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Google Photos Introduces Paid Colour Pop Feature in Editing Suite

first_img“In Google Photos, colour pop is a feature that continues to be available for anyone to use, at no cost, for photos with depth information (such as portrait mode). As part of an ongoing rollout that began earlier this year, Google One members can apply the feature to even more photos of people, including those without depth information,” a Google spokesperson told Engadget.Google is looking to add additional premium features to Photos in the future. XDA Developers dug into the code of Google Photos 5.18 update and found several strings that look to prompt users of premium editing tools to gain access with Google One membership. The report says that it found hints of prompts like “As a Google One member, you get access to extra editing features,” “Get extra editing features with a Google One membership,” “Unlock this feature and more with a Google One membership,” and “Unlock more editing features and {storage amount} of storage with a Google One membership.”There is no clarity on what these new premium editing features may be, and Google is expected offer clarity on that soon. The search giant has already started to add Colour Pop for any photo behind a paywall. Users should see more such premium editing tools inside the app in the future.- Advertisement – Google introduced a new editor on Android with AI suggestions and more granular controls to allow users to directly edit their pictures in the app last month. Suggestions like Enhance and Colour Pop were added, that allowed users to make changes to their photos. Now, a Google spokesperson confirmed that it is now adding a new take on its Colour Pop feature that users can add to any photo, without restricting it to just the ones with depth information. To use this new paid Colour Pop feature, Google Photos users will have to buy Google One subscription. The report suggests that Google plans to roll out more tools in the editing suite that may require a paid plan.Engadget reached out to Google after XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman tweeted that Google Photos‘ Colour Pop feature is locked behind a Google One paywall. Google responded that Colour Pop is available for free for photos with depth information, but for using the feature on any other images, users will have to buy a Google One membership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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The most beautiful and quietest rally in the world celebrates its sixth edition – Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia

first_imgThe rally is of an international character, and the participants are all foreigners, mostly Swiss and Germans, and Austrians and Scandinavians, most of whom have never been to Croatia, and their participation in the rally is their first contact with our country. The rally is taking place for the sixth year in a row, and over 8 days, 50 teams will drive a 1.500 km long route through beautiful landscapes with many attractions on the route, which is also the official “Green Highway” with charging stations for electric vehicles. The race starts on 12.05 in Novi Vinodolski, then goes through Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Ston, Imotski, Šibenik, NP Krka, Skradin, Smiljan, NP Plitvice Lakes and 19.05. arrives in Zagreb.  Find out more information about this great tourist story and the most beautiful technological-tourist postcard in Croatia at the official web site. The most beautiful and quietest rally in the world “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2019” this year starts from Novi Vinodolski on May 12, and ends on May 19 in Zagreb with a spectacular race in the street Hrvatske bratske zajednice (at NSB). “By combining e-mobility, ecology, technology and tourism, we have created a completely new tourist product now globally recognized as “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia”, which gives Zagreb, where the number of tourists is growing from year to year, a unique opportunity to brand through it. as an “e-mobility friendly” tourist destination in the homeland of Nikola Tesla, whose initiative we launched in 2014.”Concludes Kolovrat. No location during the rally was chosen by chance but with the aim of showing the best that Croatia has to offer, he points out Tina Kolovrat from EVA Blue doo, race organizer Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia and adds that during all these years after the race they initiated the installation of charging stations at each stopping point of the rally, in order to attract as many guests with electric vehicles to our country and provide them with the necessary charging.last_img read more

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Study sheds light on smart beta transaction costs

first_imgEdhec said its research provided an “explicit estimate” of costs applied to a range of strategies and showed the impact of using different implementation rules or stock universes.Among the major findings highlighted by the authors, the paper found that conclusions about transaction cost levels and strategy implementation challenges were heavily dependent on the stock universe under consideration.The researchers also found that, for commonly used beta indices built on liquid universes and integrated implementation rules, the impact of transaction costs on returns was small. These costs did not cancel out the relative return benefits over cap-weighted indices.A key issue with smart beta strategies was that they typically entailed higher replication costs than cap-weighted market indices, the researchers said.“While this is obviously true, the crux of the question is not whether transaction costs are higher but whether, after accounting for such costs, there are any benefits in terms of net returns,” they said.The study noted that while the importance of accounting for transaction costs in the evaluation of smart beta strategies was not doubted, relatively little was known about the magnitude of these costs.As a result, there was limited information related to the impact of implementation aspects – such as the selection of a liquid universe or turnover controls – on transaction cost levels.Lionel Martellini, director of Edhec-Risk Institute, said the results of the paper provided an important contribution to the analysis of smart beta strategies from a practical perspective.“Moreover, the methods we use are not computationally intensive and they draw on easily available data, making them easily replicable for practitioners who wish to analyse smart beta strategies,” he added.Given its “transparent methodology and benign data needs”, Edhec said its replication cost analysis could be easily applied to other strategies.The study was conducted as part of the Amundi research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETFs, Indexing and Smart Beta Investment Strategies”.The full paper is available here. Investors will be able to assess net returns arising from smart beta strategies through a new transaction cost measurement approach put forward by a research paper from EDHEC Risk Institute.Currently, smart beta providers do not routinely report transaction cost estimates for their strategies, and performance evaluation often relies on simulated gross returns, the research said.“A reasonable expectation from an investor’s perspective is that providers should disclose the level of transaction costs generated by their strategies so as to allow for information on net returns,” the paper said.The paper – ”Smart Beta Replication Costs” – was written by Edhec researchers Mikheil Esakiais, Felix Goltz, Sivagaminathan Sivasubramanian, and Jakub Ulahelis.last_img read more

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Inroom auction event has two homes sold under the hammer

first_imgThe crowd gathered at Ray White Julie Mahoney on auction night.Five properties went under the hammer on Tuesday night, March 12, 2019, as part of Ray White Julie Mahoney’s inroom auction event. Golden oldie lands suburb’s biggest 2019 sale First off the block was 32 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens, a four-bedroom, two bathroom home on 1012sq m, which sold under the hammer.“We are thrilled with the results of the campaign for 32 Hooper St,” Ms Mahoney said.“It was a short, two-week call to auction but it had staggering results.“Five open homes held over the two weeks saw 72 groups attend and resulted in multiple bidders registered.”The MORE: second property, 18 Sixth St, South Townsville, a five-bedrooms, two-bathroom restored Queenslander, also sold under the gavel.Lots three and four were passed in and are now listed for sale.Lot three, 6 Barboutis St, Belgian Gardens is a two bedroom, one bathroom home on a 809sq m corner block. It is now for sale for $415,000. The complex at 46 Victoria St, Townsville City failed to sell on auction night and is now available to purchase by private treaty.Features include panoramic island and ocean views, three car accommodation with additional storage, new carpet and paint and polished timber floors. No. 1 is listed for $665,000 and 2 is listed for $495,000.Ms Mahoney said there was a bid on the final property on the night lot 5, a classic cottage at 24 Hubert St, South Townsville.“We are now in the process of negotiating with both the buyers and the sellers,” she said.It will be a quiet weekend for auctions this week, with only three properties lined up for the gavel on Saturday and Sunday.Helen Munro Property agent Brett Shann will present 35 Pegnall St, Currajong to auction on Saturday, March 16 at 11am. The three bedroom, one bathroom home is on a 350sq m block and was built in 2004.Ray White Geaney Property Group agent Ella Geaney’s listing at 7 Epping Way, Mount Low will go under the gavel on Sunday, March 17 at 11am. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The two bedroom home at 6 Barboutis St, Belgian Gardens is now listed for $451,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe realestate.com.au listing said it was walking distance from Rowes Bay and Soroptimist Park.Features include a new kitchen and split system airconditioning throughout. Australia’s cheapest suburb by the beach RELATED: Lot four, 1 and 2/46 Victoria St, Townsville City, is classified as a block of units, and the realestate.com.au listing said it comprises two residences ideal for one to live in and rent out the other arrangement. Bargain price for home coated in poo The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on a 564sq m block within Sanctum Estate.The agency’s Sally Ireland will then present 152 Francis St, West End at 3pm.The three-bedroom, one bathroom Queenslander was recently renovated.It occupies a 620sq m, fully fenced block.last_img read more

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Rotary Club launches initiative to reclaim Nature Island

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Rotary Club launches initiative to reclaim Nature Island by: – March 13, 2012 Share 62 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! President of the Club Marvlyn Birmingham presenting bio-degradable bag to Arlene Hall of Save-A-Lot.The Rotary Club of Dominica has partnered with the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, the Environmental Coordinating Unit and the three local supermarkets on island to reduce the use of plastic and to reclaim the nature island.The Club launched this environmental project at a press conference on Tuesday with a view to educating the public on the negative effects which plastics have on the society as well as to reduce the amount of plastic bags currently being used and replace them with bio-degradable shopping bags.Past President of the Rotary Club Marie-Jose Edwards explained the importance of this environmental project to the island.“There are two major components of this project; one is the distribution of bio-degradable shopping bags to the supermarkets that are involved and also indirectly and directly to the consumers and to undertake an extensive public awareness program.”Edwards noted that “we are the stewards of the environment” and it is therefore every citizen’s responsibility to ensure that they play their part in “conserving its resources”.She recognized that “plastics are a very important part of our lives” but highlighted the Club’s objective to inform the public of the “negative impact” which plastics have on the environment.“The whole idea is to encourage them to use reusable plastic bags and to reduce their use of plastics,” Edwards said.The Club has formally written to most of the major supermarkets on the island however so far only three have responded favorably.Marie-Jose EdwardsThey are; A C. Shillingford and Company, H. H. V. Whitchurch and Company and Save-A-Lot Supermarket and a representative of each company was present at the press conference.Head of production division at H. H. V. Whitchurch, Geoff Astaphan congratulated the Club for launching this “very important initiative” which he said everyone should take very seriously and play their part in curtailing the use of plastics on island. He informed that his company has been making an effort to “save the environment” and will distribute the bio-degradable bags during their mid-month madness on Wednesday along with Whitchurch IGA re-usable bags.Arlene Hall of Save-A-Lot also commended the Club for implementing “such an important program.” She explained that prior to being contacted by the Club she noticed during a tour of the island that “Save-A-Lot shopping bags has been contributing to unsightly scenes” and thanked the Club for playing a role in trying to keep the environment clean. Hall also announced that her company will launch a green initiative later this month which will comprise of a green day where about 1000 bio-degradable bags will be distributed to consumers. Plastics are made from petroleum products, natural gas and they utilize non-renewable resources helping to drive up the fuel prices and they take between 15 to 1000 years to decompose.Plastics are at risk of photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them to toxic polymer particles and once these polymer particles are present in the soil they pose a threat to the water table, animals and humans. Former past president Edwards also provided statistics on Dominica’s importation of plastics in 2007 which was 299, 000 kilos amounting to EC$2.4 million and 318, 000 kilos in 2009 which amounted to EC$2.9 million.Coordinator of the project and Rotarian Annie Edwards thanked the Rotary Club of Borden, Ohio which contributed 1150 of the bags to the Club.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Substitution

first_imgNo one questions a football or basketball coach putting substitutes into a game.  It is a regular practice.  Think what these games would be like if you had to designate before the game only an exact number of players you were going to use–like 11 in football or 5 in basketball.  That is the rule in track.  You may list alternates in each event for a meet, but you must designate before the meet begins who will run in that event.  After the meet starts, you may not substitute–even if one of your runners gets hurt.  You are allowed to list more than 4 for a relay.The Track and Field Association has tried for years to get this rule rescinded.  The IHSAA always replies that it would be too confusing during the meet and would prolong the time it would take to complete the meet.  Track coaches know that this is not the case with the technology that is available today.  The meet timing system can replace a name on its sheet in the time it takes for the operator to type in the name.  This is no time at all.last_img read more

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OurTV secures broadcast rights for Laliga matches

first_imgRelatedPosts How we got rights to broadcast Live German Bundesliga matches – OurTv David Silva recovers from COVID-19 La Liga backs Barca over Messi dispute A Direct-To-Home free TV broadcast satellite service provider, OurTV, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches beginning on Saturday (today).Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, speaking on the development, said the organisation’s partnership with Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited in 2015 enabled the broadcast right. According to Peters, with the securing of the broadcast rights, OurTV will now be broadcasting Laliga Santander matches live on Our Sports Channel 120.He said: “The partnership is part of the fulfilment of one of the promises made to our esteemed OurTv users and sports lovers, who have constantly been demanding for Live Matches.“This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us.“We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.“You asked for it. You now have it. Congratulations to us all. This is the beginning and it can only get better.” Peters also said OurTV, being indigenously developed, was encouraging broadcast satellite services across the country with added benefits.He said: “OurTV do not have monthly subscription for the TV and it is targeted at every Nigerian home, offices and businesses.‘‘OurTV is unique in so many ways: it is Nigerian, aggregated in Nigeria and transmitting on Nigerian satellite, it is being received on a decoder made in Nigeria by Nigerians.“OurTV has a Unique Value Proposition, which every Nigerian, home, family and business will be proud to associate with.‘‘Every Nigerian home needs OurTV for entertainment, relaxation, news, education, kids, sports and for everything you value from Television.” OurTV is a Direct-To-Home TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.The company had entered a partnership with NigComsat in 2015, leading to the use of NigComSat facility.Tags: laligaNigeria Communication Satellite LimitedOlushola PetersOurTVlast_img read more

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Mel: Berahino important to Baggies

first_img Press Association It is also understood the club have no intention of selling 20-year-old Berahino, who signed a lucrative new contract in December tying him to Albion until 2017. Mel insisted he would have no second thoughts about selecting Berahino for the final seven games of the season, the first of which is Saturday’s trip to Norwich. The Baggies boss said: “I’ve been impressed with Saido, he’s worked very well this week. “In addition to being an excellent player, he is also intelligent. He has shown this in training. And I’m sure he will continue to show this. “I’ve spoken to him throughout the week. He is very positive. He will be important to us in the final seven games.” Mel did not want to elaborate on what happened in the dressing room at The Hawthorns, saying only: “Eighteen young sports players have come in disappointed. “It’s normal they would argue among themselves. After that it’s normal to have a beer and forget about it. The players were disappointed they hadn’t won the game for the supporters.” One thing Mel was disappointed about was that the incident had found its way into the press. Berahino was hit by team-mate James Morrison when he apparently refused to apologise for a mistake that led to Cardiff’s late equaliser in the 3-3 stalemate. West Brom have sought to play down the incident, saying it was a minor scuffle that was over in an instant and that it shows how much the players care. He said: “The dressing room is the home environment. If any news gets out, that is bad news for us. What happens in the dressing room, should stay in the dressing room. I hope we have a positive reaction from this at Norwich.” Although West Brom have been keen to stress the incident is in the past, they were forced to issue a statement on Wednesday night with quotes from Berahino denying he was considering legal action against Morrison. Berahino posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday with a quote from the Bible, saying: “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” The tweet was subsequently deleted. Meanwhile, former West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie weighed into the debate, saying Berahino should learn from his experience and leave West Brom. Odemwingie had a high-profile and bitter falling-out with the Baggies in January 2013 after failing to push through a move to QPR. The striker eventually left the Hawthorns last summer for Cardiff before moving on again to Stoke this January. Odemwingie wrote on Twitter: “I see a repeat of my situation if he doesn’t leave this summer. Senior pros haha.” Intriguingly, the tweet was favourited by Berahino. Mel shrugged off Odemwingie’s intervention, saying: “England is a free country. Everyone can say what they like. “I don’t have the pleasure of knowing him (Odemwingie). It’s not right for me to comment on him. The West Bromwich Albion training ground is the same as all dressing rooms.” Odemwingie’s current manager, Mark Hughes, hinted he would rather his player had stayed out of the debate. Hughes said: “Peter is a guy that is doing well for us. Personally he has a view, as everybody has in football in terms of previous clubs, previous experiences, but I always think it’s sometimes better just to move on.” Pepe Mel insists Saido Berahino has a big role to play for West Brom in their fight against relegation after the dressing-room fracas that marred last weekend’s draw against Cardiff. last_img read more

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Dyche hails improving Clarets

first_img It took the Clarets until the fourth month of the season to finally register their first victory but, buoyed by that early November success over Hull, they have taken eight points from the last 12 available and are only in the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three on goal difference. A win at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon would definitely elevate them out of that lowly trio as Hull face West Brom, and Dyche insists the recent mini purple patch which Burnley are enjoying is a reflection of their ability to kick on. “It just goes to show you how tough the league is. You look at ourselves, QPR, Leicester – all come up, all full of beans, all looking forward to the challenge, different amounts of money, player trading, but all still finding it really tough because it is a very, very tough division.” Even if Burnley exit the bottom three come Saturday tea-time, Dyche will not stray far from the one-game-at-a-time mentality which served his troops so well during their promotion last term. “We know what the journey is, it’s important we focus on that, not what a piece of paper says at this stage,” he said of the league table. “It’s when you get down to the end that it really counts and that’s the way I work anyway. It’s how we went about our business last season and it served us well. “It kept the players focused on the next game; no matter who that is, the performance is key and the outcome usually comes with good performances.” The Clarets are likely to be without defensive duo Stephen Ward and Michael Duff once again, with the former set to see a specialist on Friday over an ankle problem which is proving more serious than the club first feared. “Most of my messages have been pretty much the same,” he said. “Early season a lot was made of us not winning but I thought our performances were good. I said ‘you’ve got to go even harder than just giving good performances at this level’ and I think we’ve done that. “We’ve certainly deserved the points we’ve got, we arguably should have nicked all three against (Aston) Villa in terms of the chances we created and Newcastle are a good side so we can’t be too greedy. “The mentality is good, it’s growing from the fact they’re not just winning and getting points on the board, but from playing in the Premier League. That growth is quite apparent at the moment. There’s a lot of games in front of us.” Burnley and QPR are familiar foes having played each in their respective promotion campaigns in the Sky Bet Championship last season and it is those two, along with fellow new boys Leicester, who occupy the three lowest rungs on the Premier League ladder. Dyche believes that epitomises the quality of the division they all entered back in August. He added of QPR: “They’re back in the Premier League, spent a lot of money and got a very experienced group. “People are probably surprised where they are a little bit. I’m not suggesting Harry or his men think they should be right up the top of the league but o n paper they’ve got a strong group. Sean Dyche has credited his Burnley players with finding another level in recent weeks as they look to build on a four-game unbeaten streak at QPR this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Windies fast-bowling attack could be X-Factor in series

first_img– Senior pacers need to prove value in English conditionBy Clifton RossWEST Indies recently buffed their already venomous fast-bowling attack by adding speedster Shannon Gabriel to their squad, giving the Caribbean side even more firepower which could help shift the balance against the English.Next week’s Test series will be a mental test as the players will be engaging in action amidst the pandemic, which will likely see a number of new rules and guidelines being implemented throughout the series.Given the line-up which features skipper Jason Holder, senior pacers Kemar Roach and Gabriel, along with the young quick pair of Chemar Holder and Alzarri Joseph; it is clear that the Windies will be looking to extract much from their 5-pronged pace attack.Glimpses of Raymon Reifer’s class were shown during the early stages of the warm-up games as the Guyana Jaguars left-hander will play a huge role with his left-arm swingers; which will complement the raw pace of his other mates.Conditions will also favour the Windies ‘Big 3’ bowlers in; Gabriel, Holder and Roach, who have exceptional records playing Test cricket in England. Gabriel, with 133 Test scalps under his belt, will be the man to watch especially with the new-ball.His pace and being fit again will allow him to play the ‘hatchet-man’ role while Roach is 8 wickets away from having 50 English scalps in the bag. The Bajan speedster is the most successful Windies bowler in the squad against England, having the most wickets (42).Although most of the Windies’ strike-bowlers have excellent personal records against England in Tests, playing in England – Roach possesses the best of the lot – they will need to quickly adapt to the playing conditions.England have not yet disclosed their full quota of bowlers but with the series in their backyard, it is likely that the hosts will be keen to field the likes of Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, veteran James Anderson, Stuart Broad with left-hander Ben Stokes filling the main all-rounder spot in the team.Also, it will be important to see which of the two sides adapt fastest to the current mental climate of playing cricket while possibly being at risk to the exposure of COVID-19.With concentration and focus being among the key traits of a pacer, it will be interesting to see the approach of the Windies bowlers, who have been known to run cold when under pressure from batsmen.Should they hit the deck running, it will be a tussle and one England might not want to get caught up in should the likes of Roach, Gabriel or any of the young studs in Joseph or Holder embrace the English conditions – suited for pace bounce and seam.In all, both units will be heavily armed heading into the Test series with West Indies having much to prove playing in the den of their rivals.Root and his men will be keen on maintaining their record against the West Indies in Test cricket while defending their home turf in the process.last_img read more