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Active Interest Media Purchases Fitness Association

first_img Conversely, AIM has invested heavily in boosting both its video production capabilities and educational offerings — particularly within its healthy living group — so it’s likely the company sees opportunity in IDEA’s streaming video business.  The price tag is open to speculation, but it’s easy to see why IDEA was an arractive pickup for the Boulder, Colorado-based enthusiast media company. AIM produces about sixteen stand-alone events or events series in concert with the various media brands across its portfolio, none of which are quite on the scale of the annual IDEA World Convention, a four-day conference attracting over 14,000 attendees. In a statement, AIM president and CEO Andy Clurman praised IDEA for playing “a key role in building the modern-day fitness industry” and stated that the acquisition will allow AIM to enhance the content and products it already offers to fitness enthusiasts through its existing brands like Oxygen, Clean Eating, Yoga Journal, and Muscle and Performance.  Active Interest Media (AIM) announced today that it has acquired the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a membership organization for wellness professionals, for an undisclosed sum.center_img “We’ve long admired AIM’s leadership in the consumer and B2B enthusiast space, and have talked for years about the best way to join forces and inspire the world to fitness together,” said IDEA CEO Peter Davis, who will continue with AIM in a leadership role, overseeing the integration of the companies, according to a statement. Founded in 1982, IDEA produces the IDEA World Convention — the world’s largest fitness conference, according to AIM — as well as a website and magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal.last_img read more

WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

Poor infra major barrier to increasing exports

first_imgState minister for finance and planning MA Mannan (R) and president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman take part in the roundtable, jointly organised by Prothom Alo and HSBC Bank, on Thursday at Prothom Alo`s Karwan Bazar office. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh’s exports will suffer unless infrastructure deficiencies are addressed immediately, observed a Prothom Alo roundtable on Thursday.The discussants drew attention to poor conditions of roads, inadequate power supply affecting industries, and delay in shipment of exportables at the Chittagong port.They also blamed public organisations such as National Board of Revenue (NBR) for creating problems that hamper smooth operation of business.Bangla daily Prothom Alo, in collaboration with HSBC Bank, organised the roundtable on ‘Export potentials and catalyst forces’ at its Karwan Bazar office in Dhaka.“The country’s roads are really, really in a bad shape,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman told the meeting.Dwelling on the constraints of exports, Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) president Md Saiful Islam said, “The more the lead time [time between initiation and execution of a business process] is, the more unfavourable is the condition for doing business.”He pointed out that Chittagong port authorities have four gantry cranes and of them, two remained non-functional now. “They don’t seem to have any contingency planning for serving the businesses,” he regretted.The business leader stressed the need for improving infrastructures for reaching the initial target of increasing export earning to 25 per cent from the sectors other than readymade garments (RMG) sector which accounts for 82 per cent of annual national exports.He also recommended raising capacity of Shahjalal International Airport’s cargo handling for helping the exporters.BGMEA’s Siddiqur Rahman partially blamed the traders themselves for the congestion at Chittagong port, saying that many of them do not want to take deliveries in time, especially during the Eid holidays and monsoon season.Referring to 6 per cent annual growth or $15 billion added to the economy, Viyellatex Group chairman KM Rezaul Hasanat questioned: “Do we have infrastructures to use that money to add value?”Former president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlul Haque cited the example of the government plan to import LNG (liquified natural gas) as altenative source of energy and said, “As an investor I don’t know what its price would be.”Sadat Jute Industries Ltd managing director Mahmudul Huq described state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) as a cancer-ridden entity for its failure to run public sector jute mills profitably.He mentioned that the country exported 20,000 tonnes of jute yarn in 1980, when the public sector played the key role in jute exports. The export has now increased to 675,000 tonnes a year, thanks to private sector participation, he pointed out. “This happened without any government help,” he added.State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan assured the businessmen of looking into the issues raised.He, however, admitted that it is not easy to bring reforms, especially in organisations such as NBR that brings money for the government.Former chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather and Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) Abu Taher, IT firm Brain Station 23 chief executive officer Raisul Kabir, CPD’s Zafar Sadiq, HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt, and HSBC Bangladesh’s country head of global trend and receivable finance Md Shahiduzaman also addressed the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit w video

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com In addition to selling this stock hexapod robot kit, the company will also be selling individual leg assemblies and other parts from the bot kit. This will give robot builders the chance to use these parts to create their own multi-legged robot designs. Kondo Robot currently serves only the Japanese market, so robot builders from other nations will have to find a different supplier for hexapod robot parts. The KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot is expected to begin shipping in May of 2011, and will cost roughly 76,000 yen, or $880 US dollars. More information: via Robot Dreams The brain of the KMR-M6 is a Kondo RCB-4HV. It is powered by a ROBO Power Cell 10.8V 800mAh Ni-MH battery. As for aesthetics, the wiring, controller and all other on-board electronics are hidden from view, in a compartment on the robots back. (PhysOrg.com) — Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 is a Hexapod Robot, that is reminiscent of a spider in its appearance. The kit is designed to be fairly stable. In addition to only requiring two servos per leg, for movement, the robot has a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that gives it the ability to navigate more complex obstacles. Citation: Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-kondo-robot-hexapod-kit-video.htmlcenter_img 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. Korea to sell programmable robot The KMR-M6 has a low profile, at about 14 inches tall, which makes maneuvering through smaller spaces less laborius, and decreases the robots center of gravity, which decreases the likelihood that it will tip over while navigating those obstacles.last_img read more