Fujitsu Laboratories set up a Wi-Fi access point in a communication area covered by a telecom carrier’s LTE network, then placed multiple devices in the area covered by the Wi-Fi access point and measured their communication speeds, both when using existing technology, as in Figure 1, and when using the newly developed connection control technology. Measurements were taken while varying the placement of the devices, and it was confirmed that the new technology could, on average, double communications speed, compared with existing connection control technology.With this technology, services that require high communication speeds, such as streaming video, can be used even more easily in Wi-Fi service areas.Fujitsu Laboratories aims to conduct even larger-scale field trials using this technology to improve its stability, with the goal of commercializing it in fiscal 2018. They also intend to move forward on expanding functions to enable selection of radio access technologies for 5G, aiming for application from fiscal 2020 onwards. The Fujitsu connection control technology requires the install of a dedicated application on a device that communicates with the connection control function on the control server, which then predicts the impact on communication speeds if multiple devices changed their connection at the same time. It then automatically sets communications routes for multiple devices in a given Wi-Fi service area all at once based on that prediction .Features of the technology are as follows.1. Technology that estimates the volume of usable wireless resourcesWith this technology, by installing a dedicated application on a device, the server can control each device, but because devices without the application are also using Wi-Fi and LTE wireless resources, the amount of wireless resources available to controlled devices can change. Therefore, the dedicated application installed on the controlled device first collects information on current communication speeds and wireless quality, and notifies the connection control function on the control server. The connection control function then calculates the communication speed if there were sufficient usable wireless resources from the wireless quality information, and by comparing this with the actual communication speed, estimates the volume of usable wireless resources. This then enables connection control that responds to the situation in that location.2. Wireless communication route optimization technologyWith the connection control function, this technology calculates the predicted communication speed for each controlled device in a Wi-Fi service area using information about the volume of wireless resources that can be used and wireless quality information from controlled devices for each routing pattern, whether each controlled device uses Wi-Fi or LTE for its communication route. Using these results, it chooses the distribution pattern of communication routes that maximizes overall communication speed in the area, and then the connection control function on the control server notifies the dedicated application on each device that corresponds to that pattern, and then carries out switching of the communication route. Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of connection control technology for LTE and Wi-Fi to boost communication speed in areas with Wi-Fi.When devices doing high-load communications tasks, such as streaming videos, are concentrated on a single Wi-Fi access point, deterioration in communications speed for each of these devices is a problem. So far, devices have been equipped with technology to enable them to choose a communications route to mitigate communication speed deterioration, such as connecting to LTE instead of Wi-Fi when the Wi-Fi’s communication quality is poor. However, as each device determines its communications route independently, without considering the impact on other devices, this can cause overall communications speed to decrease.Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a connection control technology that uses a cloud-based connection control ability to predict communications speed when multiple devices change their connection at the same time, and can automatically set communication routes for multiple devices on the same Wi-Fi access point all at once based on that prediction.They carried out performance evaluations of this technology by changing the distribution of devices using a telecommunications carrier’s LTE network, and it was confirmed that this technology can increase communications speed by about a factor of two, on average, when compared with previously used technology. With this technology, mobile users can even more easily make use of services that require high communications speeds, such as videos.In recent years, with the spread of smartphones and tablets, there has been an increase in high-load traffic, such as videos. In addition, Wi-Fi is being expanded, and it is expected that, with the further expansion of areas in which it is possible to use Wi-Fi in the future, users will have more opportunities to enjoy watching videos and using other services while out and about. Current technology allows a large number of users to connect to public Wi-Fi, however, when users who are watching videos or using other high-load communications are concentrated around a single access point, the communications speed can drop, causing situations in which videos stop playing. There is a demand for technology that can avoid this type of situation, without stress on users.Technology OverviewAt the moment, several technologies have been applied as methods of improving communications speed for Wi-Fi users, such as a technology that limits reductions in communications speed by having the device autonomously change to connect to LTE, and technologies that limit the number of users that can connect to a Wi-Fi access point. With existing technologies in which each device determines its communications route based on communications quality without considering its impact on other devices, situations could arise that reduce overall communications speed, as when Wi-Fi is chosen even when users doing high-load communications are concentrated around a Wi-Fi access point, or when LTE is chosen even in situations where there are not many users who can use Wi-Fi.
BMW Motorrad Malaysia brought Nightfuel to Penang. BMW Motorrad Malaysia launched the new R nineT Urban G/S, S 1000 RR, R 1200 GS Rallye and K 1600 Bagger. Hundreds showed up despite the heavy rain. –Ads– One of the best parts of motorcycling is the lifestyle. Now, while the word “lifestyle” usually describes fashion, a motorcycling lifestyle goes deeper than the superficial.A motorcycling lifestyle encompasses loving the motorcycle you own, loving to ride whether going solo or with your buddies, strengthening the bond amongst your riding buddies while making new ones, and many more latent personal reasons. It’s a way of life, regardless of your level of passion and to what lengths you express that passion.But there is one inescapable aspect of every biker’s life and that’s the weekly get-together, called TTS for Teh Tarik Session, among Malaysian bikers.That’s why BMW Motorrad Nightfuel roadshows play an important role to not only showcase that lifestyle but also to present it as part of BMW Motorrad’s “Make Life a Ride” way of life. Featuring “friendly gathering, food and music,” attendees can be assured of the best TTS in their calendar.BMW Motorrad Nightfuel visited Penang on 9th September 2017 and it was the first outside of the Klang Valley. The event site was situated just off the on-ramp to the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (better known as “The new Penang Bridge.There were already hundreds of bikes when we arrived, consisting of BMWs and a good number of other brands, as well.Pretty girls smiled sweetly and welcomed us at the BMW Motorrad Nightfuel registration desk despite the heavy rain blowing into their tent. Kudos, girls. Each participant received a BMW Motorrad dry bag and ticket for the lucky draw. There was already a long line for the food – typical of us Malaysian bikers!In the main pavilion, tables and chairs were laid out to surround the centre stage, flanked by BMW motorcycle display stands. The Penang channel and bridge provided the breathtaking backdrop.Head of BMW Motorrad Malaysia, Owen Riley, welcomed attendees and launched BMW Motorrad Nightfuel Penang.One of Malaysia’s most famous sessions band, NRG, made sure everyone got rocked by expertly belting out famous hits such as Highway To Hell, Highway Star, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Sejati, among others.Speaking about the food, the row of stalls served iconic Penang street food such as ais kacang, cendol, Penang assam laksa, rojak buah, char koay teow, and satay. There was also a mini BBQ. The laksa was among the best this writer has ever tried (I had three bowls!).There was also a Ride & Style Shop operated by Auto Bavaria Penang which sold BMW Motorrad riding gear and paraphernalia.The site was buzzing with high octane activity, despite the rain still crashing down. Many more motorcycles continued to appear through the maelstrom.Soon enough, it was time to launch the new bikes, starting with the updated S 1000 RR superbike. Although the engine and design are untouched, the new S 1000 RR now features ABS Pro for more secure hard braking in corners. It is priced from RM 106,900.Next was one the most anticipated motorcycle, the new R 1200 GS Rallye. Priced from RM 105,900, the GS has been redesigned with new radiator flanks. The engine remains the same (why fix something not broke), backed up by six comprehensive Ride Modes.The night continued with more great food and music as old friends hung out together and made new ones. A few rounds of lucky draws were held as BMW gave away a few amazing gifts such as sets of Lego R 1200 GS.The other two bikes were unveiled soon afterwards.The R nineT Urban G/S harks back to the design of the R 80 G/S of yesteryears but with a modern twist. Built upon the R 1200 engine and R nineT’s frame, the Urban G/S is given longer travel suspension, tapered handlebar, 19-inch front wheel, and the classic headlight fairing to complete that classic enduro look. It is priced from RM 87,900.Soon, it was time to unveil the main star of BMW Motorrad Nightfuel Penang – the K 1600 Bagger.As what BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Product Specialist said during the presentation, a bagger means a cruiser which features touring gear and luggage. Built on the K 1600 engine and touring frame, the K 1600 B uses the platform’s impressive size and is given a sloping tail end to great effect, turning it into a beautiful motorcycle which only the best customizers could dream of building. But don’t be fooled by its size: The K 1600 series consists of superbly agile motorcycles! Priced from RM 159,900, it is not cheap for most of us, but that pricing is competitive when compared among high-end baggers in the market.The Nightfuel party carried on until late and we bid our goodbyes. As mentioned before, this was the first BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Nightfuel outside of the Klang Valley and it turned out to be the best. Not even the big storm could derail is status.Well, rain is part of the biker’s lifestyle.Click here for more on the new models launched during event.PICTURE GALLERY
Photo by John Blackie BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After two Gulf South Conference championships and a 32-2 record in conference play over the past three years, head coach Melissa Wolter and the West Florida volleyball team have gained the respect of the league’s coaches and players. In the preseason coaches’ poll announced by the conference office on Wednesday, UWF was picked to finish first in the GSC East Division and win the overall championship, and four Argonauts earned preseason All-GSC selections.“It’s a great honor for our program to receive this type of recognition from the GSC coaches,” said Wolter. “Our returners have worked very hard to set a standard for this program and have high expectations for the 2010 season. However, every team in our conference will bring great volleyball out of us and force us to play our best night in and night out. That’s what GSC volleyball is all about.”In the preseason All-GSC picks, UWF’s four players led all teams in both divisions. Senior outside hitter Chelsea Wilhoite (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny HS) and sophomore setter Tricia Tirabassi (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper HS), both members of the All-GSC team in 2009, led the way for UWF. Senior middle hitter Kara Gonzalez (St. Augustine, Fla./St. Augustine HS) and senior outside hitter Jamie Nichols (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla HS) were also preseason all-conference picks.UWF received five of five possible first place votes in the East from the league’s coaches, tallying a division-high 25 total points. North Alabama followed in second place with 21 points and the one other first place vote, and UNA was followed by West Alabama and Valdosta State, both finishing with an identical 15 points. Alabama-Huntsville and West Georgia rounded out the division, finishing with nine and five points, respectively.In the overall tournament champion voting, UWF received 11 of 13 total votes, with North Alabama from the East and Harding from the West picking up the remaining two votes. Harding edged Arkansas Tech as the preseason pick to win the West Division.Finally, the league also recognized the top newcomers for each team, and Chandler Carney (Indianapolis, Ind./DePaul) and Katie Johnson (Tallahassee, Fla./Loyola-Chicago) were West Florida’s picks. Carney is a 6-1 sophomore outside hitter from Indianapolis, and she comes to UWF after playing one year at DePaul. Johnson, a 5-10 outside hitter from Leon High School in Tallahassee, transferred to West Florida for her senior season in 2010, and she comes to UWF after three years at Loyola-Chicago.West Florida has taken over as the perennial favorite in the GSC, being picked to win the conference championship each of the last three seasons. North Alabama had previously held that title, as the Lions took home the GSC East Division crown every season from 1996-2006 and won the overall conference championship in all but one season over that span. UWF added volleyball as a varsity sport in 2000.The Argos open the 2010 season at home during the Comfort Inn-vitational on September 3-4, facing Southern Indiana and Eckerd on the first day of play. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. OFFICIAL GSC RELEASEPrint Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball Picked First in GSC Preseason Poll
Toru Taniguchi, who finished second on the 2004 money list, had a 67 and is in a five-way tie for second with Tetsuji Hiratsuka, David Smail of New Zealand, Toshinori Muto and Hiroo Okamo. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TAMANA, Kumamoto Pref. – Hiroyuki Fujita got off to a strong start to his bid to win his first major title on the Japanese tour Thursday, shooting a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Japan PGA Championship.Fujita, who played the inward half first, showed a deft putting touch and a superb short game throughout his round as he needed only 23 putts and finished the day on 7-under-par at Tamana Country Club. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud was eager to start driving Thursday.After spending most of this week in Indianapolis filling media requests and doing sponsorship appearances, the defending champion of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis can finally focus on racing with Team Penske.Pagenaud had the sixth-fastest lap in Thursday’s practice, completing the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1 minute, 10.9527 seconds.Chevrolet dominated the practice charts, taking the top six spots.Target Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon led the field with a 1:10.6971. Penske teammates Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya were second and third at 1:10.8118 and 1:10.856. Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing was fourth at 1:10.8839 and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was fifth at 1:10.929.
Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze walks the sideline in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Ole Miss checked in at No. 15 in Thursday’s preseason USA Today Amway Coaches poll.The Rebels were the fifth-highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama led the way at No. 3, followed by Auburn at No. 7, Georgia at No. 9 and LSU at No. 13. In all, eight teams from the conference cracked the initial top 25.Kellenberger: Thoughts on preseason top 25 poll revealDefending national champion Ohio State landed at No. 1 by earning 62 of 64 first-place votes. TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top 5.The Rebels’ schedule includes four teams ranked in the preseason poll, including Arkansas at No. 20. Mississippi State and Texas A&M just missed the top 25. Florida also received two votes.Ole Miss climbed to No. 3 in the coaches’ poll last year following a 7-0 start, but ended the season ranked 19th after dropping four of its last six games.Contact Riley Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Some established prospects continue to strut their stuff, while a handful of lesser-known players are on the verge of gaining more Division-I offers.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:b43dcc2ad4c0e496a698a8d8 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-508908-3838731659001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Below are prospects who saw their recruiting stock rise after Week 8 performances.Malik Dear, ATH, MurrahThe Mississippi State commit became the third Mississippian selected to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl this week, joining fellow Dandy Dozen selections Jamal Peters and Javon Patterson. It’s easy to understand why Dear was selected. The Mustangs’ do-it-all athlete has posted huge numbers this season in a limited number of opportunities. He’s been a force at wideout, running back and as a return man. Dear is averaging nearly 9-yards a carry. But Murrah uses Dear mostly as a slot receiver, which is where he’ll play in the high school all-star game. However, Dear has shown this season — given some added weight and strength — that tailback may be a more suitable home for him at the college level.Tommy Champion and Javious Bardney, OL, CallawaySeemingly each week, Callaway running back Carlos Ransburgh is featured in The Clarion-Ledger’s top performers of the week. This week, he earned athlete of the week honors by posting 248 yards and three touchdowns. Ransburgh is a skilled ball carrier, but it helps when you’re running behind two future Division-I offensive linemen — those being Tommy Champion and Javious Bardney. Champion, an MSU commit, impressed at combines across the state this summer and he’s maintained that momentum. Champion is extremely athletic for his size. Bardney, a four-star junior prospect, projects as a guard at the next level. He plays with a nasty streak, finishing blocks to the whistle. Bardney reports offers from both MSU and Ole Miss and says staying in-state the biggest priority in his recruitment.Chris Stamps, CB, Warren CentralThe Mississippi State commit has led Warren Central to a 7-0 record and the No. 9 spot in The Clarion-Ledger’s most recent Super 10 ranking. Warren Central’s defense hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points this season (including two shutouts). And Stamps has a lot to do with the success. The three-star prospect is a polished cover corner. He’s long and rangy and skilled at making adjustments to routes. He needs to gain weight — he’s listed at 175-pounds — but he’s not afraid to come up field and make tackles in the flats.Johnathan Abram, S, East MarionThe two-star prospect burst onto the recruiting scene in early September, picking up offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky, Louisville and Georgia. Abram added an offer from UAB last week and continues to add interest from several other programs. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder impressed on the combine circuit this summer and hasn’t disappointed this fall. He’s a tall, physical safety that defensive coordinators crave with more-and-more big-bodied wideouts emerging in today’s game. Abram has visited both Ole Miss and Kentucky recently. A decision is likely coming in the next few weeks.Titus Ivory, WR, BrandonThere’s a lot to like about Ivory. Brandon’s standout wideout stretches defenses deep with his size and speed. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder had another big outing last Friday, racking up 166 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. The three-star prospect could spark his recruitment with a few similar showings.
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Jenny Siler is now having her own issues with law enforcement. Investigators have revealed to WLAF News that a search warrant executed at her Jacksboro home and based off the sale of schedule II prescription pills, will likely lead to charges. At 6 am Friday, officers with the Drug Task Force, La Follette Police, the TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Special Ops Unit and the ATF paid a visit to Siler’s home at 140 Mineral Springs Lane, Jacksboro. At the home, just off Eagle Bluff Road, investigators allegedly discovered a hand gun and schedule IV prescription pills.Investigators said charges are pending against Jenny Lynn Siler. Her boyfriend, Steve Edward Moore, also has charges pending.Siler is the estranged wife of Lester Siler. The Silers rose to local infamy after he was assaulted in his home by local police officers, and she secretly stashed a recorder capturing 45 minutes of the hours long ordeal. The duo later sued the county; he was awarded $115,000. Jenny Siler was awarded nothing. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/19/2019-6PM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
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The Rockets won the match with set scores of 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-13. Brianna Stawski was a force for the Rockets, tallying 13 kills, seven aces, and five blocks, while Lindsey Ruiter added seven kills and four blocks. Elizabeth Jordan led the Rockets with 27 assists with Kenna Grant chipping in with 18 digs. The Rockets earned their first win of the season, improving their record to 1-4. MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 3, GRAND RIVER PREP 1- The Crusaders won the match with set scores of 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23. Erin LaVigne was solid for the Crusaders as she tallied 11 kills to go along with four aces in the service game. Calvin’Nae Simmons added eight kills while Claire LaVigne set her teammates up nicely with 31 assists. MCC improved to 3-1 on the season and will be back in action on September 14th in the Mustang Invitational at Northpointe Christian.PENTWATER 3, WALKERVILLE 0- The Falcons won their first match of the season, winning by service scores of 25-20, 25-16, and 25-21.Terra Cluchey led the Falcons with 10 kills, four aces and four digs while Jhordan Miller-Rowe followed with five kills, two aces and a team-high six digs. Haidyn Adams and Mikaylyn Kenny each contributed four kills in the win.The Falcons improved to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.RAVENNA 3, FREMONT 0- Rhi Pafford led the Packers in a losing effort with 10 kills followed by Natalie Jamison with five.Carle Bruggema added 11 assists and Calla Miller had eight for Fremont.WEDNESDAY’S VOLLEYBALL RESULTSCSAAKENT CITY 3, LAKEVIEW 0 – The Eagles won the conference match by set scores of 25-11, 25-11, 25-11.Erica Bull paced Kent City with 11 kills. Jenna Harrison had 15 service points and three aces and 15 assists. 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Delays plague stadium for MLS TeamCaribbean-American soccer enthusiasts are again concerned if the anticipated Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium to be built by English soccer star David Beckham in South Florida will be a reality.“We can’t get information on what is holding up commencement,” says West-Kendall soccer coach, Richard Bramwell, who led a grassroots campaign last year for the county to support the plan. “There’s significant potential from soccer as an organized sport in South Florida. The presence of the MLS team and the soccer stadium would be added incentive in seeing this potential realized.”In February, 2014, there was elation among soccer fans when Beckham, MLS officials, Miami-Dade and Miami officials jointly announced Beckham received approval to bring an MLS team to Miami.Since then, the Beckham Group, has experienced several delays in securing an appropriate stadium site. Last year after planning to build the stadium in conjunction with the Miami-Dade School District on lands close to the Florida Marlins Park in Miami, those plans were shelved to build the stadium on a 9-acre site in Overtown, based on agreements reached with Miami-Dade County.Attempts to obtain information from the Beckham Group as to the delay in commencing the building of the stadium have been fruitless. County officials said the work will commence soon, without offering a time frame for “soon.”However, according to reports the holdup is a result of the Beckham Group’s delay in agreeing to the county’s proposals in exchange for a parcel of three acres of land owned by the county to be included in the nine acres to build the stadium.The county’s proposal seeks the Beckham Groups commitment to paying market value for the land, employing local residents at the stadium, paying fines if these hiring targets are not met, benefits for stadium workers, and a package of benefits to boost Overtown’s economy. The county proposals also include a $1 million fine if the stadium isn’t built.David Beckham announces plans to bring MLS team toThe reports stipulate the proposed community-benefit package is the issue creating the delay in the agreement being finalized.“This is very frustrating,” said Bramwell. “I’m not privy to the issues that are delaying the building of the stadium, but hundreds of soccer enthusiasts, youth and adults, who are motivated by playing soccer are anticipating the MLS soccer in Miami. There’s significant gains and potential from soccer as an organized sport in South Florida. The presence of the MLS team and the soccer stadium would be added incentive in seeing this potential realized. Players and fans have been tantalized by this proposed MLS team and stadium for over two years. Either the stadium is going to be built and be a major boost to soccer in the region, or the plans are scrapped and let soccer fans and players deal with alternative reality.”