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07 Mar 2017 
Microsoft wants to redesign the office with Surface-powered 'Creative spaces'

Microsoft wants to change the way you think of the office (no, not the software). The company today announced a partnership with Steelcase - a 105-year-old office furniture and design company - to show off its vision of futuristic office spaces where productivity and creativity go hand and hand. Naturally, they're all powered by Surface devices.

Rather than aiming for a one-size-fits-all solution, Microsoft and Steelcase are showing off five different 'Creative Spaces' which embody different work styles. I got a chance to give the sample rooms a quick visit in New York.

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Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.


The most interesting might have been the "Duo Studio," which is meant to help two people from different teams - say, design and engineering - work in the same space, while still accommodating quick visits from other co-workers. There are a couple of Surface Studios and Surface Hub both employees share to discuss the idea.

A 'Focus Studio,' outfitted with a Surface Studio lets you go solo to hone in on your tasks.

While a Respite studio with lets you relax and clear your head a bit - or even take a nap.

Meanwhile the Ideation Hub, outfitted with the 85-inch Surface Hub, encourages everyone in the room to participate.

And lastly the Makers Commons is the largest space, meant to "encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration," according to Microsoft. Here everyone on a team can come together to brainstorm ideas for a project.

Throughout the spaces there are numerous clever design touches. While the Respite Studio has a comfortable lounge chair you can relax in, the Ideation hub encourages participation by getting you to stand up - it features short-back chairs and small tables that aren't meant to be used for very long.

You can read up more on the spaces on Microsoft's blog post in the source link below.

Microsoft and Steelcase unlock creativity at workon Microsoft

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03 Mar 2017 
Ericsson, China Mobile carry out connected factory trial in China

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Connected factory trial is currently focused on production line monitoring and materials tracking use cases.

China Mobile and Ericsson said they are carrying out a connected factory trial at the plant of Ericsson's subsidiary Ericsson Panda Communication, in the city of Nanjing, China. The trial includes low-power wide area use cases such as production line monitoring, warehouse monitoring, and package and materials tracking.

At this week's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, both firms carried out a demonstration of connected high-precision screwdrivers with motion sensors attached to narrowband-internet of things modules transmitting real-time data of the tools to the cellular IoT network.

At the factory in China, there are a claimed 1,000 high-precision screwdrivers that require routine calibrations and lubrications based upon the amount of usage, which had previously been recorded manually on paper. Ericsson said that through the use of connected screwdrivers, the factory will be able to replace manual tracking of the tool usage data with an automated solution.

"Enabling IoT network technology such as cellular LPWA together with cloud-based solutions gives manufacturing firms access to more information than ever before," said Chris Houghton, head of the Northeast Asia region at Ericsson, in a statement.

Singtel, Ericsson unveil integrated IoT solution

Ericsson this week also announced a partnership with Singapore telecommunications operator Singtel to jointly develop an integrated internet of things solution designed to support health care, connected vehicles and emerging IoT applications. SingTel said the Assured+ Consumer Connected Device Solution would be available for trials later this year.

"In order to realize the full potential of IoT and offer our customers the best user experience, we need to ensure collaboration between people, devices and networks," explained Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Singtel's Consumer Singapore division, in a statement. "Singtel believes an open ecosystem and the Assured+ solution will enable us to achieve these aims. By integrating standalone applications into one solution, Assured+ will bring convenience to our customers and pave the way for more IoT solutions, such as smart home, to be launched in a seamless manner."

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26 Feb 2017 
Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 12:09 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO -- Several people were stabbed Sunday when members of right-wing extremists groups holding a rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento clashed with counter-protesters, authorities said.

Authorities say a total of 10 people were taken to the hospital.

The Sacramento Fire Department says the injured included nine men and one woman ranging from 19 to 58 years old. At least five suffered stab wounds.

California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada says about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party gathered at the Capitol for a rally when they were met by about 400 counter-protesters and a fight broke out around noon Sunday.

Fire officials said on Twitter that the protesters have cleared from the Capitol about three hours after the chaos began.

The injured victims were all present while the protest took place, said Sacramento Police spokesman Matt McPhail.

He said it was still unclear whether and how they were involved.

Sacramento police said in a press release Sunday evening that during the event, police were approached by a citizen who located a loaded handgun on the State Capitol grounds. The firearm was turned over to police custody and was booked as evidence.

The Traditionalist Workers Party had scheduled and received a permit to protest at noon Sunday in front of the Capitol.

Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, tells the Los Angeles Times that his group and the Golden State Skinheads organized the Sunday rally.

Vice chairman Matt Parrott, who was not present at the Sacramento rally, says it was a peaceful march and blamed "leftist radicals" for instigating the violence.

Heimbach says that in the clash, one of their marchers had been stabbed in an artery and six of the "anti-fascists" had also been stabbed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has described TWP as a group formed in 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which aims to "indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism."

In a post on their website TWP described the gathering as their "Thermopylae," in reference to the infamous Greek battle site where a small Spartan force stood up to a massive Persian army.

They claimed the purpose of their gathering was a "protest against globalization and in defense of the right to free expression."

The Bay Area Independent reports "members of the Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skinheads, Blood & Honor, National Socialist Movement and Ku Klux Klan," had all planned to attend.

Anti-fascist groups have been preparing a counter-protest, which they say will aim to shut down the "Nazi mega-rally."

It is unclear how exactly the violence at the Capitol began.

A similar violent incident happened at a KKK rally near Los Angeles earlier this year, when Klan members were confronted by counter-protesters and mayhem ensued.

Witness video captured the brawl in an Anaheim park about 3 miles from Disneyland. Several protesters could be seen kicking a KKK member. One Klansman with an American flag used the pole's tip to stab a man.

Officers on scene said they witnessed a Klan member stab a protester with a knife. They found a third counter-protester in a car also stabbed.

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22 Feb 2017 
At least 41 people are dead and 239 wounded after three suicide bombers attacked the airport.

Authorities say 23 Turkish citizens, 10 foreign nationals and three people of dual nationality are among the dead.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on world leaders to "take a firm stance against terrorism."

The FAA has beefed up security at U.S. airports.

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People leave Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after an attack by suicide bombers.

ISTANBUL -- Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 41 people and wounding 239 others, Turkish authorities said. Initial government assessments suggest the self-described Islamic State was responsible, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters.

Twenty-three Turkish citizens, five Saudis and two Iraqis died in the attacks, an official said. Citizens from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine were also killed. The governor's office said 109 people injured in the attacks had already been discharged from hospital.

Police shot at the attackers outside the security gate of the airport's international terminal, a senior Turkish official told The WorldPost. The attackers did not make it through the security gate before detonating their explosives.

"Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal's entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them," the official said.

Video on social media appeared to show surveillance footage of one explosion:

Graphic images showed bloodied victims lying on the ground outside the terminal, where yellow taxis normally line up to shuttle travelers into the city.

"I was taking my mother to her plane when the attack occurred," an eyewitness told Turkish media outlet Haberturk. "I got to the parking garage quickly, and everyone was running in all directions."

The eyewitness described the explosions as "very violent," saying, "We were in a pool of blood."

"Everything happened very fast," Ahmad Alomary told HuffPost Arabi. "I was waiting for a friend of mine [who was] coming from Dubai inside the [airport] arrival hall, then all of a sudden we heard a loud explosion noise and the security guards asked everybody to lie on the ground. The hall was crowded with many people, some with children. We all laid down, then I managed to run out from the hall."

Most of the victims appear to have been Turkish, a source told HuffPost Arabi. Many of the injured were brought to the nearby government-run Bak?rköy hospital, where an enormous crowd of worried family and friends gathered outside.

Ataturk, Turkey's largest airport, is the main international airport serving Istanbul. All flights were temporarily suspended at the airport in the wake of the attack, including those inbound from the U.S., and Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for the surrounding area. Flights to and from the airport have since resumed and American airports have increased security in response to the attacks, ABC News reported.

Dazed travelers in the airport's domestic terminal made phone calls to loved ones and waited for information, according to one woman who was present. 

At least some people inside the airport were told that they wouldn't be able to leave for hours as authorities searched the building, another person who was waiting to be evacuated told The WorldPost.

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Children and their relatives embrace as they leave Ataturk airport.

Turkey has been reeling from months of attacks targeting both tourists and security forces. Self-described Islamic State militants have claimed credit for some of the bombings, while Kurdish militant groups, which the Turkish government is fighting in the country's south, took responsibility for others. 

"Terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement. "Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims. We urge the world, especially Western countries, to take a firm stand against terrorism."

"Make no mistake: For terrorist organizations, there is no difference between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome," he continued. "Unless all government and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse things than what we fear to imagine today will come true. The Ataturk Airport attack should serves as a turning point in the fight against terrorism around the world and especially in Western countries."

Turkey began throttling access to news coverage just hours after the attack, a practice that has become common in recent months, watchdog groups said. The prime minister's office issued the gag order to all media outlets, which banned the sharing of any visuals from the incident, according to Vocative. Both Facebook and Twitter experienced disruptions as well.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the attacks in a statement, saying, "Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together."

"We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism," he added.

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Children run to their relatives after leaving the airport.

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Children and their relatives embrace as they leave Ataturk airport.

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People cry as they reunite outside the airport.

Turkish rescue services carry a victim from the scene.

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Passengers leave the airport after the attack.

Paramedics help a man in a wheelchair.

A view of the airport's entrance, where suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up.

Armed security stand at an entrance to the airport.

Forensic experts work outside the airport.

Paramedics push a stretcher at the airport.

An airport entrance after explosions.

Officials are seen inside the airport following the blasts.

A weapon is seen on the floor at the airport.

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A man carries his daughter as people leave the airport.

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Armed security escorts people from a carpark.

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A policeman sets up a security perimeter as people leave the airport.

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People wait with their luggage outside the airport.

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People wait with their luggage outside the airport.

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People gather outside the airport.

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People stand outside the airport's entrance.

Ambulances arrive at the airport.

Armed security patrols the airport.

An ambulance arrives at the airport.

Ambulances arrive at the airport.

Ambulances arrive at the airport.

Bodies are seen outside the airport.

Forensic experts at work.

Medics and security guards outside the airport.

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17 Feb 2017 
Los Angeles area braces for heavy rain Video - ABC News

Sacramento Flood Plain at Sunset

Stunning drone footage shows the swollen Sacramento flood plain at sunset. Flood warnings continue throughout the area.

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