources in-house.They may have their design teams immediately available on hand, but outsource their engineering and development needs elsewhere. This saves them money, but you’ll still end up with an expensive “in-house” development team.To help protect yourself from being taken advantage of by mobile development firms, you have to do your due diligence. Since building an app from the ground up is a big expense, it will be well worth your time (and budget) to do your homework.Ask any prospective development team or agency a lot of questions.Who will be working on my app?What apps have they worked on before?How much will the the app cost?How much time will the app take to create?How will you make my app? Native code or hybrid code?How much does it cost to create the iPhone app?How much does it cost to create the Android app?Who handles development and engineering?How do you calculate app development cost?How can I get the cost down on my mobile app?What is the average price to create an app with you?Then once you get into the the overall price, try breaking it down into stages of development with more questions.Planning, designing, engineering features, app infrastructure, mobile app administration, testing and Q/A costs and launching your app to the app stores — what are the cost of these stages of the app development process? Again, ask a lot of questions.How much will the cost to plan the app be?What is the cost of designing the app?How much will it cost to engineering the features?What will the ongoing infrastructure cost?Are there any mobile app administration costs involved?How much will the testing of the app cost?Then finally, are there costs to deploy your mobile app?If you aren’t satisfied with the answers or they refuse to let you communicate with individual members, you are better off taking your business elsewhere.Waterfall vs. agile costsThe main differences between these two common app development strategies are planning and speed. Waterfall developments make a detailed plan of each process, how long every step will take, the costs, etc.This, as you would expect, extends the timeline by a bit. However, there is a lot of value in planning. At the end of the project, you will have neat records of each process and how long they took. Not only does this make it easy to improve the development and design process for any future apps, but you will also have a much better idea of the costs and timeline.Apps created with the agile strategy, on the other hand, use a lot less planning. Developers gets right to work and move quickly. To someone who desires control and organization, the lack of structure in this approach may be alarming, but it has its perks.Aside from reaching your launch date sooner, the agile approach is also more adaptable and according to the data, this approach is three times more successful than a waterfall approach. Since developers code and design on the fly, it is easier to change directions to meet emerging needs, whereas the waterfall approach is stuck in its stone form, planned structure.There are drawbacks to moving quickly, though. Costs can easily pile up because developers are moving in quick spurts. Before you know it, the project may be grossly over budget. If you are under a tight deadline (perhaps you want to get an app released before the holiday shopping season), you may have little choice but to choose the agile approach.Fixed app cost vs. hourly app development costTypically, but not always, the type of pay system is based on the above development approaches. Waterfall developments are more likely to be a fixed fee because everything is planned ahead of time. During the planning stage, the client (you) and the developers reach an agreed price to spend on the design and planning phase and another price for the actual development of the app.Sometimes, as you change and tweak your process, the fixed price has to be altered. A lot of firms will use work orders to track the costs of these changes. Thus, your ‘fixed’ price is actually not fixed and can be greatly affected, depending on the number of work orders needed.To top it off, after your first release, you will need to update your app as well. This price tag can range between $70-$100/hour after you launch.Agile structures always follow an hourly or labor rate that pays based on the amount of work or effort needed to produce. Before starting, it is important that you fully understand these rates and how they are tracked, especially if it is hourly.There are several classifications of developers. These range from independent contractors up through an extravagant class. Depending on what class of developer you hire, your hourly rate can range anywhere between $75/hour up through $800/hour.A good development firm will have tracking software in place that will allow you to see the progress made and how muchtime is being put into each stage. While choosing to go with an hourly or labor rate is generally more expensive, a lot of people find the quality is higher because it encourages developers to continue working diligently, whereas a fixed price can sometimes cause them to make shortcuts to hasten the deadline, as they are being paid a set amount, no matter howmuch work they end up putting in.In either case, you have to be prepared for your developer to go over budget. On average, you will spend about 20% more than you expected.The affordable app builder alternativeIt is easy to look at all of these variables and simply see dollar signs zooming by, but don’t be discouraged. Many of these costly variables are only associated with building an app for the ground up and there is an alternative solution in the forms of content management systems for app development.You’ve all seen the commercials for DIY websites that look and act professionally. You can do the same with your app. With a small team of people who are familiar with the basics of technology, you can have your app up and running in a few days.Many of these app builder solutions are responsible for putting high functioning, quality apps in the hands of over 200,000 small businesses, at an affordable price. If you’ve ever wondered how your local pizzeria could possibly afford such a clean looking mobile app, an affordable app builder is the answer. So, you can stop spreading those rumors that they must be “connected.”What makes a DIY app builder so affordable?Instead of building every app from the ground up, an app building content management system will offer a wide range of features, design templates and other options that allow you to piece together your own app, using a platform that has already been created, tested and proven effective.Thus, you don’t have to tear any hair out over deciding between which development firm to choose; you are the developer! With pre-built features and templates, no programming expertise is required; you don’t need any background in mobile development. And, a high quality DIY app builder offers an expansive library of webinars, step-by-step guides and helpful articles to turn anyone into their own app design pro.Waterfall or agile approach? You build your app on your own time. The beauty of choosing a app creation platform is the comfort knowing that the app will be bug and glitch free. Once you are ready to hit that publish button, you are all set; there is no testing or planning necessary. In addition, the cost of building an app dramatically goes down when using a “out of the box” solution.And, as the mobile app industry progresses and evolves, your mobile app continues to update and evolve with it — so there’s no paying for upgrades. Again, driving the cost of your app down because you don’t have to consistently update it. By staying current with emerging trends, a DIY mobile app creation platform will continue to offer all the features and tools your customers are looking for in a mobile app. So, you never have to worry about having an outdated app or worry about the cost of your app going over budget.The bottom line of how much does an app cost?From a price standpoint, a pre-built app creation platform blows the costs of a ground-up, custom app out of the water. Custom apps can cost as much as $500,000 or higher with a median price between $37,913 and $171,450 as the median price.With a DIY app builder, the mobile app you build only costs a small monthly fee of around $59/month to maintain, which is likely to include all the continued support, tools and updates offered with your mobile app. A lot of companies forget that the cost of an app is ongoing due to maintenance and keeping the app up to date. ConclusionSo is there an actually bottom line when it comes to the cost of developing an app? It all depends on what vehicle you take to get there. If you are looking for a luxury app complete with customizations beyond what most business need, you can expect to pay a hearty hourly fee anywhere between $75-$800/hour.The data shows that most often the final number comes somewhere between $39,913 for a small simple app, but it can reach well beyond the $500,000 mark.Keep in mind that custom solutions are not necessary for all businesses. If you are looking to build an app so that your business can compete in the mobile market, there are solutions out there that can get you in the game for as little as $59/month.So, what is the true cost of creating an app for your small business? A lot more than you think, but also a lot less if you use the correct tools. This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps September 21, 2016 Register Now »