Vermont Comcast customers can now turn devices in their home into a TV

first_imgStarting today, Comcast X1 customers in Vermontwill be able to access their TV lineup on any connected screen in their home. Additionally, they will be able to download programs they have recorded on their digital video recorder (DVR) to watch on IP-enabled devices or stream them using an Internet connection, anytime and anywhere. The in-home streaming feature provides access to virtually the entire channel line-up and Xfinity On Demand programming on mobile devices and computers. The content is presented to customers via the familiar X1 user experience.  “These new features — live in-home streaming and X1 DVR with cloud technology — give our customers more flexibility for watching their favorite shows and movies in and out of their home,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont.  “Now, any screen in the house can become a personal TV, and recorded programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere.”According to the Consumer Electronics Association(link is external), nearly 46 percent of all TV households watch video on a laptop, notebook or netbook, and 43 percent view videos on a smartphone. That’s up from 38 percent and 33 percent, respectively, from the year prior.X1 DVR with cloud technology gives customers more flexibility for viewing their favorite programming at home or on the go. While in the home, they can watch any recording on IP-enabled devices over Comcast’s managed network, or download recordings to take on the go. Out-of-home, they can use an Internet connection to stream or download their recordings as well.To deliver these new features to Xfinity TV customers, Comcast has launched an Xfinity TV app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, and a dedicated portal(link is external) for viewing on computers. To live stream their TV lineups or watch DVR and On Demand programming while on tablets or smartphones in their homes, customers can simply download the Xfinity TV app from the App Store, open the app and sign-in with their Xfinity TV credentials.Live in-home streaming and X1 DVR with cloud technology were announced today in Connecticut; Western Massachusetts; Putnam County, New York and Vermont. They are also available in Atlanta, Augusta, Baltimore,Boston, the greater Chicago area, Houston, Nashville, Knoxville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Comcast will continue to roll these features out to more of its X1 customers next year.About Comcast Cable:Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com(link is external) for more information. www.comcast.com/X1(link is external). SOURCE: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast Cablelast_img read more

Flex-A-Seal expands with Momentum Engineered Systems merger

first_imgFlexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC,Vermont Business Magazine Flex-A-Seal, Inc, based in Williston, and Houston-based Momentum Engineered Systems, Inc announced Monday a merger to provide a unified mechanical seal and systems approach to the fluid sealing market. The two companies will each commit their assets to the new entity and the combined group will operate under the name Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed.The new company will maintain operations in Williston, VT, Houston, TX, and Gonzales, LA, with the corporate headquarters in Williston. Employment is broken down as: Williston: 120 people; Louisiana, 6 people; Houston, TX, 23 people; Sao Paulo, Brazil, 55 people.Hank Slauson, former President of Flex-A-Seal, Inc. now Chairman of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC said in a statement, “I am proud to announce this merger as the next step in our path to increasing our share of the fluid sealing market. This merged company has the rare combination of strong technology and a customer-centric business ethic. It is a timely opportunity to integrate our unique company culture with another forward-thinking force in the fluid handling market.”Alex Slauson, former VP Sales of Flex-A-Seal, Inc. now President of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC commented “Combining our expertise in seals and sealing systems is a win/win for our customers and solidifies our ability to tackle challenges today and in the future.”Flex-A-Seal founded in 1983, known globally as a leader in the manufacture of welded metal bellows and fully split cartridge mechanical seals, offers engineered solutions for virtually any sealing application. Flex-A-Seal has customers in over 50 countries worldwide.Momentum Engineered Systems founded in 2013, disrupted the poorly served seal support and lubrication markets through innovative customer service. Momentum Engineered Systems is currently the largest independent seal systems manufacturer in the USA.Both companies are distinguished by their commitment to “Made in the USA” and their Vermont, Texas, and Louisiana workforces and cultures. The merger now vertically integrates and supplies Flex-A-Seal and Momentum products under one entity, providing a complete sealing package to customers.Trey Maxwell, former CEO of Momentum Engineered Systems, Inc now CEO of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC said, “Our customers are looking for a change, our goal is to bring service back. Our American manufacturing and dedicated professionals will be a disruptive force.””Our facilities continue to operate business as usual.”More details regarding the merger will be updated on www.flexaseal.com(link is external).Source: WILLISTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–Flex-A-Seal, Inc 10.19.2020last_img read more

Evolving club experience: new Strava Clubs for Mobile

first_img Related Strava, the social network for athletes, has enhanced its social and community experience with the introduction of clubs to mobile.Strava’s latest mobile update further connects athletes across the globe and is seen as the first step in an evolving club experience that will give athletes a comprehensive home for group activities: one place to meet athletes, get inspired by each other’s training, share routes and events, organise group activities, track those activities and analyse and discuss afterwards.Strava Clubs for Mobile is being used by parkrun, the organiser of free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. Strava has ‘taken everything that’s fun about parkrun; the camaraderie, friendly competition and inspiring weekly runs and given it a home on their member’s phones.’ Strava athletes can join their local parkrun Strava club to connect with other runners and extend the parkrun community experience all-week-long.“We’re always looking for new ways to help our community of athletes engage with each other,” said William Lee, Product Manager at Strava. “A lot of our athletes rely on their mobile devices for running and riding, so it made sense to bring clubs to mobile and make them as easily accessible as other Strava features.“Now you can see the top ten athletes of the week on the leaderboard, interact with club members on discussion boards, share news and updates and post announcements all via your phone, to keep the club active, motivating and growing.”Strava developed new club features to make exploring, joining, sharing, and interacting with club members simple. There are already 134,391 active clubs on Strava.The latest updates include:Discussions and comments: athletes can post comments to discussion boards as well as manage and interact with club members, all from their mobile device.Explore: athletes can search and navigate clubs that they are part of, and explore new clubs that are relevant to them depending on their location, athlete network and interests.Push notifications: new push notifications make it easy to stay in touch and interact via discussion boards, posts and comment.Share and promote: Strava athletes can now promote their clubs via Facebook and Twitter.In addition to search and engagement updates, athletes can also have a more in-depth look at their own and other club members’ activities by opening the club’s feed. Improved leaderboards within clubs allow athletes to compare their weekly stats to fellow club members. A newly designed scatterplot aims to make it simple for athletes to see how their training compares to the rest of the group, and is positioned as a way to stay motivated or on-track with a group training plan.Club pages also display basic information such as the club name, profile photo, cover photo, sport type and location, and athletes can view a summary of the club’s engagement as well as the number of members, activities and discussions for the week.Strava’s club features are available now on iOS and Android.www.strava.comlast_img read more

For more than 30 years, ‘Categories’ has given Shawnee Mission students platform to flex mental muscles

first_imgThe Shawnee Mission West Vikings and Blue Valley Tigers faced off in a match Feb. 28 on the academic quiz show, ‘Categories.’For more than three decades, students from the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts have gone head to head on “Categories,” an academic quiz show broadcast on local cable TV.The show gives student participants the opportunity to flex their mental muscles. They have to think on their feet; if they answer a question incorrectly, they must shake it off and prepare for the next one coming 10 seconds later.The Shawnee Mission School District produces the show at the Indian Hills Technology Center (which recently housed Brookwood Elementary while a new building was being constructed).Owen Denniston, right, leads the communications staff who produces ‘Categories’ each week.“I really enjoy just watching the kids develop the answers to what I would consider fairly difficult questions,” said Owen Denniston, television production coordinator for the Shawnee Mission communications department. Denniston leads production of the show each week. “I’m always amazed at the breadth of their knowledge. It’s just really astounding to see what they can answer.”Denniston has worked for the district and assisted with the quiz show since 1981.How the show worksThe SM West Vikings are, top row from left, Sean Perkins and Jonathan Nelson, and bottom row from left, Dane Worthington, Ben Phillips and Eric Hancock.Here’s how it works: Each of the 10 high schools in the two school districts has its own team. Two teams of five students each will face off in a match, which is recorded and later broadcast on cable TV. The two teams vie for the most points by answering the most questions quickly and correctly.The quiz show is called “Categories” because each question is presented in a category. A match involves two rounds of 12 minutes each; in that time, teams answer dozens of random questions. Each round features a broad range of questions, from geography and current events to mathematics, science, art, music, language and pop culture.Each season has 24 matches and runs from the end of October until spring break. The top four teams from the regular season face each other in the playoffs and vie for the championship. The show airs three days a week on three area cable news channels and is also posted on YouTube.Dane Worthington, a junior at Shawnee Mission West, is now captain of his team after three years of competing on the show. He said he sticks with it because his team has a winning streak.“I just like it; it’s fun,” Worthington said, adding that he’s interested in and good at trivia. “I don’t play any sports or anything, so this gives me an opportunity to compete and represent my school in something. And we’ve made it to the playoffs every single year, so I gotta keep the streak alive.”The large room where the show is filmed is set up like a typical studio; students on set face half a dozen cameras, which film each match and capture each student as he or she responds. In the back of the room, production staff oversee the operation in a dark studio.Communications and information technology staff from the Shawnee Mission School District, and a few student interns from the two school districts, keep the show going backstage. Meanwhile, Principal John Bartel of Crestview Elementary plays host for the quiz show, and Principal Paul Colwell of Horizons High School judges the competition.“The teams have a lot of camaraderie,” Denniston said. “It pulls together students; it’s a nice way to demonstrate their academic prowess in the school districts.”last_img read more

3 surprisingly effective lower-income alternative banking tactics

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian O’ConnellCould the conventional wisdom be wrong about low-income Americans and their perceived “knowledge gap” with more affluent households?It looks that way, according to a report from the New York City-based U.S. Financial Diaries called An Invisible Finance Sector: How Households Use Financial Tools of Their Own Making.What’s been missing from the debate about personal finance knowledge levels among rich and poor is a look at how low-income Americans turn to alternative forms of savings and financial management to make ends meet and better manage their money.And they seem to be doing OK doing so, in general.The Diaries are a consumer research project funded by the Ford Foundation and Citibank for which researchers canvassed 235 low- and moderate-income U.S. households on how they manage their finances. continue reading »last_img read more

Prepaid legal services offer peace of mind

first_img April 15, 2012 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News Prepaid legal services offer peace of mind Associate Editor S even out of 10 people experience at least one “legal event” in any 12 month period, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at them.According to a study done by Russell Research, most individuals who face daunting legal obstacles choose to go it alone, never hiring an attorney to represent or guide them through the legal system. That’s a problem proponents of prepaid legal service plans say it’s time to eradicate. The plans function like insurance, offering consumers easy, affordable access to attorneys, both through telephone consultations and more comprehensive benefits.For a small fee — ranging from between $9 to $25 a month — consumers can get the peace of mind that comes with knowing an attorney is just a phone call away, said St. Petersburg lawyer John Joseph, chair of The Florida Bar Prepaid Legal Services Committee.“Let’s say a consumer just pays $9 or $20 a month. If this consumer needs help with drafting a will, reviewing a lease, representation in court for a traffic ticket, or some other legal issue, they’ll be able to pick up the phone and speak to an attorney right away. So for a very nominal fee, they can get the help they need.”Individuals can enroll in a plan through their workplace — employees of The Florida Bar are automatically enrolled — or individually, and plans vary depending on the employer and the managing attorney.Although prepaid legal service plans bring the consumer peace of mind, Joseph said attorneys benefit too.“It’s more or less entrepreneurial,” explained Joseph.An attorney interested in serving the community through a prepaid plan must submit paperwork outlining a proposed partnership to the PLS committee, which then reviews and analyzes the plans before approval. Once approved, the attorney’s plan is then submitted to the Bar Board of Governors for final authorization.“Let’s say, for example, an attorney can contact a hospital or a credit union or a large employer in his community,” said Joseph, “and offer legal services to their employees at a reduced cost and as a free benefit from the employer to the employees. The employer can offer a legal plan, which most lawyers cover the cost to do, and it’s a benefit to their employees. It also benefits the community, because these people can get the help they need.“The lawyer, for doing the plan — which is not much money — will be able to have access to clients he can serve and help.”Attorneys can also limit plans to their particular area of practice, a point Joseph said ultimately helps consumers.“It opens up more targeted availability of legal services to people who feel hesitant to talk to an attorney or don’t really like to talk to lawyers.” The barrier between the attorney and an individual in the community is removed.Prepaid legal services plans offer a monthly rate for enrolled employees, but they also offer a reduced legal fee arrangement — a flat fee for services provided. There is no cost to the consumer unless they elect to take the service. Plans are chosen by the sponsoring employer and the managing attorney, and once a plan is selected, employers are responsible for informing their employees about the benefits and how they work.“I’m a panel attorney for a couple of legal service plans, so basically I get calls from people wanting me to review documents such as leases, due demand letters, wills, and trusts, and they really appreciate the fact that someone can speak with them and help them, and they’ll know what the cost is up front,” said Joseph.“A lot of people like this because they know going in that the service provided to them, whether they pay monthly or a reduced rate at the time at which they are retained, will cost the agreed amount.”Plans are designed to help middle-income individuals obtain legal services that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive and to encourage preventative legal services, like document preparation and review, which can help resolve smaller legal issues early. The plans attempt to remove barriers and offer accessible in-roads to the legal system.“People like to avoid lawyers for two reasons: one, they’re expensive, and two, there’s a negative connotation about talking to lawyers,” said Joseph.“Very few people are proactive in saying, ‘I need to get my house in order and talk to an attorney ahead of time before something happens.’ Most people don’t plan that way.”Cost, Joseph said, is also an issue. Prepaid legal service plans are affordable, but they also provide consumers with up-front cost details that they might not receive otherwise, and that knowledge goes a long way for a lot of consumers.“Lawyers charge a lot of money per hour, and oftentimes people are scared not knowing what the total cost is going to be to have a lawyer assist them in their issue. A prepaid legal plan more or less lays out ahead of time what services are available at some certain cost, so the member knows going in what the cost is going to be.”Bar-sponsored prepaid legal service plans operate under Ch. 9 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and those proposed plans must meet the approval of both the PLS committee and the Board of Governors. Once a sponsor or employer and managing attorney agree on the arrangement and the details of the services the lawyer is going to provide, and the committee has approved the plan for submission to the Board of Governors, the employer will then let the employees or the members of the organization know that the plan is available for their participation.“Every week, I meet with people who appreciate the fact that they have an attorney they can call, because most people don’t know an attorney they can call if they have a need,” said Joseph. “Some people don’t realize that they should have a lawyer review a lease or do a will for them or review a demand letter until they’ve had it done for them. Once you do something for a client, they see the value in what an attorney does.“Attorneys do more than just sue people; we help people. If we can meet with the client, listen to their needs, and convey the information they need based on suggestions to them, then let the client decide what action to take, they feel more comfortable with lawyers. When they have access to a lawyer and meet with him or her, they see that the lawyer provides services that really help them, they’re less afraid of lawyers, and they appreciate what we do.”More information about legal services plans in Florida can be found on The Florida Bar website under “About the Bar,” “Committees,” “Standing Committees,” and “Prepaid Legal Services.” A full list of current plans is available on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website at www.floir.com. Prepaid legal services offer peace of mindlast_img read more

Adelante Healthcare to Open LEED Platinum Health Center in East Valley

first_imgAdelante Healthcare, a provider of sustainable healthcare for patients throughout the Valley,  opens its seventh location, 1705 W. Main Street in Mesa on Nov. 2.The site is slated for LEED Platinum certification. and will host a scheduled tour stop for the national Health Design Conference on Nov. 3, hosting architects, engineers and designers who look to the space as a forerunner in healthcare facility design.LGE Design Build is the general contractor and the architectural firm is Cawley Architects.The new facility uses earth-friendly design elements such as low-VOC paint, recycled materials, energy-saving technologies, responsible waste disposal, green-living outreach and education. Patients will also find light-filled spaces in vibrant colors, smaller living room-style waiting areas, healing art, positive distractions, and interactive activities throughout the center.“We are ecstatic to announce the opening of our brand new health center in Mesa,” said Avein Saaty-Tafoya, CEO of Adelante Healthcare. “This facility will not only provide high quality primary and preventive health services to individuals throughout the East Valley, it will also be a community meeting resource, provide nutritionists, a pharmacy, and lab all within a peaceful, welcoming environment, open to all.”Adelante Healthcare Mesa will provide family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, internal medicine, and dental care. It will also have a healthy café in its lobby offering a full coffee bar and grab-and-go items for breakfast and lunch. The new location will replace the current health center practice now operating at 2204 S. Dobson Road, Suite 101.“Our new site is slated for LEED Platinum interiors certification, the first community health center in the nation to achieve this designation. It’s also the first comprehensive health center on the Metro Light Rail,” Saaty-Tafoya said.“We have incorporated design researched to create a healing environment. This is a truly specially built environment of care that will transform how patients access services and will improve patients’ experience.”The lease for Adelante Healthcare Mesa was negotiated by Aaron Kuhl of Medical Office Brokers.last_img read more

Those Graphic New Cigarette Labels Won’t Help, Psychology Says

first_imgDiscover Magazine:What’s the News: Starting in September 2012, the FDA will require every pack of cigarettes sold in the US to be emblazoned with a large, text-and-image health warning, similar to the labels already seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and several other countries. The FDA unveiled the nine label designs earlier this week; several are quite graphic, including photos of cancerous lungs and lips and a man exhaling smoke through his tracheotomy hole.Read more: Discover Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img

Model maps out molecular roots of learning and memory formation

first_imgShare on Twitter LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Transient spine expansion is one of the early events leading up to learning and memory formation. It consists of a cascade of molecular processes spanning four to five minutes, beginning when a neuron sends a signal to another neuron.Many of the molecular processes leading up to transient spine expansion have already been identified experimentally and reported in the literature. Here, the authors built a map of many of these known processes into a computational framework.“Spines are dynamic structures, changing in size, shape and number during development and aging. Spine dynamics have been implicated in memory, learning and various neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism. Understanding how the different molecules can affect spine dynamics can eventually help us demystify some of these processes in the brain,” said Padmini Rangamani, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego and first author of the study.“This work shows that dendritic spines, which are sub-micrometer compartments within individual neurons, are the prime candidates for the initial tag of transient, millisecond synaptic activity that eventually orchestrates memory traces in the brain lasting tens of years,” said Shahid Khan, senior scientist at the Molecular Biology Consortium at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a co-author on the PNAS paper.In this study, researchers constructed a mathematical model, based on ordinary differential equations, linking the different molecular processes associated with spine expansion together. They identified the key components (molecules and enzymes) and chemical reactions that regulate spine expansion.As a result, they observed an interesting pattern — that the same components could both turn on and off some of the steps in the sequence — a phenomenon called paradoxical signaling. Further, they linked the chemical reactions of the different molecules to the reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton, which gives the cell its shape.Both of these features — paradoxical signaling and linking spine expansion to actin reorganization — make this model robust, Rangamani explained. “By putting all these complicated pieces together in a simple mathematical framework, we can start to understand the underlying mechanisms of spine expansion. This is one of the benefits of combining mechanics of the cytoskeleton and biochemistry. We can bring together pieces of experimental work that are often not seen. However, we should note that we are only at the beginning stages of understanding what spines, neurons and the brain can do.”“This work is notable for bringing together aspects from diverse disciplines (systems biology, cell signaling, actin mechanobiology and proteomics) and should motivate similar multi-disciplinary efforts for other problems in fundamental cellular neuroscience,” Khan said.Rangamani started this research as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of George Oster, professor emeritus of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley and senior author of the study. She continued this work and incorporated it into her research program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.center_img Pinterest A team of researchers has built a mathematical model that describes the molecular events associated with the beginning stage of learning and memory formation in the human brain.The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paves the way for understanding cognitive function and neurodegenerative diseases — at the molecular and cellular levels.The study focuses on the dynamics of dendritic spines, which are thorny structures that allow neurons to communicate with each other. When a spine receives a signal from another neuron, it responds by rapidly expanding in volume — an event called transient spine expansion. Emaillast_img read more

Project cargo powers double-digit growth at Bilbao

first_imgMore than 40 shipping lines that move project cargo have their own agency or representation at the port.Managers at the port acknowledge that surface access to the port has to be improved and the logistics areas enhanced. Huge steps are being taken, but they must be more productive in the railway area. The project for the southern railway access has not yet been defined but its importance for the future development of the port and its economic environs continues to be maintained.Equidistant between Bordeaux (341 km) and Madrid (396 km), the Port of Bilbao operates inside a hinterland also marked by the towns of Toulouse, (456 km), one of the centres of the European space industry, and Zaragoza (304 km), a great logistics and industrial platform, and capital of the Ebro Corridor, which links Bilbao to Barcelona, with an extension to Madrid.Russia, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States are the main countries with traffic through Bilbao; however, in recent years there has been a spectacular increase in traffic with Asian countries such as China and India.Significant recent projects through the port have included railway rolling stock and blades for wind power generating turbines.last_img read more