Markets have plenty to watch as summer heats up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileUSDA with its weekly crop progress report on May 29 put the U.S. corn planting at 92%. Huge amounts of corn were planted during the first three weeks of May, though northwest Ohio struggled severely to plant corn and soybeans timely this spring. Heavy rains fell throughout much of May causing significant delay in planting until the last few days of May. The May 29 report revealed Ohio had just 82% of its corn planted, leaving 621,000 acres yet to be done.It is interesting to note that comments on the stock market at the end of May suggest that stock traders were growing weary, paying less attention to trade developments with China and other U.S. trading partners. Meanwhile, the opposite is taking place for grains, as traders seem to hang onto any and all news of China and its trade posture with the U.S. Producers want to be optimistic, yet aware the big price decline could be just moments away. One day, traders are ecstatic at finally seeing China eliminate tariffs on inbound U.S. soybeans, then within two days they are thinking China is not buying enough U.S. soybeans.Expect that weather will easily dominate the news for the next six weeks. It would appear that extreme weather events are the current trend and not ending soon. Weather trends at times can be hard to recognize, much like not seeing the forest for the trees. Consider this spring. The Eastern Corn Belt in April ranked highly in history for its extreme cold temperatures. Yet, May for Ohio and the Midwest ranked second or third as the warmest ever. The U.S. is not the first to see huge weather extremes this year. Argentina had drought, extremely high daily temperatures, as well as prolonged excessive rains which reduced both corn and soybean production. Brazil had drought conditions, which reduced corn production. Brazil’s soybean production is record setting and is likely to get even bigger.Producers across Ohio (except northwest Ohio) praised corn conditions with consistent outbursts such as, “Outstanding, best ever, fantastic, quickly emerged, picket fence, rows closing earlier than expected,” to name a few. Producers pushed themselves in May to complete nitrogen applications in spite of afternoon prolonged cloudbursts — which appeared out of nowhere — complicating battle plans outlined that same morning.Dry conditions for wheat in the U.S. southern plains, Russia, Canada, and Australia during May pushed July CBOT soft red wheat to $5.54 on May 29. Price gains early that day failed to hold as July wheat ended the day six cents lower amid one of the biggest daily price ranges for all of 2018. Keep a strong eye on weather events in the U.S. southern plains this summer. If that area remains dry for months on end, that dry trend often moves into the U.S. Midwest. Drought monitor maps at the end of May raised concerns that dry areas in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana were larger than the previous month.Grains this spring appear to be extremely sensitive to headlines as price activity during the night session has often been squashed during the day session. China is not going away soon. Trade rhetoric is excessive as each side, bullish and bearish, attempts to win the day, displaying they have the biggest and brightest belt buckle for all to see.Trade issues continue to be an ongoing concern for grains, at times easily outweighing the weather. While China trade issues continue to grab the headlines now and in the past, there are other countries of concern. Months ago Congress imposed its own mid-May deadline to renegotiate the NAFTA treaty. That deadline has passed without resolution, a situation especially frustrating to grain traders. Producers across the country, especially those with grain, continue to seek lasting solutions on trade issues. They know that prolonged trade wars are not bullish. The U.S. has imposed tariffs on Mexico’s steel and aluminum. Those tariffs could affect U.S. corn exports with Mexico. Months ago headlines that Argentina was exploring its potential to export corn to Mexico seemed to be a longshot. Now, not so much.last_img read more

Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#NYT#web The Guardian cites Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos as saying, “if the data isn’t required for anything, then it shouldn’t store the location. And it doesn’t need to keep an archive on your machine of where you’ve been.” But rather than ascribing it to any sort of malicious intent he said it’s likely a “cockup rather than a conspiracy.”Conspiracy or not, it still doesn’t reflect well on Apple’s concern over its users’ privacy. We have reached out to Apple for comment on this file but we have not heard back at the time of publishing.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Disclosure: Pete Warden is a contributor to ReadWriteWeb. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored – unencrypted and unprotected – on any machine with which you synchronize your phone. It is not clear why Apple is collecting this data.Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file – “consolidated.db” – while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data. Allan and Warden will present their findings today at the Where 2.0 conference.While it is not unusual for cellphones to track users’ location, that information is typically kept behind a firewall and it requires a court order for others to be able to access it. This isn’t the case with this particular file, raising serious questions about privacy and security.Tracking Your Coordinates Since iOS4The file contains longitude and latitude data, recording the phone’s coordinates along with a timestamp. This recording process seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update, which means that there could be almost a year’s worth of location data stored – literally hundreds of thousands of data points. While the coordinates aren’t always precise, they are nonetheless incredibly detailed. It appears that the location is determined via cell-tower triangulation, but the timing of these recordings varies.It isn’t clear why the iPhone is tracking this data, although the possibilities for location-based features are endless – location-based advertising, geofencing apps, and so on. Although the iPhone data is stored on back-up files when the phone is synced to another computer, it doesn’t appear that the data is transmitted to Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone appears to be unique in this type of tracking, and according to Warden, other phones do not record user’s location in the same way; the two researchers have not been able to find comparable tracking systems on Android phones. Although Google’s Latitude, for example, can track your location and lets you give that information to your contacts, it is something you need to opt in to. With the iPhone, you have no such option. There is no way to delete the file, as it will simply be restored, but you can encrypt your iPhone back-ups to make the information somewhat less accessible.Your Location Data – Unencrypted, VisualizedAnd that is another crucial part of this problem: in addition to the existence of the tracking mechanism, the information is incredibly accessible. To demonstrate this, Warden and Allan have created a simple downloadable app that will let Apple users check to see what location information has been stored. The app is fascinating, but also pretty frightening as it demonstrates that anyone with access to your phone or to your back-up files will be able to see where you have been since you installed iOS 4 on your phone.last_img read more

From Hype to Practical: What’s Next for AI?

first_imgRelated Posts Rahul Kashyap is president and CEO of advanced network traffic analysis company Awake Security and has a proven track record of establishing and building disruptive technologies. Prior to Awake, Rahul was held key executive positions Cylance, Bromium, and McAfee. Rahul KashyapPresident & CEO AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage After years of hype around AI and machine learning, skepticism, and a focus on practical applications of the technology are now taking center stage. In the security industry, this was abundantly clear at the recent RSA Conference where 45,000 people and a thousand vendors descended on San Francisco to discuss industry challenges and debate over the best solutions. Despite the many voices contending for attention at the show, there was little to no dispute that the cybersecurity skills gap continues to be one of the industry’s biggest challenges. But, here’s what is next for AI.An (ISC)² report released during the conference says there are 2.93 million cybersecurity positions open and unfilled around the world. ISACA agreed, finding in another study that nearly 70 percent of organizations report their cybersecurity teams are understaffed.AI and automation solutions have been put forward by many as the remedy to this cyber skills ailment. This solution would be one of the types of practical uses we are looking for — for AI. However, it’s clear that – despite the wealth of options on the market today – something in this answer isn’t working.A report from Accenture confirms that security headaches continue to grow and become more expensive. The average cost of cybercrime rising by over $1 million a year — last year to reach $13 million per firm.Where are we doing wrong?An Illustration of the Practical AI ProblemAs a longtime business leader and technologist, I see examples every day of where AI is being applied well, and where there are gaps in our workflows that should be ripe targets for automation.In security, one such example of AI not being applied where it should be — is the challenge of detecting traffic to malicious domains.It may come as a surprise, but most analysts today still uncover suspicious domains visually — by combing through a long list of domains for anything unusual that sticks out. They improve with time and more in-depth familiarity, but it’s still a very manual process to uncover malicious and suspicious domains. In the past, this was not an issue. Older attacker techniques often used random domain generators or bizarre domain endings and TLDs that made them relatively easy to spot.The proliferation of URL shorteners and alternate TLDs has made finding the newer tech attacks task exponentially more challenging — if not impossible — today.Globalization means that we can’t just look at country code extensions like .cn and know they’re bad as we could in the good old days. We’ve even seen more clever techniques, such as phishing attacks that go through a legitimate site like Google Translate to hide the real domain of their sites, further compounding this challenge.Long story short, smarter attackers are continually finding new ways to disguise and mask their malicious domains, making them even more challenging to spot. With the increasing difficulty of identifying malicious sites and spyware, it is causing a greater dependence on the manual work security teams — and they must be relied on especially hard.Identification of both malicious domains and perfectly legitimate domains with services that can be exploited is a perfect example of the kind of problem a machine should be used to solve.There’s little reason why a high-volume, repetitive task like this should still be left to humans. As an industry, we’re making progress with heuristics, which generally do a better job than machine learning at exposing malicious domains today. But there is still room to improve as AI leverages more contextual information such as the entities communicating — and the uniqueness of the communication, etc.AI: What is It Good For?We collectively expect that certain use cases, like the domain problem illustrated here, will be resolved somewhat organically as technologies improve over time. The problem is that practical applications of AI like this, i.e., tools built to address specific and identifiable use cases — are few and far between.Plenty of solutions say they deploy AI and machine learning to address more significant industry issues like “analyst fatigue” and “the cybersecurity skills gap” (or insert your industry’s favorite trend topics).Trying to be the best at everything ultimately just makes us specialists at nothing. It’s a trap that’s far too easy to fall into for businesses deploying on-trend technologies. What AI is really good for today includes:High-volume, repetitive tasks.Complex calculations and correlations that involve many sources and considerations.Analysis that shouldn’t be done manually due to other factors such as privacy or security.For startup and vendors, considering these guidelines can help guide technology development and deployments moving forward. End users and prospective investors, meanwhile, should evaluate AI solutions with a critical eye towards the actual customer problems and use cases they solve. Using these lenses, we can begin trimming out the hype and continue making progress in the direction of practical AI. Tags:#AI#automation#Machine Learning#security How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After Effects

first_img1. InfographicCreating an infographic can seem complex; however, it only takes a few simple steps. For a basic bar graph, I’ll first create a two-point path via the Pen tool, placing the first point at the bottom of the frame. Next, I’ll turn off the fill, and set the stroke to 150 pixels. Finally, I’ll add a Trim Path animator via the Add dropdown menu and animate the End property from 0% to 100%. To have a number dynamically change as the graph grows, I’ll add a text layer and parent the source text to the end property of the Trim Path. Lastly, I’ll add a simple value expression to round the numbers out to absolute values. And voilà — a dynamic infographic. (Check out my full tutorial on how to create infographics in After Effects here.)2. Map RouteMaps are fun, and you can quickly create an animated route with Trim Paths. First, I’ll add points and a path to a map via the Pen tool, with the stroke at 5 pixels and no fill. I can customize and stylize my map route via the properties of the stroke element. For this example, I’ll add some dashes and change the Line Cap property. Once I’m happy with the look, I’ll add the Trim Path animator and animate the end position. For a full tutorial on how to animate a map route, check out my “Create a Map Path Inspired by Indiana Jones in After Effects“ tutorial. (That tutorial belongs in a museum.) 3. Text BoxYou can use Trim Paths to quickly add detail to a lower third — or another text element. A popular look for lower thirds, and other graphics, is the animated bounding box. To create one, I’ll simply grab the Rectangle Shape tool and set the stroke to 10 pixels, with no fill. Then, I’ll create a rectangle and align it with my text. Now, I can animate the end in conjunction with the Offset for some truly desirable results. (This also works great with simple underline elements.)4. Text StrokeAnother popular look is the animated text stroke. As opposed to creating a simple box or line element, adding and animating a text stroke can be a bit more tricky. For this, I’ll first take my text and select Layer > Create > Create Shapes from Text. To change the stoke of all the characters at once, select the layer, and use the Stroke option at the top of the interface. Once I’m happy with the look of my stroke, I can add Trim Paths and animate the range to get the look I want. (Check out my stand-alone tutorial on “How to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects.”)5. Circle BurstsThe circle burst is a fun animation element that creates simple movement, and Trim Paths can help bring these to life. Let’s create a quick circle burst and add it to a star-shaped animation. First, I’ll create a simple path (via the Pen tool) coming out from the top of the star. Next, I’ll add the Trim Path’s animator. To have the line shoot out from the center, I’ll animate both the start and end attributes, slightly offsetting each. Finally, I’ll add a Repeater with 9 copies, a Position of 0, and a Rotation of 40. Now, I can change the Y Position of the shape element to place it perfectly. (For more circle burst madness, check out this tutorial.) Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Virtual Arrival” by Cymatix“Summer Cruising” by Mattijs Muller“Midnight City” by Make Music“Fake Awake” by Tonemassif“Street Signs” by Sound ForceLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Using Film Convert Inside of DaVinci ResolveHow to Create a Day for Night Scene with Drone Footage in After EffectsTutorial: Create a Military Drone Look in After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable StepsVideo Tutorial: How to Create a Seamless Foreground Transition In this video tutorial, we cover how to harness the power of this simple, hidden feature in Adobe After Effects — Trim Paths.Trim Paths is a tool in Adobe After Effects that allows you to make precise adjustments to shape layer paths. However, new users may not know about it because it is hidden away under a shape layer submenu. So, what can you accomplish with this handy, little animator? Let’s have a look at five fun, useful projects.last_img read more

Confederations Cup: Germany reach semis as referee needs VAR double-take

first_imgGermany eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to reach the right verdict.Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany’s Emre Can saw Sebastien Siani wrongly receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity. (Confederations Cup: Chile into semis after draw with profligate Australia)But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of midfielder Siani’s card from yellow to red.It was only after Cameroon’s players insisted he review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani’s sending off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka.Germany deservedly topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first international goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two. Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon’s consolation.The drama came on a landmark day for Joachim Loew, who was able to celebrate his 100th win as Germany’s head coach in his 150th game in charge.The best chance of a tight first-half fell to Germany’s Joshua Kimmich as he headed wide from six yards with the goal gaping.But three minutes into the second period, Germany hit the front as some wonderful build-up play was rewarded by a first international goal for Demirbay.advertisementA superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of the former Turkey junior international and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.After the lengthy stoppage involving the red card incident, Germany made their numerical advantage count almost immediately as Werner got his first national team goal with an excellent header from Kimmich’s fine cross to the back post.Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar’s header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper.Any thoughts of a comeback from the 10 men, though, were quashed when Werner lashed home his second as Germany’s young side went on to seal a comfortable win.last_img read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 fresh leaks, shows off huge camera module and big flash

first_imgSony is working on three Xperia phones and could unveil them at IFA 2017 in Berlin.  The Xperia XZ1 was recently spotted on an unknown Chinese website revealing the specs of the phone and now a leak from has revealed the phone in its full glory.The rear view of the phone reveals a large camera module and a big flash. The phone shows off a metal-built and the looks similar to the design of the the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia X. The rumoured Xperia XZ1 is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB RAM. The smartphone could sport a 5.1-inch full HD and flaunt a metal body as seen in the new leak. There are talks that the Xperia XZ1 could come with 19MP rear camera and a 13MP selfie snapper. The phone could be fuelled by a 3000mAh battery and come in colour options like Moonlight Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver and Moonlight Blue. The phone could run on Android 8.0 and priced around Rs 55,000.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact images leaked, may launch by September 10The phone like the typical Xperia phone sports a rectangular design on the back with slightly rounded edges which offers a good hold on the phone. In a separate 3D CAD video, the alleged Xperia XZ1 is seen sporting the 3.5mm audio jack which many companies are ditching these days. A power button along with volume and shutter button is paced at the right edge of the phone while the hybrid SIM tray is placed at the left edge. There’s a home button that also doubles up as the fingerprint sensor.advertisementSony is also working on Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1 alongside the XZ1. While we know very little about the Xperia X1, there was a recent rumour that the Xperia XZ1 Compact could be priced lower than the Xperia XZ1. It could cost around Rs 48,000. The phone is purported to come with 4.6-inch display and run on Android 8.0. The phone could house 32GB of internal storage.last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli on the cusp of ODI milestones

first_imgVirat Kohli may not have scored a hundred in World Cup 2019 but the No. 1 ODI batsman will be keen on hitting the refresh button when India begin their ODI series against the West Indies from August 8.Virat Kohli has scored runs and broken records at will across the globe and he will be keen on continuing his dominance in the 3-match ODI series.Kohli is on the cusp of breaking a few ODI records, as always, as he prepared to lead the team post the World Cup semi-final exit.Virat Kohli already holds the record for the most number of runs scored in India-West Indies ODIs. The India captain The India captain has scored 1912 runs from 33 matches at a staggering average of 70.81. He also has scored the maximum number of hundreds — 7 in India-West Indies ODIs.Kohli is well ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who finished with 1573 runs in India-West Indies ODIs from 39 matches. Batting great Desmond Haynes is third on the list with 1357 runs from 36 matches.Virat Kohli will be looking to break Ramnaresh Sarwan’s record for the most number of runs scored by a batsman in India-West Indies ODIs in West Indies. Sarwan, who scored 700 runs from 17 matches, is just 144 runs ahead of Kohli who has 556 runs from 12 matches at 55.60.Limited-overs star Chris Gayle is third on the list with 512 runs and has a good chance to overtake both Virat Kohli and Sarwan if he manages to fire in what is considered to be his ODI swansong. Gayle had reversed his decision on ODI retirement as he was expected to quit the 50-over format after the World Cup. However, the big-hitting opener said he would play the ODIs and a Test against India.advertisementMeanwhile, Virat Kohli also has the opportunity to go past Desmond Haynes’ tally for the most number of hundreds in India-West Indies in West Indies. Kohli and Haynes are tied on 2 hundreds and the India captain is well-placed to go past the West Indies great.India vs West Indies ODI scheduleIndia vs West Indies, 1st ODI in Guyana on August 8India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI in Port of Spain on August 11India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI in Port of Spain on August 14India squad for West Indies ODIsVirat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiAlso Read | Pollard is a brother to me: Man of the Series Krunal Pandya after T20 series win over West IndiesAlso Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s India record during Guyana T20I heroicsAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man is one of six people arrested by an Omaha based FBI task force on federal and state drug and criminal conspiracy charges.The U.S. Attorney’s office says 45-year-old Torrey M. Vaughns was arrested on a Nebraska State warrant charging him with criminal conspiracy.Four Omaha residents and a woman from Colorado Springs were also arrested on conspiracy and cocaine possession or distribution charges.The charges all are related to an ongoing drug investigation in the Omaha area.last_img

Ferreira: Al Sadd deserved win over Al Sailiya

first_imgStars League Qatar Stars League: Jesualdo Ferreira insists Al Sadd deserved narrow win Last updated 2 years ago 06:30 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Al Sadd Getty Stars League Al Sailiya v Al Sadd Al Sadd Al Sailiya Al Sadd head coach Jesualdo Ferreira is adamant that his side deserved all three points despite controversy over Al Sailiya’s disallowed goal. Al-Sadd head coach Jesualdo Ferreira feels that his side fully deserves the 3-2 over Al-Sailiya after the performance they put up during the Stars League Round 2 match.Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ferreira said: “It was a tough match, just as I said before the match. Al-Sailiya are a strong team and they have excellent players. We were the better side in the match. The referee wrongly disallowed a goal for us in the first half. As for Al-Sailiya’s penalty, I did not see it properly and I won’t make a judgement. The win was a difficult one but we fully deserve it.”As for Al-Sadd’s decline during the last few minutes, he said: “This is the second match we have played with some players missing out. We are looking to have the players gel well with each other in defence and this will happen as we play the upcoming matches, especially after the break when the team will be at its best.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Asked about Al-Sailiya’s disallowed goal at the end of the game, Ferreira said: “I did not see what happened with that and I don’t know why the goal was cancelled.”Ferreira concluded by saying: “There are many young players in Al-Sadd and I am happy to have them here in this group. There are players who need to be better physically. Al-Sadd will return when there will be a balance between physical and mental condition. After the break, the team will be better.”last_img read more

Position Vacant – Competitions and Events Coordinator

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for two vacancies for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator, based in our Victorian branch office, Melbourne and our ACT branch office, Canberra. Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm EST on Wednesday, 8 April 2015.To view the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email Filespd_sops_cec_updated_format-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img